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For Mark Schilling's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

'Sunny': The gang reunites for some 1990s nostalgia

/ Aug 22, 2018

'Sunny': The gang reunites for some 1990s nostalgia

Compared to today's Tokyo, where teenagers quietly curate their Instagram feeds in Starbucks and tourists happily snap selfies from the middle of Shibuya Crossing, the 1990s were a wilder, freer time. Shibuya was then the domain of the kogyaru, teenage girls who cheekily flouted traditional ...

'Sensei Kunshu': Looking for love in all the wrong places

/ Aug 1, 2018

'Sensei Kunshu': Looking for love in all the wrong places

Student crushes on teachers are a pop culture staple (ask any Van Halen fan). In real life, they're a minefield, with trip wires becoming ever more sensitive. "Sensei Kunshu," Momoko Koda's hit manga about a teenage girl (Minami Hamabe) goo-goo-eyed over a handsome math teacher ...

'Bleach': Easy entry into an action-packed manga world

/ Jul 25, 2018

'Bleach': Easy entry into an action-packed manga world

Marvel and DC may rule the North American multiplex, but that doesn't mean their fans have read the source comics. In Japan the opposite is true: The manga comes first and foremost in a media chain that eventually leads to anime, games and, at ...