Dec 13 2014

Random Japan

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Wear black – The 20 most memorable anime deaths, as chosen by fans

 Casey Baseel

While the gigantic robots and gratuitous nudity were certainly eye-catching, when I first started watching Japanese animation, one of the things that surprised me the most was the fact that anime characters could, well, die. Sure, American cartoons from Tom and Jerry to G.I. Joe were filled with explosions and gunplay, but while the violence was abundant, injuries were conspicuously absent.

Anime tales, though, have no qualms about knocking off their players. As a matter of fact, characters shake off this mortal coil so frequently that a recent poll ranked the 20 most memorable anime deaths.



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400 years after Battle of Domyoji, descendants of rival warlords meet in peace

December 13, 2014


FUJIIDERA, Osaka Prefecture–Three men whose warlord ancestors fought in the crucial 1615 Battle of Domyoji between the Tokugawa and Toyotomi armies shook hands in reconciliation and called for peace.

The three–Shigenobu Katakura, 74, Motoyasu Goto, 58, and Toru Sanada, 66–met for the first time at a Nov. 18 unveiling ceremony for a monument erected in front of Domyoji Station on the Kintetsu Domyoji Line in this city.

The Domyoji town planning association built the monument to pay tribute and pray for the souls of the feudal warlords who fought in the battle, part of the summer campaign of the Siege of Osaka.