Here's the batch of articles to show up in the media from December and January, regarding anime, manga and related stuff.
Generic New News
The Japan Times paper ran a list of movies expected to come out in 2010. The two of interest are:
The Studio Ghibli version of "The Borrowers", based on the original children's novel by Mary Norton. Directed by Hiromasa Yonebatashi, with screenplay by Miyazaki. Expected this Summer.
The live action version of Space Battleship Yamato, starring SMAP's Takuya Kimura. Set for a December release.
For those of you in Osaka, there's now an exhibition of Inoue Takehiko's original manga work, including sumi-e paintings of his Vagabond characters. The show is held at the Suntory Museum Tempozan, near the Osakako station. Until March 14.
Miyazaki's next based on kid's novel
"Assault Girls", by Mamoru Oshii, Review
Long-running comic 'One Piece' continues to smash sales records
From the Met's Multimedia section, we get a head's up on Hunter x Hunter. Series has been out of commission for about a year, fueling speculation that Yoshihiro Togashi's suffering from a chronic illness. Shonen Jump recently announced that HXH will be restarting serialization in January. (It has started by now.)
You gotta love Galbraith. In coming up with new ways to slam his subjects, he sums up the participants at an "otaku dance party" as "some women" and "some cosplayers". Since at least 75 percent of the cosplayers I've seen are women, is he saying that the female cosplayers at these events aren't women? Or that the events only feature male cosplayers and that any woman in an outfit isn't a cosplayer? That's ignoring the reference to "otaku men" with no equivalent comment on the otaku women (and yes, many female manga and anime fans happily call themselves "otaku"). Is he saying that none of the "women peppered about" are anime fans?
Conversation with Takashi Okazaki (AKA: "Bob"), creator of the "Afro Samurai" manga.
Rough Guides to Anime and Manga
Ota Meshi Cooking
Kababutan - Star Kabob mascot
Designer Vinyl Figures
Take this book review with a large grain of salt. Nased on other conversations with people that have read it, and with Asian study scholars, the author has a rather weak grasp of the kamishibai-manga connection.
Manga's story starts with kamishibai