Anime Reflections-As One Decade Of Anime Ends and Another One Is About To Begin!!!!!

December 31, 2010

Anime New Year

Hello and greetings fellow otaku,

Well in a few hours from now, a strong decade of anime will come to an end. But as we all know, a new decade of Japanese animation will flourish. Now normally this would be the time that I do my annual five predictions post for the new year. However, I am going to hold off on that until tomorrow. So for this post, I am going to take just take a moment to reflect on what the anime industry has given us over the last ten years.

In the past ten years, the world of Japanese animation has provided us quality entertainment that not only expanded our imaginations but it also gave us a glimpse as to what our world could be like without all the troubles and problems that plague our society. So whether it was all the pollution that spewed out of the water spirit in Miyazaki’s acclaimed animated feature Spirited Away or the struggles of those who lived in the streets as shown in Satoshi Kon’s classic Tokyo Godfathers, anime makes us feel good and gives us a sense of enlightenment to what our future can bring us.

So what does the future of anime hold for us as we enter the second decade of the 21st century? Will we see more groundbreaking works that will challenge us to reflect on our lives as a whole? Will new technological developments be able to enhance our experience with this form of entertainment? Or will we see the end of this popular medium as we know it. Only time will tell as the answers to these questions unfold, but for the time being let us enjoy this medium for what it is worth. Because well never know when this will come to an end.

So until tomorrow, remember that there is a ton of great anime and manga out there. All you have to do is find it. Ltrs.


Anime Reflections-Satoshi Kon (1963-2010) and Shojuro Yamauchi (?-2010)

August 25, 2010

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Hello and greetings fellow otaku,

Unfortunately I have some sad news to share with you today. Within the past twenty-four hours, we lost a great director and a great animator in which they created spectacular feature films and series that are considered as masterpieces in the world of Japanese animation. The gentlemen that I am referring to are Director Satoshi Kon and Key Animator Shojuro Yamauchi.

Satoshi Kon passed away on Tuesday August 24, 2010 at the age of 46 from pancreatic cancer. Mr. Kon has been well known in the world of Japanese animation with his works such as Tokyo Godfathers, Millennium Actress, Perfect Blue, Paranoia Agent and Paprika. A private service for friends and family members was held today to honor and remember this great gentleman.

I learned about his passing from Janette’s tribute post over on her blog Black and Blue Socks. It was an excellent tribute and it is definitely worth checking out. You can read her post by clicking on the image at the end of this post.

It was also known on Tuesday that Shojuro Yamauchi, a key animator who also worked on popular feature films and series such as Conan, the Boy in Future, Lupin III: The Castle of Cagliostro, Grave of the Fireflies and Spirited Away also passed away on this day. Information about his passing and funeral arrangements are currently unknown at this time. We will keep you posted on this as we get more information.

So in closing, we here at Anime Full Circle would like to take this time to send our condolences to Mr. Kon’s and Mr. Yamauchi’s friends, families and co-workers. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this moment of reflection. Ltrs.

Black and Blue Socks Post on Satoshi Kon

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Anime Reflections-Carl Macek 1951-2010

April 19, 2010

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Hello and greetings fellow otaku,

Well over this past weekend, we lost another pioneer in the anime industry. Carl Macek, producer and story editor of the popular 80’s anime series Robotech passed away from a massive heart attack on Saturday April 17, 2010.

Besides Robotech, Mr.. Macek also has done work with other series such as Bleach, Castle In The Sky, Lupin III:The Castle Of Cagliostro and My Neighbor Totoro. Carl Macek was 50 years old at the time of his passing.

I feel that Robotech was one of his best works, I was first exposed to this series back in 2005 when I first brought the Protoculture Collection of Robotech. Even though I originally was exposed to the series by reading the novels by Jack McKinney, the series really brought what I read into a strong perspective. Thus I officially became hooked to the series.

So Mr. Macek, may you rest in peace and may your legacy in the anime industry live on now and well into the future. Ltrs.


Anime Reflections-Jean Simmons 1929-2010

January 23, 2010

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Hello and greetings fellow otaku,

This is somewhat of a sad day for all of us who are fans of the film Howl’s Moving Castle. Actress Jean Simmons who was the voice of grandma Sophie passed away yesterday in her Santa Monica, California home at the age of 80 from lung cancer.

Jean Simmons was known for here many roles in television and film. Some of her most famous roles include Give Us The Moon, The Thorn Birds, How To Make An American Quilt, Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within among others. Jean, you were an excellent actress and you will be defiantly missed. We send out our thoughts and prayers to her family and friends. That’s all for now, 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.


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.

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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.