In the West, Takashi Miike is probably best known for gritty, gory thrillers like Audition, Ichi the Killer and 13 Assassins. With 100 movies under his name, the Japanese director qualifies as a cinema demigod. Fittingly, his newest movie, Blade of the Immortal, revolves around a long-lived samurai who’s damn near…
Rumors have been circling about Western adaptations of Kazuo Koike and Goseki Kojima’s seminal manga epic Lone Wolf and Cub for years at this point. But the latest attempt is now underway at Paramount, with a little help from Fast and Furious and Star Trek Beyond’s Justin Lin.
If you’re familiar with Japanese horror, you’ve probably heard about the work of Junji Ito—the author behind viral horror stories like The Enigma of Amigara Fault and Uzumaki. Now, some of his most famous spooky tales are being adapted into a new anime anthology show.
Anticipation is sky-high for Taika Waititi’s Thor: Ragnarok, which is due out November 3 and looks exceedingly fun. With his spotlight at an all-time high, he may soon sign on for another one of Hollywood’s most eagerly awaited projects: the live-action Akira movie.
The ink has barely dried on Netflix’s Death Note adaptation, and yet another adaptation of the iconic manga and anime is already happening. The latest iteration: a 12-hour audio drama series.
That Death Note movie sure was something, wasn’t it? Whether you loved it or hated it, you have to admit that the manga it’s based on is a different beast entirely. A beast you can soon own in one comically large package.
There have always been female fans of comics, even if the business hasn’t played to that audience very faithfully. But for a brief moment, teenage girls and young women were one of the biggest demos in the industry. Specifically, during the 1950s boom in passionate, dramatic, tear-stained romance comics.
Manga pirates have operated in the internet’s shadows for decades, hiding from furious publishers whose translation efforts, pirates say, are shoddy, too slow or nonexistent. Now, as more pirates realize the potential value of their translation skills, they’re poking their heads out from the underground and asking for…
There are three kinds of Death Note fans in the world: 1. Those who’re miffed that Netflix’s adaptation is set in Seattle rather than Japan and feel as if the movie is whitewashed. 2. Those who think the first group is operating. 3. Folks who are apathetic about the whole shebang.
What we know to be true: Newsweek senior writer Kurt Eichenwald had a 212-page hentai comic called B-Chiku open on his computer.
The anime version of Katsushiro Otomo’s classic scifi manga became a worldwide phenomenon when it came out 1988. But the manga artist who created Neo-Tokyo thought the movie was terrible after his first look at it, and was sure it was going to be a flop.
Regardless of your sexual orientation, there’s a very good chance that you’ve seen Gengoroh Tagame’s illustrations of bearded, muscular men... enjoying one another’s company. While Tagame’s most widely known for his adult-oriented manga, his latest book My Brother’s Husband focuses more on the uneasy relationship…
Claudia Gray’s young adult novel Lost Stars is one of the best books released in Star Wars’ new canonical universe—and now, it’s becoming the basis for a new digital manga series in Japan.
Zombies invade Tony Stark’s birthday party— yes, it sounds just as weird now as it did back in 2015. But if you’re curious what an undead Thor looks like, or how a god could even become the undead (sure it’s been in the comics, but I still don’t get it), then luck has infected you. The Japanese manga Avengers: Zombies…
Major Mira Killian doesn’t remember who she was before. Now the character played by Scarlett Johansson is living inside a different kind of body about to start a different kind of life. She effortlessly leaps and shoots across a deliriously oversaturated cityscape with power and purpose. There’s something wrong at the…
Lots of bodies in bags... well, if you’re making successive iterations of cyborgs, you’ve got to get the raw material from somewhere, right?
As part of the promotion for the upcoming live-action Ghost in the Shell, a new “I am Major” website was launched that allowed folks to upload their own photos and enter their own text. It’s damn perfect troll fodder.
Sadly, the premise of “grade school students taken in as apprentices to Earth’s Mightiest Heroes” is not quite as bonkers as the Pokémon-meets-Marvel premise of the last Avengers anime, but it’s still pretty fun.
Thanks to his work on both the seminal manga and its animated adaptation, Akira creator Katsuhiro Otomo will forever be remembered as an icon of the comics industry. To celebrate the 35th anniversary of the manga this year, Kodansha has put together a tribute book containing art from artists across the world—and we’ve…
From anime girls to abstract shapes, Japanese tattooing has changed. Or has it?