Category: Features

January 21, 2022 · 0 comments

Books: The White Cat’s Revenge

Books: The White Cat’s Revenge

By Jeannette Ng. The ever-lengthening ever more direct yet elaborate light novel title is a commonly observed phenomenon and The White Cat’s Revenge as Plotted from the Dragon King’s Lap, by “Kureha”, is a particularly evocative example. It fills my mind with all those fluffy cats lounging spoilt on the laps of villains. Much to […]

January 19, 2022 · 0 comments

Books: Anime Streaming Platform Wars

Books: Anime Streaming Platform Wars

By Jonathan Clements. Sneaked out this week by Concordia University’s Platform Lab, Anime Streaming Platform Wars might sound like an oddly business-focussed computer game, but is actually a fantastic academic resource on the modern anime business. Relatively short at just 34 pages, it corrals concise appraisals of the major players in the modern anime business, […]

January 18, 2022 · 0 comments

Books: Hayao Miyazaki

Books: Hayao Miyazaki

By Andrew Osmond. Hayao Miyazaki, published to tie in with the current exhibition about the director at the Academy Museum in Los Angeles, is a whopping big book. It’s a true coffee-table tome, a hefty oversized hardback of 288 pages. For some reason, the exhibition’s website claims it’s only 256 pages, but presumably it had […]

January 16, 2022 · 0 comments

Fuse: Memoirs of the Hunter Girl

Fuse: Memoirs of the Hunter Girl

By Andrew Osmond. On one level, you can enjoy Fuse: Memoirs of the Hunter Girl as a cheerful period yarn about a perky girl who comes to samurai-era Tokyo and gets involved in an adventure with werewolves. It makes a very interesting comparison with Keiichi Hara’s Miss Hokusai; both films are set in 19th-century Tokyo, […]

January 13, 2022 · 0 comments

Books: Chinese Animation and Socialism

Books: Chinese Animation and Socialism

By Jonathan Clements. Daisy Yan Du’s newly published collection Chinese Animation and Socialism: From Animators’ Perspectives focuses inevitably on the rise and fall of the Shanghai Animation Film Studio (SAFS), which might reliably be described as the beating heart of the Chinese animation community for much of the mid- to late twentieth century. Refreshingly, the […]

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