JASON S. YADAO / JYADAO@STARBULLETIN.COM
MangaBento art contest winners Brady Evans, left, and Kara Kansaku look through art supplies offered as prizes.
Youths show top-drawer talent in manga contest
The future of anime and manga fan art is in good hands. That's the impression I got a few weeks ago when I attended a meeting of MangaBento, the group of fan artists that meets at the Academy Art Center.
The group recently announced the winners of its annual art contest, in which 13 entries were received from students on two islands. I'd have been hard pressed to choose a winner, but the judges pulled it off. First, the winners in the under-15 age division:
» First place: Cordelia Xie, 12 years old, Iolani School
» Second place: Kayle Maikai, 13, Mililani Middle
» Third place: David Panares, 11, Central Middle
A special tip of the ol' cat-eared hat goes to Malia Helser, 13, of Lahaina Intermediate on Maui, whose entry traveled the farthest.
Here's how the high school entries stacked up:
» First place: Brady Evans, 17, Lutheran High School
» Second place: Kara Kansaku, 16, McKinley
» Third place: Diane Harriete Gonzales, 17, Leilehua
It should be noted that Kansaku is a repeat winner, having placed first in the over-15 category last year.
Pictures of the winning entries are posted here. Congratulations to all the winners ...
'One Piece' reborn
A few weeks ago, Funimation announced that it would be picking up the license to the seafaring pirate series "One Piece." The news was greeted by much rejoicing and dancing in the streets.
Well, OK, so maybe it wasn't THAT dramatic, but fans were still pretty happy. The license had once belonged to 4Kids Entertainment, after all, the production house reviled by hard-core fans for taking perfectly good series like "Tokyo Mew Mew" and "Ojamajo Doremi," tossing out chunks of the original scripts and turning them into sanitized, kid-friendly ... shudder ... cartoons.
More details emerged in an interview that Rob Bricken of AnimeOnline.com conducted with Funimation Marketing Director Lance Heiskell and Production Manager Justin Cook. Cartoon Network will continue broadcasting the series, and Funimation's version, with a new English dub cast and many elements restored, will begin with episode 144.
The agreement to pick up where 4Kids left off meant strict deadlines that leave little time to go back and redo the first 143 episodes, Heiskell told Anime Online. The company could do uncut DVDs of those episodes if public demand is there, though.
Aside from than that, Funimation will take much less of an editing knife to the series, and it will essentially stay in, pardon the pun, one piece. Cartoon Network plans to air the show in the evenings instead of Saturday mornings as 4Kids used to, guaranteeing as much. It's certainly a promising start, and definitely good news for "One Piece" fans in America ...
Cel Shaded, a look at the world of Japanese anime and manga, appears every Monday. Reach Jason S. Yadao