Andrew Osmond on a study of transcultural flows and frictions Animation travels. It’s good at it, often better than live-action. Animation is amenable to dubbing and localising, and its foreign origins often go unnoticed, at least by child viewers. Perfect Blue director Satoshi Kon put it simply. When he was growing up in Hokkaido, “I […]
Jasper Sharp on the state of the cinema arts Yes, it’s that time again when the Motion Picture Producers Association of Japan (better known by the abbreviated Japanese name of Eiren) releases its box office figures for the previous year. I’ve already put down my analyses and thoughts about what kind of barometer these provide […]
By Andrew Osmond. “In the twenty-first century,” notes the Anime Encyclopedia, “it became apparent that the last frontier for modern Japanese animation might be the real world itself, with a deep sense of ready nostalgia for hazy school days, mawkish classroom flirting, or the exotic appeal of old-fashioned friendships and hobbies.” Anthem of the Heart […]
Paul Browne reviews a film that mixes cosplay and complications. If there’s one human trait that can be relied upon, it’s tenacity. It’s an element that runs through Yuki Tanada’s 2012 film The Cowards Who Looked to the Sky, a story that also weaves in themes of poverty, fantasy, maliciousness and altruism.
By Jasper Sharp. Just a few stops to the west on the Sagano line from Kyoto lies the suburb of Uzumasa, an entertaining but curiously overlooked destination for tourists with more than a passing interest in Japan’s pop-cultural heritage. It is the site of Toei Kyoto Studio Park, commonly referred to by the locals as […]