In memorium: Noboru Ishiguro


24 August 1938 – 20 March 2012

What kind of place does Yamato occupy in you?

It was a pivotal point in my career. Yamato drastically changed my thoughts on what could be done with animation. Before Yamato, it had been said that SF titles would not catch on, and I believed it. But Yamato overcame such thinking in a positive way and changed my mind. It made me confident, and for this reason, Yamato is a very memorable work. 

On the 20th of March 2012 the last of the 3 three men [ Osamu Tezuka, Noboru Ishiguro and Yoshinobu Nishizaki] who introduced me into anime passed away.

Today the world of anime seemed that little more quieter for his loss.


Culture Japan Season 2 Episode 1 – Tohoku and the Tsunami Tohoku and the Tsunami

Yep, love him or hate him, its the return of Danny choo’s Culture japan series.
In this first episode of the new series Danny travels to Tohoku prefecture to cover the effects of the march 11 tsunami, the work to rebuild towns like Ishinomaki, and the effect the Tusnami still has on on people there 7 months on.

For more videos from Danny Choo you can go to his Culture Japan page on Youtube, or you can watch Season 1 Of Culture Japan over on Crunchyroll.

Anime news dump

i was going to be putting up a review about Full metal alchemist creator Arakawa Hiromu’s new series silver spoon, but some recent news items have convinced me to do a quick news item – with varying degrees of win.

good news for all those Gundam© fans that have been wailing and nashing their teeth about Sunrise’ newest cashcow gundam AGE [even though it hasnt been released yet]
despite Bandi channel announcing a new sereiews on Saturday early recievers of The August issue of Kadokawa Shoten’s Monthly Gundam Ace magazine have discovered an announcemt for an anime adaptation of the long running manga re-imagining of the first mobile suit Gundam© series called “Gundam the origin”, however so far theres no indication as to when it’l be released.

my thoughts:an actual remake of the first gundam series? FUCK YEAH!! ive been waiting and hoping for something like this since forever – it’s a pity that we lost so many of the original voice actors.
to see the original news item pop on over to anime news network –

fans of cute little magical girls getting killed in gruesome and scary ways may have a chance to rejoyce!
american Anime website AnimeEv have discovered via twitter that Aniplex of america have just registered “”, leading to the every propable conclusion that yes indeed puella magica Madoka Magika may be well on its way to the west. this comes after announcments by Aniplex that discussions were under way to licence the show.

What i think: hell i was into this series after first reading the announcment for it last year – damn straight im’a geting this!!
heres the linkt to animeEV’s website, and the article in question –

And finally – well it had to happen.
Sankaku complex this week posted an article omn the next step of virtual idol Hatsune Mikus plans to take over the world – this time via holograms!
to quiote the article, and researcher Dr Shunsuke Yoshida:
fVisiOn is a novel glasses-free tabletop 3D display. The developed novel technique can float standing 3D image on a blank flat tabletop surface, and allow multiple viewers to observe the 3D from omnidirection of 360° in seated condition. It is designed to be a friendly interface for multiple users for varied tabletop tasks by featuring our glasses-free method and observation style.

For generation of the 3D images, fVisiOn employs a newly developed special optical device as a screen and a series of micro projectors arranged circularly. The combination of those devices reproduces a light field in a certain volume on the table.

My thoughts holographic chibi Mikus? well, we’re screwed!
link to the original sankaku complex article –
well, what do you think? want to see more articles like this? or should i stick to my usual stuff? as always put your thoughts on the comments page down below.

Pilot episode of Otaku-Verse Zero

here the pilot eopisddoe of a new online vidcast [and in no way in competition to danny choos culture japan – honest]
Otaku -verse zero, with otakuUSA’s Patrick Macias and Yuu Asakawa [ motoko in love hina, sakaki in azumanga daioh]

while it seems a tad light on content i would recomnend giving it trhe benefit of the doult until the series proper starts.
as for weither it will stand up on its own – well know what ill say by now…..

English teachers: the series [or”what JET didnt tell you about teaching in Japan]

Before the age of otaku package tours the best way for someone to travel to japan was via the JET program, that stalwart process that enabled you to travel to the holy land [!] and see the sights – all you had to do was teach a bunch of school students english.

Simple? stress free? try telling that to Tom Kellerman, long suffering american English Language teacher and our narrator of “english teachers”[ no, really thats the title], a new 8 part webseries that follows a group of teachers at the “BeYes” [think about it!] english language school, the sort common in Japan.

The teachers who work there though? less than common.
Along with well meaning [but always clutzy] Kellerman we are introduced in the first two episodes to;
-Australian teacher and wannabe zen masrter/ninja Nevil.
-Overly strict [in the Bastard lovechild of Margaret Thatcher and Fanny Craddock variety] Ashley.
-longtime British supervisor [and generally lazy so and so] Mark.
-and finally newly arrived [And fellow American] Jody who rounds out the English cast.

yep, considering this is about a japanese language school it makes sense that the Japanese cast is also topnotch, with stressed BeYes compay head miss Sawaguchi, whose choice of teachers may have had less that desired results.
with an eye towards “the office” the writing is insightfull, well paced and entertaining, with many people commenting on the website’s comments pages about the accuracy of some of the caractures of the teachers and cast members – at times i wish that there was more than just the 5 – 6 minutes each episodes are alloted – a definite good sign

for more details go to ,, you can subscribe to their youtube channel or you can watch the first two episodes here.

and remember to have a BeYes day!

culture japan episode 0

now we have a chance to see internet blogger [and rampant dollfie hoarder] danny choo’s pilot for his new tv series Culture japan available now with english subtitles.
For this episode he has on guest presenter, and the voice of ritsu from K-ON, Sato Satomi.

at the moment the show will only be available in japan [on Tokyo MX TV] and then later across the rest of Asia via Animax Asia, with english subs available depending on the region.

geez, hasnt danny heard of