A truly great man passed away at the age of 47. Madhouse founder Maruyama announced on his twitter than an important Madhouse Studio director had passed away, but didn’t say who, but it seems that the director was Satoshi Kon. Satoshi Kon started off as a manga artist and editor. He was a great director, who  made such films like Perfect Blue, Paranoia Agent, and Paprika. He had a tendency to go with the subjective reality theme, which I’ve always been a fan of. It’s a great loss to the anime industry, and Madhouse as well, which has been having some troubles. He was also working with them on a feature film called Yume Miru Kikai.

WHY SATOSHI WHY ;-;

Holy fuck that’s creepy

August 23, 2010

So about a week or less ago, I began lurking /x/ and other such faggotry, and a popular topic was Slenderman and Marble Hornets. So probably a mixture of boredom and intrigue took hold of me, and I decided to watch the series of videos that are Marble Hornets. The videos are about a guy named Alex who is beginning to experience a mental breakdown brought on by a mysterious figure that is following him. It really is interesting, and creepy enough to make you want to leave some lights on. It certainly was so for me. The absolute creepy factor that surrounds Slenderman, the impressive work by the Marble Hornets crew, and my innate paranoia all left me sleepless for a couple nights. I suppose I am just a wuss, but I found this genuinely disturbing, yet exhilarating. It’s almost like riding a roller coaster you’re scared of, and upon leaving it you want another go, if not only for spike in adrenaline you experienced. The videos are all well done, and the acting isn’t too bad. It’s not the only thing with Slenderman though, and a lot of the lore behind him is rather interesting (and creepy)

Of course, the week that I was away from the internet is when the first single from the new LP by Of Montreal, False  Priest, is released. So yes, this is pretty old news (5 days by internet standards is a long time) I’ve been pretty excited for this album, and not just because it’s by Of Montreal. Jon Brion anyone? Surely you’ve heard that Kevin Barnes has enlisted him for help on the new album, and this can only lead to more awesomeness. Kevin Barnes has always been great at doing what he does, but getting the help of someone as talented as Brion is certainly something. You can listen to the song and see the tour dates here. If fortune smiles upon me, I’ll be attending the November shows (woo Georgia) Of Montreal and Janelle Monae? I don’t know if I can handle it.

Anime Workspace

June 29, 2010

If you’ve ever lurked Lifehacker (great, great website) you’ll know they often feature workspaces that their readers have sent in. I’ve seen some pretty damn good ones, and they give good tips on how to pull it off if you want to makeover your workspace. Given how we’re such a weaboo site (;-;) I felt the need to post the feauture office of today,The Anime Office. This guy’s done some great work displaying his figurines, and the lighting is great. The desk seems a bit clutter for my tastes, but several monitors can be efficient if you know how to use them. He’s got some nice little stuff (Dat miku) and it’s always nice to see someone properly display their collection. I don’t have much of an office (or at all) but this is certainly something inspiring. If anyone has one they’d like to show off, we’d be happy to see it.

The famous cyberpunk manga has been confirmed by director Albert Hughes in an interview with Japanese newspaper Sankei Shimbun.

“Warner Brothers and Appian Way (Leonardo DiCaprio’s production company) is said to be planning to adapt two movies from the manga, with each one covering three volumes. It was reported this February that Warner Brothers is in negotiations with the Hughes Brothers to direct the film, but no official announcement has been made.

On a recent phone interview by Japanese newspaper Sankei Shimbun on his latest film The Book of Eli, Albert Hughes stated that his “next project is AKIRA“, and he’s “now busy working on the storyboard and plot”.

“I first watched Katsuhiro Otomo’s masterpiece AKIRA in 1994, and have been fascinated with it since then”, he added.”

Akira, as anyone and their grandmother will tell you, is one of the most influential works to come out of Japan. It was one of the first manga works to be tranlsated in it’s entirety, being published in a Marvel Comics imprint, Epic Comics. It won the Kodansha  Manga Award for best general manga in 1984. With themes of social isolation, corruption and power, it gained immense acclaim. It was later made into a film in 1988, and even though it really cut out much of the stuff in the manga, it was very well recieved by critics, and help increase the popularity of anime in the west, especially with it’s superior animation quality (back in the day, Japanese animators tended to cut corners a lot) The live action has been wandering around since the 90’s and was pretty much considered dead, but Andrew Lazar claims the movie is very alive and a high priority, and very high budgeted, which is good to hear. It’s expected to be released in 2011, so get in line before all the weaboos do.

EDIT: It seems that it will be only Albert Hughes if I heard correctly

Akira movie to be directed by Hughes Brothers

Fan Sub Groups

June 23, 2010

Old I know, but when I went to see if Coal Guys had the new K-on yet, I noticed this and thought it was pretty interesting (and funny) I don’t mean to rant about this guy, I actually think he has some good points about them. It’s also interesting to see what the other subs groups are like behind the scenes (although to be fair, I shouldn’t simply take his word for it) I’m not gonna argue with most of these, because I myself have had some problems with some of these subbers, although I’m rather lenient so I let it slide (mostly grammar mistakes, but nothing that would absolutely ruin the show) And the damn fans. Although it’s nothing new, fans always ruin everything, and I can’t tell you how many flame wars I’ve seen because people disagreed with which sub is the best. But as he points out, there is no perfect sub group. Unfortunately we are slaves to the subbers. We can’t do it ourselves, or else we wouldn’t need the subbers in the first place obviously. We must give credit to them though, for doing what several of us can’t, but this seems to lead to a feeling of superiority. We shouldn’t ask for perfection, but we can at least ask for something better. GOGOGO SUBBERS

As you may know, Full Metal Alchemist concluded the long running manga this year. The final episode was published in the July Issue, which sold out extremely quickly, which is to be expected. It sold out so quickly, that some people didn’t get a chance to read it. However, the publisher of the Shonen Gangan magazine, Square Enix announced that they will be publishing the episode again in the September issue of the magazine. Why should we Westerners care? I don’t know actually. I don’t really know anyone who imports the magazine, especially since it’s so huge (it’s a huge compilation, around 600 pages at times) But it’s still interesting to hear how our friends in the East fare with their addictions.

Shonen Gangan to republish last episode of FMA via Gigazine