Wednesday, January 17

A manga on English eccentricities in US of A

It's New Year's Day and the Yamada family, dressed in kimono, gather around the table for a feast, and to review English phrases they learned the previous year, like "take a breather" or "playing hooky."

Like many Japanese families that relocate to the U.S., the Yamadas are intent on nailing down American slang. But unlike other families, the Yamadas happen to be fictional.

Rest of article is here.

This is article on manga which talks about a Japanese family experience in USA especially concerning about local dialects and customs which can be humourous.

Japanese free weekly manga serials

Japanese manga industry is vibrant and strong plus highly competitive. I was wondering how this publication business model gonna work. Thru advertising?

My favourite so far is Dengeki Daioh which featured Tsukihime and Gunslinger Girl.

The article.

Monday, January 15

Some really nasty stuff....

Not anime related but too interesting to miss.....

SRW tribute to Virtual On

I used to be one of the dedicated player of Virtual On: Operation Moongate and also Oratario Tangram, I remembered the sweet days where I creamed people with Raiden and missile VOs.

The old Gundam Sentinel Video

The S Gundam versus Gundam Mark V. The series that never got animated, pitifully.

XBOX 360 Gundam

Holy Goat Sheet. I want to play it now!

An interesting article

A long but very erudite writing on influence of Asia cinema with a quite portion talking about Japanese animation industry.

The article.

Highlander Anime

Well, one of my old movie fave is coming, I only acknowledge the 1st Highlander feature movie. The sequels sucked donkey balls, but I wonder if the anime can patch the sorry followups that marred the famous franchise.

The trailer is here.

Done by the same people who gave us Ninja Scroll.

Sunday, January 14

Anime Essentials: Every Thing a Fan Needs to Know

By Gilles Poitras
Book excerpt.

Interesting book, worth to read but I am not too sure if I want to buy this book or not. It is bit generalist for my taste, and the author just skipping around, not really talk about the core principals on anime fandom.

Death Note creator speaks

Death Note artist interview.

A short article about the person who is behind massively popular and touted as intelligent anime, Death Note.

The second article talks about live action movie adaptation of the work.

More Sakura Wars?

I kinda like the franchise but this latest OVA is pushing it. I mean, how many times an all female sentai anti demonic force using mechas can many people tolerate? How many times it have to be rehashed?

Sakura Wars OVA 5 New York

Just my thoughts.

Wednesday, January 10

Animatrix Second Renaissance Part II

This images will forever burnt into my mind. Horrific yet appropiate, considering the foolishness of mankind and machine's single mindedness to exist.

Tuesday, January 9

Gender and cyborg

A very long and dry conversation on cyborg neutrality in gender. I have yet to finish it, but it has relevance to Ghost in the Shell universe so I having a good look at it.

Gender is not really an issue in cyborg technology, mostly it is there to please the fanboys and fangirls but sincerely, I don't think it has meaning to represented in cyborg technology. Why should we be concerned with gender identification when comes to robots?

Just my thoughts on this subject.

Link is here.

A short history of hentai

The concise spotlights is here

This word often met with snickers from well versed anime fans around the world have a simplified discussion here as to what is hentai and how it affect the popular culture of Japan presentation, in anime or manga perspective since World War 2.

Saturday, January 6

Shakugan no Shana Movie Trailer

Coming soon in April. I wonder what is the story going to be like.

Kara no Kyokai Trailer

Another version

Well, the movie is coming! Alrite! I can't wait for this.

The official site is here.

Thursday, January 4

Real life mecha engineering

This is an interesting website on attempting to create real life mecha in real world applications.Cool stuff eventhough they haven't ready for anything yet. I shall visit this site periodically just to see how they progressing. And yes, this is sort of mecha fan of Mecca. (pun intended)

The site.


This machine was build by a Japanese fan of mecha, it is however only able to shuffle instead of making a real walk. But hey, it is a start and cool to look at. But this video also shows why mecha in real life can't be a dominant war machine over traditional military assets such as main battle tanks or even a humble troop armed with AT weapons.

Old look into past, Zone of Enders.

My fave mecha game for PS2, I also loved the intro and sheer music accompanying this work. It is shame that however, there is limited plot they can use for Zone of Enders franchise, it is always about 2 machines built on mysterious power of minerals that amplifies the pilots personality and will plus a human-like combat AI in the machines.

I place this in my blog as my tribute to this fine work of art.

Manga getting big in USA.

US manga publishers getting very efficient in liscensing mangas and publishing it in USA, some of them are very notable titles like Mushishi which I considered as one of the better titles in 2006.

The article.

Language and why Japanese is popular

Over at College Canada, another Montreal-based private language school, the hot tongue of the moment is Japanese, according

to co-ordinator Daïnn Van Doorne Legris. Says Legris, "I think it's because of the manga, Japanese animation, there are many young adults who take that course, and yes they are fascinated by manga

Link here

An article discusses why some people willing to do foreign language as difficult as Japanese.