Thursday, September 20, 2007
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Animation Insider has posted one of the most extensive interviews yet with Japan expert Frederik L. Schodt, author of The Astro Boy Essays. With Osamu Tezuka, Japan's "God of Manga," gaining more and more popularity in the West, the timing for this interview with one of Tezuka's main translators couldn't be better. In the interview, Schodt says:
Tezuka had a real gift for being able to communicate with people on an equal level. When I worked with him, I was always struck by the way he could communicate with small children--and adults too--from what seemed to be all walks of life. I think that he was genuinely interested in people, and that made them feel comfortable. They probably didn't realize it, of course, but when they were talking to Tezuka, he was also sucking ideas out of their brains for future stories.
Monday, September 17, 2007
Robotech: The Shadow Chronicles will be showing at a theater near you on September 19th as a part of the Anime Bento Festival!
Also, Warner Bros. is going to make a live action Robotech feature, produced by Tobey Maguire through Maguire Entertainment!
Schodt accurately documents the knowledge, experiences, and inspirations of a Japanese artist whose personal meditations have largely been out of the reach of Western readers....With engaging examples, meaningful analysis and excellent research, Fred Schodt offers readers a 360-degree perspective on the man whose nation calls him the God of Manga...
Thursday, September 13, 2007
On The Art of Robotech:
A visually arresting collection....Packed in the glossy 140-plus pages of [The Art of Robotech] are numerous images and insightful essays on the evolution of the show and the anime world over the past three decades.
On The Astro Boy Essays:
We're lucky to have Frederik L. Schodt, a long-time American friend and translator guide us to the world of Tezuka and his creation in [this] charming volume....Schodt's essays take us through the exquisite, beautifully crafted world of Astro and reveal the people, events and beliefs that shaped the Japanese master's world.
When I reviewed the Anime Encyclopedia last year I commented on how it was very good, but in serious need of an update. Well, now that update is here.
The additions and revisions serve to turn an extremely useful reference book into the single most essential anime reference book on the market.
Wednesday, September 12, 2007
Struggling with understanding modern Japan? Trying to make sense of news stories like this? We can't recommend Astro Boy Essays author Frederik L. Schodt's America and the Four Japans highly enough.
Buy it from Cody's.
Tuesday, September 11, 2007
International Taiko Festival
The (39th annual) International Taiko Festival showcases the thundering power of taiko musicians from around the world. Under the guidance of Grand Master Seiichi Tanaka, The San Francisco Taiko Dojo along with special guests, will perform traditional and contemporary drum rhythms, dance and martial arts.
Where: Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Theater, 700 Howard St., San Francisco
When: September 15 at 2pm & 7:00pm and September 16 at 2pm
Phone: (415) 978-2787
Cost: $42 & $36, senior & student discounts available
Also, Heidi Varian's appearance on the radio show "Pacific Time" is now online!
Wednesday, September 05, 2007
Frederik L. Schodt On Henry Kiyama’s The Four Immigrants Manga: A
When: Thursday, September 13, 6:30 p.m. • Free
But Reservations Required at firstname.lastname@example.org
or call (415) 565-0201 extension 12
Where: Hotel Tomo ( wheelchair accessible) 1800 Sutter Street at Buchanan (Japantown),
What: Manga authority and The Astro Boy Essays author Frederik L. Schodt has translated one of America’s first comic books, published in
The Four Immigrants Manga will be for sale at this event.Sponsored by American Friends Service Committee, Nihonmachi Little Friends, and Hotel Tomo
Teachers and others who enjoy the talk are encouraged to download the Four Immigrants Manga Study Guide (PDF) for free!