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I was able to see an advanced screening of Miyazaki’s Ponyo, before the debut of the film to over 800 theatres nationwide in the United States on August 14, 2009. The animation, as expected, was absolutely stunning, the use of color and animals in this film is just as beautiful as the teaser trailers hinted.
I still have memories of an anime I watched back in 2001 called, I’m Gonna Be An Angel! This absurd, wacky and absolutely adorable anime was produced by Studio Pierrot (Fushigi Yugi, Naruto, Bleach, Yu Yu Hakusho) and was initially distributed to North America by Synch-Point.
I was star-struck the first time I watched the dubbed and edited version of Outlaw Star on Toonami as a kid. I couldn’t imagine how the show could be even more amazing than the Americanized version I was stuck with, but after buying the complete show, including the unaired episode twenty-three, due to nudity, I fell completely in love.
I was a little late for the Death Note train, but despite my inability to follow the story at the same time the rest of the country was, I nonetheless got on board and thoroughly enjoyed what I read. Really loving L and the team of police, like many of the other fans, I decided to watch the live-action films made in Japan as well, to complete my Death Note trifecta.
I will admit, for the sake of this article, I am a Fushigi Yugi fan. It was the first anime I ever knew as a child and even now I love it, though I think it’s more for the nostalgia than the story at this point in my life. Fushigi Yugi, to freshen the minds of those who have forgotten or have never been introduced, is a shojo comic by Yu Watase.
Revealed at San Diego’s Comic-Con, Dark Horse publishers are negotiating with Universal Films to gain the right to make a film inspired by CLAMP’s Clover. Clover is the story of a girl named, Su, who lives in a dystopian future. She is known as a ‘Clover’ one of many children who have the special ability to manipulate technology.
The newest adaption of Osamu Tezuka’s famous Astro Boy will be hitting theatres in North America on October 23, 2009 and at San Diego’s Comic-Con International Panel, Summit Entertainment announced that Samuel L. Jackson would have a cameo voice-acting role. Further details regarding the self-proclaimed manga fan’s character were not released.
Announced at Otakon by Noboru Ishiguro, original director of the series, Space Battleship Yamato, the show will be seeing a revival after twenty-six years with a new anime film and live-action feature. Space Battleship Yamato, or Space Cruiser Yamato or Star Blazers, as it has been translated in the past, is the story about Earth in the year of 2199.
Shojo manga, Black Bird, by Kanoko Sakurakoji, will have volume one released on August 4, 2009. Black Bird is about a teenage girl named, Misao Harada, who can see the magical world that intersects the normal realm. Despite trying to ignore her powers in exchange for a normal, high school life, she is one day attacked by a vicious demon and saved only by friend, Kyo.
From the news source, Anido, famous Japanese animator, Yoshinori Kanada has reportedly died of a heart attack at the age of fifty-seven. Yoshinori’s influential animating style, having inspired others for over thirty years, has touched some of the most well known and industry changing anime shows and films.
An anime entitled, Soreike! Anpanman, was just accepted into the Guinness Book of World Records for highest number of characters in an animated franchise. The children’s superhero comedy show is listed with having 1,768 different characters appear on the show’s first 980 episodes. Originally airing on October 3, 1988, Soreike! Anpanman has stayed strong for over 20 years.
Yoshiyuki Tomino, creator of the original Gundam show, is celebrated this summer with a Gundam convention. The 30th Anniversary Project has been broken into three main segments, Real-G, Feel-G and Soul-G. Real-G, which happened on Friday evening at Tokyo’s artificial, was the unveiling of a 18 meter or 59 foot tall, life size Gundam, the RX-78-2.
During Anime Expo in California, representatives of Viz announced the latest news regarding Naruto: Shippuden, the ongoing sequel to the hit manga and anime, Naruto. With Cartoon Network recently making changes to their programming by no longer licensing content and looking to develop new shows internally, they will not be airing Naruto: Shippuden on television.
Written by Naoki Urasawa, 20th Century Boys debuted as a manga in 2000, winning such prestigious awards as, Kodansha Manga Award in 2001 and an Excellence Award by the Japan Media Arts Festival in 2002. 20th Century Boys’ English translation has been in America since February of 2009 and is a total series of twenty-two volumes.