Tag Archives: Anime

Hayao Miyazaki Coming Out of Retirement AGAIN

Everybody loves Hayao Miyazaki, and if you don’t what’s wrong with you? His filmography up through Spirited Away were all instant classics and while his recent movies didn’t exactly float MY boat, they seemed pretty well received by about everyone else. After his last film, The Wind Rises, Miyazaki announced his retirement, only to come back to do a CG short, Boro the Caterpiller, for the Studio Ghibli museum in 2013. After that he claimed he was going to retire, well that’s not the case again as he has announced that he is, indeed coming out of retirement to make another movie.

I want to make a note that I am not using the phrase “one last film” because it has been used far too many times by people trying to describe Miyazaki’s career. See the paragraph above only describes the last two times he has attempted to retire, but Miyazaki has “retired” more than six times. And while I love the man’s work, I just don’t think its worth noting when he “retires” anymore, since he always seems to decide to make another movie after taking a few years off. Sometimes you can’t keep a good artist down, and I’m fine with that.

Look forward to Miyazaki’s new film whenever he finishes it.

via: io9

Rightstuf Entertainment just stole all my money. (Gundam X reveal)

Hoo-boy, in the past 48 hours I have received so many impossible bits of good news from American licensing companies that I was waiting for Rightstuf’s 5:00 Anime Expo announcement with baited breath, and my excitement was greatly rewarded!

Rightstuf and Nozomi Entertainment have announced interest in bringing over the three Gundam series that have yet to obtain a legal US DVD run, including Gundam ZZ, Mobile Suit Victory Gundam, and After War Gundam X. While Victory is among the least of my interests, I can finally say that I will be able to complete my shelf dedicated to the franchise with the series I had never thought would get a release, being After War Gundam X. I promptly had the theme song “Dreams” playing on full blast as a victory lap, no pun intended.

Long story short, along with the announcements of the  re-releases of the original Mobile Suit Gundam, Mobile Suit Z Gundam, the Turn A Gundam movies, as well as a rather unexpected Blu-Ray announcement for Revolutationary Girl Utena, Rightstuf has officially stolen my wallet and spent all my money.

Good move, guys. Good move.

Via nozomientertainment.com

Legend of the Galactic Heroes is FINALLY Coming to the States

Legend of the Galactic Heroes is a lot of things. Its a series of novels by Yoshiki Tanaka. Its an anime series directed by Noburo Ishiguro. Said anime is probably the longest OVA ever made (110 straight to video episodes!). It has also never been released in the US.

Today, at Anime Expo, that all changed. Viz Media announced that they had acquired the rights to Tanaka’s original novels. Shortly after that Sentai Filmworks announced that they would be releasing the epic length anime, much to the joy of classic anime fans.

A US release of LOTGH was, for many classic anime fans, held in the same regard so many held Shenmu 3 in. That is to say it was something they desperately wanted, but never thought would happen. Rightstuf attempted to do a limited print boxset of the entire anime back in 2003, but with a $1000 preorder price tag, there were few takers.

As far as anime space operas go, this is one of the best. I personally can’t wait to own both the books and the anime.

Via Anime News Network

Anime Legend Toshifumi Takizawa Has Passed Away

It has been announced on his blog that on June 22, influential anime director Toshifumi Takizawa died at 61 of esophageal cancer.

Takizawa’s career seems unreal. He established himself in the 1980’s working on several Sunrise titles such as Votoms and Zeta Gundam and eventually left an unforgettable mark as the director of the majority of the cult classic Dirty Pair series. After going freelance, he continued to stay relevant, going on to eventually direct Samurai 7, a steam-punk remake of the classic Akira Kurosawa film Seven Samurai.

Takizawa’s loss is tragic and the cause only makes it worse. Lung and esophageal cancer is a very common cause of death for people who started working in the anime industry in the 70s and 80s.

Our sincerest condolences to Takizawa’s family. He will be fondly remembered, as will his work.

Via: Anime News Network 

Is Cosplay’s Popularity a Sign of America’s Economic Downfall?

Take a breath, no one is blaming cosplayers for the downfall of America’s future – far from it. James Pethokoukis over at The Week thinks the rise of Cosplay is because of the economic stagnation, and he makes an interesting case. Pethokoukis argues that when you have a bunch of people who can’t find work, they’re more likely to have the time to indulge in escapism. He’s not saying escapism is the cause, not even close.

He’s saying that economic stagnation is the fire, and the increase in cosplay is the smoke.

It’s an interesting point, but I’m not sure if I agree with him. Pethokoukis states that cosplay’s popularity in Japan is because of Japan’s own economic stagnation, and I’ll take his word for it. But the increase in Cosplay is directly in sync with the increase in popularity of Japanese media in American nerdom. Was cosplay less popular with cons in 1995? Yes. But Anime was a much more niche genre in America then. Even in the early 2000s though, cosplay was huge at Anime cons in the US, and I think it’s just a case of the popularity of Anime affecting the numbers.

Pethokoukis thinks this is an ice cream sales/crime wave correlation. I think it’s more a Bing search/potato sales situation.

Who knows who’s right?

Well I do. I’m right. This is stupid.

Via The Week (through ANN)

The Samurai 7 Musical is Coming for Some Reason

Anyone else watch Samurai 7? It was this kinda trippy anime adaptation of the classic Kurosawa film, Seven Samurai with a bit of a fantasy-steam punk twist. Also it was awesome. Keep in mind, the original movie has had dozens of remakes, half of which are pretty mind-numbing, This  anime, on the other hand, has some real power and honest love of the source material. It also came out in 2004.

So yeah… ten years later a stage musical is in the works. Well it is the 10 year anniversary. (60th for the original film.) Maybe that’s why. I’m curious to say the least about how the bandits, who are GIANT FREAKIN’ ROBOTS in this version will be done on stage. Lets hope the producers haven’t picked a losing battle.

via: Anime News Network

Ronin Warriors Return… sort of

Discotek media is the weirdest anime licensing company in the US right now. They pretty much only grab up the rights for ultra niche series, so it should come as no surprise that they just picked up the rights to Yoroiden Samurai Troopers, the anime which was adapted into Ronin Warriors.

While Discotek does want to release Ronin Warriors as well, it will have to wait as there are “issues that need to be cleared on the dub.”

Fingers crossed on that dub getting re-released. I, for one, love Ronin Warriors and every time I think of them I can’t help but also think fondly of one of No Brand Con’s mascots.

Via: Discotek’s Facebook