Archive for February, 2010
Let’s get one thing straight: I think Naruto and Bleach are fine anime series in their own ways.
I’ve read fair chunks of the manga for both Naruto and Bleach. Enjoyed them; there was some interesting depth in both.
But they didn’t fully grab me. And here’s the problem: each has hundreds of episodes. That’s time I could spend watching dozens of other anime series. It’s not that I’d hate to watch Naruto; it’s that there are so many other anime to watch. Practically speaking, I have to choose.
I also have the problem of being an anime reviewer who’s posting two reviews a week. I simply don’t have the time to watch Bleach and other anime.
So, to all you Naruto and Bleach fans, have fun! All the best. Unfortunately, I won’t be joining you.
So, to summarize: post a comment here or on YouTube by 11:59:59pm GMT on Monday, 15 February 2010, and you’ll be entered to win one of the three posters shown. I’ll choose one commenter randomly, and offer a choice of one of the three posters. I’ll then pick another commenter, who will choose from the two remaining; a third random commenter will get the final one. Make sure to leave some way for me to contact you; if you win, I’ll get your mailing address and send it out to you, wherever you live.
Consider this my own little Valentine to you.
As usual, chartfag’s pulled through with an impressive summary of the spring 2010 anime
Click for a big version. Via chartfag.
Several big license announcements this week.
ANN: Funimation has licensed Dragon Ball Kai, the recent edit of the original DBZ to follow Akira Toriyama’s manga more closely, and to enhance some of the
ANN: More big news: Adult Swim still shows anime, apparently. They’ve now picked up Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, which will start airing about a week from now, on Sunday, February 14th at midnight.
ANN: Meanwhile, Yen Press continues to license awesome stuff: the gag manga The Melancholy of
ANN: I reported several months ago that Stan Lee was working with Studio BONES on an anime called Heroman. Well, we now have confirmation that it’ll air in Japan on TV Tokyo starting in April. Yay! Interestingly, it’s the story of a young boy living in America who stumbles upon a toy robot. The toy apparently then transforms into a giant pilotable robot, with the kid inside. So, Stan Lee is officially writing mecha. Woohoo! (This also means at least one mecha show next season.)
AnimeNation.net: Another new anime was announced: an adaptation of Daisuke Sato and Shoji Sato’s Highschool of the Dead, a horror action story about a group of high schoolers trying to survive a zombie apocalypse in their school. I keep hearing about this manga; apparently a lot of people like it.
ANN: Mamoru Nagano, creator of legendary shoujo mecha series The Five Star Stories, will be directing an anime film. It’ll be called Hana no Utame Gothicmade, and it’ll be mecha. So, cool! No word on when it’ll be released.
AnimeNation.net: Joseph Chou, producer on Appleseed: Ex Machina, has revealed that there will be more Appleseed movies. This comes after plans for an Appleseed TV series were cancelled.
ANN: Chou also revealed that
ANN: Speaking of Eva, Japanese retailer “Geo on the Rakuten” now lists Neon Genesis Evangelion 2.22, which is the first we’ve heard of anything beyond Evangelion 2.0. According to the site, 2.22 has “enhancements” over 2.0. That’s all we know.
ANN: Namco Bandai’s in a spot of trouble. They released their 2009 earnings numbers this week. They had anticipated a profit of US $94 million for 2009, they instead had a loss. Of US $340 million. So, they’re
One particularly interesting detail: one part of this production streamlining involves simultaneous release of anime on disc and online streaming. Good!
ANN: They’re not the only ones: Navarre, parent company of Funimation, saw a sales drop for the fourth quarter of 2009. They basically blamed the market, and said that fortunately they’re in a good position to grow as the economy picks back up.
ANN: A followup: Hayao Miyazaki’s Ponyo, which was on the ”long list” of animated films in consideration for the Best Animated Film Oscar, has been dropped from the final nomination list. No anime will be on the roster this year; instead we’ll see Coraline, The Princess and the Frog, Up, The Secret of Kells, and Fantastic Mr. Fox.
One of my favorite elements of moe show
It’s real. Judging from the video below, the school fell into very bad disrepair recently, but thanks to a
This follows the great interest otaku showed in the shrine Lucky Star was based on. If nothing else, I think this underscores the importance of using real life as a basis for anime. The verisimilitude of the anime built the fanbase, which in turn attracted them back to the real location.
The anime industry is incredibly quick to capitalize on trends. Moe became popular, and in less than a year the new anime season was chock full of moe shows.
Isn’t this a good thing for the industry? Isn’t it healthy for an industry to react rapidly to user wants and needs?
It becomes a problem when you’re a fan of the last trend. And I think this might explain the lack of ”seasoned anime fans” (those who’ve been watching anime for more than, say, 10 years). Whatever trend gets you into anime will have largely disappeared from the airwaves 5 years later. So, many of the otaku fade away, as they can’t find any more anime that fits their interests.
ANN: Kuroshitsuji fans! Commence with the rejoicing. A second series is planned…and it’ll feature two new protagonists, a new butler and a new master. Will this work as well as it did for R.O.D.? We’ll find out in July.
ANN: Gundam fans! And
ANN: Speaking of giant robots: I mentioned earlier that a new Fafner project is in the works. Now I understand: it’s going to be a movie. Here’s hoping it makes a bigger splash than the TV show.
ANN: Another movie in the works: a
ANN: Here’s an odd bit: Crunchyroll has announced it’ll start streaming Phantom Thief Reinya later this week. It’s a series of 12 anime shorts centering on a whimsical thief, adapting a gag manga. Why should we care? It’s inspired by Reina Tanaka, a member of Morning Musume. It’s got a pretty
ANN: Also unexpected: the upcoming finale of the Winter Sonata anime will be film in
ANN: But that’s not nearly so weird as the website for Ikkitousen, which recently launched a
ANN: But I’ve got weirdness to top even that! Have seen the the ED for Sora no Otoshimono? It’s a quiet song, showing what looks initially like a flock of birds…until you realize it’s actually pairs of panties, flapping gently in the night sky. Yeah. So get this: Housuke Nojiri–a Japanese SF author who wrote the original Rocket Girls novel–had nothing to do with Sora no Otoshimono, but he so loved that ED that he invented an ornithopter that looks like girls’ panties. And they’re being