Saturday, January 19

Sayonara Zetsubo Sensei Zoku or Season 2

I enjoyed this kooky anime from last year and so far I see no problem with the sequel unlike my massive disappointment with Gunslinger Girl Il Teatrino. Will post complete review on this once Season 2 is done.

Big Dog Robot Video

Interesting real world look at state of robotics.

Dragon Ball Movie Plans

Are You Serious?: Anime Goes Live Action?

What Hollywood jack ass decided that they were so desperate for ideas that they decided to start making anime into live action flicks? As if every terrible video game movie isn’t bad enough, now we need to start appealing to the anime crowd. Now there is nothing wrong with the anime crowd, but if I had a guess I would say they are into anime because it is ANIME (notice the animation part in the word?)! They enjoy the cartoon aspect of it! Now the whole reason they even decided to do most of this in cartoon form is because it would be a pain in the ass to shoot all this crap in a live action format.

Dragonball is a great example of this. I used to be a huge Dragonball Z fan when I was in Jr. High and I remember that they always liked to throw their characters through mountains in big battles, and the fact was it didn’t have to be believable because it was a friggin’ cartoon. But now you try to make it all live action and suddenly you have to make this crap real. It has to be believable.
Full Article

A very, very funny and angry article on upcoming plan for the live action adaption. I have to agree with most of his opinion on the plan.

Female stereotyping in Anime

Casting female stereotypes in the Pacific Rim

By Wilson Tai

It is only because we have a movement and discourse of Asian Americans, Asian-American studies, and Pacific Rim perspectives, that I can look at how Japanese Animation (better known as “anime” to fans around the world) influences American culture. In general, any popular media influences the people subjected to it. Japanese animation influences American film and television, and in turn, influences society and the people within. Specifically, it has come to my attention that Asian women, who are typically stereotyped as “passive geisha hooker dragon lady butterfly,” (Chin) are being represented in both Japanese and American media as: strong, sexy, and aggressive - the ultimate male fantasy: a lady in the dining room and a whore in the bedroom.

Full article

A normal and sort of summary on this topic.

A bit outdated, but interesting look at Japanese female anime fan choice

Top 9 Comic Magazines on 'Female Readers' Favorites' in Japan

Weekly Jump became the number one comic magazine on the "Japan's Female Readers' Favorites" list, according to Orikon Style, which conducted an anonymous questionnaire covering a total of 2,933 individuals that included readers and members of the Orikon Research Panel. The statistics show that the top 3 comic magazines are Weekly Jump, Monthly Cookie, and Margaret (additional volume). People pointed to its beautiful drawings and fascinating stories as the reason they selected Weekly Jump as their favorite. With an increase in its female readers, the era of Weekly Jump's dominance is far from an end.

Top 9 Comic Magazine of Female Readers' Favorites

Rank / Name of the Comic Magazine

1. Weekly Jump
2. Monthly Cookie
3. Margaret (additional volume)
4. Hana to Yume
5. Shoujyo Comic
6. Weekly Magazine
7. Lala
8. Kiss
9. Chorus / Desert

**Reference: Orikon Style March 29th, 2006