New Naruto: Shippuuden movie on its way

23 12 2008

In good time to celebrate the Naruto ANN manga’s ten year anniversary the second Naruto: Shippuuden ANN movie, fifth Naruto movie overall, will be released in Japanese theatres during the coming summer of 2009. The recently released teaser only tells the words “Gekijouban Naruto Shippuuden” which literally means “Movie Edition: Naruto Shippuuden,” if I may translate it myself, with no subtitle available. The teaser doesn’t tell very much about the movie or anything at all, but you get to see a few Naruto characters jump around on a black screen, trying to get you excited over the coming movie.

Source: Saishin Anime Jouhou via Anime News Network


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.

Yen Plus issue 5

11 12 2008

Yes, the item mentioned in the title is out, and I guess it has been for a while. Yen Plus issue 5, that is. I just got my copy from the DHL delivery service (it has been lying since the eigth of December, just waiting for me to pick it up – I’M SORRY YEN PLUS! I’ll never abandon you again!), and I haven’t even finished issue 4 yet – and I still have lots of manga I haven’t had the time to read yet! Got several Naruto books left, unread in my bookcase (although, I have already read it all in other ways), the latest Tsubasa: RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE volume, I, Otaku, and all the so far released volumes of D.Gray-man! Wonderful! This christmas will be the best, if I can only get my hands on a real cozy kotatsu! I probably won’t… :'<

The green Yen Plus logo. It's nice.

The green Yen Plus logo. It's nice.

Hmm, it’s been a while since I posted anything non-news related, but I’ll try to post other stuff (like this and more interesting stuff) as well as continue keeping you updated on the latest news on Japanese popular culture!

Naruto: The Broken Bond

5 12 2008

I am very psyched up right now and I won’t right more than a little note. I’VE GOT NARUTO: THE BROKEN BOND! If it’s just half as good as it’s predecessor, Naruto: Rise of a Ninja, then it’s totally worth $80 dollars! Well then, now I’m going to play the game all through the night. I just wish I had a good camera so I could post some nice pics for you…

The Broken Bond...

Can Naruto: The Broken Bond...

...stand up to its predecessor?

...stand up to its predecessor?

EDIT: (Don’t read if you don’t know what happens after the Chuunin exam in the story yet.) After having been to the bathroom, changing pants (after a soda spill accident, not any other kind of accident) and getting some more coke I finally got to insert the game disc and start playing. At the beginning of the game the story takes of right where the story of Rise of a Ninja ended and immediately you enter a fight between the Third Hokage and Orochimaru (with his two summoned companions, the First and Second hokage) where you get to learn the basics of the game controls, followed by a sad sequence where you have to find Sakura and Sasuke (I was looking for Sasuke when I decided to share my thoughts before continuing – I just had to!) to the Sorrow and Sadness soundtrack that, accompanied with the Third’s death, always makes me cry. Waah, poor Sarutobi!

Dattebayo stops fansubbing Naruto for real

22 11 2008

January 15, Hulu, Crunchyroll and Joost will officially begin streaming the Naruto Shippuuden anime, and that’s why Dattebayo has now said that they will stop fansubbing the show; however, they will continue to fansub other shows.

Interactii talks to Anime News Network about this:
“But like any symbiosis, you have to know when its time to move on. That time has come. Viz and Crunchyroll have gotten their acts together and are trying something new, with one of the most popular shows in anime today. I, and the rest of the staff, know that if we continue to subtitle it, they will have to ask us to stop. That’s something they probably don’t want to have to do, because it will most likely make all of you very mad at them. That’s something they really don’t deserve.”

The members of team 7 have different opinions about this.

The members of team 7 have different opinions about this, it seems.

Limited Edition Naruto box

31 10 2008

I just got home from late shopping (although, the time is only about half past six here, right now … maybe not so late after all) after having had dinner with my brother and his girlfriend (they had just come to Stockholm for a day to get visas – they’re going to China without me!) and, as usual, I got home with lots of new manga and stuff. Today, the biggest item on my shopping list was the Naruto Limited Edition box containing volumes one through twenty-seven, a double-sided poster (folded and therefore ruined) that I haven’t really checked out yet and probably won’t use (because, as mentioned earlier, it is folded and therefore ruined) and a special Naruto booklet; whatever is in it I don’t know because I haven’t checked that out either. More than the Naruto box I got volumes two through six of D.Gray-man, volume nine of Katekyou Hitman REBORN! (or simply Reborn!) and volumes one of the following series: MÄR, Nora, B Ichi and Elemental Gelade. Seeing as I already had maybe twenty volumes of different series to read, after adding thirty-seven new volumes, again of different series, I probably won’t be able to say, “I’ve got nothing fun to do,” for quite a while. Unless I spend all night reading it all – but I don’t think even I could pull that off; at least not while still interested.

I’d give you some pictures if I had some; however, I do still not own a working camera. And no, I am not a narutard – just a regular old (although, not old) otaku.

EDIT: There also was a Limited Edition box like the Naruto one for Bleach and Death Note; however, I am currently collecting all the Death Note volumes a few at a time and I’m almost half way to getting them all and the Bleach volumes offered in the Limited Edition box I had just bought when I noticed the box that, besides containing a few extra Limited Edition items, cost almost 1000 SEK less than what I had just payed, purchasing all the volumes only a few at a time at several occasions. That’s the reason, actually, that I got the Naruto box for almost 1500 SEK, saving even more than 1000 SEK (actually making up for buying the Bleach volumes at different times) – and that’s my absolute proof that I am, in fact, not a narutard.