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It's Hard Out Here For a Seiyu

The global economic crisis claims another industry - anime voice actors, or seiyu. In a country that produces 60% of the world's animation, competition has always been fierce, but the rewards can be great, as seiyu sometimes achieve national fame, and are lauded with awards. The fame does come with a price, though: Female seiyu have fallen prey to stalkers, and male seiyu face the wrath of their fans should they dare marry. And for most seiyu, life isn't at all glamorous. It's estimated that 80% need to take on part-time jobs (at McDonald's, for example), or do voice acting for hentai; pornographic anime, in order to make ends meet. The fact is, the industry is glutted, and being a seiyu is no easy life.
posted by Marisa Stole the Precious Thing on Mar 9, 2009 - 34 comments

 

You're a seminal character, Charlie Brown.

A few years ago, we had "Peanuts Meets Marvel." In another thread, someone name-checked Bring Me the Head of Charlie Brown. The Web currently brings us Peanuts characters anime-style, a la Jack Kirby, by way of Family Guy and as seen on The Simpsons. (See also this pessimistic vision of a grown-up relationship between Charlie Brown and the Red-Haired Girl.)
posted by GrammarMoses on Mar 1, 2009 - 30 comments

Japanese voice actresses cover legendary punk songs

Japanese voice actresses cover legendary punk songs (SLYT)
posted by MegoSteve on Feb 28, 2009 - 44 comments

Whitewashing Avatar

M. Night Shyamalan has decided to cast white actors in the main roles of the upcoming motion picture based on the TV show Avatar: The Last Airbender. The problem: Avatar featured an Asian world with Asian characters, including Aang, the titular character, and his friends Sokka and Katara. [more inside]
posted by lunit on Dec 23, 2008 - 252 comments

Cowboy Reeves: The Movie

Keanu Reeves is looking to create a live-action Cowboy Bebop movie with Erwin Stoff, and he wants the role of Spike Spiegel. (via io9) [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Dec 19, 2008 - 224 comments

Akira on blu-ray

20 years after its cinematic debut, Akira is being released on bluray. [more inside]
posted by slimepuppy on Oct 17, 2008 - 96 comments

Fandom of the past

Lets Anime: Reminisces of early American Anime Fandom. Including discussions of 80's cosplay, the rise and fall of the Animanga APA and other zines, and early merchandising. For more old school goodness see part 1 and part 2 of Mike Toole's "Dubs that Time Forgot" at Anime News Network.
posted by zabuni on Oct 13, 2008 - 42 comments

No word on cat ears, tentacles.

So you want to look like an anime character? Because wide eyes are more attractive, and, ahem, easier. And blue eyes are more attractive, but only to blue-eyed men. [more inside]
posted by orthogonality on Aug 11, 2008 - 32 comments

Major League Couch Potato

Animated Divots ― comprehensive resource on the history of animation including important events such as new techniques, studio history, and pioneers in the field. Also includes a bibliography of books and journals and filmographies of significant animators, directors, and studios.
posted by netbros on Aug 11, 2008 - 1 comment

The laws of your world don't apply, mortals!

The 46 Anime Laws of Physics.
posted by msaleem on May 15, 2008 - 34 comments

Vintage Anime

Vintage anime: Evil Mickey Mouse invasion! (YT) and an even more beautiful example from 1943.
posted by vronsky on Mar 29, 2008 - 13 comments

Is this Progress?

First it was hostess bars, then host bars, then maid/anime cafes, and now this. Where will the madness end? [more inside]
posted by Navelgazer on Mar 25, 2008 - 28 comments

Art of TekkonKinkreet

Art of TekkonKinkreet
posted by Blazecock Pileon on Mar 19, 2008 - 17 comments

Howl's Moving Castle papercraft

Howl's Moving Castle - in papercraft. Stop motion animation of the assembly here, flickr set of the finished product here, details on the kit here. Found via.
posted by jonson on Feb 25, 2008 - 12 comments

The human whose name is written in this note shall die.

The manga series "Death Note." The first volume. The adapted anime series, newly arrived on Adult Swim. The Japanese movie trailer. Spoilers: Possible origins. The early press. Interviews with writer Tsugumi Ohba and illustrator Takeshi Obata. The controversy. The collectibles. The online Death Note. The last volume, finally released in the US and reviewed.
posted by Soup on Nov 12, 2007 - 13 comments

"It is a private world that continues to grow."

Elena Dorfman's photos of RealDolls have been mentioned in the blue before. In her latest project, Re-Anime: Photographs of Fandom, Dorfman explores the world of cosplay.
posted by beaucoupkevin on Nov 12, 2007 - 42 comments

TV Tropes Wiki

A wiki cataloging common cliches in anime, tv shows, and webcomics, amoungst other things. Looking for a Wikipedia even more chock full of pop culture cruft? Ever wanted to know what the heck that thing that goes DOINK in an anime was? Wanna see a complete archetypal breakdown of Buffy the Vampire Slayer? Wish to better understand the sorting algorithm of evil? All these tropes and more can be found within!
posted by zabuni on Sep 28, 2007 - 28 comments

Grand Theft Otaku

GTA anime mod A video of a Grand Theft Auto mod with gun toting anime girls and deadly Pikachu/Doraemon attacks. Via the ever-wonderful Japan Probe.
posted by KokuRyu on Sep 24, 2007 - 22 comments

Cooking Master Boy

Cooking Master Boy (中華一番) is food-related TV that you might enjoy. There is more information about the show on Wikipedia.
posted by rxrfrx on Jun 19, 2007 - 31 comments

MTV for emotaku

Anime Music Videos. Yet another remixing web subculture, they're usually a source of amateurishly produced angst. From the competitive perfectionists, though, come well lipsynched, action packed, meta-mashuped, and occasionally just filthy stuff for cartoon nerds. Besides the usual metal, ballads, and pop rock, there's some Daft Punk, club, and downtempo accompaniment. Or you can just go to hell. Wear headphones and no-one will know.
posted by anthill on May 28, 2007 - 22 comments

TV Shows Cartoons Anime Movies Music Videos Sports

TV Shows | Cartoons | Anime | Movies | Music Videos | Sports
posted by carsonb on May 19, 2007 - 49 comments

Through A Child's Eyes

Reality, Imagination and Fear. Three short animated films by young students and artists. [more inside]
posted by sluglicker on May 3, 2007 - 3 comments

I am Tetsuo

Akira2019: a fan-site devoted to the classic Japanese manga and anime, offering up production cels, background info on the ground-breaking digital coloring technique used in the Epic translation, images, and film music.
posted by Blazecock Pileon on Apr 13, 2007 - 26 comments

Anime that melts in your mind, not in your eyes.

Paprika. (warning-flash, nsfw) If you've seen the bizarre anime series Paranoia Agent, you've been exposed to the genius of Satoshi Kon.

His latest project is generating enormous buzz--now that an American release for it is finally due in May.
Comments by reviewers seem to agree that it is ten times weirder--and cooler--than Paranoia Agent. The American trailer, at least, is an eye-popper. One note: if you often fall from great heights during your nightmares, you might want to skip this movie. (via)
posted by metasonix on Mar 5, 2007 - 30 comments

If liking HALCALI is wrong I don't want to be right. . .

I found this anime clip [youtube] suitably trippy. It was created by the producers of GA-RA-KU-TA and features the 2003 debut song from the j-pop duo HALCALI (proper PV of the song -- "TANDEM" -- is here).
posted by Heywood Mogroot on Jan 22, 2007 - 13 comments

Simponzu!

Some Japanimation-y illustrations (Simpsons, Futurama) got spacecoyote a job at Bongo Comics. Nifty.
posted by hjo3 on Jan 22, 2007 - 33 comments

Making Fiends

Making Fiends Cartoon is an online cartoon, via BoingBoing of course, that features a good little girl named Charlotte from Vermont who tries to make friends and a bad little girl named Vendetta who makes fiends, which result in monsters. Apparently its been picked up by Nickelodeon. Features hilarious kitties and classmates.
posted by k8t on Jan 15, 2007 - 19 comments

Superflat

Cal Henderson posted this link on superflat artist Chiho Aoshima this morning. With a little research, I found this excellent slideshow. And this, too. Then, I learned about superflat movement founder Takashi Murakami. And then I discovered this superflat commercial anime video.
posted by mongonikol on Dec 13, 2006 - 8 comments

Ugokie-ko-ri-no-tatehiki

Japanese animation from 1933. A bizarre Max Fleischer-inspired 11-minute cartoon about some critters from traditional Japanese folklore, complete with a soundtrack of traditional Japanese music. [youtubefilter]
posted by a louis wain cat on Jul 24, 2006 - 12 comments

Adult Swim Fix: Something You Don't Need a TV to Understand.

Adult Swim Fix. Streaming full-length Adult Swim episodes twenty-four hours a day online. Seven archival episodes will be available at all times, while premieres will continue to debut on Fridays, two days before they appear on-air.
posted by ND¢ on Apr 27, 2006 - 24 comments

Amber Alert

Dwight Whorley is the first person in the U.S. to be convicted for possessing virtual child pornography in the form of Japanese anime (lolicon?) as well as photographs of real children. Anime fans are none too happy.
posted by tellurian on Mar 12, 2006 - 34 comments

Le Roi et L’oiseau

Le Roi et L’oiseau - is an old school “anime” by Paul Grimault, the script and score were contributed to by Jacques Prévert. If those two names are not good enough for you then I also submit for your approval that the style in this film has been referenced as a source of inspiration for Hayao Miyazaki. Although the wikipedia article doesn't back it up, so ill link to another site that does. At any rate watching this movie will leave you wondering just how many people have ripped it off over the years.
posted by sourbrew on Dec 15, 2005 - 29 comments

The artwork of Joseph Park

Faceless lovers in purple moonlight, pin-up elephants, chess playing rabbits (in sepia). The anthropomorphic anime, noir, and classic film inspired paintings of Joseph Park.
posted by iamck on Dec 13, 2005 - 16 comments

Sailor Bubba

Anime Conventions have been the site of some very fun oddness and geekery. Much of this stems from the rampant Cosplay that occurs at these events. In terms of true cosplay-style anime-con weirdness there is only one true legend: Sailor Bubba . Finally the living icon of the Midwest's Anime Central Convention has been been given an honor that truly suits his stature.
posted by aburd on Nov 16, 2005 - 17 comments

Parent's Guide to Anime

A Parent's Guide to Anime includes a few hundred informative and opinionated 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.
posted by mediareport on Mar 21, 2005 - 26 comments

shoujo anime

In response to the emergent faction of female anime fans in the US, Beckett Publications has recently released the first anime magazine targeted specifically for women. Aimed for the 12-20 year old female dynamic, Anime for Girls magazine features articles such as the “Top 5 Hottest Guys of Anime”, and the “Top 5 Anime Girls of Action”. Although this magazine may be a novelty in the US, the phenomenon is venerable in Japan, and is known as shoujo - anime/manga designated for girls.
posted by naxosaxur on Jan 6, 2005 - 29 comments

Matrix and Ghost in the Shell comparison

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.
posted by disgruntled on Jan 5, 2005 - 47 comments

Anime Popeye

Anime Popeye Quicktime.
posted by kenaman on Nov 23, 2004 - 33 comments

You never see him reading, where does he get this stuff?

Go Team Venture! The official Venture Bros. website is now up (though slightly incomplete). While you're waiting, download Brock's workout song, read interviews with the creators or make your own Super Secret Agent license.
posted by drezdn on Nov 4, 2004 - 20 comments

ACCIDENTAL DEATH ON DUTY

BitTorrent of Excel Saga episode 1. It is funny. I urge you to watch it. Preferably drunk. There is a DVD you can buy. The guy with the afro is the animator.
posted by Pretty_Generic on Oct 26, 2004 - 29 comments

I'm part Water Pixie!

Otherkin. Weird. Otakukin. Very, very weird. Maybe you wonder if sometimes you are part...something. Unicorn? Dragon? You, are one of the otherkin. "Unless you go through some regression therapy to find that Otherkin part of you, chances are you won't have your memories available to you." But don't worry, you're not alone. (Unless you think you're an orc. Cause Tolkien is not a reference.)
Otakukin - even better. You're thing is anime.
posted by Salmonberry on Sep 16, 2004 - 24 comments

the snake comes out of the dirt

AN AMAZING JAPANESE ANIMATION based on the psychologically complicated and beautifully playful work of comic book artist Jim Woodring. (Monday morning cartoons for you, complete with a nod to the Jetsons, courtesy the Japan Media Arts Festival. Other featured work here.)
posted by Peter H on Aug 16, 2004 - 19 comments

Steamboy

Steamboy is a steam punk anime adventure by Katsuhiro Otomo (of Akira fame). Here's the synopsis. Here's the trailer. Looks hella-impressive. Kinda makes my pants shrink. Anybody else know more info on this?
posted by freakystyley on Apr 24, 2004 - 15 comments

Ummm....

Take just about every anime/Japanese culture cliche you can think of, and make it into a Flash cartoon with occasional French subtitles. You might get something like this.
posted by XQUZYPHYR on Mar 30, 2004 - 6 comments

Ninja!

Isometric goes anime.
posted by Tlogmer on Dec 31, 2003 - 2 comments

Warning: anime cuteness!

Genki Gang has the most amazing anime-inspired hats ever. I wonder if I can get a Totoro one in time for the DC Meetup? Kawaii! (Sorry, Flash site so no direct links...click on "store" then "hats".)
posted by JoanArkham on Jul 23, 2003 - 5 comments

Script-O-Rama!

Script-O-Rama! Hundreds and hundreds of film scripts, film transcripts, tv show scripts, and anime scripts.
posted by crunchland on Jul 18, 2003 - 5 comments

Happy Birthday Astroboy

Happy birthday Astroboy - Born on April 7, 2003. Oh how the future has dissapointed; why don't we have flying juvenile robots to protect us from evil? All we have is kitch T-shirts. The history and episode guide to Astroboy, and lots more information on this Japanese cartoon favourite.
posted by Jimbob on Apr 6, 2003 - 14 comments

Hayao Miyazaki, the master of animation

Among Hayao Miyazaki's masterpieces are Nausicaa of the Valley of Wind, Princess Mononoke, and, most recently, Spirited Away. With the April 15 US release of Spirited Away, Kiki's Delivery Service, and Laputa: Castle in the Sky, an Academy nomination for Spirited Away, and Disney's commitment to release re-dubbed, re-mastered versions of Miyazaki's films in the US and worldwide, the American public is getting more acquainted with this legend of animation. Miyazaki's films are not your regular anime [more inside...]
posted by azazello on Mar 21, 2003 - 55 comments

Kodocha calls it quits. Kodocha Anime, one of the best known and most reliable anime fansub tape distributors, is closing down operations. Why? Because everything's going digital. [more inside]
posted by Slithy_Tove on Sep 23, 2002 - 3 comments

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