A complex writer famous for his eccentricities, Chiaki J. Konaka is a household name among those who deeply love the bizarre. But how do his most influential works of the early 2000's fare today — and do they still have anything groundbreaking to say about contemporary horror? Hit the jump to go down the rabbit hole.
Anime and manga are over-flowing with tales of yokai, strange and spiritual creatures with weird appearances and even more bizarre behavior, and in an episode from the first season of Anime Academy, Crunchyroll takes viewers on a short tour of things that go bump in the night ... and sometimes things that go bump in the daytime, too! Hit the jump to check it out.
In/Spectre is shaping up to be one of the most promising anime of the season, blending some the best elements from both supernatural and detective genres. One of the biggest strengths of the series is the main protagonist and goddess of wisdom, Kotoko. Here's a short list of all the times the genius – and brash – protagonist Kotoko mowed down social norms and made us fall in love with her!
With Japan's emperor Akihito abdicating the throne, we have entered a new era of Japanese history. But what are the other main eras? When did Oda Nobunaga unify Japan, and when was the Showa era? Hit the jump to find out more!
In this week's Creative Spotlight, Brandon looks at Kenji Nakamura, the brilliant director behind critically-acclaimed anime such as Mononoke and Kūchu Būranko. If you’re interested in an artistic anime director who truly understands the struggles of his society and generation, then you'll want to hit the jump to read more!
Who knows what evil lurks within the hearts of human beings? The Medicine Vendor knows, and the 2007 supernatural TV anime Mononoke, directed by Kenji Nakamura, is a visually opulent melodrama that probes the darkness within. Hit the jump to learn more.
From Mononoke, acclaimed director Kenji Nakamura's 2008 spin-off of the Ayakashi: Samurai Horror Tales anthology, Kotobukiya's ARTFX J statue of supernatural problem-solver "Medicine Seller." This 1/8 scale, 20cm figure sculpted by Yoshinori Itou is the subject of a Crunchyroll unboxing video and sale. Check it out after the jump.