Welcome back to another installment of “Last Week in Geekdom” where I comb the internet for all the news you need to know so you don’t have to. I hope you all didn’t miss me last Sunday, but I’m back now and hoping to get more posts up this week to finish off Pride Month and our read-through of Fruits Basket. As for highlights from last week: the internet was abuzz with talk of Evangelion this week after Netflix released its new dub last week, particularly translations and the absence of the iconic ending; Avengers: Endgame is coming back to theaters with new after-the-credits scenes; and DC Comics is doing away with imprints entirely and moving towards an age labeling system for its comics. As always check below for some good articles and videos and have a great rest of your Sunday!
Top Anime and Manga News
Fans of Evangelion were disappointed this week when the Netflix dub didn’t include the iconic “Fly Me to the Moon” cover in the ending credits. Someone with knowledge of the production told The Wrap that the reason was cost of licensing. The original ending is currently available in the version streaming on Netflix Japan but not Netflix North America.
Following the new story about one of Studio Madhouse’s production assistants suing the company for almost 400 hours of unpaid overtime and harassment, it looks like conditions at Madhouse still have not improved since the lawsuit. One production assistant tells that many are still working around midnight.
- Fox’s Prison Break to get manga adaptation
- Dorokei ends June 27th
- New Cyborg 009 manga coming in July
- New isekai Ninkyo Tensei manga begins July 19th
Top Comics News
DC Comics is replacing all imprints with an age labeling system. Imprints such as Vertigo and Zoom will be “sunsetted” and replaced with labels such as DC Kids, DC, and DC Black Label. DC Kids will be comics for ages 8-13, the DC label will include comics for ages 13 and up, and Black Label will be comics for ages 17 and up.
Avengers: Endgame will be heading back to theaters with some previously cut footage added in. The movie will be in theaters again this month with new footage and teasers added after the credits. Kevin Faige says specifically it will be a deleted scene, a little tribute, and a few surprises.
The classic 90s novel series, Animorphs, will be coming to the graphic novel format. Co-writer Michael Grant confirmed on Twitter that the series will be getting graphic novel adaptations. The series will be adapted from the original novels and Grant has so far said it looks to be a faithful adaptation.
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse will be getting a sequel movie. Producer Amy Pascal has confirmed in a recent interview that the sequel is currently in development, but no concrete information has been given on the story just yet. It will continue to follow Miles Morales though and news of a spin-off Spider Gwen movie has also been confirmed.
Featured Articles and Interviews
- Eccentric Marion writes for Anime Feminist on the depiction of female ambition in The Rose of Versaille and how it gets villified throughout the series.
- Japan Today discusses the troubles the Japanese animation industry faces including low wages, a shortage of young talent, and long hours.
Featured Twitter Threads
- @AnraNana shares some scans from the Samurai Champloo and Cowboy Bebop artbooks of an interview with Shinichiro Watanabe on the importance of diversity and care in creating art.
- Bookseller Nick Rowe (@SPD4649) warns of another possible 90s meltdown in the comic scene, pointing to speculation and Publishers buying into the speculation fever as a root cause.
- Eisner Award-winning translator Zack Davisson discusses the various ways the word love can be translated in Japanese and English in regards to Evangelion.
- OtakuDaiKun examines the various dubs and translations of Evangelion, making the argument that the recent Netflix translation does not censor the Shinji and Kaworu relationship.
- Wisecrack examines how series like Game of Thrones focus on the neverending middle instead of the traditional beginning, middle, and end and thus are less satisfying than something like Avengers: Endgame.
- Get in the Robot discusses the future of anime in the US after Netflix’s re-release of Evangelion on its streaming service.
Featured WordPress Post
- The Afictionado examines stories dealing with assassins, outlaws, and why stories of male vulnerability and autonomy can be so appealing to both men and women.
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