Monthly Archives: November 2006

IMAF Now till Nov 14th International Anime & Manga Festival

Just went and had a quick look at the IMAF Festival at County Hall (home of Manga Cafe and London Aquarium) – it’s dead easy to get to, although there were so many tourists crossing the bridge from Westminster tube station towards London Eye…and what’s with the roasted nuts and icky hot dogs on sale, why can’t we have tasty pancakes and waffles instead like in Paris, things I might actually buy or eat!
This is a compettion that allows non Japanese people to submit thier artwork and win lots of money – some people actually wont go as it’s not ‘Japanese’ enough for them…which makes me sad, as some of the artwork was simply wonderful (see below)!

I didn’t see that many cosplayers but these girls looked cute so i asked them to pose :)

Highlights include – 4 rooms screening anime. They are screening different anime in all the rooms, and it’s FREE entry – so, if you live in london, and don’t have fansub download ability this is your opportunity to see lots of free manga HOWEVER, some of it is dubbed. Anime being screened tomorrow-tuesday includes…Cromartie High School, Noein, Gilgamesh, Naruto, Otogi Zoshi, Serial Experiments Lain, GITS, Elfen Leid, Paranoia Agent, Requiem From The Darkness, Chobits and Get Backers.

There was a trading area, Tokyotoys are there with all their lovely figurines, there’s another stall with the typical naruto/fma/fruits basket/death note stuff on sale, with some huge wall scrolls and posters of various things. I almost bought a death note bag, but to be honest I use these events to browse so i can buy things cheaper online, at reasonable prices.

There were lots of Tokyopop/Tanoshimi manga – but again, even at 10% off (£6.30) it’s still a lot when you can get it from the net at about £4.30-£5.30 per book (and that’s including P&P). They were selling a book with manga from International artists, but it didn’t look very pretty. It’s a shame they weren’t selling souvenir leaflets with shiny colour photos of some of the most beautiful entries.

Manga tour of Japan holiday was being advertised (well yes, great, LOL if i had a spare £1250 or whatever it is I’d love to go, but my spending consists of the odd manga book to read on the tube at the moment!)

The events seem the moet interesting, it was a shame i couldn’t stay for the cosplay catwalk (I have a 2500 word essay to write for monday and another for friday – aargh). I also missed a talk about Mangaka in the UK by Paul Gravett (of ’60 Years of Japanese Comics’ fame) but he’s giving a few more talks, one on Monday on ‘Manga Storytelling’, and one on Tuesday about ‘How to draw Global manga’, there is also a kimono and sushi making demonstation in the main hall tomorrow.

There were 3 main issues I had with the event:

1. the hideously ugly design on the orange/green poster everywhere – yes it’s eyecatching but for all the wrong reasons!

2. It’s not well sign posted, once you get in on the aquarium side there’s no sign pointing that you have to go up the stairs to see the exhibition, and you have to wander through various halls and corridors (it’s got that boarding school maze feel) to find anything! i would like big idiotic orange arrows on the floor!

3. The space is too big for what they are doing, there weren’t enough chairs or comfy sofas around for people to feel they could stop for a length of time and chill out, it felt like you walked through the maze and then left – i wonder if anyone stuck around for any significant amount of time.

That said, I felt it was worth going for the pretty pictures…here are my favourites, I wonder if any are the same as the one’s you noticed as you looked round…

Tokimeki Memorial ~Only love~ 1-3 – saved by the…chick?

Seriously, the only thing I find distinctive and memorable about this anime is this little chick (Hiyoko). I want to like this series I really do, but I find nothing memorable about the character design or plot. There’s something about this kind of face/eye design I find really ugly and lazy. i can’t perve over characters in a harem anime if they have silly eyes and that defeats the main enjoyment of watching a harem anime surely?

Perhaps sadly this show does encourage me to cook some nice food for my bf…although not present myself on a platter like in Sumomomo I just watched! There are limits! There was something about a girl bombarding him with text which was quite funny, and trying to be a good gf that was amusing…maybe it’ll get better! I’ll might eventually drop it in favour of Gift ~Eternal Rainbow~ which I’m loving!
This was quite funny!

Quick call the RSPB! (It would be much funnier if it was a furry animal like a squirrel rather than a chick IMHO!)

Yamato Nadesico Shichihenge (ヤマトナデシコ七変化) 1-4 It’s funny as hell!

Reasons to love this anime:

1. Boys that look so much like women I feel every confused about how exactly you’re meant to find them attractive, and not just laugh at them all the time.

2. Sunako: Female goth in desparate need of lessons on how to become a lady…if only she can stop having nosebleeds all over the dazzlingly beautiful boys! Nosebleeds galore! I’m hoping she will never change and continue to live in her dark horror themed little fantasy world. She’s cool! Esp when she kicks ass to save the boys. Her costumes are great. Bewaaare the evil fringe. Evil!

3. It’s making me laugh as much as Ouran High School Host Club!

4. The goth goth loli loli girls!! They rule!
5. The mad aunt who owns the mansion seeming like some pyscho superwoman.

Can’t wait to read the manga! Especially enjoyed this anime after a few glasses of alcohol, made it funnier… :)

Flag フラッグ 1-5 I love the art direction so much!

I am so impressed with the quality and depth of artwork in this realistic look at life through the lense of a UN photographer. There are mecha and military photos, as well as landscape, character and war snapshots that are beautiful!

If you can get past the iritation of the little squares of the viewfinder in the centre of the screen and the re-showing of past events via a laptop format you will be rewarded!

The character and depth aspect of this anime are the most rewarding. These mature characters are believable and shown in an honest light, and some of the quotes/events will hopefully leave you thinking about events after the episodes have finished – which is something I look for in exceptional anime. I think it’s a shame this anime is only 13 episodes long, even if the story is moving on a little slowly!

I like the HAVWC design, I like the glimpses of the characters, I’m enjoying the soundtrack, I love the art direction and character design…it’s just a wonderful combination. I hope it doesn’t end with Shirasu getting killed!

Some of my favourite photographs/screenshots/quotes so far:

Anime Head Trip – Taking screenshots, Manga most wanted, Manga I wish they’d hurry up and translate, Manga I wish existed(!), and the IMAF (International Manga and Anime Festival) Nov 10-14 London.

Taking Screenshots, some thoughts:
Over the past 3 weeks or so I’ve watched lots of anime but not blogged individual episodes as I haven’t had time. I thought I’d just take screenshots and then write some summaries about how I feel about the series so far. There are a few problems I realised with this.

1. I can’t remember the plots of the 40+ anime series I am following! I hope anyone reading my blog is just interested in snippets of info in what other people think about a series, and have already watched some of it themselves.
2. I can’t remember the names of all the characters…eeek. Thanks to other bloggers for recording this info! :)
3. I take screenshots for bizarre personal reasons.

I’m not interested in having screenshots of all the important characters/plot elements. I take screenshots when I think something is incredibly cute, sexy, funny or the artwork is simply stunning and worth keeping.

So what I’m getting at is my series summaries will sometimes look a bit odd…eg. the only screenshots I’ve kept of ‘Night Head Genesis’ so far are of a squirrel! However, for me personally, a few cool pictures of a squirrel are one of the most memorable parts of the anime but probably not worth blogging about?

I originally intended on just blogging about the artwork I liked and why, but seem to have been a bit side tracked with blogging every episode I watch…ever…which is both impossible and self defeating! Was toying with a post just about the hot female characters which prompt me to hit pause and ‘screencap’ or maybe all the stand out characters, but it would take too long. Maybe 3 posts, one about cute images, one funny, one sexy and one arty?! Something for me to think about anyway…maybe I’ll do that at the end of the anime series…

Manga Most Wanted:

Out of all the series I’m watching, the anime which has manga versions being published IN ENGLISH I would like to read in order of preference:

1. Nhk ni Youkoso

2. The Wallflower (Yamato Nadesico Shichihenge)

3. D Gray Man

4. Death Note

5. Buso Renkin

…and manga published I don’t think I want to read!

1. La Corda D’Oro ~primo passo~ (don’t think a musical anime works as well in manga form?)

2. Ghost Hunt (seems very average)

Manga I wish they’d hurry up and translate!

(If they already have, blame animenewsnetwork or bookbutler or me being blind!)

1. Pumpkin Scissors (I’ve had a look at the japanese manga and it’s awesome!)
2. Sumomomo Momomo (I’m sure this’d be a huge seller, it’s so funny!)

3. Asatte no Houkou (Think this would be cute to read!)

4. Bartender (loving the anime wonder what the manga’s like?)
5. Ginga Nagareboshi Gin (wonder how good the animal art is in the manga?)
6. Yoake Mae Yori Ruri Iro Na ~Crescent Love~ (want to see the comedy bits in manga form)

7. Ge Ge Ge no Kitarou (just intrigued what it looks like)

8. Witchblade manga (interested in artwork when the girls are transformed and fighting!)

9. Kanon (Uguuuu)

Manga I probably wouldn’t touch with a bargepole if they did translate it!:

1. Ring ni kakero (it’s ugly AND about boxing, it’s just not my thing really!)

Manga I wish existed(!):

I would love to see the artwork in manga form for the following in order of preference:

1. Flag

2. Bakumatsu Kikansetsu Irohanihoheto
3. Red Garden

4. Tenpou Ibun Ayakashi Ayashi

5. Otome wa Boku ni Koi Shiteru (oh the pseudo-yuri potential!!)

6. Gift ~Eternal Rainbow~

7. Kemonozume (weird art would be cool?)

8. Le Chevalier D’Eon (so I could flick through some of the oh so dull dialogue!)

9. Code Geass -Lelouch of the Rebellion

10. Shounen Onmyouji

11. Yomigaeru Sora – Rescue Wings –

12. Tokimeki Memorial ~Only Love~ (but i’d reallyt just flick through to the bits with the chick and giggle)

Anime I’m glad doesn’t have a manga equivalent/version!

1. Black Blood Brothers (I’ve had enough of this mediocre vampire nonsense)

2. Happiness (not really memorable as an anime sooo…)

3. Lamune

4. Night Head Genesis

5. Kujibiki Unbalance

6. Mamoro-kun ni Megami no Shukufuku wo! (I can’t really remember what the first ep of the anime was about, so it can’t be that special)

7. Trapp ikka Monogatari (there’s only so much good little girl anime i can take >< ) 8. Hanoka (really not liking the weird neck movement or character design in anime so wouldn't want a manga) IMAF (International Manga and Anime Festival):

If you’re in London at any point between Nov 10-14th you might want to check this out! I’ll be going to have a look and take some photos.
IMAF Homepage.