Cool Japan 2006: John Russell – Authenticating Alterity

This is the Cool Japan lecture at MIT on September 20, 2006. John Russell from Gifu University gives a lectured titled “Authenticating Alterity: Stereotypes of the black other in Japan and the United States”. Rangiku was good enough to record this for us.

John provided us with a PDF document of his lecture.

Cool Japan 2006 – John Russell

Episode 74: The Roar of the Alice Gakuen

This week we’ve got some good reviews. We do news and review Tactical Roar and Gakuen Alice. Tune in an enjoy.

Tactical Roar – Even if you receive it as a present, burn the disc and piss on the ashes.
Gakuen Alice – Wouldn’t kick it out of bed for crackers.

Show Notes

Music

Intro – Drivin’ Through The Night by Move from Ikkitousen
Outro – Neko Mimi Mode by Dimitri From Paris from Tsukiyomi Moon Phase

News

Platinum 30 Million Yen Gundam
Earlier this month, Gizmodo Japan revealed a 1.35 million yen (appx. $12,000 USD) model Gundam. Now Gizmodo has released a 30 million yen Gundam (appx. $260,000 USD). This gundam is made of platinum, and is 125mm (4.9″) tall and weighs 1.4kg (3lbs). The head contains 0.15 karat diamonds. The gundam will be on display at the Swiss Basel World 2007 Expo next month.

US Troops to Hold First Con in War Zone
SPC David Amberson, a solider deployed to Iraq, has decided to throw a gaming convention for troops at Camp Adder/Tallil Airbase in Iraq. The conventi… full story »

Geneon Solicits El Hazard, The Hakkenden, Strawberry Eggs and Strawberry Marshmallow Re-releases
Geneon has announced that on 2007-05-29 and 2007-06-05, it will re-release the first volumes of El-Hazard OVA and Dog Warriors – The Hakkenden respectively for $14.98 each. On 2007-07-03 and 2007-06-05 Geneon will release Strawberry Marshmallow – Complete Box Set and Strawberry Eggs (I My Me!) Bailey Box for $59.98 and $39.98 respectively. Other new releases scheduled for 2007-07-03 are Zipang volume 6, Shana volume 6, Hello Kitty Stump Village volume 5 and Ayakashi – Samurai Horror Tales volume 2.

Miyazaki-Designed Clock
There’s a giant clock in the Tokyo Shiodome that is activated at least four times a day, all week long. Designed by Hayao Mizayaki himself, it’s a bit reminiscent of Howl’s castle. Click to see newly available photos and a video.

Live-action Cutey Honey extras finalised
On April 17, Bandai will be releasing two separate versions of the Hideaki Anno-directed live-action adaptation of Go Nagai’s classic Cutey Honey. The basic version of the 93-minute movie will have extras including a Making Of documentary, promotional video and original Japanese trailers. It will retail at $29.98. Bandai will also release a limited edition version, packaged with an exclusive Cutey Honey lunchbox and keychain. This version will be priced at $49.98.

Illumitoons DVD Replacement Offer
Illumitoon Entertainment, distributor of BoBoBo-Bo BoBoBo, Beet the Vandel Buster and B’t X, has announced a DVD Trade-In program. The replacement program will allow fans to trade in certain dubtitled DVDs for subtitled versions. Details (including instructions on how to participate in the trade-in) can be found on Illumitoon’s trade-in page.

Susan Sarandon and John Goodman Lined up for Speed Racer
Stars negotiating for the parts of Speed Racer’s Parents.

Sexy Voice and Robo becomes live-action TV series
As first reported by MangaCast several months ago, Nippon TV is currently producing a live-action adaptation of the award-winning manga Sexy Voice and Robo. The first episode of the TV series will premiere on April 10. Kenichi Matsuyama, who also stars in the live-action Death Note TV series and the Nana movie will be playing Robo.

Reviews – 16:00

Tactical Roar
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tactical_Roar
http://www.tactical-roar.com/
http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/encyclopedia/anime.php?id=5760

Gakuen Alice
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gakuen_Alice
http://www.sonymusic.co.jp/Animation/alice/
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/anime/alice/
http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/encyclopedia/anime.php?id=4543

Episode 73: Higurashi no Kindaichi no Cantabile

This week we have a good show. We review Bleach as usual, and Kindaichi Shonen no Jikenbo, Higurashi no Naku Koro ni and Nodame Cantabile. Enjoy the love.

Kindaichi Shonen no Jikenbo – Wait until it hits the US and NetFlix it.
Higurashi no Naku Koro ni – Wouldn’t kick it out of bed for crackers.
Nodame Cantabile – Wouldn’t kick it out of bed for crackers.

Show Notes

Music

Intro – Higurashi no Naku Koro ni by Eiko Shimamiya from Higurashi no Naku Koro ni
Intermission 1 – Kimi to no Asu by Sachi Tainaka from Fate/Stay Night
Intermission 2 – Makka Na Chikai by Yoshiki Fukuyama from Busou Renkin
Intermission 3 – Candy Line by Hitomi Takahashi from Gintama
Outro – Neko Mimi Mode by Dimitri From Paris from Tsukiyomi Moon Phase

News

Anime Expo Announces First Guest of Honor
Anime Expo, the largest anime convention in North America, has announced Mary Elizabeth McGlynn as their first Guest of Honor for 2007. Ms. McGlynn is best known for directing Naruto, Cowboy Bebop and and Wolf’s Rain. Anime Expo will be held June 29th through July 2nd at the Long Beach Convention Center in Long Beach, California.

I.G. and Kazuto Nakazawa to Animate “Asience: Hairy Tails”
Kazuto Nakazawa, director of the animated segment of Kill Bill Vol. 1 is working on a commercial for Asience shampoo. Art director Shuichi Hirata is also working on the project. The commercial is drawn in the style of Japanese woodblock prints, using women’s hair as a metaphor for life, and detailing a tragic love story in a traditional dramatic style.

TAF 2007: All Japan Anime “Knowledge Test” Announced
The writers of the “National General Anime Culture Knowledge Test” held a panel at the Tokyo International Anime Fair (TAF) on the 22nd, where they announced plans to offer the test in November 2007. Among the recent surge in Japanese “tests” about Pop Culture, the anime test is made under far more serious guidelines. The test is edited with the support of employees at anime companies and the Association for Japanese Animation (AJA) while an executive committee oversees the test. Organizers are hoping that the exam may eventually be used as a component of finding qualified employees for anime companies. According to the TAF panel, a mobile phone version of the test is going to be offered for free, while 5 seperate levels of tests (1 being hardest) will be offered. Testers must pass Level 3 to take Levels 2 or 1.

Manganews.net confirms Libre/CPM dispute
Manganews.net has contacted Libre Publishing and confirmed that the reason Libre claims the Be Beautiful releases of its manga are unauthorized is because following the bankruptcy of Biblos, CPM never renegotiated the licenses it held to manga that now became the property of Libre. CPM has not made any statement concerning the matter.

Shirow Masamune and Production I.G. Announce Ghost Hound
Production I.G. has announced its 20th year anniversary project, “Ghost Hound” (Shinrei Kari). Shirow Masamune, creator of Ghost in the Shell, is writing the anime. Other staff on the project include Ryutaro Nakamura (Serial Experiments Lain, Kino’s Journey), scriptwriter Chiaki Konada (Serial Experiments Lain, Big O), and character designer Mariko Oka (Jing: King of Bandits). The series is set to premiere on Wowow in Japan this fall. Wowow’s Japanese homepage is now online as well.

No attendance cap at Otakon 2007
Online pre-registration for Otakon 2007, the second-largest anime convention in the US, has opened. Unlike the previous two years, there will be no attendance cap. According to the Otakon website, because of the increase in the number of both volunteer staffers and hired security personnel, as well as various changes to the convention layout, restricting attendance is no longer necessary.

TAF 2007: A-1 Pictures Discusses Ookiku Furikabutte
Details of anime adaptation of popular baseball-themed manga presented at TAF.

Reviews

Kindaichi Shonen no Jikenbo
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kindaichi_shonen_no_Jikenbo
http://www.toei-anim.co.jp/tv/kindaichi/
http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/encyclopedia/anime.php?id=1859

Higurashi no Naku Koro ni
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Higurashi_no_naku_koro_ni
http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/encyclopedia/anime.php?id=6134

http://www.alchemist-net.co.jp/products/higurashi_matsuri/indexx.html

Nodame Cantabile
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nodame_Cantabile
http://www.nodame-anime.com/
http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/encyclopedia/anime.php?id=7010

Episode 72: Kyoshiro to Towa no TOKKO

This week we have a good show. Batou and I do the news, a few listener questions, and review TOKKO and Kyoshiro to Towa no Sora. Join us and keep the Anime love strong.

Kyoshiro to Towa no Sora – Wouldn’t kick it out of bed for crackers.
TOKKO – Wouldn’t kick it out of bed for crackers.

Show Notes

Music

Intro – Nothing by dB from TOKKO
Outro – Neko Mimi Mode by Dimitri From Paris from Tsukiyomi Moon Phase

News

Manga publisher claims US releases are illegal
In a statement posted to its website, Libre, the publisher of manga magazines Be x Boy and B*Boy Gold states that Be Beautiful, the yaoi imprint of Central Park Media, has been translating and publishing some of its titles without permission. Libre is asking fans to “refrain from purchasing, loaning, or sharing any and all of these illegal publications,” and has issued a cease-and-desist order against Be Beautiful.

Production I.G. Screenwriter to Visit Eastern Europe
As part of efforts by the Japanese government to promote international cultural exchanges, Production I.G. Anime Screenwriter Sakurai Yoshiki has been selected to travel to Eastern Europe to present a series of lectures. From March 19th until the 24th, Mr. Sakurai will visit Poland, Romania and Bulgaria. The lectures will be part of multiple local events designed to introduce Japanese culture and popular culture. The events were organized by the Public Diplomacy Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA). The title of the lecture is “The Japanese Animation Industry and Working in the Industry.”

Shirow Masamune and Production I.G. Announce Ghost Hound
Production I.G. has announced its 20th year anniversary project, “Ghost Hound” (Shinrei Kari). Shirow Masamune, creator of Ghost in the Shell, is writing the anime. Other staff on the project include Ryutaro Nakamura (Serial Experiments Lain, Kino’s Journey), scriptwriter Chiaki Konada (Serial Experiments Lain, Big O), and character designer Mariko Oka (Jing: King of Bandits). The series is set to premiere on Wowow in Japan this fall. Wowow’s Japanese homepage is now online as well.

Dragon Ball MMO in the Works
Bandai Visual has announced that there is currently a Dragon Ball MMO in the works. According to reports, the game will be set in a world hundreds of years after the events of Dragonball and will feature both new and old characters, among other things. Fees and payment schedules have not been set as of yet. The game drops next year in Japan.

Miyazaki’s Next Film Announced
Hayao Miyazaki’s next movie, “Gake no ue no Ponyo” (Ponyo on a Cliff) will open in Japan in 2008. It’s about a goldfish princess who wants to be human, and a young boy modeled after what Miyazaki’s son Goro was like as a child. Studio Ghibli President Toshio Suzuki states, “70 or 80% of the stage is the sea. How will we express the sea and a wave in a freehand drawing, it’s the director’s challenge.”

Makihara files suit against Matsumoto
Matsumoto claimed Chemistry’s “Yakusoku no Basho” album lifted lyrics from Galaxy Express 999. Makihara Noriyuki sues Matsumoto, demanding proof of claims.

Twelve Kingdoms Author Interview
With the first Twelve Kingdoms novel having come out in North America, ANN just posted an interview with author Fuyumi Ono. This fantasy series is popular for its world-building, characterization and tough moral dilemmas. The Twelve Kingdoms anime, already fully released here, was also well received.

Happy Feet Director Wants to Work on Anime
George Miller, director of the Oscar-winning movie Happy Feet, is interested in anime: “The minimalist style of Japanese anime really, really intrigues me so I’d like to do one of those in collaboration with a Japanese director.” Tap-dancing anime penguins? Well… probably not.

Devil May Cry Anime Voice Cast
The Devil May Cry anime site has updated with a cast list. Included are Toshiyuki Morikawa (Isshin in Bleach, Mr. Chan in Black Lagoon) as Dante, Atsuko Tanaka (the Major in GitS) as Trish, and Fumiko Orikasa (Rukia in Bleach, Seras in Hellsing) as Lady. This will be the first time that a DMC title has featured Japanese acting.

Fruits Basket Manga Ends in Japan
It’s time for Japanese readers to say “Sayonara” to the hugely successful Fruits Basket manga, which ran in Hana to Yume (an anthology magazine) from 1999 until last November. The twenty-third and final volume will be released in Japanese bookstores this week.

Reviews

Kyoshiro to Towa no Sora
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kyoshiro_to_towa_no_sora
http://www.fujimishobo.co.jp/webage/kyoshiro.html
http://www.kyoshiro-sora.net/
http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/encyclopedia/anime.php?id=6809

TOKKO
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tokko_%28manga%29
http://www.tokko.tv/
http://www.wowow.co.jp/anime/tokko/
http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/encyclopedia/anime.php?id=6276

Episode 71: Master of Epic: Kamikaze Kaitou Crusade

This week we’ve got a craptastic episode for you. But it’s an episode nevertheless, and we review Chrno Crusade, Kamikaze Kaitou Jeanne and Master of Epic: The Animation Age. Join us for a mediocre episode.

Chrno Crusade – Wouldn’t kick it out of bed for crackers.
Kamikaze Kaitou Jeanne – Wait until it hits the US and NetFlix it.
Master of Epic: The Animation Age – Wait until it hits the US and NetFlix it.

Show Notes

Music

Intro – Kimi to no Asu by Sachi Tainaka from Fate/Stay Night
Outro – Neko Mimi Mode by Dimitri From Paris from Tsukiyomi Moon Phase

News

Prince of Tennis and MAR Renewed for Toonami
Viz Media has issued a press release stating that both Prince of Tennis and MÄR have been renewed for a second season on Cartoon Network’s Toonami block. Both shows will remain in their current time slots of 10 and 10:30 p.m., respectively.

Happy White Day!
One month after Valentine’s Day is a holiday celebrated in Japan called White Day. On March 14th men who received Valentine gifts from women return the favor by giving her candies or gifts. So for all you guys who got a present from your favorite gal, it’s time to return the favor with a little thank you gift! Happy White Day everyone!

Live Action Negima Drama in the Works?
Rumours have begun to spread that there may be a live-action Mahou Sensei Negima! drama series coming to Japanese airwaves sometime next year. The tales started with a posting on actress Ai Tanimoto’s blog and have been further fueled with Ken Akamatsu saying that there will be a surprising announcement made next month on his own blog.

Haruhi Dance Steps Available Online
A site under the title of SOS Dan has posted the dance steps for the now famous dance played at the end of every episode of The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya. The website offers a copious amount of stills that show how to execute each step, as well as a live-action version of the dance. Click the link to check it out.

Clannad to become TV anime
Japanese TV station BS-i has announced a Clannad anime series based on the visual novel game by Key. The Japanese homepage is available here, with additional information to be released on the 20th. Additionally, a commercial for the series can be seen here.

‘Kekkaishi’ wins 52nd Shogakukan Manga Award
Manga creator Yellow Tanabe wins for ‘Kekkaishi’ manga.

Code Geass Sequel Announced
SUNRISE producer Yoshitaka Kawaguchi posted to the official Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion blog that a sequel to the anime is currently in the planning stages. The specific medium (i.e. OVA, series, or movie) has not been determined as of yet. We’ll keep you posted as things develop.

Yaoi-Con Announces New Guest: Hinako Takanaga
Digital Manga has announced that manga artist Hinako Takanaga will be attending Yaoi Con 2007. She is best known for her 2001 boy’s love manga, “Little Butterfly”.

Evangelion Stamps Available
In January ANN reported on Evangelion Stamps being issued by the Japanese post office. These stamps are now available internationally though J-List/J-Box.

New Kyo Kara Maoh OVA in production
An initial website for an upcoming five-episode Kyo Kara Maoh OVA series has been unveiled at www.maruma-ova.jp. Five DVD’s, each containing a single episode, will be released starting this fall. Limited-edition bags featuring concept designs from the new series will be given out to attendees of the Tokyo Anime Fest event later this month.

Reviews

Chrno Crusade
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chrno_Crusade
http://www.advfilms.com/titles/chronocrusade/
http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/encyclopedia/anime.php?id=2884

Kamikaze Kaitou Jeanne
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kamikaze_Kaitou_Jeanne
http://www.toei-anim.co.jp/lineup/tv/jeanne/
http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/encyclopedia/anime.php?id=362

Master of Epic: The Animation Age
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Master_of_Epic
http://moepic.com/anime/index.html
http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/encyclopedia/anime.php?id=7155

Episode 70: Manabi Straight Crisis Robin

Welcome to the show. This week we review Gakuen Utopia Manabi Straight, Witch Hunter Robin and Bubblegum Crisis: 2032/2040. Join us for the zany and the avalanche of fanmail. Eek!

Gakuen Utopia Manabi Straight – Wouldn’t kick it out of bed for crackers.
Witch Hunter Robin – Wait until it hits the US and Netflix it.
Bubblegum Crisis: 2032 – Wait until it hits the US and Netflix it.
Bubblegum Crisis: 2040 – Wouldn’t kick it out of bed for crackers.

Show Notes

Music

Intro – Ike Ike by Hinoi Team from Ichigo 100%
Outro – Neko Mimi Mode by Dimitri From Paris from Tsukiyomi Moon Phase

News

New Kyo Kara Maoh OVA in production
An initial website for an upcoming five-episode Kyo Kara Maoh OVA series has been unveiled at www.maruma-ova.jp. Five DVD’s, each containing a single episode, will be released starting this fall. Limited-edition bags featuring concept designs from the new series will be given out to attendees of the Tokyo Anime Fest event later this month.

Anime Pulse Donation Drive Nets theOtaku.com $800
Our donation drive went a long way to help out theOtaku.com

Reviews

Gakuen Utopia Manabi Straight
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gakuen_Utopia_Manabi_Straight
http://www.tv-tokyo.co.jp/anime/manabi/
http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/encyclopedia/anime.php?id=6789

Witch Hunter Robin
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Witch_Hunter_Robin
http://www.bandaivisual.co.jp/robin/
http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/encyclopedia/anime.php?id=913

Katekyo Hitman Reborn!
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bubblegum_crisis
http://bgcc.thecrisiscenter.net/
http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/encyclopedia/anime.php?id=201
http://www.animeigo.com/Products/CRISIS.t

Episode 69: Pumpkin no Houkou Reborn!

This episode we get all wild and review Pumpkin Scissors, Asatte no Houkou and Katekyo Hitman Reborn! Join us for the fun in episode 70 minus one.

Pumpkin Scissors – Wouldn’t kick it out of bed for crackers.
Asatte no Houkou – Wouldn’t kick it out of bed for crackers.
Katekyo Hitman Reborn! – Wouldn’t kick it out of bed for crackers.

Show Notes

Music

Intro – What’s Up People?! by Maximum the Hormone from Death Note
Outro – Neko Mimi Mode by Dimitri From Paris from Tsukiyomi Moon Phase

News

South Korean Manhwa Accused of Anti-Semitism
South Korean professor agrees to correct passages seen as anti-semitic, but feels that the statements about Jews are “common knowledge.”

New Anime Details for Spring TV Season in Japan
Broadcast times and details for 6 new shows announced.

Dororo Trilogy In The Works
In spite of the fact that the Dreamworks musical Dreamgirls toppled Dororo as the Japanese box office’s #1 film this weekend, due to the phenomenal success of the film, producer Hirano Takashi has announced that two more Dororo films – to be shot concurrently – will be released in Japan in 2009.

CMX Licenses New Manga
CMX announces a host of new manga titles

Paprika Trailer Online
The Trailer for Satoshi Kon’s Paprika is now online at Apple iTunes’ trailer website. Paprika, the latest movie from the director of Perfect Blue and Paranoia Agent, premieres in theaters May 25, 2007 (it has already been screened at festivals). Anime News Network’s review of Paprika is here.

New Anime Magazine Launches
Otaku USA Magazine comes to North America this summer.

Which Anime Character Do You Wish You Could Be Friends With?
Results of Japanese “friendship” survey released; Doraemon listed at No. 1

Reviews

Pumpkin Scissors
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pumpkin_Scissors
http://rikujyo3ka.com/
http://www.gonzo.co.jp/works/0621.html
http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/encyclopedia/anime.php?id=6552

Asatte no Houkou
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asatte_no_houkou
http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/encyclopedia/anime.php?id=6547
http://www.tbs.co.jp/asatteno/

Katekyo Hitman Reborn!
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Katekyo_Hitman_Reborn%21
http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/encyclopedia/anime.php?id=6843
http://jump.shueisha.co.jp/reborn/
http://ani.tv/reborn/

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