Volume 2, Issue 2 April 2009
Otaku World Big News for Cowboy Bebop Fans Keanu Reeves Confirms Live-Action Cowboy Bebop Involvement December 17, 2008 Source: MTV by Alex Billington
We first reported a rumor way back in July that Keanu Reeves was cast as Spike Spiegel in an in-development Cowboy Bebop liveaction adaptation. Not much has been mentioned about it since then, however, MTV talked with Reeves recently and finally got confirmation on his involvement - "we're trying to do that," Reeves said. As originally reported, Fox producer Erwin Stoff is developing the project and an unannounced writer is working on the screenplay. In addition to confirming his involvement, Reeves shared some early details on the project, including ideas for the story that they're hoping to put together. "It's so episodic and so disconnected - we're trying to figure out what pieces to put together to tell one story." Reeves says of his appreciation for groundbreaking anime series: "It's got a western quality, a western film noir aspect to it. It's got so much style to it, and that's part of its appeal. That kind of Old West, bordertown, low-tech science fiction aspect." As for adapting it, Reeves admits it will be a challenge, but adds that "that's why you want to do it." As for the style that he mentioned, Reeves says that this project "would be a production designerâ€™s dream - I think you just need a good production designer." I couldn't agree more, but obviously it all starts with the director and as far as we know, they haven't found one yet.
"Because it's such a short form, to make a 2 hour version [will be tough]. And it's got so much of an origin-story obligation; you've got to get people up to speed, but you don't want to do much of that. There are a lot of things to take into consideration, but we think we can do something good." I know fans of the series are already very skeptical, considering our first article on Reeves racked up some 118 comments, most of them complaining about Hollywood ruining great anime and Reeves' attachment. However, based on Reeves' statements here, I've got a feeling that this isn't going to turn out as bad as Dragonball Evolution in the end. They just need to find the right director first and maybe that will relieve everyone's fears. Pacific Asia Museum Something to Look forward to besides the Anime Expo. If you would like to visit this museum for the exhibit below, just send us an email and we will get a plan together to visit. Admission: $7 for adults, $5 for students/senior. Driving directions to 46 N Los Robles Ave, Pasadena, CA 91101 274mi â€“ about 4 hours 22 mins The Samurai Re-Imagined: From Ukiyo-e to Anime February 19 through August 9, 2009
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INSIDE THIS ISSUE: Announcements 1 In the Spotlight 2 Asu No Yoichi Real/Fake Princess Trips/Conventions 3 Library Lobby 4 Series Summaries DVD/Manga List Of Note 5 Asakiyumemishi Chrome Shelled Regios Members Area 6 Manga Contests Anime Contests Fun & Games 7 Anime Scramble Club Mascot
REAL/FAKE PRINCESS From DrMaster:
ASU NO YOICHI Synopsis A boy trained by his father in the way of the "Ukiha Kamikaze" swordplay, Yoichi, has lived in the mountains, far from civilzation for all seventeen years of his life. His father finds nothing more to teach him, and sends him to the city to lodge at the Ikaruga dojo to further his mental and physical capabilities. Four sisters live in the dojo and Yoichi begins a new more severe "training" regimen.
The story begins during the Sung Dynasty of ancient China. The country is in great chaos due to the infamous Jin Kang Rebellion. Fearing the possible destruction that is sure to ensue, Concubine Liu tearfully entrusts the care of her baby daughter, Princess Yi Fu, to a common citizen named Tang Hui. Tang Hui immediately escapes with the princess to the south. And so, Princess Yi Fu's whereabouts become a mystery. Now, ten years later, the Tang have returned to power and the great family wishes for all exiled family members to return. But Zi Li is happy with her life. She knows that returning means giving up her love; for a peasant could never court a princess. And courtship between a princess and a palace warrior is equally frowned upon. But that does little to quell the fire that burns inside Zhong Luâ€”a famed warrior charged with the task of finding and restoring the princess to the throne.
Review This series is hilarious. I could not stop laughing at times. It is a combination of Rurouni Kenshin and Full Metal Panic, with some fan service thrown in here and there. Overall, it is very entertaining.
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Anime Film Festival May 14 - July 23, 2009 Seven films, five nights, and lots of fun! Enjoy early Japanese cartoons such as Momotaro’s Sky Adventure (1931) by Yasuji Murata and The Animal Village in Trouble by Sanae Yamamoto along with popular films including Samurai X and Gundam Wing: The Movie. Anime Film Festival Thursday, June 11 & 23 In celebration of The Samurai Re-imagined, join us under the stars in the museum courtyard for the first presentation in our Anime Film Festival. Stay tuned for more information on film, time and cost. Kin-Yoobi Con 2009 August 8, 2009 Chabot College, Hayward, CA
Anime Expo 2009 ::Member Package:: • • • •
Price per person: $285.00 Registration Fee: $55.00 Reservation/Deposit Fee = $100.00 Remainder Balance = $130.00
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Registration for Anime Expo Pass Hotel Accommodations for 4 days/4 nights Transportation from Merced to Los Angeles/Los Angeles to Merced. Snack Packs for Thursday to Saturday 1 Ticket to the following events - Anime Expo AMV Contest Customized Anime Club Shirt DVD of Events at Expo after the event RAC Button
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::Deadlines:: Saturday & Sunday August 29 & 30, 2009 Radisson Hotel 500 Leisure Lane, Sacramento CA 95815 Pacific Media Expo 2009 Veterans' Day Holiday Weekend November 6 to 8, 2009 Hilton Los Angeles Airport
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April 1, 2009 - Registration Fee. May 1, 2009 - Deposit May 15, 2009 - Remainder Payment May 25, 2009 - Full Refund ($50.00 cancellation fee will be kept from deposit.) June 1, 2009 - Full Registration Refund June 1, 2009 - Partial Refund (deposit will not be refunded.) Continued on Page 5
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Want to know what’s in our complete library….well, too much to list here, so I’ve listed as many as I could fit. GRAPHIC NOVELS B.O.D.Y. Crimson Hero Cipher Devil Does Exist I Hate You More Than Anyone Othello Ouran High School Host Club Real/Fake Princess Romance Papa S.A. Skip Beat Versus Wild Ones VIDEO DVD Aishiteruze Baby* Akane-iro ni Somaru Saka* Allison and Lillia^ Asu No Yoichi* Bokura Ga Ita* Chrome Shelled Regios* Code Geass Season 1* Code Geass Season 2* Dragonauts* Final Fantasy Advent Children Fafner of the Azure* Full Metal Panic Full Metal Panic: TSR Generator Gawl Glass Fleet Gundam 00 Season 1# Gundam 00 Season 2* Gundam Seed Gundam Seed Destiny Gun X Sword* Happy Lesson Hayate No Gotoku* His and Her Circumstances Itazura Na Kiss* Jyu-Oh-Sei Kodocha Macross Frontier* Martian Successor Nadeisco PAGE 4
Nogizaka Haruka no Hitmitsu* Ouran High School Host Club# Peach Girl Prince of Tennis# School Rumble Skip Beat* Solty Rei Tytania^ Whistle* Yakitate Japan* Yukikaze Symbols ^Will only play with computer dvd rom player #Two available sets, 1 playable on any dvd player and another playable on either a Divx dvd player or computer CD Rom. *Only playable with a Divx compatible dvd player or computer CD Rom. No Symbol indicates original dvd from publisher.
B.O.D.Y. Vol. 1-4 Plot Summary: This is a book about two twins named Siva and Cipher, who since entering high school have taken turns going to school and work as a model/actor under the name "Siva." When a girl at school finds this out she is not given a reason, but instead a two week basis in which she lives with them to try and be able to tell them apart without asking. At the end of the two weeks if able to tell the brothers apart, they have agreed to tell her the reason why they switch off. Ouran High School Host Club Vol. 110 Plot Summary: All Nobara ever wanted to do was to play volleyball. However, since she's the eldest daughter of her family's establishment, her family wants her to inherit the role of the young mistress. And when she enters a new school, she finds out that her mother went as far as to cancel the girls' volleyball team. Out of anger, Nobara ran away from home, and went for her aunt's help. Her aunt ended up taking her to the boys' dorm for the boy volleyball players, and had her get the role of the dorm mom. Now, Nobara has to deal with finding a way to get the girls' volleyball team back, and, for the first time, learn how to clean and do all the housework. Wild Ones Vol. 1-2 Plot Summary: Kazuha Akiyoshi is the responsible oldest daughter in a large family. She attends an all-girls high school with her best friend Senko and has a crush on her little brother's kindergarten teacher. During her high school festival, she is shocked when a handsome hairstylist, Maki Sugimoto, who's helping at the festival, makes it obvious that he's interested in her. Complicating matters are Senko's infatuation with Maki, which makes Kazuha feel guilty about her developing feelings. The story also deals with several other relationships in Kazuha and Maki's group of friends.
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Continued from page 1 Pacific Asia Museum Something to Look forward to besides the Anime Expo. If you would like to visit this museum for the exhibit below, just send us an email and we will get a plan together to visit. Admission: $7 for adults, $5 for students/senior. February 19 through August 9, 2009
Anime: Asakiyumemishi - The Tale of Genji Airing: January 15, 2009 Links: http://asakiyumemishi-anime.com/ Wikipedia Synopsis: The work recounts the life of a son of a Japanese emperor, known to readers as Hikaru Genji, or "Shining Genji". Neither appellation is his actual name: Genji (源氏, Genji) is simply another way to read the Chinese characters for the real-life Minamoto clan (源の氏, Minamoto-no-Uji), to which Genji was made to belong. For political reasons, Genji is relegated to commoner status (by being given the surname Minamoto) and begins a career as an imperial officer. The tale concentrates on Genji’s romantic life and describes the customs of the aristocratic society of the time. Much is made of Genji’s good looks. His most important personality trait is the loyalty he shows to all the women in his life, as he never abandons any of his wives. When he finally becomes the most powerful man in the capital, he moves into a palace and provides for each of them.
Rurouni Kenshin (detail) By Kazuhiro Furuhashi, Japan, 20th century, Animation production cel (paint on cellulose), On loan by Charles Solomon The Samurai Re-Imagined explores the roots of the popular Japanese art forms of manga (graphic novels) and anime (animation) in the traditional arts of Japan by examining images of the iconic warrior, the samurai. By juxtaposing depictions of samurai in Edo era woodblock prints, ink paintings, historical photographs, animation cels and drawings, original manga panels, and toys, the exhibition will demonstrate the ongoing links between fine art and popular culture in Japan.
Anime: Chrome Shelled Regios Producers: ZEXCS Airing: January 10, 2009 Links: http://anime.webnt.jp/regios/ Synopsis: In this school fantasy story set in the distant future, creatures contaminated by pollution have overtaken the land, forcing humanity to live in isolated mobile cities called Regios. One such city named Czerni is a selfcontained school in which freshman Reifon Aruseifu has just enrolled. Reifon reluctantly joins the 17th Martial Arts Studies Unit led by the third-year student Nina Antōku and embarks on a series of adventures.
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Theme 1: Beauty in the Night Prize: Club Mug Personalized and Mug with winning image. One Winner Per category Details: Draw characters from one of your favorite series (in compliance with the club policy) in the midst of the night beneath a wonderful full moon. What do you see them doing? Are they sleeping? Camping? Frolicking at the beach? It’s your imagination. Let it run wild. (But not too wild) Rules: No yaoi, yuri or hentai allowed.Character or characters themes may be in whatever style you choose except for the following: yaoi, yuri, bloody, vampires, nudity or zombies. Characters are not to have any symbols or crosses on clothing or as jewelry. Other restrictions are applied, please view the club policy for more details. Categories: • Traditional Art - Work that is primarily created with traditional media and physical materials. • Digital Art - Digital artwork originally created via the use of digital programs on a computer with a pen & tablet or computer mouse. Submission: • Deviant Art:Send a note to nekorin with the subject "Contest Entry" and with a link to your submission along with the following info -Name, shipping address (po box accepted as well as international addresses), email address, title of work and category. The deviation's description must mention the contest. • Snail Mail: Please submit art work no bigger than 8x10 inches with a 3x5 card with the following information – Name, email address, shipping address, title of work and category. • Email: Please add art work as an attachment and send a message with the following info - Name, shipping address, email address, title of work and category. • Web Site: Click on the "Contest Entries" link to the left and upload your entry. Please make sure that you email the title, your name, email address and category after submission. Deadline: April 30, 2009 Theme 2: This is what I would dream if..... Prize: $25.00 Gift Card for Anime Castle or Right Stuf International. One Winner Per category Details: What does your favorite character dream about? Can you answer the question above by drawing what it is they dream about? Well, let’s find out. Rules: No yaoi, yuri or hentai allowed.Character or characters themes may be in whatever style you choose except for the following: yaoi, yuri, bloody, vampires, nudity or zombies. Characters are not to have any
symbols or crosses on clothing or as jewelry. Other restrictions are applied, please view the club policy for more details. Categories: • Traditional Art - Work that is primarily created with traditional media and physical materials. • Digital Art - Digital artwork originally created via the use of digital programs on a computer with a pen & tablet or computer mouse. Submission: • Deviant Art:Send a note to nekorin with the subject "Contest Entry" and with a link to your submission along with the following info -Name, email address, title of work and category. The deviation's description must mention the contest. • Snail Mail: Please submit art work no bigger than 8x10 inches with a 3x5 card with the following information – Name, email address, title of work and category. • Email: Please add art work as an attachment and send a message with the following info Name,email address, title of work and category. • Web Site: Click on the "Contest Entries" link to the left and upload your entry. Please make sure that you email the title, your name, email address and category after submission. Deadline: May 9, 2009
One Sweet Deal Dear Members, We have an offer that you cannot refuse. As of April 10, 2009 we will offer club members a $50.00 deduction towards their trip to the Anime Expo. Woohoo! I know you're wondering, what's the deal? Well, here it is: Condition 1: The club will have to make a total of $1500.00 from fundraiser sales between April 10, 2009 and June 15, 2009. This will exclude costs for merchandise, refunds, etc. Condition 2: Each $50.00 deduction will cost 200pts. You must have at least 300pts to qualify. Condition 3: We will only allow up to 2 deductions per member.
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