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“Gundala” Film Review: Rough Beginnings for Indonesian Superheroes

The inaugural movie of Bumilangit's own cinematic universe manages to catch lightning in a bottle at first, but fumbles near the finish.

“The Memorandum Of Kyoko Okitegami” Manga Volume 1 & 2 Review: The Sleuths’ Eccentricity...

What makes "The Memorandum Of Kyoko Okitegami" special compared to other detective fictions? Read the review here.

“Promare” Film Review: Studio TRIGGER Blazes Forward

Studio TRIGGER pulls out all the stops in this explosive spectacle that shows just exactly what they're all about.

“Sakura Quest” Anime Review: Promises and Pitfalls of Regional Development

Another original anime from P.A. Works set in the countryside, "Sakura Quest" explores how developing the countryside with tourism is not a simple matter.

First Impression: “Kino’s Journey” Manga Vol. 1 – Retreading the Journey in the Beautiful...

This manga adaptation of long-running light novel series "Kino's Journey" takes readers back to the familiar journeys.

“The Promised Neverland” Anime Review: Filled with Cleverly Done Twists

With clever directions that make the twists impactful, "The Promised Neverland" is one of the best and a must watch anime from winter 2019 season.

Anime Review: The Reality of Library Politics in “Library War”

Libraries in real life may not actually take up arms like in this anime, but "Library War" highlights the politics of library and access to information with its conflict.

“Dalam Atap di Bawah Langit” (Sora no Shita Yane no Naka) Manga Review: The...

The experiences of job seeking in Indonesia and Japan feel similar enough to make Sora no Shita Yane no Naka a very relatable manga.

“Botchan” Novel Review: Natsume Souseki’s Classic a Window to Japan in Times of Change

Written in the time of intense modernization in Japan, "Botchan" captures how Japanese society changes at the time.

Fate/stay night Heaven’s Feel II. lost butterfly: What Purpose Does the Sex Scene Serve?

Indonesian fans were concerned that the sex scene in "Fate/stay night Heaven's Feel II. lost butterfly" will be censored when the film is shown in Indonesian theatres. How important is the scene, actually?

“Alita: Battle Angel” Film Review: Raising the Bar for Hollywood Manga Adaptation

"Alita: Battle Angel" compares well to previous Hollywood attempts at adapting manga or anime.

“Mobile Suit Gundam NT” Film Review: A True Theatrical Gundam Experience

What makes a Gundam film a Gundam film? The new "Mobile Suit Gundam NT" that has come to Indonesian cinemas have the answer.

“One Cut of the Dead” Film Review: A Spectacularly Hilariously Mad Film!

We have not one, but two staff reviewing the surprise hit film "One Cut of the Dead"

Ponimu First Impression: Promising Newcomer for Anime Streaming in Indonesia

A new legal anime streaming service, Ponimu, has been launched in Indonesia. Our staff checked out what the service has to offer on launch day.

Book Review: “Buku Pintar: Seri Boys Love” (Boys Love Handbook) and Fan-Produced Knowledge

Presenting a literature review on boys love in the style of fan-produced parody popular in doujinshi culture, "Buku Pintar: Seri Boys Love" is one of the most interesting work to appear from Indonesia's doujinshi scene.

“Didn’t I Say to Make My Abilities Average in the Next Life?” Light Novel...

What does it take to make friends while being so different from others? The journey of the heroine of "Didn't I Say to Make My Abilities Average in My Next Life?!" takes us to consider the question.

Studio Ghibli to Have Exhibition and Film Screenings in Indonesia in...

Indonesian fans can prepare for the exhibition and film screenings from Studio Ghibli that will be held in 2017!

Debunking the Anime Production Myths – Part 1: Introduction

Is it true that budget is the decisive factor for animation quality? KAORI's resident sakuga enthusiast takes a look at this and other common myths about how the anime industry works.

Love Live! vs IDOLM@STER: An Unnecessary Conflict?

Two groups of idols, one never-ending bickering between the fans. But is it all worth it?

EXCLUSIVE: Interviews With All 4 Anisong Artists at I Love Anisong...

Back in July, KAORI crew sit down for some talks with the performers of I Love Anisong Sydney 2019.