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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.

“The Red Turtle” (2016)

Studio Ghibli’s latest film is an international coproduction a decade in the making. The dialogue-free movie showcases the minimalist talents of Dutch director Michael Dudok de Wit.

Ghibli Museum, Mitaka (Photo Gallery)

Photographs of Ghibli Museum, Mitaka, which reopened after renovation on July 16, 2016, with the new exhibition All Aboard! The Cat Bus to the Ghibli Forest.

Adults Also Welcome on the Cat Bus to the Ghibli Forest

Ghibli Museum, Mitaka, has been in operation since 2001. Its latest annual exhibition selects some of the highlights from past years.

Ghibli Expo: Three Decades of Studio Ghibli Films

A massive exhibition in Tokyo offers a unique opportunity to see posters, advertisements, and previously unreleased materials for Studio Ghibli animation produced over its roughly 30-year history.

What’s Up at Studio Ghibli? Catching Up with Producer Suzuki Toshio

As a Studio Ghibli producer, Suzuki Toshio has played a central role in bringing many of the animation giant’s famous films to the big screen. He discusses the studio’s latest projects, including a new short film by Miyazaki Hayao, and assesses the state of the industry.

How Can Anime Build on its Past Success?Sakurai Takamasa

“Anime” has become a common term worldwide among the younger generation raised on Japanese animation and these fans have come to expect a lot from anime produced in Japan. This article looks at the challenges ahead for the anime industry as it seeks to meet those expectations.

The Evolution of the Japanese Anime IndustryYamaguchi Yasuo

In recent years, Japanese animation has become popular around the world. Industry veteran Yamaguchi Yasuo, who has been involved in anime production for half a century, traces the history of Japanese animation, from its birth to today.

Future Unclear for Japanese Animation after Miyazaki Hayao’s RetirementYamaguchi Yasuo

In early September, the legendary animator Miyazaki Hayao announced his retirement as feature filmmaker for Studio Ghibli. This news story, which was covered globally, raises questions about the future direction of Japanese animation. Industry veteran Yamaguchi Yasuo takes a look at the state of Japanese animation at this major turning point and ponders its future.

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