In 1982 the manga, Akira (previously
) , began its run. It would ultimately spawn a film that would lead the way for the growth of the anime medium outside of Japan. An attempted Americanized remake (previouslyer
) was in production before being ultimately canceled
The manga’s creator, Katsuhiro Otomo, in the meantime, had taken a 20 year break from long-form manga. It was recently announced that this break was coming to an end and that Otomo would be working on a new long-form shonen series
is a Japanese animation studio, named for the temperature at which water is most dense
, which they convey in their creative manifesto: "create only works that are dense with substance and extreme quality." The studio has produced a range of works, from commercials (Honda Edix
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) and music videos (Ken Ishii - 'Extra'
] | Utada Hikaru - 'Fluximation'
), to animated series (The Adventures of Tweeny Witches
]) and feature-length films (Memories
] | Mind Game
]). More on their movies inside. [more inside]
"In Japan, animation is not seen as the exclusive realm of children's and family films, but is often used for adult, science fiction and action stories, where it allows a kind of freedom impossible in real life. Some Hollywood films strain so desperately against the constraints of the possible that you wish they'd just caved in and gone with animation." -- Roger Ebert on anime
, with this excerpt being related to Tokyo Godfathers
. Ebert has been a fan of anime for a while, especially the works of Hayao Miyazaki
. Ebert has reviewed 6 of the 18 Studio Ghibli
films released to date, and even interviewed Miyazaki
with a bit of fanboy glee. More reviews and videos inside. [more inside]
A Parent's Guide to Anime
includes a few hundred informative
reviews, organized by rating
. Found via this thread
at the Christian discussion site Arts & Faith
, whose users included Waking Life
, Bad Lieutenant
, Life of Brian
and Fight Club
in their list of the Top 100 Spiritually Significant Films
A scene by scene comparison between the Matrix and Ghost in the Shell,
a critically acclaimed japanese anime that was released four years before the Matrix.
Hundreds and hundreds of film scripts, film transcripts, tv show scripts, and anime scripts.
Two anime movies
are hitting the big screen this weekend in a handful of locations (luckily for me both are coming to Chicago). I'm not the biggest anime fan but I'm dying to see this stuff on the big screen. I don't know if this is the sign of things to come, but I really missed out when Princess Mononoke
quietly snuck into town.