January 23rd, I spotted this file on Tokyo Toshokan and downloaded it. While it is obviously a camrip, with sound miked from a theater, it is adequate to give a good idea of what they’ve done.
I watched the entire series in it’s original releases; fansubbed, DVD releases both subbed and dubbed, and the authorized US Broadcast on KTEH, so I have some ideas about the original content. This video is the first “movie” and covers the first arc of the TV series.
Let us take a moment to enjoy the irony of me posting this the day before the movie's release on video, some four months after it came out.
Okay, I'm done.
The 2007 Transformers movie was an experience I will never forget. I saw it at Anime Expo with about three thousand other screaming yelling ravenous fans, the day (in some cases only hours) before its general release in North America on July 2nd. It was a once in a lifetime event, and I'll be damned if it didn't live up to every hope and dream I've had for the Transformers mythos since I was a child watching them blow the shit out of each other on some local channel.
Originally published as four separate articles, one for each day; they were compiled into one in order to allow for continual reading.
So…Anime Expo 2007.
Yeah, that about says it all if you were there. Going through the various blogs, forums, reposted emails, and what-have-you, the consensus was pretty much on the order of: What the flying fuck, over? For my own personal experience, this year’s convention has the most unique dichotomy; it was both the very best convention I’ve been to…and the very very worst. It was so bad, in fact, that I don’t know if I’m going back next year.
My reports on Anime Expo this year are going to be broken up into a few overlapping categories. I’m going to do a day by day report, a report on the SKIN concert, a report on the Transformers movie showing, and finally, a report on all the shit that went on this year that really REALLY fucked it all to Hell.
I have something of a confession to make, readers... despite the fact that I am an adult, I enjoy watching cartoons. Of course, anybody that's spent any time here at Dragon's Anime understands that fact - and indeed, I'm sure that quite a few of you like those 'cartoons' as well. Allow me to explain for the uninitiated among you, though. My use of the term 'cartoon' is both intentional, and sarcastic, as what I actually enjoy watching is Japanese Animation - 'anime', for short. Since the early days of Walt Disney, Loony Toons, and Hanna Barbara, there has been a belief in America that animated entertainment is for children, and must be a waste of time for anybody over the age of ten. For many, there is simply no comprehending of the idea that an animated forum might deal with more adult concepts - it would be the very antithesis of what cartoons are for. I've dealt with some of the basic differences between anime and American animations before, in the first chapter of my Anime for Newbs series. This article will be a deeper look at those contrasts, and what they mean to you, the new viewer. As always, much of what I present here are my own opinions and thoughts on the subject, and so I invite you to draw your own conclusions.
This concert was weak.
There, I said it. WEAK!
This is not to say that it wasn’t enjoyable; it was…very much so. However, it suffered from some very damning flaws that stifled the enjoyment of something that so many had been waiting for, for so long: the first North American appearance of the likes of Gackt and Yoshiki in concert. Honestly, unless you were a die hardest fan of any of the newly formed Autobot gestalt team known as SKIN, there was really a lot that just plain flat out could not be forgiven, and I may well be overestimating the good will of that deadly species known as the fangirl.