Well, people; it looks like Toei's special channel that intended bring classic toku shows to the US is going to disappear on December 31st. Silly enough, the main reason behind the channel's disappearance is due to Globecast'...
Most long-running shonen franchises have theatrical releases to supplement their ongoing stories. Dragon Ball has 18 flicks between the original and Dragon BallZ, Naruto has nine movies, Bleach has four and so on. Being one of the most popular series of all time, One Piece itself has 12 entries.
See, but here’s the problem: Most of the time, they're terrible, throwaway bits of fluff. Their stories are rarely written by the original creators, so they’ll sometimes have contradictions with the original work. At the very least, these movies will have better animation, as it’s easier to dump a bunch of money toward a two-hour movie as opposed to a multi-hundred episode show. One Piece is no different, as the quality between movies has varied drastically. Some are pretty good (Giant Mecha Soldier of Karakuri Castle), some are pretty bad (Chopper’s Kingdom on the Island of Strange Animals) and some are awful rehashes of much better arcs from the show (Adventures of Alabasta and Episode of Chopper Plus). The thing is, all of these movies were left to the whims of whoever was writing and directing.
That changed with the tenth movie, Strong World. Originally released in December 2009, it was the first film in the franchise to be overseen by Eiichiro Oda, One Piece’s creator. He also provided a ton of designs, so if any movie was going to be consistent with the original universe, this was going to be the one. Now, four years later, FUNimation has finally brought it over for us to watch. Does Oda’s involvement make this a better flick than its predecessors? Hit the jump to find out!
There comes a time in most people’s lives where they have the desire to escape from their own personal problems. In some cases, these individuals create a special reality that lets them relax peacefully. While things may seem fine and dandy, the harsh truth is that they're only delaying the inevitable that awaits them in the real world.
Based on this notion, Kyousougiga takes us into a realm where absolute happiness is nothing but a hollow illusion. Depending on the strength of our will, we might get lost in the wacky colors and antics that Mirror Kyoto has to offer.
Well, it's time to go to war, because the trailer for Kamen Rider x Kamen Rider Wizard & Gaim: The Fateful Sengoku Movie Battle-- try saying that three times fast-- is about to decide the fate of one's diet!
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It’s hard to believe that a tale about a magical Kamen Rider that loves doughnuts could be a huge letdown. The show's premise was very promising, since our main hero was battling to protect the lives of innocent people after a Solar Eclipse Ritual caused countless people to turn into creatures known as Phantoms. If the series had played its cards right, we could've ended up with an interesting show with dark undertones.
Sadly, Kamen Rider Wizard’s inability to conjure up a tale with a focused cast of character left us with an unsatisfying series. With the show's special coming to an end, you can join me below as we find out if Wizard has one last trick up its sleeve.
I have to admit, as excited as I am for the new Sailor Moon anime we're supposedly getting one of these days, the question "Who's going to be handling the dub?" hasn't exactly been at the forefront of my mind. I'm more concer...
Now that we've entered the Fall Season, it's time to learn about the new Sentai series that will premiere in 2014! Crossing the rails of glory, Toei has decided that the next show will be called Ressha Sentai Tokkyuger. ...
Man, I never expected to see this happen in my lifetime. Heck, I almost thought that I was thrown into a wormhole when Toei and Cool Japan's new announcement slapped me in the face. While I'm still coming to my senses over th...
Gurren Lagann was being knocked around by Asura to the point where the entire universe trembled! The Tengen Toppa was tossing galaxies back and forth, which resulted in Asura deflecting them with his pure strength and power. Even when the Super Tengen Toppa entered the fight, Asura was still able to fight toe to toe with the giant blue spiral energy Kamina. In the end, the rage of Asura and the spiral energy of Gurren Lagann were cancelling each other out; therefore, this match is a draw. No one wins! (11 = 11)
After having a ridiculous fight last week, we’re going to change things up a bit by having a showdown between two fighters that are seen as a joke by many viewers and readers. And for the sake of giving credit where credit is due, the idea behind this battle was created by my good friend Baron Von Vogl.
He supposedly defeated Cell in the Cell Games in Dragonball Z, but this guy is actually a huge joke in comparison to the real heroes of the series. The public may see him as a great hero, but we all know him for who he really is. The time to see him enter has come, so let’s make way for Mr. Satan!
This guy is apparently an amazing spirit medium in the world of Bleach. In fact, he always manages to have a good encounter with the unknown. Actually, this guy is a joke when you put him next to Ichigo and his comrades, so his status is nothing but a fluke. Now it’s time to cross your arms and laugh, because Don Kanonji is entering dynamically into the ring.
These two fighters have the reputation of not being taken seriously by their viewers, so it will be interesting to see how they’ll clash in battle. Your votes and persuasion skills will be the key in determining the winner of this fight. Please make sure that you add a +1 – I beg of you – to the person that you side with, since it will let us keep track of the hilarity on screen. The battle will go on from today till Thursday, so do your best to vote on time! Once the battle comes to a close, you can drop by during the beginning of the next battle to see who wins! Since this battle will be a safer one, you can take your time in heading to your seat.
As I said before, don't let the fruit designs throw you off, because Urobuchi isn't going to play around with this fine piece that we call a fruit salad. In a way you could say that the reason that the riders are based off of...
I don't mean to make an alteration to a signature catch phrase from a certain warlord, but the first thing that came to my head during Kamen Rider Gaim's trailer was Sengoku Basara. More specifically, Date Masamune, due to s...
Toshiro's ice abilities have no effect on Kuzan, so he had to resort to his Kido skills. Unfortunately, Toshiro's non ice abilities couldn't damage Kuzan. After converting the J-tor Arena into a winter wonderland, Kuzan gives Toshiro an Ice Age that he will never forget. Kuzan wins! (14 > 3)
The time to unveil the next phase of Totsu’s plan is now in motion! Unlike the other battles, this one is going to pit the winners against each other in a team battle! For the first matchup in this new fight, it’s going to be a showdown between western swords and katanas!
Representing the glory of swords wielded by knights and warriors, Saber from Fate/Stay Night and Guts from Berserk are fighting side by side to vanquish any obstacles that get in the way of their main goals. With the combined might of Excalibur and Gut’s special weapons and gear, we might end up with a serious combo on our hands.
In the katana side, Crono from Chrono Trigger and Roronoa Zoro from One Piece have join forces in an unlikely manner when Zoro accidently wandered back into the J-tor Arena. Since the timing was perfect, we decided to have him participate in the match. And who knows, the combined power of a hero of time and a pirate samurai could result in an unstoppable force.
Both teams have their own unique perks in using their weapons, so it will be interesting to see how this turns out. Your votes and persuasion skills will be the key in determining the winning team. Please make sure that you add a +1 to the team that you vote for, since it will let us keep track of the swords and skills flying around. If you don’t feel like mentioning the characters in your comment, you can write Team A (Saber and Guts) or Team B (Crono and Zoro) in your vote instead. Both teams will fight from today till Thursday, so make sure that your vote on time. Once the battle comes to an end, be sure to drop by during the beginning of the next match to see who wins! Due to the abilities of our competitors, I recommend that you head to your seat as soon as possible.