Anime (and manga, of course) can be so heavily stylized that a lot of fans end up forming a fantasy version of Japan in their heads that doesn’t square…
Iwasaki Taisei is the lead composer and arranger on the soundtracks for BELLE, a visually stunning new film with beautiful music from Hosoda Mamoru…
Japan, and Tokyo in particular, are veritable meccas for retro game lovers. One of these dedicated game collectors has managed to buy every single…
I've always said you should stay away from crane games. In my first book, Tokyo Geek's Guide, I wrote the following regarding game centers (i.e. game…
A very interesting piece about anime director Hosoda Mamoru whose latest film, Belle, has just screened at the Cannes Film Festival. Mamoru Hosoda has…
This is a very interesting article that recently appeared in Publishers Weekly…
A recent survey by insurance company Daiichi Seimei Hoken asked 3,000 kids aged six to 18 what they wanted to be when they grew up. Until now, popular…
With the recent digital release of a bunch of composer Hiroyuki Sawano’s amazing anime soundtracks—including a physical vinyl release for his music that…
Professional cosplayers in Japan might soon see laws change that involve their line of work. According to Anime News Network, the Japanese government is…
The recent launch of a new manga devoted to tennis player Naomi Osaka offers another chance to consider the way Black characters are portrayed in…
Ever wondered how many plastic Gundam models exist in the world? (Photo by Domenico) Over 500 million, apparently. Gunpla first debuted in July 1980…
A lot of manga and anime stories revolve around ridiculously strong and clever junior high and high school kids who save the day in a world where not…