AKB48 turns to an American studio

| Aug 15, 2015

AKB48 turns to an American studio

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AKB48’s  commercial success in Japan is often derided as a sign of the culture’s patriarchal infantilization of women, and the girl group’s inability to appeal to Western audiences a sign of Japan’s increasingly isolated ideas about femininity, sexuality and pop music. Put simply: outside ...

Project Anime asks the right questions

| Jul 18, 2015

Project Anime asks the right questions

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More than 90,000 attended the 24th annual Anime Expo (AX), North America's largest Japanese pop culture convention, held at the Los Angeles Convention Center from July 2 to 5. The four-day event featured a concert by idol group Momoiro Clover Z, who were joined ...

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 that ...