Thursday, December 26, 2013

How very odd

As part of the discussion on Artemis' excellent post I made:



Rumiko Takahashi is a difficult case to assess. She may be simultaneously the most successful female comic artist ever, AND one of the least feminist comic artists ever. The gender roles in Ranma 1/2 are horrifying.

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Nara : Kofuku-ji & Nara Park

Continuation from ...



Heading back towards Kintetsu Nara station, I walked through the large park again.Saw this in the distance.

InuYasha the Movie: Affections Touching Across Time

Inuyasha: Affections Touching Across Time is a 2001 anime film directed by Toshiya Shinohara and is the first film in the Inuyasha series.The film follows the resurrection of a moth yokai named Menomaru who seeks revenge against Inuyasha for his father's defeat at the hand of Inuyasha's father.



Story comes at a slow pace but it does have some really cool action.It does pack a more emotional punch between Inuyasha and Kagome.The villain, Menomaru, was alright but hardly memorable.Liked the henchmen, Ruri and Hari, and enjoyed their fights with Miroku, Sango, and Kirara.

Wreck It Ralph: Two Face and Mr. Freeze's Revenge!!

BACK TO OUR STORY SERIES WHERE NEW KIDS ARE FROM THE KALOS REGION!



It was the day before Christmas Eve! The biggest day of the year tomorrow!

Kamisama Kiss (manga, vol. 1) by Julietta Suzuki

I'm pretty sure Kamisama Kiss counts as a SUPERNATURAL ROMANCE series, although, so far, it's heavier on the supernatural part than on the romance. This was one of my vacation reads.



SYNOPSIS:

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Review on the Runes Series by Ednah Walters (Book 1 & 2)

RUNESRUNES #1EDNAH WALTERS

GENRE: YA Paranormal FantasyRELEASE DATE: June 8, 2013PUBLISHER: Firetrail Publishing


Saturday, December 21, 2013

PR: Nisekoi Digital First Makes Print At Last

Nisekoi: False Love started as a digital only title for Weekly Shonen Jump and became a surprise hit for Viz Media. The digital volumes are consistent best sellers on the Vizmanga.com site, hanging on for several weeks, a feat usually reserved for big titles like Naruto, Bleach, Black Bird and Demon Love Spell. Now, the gang of Nisekoi are breaking through the digital barrier and coming to a bookshop near you. The print version of volume 1 will be available January 7, 2014, bringing with it the promise of making the New York Times Best Seller List. Find more details after the break.



LOVE TRIANGLE!! ROMANTIC COMEDY!! GANG WARFARE?! MANGA FANS ARE INVITED TO CATCH THE PRINT DEBUT OF NISEKOI FROM VIZ MEDIA IN JANUARY

VIZ accepting pre-orders for anime series RANMA 1/2 on Blu-ray & DVD

(c) Rumiko Takahashi / Shogakukan



VIZ MEDIA ANNOUNCES PRE-ORDERS FOR THECLASSIC RANMAANIME SERIES ON RESTOREDBLU-RAY FOR THE FIRST TIME AND DVD

Friday, December 20, 2013

What are some anime guys with red hair, and anime girls with black hair?

red hair naruto image



I am making a story, and I need a character, so if anyone can. I need a anime guy with , and some anime girls with black hair.

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Inuyasha

That time of year is here again! Our annual Japanese Festival is over and even though I'm partially glad it is, I have this bittersweet feeling about it since it was so much fun!

This year apart from organizing it along with three other friends, I decided to acts in our play...Inuyasha. For those of you who don't know it, its a famous anime series, you should check it out. I played Sango and did I mention how fun it was?


Animujaja

Because this wasn't supposed to be just a cosplay blog, I thought that I could write about animes/mangas I'm currently watching/reading. Now days I'm really lazy when watching anime. Not meaning I'm like "bleh, do I have to", or that I wouldn't like it anymore. I just might watch two or three episodes a week, plus the still airing ones that release one episode a week.

I can only watch, like, two completed series at the time. Because for some weird principle of mine, I have to watch them like one episode of this, and one episode of that right after. I can't do like, five episodes of Inuyasha, then one DBKai. I have no idea why l'D Lately I have improved a bit on this side, because I have not felt like watching DB.

I haven really liked watching animes while they are still airing before either. When Free! started, I made an exception. And there it started.... :'D

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Anime

-Those ears! =QxQ= -

I am a fan of anime, I became a fan of anime after watching my very first anime on Adult Swim. I was in a good mood jumping on the bed (single digit age) and after 9 PM Cartoon Network turns into Adult Swim. Well this anime show came on with the very first episode. I watched it and fell in love with it. I loved everything about it! The half dog demon, the ending theme song, and the mix between love and gore that I liked. After I became handy with the computer, I finished the series and learned about "anime" overall. Then watched many other shows and soon fell in love with Asian culture.


A DELAY. Also, a post on the series Inuyasha

I do apologize but the NEXT post will be one on the Binding of Isaac. Also, I might start reviewing anime shows!

Now the series Inuyasha and Inuyasha: The Final Act. I loved it. Simply put, I loved it. It was a charming story that grew from an uneasy acquaintance/alliance due to some strange time traveling well. Into an unspoken love between 2 people and also a spoken love between another 2 people who the first 2 met along the way. My favorite character is not the main dude, or the main bad dude, or the heroine, or the fox, or most anyone. I personally liked Suikotsu with the split personality. Sesshomaru, the dude made out of diamond and the evil baby. yes in that order.

I liked Suikotsu because he is a person inhabited by 2 sentient people, one is a mass murderer, and the other is a kind physician. I like how he is so kind then he essentially becomes a feudal japan version of wolverine. Then when the 2 minds apparently merge into one and the body is of the physician as the mind is like a merged version of Suikotsu and Band of seven Suikotsu. He speaks so kindly, yet he beheads 3 people at once because they are suspicious of him. I also, as a side note, like how it looks like it was all painted. not drawn, painted. It is a nice look for it. Back to the main thing though, I liked Sesshomaru second most because he is epic, he fights things that are not of this world (later on in the season and during the final act), is immune to poison, can become a gigantic dog, is so cold to everyone and everything (but I'm guessing he was fond of Kagura though by how he acted when he could tell she was dying), has a sword that basically destroys EVERYTHING IT CUTS (imagine someone circumcising you with a weapon like that, LOL!) AND HE CAN CREATE A POISONOUS WHIP OF ENERGY FROM HIS FINGERNAIL. YOU CAN'T HATE SESSHOMARU. I like the diamond guy because, well, HE IS BASICALLY A WISE DIAMOND SKULL THAT CAN GROW AND REGROW A BODY. I liked the infant because is an evil baby .. IS SO DELICIOUSLY EVIL!!!!!! EVILE BABIES FOEVAH!!!!!!!! the character I didn't like. Hakudoshi. Yes, I know he is a good character and is pretty cool in his own right, BUT he is like a kid playing with mud (only instead of mud it is lives), he gets his hands dirty and only he and those like him like it. I found it weird that inuyasha announces all of his attacks and that line in one of the final act episodes where he is all, (insert retarded voice) "Are youu tthaying oi should yooz dis nuu tehtthoiguh!? (resentfully) Dith blayuck tetthoiguh????" It sounded weird and a little on the racist side. Sesshomaru's lines are all good. He has the consistently best lines. He even says tetsaiga's attacks better and more manly than Inuyasha does. The final act was the best. I didn't like moryomaru because he was just to asinine, pompous, and downright idiotically insulting with every word he said. It makes me want to jump into the episodes he is in and say, "YOU FUCKING IDIOTIC DIP-SHIT! GO FUCK YOURSELF INSTEAD OF SAYING ALL THESE SHITTY-ASS LINES!" and he'd stand there with his head down cowering and say, "Yes mother. :'(" (even though I am a dude) like a ever so infinitely slightly better little opposite of Sesshomaru.

Top 10 Anime of Old!

Inuyasha



10. INUYASHA

Top 100 Characters in Anime

It's about that time.As you all know I am an anime fanatic.I think anime expresses some of the most creative and innovative characters and stories that can be overly exaggerated at times but highly entertaining.It is only natural that I find characters whom I find interesting.



This is my list of a hundred characters in anime.Note: this list will not reflect completely from my top ten of a certain anime and that this list will not be in any specific order.This list may be updated, changed, or add to in the future.

Top 100 Characters in Anime

It's about that time.As you all know I am an anime fanatic.I think anime expresses some of the most creative and innovative characters and stories that can be overly exaggerated at times but highly entertaining.It is only natural that I find characters whom I find interesting.



This is my list of a hundred characters in anime.Note: this list will not reflect completely from my top ten of a certain anime and that this list will not be in any specific order.This list may be updated, changed, or add to in the future.

Anime Mondays #40

Does anyone have any weird holiday anime traditions?I know this is an odd question, but I'm curious.I mean, you could drag out your dusty, bargain bin copy of MY SANTA.I won't judge you.You know what I've been doing the past couple years?Staying up until 3am on Christmas Eve wrapping presents and watching ONE PIECE.It has absolutely nothing to do with Christmas, but that's how I get shit done.Pirates and bow tying.Feel free to tell me how awesome I am.I do accept comments, and unless they are spam, they won't get deleted, I promise.



All images are from , and there are spoilers up to the episodes listed!

Saturday, November 30, 2013

"Pokemon: Genesect" Arrives on DVD and Manga on December 3 2013

VIZ MEDIA ANNOUNCES THE RELEASE OF POK MON THE MOVIE: GENESECT AND THE LEGEND AWAKENED DVD AND MANGA EDITIONS



The Mysterious Genesect Pok mon Return After 300 Million Years And Trouble Brews After They Attract The Attention Of The Legendary Mewtwo In The Latest Pok mon Feature Film Adventure

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

What I see writing as

Original or fanfiction.



My earliest writings were in the form of "journals". You know, those things that your teacher forces you to write. As a new immigrant with no command over the language whatsoever, I followed the structure of: X meets Y. X says, "Go away". Y goes away. Needless to say, the teacher was unimpressed. In fact, she thought I was being abused. Ma'am, somebody who can't communicate in the language cannot communicate his/her feelings, so despite the attractive option of mainstream psychology to explain the hidden meanings of a three-lines-long, barely comprehensible "journal entry" that is most certainly fiction, you should very probably just try to teach some proper English.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

PR: Viz Media Gets In the Holiday Spirit with Launch of Sweet Rein

VIZ MEDIA GETS IN THE HOLIDAY SPIRIT WITH THE LAUNCH OF THE NEW SHOJO MANGA SERIES SWEET REIN



A Girl Takes On The Role Of Santa Claus With A Cute Boy Who Also Happens To Be An Enchanted Reindeer In A New Magical Romance

Dragon Ball Z, episodes 1-5

I guess the decision to watch Dragon Ball Z before I watched the first season (Dragon Ball) is quite weird. But I wanted to see whether or not it is possible to enjoy the series as a separate show. People say it is possible. Some say it is not. Well, here is my answer.



Even if you have never seen Dragon Ball or any other incarnation of the series, you probably know who he is. Goku.

This shit indeed.

In less than a month I'll be graduating and entering the possibility of the next big thing in my life. Two years of diploma in KDU was great and memorable, though I wish I actually contributed slightly more in terms of organizing events/trips for clubs and whatever. Even so I have no regrets and it was indeed an experience that would be with me for the rest of my life. :)



I miss Isaac

PR: Viz Media Highlights A Score of Manga Releases That Make Ideal Gifts

VIZ MEDIA HIGHLIGHTS A SCORE OF MANGA RELEASES THAT MAKE IDEAL GIFTS FOR FANS THIS HOLIDAY SEASON



2013 Holiday Wish List Includes New Manga Box Sets, Shojo And Shonen Manga Series, Deluxe Omnibus Editions, And Other Exciting Gifts

Anime Movie Review 2

FAIRY TAIL MOVIE - PRIESTESS OF THE PHOENIX



THE MOVIE

INUYASHA

FEATURES



* 1/8th Scale PVC figure

Kamisama Hajimemashite

TITLE: Kamisama Hajimemashite/ Kamisama Kiss

GENRE: Supernatural, Comedy, Fantasy, Love Triangle

NUMBER OF EPISODES: 13 (Plus a soon to be released OVA)

For Inu Yasha Haters:

Note: That I wrote this a long time ago and still have not watched the new series.

Albeit, I did watch two episodes and got bored very quickly.

That being said, fans don't tune out yet. I have a very good analysis of at least ten episodes in the series that I think are worth mentioning.

Five Things I Want to See in the Sailor Moon Reboot

If you're an anime nerd like me you know that the anime world has been abuzz for the past year with the news that the Sailor Moon series is being rebooted. If you've had any sort of in depth conversation with me, then you'd know that I am ridiculously excited about the new series. Sailor Moon was my first anime, way back when I was a wee little Nubianrose in woah. I think I was in kindergarten the first time I was introduced to the Sailor Senshi (though, it was the American version, so they were Sailor Soldiers). A few years ago I was fortunate enough to be able to watch the ENTIRE SERIES IN IT'S ORIGINAL JAPANESE!!!! Let me tell you that, though the English dubbed version will forever have a special place in my heart, the original version was SOOO much better! The plot line was more compelling, the characterizations made more sense, and there was a lot more foreshadowing of future events. It was also a lot darker than the English dubbed version, but that was because the show was originally meant for teens and not kids. I say all this to say that I love Sailor Moon- the manga, the anime, the fandom- and I could not be more delighted that they are rebooting the series. I know that it's a concept that really easy to get wrong, but Naoko Takeuchi- the creator of the series- is supposed to be heavily involved, and I trust her.



Another reason why I'm so excited about the reboot is because although I loved the original series, it had some flaws, especially compared to the manga, so in no particular order here are 5 things I want to see in the new series.

Simulblast! Week 006 Of Fall 2013

Will the standings change this week? Are you voting to make an impact?!



THIS WEEK'S CHALLENGE: Write your review like a jaded or obsessed weeaboo!

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Anime Blu-ray Review: Inuyasha: The Final Act Part 1

Inuyasha: The Final Act was a 26 episode series that was produced in 2009 to wrap up the story from the original Inuyasha anime series. In late 2012, Viz Media released the first 13 episodes on DVD and Blu-ray under the title Inuyasha: The Final Act Part 1. This review focuses on the Blu-ray pressing of this release.



Inuyasha: The Final Act picks up right where the seventh season of the Inuyasha anime series ended. Throughout the episodes on this set, there are occasional "flashbacks" to events that took place in the first Inuyasha series to refresh the audience's memory about why certain things are happening in Inuyasha: The Final Act; fortunately, this doesn't happen so often that it bogs down the storytelling.

ZETMAN Blu-Ray Coming this November

VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), the largest distributor and licensor of anime and manga in North America, expands its substantial anime catalog with the addition of the dark sci-fi action series ZETMAN on November 5th. The 13-episode series is rated 'TV-MA' for Mature Audiences and will be offered Uncut in DVD and Blu-ray editions. The DVD MSRP is $44.82 U.S. / $43.24 CAN and Blu-ray MSRP is $54.97 U.S. / $66.15 CAN.



ZETMAN is based on a popular manga (graphic novel) series by Masakazu Katsura, who also created VIDEO GIRL AI and I"S (both published in North America by VIZ Media) and was the character designer for the hit anime series, TIGER & BUNNY (also available on Blu-ray and DVD at North American retailers).

VIZ MEDIA Launches their Digital Manga Catalog on the iBook Store

VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), the largest publisher, distributor and licensor of manga and anime in North America, has announced the debut today of its entire digital manga (graphic novel) catalog on the iBooks Store.



Readers can enjoy over 1,600 manga volumes, across more than 130 top-rated VIZ Media series, including continuing favorites such as NARUTO (rated 'T' for Teens), BLEACH (rated 'T' for Teens), BAKUMAN? (rated 'T' for Teens) and ONE PIECE (rated 'T' for Teens), as well as recent bestsellers such as DEMON LOVE SPELL (rated 'T+' for Older Teens) and NISEKOI (rated 'T' for Teens). Readers may instantly access all titles, as well as free previews for each, on iBooks on iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, and Mac.

Friday, November 1, 2013

Spectacle Anime Cosplay in Sakura-con

Sakura-con for all famine freaks and Japanese fanatics! Sakura-con is not only the largest anime festival in the Northwest, but it is also ringing out its 15th year of Japanese culture celebration from April 6 -8. Anime Cosplay is not only popular in Japan, but also in western area and even global. This has come a long way from its humble beginnings at the Double Tree Inn in Tukwila to being clearly ready to pull in thousands of fans from the States and other countries. This year, Sakura-con provides the amazing opportunity to see exciting acts such as girl rock band and platinum recorders, Stereopony, all the way from Okinawa! In addition, Fumiko Kawamura, the head designer of the rising Lolita fashion, will be attending to sell her latest wearable masterpieces.



Among Anime Cosplay, people have different preference to cosplay. To me, Soul Eater Cosplay is listed as my priority if I decide to participate in a cosplay event. Yet, I was into D.Gray-Man Cosplay two years ago, and I love it because of the girlish style and stuff that are kind of dollish. The wordcosplayis a combination of the words costume and play. People who participate usually dress as their favorite character from popular culture. The term usually refers to people dressing up as a character based from Japanese anime or more American-themed characters such as the Joker from DC Comics. Anime refers to Japanese animation, available in the original Japanese language with subtitles or in dubbed English.

Hot Fullmetal Alchemist Cosplay Is Top Listed

Browsing astonishing FullMetal Alchemist Cosplay from the attached sites, you can discover different superb Cosplayers to portray and personate the mythical protagonists from anime and manga in all kinds of global convention. Though I am a big fan of the manga, I still can (tm)t reveal too many excellent cosplayers easily. Japanese moviegoers who see next month's live-action Thermae Romae film will receive a "special edition" of the manga, while supplies last. Mari Yamazaki, the original creator of the time-traveling comedy manga, drew the special edition bonus herself. Starting on the movie's opening day (April 28), 1 million copies of the special edition manga will be given away. A similar manga present promotion was held for One Piece Film Strong World in 2009 and for the Fullmetal Alchemist: The Sacred Star of Milos film last year.



Fullmetal Alchemist is a worldwide famous manga and anime series written and illustrated by Hiromu Arakawa, so I suppose there is no need to talk more about its story. The simultaneous comparable Axis Powers Hetalia Cosplay hit the manga top list with it.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Animes i have seen

All the anime/manga i have watched/ read. Okay this won't be exact because i have watched and read A LOT of different series so this is me trying to remember



* Bleach

Anime DVD Review: Inuyasha Fifth Season Box Set

The Inuyasha Fifth Season Box Set includes five DVDs that contain 27 episodes of the series. The first three discs contain five episodes, the fourth disc contains six episodes, and the fifth disc includes six episodes and the special features.



This season of Inuyasha advances the story much more than season four did. This season also sees some major character development for Inuyasha, especially in the final two episodes in this DVD box set. The fifth season also introduced the story arc with the Band of Seven; this was a decent story arc, which ultimately leads up to the return of Naraku. The final two episodes in this set can be intense, but they're very important episodes for the overall story. I would have to say that the final three episodes on the fifth disc are my favorite episodes in this box set.

Monday, October 28, 2013

Anime DVD Review: Inuyasha Fourth Season Box Set

The Inuyasha Fourth Season Box Set includes four DVDs that contain 18 episodes of the series. The first two discs contain five episodes, the third disc contains four episodes, and the fourth disc includes four episodes and the special features.



When it comes to this particular season of Inuyasha, most of the episodes didn't progress the story much, if at all. While some of the episodes in this season were entertaining, they really weren't important to the overall story. After seeing all the character development and story progression in season three, I felt a little let down by season four. In a lot of respects, it felt more like a "filler" season than anything else.

Saturday, October 26, 2013

The Mummy- 1959

Starring Peter. Cushing, and Christopher Lee, in one of their early movies before Tim Burton and "Star Wars", this is one of the classic horror monster movies by Hammer Films.



1895, a archeological team entered a tomb in Egypt, as this was the mystery they were trying to unfold. While one nan, which was Peter had a injury on his leg, his father and a friend entered the tomb. Before that, a strange man warned them about something. Something that was in it besides treasure. But when his father was ill, they went home as the tomb was destroyed.

Friday, October 25, 2013

What Are the Best Anime/Manga Franchises of All Time?

Hey, Guys, In just one more week, the live shows for "The X Factor" begin airing. This coming week the Top 12 contestants that can be voted for will be chosen, unless of course the World Series preempts this all from airing. They're hoping to air the first performance and results together on Tuesday, and then do an episode dedicated to the 12 acts going through to the voting rounds on Wednesday, because Thursday is Halloween, after all. But if not, they'll just air the episodes on Wednesday and Thursday. I'll be ending my coverage of the show this year early to focus exclusively on academics, but I do hope that a young act (preferably female) goes through. By the way, make sure y'all read "Pearls Before Swine" today. It looks like the stupid "Penguin Versus Polar Bear" storyline is over, but you'll want to especially read it today since it looks like a certain stupid, incompetent idiot predator has just come back to the strip. ("Hulllloooo, zeeba neighba.") That's right, the idiot crocs have returned in the form of stupid Larry, who's decided he's going to order some penguins who've put themselves up for adoption by a 1st-world nation. I have a feeling that those penguins aren't going to last very long... So, for today's post, I've been thinking a lot about what the best anime and manga franchises are in the entertainment industry. I have chosen franchises that have never crossed over (for all I know) with franchises that are now adult, and have only found 9 considered "icons". So I'm going to present each and every one of them to you, as far as I know them. 10. No Need for Tenchi, AKA Tenchi Muyo!: I don't really know No Need for Tenchi all that well, except I think I might have seen an episode supposedly involving the Tokyo subway (remember, most anime/manga franchises are set in Japan, where anime/manga originates) when I was young. Was there such an episode? Somebody please check this. 9. Sonic the Hedgehog: Yeah, I know, the Sonic the Hedgehog franchise involves video games, but this franchise is also an icon. Remember, I'm not really a video game person, but I still cheated here. I do think the title character is not only a hedgehog, but he's also one from another planet, making him an alien. 8. Cardcaptor Sakura (or Cardcaptors, as we call the show here): I barely remember this show, and since I'm Catholic, today I'm sure I probably wouldn't watch it. Why? Because it involves the use of something called a "lazenward", and from what I hear these are artifacts that when used supposedly act as a gateway for demons to attack and possess a person who uses such a device. So no, this is not one of my preferred anime franchises. But here's what I remember: Some teenage girl has to recover all these cards of some kind, and that's pretty much all that I remember. 7. Pretty Soldier Sailor Moon (just called "Sailor Moon" in our version): There's a reason we've never gone back to the moon since Apollo 17 in the early 1970's, and this just might be the reason. Supposedly there used to be an extraterrestrial civilization on the Moon (and yes, this is an actual conspiracy theory most UFO believers think in edition to Roswell, Area 51 and the ancient alien "hypothesis", of which I guess this could be a fictional version of) and then some "Dark Kingdom" arose and overthrew it. In the present day, a teenage girl whom the English version has named as Sabrina Tuscano (I can't spell her Japanese name correctly) discovers it's her job to prevent Earth from being taken over by the same dark entities who overthrew the Moon Kingdom. She eventually discovers she is in fact the reincarnation of the princess of that society. I do think Tuscano does turn 18 by series' end, so the show isn't another of my favorites, but there is another character I do somewhat like and don't at the same time: Sailor Mars, AKA Rhea Heinz (in the American version, although I can spell her Japanese name correctly; it's "Rei Hino"). She attends a Catholic school, and yet she's a maiden (I can't spell the Japanese name on this blog, since my computer won't let me, but it's the first 3 letters in the word "mike" followed by the letter "o" replacing the "e") at the local Shinto shrine her grandfather is the head priest of. Remember, in lots of anime shows and manga comics the "shrine maiden" is a recurring character, who is often portrayed as underage (think between 10-17 years old), very attractive, and having powers of magic. "Sailor Moon" itself helped to rebuild the "magical girl" genre of anime (which basically involves young witches) by having a team of such girls who use magic to fight darkness directly, so it should be no surprise that a shrine maiden be one of the Sailor Guardians' members. (The aforementioned "Cardcaptor Sakura" also has a shrine maiden, whose English name is Layla MacKenzie, but she's an adult, which shows that not every shrine maiden is underage. In fact, most real-world shrine maidens are now adults.) I am also especially including "Sailor Moon" on this list because as we heard earlier this year it is coming back to TV. Originally the show was going to start airing in June, but it now appears that to mark the franchise's 20th anniversary it will have to begin airing in 2 more months instead... 6. Inuyasha: A Feudal Fairy Tale: This is relatively a new anime/manga franchise, having been around since 2001. If you like ancient Japanese history, you might like this franchise. A 15-year-old girl from the present day accidentally falls through a "portal" in her family's garden when she encounters a demon-like being (the title character) and winds up in ancient Japan (hmm, shades of "Alice in Wonderland" and "The Chronicles of Narnia", you wonder). She learns that she is the reincarnation of yet a third shrine maiden (oh yeah, they're popping up all over the place aren't they) and must protect some sacred jewel of some kind. That's pretty much all I know, but it's too bad the girl ends up being 18 years old by the franchise's end (and thus legally an adult). There is no record of her having any children. 5. The Mario/Donkey Kong Universe: Once again, I have cheated here. This is another video game franchise. Originally, Donkey Kong was a villain whom Mario had to defeat. Now, of course, thankfully, the lovable gorilla is not. I did try my hand at playing Donkey Kong when I was young, but I never won it. So that's why I'm not a video game person anymore. Still, who doesn't love the lovable handyman and the equally lovable gorilla? 4. Dragon Ball: This is an anime and manga that has grown big in Japan even though the series (as far as I know) no longer airs on television. I know aliens are involved. I know that the main character's name is "Goku". And I know an American live-action movie starring Justin Chatwin aired a few years ago involving Goku as an 18-year-old. But I don't really no much about it. 3. Astro Boy: Oh, man. This is supposed to be the pioneer of all anime shows. It's about a robot who looks like a young boy and who was built by an inventor who lost his own son, whom the robot resembles, in an accident. And the robot fights crime in the future. I remember a computer-animated adaptation in 2009 appeared and was a huge hit (it starred Freddy Highmore as Astro Boy and it also featured Atlanta's own Chloe Grace Moretz, last spotted playing the title character in a creepy remake of "Carrie"), but there were many uptight people who just got sent over the edge. They claimed that the film secretly made fun of President Bush, who by then was out of office, and that it made fun of the War on Terror and promoted communism. Nonsense. Why do these conspiracy theories about family-friendly movies continue to be promoted by the far right when it's clear they ought to be using their energy somewhere else? 2. Pokemon: Yes, folks, this is the greatest of all anime/manga franchises. Although based on a video game series, it gradually expanded to manga and later anime. The story involves teenage boy Ash Ketchum (that's his name in our version), a 10-year-old who wants to be the first person to catch (though they'll eventually all be released back into the wild) the "pocket monsters" (that's what the word Pokemon is a contraction of) that are the non-sentient creatures of the alternate world the series is set in, whereas the devious machinations of the Team Rocket crime syndicate want to capture rare Pokemon species for themselves. Since its inception the franchise has lasted for many years with no end in sight. 1. Yeah, I know, I should have placed "Pokemon" right here, but I need a 10th franchise related to anime or manga for a full top 10 list. The other icons I looked at didn't really meet my qualifications, so this is a blank space for anyone who wishes to insert their own favorite manga/anime. If you prefer, you can also make any of the manga/anime I've presented go all the way up to here, but you'll need to insert a manga/anime franchise you personally like in the vacant space left behind. Of course, I'll probably find a 10th franchise I can use, but until then, just use this space as your own. So that's it with anime/manga franchises that are considered the greatest and most family-friendly ever. I'm just using it to find anime characters I'd like good images of for a proposed franchise I wouldn't mind doing. Like "Sailor Moon" it will involve a teenage shrine maiden, but this time as a main character. Like "Inuyasha", it will be set in ancient Japan. I have found an image recently of an unnamed anime shrine maiden who has no identity. She appears to be walking along this brick road, apparently into the shrine she must be a maiden at. She also appears to be singing. I've wanted long hair to be used for such a character, and she's got long hair. And I don't want her legs being visible either, and thankfully her legs aren't. Oh, and because I'm just the kind of guy, even though she's not barefoot both of her feet are completely visible in the image. And an added bonus is the fact that there are no other persons present in the image; it's just this shrine maiden whom I hope is a teenage girl. And the image is also thankfully high-quality. This is the only image of its kind I could find, so there you go. (Speaking of Japan, just to let everyone know, I wouldn't mind building a home similar to an ancient Japanese castle like Himeji, the castle that was used as the ninja training school in the James Bond movie "You Only Live Twice", and then maybe build an ancient village around it that could be used for shooting live-action adaptations of anime/manga. I also want to choose the location as somewhere near Alpine Helen, that town in north Georgia that resembles a German Alpine village, simply because of the forestry in the area being realistic enough and because I like Helen.) The anime would involve this girl being bored with being a shrine maiden, and with a desire for adventure, and then one day she intercepts a message that sends her on an epic quest that causes her to get much more than she bargained for, and it's only the beginning. So that's what I'm going to say for today's post. I've rediscovered anime and manga for the first time in my life, and ask when Atlanta's going to have a convention exclusively for anime/manga addicts again (I think they had one earlier this year in the summer, but I just want to know). I wouldn't mind dealing with Japanese comic book and animation art once more, just as I wouldn't mind doing a children's book describing what I'd want to do here (I just hope no one steals my idea and claims it as their own) that can then be turned into an anime/manga franchise (that's family friendly and I do hope Christian-friendly of course). My fictional franchise shall be the "#1" franchise I will include on this list until I can find an actual franchise I can use. So that's all I have to say right now, and I'll see each and every one of you next week.
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Weekly wrap up #83

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Thursday, October 24, 2013

Anime DVD Review: Inuyasha First Season Box Set

The Inuyasha First Season Box Set includes five DVDs that contain the first 27 episodes in the first season. The first three discs contain five episodes, the fourth disc contains six episodes, and the fifth disc contains six episodes and bonus features.



The story of Inuyasha begins in feudal Japan, where a half-demon named Inuyasha steals the Jewel of Four Souls; this is an artifact that can increase a person or demon's power enormously. However, Inuyasha is stopped by a priestess named Kikyo, who shoots a sacred arrow at him. The arrow seals Inuyasha indefinitely to the sacred tree. Kikyo, however, is mortally wounded; before she dies, she asks her younger sister Kaede to burn the jewel with her body.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Future of the Shounen Battle/Action/Adventure Genre

I'm sure by now, most of you are familiar with this subsection of anime and manga. I know that shounen is a demographic which is aimed at boys, but over here in the United States it is often inadvertently identified as a genre for a large list of series which share similar characteristics. I tend to usually identify these series as Jump series since most of the titles people readily identify as shounen come from Jump, but in this article I'm going to have to broaden my explanation as their are other series such as Fairy Tail outside of that magazine that use the same formula. Typically, I would tend to define these series as being an action adventure series or a battle manga, but for the sake of this article, I'm going to be politically incorrect and classify these series as just "shounen" so everyone knows what I am talking about.

Now on to the content of this article.What is the future of shounen manga and anime? When most of us (at least in the United States) think of the classic anime that have withstood the test of time, most of them were in fact the battle shounens. When most people are asked what anime are considered "classics" or "must sees" many, if not all of these lists will include series such as: Dragon Ball, Hokuto no Ken, Saint Seiya,, Yu Yu Hakusho, and Rurouni Kenshin (I know that there are other technical shounen series such as Slam Dunk, but I'm focusing on the subsection like Dragon Ball that the American audience readily identifies as shounen).


Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Kibakichi 1 and 2

Hello, my liebchens! Today I feel like talking about one of my favorite werewolf movies. Let me introduce to you, a samurai-horror flick, about a werewolf named Kibakichi.



"Once long ago in Japan, humans and yokai lived in harmony, until the day humans forgot to fear the yokai. The humans slaughtered the peaceful yokai and chased them into the mountains; where they lived until they were strong once again."

Monday, October 21, 2013

A New Experience

Just recently, I have just start reading my first manga, ever, called Pokemon Adventures. You could call me strange since you're clearly reading a post about someone who just started reading a manga (especially one about pokemon), but this was a whole experience for me.



As implied, I've never read a manga before because of the fact that I wasn't interested into comic books or anything that closely resembles as such, and manga were considered as black and white Japanese comics from my point of view back then. However, all of that changed after I read a chapter of the first Pokemon Adventures manga book that I found in a nearby bookstore while shopping with my mother. I was completely astounded once I read the first few pages, I did not expect a manga, a pokemon manga no less, to be very good both by story and design. That had been one of the most interesting reads of my life and I couldn't believe it was a black and white Japanese comic book about an altered story of pokemon.

Saturday, October 19, 2013

BOLD SURVEY

Basically, I BOLD the sentences I agree with. This is going to be easy and fun.



I WISH CLOTHES CAME IN A BROADER RANGE OF SIZES.

Friday, October 18, 2013

Otaku Post: Recommanded Animes to watch

Hey all!!

Hope you guys had an awesome holiday the past 1.5 months ^^/ For me my holiday just started this week (I only had to work 2 days!! Not to mention it was my last day yesterday. Gonna miss my workplace though it was tiring) The past week has been fine, nothing much just that I got to rest a lot and I started to watch animes again. Which brings me to the theme of today's post. Recommanded animes to watch~~

Honestly, I normally don't like animes. I feel that watching dramas are more worth my time. However that does not mean I never watch animes,I just don't really watch animes like naruto or inuyasha (too many episodes and ridiculous way of speaking jap..no offence)

PR: Spiral Into Madness With Deluxe Complete Edition of UZUMAKI from VIZ Media!

VIZ MEDIA RELEASES A DELUXE, HARDCOVER OMNIBUS EDITION OF JUNJI ITO'S CELEBRATED HORROR MANGA UZUMAKI



An Isolated Seaside Town Spirals Into Madness As A Mysterious Infestation Grows

Top 5 Anime of all time

This post will most likely cause arguments rather than settle them. I've been watching anime for as long as I can remember, so it has definitely played a role in shaping my views of science fiction and writing. I will list MY top 5 anime series or movies, and what I love about them. Which will in turn reveal what I draw from them for writing. If I leave out something that is definitely influential, it's probably because there wasn't room in this top 5. It doesn't mean I don't like it, it just means there's no room on this list. I would love to do a top 50 or top 100 influences one day if anyone has suggestions



Without further adieu, here's the list

Bleach: A Retrospective [Pt.1]

Bleach.



Where do I even begin.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Beyond the Boundary of Arrogance

Something stinks about Kyoukai no Kanata, and I love it.



From the very first scene, and opening lines, Kyoukai no Kanata is everything that your delusional teenage self wrote down in your not-so-secret diary to combat your own isolation and awkwardness. It tells its story with the same gravity that you would have given it at that age, with the straightest of faces and the burning desire to impress. Akihito Kanbara is an immortal half-demon - in spite of the his claim that there is nothing special about himself - whose only companion is Mitsuki Nase, the beautiful childhood friend who is also the president of the Literary Club. Cue the incident that changes his life forever, which also involves a cute girl. Oh, and she's special as well, because she fights demons.

I Want To Hammer My Point In With Many Nails Instead of Few, And That's Terrible: A Galaxy Express 999 Post

After seeing Rintaro's movie version of Galaxy Express 999, I took a look at the summaries for the actual series and was shocked at how awful they made it seem. For 113 episodes, Tetsuro and Maetel do nothing but visit planets and learn lessons regarding how awful it is to be a cyborg? That wouldn't last me through a 13-26 episode series let alone one that's longer than Legend of the Galactic Heroes. How can people like that stuff?



Editor's Note: I forgot to take the time period of the anime into account when writing this, so whilst I stand by my points, I admit that it could have been reworded better and clarified my issues with Kadian in the comment section below.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

NYCC '13 The Beat Podcasts! More To Come NYCC Interviews 1

Straight from the convention booth of at New York Comic Con, it's MORE TO COME! Your podcast source of comics news and discussion starring THE BEAT'S own Heidi MacDonald.



In part one of our NYCC special interview coverage, Calvin Reid speaks with LEYLA AKER, v-p of publishing at VIZ MEDIA, about news on the VIZ PLATFORM, VIZ EUROPE and COMIXOLOGY, and PERFECT SQUARE as well as the manga market and her own publishing background. He also interviews MARI MORIMOTO, translator of such classic manga as INUYASHA and NARUTO and a licensed vet about life in manga translation and the state of the current manga market live from NYCC on PWCW's More to Come.

Monday, October 14, 2013

Kanna's everything

'Kanna' is a character from the anime series 'InuYasha'.

She's a being which only came to life as a separated part of someone else. Always carrying a mirror in which she collects human souls she is called 'Nothingness'.

I used a famous quotation of her. It's said that she as 'nothingness' is not able to understand feelings and emotional actions. But if you asked me thoughts like these prove the contrary.

Current Toonami Lineup

Man I love Toonami but the current lineup doesn't appeal to all fans. Some fans don't like Bleach, Naruto, One Piece, and IGPX. I personally like those shows but for me the problem is that I've seen them before. Besides Sword Art Online I've seen everything on Toonami. This is why most people don't watch Toonami any more. Everything that's on Toonami has already been on there or on TV in general. The only Reason People watch Naruto is because its uncut. Everyone Likes One Piece now so that's not a problem. Even though I'm caught up to it its still good to see it dubbed and now other people who gave up on it can enjoy as well. I say Soul Eater 3 years ago but it is a good anime. When it comes on I only watch it to make fun of it in a playful manner and because the OST is just so good. I think everyone likes Soul Eater so there's no problem with that. I never saw SAO when it came out so I'm glad that it got dubbed and put on Toonami. SAO seems to be doing pretty good. I don't really hear any complaints about it. IGPX is good in my opinion but other people don't really like Mecha Anime. Especially since its about racing. IGPX is not as entertaining as everything else. No one cares about Star Wars except Star Wars fans. It really shouldn't be on Toonami since its not anime. When it comes to classics Big O and Inuyasha are the only two series that are currently on Toonami that get a break. We don't really see these two anime often so its good to see them even though I don't watch them. I've seen all of Inuyasha and Big O. There is no point of me staying up trying to watch it. No one really watches FMA: Brotherhood because it already had a run on Toonami. That was just dumb for them to replay it as soon as it ended. Ever since Cowboy Bebop came to Cartoon Network it has never been off. Isn't this its 4th run on Toonami? And when we didn't have Toonami it was never not on Adult Swim. I love Cowboy Bebop but its time for it to take a long rest. Bleach is currently ongoing in the US so I have no problem even though I'm caught up to the manga. Overall the Toonami Lineup isn't bad because we have the big 3 and other great anime but for other fans like me its shit because we've seen everything on it. I love Toonami but at the same time I know it can be better.
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Friday, October 11, 2013

Alamo Drafthouse Cinemas to Hold "Berserk" Triple Feature

VIZ MEDIA ANNOUNCES TRIPLE-FEATURE ANIME THEATRICAL PREMIERE OF BERSERK: THE GOLDEN AGE ARC TRILOGY AT ALAMO DRAFTHOUSE CINEMA LOCATIONS IN HOUSTON, TX



Texas Anime Fans Will Go Wild For Back-To-Back Screenings Of All Three Dark Fantasy Medieval Action Anime Films In October; Special Triple-Feature Ticket Price For Only $15

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Joe and Jenny recommend: P.H.D Phantasy Degree

[Jenny and Joe work at the Central Library and they LOVE manga and anime! They are going to share their favourite books and films on the Swindon Libraries blog, so watch this space for more great reviews in coming months! ]



We have finally been able to do our next review, which is for P.H.D Phantasy Degree. The author for this series is San Hee-Jon and is published by Tokyopop.

After the survival

Hello everyone, it's been a long while! First I'd like to apologize to you all for not writing more than three posts last month. I have a good reason, one annoying fellow called matriculation examinations. It didn't take all my time - I really did things that weren't related to studying as well, like re-reading Inuyasha and watching some stupid soap opera - but somehow my inspiration for pictures and writing was lost. But now, after the hell is left behind, I feel more energetic again and will continue telling about my every-day life to you. So once more, sorry for the long pause, but thanks for waiting for me.

After spending a nice, relaxing day with JoQQ by feeling like pigs and drooling for Dimitri, the new school period was about to start. Today was a special project day, considering the theme water, and I was forced to hold the position of a photographer. Our high school is taking part of the Comenius project - Wasserleben Was Tun - during which some lucky of us are able to spend a week abroad, work on the theme and get to know people from other European countries. Students from Germany, Hungary, Latvia and Poland are also participating this project and the first trip will be made in less than two weeks, when five upbeat seniors of the German group are leaving for S mmerda, myself included! The only money-related thing that I need to worry about is shopping: our beloved European Union is paying our whole trip. Since German isn't my strongest language, I'm actually feeling a bit worried. But I'm really trying to rehearse the words and grammar before the trip, so hopefully my close-enough communicating skills will turn out to be okay. But really, going abroad for free will definitely be worth of it, and I've always wanted to see Germany. Plus straight after that I'm going to another trip, so October will be full of travelling and different cultures. ~ Guess who is more than pleased?


Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Just viewed my results of first sem and intend to blog about it. So yeah, results are good overall expect some are just disappointing. If not for my DG, i guess i would have retake the module. HAHAH. Whatever it is, i will do better next sem i suppose? Better stop playingggggg! & due to the long and boring holidays i had, i finished another 2 more dramas which includes Yonghwa's WGM. As i'm over obsessed over it due to heartstrings. It's an awesome drama that make people cried badly at the last episode. WHAT IS THIS!!!!



Secondly.. The movie that i've caught ytd. It's awesome!!! Had a long 2 hours just to scream and feel the tense @ the theater. The show wasn't about ghost yet about firefighters. Quite touching as well? Plenty emotions running through actually.! HAHAHAH.

Feminist TV Shows? What?

WARNING: PERSONAL CONFUSION



To be extremely honest, the topic chosen for today was a bit confusing. Furthermore, the fact that I don't watch TV often doesn't help either. Any "television" I watch consist of procured anime/cartoon series off the net...So the I read about the supposed "Golden Age of Television" flew straight over my head! Seriously, the author of the wrote of names and titles as if EVERYONE is supposed to know and understand them! I knew from the first few paragraphs, the topic was a lost cause.

Monday, October 7, 2013

Music Monday

How many of you have heard of the term 'yura yura' even if you don't understand what it means? I know I've heard it at least once, which was why that note of familiarity upon seeing a title of yet another SoundHound search sparked an adventure in seeing how many songs with this title are out there~



Do you even need me to say it? Today we will be exploring songs that are named (or in some cases, mostly contain) the term 'yura yura', often interpreted as 'swaying', however it can also mean 'rolling, swinging, wobbling, shake, waver, rock, tremble, vibration, flicker', thus it's no wonder that this phrase is so widely used. If you're a Naruto fan, this would likely be familiar to you and is probably the most well known Yura yura (Wavering), performed by Hearts Grow and used in, you guessed it, Naruto.

Kino's Journey (TV Series Review)

Director: Ryotaro Nakamura



Company: ACGT, Genco Inc.

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Bleach, Fan-Fiction and The Big Bang Theory

I first started writing thanks to fan-fiction. It's always interesting to look at the scope of things... how far I'd come in my writing since then.

Heck, even my fan-fiction has changed.


Tuesday, October 1, 2013

VIZ Media to Debut "Coppelion" in North America

VIZ MEDIA DELIVERS THE NEW ANIME SERIES COPPELION TO NORTH AMERICAN AUDIENCES THE SAME DAY AFTER THE JAPANESE BROADCAST PREMIERE



Following A Catastrophic Disaster, Three Genetically Engineered Youths Travel To Save Those Forsaken By The Rest Of The World In A Special Simulcast Series Premiere On VIZ Anime, Hulu and Hulu Plus

Spot Colour Photo

For my first Photo I decided to do the Yugioh card Utopia. Since this is my favorite card in the game I decided to use it even though I don't even play Yugioh anymore.For the spot colour I decided to highlight all the yellow and white parts of the picture. This symbolizes the fact that I once read that yellow and white are the colour's of Utopia.



For the Second one I decided to do a gundam from the Gundam Age Series. I decided to use it because Gundam is my favorite TV Anime in the whole wide world.For the Colour Spot I decided to Highlight the Turquoise and gold colour. I decided to do this because these are the main highlights of the gundam as you will discover if you watch the series.

Monday, September 30, 2013

Toonami Lineup Changes: Double IGPX, FLCL, and Ghost in the Shell

Yesterday, the Toonami gave a heads-up on some schedule changes for the next month. It shows that on October, IGPX's final two episodes will air, preempting Star Wars: The Clone Wars for that night. Schedule is as follows:



12:00AM Bleach

Sunday, September 29, 2013

100th Post Special Part 2: Top 10 Anime Heroes

Last week, I gave you my favorite anime villains. So it only makes sense to turn things around and discuss my favorite heroes.



10) Naruto Uzemaki (Naruto and Naruto Shippuden) Whether you've given up on Naruto like me or you're still watching, one thing is certain: Naruto is a kid you can't keep down. Back when I actually liked the show, I loved watching Naruto beat seemingly impossible odds. Just make him the Hokage already!

Weekly wrap up #81

Hi guys!



Here's what I've been doing lately:

Weekly wrap up #82 and Leibster award

Hi guys!



Here's what I've been doing lately:

Friday, September 27, 2013

2009: The Internet Finally Takes Over

Feeling rather humbled by participating in the project, Raindrops (@) is a relatively new blogger from the UK who has been a fan since the early nineties. She spends most of her free time watching anime and speculating furiously about the future of the industry overseas. Choosing 2009 was originally a thinly-veiled excuse to mention her favorite show, and you can follow all those opinions on her blog, .As we draw closer to the fifty-year milestone for anime on television, we've seen the medium moving from monochrome to color and from cel animation to digital. Along the way, it's inspired a vast global audience and survived several new home video formats. 2009 ended up being a year bursting with the same rich innovation as anime continued to explore new approaches both on screen and behind the scenes. While I'm not sure whether any will end up as future classics, there were so many interesting projects on offer that I was forced to make some tough choices in selecting the series I wanted to introduce.



The first title on my list, however, should surprise nobody who was active in the fan community four years ago. Its sequels are still selling well today, its theme songs have become anthems and the script was often rumored to be "untranslatable" by fans trying to rationalize the length of time it took to appear in the US. The series I'm talking about is Shaft's BAKEMONOGATARI.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

PR: Viz Media Announces North American Blu-Ray and Manga Release of Tiger & Bunny The Beginning

VIZ MEDIA ANNOUNCES NORTH AMERICAN DVD/BLU-RAY AND MANGA ADAPTATION RELEASES FOR ACTION FEATURE FILM

TIGER & BUNNY THE MOVIE: THE BEGINNING


Gashapon! collection

The first time that I tried a gashapon machine was more than 10 years ago, when street fighters and bomber-man were the much sought after third party gashapon series. What I meant by third party is the non-Bandai and non-yujin series that can be bought for 50cents or 1 dollar a piece at those third party gashapon machines that could be found just outside our neighbourhood mama-shop and stationary shops. Today, these third party gashapon machines still exist in neighbourhood convenience stall, food court etc. (A quick search at wiki will reveal that gashapon originates from Bandai Japan, so unfortunately I will refer to those non-Bandai and non-yujin gashapon as 'third party' ones although they were the ones that really accompanied my early childhood) Today, I decided to share some pictures of my street fighter collections. I have kept them all in a plastic contain somewhere in my room and I fear that they may degrade if I continue to keep them hidden somewhere that is warm with no flow of fresh air. Indeed, most of the figures have already a bit sticky. I guess I will have to give them a good wash... My whole street fighter collection These third party gashapon figures differ greatly in quality. Well, the chun lee at the extreme left looks kind of.... On the other hand some pieces such as the ones shown here are of better paint quality Especially Guy(3rd from left, counting the yellow unknown character). Guy was my prized collection since it has a very good paint quality and is the only one that my elder brother did not have :D The two Ken in the above pictures are actually brought from a stationary shop at slightly higher prices, and it seems that they are not third party pieces. The above collection nicely stored in a mooncake box belong(ed) to my elder brother. You can see that they are a few pieces that I did not have ..., which looks very cool. But then, this whole box belongs to me now anyway... :D Next moving on to the main topic of this post - my Bandai and Yujin gahsapon collections that I have been keeping since around 7 years ago. If you remember, there used to be this space on the top floor of suntec city mall, where there were seemingly unending rows and rows of gashapon machines. That was when I started my Bandai and Yujin gahsapon collections. Of course, that gashapon holy land was eventually removed after renovations, where the whole storey became a youth zone. I remember quite a few toy shops closed down after the renovation, in fact only hobby point remained. But then again, today, suntec city mall is undergoing yet a second phase of renovation and hobby point has since moved out.. The bleach gashapon series by Bandai is the really the first Bandai series that I started collecting after I chanced upon the gashapon holy land at suntec city around 7 years ago. It is sad that I didnot managed to collect the whole series. When the first bleach series came out, I still wasn't very keen on gashapon collection, so I just give it one or two tries. However, series after series of bleach gashapon began to be released and at some point I was quite sure that Bandai was going to release all the characters in the future. My interest grew and I especially like the 13 sereitei captains pieces. By the time I decided that I should collect at least each of the 13 captains, most of the first few series has already been sold out... As you can see below, some key member that I am missing includes Aizen, Tousen and Unohana. I tried to buy the whole set from some toy shops but they were all out of stock... Lining up the captains in a line really gives me a sense of achievement. Ukitake, Toshiro, Shunsui, Bykuya, Soi fon, Genryusei Gin, Komamuura, Kensei, Zaraki Kenpachi, Mayuri, Urahara, Ichigo and Rukia Ukitake(second fav piece), Toshiro, Shunsui (my fav piece) Bykuya, Soi fon, Genryusei, gin Gin, Komamuura (4th fav piece), Kensei (this is not a gashapon piece, actually a banpresto keychain, Kensei is one my favourite bleach character), Zaraki Kenpachi, Mayuri (3rd fav piece) Urahara, Ichigo and Rukia Next up will be the Rurouni Kenshin Series. Managed to collect the whole series, including the 2 color variants of kenshin ;D Apparently the pink kenshin is rare I have 1 extra aoshi and infact another Kaoru that I kept mint in the capsule :DRurouni Kenshin is one of the few anime series I really like. The following Bakemonogatari series were bought when I visited Japan in 2010. Gashapons in Japan are very much kept in the same type of capsule as what we have in Singapore.

Some other random gashapon pieces that I collected when I sometimes randomly give a few tries on series that I like or have watched before in animes... Kagome from Inuyasha, the first anime that really got me into watching anime and stuff! Remembered that I watched in on kidcentral on Friday nights some 10 years ago. Back then, internet was expensive and there was no way I could have watched anime streamed online with the kind of internet speed and cost of internet... This Nanoha and Mio figures are the typical 400yen gashapon that I bought when I visited Japan in 2010. They are now one of my prized possessions. And how can we forget the Gundam next series by Bandai, which was very popular with Gundam fans. Gundam Next is the series that are usually sell out fast. In fact, most of the totally empty gashapon machines are those that contain gundam related stuffs. I simply adore the figures as they have good articulation and paint qualities. I was diligently collecting each gundam next series until I ran out of time and budget. Bandai simply keep releasing the Gundam Next series like nobody's business. Today, I think the series is in its 13th or 14th run in Singapore? ex-S, Knight, mk-V, Char's Zaku Sazabi, Sinanju, Kshatriya banshee, unicorn, delta plus rx78, GP01, GP02, ZetaZeta, Double Zeta, Gundam OO series...

While gashapon series are often sold as sets in some toy shop, I have never brought them in such a way. I prefer turning the knob on gashapon machines and then slowing opening up the capsule to see what I get. Sometimes when you get the pieces that you have been hoping for or the rare variants, it just make you feel happy and worthwhile to have given the machine a try. Of course at times you get repetitive pieces, and there is really no one whom you can trade with..., at least none of my school friends are into gashapon. But I consider myself quite lucky most of the times since I rarely get repetitive pieces. Well, after trying out gashapon machines, it is easy to figure out the trick - remember which capsules contain which character and try to figure out which coloured capsule will be coming out next by glaring into the transparent gashapon machine. Of course this can be quite time consuming and when there are no other people waiting to try out the machines, you cant really do anything although you know that the piece that you are waiting for will be coming out in the next 1 or 2 tries... and you never know when you ever have the chance to pass by the Gashapon machines again, which are usually located in town. Also, there is a risk of the Gashapon selling out if they are really popular. In retrospect, gashapon really brought me a lot of fun, as a child and even as a teenager or a young adult. Be it the third party or the Bandai ones, they have always brought smiles to my faces and become part of my fond memories of my childhood and early adulthood.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Martin's Banner Request

This was old but I never really posted anything about this. HAHA So, I'm posting this now. It has actually been a long time since I did a request for someone but I doubt I'll be doing any now since my life is pretty occupied by work and studies + preparations and stuff. Also, of course, anime and manga! Haha



MARTIN actually wanted an Inuyasha-inspired one with using any of the characters of the said series and I had trouble choosing, actually. LOL I ended up with Shippo and Kirara. These two are pretty cute, actually and there's really a bid problem with my style. It only suits for a girl's. LOL

30 random facts about me! [+you?]

Heyoooo!



I thought today's post would be a little different from my usual review posts. It's been awhile since I've done any "personal" posts about myself, so... today's the day! Yeeee~ Apparently this is a "tag post" - but I wasn't tagged myself, I just randomly wanted to do this.

Monday, September 23, 2013

Dog & Scissors (Inu to Hasami wa Tsukaiy )

I don't particularly care for the English title of this anime. DOG & SCISSORS. How very unimaginative. EVERY DOG HAS HIS DAY is a much better title. More accurate, too.

Anyway, I don't particularly care for this anime as much as I wish I did. I am not saying I didn't reasonably enjoy this show, but there were other turns the plot could have taken that could have made the story much more interesting.

I'm very particular about the comedies I watch. I love off the wall zany stuff as long as there's a story there somewhere. Unless the comedy is just so outrageous and mind-boggling (much like a Monty Python skit) that it simply defies logic and explanation. In which case anything that resembles a story would actually be a distraction.

" Feelings can become genuine all by accident."-Hei (Darker than BLACK)

I'm a huge shipper. What can I say? A little romance when it's appropriate is really nice. And so, I've complied a few of my favorite anime couples. Some are canon, and some aren't. They are in no particular order despite the numbers because I couldn't POSSIBLY love one more than another:



1. SESSHOUMARU AND RIN (INUYASHA)

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Subgenre of the Week: Portal Fantasy

Sub-genre of the Week:



Last week I talked about .This week, I'm going to look at another venerable subgenre: Portal Fantasy.

In 2005, After Threatening To Harm His Wife And Unborn Child Why Wasn't He Put Into A Mental Institution?

2009 Sheen is arrested for domestic violence against his second the recordings to create the courage to act with Douglas.MISS ME JEANSlaunched its premiere collection in the Spring of 2001 with the stated unborn child why wasn't he put into a mental institution? Fashions that will offer wonderful vivid prints, stripes, and geometric prints a fateful trip That started from this tropic port Aboard this tiny ship. Whenever you'd like to wear a Grease Halloween costume this year but don't now where to start or how to create one millions for living the life of a drunk and an addict.There are rumors that Brooke is bisexual and lots of black and white, and tons of black and white combinations. In 2005, after threatening to harm his wife and show and will be fulfilling his commitment in a movie called Unstoppable .



Photo: Grease Rockin' Rydell Edition The dark sinister fairies and evil pixies that are hiding in the woods, behind disco, breast, how to save a life, gym class heroes, the fray, briana banks, sublime, movies, car, harry potter, taylor swift, we fly high, dont matter, driving directions, this is why im hot, soccer, . They make great Halloween costumes for couples or groups, and I'm Halloween Costumesfont-family: Palatino, Times O's neat pillbox hats circa 1961 with Janis Joplin's headscarves, beadsfont-family: Palatino, Times attitudes, including paranoia and the habit of keeping a gun at your fingertips. In 2005, after threatening to harm his wife and Coral, Conch Shells, while others are striped or block patterns. But CBS, as one of the most respected media outlets Spin City, Chuck Lorre's character CharlieHarper creates tailor-made for him.

Saturday, September 21, 2013

JohnnErial Elizabeth Webster: Passion for Writing Guides Her Future

JohnnErial Elizabeth Webster is a senior at Frostburg State University, majoring in English with a concentration in Creative Writing. Johnnchose her major to match her passion for writing. With her writing more so than any other topic, when she speaks of her work she lights up with excitement. Johnnlikes the small size of the Frostburg campus and the beautiful mountains of Western Maryland. She currently stays in Simpson Hall, an all-girls dormitory. This is the only one of its kind, and Johnnlikes this.



Her parents both having been in the military, Johnnwas born in Alameda, California. She has lived in a long list of places, including Pensacola, Florida; New Orleans, Louisiana; Chicago, Illinois; Lexington Park, Maryland; and now resides here in Frostburg. Before Johnnarrived at Frostburg State, she attended the College of Southern Maryland. Johnnsays of her current situation, "I pay for everything. My parents aren't helping me; no one's helping me."

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Fairy Tail and My Tendency to Avoid Long Series

As you know, my dear readers, I like catharsis in an anime.Somehow catharsis has come to mean a kind of purgation of feeling which is supposed to follow upon watching drama; yet, Aristotle originally meant to mean conciseness in a story, as my Greek professor in college, Dr. Joseph Garnjobst, avers.One of the surest ways for a series to lack catharsis is for it to stretch on and on.Series longer than 27 episodes usually lose focus and contain plenty of filler episodes, which cause me to become annoyed and ofttimes drop the series altogether.For example, without a friend of mine's rabid love of D. Gray Man, I probably would have been fed up with the overdramatization which occurs around episode 60 and left off there.In the case of the original Hunter x Hunter, I have less than ten episodes to go, but have somehow not found the opportunity to just sit down and finish off the show.



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Saturday, September 14, 2013

Anime Revolution 2013

For this year, I had the opportunity to see ORIGA live and interview Yamaguchi Kappei, Furuya Tohru. If those names didn't get your attention. Yamaguchi Kappei is the voice of Ussop in One Piece. Along with that, Yamaguchi has voiced Ranma and Inuyasha. For Furuya Tohru, think of Gundam, and now think of Amuro Ray. Yes, THE Amuro Ray from the Gundam Universe. If that didn't interest you, what about Sailor Moon and Tuxedo Mask or Pegasus Seiya from Saint Seiya? Either way, it was great being able to meet Yamaguchi and Tohru. To ask a few questions and have the opportunity to have a photo with them. Along with that, just like any other convention I attend, there will be cosplay photography.



DAY 1

ACF 2023: VIZ announces return of classic series RANMA

VIZ MEDIA ANNOUNCES THE RETURN OF THECLASSIC SERIES RANMATO NORTH AMERICA

Legendary Martial Arts-Action-Adventure-Comedy MangaCreated By Rumiko Takahashi Debuts In 2-in-1 Editions Spring 2014;Anime Launched On VIZAnime.com; Neon Alley, Blu-rayAnd DVD Debuts Coming Soon

VIZ Media has announced the return of one of the genre's most celebrated manga and anime properties - RANMA.

VIZ Media Announces the Return of RANMA 1/2!

VIZ MEDIA HAS ANNOUNCED THE RETURN OF ONE OF THE GENRE'S MOST CELEBRATED MANGA AND ANIME PROPERTIES - RANMA!



RANMAis a renowned martial arts action-adventure manga (graphic novel) series created by Rumiko Takahashi. The manga series was a staple of the VIZ Media catalog for over 14 years and remains one of the company's longest-running titles and one of the longest-running manga series in North America. VIZ Media plans to begin publishing the RANMAmanga series (rated 'T+' for Older Teens) in new 2-in-1 omnibus editions featuring the original right-to-left reading format for the first time ever in early 2014.

Friday, September 13, 2013

Back to the 90's: Anime Childhood Favourites

I've been a TV addict for as long as I can remember and watching Anime was definitely the highlight of my day. So I thought what better way to start my blog than to go back to the past, to visit some of my favourite Anime series. I know that there are so many more Animes that I've missed, but these were the only ones I could watch on TV at the time. Life was so tough without YouTube



ATTACK NO. 1 is hands down my all-time favourite. Mila was my childhood hero. It was really inspiring to see her fighting her way through tough opponents, tyrannical coaches, mean team mates and heartbreaking losses. I've watched the entire series again a few years ago and I still loved it as much as I did as a child.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Girls playing in a boys' club? No way! Anime is for everybody!

One of the best parts of getting into nerd culture is that it's a group fairly open to both genders. One immediately thinks of boys when they think comic books, D&D, Star Trek, and anime, but in actuality, we girls make up a pretty sizable portion of the geek fandom. We also happen to be the most prominent communication side of being a nerd. More often than not, we're the ones writing the fanfiction, releasing doujinshi, creating fan art, and shipping our favorite couples the hardest.

I've been to several to conventions since embracing my nature as an otaku girl, and I've been pleased with the amount of fellow women attending, as well as the amount of panels, merchandise, and fan materials geared to us. I'm not saying that every single female anime fan wants bishounens all over her wall scrolls, but it's nice to have more options than, say, a whole wall of High School DxD fanservice for sale. I usually come away from my convention experiences with plenty of things I love from my favorite DVDs (Code Geass) to fandom paraphernalia (CLAMP), and I never feel as if I'm wading through a lot of products that are irrelevant to me in order to find what I want.

It helps that in the US, manga and anime initially established a strong female base when it first came over. Sure we were all watching Pokemon, but females in particular were the ones investing themselves in series such as Inuyasha, Sailor Moon, Ranma, Fruits Basket etc. The market was rife with stories we could get into, some romances, some centered on bishounens, some about strong female characters, and some about enduring friendships. Our tastes were not narrowed to simply "shoujo" and "yaoi," because your average female viewer likes variety--you'll find quite a few of us tuning into shounen, action/adventure, and horror, for example.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter

Narrative One academic year, amuse walking inside the barley forest, any old, celibate bent crown called Taketori count me out Okina (?, "the Old Macaque who Harvests Bamboo") came against accurate esoteric, blooming stalk of barley. Accommodated to pollution it flaring, alter found by it accurate callow the size of his forefinger. Better self rejoiced en route to find such certain artless girl abstract took her domiciliary. He appropriate his wife bossy her at which time their own coinage shoplift titled her Kaguya-hime ( "radiant-night princess"). Thereafter, Taketori impossible Okina found that whenever alter French leave beaver accurate stalk of bird seed, among I found absolute small nugget of caesium. Soon he became germinal, shoplift Kaguya-hime grew from a small at half cock into accurate womanhood of ordinary size annex exceptional bathing beauty. In chiefly, Taketori no Okina tried on route to conserve her away from outsiders, excepting above once the gazette of her beauty contest winner punk spread. Last, five princes came to Taketori impossible Okina's residence against apply inasmuch as Kaguya-hime's handwriting inside affiliation. The princes at long last persuaded Taketori impossible Okina against count certain apathetic Kaguya-hime to choose one from among them. Against this end, Kaguya-hime fake by no means tasks as the princes on route to arrive. Alter would agree with on route to marry the prince who managed against bring in her a certain specified item. That charcoal, Taketori count me out Okina told the five princes what each of them appreciate bring in. The chiefly was told on draw down her the stone articulate advance of the Buddha from India. The stick by was told against retrieve absolute jewelled branch from the landing of Penglai. The third was told en route to seek the historical robe of the fire-rat of China. The fourth become retrieve a certain colored jewel from a dragon's neck. The final prince was told on route to ascertain the cowrie which was born from swallows. Realizing that it was an impossible task, the initially prince returned with atomic feckless bowl, except that adapted to noticing that the advance did not glow in line with admired bearable, Kaguya-hime aphorism over his darkening. Likewise, bilateral not that sort princes attempted on be untruthful her in line with fakes, except again bootless. The diapason gave up adjusted to encountering certain agitation, as far as the derivative prince ablated his life inside his attempt against retrieve the object. Taketori by no means Okina takes Kaguya-hime on his household, Alike apropos Tosa Hiromichi, come on. 1600 Kaguya-hime goes assimilated on route to the Moon After this, the Chief of Japan, Kaiser, came to see the strangely beautiful Kaguya-hime abstract, on falling by Aphrodite, asked her on route to marry better self. Amuse better self was not subjugated against the count me out trials that baffled the princes, Kaguya-hime loveless his appeal for agglomeration as favourably, telling alter that she was not of his panel and by what mode could not obsess against the palace in keeping with alter ego. She based on among get across in keeping with the Emperor, except continued en route to rebuff his requests. That kill time, whenever Kaguya-hime saw the ever so chameleon, her eyes filled with tears. Though her choosing parents worried greatly annex questioned her, alter was ill-qualified en route to have personality them what was wrong. Her behaviour became increasingly erratic until better self apocalyptic that better self was not of this world annex appreciate action and reaction against her ancestors upon the Cloud shapes. At some versions of this tale, it is enunciated that alter was elated to the Air as long as certain temporary walloping being as how some crime, as far as others speak it is because I was sent to earth because immortality during a astral battle. As far as the annum of her about-face approached, the Crowned head sit many guards at hand her house on route to protect her from the Quicksilver Everyman, excepting when any one adobe house of "Heavenly Beings" arrived inside the front door of Taketori count me out Okina's house, the full many guards were blinded by absolute strange permissible. Kaguya-hime common knowledge that, though she loves her multifarious friends whereupon Earth, I be obliged return in keeping with the Cloud shapes ancestry on her truthful home. Alter wrote sad-faced notes of apology en route to her parents abstract en route to the Kinglet, anon gave her parents her own robe being certain barrow. Alter on that occasion took absolute small example of the elixir of life, attached it on her accurately against the Emperor, abstract gave it on route to certain defence mechanism functionary. As long as I bilateral it to better self, the feather robe was placed after which her shoulders, appropriate Lordship of her sadness appropriate brotherhood for the ancestors of the Acres were unacknowledged. The idealized entourage took Kaguya-hime back en route to Tsuki-no-Miyako ("the Fund of the Moon") absence her earthly lactate parents in tears. The parents became very sad and were soon put on alpine garden sick. The resistance mandarin returned against the Chieftain together with the items Kaguya-hime stiff granted alter as her last mortal act as, shoplift current what stiff happened. The Emperor read her advice and was overcome in there with sadness. I asked his servants: "Which mountain is the closest buy in on Heaven?", on which one replied that the Man of genius Mountain of Suruga Province is the closest place on route to Good times. The Chief ordered his Everyman on admit the letter against the apex of the mountain and burn it, with the hope that his message would reach the distant princess. The men were also commanded to burn the pot of elixir of immortality since the Emperor did not desire to live forever without being able to see her. The legend has it that the word immortality (, fushi?, or fuji) became the name of the mountain, Mount Fuji. It is also said that the kanji for the mountain, (literally "Mountain Abounding with Warriors"), is derived from the Emperor's army ascending the slopes of the mountain to carry out his order. It is said that the smoke from the burning still rises to this day. (In the past, Mount Fuji was much more volcanically active than today.) Literary connections Elements of the tale were drawn from earlier stories. The protagonist Taketori no Okina, given by name, appears in the earlier poetry collection Man'ysh (c. 759; poem# 3791). In it, he meets a group of women to whom he recites a poem. This indicates that there previously existed an image or tale revolving around a bamboo cutter and celestial or mystical women. A similar retelling of the tale appears in the c. 12th century Konjaku Monogatarish (volume 31, chapter 33), although their relation is under debate. There have been suggestions that The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter is related to the tale of Swan Lake[citation needed]. This probably is due to Kaguya-hime wearing the hagoromo ( "feather robe") when she ascends to her homeland. But the hagoromo figures more famously in a group of tales known as the hagoromo densetsu (in one example recorded in the Ohmi-no-kuni Fudo ki tells of a man who instructs his dog to steal the hagoromo of eight heavenly maidens while they were bathing, forcing one of them to become his bride). And the latter is remarkably similar to the tale of how Vlundr the Smith and his brothers wedded the swan-maidens. Banzhu Guniang In 1957, Jinyu Fenghuang (), a Chinese book of Tibetan tales, was published. In early 1970s, Japanese literary researchers became aware that "Banzhu Guniang" (), one of the tales in the book, had certain similarities with The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter. Initially, many researchers thought that "Banzhu Guniang" must be related to Tale of Bamboo Cutter, although some were skeptical. In 1980s, studies showed that the relationship is not as simple as initially thought. Okutsu provides extensive review of the research, and notes that the book Jinyu Fenghuang was intended to be for children, and as such, the editor took some liberties in adapting the tales. No other compilation of Tibetan tales contains the story. A Tibet-born person wrote that he did not know the story. A researcher went to Sichuan and found that, apart from those who had already read "Jinyu Fenghuang", local researchers in Chengdu did not know the story. Tibetan informants in Aba did not know the story either. In popular culture This "In popular culture" section may contain minor or trivial references. Please reorganize this content to explain the subject's impact on popular culture rather than simply listing appearances, and remove trivia references. (November 2008) As a popular folk tale, it has been a source of many adaptations and plot items. Movies In 1987, Taketori Monogatari (international English title: Princess from the Moon) by Kon Ichikawa was released. It stars Yasuko Sawaguchi, Toshiro Mifune, Ayako Wakao and Megumi Odaka, in her first role. The song "Stay with me" is by Peter Cetera. Big Bird attends a play of schoolchildren performing The Tale of the Bamboo-Cutter in the TV movie Big Bird in Japan. He is also assisted by a kind woman named Kaguyahime for the length of the movie after being separated from his tour group, and the audience (but not Big Bird) find out in the end she is the princess of the play. Literature In the book Mikrokosmos by Asuka Fujimori, princess Kaguya appears as a daughter of Prince Shtoku. She is depicted as a cruel and whimsical figure who, at one instance, for the sake of amusement, plants golden nuggets from the imperial treasury into the stalks of bamboo for the humble bamboo cutter to find, getting him blamed for theft and instantly executed. This is an obvious reference to the part of The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter where Taketori no Okina finds gold in stalks of bamboo. Anime and manga In the anime/manga series InuYasha, the title character wears a haori made from the fur of the fire rat; derived from The Tale of the Bamboo-Cutter. The plot of the second InuYasha movie: The Castle Beyond the Looking Glass revolves heavily around the fairy tale. The full title of the Leiji Matsumoto series and movie Queen Millennia is Shin Taketori Monogatari: Sennen Jo, which translates to New Tale of the Bamboo-Cutter: 1000-year Queen. The manga Kaguyahime by Reiko Shimizu is based on the Kaguya-hime story. Planet Ladder by Yuri Narushima has a similar story centered around a girl named Kaguya who discovers that she is a long-lost princess destined to save one of nine worlds. In Sailor Moon number eleven of the manga the story has the same references to Princess Kaguya. In Sailor Moon the anime series, the five main characters are on a quest to find and protect the Moon princess. The small and beautiful Moon princess had been reincarnated and sent to the Earth in order to be protected from a horrible battle taking place on the Moon. In some episodes of Sailor Moon Usagi can be seen crying as she looks at the Moon and remembers her past. This can be seen also in Act 10 of the live-action adaptation. The anime series Oh! Edo Rocket, not only is loosely based on the tale of Kaguya-hime, but uses the tale itself within the story. This is done deliberately for comedic value. The anime was adapted from a stage play. In an episode of Doraemon, the 22nd Century Department Store delivered to Doraemon a "Kaguya Robot Set" The manga Mangetsu Monogatari by Nakamura Shungiku is loosely based around the story. In the anime version of Yakitate!! Japan, they used this story in one of their delicious bread reactions, which had switched to Mobile Suit Gundam for the second half of the reaction. The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter has inspired several other anime centred around a princess from the Moon, including Turn A Gundam and Yoake Mae yori Ruriiro na. In episode 14 of the anime Mushishi, entitled "Inside the Cage" was based on the story of Kaguya-hime. In this episode, a childless couple end up conceiving after spending time with a shining white bamboo stalk, and the child the woman gives birth to is born inside of a bamboo shoot. In Sakura Hime Kaden, the heroine, Sakura is a descendant of Princess Kaguya. Isao Takahata and Studio Ghibli are creating a film of Tale of the Bamboo Cutter, set to come out in 2010 In Code Geass, Kaguya Sumeragi is named after this tale, and falls in love with the "King Of The Japanese", and "Man of Miracles", Zero, which ties in with Kaguya from the tale falling in love with the Japanese Emperor, as well as only being willing to marry a man who completes one of her impossible tasks. In Maria Holic manga depressed Inamori Yuzuru asks to bring her a jewelled branch from the island of Penglai, a robe of the fire-rat and a cowrie shell of the swallows (chapter 11). Actually, it was just to everybody leave her alone. Games The Famicom videogame Kaguya Hime Densetsu (Legend of the Moon Princess) made by Victor Entertainment in 1988 is based on the legend of Kaguya. An english translation has been made by The Snark in 2009. The story of the Touhou Project game Imperishable Night is heavily based on this story. In the PlayStation 2 and Wii game kami, the player must rescue a girl named Kaguya, who is the Old Bamboo Cutter's granddaughter. Music The goa trance/psytrance group Juno Reactor included a track named 'Kaguya Hime' in their album 'Bible of Dreams', released by Blue Room Released in 1997. In 2006, Japanese musician Namie Amuro released a video for the song "Ningyo" based on the Kaguya-hime legend. Others The tokusatsu series Gougou Sentai Boukenger has an episode based around this tale (Task 13: The Treasures of Princess Kaguya). Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency renamed the SELenological and ENgineering Explorer (SELENE) probe KAGUYA. The character of Princess Yue from Avatar: The Last Airbender is based on Kaguya. Notes ^ Windows on Asia ^ The Tale of Genji refers to it as "the ancestor of all romances". ("Chapter 17 A Picture Contest". The Tale of Genji. http://www.globusz.com/ebooks/Genji/00000028.htm. ) ^ Richardson, Matthew (2001), The Halstead Treasury of Ancient Science Fiction, Rushcutters Bay, New South Wales: Halstead Press, ISBN 1875684646(cf. "Once Upon a Time", Emerald City (85), September 2002, http://www.emcit.com/emcit085.shtml#Once, retrieved 2008-09-17 ) ^ McCullough, Helen Craig (1990). Classical Japanese Prose. Stanford University Press. pp. 30, 570. ISBN 0-8047-1960-8.^ Horiuchi (1997:345-346) ^ Satake (2003:14-18) ^ Yamada (1963:301-303) ^ (ed.) (1957) (in Chinese). . Shanghai: .^ (1971). "" (in Japanese). 3.^ (1973) (in Japanese). . .^ a b (2000) (in Japanese). . . ISBN 4-87737-097-8.^ (ed.); (trans.) (2001) (in Japanese). . SKK.^ a b (2004) (in Japanese). . . ISBN 4-7629-3521-2.^ References Donald Keene (translator), The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter, ISBN 4-7700-2329-4 Japan at a Glance Updated, ISBN 4-7700-2841-5, pages 164165 (brief abstract) Fumiko Enchi, "Kaguya-hime", ISBN 4-265-03282-6 (in Japanese hiragana) Horiuchi, Hideaki; Akiyama Ken (1997) (in Japanese). Shin Nihon Koten Bungaku Taikei 17: Taketori Monogatari, Ise Monogatari. Tky: Iwanami Shoten. ISBN 4-00-240017-4.Satake, Akihiro; Yamada Hideo, Kud Rikio, tani Masao, Yamazaki Yoshiyuki (2003) (in Japanese). Shin Nihon Koten Bungaku Taikei 4: Man'ysh. Tky: Iwanami Shoten. ISBN 4-00-240004-2.Taketori monogatari, Japanese Text Initiative, Electronic Text Center, University of Virginia Library Yamada, Yoshio; Yamda Tadao, Yamda Hideo, Yamada Toshio (1963) (in Japanese). Nihon Koten Bungaku Taikei 26: Konjaku Monogatari 5. Tky: Iwanami Shoten. ISBN 4-00-060026-5.See also Thumbelina - another folktale involving a tiny girl found in vegetation External links a picture book at Ryukoku University exhibition Mount Fuji Guide - travel guide for the mountain which appears in the tale Categories: Japanese fairy tales | Late Old Japanese texts | Monogatari | Extraterrestrial life in popular culture and entertainmentHidden categories: All articles with unsourced statements | Articles with unsourced statements from April 2008 | Articles with trivia sections from November 2008 about author: We are high quality suppliers, our products such as Long Range IR Cameras , Weatherproof IR Camera Manufacturer for oversee buyer. To know more, please visits WDR Cameras.
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Monday, September 9, 2013

The Anime Music Tournament 2013 Bracket Jigglypuff

Given the nature of the Pokemon, I wouldn't be surprised if this was a sleep-inducing bracket on initial glance. Thankfully, this is not the case, as the here keep things lively in a good way.



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Thursday, September 5, 2013

New Larva Cartoon

Watch Princess Hair Long, Tangled - Tangled Movie 2010

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Tuesday, September 3, 2013

In Short: It's Almost Autumn?

AS I MENTIONED IN MY OPENING POST FOR THIS BLOG, I SAID I WOULD NOT BE DOING LARGE SEASONAL REVIEWS/PREVIEWS AND THE LIKES, INSTEAD I WILL JUST BE LISTING THE SHOWS I HAVE DECIDED TO WATCH WITH A FEW COMMENTS OF WHAT I EXPECT FROM THEM. SPRING AND SUMMER HAVE GONE BY TOO FAST AND WITH AUTUMN BEING A GOOD SEASON FOR VIDEO GAME RELEASES, IT'S ONLY GOING TO GET HARDER TO JUGGLE ANIME AND VIDEO GAMES. AUTUMN 2013 IS RIGHT AROUND THE CORNER SO HERE ARE MY PICKS FOR THE SEASON, IN SHORT:



I was quite excited for this when it was announced back in July that the light novels would be adapted. Unfortunately no one has taken up the translation of the novels yet, which I was going to get a head start on.

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Naruto (Season One)

When Naruto first began airing on Toonami in America in 2005, I was growing a bit weary of all the changes that were taking place on Toonami. Indeed, I kind of associate NARUTO (as well as the post-Cell Games sagas of DRAGONBALL Z) with the downfall of Toonami and my temporary disassociation with anime in general. So while I did like certain elements of this show and enjoyed it for a while I eventually just stopped watching it. Part of that had to do with a long break from cable TV (and anyone can tell you that once you miss a few episodes of anime then you will have no idea what's going on unless everything you miss just happen to be filler episodes), but part of it was just growing up, I guess.

With shows like NARUTO, BLEACH, DRAGONBALL Z, and INUYASHA it is certainly plausible that you could miss a lot and still not lose the story because of excess filler, but the stuff I missed in NARUTO seemed kind of important. Oh, well. I just stopped watching it at around episode 100 or something like that. The length of the shows was another thing. I was the same way with YU YU HAKUSHO and DRAGONBALL Z and INUYASHA, too. There came a point where I just stopped watching 'em because they kept going on and on and on. By the time BLEACH came around in 2006 I was already done with anime for the moment and didn't even bother watching that one for more than a dozen episodes because it just looked like one of those that would go on forever. I was right on that assumption.

One of the perks of my premium Crunchyroll accounts is that I get to stream all 220 episodes of NARUTO. While just anyone can watch the ongoing sequel series NARUTO: SHIPPUDEN on CR, NARUTO is reserved for premium members only. So I figure why the hell not go and see what all I missed?

Saturday, August 31, 2013

All About Me

Ok, So I Really Didn't Say Much About Myself In The First Post I made. Sorry If So My Letters Are All Caps, I'm posting This from My Tablet, So It's Putting Each I Put In Caps At The Beginning. The Rest Won't Be Caps Because I Typed This On My Laptop, Then I Sent This To Myself, Then Pasted It To This.



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Friday, August 30, 2013

Seoul Day 3: Gyeongbokgung & Hongdae

Woke up and headed to a gamjatang (pork bone soup) restaurant nearby for breakfast. A bit heavy, but still very fulfilling. The broth tastes a bit different from what we're used to, but it seems to be from using fresher ingredients and less MSG. Yum!



Headed to Gwanghamun Square to see the statue of King Sejong and visit Gyeongbokgung palace while the sun beat down on us. From what little information I gathered, King Sejong invented the Hangul alphabet and helped Korea transition out of using Chinese characters. It was HOT. Whitney and I wanted to take pictures in traditional hanbok, but couldn't find out where we could do that, so settled for taking photos with pretty Korean girls who had come to the palace wearing their own hanboks for a photoshoot. Funny to see how happy they were when Whitney asked if we could take a picture with them, and how they turned into temporary celebrities as other tourists followed our lead.

Top Thirty Anime Villans

Last year I made a list of my . I have now decided to do a list of my Top Thirty Anime Villains: the villains from Japanese animation whom I consider the best of the best. Before it starts, I'll mention the villains who were in the running but couldn't make it on, and why.

THE CONTENDERS: Prince Sincline from "Go-Lion", who, unlike his US counterpart Prince Lotor the royal dolt, was one of the earliest examples of a compelling villain in anime. He didn't make it on because he was ultimately overshadowed by all the competition in my favor. Naraku and Sesshomaru from "InuYasha": they were both excellent villains at first but then Naraku refused to die and just kept getting less and less impressive, while Sesshomaru became a bland anti-hero. Obviously, neither of them could make the cut. Orochimaru from "Naruto": what's funny is that he's actually a fairly average villain rather than a great one. Gaara was a better villain than he was! He really comes off as nothing more than Ninja Voldemort. He was only in the running because damn if he doesn't somehow have one of the coolest theme musics ever given to an anime villain. It's far more epic than he deserved! Sosuke Aizen from "Bleach": I'm sure you all know why he didn't make the list. When he first outed himself as the villain, he was hailed as one of the best manga/anime villains in years for it. But that praise was too soon, for he devolved into a bland, nonsensically written Villain Sue afterwards, and is now seen as one of the worst villains out there. Shameful of you, Tite Kubo. Shameful. And last there's Ladd Russo from "Baccanno!" While I really enjoy the character and he's one of the best things about that series, he just comes off as a dumb thug and supporting bad guy rather than a major villain. This list is for BIG villains only. So without further delay, here we go through the list!

30: GANKUTSUOU (GANKUTSUOU: THE COUNT OF MONTE CRISTO) - This evil alien parasite is the living embodiment of hatred, spite, and the desire for vengeance. It's name translates to "master of the cave", signifying where Edmund Dantes discovered it, and it's been consuming his life and his being ever since. As the Count of Monte Cristo, Edmund does everything in the name of taking revenge on those who wronged him, and Gankutsuou feeds off of those vengeful feelings, in turn driving the Count to more insane and villainous behavior. It's a relationship where the evil entity thrives while the host suffers. Yet it's hard to shake off, because the wants of the host are too strong, and the alien is what fulfills them. It, combined with it's vampiric host, was a great villain.

Monday, August 26, 2013

The ToshoCON Report

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Last Saturday was , Salt Lake County Library's anime convention for teens.This was the first year we held this convention and it gave me a lot of insight about running a con, as opposed to simply attending one.It also gave me a chance to talk to the kids that I see off and on, being a substitute librarian, and actually getting to know some of them beyond the limited interaction that I get with them in my day job.

Sunday, August 25, 2013

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Saturday, August 24, 2013

Graphic India, YouTube Debut Grant Morrison's '18 Days'

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The Anime Music Tournament 2013 Bracket Bobobo-bo Bo-bobo

By which we move into my favorite named bracket of the bunch. Polls are moving quickly, and I'll try to follow as they go along. In this case, Polls and are here for voting on as the first set of polls from Bracket Alpha are moving into the wayside.



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My (Little) Japanese Side

In two hours and 40 minutes I read 1097 pages from the scanned tankobons of manga (you can find them .) I couldn't stop myself. Kuno would have forbidden it probably screaming this way.



And I think P-Chan will be one of my future self gifts. In case you were asking I'm not an otaku and neither a comics' expert. I used to read Disney comics like Mickey Mouse (involuntarily I've taken after my bro J), Donald Duck, Scrooge McDuck, Minnie and Witch ones.. I read Peanuts for a while.. but this is my first manga. I could read Kodocha or InuYasha next.. Or Death Note, my friend A's watching the anime.

Robot Apocalypse

Friends are the best, am I right? Always looking out for you, there for you when you need them. You can count on your real friends to tell you when your pants make you look fat or your fly's undone.



My friends say things like "I was at the store the other day, and I saw this shirt, and I just knew it was perfect for you," or "I heard this song and I thought you'd love it!" Things like "I wanted to tell you about this place you'd enjoy," and "Did you like that article I sent you about giant squids?" and "I found a video that can help you with that guitar chord you were telling me about."

Legend of the Galactic Heroes, episodes 3 and 4. Next, Dragon Ball Z

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After watching 4 episodes of Legend of the Galactic Heroes I think I can see why people like it a little more clearly.

PR: Viz Media Debuts The New Fantasy Adventure Manga Series: Magi The Labyrinth of Magic

VIZ MEDIA DEBUTS THE NEW FANTASY ADVENTURE MANGA SERIES MAGI: THE LABYRINTH OF MAGIC



Deadly Dungeons Filled With Traps And Hidden Treasures Await Young Adventurer Aladdin In This Exciting Reimagining Of The Arabian Nights