Why Halo Thar!
Even the mainstream media is getting her name right, so all the critics and specialists who still think she's using some cutesy Japanese honorific, you have no excuse.
Now more irresponsible. Now more pictures.
Khankluay is a young elephant who lives his carefree life in a forest, but he's always wondering of his lost father whom he's never met. Inspired by the intention to search for his father, Khankluay leaves the forest and sets his journey to the bigger world. His journey brings such an extraordinary adventure to him. He's experienced so many lessons of life, and finds real friends. Finally, Khankluay becomes a mature elephant who's so brave and powerful, but has a gentle heart. He fights for the king and country until his courage becomes a legend.
...while our chests are certainly swelled with the pride and joy that Thai artists have produced an animation of startling technical achievement - one that's breathtakingly close to the flag-bearers like Pixar - the movie also force-feeds us Thais with the pride deeply associated with a primitive brand of patriotism. Considering that the film is supposed to be a children's treat, the 150-million-baht Khan Kluay presents a pretty yet profoundly odd package, especially when the young elephant of the title receives a pep-talk on how he should be proud to sacrifice his life for his country by battling, who else, the invading Burmese.And somehow there's a Lord of the Rings homage in it too, because, y'know. Personally, I'd say it hews closer to the Dreamworks house style than Pixar, but now I'm just waffling. In any case, it's a big artistic step for a country more commonly associated with tourism and food.
Popular works by mangaka Ai Yazawa continue to leave deep impressions on the rankings. "Tenshi Nanka Ja Nai" took in 4th place, while "Paradise Kiss" stood proudly in 8th. It shows that Ai Yazawa can not only succeed with "NANA," but will continue to appeal to the female audience in the future.I think we can safely crown Ms. Yazawa the shoujo queen. And holy crap you guys, when are they going to license Honey and Clover?! The series is just HUGE right now, with a live movie and 2nd season in the works, and practically everyone who's seen the anime loves it. Are we going to have to wait for the entire Fruits Basket generation to grow up (which might take another five years) before seeing this in English-speaking bookstores? Don't answer that; it's a rhetorical question. H&C's balance of mature, character-driven storytelling with delightful whimsy -- a lot like Nodame Cantabile, I guess -- could very well be the "killer app" that gets the North American josei audience going like everyone says it ought to be. Cute and accessible enough for teens, smart enough for grown women. It's right there, ready to break the market open, if Viz (most likely -- it's a Shueisha title) would just bring it over. Hell, you could even place it quite neatly under the Shôjo Beat umbrella!
The new graphic novel, titled NEXT STOP: GERMANY / THE MANGA, is being written, illustrated, and published by VIZ Media and will be given away to fans as a special premium at the final three Men’s National Team games before the team departs for the 2006 FIFA World Cup. The games, dubbed the Send-Off Series, will be held on May 23, 2006, in Nashville, TN, May 26 in Cleveland, OH, and May 28 in Hartford, CT. At this time, the only way fans may obtain this special manga is to attend the games.I like that they're not making much noise about what it's called; they're just saying that it's there.
The manga depicts a legendary game in September 2005 in which the USA earned the right to compete in the 2006 FIFA (Federation Internationale de Football Association) World Cup in Germany with a 2-0 victory against Mexico in front of a sold-out crowd of 24,685 fans at Columbus Crew Stadium in Columbus, OH. After a scoreless first half the USA scored two goals within a six-minute span to qualify for its fifth consecutive World Cup. This was the first time since 1934 that the U.S. was the first team from the CONCACAF (Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football) region to qualify for the World Cup.
"This fetish you call 'moe' is a pedophiliac fetish and is nothing more than perversion. It's not really something you should be gushing over ... In other countries, they'd call what you're fantasizing over 'child pornography' and you'd all be arrested. I'm ashamed that these 'otaku' who are perpetual criminals have entered the mainstream and started an otaku boom."Ouch!
"All the world is going around talking about maid cafes and stuff and making these so-called otaku look good. But people must realize that these guys are simply men incapable of recognizing reality and are incapable of being in a normal loving relationship. I can't stop crying over the fact that these people have been labeled as otaku..."And what, then, is the "proper" way of the otaku?
"Real otaku should go back and shut yourselves off from the world again. The true value of being a real otaku lay in the belief that nobody else understands you."Quick! Someone call a WAAAAHmbulance before she hurts herself bitching!
Five missing works by manga legend Osamu Tezuka, creator of "Astro Boy," were discovered in a collection of Japanese publications gathered by a U.S. censorship unit after World War II.See, that's why you future famous comickers have to archive your work carefully. Never know when stuff is going to go missing!
Takeshi Tanikawa, an associate professor on cinema history at Waseda University, said he found the short pieces in the Gordon W. Prange Collection at the University of Maryland.
The Tezuka works were published in magazines in 1947 and 1948, following his debut as a manga artist in 1946.