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The enduring appeal of ‘Akira,’ the manga

Sat, 07/14/2018 - 16:00
Katsuhiro Otomo's cyberpunk masterpiece, "Akira," has gone through multiple English-language incarnations throughout the years, but reader demand has never wavered.

Nancy Sinatra Sr., first wife of Frank Sinatra, dies at 101

Sat, 07/14/2018 - 02:11
Nancy Sinatra Sr., the childhood sweetheart of Frank Sinatra who became the first of his four wives and the mother of his three children, has ...

Comedian Sasha Baron Cohen pranks politicians Roy Moore and Joe Arpaio

Fri, 07/13/2018 - 21:11
Some politicians are going through the stages of panic associated with an interview with Sacha Baron Cohen: remorse, damage control, anger and regret for being ...

Scarlett Johansson pulls out of trans drama after backlash

Fri, 07/13/2018 - 20:41
Scarlett Johansson on Friday withdrew from the film “Rub & Tug” after her plans to portray a transgender man prompted a backlash.In a statement to ...

France celebrates Japanese culture with huge eight-month festival

Fri, 07/13/2018 - 20:24
France has opened the largest celebration of Japanese culture ever to take place abroad.The eight-month festival Japonismes 2018 features everything from prehistoric art to what ...

The pain and the passion that fueled the creation of ‘Akira’

Fri, 07/13/2018 - 17:00
When I tell Kuni Tomita the anime classic “Akira” turns 30 years old this month, she shakes her head and laughs.“Unbelievable,” she says. The animator ...

My deep dive into ‘Akira’ only scratched the surface of its legacy

Fri, 07/13/2018 - 16:00
A few months ago, I proposed to the editors at The Japan Times that we do a piece paying tribute to the classic cyberpunk anime ...

Prince Harry and Elton John to launch coalition against HIV in men

Thu, 07/12/2018 - 17:11
Britain’s Prince Harry and music star Elton John are joining forces to launch a “global coalition” focused on treating HIV infections in men, the singer’s ...

‘Akira’ soundtrack featured music worthy of a visual masterpiece

Thu, 07/12/2018 - 16:00
A crack of thunder. Pulsing polyrhythmic percussion. The roar of a passing motorcycle. A haunting symphonic chorus.Once you’ve heard the soundtrack to “Akira,” the anime ...

Reshaping the sound of Neo-Tokyo for ‘Akira’

Thu, 07/12/2018 - 15:59
If you were watching anime in English in the 1990s and 2000s, chances are you’ve heard a dub recorded by Les Claypool III. Some of ...

Transgender Miss Universe contender speaks up for trans kids

Wed, 07/11/2018 - 18:53
The first transgender woman to compete in the global Miss Universe pageant wants to make history as a role model for trans children around the ...

Faith-based producer to turn Thailand cave rescue into Hollywood movie

Wed, 07/11/2018 - 18:52
The mission to rescue 12 boys and their soccer coach from a Thai cave is to get the Hollywood treatment in a movie announced by ...

Collecting ‘Akira,’ one scene at a time

Wed, 07/11/2018 - 16:00
Joe Peacock vividly remembers the first time he saw “Akira,” the influential sci-fi anime film that turns 30 this month.It was “a random Thursday night” ...

‘Shino Can’t Say Her Name’: A teenage struggle that speaks to everyone

Tue, 07/10/2018 - 23:51
There’s a point in many teenagers’ lives where few things are more mortifying than the prospect of having to speak in public. High school freshman ...

Original 1926 Winnie-the-Pooh illustrated map breaks auction record at £430,000

Tue, 07/10/2018 - 16:47
APThe original hand-drawn map of Winnie-the-Pooh’s Hundred Acre Woods has sold at auction for £430,000 ($571,000), a record price for a book illustration. E.H. Shepard’s ...

George Clooney ‘fine’ after motorbike crash on Sardinia

Tue, 07/10/2018 - 14:14
Actor George Clooney was taken to the hospital in Sardinia and released after his motor scooter and a car crashed on a state road on ...

‘The Chrysanthemum and the Guillotine’: A sumo subplot stands out in a crowded film

Tue, 07/10/2018 - 02:00
One man’s terrorist is another man’s freedom fighter. I’m not sure if Takahisa Zeze knows this phrase but it applies to the heroes of his ...

‘Yukata Yukata Yukata’

Tue, 07/10/2018 - 01:59
July 14-Sept. 3Despite the decreasing number of Japanese wearing traditional clothing on a regular basis, the yukata (lightweight kimono) is still a popular garment for ...

‘Emerging 2018’

Tue, 07/10/2018 - 01:58
July 14-Sept. 24Tokyo Arts and Space (TOKAS) has been running programs to support and nurture young and up-and-coming artists since it was established in 2001. ...

1950s screen heartthrob Tab Hunter, star of ‘Damn Yankees’ who revealed late he was gay, dies age 86

Mon, 07/09/2018 - 16:45
Tab Hunter, the blond actor and singer who was a heartthrob for millions of teenagers in the 1950s with such films as “Battle Cry” and ...