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
You’ve read about the best friggin’ manga ever on Mutantfrog and Wikipedia. Now watch it in Anime form
(via Japan Probe
) [more inside]
- a short film animated completely by one person
Toilet training isn't quite so easy in Japan. There's squat toilets
and western style to consider. Then there are the talking toilets, and toilets that act as electronic bidets
. It's no wonder then, that Japanese kids need more than a few hints
from mum to master lavatorial etiquette. Meet Pants Pankuro and his friends
, in their efforts to master the strange world
of the Japanese toilet
. [more inside]
The closing credits for Episode 2 of "Sora no Otoshimono"("Heaven's Lost Property", about a 'fallen angel' of standard 'Anime Girl' variety: big eyes, big boobs plus big wings). (clip is as SFW as women's underwear without the women can be)
looks promisingly offensive, but it certainly doesn't appear to be the most
offensive thing that could possibly be written as a comedy about World War II. No, for that, you'd have to have -- no, not Jerry Lewis,
that won't do. Say it was based on a comic that was originally a webcomic
. Say it was produced in one of the former Axis countries. And that it featured all of the major players as anthropomorphized stereotypes
of those countries. And that these stereotypes were all young, attractive men who spent a lot
of time with each other. Call it "Useless Italy" -- or, in Japanese, Hetalia: Axis Powers. [more inside]
"Nisan didn’t mean to fall in love with Nemutan. Their first encounter -- at a comic-book convention that Nisan’s gaming friends dragged him to in Tokyo -- was serendipitous. Nisan was wandering aimlessly around the crowded exhibition hall when he suddenly found himself staring into Nemutan’s bright blue eyes... 'I’ve experienced so many amazing things because of her,' Nisan told me, rubbing Nemutan’s leg warmly. 'She has really changed my life.' Nemutan doesn’t really have a leg. She’s a stuffed pillowcase
— a 2-D depiction of a character, Nemu, from an X-rated version of a PC video game called Da Capo." The New York Times' Lisa Katayama on "2-D lovers" in Japan, the latest outgrowth of otaku
Every episode of Cowboy Bebop
The Cowboy Bebop movie: Knockin' on Heaven's Door
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.
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.)
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]
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]
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.
― 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.
First it was hostess bars
, then host bars
, then maid/anime cafes
, and now this
. Where will the madness
end? [more inside]
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
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.
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
Cooking Master Boy (中華一番)
is food-related TV that you might enjoy. There is more information
about the show on Wikipedia.
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
, and occasionally just filthy
stuff for cartoon nerds. Besides the usual metal, ballads, and pop rock, there's some Daft Punk
, and downtempo
accompaniment. Or you can just go to hell
. Wear headphones and no-one will know.
. Three short animated films by young students and artists. [more inside]
: a fan-site devoted to the classic Japanese manga
, offering up production cels
, background info on the ground-breaking digital coloring technique
used in the Epic translation
, and film music
Paprika. (warning-flash, nsfw)
If you've seen the bizarre anime series
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.
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
Some Japanimation-y illustrations (Simpsons
) got spacecoyote a job
at Bongo Comics
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 this link
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
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]
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
of Excel Saga episode 1.
It is funny. I urge you to watch it.
There is a DVD
you can buy.
The guy with the afro is the animator.
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.