Cut-out enthusiast fills niche face first

May 18, 2015

Cut-out enthusiast fills niche face first

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Are you the type to put your face in a goofy head-in-a-hole board for a photo at a tourist spot, or do you think such antics are child’s play and give them a miss? Company employee Tomoyuki Shioya, 32, is obsessed to the point ...

Anime oasis of the Midwest flourishes

| May 16, 2015

Anime oasis of the Midwest flourishes

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The 18th annual Anime Central (ACen), North America’s third largest anime convention, is underway this weekend in Rosemont, near Chicago. Last year’s event drew a record 29,000 unique attendees, tallying 81,000 in total over its three full days. Organizers expect to breach those figures ...

At last, Japan gets it

| Apr 18, 2015

At last, Japan gets it

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The Japanese entertainment industry is finally growing up, says Shin Unozawa, and he should know. Unozawa joined Bandai Entertainment back in 1981, and serves as chair of the Computer Entertainment Supplier’s Association (CESA), co-hosts of the Tokyo Game Show. Now he is CEO of ...

AnimeJapan 2015 sees the big picture

| Mar 27, 2015

AnimeJapan 2015 sees the big picture

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For most in Japan, April marks the start of the new working year. But for the anime and manga industries, it all begins in March. Last weekend, the second annual AnimeJapan trade fair overtook Tokyo Big Sight, with more than 120,000 total attendees (a ...

'The Anime Encyclopedia' goes full digital

| Feb 27, 2015

'The Anime Encyclopedia' goes full digital

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“The Anime Encyclopedia, 3rd Revised Edition: A Century of Japanese Animation” will be released March 3. Editions 1 and 2, published in 2001 and 2006 respectively, have long proved invaluable to English-speaking scholars, fans and writers, serving as reliably exhaustive and often highly entertaining ...

Most read Culture stories of 2014

Jan 1, 2015

Most read Culture stories of 2014

OK Go’s Japanese-inspired music video and Sailor Moon’s special birthday were some of the most read and shared Culture articles of 2014. Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Taika-hen (Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Inferno) Warner Entertainment Japan — whose Hollywood blockbusters have hurried the samurai period drama toward its ...

Activities to ring in year of the sheep

Jan 1, 2015

Activities to ring in year of the sheep

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Usually, the New Year holiday season in Japan is a time to spend with family and many people go back to their hometowns, while others stay indoors for television-watching marathons. Therefore, with the exception of some shopping areas, Tokyo is relatively quiet compared with ...