While Microsoft has always been portrayed as a kind of “Evil Empire” stemming from their previous strong-arm tactics in the 1990s that led them to a landmark anti-trust lawsuit with the US government, the fact remains that under Steve Ballmer the company entered a kind of lost decade where it eventually lost its position as the number one valued tech company. That doesn’t mean that Microsoft is no longer relevant unless you buy into the” Kool-aid” that Google’s Eric Schmidt often remarks upon but that it now faces threats from virtually all sides as their core businesses are now under threat.
Going through my laptop hard drive I realized that I had taken a ton of screencaps for my review of the first ten episodes of Space Battleship Yamato 2199. I made the conscious decision before watching the episodes that I was going to end up reviewing it and mentally prepared myself to take screencaps of what I thought I would end up using. Obviously, I overcompensated. Regardless, there’s no point wasting these so I thought I’d throw together a mini gallery for anyone to look through.
Here is the newest trailer for the upcoming anime Mass Effect: Paragon Lost that follows the character James Vega (voiced by Freddie Prinze Jr.) in his early career as a Marine coming face to face with the mysterious collectors. The title has seen a slight delay in its release date falling back a month from the original date of November 13 to December 28.
It’s been a few months since I last posted a blog entry about the upcoming Rurouni Kenshin live action adaptation that is due in Japanese cinemas this August 25, 2012. Here is the latest 60 second television advertisement along with the full trailer that features new footage not seen in the teaser released at the beginning of the year. Diehard Kenshin fans will no doubt pick up a lot of shots/scenes that seem directly ripped from the manga/anime so here’s hoping the final product is worthy.
Here’s the full trailer for the Mass Effect: Paragon Lost anime which is now scheduled to be released in the USA on November 13, 2012 on DVD and Blu-Ray. Directed by Atsushi Takeuchi, Mass Effect: Paragon Lost is basically a prequel to Mass Effect 3 which focuses on squad mate, James Vega who will again be voiced by Freddie Prinze, Jr.
Although I ended up liking the recent live action Space Battleship Yamato movie many long suffering fans took an opposing view that it did not live up to expectations. Regardless, I don’t expect there to be another live action movie anytime soon yet Yamato fans should still be happy to know that 2012 will see the release of another anime series this time named Space Battleship Yamato 2199. However, don’t expect this to be a mythical season 4 continuation of the original show as the new series is essentially an updated re-telling of season 1 featuring the now famous journey to Iscandar and the main antagonists being the Gamelons.
I remember almost a decade ago when I was nearing the climax of the Noir anime series that an idea popped into my head that here at last was a candidate for easiest translation of anime to Western cinema as there was nothing in it that would take either a gargantuan budget to produce or a massive rewrite to make it palatable for American viewers.