The flights leave from Japan, though, so us westerners will just have to keep dreaming.
Apparently, the Tohoku area is famous for a soybean-based cake, which is Zunko's theme. The 17-year-old high school student specializes in archery, using a soybean-based bow.
There's even an Android app where you can play archery with Zunko, leveling her up and unlocking wallpapers.
Moreover, Zunko is copyright-free, so you can use her however you want.
Exactly how this will support victims of the Great East Japan Earthquake remains unclear to me.
Either way, hentai doujinshis featuring Zunko released in 3...2....
Click here to jump to the website for the upcoming Black Rock Shooter TV series.
Click here for the first trailer for last year's Black Rock Shooter OVA.
Of course, the OVA had a much bigger budget and probably a longer production schedule than the upcoming TV series, in terms of production time per minute of footage released. So the question is: how can they make the TV series intriguing when they can't make it look better? Especially when the OVA was visually inventive on practically every level?
The solution: don't try to out-do the OVA. Tell a story, and concentrate on interesting camera angles, not amazing animation.
Looks like the TV staff is taking that approach. It doesn't blow me away visually the way the OVA did. But it looks interesting.]]>
Two roles that have already been offered: Gary Oldman as the Colonel and Helena Bonham-Carter as Lady Miyako (the fat cult lady who pops up in the street occasionally in the film).
Gotta admit, I can't think of better casting for those two roles.
Garrett Hedlund (Sam in Tron: Legacy) is apparently in talks to play Kaneda, a role that should fit him well.
Folks, this might actually work.
Source: The Press Association on Google]]>
Unfortunately, because it was sold via game retailers and not traditional ones, it won't show up in the normal Oricon rankings.]]>
Now, Yano points out the new "light otaku" trend, which includes gamers and other casual fans--the ones listening to Hatsune Miku songs or playing Love Plus. It's a bit like identifying everyone in America who buys comics as a "comics fan."
Separately, Yano dug into the numbers to estimate the size of each segment of the otaku marketplace for 2011:
Man. You gamers really are driving the market, aren't you?]]>
|Honey and Clover||Lucky Star|
|Lucky Star||Strawberry Marshmallow|
|Negima!||Hayate the Combat Butler|
|Strawberry Marshmallow||Azumanga Daioh|
The fact that girls find Negima! more moe than, say, Strawberry Marshmallow surprises me. Just goes to show the fluidity of the term moe.
On November 10th, you can go to one of a few "select theaters" (only in certain major metropolitan areas, that is) at 7:00pm and catch a simulcast of the "Live in SAPPORO" concert.
All you need to do is live in:
Check out the original ANN article for details.]]>
How much does that translate to for an anime behemoth? US $381 million (current yen equivalent) in revenue, and $53 million in profits. Not bad!
Congratulations to Toei!]]>
Funimation's now streaming the first 2 episodes of Future Diary, the first 3 of Maken-Ki, and the first 4 of C3. More legal, simulcasting anime! Always a good thing.]]>