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Last night I went up to New People SF to see the two 120 minute Madoka movies. I don’t think they need a review here – I’ll say it was worth spending 5 hours of travel time for, but hopefully next time I won’t have to take public transit – but without spoiling the series, there were some interesting things about the movie adaptation.
First off, the theater turned out to be pretty small, with almost two rows just being people I knew from Twitter, there was none of the special merchandise, and our tickets were printed on receipt paper. This leads me to suspect that Los Angeles is the only US city Japan believes actually exists.
I don’t exactly remember the TV series scene-by-scene anymore, but as far as I noticed there weren’t many new scenes; new animation instead went into improving the witch fights and transformation scenes, animation fixes, and added OP/ED sequences that really seemed sort of out of place in a movie.
The few new scenes mostly seemed intended to make Homura even more of a main character1. Mami actually lost character development, along with all the adults – her wish isn’t shown and they spent almost all their onscreen time talking about romance. In exchange, Mami’s new theme is really good.
All of the cast rerecorded their parts for the movies, and this time actually knew what the story was ahead of time. I’m not sure it made much of a difference, but Kyouko and QB’s performances stood out as very good. (Kyouko’s the best anyway.)
My only complaint about the translation is that one of the seiyuu used the word sekaikan in the opening comment, and I doubt anyone understood what she meant from the subtitle translating it as “worldview.”
In the end I still think Madoka’s plot is very strong when seen all at once, but Kyouko does suffer a little too much and Madoka really doesn’t have a reason to keep following people around at night. Still, if you haven’t seen it yet you should all go and do it before it’s ruined by sequels!
- Why does Kyousuke have to stay in bed if he has a wheelchair?
- Why don’t Madoka’s parents notice she’s never home at night?
- How do magical girls afford apartments?
- Are the flights of doves and their teacher’s voice Hidamari Sketch jokes?
- Define sekaikan.
- Really, Anne Frank?
- and MadoHomu the main pairing [↩]
Here are some old wallpapers I found while cleaning. I believe they came from a Hotline server around the year 2002. Hope you like Ah My Goddess!
Not sure I remember how to write in English at this point, but more contentful posts hopefully coming soon…
Well, I think it’s funny, anyway.
Azunyan dies in every episode.
Ritsu is black.
All the songs would have “Fuck” in the lyrics.
There would be a laugh track.
After School Drugs.
After School Barbeque.
All of them would have babysitting jobs.
It would be dubbed in Japanese by Koichi Yamadera.
After School Tea Party.
There would be a very special episode about Ritsu’s pregnancy.
Is this Degrassi?
Yui: “Shit! I cut my finger!”
The first one killed would be a funny black guy who listens to rap.
Mugi’s eyebrows would be salami.
After HTT saves the school from being blown up by Islamic fundamentalists, they become heroes.
Cheerleaders: “We were wrong. You’re cool after all!”
“Hamburger wa Okazu”
There would be an annoying hairy alien living in Yui’s house.
Sawako’s old band would have done Marilyn Manson covers.
The club room would be covered in graffiti.
#114 is good but is beyond me to translate.
Mugi would actually be a lesbian.
Mugi’s shirt would have some nonsensical kanji on it.
Don’t you mean Yui’s dressing gown?
Note: I frequently encounter people complaining that cheap moe/fanservice anime are being made because they sell better than “serious” anime. However, these shows typically sell extremely poorly – I hope this list will help improve your internet arguments. I’ve added a somewhat-accurate list of genres/original source material.
Source: Anime sales thread material repository on livedoor bbs, presumably from 2ch originally.
These numbers are per-volume averages, with each DVD in a box set being counted as an individual volume. (*) indicates series still being released when the list was made in 2010/05.
List of 2000-2010 TV anime DVD/BDs with 10,000+ sales
|170,479||Comedy||The World of Golden Eggs|
|79,204||Mecha SF||Gundam SEED Destiny|
|76,760||Light Novel||Bakemonogatari (*)|
|70,349||Mecha SF||Gundam SEED|
|52,900||Shounen||Full Metal Alchemist|
|46,147||Mecha SF||Macross Frontier|
|42,690||Shounen||Code Geass R2|
|41,038||Light Novel SF||The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya|
|34,601||SF||Gundam 00 S2|
|29,890||Seinen||Ghost in the Shell S.A.C. 2nd Gig|
|29,509||Sports||Initial D Fourth Stage|
|29,146||4koma Comedy||Lucky Star|
|27,377||Seinen||Ghost in the Shell Stand Alone Complex|
|26,910||4koma Comedy||Azumanga Daiou|
|26,047||Visual Novel Fantasy||Fate/stay night|
|25,637||Harem Romance||Love Hina|
|24,253||SF+Moe||A Certain Scientific Railgun (*)|
|22,829||Light Novel||Dulalala! (*)|
|22,591||Magical Girl SF||Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha StrikerS|
|21,831||4koma Comedy||Working!! (*)|
|20,450||Visual Novel||Kanon (2006)|
|20,342||Healing||Aria The Origination|
|20,052||Shounen SF||Tengen Toppa Gurren-Lagann|
|19,819||Visual Novel||Clannad After Story|
|18,556||Light Novel SF||The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya S2|
|17,888||Sports||Initial D Second Stage|
|17,864||Healing||Aria The Animation|
|17,553||Comedy||Full Metal Panic? Fumoffu|
|16,458||Harem Comedy||Mahou Sensei Negima!|
|16,079||SF||Darker than Black S1|
|15,983||Healing||Aria The Natural|
|14,216||Visual Novel Fantasy||Shingetsutan Tsukihime|
|14,125||Fanservice Comedy||Mahoromatic S1|
|13,789||Fanservice||Strike Witches S1|
|13,723||Shounen||Full Metal Alchemist Brotherhood (*)|
|13,360||Visual Novel||D.C. ~Da Capo~|
|13,233||???||Hand Maid May|
|12,673||SF||Darker than Black S2 (*)|
|12,290||???||Ai yori Aoshi|
|12,126||Light Novel||A Certain Magical Index S1|
|11,800||Novel SF||Banner of the Stars|
|11,521||Fanservice Comedy||Mahoromatic S2|
|11,440||???||Read or Die TV|
|11,251||Magical Girl||Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha A’s|
|11,243||???||Rozen Maiden Träumend|
|11,039||???||Honey & Clover|
|10,620||Light Novel||Shakugan no Shana S1|
|10,612||Light Novel Drama||Toradora|
|10,315||???||Natsume’s Book of Friends S2|
|10,236||???||Natsume’s Book of Friends|
|10,219||Comedy||Pani Poni Dash!|
Who says SHAFT needs industry awards?
Source: Nensyu Labo, compiled by them via publicly available securities reports and documents submitted for 2008.
Average yearly salary, in tens of thousands of yen. (100,000 JPY = roughly $1100)
1. Toei: 864
2. Toho: 837
3. Shochiku: 735
4. Tokyo Rakutenchi: 710
5. Gonzo: 654
6. Toei Animation: 651
7. TYO Productions: 620
8. OS: 620
9. Tokyo Theatres: 619
10. Subaru Enterprise: 615
11. Kokusai Hoei: 607
12. Aoi Advertising Promotion Inc.: 605
13. Tohokushinsha: 604
14. Flight System Consulting: 571
15. Marvelous Entertainment: 534
16. Sotsu: 518
17. Shizukatsu: 512
18. IG Port: 501
19. Omega Project Holdings: 490
20. TMS Entertainment: 485
21. We’ve: 483
22. Kin-ei: 444
23. Nakanihon Kogyo: 435
24. Musashino Kogyo: 430
25. Tokyu Recreation: 383
Sales Rankings, in hundreds of million of yen (100,000,000 yen = roughly 1.1 million USD). Number in () after studio name is rank in above list of average employee salary.
1. Toho (2): 2134
2. Toei (1): 1076
3. Shochiku (3): 949
4. Tohokushinsha (13) : 681
5. TYO Productions (7): 311
6. Tokyu Recreation (25): 277
7. Tokyo Theatres (9): 232
8. Toei Animation (6): 217
9. Aoi Advertising Promotion Inc (12): 167
10. Sotsu (16): 159
11. TMS Entertainment (20): 141
12. Marvelous Entertainment (15): 101
13. IG Port (18): 71
14. OS (8): 65
15. Gonzo (5): 63
16. Tokyo Rakuenchi (4): 37
17. Kin-ei (22): 37
18. Nakanihon Kogyo (23): 37
19. Kokusai Hoei (11): 34
20. Flight System Consulting (14): 30
21. Omega Project Holdings (19): 30
22. We’ve (21): 30
23. Subaru Kogyo (10): 24
24. Musashino Kogyo (24): 20
25. Shizukatsu (17): 11
JAniCA has just posted a press release announcing the four companies out of the sixteen that applied who will be given 38 million yen each in order to create a 23-minute original animation primarily utilizing young animators as detailed in my earlier post on this project.
They are as follows:
Director: Hongo Mitsuru (Dir. Spirit of Wonder, Outlaw Star, Reideen (2007), various Crayon Shinchan incl. 5 films)
Producer: Mogi Hitoshi (Prod. 7+ Crayon Shinchan films, Summer Days with Coo)
Provisional Title: Kizuna Ichigeki
Company: Telecom Animation Film (Also a wholly-owned subsidiary of TMS Entertainment)
Director: Takiguchi Teiichi (Dir., Anim. Dir., Kara no Kyoukai movie 4, Key Anim., The Cat Returns, Tekkonkinkreet, Whisper of the Heart)
Producer: Takeuchi Koji (Prod. Lupin III: The Fuma Conspiracy, Ramen Fighter Miki)
Provisional Title: Ojiisan no Lamp
Company: P.A. Works
Director: Yoshihara Masayuki (Asst. Dir., Eden of the East, Moribito, Key Anim., Ghost in the Shell series)
Producer: Horikawa Kenji (Prod. true tears, CANAAN, Angel Beats!, Series Comp., Popolocrois Monogatari)
Provisional Title: Bannou Yasai Ninninman
Company: Production I.G.
Director: Kise Kazuchika (Anim. Dir., Patlabor the Movie, Patlabor the Movie 2, Bungaku Shoujo, Evangelion 1.0, Ghost in the Shell, Key Anim., Evangelion 1.0/2.0, Ghost in the Shell, Rojin Z, SPT Layzner)
Producer: Terakawa Hidekazu (Prod., IGPX, Jin-Roh, One Piece: Defeat the Pirate Ganzak!, various game animation work by I.G.)
Provisional Title: Tansu Warashi
More 2ch copypaste since I’m bored and can’t turn on my lights to read manga since that’ll attract bugs. This is probably already reproduced somewhere on animesuki, but oh well. “Source is 2ch”, though I bet if you checked on the Oricon site or went to the diet library and took a look at Oricon Biz that you’d find numbers that agree with this! “Discs sold” is the number of discs listed as sold for the highest-selling single volume released of a given series.
But first, some pie charts:
from a Kadokawa booth at some convention or event or another.
Red = (light) novels
Green = manga
Purple = original
Blue = game
Yellow = other
|2006||**,***||Sasami: Magical Girls Club|
|2006||**,***||Rakugo Tennyo Oyui|
|2006||*2,616||Ayakashi Ayashi / Ghost Slayers Ayashi|
|2006||*2,377||Renkin San-kyuu Magical Poka~n|
|2006||**,***||Coyote Ragtime Show|
|2006||*2,489||Hell Girl Season 2|
|2006||**,***||Funny Pets< ?td>|
|2006||**,***||Nerima Daikon Brothers|
|2006||*2,643||Galaxy Angel Rune|
|2006||**,***||Love Get Chu|
|2006||**,***||The Frogman Show|
|2006||2,140||Ayakashi – Samurai Horror Tales|
|2006||**,***||The Galaxy Railways – Crossroads to Eternity|
|2006||**,***||Gin’iro no Olynssis|
|2006||**,***||Soukou no Strain|
|2006||**,***||Night Head Genesis|
|2007||22,215||Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann|
|2007||23,688||Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha StrikerS|
|2007||**,***||El Cazador de la Bruja|
|2007||*2,8993||Gakuen Utopia Manabi Straight|
|2007||–,—||Engage Planet Kiss Dum|
|2007||*1,374||Getsumen To Heiki Miina|
|2007||*9,099||Darker than Black|
|2007||**,***||Sisters of Wellber|
|2008||*3,045||Hell Girl Season 3|
|2008||**,***||Glass Maiden (Crystal Blaze)|
|2008||**,***||Michiko to Hacchin|
|2008||**,***||The Daughter of Twenty Faces|
|2008||59,041||Code Geass R2|
|2008||49,943||Gundam 00 Second Season|
|2008||*1,958||Xam’d: Lost Memories|
|2009||*3,479||Sora Kake Girl|
|2009||**,509||Tokyo Magnitude 8.0|
|2009||**,***||Anyamal Tantei Kiruminzoo|
|2009||10,446||Eden of the East|
I need a drink. As posters note, at least we’ll be able to count on Angel Beats! Hm, maybe two drinks.
…in condensed bullet point form of because there’s no way i’m completely translating a 39 page technical PDF just for fun, even if the project is really interesting.
Anyway, this project was announced earlier this month and the initial announcement about the basic form of the project (4 23-minute original animations to be produced with a 38 million yen budget each, with production focusing on the training of young animators) was picked up by the usual suspects. However, the general reaction on the comments sections seemed to be on the negative side, which was a little baffling to me. I have a lot of trust and respect for JAniCA, as they’ve been one of the most staunch supporters of animators (see translations here, here, and just about every substantial report over the last few years about animator salaries) and so the endless comments of “what is government doing???? just give money to the animators!!” were a little disheartening. These complaints seemed especially silly since the government funding is only coming in at around $2 million US, which in my admittedly rather business-ignorant mind isn’t going to do a whole lot if they just threw it towards wages. (Though if they took the proposed $130 million LDP budget for the manga library and gave that cash to animators, then maybe it’d be a different story…)
Anyway, I got to looking at the detailed application sheet that JAniCA put out a few days later, and wouldn’t you know it, it looks like a very well-meaning, intelligently drafted, and fast-acting plan! Anyway, here are your bullet points, as promised earlier. I’m doing this on a bit more of a rush than normal for me, so goyaku gomen. Please leave comments if you have any corrections/questions.