Released in October, Demon Slayer smashed box office records, and looks to become the highest grossing film in Japanese history. What does that say about pop culture in 2020?

In Episode 4 of Recultured, we look to the movie releases of Ufotable’s “Demon Slayer” and Kyoto Animation’s “Violet Evergarden” for hope, as we wait out the long winter for a vaccine and brighter days in 2021.

Guests on this episode:

  • Hannah Lee, writer for Arama Japan: Twitter
  • Kim Morrissy, Anime News Network Tokyo correspondent: Twitter
  • Lauren Rose Kocher, co-founder Zaiko PTE: Website
  • Matt Schley, Japan Times anime writer: Twitter


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This episode was hosted by Shaun McKenna and Alyssa I. Smith. It was written by Patrick St. Michel and Oscar Boyd, with extra help from our intern Tadasu Takahashi. It was produced by Oscar Boyd. Our theme music was by LLLL, and this episode was recorded at the Temple University Japan Campus in Sangenjaya, Tokyo. Illustrations by Ming Ong.


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