Tuesday, November 20, 2018

My Life In Fandom: From the Gundam 40 Livestream

Bandai livestreamed their 40th Anniversary presentation for the Gundam franchise tonight. It just ended a few minutes ago. This is what got announced (h/t to @TomAznable at Twitter):

  • "UC NexT 100" Project will continue with a three-part feature film adaptation of Hathaway's Flash.
  • Gundam: The Origin gets a TV edit and will begin airing on NHK in April. Watch for follow-up announcements on English sub and dub releases.
  • There will be another Build series.
  • There will be another SD series.
  • The live-action film adaptation has begun production.
  • Reconguista in G gets a movie version.
  • Gundam Global Challenge: Gundam Factory opening in Yokohama in 2020 (updates given)

It's going to be a good time for Gundam fans for the big anniversary year and going into 2020's Olympiad. If more comes out, don't be surprised.

Monday, November 19, 2018

My Life As A Gamer: Super Robot Wars T Announced

I hauled my ass out of bed at 6am to catch a corporate announcement livestream in Japanese. The announcement was for the next Super Robot Wars title, and I didn't get one announcement. I got two. One of them is a mobile game (Super Robot Wars DD), which makes the mobile gaming set happy, and the other is a joint PS4/Switch release: Super Robot Wars T. "T" stands for "Terra", and it's got not only a lot of returning series, but several debuts.

One of them is Cowboy Bebop, the other is mother-fucking Captain Harlock! (SSX version, specifically) so another thing got memed into reality. Keep at the LoGH-in-SRW memes, folks; we'll get Mein Kaiser and The Magician into the series yet. There's more, but I'm waiting for the trailer to be translated into English and released. When that happens, I'll post a follow-up featuring it.

Series Featured:

The English subtitled trailer is here.

Sunday, November 18, 2018

Sentai Filmworks Still Has LOGH Boxed Sets For Sale

Apparently Sentai Filmworks still has some for sale.

If you're loaded, and you want to get me a Christmas gift guaranteed to make me weep, this is a good decision to make.

Saturday, November 17, 2018

Rediscovering The Classics: Arion (1986)

Thanks to a Twitter thread today, I found out about this '80s anime film.

The Infogalactic entry summarizes it so:

The story follows Arion, a young man kidnapped by Hades as a child and raised to believe that his mother was blinded by Zeus and that killing the ruler of Mount Olympus will cure her.

And it's immediately going on the To Watch list.

One of my regulars on Twitter mentioned that it seems to have a Leigh Brackett vibe, so we'll see when I get around to watching it. I'll eschew the YouTube uploads due to the mangling those accounts did to dodge the algorithm in favor of one of my usual gray sites, as the English-subtitled film is out there; finding the manga it stems from is another matter.

I am not surprised that this slipped past my radar. No one I knew back in the day was into this sort of thing; we wanted our giant robots. I wasn't deep into the tape-trading networks, so I wouldn't have seen it that way. I never noticed this title in any of the catalogs of the emerging legit outlets, or on the shelves at the places where you could get legit anime, so that's why I hadn't heard of this film until now; you can't notice what you're not aware of, after all.

Friday, November 16, 2018

My Life As A Gamer: SJW Stupidity In Tabletop Continues

In the last day, two tales of SJW bullshit in tabletop RPGs have come up. Brian Niemeier covers the White Wolf story at Kairos. The RPG Pundit's going to talk live about the attempt to gatekeep the OSR via bogus logo concern trolling.

In both cases, we're talking about advanced SJW convergence. For the former, it's the cult expelling those that slipped up and violated the Narrative by failing to keep up with the rabbit warren's plot twists and thus didn't get the memo on This Week In WrongThink. For the latter, its a cultist who got activated and now is attempted a Quixotic crusade to gatekeep the Old School Renaissance, a task slightly less futile than Sisyphus rolling that boulder uphill.

The former is resolved: Paradox Interactive dissolved and absorbed White Wolf. The latter will resolve itself; lots of posturing, but no substance to be had, means that nothing will happen other than the outing of more Fake Gamers from the scene where they never belonged anyway. Nothing of value was lost with the end of the White Wolf stupidity, and nothing will be lost when the SJW fucksticks in the OSR get their peaceful sunsets.

Thursday, November 15, 2018

My Life As A Gamer: Sony Goes Full Retard

Sony Computer Entertainment decided to go Full Retard recently. There's a Twitter thread about it. Here's a summary:

Sony reorganized operations recently, basing out of California. All devs must now work with Sony in English, including the Japanese mainstays that build Sony up to this point, even if the games are published in another language (such as Japanese). Visual Novels and other games with adult content are being censored when allowed at all, compared to uncensored PC versions, all for Muh PR. Meanwhile, the devs--all but a few Japanese--who kept Sony in the game through the PS3 days (and keep the Vita alive now), which includes corporate powerhouses like Bandai, are being thrown under the bus in favor of a "new global standard" policy. One that SJWs on the Left Coast will be certain to use to converge the company, damage gaming further, and fuck over Japan good and hard.

This pattern of companies going Full Retard in abandoning their core customers for a mythical wider audience, one that doesn't exist, and in searching for it go for microtransaction-laden shitpiles passing themselves off as full and proper games. Those fake games, and they are fake games, are aimed at children with parents that don't pay attention until the bill comes due and deliberately foster gambling addiction via Skinner Box psychology to amp up the dopamine hits in users to the extreme.

And with the the search for audiences that don't exist comes the betrayal of the audiences that got you where you are. That's what Sony's done here: stabbed their loyalists in the back and turned their coat against them. Making this more inexplicable is that Sony is still regarded as a Japanese corporation, including all of its subsets (which SCE is), so relocating SCE out of Japan and then making Japanese devs work in English is odd beyond words.

Allow me to quote one of my favorite virtual idols on this:

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

My Life As A Historian: The Legend of America's Founding (As Japan Thought It Was)

Japan's fascination with the US goes back a long ways. Click through and read this Twitter thread, featuring comic (and comical) images of Japan on the US from the late 19th century.

You want more? Go here. Can we crowdfund an anime adaptation? This would be awesome (and hilarious) to see on TV.