Monday, September 30, 2013

Best Anime Series of 2007

After a few posts on AKB48, here it is back on an anime topic. Many people on the netsphere considers 2007 to be one of the best, if not the best years of anime. They certainly contain some of the most well-known animes, both widely and within specific anime community (Death Note, Gurren Lagann, Lucky Star, Nodame Cantabile among them). Therefore, this is the year that I am particularly interested in seeing which anime series comes out on top.Note that similar to other analyses I did recently, I am considering an anime to be of a particular year based on when it finished, thus Code Geass, Death note and Nana (all released in late 2006) are considered as 2007 anime in my book.

Without further ado:10. DENNOU COIL ()

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~!)

Friday, September 27, 2013

Fantasista Doll

Uzume Ono is a young student and former champion of a trading card game competition. She is trusted with a special device containing six powerful Fantasista Dolls. These dolls are sentient virtual beings who reside in cards which are now controlled by their new master, Uzume.

Taking an initial look at a series such as Fantasista Doll, one may simply place it within the realm of yet another franchise series that is more popular for the elements surrounding it rather than the animated series itself. With a rather ambitious scope that stems from a manga series and continues through multiple novels and even a smartphone game, the animated adaptation also includes the acclaimed director and writer Goro Taniguchi of Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion (2006) fame taking creative producing credit here with Hisashi Saito taking the helm. While the high expectations for the animated series was established well before it came out, it is safe to say that Fantasista Doll is a series that succeeds in many respects.

Attack on Titan

Several hundred years ago, humans were nearly exterminated by titans. Titans are typically several stories tall, seem to have no intelligence, devour human beings and, worst of all, seem to do it for the pleasure rather than as a food source. A small percentage of humanity survived by walling themselves in a city protected by extremely high walls, even taller than the biggest of titans. Flash forward to the present and the city has not seen a titan in over 100 years. Teenage boy Eren and his foster sister Mikasa witness something horrific as the city walls are destroyed by a colossal titan that appears out of thin air. As the smaller titans flood the city, the two kids watch in horror as their mother is eaten alive. Eren vows that he will murder every single titan and take revenge for all of mankind.

Based on the popular manga series by Hajime Isayama, Attack on Titan is simply one of the few anime series to come out roughly every several years that rises above the mediocrity and becomes something quite memorable. Director Tetsuro Araki, who directed the prominent anime adaptations of Death Note (2006) and High School of the Dead (2010), once again ventures into dark territory with this series. In the likes of Death Note, High School of the Dead, and Code Geass (2006) before it, Attack on Titan is simply a series that is highly distinctive in terms of its premise, easing us as viewers into a world of fear, violence, terror, and even shades of darwinistic thinking. This develops the series as a very genuine and frightful look into the sociological and psychological ramifications that develop within a civilization that is on the brink of utter destruction. It is for these reasons alone that Attack on Titan is undeniably one of the best anime series to come about in quite some time.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Accel World

is an anime based on the Light Novels by Kawahara Reki, the author of , in fact, I've decided to watch this show after as much as I did. Unlike Sword Art Online, I hadn't read the books, and as such this review would be based only on the anime, and perhaps a couple of points would be drawn from SAO and other media, as usual. I also want to note that the seed of the idea I'll use in this post, of the show's protagonists as villains had been planted by , reviewing the show.

Let's begin with the show's premise, or the world it's taking place at, and how it develops it: In 2046, people can access a virtual network known as the Neurolinker via their cellphone terminals. A perpetual victim of bullying, middle school student Haruyuki spends his time absorbed in games in a corner of his local network. One day he is approached by the most famous girl in his school, Kuroyukihime (Black Snow Princess). She gives him a strange program called Brain Burst that has the power to "accelerate the world." (Source: ).

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

[Anime in Review] Servant x Service


THE STORYThe series follows the lives of city officials in a certain city hall ~ what they do at work and their personal lives. Guided by their mentor, Taishi Ichimiya, these newly hired workers, Hasebe, Lucy and Miyoshi, try to fulfill the tasks given to them to their best abilities.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Five Drinks Into Anime: Ten Anime in the First Ten Months of 2013

1. Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann

Episodes: 27

The Beginner's Guide to Anime, No. 22

Continuing the current mecha theme, this week is all about a series in which mecha do play a part, but they only form a small section of a much bigger story.

To give the series its full title, Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion, began in 2006, broadcasting two series on TV spanning 50 episodes, and a series of Original Video Anime (OVA) which are currently still being made and released. The series is at times quite complicated, given that it is set in a world with an alternative history, but there are great moments too. Part of this relates to the mecha battles, but mostly it is the psychological and thriller aspect concerning its antihero-like central character, Lelouch Lamperouge.

Monday, September 23, 2013


Well not much of a common theme today for a seiyuu post. To me it feels that the seiyuus I'm going to talk about today are in every freaking anime that I watch. Once again the guys are mostly into main character roles, while the girls are kind of here and there.

Aki Toyosaki

Nigmabox Rundown (25/8-31/8) This Is PAX Week And Jack Came From It

Gotta keep on posting stuff or else I will be set on fire by the God King!Row Row Write The Power!

Level 5 had the first tidbit that caught my eye.Where the studio behind Dragon Quest IX, Ni No Kuni, and the Professor Laytons announced that they've got a brand new RPG in the works for PS3, iOS, Android, Vita, Xbox One, PS4, and even the Wii U.It is called and it looks very bleh.Featuring a very deliberately cutesy art style, but one that seems very much made for the mobile markets it will be stretching into.While the glimpses at the combat are just flicking commands at enemies, which looks uninvolved and far slower than the normal person would like to flick stuff.Or in other words, it seems like it is aiming for a very wide audience, and I'm not sure if things will pan out.

The Week in Review #3

There is not much this week in new anime for myself, but I did rewatch some older favorites of mine. First, we have the new stuff. (I do not have Zegapain and Hagure on my current computer, so no screenies!)


Saturday, September 21, 2013

Recap: Endless 8 Part 7

We're on the homestretch now. Just this episode and the next one and I'll be done with the Endless 8!

It's the usual business with Kyon

Friday, September 20, 2013

Music Monday

We've all seen the and references many times throughout the years this site has been up, but nonetheless of all the songs that we associate with Code Geass, who would pick out Kaidoku Funou, otherwise translated as "Impossible to Decipher", which was the second opening theme song to Code Geass?

I have no idea why I have fond memories of this song, we first became acquainted in my HSC year when I preferred to watch anime than study (anime such as Bakemonogatari and Darker than Black, mind you - good, good times). Somehow this song became one of those tracks that I continuously played on a loop in order to force my rebellious brain into focusing on studying, rather than the however many other things it wanted to do. How? Why?

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!

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Tuesdays Top Picks

So I tried this thing once and then I never did it again, and there's a good chance I'll never do it again, again, but lately I've been watching a SHIT TON of anime and I really want to talk about my favourites now so here they are, my top five anime series!:

1)Cowboy Bebop

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Code Geass: Akito the Exiled menu to be featured by Cure Maid Cafe

With the second volume of the highly popular already released in Japan, the world-famous has announced their latest menu featuring the highly popular OAV.

This limited-time menu will only last from September 20-29 and will feature dishes inspired by the characters from the OAV. If you purchase any of the items from this collaboration menu, you will be able to get these Code Geass: Akito the Exiled postcards.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Fall 2013 Anime Preview

It's that time again, and holy geez are there a ton of shows airing this fall.I'll preview the following as shows I intend to watch - but, as always, it will take a few episodes (three or so unless a series happens to be ungodly awful) for me to decide which I'll blog, which I'll watch and not blog, and which I'll drop.Take a gander below at what I'll be looking at, ranked by the following handy-dandy system:

****=super-excited for this show and plan to probably blog it

Monday, September 16, 2013

THE GENRE OF MY CHOSEN TEXTS ARE: Firstly starting with Area 11 there focus in the genres are electronic rock and gaijin rock this is a hybrid type of band.Whereas Iron maiden has a genre covering the hard rock category or heavy metal.

THECODES AND CONVECTION'S TO THE GENRES THAT ARE FOUND IN BOTH ALBUMS OF THE BANDS ARE: To begin with Iron maidens "number of the beast"shows a vivid image of Eddie which has been the bands iconic figure shown in all of the albums produced.Because the band is heavy metal and hard rock the main image is very intense and has a lot of colours contrasting with each other to set the scene in a location where the world is ending by lighting in the sky,world burning and Satan controlling a smaller Eddie to do his work.Iron maiden tend to use Eddie to represent them instead of placing themselves on the cover like pop artists may do and they use realism of religious beliefs and historical events and recreate them to form a illustration of what happens.The artists name of iron maiden comes from the iron maiden torture device this is shown in bold red with a white outlining this stands out amidst the background of the album and gives a connotation of it being in the heavy metal genre.The album name is "the number of the beast" this is shown in a sort of blood writing with a red font because it is a heavy metal genre the font is intended to be shown like this to the audience scrawled on the left hand side of the album.When looking at the songs included in the album you notice they are all similar to the title of the album and its genre in many ways for example all the songs from "invaders" to "run to the hills"they all have a same sort of theme and within them they including historic events and religious issues the names given to each song sound action packed and by this you can tell that the bands genre will be heavy metal.When looking at the other album i chose this was "all the lights in the sky" by Area 11 this has some codes and convection's included. To start of with this cover shows a girl anime styled facing towards the sky into space from a planet this character and the place she is standing upon is darkened for effect there is colourful lights in the sky which make the cover stand out more and relate it to the albums title of "all the lights in the sky".Because of its genre being both electronic rock and gaijin rock there are some codes and convection's on the artwork with it being electronic rock the scene is futurist, set in space and the colours are very vivid and contrast well to catch the audiences eye, the connotations that hint it being gaijin rock is that the artwork is set in a scene from a anime "'Tengen toppa gurren lagann"which is part of Japanese culture also the character on the front is a Japanese styled anime character again referring to Japanese culture although the music itself is in English.The name of Area 11 comes from a reference to the anime "Code geass"this straightforwardly hints a connotation to its gaijin rock genre however when viewing the font style on the front of the cover it is done in a way which makes it appear futuristic it is also very bold in white with light shining out of it hinting towards the electronic rock genre.The albums name "All the lights in the sky"relates to one of the songs and the cover of the album linking it with the setting showing colourful lights pitched in the sky overhead of the anime styled character this is done in the same furistist format that the band name was done in however it is not emmiting light to not ruin how much the name stands out this is showing the genre of electronic rock.When looking at the songs included in the album there is a pattern included throughout them when listerning to "Shi no barado" to the song "Euphemia" you realise that they have a theme and throughout the songs they talk about iconic events within series of animes this again relates to the genre of gaijin rock.

Code Geass: Akito the Exiled 2's 7 minutes preview

The official website for the Code Geass: Akito the Exiled has began streaming a seven minutes of action scenes from the second volume. The second installment in the series opened in Japanese theaters on the same day as the stream of the video. Code Geass: Akito the Exiled follows a side story set in the early summer of Revolution Year 228, which is around the same time that Lelouch from the original Code Geass takes on his "Zero" identity and starts building his "Black Knights" rebellion army. This anime focuses more on the invasion of the Euro Universe (E.U.) by the Holy Britannian Empire and special division "Wyvern" Knightmare corps. These corps are comprised entirely of Japanese teenagers and commanded by Layla Malkal , a former Britannian Aristocrat. The story follows Akito as he and the rest of the Wyvern corps are plunged into the battlefield. For those who have already watched the first volume, this is not something you would want to miss out on.

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Saturday, September 14, 2013

Code Geass (first season only)

So we finally got around to watching Code Geass, which has been touted as an excellent mlitary/political drama/mindgame-type show.

So let's get a few things straight.We liked the show, we really did.But...probably not for the reasons we should.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Review: Valvrave the Liberator (2013)

From the emotionally intense Chihayafuru S2 to the mind-blowing Attack on Titan to the happy-go-lucky Uta No Prince Magi Love 2000%, the lineup for early 2013 was well-received amongst all Otakus. With such strong favourites, what could possibly rival against these popular titles? A mecha series - believe it or not - and it's none other than Ko Matsuo's Valvrave the Liberator which sneakily declared itself as this year's unexpected dark horse contender.

Thanks to the success of mecha predecessors such as Code Geass, Gurren Lagann and Macross Frontier, many would have brushed aside Valvrave the Liberator due to the overrated status of the genre. However, the Sunrise production has proven itself to be a worthy addition to the mecha family as it surprisingly rejuvenates the genre with its bizarre style and twists.

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

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

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

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

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Cool Products Monday, September 9, 2013

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The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter

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

Anime One: Who is the most unlikeable male character in your favorite anime?

You can't always have everything in life; sometimes even in the most perfect of anime shows, with a cast of loveable characters and a great story and plot and backdrops, there is just this one male character that you can't quite like, who spoils an otherwise perfect show.

It could be that the male character has no likeable traits, and yet finds himself in a harem situation - which makes him even harder to relate to. Or it could be that the character has stunning good looks, but the personality of a brick wall. Or perhaps this guy's the detestable dirty villain who, after he's been defeated, just won't stay defeated and keeps coming back to thwart the story's progression.

50 Great Series Finales

Every great story needs a great ending. A story should not keep going and going and going like the Energizer Bunny: it has to have a stopping point. A conclusion. Even the most open-ended endings possible are acceptable if they're done right. The quality of an ending can make or break how a story is perceived and remembered. TV series' do not always tell stories. They can be episodic or plotted and serialized depending on the content. But like stories, great TV shows should have great finales. Something to really cap off the experience and prove that it was all worthwhile. So in this entry, I've selected 50 TV shows I've seen that I feel had particularly great series finales. Most of them are animated 'cause I have not caught up with all the live action TV shows of my time yet. Please keep in mind that this is for TV series', not movies, books, or video games. Those are a similar but different matter. Without further delay, I'll cover 50 great series finales of my (mostly animated) TV experience!

Winnie The Pooh And Christmas Too (The New Adventures Of Pooh) - This show did the whole "ending on a Christmas special" thing better than "The Care Bears Family" did. This actually feels like a special episode of the series and was a worthy cap-off to a fun show.

A Big Giant list of Shows and Stuffs

Good Evening!

As promised i'm gonna do a quick list of some of the best Shows in each other the TV Show types

Monday, September 9, 2013

Fall Anime 2013: Steel on Steel

This Summer was a season full of hotties a la Free! and while hot bods are definitely most welcome in the anime-scape for reasons we all know too well, the more hot-blooded of our kin lie in wait, hoping that the next season will bring more action, missiles, clanging steel, anything at all, actually.

Just no more guys in too-tight swimming trunks shucking their clothes at the barest provocation. (and to clarify, as a member of the female species myself, I have absolutely nothing against this.)

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Defining "Otaku Pride": Apparently, You Are Not An Anime Fan Unless You Are A Loser Too

This is an autobiographical entry.

Last weekend, I went to an anime con. I did the usual: took a bunch of photos, attended a few panels, got autographs from some English voice actors. Then I went on a wild shopping spree for figurines and other useless anime-related shit.

day two

DAY TWO favorite anime you've watched so far

everyone else thinks i should be choosing death note or code geass or something huge and wow and impactful and deep but i'd really have to go with mirai nikki

Monday, September 2, 2013

One Man To Review Them All: The Return


Now that I have the attention of someone, whoever is reading this actually, I have a few things to mention or go over.