From the New World

Apr 19, 2014

From the New World

by Andrew Lee

Anyone who has read Yusuke Kishi's brilliant horror-game novel "The Crimson Labyrinth" may, initially, be curious to know that another of his books, "From the New World" — winner of the 2008 Japan SF Grand Prize — has been adapted into a manga series ...

Anime industry reunified at expo, satellite events

Apr 11, 2014

Anime industry reunified at expo, satellite events

by Roland Kelts

AnimeJapan 2014, the rebranded and reunified annual industry trade show, exceeded organizers’ expectations last month, hosting 110,000 producers, publishers, journalists, cosplayers and public visitors. What a relief. Since 2010, the anime industry’s political divisions meant two separate shows: one in Chiba called the Anime ...

Life at Fukushima No. 1 gets manga treatment

Mar 26, 2014

Life at Fukushima No. 1 gets manga treatment

by Yuri Kageyama

First off, no one who works at Tepco’s wrecked nuclear plant calls it Fukushima “Dai-ichi,” comic book artist Kazuto Tatsuta says in his book about his time on the job. It’s “ichi efu,” or 1F. It’s not “hell on earth,” but a life filled ...

Ranma 1/2

Mar 8, 2014

Ranma 1/2

by Andrew Lee

The premise behind Rumiko Takahashi’s massively popular manga “Ranma ½” is delightfully bizarre: A father and son martial arts duo who are cursed to change form when doused in hot or cold water — the dad, Genma, into a giant panda and the 16-year-old ...

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 ...

Tropic of the Sea

Dec 21, 2013

Tropic of the Sea

by Andrew Lee

Within the pages of Satoshi Kon’s “Tropic of the Sea” is a scene that will send chills down the spine of anyone who witnessed footage of the tsunami that swept over coastal towns in Japan’s Tohoku region on March 11, 2011. It’s only two ...