Yokai Girl Kirin Review

Fans of serialized tokusatsu shows or classic anime OVAs from the 80s and 90s will find themselves right at home checking out this entry at the 2021 Japan-Filmfest Hamburg (JFFH). The story follows the adorable but cold Kirin, a girl who travels across Japan seeking other yokai that have become overwhelmed with evil intentions so

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Ame Onna Yokai Spotlight

Hell-o there, Boos, Ghouls and in-between! Your friendly neighborhood Brazilian Vic here, reporting to The Yurei with a new fresh take on folklore! Have you ever seen the rain fall and wondered if there is a larger, supernatural power behind it? I live in an old town deeply connected to its folklore and culture. Because

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Momo-sculpture-Japanese-horror

Konnichiwa! Dia Duit! Wazzup! Straight Outta Kanto, much like yourself, loves a good scare. However, I like my scares safely in a movie, manga or even a poorly written fan fiction creepypasta. However, sometimes, life can imitate media in ways no one could anticipate. When Japanese artist Keisuke Aiso submitted a sculpture of his interpretation

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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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rokuroku film review

There is something incredibly endearing about anthology films, especially those among the horror genre. In fact, I would wager to say that this format of filmmaking works best with horror, seeing as how there are so many different sub genres to include and a diverse audience to satisfy. You can’t please everyone, as the saying

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Folklore-fate-grand-order

You may already be aware of the hit mobile game Fate/Grand Order, which has a really fun mix of anime, historical figures, folklore, waifus and even some sci-fi elements! Right now, the game is hosting one of its most anticipated events: Records of the Enma-tei’s Prosperity. A New Year’s event which heavily features many different

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Interview-with-artist-historian-matthew-meyer

Mathew Meyer’s is an American artist best known for his traditional Japanese style representations of Yokai, drawn with loving detail to the wood block printing technique of ancient Japan. Mathew regularly posts his work to yokai.com where he has an extensive collection of art depicting many different varieties of folklore entities. Since moving to Japan,

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Junji-Ito-Horror-Project

Hello Spookies! Class is in session! I’m here to let you know about a little J-Horror project brought to you by Junji Ito and Junji Inagawa. A lot of you are familiar with Junji Ito, but how many of you know who Junji Inagawa is? Fear not! I am here to help you out. Junji

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Noppera-bo-Japanese-Yokai

The Noppera-bō of Japan, while also known as the “faceless ghost”, isn’t actually one of the country’s Yurei despite being referred to as a ghost. It is in fact one of Japan’s many Yokai. Specifically one of the obake, or “changed creature”, subset of shape changing Yokai. These strange shapeshifters have a pretty simple goal:

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Our creature today goes by many names, and has equally as many aspects describing it. A creature of strange design and often terrifying behaviors, a Kappa (河童 , river-child), also known as kawatarō (川太郎 , “river-boy”), komahiki (駒引 , horse-puller), kawatora (川虎 , river-tiger) or suiko (水虎 , water-tiger) are strange humanoid demons that reside

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