Thursday, November 28, 2013

Wii U Karaoke adds Japanese songs, including some anime themes.

Have you tried the Wii Karaoke U app on Nintendo's Wii U console? Or maybe you're like me and don't even try because the one time you sang in the shower, you were yelled at to shut up. Anyways, Nintendo have recently added some Japanese songs to their already large database and as you can expect, as well as featuring songs by idol groups like AKB48, the list of new songs includes various tracks that were used in numerous anime series'. Will you be brave enough to try and sing along to any of these:



A CERTAIN SCIENTIFIC RAILGUN:

Aoki Hagane no Arpeggio: Ars Nova

If you're into cute girls and battleships, this anime is for you.



WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD!

Website Highlight #6: Fanfiction.net

Have you felt that feeling of sadness when your favorite series (whether anime, manga or novel) ended? There's the feeling of denial. You can't accept the fact that it just ended, that there's no more stories after that. That's exactly how I felt after I read Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.



I imagined what would have happened right after the battle at Hogwarts and the epilogue 19 years later. I looked for anything and everything from JK Rowling that can satisfy that feeling of lack. I know every trivia and every fact stated by the author herself. It was not enough... That's when I discovered fan fiction.

TV Tuesday: Anime (2)

Okay, I know it's TECHNICALLY Wednesday, but I meant to post this yesterday and then my computer decided blogger was a site that deserved to be blocked. Blah.



Regardless, TV Tuesday is back! And I'm here to feature some MORE anime. Last time I featured two very popular series, today I'm going to focus on two series that will BEND YOUR MIND (in both good and bad ways).

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Issue #24

November 28, 2013

North Republic Industries
Hello to the person who reads this blog, in this blog you find a lot of about my life, tastes, hobbies and my biography.



MY LIFE

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Don't Build It Up

Greetings guys, gals, and pals,



An issue that I have been seeing more and more lately is the issue of building up anime. Now, some of them deserve the hype they get (I haven't heard of anyone who thought the hype ruined ATTACK ON TITAN yet) and others fall a little short (SWORD ART ONLINE got bitten by this pretty hard last year.) The reason I'm talking about this today is that I recently marathoned ANOHANA: THE FLOWER WE SAW THAT DAY (aka ANO HI MITA HANA NO NAMAE O BOKUTACHI WA MADA SHIRANAI) with a few friends, one of whom had seen the show before. She was very instant that we would be sad and cry during this show. And while I did cry at the ending, I think I would have teared up sooner without this insistence.

So You Want to Watch Anime? Part 1

People often ask me what they should watch if they want to get into anime or have watched only a couple of shows. Obviously, it pays to ask people what genres they like, as anime is just another sub-medium of television and TV, movie and book preferences are all valid. Some of the shows listed here are often noted to be aimed at people who are very knowledgeable about anime, but they are on the list because they stand on their own, and none of us are rookie media consumers.



This list is designed in part to present you with a variety of genres, so you could watch these shows in order to have a better place to start from when looking for additional material - based on what you like and don't like. Future posts will cover movies, and some more shows based on genres and themes. All posts will be organized .

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TFAW: Dark Nights of November Lead to Biggest Black Friday Ever

The leaves are falling and the holidays are on the horizon, which means it's time for TFAW's biggest sale of the year! During our starting 11/15, customers will save up to 80% on thousands of comics, graphic novels, and more!



The discounts increase each week through 12/2:

Anime Mondays #36

I'm baaaaack!My vacation was a success.The Backstreet cruise was insane (though, not as insane as I was led to believe, but it still far exceeded my expectations), and Disney World was adorable and not at all crowded.I tried to go all commando park touring and ended up sick (which I am still trying to get over), but we got a lot done and still managed to fit in some one of a kind experiences.I can't wait to take my baby niece there and watch her go crazy running around in a cute little dress.Anyway, we have a lot to get through today, as I'm at least three weeks behind, so let's party.Also, MAL will only let me go back to last week so let's see if I can remember what I've watched in the past month.



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

Fall 2013 Anime Mid-Season Impressions (Part 2/2, L-V)

So, another season of anime reached its half-point and it's time to watch my mid-season impressions, where I talk a bit of the show and rate it. This part's shows have some really catchy OPs/EDs, so you'll get more of them.



Due to how many shows I have to cover (15), I've cut them into two halves, sorted alphabetically. The shows within each episode are sorted roughly by excitement generated within me or how good they are. I've also bolded in the following lines what shows I'll recommend people without reservations.

'Doctor Who' BBC America Takeover

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NOZOMI ENTERTAINMENT Announces the DVD Release of SPACE ADVENTURE COBRA: THE ORIGINAL TV Series, Part 1

NOZOMI ENTERTAINMENT ANNOUNCES THE DVD RELEASE OF SPACE ADVENTURE COBRA: THE ORIGINAL TV SERIES, PART 1



GRIMES, IA, November 13, 2013 -- Anime producer Nozomi Entertainment is pleased to announce that SPACE ADVENTURE COBRA: THE ORIGINAL TV Series, Part 1 DVD Set will be available on March 4, 2014. The DVD set will feature the series' initial 15 episodes with Japanese audio, English subtitles and English on-screen translations. On disc extras will include the English pilot episode and an interview with the Space Adventure Cobra creator Buichi Terasawa. This release marks the North American debut of Space Adventure Cobra: The Original TV Series.
Issue #23

November 17, 2013

North Republic Industries

Anime Review: Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion

Nothing much changed with me other than FINALLY Nintendo has announced Youtube is coming to the 3DS. Unfortunately it is at a time where most people are completely fed up with Youtube and it's Google+ shenanigans. I don't have a Google+ account, never wanted one, but now I HAVE to get one to do something so simple as to even LEAVE A FREAKIN' COMMENT!? To be honest, the only reason I wanted Youtube on my 3DS is so that I can watch Spice and Wolf on the damn thing. It's a similar reason why I want Crunchyroll to release a 3DS app, so that I can watch Maoyu on my system. A message to Google: STOP SCREWING WITH YOUTUBE! It's fine if you do things that make the experience better, but all you are doing is making it worse! Anyway, on to reviewing this week's anime: Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion.



Your mother's dead... and your sister is blind... Oh and I think your cat ran away. You okay Lelouch?

Dat Character Development

Hey everybody! Hope you had a good Halloween (for those of you that celebrate it), and for those of you that celebrate Thanksgiving, I hope you'll give it the breathing room it deserves before the Holiday Rush. I know I will: I vow not to watch a single holiday movie until at least after Thanksgiving (a rule I didn't follow last year and ended up watching them all in November, leaving me nothing in December). That and now that Halloween's done I can move on from my marathon of Tim Burton films and the like and go back to catching up on more anime, since the hunger for it's still alive and kicking (though I may need to set aside a block of time to rewatch Hunger Games before Catching Fire comes out WOOT!). But on the subject of anime, despite the fact that I've got a ton of other blog post drafts in my line up, I had to bring this topic up almost immediately as I've been giving it a lot of thought, especially while I'm continually working at the editorial process of my novel.



In terms of storytelling, the medium of anime has a lot going for it, since a lot of shows that are considered to be anime (whether you consider shows like Avatar: The Last Airbender, The Legend of Korra, and RWBY to be a part of that is a whole 'nother kettle o' fish) not only come up with some of the coolest and most creative premises (right up there with BBC's Sherlock and The Walking Dead*), with a long history of taking its viewers on flights of fancy from epic space mech-battles to quirky romances with kitsune (fox-demons) and everything in between, but they ALSO, when done well, open some of the most delightful avenues for character development, since most animes (with the exception of OVAs) tend to consist of a series of episodes that can be anywhere from thirteen to fifty episodes long (or longer if we're talking the ongoing march of Naruto, Bleach, or One Piece).

Hot Clip: Ghibli's 'Tale of the Bamboo Cutter'

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Vic Mignogna

Sorry for the delay! Expect another post Sunday evening!



This week, I'll be talking about a legend of the anime industry.

ACF 2026: Sci-Fi Fantasy Anime series ACCEL WORLD is coming to Blu-ray & DVD on November 26th

(c) REKI KAWAHARA/ ASCII MEDIA WORKS/ AW Project



VIZ MEDIA BRINGS THE ACTION IN NEW BLU-RAYAND DVD HOME VIDEO EDITIONS FOR THESCI-FI FANTASY ANIME SERIES ACCEL WORLD

Anime Characters?

Greetings Guys, Gals, and Pals,



WARNING: MAJOR SPOILERS FOR DEATH NOTE AND CODE GEASS CONTAINED HERE. DO NOT READ PAST THE THIRD PARAGRAPH IF YOU WON'T WANT ANY SPOILERS.

Thoughts: Log Horizon Episode 8

I just recently watched the newest installment of Log Horizon and I was expecting some action again but instead of them being in an actual battle, the episode seems to have taken the intellectual battle path.I would have probably said that this path is what makes me bored in seeing in anime or movies but Log Horizon made me stay on my chair and watch the entire episode with me wanting more.It looked like it will become one of my personal favorites, along with Sword Art Online, Death Note, and Code Geass.A total of 25 episodes and not yet halfway, everything is looking good on my end.Log Horizon delivers what I wanted and the only thing missing would be someone cosplaying Akutsuki and I get to have a picture with her.



Just a quick though post about the anime, nothing to spoil it too much but if you haven't watched Log Horizon, start watching it today with episode 1!I'd rate it a 9/10 now but it may change depending on how the story flows and how they would end it or have it setup for a second season or even a full-blown long series like Naruto and Bleach.Man, those two anime are long but filled with fillers.Hope they don't do that kind of thing but I guess I can't complain much since Log Horizon is doing better.

Kill La Kill and So Bad It's Good

I see the phrase "so bad it's good" pop up frequently in reviews of some popular series. It takes no genius to see the paradox of the words, and I dare believe the emotional background behind the people choosing to use this expression is almost always the same. The reviewer has, in his or her mind, a clear definition of what a quality anime is. He or she is then shocked to encounter a title which meets almost none of the criteria, and yet manages to be extremely fun. This puts the reviewer in a bind - is his or her taste not quite as refined as previously assumed? Better put the blame on the show being bad enough to act as a parody of its own concept.



But because art is a dialogue, it is not surprising that there will be shows not normally up a given reviewer's alley that will nevertheless win him or her over. It is all quite straightforward - anime should promise, and deliver on its promises; whip up expectations, and meet those expectations. Series like Code Geass and Gurren Lagann had plenty of flaws, but they knew exactly what they wanted to be, and were upfront enough about it. People violently opposed to the styles of those shows were spared the time necessary to finish them, and everyone else knew what they were getting themselves into. We suspend disbelief when diving into the multitude of fantastic anime worlds, and we can just as well suspend judgement and expectations, if the show is skillful enough to talk us into it.

Yaoi and Yuri Couples I Support

Never really read it but it's hilarious when I found it. How shameless it is!



Now I won't discuss it, even at a small length. For now the discussion is on the back-seat of the post until further notice, I just want pictures (that I find to be cute not really representative and no, I am not choosing pictures based on 'smexiness') and description. Now and then, this post will be updated as I remember the couples I ship.