Not the best movie but the animation is crisp and hopefully it'll be a trigger for more DBZ movies. Akira Toriyama stated that IF they make another film he'd like it to be Vegeta centric....jizzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.
Update: Ask and you shall recieve, new movie announced for 2015!
If you thought Nisekoi's waifu wars were intense, Monster Musume will cause the destruction of the world.
PS: Suu obviously best girl.
Edit: Article on it
Japanese folk belief that nosebleeds are caused by sexual arousal
I am not a Japanophile but I was curious awhile back and looked it up.
It's easy to say that when you're at the top. Think about all the employees it supports. They're going to have to find other jobs, that's a difficult process. Saying "Ghibli" is just a name he came up with, doesn't recognize the people or the amount of work that went into making it a household name.
It's narcissistic to see it as just a name.
Here's him publicly criticizing a design choice for their latest movie. His making statements like this is like saying, "A Ghibli film isn't good unless it's a Miyazaki Ghibli film." What hope did it have of surviving if this guy doesn't care about it?
Finally, CR. Now I can write about <strong><em>SHIZUKAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA</em></strong>
Christ, when I saw Mya~mori meeting eyes with Zuka…
I bawled. Over 20+ episodes of just watching the anime tear her apart, and finally we see her, just like Lucy, "take one step towards her dream," it was just...nice. Very, very, very, very nice. And if that one line was the one line Rii-chan wrote that was used in the episode...
On another note, I thought at first they made the scene of Kinoshita going to Nogame a bit too comedic, but then I realized that they might have done so to really drive home that it's a fictional setting, otherwise people are going to really believe that all people on the source material side are like this. I thought it was a good choice. Fuck you Chazawa, btw. Good riddance.
Here's something else to think about. There's always so much talk about different aspects of this show being modeled after real people and companies. Perhaps this whole miscommunication ^(rather, no communication) editor conflict was modeled after the Shirokuma Cafe/Polar Bear Cafe controversy?
Coincidence? Might be an interesting thing to think about.
That's why I kinda hoped that Neil Blomkamp would tackle G.I.T.S. He has a keen eye for realistic looking futuristic sci-fi and he has that grimy and gritty futuristic aesthetic nailed down.
The man loves his Masmune Shirow (creator of GITS and Appleseed) so much that he based Chappie's design off of Briareos from <em>Appleseed</em>. I'm sure that at the very least, he would tackle G.I.T.S with a certain amount of reverence and respect for the source material.
EDIT: Added a few words
I guess now would be good time to say that the budget for most KyoAni productions isn't actually that much higher than most other shows, at least based on the comments of animators on twitter. What they do have plenty of is time. By allocating plenty of time to a project, they avoid having to outsource animation to other animation studios, which both saves money and improves quality.
For example compare the number of companies involved in Hyouka and Sword Art Online. All of those companies in the SAO case need to profit, which comes directly out of A-1 picture's pocket. On the other hand, the most notable studios that did animation in Hyouka, other than KyoAni, is Studio Blue and Animation Do. Studio Blue's majority owner is... KyoAni. (at the time) And Animation Do used to be called Kyoto Animation, Osaka Studio. Why did Hyouka look so good despite having only a relatively few people working on it? It spent nearly two and half years in production, that's why.
EDIT: I would be remiss to say, of course, that time is everything, but it does play a big part. The extra time allows for a smaller, in-house team. A smaller team means that the director only needs to get his message across to less people, allowing everyone to be on the same page. In-house means that everyone generally knows everyone on the team, which means communication is easier. Finally there's talent. The director for this episode is Yoshiji Kigami (under the name Ichirou Miyoshi), who is one of KyoAni's most talented episode directors. He directed episodes like Tamako 9, Kyoukai 11, and Hyouka 5. (I'm really underselling Kigami here, I'm sorry, and I'm not giving enough credit to the AD and the Key Animators, but this post is long enough.)
Nine, nine animation supervisor assistants were credited. Considering the staff was NOT on a time constraint, I'm pretty sure no budget was spared for this episode because they did need that many people to work on the scenes.
The director did not lie about he being confident in this episode by assigning a veteran animator to do the storyboard and directing; you guys might recognize some of his previous works.
After looking the source code:
><meta name="description" content="カウントダウンが「０」を向かえた時、世界は真実を知ることになる・・・。">
Description: When the countdown reaches "0", the world will know the truth ....
>endDateTime : '2015/02/06 18:00:00'
So this'll be the time when the counter will reach 0 and we'll find out the truth.
><meta name="keywords" content="PC,アニメ,壊す,世界">
Keywords: PC, anime, break, world - quite ambiguous terms.
The domain is also registered under Pony Canyon.
Here's the background image.
Looking forward to what this is all about.
FYI it's a voice actor joke: Yuuichi Nakamura played the protag in both Oreimo and Mahouka, and Saori Hayami played the heroine in Mahouka and Ayase in Oreimo.
／人◕ ‿‿ ◕人＼
Also, translation from ANN:
> Usagi Tsukino is a second-year middle school girl who is a little clumsy and a crybaby, but she is full of energy. One day, she meets Luna, a black cat with a crescent moon on her forehead, and she transforms into Sailor Moon, a sailor-uniformed pretty guardian of love and justice! As a chosen guardian of justice, Usagi seems to have a mission to find the Illusionary Silver Crystal with the other guardians and to protect the princess.
>Meanwhile, the queen of the Dark Kingdom, Queen Beryl, sends minions to the town where Usagi lives to obtain the Illusionary Silver Crystal which has immense power. Strange events start to unfold….
>Can Sailor Moon really find the Illusionary Silver Crystal with the other Sailor guardians, and protect the princess…!?
I remember a story being posted on /r/anime long ago about an animator dying or something because of the treatment and conditions for animator. It also had something to do with the demand of the anime.
Edit: Thanks to /u/Random-Webtoon-Fan it was this article! The animator was doing SAO by A-1 Pictures! Linky Linky
Via Twitter: Somebody from AnimeNewsNetwork sort-of predicted this back in September, along with a possible explanation. Warning, it's purely speculative and kind of ridiculous.
If I'm not mistaken, he said something in the lines of "otaku culture is the cancer of anime".
An interesting situation and funny to see everyone concerned and speculating that this would damage his series. In the end he paid his taxes and the investigation against him was concluded.
I'm loving the animation and music(the ED and OP are awesome, I love BUMP OF CHICKEN and Unison Square Garden(they did the OP and ED to Yozakura Quartet, which is how I got into their music), and overall the show seems a lot of fun. I can also definitely tell that the director for this is the same one from Kyousogiga, which is a good thing imo.
Zapp's interactions with Leo are freaking hilarious. Overall, this show is probably one of the top 3 out of those that have aired so far(and that I've watched), and is one of the few that have gotten me impatient for new episodes.
Yeah, the production committee & Wit Studio really must have made some big scheduling errors whilst making Attack on Titan. That, or they were really lacking in terms of staff. Some of the episodes even went to air unfinished.
i believe the Director of this ad is also the Director of the film, so i'm guessing it might.
Here is some more info on the ad/movie http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2014-01-23/official-live-action-attack-on-titan-ad-1st-photo-debuts
Yes, Chaika. Says there is a second season
Set for October
The Kokoro Connect Controversy where a harsh prank on a fellow voice actor drew the ire of the fans, which made the show lose a ton of viewers and sales. We could have had season 2 by now if it never happened.
Take this with a grain of salt until a credible source confirms. Edit: Done!
It's very early for V-Jump leaks, and ShonenGamez aren't exactly well-known for their great translation work.
Japan and the west aren't all that dissimilar to each other as people make them out to be at times. Just like video games get blamed in the western media, both games and anime draw the ire of Japanese media at times. One of the most infamous serial killers in Japan was nicknamed "the otaku murderer" by their media.
Being an otaku in Japan definitely carries a stigma with it. Anime is all fine and dandy when you are a kid - nobody really cares about their children watching Pretty Cure or One Piece or whatever - but it isn't seen as a normal thing for adults to be in to. I should also note that "otaku" does not equal "anime fan" - it is used to describe people who have any sort of deep obsession, though it is most commonly associated with things like anime, manga (which has a bit of a better reputation), idols, and video games.
Now, that stigma might be lessening - recent polls have shown that a surprisingly large amount of people identify as otaku. Now, I'd avoid reading too deep into that poll. For a start, the question was basically worded as "do you consider yourself to be an otaku in any particular field" - so the question is definitely expanding the definition beyond the traditional stereotypes. Also, it's a poll, presumably conducted with some level of secrecy. Someone might be willing to admit to someone they don't know that they see themselves as an otaku, but they might not be willing to admit that to people they do know. Nonetheless, the fact that so many of the respondents did choose to identify with the term, despite its connotations, does show that attitudes are changing.
I hope you all shined and ran to your hearts' content.
Look forward to the new opening next week
In all fairness that 200 million was split across 4 shows, so its probably more like 50 million per episode (425,423.50$). Though this, article says its more like 480,000$ for each. Thankfully they are reusing footage occasionally, so they are probably spending less than that, but still...
Well, I guess this is another chance to plug the Kokoro Connect scandal in case anyone else hasn't caught wind of it yet.
We will never get more Dere-ban.
The more people that join me in my suffering, the better.
The anime bubble burst. Here's the situation as explained by Yasuo Yamaguchi, managing director of The Association of Japanese Animations. For a more western point-of-view, check out this episode of ANNCast.
For once it looks like the events of an episode are going to tie directly into the next. It makes sense since we've only got one left baby, but I'm very excited to see where it goes. I did appreciate that we got a little bit more background on the pionium, as I think the obvious assumption is that pionium is the reason Dandy's special.
I read an interview a while back that this episode was intended to be super low-budget because they blew their resources on the series finale (which from the end preview looks AMAZING). It was obvious that there was a lot less movement this week, but I found the way they made up for that by using a lot of wild zooms, pans, split screens, and shaky cam to at least be interesting.
It looks like the episode was entirely animated by Michio Mihara, he directed and animated a good chunk of the undies vs. vests episode. Solo animating episodes is kind of his thing. I may be biased since I'm a huge Masaaki Yuasa fangirl, but his episodes of Kemonozume and Kaiba are stunning, and a must-watch just to see what one man can do alone. In terms of good bits from this episode, the cut of the two boys playing baseball is the obvious standout. This is where his interesting line work was most apparent, though I did like the usage of red for character outlines as well.
It's good for a film based on a late-night anime. Remember, these things aren't that expensive to make (compared to big-name western animated films or live-action), and a lot of the money will be in disc sales.
Remember, the late-night anime audience is a very niche one, and a film based on a late-night anime will only appeal to preexisting fans of that anime. A film like this Psycho-Pass one is targeted towards a subset of a niche. It's not going to be the next Frozen. There's a reason why these sorts of films often run in only a small amount of theatres.
This is actually technically better than The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya's first week performance, and Haruhi is a very popular franchise. Though the yen was more valuable back in 2010 than it is in 2015.
Okay this is bullshit. Here's an article about it. Apparently he was caught with MDMA and "other stimulants."
So what did Walt Disney Japan do? They pulled the short from the upcoming Miyazaki bluray collection, stopped shipments of the Ghibli shorts collection, and said they won't be including the music video in the future.
> Universal Music announced on Monday that it is suspending shipments and recalling goods by Chage and Aska, as well as goods by Aska alone, following his arrest.
> Universal's contract with Chage and Aska had already ended, but individual contracts for the rights to sell and distribute goods remained. The company is terminating all related contracts, halting shipment and digital distribution on all music and video products, and recalling all possible CD and video products.
> The company apologized to fans and commented that, even though there is no doubt of Aska's merit as an artist, it made the decision as a company operating as a member of society.
Yes, how dare he want to alter his consciousness for his personal enjoyment? Let's remove everything he's ever done from circulation and salt the earth where his career was.
How disturbing, stupid, foolish, and asinine.
Link to the tweet
That's not exactly true. There was probably a fuck up on Bones' part (probably some production reasons that I'm totally in the know of because of Shirobako), so there is no episode next week. The problem is that they wanted to air it the week after, but that time would conflict with Durarara, so it will air the day after that. Source
The article is missing some context that ANN's editor, Zac Bertschy, posted in the forum discussion.
>This is a promotional event and they want demographic-appropriate optics. It's designed to make sure there aren't a bunch of photos of the Sailor Moon premiere where it's completely flooded with male otaku.
>You'll find similar policies at events run by fashion magazines all over the world, but instead of outright stating "no dudes" they simply make it invitation-only and only invite wealthy women, models and their +1s.
>It's just business. The PR company is told "we want these optics at the event" and so they make sure the crowd is camera-friendly.
>It's been explained that this is a publicity event run by a ladies' magazine and they want specific demo optics so that the publicity photos that come out of it match the image they're trying to sell along with the product.
>You may not like their methods, but it is a choice being made by a private company in order to sell a product.
> Japan's Tezuka Productions, France's Caribara Animation, and Monaco's Shibuya Productions are collaborating on the series using both 2D and CG techniques. The show's planned 26 episodes will target children from eight to twelve years of age, and Shibuya Productions founder Cedric Biscay notes that the producers have the right to create a brand new story, as Tezuka Productions owns the intellectual property to the franchise.
For those interested, there is an anime (adapted from a visual novel) called Steins;Gate which plays a lot off of these postings. It's an incredible show, and I recommend it to everyone.
It's actually a long held belief/meme in Japan that people will spontaneously have nosebleeds if they're thinking about sex. That idea eventually made it's way into their media.
Few sauces for ya;
CLARIFICATION: "Season" may have been a premature conclusion. All the English video states is that there will be new stories featuring Tai as a 17-year-old in high school. It could be a new season of Digimon Adventure, an OVA, a movie, or even a new drama CD for all we know.
MORE CLARIFICATION: The text in the Japanese version indicates a "series", and Anime News Network says that a pamphlet was handed out at the event describing that production on a show had already begun (http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2014-08-01/digimon-adventure-anime-returns-next-spring-in-high-school-sequel/.77195). This still does not clarify whether it's a full series or a series of OVAs.
SHAMELESS PLUG: If you want to listen to discussions about Adventure, check out my podcast: Podigious!. We just released our episode covering the final arc of Adventure, and will be releasing episodes for the Adventure movies and the season as a whole soon (and then onto 02!).
You should get Hyouka vibes, today's episode director was Yasuhiro Takemoto and the animation director is Futoshi Nishiya, the director and character designer of Hyouka respectively.
I'm not really sure. I don't know any website that has a reliable list of that, at least not in English.
This is probably the most extensive one but I'm not sure how accurate it is:
The script writers seem to be mainly the same as the ones in BW according to it at least.
A guy from A-1 pictures (which made SAO) suicided. He was said to work 600 hours per month according to medical facility he went, which is 20 hours a day. http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2014-05-07/government-office-cites-overwork-in-suicide-of-a-1-pictures-staff-member
Because anime is produced on a shoestring budget. If you compared it to video games, it's like supporting indy games and Steam.
Do you like anime? do you wan't the anime industry to keep producing content? do you wish higher quality stuff was made? but at the same time, not want to purchase Blu-rays and DVDs? For me, discs don't serve a purpose, I am a watch-one-time consumer. If it weren't for services like Crunchyroll, Hulu, and Funimation, none of my money at all would go back to the industry. The way I see it, some licensing money is better than no money at all.
>What I also don't understand is /r/anime is so against fansubs. In my experience, they come out hours sooner, and are sometimes much more professional than Crunchyroll translations.
Translation quirks don't have much meaning to me. Crunchyroll's translations are good enough. I rather contribute as much as I can than be hung up on tiny issues.
>I know that "whole seasons" on DVD and Blu-ray are an inherently American thing, but the idea of buying less than 4 episodes at a time for full price is horrifying. No one should pay that much money for that little content. I don't fully understand the Japanese economy, however, so maybe expensive anime has the same reasoning as expensive fruit.
Read this: http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/feature/2012-03-05
Anime is a niche market, and unlike western tv, it's mostly funded by disc sales.
You kid, but ~~TEPCO~~ some guys have nicknamed the campaign to conserve electricity "Operation Yashima" after a plot from Evangelion.
What a neat little episode. It was a lot less manic and goofy than the usual Space Dandy fare, but had a very distinct aesthetic.
I really dug the way the water was animated in this episode, and it really shows the differences between Dandy's different episode directors and animators. The ukulele guy episode had that nice, realistically animated tidal wave, Yuasa's episode had Shinya Ohira's loose and flowing sequence of Dandy, Meow, and Carpaccio going up the water spout, and this one had some very simple, but stylized waves and whirlpools that built up into something pretty impressive.
This week's episode appears to be a mostly solo effort by Kiyotaka Oshiyama. He mostly works as an animator, and has no writing or directing credits to his name other than this episode. I saw that he was the only key animator credited this week, though I didn't manage to catch if other people did the inbetweens. Either way, it's an impressive feat.
My updated chart of Space Dandy's creative teams is here.
A very underwatched Slice-of-life is <strong>Daily Lives of High School Boys</strong>.
The whole show is just a series of hilarious shorts. I enjoyed the show so much because the characters in it, just seem to think exactly like me. It's hilarious. There's no Suspension of Disbelief - if a situation is ridiculous, the cast calls them on it.
Clip: High school Boy and Literary Girl
Fun fact: There's actually an official cross-over for Ore Monogatari and Nisekoi. It's split into two chapters, with the "guys side" being portrayed by the Nisekoi author, and the "girls side" by the Ore Monogatari author.
Well, uhh... I liked it!
If nothing else, this show was great promotional material for the VN series, which is likely what it set out to be in the first place. And thanks to Sekai Project and Kickstarter, we'll be getting all three in English in the foreseeable future!
Even I, a non-reader of the VN (currently), think this would have been a lot better with more episodes, given how long this game is and how much each character develops in their respective route. That said, I do think this show served it's purpose quite well, and was rather well-constructed in its own right.
Edit: It looks like the ride <strong>isn't over</strong> after all!
Official website / Anime News Network / Youtube
Mamoru Hosoda (One Piece Movie 6, Digimon Movie, Summer Wars, The Wolf Children, The Girl who Leapt Through Time)
Yoshiyuki Sadamoto (Neon Genesis Evangelion, The Wolf Children)
Takaaki Yamashita (One Piece Movie 6, Fullmetal Alchemist: The Movie, Tekkonkinkreet, Psycho-Pass 1st OP)
& Tatsuzou Nishida (Space Dandy 10, Eureka Seven 27, One Piece Movie 6, Tekkonkinkreet)
Not sure why there are two people at this role, I just grabbed some info on 4chan and wanted to play the reporter since I saw some threads like this, also I like Mamoru Hosoda and this looks cool. Voila.
> Theatrical screenings have already been set for France
There are some advantages to live in France!
They sound dumb in Japanese too. An ANN article showing the 5 longest light novel titles as of the end of 2013.
I'm a successful light novel author at a boy's high school, but I'm being strangled by a female classmate who's a voice actress and is younger than me.
I was reincarnated as an evil god and my subordinate demon army is on the verge of collapsing... What should I do?
I tried training a girl who looks exactly like my student body president, hoping to make her my lover, and I turned out to be the servant.
When the female student body president of a prestigious school reads Abdul Alhazred's Necronomicon
There was a time where I also thought that girls were nice and cute.
I swear they just use the first sentence of the light novel as a title.
>As written and directed by Christopher Nolan, Inception revolves around crimes that take place in the human subconscious. The French film site Excessif reports that Nolan has acknowledged the influence of Satoshi Kon's anime adaptation of Yasutaka Tsutsui's Paprika novel
Wikipedia says it consists of "100,000 hand-made drawings" and [http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/review/redline/blu-ray](this review of the blu-ray) from ANN states that "what's happening on screen - by hand, without computer assistance" so it certainly seems like, at the very least, a large majority of it is hand-drawn.
yeah, PC Gaming is not as big, and consoles are fine. The biggest market is the portable market. That's why a lot of the best convenience features are now popping up on the Vita and 3DS. Being able to 'sleep' your game because your train hit your stop and you gotta hit class...well it'll be waiting for you when you hit lunch, then again when you gotta ride the 45 minutes back to your prefecture.
Just googled top selling games japan 2014, this came up. 8/10 are 3DS. They love their 3DS
It's in how the final number is represented.
I am always an advocate for this sort of representation exemplified on animenewsnetwork.com:
Notice how the final score is shown as a bar graph, discouraging voting 10s and 0s, and encouraging an honest opinion.
When the final score is only represented as a singular number, fans are encouraged to spam 10 to make their show look better, moderates who think it is overrated are encouraged to spam 0s, and haters will spam 0s instead of the 2-3 they might give normally.
In addition to this, Viz also licensed the LOGH novels that the anime is based off of.
Daytime anime are pretty popular. These are anime that air during normal hours of the day, and are generally targeted towards kids and families. For example, here's a recent ranking of TV anime viewership figures.
Some series are very popular, and have been that way for quite some time. Sazae-san's been airing since 1969. Doraemon has been airing since 1979 (there was a brief Doraemon series in 73 as well). There's a Lupin III TV special every year. There's a full-size Gundam in Tokyo. Detective Conan's another very popular series, and anime made for children can do quite well. Pretty Cure, a daytime magical girl series, made 63 billion yen in 2012. In comparison, Madoka Magica, a late-night magical girl series, made 6.5 billion yen.
Does every Japanese adult or young adult watch anime? No. However, I think the commonly repeated idea that no one in Japan watches anime apart from kids and otaku is an overreaction to the similarly false idea that Japan is an island full of people obsessed with cartoons. The truth is somewhere in between. A huge chunk of the world's animated media comes from Japan, and that wouldn't be the case if it wasn't popular. It's not universal, but it is a big part of Japanese pop culture.
It's also worth remembering that "anime" means something different in Japan than it does in the west. In the west, anime means Japanese animation. In Japan, anime means animation - any animation. Frozen was a massively successful "anime" in Japan.
Up there among my favorite series, and probably my actual favorite series to write about. Monogatari's characterization, themes, and style of dramatic presentation all just really click for me, and so even though I always go into a new arc thinking "man, what else do I have to talk about?", that always turns out to not be a problem.
It starts out as a unique sort of exorcism-harem-art film blend and actually gets significantly better as it goes on, branching out in its storytelling, adopting new narrators, and slowly building towards a tremendous overarching message regarding identity and adolescence. Its thoughts on "personal realities" were a legitimate influence on my own current philosophy, and it stars a few of my favorite characters in the medium. I'm pretty happy that this of all shows somehow turned into a modern institution - it's a weird, ambitious, and very human thing.
I know this wasn't up when you commented, but I'm posting it anyway for any passers by.
This looks bloody amazing! I had high hopes for this, but this trailer on its own has already surpassed them. Here's a translation of the dialogue and text; I didn't translate it myself, it's from here:
Akito: Can you put on these glasses?
Text: All of the memories
Mirai: Then um...
Text: Inside of her
Mirai: Who are you?
Aktio: She can forget her mission and live on as a human. That's a happy thing.
Hiroomi: But is that a good thing?
Mitsuki: Are you really OK with that?
Sakura: It's still left inside of Mirai.
Text: Is knowing the truth
Mirai: Just what am I!?
Sakura: Run away!
Text: Really happiness?
Mirai: I'm... I'm not a normal human, am I? Please tell me!
Akito: I can't...
Akito: I want you to become happy...!
Text: Don't forget...
Mirai: Am I happy...?
Text: I am here.
Akito: The past doesn't matter! Kuriyama!
Akito: Hey... What do you think happiness is?
(And hopefully everyone that complained can finally shut the fuck up about how 'bad' the 'unexplained' ending to the series is after this comes out)
Just found these news about the OP
>This morning, CROSS ANGE Rondo of Angel and Dragon creative producer Mitsuo Fukuda expressed his regret over the snafu on Twitter. He explained that after seeing episode 13 one more time after work, his blood pressure rose again.
> He noted that he absolutely wants to fix this problem by the time episode 14 airs, and explained that there is not much leeway when producing an anime during the end of the year, even though TV channels are still going during the end and beginning of the year. Fukuda wrote that he was extremely regretful about the situation, explaining that the photography process could not catch up to the frames that were already done.
From what I know, Studio Ghibli will restructure but not necessarily disband after Miyazaki's retirement from directing. At this point they probably have bigger business managing their existing IP than producing new ones.
http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2014-08-03/ghibli-co-founder-suzuki-studio-considers-dismantling-production-department/.77263 (my news source might be outdated so if anybody has a better one then go ahead and post it please)
This is from the fourth episode which turned out to be rather significant for the series development wise. It was directed by a completely different person and the series producer Takami Akai (who was one of the cofounders of gainax) as well as another staff member ended up arguing with fans over on 2channel over the change in animation. Akai apparently said that reading the comments there was like "putting my face next to an anus and inhaling deeply" fans found out about this and Akai ended up resigning after the next episode.
In the west Naruto was more popular at the beginning. But right now there is nothing that can compete with One Piece, especially in Japan.
> Attack on titan is the only manga in recent years that even came close to One Piece.
Depends on how you look at it. In terms of total sales, in the first half of 2015 the top five are:
Seven Deadly Sins - 7,059,400
One Piece - 7,046,066
Assassination Classroom - 5,231,158
Attack on Titan - 5,047,725
Haikyuu - 3,588,366
So, we have Seven Deadly Sins beating One Piece, and AssClass falling between Once Piece and Titan.
Of course, these are total sales, not per-volume sales. There were fewer volumes of One Piece and Titan released in this time frame than there were of Seven Deadly Sins and Assassination Classroom.
For individual volumes, the top five are:
One Piece 76 - 3,079,249
One Piece 77 - 2,735,955
Attack on Titan 15 - 1,831,800
Attack on Titan 16 - 1,561,770
Naruto 72 - 1,204,059
The highest selling Seven Deadly Sins volume (12) had 850,540 sales, and the highest selling Assassination Classroom volume (12) had 894,596 sales.
So, in per-volume sales, One Piece is still pretty dominant, and Titan really isn't that "close" (at least, not in 2015), though it is closer than anything else.
The manga is based closely on a book series with waaaay more volumes than has been covered by the manga so far. Just last week Arakawa released character designs of characters that will show up in the anime before the manga because the anime will outpace the manga. All they will be doing is applying Arakawa's undrawn storyboards to the anime, and she will likely base the manga on the same storyboards, all of which is based on pre-written book material.
Naruto has sold 205 million copies worldwide.
One Piece has sold 345 million copies worldwide.
One Piece sold 260 million copies in Japan alone as of Volume 65 (released in February 2012):
I think it was more because of creator Hideki Anno's nervous breakdowns.
Midway through the production of the television run Hidekai Anno suffered a nervous breakdown, and it is at precisely this point in the series that the first of many animated "head-trips" occur. Anno begins to use his characters as sounding boards for his own internal struggles, but rather than have them voice their concerns in a more traditional manner Anno utilizes the medium of animation to take us inside their own thoughts.
Yeah but people like you are so convoluted on "The Last" meaning THE ABSOLUTE end of everything, while it can be interpreted in many more ways than that, such as, Sasuke is "The Last" Uchiha. Also note here: Naruto's New Era Opening Project (ＮＡＲＵＴＯ‐ナルト‐新時代開幕プロジェクト, Naruto: Shinjidai Kaimaku Purojekuto) is a special project to celebrate 15 years of the Naruto series. The first installment of this project is the movie titled Naruto 7: The Last.. Seems funny the movie is title Naruto: The Last, and not "The Last Naruto Movie", I figured if it's the last movie it'd be titled the latter...hmmm INTERESTING
tl;dr Don't be a smart ass against someone else who is a smart ass.
This. Also, the source material is only technically 24 FPS at best. Anime is, on average, animated "on 3s", which means a cell is held for 3 frames giving 8 fps. Lower motion scenes will be even lower, on 4s, 5s, or worse, and high motion scenes will be done on 2s (12 fps) or 1s (24 fps) if budget allows.
edit: corrected fps for 2s
AnimeNewsNetwork has a somewhat similar feature:
This was directed by Akemi Hayashi, who also directed Episode 5 of "Space☆Dandy" - "A Merry Companion Is a Wagon in Space, Baby", which was about the young orphan Gentooan girl named Adélie. (The best episode of the entire series in my opinion by the way).
The character designer (Sorata Shimizu) seems to have been a sub-character designer for the Fall 2013 Infinite Stratos 2 OVA. Source.
Ogura Atelia worked on a few titles. Hiromasa Ogura is also the name of an Art Director that has worked on many popular titles although I doubt it's him.
I'm generally speaking a KyoAni fan, but truth be told I've never liked the character designs of Horiguchi Yukiko, especially her K-On character designs. Something just always seemed a bit "off", in my opinion. It seems like they were trying to find a middle way between the standard KyoAni style of the day and the character designs from the manga, and it didn't really work.
Anyways, if in some bizarre turn of events KyoAni ended up with Sailor Moon, it wouldn't look like this. KyoAni gets accused of "sameface" a lot but it really isn't something that is 100% true. OK, so you can definitely see the similarities between characters in Chuunibyou, Free, Kyoukai no Kanata, and Hyouka, for example. Which makes some sense - the first three are all LNs published by KyoAni, and the last one is an older LN series which didn't really that strong of a visual element to it. KyoAni's artists did their thing and made their own character designs.
However, if the source material of a show has a strong visual aesthetic, a studio is less likely to ignore it. It does happen, but not often. KyoAni's visual novel adaptations all have those characters with the obscenely large eyes because that was the style of those VNs, for example. The upcoming Amagi Brilliant Park won't look that much like the past few KyoAni anime either.
The original Sailor Moon manga has a very traditional shoujo aesthetic going on, and KyoAni probably wouldn't ignore that and go with Horiguchi-style moe designs. They would probably try to find a middle point between the classic shoujo character designs and more mainstream ones - which interestingly enough would probably lead to character designs that would be quite similar to those of the original Sailor Moon anime.
Anime News Network releases viewer ratings somewhat weekly:
Here's the first week of June.
Character designs taken from the official website of the upcoming anime Nagato Yuki-chan no Shoushitsu, aka The Vanishing of Nagato Yuki-chan.
The anime character designs are by Ito Ikuko, who will be the chief animation director for the series. Ito was the original creator and chief animation director of Princess Tutu, and has worked on several series of Sailor Moon, among other things. The anime is an adaptation of a manga by Puyo.
Kyle Jones, the man we have to thank for bringing us this gloriously cast cat.
Kyo-Ani confirmed 7 BD volumes, with 2 episode each. Also, an unaired short too.
ANN is not online now, Cache version.
I'm torn between wanting this project to fail for this much promotion over a worthless pachinko game and wanting it to succeed so fast that Kyoani decides to drop Amagi Park, subsequent Free sequels, and Tamako Market for more Haruhi and FMP.
For those not wanting to go to Sankaku
edit: I should have submitted this in the first place. My mistake.
KyoAni was hyping something related to Haruhi pretty hard for a while (even making people collaborate to piece the promotional video together over the course of several weeks), people expected a new season/OVA/book, since it was the first promotional video in four years.
It turned out to be an ad for a Haruhi-themed pachinko machine.
>Ueda: The next stage of our development is to make something that would supersede Gundam.
They did say they where trying to supersede it after all, at least in the place of 3D animation. So Gundam was a pretty strong reference for this show.
You guy should definitely check out the manga! The second season of Tokyo Ghoul will be different compare to the manga.
>Ishida is now also credited with the original story concept for the second season. Source
This is good! That mean the second season will actually have an ending and not leave it off at a cliffhanger.
I think he is talking about this. Essentially, a guy brought loli hentai into Canada and charged with "importation of child pornography." I don't know what happened to the case though.
The film is actually called High Speed! -Free! Starting Days- and seems to be a prequel. More info here: http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2015-03-22/free-anime-novel-predecessor-high-speed-gets-film/.86252
I just did a review of Flowers of Evil for ANN, firmly cementing my status as the hipster elitist tryhard reviewer who hates fun and loves pretentious garbage. This comes two days after me panning the AIDS episode of SAO, a decision one commenter literally compared to me running over a small child. Things are going pretty well in anime town.
I like the entire cast (except for one), but focusing on the two unremarkable high schoolers instead of, oh I don't know, the eccentric info broker, the super-powered bartender, the sushi-selling Russian or maybe the freakin' living, breathing dullahan, was not much of a stroke of genius. A second season can easily remedy that by giving us another character's story arc.
And thankfully, it is coming!
I mean, Trigger's making new anime. We can make a mega-reddit where we can talk about Studio Trigger's works. If somebody's willing to make it and beef up the CSS, I'll be glad to mod it.
EDIT: Actually, it exists. Damn, should we all migrate there when KLK is over?
For keeping my list organized, I use MAL. For checking anime data and info, I use AniDB, and for looking up uncommon voice actors or production info, ANN.
Norio Wakamoto, most notably, for me, Chiyo-chichi (Chiyo-chan's "father") from Azumanga Daioh. He also made a voice pack for sat-nav devices, and it is probably the only thing that would make me want to know Japanese just so I could use it.
It's been a little while since I shared anything here, so I've got two new Things for everybody. First, I finally got the chance to write one of my thematic overview pieces for ANN, and went with the endlessly heartwarming Shirobako. I got a lot of positive responses to that, which was nice to see, and overall it's just a weird and satisfying feeling to be seeing my usual style over at ANN. And I also just finished a small followup essay to the crazy-defensive reactions my UBW review provoked, titled "You're Watching It Wrong". This one goes into the motivation beyond a variety of forms of fan violence, but I tried to keep it as positive as possible.
So that's what I've been up to, along with getting to review both Euphonium and Oregairu weekly. Busy times!
Well of course it's kinda expensive. But it's still very cheap in comparison to good production and hastily made, because there's no budget or time to do anything more.
$115,000 for 1 episode. Doesn't ring me as "cost much more" to me.
If anybody doesn't know, the anime series (Slayers) where she's from makes fun of her flat chest a number of times and it's a source of anxiety/anger for her.
> The statue already can move its head and automatically "open" its cockpit to reveal a screen inside.
"its attempts at philosophy are quite pitiful"
No, it really isn't. Did we watch the same show. I don't want to make this into a essay explaining why you're completely wrong so I'll just leave this review:
>How the heck, is A-1 Pictures, with only [125 employees], (http://a1p.jp/contents/recruit/2014jobposting.pdf ) able to do this?
By overworking them. I think that A-1 pictures consistently produces good anime, but I've heard that they have a reputation of being a bad company.
I have watched and written about roughly fifteen shows in the last 2.5 days. I now perceive colors as flavors and sounds as smells. I don't know if the world is beginning or if it is ending. What is even happening anymore.
Tokyo Twilight Ghosthunters is already confirmed for English release next year, courtesy of Aksys.
I'd be super surprised if NISA didn't pick up DanganRonpa and XSEED didn't pick up Corpse Party, too.
I feel like if it already has an English dub....then it's not really obscure/was mainstream already but past its prime. Like Gasaraki and Gilgamesh.
Kaiba has been recently added Anime Bancho and released in Oceania on DVD last year so it's broken through the reigns too.
Leaving Angel's Egg to be the only actual 'obscure' anime you listed.
Vagabond is truly the complete package as far as manga goes. Eye popping art, which defies typical anime/manga conventions, engaging characters, and action thats well rendered and easy to follow.
Takehiko Inoue, the author, took a hiatus from working on the series due to health issues. Mangakas (author/artists) are kept on very rigorous deadlines, and expected to turn out a fairly large chunk of work on a week to week basis. The art in vagabond is very complex, especially when compared to something like naruto, or bleach. Between the extreme detail from page to page, to the frequently changing art style/medium in use, I can only surmise the author bit off quite a bit more than he could chew when he took on the project. Fortunately, Inoue seems to have regained his health, and has regained his enthusiasm for working on the series. animenewsnetwork reported recently that he has resumed working on the series!
Some of you guys might be unaware but the Berserk manga has been confirmed to resume monthly releases starting with chapter 338 coming out July 24. We might be off the boat by the end of the year!!!
Considering this tweet by Takafumi Hori, one of the animators on Little Witch Academia 2 I'd say, yes, it's fairly likely intentional.
Some say BD 1 sales were good so season 2 is a possibility, some say its not.
There are many contradictory opinions about that.
What is known is that it ranked 3rd on the BD sales on its first day.
That's the ranking of last week.
Hibike euphonium doesn't appear on this week ranking on ANN, for some reason.