Animetics @ Colossalcon 2014

In news that will probably not matter a ton for people not going to Colossalcon next weekend, June 3-6: we’ll be there in Sandusky, doing a couple of panels (schedule’s here). If you happen to be going and have some time at one of the following spots, feel free to come by and check us out at any of the following times.

Intro to Mecha (3pm Friday)

-Sam, Will and I walk through a number of mecha series we’ve picked out for people who want to get more into the mecha genre but aren’t sure where to start. The focus is either on series that are either unique, flavorful alternative takes on the genre or series that run the formula exceptionally well.

Anime versus Manga (5pm Friday)

-Frame-to-video comparisons of manga and their anime adaptations to show how similar and/or different they can be. We’ll try not to be belligerent in making the point about how 4-koma series are much harder to adapt than winners of major awards, but it’s sort of hard to avoid.

Where’s my Sequel (5pm Saturday)

-We talk about the various income streams (disks, print volumes, merchandise, etc.) that determine whether or not anime are commercially successful, and hence are likely to get sequels. The ultimate answer is disks uber alles, but there are a lot of nuances there that I’ve been able to look at in more detail since posting the super-rough sequel probability equation a year or so ago. Depending on how my writeup goes, I might end up incorporating the results of the casual-interest stuff that’s been boring you for the past 2 months or so.*

Golden Age of Late Night (9pm Saturday)

-A history lesson on how the cutting edge of anime made the transition from TV to OVAs to Late-Night TV, covering all notable series (Dallos, Eva, TWHE) playing a part in that progression and why they were relevant to it.

*Right now, all the numbers I need are on spreadsheets, but I need to sort and plot them to really show what’s going on. Short version is that it’s complicated and cloaked in a thick fog, but there are two indicators that do seem to cut through it just a bit, in that you can build histograms with visible slants and not have most of the series with boosts not in the bottom 10. I’m already dicking around to see if I can find a second indicator that can be used to shave off the wrong guesses for either of those, which means I’ll probably be pulling data for Spring and Winter of the same year to test and see if that holds water.

First Reactions: Devil Survivor 2 Episode 10

Colossalcon 2013 was beyond awesome. Thanks to everyone who came to one of our panels. We had a blast and learned all about why Kamen Rider and Idolm@ster have the best fanbases. Now back to your regularly scheduled anime blog!

I feel like the entire staff of AIC Plus ate some infected raw cookie dough or something about midway through episode 6’s production and didn’t get better before making the second half of this episode, because it was *such* a return to form for the biggest trio of bros in anime production.

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Animetics @ Colossalcon (and Panel Schedule)

Colossalcon 2013 is coming up in less than a week, and I’m proud to announce that the Animetics Crew will be doing no less than 9 hours of panels. If you happen to be in Sandusky, Ohio from June 7-9 (we won’t be there on Thursday) for whatever reason, come check us out at any of the following times:

noitaminA: The Late-Night Block that Revolutionized Anime: 8pm Friday, 1 hr
The History of Weekly Shonen Jump: From Late-Comer to Front-Runner: 10pm Friday, 2 hrs
The Best Anime Directors You’ve Never Heard Of: 11am Saturday, 1 hr
The Star System 2.0: A Naoki Urasawa Primer: 4pm Saturday, 1 hr
Manga Japanese Critics Love: 7pm Saturday, 2 hrs
Anime vs Manga: Why Does This Adaptation Suck?: 10am Sunday, 1 hr
Studio Gonzo Then and Now: Geniusing All the Way to Bankruptcy: 3pm Sunday, 1 hr

Since this is a pretty full con schedule, and we’ll be at a convention, expect the blog to go quiet between posting on Devil Survivor 2 on Thursday and the MOB opening round on Saturday. We’ll still be updating as usual for the first half of this week, though!