Shinbun Saturday: A Campaign to Bring a Classic WWII Manga to Schools
Earlier this week, Last Gasp Books launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund a hardcover edition of Barefoot Gen by Keiji Nazakawa. The aim is to raise $36,000 in order to print 4,000 copies to be distributed to schools and libraries. Based on the mangaka’s real-life experiences, the classic manga covers the end of World War II and the aftermath of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima. August 6th marked the 70th anniversary of the bombing.
Another famed director criticizes Japanese constitution reinterpretation
Last month, Hayao Miyazaki criticized Prime Minister Abe’s intentions to revise the Japanese constitution to allow militarization. Studio Ghibli co-founder Isao Takahata added his voice to the concerns in a recent lecture. Takahata is best known for directing the anime classic, Grave of the Fireflies, which tells the story of two young siblings struggling to survive in the final months of World War II.
CLAMP puts xxxHOLiC: Rei on hiatus
In a move that surprises no CLAMP fan, the manga team is putting the series on another hiatus. Yes, another one. The xxxHOLiC sequel originally went on hiatus in July 2014 before resuming in April earlier this year. Then, it went on a hiatus in June. This makes the third one. Long-time readers of CLAMP’s work are familiar with this behavior pattern, but it never gets any easier.