Monday, February 1, 2010

December/January edition of the "related articles in the media"

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.

Japan Times

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?
Denpa Dance

Conversation with Takashi Okazaki (AKA: "Bob"), creator of the "Afro Samurai" manga.
Afro Bob

Rough Guides to Anime and Manga

Otaku Gambling

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

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