Another long day here at Vice headquarters, and then I had to go and top it off by letting my friend put Nudist Colony of the Dead on the TV. Imagine it: an AVI encode of a VHS rip of an early '90s, super-low-budget D-grade horror flick....played on a Blu-Ray player on a 40” HDTV. Baaaaaad stuff. It's a musical, by the way.
But on to something that's actually topical...or a lot of somethings:
- Trailers, trailers, trailers: the Studio 4°C-created Street Fighter IV OVA (which bears no direct relation to the Chun-Li movie, for the record); the Taishou Yakyuu Musume girls' sports anime; and Tenchi spinoff Isekai no Seikishi Monogatari. (Via Kotaku, SaiAni, and Moon Phase, respectively.) And while we're at it, a website for Yume wo Kanaeruzou has launched, too.
- Meanwhile, Ponyo on a Cliff by the Sea and The Sky Crawlers both took home awards at the Mainichi Film awards, to the surprise of, um...yeah, no one.
- Word also has it that Production I.G has finished up the new 7-minute Kill Bill anime sequence created for the expanded version of Kill Bill-- it's part of the sequence they already animated, Chapter 3: The Origin of O-Ren.
- When the Seiken no Blacksmith anime and comic adaptations were announced, I didn't know what magazine the manga was going to be serialized in, but word is that it'll be Media Factory's Comic Alive.
- Speaking of manga adaptations-- eigoMANGA is planning on making a graphic novel based on the American novel God Drug, by Stephen Antczak. The manga will be by Natashia McGough and the art by Jeremy Ray; you can see a preview already at the official God Drug website.
- Okay, this is an awesome idea, and I want to see this documentary translated: Twitch has caught word that Hideo Nakata, director of the original Ring, Dark Water, and perhaps most of note to anime fans, Death Note spinoff flick L: Change the WorLd, is filming a guide to Hollywood for foreign filmmakers. Seriously, I would love to see that.
- The latest in the eternal Konami/Upper Deck Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG saga is that Konami is going to release the Crimson Crisis decks that Upper Deck recently announced they wouldn't be putting out. Which makes a ton of sense, since Konami owns the license and severed their contract with Upper Deck.
- Finally, let's end on a traditional high note of really awesome stuff we can never afford: a Final Fantasy VII-themed Playstation 3. Do totally want.