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Required Reading: Memorial Day Edition

A collection of everything otaku need to see this week on the 'net.


Okay, okay,there's very little that's “Memorial Day”-ish about this particular Required Reading, but I haven't really done much else in remembrance of the fallen, so it seems only fair I could at least mention it, eh? (Even if it's already past Memorial Day for some of you...)

Anyway, I wanted to get this up earlier, but between helping the 'rents with a barbecue and some truly horrendously time-sucking video difficulties, that just didn't work out. But all of these are still excellent reading(/watching/etc), so check 'em out.

Publishers Weekly got to interview mangaka Yoshihiro Tatsumi discussing his highly-acclaimedmanga memoir A Drifting Life, and I'm thoroughly jealous. If you have'nt checked out the book, at least check out the interview-- it'll probably make you want to go out and buy it.

On a more fun front, Topless robot has the top 10 reasons why Star Blazers / Space Cruiser Yamato is unbelievably awesome. Oldbies already know them all, but some of you young'uns might want to at least know why you should watch the show, even if most of you probably won't be getting around to it between episodes of K-On! and Fullmetal Alchemist.

The Yomiuri puts the spotlight on The Quest For The Missing Girl, Jiro Taniguchi's unique manga about a man named Shiga who, at the request of a widow, goes to try and find the woma'ns daughter, a former straight-A student who ran away, presumably to become essentially a callgirl in Shibuya. Another off-the-beaten-path manga you might consider spending your hard-earned money on.

VIZ manga editor Shaenen Garrity has been reporting on her recent trip to Japan, and the latest piece of the saga includes a trip to the Ghibli Museum, with a lot of waxing nostalgia about Miyazaki. It's always good to appreciate creators like Miyazaki now, because as Garrity points out, someday he, too, will be gone.

Speaking of appreciation and museums, Vice user DJTyrant checked out the recent Anime! High Art – Pop Culture exhibit at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Since you may have already seen blogs about the Ghibli museum, you should definitely check out his writeup of this less famous (andmore temporary) exhibition.

And finally, TokyoMango spotlights a cool little movie called Big Dreams, Little Tokyo, which is about a group of Japanophiles (one of whom is actually Japanese!). I haven't watched it myself, but it sounds really fun, so I'd like to. Any of you guys seen it? If so, share in the comments!

HOMEWORK

Aside from Hayao Miyazaki, who do you think are the “big names” in anime and manga in recent years whose fame and works will carry on after death?
Kuroon May 26, 2009 at 5:23 a.m.
Satoshi Kon, Shinichiro Watanabe, Naoki Urasawa, Clamp, Katsuhiro Otomo, Akira Toriyama, Eichiro Oda, Monkey Punch, Fujio Fujisawa,  maybe Mamoru Oshii, the already in affect Osamu Tezuka, someday Makoto Shinkai, Leiji Matsumoto, Hideaki Anno, Vic Mignona.
Schwindelmagieron May 26, 2009 at 5:46 a.m.
Hmm...how about Kinoko Nasu and Takashi Takeuchi? The co-founders of Type-Moon. Surely their works are indeed going to be memorable, if not already.
Count_Zeroon May 26, 2009 at 10:17 a.m.
I'll add Yoshiyuke Tomino (if only because Bandai will never stop putting out Gundam stuff).

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