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Sympathy for the Monsters: Ultraman’s Minority Perspective

Ultraman is a perennial favorite, loved by generations of children for more than 50 years. We spoke to Uehara Shōzō, one of the scriptwriters from the series’ earliest days, who applied his outsider perspective as an Okinawan in creating some of the show’s more morally complex episodes.
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“Attack on Titan” Invades Movie Theaters: An Interview with Director Higuchi Shinji

International manga smash Attack on Titan is now a live-action film that offers moviegoers a blend of traditional Japanese physical special effects and digital technology. The leader of this huge project, director Higuchi Shinji, reveals how he and his team went about transforming the world of the manga into live-action cinema.
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Being Godzilla: An Interview with Nakajima Haruo, the Man Inside the Suit

What makes Godzilla tick? If anyone can answer that question it might be Nakajima Haruo. The former actor suited up to play the role of Godzilla in 12 films. We recently interviewed Nakajima to discover how he managed to bring the monster to life on the big screen.
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Godzilla’s Analog Mayhem and the Japanese Special Effects TraditionHikawa Ryūsuke

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 development of this genre.
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Kamen Rider: Still a Hit Four Decades Later

More than 40 years have gone by since the TV debut of the Kamen Rider series. It remains as popular as ever in Japan, especially among young boys. A recent art exhibition showcased this iconic superhero.
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