Omonomono Newsletter, 2023-03-26
I’m writing this across 2 days while chugging away with Anime Japan in the background. I am also tackling 3 months worth of backlog links and stuff. A lot of it is made harder because I went on a few trips the last 3 months as well. But here we are. And because breaking news are breaking during AJ I am probably going to miss a bunch! LOL.
I am doing fine. How are you?
These Past Months
While I was in Japan in February I got to watch the FIRST SLAM DUNK film and it was great. This is exactly what I want from this type of work. It also looks great. It’s no doubt to me that it is doing well. And in other countries.
What is this? Some kind of promo for a brand new anime project? Madness with mountain climbers.
Shiny Color anime announced for Spring 2024, but theatrical preview starting in late Oct. Polygon Pictures. Hopefully more to be announced as the year continues, but so far just the base units, not seeing Straylight, Noctchill, SHHiis or Luca anywhere. Or the Producer for that matter. Short dance video here.
A small note: Animate International was taking preorders at list price of ML 10th goods? They shipped to 4 countries but still.
Masanori Takumi wins a Grammy for “Sakura” but he wrote some anime music too.
Grats to all the seiyuu who won awards at the usual Seiyuu Awards. Top line goes to Chikappe, Acchan, and Eguchi! Shion Wakayama also won (Thanks Lycorico), and also Acchan (both lead and support! For the first time ever).
Congratulations PKK on marriage!
Grats to Mikako Komatsu! She’s already back to work too.
A big otsukaresama to GamiP after 18 years. The head producer for the IDOLM@STER series has stopped appearing at events for a couple years now. Seeing his much skinner body and his advancing age does raise a flag to me but either way, thanks for all the fish.
Rest in peace, Takahiro Kimura.
Rest in peace, Leiji Matsumoto.
Rest in peace…Maon Kurosaki. This one shook me and it’s one reason why I’m only updated this newsletter now.
Agency changes. Just some. Yuma went to Intention.
Yuka Otsubo to limit work for health reasons.
Peter Tatara changes jobs. As someone who’s local and likes AnimeNYC and the way Peter has done the con as its face, it’s a bit of a shock and puts things in uncertainty. Is this an event he arranged for the Japan Society?
I went to see a performance of Umamusume the Stage play. Lucky me, because like 10 shows got cancelled, just not mine.
All of Masami Okui’s music is now streaming, with her new compilation album.
On that front, most of the music from IDOLM@STER Million Live, SideM, and Shiny Colors are on streaming, and globally. Most of 765Pro AllStars also. Most of Cinderella Girls are also streaming, but game-size only outside of the anime songs. Almost all of Puchimas, too. Things have improved since last year and Shiny Colors have most of its discography now.
Genshin Impact dub recasting drama. Just so we have it on record.
See Vofan art, check out Pixiv publishing Korean and Taiwanese art.
Kumamoto Castle collabs with three Cinderella Girls (Naho, Ranko, Miho). Can’t make this either orz.
OK this Yurucamp collab, sign me up. Maybe I can even go?
Anyways. The usual nonsense is going on. I’ve mostly recovered from my trip to MOIW and that was a blast, other than having to tow my folks around Kanto and do touristy things. I also went to Japan in January but you probably knew that.
Next up is Hawaii for Kawaiikon, then the US con circuit kicks into gear in April and May with AB/Sakuracon (really want to go to Sakuracon now).
As I was writing this newsletter, the stuff from the last 3 months just hit me. Like, in my thoughts before I started was the WBC and the seasonal anime in the winter. Now I’m just reliving both the highs of the concerts I attended and the lows of all the dead people news of these past 3 months. WTF Kurosaki Maon! This one I really have a hard time wrapping my mind around. Yes it’s easy to pair this sad, sad news with her ALICes mate, but damn that is too much. I don’t want to feel this way, if I can help it. At least there’s a lot of healing anime to go to, in a pinch.
But yes, grats to the WBC champ Samurai Japan. Watching the Mexico and USA games with the rest of Japan on twitter was quite fun.
Anime-wise I’ve watched almost all the isekai show this current/past season. That’s rare, even if there were no baseball to compete with. For a season that doesn’t have a smash hit I liked many of the offerings; they don’t quite suck. Tenten probably takes the chart for the yuri goodness but I find this story a lot more resonant because it plays well with the vibe of the LGBTQ struggle in real life. Or online. Not sure. In as such the system of the oppression is the root problem, the people in the middle don’t make it easier, even as the same people are trying to fight it.
The big winner for me is Onimai though. Discourse or not it’s a great, chill otaku product, with catchy music, fun story, and quality visuals. It also is pretty much a great breakdown of things through an unusual (or maybe not so unusual, given there are plenty of genderbender anime out there) framing.
Shoutouts to other fun works like Ningen Fushin, Tenshisama, By the Grace of the Gods, Misfit S2, Camp Cooking, Tomochan, Eiyuuoh, Saito-san, Exorcist isekai anime, and Mou Ippon. The farming anime had a great seiyuu OP.
This post-covid era, lacking a better term because COVID is surely not over, is rough. A lot of changes and matching adjustments aside, there’s just a lot of, lack of a better word, trauma, to deal with. It could be people who are suffering, but it’s also in the systems that broke under the strain of various COVID-related things, or the fluctuating economy, or the whole unforeseen nature of what COVID brought to society at large and in specific instances.
Some upcoming events this year and next. Given how untimely this newsletter is, I’ll just do the immediate stuff for now. And project some.
Radwimps touring USA. I am going to their NYC show at least.
One OK Rock around the world.
Kawaiikon this year features these lovely folks. Hey will I get to see Trash Taste in person at all? LOL probably not at this rate. Just hoping the sun comes out enough so I can chillax at the beach some.
Sakuracon has a strong list objectively speaking this year. Just nothing that hits me on target. Queen Bee and Junya Enoki? Normally that’s worth traveling even for me. Flow puts it over so to speak. But I probably am passing because this year I’m going to travel a lot more…
Acen is bringing 4 voice actresses and they have some J-music guest lined up. Ichinose Kana! Lot of stuff I am doing for this con too, ugh.
I don’t have a Memorial Day Weekend con lined up yet. Maybe I can go to MWAM in NYC, and just chill at home. I guess by default there’s Animazement?
Again, quite a bunch.
Interview with Kitakyushu City ambassadors: Kaneko Yuki, Maeda Kaori, and Takada Yuuki.
Reddit Anime Awards for 2022.
I still rep marble in this Newsletter. Micco birthday!
Konomi Suzuki interview on her 10th anniv and 5th album.
I only found out about JPU earlier this year and got some Lonesome_blue stuff from them. They import music and localize it in English from Japan, but they’re based in the UK? It’s interesting.
That’s it, despite this nagging feeling I am missing something, and I am sure I am.