Endearing, enduring anime ‘Trigun’ turns 20

What do you get when you mix science fiction and westerns with a Japanese spin? You get Trigun. It’s the tale of Vash the Stampede, a not-so-lone gunman on the planet Gunsmoke, who has taken a vow to never kill anyone. Vash aimlessly wanders through the first half of the series and then, in the second half, finds himself in, not a life-and-death struggle for … Continue reading Endearing, enduring anime ‘Trigun’ turns 20

‘Outlaw Star’ blasts away most successors

On Jan. 8, 1998, Outlaw Star debuted in Japan. About two years or so later, it would make its way to America where it was almost an instant hit for the Cartoon Network, which was looking to fill its schedule by squeezing anime into its Toonami block. About five or six years after its Toonami debut, I’m not exactly sure, a friend and I watched … Continue reading ‘Outlaw Star’ blasts away most successors

.hack//Sign brings human approach to anime

.hack//Sign is one of those animes which you can watch as an adult and not feel like you’re indulging an immature guilty pleasure. Released in 2002, this anime series is one of the few that you can call rather mature (for an cartoon) and possibly profound. By “mature,” I don’t mean lots of nudity and violence. Instead, I mean the themes and restraint the series … Continue reading .hack//Sign brings human approach to anime

Birthrates in Japan and industrialized nations going down, but why?

By now, most people who keep up with global demographics knows that birthrates are going down. This is a trend reflected worldwide, with even developing countries seeing a decline as their economies improve and access to contraceptives increase. Japan has seen itself become the face of that trend. With a rate of 1.4 children per woman, Japan’s birthrate is very low, though not the lowest. … Continue reading Birthrates in Japan and industrialized nations going down, but why?