The wheels are set in motion: this is the last post for this blog before I launch my new one proper. Everyone who has read, commented or lurked over the past two and a half years has my deepest thanks; all I ask is update your RSS feed subscriptions to those of my new one when I’ve published some more posts and the RSS plugin’s cache straightens itself out and updates. Over the next couple of weeks I’ll be taking a short break from posting to spend time relaxing with my family over christmas and work on the old viewing backlog; I’ll probably still lurk around on other people’s blogs and AB IRC but while the posts here won’t be deleted or anything, there won’t be any more updates here.
Time to sit back and take a quick break
There are already several good reasons to come back to blogging next month, not least some really interesting things recently announced that I think are well worth looking forward to, and will give plenty to write about. I can’t not write it seems, so here are some of the things that will kick the latest bout of Hiatus Disease out into the ether where it belongs.
I know video game adaptations have a shocking track record but something tells me that this particular take on the excellent Valkyria Chronicles RPG might be quite good, or at least I hope it will be (for what it’s worth, this game has single-handedly made me want a PS3…seriously). From what I’ve seen of the game the visuals are superb and a lot of attention has been paid to creating a cast of memorable characters; the story is set in an alternate-history of 1930s Europe too so there’s a lot of scope for playing around with military history in front of a backdrop that anime shows don’t portray very often.
If Alicia features prominently I’ll be happy. I <3 the artwork
My hopes for this hinge on the studio staff’s ability to capture the aspects of the game that make it outstanding from the storytelling, characterisation and artistic standpoints, which is a bit of a tall order. Even so, if it works out we’ll have something quite special: an engaging cast, a fascinating worldview and lots of edge-of-your-seat combat. And winged pigs. Fortunately neither Gonzo nor Paul W S Anderson will be involved in this one, which allays my fears a bit.
Not much to go apart from the vague promo pic below, and the roll-call of staff involved. It’s slated for release sometime during the summer of next year, but that’s all we have to go on at the moment.
So, who is involved? It’s all being put together under Madhouse’s roof, and will be another collaboration between director Mamoru Hosoda, screenplay writer Satoko Okudera and character designer Yoshiyuki Sadamoto. Yeah. Go read that last bit again. This will feature the key staff who produced The Girl Who Leapt Through Time. Need I say more?
Natsume Yuujinchou and Kaiji: second seasons
I’m hoping for more of the same for these. The next outing for Natsume and his spiritual cat-god companion is allegedly one of the first new shows to hit the schedules, and I can’t think of a reason not to have high expectations for it. If it picks up where the first left off there ought to be a pleasant mix of comedy, supernatural goings-on and moments of genuine emotion too. The Mulleted One is set to make a return at some point but it’s too early to say when exactly he’s going to exact his revenge for the finger-slicing Epic Fail of the tissue box raffle. Again, it was one of my favourite shows of the year so I can’t wait to see more.
So, that’s a wrap as they say. I hope you have a happy christmas and best wishes for the new year ahead. Seeya in 2009! ^_^