Rebuild of Evangelion studio Khara sues Gainax

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Hideaki Anno co-founded Gainax in 1984 with several students he came to know at Osaka University of Arts, including the studio’s current president Hiroyuki Yamaga, and renowned anime grump Toshio “Otaking” Okada. Though it was this studio who struck gold with the original Neon Genesis Evangelion in the 90s, Anno left Gainax in 2007 to form Studio […]

Your name, our anime: defending the new and female otaku

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It’s time for another episode of Old Fogies Take a Dump on New Anime. Mamoru Oshii’s done it, taking pops at Mamoru Hosoda, Hideaki Anno, and all currently-airing anime in general. Now it seems Toshio Okada, co-founder of Gainax and so-called “Otaking”, wants to get on the boat and rock it too. Except his unwitting victim is Makoto […]

Gainax co-founder opines on “awful” your name.

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When something gets as mind-bogglingly popular as Makoto Shinkai’s your name., people are bound to want to tear it down. This time, it’s the old guard of the anime elite finding fault for the sake of backlash. Specifically, Toshio “Otaking” Okada, co-founder of studio Gainax. Okada has devoted much of his 58 years to the otaku […]

GAINAX and Saudi Arabia’s ARiNAT share collaboration project Desert Knight

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Studio GAINAX and Saudi Arabian media group AriNAT (Arab Innovative Arts and Technologies) have shared a first look at their collaboration anime, Desert Knight. The three-minute trailer, which you can watch below in Japanese and Arabic, was first screened at Abu Dhabi’s ANI:ME festival, held in the capital of the United Arab Emirates at the end of […]

Review: Wish Upon the Pleiades

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For anyone who’s ever wished to vanish from the face of the Earth (and boy, have we all been there because being a teen sucks) there’s an essential, relatable thread to grab hold of in Wish Upon the Pleiades. I say essential, because otherwise we’d be floating around in the stratosphere with Subaru, Aoi, Itsuki, […]

Hideaki Anno apologises to fans for delay on final Evangelion remake film

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During an interview on Godzilla Resurgence, although the press event staff asked the audience not to bring up Evangelion, Hideaki Anno chose to open with an official statement on the delay of Evangelion 3.0+1.0, Gainax’s fourth and final film of the Evangelion remake series. First of all, he apologised to Evangelion fans for his directorial work on the new Godzilla film taking precedence, saying […]

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News: Nadia scriptwriter Hisao Okawa passes away

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Hisao Okawa, the scriptwriter of the unknown treasure Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water, has passed away. On April 19th, he suffered from respiratory failure and later died, aged 88. Born in Kanagawa, Okawa studied his craft under Ryuzo Kikushima, who’s known for co-writing screenplays to several of Akira Kurosawa’s films. Besides either writing or […]