Articles of Interest #14
- Our Internet Empathy Problem
Giant Bomb (2/11/14) Patrick Klepek
- How to Survive the Next Wave of Technology Extinction
New York Times (2/12/14) Farhad Manjoo
From Anime News Network:
Producer Atsutoshi Umezawa (Precure franchise) said in a press release posted on Friday that the new Sailor Moon anime is not a remake. He explained, “This second anime adaptation of Bishōjo Senshi Sailor Moon is not remaking the previous anime, but adapting [Naoko Takeuchi’s] original manga and starting from scratch again. It is quite a project. The entire staff has been working hard to show everyone an entirely new Bishōjo Senshi Sailor Moon, so please look forward to it.”
The new anime’s director, Munehisa Sakai (One Piece, One Piece: Strong World, Suite Precure), noted a personal connection, since the first Sailor Moon anime began the same year he joined Toei Animation. He said that he never imagined that he himself would be in charge of the new anime two decades later. He remembered looking enviously at the staff who worked on the first anime, and thanked the twist of fate that brought him here. He vowed to do his best.
The new anime will begin streaming worldwide on the Niconico service in July. Yūji Kobayashi (scripts on Saint Seiya Omega, Smile Precure!) is in charge of the series scripts, and Momoiro Clover Z is performing the theme song.
Takeuchi launched the original magical girl team manga series in the shōjo monthly manga magazine Nakayoshi in 1992. It soon spawned anime, a live-action television project, musicals, and other adaptations, and it also sparked a worldwide boom. The 20th anniversary project began in 2012, and featured the first musical in eight years at the AiiA Theater Tokyo last September. Kodansha has been republishing the original manga in a complete edition since last November, and Kodansha USA Publishing’s Kodansha Comics imprint has been publishing the manga in North America.
Awesome! We finally have a straight answer!
Guess I know what I’ll be re-reading/watching before July rolls around now
Most consumers understand that “lite” or “low in carbs” on food packaging labels are marketing descriptions, nothing more. But the label “gluten free” is a promise that is critical for the health of about three million Americans who can get ill if they eat the proteins that occur naturally in wheat, barley or other related grains.
For consumers who are sensitive to gluten, there is good news from the Food and Drug Administration. The agency earlier this month announced a single, uniform standard for gluten-free foods. It has taken the agency almost seven years to come up with a limit of 20 parts of gluten per million in products sold as “gluten free,” a level similar to what is required in Canada and the European Union. Food companies have until August 2014 to comply. It is not clear why it has taken the F.D.A. so long to issue this standard, but given that the issue has been considered for years, food packagers should be able to comply quickly. Since 2006, federal law has required that manufacturers of most packaged foods made in the United States inform consumers if their products contain any of the eight foods that account for 90 percent of all food allergies. These major food allergens are milk, egg, fish, shellfish, nuts, wheat, peanuts and soybeans.
Representative Nita Lowey of New York, who has been working on food-allergy issues in Congress since 1999, calls the standard “a great victory” for millions of consumers who need to be certain that the food they buy is really gluten free.
Protecting people for allergens that can send them to the emergency room is a difficult business. Proper labeling can only help.
You can add Hannibal to the list of TV shows set to have a presence at San Diego Comic-Con 2013. I spoke to the show’s executive producer and showrunner, Bryan Fuller, today for an interview that will run after Thursday night’s Hannibal season finale. During our conversation. Fuller revealed to me that Hannibal will have a panel at Comic-Con on Thursday, July 18th at 6:45.
The panelists will include Fuller, Hugh Dancy (“Will Graham”), David Slade (executive producer/director) and Martha De Laurentiis (executive producer).