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 ...

An inside look at the anime industry

Jan 11, 2014

An inside look at the anime industry

by Mark Schilling

Many books about anime and its makers have been published abroad in English and other languages, but few are by Japanese critics and scholars. In Japan, it’s the reverse, with non-Japanese anime writers excluded from publishers’ lists.

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 ...

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 ...

Otaku culture gets under the skin

Dec 9, 2013

Otaku culture gets under the skin

by Samuel Thomas

Tattoos in Japan have long moved on from the kind often romanticized by the West — that imagery of flamboyant yakuza that so many seem reluctant to relinquish. But a brief glance at the policies of Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto reveals a nation still ...

Kodansha manga to get same-day global release

Oct 29, 2013

Kodansha manga to get same-day global release

by Tomohiro Osaki

Starting Wednesday, major publishing firm Kodansha Ltd. will make new manga installments digitally available in English worldwide on the same day they’re released in Japan. Kodansha hopes the business decision will help curb the increasing threat to its overseas sales posed by bilingual anime ...

Sep 30, 2013

State, broadcasters promote export of TV programs

To counter the growth of TV programs from South Korea and China, the government and broadcasters are coming together to promote exports of Japanese TV programs mainly to Asia. The Broadcast Program Export Association of Japan, launched last month, will work to secure airtime ...