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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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.
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.
Vampire Hunter D (1985), the OAV that was Rym's first anime, and Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin, the fantastic manga, are the topics of tonight's GeekNights. Otakon 2015's attendance dropped substantially, and we speculate on what this means in light of near across-the-board drops for many other anime/fan conventions, nonetheless contrasted by growth in other cons like Anime Boston 2015.
Tonight on GeekNights, we review Tetsuya Tsutui's Prophecy (manga). It's essentially about 4chan terrorists who understand technology and act accordingly. The tech is surprisingly realistic. If the topic scares you: it should. Interestingly, the best source of information on this manga is its French wikipedia page.
Rym made an AMV, and in doing so discovered (through intense archaeological excavation) that animemusicvideos.org still exists, largely unchanged from ancient times. Otakon, after their ridiculous badge disaster, has finally decided to almost maybe do the right thing and MAIL the BADGES. (Vote in their poll: it ends December 5th!) Also, The Kingdom of Dreams & Madness is airing in New York, but don't bother seeing it in person: it will be available for digital download on December 9th!
Tonight on GeekNights, we talk about Blue Blazes (Aoi Honō - アオイホノオ). If you know the basic history of aniem and manga, you'll probably really, really enjoy it. In the news, Rym is sort of enjoying The Adventures of Gumball, and a second season of Yowapeda is coming in October! Rym is lecturing at PAX AUS! Scott is dying of terbuculic whooping cough!
Tonight on GeekNights, we review the recently popular Attack on Titan (Shingeki no Kyojin - 進撃の巨人). It's good, but in the same way that Fullmetal Alchemist or Fushigi Yugi was good: solid, but not an anime to re-watch for all time. Before that, Rym warns you against seeing the fucking awful Potted Potter, and Scott demands that you read Jeff Lemire's Trillium.