By Jonathan Clements.
Almost everything that is written about fiction is either reception (what the reader thought of the book) or production (an occasional making-of about the author at work). David Karashima’s book Who We’re Reading When We’re Reading Murakami is dedicated to areas that hardly anybody ever talks about – the way that the works of Haruki Murakami were edited, translated and marketed in the English language, in everything from discussions of the implied reader to the cover designs. He foregrounds a dozen unsung heroes of publishing: translators, editors and agents, as well as artists and publicists, all of whom toiled behind the scenes for years to create Murakami’s “overnight success.”
It's a release we know a lot of you have been excited about it and it's nearly here! KonoSuba Season 2 Blu-ray Collector's Edition arrives next week!
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Today we're going to be showing you what to expect from this release in both photo and video form!
The animator Yasuo Otsuka’s death today at the age of 89 was announced by Toshio Suzuki, the former president of Studio Ghibli. That felt only fitting, for while Otsuka had no credits on Studio Ghibli’s films, he was fundamental to the anime leading up to them over more than two decades, from Lupin to Chie the Brat. Indeed, Ghibli honoured Otsuka with a feature-length DVD documentary, Yasuo Otsuka’s Joy in Motion, released in 2004. Unusually for a Japanese DVD, it had English subtitles, making it an invaluable document for foreign fans.
It was the day of the big university oral examination, and the unnamed student was understandably flustered when the phone rang. When she picked up, there was a deep, sonorous voice at the other end, a woman she had never met but who still somehow sounded familiar. She introduced herself as Amy Howard Wilson, the actress who had provided the voice of the student’s childhood hero, Nova the radar operator in Star Blazers. And she was, she said, a person who had just happened to hear, on the fandom grapevine, that a love of astrophysics that had begun twenty years earlier with a weird Japanese TV cartoon was about to turn into something very special. And she had just called, she said, to wish her good luck in her PhD defence that afternoon, and every success in her career in real space science.
By Andrew Osmond.
The newest Disney feature animation, Raya and the Last Dragon, is available on the Disney+ platform. At the moment, it’s the same deal as the live-action Mulan had when it debuted. To see the film, subscribers must pay an extra “Premier Access” fee of £19.99, though you can rewatch Raya as much as you want after that. The film will be available to standard subscribers on 4th June.