Monday, October 31, 2011

The Question 10/31: What anime did you check out this weekend?

Another weekend, another opportunity to watch anime squashed. With the busy holiday season coming upon us, I am absolutely swamped with game news. I really don't have any extra time on the weekends to get anything done. When I do get a chance to rest, I end up passing out on the couch!

Couple that with the nasty weather we had in NJ this week, and things were crazier than ever. There are still 400,000 people without power in NJ! Luckily we do have juice, so we've been hosting showers and meals for all those that don't have electricity. Busy times indeed!

Hopefully you're home safe and warm, and you also had a chance to check out some anime. What features did you watch this weekend?

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Hulu, Netflix seeing big success with anime

We've talked many times about how Netflix and Hulu offer up a lot of anime content for fans, and they make it easy to find. The support is also non-stop, with new anime content being added all the time. Not surprisingly, these anime endeavors are bringing in lots of cash for both companies.

“Networks might be happy to get a show that 20 million people kind of like. We’re more interested in finding a show that a million people love to death.” - Andy Forssell, Hulu’s senior vice president for content

This means that FUNimation and other companies are making a tiny profit off of these ventures as well. Then, in turn, they can released dubbed, cleaned-up versions of the shows on DVD for the fans that want to own what they saw online.

Adult Swim also recognizes the importance of anime in a lineup, and while they're not going to spend a ton of cash to grab a show, they do know that people out there are interested in the content.

“We’re not interested in paying a lot of money for anime because that targeted audience has so many different ways to see it before it goes on our air. Every once in a while we look and say we could gain a rating point here and there, but we’d rather be more interesting and edgy from a programming standpoint, and that means anime.” - Mike Lazzo, senior vice president for programming and production at Adult Swim


Saturday, October 29, 2011

Durarara!! on Adult Swim - Episode 19 live-chat (starts at 12:30 AM EDT)

Reminder: Durarara!! Episode 19 live-chat tonight at 12:30 AM EDT!

I apologize for things being so quiet around here lately. The Nintendo side of things is so busy right now. That's what happens when the game industry loads up its holiday season! On top of that, all sorts of investor meetings and press releases are coming out, which just adds to the madness.

I don't know what tonight looks like for me, but as usual I'll be posting up the live-blog for all those that want to chat away while tonight's episode is on. I sure hope you guys are still having fun!

Friday, October 28, 2011

The Secret World of Arrietty - North American trailer

Miyazaki's latest film, The Secret World of Arrietty, is finally set for release in North America on February 17th. I've been waiting quite awhile for this one. What do you guys think? Is this going to be another Miyazaki classic, or will this be one of his more forgettable films?

Thursday, October 27, 2011

VIZ Media Announces The Legend Of Zelda Manga Box Set

San Francisco, CA, October 26, 2011 – VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), the largest distributor and licensor of anime and manga in North America, will delight gamers and manga (graphic novel) fans nationwide with the release of THE LEGEND OF ZELDA Manga Box Set, just in time to celebrate the series’ 25th Anniversary. The set, available in stores now, is rated ‘A’ for All Ages, includes all 10 volumes of the fantasy action adventure series as well as a full color poster, and carries an MSRP of $69.99 U.S. / $80.99 CAN.

THE LEGEND OF ZELDA celebrates its 25th Anniversary this year, and is the best selling role-playing, puzzle-solving, action title for Nintendo video game platforms. More information on the history of THE LEGEND OF ZELDA and its anniversary is available at:

THE LEGEND OF ZELDA manga series takes place in the mystical land of Hyrule, where three spiritual stones hold the key to the Triforce. Whoever holds them will control the world. A boy named Link sets out on a quest to deliver the Emerald, the spiritual stone of the forest, to Zelda, Princess of the land of Hyrule. The journey will be long and perilous, and Link will need all his skill and courage to defeat evil. The battle for Hyrule and the Sacred Realm has begun!

“THE LEGEND OF ZELDA Manga Box Set bundles Link’s entire magical quest into a single collection that is a must-read for any true fan of the classic video game,” says Beth Kawasaki, Senior Editorial Director, Children’s Publishing. “The series wonderfully transforms the game’s fast-paced action into a linear storyline, and has been a consistent bestseller since VIZ Media published the first volume in 2008. This new box set is an eye-catching way to revisit the entire series and commemorate the 25th Anniversary of this groundbreaking game title.”

THE LEGEND OF ZELDA manga series was created by Akira Himekawa, which is the pen name of two women known simply as A. Honda and S. Nagano. The pair have created nine manga adventures featuring Link and the popular video game world of THE LEGEND OF ZELDA, including Ocarina of Time, Oracle of Seasons and FOUR SWORDS. Their most recent work, The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass, was serialized in Japan in the kid’s magazine Shogaku Rokunensei, published by Shogakukan.

For more information on the THE LEGEND OF ZELDA manga series, please visit:

What makes an anime a classic?

With so much anime content out there, it can be hard to find the content that's worth watching. It's all going to come down to personal tastes in the end, but you can at least guide yourself with content that friends enjoy. You can also look towards official reviews as a guide to the content out there that might be worth your time.

Over the years, there have been certain anime series' and features that really stick out among the crowd. They offer up something special, something unique or they just really excel at telling a story. We find this kind of thing quite often in the world of anime, which really makes being a part of it something special.

As the years roll on, that amazing content slowly fades in and out of the public eye. This is when we really start to see what anime features are going to resonate with viewers for years to come. Did an anime just see release at the perfect time to get praise, or does it transcend time to offer something entertaining and engaging to all audiences?

In your eyes, what makes an anime an instant classic? What is it that really sets an anime feature apart from others out there? Can you offer up any features that exist now that you consider classics? Are there any shows currently seeing release or airing in Japan that have a chance at becoming classics?

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

How do you keep from being overwhelmed?

If there's one great thing about anime that can always be boasted about, it's the amount of content out there. There's never a shortage of new features to check out. It seems like every other week we learn about a new anime series, or a new anime movie that's in the works. Everywhere you turn you see new content.

That can be a double-edged sword, of course, For those that are coming into anime just now, you can be absolutely floored by the amount of content that's available. Seeing all these shows with more on the way might be a pretty scary thing. It's hard to find a place to start...a place where you can take it all in.

Hell, this is even the case for long-time anime fans. I know that I've been into anime for years now, but I still find it quite hard to keep track of just what's going on. I learn about movies for series' that I've enjoyed for years. I learn about spin-offs that seem to come out of nowhere. I learn about highly-regarded series' that I didn't even know existed.

It's hard to keep track of all this stuff, and some of that comes from the country of origin. When the content you enjoy isn't created/produced in your native language, it can be quite painful to try and stay on top of it all. You're at the mercy of others when it comes to hunting down and translating info, which can be a major roadblock.

How do you keep on top of it all and not feel overwhelmed?

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Who's making anime-themed Jack-o-Lanterns?

If I had any shred of artistic talent in me, I'd try to make a few anime-related Jack-o-Lanterns. What better way to celebrate Halloween than by shoe-horning some anime love into the traditions?! I'd love to have the pumpkin above sitting on my front stoop.

I'm sure some of you guys and gals have plans to carve out your own anime Jack-o-Lanterns. That is, if you haven't already done so! If you have any plans to craft up some anime pumpkins, leave a comment and let us know! Of course, if you've already worked your magic, we'd love to see some pictures of your work!


Just who is getting offered roles in the live-action Akira?

With talk of Akira seeing a live-action adaptation on the big screen, many are wondering just who is going to take on some of the bigger roles. While we still don't know the details on just who is being pegged for those major characters, we do have information on some of the smaller roles.

Word on the street is that actors Gary Oldman and Helena Bonham Carter were offered roles in Akira. Oldman was offered the role of Colonel and Bonham-Carter would play Lady Miyako. I could see how both of these actors could portray those roles, and I'm sure they'd do a good job, but it's just tough to take those two actors and slip them into the anime roles.

Let's say this casting ends up being the real deal. What do you think of those two actor choices so far? Does it give you hope for future roles to be cast in a positive light?


Monday, October 24, 2011

What are the best horror anime series'/films?

I really am not a big fan of Halloween. Don't get me wrong, I love candy just as much as the next person. Now that I'm an adult, I can have candy whenever I want! That right there killed off a lot of my interest in Halloween. When you can pick up candy and not have to dress up for it, things certainly change.

With that said, I am a fan of horror features. Be it traditional movies or TV shows, anime or literature, I do like to get scared. The issue is, I never really do get horrified by this stuff. A lot of the content that Hollywood pumps out is nothing more than cheesy or gory. I can appreciate that stuff and laugh at it as well, but it's not going to make me jump out of my beard.

I was looking to turn to you guys to find out some of the scariest anime features out there. I know there's a handful of horror-related anime to pick up, whether it focuses on monsters, ghosts or what have you. Sadly, my knowledge in this area of anime is a bit lacking.

What is the scariest anime you've ever seen? Is there a horror anime that really makes you shiver every time you think about it? It's okay if it's a gore-fest anime as well. All is fair when you're in the month of October!

The Question 10/24: What anime did you check out this weekend?

Sadly, I didn't get a single chance to watch anime this weekend. Running GoNintendo has become quite busy in recent weeks. That might have something to do with the press events that Nintendo has been putting on, as well as the lead into the holiday season. Most game companies bring out their big guns for the holiday season, and Nintendo is no different.

The only animation-related thing I did this weekend was purchase a copy of Batman: Year One while I was out shopping. I didn't get a chance to watch that either! Makes me sad to have an anime-free weekend. I'm hoping that changes by the time next weekend rolls around.

I also hope your weekend was a bit more anime involved than mine! What anime did you get to check out over the weekend?

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Dragon Ball Z getting Blu-ray remastered re-releases

Dragon Ball Z fans, get ready to shell out even more cash...

Dragon Ball Z has been released in so many ways on so many formats...but I have to admit that FUNimation may get my cash yet again. I can't resist having a cleaned up version of Dragon Ball Z on Blu-ray. That's about as good as things can get for fans right now.

I sure hope I'm not the only one that's going to jump in on this. I need someone else to inform me of their planned purchase to make me feel better!

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Durarara!! on Adult Swim - Episode 18 live-chat (starts at 12:30 AM EDT)

Reminder: Durarara!! Episode 18 live-chat tonight at 12:30 AM EDT!

Things have been so ridiculously busy for me lately. I can barely keep up with what's going on GoNintendo, let alone the anime blog. When GN pays the bills, I have to pay more attention to that. That doesn't mean I'm still not updating here everyday, I just can't post as much as I'd like.

With that said, the live-stream events go on. I sure hope you guys are having fun, and I definitely miss the earlier weeks where I could actually watch with you! Maybe that will chance soon. I sure hope so!

Friday, October 21, 2011

Akira live-action movie not officially greenlit yet?

Check out this blurb from Variety...

"WB's seems closer to making a decision on whether to give the film a greenlight after the filmmakers gave a presentation on Wednesday to Warner execs that included a revised budget. Sources say most people are confident execs will be happy with the new budget...but you never know in this town. Be prepared for some kind of decision sometime next week."

Looks like things are close to being agreed on, but the project actually isn't greenlit yet. The big day is Wednesday next week. Do you think the project will go through?


Which actors deserve a spot in Akira?

It seems that the Akira live-action adaption has actually picked up a lot of steam. The project was in limbo for a number of years, but now Warner Bros. is actually moving ahead on the project. The film has been greenlit rather than just optioned, which is the first major step in getting things going.

I know, there are plenty of people out there that don't want to see Akira adapted into a live-action movie. The anime film itself is an absolutely amazing piece of cinema, and there's no reason why it can't stand on its own through a theatrical re-release. Even if you feel that way, this live-action remake is still going to happen.

Perhaps we should just tell ourselves that there's no two ways about it, the Akira movie is going to be made. We'll have to stew in that thought for awhile before we become okay with it, or at the very least, able to tolerate the idea. Hollywood will most likely screw it up, but let's pretend that they won't!

With that said, what actors in Hollywood do you believe would make for the perfect cast for the Akira movie? Who would take on the two iconic male leads in the film? Are there any actors out there that you believe would make a good fit for such demanding roles?

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Live-action Akira adapation picks up steam

- greenlit by Warner Bros.
- late February/early March start
- helmed by Jaume Collet-Serra ("Unknown")
- "Tron: Legacy" star Garrett Hedlund is being considered for one of the leads
- Appian Way's Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Davisson Killoran are producing with Andrew Lazar
- Katsuhiro Otomo, who wrote and directed the 1988 the anime, will exec produce


The ultimate otaku room is impressive...then very scary

I'm warning you, the end of this video is going to freak you out. I can appreciate the massive amount of otaku love going on here, but the end of the video is just a tad too freaky!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Rinne no Lagrange - The latest marriage of schoolgirls and mechs

Yet another mech-related anime is on the way, and this time it focuses in on a group of schoolgirls that pilot these beats. Rinne no Lagrange certainly has some pretty visuals, but I'm not too sure the pairing of mechs and schoolgirl drama is something that entices me.

Of course, I'm more than willing to give the show a shot and see how it fairs. No word on localization at this time, as the series isn't set to debut in Japan until next year. We'll have to see how it does over there before talk of localization pops up.

Did the PV for Rinne no Lagrange impress you? Does this seem like something you'd want to check out?

Understanding anime

Anime can be truly confusing to those that aren't really schooled in what anime is all about. Even then, there are some anime features that even long-time fans can get thrown off track by. While there are plenty of anime series' out there that are easy to understand, there are others that might throw the viewer for a loop.

This is one of the reasons why anime has trouble really getting into our culture, moreso than just a niche placement. It's this barrier of understanding that blocks the path to true success. Some of it has to do with cultural differences, while other aspects come in through critical thinking and the way the story is fed to the viewer.

Are audiences outside of Japan just unwilling to actually think about a series when watching it? Are we expecting a show to tell us exactly what's going on and what the motivations are, in no uncertain terms? Is that the case, or are some anime features just too deep into their country of origin's culture that the localization result doesn't make for good viewing?

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Japanese game dev says game industry needs to avoid the anime industry's mistakes

“That’s because it’s (anime) not as mainstream as it used to be. They’re making it for a particular audience. I think that’s why. I watch a lot of anime but it’s for the techniques, not as entertainment. As a product, I think it’s going downhill. The general audience won’t find those interesting. It’s impossible to figure out what the target audience is for Mawaru-Penguindrum. Same goes for Madoka Magica. It’s for a very core audience like us, who enjoy them. The video game industry has to make sure they don’t make the same mistake.” - CyberConnect 2 CEO, Hiroshi Matsuyama

Mr. Matsuyama has made his feelings on the anime industry very clear. He has nothing against anime as an art form, but he believes the recent wave of content is pandering to nothing but a closed group of fans. This leads to smaller markets and fan support, which is no good for the industry itself.

Do you feel that this is the way the anime industry is heading? Does the anime industry need to stop making content just for itself and its fans? Is it time to spread out and try a new approach with content that could possibly bring in new anime viewers?


Is Gundam AGE the best place for me to start?

I know two things about Gundam AGE. The first thing is the violent fan reaction to this version of Gundam. Fans of the franchise are not happy about the direction at all, as it's skewing younger and towards newcomers to the series. The second thing I know is that this Gundam entry is the one that entices me the most.

See, I don't have the 'baggage' of the previous Gundam series entries with me. I'm looking at Gundam with fresh eyes, and what I see here is definitely appealing. Indeed, I know that this is an attempt to get younger kids into the Gundam franchise. I think that's the element that really sells me on it.

I need a starting point for the franchise. Something other than going back and watching the very first Gundam release all the way up to what's available now. I need something new and fresh, something a little more simplistic in its tone. I need to really ease myself into this world of Gundam, and I believe AGE could be what I need.

Gundam fans, how do you feel about AGE? Are you open to the idea of this new start for the franchise, or do you happen to be one of those people that is foaming at the mouth with this direction? I'd love to hear from both sides on this one!

Getting the full experience

When I stumble upon an anime that I really like, I want to make it my mission to follow all the series offers closely. One of my pet peeves is getting interested in something and then missing out on elements that further the main story. The issue with this is that multiple anime series' offer new storyline content that comes from outside the anime.

The fact that these companies branch out and offer new content via other mediums is not a bad thing. It just makes it tougher for fans to really keep tabs on what's happening. When you have to take in 10 different types of content to stay on-top of a franchise, things can get very hectic.

Usually it all starts off with a manga. When that becomes popular enough, the translation to anime begins. When that step of the process is a success, the sky is the limit. This can lead to more manga, a movie, video game adaptations, light novels and much more. All this content coming out can make your head spin, and if you miss one of those elements you might miss a new/interesting/important story element!

How do you keep tabs on your favorite franchises? Say for example, One Piece. Do you read all the manga, watch the entire series, play the games and more? Is there just too much content and too many avenues for you to stay completely in the loop?

Monday, October 17, 2011

What does it take to get you hyped for an anime?

Everyone has different tastes. What might be comedic gold to you could be found truly unfunny to another person. That's what makes this world great. There are all sorts of things out there to do for entertainment purposes, and with such wildly ranging opinions, there should be enough content to make absolutely everyone happy.

That definitely is the case for the world of anime. We're all anime fans here, some moreso than others. It all depends on the type of anime content you're looking for, but at the very least, we can all appreciate why we enjoy what the anime industry puts out.

As you sift through the endless amount of blogs, magazines and websites about anime, you're going to be bombarded with a ton of anime content that is out to grab your attention. The teams behind these titles and the PR companies shopping them out are doing their best to get you interested. They want to grab you by the wallet and never let you go!

When you're looking at all this beautiful content, what is it that gets you to bite? What influences the anime you watch and purchase? Do you base your buys on review scores? Do you follow certain companies or animators no matter what project they put out? Does a trailer have the ability to sell you? Perhaps even just a song will entice you!

The Question 10/17: What anime did you check out this weekend?

I had a bit of a sad weekend, which didn't really put me into the anime watching mood. One of our pet guinea pigs, Sugarloaf, passed away on Saturday night. She died peacefully, and the cause was old age. Not the best way to enjoy the weekend. Sugarloaf will sorely be missed.

Hopefully you guys and gals had a better weekend than I did! What anime did you manage to check out over the break?

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Saturday Night Live rags on anime fans

I'll let the clip speak for itself...

Level-5 presents a new anime, Yokai Watch

Level-5 is a video game company, but they always dabble in anime collaborations as well. It looks like they have another anime/game on the way, this one called Yokai Watch. You can see the debut trailer for this anime/game above. No word on what platforms this game will hit at this time.

The anime is about a young boy that manages to come upon a ghost watch, which then lets him see the ghosts that haunt people all over the world. He then uses the powers of the watch to help rid people of those evil or harassing spirits. Seems like a pretty fun idea!

This one is obviously aimed at a bit of a younger crowd, but that's completely fine by me. I'd love to give the show a shot, and the premise seems like one that would work well with localization. Obviously talk like that is very far off, but hopefully initial reaction will help push things in that direction.

What did you guys think of the debut trailer for Yokai Watch?

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Durarara!! on Adult Swim - Episode 17 live-chat (starts at 12:30 AM EDT)

The ultimate Ryuk Halloween costume

This one was sent over by our good friends at SMOSH. One of their girlfriends is a huge Death Note fan, and she's put together an amazing Ryuk costume. Death Note fans are really going to appreciate this one!

Reminder: Durarara!! Episode 17 live-chat tonight at 12:30 AM EDT!

Man, am I depressed with my Durarara!! situation. Things went so well for awhile there, and then my world came and screwed things up. Who would think that 12:30 A.M. would be such a busy time for someone!? Such is the life of a night owl...and a website owner.

We'll be hosting our chat once again tonight, and I'm not sure where I'll be or what's going on. If I can be here, you know I will!

Friday, October 14, 2011

Madoka Magica localization details - release dates, versions and more

- releasing in three different parts
- dates for release are Feb. 14th, April 10th and June 12th
- three different 'versions' as well
- limited edition box set
- regular Blu-ray edition
- regular DVD edition
- limited edition will be a BD/DVD/CD combo in a collectors box
- collectors box comes with twenty-four page booklet, a double sided poster, Kyubei sticker, post cards, original soundtrack CD and the on disc extra of the clean opening
- bilingual release
- Sayaka Miki being played by Sarah Williams
- QB played by Cassandra Lee
- Madoka Kaname played by Christine Marie Cabanos


A pair of brand-new Lupin the 3rd figurines on the way

- one created by Dive
- desktop sized (about 4.5" by 3.5")
- Lupin driving with Jigen
- ¥4,500
- release in late December.

- one created by Blum
- diecast 1/43-scale Fiat 500F
- Lupin beside it
- ¥7,000
- due out in January 2012

More pics of each here

Thursday, October 13, 2011

What's the worst dub you've ever heard?

I already know that most of you guys prefer subs to dubs, and that's an understatement. Most of the anime scene out there prefers to read along with the action rather than listen to an awful dub. We've all been there before...we've all been burned by a bad dub.

I still prefer dubs, as I find it easier to get involved in the story. Sometimes when I read I end up missing content, and then I'll have to rewatch scenes later on. Hearing the dialog while taking in the visuals is the optimal situation for me, but if it's a dub like the one above, I think I'd rather read!

What is the absolute worst example of dubbing you've seen? Show us a video, leave a comment or hit us up on Twitter!

Fairy Tail getting movie adaptation

The Fairy Tail series is getting a localization by our friends at FUNimation, and it couldn't be coming at a better time! After 100 episodes aired in Japan, it's clear that the series has become quite a nice hit. That's why the decision to make a Fairy Tail movie has been made!

While we don't have any details about the movie itself, we do know that it's going to launch in Japan come August 2012. If the series does well enough in the states, I would expect a movie localization to be a sure thing!

How many of you have been watching Fairy Tail? Are you waiting for the official localization, or have you been watching along online? I'm curious to see what kind of interest the series is getting.


A look inside Gainax's old offices

There's just something about images of old, abandoned buildings that I really find interesting. It's like looking back in time...looking into a time capsule of how things used to be. That's exactly what this photo gallery is like. It gives us a glimpse of what Gainax's headquarters used to be like back in the day.

As you'll notice, there's all kinds of Gainax-related artwork scribbled on the walls. Was this work done by Gainax employees, or has it been added by graffiti artists as the years moved on? I'm sure it's a mix of both, but I'll let you decide what's what.

Check out the full gallery here

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

The cost-cutting measures of anime

I believe anime to be one of the most unique, beautiful and engaging animation styles out there. I just simply cannot get enough of the beauty that some anime features possess. There's a certain flow to the action and scenery that I just don't get from any other style of animation, which I definitely see as a big factor in why I enjoy anime so much.

That's not to say that every anime project is created equal. Depending on the budget for a movie/series, you can see varying levels of animation. I don't think I've seen an anime that features truly horrible animation or style, just lackluster when compared to the bulk of content out there.

With that said, even some higher-quality shows use some cost-cutting measures. Everyone has a budget that they have to stay within, which means that sometimes a few corners have to be cut. Usually those decisions don't impact the entire series as a whole, but sometimes they do stand out.

We've touched on a few of these examples in other posts on the site. Characters talking with their back turned to the camera, animation loops used over and over again, and even dialog scenes reused with new bits of voiceover. What are some other cost-cutting measures you've seen in anime that drives you nuts?

A close look at Aki Con 2011

Aki Con may not be the biggest anime convention out there, but it does have a group of very dedicated people showing their love of anime. It seems like there was a great turnout this year, and at the link below you can find a gallery of over 100 pictures.

Seeing this kind of thing makes me realize that I haven't been to an anime convention in years, and I really need to change this!

Gallery here

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

New York Anime Festival 2011 - schedule run-down

Friday, October 14
12:00-1:00 PM @ 1A03-1A05 > Aniplex of America Industry Panel. Come join Aniplex as they show what’s new, now available and coming soon from Aniplex of America. Featuring special guests the President of Aniplex Koichiro Natsume and the Executive Producer of Blue Exorcist Hideo Katsumata. There will also be announcements about the Dubbing cast for Madoka Magica. There will also be some very rare and special giveaways at the Panel.

4:15 – 5:15 PM @ Room 1A18 > Blue Exorcist Screening Event. The hit anime series Blue Exorcist will be shown at New York Anime Festival. Screening the first two episodes subtitled, the screening will also feature a special greeting from the Executive Producer of Blue Exorcist Hideo Katsumata as well as prize giveaways.

6:00 – 7:00 PM @ Aniplex/Bandai Booth #1712 > Madoka Magica Cosplay Gathering. Kyubey is looking for as many Magical People as possible. Would you like to make a contract? This is a perfect opportunity for all the Madoka Magica Cosplayers and fans to get together and take photos in front of the large Madoka Magica Banner at this official Madoka Magica Cosplay Gathering.

7:45-9:45 PM @ 1A06-1A08 > Madoka Magica Screening Event. Aniplex of America presents the hit anime series Madoka Magica. This screening features the first 3 episodes of
the series subtitled. Before the screening, there will be a special greeting by the President of Aniplex Koichiro Natsume. There will also be special prize giveaways of Madoka Items.

Saturday, October 15
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM @ 1A18 > Fate/Zero Screening Event. Exclusively screening at New York Anime Fest, Aniplex of America presents their latest Anime airing in Japan, Fate/Zero. This screening will feature the first episode in English Subtitles.

2:00 – 3:00 PM @ Aniplex/Bandai Booth #1712 > Blue Exorcist Cosplay Gathering. Calling all Exorcists! We’re looking for all the Blue Exorcists fans to gather so we can be ”ready for the take off!”

3:30 – 4:30 PM @ NYCC Stage > Anime Counseling: Blue Exorcist Edition Watch as our hosts try to find the solutions between the Blue Exorcist cast members and see what happens when different Anime personalities collide. The audience will get a chance to participate in the show with the opportunity for prizes.

6:30 – 7:30 PM @ 1A18 > Guilty Crown Premiere Screening Join Funimation at this special screening event for a introduction and world premiere of the first two episodes of the hot new original anime series from the director of DEATH NOTE and HIGH SCHOOL OF THE DEAD, GUILTY CROWN.

Sunday, October 16

11:15AM – 1:15 PM @ 1A18 > Guilty Crown Screening with Q&A Session. Hosted by Funimation, following an encore screening of the first two episodes of the most anticipated anime series of the Fall season, members of the GUILTY CROWN production team from ANIPLEX, PRODUCTION I.G and FUJI TV from Japan will be on hand to answer fan questions and talk about what it’s like to bring this complex and exciting series to fruition.


Your dream anime crossovers

The anime universe is very rich with deeply detailed characters and experiences. It's hard to find two anime that really tell the same story with the same types of characters. Even subtle nuances between characters can lead to wildly different stories and outcomes. That's why there's so much great anime content out there!

We all have our favorite anime features and characters, and even when series' creators decide that it's time for their series to end, fans are left wanting more. It's true that it's better for a series to go out on top rather than burn out, but that doesn't make the actual parting any easier.

When that sort of situation comes around, most fans will take matters into their own hands. Or...own minds, I should say. Why let those characters die off whey they could come together in an anime feature of their own? What better way to celebrate great anime characters than by putting together a crossover?

A lot of anime creators are into the idea of crossover between popular characters, which is why we see this trend continue on today. If you could have a pair of anime characters or casts come together in a crossover, what ones would you like to mash up?

New Lupin the Third project on the way

I stumbled upon this trailer last night while hunting around for anime information, and boy am I happy! If you've read some of my previous articles, you know that I'm a big Lupin fan. Seeing anything that keeps the legend alive is a good thing in my opinion!

I can't believe Lupin has been around for 40 years. Hopefully this new project does a good job with respecting that long legacy of content. We should learn more about this feature very soon.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Is localized anime enough for you?

Some say there's such a thing as too much of a good thing. Others say that you can never get enough. I think it's all about moderation, and so long as you take care of your daily duties, you should be able to spend your free time enjoying yourself however you like. Of course, that's also keeping in mind that you don't hurt others while enjoying yourself!

Of course, this kind of discussion leads in perfectly to anime. If we all had more free time, we'd watch a hell of a lot more anime. I long for the days where I was in school...where school work was my main focus, which lead to a lot more time to indulge in gaming and anime.

Back then, I was always left wanting more anime to watch. As far as what I watched, I am the same now as I was then. I like to keep my experiences to officially localized content, if only because it's easier to track down and there's less of a barrier for entry. Back in those days when I had more time, I often found that there wasn't enough localized anime to quench my thirst.

Fast-forward to my 29 year old self, and I'm finding that I don't even have enough time to keep up with a quarter of the localized content out there. Has the state of localized content gone up in the years past, or have I just run out of time? Do you find the localized content out there enough to keep you busy, or are you watching more and more simulcast content?

FLCL the anime manga...manga...

If you've watched FLCL, you know that the show is all over the place. It seems to out-crazy itself every other minute. One of those big WTF moments comes up when the show decides to go full-on manga instead of anime.

Tough to keep track of what's going on, isn't it? It took me quite a few viewings to see everything that's going on here. If only there were a way to better understand what's happening in those manga scenes!

Well look at that! Someone has gone through the trouble of grabbing all the manga FLCL scenes and turning them into...well..a manga! You can check out all the manga scenes one a time below.

Full set here


The Question 10/10: What anime did you check out this weekend?

Another busy weekend here, which means I don't have much time to do anything but get work done. As I said, I spent a large part of Saturday with friends and family. Saturday is my main anime-viewing day, and this time around I didn't get to watch anything. Never enough time to indulge in all the things I'd like to, especially anime!

Hopefully your weekend was a bit more productive anime-wise than mine was! Leave a comment or send us a Tweet to fill us in on what you watched.

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Now's your chance to get into Eden of the East

Amazon currently has a great deal on Eden of the East: The Complete Series. You can get the entire series for just $22, which is a fantastic deal. Trust me, once you pick up the series and get a couple episodes in, you'll be absolutely hooked. Of course, from there on out you'll have to pick up the movies!

So yes, a great time to get in on the series cheap, but be prepared to be sucked in and spending more cash later on!

Grab yours here

DVD or simulcast?

On Anime Your Way, I like to focus on the anime titles that have received official translation, localization and hardcopy release here in the states. There are more and more titles picked up every single day for localization, which is a great thing to see. It clearly shows that there's a market here, and that the size of that market is enough to successfully run a company.

With that said, there are also other outlets for anime fans to get their entertainment. Obviously online is the number 1 stop for most anime fans to hunt down content that they're interested in. With all the online outlets and options for anime viewing, it's quite easy to stumble upon or find a show that you want to check out.

There's one thing that online offers that the retail world of anime just can't handle, and that's simulcasts. More and more, we're seeing certain websites provide official simulcasts of anime programming that's airing in Japan right now. No need to wait for a DVD/Blu-ray localized release. These simulcasts provide subtitles for English speakers, which let's us see exactly what's hot in Japan right now.

I was wondering which one you do more when viewing anime. Are you more likely to pick up a DVD or Blu-ray localized release, or do you find yourself watching more simulcast content online. There's obviously an ease-of-use factor with simulcasts, but some people just enjoy purchasing content for keeps.

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Durarara!! on Adult Swim - Episode 16 live-chat (starts at 12:30 AM EDT)

Anime that goes from great to bad

Being an anime fan, there are some truly sad moments with series'. I'm not talking about the anime storylines being sad, but instead, the progression that some franchises take. It's something that I think most of us have had happen, and it truly is a bummer.

Have you ever watched a series that you feel started out great, but really fell apart as it went along? Watching what starts off as an engaging series only to see it degrade into something ho-hum is always disappointing. It doesn't happen quite often, but it's one of those things that really sticks with you when it does.

Here's the big issue I have. Watching a series that takes a downward turn is really rough when you're tight on free time. You want to watch a show that really is worth your time, and investing in one that just falls apart is like wasting that precious free time. That's time you'll never get back!

What series' have you see that kind of fell apart as things went on? Leave us a comment and fill us in on what shows you've see drag down.

Reminder: Durarara!! Episode 16 live-chat tonight at 12:30 AM EDT!

Tonight could go either way for me. My sister is back from college and is hanging out for the day. I don't know how long she'll be around or even what we're doing. If she's gone by the time Durarara!! comes on, then I'll be here ready to chat! If she's not, I'll have to catch the episode a bit later.

As always, the live chat will be up-and-running for all you guys! I'm not taking away your fun just because I can't have any!

Friday, October 7, 2011

Friday Night 'WTF' - Nichijou does the Safety Dance!

Debut trailer for 009 Re:Cyborg, a Kenji Kamiyama film

Remember when we told you that Kenji Kamiyama was going to announce something new come this week? Well indeed he did, and the project is the feature anime film 009 Re:Cyborg. You can check out the debut trailer below.

After your first viewing, what do you think? Is this a film you might be interested in checking out?

Who's the one person that gets your anime love?

It's sad indeed that anime comes with built-in hate. There are millions of people out there that think it's cool to hate anime, but they couldn't give you a single reason why they feel that way. They just go with the crowd mentality, and unfortunately the mentality out there is that anime is garbage. How we got to this point is another topic altogether.

That can make being an anime fan quite tough sometimes. Hopefully you don't let others influence you when it comes to your own opinions. Of course, you build those opinions from talking with others and reading up on subjects, but I'm talking about disliking anime simply because someone tells you its stupid. That's not anywhere near reason enough to consider anime not worth your time.

I have a feeling you're above and beyond that kind of influence, not just with anime but life in general. Viewing anime can be a very eye-opening experience, and it's usually open-minded people that join in on the fun. Although it doesn't seem like it from time to time, there are indeed very like-minded people out there that appreciate your passion.

Who's the one person in your life that just gets your anime interest? They don't question it, they accept it. Perhaps they even love anime right alongside you. Having that kind of support as an anime fan isn't something that should be overlooked or ignored. Sharing your passion with someone, be it anime or anything else, is a very important part of life.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Tales of Symphonia: The Animation - United World Episode trailer

Seems like I've been talking a lot about games and anime lately. I guess that's just the way things are going right now! Anime-related games and games related to anime are always out there, but things seem to die down and then heat up. We're currently in a really big rush of game-based anime, with the Tales of Symphonia animation above being the newest thing.

The 'Tales of' series is quite popular in Japan, and it's certainly no stranger to anime. It's clear that Japan has a special spot in their hearts for the series, even if it's popularity doesn't measure up to that of series' like Final Fantasy or Dragon Quest. With that said, the Tales Of series definitely sees a lot more crossover into the anime world.

Do you watch the Tales of anime entries? Do you play the games? Being a fan of the games here in the states can be tough, considering how some series entries don't get localized. Things are actually looking up for fans right now, with a number of titles on the way. Let's hope this push in the states leads to more fans, and then more chances of localized anime!

First episode of Persona 4: The Animation now online

No need to wait any longer to check out what Persona 4: The Animation is all about. You can now watch the first episode online, subtitled and for free. It's all 100% legal, of course! I think I'm going to click over later tonight and give the show a shot. You guys have a watch when you can and let us know what you think!

Check out the episode here

Why all the love?

The anime industry puts out more than enough content to please every type of anime fan out there. If you're in the mood for something with big action and explosions, you can find that very easily. If you want something more geared towards romance, that's readily available as well. There's a ton of content to sift through, but it's not hard to find something that tickles your fancy.

Obviously, there's certain content that floats to the top. The cream of the crop, so to speak. For whatever reason, there are a handful of shows that people really latch onto and drive the program's popularity through the roof. These shows go beyond the traditional anime fan love and turn into ambassadors for anime in and of itself. This is the best that anime has to offer.

Too bad you don't feel that way! For every millionth person that loves a highly reviewed/respected anime, there's one out there that just doesn't understand why that series gets all the attention. That person has watched the show from start to finish, and all they were left with was a bad taste in their mouth.

Are you one of those people? Do you have an anime show that you see as mostly loved among fans, but you just can't get into it? What anime show has gained tons of respect over the years, but makes you cringe everytime you think about it? Leave a comment and let us know!

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Best Buy carrying Squid Girl: Part 1

Now here's something I didn't expect to see. Best Buy is actually stocking the DVD release of Squid Girl: Part 1. While this series has been getting some attention online, I never thought I'd see it at retail up for grabs. Looks like I might have to head to my local Best Buy for my night off, just to grab a copy!

Any fans of the series on here? I'd love to hear what you think of it in general. I know it's a comedy anime, but how does it stand up to other anime comedies?


Just can't go the distance

Anime series' always vary wildly when it comes to length. Some shows are just a few episodes long, like FLCL. That series only clocks in at 6 episodes, but what a sweet 6 episodes they are! Other shows like Bleach are 350+ episodes strong with no end in sight. When you jump into an anime, sometimes you have to be willing to go for the long haul!

I don't know about you, but sometimes it takes a lot to keep me interested in an anime. I don't think it's too much to ask for when I want good characters, an interesting story arc and beautiful animation. Usually most anime provides that kind of content from start to finish, but some falter along the way.

Then there's the dreaded filler episodes that some series' sneak in there. There's nothing more annoying with anime than watching a handful of episodes that end up having nothing to do with the series' main storyline. You could take those episodes out and they'd never impact the story at all. That's the kind of stuff that really irks me.

With all this said, what's the furthest you've made it into an anime, only to poop out and not watch the entire thing? How long have you stuck with a series, only to give up with it towards the end? I know some people that have gotten within 5 episodes of a series' ending, only to walk away from it. Are you one of those people?

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Join the internet's biggest for/against anime debate...raging on right now!

This is the one image that started it all. A discussion about why some people hate anime and others love it. The conversation is taking place on Reddit, with the thread having made it all the way up to the front page. That's not the front page of Reddit's anime section...that's the front page of Reddit in general!

Right now there are thousands of people saying why they hate anime, as well as thousands defending it. I already know what side of the fence you guys are on, but that doesn't mean the conversation doesn't need your help! Click over and share your passion!

Remember, be respectful and help move the conversation along. There are plenty of people that are going to troll, but we anime fans can show we're better than that. No one is 'wrong' for disliking anime, but we can definitely show them what they're missing out on, and why they might want to rethink the position.

Thread here

Otaku USA offering full-year subscription for $10

This email just popped into my inbox...

Last time I checked, you guys were my online friends! I thought you might want to take Otaku USA up on the offer. $10 for a full year subscription is absolutely fantastic. Trust me, Otaku USA is definitely worth the asking price. It's a gorgeous mag full of great anime/manga content.

Check out the deal here

This week's skewed comment on anime: Bring on the hate

This is exactly why I'm running this blog. This is the type of shallow mentality that I want to try and do away with. Even if I just partially change one mind out there, that's all I can ask for. While people have the right to say whatever they want, I also have a right to try and show them why they might be wrong.

Here's this week's skewed comment on anime, once again coming from Twitter. We haven't had one of these in awhile, but I'm very sad to see it returning. Things have been all positive and quiet lately, but now this Tweet had to come in and stir things up.

Is there anything cooler than saying you hate anime?

I reached out to the person that said this and tried to get them to comment, but they've given no response. They've since tweeted to many other people after making this comment, so I'm guessing they're going to ignore me. That's really a shame, as I was looking for some sort of explanation.

As for the comment being a joke, I don't think that's the case. I read some of this tweeter's other comments about anime, and they have made some negative ones in the past. Also, someone else tweeted back 'What's anime?' to her negative post, and this person responded with 'BINGO!' I guess that sums it up right here.

Monday, October 3, 2011

What anime would you like to see anime tackle more often?

I like to think that anime is a bit more daring and fresh than most other entertainment mediums, especially when it comes to TV shows, films and theater. It's not that I don't respect for those outlets and that I don't enjoy content from that side of the fence. I do indeed, but there's just certain things in anime that tickle my fancy a bit more.

One of those elements comes into play when anime goes after topics that most other formats don't touch. I personally believe that anime goes after sci-fi themes that are more engaging and far-reaching than anything else I've seen out there. It might have something to do with the animation element itself, but whatever the reasoning, I think anime has a leg up

Of course, that's not the only topic or storyline that anime tackles. There are all sorts of features that zero in on elements that we see in in all walks of life. With that said, there are still some storyline ideas or real-life elements that I'd like to see come into play a bit more.

For me, I am really enjoying the slice-of-life approach that some series' are taking. I always like to see more everyday content made interesting, which is certainly not an easy thing to do. When it comes to anime, what topics and ideas do you wish the industry would put forth more, or even tackle for the first time?

The history of anime infographic - basic edition

The history of anime is very long and varied, but what if you just want a quick run-down of how things started and got to where they are now? Let the internet handle the case for you!

The following infographic comes with a bit of snark, but it does showcase a very basic-yet-interesting look at where anime came onto the scene and how it evolved over the years. I've removed a bit of vulgarity from the image as to not offend. Again, this comes with a few bits of snark that might bother some fans, but please take in jest.


The anime series' you've been meaning to check out, but haven't

Sadly, there's only so much free time we all have to enjoy the finer things in life. I guess having to do work and chores makes those finer things that much more enjoyable, but I don't find it particularly smile-inducing to know that we work much more than we play. Working 80% of the time for 20% relaxation just doesn't seem fair, but that's what they say about life, isn't it?

With that little amount of free time, you have to be very selective with what you do. Do you spend that time napping? How about hanging out with friends? Perhaps you go to the movies? I know I play some video games and watch anime, and those two hobbies alone eat up a ton of time! That makes finding the right time to dedicate to an anime series is very tough to come by.

I don't have enough time to watch the shows I own! I'm still going through series' that I've purchased recently, if not years ago. Hunting down those hours to watch an anime is ever elusive, and when I do get that chance I usually only get a few episodes in. Then it's time for work again. What a cruel circle of life this is!

One series I've really been meaning to check out is Soul Eater. I don't own it, but I've contemplated purchasing before. I've heard good things and read great reviews as well. I just haven't been able to give the series a go yet. Everytime I get the chance to watch some anime, I jump into the huge backlog I already have. That means Soul Eater just waits patiently for me to find some time that I may never get.

What anime series have you been meaning to give a shot, but you simply haven't found the time to do so?

The Question 10/03: What anime did you check out this weekend?

Oddly enough, I spent more time this weekend learning about anime than actually watching specific series. I did have time to check out a few more episodes of Full Metal Alchemist, though. Outside of that, if you were reading my posts over the weekend, you've come to see how I was learning about anime through AMVs!

What did you check out this weekend? Leave us a comment or send it in via Twitter. We'd love to know what you're checking out!

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Learning about anime through AMVs

Usually when I hit YouTube to look for a specific video, I find all sorts of fan-edits and cuts that don't show the original I'm looking for. Man does that make me upset. When I'm looking for a funny video and all I can find is someone's dubbed-over version, it drives me mad! You think that would be the same with anime, but it's the complete opposite!

I don't often go to YouTube to look for anime footage, but I always find myself there when someone is showing off their own AMV. For example, that One Piece video we posted earlier today is a shining example of just how great some fan-made AMVs are. Anime fans seem to really get what a show or a storyline is about, and they find great ways to summarize that. I'm not saying all are great, but it seems that more are spot-on than are duds.

That leads me to the above fan-made video for Bakemonogatari. I had no idea what this series was until I happened upon the video above, and now I'm absolutely floored by it. It has made me sit up and take notice, and I'm dying to see what the actual show is like. Obviously this AMV was put together by someone that really knows the Bakemonogatari series well, and has some great editing and pacing skills.

I'm sad to see that Bakemonogatari is yet to receive an official English sub/dub and isn't available on DVD/Blu-ray. It doesn't sound like that move is going to happen, but I'm going to see if there's another, legal way to check the show out. If you've seen Bakemonogatari, please fill me in on what you thought and if it's worth hunting down!

One Piece in 6 minutes

You know how I was saying that I've missed out on all of One Piece? Imagine my surprise when I found a video that crams the entire series into 6 minutes! I know I'm missing A TON of content, but this still gives me a great idea of what the show is like. I can easily see that I'm missing out on one hell of an epic adventure.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Durarara!! on Adult Swim - Episode 15 live-chat (starts at 12:30 AM EDT)

Professor Layton and the Eternal Diva - official North American promo

This film has been available in Japan and Europe for quite some time, but as we said a few weeks back, it's finally been picked up for North American release. Now we have the pleasure of checking out the first official promo video for the film!

I'm a huge Professor Layton fan, which means I cannot wait to see this. I thought for sure that it was going to stay unlocalized, but I'm very happy to see that's not the case. I hope some other people reading this blog are looking forward to the release as well!

Reminder: Durarara!! Episode 15 live-chat tonight at 12:30 AM EDT!

Sadly, you know the drill by now. Once again I'm not sure I'll be able to attend the live stream. I have an out-of-state friend coming by late tonight, and I haven't seen him in quite some time. Regardless, the live chat will be up for you guys to take part in. Come and join your fellow Durarara!! friends!