Studio Ghibli has announced that it's founder, renowned animator and filmaker Hayao Miyazaki will "retire from the production of feature-length films." The announcement was made this week at the Venice Film Festival in Italy. The spokesman, studio president Koji Hoshino, did not say anything about shorter films or about what role Miyazaki will be playing in his studio in the future, so it is possible that he will not be completely retiring from filmmaking.
More about this incredible animator over the jump.
In the late 19th Century, sailing ships were sunk one after another...
I decided to spend one more week in the Victorian Era. I am technically stepping off-topic for the Readers & Book Lovers Group, because this week's topic is an animated TV series rather than a novel. On the other hand, this series drew a lot of its inspiration from the works of Jules Verne; and it was a really good series. I mentioned it a couple times in my Polls during these past few weeks, and I wanted to discuss it some more.
The title of the show is Fushigi no Umi no Nadia (Nadia of the Mysterious Seas), but it carried the English title "Secret of Blue Water", and that how American fans often refer to it.
It's not very often that you see a comic book that can be classified as Hard Science Fiction, but Yukinobu Hushino's 2001 Nights certainly qualifies. It was originally published in the mid-'80s in the manga magazine Monthly Super Action and then translated into English by Viz Comics as a series of graphic novels in 1996.
I've been gone ages I know. Probably can't blame that on being busy, insofar as I could have kept up with this, but chose to be as lazy as possible on the weekends. I can't promise I'm getting back into the flow (after all, an amazing two weeks almost, have slipped by since I finished Angela Carter's The Magic Toyshop, and set it aside, brimming with highlight tabs sticking out in between the pages, to write about for my series). I haven't done that yet, but I did write something a while back, which I meant to post sooner; I was just a bit afraid to. This one is directed more to the mostly defunct and inactive Manga-lovers group to which I also belong, but Limelite told me when I signed up for this slot in the Readers and Book Lovers group that there would be space for me to write about manga on occasion if that was what struck me.
Anyway, this week's presentation in The Magic Theater is...
I’m done with Shoujo for a while, and am moving on to its natural successor in my series: Shounen manga. Shounen, Japanese for boy, is, obviously, directed towards a younger male audience. And as one can imagine, has a markedly different set of styles and themes than mangas aimed a younger female audience. There is more emphasis on fighting, on the idea of getting stronger, (I say that in the blandest and most general way possible), surpassing rivals, discovering who you are, etc. The humor also tends to be a bit cruder, to put the matter bluntly.
Personally, even as a guy I find Shoujo more interesting, if only because I’ve lived my entire life with what can only be described as passive masculinity, and I find Shoujo opens up an entirely different and interesting set of sensibilities and emotional outlooks that I love exploring. (This does apply more to manga though, as I tend to watch mostly Shounen shows, if only because so many Shoujo animes are awful, even of series I love). In other words, my Shounen suggestions are going to be in some ways more eclectic and diverse than what I suggested with Shoujo.
Last week, (or thereabouts, time seems to slip away from me quite easily and quite quickly, amazing what procrastination can do), I wrote my disorganized shtick on Shoujo mangas, highlighting some of my favorites from the traditional image we have of Shoujo, which is very romantic and with plenty of humor. This week, as I continue to put off editing my Kenzaburo Oe piece, which possibly contains too many spoilers, (albeit it’s the kind of novel where that shouldn’t ruin anything), I’m writing about Shoujo that blur the lines between mangas oriented towards girls and boys and have a slightly different, more subtle formulas.
First off, too all those who might be following me for my literary pieces, I’m still on break from that. As it is, I haven’t posted a diary in a few weeks due to combination of laziness and other projects. I finished my review on Kenzaburo Oe’s Nip the Buds, Shoot the Kids nearly two weeks ago, and it turned into a sprawling, 18 page essay, part review, part critical interpretation, part biography, and who lot of spoiler. I sent it out to be looked at by some friends, and have to tackle the tedious task of editing it and rewriting the first draft, which is why I still haven’t gotten around to posting it. I’ve also been busy helping with a children’s theater program.
So finally, it is continued, my much-anticipated first installment of “Manga you should be reading”. I’m dealing today with shoujo manga, for the little girl in all of us. (For terms, see my last diary).
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No, no, if this wound up in your feed, it is not a mistake. I usually write about political horserace's/redistricting, or, these days, about books and writers. This particular post is for the Manga And Anime Fans At DailyKos group at Dkos. Yep. We have all kinds. I'm a bit of an all-kinds type of person myself. I do enjoy appreciating more esoteric things, such as Zen Koans, or the films of Akira Kurosawa, and classical Ryukyuan folk music, (Ikue Asazaki is a wondrous modern example), however, like my appreciation of Western Culture, in the East I also am a fervent fan of pop culture phenomena and genre oriented, fun stories.
Thus I'm a big manga fan. This diary is my attempt to document terms that you might need to know if you want to start following mangas and animes. It's for future reference, and to serve as an introduction to my loosely organized upcoming diary series, Manga You Should Be Reading. It's also sort of a rough slate. To be added to, and to build off info our members give.
The first thing you notice is the moon; a cartoon paper crescent with a psychotic smile leering down at the streets below. Right there that tells you that this is no mundane normal town. It is Death City, where apprentice reapers harvest the souls of corrupted mortals, and where every day is Halloween.
SOUL EATER is an anime series based on a manga by Atsushi Okubo. The manga is still running, and the anime has been distributed in America by Funimation It’s a fun series; weird and surreal and very Halloween-y.