This may be the best fan-made Anime I have ever seen, and certainly the best Doctor Who fan built Anime. We are talking Classic and Retro here; the Doctor in this one is Jon Pertwee, and the Master is Roger Delgado, using some excellently edited sound bytes from the 1970s episodes. On the Anime side, Bubblegum Crisis, Dirty Pair, and Macross all contributed to the animation style, although I don’t speak quite enough Japanese yet to vouch for the Nihongo quotes (but I expect they are as well done). I do suspect a lot of them are from those series, which puts our Doctor Who influences from the 70s and our Anime influences from the 80s, and gives us a nice familiar jumping off point to explore this totally new combo creation from them. Did I mention this may be the best fan-made Anime I have ever seen? It even uses the old-school minimal animation sequences with the modern flash minimal animation sequences. They may sound the same, but you create them using totally different techniques. Thanks OtaKing 77077, also known as Paul Johnson for creating this incredible animation!! He has a number of Tutorial animation videos as well, you should watch them all!
I recommend watching it full screen, in case you were wondering: it is just that good.
A new trailer for the remake of Conan the Barbarian has been released, and I am a lot more likely to see the film now that I have watched it. For tonight’s viewing though Danny Choo’s Culture Japan has launched for free at Crunchyroll. You are never going to get a better understanding of the phenomena than by watching Tokyo’s top Otaku take you behind the scenes of the latest Manga, Anime, Music, and Games, explaining it all. They have a dozen episodes now for premium members (that’s the entire first season!), with 5 online right now for everyone and more coming over the next 2 weeks; enjoy!
No one is admitting anything as of this writing, but it looks like a wonderfully done Fan made trailer for TRON 3. While I wouldn’t mind not having to wait 30 years for the next release in the franchise, I suspect this isn’t it. It would be nice, though.
Update: The video has been removed, but for a few brief days it was a wonderfully creative Fan built tribute to the series. Every time a conclusion like this is reached, I visualize a behind-the-scenes battle between the Marketing Department (who understand how well the free publicity and good will generated by the fan support something like this will bring them will increase their bottom line) and the Legal Department (who only seem to understand they are not justifying their paycheck if they are not taking legal action against someone) going on. A word to the wise for upper management; don’t you want to support the team improving your bottom line, rather than their own income?
I am sure I will have to add to this when later today actually happens, but I had to mention this now. The wack jobs from the Westboro Baptist Church (the idiots who protest at the funerals of America’s fallen war heroes if they think they might be anything other than hetero) decided to protest at Comic-Con this week, since everyone attending was obviously strange in some fashion (and proud of it!). This definitely tops my What Were They Thinking? list for this month, and possibly this year. I am betting they were not ready for the spontaneous counter protest that immediately broke out, with signs that included All Glory to the Hypno-Toad (and another Futurama reference with a cosplay Bender holding a sign saying Kill All Humans), the Marvelite Odin is God, and the classic When I ride through the Valley of Death I Will Fear No Evil, for the Dark Knight is by my side. The folks at Comics Alliance posted a great photo spread, and many thanks to Space Gypsies for the heads up on this one.
Word is out that Flash Forward might be picked up by Starz, and the series continued! Keeping my fingers crossed. If true, that makes two rescued properties on the Starz network, since they signed a contract with the BBC to do season 6 of Torchwood; glad that network is on my channel lineup.
Meanwhile, the best interview I have yet seen about this event comes from Geek Girls Network, where they talk with a major player who attended almost 20 years ago, and shared some critical perspective. And because I liked that one, I had to go for the Comic Con Gurls, seen below.
And just because I couldn’t resist, the True Blood season 3 trailer…
I am having a serious chuckle to myself over this one. It seems the folks at AOTS have gathered up a bunch of start wars fans and are running a charity car wash this Saturday in LA. So for $10 you can have your car washed by a hoard of Stormtroopers or a fleet of Slave Leia’s, with the proceeds going to the Make a Wish Foundation. Too bad I can’t drive there by tomorrow.