Hideaki Anno: emotional deconstructionist

Oct 18, 2014

Hideaki Anno: emotional deconstructionist

by Mark Schilling

With dozens of the renowned filmmaker's works scheduled to be screened at the Tokyo International Film Festival over the next two weeks, we speak to the man behind the 'Evangelion' sci-fi franchise about his apocalyptic influences and prod him on the question that is ...

Academy to honor Hayao Miyazaki

Aug 29, 2014

Academy to honor Hayao Miyazaki

The Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences said Thursday it has picked anime director Hayao Miyazaki as one of three recipients of its Honorary Award this year. The only other Japanese to receive the award was Akira Kurosawa, ...

New Crimea prosecutor big in Japan

Apr 2, 2014

New Crimea prosecutor big in Japan

Russia tried Tuesday to stop a flood of inquiries about the telegenic young lawyer it has appointed as prosecutor for newly annexed Crimea, whose looks have won her a huge Internet following. The Russian prosecutor general’s office said it was tired of answering questions ...

Feb 2, 2014

Miyazaki wins Annie Award for 'Kaze Tachinu' screenplay

Director Hayao Miyazaki on Saturday won the Annie Award for writing in an animated feature production for the screenplay to “Kaze Tachinu” (“The Wind Rises”), the organizer of the event, dubbed “the Academy Award for animation,” said. His film was also nominated for best ...

Hand-drawn 'Sazae-san' to finally go digital

Sep 27, 2013

Hand-drawn 'Sazae-san' to finally go digital

The venerable TV cartoon “Sazae-san,” still drawn frame by frame in the technique known as cel-based animation, will switch to full digital production next month. The show is the only cel-based anime still broadcast in Japan, according to the Association of Japanese Animations. Until ...

<em>Hentai</em> animation night at YCAM

Jul 25, 2013

Hentai animation night at YCAM

by Tomoko Otake

The word “hentai” has two meanings in Japanese, referring both to “metamorphosis” and “abnormality/perversion.” On Saturday, Yamaguchi Center for Arts and Media will screen a series of 13 hentai films — covering the wackiest, weirdest animated shorts in which the characters also undergo various ...

Miyazaki turns to adult theme in new film

Jul 18, 2013

Miyazaki turns to adult theme in new film

by Tomomi Sunaga

Award-winning animated film director Hayao Miyazaki will release his first movie in five years Saturday — a work based on the lives of Jiro Horikoshi, designer of Japan’s legendary Zero fighter plane, and mid-20th-century writer Tatsuo Hori. Horikoshi was one of the “most brilliant” ...

NTV unearths oldest TV anime film

Jun 19, 2013

NTV unearths oldest TV anime film

A 1958 film believed to be Japan’s oldest TV animation work has been found at a Nippon Television Network Corp. studio. The color cartoon, titled “Mogura no Abanchuru” (“Mole’s Adventure”), runs eight minutes and 53 seconds. It was discovered during production of a feature ...

Hatsune Miku goes highbrow

Dec 21, 2012

Hatsune Miku goes highbrow

by Roland Kelts

On her own, Japanese pop superstar Hatsune Miku can’t sing. Nor can she rap, dance or DJ. She is drug- and alcohol-free because she can’t indulge in either, and she can’t have affairs or engage in offstage shenanigans fit for YouTube scandals or tabloid ...