Tadatoshi Fujimaki Speaks.

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“In 2013’s first issue of Shueisha‘s Weekly Shonen Jump magazine which ships on Monday, Kuroko’s Basketball creator Tadatoshi Fujimaki wrote in his author’s note that he will keep working on the manga without a break “no matter what.” The magazine is announcing that the Kuroko’s Basketball events at next month’s Jump Festa have been cancelled. A string of threat letters with powdered and liquid substances have been sent to locations tied to the manga and its creator since last month, and they have resulted in cancelled events into next year.”

News retrieved here.

I predict two possible repercussions as a result of this statement: said terrorist will step up his efforts in either attempting to kill Fujimaki or create as much chaos as possible. Earlier events had shown that he isn’t all talk and no game after all. This means that JUMP and other companies either have to cancel featuring Kuroko no Basuke in future anime/manga related-events or step up security which means a depreciation of profit and investment for Kuroko no Basuke. Whether this means a second season is going to be considered is questionable. Still, while this act of terrorism may have killed off weaker anime with a smaller fan-base, Kuroko no Basuke has proven to JUMP that it has a huge fan (almost cult) following which if anything, should hopefully raise the chances for a second season if anything. We can only hope.

EDIT on 041212: Removed picture purported to be Fujimaki Tadatoshi. Turns out to be Hyadain, the singer for the first ED for Kuroko no Basuke.

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Yokozawa no Baai Anime Announced

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Nakamura’s (mangaka of Junjou Romantica) latest venture: Yokozawa no Baai, the Yokozowa arc of Sekai Ichi Hatsukoi is going to be animated ,as reported from Ciel Magazine:

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Not much news reported so far, other than it is in development so do follow this blog (the subsribe button is over to the right) for the latest news! This is amazing news for anyone who’s a fujoshi or fudanshi; Nakamura is the High Priestess of Yaoidom and any anime works in the making instantly translate to an instant rejoicing of the yaoi fandom. Not to mention, the Hybrid Child OVA is also in the workings as well. XD

Another Cancellation of Kuroko no Basuke Event: What Would Foucault Say?

HOW CAN ANYONE STOP THE SALES OF DRAWINGS SUCH AS THESE

“The official website for this year’s Jump Festa announced on Thursday that the Kuroko’s Basketball Super Stage event has been cancelled. In addition, other Kuroko’s Basketball events, exhibits, and the sale of tie-in goods at the December 22-23 festival have been cancelled.The publisher Shueisha apologized to its readers and fans.

Shueisha‘s Jump Festa staff said that Makuhari Messe, the convention complex in Chiba that is hosting Jump Festa, had received a threat or threats demanding the cancellation of stage events, exhibits, and sales tied to Kuroko’s Basketball. The staff discussed the issue and decided on the cancellations, with the safety of visitors as the top priority. The rest of the festival is scheduled to continue, but security will be increased with more guards.

Since last month, more than 20 locations linked to Kuroko’s Basketball creator Tadatoshi Fujimakiincluding the Comic Market dōjinshi event, have received threat letters with powdered and liquid substances. A source in the investigation of Kuroko’s Basketball threat letters said there is a high possibility that the liquid sent to Sophia University on October 12 could emit a lethal dose of hydrogen sulfide if vaporized.

Two Kuroko’s Basketball dōjinshi events, “Shadow Trickster Osaka,” and “Miracle Quarter” in Sapporo, were canceled this month. The Tokyo Big Sight event complex received a threat last month, but the “Shadow Trickster 3” event proceeded without incident on October 20. The official “Kuroko no Basuke produced by Namco Namja Town” event in Tokyo did end 19 days early as a result of the threats, and Animate Café Tennoji in Osaka cancelled a planned Kuroko’s Basketball collaboration event.”

Source here.

They better catch this nutter soon. I hope this does not impact the release for a second season of Kuroko no Basuke. Personally I believe that giving in to terrorism never works though I understand that safety considerations is always a factor when such events are held. It’s a huge pity.

The only up side I can think of is that this negative publicity has counter-produced a revival of interest in Kuroko no Basuke. Echoing what Foucault had said in History of Sexuality Volume 1, every time there is some form of repressive discourse that intends to stem out, eradicate or delegate a specific subject to a lower order, it creates the platform for a reverse-discourse to be articulated. I wonder whether did our terrorist know that he is in fact, part of the very mechanisms that pushed Kuroko no Basuke into the top ranked manga anthologised in JUMP, banded tons of Kuroko no Basuke fans together to form communities where they are forming support projects such as this or alternatively  wiping out the Kuroko no Basuke merchandise in troves in order to show support for the mangaka and the company in this time of need. Let’s hope it’ll be enough.

No.6 Beyond: The Widely Anticipated Side Story to No.6!

And the fandom rejoices! 会いたかったよ!(which means: I wanted to meet you!)

So the original author of No.6 (No.6 started out as a light novel, before it was adapted into an anime and manga series) has decided to write a supplementary story to tie-up various loose-ends that was not resolved within the plot. Issues such as Nezumi’s real name and information regarding Shion’s father will also be elaborated at length within this novel. If you’re a huge fan of No.6 as I am, you will know that this is a MUST READ since the ending to No.6 was so particularly unsatisfactory and open-ended to say the least!

So this is the amazon description:

フジテレビ「ノイタミナ」にてアニメ化、そしてシリーズ累計100万部突破した近未来スペクタクル巨編『NO.6』。今回、9巻で惜しまれつつ完結したストーリーに、驚きの“外伝”が登場!

多数の完結を惜しむ声に、著者のあさのさんは「外伝を書きます!」と宣言。著者自身、愛情を覚えながら、完全にはつかみきれない魅力と複雑さを持つネズミと紫苑に、さらなる命を与えることに、意欲を燃やしています。
ネズミと紫苑、本編では触れられなかったそれぞれの生の一瞬を切り取り、彼らの秘密に迫ります。

Translation (by fencer-x): This time, subsequent to the story that wrapped up in Volume 9, is the release of a wonderous ‘side story’! In response to the many sorrowed voices, the author Asano Atsuko proclaimed, “Then I’ll write a supplementary story!” The author herself, recalling her love for the characters, is blazing with ambition at being able to give further life to Shion and Nezumi, who hold such complexity and unfathomable fascination. Cutting out moments from the lives of Nezumi and Shion that she hadn’t been able to touch on before, she starts to unravel their secrets…

Currently, I know of one fan translator who is tranlating this side story as we speak. More about this when this translation project is completed so do subscribe to this blog to get the latest updates! If you’re interested in purchasing this novel (please do, at the very least to support the author), you may do so at Amazon.JP.

K Episode 8: Another King Appears

So a collective sigh of relief was exhaled as fujoshis delight in the realisation that Shiro could be innocent after all. 

The fact that he blushes everytime Kuroh speaks may have something to do with it as well. ❤

Somehow, the First (Silver) King is involved and a warrant has been released for his arrest by The Blue King, Reishi. In a way, the plot is becoming rather predictable and sets the Silver King up in a manner that he HAS to be connected to the murder in some sense or the other. Evil Laugh? Check. Maniacal Disposition? Check? Abusive Handling of Human-Like Figures? Misogyny? Affinity towards Destruction and Loud Sounds? Check, check, check. We still have around 5 more episodes left or so but I’m not keeping my fingers checked to see any major character development left for him or anyone really.

… Sure.

And I think this is the major problem of K. There are only 13 episodes so far and it’s not like it’s Kaichou wa Maid-Sama or something which even though it has a huge cast, the main focus of the anime is always directed on the 2 protagonists such that there is some form of affection for the characters before they even hit the 13 episode mark.

Yeah, them.

It’s a huge pity because there is so much potential that K possess but the characterisation of most characters remain static and undeveloped. The Blue King and his female sycophant is organised, bureaucratic to a fault, mechanical and almost soulless to a fault. Misaki and Mikoto are brash, rash, stubborn, irrational, emotional and passionate which usually culminates in a shounenesque battle scene. I love how Shiro and Kuroh has evolved in terms of the vulnerability displayed and how their relationship has evolved from one of antagonism to a form of grudging, unexpressed affection but that is because they have more screentime than the other characters for such character development to happen.Note that the Purple and Gold King have not even been introduced yet and we have 5 more episodes till the end of this anime series.Good luck with that.

Magi Episode 7 – What Would Salvoj Zizek Say?

Well hello there.

Will be starting my review of Magi from Episode 7 onwards since I’ve started blogging after watching 6 episodes of Magi so far. Since I have not read the manga, the only spoilers you’ll be receiving is the contents of this episode.

Basically I was particularly concerned about how the idea of class and struggles are depicted in the episode. It’s a proverbial story/criticism on capitalism: the rich (bourgeoisie) monopolises all the resources while the poor (proleteriat) suffers in the most desolate conditions unfavourable even for basic survival. The lower class then strikes back at the ruling powers that oppressed them, a revolution is started and a communist, classless society is formed. According to classic Marxian thought, that is the inevitable conclusion of every single capitalist society.

Let them have chicken drumsticks!

However, what we’re having within Balbadd is not a classic revolution. Rather, a group of vigilantes are taking it upon themselves to steal from the rich and redistribute to the poor; kinda like an Arabian Robin Hood with genie powers. This vigilante movement (if this happened in the States, we would call it terrorism) have attained immerse support from the subjugated classes and they are seen as an symbol of liberation for bringing hope to a caste of people who were oppressed and neglected too far and too long by the ruling rich.

What is lovely about this anime is that it does not bother making simplistic sociological resolutions as such. In an almost Zizekian twist, Ahbmad points out that:

Looks a little bit like Zizek too…

Which doesn’t really improve the situation does it? As what Zizek would argue, the problem here isn’t the fact that the people in power are corrupt; it is the system which encourages people to be corrupt in the first place. Stealing from the rich or dethroning the powerful isn’t going to helpful if there is a check-and-balance system in place to allow the powerful to recuperate their losses such as taxes, in this case. Fundamentally, there is something intrinsically wrong with the majority of wealth belonging to the top 1 percent of the population while the 99 percent starve to death, working in order to privilege the rich. This is where much of the emotional ethos of Magi is derived of, because there is something about the labour exploitation and social injustice that appeals to everyone; whether this sociological dilemma can be resolved in a tasteful manner by the mangaka Ōtaka Shinobu remains to be seen.

And of course, what is another plus point of this episode is that you already see glimpses on how the rich are not portrayed simplistic as helpless, fat bumbling fools who can only whine about being robbed. There were definitely certain clues within the episode that revealed that there’s some scheme that is brewing underneath all the apparent helplessness. Perhaps the presence of the Fog Troupe also served to their advantage in a particular insidious manner, in which case such vigilante actions did nothing put to perpetuate and reinforce capitalist social structures that oppresses them in the first place.

On a less academic note, I’m greatly intrigued to know Alibaba’s role in all of this. The suspense build-up was artful, the plot direction and pacing was impeccable and the character cast (Sinbad and his white-haired boyfriend in particular) has been nothing but charming. My favourite moment has to be when Morgiana got tired of Sinbad’s sexist bullshit and actually called him out on it, something we don’t really see very often in anime. I’m really looking forward to next week’s episode to see a more angst-ridden Alibaba and why he had reached that particular state of being (probably because he’s pissed off at being cut off from like what, 3 episodes? I know I would be. XD)

K Trading Drama CD Collection

The good folks at september scanlations have managed to get their hands on the K Project Trading CDs which at this particular time, is currently exclusive and sold only at the Animate Girls Festival 2012 (practically one of the biggest fujoshi gatherings in the world at one time). They have translated the (read: official) CDs which you may obtain here and here and here. After listening to it; well it kinda put a different perspective to the K Project. It of course, features the 3 main pairings of Kuroh X Yashiro, Reishi X Mikoto and Fushimi X Yata. (The cat is omitted entirely out of this drama CD.) Each recording consist of an interview (of both characters) and a scene of both of them having private time with each other.

One of the major failings that I had for K is that it has a huge character cast similar to Durarara!! but it doesn’t really have 24 episodes to flesh out each character in full detail. Constrained with time limits, I find many of the characters two-dimensional without having much depth until it progressed much later in the series but even then, the characterisation is still isn’t as complete and wholesome as I wanted it to be. The drama CDs addresses this concern by spending around 20 minutes devoted to each pairing and there was quite a bit of sensitivity and vulnerability shown by some of the characters which I was pleasantly pleased to listen to. If there is one Drama CD you have to listen to, pick the one between Fushimi and Yata; the private moment between the two of them as they confronted their past was deeply moving. Not going to spoil for you so I’m going to leave off with the statement that there’s probably more 3-dimensionality in their characters compared to the 7 episodes of K that has been aired so far.

And of course, where else can you incorporate really gratuitous yaoi fanservice of the Red King and Blue King naked together in a sauna room and get away with it except through a drama CD? And may I add, this is canon. XD

November 2012

So I just started this blog and it’s probably going to be awhile for me to build up my content and for it to even appear in google search I guess. So if this blog may seem rather dead… it’s not going to stay that way so do come back once in a while for new updates!

But just to give you a taste on what’s happening for the rest of November, these are the animes that I will be following and blogging about this season:

K: So I understand that all of yaoi-dom is mostly crying over this right now; however to be honest; I’m not as impressed with this anime as I should be. The plot direction seems rather haphazard and I’m rather turned off with the overt objectification of women in this anime (normalised in many shounen anime but that doesn’t make it tasteful). Though the plot is starting to pick up, the character developments are really starting to become intriguing and yaoiness is starting to kick in; I’m not holding my breath.

Erotic gaze + bitchslap = ヽ(;▽;)ノ

Magi:

I love this anime series probably because it appeals towards my sociological instincts and its portrayal of class-struggles and capitalist oppressions are practically begging to be analysed. Given that Magi is drawn by a female mangaka; she doesn’t really stand for all the bullshit/ 2 dimensional demeaning portrayals of females that is rather recurring in many other animes. Alibaba is really charming as the protagonist and there’s this natural and easy synergy that exist between the booby-loving magical kid, the spineless ex-prince who suddenly have a burst of character growth at the end of episode one, and the pink-haired beast-girl who kicks really really well.

And this of course, doesn’t hurt.

Shinsekai Yori: Haven’t watch it but this:

Gives this an instantaneous tick on the “must-watch” anime list.

The sensual butt-smacking/feeling doesn’t hurt either.

Looks to be a great season so far really.

Anyways, have a great November!

K Cushion

K クッション

“What could Fushimi be thinking at this moment, after taking off his uniform?”

For all you K fans out there, there’s a limited edition K Cushion that’s currently sold at this site.

The art is drawn specifically for the sale of this cushion and it’s official art so this pretty much settles it then. FUSHIMI X YATA IS NOW CANON (not that it’s not obvious from episode 3 but~) XD

Personally, not a big fan of this pairing (though the seiyuus are dreamy as hell and as talented as can be). Give me Kuroh and Isana anytime. XD