The Anime Beat
And depending on how my Friday and Saturday goes – this is Tokyo, after all –, I might even try some live blogging; bring you some images and a report or two straight from the source. Hell, maybe I’ll even get a twitter and blow smoke up the rear of my mundane wait in the airport.
Evangelion 1.11 is essentially the same movie as 1.01. And as we all know by now, this reboot is a creative recycling of the first six episodes of the original anime. Why release the same movie again? That is the question.
As an artist-in-residence, Otsuka will create an original manga inspired by the work of Utagawa Kuniyoshi. He will also be conducting illustration workshops open to the general public.
If you’re in San Francisco, or can at least get there anytime from March 19th to the 25th, then you’re in luck. Viz Cinema will debut Mobile Suit Gundam UC, and this is roughly one month after its debut in Japan!
Dragon Ball does what Dragon Ball always does; it’s pure pugilistic indulgence! Even for the disinterested like myself, I have to give the tip of my hat.
Dante’s Inferno is as devoted to its video game origins as a reality show cast is to the camera phones loitering on Sunset.
This lithograph is on high-quality paper (archival in fact), priced at $49.99, and includes a certificate of authenticity. Only 250 prints will be made.
Pure weapon-wielding fun! Soul Eater does what a lot of recent anime should do: it doesn’t take itself too seriously.
Visionary is not an adjective I predicate often. But Q. Hayashida’s vision disturbingly invigorates our optical senses.
Shinkai simply reminds us of how anime’s kanji-inscribed vision miraculously penetrates the eyes and ears of the gaijin, as if some midnight doctor from the X-Files had sewn a translator chip into our cerebral flesh. We just know we get it. We know we love it.
RPG fans listen up! Are you ready to join Tobias Martin and his comrades for free? That’s right, I’ve got ten pass codes for Vandal Hearts: Flames of Judgment to give away. These codes are good for both the PlayStation Network and Xbox Live.
What can I say about Sands of Destruction? They get an A for effort. This anime ain’t too shabby. And I think this has a lot to do with its RPG origins.
So, I’m not exactly the RPG type. And I haven’t played the game yet. But I did happen to grab a few minutes with Spike Spencer. A notable voice actor in the anime and gaming worlds, Spike lends his vocal talents to the characters Connor Ganson and Menicks Rence.
Based on the manga of Naoki Urasawa, which became a national phenomenon in Japan, 20th Century Boys is a comic book ride worthy of any Hollywood-licensed DC series.
Don’t get me wrong. A film like this can’t avoid some cliché and sentimentality. But Midnight Sun is surprisingly human.
On May 4th 2010, the anime version of Shungiku Nakamura’s best-selling yaoi (boy’s love) manga will be available. This DVD collection contains the entire 12-episode first season, video extras, and a 24-page booklet with character bios and artwork.
Dubbed a “sci-fi manga,” Bokurano initiates the tale of fifteen kids whose lives are altered by a chance meeting. A strange man in a seaside cave invites them to play a cutting-edge video game that pits giant robots against alien invaders. But they have to sign a contract first. And when the purpose of their agreement is revealed, the game stops being fun.
Essentially a recasting of the original story found in the manga of Hiromu Arakawa, the Elric brothers are back on the journey to find a magical artifact that will heal their bodies. Remember, their first experiment with alchemy, a failed bid to revive their dead mother, left Edward with deformed limbs and Alphonse’s soul permanently inhabiting a suit of armor.
If you couldn’t tell, we’ve got an odd couple here worthy of a network sitcom, complete with laugh track. But what I like about this anime adaptation is not simply its loyalty to the manga (no filler), but Yazawa’s ability to create a captivatingly feminine coming-of-age, one unburdened by rampant cliché.
Does it really give us something new, something to alter and compliment our Death Note experience? Sadly, no.