Monday, March 29, 2010

Recent Anime Newsbites

  • Awhile back [adult swim] stated they had acquired broadcast rights to three anime series. Everyone assumed one would be Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood and another was Inu-Yasha: The Final Act. We were proven right on the former and we may still be right about the latter. There was a lot of speculation about what the third series would be and now we know it's one few would have guessed of. [adult swim] will premier Viz Media's Kekkaishi in May. I'm not personally familiar with Kekkaishi but this seems in keeping with the network's pattern of airing oddly obscure series and complaining of the results later on.
  • The Tokyo Internation Anime Fair was held this weekend and featured all sorts of announcements. Surprising no one a new version of the latest Evangelion film, titled Evangelion: 2.22 You Can (Not) Advance, is coming to DVD and Blu-ray in Japan next month. Would it be too much to ask that it be released in the U.S. within a year? Also at the fair were trailers for the Gundam 00 movie, Black Lagoon OVA , and Toei's CG Gaiking movie.
  • Warner Bros. is developing a live action Bleach movie. I'm guessing that the movie will languish in development hell for years, not that it would stop fans from discussing it. If it's ever actually made it won't be until long afterwards and it will be released to little fanfare. Okay one could make the argument that adapting an anime or manga into a live action Hollywood movie is a bad idea. But a live action Bleach movie strikes me as a particularly bad idea. Even by anime and manga standards, it's very much of it's country of origin. Bleach's world is highly influenced by Shintoism. And how do you properly introduce the number of unusual concepts and characters in Bleach to a whole new audience in two hours? It takes the first several episodes of the series just to set the stage for what's to come.

1 comment:

Gabriel said...

Great my headache got worse. I shall reply further with a Penny Arcade comic: http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2005/7/25/