Archive for October, 2009

Notes of note: Yes, we’re still alive edition

October 9th, 2009

Sorry for the lack of updates lately, folks … I’ve been recovering from a persistent cold, and both tag-team partner in fandom Wilma J. and I have been pretty busy with other work-related matters. As we work on more substantive fare, though, here’s my take on some of what’s been going on around the industry and in fandom:

  • I’m in the middle of watching a Hawaii International Film Festival-provided screener of Air Doll, the story of a life-sized doll that comes to life and finds love. A quick review will be coming up next week in HiLife, but here are my thoughts after seeing the first five minutes or so: HOLY COW THAT GUY’S MAKING LOVE TO A DOLL EWW EWW EWWWWWWWWWWWWW
  • Capcom recently announced that it would be releasing Super Street Fighter IV, a rebalanced version of the fighter with more characters on the roster. I have to admit I’m a bit on the fence about this one. I mean, getting this game would be cool and all, but I think I’ll hold out for the inevitable Super Street Fighter IV Plus: Hyper Omega Turbo Championship Overdrive Remix.
  • vampnarutoThe latest New York Times manga bestseller list is up (scroll down a bit to find it), and it solidifies in my mind what it takes to be a success in the U.S. manga market: The first series that is an action-packed romantic drama about a harem of female and female-looking vampiric ninjas with alchemic powers will OWN the hearts of fans stateside. (Also, the adventures of little green-haired girls will always rock.) Just imagine the sales possibilities for the ultimate crossover: Vampire Knight Naruto! And since that series doesn’t exist yet in Japan, why not create it yourself? Viz is hopping onto the OEL bandwagon, after all.
  • For all you readers who are also fans of the old-school out there (and I know there’s at least one!), here’s something cool I caught this morning: Friend of the Ohana and Anime Vice ringleader Gia Manry posted a short tidbit about The Artifacts of Anime Fandom, a Flickr group posting scans of old fan publications — Animerica covers, Otakon and Anime Expo programs, stuff like that. Nice little trip down memory lane for those of you who have been hanging around fandom for a long time, and quite educational for people like me who arrived on the scene more recently. (Oh, and full disclosure time: Gia also recently interviewed me about the upcoming Rough Guide to Manga and the manga industry in general. Go read the interview here. And then go preorder the book. This has been a Shameless Self-Promotional Plug.)

More substantive fare coming soon. Hopefully.