By Jonathan Clements. Jaqueline Berndt, Kazumi Nagaike and Fusami Ogi’s new edited collection, Shojo Across Media: Exploring ‘Girl’ Practices in Contemporary Japan is another welcome addition to the expanding shelf of books specifically about Japanese popular culture aimed at female consumers. Among the high points, Akiko Sugawa-Shimada looks at girls in anime, specifically magical girls, […]
By Meghan Ellis. You might remember K Project as the best skateboarding anime that’s not actually about skateboarding. Or for its gratuitous use of stained glass backgrounds and chromatic phenomena. But since the series and its associated projects are an exploration of how to tell a story in colour, this indulgence is something we can […]
By Shelley Pallis. Basara Tojo’s father is locked in a grim struggle with the new Demon Lord, and Basara is stuck with a sorcerous roommate and her succubus bodyguard… but, you know, school life goes on, and he hopes to get onto the festival committee and turn his homework in on time. Testament of Sister […]
By Jonathan Clements. Deborah Shamoon’s Passionate Friendship: The Aesthetics of Girls’ Culture in Japan traces the development of a niche in entertainment that is barely a century old, and yet forms a crucial sector within modern media. She investigates a whole series of tropes and traditions, that themselves form the bedrock of today’s Japanese comics […]
By Andrew Osmond. Anime Limited is releasing Satoshi Kon’s classic Perfect Blue in a new “Ultimate” edition, with fresh revelations about the film’s genesis. Spoiler warning: this article assumes familiarity with the film; for an introduction to Perfect Blue, see here.