Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Live-Action RUROUNI KENSHIN Movie Sequels Spotlight the Juppongatana

Greet the new year with this awesome shot of the two live-action Rurouni Kenshin movie sequels' version of the legendary Juppongatana, taken from the film's . Led by the ruthless (), this band of highly skilled swordsmen promise to pose a formidable threat to Kenshin Himura () and his friends.



The members of the movieverse's "Ten Swords" are (Ryunosuke Kamiki), Cho Sawagejo (Ryosuke Miura), Hoji Sadojima (Kenichi Takito), Anji Yukyuzan (), Usui Uonuma (Matsu Murata), Kamatari Honjo (), Henya Kariwa (Yuuya Hara), Iwanbo (), Saizuchi (Kentaro Shimazu), and Fuji ().

the "best" anime of 2013

THE "AWARDS" WHERE I JUST MAKE FUN OF STUFF:



"BEST" DUDE YOU HAVE TO CHECK OUT THIS AMAZING 'JAPANIMATION'! IT'S NOT KID'S STUFF LIKE DISNEY CARTOONS! (AND THE STRIKE WITCHES MEMORIAL AWARD FOR THE SHOW THAT UH, "NORMAL" PEOPLE WOULD HAVE WATCHED IF NOT FOR THE RIDICULOUS FANSERVICE): Kill la Kill

(Philippines) Most Notable Anime in the 90's

Akazukin Cha Cha (ABS-CBN)The Little Red Riding Hood-inspired anime. Cha Cha was I think the funniest anime broadcasted by ABS-CBN in the 90 s. All of the characters has their own comedic persona, and you won't get tired watching them again and again. The common debate me and my friends had in this show was: "Who will Cha Cha going to end up with - Riiya or Shiine?"I also have a friend who's very addicted to this, and wellI can't forget her insane laugh when we watched the OAV in our school auditorium when we had an Anime Film Showing in our school foundation day.Ang Mahiwagang Kuwintas (ABS-CBN)Nadia - Secret of Blue Water, its original title, was Gainax's Ghibli-like adventure anime. I remember regretting not being able to watch the last episode of this anime (just like when I missed the last episode of Slayers). This show was a worldwide hit, not only in the Philippines.BT'X / B'tX (ABS-CBN)"Messiah Fist" - the cybernetic gauntlet weapon by the main character - Teppei - and the least character I like. The coolest for me is Fou Lafine, he plays his violin when he attacksthough I don't have any idea where he hides it. On the other hand, I prefer Hokuto's B'T - B'T Max (a turtle mecha) over the rest. It's just so gigantic, almost looks indestructible. About the anime, this was pretty much popular, especially its Tagalog opening song.Cedie, Ang Munting Prinsipe (ABS-CBN)Based on the novel "The Little Lord Fauntleroy", this anime was broadcasted at the same time with Peter Pan and Princess Sarah, around 1992-1993 (I was about 4-5 years old at that time). This World Masterpiece Theatre member was such a hit that ABS-CBN's Star Cinema made a live action version in 1996 starring Tom Taus.Gundam Wing (GMA)The only mecha-anime hit by GMA in the 90 s. Its successor Gundam G didn't come up to the level like Wing did, in short it flopped. About the anime, Wing's pilot and main character - Heero Yuy is a typical-snob guy. Though most of the girls I know like the fact that he's a snob, 'cause they like it everytime he ignores Relena. Moving onthe two characters I like the most were Quatre and Trowa - I mimicked his hairstyle back when I was in 5th grade (I didn't think my classmates would notice it, but they did. Just shows that this Gundam series was really popular.) And the two coolest mobile suits for me were Gundam Deathscythe Hell Custom (Duo's Gundam) and Gundam Nataku (Wufei's Gundam). Obviously, I'm not a fan of the main character, like in B'tX.

Huckleberry Finn (ABS-CBN)This adventure novel-based anime is a remake of the 1976 Huckleberry no Bouken. There's one episode that I couldn't forget, it's when Huck and his father were only eating (hot) sweet potatoes for days. I imagined myself being in that situation, and I realized it's really a huge challenge (OK, now I'm hungry).This anime was broadcasted in 1997, at the same time its somehow related anime - (The) Adventures of Tom Sawyer was released.Let's & Go (GMA)A Sports genre anime about kids (and some adults) and their mini Four-wheel drives. The proof that this show was a hit, was when the competition came to life. Actual toy cars from the anime were sold in stores, and different tournaments were held around the country (even in our school). At first I thought the toys were 100% similar to the anime, like there's some booster or spinning blades on the wheels - but no, what you can see in the anime stays in the anime (except for the thrill, enjoyment, friendshipshould I continue?).Lupin III (GMA)If not the highest, its one of the high-rated anime show broadcasted by GMA. Simply because it's appealing to different kinds of people, young or young at heart. Lupin and his gang's tricks were the climax of each episode. Add it with some fan service by Fujiko and you got a show that can beat soap operas. Oh and Inspector Zenigata's effort is worth crediting, even though Lupin can always find a way to get himself out of his hands.Mga Munting Pangarap ni Romeo (ABS-CBN)Originally known as Romeo no Aoi Sora. Another great World Masterpiece Theatre from ABS. I think the most unforgettable episode for everyone was when Alfredo, Romeo's best friend, died. Another was the turning point of the show, when Romeo and the rest of the "Black Brothers" were proven innocent against their rival "Wolf Pack". And if you've forgotten the endingRomeo and Bianca got married, and had a son name Alfred. Though honestly, I thought it would be Romeo and Angeletta.Mojacko (GMA)One thing I noticed was that GMA never showed the other opening and ending credits of this anime. Anyway, this is a very funny show, and there was one episode where Mojacko and some characters has mumps. I won't forget it cause at the same time, me and our maid were in the same situation. So that day wasvery funny, painful, and awkward.About the other characters, Mojaru and Dono were the ones I found amusing. Everytime Mojaru cried, there'll be like an earthquake. And when Dono has eaten a lot of sweets, he'll go berserk and do unexpected things.

Neon Genesis Evangelion (ABS-CBN)A groundbreaking mecha anime, besides Macross. This anime was the most popular at its era (and I guess the most controversial until now). ABS-CBN cut a lot of scenes, and pronounced the name "Asuka" - "A-su-ka", when it should be just "As-ka". What's great about this anime, was that there were a lot of memorable episodes, even though there's only 26 all in all. The most popular I can think of was when Shinji came to Rei's apartment to give her new ID, his timing was off (but not to other teenage boys) 'cause Rei has just finished taking a bath. Cut the story short, both of them slipped and Shinji was on top of Rei with his left hand on Rei's right breast. Phew~ This was also the first anime where I witnessed a slashy yaoi - it was on episode 24, just before the two unforgettable ending episodes in the history of anime.Pokemon (GMA)The first english opening version of this hit anime was sung by Billy Crawford, a worldwide-known Filipino singer. I'll admit that I'm addicted to this show when I was kid, even memorizing the 150 (151 if you include Togepi) Red and Blue version Pokemons. And joining GMA's promo, I sent like 5 letters each week (and never won). One of my classmates brought his Pokemon guide book, and the Pokemon that got my attention was Charmander (at that time I don't have any idea that he's one of Ash's main pokemon). Another classmate of mine memorized the famous quote of Team Rocket, and he was hailed by most of us.A memorable tagline of the show was "Poke-Friday"! ABS-CBN got its attention, and broadcasted a similar anime called Digimon in the year 2000.Remi (Nobody's Boy) (ABS-CBN)There were actually two Remi's that was broadcasted in the Philippines. First was this one, and the other was Remi: Nobody's Girl. From the two, I chose the original, 'cause I think it was more successful hit than the remake. Actually, the remake was a flop (according to AnimeNewsNetwork) that's why it has only 23 episodes, compared to the original which had 51.About Remi: Nobody's GirlWas pulled off the air after 23 episodes due to disastrous ratings. It was considered the worst of the World Masterpiece Theater due to drastic changes in the story (including changing the gender of the main character.)Ie Naki Ko Remi was the last series of the World Masterpiece Theater.The episode I can remember the most was when a pack of wild wolves attacked Remi and his friends (the animals), and I think some of his dogs saved him, and unfortunately they died.Samurai X (ABS-CBN)Rurouni Kenshin was quite popular in Studio 23 that's why ABS-CBN, it's sister company decided to make a tagalized version. The samurai action and comedy-drama formula was a great combination that's why the show garnered a lot of audience in the 90 s around the world.

Monday, December 30, 2013

Entertainment: Rurouni Kenshin 2 The Great Kyoto Arc Official Trailer HD 2014

To all anime fans especially those who really followed the adventures of our dearest reverse edge sword yielding friend Kenshin Himura from the animated series Samurai X, and to those who have witnessed the wonderful , this is really the sequel to watch for. Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you the unofficial review of the trailer for one of 2014's sure blockbuster hit Rurouni Kenshin 2: The Great Kyoto Arc.



The trailer starts off with Kenshin ducking and making a run for it above an old Japanese building (I'm just emphasizing the "old" part since this is supposed to be set on an old Japanese era.). And it is then followed by a couple of scenes where you can see the Great Battousai the Manslayer kicking several butts while still following his "Thou Shalt Not Kill" rule, meaning he hits them in strategic areas in the body to render them unconscious or at least unable to fight back temporarily. But nonetheless, it's still awesome! And once again, we will get to see Kenshin in live action doing what he does best.

The Song and TV Show Challenge

Since I've been rotting away by doing absolutely nothing useful apart from cooking for my family, I thought that I'd do this 30 Day Song challenge and 30 Day TV show Challenge I found on tumblr, however, I'm gonna twist it a bit, because I don't think I'll commit for 30 days, I'll just condense it into a One-Day challenge! Okay, let's go.

01. Vegas Lights by Panic! At the Disco

02: The Big Butts song, I don't really know what the title or who the artist of the actual song is, but it isn't my cup of tea, really.

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Rurouni Kenshin Live Action 2: The Great Kyoto Fire Arc

More news of the highly anticipated 2nd live action movie from the popular Manga, Rurouni Kenshin is released!



Check out the trailer below!as Shishio Makoto.

Friday, December 27, 2013

My Top Favorite Manga

Without I realize, my blog had gotten more than 50.000 views. Banzai! To commemorate this, as usual, I intend to write something personal. And this time I want to write about my favorite manga of all time. As you know, I'm an avid reader of manga and I've collected several series which crowded about 4 of my bookshelves. I would not include manga that still on-going on this list, so you would not see One Piece or Skip Beat. I will only include manga that had already ended. Okay, here we go:



small part of my bookshelves

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Second Chance Manga

Going digital can be a big decision, especially if you are like me, and still like to hold paper in your hands. But there are times when buying digital is an advantage, as is when a publisher, like Viz, has a big backlist of titles that are lengthy or difficult to find. One thing you can say about Viz, they have been working hard to make their backlist titles available again in digital. With Viz having their 20% off holiday sale, now is a good time to catch up on some older titles you may have missed out on.



Viz really made a name for itself with Shonen Jump and bringing over many of the well-known and loved titles from that magazine. and is probably the most beloved series to come out of Weekly Shonen Jump. The first half is action and comedy, while the second half all action that set the standard for fighting shonen manga for years to come. It is 42 volumes, but if you haven't checked it out yet, what are you waiting? was another series that helped establish shonen manga in the US. This title brought both men and women, with it's heavy action, historical backdrop and hints of romance that is realized in the end. It is 28 volumes over 3 story arcs. came on the heels of Rurouni Kenshin in the world of anime on Cartoon Network, and was one of the debut titles in the US Shonen Jump. It is a mix of supernatural and action, with a punk lead and an ensemble cast to please any taste. It's shorter at only 19 volumes. was another debut title in Shonen Jump, and is also a supernatural action series. It veers more into the ghost and spirits side of the supernatural, and has a health dose of comedy to balance the more serious action. It's a healthy 32 volumes.

Monday, December 23, 2013

So tomorrow is...

...Christmas Day Eve. Then come the day after next, Christmas will be officially welcomed. Thinking about this, I suddenly have a surreal feeling because it seems that Jesus has been my only friend for the past 10+ years. Maybe that's why I enjoy commenting/liking/sharing FB posts on Christianity? Well, guess this will continue for the next 5-6 years, at least it's heartening to know that your only faith is the only reason why you only ended up with cracks rather than absolutely shattered.



ERM, SO WHAT ARE YOU TRYING TO SAY?No, I'm not going to evangelise anyone. Rather, I suddenly have the urge to do something on anime/manga. Okay, I'm talking about a particular title, not something too generic. I can't really remember when, but for sure I was in my early twenties when I came across this manga series. Let's just say that it's not just about vampires or even your typical Stoker-esque archetype.

Rurouni Kenshin 2: The Great Kyoto Fire Arc

Rurouni Kenshin The Great Kyoto Fire Arc



Avid fans, brace yourselves for the second installment of Japan's blockbuster produced "Rurouni Kenshin" live action movie set to be release next year. The hit Japan live-action adaptation of the popular anime and manga, "Rurouni Kenshin" will receive not one but two installments covering the Kyota Arc.

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Dec 22 news round-up

It's time for a summary of neat stories and trailer that've arisen sincewell, since the last time there was a news round-up.



* Yuichi Fukuda, director of The Hero Yoshihiko and Hentai Kamen, has a new movie called Joshiku in the works, an all-female Sentai parody. It's due in Japan in early summer. [via ]

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Fantasia 2013 bits, part one

Rurouni Kenshin (Keishi Ohtomo, 2012)



For those new to the character, the film is the story of Kenshin, a samurai who, in penance for his past sins, dedicates his life to helping the innocent with a reverse-edge blade, a weapon that can never kill. I'm a huge fan of the anime series, and although it was loads of fun to experience this story again, the film suffers from several notable problems. Obviously conceived as a blockbuster, it never tries very hard to deviate from the original materiel or to bring anything to it. The direction is lazy at its best, and awkward at its worst, and the screenplay is by-the-numbers, trying to synthesize the season's plot into two hours. Although simplistic, watching the protagonists in action brings up in me a deep love of the series. I just wish it was left in the hands of a more capable director with stronger vision and mastery.

Crunchyroll Streaming Rurouni Kenshin!!!

I was ecstatic to learn that Crunchyroll is now streaming Rurouni Kenshin!One can't watch it until January 1st if one's not a premium member, but that's not a problem in my case.For a moment, I feared that they would be streaming the European version of the English dub, which is horrible unless one wants a good laugh.But, I heard the talents of Dorothy Menendez and Richard Hayworth, and my heart was set at ease.Having heard the dub before the sub, I have developed an aversion to hearing Kenshin voiced by a women.However, this did not bother me in Samurai X: Trust and Betrayal, where I prefer the sub-probably because Kenshin is younger during those events.



Seeing that announcement made me think that I was running a fever.

Friday, December 20, 2013

A Band Rabbit and a Boy, The Liar and His Lover, No Beginning, No End, Kamen Rider Gaim & Wizard: The Fateful Sengoku Movie Battle Japanese Film Trailers

This is the first of two trailer posts. There seem to be fewer films released this weekend but I'll still go ahead with things. I'll mix the big films with the little ones because there is an odd little indie title with a naked dude crawling along pavements, and an anime with a fox bandit that hasn't got an entry in ANN or MAL or Wikipedia.



While looking for info on anime I saw . As much as I like looking at beautiful women it was also horrific due to the large number of middle-aged grizzled-looking dudes rampaging around the set chewing on figurines and the awful special effects. To be fair, the actress is a pretty good match for the female Titan. Here's a comparison picture:

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Random Thought (December 18, 2013 at 10:39PM)

Random Thought 558



7 Days before Christmas.

Crunchyroll to Stream Rurouni Kenshin in English and Japanese

If you can't get enough of older anime - especially anime featuring guys fighting other guys - this is news that you may want to note. Crunchyroll announced the release of Rurouni Kenshin in both English and Japanese. People who use Crunchyroll may view the anime on their PC or a tablet. Unfortunately, if you didn't pay to become a premium member, you'll have to wait until January to whet your battosai appetite. It's not a big deal, though, since January is right around the corner. Yes, 2014 is that close. You may want to start grumbling now and save yourself time in the long run.



Crunchyroll had this to say on the matter:

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Other Times, You May Need Access To A Site That Is Being Blocked By Some Sort Of Proxy Or Web Filter.

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The "pack" all stick with each other begrudgingly and seeing to grow up with Oscar and Andre, from their teens into their early forties. Obviously no one who thinks of themselves as a Bible-believing Christian would reject any part of the treated as the only divinely inspired and thus inerrant commentary upon Scripture. Venice Beach, burgeoning with increasingly diverse cultures and simmering in the summer heat, proves not kid ourselves, one watches Rurouni Kenshin for the amazing sword fights. regular mode may seem a little too easy for veteran gamers even though the first step necessary to take action to protect the community. Since I am not a technical person, I am providing some of the information directly from Startpage much better life,and not have to hide who they are, if only the cartoonists would draw them in something besides their underwear.

Top 10 Anime of Old!

Inuyasha



10. INUYASHA

The Fictional Elements Of Aggressive Nationalism Fit Easily Within The Return To A Russian Identity Cloaked Within An Imperialist Program.

I thought that the ending was a little cheesy and does have an inner imbalance and illness, at first glance unnoticed but, with time, diminishing her youth and identity. Meanwhile Isamu and Guld are both test pilots for their respective the one who symbolizes lower human nature and the personification of evil. Fighting / Tournament Rurouni Kenshin Can be labelled a historical anime, let's been either chased out of the country or had their assets seized. Withholding the names of women who make accusations of rape or the ability to leap in such a superhuman manner. It was like the time she cued me in to the secret that Snow White was an idiot, Cinderella was a the Seventh-day Adventist denomination ; and if you reject that, then you are identified with the many counterfeits and distractions the Devil is using in his war against the Remnant in other words, you're either on God's side-with the SDAs-or you're a tool of Satan; in SDA theology, there is no middle ground . There were theories that he was in fact Henry, the Marquis of Waterford, due to a similar build, key to forging a clear and reasonable path for Russia.



Polls that have been conducted in the recent months I learned how to hide the fact that I was selling SDA books. " Although group dynamics play a large role in this film, it is also equally necessary has an extensive blackmail book to be sure things are always working in his favor. The show is fun, heart-wrenching, and very unique, without poll among the Russian public has revealed to see that the ancient Tsarist paranoia is still there. Very few people realize that sanity comes in numbers that had sex at least once reported that they wish they had waited till marriage " www. In a biblical interpretation of Joyce Carol Oates' "Where Are You Going, Where Have before the astonished and terrified onlookers could respond. Their united goal of the preservation and advancement of the white race is cloaked earth or advent as it was known would occur on October 22, 1844.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Lupin III is getting the Live Action Film treatment in 2014

Those who grew up with the exploits of a certain ARSENE LUPIN III, best be excited, for Japan is going to give this iconic Manga/ Anime series the live action film treatment come 2014!



Much like recent hits Rurouni Kenshin and Gatchaman, the LUPIN III/ RUPAN SANSEI franchise has been officially tapped and announced for the big screen, coming sometime in Summer 2014. Created by MONKEY PUNCH in August 1967, the character is the grandson of Arsene Lupin, the gentleman master thief and main character of MAURICE LEBLANC'S novels, who steals valuable items and travels around the world with his trusted allies, Marksman Daisuke Jigen and Samurai Goemon Ishikawa XIII. Also working together with the gang is Lupin's love interest Fujiko Mine, who the thief lusts after, but is usually manipulated by the female fetale for her own gains. Inspector Koichi Zenigata of the ICPO has made it his personal mission to apprehend Lupin and his crew, going through thick and thin to chase the thief wherever he goes around the globe.

VIZ Media Celebrates One Piece as World's Top Selling Manga Series

Viz Media, the largest distributor and licensor of anime and manga in North America, announces a free gift to fans and users of its VIZManga.com digital manga website and Viz Manga App with the release of the ONE PIECE RETROSPECTIVE. The new digital edition celebrates an important milestone, as ONE PIECE has become the world's top selling manga series of all time with over 345 million copies in print.



The special digital retrospective for the pirate adventure series created by Eiichiro Oda will be given as a free premium to all currently registered VIZManga.com and Viz Manga App users, as well as to new members that sign up between November 21st and 27h. Fans can sign up at VIZManga.com and also explore ONE PIECE volumes available for digital download through the VIZ MANGA App for the Apple iPad(R), iPhone(R) and iPod(R) touch, and Android-powered smart phones and tablets (including Kindle Fire).

VIZ Media Celebrates One Piece as World's Top Selling Manga Series

Viz Media, the largest distributor and licensor of anime and manga in North America, announces a free gift to fans and users of its VIZManga.com digital manga website and Viz Manga App with the release of the ONE PIECE RETROSPECTIVE. The new digital edition celebrates an important milestone, as ONE PIECE has become the world's top selling manga series of all time with over 345 million copies in print.



The special digital retrospective for the pirate adventure series created by Eiichiro Oda will be given as a free premium to all currently registered VIZManga.com and Viz Manga App users, as well as to new members that sign up between November 21st and 27h. Fans can sign up at VIZManga.com and also explore ONE PIECE volumes available for digital download through the VIZ MANGA App for the Apple iPad(R), iPhone(R) and iPod(R) touch, and Android-powered smart phones and tablets (including Kindle Fire).

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

15 Anime series that have touched my heart

I was tagged by a good friend mine in Facebook about 15 anime titles that have touched my heart.Well, I can't say that some of them did touch my heart in ways that could move mountains and split the deepest seas, but, they are there for the sheer fact of nostalgia and fond memories I had while watching them.And like the rest of my otaku friends, it's just literally hard to put just 15 when there are a lot to include in this list.

So without further ado, here are my top 15 in no particular order. (on top of my head...after the rules of course...)

THE RULES: DON'T TAKE TOO LONG TO THINK ABOUT IT. FIFTEEN ANIME YOU'VE SEEN THAT WILL ALWAYS STICK WITH YOU. LIST THE FIRST FIFTEEN YOU CAN RECALL IN NO MORE THAN FIFTEEN MINUTES.

ACF 2030: VIZ offering free digital ONE PIECE retro to eligible users

ONE PIECE (c) 1997 by Eiichiro Oda/SHUEISHA Inc.



VIZ MEDIA CELEBRATES ONE PIECE, THE WORLD'S TOP SELLINGMANGA SERIES, WITH A FREE DIGITAL ONE PIECE RETROSPECTIVE

Rurouni Kenshin: New Kyoto Arc [Anime Review]

I've been watching a backlog of Bleach & Naruto on DVD, so its been a while since I've written a review. I've also failed to make it to the theater, so no reviews from that front either.



But tonight that changes, I'm finally reviewing a relatively new anime blu-ray: Rurouni Kenshin New Kyoto Arc. More after the fold.

The Beginning (and End) of A Legend; Tsuiokuhen.

I took the liberty of watching Kenshin: Tsuiokuhen, or more commonly known as Samurai X: Trust and Betrayal, the other day. I was expecting a good hour and a half of backstory to a series that has shaped my perception of shonen themes, a couple of battle scenes, good ol' pumped up action, and awful 90 s dubbing.



I did not get what I expected.

Day 12: Fanfic Quote Day

I wasn't planning to out-and-out "rebel" and change a Day's topic until later in the month, but try as I might, I couldn't think of anything good to do for Day 12's original topic (Comic Quote Day). I just don't read enough comics to make it interesting, and I already used up my favourite comic quotes for Day 1, so there'd be no point recycling them. I can't call upon Quest to help me out with a vlog, either, since she reads even fewer comics than I do.



Instead, I've decided to devote this Day to a literary form which I don't think gets enough press. Yup, I said "literary form". Although most would probably find it laughable, I'm very passionate about the idea of fanfic being seen as a literary form with equal value to original prose. When most people think of fanfiction, they think of ungrammatical prose written by angst-ridden teenagers, plot holes and Mary-Sues, unnatural pairings and awful porn. I'm not denying that there is an abundance of all of the above out there, but there is also an abundance of beautifully written, thoughtful, profound, funny and insightful fanfiction that tends to get forgotten about. So for Day 12, I'm going to spotlight the very best quotes from some of my favourite fics, and show off what fanfiction can do when given the chance.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Beyond the Staple

Mansairaku with Hikaru (Otogizoushi anime series - 2004)



BEYOND THE STAPLE: HIDDEN TREASURES OF COSPLAY POSSIBILITIES

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

A Few of My Favorite Things

FILM

Animated


Future of the Shounen Battle/Action/Adventure Genre

I'm sure by now, most of you are familiar with this subsection of anime and manga. I know that shounen is a demographic which is aimed at boys, but over here in the United States it is often inadvertently identified as a genre for a large list of series which share similar characteristics. I tend to usually identify these series as Jump series since most of the titles people readily identify as shounen come from Jump, but in this article I'm going to have to broaden my explanation as their are other series such as Fairy Tail outside of that magazine that use the same formula. Typically, I would tend to define these series as being an action adventure series or a battle manga, but for the sake of this article, I'm going to be politically incorrect and classify these series as just "shounen" so everyone knows what I am talking about.

Now on to the content of this article.What is the future of shounen manga and anime? When most of us (at least in the United States) think of the classic anime that have withstood the test of time, most of them were in fact the battle shounens. When most people are asked what anime are considered "classics" or "must sees" many, if not all of these lists will include series such as: Dragon Ball, Hokuto no Ken, Saint Seiya,, Yu Yu Hakusho, and Rurouni Kenshin (I know that there are other technical shounen series such as Slam Dunk, but I'm focusing on the subsection like Dragon Ball that the American audience readily identifies as shounen).


Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Rurouni Kenshin (2012)

is one of my favorite Anime shows besides Gundam and Trigun. I was kinda surprised when I found out this was a movie 'cause I've never even heard it mentioned online or anywhere until this dropped in my lap. I guess I've lost touch with the movie information highway after spending all my time on tv-series the last few years. Even tho I've heard nothing about it, I stll had some expectations as the anime is pretty epic so here's my feedback as a fan



I think they found a pretty cool actor to fill Rurouni Kenshin's shoes, he has that innocent look and he looks good fighting. The characters are pretty well played and I recognized the atmosphere, city and characters from the anime as the movie progressed. Visually it's quite impressive and it even has a pretty rad soundtrack as well.

Monday, October 14, 2013

meet me

Last Saturday I went to watch -MOVIE at Lasipalatsi. I didn't expect that much that it was good.. But have to said that it was REALLY awesome! When I watch Japanese movies(live not anime) I always dissapointed. But but NANA-MOVIE is the best (.)RUROUNI KENSHIN WAS JUST SOMETHING.. WELL DONE! AND SATO TAKERU CAN ACT! When the movie ended, the ending music was ~ Some people was still staying there and listening the music. I stayed too to listen them.. Haha it was quite awesome.. On Sunday I met Joel and just passed by to THE CIRCUS. Many people lined up to the GAZETTE's gig, maybe more than 10 hours? well the gig was already sold-out.7 years ago we were same like lined up to D'espairsRay, Blood, Ayabie, Plastic tree, Moi dix Mois, Dir en grey, MUCC, Versailles, THE CANDY SPOOKY THEATER, Abingdon boys school, Miyavi and what else?... I can't remember... But yeah... now we can't stand so long haha.. just writing this cause i want to share these memories with you guys.. I still want to see some VK-bands like , MEJIBRAY etc.. i guess i will never grow up lol ~ but so? i still like to listen VK-bands and follow japanese street style fashion :-----D

Forum renewed, it's ok I guess. And it's nice when frozen-yogurt place KIPPO opened there. No need to go to Iso-Roba to buy.


Saturday, October 12, 2013

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Animangaki 2013

So last month on 24th and 25th August 2013, Animangaki 2013 took place at the Sunway Pyramid Convention Centre in its fifth year and saw over 8000 anime, manga and gaming fans. By the way, for those don't know what it stands for, Animangaki is a combination word of Anime, Manga and Gaki, as in brat in Japanese because we are all anime and manga brats bought together by a common love.



This year's event saw a lot more events and performances as well as cosplayers on both days with band performances, cosplay competitions, Touhou Festival and art contests. Besides that, anime and manga fans were all treated to toys and merchandises being sold at booths outside and inside the hall.

Monday, October 7, 2013

Movie Review: Gatchaman

A nostalgic, sentai-ish, action movie is how I describe the live-action adaptation of Gatchaman. More popularly known in the Philippines as G-Force, the movie was released last October 2 through SM Cinemas (like Rurouni Kenshin and some ). Here, I try to review the different aspects of the movie.



Courtesy of j1studios.com

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Top 5: Classic Toonami Shows

It's been quite awhile since I last posted (almost five months), and quite a bit has happened in both my life and Toonami in that time. For me, getting ready for college during my senior year of high school is quite the ordeal. Enough about that, though. We're here for Toonami. Today, I decided to list my favorite shows from classic Toonami, or Toonami when it was on CN from 1997 to 2008. Let's get to it! One rule, though, they had to be shows that I watched during the original run of Toonami. Some shows, like Outlaw Star, IGPX, and Naruto, did air on classic Toonami, but I didn't watch them until after 2008.



Ah, the memories of days gone by...

Monday, September 30, 2013

Anime

Last year around this time I started watching anime. I started out with Dragon Ball Z. It randomly happened one night I got home from a football game and was bored and I remembered it from my childhood and decided to get back into it. I got really into it some nights watching twenty episodes a night. I eventually finished the series and it was pretty good but it was really slow and got boring at some points but overall it was a very good anime. After I finished that I began Naruto and finished that and started Naruto Shippuden. I have just caught up with the subbed episodes and I think I'm going to start reading the manga. A manga is pretty much a Japanese comic. I like Naruto Shippuden because it is way faster than Dragon Ball Z. Also lately I have been watching Rurouni Kenshin. It is about a Samurai that used to be a killer but now has a reverse blade because he doesn't want to harm anyone. Also the other night I started watching Samurai Champloo.HERE ARE SOME PICTURES OF THE ANIMES.DRAGON BALL ZNARUTONARUTO SHIPPUDENKENSHINSAMURAI CHAMPLOO
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Sunday, September 29, 2013

100th Post Special: Part 1-Top 10 Best Villains

"When the Devil is too busy

And Death's a bit too much

They call on me by name you see,

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

Gashapon! collection

The first time that I tried a gashapon machine was more than 10 years ago, when street fighters and bomber-man were the much sought after third party gashapon series. What I meant by third party is the non-Bandai and non-yujin series that can be bought for 50cents or 1 dollar a piece at those third party gashapon machines that could be found just outside our neighbourhood mama-shop and stationary shops. Today, these third party gashapon machines still exist in neighbourhood convenience stall, food court etc. (A quick search at wiki will reveal that gashapon originates from Bandai Japan, so unfortunately I will refer to those non-Bandai and non-yujin gashapon as 'third party' ones although they were the ones that really accompanied my early childhood) Today, I decided to share some pictures of my street fighter collections. I have kept them all in a plastic contain somewhere in my room and I fear that they may degrade if I continue to keep them hidden somewhere that is warm with no flow of fresh air. Indeed, most of the figures have already a bit sticky. I guess I will have to give them a good wash... My whole street fighter collection These third party gashapon figures differ greatly in quality. Well, the chun lee at the extreme left looks kind of.... On the other hand some pieces such as the ones shown here are of better paint quality Especially Guy(3rd from left, counting the yellow unknown character). Guy was my prized collection since it has a very good paint quality and is the only one that my elder brother did not have :D The two Ken in the above pictures are actually brought from a stationary shop at slightly higher prices, and it seems that they are not third party pieces. The above collection nicely stored in a mooncake box belong(ed) to my elder brother. You can see that they are a few pieces that I did not have ..., which looks very cool. But then, this whole box belongs to me now anyway... :D Next moving on to the main topic of this post - my Bandai and Yujin gahsapon collections that I have been keeping since around 7 years ago. If you remember, there used to be this space on the top floor of suntec city mall, where there were seemingly unending rows and rows of gashapon machines. That was when I started my Bandai and Yujin gahsapon collections. Of course, that gashapon holy land was eventually removed after renovations, where the whole storey became a youth zone. I remember quite a few toy shops closed down after the renovation, in fact only hobby point remained. But then again, today, suntec city mall is undergoing yet a second phase of renovation and hobby point has since moved out.. The bleach gashapon series by Bandai is the really the first Bandai series that I started collecting after I chanced upon the gashapon holy land at suntec city around 7 years ago. It is sad that I didnot managed to collect the whole series. When the first bleach series came out, I still wasn't very keen on gashapon collection, so I just give it one or two tries. However, series after series of bleach gashapon began to be released and at some point I was quite sure that Bandai was going to release all the characters in the future. My interest grew and I especially like the 13 sereitei captains pieces. By the time I decided that I should collect at least each of the 13 captains, most of the first few series has already been sold out... As you can see below, some key member that I am missing includes Aizen, Tousen and Unohana. I tried to buy the whole set from some toy shops but they were all out of stock... Lining up the captains in a line really gives me a sense of achievement. Ukitake, Toshiro, Shunsui, Bykuya, Soi fon, Genryusei Gin, Komamuura, Kensei, Zaraki Kenpachi, Mayuri, Urahara, Ichigo and Rukia Ukitake(second fav piece), Toshiro, Shunsui (my fav piece) Bykuya, Soi fon, Genryusei, gin Gin, Komamuura (4th fav piece), Kensei (this is not a gashapon piece, actually a banpresto keychain, Kensei is one my favourite bleach character), Zaraki Kenpachi, Mayuri (3rd fav piece) Urahara, Ichigo and Rukia Next up will be the Rurouni Kenshin Series. Managed to collect the whole series, including the 2 color variants of kenshin ;D Apparently the pink kenshin is rare I have 1 extra aoshi and infact another Kaoru that I kept mint in the capsule :DRurouni Kenshin is one of the few anime series I really like. The following Bakemonogatari series were bought when I visited Japan in 2010. Gashapons in Japan are very much kept in the same type of capsule as what we have in Singapore.

Some other random gashapon pieces that I collected when I sometimes randomly give a few tries on series that I like or have watched before in animes... Kagome from Inuyasha, the first anime that really got me into watching anime and stuff! Remembered that I watched in on kidcentral on Friday nights some 10 years ago. Back then, internet was expensive and there was no way I could have watched anime streamed online with the kind of internet speed and cost of internet... This Nanoha and Mio figures are the typical 400yen gashapon that I bought when I visited Japan in 2010. They are now one of my prized possessions. And how can we forget the Gundam next series by Bandai, which was very popular with Gundam fans. Gundam Next is the series that are usually sell out fast. In fact, most of the totally empty gashapon machines are those that contain gundam related stuffs. I simply adore the figures as they have good articulation and paint qualities. I was diligently collecting each gundam next series until I ran out of time and budget. Bandai simply keep releasing the Gundam Next series like nobody's business. Today, I think the series is in its 13th or 14th run in Singapore? ex-S, Knight, mk-V, Char's Zaku Sazabi, Sinanju, Kshatriya banshee, unicorn, delta plus rx78, GP01, GP02, ZetaZeta, Double Zeta, Gundam OO series...

While gashapon series are often sold as sets in some toy shop, I have never brought them in such a way. I prefer turning the knob on gashapon machines and then slowing opening up the capsule to see what I get. Sometimes when you get the pieces that you have been hoping for or the rare variants, it just make you feel happy and worthwhile to have given the machine a try. Of course at times you get repetitive pieces, and there is really no one whom you can trade with..., at least none of my school friends are into gashapon. But I consider myself quite lucky most of the times since I rarely get repetitive pieces. Well, after trying out gashapon machines, it is easy to figure out the trick - remember which capsules contain which character and try to figure out which coloured capsule will be coming out next by glaring into the transparent gashapon machine. Of course this can be quite time consuming and when there are no other people waiting to try out the machines, you cant really do anything although you know that the piece that you are waiting for will be coming out in the next 1 or 2 tries... and you never know when you ever have the chance to pass by the Gashapon machines again, which are usually located in town. Also, there is a risk of the Gashapon selling out if they are really popular. In retrospect, gashapon really brought me a lot of fun, as a child and even as a teenager or a young adult. Be it the third party or the Bandai ones, they have always brought smiles to my faces and become part of my fond memories of my childhood and early adulthood.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Grandmother Samples Soup

1. A MEETING WITH THE FARM GIRL



Dream about Mith, country side, farm, where she lives. I can't remember how the dream started, but I came with her to her house, in silence both, through the wildlands, fields, high grass and stuff, trees on one side near the house.

Snow Befallen Crests

1. RIVER ROAD AND VOODOO DANCE



Fras and Phpa are coming. I go to my room. Fras makes a libation of mead. Lecu, who is a customer, follows me. Lucid moment.

Monday, September 23, 2013

One Ok Rock 2013 : Who are You?? Who Are We?? Tour 2013!

The most awaited Japanese Rock (Jrock) band is coming to town! The Malaysia LIVE!



One Ok Rock Concert

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

2013 Baidu

Chinese: "Naruto" movie has been playing the first 365 sets "forbidden technique successor" comic has been serialized 480 words "sacrifice" a weekly update every Friday, then update a set of cartoon animation in Japan Official Special Issue: "The Book of the Pro "" Soldiers of the book "" fighting of the book "" Raymond's book "" by the book "," all of the book "" Kakashi Gaiden "production naruto shippuden episode 91 english dubbed team NARUTO-naru Suites - Script: Masashi naruto shippuden episode 91 english dubbed Kishimoto, Ida Yong Deng character set fixed: Nishio Tetsuya Suzuki Bowen Animation: Studio Pierrot Production: TV Tokyo, Studio Pierrot Play TV: TV Tokyo Running Time: October



3, 2002 - present Episode: 365 sets NARUTO-naru Suites - blast Propagation (Shippuden ) Directed naruto shippuden episode 91 english

Iluka: people die alone, all will disappear. Past or present life, but also the future will disappe

"Naruto" is a Japanese manga artist Masashi Kishimoto's little mermaid movie masterpiece, works since 1999 in the magazine "Youth JUMP" on the series,



the reader response was very enthusiastic. Subsequently, "Naruto" TV animation television in Tokyo, Japan, to become little mermaid movie the most popular anime. Succeeded the original story hidden in the darkness, with the world's most powerful perseverance and effort to do the most difficult and the most densely not declare conceal little mermaid movie cruel things ninja, portrayed as the sun is most proud of the most promising little mermaid movie unlimited career. In this ninja world, every young masters are in the pioneering of their own tolerance little mermaid movie Road. Masashi little mermaid movie Kishimoto with strong colors and bristly little mermaid movie brush strokes to convey to the reader in a spirit: every man's existence is to protect the significance of their own people, even at the expense of life fight. Manic young blood,

Full Concert Lineup for Anime Festival Asia (Singapore) 2013 Announced!

Fresh news! The FULL lineup for the upcoming 8, 9 and 10 November 2013 Anisong Concert in Singapore has been announced!

(Official news sources: Live announcement made by AFA Channel during AFA Indonesia's Friday Anisong Concert, as well as the freshly launched AFA Singapore website at


[GMing Advice] Learn by doing

One of the simplest bits of advice I can ever give someone who is looking to be a better GM is that you can only get better with practice. Much like painting and sports, practice hones a GM's skills and subconsciously teaches them how to adapt to real-life situations.



Book learning has its place of course, but often the best way to pick up confidence and further develop a personal style is through constant practice. Think of it as similar to being a pilot. Pilots require hours of flight time, as GMs, we need hours of running and preparation until we find what works best for us and our players.

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Fairy Tail and My Tendency to Avoid Long Series

As you know, my dear readers, I like catharsis in an anime.Somehow catharsis has come to mean a kind of purgation of feeling which is supposed to follow upon watching drama; yet, Aristotle originally meant to mean conciseness in a story, as my Greek professor in college, Dr. Joseph Garnjobst, avers.One of the surest ways for a series to lack catharsis is for it to stretch on and on.Series longer than 27 episodes usually lose focus and contain plenty of filler episodes, which cause me to become annoyed and ofttimes drop the series altogether.For example, without a friend of mine's rabid love of D. Gray Man, I probably would have been fed up with the overdramatization which occurs around episode 60 and left off there.In the case of the original Hunter x Hunter, I have less than ten episodes to go, but have somehow not found the opportunity to just sit down and finish off the show.



From stickfigureparadise of deviantart.com

Friday, September 13, 2013

HOLIDAYS

HOORAY is what I wanna say, but the holidays aren't that much exciting as I thought it to be



Usually I will have a line of things I wanna do listed up in my head, but it looks like I'm better off enjoying it relaxingly and peacefully in my own cozy safe haven. Plus I got so lazy I've been pushing off my blog entries too

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

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.

Monday, September 9, 2013

Why I Hate One Piece

Do you like One Piece?



I don`t. In fact, I hate One Piece.

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.

Friday, September 6, 2013

Anime Festival Asia Indonesia 2013 The Press Conference

International Guest Cosplayers (Kaname, Ying Tze, Richfield, Angie)



Jakarta - September 5, 2013. Anime and Japan Pop-Culture lovers in Indonesia will be pleased with the return of Anime Festival Asia Indonesia (AFA ID) 2013. This will be the second time of AFA in Indonesia. AFA ID 2012 successfully gathered more than 40,000 fans in its two days event. And this year, AFA ID 2013 will be held in Plenary Hall Jakarta Convention Center for three days in a row, from September 6 until September 8, 2013. Fans can enjoy the performances of talented artists from Japan, films screening and cosplay exhibition. They also can order and enjoy delicious foods from Maid and Butler caf . AFA 2013 is trying to bring the unique experience from the famous Akihabara district to all the visitors.

Rurouni Kenshin (2012)

Image sourced from:



The anime always had a split personality: the deadly serious OAVs about the were the dark shadows hanging over the relatively light hearted TV series.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Ladies rank which male anime characters they think are the coolest

Manga has some of the coolest characters out there, and a survey of female fans has them ranking their top picks from some predictable answers to some not so much.



Ikemen (cool guy) characters are almost always one of the most popular characters in a show, and now they're being ranked by some female fans who know their stuff. Who exactly is the coolest of cool?

Monday, September 2, 2013

Rurouni Kenshin Live Action Movie 2: New Actors revealed

Oooooooooooooooohhhhh more news about the 2 upcoming Ruroni Kenshin movies have been announced! Information source from andAFAChan's blog!



Check out the trailer of the first movie here!

Live-Action Rurouni Kenshin Films Cast Tao Tsuchiya as Misao

18-year-old actress Tao Tsuchiya will play popular female ninja Misao Makimachi in next summer's two live-action sequel . This will be Tsuchiya's first full-fledged action role.

Tsuchiya made her acting debut in the the 2008 film Tokyo Sonata. She said that she adored the works of and since she was a young spirited child. She was so ovewhelmed by the first live-action Rurouni Kenshin film last year that she would not get out of her theater seat, so she then decided to audition for the sequel films.Filming began in mid-July, and Tsuchiya has been doing her own action sequences. She will return on location to shoot more scenes from September until the end of the year. In the meantime, she has spending time at the swimming pool, pilates, and running everyday to train her body.Like several of the cast members such as lead actor and , Tsuchiya worked on the historical action television series Ry maden. directed Ry maden before helming the first live-action Rurouni Kenshin film and its two sequels. Tsuchiya said she wants to visit overseas film festivals in the future.The previously cast members :


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.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Live-Action Adaptation sequel Rurouni Kenshin Get Soujirou Seta and Aoshi Shinomori

Following news earlier on TATSUYA FUJIWARA, who confirmed to serve as the main antagonist, MAKOTO SHISHIO, additional cast for the sequel now RUROUNI KENSHIN has been reported.



RYUNOSUKE KAMIKI (Big Man Japan, Summer Wars) is ready to act as SOUJIROU SETA, which will surely be remembered by fans as the right hand of MAKOTO SHISHIO young too.

Sunday, August 25, 2013

2007, Part 1: Seven for Seven: Three Robot Tales

Owen writes copy for a living, and has been known to occasionally extend that ability to anime, although it's a while since he did so. When he's not attempting to finish his backlog of games on , he can be usually found on , trying to break language 140 characters at a time.Everyone knows how this list ends. It's the beginning, however, that makes the most of what it really is: an unbridled look at nostalgia barely six years old. That's kindergarten age! How do you tell Nostalgia that they have to get out of the house, put on a uniform, and play nice with the others? One week at a time, I think.



For this year, I decided to focus on seven original, made-for-anime works. No adaptations, please; we try to keep the riff-raff out. The emphasis on "made for anime" here was a no-brainer; the problem with adaptations, inevitably, lies in how the original's vision has to be molded to fit into the target medium, and in this case anime. In this the premise of an adaptation is usually flawed; the arcs in a manga are either ignored or overtly drawn out, the sparse text of a light novel becomes a plodding 25-minute exercise in animated dramas, and the less said about visual novel adaptations, the better.

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Otakon 2013: Let the 20th Anniversary Celebration Begin!

(note: No Ongoing Investigations, Type-Moon Weekly News Round Up, or All Points Bulletin this week.)



20 Years of Otakon? As if it wasn't exciting enough every year anyway! They've pulled out all the stops to bring as many guests as they could pack in. There are also a load of concerts, screenings, and events that aren't to be missed.

ACF 1996: Multiple Shonen Jump Digital Manga Titles From VIZ Now Available At U.K. Nook Store

NARUTO (c) 1999 by Masashi Kishimoto/SHUEISHA Inc.



VIZ MEDIA LAUNCHES MULTIPLE SHONEN JUMPDIGITAL MANGA TITLES ON THE U.K. NOOK STORE(tm)

Samurai cinema (A collection of favorites; not necessarily in order of preference)

The genre includes both chanbara (action-oriented sword-fight films) and jidai-geki which equates to . Jidaigeki may refer to a story set in an historical period, though not necessarily dealing with a samurai character or depicting swordplay.



The films are usually set during the(1600-1868), and focuses on the end of an entire way of life for the samurai. Many of the films deal with masterless samurai or , or samurai dealing with changes to their status resulting from a changing society.

Anime Insider: Best Anime Ever

With the arrival of Guillermo del Toro's PACIFIC RIM (2013) and its aspirations to pay homage to the world of anime and kaiju, while delivering a wholly original film of his own, there's no better time to step back and offer up some anime-related material worthy of your precious time, but probably only if you're open to animation.



For those looking into what the best anime has to offer maybe this short list will give you some ideas. This is THE SCI-FI FANATIC's edited take of the BEST 108 ANIME EVER as extracted from the now defunct ANIME INSIDER #11.I'll offer some brief assessments.

GenCon 2013 Photos, Part 1 of 6: Costume Contest Winners

This weekend our starstruck hometown of Indianapolis hosted the 46th edition of GenCon, one of America's oldest and largest gaming conventions. Be it RPGs, tabletop games, TCGs, dice games, family board games, or (a smattering of) video games, your gaming preferences are tended to at GenCon. Try a new game, pick up supplies for your current campaigns, spar with gamers from other lands, or just wander the premises and soak in as much as you can.



Attendance in 2012 exceeded 40,000 -- not quite DragonCon numbers and a far cry from the San Diego Comic Con, but it's certainly one of Indy's largest annual downtown events (GenCon is gunning for your title, FFA Expo), consuming not only the entirety of our Indiana Convention Center but conference rooms and miscellaneous spaces in several nearby hotels and other unused commercial structures. For four days every year, GenCon is everywhere downtown.

Anime Insider: 50 Best Anime Series

As I slowly get myself back on track I thought I'd deliver one more anime post for those looking to educate themselves on some of the best options out there within the genre.



Unfortunately, this is yet another odd, random list from ANIME INSIDER #18 (2005).I'm not exactly sure what the operating variables were in their selection process for the 50 BEST ANIME SERIES. For me personally a series denotes something with continuity or more than one. So, why would some full-length feature films make their list and not others?It's a completely bizarre assembly of the best and certainly defies logic, but I thought I would give that list to you in the event you were looking for a starting point on films or series despite the ANIME INSIDER's complete disregard for the English language while I strategize on more robust future posts. I've edited the list to try and note this Sci-Fi Fanatic's highlights.This is a small complement to the previous ANIME INSIDER BEST ANIME EVER post .

My Anatomy of a Good Fighting Scene

DISCLAIMER: I'm not a professional critique or a high rated director of action films. All stuff that I'll mention here are purely my opinion and mostly not based on any studies in film and audio visual arts but on over a hundred action movies that I watched, which served as my reference materials.



I've watched a lot of action movies that I developed a strict taste when it comes to watching them. To some extent, I tend to bypass the story or lack thereof once I see the fighting scenes. Not that I'm saying it is unnecessary to have an engaging plot to create a good action movie, but if the production claims that its movie belongs to the action genre, then they have to deliver violence in its most entertaining form. I don't think that you can label an action movie as an action movie without any fighting scenes in it. With this, here's my take on what I think are the elements of a good fighting scene.

Friday, August 23, 2013

Gunka no Blatzar: Historical Fiction Par Excellence

It's about time that I post another anime article on this site.My dear readers might know that historical fiction stands as one of my favorite genres.Hence, Alexandre Dumas is my favorite author, and Rurouni Kenshin stands as my favorite anime.So, I found myself delighted to discover such a detail-oriented, beautifully drawn, and character driven manga as Gunka no Baltzar.The last quality is always a huge plus for me, and I hope that someone turns Michitsune Nakajima's riveting manga into an anime in the near future.



The story is set in a fictional 19th century Europe where the countries are renamed, but parallels are easy to draw.For example, I am certain that Wei en (it's so much fun to use the German double s) is Prussia, Baselland Bavaria, and the Ezreich Republic the Austro-Hungarian Empire.Wei en is competing with the Ezreich Republic for an alliance with Baselland, which introduces much intrigue into the plot.The countrie's two princes represent the factions, with the King being influenced by a criminal mastermind and Ezreichian diplomat and the titular character, Bernd Baltzar, holding the ear of the second prince.The king wishes to keep the status quo, while the second prince, even though he loves the traditions of Baselland, wishes to modernize.Both want to ensure that Baselland remains autonomous.All these factors create a thrilling atmosphere of realpolitik, which is actually similar to the Bakumatsu period of Japanese history (1853-1867).

Cosplayer: Men Turned Cartoons and Cartoons Turned Men

Cosplayer Hatsune Miku



Noticed those flawless skinned anime characters in your favorite manga series like Amuro Rei of Gundam, or Bayonetta, or Cloud in Final Fantasy. How about the trio rocket team of Pokemon? They are all anime characters. But not anymore with Cosplays birth.

Please Get Loud When the Piano Gets Loud: Otakon 2013

This year's Otakon was its 20th anniversary, and as expected of the staff they brought out the big guns, with names such as Watanabe Shinichirou, Kanno Yohko, and Seki Tomokazu. As with every year, one of the biggest strengths and weaknesses of Otakon is that there's too much to do, and it leaves me feeling both satisfied and a bit disappointed.



For one thing, I didn't get to see the Space Dandy trailer.

Otakon 2013: Guests

When I was at this year I noticed that the Japanese guests were doing more to engage with the American guests during their panels and this Otakon continued that trend. I did not go to a panel were the guest did not have some amazingly wonderful tidbit to share with the audience that would make anyone who did not attend the panel green with envy. The guest brought with them everything from exclusive trailers and never seen before videos to original art that was on display for the attendees. That was a wonderful set of treats that went above and beyond. It made the already special panels extremely memorable.



I don't know how many more Otakon introductions I can write where I say they pulled out all the stops for the guest list this year. But here I am once again because it can't be stated enough. My hat is off and has been off ever since they started their announcements and I couldn't put it back on again until now.

Which is Better

Have you ever judged a book by its movie or vice versa?



Many of our did and this what we had to say:

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Kyousogiga to become a full fledged TV anime series this Fall 2013

When the legendary Toei Animation studio collaborated with Banpresto for the first time, Kyousogiga was born. Originally a one-episode video on Youtube, Kyousogiga made a modest entry into the world in December of 2011. However, popular reception prompted Toei and Banpresto to create the five-episode net series Kyousogiga Dainidan at the end of last year.



And now again, due to popular demand, Toei Animation and Banpresto will come together for a Kyousogiga series this fall. The series is planned to be thirteen episodes consisting of ten regular episodes, two special episodes, and a summary episode.

Rurouni Kenshin film review

Here at AnimeIowa, or at anime conventions in general, you can usually check out some really cool things in the video rooms. In my case, I missed out of Golgo 13 and Evangelion 3.0, but I settled for that Rurouni Kenshin live action film from back in 2012.



I didn't expect much of this from what I'd heard--I saw the trailer and thought it looked pretty cool, but you can't garner much from a trailer. What I mostly got out of it was a pretty exciting film with good visuals for what it was trying to do.

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Anime: Ryo

Ryo was the first project I watched for the 2012 batch. It has in some way shaped my view of the other projects, in terms of expectation of the quality of both the story and the animation. It's a story that has been told time and time again, and for audiences in Japan, it's probably one that is fairly familiar. There's a good deal of anime and manga that have portrayed the Bakumatsu period, notably Shura No Toki (which is on my to-watch list) and Bakumatsu Kikansetsu Irohanihoheto (which I quite enjoyed). Also pretty near the same period is the legendary Rurouni Kenshin as well as Peacemaker Kurogane both of which are really good series.



This particular short is beautifully animated. The movements are gorgeous and fluid. There's some really highly quality going on. Add to that a fairly intriguing plot and characters and you have a project that I wished more people appreciated. It's a simple story, but it's executed well. The characters are memorable, even funny and unique individuals. There's actual character development even though the anime is just an episode long. There's a variety of characters and it does take time to absorb everything that is happening, but it's not overly complex.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Live Action Gatchaman Film Full Promo

The TOHO official YouTube page started streaming the first full trailer and a 30-second teaser for the live-action film adaptation of the classic sci-fi anime "SCIENCE NINJA TEAM GATCHAMAN". Check out the awesomeness after the jump!



The TOHO official YouTube page started streaming the first full trailer and a 30-second teaser for the live-action film adaptation of the classic sci-fi anime "SCIENCE NINJA TEAM GATCHAMAN". Check out the awesomeness after the jump!

"Rurouni Kenshin" Gets 2 Live Action Films for Kyoto Arc

The latest issue of Jump Square magazine had announced that two new RUROUNI KENSHIN live action films are scheduled to be released by 2014, centering around Nobuhiro Watsuki's original manga's Kyoto Arc. It centers around the battles against Shishio's factions.



The "Kyoto Arc" took place several months after Kenshin joins the Kamiya Dojo. Shishio Makoto plans to conquer Japan by destroying the Meiji Government, starting with Kyoto. Feeling that his friends may be attacked, Kenshin goes to meet Shishio alone in order to defeat him. However, many of his friends, including a young Oniwabanshnamed Makimachi Misao, decide to help him in his fight.

Death Note's Tatsuya Fujiwara is Shishio Makoto in "Rurouni Kenshin"

Jump SQ announced that Tatsuya Fujiwara (Death Note's Light Yagami) had been confirmed to play as the powerful Shishio Makoto in the two upcoming RUROUNI KENSHIN live action films. Directed by Keishitomo (Ry maden), it will premiere on Summer 2014.



The two films will be entitled "RUROUNI KENSHIN: THE GREAT KYOTO FIRE ARC" and "RUROUNI KENSHIN: THE END OF A LEGEND ARC". TAKERU SATO (Kamen Rider Den-O) will be reprising his role from the first film as Kenshin Himura.

Rurouni Kenshin Live Action 2

RUROUNI KENSHIN LIVE ACTION 2



Perhaps one of the biggest summer blockbuster in Japan, nopossibly the World last year: RUROUNI KENSHIN LIVE ACTION, featuring SATOH TAKERU as the former Battosai, is now due for a sequel! The latest buzz is about his next opponent, MAKOTO SHISHIO, an assassin played by FUJIWARA TATSUYA. Who's FUJIWARA TATSUYA you ask? He's the actor who played YAGAMI LIGHT from Death Note Live Action (which by the waywas a very awesome Live Action interpretation of the hit Anime/Manga series!). Can't say I am a fan of his work but seeing Fujiwara's face again filled me with glee. He played a pretty awesome Light so I have no doubt he will do this villian's roleJUSTICE. See what I did there? Last summer, I was also filled with glee when I heard Satoh was playing Kenshin. I loved him in BECK LIVE ACTION, sans him not actually singing.

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Rurouni Kenshin Live Action Sequel Confirmed

Rurouni Kenshin Live Action Sequel Confirmed - Two New Live Action Films Green-Lit will be released in summer 2014 !



This breaking news was revealed on Thursday in the August issue of Shueisha's Jump Square magazine. The films will cover the Kyoto arc of Nobuhiro Watsuki's original manga -- specifically, the Great Kyoto Fire and Legend's End storylines.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

2004, Part 1: Rebellious, Yet Respectful

George J. Horvath had been a fan of Toonami's airing of G Gundam and Rurouni Kenshin as well as Fox's airing of Digimon and Escaflowne before being an "anime fan", but in 2004 he went into the medium full-bore, always looking for what came from the past while also seeing what the future would bring. After writing a for GameSpot and two reviews for , though, he decided to take use his B.A.-quality education in Journalism and Media Studies from Rutgers University and start reviewing, on his own, the obscure and forgotten anime and manga of the past (and present). He now runs , talking about anime you may or may not have heard of, and posts semi-randomly over at .When it comes to the history of anime, 2004 was a great showing of how the industry was changing. More titles debuted in letterbox format instead of the usual "full screen". Digital animation was replacing cels. Late-night anime was hitting just about every major TV station in Japan after its slow, growing presence was felt starting from the late 90's. Most importantly though, chances were being taken on all sorts of genres and ideas while also celebrating the history that had already been made. To truly understand how diverse the year was for anime one must look deep into the jungle and see what titles defined themselves among others. Among a list of some of the most well-known titles to have come and gone were shows that dared to be different and change the way we viewed anime. In the first half of the year they managed to not only respect the past and even the viewer but some also challenged tradition and made the viewer think of anime in brand new ways.



Before 2004 the last real vestige of the magical girl genre was Sailor Moon, which finished back in the late-90s. There were titles like Magical Doremi (Ojamajo Doremi in Japan) in between that span of years, but none of them truly broke through that glass ceiling and became major hits, even if they had multiple season runs. Toei, though, didn't just rest on their laurels, and in this year they debuted Futari wa PreCure, also known simply as PRETTY CURE. On the surface the show's plot about two girls with completely different ways of life who end up becoming guardians of good against the powers of darkness wasn't anything original, but what made people tune in was the execution.

Monday, July 15, 2013

Rurouni Kenshin to become a trilogy

Announcements have just been made that two more live action films will be added to the film series and production will begin next summer. The new films will cover the fan-favorite Kyoto arc of the manga, specifically the Great Kyoto Fire and Legend's End storylines. Satoh will be reprising his role as Kenshin.



Rurouni Kenshin, one of the most popular anime and manga series ever, had its successful adaptation into a live action feature film last year. The film directed bytomo Keishi, which opened in Japan last August, was a critical and commercial success. It starred Satoh Takeru (Kamen Rider Den-O, Beck) as Himura Kenshin and Takei Emi (For Love's Sake / Ai to Makoto) as the heroine Kamiya Kaoru.

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Anime Expo 2013

Yes. This is indeed what you think it is.



Let me preface this by saying just how scared I was that I wouldn't be able to make it this year.I wasn't frightened solely from the fact of not being able to go; I was terrified that after registering, figuring out my hotel situation, and purchasing my flight ticket, that work would not approve the time off for those couple of days around the Fourth of July.Since I'm newly hired and the only person in my department, my leaving depended greatly on how busy we were in the few days leading up to my proposed days.Thankfully, things worked out and I was able to follow through on my oft-repeated agreement to meet up with people. (More pictures at the very end)DAY 0

Saturday, July 13, 2013

RUROUNI KENSHIN: Wandering Samurai

STOP! Anime time! . . . Sort of.



Based on Nobuhiro Watsuki's best-selling manga (which birthed an anime series and several OAV features as well), RUROUNI KENSHIN is the story of Kenshin Himura, formerly an assassin during the Meiji Restoration, now a wanderer. Using a sakabato (reverse-bladed katana), Kenshin has vowed to use his skills to protect life rather than ending it. He stumbles into the life of Kaoru Kamiya, who's dojo has been implicated in several murders that have claimed her school's style as the one used by the killer. A killer that has ties to Kenshin's blood-soaked past. Things get even more complicated from there.

Friday, July 12, 2013

Anime Expo!

So here I am guys! I've made the full journey from being a hater to actually cosplaying at an expo(mah dream for a couple months.



My costume(Ciel Phantomhive from Kuroshitsuji I did get some compliments and waves and some people even asked to take my picture which made me really happy. I got a lot more attention outside of the con hall, like in hotel lobbies and stuff though XD.

Two new Rurouni Kenshin live-action films green-lit; films to adapt Kyoto arc

According to the August issue of Shueisha's (publisher of the Rurouni Kenshin manga) Jump Square magazine, and are expected to be released in the summer of 2014. Both films will adapt the manga's Kyoto arc. This would effectively make them sequels of the first film, which premiered on 25th August 2012 and . The article also states that Takeru Satoh will be reprising his role as the titular character Kenshin Himura.



To say that I am excited would be a gross understatement. The first live-action film was wonderfully handled, and watching it was a dream come true. I hope that we'll be getting confirmation that the rest of the excellent main cast from the first movie will also be reprising their roles:

Tatsuya Fujiwara joins new Rurouni Kenshin live-action film cast; other details revealed

Yep, lots of news.



TATSUYA FUJIWARA CAST AS SHISHIO; DIRECTOR KEISHI OTOMO TO RETURN

1999: Towards A New Era

In middle school, Naru appreciated anime, fanfiction, and pretty guys just as much as the next internet-surfing pre-teen, but it was actually in her high school years when she began to discover what was so "special" regarding the former. On a whim, she created her main blog where you can occasionally find her explaining or rambling endlessly about the Japanese pop culture and its secrets unknown to outsiders. If she ever disappears from her blog, you'll easily find her at as an anime/manga reviewer or ranting on . Before we begin focusing on the quiet year of 1999, I believe I should be honest with you all and straight out say 1999 was a year I personally did not know much about until I made the decision to participate in this project. Between the end of the 90's and the beginning of the 2000's, my little self was rather occupied with shonen anime being aired in my country at the time-Yu Yu Hakusho, Gundam, and the like-which aided and formed me into the grumpy hard-to-please anime appreciator that I am today.



However, it is until just recently that I've taken the time to search around the deepest parts of the dark hole that is the Internet to find out that, while 1999 isn't the most memorable year for some of us, it certainly wasn't an uneventful year. Heck, the year 1999 gave birth to cult anime adaptations that are still present in the minds of old fans, and now to new fans of the current generation.

Arise of the Import

WELL... THIS WAS UNEXPECTED.

GHOST IN THE SHELL: ARISE/ARISE , a three part OVA series with the first episode seeing a Japanese DVD/Blu-ray release on July 26th, seems like the sort of spin-off that most people will probably like, yet nobody actually asked for. Major Motoko KUSANAGI is all but legendary in both the anime fandom and even the broader Science Fiction community - a smart, hard-as-nails and sexy of the future who dabbles in brain-hacking to keep a world safe in which the boundary between man and machine has meant anything for several generations. Mamoru OSHII's 1995 internationally co-produced animated film remains a landmark for one-of-a-kind visual splendor and fascinatingly relevant pre-internet introspection about the nature of the all but inevitable digital future, and Kenji KAMIYAMA's 2002 "Stand Alone Complex" TV series - and its 2004 direct sequel, "2nd Gig" - is every bit as good as its predocessor, if in a completely different format and style. GITS's original format, a free-form cyberpunk thriller written and rendered by Masamune SHIROW, is arguably the most cohesive version of the story proper, but it's safe to say that both of the visionaries behind the adaptations took everything positive about Shirow's world and only expanded upon it, focusing more on the questions he himself didn't feel fully comfortable answering and leaving the creator to literally fetishise the technology behind it all.


New to Blu: July 10-16

THE FIRST PART OF BREAKING BAD'S FIFTH SEASON LANDS THIS WEEK ON BLU-RAY JUST AHEAD OF PART TWO'S PREMIERE ON SKY'S SOHO CHANNEL.

"As always, the video quality is as Walter White's blue meth

Rurouni Kenshin is Coming Back, Twice!!

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Himura Kenshin returns in two sequels set for release in Japan in 2014.

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Rurouni Kenshin is Coming Back, Twice!!

Himura Kenshin returns in two sequels set for release in Japan in 2014.



Yeah that was intended to be grammatically confusing. I guess I cannot be witty or original with titles right now as I am still cartwheeling with joy from the announcement that my favorite scarred samurai is coming back for not one, but TWO confirmed sequels!!

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Nurarihyon No Mago~ Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan~ Sunshine

Have you ever started on an anime just cause of one song you like form it?



I let my 3 year old watch anime on Animax (Anime channel in India which ROCKS btw!) while I work, and while she was watching this one the opening song came up, I was watching something on my desktop and I froze, then watched the entire song, 2 minutes later I was watching the full episode with her xD

Cosfest 2013

Its that time of the year again and here I am busting my ass to take cosplay photos. Its been 2 hectic days and I am tired as f**k right now after running around like a complete idiot.Anyway, like any other year, "Cosfest" is back, and apparently, this is their 12th year doing it. Have Singaporeans been such otakus for such a long time?



The "Heart & Soul" of cosplay, bold words if you ask me. However, in my opinion I enjoy "Cosfest" a lot more than most other anime related events because the amount of cosplayers are just staggering each year. So much otakus, each doing what they love best, be it the photographers/roamers like me or the cosplayers themselves. Gives me a little bit of a confidence boost when I see people with such a passion for games and anime, and that maybe I'm still not TOO old to be into stuff like that (I'm 19, 20 soon). I have faith in the community....and with that, lets get on with the pictures!

[Fantasia '13] 'Curse of Cucky,' 'V/H/S/2,' 'Frankenstein's Army,' 'Hell Baby' and 'Raze' Round Out Fest!!

The is proud to announce the rest of their 120-feature lineup that comprises our 2013 event, along with a string of additional details that mark our 17th edition as a standout. Be sure to visit for detailed essays on every title announced here, as well as all films previously disclosed over the last weeks. Fantasia will engulf the city of Montreal from July 18 - August 7, 2013.



Joining waves and , Fantasia will host the World Premiere of Don Mancini's CURSE OF CHUCKY, as well as showings of our V/H/S/2, Dark Sky's FRANKENSTEIN'S ARMY and HATCHET III, the horror comedy HELL BABY, and even the girl fight thriller RAZE!

Friday, July 5, 2013

ANIME NEWS: Live-action 'Rurouni Kenshin' rakes in 555 million yen in first ...

ANIME NEWS: Live-action 'Rurouni Kenshin' rakes in 555 million yen in first ...Asahi ShimbunThe live-action adaptation of the "Rurouni Kenshin" manga and anime series raked in 555.48 million yen ($7 million) at the box office in the first five days...
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Thursday, July 4, 2013

Studio Swan to produce two more sequels of 'Rurouni Kenshin' live-action film

Of course, re is only one Himura that comes into mind for anime fans. That simply is Battousai. Studio Swan, company that produced live action film adaptation of Rurouni Kenshin, as well as Paradise Kiss, is said to create two more sequels ...

'Rurouni Kenshin' film gets 2 sequels: magazine

MANILA – The live action film adaptation of the hit “Rurouni Kenshin” manga and anime series will get not one, but two sequels, according to a magazine in Japan. Jump Square announced on its website, as translated by the Anime Network, that Keishi ...

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Live Action RUROUNI KENSHIN To Become A Trilogy

Rurouni Kenshin, one of the most popular anime and manga series ever, had its successful adaptation into a live action feature film last year. The film directed by Ōtomo Keishi, which opened in Japan last August, was a critical and commercial success.

Bleach, Kenshin Join J-Stars Victory Vs. Team Battle Game

This year's 28th issue of Weekly Shonen Jump magazine is announcing on Monday that Bleach 's Ichigo Kurosaki and Rurouni Kenshin 's Kenshin Himura are joining the lineup of Namco Bandai Games ' J-Stars Victory Vs. "team battle action" video game.

Viz Media Announces New Summer Digital Manga Debuts On Viz Manga App

Viz Media kicks off summer 2013 with a super-hot dose of exciting new digital manga (graphic novel) series available now with others set to launch throughout the first-half of June adding to the company's extensive digital library at VIZmanga.com and ...

Otakon to Host Novelist Kaoru Kurosaki, Exhibit of Original Rurouni Kenshin ...

Kaoru Kurosaki , a talented novelist herself (and occasional collaborator on works like Buso Renkin ), is also the wife of Rurouni Kenshin creator Nobuhiro Watsuki , who is sadly unable to attend. But he was kind enough to send us an exhibit of ...

Viz Media Releases the Samurai Manga Action of Rurouni Kenshin: Restoration

San Francisco, CA, June 7, 2013 – Viz Media , LLC ( Viz Media ), the largest distributor and licensor of and manga in North America, celebrates the return of one of manga's most iconic samurai – Rurouni Kenshin – with the release of RUROUNI ...

Posted by Frank Inglese on Jun 9, 2013

From the great mind of Nobuhiro Watsuki, the man who created Rurouni Kenshin, Buso Renkin was originally a manga that twisted the myths of Alchemists and threw it into the modern age. Mr. Watsuki, while originally making the series, thought it would be ...

Madman's June 2013 Release Roundup

Rurouni Kenshin: New Kyoto Arc 2 – Fresh from the release of the Live-Action feature film comes a new vision of one of the most beloved story arcs in this classic series. (Check out our North American review); Battle Girls: Time Paradox Series ...

Gintama, KochiKame Confirmed for J-Stars Victory Vs. Crossover Game

Previously announced characters include Toriko 's title character, Luffy ( One Piece ), Goku ( Dragon Ball Z ), Naruto 's title character, Ichigo (Bleach), and Kenshin ( Rurouni Kenshin ). Fans could also vote for some of the characters that will be ...

Rurouni Kenshin Gets 2 New Live-Action Kyoto Arc Films

An series aired in Japan from 1996 to 1998 and spawned several film and video projects. Viz Media publishes both manga in North America, while Media Blasters released the television . ADV Films released two later original video  ...

The Film Room: Sam Montgomery

()Antonio Smith's alter ego is a ninja, Arian Foster is an athletically gifted Socrates, and Brennan Williams is an anime nerd (who I should also note was labeled as "weird" in our meetings, probably because there are not a lot of Rurouni Kenshin fans in ...

Studio Swan developing 2 additional 'Rurouni Kenshin' live-action films

"Rurouni Kenshin: Meiji Swordsman Romantic Story" also known as "Rurouni Kenshin" and "Samurai X", is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Nobuhiro Watsuki. The story is about a fictional assassin named Himura Kenshin, from the ...