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'Penguin Highway': What goes up must come down ... in penguin form

/ Aug 15, 2018

'Penguin Highway': What goes up must come down ... in penguin form

There's something about the playful, magical realist novels of Tomihiko Morimi that seems to lend itself to animated adaptations. Those adaptations include TV series like "The Tatami Galaxy" ("Yojohan Shinwa Taikei") and "The Eccentric Family" ("Uchoten Kazoku"), plus last year's film "The Night is ...

'Akira': Looking back at the future

Jul 16, 2018

'Akira': Looking back at the future

On the 30th anniversary of the release of the animated version of 'Akira' in Japan, we examine the enduring legacy of Katsuhiro Otomo's sci-fi classic.

The pain and the passion that fueled the creation of 'Akira'

Jul 14, 2018

The pain and the passion that fueled the creation of 'Akira'

When I tell Kuni Tomita the anime classic "Akira" turns 30 years old this month, she shakes her head and laughs. "Unbelievable," she says. The animator has a very personal connection to the movie: She was one of more than 60 key animators assembled to bring ...

'Akira' soundtrack featured music worthy of a visual masterpiece

Jul 13, 2018

'Akira' soundtrack featured music worthy of a visual masterpiece

A crack of thunder. Pulsing polyrhythmic percussion. The roar of a passing motorcycle. A haunting symphonic chorus. Once you've heard the soundtrack to "Akira," the anime classic that turns 30 years old this month, it's almost impossible to forget it. Like every other aspect of the ...

Reshaping the sound of Neo-Tokyo for 'Akira'

Jul 13, 2018

Reshaping the sound of Neo-Tokyo for 'Akira'

If you were watching anime in English in the 1990s and 2000s, chances are you've heard a dub recorded by Les Claypool III. Some of the films and series that passed through Claypool's studio, Magnitude 8 Post, include "Macross Plus," "Ghost in the Shell" ...

Collecting 'Akira,' one scene at a time

Jul 12, 2018

Collecting 'Akira,' one scene at a time

Joe Peacock vividly remembers the first time he saw "Akira," the influential sci-fi anime film that turns 30 this month. It was "a random Thursday night" in 1990. Peacock was a young teen; his father drove him to a screening of the film at the ...