Josh's Anime Blog Podcast Episode 81

Josh’s Anime Blog Podcast Episode #81 is now online! In this podcast, I review the first season of the anime series Genshiken.

This week’s Podcast Stats:
Time: 14:51
Download Size: 10.2 MB

Opening theme:
“Keikenchi Joshochu” by Rina Satou, Marina Inoue & Minori Chihara
Opening theme to Minami-ke

Ending theme:
“Biidama” by Saori Atsumi
Ending theme to Genshiken

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Otakon announces tentative panel list – no ADV panel?

I had been waiting for this, and I’m kind of surprised there wasn’t an announcement on the Otakon home page, but Otakon has now released a tentative list of panels for their 2008 convention:

One notable panel not listed in the list is an ADV industry panel.  At Anime Expo, they said they hoped to be able to announce some things, including their new industry partner and possibly some new licenses at Otakon.  Well, that’s hard to do if you don’t even have a panel.  Of course, as I said, this is a tentative list, so they might be added later, but the lack of a panel listed right off the bat can’t be a great sign.

Other industry panels I’ll try to hit include the Bandai panel, the Bandai Surprise! panel (since, apparently, there will be a surprise there), the Funimation Announcements panel, the Kadokawa USA panel, since they may announce some of the production and distribution details from their Anime Expo announcements, and the Media Blasters Announcements panel.  The Fansubbing and the State of the Industry panels are on my secondary list.

As for fan panels, I didn’t go to many last year, since not many really appealed to me and this year looks even less favorable.  I also see that there is no podcasting panel this year.  That is one I wanted to hit last year, but couldn’t since the light rail stopped running before that panel ended.

As for guest panels, the JAM Project and Kano Sisters panels look interesting at first blush.

And of course, I may not get to all of these because of scheduling conflicts, while I may end up going to some I haven’t listed since they may be the only interesting thing going on at any given time.

Shakugan no Shana: The Movie – Anime Review

The Essentials

Name: Shakugan no Shana: The Movie
Genre: Fantasy, Action
Episodes: N/A
Released: April 21, 2007
Based On: Shakugan no Shana light novels by Yashichiro Takahashi
Director: Takashi Watanabe
Produced By: J.C. Staff
US Distribution By: N/A

Major Japanese Cast

Yuji Sakai: Satoshi Hino
Shana: Rie Kugimiya
Yukari Hirai: Masumi Asano
Margery Daw: Hitomi Nabatame
Alastor: Masashi Ebara
Marchosias: Mitsuo Iwata
Friagne: Junichi Suwabe
Chigusa: Tomo Sakurai

Major English Cast

N/A

Scores

Animation: 10/10 (x 4 = 40 pts)
Story: 7/10 (x 4 = 28 pts)
Music: 9/10 (x 4 = 36 pts)
Coherence/Story Arc: N/A
English Dubs: N/A
Gut Score: 8/10 (x 5 = 40 pts)

Total: 144/170 (84.7%)

Review

Shakugan no Shana: The Movie is about a boy, Yuji Sakai, after he “dies” when he has his existence eaten by Crimson Denizens – members of a parallel universe. At the same time, one of his classmates, Yukari, who has a crush on Yuji’s best friend Ike, “dies” as well. However, both of their existences are replaced by Shana, a Flame Haze, and they both become Torches.

After the ordeal, Yukari clearly isn’t herself, and Yuji demands to know what happened. Shana informs him that he has died and has been turned into a Torch so that their disappearance won’t disrupt the world as much. However, since they are only replacements, torches eventually run out and then really will completely disappear.

However, Yuji appears to be different in that he’s realized what’s happened and Shana, and the Crimson Lord to whom she is bound, Alastor, deduce that he must be a Mystes – a special type of torch with a “treasure” in mind. With this in mind, Shana decides to use Yuji as bait to catch the Crimson Denizen who ate his existence, since Crimson Denizens have a penchant for collecting such treasures.

Shakugan no Shana is effectively a retelling of the first story arc of the first season of the TV series, though some things are notably different, such as the climax of the movie. As a result, while the movie does a good job getting one familiar with the franchise if one is going to go ahead and watch the TV series, it doesn’t do as good of a job as a stand-alone movie.

Even so, it still tells a rather interesting story competently. The animation is excellent and the music is also pretty good as well.

If you’re looking for a quick intro to the Shakugan no Shana universe, or just want a fun movie to watch, then you might want to check this one out.

First Watched: October 2007
Do I Own: No
Do I Recommend: Yes, if you want the quick review of the Shana universe