Saturday, December 31, 2011
As I get ready to look back on the best and worst of 2011 in anime, first let’s look ahead to Winter 2012. As always, I’m only going to preview the series of particular interest to me – there are numerous wikis for those of you looking for something more comprehensive. Full previews are below the fold. Please check the sidebar and vote for your most anticipated series in the poll.
Friday, December 30, 2011
While it seems odd to be reviewing a Christmas Special on the 29th of December, it’s been a hellish week of travel and task – so better late than never, I say.
Today brings the interesting bit of news that Takahashi Keitaro's manga Jormungand is getting an anime adaptation. I don't want to say this one is dark, but parts of it make Deadman Wonderland look like Tamayura. I would imagine this is going to be toned down some, but the good news is that White Fox (Steins;Gate) is handling the adaptation. While the manga - a story of a child soldier and the arms dealer who ends up as his protector - loses focus and drifts sometimes, it's quite scary and surprisingly funny and even moving at its best. If nothing else, it's not terribly commercial - which is reason enough to take this adaptation as good news.
Update: Here's the first PV from White Fox.
Thursday, December 29, 2011
Wednesday, December 28, 2011
A lot happened this week on Fam, including the long-awaited first appearance by yet another legendary character from the original series. But in introducing her, a new mystery was created involving two even more important characters via the passing words of Dio.
Tuesday, December 27, 2011
Monday, December 26, 2011
I never would have expected this. No word yet on what "brief run" and "reboot" mean, but can we possibly hope that this, at long last, will push us towards the Holy Grail of adaptations, the Jinchu Arc? As surprising as this news is, it's easy to forget Watsuki-sensei is still barely 40 years old, so maybe we shouldn't be shocked.
Sunday, December 25, 2011
Happy Holidays to all. Alas, the only present H x H left under the Festivus pole was a recap episode. With that big fat lump of coal in the stocking you don’t expect much, and indeed, boring recap episode was boring. But we did get a few shots of Mito-san and Grandma, which has a novelty value in that Mito-san’s seiyuu Han Keiko is the mother of Gon’s seiyuu, Han Megumi. We also got a glimpse of “the old man”, Ging, who even a neophyte like me knows is going to be a looming presence over this series going forward.
Saturday, December 24, 2011
Friday, December 23, 2011
What Fall Series Are You Most Looking Forward To? (Part II)Sequels reign supreme in the second poll, but I see a lot of sleeper potential in the third-place finisher, Area no Kishi.
This is a funny sort of post to write, because after twenty-four episode posts and some side posts, I almost feel as if everything there is to say about Mawaru Penguin Drum has already been said.
I almost feel lost even trying to begin this post, because there’s so much happening both intellectually and emotionally that I’m trying to sort out. No other series this season has been able to do that to me, for better or worse.