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

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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.

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

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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. 

Blade of the Immortal to be animated by Bee Train this Summer March 23, 2008

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source: Anime News Network

For those who are not familiar with the series, Blade if the Immortal is an award winning manga by Hiroaki Samura about a ronin who caused the death of 100 swordsmen including his sister’s husband and is now cursed to immortality by “blood worms” that keep him alive no matter how serious the wound and can even reattach severed limbs. In order to find peace Manji now has to kill 1,000 evil men. One day he meets a young woman named Rin whose parents were killed by a doujo called the Itto-ryu (who believe that any technique is valid no matter its origins ow how devious or underhanded it is) and agrees to help her get revenge. The manga is published in North America by Dark Horse.

I would have preferred that Blade of the Immortal be adapted as an OVA instead because the manga’s main attractions are the beautiful artwork and extremely violent material and I doubt that Bee Train can pull it off technically and in a tv series format. The director and animators are the same as Noir and .Hack//Sign.. so there should be a lot of still shots and lazy animation. My expectations are pretty low for this. I just wish Madhouse or Production I.G. were doing this instead, Seirei no Moribito and Shigurui level animation would do this series justice.

edit: March 6, 2009

How disappointing, Beetrain fails yet again.  I so wanted this anime to be worthy of the manga -__-

Spring 2008 Anime Preview February 18, 2008

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All of the summaries and pics came from AniDB, the ANN Encyclopedia, MyAnimeList.net, and Baka-Updates Manga and the first air dates came from The Fansub Wiki. I will update this entry with links to trailers soon. This upcoming season looks pretty good with no h-game adaptations and plenty of more mature looking shows and some sci-fi. Personally I’m looking forward to checking out Tower of Druaga, Toshokan Sensou (Fahrenheit 451 meets Read or Die?), Allison & Lillia (reminds me of Last Exile somehow) and Crystal Blaze.

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4th Season of Maria-sama ga Miteru Confirmed January 18, 2008

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The broadcast date and time is uncertain at the moment, but I’m just happy that more yuri-licious tales from the Lillian All-Girls Catholic High School is incoming \o/  However with the untimely demise of USA Geneon, I wonder if the first 3 seasons will ever see the light of day here in the US..

Fun fact from the ANN article: that the Rose Mansion from the anime is being recreated in Second Life.. maybe I should finally register an account despite all the horror stories and shenanigans I’ve heard of the place.

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The Voices Behind the Moans: What Eroge Seiyuu really look like January 16, 2008

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I’m surprised that most of them look pretty normal, definitely not the freak show I was fearing. My libido is not in (total) dispair!

source: Danny Choo’s blog

According to Normal People: What Otaku Look Like January 15, 2008

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goo Ranking is a large Japanese polling site and in November 2007 over 1k people completed a questionnaire about what they thought an otaku looks like. Here is the top five results for both males and females, the source has the full list.

Q1: What characteristic in males makes you feel he looks like an otaku? (Sample size=1,101)

  • Anime print t-shirt
  • Anime print paper bag
  • Bum Bag/fanny pack
  • Wearing a bandanna around the head in a hachimaki style
  • Bag plastered with anime-related patches, stickers –

Q2: What characteristic in females makes you feel she looks like an otaku? (Sample size=1,101)

  • Anime print paper bag
  • Anime print t-shirt
  • Gothic-Lolita fashion
  • Bag plastered with anime-related patches, stickers
  • Big thick glasses

My list would have included the need for deodorant and a bath <.<

Musings of a Former Anime Club Officer: The Random Fansub Slot January 15, 2008

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I like starting off every club meeting with the fist episode of a fansub from the current season, this gives people who are running a little late an extra half hour or so to show up and not miss anything from the main schedule. It also allows me to introduce more casual members to the latest anime from Japan and hopefully expand their horizons with new types of anime they wouldn’t normally watch themselves.

However an early mistake I made was forgetting that most people who come to a club just want to have fun. So starting off with a slow serious show like Mushishi.. not a good idea. Some smart ass just has to make some snarky comment and then the inevitable MST3King will follow. Some shows are just meant to be enjoyed by yourself or with a small group I suppose. I have to force myself to take off my elitist anime-snob hat and remember that my job is to provide my members with a good time.

Lets pretend you are the officer in charge of setting up the fansub slot for this Spring 08 semester, what shows would you mine from this list?

  • Rosario and She is my Noble Master are a trashy shows but sure to get lots of laughs
  • Zoku Sayonara Sensei is a no brainer since the first season was a HUGE hit
  • Macross Frontier is another must show
  • Gunslinger Girls season 2 is a NoGo, I’m not going to taint people’s memories of the excellent first season with this disappointment
  • Persona Trinity Soul will probably put people to sleep, not a good way to begin a meeting
  • True Tears, Shigofumi, H2O and Hatenkou Yuugi are going to be tough sells..

So.. 4 slots out of 10 or 11 filled.. pray that the April Spring season brings something worthy for the last meeting or two.. yeah I’m glad I’m not in charge of this crap anymore =p

Chow Yun-Fat = Master Roshi wtf? December 19, 2007

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So the action star of many a bloody John Woo bullet opera is now going to play a lecherous old martial arts mentor in Twentieth Century Fox’s live action Dragon Ball movie.. I am speechless.. dammit Hollywood stop ruining my childhood idols! >_<

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Domestic manga releases doing well, anime.. not so much December 17, 2007

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According to this article from icv2.com

  • The number of 2007 anime releases are decreasing compared to the previous year’s
    • Anime saw a decline of releases around 20% in 2007
      • This does not include the fall of Geneon in October
  • The number of new manga new volumes are continuing to increase
    • In a survey, manga publishers are likely to increase the number of manga volumes published in 2008 by 18%
      • This is after a 35% increase in 2007