First impressions: Fairy Tail

28 10 2009

JG Fairy Tail anime 3Critics could probably be forgiven for calling Fairy Tail another One Piece. With cartoony animation, a very powerful but very silly make protagonist and an attractive but sly female lead, and its easy to see why this comparison would crop up in more than one review.

In fact, Eiichiro Oda and Hiro Mashima, manga-ka of One Piece and Fairy Tail, respectively, were both heavily influenced by Akira Toriyama, and the styles of both artists look strikingly similar.

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Full trailer up for 10th One Piece movie

11 08 2009

JG_One_PieceA full trailer for the 10th One Piece movie, Strong World, is up now and can be found Here! 

One Piece manga-ka Eiichiro Oda is determined that this film will be different from the previous nine, writing the story himself and submitting about 120 rough sketches to director Munehisa Sakai to work from. The film appears to take place between the Thriller Bark and Sabaody story arcs.

The film will release on Dec. 12 in Japan.





Full Metal Alchemist to restart streaming; No word yet on One Piece

3 06 2009

JG One PieceFollowing the news of the latest episode of One Piece being leaked on the internet prior to its first-ever simulcast launch, and the subsequent news of Funimation stopping streaming of two of three episodes currently being streamed, the company has announced it will being streaming Full Metal Alchemist once again. 

Funimation had stopped streaming on One Piece and Full Metal Alchemist after a hacker broke into Funimation’s servers and leaked episode 403 on the internet a week before it was to come out. Phantom – Requiem for a Phantom remained streaming. The announcement came in light of new security measures designed to keep hackers out.

No announcement has been made regarding continuing streaming of One Piece, though undoubtedly fans are hoping the series will start again.





One Piece to simulcast with Ep. 403

14 05 2009

JG Luffy and ZoroU.S. fans of the anime series One Piece have reason to rejoice: Funimation recently announced that the series will be broadcasting simultaneously in Japan and America starting with episode 403. 

Each episode will be available on the website www.onepieceofficial.com, and will be available within an hour of its broadcast in Japan. The video will then trickle down to Funimation’s partner sites. 

If continued, the trend of simulcasting could make anime more accessible to fans overseas, decreasing waiting time for those craving the latest episode. It also allows the company to control the online video dissemination, enabling them to make online video a viable economic model with the sale of advertising.





Check it! One Piece movie No. 10 trailers

12 05 2009

JG One PieceScheduled for Dec. 12 is a new animated One Piece movie, the tenth in the series to date. Creator Eiichiro Oda has taken full control of production for this film, coming up with a brand new story complete with 120 rough sketches for the production staff to work with.

Also handling directing duties is Munehisa Sakai, who worked as one of the directors on the animated series.

All indications are that this will be one of the best in the series to date. To see the teasers, click: Here!