Kawaii Kon might be 15 days away and dominating everyone's attention right now — and, yes, I'll have plenty of details about
that in my final two "Cel Shaded" columns — but the Hawaii Entertainment Expo (HEXXP) is planning a few things worthy of mention
One of the most successful series to have reached the coveted “so mainstream that people don’t really think of it as anime” level in the U.S. is the multimedia children-playing-card-games juggernaut “Yu-Gi-Oh.”
When you see a book that continues to circulate in the state library system despite being held together by many layers of tape and several metal bolts, you know it has to be popular — and difficult to find a replacement.
Those of you who are fans of movies from Studio Ghibli will be pleased to know that two films spotlighting the debut Ghibli works of two generations of Miyazakis will bow on home video on Tuesday — and one of them is actually worth buying.
Back in 2006, when this paper was known as the Star-Bulletin, Gary Chun wrote an article about local artist Jon Murakami and his then-new comic parodying Japanese live-action superheroes, "Gordon Rider." In that article — available at bit.ly/ikenKu — Murakami detailed his process for drawing the comic: He draws each installment on the erasable white board at Sean's Shop (back then known as Mechahawaii), takes a picture of each board's layout, then redraws it for the comic book.
Today's edition of "Cel Shaded" leads off with something from the "wow, I'm surprised I haven't heard about something like this before" file: A program has been launched to donate anime to U.S. troops serving overseas.
It was a task that would be daunting for anyone to carry out: Take more than 100 pieces of artwork drawn by 50 or so teen artists, then decide which four pieces are worthy of lavishing with praise and fabulous prizes.
At the end of last week's column, I wrote that this week's column would be about the trends to watch in the upcoming year ... completely forgetting in the process about the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii's New Year's Ohana Festival coming up Sunday.
It has been a shade over five months now since "Cel Shaded" moved to its new home on Thursdays, but today's more special than many that have come before. It's the first time this column has been published on Thanksgiving.
During one of my recent chats with tag-team partner in fandom Wilma Jandoc, I half-jokingly lamented that "Cel Shaded" had become a weekly look at the world of anime and manga publisher cutbacks, obituaries and the occasional local convention announcement.
I'll be the first to admit that I'm not sure what to expect from the inaugural Hawaii Entertainment Expo Experience (HEXXP), the six-pronged pop culture convention happening this weekend at the Blaisdell Exhibition Hall.
Shunsuke Ikeda, who died June 11 at the age of 69, was rather prolific in Toei's tokusatsu (live-action superhero) series, with roles in such shows as "Return of Ultraman," "Condorman: Symbol of Justice" and "Silver Mask."
If you've read this column for some time, you know by now that anime conventions come in all shapes and sizes. Kawaii Kon gets mentioned regularly here as Hawaii's annual local convention, while HEXXP, the Hawaii Entertainment Expo Experience, will be including an anime component next month. I've even talked about "Baltiport," the impromptu "convention" assembled by a handful of fans and industry figures in an airport terminal.
Back in July, MangaBento, the group of young artists inspired by anime and manga, hosted Manga Mayhem, an event where attendees could get art advice from club members, try out pens and markers, and take part in drawing contests.
One of the happy traditions I've maintained through the years of writing this column rolls in around this time of year, when the Hawaii International Film Festival releases its program and I scroll through to pick out everything that anime fans might be interested in seeing.
A quick glance at the calendar on my desk shows there are more than seven months to go until late April and the next edition of Kawaii Kon, the local anime convention. It's never too early to start buzzing about what's going on to prepare for next year, though. And there are several tidbits already worth talking about.
"Next big things" in anime and manga have been in short supply lately, but there seems to be one series in particular that has captured the hearts of fans (particularly female ones): "Hetalia Axis Powers."
Anime fans have been known to come up with some crazy, clever things to do with their downtime, but something that happened after Otakon, an anime convention held a few weekends ago in Baltimore, certainly caught my attention ... as well as a bunch of people who followed along on the Anime News Network forums.
We're deep in the heart of summer convention season, which means just one thing to your friendly neighborhood anime columnist: It's time for me to feel insanely jealous toward anyone who got to attend Anime Expo in Los Angeles earlier this month and/or Comic-Con International in San Diego last weekend and subsequently filled my Twitter feed with squeals of delight over everything going on there.
When last we left our discussion of online manga last week, I was talking about manga you shouldn't be reading online: scanlations, manga either fan-translated from the original Japanese or copied outright from the U.S.-published books.
One of the common elements of series featuring giant robots and the teams of humans (or human-like aliens) that pilot them is the part where the individual robots unite to form one giant super-robot ready to smite anything the forces of evil throw at it.
Welcome back to "Cel Shaded," your weekly dose of anime and manga news and commentary. Or to be more precise for today's column, it's scheduled to be a weekly dose unless two newspapers merge into a single, take-on-all-comers unit like those mechanized Voltron or Power Rangers creations. When that happens, a rare opportunity to fit two columns into one week arises as schedules get tweaked.