Manga and Anime in Japan Today

Japan’s manga and anime creators are increasingly finding a global audience for their works. Here we examine the rising stars of these creative industries, along with the masters of the past whose work continues to influence the output of artists today and fire the imaginations of the artists of tomorrow.

Deciphering the Universality of Oshii Mamoru’s “Ghost in the Shell”Hikawa Ryūsuke

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.
(More)

A Treasure Trove of Early Japanese Animation

A new website from the National Film Center at the National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, allows viewers around the world to see early animated films from Japan. Read on for a guide to some of the highlights.
(More)

Frederik Schodt’s Four Decades as a Manga Ambassador to the WorldPeter Durfee

The writer and translator Frederik Schodt was in Tokyo in February to talk about his latest work, a 900-plus-page translation of a manga-form biography of legendary artist Tezuka Osamu. He also shared stories about his decades of work dedicated to sharing Japan’s manga and anime culture with the world.
(More)

The Independent Vision of Anime Filmmaker Shinkai MakotoHikawa Ryūsuke

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.
(More)

The Classic Storytelling of Anime Director Hosoda MamoruHikawa Ryūsuke

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.
(More)

Related articles

Video highlights

New series

バナーエリア2
  • From our columnists
  • In the news