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? (, 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, 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, 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.
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).
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