Gainax @ FanimeCon 2008 Preview stars

 Hiroyuki Yamaga, Co-Founder and President of Studio Gainax has a history of attending FanimeCon every year, but this year his name is absent from the Guests of Honor list. With a little digging into the FanimeCon boards, we have discovered some interesting details. 

At last year's Gurren Lagann Panel, Yamaga-san promised to bring more guests from Gainax (see our coverage located here ). It appears he'll be keeping his word. 

Japantown opens doors to Northern California's First Manga Cafe stars

Manga Cafe Mika opened its doors to the Kintetsu Building in San Francisco's Japan Town in late April of 2008. The establishment follows a business model followed by the popular “manga cafes” popular in Japan. The basics are simple, the establishment has a private library of books that you pay to read by the hour. Some refreshments are available to order on the side while you read. Unlike most libraries, though, the books in manga cafes do not leave the store.

[Figure] Revoltech Lazengann stars

 This was simply too awesome to pass over, figure maker Kaiyodo will be releasing Lazengann from the hit series, Tengan no Toppa Gurren Lagann. Come with 2 sets of interchangeable hands, 2 drills for the arm, an interchangeable chest piece, and an extra piece which appears to be Lord Genomes throne?

Part of the Revoltech line, it will be out on June 15, 2008.

More images can be found by clicking "read more."

 

[Site] Upcoming Features stars

I apologize for the lack of updates, I am currently away out of the country on business (related to the site Tongue out). I'll have a full report on my travels after, highlights include visiting 1/6 scale figure maker Hot Toys' main store, and a look at the self proclaimed "Akihabara 2" located in none other than Hong Kong!

Final testing are under way and our new relaunched Network will be live soon.
Stay tuned. 

Post WHF 2008/Figures to Watch Out For (Part 1) stars

Ringing in the new year with tons of new figures announcements from Winter Hobby Festival, we've compiled a short list here of figures that you should keep an eye on.

Images courtesy of moeyo.com and akibahobby.net

[Site] Upgrade Version 2.1 Downtime stars

We are currently experimenting with new components for Version 2.1 of the website so expect some downtime or odd CSS layout issues until we are finished with upgrading the site. .

For those who are lucky, you might be able to spot Version 3.0 test build. Foot in mouth

[Site] Site Slowdowns/Wondercon stars

We will be migrating all our news over to a new posting system soon, and we apologize for the delay in news. Should be done within the next few days. If you're curious, click on "Test" on the top nav bar to see what it looks like.

Our WonderCon 2008 report has been delayed while we're waiting on one of our reporters to finish his compositions (yes you know who you are, TURN IT IN for editing already!). Will have something up about it soon. Quick highlights: Iron Man looks awesome based from the 8 minute clip and 3 minute trailer shown, go watch it. Starship Troopers is back for a third film, yes it's been hinted over and over again that there will be powersuits; budget for film supposedly more expensive than the second, not really saying much from the movie clips. A second X-Files movie is under production, wow the actors really haven't aged that much. The new Appleseed film, which a lot of you probably already have seen through online fansubs, looks amazing (yes no more eye blinding reflective freeways). Lastly, a new  horror suspense ghost film, Shutter, produced by an American studio but directed and filmed by a Japanese crew.  Again, stay tuned for that indepth report!

Girl Gamer Statistics stars

The debate for actual girl gamers have raged on in recent years, especially with the rise of portable gaming like the Nintendo DS, and online juggernauts like World of Warcraft. Apparently in a recent study conducted by the Entertainment Software Association,  38% of all gamers are female predominantly playing the DS, The Sims, or MMOs. Girls average 7.5 hours every week playing games.

Interesting, no?  

Source: dbtechno