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Wednesday Whimsy

Wednesday Whimsy

By: Caelrona

Hiya all! It is Wednesday again, and that means I am back in action with another blog post. First off, I’d like to wish you all a Happy New Year! Secondly, I’d like to say sorry. Last week I said I was going to be doing an article on Holiday anime, and unfortunately I can’t do them this week either. I tried my local anime/manga store and they don’t carry them, and I am still waiting for the downloads to complete, because no one is seeding them. I am literally sitting at 99.95% completion on one of them, and can’t watch it because of the 0.05% that is missing from the file. So yeah, sorry about the let down on the Holiday anime, but I did try. If you’d like to give them a go yourself, they were Tokyo Godfathers and Itsudatte My Santa! They look pretty good, and I’d really love to hear about them if you have seen them / watch them!

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Well, since I can’t bring you Holiday anime I thought the least I could do is bring you some good anime news. Studio Ghibli has announced two new films for 2013. Co-founders Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata will each be directing a film, The Wind Is Rising and The Tale of Princess Kaguya. Even more exciting is that they will be released on the same day, which is something that Ghibli hasn’t done since My Neighbor Totoro and Grave of the Fireflies were released a whopping 25 years ago! There isn’t a specific release date, just that they will be released sometime this summer (in Japan, anyway. Hopefully the English dubbing doesn’t take too long!)

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According to sources online, The Wind is Rising, which the amazing Hayao Miyazaki wrote and is directing, is centered around Jiro Horikoshi, the designer of the Mitsubishi A6M Zero fighter plane which was used by Japan during World War II. This will be the first feature film Miyazaki has directed since 2008’s Ponyo. Meanwhile, The Tale of Princess Kaguya will be directed by Takahata, who is best known for Grave of the Fireflies. Princess Kaguya is a character from Japanese folklore, who was discovered as a baby growing inside a glowing stalk of bamboo. The tagline for the movie apparently translates to “A Princess’s crime and punishment” so if you are familiar with the folktale, that gives you a little hint on which direction the movie is going to go (and if you aren’t familiar, the tale is on Wikipedia.) Apart from the two confirmed releases, there is also talk online of a sequel to 1992’s Porco Rosso, which will apparently also be coming out sometime this year.

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Studio Ghibli has released websites for both movies, but they are only available in Japanese. So if you can read Japanese, you can visit the websites for them. If you can’t, then you can still visit the websites because there isn’t much to be seen at either site. They just have the promotional poster with their names and a little bit of info at the bottom about the release coming in the summer. I tried to find more info on them, but there are scant amounts to be found – not even OVA or commercials for either movie can be found on youtube yet, but hopefully we’ll be seeing some promotion for them hit the internet here pretty soon.

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The only thing to tint these releases with a bit of sadness is the fact that they may very well be the last films for either of the legendary directors. Takahata (75) and Miyazaki (71) are both getting on in years, and there has been speculation for several years about them retiring. This summer will certainly be a critical milestone for the studio, since it completes the ‘Five Year Plan’ of the studio to introduce the next generation of directors, while Takahata and Miyazaki prepare to move to more background roles, which they have certainly earned and deserve. Of the recent Ghibli directors, only two have stayed with the studio – Goro Miyazaki (From Up On Poppy Hill), who is slowly earning his father’s throne; and Hiromasa Yonebayashi (The Secret World of Arietty), who is the first new director since Yoshifumi Kondo (Whisper of the Heart) to earn Miyazaki’s full support and respect. Will these be the last works of the Studio Ghibli founders? I guess we’ll have to wait and see.

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Anyway, again I am sorry about the Holiday anime let down, but I am hoping I made it up to you with the good news from Studio Ghibli! Next week I will try to bring you something more exciting, but until them I am going to go continue playing Assassin’s Creed II. See you all next week!

Until next time,

Caelrona – signing off! ❤

Wednesday Whimsy

Wednesday Whimsy

By: Caelrona

Hiya all, Caelrona here with your Wednesday dose of geek. Since there really isn’t too much going on right now, and it has been a while since I wrote about anime, I thought that I would share with you some anime that I recently watched. I got to watch all of these anime series while I had control of my friend’s Netflix account, so they’re readily available if you feel like giving them a go. These anime are for a more mature audience – they all feature a lot of violence, blood and fan-service. If that is your type of anime, then keep on reading!

Murder Princess

 

Murder Princess is a pretty kick-ass anime. I honestly didn’t think it would be too great, judging by the description that Netflix gave it, but I gave it a shot anyway and I’m glad I did. While it won’t be winning any awards or going down in anime history like Cowboy Bebop or Dragon Ball Z, it isn’t terrible. The storyline has some unexpected twists that keep things fairly interesting, and the dialogue has its witty moments, so you won’t be bored silly with only the fan-service to keep you awake.

Murder Princess is a 6 episode long OVA based on the 2 volume manga of the same name. It was released in 2007 by Marvelous Entertainment in conjunction with Bee Train. Each episode has a runtime of 30 minutes.

Murder Princess is pretty much summed up by the title. The princess kills people; lots and lots of people. After an assassination attempt on the King of Forland succeeds, the princess, Alita, must run for her life from the castle. Unfortunately the castle is surrounded by a dangerous forest, and her entourage of guards is quickly dispatched by the Forest Guardian. While now safe from the assassins, Alita must still run for her life. It is during her tumultuous escape that she bumps into Falis, a bounty hunter. The two plummet off of a steep cliff and against all odds they survive, however due to the near death experience their souls have switched bodies! Falis, hindered with the weaker body of the pristine princess, still fights and defeats the Forest Guardian. Seeing Falis’s strength and courage Alita begs the bounty hunter to put her sword to the defense of Forland. But can Falis protect the country from a betrayal so deep that even Alita does not see its depth?

Queens Blade

Queens Blade is an anime geeks wet dream – literally. This thing is so packed full of fan service I don’t think I can even properly describe it. If a character is wearing any armor or clothes (note the if, it’s important) then even the slightest scuffle or fight has them being ripped, torn, or broken off. Not to mention one character has boobs the size of two yoga balls. I can’t even make that up – imagine someone stuffing two exercise balls in their shirt and it’s close to what this woman’s boobs look like; still too small though. Other than the ridiculously skimpy armor and outfits, the outrageous boobs (I think the entire world has DD’s, at least) and crazy amounts of fan-service then this is a pretty good anime. The storyline isn’t bad, a young girl struggling to get away from an oppressive father and incestuously perverted sister ends up competing in an amazon warrior-esque competition known as the Queen’s Blade, which is a competition held every four years to crown the most beautiful and deadly warrior queen. Did I forget to mention that the Queen’s Blade is broadcast around the world by angels? Yeah, freakin’ angels follow these boobalicious amazon warrior babes around as they travel to the Queen’s Capitol, Gainos, fighting each other whenever they meet up, all for the honor and privilege of fighting the current queen. Not to mention one of them is anthromorphic and shoots acid out of her tits. Nifty huh?

Queens Blade is 12 episode anime based off of a series of Visual Combat Books which eventually spawned a media franchise spanning 4 different manga adaptations, 3 different anime adaptations, 3 light novel adaptations and a video game. Queen’s Blade: The Exiled Virgin was released in 2009 by ARMS and licensed by Media Blasters.

Queens Blade: The Exiled Virgin follows a young warrior named Leina during her journey to the Queen’s Capitol to fight in the Queen’s Blade. Initially Leina is only attempting to escape her duties as the next countess of the regal Vance family, but ends up embroiled in the competition. She quickly decides to compete, but is met with much resistance. Not only is her family trying to get her back, but the evil Swamp Witch and her minions are attempting to put a stop to the competition. Can Leina and her friends make it to the Queen’s Capitol, or will the Swamp Witch succeed with her attempt to foil the tournament?

Master of Martial Hearts

 

The Master of Martial Hearts is a pretty decent anime. The storyline seems fairly straight forward when you start watching. A young girl, who happens to be a martial arts master ends up competing in a dangerous competition to win a mysterious gem, the ‘Martial Heart’, that supposedly grants your greatest wish. It packs in plenty of fan service (although not nearly as much as Queens Blade does) and even a few cute moments here and there. The ending has a twist so crazy that I was completely shocked at how extremely fucked up (excuse my language) it was. Seriously, I was not expecting that kind of ending. That is some messed up shit at the end.

The Master of Martial Hearts is a 5 episode OVA. There is also a 3 volume manga series of the same name, but no records of which came first. The anime was released in 2008 by Arms Corporation and licensed by Funimation Entertainment in the USA and Manga Entertainment in the UK.

The Master of Martial Hearts is a very short anime that follows a young girl named Aya who competes in a martial arts competition in order to win a mysterious jewel, the Platonic Heart, which is said to grant a wish to the winner of the competition. Aya, a martial arts prodigy child, is embroiled in the mysterious competition after saving another young girl, whom she befriends. The girl admits to Aya that she is competing in order to wish for friends, for she had never had any. Aya offers to be her friend, and the girl drops out of the competition. Soon after she disappears, and Aya is offered the empty spot in the competition. Can Aya survive the battles she must fight in order to save her friend, and who is behind this mysterious competition anyway?

Well, there you go! A few fan-service filled anime series for you to watch. None of them are very long, so they won’t take up too much of your time (I watched them all in only 3 days) and they are pretty entertaining, despite all of the fan-service they offer. Anyway, I will see you same time next week for your Wednesday dose of geekiness!

Until next time;

Caelrona – signing off! ❤

My Top 5 Anime Openings.

By Geeky Gem

You should all know a little bit about me by now, so it should come as now surprise that this little blog has come around. The one thing I like about anime is the opening credits some of them have fantastic sequences so here are some of my favourite ones, with videos you lucky people. Plus if your really good and I can find them I will treat you to both the Japanese and English one’s too.

Dragon Ball Z

This is a show I have already told you about and you can check out that blog here. If you have seen the show then you know how the opening went it was choked full of fighting scenes with a rather catchy song. So here just for you is the English and Japanese opening as I found them both.

Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood

Another anime I have already told you about if you missed it you can check it out here. Now here I have gone for the Brother hood opening as I can’t find the one I really like which is a song by Japanese Band Larn En Ciel called Ready Set Go! however this one is just as good. This the Japanese opening as they were the same.

Pokemon

I know its sad but I still remember all the words to this one. I couldn’t help it I loved Pokemon nd still play the video games. This one is full of action and character shots. You also get to hear the Japanese one as it has no video but is called Aim to be a Pokemon Master.

Trigun

Now this is an anime I am yet to tell you about, but if you like the opening credits then you love the show and I promise I will write a blog on it soon. I just love the riff in this and the action in it. Again this is the only version of the opening as they were the same.

Neon Genesis Evangelion

Now this is yet another anime I have yet to tell you about and I am sure at one point I will do just that. I  will however tell you two things one this opening has spoilers and two it has fighting robot’s come on what not to love. This is the full length opening so is about 4 minutes long.

I hope you have enjoyed these anime nuggets of joy and maybe I’ll bring you some more one day.

Autumn of Terror: Spooky Anime

By Caelrona

Hiya all! Caelrona here, and it’s that month – you know, October. The month of my favorite holiday, Halloween; the month of Pumpkin-flavored everything; and the best month for watching scary stuff. It’s sort of this unspoken tradition my friends and I have; Every Halloween we get together and watch scary/gory/horror stuff and eat junk food. It usually ends in at least one of us scared out of our socks, with the others ribbing said scaredy-cat for being such a puss. Usually we just watch random things, however this Halloween I’ve made it my duty to make it an animated horror-fest. I thought I’d share some of the animated spooky fun I’ve come across with ya’ll. On to the anime!

KaKuRenBo

KaKuRenBo, or KaKuRenBo : Hide and Seek as it is known in English was released in 2004 in Japan and 2005 in America. It was produced by Shuuhei Morita and distributed by Central Park Media in the USA or YamatoWorks in Japan. It has a runtime of 25 minutes, which is about as long as an average anime episode; however KaKuRenBo is a self-contained short movie.

KaKuRenBo follows a young boy named Hikkora who joins in a game of Otokoyo to search for his missing sister, a girl name Sorincha. Otokoyo is a game of hide and seek, which is played after dark whilst wearing Kitsune (fox) masks. It is played near abandoned ruins, and the players of this game disappear – never to be seen again. This is because they play their game of Hide and Seek while being followed by several Demons. Children who are caught by the demons are spirited away. Hikkora manages to win his game of Otokoyo only to find out that those who disappear stay that way.

KaKuRenBo is a cute little anime. You find yourself worried for the characters, and sad when they inevitably get taken. It is rather dark, and while the content itself isn’t particularly terrified, I think that kids might get scared by the idea of it, so I wouldn’t allow easily spooked children to watch this. For adults it is a very interesting bit of anime.

Vampire Hunter D

Vampire Hunter D was released in 1985. It was directed by Toyoo Ashida and released by too many companies to count; but most recently by Entertainment. It has a runtime of 80minutes, making it just about an hour and a half of dark fun.

Vampire Hunter D is a dark, brooding sort of anime. It is based on a series of illustrated Japanese novels of the same name, although fans will note the differences between the two. The story begins as our heroine, Doris, is visited by the long-lost vampire Count Magnus Lee who intends to take her as a bride. To defend herself, she ends up hiring our hero, a Vampire Hunter simply named ‘D.’ D quickly becomes embroiled in quite the fiasco, for it isn’t only the Count who wants young Doris. D must rescue her, her young brother and defeat an ancient Vampire Count. It is a good thing that D has a few secrets of his own.

Vampire Hunter D is a cult classic of anime films. If you haven’t seen it.. have you been living under a rock?!? I saw this when I was 9 or 10, as it came on TV randomly and I was all “OOOH.” Fans of the novels might not like the movie because it is not a set adaptation of the novels. However as a stand-alone movie it is quite good. Probably not for kiddies, but anyone mature enough to handle some gore should be good to go.

Blood: The Last Vampire

Blood: The Last Vampire was released in 2000 and produced by Production I.G. It is currently licensed for release by Manga Entertainment. It has a very short run-time of 50 minutes, although it maintains itself as a full animated movie.

Blood: The Last Vampire centers around a young girl named Saya. Despite her young looks, Saya is far more deadly than she seems. With help from an organization known as Red Shield, Saya hunts vampires. Specifically, she hunts Chiropterans, or mutant vampires who can make themselves look human, for there is only one true vampire left in the world – her. The story takes her to the American Yokota Air Base, where Chiropterans have been slaughtering humans. It is her job to take them out – without letting the humans know what is going on.

Gems already mention the prequel anime to this movie that came out some time later. I’ve not watched that, although it looks fairly good. I can tell you, however, that this movie is grand. Short, not much story development, but plenty of chiropteran killing going on. I wouldn’t really consider this scary; but the gore and darkness of the story alone get Halloween mention.

I Luv Halloween

I Luv Halloween was released in 2007 and produced by Menfond Electronics. It was licensed and released by Tokyopop. I can’t seem to find a runtime ANYWHERE for this, so if you want to give it a go then let me know!

I Luv Halloween follows the story of a group of children and their manic, crazy, deadly fun on Halloween. The leader of the group, Finch, has a difficult time keeping everyone in line; particularly his baby sister Moochie, who happens to be a homicidal maniac. Amongst their group there is also Devil Lad, who only ever appears on Halloween to join the fun; Pig Pig, a very.. simple young lad; Mr. Kitty, a perverted rascal; and Spike, Mr. Kitty’s mostly silent younger brother. Their misadventures on Halloween are quite the enjoyable romp.

Not gunna lie here, I read the manga. I actually haven’t been able to find the anime version of this anywhere, except bits on youtube. Even google doesn’t turn up much except for the Manga – it seems the entire internets is trying to strike this anime from the annals of history. I was not really impressed with the anime I did see, so instead I suggest you find the manga. It is adorable. Less ErMahGerdMyEyes and more depraved Calvin and Hobbes. If you’re in to that sort of this, then give it a go. It’s always fun watching cute cherubic kiddies commit murder, right? Or maybe there’s something wrong with me… anyway!

That finishes up my Halloween anime. I was sort of sad to find that there really isn’t much in the way of Halloween anime – seriously people, someone needs to mend this egregious error. I want, nay I demand more Halloween anime! Maybe we should start a petition? Who’ll sign? Anyway, all joking aside, enjoy yourself some spooky anime, and have a Happy Halloween!

Until next time;

Caelrona – signing off! ❤

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.

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