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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 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).
    Shadow Skill
    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)

    Speed Racer


    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: Demon City Shinjuku

    Demon City Shinjuku

    魔界都市 (新宿)

    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.

    Demon City Shinjuku

    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.


  • Anime of the Week: Gunsmith Cats

    Gunsmith Cats

    ガンスミス キャッツ

    Gunsmith Cats


    Gunsmith Cats is a manga by Kenichi Sonoda. It originally ran in the magazine Kodansha’s Afternoon from 1991 to 1997. A sequel to the series ran int he same magazine from 2004 to 2008. While the original series had 8 volumes (9 in English), the sequel only had 5. An OVA anime was also adapted from 1995 to 1996 and only had 3 episodes. Takeshi Mori directed the OVA.


    The series follows a 19 year old bounty hunter named Rally and her partner Minnie. Rally is a great marksman with almost every firearm known to man. Minnie happens to be an explosive expert. Misty Brown later joins the team as an expert lock picker. The three own a shop where they sell and repair firearms while also hunting bounties and making enemies.

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    Why I chose this anime: I love this short little OVA of Gunsmith Cats. It sums up their relationship and job pretty well. I only wish there was a series adapted.


  • Anime of the Week: Gin Tama

    Gin Tama

    銀魂

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    Written and illustrated by Hideaki Sorachi, the series began in December of 2003. Another alternate Edo period where Aline’s have taken over. Gintoki Sakata works as a freelancer with his friends Shinpachi Shimura and Kagura to pay monthly rent. The scifi genre setting was done so Sorachi could add certain character developments in historical settings.
    So far the series has been adapted to an OVA by Sunrise and was followed by a full anime series from April 4, 2006 to March 25, 2010. A sequel has also been made for the anime series as well as two animated feature films. A set if light novels and video games have also been adapted for the series. As of 2013, 44 million volumes have been sold of the manga series. At various times the anime has been in the Top Ten of the respective media.

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    Why I chose this anime: A funny series, I absolutely love Gin as a character. His facial expressions are great.


  • Anime of the Week:

    Accel World

    アクセル・ワールド

    Accel World

     Another light novel series by Reki Kawahara. Only this time the illustrator was HiMA while the publication was ASCII MediaWorks’ Dengeki Bunko. So far the series has inspired two manga series, an anime, and two video games, one for PSP and one for PS3.
    Accel World follows a short, fat school boy named Haruyuki Aeita (Haru). He is constantly bullied at his school, Umesato Junior High School, giving him low self esteem. He logs onto the schools Local Network to play squash. He finds out soon that a player, Kuroyukihime, has beaten his high score. She is a popular, attractive student at his school. She invites him to lunch after saving him from bullies. At this lunch she changed his life, introducing him to Brain Burst. This is a secret program helping people to accelerate their cognitive process at which time can stop. Not only that, it is a virtual reality video game. To obtain Brain Burst, you must duel other players. This will also expand their acceleration process in real life as well. Kuroyukihime is helping Haru to reach level 10 so they can meet the creator and find out the truth behind the game.

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    Why I chose this anime: I really liked this series when compared to SAO. Accel World was great not only in characters and plot, but also the animation and soundtrack.


  • Anime of the Week: Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood

    Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood

    鋼の錬金術師

    Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood


    Illustrated and written by Hiromu Arakawa, Fullmetal Alchemist first appeared in the magazine Square Enix’s Monthly Shonen Gangan. It ran from August of 2001 to June of 2010. There are a total of 27 volumes. There have been two separate animated TV series adaptions, two animated films, video games and several light novels.


    As of 2014, Fullmetal Alchemist has sold around 64 million volumes. It is most noted for its character development through out the series. It has won five awards at the American Anime Awards of 2007.

     

    Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood


    It is set in a fictional European Industrial Revolution era. The story is centered around the Elric brothers, Edward and Alphonse, on their journey to get back their bodies. After a transmutation goes wrong, Al is left without a body while Ed only lost his leg and arm. They are in search of the philosopher’s stone. Ed becomes a State Alchemist to get them ‘not-open-to-public’ information. They uncover more than they bargained for on their journey.

     

    Why I chose this anime: I loved the manga, so naturally I wanted to watch the animes. I heard that Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood was closer to the manga while the original anime series differed greatly. So I loved the anime almost as much as the manga. If you are set for an anime with adventure and action, this is it!


  • Anime of the Week: Kiki’s Delivery Service

    Kiki’s Delivery Service

    魔女の宅急便

    Kiki's Delivery Service
    An animated film produced by Studio Ghibli in 1989. It was directed by Hayao Miyazaki and is an adaption of Eiko Kadono’s 1985 novel. The film has won the Animage Anime Grand Prix prize and was the first to be released after the Disney and Ghibli partnership.


    Kiki’s Delivery Service is about a young witch that moves into a human town along with her talking cat Jiji. The two are there to become a stronger team and a better witch. She uses her flying ability and broom to work as a delivery girl and earn a living. She works for a bakery owner that allows her to live with her as well. She meets many friends along the way as well as a love interest Tombo.


    There are many themes to the movie but the biggest one is the coming of age for teenage Japanese girls. It is a movie about reliance and independence. In the original Japanese version Kiki gets to the point that she can no longer understand what Jiji is saying. This represents that Kiki is getting older and childish things are no longer available for her.

    Kiki's Delivery Service

    Why I chose this anime: This anime was an old favorite of mine. I did watch it when I was younger not knowing what anime was. Jiji was always my favorite character. I love the simple story line with the complex lesson of growing up.


  • Anime of the Week: Samurai Deeper Kyo

    Samurai Deeper Kyo

    サムライ ディーパー キョウ

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    Samurai Deeper Kyo was written and illustrated by Akimine Kamijyo. Another anime set in the period of Edo Japan. Demon Eyes Kyo is a feared samurai in search of his body. His soul was sealed within his rivals body, Mibu Kyoshiro. Shiina Yuya is the heir to Tokugawa shogunate Benitora and helps Kyo along the way. Sanada Yukimura also helps Kyo even if a Tokugawa rival.
    From October 1999 to May 2006, the series ran in Kodansha’s Weekly Shonen Magazine. The series ran to a total of 38 volumes. In 2002 Samurai Deeper Kyo was adapted into an anime series.from July of that year to December 2002, the series ran on TV Tokyo with a total of 26 episodes.

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    Why I chose this anime: This anime is a great samurai anime as well as adventure. Any anime fan should have this anime on their watch list.