Anime Primer: Chihayafuru

“Naniwazuni Sakuyakonohana Fuyugomori Imawoharubeto Sakuyakonohana…” Stillness and silence but for the recital of the first half of an 800-year old poem intoned in a sing-song chant. An explosion of movement, and then all is still once again, until the next verse is...

Review, “Pilot” episode of Elementary

Review: Robert Doherty, Writer.  “Pilot.”  Elementary.  Directed by Michael Cuesta.  Originally broadcast on 27 September 2012.  Los Angeles: CBS Television Studios, 2012. Sherlock Holmes reenters the American canon of detective fiction in the new series Elementary. ...

Kimono: Modern Art for Modern Life

The following item was originally published on 7 September 2012 on Helen McCarthy: A Face Made for Radio and is republished here with the kind permission of the author. Yuko Omori doesn’t want kimono to die out. The fashion stylist and TV costume designer has launched...

Anime Primer: Sword Art Online

What would you do if you suddenly discovered that your favorite video game – normally an avenue for escapism and cathartic release – had real-world consequences for each of your actions? What if it’s your own life on the line, and if you die in-game, your real life is...