Archive for February, 2008

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sola gets USA release and School Rumble & Slayers a new season

February 27, 2008

Okay, lets keep it in order (all news snapped from ANN):

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Bandai Visual USA Confirms sola Release, DVD Details

sola newsOne day after the news was revealed online, Bandai Visual USA has officially confirmed its release of the 15-episode supernatural romance series sola. The anime will be released on five DVDs, each carrying three episodes (including the two that never aired during sola‘s Japanese television broadcast), and there will not be an English dub. The price per volume is set at US$49.99, and the first volume is scheduled for June 10. The first volume’s DVD extras will include a full-color, eight-page booklet and four character postcards. A special premium gift item will be offered to those who purchase sola from Bandai Visual‘s dot-anime.us site.

(Article from ANN)

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Good news that sola gets its release in the USA, but 250 bucks for just subtitles and some small extras, I don’t know about that. Many people dislike dubs, so I guess its not that big of a deal to drop them, but I think that this reduction of conversion costs should directly result in a reduced price tag.

On to the next news:

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Third School Rumble Anime Series Greenlit

School Rumble newsThe official website for the School Rumble slice-of-life anime franchise has announced that a third series has been greenlit for production in Japan. Kodansha will bundle School Rumble: Third Term DVDs with the limited first editions of the 21st and 22nd Japanese volumes of Jin Kobayashi‘s original school comedy manga. The 21st volume goes on sale on July 17. (The 20th volume, without a DVD, goes on sale on March 17.) The new project will reunite director Shinji Takamatsu, series script editor Hiroko Tokita, character designer and animation director Hajime Watanabe, and the animators at Studio Comet; all of them worked on the first two anime series.

Funimation has been releasing the first two anime series on DVD in North America, and Del Rey has been releasing the the manga series in North America.

Source: Moon Phase

(Article from ANN)

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Well, the second season of School Rumble trainwrecked pretty good. Hopefully the third season focus again on the few main characters, I just don’t want to see any more boring stuff about those boring side and even more on the side characters which really nobody likes.

And now to the real surprise:

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New Slayers Fantasy TV Anime Series in the Works

Slayers newsPage 24 of Fujimi Shobo‘s Dragon Magazine‘s April issue — which is officially on sale on February 29 but was previewed early — has announced that a new television anime project is in the works for Hajime Kanzaka‘s Slayers fantasy light novels. The official title and the cast has yet to be revealed. The official Hajime Kanzaka Fan Club has confirmed the news and added that the project will feature an anime-exclusive story, split across two cours (two seasons of three months). Director Takashi Watanabe will oversee J.C. Staff, the same studio that worked with him on all three previous Slayers television series. Kanzaka also created the Lost Universe novels, manga, and anime series.

The fan club could not confirm who will be in the project’s cast or even if Lina, the popular character voiced by Megumi Hayashibara, will be featured in this project. The club’s news report did say that more details will be revealed in Dragon Magazine and anime magazines. Central Park Media and FUNimation Entertainment both released the three previous Slayers television series in English in North America.

Thank you to dormcat for the news tip.

(Article from ANN)

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Wow, it’s a long time ago that I watched the whole Slayers collection of episodes, OVAs & movies and read the few Slayer mangas that got translated here. Found it all quite enjoyable, don’t know how I would think about it from my today’s point of view…

Aw, what the heck, bring it on!

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Playing my music

February 24, 2008

Audiosurf

Yep, I’ve also been caught by the addiction of Audiosurf, thus wasting even more of my precious time on games. At least this way my old eurodance mp3s are of some use again. Haven’t found any anime themes to be of especially good playability, but the Pirates of the Caribbean Soundtrack is pretty nice for this game and Talking Head’s “Road to Nowhere” has some funny effects. But my best score of over 100.000 points so far was with Chris Hülsbeck’s Katakis theme.

What a silly world…

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To the end of Sketchbook ~full color’S~

February 24, 2008

Shift changeover

And so ends a very nice series after short 13 episodes. Granted, while being very good in the art of emitting a atmosphere of calmness and tranquillity it never reaches its spiritual precursor ARIA. This might be because the characters and setting of ARIA, funnily despite being settled in a rebuild Venice on a terraformed mars, are in some ways more believable than the ones of Sketchbook. Thus the serenity in Sketchbook felt somehow forced at times, which is seldom the case with ARIA. None the less Sketchbook has its own points to shine with its way to discover small miracles in things more near to our daily lives, its beautiful landscapes and its fine set of characters, humans as well as cats. Especially its cats I’ve to say. ARIA’s cats might rule their city more or less from the shadows, but the interaction of the Sketchbook cats is just more fun (maybe being granted to understand them might have help here, too). The few cat-centred episodes became easily my favourites, I hope Sora and the other humans can forgive me for this.

An interesting fact by the way is that Mike, being tri-coloured, has most certainly got to be a female cat (genetic fact). Don’t know if this is really intended, because of the name I always thought of him/her as a male cat until Sora mentioned the number of his/her colours in this last episode.

In the end, while it greatly helped to bypass the time between the second and the third season of ARIA, Sketchbook was surely more than just a merely placeholder and succeeded to transfer some of the Aqua-feeling back onto good old Manhome.
I surely wouldn’t mind to be welcomed by Sora & co again some day.

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Wallpaper Week Day 7

February 17, 2008

Higurashi no Naku Koro ni

Yeah, the ending of the first season of Higurashi no Naku Koro ni was quite cheesy, but I really liked it. Call me soft if you want, after all those “bad ends” I surely granted the people (or better pupil) of Hinamizawa this good one (which wasn’t good after all, but that’s a different season’s story). The fight between Rena and Keiichi as the grand finale with both of them strangely enjoying this showdown and its touching aftermath was just a great watch for me. Thus to this moment’s memento and because its such a nice homage to Fate/stay night I’ve added this wallpaper to my shuffle.

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Wallpaper Week Day 6

February 16, 2008

sola

In many other posts I’ve already stated how much I love sola, so I guess it isn’t really necessary to repeat it here once again. Punchline is that it’s just one of the best animes for me and luckily there is much of beautiful artwork available on the all mighty thing called internet. As usual the original is of much higher resolution and is definitely worth a look.

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Wallpaper Week Day 5

February 15, 2008

Maid in the snow

I (obviously) found this one while searching a fitting winter themed picture for my image header. Because I don’t know anything about this art’s origin I can’t say more about it, I just like it pretty much. If of interest, the original is of higher resolution and also a bit wider.

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Wallpaper Week Day 4

February 14, 2008

Kaze no Stigma

I think I haven’t said anything about Kaze no Stigma yet. Well, it definitely had it’s flaws and as far as I heard the anime version differs in many points from the original light novels. It seems like the tone of the novels is much darker than the one of the anime with Kazuma killing quite many of his enemies. Guess this didn’t bode well for the fans of the novels, but for me it was luckily no real drawback. Furthermore the characters surely could have been drawn out better and some of the fight were rather anticlimactic. None the less I found this series pretty enjoyable, maybe just because it was such light entertainment with much room for the silly antics of its main characters. Especially the times when Ayano’s father tried quite hard to pimp her with Kazuma where good ones to watch.

Oh, and also the girl-with-sword theme is always a plus factor for me.