By Tom Smith. What’s a Radwimps? Only one of the hottest bands from Japan right now, that’s what! I don’t mean it lightly, either. Radwimps have been huge for years, long before their songs ended up part of Japan’s second-highest grossing film ever, Your Name. Before the film’s release, all eight of their studio albums […]
By Raz Greenberg. Eric Reinders’ The Moral Narratives of Hayao Miyazaki often feels uncomfortably detached from the director’s position in the world of anime. Instead, it places these works in another context, one with which religious scholar Reinders is more at home. Devoting a chapter to each of Miyazaki’s films, from Nausicaa to The Wind Rises, Reinders examines their […]
By Tom Smith. The hype behind Eden of the East was huge before its original release in 2009: a series directed and written by Kenji Kamiyama – whose CV includes the likes of the Ghost in the Shell series, Blood: The Last Vampire and Patlabor – and produced by Production I.G. So, imagine being that […]
by Jeremy Clarke. Pulse aka Kairo (2001) has long been considered one of the key J-Horror films of the last generation, along with Ring (1998) and The Grudge (2002). It remains one of the two films for which director Kiyoshi Kurosawa is most highly regarded, along with his earlier Cure (1997).
By Andrew Osmond. Takashi Nakamura has worked in the anime industry for more than three decades, starting as an animator before moving into direction. Younger fans may know him as co-director (with Michael Arias) of the shocking, cerebral science-fiction film Harmony. But long before that, Nakamura was Animation Director on Katsuhiro Otomo’s iconic Akira, and […]