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Film, TV, manga & anime

The real Akihabara: ‘publication of the private’
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Read the full story Events | Film, TV, manga & anime | Interviews | Japan 10:54 PM JMLH • Permalink
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Anyone with even a passing interest in modern Japan will have heard of Tokyo’s Akihabara district, most likely through squealing newspaper or blog stories detailing just how weird and depraved the one-time electronics Mecca is…

Xiao digicam ads – poop or prints?
Monday, December 08, 2008
Read the full story Digital cameras & camcorders | Film, TV, manga & anime | Japan | WTF? 09:40 PM JMLH • Permalink
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You know that new camera from Takara Tomy that features a little Zink printer that pops 2x3in photos out one end?

Japanese news uses CGI to refute groping allegations
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Read the full story Film, TV, manga & anime | Japan | Software | WTF? 05:22 AM Mark Weitzman • Permalink
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After ten years of litigation, the Japan supreme court ruled in favor of a man who challenged an allegation that he fondled a woman on a Tokyo train. The man fought the police charges in 1999…

Classic anime clip: The Spider and the Tulip (1943)
Friday, November 07, 2008
Read the full story Film, TV, manga & anime | Video 05:48 PM JMLH • Permalink
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Reader Matt asked what anime the still featured here comes from and - whaddya know - it just happens to be on YouTube.

Best of Japan Media Arts Festival award winners
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Read the full story Events | Film, TV, manga & anime 06:44 PM Emru Townsend • Permalink
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One of the pleasures of film festivals, whether you’re watching them or organizing them, is in discovering unintended themes in the films.

Stunning urban animation crosses genre boundaries - and walls
Friday, May 16, 2008
Read the full story Film, TV, manga & anime | NOT Japan | Off Topic 07:39 PM JMLH • Permalink
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Heck - it’s nothing to do with either Japan or technology (at least, not directly), but it is an absolutely stunning piece of animation work by a bona-fide genius.

London Dimensional Manga signing today – get ‘em while they’re hot
Saturday, April 26, 2008
Read the full story Events | Film, TV, manga & anime | NOT Japan 11:03 PM JMLH • Permalink
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It’s kinda late notice (understatement and a half, eh?), but our pals at Orbital Manga in London have an in-store event today to mark the launch of Demon Prince: Children of Gaia from Dimensional Manga.

Interview with Akira Tochigi
Sunday, April 06, 2008
Read the full story Film, TV, manga & anime | Interviews 11:16 PM Emru Townsend • PermalinkComments
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The To the Source of Anime retrospective ends its run today at the Cinémathèque Québécoise with a tribute to Noburo Ofuji. The “Wartime Japanese Animation” programs included propaganda cartoons that feature strikingly American character designs.

More Early Anime Unearthed
Tuesday, April 01, 2008
Read the full story Film, TV, manga & anime 11:01 AM Emru Townsend • PermalinkComments
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“It all started with Osamu Tezuka” or “It all started with Astro Boy” have been common ways to start describing the history of anime for years, even though a moment’s sober reflection would reveal the fallacies in those statements. Somewhat surprisingly, the increased popularity of anime outside of Japan has largely served to reinforce, rather than disabuse, these and other notions about the country’s rich animation history.

Getting to the Source of Anime
Sunday, March 02, 2008
Read the full story Film, TV, manga & anime 09:41 PM Emru Townsend • PermalinkComments
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La Cinémathèque Québecoise in Montreal is hosting the largest retrospective of early Japanese animation to ever take place outside of Japan.

Mobile digital TV: What the West can learn from tiny TVs in Japanese pockets
Wednesday, February 20, 2008
Read the full story Film, TV, manga & anime | Video | Wireless 12:02 PM JMLH • PermalinkComments
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Regular readers will have noticed a fair sprinkling of the odd term ‘1-seg’ in news items over the last year or so, with all referring to Japanese products in some way. From Sony’s PSP and video Walkman to car sat-nav systems and mobile phones, this strangely named digital TV standard is popping up everywhere in the Far East, but what exactly is it?

Event: Meet manga artists at Orbital Manga, London
Monday, January 14, 2008
Read the full story Events | Film, TV, manga & anime | NOT Japan 08:06 AM JMLH • Permalink
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Emily at Orbital Manga in London dropped us a line with word of a cool-sounding event there next month.

20 Minutes with Norabbits’ Minutes Creator Yuichi Ito

At this year’s Ottawa International Animation Festival, I sat down with I.Toon’s Yuichi Ito and his manager Hiroko Kamata to talk about his series of short stop-motion films, Norabbit’s Minutes.

Digital watermark punishes cinemas, not their evil cam-copying customers
Thursday, December 06, 2007
Read the full story Film, TV, manga & anime | Home theater | Internet | R&D 07:40 AM JMLH • PermalinkComments
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Japan’s state broadcaster, NHK, has teamed up with Mitsubishi Electric to create an anti-piracy system that it hopes will put a stop to movie copying from cinemas.

Nintendo to start DS Lite movie downloads
Friday, November 30, 2007
Read the full story Film, TV, manga & anime | Gaming | Video 08:22 AM JMLH • Permalink
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Although it beats the pants of the competition on the sales front, Nintendo’s DS Lite has never been anything more than a games machine, leading anyone interested in mobile media to opt for the PSP. Come March, however, that’s set to change with the launch of an official movie download service for the DS.

Mr Spock would be proud: Booth babe totes tricorder to perfection
Thursday, October 04, 2007
Read the full story Events | Film, TV, manga & anime | Off Topic | Video 11:00 AM JMLH • PermalinkComments
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To pimp the Japanese HD DVD release of all 1,450 minutes of the original Star Trek in 1080p glory, the HD DVD promo body has decked out its booth attendants in appropriate regalia at CEATEC this week.

Technology fostering community of translators and comic fans
Tuesday, October 02, 2007
Read the full story Film, TV, manga & anime | Internet 09:51 AM JMLH • PermalinkComments
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In one of the most innovative and open-minded approaches to intellectual property we’ve seen in a long time, Toshiba is helping Japanese comic-book artists bring their work to the rest of the world through some pretty clever technology.

A trio of Tekkonkinkreet treats

The Tekkonkinkreet anime made its North American home video debut earlier this week, and we decided to celebrate with three bits of Tekkon goodness.

World's first talking TV complains when used
Friday, September 21, 2007
Read the full story Film, TV, manga & anime | Video | WTF? 07:57 AM JMLH • PermalinkComments
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If there’s a product as bizarre as the Segnity pocket television from E-Revolution then we’ve yet to see it.

Astro Boy’s Tell-All Book

The Astro Boy Essays traces the evolution and rise of manga and anime through the lens of Osamu Tezuka’s iconic robot.

Japan Media Arts Festival 2006, Part 2: Animation Division

Ever since I first discovered CG-Arts and the Japan Media Arts Festival, I’ve been delighted to find that every year the festival features at least one short that looks and feels unlike any film I’ve ever seen—my criterion for an excellent film fest.

Japan Media Arts Festival 2006, Part 1: Entertainment Division
Tuesday, September 11, 2007
Read the full story Film, TV, manga & anime 03:26 AM Emru Townsend • PermalinkComments
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One of SIGGRAPH’s (many) hidden gems is the collection of digitally animated shorts from the previous Japan Media Arts Festival.

Academic anime addicts bent on artistic unreality

As a juror for the Sketches & Posters committee at this year’s SIGGRAPH, I chaired one of the Sketches sessions on the last day of the conference—a session called “Looking Good,” which featured two presentations related to anime.

Origins of anime before Tetsuwan Atom
Monday, August 27, 2007
Read the full story Film, TV, manga & anime | Interviews | Japan 04:45 AM Emru Townsend • PermalinkComments
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Digital Meme’s recent Japanese Anime Classic Collection isn’t just a boxed set, it’s a godsend: it goes a long way toward clarifying things about anime’s origins, or fleshing out what we already knew.

Japanese DVD distributor reckons Ricky Gervais is a total wranker
Tuesday, August 14, 2007
Read the full story Film, TV, manga & anime | Japan | Off Topic | WTF? 05:15 AM JMLH • PermalinkComments
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Office co-creator and Herculean foulmouth Ricky Gervais is many things, but I never knew he was such a wranker.



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