The Anime Beat
And this May, I dare say, they’re ambitiously launching a diverse program of movies depicting a Japan both known and unknown.
Measuring 16 by 20 inches, and printed on archival quality paper, this print will be priced at $49.99 and include a certificate of authenticity.
The doujin genre itself is quite interesting. As fan-made, amateur products they normally incorporate famous anime characters – the actual copyright holders normally ignore such infringement, perhaps viewing it as both a source of free marketing and a means to create a stronger fan base. So, it doesn’t get more otaku than this.
Guns, zombies, A.I., gene manipulation, a talking bear, and girls whose sex appeal oddly stems from the discolored trappings woven from an industrial cyberpunk thread: what more do you need?
High school antics, subtle fan service, and classic Bleach heroism: this is Bleach V. 27. In that difficult and often crucial transition period between story arcs, these four episodes get it right. Simply put, there’s nothing but fun and intrigue. That’s right, no filler!!!!
If you haven’t experienced the Radical Axis vision, you’re falling behind. From the deviant fast-food characters of Aqua Teen Hunger Force to the alcoholic mouse of 12 oz. Mouse, Radical Axis continues to push the boundaries of animation’s familiar aesthetic and to joyously exercise the freedom of speech intrinsic to comedy’s carnival.
Hey, I get the manipulation of audience anticipation, but Reborn! simply lacks focus and cogent story telling at the volume level. I learned nothing about these characters, except that they engage in long drawn-out melees.
If you’re down for a little humility, maybe even to poke fun at your cherished anime world, then these little frogs are just what you need.
So, here is a simple list of anime whose content and artwork represent not just the expected, but also chase the slippery beast that is originality and re-invention.
Strike Witches gets an A for creativity. This series is utterly original! Not only do we have a re-imagined World War II era Earth, but also biotechnology that complements rather than consumes the human form.
Real may be seinen manga, but it definitely requires a mature readership. As mentioned above, and unlike Inoue’s widely successful Slam Dunk, the drama of moving forward in life colors the frames of every page.
On Friday, April 9 at 7:00pm, a meeting aptly titled Mecha Mania: Four Decades of Slam-Bang Sci-Fi Robot Anime will take place at Viz Cinema.
Download it. Buy the DVD. I don’t care. Just get it! This is by far the coolest series I’ve seen in a long time.
All three Eden of the East movies (The King of Eden, Paradise Lost, and Air Communication) penned and directed by Kenji Kamiyama are now in the hands of FUNimation. The release date is set for 2011.
Overall, I like it. I like it a lot. On a sunny day, the monorail ride across the bay to the Tokyo Big Site is worth it alone. During my ride, I not only witnessed a cutesy pop concert, but also some Tokyo drifting.
Stan Lee’s heroic fingerprints are all over this project, and studio Bones is rapidly emerging as the preeminent anime filter for video game and western content (e.g. the HALO anime series). For everyone, this cultural hybrid is arguably something new.
Now while I haven’t perused any complete episodes, the extended trailers that debuted last week suggest a human drama that shouldn’t disappoint.
When you see a never ending line of Otaku marching toward an exhibition gate, a press pass is priceless. But even after bypassing this dragon's tail, I was immediately submerged in a wave of anime fans as I waded into the exhibition hall.