Being an athlete, I find sports anime to be especially interesting because they sensationalize all of the right elements and still manage to stay rooted in the actual sport. Anything from Kuroko’s Basketball to Yowamushi Pedal, you’re sure to find a very respectable representation of the sport itself with the “razzle dazzle” of anime storytelling and action. But that’s not the only thing sports anime offers…
While watching episode 23 of Ace of the Diamond, I was taught something about baseball that I’d never even learned during my four years of little league baseball: the balk rule.
In ”School Academic Level”, Sawamura struggles to stay focused with runners on base and falls victim to the other team’s mind games. This forces him to commit a balk. This also began my Google search to learn more about this “balk” that I’d never heard of. I found that many other anime fans also went down the same path.
To me, this is just why anime is awesome. The realism combined with fantasy is a combo that is unmatched by all other forms of storytelling. And this is just one little reason why.
Watch more anime.
Oh, to be in the fair city of Detroit this weekend, to experience the silliness that is Youmacon 2013.
The weather is cold. The cosplay is adventurous. The dancing is stupendous. And the lineup of panelist this year is worth every penny.
-Sarah Natochenny – the voice of Ash Ketchum (She at one point, did have them all.)
-Michele Knotz – Voice of nearly every other character in Pokemon.
-Caitlin Glass & more.
I’m going to level with you folks. I am modestly (read: incredibly) biased toward this con, as it is in my hometown. Ain’t no party like a Detroit party, because a Detroit party will probably give you pneumonia if you don’t properly layer.
As it is, though, I highly recommend it, if you’re someone who likes to shake your booty in the Renaissance Center. If it’s not too late, I recommend getting a room in the either the Renaissance Marriott or the Courtyard Detroit Downtown. Admittedly, super late, but the views of the city are worth every last minute dollar you spend. Plus, they serve as home base for the Con. Do it.
Check out some pics from last year’s con, and tell me you aren’t looking forward to seeing what pops up from this years’s attendees.
Youmacon – Where dreams do get awkwardly realized to heavy, heavy dubstep and house beats. Enjoy!
It’s week three of the new fall season of anime, and I’ve gotten a chance to skim most of the new titles so far. I noticed something very interesting while I was watching… there were more than 5 new sports anime simulcasting this season. An unprecedented number compared to previous seasons, which one or two would be more commonly expected.
Being a big fan of sports anime, such as Giant Killing and Kuroko’s Basketball, I highly anticipate almost any new anime with a sports theme. I believe the new quality of anime we’re enjoying in conjuction with the realism standard anime has always been best at, really allows for an exciting fusion of surrealistic action and dynamics. This is summarized quite well by Midorima from Kuroko’s Basketball.
So, I just want to brush up on the sports anime that I have previewed this season:
Hajime no Ippo
This anime is actually a classic that was made decades ago. However, they’re releasing a remake that boasts much higher quality and I’d assume better special effects. I have no point of reference, but the opening scene says it all, though:
You will see some asses getting beat! If you’re looking for a history lesson on what makes a successful sports anime – this is probably it. The art style, eventhough revamped, is still a little outdated. However, if you love boxing, there’s a high chance you’ll love Hajime no Ippo.
Ace of the Diamond
I am not much of a baseball enthusiast, but I love the Detroit Tigers. Executed correctly, I think a baseball anime would be really interesting for me. The first episode of Ace of Diamond was drawn well, but really just lacked action. I think it’s crucial to have a first episode that does more than set the tone (we saw this work ridiculously well for Attack on Titan last season). It should be aggressively attempting to hook you. That said, the baseball element is animated well, the voice acting is intriguing and I typically like the characters so far. I will give it another 3 episodes before I pass further judgement, but the first episode did not hook me.
Wanna be the Strongest in the World
That’s right, you read correctly. Women’s wrestling now has its own flagship anime production. And get this, it’s actually really intriguing! Mind you, there will be moments that you have to turn the volume way down unless you want your roommates or neighbors to think you’re watching asian s&m porno. But if you look beyond the orgasmic submission holds, and crude womanizing outfits, you’ll find a very well written and inspiring anime that aims to inspire the weak to become strong. The main character is actually a famous entertainer who finds herself defending her own and all idol’s honor by becoming a professional wrestler. Guilty pleasure? You bet:
Up next, I’ll be covering basketball and cycling. Do virtual reality games or singing & dancing count? I don’t know…
Been thinking about grabbing a Vita, but you’re not into the portable gaming idea? Well good news. Sony’s heeded your calls, and you shall be rewarded. The Playstation Vita TV console is set to release in Japan November 14, and should deliver a pretty solid experience.
The system has a Vita card slot and a slot for memory cards, so you can still play downloaded games from the OG Playstation, PSP games, and of course, the Vita library. The PS Vita TV console will also be able to remote play PS4 games, and supports two DualShock 3 controllers.
Other things to look out for include: mulitplayer, standby mode, a web browser, email, voice and chat (read: new way to talk trash on PSN), and apps like Hulu and the like.
Price points will be about $100 for the the stand alone, or about $143 for a bundle that hits you with a DualShock3 controller and an 8GB memory card.
Enjoy kids! Or, you know, wait until it hits the North American market. Whichever.
We’re pro-choice over here.
Saint Seiya: Brave Soldiers will feature a downloadable Gold Saint Aries Shion bonus character, for the Japanese release coming up this October. You can check this bloke out below.
Brave Soldiers will feature more than 50 usable characters that you can customize to your heart’s content, and online play. The plot will follow the Sanctuary, Poseidon, and Hades arcs and is set to drop October 17 in Japan. Gamers can find it on the PSN Playstation 3 network on November 26 for the North American market.
The October release will offer a Pegasus box, which will include the game, a Pegasus Seiya figure sporting the classic Pegasus cloth costume, and a code unlocking the corresponding costume in the game. The box is priced at ¥13,480 ($135).
This release should be a good one. Tell all of your friends. Or, you could just be a little greedy guy and keep all the fun for yourself. We don’t judge here at Animeism. It’s just that kind of party.
One Piece: Pirate Warriors 2 is now available in North America and Latin America. Check out the trailer below:
The Americas tend to get things a little bit late in comparison to the Asian and European releases, but this one should be worth the idle thumb twiddling. You can download it on the playstation network for $49.99, or kop the hardcopy if that’s your bag.
That’s right kiddies, go HAM on the high seas. Pirate king is no small feat, after all.
Pokemon’s official twitter account just released two cast members for their Pokemon: The Origin special. Naruto voice actor Junko Takeuchi (Naruto) will be playing the main character, Red.
Katauji Mori will be playing Professor Oak
Most Dragon Ball Z fans are aware that there is a new movie coming out. Most Dragon Ball Z fans are aware that there is a powerful, feral Pharaoh feline super villain with super powers rivaling the Gods. Have you stopped to think how Goku will defeat this monstrosity of pure evil? Goku reaches the ultimate Saiyan level—the legend of legends. A power that even Broly, the legendary Super Saiyan, cannot fathom. A power that the Supreme Kais cannot fathom. A power that I am having a hard time even imagining as I am writing this article. Goku transforms into Super Saiyan God Goku, the convergence of the legendary powers of the Saiyan race into a being with powers rivaling the Gods. He is a God.