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Dragon Ball Z

By Geeky Gem

I don’t need to tell you (if you’re a regular reader) that I like anime, this is fact many of you already know and accept me for. I can’t tel you when my love for anime started but I can tell you that one of the first anime’s I watched was Dragon Ball Z. I figured I would share this show with you here. I hope you enjoy this as much as I do, it’s simply a fantastic show and I will tell you why now.

Well where shall I start, the beginning  seems like as good a pace as any. With the ending of Dragon Ball, Toei Animation quickly released a second anime series, Dragon Ball Z ( commonly abbreviated as DBZ) . Dragon Ball Z starts a few year after where Dragon Ball ends, and was aired during 1989 and 1996. It ran for huge 291 episodes, which quite long for an anime. Most that I have watched get to anything from 12 to 56 depending on the source material.

Once it was decided to dub the show for english speaking people, that lovely bunch at Funimation began production on DBZ. They  hired Shuki Levy to compose an alternate musical score, however the show is  heavily edited for content, as well as length; reducing the first 67 episodes into 53. The editing of the show was taken in order to take out some naughty words as they wanted children to watch this show and a little bit of what they see as violence. If you ask me it was fine the way it was, but we live in world were we have censor a lot of stuff.  However this was to be sorted lived because at one pont the series was cancelled and we here in UK very nearly didn’t get any more episodes. Thank goodness for popular demand, as Cartoon Network decided to air the rest of the season’s here. So Thank you Funimation and Cartoon Network with out this show would never hae made it to the UK.

That’s just a little about how we got Dragon Ball Z in anime from now for a bit on what the show is about.

DBZ is about this man above the brilliant Goku and his friends as they try to save the world from evil invaders that want to end the world. However Goku is not really human either he is what is known as a Saiyan (he’s an ailen, basically he has a monkey tail), a band of power full fighters from deep in space, all of which is covered in Dragon Ball the series that came before DBZ, As a young adult, Goku meets his older brother Raditz, who reveals to him that their race is nearly extinct. He also tells him tha as a baby the Saiyans had sent Goku (originally named “Kakarot”) to Earth in order for him to conquer the planet for them. What they didn’t know was that Goku suffered a severe head injury soon after his arrival and lost all memory of his mission, luckily for Gou he also lost his blood-thirsty Saiyan nature as he grew up around humans never knowing of his ailen nature. Goku wants nothing to do with the mission, and a battle soon begins. I don’t want to give away the whole story so I am cutting this down as best I can.  He then begins to encounter other enemies from space, most notably the Saiyan prince Vegeta, who becomes his rival and eventually another ally. Goku also encounters Frieza, a nasty evil tyrant responsible for the destruction of almost the entire Saiyan race, whose actions cause Goku to transform into a legendary Super Saiyan.

Many things happen through the different Saga of DBZ, we even meet some androids that want Goku dead, and we meet a visitor from the future who has some news for Goku and hs friends. One of my favorite saga’s is The Cell/Cell Games saga’s. As we get to see androids and watch Goku’s son Gohan come into his own.

Every episode I loved tended to have a fight in,  some of which takes place during the Cell games and each one is fantastic. I ave included one such fight below for you to enjoy. there are whole host of characters to love in this show and each as good as the last if not better. From Bulma and her gadgets to Krillin, Goku’s best friend and loyal side kick. Piccolo was always one of my favourite characters and it was so funny when he found out he was alien.  His ability to regenerate was always fantastic. If you have never seen this show then I endure you try to it out. As promised here is tha fight scene for you to enjoy.

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Darker Than Black

By Ammzzy

Following Geeky Gems recent awesome anime articles, I wanted to share with you an anime that I have just finished watching.

I haven’t actually watched any anime for a very long time and when I decided to get back into it, I honestly didn’t know what to watch. There were so many cool things at I wanted to see. How is one to choose? I had to make a list and randomly pick one. (I am very indecisive) The winner of my lucky dip was ‘Darker than Black’ and I was not disappointed.

Darker than black is a series written and directed by Tensai Okmura and is animated by bones. There are currently two series. The first is called The Black Contractor and the second is called Gemini of the Meteor. There is also an OAV that takes place between the two series called Gaiden.

 

 

DTB is set in Tokyo where the appearance of the mysterious Hells Gate dramatically alters the world. The sky as we know it is changed and all of the stars are replaced with fake ones. These fake stars are each connected to a being on the planet known as a contractor, who after the arrival of Hells Gate developed various abilities, enabling them to become the perfect killers. The Contractors are kept a secret from normal society but are used by different organizations such as MI6 and the CIA to carry out different tasks and violent assassinations. Working for different organizations often sees the contractors go against each other as they are after the same target. The main character of DTB is a contractor from China named Hei. I must say Hei is a pretty awesome character, with a long black bullet proof jacket and a sinister white mask he kicks ass.

 

 

There are plenty of action sequences and interesting plot line throughout to keep you watching the series. The first series is the better one in my opinion. The second was a little lacking. I think that if you take out the crazy appearance of a gigantic gun that is used by a small girl and replaced it with ability that is a bit more in keeping with the rest, then things would have been better. (Watch it and you will know what I mean) Despite this I have still really enjoyed watching all of DTB and am incredibly eager to see more. I feel that we have been left with unanswered questions and a great sense that things are not over yet. There is more that can be done with this series. There is rumored to be a third in the future but there are no guarantees yet. I’m going to keep my fingers crossed. Whatever happens I would defiantly recommend this series to everyone. It is a must see.

Amazing Anime Movies You Ought To Watch

By Caelrona

 

Hiya all! Tis me, Caelrona, back again with another round of anime for your viewing pleasure. Last time I was allowed near a keyboard I told you all about Awesome (ass-kicking!) Anime Series that you ought to watch. Now I know that not everyone has the patience to sit through an entire series. Some people are the instant gratification sort, and some just plain don’t have time for an entire series. Also, sometimes you just want to watch a movie, ya know? So today I thought I might delight you with some Amazing Anime Movies You Ought To Watch. Same as last time, I will try my best to stay away from the mainstream, because even though we all worship the genius that is Hayao Miyazaki, there are animation studios besides Studio Ghibli that can produce an awesome anime. Anyway, on to the anime!

 

Legend of the Millennium Dragon

 

The Legend of the Millennium Dragon is an anime film released in 2011 by Studio Pierrot, with the English version released by Sony Entertainment. It has a run time of 98 minutes.

The story centers on our unlikely hero; Jin Tendo, an average, albeit very shy and frightful boy. When he is ripped back in time to the Heian Era, Jin learns that he is the only descendent of a powerful clan, and it is his destiny to awaken the 8-headed dragon Yamato no Orochi in order to end the war between the Nobles and the Oni. Things do not go smoothly for our young hero and we quickly find ourselves learning that there is always a second side to every story.

 

Origin: Spirits of the Past

 

Origin: Spirits of the Past is an anime film released in 2006 by Gonzo, with the English version released by FUNimation. It has a run time of 94 minutes.

The story centers on a pair of teenagers, Agito and Toola, who save the world from near-total destruction. It takes place on a futuristic dystopian Earth. Genetic Engineering gone wrong had nearly destroyed the planet. Humans struggle for survival on a planet where the forest rules, and its’ will is carried out by shamanistic Zruids who control the water supply. Our young hero, Agito, accidentally awakens our heroine Toola from a cryogenic sleep that she has been in for the past 300 years. Scared and overwhelmed by the new world she finds herself in, Toola does the only thing reasonable; she joins up with an army bent on destroying the forest and returning human control over the world. Agito, knowing that humanity would perish without the forest, joins with the forest in order to stop the destruction and save Toola.

 

Strait Jacket

 

Strait Jacket is both an anime film and a 3 episode OVA series based on light novels of the same name. The anime film was released in 2007 by Feel Anime Studios, with the English version released by Manga Entertainment. It has a run time of 76 minutes.

Strait Jacket is set in an alternate history where magic was proven and wove its way into all facets of society, vastly affecting the social and technological development of the world. Magic, however, comes with a price. Overtime, it effects and poisons users with something called the Malediction, which turns them into homicidal monsters simply called Demons. In the metropolis of Tristan (which looks something like a steampunk/Victorian London) special warriors called Tactical Sorcerists fight these magic-produced demons in suits known as Mold Armor, or commonly Strait Jackets. This armor all that safe-guards them from becoming demons themselves. Our story follows our young hero; Leiot Steinberg. Leiot is a Tactical Sorcerist, just not a legal one. His activities are on the darker side of grey, to say the least. Adoptive father of a magic-addicted young girl, Kapel Theta, Leiot is basically blackmailed into stepping up as a legal Tactical Sorcerist. His at-whatever-cost way of doing things quickly becomes a problem, but in the end it winds up saving the day.

 

Summer Wars

 

Summer Wars is an anime film released in 2009 by Madhouse, with the English version released by Warner Bros. Entertainment. It has a run time of 114 minutes.

Summer Wars follows the very eventful summer of our young hero, Kenji Koiso. Kenji is a gifted mathematician and part-time moderator for OZ, a massive virtual world that is intertwined with nearly every fabric society. Invited by our heroine Natsuki Shinohara to accompany her to her family estate for her Grandmothers’ birthday party, all seems great for Kenji. However an odd math problem emailed to him in the night turns out to be the source code to OZ; and guess who cracked it? Chaos ensues as a militant, intelligent virus known as Love Machine invades OZ. The entire universe comes to a screeching halt as Love Machine gobbles up accounts and begins causing all sorts of mayhem. Kenji must defend his innocence while the Shinohara clan bands together during this time of crisis. Kenji and the Shinohara clan must defend the virtual world of OZ and defeat Love Machine to restore peace and order.

 

Tales from Earthsea

 

Tales from Earthsea is an anime film based on the first four books of Ursula K Le Guin’s Earthsea series. It was released in 2006 by Studio Ghibli, with the English version released by Disney. It has a run time of 116 minutes. I know, I know. This is Ghibli! Ah, but it isn’t Hayao’s work. I’m cheating, because this was directed by Goro Miyazaki – Hayao’s son.

Tales from Earthsea centers on a young boy named Arren. Our young hero is quite the confused lad, as he murders his father, steals his sword and runs away from his life as a prince. The world is crumbling around Arren, and even dragons have begun to appear in the land of men. Our little run-away quickly becomes embroiled in a whirlwind of deceit and violence as an Evil Wizard intends to use him against those who would try to help him. Not to be stopped, our young Heroine Therru follows the good from inside Arren, which has somehow been ripped from him and materialized as a specter, in order to help save Arren and possibly the rest of the world.

 

Well, that is all for today folks. I hope you enjoyed the article, and found some anime to check out! Hopefully our friends here at All Geek To Me will continue to be nice enough to allow me near a keyboard. =P See you all next time!

Caelrona, signing out!

 

My Geeky Trivia

By Geeky Gem

There are many things that I love in life, but two of my very favourite things are, trivia, and Anime. What better way to celebrate these two great loves than to write some trivia based on one of the greatest Anime films I have ever seen, and the film that started off my love for this Japanese art form, Akira. This movie was made back in 1988 but I didnt get to see it until much later. It was directed by Katsuhiro Ohtomo and here is some trivia about this frankly awesome movie.

This was one of the first Japanese anime films to have the character’s voices recorded before they were animated. While this is the typical practice in U.S. animation, in Japan the animation is generally produced first.

The film was re-released in 2001 with a new voice dub and soundtrack, reportedly costing over $1 million.

At one point in the 1990s, Sony contemplated a live-action version of the film, but scrapped the idea when the projected budget went north of US $300 million.

 

The music for the film was completed before any of the composers saw a frame of film or read the script. The music did have to be edited to fit some scenes though.

The production budget was nearly $10 million, a record sum for a Japanese animation film.

 

The movie consists of 2,212 shots and 160,000 single pictures, 2-3 times more than usual, using 327 different colors (another record in animation film), 50 of which were exclusively created for the film. The reason for this statistic is that most of the movie takes place at night, a setting that is traditionally avoided by animators because of the increased color requirements.

 

Katsuhiro Ohtomo originally created the AKIRA manga as an homage to manga artist Mitsuteru Yokoyama, who created Tetsujon Nijuhachi-Go (Tetsujin 28). Both AKIRA and Tetsujin 28 have a main character named Shotaro Kaneda and Akira’s no. 28 designation compares with the robot’s no.28 designation.

The 1940s-style song heard following the terrorist bombing is “Tokyo Shoe Shine Boy”, released in 1951 by jazz singer Teruko Akatsuki. The song was not included in either the Japanese or American releases of the soundtrack; however, it had previously appeared on the release of the soundtrack from MASH.

Because Madman Entertainment Pty. Ltd. licensed Akira through Manga Entertainment rather than Pioneer/Geneon, the Australian DVD release of Akira has both the original Streamline dub (which Manga has the license to) and Pioneer/Geneon’s new English dub.

 

In the scene where Kaneda is at the jukebox you can see the logos of three famous classic rock bands: Cream, Led Zeppelin and The Doors.

 

There you have some trivia about this brilliant anime that paved the way for all other animes to make it here to us in the West. So untill next week stay geeky.

Awesome Anime You Ought To Watch!

By Caelrona

Hi ya’ll! Caelrona here, and I am guest writing for All Geek to Me, mainly because GeekyGems is letting me. I thought about things to discuss, and eventually came back to Anime. Mainly because I love it, but also because GeekyGems mentioned she’d like to hear about some since she sticks mostly to Studio Ghibli. While Ghibli is a great animation studio, and Hayao Miyazaki should be revered like a god for his work, sometimes we want to watch something a little more kick-ass than a G-rated anime, no matter how amazing that G-rated anime may be. I am going to try and hit on some ass-kicking anime series that might not be too popular, but are definitely worth watching if you ever get the chance.

 

Claymore


 Claymore is an awesome anime, and an even better Manga. Awesome fighting chicks in Roman-esque armor, wielding gigantic broad swords (Hence the name ‘Claymore’) there isn’t much more you could ask for, except maybe man-eating monsters. Oh wait, it has that too! Also, tentacles. Sadly for fanboys, there is more ass-kicking than ass showing. That’s right, no fan service for you. So you won’t be getting tons of ridiculous panty shots, or cleavage (because oddly enough, these female warriors actually wear armor that might protect something!) but there will be plenty of gore, severed limbs, blood and bits.

It is based on a Manga by the same name, and follows the manga fairly closely as to the story line. The manga is currently at 22 Volumes, and the Anime at 26 episodes based on the first 11 volumes of Manga. The plot centers around a girl named Claire who is a member of the mysterious ‘Organization’ which created a fighting force known as Claymores. Claymores are half-human hybrids developed to fight man-eating shape shifting demons known as Yoma. The storyline follows Clare on her journey to avenge her mentor, Teresa who was killed by another Claymore for breaking one of the Claymore laws.

Elfen Lied

Elfen Lied is another amazing anime, but in a completely different way. This anime is nothing BUT fan service, carries an R rating and should not be watched around children for multiple reasons including horrible gore, death, dismemberment and lots of nakedness.

Elfen Lied is an anime based on a Manga of the same name. The manga is 12 Volumes long, and the Anime barely manages to top that with a total of 13 episodes.

It follows the story of a girl named Lucy. She is a Diclonius, a mutation with the only physical difference of small horn-like protrusions on their head. Oh, also they have wicked cool, totally invisible ‘psychic’ extra limbs (known as Vectors) that can move faster than sound and vibrate so quickly that they can slice through humans, doors, buildings and even deflect bullets. Not to mention, all known Diclonius are murdering rampaging crazies that tear random people limb from limb, even if they themselves are barely old enough to walk. Anyway, back to the storyline. The anime begins when Lucy breaks out of a containment facility and is found by a local boy named Kohta. However she is no longer Lucy, but Nyu; a split personality developed when she is hit in the head by a .50 BMG round during her escape. The storyline follows Lucy (now known as Nyu) and Kohta, revealing that they have a past that is not really all that pleasant. Blood and gore make screen time when the containment facility sends in other Diclonius to bring Lucy in. Do you think that Lucy goes quietly? Ha!

 

High School of the Dead


 High School of the Dead manages to make me a happier geek than any of the other Animes I have listed (or will) for one simple reason. It is about ZOMBIES. I don’t know about ya’ll, but I’ve had a thing for Zombies ever since I was a little girl, and an anime about zombies? My happiness level? It’s over 9000! Also, fanboys rejoice because there is so much fan service packed into these 12 episodes that it sometimes gets a bit ridiculous.

High School of the Dead is an anime based on a Manga by the same name (sensing a trend here?) The Manga has a total of 7 Volumes and is currently on Hiatus while the Anime has a total of 12 Episodes.

It follows the story of a group of typical high school kids in Japan, who happen to be at school when the zombie outbreak begins. Our hero of the story is Takashi Komuro, who haphazardly leads a group of fellow students (and the school nurse) out of the school and onto the city streets in hopes of finding their families. Of course, their main focus is surviving the waves of zombies who want to eat them all alive.

Kaze no Stigma

Kaze no Stigma isn’t nearly as kick-ass as any of the previous animes; but it certainly earns its place on the list with plenty of fights and some awesome elemental based magic. In fact, that is the main thing that makes this anime so much better than other similar anime out there. Wish you could wield fire, earth or air magic? Well this anime has all that, and some other seriously wicked magic as well, no ‘bending’ required.

Kaze no Stigma, also known as Stigma of the Wind, is an Anime based on a light novel by the same name and it being adapted to Manga. The light novel has 12 Volumes; the ongoing Manga currently has 2 Volumes while the Anime is 26 Episodes long.

Kaze no Stigma follows the life of Kazuma Yagami, a young punk of a Wind Magic user after he returns home after being banished. Why was he banished, you ask? Because his family, the highly elite Kannagi clan, are Fire Magic users, and he lost the duel to wield the highly sought after, super powerful Enraiha, a magical sword wielded by the clan heir. After his banishment he made a pact with the Wind Spirit King, becoming what is known as a Contractor – not just a mere Magic User, but a super powerful Magic User able to tap into all the Magic Spirits of their pact with the powers of that elemental Spirit King. His return is not all happy heartfelt family mush, however, as it turns out members of his family are being killed… by wind magic. Gee, who could possibly be their biggest suspect?

 

 Samurai Girl: Real Bout High School

Samurai Girl: Real Bout High School, more commonly known as Real Bout, is a kicking-ass-and-taking- names kind of anime, with a healthy (or maybe unhealthy?) dosage of fan service thrown in. Plenty of boobs, butts and panty shots here! It centers on a school where you don’t get suspended for fighting – you get graded for it!

Real Bout is an Anime, based on a light novel of the same name, and was adapted for Manga but sadly never finished. The light novel is 19 Volumes long, while the Manga only ran to 6 Volumes and the Anime tops out at 13 Episodes.

Real Bout follows the daily high school life of the vivacious red-head Ryoko Mitsurugi. However, Ryoko doesn’t go to your average high school. She attends Daimon High, and is the current K-fight champion. What’s a K-fight you ask? A K-fight is the school’s approach to settling disputes. Any dispute can be settled by an organized martial arts match known as the K-fight. Ryoko, the Samurai Girl, must contend with a stalker of a friend, crazy people who want to take her down for her title, an arch rival for their shared love interest, a hated nemesis, and.. Monsters. That’s right, monsters. Because a high school that organizes and grades martial arts matches isn’t awesome enough, it also has magic. Our heroine, Ryoko, finds a magical locket that transports her to an alternate universe where she battles crazy, powerful monsters in order to save a world known as Solvania.

 

Well, that’s all for today folks. Hope you liked my article, but if you didn’t then I hope you at least found an awesome, ass-kicking anime to watch when you get bored. Maybe if GeekyGems doesn’t disown me after this, I’ll do a follow-up with amazing Anime Movies, because sometimes you just want your daily anime dosage in the form of a movie instead of a series.

Caelrona, signing out!

Fullmetal Alchemist: The Anime

 By Geeky Gem

Not so long ago I regaled you with the tale of my love for the Fullmetal Alchemist Manga. I explained how the Brother’s Elric were on a quest to find the Philosophers stone in order to regain their bodies after an alchemy mishap.

 

 

As I mentioned in my other piece about FMA there are, in fact, two anime’s made. There is the one that was made before the manga was finished, and is just called Fullmetal Alchemist, the one I talk about here, and there is Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood,which I have yet to watch but do have ready to go. Any way if you read my piece on the manga, then you already have a brief knowledge of what I am going on about, if not then go read that and come back, go on I’ll wait.

Done? Good okay here we go. The first half of the animé basically follows that of the manga, but the plots do go away from each other and other things are different in the manga to the show. This happens near the middle of story as the manga series was not complete and this lead to this animé leading off in another direction with the story, thus making them two very different stories but both as enjoyable as one and another. This happens a lot in Japan, they start to make a series before a manga series is finalised and it leads to all sorts of different twists.

When we get to the middle of anime we find that Ed and Alphonse have reunited with their teacher Izumi Curtis in order to find a former lover of Hohenheim (Ed and Al’s father) and the former mentor to their own teacher, Dante. Dante acts as the series’ main antagonist, appearing only in the anime. Centuries ago, the two perfected methods for making the Philosopher’s Stone, achieving a sort of immortality by transferring their soul and intellect into others’ bodies as they age. Dante’s body is giving up and the only way she can survive is to move into a new body with a Philsophers stone that will wipe out an entire town. However there is already a Philosophers stone inside Alphonse leading to him being kidnapped. I will not tell you any more as it may spoil it for you. Needless to say, it is very, very good, and all the loose ends from the series are tied up in Fullmetal Alchemist The Movie: Conqueror of Shamballa, which I have yet to watch but I will.

 The animation on this show is fantastic and both the Japanese and English voice cast are brilliant. Most of the time I will watch a show in both languages as you sometimes get a bit more story in Japanese that can be left out in English, as it wont translate over. However, with FMA, you don’t get that problem. The whole thing translates really well. I always love the opening songs for anime as they are always catchy. However you do find that they change it ever 5 to 10 episodes which is always interesting my favourite one from this anime is by a Japanese band called Larc En Ciel and is called Ready, Steady, Go! It’s a fantastic track and fits this anime really well.

 If you like animation but haven’t tried one yet, then why not give it go, I am off to watch the movie, so I can find out what happens next.

The Magical World of Miyazaki: Kiki’s Delivery Service

  By Geeky Gem

As you all know I have a thing for Studio Ghibli movies and have seen close to all of them, in these articles I have and will continue to tell you about them. This time I thought I would tell you about Kiki’s Delivery Service.

Kiki’s Delivery Service first came out in Japan in 1989, and was translated and released in the UK in 1997. It was the first release from the Disney/Ghibli partnership. The film was a success for Ghibli as are so many of their movies. It won the Animage Anime Grand Prix prize in 1989, the movie is loosely based on the novel of the same name by Eiko Kadono. Again this movie was written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki.

According to Miyazaki the movie touches on the gulf that exists between independence and reliance in Japanese teenage girls. Going beyond the coming of age themes, this movie deals with the nature of creativity and talent, and the central difficulty every person faces in becoming themselves, whether through luck, hard work or confidence: the inner movie explores the same questions that are later asked in Whisper of the Heart, which we will come to on this journey.

Kiki is a 13 year old witch-in-training, living in a village where her mother is local herbalist. It is traditional for witches to live for a year on their own when they reach 13 years of age. At the start of the story Kiki takes off for the big city with her best friends Jiji her cat. Kiki decides to live in the city of Koirko which is on the coast near a beautiful sea. After a hard start, Kiki finds herself some friends and a place to stay. But she only has one of her witch abilities which is she can fly a broomstick. Which at first she is not very good at. She decides in order to look after herself and earn some money that she will open a delivery service.

As you can imagine Kiki does have some set backs, and many are to do with her adolescent worries. She is also chased all over town by a boy called Tombo, the local crazy boy who is mad about aviation and is fascinated by Kiki’s ability to fly. Kiki eventually warms up to him and they become friends. After a nasty event involving some of Tombo’s friends Kiki is left very upset, so much so that her ability to talk to Jiji and fly disappears. She now has to figure out how to get these powers back. When Tombo’s ends up in some trouble, Kiki must try to save him, but she still has no powers. It is with this attempt to save him that she regains her powers and rescues her friend. The story carries on through the closing credits, you see Kiki settle into her new home, and she is somewhat of a local celebrity.

By now you should being seeing the themes that run through Miyazaki movies, he wants to portray the struggles of his characters but he makes them so you can relate to them in some way. Here for example we meet Kiki and her struggles to deal with adolescence, something I could relate to very easily, the awkwardness of being a teenager and finding you are now of an age where you have to start being responsible for your actions and choices. This is a hard thing for anyone to get used to. This again is one of Miyazaki’s life telling stories, I think this is the real reason why I like these movies so much.

Again the music is beautiful and always fits fantastically with the action on the screen. Its one thing that isn’t lost in the translation. I have seen this movie in both Japanese and English and as always the voice for both languages is brilliant. There is something about the way Miyazaki picked his actors and he does have a say on who is cats in the English dub version which I think is really important.

This is the part where I tell you if you haven’t seen it then you must, but if you have read the other pieces I have done on Miyazaki and you have liked them and have indeed liked the films if you have seen any of them, then I don’t need to tell you, this Is a must see. You’ll just know, and you’ll add it to the list of things you have to see.

Ikki Tousen

 By Geeky Gem

Ikki Tousen, or Battle Vixens, as it is known here, is a Japanese Anime based on a Manga of the same name. I started reading these manga’s a few years ago and I watched the anime. Now the anime is what I am going to talk about here as I have yet to finished the manga. At this point I fear it is my duty to clarify something, this anime is full of fighting so seen as it is Japanese, it does mean the girls that are fighting will not always finish a fight with all their clothes on, which may appeal to some folk, however this does not include me. I like the story and the fight scenes. So below you may see pictures of semi naked animated girls. To me it’s funny, every time it happens.

 

To the story then. Ikki Tousen is set in the Kanto region of Japan, here seven high schools are waging an all-out turf-war for territorial supremacy: Nanyo Academy, Kyosho Academy, Seito Academy, Yoshu Academy, Rakuyo High School, Gogun High School, and Yoshu Private School. The fighters of each school bear the sacred jewels called magatama, which contains the essence of warriors from the Three Kingdoms era of Ancient China 1800 years ago, as well as their fates.

This then leads us on to our leading lady, Hakufu Sonsaku.

Hakaufu is the descendant of legendary conqueror Sun Ce and is a highly skilled fighter. She sometimes doesnt know her own strength, and this can lead to battles ending in an intresting way. She has a bit of a ditzy personality, she transfers to Nanyo Academy where her cousin Koukin Shuyu attends under her mother’s request. Her destiny, as with her predecessor, was to conquer all of the schools. But there is a darker and more dangerous side to her fate, one that may change the entire course of history forever.

 

That’s the plot of the show, it was only 13 epiosde long as with most manga to anime shows the anime was finished before the manga was finished. Which means plot changes from the manga. However Ikki Tousen is a little different and there have so far been four season’s of this show, splilt up with different titles following different parts of the manga. I have seen these so here’s a bit about season one which was simply called Ikki Tousen.

As I said, it was 13 episodes long, which is farly short for a manga, it was produced by J.C Staff and directed by Takashi Watanabe.The show aired on AT-X (A Japanese station) from July 30, 2003 and October 22, 2003. As with many Japanese to English dubs, Ikki Tousen was also done by Funimation Enterainment, if you have wached a dubbed anime chances are this company did it.

The reason I like this anime so much is that the story is really deep and you want to know, will history repeast it’s self, or will Hakufu break the mould and bring about the start of something else? The animation is also really good, and what I have read of the manga reflects the pace that is set out in the pages.

Again, as I always say, if you haven’t seen this one then why not give it a go. If you have, then season two is Dragon Destiny.

 

 

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