Thursday, 09 June 2011 15:49

Fanime 2011 Report

Fanime…Fanime…Fanime…. Tsk, tsk, tsk, people, I warned you guys last year about what would happen with lack of planning and communications. With a jump to the above 20,000 attendees mark, you're now looking at a volatile combination that's primed to explode even worse than the massive screw up of this year. And though massive, it was only in the REALLY annoying to slightly detrimental category, and not a supreme fuck up like say, Anime Expo 2007.

Friday, 03 June 2011 11:29

Fanime 2011 Pics Are Now Up

So far, we now have the first of the Fanime 2011 pics up. These particular pics were taken with my Olympus E-PL1 and so you may notice differences in the quality of pictures. I'm not sure at the moment if I should isolate the pictures or just mix them based on date. I'll have to give it some further thought.

In any event you can get to them by clicking here.

Update - All the pics, over 500 total, are now available. As always should anyone want raws or highter quality JPG's of their cosplay, let me know and I will make it available. Have fun!

Published in Events & Conventions
Friday, 20 May 2011 22:50

A Pitiful And Beastly Anime

Been meaning to warn people away do a review on Jyu-Oh-Sei, or Planet of the Beast King, for quite some time now. If I felt any real duty to the whole of humanity (outside of conquering it...oh wait, did I say that out loud?) I'd probably say that it was my obligation to inform people before they considered watching it that they were never going to get those six hours back. With its recent introduction to Netflix, many more are going to need this warning. If you don't believe me, click that link in the first paragraph and know what I suffered through, and make your decision accordingly.

As for me, I need another beer after the pure Hell I suffered through.

Published in New Reviews
Saturday, 16 April 2011 20:55

Tokyo Pop To Close Up Shop

In the current economy, niche industries and entertainment are the first to die. Looks like manga was no exception given the recent announcement of Tokyo Pop closing its US branch, though I expect the German branch to follow.

Published in Manga Industry
Wednesday, 13 April 2011 21:14

Anime Conji 2011 Convention Roundup

I hope you all appreciate this one. Thanks to the power of my new PC, solving some serious technical issues that plague me on a yearly basis, and having some time to write, I give you everything from Anime Conji's 2011 Convention.

Published in Events & Conventions
Wednesday, 13 April 2011 20:04

Anime Conji 2011

The one thing that has been neglected for the longest time is an an anime convention here in sunny San Diego. I mean, LA has several, including the biggest: Anime Expo, and there are several up north in most of their cities. This is mostly due to the fact that down here we have this rather wonderful little event called Comic Con. It actually has much of the same things that even the larger anime conventions do, coupled with the inclusion of the general sci fi, fantasy, comics, movies, and various other mediums that evoke a certain level of fandom. Problem is that it is f'n huge. So much so that it has to limit attendance (something Anime Expo would do well to emulate), and in recent years, tickets for all days have been sold out several months in advance. We here at Dragon's Anime don't even try to cover that one (Hell, I haven't even GONE to that one in a couple years) due to the logistics involved, even with one of its members, and several friends, actually in the same city.

Well, here's the first of the videos for Anime Conji 2011: The Last Comic Standing event. First year for it, and what a way to start it off. Convention attendees just getting up and making fun of all the stuff we know and love, because they know and love it too and we all get these jokes. It also helps that it was late at night, and alcohol was permitted...this wasn't for the kiddies folks, heh. But hey, download it and see for yourself, or if you were there, share the memories with someone else.

Thanks again to Nyaa Torrents for being the tracker!

Published in Events & Conventions
Sunday, 27 March 2011 23:46

Anime Conji 2011 Pics Are Up

Well, spent two days at Anime Conji and acquired some great pics and some good video, which I'll get that up as soon as I can. Fun convention, and I wish I could have stayed for the full three days, but just coming off a really large evolution at work, there were things that needed to be done in the old personal life, up to and including real sleep, heh. So without further ado, go ahead and just click here to go directly there.

As always if you're one of the cosplayers and want a full size and/or raw version, email me, and I'll make them available.

Published in Events & Conventions
Sunday, 13 March 2011 17:13

I Grow...Weary...My Goddess.

Recently, and to little fanfare, I found on your usual torrent sites, while looking for episodes of Magical Girl Homicide (otherwise known as Puella Magi Madoka Magica, heh, heh, heh) a torrent of something called Ah! My Goddess! Together Forever. After vowing eternal revenge to the coiners of that name for putting that Rick Astley song in my head, and wondering how long it was going to take someone to put the scenes of this OVA into a music video to that song, I, of course, clicked download.

I admit, I found myself looking forward to spending time with my friends in Ah! My Goddess! again. Everyone seemed to be reprising their roles again, the stars of which, Aya Hisakawa as Skuld, Yumi Tôma as Urd, and of course, Masami Kikuchi as Keiichi, and the lovely Kikuko Inoue as Belldandy. Each one of these voice actors have given life to the characters they portray in such an iconic manner, especially Belldandy, that they have been tapped for their voices in just about every iteration of the animated series that has been produced, except ironically Belldandy for the first 13 episodes of The Adventures of the Minigoddesses who was there voiced by Akemi Okamura due to Kikuko Inoue's pregnancy.

Merry Christmas everyone! Hope you're all having fun and with those you love. For our gift to you, we give you a new review, that of Kaze no Stigma, or Stigma of the Wind. A fantastic series that you can buy in full from the link on the review or stream from Netflix in its entirety (and I wonder if they have an associates program...have to check that out). It's a great way to spend Christmas Day, especially if you're tired of the same old in anime, for this is not any of the same old.

Check out the review, and if you think this is your thing, check out the anime. I liked it a lot, and you may too. Again, Merry Christmas all! I think I may watch it again myself.

Published in New Reviews

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