I’m always trying to convince myself not to post things on this blog. It usually works, unless I’m deluded into thinking I have a unique perspective, or obscure information.
Nevertheless I churned out some stuff last month and I’m going to tell you about it now, a day (or two) late and a dollar short.
So I wrote about Golgo 13: The Professional because after watching it again I appreciated it on a deeper level. Last time I saw this movie it was on a fading 15 inch LCD monitor. This time it felt like a cinematic experience. I’m peppering this post with Golgo 13 captures for no real reason.
And I wrote about a Portuguese otaku comic because simply the words “Portuguese otaku comic” innately spur my interest.
G Senjou Heaven’s Door is a manga that, even though illegally in English for all to see, is almost entirely overlooked. So I wrote about it too, having discovered the translations were recently completed. It’s one of the rare examples of manga thriving on a thrust of raw adolescent emotion I could relate to in a realistic way.
And of course, I wrote about the Grappler Baki manga. That post has a word count exceeding my output in most months, all by itself. I wanted to get info out there on a visceral title for which my enjoyment felt largely inexplicable. …it feels more explicable now.
I plan to expand on the post and do more with it. Maybe create a YouTube video in the style of anime con fan panels, except, you know, available digitally and therefore useful to more than the dozen people that would show up to such a thing. I have a theory that most anime con panels never find their way online because they themselves are comprised of little more than perfunctory online research and in-jokes. Who needs fan panels when you have Google a browser tab away? I’d like to have something done by the end of the summer but I also don’t want it to stink. We’ll see.
I wrote some light and fluffy stuff, too.
I likened an anime I like to moe. What was I thinking?
I also briefly mentioned Govarian, an odd Go Nagai creation. Maybe I should talk more about mecha. You may not be able to tell from this blog, but I used to be utterly obsessed with robots. I still like a fair amount of them.
Donnie Yen made this wuxia movie called Wu Xia, and before it comes out over here, let me just tell you it rules. I guess it’s going to be called Dragon in the US.
I interviewed one of the voice actors who worked on the English-dubbed Fist of the North Star compilation movies made for Japanese release. The interview didn’t turn out as interesting or insightful as I liked (which is my fault), but there you have it, a BotNS first. In related news, I rented a copy of the first compilation movie from a Japanese website and now have it on-hand to watch when I’m feeling particularly uncharitable towards myself.
Roujin Z is still a decent movie, made more decent by the hi-definition treatment.
I also made a hasty post recapping the news to come out of Otakon, solely to use the phrase “sex juice” on this website.
And finally, deets on the new Hokuto Musou game are spilling out at a steady pace. I may not be as excited about it as a lot of the people on Tumblr (and boy are a lot of them excited), but it’s cool Tecmo Koei want to make Juuza a playable character and improve the gameplay from the previous installment.
I partially started this blog because I figured there’d be a new wave of Fist of the North Star notoriety due of the Discotek anime box sets and the first Hokuto Musou game. In retrospect, it didn’t turn out that way, but whatevs.