When not developing web applications at his day job, tinkering with robots on the weekends or watching anime, SolidX is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of leetNEET. He enjoys watching and discussing anime, reading about fandom & weird Japanese things, and eating sweets!
We clearly lack a good amount of rock music reviews. So let's take a look at something that's not by a schoolgirl and in English for a change.
Daughtry is an American rock band formed and fronted by season 5 American Idol finalist, Chris Daughtry. Last year, they released their second album titled Leave This Town. So, onward to the review!
Album Title: Leave This Town
Album Artist: Daughtry
Release Date: July 14th, 2009
Run Length: 45:26 (+???)
Number of Tracks: 12 Vocal Tracks on Disc, 2 Vocal Tracks online (+ 5 bonus Vocal Tracks)
The Gala Television Corp., a Taiwanese broadcasting and production company, announced on Tuesday that they're making a live action adaptation of Hayate no Gotoku (Hayate the Combat Butler). The live action will be based on the manga by Kenjirou Hata, which already has 2 anime adaptations. (Season 1 ran 52 episodes. Season 2 ran 25 episodes and had 1 OVA.)
Hayate no Gotoku follows a young boy named Hayate who becomes a young girl's butler to repay his parent's ￥156,804,000 (approx. 1.8 million USD) debt. At first he tries to kidnap her but she mistakes it for a confession of love causing hilarity and misunderstandings to ensue throughout the series. Hayate will be played by 28 year old George Hu and Nagi will be played by 20 year old Korean actress Shin-Hye Park.
Editor's Note: AdminX absolutely loves Hayate and will look forward to watching this... somehow. Uh... time to learn Taiwanese? Also header image source with white balance applied.
Excellent news for those of you who couldn't get enough Hideyoshi the first time around, Kadokawa's Shouten Monthly Shounen Ace announced that there will be a Baka to Test to Shoukanjuu OVA some time before the series' second season airs. The second season is scheduled for next year so I predict the OVA will be out in time for the Winter '10 season.
For those unfamiliar with the story, the protagonist Akihisa Yoshii goes to a school with a rigid class system. The school is broken up into classes A through F based on overall test performance. The higher ranking a class is the better its facilities are. Class A has lounge chairsand air conditioners while Yoshii's class, class F has boxes for desks. The school has a battle system that allows students to summon beasts with strength based on their exam grades in order to challenge other classes in a winner takes all type of match. (All being the losing class' facilities usually.)
According to ANN, a website has launched announcing that the Black Rock Shooter franchise will be adapted into an RPG. The domain the site is hosted on belongs to Ryu's Office, which is run by Ryuta Konuma of Valkyria Chronicles II & Persona 3/4 fame.
The website is shows an unlisted youtube video, which can be seen below. "The movie says, 'In the year 2032 AD, mankind was decimated. Before she wakes up…. She becomes RPG.'"
Love them or hate them, you have to admit FUNimation is a powerhouse in the North American anime market. They hold licenses for a wide variety of anime series including hits like the Dragonball series, Axis Powers Hetalia and Moyashimon. However, their parent company, the Navarre Corporation, has been considering whether or not to sell them since as early as May. Navarre has already classified FUNi as a "discontinued operation", corporate speak for it's ready or approved for potential sale.
It has been confirmed that Kizumonogatari, the light novel prequel to Bakemonogatari, will be getting an anime adaptation as well. Kizumonogatari covers the the highly referenced incident in which Araragi becomes a vampire at the hands of a not-so-loli Shinobu. That makes it a definite must-see for fans of the series.
Fans of the uber-popular group, VAMPS, rejoice! They're coming to New York this Fall. But wait, there's more! If you can't afford to see them live, they'll be performing a free concert that everyone can stream live! See more details after the jump.
Seriously, where's Kira when you need him?
The internet is all abuzz about, moron famed rapper Soulja Boy and his latest song, Anime. Yes, you read that right. According to his twitter, he's a big fan of anime, including Death Note. However, this song has left quite a few anime fans (as well as rap fans?) unhappy.
Last month, when news broke that a multi-national coalition of Japanese and U.S. publishers had announced plans to combat scanlation in an effort to save their dying industry, many people worried that their favorite manga reading sites would be taken away. Those fears have been realized. OneManga, one of the top ranking sites that host scanlations has announced it will be shutting it's doors in one week. This came as a shock to the internet community and many patrons of the site.
We all know Paris Hilton has her head up in the clouds, but this time the clouds are the kind that get you stoned. Paris was detained in Port Elizabeth today on suspicion of possession of marijuana. When this piece of "news" hit, one person I talked to commented, "She doesn't need any drugs, she's already a ditz."