Ghost in the Hell that is America
If you have not heard already, the classic anime Ghost in the Shell is going to be turned into a Hollywood movie by Dreamworks Studios. We all have seen the disaster that occurs when studios try to make anime and video games into live-action features. How many of you will burst into spontaneous fits of rage at the mention of the Dragonball atrocity? That’s what I thought. A recent interview with the screenwriter, Laeta Kalogridis, is not doing a good job putting any of these tensions to rest. While she does say it will be based more off the manga, not the 1995 film, her comments on the film itself are underwhelming. “A lot of action…lots of action,” sounds like we should prepare ourselves for two hours of Michael Bay style explosions, insert collective groan here. She goes on to say that “[the movie] is about vast possibilities – all of this technology, the Internet – it’s about the limitless possibilities of this technology. ” Fans will know that this is a slightly shallow definition of the series, one can only hope that it was only because she did not want to spoil it rather than a complete lack of knowledge of the series. The tentative release is still defined only as 2011.
One Way to Make LARP More Fun
Classic anime, manga, and video games are not the only things that American film markets have decided to cannibalize. Now, they have decided to take their live-action sledgehammer to hentai! The critically acclaimed Bible Black series, which started out as an H-game and made its way to dirty DVD, is rumored to be the next victim. Media Blasters released the anime series in North America, and their CEO, John Sirabella, said in a forum post, “wait till you see the Bible Black live action trailer.” Considering the logistics of the genitalia in this series, I am pretty certain this will be more of a disaster than the Left 4 Dead porno series. If you are looking for sexual gratification, this probably isn’t what you want, but if you are looking for naked comedic gold, keep a watchful eye for this potential disaster.
It’s Okay if They Steal From Japan, They’re Black
Have you ever listened to the Final Fantasy soundtrack and thought, “Hey, this would sound really awesome with some guy singing about bitches and hos?” Well, apparently someone out there did. Team Teamwork (great name there, fellas) released their new CD this week, ‘Vinyl Fantasy 7’, a compilation of FFVII tracks mixed with the musical styling of Jay-Z, MF DOOM, Outkast, and many other names in the hip-hop industry. It can be downloaded for free at their website, along with their similar bastardization of Zelda’s Ocarina of Time soundtrack. The question raised by this is, as with every fan creation, the possibility for litigation. There is no indication that these are endorsed by either Square or the rappers themselves. From listening to their music, I doubt MF DOOM or Ghostface Killah will care, they may even find it amusing, but Jay-Z? Hopefully the music mogul never discovers these unusual tracks about Sephiroth gettin’ dat money.
[Ed. — The above tracks (and indeed every mix from every game) were pulled due to a Cease and Desist letter. Currently, the future of similar projects remains very much in doubt.]
But Japan Will ALWAYS Reign Supreme Leader of Weird Shit
And they are determined to prove it. This week, for the second year in a row, Akihabara has been graced by a certain kind of maid cafe. For those unaware, it is exactly as it sounds; you sit down for tea and snacks while a cute girl serves you and does cute maid things and acts insufferably moe. But this cafe has a twist, it is kigurumi themed. They still serve you tea and snacks, still act adorable…but you have no idea if you’re being served by an adorable girl or a perverted homely man. The advantage of this, as I can tell you from having selected the staff for the Katsucon 15 maid cafe, is that you can hire maids as ugly on the outside as you want as long as their personality is sparkling and they can perform well. The masks that hide any grotesque flaws are based off anime characters, which does managed to attract a large customer base, despite the lingering apprehension of the maid’s indeterminate gender. If you’re brave, really curious, or just really hungry, head over to Japan, because this is one trend that I highly doubt any nation will ever try taking from the crazy Nihons.