Novelty – Visual novel maker

Ahh, the things I would do if I had the time. 🙂 Especially with Daz Studio still being free, it could be a lot of fun to make a visual novel. Not that I’d expect to make money, or that anyone would play it, but I think it would be a fun and challenging exercise.

I discovered this program today- Novelty.

Novelty is a free game maker tailored for making visual novels. Contrary to most other visual novel makers, Novelty is designed for people without any experience in scripting or programming.

As a designer you have a lot of artistic freedom in Novelty. There are no templates or presumptions on how your game should look. The visual tools that come with Novelty enables you to give your game a unique look that will stand out.

via Novelty – Visual novel maker.

Here’s an example of someone using the software, which looks pretty easy to use, actually.

Flashback! Revenge of the 80s: It’s All In The Reflexes

I’ve fallen out of love with anime over the years, but during the late ’80s and early ’90s I lived and breathed anime. (I even started London’s first independant anime club- Anime London.) So when I heard that the Anime News Network podcast was doing a “Top 10 of the ’80s” anime review show with a couple of old-timers (ie people slightly older than me), I was so there!

The show(s), which in total are around 3.5 hours long are totally worth listening to if you want to learn about what anime was like during what’s often referred to as being its “golden age”. The panel have a lot of different perspectives to bring to the table, and they do a good job of explaining their choices in detail. Even I learned quite a bit, and it inspired me to seek out a few old gems I think I missed or dismissed back in the day.

Part 1: Revenge of the 80s: It’s All In The Reflexes – ANNCast – Anime News Network. (Numbers 10-6)

Part 2: Revenge of the 80s: You’ve Got to have Power! (Numbers 5-1)

Enjoy!

Rob

Live Action Ranma 1/2 Special will Air in December!

Akane Tendo

Apparently someone had decided to do a Live-Action Ranma 1/2 show in Japan, probably out of a mix of nostalgia and lack of ideas. I used to be a big Ranma 1/2 fan once upon a time, until it turned into an endless boring repetition of the same jokes and ideas, but it does have a great cast and fun core premise, so I look forward to seeing what they do with this. The actors look great for their roles, and I will definitely give this a look!

More information can be found here and more cast pictures here.

 

Boy-Type Ranma

Girl-Type Ranma

 

Mr. Tendo!

What happens when you mix young teen sexuality with the Chthulu mythos?

The answer is DYE “Fantasy” a video by JEREMIE PERIN, a french animator. Gorgeously animated, and totally horrific.

Really, I mean it: NSFW horror- don’t watch if movies like The Thing give you nightmares.

Blazing Across the Stars

When I was 8, a single series rocked my young world- Star Blazers. The Americanization of Space Battleship Yamato (perhaps one of the most important anime of all time) was an epic to behold, and despite the limited animation it captured our young imaginations in its romantic voyage into space. Each week when the words “Hurry Star Force! There are only XXX days left!” urged our heroes on, we couldn’t wait to see what happened next!

Of course, I wasn’t the only one to have Star Blazers make an impression on me. There’s a new Star Blazers audio drama running from Forward Momentum Productions which really recaptures the feel of the old show well, and of course there’s the new big budget live-action movie version due in December 2010.

But I think the think most people remember most about the show was the music, it was rousing and bombastic, and made you want to sign onto the Argo first chance you had! Here’s an American High School band doing an amazing instrumental version just to prove it!