when saturday comes

Just updating you before I head off to a soccer game. That’s what my life’s been lately– a blur of work, anime, and soccer games. Well, it’s nice to have more than just ONE hobby, I suppose.

Recently I’ve turned in reviews of Area 88 (the original OVAs– TV series review is coming soon!), Marriage, and Wanna-bes. Today, I’ve got reviews of two totally different Korean animated films– the lovely and engrossing My Beautiful Girl Mari and the disappointing Sky Blue, which bounced around the arthouse circuit a few months ago and still hasn’t rated a US DVD release.

Oh, and for the record, the title of today’s article is from a really horrid movie about soccer starring Sean Bean. If you ever watch a movie about soccer, watch Victory instead. At least that one has Pele.


When Monday comes

It’s manga Monday again, so it’s time for a manga review. Chad turns in his unique spin on TOKYOPOP’s recently released Beck, a story about music that somehow involves neither Beck Hansen nor Jeff Beck.

The title of today’s post, for the record, is NOT about soccer. So there!

Thank God it’s Tuesd-Egg

We’re back from the abyss again. Here, I take a rare stab at a live-action film with promising newcomer Discotek Media’s Zero Woman: Red Handcuffs. Chad turns in a penetrating examination of the great Makoto Shinkai’s recent film The Place Promised in our Early Days.

It’s not Friday, but I promised another contest. This one is for a shiny new copy of DearS volume 1. (Hey, I said I’d give something away. I didn’t say it’d be totally awesome.) It’s the same drill as before– I want YOU to identify this famous anime character by name and series. EDIT: We have a winner! Luis Chavez was the first to identify this pooch as Belle from the series Belle & Sebastian. (Saying the dog is Jolie from the series “Meiken Jolie” would’ve been good enough, too.) I’m liking this format. Thanks to the handful who entered.

for the next five minutes, THIS IS MY BLOG

The past few weeks have been a blur. I went to Dallas, on a flight booked at the VERY last second, to see my beloved soccer team proudly enter into a championship match… and lose. (I lost a $200 PDA in the bargain. Ouch!) I went to Gencon SoCal, which was an interesting experience– gaming conventions, with their vast seas of picnic tables swarming with card and dice duelists, are not like anime cons. In the meantime, I’ve been working almost constantly, have undergone the usual weird trauma that happens when you switch computers and have to shuffle around contacts and goodies, and just found out I may be in Grand Cayman for much of December. Fingers crossed– I’d like to go someplace warm in December.

But all’s not lost. I did spend the weekend recuperating, and will– with the amazing support of the site’s writers– populate this here website with many, many reviews and articles in the next few weeks. Yeah. I figure if I just keep telling myself that, it’s bound to come true!

Anyway. Here for your enjoyment is my take on the wonderful Dramacon and the resurgent Jes’s review of the man-tastic Antique Bakery. We’ll have more tomorrow.

Trapped in suburban hotel, send help

Two things:

1. Reviews, reviews, reviews. Evangelion Platinum, Arcade Gamer Fubuki, Peacemaker, Angel of Darkness Live Action, Doki Doki School Hours, Animal Treasure Island, Zeta Gundam, and The Professional: Golgo 13. Thrill to new reviews from Darius and Brian after quite some time! There’s more reviews to come when I escape this damn hotel, too, not to mention columns from Dave and Darius.

Some bad news

Yeah, yeah, we’re long overdue for an update as usual. I can’t deliver that at the moment– I’m actually at Arisia right this second, running Godannar in the anime theatre. The greater problem is, an industry stalwart has left us, and I just wanted to say a few words about him. Jeff Thompson died this weekend.

Jeff was one of the hundreds of fans-turned-professionals that led the popularization of anime in America. He started as a writer, publishing a few issues of the surprisingly slick Animenonymous fanzine, before spending a few years doing graphic design and other duties for Central Park Media. He eventually landed at the Right Stuf; after a few years supervising modest releases like Toward the Terra, Jeff got his chance to produce something excellent in The Irresponsible Captain Tylor. His success in handling the English adaptation of the series would lead to more adaptations, chief among them His and Her Circumstances. These two shows– Tylor and Kare Kano– still stand tall as some of the best English adaptations of anime ever produced. Jeff was passionate about his craft, and it showed in the quality of the many anime releases he stewarded.

I wasn’t close friends with Jeff, but many of my own friends and associates were his friends; that’s how I came to know him. The last time I really sat down and talked to him was shortly after TRSI had acquired His and Hers; that was years ago, in 2000. I would see him many times after that, but we’d always only exchange a few words, a wave, a handshake. After all, we traveled in the same circles, so we’d definitely sit down and talk again.

There is a cliche about celebrating life and holding all friends and acquaintances dear, and it’s ringing awfully true for me now. Bye, Jeff. Rest in peace.

mmmmmmore mmmmmmanga

Not only does Dave hit us with his amazing new column on Knack Studio, Chad hits a grand slam plus one with manga reviews of 888, Socrates in Love, Juror 13, War on Flesh, and Samurai Champloo. I think he’s getting frustrated with those lousy OEL books that’ve been cropping up lately; sadly, not everything can be as good as Dramacon.

More tomorrow. Same bat time, same bat channel. In the meantime, listen to my beautiful man-voice on the Anime World Order podcast!