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 ...

Miyazaki vows he won't be idle in retirement

Sep 6, 2013

Miyazaki vows he won't be idle in retirement

by Tomohiro Osaki

Hayao Miyazaki, the retiring czar of Japanese animation, said Friday that while he will no longer be at the forefront of creating feature-length animated movies, he will be a “freed man” pursuing his own interests as long as he can. “I know I made ...

Lupin III still looks good at 40

Sep 5, 2013

Lupin III still looks good at 40

by Edan Corkill

One of Japan’s most popular manga and anime series, Lupin III gets the exhibition treatment at the Kawasaki City Museum this month. “Lupin III — 40th Anniversary of the Anime” coincides with the 25th anniversary of the museum and, somewhat belatedly, the 40th anniversary ...

'Evangelion Exhibition'

Jul 31, 2013

'Evangelion Exhibition'

by Alisa Yamasaki

The hit anime series “Neon Genesis Evangelion” has expanded its franchise far and wide since it was first aired in 1995, to include films, novels, comic books and plenty of merchandising. In anticipation of the final of its current film series, Matsuya Ginza is ...

Hayao Miyazaki: Leave Constitution alone

Jul 25, 2013

Hayao Miyazaki: Leave Constitution alone

by Jun Hongo

Anime master Hayao Miyazaki blasted the government’s push to revise the Constitution, saying that politicians without any understanding of history “shouldn’t be messing” with the foundation of the country. In a magazine published last week by his production company, Studio Ghibli, the award-winning director ...