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1. ‘Nakaniwa’ by Takashi Ohashi

A new music video by Japanese animator Takashi Ohashi.

The post ‘Nakaniwa’ by Takashi Ohashi appeared first on Cartoon Brew.

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2. Studio Ghibli’s ‘The Red Turtle’ Will Premiere At Cannes

Ghibli's first international co-production is directed by "Father and Daughter" director Michael Dudok de Wit.

The post Studio Ghibli’s ‘The Red Turtle’ Will Premiere At Cannes appeared first on Cartoon Brew.

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3. ‘Ronja, The Robber’s Daughter’ Wins International Kids Emmy

The Polygon Pictures series directed by Goro Miyazaki earns some international recognition.

The post ‘Ronja, The Robber’s Daughter’ Wins International Kids Emmy appeared first on Cartoon Brew.

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4. ‘Zdravstvuite!’ by Yoko Yuki

On a summer day an strange man who teaches Russian at the beach took me to a town.

The post ‘Zdravstvuite!’ by Yoko Yuki appeared first on Cartoon Brew.

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5. David OReilly on Tokyo’s Georama, A Different Kind of Animation Festival

Filmmaker David OReilly reports on his experiences at the one-of-a-kind Georama animation festival in Tokyo.

The post David OReilly on Tokyo’s Georama, A Different Kind of Animation Festival appeared first on Cartoon Brew.

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6. Time to follow through on India and Japan’s promises

It is no secret that India-Japan relations have been on a strong positive trajectory over the past 18 months. Soon after taking office in 2014, Prime Minister Narendra Modi made Japan his first foreign destination outside of India’s immediate neighborhood and while in Tokyo, he and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe upgraded the India-Japan relationship

The post Time to follow through on India and Japan’s promises appeared first on OUPblog.

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7. U.S. Release Date Confirmed for ‘The Boy and the Beast’

One of Japan's biggest film hits of 2015 is headed to U.S. theaters.

The post U.S. Release Date Confirmed for ‘The Boy and the Beast’ appeared first on Cartoon Brew.

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8. Artist of the Day: Mateusz Urbanowicz

Discover the art of Mateusz Urbanowicz, Cartoon Brew's Artist of the Day!

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9. ‘Lilac’ by Toshikazu Tamura

A music video for Vampillia's new album "The Divine Move."

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10. Festival Review: New Chitose, The World’s Only Airport Animation Festival

Taking place entirely inside an airport terminal, New Chitose Airport International Animation Festival is a particularly refreshing festival that is not to be missed.

The post Festival Review: New Chitose, The World’s Only Airport Animation Festival appeared first on Cartoon Brew.

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11. ‘Animation’ by Kosai Sekine

Music video by Kosai Sekine for the single "Animation" by Young Juvenile Youth.

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12. Pierre the Maze Detective

pierrecoverPierre the Maze Detective: The Search for the Stolen Maze Stone written by Chihiro Maruyama, illustrated by by Hiro Kamigaki and IC4Design and translated by Emma Sakamiya and Elizabeth Jenner is quite something.

The Maze Stone, which has the power to turn the whole of Opera City into a maze, has been stolen, and you – dear reader – are needed to help track down the culprit and restore this magical object.

Why should you take up this challenge?

Because en route…

  • you’ll journey by air balloon, through the most impressive treehouses you’ve ever seen, in and out of Escher-esque buildings, across giant octopus infected oceans and through a bizarre underground fleamarket where just about anything you can imagine is up for sale.
  • you’ll enter a strange hybrid land set in the 1920s-30s, half-video game half-astonishing book, collecting extra points and hidden items, watching out for traps and more. All you need to do is imagine the soundtrack.
  • you’ll be dazzled by incredibly intricate illustrations packed with many more stories than the primary one following the fate of the maze stone. Every “wrong” turning as you try to crack the maze on each page will give you reason to wonder what’s been happening, and what will happen next!

  • If you’ve a child poorly in bed, or it’s just a rainy day calling out for a duvet on the sofa, Pierre the Maze Detective is a rich and rewarding rabbit hole ready for anyone who loves losing themselves in an adventure of almost unimaginable detail and scale.

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    This stop-motion video showing how one of the double page spreads was planned out gives you a good impression of the labyrinthine, meticulous nature of the illustrations:

    A picture book for older children (and their grown-ups) who love a challenge or who are inspired by the imaginative possibilities of vast landscapes and settings, Pierre the Maze Detective helpfully comes with a key to all the mazes, and also a page of extra delights to go back and look for – all printed in the style of a vintage newspaper.

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    Playful, precise, interactive and highly imaginative, this incredibly well produced book (with its lovely paper and large size) is original and eye-opening. As I said, it’s quite something!

    Pierre the Maze Detective owes something, I believe, to the work of another Japanese picture book creator: Mitsumasa Anno. Anno created a whole series of detailed wordless picture books where a tiny character wends his way through different landscapes, and although his books weren’t mazes as such, they share with Pierre the sense of journeying, immense details, and rich stories being told away from the most direct path to the final destination.

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    Having enjoyed the mazes, the details and the adventures in Pierre the Maze Detective we decided it was time to make our own mazes. Using the basic design principles outlined here, we decided to build our maze out of lego and turn it into a marble run.

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    We all really enjoyed making each other different mazes to try out. The lego made it really easy to create new mazes and kept the kids happily occupied for a good couple of hours – longer than I had anticipated!

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    Whilst creating our mazes we listened (rather eclectically) to:

  • Missing in the Corn Maze by vogelJoy
  • It’s A Maze from the Original Broadway Cast Recording of “The Secret Garden”
  • Private Investigations by Dire Straits

  • Other maze activities which might work well alongside reading Pierre the Maze Detective include:

  • Going to the park and making a maze out of leaves – perfect for this time of year in the UK
  • Creating a maze out of books – perhaps with the help of your local library?
  • Making the most of lots of cardboard and using it to create a giant maze – here’s one idea from Viviane Schwarz, and here’s another.
  • Creating a ‘lazer’ maze for the kids to try and make their way through
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    13. ‘Macky and Eucky in Midnight Gallery’ by Rushio Moriyama

    Macky and Eucky break into an art gallery to steal a valuable picture late at night. The film pays tribute to American animation from the 1920s and '30s, while incorporating modern elements.

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    14. 5 Reasons Why Books with Characters of Diversity Are Important

    I’m optimistic that, through literature that explores and celebrates diversity, all kids will be able to comfortably go on any adventure with any character to anywhere.

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    15. Emily’s Balloon

    emilysballoonFriends are fun to play with. Friends keep you company. Friends comfort you. All this Emily knows.

    She also knows a simple balloon can be your friend.

    Emily’s Balloon by Komako Sakai is the gentlest of observations about how nothing more than a plain balloon and a little bit of imagination can be the cause great happiness.

    Emily receives a balloon and takes it home to play with. Soon she’s sharing everything with her balloon and takes it outside to play house with. One gust of wind, however, and it is stuck in a nearby tree. What will Emily do now? What will console her?

    The innocence and lucidity of this story gives it charm that is utterly captivating. It celebrates a sense of wonder that we sometimes lose as we grow older, but which we’re only too happy to be reminded of. Emily’s natural openness, her ability to imagine and indeed truly see her balloon as a friend – to show such a easy leap of faith – will warm all but the coldest of hearts.

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    Sakai’s illustrations have a quiet magic about them, capturing Emily’s body language like poetry; in a way that seems so right, so simple and yet still startling in its accuracy. Minimal use of colour and lots of wide open white space create a sense of meditative timelessness. All in all a peaceful, lyrical picture book with the hallmarks of a classic.

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    Not all playing by the book needs to be complicated. Recently all we did to celebrate a book was eat some cheesecake. (Tough life!). This time, all that was needed was a yellow helium filled balloon to play with after school.

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    We batted it about, we took it outside, we played “chicken” letting it float away and then catching it before it flew out of grasp!

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    We tied a spoon to the string and found the “balance point” – using blutack we added and removed tiny weights until the balloon with the spoon floated mysteriously in mid-air, neither touching the ground, nor flying up to the ceiling.

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    This turned into a science lesson the next day when we saw how how the helium appeared to become less effective at lifting the balloon (this is actually due to helium leaking out of the balloon, through the relatively porous latex) and we had to reduce the weight of the spoon to re-find the balance point.

    Whilst playing with our balloon we listened to:

  • It Only Takes One Night to Make a Balloon Your Friend by Lunch Money (this really is a GORGEOUS song)
  • Balloons by Skyboat
  • Can We Buy a New Car (So I Can Have a Balloon)? by Eric Herman. ‘Coz I’m a sucker for a bit of steel guitar.

  • Other activities which might work well alongside reading Emily’s Balloon include:

  • Reading Sakai’s Hannah’s Night – my very favourite book in any genre from 2013.
  • Making a hat for your balloon (as Emily does) – this is a really easy tutorial using an old pair of leggings, from This Simple Home.
  • Creating a flower garland (like Emily does) to wear in your hair. If you haven’t fresh flowers, try this tutorial using a paper bag from Happy Hooligans.

  • If you liked this post you might like these other posts by me:

  • A review of a wordless picture book, The Yellow Balloon by Charlotte Dematons
  • Learning how to stick a knitting needle through a balloon without it popping!
  • One of my all time favourite Playing by the book activities, inspired by Up with Birds! by John Yeoman and Quentin Blake
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    Disclosure: I was sent a free review copy of this book by the publisher. Whilst this book has been translated from Japanese, there is no information available regarding the translator.

    Emily’s Balloon
    Komako Sakai
    Chronicle Books
    £5.99 • Paperback •

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    16. “Death Note” Creators Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata Announce “Platinum’s End”

      You, me, and everyone into manga around 2006 should remember Death Note, the fantastic psychological thriller about a bored teenage genius outwitting the police and a reclusive detective as he reshapes the world one murder at a time.  Following the series’ conclusion, creators Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata went on to create the light-hearted Bakuman, […]

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    17. Comics Illustrators of the Week :: Gurihiru

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    I think this is the 2nd time we’ve honored a pair of illustrators together(the other being Los Bros Hernandez), but for all intents and purposes the Japanese dynamic duo “illustration unit” Gurihiru is “one” illustrator in the way the two works seamlessly together, focusing their particular talents in different skill sets to produce one beautiful picture. The Gurihiru team consists of Naoko Kawano(design, colors, webdesign) and Chifuyu Sasaki (design, pencils, inks). 

    Gurihiru is known for their comics work on titles such as Avatar: The Last Airbender, Wolverine and Power Pack, and A-babies vs. X-babies, to name a few. Team Gurihiru is also known for producing many dynamic variant covers for comics, including this week’s Silk #7 variant.

    You can check out more of Gurihiru’s art, including some of their game art design and animation work, on their website here.

    For more comics related art, you can follow me on my website comicstavern.com – Andy Yates

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    18. The long history of World War II

    World War Two was the most devastating conflict in recorded human history. It was both global in extent and total in character. It has understandably left a long and dark shadow across the decades. Yet it is three generations since hostilities formally ended in 1945 and the conflict is now a lived memory for only a few. And this growing distance in time has allowed historians to think differently about how to describe it, how to explain its course, and what subjects to focus on when considering the wartime experience.

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    19. Obama Thanks Japan for Anime

    Cartoons bring the world together!

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    20. ‘Divide, Multiply’ by Keita Onishi

    A music video for Julien Mier & Magical Mistakes' "Divide, Multiply."

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    21. Artist of the Day: Nutoguran

    Discover the work of Nutoguran, Cartoon Brew's Artist of the Day!

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    22. Library Wars: Love and War



    Library Wars: Love & War Kiiro Yumi, original concept Hiro Arikawa, translated from the Japanese by John Werry

    This is a mega-review of vol. 1-13 (aka, the ones that are currently available in English)


    The Library Freedom Act

    Libraries have the freedom to acquire their collections.

    Libraries have the freedom to circulate materials in their collections.

    Libraries guarantee the privacy of their patrons.

    Libraries oppose any type of censorship.

    When libraries are imperiled, librarians will join together to secure their freedom.

    In the not-to-distant future, Japan passes the "Media Betterment Act" which censors objectionable material. Librarians are against censorship and will fight to keep their collections free and available. Literally fight. Like, they made an army. To fight against the federal censors(and their army).

    AND YOU WONDER WHY I LOVE THIS?!

    I devoured this series. Like, read all of them in a week, often staying up way past bedtime because I COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN. I love the overall concept. Plus, not only is about people fighting to protect access to materials (with their literal lives!), but it's a shoju manga, so SO MUCH SEXUAL TENSION.

    Our main character, Iku Kasahara wants to join the Library Defense Force to be like her "prince"-- a member who saved a book she wanted to buy from censorship. She has passion, but not a lot of skill and is driven hard by her Sargent Dojo (who, um, OBVIOUSLY is her "prince.") She eventually becomes the first woman on a super elite squad that has to both be an army fighter, but also an actual librarian. But, over the run of the series, this is far from the only relationship we see (I won't say my favorite, because it develops pretty late and is a bit of a spoiler.)

    I love the politics and maneuvering the library forces do. I like the plotline where Kasahara's parents don't know what she does because she knows they won't approve. I love love love Kasahara's roommate, Asako Shibazaki. She's very beautiful and a bit aloof and a lot of people read her as shallow, but she has a lot going on beneath the surface. She's a librarian with some serious hidden talents. I love the way her character develops. (In fact, she might be my favorite character.)

    I like that there are cultural end notes to explain things, and several bonus mangas at the end of most volumes to fill in some quiet moments.

    The over-the-top melodrama of some of the relationship stuff gets old, but I'm starting to recognize that it's standard for a lot of shoju manga.

    Overall though, I LOVE THIS SERIES and am trying to force all my coworkers to read it. (LIBRARIES BUILT AN ARMY TO PROTECT FREEDOM OF ACCESS FROM GOVERNMENT CENSORS. DUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUDE.)

    If I understand Wikipedia correctly, there are 15 total volumes in this series. 13 are out in English now, and the 14th comes out in October. Based on past publication schedules, I'm guessing the 15th will be out next April. My one regret? This is based on a novel series and the source material doesn't seem to be available in English.

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    23. ‘The Synesthesia Ghost’ by Atsushi Makino

    A music video from Japan for Sasanomaly's "The Synesthesia Ghost."

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    24. What can we expect at Japan’s 70th war commemoration?

    As we approach the 70th anniversary of the end of Japan's War, Japan’s “history problem” – a mix of politics, identity, and nationalism in East Asia, brewing actively since the late 1990s – is at center stage. Nationalists in Japan, China, and the Koreas have found a toxic formula: turning war memory into a contest of national interests and identity, and a stew of national resentments.

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    25. Japanese Bookseller Fights Amazon With New Murakami Book

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