February 19, 2015

The Greatest AMV Ever. Bar None.

I hear you now, gentle reader: "The greatest AMV ever?  That's quite the claim, Wonderduck."  To which I reply, "who are you and how did you get in here?"

Nevertheless, I stand by my assertion.  Reader haunter103 called my attention to his AMV, entitled "Good Clean Fun", and asked if I had seen it.  I had not, so I decided to take a look at it.  Here it is...

By the time it was over, there were tears running down my face.  Tears of joy, and, surprisingly, tears of pride as well.  For there, listed at the end of the credits sequence, is Wonderduck's Pond, specifically the "Ducks In Anime" category.

Thank you, haunter103.  Thank you for letting me be a small part of your accomplishment.  It's a good video, and I'd think so even if I didn't love rubber ducks.  However, the ducks just push it into the "godlike" category.

That was fun as all get-out!

UPDATE: If you've stopped by due to Robert's weekly newsletter, hi, hello and welcome!  Hope you enjoy haunter103's video, and while you're here, why not take a look at the rest of The Pond?  Since you're probably an anime fan, you might particularly enjoy the "Anime Writeups" category, where I do episode-by-episode recaps of entire series... usually, at least.  Currently Kantai Collection is the show under the microscope, but Ga-Rei Zero, Rio Rainbow Gate!, Vividred Operation, High School of the Dead, and others have had the dubious pleasure of being a target.  Or, of course, you can cock an eye at the Ducks in Anime category, too, because... well, because ducks, that's why.  Or anything else that meets your fancy, too, feel free to look around!

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February 03, 2015

ARIA the Avvenire!

News leaked out today that we're going to get to travel back to Neo-Venezia!

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The website above was taken down nearly as quickly as it went up.  It seems to be announcing, in relation to the 10-year anniversary of the first series, a new BD boxset and, most importantly, a new series (or OVA?), ARIA the Avvenire.  If true, you can't imagine how thrilled I am.  The general consensus is that it is absolutely legit.  The scenery porn from a modern ARIA should be tremendous.

We've never had an ARIA show released in true HD quality.  The final season came out in 2008, when such things weren't common in the least... however, HAL Filmmaker is gone, merged with another company to form TYO, which has done the square-root of nothing since, so a different production house will probably have to do it. 

There are two obvious questions involved here.  The first is what the series/OVA will cover.  The existing shows didn't cover the entire manga, but they did get most of it, and what's left over may not be enough for a series.  It couldn't be new stuff from Kozue Amano, maybe focusing on Ai... could it?  The director for the previous series, Jun Sato, will also get the nod for this, which is fitting, right, and pretty much required.

The second question is what to do about Athena?  Both of her voices have passed away, Eri Kawai (Athena's singing voice) in late 2008 and Tomoko Kawakami (her speaking voice) in 2011.  They couldn't just write her out of the story.  Well, they could, but... no, I don't think anybody could accept that, including the anime staff themselves.

Getting ahead of myself.  Deep breaths.  Calm.  Center.  In with the good air, out with the bad...

I could cry manly tears of joy at any moment.

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