I found this website when I was confirming the rumours that Keanu Reeves was going to play Spike in the upcoming Bebop movie. Fascinating place, fun pages, it seems like a great anime place at which to hang out.
As to why I first came here...I am deeply disturbed by the news of such great animes and mangas being turned into live-action films. Transformers, Fist of the North Star, Akira, Cowboy Bebop, Lone Wolf and Cub, and many others. I've seen it happen to every sort of media: books, theater, cartoons, video games, comic books, newspaper comics, and even music. I find this trend to be extremely upsetting.
Why must everything eventually wind up as a live-action movie? Are films the ultimate form of art? No. In fact, I think film is the most base form of art nowadays. Perhaps it was an artform years ago, even before I was born, when movies had to rely on plot, dialogue, and skilled direction instead of special effects, one-liners, and sex scenes. Production companies nowadays are spewing out whatever successful story they can find to turn a quick buck. The result? Lame interpretations of the stories we love, glazed over with gratuitous special effects and sex, all served in a convenient 90 minute package.
People are satisfied with just movies. They don't want to spend the time to watch 27 episodes or read 200 pages of comics or 1000 pages of a book to grasp what made the story great in the first place. They scoff at how the plot was weak, the characters were underdeveloped, or how implausible it concluded. They muse over the cuteness of the sidekick (Edward III, Gimli, Yamagata, etc) without realizing how important they are to the story. They suck on a sugary watermelon-flavored sweet instead of having the true experience of eating a real watermelon: the rind, the seeds, the sticky fingers, the messy chin, in addition to the succulent sweet taste.
When it comes down to it...promote the comic, the anime, the book before the movie. Urge people to savor the original, not the cheap knock-off. Buy the mangas and animes of the stories you love, loan them to your friends, watch them with your lovers, talk about them with your co-workers. Live-action movies are devouring all other forms of media, but I refuse to let them go without a fight.
|GDH Opens GONZO CHANNEL within Chunghwa |
GONZO anime to be made available by Taiwan’s leading IPTV provider
|GDH K.K. (Head Office: Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo, CEO: Tetsuo Karasawa, Securities Code: TSE Mothers 3755, hereinafter GDH) has announced that it will open an IPTV video-on-demand channel dedicated to GONZO anime on the MOD (Multimedia On Demand) service provided by Chunghwa Telecom Co., Ltd. (Head Office: Taipei, Taiwan, Chairman and CEO: Shyue-Ching Lu, hereinafter CHT). |
CHT is the largest telecommunications company in Taiwan, providing not only local and overseas landline call services, but also mobile services and Internet communication services for home and business purposes.
CHT’s MOD is provided via its ADSL network, subscribers are provided with rental Set Top Boxes to select and receive programs. In addition to broadcast TV channels, CHT MOD offers on-demand services for movies, TV series and anime titles. Launched in 2005, CHT MOD has grown to service over 600,000 subscribers (as of December 2008).
GDH will be the first Japanese company to establish a channel within CHT’s MOD platform. The GONZO CHANNEL will be a channel dedicated to distribution of GDH Group’s content. GONZO CHANNEL is scheduled to be launched on January 23, 2009 and will provide new and catalog GONZO anime titles via streaming for NT$55.00 per 2 episodes. The episodes will be provided with Chinese subtitles by Mega Marketing Co., Ltd. (Head Office: Taiwan, CEO: Kent Yen, hereinafter Mega Marketing). Promotional videos of GONZO Rosso’s latest online games will also be made available. Mega Marketing will introduce the channel in its gaming info program Game king, currently broadcast on Taiwanese terrestrial channel China-TV, as well as related websites.
GDH will also partner with An Ho Marketing Communication (Head Office: Taiwan, CEO: Wang Kuo Hsin, hereinafter An Ho) to promote the service launch. GONZO items will have a featured placement in HOT DOG TOYS, An Ho’s retail chain carrying a large selection of anime-related merchandise. Active promotion will be carried out in synchronization with the program scheduling through online media and in An Ho’s BASARADAN magazines which are distributed in convenience stores throughout Taiwan.
GDH will continue to globally promote Japanese animation and the GONZO brand, and enhancing the content business throughout Asia and offering consumers an increasing range of products and services.
* IPTV: a service (or the technologies) that delivers digital television broadcasting through Internet Protocol
[About Chunghwa Telecom Co., Ltd.]
Chunghwa Telecom is the leading telecom service provider in Taiwan. Chunghwa Telecom provides fixed line services, mobile services and Internet and data services to residential and business customers in Taiwan. http://www.cht.com.tw/CHTFinalE/Web/index.php
[About Mega Marketing Co., Ltd.]
Mega Marketing, a game TV-oriented company blessed with one of Taiwan's top production teams, was founded in Dec. 2001 and is well known for producing high quality and innovative television shows. Its TV-program Game king, launched in 2002 and broadcast on China-TV every Saturday night, has been Taiwan’s most popular game-related TV program with the highest AC-Nielsen rating for over 5 years. Today Game king’s broadcast averages 200,000 viewers and is ranked as one of the top 50 TV-programs in all genres including drama series, cartoons, news, and entertainment.
Game king not only introduces information on the latest games on all platforms, but at the same time provides day-to-day news on games and issues that players are most concerned about such as virtual items, game walkthroughs, E3, Tokyo Game Show, and game hardware. Covering all information about games, Game king is the players’ best source of information and great entertainment.
[About An Ho Marketing Communication]
An Ho is a manufacturer, wholesaler, and retailer of apparel, books, DVDs, stationary, toys, figures, and other merchandise, established in May 2006. An Ho owns a retail store chain named “Hot Dog Toyz” which currently has 9 stores in Taipei, to which An Ho distributes the above items. An Ho also publishes a monthly magazine called BASARADANM, which has a circulation of 30,000 per month.
[About GDH K.K.]
GDH is a globally-focused Japanese media company founded in February 2000. The group produces cutting edge entertainment for teens and young adults through its GONZO animation brand. Kids and family product is distributed through the GONZO FILMS and GONZINO brands.
GDH is a world leader in content development targeting both domestic and international audiences with Japan's trend-setting animation culture and, usually, GDH controls licensing management and international distribution for the content it produces. For additional information, visit www.gdh.co.jp/english (for GDH) and www.gonzo.co.jp (for GONZO - Japanese only). GDH group companies include GONZO Rosso K.K., GONZO K.K., Future Vision Music K.K., GONZINO K.K., and GK Entertainment K.K.
The apes are kinda angry and are thinking they want a planet all to themselves.