While I was living in Japan I used to catch bits of shows late at night after getting home. One I saw about 15 minutes of was really intriguing and I haven't been able to identify it. [more inside]
Can you explain the stock "lantern-jawed transvestite" character in mainstream Japanese animation? [more inside]
Japan-themed gift for a 12 year old boy. He's interested in anime, video games, and all things Japanese (even though he doesn't really know that much about Japan). A book with lots of photos would be great, but adult ones have too many words, and kids ones have too little real info. This book looks perfect, but it's not releasing until this summer.
Help me identify a anime from my childhood about a superhero alien with boob death lasers. [more inside]
Are these anime characters rooted in Japanese folklore? [more inside]
What are some of the best web & print resources to aid my exploration of Japanese film? [more inside]
In the manga Black & White (Tekkon Kinkreet) by Taiyo Matsumoto what is the significance of the "96" shirt worn by Black and the "46" shirt worn by White? [more inside]
We found this comic book (or whatever it is) in the house among the previous owners' things. It was in a box of papers from the 1930's and 1940's but I can't guarantee that it is as old as that. I scanned the cover and a few pages, but cannot read Japanese. It's as thick as a copy of Wired Magazine (many pages). Any ideas?
Is there a name for the manga style where characters are drawn so simply they have no feet, merely dull points at the bottom of their legs? [more inside]
Any good current animes in the process of being aired? I'm watching Blood+ and Ergo Proxy, but I need more quality shows. Links to your favorite English fansubbers would be greatly appreciated.
Where did the image of the Japanese hero carrying a big sword on his shoulder come from? Examples here, here, here, and here. It seems to come up a lot in Japanese videogames and toons. [more inside]
Can anyone translate these Japanese lyrics for me?