Tuesday, March 31

Shangri La/ シャングリ・ラ Trailer / OP is now here

Finally the trailer

About time, GONZO.

And she uses what kinda of boomerang? Ah well. The tanks made of paper?

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Apparently the OP was leaked by some negligence by GONZO. Here it is. The vilianess (I assume) looks the same as the Guild leader from Last EXILE. Same designer, same template? Very dynamic and fluid OP.


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Dogs: Bullets & Carnage

Licensed and released by Viz Media in manga format for USA market soon, this action packed anime created by Miwa Shirou talks about gunslingers / desperadoes who were genetically enhanced / mutated living in a dystopian, post apocalyptic future. 4 main players who have troubled past seeks answers to it or some redemption from their generally pretty shitty life. 2 OVAs / OADs were confirmed for the story, 1st one will be released on 19th May 2009. An albino gunslinger,a bad of sense direction ex killer, a mute swordsgirl and a chain smoking mercenary will be main characters. Some fans describe this "futuristic version of Black Lagoon".

Haine: Takahiro Sakurai
Badō: Akira Ishida
Naoto: Shizuka Itou
Mihai: Akio Ohtsuka
Nill: Mamiko Noto
Bishop: Toshihiko Seki
Kiri: Sayaka Ohara
Mimi: Ryoko Shiraishi
Ian: Koji Yusa
Milena: Kaya Matsutani
Domino Bortune: Tomomichi Nishimura
Male (Fuyumine): Rikiya Koyama
Melvin Scrooge: Kazuya Nakai
Magato: Takeshi Kusao
Giovanni: Shigeru Nakahara

Tatsuya Abe (Tona-Gura!): Director
Kiyoko Yoshimura (Chocolate Underground, Linebarrels of Iron): Scriptwriter
Hiroyuki Kanbe (Chrono Crusade and Rosario + Vampire Capu2): Character Designer
David Production: Studio
Goro Taniguchi (Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion, Planetes, Linebarrels of Iron): Assistant.

Official Site.

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Law on fansubbing of anime and copyright issues

Of Otaku and Fansubs: A Critical Look at Anime Online in Light of Current Issues in Copyright Law

Jordan S. Hatcher

Script-ed, Vol. 2, No. 4, 2005

The advent of digital technology and increased global connectivity has, to put it mildly, caused some ripples for the entertainment industry specifically and copyright law generally. In the aftermath, many are searching for new ways to incorporate the benefits of digital copies and the internet while minimizing the harms. To some, the anime industry and its fans offer examples of how an industry can benefit and even grow from allowing copyright infringement. This article examines the anime industry in-depth with this suggestion in mind and places the industry among current copyright policy debates, such as those suggested by Lawrence Lessig.

Downloadable Article

Quite up to date and erudite discussion from law's point of view on fansubbing, especially with Berne Convention definition of copyright. USA and Japan are signatories of the Treaty hence technically fansubbers were in direct violation of the said treaty.

However some people might argue the treaty was outdated and needs to be revised to reflect grey area between legitimacy and illegal in copyright issues posed by fansubbers potentially.