Japanese translator Frog-kun explores how our favorite anime, manga and light novels are translated into English. What is lost in translation? More importantly, what is found in translation? This week, Frog-kun explores the evolution of the word “otaku” and how its meaning has changed over time in English and Japanese. Hit the jump to read more!
Figure maker FREEing has scheduled the second Gainax Girl to get the huge 1/4 scale, Bunny ver figure. Following Gurren Lagann's Yoko will be Gunbuster: Aim for the Top 2!'s Nono. Also scheduled is the introduction of Raildex to the line with the titular heroine of A Certain Magical Index. Get a look after the jump.
While astute fans have been using social media to chronicle the fictitious events of Neon Genesis Evangelion in real time, otaku have also observed that real life has caught up (at least in terms of calendar dates) with another hit anime from Studio Gainax: Gunbuster, known in Japan as Toppu o Nerae! ("Aim for the Top!"). Hit the jump to learn more.
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!
The anime version of pioneering piloted mech Mazinger Z debuted on Fuji Television in December 1972 (the manga predated it by two months). In honor of the seminal rocket-punching robot's 40th anniversary Bandai is releasing a prestige DX Chogokin Mazinger Z with full internal diecast skeleton, removable armor and light and sound gimmicks. Get a look after the jump.
Giving the Medaka Box animators a break from providing their recent string of weekly website welcome illustrations, Gainax has turned to TNSK, artist on the manga adaptation of Black Rock Shooter: The Game, for a tribute to 2004 sci-fi OVA Aim for the Top 2!: Diebuster.
With hard work and guts, in the latest "GAINAX × ACOS IKEMEN GALLERY" cosplay, male talent group D2's Kenki Yamaguchi dons the shades of proto-Evangelion mecha sci-fi Aim for the Top! Gunbuster's Kouichirou "Coach" Ohta. Get a look after the jump.
For her second pulse-pulsing column for Crunchy News, Victoria went to Winter Sac-Anime dressed as a mecha pilot from 1988's Gunbuster. How did it go? She sez, "The thing about cosplaying obscure characters is that, sure, not a lot of people will recognize you, but the ones that do will flip out!"
Anyone searching for the ultimate version of Gainax's 1988 OVA, Aim for the Top! Gunbuster, need look no further than Bandai Visual's upcoming Blu-ray. Along with the expected remastering, the set also includes a new short movie and more. Hit the jump for details.