Many of you may not realize it, but 40 years ago on September 25th, a Beatles cartoon was aired on ABC. In celebration of this momentous event that changed the face of anime today, I give you a picture from Iriya no Sora, UFO no Natsu that shows the level of respect this legendary band has earned all over the world.
That was a bit... underwhelming.
A constant reminder of the degeneration of our society into keyboard symbols representing various emotional states. It comes as no surprise that we shirk face-to-face contact amongst our peers in lieu of a colder form of communication.
September 18, 2005 / bedizen
Some may accuse me of watching too much Shuffle! lately, and my only rebuttal are two pictures from the show. The first is further evidence of the "bad conditions" that animators live under; denying a simple wish for a snack can only spell trouble for companies everywhere. The second pic, "Kaffee klatsch", underscores the additional need for some R&R amongst the hard working animators - everyone needs a break once in a while to have some social coffee and converse in informal German.
Speaking of mysteries, I received the third picture the other day as part of a PR kit for a new DVD out in America called "Hello Anime!". It seems curious enough, so go peek at their official website. I'm not sure why they sent me this email, but it's probably because my reputation precedes me. The email they sent started off with "Hi The Spatula"...
September 11, 2005 / vizsla
It's hard to read, but the first pic from Shuffle! says "Animators have been living in bad conditions." Normally, I wouldn't notice such a trivial sentence, but the red underline shouted out to me and opened my eyes to the possiblity that maybe, just maybe, this might be a genuine plea for help.
My other theory is that someone was kidnapped by an animator working on the series and is locked up in the studio somewhere. Fortunately, the victim mananged to send out a cryptic message to astute viewers for help.
September 4, 2005 / teasel
At first, I thought that Suzuka was a simple romance about a female high jumper, but, like most anime, there are subtle clues that detail the evolution of thought in society. For instance, we can witness the struggle of Japanese animators with English words from episode to episode.
Xylem is a difficult word to spell so that comes as no surprise. Their next attempt to spell Hugoesque is a noble effort, but a bit off. They come closer with fantasyland, but their victory is marred by the misspelling in the same frame. Finally, we can see the fruit of their efforts with the word tipst - I have to admit that I never use this word.