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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.

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
By PETER KEOUGH  |  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
By SHAULA CLARK  |  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
By BRETT MICHEL  |  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
By MADDY MYERS  |  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.
Beautiful bloodbath
By MADDY MYERS  |  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 . . .
By DAVID THORPE  |  December 01, 2008

Speed Racer

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
By BRETT MICHEL  |  May 07, 2008

Cosplay chic

Why cosplay?
What to expect at Anime Boston this weekend
By MADDY MYERS  |  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
By SHARON STEEL  |  February 01, 2008

Dream girl

Do films hold the power of dreams?
Satoshi Kon’s got your ticket
By BRETT MICHEL  |  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.
Fun Fair
By MIKE MILIARD  |  February 28, 2007

Danger happened

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
By CAMILLE DODERO  |  May 27, 2006

Otaku you

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
By ROBERT BRICKEN  |  May 26, 2006
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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
By JOSEPH R. THOMPSON  |  May 10, 2006

Battlestar anime

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
By BRETT MICHEL  |  March 30, 2006

Set ’em up, knock ’em back - side

By  |  March 17, 2006