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Live-action Blood: The Last Vampire Trailer March 6, 2009

Posted by Kite in anime.
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activeAnime has posted a theatrical trailer for a live-action adaptation of Production IG’s Blood: The Last Vampire movie about a half human-half vampire katana-wielding girl named Saya who hunts down vampires for the US government.  The movie will open in Japan on May 29, in the UK on June 12, and France on June 17.  Universal Pictures has the domestic rights but there is no word on an US release date. 

It looks better then most live-action anime adaptations but I am not thrilled with the wuxia wire-fu stuff.  The movie didn’t have that stuff, though since the producer and several of the writers have worked on films like Kiss of the Dragon, Fearless and the Once Upon a Time in China series I should not be surprised.  The actress playing Saya looks nice though, inbetween the butch movie Saya and the too petite Blood+ anime version.


Musings of a Former Anime Club Officer #2: Quick Random thoughts while waiting for class to start zzZZzz.. March 6, 2009

Posted by Kite in anime, anime clubs.
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  • Be aggressive and advertise everywhere you can.  My last anime club languished in obscurity for nearly three years  with less then 8 active members before finally getting some new blood in leadership positions.  After putting up posters all over the student union and covering the Engineering and Computer Science buildings with fliers, membership shot up to 40+ in weeks.
  • Have officers who are knowledgeable about anime and have a wide variety of tastes.  And don’t go too old school, I wish it were otherwise but in my experience any pre 90’s anime tends to turn off newer fans. 
  • At least one of the officers needs a good laptop with tv-out, a working dvd drive and a harddrive full of fansubs who is reliable and shows up to meetings.
  • Bring Japanese snacks and drinks, go to your local asian mart and stock up on fan favorites like Pocky and Ramune and sell them at meetings for a little profit.  You can also branch out and try other asian snacks like White Rabbit or Hi-Chew.
  • A club message board to post meeting schedules, announcements is invaluable. 

First Duty Station March 5, 2009

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I am going to be stationed at Fort Lewis, Washington with the 593rd Sustainment Brigade.  If anyone knows about the base or what local sights are worth checking out please let me know.  Seattle is about an hours drive away and has a sizable asian population (around 16.6% according to wikipedia) so hopefully there will be plenty of anime and manga related shops in the area.  A buddy in my class got Korea as his first duty station and another got Hawaii.. lucky bastards *envious*