5-minute Summer Wars clip on YouTube

Kadokawa’s YouTube channel now has a raw five-minute clip from the upcoming animated film Summer Wars. Directed by Hosoda Mamoru (of TokiKake fame), the film is scheduled to premiere in Japan on 01 August.

Gone south for sake of work

The Reluctant Jetsetter

I’m flying to Singapore in a few days’ time and I’ll stay there for several weeks. It’s a work-related trip, but I’ll have the weekends off so I’ll put in a spot of sightseeing while I’m there. Information on otaku hotspots and events in the city-state will of course be appreciated. (The last time I was in town, my hobby-related activities consisted only of brief shopping trips to Kinokuniya and KKnM.)

As with my journey to Japan earlier this year, whether or not this blog goes into a brief hiatus for the duration of my trip depends mainly on whether or not I can find a cheap (read: free) internet connection. Worst-case scenario: expect an update after I return home.

Cheerio.

Bakuman licensed for North American release

Anime News Network reports that Viz Media will soon add the manga series Bakuman to its Shonen Jump lineup.

The licensing deal was hardly unexpected, given that the hugely popular names of Ooba Tsugumi and Obata Takeshi are attached to this story about two high school students aspiring to make it big in the dog-eat-dog world of professional mangaka. On the other hand, I’m mildly surprised at the relatively short span of time between Bakuman‘s debut in August 2008 and this announcement, especially considering that only three volumes have been published so far in Japan (with another three volumes’ worth of chapters not yet collected).

I’m not a huge fan of Ooba and Obata’s previous joint project, but I’ve been following this more recent title almost from the moment publication began and it has done quite well up to this point. You can bet on my grabbing a copy as soon as it hits a bookshop in my corner of the world.

Patience is a virtue . . .

. . . or so I keep telling myself, in the face of Endless Eight’s endlessly endless repetitions. (That’s iteration number 15,521 up there, by the way.)

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Summer first impressions – now live on Wolf Hurricane

Kyon and the telly

The new season has begun in earnest, so let’s take a look at some of this year’s summer offerings.

My report – posted on Wolf Hurricane – covers CANAAN, Taishou Yakyuu Musume and Tokyo Magnitude 8.0.

Hopefully, that post will be the first in a short series covering several summer titles. The operative word here is “hopefully”: I’m scheduled to start a new job tomorrow so I don’t know if I’ll have the time to publish any sequels. UPDATE (19 July 2009): My work still leaves me with a reasonable amount of time for leisure, but fellow Wolf Hurricane blogger Noirsword has already covered a good chunk of my remaining viewlist – including Umineko and Zan SZS – so no sequels are needed at this point.

Cheerio.

More Haruhi subs on Youtube

Kadokawa’s YouTube channel now has episodes 9-12 of this year’s “rebroadcast” of Suzumiya Haruhi no Yuuutsu, complete with English subtitles and arranged in chronological order. Naturally, the episode that will be of most interest to fans is the one embedded above: Episode 12, the second newly animated installment of the series.

The videos will remain on the Kadokawa channel until 13 July. Episodes 1-8 – which were featured last week – have already been removed.

Returning to Neo Venezia in 2010

neo_venezia_sunset

Even the finest acts must eventually come to an end. But I’d sure like to be there when the curtain drops, so I can rise to my feet and join in the thunderous applause.

Nozomi Entertainment have just announced that they will release a box set containing the last series of the ARIA anime franchise sometime next year. It’s very welcome news indeed, as I’ve already made my way through the first two seasons – both absolutely incredible – and, given the harsh economic climate (compounded by the lack of any fresh announcements), I’ve been fast losing hope of the third season seeing an R1 DVD release anytime soon.

I would have hoped to see more of Aria before the end of this year, but one can’t have everything. Moreover, in view of the very serious challenges that production and distribution companies are currently facing, this is probably the best that one can hope for and I’m very grateful for it.

Tip of the hat to Anime News Network for relaying the good news.