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Spoiler alert: Shirobako ends happily.
Of course, that's really only a spoiler to the most stubborn and obnoxious of curmudgeons. There was really no other way for this show to end. And to be frank, it ended as it should have: Full to bursting with sappy, sentimental, idealistic, feel-good cliche.
I love it.
PA Works is a studio that has had great success as of late with their original anime Shirobako. That wasn't the case with their previous works since their last hit, Hanasaku Iroha but they've been hitting it out of the park with their latest anime about an anime studio who has been trying to make their comeback. Who knew that them making an anime about making anime and themselves would be so successful?
Well, this weekend's Week Ender is about PA Works and they've got some good endings in there. Well, I have a couple that I really like so I'll just throw those in with some others. Enjoy!
Even though Naruto ended last winter, it doesn't prevent us at Japanator from talking about our favourite orange clad ninja. When it comes to fashion, I'll be hard pressed to recommend anything from the Naruto series. Green latex jump suits and flak jackets with pockets for ninja scrolls aren't going to see a resurgence as this summer's hottest style.
As part of the fashion line "Naruto Moonless Night", Bandai Fashion Net are producing two silver rings based on the monstrous Demonic Statue of the Outer Path and #1 ninja scumbag Danzo. These design choices focus on Naruto's darker elements hence the Moonless Night motif which will later expand to other accessories including wallets.
Both silver rings are nice references to the shonen show though I think the Sharingan embedded arm is the better of the two designs. I really like how they used red stones to emulate the Sharingans making it look as creepy as it did in the show.
If you had a rough day today. then Animator Expo's 15th short might be the thing to lift your spirits. Not only that, Shigeto Koyama's (Diebuster's Mechanical Designs) Obake-chan piece takes the concepts of ghosts and changes it from scary to cute. Instead the animation using the eight-minute time frame to tell a whole story, we're treated to a series of skits that sets up for some small laughs.
Besides the cute jokes, Obake-chan's other strength is how the team utilizes a very simplistic layout for the animation. The light brown background feels like it was done on light brown paper and the character's white lines help compliment the piece's ghost theme. Of course, the unexpected surprise at the end was priceless as well.
If you've been interested in checking out Ultraman Ginga S the Movie: Showdown! The 10 Ultra Warriors, Bueno (Gun Caliber's Director, Producer, and Hero), Michael (Gun Caliber's Blue), Max (Hayate's Co-Producer) and Jarvis (Gaion Sigma's Agent Rufus) were able to express their views on the movie's quality. Just like Garage Hero's previous movie reviews, the group's review segments make me feel like I'm watching an awesome group of friends talking about a movie they've just seen, which is one of the best aspects of their film discussions.
Yep, you read that right: Robotech. Not Macross, but the world of Rick Hunter, Veritechs, hovertanks, and the Robotech Masters. That Robotech, the oddly compelling Frankenstein's monster assembled from cuts of Macross, Southern Cross, and Mospeada by the late Macek and his folks at Harmony Gold.
Sony Pictures have nabbed the license from its old holders at Warner Brothers (who picked up the rights from Harmony Gold), and plan to "move quickly" on a live-action feature, with producers and writers who helped make films like 300 and G.I. Joe reportedly on board.
If you're reading this, chances are you're based in North America: The majority of Japanator's traffic comes from that area. That said, you might be curious as to how folks in other countries outside Japan get their Japanese cartoon fix, and this newest tidbit might just interest you: Naruto: The Last has just been cleared for airing in cinemas in the Philippines.
Alright, people; Spring's around the corner and it's time to look at Idea Factory International's most recent trailer for Omega Quintet, Compile Heart's PS4 title where you battle the forces of evil with an idol group. While the video looks like a normal idol performance at first sight, we're actually witnessing the game's PVS (short for Promotional Video System) feature, which lets you customize your own idol music videos.
Anime and video games come together like fried chicken and ketchup. I put fried chicken on my ketchup. There are plenty of anime-based games and game-based anime so today let's focus on a few anime based on video games.
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- Shameless Plug for the Tattoo Shop
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