I guess Company BV announced the stuff happening at AX regarding FREEDOM.
First, they'll be screening FREEDOM throughout the convention. They're building a "mini-theater" in the booth that seats 30 at a time to show FREEDOM in HD! It's really nice in HD... I saw the mock-up layout for the theater, and it's pretty stylish too.
The booth number is 1605.
Director Morita & series planner Sato will be at the first screening on Saturday to interact with the fans.
I already talked about the panel, so moving on to the autograph session.
The autograph session will be at the booth on Sunday at 4:30pm. Fans who buy FREEDOM DVDs or FREEDOM-related goods are eligible for autographs.
There will be a FREEDOM panel at Anime Expo on Friday, 6pm at Live Programming Room #1 (the ballroom?). Director Morita (he also worked on Kakurenbo) and series planner Sato (screen writer for Cowboy Bebop, Ghost in the Shell Stand Alone Complex, Samurai Champloo) will be there.
It seems that director Morita is very fan-friendly. He's very interested in what the viewers think of his work, and I'm sure he'd love to hear opinions of USA fans.
So please come if you can! I'm studying really hard to make the panel satisfying for the fans and the creators.
I'm assuming there will be an autographing session too, so please stay tuned for more info.
For a limited time only, we will give away a Trailer Manga Card drawn by renowned illustrator & manga artist Haruhiko Mikimoto (also famous for character designer for Macross) to EVERYBODY who purchases a Gunbuster DVD!! All you need to do is as easy as picking a bean with hands of Machine Weapon.
Step 1: Buy the DVD Step 2: Watch all six episodes Step 3: Fill out the survey postcard enclosed in the DVD Step 4: Mail the postcard (don’t forget to put a stamp on it) Step 5: Keep practicing Lightning Kick until Gunbuster delivers the Trailer Manga Card to you
The Trailer Manga Card is highly collectible. Do you know why? Because it’s never been available anywhere in the world…or even in the galaxy! It was drawn back in 1988, even before Gunbuster was released in Japan! Don’t worry. We won’t keep you wait for 12,000 years to send you the card.
Though, keep it in mind that this offer is first-come-first-served. This jaw-dropping campaign ends March 30th, 2007 as long as supplies last.
I am currently working on something for Gunbuster.
It's a short blurb about the various movies, books, and etc that influenced Gunbuster.
With the old references, I feel like I'm working on the FLCL booklet all over again.
I never knew the title came from "Top Gun" and "Ace wo Nerae!" I know it must be obvious, but I really didn't think a tennis manga would inspire a sci-fi anime, you know?
Anyway, I remember talking to Tsurumaki-san, the director of FLCL and Gunbuster 2, and he said he joined GAINAX because of Gunbuster. So I guess the similarities of the otaku-ness of both work is understandable.
I'm not making much progress because I am distracted by the newest light novel I got. It's by author Jiro Akagawa, probably most famous for his "Calico Cat Holmes" series and "Sailor Uniform and a Machine Gun" series. Actually, I haven't read much of both series.
I'm reading his "Sayaka Sugihara" series, where the characters age every year as the book is released every year. Sayaka was 15 when the series started, she is now 32 in the book I'm reading. (This book was released last year, she's actually 33 now).
I didn't take it to Yaoi Con because I knew it'll distract me from my freelance work. And it is distracting me...sigh. (This is my 3rd time reading the same book).