Angel Cruz is a writer and boy band scholar. You can also find her at Book Riot for endless discussion and flailing over all things literature. Ice cream, Broadway musicals, and Arashi are her lifeblood.
As present (and misinterpreted) as ninjas are in global pop culture references, few of us probably consider the origin of these warriors. Yoshihiro Nakamura has found a way to share new perspectives to their tales, tying their existence to what has become modern Japan in his new film Shinobi no Kuni. Fresh off projects like The MagnificentREAD MORE
Chihayafuru: Kami no Ku (Part 1) Director: Norihiro Koizumi Original screenplay: Yuki Suetsugu (manga), Norihiro Koizumi (screenplay) Cast: Suzu Hirose, Shuhei Nomura, Mackenyu, Mone Kamishiraishi North American premiere: June 10, 2017 (Canada) 花さそふ (It entices the flowers—) あらしの庭の (the storm—but through the garden’s white) 雪ならで (it is not snow) ふりゆくものは (and what it is that’s scattering) わが身なりけりREAD MORE
Defy The Stars Claudia Gray Little, Brown Books for Young Readers April 4th 2017 There’s nothing quite like falling headlong into an author’s entire catalogue. I should know. I’m deep in a Claudia Gray haze these days, and I’m still not sure how that happened. Scratch that. I picked up Lost Stars, Gray’s Star Wars novel,READ MORE
I Am a Hero Director: Sato Shinsuke Original screenplay: Kengo Hanazawa (manga) and Akiko Nogi (screenplay) North American voice cast: Yo Oizumi, Masami Nagasawa, Kasumi Arimura North American premiere: March 13, 2016 (United States); June 16, 2017 (Canada) I feel pretty confident in saying that I probably wouldn’t last very long in the zombie apocalypse. For one, IREAD MORE