Officially back in Canada now (although heavily, heavily jet-lagged). More posts to come… but in the meantime, some trailers of some rather interesting upcoming titles that are perhaps a tad more obscure. Most of these are in either a movie or OVA format, which personally I always prefer to a long TV series (anything past 13 episodes is tough for me to get started on). I’ve been wanting to focus more on OVAs and movies – which tend to be somewhat less popular – rather than TV series, which a lot of people cover, so hopefully this is a step in that direction.

Cencoroll is about a boy and his pet… monster? Very little info on this so far aside from what’s in the video; apparently the project was entirely written, directed, and animated singlehandedly (most likely just the principle animation, perhaps.). No idea on format, but given that it’s a single person job I’m betting on a movie or 2 or 3 episode OVA.

DOGS: Bullets and Carnage is based off a manga set in a violent post-apocalyptic world, although the setting looks rather 1930s. Looks like the lovechild of Baccanno! and Black Lagoon. OVA format, release scheduled for mid-May.

Amanatsu is a CG short, so no idea we’ll ever see this anywhere, but it has all the right vibes for a “journey” story.

FIRST SQUAD! looks to be an interesting collaboration between Russian Molot Entertainment and Studio 4C, the latter name being enough of a reason to watch it. If that’s not enough, it features superpowered teenage Soviets fighting undead Nazis.

Musashi: The Dream of the Last Samurai is a movie, of course, about the famed author of the Legend of the Five Rings, the Japanese treatise on swordsmanship, tactics, and strategy. It’s Oshii and Production I.G. again, and the staff roll is quite distinguished. What’s also interesting is that the approach in the film to Musashi himself seems to have the intent of trying to de-romanticize or de-mystify his character and instead tries to reveal more of a historical Musashi.

Summer Wars is from the same director of “The Girl Who Leapt Through Time”. Similar feel to the previous as well, revolving around extraordinary events happening in everday circumstances.

Argh, didn’t get around to finishing the second part of that Eden of the East analysis in time. Out of town for the next ten days, but will pick up from there. In the meantime, a look at the drafts that are sitting on my WordPress awaiting completion; they’re little more than a thesis and a rough outline, so if there’s any you think I should work on first, move up in priority, or possibly additional ideas to pitch, leave a comment.

“Religion in anime redux: Coles notes on Eden of the East II.” – continuing the previous thoughts.

“Mecha Moe”, or “The Girl in the Machine”: Anthropomorphism and Inverse Objectification in the Five Star Stories, MS IGLOO, and Battle Fairy Yukikaze” – meditations on how in media women are turned into objects and machines are turned into women.

“Fanfiction and its Historical Antecedents: The Tale of Genji.” – showing that there is good historical evidence that fanfiction has been around for as long as literature has. Still need to actually finish the remaining half of the book for this too…

“Goodbye and Hello: Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei as an Absurdist Comedy, or Don’t tell me there’s another season!?” – knee-jerk reactions to the announcement of Zan SZS and comparisons to absurdist literature (Kafka, or maybe Beckett?)

“Namedropping, Sunrise Edition” – illustrating the influence of directors and how sometimes a simple studio name reveals little about a series. Examples may include Code Geass and Witch Hunter Robin, among others.

I have a terrible habit of being able to write thesis after thesis on a dime, but it takes me weeks to finish a paper. Ugh… perhaps I should consider outsourcing.

Done in Traditional 4-koma style!

Done in Traditional 4-koma style!

Random Filler. Shows an anime watching session me, Phazys and Vendredi had. Try to guess who’s who.

~Jeka

PS: Less crappy posts coming up, I promise!

Quick post just to let you all know we’re not dead. Midterms are in and we’ve all been very busy. Have an awesome Reimu video while you wait.

Teampost coming up soon.

~Jeka

…it really has a scary sort of accuracy. It’s also fairly entertaining for a humanities major like myself. Wonder if the Japanese author does any research. More Canadian strips (along with author commentary) here. Plenty of other countries are represented in the comic in a parodic fashion as well, so possibly worth a look for the curious.

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