South Korean short-track speed skater — and three-time Olympic gold medalist — Ahn Hyun-soo will be skating for Russia at the Sochi Games as “Viktor Ahn.” His decision to switch national allegiances was the culmination of a complicated story involving a wrenching injury, hurt feelings, alleged match fixing, professional pride and a relentless desire to compete.
Ahn was forgotten, yesterday’s man. But he made a huge comeback under the Russian flag last year, winning two gold medals, four silver and two bronze in the 2013-14 Short Track World Cup.
By comparison, all the competing Korean men combined won two gold, one silver and three bronze medals. On top once again, Ahn is now the Korean skaters’ biggest rival.
Regardless of the outcome in Sochi, Koreans will have tangled emotions whenever Ahn appears on the ice wearing a Russian uniform.
Here is “Knot”, a short comic I drew to sell at Mocca and TCAF this year. The printed version is going to be SO PRETTY. I’m in love with the cover (which I will post later).
I just wanted to do something fairy-tale-like that talked about doubts and frustrations and how to deal with them. I’m really happy with how colorful and adorable the story turned out to be.
If you enjoyed “Knot”, please consider reblogging it and/or checking out my ongoing webcomic Namesake! HUGS TO ALL OF YOU!
Isa’s been showing me wips of this for awhile, look how pretty this is finished, ahhh!!
Did everyone celebrate Halloween this year?
Trick or Treating isn’t too popular over here in Japan but our Director Yoshinari is sure in spirit!
We didn’t even ask him to do an illustration, and to be really blunt he should be working on our television series, KILL la KILL.(laughs)
Anyways, a Happy Halloween from Director Yoshinari, and from TRIGGER!
-Little Witch Academia 2 Kickstarter Update #15
Dia de los Muertos
An animated short film about a little girl who visits the land of the dead, where she learns the true meaning of the Mexican holiday, Dia de los Muertos.
my friend ashley worked on this!!! :D
Oh my gosh this was lovely!
Recently, Kirin (a Japanese beer company) has been running a “dream campaign” where people can write in to the company explaining what their dream is, and if selected, the company sets out to make it come true.
Of all the people selected to have their “dream come true”, the most expensive and elaborate one was a normal guy who worked for a normal company who always dreamed of being in a Jackie Chan movie. When asked what kind of movie he wanted to do, his description was extremely thorough.
He knew everything that he wanted to happen in the movie, all of the actors he wanted to use, and had every detail so perfectly worked out, that Kirin decided to go for it, and make a commercial out of it, despite how expensive it would be.
(As you watch the actual commercial, you can see numbers rambled off, and each of numbers represents something that he requested to be in the commercial. (Ex. # 13 Fighting with a stool or chair, # 31 - have some massive Chinese pot broken)
Thanks to a Japanese Beer Company, My Buddy Got to Fight with Jackie Chan @ The Way
"Iron Man 3" Armors That Didn’t Make The Film
Iron Man 3 contained a lot of cool and interesting armors. The film probably could have been called Iron Men, rather than it’s original title. But would you believe that there were some armors that didn’t even make it to the film?
Artist Josh Nizzi revealed a few more of his armor concepts online recently. Check them out.
If you grew up watching Warner Brothers cartoons, you might remember seeing the name Chuck Jones in big letters in the opening credits. Chuck Jones directed cartoons like Looney Tunes from the 1930s until his death in 2002. He was also an animator, and brought the world characters like Elmer Fudd.
But part of what makes his characters so memorable is the world that they inhabit. Part of what’s so striking about Looney Tunes is that they are recognizable as Looney Tunes even without characters in the foreground.
The backgrounds were done primarily by one layout artist: Maurice Noble.
Source: SoundCloud / Roman Mars
Does “Animal Crossing” Promote Otaku Citizenship?
In today’s edition of “What is even going on?!” news, PBS Idea Channel host Mike Rugnetta somehow weaves the individual strands of citizenship, otakudom, and the newest rendition of Animal Crossing into a very confusing yet intriguing thesis.
In this week’s episode, Mike proposes that AC: New Leaf guides people to engage in a kind of Otaku Citizenship, where the player is not only encouraged to, but required by the citizens of their town to collect everything. By essentially making the ultimate otaku game, Mike postulates the game not only promotes otaku behavior, but could have practical events in government and politics.
Do you think his premise stands up to snuff? Or do you want to take it down a basic level and take issue with his definition of “otakudom”? What would a government run by otakus even look like?
"Little Witch Academia 2" Kickstarter Now Live
For those fans of the wildly successful Anime Mirai OVA, your prayers have been answered. The Kickstarter for the second episode of Little Witch Academia is now live and open for pledges.
Originally announced during the Little Witch Academia panel at Anime Expo this year, the page states the second original video animation was to be another 20 minute episode, but Studio TRIGGER is looking to make it longer, hoping to extend it to a mouthwatering 35 minutes.
As an added bonus, TRIGGER is also keeping the first episode of Little Witch Academia public on YouTube during fundraising. Be sure to check it out and pledge to this killer anime!
Go check it out and pledge!
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