1. Highschool of the Dead (Manga!)
For fans of the series Highschool of the Dead this last month or so has been extremely exciting! First the series was licensed by Sentai Filmworks with a subtitled release on TheAnimeNetwork.com via stream. Now Yen Press has licensed the manga, which means it may also be included as a part of Yen Press Online. While I think the anime has been very true to the manga, more so than I could’ve imagined, reading the manga is a fun filled ride as well.
2. San Diego International Comic Con (SDCC)
While there isn’t really one ring to rule them all, there seems to be one convention that does in fact dominate the American con scene. That convention is Comic Con, or more formally known as the San Diego International Comic Con. Few conventions get so many people, so much mainstream press, and so much awesomeness at one time! While many naysayers and perhaps long time SDCC attendees say that Comic Con has gone too mainstream, one can’t deny the continued success of the convention. Indeed seeing the casts of non-comic/non-geeky nighttime TV dramas, blockbuster movies, and more can seem a bit off putting at times; however, really at their heart of hearts the fans of the newer residents to SDCC are in fact ‘geeks’ as well. Otaku in Japanese simply means to have a strong love or passion for something, and in english the word geek means likewise. So if you enjoy Comic Con’s many offerings, popular or cult, you can’t deny the awesomeness of Comic Con and all that it brings forth year after year.
To spice up BBAMAJAM the club our fearless leader Nick decided to follow the suggestions to infuse more anime into our weekly discussions. Since we’re located in a public environment, we hadn’t been able to watch shows as a club. However thanks to Hulu, FUNimation, and many more companies we realized that there are a plethora of legal streaming opportunities that would allow us to watch the show(s) at our leisure, and then during club we could discuss the episode we watched that week.
The show we chose to discuss first is Shiki, which is being released by FUNimation. Having only seen the first episode I can only tell you that the show is spooky, uniquely drawn as seen in the character designs, and similar to Higurashi in its setting since both take place in isolated villages. I can tell there is going to be an abundance of twists and turns, so Shiki should be one exciting ride.
If you’d like to join in on the discussion, or if you’re a member of BBAMAJAM and you miss a meeting but still want to share your thoughts, then check out our new forum where we’ll discuss the episodes online as well.