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Why Size Matters: Manga and Anime on-screen

Posted by on April 19th, 2010 at 12:01 AM
Anime Boston and the release of the iPad occur on the same day and same street. Will manga and other Japanese pop media find a new lease on life via the hand-held screen?
images ©2010 Apple Inc.

Does Race Count in Anime/Live-Action Casting?

Posted by on April 6th, 2010 at 12:01 AM
Do you care if the lead in a Hollywood remake of anime is actually Asian?
What races are these drawings?

Manga, Anime and Trans-cultural Censorship

Posted by on March 23rd, 2010 at 12:01 AM
The sentencing last month of American Chris Handley for possession of 'obscene manga' in Iowa and this month's proposal by the Tokyo Govt. to censor 'virtual porn' (read: manga and anime) in Japan have too much in common for comfort.

It’s the story, stupid.

Posted by on December 11th, 2009 at 11:00 AM

Manga publishers here are pinning their hopes on downloadable visual content—viewed on cell phones or other mobile screens, via a monthly fee. Will that work? I suspect it might help, actually, though I’m fairly lonely in my optimism, and it’s

The Rough Guides to ANIME and MANGA: Review

Posted by on December 9th, 2009 at 11:30 AM

The Rough Guide to Anime by Simon Richmond et al.; Rough Guides; 304 pp., $18.99; Softcover; ISBN: 978-1858282053

The Rough Guide to Manga by Jason Yadao et al.; Rough Guides;  304 pp., $18.99; Softcover; 978-1858285610

Britain’s so-called “Rough Guides” have

Japan Pop: DOA?

Posted by on December 9th, 2009 at 12:25 AM

The creativity isn’t lacking. Japanese artists are working harder than ever to produce ever more expansive versions of their craft. What’s wrong is the delivery system.

Which reminds me: Everyone’s writing about “putting the genie back into the bottle.” Last

Manga and Anime: DOA?

Posted by on December 7th, 2009 at 2:45 PM

“Americans have a history of getting excited about dying Japanese art forms, without realizing they are dying.” So said my good friend and anime authority Frederik L. Schodt three years ago, when I first spoke to him for my book,

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