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  • Breakdown: Digimon Franchise

    Breakdown: Digimon Franchise

    The Digimon Franchise is very large. So I will only be looking at their anime and anime movies. I would like to look at all the games as well, but this Anime Amino. So let us stay on topic. Digimon started out as a Tamagotchi’s. It spun into an anime that started a whole new franchise. This is the Digimon Franchise anime breakdown.

    Digimon Adventure

    This was the first series released of the Digimon Franchise. March 7, 1999 was the first episode debut on the Japanese TV channel Fuji TV and Kids Statio. Fox Kids, in the United Stated, aired the first episode on August 14, 1999. It follows the adventure of seven kids (initially; an eighth one joins later) into the Digital World. There they must save that one world and their world at the same time. Each kid receives a Digimon as a fighting partner.

    Digimon Adventure 02

    The second series to the franchise. It began airing on the same channel on April 2, 2000. The setting takes place three years after the first series. A new evil has arrived and a new team is assembled. This time only two of the original children are on the team. New Digimon are introduced as well.

    Digimon Tamers

    The third series began airing April 1, 2001. Instead of going to the Digital World, this series is mainly set in the reality world. There are real items in the real world that can power boost their Digimon partner. It follows the stories of three people.

    Digimon Frontier

    As the fourth series in the franchise, it aired April 7, 2002. This series is very different from the other three series. A new evolution is introduced called Spirit Evolution. The human partner uses something called D-Tectors to transform into Digimon. These Digimon are called Legendary Warriors.

    Digimon Savers/Data Squad

    This series debuted April 2, 2006 after three years of hiatus. This series is very different from the original concept. The story follows members of Digital Accident Tactics Squad that cover up the fact that Digimon and the Digital World exist.

    Digimon Xros Wars/Fusion

    On TV Asahi, the sixth series aired on July 6, 2010. It went back to the original concept of human/Digimon teammates. The story follows a group of people that end up in the Digital World. A new technique is introduced called DigiFuse.

    Digimon Xros Wars: The Young Hunters Who Leapt Through Time

    The sequel to Digimon Xros Wars. It takes place a year after the series and aired on October 2, 2011.

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    The newest series to the franchise. It is based after the first two seasons of the series, having the original characters. It takes place six years after the original story line. It id set to air in April

    Films of the Digimon Franchise

    Digimon Adventure (Part one of Digimon: The Movie)

    Digimon Adventure: Our War Game (Part two of Digimon: The Movie)

    Digimon Adventure 02: Digimon Hurricane Touchdown/Supreme Evolution! The Golden Digimentals (Part three of Digimon: The Movie)

    Digimon Adventure 02: Diablomon Strikes Back (Revenge of Diaboromon)

    Digimon Tamers: The Adventurers’ Battle (Battle of Adventurers)

    Digimon Tamers: Runaway Digimon Express (Runaway Locomon)

    Digimon Frontier: Revival of the Ancient Digimon (Island of Lost Digimon)

    Digital Monster X-Evolution

    Digimon Savers: Ultimate Power! Activate Burst Mode!!


  • Machiko Hasegawa: A Female Mangaka Story

    Machiko Hasegawa

    Machiko Hasegawa was one of the first female manga artists. She was born in 1920 and died of a heart failure in 1992. At twelve years of age, Hasegawa began drawing. When she was sixteen, she took an apprenticeship with the cartoonist Suiho Tagawa. She received an award in 1992 called People’s Honor Award.

    Her best known work was Sazae-san which was created in 1946. Asahi Shimbun helped the manga strip get well known by 1949. The strip ran until her retirement in 1974 (6,477 strips all together!). Including Sazae-san, and other works such as Granny Mischief, were printed into a digest in Japan. Her works had sold over 60 million copies by the mid 1990s, in Japan alone. Sazae-san was also named the longest running animated program on the planet by Guinness World Records on September 5 of 2013. There were 6,727 episodes at that time. As of February 2014, there were 7,071 episodes.

    Sazae-san follows the life of a housewife of the same name. The comic strip was of course postwar and very popular. In 1955 the series was adapted into a radio series. In 1969 an animated series was created as well that is still running to this day (2015!). Certain strips of Sazae-san was translated in English called The Wonderful World of Sazae-san.

    In Setagaya, Tokyo, an art museum lies called The Hasegawa Machiko Art Museum. Machiko Hasegawa happened to collect art works as well. She opened the museum up in 1985. Her sister Mariko housed the art collection and some of Hasegawa’s original works in the museum. In the museum, one can see original drawings, paintings, and clay dolls. This of course includes both Japanese and Western artists.


  • Sacred Sword of X/1999

    Weapon of the Week: Sacred Sword of X/1999

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    Warning: Major Spoilers!!

    The Sacred Sword is used by Kamui and Fuma in the series X/1999. The swords were hidden in two different people. One being Fuma’s mother, the other resides in Kamui’s aunt. Both Kamui and Fuma receive a sword, Kamui’s receives the one from Fuma’s mother and Fuma’s receives the one from Kamui’s aunt. They must use these swords for the final battle of heaven and earth.

    The kanji is translated to Shinken, which means a sword from god or a sword offered as a sacrifice for the gods. According to the Appcalypse texts, this sword symbolizes the will of God. It will be used for the launch of human chastisements. According to the Shinto texts, this sword is called a goshintai. It is a hidden object that is usually sacred. They are usually housed in Shinto Shrines since they represent an incarnation of the god they pray to.

    There is a Hebrew prayer inscribed on the sword:

    Barukh attah adonai eloheinu melekh ha-olam, she-ha-kol nihyeh bi-d’varo

    Praised are You, Lord God, King of the Universe, at whose Word all things come into being


  • Dragon Ball Z Planets: Namek

    Namek

    ナメック星

    Ruler: Grand Elder Guru

    Strongest Warrior: Nail

    Inhabitants: Namekians

    Orbital Period: 130 days

    Date of Destruction: Age 762

    Having three suns, Namek never has any ‘night time.’ There is, however, a dark side to the planet when shown from afar. Theory is, that the planet is stuck in a tidally locked group of stars and result with the planet not having a day and night cycle. A year in Namek is only 130 days long, much shorter than Earth’s.

    Namek is home to about 100 Namekians in the Age of 762. Other life, such as frogs, fish, and dinosaurs, share the planet as well. The Nameks are the creators of the Dragon Balls and therefore play a key role in the series. They are humanoid, but with sluggish features and green skin. They even have antennas. The name is taken from Japan’s word, namekuji, meaning slug.

    At one time, Namek was once a beautiful landscape of meadows and Ajisa’s. The climate shifted, however, and wiped the majority of the Namekian race out in Age 261. Guru and a few exiled Powered-Up Namekians survived. They sent a child to Earth to ensure the survival of their existence. Guru was slowly able to repopulate Namek since Nameks can produce asexually. He gave birth to 109 Namekians and they began work on restoring the planets vegetation.

    The blissful time would soon pass, though, when Frieza arrives looking for the Dragon Balls. He ends up destroying the planet, but only after he tortures the remaining Namekians and killed a lot of them. Those who died at the hands of Frieza were revived though with the Dragon Balls. The Namekians were forced to live on Earth for about 260 days while a new planet was being scouted for them. They soon moved to the New Namek.

    Namek Dragon Balls are quite different from Earth. Grand Elder a Guru created the balls on Namek. They are larger than the Earth Dragon Balls. They are about the size of a basketball. There are two requirements when it comes to using them. First you must say the password, which happens to be the name of the dragon, Porunga. Second, you may only speak Namekian to Porunga.

    Porunga is a much stronger wish granter. He has the ability to grant three wishes. He can also bring back a mass of people (at first he could only revive one person at a time, but was modified). These a Dragon Balls also only take 130 days, while Earth took a full year. In the anime it is never shown that the Dragon Balls spread across the planet of Namek.


  • Cowboy Bebop: Jazz Appreciation

     Yoko Kanno: The Jazz Genius

    Everyone knows, well almost everyone, that Yoko Kanno is the genius behind the musical score of Cowboy Bebop along with Macross Plus, Resonance no Terror, Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex, and so much more. She is very unique her style of composing and chooses her musical styles well depending on the anime. She knows how to draw the attention of the audience further into the anime.

    Cowboy Bebop is probably her most successful to me. Her mixture of jazz and blues plays into the film noirish Cowboy Bebop style. The different types of genre varies wide from hard rock to country and from acoustic ballads to funk. It is a very experimental composition, but works well for the anime. The main genre, and reason for this blog, is the jazz though.

    In a recently new interview with Yoko Kanno, she goes into the details of how she created most Cowboy Bebops score. During her middle and high school years, Kanno spent time in the brass band. During her time, the ‘song kids’ were not the coolest kids around. These were kids who played other peoples songs. So instead she began to create her own songs and perform those instead. She could never understand why the other kids would play the ‘uncool’ music. Instead, Kanno wanted to shake the souls of those hearing her music. She wanted to make “you lose it.” This was the beginning of the yearning that would soon be Tank!. She wanted a fire to light up when it was played.

    In university, Kanno began to transcribe hip hop and rap. This was to help grasp the understanding on rhythm. This inspired her to take a trip to the US, New Orleans to be exact. There she studied the jazz and funk culture. She also visited LA where there was a variety of music being played on the streets. This is where she learned “that the beat is a form of language.”

    Who Are The Seatbelts?

    The Seatbelts are a group of people that Yoko Kanno has worked with separately on other anime OSTs. She gathered them together to create The Seatbelts. They mostly play jazz and blues but dive into other styles as well. For Cowboy Bebop, the band was given a background story. According to the Bebop lore, The Seatbelts got their name since they wore seatbelts while performing on stage. This was so they could play their hardcore sessions and be safe doing so. They began to get famous in 2048. Most of their personal lives and information are unknown due to the high security of Y.K., their producer. Tank! was ranked number one in 2056 on The Solar System Music Hit Chart. During this time, they also traveled from planet to planet performing concerts.

    Jazz/Blue Inspired Themes

    Tank! is the opening theme for Cowboy Bebop. It basically sums up the show in that little session. Jazz and blues are to be expected. Yoko Kanno wrote the song while her band, The Seatbelts, performed. She has Masato Honda as an alto saxophone solo player towards the end of the full song. With mostly just instruments (other than the count down to jam provided by Tim Jensen) and screams jazz the whole time. It is an iconic song and opening as well.

    The Real Folks Blues is the ending theme used in the majority of the episodes as some have special endings. Performed by The Seatbelts and vocals by Mai Yamane, this song is mostly an homage to the blue genre. The lyrics were written by Yuho Iwasato while Yoko Kanno composed and arranged the rest. This song is one of just a few in the series that is sung in Japanese. The last episode may have a different ending, but the song appears through an alternate version called See You Space Cowboy… sometime during that episode.

    Each of the OSTs released of Cowboy Bebop are unique in certain ways. The first one released, Cowboy Bebop, has many of the trademark songs from the series. The second album, No Disc, is unique due to the many genres present in the works (from heavy metal to blue grass banjo types). The third OST, Cowboy Bebop Blue, had many vocal tracks. The OST to the Cowboy Bebop movie, Future Blues, explores western and Arabic style music.

    Yoko Kanno used many different songs as inspiration for her own work on the OSTs. Here are a list of songs that are known to be her actual inspirations:

    Imperial Drag – Zodiac Sign inspired Want it all Back

    Robbie Robertson – Coyote Dance inspired Space Lion

    DJ Food – Let the Good Shine inspired Mushroom Hunting

    Harry Connick Jr. – Blue Light, Red Light inspired You Make Me Cool

    Skunk Anansie – Secretly inspired No Reply

    Jaco Pastorius – Liberty City inspired CAR24

    Steve Reich – The Desert Music inspired Powder

    Sugababes – Overload inspired Cosmic Dare

    Angelo Badalamenti – Dub Driving inspired Pot City

    Brigitte Fontaine – Comme à la Radio inspired Black Coffee

    Pink Floyd – On the Run inspired On the Run

    Tom Waits – Midtown inspired Bad Dog, No Biscuits

    Lunatic Calm – Leave You Far Behind inspired Pushing the Sky

    The Rolling Stones – 19th Nervous Breakdown inspired Diggin


  • Sailor Moon: Luna-P

    Who or What is Luna-P?



    Luna-P was given to Chibiusa by Sailor Pluto. It was not only a protective device, but a remembrance of her dear friend Luna. It seems to be self aware and follows Chibiusa of its own will. Chibiusa can also use it to communicate to the other Senshi.



    Luna-P follows various commands of Chibiusa. It can change it different devices depending on what she needs. Once it was used as an umbrella to hypnotize Usagi’s family members. In the anime she commanded Luna-P to use magic to create a going away gift for Ami.



    Black Lady was also seen around Luna-P, since it wanted to stay near Chibiusa and protect her. In the anime it was seen as her only friend and it was used to attack the other Senshi’s. In the manga, however, she would abuse it and smack it away from her cursing it.



    Chibiusa was so upset and wanted to help her friends, that in Act 28 of the manga, Luna-P turned into the Pink Moon Stick. This then allowed her to transform into a Sailor Senshi and this was her friend Senshi weapon.


  • Inuyasha: Miroku’s Kazaana

    Miroku’s Kazaana



    The Kazaana was originally created by Naraku as a curse on Miroku’s grandfather, one that passes on through generations. The Kazaana appears on the palm of the wielder in the shape of a black hole. Eventually it will grow and swallow the wielder into oneself. The Kazaana can be damaged and expand unnaturally as well.Until then, it can be used to suck whatever is in front of it within the hole.



    Miroku’s grandfather was actually deceived by Naraku who was dressed as a woman. Naraku pierced his hand and thus the curse began. Naraku explained that the curse would pass only to males in his family as long as their blood survived. His grandfather was swallowed by his own. Miroku’s father was swallowed by his but not before Miroku could catch a glimpse of his possible future. Mushin, a friend of Miroku’s father, has helped Miroku over the years to ease any pain or damage caused to the Kazaana.



    Even though Miroku uses the Kazaana as a really good weapon, it has its downfalls. If any poison is sucked in, it can harm Miroku. Naraku has countered this attack by using the Saimyosho to stand by while the group is being attacked. If Miroku were to use Kazaana and swallow some of those bugs, he would perish.



    It seems that the Kazaana is directly attached to Naraku. He has stated that the only way to get rid of the curse is to kill him. Once his demonic powers were reduced to almost nothing and the Kazaana disappeared from Miroku’s hand. When Naraku had regained power, it reappeared.


  • Grim Reapers of Kuroshitsuji

    Grim Reapers of Kuroshitsuji

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    AKA: Shinigami

    Primary Power: Soul collection

    Identified Divisions and Departments: Main Branch, General Affairs Department, Personnel Department, Dispatch Management Division, London Division, Grim Reaper Staffing Association ,Human Resources Department, and Collection Division

    Grim Reapers Abilities: Enhanced Power and Speed, Enhanced Endurance, Animal Communication, Soul Collection, Cinematic Record, and Rewriting the Present

    Background

    Grim Reapers are divine beings that have supernatural abilities. They basically decide whether you live or die. The idea of Grim Reapers or Shinigami’s are very popular in the anime world. Kuroshitsuji is no different. In the series, four have been introduced so far. They handle the reviewing and reaping the souls of humans. There is a list that they use to review these souls. The Grim Reaper Dispatch Society is the place this all occurs. People from other departments give these lists to the Grim Reapers. These lists are handed out before the human actually dies, so this entails that they can foresee somewhat into the future. Grim Reapers are not allowed to kill anyone not on the list. The Personnel Department is in charge of telling the Grim Reaper what location to go to. They do this without being seen by the Grim Reapers. They also hate demons and have for a very long time. This is best known when William T. Spears interacted with Sebastian Michaelis.

    The Killing Process

    A Grim Reaper must remain emotionless to humans as well as being neutral overall. Most humans are allowed to die unless they have further business on Earth that is beneficial to mankind and Earth. When they are done with a kill, they must fill out a report as well as a reflection letter. This is then sent to the Main Branch back at base. There are those who do break rules though. Punishments are set into place to prevent this. There are no known details other than Grell saying it involved a demotion and possibly having their scythe confiscated.

    Grim Reapers and Their Death Scythes

    The main purposes of a Death Scythe is a weapon and to collect souls. The slice of a scythe can sever the link of the human soul and their memory. It basically ends their life. It can cut through anything including other Grim Reapers, but not another Death Scythe.

    Each scythe looks different for each Grim Reaper. Some do not even fit in the time era of Kuroshitsuji (ie. the chainsaw). They may not modify their scythe without permission.

    They can be used to look at the humans Cinematic Record. This how they decide whether or not that person should live or die.

    What is this Cinematic Record?

    The Grim Reaper may view the person’s life by viewing the Cinematic Record. This how they decide whether they live or die. When it is showing, it is basically a movie of their life. It documents all of their fondest and worst memories. When the person dies, their record ends as well. Their is an ‘end mark’ that appears in their Cinematic Record at their death. It can be manipulated though. One can make fake records for any human. This leaves the human soulless most of the time. Not only can Grim Reapers view them, but Angels and Demons as well. Demons are shown to have a Cinematic Record as well.

    Death Bookmark: Another Useful Tool

    This is a bookmark that Grim Reapers use to stop a humans events from further happening when placed into the book.

    Identified Grim Reapers

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    Grell Sutcliff

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    William T. Spears

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    Ronald Knox

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    Eric Slingby

    Alan Humphries

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    Lawrence Anderson

    Ludgar

    Sascha


  • Three Fighting Styles of Rurouni Kenshin

    Rurouni Kenshin Fighting Styles

    Hiten Mitsurugi-ryū

    This ancient Kenjutsu style hails from the Sengoku Jidai. This was a style created to allow one user to eliminate several enemies. These users also use Shinsoku, god like speed and agility. They also use a psuedo-clairvoyance observation called Battojutsu. This is to avoid attacks from others with the least effort possible and also place themselves up for attacking when the enemy is completed with their attack. This is also a two step attack, so that the user is sure to kill the opponent. Hiten Mitsurugi-ryū has been nicknamed ‘The Black Ship of the Land’ due to the great power and speed that is used. Hiten Mitsurugi-ryū is strictly on no ones side when it comes to making allies or alliances.

    This style is known by very little people. It is only passed from master to pupil, so that may be the reason why. Each apprentice is to take the life, mantle, and name, Hiko Sijuro, when completed with training. The attacks and moves used during these techniques takes a toll on the users bodies. They take on strength training and limit their combat. Since Kenshin is small in stature, this style takes a bigger toll on him. There is on more effect of this style, a fountain of youth type effect. Either Kenshin just looks young, or his lifespan is far longer than others.

    Techniques:

    Ryūtsuisen

    Ryūtsuisen Zan

    Ryūkansen

    Ryūkansen Tsumuji

    Ryūkansen Kogarashi

    Ryūkansen Arashi

    Ryūshōsen

    Ryūtsuishōsen

    Ryūsōsen

    Ryūsōsen Garami

    Doryūsen

    Hiten Mugen Zan

    Anime-only Techniques:

    Karyūsen

    Rairyūsen

    “Secret Dance of the Umbrella” Circus Techniques (Anime Only):

    Umbrella Spin

    Ball Throw

    Wild Boar Evasion

    Umbrella Drop

    Kuzu-Ryu-Sen Techniques:

    A special technique that strikes all the vital points of the opponent. This attack style uses Shinsoku. It has nine attacks:

    Karatake: head strike

    Sakagesagiri: right shoulder attack

    Miginagi: center of the right arm

    Migikiriage: right arm wrist

    Sakakaze: groin area

    Hidarikiriage left arm wrist

    Hidarinagi: center of left arm

    Kesagiri: left shoulder

    Tsuki/Shitotsu: center of chest

    Battōjutsu Techniques:

    Sōryūsen

    Sōryūsen Ikazuchi

    Hiryūsen

    Ryūmeisen

    Amakakeru Ryū no Hirameki

    Practitioners:

    Hiko Seijūrō I through XIII

    Himura Kenshin

    Amakusa Shōgo (anime only)

    Nishida Hyōuei (anime only)

    Rurouni Kenshin Fighting Style: Kamiya Kasshin-ryū

    Known Practitioners: Kamiya Koshijiro, Kamiya Kaoru, Satō (former student), Hira (former student), Hiruma Gohei (former student, anime only), Myōjin Yahiko, Tsukayama Yutarō, Higashidani Ōta, Shin’ichi Kosaburō, Himura Kenji

    This style was invented by Kamiya Koshijiroonce he returned from bakumatsu. He was inspired by the carnage in the wars to develop a sword art based around katsujinken (swords that give life) instead of satsujinken (swords that kill). He taught it out of the family dojo. his assistant instructor is his daughter, Kaoru. He died in battle not to long after.

    Techniques:

    Hadome

    Hawatari

    Tsuka no Gedan: Hiza Hishigi

    Curse on the Descendants

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    Rurouni Kenshin Fighting Style: Watōjutsu

    This is a type of Kenjutsu that began in China. Yukishiro Enishi is the only known user of this style to claims to be a master. It focuses on high offense so much so that the defense is not needed. It is an almost perfect counter to Hiten Mitsurugi-Ryu.

    Techniques:

    Shugeki Tosei

    Kaishi Tosei

    Shoha Tosei

    Choten Tosei

    Setsuran Tosei

    Shikku Tosei

    Gotsui Tosei

    Kofuku Tosei


  • Automail of Fullmetal Alchemist

    Automail of Fullmetal Alchemist

    Fullmetal Alchemist is known for its main character Edward Elric and his automail arm and leg. Automail is an automotive armored prostheses. Over the years though, it has become more than just prosthetic arms and legs for war amputees.

    The automail is directly linked into the nervous system. This way it can be moved like any other appendage and not require an external source of power. It is powered through the electrical pulses that come from the nerves. It will regulate the power to the pneumatic actuators and electrical motors inside.

    A full skeletal frame and armor plating are both made out of steel to protect the machinery and wires inside the appendage. Over time, though, technology evolved and materials such as chrome, carbon fiber, aluminum alloys, fiberglass, and copper-nickel are now being used. This helps though who use their appendage in a way such as Edward does. They can also be used in different weather conditions since steel is more likely to lock up in the cold.

    The process of getting an automail is very painful. Only a specialist in bio-mechanical engineering do this process. Sometimes they must further amputate the appendage to fit it properly. The recovery time is extensive as well. A lot of nerves, tissues, muscles, and much more are taking a great deal of pain. It takes about three years to properly recover. There have been those that have taken only a year, it really depends on the automail surgery.

    You must upkeep your automail as well. Making sure it is properly oiled and maintained over time is important. The automail can come unconnected and sometimes must be connected back together which is painful as well. There are those who use automail in battles as well. This is well known as combat automail. Various techniques are used to further the combat automail. People will add claws, hide blades or firearms, and other such weapons.

    Users of Automail

    Edward Elric: Has a right automail arm and a left automail leg.

    Bald: Has a left automail arm with a high-cliber, double-barreled rifle and army knife.

    Den: Has a front left automail leg.

    Paninya: Has both automail legs which hide a blade and grenade launcher.

    Tetsu: Has an automail leg.

    Captain Buccaneer: Has a right automail arm that has interchangeable automails which over all holds a gas powered chainsaw with a moveable jaw and hte other has diamond tipped claws.

    Lan Fan: Has a left automail arm with a spike strip wound and long blade sword.

    Frank Archer: (ONLY in 2003 anime) Half his body is automail which his left arm holds an anti-tank weapon and mouth a mini gun.

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    Wrath: (ONLY in 2003 anime) He has a right automail arm and left automail leg similar to Edwards.

    Genz Bresslau: (ONLY in the video game) Has a left automail arm.

    Julia Crichton: (ONLY in the Sacred Star of Milos movie) Has a left automail leg.