'Boys over Flowers' blooms on stage

Jan 7, 2016

'Boys over Flowers' blooms on stage

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‘One Piece,” a new, modern entertainment-focused “Super Kabuki” play based on an eponymous manga series by Eiichiro Oda, closed last month after a hit Tokyo run that showed beyond doubt that manga-based productions are not the preserve of movies and television — where they ...

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 ...