Anime Expo wrapped up last week and the announcement fireworks so bright that Uncle Sam would have cried tears of joy. One of the biggest surprises came from a logical but never heard of pairing- Arc System Works and Trigger. The former is best known for the fighting game series Guilty Gear and Blaz Blue, while the latter is an anime production studio that has brought us amazing shows Little Witch Academia and Kill La Kill.
Now the two companies have done the Fusion Dance and are bringing us Kill La Kill the game: IF
The Consumer Electronics Show is always an event colored by the latest and flashiest tech from the world’s biggest vendors. Year after year, the press, and the public are treated to leaps in technology innovation that make us wish the future would hurry up and get here.
The show can’t just be made up of the best, however. There must be a balance to everything, and CES is no exception. We’ve rounded up a few of the gadgets that made us crane our necks in more confusion than anticipation.
So anime usually gets a bad rap from people that aren’t fans of the genre. We’re not talking about the people that have only seen Akira and Ninja Scroll (one day I’m going to rip into Ninja Scroll and why it’s utter trash) and think that those films were awesome, but never really found anything else that they like. No, the bad rap comes from the masses whose only incounters with the genre are either what their kids watch/play (Dragonball Z, Pokemon, Yu-Gi-Oh) or most likely what they’ve seen on the internet. The children monster shows are mostly harmless and edited down to be even more so. The stigma that anime carries comes from the more perverted fetishes and tropes baked into the culture. You most likely know them if you’re reading this: lolicon, dissproportionate female anatomy, near embarrassing levels of sexual hormones pumping in teenage males, “sparkly eyes” (as my girlfriend calls them). You get the drift and that’s without actually talking about the adult stuff that is the easiest to recall because of extremeness.
For the record, High School DxD is not here to help lift the perverted stigma from anime.
So anime is going to be a big thing around these parts. We consider ourselves self-taught experts, as we’ve been seriously watching for well over a decade now. Oh man, after thinking about that, it’s been actually closer to being over 15 years! I’m sure all of the old anime fans in the crowd can remember the days when you almost had to set out on an expedition just to get a tape, that if you were lucky it had more than one episode on it.
Those were the Wild West days of anime in the US. Now, things are much better. Anime is still a popular niche category and great titles are coming out closer and closer to the airing dates in Japan. Which brings us to our show of interest – Guilty Crown.