An Update on Sailormoon Reboot~

c6b33139e32a0a83cf9d33bf9035f4b9While many are stammering to learn more information on the series, there still isn’t much news on the actual release date yet other than just the Summer of 2013. Toei Animation’s webpage also doesn’t have any updates on exactly when this summer it will air in Japan. The news about a global release doesn’t pertain to a world wide summer release of the series, but rather a world wide release of the series once it finishes in Japan.

Actually, there hasn’t been much news since the actual announcement. Many fan girls have made clarifications on topics that were made about the original announcement. One such was that Momoiro Z will be singing the theme to the new series, the song that was sung will most likely not be the theme for the new Sailormoon. That was merely just the band’s latest hit, and it was purely for the promotion of the band/song.  Another misconception was that Ikuhara Kunihiko will be directing it. While he directed the original Sailormoon, no official announcement has been made that he’ll be directing the new series. The only news is that Toei Animation will be producing it, and will most likely want a fresh take on the new series and that means a new director.

The only ‘news’ that there has been about the upcoming reboot actually comes from Toonami while at the MomoCon anime convention in Atlanta, GA, USA. While they haven’t said a definite yes or no, they are considering airing the new 2013 Sailormoon. This would be a no brainer for them, in my opinion. While they have mostly action anime for their programming it would make sense to diversify their shows and reach out to a different audience. Bring in more and possibly new viewers to their anime block on Saturdays.

Well, I was hoping to find a release date, but I had no such luck. I am excited about the possibility that Toonami will be airing the show, though. I’ll keep everyone updated when I find more news~

 

Sources:

http://doinkies.tumblr.com/post/26672230216/correcting-a-couple-misconceptions-about-the-upcoming

http://sailormoonnews.com/category/sailor-moon-2013/

 

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Series Review: Ai Yori Aoshi +(Enishi)

While this is an older series, I couldn’t help but watch it anyway. Ai Yori Aoshi, or True Blue Love when translated into English, is about Aoi Sakuraba, a traditionally raised Japanese girl who goes off in search of her betrothed. She happens to cross paths with a kind stranger while on her search who coincidentally is Kaoru Hanabishi, the man to whom she was suppose to marry. While it was an arranged marriage from when they were children, Aoi was still in love with Kaoru. Kaoru also begins to find himself remembering the past, and their flame was rekindled.

tina-foster1While that was just the first episode, the rest of the series follows the relationship and it’s growth, but it wouldn’t be very interesting if there wasn’t any drama. They introduce a gaggle of new characters throughout the series, and it soon becomes the stereotypical anime where there is a bunch of crazy girls trying to get with this one geeky college kid. Also in stereotypical anime fashion, there is fan service. Lots and lots of fan service. So much so, that there is at least one panty shot, girl in cosplay, or erotic boob shot every ten minutes or so. That’s at least twice an episode.

The series is on the shorter side, being that there are only two seasons 24 episodes each. It doesn’t surprise me, though. It had deep character story lines for everyone, even the side characters, and the potential to become something truly interesting and memorable. It really did, but the series just fell flat. It was mostly fan service and girls trying to snatch up Kaoru every chance they got, and the deep character issues, such as Kaoru’s issues with his family, what would happen with the Sakuraba group if Aoi stayed with Kaoru, and the hardships of Kaoru gaining acceptance of Aoi’s family (Especially her father), went unresolved and unexplored. I was really disappointed. I was also disappointed that season two started some years later, and that it felt like we missed out on a large portion of the story line. They could at least had given us a brief recap of what had happened  in that time.

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I also had a problem with the animation. While I know that this is an older series and that anime of the mid 200o’s weren’t the greatest, but I was urked that they used the same sequences over and over throughout the series. Whenever explaining Kaoru’s past, for example, they use the same sequence over and over of his grandfather. There was no attempt at giving his shocking past a new look for the viewers who already know what had happened to him. That’s just laziness on the animator’s part.

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And while I’m ranting, there was one other thing that bothered me, and that was Aoi. As the heroine of the story, she doesn’t have any outstanding qualities other than being the perfect traditional Japanese housewife. She’s quiet, cries a lot, and, this may just be me, a bit of a closet perv. She cries literally every episode over the tiniest of things. Once I think she started crying because Kaoru kissed her and said he loved her, which wasn’t anything new at that point. Continuing on with the closest perv thing. I really think she is. Who honestly offers to wash the back of the guy she hasn’t seen in over 18 years? Who in there right mind thinks it’s okay to snuggle naked together after only one night of your reunion? I certainly wouldn’t. That’s crazy. She didn’t know if he was romantically involved with someone or if he was even interested in her. Hell at that point, Kaoru could have been some kind of psychopath and could have  ‘took advantage’ of her and she wouldn’t have even known until it was too late. To top it all off, after one whole season she still couldn’t announce to the crazy ladies that live with them that she even loves Kaoru, despite the fact that she openly considers him to be her fiance.  Long story short, I’m not a fan of Aoi. She’s kind of an emotional idiot.

I’m not going to lie, the series as a whole was disappointing. I only watched the entire thing because I own and read the manga (Which was a lot better, by the way. A definite read for those who like a good romantic comedy). If you don’t have anything better to watch on your Hulu+ or whatever, then maybe, but it’s nothing memorable.

30 Day Anime Challenge Season 1 Episode 25: Best Anime Villian

death note yagami light 1920x1200 wallpaper_www.wallpaperfo.com_29Light Yagami from Death Note is, in my opinion, the best anime villain. He’s an honor student of a police chief who is himself going to school in law, and the last person someone would suspect to be murdering hundreds of people, innocent or not. He also doesn’t look the part. I know in most anime, this doesn’t mean much, but, given his good looks and charm, it’s hard to imagine him being “Kira”.

Aside from all of that, Light is also the best villain because how cunning, clever, methodical, manipulative, and down right brutal he can be. It’s crazy how well thought out and detailed some of the murders in his Death Note are, and how  he uses all the people around him to further himself towards his obscene sense of justice and world domination. Light Yagami as “Kira” was truly a force to be reckoned with, and is the best anime villain.

30 Day Anime Challenge Season 1 Episode 24: Favorite Anime Hero or Heroine

Oh my. Just oh my. I don’t think I can choose. This one is just as hard, if not harder, than trying to figure out who exactly my anime crush was. Well, I’ll just say my candidates, and leave it at that.

  • Vash the Stampede from Trigun
  • Naruto from Naruto (Shippuden)
  • Edward Elric from Full Metal Alchemist (:Brotherhood)
  • Usagi from Sailormoon

Let’s Get Drunk~

Well, St. Patty’s day is coming up, and for all my friends here who will be partying it up on Sunday (or all weekend. Whatever) I want you to be safe. Be sure to have a DD, don’t pass out in an unknown area, don’t go off with some stranger, and just try not dying of alcohol poisoning. For those of you who are as nerdy as I am, and don’t want to go out and pay those big bar prices for drinks I found a website that might tickle your fancy.

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Click here to visit the site.

thedrunkenmoogle.com is a website with all kinds of video game and nerdy type drinks and drinking games. The site is easy to navigate, and they have drinks from games like the Sims to Pokemon to Call of Duty to Final Fantasy. They are all very specific on the ingredients and portions, so it’s hard to mess things up… Well, unless you’re already intoxicated.

The drinking games are all very fun as well. Ranging from simple for those unfamiliar to drinking and gaming to the “Holy Crap” for those ‘elite’ drinkers.

For my alcoholic nerds, this site is at least worth a visit when planning your next big party or if you’re just wanting to try something new.

30 Day Anime Challenge Season 1 Episode 23: Anime I Thought Had the Best, or Most Interesting Art

Since I missed posting yesterday, I missed out on posting “episode 22: Favorite Animal, Sidekick, Pet, or Summoning from Any Anime”. Oh well. Today, though, I would have to say the most interesting and fantastic art would go the anime movie, Tekkonkinkreet. The video features a few clips from the movie. I’ll let the work speak for itself.

30 Day Anime Challenge Season 1 Episode 21: Favorite Goofy Character from Any Anime

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“LOVE AND PEACE!”

Now while my favorite goofy character is not always goofy, he does quite a lot of silly things when going about his daily shenanigans! Vash The Stampede from Trigun is absolutely hilarious. With memorable moments of when he introduces himself to Wolfwood as “I am Valentinez Alkalinelia Xifax Sicidabohertz Gumbigobillo Blue Stradivari Talentrent Pierre Andri Charton-Haymoss Ivanovicci Baldeus George Doitzel Kaiser” or when he strolls through a town screaming, “My name is VASH THE STAMPEDE!! Forgive the lack of warning, but it’s time for my daily massacre! If you do not believe I am the real thing, take a good look at me and start freaking out!!” in an attempt to evacuate the town before the bad guys got there. He’s misunderstood and nothing short incredible, and he’s hilarious. The series is an oldie, but a goodie and so is Vash!

30 Day Anime Challenge Season 1 Episode 20: Favorite Anime of Characters Attending High School

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While there are a plethora of different animes about kids going to high school, my favorite would have to be Clannad. This show was so touching. I’ve never cried more while watching an anime than I did during this show and then Clannad: The After Story. I just can’t say how much that I really enjoyed this series. The characters were deep, the plot line tragic yet fulfilling to the viewer, and the animation was beautiful. I couldn’t recommend this series more.