A tale of what’s to come..

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Is it the end of September already? Well, what do you know. This time, I have a halfway decent excuse for the lack of content.

In between watching episodes of ‘My Little Pony: Friendship is magic’ and Gundam, I’ve been doing some thinking about this site and what I want to do with it. Why? Because I’m really not satisfied with where this site is right now. Sure, I have a good readership (I love you guys) and it all looks pretty enough, but the original goal of bringing Anime to new audiences has fallen flat on its face.

The problem I think, is that its incredibly hard to sell anime to new audiences, whilst tip towing through the landmine of controversy that is accociated with the medium.
How are you going to do this then? I hear you ask. Well, I’ve found a rather novel way of navigating that minefield- Bulldoze right through it. In what I think is long overdue, I’m going to use my little soap box to address some of the problems this industry and its communities has, and try to stir up some serious debate about it. In order to reach out to these audiences, I’m going to have to find as many homes for these rants as possible, starting with my currents homes here, UkOtaku, and on Wearearcade.com (whenever they’re done renovating), as well as new homes on Figure.fm and the new Screwattack.com
Lastly, with all these changes, certain features will have to be dropped. That includes News and AMVs. What will stay however is the Reviews. I would say there would be less of them, but I’m not exactly renowned for pushing them out at a quick pace.

So, that’s that. Thanks for sticking by me all this time, and I hope you look forward to all the new content coming very soon!

Robin Williams: King of Nerds again.

Did you know that Robin William’s daughter was named after Princess Zelda? Well, now half the world does with this very touching and personal ad for Ocarina of Time 3DS. Dayum, I wish I had a dad that cool.

This isn’t the first time Williams let his nerdom show through, as in the 2002 film One Hour Photo, he lent his Mass Production Eva figure as a prop for a scene. The catch? He ‘forgot’ to mention that the Mass Production Eva is anything but a good guy, and the world was treated to a scene with a little kid glamouring about how heroic it is. Have fun pulling a straight face in that scene.


(pardon the italian)

Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya Visual Novel Teased

Revealed last december, Namco Bandai has released a trinity of trailers for their new game, The Reminiscences of Haruhi Suzumiya. Set during Disappearance’s alternate reality, the player controls Kyon, making important decisions that effect the Haruhi universe with many “what if?” scenarios. The game itself is a visual novel, a genre unique to japan that lets you control what the player says and thinks through a interface not unlike a Bioware epic. This allows for a multitude of different endings, begging for mutiple playthroughs.
The downside to this however, is that the game will most likely never see a realease outside of Japan, and unless a fan translation comes along, the only option for us is to import the game overseas, and enrol in Japanese classes. Not for the faint of heart, I’m sure you can agree.
Such a shame too, because the game boasts quite a unique game save sharing facility between PSP and PS3 versions, so that diehard haruhi maniacs can continue woooing their favourite Haruhi girl, even on the loo.

Shadow of the Colossus, Amazing Anime Fan Poster

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Here is an amazing mockup for a Shadow of the Colossus anime by artist MetalHanzo, based from the classic PS2 game, which is soon to get a HD reboot alongside its older brother, ICO.
I can imagine now, as a silent anime with acts, musics and sceneries to convey the story, and minimum dialogue.
Unfortunately, 99% of the anime industry in Japan right now is more concerned with underage girls, incest, and panties….nothing good could possibly from a SOTC anime with this mentality. There are about 3~4 anime studios maximum who would actually allow SOTC to maintain its dignity.
Oh well, on can always dream…

Satoshi Tajiri- Rumoured dead?

Satoshi Tajiri, creator of the worldwide phenomenon Pokemon, is rumoured to have passed away following the recent tsunami’s that have rocked the island nation of japan. Twitter has been flooded with uncomfirmed reports that Satoshi has passed away, after becoming a victim to the disaster.

Despite this, Maritus News is claiming Tajiri is alive and well after having merely fainted. The story says that he resides in Tokyo, and was not a victim of the flood. That said, it’s very likely the rumor is false, however it’s still no confirmation. No statement has been issued by Tajiri, Gamefreak, or his family as of yet.

Again, I urge everyone to please donate generously to the Red Cross to help provide aid for those caught in the devastation. Every Dollar, Pound, Yen, Euro, or whatever currency you use helps.

FMA Brotherhood PS3 theme now available

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Full Metal Alchemist fans, Looking for that little something to spruce up your PS3? well, have no fear, as FUNimation has launched a lovely new FMA: Brotherhood theme on the PSN.
This new dynamic theme includes typical FMA imagery and icons, as well as plenty of Ed and Al. The sky of the theme gets darker as time wears on, and the images of Ed and Al can switch between their “adult” and child versions. The backgrounds even move, with flowing clothes whipping in the wind. The theme can be bought for $2.99.

Black Rock Shooter: The Game Coming to USA and Europe

Excited about the upcoming BRS game, but annoyed that you will never be able to play it, because you don’t know Japanese? Have no fear, because it have been revealed today that Imagepoch have announced that NISA will be localising the PSP game for release in Europe and the United States.

Ryoei Mikage, the CEO of Imageepoch, announced to Dengeki Online that NISA would be releasing their titles in North America and Europe. He stated that he chose NISA because their Disgaea sales exceed 150,000-200,000 units, which is apparently very impressive. (I don’t think it takes into account that the first and most successful entry was released by Atlus.) Naturally, they plan to market the other games announced  last week, which include Chevalier Saga Tactics and Tale of the Last Promise, to fans of JRPGs.

The game is slated for release in Japan in March 2011, so expect quite a wait for the game to reach your shores in the future.