I’ll be attending this weekend’s Glass City Con in Toledo, Ohio, presenting a few panels and hosting some friendly trivia contests. So if you’re in the area, drop by, enjoy the weekend, and say, “Hi!”
The Fuji TV on Demand service has announced that its original supernatural suspense anime series Osiris no Tenbin (Balance of Osiris) will premiere at midnight this Saturday. The teaser trailer is officially restricted to viewers located in Japan, perhaps to avoid revealing to the entire world how hideous the show looks. Granted, the story concept about a physically weak professional assassin who relies on his psychokinetic power sounds intriguing. But the awful CG rendered character designs and the even worse animation quality featured in the teaser trailer really make the show look horrifically terrible.
Motivated by mild curiosity about the difference between last January’s Seiken Tsukai no World Break and last month’s Seiken Tsukai no World Break Retake version, I watched both iterations of the first episode side by side. Apart from a ten second long still frame added to the beginning of the “Retake version,” I noticed only two very small updates applied to the “Retake” rebroadcast. Neither difference seemed worth re-broadcasting or re-watching the episode for.
This still frame lasts for 10 seconds and is the new first shot of “Retake ver.” episode 1.
In the original broadcast version, Satsuki had two tears streaming from each eye. In “Retake ver.” she now has only one tear streaming from each eye.
At the end of the episode, one shot of Moroha depicts him holding his sword in a slightly different stance.
I didn’t see any other differences in running length, animation quality, or art design between the original broadcast version & the “Retake version.” Perhaps later episodes include more significant alterations, but the show isn’t good enough to warrant detailed study.
So AIC has announced plans to create a new anime based on Hiroshi Negishi and Satoru Akahori’s Saber Marionette light novel series. Does anybody besides me even remember that SM Gals Saber Marionette R OVA series was released a year before the more popular Saber Marionette J television series? The original Saber R has always been my favorite anime entry because of its more stark hybrid of super cute and super grim, very different from the Saber J series that was much less violent and was more conventional & mainstream friendly.
Via some Ebay research I just realized yesterday that the hardcover Lone Wolf & Cub volume 1 manga is quite probably the most valuable of all English language manga by a very wide margin. Evidently hardcover copies of Dark Horse’s first graphic novel were a limited retailer incentive and now cost as much as $300. However, 230 copies were hand-numbered and autographed by Kazuo Koike on a bookplate featuring an exclusive illustration by Goseki Kojima. Those 230 numbered copies run $1,200 to $1,300 apiece. Mine is #98. I’ve owned it for 15 years and never realized how valuable it was.
The first trailer for studio Shirogumi’s full CG Gamba: Gamba to Nakama-tachi (Gamba & Companions) movie has appeared online. The design and animation do look attractive, and I don’t know exactly how faithful this adaptation is to Atsuo Saito’s original novel, but anyone that’s watched any of Osamu Dezaki’s beloved 1975 anime TV series adaptation knows instantly that this isn’t the Gamba no Bouken that we remember. It’s not even close.
The second floor of the Tampa Convention Center, outside of the vendors room is the large artists’ alley.
The word I heard was that the first day seemed more successful than anticipated.
I saw a few bargains, compared to typical American prices. I was surprised to see a couple Nendoroid figures priced as low as $30 each.
On the other hand, I also spotted a dealer asking $30 for a single Japanese issue of Weekly Shounen Jump magazine.
The first item I found for my own collection was this Lynn Minmei doll gachapon figure for $12.
Then I found exactly one dealer that had the “giant” Danboard figure. Since I have the big vinyl Yotsuba, I wanted the Danboard to match her. “Big Danbo” was $38.
My last purchase was this $7 Violinst of Hameln TV series shitajiki.
The annual “Anime Research” academic poll is open once again. Scholars from Texas A&M University, Niagara County Community College, and Renison University College have collaborated to compose the survey. This year’s questions have been completely renewed to delve deeper into fans’ psychological and sociological engagement with anime and help answer questions raised by fans regarding the results of last year’s survey. The survey is anonymous and should take less than 30 min to complete. Participants are eligible to win a $50 Amazon gift card. Chances of winning are 1 in 200; winner selection will be confidential and not associated with survey responses. The poll will be open from today, June 4, until July 4, 2015.
The results of the 2014 survey are available on the Anime Research homepage.
Studio Trigger has just released the first trailer for its Kickstarter funded short film Little Witch Academia: The Enchanted Parade. The sequel to the 2013 OVA will get a limited Japanese theatrical release in October after its initial distribution to its 7,938 Kickstarter backers.