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

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Weekly wrap up #82 and Leibster award

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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



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?]


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:


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.

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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.


ACF 2023: VIZ announces return of classic series RANMA


Legendary Martial Arts-Action-Adventure-Comedy MangaCreated By Rumiko Takahashi Debuts In 2-in-1 Editions Spring 2014;Anime Launched On; 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!


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. ) ^ 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,, 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.


Thursday, September 5, 2013

New Larva Cartoon

Watch Princess Hair Long, Tangled - Tangled Movie 2010

Directed by Dan Fogelman, Dan Fogelman, Cast: Mandy Moore, Zachary Levi, Donna Murphy, Ron Perlman, MC Gainey, Jeffrey smurfs dvd Tambor, Brad Garrett, Paul F. Tompkins, Richard

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

In Short: It's Almost Autumn?


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?