I suppose you could consider this a hat-tip to Drifting Classroom. And actually, that kind of puts Magical Girl Apocalypse into a different context for me; a lot of people are calling it a zombie outbreak series wearing more lace and ruffles, but its heart seems to be a lot closer to Umezu's senseless outbreaks of cruel surrealism. The opening chapters do remind one inevitably of Highschool of the Dead (and both series have no idea how breasts work) or even Deadman Wonderland, but by the end of volume 1 we seem to be moving closer to a general breakdown of physics and sanity. We'll see how things develop...
These are the 4 issues of the fanzine we produced a while back (2002-2004). They're rough, but they're also the foundation for a lot of what we've built since then, including this site.
Click on the issues to bring up the full reader.
Issue 1 focused on Berserk, Jin-roh, and Asian live-action movies. It also had a memorable review of Gundress.
Issue 2 was a dissection of FLCL (it explains it all, really) and the work of Taiyo Matsumoto.
Issue 3 tackled Yoshitoshi ABe's traditional Japanese aesthetics, explained Evangelion and looked at the explosion of Korean movies.
Issue 4 was all about horror, laying out what made new wave Japanese horror so unique.