Hey everyone great news here at Anime Pad……!!!! We’ve been invited out to Crunchyroll’s 2017 Expo, in Santa Clara, CA. We will also attend MAGWest Gaming Culture Convention. We normally don’t do much with video games, but they have partnered with Crunchyroll. So, you’ll get Anime, games, and crossovers coming up August 25-27.
You all know the great Stan Lee the Godfather of most of your favorite Marvel characters. Possibly, the greatest comic book maker ever in American history. The #GOAT of American comics, debate me on that. Well, if you didn’t know he’s been venturing into creating his own manga and animes. Not to anyone’s surprise they’ve been superb thus far. His new project Reflection, well who can I blame this on besides Lee?
His first four titles for anime were X-Men, Wolverine, Iron Man, and Blade. The shows aired in Japan from 2010 to 2011. Stan Lee and Warren Ellis shared writing credits and Marvel gave the green light for free range. From top to bottom the project was meant to boom, add Madhouse the mega popular animation studio for a long time running about 4-5 years ago, when these aired. They included great voice- acting on both sides of English and Japanese. It was HOT and very successful.
Then Lee announces a Manga through Shonen Jump called Ultimo. The concept was hugely Stan Lee and yet the story and art was credited to Hiroyuki Takei. I loved the series, enjoyed the story, and the art was amaze-balls. I don’t think it boomed in the States, but I’ve seen it plenty around. Lee couldn’t be stopped he was on an absolute tear for his anime/manga inspired projects.
Then he comes out with the Heroman Manga and Anime. Written by Stan Lee and illustrated by Tamon Ohta. The anime was animated by recent heavy hitter Bones, along with Stan Lee’s Pow! Entertainment, and Wowmax Media. It had a super solid 26 episodes, great story, great animation, great music, nothing was left un-turned. Music by Flow and Tetsuya of L’Arc-en-Ciel wow big timers in and out of anime. To put the show in perspective it was like Gurren Lagann, but Americanized. Same wavelength and if you know Gurren Lagann it’s a classic.
We haven’t seen Lee in a while on the anime and manga seen; since Marvel Studios has blown up with its live-action films of Stan Lee’s greatest characters. Until I heard of his Reflection project, and the excitement came immediately. The show started airing this 2017 Summer Season in Japan. Two episodes in and I’m highly disappointed and I’m not too sure why or who made this call. The show’s story is solid thus far and is pretty much the only reason I’m watching. Lee decided to go with this strange animation style with production from Studio Deen.
Studio Deen hasn’t done too much lately as far as blockbuster worthy anime. They are a respectable animation studio. I’m just not too sure why they would go with the project this way. 1) It doesn’t fit not one bit with the current climate of animation that the huge animes are coming out with. 2) It’s just not visually appealing at all because it doesn’t look like anime. At best Reflection is a good American cartoon with subtitles and Japanese audio. I will finish the show for the great story mind of Stan Lee but this is a fail when it comes to his talent. Maybe it’s is health, age, and wife’s passing that brought this on. Who do I blame?? Comment as always!
Has anyone heard of or seen Drifters yet? It’s a crazy fantasy action historical anime based in another world. Currently Funimation is producing it in English dub and it airs on Crunchyroll in subtitles. The animation and art is great and super appealing to the eye. It’s a great, funny, bloody, twist on our history. I love it and would love to hear others take on the show. It’s directed by Kenichi Suzuki, who also did JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure. The story and manga was created by Kouta Hirano; who’s other major success was Hellsing.
The show is about historical figures from our world being transported to another dimension right before their death. Figures from Japan, Europe, Asia, and America and all timelines. In this new dimension they are perfectly alive and have all the experience and knowledge of their lives. This world grants them abilities beyond the norm and there seems to be a reason they are all here. Check it out and let me know what you think. Leave a comment and follow me for more talk.
A new sport anime is out and airing on Crunchyroll. It’s subtitled and it covers the sport of rugby. This show is so great so far. Shiori Amase is the author and creator of the manga by the same name. The anime is being directed by Kenichi Shimizu who has been a key animator for a number of big anime shows and movies. The Fatal Fury line of movies based off the fighting video game is just the start of his reign. There is also: Gurren Lagann, Hajime no Ippo, D. Gray-man, Afro Samurai: Resurrection (movie), multiple Lupin the 3rd animes, two Naruto movies, Soul Eater and so much more. The show is being produced by TMS Entertainment and Madhouse. Madhouse being the big name here, anything Madhouse is gold!!
It’s about a delinquent type student that happens to walk-on for the rugby team after encountering a couple of the players.
Hey, everyone as you can tell from my blogs I love sports and I love anime. When these two combine the byproduct is great shows. Lately, sports animes have been going beyond the typical five sports it has always covered. Those being soccer, baseball, basketball, American football and tennis. Soccer is the sport that is made the most into an anime, followed closely by baseball.
Sport animes are always have superb animation and art mostly because the action of sports is supposed to be explosive. The production studios are always top notch and the shows are always character driven. The main character is always trying to get better through training and hard-work, and then on the side the person grows as a person also. With sports that are more of American types, you can expect characters to emulate some of the greatest real life athletes we have. Look closely because you can miss them. We love sports animes here!!
What sports anime are you watching? What’s your faves?
Finally, it’s been 19 years since the original television anime, and then three movies that covered about the same material from the Kentarou Miura manga. We have the continuation Berserk now and it’s amazing at times and not great. I continue to read the manga of Berserk and I salivate at what the anime could look like visually. The story is super deep, the characters are super deep and I want more and more.
Now, when I saw the trailer and eventually the first episode for the anime I was a little torn. Shin Itagaki is the director for the anime and he’s well-known in the industry as a director and for key animation. Such anime projects like: Chobits, Desert Punk, Devil May Cry, Fullmetal Alchemist, and Inuyasha. So I expected some really great animation. What I got was good animation mixed with the 3D cell shading animation. I personally hate the cell shading on almost any show. It mostly took place in the action scenes with Guts and a major monster or demon. I’m not sure if they were trying to cut corners or make the show cheaper to produce.
Overall, though they follow the manga almost to the T. Which makes the story superb and the way it’s supposed to be. Spoiler section, so the season ends after the confrontation of the demon angels and the high priest. A great section to end the season with 12 episodes. It leaves you satisfied, thinking, and asking for more in the next season. Finally at the end of the show they say the show returns this spring. So very soon!! I’m happy I get to see the story animated and continuing, but the animation itself sometimes leaves me wanting more. If you watched any of the previous entities of Berserk, you have to watch this one too. Catch it on Here!
Yo-Kai Watch is a Japanese anime that has been dubbed over in America. It currently airs on Disney XD and is on the way to its 3rd season. The show is about a kid named Nate that frees a Yo-Kai or spirit. In turn the Yo-Kai befriends him and gives him the Yo-Kai watch; which gives the wearer the ability to see, summon, contact, and power up Yo-Kai. There are good and bad Yo-Kai and so it leads Nate into situations between our world and a parallel dimension. October 15th Yo-Kai Watch: The Movie Event was released in English dub nationwide in America.
Yo-Kai Watch is directed, produced, and written by Mark Risley. Risley specializes in animated film and television. He’s known to have worked on such shows as: The Wild Thornberrys, Rocket Power, Rugrats, and As Told by Ginger. Risley won a Daytime Emmy for Rugrats (2003) and a Genesis Award for The Wild Thornberrys (2001). Yo-Kai Watch: The Movie is produced by Sprite Animation Studios and distributed by Eleven Arts. Mark Risley directs the movie, both he and Franklin Young are the writers. Fathom Events hosts the movie in multiple theaters around the nation.
The English dub voice acting is stellar for this film. Johnny Yong Bosch reprises his role as our main character, Nate. Bosch is one of the top names in the voice acting industry, especially anime. His recent roles consist of: Digimon Adventure Tri. (T.K.), Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans (Orga Itsuka), and Sailor Moon Crystal (Artemis). Bosch is followed by the other voice actors of this film: Joey D’Auria (Whisper), Meyer Deleeuw (Nathaniel Adams), and Alicyn Packard (Jibanyan).
The movie begins with Nate leaving school with his friends. While walking and talking, the subject of Yo-Kai comes up and Nate has no clue on the matter. Then as viewers watch on they notice Nate doesn’t even have the Yo-Kai watch on. What is going on with Nate? Where is Whisper? Why are objects around town growing astronomically? We’re sucked into a wild comedic ride of the world of Yo-Kai Watch: The Movie.
Two nouns you usually don’t place together in the same convention building is happening. Those two nouns are otakus and wrestlers at this year’s NatsuCon on July 22th-24th. NatsuCon is a Japanese culture convention held in Collinsville, IL at the Gateway Convention Center. The con has many guest appearances and actual wrestling matches. It is a very unique con with plenty to offer attendees
The biggest name of the guest appearances is Vic Mignogna, a multi-talented person for 15 plus years. He’s an actor, voice actor, musician, director, film graduate, and much more. He has voice acted in well over 300 anime and video games. Roles such as: Edward Elric in Fullmetal Alchemist, Broly in Dragonballz, Obito/Nagato in Naruto, Ikkaku in Bleach. Video games such as: Soul Calibur, Disgaea, Dynasty Warriors, Persona III and so much more. He also produces, stars, and directs a web-based, approved by CBS non-profit 1950’s Star Trek show. It is called Star Trek Continues, and at the con he has a screening of one of the episodes. As fans wait in line for his autograph those meeting him are welcomed with a giant smile and hug. Many of the fans are crying tears of joy or hyperventilating after meeting him. Mignogna even grants a fan’s wish and does a one act from said fan’s script. These are just some of the things that make him a great person and role- model.
As Mignogna does interviews he preaches against bullying, commends people to be different and unique.
He commends fans to work hard, because, “10% of talent and 90% of hard work is better than the reverse.”
These are just some of the reasons why he is respected in the business by fans and also his peers. Chuck Huber and Christopher Sabat also voice actors whom have worked with Mignogna rave about him and his genuine niceness personal and in business.
Dynamo Pro Wrestling a wrestling organization that centers around the Midwest, is a high flying, very entertaining show for all attendees. They have many matches going on daily at the con, ear ringing explosions and the smell of gunpowder from small pyrotechnics is in the air. The wrestlers can be seen walking the halls and their outfits blend well with the cosplayers here. Rick Story one of the organizers of NatsuCon even participated in a big match. Check out the video here NatsuCon Matches.
As you walk the halls at NatsuCon at every door there is an usher in different cosplay outfits. Domo is ushering in fans to catch the Jason Charles Miller live concert. Miller is a great musician, songwriter, and newly voice actor. As a voice actor he’s noted on titles as: Super Street Fighter 4, Street Fighter X Tekken, Ultra Street Fighter 4, and Code Geass. He has worked with all kinds of top artist such as Godhead, Marilyn Manson, Billy Ray Cyrus, Ben Moody and many more other people and projects. Here you can find some of his YouTube videos.
With the craze of Pokémon Go still in full force the convention was littered with Go fans running around outside the convention center. There were even a few Team Rocket members out there stealing Pokémon. The convention center served attendees from an on-hand café serving snacks, pizza, hotdogs, soda etc. The panels were abundant, from topics on how to be a YouTube sensation to Japanese folktales and myths. They even had a panel covering Tokusatsu, which isn’t touched much at anime conventions. Tokusatsu is basically live-action drama with a ton of special effects. In Japan the two biggest series are Super Sentai and Kamen Rider. They each have a different variation of the show every year, with different plots and characters. The American equivalent of those series is Power Rangers and the Masked Rider.
Most of the time at conventions Saturday is the busiest day and the biggest day. Therefore, for attendees that were 18+ after all the festivities, there is a huge rave party, glow in the dark, edm style. A spectacle to see, where attendees let out everything and just go for broke. It’s great fun and attendees are surrounded by like-minded people. The vendors room and artist alley are like those you see at all the anime conventions. More cosplay outfits you can buy, posters, t-shirts, props, swords. If you’re into K-pop there is a booth for that too, all the biggest names from Korea. Different about the artist alley is more and more homemade toys, plushies, dolls, and glassware that is anime themed. The organizers are already working on NatsuCon 2017 and for more info click here.