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Photos: Japanese Mascots
Meet the mascots from Edward Harrison and John Harrison's book Idle Idol.
Japan's love of kitsch and cuteness in all aspects of life, as expressed by their mascots.
EDWARD HARRISON AND JOHN HARRISON
| June 11, 2010
Review: Evangelion 1.0: You Are Not Alone
Once you get past the turgid and jargony title and backstory, and the dippy English dubbing, this episode of the popular Japanese anime series is really quite predictable and inane.
Never makes it out of the cartoon stage
| August 14, 2009
Review: Aliens in the Attic
As a kid, I was absurdly unpicky about my entertainment: shoddy '80s anime , reruns of This Old House , staring cross-eyed at our basement's pegboard wall to achieve a Magic Eye 3-D effect — these were all totally acceptable ways of whiling away an
No amount of shitty CGI can save it
| August 07, 2009
Review: Blood: The Last Vampire
Despite inserting a jumble of backstory into his live-action take on an action experiment, director Chris Nahon ( Kiss of the Dragon ) captures some of the visceral thrills of the nine-year-old anime .
An interesting experiment
| July 10, 2009
Review: Dragonball Evolution
Only traces of the original plot remain: evil alien Piccolo (James Marsters) still fights to collect all seven dragonballs to summon a dragon that will grant one wish.
An accidental comedy
| April 17, 2009
Review: Afro Samurai
Afro Samurai , which is based on the anime of the same title, follows Afro on his quest to find the Number Two headband.
| February 17, 2009
The Big Hurt: The YouTube anime mystery
YouTube is now so shockingly complete in its catalogue of illegally uploaded music that it's like a cheap jukebox that plays every song, ever.
What the hell is wrong with the Internet? Thorpe utterly fails to investigate . . .
| December 01, 2008
When Andy and Larry Wachowski pitched The Matrix to producer Joel Silver, they showed him the seminal anime Ghost in the Shell , claiming their ambition was to re-create it in live action.
Another faulty family film
| May 07, 2008
What to expect at Anime Boston this weekend
| March 18, 2008
The cuteness surge
Cuteness, of course, is the collective cultural cure-all to our problems.
Why, in desperate times, we turn to lolcats, twee songs, and mute kittens
| February 01, 2008
Do films hold the power of dreams?
Satoshi Kon’s got your ticket
| May 30, 2007
Cooling it, Japanese-style
You don’t have to be in Fort Myers or Fenway to know that Japan is big business.
| February 28, 2007
Since the Kaiju Big Battel live spectacle is a series of matches determined by WWE-style shifting loyalties, and purposely-ridiculous subplots, you knew that some Kaiju-important character would kick the monster bucket. But who would it be?
Kaiju Big Battel at the Boston Anime Convention
| May 27, 2006
In the 1980s, while Americans were worrying about losing dominance in the automobile industry, Japan was taking over the animation business.
The Five Japanese anime you should be watching now — and the five you will be watching in the future
| May 26, 2006
Magic moves online
Four years after Wizards of the Coast announced the newest evolution of their internationally popular card game, Magic Online, various gaming world publications are buzzing anew with reviews of WoC’s newest release, Magic Online 3.0 .
But players stay hands-on
JOSEPH R. THOMPSON
| May 10, 2006
Fans of Akira Kurosawa’s 1954 epic The Seven Samurai , which spawned John Sturges’s 1960 The Magnificent Seven , are going to be surprised at what they find in Samurai 7 .
Kurosawa’s classic becomes IFC’s Samurai 7 , plus more, but not better, Henry Rollins
| March 30, 2006
Set ’em up, knock ’em back - side
| March 17, 2006
30 songs to spill beer on your iPod to - side
| March 17, 2006
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