Why is the Kubo and the Two Strings Cast So White?

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by Phil Yu | Originally posted at Angry Asian Man

LAIKA, the acclaimed stop-motion animation studio that brought you Coraline and ParaNorman, recently released the trailer for its latest feature Kubo and the Two Strings, an epic adventure set in fantastical Japan.

The story centers on a young boy named Kubo who lives a quiet, normal life in a small shoreside village until a spirit from the past turns his life upside down. On the run from gods and monsters, Kubo must find a magical suit of armor once worn by his father, the greatest samurai the world has ever known.

The movie looks incredible. Check out this trailer:

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“Harry Potter” and the Issues of a Global Imagining

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Like many kids, JK Rowling’s “Harry Potter” series was an integral part of my childhood. I pre-ordered the books and went to the midnight premieres of the films. I own a Gryffindor tie, scarf, and sweater, as well as replicas of Harry’s wand and glasses.

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It’s because I loved the original series so much that I find myself frustrated over Pottermore’s attempts to apply Potter logic to the entire globe. It’s a story that just doesn’t scale well — at least not without bringing in consultants and guest writers, which is clearly not what JKR did.

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When a British author spends 1,084,170 words on a story set in the U.K. and then writes 300 to 1000 word snippets meant to flesh out countries she’s clearly not familiar with, you know there’s going to be issues.

The reason the original series worked was because…

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7 Superheroines Who Deserve Their Own Series

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Warner Bros. recently announced that Harley Quinn (and possibly the Birds of Prey) would be getting her own film. We have the “Wonder Woman” film coming out next year and “Captain Marvel” debuting in 2019. And with both “Supergirl” and “Jessica Jones” gearing up for a season two, it looks like we’re finally starting to see a little more parity for superheroines.

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To keep the ball rolling, here’s a wish list of superhero women who deserve their own film or TV series:  

1. Ms. Marvel

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As one of the most loveable and prominent South Asian superheroes we have right now, I’m hoping “Captain Marvel” finds a way to introduce Kamala Khan and open the door for her own film or series. Kamala’s a great point of entry character for a teen audience — she’s a hilariously awkward and enthusiastic Avengers fangirl —…

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