Category Archives: Japan

The Irie Clinic Quietly Prepares to Continue Biological Research in Hinamizawa – The Festival Accompanying Chapter, Higurashi No Naku Koro Ni Kai, Vol.1, Part 3

This time I’m finishing up Ryukishi Zeronana’s light novel version of When the Cicada’s Cry: The Festival Accompanying Chapter, Volume 1 (竜騎士07の”ひぐらしのなく頃に解:祭囃し編”), which makes a huge shift from Miyo Takano’s storyline and perspective to Rika Furude and Hinamizawa. There’s still … Continue reading

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Biological Research and the Second Sino-Japanese War Provide an Ominous Backdrop to Murder-The Festival Accompanying Chapter, Higurashi No Naku Koro Ni Kai, Vol.1, Part 2

Continuing with our reading of Ryukishi Zeronana’s light novel version of When the Cicada’s Cry: The Festival Accompanying Chapter, Volume 1 (竜騎士07の”ひぐらしのなく頃に解:祭囃し編”), the next section beginning on page 55 shows Miyo Takano meeting with a wheelchair bound old man named … Continue reading

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A Killer’s Childhood Tragedy and Her Beloved Rescuer – The Festival Accompanying Chapter, Higurashi No Naku Koro Ni Kai, Vol.1, Part 1

As promised, we’re going to revisit one of the story arcs from the “Answers” part of Ryukishi Zeronana’s light novel version of When the Cicada’s Cry: The Festival Accompanying Chapter, Volume 1 (竜騎士07の”ひぐらしのなく頃に解:祭囃し編”). This title is typically left in Japanese … Continue reading

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Prophecies of Murder Rock a Police Officer’s Memory – The Time Wasting Chapter, Higurashi No Naku Koro Ni, Part 2

Ryukishi Zeronana’s The Time Wasting Chapter continues as Akasaka goes sightseeing in Hinamizawa with Rika tagging along. His elderly tour guide Makino escorts him around the village, and Akasaka enjoys the fresh air and green scenery, though he thinks his … Continue reading

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Mamoru Meets a Creepy Little Girl in a Doomed Village – The Time Wasting Chapter, Higurashi No Naku Koro Ni, Part 1

I’m finishing off 2017 with a one volume story arc in the popular series “Higurashi No Naku Koro Ni” by Ryukishi Zeronana (竜騎士07 “暇潰し編 – ひぐらしのなく頃に”), which began as an indie video game/visual novel that later expanded into an anime … Continue reading

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Talking Roses and the Superhero’s Secretary – Ichigoman & Funny Kuromi-chan, Part 3

This post is the last in my series covering “Ichigoman” (イチゴマン) and “Funny Kuromi-chan” (おかしなクロミちゃん) at Sanrio’s website, though the comics look like they are still being published. I think they started publishing them last year, and they were publishing … Continue reading

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Dark Grape Man and the Mold Zombies – Ichigoman & Funny Kuromi-chan, Part 2

That post title sounds like a good name for a local garage band, doesn’t it?  Today I’m going to continue reading the new Sanrio webcomics “Ichigoman” (イチゴマン) and “Funny Kuromi-chan” (おかしなクロミちゃん).  The webpage the manga are published on is still … Continue reading

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A Kitty Mecha and A Cake-Loving Biker Bunny Go Wild – Ichigoman & Funny Kuromi-chan, Part 1

Sanrio published a new manga of its reboot of Hello Kitty called “Ichigoman,” or “Strawberry Man,” so I want to review some of that along with their new webcomic, “Funny Kuromi-chan.”  Here is the link: http://comip.jp/15/ They actually have more … Continue reading

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Spring Schedule of Author Appearances

As spring kicks into high gear, I will be speaking and appearing at a few upcoming events around town. First up, on May 24th at 7PM, I will be giving my presentation “‘Godzilla, Monster Movies, and Toho Studios” at the … Continue reading

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A Video Book Reading of Noir-Magical Girl Novella Kumori and the Lucky Cat!

  I finally got around to preparing some videos of me reading my 2016 noir-magical girl novella Kumori and the Lucky Cat.  This time I was able to learn more about how to use the recording software, so the audio … Continue reading

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