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  • Japan bans child porn, but excludes manga, anime

    06/18/2014 3:31:10 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 35 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 18, 2014 5:54 AM EDT | Elaine Kurtenbach
    Japans parliament has passed a law which bans possession of child pornography, but excludes sexually explicit depictions of children in comics, animation and computer graphics. [] The law provides for prison terms of up to one year and fines of up to 1 million yen ($9,800) for having pornographic photographs or videos of children. It allows a grace period of one year for people owning such materials to dispose of them. [] Child advocates and other critics of the new legislation say it is a long-overdue improvement, but are unhappy with the exclusion of depictions of sexual fantasies involving children...
  • Swan Song Too Hawkish for Some Hayao Miyazakis Last Film, The Wind Rises, Gets Complaints

    11/07/2013 1:25:10 PM PST · by C19fan · 25 replies
    NY Times ^ | November 5, 2013 | Brooks Barnes
    The Wind Rises is the type of art film that typically speeds into the Oscar race. Critics at film festivals have swooned over its nuance. It delivers messages about turbulent modern times by examining traumatic events of the past. The films 72-year-old director and writer, Hayao Miyazaki, a cinematic giant, has said the ambitious animated picture will be his last, a final bow. ...................................................... One explanation for the sensitivity? Although The Wind Rises has a strong pacifist message, it is essentially a biopic of Jiro Horikoshi, an aeronautical engineer whose contribution to the world was a killing machine. His designs...
  • Russia: Anime Banned as Child Pornography

    MOSCOW Russian Federal Service for Supervision of Communications has banned the distribution of the Japanese hentai cartoons. Reason for banning are 13 episodes published on the Russian social network Vkontakte, Voice of Russia reported. Hentai is a genre of the Japanese animation (anime) which as basic elements contain erotic or pornographic scenes. First complaint on the anime Russian Federal Service for Supervision of Communications received in April, but at the time there were no competent experts of the cartoon evaluation available. As the result, outside experts made an expertise and rendered the verdict: hentai is a child pornography. Analyst...
  • Vanity: Anime fans rejoice....CAPTAIN HARLOCK on the big screen!!!

    05/10/2013 8:13:14 PM PDT · by Kolath · 17 replies
    You Tube ^ | 05/10/2013 | Kolath
    It took awhile but they did it. The CGI is awesome and I do believe there is an English dub in the works. http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2013-05-10/cg-captain-harlock-remake-has-international-dub-plans A quote from filmmaker James Cameron promoting the film was included on the site's front page. Cameron's involvement in the international version is not confirmed. The film will star actors Shun Oguri and Haruma Miura in the Japanese version, and will open in Japan on September 7.
  • NYCC 2012: Robotech Panel Report

    12/29/2012 7:31:26 PM PST · by Kolath · 12 replies
    Toonzone ^ | 10/13/2012 | Ed Liu
    Harmony Golds Kevin McKeever hosted the Robotech Panel at New York Comic Con 2012, giving a quick rundown of the state of the Robotech universe before opening up the bulk of the panel to audience Q&A (and giving away a pretty hefty pile of Robotech swag to people asking questions). He quickly breezed through the many properties available now, including the original anime (snip) So, repeat after me: Tobey Maguire is attached only to produce the movie, and the rumors that he will be playing Rick Hunter are not true. Until the script is finished, discussions about directors, actors, or...
  • Vanity: Space Battleship Yamato Series Reboot (aka: "Starblazers")

    12/19/2012 5:23:47 PM PST · by Kolath · 35 replies
    Anime Network ^ | 12/19/2012 | Kolath
    "Space Battleship Yamato," a classic sci-fi anime series of the 1970's with international fandom, movies and spin-offs, is being reintroduced with a series reboot for 2012. The reviews from the international anime crowd have been astounding. Packaged in four-episode "mini-packs," and hitting select Japanese movie screens, "Yamato 2199" is now being released on BluRay (compatible with US players). Currently, Amazon is selling select Bluray episode packages. Bandi is selling collector figurines and models for the general public. No news as of yet if Film distributor Shochiku is seeking US media distributors at this time. If sales are any indication, the...
  • The Pokmon Plot: How One Cartoon Inspired the Army to Dream Up a Seizure Gun

    09/26/2012 2:11:14 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 6 replies
    IO9 ^ | September 26, 2012 | Spencer Ackerman - Danger Room
    The Pokémon Plot: How One Cartoon Inspired the Army to Dream Up a Seizure Gun In 1998, a secret Army intelligence analysis suggested a new way to take out enemies: blast them with electromagnetic energy until their brains overload and they start to convulse. Amazingly, it was an idea inspired by a Pokemon episode. Application of "electromagnetic pulses" could force neurons to all fire at once, causing a "disruption of voluntary muscle control," reads a description of a proposed seizure weapon, contained in a declassified document from the Army's National Ground Intelligence Center. "It is thought by using a method...
  • 'The Secret World of Arrietty': Will Japan's Pixar Have Its Big U.S. Hit?

    02/17/2012 6:55:56 AM PST · by C19fan · 26 replies · 2+ views
    The Atlantic ^ | February 17, 2012 | Ian Buckwalter
    As the projectors warm up in U.S. theaters today, 1300 of them are being prepped to pass the latest animated release from Japanese animation powerhouse Studio Ghibli through their lenses. While that's fewer than half the number of screens that will host each of this week's other two wide releases (Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance and This Means War), it's a significant number: Disney, the company responsible for distributing Ghibli releases in the United States, has never opened one of the Studio Ghibli's films on nearly as many screens. While past titles like Spirited Away and Princess Mononoke have been...
  • Sci-Fi: Space Cruiser Yamato Music (Vanity)

    05/06/2011 10:19:08 PM PDT · by ak267 · 12 replies
    You Tube ^ | 05-07-2011 | ak267
    Don't know when (or if) the movie will ever come the US (perhaps on DVD), but the music is great. Enjoy!!! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=03cpmYYSFgA&feature=related
  • Japan Earthquake: Eyewitness in the form of a comic

    03/29/2011 9:22:41 AM PDT · by hoagy62 · 5 replies
    Joe is Japanese.com ^ | 3/29/11 | Jesse @ Joe is Japanese.com
    I was browsing over at Ain't It Cool News this morning and ran across this. Besides doing movie reviews and news, AICN also feature comics and anime. One of their anime resources, "Joe is Japanese", posted a comic called "Koga's Email". What it's about is an actual email sent from one of the Japanese animators who works for Joe is Japanese after the earthquake to let his American comapdres know he was okay. His US friends thought the email needed to be shared, so what the Americans did was illustrate the email in anime fashion. After having read the comic...
  • "A Lasting Partnership"

    08/17/2010 8:50:58 PM PDT · by B-Chan · 11 replies
    YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan -- In commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the Treaty of Mutual Cooperation and Security between the United States and Japan, Headquarters U.S. Forces Japan has developed a manga comic entitled “Our Alliance; A Lasting Partnership” to highlight this historical landmark. Read 永続的なパートナーシップ (Eizoku-tekina pātonāshippu) online
  • The Season Of Anime: Starblazers (Yamato) and Captain Harlock

    07/02/2010 8:14:46 PM PDT · by ak267 · 4 replies
    You Tube ^ | ak267
    Yamato: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_oN5yYGdXPM&feature=player_embedded Harlock: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=24HC4vmEH1A
  • Okay Sci-Fi Geeks, updated "Space Cruiser Yamato" (Starblazers) trailer!!!

    06/29/2010 5:56:29 PM PDT · by ak267 · 28 replies
    you tube ^ | ak267
    I hope they can release this in the American market or direct-to-video.
  • JIHAD STRAIGHT TO YOUR IPOD? AQAP's Latest Gimmick

    04/21/2010 2:00:34 AM PDT · by Cindy · 4 replies · 347+ views
    JARRET BRACHMAN.net ^ | April 18, 2010 | Jarret Brachman
    SNIPPET: "Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) put out a new audio production through their media outlet, Al-Malahim Media, by way of Al-Fajr, featuring former GTMO detainee, Shaikh Ibrahim al-Rubaysh, who is now a religious authority for AQAP. Im drawing your attention to this, not because his statement entitled, How Could You Abandon Jihad? was that compelling because it wasnt (although it was pretty alarmist) but because of the banner graphic they used featuring a personal audio player. Ive seen this before but for some reason I was inspired to comment this time. The notion that kids anywhere...
  • CARL MACEK, ROBOTECH CREATOR (1951-2010)

    04/19/2010 12:12:08 AM PDT · by B-Chan · 15 replies · 711+ views
    Cartoon Brew ^ | 2010.04.18 | Jerry Beck
    Mutual friend Bob Cabeen has just informed me of the passing of my former business partner Carl Macek. Carl died of a heart attack on Saturday. Among his many accomplishments Carl created Robotech, co-founded Spumco with John K. and co-founded Streamline Pictures (Akira, Fist of the North Star, Laputa, etc.) with me. Carl began his career doing grassroots promotional work on sci-fi films such as Star Wars and Alien, and worked for numerous industry icons including Dino Di Laurentiis and Ivan Reitman. He wrote the book The Art of Heavy Metal (Animation for the Eighties) in 1981. In 1984, Macek...
  • Racist NH Dem Rep on Japanese: 2 Nukes Just Wasnt Enough

    03/25/2010 10:12:35 AM PDT · by OCCASparky · 33 replies · 1,086+ views
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 25 March 2010 | Jim Hoft
    Meet New Hampshire Democratic State Rep. Nick Levasseur. Here he is with his pal, Barack Obama. And, via Red Hampshire, here is his latest Facebook entry: "Anime is a prime example of why two nukes just wasnt enough. Or in other words, he like to kill more Japanese citizens because he doesnt like their cartoons. Dont expect this to get much play in the state-run media. It doesnt fit with their propaganda.
  • New Jersey jihadist arrested in Yemen worked at nuclear power plants

    03/12/2010 12:50:52 AM PST · by Cindy · 33 replies · 1,184+ views
    (NBC Philadelphia by Vince Lattanzio) via JIHAD WATCH.org ^ | Posted by Robert on March 11, 2010 11:59 PM | n/a
    "New Jersey jihadist arrested in Yemen worked at nuclear power plants" SNIPPET: "The South Jersey man who Yemini officials are calling a terrorist with links to al-Qaeda previously worked at three local nuclear power plants. Sharif Mobley, 26, is being held in a jail in Yemen after he allegedly killed a police guard and seriously injured another during a shootout at a hospital on Monday. The Buena, N.J. native has also been accused of taking part in several acts of terrorism, Yemini officials say. He also purportedly has ties to the same branch of al-Qaeda who are suspected of attempting...
  • Live Action Starblazers!!! (Anime fans rejoice)

    02/14/2010 10:30:05 PM PST · by ak267 · 4 replies · 255+ views
    www.robotech.com ^ | 2-15-2010 | ak267
    I was trying to look up info on the upcoming live action robotech movie when I found this little diddy. Either this will rock the anime world or it will be a first class suck-o-rama. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YBu1cZm4Gqg&feature=player_embedded
  • [VIDEO] Uchuu Senkan Yamato Fukkatsu-hen (Space Battlehip Yamato) New Film Trailer

    09/03/2009 12:53:21 AM PDT · by B-Chan · 20 replies · 1,333+ views
    Anime News Network ^ | 1 Sept 2009
    This is the official trailer from the official website for Uchuu Senkan Yamato Fukkatsu-hen, the first Yamato feature film in 26 years! It has begun streaming a 30-second teaser trailer and a full 90-second trailer. This video is the 90" trailer. [...] The new film is set in 2220, or 21 years after the first Yamato story and 17 years after the story of the last film, "Final Yamato." A 320,000-kilometer-wide black hole threatens Earth, so 300 million people set a course for Amaaru, 27,000 light years away. The transport fleet is attacked, and the new Yamato battleship leads the...
  • The Joker Had It Right: Why So Serious?

    04/16/2009 10:06:47 PM PDT · by Galactic Overlord-In-Chief · 14 replies · 1,068+ views
    Big Hollywood ^ | Spike Spencer
    I recently said something at a gathering of some of my closest friends that made them look at me like I just clubbed a baby fur seal to death with the lifeless body of a cute little puppy that I had just strangled to death with my swastika arm band. What could be so downright unnerving? Did I say I drank human blood? Did I say I was attracted to little children and poultry? Did I say I wanted to desecrate the local house of worship, non-denominational of course, by throwing feces at it and blaming those inside for all...
  • Japanese Man Wants To Marry Anime Character

    11/08/2008 2:24:42 AM PST · by Melissa 24 · 55 replies · 12,111+ views
    Belfast Telegraph ^ | November 6, 2008 | Belfast Telegraph
    "A Japanese man has posted an online petition, arguing that Japan should change its laws to allow people to marry comic book characters. Japan, currently, like most countries legally only allows humans to marry. What's more bizarre about this story is that the online petition has attracted more than 1,000 other people."
  • Popular Cartoon Series Makes Japanese Shrine a Magnet for Fans

    07/30/2008 3:28:37 PM PDT · by Harley · 14 replies · 242+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | Jul 30,2008 | Hiroko Tabuchi
    Devotees Are Mainly Young Men, Who Dress Like the Characters -- in Miniskirts By HIROKO TABUCHI July 30, 2008; Page A1 WASHIMIYA, Japan -- For many years, Washinomiya Shrine has been a quiet place of worship, attracting just a trickle of sightseers to this sleepy town outside Tokyo. Then last summer, priests started noticing a new kind of visitor. Young men, some clad in miniskirts, stockings and pastel-colored wigs, were lining up for photos at the shrine's vermilion gate. Over the big New Year's holiday in January, nearly 300,000 such visitors -- almost 10 times the town's population -- showed...
  • 'The Way of the Christian Samurai' - New Book Provides Christian Reflections from Samurai Writings

    06/21/2007 10:09:30 AM PDT · by WildReeling · 1 replies · 244+ views
    MEDIA ADVISORY, June 21 /Christian Newswire/ -- As Japanese culture becomes more prominent in American entertainment, mysterious and awe-inspiring tales of the samurai have become more familiar to the Western world. A new book, The Way of the Christian Samurai: Reflections for Servant-Warriors of Christ (ISBN 0-9772234-6-9) explores how the advice and stories of real samurai can help modern-day Christians. As Christians, we are called to be both servants and warriors for Jesus Christ. The samurai, whose very title means "one who serves," were skillful warriors of feudal Japan who devoted themselves fully to the service of their masters, willing...
  • Grave of the Fireflies (Collector's Edition

    07/12/2006 8:44:25 AM PDT · by Charlespg · 13 replies · 307+ views
    I was thinking of getting this dvd {I have seen the movie}. because of the Historical Perspective disscused after the movie and the fact that it a sad but excellent little movie and would like to get the opinions freepers who have it
  • Virginia Man Sentenced in Landmark Obscenity Case (Anime Porn)

    03/11/2006 12:11:57 AM PST · by ChessMan · 23 replies · 3,375+ views
    Virginia Man Sentenced in Landmark Obscenity Case 03/10/06 Cyber graphic with FBI Seal Two years ago, Dwight Whorley went to a local office of the Virginia Employment Commission (VEC) in Richmond, ostensibly to look for jobs online. Instead, he used the states computer to download and send Japanese anime cartoons showing graphic acts of child pornography. Because of a 2003 federal obscenity law, thats illegal . The law, designed to help protect children from sexual exploitation, makes it a federal crime to produce or distribute obscene drawings, cartoons, paintings, or any other visual representations involving the sexual abuse of children....
  • I Got A Retro Feel: How Innocent Hobbies are No Longer Safe

    02/19/2006 4:02:01 PM PST · by Archerfish · 43 replies · 885+ views
    Well, since this is going to show that I am a newbie here, I expect to be smacked for general cluelessness. Anyway, I was perusing some websites regarding one of the hobbies I enjoy (Watching Japanese animation - anime.) when I stumbled upon a link to the following website: Voices for PeaceWhich is publicizing a war protest album which, judging from the list, seems entirely filled with songs from the Vietnam era: War Pigs Eve of Destruction War Again For What It's Worth Masters of War Sunday Bloody Sunday War, One Tin Soldier Blowin' in the Wind Fortunate Son Where...
  • ANIME EXPLOSION: It's... Profitmn!

    12/01/2005 7:03:02 AM PST · by JAWs · 61 replies · 4,368+ views
    Fortune Magazine ^ | Dec, 2005 | Daniel Roth
    From Pokmon to Full Metal Panic, the anime industry is doing everything the rest of show biz isn't: embracing technology, coddling fansand making a killing. It was 2 a.m. when John Ledford heard the banging at his door. Stumbling from bed on that night in the fall of 1999, he threw on a robe over his boxers and opened the door of his Houston apartment to a twentysomething guy with glasses and a face full of freckles. Ledford was about to tell him he had the wrong apartment when the stranger launched into a speech....
  • [BitPig] Char Aznable -- For Real

    10/17/2005 7:59:22 PM PDT · by B-Chan · 1 replies · 425+ views
    brucelewis.com ^ | 2005.10.17 | Bitpig [B-Chan]
    Life Imitates Anime Okay, the Real World just keeps getting weirder and weirder. (Not that there's anything wrong with that.) Case in point -- this report from Agence France-Presse:A Japanese Internet whiz is tipped to become the world's fourth space tourist -- and he wants to orbit the earth dressed as an ace pilot from a hit Japanese animation series. The candidate for the 20-million-dollar trip is Japanese investor Daisuke Enomoto, a 34-year-old former board director of the Livedoor Internet firm headed by flamboyant entrepreneur Takafumi Horie, local media said. Enomoto has already passed medical checks and started flight training...
  • Anime, manga fuel oddball 'otaku' biz boom (cultural insights on Japan's "ultra-geek" subculture)

    07/14/2005 6:01:13 PM PDT · by DTogo · 21 replies · 1,153+ views
    Mainichi Daily News ^ | July 14, 2005 | Ryann Connell
    Dozens of grown men from their 30s to 60s crowd around the tatami mat room in Kagetsuen, a Shizuoka Prefecture ryokan inn, and begin playing with their train sets. More than 90 percent of the inn's guests are adults who enjoy playing with toy trains. These mature train setters have not only kept the inn afloat as others around it have fallen into oblivion, they've helped it grow in a prime example of the otaku business that's now booming throughout Japan, according to AERA (7/18). "Thanks to trimming down our target market, we could stay in business," Eiji Misu, Kagetsuen's...
  • Harmony Gold Honors United Nations' 60th Anniversary (Robotech)

    04/09/2005 11:33:29 PM PDT · by Simmy2.5 · 3 replies · 362+ views
    Characters from company's classic anime series "Robotech" to star along with PSAs from Sean Connery, Michael Douglas, Colin Farrell, Lenny Kravitz and other celebrities. LOS ANGELES April 4, 2005 In honor of the United Nations' 60th anniversary this year, the United Nations (UN) will debut a special Public Service Announcement (PSA) at MIP TV 2005. The 60-second spot, produced by Harmony Gold, is part of a broader effort to increase awareness of the work of the UN during this special period culminating with the 60th opening session of the UN General Assembly in the Fall. The unique element...
  • Communism and human nature (Bolshie Mod sez, Arise ye kittens of the earth!)

    04/05/2005 10:50:57 AM PDT · by Sammy sam · 153 replies · 8,234+ views
    Many argue that communism will never be possible because of "human nature". The essence of this false argument is the belief that a communist society would consist of an all-powerful central government that would tell everybody what to do--and would therefore undermine the creative initiative of individuals and the search for happiness. This argument is based on two false assumptions: (1) It assumes that a communist society will look like the former Soviet Union, or the current China, North Korea, etc (ie: corrupt police states with a feudal-style ruling class) (2) It assumes that people will only work in...
  • She's Baaaack! (The Major, and ready to kick the liberal a$$...)

    01/20/2005 8:16:52 AM PST · by section9 · 1 replies · 538+ views
    none | 1/20/05 | Me
    As my system is back up and running, I thought I'd call the Major in off the beach. Too many Blue Hawaiians won't do this character any good. Meantime, congratulations to President Bush, Vice President Cheney, their families, and of course, Condi Rice, as they continue to guide our nation through perilous waters. Be Seeing You, Chris
  • (Vanity) Dreamworks messes up Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence DVD release.

    12/31/2004 8:26:57 AM PST · by Paul C. Jesup · 6 replies · 523+ views
    Hello. For those fans of the Ghost in the Shell anime/manga sagas, I should warn you, DO NOT buy the new Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocences DVD released by Dreamworks. The DVD is messed up. Not only did Dreamwork not included a English dub to it, but the English subtitle to the movie itself is in 'closed caption' ONLY (white text in black bars) and instead if it being in the at the bottom of the screen in the bottom black bar (GitS2:I is widescreen) it is near the center in the animation picture itself in large font no...
  • Japanese Animation Catching on in U.S.

    12/09/2004 10:24:12 PM PST · by Simmy2.5 · 242 replies · 3,038+ views
    AP via Yahoo ^ | Thu Dec 9, 3:30 PM ET | By YURI KAGEYAMA, AP Business Writer
    By YURI KAGEYAMA, AP Business Writer TOKYO - Animation in America once meant Mickey Mouse, Snow White and Winnie the Pooh. These days, it's just as likely to mean Japanese fighting cyborgs, doe-eyed schoolgirls and sinister monsters thanks in large part to people like John Ledford. The 36-year-old American is one of the top foreign distributors of Japanese "manga" comics and animation, known as "anime," building his fortune on a genre that is rapidly changing from a niche market to a mass phenomenon. Ledford, who's so busy his dubbing studio in Houston runs 24 hours a day, says the...
  • Remember Gargoyles; A Very Good Cartoon Series (Vanity)

    03/29/2004 2:08:23 PM PST · by Paul C. Jesup · 35 replies · 3,566+ views
    Hello. For you fans of good anime/animation; reruns of a VERY GOOD cartoon series called Gargoyles is returning to basic cable/satellite. If you don't remember or have never heard of it, Gargoyles is the only GREAT cartoon series that Disney produced (please dont hold the fact that it was produced by Disney, against it). It was action/drama series with an excellent plot and well thought-out characters. It was produced in 1994, in the same vain as Fox's Batman The Animated Series, with that dark gothic style, BUT BETTER!! The show is about a group of honorable gargoyles in 994 AD...
  • The Apocalypse Is At Hand (...severe vanity)

    08/03/2003 9:38:35 PM PDT · by section9 · 92 replies · 1,146+ views
    AnimeNewsNetwork ^ | Monday, August 4th, 2003 | Me, the Depressed; resigned to the bitter fate of humanity....
    Well, folks, it looks as if the End is At Hand, or a Hillary Presidency at the very least. Yes, It has finally come to pass. Those of use who are witness to the agony of live action costume contests at anime conventions feared that this might happen. Live action Sailor Moon. Ritual suicide is in order. And to think, I was foolish enough to believe that Western Civilization had a chance.....
  • Arjuna: Extremist Environmentalist Anime

    12/10/2002 7:04:04 PM PST · by Vertigo · 3 replies · 273+ views
    "Juna, a high school student who does traditional Japanese archery, is riding along the seaside on her friend Tokio's motorcycle when they get into a mysterious accident and she dies. As her spirit floats away, a boy stops her and tells her he will grant her a second life if she will fight to defend the Earth from the strange 'worms' called Raaja. We also meet the mysterious organization SEED, who are on scene at a disaster involving the Raaja at a nuclear power plant."
  • "Cowboy Jihad" (Vanity-Anime Parody)

    11/18/2002 5:24:12 AM PST · by section9 · 14 replies · 361+ views
    Fugitive Publications/Megatech Industries | 8/18/02 | Jack Getz, section9
  • Japanese Enchantment [Spirted Away, Miyazaki Hayao]

    09/27/2002 11:41:18 PM PDT · by Kaiwen · 14 replies · 762+ views
    National Review ^ | September 27, 2002 | Thomas Hibbs
    Spirited Away, the new film from Hayao Miyazaki, is an unusual film in many ways. An animated film, from the director of the critically acclaimed Princess Mononoke, Spirited Away has received a best-picture award (Golden Bear Prize at the Berlin Film Festival) and become the highest-grossing Japanese film of all time. It appeals equally to kids and adults. What most distinguishes the film is its lush and mesmerizing visual style. The standard Hollywood computer generated animation seems flat and lifeless by comparison to the crisp shapes and stunning colors of Miyazaki's images. Miyazaki spares no effort in constructing scenes; seemingly...
  • Japan's Gross National Cool

    05/02/2002 7:08:56 PM PDT · by valkyrieanne · 8 replies · 370+ views
    Foreign Policy ^ | May/June 2002 | Douglas Gray
    Japan is reinventing superpoweragain. Instead of collapsing beneath its widely reported political and economic misfortunes, Japans global cultural influence has quietly grown. From pop music to consumer electronics, architecture to fashion, and animation to cuisine, Japan looks more like a cultural superpower today than it did in the 1980s, when it was an economic one. But can Japan build on its mastery of medium to project an equally powerful national message? On Sunday mornings, teenagers crowd the sidewalks of Tokyos Shibuya district until they spill over the curbs and into the streets. They start at Hachiko Square, under a video...
  • 'Mortal' Maven Nabs 'Ninja Scroll'

    03/13/2002 7:50:31 AM PST · by Texaggie79 · 37 replies · 214+ views
    Variety ^ | Wed Mar 13, 2:31 AM ET | By Dana Harris
    HOLLYWOOD (Variety) - quot;Mortal Kombatquot; producer Larry Kasanoff has bought all remake rights to the Japanese 1994 anime blockbuster quot;Ninja Scrollquot; with the intention of turning it into an f/x-driven live-action feature that will spawn television, live stage tours, video games and music. Critically acclaimed as Kawajiri Yoshiaki's masterpiece, quot;Ninja Scrollquot; is a samurai sword-and-sorcery epic in which a masterless ninja for hire joins forces with a powerful female ninja after her team is destroyed by a powerful man-monster. They create a tragic love story that culminates with the overthrow of the Shogun government. quot;Anime is today what video games...