I’ve been trying to get to Wonderfest in Japan for over ten years now and have been blocked for a number of reasons. Still I am amazed at the sculpting level of some of the garage kit makers year after year.
Here’s some examples from this year’s winter wonderfest. All from Nekomagic.com
The show runners have set up special licensing deals with the anime producers so that figures made from anime can be made and sold without special licensing deals. So many of the figures made and sold at these shows are anime related. Many others are original work. This is only a sample of the works at a typical Wonder Festival.
Back in late 1980’s or early 1990’s I saw an anime move in the anime room at Lunacon that blew me away. That movie was Royal Space Force, The Wings Of Honneamise. The animation that I did see was incredible, the story well developed and the background rich creating a level of animation that just didn’t exist in American animation. At the time I wasn’t able to sit for the entire movie and didn’t catch the title, so it was a while until I was the whole thing as back in those days you either were connected to a video tape pass around group, which I wasn’t or caught the stuff at cons, which because I was going to college and looking for work was Lunacon once a year. That changed when they opened up a Suncoast at the local mall and I could buy tapes. I quickly discovered the movie and watched the whole. With the exception of one scene the work was the tour de force that I remembered and the film is still a favorite.
One of the things I like least about many movies, TV Shows and anime is that supposedly expert military or police forces will bring the wrong tools for the job they are expected to do. Here’s a case in point. This is from the anime Bubblegum Crisis, which was produced in the late 1980’s. The bad guys are humanoid robots loaded with advanced weaponry and armored with exotic materials. The heroes, or heroines in this case are four ladies with heavily armored power suits. Typical anime stuff. Here’s the opening sequence.
Here’s another post on the “controversial” choice of Scarlett Johanssen as Motoko Kusangi in the forthcoming Ghost In the Shell movie. The problem is that when you can’t escape the cultish thinking and progressive grey goo that comes out of the modern university, you self drain any possibility of joy in anything.
I’ve been a railfan and model railroader for most of my life. I’ve been reading the railroad magazines almost constantly since I was seven years old or so if the magazines I was tossing recently were correct. My focus was on my local railroad, the New Haven, which was merged into nonexistence in 1969 and other local to NYC railroads with some interests in American railroads in general. I knew about things like the Shinkansen, but in a very abstract way. I put the Shinkansen on my bucket list and left it there.
Turning and turning in the widening gyre | The falcon cannot hear the falconer | Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold | Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world | The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere | The ceremony of innocence is drowned | The best lack all conviction, while the worst | Are full of passionate intensity. -- W.B. Yeats, The Second Coming