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Keanu as Spike?
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Manga Spotlight: Me and the Devil Blues
Anime Spotlight: Lucky Star Volume 2
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Manga Announcements from San Diego Comic Con
Yamato Revival Immanent
Upcoming in Japan
Anime Game News
Right Stuf Titles on Anime Network VOD
Business News
Return Scheduled For Translucent, Manhwa
Event News
AICN Figures News
SOctober FUNimation Releases?
Digitally Distributed Anime
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Check out a review of Tokyo Zombie, along with a look at the manga at the prestigious Eisner Awards. And for Studio4C fans, note this Quiet Earth and Catsuka note this Second Genius Party Beyond trailer

Keanu as Spike?

After story that Fox is adapting Cowboy Bebop into a live action movie, with Erwin Stoff attached as producer, First Showing reports: a good friend inside the industry who is a very reliable source wrote in to tell me that the film is being fast tracked inside the studio and will most likely be out by 2010. He also revealed that Keanu Reeves has been attached as the lead character Spike for over eight months now and is still set for the role. Unfortunately there isn't a writer or director attached yet, but with some new forward momentum coming from last week's announcement, I don't think it will take too long.
The 26 episode Sunrise TV series and BONES movie followed a hard luck cadre of bounty hunters in the waning days of Wild West period of solar system wide colonization: haunted but slick ex-gangster Spike Spiegel, grizzled veteran ex-cop Jet Black, gambler/femme fatale Faye Valentine, incorrigible hacker Ed, and data dog Ein. Combining artful homages to Western media, inventive direction from Shinichiro Watanabe and eclectic music from Yoko Kanno, Cowboy Bebop won over many fans when it was released on DVD by Bandai Entertainment and aired on Adult Swim.

Me and the Devil Blues: The Unreal Life of Robert Johnson Akira Hiramoto Released by Del Rey Manga

Me and the Devil Blues becomes a phantasmagoric odyssey through a landscape of sorrow and punishment, but in it's early chapters, it fails to answer the concern as to whether a manga retelling of the Faustian legendary life of influential Blues musician Robert Johnson would offer anything beyond the unexpected pairing of subject and medium. Hiramoto's manga opens with a mythic history of the Blues as the story percolates out of the hazy blackness, starting with its birth in Paradise Lost. In a small, wooden structure that looks like the last dwelling on earth, situated on a barren landscape, Robert Johnson pulls himself out of sleep to answer a knock at the door. An expressionist face in the blackness greets him by moaning back "It's me... I've come for you." Then, he's woken up into his real world, and this time, he's greeted by his exasperated, pregnant wife haranguing him. The day does not improve when his arrival at the field is met by his sister striking him with a leaping kick before berating him. "RJ! You about to be a daddy, and just look atcha! A man who don't work ain't no bettah than trash!" The entire journey, from the time "RJ" spent in his home community, yearning to be a Blues man, to his pact with the devil and his later wanderings are abstract. RJ's visions of temptation bleed into his reality, smearing his sense of time and of himself, but beyond that, the people with which he interacts are frequently more shades than solidly defined individuals. Certain Blues men and his unlikely road-mate for the manga, Clyde Barrow, share RJ's depth, but much of the rest of the world seem to be merely playing out parts. At home, there is his hefty, church avowing sister and her cowed husband... the petite, flirtatious woman with the imposing, violent husband and so on. On the road, he stops in one inhospitable community with its own strict sense of judgment, then another. The mythical currents in the story of Robert Johnson open doors for Me and the Devil Blues. If RJ is a Blues Gulliver or Pilgrim, metaphorically washing up on the Southern equivalent of an island of the Cyclops is a compelling way of working with the fantastic without turning the manga into fantasy. However, race and racial sensitivity are dicey issues especially when the framework is constructed by an outsider. Regardless of the amount of reverence that went into creating Me and the Devil Blues, opening the manga with caricatures, and caricatures with a racial dimension, is problematic. Especially in the first chapter, when events have not begun to give RJ something substantial to react to, seeing lines like "we was s'posed to hit the juke, remember?," not knowing the linguistics of the time and place, the dialog itself provokes a "I just hope this was careful, and correct" sentiment. At least from the standpoint of an American reader, the manga could have benefited from starting from a more naturalistic footing before making its descent. Once RJ starts literally and figuratively moving down the road of the Blues player, the character and the manga assume the intrigue of mystery. Jordan falls sway to the pull of the Blues, though it isn't something that he can intellectualize or rationally understand. At the same time, the charisma behind the character in the manga is the impenetrable intensity behind his gaze and yearnings. Reading Me and the Devil Blues is a lot like staring at someone who is staring into the distance. Akira Hiramoto abandons genre accessibility. The drive to be the best is frequently its own justification in manga. That's not simply restricted to Pokemon, Naruto and other children's/adolescent manga. Business, golf, mahjong, pachinko, just about any endeavor that can hold someone’s interest has its own manga series, and in many cases, the impetus is "I'll be the best." In contrast, RJ's story is not so reducible. Nor does Hiramoto lay out an explicit alternative. In a telling scene, Clyde and RJ spend a night at a campfire, but as they pour out their souls, their thoughts are hidden, half formed or in the words repeated quotes. When the pair do match thoughts, it takes the form of a metaphor rather than something explicitly articulated. Me and the Devil Blues is a seinen manga, which ran in the anthology Afternoon, home of intelligent, violent titles like Blame!, Eden, Blade of the Immortal, Parasyte and Shadow Star, as well as older-ish audience comedies like Oh! My Goddess and Genshiken. For thoughtful seinen, Dragon Ball Z explicit exposition is not entirely expected, but it is not entirely alien either. For example, Manji, the scarred, stray cat ronnin protagonist of Blade of the Immortal is far from gregarious and far from a philosopher, but he does explain his history and his thoughts. Generally, a smart seinen is going to offer its reader a clear guidepost pointing out the direction to ponder. Like Vagabond, Takehiko Inoue's manga version of the fictional biography of the great swordsman Miyamoto Musashi, Me and the Devil Blues seeks to step into the head of an innovator whose genius is tied to his unconventional mind. Inoue used images to slow down the thought process, until the beading sweat and crackling synapses of Musashi and his rivals could be seen. Hiramoto takes an approach where he leaps into expressionism or alternatively, realism that is less abstracted than most manga, paired with telling eyes. Whether it is trying to read into the eyes of the characters or the wild representations of their thoughts, it's easy to drown in the images present by Me and the Devil Blues. Me and the Devil Blues offers far more than the novelty of seeing manga retell the story of a famous Blues musician. It is something other than fact and other than the stories told through Johnson's music. Yet, evoking the tension of the time and place as well as Johnson's personal demons, it still arrives at something effectingly similar to the spell of Johnson strumming his guitar. Despite any broad missteps, Hiramoto offers something sublime in the soulful eyes of his subjects.

Anime Spotlight: Lucky Star Volume 2 Released by Bandai Entertainment and Kadokawa Pictures USA

In its second set of episodes, Lucky Star continues to be anime anodyne for the otaku consciousness, but with a better handling of the transition from the title's four panel comic strip origins than the first set's. Offering comfort food rather than insight is not exactly the mark of lofty ambitions, and success in that endeavor is often more mellow then uproarious. Still, especially with the improved comic timing, even if it isn't shooting for the stars, it's a pleasant distraction done well. Despite her natural athleticism and intelligence, Lucky Star's defining character, Konata Izumi is defined by her shelving those gifts in favor of video game playing, anime watching, and manga reading. Like a good alpha geek, her role is to perpetually look for angles to consume more pop culture media, interrupt quiet moments with old TV commercial references and talk giant robots when the topic of conversation is dentists. In other words, for her, any thought or activity can, and inevitably will, be related back to what Genshiken called "Modern Visual Culture." Though they are a collection of potential comic foils, this obsession is not entirely to the consternation of Konata's trio of friends, hard working, serious Kagami Hiiragi, Kagami's flighty, more domestic minded fraternal twin Tsukasa Hiiragi, and their well to do, proper, intelligent, but preciously inept friend Miyuki Takara. To repeat the often repeated, Lucky Star can be explained as Azumanga Daioh mixed with The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya. Like Azumanga Daioh, Lucky Stars is based on a 4 panel comic strip manga, that concerns a group of high school girls in their lull moments: between classes, on school break, during lunch. And like Azumanga Daioh, despite the gender of the cast and the feminine aesthetic employed, it's for a male audience. Like The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, Lucky Star is a Kyoto Animation adaptation of a work that projects experiences through a decidedly geek-minded lens. In the absence of gag comedy's staccato beat of punchy payoffs, Lucky Star's charming uneventfulness could be mistaken for "slice of life." However, the intent here is not to explore the reaction to credible situations. Though a sense of proximity is achieved through unexceptional circumstances and bits with grounded subjects (various bits of human untidiness, such as bad teeth and weight gain) or causes of stress (keeping up a high school academic career), the effect is like hiding the horn on a unicorn. Nearness doesn't make the tenets of pastel shaded girls, engaged in comfortable friendship among people who can indulge their pop culture an ideal that is any less unreal and obtainable. As such, Lucky Star represents more of a pot of gold fantasy than a slice of life comedy. It's a Sex and the City for male geeks, without the drama, or even false drama. Most of the high spots in Lucky Star revolve around recognition humor. In the context of Lucky Star, something that is recognizable from geek life or from other anime becomes funny or at least grin-worthy. In the former case, the operative mode of building a joke might show a girl with long blue hair putting aside homework to spend a fraction of an hour grinding in a MMORPG, only to find a rare drop and get sucked into a whole night of gaming. In the latter, it might entail the characters karaoke singing Dragon Ball's "Head Chala," or an instance of aggressive driving turning into an Initial D spoof. Lucky Star succeeds at its aims of being mellow and cheerful, but it also has an interesting, almost artful way of tapping on the fourth wall without breaking it. Not only do the quartet of characters involved represent popular media character types, as fans of the media that they resemble, they are keenly aware of the resemblance. Like the cast of Swingers reenacting their favorite movie or the inhabitant of a Kevin Smith work drawing parallels between their experience and other popular media, Lucky Star's characters gleefully revel in life imitating anime/manga/games. If they spot two strangers accidentally bumping into each other at a park, they can't help but compare the happenstance to a branching point in a relationship game. In terms of presenting these jokes, the anime has improved. In the first set of episodes, Lucky Star felt like watching four panel comic strip. Each brief gag followed the metronome swing from introduction to development to climax to conclusion. Starting with episode one's extended conversation about the proper way of eating various food items, this had a lulling effect. At episode 5, the first of this volume, Yasuhiro Takemoto (Full Metal Panic! The Second Raid, Nurse Witch Komugi) replaces Yutaka Yamamoto as the series director. In addition to more sound and more shifts and flares in the animation, Takemoto revisits how Lucky Star adapts the manga. While Lucky Star continues to generate strings of short, divisible set pieces around a general topic, Takemoto proves more likely to mix up the pacing, either for more emphasis or more unpredictability. He might draw out a character falling over for physical humor, or throw in the punch line as a quick interjection for naturalism. While this does not substantial change the anime series, those who like its humor before will probably enjoy it more after it's been tweaked for potency.

Manga Announcements from San Diego Comic Con

Bandai Entertainment Lucky Star, the manga by Kagami Yoshimizu that inspired same named geek comedy anime CMX Mikase Hayash's March on Earth is scheduled to premiere in March 09 and Nakaba Higurashshi's Genghis Khan (an adaptation of Genghis Khan: To the Ends of the Earth and the Sea) is scheduled for release in April 2009 Dark Horse Daisuke Moriyama's (Chrono Crusade) manga World Embryo is scheduled to be released in summer 2009 Featured in the same monthly magazine as Hellsing and Trigun, World Embryo delivers an action packed thriller that is like nothing else. This majorly dark seinen series puts a whole new spin on the apocalyptic sci-fi genre. Riku Amami was the kind of boy who always cried wolf…until the day he learned that demons are real. In a time where heroes are unrecognized and forgotten, viruses can be transmitted by a cell phone call, and unseen monsters hunt the innocent, the fate of the world rests in the hands of a secret organization called F.L.A.G. and on the shoulders of Riku. If that isn’t enough of a burden, Riku has a baby girl calling him "papa" ever since she emerged…from an egg inside his living room! Is she the embryo of a new world or the child of the apocalypse? Yoshitaka Amano (Vampire Hunter D, Sandman: The Dream Hunters)'s illustrated novel Shinjuku is scheduled for summer 2009 Paired with writer/director Christopher "mink" Morrison (Into the Sun, Dust), the team creates a sci-fi thriller that explores the possibilities of two mediums: comics and prose. Set in the year 2020, Shinjuku is the story of Daniel Legend: an American Special Forces soldier turned licensed private bounty hunter. A loner who travels the globe capturing criminals and now must journey to Shinjuku, Tokyo, to save his sister. Armed with only his wits, metal storm pistol, and a cryptic five-year-old postcard, Simon sets out to save his family, but ends up saving the world. A preview is online here Del Rey Negima!? Neo manga by Ken Akamatsu and Takuya Fujima Orange Planet by Haruka Fukushima (Instant Teen: Just Add Nuts!) Yoshiki Tanaka’s novel Sohryuden Del Rey is also developing a CLAMP in America book, written by Shaenon Garrity. Last Gasp According to Publishers Weekly Last Gasp will be releasing Junko Mizuno's three volume Fancy Gigilo Pelu starting spring of 2009. Patrick Macias details jaPress' involvement VIZ Media 20th Century Boys by Naoki Urasawa scheduled to be released bi-monthly starting in February 2009 The Stephen King-style story revolves around Kenji Endo, an unmarried 30 year and once almost-famous rocker who is trying to manage a convenience store and raise the infant daughter of his absent sister. Kenji begins to notice that a mysterious cult is using the symbols and outrageous plans that he devised with elementary school buddies devised as children. The first of a three part live action adaptation opens in Japanese theatres in August Bakegyamon: Backward Game by Mitsuhisa Tamura Captive Hearts by Matsuri Hino (Vampire Knight) Dinosaur Hour by Hitoshi Shoya Dogs by Shirow Miwa, a violent sci-fi crime manga Happy Happy Clover by Sayuri Tatsuyama (Hot Gimmick ) Ikigami by Motoro Mase Leave It To PET! by Kenji Sonishi Nora by Kazunari Kakei Pluto by Naoki Urasawa, a detective retelling of the classic "World's Strongest Robot" Astro Boy storie, scheduled to be released bi-monthly starting in February 2009 Pokémon: Diamond and Pearl Adventure by Shigekatsu Ihara Pokémon: The Rise of Darkrai by Ryo Takamisaki Tegami-bachi (aka Letter Bee) by Hiroyuki Asada; to replace Slam Dunk in Shonen Jump starting in March 2009 Waq Waq by Ryu Fujisaki (Hoshin Engi) Yen Press Yen Press will publish the manga adaption of Darren Shan's vampire novels Cirque du Freak. Publication of the first three Cirque du Freak manga volumes ($10.99 each) will be coordinated around the release of the Cirque du Freak movie in 2009 by Universal Pictures. Directed by Paul Weitz, the film will star John C. Reilly, Salma Hayek, Willem Dafoe, and Ken Watanabe. Subsequent manga volumes will release every three months. Korean manhwa within its pages: Sarasah by Ryan Ruy and One Fine Day by Sirial. Yukako Kabei's novel Kieli will be released in April 2009 New manga licenses include Oninagi by Akira Ishida, GA Geijutsu Art Design Class by Satoko Kiyuduki and Ichiroh! by Mikage are alse scheduled for April 2009 releases. Yuji Iwahara's Cat Paradise is scheduled for July 2009 Toxic Planet by David will also be released by the publisher

Yamato Revival Immanent

Anime News Network notes Space Battleship Yamato producer Yoshinobu Nishizaki announced that he will be attempting to revive the franchise. "Yamato Studio" has opened in Tokyo with the intension of animating a new entry in sci-fi epic, set in 2220. Previous Nishizaki-Yamato revival attempts were derailed by legal disputes with co-creator Leiji Matsumoto, which Nishizaki reports are resolved. Nishizaki says the new Yamato project will be his last work, one which he hopes will "surpass director Hayao Miyazaki's Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea." Nishizaki's 55-year-old son Shoji Nishizaki, 80-year-old veteran Yamato chief director Toshio Masuda, and 58-year-old chief animation director Tomonori Kogawa (Casshan: Robot Hunter, Densetsu Kyojin Ideon, Legend of the Galactic Heroes) will lead a staff of about 40 animators in the "Fukkatsu-hen" (Revival Chapter) project. For more, see here

Upcoming in Japan

Gunota relays that the cast for the second Gundam - MS IGLOO 2 CG animated series includes: Ben Barberry - Masaki Terasoma (Kambei Shimada in Samurai 7) Papa Sydney Lewis - Nobuyuki Hiyama (Shiro Amada in Mobile Suit Gundam: The 08th MS Team, Muruta Azrael in Gundam SEED, Mr. 3 in One Piece, Viral in Gurren Lagann) Michele Corematta - Hiroki Touchi (Abel Nightroad in Trinity Blood) Kycilia Zabi (character only appearing in voice) - Mami Koyama (Kycilia Zabi in the orignal Gundam, Arale in Dr Slump, Kei in Akira, Talia Gladysin Gundam SEED Destiny) The first MS IGLOO looked at the One Year War of the original Mobile Suit Gundam from the perspective or the earlier anime's anthology Via Anime Nation The sites for the Queen’s Blade and Battle Spirits ~ Shounen Toppa Bashin have gone online. From Anime News Network A new Death Note special, Death Note: Rewrite 2: L’s Successors, abridging the final 10 episodes of the anime, will air on NTV on August 22nd.
Martial arts harem comedy Asu no Yoichi! will be adapted into a televised anime series. Triangle Heart eroge game spin-off Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha will in turn spin-off "Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha The Movie 1st" Hanten Okuma and artist Takafumi Adachi have produced a manga adapatation of Kung Fu Panda for Kerokero Ace. The issue will also premiere sci-fi Slayers spin-off Slayers Light Magic. Makoto Kobayashi (What's Michael? and Club 9), will launch a "true-story" manga next week about being a manga creator 25 years ago in Kodansha's Weekly Shonen Magazine. Nitroplus and 5pb.'s Chaos;HEAd computer visual novel, psychological suspense story about a shut-in teen, willl be adapted into a TV anime that will air in Japan this fall. Koji Matsumoto's supernatural horror manga Higanjima, Ryo Ryumon and Koji Megumi's hacker manga Bloody Monday and Shuji Abe's Elite Yankee Saburow teen dellinquent manga will be adapted into live action. Previews/Trailers Kuroshitsuji Gundam 00 Season 2 Via Majoria's News, Casshen-Sins Linebarrels of Iron

Anime Game News

Kotaku has posted a translation of the Soulcalibur IV introductary manga here
A second is here a geek by any other name notes that Princess Maker 5, the latest in Gainax's game franchise will be ported to the PSP Based on Afro Samurai's San Diego Comic Con exposition 1up's impressions Kotaku Joystiq The same is scheduled to be released January 27, 2009 The Agitation of Suzumiya Haruhi for the Wii Naruto: The Broken Bond clips Mobile Suit Gundam 00: Gundam Meisters New screen shots of Tatsunoko vs Capcom: Cross Generation of Heroes feature characters including Morrigan from Darkstalker series, Kaijin no Souki from Onimusha: Dawn of Dreams, Hurricane Polymar and Golden Warrior Gold Lightan.
Speaking of crossovers, X Edge, featuring * Disgaea - Etna, Prinnies * Darkstalkers - Morrigan, Felicia, Demitri, Lillith * Ar Tonelico - Aurica, Misha, Shurelia, Lyner * Mana Khemia 2 - Roze, Lillane, Whim * Atelier series - Marie * Spectral Souls - Mue

Right Stuf Titles on Anime Network VOD

Anime Network has teamed up with anime distributor Right Stuf to add seven new shows to its VOD lineup, beginning with Boogiepop Phantom TV, Gravitation TV, and Shingu on August 7th. Boogiepop Phantom and Others, Gravitation OVA, Piano, and To Heart will be added in Fall 2008 Boogiepop Phantom TV Returns to U.S. TV In a world where monsters rule the night, young girls should be extra careful. Because some urban legends are terrifyingly real. Horror meets anime in Boogiepop Phantom. 12 Episodes Episode 1 available beginning August 7th Gravitation Shuichi always dreamed of becoming a pop star. A chance encounter with a mysterious stranger changes both his career and his love life for the better. 13 episodes. Episode 1 available beginning August 7th Shingu When a long-held secret begins to unravel, Earth’s future will fall into the hands of the unlikeliest of heroes. Get ready for twists, turns, and intergalactic mayhem in the most exciting anime invasion ever. 26 episodes. Episode 1 available beginning August 7th Boogiepop Phantom and Others Five students try to piece together the puzzle of a new drug and recent disappearances among the student populace. While the teachers believe them to only be runaways, the female students whisper among themselves about the urban legend of Boogiepop. Episode 1 available beginning September 3rd Piano Miu Nomura is a 14-year-old 8th-grader who has been playing piano since early childhood. She grows up gradually while her friendship, kinship, and love affairs evolve around her, but those relationships inevitably affect her piano performance. 10 Episodes. Episode 1 available beginning September 3rd To Heart Life flies by for two high school students. And a childhood friendship turns into something more. Will love bloom? Or will their eyes stray? Find out as a classic dating sim is brought to life. 13 episodes. Episode 1 available beginning October 1st Gravitation OVA Love trouble causes Bad Luck’s Shuichi to fall into a writing slump and thanks to his big mouth bragging to the press about how talented he is, the band can't even hire someone else to write the lyrics for them. If they don't manage to break Shuichi out of his slump soon, it could mean the end of Bad Luck for good! 2 episodes. October 2nd

Business News

Dentsu Inc. has launched a new U.S.-based division, DCI Los Angeles (DCI-LA), to develop, co-produce, distribute and license original animation programs.DCI-LA is actively seeking North American and European co-production partners to develop new animation series. Senior vice president for DCI-LA Yuma Sakata states "Working with Western partners in pre-production, and then production teams in Japan for animation, we can create content that will appeal to a wider audience." Additionally, DCI-LA announced the release of the animation series based on Deltora Quest by Australian writer Emily Rodda in markets outsider Asia Deltora Quest, which currently airs on the TV Aichi block of TV Tokyo, was the first project finalized under Dentsu's new strategy, and DCI-LA is currently seeking broadcast partners and licensees in all territories and categories. The Deltora Quest animation series is produced by OLM with investment support from Dentsu. Japanese licensing partners include Kodansha for manga, Bandai for card games, PVC figures and candy items, and Bandai-Namco for interactive games, all via Dentsu, which directly controls all rights to the series worldwide, and handles licensing, merchandising, television, home entertainment and all forms of digital distribution in Asia. Dentsu is the co-owner of Geneon, whose US brand distributed anime such as Black Lagoon and Hellsing before closing sales, marketing and distribution operations. a geek by any other name reports that Yohan Inc., the parent company of recently close Berkeley-based bookstore Cody Books has filed for bankruptcy. There was some confusion about Yohan being the parent of English language Japanese cutlural book publisher Stone Bridge. Stone Bridge Press' Peter Goodman clarified This is a much more complicated story, but one thing I need to make clear: Stone Bridge Press is NOT owned by Yohan. Our owner company did NOT go bankrupt. Stone Bridge is NOT a part of any bankruptcy filing. That said, the Yohan people are long-time friends, and we feel terrible about all the very good and experienced book people who have lost their jobs. Peter Goodman, Publisher Stone Bridge Press

Return Scheduled For Translucent, Manhwa

Via Mecha Mecha Mania Dark Horse editor Philip Simon posted that a number of delayed titles, including the must read action title Shaman Warrior, have been scheduled BRIDE OF THE WATER GOD manhwa Vol. 3 on sale May 2009 Vol. 4 on sale September 2009 SHAMAN WARRIOR manhwa Vol. 7 on sale June 2009 Vol. 8 on sale October 2009 Vol. 9 (FINAL VOLUME) on sale February 2010 TRANSLUCENT manga Vol. 4 on sale July 2009 Vol. 5 (FINAL VOLUME) on sale November 2009 "Why the wait with some of these?" you may ask. Well, I had to find new translators after three great teammates had to bow out of their projects. Tried out several possibilities, found two amazing new translators, and now we're on our way to finishing these series off! --Philip, DH editor

Event News

Stonebridge Press reveiled that Japanese novelist Haruki Murakami, will be speaking at Berkeley's Zellerbach Hall on October 11. His reading and lecture in Japanese and English will be followed by a conversation with A Wild Haruki Chase Reading Murakami Around the World contributor (and Japanamerica author) Roland Kelts. The first animated film from Lucasfilm, Star Wars: The Clone Wars will be screened by NY Int'l Children's Film Festival USA, Animation, Dave Filoni, 2008, 90 min Rated PG, Recommended ages 8 and up Sun, Aug 10, 5pm - Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway (at 95th) With costumed Clonetroopers, Stormtroopers and other Star Wars characters, plus door prizes and giveaways. First 100 people in line get full size theatrical poster.
This first ever Star Wars animated feature takes place during the great Clone Wars, in the time period between Episodes 2 and 3, and focuses on the young Jedi Knight Anakin Skywalker, before he has gone over to the dark side to become Darth Vader. Anakin is reluctantly paired with a teenage Padawan Learner, the spunky and fearless Jedi trainee Ahsoka Tano, who proves her girl-power mettle by dueling various baddies, bailing Anakin out of tight spots, and generally saving the day. Director Dave Filoni drops you into the cartoon action mid-battle and proceeds without a comma with lightsabers a-blazing and eye-popping galactic battles a-raging, as classic characters Yoda, R2-D2, C-3PO and Obi-Wan Kenobi join Anakin and Ahsoka in a tense showdown with the sinister Count Dooku, notorious crime lord Jabba the Hut, and the deadly and mysterious Asajj Ventress. Ticket can be purchased here
Costumed Star Wars characters for this event are provided by The Empire City Garrison. Speaking of the NYIFF, THE BFG (Big Friendly Giant), based on the Roald Dahl novel, will screen August 9 and 10 THE BFG (Big Friendly Giant) UK, Animation, Brian Cosgrove, 1989, 87 min Rated G - Recommended ages 4 to 8 Sat & Sun, Aug 9 & 10, 11am - IFC Center, 323 6th Ave (at West 3rd) For tickets, see here
A preview of Otakon's Madhouse animated opening The New York Anime Festival (NYAF) announced that Gurren Lagann English localiztion stars Tony Oliver, Kyle Hebert, and Steve Blum will all attend its 2008 event as Featured Guests. Tony Oliver is directing the English-language version of Gurren Lagann, Mr. Hebert is featured as the voice of Kamina, and Mr. Blum provides the voice of the genius mechanic Leeron. The New York Anime Festival takes place September 26th through the 28th at the Jacob Javits Center in New York, NY. Imagi Studios and Summit Entertainment were at San Diego Comic Con, distributing special-edition Astro Boy bags and to styling hair to reflect the iconic title character's, promoting the CGI movie's fall '09 release.
ASTRO BOY will feature the voices of Academy Award-winning actor Nicolas Cage, Donald Sutherland, Bill Nighy, Nathan Lane and Eugene Levy with Freddie Highmore in the title role. David Bowers (FLUSHED AWAY) is directing from a screenplay written by Timothy Harris, with Maryann Garger producing (FLUSHED AWAY). Astro Boy World collection interviews and images COL. T'EYE sends in a recording to Stan Lee's appearance at the VIZ Shonen Jump Comicon panel The Junko Mizuno My Little Pony, via Comics212's San Diego Comic Con photos a geek by any other name chronicles Hiro Mashima (also, a video of the manga creator drawing Fairy Tail's Natsu) and Tite Kubo at SDCC Also, an interview with Afro Samurai creator Takashi ("Bob") Okazaki Red Bull Flugtag meets anime convention Metrocon. bad things results

AICN Figures News

Super7 unveiled their Star Wars Stormtrooper Jumbo Machinder at San Diego Comic Con Organic Hobby, Inc in conjunction with Beagle will be releasing Shining EXA Force "Riemsianne" e in September with a SRP of $204.00. "Riemsianne" is one of the heroine based on an action role-playing game known as "Shining Force EXA" developed by Neverland and published by Sega for the Sony PlayStation 2 video game console as a part of the Shining video game series. "Riemsianne" is the current La Vaes, also know as the Queen of Fyrlandt, the southern territory belonging to the magnus. She is quite manipulative and tries to lure Toma to her side with her feminine wiles many times throughout the story. The crystal doll eyes "Riemsianne" is a 16" tall PVC figure fully painted and comes in a window box.
Organic Hobby and Beagle will also be releasing Fumikane Shimada "Elizabeth" in October with a SRP of $75.00. "Elizabeth" is based on the Japanese OVA anime known as "Strike Witches," directed by Kunihisa Sugishima and produced by Gonzo. When a mysterious force suddenly attacks the world, only the girls who have magic can fight against them. They install weapons in their own bodies and fight in the sky, the land, and the sea. The battle to protect the world begins. Directly inspired by Fumikane Shimada's Mecha Musume illustrations, Shimada himself acted as the character designer for the series. The first OVA episode was released on January 1, 2007. Along with a serialized light novel, a televised anime series has been announced which will premiere on September 3, 2008. The figure is a 6 ½" tall, fully painted and comes in a window box.
Dark Horse Deluxe has just announced they will be releasing a black-and-white variant of the Vampire Hunter D bust scheduled for release in November 2008. Based on the character by Japanese author Hideyuki Kikuchi and illustrated by Yoshitaka Amano, the 8.5" variant bust will be limited and numbered and will include a certificate of authenticity. Edition size to be determined. Sideshow Collections posted their San Diego Comic Con coverage here. Specifically relevent to AICN Anime interest include Real Action Hero, 12" Solid Snake - Olive Drab Schedule for 3rd Qtr 2008, $174.99, pre-order here
Cammy Sideshow Exclusive Edition Street Fighter 2 18-inch Mixed Media Statue Scheduled for 1st Qtr 2009, $249.99 wait list here
Cammy Street Fighter 2 18-inch Mixed Media Statue Scheduled for 1st Qtr 2009, $249.99 pre-order here
CollectionDX's SDCC Photos Their look at Toynami's booth and Organic Hobby's Also, CollectionDX dug up Maximillian From Figures.com's San Diego Comicon Galleries Classic Masters of the Universe Speaking of which, Mattel now has a Collector's Site TMNT villains Vampire Hunter D bust Robotech/Macross Jeremy Parish spots the Final Fantasy Shiva Cycle, as he refers to it, Two goddesses, one cup Other figure images... Fist of the North Star Revoltech, now with head bursting action.
Storm Shadow Mighty Muggs Bad Robot Figure "Gothpunk" Asahina Mikuru of Haruhi Suzumiya by Griffon Enterprises Customs: Steam punk Empire Strikes Back figures LEGO Panda-Z Revoltech 7-11 Yotsuba

October FUNimation Releases?

Diamond Previews is not an 100% accurate guide, but according to Anime on DVD, they are listing the following releases for October: * Basilisk: Complete Collection (Viridian) - $49.98 * Case Closed: Double Feature - $19.98 * Claymore, Vol.1 - $29.98 * Claymore, Vol.1 + Artbox - $39.98 * FullMetal Alchemist: The Movie (Blu-ray) - $29.98 * Ghost Hunt: Season 1, Part 1 - $49.98 * Jyu-Oh-Sei: Complete Collection - $59.98 * Ouran High School Host Club: Season 1, Part 1 - $59.98 * School Rumble: Season 2, Part 1 - $59.98 * Suzuka: Complete Collection - $69.98 * Witchblade: Complete Collection - $79.98 * xxxHOLiC, Vol.6 - $29.98

Digitally Distributed Anime

Anime News Network notes Sci Fi Channel is episode one of Gurren Lagann on their anime site. The first episdes are available on iTunes. BONES anime Xam'd: Lost Memories was the number one downloaded title on the PlayStation Network's digital content in its premiere weekly. See the official PlayStation blog entry report here

Worth Checking Out...

Ghibli World features English language coverage of Extensive Talk With Miyazaki Hayao - Part 1 Part 2 Miyazaki Goro on layouts Enrico Casarosa On The Totoro Forest Project Right Stuf and Nozomi Entertainment have launched an official English language site for the recently released Maria Watches Over Us – Season 1 DVD Collection at mariasama.rightstuf.com. Right stuf is also collection questions for an interview with the creator of Maria-sama ga Miteru, novelist Oyuki Konno.
Anime News Network spoke with the makers of Gurren Lagann Alt Japan on Ghost in the Shell 2.0 Shellshock. Also on Lupin III's evolution and significance Patrick Macias and Matt Alt in Hot Tears of Shame - Episode Twenty-Seven Anime World Order posted their interview with veteran voice actor ADR director Richard Epcar Ronald Kelts' piece SOFT POWER, HARD TRUTHS / From black-and-white to dark and gray, talking the root of Astro Boy in Gotham Knight AniPages daily talks The Solo, "- the solo animator episode, where a single person draws all of the key animation for an entire TV episode." Mamoru Oshii's English language message concerning The Sky Crawlers Everything you every wanted to know about Galaxy Angel "Lost In Translation: Anime, Moral Rights, And Market Failure" in the Boston University Law Review Same Hat! Same Hat! looks at Vertical's Black Jack sampler WSJ on Lucky Star tourism MangaBlog previews the Yen+ anthology Anime News Network has launched a forum for the New York Anime Festival A video recording of Otaku USA's Anime Expo Panel Resident Evil: Degeneration Jamie Hewlett's (Tank Girl, Gorillaz) Monkey King interprettation for the Olympics

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  • Aug. 1, 2008, 9:23 a.m. CST

    YOU WILL NOT DENY ME THIS!

    by YouAreAllMyBastardChildren

    Yeah!

  • Aug. 1, 2008, 9:24 a.m. CST

    Keanu Reeves!!??...this should be an interesting TB....

    by FlickaPoo

    ...for once....

  • Aug. 1, 2008, 9:26 a.m. CST

    I own all AICN Down Under and AICN Anime talkbacks.

    by YouAreAllMyBastardChildren

    Sure, they're like talkbacks in the AICN Developmental League [AICN-DL] but I'll take what I can get.

  • Aug. 1, 2008, 9:27 a.m. CST

    ...I dunno man. I just don't know. Live action...

    by FlickaPoo

    ...Cowboy Bebop seems like a bad, bad idea. But a small weak part of me still wants to see it...out of curiosity...and then flush it down the toilet forever...

  • Aug. 1, 2008, 9:28 a.m. CST

    YES! Another unemployed one!

    by YouAreAllMyBastardChildren

    Damn this economy!

  • Aug. 1, 2008, 9:29 a.m. CST

    Oh, and I'm still waiting for them to announce...

    by FlickaPoo

    ...the DARK TOWER animated by the COWBOY BEBOP crew that I have been demanding for months. What's the holdup...make it happen.

  • Aug. 1, 2008, 9:29 a.m. CST

    Keanu may be too old

    by frongbak

    I'd rather see a younger, brasher actor for Spike. With Keanu in the lead Jet will be marginalized and the Faye love story will take center stage. Anytime I see fast-tracked without a director or writer I'm wary. I do not have good vibrations about this project.

  • Aug. 1, 2008, 9:30 a.m. CST

    Samurai Champloo

    by frongbak

    We need more episodes of that. Please bring on season 2.

  • Aug. 1, 2008, 9:30 a.m. CST

    "self employed one" if you please....

    by FlickaPoo

    ...but still very, very poor...

  • Aug. 1, 2008, 9:33 a.m. CST

    Not Keanu

    by phantom_of_teh_paradise

    Please not Keanu. How about Ben Whishaw? Or Ryan Reynolds? They have more charisma in the first letter of their names than Keanu has in his entirety. He is not Spike.

  • Aug. 1, 2008, 9:34 a.m. CST

    Very well, "self-employed".

    by YouAreAllMyBastardChildren

    I just wanted to take the opportunity to rail on our economy [Ours-if you're American, that is.]

  • Aug. 1, 2008, 9:37 a.m. CST

    So whats the bet that

    by DishyDish

    the final product won't be called Cowboy Bebop? Is America ready to have a girl in a movie called Edward? Only time will tell, will tell...

  • Aug. 1, 2008, 9:43 a.m. CST

    Oh, christ...

    by GetEveryone

    Keanu has neither the charisma nor likability to pull this off. Leave it as it is; the bebop universe doesnt really need explored any further. If they must, I'd opt for animated prequel of some sort. That is all.

  • Aug. 1, 2008, 9:57 a.m. CST

    Firefly = Cowboy Bebop Ripoff

    by Prague23

    Joss Whedon already did Bebop 'live action' with his dumb & uninspired Firefly series. Personally speaking, I love Bebop to fucking death and I can tell you this: <p>FUCK KEANU AS SPIKE.<p> FUCK KEANU PERIOD.<p> Make another Bebop anime movie, super, I'm already there. As long as Shinichirô Watanabe is involved that is. This news is just plain pathetic and sad. That's all, just pathetic and sad.

  • Aug. 1, 2008, 10:06 a.m. CST

    I don't know

    by moviemaniac-7

    I'd love to see Cowboy Bebop continued as an animated series of movies. The movie worked awesomely for me (and it was the first time I got in contact with CB). After that I picked up the show and I thought it was awesome. A live action movie is a bad idea, since they have to a) either rely heavily on CG or b) cut out a lot of cool shit. But I disagree with most of the talkbackers. Keaunu Reeves, if he has his day, could pull this off nicely. Not brilliantly, nicely...

  • Aug. 1, 2008, 10:06 a.m. CST

    KEANU REEVES??

    by SilentP

    Are you fucking kidding me? That's horrible. Just cast Nathan Fillion, he already freaking played the character, and did a pretty awesome job of it. If you must make the movie.

  • Aug. 1, 2008, 10:10 a.m. CST

    Keanu is NOT Spike!!!!!!!!!!!

    by StrokerX

    I do not see Keanu as Spike...they may look similar..but Keanu would need to learn how to show emotions.

  • Aug. 1, 2008, 10:11 a.m. CST

    Firefly = Outlaw Star Ripoff

    by Danislous

    Yes, its kinda silly to say things of the same genre are ripoffs of each other, but the imagry of Outlaw star and Firefly in their first episodes is all to similar

  • Aug. 1, 2008, 10:21 a.m. CST

    I love Firefly...

    by Underdogthe3rd

    ... but it is off course a Bebop's clone. BTW Keanu is a cool choice. Better than Johnny Depp or Angelina Jolie (wait, what?).

  • Aug. 1, 2008, 10:30 a.m. CST

    Spike is one of my favourite characters of all time

    by Prague23

    So I would be disappointed no matter what. Spike is Steve Blum, the English voice actor. He's an anime character. He's not a person in the flesh. He's art, in the best way possible. Plus, he's no a day over 25, if that. <p>Underdogthe3rd-<p>That's cool that you love Firefly. There's not enough love in this world. I realize that my dislike of the series is an opinion and that there is no objectivity possible when discussing one's opinion. <p>Danislous-<p>Yes, except Outlaw Star was outrageous and Firefly is boring as all fucking hell. But good call, I agree.

  • Aug. 1, 2008, 10:32 a.m. CST

    Firefly comparisons

    by GetEveryone

    I think it compares favourably to bebop, we just dont grow to like the characters as much. The atmosphere is better in Cb, but I'd prefer if Firefly was the closest they got to live action. In fact, thats pretty much how i view it these days.

  • Aug. 1, 2008, 10:35 a.m. CST

    What do they mean by BONES movie?

    by Super Rabbi

    noob question, wasn't it called Knockin' on Heavens Door? What does BONES mean?

  • Aug. 1, 2008, 10:40 a.m. CST

    BONES

    by ScottGreen

    Bones was the studio founded by Masahiko Minami, Hiroshi Ōsaka and Toshihiro Kawamoto, that started off by making Knockin on Heaven's Door. they later animated Fullmetal Alchemist, Sword of the Stranger, RahXephon, Wolf's Rain and a number of other anime

  • Aug. 1, 2008, 11:29 a.m. CST

    I'm always suprised at the lack of anime fans...

    by FlickaPoo

    ...on this site. You would think AintItCoolNews readers would have thousands of rabid opinions about Cowboy Bebop. Hell, the music alone is worth getting into a geeky frothy lather over...

  • Aug. 1, 2008, 11:39 a.m. CST

    FlickaPoo

    by moviemaniac-7

    The thing I noticed among other things in CB was the music. Rarely you see an anime where they put so much effort in the music choice. Plus the series had titles referring to music or particular songs. Here's hoping they DON'T make a movie, but if they do, do it right... Please... There are more than a few people waiting for a decent and intelligent movie like this, I reckon.

  • Aug. 1, 2008, 12:12 p.m. CST

    The Monkey King...

    by Human Worm Baby

    ...thing by Jamie was awesome. He could do a real adaptation with that animation of the book.

  • Aug. 1, 2008, 12:13 p.m. CST

    If you watch the dubbed Bebop...

    by eggart

    You really don't get Spike. The dubbing pretty much ruins his character. I've changed my mind on this endeavor, I'd like to see what a giant turd they come up with.

  • Aug. 1, 2008, 1:10 p.m. CST

    Hopefully this is just

    by lex romero

    typical hollywood rumour bullshit. Name a famous actor who's starred in a lot of stuff to get people talking about the film, not just the potential audience, but people potentially working on the film. The idea that in theory everyone in hollywood is standing around the water cooler saying "holy shit keanu is interested in this jap cartoon shit? maybe it's actually decent if there's a famous actor interested!"

  • Aug. 1, 2008, 1:39 p.m. CST

    Love Cowboy Bebop, but as for a movie...

    by Kid Z

    ...FOX is producing, that idiot Roth will be incharge handing down lame-brained edicts on a daily basis, the whole thing will end up as some dumbed-down, bastardized, poorly edited Fantastic Four-type PG "family entertainments and... it will blow boulder-sized chunks.

  • Aug. 1, 2008, 2:04 p.m. CST

    I love Cowboy Bebop and all I can say is....CRAP!!!

    by BRIANiac5

    Here I was excited when I saw that headline, thinking they were making a second movie...a second animated movie. That would be great! Then I see "Keanu is Spike"...uh, can I cry now? I could buy a live action movie (though I don't know why they would), but I can't even comment on how terrible the rest of this movie is going to be if they are casting him as Spike. What IN THE WORLD makes him able to play Spike? We know the only type of character he can do well is monotone idiots with only half a brain. That is decidedly NOT the laid-back, zen-like, martial artist with a wry sense of humor. Let me guess, is it going to be Paris Hilton or Tori Spelling as Faye?

  • Aug. 1, 2008, 2:13 p.m. CST

    BOOOOOOOOOO FUCK KEANU

    by DOGSOUP

    Fox could give two shits and a single fuck about this property and casting fucking Keanu as Spike is just a huge FUCK YOU to anybody who actually loved the series. By this logic it would be Megan Fox as Faye, Ving as Jet, and Kiera Knightly as Edward. Fuck This, I'm just going to watch Knockin on Heavens Door again and pretend this never happens.

  • Aug. 1, 2008, 2:18 p.m. CST

    I prefer the dubbed

    by BRIANiac5

    by eggart said: "If you watch the dubbed Bebop... You really don't get Spike. The dubbing pretty much ruins his character." I disagree with you. In most anime (and foreign movies in general), the original is usually better. But I think the English voices get the feel of the characters better than the Japanese. Especially Jet and Faye, who don't even feel like the same characters. Though Spike, I think the Japanese voice was pretty close. Also, am I wrong, but weren't both the English and Japanese dubs done at about the same time? So neither would really the "original" in the strictest sense. Anyway, I'd take either one of 'em over a live action, even with replacement voices if they were somehow necessary. But a live action movie with Keanu? NO THANKS!

  • Aug. 1, 2008, 2:31 p.m. CST

    Keanu as Spike?

    by Strabo

    No. Just fucking NO. What the fuck? Goddammit. This is going to have me pissed off all fucking day. Fuck.

  • Aug. 1, 2008, 3:36 p.m. CST

    My soon-to-be ex wife got me into Bebop and...

    by Cletus Van Damme

    ...I really hope they set the right atmosphere for the film. That's really going to be everything. I'm not the biggest Keanu fan, but I do think he can pull off Spike.<p>More importantly, whomever plays Faye best have the requisite tit-tays! ;)

  • Aug. 1, 2008, 4:17 p.m. CST

    Keanu as Spike Spiegel?

    by TheAllSeeingEye

    Way to ruin my whole fucking day! Thanks.<br><br>Who's playing Ein?

  • Aug. 1, 2008, 4:25 p.m. CST

    TheAllSeeingEye

    by Underdogthe3rd

    Ein = Shia (the "Mutt") LeBeouf

  • Aug. 1, 2008, 4:30 p.m. CST

    Keanu does look like Spike

    by TheWaqman

    And he's fairly similar in terms of "low key eh whatever" accent. But I still don't know about this. The movie will probably be shit.

  • Aug. 1, 2008, 6:21 p.m. CST

    They're fast-tracking Cowboy Bebop because...

    by Iowa Snot Client

    Speed Racer was such a huge runaway blockbuster?

  • Aug. 1, 2008, 6:27 p.m. CST

    Why all the Keanu Hate?

    by Mister C

    Seriously, I think, apart from every now and then making a crappy movie, he truly is in this because he loves acting. At least he is not one of these young turds that find themselves on the tabloids every five minutes. Besides all that, i understand it doesn't seem like he shows a wide variety of emotions, but honestly good "acting" alot of the times is a trick of the mind. Take Daniel Day-Lewis, I love the guy, he can play a villian like no other, but he has the same looks and emotions and speech in Gangs of New York he had in There will be blood, but because of the way he looks (a special kind of dark and handsome) and how intense he is always acting we are able to more easily project the situation onto him in our minds. I'm not saying that the idea of acting is a sham, just that the reason we say certain people are great in whatever role they get is because of this visual interest they subconsciously raise in us. That being said..Keanu facial features and quite plain and not incredibly versatile, but I've always found the character he plays to be made interesting because of him. Let's have alittle optimism here.

  • Aug. 1, 2008, 6:46 p.m. CST

    Hewlett's Monkey King looks very faithful...finally

    by Monkey_King

    almost makes me forget about Toriyama's raping of the Monkey King story for Dragonball. Almost!

  • Aug. 1, 2008, 7:08 p.m. CST

    The problem is..

    by TheAllSeeingEye

    Keanu Reeves has only one style in his repertoire; Keanu Reeves. It's the only way he knows how to play. Much like Nicholas Cage who can only play Nicholas Cage. He's the same in everything he's been in except over the years he's gone from young Surfer Dude to older Surfer Dude; except in Dracula where he became young surfer dude trying to put on an English accent.<br><br>A live action version of Bebop could work but ONLY if the producers can keep the character nuances intact. For that you need an actor who will become Spike Spiegel but Keanu will turn Spike into Keanu. Not what I want to see.<br><br>

  • Aug. 1, 2008, 7:13 p.m. CST

    AmazingG

    by TheAllSeeingEye

    Thing is, Ledger COULD act. He got shit for appearing in some awful movies early in his career, (Knights Tale?), but he understood the art of acting. Keanu doesn't. He just squints, curls his top lip and rattles of his lines. Never mind getting into character.

  • Aug. 1, 2008, 8:01 p.m. CST

    Yamato

    by veritasses

    is much bigger news then Bebop in my book. It's about time they patched things up. I'd much rather see live action Yamato over live action Bebop. And as far as the Monkey King goes, I think Tezuka's version is by far the richest and most entertaining (though I can't speak as to how authentic it is).

  • Aug. 1, 2008, 8:02 p.m. CST

    And

    by veritasses

    nice seeing Gold Lightan again.

  • Aug. 1, 2008, 9:36 p.m. CST

    Brandon Lee

    by Bricktops hammer

    could have been a good Spike. Can't think if anyone, but can't stand Keanu

  • Aug. 1, 2008, 10:48 p.m. CST

    Vin Diesel as Jet

    by SilentP

    Megan Fox as Faye, Haley Joel Osment as Ed, and Hugo Weaving as Vicious. Best movie ever.

  • Aug. 2, 2008, 2:28 a.m. CST

    Monkey King rocks

    by Cash907

    The music sounded very Gorillaz to me too. Also dug how they managed to subtly fit in a bunch of Olympic events into the choreography. When are they going to put out a full Gorillaz movie anyway?

  • Aug. 2, 2008, 3:05 a.m. CST

    Okay, here's my 5 cents!

    by Sherlock Holmes II

    I've been mulling over a live-action version(in Quintilogy form, mind you)for about 6 years now, so here I present a fairly determined version of what a CB feature can bestow upon us. In regards to casting, you should look to the modern-day for inspiration. Spike is Jewish, so you could cast an Israeli actor who speaks English with an accent(so it kinda reminds you of the japanese voice actor a bit). And Spikes personality would be similar to someone who has grown up in Israel, joined the army, witnessed the atrocities and fled Israel in disgust of what's going on(like he's fled the crime syndicate in CB). Get my drift? The same goes with the rest of the cast. Jet could be Middle-Eastern, Faye from Hong Kong, Edo seems like an Islander girl, perhaps from Fiji or Solomon Islands. But none of this fits into an Americanized version that was expressed as the desire of the producer. So I guess all the character's will be American, lacking in any cultural affectations LOLO! :zing: Btw, to avoide any confusion, what I just said was in regards to who you should cast, not making changes to the story or anything!

  • Aug. 2, 2008, 6:52 a.m. CST

    More importantly Yoko Kanno better be hired on for music

    by DeadlyFriend2.0

    She was such a huge reason why Bebop was as cool as it was.

  • Aug. 2, 2008, 6:59 a.m. CST

    And as far as casting..

    by DeadlyFriend2.0

    I'm lukewarm with Keanu as Spike. I've been mulling over who else could be cast and I just can't really picture anyone. Maggie Q as Faye would be spot on I'd think.

  • Aug. 2, 2008, 9:40 a.m. CST

    Why all the Keanu Hate?

    by Iowa Snot Client

    Because our love for Spike is so great that it makes all other emotions seem like hate in comparison.

  • Aug. 2, 2008, 1:23 p.m. CST

    Only the idiots were skeptical about Ledger's casting as The Jok

    by TheWaqman

    The man was a talented actor, it was apparent even before The Dark Knight. I was fairly confident that he could pull it off, but I wasn't expecting it to be THAT good. But still....Keanu hasn't shown any talent really. He's a likeable guy, but he's also kind of shit at acting.

  • Aug. 2, 2008, 1:29 p.m. CST

    I agree about Yoko Kanno

    by tbransonlives

    The show wouldn't have been nearly as good without her music.

  • Aug. 2, 2008, 1:36 p.m. CST

    RIP Akatsuka Fujio

    by Speed Fricassee

    You will be missed, oh great Manga Artist.

  • Aug. 2, 2008, 7:41 p.m. CST

    Keanu as Spike?!?!?!

    by Violator90

    WTF?!?! Are you fucking kidding??? Keanu as Spike!? The actor stiffer than petrify wood to be one of animes most beloved characters?!?! By George Lucas’ 13 chins! How the hell can they even THINK of making a COWBOY BEBOP movie when the anime series is just so superb! Is nothing sacred any more!!! Fuck! I hate this shit! Instead of Hollyweird coming up with new ideas, they go for already popular and fan devoted things! Has the history of making remakes/live-action not teach Hollyweird anything?!?!? IT DOES NOT WORK!!! THEY SUCK DONKEY DICK! No! on COWBOY BEOP live-action—especially with Keanu in the lead!

  • Aug. 2, 2008, 10:34 p.m. CST

    There Can Only Be One Spike!

    by victor82

    Johnny Depp is the only actor with the range to play Spike Spiegel and not force the Jet Black character into the background. <p> Dragging Keanu Reaves into this is the beginning of a long, painful trip into B-Movieland. I just don't see Reaves being able to pull off Spike. No way. <p> Who the fuck plays Valentine? Black? Ed?

  • Aug. 3, 2008, 5:36 p.m. CST

    Considering Keanu Reeves...

    by Johnno

    I can picture Keanu as Spike from a looks and action standpoint. Keanu can fight and do kung-fu, we know that, he's got that down pat after the Matrix trilogy. And he could easily look like Spike with the proper hairstyle, and the expression on Keanu's face most of the time is reminiscient of Spike most of the time at his msot solemn... however Spike also from time to time laughs, behaves goofily, and get's downright pissed off... and here's where I don't see Keanu pulling it off...<br><br>Anyway, what's painful to me is the fact that FOX is rushing this, which is an indicator that the movie is already fucked with or without Keanu... I hope this is just some damn rumor... and the Keanu thing could easily just be one of those pre-production things where they place some typecast well known actor into the role just for illustrative purposes before any actual real production begins.

  • Aug. 3, 2008, 5:40 p.m. CST

    Casting

    by Johnno

    Spike - Tall & skinny but muscular White guy<br> Jett - Big bald white guy with beard<br><br> Faye - Very attractive slender European woman<br> Ed - Tanned tomboyish, but cute Japanese girl.<br> Ein - Use actual breed of trained dog/dogs<br> Viscious - Badass older looking white guy<br> Julia - Hot blonde white woman<br><br> Casting this film isn't hard at all really... you can easily find the right people to look the part.

  • Aug. 3, 2008, 7:58 p.m. CST

    Faye grew up in Singapore.

    by victor82

    She may have been White Russian or Manchurian. We just assume she's European.

  • Aug. 4, 2008, 2:02 a.m. CST

    Atmosphere of Cowboy Bebop

    by ergoat

    It was the scenes in between scenes that Watanabe produced, that created the atmosphere and made you feel the depth of the surroundings. That is what gave Bebop (and Champloo) its extra dimension to make it special, and a fantasy world that seemed lived in. A live action movie would ignore this to its downfall. NOT Dakota Fanning as Ed.

  • Aug. 5, 2008, 7:10 p.m. CST

    Keanu?!?

    by Susan_Death

    The whole project is dead to me now.