Another Stories: Unmei no Bunkiten ("Another Stories: The Crossroads of Fate"), a history documentary series that broadcasts on the NHK network, is examing the impact and influence of the Ashita no Joe ("Tomorrow's Joe"), a sports manga written by Asao Takamori and illustrated by Tetsuya Chiba about a down-on-his-luck boxer that took Japan by storm in the late Sixties. Hit the jump to learn more.
Funimation has announced that one of its acquired international brands in Manga Entertainment UK, the seminal English publisher and distributor of Japanese animation over the past three decades in the UK and abroad, will be rebranded. Read on for a condensed history of the brand.
Senku's spent the entirety of Dr. STONE trying to use everything he remembers of the old world to advance science and technology as quickly as possible. At the end of the first season, how far did he get? How much of human innovation is still out of reach? Hit the jump to find out more!
Following our franchise-specific video on the intertwined histories of Tamagotchi and Digimon, Crunchyroll host Tim Lyu tackles the equally related history of virtual pets as a phenomenon in the latest video on the subject, which features a deep dive on virtual pets that predate both franchises and even the modern examples that followed. Read on for the video.
One of the biggest debates for fans of a certain age that were lucky enough to see the explosion of anime on US TV in the mid-to late 90s was the Pokémon vs. Digimon debate. With the benefit of hindsight, we now know the truth that it doesn't matter, but how exactly did it come into being? Hit the jump for a new video detailing the definitive origins of Digimon and how it went from 'Tamagotchi for boys' to beloved anime franchise.
Head's up, all you hardware maniacs and software fanatics! Archipel, a Youtube channel dedicated to documentary-style coverage of Japanese culture, has released a two-part retrospective that celebrates the 20th anniversary of SEGA's much-beloved Dreamcast home video game console by interviewing the creators of some of the system's most iconic games. Hit the jump to check it out.
With Japan's emperor Akihito abdicating the throne, we have entered a new era of Japanese history. But what are the other main eras? When did Oda Nobunaga unify Japan, and when was the Showa era? Hit the jump to find out more!
The Tale of Genji Museum in Uji City, Kyoto Prefecture, Japan is putting a modern, animated twist on The Tale of Genji - a classic work of Japanese literature by Murasaki Shikibu that is considered to be one of the world's first novels - with an original anime entitled GENJI FANTASY: The cat fell in love with Hikaru Genji which will screen at the museum beginning in April of 2019. Hit the jump to learn more.
In previous articles, we've explored Golden Kamuy's unique cultural and historical perspectives, but Golden Kamuy offers so much more. From Ainu cuisine in cooking anime segments to hunting prisoners in episodic mysteries to ridiculously absurd innuendo and comedy, Golden Kamuy seems to have it all. How do all of these disparate pieces fit together into a single fascinating epic? Hit the jump to find out!
Much has been made of Golden Kamuy's use of Meiji Era Hokkaido as a rich setting for the treasure hunting action, but the historical references in the series keep multiplying. Need a breakdown of all of the players, including the Shinsengumi and 7th Division, in the hunt for stolen Ainu gold? Hit the jump for more detail on our friends and foes in this action-packed extravaganza!
With its grizzled old soldier searching for hidden gold on the frontier with a young indigenous girl, Golden Kamuy is broadly reminiscent of a Western. But in its choice of setting, the Meiji Era, and post Russo-Japanese War in Hokkaido, Kamuy gives us a glimpse of a Japan we haven't really seen before in anime. Take a jump over the link as we explore this little known time in Japanese history in more detail.
Voice actress Masako Nozawa (Goku in Dragon Ball Z), actor Shinya Ohwada, and anisong singer Hiroko Moriguchi are teaming up to host a special 2 hour TV program entitled Nippon Anime 100-nen: Atom, Joe kara Dragon Ball made!! Natsukashi no Meisaku o Ikkyo Hōsō ("100 Years of Nippon Anime: From Atom and Joe to Dragon Ball!! An All-At-Once Nostalgic Broadcast") that traces the history of the anime medium from its earliest origins in 1917 up through the present day. Hit the jump to learn more.
Although they are paragons of Japanese pop culture, the evidence for the historical existence of the ninja - clans of spies and assassins who operated in secret during the feudal era of the samurai - has been relatively thin. However, a series of family documents discovered by Toshiyuki Watanabe of Kōka City, Shiga Prefecture, Japan may shed some light on the truth within the shadows. Hit the jump to learn more.
A new book commemorates 50 years of TMS Entertainment animation by collecting articles previously published in Tokuma Shoten's Animage magazine. Hit the jump to learn more.