Can #socialmedia boost music sales in Japan?

| Jun 20, 2015

Can #socialmedia boost music sales in Japan?

by Roland Kelts

Last week, Line Corp.’s, the operators of Japan’s most popular messaging app, launched an in-app music streaming service called Line Music. Japan is the second-largest music market in the world after the United States, but its consumers have so far been global outliers, clinging ...

Jun 11, 2015

'Shingeki no Kyojin' movie shut out from Shanghai festival

The popular Japanese anime “Attack on Titan” (“Shingeki no Kyojin”) has been shut out from this year’s Shanghai International Film Festival that starts Saturday, according to informed sources. The movie had been among films slated to be shown at an event featuring Japan, but ...

Jun 9, 2015

China bans 'Attack on Titan,' other popular Japanese anime from Web

China has blacklisted 38 Japanese cartoons, including the megahit “Attack on Titan,” from appearing online, according to state media. Amid a broadening crackdown on the country’s Internet content, 29 Chinese websites have received warnings or fines for carrying shows that “encourage juvenile delinquency, glorify ...

At last, Japan gets it

| Apr 18, 2015

At last, Japan gets it

by Roland Kelts

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

by Roland Kelts

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 ...

Mar 23, 2015

Japan ready to host world's first 'otaku' summit

Organizers are getting ready to host the world’s first otaku (geek) summit this weekend as Japan looks to boost the international fan base for its manga and anime. Like-minded enthusiasts from at least 18 nations will converge on the Otaku Expo on Saturday and ...

'The Anime Encyclopedia' goes full digital

| Feb 27, 2015

'The Anime Encyclopedia' goes full digital

by Roland Kelts

“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 ...