New York Comic Con 2014: Anime & Manga

October 22, 2014

hisui_icon_4040 Ever since they stopped holding the New York Anime Festival there had been two repeated complaints at the feedback panels at New York Comic Con. The first is people recounting their Walking Dead horror stories and the second is people wondering was why is there was not more anime and manga content. I admit most of the time when pressed people wanted American voice actors and ignored the few Japanese productions guests that attended the convention but at least it was an interest in seeing more anime and manga. The general anime blogging community might have written off the event but the fans still felt like they might get their slice of the pie at New York Comic Con. This year New York Comic Con came with a far better selection. Enough to make most fans take notice.

Having Takeshi Obata, the US premiere of the 25th episode of Kill La Kill, and The Kakehashi Project would be a slightly underwhelming if it were the only guests at Otakon but an amazing lineup for any medium-sized convention. In the case of New York Comic Con it shows a solid commitment to getting fans of Japanese popular culture the material they have been asking for. I for one was very happy with the lineup. It let me get a solid about of anime and manga content each day while still letting me indulge my other geeky hobbies as well. Exactly what I wanted.

narutaki_icon_4040 Last year, at the NYCC feedback panel there was a resounding plea for better anime and manga content beyond basic industry panels. I’m happy to say that NYCC listened, or maybe the anime and manga companies realized the potential again, either way us fans were reaping the benefits this year.

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The Speakeasy #058: Gods of Death Love Apples, NYCC 2014

October 20, 2014
Drink #058: Gods of Death Love Apples
NYCC 2014

This was the best NYCC since the last NYCC! Hear us discuss what the convention did right and what still needs improvement.


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

Gods of Death Love Apples


1 oz. Brandy
1 oz. dark rum
1 dash of angostura bitters
4 oz. apple juice
1 apple

Directions: Mix the brandy, rum, and bitters in a separate glass. Crush a little bit of apple in a rocks glass to add a bit of flavor. Add the alcohol, apple juice, and ice. Serve with an apple garnish.


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All Points Bulletin: The Final Moe Crossover

October 19, 2014

If you have any suggestions for what to highlight on an APB drop us a line via email or Twitter.

narutaki_icon_4040 Kate’s picks:

  • HBO Forsakes Cable
    MUWAHAHA!!! Bring ‘em down!
  • ComicsPLUS Returns
    But you probably never of heard of it in the first place. In any case, the service is relaunching and hoping to give Comixology a run for its money. Considering you can import any of your comics files and it isn’t tethered to Amazon, it sounds good to me!

hisui_icon_4040 Alain’s picks:


narutaki_icon_4040 Still coming down off the NYCC high.


Fate/Stay Night: Unlimited Blade Works 02 – Emiya Visits the Rip-Off Church

October 19, 2014

hisui_icon_4040 I just went to a showing of the The Tale of The Princess Kaguya in Manhattan with Vinnie, Ink, and Walter Amos after watching this episode. At our meal before the movie the topic of conversation inevitably turned towards the new anime season. Because I was involved we started to discuss Fate/Stay Night: Unlimited Blade Works. Ink was commenting that only a few episodes into the story the production already seemed far more involving the original Studio Deen adaptation. The superior animation and more delicate direction is surely a key factor but I think that this episode truly bring to light the most important difference. It is the focus. Fate, Unlimited Blade Works, and Heaven’s Feel are all parts of the same game but they have very different themes. Or at least different answers to the question “What is a hero?”

This version takes care to just try to adapt Unlimited Blade Works with a laser focus. Everything that reinforces that theme from the story is played up and everything that detracts from that goal is dropped. At the same time it is informed of what came before it and what will come after letting all the key reveals be set up elegantly before the are unveiled. Even all the little elements that make it clear that this was the studio that made the Fate/Zero anime add to the story.

This may not be the Unlimited Blade Works the fans deserve but it is the version they need.

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