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Land of the Lustrous - Wikipedia
[via: "‘Land of the Lustrous’ is the Most Visually Interesting Show In Ages"

"Few cinematic works really capture the horror and beauty of what it means to inhabit a body. Most recent to come to mind is Jonathan Glazer’s Under the Skin, a meditation on the ways bearing a human, female body fundamentally changes you and how you move through the world. And now there’s Takahiko Kyogoku’s Land of the Lustrous, adapted from Haruko Ichikawa’s manga of the same name, about the beauty and agony of inhabiting any body to begin with."

"Speaking of the body as ultimate totem to one’s self, the Gems are depicted as genderless and speak to each other with they/them pronouns. Many of their features are very femme, and they’re voiced by cisgender female actresses, yet they distinctly lack breasts and (presumably) reproductive organs. Their very design, like most elements of the show, is meant to exist in a state of inbetween, of non-binary. Despite being about the inseparability of the Ghost with the Shell, the presentation of bodies (and gender) is as fluid as it is weighty — like Cinnabar’s swirling mercury droplets — and it only adds to the unique physicality of their movements. Like everything else in Lustrous, these elements contradict each other, yet the show lives and breathes comfortably within the blur of those lines.

The shots that frame these bodies also contribute to their deeply physical presence in Lustrous’s environs. Unlike most of the American “Peak TV” shows that imitate Kubrick’s penchant for symmetrical compositions and negative space, Lustrous’s framing is always emotionally clear and concise. While these shots certainly assist with the uniquely cryptic mood and atmosphere, they’re first and foremost about the characters they’re framing, and their positions in the desolate world of the show."]
srg  manga  towatch  anime  cgi  television  tv  film  body  bodies  gender  inbetween  betweenness  non-binary 
november 2017 by robertogreco
Planetes - Wikipedia
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"Planetes (プラネテス Puranetesu?, Ancient Greek: πλανήτες "Planets", which literally means, by Ancient Greek translation, "Wanderers"[1]) is a Japanese hard science fiction manga written and illustrated by Makoto Yukimura. It was adapted into a 26-episode anime television series by Sunrise, which was broadcast on NHK from October 2003 through April 2004. The story revolves around the crew of the debris collection craft, Toy Box, in the year 2075.

The manga was published in English in North America by Tokyopop, and the anime was distributed in North America by Bandai Entertainment. Both the manga and anime received the Seiun Award for best science fiction series."

"The story of Planetes follows the crew of the DS-12 "Toy Box" of the Space Debris Section, a unit of Technora Corporation. Debris Section's purpose is to prevent the damage or destruction of satellites, space stations and spacecraft from collision with debris in Earth's and the Moon's orbits. They use a number of methods to dispose of the debris (mainly by burning it via atmospheric reentry or through salvage), accomplished through the use of EVA suits.

The episodes sometimes revolve around debris collection itself, but more often the concept of collecting "trash" in space is merely a storytelling method for building character development. The members of the Debris Section are looked down upon as the lowest members of the company and they must work hard to prove their worth to others and accomplish their dreams.

Ongoing plot elements include an upcoming exploratory mission to Jupiter on the new fusion powered ship, Von Braun, and the lead character's decision to join the mission, no matter the cost. Many other plot threads are also developed throughout the series that help to explain each character's motivations and personalities. The Space Defense Front is a terrorist organization that believes mankind is exploiting space without first curing global problems such as mass famine and the widened socio-economic divide on Earth."
planetes  manga  anime  sciencefiction  scifi  towatch 
january 2016 by robertogreco
Hayao Miyazaki - The Essence of Humanity - YouTube
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"Lewis Bond takes a look at the work of master filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki and what sets him apart from other makers of animated movies, including his work’s realism and empathy."]
animation  hayaomiyazaki  humanism  humanity  filmmaking  storytelling  lewisbond  empathy  realism  emotions  reality  unpredicatablity  subtlety  anime  manga  expressiveness  expressions 
october 2015 by robertogreco
The 'Sunny' side of Taiyo Matsumoto | The Japan Times
"Matsumoto works at what’s considered a steady clip, and says he always starts with the artwork before the story. His settings and many of his establishment shots in “Sunny” appear to be single thoughts, and stories often build into the background through secondary dialogue. He works for the most part without assistants, though his wife, the artist and manga illustrator Saho Tono, helps in prepping and coloring while occasionally giving editorial guidance.

“She helps me a lot — with my erasing, coloring,” he explains. “She reads first drafts and tells me if something is boring.”

Tono’s choice of abstract tones complement Matsumoto’s graphic illustration, but when asked if he assists her work, too, he jokingly dismisses the idea: “Absolutely not. I wouldn’t dare.” At this, Michael Arias joins in the conversation with “Yeah, but her work is so much more far out, too.”

Whether her work is “far out” or not, as a confidant, Tono’s advice regarding protecting Matsumoto’s privacy through editorial strategy has been sound.

“My wife actually suggested that I don’t bring up the fact that ‘Sunny’ is based on my childhood,” Matsumoto says. “She thought I should take the story to my editor and only bring up the back story if it felt necessary.”

The couple also discussed whether he should mention the personal nature of the work in interviews, and he admits to being uncomfortable with calling his work a “biography,” referring instead to the Japanese generic conceit of literary “I-Novels,” or confessional fiction. This, he quickly adds, wasn’t because he was fazed by a memoirist’s responsibility to the facts.

“I knew each character was based on someone, but I couldn’t attribute anyone’s behavior (to anyone specific),” he claims. “And I couldn’t avoid making them all me.”

But at least one old acquaintance of Matsumoto has recognized his illustrations of characters in “Sunny.”

“I got a letter from someone I knew from the orphanage who I hadn’t heard from in 30 years,” he says. “He recognized the people I had drawn and even called it out. ‘That’s so-and-so and that’s such-and-such, no?’ And he was right.”"
taiyomatsumoto  manga  comics  2013  sahotono  michaelarias  sunny 
september 2014 by robertogreco
Interview: Taiyo Matsumoto - Time Out Tokyo
"Were there any artists in particular who really grabbed you?

There was Miguelanxo Prado, a Spanish writer, Enki Bilal and Moebius, who passed away last year – they all had a huge influence on me. I can't read French, so I was only looking at the pictures, but it was a style of drawing I hadn't seen before.

What are the main points of difference between European comics and Japanese manga?

It's hard to say for sure since I can't actually read them, but I felt like they didn't really have any rhythm. I thought there was a lot of text crammed into all the speech bubbles. It's changed a bit since then – there are writers who don't use much dialogue, or who choose to work in black and white instead. Around 25 years ago, all the bande déssinée writers were working in colour, and it was like they didn't waste a single panel. In Japanese manga, lots of panels are just for setting the scene, without any dialogue, but you don't see that very much in bandes déssinées. I've read some of it in translation, and you can't skip over anything, which I think can be a challenge for Japanese readers. You might say the balance is different.

Could you get bandes déssinées in Japan at the time?

I don't think they were available. You had to go abroad if you wanted to get them. Even now, I don't think most people know what ‘bandes dessinées’ are. You hear ‘amekome’ (American comics) much more often.

Were there any manga writers in Japan at the time who were influenced by European comics?
I'm not entirely sure, but Katushiro Otomo and Kamui Fujiwara were probably influenced – maybe Hisashi Eguchi too. I honestly haven't talked with them about bandes dessinées before, but I think that's true."
taiyomatsumoto  2013  interviews  katsuhirootomo  manga  comics  osamutezuka  michaelarias 
september 2014 by robertogreco
The Digital Revolution Will Not Be Televised: 10 Shows Breaking the Hollywood Mold | TakePart
"7. 'Knights of Sidonia’

This Japanese anime series was already a hit in its home country when Netflix bought the rights to air it in the U.S. (It began airing the show, both with subtitles and dubbed, earlier this month.) Its premise will sound familiar to science fiction fans—set in the distant future, it is a story of the last human-colony spaceship in the galaxy (the titular Sidonia), which must protect itself from aliens with giant robots—but it builds its dramatic tension in original ways, and it looks supercool while doing it."
knightsofsidonia  towatch  tv  television  anime  manga  scifi  sciencefiction  edg  srg 
july 2014 by robertogreco
Saint Oniisan Manga - Read Saint Oniisan Online For Free
"Saint Oniisan is slice-of-life or divine-life, tale of Jesus and Buddha as they try to experience the modern world, in this case, Japan. The manga places a funny twist on religion, attitudes, culture and customs in Japan through the eyes of Jesus and Buddha. You see Jesus and Buddha experiencing Asakusa, public baths, theme parks, and the internet. Throughout the manga, we get a little history of their divine greatness only to see their apparent insignificance in modern Japanese society. Suffice to say, before people can recognize that they’re actually Jesus and Buddha, people think of them as someone who looks like Johnny Depp or a guy with a button on his forehead. For real. ---------- What if Jesus and Buddha were living on Earth in modern times? What if they shared an apartment in Japan? Saint Young Men is a humorous manga about the daily lives of Jesus and Buddha, with each chapter focusing on some element of modern life, such as Disneyland, rush hour on the train, Christmas, the public pool, carnivals, and more."
saintoniisan  manga  via:sophia  jesus  buddha  religion  asakusa  comics 
december 2013 by robertogreco
Haida manga - Wikipedia
"Haida Manga is a contemporary style of Haida comics and print cartoons that explores the elements of both traditional North Pacific indigenous arts and narrative,[1][2] while also adapting contemporary techniques of artistic design from the Eastern portion of the North Pacific, namely the Japanese manga from which its name derives. Haida manga have so far been published in several countries including Japan, South Korea, China, Taiwan, Macao, France, and Canada."
manga  haida  comics 
october 2013 by robertogreco
How Anime is Made
"In mid October 2010, the Culture Japan crew went along to the headquarters of Production IG to see what goes on behind the scenes of making hit anime titles such as Ghost in the Shell, East of Eden and recently Sengoku Basara. Today we get to take a look and try some of the processes that are involved in making anime.

I remember when I could hardly speak Japanese back in the UK. Ghost in the Shell was released on video and I remembering it being such an inspiring movie. Was great to be able to visit the company responsible for the movie."
animation  ghostintheshell  productionig  srg  edg  design  art  process  japan  2011  howwework  manga  anime 
december 2011 by robertogreco
Visipix: Mangas by HOKUSAI, Katsushika (1760 - 1849)
"This started one of the most ambitious projects in art: Teaching us all how to see things with our own eyes publishes here the complete 15 volumes in facsimile quality. This is a world premiere in the internet

The success of western culture is based on the 'Enlightenment': Think with your own brain, find your religion in your own heart. I go that far: I prefer to be wrong with my own brain - and do my darndest to learn, especially learn from others - than to blindly depend on somebody else's belief. We learn this from Socrates, Luther, Lessing, Kant, Popper and others.]

What the western culture achieved verbally, Hokusai does visually. Artistic genius and wise teachings are well balanced. Nothing could be more difficult."
art  japan  illustration  manga  visual  hokusai  katsushikahokusai  graphic  via:preoccupations  1800s  1700s  noticing  learning  enlightenment  belief  balance  teachings  srg  edg  glvo 
september 2011 by robertogreco
Steins;Gate - Wikipedia
"The story of Steins;Gate takes place in Akihabara and is about a group of friends who have customized their microwave into a device that can send text messages to the past. As they perform different experiments, an organization named SERN who has been doing their own research on time travel tracks them down and now the characters have to find a way to avoid being captured by them. Steins;Gate has been praised for its intertwining storyline and the voice actors have been commended for their portrayal of the characters."
games  japan  interactivefiction  storytelling  timetravel  manga  xbox360  videogames  classideas  writingprompts  visualnovels  edg  srg  scifi  sciencefiction  akihabara  tokyo  anime  if  cyoa 
july 2011 by robertogreco
Manga Artist’s First Foray into English | PRI's The World
"A few days after the earthquake and tsunami, the New York Times published an illustration by Mizuki on its op-ed page. It shows a hand emerging from an eddy at sea, outstretched, grasping for help.

When I asked Mizuki to explain it, he said, “Modern Japan is drowning. It’s lost its sense of traditionalism. Though,” he reflects, “during World War II, Japan might have been too Japanese.” Mizuki believes perhaps Japan is now entering an international era.

Somewhere between being subsumed by the rest of the world, and being too Japanese, Mizuki sees a middle space, where the bright lights of modern Japan don’t blind its citizens from the past. And where a story like the one Mizuki tells in “Onward Towards Our Noble Deaths” may inspire younger manga artists address Japan’s many current challenges."
shigerumizuki  manga  japan  illustration  english  japanese  ww2  wwii  classideas  history  future  traditionalism 
june 2011 by robertogreco
Great Teacher Onizuka - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
"seeing this display of a teacher's power over girls, decides to become a teacher himself. In his quest, he discovers 2 important things: He has a conscience & a sense of morality. This means taking advantage of impressionable schoolgirls is out…; He enjoys teaching & most of the time, he teaches life lessons rather than routine schoolwork; He hates the systems of traditional education, especially when they have grown ignorant & condescending to students & their needs.<br />
W/ these realizations, he sets out to become greatest teacher ever, using his own brand of philosophy & ability to do nearly anything even when under enough pressure. He is hired as a long-shot teacher by privately operated school to tame class that has driven 1 teacher to a mysterious death, one to nervous breakdown, & one to joining a cult. He embarks on a mission of self-discovery by breaking through to each student one by one, & helping each student to overcome their problems & learn to genuinely enjoy life."
teaching  manga  anime  comics  unschooling  deschooling  toread  schools  education  learning  well-being 
november 2010 by robertogreco
Satoshi Kon's last words | Makiko Itoh : Not a nameless cat.
"Satoshi Kon, the director of anime movies Perfect Blue, Tokyo Godfathers, Millenium Actress and Paprika, as well as the TV series Paranoia Agent, died on Tuesday, August 24th at the age of 46. (NY Times obituary.) He left behind a rambling but extraordinary document, which his family has posthumously posted on his blog.<br />
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They're the last words of a supremely talented artist who knows he is dying very soon, with work left unfinished. It's been the talk of the Japanese internet, and it struck me deeply."
satoshikon  anime  animation  death  japan  manga 
october 2010 by robertogreco
Is Apple Making Us Japanese? | Hybrid Reality | Big Think
"Everyone is mesmerized by Apple’s ability to revolutionize the way we think about IT products. With the iPhone, for example, Apple has morphed a mere communication device into a platform that includes a music player, a video recorder, a note transcriber, and the capacity to handle thousands of other apps that each bring the phone tantalizingly close to a personal computer.

But Apple is doing something far more radical to us as a nation, something that might even outlive the innovative firm itself: it is singlehandedly transforming us into a society that will one day feel comfortable having emotional relationships with machines."
apple  machines  relationships  japan  japanese  robots  emotion  evocativeobjects  glvo  objects  love  disruptivetechnologies  clatchristenson  innovation  experience  utilitarianism  anime  manga  astroboy  future 
september 2010 by robertogreco Kapilavastu (Buddha, Vol. 1): Osamu Tezuka: Books
"Tezuka, the master of Japanese comics, mixes his own characters with history as deftly as he transfers the most profound, complex emotions onto extremely cartoony characters, and his work defies easy categorization. In Buddha, originally serialized in the 1970s and one of his last works, he lavishly retells the life of Siddhartha, who isn't even born until page 268."
books  edg  srg  religion  osamutezuka  manga  history  tcsnmy 
december 2008 by robertogreco
Avatar Episodes | Veoh Video Network
"With the Fire Nation on the brink of global domination, a young girl and her brother living on the South Pole make an amazing discovery: Enclosed within an iceberg for 100 years, a 12-year old Airbender has miraculously survived. Hungry for and adventure, the boy reveals himself as the Avatar."
glvo  srg  edg  avatar  comics  manga  animation  tv  television  anime 
december 2008 by robertogreco
Wanna Learn About Statistics? Read A Comic | Geekdad from
"Edu-Manga, welcome to America. This uniquely Japanese twist on education pairs the normal lessons one would find in a technical book with a manga graphic novel format. Of course it's more than just raw information presented as a comic. There's a plot! ... Following up The Manga Guide to Statistics is The Manga Guide to Databases, due out in December, and one teaching calculus (March '09). Further titles include physics, molecular biology, electricty and relativity, to be published by No Starch through the end of 2009."
manga  comics  education  learning  statistics  physics  science  databases  electricity  books  molecularbiology  biology  relativity 
october 2008 by robertogreco
Totoro Forest Project
"A fund raising exhibition/auction to support the National Trust Totoro Forest Foundation established by Oscar award winning filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki, featuring original art created by internationally acclaimed artists in the fields of animation, comic bo
glvo  totoro  illustration  art  environment  japan  activism  charity  arts  forests  ecology  miyazaki  trees  nature  comics  animation  manga 
july 2008 by robertogreco iPhone boost Japanese manga
"newly released Apple iPhone...hit all over Japan a special feature is being stressed. Among its many capabilities, the iPhone can display popular Japanese “manga,” or comics. UPI Asia reports."
manga  japan  reading  iphone  ebooks  comics 
july 2008 by robertogreco
Download Anime, Manga to Your DS | Game | Life from
"A new digital delivery service in Japan is giving Nintendo DS owners on-the-go access to manga, novels, and animated shows and films."
nintendo  nintendods  ds  manga  reading  ebooks  animation  film  anime  literature 
july 2008 by robertogreco
Avatar: The Last Airbender - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
"The show is set in an Asian-influenced world of martial arts and elemental magic; the series follows the adventures of Aang and his friends, who try to save the world from war with the Fire Nation."
glvo  srg  edg  avatar  comics  manga  tv  television  anime  animation 
june 2008 by robertogreco
Watch Avatar: The Last Airbender for free at
"best Avatar “The Last Airbender” fan site on the internet. brings you the latest news from your favorite animated comic television series and most importantly you can watch the latest Avatar “The Legend of Aang” Episodes for FREE - now points to:
glvo  srg  edg  avatar  comics  manga  animation  tv  television  anime 
june 2008 by robertogreco
The Invention of Hugo Cabret - Diary of a Wimpy Kid -- New York Magazine Book Review
"As barriers to the acceptance of mainstream graphic storytelling are falling, two writers—Brian Selznick, author of The Invention of Hugo Cabret, and Jeff Kinney, creator of the “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” series—have seized on the shift in young peop
books  comics  reading  children  teens  youth  graphics  novels  graphicnovels  illustration  manga  trends 
april 2008 by robertogreco
Art: Ceramic Manga Cultural Smashups by Brendan Tang
"Find out more about Tang's work, and read his artist statement, on his site. You gotta love a guy who can talk about the history of cultural imperialism and the coolness of manga in the same paragraph."
art  manga  design  ceramics 
january 2008 by robertogreco
Shintaro Kago: Panelling Experimentation and Bizarre Manga : Read Or Die Weblog
"I think what I find most interesting is the way he challenges paneling conventions. The idea of paneling in comics is to find the most ideal way to lead the eye of the reader in order to communicate a story. Mr. Kago pushes this to the limit."
via:preoccupations  comics  manga  shintarokago 
january 2008 by robertogreco
Japan, Ink: Inside the Manga Industrial Complex
"Manga sales in the United States have tripled in the past four years. Titles like Fruits Basket, Naruto, and Death Note have become fixtures on American best-seller lists. In the United Kingdom, the Catholic Church is using manga to recruit new priests.
japan  culture  manga  business  us  print  comics  books 
october 2007 by robertogreco
How the World Works: Globalization, Globalization Blogs -
"Someone, somewhere, I thought, must have written the definitive article on how new business models for pop music are being forged in Japan. But it's probably in Japanese. All I could find was a growing anxiety, on the part of the creators and distributor
entertainment  japan  japanese  media  music  culture  anime  manga  marketing  global  globalization  internet  online  youtube  piracy  copyright 
october 2007 by robertogreco
PingMag - Dream Job: Manga Translator
"The thing is: I quit school so I didn’t have a high school diploma. But I knew that in Bologna they did a Japanese course. I went there to a university professor and told him that I really wanted to study Japanese."
japan  japanese  manga  translation  anime  art  culture  design  graphics  schools  learning  alternative  work  lcproject  homeschool  pingmag 
september 2007 by robertogreco
Museum Show Spotlights Artistry of Manga God Osamu Tezuka
"Through doe-eyed characters and pointed dialogue, Tezuka explored complex ethical issues facing modern society."
manga  anime  comics  japan  astroboy  robots  osamutezuka  tezukaosamu  tezuka  exhibits 
may 2007 by robertogreco
Confessions of an Aca/Fan: The Official Weblog of Henry Jenkins: Millennial Monsters: An Interview with Anne Allison (Part One)
"Anne Allison is a cultural anthropologist currently working on the globalization of Japanese pop culture in entertainment goods like Pokemon. Her recent book, Millennial Monsters: Japanese Toys and the Global Imagination looks at the global marketplace,
japan  culture  games  toys  imagination  business  economics  us  global  international  markets  film  video  manga  videogames 
february 2007 by robertogreco
The Japan Times Online - Fans lift J-culture over language barrier
"Because they are "scanlators," a growing community of fans whose love of Japanese manga drives them to take each page, scan it into their computer, then translate the material from Japanese into English and upload it to the Internet for a wider audience
japan  books  language  manga  culture 
september 2006 by robertogreco

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