Here's How Japanese Pop Videos Depicted Cyberspace Back In 1989

Western cyberpunk creators borrowed a lot from Japanese culture in the 1980s — but judging from this video by J-Pop diva Anri, it went both ways. Watch as our heroine puts on her mirror shades and hacks into cyberspace, only to be pursued by a dark avatar. » 9/11/14 8:00pm 9/11/14 8:00pm

The Real-Life Japanese Pop Star Scandal That's Possibly Too Weird for a…

In Idoru, William Gibson gave us a story of a Japanese rock star falling in love with a synthetic, virtual pop icon. Now, virtual popstars exist in Japan, and a new pop scandal might be just as weird as anything Gibson dreamed up, writes Miles Raymer in the Chicago Reader. There's a pop group called AKB48, which has… » 2/04/13 4:00pm 2/04/13 4:00pm

J-Pop Embraces The Posthuman (And Has Been Doing So For Decades)

You may have seen this mind-boggling concert footage of Hatsune Miku, the first 100% CGI Japanese pop idol. But she's been around since 2007, and is only one of many virtual J-pop idols. Here are some more of the best. » 11/23/10 1:51pm 11/23/10 1:51pm