I’m ready for my close-up: The current state of anime

Alex Fitch interviews Helen McCarthy, author of ‘Hayao Miyazaki – Master of Japanese Animation’, ‘500 Manga heroes and villains’ and co-author of ‘The Anime encyclopedia’ about the season of Japanese animated films she’s curated at the Barbican which coincides with the 90th anniversary of the medium. The season continues this month with a sold-out screening of Satoshi Kon’s new film Paprika, so Alex and Helen talk about the director as well as the work of his predecessors and contemporaries such as Miyazaki and Ôtomo plus the continuing influence of manga artist Osamu Tezuka.
Originally broadcast 10th May, 2007 (mp3 format, 28.7mb)

Links: If you want to queue for returns, here’s info on the Barbican Japanimation season… …plus next month’s ‘Animate the World’ season
Wikipedia pages on Satoshi Kon, Hayao Miyazaki, Katsuhiro ÅŒtomo, Osamu Tezuka and anime in general
For the latest Anime news, why not check out otakunews.com
Buy 500 Manga Heroes and Villains and The Anime Encyclopedia: A Guide to Japanese Animation Since 1917 from amazon.com
For more info and a selection of different file formats you can download or stream, please visit the home of this episode at www.archive.com