Roland Kelts

For Roland Kelts's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Motherhood in modern anime

Culture | CULTURE SMASH Jul 22, 2018

Motherhood in modern anime

"I still feel the loneliness of being hikikomori. Maybe I'm successful, maybe not. I can't tell. But I still feel the loneliness. The only difference now is that I can express my loneliness, my pain, and all those feelings in my writing. They don't ...

Netflix is animated about anime

Culture | CULTURE SMASH Feb 25, 2018

Netflix is animated about anime

Netflix's director of anime, Taito Okiura, tells me he feels like a local baseball player who got drafted into the U.S. Major Leagues. Except, he doesn't play the sport. A producer and entrepreneur with over a decade of experience in the industry, Okiura was offered ...

Foreign anime artists still face a long haul

Culture | CULTURE SMASH Dec 24, 2017

Foreign anime artists still face a long haul

In an interview with Buzzfeed two years ago, American animator Henry Thurlow, who had moved to Tokyo from New York six years earlier, summed up his dilemma. "When I was working as an animator in New York, I could afford an apartment, buy stuff ...