This is my list of the top 30 strongest anime & manga characters out there (a few are also from video games that have animes based off them).
Exciting news for everyone. A new anime from the creators of Gurren Lagann (in their new studio Trigger) is to be released, named Kil La Kill. It is about the two girls fighting on a violent school campus. Other than one short the studio made before, this'll be the first show from Studio Trigger. This I's incredible news I'd say; will they be as big as galaxies in the end?
Very exciting news. Naoki Urasawa's 18 volume award-winning manga Monster is to be adapted into a live-action HBO series by Guillermo Del Toro. Del Toro will co-write the series with Steven Thompson (who wrote for Doctor Who and Sherlock Holmes). Del Toro intends to direct, whereas Thompson wrote the pilot. Apparently, it took Guillermo Del Toro a while to persade Naoki Urasawa into being comfortable with Western adaptions of his work.
The pilot has already been written and handed into HBO. The series will be adapted on the condition that Naoki Urasawa reads each script before they are submitted. Steven Thompson will also be co-executive producer, along with Don Murphy and Susan Montford. Shogakukan, the original publisher of Monster, will be a consulting producer. According to Del Toro, the series is to say loyal to the original source, not adding anything else to increase the episode count. Thus the show will probably only last a season or two.
Guillermo Del Toro's current project, Pacific Rim, is set to hit cinemas in July. After that, there may just be a rise in the interest taken towards Monster. He (Del Toro) is also involved in the Justice League Dark Universe project. Naoki Urasawa is currently writing a dectetive manga series called Billy Bat.
This means that no doubt people will take a lot more interest in the original manga and it's other adaption, an anime series from 2004 which ran for an incredible 74 episodes. Recently, it was announced that the original series will be released in Australia on DVD by Siren Visuals (there are three anime publishers in Australia, Madman the alpha dog, Siren the underdog and Hanabee the new dog). The series will be released through 5 DVD sets, the first being released in November 2013. As of yet, no Blu-Ray or HD version of Monster exists (but as DVDs play on Blu-Ray players things will turn out fine). For those living in America, Monster has been out on DVD from Viz.
In related news, James Cameron has promised to make a movie of the manga Battle Angel: Alita. However, he has also said that this isn't likely to happen until 2017, due to his involvement in Avatar 2 & 3. Monster isn't the only new source material HBO have rights to; Neil Gaimans American Gods and its upcoming sequel is also being adapted by HBO, with Neil Gaiman himself writing the episodes and directed by Robert Richardson. The series is slatted to have six seasons, the first two being based off the first book. Gaiman states by the time the first book has been adapted, he would have written the sequel. A first-person shooter for Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex is being made by Nexon. It involves hacking and customizing your cyborg body, as well as Tachikoma combat.
Personally, I have to say this is hugely exciting news. I'm a big fan of 20th Century Boys, and with that almost done, I guess it'll be Monster I look to next. And just in time! I feel that HBO did an outstanding effort with their adaption of Game of Thrones. This seems to be a new step away from the terrible anime adaptions and a step towards classic anime adaptions. And though I'm yet to read or see Monster, the villainous blonde sadistic boy sounds familiar...
It's not really a convention but an art tour, but thats kind of similar, soI hope no one minds if I post this here. In 2013, in April and May, there will be an Evangelion Art Exhibbition Tour in Australia (and for what I know just Australia, sorry to say) in co-operation with Madman, the main anime publishing company here (followed by Siren). It will visit the Gold Coast, Sydney and finally Melbourne. It will be displayed at the Gold Coast City Gallery from Wednesday the 17 of April to Sunday the 5th of May; in Sydney at the Japan Foundation Art Gallery from Friday the 10th of May to Saturday the 18th of May, and some unconfirmed date and location for Melbourne (thankfully Madman stated that they'll launch the website soon). So 18 days in the Gold Coast, 8 days in Sydney and Melbourne remains to be seen. The sources also state that Evangelion 3.33: You Can (Not) Advance will be released in Australia sometime in 2013, possibly to coincide with the tours. That means it'll probably be released in America and Europe at a similar time. The sources talk alot of the Rebuild series, but I'm not sure if they're going to feature the original Neon Genesis Evangelion or End of Evangelion. It will show original concept art, production art, character drawings, Evangelion books, statues and even taperstries. The tour is said to give a “unique and extensive insight into how the famed Evangelion animated films were created."
Well, I'm highly looking forward to this, despite my conflicting thoughts on the series after watching End of Evangelion. I'll most likely be going. I'm glad that Khara/Gainax are bringing their works here to Australia rather than more popular nations of America or England or France. Perhaps Australia has an important role in the next movie? A lot to be discovered about the series and EVA 3.33. Maybe Hideko Anno himself will drop by and...what would happen if he came? I don't know...Anyway if you live in Australia and you like Evangelion, you should problaby check this out. I'm sure it'll be great fun, educational and judging by the previous installments of the series, mindbending too. Should at least be better than End of Evangelion...
Final Fantasy is often praised as being King of the RPG's but I don't think so. It may be popular, but how much has it added to RPGs? Not much, I say actually. Phantasy Star and Mother came out at a similar time to the original Final Fantasy and are way more original and inervative than it. Final Fantasy VII is often refered to as having a new setting and darker plot than previous RPGs, yet Phantasy Star II had a science fiction setting and a dark plot long before Final Fantasy VII. And yet it's forgotten. Final Fantasy VII is praised for having the first 3D in the Final Fantasy series. Tha'st what makes it so revolutionary. It's not the first 3D game released, not even the first 3D RPG. Yet that is always the reason why it is so revolutionary.
Even to today it is still considered the greatest RPG series ever? Why? Just about every Final Fantasy is the samee, at least since the release of VII (evil organisation, moody with a large sword hero who says everything is all his/her fault a lot, then smiles at the end, a villain who wants to be a God and is fought during the final boss as some kind of oddly winged angel, ridiculously oversexualised teenage girls who "hold the team together")? In terms of gameplay it's getting worse and worse, almost not a game at all. And this is meant to add to the genre?
In 2003, Morrowind gave us a freeroaming world were you can go as you please (Oblivion and Skyrim have given more freeroaming, as well as Dragons Dogma). Then games like Fable, Mass Effect and The Witcher allow every last descision that you make to impact upon the story. Dark Souls and Borderlands gave unique gameplay as well as questioning "what is an RPG?" at the same time. On the handhelds, FIre Emblem has brought more light to turn based strategy, and Etrian Odyssey shows a new take on old gameplay to give us something fresh and challenging. That's not even starting of MMORPGs (I don't play MMORPGs, so I can't really talk for them, I hear Guild Wars 2 is quite stunning though) and looters. But screw all that crap when you have Final Fantasy with it's beautiful graphics and amazing storylines. Final Fantasy, however, has no customisation, no choices, no originality. In fact, to describe it as ridiculously cliched would be an understatedment (I understand many stories have cliches, but in the case of Final Fantasy it is just ridiculous). While other games have given us something new and have tried to inovate, Final Fantasy have given us the same stories with less fun while being even more wrapped up in it's own cliches. That's right, it's not fun. The music is also not as good as it's made out to be, escpesially One Wing Angel and XIII's soundtrack is just awful.
What's worse is that people still view it as the best, and we have had so many Final Fantasy clones and spikey haired loser whining that it's all their fault and all that rubbish.