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NYICFF 2015: Satellite Girl and Milk Cow

March 16, 2015

narutaki_icon_4040 One day, a satellite crashes to earth colliding with a walking incinerator which is chasing a cow. That satellite transforms into young woman Il-ho. And that cow is actually a young musician named Kuang-chan who has been transformed by his broken heart. The incinerator monster is trying to gobble up all the sad people who have been transformed. Thus Satellite Girl and Milk Cow meet.

The film is mostly 2D animation, and a lot of it looks like Flash, with moments of CG thrown in. The film has a good grasp of timing and physical comedy even if it can’t execute it with a lot of beauty. While the animation is not much to look at, SG&MC has other qualities that make it special.

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NYICFF 2015: When Marnie Was There

March 6, 2015

narutaki_icon_4040 This year’s New York International Children’s Film Festival started off on a pretty high note, especially as an anime fan. The opening night premiere was the latest film from an anime production team that needs no introduction: Studio Ghilbi.

When Marnie Was There (pronounced: MAR-knee) begins with one of the classic setups for children’s stories: moving from the city to the country and discovering a bit of magic in the process. Tween Anna is living in the city but after another bad attack of her asthma her mother decides to send her to the country. Anna makes her way from the bustling streets of Sapporo to a small seaside village to stay with relatives she barely knows.

Once Anna arrives, she falls in love with a beautiful foreign mansion overlooking the marsh. I understood her because I too wanted to paint the house and walk its halls. Anna spends most of her days exploring the area, drawing, and playing with the little girl who lives there, Marnie.

At the same time, reality starts to get blurry.

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New York Comic Con 2014: Panels

November 10, 2014

hisui_icon_4040 There really is only one major downside to having more anime and manga content at NYCC and that is it usually means I have less time for everything else. Since NYCC is really the only comic convention I go to it is usually the place I do all the other types of events related to my other geeky hobbies. So this year I did feel a little guilty that I did not attend more comic and table top gaming related panels. But in my defense I think I would have felt ten times more guilty if I had skipped the anime and manga content.

The again a lot of my life is me trying to minimize my overall guilt over silly things.

narutaki_icon_4040 As usual, at con feedback the crowd bemoaned how they couldn’t get into a single panel despite allegedly lining up hours in advance. Yet, I never lined up more than a hour before anything and attended every panel I waited for. It should be said this is in regards to Hall A, where all of the “smaller” events are held, but still people said this same thing about not being able to get in. So either I have amazing luck, I only attend things no one cares about, or everyone is insane; probably all three in some combination.

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New York Comic Con 2014: Show Floor & Artist Alley

October 27, 2014

narutaki_icon_4040 Only at a media bonanza like NYCC is the show floor a destination; a place where many attendees spend their entire convention. Each year it seems to take longer and longer to explore all of it, and to be honest I’m not sure I actually did get to every corner.

But it isn’t just the industry booths and chance to buy merchandise that has grown immense, so has the artist alley. There was an increased awareness of the real live creators just a hallway away last year and finally in 2014 it feels like everyone knows what and where they alley is.

hisui_icon_4040 My youngest brother and his significant other went to NYCC this year after hearing about my experience last year. Due to their schedules they only went on Friday. They came in when the convention started and left as it ended and they spent their whole day in two places: The show floor and artist alley. They thought about seeing one or two of the panels in Main Events but a quick look at the whiteboard told them that all the wrist bands for anything they wanted to see were long gone. Despite that they had a great time. Why? Because there is enough to do on just the show floor or artist alley that you could spend a whole day at either and not explore every part of it.

The last few years I have been using Thursday to explore as much of the show floor as I could. The crowds are smaller and there was not that much else to do so it was the best time to hit the show floor and play games or hit booths that would have lines that would eat up a large chunk of your time. This year however there were actually a full slate of panels this year as opposed to the sprinkling of panels you saw in the past. That meant that you had to decide if you were going to explore the show floor when it was only moderately crazy or see the panels on Thursday and then experience the show floor when it is in hyperdrive mode.

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