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Cartoon worlds collide as 'The Simpsons' meet 'Akira' in 'Barkira'

Mar 5, 2015

Cartoon worlds collide as 'The Simpsons' meet 'Akira' in 'Barkira'

Last year, animated TV show “The Simpsons” spoofed the films of director Hayao Miyazaki. This spring, bootleg Bart Simpson T-shirts line the boutiques of Harajuku. There’s a weird symbiosis between Japanese pop culture and America’s longest-running TV family, a force strong enough to attract ...

Idol-pop act Necronomidol is taken to the dark side

Oct 28, 2014

Idol-pop act Necronomidol is taken to the dark side

It’s a week until Necronomidol’s big show and, practicing at a dance studio in Tokyo’s Shinjuku Ward, the four members make a decision to change one line from “We’ve come to bring about the Apocalypse” to “We’ve come to enact Armageddon.” Manager Ricky Wilson ...

Sincerity is the new ecstasy in Funkot's 'Summer of Love'

Jun 27, 2013

Sincerity is the new ecstasy in Funkot's 'Summer of Love'

At the end of the 1980s, British DJs imported a potent new style of house music from the Spanish party island Ibiza in what came to be known as the ecstasy-fueled “Second Summer of Love.” Inspired by this trade route two decades later, Katsumi ...