From lolicon to moe: the adventures of the bishoujo

Japanese otaku fans are often associated with two controversial concepts: lolicon and moe. Outside of otaku circles, both terms are associated with some sort of abnormal...

Manga<->Tokyo Exhibition Panel – Shigeto Koyama, Yoh Yoshinari & Tsuyoshi Kusano (December 9th 2018)

In December of 2018, the La Villette exhibition center held an exhibition named Manga <-> Tokyo about the representation of Tokyo's city in Manga, anime, and other forms of...

Yasuo Otsuka Special Interview – Lupin III Perfect Book (2003)

The following is a translation of an interview with Yasuo Otsuka published in the 2003 Lupin III Perfect Book as a celebration of the show's 30th anniversary. The interview goes...
Sakuga Espresso

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....

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Fuchi no Mori – Meeting with Hayao Miyazaki

Fuchi no Mori – Meeting with Hayao Miyazaki

The cleaning of Fuchi no Mori, a forest located near Hayao Miyazaki's residence, gathers volunteers to help the famous director maintain the place, ensuring its cleanliness and upkeep. Volunteers are then thanked by being able to address a few words to Mr. Miyazaki....

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Fire Force – Animation Review – Episode 1

Fire Force – Animation Review – Episode 1

The first episode of Fire Force was amazing. My jaw dropped to the floor and it stayed there. Explosion after explosion, flame after flame; I was glued to the screen. It would be really easy to keep gushing and just rant about how awesome this singular episode from a...

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Gunnm – Yukito Kishiro Panel in Paris

Gunnm – Yukito Kishiro Panel in Paris

Following his attendance at the Angoulême International Comics Festival, Yukito Kishiro, the manga author behind Gunnm, better known as Battle Angel Alita in English, held a panel in Paris to which a small selection of fans was invited to. The French publisher for...

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