Mikan Watch #111: Akiba’s Trip

Posted by DiGiKerot in Mikan Watch at March 1, 2017 on 10:08 pm

From this weeks episode (episode 9) of Akiba’s Trip (or AkibasTrip), used as a make-shift card gaming table.

I like the AkibasTrip anime, though admittedly this is a statement coming from someone who hasn’t played the game which shares it’s name, and has little interest in actually doing so. I gather this qualifier is necessary, as aside from the soft Akihabara tourism aspect and the stripping of clothes being necessary to defeat the villains, the anime bares little resemblance to it’s namesake in terms of characters and plot.

Avex request media export exclusion?

Posted by DiGiKerot in R2(J) DVDs at February 14, 2017 on 1:13 pm

This tweet of an e-mail from CDJapan has been floating around this morning, stating that they’ve been asked to stop sending Avex Pictures-related material to their foreign customers. I got this e-mail as well, for what it’s worth.

This isn’t actually entirely new a situation – Amazon JP have actually been quietly cancelling a number of Avex pre-orders for the last few weeks. I know a few who have had their copies of the surprisingly great Scorching Ping Pong Girls recently cancelled out from under them, for example. This kind of just makes the situation here rather more clear, given that Amazon used to have a habit of over-reaching some of their shipping exclusions whenever someone published game-soft out-of-character in the past. This is actually deliberate rather than an accident for once.

As a part-time WUGner, and someone who has a habit of import PriPara CDs, it’s rather a frustrating situation, with both of those properties being under the Avex umbrella. It’s also pretty weird given that they’ve been things like WUG events in Taiwan in recent months.

Avex have a lot of pokers in a lot of fires, though, which makes speculation as to what exactly is going on here somewhat fruitless. The price disparity between Japan and the rest of the world when it comes to the video media does tend to make me wonder if it’s something to do with near-neighbour territory music licensing moves, though it could just as well be about foreign market exploitation of PriPara or other children’s cartoon properties.

It’s kind of an annoying situation all around, though.

So, They announced a new iDOLM@STER anime…

Posted by DiGiKerot in idolmaster at February 12, 2017 on 1:37 pm

…And it’s SideM, which is probably going to make a few Million Live fans a little salty.

Still, from a business expansion point of view, it probably makes sense at this point – it’s not like they particularly struggle to fill large venues for any of the other iM@S properties at this point (heck, there’s a Million Live event at the Budokan in a months time), and there’s competitors in the market like Uta-Pri are still shifting units that show there is an audience there. There’s a market to exploit there with a fairly high ceiling which isn’t going to cannibalise the audience from things this particular franchise are already selling to people. To a degree, Million Live would just be preaching to the choir.

Anyway, more details will be released about it next month. I’ll give the show a fair shake regardless, but obviously the most interesting thing about it will be the staff. The original aniM@S and Cinderella Girls both pulled in a bunch of stellar talent, and it’d be nice to see something of the same level for this. For as much as most of my bubble don’t really pay that much attention to the Guy Idol anime (though I’ve heard from more than one person that the SideM live events are a blast), there’s a surprisingly high bar in terms of doing unusual or interesting things set by shows like Shounen Hollywood in that market. As much as some folks like to look down on things they see as fujoshi-bait, it’s not necessarily a market you can be lazy about.

Also, real curious as to if, or perhaps rather how, they’ll approach the whole Akizuki Ryo thing.

(Although I’ll insert the usual disclaimer here that I don’t really follow Million Live, so I was never personally going to get salty regarding anything what goes on with that…)

Mikan Watch #110: BBK/BRNK

Posted by DiGiKerot in Uncategorized at January 6, 2017 on 7:02 am

From episode 18 of Bubuki/Buranki (or the sixth episode of the second cour, Gentle Giants of the Galaxy, if you’d rather) – it’s that one at the far bottom-right of the structure there, though I guess you might have to squint a little to make it out above.

Anyway, I’ve already already written about this show this week, so little else more to say about it. I have actually managed to watch an entire five episodes of New Game, though! Go me!

Mikan Watch #109: Magical Girl Raising Project

Posted by DiGiKerot in Mikan Watch at January 5, 2017 on 5:49 pm

From Episode 11 of Magical Girl Raising Project, during Tama’s Token Inspirational/Tragic Backstory Reveal segment. Rather uncharacteristically didn’t even notice this until I was scrubbing around for a screengrab yesterday, figuring I might use something from the scene immediately before this, but I figured the Nemurin shot was ultimately funnier given the significance of the scene versus how adorable it looks on the surface.

Anyway, I had my fill in regards to writing about the show in yesterdays post, so I’ve nothing more to say at this point.