In Praise of Trash
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In Praise of Trash

By Brent Peters We’re gonna be doing something different today. Instead of bringing your attention to an obscure gem, discussing a landmark of pop culture, or exploring an international classic that failed to reach North American audiences, I’m going to try to convince you to read some top tier trash. If you’ve spent any amount … Continue reading

An Invitation from a Crab
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An Invitation from a Crab

By Pokere Paewai If you are ever fortunate enough to see a crab strolling through your neighborhood, please follow its lead. By slowing down to a crab’s pace and looking around and about in this world, you too may discover life’s many mysteries that are hidden in plain sight. That’s the advice that author panpanya … Continue reading

A Persona(l) Favourite
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A Persona(l) Favourite

By Brent Peters A gentle piano melody plays. You walk through the rain, accompanied by a soothing song that usually ensues during a calm evening. The sweet, velveteen vocals start. You stop by the market on the way, maybe check if there’s anything interesting at the bookshop. Eventually, your current, temporary home comes into view. … Continue reading

Try, Die, Repeat
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Try, Die, Repeat

By Brent Peters Here’s a scenario: an enthusiastic but largely inept twenty-something finds himself transported to a new and interesting culture; his exuberance at the scenario turns to confused desperation, his ambitions for success slowly giving way to the terror of failure. Out of the many drafts I’ve made of this intro, this one feels … Continue reading

A Human Drama with Animal Actors
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A Human Drama with Animal Actors

By Brent Peters The scene opens: a bleeding student crashes into a lecture hall, stumbling back to barricade the door with his body. Through ragged breaths, the bleeding student screams, accusing the unseen assailant of maintaining a false veneer of civility in their previous interactions. A monstrous silhouette smashes through the door. The victim tumbles … Continue reading

The Voynich Hotel
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The Voynich Hotel

By Pokere Paewai Welcome back to Media Bug. In this edition I will be covering a manga series that makes perfect reading for Halloween, even if this recommendation comes a little bit late. So lets dive in to Douman Seiman’s darker-than-black comedy manga, The Voynich Hotel. On the fictional South Pacific Island of Blefuscu there … Continue reading

Kappas & Guitars
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Kappas & Guitars

By Pokere Paewai Hello and welcome back to Media Bug after our little hiatus. If you’ve been reading this column for a little while you might notice that I haven’t really talked about anything current. The main reason being that I suck at keeping up with anything that’s current, not just in Japanese media. But … Continue reading

Warriors of the Wind
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Warriors of the Wind

By Pokere Paewai Welcome back to this month’s edition of Media Bug. Looking ahead, summer vacation is almost upon us, and not long after that will be the arrival of a new batch of ALTs. But anyway, this month I’ve decided to focus on an all-time classics from anime’s greatest ever director Hayao Miyazaki. But … Continue reading