Move over, Shakespeare! Here comes Barefoot Gen!

From Anime Corporation

You want art films? Forget King Lear!

The British Museum will be launching a film series on September 7, entitled “Late Night Manga to Anime”, which will feature such anime as Akira, Barefoot Gen, Phoenix 2772 and They Were Eleven. More information can be found here.

The Premiere Japan 07 festival (September 16) will be screening the anime movie Nitaboh. More information can be found here.

The Japan Foundation will also be hosting an open-lecture on October 24 regarding the history of anime and Japanese science fiction. More information here.

Ray’s Take: I can picture the animators in Japan having an evil laugh, saying: “We ARE taking over the cultural world! Just try to stop us , Mr. Bond!” Har, har, har, har, har!

2 thoughts on “Move over, Shakespeare! Here comes Barefoot Gen!”

  1. >>> Ray’s Take: I can picture the animators in Japan having an evil laugh, saying: “We ARE taking over the cultural world! Just try top stop us , Mr. Bond!” Har, har, har, har, har!

    My response would be “One Hundred years premature.” In order for anime and mange to establish cultural heritage that can begin to be compared with British Literature, it needs sustained output of quality products for at least 50 more years. The problem is, rise of new entertainment venues and technological progress may make manga and anime obsolete within 30 years.

  2. maglor – Mostly agreed with the first part of the comment. Although the Japanese culture has developed for a long time and all the stuff accumulated has given birth to all the modern stuff including anime. But still, I mostly agree with you.
    As for the problem – movies haven’t been replaced with anything since its birth and I don’t know though I’m not so sure that anime and manga (especially manga) will be obsolete in such a short period of time.

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