Q&A: What makes someone become obsessed and become a stalker? Why is it frowned upon, and is it a product of culture or evolution? [The Quora Coverage]
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The question says it all. Here's more:
I would love to hear from both sides: the victim and the stalker. So I get a broader sense of the situation not as black and white as people and pop culture make it.
stalker[ staw-ker ] noun
1. a person who pursues game, prey, or a person stealthily.
2. a person who harasses another person, as a former lover, a famous person, etc., in an aggressive, often threatening and illegal manner: Hollywood stars often have security guards to keep dangerous stalkers at bay.
Stalking - Criminal activity consisting of the repeated following and harassing of another person. Stalking is a distinctive form of criminal activity composed of a series of actions that taken individually might constitute legal behavior. For example, sending flowers, writing love notes, and waiting for someone outside her place of work are actions that, on their own, are not criminal. When these actions are coupled with intent to instill fear or injury, however, they may constitute a pattern of behavior that is illegal. Though anti-stalking laws are gender neutral, most stalkers are men, and most victims are women.
2017 Most Anticipated Japanese Movies: Blade of the Immortal (Mugen no Junin) - 無限の住人 [Takashi Miike]
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Johnny's perennial idol and superstar Takuya Kimura will be collaborating with Takashi Miike for the first time in the live-action, The Blade of the Immortal. Based on the manga series "Mugen no Junin" by Hiroaki Samura, the movie is about revenge and immortality.
A lot has been said about Takashi Miike state of filmmaking recently. While his previous projects - Thirteen Samurai, Harakiri: Death of a Samurai and Ace Attorney were appreciated by both fans and critics, his more recent films were not. He has been doing movies since 1991, and it seems he's getting tired? Or it has something to do with the creative juices running out?
Natsume's Book of Friends (Natsume Yuujinchou Go) - 夏目友人帳 伍 [First Impressions + Episode 1-6 Review]
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Better late than never! That's how I discover Natsume Yuujinchou, already into its fifth season! Can you believe that! What makes this anime so special is a mix of great storytelling, memorable characters, utterly enchanting music - the complete look and feel that I appreciate for its slow-burn pace and sentimental familiarity. As of this writing, there are already six episodes.
How can Takashi Natsume not be such an interesting character?
Let's see. There are enough literary and film characters that best describe a boy who is different, lonely and an orphan - from Dicken's Oliver Twist to Louise Malle's Julien and Jean in "Au revoir les enfants" to Harry Potter and Luke Skywalker. Like them, Natsume is a selfless kid who goes out of his way to help others - even the youkai who have all the intention of killing him and take the "book of friends."
The Idol Project - A Closer Look at Japan's Most Successful Male Idols [Vol 1, Part 2] A Long Introduction
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Our Idol Project articles are getting a much-needed update, with a focus on Kame, Yuto Nakajima and Ryosuke Yamada coming up soon! In this article, we celebrate the acting careers of Nino, Junichi Okada and a look at Jin Akanishi. The "short introduction" posted much earlier related to this series of articles, is like a litmus test. I mean, the names on the list should "pass" and get the stamp of approval from the idol fans and they did - with flying colors. But we'll get back later to the 10 idols we're putting the spotlight into.
In Part 2 of this series, we'll do a more "detailed" introduction.
1. A Variety of Talents - What it takes to become a Japanese male idol.
2. The "Acting" category - What it takes to become an accomplished movie and drama performer. The case of Kazunari Ninomiya.
3. And the Winner is.... - The Journey of Junichi Okada into the acting "hall of fame" Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor at Japan Academy
4. Fan Service - "The kissing and hugging on the stage is nothing but fan service!"
5. The Rebels - "I got molested, so I am filing a complaint..." "I am already a star, I don't need an agency..."
So you want to be an idol? Sorry, but that is not the question we are going to answer here. Firstly, I'm not an expert, nor am I interested in telling you that "you have what it takes to become a J-pop idol and conquer Japan". Anyway, let's define what a male Japanese idol is.
Ryunosuke Kamiki & 'Your Name' cast explain roles, go on location! + Makoto Shinkai at LA Anime Expo [Video Clip]
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The video clip features Ryunosuke Kamiki as he explains his role in the movie, Kimi No Na Wa (Your Name). There are also portions where he mentioned Makoto Shinkai's previous anime - Five Centimeters Per Second, The Garden of Words.
Kamiki was asked about his thoughts on the animator and replied:
Having seen his films in the past, I was wondering what he, who is talented to create such beautiful animations, would be like. When I met him in person, I saw his gentle and polite manners. He is precise with nuances that he would like to express, and I now respect him more for his smart and clever personality. [ source ]
The quote is from a separate interview, but he has the same reply to the question in the clip above. Plenty of scenes with the actor going on location. Certain portions also feature Shinkai at the Los Angeles Anime Expo as he goes on stage amidst rapturous applause.
Kamiki remains at the forefront of acting in Japan - aside from a "Rookie" won in the Japan Academy Prize, he is one of the few actors with a stronghold on both traditional acting and doing voices. Aside from Kimi no na Wa, he did the voice acting for the main characters in Mamoru Hosoda's Summer Wars and Studio Ghibli's The Secret World of Arrietty.
Makoto Shinkai's Your Name (Kimi No Na Wa) is possible contender for Oscar's Best Animated Feature + Complete List of Anime Contenders!
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Kimi No Na Wa (Your Name) is shortlisted for the Best Animated Feature at the Academy Awards (Oscars) in the US. FUNimation officially confirms the news:
“We’re thrilled to have ‘Your Name.’ on the list of contenders for a Best Animated Feature nomination,” said Gen Fukunaga, CEO and founder of Funimation. “It is a masterpiece of animation from director Makoto Shinkai and is definitely worthy of Oscar consideration. We look forward to releasing it in theaters in 2017.” [ read more ]
More of the process and the complete list of contenders after the jump!