The Cel Shaded report, 12/8: Amano-a-mano

December 8th, 2011

On Wednesday night, I did something I have to admit I haven’t done in a while: I picked up and started reading some manga just for the heck of it. Book of Human Insects by Osamu Tezuka, to be specific. Pretty good stuff so far. That’s remarkable for the fact that I wasn’t doing what I’ve usually done during my days off lately: poking around the Internet for hours on end.

Naturally, the one night I took off from the Internet was the one night that BIG LOCAL ANIME COMMUNITY NEWS broke.

I woke up this morning to find a lengthy Google Talk message left overnight by tag-team partner in fandom Wilma J., part of it expressing sheer “WHOA! HUGE NEWS! EXCITEMENT! BLISS!”-ness over the latest guest announcement from Kawaii Kon. (That by the way, was the sanitized, safe-for-family-websites-like-this-one version of what she said. What she ACTUALLY said contained the word “holy” in it. And we’ll leave it at that.)

And for good reason. In its latest newsletter, the house of Hawaii’s first anime convention unveiled its newest guest for next year, and the first Japanese guest on the roster: Yoshitaka Amano, the artist known most for his work on Wilma-favorite series including Final Fantasy and Vampire Hunter D. He’s also worked on a few American comics, collaborating with Neil Gaiman on Sandman: The Dream Hunters in 1999 and Greg Rucka on Elektra and Wolverine: Redeemer in 2002. His current project, marking his film directorial debut, is Deva Zan, an animated film about a samurai with no memories taking on the forces of darkness, scheduled to open worldwide next spring.

As far as I can tell, this will be Amano’s first appearance in the United States since February 2010, when he attended the opening of an exhibit in Los Angeles. His last North American anime convention appearance was at Fan Expo Canada’s CNAnime event in August 2010.

Amano joins a guest list that already includes voice actors Vic Mignogna, Johnny Yong Bosch and Lisa Ortiz, as well as Bosch’s band, EyeShine. Kawaii Kon is March 16-18 at the Hawai’i Convention Center; current registration rates for three-day passes are $40 general admission for ages 12 and up and $30 children ages 5-11. From now through Jan. 4, enter the discount code “december-news” and save an additional $5. Visit

Craft fair conclusion

The Moanalua High School Winter Craft Fair is on Saturday, and with it brings the final craft fair appearances this season by plush pup purveyors Audra Furuichi and Scott Yoshinaga of nemu*nemu and the T-shirt/button/apparel-toting gang at idkwhat2wear. They’ll be selling stuff this weekend at the school, 2825 Ala Ilima St., from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. … but as someone who successfully attended that fair last year, my advice is to get in line for parking a lot earlier than 9 a.m. (Things can get a bit crazy out there.) For more information, visit or

Anime around town

>> MangaBento: This group of anime- and manga-inspired artists meets from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Academy Art Center, 1111 Victoria St., Room 200. Visit

One Response to “The Cel Shaded report, 12/8: Amano-a-mano”

  1. Faerie:

    I tend to go late to the Moanalua High School craft fair. When the hardcore early birds are going home. I do get to go this year (yay!!!) but not until the afternoon…

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