Saturday, August 31, 2013

Yuri Network News ()


Via YNN Correspondent Shannon L.- Media Blasters has licensed an anime from the mid-'00s called . It has Yuri, but before you get excited, you might want to take a deep breath and readfrom 2005. If you like stuff I don't, you'll love this.^^;

Monday, August 26, 2013

Five Anime Productions that Never Saw the Light of Day

There is no questioning the ever growing appeal of anime in the West. The medium was popularized not only due to audiences being curious about , but also due to the combined talents of pioneers such as Osamu Tezuka, Hayao Miyazaki, Rintaro, Shinichiro Watanabe, and Hideaki Anno, just to name a few. However, as with the case of , some projects by famous directors never made it past the drawing boards or were put on indefinite hiatus. Producing high quality animation is certainly not cheap. Below is a small glimpse at what could have been.


Sunday, August 25, 2013

The Beginner's Guide to Anime, No. 18

This week's column covers what has to be one of the most popular and influential anime series made, but unfortunately it is relatively unknown in English speaking nations. The series has only just been given a release this year and only in Region 1, and the original manga has never been given a proper English release.

This is a tragedy because The Rose of Versailles, animated between 1979-80, is one of the greatest and most important anime series made. It was one of the first manga made for girls (shojo manga) that was actually made by a woman. The original manga has been constantly in print since it was created in 1972-73, and it features the first "bed scene" in any manga. Not only that but it was still able to produce a great series even after the original director died about half-way through the series.

Friday, August 23, 2013

The Rose of Versailles

A French nobleman from the 18th century, sick of having daughter after daughter, decides that having one more daughter is the last straw. "I will raise her as a boy!" he announces to the cosmos. That is the beginning of the Japanese anime The Rose of Versailles.

Meet Oscar Francois de Jarjayes, a career woman in a man's world during the 18th century, the personal guard of Marie Antoinette and the royal family. Most know she's a girl, but find her confused sexuality appealing and a little attractive. Both the men and women of the French court fawn over her, but she is mostly interested in her career and serving those under her charge.

Crowdfunding begins for Riyoko Ikeda's 'Dear Brother' Anime on Animesols

announced the beginning of Round 2 of crowdfunding for classic anime DVD sets yesterday, Japan time. With several sets already funded (Creamy Mami,Black Jack) they started round 2 off with a bang that's sure to please classic Yuri fans - Riyoko Ikeda'smelodrama Oniisama E, .

AnimeSols is (which is also available legally on ), Episode 1 is up already (region limitations may apply.)

Please Get Loud When the Piano Gets Loud: Otakon 2013

This year's Otakon was its 20th anniversary, and as expected of the staff they brought out the big guns, with names such as Watanabe Shinichirou, Kanno Yohko, and Seki Tomokazu. As with every year, one of the biggest strengths and weaknesses of Otakon is that there's too much to do, and it leaves me feeling both satisfied and a bit disappointed.

For one thing, I didn't get to see the Space Dandy trailer.