Drunk Fairies? It’s Dragon’s Crown Akihabara Gallery!



On July 20th to the 21st a Dragon’s Crown art exhibit was held in Akihabara, and our pal in Japan known by the codename ‘The Professor’ (of the legendary Madman’s Cafe) was there to catch it! Here are his photos from the event:
Dragon's Crown artwork

Scenes of Adventure and Danger from the world of Dragon’s Crown


Cup fairy and shaggy dogThe Fairy gets deep in the cups… but who is dog?


Sorceress and Wizard outfits, for sale?


If you could have only one, which would you choose? (The answer is “all of them”)


And special prints of the Dragon’s Crown cast!

Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Analysis

E3 has revealed to the world yet another stunning Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain trailer:

What speculation can we brew from this footage?

Eli- A youth who curses his fate

But the Lord spoke of Samuel’s sons: “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”
(1 Samuel 16:7)

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From Mickey Mouse to Jesus, This Dragon’s Crown Trailer is Full of Epic Homages

Watching the latest Dragon’s Crown trailer I was delighted by the density of historical and pop cultural references they managed to sprinkle into every shot. Dragon’s Crown is the latest game from Vanillaware, best known for Odin Sphere and Oboro Muramasa. Vanillaware is staffed by many ex-Capcom employees who worked on some of the best arcade games from back in the day, including Capcom’s Dungeons and Dragons: Tower of Doom and Shadow Over Mystara (my favorite beat-em-up next to Capcom’s Aliens vs Predator). Dragon’s Crown is very much a spiritual successor to these games, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the vast array of influences at work in this title. Here’s the trailer.

Now let’s go through shot by shot …

Walt Disney Presents … The trailer opens up with a glowing fairy flying by the Atlus logo. This is an homage to the iconic Disney introduction where Tinkerbell flies by and sprinkles pixie dust on the Disney logo. This is the first of many Disney tributes to follow.

Atlus Logo vs Walt Disney Presents I believe this animation was originally made for Disney’s first regular TV series, Disneyland which premiered in 1954 (predating the unveiling of the theme park of the same name which opened in 1955). Continue reading “From Mickey Mouse to Jesus, This Dragon’s Crown Trailer is Full of Epic Homages”

Redline Opens This Weekend!

Do you believe in love at first site?  I guess I do, because that’s exactly how I felt the first time I laid eyes on Redline, the new feature from Madhouse which opens this weekend in San Francisco (and simultaneously in Japan) at the Viz Theater!

Redline is directed by virtuoso animator Takeshi Koike, with a script by Katsuhito Ishii, the critically acclaimed director of notable films such as The Taste of Tea and Shark Skin Man, Peach Hip Girl (yes he is an accomplished director of real live action movies).

If you haven’t heard of Redline, here are some trailers that speak louder than words:

As you can see, Redline is an Anime, but don’t let that give you any ideas about what it will be like, because this flick is SPECIAL.

A few things pop out to me about this movie.

1) It’s unbelievably gorgeous.  Technically and creatively.  Everything about it is lush, sharp, exact and inventive.

2) It’s a miracle it exists.  Koike and Ishii  must have called in a ton of favors to get this film made, because outside of being blatantly awesome, it has ZERO marketability.  It’s not based on any existing franchise, it’s too weird for the typical anime crowd, too obviously fun for the typical art house crowd–there’s no built in audience for it. A film like this only gets made cos the people making it believed in it and fought for it.  This is a film by artists for artists, and anyone else willing to give it the time of day.   It is a pure art film that wants the audience to have fun. If you are curious what the chefs eat when they cook for themselves, seek out Redline.

3) It is burning with passion.  The movie’s plot centers around the Redline, the most dangerous race in the universe that takes place every 5 years.  In an age of space travel, the only rule of the Redline is that all competing vehicles must primarily move through traction.


Redline (the film) took 5 years to make.  In an age where computers dominate animation, Redline is gloriously, defiantly hand drawn.  I’m pretty sure it’s going to be a movie about the artistic process, and chasing after what you love.

Pay attention to those trailers (which were personally cut together by Ishii). The title card doesn’t say “from Madhouse” it says “From Japan”.  The main character’s name is JP.  This is a film with high stakes!

Listen to the music.  It’s not thumping techno or a rousing orchestral score, it’s easy breezy R&B… love songs! Because this is a story about love.  And not just in a romantic sense, it is about loving what you do.  Love for your art, for your craft and for the unique culture that engendered it.

Redline looks very, very real.  I’m expecting big things from it.

For more information on how to see Redline, visit the Viz Theater website: