Polypunk 22, for a rainy day.
Marxy has talked in the past about the launch this year of a new site that would mark the next phase of his online writings, and now’s the time to find out what he was talking about: Neojaponisme is live. To find out more about the site, start with the manifesto. More content will soon follow, with the site set to include pieces from a variety of contributors. Props to Marxy, founder and chief editor, for all the hard work in bringing this together, and Ian Lynam, art director and art/design editor, for the site design. My involvement is as design/culture editor, and so expect to see stuff from me on a regular basis.
What you see here is a timelapse video shot by Michael Thorsby (PMKFA) last week (August 25) during the “Remember Le Corbusier” installation/atelier, presented as part of the current Le Corbusier retrospective at the Mori Art Museum, and produced by Tremors Were Forever (Assistant, Item Idem, and Loris Greaud).
Momus points us — accompanied by commentary, of course — to “The Japanese Tradition,” a series of nine shorts, available on DVD, by comedy duo Rahmenz (you may better know them as the duo in the Japanese “PC/Mac” commercials from Apple) and Japan Culture Lab. To view all of them, just go to the YouTube page of the one I’ve posted, and look through the “Related Videos” sidebar.
Tokyo-based designer Bianca Beuttel continues her series on Japanese package design for PingMag, this time with a focus on the beautiful and fancy. All the great photos included in the article were shot by Bianca as well.
Great, great news! Naoki Urasawa’s 20TH CENTURY BOYS is going to be made into an animated series, set to debut early next year. There’s even a small promo on the official site. The anime adaptation of MONSTER ended up being one of the last great series I’ve followed, and even though I’ve read all of 20TH CENTURY BOYS (up to the latest volume), I’m still very much looking forward to this. Via Twitch.
Update: Twitch is now reporting that it won’t be an animated TV series, but rather a live-action film. Somehow, this doesn’t excite me as much, I would have preferred an epic (70+ episodes) show, like MONSTER.
How popular is the new Evangelion remake movie (first of 4), EVANGELION: 1.0 YOU ARE [NOT] ALONE, which debuted yesterday? According to Anime News Network, the movie “played to standing-room-only audiences in Tokyo-area theaters from morning to evening.” Also, the film included a preview of the second episode, which showed new EVA designs, and a new character.