GeneonUSA o_0

I don’t know how many of you frequent forums but if you do and if you happen to frequent anime forums sometimes they can make you feel really old. I’ve been looking around a couple different forums for views regarding the deal between Geneon and ADV that fell through. You can almost draw a line and divide people up by age based on their reaction to the mess.

Just to bring you up to speed, Geneon had been in talks with ADV so that ADV would handle distribution and marketing for Geneon USAs properties. However the deal has fallen through. In the meantime Geneon laid off a bunch of staff presumably in preparation for this deal with ADV. IcV2 has a few articles on this –> timeline

Now here is the thing. There are people who’s first reaction is glee that Geneon USA will no longer exist because now they can download fansubs “with no fear”. Whereas you have others who immediately are sympathetic to the plight of these laid off workers at Geneon USA. I think that is totally an age thing. I didn’t even think about the fansub issue until I saw a post at ANN with someone joyfully celebrating the future availability of Geneon USAs properties in fansubs. Sorry to burst your bubble downloaders but thats not the way it works. They may stop distribution but it doesn’t mean they suddenly don’t hold the license to the anime. You still can not go around downloading their titles because who knows how long their license last for.

Someone actually made a very interesting point on one of the ANN threads (I don’t remember if it was a response to the Geneon issue or something else). I am paraphrasing but he seemed to be saying that anime companies should go after bootleggers more than people downloading licensed titles. His point seemed to be that people downloading the fansubs probably never intended to buy your product in the first place. However if you look at it, someone buying a DVD on eBay or whatever is someone that is actually willing to spend money to buy your title. This is someone who would have used that money in the store buying the legitimate copy if it wasn’t easier for them to just pick up a copy on eBay or whatever where there are many pirated vids floating around. Also some people may not be aware that they are buying a pirated copy. This is a point that hadn’t really occurred to me before but I realize has a lot of merit.

I’ve kind of meandered a bit from my original topic here but maybe my point is that the anime industry right now in the US is a little bit of a mess and I’m wondering who (what company that is) will be left standing once this all shakes out.

Oh and this is probably a good time to stock up on Geneon’s titles since who knows what will happen in the future in terms of availability.

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Reaper Pilot ep.

Well episode 1 has come and gone. Not the funniest thing I have ever seen in my life but it is worth Tivoing (if my Tivo doesn’t crap out again). I’m glad to see that it has a very different tone from Brimstone. As per the descriptions of it, this definitely has a more comedic bent. It does require a bit of suspension of disbelief in the reactions of peripheral characters. I mean honestly I don’t care how good a friend you are I think most people would be a little more freaked if their friend came up to them saying their parents had sold their soul to the devil.

Tyler Labine as expected was pretty funny he got some of the best lines in my opinion granted a little over the top at times but it fits in with the quirkiness of the show. I must say that one way in which Brimstone has spoiled me is in John Glover’s portrayal of the devil. For someone who has never seen Brimstone, I’m sure the actor in Reaper is fine but having seen Brimstone I got totally spoiled by John Glover’s ability to make one actually be amused at what is really a scary concept and character. I suspect that no one does snarkiness like John Glover. I don’t watch Smallville but I’m sure he was just as good portraying Lionel Luther.

Anyway, just my thoughts. Even if I don’t watch it live it is a program worth Tivoing.

Damn you TiVo!!!!!!!!

My TiVo decided to spazz and thus I have missed the season premeire of Heroes. I’ve been sick as a dog the past few days and was really looking forward to this *sigh*. Even Lovely Complex which is usually good for a laugh had a very angst filled episode.

(Koizume why in the world would you go to that concert knowing how Otani feels? tsk, tsk.)

In any case here is a Heroes vid based on last seasons happenings.

Moving quicker than the eye can see (or Ookiku Furikabutte Eps. 9 & 10)

Episode 9 was quite interesting. We really only see Mihashi a few times in this ep and of course he barely talks. This episode is totally Abe centered. This is all about Abe in junior high and his relationship to his pitcher then. As we see its a completely different person than Mihashi in terms of characteristics and feelings about baseball as a sport vs. means to an end. Abe describes his former pitcher as a “terrible pitcher” (according to the fansub) and we get to understand what Abe considers to be a terrible pitcher.

Episode 10 comes back to the present with the Manager deciding to name another pitcher and catcher for the team. If you’ve seen previous eps then you can imagine how Mihashi takes the news of another pitcher. “Abe-kun” has to employ some psychology to figure this one out. The anime is possibly moving away from being so Mihashi centered as other players are given defining characteristics and given more face time. Mihashi also appears to have one other person besides Abe that he is relating to, although to me it appears rather jarring and I don’t know that this relationship was addressed in previous eps. This could just be though that there was a long gap between my viewing of eps. 1-8 vs. eps. 9 & 10 so that I’ve forgotten many of the minor events in eps. 1-8.

Now the reason for the title of this post? Unfortunately I don’t have the ep so I don’t have screen captures to show you but there is a cute mistake in episode 10. The manager announces that they need to choose a captain for the team. As one, team members turn to look at one person. Mihashi and Abe are standing in front of him but on opposite sides. In the very next scene Abe and Mihashi have shifted. Abe is next to the Captain, Mihashi behind him and the other player who had been in the previous scene has completely disappeared! As I said…”moving quicker than the eye can see”.

Blushing and baseball

So, what do you think about “Ookiku Furikabutte” a.k.a.
おおきく振りかぶって ?

*silence*

Yeah, that’s what I thought. I actually tried to search online for some reviews of this anime but the pickings were slim. Is it because it is a sports anime? I admit that because of this I was somewhat resistant to starting up on it. As it is I don’t have access to eps (and don’t understand Japanese anyway) and so I’m pretty behind on eps. I have had the opportunity to see Eps 1-8 however and I must admit this is one sports anime I enjoy –> Not that I have extensive knowledge of other examples of the genre. I only know of “Eyeshield21” which I believe is about soccer. There is also “Major” which is another baseball anime but after seeing that there were 50 eps(or more) I ran screaming for the hills.

Needless to say I did not have high expectations and the only reason I watched was because in the anime magazine along with a blurb about the show was a picture of the pitcher (main character) and catcher apparently holding hands and a blush on the pitcher’s face. I was intrigued. Could it be that the Japanese anime industry had tapped into my secret wish to see a baseball shonen-ai anime (secret to me anyway since the thought had never crossed my mind, haha)?

The anime follows the story of pitcher Ren Mihashi. Mihashi had a tumultuous baseball career in Junior High, costing his team several wins. He begins to suffer self esteem issue culminating in the now High School age Ren Mihashi angsting after practically being forced onto the team. Due to his troubles in junior high with his pitching and with his teammates, Mihashi’s self esteem is trashed and he has zero confidence in his abilities as a pitcher and teammate. It will be up to his teammates, manager and particularly his catcher, Abe, to make Mihashi believe in himself and in the idea that his teammate’s believe in him too.

I’m not into playing sports but for some reason I feel empathy with Mihashi. You can see that he desperately wants to do well and is also desperately flabbergasted when he accomplishes his goals. I think many people can comprehend him, in how he strives and strives for something and when he achieves it it’s almost like “Huh? How did I get to this point?”

For those into sports this may be worth checking out. For those not into sports, it is simply a story about a boy trying to achieve his dream, build his self esteem and not let down his teammates and new friends.

Oh, and he blushes a lot too. As in constantly.

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Check out Mihashi’s body language in the lower left pic as he huddles in the corner. This pic is pretty indicative of the state of his self esteem.

Oh and this is neither here nor there but I really like the OP and can’t help singing along to the karaoke subs.

Ookiku Furikabutte OP (karaoke)

Someone has uploaded a clean opening to Youtube (below). The song is “Dramatic” by Base Ball Bear.

“Reaper” New Fall 07 Show

Is it being disloyal to Brimstone that I am actually anticipating Reaper which is scheduled to show on CW, Tuesdays at 9 P.M.?

Reaper, surprisingly enough is about a young man who has to return escaped souls to hell. Sound familiar Brimstone fans? This show is supposed to have a comedic bent which will probably make it a bit more palatable to a wider audience. It’s also got Tyler Labine in it who back in 2001 was in a quirky funny show called “Dead Last” which unfortunately was about where it finished in the ratings and was subsequently canceled. It’s one of those shows I keep hoping the SciFi channel runs one of these days. (Well, that and G vs. E, which if you saw Dead Last you would understand the connection).

As you can probably see from this post I’ve got a fondness for quirky scifi shows that are (IMHO) prematurely canceled. Better keep my love of “Heroes” under wraps :D

Sims videos

Yes I’m way behind, but as I mentioned in a previous post, I’m kinda down on YouTube at this point. Since I rarely visit the site now-a-days imagine my surprise to discover this new (to me) genre of videos. People are taking Sims 2 characters and making music videos using them. Very clever and btw, I am really jealous of ppl who have the ability to do this. In any case, below you will find the vid I bumped into. A whole new take on AMVs which is what I am more familiar with. This is what I want to see from YouTube. I know there will be the usual protests about copyright which I understand but what I mean by “this” is that it is something that showed some creativity and originality not the usual vid of someone slipping and busting their head on the sidewalk which is what seems to pass for humor these days.

Anyway, enjoy the vid!