Leon Tolstoy once wrote, “Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.” While tragic, this notion works wonders in the horror and thriller genre. In fiction, the messier the family, the better the movie. It might not always succeed, but it certainly does in Toshikazu Nagae’s film Saiko! The

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Here at Yurei, we have brought the search for Saki Sanobashi to our audience’s attention many times. Unfortunately, until now, it hasn’t been productive at all. We have discussed how the urban legend started and how some supposed leads don’t lead anywhere, but we have never been even close to the real deal… Until now.

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In the early 2000s, anime experienced a surge in popularity among Western audiences, marking a peculiar time for anime fans. However, as this unique form of animation gained mainstream attention, it also found itself under the scrutiny of moral panic enthusiasts. One particular target of this concern was the popular card game Yu-Gi-Oh. In 2003,

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GOHOME 2020 video game suzuka ichimatsu

Several years ago, a small Japanese third-person horror game known as GOHOME started to make waves in the Let’s Play YouTube community. Created by the VTuber known as Itimatu Ichimatsu as a free game in 2019 to much acclaim and redesigned into a much grander scale in 2020, the story is set in a residential

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Hi fellow weirdos! Javi here again with another curious Japanese videogame of the early 90s. For those familiar with the fantastically oneiric LSD: Dream Emulator game, the Osamu Sato name may ring a bell. Born in 1960, this digital artist and composer have a knack for creating, both visual and musical psychedelic aesthetics. One of

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Hi fellow weirdos! This is Javi again, researching for you to bring you another interesting bit of Japanese media. We have previously discussed the term “Denpa,” which, according to Jisho.org, is a Japanese term for individuals who are disconnected or disassociated from the people around them. In the world of Visual Novels, Denpa serves as

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Book-to-film adaptations often get a bad rap. It’s rare for them to truly satisfy the audience, and they hardly ever live up to the expectations of the fans of the original material. When it comes to Japanese works adapted by Western directors, the situation usually takes a nosedive. They tend to prioritize making the content

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Urban legends are described as a part of the folklore genre in which a story or claim is circulated as true. In Japan, these stories become even more eerie because of the country’s rich cultural history and deep-rooted beliefs in the supernatural. The blending of ancient myths and modern urban tales creates a uniquely unsettling

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Demonic possession has always fascinated and terrified many. The idea of losing oneself both physically and mentally to an intangible force feels akin to a dreadful disease. However, as depicted in classic films dealing with this subject matter, medicine can’t do much when someone suffers from a spiritual affliction. That is when the figure of

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Science fiction, often preoccupied with technology and artificial beings, can sometimes seem overly intricate, neglecting the mundane facets of life. However, this stereotype is not only unfair but also doesn’t hold true for Junta Yamaguchi’s body of work. From his debut feature, Beyond the Infinite Two Minutes (2020)  Yamaguchi has masterfully blended the time travel

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