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Apr 5 9 tweets 5 min read
🧵Here's a great example of why you shouldn't always go by Western sources on non Western subjects

Eng Wikipedia page: Yoshitoshi was the last Ukyo-e master. The art died with him😔

JPN Wikipedia page: Yoshitoshi had over a dozen notable protegés with their own Wiki entries 😃

🧵The Western take on Yoshitoshi is that he was a tragic figure waging a lone war against industrialization and modernization. A war that he lost and thus the traditions he championed died with him. It's a romantic notion that also satisfies tons of biases.
Mar 16, 2023 13 tweets 5 min read
1. Manga has been more popular than Marvel or DC comics in the west for decades now

2. Marvel & DC =/= All American comics. Dog Man is one of the best selling books (not just comics) in the US. Americans definitely still enjoy reading American comics! In fact, there have been times where Dog Man has been the #1 best selling book in the US overall!
Mar 14, 2023 10 tweets 4 min read
Listening to this nice piece on the film "Living" and how the author, British novelist Kazuo Ishiguro was inspired by the Akira Kurosawa film "Ikiru," an internationally beloved classic whose title means "To Live."… The piece drops the ball at the end tho, when the narrator says that the film "is not just a remake" and they have a Brit critic that goes "'Ikiru,' by Kurosawa, seems to be a film about Japan, 'Living,' by Ishiguro and his colleagues. seems to me a film about humanity"

Like WTF
Mar 14, 2023 9 tweets 4 min read
Western Samurai movies: We must preserve our honor above all else. Honor is everything (#honor)

Japanese Samurai Movies: What I'm saying is Westerns were already the Samurai movies of the west
Mar 13, 2023 4 tweets 2 min read
Sometimes I think about when Hail To The Thief dropped & this one music critic called it pretentious pap saying Thom Yorke simply screams the words "PENETRATION" over and over in 2+2=5. But the actual lyrics are "we are not even PAYING ATTENTION" lol
Oh man this album rules. It brings back so many TERRIBLE MEMORIES lol. But in a good way!
Mar 13, 2023 13 tweets 8 min read
I'm overdo for a food post! I hit up some nice places in Chiang Mai recently. #ArtEaterEats Dirty Mocha from ... Google Maps has them listed as "Cutlater Cafe" but I could swear they had a Japanese sounding name. Probably rebranded without updating google. Anyhow it was a very good cup of coffee and a beautiful cafe!

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Mar 8, 2023 6 tweets 3 min read
I think it's beautiful how manga evolved in a way that rendered overly prescriptive age/gender/orientation based genre labels essentially meaningless. It's WONDERFUL that Crayon Shin Chan is "seinen" (for men) and Fist of the North Star is "shonen" (for boys). And no, we don't need to "fix" that. It's better when the labels don't actually matter cos you can focus more on the content that way
Mar 7, 2023 5 tweets 3 min read
It doesn't matter if Michael B Jordan didn't know that the classic cross counter shot in manga/anime came from Ashita no Joe. What matters is that he felt that punch in his heart and passed it down the line undiluted. Also odds are that he has intimate awareness of Ashita No Joe, but it's easier for him to mention DBZ and Naruto in interviews. Also clearly Naruto is his fav and he's being true to his heart.
Mar 7, 2023 4 tweets 3 min read
April was originally conceived as an Asian woman. Laird drew her as white. Eastman probably thought of her as biracial (half white half black) like his girlfriend of the time (and future ex wife) who the character was named after.
#TMNTMutantMayhem #TMNT April O'Neil's ethnicity shifted a lot from the beginning. Early TMNT fans will recall that they also turned Baxter Stockman from Black to Caucasian for the TV show. Personally, I don't think ethnicity is core to most of the TMNT characters outside of Splinter and Shredder.
Mar 6, 2023 9 tweets 6 min read
Faust was originally Dr. Baldhead in the very first Guilty Gear and I'm not quite sure how to explain this to a Western audience, but he somehow really did clearly read as a giant Chinese surgeon to an Asian audience. Image Dr Baldhead reads as a Chinese coded character the same way Citan from Xenogears also does. They are wearing Chinese (not Japanese) clothes and somehow the circular glasses help convey that they're learned doctors (traditional Chinese medicine has been long practiced across Asia) ImageImageImage
Mar 6, 2023 4 tweets 2 min read
Really refreshing article from Computer Gaming World (Nov 1990) where the writer heaps praises on Japanese RPGs on consoles. Interestingly, they still refer to them as CRPGs. The "C" in "CRPG" stands for "computer." This was standard at the time to distinguish videogame RPGs from traditional pen and paper tabletop RPGs. But notice how the writer for a computer gaming magazines didn't feel a need to distinguish computer vs console or east vs west. Image
Mar 6, 2023 4 tweets 3 min read
Supersize Me was terrible. If you want to see a great, legit documentary on the bizarre industrialization of food in America, please watch King Corn instead. It's far less obnoxious and far more insightful and interesting. Full thing is on YouTube:
King Corn opens up with the main 2 filmmakers getting an ,"isotopic analysis" of their hair (a record of what we eat) which determined that over 50% of the carbon in their bodies was derived from corn, almost all of it indirect through corn syrups and corn fed meats! Image
Mar 3, 2023 5 tweets 2 min read
This is the most detailed yet concise explanation of why Japanese animator salaries always remain low no matter how much the industry grows. Straight from Toshio Okada, cofounder and former president of Gainax and a legend in the field. Must watch if you care about this issue. TLDR: production committees collude to cap budgets so they can remain in control of productions. Even when they get big cash injections from the outside, those don't increase budgets, instead they fund new productions with the same capped budgets.
Feb 28, 2023 7 tweets 2 min read
I feel like not enough people are aware of this. This is really important to remember whenever someone is trying to sell you on these platforms and their viability. Like those guys that recently ripped off Vampire Hunter D. The purpose of that is to convince people to pay them for their lessons on how to make "AI" animations.
Feb 26, 2023 7 tweets 3 min read
"Wow, where do they get all their crazy ideas??" Image Seriously though, this was an incredible blow to Japanese pop culture. I'm not sure if videogames have fully recovered from this yet. Image
Feb 26, 2023 5 tweets 2 min read
Alright, got a bunch of new followers today! FYI I have a website where I write about art, animation, videogames, comics, all that beautiful stuff!
We also have a podcast (@ArtEaterPodcast)! Check it out!
Feb 26, 2023 4 tweets 2 min read
I just want to point something out as an employer of dozens of artists. I have never hired someone for their follower count and never will. I have however discovered talented artists online who I then hired or paid money to for their time. Quality matters MUCH MORE than quantity. Go ahead and do fan art if you want tho! Even if it's purely for engagement or pay. That's fine too! Just know that pure numbers are not as important as quality supporters who actually care about your work. Some of the greatest artists on Twitter have less than 10k followers!
Feb 26, 2023 14 tweets 3 min read
When people say that "AI art will empower artists" this is what they mean. This tech takes individualistic voices honed by a lifetime of real experiences and reduces them to a party trick. All expression is just grist for the mill of "content." Is this the future you want? I'm not even talking about legality or ethics. Just speaking purely selfishly, think about all the art/music/literature/etc that you enjoy. Do you want it all to be drowned out by endless derivative variations made with no effort? Whose only goal is to get clicks?
Feb 20, 2023 8 tweets 4 min read
This is spot on and goes way deeper than you might think. It's all about "neoteny," the retention of juvenile features (looks and behavior) in an adult animal. Humans tend to like cute things. What makes something cute? A resemblance to babies! When it comes to pets, humans select for neoteny! Image
Jan 8, 2023 5 tweets 3 min read
I repeat: TATSUYA YOSHIKAWA IS ON TWITTER. And he's dropping gems!!! In case you didnt know, Tatsuya Yoshikawa is one of the greatest game artists of all time. And now you can follow him on Twitter here @0t0_Yoshikawa!

See his credits here:…
Jan 7, 2023 9 tweets 5 min read
The Hobbit with Studio Ghibli art style 🤩🌿 ImageImageImageImage Explaining the joke: I keep seeing people share "AI" generated images of Ghibli x Lord of the Rings. But the thing is, this actually already exists. Ghibli was founded by animators from Topcraft, who animated The Hobbit (1977) for Rankin Bass. They did a beautiful job!