Reflections on Japan & More

Hey, everyone. This is Tony. I felt like I wanted to talk about variety of things regarding Japan.

First off,  I want to talk about my appearance on the “Anime Fans Help Japan” podcast back on March 20,  hosted by the gang at the Unofficial One Piece Podcast. Overall, it was a great experience and much kudos to the guys making $30,000+. I only wished we had more time to talk. I also found it funny that I was sandwiched between Eric Stuart & Steve Blum, two of the more popular voice actors out there. In any case, special thanks to the One Piece Podcast crew for having me for their fundraiser telethon.

Second, I do want to talk about concerns I have about Japan. Recently, Tokyo governor Shintaro Ishihara said that the Japanese public should not celebrate “hanami” (drinking under the cherry blossoms). Everyone needs to restrain themselves. There’s no time for happiness. In Japan, the group is more important than yourself. If you need to express yourself, do it privately. The only problem is that the more bottled up you become, the more you’re likely to let loose in a terrible rage. Another problem was that Ishihara earlier said that Japan deserved being hit by the disaster (though he apologized). If Japan continues to be run by fascist politics, then the recovery of the country can be hindered to a huge degree. Life has to go on at some point. The only props I can give to the Japanese people is that they were calm & tough-as-nails when the disaster panicked. Other countries should learn from them.

I also thought about the future of manga on the Internet. As some of you may know, Shueisha & Kodansha are putting up their manga magazine issues online since the disaster destroyed paper mills and chemical plants. It’s interesting to see now that manga publishers are finally taking an initiative in digital manga and all it took was something catastrophic to happen. You can read my thoughts here.

Also, much props to the Japanese musicians who are doing their part in helping Japan. Yoshiki, GLAY, L’Arc~en~ciel, TM Revolution, Utada Hikaru, Asian Kung-Fu Generation, etc.

Our own Megumi also has been taking part in the “JP Girls NYC – Save Japan With Your Love” events. Another event took place this past weekend at Union Square and the group managed to raise $9,000+ on that day. Congratulations to the lovely ladies.

One more announcement is that there will be fundraising concert in East Windsor, NJ, the Metal Show for Japan Tsunami Relief. The event will take place this Saturday, April 2 from 4pm to 8:30pm. It is organized by the band, OSSU. More information about the concert can be found here.

See you guys soon!

– Tony

Time of Eve- The micro review

           If Plato
directed a film on robot ethics it would have been titled, Time of Eve. The film,

successfully made it’s US Premiere at The New York International Children’s Film Festival (NYICFF). Adapted fromYasuhiro Yoshiura’s web series; it’s a
think piece on the interactions between robots and humans, and the ethical
dilemmas that arise along with it. 

takes place “in the future, possibly Japan” as the opening narration jokes. The
film centers on controversial café in the middle of an on-going hot political climate between android
and human. The cafe’s motto, everyone is the same, there’s to be no distinguishing (“marks”) between human and androids . This is an illegal establis
where robots are able to remove the ring above their head and fit in just like
normal people.
Its customers features a cast of eccentric characters
from: the sexy house-android named Sammy, to the café’s owner Naki , and the adorable
child named Chie, just to name a few.  The story focuses on two
 teenagers Rikuo, and Maski, who discover the café. Through
their interactions with the other patrons, they later come to their own revelations
that maybe android and humans aren’t so different after all. 

          The film’s style is similar to that Mamoru Hosoda, The Girl Who Leapt Through Time; plaid yet visually
Time of Eve is a must see film for any anime fan. It’s an intelligent science
fiction anime feature, that is well-written and complex. Issac Asimov fans will
appreciate the films wonderful analysis of the three laws of robotics.  The film is left open-ended. Rikuo and Maski become
regular customers. The political status quo remains. Leaving the question will
there ever be a TV series? 

– Sara Barton  3-20-2011

Click the link below to view the original web-series: