Netflix is animated about anime

| Feb 25, 2018

Netflix is animated about anime

by Roland Kelts

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 ...

Breaking the comic book glass ceiling

| Mar 18, 2017

Breaking the comic book glass ceiling

by Roland Kelts

Four years ago, Chinese-American writer Marjorie Liu had a simple but persistent idea: create an epic fantasy comic book series about a classic Japanese kaijū (strange beast) movie monster that has a connection to a girl. She knew it should take place entirely in Asia, ...

Japanese folklore meets anime in Kyoto

| Jan 21, 2017

Japanese folklore meets anime in Kyoto

by Roland Kelts

The colors were jarring. Beneath the vermillion torii gates of Kyoto's Shimogamo Shrine and surrounded by the olive broadleaves of Tadasu Forest was a pool of furry, bright yellow ponchos, decorated with the brown facial features, rounded ears and bulbous oblong tails of the ...