Posts Tagged ‘anime’

Disaster and distance

Posted by on April 10th, 2011 at 8:07 PM
Hokusai, 1833
Hokusai’s “Great Wave off Kanagawa,” 1833

I was in Oregon when the quake and wave first struck Japan last month. More specifically, I was in a little comfort food eatery called Belly in downtown Eugene, sipping a martini.

Anime/Manga Porn Battle Heats Up in Japan

Posted by on January 20th, 2011 at 6:02 PM

The battle in Japan over pornography censorship Bill 156 is intensifying. Last month, media companies Kadokawa Group Publishing and Animate jointly announced they would take their wares away from Gov. Ishihara’s Tokyo Anime Fair and host their own simultaneous event, “The Anime Contents Expo.” Several other major publishers and producers are joining them.

Cool Japan chilled: Censorship rules Japan

Posted by on December 15th, 2010 at 7:10 AM

Any of you remember the ‘Comics Code’ in America, effectively shutting down the most creative comics artists in the US in the 1950s, as aptly recorded by David Hadju in The Ten Cent Plague? For the sake of all of us, let’s hope it doesn’t happen in Japan.

Satoshi Kon, 1963-2010

Posted by on September 11th, 2010 at 8:23 PM

Satoshi Kon, one of the most gifted, innovative and searchingly intelligent artists working in the anime medium and the film world at large, died on the morning of August 24 from pancreatic cancer–at the age of 46.

The Gaming Scramble: TinierMe hits half-a-million U.S.-based users

Posted by on September 7th, 2010 at 7:33 AM

The gaming scramble for American fans of authentic anime.

Audio: Censorship in Manga Lecture by Jason Thompson

Posted by on May 10th, 2010 at 1:00 PM

This audio file is a “rough draft” of the lecture on censorship in manga and anime that Jason Thompson recently delivered at TCAF this weekend, presented at the 2010 Sakura Con in Seattle, WA. Click here for audio

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.

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.

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 …

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