Sunday, February 2, 2014

[Anime] Real Life Rurouni Kenshin Sakabato Found in Japan

Turns out that the famous reverse bladed sword (literally sakabato) that was used by Himura Kenshin in the series is actually a real thing. Kenshin used this type of sword so that he could still fight and defend, but not kill his enemies with a lethal blow.



Up until now it was considered just something that was made up by manga artist, Nobuhiro Watsuki, and with no basis in the real world at all.

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Rurouni Kenshin Restoration vol 1

A condensed retelling of the beloved samurai tale-one of the best-selling manga series of all time--released in conjunction with a new live-action movie.



During the violent upheaval of the Bakumatsu era, Hitokiri Battosai was a feared and ruthless assassin. But now that the Meiji Restoration has begun to heal the wounds of civil war, Battosai has taken up a new name and a new calling! He is now Himura Kenshin , a rurouni wanderer who has vowed to only draw his sword to protect those in need. But not everyone is pleased with Kenshin's new direction, and enemies from his dark past have vowed to bring him down!

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Anime News

While anime fans love animes so much, it can't be helped that they want to see live-action versions of their favorite animes---as long as they are made by a Japanese production crew. One example would be Rurouni Kenshin, where the first live-action film was such a big hit because it was done really well and stayed true to the concept of the original series. Two more live action films of Rurouni Kenshin will be shown this year, but I'll talk about that in my next blog post. :)

For now, I am very excited to find out that SHINGEKI NO KYOJIN (ATTACK ON TITAN) will be getting a live-action film that will premiere in 2015, according to the official website. The live-action film will be directed by 48-year-old Shinji Higuchi and will be based on the anime and manga series created by Hajime Isayama.


Sunday, January 26, 2014

1/25/14: Maverick Flare

The picture is more than fitting considering Vile is more or less the Mega Man X version of Boba Fett, right down to the attitude and armor. Oh, and it's been sunny around here too when it really shouldn't be.



This last week has been... strange. I don't know how else to put it. It practically didn't even happen at all, considering I was only at school for a day, yet it still felt like a long week. On top of that, like I just said, it's been nice nearly every day, which is out of character for the season. That's not to say we haven't had nice winters, because we have, but I don't remember the last time we had a winter where the sun persisted for so long. It's still as cold as ever, but even that isn't likely to last long. Spring will be here early, that's for sure.

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Things We Saw Today: First Images From The Giver Are Sadly Bereft of Meryl Streep

Remember how MERYL STREEP is going to be in The Giver? So exciting. But this pic has JEFF BRIDGES, which is pretty dang cool by itself.has the other picture, featuring main character Jonas (aged up from 12 to 16) and A Baby.



* We have two new Kickstarters for you to check out. The first is for ("A novel about a girl who learns that all Stories are real, even the monstrous ones.") featuring art by NOELLE STEVENSON, RANAE DE LIZ, RAY DILLON, DUSTIN NGUYEN, and many more. The second is for , a short puppet comedy musical starring JON COZART of fame.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

The Kawaii Marble Wonderland Experience (Pic Heavy Post)

First of all, thank you to Cosplay Network Philippines for inviting me to this wonderful event. I really enjoyed my time there! (*^ ^*)



Marble Wonderland started fashionably late at around 7 PM. When I arrived at Movie Stars Cafe, there was already a long line near the entrance. Good thing there was a separate pass for bloggers to enter. And luckily, there are already seats assigned for bloggers near the stage. (((o(**)o)))

Monday, January 20, 2014

Rush Author Interview and Giveaway

Hi everyone! I thought it'd be a lot of fun to start doing more author interviews, and in January, I'm so happy to be interviewing Eve Silver, the author of one of my favorite books I read in 2013, Rush. Here's the interview:

WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO WRITE RUSH?

The short answer: games and anime.

Looking to 2014

This year is coming to an end very soon. Less than two weeks. I don't know if this year has been really, really long for me or not. It's tough to say. They say the years get shorter as you get older, but right now last year and this year don't seem all that much different. If there is anything that really marked 2013 then it was the death of Hummer, one of our cats. I suppose I do get overly attached to animals because I prefer them to most people because most people suck. On the other hand I have yet to meet a dog or cat that I didn't feel a certain kinship with. Mostly cats, though. I suppose this proves that I should not be the one to give advice on how to properly socialize with people, but if you need to get along with your cat and don't know how to then feel free to give me a shout out.

Anyway...

As of now this is a list of anime, TV shows, and movies I want to see and blog about next year. While I am sure I will come across more things in the coming days this is what I have so far:

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Year of Cosplay 2013

Someone please tell me where did 2013 go?



Ehm, okay. So on the last day of this year I figured I'd keep on to the tradition I kind of started on 2012 - aka a cosplay summary of the year. I found it fun so why not? :D

Monday, January 13, 2014

L'Arc~en~Ciel Biography

ABOUT L'ARC~EN~CIEL

L'Arc~en~Ciel (, L'Arc~en~Ciel), additionally referred to as L'Arc or Laruku (, Laruku?) to their fans, is one among the foremost fashionable Japanese rock bands. L'Arc nut Ciel interprets from French because the rainbow. they need soldover twenty five million copies of singles and albums in Japan alone.


Crystal Ball: Watchlist for 2014

Well, 2013 barely worked out the way I wanted to. I still got to watch some of the anime I wanted to review.So, on to 2014. Here's what I have planned so far:



Clannad (24 episodes)

Hot Off the Press

Highlights from the past week, with commentary from the NFNT gang:



ALICE IN THE COUNTRY OF HEARTS: MAD HATTER'S LATE NIGHT TEA PARTY Volume 2 (Seven Seas Entertainment, 9781626920026)

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Silver Spoon Season 2 Episode 2 "Hachiken, Find Vice President" Preview Images and Synopsis and OP and ED Release Dates

Despite any tears on over them on Mikage's part, exams are over, and it's time for the school tradition of going around picking up all the garbage. In the line of finding interesting things while on litter patrol, like that brick over, Hachiken is about to find another pretty fun something.



These come out pretty fast. I made a mistake last time and called Hachiken "Vice President" because I accidentally swapped his position with the one of our furry friend up there. All the same, this episode contains one of my favorite Hachiken moments, the one the fifth picture is part of.

Friday, January 10, 2014

VIZ offering new digital manga update and ongoing sale

STROBE EDGE (c) 2007 by Io Sakisaka/SHUEISHA Inc.



VIZ MEDIA OPENS 2014 WITH A NEW DIGITALMANGA UPDATE AND ONGOING SALE

This Week in Comics for 1/8/14

This Week in Comics!

The list icludes the regular releases, different variant covers, Graphic Novels, Trade Paper Backs, Hardcovers, and Softcovers. Let us know if there is a title we missed, enjoy!


Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Rurouni Kenshin (2012)

RUROUNI KENSHIN



ROMAJI: RUROUNI KENSHIN

Remembering 2013

Since this blog has only been active since September, there's a lot of 2013 I've failed to share with you all. Here is a short recap of the major events of TK this year, many of which may become posts in 2014.



> At the start of 2013, I had become frustrated that D didn't want to go rock climbing often. I made the decision to join a CrossFit gym and stuck with it for half the year. For a while, I defiantly showed the stereotypical CrossFit obsession. I took up and loved discussing everything I learned. The most important thing I took was knowledge of weight lifting. I'd never done anything like it before and loved the way I felt after each work out. Unfortunately, I had to quite for financial reasons. If I ever get the chance again, I'd love to continue with CrossFit. Someday.

Looking Back at 1996 & 1997 Anime By Paging Through An Old Magazine

I picked up the above-pictured magazine - Anime & Tokusatsu Preservation Plan '96-'97 - from Nikaku Animart (San Jose, CA) a couple of years ago. It was published by Sony Magazines in May 1997.



The first part previews some upcoming releases from that year and highlights 1996 TV & OVA anime as well as tokusatsu movies & shows from 1996. The rest contains interviews with six voice actresses followed by character art collections from five anime.

Comic Book Day: Pull List for January 8, 2014

It's the first pull list of the New Year, you guys! What bold new comics will 2014 foist upon us? Is this the year we'll finally get holograms popping out of our pages? Or Deadpool gets married? Wait, one of those is already coming true? The future is a great place, so far, and judging by this week's pull list, we're going to be a-okay as we forge boldly ahead into the great unknown that is Comic Book Day.



TOP PICKS

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Manga for the New Year

It seems like no matter how busy one is, there is always time for manga.Also, one occasionally finds that rather little known titles are quite good.As such, a large assortment of manga finds itself on my reading list.The only problem with manga is that they are the madeleines of fiction: if one's brain is not sufficiently satisfied with heavier works, no amount of manga is going to fill one up.I suspect that one day I shall only read manga in Japanese-as I am currently doing for Busou Renkin, which counts as my second favorite manga from Nobuhiro Watsuki, the author of Rurouni Kenshin.



Be that as it may, I would like to suggest these eight manga to enliven your new year.Some are a little old, but you may not have stumbled upon them.Without further ado. here is my list of short reviews:

Germanic Influence in Anime

Cultural flows between nations are extremely interesting phenomena. They represent the inter-connectedness of our world and the people who inhabit it while also providing alternate channels for nations to exert "influence" outside of typical economic, political, or military spheres. This type of cultural clout, often termedto distinguish it from the "hard power" type of stuff listed previously, is a really cool way to look at international relations, especially for anime fans such as ourselves who are very much in the midst of this type of thing. More importantly, however, soft power is in fact in fact the largest type of exposure a great majority of Americans (and perhaps most nations) actually receive from other nations. Many more of us, for instance, watch shows like Doctor Who or Sherlock than keep up to date with British politics and international relations. We form our opinions based on scattered memories and experiences, encounters with strangers and small snippets of news articles we skim over while browsing the web. Most of the time, we don't bother getting to the bottom of things, or investigating the details behind what we're reading: the information we get is crudely processed into an image, an association, between a country, it's people, and other things we know. Why exactly are 's actions able to drastically change the image of an organization of the Catholic Church in the span of only a year? Why does anime and otaku culture exert such a strong influence over us-especially for us elitist anibloggers, for whom it's significantly affected our lives and hobbies? How does society and culture (as well as our own psyches) lead to, strengthen, and perpetuate these influences? How do influences play off each other?



Since I'm obsessed with anime, and since I love these types of questions, I decided to look into some of the influences present in anime itself. As anime is popular worldwide (it may make up to 50% of all cartoons broadcast worldwide, according to some estimates!) and generally regarded as a big form of Japanese soft power, noticeable influences on the genre are also simultaneously exposed to a global audience. A type of 2nd-order soft power, expressed through anime.

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Random Thought (January 04, 2014 at 12:08AM)

Random Thought 575



Now for some of My Anime List statistics from 2013. They might not be that important, but I'm just that kind of person who likes to record things.

Friday, January 3, 2014

In One Week, In Two Weeks

Coming out in one week's timeand the new Bleeding Cool Magazine! Wow, that's earlier than I was expecting! Including the sendaway for Uber 1/2



But there's a lot to look for. Marvel have two weeks of almost no comics to make up for, remember. Which is we they are publishing twenty-five new titles, in one week, including launches for Miracleman, Black Widow, Avengers World, All New X-Factor, Point One, Revolutionary War and All New Invaders

More Rurouni Kenshin sequel news!

AND THEN THEY WERE 10. The Juppongatana (Ten Swordsmen) prove to be a formidable foe for Kenshin and his allies in the sequels Rurouni Kenshin: The Great Kyoto Fire and Rurouni Kenshin: The End of a Legend.



As 2014 is ushered in more and more EXCITING Rurouni Kenshin news have been spreading like wild fire (coughs - Fire! Fire! Fire!) We'll definitely be seeing a lot of those in the two sequels slated to be released in the summer of 2014.

Rurouni Kenshin 2 is a two-part film featuring the Juppongatana

If you're a Samurai X fan and waiting for the next installment of the live action film of the anime, here's some news. Rurouni Kenshin 2 will be a two-part film that will tackle the Kyoto arc, that means we'll see Shishio and his Juppongatana (Ten Swords).



This arc is the my favorite in the animated series which I enjoyed watching back in high school. It has a lot of badass characters and furious action scenes.

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Arcane Specials: Top 20 Anime Openings Of All Time

TOP 20 ANIME OPENINGS OF ALL TIME



Happy Holidays ladies, peoples, and animals! It is I, the Arcane Reviewer, here to bring you another extra treat this week. Earlier this week I gave you guys a little extra review from me to you but I still had to do something to make up for no Wednesday review right?Well I've decided that I will give you lovely people my favorite anime openings of all time. Now before I begin I will say that this is my list so If you dislike it well I'm sorry but this is my own personal taste. But if you feel like you have a better list then please make your own and share it with me, that could be very fun to see. So now lets get this show on the road with number 20!