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'Promare': A burning need for rage control

Film / Reviews May 15, 2019

'Promare': A burning need for rage control

by Matt Schley

Ever been so angry you felt like you were going to explode? In "Promare," the new anime film from studios Trigger and Xflag, that's no metaphor. The story goes that when the members of a certain segment of the population get mad enough, flames ...

Younger animators still struggling amid anime boom

Culture May 8, 2019

Younger animators still struggling amid anime boom

by Matt Schley

By all outward appearances, Japan's animation industry is thriving. A recent report by The Association for Japanese Animations indicates the industry's worth as a whole topped over ¥2 trillion in 2017 — a new record. International streaming services like Netflix and Crunchyroll have begun ...

'The Wonderland': Surface-level charm, but no true wonder

Film / Reviews Apr 24, 2019

'The Wonderland': Surface-level charm, but no true wonder

by Matt Schley

"The Wonderland," the new film from director Keiichi Hara ("Miss Hokusai"), certainly has the building blocks of something wondrous: a skilled director, top production values, and a story by beloved children's author Sachiko Kashiwaba. One of Kashiwaba's admirers is Studio Ghibli's Hayao Miyazaki, whose Academy ...

Hip-hop's anime crush is beautiful

Music | Sound Off Mar 28, 2019

Hip-hop's anime crush is beautiful

by Dylan Foley

Takashi Murakami's work on Billie Eilish's new video for "You Should See Me in a Crown" is the latest example of Western music's ongoing love affair with Japanese anime. And while it may seem obvious — American kids who like anime and grow up ...