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SPOILERS ahead, I suppose.
 
Out of "boredom" I decided to ride my bike to Kinokuniya Bookstore in San Jose on Wednesday. While there, I ended up buying Gurren Lagann (not the school one*) manga vol. 4 (it's in Japanese). Why? Because, I figured why not: I couldn't find any other volumes, and I have a habit of buying things I don't "need." 
So I read it later at home. Well, it's not horrible, but not perfect either. Heck, I don't even know what to rate this thing. So instead, I'll point out some stuff that sticks out to me:  
 
  1. Apparently, this volume takes place after episode 8 of the tv show, then brings in elements from the first movie= Some of it works, some of it doesn't.
  2. Yoko firing Simon's drill out of her gun in order to save Nia= Ok, but no swimsuit (no beach chapter, oh well)
  3.  The speech!= Talk about akward looking 0_o   
  4.  Boota biting SImon in the butt= lol, motivation.  
  5. Well, that's all for now. Any questions? Feel free to ask me, I guess.
  6. *=I bought the school manga in San Francisco last Saturday
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I came across these in the course of my own graphic novel/manga research, and while they're a tad outside both my own interests and the scope of my [other] blog, I knew there was an audience somewhere for this stuff; I'm a nice guy, so I thought I'd do a write up for you. 

Graphic-Sha -- perhaps sensing the sea change among casual fans away from Manga-style art (which is a damn lot of work) toward the cute outfits (which are also a damn lot of work but which get a much better ego-stoking-reaction at American cons) -- have started the How to Cosplay Series, announced and released to little fanfare back in the spring (ANN had the press release) (yeah, I don't remember seeing it either).

If this is anything like Graphic-Sha's How to Draw Manga series, we can look forward to many, many volumes culled from Japanese sources and translated into English.  Two volumes are currently available, vol 3 releases at the end of the month, and after that it looks like we'll be getting one new volume a month for quite a while.  The list price on these is either $19.99 or $24.99 (of course you can find them online for less) but I can't determine an overall pricing strategy here... maybe it depends on length?

 Here are the volumes I've been able to find so far.

[item descriptions from online sales sites; I'm assuming they were provided to Amazon, B&N, et al. by the publisher and such are fair game.] 

vol 1 Transformations & Special Effects Makeup, currently available.  isbn 9784766119602 
"There are a number of books out there on making the costumes for cosplaying, but until now, there have been none that specialize in cosplay make-up. Taking full advantage of the know-how amassed through its publication of various how-to books, Graphic-sha has produced a detailed and thorough book on how to do cosplay make-up. Graphic-sha has obtained the necessary authorization to use the popular (and copyrighted) anime, manga, and game characters featured in the book, and can present the actual make-up techniques needed to reproduce them accurately! Using familiar materials and items, professional make-up artists present complete lectures on such topics as Basics/Cross-dressing/Using face paint/Special wound and make-up/Covering facial faults! Also featured are exclusive reports on major cosplay events!"


vol 2 Japanese Style Costumes, currently available.  isbn 9784766119619
"Characters in Japanese-style costumes are a cosplay staple, so How to Cosplay includes in-depth tutorials on how to craft easy-to-arrange costumes, beginning with the basics of materials and sewing machines. Ninja costumes, haori and hakama for samurai costumes, one-piece kimono and casual clothes - you can also freely combine the different parts to make your own original variations! From larger pieces such as outer coats, sleeves, haori, and hakama to smaller ones such as hoods, coverings for the back of the hands, and leggings, How to Cosplay features basic designs that are easily arranged and tutorials on techinques that will allow you to produce beautiful costumes. Includes a CD-ROM containing sewing patterns for different costume parts in different sizes, complete with pattern grids to make them easy to use!"


vol 3 Manga, Anime, & Game Characters; Aug 29.  isbn 9784766119916
"Experience to the fullest the latest cosplay information from Japan, the home of cosplay!! Cosplaying - in which fans dress up as their favorite manga, anime and game characters- is exploding in popularity around the world. And the place all these fans admire is of course-Japan ! Cosplayers around the globe want to know which characters Japanese fans are interested in now, how they express that interest, and what techniques they use to bring those characters to life. How to Cosplay 3: COS*Style is the project we've developed to meet those fans' desires. The book features lots of great photos of the best cosplayers from cosplay events all over Japan. Details of costumes and weapons are shown from many different angles, and the book includes a wide variety of ideas for costume execution and hair and make-up arrangement. It's an excellent reference book. The How to Cosplay series editors and camaramen are in charge of production."


vol 4 Wigs & Contact Lenses, Sep 29.  isbn 9784766119848
"Your costume and make-up are perfect, but you find that you're still worried about one thing - WIGS! In order to thoroughly become your favorite character, wigs are indispensable, but for beginners, they're tough to handle. This book explains in detail the techniques used at a cosplay-specialty beauty salon, using both lectures and photos. The differences between wig materials, how to maintain and store wigs, how to process wigs, vertical rolls, corkscrew curls, pompadours, Japanese hairstyles and more - all will be fully explained. The second feature compares 60 different types of color contact lens, complete with lessons for beginners on how to put in and take out contact lenses safely."


vol 5 Gothic & Lolita, Oct 29.  isbn 9784766120035
"Announcing a new stylebook from Japan, the birthplace of Gothic and Lolita fashion! 'Gothic Fashion' is patterned after gothic novels set in medieval Europe and the costumes worn by nobility in the movies based on those novels, as well as the styles associated with demons, witches, and vampires. 'Lolita Fashion' takes to extremes the classical girlish tastes of young girls and women - the Lolitas made famous in Literature. This book includes Gothic and Lolita fashion zones from all across Japan, and features numerous photos from famous streets, fashion shows, and 'charisma' shops. Costumes, accessories, and tips on designing clothes, hair, and make-up are also detailed."


vol 6 Uniforms Arrangement, Nov 29.  isbn 9784766120042
"In this volume, Graphic-Sha tackles uniforms - popular costumes that appear with great frequency in anime, manga, and games. Photos and illustrations help explain clearly how to make basic uniform types, plus some of the props that complement them. Patterns for all of the uniforms are also included on the enclosed CD-ROM as PDF files."


vol 7 Props, Jan 29, 2010.  isbn 9784766120059
"Take your costume and cosplaying to the next level! No matter how much your costume looks like the real deal, no matter how perfect your hairstyle and make-up is - if the props for the character are rubbish, the effect of your costume will be ruined. In easy-to-comprehend terms, this book details how to use the same materials the pros use to create amazingly realistic props at home."

If this release schedule keeps up we can expect vol 8 in February or March (my guess is March, and with additional volumes every othe month following -- for as long as they keep up the series)
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Note: I've tried to post this a few times previously, and each time it was eaten by blog gremlins or something. I'm crossing my fingers and hoping fourth time's lucky.
 
Confession: I have not watched The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya in its entirety. Not for lack of trying, mind you. Three times I have sat down to what I believed to be the first episode only to sigh dramatically and hit stop about ten minutes in. The (not really?) first episode The Adventures of Mikuru Asahina over-stays its welcome like a Saturday Night Live sketch. I just can't muster the attention span to finish it. 
 
With Haruhi back in the news recently I decided to give it a fourth try. This time, however, I remembered a story Margaret Atwood once told about overhearing two women in a grocery store discussing Anna Karenina. One woman was complaining that she kept trying to finish reading it but couldn't stay motivated. Margaret suggested that the woman read the last chapter first as Anna Karenina has a very dramatic death-by-train-squashing at its end. The idea was that the desire to know how the squashing comes about would provide the motivation to keep reading. With this in mind I sat down to what I believed to be the last episode of Haruhi. Foiled again. I failed to find The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya Part 6 sufficiently compelling and I've subsequently discovered it's not quite the last episode anyway.
 
So here I am. A lone nerd girl on the fringe who has only managed to get through 1 1/2 episodes of one of the more popular shows in recent years. On one hand, I feel compelled to go for a fifth round if only to be a part of the conversation. On the other hand, these Endless Eight shenanigans have me wondering if I should quit now just to avoid being trolled.
 
Therefore Internets, I ask you. Should I make another attempt to accept Haruhi into my life? If so, which episode order is recommended? Give up now and remain blissfully ignorant of Endless Eight? Watch the first season but run screaming from the second? Help a girl out here.
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closest image i could find of what they look like! 
 
   
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Right im sick of this whole Curb Stomp... GOku VS Superman: GOku Curb Stomp..... Sorry thats not an actually argument for or against. It is in fact the worst way to get you point across, If a battle is made at least have the frame of mind to post your point of view and not just CURB STOMP! I mean we all know the characters why is it a curb stomp EXPLAIN YOURSELFS . Its the dumbest thing people can post in a battle thread it tells us nothing and leads to this type of arugment "Curb Stomp".."NO WAY SUPES CURB STOMP" . If your going to debate in a battle then DEBATE! and if it is a so called curb stomp then its really just a spite thread is it not???
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 Dragging an image and dropping it in the trash when editing images should no longer suck for Internet Explorer users.  Let me know if I am lying.  Look I even made an image to explain:

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 Well activison CEo says there looking into Project Natal and Sony's motion control software for new rhythm games, though no decision has been made if future hero games may include these. Speaking of Natal and Sony's motion control, both seem like really fun ideas that could revolutionize the way we play games. Now where have we heard this before? oh right, the Wii, i'll bet these will have the same amount of success as the Wii is revolutionizing the industry 
 
 
And do you have a 360 and plan on getting FF13 for it, well be prepared to switch disks to continue cause FF13 will be on three disks for the 360, just another remider of Blu-Ray's victory over HDDVD. but if you have an Xbox 360, im sorry to say FF14 will still be a PS3 exclusive, since we all should be able to enjoy a craptastic MMO
 
 
Finally Besthesda says they will be releasing a new game in the next month of so, we already know Bethesda plans to release Fallout 3 GOTY in october, it seems a little eaily for Fallout: New Vegas and the marketing is to crappy to be a new Elder Scrolls game, so my guess is it' probably just a downloadible game for the PSN and XBL, if i were to speculate maybe remakes of the original two Elder Scrolls, but it also could be a game there just publishing, not making.
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LIVE AUTHOR CHAT WITH X-MEN: MISFITS AUTHORS ON SUVUDU.COM

Who: Raina Telgemeier (SMILE, The Baby-sitter’s Club graphic novels), Dave Roman (Agnes Quill))

When: 2 PM EST, Monday, August 24, 2009

Where: www.suvudu.com

Join the husband-and-wife comics writing team of Raina Telgemeier and Dave Roman live as they answer your questions about what it took to write X-MEN: MISFITS, a new original English-language shôjo manga featuring your favorite Marvel mutants! If you can’t make it for the live chat, feel free to send your questions in advance to delreymanga@randomhouse.com.

Other upcoming events with the X-MEN: MISFITS authors:

NYC Japan Street Fair

Signing

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Fair opens at 11 AM

Madison Avenue between 43rd and 44th Sts.

New York, NY

X-MEN: MISFITS LAUNCH PARTY

Talk & Signing

Friday, August 28, 2009

7:00 PM

Rocketship

208 Smith St.

Brooklyn, NY 11201

Brooklyn Book Festival

Panel & Signing (Raina Telgemeier)

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Festival begins at 10 AM

Brooklyn Borough Hall

209 Joralemon St.

Brooklyn, NY 11201
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Death Comes To NYAF! How's that for a title? But, it's true. On Tuesday, FUNimation announced the voices of Death The Kid, Liz, and Patty in their upcoming Soul Eater -- Todd Haberkorn, Jamie Marchi, and Cherami Leigh. Today, NYAF in partnership with FUNimation is very proud to announce Todd, Jamie, and Cherami will be coming to NYAF! Todd Haberkorn, Jamie Marchi, and Cherami Leigh have given voice to some of the most popular anime characters in recent memory (visit www.newyorkanimefestival.com for their bios), and they're all coming together this Fall for Soul Eater! For those (parents) unfamiliar with Soul Eater, it's the quirky, clever story of three students determined to turn their partners, living weapons, into powerful death scythes -- weapons destined for Death himself. Charged with the task of collecting and devouring the tainted souls of ninety-nine humans and one witch to make this happen, the students strive to master their weapons as they face off against the bizarre and dangerous minions of the underworld.
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akatsuki 
 
    
 
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the noah clan 
    
 
i couldnt get a full pic but there are 12 to 13 in the noah clan
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 There was a crazy bug when using the text editor and inserting images.  Often clicking "Search this Site" in the image popup mutliple times would cause a browser crash.  This should not happen anymore.
FYI, I have tidy list of bugs that happen in the text editor on different browsers that I am still working on.  Plus I pushed out alot of bug fixes to other issues this week.  If you get a browser "CRASH" while using the text editor please let me know about it in the Bug Forums boards.  And also let me know what actions/clicks lead to the crash.  We dont want the text editor to ever crash your browser, so if it does, let me know so I can track down the problem. Thanks!
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VIZ MEDIA ADDS PUNK ROCK, HIGH FASHION, TEENAGE LOVE AND REBELLION TO ITS LIBRARY WITH THE RELEASE OF TWO NEW NOVELS: MISSIN’ AND MISSIN’ 2: KASAKO
 
Pair Of Novels Show Author’s Style Of Combining Pop Culture Sensibilities With Music, Fashion And Romance
 
San Francisco, CA, August 18, 2009 – VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), one of the entertainment industry's most innovative and comprehensive publishing, animation and licensing companies, lets readers explore themes of obsession, alienation, love, rococo and haute couture fashion, and punk rock and rebellion with novels MISSIN’ and MISSIN’ 2: KASAKO, written by best-selling author Novala Takemoto. MISSIN’ and MISSIN’ 2 are the latest additions to VIZ Media’s SHOJO BEAT imprint and will hit store shelves today. The novels will be available separately for $8.99 US / $10.50 CAN each or as a slip-case packaged set for $16.99 US / $19.99 CAN.

How far can you go to get what you want before you lose your mind?
Enter a strange world created by novelist Novala Takemoto (author of KAMIKAZE GIRLS, also available from VIZ Media) where music and the lost art of maidenly virtues walk hand-in-hand with madness. His characters stress, obsess, and sometimes get what they want... but often the life they thought they wanted is not always what they expected!

MISSIN’ focuses on obsession and how it can bring one to the brink of madness. In this bittersweet short story, the themes of KAMIKAZE GIRLS (rococo, punk rock, high fashion and rebellion) are pushed even further toward the edge of reason. A young woman estranged from the modern world longs for the feminine ideals and companionship depicted in the tales of a bygone era. When she finds her mentor in a rebellious punk rock singer named Missin, how far will her infatuation take her in a world where no one understands? And in "Little Shop at the End of the World," the designs of the legendary Vivienne Westwood keep a young woman with a secret from losing her mind.
 
MISSIN 2: KASAKO is the stylish, stressed-out sequel to MISSIN'. Stalker turned rock star Kasako has everything she ever wanted. But between the restraints of forbidden love, a suffocating record deal, and fans overdosing at their concerts, Kasako must find a way to keep hair-trigger tension pitched to a dangerous high without destroying herself. Kasako has never been what you'd call a stable girl--and this new fast-paced life may be just enough to finally push her sanity over the edge. Be careful what you wish for. You just might get it. And your dream life may turn out to be a nightmare!
 
”Novela Takemoto took Japan and then the U.S. by storm with his hugely popular novel, KAMIKAZE GIRLS, and these works, MISSIN’ and MISSIN’ 2: KASAKO show the early urgent energy and pop culture themes that later brought the author international recognition,” says Gonzalo Ferreyra, Vice President Sales & Marketing, VIZ Media. “Takemoto is loved by readers for his incorporation of all that is dark, cool, different and defiant, and these new novels will delight fans of rock and roll, high fashion, romance and rebellion in all its wonderful forms!”
 
Novala Takemoto was born in Kyoto and was a candidate for the Yukio Mishima Prize for Literature two years in a row with EMILY in 2003 and LOLITA in 2004. He has published more than a dozen works. In addition to KAMIKAZE GIRLS, Takemoto's other novels include ULOKO HIME, TWINS, A CHILD ABANDONED BY DEUS, and CALPS ALPIS. In Japan a collection of his essays as well as a picture and photo book have been published, and his sequel to KAMIKAZE GIRLS was published in June of 2005.
 
About VIZ Media, LLC
Headquartered in San Francisco, CA, VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), is one of the most comprehensive and innovative companies in the field of manga (graphic novel) publishing, animation and entertainment licensing of Japanese content. Owned by three of Japan’s largest creators and licensors of manga and animation, Shueisha Inc., Shogakukan Inc., and Shogakukan-Shueisha Productions, Co., Ltd., VIZ Media is a leader in the publishing and distribution of Japanese manga for English speaking audiences in North America, the United Kingdom, Ireland, and South Africa and is a global ex-Asia licensor of Japanese manga and animation. The company offers an integrated product line including the popular monthly manga anthology SHONEN JUMP magazine, graphic novels, and DVDs, and develops, markets, licenses, and distributes animated entertainment for audiences and consumers of all ages. Contact VIZ Media at 295 Bay Street, San Francisco, CA 94133; Phone (415) 546-7073; Fax (415) 546-7086; and web site at www.VIZ.com.
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NO pulling planet 
NO pulling galexy's 
NO blowing up planets cause in the reality u can breath in space 
fight takes place cental europe
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i want to move to japan but i dont where a good place out to live at

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Ok, fist i know one of the staff already posted about one of these, but screw them this is my take on the news (please forgive me almighty staff), to add to my gaming related news i'm going to be posting these blogs, unlike the articals that make it to the actual news section, this will about all games, not just ones with heavy anime theme.
to lets go
PESSIMISTIC POWERS ACTIVATE!!
 
PS3 slim
 Well after mimicking the achevment system for the 360 (witch ripped it of from ratchet and clank's skill point system) it looks like the PS3 will now gain the ability to die while you play games, ok, might it will work great, though i dought it, i don't see them making the tank work well this also come with a price cut, this brings the chance for a PS3 comeback, an other thing i don't will happen either, most who already have a 360 probably won't go buy a PS3 with it lists of exclusives, despite it being a lot bigger then xbox 360 exclusive
 
Xbox failure
Speaking of Xboxes, a recent survey says that about 54 percent of xbox 360s sold have been hit by the red ring of death, now i do have a 360 and love it (believe or not) thus far i haven't be hit with a red ring od death, but i'm sure it will happen eventually, who would have thought that releasing some to early may cause it to suffer with issues like over heating, go figure microsoft.
 
Finally Fable 3 announced for holiday 2010
And the two people behind Fable Three, copy and paste, most likely there will be little difference in this and two, put hopefully it will have a decent story, yea right, like that will happen.
 
 For those who want to see more upbeat takes on the news, i'm sorry but my optimistic.exe doesn't seem to be compatible with vista, another thanks to Microsoft jk
i'll try to be more optimistic next time
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HELLO! PROJECT AND CRUNCHYROLL TEAM UP TO BRING A SPECIAL WORLD EXCLUSIVE
ONLINE VIDEO ANNOUNCEMENT FROM MORNING MUSUME

Lead Group of Hello! Project to Appear on the Number One Online Destination
for Anime and Asian Entertainment

San Francisco, CA (August 19, 2009)  Within the last days of their live
concert shows at the Nakano Sun Plaza, celebrated lead group of Hello!
Project, MORNING MUSUME, will be sending out a special message to all their
fans via the number one online destination for Anime and Asian Entertainment
& Crunchyroll.   More information can be found at
http://www.crunchyroll.com.

Crunchyroll Kabushiki Kaisha president Mr. Vince Shortino states,  I am
extremely pleased and honored to be working with Hello! Project.  Morning
Musume is an amazing band with a worldwide following.  By utilizing
Crunchyroll to communicate with fans, I truly feel that Crunchyroll can help
bring the global fans of Morning Musume closer.

WHAT: Special message from mega super J-Pop Band Morning Musume
WHEN: Thursday; August 20, 2009; 12:00 pm (noon) PST
WHERE: www.crunchyroll.com <http://www.crunchyroll.com>

About MORNING MUSUME
The MORNING MUSUME (â0ü0Ë0ó0°0Z.  Morning Daughter) is a one of a kind
all-girl group whose story began in 1997 when Japanese producer TSUNKU held
auditions for a female rock vocalist for his band SHARAN Q held on the
Japanese TV show ASAYAN.  With the five runner-ups from the contest, Tsunku
decided to create an all-girl group that sold 50,000 copies of their indies
CD single  Ai no Tane and debuted as  MORNING MUSUME. They are the lead
group of Hello! Project <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hello!_Project> .

MORNING MUSUME consists of band members Ai Takahashi, Risa Niigaki, Eri
Kamei, Sayumi Michishige, Reina Tanaka, Koharu Kusumi, Aika Mitsui, JunJun,
and LinLin.

About Crunchyroll

Crunchyroll is an online video service and community that offers full-length
episodes and movies of the very best in Japanese anime and Asian
entertainment. Crunchyroll's content is provided by Asian media leaders
including TV TOKYO, Shueisha, d-rights, Fuji Creative Corporation, Pony
Canyon, Yomiuri Telecasting Corporation, Toei Animation, Gonzo, Munhwa
Broadcasting Corporation America, and many others.

Crunchyroll was founded in June 2006 and has offices in San Francisco and
Tokyo. Crunchyroll is a pioneer and innovator in the Japanese anime industry
and the only video service in the world to offer hit programs like NARUTO
SHIPPUDEN, GINTAMA and many others online to its subscribers within one hour
of its Japanese broadcast. Crunchyroll is a member of the Association of
Japanese Animations (AJA) and the Licensing International Merchandisers
Association (LIMA) and is funded by leading venture capital firm, Venrock.


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