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Loads of New Series
Upcoming Shows
Written by maehara   
Friday, 28 March 2008 05:49

With the Tokyo Anime Fair underway this week, it's a big week for new show announcements, even if some of them are made away from the event. There are too many to mention (and not all of them will get English-language releases anyway), but here's a few worth noting.

Maimai Shinko to Sennen no MahoMadhouse are working on an anime adaptation of Ultraviolet, the CG-heavy action flick starrin Milla Jovovich. It'll be a TV series under the name Ultraviolet: Code 044 and should begin airing in July. They're also working on a new project directed by Sunao Katabuchi, Maimai Shinko to Sennen no Maho (Maimai Shinko and the Millennium-Old Magic). Katabuchi is currently best known for Black Lagoon, but this project - due for theatrical release, but no date set yet - seems to be a far gentler piece of work.

Zero no TsukaimaBONES have tied up with Sony Music again (they produced Fullmetal Alchemist and Eureka Seven together) to create Bonen no Xamdou - full details on what the series will be about aren't going to be released until April 10th, but their partnership has a good record so this could be one to keep an eye on. The show's website is here.

Finally, from the "shows that would not die" department (whatever happened to the days when anime shows got one series & no more?), Zero no Tsukaima is getting a third season, titled Princesses no Rondo. With the first season still stuck in licence limbo after Geneon stopped releasing, who knows if this will ever reach this side of the world, but I enjoyed the first season so this gets a mention. It'll air in Japan this summer.

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More Hell Girl
Upcoming Shows
Written by maehara   
Friday, 21 March 2008 05:49

Hell GirlHell Girl is to get a third animated outing, in the form of Jigoku Shoujo Mitsuganae - as if Ai hasn't carried enough people off to hell already. No firm dates for the new series yet, but there's a Hell Girl event scheduled for the Tokyo Anime Fair in April, which may bring more details.


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A Ratings Explanation
Editorials
Written by maehara   
Friday, 14 March 2008 05:45

As you've probably noticed by now, I rate everything I review on a 5-star scale. I've never bothered explaining what the ratings mean, though, so just for the record, I'm going to detail the various ratings, what they mean, and examples of shows that fall into each category. Hopefully that should make the scoring process a little clearer.

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The World Gone Mad
Editorials
Written by maehara   
Wednesday, 12 March 2008 04:49

Yaaar!So you've all read the rumblings around the 'net that piracy is killing anime - the Japanese producers say it, the US releasing companies say it, and the UK releasing companies have also been quick to point out the problems it's causing them. But the true fans are doing their best to rally round and come up with ideas to make legit product more appealing to the casual fans who are more easily tempted by free downloads.

In the midst of this, a venture capital firm by the name of Venrock (website here - I love the quote that they represent "all that is good in the VC world") has seen fit to invest US$4.05 million into streaming-video website Crunchyroll. A site whose sole money-making "product" is streaming fansubs - or to put it another way, illegally-obtained media. (Okay, they have one legally-acquired title on the site - it's a short from the Flash animated series that later became Eagle Talon The Movie - The Chancellor Only Lives Twice.) Even fansub groups don't like the site, complaining that Crunchyroll profiting from their translations without permission or without sharing the profits (and the irony of this complaint shouldn't escape anyone) - but what's amazing is that it's survived so long without any sort of takedown efforts by either the US or Japanese releasing companies. If the copyright holders aren't going to do anything to stop them, is it any wonder that venture capital funds are going to see them as a legitimate money-making prospect?

The Maker knows that I'm no angel when it comes to copyright - there are areas of online media where I've taken a less-than-ethical approach at times. But anime is one area where I've always followed the rules, and the size of my DVD collection will attest to that. Particularly at a time when the anime industry is struggling, this is not what we need, and I hope that the companies whose content is being pillage by Crunchyroll and its ilk will finally step up to the plate and say that enough is enough.

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New manglobe Project
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Written by maehara   
Tuesday, 11 March 2008 05:06

Michiko to HachinIf manglobe as a name isn't familiar to you, some of their work should be - they're the studio behind both Samurai Champloo and Ergo Proxy, the latter of which is one of my favourite current shows. They definitely have the knack for doing something different.

Their latest project is Michiko to Hatchin, which follows the adventures of free-willed "sexy diva" Michiko who, after destroying a supposedly inescapable prison fortress, joins young girl Hatchin (who's fleeing her strict foster parents) on an improbable escape to freedom. Or so it says. May not sound like much from that, but given the people behind it, I'm more than a little curious...


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