Over Christmas 2020 the anime movie Demon Slayer: Infinity Train (Kimetsu no Yaiba: Mugen Train) surpassed Spirited Away to become the #1 box office hit in Japan. Along the way it passed Your Name and Titanic as well, and honestly even I am surprised despite being a Demon Slayer mega fan. Spirited Away is my favorite Miyazaki movie and honestly there is no way Demon Slayer the movie can be objectively better than a timeless masterpiece but I guess J-moviegoers really needed something to watch in theaters. I love the manga so so much though, on re-reads it continues to surprise with the details and depth in world building and I truly commend mangaka Koyoharu Gotōge for not dragging on his story and ending it in 23 volumes (hello One Piece).
Talk now goes to the live action remake, and while the production team of the manga has been coy claiming its not in the works a news paper article said that casting was already underway and tons of familiar names and faces are being assembled for what will likely be another box office hit. Male lead Kamado Tanjiro will be either It Boy Yamazaki Kento or critical darling Kamiki Ryuonosuke. Yes yes, Kento again, why him in every movie or dorama these days, but Tanjiro is actually the PERFECT role for him lol. Him as Arisu in hit Netflix adaptation of Alice in Borderland was actually not who I would have picked for that role, but his sweet earnestness is totally Tanjiro. Read on for the rest of the rumored roles.
I find J-actress Ishihara Satomi great in procedurals and she’s coming back this Spring with a new Fuji TV dorama called Unsung Cinderella. It’s based on a same name manga and her character visuals looks sooooo much like the manga … Continue reading →
I feel myself hungry for a new J-dorama and the dish I select is the manga adapted Heaven?:Gokuraku Resutoran (Heaven?: My Restaurant, My Life) thanks to the star casting of leads I love Ishihara Satomi and Fukushi Sota. She’s delightfully … Continue reading →
It felt like Pyongyong 2018 was just yesterday and I was covering all the K-stars involved with South Korea hosting its first ever Winter Olympics. Now it’s just a year away from Tokyo taking the world stage in hosting the … Continue reading →
J-actress Ishihara Satomi recently came in 2nd in a viewer poll of the top Heisei era (1989-2019) actress but she’s my personal number 1. She would actually be tied with Horitaka Maki who didn’t make the top 10 list and … Continue reading →
The week marked the start of the end of the 30-year run Heisei era in Japan with the announcement of the next era name of Reiwa, with the current Emperor abdicating and passing the throne to the Crown Prince. Heisei … Continue reading →
J-actress Ishihara Satomi is doing her best to bring the feel of Dutch painter Johann Vermeer to life as she attended the opening exhibition of his works at the Osaka City Museum of Fine Arts. She’s the voice guide for … Continue reading →
I’m triply stoked for the summer 2018 J-dorama season, and in general have enjoyed the last three dorama seasons with always one show I get hooked on to watch. Summer ’18 has three high profile top actresses with anticipated series … Continue reading →
The first batch of 2018 J-doramas have wrapped up as the winter 2018 lineup has all finished airing and the spring 2018 doramas have arrived. I’m still playing catch up on two doramas but for the first that I’ve finished … Continue reading →
The TC Candler website list of the Most Beautiful Faces of 2017 is out and congrats is due to Taiwanese idol singer Tzuyu (Chou Tzu Yu) of TWICE for being the highest East Asian star on the list at number … Continue reading →
The votes are in and this is a huge polling size and spans decades to get a good sense of what Japanese find most beautiful among their actresses. With over 50,000 votes, J-actress Kitagawa Keiko tops the list of most … Continue reading →
2018 is still a bits away but I’m already gearing up to check back into J-doramas thanks to a certain adorable charming actress diving into a new project that interests me. After her rumored boyfriend Yamashita Tomohisa put on his … Continue reading →
When I hear someone has been doing a job for fifteen years I tend to ascribe a slightly older age bracket to them so it’s really incredible that J-actress Ishihara Satomi is celebrating her 15th anniversary in J-ent this year … Continue reading →