Puchi Eva: Evangelion@School

January 25, 2010

Do not expect this to make sense, just check it out. 24 episodes of CG set in a high school where Hideaki Anno plays out yet more of  his endless variations on Evangelion.

You might also want to have a look at Anno’s statement of intent. Am I alone in detecting a certain dissonance between aims and methods?


Free downloadable guide to Japanese film

January 15, 2010

Anyone interested in the wider context of anime might like to know that the Japanese cinema volume of Intellect’s Directory of World World Cinema series is available to download for free here. Editor John Berra comments: “This was never intended to be a conventional film guide, as the overall aim was always to discuss Japanese cultural life and history as expressed through the medium of film.” Sounds interesting!

Is Manga “Over” In America?

January 10, 2010

Interesting piece here from Michael Pinto on Fanboy.com on the North American manga audience. He makes some good points about the insularity of the traditional, male-dominated comic-buying audience and the new influx of women and girls drawn to graphic storytelling by manga.

Advertising and anime

January 9, 2010

A classic example of the way anime is being used in advertising comes in this six-minute-plus soap opera made by Gonzo to advertise Panasonic’s Globarange phone.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

December 24, 2009


© Steve Kyte 2008

This says it all! See you in the New Year.


Anime Books of the Year

December 23, 2009

Jonathan Clements’ Schoolgirl Milky Crisis blog offers a list of books that ought to be on every fan’s shelf. A couple of them are his and mine, but that’s more an indictment of the state of the market than any kind of personal bias. There are more good anime books in English than there were ten years ago – but still nowhere near enough.

As English-language anime scholarship increasingly focusses on our own reactions to our own interpretations of the material, rather than the the medium and its makers, we run the risk of being so entranced with our own interiors that we vanish inside them. I know class is over (at least for this year) but you owe it to yourselves to carry on reading intelligent critical writing on anime and its history. Why settle for pointless consumption of pap when you can handle mind-expanding substances?

Crispin Freeman on Anime Mythology

December 22, 2009

Trailer for Crispin’s performance-presentations on YouTube here.