The famous French filmmaker Jean-Luc Godard once said, "All you need to make a movie is a girl and a gun." That certainly seems to be the M.O. for the new televised Lupin anime, A Woman Called Fujiko.
The anime recently debuted on Japanese TV (check out the first episode here). In the gallery above, you can see the screencaps from the second.
The anime features both guns and girls—Fujiko seems to spend much of this episode walking around with no clothes on. Daisuke Jigen, the dude in the hat, looks incredibly badass as does the show's art style.
It's nice to see a cool and sexy anime that doesn't take place in high school—it's also nice to see a cool and sexy anime directed by a female.
Do hope that this helps trigger a recalibration in Japanese anime, which has been dominated by gooey moé characters for far too long. Make anime for adults with adults.
次元ｷﾀ━━(ﾟ∀ﾟ)━━ !! かっこ良すぎだろｗｗ [Otaku]
Titled Love☆Tore, the game will have three versions, "Sweet," "Mint," and "Bitter," and are scheduled for release in 2012 Summer, Fall, and Winter, respectively. In the game, the player takes on the role as leader of a failing dance club and must work to gather and work with other club members to rebuild the club in a sort of dance-centric version of Glee.
From what little information has been released, gameplay seems to consist of mini games involving Kinect use, like balancing and dancing, the results of which will determine whether the dance club survives or not. Additionally, there is a main storyline that, judging from the overall look and character design, will probably involve character choices and potential romance options with the female characters, because Rule 34J states that "if it exists, there's a romance game version of it in Japan", and we already have Dance Evolution…
But not all geeks are the same! And not all geeks are guys. Here's a field guide (via Gow!Magazine), which isn't only applicable to women looking for a marriage partner, but also to anyone keen to date geeks. So which breed of geek is best for marriage? Let's fine out.
•Anime Otaku: The stereotype is that anime otaku stay indoors all the time, watching and recording anime. For those who are already homebodies, an anime otaku might make a fetching catch, wrote Gow! It's also possible that both of you will totally get into the same anime. Since anime otaku can be interested in figurines and voice actors, Gow! advised to check to see just how far your otaku is into anime as well as be aware of what your tolerance level is.
•Electronics Otaku: These geeks are into computers, audio equipment, and electronics. Since electronics are expensive and since this breed of otaku usually want the latest and greatest device, Gow! described them as "money draining landmine otaku".
•Idol Otaku: Idols are typically young pop stars and pin-ups. Idol otaku go to concerts and meet-and-greet events, which is why Gow! described being in a relationship with an idol otaku as "difficult".
•Game Otaku: The number of couples that are into gaming together is increasing, Gow! noted. Sharing the same interest is good for relationships. Though, Gow! warned that if the one partner stopped playing video games, then both might have nothing to talk about.
•Train Otaku: Train otaku don't only enjoy taking trains, but they also love photographing them and building model train sets. Being in a relationship with a train otaku means that you'll probably going on loads of train journeys together, even as you both get older. Gow! warned that model train sets are pricey as are cameras. Also some might not like if their partner is more interested in taking photos of trains than them. Gow! also referred to train nerds as "landmines".
•Superhero Otaku: These otaku are into Japanese superhero Ultraman and Kamen Rider. Because many of these otaku are collectors, that means your house could be covered in superhero items. Gow! warned that rare items can cost a considerable amount of cash. If the couple ends up with a child, then Gow! added that the superhero otaku can do a good job of explaining right and wrong and will probably be a good parent.
It was actually somewhat "in" to date otaku for like a weekend in either 2005 or 2006. Around that time, Train Man was a hit book, movie, and TV show. Otaku were viewed as diligent, earnest, and serious. They were good choices for dates.
Then, on June 8, 2008, a man named Tomohiro Kato went on a stabbing rampage in Tokyo's geek district, Akihabara. Otaku, sadly, reverted to their default setting in the Japanese media: creepy, strange, and possibly dangerous.
Thankfully, it looks as though otaku are making the climb back to mainstream acceptance—and marriage. So don't run from your geekiness when looking for a mate. Embrace it so your partner can embrace it, too. Because your otaku hobbies are probably not going away...
As advertised back in 2010, in June, Disney will begin airing a new cartoon series based on Tron. Not the old Tron. The new one.
Seeing as the last movie felt like a gorgeous cartoon that went for a bit too long, breaking the art style down into 23-minute animated shorts seems like a no-brainer.
Shame Olivia Wilde won't be in it. On the upside, some other very talented people are featuring, such as Bruce Boxleitner, Mandy Moore, Lance Henriksen and Elijah Wood.
Announced a little while back, the The Lands of Ice and Fire is a compendium collecting the first detailed and officially-sanctioned maps of the book and TV series' world, from Westeros to the Summer Islands.
Justifying both the size of the tome and its $40 rrp is the fact it doesn't just include a single giant map of the whole world, but a ton of smaller, more detailed ones as well, for specific locations like King's Landing, The Wall and Valyria.
All the maps are being drawn by Jonathan Roberts, who does this sort of thing all the time. And does a damn fine job of it as well.
The collection will be out in October.
NEW DETAILS ON THE LANDS OF ICE AND FIRE [Westeros.org]
EA Phenomic's upcoming "social" take on Command & Conquer, Tiberium Alliances, hasn't gathered much good press. Probably because it looks about as enjoyable as punching yourself unconscious. It might be in line for a little more bad press, though, given the similarity between some of its unit designs and those found in tabletop war game Warhammer 40k.
Now, designs looking like other designs is nothing new. It's how art works, even in video games. Inspiration and homage are everywhere. Just look at how strongly StarCraft was influenced by, again, Warhammer 40K. But what EA is being accused of here isn't inspiration, it's straight up theft.
In question are two unit designs for the game's "Forgotten" faction, the Bombard and Grinder tanks. Eagle-eyed Warhammer fans have noticed that they're not just similar to vehicles introduced to the tabletop series over fifteen years ago (and to which rival publishers THQ own the video game rights). They're almost identical.
Below are the units compared with their Warhammer counterparts, the relatively obscure Ork Bonecruncha and the not-at-all obscure Imperial Guard Baneblade.
While you could make the argument that the game isn't technically "out" yet, and thus EA has time to change the offending designs, it has been in "open beta" for nearly a month now, so in many ways the damage has been already done.
We've contacted EA for comment, and will update if we hear back.
This year, a new Pokémon game, Pokémon Black and White 2, is headed to the Nintendo DS. The latest issue of Japanese magazine CoroCoro Comic revealed new details about the game, including the first images of the game's brand new trainers.
Set two years after Pokémon Black and White, BW2 features a Pokedex with about three hundred Pocket Monsters. The game begins in a new location called Hougi City. It's located in the south of Isshu, the in game setting. It has both a Pokémon Center and a Trainer School.
There is a new male and female trainer (see above) as well as a new rival character. There are also new "Gym Leader" characters—a rocker girl named Homika and a dude in a swimsuit.
Pokémon Black and White 2 is slated for a June release in Japan. It will be out this fall in the West.