Animated Bits and Pieces #1

As someone that works full-time, studies part-time and lives in a country that’s far removed from the general doings of the anime universe, it becomes tricky to both keep up with developments and still write full on posts about it. So, I’ve decided to do slightly more regular posts with a summary of recent happenings.

I’m going to try and do this on a weekly basis, but I make no promises – it’s going to get done as and how I have time. I’ve also noticed that videos embedded in the actual post don’t make it through to the e-mails, so if you want to see them you’ll have to visit the full post.

While I am based in South Africa, I do try to make things as relevant to a broader audience as I can (and I hope I’m succeeding to some small degree); however, some of the news is going to be specific to the region. Feedback is always appreciated though – so please sound off in the comments or get hold of me directly via the contact form, Facebook, or Twitter.

Plot synopsis and preliminary casting of Akira live-action revealed

AkiraAccording to a post on Crunchyroll, the synopsis and preliminary casting for the live-action Akira movie has been posted on the site of a company handling actor auditions. The posting serves to confirm that the studio in charge of the production (Leonardo diCaprio’s Appian Way) not only missed the entire point of Akira, but apparently fell straight out of the stupid tree and hit every branch on the way down.

Among the biggest (and most unpleasant) surprises is the casting of Kristen Stewart (Bella from Twilight) as Kei (Ky in the movie). So far – there is one actualy Japanese actor in the movie, which will now be taking place in Neo-Manhattan.

So far, this is shaping up to make the Dragonball live-action look like a major block-buster of note – not sure about the rest of you, but I’ll be avoiding this. Forever.

K-On Movie starts in theatres tomorrow

K-On! MovieK-On fans across Japan will be streaming to one of a 130 movie theaters tomorrow to catch the opening screenings of the K-On! movie. The storyline of the movie takes place while the girls are still attending Sakuragaoka High School, and essentially forms a part of the TV series.

The movie will follow the five girls of our favourite light-music club as they take a trip to the UK, and it has already been confirmed that the original cast will be reprising their roles. The movie will also feature 3 new songs as part of the sound track.

Trailer below :)

Third issue of All Otaku Mag launched

All otaku magazineThe third issue of All Otaku Magazine was made available on the site yesterday. I haven’t made any mention of it so far because I was waiting to see if it was going to hang around longer than Anime-Ima! did, but three issues in it’s still going strong, and it looks like the New Year’s Issue is already in the pipeline.

From my point of view, there are still a few things that could be nitpicked at, but the creator is really making an effort to contribute something to the South African anime community, and she deserves the support.

The mag can be downloaded in PDF format from the following link.

I should probably mention that there have been some stirrings on the Anime-Ima! message boards, so a revival may be happening in the near future.

Cape Town Cosplay Event Tomorrow

Cape Town Cosplay MascotI’ve been dropping hints and tweets like there isn’t actually any tomorrow, but the cosplay is all set to take place tomorrow (Saturday, 3 December). Cape Town’s weather has been a little bit on the temperamental side over the past two weeks or so, so we’re hoping for a clear and sunny day.

While I won’t be cosplaying myself, I’ll be in attendance with my camera, and I’ll be taking photos and just generally enjoying the vibe. If you’re in the Cape Town area, and feel like dropping by to perv … err … I mean gawk, and just have some fun, please feel free. Just remember that Kirstenbosch Gardens does charge an admittance fee.

Details are at this link.

Some new anime series that were announced over the past week

We’re closing in on the Anime Winter season, and I’m busy doing my preview page – which will hopefully be up soon. In the meantime, new series are being announced thick and fast, and here are a couple I’ve caught mention of:

Cardfight!! Vanguard
The sequel to the original series that aired this year.

My Sweet Umadonna
An anime based on horse-racing. The official site is already up at http://www.jra-umadonna.jp/

Koi to Senkyo to Chocolate
This series is based on an adult visual novel, where a high-school’s Food Research Club is deemed unnecessary and possibly faces being disbanded.

Hozuki-san Chi no Aneki
This anime features a protagonist with a crush on his older step-sister. Based on a 4-koma comedy by the same name.

Hyouka
Hyouka is a mystery anime – in which the high school Classic Literature Club start investigating a case from 33 years earlier, hints of which are found in a collection of works from the club at the time.

Hagure Yuusha no Estetica
The story follows a returnee from an RPG world after he defeats Satan, the final boss. He joins an academy run by an organisation that shelters and controls returnees from other fantasy worlds.

Koi-ken!
Koi-ken will be based on a bishoujo mobile game and will be made available to smartphones via a streaming service.
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Chosoku Henkei Gyrozetter
An anime based on an upcoming Square Enix card-game, which features cars which transform into battle robots.

Some others
Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha: The Movie 2nd A’s will be released in Summer 2012, while the Strike Witches movie will be released in theatres on March 17th 2012.

That concludes my news for this week – although I’m sure there are tons of things that I could probably go on about – if you spot a bit of news or something interesting that you feel needs to be included, give me a shout via our contact form.

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Jaydon van Gent

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I'm a dedicated anime junkie, avid gamer and terminally excited Vocaloid fan. I'm permanently trying to find that point at which a human being can officially overdose on anime - haven't gotten there yet.

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