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- TITLE (91) presents what makes a “Good Read for Samurai-Business,” so we get a round-up of classic Japanese samurai fiction that supposedly instill lessons on the way to do business. There’s also a giant feature on 24, to go with the release of the 6th season here on DVD, and the magazine even includes a DVD with the first episode, to whet your appetite.
- PEN (204) turns in a terrific issue with their “Viva Comics!” feature — a really nice look at sequential art from around the world, including creators sharing their favorites. The “Up & Coming Directors” piece tells us who we should be watching out for in the world of Japanese cinema these days, with the featured profiles covering Yuki Tanada, Gunjyo-Iro, Yoshihiro Nakamura, Naoko Ogigami, Yoshihiro Takagawa, and Koji Maeda.
- BRUTUS (622) takes a “Holiday in the Park,” with coverage of parks from Japan and the world.
- EYESCREAM (2007/9) delves into the sexy side of things with it’s “Love & Ero” issue. Porn actress Maria Ozawa is on the cover, with a pictorial inside photographed by Yasumasa Yonehara (he also shoots Kozue Ayuse).