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Arakawa Naoshi’s Empowered Soccer Girls

The newest work of Arakawa Naoshi, creator of the wildly popular 四月は君の嘘 (Your Lie in April), centers on high school competitive girls soccer. Entitled さよなら私のクラマー (Farewell, My Dear Cramer), it is a continuation of sorts of Arakawa Naoshi’s earlier two … Continue reading

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Viewing Bunraku through the Lens of Anime

I would like to briefly address the question of whether or not bunraku (traditional Japanese puppet theater) can be considered a predecessor of anime. There are multiple points on which this comparison can be made, including the use of constructed … Continue reading

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The Golden Ani-Versary: 50 years of anime, blog style For those interested in the history of anime, check out the above blog. Following the history of anime year by year in chronological order, from serialized anime’s inception in 1953, the … Continue reading

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The Morality of Blind Pursuit in Children Who Chase Lost Voices From Deep Below

The representations of characters along the lines of gender and age is for the most part unsurprising in Children Who Chase Lost Voices From Deep Below. Yet, the way in which these tendencies are presented redefines strength through the course … Continue reading

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Shinkai’s Portrayal of Strength in Loneliness in Children Who Chase Lost Voices From Deep Below

Shinkai Makoto’s newest film, Children Who Chase Lost Voices From Deep Below (星を追う子ども), was screened on at last month’s New York Comic Con. The newest of Shinkai’s works, it shows heavy influences from Miyazaki, with multiple scenes and characters strongly … Continue reading

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Water in Miyazaki’s Mizugumo Monmon

Water is perhaps one of the most challenging substances to portray through animation. So challenging in fact, that multiple movies and series either feature live action cuts of water, such as in Samurai X, or computer renderings of it. While … Continue reading

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Light, Lines and Raindrops: Will Eisner’s Vision of The City

New York City’s MoCCA (Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art) is currently exhibiting Will Eisner’s New York: From The Spirit to the Modern Graphic Novel. The exhibit showcases original pieces from throughout Will Eisner’s career, focusing on his portrayal of … Continue reading

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