Saturday, February 1, 2014

Con-G is proud to welcome Scott McNeil

Con-G is proud to welcome Scott McNeil to it's 2014 guest roster!!

Scott McNeil hails from Vancouver, Canada by way of Brisbane, Australia. He started acting at the age of three and hasn't (his mom would say) stopped since. Spanning over two decades and including over 12,000 episodes, Scott's voice career began with The New Adventures of He-Man way back in (gasp) 1988. He is perhaps best known currently as Duo Maxwell in Gundam Wing, Koga, in Inuyasha, Piccolo (the first) and many others in Dragon Ball Z, Dinobot, Rattrap, Waspinator, and Silverbolt in Beast Wars, Jetfire in Transformers Armada, and Wolverine in X-Men: Evolution, As well as Hohenheim in Full Metal Alchemist, the deeply neurotic Merb Stork in StormHawks, the amazingly inept Voltar in League of Super Evil, Ali al Satchez in Gundam 00, and the inanely musical Flam in My Little Pony

Reading Roundup

Just like I do with movies I'm going to start reviewing some of the things I read during the week. This may include novels, manga, comic books or anything other thing I might pick up. There's no way I can cover everything as I tend to read a lot of stuff but I'll try to pick out those that leave an impression on me. Good or bad.


This is another manga by Shigeru Mizuki. After devouring his Showa: A History of Japan I was craving some more of his work. This another psuedo autobiography and details his early years growing up in Japan. The focus this time is on his relationship with Nonnonba, an elderly neighbor who served as a kind of grandmother to him. It was she that introduced him to the world of yokai of which the majority of his manga work is about. In fact even this work if filled with the crazy yokai creatures! Again I loved every minute I was reading this. His writing style is fairly simple yet the small moments, such as those with his father, can have some serious meaning. His cartoony art style is also very appealing and gives the work a timeless quality. Many of the stories found in this one are also in the Showa: A History of Japan but in a truncated form. It was great getting the full stories this time around especially the one about his first encounter with doughnuts! A truly wonderful read and easy to recommend to anyone, even those unfamilar with manga.

Otaku's 10(ish) Anime Openings

RPG challenged us to do a top 10 list, but I just can't do that. For starters, I would never take it seriously. Chances would be high that I would just list 10 variations of the Sugoi yo! Masaru-san! opening to make my point that it is the greatest opening ever. However, since I want to share some openings, I've decided to limit myself to the following criteria:

1. No Cowboy Bebop, because we all already know it's the best.

Thursday, January 30, 2014

PR: Gritty Post Apocalyptic DEADMAN WONDERLAND Debuts February 11th In-Print & Digitally




Wednesday, January 29, 2014

PR: Goku Returns To NA in Vivid New Manga Edition DRAGON BALL FULL COLOR!



Anime Sols Streaming Site Set For 2013 Launch

Based on the hit shonen manga of the same name, Blue Exorcist was produced by acclaimed staff at Anime Studio A-1 Pictures (Sword Art Online, Oreimo 2, Welcome to the Space Show). Durarara!! a must-see for fans of extraordinary anime that blew Japanese viewers away when it was released in that country in 2010 is based on the hit novel by Ryohgo Narita that shocked readers and the light-novel industry with its unique characters and out-of-this-world story. Fate Zero is the introductory series to Type Moons Fate universe, one of Japans all-time most popular multimedia franchises with titles such as Fate/stay night, Tsukihime, and Fate/Prototype and millions of novels, manga, video games and anime sold since 1998. Social TV Everywhere SimulTV subscribers also get : The first true TV Everywhere experience enabling live content to be viewed on tablets, smartphones, computers and any other web-enabled device at home or away thanks to proprietary technology that streams HD-quality video and also delivers picture-in-picture capabilities using less than half the usual bandwidth.


Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Moview(tm): Romantic Anime Love Story


A well-scripted romance with threads of action, comedy, and supernatural fantasy woven throughout the story, "Kaze no Stigma" loosely translates to "the shame of the wind." This is the story of the Kannagi family reject, Kazuma, and how his journey to become someone affected the family that he left behind. Together with his younger, highly-favored brother, Ren, and the future head of the family, Ayano, he protects the normal human population from Youma, demons of possession and power. While the story progresses toward defeating an alchemist wizard hell-bent on destroying the un-empowered humans, the story mostly focuses on the growing and developing relationship between Kazuma and Ayano, and chaos ensues.

With every episode, each character becomes more and more human. Ren grows from idolizing his big brother Kazuma to learning from him and maturing into his own person. Ayano is by far the most intricate character. She is a hot-headed and violent character with a wonderful heart and an impossibly thick skull. Kazuma is an open booktheviewers, not his fellow characters. Even if the full extent of his past scars is not shown until the last episode, the viewer ismeant to understand what he feels throughout the entire experience. The author, Takahiro Yamato, did a good job of fashioning such a phenomenon in the world of anime. The psychological dynamics between the main couple are fascinating. As their fighting styles clash, their personalities comply with one another's existence but are not quite complimenting. The position of dominance alternates to fit the situation and possible consequences to create a favorable outcome. Subservience is a struggle for both characters, so they alternate constantly. When first introduced to the main protagonist, all three have the same last name and are considered family. This begs twoquestions, what is the relationship between Ayano and Kazuma and if they are family how is this not incest? Interestingly enough, the English translation of their familial relationship is second cousins, but the title "cousin" given to Kazuma's father only indicates that he is a descendant of the main bloodline, not that he is the biological cousin of Ayano's father. Rather, this states that the entitlement to head of the family is within the grasp of both main bloodline families, unlike the branch families mentioned in the beginning of the series. The branch families are most likely lesser families that married into the more prestigious Kannagi family or main bloodline family member married beneath them in power, giving up their claim to the entitlement to head of the family. With around 300 years of main bloodline family descendants, relational lines and familial ties become hard to label, so simple titles like "cousin" exist. In the English subbed version, Ren calls Ayano "big sister" as that is what she means to him and Kazuma "big brother" as that is his actual title as the first son of their father. This makes the situation between the two even funnier to watch in subbed.