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09 Dec 11:56

Nintendo Gives First Live Switch Demonstration on "The Tonight Show"

by news+feed@crunchyroll.com

Last night's episode of The Tonight Show was Nintendo-loaded thanks to an appearance by Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aimé and Mario creator Shigeru Miyamoto. Naturally they took the opportunity to demo Mario's mobile debut, Super Mario Run, but after that it was time for a little surprise. Reggie gave Jimmy Fallon the opportunity to check out the Nintendo Switch in its first live demonstration, which included a sampling of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.

 

 

Even better, though, is Miyamoto jamming the "Super Mario Bros." theme with The Roots. 

 

 

We'll learn more about the Nintendo Switch when Nintendo divulges more info on January 12.

 

If you want more Super Mario Run, there's a new introduction trailer:

 

And a promo:

 

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08 Dec 11:06

Young Animators NPO Launches Crowdfunding Campaign

AEYAC (pronounced "ay-yack"), a non-profit organization (NPO) dedicated to supporting young anime creators, launched a crowdfunding campaign on December...
07 Dec 13:53

Rekindle Game Night With Amazon's Massive Board Game Sale

by Shep McAllister on Deals, shared by Shep McAllister to io9

Just in time for holiday family gatherings, Amazon’s put a whole cabinet full of strategy board games on sale in today’s Gold Box.

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06 Dec 12:45

Persona 5’s Localized Script Has 50% More Dialogue Than Persona 4 Golden

by Sato

Persona 5’s release is a few months away for the West, but if you weren’t excited enough already, the game will have 50% more dialogue compared to what we saw in Persona 4 Golden.

Read Persona 5’s Localized Script Has 50% More Dialogue Than Persona 4 Golden on Siliconera!

03 Dec 00:47

Action Runs Red in "Lupin III: The Blood Spray of Ishikawa Goemon" Teaser

by news+feed@crunchyroll.com

A violent new teaser trailer is now available online for Lupin III: The Blood Spray of Ishikawa Goemon, the upcoming theatrical anime film that focuses on the samurai-thief Ishikawa Goemon XIII.

 

 

In The Blood Spray of Ishikawa Goemon, Goemon is branded as a traitor when he fails to prevent the assassination of the leader of a criminal syndicate for whom he was serving as a bodyguard. The true assassin is actually "The Spectre of Bermuda", a murderous soldier who goes by the code name "Hawk" and who has slain more than 2000 foes on the battlefield. Now Hawk is out to take the lives of Lupin III, Daisuke Jigen, and Fujiko Mine as well... 

 

 

Lupin III: The Blood Spray of Ishikawa Goemon is directed by Takeshi Koike and features animation by TMS Entertainment. The film slashes into theaters in Japan on February 04, 2017.

 

Sources:

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Paul Chapman is the host of The Greatest Movie EVER! Podcast and GME! Anime Fun Time.

02 Dec 17:22

Fate/Extella Shows Off “Extella Men’s Costumes,” Trailer For “Extella Women’s Costumes”

by Sato

Marvelous shared a new video showing off Fate/Extella’s “Extella Women’s Costumes,” along with a look at screenshots for the “Extella Men’s Costumes” with Gawain, Karna, Gilgamesh, Archimedes, and more.

Read Fate/Extella Shows Off “Extella Men’s Costumes,” Trailer For “Extella Women’s Costumes” on Siliconera!

01 Dec 11:49

『Fate/EXTELLA』DLC第四弾「エクステラ・男性衣装」が公開!

by merem



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どれも格好いいものだからセット買いしたくなる。
特に無銘さんはそれずるいなー反則級ですよねー。
イスカンダルは血界戦線のあの人ちょっと頭をよぎったのだ。




背中合わせにしてみたかった
30 Nov 18:27

Sound! Euphonium, Tesagure! Bukatsumono, and Intimate Conversations

by sdshamshel

soundeuphonium-kumikoreina

Ever since the end of Sound! Euphonium Season 1, I’ve found the conversations between protagonist euphonium player Kumiko and trumpeter Reina remarkable in their intimacy. While the acting is overall solid as each member of the Kitauji High School music club brings personality and history, there’s something noticeably different when it comes to those two.

Often when voice actors in anime are playing their roles, there is a sense of performance. This is not a bad thing, at least not inherently. They are, for all intents and purposes, actors on a stage bringing their characters to life. When Taki-sensei speaks with this slightly hoarse yet alluring voice, for example, one gets the sense of a teacher who’s dedicated, clever, and expects the best of his students, but seems to carry an internal emotional pain at all times. When Kumiko and Reina are talking to other characters, one senses the way in which Kumiko is constantly trying to find herself while Reina’s dedication and drive are ever-present. Together, howver, it’s as if their outer-facing selves begin to crumble, and we’re witness to the hush tones of a more naturalistic conversation between close friends (or something more).

I do not know how Sound! Euphonium accomplishes this. Perhaps they do something different in terms of the recording environment or the voice direction. What I can say is that this style of dialogue reminds me of a certain type of Japanese animation: the off-the-cuff humor shows that began with gdgd Fairies and include series such as Straight Title Robot Anime and Tesagure! Bukatsumono.

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Made “on the cheap” using the 3D modeling and animation program “Miku Miku Dance,” these shows tend to feature offbeat comedy culminating in a special “improv” section. For example, in Tesagure! Bukatsumono (currently the best show of its kind in my opinion), the show is about a club where characters try to imagine what other school clubs would be like. In the middle of every episode, there is always a scene where the girls are supposed to come up with never-before-seen version of familiar clubs (like a baseball club where everyone has to dress fashionably), an in these moments the audio noticeably changes. To start, here’s a lot more mumbling. And where anime normally has characters speak and even interrupt each other so perfectly that you can’t call it anything but “staged” (because of course it is), these improv scenes have characters talking over each other like it’s a radio show. The fact that the actors often end up breaking character because of the success (or failure) of their own jokes makes it feel that much more like a private conversation that we the viewer are happening to eavesdrop on.

That’s more or less the feeling I get when I listen to Kumiko and Reina talk to each other. Whenever they’re together, it’s as if the rest of their world vanishes, and we’re privy to a space where only they reside. In it, even their outer selves fall away, and what we’re left is with is openness and comfort.

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30 Nov 15:55

Interview: Director Keiichi Hara on Miss Hokusai

Director Keiichi Hara brought Edo Japan - and the enigmatic life of the daughter of Japan's most famous artist - to lush, vibrant life in Miss Hokusai. Justin Sevakis has some questions.
30 Nov 14:06

Hayate the Combat Butler Creator Kenjirou Hata Teases New Manga Series in 2017

Alainmendez

I am VERY interested in this.

Hata now drawing Hayate's last arc, Ad Astra per Aspera series
30 Nov 14:00

Fate/Extella Gets English Character Trailers For Gilgamesh, Iskandar, And Jeanne d’Arc

by Sato

Xseed Games has gone up with the latest character trailers with English subtitles for Fate/Extella: The Umbral Star. Today we have a look at videos for Gilgamesh, Iskandar, and Jeanne d’Arc.

Read Fate/Extella Gets English Character Trailers For Gilgamesh, Iskandar, And Jeanne d’Arc on Siliconera!

29 Nov 22:51

ANTICIPATION: The Animation of Monster Hunter Combat - Extra Frames

by Extra Credits

When characters wind up for an action or brace for impact, we can *anticipate* what they will do next. Monster Hunter uses this anticipation principle to create enemies whose movements feel real and powerful, but which a good player can read and take advantage of.
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29 Nov 00:50

Shrine Event Invites Fans To Pray For The Success Of "The Eccentric Family 2"

by news+feed@crunchyroll.com

In a followup to the Kyoto International Manga Anime Fair 2016 announcement of plans for a sequel to 2013's Uchouten Kazoku or The Eccentric Family TV anime adaptation of Tomihiko Morimi's novel, a January 12th Uchouten Kazoku 2 Event: Tanuki Gathering At The Forest Of Tadasu, Shimogamo Shrine has been scheduled. This will be the first time for an anime event to be held at this registered world heritage site, and it will feature the introduction of the voice of newly cast Junior.

 

The announcement explains

At this event, multiple programs, with the casts and staffs, are planned such as; success-wish-ceremony at the main shrine (national treasure of Japan), kagami-opening ceremony at the dance shrine, announcement of Season 2 newly appearing character casts, announcement of Opening and Ending music artist, main visual, collaboration, and other new developments.


Takahiro Sakurai (Voice of Yasaburo Shimogamo), Mamiko Noto (Voice of Benten), Tomihiko Morimi (Author), Masayuki Yoshihara (Director), Kenji Horikawa (Producer), and actor behind Junior (announced on the day).

 

To Participate In This Unprecedented Event (Ticket-Based)
The fans can participate this remarkable event by purchasing tickets to the event. Part of the proceeds from the ticket will be donated to the shrine as offering. Participants will be able to view the event from the special area located in front of the dance shrine. Participants will be gifted with special merchandise package, that includes merchandise from sponsored companies such as the "fluffy tanuki poncho.


-Participation Fee: 2000 Yen (Includes offering to the shrine)
-Advanced Ticket Raffle Entry Period: 2016/11/28(mon)12:00 JST ~ 12/12(mon)18:00 JST
-Ticket Claiming Period: 2016/12/12(mon)18:00 JST

*11/28(mon) entry will be for advanced raffle entry. Public ticket sales period will begin from December 25th 8:00 p.m. JST (sold at first-come-first-serve-basis)
For ticket sales, check the following link: https://event.dmm.com/detail?event_id=74084

*The ticket sales page is in Japanese. Various restrictions from the ticket-sales-site will apply to the ticket purchasing. There will be no non-Japanese language support at the event.

 

Event Detail:
Uchouten Kazoku 2 Event: Tanuki Gathering At The Forest Of Tadasu, Shimogamo Shrine
-Event Date: 2017 January 12th Thursday *Event will be held even if it rains.
-Participants: Takahiro Sakurai (Voice of Yasaburo), Mamiko Noto (Voice of Benten), Juniro (TBA), Tomihiko Morimi (Author), Masayuki Yoshihara (Director), Kenji Horikawa (Producer)
-Location: Shimogamo Shrine (Kamo-omioya Shrine) Inner Shrine (15 min walk from Keihan-line 'Izumicho -Yanagi' Station)
-Opening Time: 10:00 a.m. JST
-Beginning Time: 11:00 a.m.
-Ending Time: 12:30 p.m. (TBC)
Main Sponsor: "Uchouten Kazoku 2" Production Committee
Support by: Shimogamo Shrine (Kamo-omioya Shrine), City of Kyoto
Planning Support: KBS Kyoto, PARUS
Co-Sponsored by: GS Craft Inc., Shiraito Shuzo Inc., Ichimuan Inc., etc.

 

Cast:

Yasaburo : Takahiro Sakurai

Yaichiro : Junichi Suwabe

Yajiro : Hiroyuki Yoshino

Yashiro : Mai Nakahara

Benten : Mamiko Noto

and others

 

Staff:

Original Story “Uchoten Kazoku – Nidaime No Kichou”(Gentosha) : Tomihiko Morimi

Original Character Design : Koji Kumeta

Director : Masayuki Yosihara

Written by : Ryo Higaki

Character Design / Animation Director : Kosuke Kawatsura

Art Director : Yusuke Takeda & Harumi Okamoto

Music Produced by : Lantis

Animation Produced by : P.A. WORKS

Produced by: “Uchoten Kazoku 2” Committee

(C)Tomihiko Morimi , GENTOSHA / Uchoten-Kazoku 2 Committee

 

Project Information:
Official Website: http://www.uchoten2-anime.com

Official Facebook Account: https://www.facebook.com/uchoten2en

Official Twitter Account: @Uchoten2_EN https://twitter.com/Uchoten2_EN

Official Hashtag #Uchoten

 

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Art for Blu-ray set of first anime, due in Japan March 24th

 

Fluffy tanuki poncho design

 

shrine in anime

 

shrine IRL

 

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Scott Green is editor and reporter for anime and manga at geek entertainment site Ain't It Cool News. Follow him on Twitter at @aicnanime. 

 

28 Nov 12:06

Toei Animation Officially Announces Next PreCure TV Series "Kirakira☆PreCure A La Mode"

by news+feed@crunchyroll.com

Toei Animation officially announced today on November 28 that the title of the next 14th PreCure TV anime series will be Kirakira☆PreCure A La Mode and opened its teaser website with a tagline "Cook! Eat! Fight!!" As reported, the company filed a trademark for the new PreCure TV series with The Japan Patent Office on October 12.

 

While no other details are currently available, if the routine is followed, Kirakira☆PreCure A La Mode will premiere in early February 2017 after the ongoing 13th series Mahou Tsukai PreCure!/Mahou Girls PreCure! concludes. And its protagonists characters are expected to appear in the next feature film PreCure Dream Stars! to be released in Japan on March 18, 2017.

 

 

 

"PreCure Dream Stars!" teaser

 

Source: Toei Animation

 

26 Nov 23:57

Simón Bolívar - II: Francisco de Miranda - Extra History

by Extra Credits

When Napoleon conquered Spain, the Spanish colonies no longer had a clear leader to follow. Bolívar seized on this opportunity to promote his dreams of Venezuelan independence, but he stumbled from lack of experience. A man named Francisco de Miranda took control instead.
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26 Nov 23:53

"Gintama" Creator Comments On How Much Manga Authors Make From Anime Adaptations

by news+feed@crunchyroll.com

Maybe the box office success of Your Name. has people thinking about the economics of anime movies.  Or, maybe it's the latest burst of live-action adaptations fueling it. Over the past couple of weeks, Japanese social media users have been passing around a Tweet concerning compensation for manga authors when their works hit the big screen. 

 

What's been Retweeted over 60,000 times is a comment from Hideaki Sorachi, the 37-year old author of Gintama, known for illustrating himself as an ape.

 

In 2013, following the debut of anime feature Gintama: The Movie: The Final Chapter: Be Forever Yorozuya, which featured a story by Sorachi, he commented on how much he was making in a bonus Q&A for the manga's volume 51.

 

The movie debuted in the Japanese box office fourth earning ¥281,776,256 (US$2,821,707) on 127 screens, and ultimately grossed US$16.6 million in Japan and was the 8th highest-grossing anime film in Japan in 2013.

Q:

I have a question. A while ago, my mother heard that the Gintama animation film was a big hit, and commented that “(Hideaki Sorachi) must be living at [luxury highrise] Roppongi Hills since it’s so popular”. Is that true?


A:
To tell the naked truth, regardless of how many people watch the film or how much the gross earnings are, not a single yen goes to the author. We are only paid an upfront license fee. The amount we’re paid is peanuts in comparison to the overall box office gross. The majority of the profits go to filthy unscrupulous companies such as Shueisha and Sunrise. Releasing individual manga volumes is way more profitable.


But the reason why I slog to fulfill these film adaptations, to the extent that I’m peeing blood, is because there is a place in this world that is more wonderful than a mansion at Roppongi Hills. And that place, ma’am, is in your heart.


If Gintama can reach the hearts of the masses, I wouldn’t mind living in a hill made of cardboard. The authors are the only ones who harbour such honest intentions with their creations.


So ma’am, if you’re feeling sorry for us, don’t just watch the movies, but also buy our books so that we can live at Roppongi Hills with the publishing royalties.

 

 

via RocketNews24

 

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26 Nov 23:51

"Thunderbolt Fantasy," "High School Fleet" And "Regalia: The Three Sacred Stars" Inspire New Nendoroid Figures

by news+feed@crunchyroll.com

As they continue to fill out their spring schedule, Good Smile Company has expanded their Nendoroid figure line with second offerings from Thunderbolt Fantasy and High School Fleet, plus the first from Regalia: The Three Sacred Stars.


 

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Nendoroid Betsu Ten Gai

“In this world the sword is proof of power. That is a truth that cannot be refuted.”

From the fantasy glove puppetry series with a sequel in the works ‘Thunderbolt Fantasy Sword Seekers’ comes a Nendoroid of Betsu Ten Gai - the unrivalled swordsman and head of the Genkishu with the ability to control the spirits of the dead! He comes with three face plates including his standard expression with a cunning smile, a chibi expression based the character drawn by Yuupon as well as an expression based on the actual glove puppet used in the series!

He comes with a small version of the mask he wore when he first appeared in the series as well as a Nendoroid-sized sword! One of the mysterious Miyoku creatures he used for transportation and more is also included! Be sure to display him with the previously announced Nendoroid Lin Setsu A and recreate the Thunderbolt Fantasy Sword Seekers atmosphere in your collection!

Product Details

Product Name
   Nendoroid Betsu Ten Gai
Series
   Thunderbolt Fantasy Sword Seekers
Manufacturer
   Good Smile Company
Category
   Nendoroid
Price
   ¥4,630 (Before Tax)
Release Date
   2017/04
Specifications
   Painted ABS&PVC non-scale figure with stand included. Approximately 100mm in height.
Sculptor
   Shichibee
Cooperation
   Nendoron

See more photos on GSC's blog

 

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Nendoroid Wilhelmina

"Who is the captain of this ship?! I see nothing but amateurs!"

From the popular anime series 'HIGH SCHOOL FLEET' comes a Nendoroid of Wilhelmshaven High School's Wilhelmina Braunschweig Ingenohl Friedeburg - also simply known as Wilhelmina! She comes with three face plates including a standard expression, a shouting expression as well as the frowning expression she made when given natto in the series.

Optional parts include a binocular telescope with its stand which can be displayed together with the parts included with Nendoroid Akeno Misaki to bring out the atmosphere of a ship's bridge even more! She also includes both the eintopf and natto dishes allowing you to recreate all sorts of different scenes from the series!

Product Details

Product Name
   Nendoroid Wilhelmina
Series
   HIGH SCHOOL FLEET
Manufacturer
   Good Smile Company
Category
   Nendoroid
Price
   ¥4,630 (Before Tax)
Release Date
   2017/05
Specifications
   Painted ABS&PVC non-scale figure with stand included. Approximately 100mm in height.
Sculptor
   K2b
Cooperation
   Nendoron

 

See more photos on GSC's blog

 

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Nendoroid Rena

"Because I'll protect Yui."

From the popular anime series 'Regalia: The Three Sacred Stars' comes a Nendoroid of Rena! She comes with three face plates including a standard expression, a smiling expression and a combat expression.

Optional parts include her smartphone with its cute case, Alecto transformation effect parts that include the Regalia key, a special base made to look like the inside of the Alecto as well as a magic circle effect plate. The various parts allow you to display Rena in various situations from everyday scenes to combat scenes, so be sure to add her to your collection!

Product Details

Product Name
   Nendoroid Rena
Series
   Regalia: The Three Sacred Stars
Manufacturer
   Good Smile Company
Category
   Nendoroid
Price
   ¥5,093 (Before Tax)
Release Date
   2017/05
Specifications
   Painted ABS&PVC non-scale articulated figure with stand included. Approximately 100mm in height.
Sculptor
   Ajiken
Cooperation
   Nendoron

 

See more photos on GSC's blog


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Scott Green is editor and reporter for anime and manga at geek entertainment site Ain't It Cool News. Follow him on Twitter at @aicnanime.

26 Nov 00:52

A Spoiler Filled Interview With Zero Time Dilemma’s Director

by Spencer

Siliconera spoke with Zero Escape series creator Kotaro Uchikoshi for a Zero Time Dilemma debriefing.

Read A Spoiler Filled Interview With Zero Time Dilemma’s Director on Siliconera!

24 Nov 13:15

MMO Economies - Hyperinflation, Reserve Currencies & You! - Extra Credits

by Extra Credits

When players can generate their own money in infinite supply by killing monsters for in-game gold, MMO economies quickly get overrun by inflation. In the past we've talked about how designers can create gold sinks to solve this problem. Today we'll talk about other ways game designers approach it: by adapting the same tools used by economists in the real world.
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24 Nov 13:09

『Fate/EXTELLA』DLC第三弾「エクステラ・女性衣装」が公開!

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となりのアルテラさん微妙に似合ってないのにそれがらしさ出てる
深紅の現代衣装と春色の現代服は当然のことながら可愛い。
機動淑女メドゥーサさんは真っ先に「楽園追放」思い出した管理人を許してほしい。
でもあの世界ってEXTRAシリーズと噛み合うとこあるから困る。
23 Nov 22:41

Childhood Photos of Hideaki Anno, Courtesy of His Wife Moyoco

by news+feed@crunchyroll.com

Hideaki Anno has been prepping busily for Khara, Inc.'s tenth anniversary exhibit, which starts today and runs for one week. But his wife, manga artist Moyoco Anno, is observing the anniversary in her own special way -- and that's outside of the one-shot manga she drew for visitors to the special exhibit.

 

She's using her Twitter to share childhood photos of her husband.

 

Even in older photos, it's not hard to recognize Anno's somber expression, though Moyoco makes a special note of his "famous" earlobes in her tweet.

 

She also includes this photo, featuring schoolboy Anno playing an old farmer in a school play. As Moyoco notes, his history with daikon goes back even further than we thought!

 

"Khara, Inc. 10th Anniversary Exhibit ~Evas from the Past & Future & the Present Studio Khara~" runs from now until November 30, 11 am to 5 pm, at Laforet Museum Harajuku. Tickets are 500 yen.

 

Source: @anno_moyoco

 

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Kara Dennison is responsible for multiple webcomics, runs social media and interviews for (Re)Generation Who, and is half the creative team behind the OEL light novel series Owl's Flower. She blogs at karadennison.com and tweets @RubyCosmos.

22 Nov 19:55

"School Rumble" Manga Returns For New Special

by news+feed@crunchyroll.com

Class is back in session for Jin Kobayashi's 2002-2009 comedy School Rumble with a special chapter that will run in Weekly Shonen Magazine on November 30th.

 

The manga was released in North America by Del Rey while Funimation released the anime. Kodansha has brought back the manga, and they describe it

SUBTLETY IS FOR WIMPS! She . . . is a second-year high school student with a single all-consuming question: Will the boy she likes ever really notice her? He . . . is the school’s most notorious juvenile delinquent and he’s suddenly come to a shocking realization: He’s got a huge crush, and now he must tell her how he feels. Life-changing obsessions, colossal foul-ups, grand schemes, deep-seated anxieties, and raging hormones–School Rumble portrays high school as it really is: over-the-top comedy!

 

 

via Otakomu and MangaMagJapon 


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22 Nov 12:31

Kabukibu! Kabuki Club TV Anime Unveils CLAMP's Designs, Staff, April Debut

Studio DEEN animates Yuuri Eda's light novels for April premiere
22 Nov 11:16

Dune Is About to Make a Major Comeback

by Germain Lussier
Alainmendez

For Kate.

Legendary Entertainment, the team behind The Dark Knight, Godzilla, Interstellar, Pacific Rim, and many others, just picked up the rights to Frank Herbert’s equally legendary scifi novel, Dune.

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21 Nov 00:27

Ogiue 009: Ogiue Maniax 9th Anniversary

by sdshamshel

Today marks nine years of Ogiue Maniax. Normally, this would be a post reflecting back on just the blog itself, but the world is in such a crazy spot at the moment that the times of a small anime blog seem to pale in comparison. Still, while a huge part of me wants to do more to help my fellow human beings, I still plan on keeping up with all the anime and manga out there.

Nine years is not that far from eight, but somehow it feels like so much more. Maybe it’s because the big “10” is on the horizon, and that’s a pretty crazy place to be. Most anime blogs last maybe two to three years, and somehow I’ve been chugging along. I attribute it to stubbornness, perseverance, and a willingness to let half-baked and flawed ideas get posted (sometimes typos and all). A friend recently told me a famous quote: “Perfect is the enemy of good enough.” I think, when it comes to the things I’ve accomplished in my life, especially this blog, that accounts for a good deal of my success.

Perhaps the biggest topic of the entire year for Ogiue Maniax is the end of Genshiken itself. In my final chapter review, I wrote about all the good times I had with the series, and how it impacted the blog, and the takeaway from all of that is simply, Genshiken changed and so did Ogiue Maniax. What it means to be a fan or an otaku, the cultural associations with these ideas, has morphed significantly over the course of nine years. In a recent episode of Anime World Order, they discussed the increase in the number of fashion designers as guests at Anime Weekend Atlanta (and cons in general). Just thinking about how we live in a world where fashion is a big deal to nerds says to me that we’re in a very different place.

Genshiken reflected these changes well, which makes me want to go back and take another look. For that reason, I am making an announcement:

Starting next year (most likely January 2017), I will be re-reviewing the original Genshiken manga. Rather than going chapter by chapter, I am going to be looking at it one volume at a time on an approximately bi-monthly schedule. I already reviewed the series a long time ago (for my first anniversary!), but I expect to get a new perspective on an old friend, especially with knowledge of Nidaime.

Another sign that Ogiue Maniax is nine years old is that the blog itself looks like it comes from nine years ago. I’ve considered changing the design at some point, but I’m just not sure. Blogging itself in this format seems to have left the lands of trendiness long ago as well, and perhaps I’ve stubbornly refused to adapt to changing times in that regard. YouTube will never be my medium, but I wonder if it’d be worth it to really mix things up.

While not exactly a stylistic change, in light of recent events in the world I’m considering something. I might make more posts that veer towards political thought, though not in a way that takes over Ogiue Maniax or makes it any less of an anime blog. One can argue that just about any action can be political (including actively tried to avoid it), but what I’m thinking about is writing more about the goings-on of politics with respect to the US, Japan, and elsewhere, and how they potentially impact fans, production, and the on-going conversations we have about respect, anger, diversity, and so on. However, I am aware of how much the strength of my writing comes from trying to see all sides of a situation and I wish to not get so embroiled in thinking of “sides” that I don’t challenge my own viewpoint on a regular basis, so I don’t wish it to become too much a part of any “cause.” It’s a balancing act that I’m still trying to figure out as a person, and I still fully intend on maintaining my love of anime’s sheer variety.

That was a bit of a ramble, but those are my genuine thoughts and feelings. I hope you’ll hang on with me as we jump into 2017 and reach a decade of Ogiue Maniax.


20 Nov 15:22

Journey to a New World of Cuisine When "Isekai Shokudo" Comes to TV

by news+feed@crunchyroll.com

 

It was reported not long ago that Junpei Inuzuka's light novel series Isekai Shokudo ("Alternate-World Restaurant") would be receiving both a manga and an anime adaptation, though details were scant on both. Now, the manga adaptation has been launched in the most recent Young Gangan magazine from Square Enix, and it's also been announced that the anime adaptation will be airing on television.

 

Isekai Shokudo was first published Shōsetsuka ni Narō ("Let's Become a Novelist") before being picked up for print release. Three volumes of the book have appeared in print. The series tells the story of the Western Cuisine Cat Restaurant, a seemingly typical eatery open during regular business hours. But the restaurant is secretly open on weekends, during which it offers a unique menu to unique patrons.

 

 

There are no further details available on the anime adaptation at this time.

 

Source: Comic Natalie

 

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Kara Dennison is responsible for multiple webcomics, runs social media and interviews for (Re)Generation Who, and is half the creative team behind the OEL light novel series Owl's Flower. She blogs at karadennison.com and tweets @RubyCosmos.

20 Nov 01:53

Simón Bolívar - I: Reverberations - Extra History

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Born to one of the wealthiest families in Venezuela, Simón Bolívar imbibed the ideals of revolution from a tutor who inspired him to travel to Europe as a young man. What he saw and learned, he would one day bring back to foment revolution in the Spanish colonies of Latin America.
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18 Nov 16:14

A Guide to the Epic Scifi Movie Valérian, and the Fantastic European Comics That Inspired It

by James Whitbrook

Not many people in the U.S. will know that Luc Besson’s lavish new scifi epic, Valérian and the City of a Thousand Planets, is actually yet another movie adaptation of a hit comic book. This is mainly because Valerian the comic was never a hit in the U.S., although it’s been one of Europe’s best-loved scifi series for…

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18 Nov 14:03

Daisuki Streams Mobile Suit Gundam The Origin's 4th Episode Starting on Friday

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Now is the time to watch these if your interested in seeing them.

Site also streams 1st 3 episodes for free for limited time
18 Nov 12:23

Fate/Extella Surpasses 200,000 Shipments In Japan

by Sato

Fate/Extella released on November 10 in Japan, and Marvelous announced that the game hit the milestone of 200,000 total shipments and are celebrating with free PS4 and PS Vita themes.

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