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Popular Anime Boost Japan’s Film Industry

Foreign films once enjoyed strong popularity in Japan, but over the past 10 years their revenue has been outpaced by that of Japanese films.

“Kiki’s Delivery Service” Author Kadono Eiko Wins Hans Christian Andersen Award (News)

Tokyo, March 27 (Jiji Press)—Kadono Eiko, a Japanese author of children's literature, has won the author's award of the 2018 Hans Christian Andersen Awards, it has been learned. An official of the Switzerland-based International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY) on Monday informed Kadono, 83, of her winning the award. Kadono Eiko pictured in April 2014, when it was decided that she wou…

Pokémon Shop, Cafe to Open in Tokyo’s Nihonbashi (News)

Tokyo, Nov. 30 (Jiji Press)—Takashimaya Co. said Thursday that an official Pocket Monster, or Pokémon, store and café will open on March 14, 2018, in one of the new shopping facilities the major Japanese department store is set to launch in Tokyo's Nihonbashi district. The Pokémon center, featuring the popular Japanese anime, will be on the fifth floor of the east building of Nihonbashi Takashi…

“Your Name” to Be Remade into Hollywood Live-Action Movie (News)

Tokyo, Sept. 28 (Jiji Press)—Major Japanese movie distributor Tōhō. said Thursday that the megahit animation film Kimi no na wa (Your Name) will be remade into a Hollywood live-action movie. Toho said it granted the right to adapt the film into a live-action movie mainly to US film distributor and producer Paramount Pictures, and is currently working on creating the movie together. J. J. Abr…

88 Anime “Pilgrimage” Sites Picked in Japan (News)

Chiba, Aug. 26 (Jiji Press)—The Anime Tourism Association has announced 88 locations closely related to Japanese animation works, including the central Japan city of Hida, Gifu Prefecture, tied to the Kimi no na wa (Your Name) blockbuster movie. Based on votes from around the world, the public-private group also picked Hakodate in the northernmost prefecture of Hokkaidō, Aizuwakamatsu in Fukush…

Meet Obada Kassoumah, the Syrian Who Translated “Tsubasa”

In January 2017, the Arabic translation of the hit manga series Captain Tsubasa went on sale in the United Arab Emirates. A portion of the first print run was donated to Syrian refugee children. It was translated by Obada Kassoumah, a 27-year-old Syrian who learned the language by studying abroad in Japan. We spoke to him about the hurdles of translating this Japanese soccer classic into his own language.

Japan’s Animation Industry Failing to Cultivate Next Generation of Talent

With blockbusters like Shinkai Makoto’s Kimi no na wa (Your Name) making waves around the world, the Japanese animation industry would appear to be bursting with vitality. Yet behind the scenes at the nation’s animation production houses, the working conditions are little short of wretched, and the long-term future of made-in-Japan anime is anything but assured.

Endless Experimentation: Independent Animation Master Yamamura Kōji

Animator Yamamura Kōji has won a reputation through works including the surreal Atamayama (Mount Head). In this interview he discusses the particular fascination of short-form animation, which he sees as entirely different from feature films in its independent spirit.

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.

Anime “Pilgrimages” Create New Tourist DestinationsSakai Tohru

After the huge success of the film Your Name, fans were eager to visit the places that inspired its settings. This brought the phenomenon of “anime pilgrimages” into the mainstream. Many other locations around Japan are now benefiting from the increased tourism of an associated anime hit.

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