Topic anime

Used A380 superjumbos threaten Airbus sales

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story imageAirbus hasn’t won a new airline customer for its flagship A380 superjumbo, the world’s biggest commercial jet, in almost three years and needs to sell close to 30 a year just to break even. Now Airbus is set to face a fresh challenge as used A380 aircraft hit the market. Malaysia Airlines would like to dispose of two of its six A380s, while two built for failed carrier Skymark Airlines are seeking new owners. Thai Airways could also attempt to sell some of its six planes, all of them less than three years old. In addition, some of the oldest A380s are poised come off lease.

The A380, marketed as seating about 540 people in three classes, is generally too large for all but the densest routes, or ones where carriers must pack passengers onto fewer flights because of a lack of airport slots. Airbus COO John Leahy said second-hand A380s will be attractive to customers who would otherwise opt for a smaller and cheaper plane like the Boeing Co. 777 because they’ll be available at similar rates. Used A380s are likely to be available at a fraction of the plane’s $428 million list price. Second-hand A380s will benefit from the fact that airlines have generally used them on long routes, accruing a relatively low number of flight cycles.

New Sailor Moon Dub is online

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story imageHave you always wanted to share the silly fun of Sailor Moon with your geeklings? Now’s your chance! 23 episodes of the original, newly re-dubbed anime are now available online through Viz Media and Hulu.
If you suffered through the Sailor Moon DiC dub in the 90s, you’ll find things are different now. In Viz’s new dub, character names now match the manga. Sorry, Serena! The voice acting seems to be higher quality, with an admirable effort at matching the animated mouth movements without rushing the dialogue too much to fit the words in. Usagi is appropriately cute and whiny without being grating; my five-year-old commented more than once, “Sailor Moon is hilarious!”

The opening and ending songs, as well as the background and transformation music, remain unchanged and undubbed, which made me happy as an anime watcher who prefers subs over dubs. (I’m a sub snob.)
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