• For years I’ve been hearing about the 1951 movie The Day The Earth Stood Still and when I learned it was remade in 2008 I became even more curious.  I rented it this weekend and can now share my thoughts on what is one of the most influential science-fiction films for English speakers. Read more…


  • fandom 04.01.2010 1 Comment

    The Ikkicon IV anime convention was held in Austin, TX from January 1st – 3rd.  Although a smaller convention, it was a lot of fun to attend.  I look forward to next year.  Because of a bad cold, I was only able to make the first day but I took some photos to share.

    Ikkicon IV

    Anime fans line up to get their badges for Ikkicon IV.

    Around half of the people in attendance were cosplaying with many impressive results. It made me wish I’d set aside some time and money to join in. The dealers room was pretty well-stocked with lots of fun T-shirts and shoulder bags. Many Gundam model kits were on sale and loads of manga in English. Most of the booths were selling anime DVD’s and cosplaying supplies. Read more…


  • One of Masamune Shiro's New Year Cards

    Happy New Year from Gears Online!  I hope you ring in the new year with family and friends.  Here’s to a bigger, better year for all of us anime fans in 2010.

    I spent the holiday week between now and Christmas reading the first 21 volumes of Blade of the Immortal by Hiroaki Samura.  I’m on book 5 now of X/1999 by CLAMP.  I’m driving in to downtown Austin today to get my badge for Ikkicon.  Ikkicon is a smaller anime convention so I’m not expecting anything like Anime Expo but it should be fun.  I’ll try to get some good photos.

    Leave a comment and tell us how you spent your holidays.

  • I watched Terminator Salvation (2009) last night after waiting for it to come out for rental.  I was pleasantly surprised.  It was a great movie. Read more…


  • My Gundam Unicorn novels arrived! The series has 10 volumes and, unfortunately, they are in Japanese so I can’t read them. I was hoping for mecha profile pages but sadly there are none. Still, the black and white illustrations throughout the novels are really nicely done. Also, each volume has a color illustration or two towards the front.  Can’t wait to get a new scanner and upload the images!


  • Promotional poster outside the mall.

    Promotional poster outside the mall.

    From October 19th through the 27th in Bangkok, Thailand a large Gundam exhibition was held in the Siam Paragon shopping mall to celebrate Gundam’s 30th anniversary. My father was on the scene to take photos. I wish I could have been there! Read more…

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  • After a long wait, I got my rental copy of Star Trek (2009) this weekend. The special effects in movies these days are so good that I’m willing to give any science-fiction movie a chance. Star Trek wasn’t that great a movie but it was worth watching. I probably would have given it an “ok” rating if it weren’t for the amateurish and annoying cinematography tricks. More on that below. Read more…


  • Gundam Unicorn anime

    Gundam Unicorn anime

     If you’re anything like me you’re waiting anxiously to hear about the anime for Gundam Unicorn.  It’s been too long since we’ve seen new anime in Gundam’s U.C. universe.  Even longer since we’ve seen something new that happens after the One Year War.

    MyAnimeList reports on a Japanese report from Anime!Anime! that indicates Gundam Unicorn won’t air on television.  Bandai Visual has decided to try movie theaters and the Internet to hook new viewers instead of the traditional boobtube.


  • anime, fandom, mecha 20.11.2009 No Comments

    Kawamori Shoji, creator of Macross and Optimus Prime, is interviewed in this new video.

  • fandom, Japan, mecha 30.10.2009 2 Comments

    John Funk has written an interesting piece at The Escapist on mecha in contemporary Japanese culture. It’s worth a read but, as mine did, your mileage may vary. Among other things, the article claims that the Japanese love Gundam more than any other mecha series. I think it’s the author’s own love of Gundam and the fact that Gundam has a larger commercial entity behind it than any other mecha series that is leading this observation. Still, the article has some interesting facts and is well worth your time to read.