I returned to my alma mater UC Davis on Saturday to check out DaiCon 2013. It was the second straight year that the Davis Anime Club has put on such an event and this time they had a couple special guests (Wendee Lee & J.S. Gilbert), an small artists’ alley and dealers section, band performances, and gaming rooms. Continue reading →
We’re well into the spring season of 2013 but it doesn’t hurt to look back at the last year in anime. (It was a fantastic year, wasn’t it?)
This AMV takes the Filmography year-in-review editing approach and tries to show bits of over two hundred anime TV series, movies and OVA’s from 2012 within a 5 minute span. See how many you can recognize and then check the long list on its AMV.org page for the ones you missed. (Squid Girl, Kids on the Slope, YuruYuri, and Gakkatsu! were among the ones I caught glimpses of.)
Sidenote: I also liked it because there was an Apples in Stereo song in it.
Streaming site DAISUKI will launch by the end of this month and I’m getting curious about which series will debut on it and be added soon after. I’m more interested in what some of their “older, classic, nostalgic titles” (as mentioned in a couple of interviews) will be than the newer series so I’ve have been looking at its current partners’ back catalogs, wondering how far back they might go or how varied their approach might be.
Something like Toei Animation’s Sailor Moon would be a headline grabber but what about ones that have not been officially localized in English such as Tiger Mask (also Toei) or Sunrise’s cooking series Mr. Ajikko?
It would be nice if some out-of-print series that were previously released in the US on DVD such as Kamichu! (Aniplex), Planetes(Sunrise) and Kodocha (NAS) were put onto the service.
Omo wrote about the venture soon after it was announced and thought it may experience problems because of its management structure. I’m optimistic about the project but then again I felt the same way about JManga at the beginning, which lasted about two years and seemed to connect with manga fans before starting to shut down last month.
What kind of titles would you like to see streaming on DAISUKI? Any specific ones?
I attended Sakura-Con in 2011 and liked the experience (the con center, the panels, and the rest). Though I am not going this year, I would like to highlight some things on the schedule (March 12th version) that I’d probably see if I were heading up there. Continue reading →
I was looking through some old issues of Animerica I have and one of them – Vol. 4, No. 12 (Dec. 1996) – had a short piece in the early part of the issue arguing long series are worth the emotional, time, and financial investments for the payoffs. This was at a time when many OVA’s were being released in the US as well as longer series like Ranma 1/2 and Maison Ikkoku.
The longest regular-length anime series I’ve watched to completion was the original Full Metal Alchemist series at 51 episodes. I enjoyed the journey & liked the ending when I finished it back in my high school days. Watching it week-to-week helped and I had definitely invested some emotions in the characters along the way. (The longest short-form anime I’ve finished was Poyopoyo at 52 episodes.)
More recently, I’m watching three currently airing anime that have lasted more than three cours – Space Brothers, Hunter x Hunter and Polar Bear Cafe. The first two don’t have any announced ending at the moment as their respective manga sources are still running while Polar Bear Cafe is set to finish at an even 50 episodes in late March.
What was the longest series, anime or manga, that you’ve finished and was it worth the time/emotional investment? (I suppose the same sort “long haul” argument could be made for manga so I included it in the question.) On the contrary, has there been a particular series that you have been put off in starting because of its length?