Comiket, where <I>otaku</I> come to share the love

Dec 19, 2013

Comiket, where otaku come to share the love

by Jun Hongo

The Tokyo International Exhibition Center, better known as Tokyo Big Sight, boasts an area of more than 80,000 sq. meters of exhibition space. It’s the country’s largest convention center and will host wrestling, fencing and taekwondo during the 2020 Olympics. Not many events can ...

Monty Python reunion show sells out in 43.5 seconds

Nov 26, 2013

Monty Python reunion show sells out in 43.5 seconds

by Alice Ritchie

Monty Python added another four dates to their “one-off” reunion show on Monday after 14,500 tickets to their first London live performance sold out in just 43.5 seconds. John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones and Michael Palin announced their surprise return to ...

'Doctor Who' at 50: Charming but still a little too alien

Nov 19, 2013

'Doctor Who' at 50: Charming but still a little too alien

by Hank Stuever

In television’s vast universe, there is perhaps no acquired taste that is more difficult to acquire than the taste for “Doctor Who,” BBC’s long-running sci-fi series about an alien dandy who navigates the time-space continuum in a phone-booth-style British police box. It’s been on ...

Backlash against Miyazaki is generational

| Oct 8, 2013

Backlash against Miyazaki is generational

by Roland Kelts

If you haven’t lived in Japan, it’s hard to appreciate just how beloved are anime maestro Hayao Miyazaki and his creative hub, Studio Ghibli. Annual surveys of Japanese consumers often find that Ghibli is their favorite domestic brand, ahead of stalwarts such as Toyota ...

UrumaDelvi learn the importance of contacts

| Sep 10, 2013

UrumaDelvi learn the importance of contacts

by Roland Kelts

The husband-and-wife creative team known as UrumaDelvi has been cranking out quirky, quasi-psychedelic illustrations, animated shorts and music videos for over 20 years. They met in design school in 1988. Deciding that their married surname, Kobayashi, was too common in Japan to be memorable, ...