Today Broccoli USA president Kaname & I headed to Torrance to have dinner w/ Aurora Publishing's manager Mika-san. This time we went to Musha, an izakaya restaurant. It's a popular place, but it was the first time for Kaname & me. The food is great there, but be sure to make reservations b/c it gets really crowded.
Of course we talked about the manga industry. Japan's publishing industry is doing really bad lately, although there has been a decline in sales for the last 5 years. A lot of publishers are cutting magazines that aren't selling well & cutting their staff.
Aurora's parent company Ozora has been doing digital content at a very early stage by offering manga to cell phone users in Japan, while the rest of the publishing companies are just starting to catch up. We had heard that their digital content sales have been really impressive, so there's definitely a trend to offer manga digitally in Japan.
But like anime, manga that's being offered digitally are still using the format of the old print medium. The way manga is drawn & presented are the same, and it's just on a different medium (paper vs computer screen), but the consumers aren't necessarily drawn to the old model. The industry hasn't really adapted to how the younger generation want their content.
While the industry is slow to change, there will be young & innovative editors and artists who will maximize the way content is viewed by the younger generation fans. And the industry will play catch-up.
Take for instance all the blog-manga artists who are popular in Japan. They all don't follow the traditional manga format, but they get a ton of readers. Since we were talking about blog-manga, Mika-san told us a bit of a behind-the-scenes stories about 801-chan. Apparently the editor who got the blog published is a bit essentric. But everyone who do brilliant things are a somewhat essentric.
We talked a lot more, so maybe I'll write about it in a future blog entry.
ANIME FANS WORLDWIDE TO CELEBRATE GLOBAL SHINKAI DAY 2009
Fans of Japanese anime creator Makoto Shinkai are gathering worldwide in cyberspace February 27-28 for Global Shinkai Day 2009. The unofficial English-language fansite Cherry Blossoms Falling (http://cherryblossomsfalling.myfastforum.org) is hosting the event with discussion and contests, calling upon fans from every part of the globe to show their appreciation and support for the works of this highly-acclaimed director. A chat widget will be available on the main page for fan discussions. Contests will held for inspired fan-made works in art, film and essay. No subscription is necessary to participate. Participants who own copies of the four anime by Mr. Shinkai (She and Her Cat, Voices of a Distant Star, The Place Promised in Our Early Days, and 5 Centimeters Per Second) are encouraged to watch these in chronological order during some portion of the 24-hour period beginning at 8 pm EST. A proposed schedule is posted on the site.
The unofficial Chinese-language fansite (http://www.shinkai.cn) will also be participating, showcasing fan-made short films inspired by Mr. Shinkai's works. The unofficial Japanese-language fansite Makoto Shinkai Fan Web (http://daike.hp.infoseek.co.jp) is also lending its support through news and information.
Anyone here who's even seen Gurren Lagann and Cowboy Bebop can tell there's no contest. One of them pilots a mech that is literally powered by his sheer force of wanting to kick ass, whereas the other is barely above your typical action hero like say, Jason Statham from Transporter (personally I think he's pretty cool, but still, neither of them stand up to Kamina).
Online Media Distribution Giant and Leading Animation Production Studio Continue Relationship With Online Streaming, Subscription and Download-To-Own of Two Additional Titles and Bundle Options
San Francisco, CA and Tokyo, Japan (January 9, 2009) ‹Japanese animation production studios, Toei Animation Co., Ltd., continues their partnership with online media distribution giant, Crunchyroll, to provide streaming, subscription and download-to-own options for GALAXY EXPRESS 999 and CAPTAIN HARLOCK to begin today. More information can be found at www.crunchyroll.com <http://www.crunchyroll.com> .
Toei Animation Co., Ltd.¹s Mr. Kanji Kazahaya, Director of International Department, states, ³we are excited and thrilled to be continuing our digital business developent with Crunchyroll. This is the new frontier for the anime industry and Crunchyroll is an ideal company to work with because of its international reach and strong community base.²
³We are extremely pleased to be continuing our strong partnership with Toei Animation,² states Mr. Kun Gao Crunchyroll CEO, ³working with Toei Animation allows us to continue bringing great new and classic anime titles to a global audience, curbing piracy and becoming a catalyst to stimulate industry growth.²
Crunchyroll will also be providing bundle options for each series.
GALAXY EXPRESS 999 In a distant future, Tetsuro is a human boy who wants his body replaced with a robotic one. This is possible, but to do so he has to reach the Immortal Planet onboard the space train Galaxy Express 999. Maetel, a beautiful and mysterious blonde woman dressed in Russian style, joins him in the long journey through space. Every episode sees our heroes arriving in a new planet's space train station.
CAPTAIN HARLOCK The year is 2977. Mankind has become complacent and stagnant. All work is done by machines, while humans spend all their time on entertainment. But when a mysterious invader from the stars catches Earth unawares, only the legendary space pirate Captain Harlock and the crew of the Arcadia have the will to stand against them.
About Toei Animation Co., Ltd. With headquarters in Tokyo and sales offices in Los Angeles, Hong Kong, Shanghai and Paris, Toei Animation (Jasdaq: 4816) ranks amongst the world's most prolific animation production studios. Toei Animation's operations include animation development and production, and worldwide marketing and program licensing. Since its founding in 1956, Toei Animation has produced more than 9,000 episodes of TV series (189 titles) and 172 long feature films as of March, 2007.
About Crunchyroll Headquartered in San Francisco, California Crunchyroll is hailed as a leading online entertainment brand with the largest international online community and destination focused on Asian entertainment including anime, drama, music in addition to electronic entertainment and auto content. Crunchyroll¹s distribution channel and partnership program delivers content to over five million passionate fans worldwide. Crunchyroll is funded by the premiere group Venrock. More information can be found at its website http://www.crunchyroll.com.
I didn't think I needed to recap another meeting w/ Organic USA, so I thought I'd go with some lighter fare.
Voice actress Cristina Vee emailed me with a link to Party Night she recorded with her friends. Cristina was one of the singers selected to perform as DUP USA during Pacific Media Expo 2005 (I think it was 2005).
Maybe they can make a video with the full dance movements in the future.
The English lyrics are the official Broccoli lyrics. They were written by voice actress & ADR writer Stephanie Sheh, and the lyrics are printed in the booklet of the Di Gi Charat the Original Series DVD. Just for those who are interested in recording their own version of Party Night. I think there is a karaoke version of Party Night in the bonus CD that was included w/ DVD.
Party Night is a fun song to sing & I actually sing it as the last song whenever we go sing karaoke w/ friends in the industry.
I help run the MTSU Anime Club and have done so for the last few years. It's been a great experience. I joined four years in my freshman year at MTSU, and I've been in it ever since.
We have regular meetings Wednesday nights during the school year where we spend time watching anime and going over occasional club stuff. We also meet Thursday nights for alternating movie, jdrama and sentai nights. There's also the monthly Saturday meetings that last most of the day with an anime room, gaming room and soon-to-be-added reading/panel room. Throw in some parties and random activities too.
We also go to a con once a semester as a group. Fall semester is Anime Weekend Atlanta and Spring semester is our hometown con of MTAC, the Middle Tennessee Anime Convention. I started volunteering and getting involved with MTAC through MTSUAC, and it's been a fun experience.
So, how many of you are in anime clubs? What do your clubs do? Any questions or tips?
While Spike and Kamina are both badass, Kamina has a certain inspirational quality to him that makes those around him want to be just like him. Not in every way, such as his stubbernness or his bullheadedness, but more so his courage and willingness to always to what he feels is right in spite of what stands in front of him.
While Spike does have the similar quality of doing what he feels he should, he is more laid back and casual. While cool, it's not as awe-inspiring.
I have seen alot of depressing and weird news but this one surprises me.
Sankaku Complex reports that a 17-year old boy stabbed his father to death, attempting to resolve his problem. Then the Hikikomori called the police and was arrested at the scene.
This article is pretty depressing, seeing in my perceptive of a hikikomori lifestyle. The reaction of this article, upsetted me as I feel symphony for this hikikomori. Being forced out of his isolation to the real world, is not a easy task to accomplish. And that also applies to the comments, spreading a huge amount of prejudice to this person, "to face reality" and other nonsensical facts. Judgment cannot condone to a hikikomori as they have a reason to stay in isolation. But some potential will merit through psychologists or counselors. Some have criticized or over exaggerated as they conceive hikikomori are the real killers.
For about the rest of my life, I stayed in isolation and go to school sometimes-to-rarely now. Ever since, I have been bullied, threatened and insulted upon through the rest of my life. Everyone contradicts and deceits were made upon their assumptions. It wasn't my undoing, but a mere assumption was placed upon them, and started rumor prejudice. And it all started in Elementary school, that started me into a hikikomori. My parents were like this father, resolving forcefully, breaking my door and kicking me out. It wasn't a good experience. every time
Not wanting to wake up...
I go out, the sudden panic disorders hitted me and everyone treated me poorly. What makes it even worse that I started a outrage in my school, lifting a table and it hit a teacher. Towards now I just reject to go to school, and continuing a hikikomori lifestyle.
Throughout these years, I met psychologists, counselors and was forced to stay at a hospital for about a year, nothing of these helped me, as of now, it gradually became worse. In essence of relatives, trying to offer me to Church guidance to Gymnastics, I refused at first but took the offer. Knowing like a hikikomori that I will regret, stepping outside of my house and disdaining myself. I also took night school, as a Japanese course, which in regards are failing at this moment. Initially gaining panic disorders and anger, every week as it grows my hatred towards the students in my class.
This in fact, like I stated is nonsensical. There could be potential that removing them out is good, but it may cause more harm to them, from past experiences. It has been a trend in Japan with a number of hikikomoris and NEETs, being widespread. Going out to society from a hikikomori's perceptive is like living in a brutal experience, it may cause fatal consquences. And getting more prejudice won't make the times, they live isolated, from their experience with society. That also applies towards getting probation officers to psychologists, pills might work, sure but learning from experience it didn't.
The Weather has been gorgeous today. Yesterday, too, though a bit on the chilly side. No, not the hot and spicy kind. More like, "Brrr! Is it still winter? Oh, man! 2 whole months to go!"
Been having trouble with my browser (Safari) and email (Mail), so I switched to Firefox and Thunderbird. I've tried them before, and hope they hold up better than the other two.
Getting ready to watch the last disc (#5) of Azumanga Daioh. I love this series. Hoping to get my hands on the omnibus version of the manga, but my usual sources show it as out of stock. I'll just have to grit my teeth and bear it, till I can locate a copy. Ow! That hurts!
If you've been on the site (on the boards more specifically) yesterday afternoon, you may have noticed that we recently launched Forum Polls for you guys.
Hopefully, this should be a fun way to create discussion / debate around some interesting topics in the world of anime - (and of course, finally settle the timeless naruto vs. dragonball z argument)....
Use it, enjoy it! Big ups to Dave for some slick styling and UI enhancements late this afternoon :)
KUROKAMI The Animation TO PREMIERE TONIGHT ON IATV
January 8, 2008 (Cypress, CA) – Bandai Entertainment Inc. wanted to remind everyone that the U.S. broadcast of the anime series Kurokami (The Animation) from Sunrise (Code Geass, Gundam 00) is tonight, January 8th, on ImaginAsian TV (IATV) at 8pm est/pst. This is part of a historic simultaneous release of an anime series. The series will be broadcast in Japan on TV ASAHI at 2:40 a.m. on January 8th and in Korea on January 9th at 10pm on AniBOX. Kurokami The Animation is based on the manga by the same name from Korean creative team consisting of writer Young Lim Dall and artist Park Sung Woo (the manga has been released in the U.S. by Yen Press under the title Black God).
The anime is directed by Tsuneo Kobayashi (director of The Twelve Kingdoms) with series story composition by Reiko Yoshida, and character designs and animation direction by Hiroyuki Nishimura (Fatal Fury, Full Metal Alchemist the movies). The story centers on a world in which one’s happiness and misfortunes, even their lives are controlled by “luck.” In this world, there are tree identical looking people in existence who split between them an energy-like force called “Tera.” This energy can be attributed to the amount of “Luck” or “Life Energy” that an individual possesses. There also exists beings who observe the human world, maintaining the balance of Tera, known as the “Coexistence Equilibrium.” These beings possess ability that surpass that of a normal human being and reside in hiding in places known as the “Pure Place” in tribes. They are called the Tera Guardians. This is a tale of battle that begins with the meeting between a human boy named Keita and a young Tera Guardian girl named Kuro…
Following its U.S. broadcast it will be released on DVD in 2009 by Bandai Entertainment Inc. www.bandai-ent.com
About Bandai Entertainment Inc. www.bandai-ent.com Bandai Entertainment Inc. is a subsidiary of Namco Bandai Holdings (USA) Inc. and the premier distributor of Japanese animation on DVD and programming for television broadcast in North America. Titles include Gurren Lagann, Gundam 00, Lucky Star, The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, Sword of the Stranger, The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, Cowboy Bebop, Outlaw Star, Escaflowne, Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex and many more.