Archive for the ‘anime’ Category

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Well fucking FINALLY!

February 6, 2008

The Evangelion remake has started to migrate out of Japan. First stop…Korea? Seriously? I mean, I know they’re close and all, but I have to think that we have a higher nerd population over here.

Okay, on second thought, no, I’m not surprised. Any nation that will make Starcraft its national sport is definitely fertile ground for an anime debut.

In any case, ANN has Eva’s American release set as February 22. I won’t have to live with the shakes for much longer. Hooray!

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Batgasam.

December 9, 2007

Oh my. Oh my, oh my.

A slew of Japanese animation studios are working together with Bruce Timm to create a series of shorts about Batman to be released sometime next year.

The stories will fit within the Batman Begins continuity, but they will also be able to stand alone.

I think I will have to buy a gun, because after I see this, I will need to kill myself in order to assure that I die happy.

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More Giant Robots

October 17, 2007

So apparently there is a new Gundam series out. I am always a little sad when I hear of a new giant robot anime being released*, because it reminds me of those heady days of wonder when the idea of a giant bi-pedal tank seemed novel and inventive. I loved my giant robots, I loved them so hard. And then I actually got into anime, and they were fucking everywhere, and now they aren’t so interesting any more. Sometimes I wish I could go back to those early days, when a few brief glimpses of destruction could set my imagination running for a week or more. Sigh.

*except for Eva. I’m always happy about Eva.

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And Speaking of the New Evangelion Movie…

September 23, 2007

Somebody get some god damned torrents up already! I’m fucking dying over here! At this rate, GAINAX will to have the whole series done before we see frame one on this side of the ocean. I have seen episodes of anime that were subbed and ready to go within 12 hours of their first broadcast date. I have heard rumors of episodes being subbed and distributed even before they were aired. And yet, this movie is more than three weeks old, and there is still no sign of a torrent. What the fuck?

Buccaneers, I expect you to get cracking! If you don’t hurry up, ADV or Manga Entertainment is going to go public with a license agreement, and then we’ll all have to wait a good three or four months extra for them to do the dub and sell us the first of 3 increasingly special Special Editions at the low low price of our soul.

If anyone finds a torrent, please drop me a line in the comments.

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Just Like Regular Coffee, But Now With More Angst.

September 23, 2007

In an marketing campaign to help promote the new Evangelion movie, a brand of canned coffee has plastered the likenesses of NERV personnel on their cans.

There are no words for how amazingly great that is. Really. Wow.

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Evangelion Drops to #2 at Japanese Box Office

September 11, 2007

According to Anime News Network, who in turn say they got it from Kogyo Tsushinsha, the new Evangelion movie, Evangelion: 1.0 You Are [Not] Alone dropped from the #1 spot it took upon opening last weekend. Apparently it was displaced from its rightful spot at the top of the world by a movie called H..O (I think).

It’s a bit disturbing to see a movie I want to succeed so badly drop out of the lead in a single week, and I blame this directly on whoever in the distribution company made the decision to run the film on only 84 screens. 84 screens is tiny. If Japan was also tiny, I could understand. But it isn’t. It has almost 130 million people.

I can only hope that somebody is busting their ass to get more copies of the film out as soon as possible. Somebody else than the person who made the 84 screen call in the first place, I mean. That person needs to be fired.

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New Robotech Movie Announced- Irony Fans Applaud its Press Release

September 7, 2007

Warner Bros. has acquired the rights to make a live-action Robotech movie, and Tobey Maguire is said to be attached through both his production company and his desire to star in the film. Mr. Maguire has apparently been spending too much time around the marketing guys, because he said the following out loud, in public:

“We are very excited to bring Robotech to the big screen. There is a rich mythology that will be a great foundation for a sophisticated, smart and entertaining film.”

Ah yes, Robotech, that jewel of the East, that Japanese masterpiece. What a great pallete of depth and complexity from which to draw a film of sophisticated and intellectual beauty. What could possibly be wrong with that notion?

Now maybe I’m just bitter and skeptical because I got burned so bad by the Transformers movie, but I’m really not very excited about the notion of another live action film to come along and prey upon innocent Giant Fucking Robot fans. Now I like Mr. Maguire’s work, and he seems to make good choices in his selection of roles. Certainly he has proven his ability to act out a script with the most fantastic, implausible elements imaginable, and still treat the material with dignity and respect, a trick many actors never figure out. But does he even know one damn thing about Robotech? Robotech is not in any way a deep, cohesive or “rich” story. Rather, it is perhaps the most infamous Macekre of all time.  It is a Frankenstein’s monster sewn together from the rotting carcasses of three separate anime series, all of which had nothing to do with each other before they were cut together specifically for American syndication.

Maybe, just maybe this film isn’t the result of somebody at Warner Bros. thinking, “Well the kids all seem to be going wild with anticipation over this new Evangellan thing, and that Transformers turd managed to turn a profit. Maybe we ought’a get some giant robots of our own.” Maybe somebody honestly sees a good movie in there somewhere, and they’re dying to bring it out. Maybe it won’t suck donkey balls. But I won’t be seeing it on opening night.