Monday, August 31, 2009

Naruto Shippuden Release Date!

I was looking around the web, and I found out that Naruto Shippuden is being released on DVD on September 29th! Hurry and go buy it! I know I haven't reviewed it, but it just has to be awesome. See it for yourselves.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

I am Kira! a Death Note Relight review

Thinking about watching Death note: Relight anytime soon?

Don't bother.

Death Note: Relight is another telling of that DN story. We all know how it goes. Boy meets Shinigami, boy uses a death note to kill numerous people and become a god...yeah. We get it. We have watched the anime, read the books, and seen the first two movies. You don't need another DVD, guys, seriously.

DN: Relight is basically Ryuk (the Shinigami) telling about everything Light did. You get to watch the entire series all over again. It could have been fun.

Pros: Like I said, you can watch the entire DN series all over again. Occasionally the way a scene was viewed is changed. Some people might enjoy that. Also, a few of the random things various characters did was changed. You can see what Ryuk has been up to since the end of Death Note, in the Shinigami Realm.

Cons: They changed a bunch of things, skipped some parts, and cut the ending. Yes, you read that right. They snipped part of the ending, and actually made it seem like the opposite of what actually happened. Apparently, there's a second DVD coming out October 27, 2009 that will tell what happened next. They didn't really show Light's change, how he had good intentions and slowly became corrupted. He actually comes off as insane before he actually was.

My opinion? Don't watch if you haven't seen the original DN. Go watch the full version. If you have seen it all before...maybe you'll find it interesting. Who knows?

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

What was it called...finding Japanese songs

Love that song from your favorite anime? Wishing you had the lyrics or an English translation? Worry no more! My favorite site to go to for the lyrics for Japanese songs is Anime Lyrics. While this site gives you the Japanese rĂ´maji lyrics, it call also give you the kanji lyrics and the English translation! A lot of times, they even have Youtube videos for that song. Check it out!

Monday, August 10, 2009

I don't choose you, Pikachu! the Pokemon Tragedy

Thinking about becoming part of the Pokemon franchise?

Well, think again.

Pokemon was an innocent TV show about a boy (Ash) who wanted to become a Pokemon trainer. (Pokemon is directly translated as "pocket monsters.") Basically, he travels around the globe with his two friends, Brock and Misty, fighting different people and entering different tournaments, all in the hope of becoming a Pokemon trainer.

Pros: There aren't really any pros for this series. Sure, it used to be great. It was once just a nice TV show about imaginary creatures, one that you could watch and be entertained with for a while. But now...
One pro would be that, since there are so many episodes, chances are you'll find your name in one.

Cons: This series should have ended a while again. Now, there are thousands of episodes. If you haven't been watching from the beginning, it's virtually impossible to catch up. Plus, Misty (one of the original main characters) has completely disappeared. Pikachu has never evolved. He never will. I don't think Ash has become a Pokemon trainer. If he hasn't by now, he won't. Now, this series seems like an awful scheme to get money. There are tons of Pokemon merchandise. Also, there is no depth to the series. Though Misty had a crush on Ash, that storyline was never explored. Brock never finds a girl. All it is a boy who won't stop running around the planet, obsessing over Pokemon.

Overview: Don't watch it. Sure, if you want to see the first few seasons, that's great. If you ever come to a part of the series that seems like the end, don't continue. It's just not worth it. The series goes around in circles. Like they say, all good things must come to an end. For Pokemon, the end couldn't come fast enough.

(Photo courtesy of photobucket.)

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

What'd you call me? a post on learning Japanese

There are many sites nowadays where you can learn Japanese quite painlessly. There are even some where you can play games to learn how to read kana and kanji! Here are a few of them:

Learn Hiragana and Katakana
This site contains more than kana games. It also has kanji games and a japanese test, with much more!

Japanese Pod 101
This site has culture classes and many free lessons on various levels. Go to this site to find another hiragana game!

Hiragana Game
This has a helpful hiragana game!

Oh I wish… an Xxxholic review (the anime)

Watanuki Kimihiro (Japanese name order) is extremely unfortunate.
His parents died when he was a young kid, so he had to be raised by his landlord. His crush- Himawari-chan- seems oblivious to his feelings. He seems fated to always be around his least favorite person, Doumeki. To top it all off, Watanuki sees spirits.
They see him, too.
On a day when a spirit is chasing him, Watanuki desperately starts running. When he does that, he feels drawn to a house at the end of the block. Unfortunately (or fortunately, depending on what happens later), that house is owned by Yuuko Urahara. Otherwise known as the Dimensional Witch.
Yuuko’s house is one that can’t be entered unless someone has a wish. She is a granter of wishes. People come to her for a large variety of supernatural problems. According to her, Watanuki coming is not coincidence. It is not chance. It is only hitsuzen (inevitability).
Yuuko has Watanuki work for her, in her strange shop. Along the way, he meets Maru and Moro, strange little girls who don’t have souls. They only exist to protect the shop. Watanuki also meets Black Mokona, the opposite of the Mokona in Tsubasa. He also caters to Yuuko’s every wish and tags along when she visits with people who need her help.
If you like Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicle, you’ll like this series. The two stories are closely intertwined, along with other CLAMP series. The only downsides here are Yuuko’s taste for alcohol and her desire to wear revealing clothing. Other than that, it is a wonderful series. Unfortunately, it ends rather quickly. It doesn’t answer any of the questions it has brought up. Also, the anime doesn’t connect with the Tsubasa anime as much as the mangas did. If you read the manga, this anime is okay to watch. They don’t present any new storylines that I can remember, but they also don’t ruin the rest of the manga.
Still, it makes for an interesting anime. If you like animes that are thought provoking, you’ll love this one. Enjoy!
Watch here!

(Picture from photobucket and not of my own creation! Xxxholic is a Funimation series, and you can watch it on their site as well.)

Agh, Bugs! a review on Mushi-shi (the anime)

Mushi-shi is an incredible anime. It has all you could want: an interesting story, beautiful art…Of course, if you’ve come here for action, you’ve chosen the wrong anime.
Mushi-shi is an engaging story about mushi. What are mushi? you ask. Mushi are bugs that aren’t really bugs. (No, it doesn’t make sense.) They’re supernatural beings whose existence can upset the balance of the world around them. Most humans can’t see them. Mushi are particularly bad for humans to be around. Strange things happen when these two worlds-of mushi and humans-mix.
So, mushi aren’t bugs. But to save me from explaining something that I still don’t quite understand, we’ll just think of them as bugs.
The mushi-shi in this story (the person who is an expert on these bugs) is a strange man by the name of Ginko. Little is known about him. He doesn’t have a home. He simply travels the world, helping people deal with mushi.
The stories in this series are engaging. You can find strange people (after all, is a series any good without strange people?) and odd circumstances. And if these don’t hook you, you can stare at the breathtaking graphics. Overall, this is a wonderful series. If I had the time to watch another anime all over again, I’d pick this one.
So, come explore the fascinating world of mushi! Watch Mushi-shi.

(Picture from Photobucket and not of my own creation. Mushi-shi is a Funimation series, also not of my creation.)

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