WARNING: Here be spoilers
Friday, April 22, 2011
WARNING: Here be spoilers
Sunday, April 17, 2011
Pokemon Black Version
An interesting legend that has been around for a while, even before the release of Pokemon Black and White, as the origins point to 4Chan you have to take this with a grain of salt, otherwise it is an interesting story. For those of us who grew up playing the Generation I games, I think we remember Lavender Town and the ghosts of Pokemon Tower that were unobtainable until you revived the Silph Scope. This urban legend comes from tinycartridge.com and has been reposted a number of times from other sources, below is the full story.
I stumbled on this unsettling story of an obscure Pokémon bootleg/art-hack that I thought might be neat to share on here. I think this originated from 4chan, so I’ve no idea if this hack actually exists. It probably doesn’t, but it’s still a great concept/tale!:
I’m what you could call a collector of bootleg Pokémon games. Pokémon Diamond & Jade, Chaos Black, etc. It’s amazing the frequency with which you can find them at pawnshops, Goodwill, flea markets, and such.
They’re generally fun; even if they are unplayable (which they often are), the mistranslations and poor quality make them unintentionally humorous.
I’ve been able to find most of the ones that I’ve played online, but there’s one that I haven’t seen any mention of. I bought it at a flea market about five years ago.
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
Sam Raimi's Noir?
Sam Raimi of Spider-Man and The Evil Dead fame and Rob Tapert (Xena: Warrior Princess, Legend of the Seeker) have been announced as being attached the live action adaptation of the anime cult classic Noir the 2001 action series that practically defined "Girls-With-Guns." I guess it is no surprise a series like Noir would get considered for a live action TV Series and really this could work....COULD WORK.
- French/European Setting
- A Japanese or otherwise Asian girl playing Kirika (Whether she's English, French, America, all Japanese Chinese whatever)
- License Kajiura's music or otherwise rearrange/cover them.
- Keep the girl on girl love themes? I will say tread lightly on this. There is such a thing as too much and too much pandering to the base can hurt the quality rather than help it. In other words don't turn it into an episode of MANswers.
Tuesday, April 12, 2011
From Master Chief to Cortana
Halo Legends is an 100 minute collection of short anime stories from the Halo game universe and franchise. The already massive multimedia franchise spans four major games and several novels! Naturally only a matter of time before Anime gets it's turn. Comprised of eight self contained episodes all created by different studios from around Japan the package has a little something for everyone. Hardcore fans may not care for some the liberties taken, while non Halo game fans and players may enjoy it. Similar to The Animatrix which told small stories of The Matrix trilogy and Batman Gotham Knight which told stories from Batman between Batman Begins and The Dark Knight, Halo Legends each has their own canonical interpretation on an expansive storyline.
The EpisodesHalo Legends contains eight short episodes packaged on one DVD and Blu-Ray Disc each with their own short story to tell. The stories take place at various times and places in the Halo universe.
Plot: Created by the lesser known and many times disliked Bee Train (Noir, Batman Gotham Knight: Field Test) this story focuses on the tragedies involving the SPARTAN-II recruitment in 2517, and the SPARTANs coming to terms with their origins. After SPARTAN Daisy-023 and a group of fellow Spartans escape they find themselves confronting ghosts of their past.
Saturday, April 9, 2011
Hyouge Mono is one of the few comedy series from the studio famous for it's gunslinging girls, it's take on the .hack// franchise and it's long forgotten series of the late 90s. If anything you could liken this to the opposite of their adaptation of the popular manga Blade of the Immortal. Blade being very serious and violent, this being comical and only slightly violent. If you are the one who likes quirky Seinen then you might actually like this, however general and casual anime fans would best avoid Hyouge Mono, as the series is downright silly and not in a very good way. Visually this is a pretty series to look at and so far that is about its strongest attribute compared to the very sloppy job of Blade of the Immortal. In my case being Bee Train fanatic that is the only reason I took a look at this series though my hopes are not high for this series to be all that interesting. This already following the trails of another bomb Psychic Detective Yakumo this isn't another high point from the already misunderstood and overly bashed studio.
If you want to see what the studio is really made of or if you are a general action lover, I recommend the six-part OVA Murder Princess (which most of my fellow Bee Train fans do not seem to like as much as I do).
Tradition in anime tends to make hotsprings or beach episodes full of fanservice with busty girls and plenty of nudity. If that is your fancy then this series is not for you as so far it appears to be avoiding those ever common tropes. The series focuses more on a drama/slice-of-life esque storyline of Ohana adjusting to her new surroundings, having to realize not everything will live to her dream, fantasy, fairytale life. Having to put up with her irresponsible single mother who has fled with her boyfriend (Parental Abandonment yaaaay!) to avoid creditors and a cold unfeeling grandmother who disowned her child long ago and her work mates, Ohana will have her work cut out for her. Hanasaku Iroha is actually shaping up to be quality work and what might be the best series this season. P.A. Works has been around for ten years but only has a small handful of productions and everyone excels in quality.
What to Know Before you Donate
Little explanation is needed for the devastation caused by the 2011 Japan Earthquake and Tsunami. Even for a modern country like Japan, the results have been crippling and downright terrible to hear. Recovery is a long rough road ahead and help is still needed. However much or little you give can help someone in need, someone displaced by this disaster. It's not too late to donate to charity at all. As anime fans I think we can all feel the same way about it, no doubt.
Before you donate check the charity in question. Organizations such as the Red Cross are noble to donate but you might not see your money go where you want it too. Simply put The American Red Cross nor the United States State Department have been requested for help. If you want to better assure your contribution will go where it needs to go, Charity Navigator can help you navigate which charity is likely going to give you the most for your money. Still if you want to donate to the Red Cross feel free.