News from my Hiatus

As you may have seen, I have a new “News” link in my navigation now, which I hope to fill up with, well, articles about anime news.  However, seeing that there isn’t actually anything in that category yet, I thought I’d start things off by creating a post going over some of the news from the start of the year:

New License Announcements

  • Funimation licenses Hero Tales, Master of Martial Hearts anime series (Jan. 7, 2010)
  • Funimation licenses Hetalia – Axis Powers, The Sacred Blacksmith (Jan 8, 2010)
  • Media Blasters licenses – and I have no idea why – Kanokon (Jan. 15, 2010)
  • Sentai licenses Gintana (and the masses rejoice), Hidimark Sketch x 365, The Living for the Day After Tomorrow (not about blizzards), and Petite Cossette anime (Jan. 21, 2010)
  • It’s nice to see anime licesnors start up rather than shut down. A new one is NIS America, and their first licenses are Toradora, Pandora Hearts, Persona -trinity soul-, and Our Home’s Fox Deity (from KadoUSA). (Feb. 11, 2010)
  • Media Blasters licenses Sayonara, Zetsubou-Sensei (and the masses rejoice again) (Feb. 18, 2010)
  • Media Blasters grabs Record of Lodoss War from bankrupted CPM (Feb. 19, 2010)
  • Sentai keeps going wild by grabbing Asu no Yoichi, Eyeshield 21, and Hell Girl 2 (Feb. 26, 2010)
  • Funimation licenses Baka & Test and Dance in the Vampire Bund (March 4, 2010)
  • Sentai/Section 23 licenses Papillon Rose, La Corda D’Oro, and Brighter than the Dawning Blue (March 19, 2010)

Other Generally Cool and/or Disturbing News

  • 450,000 people visited the shrine that appears in the Lucky Star anime/manga.  I’m not sure that it’s cool that there are that many dedicated anime fans in Japan, or disturbing that they’re actually bothering to visit a shrine from an anime during New Years.
  • Shockingly, I have not watched the entirety of FLCL. I think I watched one episode, maybe two, on Cartoon Network at some point, and then quit.  However, the fact that it is getting the HD treatment (now that I actually have a Blu-Ray player) may finally convince me to give it another shot.
  • The fact that 80% of an Anime Con’s workers threaten to resign, and management don’t seem to think of it as a problem, would seem to show that the problem is with management, and not the workers.
  • I thought my hiatus was long
  • Finally, the news I’m most stoked about recently – several series, including CLANNAD and – unbelievably – Blue Drop are getting dubbed by Sentai.  It also suggests that Sentai/Section 23 has gotten back on it’s feet enough to actually spend the money on dubbing again.

Josh's Anime Blog Returns (again)

As people might have seen, I went on a rather long hiatus from the blog this time (with a brief come back over Christmas break), which was probably the longest in my blog’s history.  I think I went an entire month without a post (February 2010) for the first time in the blog’s history.

This was mainly caused by getting more interested in a few other things than I was in anime, and thus doing those things went higher on my priority list, and I basically didn’t have time for anime anymore while I was doing those things.  However, I believe I am back on track as far as doing anime things again so, hopefully, I’ll be back for a while.

Over the next 3 to 4 days, I’ll be catching up on my blogging (10 to 11 episodes of Kobato plus an episode of Shana S), so pardon the slew of posts of old episodes during this week.  As far as blogging series in the Spring season – I haven’t decided yet.  On the one hand, I’m afraid of going straight into blogging something right after coming back from such a long hiatus, but on the other hand, if I don’t blog something…I’m not sure what I’ll write about, and thus possibly risk going back into a hiatus again.  I’ll probably make a decision sometime next week after I investigate what series are airing in April.

Also, as you may have seen, I’ve once again updated the design of the site.  I thought I probably should to help launch me out of a hiatus (and, heck, if I have the time/energy to redesign the site and catchup on 12 or so episodes of blogging, hopefully that’s a sign that I am actually back).  This is version 8.0 of the blog (yes, there have been that many) and I hope people like it.