Reading Club is advertised as the first Korean horror comic for girls. That line alone enticed me enough to pick it up over a decade ago from Udon Entertainment. Many of the main characters are female, including an amazing coroner that gives Abbey from NCIS a run for her money. Fans of the Whispering Corridors […]

Sadako at the End of the World balances delicately between a cute slice of life story and a new entry into the Ring franchise that holds up as true canon. Featuring supervision by Koji Suzuki, the author of the original book series that started off all things Ring, Sadako at the End of the World […]

With the Japanese and Korean booms in horror overshadowing other nations regionally, we don’t tend to see as many other Asian cultures represented often. The Heirloom is a Taiwanese flick from 2005 that will help flesh out any aficionado’s repertoire. In the Yang household, there is a sole survivor from the mass murder two decades […]

Stoker is one of my favorite films. I’ve watched it over ten times, and insisted that nearly everyone close to me watch it. Immediately upon finishing my first viewing of a library copy, I went online to purchase my own. Directed by Park Chan-wook in his English language debut, Stoker features prolific Hollywood actors such […]

With the latest Higurashi series wrapped up as of just last week, it’s time for a spoiler-filled review for the fans that want to dissect the heart (and other organs) of the most recent entry. Consider yourselves warned. Gou (translated as New) took us and the franchise into very new territory with its twenty-four episodes. […]

Suicide Circle Music

A young daughter, around four years old, watches a pop idol group cheerfully perform on tv with her father. Meanwhile in the kitchen, we see her mother dutifully preparing dinner, chopping up vegetables. The upbeat song audio continues as the daughter goes to check on dinner and ask her mother a question. The mom continues […]

While I’m only four episodes in so far, Wonder Egg Priority is my favorite anime of this season, and perhaps the last several years. Has a worthy successor to Madoka Magica arrived? While I’d like to wait to definitively answer, my initial reaction is hopeful. Egg isn’t exactly a magical girl series. These girls fight […]

For those who haven’t read, watched, or played any of the Higurashi franchise, it is based upon a visual novel series by Riyukishi07. All of the stories are set up in question and answer arcs. The four question arcs are presented first, followed by the four answer arcs, so that whichever media you experience, you […]

The synopsis reads, “When eighteen-year-old bi, socially anxious, Harajuku fashionista Holly Roads is infected by blue blood that bestows destructive strength, she strikes a deal with a stubborn ex-CIA prodigy: Capture the mutant his scientists accidentally unleashed on San Francisco in exchange for the cure for her powers.” When I first heard about Magic Mutant […]

Takashi miike Box

Box can be called confusing, to say the least.  It is a deeply psychological drama with a sheer disturbing quality that could make it easily seen as part of the horror genre. Both the visuals and the narrative are surreal, more of a bizarre dream than a recounting The visuals are very artistic as well, […]