Take Four – February 2014

New Legend of the Galactic Heroes Anime – Kaze

Licht und Schatten
Art by むしゃ草 (Pixiv ID 10218312)

Considered by many to be one of, if not the best anime of all time, Legend of the Galactic Heroes is getting a new anime. It is emphasized that this is not a remake but a new adaptation, meaning we can expect things to be different this time around. However, anything different from the masterpiece of the original is probably going to be a mistake. I don’t expect this to be an improvement, let alone even on par with the original; however, having watched the series twice and with the intent to re-watch more in the future, I’ll give it a try to make a fair judgement. If nothing else, maybe this will spark some interest in the original series that although old, is no doubt the pinnacle of truly epic anime.

Mekakucity Actors Anime Gets More Voice Actor Announcements – Japesland

Kagerou Project
Art – Pixiv ID 39645829

Although the Mekakucity Actors anime is not terribly new in terms of its announcement, it has continued to gain attention as continuous updates, particularly in the area of voice actors/actresses (seiyu). The anime releases this spring season, and it is of particular excitement seeing as it is the next step in the Kagerou Project that began with two Vocaloid albums by (my favorite) Vocaloid producer, Shizen no Teki-P (Jin). Since then, several light novels and manga have also been created as part of the series, culminating in Shaft’s anime follow-up.

Peter Travers Gives The Wind Rises 3.5 Stars – TWWK

Kaze Tachinu
Art by ちろる (Pixiv ID 37410096)

The critical reception for The Wind Rises has been excellent so far.  Though it doesn’t rate as well on Rotten Tomatoes as Spirited Away or Ponyo (really?!) did, it matches Howl’s Moving Castle and has received excellent reviews from some of the country’s most respected critics.  Peter Travers writes, “It’s a big story, and in this landmark film Miyazaki is up to every demand. Sit back and behold.”  Of course, I didn’t need to hear all this buzz to get excited about the film, as I’m a pretty die-hard Miyazaki fan.  I’ll be in the theaters tonight watching!

ELISA makes North America Debut at Sakura-Con – Kaze

japanese singer
ELISA

The singer ELISA will be attending Seattle’s Sakura-Con on April 18-20, her first performance in North America. ELISA made her singing debut with ef’s opening song Eurphoric Field in 2007. She quickly gained popularity with it and was invited to perform at the following Anisama Live, the largest anime concert in Japan. Since then, she has performed theme songs for anime such as Hayate, TWGOK, Railgun, and Valvrave, although she did take a hiatus at one point. I have actually followed ELISA since her debut, so while I’m not a huge fan, I am pretty excited about this. She does try to interact with her fans, and her English, while not great, is definitely above average for Japan. I recommend anyone in the area to take the chance to meet and hear her and show her some support.

Kaze

Kaze is a graduate from the University of Tokyo who currently works on developing gene therapies for genetic diseases. He is a Nanatard since 2009 and mostly spends his time reading VNs and studying Japanese. Strangely enough, also a devout Christian.

3 thoughts on “Take Four – February 2014

  1. I’m also shocked that Ponyo is rated higher than The Wind Rises. That was a boring movie! Beautiful, but boring.

    One of my readers loves Mekakucity Actors. That makes me curious about the show.

    1. I’m very curious about Mekakucity, too, because it’s a constant source of some of the best fanart on Pixiv, which I peruse everyday. I’m excited about it.

  2. I have a friend who got me into the Kagerou Project, so I’m quite eager to see how it turns out 🙂

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