Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Next Propeller Aniime Club meeting on Sunday, September 5th

I have terrible news. Satoshi Kon, director of films such as Perfect Blue and Paprika- which the club has seen before -has passed away at the age of 46. This is a huge loss for the anime industry and the world. Every work he has directed has been nothing short of beautiful and amazing. He will truly be missed.

With that said, we are showing Millenium Actress, which some say is his finest film. This will be the main feature of the next meeting, taking place on Sunday, September 5th at 1:00pm at Full Sail University in FS3B-113. I would appreciate it if anyone in town could make it. We show our features last and the movie should start inbetween 3:30pm and 4:00pm.

In addition to that, we will show episodes 7 and 8 of Saumrai 7, episodes 3 and 4 of Black Lagoon, and episodes 1 and 2 of a new series, High School of the Dead. If you aren't tired of zombies being in everything for the past 10 years, then here is some more!

Hope to see you all at the meeting!

Monday, August 23, 2010

Recap of Yesterday's Meeting! 8/22/10 edition!

Yesterday was fun! Between spending 45 minutes figuring out why logins wouldn't work only to discover that someone messed around with network cables along with a power outage halfway through club meeting, I think things went well! Right?

With the late start, I dropped the super awesome Fist of the North Star movie that featured Souther as a villain in an attempt to keep meetings under 4 hours. It will come back someday.

We finished Baccano! In the last three episodes, we get acquainted with Graham Spector, who is Ladd Russo's psychotic protege. He kidnaps Chane Laforet thinking her to be Eve Genoard and holds her for a ransom that Jacuzzi has to pay up. The rail tracer also shows up because he LOVES Chane and wants to marry her. It's very romantic!

The last three episodes are interesting as they were not part of the television airings. They got added in on the DVD release in Japan. The final episode of the original television airing has a more defined ending whereas these last three episodes leave things very open for the series. Baccano! is based on a light novel series that has even more stories to tell. A couple of other works written by Ryohgo Narita that you may want to check out include Vamp! and Durarara!!

We started on Black Lagoon which is totally awesome so far. Within two episodes, a timid Japanese salaryman is kidnapped by mercenaries and then becomes a hard-boiled badass. Revy, a foul-mouth woman who can use two pistols like she's in a John Woo movie pretty much makes this anime awesome.

The club caught up on Dragonball Z: Abridged. It took some of the blander moments of the Namek saga and made them fun. Lots of terrible homoerotic innuendo occurred in the two episodes we watched. The Ginyu Force is coming next!

Some more of Samurai 7 was shown after a hiatus. There's a new samurai that looks more steampunk than anything. His name of Hayashida Heihachi and he was a combat engineer during the Great War. (Deja vu cometh.) I don't think anything important happened in these episodes. What do you guys think?

Last but not least, we decided on our next anime(since Baccano! is finished) and discussed what we will do for the club's four year anniversary in October.

This time, I organized members who stuck around until the end of the meeting into teams of four in an attempt to get certain club members talking to each other about what kind of anime they like and determine what should be their group nomination. After 15 minutes of discussion, they would present their choices and I would pick the best sounding pitch.

The four groups selected Air Gear, Genshinken, Gankutsuou: The Count of Monte Cristo, and High School of the Dead as their choices. I must inform you all that I picked High School of the Dead. It happens to be the one I want to watch the least but is probably the most likely one that will be watched by the club members. However, if that is not the case, I will be double tapping this series to our giant anime graveyard.

I thought the experiment was interesting. I think it's good for the club members to get to know each other better and share the passion for the anime they love during the talks. But after this, it's time for a long break from a selection process as we need to eventually dive into the Fuji TV's noitaminA block of anime. From what I have gathered, it looks like the series of that late night block is not the typical anime that most be people would be familiar with. Sounds like another experiment!

As for the fourth year anniversary in October? Horror anime marathon and a costume party were discussed as ideas. We shall talk more in two weeks when we meet again!

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Next Propeller Anime Club meeting on Sunday, August 22nd!

So Tales of Earthsea never came to theaters in Orlando. What a shame!

The next meeting for the Propeller Anime Club will be on Sunday, August 22nd at 1:15pm at FS3B-113!

What is our main feature this time? How about something truly badass!?

Because it's been far too long since we've had Kenshiro truly at the club meeting, we will be showing Fist of the North Star: The Legends of the True Savior: Legend of Raoh: Chapter of Death in Love! That's right, nested subtitles! Japan, you are crazy! Funny thing about this movie is that it's not about Kenshiro fighting Roah; it's about Kenshiro fighting Souther.

Souther is a dude who spends a lot of time sitting on a throne(not to be confused with the chair from AFO) and enslaves children so they can do manual labor and build him a pyramid. He might be onto something there! His fighting style is Nanto Ho-oh Ken, which really has nothing to do with Pokémon.

We will be finishing Baccano! YES! The adventures on The Flying Pussyfoot are over, so what happens next? With three more episodes will the Rail Tracer confess his love to Chane Laforet? What kind of trouble will Isaac and Miria get into this time!?

New series: Black Lagoon! It's about a badass chick named Revy who likes to shoot LOTS of people with guns! Sounds like a winner to me!

In addition to all that, we continue Samurai 7! The samurai have been framed for murder! What will happen? Will that bishonen blonde samurai join the crew?

This will also be a good opprotunity to plan the future of the club in terms of structure, promotion, and events! See you all this Sunday!


Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Tales of Earthsea on 8/15, next Propeller Anime Club meeting on Sunday, August 22nd!

Anime Festival Orlando 11 was a wild ride! A lot of fun was had this weekend! Thank you for attending our events! We've been resting the past few days and now it's time to get together again for some more fun!

This Sunday afternoon, we shall see the first Goro Miyazaki(the son of legend Hayao Miyazaki) film, Tales of Earthsea. Showtimes aren't up yet but we will probably meet at a local Regal Cinema between 12pm and 2pm. Check back this Friday for the final time!

The next Propeller Anime Club meeting will be on Sunday, August 22nd. We will be finishing Baccano! Since Gungrave has ended(with generally mixed feelings about the series) we shall start Black Lagoon! I'm trying to remember what the feature was supposed to be. We'll find out soon!

Also, since we've spent a lot of time on AFO, it's time to focus on the club and discuss our future! Very important! The time of the meeting will be at 1:00pm in FS3B-113 at Full Sail University! See you all there!

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Check Out Our Anime Festival Orlando 11 Events!

This Friday is the beginning of Anime Festival Orlando 11, taking place at the Wyndham Orlando Resort on International Drive and Sand Lake Blvd. It's essentially a weekend-long party for anime fans and other geeks and it's action-packed with lots of awesome events!

A whole lot of our club members are involved in the running of the Skies of Orlandia game taking place during the weekend. You can gain XP to level up by going to convention events, doing PVP, games of skill, scavenger hunts, and more! As you level up, you can help out one of four factions(and switch between them during the weekend) to victory at closing ceremonies! More details can be found here.

We are very excited to work on AFO's biggest event, but that's not all! We have a lot of awesome panels as well!

Here is our panel schedule:


1:00PM - Otaku Survival Guide
2:30PM - How To Play Skies Of Orlandia
3:00PM - Fuzzy's Convention 101
11:30AM - Robotech: The Legacy Continues
9:00PM - True Blue: A Sonic Panel
10:30PM - Kingdom Hearts: Deep Dive


12:30PM - How To Make Anime Cool Again
2:00PM - How To Play Skies Of Orlandia
10:00PM - It's MANIME! The Manly Anime Panel!
12:00AM - Rebirth Of Evangelion


9:30AM - Guns N Roses: The World Of Baccano!
3:30PM - How Did You Do? Skies Of Orlandia Wrap Up

That's lot of awesome stuff! We hope to see you at our events! Have tons of fun at AFO 11!