Steve Blum's voiced some of the most iconic characters in anime (Spike Spiegel in Cowboy Bebop, Roger Smith in The Big O, Kuromaru in Naruto, and many others). In this Marvel interview, he talks about voicing Wolverine, and how it relates to his work on anime.
Sharp-eyed translator and editor Matt Thorn noticed an online auction for several original, signed Moto Hagio sketches. Since he actually helped bring one of Hagio's works, A Drunken Dream and Other Stories, to America, he contacted Hagio about it.
She replied that she never drew those sketches. They're fakes.
Hagio's planning to contact the police, and has asked the auction's winner to contact her.
So, if you're bidding on "original sketches," be careful! They may be fakes.
Last year, during all the brouhaha about the Tokyo Youth Ordinance Amendment, a bunch of anime and manga companies decided to boycott the big Tokyo International Anime Fair and set up their own, rival expo. It was called the Anime Contents Expo, and was planned for the same weekend as TIAF. Fans were settling in and making popcorn in anticipation of the fireworks.
Then, tragically, the Great Eastern Japanese Earthquake hit a week before both cons were scheduled. They were both canceled.
Well, it's time to plan for next year's expos, so now the rivalry is heating up again. Anime Contents Expo is back in the ring, and this time it's scheduled for one week after TIAF. Will one see huge numbers and the other crumble? We'll see after April 1.
According to Variety, Warner Bros. has green-lit a live-action Hollywood adaptation of the Akira manga. Some interesting tidbits:
It's an adaptation of the manga, not the film. So there's some story leeway there; it doesn't have to be exactly like the 1989 movie.
Looks like a heavy adaptation already; it's set in New Manhattan, not Neo Tokyo. Which, honestly is good -- they can tell the same story without having to find Japanese actors or make it "look Japanese."
Leonardo DiCaprio's still producing it. Would love to see him show up as Colonel Shikishima, wouldn't you?