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A timeline of how Pikotaro went viral

Nov 4, 2016

A timeline of how Pikotaro went viral

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Internet memes often feel like they come out of nowhere, emerging from the digital ether at random before becoming inescapable fixtures of late-night comedy shows and social-network news feeds. Online ephemera tends to follow a clear path, however, journeying from obscure LOL-bait to something ...

Seeking 'Shelter' within a fantasy

Oct 30, 2016

Seeking 'Shelter' within a fantasy

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“Shelter: the Animation” is U.S. musician Porter Robinson’s debut in the world of anime. Made in collaboration with anime-streaming website Crunchyroll and animation studio A-1 Pictures (“Sword Art Online,” “Anohana”), the piece was created to accompany Robinson and French electronic musician Madeon’s latest musical ...

| Oct 23, 2016

Guests shine on Utada's return album

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Utada Hikaru “Fantome” (Universal Music Japan) Earlier this month, my colleague Ryotaro Aoki wrote that he hoped pop star Hikaru Utada’s highly anticipated return to the music scene via her album “Fantome” would “save” the Japanese music scene. But did it really need saving? ...