Another year, another weekly round-up. The first of 2017, no less. It took us a little while to get back into the groove after chilling out, getting presents and stuffing our faces over Christmas, but we’re back and ready to take on whatever this year has to throw at us. Thankfully, it’s brought us (mostly) good news for the anime world so far. So a belated happy New Year to all, and let’s hop to it, shall we?
First of all, we’ve got some disturbing news to get out of the way. The Tokyo Metropolitan Police have arrested Chonyon Park under suspicion of murdering his wife.
Now, here’s some good news. Amazon Prime has at last solidified its otaku cred, setting up its new streaming channel Anime Strike.
Living in a world post-Yuri!!! on ICE, the boys-love genre could do with a fresh face. Kamome Hamada is already on it with her manga For Example, a Story of This Kind of Love. Meanwhile, to honour BL’s early days, the shonen-ai pioneer Moto Hagio has been awarded the Asahi Prize for her innovation in shojo manga.
Wow! Real robots!
Two advocates of Ghost in the Shell are getting to grips with robotics, both working on projects that could see our world change for the better. Visual designer Vitaly Bulgarov, currently in action on DreamWorks’ Ghost in the Shell, is working on a bot straight out of Gundam. And as for engineer Takuya Umedachi, he’s developing a ‘soft-body’ design that can be controlled by human hands.
Last, but by no means least, who’s ready for more J-music overseas? Sony Music are in the process of launching a new label, which hopes to bring the sounds of beloved anisong artists to more of the world.