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!
A LETTER TO OUR READERS
December 31st, 2010
It's hard to believe it's already been 2 years since this project started, and 1.5 since we officially became leetNEET. You're probably wondering why we're making such a big deal about this now. This year was our first full year of operation, and on top of that it's really been something special.
In the last year I've met so many great people and had so many experiences, that it's impossible to name each and every one. Covering anime conventions, reviewing masochistic games, checking out movies and writing about generic weirdness is not something I ever saw myself doing. But now, I can't imagine life without it.
Of course, none of this was possible alone. There are a lot of people that need to be thanked. Firstly, thanks to all of our current and former staff, especially all of our copy editors, without their work we would never have made it this far. I also need to thank the guys who hang out in our IRC channel for making everyday more interesting than the last. Also a big thanks to TAO69, SayuriMatsuri for helping me keep things running smoothly from day to day and our good friends in the fansubbing world (Gao Subs & Phantom Subs) for knowing Japanese when we don't. Most importantly, I must thank you, the readers for checking us out every day on twitter and facebook, telling your friends about us and letting us know what you're interested in.
Last but not least, I have to thank RPEG Electronics for donating a very generous hosting package to us, allowing us to handle more users as well as not go down every time some loads a page (like we used to).
The last year's definitely been something special, but next year will be even better! Aside from covering our first major , we also launched a youtube channel, made various changes to the site's layout and added a few new features like photo galleries. If we could do all that, there's no reason why we can't go further. Let's set the bar high for 2011.
Thanks for sticking with us. See you all next year!
Founder / Editor-in-Chief
You can't have a convention without a cosplay masquerade. This is where the best of the best cosplayers show off their skills and dedication. We'll enough text. Photos or it didn't happen, right? Photos are by Shinaka and SolidX. Keep your eyes open for giant robots from Avatar, what seems to be every X-Men character in the same place at the same time and some crossplay for a good cause.
Check out the gallery below the jump.
Well it's the end of the year almost and more importantly than that today leetNEET is 1.5 years old! So we've dug through our archives to give you all a gift for staying with us. Here are some photos from the 2010 New York Comic Con / Anime Festival. Enjoy! It was our first (successful?) attempt at major convention coverage. Photos are by Shinaka and SolidX in case anyone's curious. Expect other goodies later.
Check out the gallery below the jump.
Steins;Gate, a visual novel by 5pb and Nitroplus, is getting an anime adaptaion coming Spring 2011. The two companies are known for their earlier collaboration in creating Chaos;Head which also received an anime adapataion.
Steins;Gate takes place in Akihabara and follows a group of friends who have discovered a way to send text messages to the past. With a critically acclaimed plot involving time travel this will definitely be one of Spring 2011's must-sees. Check out the trailer, translated by Gao, above if you haven't already.
Do you like it when we fansub trailers? Will you be watching Steins;Gate? Let us know in the comments below or hit us up on twitter and facebook.
A Certain Scientific PSP game is coming in the spring. ASCII Media Works, known for making various visual novels, has decided to pick up A Certain Scientific Railgun, the popular spin-off of A Certain Magical Index.
This should come as no surprise, since ASCII is also producing a fighting game based on A Certain Magical Index. However, Misaka-Misaka states matter-of-factly, unlike Index the Railgun game will be an adventure game. There are no other details about the game, except that it will be released on May 26, 2011.
If you're in to Kuroko though, you might be interested in the limited edition which includes a Kuroko Shira figma.
There is one thing that sets 3D girls and 2D girls apart (other than their cuteness and the ability to turn one kind off at will) and that one thing is exclusivity. Sure your waifu may be your waifu but she can be seeing other men without you or her knowing it. Not to say anyone's waifu is cheating on them, but what if someone picks up your DS and starts playing with your girl. She'll be none the wiser as to it being someone else. Well you could be like that guy who married his Nintendo DS... but there has to be a better way.
Enter Konami's Love Plus 3DS, the first dating simulation so advanced that it uses facial recognition (via the 3DS' built in cameras) to make sure you are who your virtual girlfriend thinks you are. This technology, dubbed the "Boyfriend Lock" checks the current players face. If it can't identify them, the heroines would do what any normal person would, ask "Who are you?".
I'm not sure what's more amazing, the fact that technology allows for such realism or the fact that more people are probably going to opt-out of real relationships for a virtual girlfriend who is now guaranteed to never cheat on you. Let us know what you think in the comments below!
The lovely bride to be...
An unnamed man known only by his Nico Nico Douga username, SAL9000 is finally officially married to Nene Anegasaki, from Konami’s Love Plus, for the Nintendo DS. The truth is most certainly stranger than fiction, as we found out, when last week a church in Guam pronounced the couple, man and copy of dating sim character.
It's been a while but fans of guys turning into girls, who then have to fight other girls in senseless tournaments while said girls fight over said guy in guy and girl form... OK maybe I said too much. Let's try again.
Last August a "new Kämpfer project launch" was announced and they said details would be revealed in the 5th volume of the manga. The jacket band on the 5th volume, recently published, reveals that a new anime will air in March 2011. It doesn't state whether the new anime will be a series (season 2?) or anything else for that matter. Guess we'll just wait and see. Either way, good luck to you Senou Natsuru.
Are you a fan of Bakuman? If you are you'll love to hear that Shueisha's Shonen Jump is announcing on Monday that the popular manga about making manga has been been green lit for a second anime adaptation in the fall of next year. The currently airing adaptation of Bakuman is scheduled to run 25 episodes.
Will we see Azuki and Mashiro get together next fall? Will Saiko and Shujin make it big? Will there be an anime adaptation in an anime adapataion!? I'm dying to know!!! Tell us what you think in the comments below and I'll just go relax and not think about Bakuman...
What there's serious business in my anime!? That's right! The winter season is just around the corner and as the diligent anime fans we are we've been checking out what it has to offer here.
One series that caught our eye is Hourou Musuko, which starts airing on January 13, 2011 in the Noitamina programming block. The series is based on the manga series by Takako Shimura. Those familiar with the Noitamina programming block, know that the block caters to more mature audiences, with shows like Eden of the East and the Moyashimon Live Action Drama.
So let's dive in to the depth of this series. The story follows a young boy named Shuichi Nitori who wants to be a girl, and his friend Yoshino Takatsuki, a girl who wants to be a boy. Unlike a lot of the light and fluffy series out there, this one will deal with serious issues such as transsexuality, gender identity, and the beginning of puberty.
With a unique art style and what looks to be a promising plot full of depth, this may be the perfect show for viewers tired of fanservice and moé. (If you're wondering how to watch it, we wouldn't be surprised if Funimation licensed this series.) So, will you be watching it? Let us know in the comments below!
Editor's Note: Thanks to our friends at Phantom Subs for the trailer.