Saturday Morning Cartoons: The Token Foreigner, Part 1 – The Portrayal of Non-Japanese Characters in Anime

As I have probably mentioned before in previous articles, I live in Japan. I am originally from America, but came to Japan to work as an assistant English teacher. Living in Japan has been great, and I truly enjoy it here, but I would be lying if I said there weren’t downsides to being one…

The Tuesday Zone: ‘Ida’ (2013)

Take a second, relax, and breathe. How often do you really get to do that, nowadays? Obviously, that answer is different for everyone, but when it comes to the cinema—well, most wide-release movies don’t give you that opportunity. The plot needs to push forward, the characters need to have arcs, the lighting needs to hide the…