Posts Tagged ‘Anime’

HunterXHunter, an anime series that ended in 2004 (Well that’s what I got from Wikipedia); currently has a new anime with new animation, music, and other bells and whistles. And while watching the new series, I couldn’t help but notice that they toned down the violence. Brutal death scenes; that I am now being re-introduced to by reading the manga, is now being censored with a mass reduction of blood being shown. It’s not blatantly censored, they cleverly hide the gore and death scenes in a way that if you never seen the show before, you wouldn’t notice. But it will be obvious if you’re like me and looking forward to those scenes.

At first I thought this was being done to speed the anime along so they can get to the good parts. Kinda like what happened in the beginning of Full Metal Alchemist Brotherhood (Another good show. If you haven’t already, get on that!). And once they reach a good point of the show, a switch is flipped, and all the gore in it’s entirety will start to be shown. But so far, that does not look to be the case. On a past episode, a character reveals a trait about himself by… Let’s just say he pulls a Kano. A scene that I was looking forward to seeing, but what was actually shown left me with a “WTF!” As you can tell, I’m trying really hard not to be spoilery, because this is a really good show and I don’t won’t to ruin it for you. But for me, that last scene was my breaking point, and I’m currently only reading the managa of the series.

Right now, can’t really reccommend the new series of HunterXHunter, I suggest watching the older series that came out before 2004, or just reading the manga. But who knows, there maybe is a switch planned for the new series, that they don’t plan on flipping until way later in the show. But I plan on relying on The Unofficial Hunter x Hunter Podcast for letting me know when and if that ever happens, and until then, I will be just reading the manga. And if you are interested in HunterXHunter or just a big fan or the show, I also reccommend you listening to their podcast.

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The search is over. As soon as I made the last post, I found what I have been looking for.

Right here.

and

Right here.

If you were also interested, I just saved you the trouble.

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A while back, it had came to my attention that there is a bit of One Piece merchandise available in Japan that I would love to get my hands on. When it comes to anime merchandise, things likes models or character figures don’t really get my attention (I must admit, I’m a sucker for a well made poster though). But nice anime clothing is something that would definitely catch my attention. When I was younger I use to rock a Dragon Ball Z t-shirt any chance I could, up until I out grew it. So when I saw these:

One Piece fitted caps

I wanted to know how can I get one, where can I find these? Especially the Luffy cap, that’s the one I’m really looking for, although the Chopper cap is good too. And so I began to search through the inter-webs for these items,  and besides a few Japanese websites, the search came up dry. But I am still keeping an eye out for these caps, I’m hoping sites like JList; which are known for having Japanese items like this, will have them available one day. Until then, the search continues.

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Many of you readers may have heard about the recent disaster that has happened in Japan, but for the few that don’t, Japan was recently hit with an earthquake (for more news on the Japan’s earthquake click here). In response to this incident, several podcasts are starting a donation where they will be streaming a live podcast for 24 hours via UStream called Anime Fans Give Back to Japan. Some of the podcasts that will be included in the stream are: The Unofficial OnePiece Podcast, Konoha Corner, That Anime Show, Ass Backwards Anime Podcast, Chainsaw Buffet, AniManga Podcast, and ANN Cast. There will be a few other guest including famous anime voice actors. All donations for this benefit will go towards the relief effort for Japan. To me, this is more than a chance to help out the country that brought Anime to us, but a chance for us to help out those need. So I wanted to do my part and help spread the word.

The live stream will begin on Saturday March 19 @ 6:oo PM Eastern and end on Sunday March 20 @ 6:00 PM Eastern.

For more information go to: http://helpjapan.onepiecepodcast.com/.

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Dragonball… Evolution?

Posted: December 14, 2008 in Movies
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If you are a big Dragonball or Dragonball Z fan like I am, then you must have been keeping track with the Dragonball movie ever since it was first announced that 20th Century Fox acquired feature film rights to the Dragon Ball franchise in 2002. Or maybe you seen doom coming from the start.

Well after years of waiting and tons of rumors, its here, the Dragonball live action movie. And by the looks of things, it doesn’t look like its any good. Based on what I’ve seen and read, it seems like they took the story and it into their own adaption of Dragonball. So this may be a huge disappointment to those looking forward to a movie version of the anime (including myself).

Some of the things you can expect in the movie is the Dragonballs being created by seven mystics instead of Kami (I guess refering to an alien living on a tower in the sky is a big no-no here in the U.S.). Also Goku being a highschool student, and I’m not sure if he’s even a saiyan in the film. A few other surprises you may find in the movie are; Bulma being a weapon specialist (And without blue hair), Mai is now a shape shifter, no animals/animal-people (for example Oolong or Turtle), Roshi is no longer bald or pervy, and Krillin is not in the movie.

There are some things I can understand, like taking out the animals or animal people. I can’t even imagine someone trying to play Oolong, or worse, Oolong being in CG (shudders). But making Goku a highschool and having the Dragonballs created by anybody other than Kami is just wrong, and by not having Kami in the movie, Piccolo existence becomes really complicated.

I think its best not to think of this as a Dragonball movie, you can really say its a movie that just so happens to have similar names to the anime with the same name. Long story short, there’s a big difference between Dragonball and Dragonball Evolution (The name given in the trailer shown below). If you want to take a look for yourself, feel free to watch the trailer below.

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