Lost in Translation with Cipher Academy

When I was told even a professional translator found a cipher manga impossible to translate, I had to get in on the action. (Spoilers for Cipher Academy up to chapter 11 ahead!) Cipher Academy is definitely a difficult manga to tackle, for any translator. I mean, it's by Nisio Isin, he of Katanagatari and the... Continue Reading →

How Cowboy Bebop Does Horror Well

Cowboy Bebop - a perennial anime classic which manages to span many moods, including horror. I've said before anime doesn't do a lot of horror and one of those reasons is because other genres of anime do it better. Cowboy Bebop nails this, particularly with Toys in the Attic but also with Black Dog Serenade.... Continue Reading →

Golden Kamuy vs. Angolmois: Culture Clash

Golden Kamuy and Angolmois are two historical series which so far have aired back-to-back (and the former will bookend the latter once the fall season is over), so it would be quite the obvious compare and contrast topic… There seemed to be something connecting Angolmois and Golden Kamuy together, aside from the fact they’re both... Continue Reading →

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