Sunday, December 30, 2012

Mangirl! Anime for 2013

So, I'm not exactly sure if this is pronounced, MAN-Girl, or Mon-girl, but regardless, Mangirl! is a new anime about a group of girls that want to make the best manga magazine ever. It's a tad ambitious, but then in the world of anime, what isn't?

The new show, which has some big name staff members behind it, a-la, Kashimashi, K-On, Shin Koihime Muso, Toradora! and Maria Holic Alive, are just a few.

While the premise seems sort of blase, the series could prove to be possible ten on the kawaii factor. So I'll be giving this one a look-see.

Hyakka Ryoran Samurai Bride Trailer

Well, it looks like the girls of Hyakka Ryoran Samurai ... er Girls, are getting the new second season kicked off with a bang, as the two and a half minute long promo clip shows you.

The new season is scheduled to broadcast in Japan, April of next year, and aside from some inconsequential staffing here or there, everyone from the first season has returned to the second.

I'm excited why? Because, news girls, new swords, new moves, less clothes, more ink blotches till the bluray.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Pre-Doomsday, xxxHolic, Arata and more

Well, this holiday season certainly has been a busy one. I'd love to get into all that I've been doing, but that would probably bore you, and just sound like an endless string of excuses for not posting.

But, aside from all that, there has been some cool things that have come up in the world of anime news and such, and after combing over the nets, I found some interesting things that just beg to be mentioned.

Before we get into all that though, I have to say, that since tomorrow is the dreaded doomsday, that it's been nice knowing you all, and hopefully you've done more productive things with your remaining few days or hours on earth. Unlike me, who has spent every waking moment watching old movies on Bluray, and writing fan-fiction, while harassing my friends with annoying text messages.

If you don't know how to spend your last day on earth, then might I recommend a nice cup of coffee, and smooth cigarette. It's not like it'll really matter about the lung cancer thing now, right? So get your coffee, and smoke, and go find a book about something you've never heard of before, and read it. Learn something new about the universe, before it ironically decides to wipe you from it's memory, like a bad stain on a new jacket.

If you absolutely insist on spending your final moments doing something nerdish and otaku oriented, then might I suggest finding the worst anime in your collection, and watching it. make yourself really aggravated and annoyed, and down-right hostile. Then turn and focus that rage on the impending apocalypse. Let that world-ending comet, or volcano, or mysterious as-yet un-heard-of world killer know that you are very upset, and then give it a piece of your mind; remembering to use big nerdy words and phrases, like "By the power of Grayskull", and "Honey Badger".

If however, you're lackadaisical or too carefree to care about tomorrow's end, then you can just do the usual, and watch anime, read manga, or check out this stuff below in the link.

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Monday, December 10, 2012

Anime Art: Christmas Kiki

Since the Christmas season is well under way, I'd thought it was about time that I started spreading the holiday cheer a little; and I can't think of a more adorable, and awesome picture to start with.

So to all you folks that follow, read, and subscribe, I hope you have a great holiday.

If you don't know who's in the picture, I'm gonna put you in the corner for a week, and then make you marathon every Ghibli film ever!

Friday, December 7, 2012

Nekomonogatari and Samurai Girls Season 2

According to some buzz that has been going around, Samurai Girls is finally getting its sequel. Though I was split fifty-fifty on whether it warranted one in the first place, seeing as how much of the main plot was resolved in the first season, even if it was only more or less tied up in the last couple of episodes.

The new season, which is to be called, Hyakka Ryoran Samurai Bride...

Well, that sort of sounds like a bit of a spoiler, doesn't it?

No worries though, I'll watch it anyway, because I'm refined like that.

Another bit of excitement, which has my sack all quivery and shit, is the release date for Nekomonogatari the end of the month. December 31st to be exact... unless they've changed something.

Anyway, I liked Bakemonogatari, and I loved Nisemonogatari, so I'm all but foaming at the mouth over another installment.

So now that I've posted some stuff, I've got to go grab me some lunch, and ponder the unquantifiable aspects of the Otaku Continuum, or just douse myself down with some Sumomomo Momomo... either way the results are the same.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

New xxxHolic, More Fate...

Maybe it's just me, but as I was browsing the internet last night and this morning, all I seemed to see was a mash-up of partially interesting things, and of those the only things that really stood out were either things that had to do with things I'd never get, or things that were only interesting because they were annoying.

I took annoying, because it's been a while since I've had a rant on here about things that annoy me, but since I'm clearly annoyed, I'll start with the first thing on the list, which is news of the new xxxHolic manga continuation, or whatever it's going to be when CLAMP gets through with it.

I'm not as annoyed by the news today as I was last night, when I was reading fellow blogger AstroNerdBoy's thoughts on it, but it's still a baffling mess and stir-fry of WTF.

I can't say that the last several of CLAMP's manga have ended with much clarity, and in fact I'll go so far as to say that they have more or less petered out to a mediocre snap, rather than the bang they began with, and honestly xxxHolic isn't exempt from that assessment.

While it was certainly an unprecedented manga series, written in tandem with a sister series manga, it made a lot of mistakes, and it introduced way too many shifts to take the plot cohesion seriously at times.

Oh, don't get me wrong, I have been and always will be a fan of the series, but as they say, hind-sight is always crystal clear, and I'm seeing things now--in light of this new series--that I chose to overlook before for sake of fan appreciation.

A new series, will only either help, or hurt the already established canon, and while I'd love to see Yuko return in some capacity, either as a reincarnated being, or a god-modded come-back straight-up, I have a lot of doubts about this even if i don't get my fan-boy wish.

As for more of things that make us scratch our heads, I'm reading something now about how there is going to be more volumes of the new Fate/Apocrypha series, and yadda yadda blah blah... and you know what, I'm actually sort of burnt out, and up to here (I'm holding my hand above my head, which is why you can't see it) with Fate/Stay Night and all the baggage that has come with that franchise.

I own the series! I watched it! I thought it was okay, and not really anything too spectacular, and aside from Saber, it was just a bunch of fighting that accomplished not much. The main male character was a dip-shit, and with only one real saving grace for the show (Saber), it was a shuffle back to the bottom of the pile after I was done watching it.

Now, I'm not going to go out of my way here, and hammer the toes of all the fans, but I have to groan a lot when a franchise based off of an Adult Game manages to have enough side stories, prequels, sequels and games and manga that the combined word count exceeds The Lord of the Rings.

I'm astonished, and dumbfounded. I fail to see how a show that ended pretty crappy needs to have so much lavished reprisals, and extensions. Seriously, it's like the three things I see or hear about more than anything else, is some new Vocaloid crap, some new Madoka crap, and some new incarnation of Fate/<insert name here>...

I could totally understand driving the series home if it was a little more clear and direct, but it really isn't, it's steeped in complication, teemed with villains, and rife with lunacy, and if it wasn't enough to have a title that makes no sense at all, here's the actual chronology of the franchise, as best I could gather.

In-universe timeline:

Fate/stay night
Fate/hollow ataraxia
Fate/strange fake

Alternate universe (no set timelines):

Fate/tiger colosseum
Fate/unlimited codes
Fate/Extra CCC
Fate/kaleid liner PRISMA☆ILLYA

Parodies (no set timelines):

Carnival Phantasm
Fate/school life

I mean, if that isn't confusion at its finest, I don't know what is. And I'm not just saying this because I want the franchise to end... wait scratch that. I would love for the franchise to end. Just wrap this whole mo-fo up, and let's please put Saber to rest, and be concluded. We can call it Fate/End Night.

I think I would be happy with that.

Monday, December 3, 2012

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Media Blasters Drops the Ball ... Again

So I was poking around for some news, and came across something that just makes me shake my head sadly. Yet again, it seems as if Media Blasters is proving their incompetence at maintaining their promises of delivering their anime titles when they say they will, and have issued a list of which titles are being delayed, and or out-right cancelled.

According to several places around the internet, the list of titles is quite large, and in some cases the shows that are being delayed or dropped is enough to have the fans up in arms with pitchforks and torches.

Here's the titles getting delayed, and their new release times.

  • Shamanic Princess: April 2013
  • Ai no Kusabi: April 2013
  • The Space Between: April 2013

Live-action films
  • Bio-Slime: February 2013
  • Darnell Dawkins: Mouth Guitar Legend: February 2013
  • Lady Ninja: February 2013
  • Reflections of Darkness: February 2013
  • The Possession in Japan: March 2013

Possibly Cancelled Releases

  • Fushigi Yugi OVA Collection
  • Kite on Blu-ray
  • Squid Girl, Part 3 (Season 2)
  • Gaogaigar Complete Collection

Live Action
  • Unaware
  • Tokyo Vengeance
  • Ring of Curse
  • Fresh Meat Six Pack
  • Dracula vs. Frankenstein

The worst thing about all of this, is the fact that I and a few people I know are looking forward to several of these titles, and as for myself, I guess Squid Girl - Season 2 will be buried under the rug; assuming these are in fact cancelled.

Maybe the day will come that we will see all of Media Blasters cancelled... just flat cancelled. And by that time, I'll be one of the last ones to say, "Good riddance!"

Detective Conan Movie 17 Teaser

Well, it certainly took long enough, but we finally have the first real look at the new Detective Conan Movie 17: Private Eye in the Distant Sea.

The film is scheduled to open in TOHO theaters in Japan April 20th 2013.

Friday, November 30, 2012

Anime, Allergies, and Antibiotics... oh my

Well, it's been since Black Friday that I was last on here, while visiting my wife's family up North. And wouldn't you know it, I came down with a nasty sinus infection a few hours before the long drive back, and spent the trip home, clutching a bottle of DayQuil, and sipping gas station coffee.

Needless to say, the site has been neglected somewhat due to the sinus infection, but now that everything is back on track, I thought I would just drop in and make a post to show you all that I'm not really dead, and I'm not hiding somewhere in the Antarctic, tending to Popsicle bunnies.

Anyway... as a token of my esteem, I thought I would make mention of a few things that have nothing to do with anime.

One of which, is the new Halo 4 game, which is awesome, and brings back all the good things I loved about the online experience, that sort of was killed off in Halo Reach. So if you like a great story generated game, this one has it, and it has a great classic feel while being all new and shiny.

Friday, November 23, 2012

New Haruhi Art Book with Story

Starting May 1st of next year, there is going to be a series of new art books with original Haruhi Suzumiya stories. It was announced in Kadokawa Shoten's Sneaker Bunko, and though these are going to be cool, I'm wondering how broad these are going to go, in that are we going to be getting these in the States.

New art books are cool, and certainly new stores.

Anyone else looking forward to more Haruhi?

New Ah My Goddess OAD

Well just when we thought the franchise was long since over, the next OAD for Ah! My Goddess has been green lit and will be seeing the light of day sometime after the first of the year, and will be bundled with a volume of the manga.

I'm excited about this, but I'm also slightly disappointed. I'd have hoped that by now, the franchise would have developed to the point where we see more of Keiichi and Belldandy's relationship beyond holding hands and the occasional peck on the cheek.

Regardless, I'm hoping that since this isn't the last of the animated form of the franchise, then maybe we'll get something better. But anyway, it'll be fun to see them back again.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Detective Conan Movie 17: Private Eye in the Distant Sea

Well, it's finally been revealed that the new Detective Conan movie for next year is going to be, Movie 17 - The Private Eye in the Distant Sea and already I'm looking forward to it. Granted I haven't had a chance to watch this year's movie, for which I'll have to remedy that very soon.

The movie is set on a state-of-the art Aegis vessel with the full cooperation of Japan's Ministry of Defense and Maritime Self-Defense Force. The heroine Ran is put in jeopardy, and Conan is forced to stand up against a dangerous criminal.

~ AnimeNewsNetwork
If you aren't giddy for this, then you aren't much of a Conan fan, though I'm just hoping that they can figure out a way to put Haibara on the ship, or else this trip for me will be all about Ran x Conan...

Friday, November 16, 2012

Vividred Operation: Teaser

A-1 Pictures new anime Vividred Operation is getting some spin, and you can catch a glimpse of it here. It's an Original Anime, and while i don't know for sure if this is like the original ones of the past that were part of the Aniplex/A-1 Pictures joint, this one does have my interest piqued. Especially since this one is being directed by Kazuhiro Takamura, of Strike Witches fame.

The series is scheduled to premiere in January.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Anime Artisans: Sleeping

In celebration of the fact that I spend less time sleeping than I do working and blogging and gaming, and whatever else manages to fill up my day, I thought I would post about it.

Being a natural born insomniac, I often find myself dog-tired, and still staying up to finish an anime, or a game, or even in the most recent case; the last five episodes of The Walking Dead - Season 2.

I'm sure there are other fellow otaku out there that are just as bothered by sleeping, or lack thereof, and to all you that would rather game till dawn, or cram a whole twenty-six episode series in a single night, I dedicate these pictures to you... especially after the insomnia has worn off, and we konk out in a nice repose.


Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Digimon Season 2 Coming to DVD

Prepare your wallets again guys, and get ready to jump right back into the Digital World again, because the goodies keep on coming! Digimon: The Official First Season must have sold well after all, because New Video is prepping a release for Season Two already.

'Four years after Tai, Mimi and the rest of the DigiDestined brought peace to the digital world and found their way back home, the Digimon Emperor–a new villain–threatens the world and its Digital Monsters. With some of the original kids off to junior high, a new generation is chosen to defend and save the world from evil. Davis, Yolei, Cody, and Ken join T.K and Kari to form the new Digidestined team. Together they journey back to the Digital World to battle the Digimon Emperor and free all the Digital Monsters from his control. For the first time ever DIGIMON ADVENTURE SEASON 02 (the direct sequel to Digimon Adventure Season 01) is available in an 8-disc official collector’s set, complete with all 50 episodes.'

The description is a little wonky in places (mentioning Mimi of all people, and teasing Ken already), but I have no doubt that this is going to be another amazing release that we've been wanting for a long time. They're teasing some kind of extras too, but for that my money's on it just being the booklet and image galleries again.

This set is currently going to be released on March 26, 2013, giving everyone (myself included) lots of time to save up again, and hope there's an awesome price for it somewhere like the first one got on Wal-mart.

Monday, November 12, 2012

WO Reviews: Hellsing Ultimate Volume 1 Blu-Ray

The Bird of Hermes is my name; Eating my wings to make me tame.

Hellsing is one of those lucky classic series that fortune smiled upon and granted it a modern revival; Hellsing Ultimate is that revival. Spread across 10, 50 minute OVAs, Ultimate is a true-to-the-manga adaptation of a series that captivated audiences back in 2003, but failed to deliver any form of a satisfying ending, due to the fact that the manga was ongoing. Volume 1 is a collection of the first 4 OVA episodes spread across 3 DVDs or 2 Blu-rays.

If you've been in the anime world for any measurable amount of time, you most likely are somewhat familiar with the series, its premise, or its famous protagonist, Alucard. The Hellsing organization fights vampires and other evil forces that threaten England with their own super-powerful undead entity, the vampire Alucard. While performing his exterminatory duties, Alucard saves the life of a virgin police officer by turning her into an agent of the undead. As Alucard educates his new vampire-ling on the ways of the coffin-dweller, the two end up embroiled in a three-way conflict between Hellsing, The Iscariot (a sect of the Vatican dedicated to the eradication of ALL evil entities), and a revived Nazi group with a haunting army.

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Aniplex Delays Garden of Sinners

Well, it seems that Aniplex of America has delayed their release of Garden of Sinners to an uncertain date, no doubt to the chagrin of the fans, and where it not for the fact that the complete box set is slated at a less than modest price of $185.00 the company has still not learned to get better control of their prices.

I don't want to go on a tirade here or anything, but this is getting ridiculous if you ask me. How is any company expected to stay in business if they keep jacking up their prices like this? Instead of catering to a select few high-brow nerds, the company would do better to make their initial releases of the product a little more cost conscious to the consumers.

I know that I do spend a lot of money on anime, but I am also NOT made of money, and neither are the fans for that matter. They may have some, but not enough to rush right out and spend nearly two hundred dollars for a box set of anime. If I didn't know better, I'd swear that Aniplex had lost their freaking minds.

I may have to dedicate some time to this in a rant article later, but now is not the time.

Neon Alley to Premiere Bleach Movie 4

Well it isn't any surprise that Neon Alley is wanting to take off with a bang, and to sweeten the deal for their viewers, and subscribers, Viz Media are making good on their promise of bringing the best newest content to the masses.

What this means is that, Neon Alley is going to be premiering the new Bleach: Hell Verse movie before its scheduled release date, and of course with the new English dub at that. The film, which is scheduled to premiere Sunday, November 25 at 8:00 p.m. EST, is several weeks in advance of the street date for the DVD/BD slated for December 4.

So go out there and rejoice, and then come back and let me know how it feels to have Viz finally making good strides toward the fanbase again.

Friday, November 9, 2012

Dragon Ball Kai to Continue

So everyone has been wanting this, and it seems as if your wishes have been granted. At least in part.

The word going round, is that the voice actors for DBZ KAI are coming back in to do more voice work for the show. Which means the fans that wanted to have the Buu Saga are going to probably now get those episodes, but there is a catch.

The new episodes are supposedly not going to air in domestic Japan. These are going to air elsewhere, which is a major drag for some, and a blessing for others.

There is no word yet on if FUNimation is getting them yet

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

WO: On Election Day

It's time after four years for the American people, and especially the American Otaku to make their way into the voting booths and cast a vote for their Presidential candidate.

I don't usually use the site here as a focus on political things, and for the most part, few people on the internet are even aware of my political affiliations. But when people ask me which party I am for, I give them a straight answer, and I stick to my beliefs, despite the near inexhaustible argumentative nature of others.

Now, this election has been a unique one, in the sense that most of the newer young people that have finally hit that age where they can vote are doing so, and are dragging their technological social applied networks with them.

In an age where every tiny nuance of the world is commented on with Twitter and Facebook, we've gained a huge amount of global awareness, and in the process learned how to be obstinately opinionated on damn near everything, from gas prices, to last weeks orange juice ads at the local market.

Friday, November 2, 2012

AMV - Pantsu, Pantsu and More Pantsu!

Since the Holiday Season is fast upon us, and because I haven't posted in a few days, I figured I'd throw a bone... er, uh yeah to the guys that just can't get enough of the pantsu.

May God have mercy on your souls!

Monday, October 29, 2012

Digimon: The Official First Season Review

Think back to the late 90's/early 2000's. If you were a young kid just getting into the anime fandom like I was, chances are you can remember one of the greatest fandom wars of all time – Pokemon V.S. Digimon. Both shows became instant hits with kids of all ages, and both are among the very few anime titles to actually have seeped even slightly into the mainstream. Sadly though, as time went on, and more and more shows were seeing slight and/or full DVD releases, only Pokemon continued to get major attention between the two, and Digimon became one of those shows that we all remembered fondly, but had no legal access to.

That time is over now. Rejoice, my fellow Digimon fans – our wish has finally been granted. After years of anticipation, and seeing our favorite franchise stagnate in the States, becoming a slow trickle of sub-par video game releases and only short television runs, New Video has stepped forward as our savior and released 'The Official First Season' of Digimon on DVD.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Halloween Art: Working!!

Ah, nothing like some more Halloween art, and nothing says treat like Poplar from Working!!

Friday, October 26, 2012

Mass Effect Teaser

Based on the popular best selling video game, and created by Production IG, the new joint effort film from BioWare and FUNimation is finally seeing a release date of December 28. Though I have to be honest, it's not something I think I'll be jumping over lines of waiting fans to get my hands on.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

New Sailor Moon Figures

So in anticipation of the new anime series that is getting released next year, Bandai is releasing new figures of the sailor scouts.

A Brief Look At The Season

Well, it's time for a brief update on some of the new stuff I've been watching, and what all is going on in the world of yours truly, with regard to this new season.

So far this season is shaping up to be a heck of a good time, and I can't recall when I've been this excited about this many shows. At least not this many all at once.

Oh sure, in the past I've had a few that I would follow, but I think that this is an all time record for me.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Evangelion 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo Trailer

Ah yes, the new trailer teaser for the upcoming Evangelion 3.0 film. Enjoy... probbaly old news by now, but who cares.

On an aside, why the hell is it called You Can (Not) Redo? that's kind of odd, I mean what's next... You Are (Not) To Watch?

7 Deadly Sins Gets Green Light

The last time I saw characters from a show about the seven deadly sins, I was bombarded with imagery of the damned. I'm referring to Umineko of course. But these ladies look to be a little more like what we are thinking the sins should look like.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Gokusen Art and other BAMF!

I felt like making another artist post, and thought about doing some Busou Shinki, but thanks to a challenge by Lucky Seven, I went with some Gokusen instead.

Here's some BAMF style art for your enjoyment.

Monday, October 22, 2012

A Certain Scientific Railgun S to be Confirmed

According to some news that's going around, there is going to be some major announcement is to happen in the December issue of ASCII Media Works' Monthly Comic Dengeki Daioh magazine on October 27.

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Food Time Japan

Ah! There's nothing like a kick in the crotch, when it comes to my cheese flavored Doritoes™ brand chips. I mean, if this doesn't make me want to jump on a boat and sail on over to the land of the rising sun and score a bag, I don't know what will.

But then, I guess our snacks don't really need to make sense.

But I do have to wonder, if we as American Otaku only really like somethings because they come from Japan. I mean, seriously... would we really like Pocky or Ramune if we didn't see it in an anime, or know that it came from our favorite land?

Pocky is just a sweet animal cracker cookie stick with chocolate frosting. And Ramune is fruit soda. Not really all that great when you think about it, but hot damn, it's from Japan, and that makes it what... better?

I'm looking at this bag of Doritoes, and you know what... I bet if I ordered me a case of these nut busters, they'd taste just like any plain old bag of Doritoes I could find in the grocery aisle at Wal-Mart.

Friday, October 19, 2012

Kamisama no Inai Nichiyobi gets Anime Adaptation

So some interesting news that has been spreading all over the internet pretty quick, is that the light novels from, Kimihito Irie, are getting the anime treatement. And this is always good news.

To Love Ru Darkness Resumes

Guess it isn't new to most by now, but Anime Network has re-added To Love Ru: Darkness back to their streaming site, after removing it after the first episode.

There is still no word as to why, they pulled the show, or why they are putting it back up, but the fans will no doubt rejoice to know that it has returned.

According to the listings, episode one, will be available on Thursday at 11am, with episodes two, and three following on Friday and Saturday at the same times.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

WO Examines: Sword Art Online (Arc 1)

When I first heard about Sword Art Online I'll admit that I was a bit suspicious. There just wasn't a whole lot of appeal for a show that featured an MMORPG setting, and one that seemed like a revamp of the whole, .hack//SIGN phenom that seemed to seethe from the fandom not that many years ago. But then stranger things have happened in the world of anime, and this is one of those stories you have to see to believe.

As it happened, I stumbled upon SAO as part of an effort to bring some much needed life back to the Shohan USA message boards, and a member there posted about the show.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Halloween Art

Time to continue our Halloween picture stuff, and what better way than to show off some spooky girls who are probably best known for not wearing much, if anything. But meh, it's Halloween, time to be creepy.

Of course no Halloween would be complete without some FMA to spice it up...

Daww... doesn't Envy look so cute in the kitty outfit? And of course, Lust as a witch, is just too adorable.

Wolf Children Find Home At FUNimation

So according to the latest buzz, the new film from director Mamoru Hosoda,Wolf Children Ame and Yuki has been licensed by North American anime distributor, FUNimation entertainment.

The news was announced at a panel, during the New York ComiCon, marking the second film from Hosoda that the anime conglomerate has secured. Granted, they did a hell of a job with the dub and the casting for Hosoda's previous film, Summer Wars, but the announcement has me a little uneasy.

FUNimation entertainment has a notorious habit of putting great effort into properties that they know will sell well, and have lots of acclaim, but with a near sleeper hit like Wolf Children, it has me worried that if the film were to not succeed here in the States, if FUNi would give it a sub-par dub, or wait for three years to get it a release.

While the film is hugely popular internationally, its 51 Million since its opening in July, isn't a convincing argument.

Guess we'll wait and see what becomes of it, once the FUNi Dream Team get their talents behind it.

Anyway, here's a look at one of the many trailers for the film that are circulating around. I'm looking forward to this one.

Watanabe/Bones New Project?

According to some gossip generated around the Net's water-cooler, Studio Bones—you know, those guys that are responsible for the hit anime shows: Cowboy Bebop, Samurai Champloo, Soul Eater, and Fullmetal Alchemist—are possible in the works with a new anime series from legendary director Shinichiro Watanabe (Bebop, Champloo).

Nothing concrete has made its way past this bit of gossip, but you can be sure that the fans would be eager to see another adventure helmed by Watanabe, along with a collaboration with Bones.

There is some part of the gossip that suggests it will be a space adventure comedy, but then, that may be wishful thinking on the fan's part.

Either way, I'd be thrilled to see something new, and with Bones on board, that is just Otaku frosting on the cake.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Oreimo & A-1 Pictures

Oreimo Season 2 is getting handled by a new animation studio, and it's no one I would have figured on either.

Apparently, Oreimo's second season is being produced by A-1 Pictures; you know those masterminds behind such great anime as, Sora no Woto, Fairy Tail, Sword Art Online and Magi ~ The Labyrinth of Magic.

I'm somewhat curious about this switching of studios, as it tells me two things. One, is that the show will most likely be more focused on the drama, and less on the innuendo, since I've never really seen an A-1 show with lots of panties and naked ass. And two, it shows that maybe the direction of the show could be turning toward the more mature otaku out there.

It's just a hypothesis, but meh, on either way.

Which Type of Otaku Are You?

It's been a while since I sat down and wrote out an article, and while I've had several different thoughts about several different things that I could have written about, I figured we could use a little introspective every once in a while.

Now, before I dive in and start pointing fingers at the lot of us, or start formulating "labels" for everybody, I want to make it clear from the get-go, that I am no exception to any rule. I am not above or better than anyone, and I make no qualms about my status as a fan of anime, or being an Otaku for that matter.

Now then, the question is, "Which type of Otaku are you?"

(not in any particular order by the way, I just like numbering things)

Type 1: The Carefree

Well, in truth I imagine when people think of the word "Otaku", they automatically imagine a somewhat overweight dude sporting a weeks growth of stubble, or a half-assed goatee. Maybe a scraggly ponytail, glasses, and an expression that betrays the probability that at any moment, he may begin drooling uncontrollably.

If this is your interpretation of an Otaku, then sadly you are not far off the mark, at least by the East's definition of the word. And to be quite honest, I have encountered a few of those types myself. I'm unsure if it's a simple absence of reality, or a total immersion in the sub-culture, but the first type of Otaku on this list, the Carefree Otaku, is no doubt the most predominant that we may have encountered, or may have even become in the early days of the arrival of the anime phenomenon to Western shores.

The Carefree Otaku is no different than the rest of us fans, except for the fact that they are more or less a nerd that has embraced their nerd-dom to the neglect of their public appearance, possibly their hygiene, and most certainly their lifestyle. Granted, like many nerds that gather and accumulate the items of their nerdy interest, the Carefree Otaku will most likely have stacks and stacks of manga, comics, and VHS and DVDs of their favorite shows crammed into their dwelling, damn near making it impossible to navigate their living space, except to turn and walk sideways down the narrow trails amongst the clutter.

The Carefree Otaku is not exactly what one would call a poster-child for the anime community, but do not be fooled by their ramblings and rantings, for in their collective sum they have bought, and purchased and cried and raved for some of the better eras of past anime and manga to see license on the US soil.

Type 2: The Hyperbole

Lots of times in our anime encounters, we will meet with a fellow Otaku that is so overly enthusiastic about their fandom that it seems they have taken some sort of pop-culture injection, or are eating some weird form of wheat cereal fortified with "nerd".

These are the fans that go above and beyond in their eccentricities, and grab and grab merchandise as fast as they can, not because they really like that half naked PVC of one of the Queen's Blade characters; but because they just have to take their fandom to excess.

This is what I like to refer to as the Hyperbole Otaku. The fan that is so extreme, they get phisically ill if and when a show gets canceled or dropped, cries when a favorite manga has ended, and sustains themselves on high-speed flashy and loud conversations.

It's been my observation that a great many of these classes of Otaku are usually the ones that auto-brand themselves with the label of Otaku, and are also devout to the dubbing industry. Moving from one supreme favorite anime to the next in rapid-fire succession, and helping to keep the trend of titles in the public light.

If it isn't Hyperbole worthy, then it's usually obscure by other standards. Titles like, Soul Eater, Panty & Stocking w/Garterbelt and Index/Railgun are among the types of shows that have seen a huge amount of awareness generated at the hands of this class of otaku.

Additionally, the Hyperbole Otaku is also a master Cosplayer, and can be seen at conventions sporting the guises of characters such as Haruhi Suzumiya, Vash the Stampede, and or Sora from Kingdom Hearts.

Type 3: The Hidden

I've read a lot of topics over the years about Otaku, and Otaku-ism, and one thing that I always encounter are those fans of anime and manga that are repressed by their peers to the point of maintaining their fandom in a secret part of their life.

Either through opinion, or family disapproval, the Hidden Otaku is one that I both admire and offer sympathy.

We've all been there at one point or another; buying our anime and manga in secret, away from the watchful eyes of parents or family and friends. Keeping it hidden under beds, under floor boards in closets, and in the bottom box under other boxes. Posters that we can't display, and games we can't play... ah yes, the life of a Hidden Otaku is wrought with paranoia and fear. But therein is the heart of a true devout fan of anime and manga, and like other subjugated individuals over the centuries has managed to remain a fan of that which is dear to their hearts, despite the setbacks, and the trials.

Given enough time, however, the Hidden Otaku will find a time and place to come out of the shadows, and be the publicly viewed fan they were always meant to be, but often it requires several years to accomplish.

Type 4: The Persnickety

In every fandom, and in all groups of individuals, there is the one fan that is pious to the point of absurdity. That one fan whose tastes are so refined by the years of chewing on their favorite past-time that they seem above almost all forms of it, and hold only a few select instances of it, in unobtainable precedence.

Such is the behavior of the Persnickety Otaku.

Often times an elitist of monumental proportions, these extra-select few debutantes of the anime movement are the self-proclaimed keepers of the code of good anime titles, and shun almost all but the most excellent; deeming anything with cliché and stereotypical plots to be beneath their noble palette.

Many times, the Persnickety is a purist that will only either watch fan-subbed anime, believing that it's superior to anime translated by a paid professional of the industry with a masters degree in Japanese, or will stubbornly watch it in its raw un-subbed state, to achieve maximum immersion.

The persnickety has little patience with the industry, little regard for other fans, and keeps newer initiates at bay, by means of their air of pomp and self-imposed refinement.

Type 5: The Professional

Sometimes in the course of the fandom, there comes an otaku whose existence is so intertwined with that of their otaku-ism, that it's become seamlessly blended in between work, family, friends, and hobby.

The extra-special otaku, who maintains a vast working knowledge of all things anime, and still expertly functions in society without being debilitated or handicapped by their otaku lifestyle.

The Professional Otaku is one whose goal in life is a harmonous balance of anime and career, and uses each to counterpoint and balance the other. Wearing casual-corporate, and often having a high paying job, and public or community involvment, this otaku is the master of anime, and real life. Able to wear the face of the entire fandom, and still maintain the much needed detachment of social interaction with others.

While not overly vocal about the industry, these giants of anime pop-culture in America are the back-bone of all things anime and fan-based, lending their wisdom and money to the companies that provide, and the fans that demand. It is these fans that are not easily swayed by anime DVD cancellations, or ignorant disputes about sub translation; choosing instead to walk a path of indifference about the lower forms of the fandom, and stepping in only every so often to put the Persnicketies in their rightful place.

The Professional Otaku is the one to take his/her wealth of anime, knowledge and money, and either found a company, or start a business with anime as its theme. The pioneers of the industry are key to the future of the industry, the fandom and are often the least likely to be readily identified by their peers, due to their ability to blend in to humanity.

Type 6: The Encyclopedic

If you've thought you've encountered one, then chances are you have not. The encyclopedic otaku is one that will make their presence known with a river's torrent of vast anime and manga knowledge. Their brain is a veritable living database of names of voice actors, authors, mangaka, illustrators, and concept artists.

Like the hyperbole, the encyclopedic otaku is frenetic about their fandom, but usually with regard to their memorization of names, titles, and cast. Capable of leveling another fan's self-esteem with one sentence, the encyclopedic knows no limitations to the amount of superfluous information about anime and manga they can amass.

While they are less imposing than the hyperbole, and the persnickety, they do often come in very handy as singular go-to guides for chronological viewing orders, cross-reference checks, and production time-lines.

Type 7: The Legendary

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Tuesday, October 9, 2012

WO First Look: Magi ~ The Labyrinth of Magic

There are almost too many new shows to keep up with this season, and while I'm doing everything I can to at least give each of them a first look, some of them (a lot of them) are going to be on my viewing list. Of course, this means potentially placing a lot of my regular shows on hold, you know those ones on DVD that are constantly being held back in favor of newer awesome of the moment shows?

Okay, so enough about my back-logged anime crisis; I'm so sure you are all interested in hearing about that.

What I do want to talk about is the new show, Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic; a show that just started airing in Japan, and one that I've been almost beside myself in sheer fan-gasmic anticipation, and with good reason.

It's the new show from A-1 Pictures, and it's quite literally awe-inspiring from the opening frame, to the closing credits.

Magi, is a show about Aladdin (no not the Disney Aladdin), and while it doesn't follow the actual plot-line of the original story, it manages to put a fascinating and amazing new story to this masterpiece adventure.

By now, those of you that are interested in the series may have read the synopsis of it from a few places, and while the summaries do a good job of conveying the basic outline of the show, it's a far cry from what you'll actually see when you sit down to give this a spin.

Taking place in Arabia, the setting and location made me instantly think of the landscape and arid country in the Fullmetal Alchemist series, and even the build-up of the characters, the fledgling adventure set-up and the premise, dive deep into what is sure to be a hugely rich and rewarding journey.

This adventure of 1000 Arabian Nights follows young boy Aladdin, as he is out on a journey to find Djinn Vessels, which are magical items that possess within them the Djinn spirits, or as you may have guessed, Genies.

On his journey, and right at the beginning of the first episode, he encounters Alibaba; a merchant and the two find themselves quickly in trouble, thanks in part to Aladdin's naivete at the world around him, and the adventure quickly begins.

No muss, no fuss... this is a straight-up beautiful piece of story-telling that is engrossing and leaves you wanting to see episode two before you even finish seeing the first one.

Aladdin, in his boyish wonder and simple pure-hearted sense of right and wrong is reminiscent of such characters as, Kid Goku, and Torhu Honda; and while there are some definite moments of absolute hilarity, like FMA, the show manages to not allow itself to get bogged down by its own slap-stick.

There is more I'd like to say, and more I'd like to potentially spoil you on, but if adventure, magic, and a far off Arabian quest is your thing, then you will not be disappointed by this first installment of what I consider to the the superior show this new Fall season.

I plan on writing a comprehensive review once it's concluded, provided I can restrain myself from coming back to this before then.

Until then, I highly highly recommend this, and look forward to hearing some feedback in the comment section, if you have any thoughts on this breathtaking new series.

Monday, October 8, 2012

Anime Pics - Fairy Tail

Time for some awesome images, and since I've been thinking about Fairy Tail lately, I thought it would be cool to include some art and images from the series.


Okay, now somebody's in for some hurt for this one.

Saturday, October 6, 2012

To Love Ru Darkness Gets Yoinked

Wow, it's been a massively busy week, but now that I've gotten my weekend off, and I can relax with some well deserved coffee, and some solid "me" time, I thought I would catch all of you up on what's been happening in the world of anime and manga, and whatever else.

So apparently, it was reported by the online news communities that, To Love Ru: Darkness was pulled from The Anime Network after having only posted and streamed its first episode; the site for To Love Ru: Darkness has also been removed from TAN's main website, and no reason for the removal has been given.

There are those in the anime nerdy circles that speculate the causes to range from censorship reasons, to possible leaking of the episode, similar to past incidences with anime series such as One Piece, and Oreimo.

If I had to pick a reason, I'd say it was due to last minute licensing issues, but then, stranger things have happened in anime. Guess, I'll have to wait and see what's come of what before I get my briefs in a bunch.

Monday, September 24, 2012

Aya Kanno's Otomen Coming to an End

Still haven't gotten any of my planned reviews done, but here's a news tidbit for you guys to chew on.

The shojo manga Otomen has been confirmed by the original author, Aya Kanno (via Twitter), to be ending it's six year run in November. The manga tells the story of Asuka Masamune, who is a true man's man on the outside but a lover of very feminine things on the inside, and his relationship with Ryo Miyakozuka, a girl who can't cook or sew to save her life but likes manly men, and Asuka's attempts to keep his true self hidden from her.

While it's not quite a 'must read' shojo title like Fruits Basket or Ouran High School Host Club, Otomen is still an enjoyable enough read from what I got to experience, so it's a little sad to see it ending, but all series have to end some time. It's better for it to call it quits at a good place too rather than run on endlessly, and while I can't say for certain as I'm really behind on this title, after running for six years, this manga's probably at that time.

Otomen is released by Viz in the United States, and the first 13 of 16 (so far) volumes are currently available.

Anime Matsuri 2013

For all you otaku types living in Texas, specifically, the Huntsville, Conroe and Woodlands area; don't forget to start marking your calendar for the 2013 Anime Matsuri convention to be held at the Marriott in The Woodlands, March 29-31.

Among some of the scheduled guest to appear is Kyle Hebert, Mike McFarland, Erin Fitzgerald, and Kelly Hu... among others.

Unfortunately, I totally missed my chance to go this year, due to a sudden case of marriage, and husbandry. But I'm not gonna let that stop me next year.

So if any of you nerds, and otaku are in the area and are planning to attend, you just might see me there.

Sunday, September 23, 2012

The Big 100k!

Magic Girls Assemble!
100,000 HITS!

It's been a long time in coming, but Western Otaku has finally reached its one hundred-thousandth hit early this morning, and were it not for this head-cold, I'd be doing cart-wheels around my house.

I can only say, thank you, thank you, thank you! It's because of the readers, the subscribers, and the followers that we been able to take our love of anime, manga, and almost all things J-Pop to the internet, and make waves in that vast sea of information, entertainment, and craziness.

In the two years we've been up and running, we've tried our hardest to maintain the philosophy of the American Otaku, and present our information, rants, reviews in an unashamed approach, to entertain, educate, and exacerbate our fellow fans.

It is our goal to continue to bring you more of this stuff, and as long as there are fans out there willing to read it, and make some comments, we'll keep shoveling it out.

From everyone here at WO, we thank you.

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Anime Artisan - Mikami

In tribute of a pretty good classic manga series, and an anime series that reeks of retro... I'm talking of course about Ghost Sweeper Mikami.

It's about high brow professional exorcist Mikami, and her goon squad of assistants featuring a perv, and an actual ghost. C'mon, what could be more entertaining, or funny?

Anyway, feast your eyes on the lovely Mikami.

Friday, September 21, 2012

News & Stuff - 09/21/12

Well, there isn't that much in the way of news today, but I still wanted to make mention of a few things that might not be deserving of a full on post.

Well, A-1 Pictures is going to be releasing a new anime October 2nd, called From The New World" based on the suspense novel by Yūsuke Kishi, and it's to be headed up by Masashi Ishihama (Read or Die), and takes place in the future... the far future, where people have telekinesis and stuff, and... I'm not sure why exactly it's going to be pimp, but because A-1 Pictures is making it, then it's got to be good. Well, I think so anyway, as they haven't let me down in the past several anime they've produced.

You can check out the 30 second promo for it below.

Another anime that is getting the promo treatment, is the shojo anime Say I Love You, and is looking like it might shape up to be a pretty interesting show.

Basically, it's the story of a 16 year old girl that hasn't had a boyfriend, or even a friend for that matter, and then one day accidentally injures the schools most popular boy, which makes the boy take notice of her, and begin a singular friendship with her.

I'm not sure how this is going to pan out, but skittish girls, popular boys, and high school drama could make for some good viewing.

The 90 second promo/OP song is below.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Nakaimo (My Little Sister Is Among Them) - 13th Ep

Well, this just in a few days after I write up a small review-ish sort of thing on it, but anyway... apparently the thirteenth episode of My Little Sister Is Among Them is going to be packed and bundled with a volume of the manga after the show has ended its broadcast... which means—I guess—that the final episode isn't going to be the final episode after all, and that like Oreimo they are going to go with an additional ending or better ending...

All I know is that Oreimo had me wanting to punch someone for all those false ends. I sure hope to hell we don't have to endure that this time around with this show.

But then, I'm liking this show way more than I did Oreimo and that's all that really matters. So I could stand another twenty episodes, as long as it means more panties and boobs... er... um. Yeah.