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  • Truck Rascals V: Ichibanboshi the Brave
  • Tora-san Meets the Songstress Again
  • House
  • Lupin the Third: The Castle of Cagliostro

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  • Wild Zero

    ★★★★★

  • Truck Rascals V: Ichibanboshi the Brave

    ★★★★★

  • Kotaro, An Audacious Karate Boy

    ★★★★

  • Truck Rascals VIII: Ichibanboshi Returns North

    ★★★★½

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  • Kotaro, An Audacious Karate Boy

    Kotaro, An Audacious Karate Boy

    ★★★★

    A very goofy showcase for Japan Action Club stars with a truly juvenile sense of humor. Kotaro is a troublesome high schooler with long hair, and everyone at the school is determined to get him to submit to them, or at least cut that hair!

    Hikaru Kurosaki (MEGABEAST INVESTIGATOR JUSPION) stars alongside fellow tokusatsu hero Kenji Ohba (SPACE SHERIFF GAVAN) as Kotaro and his bald rival. Kurosaki can carry the film handily, but Ohba can’t help but steal the screen…

  • Truck Rascals VIII: Ichibanboshi Returns North

    Truck Rascals VIII: Ichibanboshi Returns North

    ★★★★½

    I could see this one being a slightly under-appreciated entry in the TRUCK RASCALS series. It’s somewhat of a dark horse, having a longer run time, not being quite as chock-full of antics, and missing a few signature elements. However, I maintain that this is actually one of the best.

     It puts a nice capper on two ongoing background stories for Momojiro and Jonathan — we finally visit both Hanamaki, where Jonathan was previously a feared traffic cop, and Momo’s…

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  • The Sword of Doom

    The Sword of Doom

    ★★★★★

    SWORD OF DOOM, where have you been all my life?

    On my watchlist for a while is the answer, I guess. I love Kihachi Okamoto’s quirky dark comedies like OH, BOMB! and AGE OF ASSASSINS. A while back I saw KILL!, another chambara film of his and thought “yeah, this is pretty good,” so while I intended to see this eventually I wasn’t exactly jumping out of my seat.

    Tatsuya Nakadai plays Ryunosuke (later renamed Yoshida) a swordsman who is…

  • On-Gaku: Our Sound

    On-Gaku: Our Sound

    ★★★★

    An anime film that 90% of the time has the aesthetic and halted rhythm of BEAVIS AND BUTT-HEAD and the other 10% is anything-goes animated flexing. 

    It has a very slow start, reinforcing the mundanity and malaise of these high schoolers’ day-to-day, and I was afraid I wouldn’t be able to totally click with it. But once they discover music and we get to know the earnest folk band and some of the other characters get involved I was on…