Articles tagged manga

Time Travel Manga: What Would You Do If You Could Repeat the Past?

Time travel manga such as A Distant Neighborhood, Orange and Erased teach us a great deal about our shared humanity in these times.

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Remembering (and Reliving) the Bombing of Hiroshima With Keiji Nakazawa’s ‘Barefoot Gen’

The seminal manga of Hiroshima's atomic bombing and aftermath remains an essential reminder of the horrors of war and atomic bombs.

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A Clean-up Worker’s View Inside Fukushima’s Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant

Ichi-F is rich in detail and strikingly perceptive in analysis, and yet it oddly supports the nuclear industry even as the radiation continues to take its toll.

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‘Hokusai x Manga’ Explores the Roots of Manga

'Hokusai x Manga' traces the influence of popular Japanese visual art, from the 17th century forward, on contemporary manga.

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‘Midnight Diner: Tokyo Stories’ Offers Filling Comfort Food for the Viewer

Ten different Japanese dishes tell the story of ten different Japanese individuals finding love, battling personal demons, and searching for meaning between midnight and 7AM.

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‘Planetes’ Should Be Required Baggage on the First Mission to Mars

This space drama aboard a garbage collection ship makes for first-rate sci-fi.

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The Dark Side of Obsession in ‘The Osamu Tezuka Story’

Tezuka may be a god of manga, but his story is apocryphal.

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European Fine Art Meets Japanese Manga in ‘Guardians of the Louvre’

Jiro Taniguchi's installment proves that contemporary manga artists can hold their own against the greatest in the pantheon of western art.

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Teen Manga Tackle Tough Topics

From deafness to gender identity, teen manga offer rewarding and complex treatments of fraught issues.

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The Muscle Behind ‘Manga in America’

The domestication of manga means imposing one’s own identity on the product.

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Showa Epic of Japan Concludes the Story of a Man and His Nation

Past and present converge in Mizuki’s conceptually rich manga.

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Mizuki’s ‘Hitler’ Offers Powerful Lessons for the Present

Depicting Hitler as a man, not a monster, forces us to realize the horrors of militarism and the ease with which history could repeat itself.

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‘Wayward Volume One: String Theory’ Beautifully Captures Accurate Folkloric Context

The comic series Wayward depicts the struggles of a group of supernatural teens growing up and fighting evil on the streets of modern Tokyo.

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Shigeru Mizuki’s ‘Showa’ Is a Melting Pot of Manga, Photo Realism, Memoir & Narrative History

A Japanese period of heightened tension, military marches, and personal discovery.

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The Undiluted Promise of Comics as Vanguard for 21st Century Media

Sometimes, rarely, a work is so good (so well-conceived, so well-executed) that it simply breaks our traditional expectations of comics literature. And this breaking allows us to glimpse the true, rare promise of what the industry can achieve. Davids Lapham and Aja's Wolverine: Debt of Death is this work.

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‘Hagakure’: A Manga Guide to Bushido

Sean Michael Wilson and Chie Kutsuwada team up to present a manga-style introduction to Yamamoto Tsunetomo's Hagakure: The Code of the Samurai

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‘Japanese Schoolgirl Confidential’: They’re Sparkly, Sexy and Can Really Kick Ass!

Why are images of schoolgirls so predominant in Japanese popular culture? Brian Ashcraft and Shoko Ueda offer their take on the subject in Japanese Schoolgirl Confidential.

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‘Manga and Philosophy’: More Connections Than You Might Think

The latest volume in Open Court's Popular Culture and Philosophy series casts a philosophical eye on the world of manga.

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Masters of Horror Manga: Kazuo Umezu and Hideshi Hino

Perhaps more so than any other artists, Kazuo Umezu and Hideshi Hino defined the genre of horror comics in Japan, an influence that extends to the West, and also to the world of J-horror films.

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Masters of Horror Manga: Kazuo Umezu and Hideshi Hino

Where Kazuo Umezu is somewhat more traditional, Hideshi Hino strives to find beauty or at least to nuture a sort of awestruck fascination with horrific images and narrative elements.

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Stevie Wonder Takes a Knee as Green Day and Others Also Speak Out at Global Citizen Festival

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"The 2017 Global Citizen Festival's message for social action was amplified by Stevie Wonder and many other incredible performers and notable guests.

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