Update at last!

Been away a bit, seeing the sights:

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But, I’ll avoid turning in a boring vacation report (for now). Instead, here’s a rundown of some of the cool stuff that’s been going on in anime/manga/toku news:

  • Ultraman Leo has begun airing in Hawaii with English subtitles! Hawaii got Ultraseven back in the 70’s, and in a happy coincidence, Leo happens to feature Ultraseven as one of the leads (in addition to it being the earliest Ultra series not under the Chaiyo blockade). I’d hope this leads to some sort of Generation Kikaida-type limited DVD release, or at least that someone would record the subs so they’re not lost like the Californian airing of Ultraman Dyna seems to be.
  • Yoshiyuki Tomino is working on a project with Stan Winston’s former effects company.
  • Despite Takuya Kimura’s anti-dubbing contract, the 2010 live-action Space Battleship Yamato movie has finally been licensed for North American distribution by Funimation. It’s already available in other English-speaking territories.

  • Here’s a promo for HappinessCharge Pretty Cure, starting March 31:

  • And the movie Pretty Cure All Stars New Stage 3:

  • A promo has aired for Resha Sentai Tokkyuger, which starts February 16. It still looks ugly.

  • A trailer for Saint Seiya: Legend of Sanctuary:

  • Wait, the “Daicon Film 33” project doesn’t actually entail any new animation? WTF, Gainax?
  • In addition to Mamoru Oshii, three other directors have been announced for The Next Generation -Patlabor-. I’m psyched to see Kiyotaka Taguchi getting more work, and Takanori Tsujimoto’s filmography has also been good for what I’ve seen. Hiroaki Yuasa I have no idea about, though.
  • The duo behind the current (insane) Ultraman manga are going to be giving Robot Detective an adaptation, too. Looks like it’ll run in Shonen Champion.

Cool collectables:

Finally, check out the Osaka University of Arts’ student film series, Saberlcon.  Neat stuff! [via crunchyroll]

I’ll try to be a little more regular with the posting for the immediate future, barring another adventure across the Pacific. (Who wants to see more photos?)

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