Seitokai no Ichizon anime green-lit

19 01 2009

Time to get back to my regular blogging pace after the freezing weekend and here’s some new for you!

Sekina Aoi’s Seitokai no Ichizon series of light novels will be adapted into a TV anime in the future; however, the date has not been set yet.

Seitokai no Ichizon

Seitokai no Ichizon

Okay, that wasn’t so much, but more news is on its way – just you wait!

Source: Moon Phase





Cross Game gets anime adaption this spring

10 01 2009

Now that I have had a few hours break I am ready to keep updating you on what’s going on in world of Japanese popular culture (isn’t there a shorter way to say “Japanese popular culture”?).

This spring, Mitsuru Adachi’s baseball manga Cross Game will be adapted into an anime. Big shocker, assuming you have read the title of this post… The manga that is currently on hiatus has been running in Weekly Shonen Sunday since 2005 and will be off it’s break also this spring.

Cover of Cross Game's third volume.

Cover of Cross Game's third volume.

Source: 2channel via Anime News Network and AnimeNation





Fall 2008 anime schedule

6 01 2009

This is mostly for my own reference so I know which of the fall 2008 series I am going to watch to the end simultaneously as I watch some of the new winter 2009 season shows, but you are free to view it as well. After deciding to watch all the 40+ shows that started airing during late 2008, I had to go and couldn’t watch anime for several months and, of course, watching all of the shows was no longer an option, but now I hope I have made my final fall 2008 anime schedule. Sorry for bothering you with this, dear readers. ^^;

Casshern Sins
Ongoing

Ga-Rei -Zero-
12 episodes

Hyakko
13 episodes

Kurogane no Linebarrels
Ongoing

Kyou no Go no Ni (2008)
13 episodes

Shikabane Hime: Aka
13 episodes

Shugo Chara!! Doki—
Ongoing

Tales of the Abyss
26 episodes

To Aru Majutsu no Index
24 episodes

Toradora!
25 episodes

Tytania
Ongoing

Vampire Knight Guilty
13 episodes

Yozakura Quartet
12 episodes

OK, that was quite a few still, but I guess it’s a lot easier to keep up with than these and 30 shows more. I did not include Kannagi since I have already finished it and Vampire Knight isn’t a 2008 fall season anime, even though I have to watch it before I can watch Vampire Knight Guilty. Several of the others shows I have watched one or two episodes of before I dropped it, but those aren’t listed here because they aren’t shows I am going to watch. Hope all of these are great!





Kurokami – Episode 1

6 01 2009

The new winter anime season has started and so far five new shows have started – or at least that’s the number of shows I’ve yet decided check out. The first contender for 2009 is Kurokami, or Black God, based on the korean manga (yes, not “manhwa”) by Dall-Young Lim and Sung-Woo Park, who, funnily but totally irrelevant, made his debut the year I was born, 1993.

The first episode starts with the main character in a puddle of blood. Why?

The first episode starts with the main character in a puddle of blood. Why?

As always, I suck at making reviews on anything, really, so I’ll try to keep this short; maybe it will make a little sense. The first episode of Kurokami begins with Keita Ibuki (伊吹慶太 Ibuki Keita) riding his bike through the part of Japan where he lives- no wait, that’s not the beginning. Sorry, have been fixing some other stuff since I watched the episode… Anyway, the first episode of Kurokami starts out with Keita Ibuki lying dead on the ground, blood filling the canvas that is the ground his dead body lies on. This may sound like a spoiler, what I just said, but since it is the absolute first thing that happens you were going to find out about it as soon as you watched the episode yourself and can’t really be considered a huge spoiler. After we see Keita’s dead body and (supposedly) his blood  on the ground we get to see the girl that later introduces herself as “Kuro” (meaning “black” in Japanese), fleeing from some unidentified men in black costumes, followed by a woman with long orange hair riding the train. She is talking on the phone with Keita and to not make this a complete summary of exactly everything that happens in this episode I will stop talking right now.

It's Kuro!

It's Kuro!

I must say, this review seems to being going quite OK, at least for being one of my reviews. Maybe? Anyway, when I first started watching this episode I thought that maybe it wasn’t the same Kurokami that I had recently read the first chapter of the manga of, but something else with the same name, since, the way I recall the first manga chapter, the manga and anime weren’t even the slightest bit alike – until Keita meets Kuro and Punipuni at the ramen stand. Then I was sure it was the same story I had read earlier in an issue of Yen Plus. I have to get the manga, because everything points at this being a great manga – even though it’s created by Korean authors. Not that it’s anything wrong with that, just that Korean authors more often make “manhwa” than manga, and those two are definitely not the same thing. Man, I can’t focus on less than twenty-eight things at once… I don’t think there is much more I can write now, though, without simply giving away everything that happens in the episode, and that’s not what I’m writing this for, so I’ll just add another picture and then a gallery with pictures from the episode, if you’re interested. Oh yeah, this is definitely one of the shows from the early anime season of 2009 you have to check out!

Aaaaargh!!

Aaaaargh!!





After falling you may or may not rise

11 12 2008

I chose just now to rise again. My fall is that I haven’t watched any anime for almost three months and my rising is that I’m getting back on track. I’m deleting a few shows from my “currently watching” list, moving some to the “on-hold” list and a few one to “dropped” or even back to “plan to watch” if I haven’t yet watched more than one episode. Now I’m currently getting episodes 81 through 86-87 (a double episode) of Naruto, episode 80 already waiting for my awakening on my HDD, and after that I will get all the Bleach episodes I have missed (the filler just ended when I stopped watching the anime altogether) and then all the other shows I have to catch up to again. And soon the next anime season begins! What will I do?!

This is how the inside of my heads looks right now, simplified.

This is how the inside of my heads looks right now, simplified.





Anime News Network starts streaming anime

9 12 2008

Online streaming seems to be latest hot thing in the anime world, and now ANNtv starts the streaming business as well. If you don’t know what ANNtv is, it’s a “streaming video platform” launched 2008 with Anime News Network self-produced editorial content, according to the Anime News Network website. Anyway, today their first streamed anime (together with almost 400 trailers and 32 anime episodes), Kite: Liberator, the sequel OVA Kite from 1998, has been released; however, only for North American audience. That’s too bad, the preview image at Anime News Network welcome page show some really nice art and just that can get me very interested. Maybe it’s for the best, in my case, though, since I haven’t watched the original OVA Kite or even heard of it before… To you North American dudes and dudettes (hmm, where did I get that line?), do check out the ANNtv over at Anime News Network, and to you non-North American dude and dudettes (oh yeah, from Mao-chan), check it out in your locale “we import all your otaku needs” store or at Amazon or beNippon, it might be good. If you want to know more first, remember that Wikipedia is your friend.

Don't you think the art is very nice and intriguing?

Don't you find the art is very nice and intriguing?

Source: Anime News Network





Madhouse does Marvel anime

19 11 2008

Is this a good concept? Probably not, but for all those who likes both Marvel comics (unlike me, I just don’t like non-manga comics) and manga maybe this is a great way for squeezing the last pennies of soon-to-be-pennyless fools. I’m just cranky ’cause I haven’t gotten my beauty sleep yet, please forgive me. I’m probably going to check these out myself … maybe not. Who knows? We’ll see. I’ll see. During spring 2010, Animax (a Japanese TV channel) will air the first twelve episodes of Ironman and Wolverine. Am I excited? Not really, but maybe I’ll check it out. Or not. Okay then, folks, while I keep rambling nonsense, please be good boys and girls don’t disobey your parents. Good night!

Actually … WAIT, DAMMIT! Don’t walk away when I’m talking to you. Geez …
Anyway, if you are like me and don’t really like non-manga comics, then maybe there is a reason you may enjoy this little project anyway, just listen (or read) to this:

To better appeal to Japanese fans, Marvel’s superheroes, including Ironman and Wolverine, will be retrofitted with new looks and backstories that touch on local culture and Japanese history.

After reading that last quote, I got a bit interested, actually. And now that I have actually said “actually” seven times, actually counting the ones used in this sentence and the one follow, I actually think it’s time for me to enter some tags, specify a category or two and press publish and GO TO BED! Actually.

Source: The Variety