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Some mystical force that guides packages to their destination caused me to receive stuff I ordered from three different retailers to arrive today. I guess it helped that the orders for two of them (Borders & Amazon) were made a day apart. The top one is from Borders and had Peepo Choo vol. 1; the middle one was from Amazon and contained Ghost Talker's Daydream vols. 2 & 3 (I read through GTD vol. 1 in a rush one day during Fanime), Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service vol. 1 (had been hearing wide praise about it for a long while), and Manga and Philosophy (I've only started reading the Anime companion book). The bottom box from RightStuf had the Nerima Daikon Brothers DVD singles plus an artbox - I'd seen 1 or 2 dubbed episodes through my cable's on demand and wanted to see the whole thing (and also possibly use it for a Junior Senior AMV idea!) 

 Here is it, all stacked up.
 Here is it, all stacked up.
On a side note, I started to watch some of the new summer anime and I've liked most of I've seen. Crushing on Occult Academy and Highschool of the Dead, Shiki seems off to a good start, and Asobi ni Iko yo! will need to further establish its different operatives' motives. Still need to check out Amagami SS (like the character designs) and Seitokai Yakuindomo (no real idea, just curious).

 I already had Anime and Philosophy.
 I already had Anime and Philosophy.
Notice the different kanji used on the covers - the manga one uses  理念 (idea) while the anime volume uses 哲学 (philosophy). I got a bit disoriented by the manga-like arrangement for the introduction chapter but the rest of the book goes left-to-right except that you have to start at the "back". I'll likely write about both books in a single post once I'm done reading 'em. 


Some current Dark Horse interests: Ghost Talker's Daydream and Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service
Some current Dark Horse interests: Ghost Talker's Daydream and Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service

 THE HOT NEW THING WITH THE MANGA CROWD by Felipe Smith and Vertical
 THE HOT NEW THING WITH THE MANGA CROWD by Felipe Smith and Vertical
Felipe Smith is actually going to be hitting two conventions later this month: Comic-Con in San Diego and Otakon in Baltimore. I'll be attending the latter for the first time and I'm thinking of bringing this along to possibly get signed. 

From what I've heard of the dub, I loved Luci Christian doing Mako (left) but don't really recall how Greg Ayres sounded as Hideki (yellow hair in middle) or Chris Patton as Ichiro (right). 

The primary reason why I got the ADV singles instead of the Funimation or ADV thinpaks are the DVD extras which include two commentaries by director Nabeshin and a Japanese cast member on each volume as well as AD Vid-notes, a Pop-Up video feature that was also on Excel Saga, Pani Poni Dash! and Abenobashi - all series with many references that might need explaining. 
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I shot an unboxing video yesterday when RIN ~Daughters of Mnemosyne~ & Case Closed season 2 arrived from RightStuf. I always feel a little silly after doing one of these but at least I did an okay job handling the digital camera and keeping a good flow to the commentary.
I intend to post a review of RIN on my own site and hopefully use the CC set to flesh out episode entries here on Anime Vice. (I also want to write something about all six currently released Conan movies in a collective post.)
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Last night (January 18th), 1 vs. 100 Extended Play had a Fanboy Night so there were themed rounds about comics, video games, and anime. I recorded the anime round for people who missed it and though the quality isn't as great as I wanted, the questions are readable and that's what really important. (Click "HD" if you feel like it.)

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The discussion topic of the past week has been the sales of Big Windup being not satisfactory enough for Funimation to pursue bringing over the second season, which debuts in Japan this spring. I wonder if this would be as widely reported if it hadn't come from a news website's podcast and even written up as a story on that same website. Perhaps it still would because the show seemed to well-received by online critics.
What initially irked me as a genuine lover of real sport is the extrapolation that sports anime in general isn't popular in America. That may be partly because of the stereotypical anime fan or geek being disinterested in sports (because it's "boring", they had bad experiences with high school social circles or whatever) but I know a few bloggers who watch soccer & American football so it's not an absolute. Still feels like a minority of the overall fandom, though. I suppose I can be fine with that - it allows me to act like I'm rebelling against the old view of geeks/nerds - but I wish it weren't so. 
I personally have only watched the first few episodes of Windup so I don't have a good opinion about it - I thought it was okay so far. (The chatter has caused me to put the series at the top of my rental queue - if I like it afterward, then I'll buy it.) I've mostly given up on significant blind purchases of anime because I view it as more of a collector thing... and because I didn't have an actual paying job until last month. Manga is thankfully different because I can give a series a chance with its first volume for $8-13 and continue with whatever clicks with me.
(Right Stuf is currently having a Funimation sale until the 18th so if *you* want to buy Big Windup and show some support for it, each $59.98 box set would be discounted 40% to $36.)
Back to sports anime in America: on a previous ANNCast, once-Geneon employee Chad Kime said Hajime no Ippo (a.k.a. Fighting Spirit) bombed. They took the risk because "the core anime market was really impacted". Chad came to the conclusion that "anime fans are too passive to get into sports shows". Justin & Zac chimed in that sports ficition in general doesn't too well in the US and that's fairly true - there aren't very many sports movies not entrenched in an inspirational story arc. (Reminder to self: why have you started Friday Night Lights yet?)
My base of experience in sports anime & manga is limited - 2 episodes of Big Windup, 8 episodes into Cross Game, three into One Outs (haven't gone back), slowly acquiring Princess Nine on DVD, Naked Wolves (sumo), and a few episodes of Prince of Tennis. (Note how many of these are baseball-centric...) I want to start reading sports manga such as Crimson Hero (volleyball), Diamond Girl (baseball) when it comes out from CMX in April, Whistle! (soccer), and Eyeshield 21 (football) - although I'll probably watch Eyeshield on CR first. I guess Slam Dunk (basketball) is on CR as well.
Finally, I've seen a few comments on various stories asking if Bamboo Blade counted as sports anime. I would lean toward "yes" because it involves physical activity and competition but it also has a lot of character-focused comedy and doesn't have the same feel as a team-focused series. Yawara is more definitely a "yes" since judo is an Olympic category and though Kaleido Star has gymnastic displays, it's more about creating a circus spectacle so I'm guessing "no". 
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Over the past few days, Bruce McFarling posted a recap of the situation from a few weeks ago while pointing out that a bunch of their backup embeds are hosted on Myspace and followed it up with an inquiry into Hours of Action this Friday, wherein participants would mass-download FLV's of uploaded fansubs of anime Crunchyroll is currently simulcasting such as Letter Bee, Fairy Tail, and 11eyes so that 20th Century Fox (the registered owner of the specific video hosting domain would take notice - and OF COURSE, delete the downloaded content afterward because all the participants will be morally upright people!
Though this is a noble attempt to alert Fox about intellectual property infringement, I think another potential group effort that may work better would be to gather links to those same illegal uploads to MySpace Video as well as MegaVideo and Veoh, which other mass streaming embed sites also mainly use, and send them to the Japanese copyright owners for them to use in DMCA notices to those video hosting websites. 
It's a bit more tedious and still relies on the hope that figures in authority will take heed that something is happening that is detrimentally affecting their products but it could bring more attention about this issue to the Japanese studios and if anyone needs to know about this, it's them. Also, any US licensors like FUNimation could also be included in this effort, though I have a feeling that its legal department may already be aware of this particular problem, given the service of a DMCA notice to that started this thread of discussion.
This crowdsourcing effort is just something that came to mind after I read Bruce explain the Teaspoon Model in his first posting and said this near the end of it: 

There'd have to be at least one person at the company actually sending out the letters to the sites streaming the bootlegs - but they would be far more effective if backed up by ten or twenty people contributing a couple of hours a week tracking down where the material is located. Indeed, the "white hats" could drop in info on where to get the material legally while at the bootleg bloodsucker streaming sites, including the proliferating opportunities for legal free streams.

I needed to get these thoughts out of my head but didn't really want to use my proper anime blog to do it so that's why I typed one out here.
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