This woman's work is never dull

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Hidetomo Masuno says he thinks too much. The 41-year-old comedian who goes by the name Bakarhythm says he spends most of his waking hours deep in thought — "but first," he stresses, "I observe." Observation is what led him to create the blog, book and, eventually, TV series "Fictitious OL Diary" ...

In a tale of two Akiras, let's see more Ai

Jun 29, 2017

In a tale of two Akiras, let's see more Ai

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For fans of the ikemen (handsome dude), Wowow's new mini-series "Akira and Akira" is like manna from heaven. Kicking off July 9, it stars actors Osamu Mukai and Takumi Saito, and the hype at this point may as well be soundtracked by The Weather ...

'The Bachelor' is looking for love in Japan

May 10, 2017

'The Bachelor' is looking for love in Japan

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There comes a moment of truth in every episode of reality-dating series "The Bachelor" when the handsome and wealthy bachelor must eliminate at least one of the 25 women vying for his affection during a "rose ceremony." In "The Bachelor Japan," the series' first rose ...

'Samurai Gourmet' explores the art of the meal

Apr 6, 2017

'Samurai Gourmet' explores the art of the meal

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In the first episode of Japan's latest contribution to original Netflix programming, "Samurai Gourmet," Takeshi Kasumi enters a small teishoku (set meal) joint and grapples over whether to have a beer with lunch. Inspired by an imaginary samurai, he gets one. That's it. For viewers ...

Ultraman: Ultracool at 50

Jul 16, 2016

Ultraman: Ultracool at 50

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Ultraman has been defending humanity against monsters and aliens for half a century. We examine the superhero's enduring legacy.