Madhouse

Love on catwalk

Manga writer and illustrator Ai Yazawa shot to fame with two of her best-known works, Nana and Paradise Kiss. Nana was made into a film and a sequel, while Paradise Kiss opens in Hong Kong cinemas tomorrow.

Wednesday, 21 September, 2011, 12:00am

A portrait of teenage angst

Artichoke Hearts Sita Brahmachari Published by Macmillan Children's Books ISBN 978 0 330 51791 1

You would expect something unusual from the latest winner of the prestigious Waterstone's Children's Book Prize in Britain, and you certainly get it in Sita Brahmachari's Artichoke Hearts.

30 May 2011 - 12:00am

It's time to rewind to the 70s

Yasutaka Tsutsui's The Girl Who Leapt Through Time was a hit novel in the late 1960s. Since then it has been adapted for television, a manga series, an animation film, and now a live-action movie.

27 Oct 2010 - 12:00am

Needless (Anime)

New anime Needless is set in a future where super-powered mutants roam the wastelands of a post-apocalyptic Tokyo.

2 Aug 2009 - 12:00am

Not just a pretty face

She may be Japan's sweetheart, but Yuna Ito actually grew up in Oahu, Hawaii. Born to a Japanese father and a Korean-American mother, Ito is only 25 but already has a double-platinum debut album to her name, has starred in two movies, and has even sung a duet with her idol, Canadian super-songstress Celine Dion - at the diva's personal request.

24 May 2009 - 12:00am

For art's sake

YouTube may store a vast quantity of videos but browsing the site for high-quality, art-focused content can be tedious. So, early this month, ArtBabble.org was launched to showcase works of art online as never before.

19 Apr 2009 - 12:00am

Ride Back (DVD)

Don't forget your helmet - new anime Ride Back will take you on an high-speed trip on a humanoid mecha motorcycle ridden by a ballerina.

15 Mar 2009 - 12:00am

Denise Ho aims to raise awareness of mental illness

Singer Denise Ho Wan-sze hosted a ribbon-cutting for an installation called 'The Ten Days Of Christmas'. The display, in Harbour City's Ocean Terminal, aims to raise awareness of mental illness. Proceeds from the sale of the artworks and limited-edition collectible knick-knacks all go to the entertainer's HOCC Charity Fund.

17 Dec 2008 - 12:00am

Allison and Lillia (DVD)

Take to the skies for some high-flying action with a young military pilot and her sharpshooter friend in the new anime series Allison and Lillia.

22 Jun 2008 - 12:00am

In Brief

Meet new goodwill envoy: Hello Kitty

18 May 2008 - 12:00am

Brains to the rescue

Saiunkoku Monogatari (TV)

Political intrigue, assassinations and conspiracies abound in romantic period drama Saiunkoku Monogatari (Tale of the Land of Many-Coloured Clouds) where a young girl tries to change the world.

Saiunkoku Monogatari was originally a series of novels by Sai Yukino, with a manga adaptation illustrated by Kairi Yura.

29 Jul 2007 - 12:00am

Monsters and royalty

Kaibutsu Ojo (TV and DVD)

It's a monster party as every Universal Studio monster makes a guest appearance on the new anime series Kaibutsu Ojo (Monster Princess), currently airing in Japan.

This action comedy finds a poor high school student called Hiro suddenly serving the second daughter of the King of Monsters.

17 Jun 2007 - 12:00am

Female warriors rule

Claymore (TV)

Super female warriors kill shape-changing monsters called Yoma with a flick of their wrists in the new anime Claymore, currently being shown on Japan's NTV channel.

This fantasy-horror anime is based on the manga of the same name written and illustrated by Norihiro Yagi. His previous work includes Undeadman and Angel Densetsu.

6 May 2007 - 12:00am

Customs seizes fake goods destined for New Year fairs

HK$500,000 worth of fake festive goods and toys have been seized by customs officers ahead of the Lunar New Year, in raids on 12 wholesalers in Sham Shui Po during which 13 people were arrested.

The officers said the goods were destined for stallholders at Lunar New Year fairs across the city and have warned retailers to beware of fakes when stocking up.

7 Feb 2007 - 12:00am

No happy ever after

Youth movies are all about chasing dreams. But they should never suggest that dreams can only be fulfilled at the expense of happiness.

Adapted from a popular comic book, Nana 2 - directed by Otani Kentaro - picks up where the first instalment ended. It stars pop diva Mika Nakashima as Nana, a rock singer who is about to hit the big time with her punk band Black Stones.

7 Jan 2007 - 12:00am

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