An art contest reminder (and other random thoughts)

December 27th, 2010
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Okay. Yeah. So. Umm. Manga gift guide part 2. That … probably isn’t happening, given how I was somewhat swamped with work again over the past week or so and I had to prepare to give a short speech at my grandpa’s funeral, to boot. Sorry about that … I’ll try to make up for it with more formal reviews of the titles I left out sometime down the line.

Yet time — and news — marches on. And Cel Shaded’s been pretty packed with info as of late. So much so, in fact, that I haven’t been able to get in everything I’d like to get in. (Thursday’s column, for instance, is the last column of 2010, so I think you can guess what I’ll be writing about.) So here are a few notes that I’ve been sitting on for a while, as well as some other notes that I just felt like adding while typing this up on a Sunday night after Christmas…

Public service announcement #1: Attention, Hawaii-based kids between the sixth and 12th grades or anyone who knows kids of that description: Counting today, there are four days left to enter Liliha Public Library’s Anime Art Contest, which I wrote about in Cel Shaded earlier this month. As a quick review, here’s the deal: Draw something anime-, manga- or video game-related, turn it in at the library by Thursday, get a chance to win fabulous prizes, including a set of Copic markers. The judges — whom I may or may not know personally, I can neither confirm nor deny — are looking forward to seeing the creativity that abounds in local youth.

Public service announcement #2: Gantz — otherwise known to me as “that anime where the big black ball orders people around in a game of sorts, and people die in horrifically horrible ways, and OH HEY NAKED WOMEN” — is getting a two-part live-action theatrical adaptation (without nudity, as far as I know, ya pervs). The first part is debuting in the U.S. on Jan. 20, and two theaters are screening it in Hawaii: the Regal Dole Cannery 18 in Honolulu and the Hollywood Prince Kuhio Theatres in Hilo. Order your Honolulu tickets at this link for $12.50 each and your Hilo tickets at this link (disclaimer: the Hilo link was down when I tried clicking through; your mileage may vary). Showtimes are 8:30 p.m. in Honolulu, 8 p.m. in Hilo.

Public service announcement #3: The Nintendo 3DS is now officially available for preorder at GameStop. You’re going to have to go to a store to reserve one — and it’s going to cost $50 for the privilege of paying for a chunk of a system that won’t have an official retail price or release date until a media event next month — but come on, it’s a handheld portable system that displays 3-D without the use of special glasses! And Professor Layton’s going to be on it! And not only will he be on it, he’ll also be matching wits with Phoenix Wright! This is what we in the industry refer to as, as the formal technical jargon goes, “an epic win.”

Not a public service announcement, but still something I wanted to share: I recently had a chance to watch the first episode of Toradora!, based on the recommendation of my 11-year-old cousin who’s already seen the whole thing and couldn’t stop raving about it.  After watching a few minutes, I could see why. Sure, it’s shaping up to be one of those passive-aggressive guy-meets-tsundere girl shows, where the former is put through the wringer by the latter. In this case, it’s Ryuji Takasu, the guy who looks like he should be a tough delinquent but actually has a marshmallowy personality, who crosses paths with Taiga Aisaka, the tsundere “tora” (tiger) of Toradora! who’d rather whack him with her wooden sword than associate with him.

But I also realized that my cousin could totally relate to Taiga. She’s the epitome of tsundere, those outwardly hostile girls who have a hidden tender side to them. Matter of fact, when I went to visit the other day, she at first ran up and glomped me. And then she proceeded to beat me up for the rest of the night. I only wish I was exaggerating about that.

If Wilma or I don’t get around to updating this blog before the end of the year, on behalf of both of us, best wishes for the new year.

3 Responses to “An art contest reminder (and other random thoughts)”

  1. Faerie:

    I saw parts of Toradora! at Oahu Anime Explorer’s meetings, and loved it. =-) I really hope someone in the US (Funimation perhaps???) picks up the license for it so I can buy it. =-)


  2. Jason S. Yadao:

    @Faerie: Surprise! The complete series has already been out on DVD for several months now. ^_~ A new anime publisher that opened up shop this year, NIS America, picked up the rights and released it in two box sets. As far as I know, they’re sold exclusively at RightStuf.com and the publisher’s website, NISAmerica.com. Around $45-$50 each, but at least you get an artbook and a nice box with ‘em. Haven’t bought them myself, but I’ve been meaning to.


  3. Faerie:

    Thanks! Now to figure out how to buy it for work…Probably have to just buy it, and get reimbursed or something *grumble* Or see if they release a plain version for less $ since the library doesn’t REALLY need the artbook or the nice box ;-)


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