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A Planetarian Anime? Someone Pinch me

April 01, 2016 By: Nopy Category: Anime

 

As most of my regular readers know, I’m a big fan of Key’s works (Kanon, AIR, Clannad, etc.) so when they announced a Planetarian anime movie adaptation, I was ecstatic… but then I realized it was April Fools. But wait, Key has made real announcements before on April Fools so there was a glimmer of hope that it was real. Now that April Fools is over in Japan and Key’s website has reverted back to normal, we can confirm that Planetarian is going ahead!

There aren’t many details about the anime yet other than that it’s being produced by David Production (Inu x Boku SS, Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure). There is a countdown timer on the official website for April 15, on which more details of the anime will come.

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For those of you who aren’t familiar with Planetarian, it is one of Key’s older visual novels about a “junker” in a post-apocalyptic world that finds a planetarium in an abandoned city. Surprisingly, inside the planetarium is a fully functioning robot attendant named Yumemi. She had been tapping into an old military power line to maintain her systems and only operates once per year. Unaware of what has happened to the world, she treats the junker as a guest to the planetarium and plans to show him the starry sky. Unfortunately, the planetarium’s projector has long since stopped functioning so the junker tries to repair it for Yumemi. The story is about finding a moment of peace after decades of fighting and seeing something beautiful in an ugly world.

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Planetarian was actually the first visual novel I ever completed, although Key calls it a “kinetic novel” since you don’t do anything other than read it. I found it to be much more of a tear-jerker than Key’s other works, so be warned. It is definitely a beautiful story though and I highly recommend it.

More Gundams in Edmonton

March 27, 2016 By: Nopy Category: Anime

Continuing on from my previous post comparing scenes from episodes 23 and 24 of Mobile Suit Gundam Iron-Blooded Orphans with real-life Edmonton, here is a look at the places shown in episode 25. While many of the backgrounds stay true to what Edmonton actually looks like, there are a few minor differences which I will point out below.

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At the start of the episode, Mika and Ein are still battling it out at the intersection of 109 Street and Jasper Avenue.

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Observations in Boku Dake ga Inai Machi – An Explanation of Light, Colour, and Becoming a Hero

March 26, 2016 By: Nopy Category: Anime

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I’m sure many of you have already heard about how good Boku Dake ga Inai Machi (a.k.a. “Erased”) is, but have you ever stopped to consider all of the different meanings hidden behind each characters’ words and actions? Boku Dake ga Inai Machi is jam-packed with them and is the latest anime that I think is worthy of another Observations post. If you haven’t seen Boku Dake ga Inai Machi yet, please note that there are plenty of spoilers below.

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Gundams in Edmonton!?

March 20, 2016 By: Nopy Category: Anime

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The first season of Mobile Suit Gundam – Iron-Blooded Orphans is soon coming to an end, with an epic battle in the Arbrau capital of Edmonton starting in episode 24. For those of you who have not heard of Edmonton, it is a real city; the capital of Alberta, Canada and known as the “Gateway to the North”. Of course, having been born and raised in Edmonton, I’m am very excited to see how the Gundams of the future will tear up my city. If you’re interested in visiting Edmonton some day for a Gundam pilgrimage, I’ve highlighted some of the areas shown in the anime below.

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Summer 2015 Anime Round-up

July 26, 2015 By: Nopy Category: Anime

summer2015Its been a long time since I’ve done a round-up, but here we are again with another anime season and with 3-4 weeks behind us, it’s time to sort through the good and bad. As usual, I won’t be covering sequels or spin-offs, though I am introducing ratings for each show from 1 to 5. For those who want a quick recommendation, go with Charlotte, Gakkou Gurashi, or Gate.

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Anime Conventions to Check Out in Las Vegas

July 01, 2015 By: Nopy Category: Anime

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The Japanese have been influential on many fronts, and the one thing that seems to have taken the world by storm is anime. The diverse art form has been distributed via all media forms, extending fandom across the continents, especially in North America. Although the majority of Americans don’t tend to respond well to foreign films and TV, anime has successfully penetrated American entertainment and pop culture with the Dragon Ball franchise, Pokemon, Spirited Away, and a host of other Japanese-inspired cartoons. The worldwide phenomenon is now being revered in annual conventions, so if you’re an anime fan that would like to partake in some cosplay while checking out the latest trends in the industry, Las Vegas is the city to be at.

Over the past couple of decades, the gambling capital has diversified their image from solely being an entertainment for casino goers. The truth is that that millions of people still make the trip over to Sin City to experience the liveliness of the gaming floors, which Intercasino describes as having a festive and lively atmospheres that usually keep the patrons awake gaming for hours. But
with all the Las Vegas conventions that celebrate and reveal the innovations across the industries, the city adds a few more reasons why a Vegas trip is definitely worth the time and money for many people, including anime fans.

Below is an overview of anime conventions held in Las Vegas:

Otakon Vegas
Originating in Baltimore, Maryland, Otakon is America’s largest East Asian pop culture expo which expanded to a new location last year. The Vegas convention is more intimate than the Baltimore event, but conveniently held in the Planet Hollywood Resort along the Strip, right in the middle of all the excitement. Otakon takes place around mid January.

LVL Up Expo
If you’re an avid gamer, you’ll love this exhibition. Held on May 30 and 31 this year, LVL Up Expo is an annual event that showcases the latest technology in anime video games. Using various gaming platforms, exhibitors interact with event participants with exciting competitions, such as the popular Pokemon All-Stars Gym Leader Challenge and PC/Console tournaments like Ultimate Street Fighter, Mario Kart, and Mortal Kombat.

Sabakon
This Labor Day weekend, Sabakon will open its doors to all ages at the Alexis Park Resort where attendees can express themselves artistically through costume and participate in lots of activities. They also have a Sabanetics Tech Show that allows you to play 3D virtual reality games as well as other interactive technology. The fun never stops at this convention.

Note: This is a guest post.

Zankyou no Terror – Reflections of the Early 21st Century

December 19, 2014 By: Nopy Category: Anime

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Zankyou no Terror, also known as Terror in Resonance, aired from July – September 2014. It’s a short 11-episode series from Aniplex, but I think it captures the 21st century like no other anime, making it a good watch. I haven’t seen an anime represent the problems of our world as well as Zankyou no Terror since Shin Sekai Yori. Some of the themes that the anime covers are: terrorism, information spread, a lost generation, and government actions. If you haven’t heard of Zankyou no Terror before, below is the official plot outline:

In an alternate version of the present, Tokyo has been decimated by a shocking terrorist attack, and the only hint to the identity of the culprit is a bizarre video uploaded to the internet. The police, baffled by this cryptic clue, are powerless to stop the paranoia spreading across the population.
While the world searches for a criminal mastermind to blame for this tragedy, two mysterious children—children who shouldn’t even exist—masterfully carry out their heinous plan. Cursed to walk through this world with the names Nine and Twelve, the two combine to form “Sphinx,” a clandestine entity determine to wake the people from their slumber—and pull the trigger on this world.
I didn’t think the outline really brings out the masterpiece of Zankyou no Terror, so I’m going to cover what I got out of the series.

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Observations in the Garden of Words – Addendum 1

December 07, 2014 By: Nopy Category: Anime

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The other day I was rewatching The Garden of Words and noticed something significant that I left out of my original post. As with every viewer, I can only analyze a story from my existing beliefs, understandings, and knowledge. That said, it is difficult at times to observe, interpret, and understand everything from a Japanese viewpoint when I was raised in Canada and taught western culture and literature. Therefore, I hope that this addendum will help others who grew up in a similar environment as me to better appreciate the beauty of The Garden of Words.

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Animethon 21

August 10, 2014 By: Nopy Category: Anime, Other Stuff

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It’s good to be able to have time to go to another anime convention. After missing the big 20th anniversary of Animethon last year, I was happy to be able to attend this year.

If you haven’t seen my previous posts on Animethon, here are some quick facts:

  • It’s a 3-day convention held annually in Edmonton, Alberta.
  • It’s the oldest anime convention in Canada that’s still going.
  • It’s the largest anime convention in Western Canada.

One of the nice things about Animethon is that it’s probably the most over-looked anime convention by big companies, making it large while still maintaining a close-knit community feel. I think it’s largely due to Edmonton’s lack of global recognition compared to Calgary and Vancouver, but that’s not a discussion for this blog.

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Summer 2014 Anime Round-up

August 06, 2014 By: Nopy Category: Anime

It has been a month since the summer season started so it’s time to do another round-up. With one exception, I’m only providing commentary on the new series (a whopping 27 this time), which excludes sequels, remakes, spin-offs, etc. If you aren’t familiar with my round-ups, this is where I offer my initial thoughts on new anime based on the first 1-5 episodes, followed by my recommendation and whether I thought it was worth watching.

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