Everyone's entitled to their own opinion on an anime or manga, that much is certain. But sometimes, wild-eyed individuals appear to strike back against a series whose positive qualities are almost universally acknowledged. They bare the standard of "Hype Backlash", and today, Shane's taking a deeper look at five different (sorta) Gainax titles in hopes of better understanding this odd breed of media fan. Hit the jump and check it out!
Happy 14th anniversary FLCL! Possibly timed to commemorate the OVA's April 26, 2000 release, Gainax's May site welcome and limited poster art is Mamimi Samejima illustrated by guest LENA [A-7] . The game company illustrator comments that he's dreamed of doing official art for Gainax since junior high school. Get a look after the jump.
Graphic designer Matt Reedy set himself up with the interesting challenge of taking anime that is too violent (Attack on Titan), too morally tangled (Death Note) and too wound up in adolescent confusion (FLCL) and repackaging it in the trade dress of Little Golden Books... You know, for kids. Check out the results after the jump.
Racing anime IGPX will be doubling up on October 19th for it's finale, to be replaced by FLCL replaces the next week. The line-up will be receive a further refresh with some titles leaving and others returning. Get the details after the jump.
KatsuhonoProduction, the people being the "Gundam Style" parody from before "Gangnam Style" reached total ubiquity, are back, showing a one-off bit of stop motion work. This one features figma Tomoe Mami from Madoka Magica squaring off against RIOBONE Canti from FLCL in a short, but amusing confrontation. Check it out after the jump.
Returning to guest artists after a recent string of animation staff tributes to Medaka Box, this week's Gainax homepage welcome splash features a hot new FLCL picture. This time, Gainax brings in Zane, an artist featured on the covers of vocaloid Exit Tunes albums and on the Toyota Hatsune Miku campaign. Get a look after the jump.
After featuring a string of Medaka Box illustrations from series animators as their weekly welcome banner, Gainax has invited Tokyo-based illustrator/digital production artist Asahi Hajime for a remarkably stylish rendition of FLCL. Get a look at that and more after the jump.
Recently, the weekly welcome art featured on Gainax's website has collected illustrations by studio animators. This week, Gainax returns to the old habit of bringing outside perspective with Devil May Cry 4 character designer Tatsuya Yoshikawa's FLCL work. Check it out after the jump.
The gainax.co.jp official studio site has presented the third monthly showcase of "GAINAX × ACOS IKEMEN GALLERY" cosplay. In January, the collaboration went to the cast of the Persona 4 stage play with Oumi Youichirou as Dantalian's Huey Disward, and it returns to the P4 cast this month with Takahisa Maeyama as FLCL's protagonist, Naota Nandaba. Get a look after the jump.
Marvel first solicited orders for the first issue of the limited comic series Wolverine And The X-Men: Alpha And Omega with a nice anime related Easter egg on the preview cover. Wolverine's partner/antagonist for the series Quentin Quire, aka telepathic mutant Kid Omega, sported the FLCL "P!" symbol. See what that looked like versus the released version after the jump.
The latest weekly Gainax site top page illustration is grabbing plenty of attention with ZEKKYOU—the artist behind the Toradora! manga and the occasional Haruhi Suzumiya gender bender doujinshi—offering a bunny girl interpretation of the girls of FLCL. Check out a new take on the old favorite after the jump.
Recently, we debuted the cover for the second volume of Avatar: The Last Airbender - The Promise, due to be released May 30th. Now we have the full Dark Horse schedule for the month. New manga includes the second volume of Trigun creator Yasuhiro Nightow's Blood Blockade Battlefront, an omnibus of Hajime Ueda's FLCL and more. Check it out after the jump.
Advance reviews of the new animated adaptation of Frank Miller's Batman: Year One have been highly enthusiastic. Speaking of enthusiasm, the feature's co-director Lauren Montgomery has a history of fan art. Check out some highlights after the jump.
Comics and Manga publisher Dark Horse recently twittered a cosplay photo of the bass wielding Haruhara from FLCL from KumoriCon with the note "Look for the FLCL manga omnibus in 2012!" More after the jump.