Hi everyone! Welcome to the last Saturday of April. Is it still rainy where you live? Or have you moved on to warm, flower-filled days? Here in the Mid-Atlantic, it’s somewhere in between.
Rainy or sunny, I hope you’re ready for a blast from the past. Last month, Angel reported that we were getting a Cardcaptor Sakura sequel to commemorate the magical girl manga’s 20th anniversary. Now, we have more details. Sakura will be in junior high, and she has a mysterious dream that precedes a certain incident. Sounds like classic CLAMP to me! I wonder how a new generation will react to Sakura. The magical girl’s cute character design was one of the main drivers behind today’s pervasive moe aesthetic.
Speaking of blasts from the past, remember that interview we had earlier this month about the official North American Skip Beat! Release Kickstarter? Guess what? Not only did it fund, it reached its Blu-Ray stretch goal! It’s awesome that this series will be getting an official release. Streaming online via Crunchyroll is great and all, but sometimes you want to have a series in your physical collection.
Have you ever dreamed about creating your very own manga? Then maybe you should consider entering the International Manga Award. It doesn’t matter whether you’ve been published or not. As long as your manga was created within the past 3 years, you have until June 17 to submit. Winners get a chance to visit Japan to not only accept their award but also meet other mangaka and take a tour of publishers. Something to ponder if drawing manga is your life’s dream.
And finally, there’s been much talk recently about the anime industry and how it’s been struggling for a while now. Kind of hard to ignore when Manglobe went out of business last year. At any rate, a French artist living in Japan recently took to Twitter and offered an inside look into how anime is made. It’s very interesting, but I’m a little concerned about why so many anime series are made every year. I guess I’d always thought it’d been this, but that graph says otherwise. If things are so dire, do we really need so much anime? I know, blasphemy.
That’s it for this week. See you next time!