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Car company Subaru’s collaboration with anime production company Gainax was released on Youtube earlier this month, and now they have released an English-subtitled version. They made the announcement via their official Twitter account this morning.

When you think of magical girls, you think car companies, right?

“Houkago no Pleiades” (Afterschool Pleiades) has become “Wish Upon the Pleiades”. There are 4 episodes, each labelled “nights”, and the total run time is a shade less than 24 minutes. Links to the episodes are included after the break. Read the rest of this entry »

It’s hard to describe how I’m feeling right now. On one hand, this is Gainax doing something different, and they should be applauded for going outside of the moe mainstream and doing what they want to do instead of doing what will make money. On the other hand, this looks cheaply animated, on the level of some of the ultra-budget shows on Cartoon Network. The general aesthetic seems to be the Powerpuff Girls taken to extremes, and in my opinion, it just doesn’t look good. Between the lowbrow sense of humor and Gainax’s reputation for running out of animation budget early, this show feels like it’s going to be epically bad or just plain bad.

I guess we’ll find out for sure on October 1st, but color me uninterested. I’ll just curl up next to my copy of Gunbuster and cry myself to sleep.

It's not what you think... I think.

Image credit to kyouray on Twitter

After the release of the Gurren Lagann Parallel Works DVD, Gainax announced a new project from the TTGL team that was initially titled Pansuto, the Japanese term for “Panties and Stockings.” Thanks to a Newtype blurb, we now know way more about this project, and it’s less like Chu-Bra than everyone initially thought.

It turns out that Panty and Stocking are actually the names of characters in the newly titled Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt, and not necessarily descriptions of the content. I wouldn’t put it past Gainax to make exciting underwear a prominent feature of the show in addition to naming the characters after them, though. Anyway, Panty and Stocking are two angels who come down to earth in order to fight rampaging enemies known as Ghosts. Together, they work on fighting the Ghost menace.

Will this be any good? Who knows? All we know is contained in a paragraph that describes Panty as a “Blond celeb” and Stocking as a “black-haired gothic lolita.” But hey, the Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann crew earned some interest in their next project after a strong first outing. With Imaishi and Yoshinari at the helm, there’s a lot of potential already – this is definitely a project to watch, with the Gainax name and some rising stars attached to it.

The Durarara!! cast and style.

Well, that pulled us out of the doldrums pretty quickly. Both simulcast king Crunchyroll and anime market leader FUNimation dropped the names of big titles today, with FUNimation rescuing Gainax’s FLCL from the defunct Synch-Point/Broccoli, and Crunchyroll starting up simulcasts of Durarara!!

Both of these titles come with strong pedigrees. FLCL is one of Gainax’s best works post-Eva, though the collaboration from powerhouses Production IG and Starchild certainly didn’t hurt. It’s a festival of weirdness that I really hope has aged well – I’ll have to pull out my old DVDs and check, but it should be just as much fun as it was when it came out. FUNimation hasn’t yet announced what they’re going to do with Synch-Point’s original, fairly solid dub track, so that’ll be some news to look out for when they finalize contracts.

Meanwhile, Durarara!! comes with a strong recommendation from anyone who has ever watched Baccano!!, with its story of street gangs in Ikebukuro and the motorcycling Dullahan they all fear.

This is a pretty strong start to 2010 already, and both Crunchyroll and FUNimation are far from done with their announcements. Let’s see how it all plays out!

BURNING!The greatest strength of Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann isn’t in its burning-hot fight scenes, though those are epic in scale and filled to the brim with awesomeness. It isn’t in the animation, though that’s vastly improved in the movies and gorgeous. It isn’t in the mech designs, either, even though the Gainax designs are impressive in their scope and inventiveness.

No, the strength of Gurren Lagann is its ability to make you stop caring about the bounds of reality. It doesn’t just invite you to suspend your disbelief – it tells you to toss it by the wayside, because there is no rule it won’t break in the pursuit of pure fun, and it plays it so straight that you can’t help but get caught up in its enthusiasm.

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The long-awaited domestic DVD release of the Neon Genesis Evangelion remake movie, Evangelion: 1.01 You Are (Not) Alone, is coming on November 17th. To give people an idea of just how much the old Eva horse has been rejuvenated by the remake, FUNimation has posted a whopping eight and a half minutes of the movie on YouTube.

I’m not personally an Eva fan, but holy crap, this looks (and sounds!) good. No wonder it did so well back in 2007.