Hikawa Ryūsuke
  • Hikawa Ryūsuke 
  • By this author: 4 Latest posted: 2017.06.08
Anime and tokusatsu researcher. Born in 1958. Drawing on his experience as an IT engineer, he engages in comprehensive analysis of visual culture, including its technical aspects, with a focus on anime and tokusatsu. A jury member of the Japan Media Arts Festival’s animation division. Author of Firumu toshite no Gandamu (Evaluating Gundam as Film) and other works.
Deciphering the Universality of Oshii Mamoru’s “Ghost in the Shell”2017.06.08

With Hollywood producing a live-action version of his 1995 animated movie Ghost in the Shell, famed anime director Oshii Mamoru’s original Kōkaku kidōtai is back in the spotlight. Anime researcher Hikawa Ryūsuke explores the impact that Oshii’s landmark film has had on science-fiction film, both in Japan and abroad, and the universality of its challenging themes.

The Independent Vision of Anime Filmmaker Shinkai Makoto2016.12.02

A look at the rise of Shinkai Makoto, the anime director whose latest film Your Name has become a record-breaking hit. The second of a two-part series.

The Classic Storytelling of Anime Director Hosoda Mamoru2016.11.17

Three years after Miyazaki Hayao announced his retirement, Hosoda Mamoru and Shinkai Makoto have inherited his mantle as the most influential anime directors in Japan. In the first of a two-part series, we look at the flourishing career of Hosoda Mamoru.

Godzilla’s Analog Mayhem and the Japanese Special Effects Tradition2014.06.26

The 1954 film Godzilla, with its brilliant combination of miniature sets and costumed actors, gave birth to a whole new genre, called tokusatsu (literally “special filming”). This distinctive style, pioneered by Tsuburaya Eiji, went on to become hugely influential in Japan and overseas, leading to many other memorable creations, including the TV show Ultraman. Hikawa Ryūsuke looks at the birth and…

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