Archive for March, 2010

Kekkaishi to air on Adult Swim

Posted in anime with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on March 30, 2010 by Pirate

Starting in May, Adult Swim will start airing the fantasy anime Kekkaishi on Saturday nights.

Kekkaishi, based on the Shonen Sunday manga by Yellow Tanabe, Kekkaishi follows the adventures of two young demon hunters as they fight monsters, protect their school, and other such things. The anime is animated by Sunrise.

This is the second anime AS has aquired this year, the first being Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood. Kekkaishi, both the anime and manga, are licenesed by Viz Media.

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Viz Media opens VizAnime website

Posted in anime with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 22, 2010 by Pirate

If you go to Vizanime.com, you can watch free subbed episodes of many Viz Media anime like Naruto and Bleach.

Viz Media opened the site a few months back, and are now showcasing subbed streams of many of their anime, including:

Bleach (TV-14-VL)

Buso Renkin (TV-14-V)

Death Note (TV-14)

Hikaru no Go (TV-G)

Honey and Clover (TV-14-D)

Inuyasha (TV-14-VL)

Inuyasha: Final Act (TV-14-VL)

NANA (TV-MA)

Naruto (TV-14-VLD)

Naruto Shippuden (TV-14-VL)

The Prince of Tennis (TV-G)

Kekkaishi (TV-PG-V)

If you liked these show, than VizAnime is the place to go.

Coraline: You will never look at buttons the same way again.

Posted in Movies and Films with tags , , , , , , , on March 22, 2010 by Pirate

After reading the kids horror book by Neil Gaiman, I was pretty happy to hear that an animated film was in the works. As soon as I could, I saw the film, keeping my expectations at medium. After seeing it, I wasn’t totally sure how to describe it. Weird, I guess.

In the film, a young girl named Coraline, after moving to a boring, dull town, finds a weird door in her house that leads to a mirror dimension that looks exactly like hers, only more exciting and fun. Thing is, her “Other” parents, which is what the parents in the other dimension are called, want her to stay with them forever.

The film is animated using stop-animation with puppets, adding to a haunting look, and rest assured, not as ugly as Wallace and Grommit.

The film is a surprsing breath of fresh air from most crude kid films nowadays. The script isn’t silly, the voice acting is actually good, and its not kiddish and doesn’t dumb it down for the audience. Coraline herself can be a brat, but not hard to root for.

She has buttns for eyes? Really.

Henry Selick makes a dazzling world where the beautiful can become ugly and grim in an instant. The other mom makes such a startling transformation that makes you wonder if she really ever looked normal.

Dakota Fanning and Terri Hatcher are both very good here, and the film never feels too long.

A normal family breakfast.

This is one kids film that adults can enjoy too without feeling guilty or silly. So enjoy it guilt free, and refrain from thinking about buttons that night.

Anime I like: Naruto

Posted in anime with tags , , , , , , , , on March 19, 2010 by Pirate

Well, I might as well say now, Naruto may just be my favorite anime ever! A cool combo of ninjas, action, fantasy, and even comedy is what helps make this anime special. Even the musical score is great, and I never really care about music, but I just couldn’t help noticing.

All rarin to go!

The anime, based on the manga series by Masashi Kishimoto, follows the adventures of a young ninja named Naruto, who is shunned and teased by his peers because inside of him is an evil fox demon that once destroyed the village. Eager to prove himself, Naruto strives to become the greatest ninja ever, and become hokage of his village.

This series starts out simple, but like all good Shonen Jump anime, it becomes very complex later. The author really knows what he’s doing, as the plots never really stumbles on itself. The animation is the standard Shonen animation, which means its pretty good, with fast movement, and nice enviormental eye-candy. The character designs are original, and most people won’t look alike.

"I'm gonna be hokage one day! Believe it!"

Viz Media did a good job with the dub, and most of the VA’s really do their job. Naruto’s VA starts out kinda rocky, but by the end of arc one, has nailed Naruto, espeacilly with those emotional scenes. The fight scenes are vibrant and exciting, with most of them not getting old and boring.

"Hey, what?"

This is a long series though, so you’ll need to have alot of time on your hands to watch it. But its worth it, trust me. Believe it!

Dragonball Evolution: Homage or Parody?

Posted in Movies and Films with tags , , , , , , on March 19, 2010 by Pirate

I watched Dragonball: Evolution today, and I wasn’t dissapointed. You see, I already knew it’d be bad and boring. This is nothing like the manga or anime!

Compare this...

The actors, for the most part, looked nothing like the manga characters, the “Mafuba” is taken way too seriously, Piccolo is, well, differnt, and who is that lady supposed to be? Goku is teased and goes to school, and Chi-Chi is a brawler!

To this. See the difference?

As for the actual movie, it just wasn’t that good. I’d take the manga or anime any day! The film’s plot is too rushed, the special effects were very weak. A blockbuster this isn’t. The romance felt contrived, and the acting wasn’t anything special, and a certain wide plot-hole at the end felt very annoying.

So true, so true.

This film did to Dragonball what that awful Mario film did to the Mario games. Avoid this film, and watch the animated ones instead.

Spiral manga

Posted in 1, manga with tags , , , , , , , , , on March 19, 2010 by Pirate

A few days ago, I read the first two volumes of a mystery manga called Spiral: The Bonds of Reasoning. I mainly read it because its illustrated by the artist who drew the manga series Records of a Fallen Vampire, which I like.

The manga is about a high schooler whose older brother goes missing while trying to find out about “The Blade Children”. Years later, the protagonist is still hoping for his brother to return. One day, a murder occurs at his school, and the Blade Children may be related!

The manga will bore anyone who wants fast paced action as opposed to mysteries where the main character actually thinks. This might be one of Yen Press’s best manga series, and if you like other detective manga like Case Closed or Zodiac P.I., then this will be your cup of tea.

I’ll definitely check out volume 3 soon enough.

Reboots are in the air

Posted in 1, Movies and Films with tags , , , , , , , , , on March 18, 2010 by Pirate

As some of you may know, Hollywood seems to be in the habit of bringing back old things for profit. Already, a Spider-Man, Fantastic Four, Daredevil, Batman, Superman, and even Jaws are getting remakes. Some of these, like Fantastic Four, really do need a reboot, but Why Spider-Man? Thos three films were awesome! Worse, the reboot will be about Ultimate Spider-Man, which is basiclly an alternate re-telling. It was awful.

The future of Spider-Man cinema?

As for ol’ Supes, DC got lazy and probably canned Superman Returns 2, instead opting for a remake. Again. Sigh.

But the strangest is a planned Wizard of Oz remake. You see, after Alice in Wonderland did well in 3-D, and with Harry Potter coming to a close soon, WB needs some new fantasy films other than Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief. So, they are planning a Oz remake. IS NOTHING SACRED ANYMORE?!?

This is Hollywood's fault.

Yeah. Just great. Still, it could be fun seeing it in 3-D. However, the reboots need to stop.