Slam Dunk Creator Gets Interviewed By CNN

“If you have lively characters, they will make the story themselves.”

Takehiko Inoue

One of the most loved anime and manga franchise that hit the 90’s was Slam Dunk (スラムダンク). Behind that great title, as well as for Vagabond and Real, is a man called Takehiko Inoue (井上雄彦). Leading news channel CNN interviewed Inoue in their Human to Hero series. In the interview, Inoue shared how he creates his characters, his inspiration for Slam Dunk and the important matters he considers in his work. Keep Reading

Utada Hikaru Sings Evangelion 3.0 Theme

Famous Japanese singer Utada Hikaru (宇多田 ヒカル) is back and this time, she’s providing the theme song for the most awaited Evangelion movie, Evangelion: 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo (ヱヴァンゲリヲン新劇場版:Q Quickening).

Utada’s single entitled Sakura Nagashi (桜流し) was used as the latest Evangelion movie’s theme. The song lasts for nearly 5 minutes and is the first song since the singer’s November 2010 song, Goodbye Happiness. Utada came back to the music scene thanks to an offer made by the movie’s producers, and of course, her love for the anime/manga franchise. Keep Reading

Eiichiro Oda Adds Rurouni Kenshin To His List Of Tributes

You may have probably known Eiichiro Oda (尾田 栄一郎) because of the hit anime/manga franchise, One Piece (ワンピース). What you may have probably missed out is the fact that Oda, 37, once worked as an assistant for Nobuhiro Watsuki (和月 伸宏) who was working on Rurouni Kenshin (るろうに剣心) at that time. The then 19-year-old Oda inspired and was credited for the creation of Rurouni Kenshin antagonist, Kamatari Honjo (本条 鎌足). Recently, Oda created a Rurouni Kenshin tribute that was not entirely received well with the fans. Keep Reading

Early Osamu Tezuka Manga Discovered Through An Old Middle School Classmate

The Godfather of Anime and the God of Manga, Osamu Tezuka (手塚 治虫), has introduced us to anime and manga. While Astro Boy (鉄腕アトム), Black Jack (ブラック・ジャック) and Kimba the White Lion (ジャングル大帝) still entertains us today, the news of an unpublished manga that was created in his late teens swept the nation. The 19-page manga, whose theme was about problems with the society after the Second World War, was found and obtained from his middle-school classmate. Keep Reading

About Masamune Shirow

Ghost in the Shell by Shirow “It found a voice, now it needs a body.”

Masamune Shirow (士郎 正宗) swept the world off its feet with Ghost in the Shell (攻殻機動隊). Some manga and anime fans may only know Masamune Shirow because of Ghost in the Shell, but what else do we know about him? This week, Asgard talks about Masamune Shirow, the man behind the world’s best known cyberpunk-themed anime and manga.

Born on November 23, 1961 in Kobe, Hyogo Prefecture, Japan, Masamune Shirow developed his talent from his father who was also an artist. Keep Reading