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  • n  ritual suicide by self-disembowelment on a sword; practiced by samurai in the traditional Japanese society

  • But while Mishima became obsessed with the latter (famously committing seppuku in 1970), Hosoe was able to tame his darker promptings and channel his creativity toward life .
  • One's first intemperate disgust at the media for pursuing the admiral even to his death, his ritual shame, his seppuku, erupted behind the question: Who cares?.
  • He committed political seppuku when a scandalous e-mail introduced by a DPJ member purporting to prove an LDP member's corruption turned out to be fake.

  • Manohla Dargis in New York Times
    In The Times in 2004, Manohla Dargis called the film a "plaintive, often stunningly beautiful anime, where sex dolls commit virtual seppuku against a swirl of film noir intrigue, philosophical speculation, eye-popping images and serious...

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