Haruhi for free on YouTube – with English subs

Kadokawa’s YouTube channel now has the first eight episodes of this year’s “rebroadcast” of Suzumiya Haruhi no Yuuutsu, complete with English subtitles and arranged in chronological order. Not that this matters to those who have already seen the fansubs or purchased the R1 DVDs, but if you’ve done neither then this is the perfect opportunity to watch them for free (and with no legal qualms whatsoever).

If I remember correctly, the raw Japanese versions of the original 2006 episodes that were previously posted on the Kadokawa channel included various extra/corrected scenes that had, before that time, only been released on DVD. I’ll do a quick check on one of the newly subbed episodes to make sure, but I imagine these English versions will also contain the additional DVD-only material. [UPDATE: Episode 4 had something that wasn’t on the original broadcast version, so yeah – it looks like the YouTube vids are based on the extended DVD versions.]

Kadokawa will almost certainly yank these episodes off YouTube after a few days or so (in accordance with established procedure), so enjoy them while they last.

Japan 2009 Highlights: Kyoto International Manga Museum

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Not interested in fossils, paintings or broken pottery? Try this museum – it’s got nothing but manga.

Lots and lots of manga.

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The gathering storm

The Face of Despair

The blissful, halcyon days of my self-imposed exile from work are fast approaching their end. In a few weeks, I shall return to the not-quite-as-wonderful world of labour, toiling five days out of seven – and possibly more when the occasion calls for it – just to make enough money to support my insatiable profligacy. My silence over the past week is due in part to my having to rush this way and that, collecting documents and preparing the paperwork needed before I once more assume the crushing yoke of white-collar servitude.

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Summer Wars trailer out

The latest offering from TokiKake‘s Hosoda Mamoru is due for release (in Japan) on 01 August. For more details, check out the official site.

No word yet on overseas screenings or a subtitled DVD release, but it’s probably just a matter of time.

I can’t wait.

The way to a woman’s heart is through your sword

Sanada Yukimura

Behold the new standard of Japanese masculinity.

The Mainichi Daily News reports that young Japanese women are embracing the Sengoku era with an ardent thirst. Books, magazines, even “armour” underwear based on historical themes are flying off the shelves. Reki-jo (“history girls”) are turning to the likes of Uesugi Kenshin and Sanada Yukimura as paragons of masculinity: a rejection, it seems, of the man-in-the-kitchen image that appears to have gained popularity in recent years.

Our mission is clear, lads. Forget about getting in touch with your feminine side. Leave the puppies at home and dump the frilly apron. To impress the modern Japanese woman, we need to embrace the bloodthirsty, merciless, town-sacking, head-chopping warlord within.

Now excuse me for a moment – I need to see a man about a full suit of Sengoku-era armour.

Venice reimagined: Amano Kozue’s Stella (artbook review alert)

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Today on Wolf Hurricane, I talk about Stella – a hardbound artbook featuring the work of ARIA manga author and illustrator Amano Kozue.

Click here to read my post.

For the great safety . . .

Doing the sheet belt is be good

. . . by all means please do the sheet belt.

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