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.

FREE Barbican tickets and memberships

December 21, 2009

If you’re aged 16-25 you can get freebies at the Barbican, home of my Japanimation seasons and hundreds of other arts events. Click here for more information – and please pass this on!

Join Live Japan and win prizes

December 18, 2009

A new campaign to get people living in Japan to entice others to visit has just started on the Japan National Tourist organisation website. Non-residents can enter too, and win prizes including hotel stays and tours in Japan.

Another new Studio Ghibli movie for 2010

December 16, 2009

Thanks to Marc Hairston for the information that the website for Karigurashi no Arriety, due in Summer 2010 from Studio Ghibli, has just opened. Based on Mary Norton’s book The Borrowers, the film will be directed by Hiromasa Yonebayashi and supervised by Hayao Miyazaki.

Isao Takahata’s next movie, Taketori Monogatari (The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter) is based on a traditional folktale, and is also scheduled for a 2010 release although no date has been announced. Takahata’s last movie was released in 1999.

History of British anime

December 15, 2009

This is quite an interesting post – sadly the blogger hides behind an alias, which I think gives his/her comments less weight, but reminiscences on the history of Manga Video releases are still quite rare online so it’s worth adding to the archive.