The Cel Shaded report, 12/16: Over 9,000 updates

December 16th, 2011
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No, the title of this post isn’t referring to how many posts I’ve written here in Otaku Ohana. (Heck, these days it seems like I’m lucky to post nine updates in a month.) Rather, it reflects the fact that a lot of news came down the ol’ pipeline since the last time I wrote something here a little over a week ago. And a good chunk of it had ties to this mindless Dragon Ball Z-related video that’s been racking up millions of views on YouTube since October 2006:

Indeed, you’ll be seeing a lot of Vegeta at Kawaii Kon next year … or at least hearing a lot of him, as news broke early Tuesday morning that the local anime convention had added three more guests to its roster. So you’ll likely see Ryo Horikawa, the Japanese voice of Vegeta, crossing paths with Christopher Sabat, Vegeta’s English voice in the Funimation dub, sometime during the March 16-18 weekend. I can guarantee you right now that someone will ask them to say … oh, you know, that phrase. The one in the video above. I can also guarantee that it will not sound quite the same, since the video uses the original DBZ English dub from a Vancouver, Canada, studio, voiced by Brian Drummond … who will not be appearing at Kawaii Kon.  And while I’m on a roll with the guarantees, I’ll promise that around the 582nd time that question gets asked, I will wish for a giant monster to appear, flog the questioner with a giant carrot and gobble him or her up, all while singing “Stand By Me.” You know, like this.

Some more fast facts on the three guests:

Horikawa: He’s definitely someone who’ll appeal to fans of the old-school; some of his other notable anime roles include Heiji Hattori in Detective Conan (that’s “Harley Hartwell” for all you Case Closed fans), Andromeda Shun in Saint Seiya and Reinhard von Lohengramm in Legend of the Galactic Heroes. Video game fans will recognize him as Edward Falcon in the Power Stone games and — for devoted importers — Dunban in the forthcoming-in-the-U.S.-but-already-out-in-Japan-and-Europe Xenoblade Chronicles. This is his third U.S. anime convention appearance; he also appeared at Anime Expo in 2005 and Sakura-con in Seattle in 2010.

Sabat: One of the more versatile voice actors on the U.S. DBZ crew, Sabat also is the voice of Yamcha and Piccolo in that series. The rest of his resume is quite impressive, too, covering a wide span of generational favorites: Armstrong in Fullmetal Alchemist, Kurogane in Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicle, Kuwabara in Yu Yu Hakusho, Giroro in Sgt. Frog, Zoro in One Piece, and Jigen in Lupin III. This is Sabat’s second visit to Kawaii Kon; his first visit was in 2007.

Kenichi Miya: Compared with the other two, not much is known about Miya. What follows is Anime News Network’s complete encyclopedia listing for him:

Cast in:
C – Control – The Money and Soul of Possibility (TV) as Entre (ep 5)
Yu-Gi-Oh 5D’s (TV) as Dragan

… that’s it.

Apparently he’s also had roles in Case Closed and Xenoblade Chronicles, although those roles are minor enough that no character names have been listed anywhere on the Internet. I’m curious to see how Kawaii Kon will present Miya’s panels throughout the event.

To recap the current guest roster: It’s these three guys, plus artist Yoshitaka Amano, voice actors Vic Mignogna, Johnny Yong Bosch and Lisa Ortiz, and musical guests EyeShine, Bosch’s band. 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 www.kawaii-kon.org.

More sparks for nemu*nemu Kickstarter

With 10 days left as of this writing, the Kickstarter-fueled pledge drive to fund a print copy of volume 6 of nemu*nemu stands at $5,907. A respectable number, to be sure, but still a ways to go to the goal of $10,000. Since the last time I checked in with the project in this space, Audra Furuichi and Scott Yoshinaga have thrown in a few additional incentives, including:

  • A straight-up preorder of the new book ($20 paperback, $45 hardcover).
  • Access to one of the most closely guarded secrets of the nemu*nemu universe: the revelation of the real name of Anise’s Hanshin Flyer-loving rival, to this point known only as Nemesis. Also comes with a PDF of the book, a digital wallpaper set, a thank-you email from the pups and your name in the credits ($25).
  • A portrait of you drawn by Audra in any media and any style. You get the original drawing as well as digital files suitable for use as your Twitter and Facebook avatars. Also comes with PDF and paperback copies of the book, the wallpaper, the email and the acknowledgement ($100).

There’s plenty of cool swag available for devoted nemu*nemu fans, at a variety of price points. Heck, there’s enough here to convert anyone who happens to love cute things into a fan, too. But it’s going to take a group effort for everyone to get everything, so stop by http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/nemunemu/nemu-nemu-collection-2011 and give whatever you see fit to give. Deadline’s Dec. 26 at 11:49 p.m. Hawaii time, so get cracking.

Other news and notes

  • The Aiea Library Anime Club meets at 3 p.m. Saturday at the library, 99-143 Moanalua Road. This month, librarian Diane Masaki will be doing what an (admittedly feeble and probably doomed from the start in retrospect) Eventful write-in campaign couldn’t accomplish: screening Trigun: Badlands Rumble here in Hawaii. And for free, to boot! And with free pizza, salad, drinks and cookies! Take that, theatrical run meanies! For more information or to RSVP, call 483-7333 or e-mail aiealibraryanimeclub@yahoo.com.
  • I missed talking about this the first time it happened earlier this month, but I’m not going to let it pass without mention again: Cartoonist Jon Murakami (friend of the blog, draws “Calabash” for our fair paper) and a bunch of local artists will be at Whole Foods Market at Kahala Mall from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday for TOMS Style Your Sole, where you can buy pairs of TOMS shoes for $49.99 and have the artists draw on them. Wearable original artwork … now that sounds like a fun Christmas gift. As a good karma bonus, for every pair of shoes purchased, TOMS will donate a pair to a child in need. Stop by the Whole Foods Market Kahala Facebook page for pictures of the last event and details.
  • We’re counting down the final days of the existence of Sean’s Shop (formerly Mechahawaii) in Kaimuki, which is scheduled to shut down Dec. 28. I’ll have more about this next week, since I sat down for an extended conversation with owner Sean Akita earlier this week, but for now, I’ll mention that he’s holding a 20 percent off sale on everything remaining in the store. (If you haven’t been there in a while and have a picture in your mind of what was there, though, be warned: There’s much less than you remember.) Sean’s Shop is at 1126 12th Ave., Unit 105.
  • All Viz digital manga available on vizmanga.com and the Viz iOS app (for iPod Touches, iPads and iPhones) are up to 20% off through Jan. 8. Now might be a good time to pick up a few favorites digitally for cheap, including as-yet-unavailable-in-print volumes of Bleach, Naruto and One Piece. Of course, if you have an Android device, feel free to grouse over the lack of an official Viz app.

One Response to “The Cel Shaded report, 12/16: Over 9,000 updates”

  1. Couz808:

    OMG Vegeta’s gonna rock Kawaii Kon!


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