Ex-Ghibli auteur reflects on his Oscar-nominated animation

Feb 17, 2016

Ex-Ghibli auteur reflects on his Oscar-nominated animation

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The coming-of-age story is familiar: A shy girl has problems fitting in and conjures up an imaginary friend. In Oscar-nominated animation “When Marnie Was There” the inner torment of the girl is expressed with originality through luscious, hand-drawn images. Hand-illustrated animation is the trademark ...

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 ...

Hayao Miyazaki cleans up Japan

| Jul 15, 2015

Hayao Miyazaki cleans up Japan

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Rich, famous, semi-retired people commonly take up good causes (based on whatever they define as “good”), but animation maestro Hayao Miyazaki does things differently. Instead of penning an op-ed or speaking at a rally, he recently invited members of the The Foreign Correspondents’ Club ...