Author Archive | Shingo

A web of social maladies is spun to craft the captivating, glamorous psychosis of The Love Witch, a 2016 film by Anna Biller.

The Love Witch (2016)

A web of social maladies is spun to craft the captivating, glamorous psychosis of The Love Witch, a 2016 film by Anna Biller. Tweet


Boosting the Signal

As part of my exodus from Japan I shipped ~20 boxes of unopened 2007-2008 vintage bishoujo figures to my new home in Seattle. Now, at long last, it’s eBay time! If you’re looking for some very good deals on figures that are no longer easy to come by, you could do worse than checking out […]

Wonder Festival 2012 Winter Event Report

Wonder Festival 2012 Winter was held yesterday, February 12th at the Makuhari Messe convention center in Tokyo, Japan, and Heisei Democracy was there. I’m leaving for Seattle in a few minutes, so for now I’m posting a few highlights and will update this post with a more thorough report when I’ve regained my bearings. Some […]

Wonder Festival 2012 Winter

Winter Wonder Festival 2012 Preview

Wonder Festival 2012 Winter approaches! The date is Sunday, February 12th, and the place is the Makuhari Messe convention center, as it was last summer. Catalogs for the event went on sale today, providing both the official entry ticket and a glimpse at what many of the exhibitors are planning to show at the event. […]

diagram: male characters as moe objects

From the Archive: The Moe Image

The migration of the most important Heisei Democracy posts to their new home begins with this essay first published here in 2005. The thoughts within still form the foundation of my take on current Japanese 2D visual culture, and mark the starting point for further discussion of the topic here in the coming weeks and […]


Wonder Festival Summer 2011 Event Report

Up before 5 am this morning to prepare for the day’s festivities, I got everything assembled and was out the door by around 6:40 – plenty early, it turned out (note to self: get one of those battery > cell adapters before Comiket. Also a set of highlighter markers). I picked up some sunscreen to […]


Wonder Festival Summer 2011 Preview

Tomorrow is the summer incarnation of the biannual Wonder Festival hobby convention. It will be the first since the earthquake and tsunami that devastated Japan last March, and initially there were fears that the disarray would prohibit the event planning committee at Kaiyodo from processing amateur sculptors’ requests to sell copyrighted material under the standard […]


Orchid Seed’s Chichinoe+ Pin-Up Lady Hibiki

A look at one of the latest figures from Orchid Seed that pairs eromanga illustrator Inoue Takuya, known for his voluptuous female designs, with sculptor Ishiyama Satoshi, known for his voluptuous female figures. The result is an improvement over their past two Chichinoe+ collaborations, as seen in the (NSFW) gallery below: Tweet


Nostalgia and slick beats in Yogurtbox’s ‘Tree of Knowledge’

If you’re a gamer or anime fan of a certain age, your awareness of what were then called “dating sims” probably began with a few titles ported to English in the late 90’s and early ’00s. If you recall the music from those games with fondness, this is an album you’ll want to hear. Tweet


Futaket Bound

The seventh iteration of the girls-with-extra themed doujinshi sales event Futaket will be held on Tuesday, May 3rd, and HD will be there as a circle participant. The information packet for artists came in the mail last night so now it’s official! I’m psyched to be in the trenches creating again as the necessary preparations […]


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