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By Garrett Green On 11 Apr, 2013 At 06:56 AM | Categorized As Animation, International News, Movie News, News, ROG News, Uncategorized | With 0 Comments

No GravatarDragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods has been battling the box office in Japan, and in true Goku style, is dominating. In its opening weekend, the film pulled in ¥683,925,000 in it’s first two days of March 30 and 31. That is about $6.8 million making it the number 1 non-American movie and number 5 movie in the international box office behind G.I. Joe: Retaliation, The Croods, Jack the Giant Slayer, and Oz the Great and Powerful. Now this might not sound like much but to put in a little perspective; those 4 movies are being shown in over 50 territories while DBZ was only shown in Japan on 3828 screens. That is impressive. It should be also noted that it also played on IMAX screens, which is a higher ticket compared to normal screens.

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In it’s second weekend, 9 days of being in theatres, Battle of Gods and earned a total of ¥1,772,955,800. Toei Animation has stated it expects this movie to earn over 3 billion yen and it is well on its way. The last Dragon Ball theatrical movie was released 17 years ago. Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods marks the first Dragon Ball movie with the original creator, Akira Toriyama, actively participating in the story of the film. It takes place a few years after the end of the Majin Buu saga where the Birus, God of Destruction, (Hakaishin Birusu) is awakened looking for an opponent to give him a challenge. And anyone who knows Goku, knows he loves a challenge.

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With the success of the film, DBZ fans abroad would hope that there would be a fast release of a dub by Funimation. Well, it might take longer than we would want. 20th Century Fox distributed the movie over in Japan and gets the first option to release it internationally. So if they decided to do so and release their own dub, they have the option to do so. If they decide to do nothing, Funimation can step in but they do not think that we’ll see it on our shores until next year. Here’s hoping Funimation get to dub with the voices we all love, or hate for some people, and Fox doesn’t decided to pack it full of celebrities who know nothing about anime. But I doubt that will happen.

 

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By otakuman5000 On 16 Dec, 2012 At 10:07 PM | Categorized As Animation, Comics/Manga, Featured, News, News, Previews | With 0 Comments

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When I saw that there was a new DBZ movie in the works and it was being written and directed by series creator Akira Toriyama for 2013 I lost my mind. The movie is entitled Battle of the Gods and it will be released on March 30 2013 in Japan only with Toei Company Ltd and 20th Century Fox, the US release has yet to be announced and the plot is as follows.

“The events of Battle of Gods takes place several years after the titanic battle with Majin Buu, which determined the fate of the entire universe. Bills, the God of Destruction who is tasked with maintaining some sort of balance in the universe, awakens from a long slumber. Hearing rumors that a Saiyan defeated Frieza, Bills tracks down this warrior: Goku. Ecstatic over the new challenge, Goku ignores King Kai’s advice and battles Bills, but he is overwhelmed and defeated. Bills leaves, but his eerie remark of “Is there nobody on Earth more worthy to destroy…?” lingers on. Goku and his allies must aim to stop the God of Destruction before all is lost. A mysterious character named Wiss also appears in the film”


Visit the films website here

By otakuman5000 On 27 May, 2011 At 05:09 AM | Categorized As Animation, Editorials, Featured | With 2 Comments

No GravatarSo you’ve heard of Vegeta, Naruto and Sailor Moon, but what about Tetsuo, and Melfina? You’ve watched Gundam Wing, Cowboy Bebop and Samurai Champloo… what’s next?

Here is a list of the top 5 must see anime for those just discovering this amazing genre. Some are series, some are movies, and all are awesome.

5. Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann

Mecha. Since The Power Rangers, you have understood that these are the defenders of the world. Large, imposing and dignified, these machines are for SERIOUS shows involving saving humanity from death (as many times as necessary).

And then you watch Tengen Toppa.

Tengen Toppa is on the list to demonstrate anime that successfully parodies a genre. Instead of stoic and grim warriors, these mecha are controlled by a little kid and a man who makes overconfidence look like a mental disease. The mecha themselves are silly looking, one with a cool pair of shades and another sitting lopsidedly on top with a comically straight face and an exposed brain. This series deftly blends comedy, tragedy, mystery and battles on an amazing scale to create an anime so impressive that we all learned that long-tail name!

The animation is gorgeous. The colors are vibrant and full and one has only to see Yoko slide back with her giant gun in the sand to see the perfection (fangirl moment). The music is hyper and exciting, as fits the tone of the series. The key words here are outrageous and energetic.

Follow Simon and his brother Kamina on their quest to discover what is on the surface of their world. Tengen Toppa is available on Amazon for $30.99 and can be found online as well.

Oh, and I can’t leave without making you watch this. It will be funny to you after you watch the series: Who Are You Anyway?

4. Ninja Scroll

This movie, ladies and gentlemen, is a classic.

Jubei, the main protagonist, is an homage to the Japanese folklore hero of the same name. Like his namesake, Jubei is a wanderer, and he wanders into quite a mess when he assists Kagero, the beautiful ninja-in-distress, from a demon member of the group Devils of Kimon. Vengeance, betrayal,  plot twists, sex, gore and violence follow in a gorgeous symphony of anime-goodness.

Beautiful lines, colors and style along with the classic unwilling hero and a mystical conspiracy combine to create an intense experience. You may find yourself a little nostalgic for more old-school anime after watching this one, because it really takes from the best in historical anime.

Here is some lovely imagery to be burned into your mind for the next few days: Like Gatorade, But Saltier

Besides the movie, there is also a series. It is pretty cheap if you want to check it out (only 59 cents on Amazon). The series is not as beautiful as the movie, but it is definitely not bad.

The movie is available on Amazon for 70 cents. You have no excuse not to go buy that!

3. Outlaw Star

Often referred to as a space opera, Outlaw Star is a must see for anime lovers. Filled with pirates, outlaws, bio androids and sentient cacti, Outlaw Star has something for everyone.

Gene Starwind and his partner Jim Hawking are two young men (one kind of more on the young side than the man side) who are struggling to make a buck. All that changes when they are hired by a beautiful woman, who is not quite what she seems.

What follows is an adventure that will stay with you forever, especially given the show’s short run and the lack of a true sequel. Some of the scenes are haunting, though at other times the character animation did not quite keep up with the outer space animation. The intro and outro music will also stick with you, and you will download the songs. Trust me, everyone does.

Here is a compilation video with some scenes from the show that I think captures some of the tones of the series. The music is NOTHING like what is on the show, so ignore that part: Outlaw Star AMV.

Amazon is selling the full series for $28.99, but you may want to keep an eye on the price because I have seen it lower before (I got mine for around $20).

2. Neon Genesis Evangelion

A series that will make you think. Imagine being clinically depressed. Now imagine creating an anime that embodies how you were feeling. That series is Neon Genesis Evangelion.

Full of bloody and heartbreaking scenes that will make you think, Evangelion has been provoking thought and discussion among anime lovers from the start. With a score that suites the pessimistic mood and the vibrant colors of the machines and blood in comparison to the people and setting, Evangelion pulls you into an unfair world. The symbolism used also hints at a deeper, Kabalic meaning, although this has been denied by the creators.

This video clip gives you an idea of the imagery in Evangelion: This is Your Brain on Evangelion

I think I can best sum up Evangelion with a quote from the director: “It’s strange that ‘Evangelion’ has become such a hit – all the characters are so sick!” -Hideaki Anno

Also, be warned: this series is fairly complicated, which is made worse by the fact that the manga, movie, and series are not all identical. This site is a good resource if you get confused.

Neon Genesis Evangelion is available on Amazon in all its different forms so be sure to figure out where you want to start. I recommend watching the movies before the series, because otherwise you may feel some disappointment in the movies for leaving things out. This way, you will watch an amazing movie that will make you want to learn more, and then you will go and find out more by watching the series.

1. Akira

Akira is like the rite of baptism into anime fandom. You cannot truly claim to be an aficionado until you can have a conversation about the anime that started it all. With vibrant colors, a post-apocalyptic feel, motorcycles and hormones, this film embodies the angst of being a teenager.

Set in Neo-Tokyo (Tokyo, rebuilt after WW3, which occurred in ’88), the film follows Kaneda and Tetsuo, two friends who end up on opposite sides of a strange conflict involving ESP, the military, politics, and terrorist groups.

This is the scene that made me sit up in my theater seat and notice that this was the grandaddy of all I had known: Akira: The Clown Fight

Be warned: this film is full of violence, drugs and just plain nasty scenes that will shock your mind. This is a movie that will make you think and is definitely one that you have to re-watch more than once to appreciate the full awesome-pacity of (that is a made up word in case you’re googling).

There are scenes that will stay with you forever. But I’ll let you find out which ones 😉

The movie is available on Amazon for different prices depending on what version you get. The blu-ray is more expensive of course.

Akira is also a manga, so give that a look as well to be considered a true connoisseur.

Go Forth and Watch Anime!

These are just the tip of the iceberg as far as great anime to check out! I found a list of 30 that I really agree with and recommend if you want to expand your anime horizons!

By Charles On 1 Nov, 2010 At 08:02 PM | Categorized As Featured, Tales of Real Otaku | With 0 Comments

No GravatarI can specifically remember the first time I ever saw an anime, and knew what it was. I had watched Voltron as a child, knew it was awesome, but had no idea what I was seeing was actually Japanese. I remember television commercials for “Kiki’s Delivery Service” and “My Neighbor Totoro,” and thinking they looked rather odd, but again, no idea they would eventually become such a huge part of my life.

My First Steps

No, my first real “anime” moment came in 1998, when I first saw “Dragonball Z: The Dead Zone” movie. It has just been released on DVD and VHS with an “all-new translation.” Well, I didn’t see that one. Rather, my friend at the time gave me a copy of his direct-to-Chinatown bootleg of the original, and I was hooked. I remember watching that tape over a dozen times in the span of a week, then going out and blowing a ton of cash on the “Ani-Mayhem: Dragonball Z” card game, along with a few exorbitantly priced anime VHS tapes from the Virgin Megastore.

Anime for me was sort of a trickle that became a deluge. For the first few years, I had to satisfy myself with old copies of MIXX-zine for my manga needs, Cartoon Network (and wicked early mornings) for my DBZ fix, and relying on others to get me shows. It all changed in college when a good friend gave me two things that would forever chart my destiny: Rurouni Kenshin, and the location of the anime shop on Canal St. For the first time I had seen an anime that wasn’t DBZ, and my mind was blown. I remember finding the NY location for Kinokuniya one day, finding the Kenshin comics, and buying up about $100 worth (along with some expensive game music soundtracks), and a solid Japanese dictionary so I could translate them. Anime was still expensive at the time, so I made do…until the same friend showed me the hole-in-the-wall where he got his tapes from. Another quick $100 later and I had all of Gundam Wing, Magic Knights Rayearth and an even bigger craving for more.

These days I’ve gone from desperately seeking more to almost drowning under the weight of what I own, but haven’t seen. Looking back on the past 10 years of my life, I see more and more distinctly how my devotion to fandom has changed, and how, at east for me, fandom isn’t directed at just one series or just one medium, but at the experience of being a fan. Be it my early obsessions with Power Rangers and Ghost Writer, my years as a die-hard Trekkie, the glorious summers I spent watching the classic Star Wars movies while building decks for the CCG, my delves into the worlds of Magic: The Gathering and Dungeons and Dragons, or my more modern pursuits of anime, manga, J-culture and gaming (and my desire to study it as much as possible), for me fandom was always that friend I had that I might have taken for granted, but who stuck by me when I needed help, and opened me up to worlds I never knew existed. And for that, I am glad.

My name is Charles, I am the “Anime Anthropologist” and I am an otaku/gamer/writer/philosopher/academic/scholar…but above all, I am a fan.

Welcome to my world.