Archive for December, 2009
ANN: There will be a second season of
ANN: Crunchyroll will be simulcasting several new anime series soon: Durarara!!, which is the next anime by the folks who made Baccano! (a
ANN: Japanese anime TV rankings remain as they’ve always been: dominated by
Three odd news items:
ANN: California’s UTBHollywood has been airing Lupin III. The original TV series (Part II, at least). In Japanese audio with English subtitles. Wha?
ANN: Weirder: WindySoft, the Korean online game company behind the Shin Megami Tensei and Katamari Damashi MMOs, has announced their next project: An MMO of Crayon
ANN: Even weirder! Japanese publisher Ichijinsa has announced a new magazine coming this spring: WAaI! boys in skirts. It will feature, yes, anime/manga images of
This is a plea to those of you who don’t blog about anime, manga, or light novels.
How, you may ask? Easy. Go to blogger.com. If you don’t already have a Google account, you’ll be asked to create one (free). Then click on the Create a Blog field, type in a name, and click Create. Congratulations! You now have an anime blog. Free.
Now start writing about anime, manga, or light novels. Talk about what it is you like about this stuff. Be specific. Tell stories. Write about stuff that only you like. Have the courage to highlight your uniqueness.
Need a few tips? Sure:
- Schedule some time every week — or better yet, every day — to write.
- Subscribe to lots of anime blogs (see the blogroll on the sidebar of this very site for some great ones). Use them as inspiration.
- Blog about everything. Stuff you’ve seen and read. Other peoples’ blog posts. Your favorite manga. What’s wrong with the industry. What’s right with the industry.
Please. We need your voice.
ANN: Undoubtedly the biggest news of the week: Mamoru Oshii, legendary anime creator who gave us the Ghost in the Shell movies,
ANN: Speaking of giant robots, the English cast for the upcoming Gundam Unicorn release was announced. Gundam’s never had
ANN: A bit more Gundam news: Remember that
ANN: The Nippon
ANN: Yahoo! Japan is streaming a trailer for a
ANN: Anime license announcement! Section23 — the old ADV Films, and I’ll be glad when I don’t have to explain that — has licensed Yozakura Quartet (a superhero teen action show), You’re Under Arrest: Full Throttle (about two female police officers), and Tayutama: Kiss On My Deity (an adaptation of a hentai dating sim into a harem anime).
ANN: Shin Koihimeâ€ Musou fans, rejoice! There’ll be a new OVA of your favorite moe adaptation of Romance of the Three Kingdoms in July, where all the characters will go to ”a southern island.”
ANN: Finally, for any of you
The Legend of the White Serpent (a.k.a. The Tale of the White Serpent, The Great White Snake, The White Snake Enchantress, or Panda and the Magic Serpent) was a Japanese animated film first released in 1958 in Japan.
Note that I didn’t call it anime. In my personal opinion, the anime style hadn’t been defined yet (Osamu Tezuka would begin to do that with Astro Boy several years later), and this film looks like an early Disney or Fleischer cartoon. It has far more to do with Snow White or Gulliver’s Travels than Astro Boy or Gigantor.
But this was one of the first
It’s an adaptation of a Chinese myth, about a boy who’s forced to abandon a pet snake, which returns years later as a beautiful woman to seek his side. They face many challenges — particularly from a priest who wants to exorcise the snake spirit — but they are truly in love.
By modern standards, the animation in Legend is relatively stiff and straightforward, and the direction is full of simple jump cuts. The art direction, on the other hand, delivers delicate watercolor backgrounds reminiscent of
It’s a fairy tale, so the characters are exceedingly simple: the wondering hero, the enigmatic serpent woman, the joyful servant girl, and the helpful forest creatures who follow them around. Yes, even back then, we had cute animals that could easily be turned into plushies.
The voice actors do their best, but this was not an era with a vast stable of seasoned Japanese voice talent. Similarly, the music twangs with traditional Chinese melodies, rather harsh to my Western ears but not unpleasant.
But it is a lovely story, and beautifully drawn. It’s hard to recommend this film unilaterally; it’s an anachronism. But anachronisms are worth remembering and cherishing for their contribution to our world.
ANN: The 41-
ANN: In happier news, Makoto Shinkai, creator of Voices of a Distant Star, 5 Centimeters per Second, and The Place Promised in our Early Days, has announced his next project. It’ll be about someone struggling to overcome loss, but the protagonist will be a cheerful and spirited girl. Funny thing is, folks have been complaining that he’s just retreading the same themes of his previous works, yet they don’t seem to mind when Hayao Miyazaki or Mamoru Oshii do so. :shrug:
ANN: There’ll be another season of
ANN: And if you’re a fan of the Japanese rock band POLYSICS — who did themes for Sgt. Frog and Moyashimon, they’re coming to the U.S. for a tour! Here are the tour dates:
- 28 January - Bottom of the Hill — San Francisco, CA
- 29 January - The Roxy Theatre — Los Angeles, CA
- 30 January — The Casbah — San Diego, CA
- 02 February - Plush — Tucson, AZ
- 03 February - The Rhythm Room — Phoenix, AZ
- 05 February - The White Rabbit — San Antonio, TX
- 06 February - The Independent — Austin, TX
- 07 February - The Loft — Dallas, TX
- 10 February - Double Door — Chicago, IL
- 11 February - Magic Stick — Detroit, MI
- 12 February - Musica — Akron, OH
- 13 February - The Gramercy Theatre — New York, NY
- 14 February - The Middle East - Cambridge, MA
- 16 February — The Rock and Roll Hotel — Washington, DC
This is just awesome. One Japanese hentai game has added several
Surprised Suigen Ninja:
We, fictional characters, apparently have human rights.
Listening Suigen Ninja:
Surprised Suigen Ninja:
There are apparently some special people that will get angry and show sympathy for us if we get raped. And theyâ€™ll start lobbying for us too.
Listening Suigen Ninja:
Wow, we even canâ€™t do anything ourselves without a creator or a player but we have human rights … since they acknowledge that we have human rights, I wonder if theyâ€™ll acknowledge that we have the right to vote too. Our creators will work hard to do some political manipulation.
ANN: Kazuya Tsurumaki,
ANN: Speaking of movies, the Japanese website for Weekly Shonen Jump is now streaming 2 minutes of footage from the upcoming
A few cool interviews popped online recently: one in Egypt Today (since taken down) with Go Nagai during his recent tour of the Middle East, and one in Japan Times with Mamoru Oshii as he talks about his upcoming Assault Girls
ANN: Finally, news of the cute: Beckii Cruel, the 14-
ANN: Let’s lead off with the big one: Studio Ghibli has announced their next film: an adptation of Mary Norton’s The Borrowers, to be directed by Hiromasa Yonebayashi, who besides working at Ghibli for years worked on Monster,
ANN: Speaking of Ghibli, the Ponyo
ANN: However, Ponyo will not be getting a Golden Globe, as it hasn’t made it through the preliminaries onto the nomination ballot. Instead, the nominees are Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, Coraline, The Fantastic Mr. Fox, The Princess and the Frog, and Up.
ANN: 2 Oklahoma elementary school students put together a Death Note…and actually put real students’ names in it. Seriously. The principal found out and said the students will be disciplined. I think I speak for all of us when I say: American elementary school principals know what the heck the Death Note is supposed to do? Whaaa?
ANN: Viz announced two new light novel releases: Housuke Nojiri’s Rocket Girls and Project Itoh’s Harmony, in addition to a Bleach source book.
ANN: There will be a Beyblade anime film in the summer of 2010. Anyone here care? Thought not.
AnimeNation.net: I bet people will care about this though: there’s a new trailer for the upcoming Fate/stay night anime film.
AnimeNation.net: Crunchyroll has always had
ANN: Wondered where the heck James Cameron’s Battle Angel Alita has been? Cameron revealed it’s still