Grave of the Fireflies

Darkly dreaming: the legacy of Isao Takahata

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Studio Ghibli has been a powerful part of both of our lives as otaku, inspiring nightmares, empowerment and the hope that we can each be heroes in our own way. It’s safe to say that its legacy wouldn’t have held quite the same place in our hearts without co-founder Isao Takahata, whom we have sadly […]

The death of innocence: how Hiroshima haunted anime

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With frank discussions of war, death and destruction, this piece isn’t an easy read, and may upset some readers. In the first instalment of this series, we explored the origins of anime as a propaganda tool in Japan’s war effort, specifically around the bombing of Pearl Harbour in 1941. The focus of this follow-up will […]

Mind Game and Berserk trilogy artist Tooru Hishiyama has died

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Studio 4°C posted to their official Twitter bearing the news that art director and background artist Tooru Hishiyama has passed away. The studio said that, before his death on October 15th, he’d been working with them for a long time, drawing wonderful background art for many of their works. They added that Hishiyama was always telling jokes, […]