Notes, observations, and reviews on TV shows, books, movies, and other media that I come across and feel like jotting down here. Will be focused primarily on Japanese anime, novels, and manga, but not limited to these genres. Be aware that the full blog entries may contain spoilers!

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There Are Bigger Things Going On In Japan Now...

... but that's being covered by others much better than I can ever do it justice. I hope for the best.

For now, though, I'll offer the latest trailer for Makoto Shinkai's upcoming movie:

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Definitely a different direction setting-wise than his previous movies: a kind of contemporary/fantasy hybrid going on in there. There's definitely some kind of sword-fight sceme, but there's also a quick shot of what looks to be some kind of automatic pistol in a drawer in there too. I can't wait to see it!

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Don't mind me...

... I'm just fanboying for a bit...1

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What Ubu Roi doesn't realize...

... in this post was that otakusphere was created by the artist formerly known as Fledgling Otaku1 as a way to keep updated on the latest posts of the blogs he follows

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OMG! Am I reading this right?

[img_assist|nid=2315|title=|desc=|link=none|align=right|width=200|height=200]Did Funimation actually announce that they licensed Serial Experiments Lain, Haibane Renmei, and Texhnolyze? Yeah, I already have these from the now defunct Geneon USA, but it's really good to know that these ABe series are being revived!

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Just Came In The Mail!

Looky looky what I have!

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You can read me fanboying all over the Promise CD on twitter, if you choose, but yeah, the CD has some very good "reimagings" of some very familiar music.

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Sora no Woto music

I've been making this claim elsewhere, and it might just be me, but parts of the Sora no Woto soundtrack really reminded me of George Gershwin's An American in Paris. I'm no music expert, but compare the following:

Sora no Woto OST - Track 2 - Ciel bleu
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and
Sora no Woto OST - Track 3 - Flànerie
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with Gershwin: American in Paris (I) (Rattle, Berlin Phil)
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Stan Lee and Heroman

I'm not seeing much press about this series, but I am personally curious about the upcoming Heroman anime. The original story was created by Stan Lee1, and I'd like to try out his take on the "Boy discovers/builds a giant robot" genre. I was going to pick up the manga to check it out, but now I'd rather see the anime; BONES' work on it looks pretty slick as usual, as can be seen in the trailer floating around:

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I'll probably give the first episode a look (as with several of the other anime series coming out this season).

  • 1. for those that don't know and too lazy to click on Stan Lee's name to go to his Wikipedia page, the one of the original co-creators of Marvel titles like Spiderman or the X-Men
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Anime on Netflix Streaming

[img_assist|nid=2293|title=|desc=|link=none|align=center|width=560|height=420]Author, during a post about Netflix halting streaming of several anime titles, recalled that I had watched Kurau on there, and he's right. I had also watched Noein through the Netflix streaming service, and I ended picking up both series and their artboxes during one of Rightstuf's 25 DVDs for 100$ sales.

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