I consider myself a pretty big geek for Japanese animation, I still have VHS tapes of Gundam Wing littered somewhere in my house. So, when I heard about this latest news, even I had to go “wha?”.

The Japanese anime Noir is getting television show. Those that know the Anime must be thinking it’s some sort of reboot, it’s all the rage with production studios today, but they’d be wrong. This is going to be a full, live-action, TV show backed by Starz Entertainment.

Airing back in 2001, Noir was very popular among those with a hard-on for girls and guns in the same scene. While there are sites that cater to that now, the series did in fact carry an overall story:

Following two young women, Mireille Bouquet and Yumura Kirika — an amnesiac — as they seek answers about their past own past lives and how they’re connected to each other. Together, they form an alliance and go into business for themselves as assassins, using the code name “Noir.” Eventually, they run into a secret society known as Les Soldats (“The Soldiers”) that controls Noir, but then tries to kill Mireille and Yumura. Oh, and the two girls might be out to kill each other.

Being produced by Sam Raimi and Rob Tapert, the guys behind Spartacus: Blood and Sand and Gods of the Arena, Xena: Warrior Princess, and those little known “Evil Dead” movies. That in itself is exciting news. However, they’re working on an Anime, that’s almost unheard of here in North America. On the other hand,  assassins, boobs and bullets, how can you not lose?

As of right now there is no set time on when we’ll see any bullets fly, but it’ll get more then a made for TV movie kind of deal. Starz tends give shows on their network an 8-10 episode as a first season deal, plenty of leg room for the writers to work with. It’s being written by Steven Lightfoot, who will produce alongside Tapert, Raimi, and their fellow Spartacus producers Joshua Donen and Bill Hamm.

Via: The Mary Sue

Obi-Wan Kenobi a Dick?


I’ve been saying for years that Obi-Wan Kenobi was a dick. Turns out I was right, just in a different context. See, ole’ Ben Kenobi (A quarter Japanese. On his mothers side) between Star Wars Episode III and Episode IV,  worked as a private detective.

This funny short film is a bit old (like two years old), but it’s made it’s way around the interwebs again. It was done by the production company Melk Bottle and fills in a lot of the gaps in the Star Wars storyline.

If you’ve seen it, then watch it again. You know it’s 4 minutes eight seconds of pure win. If it’s new to you then what are you waiting for? Check out the adventures of “Ben Kenobi: Private Jedeye,” a short film that turns the Jedi into a 1940s noir detective.