Archive for June, 2009

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The Anime Industry (In America) Part 1

June 18, 2009

How do I even begin with the anime industry this year. It’s been a big rollercoaster for most of us. Some companies blossomed, some fall and crashed.

 

Central Park Media’s Downfall

 

Central Park Media filed for chapter Central Park Mediaon April 28, 2009. The downfall of Central Park Media is something everyone saw coming. They simply weren’t getting series fans found appealing. Series like World of Narue and Project A-Ko don’t stick out to anyone other than die-hard fans or older otaku. They don’t fit in with the now popular shonen demographic. It was also obvious due to their financial problems that arose during 2006.  Recently, ADV Films has licensed series that Central Park Media had to drop. I’m not really sure whether this is a good thing or not. The series picked up are, Now and Then Here and There, World of Narue, Grave of the Fireflies, and MD Geist. The issue with this is most people that wanted it in their collection already have it. I don’t see anyone rebuying this series unless there is a new, exceptional dub.

The question is: “How can companies prevent this from happening to them”? Simple, license more anime and manga that look appealing. Go on forums. go on websites, anywhere where you can be sure you’re getting data on what is hot and what people want. Don’t go around licensing anime that no one really wants. Obscurity isn’t neccesarily a good thing  (I’m looking at you ADV).

Shojo Beat Cancellation

Shojo Beat Magazine Cover

 This one came as a slight shock. I knew Shojo Beat did nothing to appeal to male readers (which do make up alot of the manga readers) like Shonen Jump attempts to do for females. The manga are all great stories, but alot of people are in that “shoujo is 4 gurls” state. This magazine does represent this. With articles about make-up and room decoration it was boy repellant. Not to mention the covers. It really is targeted at them, but a guy can seriously get intro it. Sadly the magazine cancels sometime in June or July. It will be missed.  For my stern thoughts look at my old blog post about the cancellation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Funimation Licenses A Boat-Load of Series

Funimation

FEAR NOT! Not all has been bad. FUNImation acquired several licenses to anime ranging from Dragonaut, to Soul Eater. Not just that, they acquired licenses from Geneon. It seems like they won’t stop now. Not only that they are doing partnerships with other companies like VIZ Media to bring their shows to the FUNImation channel or FUNImation channel On Demand. I am very content with this company and makes it all feel safe.

 

Otaku USA Last American-Based Anime & Manga Magazine

Otaku USACongrats to Otaku USA. They are officially the last American-based magazine. Despite the sad news of Anime Insider this may look like a good thing for Otaku USA. With less competition comes more readers. Some have called it a Newtype rip-off, but I beg the differ. Despite the similarities, Otaku USA has many nice articles and contributors. There are some downsides to the magazine. The manga excerpts take up alot of the magazine and leaves fewer input for the articles. I really respect the editor, Patrick Macias. He was a cool guy in Tokyo Eye.

 

 

Look forward to the second part sometime next week. I’ll be back when my milk warms up.

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Damn you moe!

June 15, 2009
Pardon me, bitch did someone say moe?

Pardon me, bitch did someone say moe?

Well, how do I feel about moe? Fuck it. Why? Because it’s too big of a boom that hits young boys in a hot spot in their pant–er I mean heart. Some say it’s a pure love for a certain character or type of character. We’ve had the OVA boom, shonen boom, but none as terrible as this. A damn plague. A damn plague that labels us anime fans as little bitches.

 

Yup, this is pure.

Yup, this is pure.

Someone remind me how girls/boys in provacative positions is pure? If it’s so pure, why is there an abundance of throw pillows based on VERY moe characters? Tell me why the hell I have to have a little girl ina  bunny suit. Yesh, you lolicons I look at you.

Take a shower before and after reading this magazine.

Take a shower before and after reading this magazine.

 

The main problem that I have with it is it’s becoming a recurring treand amongst anime. Look at the Summer 2009 line-up of anime. It’s as moe as can be and there is nothing for the natural viewer. I freaking hate you, and your damn moe! Curse you for your incessent “kawaiis” and “subarashis”.

The fuck?

The fuck?

 I also don’t hate all moe. There is no such thing as a moe with a good plot, but there is such a thing as an enjoyable moe. Enjoyable moe is about 10% of all moe. In this lineup is stuff like Kannagi, and some stuff like Familiar of Zero (at times). Otherwise you get sin. Stuff where it has no plot, no enjoyment, no nothing. This can also be called K-On. I admit, the music is nice but otherwise what are you getting? Let’s not fool ourselves. The damn doujin. That’s why you put up with it. You want Yui and Mio going at it. Please tell me I’m wrong.

 

I also want to add in the “anti-moe” stuff that is ACTUALLY moe. Stupid, right? No. Even Revy is supposed to strike a spot in perverts hearts and pants.Revvy With her short daisy dukes and “mature” body, she too is a marketing ploy with merchandise . Please, just don’t follow along with it. Watch whatever else, but remember Clannad and Lucky Star want you dead! Follow me my fellow living, breathing, sane comrades. Let’s keep this out of our minds and souls.  ONLY YOU CAN STOP THIS! Buy Berserk, buy the Irresponsible Captain Taylor, watch shit that will make you breathe every other second with adrenaline. Only YOU can prevent AIDS–I mean moe. Prove to me and your mother you don’t waste your money on little girls.

 

 

 

He's talking about moe. Only he can save us now.

He's talking about moe. Only he can save us now.

Sincerely, KanjiiZ strapped in Rick Diaz. Wish him and his hot-blooded army good luck.
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Kirameki Yoko Box – Pieces of Sweet Stars「S・t・a・r・S」

June 13, 2009

 

The many idoru Yokos!

The many idoru Yokos!

 

This is a really good PV. No matter how you look at it. Let’s take a look at the animation. Despite it being littered with fan-service and pointless scenes, the artwork is clean, crisp, and looks very great. I admit some angles look pigish and tend to not make sense, they can be ignored. There is some great color in this music video and it really makes it stand out from all the other TTGL gimmicks that keep being put out. Gainax really put in some effort when making this.

The sound sounds great. The song isn’t neccesarily Oricon worthy, but it’s more catchy than herpes. It just tends to stick in your head. I would recommend reading some romaji to the song since some of the lyrics can’t be understood properly the first few times. I’ll admit Yoko makes a very good idol. Her seiyuu has proven before that she could sing, but she brought all her cards this time.

This can easily become the next Hare Hare overnight. I would recommend giving this a shot if you didn’t like the original series, and I don’t have to tell any TTGL fans to go and see it. I’m currently looking to find a copy of the DVD and you should too.

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Shoujo?

June 10, 2009
 

Honey and Clover
Honey and Clover

 

It seems that shojo manga is always left behind the pack whenever genres are brought up. There’s usually only women reading manga. It seems like that’s slowly trying to change. With increase in popularity of series like Ouran High School Host Club, and Honey and Clover, it seems males are starting to change their perspective on the shojo genre.

Otomen

Otomen

I’ll be the first to admit, shoujo can be very formulaic: girl falls in love, confesses, rivals intervene, they get over it, live happily ever after. This is really not the case in the of the new wave that isn’t only girly-comics anymore. It seems like shoujo and josei are starting to cross borders and becoming a bit more deep and meaningful than people would believe. A good example is the whole-shojo-manga/anime, Nana.  It not only was targeted at females, but I found that men liked it as well. It really struck a more human feel to an otherwise odd storyline. There are also manga that parody the feelings of a reverse-romance in Otomen. I highly recommend this manga as it’s probably my most favorite of all whole-shoujo manga. It really puts a more sweet feeling to being a feminine man.

 

 

Peach Girl

Peach Girl

So with that I have come up with a term for anime and manga that try hit a broader spectrum than junior high girls: whole-shojo. This is similar to neo-shonen, only without the trails of yaoi trailing behind it. Sadly, it seems like this isn’t enough. Many shojo anime aren’t being made, and even when they are licensing companies aren’t bringing them over. It seems like I’ll have to feed on Ouran and Nana for a while.

 

Shojo Magazine

Shojo Magazine

The downfall of Shojo Beat Magazine hasn’t helped shoujo anymore so. I saw this coming a mile away. While Shonen Jump attempted to add in titles suitable for both men and women, SB tended to lean only on the female demographic. Including articles about how to cook and how to make your room like Yuuki from Vampire Knight, it really didn’t help their case any to gather more male readers. Sadly, this was a man repellant due to the feminine covers and odd showcasings of articles on the front covers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

All in all, help make shoujo a more widely read/watched and enjoyed genre. It really needs more love beyond the idea that it’s some lame romance story used for people who don’t have any romance to begin with. Here here to shoujo, I’ll sit here with my copies of Otomen while you guys take your time to catch up on some of the good ol’ shoujo manga from the 80’s and 90’s. Charmed I’m sure.

 

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Ellegarden

June 1, 2009

Ellegarden

 

There are some really great bands out there. In my opinion, Ellegarden is one of the best out there. With the Blink-182 like vocals and some of the best base out there I don’t see why they aren’t seen as epic. Guess what? This band actually speaks great english. There’s none of that terrible engrish lyrics that you might get out of certain bands (*Maximum The Hormone*).  I’m going to import one of their CD’s sometime this year so expect a review. And with that I leave you to some of their, what I consider, best tracks.

 

Drummer –Hirotaka Takahashi
Vocals –Takeshi Hosomi
Guitarist –Shinichi Ubukata
Bassist –Yuichi Takada

Salamander

 

Red Hot

Missing

Myspace=http://www.myspace.com/ellegarden