'Terrace House' returns to Tokyo

TV | Wide Angle May 16, 2019

'Terrace House' returns to Tokyo

by Tom Hanaway

Netflix is ramping up its production of original Japanese content, including anime and live-action dramas, to please both domestic and overseas subscribers. But arguably its most important export is "Terrace House," the reality show that films three men and three women living together under ...

TikTok sets its sights on the music industry

Film | Wide Angle May 2, 2019

TikTok sets its sights on the music industry

by Patrick St. Michel

Short-form video app TikTok isn't content being the center of online youth culture in Japan. Now, it's eyeing the music industry. Earlier this month, TikTok announced a new project called Spotlight. This initiative invites users to submit original music, which will then be siphoned into ...

Anime Feminist: Tackling anime's gender bias

TV | Wide Angle Jan 24, 2019

Anime Feminist: Tackling anime's gender bias

by Matt Schley

Over the past few years, there has been more mainstream recognition of the idea that discourse is better served when it is expanded outside the sole realm of heterosexual, white, cisgender men. That's true of major forums, and no less true when it comes ...

Marie Kondo's new TV series cleans up

TV | Wide Angle Jan 17, 2019

Marie Kondo's new TV series cleans up

by Patrick St. Michel

Marie Kondo is the type of person you wouldn't initially expect lots of people to go crazy over. In the cleaning consultant and best-selling author's new Netflix show, "Tidying Up with Marie Kondo," she simply lays out the basics of her "KonMari" method of ...