One Cut in the Life 2020 cover photo

Featured in JFFH (Japanese Film Fest Hamburg), One Cut in the Life is a poignant drama written, produced, and directed by Shintaro Hachi- a relatively unknown, up and coming filmmaker. He stated, “I would like to show my own determination regarding violent events of all sizes that I encounter in my daily life, and with

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Hanatarash Bulldozer by Gin Satoh

Hanatarash, or Hanatarashi, are a two-piece noise band from Osaka, Japan. Composed of vocalist, visual artist Yamantaka Eye and guitarist Mitsuru Tabata, the band focused on the obscure music genres of Japanoise, industrial and advant-punk. Hanatarash were well known in the live music scene for their ridiculous and, quite frankly, dangerous live performances that have

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It’s safe to say that, for most, Naruto was their first exposure to Japanese media and culture. With its larger then life fight scenes, solid story arcs and beautiful artwork, it has defiantly made its mark on popular culture throughout the world. One thing that I have always enjoyed about Naruto was the Bijuu, or

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Stalking the night, with the pallor of a corpse, thirsting for the blood of humans, living amongst the plague-ridden vermin and predatory beasts. Throughout the centuries, they have gone by many names — Galli, Empusa, Alukah, Estries — but we know them most commonly today as Vampires. Since the early days of civilization, the specter

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Japanese Disco Music Feature

With a record like “FFA” by The Leather Nun containing lyrics like “I shoved my greased fist right up to your prostate” and “shit on my knuckles, pain up the ass for you” we are talking about punk, right? Twanging guitars, synthesizers recorded way too upfront and subject matters such as bestiality and shooting heroin?

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The Uncanny Valley

The Uncanny Valley itself is a simple, if interesting, phenomenon. When plotted on a graph expressing how acceptable a humanlike object is, it can be demonstrated that something not at all like a human is fine and then a perfect replica is again fine… Yet there is a drastic drop off before one of these

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Defining-Fear-Grimoire-of-horror

Fear, to be afraid, is obviously a cornerstone of horror. Yet what exactly it is is specific and possible to explore. At its simplest fear is the anticipation. The “unpleasant emotion” that comes from being threatened, or from a potential threat to others. Fear is what builds up before something actually happens, or after an

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