So, do something about it, then: Hideaki Anno believes anime as we know it will be gone within a decade. Given that some of the best shows I've seen since I started watching have come out in the last ten years, I have a hard time seeing this as anything but an old-schooler not being able to change with the times.

When Hiromasa was there: TimeOut New York talked with When Marnie Was There director Hiromasa Yonebayashi. Gloomiest note about the future: "Yonebayashi, who once represented a new generation of Ghibli, recently left the company."

Unexpected venue: And now, a discussion with mecha designer and anime director Shinji Aramaki ... in, of all places, Forbes. Very detailed discussion; it even includes a breakdown of his daily routine. ("4:30pm – Lunch… late lunch. I often eat alone at my desk. But when the work is going well I sometimes forget to eat." I know what he means.)

Mock Go-Go-Go: Tatsunoko is preparing a new Speed Racer series. If it is to the old one what Casshern Sins was to Casshern, I miiiiiiight just be in.

Motoko's new groove: As the Ghost in the Shell movie gears up for production, tribute art has started to turn up. I'm still on the fence about this project, but it all depends on where they set it, how they set it, and to what end the Japanese origins of the story are preserved, mutated, or discarded entirely.

Top of the flops: The most — and least — successful anime studios out there as calculated by disc sales. Biggest letdown: Manglobe. Biggest relief: Production I.G. I wonder how much of the revenue stream for these shows is still in physical media sales as opposed to, say, merchandising or other things.

Are they going to call it Bronx Tribe?: A U.S. remake of Tokyo Tribe is apparently on the way, but good god look at that pedigree: Patrick S. Cunningham (Martha Marcy May Marlene) and Darryl Wharton-Rigby (Homicide: Life on the Streets). Are they keeping it in Japan? If so, why bother when Sion Sono already did his own live-action version, which I hear is mind-melting in the vein of Takashi Miike's adaptation of the Yakuza games?

Little witches, big news: Finally, some Little Witch Academia 2 news! They're running slightly behind schedule, but they just completed some music recording sessions in Moscow. (Full disclosure: I'm not a backer of this project, but I now wish I had been.)

There's going to be a live-action Tonari no Seki-kun: And nothing I could say would improve on that mere fact.


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Serdar Yegulalp (@genjipress) () is Editor-in-Chief of Ganriki.org. He has written about anime professionally as the Anime Guide for Anime.About.com, and as a contributor to Advanced Media Network, but has also been exploring the subject on his own since 1998.
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