Oh, Japan. You never fail to be so interesting. Did you know? Japanese weathermen use anime characters in helping deliver the news, and generally make the weather more interesting. NHK, Japan’s biggest network, has characters like Haru-chan, Spring-chan, Rainy Season-chan, Summer Shougun, Fall-chan, and Winter Shougan. What a brilliant idea, right? I would infinitely like […]
Hayao Miyazaki is a Japanese film maker, animator, manga artist, screenwriter, and producer. His films, such as Spirited Away, Princess Mononoke, Nausicaa, and My Neighbor Totoro, have garnered worldwide acclaim and praise. So basically he’s like the Japanese Walt Disney (He even has a matching moustache! Sort of).
We don’t even recall how we got here, but these manga-inspired images of celebrities are pretty cool. Who knew, for instance, that Scarlett Johansson could look right at home as a pink-haired manga babe with emerald green doll-like eyes?
If you love cool toys, anime, manga and video-games, then look no further than Mandarake. It has it all and is pretty much the first point of call to find certain things that are no longer available, or if you just generally want something fresh. The love I have for this shop is just too […]
We don’t know how we ended up at this gem online with these unlikely mashups of Japanese and US pop culture. We don’t know what kind of demented mind thinks of something as random as Kawaii Batman, Doreamon Alien or, yes, even a Pika Fuhrer — but we dig it.
Here’s a sneak peak from Ghost in the Shell: Arise. I don’t understand Japanese, but the intriguing scenes of a beautiful girl lifting her hands to reveal her cyber robot prosthetics captured my attention right away. Originally created in 1989 as written Manga, this cyberpunk series is getting a face-lift for modern audiences. As a […]
If you’re into anime or well-endowed women, this is the mousepad for you. I’m sure it’s very helpful for computer users with carpal tunnel syndrome, but it might be a little awkward around the workplace.
I always have great respect for people who seem incapable of turning off their creativity, people like Kazuki Yamamoto who has seemingly mastered the art of illustrating various characters (mostly anime) in the foam of a latte. Aside from anime, Yamamoto has also illustrated the likes of Popeye, TinTin, Link (Legend of Zelda), Charlie Brown and The Beatles – each with an impressive level of detail and made even more inspiring when you consider the patience it takes to complete each one.
Admit it, part of the fun from watching foreign language shows comes from seeing how the subtitles get amusingly mangled beyond recognition. At least it’s that way for us. Japanese anime is typically subbed by well-meaning fans whose command of English can get quite out of hand. This fine blog captures these unintentionally funny moments in Japanese anime when the subs get wonky.
German-based illustrator Magomed Dovjenko’s latest effort is an online collection of illustrations that fuses popular anime characters with well-known fashion brands. Dovjenko’s passion for Japanese culture and high fashion radiates through the series.
A little make-up is nice, but some people go way too far. Have you ever wanted to look like your favorite anime character? All the make-up artist had to do was literally close her eyes and her dream came true. This girl looks like one of the characters from Sailor Moon.
As a kid, anime, manga, and Japanese toy design captivated me much more than anything available in America. Takayoshi Mizuki was one of the artists responsible for creating amazing paintings of Ultra Monsters between 1965 and 1972. Pink Tentacle just posted a nice selection of his best work.
Inspired by Hayao Miyazaki and Satochi Kon anime and post-war Japanese advertisements and graphic design, illustrator Richard Wilkinson also brings in touches of cinema and 50s poster design to his elegant, line-driven images. His careful palette of muted colors creates a glowing, mysterious atmosphere.
Drawing from anime and fantasy art from the past half-century of graphic design and illustration, Jason Chan’s images appeal to the role-playing geek in us all. Chan renders beautiful pixie women and expressive children with bright eyes and remarkable dragon-riding abilities — their zombie-slaying skills ain’t too shabby either.
Any artform with a cult following often hides behind those fans to defend mediocrity. Too often anime is guilty of this crime and many releases which claim to be breakthroughs are only mediocre. Vexille proves this assertion by standing far above when compared to other recent releases. It combines a brilliant storyline with stunning animation […]