Anime Central Announces Helen McCarthy as Guest

Anime Central has announced that Helen McCarthy will be a guest at at this year’s event.

McCarthy has been researching and writing about Japanese popular culture since 1981. After a decade hearing that there was “no interest in that sort of thing” she founded a magazine, Anime UK, to disprove the claim. Her first book was published just over a year later, and she’s been writing about anime, manga and Japan ever since. These include a biography of Osamu Tezuka, two drawing manuals, and co-authorship of The Anime Encyclopedia.

Anime Central will be taking place at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare and Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Illinois from May 17-19, 2019.

Ohayocon Announces Guests for Its 2015 Convention

Ohayocon has announced the anime guests for its next convention:

  • Chris Ayres: Voice actor whose credits include Dragon Ball Z Kai, Gantz, Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt, and Birdy the Mighty: Decode.
  • Greg Ayres: Voice actor whose credits include Deadman Wonderland, Samurai 7, Another, and Free! Eternal Summer.
  • Rob Mungle: Voice actor whose credits include Angel Beats!, One Piece, Bodacious Space Pirates, and Excel Saga.
  • Brad Swaile: Voice actor whose credits include Ranma 1/2, Death Note, Dragon Ball Z, and Black Lagoon.
  • Jessica Calvello: Voice actor whose credits include Attack on Titan, Girls und Panzer, Fairy Tail the Movie: Phoenix Priestess, and Ikki Tousen.
  • Josh Grelle: Voice actor whose credits include Gatchaman, Attack on Titan, Kenichi: The Mightiest Disciple, and Free! Eternal Summer.
  • Jerry Jewell: Voice actor whose credits include Fruits Basket, Case Closed, Fullmetal Alchemist, Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, and Hetalia – Axis Powers.
  • Gregory Houser: Voice actor whose credits include Ikki Tousen, One Piece, Shiki, and Tales of Vesperia.
  • Michele Knotz: Voice actor whose credits include Pokémon, Ikki Tousen, Genshiken, and To Heart.
  • Shin Kurokawa: A co-founding member of AnimEigo, a company that released such anime titles as Bubblegum Crisis, Oh! My Goddess, Kimagure Orange Road, You’re Under Arrest, Urusei Yatsura, and The Super Dimensional Fortress Macross.
  • Cynthia Martinez: Voice actor whose credits include Slayers, Kino’s Journey, RahXephon, Martian Successor Nadesico, and Voices of a Distant Star.
  • David Matranga: Voice actor whose credits include Attack on Titan, Appleseed, 5 cm per Second, and Clannad.
  • Helen McCarthy: Writer who researched and curated the first ever anime programme at a British convention at Eastcon 90. She also founded and edited the first regular anime newsletter in Britain, Anime UK, in 1990. McCarthy also wrote the first book in English dedicated to Japanese animation in 1993, co-authored the first book on an anime genre in 1998, and wrote the first book on a single anime director in 1990. She also co-authored The Anime Encyclopedia in 2001.
  • Carli Mosier: Voice actor whose credits include Mythical Detective Loki Ragnarok, Godannar, Mermaid Melody: Pichi Pichi Pitch, and Magikano.
  • Xero Reynolds: Voice actor whose credits include Gantz, Gatchaman, Elfen Lied, and The Super Dimensional Fortress Macross.
  • Bill Rogers: Voice actor whose credits include His and Her Circumstances, Queen’s Blade, Ikki Tousen, and Gravitation.

Ohayocon will be taking place January 30-February 1, 2015 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center and The Hyatt Regency Columbus in Columbus, Ohio.

3rd Revised Edition of The Anime Encyclopedia Coming Soon

Stone Bridge Press is set to release Jonathan Clements and Helen McCarthy’s The Anime Encyclopeda 3rd Revised Edition as an eBook in December 2014, followed by a print edition in 2015.

Stone Bridge Press explains this new edition with:

“Responding to the ever-growing interest in Japan’s most well known cultural export, anime and manga experts Jonathan Clements and Helen McCarthy created this landmark reference, packed with information on 100 years of Japanese animation, its practitioners and products, as well as incisive thematic entries on anime history and culture.

Over 1,000 new entries . . . over 4,000 updates and corrections . . . over 1 million words . . . plus countless old arguments ended (and new ones begun!). . . . This third edition of The Anime Encyclopedia brings the landmark reference work up to date with six additional years of information on Japanese animation, its practitioners and products, as well as incisive thematic entries on anime history and culture. More than just generic listings, these reviews have snark, intelligence, and a discerning point of view. Data-obsessed fans will benefit from the extensive credits, online links, and cross-references, and parents and librarians will appreciate the content advisories.”

Source: Crunchyroll

Anime Book Review: Hayao Miyazaki: Master of Japanese Animation

Hayao Miyazaki: Master of Japanese Animation is a book written by Helen McCarthy, and it was published in 1999. The book contains a preface, a note to readers, captions for the photos on the color pages, nine chapters, a filmography, notes, and a bibliography. Ms. McCarthy mentions in the preface that she had the opportunity to go to Japan to tour Studio Ghibli and to interview Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli producer Toshio Suzuki.

Hayao Miyazaki: Master of Japanese Animation
Written by: Helen McCarthy
Publisher: Stone Bridge Press
Release Date: September 1, 1999

The first chapter of the book talks about Hayao Miyazaki, and also provides a basic guide about animation techniques. The next seven chapters are devoted to the films that Miyazaki had directed up to the point the book was published: Castle of Cagliostro, Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind, Castle in the Sky, My Neighbor Totoro, Kiki’s Delivery Service, Porco Rosso, and Princess Mononoke. The final chapter of the book talks about the merchandising done for Miyazaki’s work, as well as the “On Your Mark” music video he worked on, and other projects he worked on.

For the chapters about the films Miyazaki directed, they are broken up into five sections: Origins, Art and Technique, The Characters, The Story, and Commentary. It should be noted that in the section labeled, “The Story,” Ms. McCarthy includes spoilers about the endings of each of the films that are talked about in the book. Each chapter has images included to help illustrate Ms. McCarthy’s text.

I have to admit that prior to this book, the only previous knowledge I had of Ms. McCarthy was the fact that she was a co-author on The Anime Encyclopedia. And since I really hadn’t cared much for the tone in The Anime Encyclopedia, I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect out of this book. I was pleasantly surprised to see that the tone of this book is nothing like what appears in The Anime Encyclopedia. Ms. McCarthy imparts the knowledge she has of Miyazaki and his work with authority, but in a way that doesn’t come across as snarky or talking down to the reader.

Hayao Miyazaki: Master of Japanese Animation is a well-written book, and is easy for a more casual anime fan to follow. I would have to say that if I had to recommend a book for someone to read to learn more about Hayao Miyazaki and his work, I would point someone to this book over The Anime Art of Hayao Miyazaki. While this book may be missing the films that Miyazaki worked on after Princess Mononoke, this volume still gives you a good feel and understanding for Miyazaki and the themes that he puts forth in his work. Personally, I think this book should be part of any anime fan’s collection.

In wrote this review after reading a copy of Hayao Miyazaki: Master of Japanese Animation that I checked out through the King County Library System.