Tag - anime



A demon prince named Beelzebub (voiced by Mutsumi Tamura) steals much-needed water from an evil ruler for the thirsty citizens of a desert world in “Sand Land.”
Aug 17, 2023
‘Sand Land’: Summer fun with a bad-boy prince
Akira Toriyama's anime adventure is a straightforward romp, but it's also an entertaining ride through a post-apocalyptic future with lovable demons.
In 'Ooku: The Inner Chambers,' a secretly female shogun rules Japan and is attended to by a group of male concubines.
CULTURE / TV & Streaming
Aug 17, 2023
'Ooku: The Inner Chambers': Alternative history explores gender norms
The Netflix anime tells a complex love story in an alternate-reality Edo Japan in which an illness upends gender roles.
A woman takes a picture of the poster for the new Hayao Miyazaki film, “The Boy and the Heron.”
PODCAST / deep dive
Aug 2, 2023
Hayao Miyazaki’s confusing new masterpiece
Our critics Thu-Huong Ha and Matt Schley discuss what they thought of the new Hayao Miyazaki film, “The Boy and the Heron.”
A facility to dilute treated radioactive water from the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant
Jul 31, 2023
Japan takes to anime to promote Fukushima water release safety
Four videos of one to two minutes in length have been uploaded on YouTube as the ministry is seeking to counter what it calls false information.
Paris' Japan Expo, a gathering for fans of Japanese pop culture, says it attracts 250,000 attendees per day.
Jul 30, 2023
In France, Japonisme has turned into Japanmania
Through architecture, fashion, culinary arts and even sports, aspects of Japanese culture are attracting a large portion of France’s population.
Crunchyroll, now owned by Sony Group Corp., is setting its sights on India as a major growth market.
LIFE / Digital
Jul 15, 2023
Former piracy site Crunchyroll cashes in on anime's global appeal
Crunchyroll expects the anime industry will have more than 800 million fans globally by 2025 outside markets in China and Japan.
A cinema employee checks on a display showing a digital poster for Oscar-winning animator Hayao Miyazaki's latest film, "The Boy and the Heron," on the first day of its premiere in Tokyo on July 14.
Jul 21, 2023
For his last movie, Hayao Miyazaki recycles himself
While visually and technically stunning, "The Boy and the Heron" might give some viewers an unsatisfying sense of deja vu.
Japan Times
Jul 19, 2023
'The Boy and the Heron' sets new high for Ghibli film in first four days
According to the film’s distributor, Toho, “The Boy and the Heron” grossed over ¥2.14 billion in the first four days following its release.
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
Jul 14, 2023
New Ghibli film draws early morning crowds despite little promotion
“Kimitachi wa Do Ikiru Ka?” is Hayao Miyazaki’s first film in a decade and one that brought him out of retirement once more.
Japan Times
Jul 13, 2023
Will doing 'nothing' be yet another marketing coup for Studio Ghibli?
Studio Ghibli's Toshio Suzuki has a history of taking unconventional approaches to promoting the work of anime director Hayao Miyazaki.
Japan Times
Jul 6, 2023
Ahead of a new Studio Ghibli film, critics are asking, 'How will we live without Hayao Miyazaki?'
The creative force behind Japanese animation has teased retirement before, but owing to his age and pace of output, we may finally be seeing the final Studio Ghibli film next week.
Japan Times
Jun 30, 2023
With ‘Idol,’ Yoasobi pens a new chapter in J-pop's story
In creating the theme song to the popular anime 'Oshi no Ko,' one of Japan’s most interesting groups wins new fans overseas.
Japan Times
Jun 29, 2023
Animated Polish-Japanese story wins top prize at Asia short film fest
Izumi Yoshida takes the George Lucas Award for her short based on the so-called Siberian Children who were rescued by the Japanese Red Cross Society following the Russian Revolution.
Japan Times
LIFE / Travel
May 20, 2023
The anime fans making 'holy pilgrimages' to sites across Japan
A train crossing in Kamakura is now so popular that multilingual signs beg gawkers to abide by safety regulations.
Japan Times
CULTURE / TV & Streaming
May 12, 2023
The 'Black Ships' of anime: Streaming giants are in a battle for supremacy
Services like Netflix are coming into the anime-merchandising complex and shaking things up by focusing on productions that cater to niche fans.
Japan Times
CULTURE / TV & Streaming
Apr 28, 2023
A genre of anime known as 'isekai' promises the ultimate do-over. And fans love it.
What if you were able to escape the doldrums of your current life and start fresh? That's the premise offered by a genre of anime that is increasing in popularity.
Japan Times
CULTURE / TV & Streaming
Apr 28, 2023
Anime luminary Masao Maruyama warns Japan is at risk of losing the crown to China
One of the industry's most important players says rampant commercialization is a threat to Japanese creativity when it comes to animation.
Japan Times
Apr 25, 2023
Gaudy cartoon cars turn heads in Japan
Perceptions of 'itasha,' cars covered in gaudy images of anime and manga characters, have begun to change, with hobby subcultures gaining a new mainstream acceptance in Japan.
Japan Times
Apr 22, 2023
Online anime and manga piracy caused ¥2 trillion loss in 2021, watchdog says
The study said the five-fold rise from 2019 was likely due to people spending more time indoors during the pandemic, as well as greater uptake of streaming services.


The Japanese government updated its English education guidelines in 2017 to emphasize communication over grammar and memorization. Public school teachers are incredibly busy, however, which means schools haven’t been able to implement changes uniformly. Private and alternative schools are attempting to remedy this.
The language of opportunity: Bilingual education is on the rise in Japan