Sombody once said,
"There is a beast with such succulent meat, it melts all over your tongue.
There is a bubbling spring flowing with tastes of countless fruit juices, such as sweet musk melons and ripened mangoes."
It is the Gourmet Era
. The era in which one will search for undiscovered tastes
. [Hulu link
for US-based viewers] [more inside]
posted by lemuring
on Apr 17, 2012 -
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
posted by sendai sleep master
on Mar 29, 2012 -
Imagine one person in America directed Star Wars, the original Battlestar Galactica, Planet of the Apes, Alien and Blade Runner -- basically, all the big sci-fi hits except Star Trek. In Japan, that man existed, and his name was Noburo Ishiguro.
He directed Super Dimension Fortress Macross
(which became the first part of Robotech
), Space Battleship Yamato
(called Star Blazers
in the U.S.), the classics Super Dimension Century Orguss
and Legend of the Galactic Heroes
, and more. Basically, he had his hand in almost all the major sci-fi anime of the '70s and early '80s except Gundam...
While many of his works were subjected to questionable translation practices
(such as changing any mention of sake to "with water from a favourite spring on Earth
" in Yamato) when they were adapted for Western audiences in the 1980s, the popularity of his works helped lay the foundation for anime fandom as we know it today.
On Wednesday, Studio Nue co-founder Haruka Takachiho reported
that Noboru Ishiguro passed away at age 73.
(Via Topless Robot & Anime News Network)
posted by radwolf76
on Mar 22, 2012 -
In 2000, the anime industry was on the brink
of what looked like a global takeover, and was pushing live action movies to the side. However, trouble began to take hold just a few years later, when labour issues
involving long hours and low pay, along with a sharp drop in anime DVD sales
, began to cause serious trouble for the industry. Although some government officials pinned their hopes
in beefing up exports in order to breathe life into the economy, to industry insiders the situation looked bleak
and possibly unresolvable
using traditional models. However, other avenues - such as the internet, and even internet piracy - were studied for their economic effects. The results? [more inside]
posted by Marisa Stole the Precious Thing
on Feb 2, 2012 -
Mobile Suit Gundam
premiered on April 7th, 1979 in Nagoya, Japan, and with it came the now three-decade-old franchise that launched a thousand plastic model kits.
MAY CONTAIN spoilers for a thirty-year-old beloved cultural touchstone that you've likely never seen or possibly even heard of.
DEFINITELY CONTAINS many, many links to TV Tropes.
Upgrade to 56K already. You're going to need it. [more inside]
posted by DoctorFedora
on Dec 15, 2011 -
Gauche the Cellist [Google video, 63 minutes] is based on a story [Japanese; English translation #1, #2] by Kenji Miyazawa, one of the most-loved poet/storytellers in Japan (Miyazaki and Takahata love his works, and have been influenced by him). The movie was made as an independent project by a Japanese animation studio, OH Production (wiki), and took 6 years to complete. It is rather difficult to make a Kenji story into a movie because there are many Japanese just waiting to rip you apart if you screw up, but Gauche has been highly acclaimed, and is considered one of the best Miyazawa movies (IMDb). The story is about a cellist, Gauche, who becomes a better cellist by interacting with animals who visit his home every night. *
posted by filthy light thief
on Oct 8, 2011 -
10 short, experimental, animated films by Osamu Tezuka, godfather of anime
, Broken Down Film
, Story of a Street Corner
, Self Portrait
. Tezuka is best known in the West for creating Astro Boy, Kimba the White Lion and the mangas Buddha, Phoenix and Black Jack. Here is an interview where Tezuka talks about his shorter, experimental films
posted by Kattullus
on May 13, 2011 -
"Welcome to the Zion Archive. You have selected Historical File #12-1: The Second Renaissance.
So begins the short film of the same name by Mahiro Maeda [Flash: 1 2 - QuickTime: 1 2]
-- a devastating yet beautiful work of animation.
Originally produced to explain the backstory behind the Matrix
trilogy, Maeda's project ended up telling a story far darker and more affecting than any blockbuster.
Using a blend of faux documentary footage
and visual metaphor
, his serene Instructor relates in biblical tones the saga of Man and Machine, how age-old cruelty and hatred birthed a horrifying, apocalyptic struggle that consumed the world.
Packed with striking imagery and historical allusions
galore, this dark allegory easily transcends the films it was made for.
But while "The Second Renaissance" is arguably the best work to come from the Matrix
franchise, it's hardly alone -- it's just one of the projects made for The Animatrix
, a collection of nine superb anime films
in a wide variety of styles
designed to explore the universe and broaden its scope beyond the usual sci-fi action of the movies.
Click inside for a guide to these films with links to where they can be watched online, along with a look at The Matrix Comics
, a free series of comics, art, and short fiction created for the same purpose by some
of the best talent in the business. [more inside]
posted by Rhaomi
on Feb 14, 2011 -
Ten years ago today, Cartoon Network aired a very special episode of The Powerpuff Girls
. Though nominally a harmless kids series about three adorable kindergarten superheroes, creator Craig McCracken
attracted an unexpectedly diverse audience (50% male, 25% adult) by sneaking in a surprising amount of violence
and adult in-jokes
-- and on that last point, this particular episode was king. Broadcast on the 37th anniversary of their debut on the Ed Sullivan Show
, "Meet the Beat-Alls"
was an extended and sophisticated metaphor for the rise and fall of The Beatles, cramming more than forty song references
and dozens of visual jokes into only ten minutes of animated allegory. Catch the original episode here
or read the transcript
, but for the full
effect, watch this remarkable YouTube mash-up
that splices the referenced song clips directly into the audio track and plasters the screen with helpful annotations. Want more PPG goodness? You can start with the special "Powerpuff Girls Rule!!!"
), a sly, hyperkinetic celebration of the show's tenth anniversary directed by McCracken himself that features every character (and totally subverts an important one). But as far as weirdness goes, it's hard to top Powerpuff Girls Doujinshi
, a long-running fan-made webcomic which stars the trio alongside Dexter, Samurai Jack, Invader Zim, and tons of other network icons
in an unusually dark manga adventure. Oh, and don't forget your plate of beans
posted by Rhaomi
on Feb 9, 2011 -
Contrary to a lot of idle criticism, Bungie's Halo
series of video games has a surprisingly rich backstory
-- a universe complex enough to support seven bestselling novels
, a wiki with over 7,000 articles
, and one of the most successful ARGs in history
(including a full-fledged radio drama
). The series has also turned out sweeping audiovisual work, from the games' cinematic cutscenes
and epic music (lots of free previews)
to top-shelf anime
and the Hollywood-quality short films -- ODST
, Deliver Hope
-- that were made to promote the games (the latter of which, produced by Neil Blomkamp, inspired District 9
). And that's apart from all the material produced by Bungie's dedicated fan base: genuinely hilarious machinima
from Red vs. Blue
, professional-level graphic novels (table of contents at the top)
, gorgeous artwork
, hours of recorded dialogue
, complete transcripts
of hidden apocrypha
, and more factual analysis
, story speculation
, and casual discussion
than you can shake an energy sword at. But most of these pale in comparison to the latest and greatest exercise in Halo beanplating: the Svmma Canonica
, a 40-page, 17,000-word formal treatise on the nature of canon in the world that Bungie built, and how it will fare once Bungie moves on and the franchise is managed by 343 Industries. Discussion over at Bungie's official site
, or at decade-old fan forum Halo.Bungie.Org
posted by Rhaomi
on Jan 31, 2011 -
"Five orphans with a spacecraft battle a lipsticked maniac from the Crab Nebula and his unlikely big flying robots. No one gets hurt."
In 1972, the anime action-adventure show Kagaku ninja tai Gatchaman
(Science Ninja Team Gatchaman,
) premiered on Japanese television. Featuring graphic violence, extensive profanity and a transgendered villain
, it was one of the most popular animated series of its time. Envisioning similar success in the US, Sandy Frank Entertainment
acquired the series in 1978 but deemed it too graphic and shocking for domestic audiences. So they hired two Hanna-Barbera vets to "
" totally bowdlerize
the episodes with new scripts, voiceovers music and effects, animation, etc., at a cost of $5 million and turn it into a brand new show: Battle of the Planets
. Here are the original 1978 Battle of the Planets feature film (in 7 parts,)
and the first 19 episodes of the show,
all available on Youtube. [more inside]
posted by zarq
on Jan 28, 2011 -
It is the 16th century. From all over Europe great ships sail west to conquer the new world, the Americas. The men eager to seek their fortune, to find new adventures in new lands. They long to cross uncharted seas and discover unknown countries. To find secret gold on a mountain trail high in the Andes. They dream of following the path of the setting sun that leads to Eldorado, and the Mysterious Cities Of Gold. [more inside]
posted by AElfwine Evenstar
on Jan 2, 2011 -
I Love You
is an animated short by Rinat Timerkaev that is reminiscent in style of the works of anime director Makoto Shinkai. Russian audio, no subtitles. [more inside]
posted by dmit
on Dec 17, 2010 -
"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]
posted by filthy light thief
on Aug 30, 2010 -
Satoshi Kon, the director of such celebrated anime movies as Perfect Blue
, Millennium Actress
, and Paprika
, has died (reportedly of cancer) at the age of 47.
Kon's movies dealt with the slipperiness of the boundaries between performance and reality, truth and illusion. His death leaves the status of his next movie, The Dream Machine
(Yume miru kikai), in doubt. As outsourcing and a long recession have taken their toll on Japan's increasingly insular anime industry, David Cabrera notes, I cannot think of a single person alive in the Japanese animation industry who would have been a greater loss than Mr. Kon.
posted by Jeanne
on Aug 24, 2010 -
"As a child, there was nothing to me more fantastic than than the M.U.S.C.L.E. toys
. I don't know if it's just my love for the weird, or the fact that I like pro-wrestling that makes it so special to me, but there's something about a guy from outer space with a fin on his head who would fight against a walking, talking urinal. That's right, a urinal.
" In the US, they were known as Millions of Unusual Small Creatures Lurking Everywhere, or M.U.S.C.L.E.
, but they were basically bendable plastic duplicates
, a line of collectable erasers from Japan
. More than peachy-salmon colored minifigs, they were based on the world of Kinnikuman
, which started as manga
in 1979, then an anime series
, and more
, and more
, and more
... [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief
on Jun 8, 2010 -
Announcing: The Art of Akira Exhibit Its stunningly fluid and detailed animation often required as many as nine separate cel layers. The 125 minute feature was comprised of over 160,000 cels and almost as many backgrounds, each one completely hand–drawn and hand-painted. Purists recognize Akira as the last completely hand-created animated feature.
Joe the Peacock
, in collaboration with Toonseum
, presents a project to 'expose as many people as possible to the brilliance' of Akira
Akira previously: 1 2 3
posted by shakespeherian
on Feb 4, 2010 -