The CEN.TAKU.ME Journal #22
It’s been almost a year since I wrote the last Journal entry. But it was for a good reason, as I wanted to catch up on all the convention reports from the past year, starting with Anime Weekend Atlanta 2011 to Nashville Anime Day. I did say that I would not write anything else until then. With one con report left to go, AWA 2012, we’ll be back to our regularly scheduled programming!
In this entry: a brief update of my whereabout the past year; the interest of reviving Gundam in North America; and the return of Tom!
Year of the Conventions
It’s been awhile since I’ve updated the site. In the free time I’ve had, I managed to fulfill a promise I made to myself made a few years ago: attending more conventions than AWA and MTAC alone. This year, I went to ConNooga, MomoCon, MTAC, Nashville Anime Day, and Anime Weekend Atlanta. With only few months left in the year, that leaves one more convention to be attended.
The remaining conventions, Anime Blast Chattanooga, and the first year of Yama-Con in Pigeon Forge, TN, are the ones left. However, it looks like I will not be able to attend Anime Blast, all thanks to the BIGBANG Alive Tour stop in New Jersey the Friday of the con weekend (November 9th). I will be missing out on a local convention that’s literally a 20 minute drive from my residence, but it will be totally worth the 12 hour-ish trip to see my favorite K-Pop band. Will there be coverage of the concert? We’ll see… Of course, I have to publish the other con reports that’s well overdue, first.
Gundam Still Lives in North America
The biggest news story of the year was the exit of Bandai Entertainment in North America. This is very big news, indeed, as I had high expectations for the company for the past few years when it came to Gundam Unicorn. I really wanted to write about this as soon as it happened, and I still intend to as I return to writing–and I apologize if anyone was expecting my take of the matter. I’m sure there’s still room for discussion, as a non-Bandai company, Vertical, acquired the publishing rights to the Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin manga this past summer.
The most recent news of Bandai is the official discontinuation of previously released titles, such as the long awaited re-release of the original Gundam series. Maybe it was a good thing waiting this long for a response, as more news comes in of what’s left of the company’s presence outside of Japan. (Note: to clear up confusion, Bandai–and Gundam–is still alive and well in Japan. It’s just that their way of doing business isn’t very popular in the US…)
The Return of Toonami
Another huge news story is the revival of Toonami. It all started with an April Fools joke, with Adult Swim airing episodes of Tenchi Muyo and Gundam Wing. The next day, Twitter was abuzz on the “event”, which led to the people behind AS to ask if Toonami to return. No surprise: Toonami returned on May 26 as part of the Adult Swim block. Bumps from the final generation included–along with Tom himself.
A lot of the news shows on the new Toonami consist of FUNimation titles, such as Deadman Wonderland and Casshern Sins. But when you think about it, a lot of the shows in the past either were or now in possession of FUNimation… Unfortunately, I no longer have access to Cable or Satellite. I would have to rely on catching the the series later through another method of media. It’s not the same, obviously. There were some shows I would love to see on Toonami, like Tiger & Bunny–way after it’s done on Neon Alley…