Tonight on GeekNights we review Makoto Yukimura's PLANETES. It's slice of life space garbage men. Some of the character of Patlabor with the sensibility of Space Brothers. In the news, Katsucon's hotel damage made the rounds in the media, but the real story you should read is that of RainFurrest. You can see their (too little, too late) letter to their attendees, posted before they fully lost the venue. IT COULD HAPPEN TO YOUUUUU!. (Except, probably, for the diapers). Smut Peddler's Monster Boyfriend Anthology features, among many other big names, the creative talent behind Oglaf (NSFW). A how to draw like Ryoichi Ikegami book exists.
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Tonight on GeekNights, we consider all of the anime we watched a non-trivial number of episodes of before just... stopping. As we plan to do with Attack on Titan whenever it starts up again. From .hack to Naruto, Kaze no Yojimbo to Ergo Proxy. It's one thing to drop a show after one episode, but after 10? 20? What drives someone to just drop a show midway?
In other news, The Boy and the Beast is premiering in the US, the New York International Children's Film Festival has an amazing animation lineup this year, Over the Garden Wall is amazing, Katsucon this weekend has one of the worst panel policies of all fan conventions, and we'll be performing at MAGFest next weekend!
Tonight on GeekNights, much as we did with the ongoing Adventure Time series, we review the many episodes of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic that have come out since our original 2011 review of the show. It's still good (not as good as the comics, but still good), and we're still into it. In the news, Netflix puts anime in its correct non-anime categories, Lupin III continues to be most excellent of late, culminating in The Italian Game, and Pokemon celebrates its 20th anniversary with some off-the-hook stuff.
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Tonight on GeekNights, we review Miyazaki's Laputa: Castle in the Sky (天空の城ラピュタ) having last night seen it again thanks to the IFC. It is a subtle and wonderful movie, and you do yourself a disservice to have not seen it. We also attempt to rank ALL of the Ghibli movies. In other news, FUNimation is inexplicably launching a cable anime network, and Fakku is kickstarting a release of Maeda's Urotsukidoji manga in English.
Hiroya Oku's Inuyashiki is described as a "slice of life suspense science fiction seinen manga series" on Wikipedia. It is fantastic, and you'll understand it's full power within 30 pages give or take. In the news, the great Shigeru Mizuki, known primarily in the US for Kitaro, has passed away at 93. The Anime News Network 2015 Megapoll is underway (I suggest you vote for Yurikuma and One Punch Man). Build-a-bear moves into Pikachu territory.
Descender (Jeff Lemire, Dustin Nguyen) is a comic that you should all read, and is the topic of tonight's GeekNights. Part Alien, part Astroboy, part Aliens, part Ghost in the Shell, part Prometheus, part Independence Day, this beautiful fast-paced action sci fi comic is some A+ sequential art so far. Lemire has a golden touch, as we've been a fan since Essex County back in 2007. Sony already optioned the movie rights.
In other news, PAX East badges/hotels went live and sold out today (but you can still go to PAX South), all the collected works of Miyazaki are available on boo ray, and Adventure Time continues to be excellent with The Stakes.
Tonight on GeekNights, we probably anger a lot of people talking about how anime-specific fandom is no longer usefully distinguished from general animation fandom and it's really only Americans who flip out so much about it. This is in light of anime just being available on Hulu now, Netflix making its own anime, and AkibaExpo being a disaster that fell apart before our very eyes.