July 18, 2008

Could it Work?

Wonderduck inflicts upon us a clever piece of art, which, once the eyes stop bleeding, begs the question, "Could this work?".

Could a slice of life show about a bunch of guys work in the same way?

I'm  sure a similar show with a mixed cast could...it was done well over here with Peanuts.


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How Did This Happen?

I now hold in my shaggy little palms...volume 5 of Welcome to the NHK.
(Which I am told does not exist)

The logo and box all indicate an ADV product.

2 possibilities jump out at me.

1:  I have inadvertently used my entire lifetime allotment of "swell"...on producing a nonexistent cartoon DVD out of the ether....as opposed to hair.... or a cure for cancer....superpowers...or something of greater monetary value than $19.99...meaning it's all downhill from this point.

2: It's A SINISTER CONSPIRACY!!

# 2 seems the one to hope for....


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July 14, 2008

A Few Random Thoughts on :Trivial Fluff (Anime Division)

The weekend was completely nonproductive. Due to weather, exhaustion and psychological trauma inflicted by an online quiz, I contracted a passing case of hikikomoriism and pretty much did not accomplish any of my yardwork and watched more anime in 2 days than I have in 2 months.


Fluff follows....
more...

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July 12, 2008

Very Cursory Gurren Laggan Review

 19.95 for the first 9 episodes of what is a very highly regarded show. OK...sure.

I'm really not impressed with the art style or the animation.

 Hmmm...2 male leads...one is an idiot...one is a nebbish.

feh...

OK, the Nebbish hero (?) is a digger in a Dystopic underground village...
It's like Logans Run meets Dirty Jobs....
Good grief...is there such a thing as "Gainax Opening"?

This show was heavily hyped.

This makes it is clear that the popular culture has passed me by. I think I'm gonna...wait..what..?

more...

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July 07, 2008

Look an Elf!



Art by Tony Taka and is from the PS2 game Shining Tears.
(TonyTaka link NSFW)

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Funimation / ADV/ Geneon Shuffle

Ubu Roi has a good overview of the Funimation buy-up of ADV and Geneon  titles with some informative updates and comments.

(Thanks to PulpJunkie for the links)

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July 06, 2008

The Upcoming "Season" of Late Night Cartoons Aimed at Japanese 14 Year Olds

Some of the upcoming anime shows that were/are premiering in the next few weeks.

   Slayers Revolution...included for completeness sake, hardly worth mentioning.

       


    Strike Witches...the toy add was sublime.
Can the series live up to that? Doubtful...
and yet...
The toy add was SO sublime ..


 


  Mission E...sequel(?) to Code E...Yet another excuse to watch the rest of Code E which I thought had much promise.



Ikkitousen Great Guardians....Let me say quite loudly for the benefit of any EEOC officers, Liberal Arts professors, and insecure female graduate assistants that I am deeply and profoundly offended by the very existence of this pathologically pointless and prurient show...that is my story and I am sticking to it.


 
   World Destruction...More lighthearted cheer from Prodution IG. A girl  has the super power "destroy whole world"...which naturally comes with the 8 point limitation " destroys whole world". Complications ensue..

(Update: Wonderduck has thoughts)

   
 
 
   Detroit Metal City...The Manga reportedly involves a Garage Band that switches from Swedish pop (!?) to Heavy Metal with sinister results. I'm unsure if this is a comedy, a drama, or an afterschool special.

 
  
 
   Chocolate Underground...looks like another Shirow "kids show". The food police are cracking down on chocolate consumption with the reserve and good sense we see from the DEA and ATF...the kids rebel....this could be fun.

(Update: You Tube added, still not the OP, but a  5min clip)

 
   Birdy The Mighty-Decode...Birdy the Mighty for the 21st century.

 
 
   Utraviolet-Code 44...They made an anime based on Ultraviolet? Well it looks stylish.


 
   Slayers Revolution....Some derivative D&D type show. Likely of no interest to anybody.

 
 
   RoboDz Kazagumo Hen...Kids robot show which is interesting as it is a Toei/ Disney co-production  (no trailer available)
 
  Hidemari Sketchx365....Apparantly not just a slice of life show...the whole fricking pie graph.

  

lawd that is...cheery...
 
  Antique Bakery...Shounin Ai...with bread...and dough...and...I'll leave it at that....

 


 
  Telepathy Shoujou Ran...no info..I assume telepathy is involved and so are girls and flowers.
Update: OP Added

  
  
 
  Yakushiji Ryouko no Kaiki Jikenbo...(Ryokos Case File?)...Tokyo police paranormal investigations..


 
   Finally, there's some show called Slayers Revolution.

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July 02, 2008

Rats! More Trouble at ADVision?

Via Chizumatic comes the news that ADV is again having problems. It seems they have put several titles, including the excellent Welcome to the NHK on indefinite hold.

Founded in 1992 by John Ledford and Matt Greenfield two Texas anime fans, ADV is one of the more established and prolific outfits to focus on licensing anime here.

Now it appears they, like the much larger and better financed Geneon may have fallen victim to the fact that it is pretty damned impossible to really compete with fan-subbers who's overhead consists of Mountain Dew and pretzels.......... as opposed to rights, distribution infrastructure, advertising, translator and tech salaries, taxes, legal fees, printing, inventory and rent or property taxes on the spaces needed to house said overhead.

This is not good.

UPDATE: There is very good discussion in the comments at the Chizumatic post.

ADV's website is currently down.



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