Last Week in Geekdom – Your Weekly News Roundup (2/26 – 3/4)

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Welcome to the first “Last Week in Geekdom” where I comb through the internet to find the most important news you need to know so you don’t have to. This will be one of the only places on this blog that genre doesn’t matter. I’ll be featuring news stories from across comics, anime, and manga as well as general industry news. Obviously I’m going to miss things or think some things are more important than others. If I’ve missed something you think is important, let me know in the comments below!

Anime and Manga News:

  • Chris Stuckman is releasing a new book entitled Anime Impact: The Movies and Shows that Changed the World of Japanese Animation which will feature essays from writers like Ernest Cline and Doug Walker as well as some Youtube Anime writers. See the announcement here.
  • Rurouni Kenshin creator fined 200,000 Yen for possession of child porn: Read more here.
  • A boycott of the convention Anime Matsuri is underway over accusations of sexual harassment by the CEO and failure to pay guests and vendors among other things. Read more here.
  • Kodansha Comics has released a list of the simulpubs coming to Crunchyroll Manga: Read the announcement from Crunchyrolll.
  • Sales of Digital Manga overtake print sales in Japan. Read more here.
  • 12th annual Seiyuu Awards recognizes the talents of some of the best voice actors. Read who won what here.
  • Virtual Youtuber Kizuna Ai gets promoted to Tourism Ambassador by Japan National Tourism Organization.
  • “The Night is Short, Walk on Girl” wins Japan Academy’s “Animation of the Year”
  • 2020 Japan Paralympic Games mascots chosen by Japanese Elementary school students

Comic News:

  • Sandman is back this August with a spin-off imprint featuring new comics directed by Neil Gaiman. Read more here.
  • March 1st – 8th is Will Eisner Week: http://www.willeisner.com/
  • WB throwing Batgirl movie on the backburner. Read more here.
  • Nancy Drew is getting a comic series by Kelly Thompson and Jenn St-Onge

New Anime and Manga Announcements:

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Thanks for reading! I’m hoping to get the structure ironed out as we go, but if you want to see more or less of something or have suggestions, let me know in the comments. New round-ups every Sunday. Have a happy rest of your weekend!


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Our Love Has Always Been 10 Centimeters Apart Anime Review

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Our Love Has Always Been 10 Centimeters Apart snuck up on me last year. I didn’t realize it was airing until after the season was over, and it wasn’t until now that I had the chance to actually watch it. I also didn’t know that this short, 6-episode series is supposed to be a sequel to the Vocaloid anime short film I’ve Always Liked You, something I reviewed a while ago now. But in watching this anime, I almost think you could consider this it’s own stand-alone series with how little it actually feels like the continuation of the previous film. I honestly prefer looking at it separately like this as well, as the story told within the series is well-crafted whole, using it’s short run to its advantage by focusing just on the story and characters without extraneous filler.

Where I’ve Always Liked You focused on the relationship between Yuu and Natsuki, 10 Centimeters Apart focuses on Miou and Haruki’s relationship more in depth. It tells of their last year in high school, as Haruki, Yuu, and Mochita struggle to make a final film for their Movie Club before their forced to retire. It also tells of Akari, Natsuki, and Miou’s Art Club experiences and the development of their passion for art as the year comes to a close. But Miou and Haruki both have something their keeping from one another. Something, that if not dealt with, could mean the end of their dreams for the future. Continue reading