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  • Anime of the Week: .hack//Sign

    .hack//Sign

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    Koichi Mashimo directed te anime series known as .hack//Sign. Originally produced by studio Bee Train and Bandai Visual. .hack//Sign makes up one of four anime series within the franchise. The series ran for 26 episodes and 3 bonus episodes. Yoskiyuki Sadamoto is character design due to his work on Evangelion. Screenplay is by the famous Kazunori Ito, known for his work with the first Ghost in the Shell anime movie. The series originally ran from April 4, 2002 to September 25, 2002.

    Psychological and Sociological Influences:

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    .hack//Sign is filled with these types of influences, the main three being anxiety, escapism, and interpersonal relationships. Tsukasa, a Wavemaster and main character, is a player of a virtual reality MMORPG. The World is where Tsukasa awakens in a dungeon. He has short term memory loss and wonders who and where he is. He is unable to log out as well. He must go on a quest to find out who he is and how to get out of The World. It is easy to see how these psychological and sociological influences could occur.

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    Throughout the series, the viewer is often fed false information until the end when everything unravels to keep the suspense and interest. If not the slow pace and character dialogue filled anime could lose some watchers. The story mainly relies on the characters development through the predicament allowing the psychological influences to take hold.

  • Anime of Week: RG Veda

    RG Veda

    A manga created by the mangaka group called CLAMP. It was their debut manga in 1989 and totaled 10 volumes. The story is filled with Vedic mythology and named after one of the four Vedas, Rigveda. The manga is known for the detailed artwork. From 1991 to 1992 a 2 episode OVA was adapted of the manga.

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    The manga begins explaining about a 300 year old prophecy. Taishakuten rebelled against the Heaveny Emperor, Ashura-o, 300 years ago and took over. The story follows Yasha-o after he awakens the child Ashura. The two journey to collect the Six Stars and help save their kingdoms. They meet comrades along the way as well as the six stars. The group then heads to the Heavenly kingdom to take back the throne only to find out a horrible secret.


  • Anime of Week: Donten ni Warau

    Donten ni Warau

    Donten ni Warau

    A Japanese manga by Karakara-Kemuri. It was published in the magazine Mag Garden in Monthly Comic Avarus from March 2011 to July 2014. There was a total of 6 volumes. From October to December of 2014, and animated television series was adapted and ran for 12 episodes. A manga sequel called Donten ni Warau Gaiden was released in 2014 as well as the Rengoku ni Warau which is set 300 years before the original series.

    Donten ni Warau

    The story is set during the Meiji Restoration in 1878. Many criminals have surfaced and a samurai rebellion is taking place. Those who are evil enough get sent to Lake Biwa which has a giant prison set in the middle. The Kumo brothers transport the prisoners to the main gate of the prison. They also take responsibility in catching prisoners that may have escaped on the way to Lake Biwa prison. What they don’t know is that a secret rebellion is taking place and soon they do not know who to trust.


  • Anime of Week: Ah/Oh! My Goddess

    Ah/Oh! My Goddess

    Kosuke Fujishima wrote and illustrated the Oh! My Goddess manga series. From September 1988, the series began serialization in the Afternoon magazine. It ended the final chapter on July 23, 2014, with a total of 48 volumes. The series was adapted into and OVA by AIC and a series which ran from 2005 to 2006. There hae been many animated movies, video games, spinoff series, light novels, and much more.

    The series follows Keiichi Morisato who is a sophomore in college. He accidentally dials the Goddess hot-line and Belldandy appears. She is there to grant him one wish and he jokingly says for her to stay with him forever. Now anytime anything is threatening them, a force will negatively effect the person coming between them. They end up living in a Buddhist temple and Belldandy’s sisters, Urd and Skuld, move in as well. Along the way they encounter many gods, demons, other Goddesses, and other supernatural creatures.


  • Anime of Week: Chi’s Sweet Home

    Chi’s Sweet Home

    Chi's Sweet Home

    A manga series created by Kanata Konami. Since 2004, the series has been published in the Weekly Morning manga magazine. Since August of 2014, the series has been collected into 11 volumes. From March of 2008 to September of 2009, the series was adapted into a two season anime with very short episodes.

    The manga follows a grey and white kitten with black stripes. She is separated from her mother and siblings one day and is picked up by a boy and his mother. They eventually take her in as their pet. The story follows her adventure on everyday life with the Youhei family. She eventually begins to answer to Chi after they attempt to housebreak her. This is due to the fact that ‘shi’ is taken from the word shikko, or urine. She meets new people and other animals along the way.


  • Anime of Week: Tenchi Muyo

    Tenchi Muyo

    Tenchi Muyo! is a Japanese franchise consisting of light novels, mangas, and animes. It began with Masaki Kajishima and Hiroki Hayashi in September of 1992. They created Tenchi Muyo! Ryo-Ohki and aired 6 episodes with two specials. Kenichi Yatani directed two separate OVAs in 1994 and 2003. In 1995 a 26 episode anime was created, Tenchi Universe. It not only was a retelling of the original story, but went more into detail. In 1997, Tenchi in Tokyo was created as an alternate story to the Tenchi series. The newest anime, Ai Tenchi Muyo! aired on the channel Tokyo Mix in 2014. There are several spin-offs and manga adaptions as well in the franchise.

    The story generally follows a male member of the Masaki family. A group of girls will somehow end up at their doorstep along with a mission. Most of the stories of the main arcs follow Tenchi Masaki and the group of girls Ryoko, Ayeka, Sasami, Mihoshi, and Washu.


  • Anime of the Week: Shadow Skill

    Shadow Skill

    Shadow Skill

    Originally a manga series by Megumu Okada. Two separate adaptions of the manga were made, one a 26 episode series and the other being three separate OVAs. They both have different plots of the original story. It is a shonen series with mixture of combat styles. The series aired on TV Tokyo in 1998. As of 2014, Okada has announced he is finished with the Shadow Skill story line.
    The story is set in Kurda, a warrior kingdom. Elle Regu has become the 59th Sevaar, the most elite warrior title. She drinks alot and leaves a destructive path with her combat style. She is in debt and works various jobs to pay it off. Her younger adopted brother, Gau Ban, travels with her at times. She is teaching him to take her title someday.
    the fighting style of Kurda is known as Kurda-style Kosappo. It focuses on two different divisions. First being Hyogi (throws and punches) and the second being Eigi (footwork and kicks).
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    Why I Chose This Anime? The movie series was a great movie to watch. If you like fighting anime this is the one to watch then. The tv series should not be that bad either.

  • Anime of the Week:Speed Racer (Mach GoGoGo)

    Speed Racer (Mach GoGoGo)

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    Mach GoGoGo was designed by Tatsuo Yoshida. Mach GoGoGo was inspired by Pilot Ace, Yoshida’s earlier work. The main plot of Pilot Ace formed the biggest structure for Mach GoGoGo.
    It was originally serialized in the 1958 Shonen Book by Shueisha’s. Sun Wide Comics began releasing the series into tankobon books and they were later re-released by Fusosha. It was not until 2008 that the series was published completely in America. It was released as a 40th Anniversary commemorative box set. In 1967 an animated series began. The TV animated series ran for 52 episodes. Fuji TV aired the series from April of 1967 to September of 1968. The series was a success in the United States and was able to have many spinoffs due to this.
    The series follows the adventures of Go Mifune (Speed Racer) and his love for racing. The series has many different plot lines that it follows. He drives a car called the Mach 5 and races dangerous paths. The races are usually competitive and someone could die as most people have weapons attached to their cars. He is in search of his brother that died in one of these races.

     

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    Why I Chose This Anime? A classic in its own rights. The series may be awful to watch in dubbed, but try to give the subtitled a try. It makes more sense that way.


  • Anime of the Week: Hellsing

    Hellsing

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    Hellsing

    Kouta Hirano both wrote and illustrated the Japanese manga series Hellsing. In 1997, Youn King Ours premiered the series and it ran until September 2008. There were a total of ten volumes that Shonen Gahosha collected and published. Hirano began to work on a prequel in 2001 called Hellsing: The Dawn.


    An anime series was adapted from the manga, but was greatly different. The reason is that the director, Umanosuke Iida, used another screenplay for the series that was written by Chiaki Konaka. The characters remained the same, but the plot changed drastically. The series ran on Fuji Television from October 2001 to January 2002. In 2006, an OVA that was adapted from more closely from the manga, aired until December of 2012. There were a total of ten episodes.


    The plot follows the Hellsing organization. It was originally led by Van Helsing himself. The group finds and destroys supernatural and undead beings. Sir Integra leads the organization at the moment. It is said that she is protected by an old family bodyguard, Alucard, who is a vampire himself. He is the original vampire and therefore the strongest. He swore his loyalty to the family years ago when Van Helsing defeated him. With others, such as Seres Victoria, the group is in search of a large neo-Nazi group known as Millennium. They share another enemy known as the Vatican section XIII. The battle takes place in London.

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    Why I chose this anime: I was never a fan of the Hellsing manga, but I loved the TV series. Though the story is somewhat similar, it had a drastically different ending.


  • Anime of the Week: Demon City Shinjuku

    Demon City Shinjuku

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    Demon City Shinjuku


    Demon City Shinjuku was a novel by the aurthor Hideyuki Kikuchi. It was adapted into and OVA in 1988 by director Yoshiaki Kawajiri. In 2003 and 2004, two mangas by ADV were also released. In 2011 the novel was finally released in the USA compiled with the sequel Demon Palace Babylon.


    The anime movie follows the battle between Rebi Ra (evil) and Genichirou (good). The hero died and Rebi Ra was possessed by evil itself. He uses it in his plans to conquer the world by summoning demons. An earthquake devastates the Shinjuku area and it becomes infested with demons. Genichirou had a son unbeknownst to Rebi Ra. He inherits his powers and duty to destroy Rebi Ra and return peace.

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    Why I chose this anime: I watched this anime movie when I was younger, and I loved the gritty dark themes. The characters were different as well and I liked that. A spooky supernatural movie for any anime fan.