By Jonathan Clements. An illustration by Tsuyuki Kocho shows the famous artist Hokusai at work with his assistant, his daughter Oei (or Oi). The picture is dated 1843, only a few years before Hokusai’s death, when he was increasingly reliant on his divorcee daughter to care for him. Hokusai himself is partly obscured, crouching over a painting as if straining to see it properly. Oei is depicted in equally unflattering terms, her eyes narrowed in the disdain that allegedly cost her her marriage (she had a habit of laughing at her husband’s artwork), leaning on a long tobacco pipe. Her chin is somewhat prominent, reflecting a nickname that played upon this feature.
Katsuchika Oei, Hokusai’s third daughter, was known to be an artist in her own right. Ten extant works are known to be by her own hand, many of them displaying a powerful sense of light and dark, and an original sensibility with colour that would have been sure to have propelled her to height of fame in 19th century Japan. But Oei remains a shadowy figure, like the apparitions of her best-known work, Night Scene in the Yoshiwara, brushed out of history by very mundane concerns over attribution. However, she may have been far more prolific than previously supposed, albeit working under another name: that of her own father. Continue Reading
We know many of you are excited (as are we) about our upcoming Standard Edition release of Durarara!! on 18th May. In case you aren't aware the reason we are excited about this is because the Blu-ray version includes re-authored discs that correct issues present in our initial Limited Edition Blu-ray release. (NOTE: If you bought the Limited Edition version, you can apply for replacement discs HERE)
This post will be giving you a preview of what to expect with these newly authored discs along with our DVD release.
With more movement than the Shifting Sand Land in Mario 64, how's that for a reference, it's the latest edition of the Anime Limited Newswire.
~ First of all a big thanks to everyone who came to our panel at MCM Belfast Comic Con this past Saturday. It was great to see so many people and we had some great questions too! During the panel we were happy to confirm that Plastic Memories will be getting a Blu-ray and DVD release from us in 2016, details about our upcoming release of 009 Re:Cyborg and that Tokyo Ghoul is tentatively schedule for release on Blu-ray and DVD from us in October. You can read our Bonus Newswire posted on Saturday evening HERE.
~ We're hoping to be able to reveal our plans for MCM London Comic Con within the next week! So keep an eye for details on those as we can share them.
~ Looking ahead there are some dates shifting we need to make you aware of. Tiger & Bunny The Rising has been shifted back to late June (exact date TBC at this time.) As mentioned in the bonus Newswire from the weekend 009 Re:Cyborg will be coming to Collector's Edition Blu-ray/DVD and Standard Edition DVD in July (exact date is TBC at this time). Nerima Daikon Brothers is also getting pushed back, but you'll be happy to hear things are still moving forward on this and all going well we're hoping to be able to confirm a new date soon (also hoping it'll be around July/August time.) Continue Reading
By Ellis Tinios.
Hokusai (1760-1849) is the best-known Japanese artist on the world stage and enjoys equal renown in his homeland. The appetite for his art appears to be insatiable — ‘Hokusai’ exhibitions invariably draw huge crowds. His print image ‘The Great Wave’ is firmly established as a global icon. The Hokusai manga (Hokusai's sketchbooks) are widely if erroneously cited as precursors of modern-day Japanese comics.
His working life spanned 75 years. His output as painter, print designer and book illustrator was prodigious. His creativity and productivity remained undiminished through the closing decades of his long working life: his very greatest achievements were produced in the last 25 years of his career, following on from his 65 birthday.
Hokusai’s primary occupation was that of painter. His paintings were brushed onto paper or silk and range from the briefest sketches on a scrap of paper to elaborate pairs of standing six-panel room screens. They encompass a wide range of subjects. Most characteristic are his depictions of beautiful women and of legendary figures from China and Japan. His animal paintings are also often startling in pose and composition. His finest landscapes are sublime. His paintings were highly regarded in his lifetime and remain so today but they were expensive products aimed at a more restricted audience of wealthy connoisseurs unlike his printed works on paper, which were created to delight a mass market. Continue Reading