Visualization In Manga (Or, Why Eyeshield 21 Actually Makes Football Interesting)

I hate football. Hell I hate sports. But, I love sports anime / manga. Why? Let’s take a look, using Eyeshield 21 as an example:


Never seen anyone catch a football that was spinning so fast, dust and smoke was spiraling off of it. But Monta’s got it under control. Can Brett Favre do that?

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Crayon Sad-Chan


It comes with great sadness that I write this post. The big news story of the weekend was that 51 year old Yoshito Usui, the creator of that raunchy little bastard, Crayon Shin-Chan, was found dead in the wilderness of Gunma Prefecture. It looks like while hiking, he fell to his death.

Naturally, the Crayon Shin-Chan manga will end up coming to an unfinished end in December. As for the anime, which has been running since 1992, will take a hiatus for a bit while the studio discusses with Mr. Usui’s estate what to do.

This sucks. I’m not gunna say that Crayon Shin-Chan is a brilliant work of art, but it is a fun, entertaining show. It’s tragic that Usui was all ready to take a break, hit the fresh air, and get away from everything for a while, never realizing that life can sometimes just pull a stunt like this.

Ichigo, Bankai, Seireitei: The Movie


So. I like Bleach. I admit it. I know it’s just a fighting show with a million characters and very little character development. I know that Ichigo is a bland, by the books protagonist. I know no good guys will ever die. But I like it. 

The other night, Adult Swim aired the first Bleach movie, Memories of Nobody. I was pretty excited to see what I thought would be a pretty standard, but fun, anime film. And that’s exactly what I got. Kinda.

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Apologies: Gundam News Again, Kinda

Well, what else do you expect on the 30th anniversary of the franchise? This video popped up over the weekend and it’s fan-friggin’-tastic. I’m all about getting all the characters, or in this case, the robots, from the different series together.

This just goes to show that Sunrise is really going all out for the anniversary. Two new animations, a new game, this beauty, a LIFE SIZE RX-78! When will it end?!?!?! Hopefully never, but probably after 12/31/09.

An aside: I wanted to mention that I will start including manga news / posts / rants / what have you to Anime Mondays. I avoided doing so because I wanted to stick to the filmic arena, but really, it’s silly to exclude manga cuz it doesn’t move.

So, to start things on the right foot:

There’s also a bunch of Gundam manga.


Gundam Updates


There’s been some big announcements in the world of Gundam over the last week or so. First off, we finally got a format announcement for Gundam Unicorn. According to Animenation, Unicorn will consist of 6 50 minute OAVs. The first one will cover the events of books 1 and 2 of the 10 volume Gundam Unicorn novel series. It takes place after Char’s Counterattack, but way before Gundam F-91, in the year UC 0096.

Next up, it has been announced that Yoshiyuki Tomino, original creator of Mobile Suit Gundam, will be helming a new production as well, called Ring of Gundam. ANN reports that Ring of Gundam will be a short film taking place long after the One Year War. Whether or not this means it’s still in the UC timeline remains to be seen, as Tomino could do something similar to Turn A Gundam, starting a new timeline in the distant future of the UC timeline. Also, Yoko Kanno will be scoring the film, and that is always a good thing.

Needless to say, I am excited about these announcements. Now, let’s get a move on for the PS3 Gundam 0081 game!

TCC Spotlight: Urusei Yatsura


Ever wonder where my name comes from? I mean, in normal life, calamity most certainly does NOT ensue constantly. Well folks, as I found nothing of interest to really talk about re: anime news over the last few days, I want to spotlight my favorite show ever: Urusei Yatsura.  I know, I know, you are shocked to hear that it’s not Gundam.

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The Exciting Conclusion To My Anime Openings And Endings

Hey all. Like I promised last week, here’s some junk I like. Same drill, these are what I consider good marriages of audio and visual. Except the Dragon Half one. Let’s go!

I know I shouldn’t, but I love Full Metal Alchemist. This ending is great. Similarly to what I mentioned last week, here we have an upbeat song with a slow pan while the Elric brothers rest. The images work well to show, especially in Ed, the, I guess, suffering they are enduring. Then, we get a sweet turn to a warm color palette. I personally love the shot of Ed in the cemetary.

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Anime Openings!

Hey all.

It’s been a little slow on the anime news front. Well, there’s plenty of news, but nothing I feel particularly inclined to post here. So today, I wanted to post some anime openings. Similarly to how movieguyjon posts trailers, I will post a handful of openings I really like. Now, this isn’t going to be openings from shows I love or hate. This is more about what I feel is an effective marriage of image and sound. So without further ado:

I like Bleach as a manga, and the anime is pretty ok, but this, the 9th opening, really works well. It seems that Japanese bands do a much better job of blending rock and hip hop than any American band I’ve come across. I love how the editing of the images cuts perfectly with the sparse bass line during the first half of the song.

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More Dog Devils


According to Animenation, this fall will see the premier of a second Inu Yasha TV series. This second series will pick up where the first one ended and continue until it reaches the conclusion of the manga.

This is interesting because it is the first Rumiko Takahashi series to receive this treatment. Sure, Ranma 1/2 got two series too, but the two series were separated by only a couple months. Inu Yasha has been off the air since 2004, which puts a big ol’ five year gap in.

Of course, this asks why bother with more Inu Yasha? Takahashi’s new series Rin-Ne is simply too young to have a TV series already. Unless of course you want 4 episodes follows by 30 filler episodes. I don’t.

Personally, I could do without more Inu Yasha. Out of all the Takahashi series, I like it the least. As in, I don’t like it at all. In my opinion, her work has steadily gone downhill, and she will never be able to recreate something as amazing as Urusei Yatsura, or as beautiful as Maison Ikkoku.  Even Ranma 1/2, which continuously created idiotic scenarios for the sake of humor, had charm and fun characters. Inu Yasha is an action series that happens to have some BS high school love drama crap. It just doesn’t fit. Plus, all the characters are annoying.

Ah well, at least Naraku is kinda cool.

Gundam 00 Season 2 Right Here, On Syfy.. I Mean SciFi.


Just found out that the SciFi Channel will be broadcasting Gundam 00’s second season starting … Well I guess tonight? This is great news because it’s been a very long time since we’ve had Gundam on American TV… But at the same time, it’s bad news because I missed out on all of the first season!!! Well, I did see the first episode on Youtube, and I gotta say, so far, it’s pretty interesting. I’ll be watching more. Certainly beats Gundam Wing…. That’s for sure. 

More info: Anime News Network