It's Official (maybe)

The Melancholy of Haruhi SuzumiyaThe Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya is getting a 2nd season, presumably to air after Clannad is finished (whenever it airs, so depending on how long Clannad is supposed to be, we’re probably looking at summer or fall of 2008).

Actually, It’s supposed to be officially “official” when the official website announces it on July 7, 2007 (or 7/7/07 – why am I not surprised?) and when the announcement is made in the August issue of NewType, which hits stores July 10th.

In any case, all Haruiists rejoice!

Addition (7/7/07):
Well, the 7th came and went and nothing showed up on the official Haruhi Japanese website. Newtype Japan in still coming out on the 10th, so that should give us the definite answer. If the person who translated some of the text is correct, it seems to be pretty sure, though. Also, the report of it being “two seasons long” may just be a misinterpretation of the text saying that it’s the 2nd season.

Uguu

What happens when I watch Kanon non-stop
What I become after 30 hours of Kanon in 5 days

Well, I did good on my threat to not watch any anime for a few days after watching Kanon.

Well, that’s not entirely true. I did watch Kanon again. Two more times. So assuming that a 24 episode series is 10 hours long, I’ve basically spent 30 hours in the last 5 days watching this series. And even on the third time through I still blubber. I think that’s a good sign of a well made series – when you’ve seen it before and you know what happens, but it still effects you anyway.

I was just thinking that watching this anime almost made me want to stick my copy of the Kana Imouto game back into my PC, though that game is so terribly depressing that I’d probably be depressed for the rest of the month if I tried playing it right after watching Kanon.

I remarked about the music in the show in my post on Monday. I don’t know if Kyoto created “improved” versions of the original game BGMs, but I downloaded the game soundtrack just to listen to it, and despite being game music from 1998, it still isn’t that bad.

My favorite track is probably “Her Cage,” which is the music that usually plays during scenes where Mai is at the school at night. It’s very hard to describe. It has a sort of mystical feeling to it. I get shivers up and down my back whenever I hear that song. “Afterglow” gives off sort of the same feeling as well.

Probably two of my other favorites, other than then opening and ending themes, are “The Glamour of the Days,” which is kind of the upbeat music you hear in the anime, and “Promise,” which is the music usually heard when Ayu does the intro to an episode and is basically a music box version of the musical theme heard through much of the music.

And on a side note, when I was searching around where to find a copy of the game soundtrack, I ran into a thread where one person was talking about how he didn’t like the 2006 series so far (I think this was only a few episodes in) because it wasn’t as funny as the 2002 version. Ummm…Kanon isn’t a comedy. Yes, there are humorous and lighter spots in it, but it is most definitely not a comedy, so I’m not sure “It wasn’t as funny” is necessarily a valid criticism of the show. Just thought I’d mention that. In any case, I thought the amount of comedy that was in it played very well.

Kanon

KanonHave you ever seen an anime series that you were so impressed with and thought was so good, that you kind of had to put other series aside for a couple days just to fully take in what you just saw?

That’s kind of what I feel like after doing a weekend marathon for the 2006 remake of Kanon. Forget any blathering that I may have said about Rumbling Hearts being the best romantic drama I’d ever seen, I think Kanon blows it out of the water (sorry for the pun), at least on my first impression.

Everything about it – the animation, the music, the story – everything is nearly perfect I thought. Just sitting here thinking about it, I almost don’t feel like watching anything else for a few days just because they all seem so pitiful in comparison.

P.S. I’ve now added a Kanon theme…

Newsweek Article on Paprika

I was surprised to see this as the second link under the newsweek section of the MSNBC homepage: An article largely centered around the Japanese anime movie Paprika.

Some choice quotes:

A few days later, with far less fanfare, “Paprika,” the work of Japanese animé master Satoshi Kon, will also be unveiled. It happens to be one of the most wildly (and disturbingly) inventive animated films I’ve seen, but will anyone notice?

And…

There’s no reason the imaginative freedom that animation allows shouldn’t be unleashed on adult themes, especially when graphic novels have entered the literary mainstream and when CGI has blurred the line between live action and animation in films like “300.” Outside the United States, animators are not so likely to be confined to the ghetto of kiddie movies. Think of the marvelously macabre French hand-drawn gem “The Triplets of Belleville,” or the work of the Czech director Jan Svankmajer (“Alice,” “Faust”). Or, most conspicuously, Japanese animé, which is as likely to be made for 30-year-olds as for tots.

Read the rest. One can’t feel anything but content when the same writer raises anime movies like Paprika above almost certain hits like Shrek the Third. Spirited Away also gets an obligatory mention.

Haruhi Suzumiya English trailer online

The English The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya trailer has been released by asosbrigade (thoughts below the trailer):

I had my concerns about Wendee Lee playing Haruhi Suzumiya for a couple of reasons. First off, she tends to play characters with Osaka accents, which is typically expressed in English dubs by that character having some flavor of southern accent (and I KNOW she can play a character without a drawl – see Mrs. Shimizu from Chobits for example). I almost had nightmares about Haruhi going around sounding like Tina Foster or something.

The second is that, Haruhi appears to be a very assertive character, and I don’t necessarily recall Wendee Lee playing any exceptionally assertive characters (at least in the anime I’ve seen).

Well, after watching the trailer – and it’s obviously impossible to judge the entire body of work from a few clips in a 90 second trailer – but it seems that it could have been a lot worse, but it’s not necessarily great.

I’m trying to think of the character which she sounds most like. Kero-chan from the dub of the 2nd Cardcaptor Sakura movie is the first character that comes to mind, but it still isn’t exactly the same I don’t think. Umi from Magic Knight Rayearth also comes to mind, but the drawl doesn’t seem as strong for Haruhi.

We basically hear one line from Kyon and one line from Mikuru so it’s basically impossible to judge their voices from the trailer.

I’ll ultimately have to wait until I get the DVD to fully judge the dub (which is to be expected). I’m glad this is out so we can get a taste of Haruhi’s voice, but I’m still highly skeptical of Lee doing her voice and the trailer didn’t help calm that skepticism very much.

No Oscar for Paprika

Academy Award Nominations were given out today. Paprika, I guess not surprisingly, was not included in the list of 3 movies for best animated feature film.

Films nominated in the Best Animated Feature Film of the Year award were Cars, Happy Feat, and Monster House.

Remember, just a couple weeks back it was announced that Arthur and the Invisibles was disqualified from the Best Animated Film category because it did not meet the requirement that 75% of the film be animating, dropping the total number of eligible films from 16 to 15, putting the category below the 5-nominee range into the 3-nominee range.

The song The Girl in Byakkoya – White Tiger Field from Paprika was also eligible for Best Original Song in a Movie category, but was not nominated either. Three songs from Dreamgirls as well as a song from An Inconvenient Truth and Cars were nominated.

Official Haruhi Suzumiya Announcement

Watch a video to see the announcement:

http://asosbrigade.com/

As expected, it was licensed by Kadokawa Pictures USA
It will be distributed by Bandai entertainment

It's confirmed: Kadokawa USA is the licensor of Haruhi Suzumiya

From the Anime News Network Forum Topic about the release, someone posted that by adding an extra slash to the end of the address (http://asosbrigade.com//), one can trigger an error in the counter which gives the server directory path.

In that path, one can see that the account that the webpage is being stored under is named “kadousa.” This should confirm beyond any reasonable doubt that it is Kadokawa USA which has licensed The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya.

UPDATE: Short Circuited is the genius blogger who discovered this. Congratulations!

UPDATE 2: As the official announcement approaches on Friday, there are 2 and possibly 3 answers that will be officially answersed: What, Who, and How. Two of those we already know, and know we’re going to get: The “what” is the fact that the Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya has been licensed. The “who” we have now learned is Kadokawa Pictures USA.

The question we don’t know the answer to yet is “how,” as in who is going to produce the series and who is going to distribute it. The more we learn about this announcement, the more it sounds like Kadokawa USA’s licensing of Full Metal Panic: The Second Raid. I have now begun to think that The Second Raid project was essentially meant to be a test run before their big project: Haruhi Suzumiya. If that’s the case, it is probably likely that Melancholy will get the same arrangement as The Second Raid did, and that is that ADV will produce the series and Funimation will Distribute it.

We may or may not find this out on Friday, though the non-answer I just got from a Funimation representative in the anime news network forum suggests that they know more about whats going on than they’re letting on.

UPDATE 3: The website has now fixed their database error and now works correctly even when extra slashes are added.

UPDATE 4: Here is a screenshot of the error before they fixed it:
Kadokawa Counter Error Screenshot

Haruhi Suzumiya apprently licensed (really!)

The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya - HaruhiismThe webpage http://asosbrigade.com/ appears to be a new website for the Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, saying that “The World As You Know It Is About to End” on December 22nd (apparently the date that the official announcement of who has licenced the series will be made).

No information can be gleamed from the domain’s whois registration about who licensed the series, though the rumor making the rounds is that it is Kadokawa Pictures USA who is the winner.

Their only other US anime license is Full Metal Panic: The Second Raid, which is another Kyoto Animation project. Kadokawa Shoten is also the Japanese distributor of The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya (as well as for Full Metal Panic TSR)

Kashimasi ~Girl Meets Girl~ Licenced by Media Blasters

According to Anime on DVD via Anime News Network.

Kashimashi: Girl Meets GirlI had three “in Japan” series that I’ve been keeping an eye on for licensing information (Haruhi Suzumiya and I”s Pure being the other two) and, to be frank, I was expecting Kasimasi to be the last one of the three licenced.

The media representative on the Anime on DVD forums said to expect it in March.

This is another series I’m looking forward to buying.