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‘Attack on Titan’ Artistry Sends Shivers Down My Spine

7 Jul

By James Robert Shaw (The Wind up Geek)

Being a fan of cosplay (although not a cosplayer myself), I’m an admirer of the process of costume creation. It’s the endless hours of sowing together, sometimes with nothing more than simple needle and thread, pieces of cloth that will take gradual shape before a finished outfit is worn for all to see at a an event. To me this is the side of fandom I show neither the talent nor the want to become a part of. Watching from the sidelines is my equivalency of having cake and eating it too. But among the cosplay it is, at times, easy for me to overlook the make-up. The artistry that completes the persona one will present does not always get the attention it so richly deserves.

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‘Restaurant to Another World’ Promotional Video Released!

16 Jun

First volume cover of the light novel print series.

By James Robert Shaw (The Wind up Geek)

Restaurant to Another World‘s (RTAW) anime television website released has released the 2nd promotional video to the series that begins airing July 4, 2017 on Tokyo MX. The series is based off Junpei Inuzuka’s light novel series, first serialized from January 4, 2013 on the user-generated novel publishing website Shōsetsuka ni Narō.

The series takes place in a western cuisine restaurant located in the poorer section of a shopping district. The restaurant serves food to salarymen and everyday people during the work week. But this restaurant with the sign of a cat over the door is secretly open during the weekends where they serve an unusual menu to unusual customers.

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3rd Trailer for Koi to Uso’s Animated Series Released!

14 Jun

By James Robert Shaw
(The Wind up Geek)

Koi no Uso‘s official TV anime website released June 13th (Japan time) the third promotional trailer for the series based off the manga by Tsumugi Musawo. The story follows 15 year-old Yukari Nejima who can’t seem to get ahead in life athletically or academically. He lives in a near future Japan where lies and love are forbidden. At 16 years of age the Japanese Government chooses your life partner for better or worse but what happens when Nejima falls in love all on his own. Can he defy his own country’s laws?

The series first appeared as a manga on August 10, 2014 and is simultaneously published in Japanese, English, and Chinese on Kodansha Weekly Shonen Magazine’s DeNA Manga Box app. The series is also licensed in North America as Love and Lies through Kodansha Comics USA.

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What can I see from the NFB at the Annecy 2017 Festival?

10 Jun

annecyBy Ed Sum (The Vintage Tempest)

If I only had the riches, I’d go to France in high style to enjoy the 2017 Annecy International Animated Film Festival, which takes place from June 12 to 17. There’s tons of special events and programming being offered.

After watching Captain Underpants, I’m interested in learning about the difficulties involved in translating printed artistic material to film. Acclaimed Canadian artist/director Robert Valley has a panel, From Graphic Novels to Animated Music Videos and Short Films, which I feel will be very insightful.

National Film Board of Canada

And representation from Canada is not limited. The National Film Board of Canada (NFB) will have a press conference, which will take place on June 14 at 10:30 a.m., and be presenting many animated shorts, a VR experience for attendees to enjoy (Blind Vaysha is being previewed in this medium), highlighting a retrospective on Chris Lavis and Maciek Szczerbowski, and be placing four film in competition. For the latter, I have seen a few of the pieces, and I am anxious to learn who will stand out when animation aficionados will have their eyes and ears about the news coming out of this show.

Also, the nerd in me wants to know what the next animated Marvel Entertainment piece, Ant-Man, will look like. Animators Ugo Bienvenu and Kevin Manach will be talking about their work in this series.

Can someone buy me a plane ticket, please?

From the Press Release, the details revealed are:

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