Due to travel and work, I wasn't able to get a news post out, but this installment will be extra-long for your perusing pleasure.
Still no justice: The mother of Darrien Hunt, the cosplayer who was shot dead by Utah police while dressed as Mugen from Samurai Champloo, has refused a $900,000 settlement.
That settlement offer would have barred her from commenting publicly about the case — which she said was unacceptable.
“That’s not going to clear his name, and I could not, in good conscience, agree to that,” Susan Hunt said.
Side note - for those of you who haven't yet browsed Cosplaying While Black, it's got oodles of wonderful imagery.
What do you mean, you still haven't watched anything on Animator Expo?: Read this and if you still think it's not worth the trouble, you're only depriving yourself. "Bureau of Proto Society" is my current favorite, and was created by the same fellow who gave us Time of Eve and Patema Inverted. You would never have guessed it; this short is as hilarious as those films were sweet. (Bonus points: compare and contrast with Jean Shepherd's riotous short story "The Lost Culture of Deli".)
Three times zero is still zero: Just when you thought the live-action AKIRA project had stopped its aimless Frankenstein shamble and fallen flat on its face, here comes Mr. Interstellar himself, Christopher Nolan, to apply juice to the neck electrodes. The word out by way of Den of Geek is that they're now planning a trilogy, with Nolan involved in some capacity.
If the movies get made at all, you can bet your lunch money the marketing will come down hard on it being a Nolan project as the justification for pumping it up to that size. But I continue to maintain that the caliber of the talent involved is irrelevant, because a Western remake of the property is conceptually flawed.
Now they know how we feel when other people talk incessantly about sports: The one syndicated newspaper review of Love Live! School Idol (released theatrically in select venues in the U.S.) is a big thumbs down. Was anyone really expecting a mainstream critic to try and meet it halfway?
Don't be these guys: Seriously. Don't be the jerks who stalked voice actress Brina Palencia in an airport and demanded she sign some merchandise, even after she repeatedly told them to get lost. Brina is a terrific person; I conducted a great interview with her in a previous career lifetime. It's dismaying to see someone else treat her like an autograph dispenser.
Growing pains: A detailed article about the many difficulties faced by Anime Matsuri and its attendees. (If any folks who attended Anime Matsuri are in attendance, feel free to sound off in the comments about your experiences pos or neg.)
Bring your own barf bag: Production I.G is preparing to make virtual reality content, with — what else? -- Ghost in the Shell as one of the IPs being employed. Like most any new technology, I'm having trouble seeing anything beyond the gimmick potential with VR, but that's only because we're still in the gimmick phase. The technology is not consistent, most people don't have access to it, and we still don't really know what to do with it yet. But here's to trying.
Netflix's next: A-Jin, a/k/a Demi-Human, a nifty manga series released domestically courtesy of Vertical (see my notes here) has been tapped as the next anime series to be distributed by Netflix, as per Knights of Sidonia. I liked what I read of A-Jin, and I'm curious to see how it'll shape up in its proposed format of three animated feature films.
Pop, or flop?: Some more details about Tokyopop's reincarnation, including some reissues of previous titles on Comixology and their manga-publishing platform. As you can guess, skepticism is at an absolute maximum with regard to Mr. Levy and his many, many burned bridges.
Ever wonder what it's like to be an anime/manga fan in Bulgaria?: OASG finds out.
Chihaya shows her hand: A look at some of the key visuals for the live-action Chihayafuru project. I love how some of the most endearing anime come from the most unlikely directions — who thought a story about a girl and her fascination with a poetry-matching card game would turn out to be such a winner? I'm just hoping the TV series gets some distribution on physical media in English; the Crunchyroll stream is worth the time, but some discs would really be welcome.
Also, speaking of live-action adaptations, Bakuman. (about budding manga creators) is set to have one debuting in October as well.
Looking ahead: Deb Aoki chats with Kodansha Japan's VP about the future of their digital and print manga businesses (pt.1, pt.2). I'm fond of the range of titles Kodansha has been distributing domestically — okay, I'll come out and say it: any company that gives us Princess Jellyfish in English deserves a standing ovation. But some interesting tidbits are in there about how tough it is to make a full transition to digital, and how much of a legacy print retains.
Meanwhile, in Japan: Some other things worth reading about that aren't anime/manga related, but of importance all the same:
- Japan's Miss International takes on the mob-back entertainment complex in that country. From Jake Adelstein, the single best English-speaking journalist about Japan's underworld.
- The purchasing power of marginal subcultures in Japan -- not just anime fandom, either.
- The BFI rounds up 10 great Japanese films of the 21st century (so far).
- Japan faces severe flooding after heavy rain in the east.