Last Week in Geekdom – Your Weekly News Round-Up (4/16-4/22)


Welcome back to another Last Week in Geekdom where I comb the internet for all the news you need to know so you don’t have to. I’m a little late today, mainly because I’ve been enjoying having a pretty lazy weekend with this weather starting to finally get nicer. Anyways, there’s some pretty cool stuff and some not so cool stuff that went down over the last week. With Twitter harassment campaigns targeting anime developers and a fan convention canceling their event one week before it was supposed to take place, my news feed has been abuzz with chatter. As always, let me know if I’ve missed anything. I try to capture the things I deem most important, but my eyes can’t be everywhere. Anyways I’m going to go enjoy this nice Spring weather, enjoy and have a great rest of your Sunday!

Anime and Manga News

  • Sentai Filmworks has licensed “Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions! Take on Me” anime film, but has not announced when it will be released yet.
  • A plan to demolish a shrine featured in Studio Ghibli’s film “Pom Poko” upsets many of its fans, calling for them to cancel their plans.
  • Mamoru Hosoda’s film “Mirai” is set to be the first anime film screened at the Cannes Film Festival.
  • Anime producer Yuichi Fukushima has been enduring harassment on Twitter from fans over the plot of one episode of “Darling in the Frankxx”.
  • Tencent and Studio Deen will collaborate on a new TV anime project titled “Aguu;” based on the Chinese comic.
  • Crunchyroll has announced it will be starting an hour-long block of anime programming in Brazil, featuring “Black Clover” and “Re:Zero”.
  • The Gunsmith Cats anime Kickstarter campaign has reached its stretch goals.
  • Junji Ito shares his thoughts on the “Junji Ito Collection” anime at a signing for the release of the first DVD volume.
  • “Nikkei Entertainment” has released a list of the longest running manga, with “Locke the Superman” and “Golgo 13” topping the list.
  • “My Hero Academia” is slated to begin broadcasting on Toonami on May 5th at 11:30pm.
  • P.A. Works is launching its own e-book platform called P.A. Books next month, making it the first e-book label operated by an animation company.
  • Intersex manga creator Sho Arai is starring in a new documentary about Arai’s personal experiences.
  • The town featured in “Sakura Quest” is calling on the anime’s fans to help revitalize their pond with an event featuring the anime’s cast and crew.

Comic News

  • The graphic novel “The Prince and the Dressmaker” gets its feature rights bought for movie deal by Universal and Marc Platt. (note: you can read my review of the graphic novel here.)
  • Jake Halpern and Michael Sloan win the Pulitzer prize for editorial cartooning.
  • Marvel announces a “Squirrel Girls” and “Ms. Marvel” miniseries crossover.
  • Amazon is planning on developing “Transhuman” and “East of West” for hour-long drama series.
  • The “MAD Magazine” reboot has just dropped this month with a new Issue #1.
  • Universal Fancon has postponed their event one week before it was supposed to take place, leaving many guests and vendors stuck and wondering.
  • Barnes and Noble is adding a kids graphic novel section to their stores.

Featured Articles

  • Bleeding Cool takes a look at what might have gone wrong with the postponement of Universal Fancon, featuring a statement from convention staff and reactions from guests and prospective vendors.
  • Comics Beat covers SD Comic Fest, featuring a panel on cultural appropriation and when it is and is not okay.
  • National Geographic documents the lives of hikikomori in Japan and one group that’s trying to pull them out of seclusion.

Featured Videos

  • The Cartoon Cipher examines how voice actor’s create an integral part of a character’s identity and how that affects the sub vs. dub debate.
  • Gigguk takes us through why “A Place Further than the Universe” impacted him so hard and how it inspired him to go on his own adventure.

Featured WordPress Post

  • Power Up or Die looks at why the anime film “A Silent Voice” is not a love story by comparing it to another major anime film, “Your Name”.


~~Thanks for Reading~~

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