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Everything Old Is New Again, 2009 is 1989

With apologies to TV’s Patrick Macias.

Remakes, relaunches, renewals, reimaginings, whatever you call them, making old things new is all the rage these days. On some level, it clearly smacks of laziness and a dearth of fresh ideas, but like it or not there’s big money to be made in recycling things that would otherwise be lost and forgotten. For now at least. And while it’s not nearly as widespread as it is in, say, the North American movie industry, this phenomenon is slowly but surely making its presence felt in the otaku realm as well.

The Color of Toei

Taking a step back from the unsurprisingly controversial sentiment of the previous article, here’s something everyone can enjoy!

That’s a lie, but it is something that I doubt anyone will feel very strongly about (famous last words) although I am hoping that someone with a bit more expertise on the subject will be kind enough to chime in. Also, taking an unexpected foray into the realm of the 3D today, but bear with me. At least this one has pictures.

Real Life Origins of Kannagi’s Meido Kissa

I’ve been going back and forth on the issue of whether or not Kannagi, with its otaku-heavy supporting cast and frequent allusions to visual culture, can constitute proper otaku metaculture or not. Although it never becomes the focus of the series, it’s done with such reverence and genuine expertise that it’s difficult to ignore.

Regardless, there is a sequence in episode 6 that cannot go without comment. In it, the Kannagi gang visit a local meido kissa, which is very obviously modeled on my all-time favorite Akiba meido kissa, the Cafe Mai:Lish. The Kannagi animation team have really done a bang up job in this episode of recreating the Mai:Lish perfectly in 2D, down to the slightest detail. Have a look at some side-by-side comparisons.

Event Report: Wonder Festival 2008 Winter

The following is a quasi-chronological look at the events of February 24th, 2008, and one person’s trip to Japan’s biannual hobby mecca Wonder Festival. In addition to boring personal anecdotes it contains information of a potentially useful nature – if you’ve been wondering when the next Wonder Festival is, what happened to Eropon, why there was a veritable army of Yoko kits for sale, what’s up with Organic, or who translated the text on the warning label of that Mr. Simple Mask for Paint you just bought – well, you’ve come to the right place!

The Road to Comiket

If you’ve seen the fictional portrayals of the event in Comic Party and Genshiken you have some idea of the process that leads up to circle participation at Comic Market – but that’s only part of the story. Girls flying behind runaway carts of books and room for an entire club to stand behind a Comiket table are pleasant fictions of a process that, while challenging, is certainly as rewarding as its dramatic depictions suggest. Read on for a detailed look at the process that leads to selling doujinshi at the world’s largest and most venerated amateur comics convention.

Feature: Fall 2007 Anime Roundup

In a twist on past seasonal rundowns, we present the fall 2007 batch of anime as a top ten list (plus one) of the shows most likely to receive a warm reception by the doujinshi community this winter. Want to know what you’re likely to see out of Comic Market in December? Read on for our impression of the new season, doujin style!

Event Report: Wonder Festival 2007 Summer

Check this post for an updated compendium of all HD news on the topic of garage kit and figure convention Wonder Festival 2007 Summer, as well as the epic saga underlying our coverage of the event (coming soon!). Stuff will be added here regularly over the next several days, so you might want to bookmark this post or leave it open in a Firefox tab or something…

Event Report: World Hobby Festival Ariake 16

The 16th incarnation of World Hobby Festival in its Ariake location occurred yesterday, May 5th 2007. HD was there to take in the event for the first time, and came away quite satisfied by what turned out to be essentially a miniaturized version of Wonder Festival. Despite occupying only one of the Big Sight‘s voluminous West halls the event still had a lot to offer garage kit and figure enthusiasts – more than enough to break one man’s wallet and fill his camera’s memory with tasty photos. Read on for the low-down on WHF, and more pictures than you can shake a reasonably large stick at. Warning: while this post isn’t tagged as ero, it does contain some adult content.

Event Report: Dream Party Tokyo Spring 2007

If you build it they will come, someone once said, though I believe he was referring to a baseball field and not an eroge expo. People attended Dream Party Tokyo Spring 2007 yesterday regardless, and one of them was me. It was my first time at the event, so I didn’t know quite what to expect; I was both underwhelmed and pleasantly surprised, but to find out why I’m afraid you’ll have to continue reading. There are pictures of crusty policemen!

Spring 2007 Anime Roundup: Episode II

We return tonight with the second part (first part here) of our increasingly obsolete feature on the new shows of spring 2007, bringing you the HD take on Darker Than Black, Seirei no Moribito, El Cazador de la Bruja, Kaibutsu Oujo, Nanoha StrikerS, Seto no Hanayome, and Sisters of Wellber. If you haven’t already passed judgment on them yourself (or even if you have), stop by and have a look!

Spring 2007 Anime Roundup: Part 1

Spring is here! ‘Tis the season of cherry blossoms, freshly starched school uniforms, confessions of love, and more new anime than a single person could possibly keep up with who wasn’t clinically insane (or had some semblance of a social life). Today we begin the arduous task of handling that insanity for you, providing the HD perspective on as many of the season’s new shows as we possibly can before we’re hauled off to a room with padded walls. They say an initial sign of madness is referring to oneself in the plural… In today’s installment, pulled from the quickly swelling grab bag of raws at hand: Gurren Lagann, Hayate no Gotoku, Lovely Complex, and Lucky Star.

Event Report: Wonder Festival 2006 Summer

HD dishes the dirt on Japan’s premiere amateur hobby convention, reporting on the Triad, Hirano Aya, and more exquisitely painted pieces of polyresin than you could possibly shake a stick at. We’ll be cataloguing the event’s lineup of new industry releases in forthcoming days, but our coverage starts now with the gateway to garage kit paradise.

Heisei Democracy Negative Campaign

In commemoration of HD’s relaunch there’s a party in the forums, and if you’re reading this, you’re invited! Create a forums account now and you might win some super cool stuff – check out the full post for more info. [EDIT] The contest is now closed. Thanks to everyone who registered!

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