Japanese pop culture expert dies in railway fall

Dec 4, 2015

Japanese pop culture expert dies in railway fall

Takamasa Sakurai, a leading evangelist of Japanese anime, fashion and music abroad, was fatally hit by a train early Friday after falling from a platform at Nishi-Nippori Station in Tokyo, police said. Police said the incident occurred on the JR Keihin Tohoku Line at around 12:30 ...

Japan's animators see red over pencil crisis

Dec 3, 2015

Japan's animators see red over pencil crisis

Japan’s usually sedate stationery sector has been rocked by a pencil supply crisis that is drawing a backlash — and panic buying — among architects and animators. The drama erupted in response to a plan by Mitsubishi Pencil — one of the nation’s oldest ...

But is it art? Anime in the 'post-cinematic' age

Nov 14, 2015

But is it art? Anime in the 'post-cinematic' age

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The past 15 years have seen a boom in academic studies of anime, ranging from thematic and cultural analysis such as Susan J. Napier’s “Anime from Akira to Howl’s Moving Castle” to formal theory based on technical processes and the nature of two-dimensional images ...

AKB48 turns to an American studio

| Aug 15, 2015

AKB48 turns to an American studio

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AKB48’s  commercial success in Japan is often derided as a sign of the culture’s patriarchal infantilization of women, and the girl group’s inability to appeal to Western audiences a sign of Japan’s increasingly isolated ideas about femininity, sexuality and pop music. Put simply: outside ...

Project Anime asks the right questions

| Jul 18, 2015

Project Anime asks the right questions

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More than 90,000 attended the 24th annual Anime Expo (AX), North America’s largest Japanese pop culture convention, held at the Los Angeles Convention Center from July 2 to 5. The four-day event featured a concert by idol group Momoiro Clover Z, who were joined ...

Pop culture show may be a bit off game

Jul 14, 2015

Pop culture show may be a bit off game

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On paper, “Manga * Anime * Games From Japan,” currently running at The National Art Center, Tokyo, sounds like a great show. The exhibition overview certainly makes a big pitch: “Transcending the boundaries of each individual medium to realize unparalleled artistic expression, Japanese manga, ...