It’s been a long time since Evangelion 2.0, but we finally get to see a short, very short clip of Evangelion 3.0: Quickening. Not much is know at all just that it will be release in the fall of 2012. What does that mean to us folks across the pond? Well, we won’t see a release in the US sometime in 2013. Well it for more waiting. In mean time check out the very short teaser.
Cosplaying has been around for years, but it seems the wow factor has totally been upped in recent years. These days everyone makes their own clothes, props, etc. You name it. They’ve always been able to use new methods to create realistic looking armor etc without feeling heavy.
Just recently, the Anime Expo in Cali was held. In my opinoin, this is one of the best Cosplaying cons to attend in the US. The amount of sheer quality of outfits are amazing. They got everything from game character, anime, and movies. If you’ve never been to one of these, it’s basically a comic con except people go to have fun and dress up as their favorite characters. You can buy items there, watch the latest anime movie/shows and meet some voice overs or creators in person. They also have mini-concerts of bands from Japan.
If you’re thinking Cosplay is strange. Fear not it’s not. With movie studios grabbing rights to anime, we can only anticipate it to get bigger. Check out the videos below for some cosplayers at the recent Anime Expo. Taken by Acksonl who has a nack for capturing these Cons!
It’s not really new. The Gorillaz first did it in 2006 with Madonna, but it looks like it’s catching on. With the advent of Vocaloid in Japan, there are more and more people interested in the music that are being released. If you don’t know what Vocaloid is, it is a program used to create voices. By putting syllables together and changing the variance in the pitch, tone, and other parameters, you get a word. No real person is singing or talking. It’s all digital programming. It’s has struck Japan by storm, There’s even one that made at the top of the music charts there. Along with the vocaloid voice, they usually have characters to put an image with the voice. They are mostly good looking female anime characters.
It’s pretty surprising how far vocaloid has come. Now there are concerts in Japan just for it. I’m guessing everything is live from the vocaloid to the instruments. The techniques they use to show the character is very similar to the way the Gorillaz did it. There seems to be improvements, but it looks like you have to be at a good range of angle before the effects turns flat. As seen in the video, it’s really not a 3D hologram, but more of a projection. It’s pretty surprising how good it really looks when you’re at a good distance. When up close, you can see some artifacting going on. I wonder how long far we are from a true hologram ala Star Wars/Star Trek. Check out the video below. Be warned, if you’re not accustomed to high pitched voices, hit the mute button.
That’s right folks. If you’ve been reading the manga or watching the anime, you should know that the epic saga has ended. One thing that’s certain is that it was left open in the end. Now, we’re all wondering what’s gonna happen in this movie? Will it pick up right where it left off from the manga and anime or will it be a filler movie. The first movie wasn’t bad. If the new movie isn’t a filler movie will it still be called Fullmetal? Hopefully the new movie follows the anime/manga years after the incidents and not just a recap. Anyways at least Fullmetal Alchemist lives on for another day.
Oh yeah, if you were hesitant to watch Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, watch it. It’s about the same as the previous Fullmetal anime for the first 12 episodes, but follows the manga to the T. With 64 episodes, that’s a whole lot of new material.
This is only in Japan things. Microsoft actually has a mascot in Japan and what better way to attract people by creating Madobe Nanami. A cute anime character. It even tells you how to make your computers (don’t forget the screws). It’s nice to see companies take a different approach sometimes. Compared to the other company (the fruity one) which doesn’t even market their computers anymore just their phones and music players, Microsoft has a created what could be the next anime character to go big.
Another manga is jumping to the small screen. It won’t be an anime, but as a 3D animation. Think of it as like Metal Gear Solid or Modern Warfare with little furry animals. Never would have thought of it, but the Japanese sure knows how to combine cute, action, realism and seriousness all into one. This series is supposedly out something this year. Check out the trailer from mid last year. Doesn’t it just make you feel sad when a cute furry thing is getting shot at.
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