Tag - animation



Joel Vaudreuil's "When Adam Changes" won the grand prix at this year's Niigata International Animation Film Festival, the largest festival devoted to feature-length animation in Asia.
Mar 28, 2024
Niigata film festival showcases cutting-edge overseas talent
The six-day event dedicated to feature-length animation presented a lineup of stories that were psychologically rich and emotionally dark.
Saudi Arabia will have the world's first theme park devoted to "Dragon Ball."
BUSINESS / Companies
Mar 22, 2024
World's first 'Dragon Ball' theme park to be built in Saudi Arabia
The facility is set to cover over 500,000 square meters in Qiddiya, a cultural and entertainment city project being built on the outskirts of Riyadh.
In the weeks leading up to the Academy Awards, analysts believed the winner for best animated feature to be a toss-up between Hayao Miyazaki’s “The Boy and the Heron” and “Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse.”
CULTURE / Film / Wide Angle
Mar 15, 2024
An agile campaign helped Hayao Miyazaki score another Oscar award
Even the greats can use an assist when it comes to awards season in Hollywood, and Studio Ghibli has no shortage of supporters.
A courtroom sketch shows Shinji Aoba listening to a ruling handed down at the Kyoto District Court on Thursday.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Jan 26, 2024
Kyoto Animation arsonist files appeal against death sentence
A Kyoto District Court spokesman on Friday confirmed that the defense team was appealing the ruling.
A courtroom sketch shows Shinji Aoba at the Kyoto District Court on Thursday.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Jan 25, 2024
Kyoto Animation arsonist given death penalty over 2019 mass murder
A Kyoto court found Shinji Aoba guilty of setting a studio on fire because of a grudge he held against Kyoto Animation, in one of Japan's deadliest mass murders.
A man prays on July 19, 2019, outside the Kyoto Animation building where 36 people died in a fire caused by Shinji Aoba the previous day.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Jan 24, 2024
Possible death penalty looms for Kyoto Animation arson suspect
The trial shed light on his upbringing, the emergence of his grudge against the studio and how he went ahead with his plan of attack despite some hesitation.
Takahiro Ueda, a professor at Tottori University Hospital and the doctor who oversaw treatment of the Kyoto Animation arson attack defendant Shinji Aoba, has urged Japan to tackle the problem of socially isolated individuals.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Jan 24, 2024
Kyoto arson defendant's doctor calls for ways to resolve social isolation
Since the trial at the Kyoto District Court began in September last year, a picture has emerged of a man who was abused by his father and refused to interact with others.
Chris Buck (right) and Fawn Veerasunthorn, directors of the Disney film “Wish,” discuss their new movie in Tokyo.
Jan 12, 2024
Disney's 100th-anniversary work 'Wish' challenges fairy tale status quo
While the studio's releases once centered mostly on tales of beautiful young princesses, recent works are seeing more outspoken heroines taking charge and saving the day.
The trial for Shinji Aoba in a Kyoto Animation arson-murder case concluded at the Kyoto District Court Thursday, with prosecutors demanding a death penalty.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Dec 7, 2023
Death penalty sought for man over 2019 Kyoto Animation arson attack
Shinji Aoba, 45, is facing charges including murder over the blaze at the animation studio's premises.
The Kyoto District Court, where hearings are being held in a 2019 arson case that left 36 Kyoto Animation employees dead.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Oct 27, 2023
Delusion led suspect to attack KyoAni studio, doctor tells court
The assessment contrast with that of another doctor, who said the suspect's delusion had almost no influence in the attack.
Shinji Aoba speaking during a trial at the Kyoto District Court, in a court illustration
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Sep 15, 2023
Kyoto Animation arson suspect inspired by 2001 attack
The suspect in a 2019 arson attack on a Kyoto Animation studio used gasoline after using a similar incident as reference, a court has heard.
People line up Tuesday for a lottery to get a seat for the first trial hearing of Shinji Aoba, the suspect in the 2019 Kyoto Animation arson attack, at the Kyoto District Court.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Sep 5, 2023
Suspect in 2019 Kyoto Animation arson attack admits setting blaze
The focus of the trial will now shift to the defendant’s motive and whether he can be held criminally responsible for the attack.
A Kyoto Animation studio in Kyoto on July 18, 2019, following an arson attack
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Sep 4, 2023
Trial to start over 2019 Kyoto Animation arson attack
The focus is on what Shinji Aoba, accused of murder and attempted murder, will have to say about his motive for the arson incident.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Jul 18, 2023
Kyoto Animation holds memorial event four years after arson attack
There were 70 workers inside the company's No. 1 Studio when the attack occurred; of them, 36 were killed and 32 others suffered injuries of various degrees.
Japan Times
Apr 20, 2023
New Niigata film festival brings out the big names in anime
Mamoru Oshii, Katsuhiro Otomo and Shinichiro Watanabe all attended last month’s Niigata International Animation Film Festival, which showcased 50 films from 16 countries.
Jan 19, 2023
Trial over fatal 2019 Kyoto Animation arson may begin in later part of year
The biggest contention at the trial would be whether the defendant is mentally competent to be held criminally responsible for the attack.
Japan Times
Jul 18, 2022
Kyoto Animation workers killed in 2019 arson attack remembered
About 120 people, including bereaved families and the Kyoto Animation president, laid flowers and offered silent prayers for the victims.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Media / Japan Pulse
Dec 19, 2021
YouTuber gets hit with copyright claims, but is it Toei who’s out of line?
While companies have a right to protect their intellectual property, they should still realize the media landscape is changing.
Japan Times
Aug 15, 2021
Japan animation industry sales fall 1.8% in 2020, first drop in decade
Sales in Japan's animation production industry fell 1.8% on year in 2020, the first drop in a decade, as hit movies such as the record-breaking success of the film on the blockbuster "Demon Slayer" manga series failed to offset the pandemic impact, according to a credit research firm.
Japan Times
Jul 18, 2021
36 victims of 2019 Kyoto Animation arson attack remembered
Kyoto Animation Co. held a memorial service on Sunday for the 36 victims of an arson attack two years ago on one of its studios, one of Japan's worst mass murders.


Yayoi Kusama’s “Pumpkin,” once the victim of high waves that dragged it into the sea, sits at the end of a pier on the south side of Naoshima.
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