Thursday, 18 September 2014 02:09

Sac Anime Summer 2014 Report

Ah, Sac Anime Summer 2014.

I think this is the fourth year I've gone to this convention, having been convinced to go by Mayhem due to it being a smaller convention, and thus not prone to the same, shall we say, 'mishaps' that tend to occur at the larger ones. They're happier just having fun and hanging out with others that enjoy all the same things we do. Yes, that's an apt description; the smaller conventions have less drama and are more laid back overall. Unfortunately as a convention does grow, attendance grows so problems and other concerns creep up. Logistics gets more problematic due to more people getting involved, the need for more space becomes a greater issue, you can now bring in higher caliber guests, but have to deal with the baggage they carry, and so forth and so on. I mention this as I've seen it happen to two conventions so far: Anime Expo and Fanime. They each followed the same pattern. Even ACEN has done this to an extent, though I came in during their transition from smaller to larger convention (and there's other concerns with the midwestern convetions that have become more prevalent as time has gone on, but that's another article). I note this because Sac Anime is about where Anime Expo was in 1999, when I first went to it. I've seen this convention as it was, small and fun at the hotel, but now it's about to start making the leap into being a larger convention, and now we're all going to see how they handle it given all the examples and lessons learned in the past that are available. Let us hope they are students of history.

Digital Publishing Campaign Eliminates Time And Distance Barriers To Offer International Fans The Opportunity To Sample Hot New Manga Titles; New Series JUDOS Launches Today!

San Francisco, CA, September 8, 2014 – VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), the largest publisher, distributor and licensor of manga and anime in North America, generates additional synergy between its English language WEEKLY SHONEN JUMP digital manga magazine and the original Japanese print counterpart with the launch of the new “Jump Start” initiative. WEEKLY SHONEN JUMP is the world’s premiere manga brand and leading international weekly manga magazine.

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Acclaimed Creator Kazue Kato Takes Readers To Locales Familiar And Foreign, Whimsical And Realistic, With Collected Manga Short Stories Published For The Very First Time In North America

San Francisco, CA, August 18, 2014 – VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), the largest distributor and licensor of manga and anime in North America, delivers a noteworthy new manga title to fans with the release of Kazue Kato’s TIME KILLERS on September 2nd.

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In New Series From VIZ Media’s Shojo Beat Imprint, A Celebrated Opera Singer Dies In A Tragic Accident, Returning As A Vampire With A Diabolical Mission To Spawn The Next Generation Of Undead

San Francisco, CA, August 5, 2014 – VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), the largest distributor and licensor of manga and anime in North America, notably expands its shojo manga (graphic novel) roster with the launch of the new series BLACK ROSE ALICE from award winning creator Setona Mizushiro.

BLACK ROSE ALICE, Vol. 1 is now available in print from the Shojo Beat imprint and is rated ‘T+’ for Older Teens. Volumes each carry an MSRP of $9.99 U.S. / $12.99 CAN. Future installments of this continuing series will be released in English on a bi-monthly basis.

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First Three Parts Of The Acclaimed Multi-Generational Paranormal Action Adventure Manga Series Set For Digital And Print Release

San Francisco, CA, July 7, 2014 – VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), the largest distributor and licensor of manga and anime in North America, thrilled a packed audience of fans at the 2014 Anime Expo in Los Angeles this past weekend as it announced the much heralded return of creator Hirohiko Araki’s epic supernatural/action/adventure manga (graphic novel) series, JOJO’S BIZARRE ADVENTURE.

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Tuesday, 30 July 2013 20:07

Maoyū Maō Yūsha Anime Review Up

As I slog through the various bits of AX media (15,000+ pics! This is not going to be quick!) I find I feel the need to review some anime. Under the gun this time is the Maoyū Maō Yūsha anime. This one just barely escapes the executioner's axe, but I'll be damned if it doesn't get some sort of drubbing for the ball dropping its guilty of. Read on, to see what I mean.

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Tuesday, 30 July 2013 18:43

Maoyū Maō Yūsha (TV,2013)


It's time. You're at level 99. Your party has your back. However, you know what's probably going to happen to them if they come with you on this, your final assault on the big bad. So, you go alone, cutting through the defenders of the Dark Overlord like butter (or would, if there were any...very strange), and finally getting to the throne where that entity awaits you. Yet, all you find is rather friendly, well dressed, and buxom...very buxom (oh, by the Light Spirit, this lady is built like a brick shithouse with not one brick out of place) woman who seems a lot happier to see you than a Demon Lord should. "Be mine, Hero!" she commands in the manner of a pleasant request. Of course, you know better than that. Despite her loving and happy demeanor and rather...interesting...looks she is still the final obstacle to stopping the invasion of your world by the forces of evil. You refuse, prompting a rather surprising and truly puzzled response from her of, "Really?" About this point, even your dull senses are registering that 'Okay, this isn't how this usually goes. Something isn't right here.' And through the course of the conversation you're about to have, you find out there's a whole lot that's not right about everything you once believed in. Things are a lot direr than you initially thought, and simply taking her out won't change shit. The question now is: What are you going to do about it? For that, she makes you an offer you'd be a fool to refuse, and it turns out the price she has already asked of you is something you're now more than willing to part with...for there is work to be done, and it's going to take you both to see it through if your world is to have any hope of survival.

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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.

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Sunday, 13 February 2011 19:06

Umi No Misaki (Manga, 2011)


There's a lot of stories about the gods and goddesses as they descend to the Earth where they find love and adventure with us unpredictable and exciting mortals. Still, so very few actually deal with the fact that these are what we have classified as divine beings. These creatures are what our race has worshiped since before we walked upright. Sure, they descend from their lofty homes and come to live with us, sometimes teaching us, sometimes tricking us, sometimes hating us, and sometimes loving us, but through it all...that very divinity is as much a part of them as our mortality is part of us, and we must not forget it. Come with me, as we go on a journey with Goto Nagi, Narumi Shizuku, Nagumo Karin, Mitsurugi Soyogi, and their friends as we explore what it means to be divine, and mortal, and how it relates to the love between the two...or four as the case may be.

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Tuesday, 17 August 2010 05:01

Akuma to Love Song (Manga, 2006)


Ah, but aren't they all in their own way? As anybody with even a modest amount of common sense could tell you, children – even the older ones in high school – can be terribly cruel. It's a fact of life that most adults often turn a blind eye to. What's that, little Maryann is a holy terror and has been torturing her classmates? Well, kids will be kids, my little angel would never do something that terrible! Johnny's been getting into fights? He's just hyper, maybe if the teacher were doing a better job of teaching him he wouldn't be acting out! It couldn't possibly be because the child is… well, a child, and hasn't let learned what is and isn't acceptable in society, possibly because the parents are too busy putting blame on everything EXCEPT Maryann and Johnny they haven't taken the time to raise them properly… In any case, it's a fact of life. With the slightest provocation, children can and will be utterly evil, and not even realize that they're doing so. Hence we come to the subject of this review, Akuma to Love Song, the story of a young woman named Kawai Maria who's just transferred to a new school after being expelled from a famous private school, and the troubles that await her as rumors surrounding her expulsion reach her classmates.

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