Return of the ‘Nac (Once Again)

July 5th, 2017

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Hello, Everyone!

The Anime Almanac was doing very well for itself seven years ago. I had a great following on Twitter that kept growing and growing. I was also receiving boxes from FUNimation and manga publishers every week filled with the latest releases to review on the site. But the part that meant the most to me was attending anime conventions with press credentials. With those credentials, I was given the opportunity to sit down with artists, actors, musicians, and industry folks and tell their stories to my audience. I had a blast doing it.

But we were also deep into the recession at that time, and while I had laughed it off in the first couple of years, could see in 2010 that things were not going so well with my day job. The fear and pressure of losing my job weighed heavily on me, and it prevented me from writing. Convention reports and reviews kept piling on my “To Do” list, but never getting done. I had entire interviews with guests recorded on my iPhone that never saw one word written about them.

And then it came crashing down at the start of 2011. I was laid off from my job and forced to look for something new. I was afraid of the blog becoming an issue with potential employers, so I had taken it down completely. I had to email my PR contacts in the industry to ask them to please stop sending the review copies.

The Anime Almanac was closed.

So what has happened since then?
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Ota-line-kon 2013

August 14th, 2013

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Once a year Baltimore opens her arms wide to welcome the Otaku of the world. This year, on the 20th anniversary Otakon, her arms were open even wider. The con felt more alive and more packed than ever before. From the minute I arrived in town to the minute I left, I felt the love and warmth around me.

And that wasn’t just the summer heat.

Over the past few years I have developed friendships with many people within the anibloggers/podcaster community through Twitter and Facebook. Otakon has become the place where I can actually wind down and hang out with these very same people in person, and I look forward to it all year. This year was certainly no exception. I got to spend time chatting, drinking, and laughing with so many wonderful people. I was even able to meet a few people for the first time. This convention honestly wouldn’t be as great without them.

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The Head-Scratching Acquisition of “We Without Wings”

June 13th, 2011

While I was at a panel at AnimeNEXT last Saturday, I received a series of press release emails from FUNimation on the latest license acquisitions they had just announced at a convention in Texas. Among them was the currently on-air anime series We Without Wings.

“Why?” I ask myself out loud after reading that.

“Huh?” asks my girlfriend sitting next to me. I show her the email on my iPhone. “Oh…. why would they license that?”

I look over the email a little more trying to figure it out. I pressed the reply button to send an email back to Jackie Smith, FUNi’s PR manager and my contact within the company.

Dear Jackie,

Why?

-Scott

I almost sent the email as just that, but I realized that she probably wouldn’t be able to give me a response to such a rude and condescending question. So I deleted the message and left it at that, but the question has still continued to ponder in my head ever since.

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To -san or not to -san?

October 5th, 2010

The Twitterverse was buzzing today over the news that MX Media, the team behind a lot of the translations that appear on the Crunchyroll simulcasts, was going to stop including Japanese honorifics from their English translations. The announcement caused rage with some fans, and a number even threatened to quit Crunchyroll because of it.

Was this announcement really all that Earth shattering?  Just how important is it to include honorifics in subtitles?

While we simply use “Mr.” or “Mrs.” in English as a sign of respect in very particular situations, the Japanese utilize honorifics almost every time a name is uttered. The suffix you use to address another person often depends on your familiarness with the individual and / or their relation to you in the “pecking order” of society.

Ever since Mr. Miyagi called his pupil Daniel-san in that 1984 Rocky Jr. film, mainstream America has had just a small understanding of the Japanese honorific, if only for the novelty of it all. But anime fans have had much more exposure to the concept through their viewing. After many examples of what characters are called -san, -chan, -kun, or -sensei, they often pick up a very good understanding what situation calls for what suffix.

So after the American fans have learned this fundamental concept of a completely foreign language, they feel more educated and more cultured in the ways of the Japanese. And by MX Media now saying that they’re not going to bother explicitly writing it in their translations, the fans feel like they’re missing out on the authentic experience of watching anime.

But when it comes down to it, how important are the damn honorifics to anime anyway?

Well, I actually consider it to be very important.

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AnimeNEXT 2010 – Day 3 in Tweets

June 20th, 2010

Yeah… even I’m surprised that I went with the Lupin III figure.

On Site:


DJ Ranma S
from Anime Jam Session

Scott
from The Anime Almanac

Narutaki
from Reverse Thieves

OutOfTimeProd
from Out Of Time Productions

Greg

Jon I.
from JANAiBlog

Kyle Hebert

Vince A

Hisui
from Reverse Thieves

animenext
from AnimeNEXT

Vampt Vo
from Ani-Gamers

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AnimeNEXT 2010 – Day 2 in Tweets

June 20th, 2010

I was wondering what this dude was doing in a bath towel…

On Site:


DJ Ranma S
from Anime Jam Session

Scott
from The Anime Almanac

Narutaki
from Reverse Thieves

Greg

OutOfTimeProd
from Out Of Time Productions

animenext
from AnimeNEXT

Vince A

Hisui
from Reverse Thieves

Kyle Hebert

Vampt Vo
from Ani-Gamers

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AnimeNEXT 2010 – Day 1 in Tweets

June 18th, 2010

The Ponies in Stereo

On Site:


Scott
from The Anime Almanac

Greg

Narutaki
from Reverse Thieves

OutOfTimeProd
from Out Of Time Productions

animenext
from AnimeNEXT

Vince A

Vampt Vo
from Ani-Gamers

Kyle Hebert

Hisui
from Reverse Thieves

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Manga Review: Chi’s Sweet Home (vol. 1)

June 17th, 2010

Konami Kanata’s Chi’s Sweet Home is a story about as simple as a story can be. When a gray-striped kitten is separated from his mother, he is discovered by a family with a young son, Yohei. The problem is that Yohei’s family lives in an apartment complex that doesn’t allow pets, so they secretly keep the kitty around as they search for a permanent home for her. But after a while, Yohei, mama, and papa eventually grow attached to the kitten, and they even name her Chi. It becomes obvious that they are never going to give away the kitty as she has quickly become a part of their happy household.

It is no secret that I love Chi, and it certainly ranks up there as one of my all time favorite series. I already own most of the comics in Japanese, and the anime earned the #2 position on my Top Anime of 2009 list last year. So I am expecting a lot out of this title when Vertical releases it later this month. In fact, I have never anticipated a comic’s English release more than I have with Chi’s Sweet Home.

And so I am thrilled to report that Vertical’s release is very, very well done.

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Anime Review: Appleseed (Blu-Ray, 2010 Dub)

May 5th, 2010

Bringing the classic 80’s manga into the world of CGI animation, Appleseed tells the story of Deunan Knute, a tough chick and veteran war hero in the post apocalyptic cyber-future world of 2131. While in the middle of an epic battle against many big machines, Knute is sedated and taken away to the utopian society of Olympus, where humans and human clones live together in peace. As it turns out, the war is actually over, and she is asked to join Olympus as the protector of their city.

But of course, just like any utopian society, something goes horribly, horribly wrong. A terrorist organization wipes out the facilities needed to keep the clones alive, and the only thing that can save them is the Appleseed, a bit of data created by Knute’s late mother. But as Knute dives deeper into the search of the this critical piece of information, she uncovers that the conspiracy runs far deeper than anyone had anticipated. Many powerful enemies stand between her and the survival of the artificial species.

Fans may have remember that the movie was originally released in the US by Geneon Entertainment in 2005. However, the company did not last much longer after that and the film’s sequel, Appleseed Ex Machina, was later released by Warner Brothers with a completely new dub cast.

Well now Sentai / Section 23 has rescued the original movie, and they redubbed it with the Ex Machina cast for better consistency between the two films. And for the first time ever, they’re releasing the computer generated anime film on Blu-ray disc.

And oh god, does it look freaking sweet!

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Anime Boston 2010: Day 2 in Tweets

April 3rd, 2010

BIGGEST SURPRISE OF THE CON: I bought this figure!

On Site:


Scott
from The Anime Almanac

Mike Ferreira
from Anime Dream

Jon I.
from JANAiBlog

Scott Green
from Ain’t it Cool News

tristencitrine

ChrisBeveridge

Brigid
from MangaBlog

DJ Ranma S
from Anime Jam Session

OutOfTimeProd
from Out Of Time Productions

Lauren Orsini
from Con Chowdah

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neumaverick

Ed Chavez
from Vertical Inc.

Reni Mimura
from ReniReni.com

rolandkelts

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