Posts Tagged ‘fate/stay night’
I’ve been waiting awhile for this so I can’t tell you how glad I was to see this pop up in my Google Reader this morning! A new website, crew details and a rough release date have all been revealed for the upcoming Type-Moon parody release by Eri Takenashi titled Carnival Phantasm. So first off, the release has been confirmed to be an OVA and it will released sometime this summer so whee for that!!
As for who will be putting the OVA together, the crew listed so far includes:
Director: Seiji Kishi (Angel Beats, My Bride is a Mermaid)
Script: Makoto Uezu (Ah My Buddah, Tayutama – Kiss on my Deity –)
Music: Yasuharu Tanaka (Suite Precure, all three seasons of Hell Girl)
Character Designs: Kazuaki Morita (Blessing of the Campanella, Nyan Koi) and Tomohito Hirose
Animation Production: LARC (Maji de Watashi ni Koi Shinasai)
From what I can tell, the series will be parodying both Fate/Stay Night (with all the original voice actors returning to reprise their roles) and Melty Blood though I’m sure that other TypeMoon references will be sprinkled in along the way. So are we excited yet? After Fate/Stay Night Unlimited Blade Works last year I am more than a little psyched to see this later this year!
So I’m a little late again but this time it’s because of my new phone. It’s just so much fun to play with! So in today’s game of catch up there are 5 series continuations, a completely original series and brand new manga adaptations! It’s been a very busy few days!Toriko: The first manga to get the anime green light this week is food series Toriko. The series has been running since 2008 and follows a master, gourmet food provider as he travels to the world to collect the rare ingredients he needs to make his dishes. The series will premiere this coming April though no word on which studio will be producing it.
Nura: Rise of the Yokai Gets 2nd Season: Speaking of firsts, the first in this list to get a second season announcement belongs to shonen series, Nura: Rise of the Yokai. Premiering earlier this year (and simulcast by Viz Media), the series about a young boy who is part yokai is being pressured into succeeding as the new head but he resists due to wanting to live a normal life. No firm dates on when the new season will hit airwaves.
Bakuman 2nd Season: The second series to get a second season announcement this week is comic series Bakuman about two teenagers trying to become the next big manga stars. The JC Staff produced series managed to gain quite a large number of fans and so I know that more than a few fans have been pretty excited ever since the news hit. The new season will air in the fall of 2011.
Seikon no Qwaser 2nd Season: Ready for another 2nd season announcement? The breast feeding vampire series Seikon no Qwaser will be getting a second season at some point in the future. All that has been made known is that most of the crew will remain the same from the first season. For once I’m not shedding any tears over the lack of information. Can you tell how I felt about the first season yet?
Kampfer Gets New Something or Other in March: According to a wraparound jacket on the 5th manga volume, there will be more Kampfer airing on television in March. It goes onto say that a promotional video will be shown at Comiket 79 but fails to mention on if the new release will be a full series or just a one time special episode. Another series that fails to fill me with enthusiasm at the idea of more being made. Yay.
ufotable to Animate Fate/Zero Prequel: Thought I was going to say sequel again there didn’t you? But nope, instead it’s been announced that a new TV series and manga will be created based on the novel Fate/Zero. Taking place in the same world as the Fate/Stay Night series, this series takes place during the 4th Grail War which both Rin’s and Shiro’s foster father fought in to obtain the Holy Grail. – DO WANT!!!
Naruto Movie #8: Naruto is getting another movie next summer. It’ll be it’s 8th. I couldn’t care less about this if I tried. Next!
Original Series C Gets Noitamina Slot: In the completely brand new, not based on anything category; a new series titled C will be will be getting a slot in the now much publicized Noitamina block. No word on which season it will premiere in but more information will be made available in a press conference held on January 7th. An official teaser website launched on December 17th.
Hen Semi Heads for TV: I never got around to checking out the OAD released for this series earlier in the year but from what I hear, it was pretty extreme in its humor. So imagine my shock to hear that the series about a class of abnormal psychology students is getting green lit for television. More information will be made available in the next issue of Morning and Morning 2 magazine available on January 22nd. – Hm, wonder how this one is going to get marketed on DVD later in the year.
And finally wrapping things up…
Nichijou Premiere Date Confirmed: Kyoto Animation has finally confirmed that their new slice of life comedy series, Nichijou, will premiere on television in April. An ‘Episode 0’ OVA will be released a month earlier.
In exactly one week it will be four years since Pulltop released one of the best eroge visual novels of the last few years, Princess Waltz. In 2008, I reviewed this title and wondered out loud and to myself, why isn’t this an anime? In 2010, I’m still asking myself the same question.
In the kingdom of Eldhiland, a fierce tournament is fought every generation between six princesses, the winner is crowned the new queen of the kingdom and rules alongside the prince making every princess enter this tournament with a life or death attitude. With a chance to be queen on the line, every princess from each of the six countries train their whole lives for the chance to win and will stop at nothing to get their wish.Meanwhile on Earth, the hero of the story is a high school student named Arata. After an odd first impression, Arata becomes friends with the new transfer student, Chris, who is actually rumored to be a real prince from overseas. As the two start to become closer, Arata stumbles upon Chris’ secret and his involvement with the latest Princess Waltz which is about to start. Joining the fight, Chris and Arata fight together and begin to unravel the mysteries of the waltz and its participants.
Moving in a linear path for over 20 chapters, the story in this title is one that could make anyone wonder why no one has even attempted to adapt it into an anime series. Driven forward by constant humor or intrigue, there are few moments throughout the playing experience that aren’t moving things forward or creating new story hooks that keep players going in their search for answers.
Leading the charge for always adding something new to the story, Chris and Arata are a pair that have been waiting patiently to be found by fans. I admit that Chris isn’t the easiest character to call a fan favorite. With such a strong and varied supporting cast carrying their own weight though, he doesn’t need to be.
Surrounding Chris and Arata are a cast of princesses which sometimes even overshadow their leads (which anyone who dances will tell you isn’t really a good thing but forgivable in this instance). For those who need a strong warrior and sometimes tsundere; the Princess of Dragons, Angela, or the Princess of Earth, Suzushiro, provide more than enough personality and attitude in their confrontations with the other princesses in the tournament. If you need a moe or meganekko (glasses girl) fix, the Princess of the Storm, LunLun or the Princess of Steel, Liesel, are right there as well.
While the leads in this series may be the ones finding out the truth of the tournament, it’s these princesses who provide some of the best moments of the game. Never forgetting their true purpose for fighting, a confrontation between princesses will always mean entertaining moments for those viewing from the outside. No matter if its an exchange of sharp insults or a challenge to a duel, the story would be nothing without the dazzling heroines just behind the leads.
Over the last couple of years, eroge adaptations have fallen into a very simple, sugary sweet mold and I’ll cite Tayutama, Princess Lover and Akane Iro ni Somaru Saka as examples right away (11Eyes and Tears to Tiara being recent exceptions). But more people outside of the core audience have been demanding the release of something that is out of the ordinary and different from the rest. With a story that isn’t afraid to twist and get a bit darker, it’s hard to imagine that any decent director and animation studio couldn’t adapt this writing into a series. After Fate/Stay Night and Higurashi: When They Cry, Studio Deen has already shown that they could produce something that looks good at least. All they’d need to find is a director who could do the same.
But with original material that already has characters that are so easy to bond with and writing that evokes strong mental images and feelings (seriously, the fight between Angela and LunLun would be an amazing way to spend half an episode), it’s amazing that no one has even said that they wanted to try at least.
Now coming up on 4 years since the release of this title, it’s very possible that its window of opportunity has closed. A title is only marketable for so long and every year that passes increases the difficulty just a little bit. However in one rare case of optimism, I’d like to think that there will always be a chance for Princess Waltz. As long as there are audiences for series such as IkkiTousen, Queen’s Blade or Fate/Stay Night, there is going to be audience interested in seeing this title given a proper chance at an anime adaptation.
So at the time of writing, we are now almost an entire month into 2010. Things have been getting off a slow start so far with a not entirely exciting winter season. But there are still eleven months to go with a lot of unseen things waiting to happen. But while we’re waiting for the unknown to happen, there are a ton of things that we can already start getting excited about. With that in mind, here are some of my big reasons why 2010 isn’t going to suck:
Fate/Stay Night Unlimited Blade Works (Premiered 1/23): Fate/Stay Night is back! Reviving the popular franchise that started with a Type/Moon eroge in 2004, the new movie travels down the Unlimited Blade Works story arc which is much more focused on Rin Tohsaka and her servant Archer. The early trailers have looked amazing and moved it into my ‘must see’ category. So if anyone wants to license this one, I’m going on record as saying I’ll buy.
Katanagatari (Premieres 1/25): Another series based off novels from NisiOisin (original creator of Bakemonogatari), the first one hour episode premieres at the end of January. Told in twelve monthly episodes, early trailers have created a lot of buzz thanks, in part at least, to a unique art style from White Fox. Anticipation for this one is high so maybe it will even give fans a distraction which will give Shaft a little bit of breathing space from everyone who is still waiting for the last two episodes of Bakemonogatari. And speaking of the last two episodes…
Bakemonogatari Concludes (Available 3/24): It’s in 2010 that fans will finally get to see the final two episodes on DVD. Though incomplete at the time of its TV airing, fans happily consumed the story and started to grow antsy when it was drawing close to the end of the broadcast. But then from the darkness, Shaft began waving a beacon of hope and spoke loudly ‘never fear,’ (not a direct quote) ‘for we hear your pleas for more and always intended to make more so enjoy the last three episodes streaming.’ And then the first streaming episode premiered and there was much rejoicing… until we realized that the last two episodes were not coming. Despite breaking their promise to get them up on the site, listings for the sixth DVD volume are billed as including the fabled episodes 14 and 15 meaning fans can finally see how the series ends.
The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya (Premieres 2/6): Last year, Kyoto Animation and Kadokawa had a field day with fans. A little information leak here, an exasperating story arc there, a sprinkle of animation delays early in the year and voila, fans who are annoyed beyond belief and yet still come back for more. Perhaps it’s a reward for sticking it out through 2009 but finally fans are getting to line up around the block for a brand new, two and a half hour Haruhi Suzumiya movie.Soul Eater US Release (Part 1 Available 2/9, Part 2 Available 3/30): The popular shonen series will finally hit the US starting in February! Originally produced by Bones in 2008, I still remember friends at my old anime club pulling me aside to tell me about this ‘awesome new series’. Filled with unique art and enough laughs along the way to keep things interesting Soul Eater has the potential to reach out to a lot of new fans this year (which means I should start preparing for lots of Maka and Soul cosplay this summer).
New Adult Swim Anime: Early in the year Adult Swim announced on air that they had lost a couple of their current anime licenses but had hopefully acquired three more with the first of which premiering on February 14th. I’ve made my predictions known but even if I’m drastically wrong, three new series on Adult Swim is sweet!
K-ON Season 2: Alright, so a certain percentage of you are nodding your head vigorously in agreement right now. Another percentage of you are rolling your eyes and/or contemplating writing off this entire list right now. Either way, there’s a good chance that if you’re an anime fan on the internet you’ve at least been introduced to this title just enough to have an opinion on it. The wildly popular moe bait series will be returning for a second season this year leaving legions of Mio fans waiting patiently to see their goddess once again. A summer premiere would be awesome for this series though a summer license announcement would be even better.
ShoDojo.com: Since July of last year, Funimation has been teasing a new project called Shodojo. Supposedly mixing the best features of your favorite social networking sites and the video player already in place, the site is meant to help anime fans from all over the country connect and bond over their favorite anime. Details on features and how it’s going to work are being kept under some pretty tight wraps but hopefully we’ll get to see the fruits of their labor before the end of the year.
PenisCam Technology: Last year, eroge studio Teatime announced that they would be taking facial recognition technology to the next level. In their upcoming game, Love Death 4, players will be able to use their webcams to show their stuff to the heroines. The penis tracking software will recognize the shape of your knob and the girls will reportedly act accordingly. Though ‘accordingly’ could mean anything from being amazed to yelling ‘pervert!’ and running away.
Black Rock Shooter (Premieres April 2010): Despite using one of the virtual idol’s songs and announcing the series at one of her concerts, the spring series has nothing to do with the Miku Hatsune vocaloid character. Other than that, there’s not much known about the story right now but the first trailer has some very intriguing artwork. The series is being put together by Yutaka Yamamoto (of Lucky Star and Kannagi fame) and his studio, Ordet along with Shinobu Yoshioka and the song’s original creators, huke and ryo.
NYAF/NYCC (10/8 – 10/10): Taking on a slightly different form, this will be the first time New York Anime Festival has taken place in October and the first time that the con will be sharing the Javitz Center with New York Comic Con. Quickly becoming one of the hottest east coast conventions to find out what’s happening over the winter (it was the third largest last year with over 21,000 paid attendees) NYAF shows no signs of slowing down for 2010. This, along with AX over the summer, will be one of the conventions that I hope to attend the most.
Angel Beats (Premieres April 2010): If you’re into moe than you’re likely familiar with the name Visual Arts/Key (Air, Kanon, Clannad). This spring, the studio returns with another series titled Angel Beats. In this world, angels have rebelled against god and are fighting to shape their own fate after death. Usually responsible for the beautiful music and theme songs attached to Key productions, Jun Medea is getting his first shot at planning and composing a series here.
King of Thorn (Premieres May 2010): Based off the sci-fi horror manga, a group put in a cryogenic sleep must survive after waking up in a world overrun by monsters. For the last year, the movie has been playing at film festivals around the world and finally will see its theater premiere later this year. I’m hoping that since the movie has gotten so much publicity outside Japan that fans will get to see a US release date announced soon after.
Real Kanojo: To this day, one of the most consistently viewed articles on this site is the initial report I did on this particular upcoming release from eroge studio, Illusion. Taking mankind one step closer towards that elusive goal of a genuine virtual girlfriend, Illusion has begun work on Real Kanojo. Featuring three different girls, realistic 3D CG animation and 3D glasses (really? All that technology and you’re going to include some cardboard 3D glasses?) the early artwork looks to set a pretty high bar for the final product to match. Unfortunately the technical specs are steep (the site recommends a Core i7 and 8GB+ of virtual memory) so I think it’ll be awhile before I pick this one up. Besides, it doesn’t even have penis tracking technology!
*For anime fans. The rest of you are on your own.
<Images ©Studio Deen, Bones, Illusion. Black Rock Shooter image via Pixiv>
Rin reporting to kick someone’s ass!
It’s when I get to come home to things like this that make other days worthwhile. New trailer today… have you already guessed what it is? I tried to be subtle with any hints you may have picked up along the way. But yes, it is the first 50 second trailer for the new Fate/Stay Night Unlimited Blade Works movie has been posted to the official website. Premiering January 23rd, the 90 minute movie follows an alternate path from the original visual novel.
Alright, has everyone had a chance to savor the newness? It looks as though all the favorites from the original are returning. The only one really missing was Berserker but a small Iliya insert implies that he’s somewhere in the background. I’m more curious to see Emiya and Archer finally have a go at it. Though is it just me or does the animation look almost exactly like the television series? Hopefully that’s just because I’m not viewing it on a particularly nice monitor but still, I just kind of expected flashier or at least very well polished. Maybe I’m just seeing things. Still excited to see it either way.
Dear Santa Funimation,
How are you? I am fine. Now that ‘Black Friday’ is upon us I thought it would be a good time to send you my gift letter. This year I have been an especially good boy. When people didn’t like my early impressions of Pandora Hearts, I handled all of the negative comments very well (and proceeded to not like the series regardless). I haven’t started any flame wars that I’m aware of and I haven’t made a single joke about the Miss Japan sex tape (ah, crap). So, because of that I’ve decided to put my original holiday wish of my own tsundere harem with something else. This year, all I want for the holidays are new Fate/Stay Night licenses.
Now, I remember once upon a time when the fairy Geneon decided to give us the original TV series. It was a very fun time over here but then they decided they didn’t want to play with us anymore and left with barely enough time to complete the set. Now, we don’t blame you for still playing with them even though they were mean to us that one time. After all, we can understand that sometimes when you get invited over to Geneon’s house you bring back all sorts of neat new things for us.
Now, getting to my point… I don’t know if you heard but in January there are going be a new Fate/Stay Night movie and there also is going to be some new shiny DVDs! Now we all know how much Geneon enjoys this series but surely they saw from the complete collection re-release that we like it too. So do you think that maybe the next time you go over to Geneon’s house you can ask to borrow the new DVDs and movie for a little while? We promise that we’ll give it back eventually and we’ll treat it real good too!
I’m sure that it’s much more complicated than that. I’m sure that you have to spend your own time telling them that we won’t be mean to it. But think about all of the other things that you’ve brought over for us that we’ve treated nicely: When They Cry, Shana, Kyo Kara Maoh, Law of Ueki… err, ok maybe not so much Ueki but other than that, we’ve tried really hard!
So, this year all I want for the holidays are new Fate/Stay Night licenses. I don’t need anything else!
PS: If you DO happen to have a spare tsundere harem that hasn’t already been claimed after you deliver the new licenses, I’d still be willing to take it off your hands. I’m just sayin.
Seriously, I could go on a fanboy Rant of Joy here. So, by now I think everyone is at least vaguely aware of the new Fate/Stay Night: Unlimited Blade Works movie premiering on January 23rd. The 90 minute movie will be released to theaters and obviously will be following the Unlimited Blade Works path from the original eroge. That has been enough for me to be very giddy about January arriving but then Type-Moon had to go and steal my heart all over again.
A day before the movie is released to theaters (January 22nd), Type-Moon will be releasing a special two volume Fate/Stay Night TV Reproduction I and II on DVD and Blu ray. Each set lasts for 60 minutes and completely retells the story path followed in the TV anime. Obviously this means that the entire 24 episode series is getting reedited and in some cases reshot to tell the story in 120 minutes.
For those of us who loved the music from the series (I absolutely did by the way), the announcement stated that Sachi Tainaka will be re-recording her single disillusion for the OP and sing a new song with Jukai (who performed the first two TV ED themes) for the ED theme. The new singles will, not so coincidentally, hit store shelves on January 20th along with the Unlimited Blade Works theme also being performed by Tainaka (The new OP and movie theme are already available for pre-order from CD Japan). Not everyone loved Fate/Stay Night but it’s hard to argue that the score composed by Kawai Kenji is wonderful and the theme songs were just icing on the musical cake.
Funimation currently holds the distribution license for the TV series after rescuing it from Geneon. Hm, do you think that if enough of us ask for it as our (insert winter gift giving holiday of choice here) gifts Funimation will get us some new Fate/Stay Night licenses? We promise to be good next year and always clear our plates of sushi!
Either way, this is cause for celebration so here’s the Fate/Stay Night TV OP animation featuring disillusion sung by Sachi Tainaka.
Ok, we’re all friends here so it’s ok to admit this. After hundreds of harem series, moe blob releases, romantic comedies and slapstick best friends being fed to fans it’s only natural that some of us (cough ALL of us cough) would think about what it would be like to have an anime character come live with us. The only real question left to ask however is: who? Would you choose Rin Tohsaka (Fate/Stay Night)? Or perhaps you’re a bit more masochistic and need someone like Rukia (Bleach)? Or perhaps a new little sister like Choco (Chocotto Sister)? If you’re a woman, perhaps you’d want someone with charm and skill like Kenshin (Rurouni Kenshin) or someone brilliant but cute like Negi (Negima)?
Luckily there are others who think like you do. Well, let’s clarify that by saying there are others who have asked themselves this question and were willing to answer a survey conducted by goo (Japanese) in Japan. Out of 1,077 replies (which were almost equally split amongst males and females), the top 20 ‘lodger’ characters from anime and manga were listed and the results might surprise you. Almost entirely absent from the list were many of the moe or tsundere characters that one might expect from this type of survey. In fact, most of the entries on the list aren’t even human or humanoid! Nagi (Kannagi), for example, took 20th while fan favorites Lala (To Love-Ru) took 12th and Belldandy (Oh My Goddess) came in at 10th.
The rest of the results came out like this:
#20. Nagi (Kannagi: Crazy Shrine Maidens)
#19. Chinpui (Chinpui)
#18. Suigintou (Rozen Maiden)
#17. Reborn (Katekyo Hitman Reborn!)
#16. Corporal Giroro (Sgt. Frog)
#15. Shinku (Rozen Maiden)
#14. Q-taro (Obake no Q-taro)
#13. Ryuk (Death Note)
#12. Lala (To Love-Ru)
#11. Hakushon Daimao (The Genie Family)
#10. Belldandy (Oh My Goddess!)
#9. Nyanko-sensei (Natsume’s Book of Friends)
#8. Ranma Saotome (Ranma 1/2)
#7. Ojarumaru Sakanoue (Ojarumaru)
#6. Kenshin Himura (Rurouni Kenshin)
#5. Kanzo Hattori (Ninja Hattori-kun)
#4. Keroro (Sgt. Frog)
#3. Lum Invader (Urusei Yatsura)
#2. Korosuke (Kiteretsu Daihyakka)
#1. Doraemon (Doraemon)
Pretty diverse results but now that you’ve had time to think about, which freeloading anime or manga character would you like to come share your flat for awhile?
New feature time! In addition to other regular and semi regular features on the blog, today is the birth of the newest, ‘Otaku Review Salutes…’ This one is different from other features as instead of the usual rants, these are going to be pictorial salutes to a new theme every month. Starting this month, the first week of each month will be the home for my top five picks from whatever theme or category gets chosen for the month. How do themes get picked? I make them up as I go along. For the first edition, I wanted to do something fun so for the month of November Otaku Review salutes… lolis!
Whether you love them openly, like them secretly or just feel a little creepy whenever they invade the anime you watch, it’s hard to ignore the loli once she appears on your screen and love them or hate them a good loli character has saved more than one average series in the past (Divergence Eve anyone?). For me, a good loli character has to have a certain level of charm without being annoying. Cute catch phrases and charm points aside, a loli character are one of the harder characters to write well and one of the easiest to laugh at when they are created poorly. So below the cut (in no particular order) are my top picks for favorite loli characters from my adventures through anime.
Who are your favorite loli characters? Who do you think should have been on the list? Share your picks and links to images in the comments throughout the month!
Despite my best efforts, I am never going to be able to report on everything that happens in the anime world. I do have a job and life away from the laptop (those of you who know me away from the internet can stop laughing now) despite popular opinion. So with that in mind today marks the debut of another new feature; Highs and Lames. Exactly what it says, this is going to be a weekly recap of the best and most annoying things to slip past my radar this week…
New People Opening in San Francisco: While I didn’t get to attend the grand opening both Gia from Anime Vice and Deb Aoki did get to attend and took some awesome pictures! Three stories tall, filled with shops, a movie theater that will show anime and Japanese live action features and food vendors the grand opening looked like a ton of fun. If you’re an anime fan in the San Francisco bay area and you don’t already have plans to visit this place I’d like to know where your priorities are.
Comiket Breaks Records: 560,000 people attended the Summer Comic Convention (Comiket) this past weekend shattering previous records. It’s important to note that due to the convention being free to the public it’s impossible to determine how many unique individuals make up that 560,000. Still, that is a very sizeable portion of Tokyo’s population packing into one place. Part of me would love to experience Comiket at some point but part of me is afraid of being trampled.
One Piece Returns: After a disastrous first attempt, Funimation announced this week that One Piece would return to its streaming ways starting with episode 391 today. New episodes will be rolled out one hour after they premiere in Japan starting Saturday, August 29th. The most important thing about this from my perspective is Funimation convinced (I assume, I don’t actually know how much convincing had to be done) Toei to give it a second chance. A company in Japan was burned on a new venture and yet are coming back to try again, that’s a very cool step forward to see happening.
Otaku Names Daughter ‘Kana’: This article got some interesting comments earlier this week worth highlighting. It seems that the popular opinion of those who commented is that the idea of naming your daughter after an eroge character is disgusting. While some were ok with the idea of naming their kid after an anime character, just the idea of a character from this game made some readers reel back. That actually surprised me a little, partially due to just the reaction in general but also the attitude towards the game ‘Kana: Little Sister‘ (which I urge visual novel or eroge fans to play before it goes out of print). I’m not going to launch into a long rant about why this visual novel is so amazingly better than everyone is suspecting it is (because it is) but I could. I won’t though.
Korea pissed off about Poop: So Korea have been made upset about something happening in Japan again. I know, shock and awe. It seems that an anime in Japan features characters that are pieces of shit. I don’t mean badly drawn, the characters are turds. Koreans are upset because one of the characters loves to eat kimchee and is easily angered because this is obviously a dig at Koreans. Seriously… get over it.
Fate/Stay Night Unlimited Blade Works: Canned Dogs reports on a quote from Nasu Kinoko (original concept designer for the series) stating that the new Fate/Stay Night movie will be 90 minutes long. Only 90 minutes? Lame!
Single of the Week:
Thing You Didn’t Know You Needed Until Now:
So there’s the highs and lames for this week. This article format may change a little as I get used to writing this but this is a regular feature that you can now expect on Fridays. Feedback and comments always welcome! Speaking of, what do you consider the highs and lames for the week?