Patrick Macias

For Patrick Macias's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Harajuku in peril?

Nov 25, 2008

Harajuku in peril?

As a dedicated follower of Japanese pop culture and the coauthor of a book on Japanese teen fashion, I confess that I’m getting a bit concerned about the direction in which the Harajuku district is headed these days. While the influence of the area’s ...

'Speed Racer': drawing on an anime legend

| Jul 3, 2008

'Speed Racer': drawing on an anime legend

<< CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 As “Speed Racer” went into production, elder brother Tatsuo stepped forward as the show’s main visual designer. Kuri, the youngest of the three, meanwhile became the series’ main producer and came up with ideas for story lines and sequence. ...

'Americanizing' a cartoon classic

| Jul 3, 2008

'Americanizing' a cartoon classic

Without Peter Fernandez’s contribution, it’s unlikely that “Speed Racer” ever would have made it over the starting line outside of Japan. Back in the late 1960s, Fernandez wrote the English scripts for the original “Speed Racer” anime. He also directed the English-language cast in ...

Remix this: anime gets hijacked

| Nov 15, 2007

Remix this: anime gets hijacked

Tim Park sits at home in his one-man studio in Ontario, Canada surrounded by piles of anime DVDs and a ton of tech. He’s already “ripped” footage from the anime series “Genshiken” from one of his DVDs to his computer. Now, 34-year-old Park is ...

Akihabara's awful truths

| Sep 27, 2007

Akihabara's awful truths

While the Establishment packages Electric Town as a mecca for manga and anime obsessives, and a magnet for camera- toting tourists, the reality differs: ‘Akiba’ is alienating the geeks who once made it great It’s a humid and gray day in Akihabara around high ...

Aug 19, 2007

Keeping up with anime is by no means kids' play

The Anime Encyclopedia: A Guide to Japanese Animation Since 1917, Revised and Expanded Edition, by Jonathan Clements and Helen McCarthy. Berkeley: Stone Bridge Press, 2006, 867 pp., illustrated, $29.95 (paper) The only real problem with anime is that there’s way too much of it. ...

How the Net made a bedroom rapper a star in Japan

| Aug 16, 2007

How the Net made a bedroom rapper a star in Japan

The Acid Panda Cafe, an underground hip-hop club in Tokyo, is packed. The show is sold out. The racial makeup of the crowd is virtually all Japanese, except for the four African-Americans who hit the stage at 1 a.m. and launch into spirited rhyme. ...

'Heavy-metal suicide'

| Jul 19, 2007

'Heavy-metal suicide'

Marty Friedman looks very metal. He arrives in the plush lounge of the Tokyo Park Hyatt dressed in leather pants, his face framed by a mane of curly hair and with myriad silver “rock star” accessories draped around his neck. Friedman is the ex-lead ...

<em>Anime</em> through an American eye

Dec 21, 2006

Anime through an American eye

When did you first discover artist Taiyo Matsumoto’s “Tekkonkinkreet” manga? I was staying with a Japanese friend of mine when I first saw Matsumoto-san’s manga. Keep in mind that I’m not someone who is an otaku (obsessive fan) at all. I don’t really read ...