Saturday, August 31, 2013

Naruto: Road to Ninja

To love Naruto is to know frustration and disappointment.

I will always have a soft spot for this manga. It was my gateway into the manga world, prior to that I only watched anime like Pokemon (up to Johto League),Digimon, etc, etc. Naruto was what got me started on manga and paved the way for a lot of awesome stories I read, ranging from One Piece to Fullmetal Alchemist to Shin Angyo Onshi and various other manga's and a few manhwa's.Plus a wonderful group of online friends who have taught me so much.

Friday, August 30, 2013

Fullmetal Alchemist Anime Fabric Wall Scroll Poster (16X 23 ) Inches

* Decorate your walls with this brand new sturdy Wall Scroll

* High Quality & Durable fabric (much better than a regular poster)

* Easy to Hang (comes with 2 hanging hooks) and makes a great gift too

Top Ten What Ifs

Every person thought about what ifs during our entire lives. What if I made the second choice? What if I didn't sign the contract? What if I moved to another city? What if I choose another college? What if I changed my mind? What if . . . ?

We can't change the past. We think about what if we did the alternative. How does our life change? How is our life different? Is it better or worse? My life is different if I took a different path or made a wiser choice for better or for worse.

Manga Publishers and the Publishing Conundrum

This is a guest post by Justin of .

So I decided it was time to clear the air of a few . Now, I should probably point out that I would welcome a number of manga to be published in the US, because there are stories out there I'd love to have in print and stories I may not know about but would love to read out in Japan, and they're just dying to be on my shelf. Unfortunately, there's a lot of things I wish could happen, but they can't happen because of business and cultural differences. So let me go take apart Tierra's article and clarify some things.

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Anime Fullmetal Alchemist-Brotherhood

Anime, Japanese cartoons and Manga, Japanese comics, have been very popular in my household for many years. I was introduced to both media from my daughter but I never explored them till now. Through the years, anime has been talked about whenever my grown children are together, even my grandson has his favorites. Cruising Netflix for something different to watch, I started watching Fullmetal Alchemist-Brotherhood. What's amazing about this manga/anime is that is was written and illustrated by a woman, Hiromu Arakawa.

Fullmetal Alchemist is about two brothers, Edward and Alphonse Elric and they can wield alchemy.Alchemy is using the earth's crust energy to metaphysically change matter or called Transmutation. The main creed goes that you can't make something from nothing, it's an even exchange and you can't bring anything back from the dead. These two boys try to use alchemist circle to bring back their deceased mother and in the process, one lost his body and the other lost an arm and a leg. Ed, uses alchemy to put his brother's soul into a suit of armor and Ed got automail prosthetic limbs.They then meet Izumi Curtis, who becomes their sensai, teacher in alchemy and in martial arts.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

It's just like meth

but I recommend trying it at least once.

Well I'm in over my head again. Anime and kpop is a slippery slope for me. I used to watch Miyazaki, Naruto, Death Note, Gurren Lagann, and others. I listened to all the K and J pop I could get my hands on, but I took a break. I watched the first episodes of Darker than Black, Trigun, and Cowboy Bebop and just didn't get my usual high. I've spent over a year without indulging in any Asian pop cultures. Then I spent an hour in Barnes n Nobel and read the first Manga of Tiger and Bunny and was in again. The next day I watched all of FLCL in one go. I have Trigun and Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood queued up next. I've been listening to SNSD, 4NE1, and T-ARA all day. There is something uniquely special about other cultures. I know some people love French cooking and film or Indian dress and religion. For me it's always been South Korea and Japan. There is a certain je ne sais quoi (which literally means "I don't know what") to Anime that makes it worth checking into. Americans unfamiliar with it often mistakenly think of it as a genre. Anime can be as dark or tweeny or romantic or action-packed as any live action movie in America. It's a medium we think of as being for children, but there is plenty of R and X rated Anime out there. Brutal torture, intense romance, and sinking ennui are all themes I've seen that would be too mature for children. Many series also follow a short manga(comic book) version that came first and can be as short as six 20 minute episodes. I recommend looking into it depending on your taste. I'll list some here.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Anime First Impressions: Silver Spoon

I've been watching a lot of bad anime lately, for some weird masochistic reason. I tried starting a few series, but didn't really get into them. Then I found out about an anime airing this season called Silver Spoon. "Oh," I said to myself, "It's all about agriculture." As a farm boy, that interested me. It was a familiar concept, yet it'd be a bit unique since it was about agriculture in Japan, rather than America. Then I found out it was written by the same woman who wrote Fullmetal Alchemist (Hiromu Arakiwa), and my expectations for it shot through the roof. So far, they haven't really disappointed.

In terms of genre, Silver Spoon is about as far from Fullmetal Alchemist as possible. It's a slice-of-life story about Yugo Hachiken, a guy who, in an attempt to get away from his parents (the exact reasons are unclear at the point I'm at), attends a school far away from his home. This school happens to have an agricultural focus, meaning that this is basically a fish-out-of-water tale about a city slicker among country bumpkins. This gives Arikawa, a farm girl herself, the ability to go into detail about how exactly farms work.

worries on the brain

A brief overview of things that have been knocking around my brain:

- The increasing fear that it's just not possible to do everything I want to do and be good at it all. I don't have enough time or drive or energy (one or all, have not yet determined exact cause of unsuccess). Plus I want to have a "life". I want to have time to take trips or relax without feeling guilty about not making things. You can't make anything if you have no life experience... right? Or is that just another aphorism spun up by THE MAN so we'll buy plane tickets and splurge on vacations and theme park tickets and dig ourselves deeper into consumption?!?!?

Monday, August 26, 2013

Why I Placed All Writing Projects on Hiatus for Three Months

...I am not offering comments on my blatant breaking of a promise made previously. Moving on then:

All right, maybe one comment: Guild Wars is the most addicting game I have ever played in my life. Basically, you can boil that comment down to "I spent the last three months raising one character to level 80, another to level 21, and getting map completion with the first. And also there's a new event chain happening and I like achievement points."

Fairy Tail

Fairy Tail that became a top anime with its proactive scenes and magical storyline. Not all wizards fights with wands and spells. The story is about a guild name Fairy Tail and their members partaking on various missions.


Saturday, August 24, 2013

The Unlucky, The Stupid and The Saints

Not to whine or anything, but bloody hell am I in a row of misfortune at the moment. I do hope this ends soon, for I keep hitting this wall, called "u-hu, and what's next?", which just turns me into one hardcore pessimist. Tho I do believe, that life's like zebra - there's black and white lines. If you're in a black now - wait for the white to come. If you're in a white one - enjoy it and hope it's the fattest white line in the history of mankind. And if it ends - just know it'll come again.

So, as reading went badly this month for me, I'll tell you what I've been watching instead. And I guess I might have watched more than this here, but these three were the most varied of all. Say, lets begin with the crazy one, Arabian Nights one: "DEVDAS".

Matsuricon Welcomes the Flame Alchemist, Travis Willingham

Columbus, OH (July 19th, 2013): Matsuricon is proud to announce that the Flame Alchemist himself, Travis Willingham, is coming to Matsuricon!

Travis Willingham is known for his many popular roles in anime, video games, and original animation projects. You can now hear Travis as Thor in

Dark Horse Gets EC Comics Library Beginning with 'Tales from the Crypt'

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Animation Talk: Anime Recommendation 3

Yes, another list of anime that I can recommend for some reason or another. Not all of these might suit your tastes, but in my description I will give my reasons why you should watch these and if those aren't enough for you, then it might not be for you (although it doesn't hurt to check out the first episode at least).

1. Beelzebub (60 episodes)

Selling Anime/Manga Stuff

Cowboy Bebop, Mirage of Blaze, Spiral: The Bonds of Reasoning, Fullmetal Alchemist, a Nintendo DS Lite (with case), some BL manga, and a figure.

Its that time of the year again - time to clear out my room a bit. Having previously had success with selling direct to folks through my blog, I've opted to do so again. I literally have no shelf space at the moment, and I could also use the extra money since I've unexpectedly found myself jobless.

Fun Stuff: My Top Ten Favorite Anime Ladies

I may be all about the bishies, but I've definitely got a lot of love for some of the leading ladies of anime, too! As someone who likes to take the feminist perspective when digesting literature, film, etc, the subject of the role women play in anime is of particular interest to me. Several anime titles (especially those geared towards young men) tend to disappoint me with women whose characters are entirely dependent on fanservice and their physical appearance or otherwise dependency on the male lead(s) without any other driving purpose given, but several shows have developed fantastic heroines who have brains, guts, and emotional depths to go along with their looks.

Here are my top ten anime lady crushes and the reasons why I love them:

10. Kaname Chidori (Full Metal Panic)

Robot Apocalypse

Friends are the best, am I right? Always looking out for you, there for you when you need them. You can count on your real friends to tell you when your pants make you look fat or your fly's undone.

My friends say things like "I was at the store the other day, and I saw this shirt, and I just knew it was perfect for you," or "I heard this song and I thought you'd love it!" Things like "I wanted to tell you about this place you'd enjoy," and "Did you like that article I sent you about giant squids?" and "I found a video that can help you with that guitar chord you were telling me about."

Otakon 2013 Photoblog


It's slightly ironic that I go to an anime convention this year, as I haven't really been watching anime at all over the last few months.


Today is the day of tsunderes. I'm sure there are many more awesome tsundere seiyuus, but today I'll be talking about the queen herself. Oh yeah, the male seiyuus today are rather seasoned veterans, so if you're a long time fan of anime and games (I really mean long time here), you'll know them for sure.

Marina Inoue

Genshiken Second Season Episode 6: Yoshitake Siblings and Other Stuff

First, here are the equivalent chapters from the manga if you want to see my thoughts on the narrative itself, as well as some image analysis:

When the cast list for Nidaime first came out, I found the abscene of Risa/Rihito rather conspicuous. Despite my worries that they would skip over her appearance in the anime in order to get to some of the big events later in the series, Risa did show up after all. Interestingly, this appears to her voice actor's first anime work. If you look at , she seems to only have experience in narration and at her school's drama club. I'm actually kind of impressed because I kept thinking she was another more established voice actor, like Park Romi.

Is Warner Bros. Planning an Aquaman Feature?

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An Intro to Occult-driven Television and Anime

Can you tolerate the many quirks, stereotypes, conceits, and, let's be frank, the sexualization of young women in Asian animated series? If so then you may be amply rewarded by their matter-of-fact supernaturalism. The occult is EVERYWHERE in these series. It's a well-worn trope that stands nearly as tall as the monsters in Kaiju films (like Godzilla). If you want secret knowledge, forbidden spiritual powers, mystical or mythical creatures, then TV has definitely got you covered. How it all fits together? Well, I'll continue to explore that in the future here, but for now I just want to direct readers to a few worthwhile islands in this vast media ocean.

I should also note that I'm no expert on Japanese religions. I do appreciate Japan's cultural products- was the first television series that totally blew me away when I found it. As an scholar of American religion and religious theory, I'm always approaching this material for how it might be used to illustrate the way religion works. The differences between Japanese and Western products help me see how differently we treat the supernatural in our pop culture.

Apologizes + College Tips + WMW

Aloha everyone! I want to start with an apology. I'm sorry that I haven't kept up with the College Tips and just blogging on a regular basis. There are a few reasons for this. The first reason is that I'm currently in the process of moving from Hawai'i to Washington.

The second reason is that I'm also doing a collar blog with a long time friend of mines. You can check it out here:It's a bi-daily blog that revolves around photos and a few series of questions. We started this after being inspired by , which is simply AMAZING and I recommend everyone to give it a look. With that blog I've been losing track of my days and next thing you know I have to work the next day! It's been a hectic ride but I promise I won't slack off! So to compromise here is a FEW college tips and today's WMW!

Friday, August 23, 2013

Still warm

In another life, I may have been a vegetarian, but in this day and age of supermarkets and their aisles of prepared meat, it's hard to imagine something as generic as a chicken breast once belonging to a living animal. Don't get me wrong, I'm well aware that it does, but having been divorced from the source of my food for the whole of my lifetime, eating meat is something that I do because I'm hungry and it's food. There's no moral quandary for me because, for the most part, I never think to question where any of it came from. If it tastes alright, I'm fine with it.

At the same time, I'm an animal lover. I have a cat (bad-boy Boris) and a dog (wimpy Splash) and to see them in pain is akin to injuring myself. It's not just pets either, because if I can avoid stepping on something as tiny as an ant, I will.

The Anime Music Tournament 2013 Bracket Ein

Here we go again with the fifth round of polls with the Ein bracket. Both polls are open this time around, so hoping for some good votes here.


My TOP 10 Anime

My TOP 10 Anime - Male characters ~

Hiya there! Its been awhile since i posted anything, i have been alittle bit lazy.. Sorry, sorry! But, i decited to make this list for you readers, so enjoy! (:

Cinder (book) by Marissa Meyer

Cinder is a science fiction retelling of the Cinderella story. I got it via interlibrary loan.


Weekly Ramblings 6

Wow, this week's been pretty busy! We broke our record for most visitors in one day twice! Thanks again to all you folks reading, commenting and sharing! That's enough exclamation points for one post, so it's time to move on. This time i'm gonna share a little bit about how I watch anime, my love/hate relationship with Mojang's super-game Minecraft and how I feel about Happy Endings in GSNs (games, series or novels).

As I alluded to , i'm a bit of a lightweight when it comes to anime. It's probably been about 4 years since my imagination was captured by the stories that just couldn't be portrayed well with live action, though I can't say i've caught up much. I see a lot of blogs with single episode reviews that I can't read because i'm not watching the series, and to be honest I don't think i'll ever read them or at least not until I finally manage to catch up with the amazing series that have already been released. Anime like Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood, Angel Beats! (review pending), Fate/Zero and well, the list goes on, but they're series that shouldn't be missed, so i'm going to take my time going through them all before I get to the new releases.

So it begins

Another subject another blog. why is the university of wollongong suddenly so obsessed with blogging and social media? at least the BCM and DIGC subjects are. Maybe i should introduce myself. i am Kate and i am studying BCM and majoring in digital communication. In my spare time i like playing video games (such as Assassins creed, pokemon, final fantasy and fire emblem awakening to name a few). i am a fan of shows such as Doctor who, Avatar: the last airbender, the legend of Korra, fullmetal alchemist brotherhood. i like my Sci-fi and Fantasy. feel free to check out my . i enjoy interacting with the fandoms on Tumblr (or rather watching). i enjoy the sense of community that comes from belonging to a paticular fandom and also cat pictures. cats are cute. for the research project i would like to focus on video games or teleision fandom. at this point i am unsure. i still have to find some likeminded group members.
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