[Robo Panda Z has written an informative piece on some favorite musical pieces, most of which revolve around the excellent Final Fantasy VIII! Check out November's first promoted c-blog and let it inspire you to create a si...
It's no secret that I'm a big fan of Type-Moon and its works. I wrote a giant post about them earlier this year, for goodness' sake! And in said post, I mentioned the ever-dreaded Tsukihime anime adaptation. Or, if you really...
[It's the first promoted post for October! Lifesong offers up the case for Air! Post your own blog about a remake-worthy anime and you could be featured on the front page too!]
Yes, I am going for the lowest hanging fruit I c...
[How about another promoted article for this month's Bloggers Wanted? Marlin Clock is on hand to give us the low down on the best eyepatches available on the market, as well as the lovely ladies they are attached to. Hit the jump for an eyeful, and be sure to tell us your own favourites down there in the comments. Stay tuned for this months Bloggers Wanted topic which will be going up later today, and you too could find your writing on the front page! - Chris]
Ever since I have started this long quest to find truth in the world, only one thing has stayed constant. In my thoughts and in my words the utterance of this very truth has saved me from the pits of despair and the heights of hubris. Whispered in hallowed halls as much as it is trumpeted in raucous pubs is something every red blooded man that lives on the face of the earth can attest to: Eyepatch chicks rule.
How do I have such confidence you ask? Have you ever even contemplated the beauty and majesty having an eyepatch gives to a humble maiden? It can transform her into an unstoppable force of nature whose very essence summons explosions in the brain. She can become a watchdog of death, unafraid of curses. The eyepatch can even turn a grieving girl into a completely adorable moeblob, arresting the thoughts of all like-minded men! There are so many examples I could give to you of the lovely ladies that have partaken in this sacred tradition, but fate dictates I may only enumerate 5 of their names as the apex of this splendid genre. As is customary for such descriptions, intimate details of their life story may be revealed, so be wary if you wish to remain in ignorance. Join me then, if your heart burns aflame for a cloth covered orb as much as mine does, and let us celebrate these splendid damsels henceforth!
[The first promoted article for this month's Bloggers Wanted! SeonArikale gives us the all of the juicy details about his top five mechs, from both anime and video games. Hit the jump to see if your own favourite has made his list, but if they don't, why not write your own blog about it? Check out the guidelines for this months Bloggers Wanted for the chance to show off your own writing on the front page! - Chris]
So, I've been lurking in the corners of the mecha fandom for years, occasionally poking out my head with some small review here or there. But I decided no more! I'm gonna start putting stuff out there for everyone to see, and to start, I'm gonna lay my cards on the table with my five favorite mecha from anime and manga. So! Without further ado let's get this list started!
[What is this? Even promoted blogs are getting the spread treatment? Goodness! Lifesong is back to tell us about an anime you may have been missing, so why not read up a little bit and see if it tickles your fancy! With February now upon us, we'll have another topic going up in the next few hours. Look out for it, and who knows, maybe this will be you in a week or two! - Chris]
Every so often an anime comes along that completely defies expectations. I watch a little bit of everything for this reason. I am always on the lookout for that one show that will slip past if I stop searching. I spend countless hours each new season, testing each show that might be interesting. The longer I do it the more I find that some stuff is just pointless. Perhaps this is an obvious statement but there are some things that I am not going to care about simply because I would never care about the original. 4-Koma adaptations are particularly adept at this.
[How about another promoted article? Rank57 shows us that there is more to The Ambition of Oda Nobuna than just a gender-bending harem! Hit the jump and give it a read to see if he can persuade you to check it out! For the chance to get yourself on the front page, all you have to do it write something in the community blogs. We read all of them! You can also try out the current "Bloggers Wanted" for a better chance! - Chris]
It was my biggest surprise of the year, anime-wise. I was catching up with the recent anime like I always do when the summer season has ended. People were talking non-stop about Sword Art Online, which I found amazing at the beginning, then started to become a clichéd love story. Okay, on to the next one. Binbougami ga was a great comedy, full of parodies. Then I hopped to Tari Tari, which you can read a great review by Derrick Crow right here. Next was the one that I consider the best of the year, and will write about it next; Humanity Has Declined. But the biggest surprise had yet to come.
[Community member The-Excel's got quite a lot to say about fixing up Japanese gaming giant Capcom, and a mind to share his thoughts with everyone. If you've got some awesome insights of your own to share that beg to be shared with all and sundry,write something in your community blog, or participate in our regular "Bloggers Wanted" invitations! The best and brightest ones just might get on the front page! - Josh]
When I read the post on Destructoid about a new game called Rockman Xover, I got a pretty good laugh. I laughed because I totally saw it coming and a lot of people are upset that the all-important silver anniversary of Mega Man is going to be celebrated with what looks to be a trashy cell phone game. I'm usually not one to judge on early appearances, but there's precedent for this one not looking like it's going to be a barn burner, and even the venerable Tony Ponce agrees. I've gone on record multiple times playing devil's advocate for issues like this. This time, I see a solution. Hear me out, because it's not going to be easy.
A lot of commenters on that post and the original source they cited are understandably farty over this announcement, claiming that Mega Man Legends 3 and Mega Man Universe were canned to make room for this and the infamous Mega Man X port on iOS, among other travesties, like they always do when a Mega Man thing is announced that isn't a new game. I think they're wrong, because Capcom made the right call pulling the plug on those projects when their hearts weren't in it. They know that a whole new game is too much for them to handle, so they don't do it. I'd rather have nothing at all if the developers would not have been proud of the result had they continued. For that reason, I tend to side with the developer when a game gets cancelled and I still do in these cases. I know what it's like to abort a project I invested a lot of time and effort into and how much it sucks, so I sympathize with the developer any time they announce a big cancellation. (Update: It's been suggested to me that their hearts actually were in it and it was cancelled because the executives wanted it dead, not the actual coders. If that's true, it doesn't change the points I'm about to make.)
[The first promoted article for the current Bloggers Wanted is here! Rank57 tells us all about Sket Dance, and why it's impossible to quit! I haven't seen the show myself, but doesn't it get you curious to try it out? Remember folks, the month is yet to end, so check out the guidelines for this months "Bloggers Wanted" for the chance to show off your own writing on the front page! - Chris]
It may be too soon, since the anime just ended with episode 77 being aired at the end of the summer season, but I am already watching it again from the beginning, and will watch it again and again in the future. If Sket Dance is not my most favorite anime of all time, it's close to that, and let me explain to you why.
[Here now is the next entry in community member Sideshow's awesome series of C-blogs about Journey To The West. In case you haven't been following it (for shame!) here's the first and second parts. And don't forget, if you've got some awesome insights that beg to be shared with all and sundry,write something in your community blog, or participating in our regular "Bloggers Wanted" invitations! The best (or craziest) ones just might get on the front page! - Josh]
(Before we get into today's...post(?) I need to correct myself. Last post I called Hakkai - Sandy and Gojou - Pigsy. After watching the second episode it turns out I've misread names. Sorry about that. Good thing we're talking about this *points to next paragraph*.)
This is the time where we get to take a break from writing about the stories in both shows and compare the main characters to see how they've evolved from the 1970's. And hey, just for a little fun, lets comprise our own four pilgrims from both shows.
[Community member Sideshow has been running a fascinating series of C-Blog posts on Journey To The West and its many influences on Japanese pop culture, and such amazing efforts deserve recognition - and promotion! If you've got similarly amazing insights, opinions, and thoughts to share, get yourself recognized and promoted by writing something in your community blog, or by participating in our regular "Bloggers Wanted" invitations! - Josh]
Armed with over two hours of material (I wish I was kidding) let our journey begin!
[Jtor community member Sideshow had some great insights into anime's adaptation of a classic piece of Asian literature. We can't wait to see the rest of his series, but in the meantime, check out his introduction and GET HYPE! And if you want to see your words on the front page someday, write something in your community blog! --Josh Tolentino]
It hasn't aged well. It's effects were cheeser then a Power Ranger series. And the second season went almost snooker loopy. Dispite that the 1970's show Monkey will always be a pop culture icon for live action Japanese shows (or if I want to use less words 'tokusatsu'). For those who don't know, Monkey is an adaption of the novel Journey to the West which centered around four pilgrams (a stone monkey, a boy priest, a fish spirit and a pig spirit) on their journey to India for holy scriptures to save mankind. Featuring demons, fighting, life lessons and of course cheap special effects- I mean magic!
But rather than review Monkey that you can probably google anywhere else on the internet, I'm going review two "Monkeys" at the same time.