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.

Animetics @ Ohayocon 2014 (and Panel Schedule)

If you’re not going to be at Ohayocon 2014, enjoy your weekend. If you are, look for us at any of the following panels:

Anime versus Manga: Adaptations Done Right and Wrong (Saturday, 6:30PM, Workshop 2)

-You can make a great anime with not-so-great-effort by just reproducing manga storyboards panel-by-panel. Despite what you might think, this is not a panel that complains about how accurately plot points were reproduced in a given series. Instead, we talk about the real differences between manga (as an irregularly storyboarded, read-at-your-own-pace medium) and anime (as a fixed-pace, audio/visual medium) using several specific scenes as examples.

The Golden Age of Late-Night Anime (Saturday, 9:30PM, Panel 4)

-An oral reproduction of my sea-changes article, with more visual aids and more focus on the benefits of having lots of TV anime.

The Myth of Fanservice (Saturday, 11:30PM, Panel 2)

-A one-hour refutation of the ideas that a) series with obnoxious boobies sell better than those without, b) series with obnoxious boobies are new, and c) artsy, innovative series don’t sell well. I highly recommend this particular panel, though you’ve probably seen these sentiments expressed before on this blog in more meticulous detail.

Manga Japanese Critics Love (Sunday, 10AM, Workshop 1)

-Descriptions of every manga to win the general category of the Kodansha Manga Award and Shogakukan Manga Award since 2000, plus a selection from the Boys/Girls/Kids Categories. Whether you’re coming or not, check either one of those lists and you’re 95% sure to find an interesting new read.

The Man Behind the Nose: A Noboyuki Fukumoto Primer (Sunday, 1:30PM, Workshop 1)

-Skip the previous panel, just read Tenna Toori Kaidanji. This panel is the one-hour pitch for Japan’s most accomplished gambling mangaka.

Jojo’s Bizarre Panel (Sunday, 3:30PM, Panel 2)

-Uber-expert Sam and I break down one of our favorite battle manga franchises, and rank our favorite stands. My personal list? Pearl Jam at number 1, Pearl Jam at number 2, and Sex Pistols at number 3.

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!