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Matt Schley
For Matt Schley's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
Japan Times
CULTURE / Film / Wide Angle
Jul 22, 2021
Mamoru Hosoda called out Hayao Miyazaki, but was it deserved?
Anime director Mamoru Hosoda recently criticized famed animator Hayao Miyazaki for how he portrays women in his films, but the chiding isnu2019t exactly warranted.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Film
Jul 15, 2021
‘Words Bubble Up Like Soda Pop’ bursts with love for the 1980s aesthetic
Kyohei Ishigurou2019s coming-of-age anime is a sweet and summery ode to the music and style of city pop.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Film
Jun 10, 2021
‘Fortune Favors Lady Nikuko’: What it lacks in conflict, it makes up for with heart
Ayumu Watanabeu2019s latest anime feature employs some stereotypes, but the supportive and heartwarming relationship between its central mother-daughter pair forms the backbone of the film.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Film
Apr 28, 2021
Daido Moriyama documentary brings the photographer’s legacy into focus
A new film by Gen Iwama centered around reproducing photographer Daido Moriyamau2019s out-of-print book from 1968 captures a master unconcerned with reliving past glories.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Film
Mar 11, 2021
‘Evangelion: 3.0+1.0 Thrice Upon a Time’: Anime epic gets a fitting finale
Hideaki Annou2019s fourth and final film in his retelling of u201cNeon Genesis Evangelionu201d is a visual spectacle as well as a moving story about overcoming personal demons.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Music
Feb 12, 2021
Anime composer Hiroyuki Sawano’s soundtracks stream worldwide for the first time
The composer's extensive discography includes soundtracks for anime such as u201cBlue Exorcist,u201d u201cKill la Killu201d and u201cPromare.u201d
Japan Times
CULTURE / Film
Jan 21, 2021
Race back to anime’s halcyon days with 'Redline'
The action-packed film about adrenaline-chasing racers in a distant galaxy draws fervent fans for its 10th anniversary.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Film
Dec 16, 2020
‘Josee, the Tiger and the Fish’: An impressive debut full of empathy
Kotaro Tamurau2019s feature delivers some of the best animation this year and has a well-rounded character with a disability as the protagonist.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Film
Nov 5, 2020
NPO Animator Supporters seeks to ensure anime talent get their fair share
After seeing his friends struggle in the anime industry, founder Jun Sugawara opened a dorm for rookie animators and started crowdfunding projects to provide fair wages.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Film
Oct 23, 2020
‘Demon Slayer’ destroyed box-office records despite the pandemic, but why?
u201cDemon Slayeru201d shocked the film industry with its pandemic-defying opening weekend. But in truth, COVID-19 may have helped boost its popularity.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Film
Oct 1, 2020
‘Violet Evergarden: The Movie’: A small miracle in the making
After multiple delays in production, Kyoto Animationu2019s film provides solace and answers to fans of the animated series of the same name.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Film
Sep 10, 2020
‘L'Etranger De La Plage’: Love story adaptation is missing its heart
Akiyo Ohashiu2019s film version of Kanna Kiiu2019s manga tells the story of two men falling in love while dealing with loss and parental disapproval.
Japan Times
CULTURE / TV & Streaming
Aug 7, 2020
Summer 2020’s roster of new anime TV shows is short but sweet
While this season features fewer anime releases than usual due to COVID-19, there are still plenty of shows to keep you entertained.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Books
Jul 18, 2020
'Pure Invention': How Japan's pop culture became the 'lingua franca' of the internet
From toy jeeps and karaoke machines to the Game Boy and Tamagotchi, u201cPure Inventionu201d explores how Japanu2019s cultural influence has spread across the globe.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Film
Jul 3, 2020
‘Japan Sinks: 2020’: When disaster strikes, keep your family close
Masaaki Yuasau2019s new anime series about the literal sinking of Japan may hit close to home for viewers, but the main takeaway is that love is the key to survival.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Film
Jun 25, 2020
‘A Whisker Away’: Don’t catnap on some feline fun
u201cA Whisker Awayu201d milks the cuteness of animated cats to bring lighthearted fun to a story about loneliness and heartbreak.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Books
Jun 13, 2020
‘Sharing a House with the Never-Ending Man’: 15 years as Studio Ghibli’s bridge to the world
There's a lot to be learned from living with the Never-Ending Man. That's Hayao Miyazaki, the renowned director of animated films such as "Spirited Away" and co-founder of the celebrated animation house Studio Ghibli. The nickname was coined by an NHK documentary about his penchant for retiring and unretiring again and again.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Music
May 28, 2020
Composer Joe Hisaishi opens up to streaming
Film composer Joe Hisaishi says he is writing more as a result of COVID-19, but is determined not to write about the pandemic itself.
Japan Times
CULTURE / TV & Streaming
May 14, 2020
'The Benza' proves that toilet humor is universal
u201cThe Benza," a series on Amazon Prime Video about an epic quest to replace a broken toilet seat, was inspired by actor Christopher McCombsu2019 real-life travails in Tokyo.
Japan Times
CULTURE / TV & Streaming
Apr 30, 2020
Forget about anime production delays by streaming these classics
Many anime releases have been delayed indefinitely due to the COVID-19 outbreak, but in the meantime, with their vast libraries of anime films and series, streaming services can tide us over.

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