This Thursday, the New York Tmes announced plans to scraps best-sellers lists in categories including Graphic Hardcover, Graphic Paperback, and Manga categories in its print and digital editions as on February 5th. The move is generating plenty of talk in the American comic industry as publishers and creators seek to assert the medium's legitimacy. More after the jump.
In order to recognize the group efforts of grown-up comics created via a division of labor, Saito Production is sponsoring a new manga industry award called the "Takao Saito Award", which is named after the creator of Golgo 13, one of the longest-running manga still in serialization. Hit the jump to learn more.
The Manga Taisho awards, an award also known as the "Cartoon grand prize" that celebrates excellence in the manga industry, has announced its 2017 nominees. Hit the jump to learn more.
Thursday, January 19th, through Sunday the 29th, film makers, critics, industry and fans are gathered in Park City, Salt Lake City, Ogden, and Sundance, Utah for the showcase of indie movies at the Sundance Film Festival. Among the films in competition in the World Cinema Documentary is Kyoko Miyake's examination of Japan's idol industry Tokyo Idols. Get a look after the jump.
Since 2010, the number of TV anime productions has almost doubled. That sort of growth is impressive and scary, with production delays and the like pointing to signs of strain. To see what this sort of growth looks like and how much effort it takes, the dedicated folks at Sakuga Blog have been compiling and translating characteristics of the recently concluded season/year. Check it out after thejump.
The 5 nominees have been announced for the catergory of "Animation of the Year" for the Japan Academy Film Prize, a prestigious industry award that celebrates excellence in Japanese films. Hit the jump to learn more.
On a recent episode of the TV Tokyo talk show Jikkuri Kiitarou ~ Star Kinkyou (Hi) Houkoku, veteran voice actor Akira Kamiya (Kenshiro in Fist of the North Star, Kinnikuman in Kinnikuman / Ultimate Muscle, Ryo Saeba in City Hunter) spilled the beans about his experience earning a living as a seiyuu. Hit the jump to learn the gory details.
Shosen Book Tower, an Akihabara-based book store that caters to fans of anime and manga, has published their annual list of best-selling light novels, based on their sales data from December 01, 2015 - November 30, 2016. Hit the jump to learn more.
Manga author Moto Hagio (They were Eleven, A-A') has been awarded the 2016 Asahi Prize for her many years of innovation and creative expression in the art of manga. Hit the jump to learn more.
Tokyo Broadcasting System and Mainichi Broadcasting System have announced that they will be bringing their 30 minute Sunday evening animation block "Nichigo" to a close and replacing it with a new 60 minute Saturday morning animation block entitled "Anisata" that will begin in April of 2017. Hit the jump to learn more.
JoJo's Bizarre Adventure author Hirohiko Araki took home the gold at the 45th Annual Best Dresser Awards in Tokyo on November 30, 2016. Hit the jump to learn more.
Mamoru Oshii - the director of such animated films as Ghost in the Shell (1995), Angel's Egg, and Urusei Yatsura: Beautiful Dreamer - will be receiving the Windsor McCay Award for his contributions to the medium of animation during the 44th Annie Awards, an industry event sponsored by the International Animated Film Society. Hit the jump to learn more.
Aspiring voice actors in and around Tokyo will soon have a chance to join the meanest guild on the planet, because the upcoming 2-part Overlord compilation film is advertising openings for part-time voice work. Hit the jump to learn to protect the Great Tomb of Nazarick.
Yoshiyuki Tomino, the man most famous for creating Mobile Suit Gundam, will be taking to the Japanese airwaves on NHK Radio 2 to talk about his life and work as an anime director on a program entitled Bunka Kouenkai ("Culture Lecture"). Hit the jump to learn more.
Maybe the box office success of Your Name. has people thinking about the economics of anime movies. Over the past couple of weeks, Japanese social media users have been passing around a Tweet concerning compensation for manga authors when their works hit the big screen. More after the jump.