I don’t believe in you as such, but I believe in other fictitious beings, so I thought I’d write a letter to you and see how it works out. I think I’ve been a pretty good girl all year long, and deserve a few special things.
You don’t have to give me these by tomorrow, I’d be happy enough with any of them announced in 2012. So, no pressure.
Here’s what I want for 2012:
Sailor Moon Anime Re-release – What I *want* is a full reboot of the series, with a rewrite that allows Haruka and Michiru to be more overtly together, but I’ll settle for a simple US re-release. One with proper sound, and the LD extras, including the interviews with the VAs and the Christmas special. Also, the movies and two specials. You don’t need to give me physical extras, but if a company reallllly wanted to, I can tell you what the perfect extra would be. Each season box set should come with a piece of the Eternal Moon Rod. If you buy all 5 seasons, you have the most elusive of all the wands they sold for the series. Okay, okay, I just want that for the wife, since she has all the others. I want the Outers’ henshin wands. There, I said it.
Card Captor Sakura Anime Re-release – I’ll take just the anime, you can even keep the movies. Of course whoever picks it up will feel obliged to print another set of Clow Cards, but I already have 4 sets, so don’t worry too much about it.
It’s just that this was the best voice cast after Sailor Moon and it had great CLAMP visuals and a story that was fun, and totally bent and it looked pretty. Seriously, we need it back. Remastered.
Aoi Hana Anime Licensed – Please, Santa, please, please, please give us this series in 2012! We won’t fight with our siblings and we promise to do our homework! Pretty please?
I realize that this anime is never ever going to sell half as well as most of the crap that’s produced. In fact, it can’t sell as well as crap, just because of that pesky standard curve of deviation. But for the few of us who loved and adored it, it would be really swell if we could have it on DVD. I bet we’re all willing to shell out a few bucks more, to make up the loss. If I buy the Japanese DVDs, I’m looking at about $200, so let’s call it $100 for the set. Pricey, but worth it.
Aoi Hana Manga Licensed in English – Shimura is a great story teller. I’d really like to see this story in English. For about 70 reasons. Fantagraphics is in for a long haul on Wandering Son, and given that purchase rates drop off after Volume1, I hope we’re even alive long enough to see them consider Aoi Hana.
But, there are 15 year old girls out there who need Fumi. More than they need Santa. Europe always gets the nice things and we get Queen’s Blade. So, if you don’t mind terribly…
Rose of Versailles Anything – Speaking of Europe. Anime, manga, movie (I mean the movie actually being made, forget getting it licensed)…anything. It’s gotten to the point where this is the golden ring that no one can catch, the rarest and purest of all creatures. It isn’t really, I’d just like to see us finally get it and dispel all the myths.
While we’re at it, let’s get Oniisama E, anime too. I miss Sainte-Juste smoking and taking drugs. She made it look so sexy. Oh…yeah, I guess we’ll never be seeing that then, huh?
Yuri Anime from Ichijinsha That Doesn’t Suck – Santa, if they can make a lot of money with a series of a bunch of girls doing absolutely nothing at all, surely they can find a way to make money with a series in which nothing at all happens to adult woman.
I recommend the following series for consideration: Fu~Fu and Renai Joshika. Both are suitably moe, both have some sexiness, Fu~Fu is especially suited as it has the wacky humor and ridiculous gags so beloved by the last segment of Japan that buys overpriced DVDs.
A Pony – Just seeing if you’re paying attention. I’m glad to not get the pony if I can have the other things.
I will be happy with any one of these things (other than the pony, that’s really just a McGuffin) but if 2012 brings me more than one, Santa, I promise to believe in you.