Happy birthday, Sailor Moon!

Jul 3, 2014

Happy birthday, Sailor Moon!

by Daphne Mohajer-Va-Pesaran

In 1992, a 14-year-old Japanese girl set out to save our universe from total anhiliation. She became a hero for young women around the world, saving them from evil and from the macho male heroes that permeated the media at the time. Her name ...

Doraemon hitting U.S. airwaves this summer

Jun 25, 2014

Doraemon hitting U.S. airwaves this summer

by Marcie Kagawa

Japan’s beloved blue robotic cat from the 22nd century is finally making his U.S. debut this summer, promoted as part of the Cool Japan campaign to export the country’s pop culture around the world. The Japan External Trade Organization held a “Doraemon” launch party ...

Get dolled up at the 'Rozen Maiden Exhibition'

Jun 12, 2014

Get dolled up at the 'Rozen Maiden Exhibition'

by Sei Dickinson

Now a recognized subsection of culture abroad, manga has attracted people from all around the world. What may be less well known, however, is another interesting part of Japanese culture — ball-jointed dolls and the artists who make them. Gallery parabolica-bis in Tokyo’s Yanagibashi, ...

Battle Royale: Angels' Border

Jun 7, 2014

Battle Royale: Angels' Border

by Andrew Lee

Among all the violent death scenes in “Battle Royale,” there’s one that stands out: the lighthouse shootout that leaves a group of schoolgirls lying dead in a pool of blood. It’s a tragic, senseless event that proves that given the right mix of fear, ...

Attack on Titan Colossal Edition 1

May 31, 2014

Attack on Titan Colossal Edition 1

by Andrew Lee

Kodansha Comics’ new “Colossal Edition” of Hajime Isayama’s “Attack on Titan” manga certainly lives up to its name. Weighing over 2 kg and containing around 1,000 pages, this beast of a book — which contains the first five volumes of the manga — is ...

Insufficient Direction

May 17, 2014

Insufficient Direction

by Andrew Lee

Moyoco Anno’s manga “Insufficient Direction” is the, perhaps, inevitable result of what happens when a legendary anime director marries a well-known manga artist. Insufficient Direction, by Moyoco Anno.Vertical, Manga. Hideaki Anno is, as any otaku (geek) will know, the creator of the seminal anime ...