Tag Archive: Netflix

Feb 20 2018

Fullmetal Alchemist (Film Review)


Fullmetal Alchemist Film Review by David Cirone The feature film adaptation of Fullmetal Alchemist has just dropped on Netflix. It packs some cool visuals, brings an impressive list of Japanese actors to project, and carries a knockout theme song by J-Pop songstress Misia. But for a story with the central theme of uniting a soul …

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Feb 09 2018

Midnight Diner: Tokyo Stories (Series Review)


Midnight Diner: Tokyo Stories Series Review by David Cirone Midnight Diner: Tokyo Stories, based on the popular manga Shinya Shokudo, stands out as arguably the best original Japanese-language series Netflix has produced yet. Excellent writing, superb acting, and subtle direction combine in the 10-part anthology where the lives of Tokyo’s late-night citizens intersect at a …

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Jan 31 2017

Terrace House – Season 1 (Series Review)


Terrace House – Boys and Girls in the City Season 1 – Part 1 Review by David Cirone Terrace House, now streaming in the U.S. on Netflix, is the Japanese “Real World”-style reality show watered-down to be as polite and PG as possible. Absent are the sensational, over-the-top, media-career-minded personalities we’re accustomed to on U.S. …

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Oct 11 2016

Midnight Diner: Tokyo Stories (trailer)


Preview trailer for Midnight Diner: Tokyo Stories, based on the Shinya Shokudo manga series by Yaro Abe, which won the 55th Shogakukan Manga Award.

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Sep 03 2016

Hibana (Spark) (Series Review)


Hibana (Spark) Series Review by David Cirone Netflix’s latest Japanese series Hibana (Spark) is a deeply-felt, intelligent character drama about the highs and lows of the “manzai” comedy world, viewed through the complex friendship of its two lead characters, the shy but driven Tokunaga (Kento Hayashi) and the abrasive wild man Kamiya (Kazuki Namioka). Based …

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Apr 12 2016

Hibana (Spark) (trailer)


Preview trailer for the upcoming Netflix / Yoshimoto Kogyo series Hibana (Spark), based on the Akutagawa Prize-winning novel by comedian Naoki Matayoshi. The series stars Kento Hayashi and Kazuki Namioka.

Feb 15 2016

Atelier (Series Review)


Atelier Series Review by David Cirone Netflix Japan’s premiere original series Atelier (titled “Underwear” for its Japanese release) is an infuriatingly weak attempt to showcase the provocative world of lingerie. Cardboard characters, illogical plot twists, and episode-after-episode of junior-high-school idealistic speeches made this series a real challenge to finish. In truth, the story is over …

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