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'Ni no Kuni': Two worlds but little life to be found

Film / Reviews Aug 28, 2019

'Ni no Kuni': Two worlds but little life to be found

Two things about "Ni no Kuni." 1) It features a protagonist who uses a wheelchair, an admirable display of diversity and inclusion in a medium that rarely features characters with disabilities. 2) There isn't much else to like about the film. "Ni no Kuni" hit ...

Remembering the staff of Kyoto Animation

Culture Aug 13, 2019

Remembering the staff of Kyoto Animation

Almost a month after the main studio of Kyoto Animation was set on fire, killing 35 and injuring many more, details of the victims are still emerging after police released the names of 10 workers on Aug. 2. We know so far that Junichi Uda, ...

Shoji Kawamori: 40 years spent designing an anime future

Film Aug 8, 2019

Shoji Kawamori: 40 years spent designing an anime future

If you've watched any robot anime in the past 40 years, there's a decent chance Shoji Kawamori had a hand in it. Kawamori, whose four decades in the anime industry were celebrated with a recent exhibition titled the Shoji Kawamori Expo, is best known as ...

Makoto Shinkai isn't afraid of a bit of rain in the pursuit of his art

Film Jul 27, 2019

Makoto Shinkai isn't afraid of a bit of rain in the pursuit of his art

It has been raining for weeks, but director Makoto Shinkai doesn't seem to mind a bit. The award-winning creator's latest film, "Weathering With You," couldn't have been accompanied by better meteorological conditions than in the weeks leading up to its July 19 release. According to the ...

Kyoto Animation: A unique force in Japan's anime industry

Culture Jul 20, 2019

Kyoto Animation: A unique force in Japan's anime industry

It took Kyoto Animation Co. almost 40 years to establish itself as one of the leading animation production studios in the country. Within a matter of minutes Thursday, dozens of the company's employees and much of the materials for its current projects were lost when ...

'Ride Your Wave': Love, loss, the sea and a surfboard

Film / Reviews Jun 19, 2019

'Ride Your Wave': Love, loss, the sea and a surfboard

Since his theatrical debut "Mind Game" (2004), director Masaaki Yuasa has been known for warped, psychedelic films and TV series that stretch the limits of the imagination. Over the past few years, though, Yuasa has signaled an interest in making more accessible films. The ...