Kawaii Kon founders come to talk story
It's November, which means that for those of you keeping track of all things related to Hawaii's anime convention, Kawaii Kon, there's a little less than half a year to go before the third annual event and the first to be held at the Hawaii Convention Center.
Which means it's time for the annual sort-of-midpoint meet-and-greet session with convention co-founders Stan Dahlin and Marlon Stodgill. This year's forum, to be held this Saturday, will be dishing up a potluck-style event along with updates about the 2007 convention. Expect discussion about the convention's new location, guests and other plans for special events.
The meet-and-greet also will be moving out of the nighttime slot it's held in the past at the Ala Moana Hotel and into the bright midday sun at Kakaako Waterfront Park, from noon to 2 p.m.
If you can't make it and want more information about the April 27-29 convention, check out www.kawaii-kon.org ...
KIKU anime changes
Worth noting in the recent TV schedule is a shift in the anime being shown weekdays on KIKU-TV. Taking over the 6 p.m. slot is "Negima," the tale of a boy wizard and the bevy of high school babes he's charged with teaching. "Fruits Basket," about a girl who moves in with a family cursed to change into animals from the Chinese zodiac, is now airing at 6:30 p.m. Late-night slots are being filled by "Spiral" (10 p.m.) and "Galaxy Railways" (10:30 p.m.) ...
In Sunday's 'D&Q'
Akira Toriyama is known for his character designs in video games like the "Dragon Quest" series and "Chrono Trigger," as well as for creating the megahit "Dragon Ball" franchise. But before all of that, Toriyama made his mark with the tale of a scientist and a robot girl who shouts out "KIIIIIIIN" and "Hoyoyo!" a lot. I'll make an appointment with "Dr. Slump" in the Sunday Today section ...
Cel Shaded, a look at the world of Japanese anime and manga, appears every Monday. Reach Jason S. Yadao