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LIFESTYLE // NEWS SCANDAL In the space of a few years, SCANDAL managed to establish themselves as one of the biggest bands in Japan, and one of the country’s most popular artists overseas
ANIME & MANGA // NEWS 2015 ANIME EXPLOSION The months ahead are going to see some great new titles from our favourite UK distributors.
ASIAN FILM // NEWS SALUTE! SUN YAT-SEN Yee Chih-Yen’s comedy won Best Screenplay at the Taipei Film Awards, mixing gags and social commentary about Taiwan’s inequality.
ANIME & MANGA // NEWS ELFEN LIED Elfen Lied is one of the most notorious series in the anime canon largely due to its very graphic violence, but its combination of science fiction and horror have made it a fan favourite
LIFESTYLE // NEWS BABYMETAL’S UK ALBUM The Fox God has heeded your cries, and now the album that sparked the “Metal Resistance” (and rather ironically, divided the same community!) has been granted a special UK release courtesy of earMUSIC!
LIFESTYLE // NEWS WEISS SCHWARZ KANCOLLE TRIAL DECKS AND BOOSTERS When alien forces invade the earth, who do you call on to save humanity?
ASIAN FILM // REVIEW CONCRETE CLOUDS Lee Chatametikool’s feature directorial debut Concrete Clouds tells the story of two brothers, Mutt and Nic, reunited in Bangkok following their father’s suicidal leap from his apartment building.
ASIAN FILM // REVIEW MARY IS HAPPY, MARY IS HAPPY Mary Is Happy, Mary Is Happy is the second feature from Thai director Nawapol Thamrongrattanarit and, as is revealed in the credits, is based upon the “original tweets by Mary Maloney”.
ANIME & MANGA // REVIEW NARUTO SHIPPUDEN BOX SET 21 The Fourth Great Ninja War is about to break out, and forces from around the ninja globe are assembled with the objective of taking out the evil cult Akatsuki
GAMES // REVIEW PUZZLES & DRAGONS Z Fresh from taking the Japanese smartphone market by storm in 2012, Puzzles & Dragons has finally reached Nintendo’s handheld
ANIME & MANGA // REVIEW ONE PIECE FILM: Z One Piece Film: Z is the twelfth feature outing for Luffy, and the first one set in the New World, after the crew has left the Grand Line behind.
ANIME & MANGA // REVIEW GYO DELUXE There’s one name that dominates the horror manga scene in Japan, and that’s Junji Ito.
ANIME & MANGA // REVIEW A BRUSH WITH MAGIC The talented manga artist Sonia Leong (also a NEO contributor this issue!) turns her hand to prose for the fantasy light novel A Brush With Magic.
ANIME & MANGA // REVIEW SANKAREA: UNDYING LOVE Chihiro Furuya has one morbid interest in his life – zombies! Zombie movies, zombie figures, even his clothing seems to have an undead theme to it.
GAMES // REVIEW KIRBY AND THE RAINBOW PAINTBRUSH Graphically, Rainbow Paintbrush is gorgeous and very distinctive, the whole world designed to appear as if it is made out of coloured modelling clay.
ANIME & MANGA // REVIEW COMPOUND CINEMATICS: AKIRA KUROSAWA AND I Shinobu Hashimoto was one of Japan’s greatest screenwriters and a vital contributor to many of Akira Kurosawa’s finest works, including Rashomon and Seven Samurai.
ANIME & MANGA // REVIEW SERAPH OF THE END Seraph Of The End is the new series from WIT Studio, the folks behind Attack On Titan, so it arrives with a hefty sense of expectation
ANIME & MANGA // REVIEW SHAKUGAN NO SHANA SEASON 2 The second series of Shakugan no Shana supplements the fantasy battle elements of its plot with a hefty helping of slice-of-life storylines.
ASIAN FILM // REVIEW THE DRAGON’S SNAKE FIST Anyone expecting anything except the same old, same old from The Dragon Snake’s Fist will probably be hugely disappointed.
ANIME & MANGA // REVIEW DURARARA!! For those who like their high school dramas with a side of gang warfare, not to mention a supernatural twist, Durarara!! may just be the answer to your prayers.
ANIME & MANGA // REVIEW THE HEROIC LEGEND OF ARSLAN The Heroic Legend of Arslan is adapted from the very long running series of novels by Yoshiki Tanaka, which were first made into an anime in the early 1990s.
ASIAN FILM // REVIEW RIKI-OH The Category III boom (basically adult-orientated genre cinema from Hong Kong) was in full swing by the time Riki-Oh (AKA The Story of Ricky) arrived in 1991.
ASIAN FILM // REVIEW BE MY BABY Starting at a party and unfolding over the weeks that follow, Be My Baby is a study of sex and relationships in modern Japan, explored through the tangled web woven by nine 20-something residents of Tokyo.
ANIME & MANGA // REVIEW NADIA: THE SECRET OF BLUE WATER Speaking at last year’s Tokyo Film Festival, Hideaki Anno mentioned that he once watched a rerun of his 1990 series Nadia, and was pleased how well it held up.
LIFESTYLE // ARTICLE SPRUKITS Created by the folks behind Japan’s celebrated Gundam clip kits, Bandai’s new Sprukits are the latest generation of their models that require no glue and no painting to assemble.
LIFESTYLE // ARTICLE GENKI GEAR Q&A NEO interviewed Lydia English of Genki Gear to find out more about the company’s decade in the design business!
ASIAN FILM // NEWS ROARING CURRENTS Choi Min-sik is all at sea in Kim Han-min’s historical action adventure Roaring Currents.
GAMES // REVIEW MARIO PARTY 10 The first HD outing in the long-running virtual board game series offers three main modes this time round.
ASIAN FILM // REVIEW RASHOMON Given that Rashomon was made in Japan’s immediate postwar climate, one could argue that Kurosawa’s story is symbolic of his country’s own contemporary crimes.
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