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Kenjiro Hata, Nous Voilà!

July 1, 2015

French Hayatehisui_icon_4040 So I just checked the statics for the site. Beside of course the United States, the country we have gotten the most traffic from this year is France. So on the off-chance we have a small but silent French readership (as opposed to people just coming to the site for pictures) I decided to write this post.

So Kate’s old advice is NEVER look at the guest listing for Japan Expo France because it will only cause you heartbreak when you see who they get every year. I normally follow her advice BUT I can’t help what I randomly see on Twitter. Anyone who has talked to me for more than a month usually notices that I will bring up Type-Moon and Hayate the Combat Butler whenever I can. Naturally that also means that I follow Kenjiro Hata, the author of Hayate, on Twitter. So I just saw a tweet from him about be excited to pack for his big trip to France. At first I was just glad he was getting out of the studio and having some fun. Mangaka stepping away from their titles is often good for their health and creativity.  Then it hit me what time of the year it was. It was no a regular vacation. He was going to Japan Expo. A quick check proved my deduction was correct.

So here is where I ask for help. I can’t make it to Japan Expo. That is just crazy talk. BUT someone who regularly reads the blog might be going. So I have three requests.

1. Could anyone get me Kenjiro Hata’s autograph? I know that getting a mangaka’s autograph can eat up a chunk of your convention but I figure it can’t hurt to ask. He is probably my favorite mangaka. If I can’t meet him then getting his autograph would be the next best thing. I’m willing to do some sort of autograph exchange from anyone at Otakon his year if that makes the offer more tempting.

2. If that is too much all I would ask is that someone attend his panel and tell me what is said there. The more information about Kenjiro Hata, Hayate, and/or Seiyu’s Life! I could get the happier I would be.

3. If anyone attends one of his panels and does not have their own question during Q&A I would love if anyone could ask any of the follow questions:

  • Is Sonia Shaflnarz based on Ciel from Tsukihime?
  • Will Orumuzuto Nadja ever make the jump into the main Hayate story or will she always be in the omake limbo?
  • What is the most obscure reference you have ever made in one of your manga?
  • What was the most important lesson you learned from Kōji Kumeta?
  • What is your favorite classic manga you think everyone should read?

I hate to have to beg like this but I am not sure if I will get another chance like this anytime soon. If it were anyone else I would not be so adamant about it. I admit this is a crazy shot in the dark but I would greatly appreciate any of this if someone had the ability to help me out.

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The June 2015 Line-Up

June 30, 2015

narutaki_icon_4040 The calm before the storm that is summer convention season?

hisui_icon_4040 I can feel it coming in the air tonight, oh Tezuka.

Otakon and AnimeExpo start soon. I see a very busy line-up next month.

The Line-Up is a monthly rundown of new anime, manga, light novel, artbook licenses, streaming/broadcasting announcements, crowdfunding projects, anime/manga projects, and live-action anime/manga adaptions.

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The Speakeasy #066: Coffin Nail —Game of Thrones, Coffin Princess, Kimi ni Todoke, Kickstarter

June 29, 2015
Drink #066: Coffin Nail
Game of Thrones, Coffin Princess, Kimi ni Todoke, Kickstarter

Ongoing Investigations: Game of Thrones S5 from HBO, Paul Feig’s Other Space, Ex Machina from Film4, Chaika: The Coffin Princess S1 by Bones, Kimi ni Todoke vol. 21 by Karuho Shiina.

Topics: China’s Banned Manga List, All of the Kickstarters.

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And now your helpful bartenders at The Speakeasy present your drink:

Coffin Nail

  • 1/2 oz amaretto almond liqueur
  • 1/2 oz Drambuie Scotch whiskey
  • 1 1/2 oz Scotch whiskey

Build over ice in an old-fashioned glass.

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Fate/Stay Night: Unlimited Blade Works #025 – All Good Things…

June 27, 2015

hisui_icon_4040 It is time to bid farewell to Fate/Stay Night: Unlimited Blade Works. In many ways it almost feels like this is the animators saying goodbye as well as the audience. With Fate/Zero the pieces on the board have to be in a very specific state for the game to resume in Fate/Stay Night therefore you don’t have that much room to maneuver in. Here other than Fate/hollow ataraxia, which has a very deliberately fuzzy timeline, you really only have to hit a few key points to wrap things up. Everything past that is in the interpenetration of the last few pages of the visual novel. If episode 24 was almost religiously devoted to reproducing the climax of Unlimited Blade Works then the epilogue seems the most devoted to Ufotable wanting to leave their mark on how they want to be remembered as storytellers telling a narrative that is not of their inception but one they have made their own.
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