Anime Reflections-A Decade Of Anime 2000-2009 Part 2

December 31, 2009

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Hello and greetings fellow otaku,

As promised here is part 2 of our trip through a decade of anime.

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2007:The Fall Of The Anime Industry

The year 2007 saw the beginning of the end for the anime industry, or so we thought. This year brought much turmoil for anime for the industry and the fans that support it. Many of the major companies such as Geneon, ADV Films, and Central Park Media among others either delayed titles or decided not to release them at all. However, while some of the companies were able to transfer their libraries to other companies, others were not so lucky.

Some of these companies like ADV Films ended up closing their doors for good, but others were able to make a comeback and continue providing quality series for the viewing public. Therefore in my honest opinion, I feel that 2007 was the most challenging for the anime industry, but things are turning around and I feel that things will be getting better in the near future.

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Hulu And YouTube Providing Quality Anime Series For Free

The year 2008 was a big hit for the anime industry as a whole. This year saw anime companies providing streaming content of popular anime series on video sites such as YouTube and Hulu in which users can watch their favorite anime series anytime absolutely free and legally as well. This I feel was a major win for the anime industry, they no longer had to worry about losing money from DVD sales because people would place their material for viewing illegally on Youtube and other video sharing sites.

But recently the anime industry caught on to this idea in which they started to post their content on their own websites in both English dub and Japanese Subtitles. One such example can be found with Viz Media in which they recently launched their own video site in which they posted some of their most popular series such as Nana, Hikaru No Go, The Prince Of Tennis among others. The site is known as Viz Anime and you can check it out by clicking on the following link.

Viz Anime 

http://www.vizanime.com/

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Adult Swim: The Holy Grail Of Anime For Adults

The final stop in our journey through a decade of anime is a block of programming that Cartoon Network used to showcase the best anime series in the world known as adult swim. Now for those of you who do not know what adult swim is all about, here is a little bit of history. Adult Swim premiered on the Cartoon Network on September 2,2001 and it showcased some of the best anime series such as Cowboy Bebop, Inuyasha, Ghost In The Shell, and Full Metal Alchemist among others. Adult Swim still shows anime series to this day but they only air on Saturday nights. Overall, the block had some of the best programming on the network. Now I wish that they would go back to the good old days. Ah memories.

And with that, this concludes our journey through a decade of anime. Now while their were some more things that I wanted to cover, but it was way too difficult to decide what I wanted to cover. But in closing, the anime industry has changed and evolved over the past ten years and it has been interesting to see how the industry has grown as a whole.

So until next time, I would like to wish you guys a very happy new year and remember that their is a ton of great anime and manga out there. All you have to do is find it. Ltrs.


Anime Reflections-A Decade Of Anime 2000-2009 Part 1

December 30, 2009

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Hello and greetings fellow otaku,

In less than 48 hours, we will be ending one decade and starting on another. So I would like to take this time to take a look back at some of the highlights of the anime industry over the past decade and remember those who we have lost over the past 10 years. So sit back, relax and lets begin our journey through a decade of anime.

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Newtype Usa (2002-2008)

The first highlight of our decade of anime features a well known anime publication by the name Newtype Usa. While Newtypes origins originate in Japan, Newtype made its way to the U.S. in 2002 and lasted 6 successful years. My first exposure to Newtype was through an employee at my local Suncoast Motion Picture Company told me about it. This was around the time when I first started getting into anime, and I was impressed with the information that they presented.

It was interesting to read some of the articles that the magazine had including the latest information of new series to come to the states, interviews with industry giants and much more. Newtype Usa ceased publication in the states in February 2008 and like most of you out there, I was upset that this popular publication ceased publication. Though their are other publications out there that cover the industry, but none of them can replace the best publication that influenced the industry as a whole such as Newtype Usa.

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Toonami (1997-2008)

Another highlight of this decade of anime was a popular anime block on Cartoon Network known as Toonami. Though Toonami premiered on Cartoon Network back in 1997, many anime fans considered this as the holy grail of anime series. Toonami featured such series as Dragon Ball Z, Tenchi, Rurouni Kenshin, Sailor Moon and from time to time they showcased some of the greatest anime series of all time such as Robotech and Neon Genesis Evangelion. But while the block was canceled on September 20,2008, many people will remember what this block provided. So to close this part of our journey, here is a clip from the final airing of Toonami in which the host Tom reflects on the series as a whole.

Now this is only the beginning of our journey through our decade of anime, but I have a whole lot more in store for you guys. So make sure to come back tomorrow in which I will have part 2 of our decade of anime celebration. And trust me folks, you will like what I have for you next. So until tomorrow, remember that their is a ton of great anime and manga out there. All you have to do is find it. Ltrs.  


Misc Stuff-My 5 Predictions For The Anime Industry In 2010

December 29, 2009

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Hello and greetings fellow otaku,

As most of you readers out there know, last year I did a post in which I made 5 predictions for the anime industry for the coming year (2009). Unfortunately, only one of my predictions was correct which was that anime companies would become mainstream on the net.

Now I know that this has been a tough year for the anime industry as a whole in which we seen the collapse of one of the most successful anime company of the decade ADV Films close their doors and the loss of Anime Insider a very popular magazine that covered the latest news from the anime industry ceased publication. Overall, it has been one tough year for the anime industry. But I feel that 2010 will not only be a great year for the anime industry as a whole, but also a great decade as well. So with that said, here are my five predictions for the anime industry for the coming year.

1) Anime Companies Will Be More Upfront With Their Release Dates

My first prediction focuses on a little pet peeve that I have with the anime industry (Specifically with one company in particular). And that pet peeve is that I hate when anime companies such as Media Blasters keep flip-flopping when it comes to release dates for anime series on DVD. One such example can be seen with the release of Vol. 1 of Genshiken season two in which they originally announced one release date but they kept pushing the date back further and further until it was actually released. This I feel is an complete outrage to not only myself but other fans as well. Therefore I hope that the anime industry will become more upfront with release dates for new series. This way we can have a better idea of when we expect new series to come out.

2) Anime And Manga Companies Will Have More Content Available For Multimedia Devices

Now I know that this is not a totally new concept, but for over the past year some anime companies have released their content for multiple multimedia devices such as PSP, Xbox 360, PS3 among others. This makes more accessible for those who have these devices to watch their favorite anime series anywhere they want without having to spend a fortune on buying individual DVD’s. I feel that this is the year in which we can see more content being released on these devices in which I feel it may catch on very quickly.

3) Anime Companies Will Crack Down On Illegal Fan-Subs  

Now more than ever, their are people out there who post up illegal fan-subs of popular anime series on the internet. This unfortunately hurts the domestic anime industry as a whole by raising prices for box sets and individual DVD’s and it also prevents new series from coming to the states. I feel that this will be the year in which the major anime companies will get tougher and start cracking down on illegal fan-subs more frequently. This will not only help with reducing costs, but it may also get the ball rolling on bringing new series to the states.

4) Their Will Be More Communities For Anime And Manga Fans To Share Their Opinions About The Industry

In over the year and 4 months that I have been running Anime Full Circle, I have seen more and more sites pop up in which they share their thoughts about the anime industry as a whole. And while some of these sites have been around longer than others, I have come to enjoy reading what my fellow bloggers think about the industry and how they see it growing in the future. Therefore I feel that their will be more sites popping up in the coming year in which we can see a wealth of information about the industry and how fellow fans feel about it.

5) The Future Of The Anime And Manga Industry For 2010

In closing, this past year has been a tough one for the anime industry. While we have seen the collapse of one of the largest anime companies of the decade and other things that has caused the industry to go into a downward spiral. However while their has been a few ups and down’s, I feel that the industry will have a major turn around in which we can see a better future for the industry as a whole.

And those are my five predictions for the anime industry. Hopefully these predictions will go better than what I did last year LOL. So until next time, remember that their is a ton of great anime and manga out there. All you have to do is find it. Ltrs.


Site Announcements-We Will Be Down For The Next Two To Three Days

December 24, 2009

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Hello and greetings fellow Otaku,

I hope you are all having a wonderful holiday. Unfortunately I have a little bit of bad news to share with you guys. Due to technical difficulties beyond our control, I will be unable to post any new material over the next two to three days.

The reason why this is that when I started my laptop this afternoon, it decided not to boot. I probably assuming that the hard drive became corrupted or it started to go bad for some reason, or it could have been because I said that I was getting a netbook for Christmas LOL!!!!!!!! But as of this moment, I don’t know what the cause may be, but I will have to do some detective work to find out the cause of this problem.

But anyway to all you readers out there, please bare with me while I try to get things sorted out. Thank you for sticking this out, have a merry Christmas tomorrow and I talk to you guys again soon. Ltrs. 


Anime Reviews-Steam Detectives

December 23, 2009

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Hello and greetings fellow Otaku,

It is time now for another anime review, afc style. This time we are going to take a look at the anime series known as Steam Detectives.

Steam Detectives is a series that focuses on the steam punk genre in which can be referenced by steam powered machinery among other things. The main protagonist of Steam Detectives is Narutaki, a young man who is considered as a genius by some and a public nuisance by others. Narutaki is considered as Steam City’s greatest detective in which he conducts his investigations in a logical and precise manor like the famous fictional detective Sherlock Holmes. Narutaki loves Steam City and vows to protect it from danger and despair from evil villains and those who vow to destroy it.

But Narutaki can’t protect Steam City on his own, he has some help from a few close acquaintances. One of them is his assistant Ling Ling. Ling Ling is Narutaki’s assistant and his personal nurse in which she assists Narutaki in his cases and looks over him when he is injured or sick. Though much of Ling Ling’s past is considered a mystery, her personality and charm makes her one of the most interesting characters in the series.

Some of the other main characters of the series include Kawakubo, Narutaki’s butler in which he helps Narutaki with his research in his cases and is the primary caretaker for Narutaki. He is also familiar with older cases of his father. Goriki, Ling Ling’s megamaton in which he provides Narutaki with the strength to take on the toughest of cases. Detective Onigawara, an detective for the Steam City Police Department in which he resents Narutaki’s involvement in cases and has a huge crush on Ling Ling. And Inspector Yagami, a trusted friend in the police department in which he provides Narutaki with information on certain cases and he calls on Narutaki for help when needed.

But while their are hero’s, their are also villains who vow to destroy Narutaki and Steam City as a whole. Some of these villains include Crimson Scorpion, An female thief who uses multiple disguises to steal her prizes which include gems and fine jewelry. Le Bled, a thief who has the same level of intelligence as Narutaki in which he steals rare items in which he feels that he is the only one to appreciate them. And Night Phantom, an villain with a mysterious past in which he hates Steam City in which he vows to destroy it and Narutaki to avenge the death of his father.

Overall Specs   

The series consists of 26 episodes in a six dvd thin-pack. The thin-pack is still available from some retailers such as Amazon and Roberts Anime Corner Store but due to Adv Films closure, the series is no longer being released. The series also comprises of an 8 vol manga which is also available in a limited supply.

Final Verdict 

As for my overall rating, I give Steam Detectives a 4.5 out of 5. Though while I like the series as a whole, I was kind of disappointed that the series did not mesh with the manga in certain aspects. But overall, this is an excellent series however I would recommend reading the manga first to get an general idea of the series as a whole and to understand certain aspects in the manga that you will not see in the anime.

And that will do it for this review. So until next time, remember that their is a ton of great anime and manga out there. All you have to do is find it. Ltrs. 

Did You Know?

Did you know that Steam Detectives was created by Kia Asamiya, the same author who also created the anime and manga series Silent Mobius. It is another series that I would also recommend watching.


Misc Stuff-Happy Holidays!!!!!!!!

December 22, 2009

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Hello and greetings fellow Otaku,

First off I would like to apologize for the lack of updates recently, it has been a little bit crazy with final exams and all, but all in all things have worked out quite well. Who doesn’t say that a person can maintain an anime blog and keep above a 3.0 GPA at the same time LOL!!!!!!!!!!

But anyway, the good news is that I have a few weeks off from work and school so I will be defiantly will be working hard updating the site with the latest news, reviews and and other things from the world of Otaku culture. In fact, I am currently working on another anime review in which focuses on the series Steam Detectives. I know that I promised you guys that I would have this review done a while back, but things have got a little bit crazy in which I haven’t had much time to work on it. But I can assure you guys that I hope to have this review up within the next few days.

So all in all, that is what’s going on with the site in general. So in closing, I would just like to take a moment to wish all you readers out there a very merry Christmas and a very happy new year. I hope that you will take this time to be with your friends and families to celebrate and remember the meaning of the season. So until next time, remember that their is a ton of great anime and manga out there. All you have to do is find it. Ltrs.

Edit: And on a personal note, I am hoping to get a netbook for Christmas this year. I know that I have been a good little Otaku this year, so hopefully Santa Claus might be able to make my wish come true so I can be able to update the site more frequently. But if worse come to worse, I know that I will be getting some money and gift cards for Christmas. So it’s pretty much a win win situation for me. LOL.  


Misc Stuff-Finals Week UGH!!!!!!!!!!!

December 13, 2009

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Hello and greetings once again fellow otaku,

Well for most of you readers out there, you are probably celebrating the end of final exams, but for the rest of you out there your week of torture is about to begin. And trust me guys, I know exactly how you are feeling. This time of the semester can be completely stressful for most you, myself included. But it is best to stay calm and think positive and do the best that you can, and I can guarantee you that you will get thru this week of torture without having difficulties.

But anyway, I just want to let you guys know that my posting time will be limited this week because of final exams. I only have two exams and a final presentation this week but hopefully I plan to resume regular postings this weekend. So for all of you readers out there who have finals this week, I wish all of you the very best of luck and  I hope that you do well on your final exams. Ltrs.

Final Exam Tips

And for those of you who need help in preparing for your finals this week, here are some tips that may be helpful to you. You can check them out by clicking on the following link. The final exam tips post was originally created by Matt G from Finally Anime.com.

http://finallyanime.com/2009/12/exam-tips/