Art Of The Week: The Garage Kits At Wonder Festival

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

More here:
http://www.nekomagic.com/?cat=1526

many of these are NSFW, so don’t look unless your sure

Thanks to Nekomagic.com for the pics:
http://www.nekomagic.com/

The Wonder Festival wiki page:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wonder_Festival

The official Wonder Festival page(Japanese)

http://wf.kaiyodo.net/

 

Some video.

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.

 

Wings Of Honneamise Is 30

 

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.

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Using The Right Tools

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.

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NHK Tokyo Anime Tour

NHK’s Tokyo Eye 2020 takes us on a tour of some of the anime and manga hotspots in Tokyo. As a long time anime fan it’s a nice short visit to places in Tokyo.

http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/vod/tokyoeye2020/20151125.html

I’ve been around Tokyo and I’ve been to Akihabara and Ikebukuro.  I’ve posted about Akihabara before and I need to go back.’

https://theartsmechanical.wordpress.com/2016/01/20/akihabara/

https://theartsmechanical.wordpress.com/2015/02/18/akihabara-video/

Here’s Ikebukuro.

https://theartsmechanical.wordpress.com/2016/04/14/ikebukuro/

The Love Live wiki.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Love_Live!

The anime.

http://www.crunchyroll.com/love-live-school-idol-project.

Tokyo is a great place to explore even if you are not an anime fan.

https://theartsmechanical.wordpress.com/category/Tokyo/

Watch this blog for more Tokyo stuff.

 

 

Spirited Away And How I Discovered Japanese Railroads

 

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.

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