New Rock and Happy End – Origins of Japanese Rock

Japanese Rock and Pop music has, through the 21st century, become an undoubtedly global phenomenon with genres like J-Pop, J-Rock reaching foreign audiences, and in more recent...

The talents of French Animation

Japanese animation holds a special place in the world scene and among fandoms for its diversity and championing of 2D animation techniques. This is very justified and has only...

What Sonny Boy Can Teach Us About Living In Times Of Uncertainty

‘It’s been a tough year.’  This is a phrase that we’ve all heard countless times lately.  Whether it is through the news, social media or word of mouth, I am often reminded that...

Sakuga Espresso

Sakuga Espresso is our column about appreciating great animation in a format short enough to be read along with a shot of Espresso. ☕️ What makes a scene stand out? How do the drawings convey emotions? Join us as we breakdown what makes stunning animation....
Belle: Mamoru Hosoda’s Most International Film

Belle: Mamoru Hosoda’s Most International Film

Mamoru Hosoda has truly become "the new Miyazaki." By that, I do not mean that he is or has become Hayao Miyazaki's heir or that his work follows up on that of the studio Ghibli director. Rather, I mean that Hosoda has taken Miyazaki's place in Western film discourse:...

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Nightmare made film: Phil Tippet’s Mad God

Nightmare made film: Phil Tippet’s Mad God

Mad God is a nightmare-made film. Quite literally so, as director Phil Tippett, one of the most renowned animators and special effects artists in American film history, confessed that his long-awaited movie was inspired by a nightmare he repeatedly made as a child. It...

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On the Topic of Older Anime

On the Topic of Older Anime

What was the first anime you liked? What was the first one you fell in love with? What was the first anime you watched and realized it was anime?   The answer to these questions is important when it comes to answering the question, 'how do we get people to watch...

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Keiichi Arawi’s animated works

Keiichi Arawi’s animated works

With his unique sense of humor and round, cute character designs, Keiichi Arawi is an artist whose work always makes you feel good whenever you encounter it. Among animation fans, he’s mostly known for being the original creator of Nichijou, a hit manga that became,...

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