Saturday, August 31, 2013

Bandai previews new Tamashii Nations product line in Hong Kong

has always been known for their quality action figures for years. Now, Bandai is currently previewing their latest action figure lines from , Robot Spirits and in Hong Kong with Tamashii Feature's Vol.7.



A multitude of mecha anime series have been represented in their popular Robot Spirits line from Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion to of course, .

30-Day Anime Challenge, Day 19

So when I saw this topic I got a little excited. Tons of anime have really epic scenes, how can I pick just one? With that in mind, to narrow down the list, I tried to define "epic". I came up with a few criteria:



1. It must be of paramount importance to the story. I'm not talking about some random epic things that a character has done, it has to mean something.

Friday, August 30, 2013

Top Thirty Anime Villans

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

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

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

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Project Movieball Post 2

Hello Again!



I'll keep the Intro short on this one, Watch for a second update directly after this one, But now, Movieball Day 2!

Code Geass Falling Back Down to Earth (Well America at Least)! Me Falling for Cosplay and More People Wanting Sekirei Season 3 ASAP!

Hello! Like usual sorry it took me so long to get this post up; I've just been recovering still and helping out with the Anime Club. Due to my lateness I have quite a bit of news! At Otacon in Baltimore a couple weeks ago FUNimation announced several series that they have recently been picked up for dubbing and re-releasing. The ones that made me and others the happiest was FUNi picking up Code Geass R1, R2 and Akito the Exiled! Shortly after this announcement was made a lot of people questioned if FUNimation was picking it up to re-dub it or re-release it. the answer is- re-release! Like FUNi always does with something that was already dubbed, they just re-release with their own DVD (mostly likely Blu-ray as well) cover, disc menu, ect... The one being dubbed will be the four OVA's Akito the Exiled because, well, they haven't been dubbed at all and aren't even all out in Japan yet. Plus of course of all new characters, and I'm sure they can always try to call in C.2. and Suzaku's voice actors when they pop up in Akito the Exiled. FUNimation would probably only re-dub Cardcaptor Sakura if they picked it up, which a lot of people are still wishing for because the Kids' WB dub was the worst dub ever.

However, considering all the times the 2nd OVA was pushed back on premiere dates and just came out about a week ago in Japan; it will take a while for all four to be released here if FUNimation dubs it and releases the first one in the next year or so. In the title I wrote falling back down to Earth because where I live, it's like it fell off the face of the Earth! I could not find it anywhere after the 'Anime Ledgends' collectors edition was no longer being sold on rightstuf. Anyway, FUNimation picking those up for re-release was a great decision. Maybe well get it back on Toonami once Soul Eater gets to its finale episode shown; though Toonami really needs to pull back its time... please start at 7 p.m. Brotherhood that late... yeah, glad I've seen it all and plan on buying it. Alright back to the announcement. You can see their complete list of what they licensed here on their latest video of 'The FUNimation Show'!


Wednesday, August 28, 2013

First Impression: Stella Jogakuin Koutou-ka C -bu

Stella Jogakuin Koutou-ka C -bu focuses on the story of Yura Yamato a first year high school student who is invited to join CStella Women's Academy's survival game club. The other members of the club are Karila Hatsuse the second year ace of the group, she specializes the SOCOM Mk23, Yachiyo Hinata a first year long range specialist, Sonora Kashima a third year who specializes in using dual desert eagle handguns, Rento Kirishima probably my favorite character of the group she is a first year and specializes with the AK47, finaly Honoka Mutsu a second year who is the group tactician.



I will say this before I continue I was terribly wrong I did the one thing that a reviewer should never do and blanket a show based on the director this being Masayoshi Kawajiri who's only other work was background design for Dantalian no Shoka which was by no means bad exept with little directing experience i felt this would be a second rate show, oh how wrong I was. The animation screamed Studio GAINAX and the production quality was nothing less then what I would expect from Pony Canyon

Anime Review: Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae o Boku-tachi wa Mada Shiranai

Genres: drama, romance, supernatural



Opening Theme: "Aoi Shiori" by Galileo Galilei

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Recap: Endless 8 Part 4

I can telegraph this start now. Kyon is watching a ball game he's not interested in. I've reached the halfway point of this, and the channel uploader said that we're free to skip to Part 8. I appreciate the offer, but I intend to see this through. I made it through Bakugan and Code Geass R2, I can make it through this.



It's mentioned that there are cheers on the field. When I started watching this episode; I noticed a person that didn't think this arc was as bad as people said; that they actually enjoyed seeing all the little details in each episode, despite the fact that it was the same exact outline every time. I told the person to talk to their doctor and get the dosage of whatever they're taking raised. I know I'll need to.

Monday, August 26, 2013

Valvrave the Liberator (Season One)

It's been a minute since I watched a good space mecha anime. Perhaps my wanting to watch PACIFIC RIM and not being able to see it is what made me start watching VALVRAVE THE LIBERATOR or perhaps I was just killing more time between installments of ATTACK ON TITAN. Either way, I discovered a pretty good show. It's not perfect and not quite in the same league as MOBILE SUIT GUNDAM or NEON GENESIS EVANGELION, but it is a close cousin. At times an annoying imitating cousin, but mostly not so annoying or imitating. We start out with a bunch of school kids. Yeah, of course, we do. It isn't anime if there aren't school kids. And the school these kids go to just happens to be located on top of a secret lab that builds bigass robots called Valvraves. This school happens to be part of the JIOR territory too and JIOR is supposed to be neutral in the war that is being fought between Dorssia and ARUS. So why is JIOR building weapons? And under a school, no less! Watch to find out.

Our main character is Tokishima Haruto and he is just your average reasonably popular school kid. He likes his childhood friend Sashinami Shoko and he is about to confess to her (A love confession in the first episode of an anime? No freakin' way!) when Dorssia attacks the peaceful JIOR and really screws his plans up (Told ya!). Shoko is killed (or is she?) and Haruto decides that he wants to kill the Dorssia scum that killed her. But how? Well, as the lab below the school is being attacked by the terrorists, a dying scientist sends the Valvrave 1 up to surface level within convenient reach of Haruto and thus out of reach of said terrorists.

But there's something peculiar with this robot. It requests that you give up being human in order to pilot it. Haruto does so without knowing the possibly very dangerous side effects of his choice. Haruto becomes a hero though and he drives back the Dorssian forces as well as the ARUS forces trying to snare him in a political trap to steal the Valvrave.

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Spring Anime 2013 [Belated Final Impressions]

Here are my belated final impressions on the series that ended this past Spring 2013. In no particular order: [HATARAKU MAOU-SAMA!, KAKUMEIKI VALVRAVE, CHIHAYAFURU 2, OREIMO 2, SUISEI NO GARGANTIA, AND HAIYORE! NYARUKO-SAN W].



Hataraku Maou-sama!:

Saturday, August 24, 2013

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

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Death Note

Genre: Mystery, Supernatural, Police, Psychological, Thriller

Episodes: 37

Personal Rating: 9/10

Fun Stuff: 1 Year Anniversary

Hey, readers! It's been one year since I've started this blog, and I wanted to do a little bit to celebrate my past year of watching anime, reading manga, listening to Asian music, and being an otaku. Let's check out what I've been up to and what new favorites I've picked up since stumbling into the world of otaku blogging!



PROUDEST ACCOMPLISHMENT: BECOMING GOBOIANO'S MUSIC/ENTERTAINMENT WRITERI'm quite obviously obsessed with Asian music of all kinds and learning more about the entertainment aspects of the "Cool Japan" movement, so it's been an honor working with Goboiano to write material promoting it. Because of my work through the site, I feel as if I've been able to dive in deeper to Japan and Korea's music industry and fall more thoroughly in love with it, and I'm so happy to join the company as they evolve and grow stronger!Here are some of my favorite articles I've written for GB over the past year:

Dark Horse Gets EC Comics Library Beginning with 'Tales from the Crypt'

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Review of Guilty Crown

as we are gone on vacation and don't have much time to watch anime nor review the latest episodes, I thought it would be a good idea to post a review about an anime I've watched last year that I thought was....m you'll see. I posted this review else where, so you may have seen it, but i will now be posting it here.



Guilty Crown must be one of the largest flops I've seen in a while. It came out with so much promise and with a huge budget at its disposal. There are several reasons for this large flop, the characters being either unchanged from the start or becomes a polar opposite from what they were, cramming too many ideas in one and the ripping off of ideas, holes in the plot. With these few ideas it destroyed this anime and turned it into the pile of crap that it became.

Problem Children are Coming from Another World, Aren't They?: Complete Series

Age Rating: 15 and up

Rating: 8 1/2 out of 10

Episode Count: 10

The Anime Music Tournament 2013 Bracket Alpha Polls 5-8 "Analysis"

, same as the first. The songs here don't grab me as much as the first set, but there are about 240 more songs to get through, so hey.



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Buckle Up for Riding Shotgun on Mondo Media

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

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



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THE INDUSTRY STANDARD IS OUR FORBES

THE 3 BEST MECHA ANIME I HAVE EVER SEEN...

I will not lie, I am not a fan of mecha. I have never understood the genre. There was a time I used tO think that anything with giant robots in it could not go wrong. Then I watched more anime and in time I came to realize how boring I find most shows in the genre to be.



I read Evangelion, the first manga I ever read actually, and while I was impressed by the story, my overall view of the entire manga isn't very positive. I gave one or two Gundam series a try and even they failed to impress me.

'Thor: The Dark World' HD Trailer

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Taking Over the World

Inspired by Tokuchi Toua and anime badasses in the toilet? I hope it's not just me who gets inspiration in the toilet.

So I was thinking about who I'd want in a conquest to take over the world if I could only choose three generals. And I take my pick after finishing a 123 anime.

The three who have the honour of serving me are absolute geniuses and hotshots.

Otakon 2013 Madness: Bandai License Rescues and More!

Otakon 2013 has come and gone, but not without making a big splash in the current North American anime industry. There's one particularly large piece of news that affects two major U.S. licensors, plus plenty of smaller news of note.



So without further ado, let's jump in with the big one and get on with this show!SUNRISE LICENSES OUT FORMER BANDAI ENTERTAINMENT TITLES TO FUNIMATION & SENTAI FILMWORKS

Friday, August 23, 2013

Is Warner Bros. Planning an Aquaman Feature?

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Anime Season Midterms

I'm watching a lot of shows from this season. So many in fact, that I'm going to split my "midseason impression" post into 4 parts, depending on the days of the week the shows are airing on. This will give me a bit more space to discuss each show, and whether I think you should watch it or not.

The days are decided by the official Japanese day of the week the anime is released on, even if some are released at the 25th hour (after 1 am )


Autumn Season Preview

My impression of the upcoming season? Holy crap! There are tons of different series to watch out for! Lots of big names will return, and we will get a ton of series with amazing animation. This could very easily become the best season of the year, especially in terms of TV-Series. To give an indication: there are a whopping seven series that I'm psyched for to come out. It's rare for a season to get to that number the last couple of years.



MOVIES AND OVAS TO WATCH OUT FOR:

Bokusatsu Tenshi Dokuro-chan

Also known as Bludgeoning Angel Dokuro-chan



I will just call this anime BTD, ok? So BTD is a 4 episodes long OVA. It is a comedy piece about Sakura Kusakabe, a junior high school student, who happen to live together with an angel, named Dokuro-chan.

Putting It All To Rest: Hourou Musuko and Aoi Hana

A couple of months into my senior year, Ion about how much I despised the J.C. Staff adaptation of Takako Shimura's Aoi Hana, which made me so violently angry, I would eventually claim that I sought to smash in my computer monitor by the third episode. The comment wasn't for effect; I'm too earnest for that. I oozed similar rage in , in which I more or less asserted that I was done seeking wholesale realism in anime, which for the most part tended not to come together, anyway. However out of whack I was over the course of that godawful year, I don't apologize for the particular sentiments. Such energy wasted over clumsy banging on the table! The feelings are still ambivalent or negative, but I don't care anymore. It's no longer worth it.



Half-expected her to whip out a bokut .

Inuyasha and Beating the Devil

Inuyasha stood as my third favorite anime, but finishing Inuyasha: The Final Act gives me no choice but to bump it back into second place ahead of Code Geass.Yes, the final installment of the series was enough to cover for any faults in the first several seasons.The whole series focuses on the battle between good and evil.Such shows and books are a dime a dozen, but Inuyasha parallels reality closely enough to catapult it to greatness.In particular, Naraku very nearly captures the attitudes and wiles of the devil, and Inuyasha and his friends show how to beat the devil.



#1 Good always wins.

Guilty Crown

Finished watching this anime quite a long time ago, but never had the opportunity to post a review up. No spoilers, just thoughts.

I liked the artwork. xD It was mainly refreshing for my innocent eyes. :3 There weren't a lot of fan service type of characters and I really liked that. Some of the outfits are... interesting though because it is a bit too skin tight. But I like school uniforms and that's basically what you see most of the time. :3 Only downside is that I think there was nudity at one point? Not really sure. I can't really remember. ;A;

The story was a bit confusing (for me) and it's slow. You can follow along, but you don't really understand some parts of the story until literally half way through the anime when you discover a lot of interesting facts and crazy things that just explains most things to you. Now once you reach the end... I have a lot of friends that tell me that they didn't like the ending. It really could have been better. It seems like they ended it that way just to end it. :/ The ending is way too vague and confusing. I don't even know what happened myself until I read discussions online about what others thought happened.