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 ...

Diana Garnet sings the praises of anime

Culture | CULTURE SMASH Nov 26, 2017

Diana Garnet sings the praises of anime

It has become one of the most common questions I'm asked after talks at anime conventions in the United States: How can I get a job in the Japanese pop culture industry — not here, but in Japan? I wish the answer was easier. Seven years ...

Anime tourism invites overseas fans to join festivities

Culture | CULTURE SMASH Oct 22, 2017

Anime tourism invites overseas fans to join festivities

Yuwaku Onsen is a 1,300-year-old hot-springs resort tucked between mountains along the Asano River south of Kanazawa. Ten mid-size traditional inns line its slim main street, leading to a small hillside shrine and a man-made pond. Earlier this month, I shuffled behind a procession of ...

IOEA: The grass-roots gospel of otaku culture

Culture | CULTURE SMASH Sep 24, 2017

IOEA: The grass-roots gospel of otaku culture

The International Otaku Expo Association (IOEA) could be the title of one of those self-referential, po-mo anime shows that is as much about fandom as it is made for fans (think "Genshiken," an entire series about a college otaku fan club). But it's the ...