Saturday, October 1, 2011

Hiatus

As I have entered high school, and have an AP class, I am rather busy. So this site will be temporarily on hiatus. Sorry. There will be intermittent posts, but nothing frequent. Sign up for the email notifications, to be apprised of new posts. Sorry guys.
Thursday, September 1, 2011

Happy Birthday Hatsune Miku!

As many of you know, Hatsune Miku's birthday was two days ago on August 30th. The virtual idol has been in existence for 4 years now, and has attracted millions of fans. She has preformed in countless concerts, AMVs, has held "live concerts", has had video games and spoof anime and manga made of her and her friends, and now has her own Toyota commercials.

Hatsune's official distribution page, karenT, has a special event (http://karent.jp/special/miku11) going on right now to celebrate.


Every year, in Miku's birthplace, Sapporo,Japan, a concert is held. This year, another concert was held at the Nokia Theatre, during this year's Anime Expo. Mikubook.com, a website where fans can discuss and share all the AMVs and songs that make up the Vocaloid universe, though still in a beta stage, has placed the set-lists from concerts on online, and in order, so if you could not go then, you can enjoy them now.


Also on KarenT there is a special wallpaper download for you: (TinierMe Users, there has been a download for you also.)
Monday, August 15, 2011

Cutting off the Dream Machine's Power

As you know, director Satoshi Kon died of cancer around this time last year. His last film, to have been produced by Madhouse, Yume-Miru Kikai (The Dreaming Machine), has just had it's funding quietly placed on hiatus due to lack of funding. After his death, Yoshimi Itazu took over production in 2010. But of 1,500 planned shots, only 600 have been finished, said Madhouse CEO Masao Maruyama. The film is only temporarily off,  Maruyama announced at a recent Otakon panel, he continued on to say "I do want to go ahead with Dreaming Machine.. I don’t care how many years it’s going to take; I will get the financing required to complete the title”.

Two years ago, Satoshi Kon came up with a typical sci-fi plot. The only thing is, it actually happened, just not in Kon's lifetime. The Dreaming Machine centers on a tsunami that wipes out an entire town, and a robot goes on a quest to find a new source of power for the town. Sound familiar? Kon's story almost seems to predict the events in March, this year. At any rate, fans will have a long wait until the Dream Machine is released.
Monday, August 8, 2011

New Yaoi in the Works


For those of you who like yaoi, and feel, as do many that there isn’t much yaoi anime out there, then I have some good news for you. The 2003 manga, Hybrid Child by Shungiku Nakamura and available in English from Digital Manga Press, is getting an anime adaption, and Nakamura’s other manga, Sekai-Ichi Hatsukoi (“World’s Number One First Love”), is getting a second season. The first season aired last April.
Remember No.6? (http://mangacatonline.blogspot.com/2011/07/no6-episode-1-review.htm)Well, Sentai Filmworks has acquired the distribution rights. A digital copy will be available in the near future, and the home video version is slated for sometime next year.

Bandai has acquired GOSICK, many of the episodes have been reviewed here, Nichijou, the highly successful slice of life, which has been compared favorably to Yotsuba!& and Azumanga Daioh, and the rights to the Code Geass: Renya of the Darkness manga.

Disney has hired Reno 911 co-creator Robert Garant to write a screenplay, called Tux, based on the 1997-2000 romantic comedy manga Tuxedo Gin.

The next Hayao Miyazaki film, master animator from Studio Ghibli, the company that helped define, redefine, and shape what we consider anime today, and brought us classics such as My Neighbor Totoro, Spirited Away, Laputa: Castle in the Sky, Nausicca: Valley of the Wind, and so many more, will be an autobiography. It was not clarified whether or not the film would center on Miyazaki’s own life, or is based on someone else’s. On another Ghibli note, Miyazaki’s son’s newest film opened below the newest Doraemon, Pokemon, and the final installment of Harry Potter.
For those of you who have been reading this for a while, you may recall my Paint it White, the Hetalia movie, post. For those of you who don't remember, or haven't read it, http://mangacatonline.blogspot.com/2011/03/paint-it-white-hetalia-movie.html. Anyway, the English trailer has been streamed.



We also have a video with the man, Jonathon Brooks, who voices le Prussia.


Stephanie Yanez's new song, Ultimate Miku World, was released in late June, during the time when I was absent from my usual post. The song, a crossover between American Jpop singer Stephanie Yanez, and international sensation Hatsune Miku, was originally aired on TinierMe.com, where Stephanie acts as a sponsor and virtual idol. The song can be purchased on iTunes, where it has averaged a rough ✩✩✩✩✩ in user votes.
http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/ultimate-miku-world-single/id447189581
Saturday, August 6, 2011

CLAMP To Return To Legal Drug

In 2000, CLAMP began Legal Drug, a manga about two boys, and the drugstore they work for. After publishing only three volumes, the series was put on hiatus in 2003. TokyoPop released the volumes between 2004-2005. CLAMP will resume the manga in the December issue of Young Ace. (Released Nov. 4th).
Saturday, July 30, 2011

The Latest in Anime

Lets start the ball rolling with Aniplex USA:

  Aniplex USA announced Friday, at it's Otakon Panel, that it is slated to release the Oreimo series DVD Box Set in October. Amongst the extras included will be a 16 postcard set, and a 24 page booklet. As far as episodes go, there will be the 12-TV epsiodes, as well as four English subtitle only.

   Aniplex also has obtained the rights to translate the hugely popular magical girl series, Puella Magi Madoka Magica.  Aniplex also announced this Friday.

  Aniplex also announced that Crunchyroll, Hulu, and Crackle will begin to streaming an English-subtitled version of Star Driver Kagayaki no Takuto, on August 17. The 1st two episodes will air then, and will be followed by weekly episodes aired every Wednesday. http://www.star-driver.net/ (Japanese)


(Image is copyrighted to BONES/Star Driver Production Committee.)

Moving away from Aniplex, the Another horror novel's anime adaption launched an official website preview. It confirmed that the show will begin airing sometime next year, and that Noizi Ito, known for his work on Haruhi Suzumiya, is responsible for the original character designs.

The novel, 1st released in 2009, centers on a school class that has fallen subject to some strange curse, which results in a string of unavoidable deaths.

The official website for Negima, and Hayate the Combat Butler, negihaya.com, began to stream trailers for the two at midnight this morning. The two films are set to be released together on August 27th.
Monday, July 25, 2011

μ's New Single Streamed

Lantis, Bandai's music label, began to stream a new animated music video from idol group, μ (pronounced Muse.). The group's third single, and animated music video, "Natsu-iro Egao de 1, 2, Jump!" will ship on August 24th. Costing 2,000¥, or roughly 25$ U.S. The album will include a DVD with the music video, voice dramas,  song, and karaoke tracks. 


Friday, July 22, 2011

JManga Launches August 17

JManga, a legal place for reading online manga, will launch on August 17th. When the website launches, it will host Naruto, Manga Science, Crayon Shin-chan, Dragon Girl, Kekkaishi, and more.  The website will also have mangaka interviews, and social networking features, so fans can keep in touch.  Behind the site is Digital Comics Association, an industry group of 39 Japanese publishers. After a limited beta test, they opened up a public beta test, where anyone could sign up to get a advance look at JManga.
"Oki" a Japanese sushi chef, living in Osaka, runs a website, My Sushi World, where he displays his various cooking and sushi masterpieces. Recently, he updated the blog with some Pokemon Sushi. His creations, created with vegetables like carrots and sweet potatoes, and food coloring. He brought these to his daughter's kindergarten class as a surprise. Characters from the Star Wars series also appear.

For the rest of the images here:
http://sushichefjapan.blogspot.com/2011/07/pokemon-carving.html
Tuesday, July 19, 2011

1934 Tank Tankuro English Preview

Predating anime legends and pioneering manga/anime such as Astro Boy,  Gajo Sakamoto's 1934 Tank Tankuro has been translated into English by Japan's PopPress. The Comics Journal published an 8-page preview, along with a detailed description of what will be included in the 1st volume- 240 pages of comics, and extensive papers,essays and biographical materials. The TCJ also inquired into the reasoning behind PopPress' decision to delve into Pre WWII manga.

PopPress representative Yasutaka Minegishi included this in his response:
"Looking at the variety of Japanese manga published in English up till now, from mainstream manga, alternative manga, shojo-manga, to the genre of “gekiga,” I felt that in these past few years, the English-speaking audience became ready for manga that could bring them one step further into the real history of Japanese comics."---http://www.tcj.com/preview-tank-tankuro/
 Tank Tankuro follows the struggles of Tank Tankuro, lovable robot, and his counterpart, the villain Kuro Kabuto, or Black Helmet, in a pre-war era.  

The 1st volume ships tomorrow, July 20th, while the 8 page preview can be viewed here:
http://www.tcj.com/preview-tank-tankuro/2/

Sources:
ANN
http://www.tcj.com/preview-tank-tankuro/
Today, actor Yoshi Harada passed away in Tokyo, at 71. He died around 9:35am, of pneumonia.
Harada was known for his roles in Azumi (Gessai), Dororo, Lady Snowblood: Love Song of Vengance, among others. His final film, Oshika-mura Sōdōki, opened three days, Saturday,  before his death. His last public appearance was a press conference on July 11th, held to help promote the film.
Saturday, July 16, 2011

Le Chevalier d'Eon (OT 16+)

Le Chevalier d'Eon is very graphic, and rated OT 16+ for a reason. The pages are covered in gore, and it delves into some very touchy subjects-such as religion and crime. For this reason, this post will remain imageless, and while I thoroughly recommend it,  I also advise caution. If you know you have problems with graphic images, this IS NOT for you.
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Paris is terrorized by night, young women, virgins specifically, are disappearing. Every now and then, the police catch up-almost. When they arrive,  they find mutilated bodies, decapitated heads, and other gruesome images. Blood and instruments of torture lie everywhere. And into their hands have been carved the words psalms and palms. Who is behind these bizarre and twisted murders? A string of mad disciples of Christ who call themselves the "poet". As one is caught, another appears. The only person in Paris who can fight these creatures- for as they become more and more possessed, they turn into monsters worthy of Anne Rice, or H.P Lovecraft- is Le Chevalier d'Eon, the Sphinx, or Lia de Beaumont,  a spirit killed by the Poet, who when the time to fight comes, inhabits the body of her brother, d'Eon de Beaumont.  d'Eon works for his Majesty, the King of France. Whenever a new Poet appears, the Poems of the revolution appear in a  mirror image on the body of Princess Sophie, by far the most charming and innocent character in the series, Princess Sophie has lost her ability to speak except for the word "Palm". She communicates through word games.  d'Eon is assisted in his endeavors by a cat, Nell,  and a young man, named Robin.

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Publishing Information:
Le Chevalier d'Eon
Story by Tou Ubukata
Art by: Kiriko Yumeji
Publisher: Del Ray Manga (www.delraymanga.com)
Age Rating: OT 16+

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The Mainichi Shimbun paper's Mantan Website has aired 78 seconds of footage from the new Fullmetal Alchemist movie, Fullmetal Alchemist: Sacred Star of Milos. The footage revolves around Julia, the pivotal character in the film. The film opened in Japan on July 2nd.
Zero no Tsukaima creator Noboru Yamaguchi confirmed Friday, on the Media Factory website, that he has an advanced form of cancer. While a diagnosis in February considered surgery on the rapidly growing  cancer futile, a more recent exam, brought around after gallstone surgery unrelated to the cancer, has changed the report. Apparently the growth has shrunk, which makes surgery possible. Yamaguchi intends to have this surgery in August of this year.
On Friday, the Doraemon official website launched a new page for the upcoming Doraemon movie, with a trailer. Doraemon: Nobita to Kiseki no Shima ~Animal Adventure~ (Doraemon: Nobita and the Island of Miracles ~Animal Adventure~) is set to air in Japan in March of next year, following the line  of a new Doraemon movie in time for spring break every year.  Doraemon, Dorami and Nobita traveling to a sort of lost world or "last paradise" where all the extinct animals and creatures still live on. On a side note, 2012 will mark 100 years before Doraemon's creation, which according to the story occurred on September 3, 2112.

Movie Website (Japanese):http://doraeiga.com/2012/
Game creator Imageepoch has released promotional videos for the new BLACK★ROCK SHOOTER PSP game, Black Rock Shooter The Game. The video is a "world" introduction style promo, while Imageepoch has already released videos for character designs. Various characters include Black Rock Shooter herself, Grey, and White Rock Shooter. The opening animation has been done by ufotable.

The game will ship in Japan on August 25th, 2011.

For the game's official website (Japanese Only) go:
http://brs.jrpg.jp/


For more promotional videos:
http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/interest/2011-07-07/black-rock-shooter-psp-white-rock-shooter-promo-posted



This second  video has some subtitling:
Saturday, July 9, 2011

No.6 Episode 1 Review

No.6 starts out captivating enough, with a boy running through what appears to be sewers, with two other men chasing him and bullets flying past his head.  Suddenly, after he reaches a dead end, the scene changes completely.  Now, a high-rise classroom and a brown haired boy stare back at us.  As the teacher drones on, his attention wanders to the window, and the forest outside. Suddenly, he's suspended in air- floating, with leaves being whipped passed him, and the wind's force growing.  As the clouds grey over, in preparation for a storm, his body begins to dissolve. His arms and legs rapidly turn to sakura blossoms.

And then the dream is shattered. The classroom returns, two students are fighting with another student who has been in the middle of a presentation. They had apparently been talking, and she became annoyed. The shouting match progresses to a physical assault until two teachers arrive to restore order.

Later, on a ferry, the girl, Safu,  and the brown haired boy, whose name we discover is Shion, discuss the incident. This is the 1st time the truly thought provoking side of this anime comes into focus, as Shion goes into a very brief discussion of mankind's limitations and those we impose on ourself-
 Mankind only recognizes itself as such by the conception of self placed upon it by society.
And so he continues, until the boat reaches it's moorings. From there the two briefly talk about a typhoon that passed through sector six that day.
Safu and Shion go and visit their grandmother, who presents Shion with a birthday present- a sweater that matches the one Safu wears but with introverted colors.  After a small party, as Shion is leaving, he and Safu are outside, when the "Moondrop Cries".  The Moondrop seems to be a large building with a net like framework around it and antenna.

Then, after a quick flashback to the boy being shot at (when are we going to find out why?!), we change to Shion's house.  Shion throws open the windows, and along with rain and wind, comes the Moondrop's cry.  Then something inside the house rings, and Shion goes in to answer. Using a bracelet that seems to control most everything in their world, he turns the alarm off. When he turns back around, the boy, gunshot wound and all, is standing in his open doorway.

Immediately, he attempts to strangle Shion, warning him not to move. Shion is only released after offering to help him treat the wound on his left arm. The strangle hold returns when the phone rings again. Using the bracelet to answer, Shion begins a conversation with his mother. Using a report as his excuse, Shion hangs up.

While he is treating the wound, their topic of conversation turns to Shion's education. At age 2, Shion apparently passed his IQ tests with astounding scores, entered a prestigious academy, and now, at age twelve, he will be entering a Special Course class.

Nedzumi, or Rat as it translates, reveals that he had been shot as part of a "hunting club". There's a catch; this club hunts humans. As Rat is changing, we see that he has something like burns on his back.

Later that day, an escaped prisoner report comes in. The subject escaped in the Lost Town area while being transferred. It is thought he fled toward Chronos. And of course, our dear friend Rat is the same escaped prisoner.
 
Rat has a VC chip inside him, it's basically a tracker, so the search system should be easily able to track him down.  Rat tenses to fight when he is confronted with his true identity, VC103221, but instead, Shion hands him some soup and cherry cake.  Shion asks him about the VC chip, which Rat claims has long since stopped working. He equates all of Sector No. 6 to a toy.  Rat tells him most of what he heard in the safety report was a lie, and then warns him of the dangers of housing a criminal.

So naturally a police car shows up at their house the next morning. And that's where the episode cuts off. Even though No.6 had a slow start, things seem to be picking up. The next episode will be worth watching, I think.
Hit manga and video game, Alice in the Country of Hearts has been adapted into a film.  QuinRose announced that the movie will follow a new story-line, that still fits with the Alice in Wonderland theme that made the series popular.  Along with a note from the developer, who said that the movie could be easily viewed by both the manga readers, and those who've played the game, and that previous knowledge of the game was not required for full enjoyment. The cast list includes Rie Kugimiya as Alice Liddell, with Yuko Kaida as Vivaldi, Jun Fukuyama as both Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum, Tsugou Mogami as Elliot, Katsuyuki Konishi as Blood Dupre, Kouki Miyata as Peter White, Daisuke Hirakawa as Ace, Noriaki Sugiyama as Boris, Akira Ishida as Joker, Tomokazu Sugita as Nightmare, Takehito Koyasu as Julius, and Kenyuu Horiuchi as Mary Gowland.The film is set to open in seven Japanese cities on the 30th of July.


Mamenosuke Fujimaru will began a new manga series entitled Alice in the Country of Joker:The Circus and the Lying Game, which  aired in the  June issue of Monthly Comic Zero-Sum.

Alice in the Country of Hearts Volumes 1-5 have been published by TokyoPop, and the future of Volume 6 is still unknown.  Two more video games, Alice in the Country of Clover, and Alice in the Country of the Joker, have also been released.

For a preview of the movie go to http://quinrose.com/game/alice_h_m/movie.html, or click the picture below. All pictures are copyrighted to QuinRose. Source:ANN
Welcome to the World; The biggest online RPG forum, where the player use headsets to enter a world that is so real, it becomes another reality. In this reality, you can be anything, and do anything you want.  Enter brother and sister Shugo and Rena, respectively. Rena has just won limited edition avatars for a special version of the game and pesters her brother to try it. Almost immediately, they are attacked by a level 40 Golem. With the Golem having a good 39 levels over them, you do the math, they would have been killed instantly but for two factors. Those factors names are: Aura, a mysterious girl who-not only saves Shugo's life- but gives him a strange bracelet that will help him defeat his enemies. And then, with a kiss, and an obscure message, that Shugo is the chosen one, destined to follow in the footsteps of the legendary .hackers, heroes that are more myth than reality. The other factor is an administrator named Balmung. Originally a very powerful player in the world, Balmung has turned his talents to administration, the planning of events and of course, the saving of very pretty young girls.

After their adventure, and the restoration of their game lives, they meet a rare items collector, a girl named Mireille. Mireille offers to team up with them because of their rarity, and because she finds them entertaining. Over the course of the book, they also befriend Ouka, a werewolf- this friendship resulted from a rather embarrassing incident, in which Shugo, believing Ouka,who at the time was in wolf form,  to be a NPC(Non-Player Character), gives her a dog collar and begins begging his sister to let them keep her.

Since Ouka is a high-level, and in Mireille's warped senses rare, it is no surprise the two are fast friends.  The next day, when the four agree to meet, Ouka and Mireille are running late. While Shugo and Rena are waiting, a newbie named Hotaru comes to them asking for help curing a sick grunty. (Grunty- a small pig-like creature that is rasied in The World, and can be, when mature,used to ride like a horse.) Apparently the only cure is Phoenix Down, a rare substance, costing more than either Shugo, who has agreed to help, or Hotaru can afford.

They set off to the Valley of Hades, to fight Cerberus, who is known to sometimes carry extra Phoenix Down with him. During this previous interval, Ouka and Mireille arrive, and express concerns over whether or not Shugo can handle such a high-level monster. All ends well however, and Shugo and Hotaru return safely, and the grunty is cured.

The last thing in volume 1 is the reappearance of Balmung, who is hosting a contest. In this contest, male players set out to save the "princess". Rena is chosen as princess and Balmung and Shugo fight it out to see who will rescue her first. Even though it basically ends in a tie, Rena acknowledges Balmung as  her champion.

Published by TokyoPop, .hack//LEGEND OF THE TWILIGHT is rated T, and is highly recommended by this website.

Ja Ne,
Catgirl
Sunday, June 5, 2011

Hatsune Miku X Corolla

Hatsune Miku and the Toyota car Corolla have formed a partnership. Miku now stars in two Corolla commercials that are currently being aired in the United States. For more on MikuXCorolla, go to toyota.com/corollamiku

Toyota is also helping to fund Miku's next live concert  in the US, which will be held in California, on July 2nd. 





Videos from:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=Uq0jNcS4BeY

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E15PE7iGT0U&feature=player_embedded

Friday, June 3, 2011

GOSCIK 20

Picking up where the last episode ended, Inspector de Blois, (not to be  confused with his father the Marquis de Blois), and Victorique arrive outside of the theater where the performance of the Rose of Sauburne is to be held. Where upon, as they enter the building, Kujo, missing them by moments, finds Cecile and several stunned policemen. Cecile, as a teacher concerned for the safety of her students, had apparently stowed away in one of the Inspector's traveling cases, and has just now freed herself.

After hearing Cecile's disturbing report on Victorique's state of mind, Kujo races inside the theater in search of her. In voice-over, and while still conducting his frantic search, Kujo promises her that no matter what storm may come, he'll always be there.

When Kujo finally finds her, deep within the building, Victorique rejects him, telling him, with a pain and determination clear in her eyes, that this is as far as they will go. Kujo is then captured by two very annoyed doormen.

After they part, Victorique goes on alone to face the Marquis Albert de Blois, her father. She is lead to an old stage, the room filled with microphones, paper screens, and loud speakers.  Victorique  goes into an explanation as to why they want her to solve the Coco Rose case now.
The Inspector then launches into an overview of the Coco Rose Case for Kujo:
After Coco Rose (Queen of Sauburne)  had been moved to a country house, a French emissary came to visit her. She was then summoned to the royal palace to meet the aforementioned emissary.  Then, a headless corpse was found in the queen's chambers. The only person who had gone in or out of the room at the time was his Majesty, the King of Sauburne. Since there was no evidence pointing to him, he did not come under suspicion.  At the same time, the head fell into a room in the Queen's home, and then spontaneously caught on fire.  The case was never solved. 
He also states that if she cannot solve this case, she will probably not be allowed to return to the academy with Kujo. Upon learning that Victorique only has access to already public information Kujo sets out to find her what she'll really need. On his way out of the building, Kujo, hesitating for a moment because he sees a picture of Victorique, or rather it's really Cordelia, he meets one of Cordelia's old friends, who tells him about Cordelia's strange disappearance. (See our review on episode 19.) Just as he's leaving, he is startled by thew next picture, that of a girl named Nicole Le Roux, a woman who, nicknamed the Downtown Blue Rose, was not only a dead ringer for Queen Coco, but also disappeared somewhere near the theater.

After that, you see Brian Roscoe hiding in the shadow, looking out at the theater, and Cordelia, up on the roof of a nearby building looking down on her old workplace.

Then, Victorique tells her father she does not have enough Chaos fragments yet, and the guards surround her.  Kujo, in the meantime, discovers that the girl Nicole applied for a very specific job as a secretary immediately before her disappearance.  Their search leads them to the grave of Nicole, which lists her death as in the year 1900 the year of her disappearance, while sources remember seeing her alive 10 years after she abruptly left the stage.

 Then we pan back to Victorique, her hands bound behind her, as she sits in the middles of a magic circle, guards stand around her with bells ringing in their hands.  The Inspector begs his father to stop, but the Marquis tells him to watch and see the power of his younger sister. Critical to the end, Victorique sits and mocks the Ministry of the Occult' attempts to heighten her senses.

Cecile and Kujo are waiting outside for the Inspector to tell him what they know, when as he doesn't appear, Kujo sees Brian Roscoe, and chases him down a side street.  When he gets to the alley, naturally Brian is gone, but there is a rope hanging down out of an open window. Up the rope goes Kujo. While attempting to figure out how to get passed the guards, Roscoe again appears, and demands of Kujo where his fight and spirit went.  Flying past Kujo, Brian breaks down the door, and running quick enough to blow out the candles, grabs Victorique out from under her guards, and runs with her onto the stage.
        Now this is where it gets confusing, so pay attention:
Brian  lets Kujo in, telling him that the "Wolf Cub" is past the inner door, but when Kujo reaches Victorique, another, different Brian, the same one who apparently rescued her, is there, and with a swish of his cape, sends a gust of air through the room, and when the haze clears, only the Inspector, Kujo and Victorique are left in the room.

Kujo runs to her, and when Victorique realizes who's now holding her, she begins to panic, telling him she can't solve this case. But the touching moment is ruined when, of all things, the guards return. As it becomes clear the Inspector cannot hold the guard off any longer, Victorique rises and say she can solve the case.

After commending Kujo on his ingenuity in thinking to look closer at the Nicole Le Roux case, she goes to the cemetery to dig up Nicole's grave.         

                                            And so naturally, the episode ends here.                                                     
France has decided to knight manga creator Jiro Taniguchi, who's works include The Walking Man and The Ice Wanderer, Taniguchi will have the Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters)conferred onto him.  France has not announced a specific date as of yet.
On her Twitter Account Thursday, Natsumi Matsumoto announced that her hit manga, Yumeiro Pâtissière, will end in the July issue of Ribon. Reaching 10 volumes by the end of the series, Yumeiro Pâtissière has been awarded the Shogakukan Manga Award, Children's Category, been adapted into an anime, as well as a second season anime titled Yumeiro Pâtissière SP Professional, both of which were simulcast on CrunchyRoll.  

Matsumoto also worked on St. Dragon's Girl, the last volume of which was published by Viz earlier this year.


Links:
http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2011-06-02/yumeiro-patissiere-shojo-cooking-manga-ends-on-friday

Pictures From:ANN, Twitter, Simon and Schuster Publishing Company.
Thursday, June 2, 2011

Madhouse Meiji Candy Commercial



The Meiji Confection Company has released a line of original  commercials, which they created with the help of  the Madhouse animation studio, to showcase their line of new fruit flavored ( Grape, Mandarin Orange) gummys.  The 1st of the ad's was directed by Rintaro(Metropolis,X) with character designs by Yusuke Nakamura,and theme by GReeeeN. A second spot will air in July.

Official Commercial Website:
http://www.meiji.co.jp/sweets/candy_gum/fruits_gummi/TLS/index.html
Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Furuichi arrested for threating Hirano

Today, police arrested Tomokazu Furuichi, 24, for threatening the life of voice actress Aya Hirano. Furuichi allegedly made numerous threats on the life of the popular voice actor, many of these threats were made on the internet forum, 2channel(2ch). These threats, made between April and May, included his statement that he would "Blow up Fuji TV.", and other "forcible obstruction of business".  Someone, using the name Tomokazu Furuichi, has been sending Twitter messages to Hirano's fans,  threatening them, saying he would kill her. 

For some time, Furuichi had been harping on Hirano's role in Picaru no Ashi demanding that the producers remove her from the show.  As time progressed, the tweets became more violent and direct, telling Hirano to kill herself, and so on.


FNN News posted a video (Japanese) covering the story.

Sources:
http://www.fnn-news.com/news/headlines/articles/CONN00200595.html
http://www.ayahirano.net/
http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2011-06-01/man-arrested-for-threatening-voice-actress-aya-hirano
http://twitter.com/#!/ja777J
http://www.kotaku.com.au/2011/06/online-death-threats-lead-to-arrest/
picture from ayahirano.com
 
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