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Miyazaki Strikes Back

After his “supposed” retirement Hayao Miyazaki is back in the game again. His new work will be a short film and it will be the first time a Miyazaki work is completely created with computer animation. The title of the short film will be Boro The Caterpillar (“Kemushi no Boro”) and it will be shown at the auditorium at The Ghibli Museum.

In the press conference Miyazaki explained the decision to use only computer animation for the short film:

“I can’t find good brushes any more, and the quality of drawing paper has declined,” he said. “It seems the world has been changing fundamentally.”

He also did some comments about primer minister Abe’s politics in respect to Second World War:

“We must express deep remorse over the tremendous damage we caused to the people of China. We must clearly state that we regret that,” Miyazaki said. “I know there are many people who wish to forget that part of history, but we must never forget the senseless acts that Japan conducted in China over a long period of time.”

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Naruto Exhibition

If you are now in Japan you might be interested in visiting the Naruto exhibition which is currently being held at the 52nd floor of Roppongi Hills. The exhibition is opened until June 28th. Not only you will find Naruto and his friends at the exhibition but also in the streets of Roppongi which have been decorated for the occasion. You can collect the characters of the popular TV show that you find in the streets and participate in a “Stamp Rally” contest. You can find more info at the official website.

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Curry And Dragon Ball Z

The restaurant chain Coco Curry Ichibanya 壱番屋 which specializes in Japanese curry has been running a Dragon Ball Z marketing campaign for the last few weeks. It is part of the promotion of the new Dragon Ball Z movie and it will last until May 31st. If you are in Japan and you like curry for each 1,000 yen that you spend in the restaurant you will participate in a contest to get a plate or an original trading card.

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coco curry Dragon Ball Z

coco curry Dragon Ball Z

coco curry Dragon Ball Z

coco curry Dragon Ball Z

coco curry Dragon Ball Z
This is how a Coco Curry Ichibanya 壱番屋 restaurant looks. In Tokyo you can spot many of them near subway stations.

coco curry Dragon Ball ZKatsu curry is the highlight dish

Official Website: Ichibanya.

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Hayao Miyazaki Will Receive An Honorary Oscar

The retired anime director and artist Hayao Miyazaki will receive an honorary Oscar award for his lifetime achievements. Miyazaki will become the second Japanese director to receive the award, the first one being Akira Kurosawa in 1990. Miyazaki after hearing the news said:

“It is an honor to receive the award, but I believe that a person that has retired doesn’t need any awards.”

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Source: The Japan news.

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Ghost in the Shell: Arise

Ghost in the Shell: Arise is an OVA divided into four parts based on the Ghost in the Shell universe 攻殻機動隊. I recently finished watching the third part “Ghost Tears”. In September the fourth part, “Ghost Stands Alone”, will be released and will complete the series. Masamune Shirow has not been involved in the production team and for that reason the style of Arise has changed from the style of the movies and Stand Alone Complex. One of the most significant changes is that instead of having blue tachikomas now there are red logicomas.

Arise begins just at the end of World War IV in year 2027. The plot explores the depth of the formation of Sector 9, the intelligence department of the Japanese ministry of internal affairs. Another novelty is the new characters, many of them related with Rikugun Go Maru Ichi Kikan 陸軍501機関, the organization that transformed Kusanagi into a cyborg.

The Arise OVAs are ideal if you still don’t know the Ghost in the Shell universe and want to immerse yourself in it. It is much more “light” than Stand Alone Complex.

Ghost in the Shell: Arise

Ghost in the Shell: Arise

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Photo by Nihongogo

Ghost in the Shell: Arise

Ghost in the Shell: Arise

Ghost in the Shell: Arise

There’s also an Arise manga drawn by Fujisaku Junichi, one of the key members of Production I.G. Its name is Ghost in the Shell: Arise ~Sleepless Eye~ (攻殻機動隊ARISE~眠らない眼の男). The art is impressive but the story is quite boring because it’s just a connection of several action scenes.

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Official website

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Dragon Ball Scouter

Many Dragon Ball fans have tried for years to create their own homemade scouters, but the scouter shown in the video created by Kier Simmon is the most faithful to the original one designed by Akira Toriyama.

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Source: Kotaku

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Studio Ghibli Stops Making Movies

Toshio Suzuki announced yesterday a large restructuring of Studio Ghibli. Suzuki explained in front of cameras that the retirement of Hayao Miyazaki has had too many consequences and the studio has to start cutting costs. One of the first things to do is to restructure the department in charge of creating full-length films in order to produce films for others and focus on making money from licenses of films done in the past. The team in charge of Momonoma will continue with the work, but most likely it will suffer cuts because it’s a department where almost all the employees are temporary or freelancers.

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Ghibli studios not making movies any more
“For the moment we are going to stop making new movies for a while and rethink our priorities”

Toshio Suzuki thinks that the stop will be something temporary. On the other hand, Hayao Miyazaki doesn’t see the future of Ghibli very clear :)

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hayao miyazaki retired

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hayao miyazaki retired

hayao miyazaki retired

Sources: Oh-Totoro and Deculture.

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Space Dandy – スペース☆ダンディ

It’s been a very long time since I last watched a Japanese anime series. On the other hand I have kept watching animation movies. However right now I am finishing watching the first 13 episodes of Space Dandy. And I love it! It’s fun, surreal and easy to watch. An ideal show to relax and leave your imagination flow.

Dandy is an intergalactic bounty hunter, some kind of Han Solo. He travels in his space ship with a robot named QT and a cat from Betelgeuse named Meow. Dandy loves to go to “boobies”, a chain of intergalactic restaurants inspired by Hooters. QT is a robot whose software hasn’t been updated for years which makes him have human-like emotions. Meow is a lazy cat that likes to eat and spend his time looking at his smartphone screen.

Admiral Perry of the Gogol empire is the archenemy of Dandy, QT and Meow. He wants to catch Dandy because he thinks that he is the key for the future of the universe…

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Space Dandy

Space Dandy

Space Dandy

Space Dandy

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Pokémon Coffee Shop

The coffee shop located at the Mori museum in Roppongi Hills has been remodeled for the Summer. All the food served until September 1st will be based on Pokémon. If you want to order something you will have to wait in line for around two hours, however you can visit the exhibition about Pokémon next door without having to wait.

Pokémon Coffee Shop at Roppongi HillsPikachu burger!

Pokémon Coffee Shop at Roppongi Hills

Pokémon Coffee Shop at Roppongi Hills

Pokémon Coffee Shop at Roppongi Hills

Pokémon Coffee Shop at Roppongi Hills

Pokémon Coffee Shop at Roppongi Hills

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