Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Seasonal Anime Reviews: Fall 2013

Not sure if this is just a coincidence that this girl looks like Tsukiko from Henneko.

OK, so since it's the end of the year (And the first year of me stop being everybody's best friend anime fan) this is where it all closes off. First, my thoughts on this season, then we close off 2013 with my Top and Bottom of the year. So let me start off with this Fall season. This lame-ass Fall season!

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Monday, December 30, 2013

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Top 10 Anime of 2013

I thought 2013 was a pretty weak year for anime. Of course there were certainly a decent amount of things that I liked and enjoyed. It was difficult compiling the top ten list this year. For the first time I have movies and specials on here simply because I didn't have enough TV series that I loved this year. Number ten was, again, a fight between a couple of series.


Near Future Insurgents Complete

The problem with having a huge number of ESWAT troops or using Elite teams like the Ghost in the Shell Section 9 Team is that in order to play a balanced game you need a fair number of baddies.

So using all of the Oddzial Osmy figures I could muster I mixed in some Rebel Minis, GZG and Khurasan figures. Some of these were painted by two other people, so I touched them up a little to better match my painting style. I also went with a uniform base color and flocking. I think they fit together pretty well.

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Sunday, December 29, 2013

Sword Art Online (Anime)

To say I've been out of touch with the Anime scene would be a pretty accurate statement. The last I bothered to watch was Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex. The last one I actually bought on DVD was Cowboy Bebop, also known as the greatest thing Japanese animation has ever produced. At some point, I grew bored with it and decided to take a break from it entirely.*

Flash forward to today, where I stumble on Sword Art Online, which might have brought me back into the fold. I binged on it - watching the entire series in a day - and immediately found myself looking to see what else I might have missed while I was away. Even when you're sure you're out, all it takes is one good hit to bring you back in.

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Saturday, December 28, 2013

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Review of SciFi movies in 2013

6 months ago I made a list of most SciFi movies listed in for .They listed 483 movies!My list only has 267 movies since I only listed those that were mostly SciFi.You can see that list .The list below is the same list but without the descriptions.

I only saw these 14 movies from my list of 267.Actually that number is 13 because Riley Rewind is a series, not a movie.

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Thursday, December 26, 2013

Cross Country Weekender

Cross Country Weekender

Welcome to the newly branded UK Cine, as named by Mark Humphreys of Northampton. Your copy of Elfen Lied volume one is in the mail. I have mixed feelings about the event but it does appear the organisers have started to get their act together following disappointing shows over the last twelve to eighteen months. While entry remains an exorbitant for standard entry and for early admission, there was a little more on offer this time than merely an oversized car boot sale, but only a little. Both days offered a zombie make up demonstration by Karl Derrick, prosthetics supervisor on The Brothers Grimm and the 2006 remake of The Hills Have Eyes, followed by a Q+A session. Elstree Studio exhibited several fullscale Star Wars props, including a Landspeeder from New Hope, clashing oddly with a nearby FAB1 from Thunderbirds. As with the London Expo, there was a chance to try out several online RPGs for free, including Archlords, Guild Wars and City of Heroes.

Best anime programmers and hackers...

So since most of the stuff I talk about on this blog are either computer techy things and anime related things this blog post seems like a good idea.Anyhow let's start from the weakest to the strongest ones.I will split them into programmers and security hackers.Also those here are only from the anime I have watched,and the ones I bothered to remember.


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Wednesday, December 25, 2013

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The November 2013 Line-Up

A rather mixed bag this month with a little bit of everything celebrate in each category. I was excited to see a little more information come out regarding the next Detective Conan movie.

I still say Six God Combination God Mars is the oddest title here. But good to see Space Dandy is on track to be HUGE. Hopefully it will live up to expectations.

Ghost in the shell

So i finally got around to watching some Anime since i have been lazing around doing nothing but playing Terraria and Skyrim. I always wanted to watch ghost in the shell but sadly never got around to doing it until today.

This movie is nothing i expected it to be, yet it was so much more. I honestly wished it was longer, not just a mere one hour and twenty minutes. The movie itself does not waste a single second, every minute was pure enjoyment and was extremely dedicated to propelling the story forward. Ghost in the Shell did not feel rushed and they even managed to take you on a tour of a neo tokyo with wonderful music in the background. The atmosphere was nearly always intense and somehow or rather kept me on the edge of my seat.

12 Days of Anime #1 Moment of the Year

The most impactful moment of the year for me is a speech, which ran more or less continuously for nine minutes. That's quite a long speech, and something that is easy to mess up, which makes how great it is all the more impactful. The speech in question appears in episode 9 of Maoyu (Maoyu Maou Yusha / Demon King and Hero), which aired this year. "The Red Scholar" spread knowledge and science to better the lives of the hungry poor, which has the political Central Church denounce her as a heretic, and then she gets a chance to make a speech in front of the people, a very moving speech, a defiant speech, about life, and the human spirit. .

"I am human!" - A moment of triumph of the human spirit.

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The 12 Days of Christmas

Amidst the hustle'n'bustle of getting ready for Christmas and the happiness, joy, and good cheer that infuse the season, I am often reminded of the true, root reason for this season. It's not good enough to stop at Jesus is the reason or that He was born. Why was He born? Because He was going to sacrifice Himself to save our souls. Why would He do that? Because He loves us. So, the reason for the season is that He loves us to the point that He was willing to die for us so that we could be saved.

In the spirit of this, I wanted to pick a moment from anime for today that echoed this depth of love. Love enough to sacrifice one's life for another. The problem with picking one is that I'll pass over many others from this year. Instead, I'm picking three.

Cool Products Friday, December 20, 2013

For the new update, we've got some excellent products from Japan for you. You can view all new J-List products by clicking .


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Tuesday, December 24, 2013

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"What's wrong with you? All you talk about is aliens and ghosts and seeing Bigfoot in your garage!" - The Letter M.

For two years, 2001-2003, a large number of people lodged pencils in their brains, collected piggies (PIGGIES!) sang the "Doom Song," and ran around in circles shouting "WEE!"

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Monday, December 23, 2013

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Wednesday, December 18, 2013

States Of Mind: Patlabor On Film

I'm breaking the very necessary radio silence that occurred over November. Nanowrimo, as ever, took up a great deal of time, and cruel as it may seem, something had to give.

Let me make it up to you.

Kara no Kyoukai Film 1

, also known as Garden of Sinners, a series of 7 films with a psychological / supernatural focus. The first is called Fukan Fuukei or Overlooking View, and is 48 minutes long. This series of movies almost feels like a series, and is the current focus of an online anime watch club I'm participating in. I will share write-ups written for the club, which aren't written in the form of notes, but also aren't me trying to come up with a specific point (thus far).

Final and important note - these write-ups are written after watching each movie, not the whole series of movies. Spoilers of movies beyond the one numbered in each entry will not be tolerated. This is a Things I Like post, it's not a review, but more a discussion of the show and of ideas that have risen in my mind as I've watched it. It's relatively close to a review though, as aside from describing the movie's plot I actually go over it pretty closely. THERE WILL BE A FAIR AMOUNT OF SPOILERS.

States Of Mind: Patlabor On Film

If Patlabor the Movie took some risks with its depiction of a Japan failed by its future, Patlabor 2 the Movie is extraordinarily brave in confronting some of the most uncomfortable episodes in its past.STATES OF MIND: PATLABOR ON FILM - PART 2

INCURSIONSThe notion of there being little differencebetween a just war and an unjust peace evokes painful memories in a country dedicated to total war for ten years and which then became a crucial bastion in a new conflict that would last for fifty. Japan's strategic importance in that Cold War, positioned as she is a short distance from the southern extremities of the then Soviet Union, became clear in 1976 when Ukrainian pilot Viktor Belenko defected and flew his state-of-the art MiG-25 Foxbat interceptor to Hakodate in northern Japan. The incident was the inspiration for Tsuge's faked aerial incursion, both in the film-makers' minds and the screenplay - it is referred to by Arakawa.

Mangabox: A Closer Look

We have another entry into the 'release manga on an online platform' sweepstakes this week with Mangabox, a project put together by Dena, with assistance from a few manga publishers in Japan, primarily Kodansha. The goal is to release daily manga chapters of various series, some of which may be familiar to English-speaking readers, either because they know the anime, they know the series it's spun off from, or they're familiar with the author. It launched last week with about 22 titles available in English, and it's also available on the Japanese side as well (with a few more titles - more on that below).

All the titles have now had at least one chapter, so we've gotten a basic look at the fare we'll be seeing. It reads very much like a young men's magazine, with some dumb comedy, some romance, some horror, and some adventure. The daily feed of 2-3 new chapters means that no one series overwhelms the other (again, with one irritating exception), and the app itself is easy to use and very readable (it was initially incredibly bright, but they seem to have toned that down a bit in an update).

Updating Illustriously

So this semester is over and I'm hanging around in Aber waiting to be a witness at a Magistrate's trial because of reasons before heading back home for Christmas. Sounds like the perfect time to get on with some painting! Which I have done.

See, look, painted and stuff! The Illustrious Sky Fortress, probably my favourite sky fortress in DW. I decided just plain brown decking was boring and tried some markings, which turned out reasonably well so long as you don't look too close. I also had to paint tiny flyers, which is something I've been putting off since I started playing DW...

Mothballs: Soups And Strings May Break My Bones, But Muybridge Never Hurt My Cat

THIS WEEK: Muybridge's Strings and Cat Soup

A late Thanksgiving means December snuck up on me this year, so I need to get cracking on some Really Fun Posts I have planned and eventual end of the year writing shenanigans. As such, while I develop more of a head start on those, the round of dives into the anime backcatalog swamp this week gunned for short artsy pieces.

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Ghost in the Shell: ARISE border:2 Ghost Whispers, Flying Bodies

This week was a bit of a transitional period, wrapping up the read-along, sating my desire to write about and getting my reactions and episodes 7 and 8, and posting about the latest . It's all in preparation for a Christmas period when I up the ante and post lots of reviews for films. More on that next week. What did I watch in film terms? South Korean disaster flick Flu and that was it. I'm preparing the finishing touches to the latest winter anime guide which will be released by Anime UK News and my thoughts on the other titles from the autumn season.

Yesterday's was about three films, all of which were totally different from each other but today's post features lots of documentaries.

Friday, November 29, 2013

Ghost In The Shell: Arise

I was in high school when Mamoru Oshii's () original Ghost in the Shell () anime was released in 1995. It was about the same time I read Ray Kurzweil's The Age of Intelligent Machines. I'm not sure if Kurzweil's idea of the singularity had hit mainstream conciseness at the time, but they were ideas that lead me towards studying Computer Engineering. It was the philosophical side to Ghost in the Shell that attracted me as a teenager. The blurring of man and machine.

The Internet was just in it's early stages but it allowed me to track down an import of the soundtrack by Kenji Kawai (). Kawaii wrote a lot of the soundtracks for Mamoru Oshii's animes, and also for the films of Hideo Nakata () including Ring, Ring 2, and Dark Water. He is certainly one of my favourite Japanese film composers. Here are live versions of the main themes from Ghost in the Shell, and Ring.

Anime Goes Beyond Boundaries

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The plots in anime never learn a distinct structure, precisely most unfold in a complex modality that reflects the historical world. anime can non be classified in all certain group because the topics augment to so many a(prenominal) types, genres, and durations. anime doesnt have the Disney convention, such as the happy ending, the kissing scene, and the funny-animal creatures. Anime takes cartoons and art iodin beat beyond. The history of anime began with a few small manga artists, which progressed easily all over the years. The first trine Japanese cartoons were iodine-reelers of cardinal to five minutes each, in 1917... A few [later ones] were imitations of alien cartoons, such as the Felix the Cat serial, yet most were dramatizations of oriental folk tales in traditional Japanese art styles(Patten, 1). vital force returned to the individual hire devoters right after WWII, they hampered for the adjoining decade by the slow recovery o f the Japanese parsimony(Patten, 2). The! se cartoons often pictured war, new(prenominal) anime makers based theirs strike of old folklore, and early(a) animators used Disney- attending approaches. One man, Osama Tezuka, wrote a triple-crown novel-length manga book at the time of twenty deeming him the God of Manga. Tezukas illustrations change integrity with action and emotion(OConnell, 1), and contributed much to what anime characters look like now with round heads and expressive eyes from Disney cartoons. Manga led to anime, anime went onto film, then biography companies and film studios, which then developed anime television series and full motion pictures with computing machine aid. The pocket of Akira, a very successful anime, paved the trend for an anime market. Ghost in the Shell, an opposite sci-fi flick, used integrated cubicle animation with computer graphics and placed number one on the Billboards carousel Videos Sales Chart. Several extracts started such as Dragon ballock Z, Speed Racer, Sa ilormoon, and Pokemon. Anime has reached worldwide harbinger and leave put out to offer artistic beauty with complex story structures amidst controversy. Anime brings together complex characters, themes and amazing prowess, which separates anime from otherwise cartoons. Anime characters act and look how they feel. afterward all, words are just words, unless backed up by industrial plant(Poitras, 56). The animators make the characters have big eyes to more soft show a wide range of their emotions like entire anger, happiness, or sadness. A lot of caramel browns love anime for the tint of the artwork in characters and backgrounds. If you can dream it, anime-tors can snuff it it(Corliss, 1). The backgrounds mesmerize the viewers with the graphic richness of the landscapes: either idyllically gorgeous or scarred with the nuclear apocalypse that drive obsesses Japanese artists(Corliss, 1). The animators show details even right land to the characters hair, how it flows, how it makes the character unique, and many o! ther stylistic elements. The structure of the anime story tries to separate from: Disney, predictability, and the tried and true good computed axial tomography vs. bad guy formula. It is not unusual for a major(ip) character in an anime or manga to die, lose the one they love to another, or to fail at what they are act to do(Poitras, 55). A confusing attribute happens in anime, which mimics Shakespeare. A farce emerges from a serious tragic moment. A sharp-worded comedic interlude can occur in a disconsolate environment. People find the characters behavior and situations both realistic and complex. along with realistic artwork, they make anime unique from all other cartoons.Anime has many genres, no boundaries, and an audience of all ages, from all over the world. No one can clearly draw anime because so many genres exist: the fantasy, the slapstick humor, the romantic, the horror, and X-rated genres. In the U.S. today, innerly explicit anime is q uite over-represented compared to the total metre of anime of all genres in Japan.(Poitras, 50). Cartoons have no age barrier, no height bar, no gender gap, half of [anime workshop owners] customers are female(Corliss, 2). Anime sparked an entire generation of music, art cards, stationary, scroll saw puzzles, toys, model kits, plush toys, action figures, video games, and everything realistic to sell.

Japanese cartoons have allusions sometimes to their favorite Japanese products, and the other way just about, Japanese pop finale branches off into commercialize themes such as Hello Kitty. Anime has an equal pump of fans towards the number of good deal that dislike anime for its controversy. The most classifiable quality of an! ime is the subject manner: much of anime deals with ?real- intent topics that American cartoons wouldnt touch with a 30-foot pole(OConnell, 1). Miyazaki, the creator of Princess Mononoke said, Children already know all too well the violence that resides at bottom them and the violence that pervades the world around them. If we wanted to handle out about this question, we had to incorporate realistic violence in the film(Corliss, 2). Violence in Japan is often shown as having consequences... conflicting in U.S. cartoons, where the person simply peels himself off the pavement and resumes life(Poitras, 63). Other controversial topics such as nakedness in anime does not have the stigma or sex activityual innuendo as it does in the U.S.; but not all anime involves violence, sex, or explicit themes. People should go facial expression for the things that may be controversial and just enjoy anime. Anime has grown much from when Tezuka first started selective service big-eyed cartoons. Anime has many genres and many more to come; so anime go forth always be new and fresh. Japans culture now evolves around anime. Anime clubs outnumber any other type of fan based club in Japan. The fresh successes such as Princess Mononoke and a consistent amount of anime coming into the united States proves that the interest in anime will continue to rise. After watching anime many fans emollient up Japanese. Otaku delegacy fan(Poitras, 8). Anime will run short forever because it goes into the future, past, or present and it shows the human conditions, which barely ever change. The animators have make anime songs into successful selling CDs. The artwork in anime may arrive in museums as actual art and will have exhibits on the stovepipe artwork make in anime. Anime should receive more respect. Artists draw anime professionally with serious topics that deal with real life. When the controversy over how explicit cartoons promote violence and sex to children die s down, the largest controversy in the end will be if! people want to see the Japanese anime with subtitles or dubbed. Bibliography lost... sorry. If you want to get a full essay, order it on our website:

TV Rundown: The New Shows

Thanksgiving is a chance to enjoy time with loved ones you so rarely get to see. But then everyone chows down on turkey, turducken, tofurkey, and turporeel (turkey, pork, and eel - I'll let you know how it goes) and we all go to our separate corners to catch up on that incredible backlog of TV shows we meant to watch but never got around to. For those wondering which new shows are worth investing your time in, here are the six new network shows I've been watching.

I won't review anything old - you already know if you can't get enough Mark Harmon - and I won't review everything new, but I will give you my informal thoughts on Almost Human, The Crazy Ones, Sleepy Hollow, The Michael J. Fox Show, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., and The Blacklist.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013


TEXHNOLYZE (pronounced "technolize") shares a closeness with Masamune Shirow's GHOST IN THE SHELL by presenting a human race that has become technologically advanced to the point where cybernetic limbs have become a reality. However, where GHOST IN THE SHELL argued the moral and ethical implications of advancing humans through technology, TEXHNOLYZE merely uses augmented limbs as a tool used by factions living in a massive underground city.

Ichise has angered the wrong people. A prize fighter, Ichise finds himself on the wrong end of a sword after upsetting his promoters who, as a form of punishment and humiliation, cut off one of his arms and legs. Left for dead, Ichise is "rescued" by a genius doctor who fits him with experimental cybernetic limbs in a process called Texhnolyzation--one that is usually reserved for the elite members of the Organo, a yakuza-like organization that rules the city of Lux. The Organo are beset by two factions: the Salvation Union, a group that advocates human purity, and the Racan, a gang of young Texhnolyzed toughs with access to weapons and nothing to do. At the center of this volatile mix is a young girl named Ran who has the ability to see into a person's future.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

"Almost Human": Some Thoughts and a Sneak Peek at the Season

Kennex (Karl Urban) looking terse as usual. Credit: FOX/Almost Human Facebook page

We've got some stuff to talk about! Thankfully, not as much stuff as Almost Human, but I've got some things to discuss. You've probably thought about some of what I'm about to say yourself.

Animate! The Sci-Fi Fanatic BIG 20: Anime

What better way to promote and shine a light on anime than to present to you anime animated.

Can you think of a better way to taste the possibilities?

The Sci-Fi Fanatic BIG 10: Greatest Science Fiction Films Of The 1970s

John Kenneth Muir is running one of his week long, popular Reader's Poll Lists at . Who doesn't love a good list?I know I'm an addict.He generously offers readers to contribute.He posted a list from yours truly . Be sure to check out the rest.Here's an amped up version of that same post.


Ghost in the Shell (Response Post)

Ghost in the Shell was an anime sci-fi film released in 1995 that was based on the already best selling Japanese manga series. Originally animated by game designer's Production I.G, and directed by anime enthusiast Mamoru Oshii, it's no surprise that the film became as renown as it did in the anime community. Not only do critics and fans agree that the animation is superb, they also made other side notes on topics ranging from Oshii's wise choice of music to the heartfelt emotional story that the viewer gets sucked into.

While Ghost in the Shell is known to pay attention to touchy subjects at times, critics mainly took notice on the topic of sexuality. Talked and debated about quite frequently is the controversy on how some of the characters are made up to look and function. Arguments stem from critics claiming some women in the film are made up to look and act as men, and even go as far to debate about an interrupted menstral cycle. Adult anime films that were made before these revolutionary hits often didn't touch on risky and debatable topics, and tended to cling on to the more family-friendly material. While some of the content is debatable for an anime film for its time, but nonetheless has brought forward a new sense of the term "anime".

Anime Isn't Special

When people asked before "Why do you watch anime?" - I never really had an answer, I watch anime because I like the way it looks and it has enough stories I enjoy. I also watch western television and don't think one form is better than the other. I also read a lot of books, and I love reading books, and you'll be hard pressed to convince me most anime beats most books I read (though the reverse is slightly tilted in books' favour). I always noted it at strange that I do watch all this anime, but it's just TV, and I happen to watch it to a large degree instead of western television, but I'm not sure there's any deep reason for it.

Hachiman from OreGairu telling us how special he is, a notion the show spares no sympathy towards.

Top 10 Studios

Since anyone who reads this blog knows I'm obsessed with studios, here's the the top favorites list.

The order is based on the success rate percentage of each studio which I calculate carefully.


Robotics;Notes is an anime from Production I.G, you may know them from their work with Ghost in the Shell and the Blood franchise. It's based on a visual novel game by 5pb, the same group that was responsible for Steins;Gate and a list of other games you've probably never heard of. Since their stuff doesn't usually leave Japan. That all sounds pretty promising to me. Let's take a look at the anime and see how long that lasts.

The story follows a young man named Kai and his friend Akiho, who comprise the robotics club of Tanegashima High School. But all isn't going well. They have no funding with which to finish their giant robot and the principal wants to shut them down. To further complicate matters, Kai stumbles upon a mysterious program called the Kimijima report. To its credit, Robotics;Notes does have some interesting ideas, its technology is futuristic but most of it does come across as plausible, and its main plot thread does have some good moments. However, the ending is weak and it's very slowly paced. It isn't until the 16th episode that the major plot threads start paying off. Up until that point it's all build up and the concepts they're working with really aren't interesting enough to merit that much build up. Consequently, a lot of the early episodes just drag. The major romance sub-plot also falls rather flat. They give you some idea that the characters might possibly care for each other beyond friendship throughout the anime, but they never give you a reason to care. Which resulted in me not being able to find a damn to give when they had their obligatory pairing up scene towards the end. In fact, the anime would have been stronger without that sub-plot. What there is of it is just cliched and they could've done everything exactly the same with the characters in question just being good friends.

Ergo Proxy Ep3: Mazecity & Ep4: Futu-Risk

Since seeing PACIFIC RIM (2013) in July, I've turned a good deal of my spare time to kaiju and anime. It has certainly infiltrated my infrequent posting and it's been fun to get back to it.I suspect that pattern will continue in the run up to Christmas.Can you believe it's almost Christmas? It seems like yesterday I just saw PACIFIC RIM. Can we enjoy Thanksgiving first?

We continue with the story of ERGO PROXY (2006).To catch up, here is the summary from the actual DVD of the first volume of four episodes.

Ghost in the Shell: Arise

The original Ghost in the Shell manga by Masamune Shirow and the film by Mamoru Oshii proved to be as iconic as Blade Runner, and truly defined the cyberpunk genre in the anime world. Even so, the later Stand-Alone Complex television series far outdid the originals in getting cyberpunk right.

Not only by avoiding the stale "robots are taking over!" meme that Hollywood writers can't get past. But in imagining a technological society just short of the "Singularity" (one of those evolutionary steps that will always be just over the horizon), and yet no more or less dystopian than this one.

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Sunday, November 3, 2013

All the things you would like to understand regarding anime

In case you are browsing the animecraving internet sites and downloading your most loved anime sequence, you arent alone. The trend for anime motion pictures, serials and comics is huge time trend between kids and younger grownups everywhere in the earth. If you are new to terms like animecraving, we have to get started with the beginning.What exactly is anime?The word "anime" usually means an abbreviation in the term "animation" while you may possibly have guessed. But what makes particular is always that, it has appear to denote animation that originates from Japan. When in Japan all kinds of animation are referred to as anime, outside the house this country, the term denotes animation that is generated in Japan. The term is distinctive as being the animation created below is distinctive from animation works during the rest of your globe. There are several internet sites named all around animecraving to replicate the popularity of animes. What provides on anime craving?The feel and appear of the anime movies developed in Japan is unique not only within the artwork and also within the one of a kind method of storytelling thats assumed. The themes and also the concepts in anime films are distinct which provides on animecraving. Its obtained a global viewers around the final 4 a long time. Because the animecraving comics and films are attracting many supporters from all around the earth, they can be becoming translated into a lot of languages and you can find generations of viewers inside the West who will be growing up looking at these sequence.In which to find animecraving shows?In case you are an animecraving admirer, you can definitely choose to see a large selection of choices. Animecraving fans will discover quite a few sites where by such demonstrates, collection and perhaps videos are offered totally free obtain or streaming on the web. You can even get posters or wallpapers in their most loved demonstrates and characters to obtain here. Animecraving apps for phones and tabs enable lovers to search out video games determined by their beloved exhibits.Functions of anime shows What helps make anime so specific is that it truly is unique with the animation created during the Western globe. The American cartoons like Spider Guy or Batman are distinctly various kinds than what 1 will see in anime series in animecraving sites. The various attributes of anime reveals are talked over underneath:Artwork - the artwork models in are diverse. They can be outlandish, straightforward or direct and flamboyant. Even the exhibits which can be based on essential artwork are visually hanging. Just about every variety of artwork appears to be like fresh and new in anime.Storytelling kinds - there are many animes that are based upon epic storylines. This sort of storylines run for hundreds and perhaps thousands of episodes. The most beneficial animes are people which produce emotional involvement within the viewers.Vast selection of topics - the wide variety of anime displays available signifies that each viewer will find a series dependant on his / her desire. From science fiction which include in Planetes to crime battling like Ghost in the Shell, you can find variations from the classic literary will work like Gankutsuou: The Depend of Monte Cristo or occasions of female empowerment like Nana.There is a great deal of the country s society intertwined during the anime collection. Anime will not be one particular style but contains of quite a few genres by using a distinctive platform and framework. The demonstrates may also be created for varying audiences and age groups which heightens the animecraving phenomenon.
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Various Stats From the Second Round of the Anime Music Tournament

We're picking up steam now. The second round of the Animusic Tournament has already finished and we're barreling through the third round as I write. Thanks to the seeding, the first round saw only a few truly tough match-ups to choose from; but, with each round going forward, it will get more and more difficult. I was curious to see if the increased competition in the second round would further the trends seen in the first round or introduce a new direction. This post will summarize what I found.

I hear Excel calling to me .

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Tachikoma Fascination

I managed to complete the 2002 26-episode anime series known as Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex and needed somewhere to direct my thoughts. Then I remembered that I had a blog.

GitS:SAC is a kind of gem in the vast ocean of anime. It's comparable to an adolescent boy who doesn't watch porn in the sense that you won't come across many of them unless you're looking real hard. You see, SAC is deep. And when I say deep I mean really deep. Really, really deep. Sometimes even too deep. But when it doesn't get lost in its own world and lose me in the process, it's a fantastic take on the future and tackles many political, philosophical, and technological themes that other anime series wouldn't dare lay their hands on. Kind of reminded me of a more convoluted version of Un-Go in that regard.

Thursday, October 31, 2013

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FWS Top Ten: My Favorite Anime

To us old-school fans of Anime and Manga, like me, it is still strange to see the amount of Manga and Anime available in mainstream book stores and online. I've been watching Anime since 1978 and until the mid-1990's, Anime and Manga were underground, and suffered from poor translations and video quality...but I was completely hooked. So much so, by the time I was in high school, I could carry on a basic conversation in Japanese. During those dark years, we got what we could take and afford, and fans were few and far between...unlike today. In the small towns in Oklahoma, where I grew up, Anime fans were few, and often I was the only one with videos to spread the gossip of Japan animation over that Disney shit. Anime has had a huge impact on my life and writing, and I thought I should share my top ten anime works. You will notice that Akira does not appear on this list. And there is a good reason for that. While I read the manga of Akira, I was never impressed with the Anime, it was just too much with annoying characters, and I think it over-hyped.


Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Flashback Friday, Blood-C: The Last Dark Released; The Question I see far too Much- "Is Blood-C a Continuation of Blood+?", New CLAMP Illustrations, The Legend of the Legendary Heroes and A Chance to

Hey there! Like usual, sorry it took quite sometime to get this post up but I have a buns load of amazingly great news upon news for you all! First off for Flashback Friday I went back, edited all of my previous blog posts and will be giving updates/announcements on series that were posted in the previous blog posts! I'll start with Kamisama Kiss since I have buying a manga volume every time I go to Hastings >..< Heroes of Cosplay- Heroes of Cosplay will be returning next year for another season, though the official date is still unknown. This was announced last week on Heroes of Cosplay Facebook page. They also said they were looking for more imaginative cosplayers out there to cast; might not be too late to check into it if you're interested so make sure to go to their Facebook page for complete details! Wolf Children- The Wolf Children movie will be released November 26. Just by watching the trailer I started to tear up; can't wait to watch the movie =D Here is the link to the trailer- You can still put in your pre-order from RightStuf by clicking this link- There will also be a Wolf Children Graphic Novel that will be released March 25, 2014! Typing about Mamoru Hosoda, here is a contributed Illustration done by CLAMP.

This Illustration was done for the 'Summer Wars Official Comic Anthology' and is the first page of the book! xxxHolic Rei- Due to Del Rey shutting down we thought we might not see a US release of xxxHolic Reifor several more years, however Kodansha Comics USA (Del Reys successor) is not only releasing xxxHolic Rei, but also omnibus editions of xxxHolic and Tsubasa next year! Once the Japan release date of xxxHolic Rei is announced Kodansha USA will set and announce the US release date! So does this mean that we will be seeing a US release of Tsubasa ALBuM De REProDUCTioNS 2 and XXXHOLiC Butterfly's Dream Artbooks in the near future as well? I sure hope so! On the topic of xxxHolic Rei it was shown that this Illustration will be the cover of volume 1 for the Japanese release. MangaFox also just updated the new chapter. Oh CLAMP how you love to confuzzle us! Back to where Yuko?! Cardcaptor Sakura- CLAMP has done a lot of new Cardcaptor Saukra Illustrations for the Cardcaptor Sukra Moblie game, but it looks as though we will be seeing more than just Illustrations soon! Cardcaptor Sakura Producer Eizo Kondo says that he would like to make a new anime of Cardcaptor Sakura! So will we be seeing a re-make of Cardcaptor Sakura in the near future?!

Discotek will be re-releasing The Cardcaptor Sakura Movie on DVDa re-dub??? All fingers crossed!

Tuesday, October 29, 2013


Clannad is one of those shows that I love and hate at the same time because sometimes I feel like; OH MY GOD, THIS IS AMAZING! and other times I have a disappointing feeling like; really?

This show revolves around the lives of Tomoya and Nagisa (and an assortment of other people such as friends, family, and landlords) and I get that there supposed to be all "hormonal" with "impaired judgement" along withhaving "rough teenage lives" but some of the reasoning that goes on in their head really does not compute (in my opinion.If any of you found Clannad to be an emotionally powerful story I don't mean to say that that sounds silly.)

Sunday, October 27, 2013

New Bayonetta: Bloody Fate Trailer Brings Back The Gang

Back when the first trailer arrived for the upcoming BAYONETTA: BLOODY FATE, some were wondering what happened to a majority of the series' cast. While there was plenty of Bayonetta herself and copious amounts of cleavage, fans were left to ponder the fate of their beloved characters. Fortunately, Gonzo has heard your cries and has released a new trailer this week which showcases the rest of the gang.

Characters such as Rodin, Enzo and Luka all make appearances in this new trailer, which should hopefully assuage some of the fears that fans have about this upcoming anime adaptation.

Saturday, October 26, 2013

My Review of Blood C

Disclaimer: This reivew contains some spoilers, and since they tie in directly with my most imnportant points about the show, I won't be hiding them. Read with discretion.

Blood C (2011)

Friday, October 25, 2013

ParaWars: Uprising Blog Tour: Guest Post

Welcome to my stop on the . I'm so thrilled to be on this tour because Cait, , and I go way back. For today's stop, I've got a bomb guest post by Cait Greer about the music behind the book to share with all of you!

I am a huge book/music person so it's always a treat for me to get to see the music that inspired the book, characters, scenes, etc. So, check out Greer's playlist and let me know what you think of the song choices. Psst, Greer has excellent taste! ;p


Mike (@), a lapsed anime blogger, has the same origin story as plenty of other fans of a certain geography and age: a cloudy mix of Vampire Hunter D, Ghost in the Shell, Akira, and Macross Plus. You can occasionally find the telltale byline otou-san at and until returns from the deep again, as it probably will someday.One of the calling cards of the aging anime fan, a relatively new species in the West, is his insistence that they just don't make 'em like they used to. And in the 21st century, a case could definitely be made for that. While the OVAs of the late 80s and early 90s heralded an anything-goes era of experimentation where the spectacular outweighed the sensical, anime in the post-industry-collapse world is increasingly marked by formula and safety: works that guarantee a hardcore otaku audience yet alienate other potential consumers.

But we've heard all that before. Years as recent as 2010 give us plenty of reason to believe this is the case -- there's always hope.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Reel Anime 2013 Review: Momo e no Tegami

Genres: Comedy, Drama, Magic

Ending Theme: "" by Yuko Hara

Production Studio: Production I.G

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Ghost in the Shell

So I've written about my favorite anime TV show (Mushi-shi), I've written about my favorite manga series (Bleach), now I shall write about my favorite anime movie; Ghost in the Shell.

Not much can be said about this movie without revealing its plot, and the plot itself is so complicated I don't think I could properly describe it.I had to watch the movie three times before I understood its entire plot; there are many pieces to the story, and the film itself is not long so viewers really have to pay attention to every detail.

Monday, October 21, 2013

Cool Products Monday, October 21, 2013

For the new update, we've got some excellent products from Japan for you. You can view all new J-List products by clicking .


Sunday, October 20, 2013

Otakon Vegas to Welcome Prolific Voice Actor and Director Richard Epcar

OTAKON VEGAS welcomes one of the hardest working actor/directors in show business, RICHARD EPCAR, having voiced over 300 characters in games, animation and anime. He is best known as the voice of Batou in Ghost in the Shell, The Joker in several Batman games including Injustice: Gods Among Us and Ansem in Kingdom Hearts.

Starting out in Robotech, you've heard him in Legend of Korra, Lupin the Third, Monster, Naruto, Transformers, Bleach, Kenshin, GTO, Gundam, Macross, Lucky Star, Digimon, X-Men, and Power Rangers to name a few.

Anime Review: Kemono no Souja Erin

GENRE: Fantasy

CREATOR/STUDIO: Nahoko Uehashi (writer of light novels)/Production IG

Friday, October 18, 2013

MCM announce October's London Comic Con guest line-up

MCM Expo/London Comic Con returns to ExCel London on 25th - 27th October. As well as hosting a galaxy of great sci-fi, movie, games, comics, anime and cosplay content, they've also got their usual huge line up of special guests - with more guests being added all the time! see for the latest London Comic Con news - but here's a round-up of who's been announced so far:

* Red hot fantasy-noir show LOST GIRL is coming to MCM London Comic Com, with stars Ksenia Solo (Black Swan, Life Unexpected) and Rachel Skarsten (Transporter: The Series, Birds Of Prey) plus executive producer Jay Firestone (Andromeda, La Femme Nikita).

Stop Following Test Scripts and Think: 99 Ways Workshop #91

The Software Testing Club recently put out an eBook called "". Some of them are really general and vague. Some of them are remarkably specific.

My goal for the next few weeks is to take the "99 Things" book and see if I can put my own personal spin on each of them, and make a personal workshop out of each of the suggestions.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

2013 Fall Season (R) Spring smurfs 3d Season (R)

Confirmed the arrival of the autumn season and the screen has not been given a guide prepared by animelerle neregate.com on. You can open a new tab to see the image in full screen size of 5.66MB. For any comments and suggestions on the subject of re-l124c41 + out or you can contact me by. Renewed and updated list of fragments in this title add to the blog. Season smurfs 3d interpretations

can be found here. Complete List of Characters Series: Aikatsu! 2 Aoki Hagane no Arpeggio-Arpeggio of Blue Steel-BlazBlue: Diabolik Lovers Alter Memory Coppelion Galilei Donna Diamond no Ace Crusher Freezing Vibration Gaist Gingitsune Golden Time Gundam-Build Fighters-Hajime no Ippo: IS-Infinite Stratos-2 Kakumeiki Valvrave Rising 2 kikou Kizutsukanai-Unbreakable Machine Doll-la wa Shoujo Kill Kill Kuroko no kyoukai no Kanata Kyousougiga Basuki 2 Little Busters! Log Horizon ~ Refrain ~ Lupin Sansei: Princess of the Breeze - Kakusareta Kuuchuu Toshi Magi: The Kingdom of Magic Meganebu! Miss Monochrome Nagi no Bushi Road Non Non Biyori smurfs 3d Kairiku Asukara Neppu ga Ore no nouna Sentakushi, Gakuen de Jama Shiteiru smurfs 3d Zenryoku Oshiri it Kajiri Lovecome Mushi 2 Outbreak Company Phi Brain: Kami no Puzzle 3 Pocket Monsters: THE ORIGIN Ginga Saikyou Pupa Pocket Monsters Ultimate XY Zero: Battle Spirits Samurai Sentai Flamenco Seiyuu Voice-Torm 7 Sekai de Ichiban Narita Tsuyoku! Strike the Blood Brothers Super Seisyun Teekyuu 3 Tesagure! Walkure Romanze Bukatsu-mono White Album 2 Yowamushi Pedal Tokyo Ravens Yozakura Quartet ~ Hana no Uta ~ Shibushibu Shuushoku Yuusha wa Ore ni wo Narenakatta Shimashita Ketsui. OVA: Chihayafuru Fate / Kaleid Liner Prisma Illya Free! Genshiken Nidaime IS-Infinite Stratos-2 Kill Me Baby KissXsis Maken-ki! You can `yuu Miyakawa-ke no Kuufuku Seitokai Yakuindomo. Dai 2 Ki Suisei no Gargantia Terra e ... Machigatte Iru wa Ore no Seishun Lovecome Yozakura Quartet Yahari Movies: ARISE: Ghost in the Shell 2 Captain Harlock Code Geass: Akito 2 Boukoku no Eiga Dokidoki! Precure:

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Upcoming Korean FPS Games of 2013-2014 (mostly not interesting)




There is unrest between the people and the police in Japan which has resulted in extremist action. In turn the government has trained and armed select soldiers to withstand and push back these extremists.

One soldier in particular is beginning to question his resolve. Through him we venture further into his world, how he perceives it and the events that follow. In this film we see inner struggle both in his everyday life and his dreams. There is a theme on the original telling of Red Riding Hood at the core of the film and the concept of wolves which makes for an interesting dreamlike experience. It has much more depth than Akira and actually draws more emotion out of the viewer. Also the animation is completely consistent from start to finish and not the least bit erratic.

Monday, October 14, 2013

Soboj ostat'sya dol'she

NOTE: Sorry for the cryptic title of the post. It's explained further down in the post. I just felt that it sums up my current state of mind and thought patterns pretty well.

Well. My writer's block continues. Sometimes I wonder if one of these days it'll start and just never stop again. When I think about the fact that I didn't write anything for nearly six years, it doesn't seem that unlikely to me. In the mean time, I try to keep pushing myself to write to try and avoid that outcome. Nothing I've written in the last week or so is really worth publishing though. So instead it's time for a bit more rambling from me.

Music Monday

For some time, I've been searching long and hard for opening themes and closing themes in languages other than Japanese or English (I don't mean redubs by the way). Although , I find that English songs used as opening or closing themes is now probably more prevalent than it ever was, so much so that it's no longer that 'special' to me (though it was back when Eden of the East was about, but probably only because I was more ignorant).

If you're interested, you can check out this , though if you look them up you can tell they're accurate, just incomplete since there are glaring omissions - one which I will be covering later in this post! Anyway, despite that, it's still interesting to see what choices are made and whether it is an English or a Japanese band performing the song (sometimes you really can't tell, but sometimes you can).

Bet You Thinking Twice About that Upcoming Barackalypse, Huh?

In a previous article, I discussed how the upcoming Barackalypse will be a full eco-techno-socio assault on African-Americans from every direction and the brothas and sistas ain't ready and too busy goofing off. Now brothas and sistas are getting the full preview of what's about to go down with the US Government shutdown due to the budget impasse between the White House and House of Representatives. So now, I'm popping that microwave popcorn so I can sit back and watch our ineffectual Black leaders just run their mouth and perform futile actions against a right-wing machination our leaders failed to prepare to do real battle against.

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Sunday, October 13, 2013


Based on the original "" manga by Tomonori Inoue , this science fiction story centers around the struggles a group of genetically engineered girls face on their mission to wander the wastelands of post-apocalyptic Tokyo as they look for survivors in the desolate city, abandoned after a nuclear incident.

Was quite impressed with the first two episodes of , the visuals and atmosphere really grabbed me and make me want to see more of the girls' journey in this post-apocalyptic world.

Saturday, October 12, 2013

NEETest Story Ever

There are many things that work out great for - a fabulous first episode (although NF has seen quite a few anime over the years, he hasn't quite seen one in which Washington DC was featured so heavily (the first episode in Eden of the East) and so wonderfully accurately! And while NF cannot (sadly) vouch for the accuracy of depictions of Shibuya, Shinjuku, Akihabara, Roppongi, Ikebukuro or the other Tokyo neighborhoods featured often in other animes, in this case at least, he could really appreciate the accuracy of the DC architecture that formed the background for the exploits of the protagonists in the first episode); a breezy, smooth flowing story arc; and wonderfully well etched characterizations.

But the thing that struck NF as the most impressive was the seamless transition of a series that looked like a simple, somewhat formulaic romcom (NF was a little apprehensive at first, given the theme, but the first episode convinced him to at least watch the complete eleven episodes of the series) into a bona fide science fictional escapade! In fact the SF themes are so subtle, unhighlighted and well stitched into the entire fabric of the series that you might be forgiven for missing out on them completely! The characters' interaction with technology is so realistic, effortless and casual that it makes you realize how even advanced technology slowly permeates our entire being with its users barely conscious of how their habits and routine have absorbed, adapted and subsumed and in turn have been subsumed by the said technology. (Another wonderful anime that manages to do this very beautifully is one of NF's all time favorites - .) One wonders if it is unique to the Japanese culture to think so naturally about technology and portray its effect on society in such a restrained, understated way (the phenomenon sure is very unique to the Japanese) or is it the hallmark of simply brilliant direction - after all the great - the director of Ghost in the Shell TV series, dons the mantle!

Origins of Anime

On Friday I went to look at books in the college liberty and I found a book that caught my attention. It was called NeoYork- Anime And Beyond. In the first few pages it explains the origins of Anime which I never hear of before.

According to this book the oldest Japanese animation in 1917 was only two minutes long and featured a samurai and his sword. Here is a video of some of the old Anime. The very first animation in 1917is shown in this video at the start.

Friday, October 11, 2013

Interpreting Interpretation: (Meta-)Interpretive Frameworks

A while back, I to analyze the ways that interpretive styles differ among fans, and how we can use that to not only classify ourselves but also understand some of our own behavior and tendencies. Along the way I ended up coming up with a working definition of "interpretation" that I could use for discussion. Ironically, at the same time, as part of a different project, I ended up a definition of fan(dom) that I thought was pretty workable, and also helped explain some of our behavior. And at the end of the summer, I engaged in a discussion with Misfortunedogged that ended up turning a "" into more of a discussion on interpretation and art. In this post, I hope to bring some of these ideas to bear on a discussion of some of the larger frameworks/trends/dichotomies that seem to characterize interpretation as a whole.

For instance, how many interpretive frameworks came into play during this one scene/arc from Hyouka, both within the anime itself and the community at large?

Japanese Voice Actor Tomoyuki Dan Passes Away

Anime voice actor Tomoyuki Dan passed away on October 10, 2013 due to recurring aortic dissection. He was 50 years old at the time of his passing.

He was born under his real name of Yoshio Tanaka on August 6, 1963. He joined Seinenza in 1987, where he had a long career in stage productions. He also appeared in Madadayo, the final film directed by Akira Kurosawa. He also did Japanese dubs of foreign films in addition to anime voice acting.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

The Embodiment of Information Presented in Anime



Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Various Stats From the First Round of the Anime Music Tournament

I won't lie; the first round of the Animusic Tourament took a long time to complete and my interest started to flag about three quarters of the way through. Now that we've come back around for the second round I'm feeling re-energized and, beyond voting for the second round (don't forget to ), I wanted to channel this energy into something related. I decided that I'd look into how much was gained by stretching the pool of participants out to 256.

Once I decided on doing some number-crunching, I realized there were several other stats I was interested in finding out and this ballooned the information I needed to gather greatly but I'm happy with the results, which I'll summarize below.

Feminist TV Shows? What?


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.

Rise of the Anime Titan: Shingeki no Kyojin (Attack on Titan)

This past year started out like any normal one for otaku worldwide.The spring calendar was full of colorful moe shows, a few comedies, a chunk of fan-service shows, and a couple of surprises.However, out of the few surprises, which included three mecha shows, no one saw this one coming. Written by Hajime Isayama and published by Kondansha (Kodansha Comics USA stateside), Attack on Titan (Called Shingeki no Kyojin in Japan), animated by Production I.G. (Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex)made its debut and did more than conquer Tumblr, Twitter, and Facebook for a few days.Attack on Titan has managed to do the one thing that hasn't been done since the heyday of Naruto, Bleach, Death Note, Fullmetal Alchemist, and even Spirited Away: Make fans of anime, new and old, care again.

Hailed by many as "The Game of Thrones of Anime," Attack on Titan is a dark fantasy series focused on humanity's fight for survival against the indomitable gargantuan creatures, The Titans, which loom over the populace in their domed cities and rain down havoc and destruction at each turn. Eren Yaeger, a young man from the first city hit by the Titans, rises to oppose the creatures after watching his mother die at the hands of these monsters.Hell-bent on revenge, Eren, along with his adoptive sister, Mikasa, and their friend, Armin, join the military with a number of others to combat the beasts, using equipment and skills to perform action-packed feats that would make Spider-Man proud.Although it seems like a simple premise, there is more than meets the eye here (Yes, I went the Bay route).More twists than a pretzel and surprises abound in this series that is currently at 25 episodes. It's a mystery wrapped in thrilling action.Even the fans following the source material (the comic book) have been left guessing what happens next.

Summer Project

"Technological progress has merely provided us with more efficient means for going backwards."


Monday, October 7, 2013

UTR 3 Ghost in the Shell +

What's up!?

I recently watched anime film called Ghost in The Shell. Yes, it is an old movie and I am a little bit behind but wow, was this film crazy. I thought Akira's symbolisms and themes were already out of the ball park but Ghost in The Shell takes it to another level!

Comic Book USA: Best of Previews October 2014


Eccoci a commentare le novit ' presenti sul PREVIEWS di Ottobre, che anticipa per noi le uscite di Dicembre prossimo.

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Japanese Films at the 10th London International Animation Festival

The plays host to the which runs from Friday, October 25th to Sunday, November 03rd with over 300 films from 30 countries being screened. There are a number of Japanese films playing at the festival and here they are:


Saturday, October 5, 2013

The Anime Music Tournament 2013 Bracket Pedro

We get a nice "YEEEEEEEEEEEEEES!" here compared to the bracket namesake's trademark "NOOOOOOOOOO!" as we come to the last bracket of the first round, with the close to finishing, the already completed. Sixteen more songs to randomly and shoddily pontificate about, in what's been an intriguing, and sometimes confusing, tournament so far. Many takeaways to come later.BPR1P1

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Friday, October 4, 2013

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Ghost in the Shell: Arise

Having watched Ghost in the Shell since it first arrived on western shores I, like so many other fans, have had a few questions about Major Kusanagi. Who is she? How did she get a fully cyborg body, where did she come from, what her family was like these all seem pretty reasonable questions, when you think about it.

answers these questions - without actually removing much of the mystery behind Kusanagi. Although we now know how she meets Aramaki, Batou, Paz and Togusa, there's still way more questions than answers we have about her life. With luck, none of them will be addressed in future episodes. ^^



I watch/read/consume a lot of foreign entertainment. I mean if I was only going to watch British, or even worse, English entertainment I'd quite rapidly run outand be bored to tears in the meantime. But as the current trend seems to be to divide the, SPHERICAL, world into some kind of post-colonial longitude-based separation with me at the centre being as I reside on the dying husk of an attempt at global tyranny and therefore find myself classed as 'Western'. I should say that I watch/read/consume a lot of 'Eastern' entertainment. Why? Well I'm glad you asked.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Liebster Award!

My first blog award! How exciting. Awarded to me by the wonderful , this "prestigiously obscure" blog award is meant to draw attention to blogs with under 200 followers. The rules/requirements/gentle suggestions for the awardee:

1) Expose my readers to the randomness of my soul.

Wrapping up September

I got the best news ever this month - are you ready? Are you sitting down? I was offered a place at uni next year in the Honours program!!! Okay, maybe it's not momentous for you lot, but I've come to the realisation over the last few months that I want to get more out of university than what my last degree offered me. Don't get me wrong - I'm very happy with my Bachelor of Communications, as it introduced me to some great people and great opportunities. I wouldn't have done anything else. But now, I can further refine that, and aim towards a specific career sector. Whether I head further into the world of academia after my Honours, or leap into the world of cinema with a new passion, or give it up completely and turn to a life on the streets (just kidding) isn't locked in stone yet, but I feel better about my future than I have for a while.

I really wanted to knock off a review of Martha Marcy May Marlene in the next day or two, but I'm on a short film until Sunday (my birthday, yay!) and I don't think I'll be getting a chance. Living out in the burbs has its disadvantages when it comes to travel. I am near nothing. I'll be waking at five just to make sure I'm out the door on time in order to get to the train station to get to location. I also need to buy batteries. Can't make a film without batteries. So, long days for me for the next week, but it should be pretty fun. I was an extra on said film today (as sound would have been an absolute impossibility and there was no dialogue anyway) and it looks pretty freakin' cool.

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

Autumn 2013 Anime Preview

I'm back bitches~!I have been back in the warm embrace of my PC & wonderful internet connection for three weeks now - it's been a strange experience.For a start Ireland feels bloody tiny, but the crap public transport means that I am sorely missing not having a car.I am pretty much bankrupt thanks to my trip (which was loads of fun) so had a frantic first week home of job searching.Thankfully I got a temporary 2 month contract to tide me over for a while .which meant very little time being a NEET and catching up on things.

Being the obsessive fan I am, I did manage to keep up with a choice selection of shows from the seasons I was AWOL, but still have a lengthy list of things I want to check out - will get round to them eventually.But anyhoo, you're here for the Autumn Preview, so lets get cracking! (Can't tell you how much I missed doing these things - exhausting, but satisfying~!)

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

Top Five TV Series For Getting Into Anime

Anime. It seems interesting to many folks, but then they get turned off by its reputation for creepy juvenile fantasy. And that's really too bad, because the genre has a lot to offer if you know where to look. Like many folks, my first introduction to the anime genre was via popular films by(, , etc.) and then later with lesser films such as or film adaptations of TV series. But when I first tried to expand my awareness of the anime genre into the realm of television, I was immediately struck by how many of the highly-recommended shows seemed to be rather childish and really struggled to compete with live-action sci-fi/fantasy for my interest. Was anime simply not for me? I didn't want to write off an entire genre of film, and so I continued sorting through the dross until I was able to identify the sort of anime series that I actually liked. This list is intended for casual viewers who find themselves in a similar position.

The difficulty with coming up with Top 5 lists is that they are often so subjective. Elements that can make a show a favorite can also be deal-breakers for other viewers. Since I came at this list from the perspective of a sci-fi fan rather than an anime-lover per se, I'm quite sure that some of my reasons for excluding veteran shows will be anathema for some. For example, this list is mostly composed of newer shows since I don't feel that the animation and characterization of many older anime has aged well (like /). Cue vitriol.

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!

Thursday, September 26, 2013

The Anime Music Tournament 2013 Bracket Naota

A little late to the party, as the is already completed, and the second one is about ready to finish. But I'll still keep pushing on.


Dead Horse Attack! Attack of the Clones

"We've got some leftovers. Reheat this and put on some 3D to mask the flavor".

Sure enough, everything's coming up Star Warsfor the foreseeable future.The New movies, along with the 3D-fiedre-releases that got canceled the fuck out because Disney don't play nice with competitors and now writing this seems a smidge more pointless but it's already written, are gonna have us quoting Yoda until our tongues bleed.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Fall 2013 Anime Season

I'm back from the dead! Stuff has happened this summer, like moving and new job hunting, but the real reason for my hiatus here (given that I have continued blogging during other wonky periods) is that I am selfish and just got burnt out. I feel up to doing it again, so if you want to read my thoughts on nerdy crap I like, I hope you enjoy it. (Especially my favorite nerd, who encouraged me to write again.)

As always, most of what's airing this season is bad, but there are some good-looking choices. I opted not to include seiyuu lists this time (although I note seiyuu a few times- I just don't feel like giving an exhaustive list of noteworthy seiyuu for the tenth horrible harem show of the season), but otherwise it's the same as previous season posts.

Cosplay Photography #2

We hope you enjoyed our first COSPLAY PHOTOGRAPHY collection a few months ago wherein we feature some of the most outstandingphotos of Final Fantasy's . Today we present to you our second collection of photos from talented photographers and cosplayers - today we are not featuring a character from a video game but from a popularseries by SHIROW MASAMUNE - MAJOR MOTOKO KUSANAGI of .

Meanwhile, theis back with an all-new prequel tetralogy series "GHOST IN THE SHELL: ARISE" with the first episode, "Border:1 Ghost Pain", premiered in Japan last June 22. Check out this coolphoto collection. What do you think?

Anime Talks: Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex

This weeks Anime Talks is going to be a mini review of "Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex". This 2002 anime series which follows the exploits of Major Motoko Kusanagi ( simply refereed to as the Major most of the time ) and her team from the Japanese anti-terrorism crime unit "Public Security Section 9. The series is set in the fictional Japanese city of Niihama during the mid 21st century, where cyber crime, and cyborgs are common and the setting is very cyberpunk in it's feel.

It is worth noting at this time that there is also a Ghost in the Shell movie, and a Manga series however while the characters are more or less identical within these there medias each is independent of each other with vastly different plots. I like Ghost in the Shell ( both the SAC series and the movie ) because I find the characters interesting, and while it has plenty of action with tons of violence the show is more about detective work and mystery solving though it can get bogged down at time by the heavy political commentary which can be a turn off to some viewers.

Fall 2013 Preview

Let me first say this season does not look like it will save what has been a poor year in terms of anime in general (yes there have been some good series but still some really shitty ones). I will only give a brief overview of what I (Wilco) might be watching this season.


Monday, September 23, 2013


Knowing nothing about Continuum, beyond in my (Facebook) timeline, I was expecting no better than Jean Claude Van Damme, ricketing down a tunnel o'time in a two seater Sinclair C5 ("Timecop" 1994), with an irritatingly clashing flavour of causality in each successive episode.

But Continuum is far more grown up, with unexpected attention to detail. We're not talking "Primer" (2004) level mind strain, but more grounded than the "Back to the Future" (1985) style paradoxical paradox resolutions in "Looper" (2012). Of course there wasn't a blockbuster budget here, so the CGI is relatively light and tasteful, with all singing/dancing views of the future carefully rationed. Action/fight scenes aren't it's forteither, but are always passable, without any cringe-worthy flaws.

Dark Horse Previews PIcks: December 2013

So there was an article on last week talking about a new way for publisher marketshare to be measured that Marvel and Dark Horse have been pushing for.This new system would track retail share per item sold by Diamond.So rather than just a flat percent for "unit share" and "dollar share," we'd get an idea about how the titles from each company perform in relation to one another.While Marvel and DC still dominate using this new system, the gap between the two is more pronounced.Also, even though IDW has a bigger marketshare than Dark Horse at the moment, this new system shows that the latter company does better per item than the former.It's something to consider.That even as the raw numbers show the company's place in the market to be diminished, there's still life in their careful approach.

47 Ronin HC:Dark Horse Publisher Mike Richardson's take on the classic Japanese legend with art from "Usagi Yojimbo's" Stan Sakai.I don't really need more than that to convince me to pick this up.Onlyafter the awful misfire that was Richardson's work on "Crimson Empire III," I can only hope that he took the time with his script to produce something closer to his work on "Cravan:Mystery Man of the 20th Century" with Rick Geary.Now that was a fun piece of work.As for this, I'm actually not too familiar with the specifics of the legend so I'm going into it with an open mind.If nothing else, it should be more accurate than the upcoming fantasy film version starring Keanu Reeves.

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Book Museum

"I have always imagined that heaven would be some kind of library." -Jorge Luis Borges

...so LeVar Burton must be God, right?

The Milestone

Thus have I not only fairly neglected my albeit casual duties as a blogger, I have also neglected my obligation to thank those who follow a man's simple, humble yet passionate words in which it is my aspiring career to give to all the world. Thank you. Furthermore, this new post is two fold. I first wish to admittedly advertise that, as I myself am unaware as to whether or not I have mentioned this, my first book shall be up for sale nation wide come the twenty-fourth of September: three days! The title of the book is The Rudimentum Series: Aeon Eternal. This is the first book of a four part chronicle in which the fifth shall be a sort of "stand-alone", slightly apart yet very much congruent with the happenings of the created tales. Any person may purchase my book via amazon.com or head to a major book retailer wheresoever they may dwell. This is assuredly the milestone of my life in which marks perhaps the advent of a career I have little doubt will engender success. The series itself is entirely fantastical with adventure, battles, love, betrayal, conspiracy, animosity, war and even a fair amount of politics. Just think kings and queens, their sons and daughters and plots to either take over the world, to save the world or to prevent the world from being destroyed by entities of titanic proportions. Include also the supernatural, A.I. and a plethora of science fiction mixed with magic and you have the basic ingredients for the concoction of which the Lord of the Rings, The Chronicles of Narnia, Schrodinger's Cat, String Theory, Minority Report, the movie Artificial Intelligence, Blade Runner, I, Robot, the Planck Scale, Dark Matter and Ghost in the Shell have inspired within my Autistic mind. I tell you, I can muster but the shadow and echo of my thoughts as my fingers manipulate my mental chaos into words in gross inadequacy. I pray one day my conscious has the capacity to articulate what transpires like hundreds of billions of images passing before my imaginative eyes at no less than eight hundred trillion light years per yactosecond. How do I retain and perpetuate my sanity you may ask? Any way I can. The most effective method I have found is to release my thoughts into oblivion thus in fact sacrificing mental processes for the sake that I might be engaging amid a social situation. Moreover, as I work my current job, the more I endeavor to keep the ferocity of my rampant thoughts at bay within the confines of my mind in substitute for the rather elevated reality and importance of my job, the better my motor functions permit a good work in the plane of my physical existence. However, not all days allow for such ease in work. There have been many occasions in which, pushing hampers in a warehouse at Quest Drape (my current job) and setting up jobs via exact number calculations and management, have afforded what only ensues to a downward spiral of cogitations ranging anywhere between the next evolution in information gathering and beyond to the concept of morality and ethics in conjunction with the theory of A.I. and its current advances thereto. Again, as these notions are merely written in words of the English language, the credibility to which I fail to convey upon a gravity far too heavy for a primitive dialect to allow makes me feel frustrated. The worst in relation to all for which streams through both my conscious and subconscious on the planck scale as well as upon a universal scale is the idea that nearly all for which I ponder and all for which lies in my mind like a myriad of papers scattered helter-skelter in a room littered with detritus millions of years old-all seemingly useless-I hardly ever come to any conclusion upon every matter. Thus, my thoughts sit incomplete and eons away from any possible resolve. Ergo, I immensely enjoy writing as a way of at minimum "painting" my ruminations on a paper of black and white as a sort of ham-handed means to portray again the merest of shadows and echoes of my thoughts. Lastly, I hold back. I hold back a lot. My fear as to what would happen if my conscious control of writing was omitted of its filter is that all for which the reader follows with his or her eye path upon the page stands as a conundrum of nothing less than psycho babble. I myself have re-read the tiniest form of my pushing the edge of the proverbial envelope to the slightest of augmented degrees only to discover my own wanting comprehension! Perhaps one day, as my success in writing grows, I shall crack the door of what I call "Agony" ajar to the point where I can peer in just long enough to acquire if not an iota of substantial knowledge I struggle to possess, then the satisfaction of knowing that I tried and will be damned if I ever try again!

I have encountered fragments of Donnie Darko the movie, I sat through Fight Club (willingly) and repeatedly let myself watch films such as the Manchurian Candidate, They, Boogeyman, Saw and other psychological thrillers and horror flicks I abstain from with the epitome of what my constitution bemoans to have to still remember: to remember the sounds, the sights, the music, the dialogue and the insanity provoking stories my only regret was to become addicted to. For any who knows of one who is autistic, is autistic themselves or is in anyway related to one upon the spectrum, use extreme caution in the exposure to stimuli of a psychotic nature. When I drink alcohol my body reacts. When I drink coffee my body reacts. When I take my meds my body reacts. When I watch a heartwarming movie my emotions react. When I am exposed to either a movie, t.v. show or any such drama of a psychological or horrific theme-especially when my guard is dropped-my emotions and psyche react in always a negative fashion. I watched Perks of Being a Wallflower with my friends when it first came out. My therapist had to assure me that my reaction to the film was merely PTSD; that I was not actually again psychotic. Shortly after I recovered and engaged "normally" within my life. Why did I write all this? I wrote the aforesaid because as I sat here in Starbucks and update my blog, the theme song, "Mad World" came on the atmospheric speakers of the store and even in the shortly lived duration to which my mind and ears exposed themselves to the monody, it was adequate to make me, as I have coined in my subjectivity, "weird". When I become "weird", I am technically not sane. Outlets of channeling such feelings so as to prevent me from "stripping naked and squawking like a chicken" (so to speak I assure you) takes its precedence in this very action I now evoke: writing. Often, however, at least some sort of "weirdness" takes place and my behaviors are simply a little off. I pray that my followers and those later to come might at least consider my book so as to read it. I open up to thee all now under the notion that the release date of my book is in fact the twenty fourth of September, 2013 and no small amount of my soul was engraved upon its pages. This first book is the quantum level of thoughts within my mind. I myself am eager to read what shall follow and to what I even now create: the sequel. Thank you those who read my entire blog. If I am not addicted to substances and if I am not addicted to work or even sex, then I am truly addicted to writing. I could effortlessly write upon this dull white-wash board of rigid left-brain oriented interfaces evermore yet of course fail to ever again "paint" the kaleidoscopic vision of a paroxysm of sight and sound that, even now, my internal pictography portrays like a highly anticipated and high-budgeted movie.

For those in the area of Whittier, CA-in the L.A. area-you may come to my book signing on Saturday, October fifth at ten A.M. Look up Half Off Books in Uptown Whittier. Tell your friends all you bibliophiles. I know that even the worst books ever written are thoroughly read by those who love to read. Heaven forbid that my passion ensues such an outcome for my book, but please spread the word. My soul purpose in writing is to make people happy, as well as all for which my followers have thence read. Thank you.

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Ghost in the Shell is very popular in Japan and America, but have not made a good game. It was also

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Unfortunately, usually from anime and manga, Japanese-made computer stop motion pro games are not a major cause of this problem is the license number and popularity in the world. At this time, only a few of them are really really good. Below you can see the games that have made the best of the anime and manga.

The manga series has been the Japanese confronted with one of the best stories in UNS3 also be able to see the good parts. Fourth Great Ninja War a fascinating and exciting form of the game is displayed. CyberConnect2 begin construction of the complex, which was believed to have broken the line between cartoon and Real-Time Graphics.

Animation for Grown-ups

Cartoons. They aren't just for kids anymore and haven't been for long time. This post will highlight some of the best adult animation Rohrbach has to offer. Each of these films is considered unsuitable for children, be it for extreme sex and violence or for themes too complicated or disturbing for most youngsters. Here are a few top picks:


Friday, September 20, 2013

Fall 2013 Anime Season Previews/Thoughts

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Hey everyone! It's been awhile and I'm still not back to writing full time or anything. Xewleer is still stuck in his own life's troubles and I in mine. I haven't totally abandoned this blog and will at least do these season anime previews for the people that look forward to that. Cheers!

Otakon 2013 : Not "Just Anime"

Every year for one weekend the Baltimore Convention Center turns into the Mecca of Japanese-inspired geek culture on the East Coast with the anime convention. . Every aspect of Otakon seems large enough to be its own distinct individual convention and for my first assignment DC Geeks tasked me with covering it.

Like any good convention, the fans are what make Otakon an experience like no other. About mid-day on Saturday I bumped into a group of Kingdom Hearts cosplayers. Each of them was in a different costume, spanning at least a dozen games. Much to my surprise they hadn't coordinated my personal dream photo opportunity, they just dressed up as characters they liked and randomly found each other. This situation accurately describes most interactions at Otakon, spontaneous and friendly.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Ghost in the Shell 2.0 [Animated Movie]

A definite improvement over the original and smooth as it is sharp to look at. Some might defend and refuse to see beyond the original and I respect that. For me though this is one of the best examples in which CGI is appropriately used in animation. It isn't overwhelming and does not dilute the original spirit of the film.

One thing that is a bit juvenile and an arbitrary example are the fish in the first scene of the movie. I dare anyone to say that the original has better looking fish. Another example is that instead of a grainy cybernetic presentation in the intro we get a smooth fully fleshed out intimate look as a full prosthetic body comes into creation.

For those unfamiliar, cybernetics and full prosthetic bodies are commonplace where both the government and the general public have access. With crime and politics utilizing the technology law enforcement also steps up to ween out threats and offenders. In these times though, everyday people can be controlled/hacked and no culprit can be found. A secret government group Section 9 is a small group dedicated to protecting the peace and carrying out their peacekeeping discretely. Then enters a mastermind unlike any Section 9 has faced and they have to remain on their toes as this threat edges closer to one member of Section 9 in particular. The lead members of the group are especially invested in this one case. For the leading members of Section 9 it will introduce life-changing insight into technology and their world as the case progresses.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Cool Products Wednesday, September 18, 2013

For the new update, we've got some excellent products from Japan for you. You can view all new J-List products by clicking .


Monday, September 16, 2013


ARCHAIA ENTERTAINMENT partners up with ISHIMORI PRODUCTION INC. of Japan to bring us CYBORG 009, a modern adaptation of SHOTARO ISHINOMORI's classic manga that has made its way to the hearts of many. Written by F.J. DESANTO and BRADLEY CRAMP, with MARCUS TO on the illustrations and IAN HERRING on the colors, Cyborg 009 brings back to life the sci-fi action adventure of epic proportions that has reached worldwide acclaim. For the new kids, learn more about the hero that took the world from the same legendary mangaka that has brought us Kamen Rider, Kikaider, Himitsu Sentei Gorenger and Skullman.

The story centers on Joe, the Japanese youth who's named 009, being the ninth test subject to receive cybernetic enhancements. The cyborgs were once nine normal humans from around the world who were kidnapped by the Black Ghost Organization, a secret society that aims to control the world by manipulating warfare and the flow of weapons of mass destruction. The nine had their memories erased and were put through experiments to transform them into cyborgs, living super-powered weapons each with different superhuman abilities. A project scientist who turned his back on the organization's plans helps the cyborgs rebel and escape their captors and together they set off on a mission to stop Black Ghost from bringing forth the next world war.

Friday, September 13, 2013

Ongoing Investigations: Case #227

Since Kate is currently on vacation I decided to have a Sunday anime movie marathon in place of our regularly scheduled anime watching. So I went through three very different anime movies. They were mostly titles I had been interested in seeing but sadly did not play at any of the conventions I attended this year. They certainly ran the gambit in terms of quality I will say that for sure. I wanted to love all three of them but some turned out better than others. I will try to avoid spoilers as none of these has officially come out in English therefore I don't want to blow the lid off nay surprises.

Lets us start firmly in the middle with . This is one of those shonen series movies that is not . It is not utterly awful like either. It just feels a bit workman like. It is a hard movie to hate but it is also not going to be most people's favorite story arc as well. Something about this film just keeps falling short of being great.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Beauty and The Art of War

essaysbysean.blogspot.com"... This is the world in whichcame of age. It was, not coincidentally, a world in which it became easy to believe that the United States was in decline. Our churches looked like recreation centers, and our rec centers looked like re-education camps. Our campuses and civic spaces were defaced by ziggurats of cement. Our cities had crime-ridden towers and white elephant shopping centers where the neighborhoods used to be. Our suburbs were filled with whatdescribed as the "junk architecture" of strip malls and ranch houses.

Then, gradually and haltingly, beauty began to make a comeback...."

From Up From Ugliness, a New York Times op-ed by Ross Douthat October 8 2011, on-line.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Patlabor 2: The Movie (1993)

DVD Cover, sourced from

For all that it is much more polished I find that I now like considerably less than Patlabor: The Movie.

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.


Live Action Anime Movies

When it comes to manga and anime, there's a very, very, very big audience. Whether it be in Japan, America, or anywhere else around the world many people tend to fall in love with these Japanese comics and animation. And you can't really blame them. Most of these stories that are showcased through these two mediums are very good in terms of the story, artwork, animation, music, and even voice acting. There are people who know who voiced who like the back of their hand. And I don't know how many people I know that have been introduced to Japanese music via anime. The same can also be said for Japanese television and movies. So the general point I'm trying to make is that anime/manga has become a gateway of sorts for many things to come out from Japan, and is also a gateway into a world of wonderful stories. And this realm as stated has a very passionate fan base who only want to see their favorites get the publicity and recognition they deserve.

And it's this sort of thought which leads many people to want mangas and anime to be turned into live action movies. Once again, you can't really blame them. Many of the countless stories found in both anime and manga are prime for live action films. It's a topic of debate for a lot of fans on what they want to see get made, and how they'd want to see something done. And movie studios have obviously recognized this. Japan cranks out quite a few live films a year based on anime, and Hollywood has done so as well (although less successfully then Japan). So it's clear that the idea of turning these animated and drawn stories into real life people is becoming quite the norm.

Deadman Wonderland (2011)


Falsely convicted of mass murder, middle school student Ganta Igarashi (voiced by Romi Park(Fullmetal Alchemist, Bleach) in Japanese, Greg Ayres (Gantz, Fairy Tail) in English) is set up and sentenced to imprisonment and death while he is haunted by the image of the real murderer, a supernatural figure he simply calls the "red man". So far, the story may seem like a dark, but undeniably unoriginal premise, however, this all takes place less than halfway through the first episode and events soon escalate when Ganta is taken to his new home on Death Row.

Day Two Hundred and Fifty-one

Okay, so I lied... it wasn't Hellraiser or Zack & Miri that I went to after ... it was the familiar and the safe.

It was Anime.

Ghost in the Shell ARISE 2nd episode trailer

Here's our first look at the 2nd OVA in the new Ghost in the Shell ARISE prequel series.

"The story of "border:2 Ghost Whispers" takes place after Motoko gains her freedom by separating herself from the military's 501st Secret Unit. Even without Aramaki's suggestion to make her own unit, Motoko begins actions to collect members for her very own unit. As this is going on, someone has hacked into the Logicoma. As she transports the machines in order to check them for abnormalities, she is suddenly attacked by an armed unit. Not long after, she meets up with Batou, the man with the "eye that never sleeps," Ishikawa, a former member of the army who is good at finding information through the internet, and Borma, an electronic warfare expert."-

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Twenty Days of Anime Movies

Original Theatrical Poster (sourced from )

has been one of my favourites for a long time, and it is STILL an effective film despite some newly noticed flaws. This is a fairly spoiler heavy review, and note that triggering behaviour will be mentioned.

Saturday, September 7, 2013

JP:Life Size Debut of the "Mobile Police Patlabor"

Citizens of Japan got a glimpse of the "Mobile Police Patlabor" when it was transported for it's debut live filming. The news of it's sighting spread quickly over the world and pictures of it taken by the public went viral in a matter of time.During the Tokyo International Anime Fair 2013, Headgear announced that they will be releasing a live-action movie based on the series of it. And the movie will be scheduled to release next year 2014, and will involve Mamoru Oshii who directed the animated movie, Patlabor 2 : The Movie back in the 1993.Mamoru Oshii is one of the most famous animation directors in Japan, that has directed "Urusei Yatsura", "Ghost in the Shell" and "Mobile Police Patlabor" He is a great director in directing animated films but there's difference between directing in fictional movies and non-fictional movies. And his lack of knowledge and experience in directing non-frictional gives me doubts on his participation in this project.Patlabor also known as the "Mobile police Patlabor" is a series of Japanese comics and animation, the original is HEADGEAR, consists of five members of the group, including the original bill / comic form is the United States, the mechanical design of the Yuan Yu, character design Takada Akemi , Kazunori Ito script as directed by Mamoru Oshii. From 1988 Masami Yuki began comic strip to the occasion in 2009, has published works include comic books, an animated TV series, two OVA series, three animated movies.

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Dragon Con 2013: The Good, the Bad, and the...Waffles?

A Steampunk Clark Kent reveals his

true identity at the Aether Lounge

party Aug. 29.

filmbore pick of the week


Director: Satoshi KonScreenplay: Satoshi Kon, Seishi MinakamiStarring: Megumi Hayashibara, Akiotsuka, T ru EmoriYear: 2006Languages: Japanese (English dubbed)UK rental release: January 2008

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Traditional Kyoto Sake and Sweets Get an Anime Facelift

For your next trip to Japan, consider buying a bottle of sake or namayatsuhashi. Or how about -branded mochi cakes?Makers of sake and traditional Japanese sweets in Kyoto are turning to anime in an effort to rebrand their products for younger customers. For certain companies--some of which have been around since the Edo period--this marketing tactic is an opportunity to change younger consumer's preconceptions of these products. As Shiraito Shuzo sake brewery director Miho Miyazaki , "We want to change the image of sake, which is associated with an expensive drink patronized by old men, with the use of anime."Shiraito Shuzo, founded in 1773, is currently selling 300 mL bottles of sake bearing images of Tomoe-chan, the mascot for the upcoming . They're also selling a larger 1.8 L bottle with characters from the classic robot anime .For attendees going to the manga and anime fair, they can look forward to other anime-branded Shiraito products too. Their other offerings for the fair include products featuring characters from Space Brothers (300 mL bottles of sake in two varieties), (wooden sake cups), Eccentric Family (sake), (sake + wooden cups), Attack on Titan (mochi cakes), and (sake).On the sake side of things, line of sake will come in three varieties, and will feature images of the characters on the bottles. Meanwhile, the Ghost in the Shell Arise line of sake will be available in two varieties, along with wooden cups featuring a Logicoma. There will also be three varieties of Armored Trooper Votoms sake. Lastly, for all the otome game fans, while there will be two varieties of Haku ki sake, with seven labels to choose from. Each Haku ki sake bottle will also come with a love fortune-telling talisman that tells you your compatibility with one of the series characters.For all the non-drinkers, the brewery will also be selling two variants of Yamato 2199 wooden sake cups that will feature a similar Yamato 2199 image wrap-around that was used in . They will also be selling Attack on Titan-branded mochi cakes, which will come with one of 15 character stickers. The mochi cake itself will have Eren's eye stamped on it.The brewery first started making anime-branded labels last year, selling the products in a shop near Nijo Castle in Kyoto's Nakagyo Ward.Traditional sweets manufacturers have started using anime-branded packaging to help expand their customer base as well, including Shogoin Yatsuhashi Shohonten, which specializes in , a confectionery made from glutinous rice flour and sugar and other flavorings. Last month, Shogoin started selling a version of their cinnamon namayatsuhashi in packages decorated with characters from the anime Haku ki, an otome game-turned-anime historical action series set in Kyoto. So far, these anime-branded candies can only be found at the Kyoto International Manga Museum and other special outlets.Even though these sweets have only been produced in limited runs, they've been a hit. Last September, during the city's first Kyoto International Manga Anime Fair, Shogoin made 1,800 pieces of namayatsuhashi in wrappers featuring characters from Space Brothers and Chihayafuru, all of which sold out in two days.For this year's upcoming fair, they plan on unveiling a limited run of sweets packaged in wrappers featuring characters from The Eccentric Family, another anime series set in Kyoto.The Kyoto International Manga Anime Fair, also called Kyo-mafu, takes place this weekend from September 7 to 8 at the Miyako Messe, the Kyoto International Manga Museum, and a few other venues. The entrance fee is 1000 yen (~ $10) for adults, but foreigners get in for free with a valid passport. To encourage local businesses in Kyoto and the region to collaborate with the manga and anime industries, the Kyoto International Manga Anime Fair plans to feature around 50 different types of special goods, including oil-absorbing facial paper, wooden key holders, book covers, folding fans, towels, iPhone cases, and more.Via .
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