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Matt Schley
For Matt Schley's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
Japan Times
CULTURE / Film
Jan 11, 2018
A super robot returns a little older and a little wiser in 'Mazinger Z/Infinity'
It has been 50 years since the publication of the first manga by Go Nagai, the mastermind behind classic properties such as "Devilman," "Cutie Honey" and "Mazinger Z." To mark the occasion, a number of Go Nagai anime adaptations are out this year, including the film "Mazinger Z/Infinity" (Jan. 13).
Japan Times
CULTURE
Dec 14, 2017
Anime didn't see any massive hits in 2017, but there was a lot to watch
It takes only two words to sum up why 2016 was always going to be a hard act to follow: "Your Name."
Japan Times
CULTURE
Dec 14, 2017
A long night in Kyoto and androgynous beings made of gems make up some of the best anime of 2017
The world of anime in 2017 didn't give us any obvious breakout hits like last year's "Your Name.," but the past 12 months still had its share of winners:
Japan Times
CULTURE / Film
Nov 15, 2017
'Godzilla: Planet of the Monsters': Japan's main mutant gets animated and goes global
Being two of Japan's biggest pop-cultural exports, it's a small wonder Godzilla and anime haven't been brought together before now.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Film / Wide Angle
Nov 2, 2017
Kyoto anime studio's dedication to nurturing talent leads to big-screen magic
Kyoto Animation has had quite a year. With "Free! Special Series: Take Your Marks," the Uji, Kyoto-based anime studio will have released no less than five theatrical films and two television series in the past 13 months.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Film
Sep 13, 2017
'Eureka Seven Hi-Evolution 1': Nostalgic flashbacks get a bit confusing
It's an anime industry tradition that stretches back to the original "Mobile Suit Gundam": re-editing and adding new animation to popular television series in order to transform them into feature films.

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Historically, kabuki was considered the entertainment of the merchant and peasant classes, a far cry from how it is regarded today.
For Japan's oldest kabuki theater, the show must go on