meta: Creators

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2017


Katushiro Ōtomo Won't Look Back, Can't Look Back
The creator of 'AKIRA' is more interested in other things now. Good for him -- and most any creator ought to know what that feels like from the inside
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'Miss Hokusai': An Incomplete Portrait
With a potentially fascinating story about the daughter of the fabled artist Hokusai and some beautiful production design, it's a shame this unfocused and aimless film isn't better
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2015


Finishing Someone Else's Work
When does it make sense to have others continue work left unfinished by the creator's death, and when is it best to just leave well enough alone?
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2014


If These Be The Last Days Of Studio Ghibli ...
... then at least let the industry learn the right things from its passing
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Why Miyazaki's 'Otaku' Problem Is Everyone's Problem
A creative industry shouldn't be led by its own least common denominator of taste
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2013


Why There Will Be No 'Next Miyazaki'
It's a mistake to use Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli as a yardstick for other anime creators -- and not despite their greatness, but because of it
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Cheap Thrills Or Lofty Boredom?
How a 'good-bad' movie (and a 'bad-good' one) changed my thinking about Makoto Shinkai, 'Tekken: Blood Vengeance', and my own critical standards
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