Yesterday we posted about an illustration by Yu-Gi-Oh! creator Kazuki Takahashi that urged readers to vote while expressing frustration with Japan’s current government. With an election right around the corner on July 21, Takahashi likely thought he had his heart in the right place, but fans felt he crossed a line when using his popular characters to make such an overt political statement.
While fans acknowledged Takahashi’s right to freedom of speech, many of them didn’t take too kindly to phrases like “selling out the country” and “dictatorship” being put in the mouths of Yugi and the Dark Magicians. Thus, Takahashi has since issued an apology.
Here’s what he said in response:
“It seems I’ve caused some trouble. After taking various points of view into account, I would like to offer a deep apology to all fans for having the characters make political proclamations.”
Twenty-five years later, and the lessons from Pom Poko continues to ring true. It’s a harsh look at the damage that humanity can do to its environment, wrapped up in the comical antics of shapeshifting raccoons. It leaves you feeling complicated, disappointed, but also more aware. It may have a different flavor than most Ghibli films, but it’s still a strong one, and it urges you to not look away.What do you remember most about Pom Poko? Let us know in the comments!
When I was young, I spent a lot of time watching animated movies on video, and it was especially easy to find new titles from the small Japanese video store a few blocks away from my house. Ever since my father had brought home My Neighbor Totoro, I was enchanted with Studio Ghibli, and I wanted to watch everything that they’d put out so far. The Ghibli ga Ippai Collection had just been released, so I could stock up on titles, with one of those titles being Pom Poko. I remember sitting down, expecting to see something in the vein of Laputa: Castle in the Sky or Kiki’s Delivery Service and getting something far different.
I enjoyed the movie, no question about it, but it didn’t make me feel good the way the other Ghibli films did. It didn’t make me feel miserable (that honor would go straight to Dog of the Flanders) but I didn’t experience the magical feeling of wonder that usually comes from finishing a Ghibli film. It was overall a very perplexing experience. It’s been 25 years since the movie’s release, and now that I’m an adult that …read more
Becky Lynch’s reign as Raw Women’s Champion remained intact on Sunday night after she and Seth Rollins successfully defeated Baron Corbin and Lacey Evans in a Last Chance Winner Take All Mixed Tag Team Extreme Rules match at Extreme Rules. Lynch had been feuding with Evans ever since she won both of the women’s titles … …read more
Let the Straw Hat Pirates preserve your hearing at concerts, block out your roommate’s snoring, or help you catch some Z’s on a flight!
A limited-time collaboration between One Piece and Silencia ear plugs features piratical branding. Each package contains two pairs of foam ear plugs, each with a Straw Hat logo on the outer side, and a small plastic carry case with character logos scattered across it. Even when you’re done with the ear plugs themselves, the case is great for keeping spares in.
The set will go on sale for 648 yen on July 20.
Kara Dennison is a writer, editor, and interviewer with bylines at VRV, We Are Cult, Fanbyte, and many more. She is also the co-founder of Altrix Books and co-creator of the OEL light novel series Owl’s Flower. Kara blogs at karadennison.com and tweets @RubyCosmos.
The Florida Department of Health in Orange County issued a 60-day rabies alert after a feral cat in the area of Walt Disney World’s Epcot theme park tested positive for rabies, TIME reports.The alert, which extends for a two-mile radius of Epcot park, was issued after the cat was discovered in an office building’s parking … …read more
There is no getting around it: Chick-Fil-A is popular, with their signature chicken sandwiches inspiring not only fans to dress up in cow-related garb in order to snag a free sandwich earlier this week, but also to spend their hard-earned money there regularly, making the fast food chain continue to grow and gather market share … …read more
Whether you like it or not, anime is coming to Hollywood. As the medium continues to grow more popular by the day, execs in Los Angeles are starting to put their money in the pockets of manga artists abroad. It wasn’t too long ago that My Hero Academia was optioned for a live-action film, but … …read more
Mark today on your calendar, as reporter and podcast host Josh Horowitz is pretty sure that July 9, 2019, is the day Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice star Jesse Eisenberg finally learned that there is not going to be a Justice League Part 2. The movie, which still appears on Eisenberg’s IMDb page, was … …read more
IDW Publishing announced on Monday that Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #95 has sold out and been sent back to press for a second printing. IDW’s Turtles series has been solid for years, but the special interest in #95 can be attributed to the surprise transformation of one of the book’s characters. SPOILERS for Teenage Mutant … …read more
Stan Lee was well known for his cameos in the Marvel Cinematic Universe films. One of his most memorable came in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. where he appears on a planetoid surrounded by Watchers.That moment is captured in the new 1/6th scale collectible figure created by Hot Toys. The Toy Fair Exclusive collectible … …read more