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Shirobako is many things--a story about a struggling animation studio, an anime production starting to go haywire, the promise of five young women in the pursuit of their dreams, and that is just to list a few. Shirobako, to me, is the love letter of the anime creation process as shared and dramatized by the same creators to the people that watch it. Still, it's an anime about an anime. How much that speaks to each of us has a lot more to do with who we are rather than what Shirobako is, so this special anime starts out on an usual note.
Mangaka extraordinaire, Takashi Obata was on hand at New York Comic Con last week to the delight of Death Note, Hikaru no Go, and Bakuman fans who were in attendance. The folks over at Viz gave us a peak at his amazing handy work, and showed all us who didn't attend, exactly what we missed out on. That's some serious skills. What I wouldn't do to have that hanging on my wall!
You can actually enter win a specially signed manga by Sensei Obata over at VizManga. If you do happen to win, don't forget that Christmas is right around the corner, and how much you love me!
If you haven't had your morning coffee yet, you might want to hold off on watching this video. All the swirling colors and intense tone took me by surprise, so I needed to get my body ready for such aural intensity. As usual the power duo of Eriko Hashimoto and Akiko Fukuoka known as Chatmonchy come correct with their newest single, Kokoro to Atama.
There were some worries when drummer Kumiko Takahashi back in 2011, luckily not much has changed in their sound, although I'm sure live shows are slightly different. Kokoro to Atama is a refreshing indie rock tune, with thrashing guitars and fantastic synthesizer hook. Just the kind of tune to enjoy a double espresso to, and kickstart your day.
I may not have read any of Naoki Urasawa's (Monster, 20th Century Boy, Pluto) works, but there's something neat about seeing a group people creating a short film based on one his stories. In this case, a Spanish team have decided to adapt Urasawa's Mighty Boy manga into movie. While the film is considered to be a fan piece, Javier Yañez managed to get permission from Shogakukan and Urasawa to work on the project, which makes the story an official piece on its own accord.
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