Wednesday, December 30, 2009
It looks like it will have a video room, dealer room, and costume contest; which is about as bare minimum as an anime event can get. It's also in Kissimmee at the Ramada that JACON was at until that convention uneventfully died.
The event is January 30th and unfortunately that is the same weekend as the Global Game Jam some of us are participating in. If any of you want to go, I'd suggest carpooling and letting the rest of us know how it went afterward.
Sunday, December 20, 2009
I guess in the end, this was bound to happen sooner or later. The fanbase for anime has changed significantly throughtout this decade. We have a new generation of anime fans that see things differently from the older crowd; their tastes are different and far more specific. Not only that, their interest in spending money is far lower compared to years ago to the point that anime convention dealer rooms merchandise tables consist of discount anime and manga along with cheap figures and Pocky. The past couple years of Dealers' Room visits have been underwhelming, to say the least.
Thursday, December 17, 2009
On November 21st, we watched Akira and ate delicious Thanksgiving deserts made by some of our club members! I also brought strawberry cupcakes. In addition, a hero brought lots of beef jerky which is appropriate for any occasion!
After some grubbin and socilalizin, we sat down of one big, happy nerd family and watched the movie and gave thanks to the anime gods(or Katsuhiro Otomo). Even to this day Akira is still a great movie and a cornerstone of anime. We were originally going to have it in the auditorium, but that did not work out. Many of us agreed that having it in the normal place works just fine.
On December 6th, we had an anime potluck with consisted of Riding Bean, Ghost in the Shell, and an episode of Pocket Monsters that featured Porygon and gave kids in Japan seizures! It was an awesome day! Nobody got a seizure at the meeting though. No, Waldo is always like that.
So we've been watching some classic anime films as of late. I am really happy about that because a lot of you haven't seen movies like Akira or Vampire Hunter D, so I think exposing you to that for the sake of being an legitimate anime fan is important. These are greats that still stand the test of time and offer a lot in terms of substance to even the modern age anime fan.
A lot of you have grown up on this shonen anime series called Naruto, which is about a boy ninja with a demon sealed inside him who constantly feels the need to prove himself to the people around him. It has it's merits; however, a lot of you need to see some intense ninja action.
So tomorrow night, we are going to watch Ninja Scroll, which was one of my first anime movies. I saw it a couple weeks ago after watching Ninja Assassin, and it's still pretty badass. It even has some romance in it! I am also sporting a new laptop, so we can continue watching Guin Saga, which may just be the best anime of 2009. Guin and those monkey people have a war with the Mongols to finish and Guin just recruited some strong allies to help them out. It's going to be intense!
A lot of you will be elsewhere for the next couple weeks and I wish you all safe travel and fun times! The next meeting will be Friday night(tomorrow), December 18th at 9:15 p.m. and it will be held in FS3B-113 at Full Sail University. See you all there!
Friday, November 13, 2009
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
As many of you know, I accepted a job offer that was too good to refuse. I will be moving up in my career and doing big things. This means that I will no longer be part of the Full Sail University faculty, which we all thought would hurt the club.
We discussed this a few times already and had decided to do thing unofficially and have meetings when we can, where we can.
After trying to schedule a special meeting(which is still in the works because the original slot I wanted just got snatched up), I asked about holding meetings on weekends at the Full Sail University if there is a free room.
I was told that if a room is free on the weekends, then that reserving it will not be a problem at all! This means that we can still meet as normal as we can! Huzzah!
Thursday, November 5, 2009
I am really happy with how the club has grown so far and I hope that we continue to prosper in the future! Our get together was a mix of eating sweets, sharing stories, watching awesome anime, and even taking a trip to the local Florida Oriental Trading anime shop that is in downtown Orlando.
Fun times were had and here are some pictures:
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
That's right! I'm bringing cake! And other goodies! (Feel free to bring stuff if you can!)
We'll be showing episodes 8 & 9 of Guin Saga, which is probably the single best anime of this year. Not only that, we'll be showing episodes 3 & 4 of Gungrave and Hayao Miyazaki's Castle in the Sky!
Now for those who haven't been to the club as of late, you may not see this as fun. But meeting as of late have turned into little anime parties that are highly entertaining! Let me put it this way: Do you like anime? Do you like hanging out with cool people? Do you want to make good friends? If you answered "yes" to all those questions, then you definitely want to come to the meeting this Sunday!
Sunday, October 18, 2009
Goldeneye 007 (N64) - Adam Matis
Mario Kart 64 (N64) - Rogelio Mosqueda
Street Fighter II: Turbo (SNES) -
Sonic the Hedgehog 2(not 3) Race Mode (GEN) - Zak Wilson
Super Smash Bros. (N64) - Clyde Campbell
Fun times were had by all and our next meeting will be Sunday, October 25th, where we will be celebrating the third anniversary of the club's founding!
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
We filled in the gap left by Outlaw Star with Gungrave. I haven't done any research on it yet, but it is originally created byYasuhiro Nightow, who is most famous for creating Trigun. It's a cool series right now. It looks like the main character, Brandon Heat has a split personality, or the second episode is going back in time to wear he was just a mere human. We shall see as it will be regularly shown at meetings.
Guin Saga was pure epic. Guin put on some badass armor, united all the Sem tribes, and then went to war with the Mongauls. He fought back to back with Istavan(who decided to cosplay Strider) and then Guin took an old man's giant sword and hurled it Amnelis' direction and made her scream like a little girl. Guin also told her in an indirect way that her place is in the kitchen. Guin also made her biggest fan cry like a bitch when he owned him. Overall, Guin Saga was strictly badass this time around. And the war is still going on!
After a couple hilarious episodes of There will be Brawl, we got a round to watching some Vampire Hunter D. Only myself and one other club member were born when the movie came out in 1985. It was still enjoyed by all and I look forward to showing the club members more classics in the future!
Last but not least, we had to say goodbye to another member at the club. Simon Wong, who's seniority in the club is only eclisped by mine has recently graduated from Full Sail University and will be returning home. Simon is the only one around long enough to see the earlier, and more difficult times of the club. Over the past two years, the club has been booming and awesome, but it hasn't always been that way. Simon has always been a pleasure to have around and a valueable contributor of many of the great anime that we have shown in the club. He will truly be missed! I wish you luck in you future endeavors, Simon!
Sunday, September 27, 2009
1300 - Tournament Sign-ups begin
1300 - Casual Play begins
1400 - Street Fighter II Turbo(SNES)
1400 - Goldeneye 007(N64)
1500 - Mario Kart 64(N64)
1600 - Sonic the Hedgehog 3's Race Mode(GEN)
1600 - Super Smash Bros(N64)
Street Fighter II Turbo
Best 2 out of 3 rounds to win a game
Best 2 out of 3 games to win a match
99 second rounds
Double Elimination for top 8 players
One on One deathmatch
First to 10 points to win a game
Best 2 out of 3 games to win a match
Mario Kart 64
Most points out of five races win match
Sonic the Hedgehog 3
Best 2 out of 3 races wins match
Each round of tournament has a different stage
Super Smash Bros
One on One
3 stocks, 5 minutes
No Brinstar or Yoshi’s Island for Stage Selection
Double Elimination for top 8 players
Sonic the Hedgehog 3
Best 2 out of 3 races wins
Different stage each round
That's it for now! Each tournament has a $4 registration fee(try to bring singles if you can). We'll post a listing of casual games and anything new. For more questions, e-mail kward_at_fullsail_dot_com. Help ius out and spread the word!
Sunday, September 20, 2009
The next Propeller Anime Club meeting will be on Sunday, September 27th at 2:00 p.m. in FS3B-113. In our latest obsession to show a classic anime movie at each regular meeting, we will be showing the original Vampire Hunter D film from 1985. Many of you might be more familiar with Bloodlust, but this movie is more or less D's origin story. It is also one of the first ever anime films to be released outside of Japan! It's an interesting take on horror in a post-apocalyptic, sci-fi setting.
We'll also be showing episodes 6 & 7 of Guin Saga. I'm sure everyone is hoping for Guin to go berserk on someone. The story is developing pretty well so I'm looking forward to seeing what comes next.
We will also be starting up a new series. I have no idea what; however, finishing Outlaw Star does leave a gap in our viewing schedule. If it is figured out before the next meeting, this blog will be the first place to check! be sure to follow our Twitter as well @PropellerAnime!
Monday, September 14, 2009
We also finalized the time and location for Ultimate Gaming Showdown III! It will be on Sunday, October 11th in FS3B-113! Games for tournament play will include Mario Kart 64, Goldeneye 007, the original Super Smash Bros., Street Fighter II: Turbo, and Sonic the Hedgehog 3's race mode! It's a very classic setup and fun times should be had by all! We will probably have some games setup for casual play as well. More on that later!
We finally finished Outlaw Star. It was an excellent ending with a Mexican Standoff thrown in for fun. It really takes a long time for us to go through a series and I believe we started on this show during the spring. We found out about the Galactic Leyline and Gene finally confessed his feelings for Melfina and teamed up to take down Lord Hazanko.
I thought that Harry MacDougal also had some good finally moments before his physical form was brutally destroyed. The series ends with a possibility for a sequel; however, one never happened. Instead, there was a spin-off series called Angel Links that I hear is pretty bland.
We also watched more Guin Saga and learned more about Istaval, the Crimson Mercenary. He once was told a prophecy that the princess of light would make him king and then bring darkness. He is not ure if it's Rinda, or the Mongauli princess Amnelis. One thing is for certain is that his rebelious loner attitude does bring some trouble to the group. He kind of reminds me of the most recent Prince of Persia.
What is also notable of the episodes we watched is when Guin wrecked a giant river monster with a boat paddle. I think the club is waiting for him to go berserk again like he did in the first episode.
We also watched There will be Brawl, a live-action film noir spoof on the Smash Bros universe. It's pretty entertaining. Maybe next time Luigi will see Captain Falcon and show him his moves!
Finally, we watched the 1986 Fist of the North Star movie. It was awesome! The final battle between Kenshiro and Raoh was all kinds of epic! I look forward to more clasic anime movie showings in the future.
Next club meeting is September 27th!
Sunday, September 13, 2009
Thursday, September 10, 2009
Wednesday, September 2, 2009
The meeting will be special for three reasons:
Sunday, August 30, 2009
We also talked abou Mini-Megacon and the events we did. Events that went specifically well for us were the Quickdraw! Contest, Karaoke, Waldo's Evangelion panel, a panel I co-hosted on manly anime, and shockingly - the Ninja Olympics. We thought that event would fail but it turned out very well so we will up the ante at Megacon next March.
We watched some episodes of Outlaw Star and Guin Saga. We are nearly done with Outlaw Star as Gene and his gang gets closer to the Galactic Leyline and unravel Melfina's secret! We will conclude that next meeting. Guin Saga is shaping up the be very awesome. We finished the introduction arc and have already grown a great interest in the series. I'll have a write up about that in the near future, so look out for that!
Speaking of the future, we have some great things lined up! One, we are planning on showing a classic anime feature at every meeting for the time being, starting with the next one. We discussed Hayao Miyazaki's films, Vampire Hunter D, Shadow Skill, and our first feature... the 1986 Fist of the North Star movie! We've had some showings from the Hokuto no Ken franchise before so I greatly anticipate showing this at the next club meeting!
Also, we will be bringing the third installment of the Ultimate Gaming Showdown tournament in October! We're going retro and semi-retro, pulling from the 8-bit, 16-bit, and the early days of 3D games! We'll have an announcement soon, but look forward to Goldeneye, Street Fighter II: Turbo, and Super Mario Kart 64, amongst others!
We will also be doing another anime marathon in September! We'll talk about that more in the future along with other events! Stop by for more fun!
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
We will be meeting Sunday, August 30th at Full Sail University in FS3B-113. We wil be showing episodes 2 & 3 of Guin Saga and episodes 21- 23 of Outlaw Star. Mini-Megacon just happened so we will talk about went on there as well. We will probably show other stuff. How meetings of late have worked is that we show standard stuff for part of the meeting and try to be flexible with the rest of the schedule. This keeps things from getting monotonous; however, we have a bunch of unfinished anime for that reason!
The meeting will begin at 2:00 p.m. and end around 5:30 p.m. See you guys there!
We also work with other anime clubs, such as Anime Sushi and Anime Gaijin America; the former runs anime events and Cyberia dance at Megacon and the latter runs both Anime Festival Orlando and Anime Explosion. We will definitely talk about these clubs and events from time to time. What kind of work do we do with them? Well at Megacon, we help out as volunteers for setup, tear down, and security; in addition, we also hold panels and events that are fun for fans to attend. At Anime Festival Orlando, we have done fan panels and helped out with the second and third Swords of Orlandia live action games. We are a very talented bunch and look forward to helping out at next year's conventions.
In short, the Propeller Anime Club is about enjoying anime and going out to have fun with friends. I think that more or less covers what we do as an anime club. We will have many more updates in the future, so check back soon!