Stone Bridge Press will be releasing a profile of the director called "Satoshi Kon: The Illusionist. A very fitting title if you know what Kon strives to achieve in each piece of work. The 96-page book, due out on August 1, will be an analysis of the films and television series that Kon has worked on.
The figures will set you back $119.99 for each and will be released December 15, 2008. Be sure to check out Triad Toys' website for pictures of Jin and Mugen. They are worth scoping out.
With advanced mold engineering, PAD printing, and stringent quality control Yamato claims to have solved the problems that have long plagued PVC figures: shrinkage, deformation, and unsightly parting lines. The Akira figure is constructed out of over 100 separate pieces and features more than 400 paint applications. The result is a resin quality statue with a subtle enigmatic expression that has an MSRP of $98.
Yamato’s Fantasy Figure Gallery features a number of interesting East/West collaborations including Luis Royo’s Medusa sculpted by Shungo Yazawa, Dorian Clevenger’s Akira fashioned by Plant-jzero Moekichi, and Boris Vallejo’s Monica’s Axe sculpted by Heavy Gauge’s Tobe. [Source: ICV2]
NYAF today announced Yoshitaka Amano — an acclaimed artist whose credits include Final Fantasy, Sandman, and Vampire Hunter D — will appear at the 2008 New York Anime Festival as a Guest of Honor. The New York Anime Festival, an anime, manga, and Japanese pop culture convention from the creators of New York Comic Con, takes place September 26th through the 28th at the Jacob Javits Center in New York City. Yoshitaka Amano joins fellow Vampire Hunter D talents Hideyuki Kikuchi (the author behind the Vampire Hunter D novel series) and Kevin Leahy (the translator of the Vampire Hunter D novel series) at NYAF. All are Co-Sponsored by Dark Horse Comics.
"The New York Anime Festival is tremendously honored to have Yoshitaka Amano join us," NYAF Show Manager Lance Fensterman said. "Mr. Amano is known around the world for his otherworldly fantasy illustrations, and we are excited to bring the man behind such beauty to New York City to meet all of his American fans."
Yoshitaka Amano began his career at Tatsunoko Productions where he served as a character designer for animated series including Gatchaman and Casshern. After 15 years with the studio, he chose to leave the comfort of a steady job to pursue his career as an artist. As a freelance illustrator, Amano contributed covers and illustrations to novels including Hideyuki Kikuchi's Vampire Hunter D, Kaoru Kurimoto's Guin Saga, and Yoshiki Tanaka's The Heroic Legend of Arslan, teamed with Mamoru Oshii to create the film Angel's Egg, collaborated with Neil Gaiman to make the award-winning graphic novel Sandman: The Dream Hunters, and partnered with video game studio Squaresoft to create the look and feel for the company's flagship Final Fantasy series.
Mr. Amano has worked with media including pencils, ink, paint, ceramic, stained glass, and fabric, and exhibitions of his work have taken place in cities including Tokyo, London, Paris, Berlin, and New York City.
Tickets to the 2008 New York Anime Festival are now on sale at nyanimefestival.com. You can bet I've got my tickets safely stored away. There was some delay on my part in posting this information, only because I was frantically searching for suitable amenities -- transportation and housing. After a scare of perhaps having to cut short my trip and go only to part of NYAF or even not at all, one of my cousins comes to the rescue saving me at least 1,000 bucks. So with that fright out of the way, I can relax.
The fifth manga volume will be released in the U.S. this September by Viz Media.
[$400] This anime show didn't start on TV, its characters were first part of Nintendo's "Pocket Monsters": POKEMON
[$800] This classic 5-letter anime film isn't named for director Kurosawa but rather a boy who destroys Tokyo: AKIRA
[$1200] In this anime TV series, Bumblebee turned into a VW Bug; in the 2007 live-action movie, he got upgraded to a Camaro: TRANSFORMERS
[$1600] This "lunar" Naoko Takeuchi creation is an example of a "magical girl" given powers to save the world: SAILOR MOON
[$2000] One of the highest-grossing films in Japanese history is the anime film about this title 14th c. princess: PRINCESS MONONOKE
Straight from Playstation.Blog:
The MGS4 Database is a free, downloadable interactive application that contains the official knowledge base of everything that is Metal Gear, reaching all the way back to the very beginning of the franchise. Including complete storylines, character profiles, relationship diagrams, and much more! The MGS4 database is a great way to catch up for someone new to Metal Gear, as well as a useful resource for any veteran of the series, with complete official details on every aspect of the intricate Metal gear lore.
The MGS4 Database also contains a special feature – if you want to make use of the database, but have not yet fully played through MGS4 yet and are worried about spoilers – all MGS4 spoilers are “blacked out” until you’ve beaten MGS4. Give it a try!
But that’s not all, within MGS4, check out the EXTRAS option of the main menu (if you haven’t already). There’s already new, free downloadable content available for the game - with new camouflage and a new music track for the in game iPod. There will be more forthcoming, so be sure to check this often!UPDATE (6/23/2008): Looks like Europe will be getting this MGS Database after all, joining Japan and U.S., in June 26th, so be sure to keep your eyes peeled at this week's Playstation Store update.
Regardless of whether you're a fan of the game or know a good figure when you see it, simply said, that Theron Guard looks absolutely fierce!
From my 8/5/2007 post:
The story centers around Taisuke, and 3 other subsequent characters -- his sister (a nurse at Taisuke's high school), his best friend, and his "girfriend." A string of inexplicable mass suicides has occurred around the globe, including Japan, the U.S., and China over seven days, now deemed, "Nightmare Week." The cause of the mysterious suicides have been linked to a strange virus, but police are no closer to finding the cause.
The story's dark themes of life and death, and its wistful blend of comedy, make "Alive" an addicting manga. The author, Tadashi Kawashima, does an exceptional job in setting up the story and building a structure behind the four main characters and their individual connection to death.
If only to say that MGS4 is true perfection and that Hideo Kojima is true genius would be a gross understatement. I can't imagine any other saga that has stirred this much emotion in such a way as Kojima has willed it to be. This has truly been a journey. Talk about wrapping things up...it's hard to put in words the amount of satisfaction and overachievement of MGS4. It was worth the wait. MGS4 culminates masterful artistry. To the beautiful moving camera not void of blood splatter, dust, snow and rain, to the changing interactive gameplay, to the awe-inspiring cutscenes, to the incredibly moving soundtrack, to all the characters themselves, Snake, Otacon, Liquid, Raiden, Vamp, Naomi, Big Mama, the BB Corps, Meryl, the Patriots, Big Boss...and to the actual story, perfection...definitely deserving a merit of supreme excellence. The balanced blend of humor, remorse, regret, action, morality, and sensibility make MGS4 a legendary game for the ages. With gratitude, thank you Kojima-sama!
Gamespot (Rating: 10/10)
IGN US (Rating: 10/10)
Eurogamer (Rating: 8/10)
PSX Extreme (Rating: 10/10)
Game Informer (Rating: 10/10)
Gametrailers (Rating: 9.3/10)
Volume 5 cranks up the already maxed out volume setting. If you thought more twists wouldn't be possible, then you'd be wrong. Very wrong. And as Amamiya inches closer to unraveling the mystery behind the Gakuso Society and the "barcode" puzzle, he seems to be past the point of no return. The events of Volume 5 pave the way for ongoing mayhem and atrocities. It proves that it's not over yet, not by a long shot.
First, we have Kotobukiya's release of Gothic Lolita Rei with 3 color versions: black, white, and red. This figure was designed to match Kotobukiya's earlier release of Gothic Lolita Asuka Sohryu Langley. At 7,140 yen, this 1/7 scale figure is set to be released this October.
Next up is Alter's Rei Ayanami, New Movie Version figure. At 6,090 yen, this 1/8 scale figure can be yours by the end of the year, December 31, 2008.
Both these manufacturers do a wonderful job with Rei and Asuka. Kotobukiya has also done exceptional work on their new figures of Misato Katsuragi and Kaworu Nagisa. However, it's been over 2 decades and I still don't have a Gendo Ikari figure. Guess it's more waiting and hoping for me...
"Why do you enjoy the MGS saga?"
That was one of the questions raised by staff to Metal Gear fans in line, waiting to meet Hideo Kojima. Yes, I made it, I finally get to meet Kojima-san. And this time, FNAC did a great job, unlike 3 years ago. They made every effort to ensure that the event ran under the best conditions and that every single person would walk away with an autograph safely in hand: closed meeting, “only” 300 invitations, perfect timing to D-day…nothing else to add except, bravo! After 1 hour of waiting, during which fans continued with the staff’s Q&A session, we finally entered a small room heated by the hoard of fans anxiously waiting for one thing: Master Kojima himself. The latest MGS4 trailer is displayed later to be followed by euphoria and cheers as Hideo Kojima, Yoji Shinkawa, and Yumi Kikuchi enter the room.
Kojima greets the crowd, “Bonjour Paris,” and after a small speech and presentation of his crew, it was down to the serious business – the autograph session itself. The intensity and excitement grew as the
Words can’t describe how it felt to have met 3 major talented artists, to be just 5cm before the grand Kojima, and to have shaken hands with him no less!! It’s an experience I will remember my whole life.
Contrary to what I have heard here and there on other similar events, the autograph session in
So, why do I love the
Yoshiki's doctors advised him to wear a corset during his band's Tokyo Dome concerts on three consecutive nights in March, but he decided not to wear it. His chronic condition worsened during the May concerts that marked former X Japan member Hideto "Hide" Matsumoto's death. According to a party close to Yoshiki, the musician is recuperating at his Los Angeles home while noted doctors of Western and Eastern medicine attend to him. Another source says that Yoshiki received a deluge of requests to perform in other cities besides the three already announced, before news came of Yoshiki's worsening condition. [Source: ANN]
Other cosplay figures include Luffy and Nami wearing Goku's Gi and Bulma also sporting Luffy's red vest and blue jeans. Luffy and Goku will be released in November, and Nami and Bulma in December.