New Rock and Happy End – Origins of Japanese Rock

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 years, genres like City Pop getting a newfound appreciation with international audiences...
The talents of French Animation

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 become a stronger tendency now that an increasing number of animation creators outside Japan...
What Sonny Boy Can Teach Us About Living In Times Of Uncertainty

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 the world is in the middle of multiple crises and that I’m unwillingly stuck in the...
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...
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...
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...