1. ConNooga ’11
This past weekend Chattanooga was host to ConNooga, a multi-fandom convention that covers a wide variety of genres such as paranormal, sci-fi, fantasy, anime, writing, comics, indie films, horror, and more. I had the pleasure to head ConNooga’s anime department for a second time, and together with a crack group of volunteers I think we pulled together quite a show! I feel like I’m finally getting over my exhaustion, but thankfully the memories will stay for quite sometime.
I cannot claim to be up on every Japanese band of course; however, when one I’ve never heard of announces a U.S. debut album they’re immediately on my radar. In this case that band is CROSSFAITH and by all appearances they are a metal band. Metal acts have had great success in the U.S., demonstrated perhaps best by Dir en Grey, so I feel CROSSFAITH has a good chance to succeed here as well. If you’d like to read more about the band and their album release plans check out Tokyohive.com’s full article here.
[Img. Source: http://www.crossfaith.jp/photo/photoimg/img11.jpg?vers=20091116 “Photo by Rie S.＠MAXPHOTO”]
3. K-On! Film
If you haven’t heard about the silly and adorable series K-On! then I urge you to check it out (both manga and anime). Not only do I think you’ll find them enjoyable, but it also makes this next news all the more exciting. K-On! is now getting a full length film! I first heard of K-On! when songs from the anime began to break records on the Oricon charts. Since then my appreciation for the show, and especially the yonkoma style manga, has grown. While K-On! hasn’t quite garnered the attention and devotion in the states that Haruhi Suzimiya has earned, I feel that the popularity in Japan is rising still and will come over to Western shores in waves with the release of the manga and anime here.