Author Archive

Otakon 2012: Photo Gallery

by Weathermanon August 12, 2012
The following photos were taken by Eric “Weatherman” Stehmer: Walking up on Friday, the pre-reg line is running off the the right.   The end of the line. It’s a long walk from there back to the reg desks.   The east entrance to the BCC aka Cosplay Court. That fountain the back is usually […]

Otakon 2012: Gen Urobochi Panel

by Weathermanon August 12, 2012
For anyone unfamiliar with Gen Urobuchi, he is the head screenwriter for Puella Magi Madoka Magica and the writer of the light novel Fate/Zero, a prequel to Fate/Stay Night. He came into the panel with his face covered to preserve his relative anonymity (he had no picture in the official Otakon guide either), though the […]


Review: In “Fractale,” Sometimes the Little Victories Are the Sweetest

by Weathermanon August 6, 2012
Some adventures are grand, sweeping affairs featuring hundreds of characters in massive worlds full of daring escapes, massive armies and all the other fun stuff: See Lord of the Rings, Star Wars, etc. etc. etc.  Others are more intimate adventures where a few people achieve a personal triumph on a much smaller scale: more Niea_7 […]

Otakon 2012: In the End It Really Does Matter

by Weathermanon August 3, 2012
At last, we come to it, the end. Another Otakon gone by, another summer convention season drawing to a close. Not that Otakon closes slowly by any means. There was still a packed full dealer’s..well, room isn’t really appropriate. It’s more of a packed dealer’s hall that happens to be larger than a couple of […]

Otakon 2012: Masao Maruyama on Founding MAPPA

by Weathermanon August 3, 2012
Honorary Otakon staffer Masao Maruyama came back to Otakon once again to share his stories about the founding of his new production company MAPPA, and their new production Kids on the Slope. Mr. Maruyama open the panel by showing the opening and closing animation for Kids on the Slope along with a commercial the company […]

Otakon 2012: Saturday Night’s Alright for Conning

by Weathermanon August 1, 2012
So it was less of a meltdown by Saturday and more a mass of swirling people, costumes, and odors. Seriously folks: deodorant, showers and fresh clothing are your friends. Compared to Friday it was cooler, but we’re not talking a massive cooldown here. More of “well, it’s not almost 100…..*flump*”. Thankfully it was possible to […]

Otakon 2012: Vertical Publishing Announces “Gundam: The Origin”, “Wolfsmund” Manga

by Weathermanon July 30, 2012
Vertical Publishing announced several new titles at their panel at Otakon 2012. Gundam: The Origin will be released in a series of hardcover collector’s editions. Each will be 400-500 pages and will include color pages and essays from a number of prominent Japanese animation producers. The exact list is currently not finalized due to issues […]

Otakon 2012: Kodansha Comics USA Launches iPhone App

by Weathermanon July 30, 2012
At its industry panel on Sunday morning, Kodansha Comics USA announced the launch of its new app for the iPhone. The app will be available starting on 7/30/2012. Initial titles available include the following: Arisa by Natsumi Ando Cage of Eden by Yoshinobu Yamada Fairy Tail by Hiro Mashima Mardock Scramble by Tow Ubukata Until the Full […]


Otakon 2012: FUNimation Announces Acquisitions: “One Piece”, “Yamato Resurrection”, “Akira”

by Weathermanon July 28, 2012
During its industry panel at Otakon 2012 Saturday afternoon, FUNimation announced acquisitions for many different anime titles. Firstly, FUNimation picked up Tenchi Muyo: War on Geminar. They also plan to release the television anime Tenchi Universe and Tenchi in Tokyo in the near future. Home video rights were also announced for three anime digitally distributed […]
Aniplex Thumbnail

Otakon 2012: Aniplex USA Announces “Durarara!!” Blu-ray Set and More

by Weathermanon July 28, 2012
At its industry panel on Saturday afternoon, Aniplex of America announced plans for a Blu-ray release for Durarara!!. The show had previously been released on DVD in 2011 and aired on Adult Swim’s Saturday night action block. Two new English castings were announced for Aniplex’s shonen action series Blue Exorcist: Christine Marie Cabanos as Shimei […]