Mamoru Hosoda’s ‘Really, Really Fun’ Anime

Anime is a visually delightful, if sometimes baffling animation genre, an exemplar of Japanese pop culture. And it’s more than just Pokemon. Anime feature films have gained audiences on the international festival and art house circuits. One of the most admired younger anime directors receives lavish treatment in the new coffee table book, The Man … Read more

Artbook Examines Career of Anime Director Mamoru Hosoda: Gallery

Image: Studio Chizu From The Girl Who Leapt Through Time to Belle, from Summer Wars to Wolf Children, Studio Chizu co-founder Mamoru Hosoda has crafted some stunning animated movies in his long career. Now, a new artbook takes a look at the process behind bringing those movies to life. io9 has got a look inside … Read more

Why Naruto has a western appearance despite being a Japanese Ninja, explained

Ever since the show made its debut, Naruto has become one of the most well-known shonen anime characters to be a topic of discussion among fans. However, one thing that seems to have confused them is the character’s appearance in the show. We are talking about an anime whose world-building revolves around shinobis, so naturally, … Read more

Naruto Animator Explores the Origins of Sasuke x Sakura in Cute Comic

One of the biggest couples in the Naruto franchise is Sasuke Uchiha and Sakura Haruno. With the two members of Team 7 destined to start a family together, as their daughter Sarada continues their legacy as the leader of the new Team 7, one animator for the Shonen franchise has imagined the moment wherein the … Read more

Naruto Cosplay Buffs Up Rock Lee

Rock Lee might not be a current part of Boruto: Naruto Next Generations, but the ninja remains a beloved figure in the history of the Shonen franchise. First leaving his mark thanks to his legendary battle with the Sand Ninja, Gaara, the young ninja focused more on improving his physical attributes than on learning jutsus. … Read more