The Flintstone's in Anime

Marisa Gladstone · 01/25/11 03:05PM

Pebbles and Bam Bam look much older and are way more mature in this Japanese ad from 1986.

Here's a Japanese Concert That Stars an Anime Hologram

Matt Cherette · 11/09/10 02:55PM

Japan isn't exactly known for being normal, we know this. But did you ever think you'd see a concert—attended by thousands of screaming fans—that starred an anime-like hologram? Whether you did or not, here it is. Watch inside.

Japanese Shrine Besieged by Young Men in Drag

Sheila · 07/30/08 10:00AM

"Then last summer, priests started noticing a new kind of visitor. Young men, some clad in miniskirts, stockings and pastel-colored wigs, were lining up for photos at the shrine's vermilion gate." Don't worry, they're just perfectly normal cosplaying fans of the anime show Lucky Star. [WSJ]

Christina Ricci Has Turned Into Anime

Richard Lawson · 04/16/08 03:41PM

Christina Ricci is on the cover of this month's BlackBook magazine, talking about her role in the upcoming weirdo futuristic kind-of-cartoony live action Wachowski brothers-directed action zoom zoom anime car movie jam Speed Racer. And look at her! In the car! With the little bob haircut and purple bathing costume! She's come a long way from Casper. Click through for larger image and a Speed Racer trailer. [Image via Splash]

Japanese Nerds Getting Co-Opted Just Like American Nerds

Nick Douglas · 04/03/08 05:29PM

In America, nerdiness went mainstream a few years ago, with everyone reading Harry Potter and playing video games and using social networks and wearing polyester shirts until "nerd," formerly a stigmatized subculture, was just another dimension of normal personality. (This has already been covered to death in a million magazine pieces, right? 'Cause if not I need to e-mail the New Yorker.) Anyway the same thing happened in Japan, says writer John Lichman in his obituary for "otaku". The term "was the equivalent of saying 'nerd,'" he says, "but with even darker intent." Otaku were outcasts. But in Japan too, their obsessions (anime, video games, quietly nursed unrequited crushes) became mainstream. And it's partly our fault!