Anime/manga experts hopeful for year ahead

| Jan 9, 2014

Anime/manga experts hopeful for year ahead

by Roland Kelts

Aside from Hayao Miyazaki’s sudden departure from filmmaking in September, the anime world saw some potentially hopeful developments in 2013. As I reported here, the government’s multibillion-yen Cool Japan Fund was launched last summer, after years of empty promises. Following the lead of Crunchyroll, ...

Will Cool Japan finally heat up in 2014?

Jan 9, 2014

Will Cool Japan finally heat up in 2014?

by Matt Alt

After years of talk, 2013 marked a watershed moment in the government’s Cool Japan campaign. Which begs the question: Is Japan cool? As a robot-obsessed kid growing up in the 1970s and ’80s, I always thought so. But for years, the anime and manga ...

Tao makes the cut in new drama

Jan 9, 2014

Tao makes the cut in new drama

by Jun Hongo

At age 28, actress and model Tao Okamoto is already one of the few women in history — along with actress Farrah Fawcett and Jennifer Aniston’s Rachel character from “Friends” to name a couple — to have a haircut named after her. The Chiba ...

The most viewed culture stories of 2013

Jan 1, 2014

The most viewed culture stories of 2013

Pop culture ruled the roost in popular stories, but also showed its staying power: The most read online story from the JT culture section this year turned out to be a review of a manga drawn by Osamu Tezuka and first published in 1972. ...

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 ...