Time to fill that anime-podcast-shaped hole in your life by joining us in conversation with fearless leader of Anime Limited, czar of Scotland Loves Anime and all-round top bloke Andrew Partridge. Nakama Britannica XII: Interviewcast! Andrew Partridge Edition iTunes iVailable … Continue reading
When people think of Japanese stereotypes, samurais and ninjas must be the most disseminated ones in pop culture. Ninjas were spies and assassins, warriors said to possess the powers of ninjutsu, the ninja techniques, and the image of the ninja dressed all in black is a powerful one.
Samurais in their full armour are also a very powerful image. But for aesthetic reasons, they usually appear in their kimonos in anime and manga.
There are no famous ninjas worth talking about, after all a known ninja is a ninja who blew his cover. But the same can’t be said for samurais. Many of them survived in history and legend and I dare say it’s impossible to like anime without meeting a character inspired by a samurai or even a romanticized version of one. Continue reading
I was racking my brains over what to write for this blog entry: it’s too early to give a worthwhile run-down of what’s the best new summer show currently airing and wider-reaching topics such as the state of the industry have been done to death right across the anime blogosphere already. Looking at my own anime collection however, there’s the familiar array of the big name directors (Miyazaki, Kon, Anno, Shinkai, Oshii) and my prized (and slowly expanding!) selection of OSTs; when I talk about my favourite series and movies the names of the directors, studios and occasionally soundtrack composers are the first to come up in discussion. And yet the visual appeal of the animated medium extends beyond the roof it’s drawn under or, indeed, who’s sitting in the metaphorical director’s chair.
I’ve always considered the characters to be what brings pretty much every animated story to life: be it children, adults or talking animals/robots/loaves of bread, the characters and the way they look have a lot to do with whether you enjoy a series or movie. Many iconic faces in hit OAVs from the late 80s and early 90s (Bubblegum Crisis, Riding Bean and Gunsmith Cats) have the input of Kenichi Sonoda in common; Yoshiyuki Sadamoto has been a Studio Gainax stalwart from its inception, lending his distinctive style to many of their flagship titles in addition to the likes of The Girl Who Leapt Through Time and .Hack (plus designing an Eric Clapton album cover!!). Yoshitoshi ABe is another one of those names that deserves to be remembered for his own distinctive contribution to some of my favourite anime titles.
If you a veteran anime / manga fan, chances are you know who Osamu Tezuka is, or if you are a new to anime or manga and never head of him before, either way, this mangaká, director and animator led such a life, that the Japanese refers to him with two different titles – The god of manga and the father of anime. Truth is, he deserves both titles.
Osamu Tezuka was born on the 3rd of November 1926 in a reasonably well-off family. His father was a cinema aficionado who owned a projector and his mother was a housewife, who used to tell young Tezuka many stories.