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The History of Anime: Part 5 – Dawn of the Digital Era

Last time, anime rose from a nationwide economic crisis to become a global juggernaut. The 1990’s saw enormous growth for the industry, but an even bigger change was just around the corner. Computers and the internet completely changed anime - how it’s made, how we watch it, and how we talk about it with others.... Continue Reading →

Music in Anime – Joe Hisaishi, the Composer of Our Childhoods

Studio Ghibli films are my antidote to nihilism. They vary in tone and genre, but they all have the most breathtaking hand-drawn animation in history, deep themes about nature and humanity, strong female protagonists, and some of the best music ever put onto film. Joe Hisaishi has composed the soundtrack to nearly every Ghibli classic,... Continue Reading →

How Anime Uses Surrealism To Tell A Story

Disclaimer: This post contains minor spoilers for Paprika, Puella Magi Madoka Magica, and Revolutionary Girl Utena. There's nothing that would ruin your experience if you haven't seen these anime yet, but I just wanted to give a heads up. Anyway, let's talk about some avant-garde shit! Anime is weird, in a good way. It can... Continue Reading →

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