Zippy Lately (January 24 – January 30, 2011)

1. Fractale Simulcast

So if you haven’t heard all of the hubbub regarding Fractale then let me summarize. First FUNimation announced they would be simulcasting the anime Fractale, and then they streamed the first episode. Shortly thereafter it was announced that due to the episode showing up online elsewhere, illegally of course, that the Japanese companies requested FUNimation pull any further simulcasts of Fractale. This lead to quite the controversy as many on Twitter, forums, and Facebook began to vent saying to the effect that ‘piracy will continue anyways’ and that ‘the Japanese execs. are being naive’. While both are true to a certain extent, especially the first point, something must’ve changed in the minds of the Japanese company because FUNimation will once again begin simulcasting Fractale. Simulcasts are in my opinion the wave of the future, so I’m glad that despite the complications many have had thus far, that Fractale will continue on.

2. Cat Shit One: The Animated Series (English Promo)

I wrote about this awhile back, but at the time I didn’t know for certain that Cat Shit One would be adapted for the english audience. Well it’s been announced now, and frankly I feel this was just a long time coming. Cat Shit One: The Animated Series, based on the manga of the same name, features anthropomorphic animals in desert combat. While only the first episode has been released, with the promise of a 12 ep. series, I was enthralled by what I saw. Even though the series uniquely features rabbits as soldiers, and camels as the ‘enemy’, this series is not a comedy by any means. Instead this show, thus far at least, seems more like an animated portrayal of a Desert Storm battle. I’ve been waiting for some time to see more episodes released, and while that’s still in the works I’m at least excited to see that Cat Shit One is getting the attention it deserves.

3. Wizard Magazine Shuts Down

For anime fans the name Wizard, or Wizard Magazine, may not mean that much. In particular if you’re not into sci-fi, then you may only remember Wizard as the company that once produced Anime Insider which ceased its run 2 years ago. Well now Wizard Magazine is also shutting down its operations. I don’t know what this will mean for the overall company Wizard Entertainment, which still heads up extremely sizable comic cons, but for those sci-fi fans who grew their fandom with Wizard Magazine this will be seen as a big loss. I don’t have much of a personal connection with the magazine, since I like sci-fi but don’t read up on it; however, I can appreciate what a magazine like that can mean for a community. So I’m still sad to see it disappear, and I’m doubly curious to see what Wizard Entertainment’s next move will be.

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