Going to Niconico Chokaigi for Metropolis

Went to Niconico Chokaigi for Metropolis, soaked it all in. As I waited for a kabuki performance to start, I watched a packed arena applaud a man who appeared on the venue’s big screen, dressed up as the defunct soda marketing character Pepsiman. It was one of many surreal moments on April 29th and 30th [...]

By | 2017-05-17T23:54:29+00:00 May 17th, 2017|Anime, Japan, Movies, Music, Travel, Video Games|Comments Off on Going to Niconico Chokaigi for Metropolis

Writing about “Your Name’s” success in Japan for The Atlantic

Long time since I've written for The Atlantic, but I returned late last week with an article about the success of "Your Name" in Japan. A fact that will come up in nearly every review of the film Your Name as it opens in theaters across North America this weekend is how it was the [...]

By | 2017-04-11T14:05:33+00:00 April 11th, 2017|Anime, Japan, Movies|Comments Off on Writing about “Your Name’s” success in Japan for The Atlantic

Talked to Radwimps for The Japan Times

For this week's Japan Times' cover story, I talked to the band Radwimps, who wrote the soundtrack to the movie "Your Name" which has been a massive hit in the last year (to say the least): Yokohama Arena feels special on this chilly Tuesday night in early March. It’s here that Radwimps — a rock [...]

By | 2017-03-17T14:53:07+00:00 March 17th, 2017|Anime, Japan, Movies, Music|Comments Off on Talked to Radwimps for The Japan Times