News and Hearsay
Olympus is one of many posters to come in the near future. We've been sorta slow on releasing new designs. We have no real excuse for why this is the case. Needless to say we are going to fix that.
Creating Olympus took a looooong time. And I didn't help things by taking sneak peaks at progress of the artwork. Seeing the poster take form only made me more anxious to see it go on sale. :-p . But my kid brother has his process. A process I can only describe as aging wine. hehehe.
Olympus according to my brother, was inspired by Gundam Unicorn. Here is the philosophy behind Olympus.
"I was very influenced by the anime movie Gundam Unicorn which probably ranks as one of the best things I have ever seen ever *__*.
Sometimes I fantasize about how quickly our differences would vanish if faced with a formidable foe from outside the earth sphere, as we band together and place our faith in those most qualified to carry our hope."
image credit to gundam-unicorn
Personally, I see a massive Tallgeese. But to be honest, is a very beautiful detailed work of art in my opinion.
image credit to gundam.wikia
You can get our newest poster and is available for purchase at 18 X 24 here
If you asked me a couple years ago, what anime did I look forward to watching each week, I would mention the likes of Naruto, Bleach and basically any Gundam anime running at the time. Although some of those typical shows still make up my daily anime diet, I've started mixing in a genre that doesn't really push they typical fantastical lifestyle that anime is known for. In fact, I have started watching a lot of anime that seem to mirror real life more.
These shows tend to have no real objective other than to show the mundane side of life. Normally I would find such a show mind numbing but I think overexposure to they hyperactive side of anime has created a subconscious yearning for a simpler less overstimulating genre. Rather than go into a predictable storyline about the hero's unique ability to quickly learn a very powerful energy blast, they mainly focus on everyday gems like, love, work , cooking, making sake and everything else in between. For those of you curious about this Slice of life genre here are some I am watching.
This is by far one of the funniest anime shows out there. Please watch it just for that reason alone. Nichijou is what I call a sleeper anime. It is ridiculously good considering that is quite understated. You get a feel for how popular an anime is based on the number folks cosplaying it. Case and point, everyone wants to cosplay as an Attack On Titan character. I absolutely love the awkward and absurd nature of Nichijou. It really sells the simple life while making it absolutely hilarious. As usual this show has no point to it. Is almost hard to tell if the episodes are linked in anyway.
Each episodes seems to be about some random event that ultimately requires awkward dialogue and behavior.
Servant X Service
This is another show that I truly enjoy watching. Patiently waiting on season 2. It tells a story of five employees working for a function of the government. I believe they are known as civil servants everywhere else but the United States. Unlike Nichijou the hook for me is watching the various flavors of office romance trying to germinate. Although it wraps it up with a lot of humor.
At first you would think the name indicated some really perverted Hentai awaited you. But thats pleasantly not the case. Squid Girl is an incredibly innocent story about a young girl who dwells in the ocean. She came to the surface to apparently conquer it. Being fed up with how much the surface had polluted the ocean. Thats what the plot is supposed to be about. But when you begin to watch the show, you realize that her original agenda of conquering the surface can wait.
Moyasimo: A Tale about agriculture
Moyasimo is really unique. We all know anime is full of shows that try out really unique story lines. But Moyasimo tries something I never considered could make an interesting story. Basically the show is about a young man who can see bacteria. Don't ask me how they managed such a story, but it seems to be working. Especially since the setting is in agricultural college. A lot of it revolves around wine making and how bacteria interacts with basic ingredient to create alcohol. To be honest, my craving for some sake peaks whenever I watch this show. All the same I tend to watch it with one of those Japanese looking ceramic cups I picked up from iKea (love that store) .
There are many other Slice of Life anime shows out there waiting to be discovered. If you know of any that you enjoyed watching, please enlighten me. :)
As a mechanical engineer by trade, it should come as no surprise that the mecha genre holds a soft spot in my heart. Some people watch Gundam and wonder what it'll take to pilot one. I always wondered what it'll take to build one (what's the going rate on a kilo of Gundanium alloy these days?). Don't get me wrong, all genre of anime have their gems, they're must sees for anyone who claims to be an otaku. That said, there are no words to describe the beauty of a well done mecha series. Here is MY list of the top five most important mecha series till date.
1. Gundam Wing (including the OVA Endless Waltz)
I don't think I can overstate the importance of this show. It was a brilliant showcase of a lot of what we have all come to love about mecha anime. One thing that made Gundam Wing so special was how the mechs felt more like the main characters than the actual characters themselves. You could not think of Duo Maxwell without immediately calling up an image of his Death-Scythe. That is not to say that the story was drowned out by a focus on senseless action, as those of us who have seen the series know. Couple that with probably Kunio Okawara's best mechanical designs till date, and a kick-ass sound track, and you have yourself a timeless classic. This show was my introduction to anime as a whole, sort of like an infection from which I never fully recovered.
2. Neon Genesis Evangelion
If every anime series was a drug, then Neon Genesis Evangelion would be the crack cocaine of anime. It is very addictive, and let's face it, it's trippy as hell. I have to admit that even now I am not 100% clear on what the show was about. The beauty of Evangelion (for me anyway) is in the dynamics of the characters, and in it's use of a different kind of mecha, the biological mecha. The mecha are in essence animals with pilots. The idea is not one common with mecha series, but NGE accomplishes it without blaspheming on the genre. The themes it tackled (theological themes for example), and just the shear boldness of the series makes it one of the most important of all time. It dares to be different to an extreme, and it dares the watcher to look away.
3. The Vision of Escaflowne
Here are a few of my favorite discoveries since I started watching anime: mecha, voice actress and singer Maaya Sakamoto, and composer Yoko Kanno. The Vision of Escaflowne had all three. You would be hard pressed to find a more well rounded show out there. Dating back to 1996, Escaflowne is sure to remain a favorite for decades to come. What is really cool about this series is how it shows that giant robots can be cool, no, awesome, without rockets and beams and computers. Set in an archaic alternate universe, Escaflowne puts high octane mecha action in a primitive setting, and nails it. Add beautiful music from the incomparable Yoko Kanno, and what you have is gold.
4. Macross Zero
I knew I had to put a Macross series on this list, seeing as it is one of the big three mecha franchises (Gundam and NGE the other two). That said it was difficult deciding which one had the most meaning to me. After much consideration, I have to go with Macross Zero. Yea yea I know it was just an OVA, but this is my list and I'm leaving it on here. The reason this show is so important was that it show that the Macross brand was still relevant. I consider myself as a bit of a purist, so when I see an anime that goes heavy on the 3D, I typically turn my nose up at it. Macross Zero shows what can be accomplished when 3D is done correctly. And not to sound like a broken record, but dat soundtrack!
5: Code Geass
So on one side of the coin, you have Gundam, where the entire series revolve around the mech, and it is great. On the other side, you have a mecha series that revolves around the people, and it is still great. That other side is Code Geass. In this series, the mecha are more or less supplemental to the story, props if you will. That said, that doesn't make this any less of a fantastic mecha series in every sense. When they are called up, Code Geass makes sure that the mechs are well represented. The mechanical design is well done, and the action is crisp and entertaining. That said, the main reason Code Geass is on this list is that it is one of the best shows of any kind you will ever watch, and it just happens to have mechs in it.
There are some honorable mentions as far as mecha series go (Ful Metal Panic, Sousei no Aquarion, Gurren Lagann, Zone of the Enders, etc), but these five I believe to be the most impactful for the industry. I know not everyone will agree with this list, but you know what, deal with it. Just kidding, let us know what you would add or remove, and we'll consider it.X
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