How 'Heidi' sparked an anime revolution in Japan

TV Oct 6, 2019

How 'Heidi' sparked an anime revolution in Japan

by Nathalie Olof-Ors

Heidi and Super Mario may not seem to have much in common but anime and video game aficionados will detect the signature style of Japanese character designer Yoichi Kotabe in both. Far from the Swiss Alps, the cherished 19th-century storybook character Heidi played an unlikely ...

Adjusting to stay in the frame game

National Nov 7, 2013

Adjusting to stay in the frame game

In Sabae, Fukui Prefecture, the nation's center of eyeglass frame production, manufacturers are trying new business avenues to survive, such as tying merchandise to an animated film or producing medical equipment. With its share of domestic production in excess of 90 percent, Sabae has led ...

Miyazaki vows he won't be idle in retirement

National Sep 6, 2013

Miyazaki vows he won't be idle in retirement

by Tomohiro Osaki

Hayao Miyazaki, the retiring czar of Japanese animation, said Friday that while he will no longer be at the forefront of creating feature-length animated movies, he will be a "freed man" pursuing his own interests as long as he can. "I know I made headlines ...