Between travel and health issues, I wasn't able to get a news post out last week, so some of this is catching-up:
A peek at an Insider: A forthcoming anime adaptation of an intriguing-looking manga project, The Perfect Insider, has character designs by Inio Asano (Solanin, What A Wonderful World!). That, and the general gist of the story, have me immediately intrigued.
Alive, alive-oh!: Two live-action adaptations to look forward to and keep on your radar: Chihayafuru, and now My LOVE Story!. The latter caught my attention on Crunchyroll and turned out to be far better than I could have anticipated. (I wonder if the finished product will look anything like this?)
Sentai hitworks: Sentail Filmworks has inaugurated a new line of "budget anime classics called Sentai Selects," to provide viewers with "anime that have withstood the test of time to remain popular and memorable works of their genre." Sounds like a version of FUNimation's Viridian line, which keep in print a set of consistently returned-to (and, ostensibly, profitable) titles for the label. First up for Sentai in this vein is the 2004 Appleseed film, one of those franchises that always seems to be on the verge of doing interesting things but never quite gets there.
Miyazakistocking: Studio Ghibli fans ought to be aware, however distantly, of the Pippi Longstocking project that never got off the ground at that house. A new book provides a more detailed look at the unused art commissioned for the project. Attention, Astrid Lindgren's estate: it's never too late to say yes.
Grumpy old men: The protest against the relocation of a U.S. Army base to Okinawa has a new celebrity signatory: Hayao Miyazaki.
The abundance of ideas for sci-fi back in the day has been used up, so we need to create a new source of ideas. I think the age we're living in now will be a vital one for determining the survival of the genre.
I go back and forth about Ubukata's work. I enjoyed Scramble the first time I read it as a novel, but revisiting the material as an anime only made me realize how flawed and confused it was (maybe some things work better on paper); and his contributions to ARISE didn't lift that project high enough to be really worthy of its name. But Psycho-Pass was ambitious, and there's apparently talk of doing more with the material.
Now there's something you don't see every day: An otaku-led rally against racism in Akibahara, Most of the protest seems to be focused on counter-protesting the "Zaitokukai", a far-right anti-immigrant group that is against extending suffrage to non-nationals (e.g., ethnic Koreans).
Last but not least: A look back in time at the art of falconry in classical Japan.