Category Archives: manga

Will Hollywood’s Astro Boy do the original ’60s anime justice?

Astro Boy, the classic story of a friendly nuclear-powered robot boy created by legendary Japanese manga artist Osamu Tezuka, is being released as a 3D CG Hollywood film. It hits theaters in October, with voices by people like Nicolas Cage, … Continue reading

Space Battleship Yamato in LEGO

After two years of building this Space Battleship Yamato model is complete and it bristles with beauty. (Thanks, Jay T.!)

Manga Moment: Ellipses as indicators of speechlessness in ’54 MAD Magazine

During a discussion we three were having today about the use of the ellipsis in manga, anime, and videogames to indicate speechlessness, I remembered seeing the same technique used by Jack Davis in the story “Hah! Noon!” in MAD Magazine … Continue reading

Spielberg to make live-action 3D ‘Ghost in the Shell’ movie

Steven Spielberg’s DreamWorks has acquired the rights to ‘Ghost in the Shell,’ reports Variety, to be made into a 3D live-action movie. Above, the intro to the original anime movie (based on an earlier manga), which includes quite a bit … Continue reading

Gundam Statue Erected at Shinjuku Train Station

A monument to beloved Japanese giant mecha series Gundam has been erected at the Kamiigusa train station in Shinjuku, Tokyo, the same neighborhood in which Gundam producer Sunrise, Inc. is located. Gundam is most famous for the loyalty it displayed … Continue reading

Manga Sub-Sub-Genre Ahoy!: Headphone Musume

These adorable musume pin-ups show Japanese waifs wearing top-shelf headphones from around the world. I don’t know why and I don’t care. I like it a lot. Then again, I’m a sucker for a girl with huge headphones. Yes, I … Continue reading

Manga Sub-Genre Ahoy!: Mecha Musume

“Mecha Musume” is a term used by Western anime fans to describe anthropomorphic combinations of anime pin-ups and vehicles, although the term itself is actually a brand name used by artist Shimada Humikane to describe his collection of designs, including … Continue reading