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I just rewatched Nostalgia Critic`s review of the Power Rangers movie. And i finally decided to make a log about the only thing that bothered me. And good to see that he didn't do any real research what so ever otherwise he would have know the in the Japanese version the Black Frog Ranger is called Jiraiya who is a very well developed character btw. sound familliar?XD

Yep he kinda called the perve sage lame too in a way....  FROG/TOAD POWER AINT LAME!!!!

(O and if he did do some research he would also know that Repulsa`s voice aint in synch because Saban used the old Bandora Footage from ZyuRanger and dubbed it so he could have left that question out. double lame!) and yes i already posted there too week ago lol
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Animator Hidenori Matsubara to Appear at Otakon© 

Baltimore, MD (June 29, 2009) – Character designer, illustrator and animator Hidenori Matsubara, perhaps best known for his character design work on the Oh My Goddess! OAV series and the Sakura Wars games, will be a guest at Otakon 2009.

As a young and hungry animator, Matsubara worked as an in-betweener on the Project A-Ko movies. From there, he served as an animator on Bubblegum Crisis and Gunbuster. Graduating to animation director for Nadia: Secret of Blue Water, he completed the opening animation for Bubblegum Crash, and then served as animation director on Otaku no Video (the inspiration for Otakon). Other credits in this period include work as an animator on Perfect Blue, Gunsmith Cats, and the original Neon Genesis Evangelion series. For the Oh My Goddess! series (and later for the movie), Matsubara served as character designer and chief animation director; more recently, he was character designer for The Count of Monte Cristo. He also served as the character designer of the hit game series Sakura Wars.

Currently, Matsubara is working under Hideaki Anno as an animator and animation director on the new series of Evangelion movies.

Otakon 2009 will be held July 17-19 at the Baltimore Convention Center in Baltimore, Maryland.

ABOUT OTAKON AND OTAKORP, INC.: Now entering its sixteenth year, Otakon is an annual celebration of Japanese and East Asian popular culture, and also one of the largest gatherings of fans in the United States. Otakon celebrates popular culture as a gateway to deeper understanding of Asian culture, and has grown along with the enthusiasm for anime, manga, video games, and music from the Far East. Since 1999, Otakon has been held in Baltimore, Maryland; currently, Otakon is one of Baltimore's few large, city-wide events, drawing over 22,000 individual members for three days each year (for a paid attendance of over 60,000 "turnstile" attendees). Otakon is a membership-based convention sponsored by Otakorp, Inc., a Pennsylvania-based, 501(c)3 educational non-profit whose mission is to promote the appreciation of Asian culture, primarily through its media and entertainment. Otakorp, Inc. is directed by an all-volunteer, unpaid staff – we are run by fans, for fans.

For more information about Otakorp, Inc., see http://www.otakon.com/otakorp/index.asp

For more information and the latest news on Otakon 2009, see http://www.otakon.com/

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Producer Yukio Kikukawa to Appear at Otakon©

Best Known for Legend of the Galactic Heroes 

Baltimore, MD (June 29, 2009) – Producer and mega fan Yukio Kikukawa will be a guest at Otakon 2009.

Producer Yukio Kikukawa has invested over a decade of his career producing the 162 episodes and three features of the epic Legend of the Galactic Heroes. His most recently producers the 26-episode series Tytania, another space opera based on the books by LoGH author Yoshiki Tanaka.

As a rare member of the Japanese anime industry from an American-style fandom background (a science-fiction convention-goer), he achieved the status of alpha fan when he chaired Anime Expo Tokyo in 2004.

Otakon 2009 will be held July 17-19 at the Baltimore Convention Center in Baltimore, Maryland.

ABOUT OTAKON AND OTAKORP, INC.: Now entering its sixteenth year, Otakon is an annual celebration of Japanese and East Asian popular culture, and also one of the largest gatherings of fans in the United States. Otakon celebrates popular culture as a gateway to deeper understanding of Asian culture, and has grown along with the enthusiasm for anime, manga, video games, and music from the Far East. Since 1999, Otakon has been held in Baltimore, Maryland; currently, Otakon is one of Baltimore's few large, city-wide events, drawing over 22,000 individual members for three days each year (for a paid attendance of over 60,000 "turnstile" attendees). Otakon is a membership-based convention sponsored by Otakorp, Inc., a Pennsylvania-based, 501(c)3 educational non-profit whose mission is to promote the appreciation of Asian culture, primarily through its media and entertainment. Otakorp, Inc. is directed by an all-volunteer, unpaid staff – we are run by fans, for fans.

For more information about Otakorp, Inc., see http://www.otakon.com/otakorp/index.asp

For more information and the latest news on Otakon 2009, see http://www.otakon.com/

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Director/Producer Noboru Ishiguro

to Make First Visit to Otakon© 

Baltimore, MD (June 29, 2009) – Director, producer, and president of Artland, Noboru Ishiguro will make his first visit to Otakon.

Ishiguro most notably formed a Hawaiian band in college and played the ukulele there. He, in fact, had offers to go pro, but thankfully, he chose an anime career instead.

As a director, some of his notable titles are Space Battleship Yamato (first series and first two movies), Macross (original TV series and Do You Remember Love), Megazone 23, Legend of the Galactic Heroes, and Tytania. Ishiguro wrote the story for Megazone 23, based on his personal experience: having witnessed how easily the government mechanism can make the public believe distorted truths and motivate them into war. Ishiguro founded his studio, Artland, and still runs it as president after its acquisition by Marvelous Entertainment.

Otakon 2009 will be held July 17-19 at the Baltimore Convention Center in Baltimore, Maryland.

ABOUT OTAKON AND OTAKORP, INC.: Now entering its sixteenth year, Otakon is an annual celebration of Japanese and East Asian popular culture, and also one of the largest gatherings of fans in the United States. Otakon celebrates popular culture as a gateway to deeper understanding of Asian culture, and has grown along with the enthusiasm for anime, manga, video games, and music from the Far East. Since 1999, Otakon has been held in Baltimore, Maryland; currently, Otakon is one of Baltimore's few large, city-wide events, drawing over 22,000 individual members for three days each year (for a paid attendance of over 60,000 "turnstile" attendees). Otakon is a membership-based convention sponsored by Otakorp, Inc., a Pennsylvania-based, 501(c)3 educational non-profit whose mission is to promote the appreciation of Asian culture, primarily through its media and entertainment. Otakorp, Inc. is directed by an all-volunteer, unpaid staff – we are run by fans, for fans.

For more information about Otakorp, Inc., see http://www.otakon.com/otakorp/index.asp

For more information and the latest news on Otakon 2009, see http://www.otakon.com/

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I bend gas.  I think you know what I mean.
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THQ*ICE TO SHOWCASE ŒDRAGONICA ONLINE¹ AT ANIME EXPO® 2009

Attendees of Convention Gain Entry into Exclusive Closed Beta Test

LOS ANGELES, CA ­ June 29, 2009 ­ Allowing anxious fans the chance to play
new content for the very first time, online game operator THQ*ICE LLC today
announced the consumer debut of Dragonica Online
(http://dragonica.thqice.com <http://dragonica.thqice.com> ) for North
America during the nation¹s largest anime and manga convention, Anime Expo®
2009, from July 2 ­ July 5, 2009 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. More
information can be found at www.anime-expo.org <http://www.anime-expo.org> .

Located in booth #428 in the H Hall, THQ*ICE is giving convention goers
access to one of the most highly anticipated free-to-play, massively
multiplayer online (MMO) games of 2009. While supplies last, fans that visit
the Dragonica Online booth will receive a special Activation Key that gets
them exclusive access to the game¹s Closed Beta Test in advance of its
launch this Fall. Throughout the show, THQ*ICE will be hosting a variety of
promotions including a raffle for limited-edition Dragonica Online wall
scrolls, a special Anime Expo-themed in-game item and more!

³This is the first time any U.S. anime convention has been incorporated and
immortalized in any MMO game,² states Ms. Liyin Liang Anime Expo Convention
Chairwoman. ³We are happy to work with THQ*ICE and have them bring such an
amazing and exciting game to our convention!²

³We are excited to officially unveil Dragonica Online to our fans at this
year¹s Anime Expo and let them experience new content for the very first
time,² said Aaron Dean, Marketing Manager for Dragonica Online. ³As part of
our commitment to our fans, everyone who stops by our booth will be able to
demo new game content, receive special prizes and have the opportunity to
get an Activation Key for our Closed Beta Test. We look forward to the event
and the chance to get feedback on their experience which we¹ll then use to
create the best game possible.²

Fans who are unable to attend Anime Expo but are interested in participating
in the Closed Beta Test can register at http://dragonica.thqice.com
<http://dragonica.thqice.com> for the chance to receive a Closed Beta Test
Activation Key.

Developed by Barunson Interactive, Dragonica Online is the first MMO to
merge 3D side-scrolling, fast-paced combat and a hilarious, yet devastating,
skill system. Join the quest to vanquish the threat of evil - explore a
fantastical world rife with monsters to battle, challenges to overcome and
adventures to discover. Choose your class, master powerful skills and grow
your character into a legendary hero.

Anime Expo® 2009 Official Guests of Honor include Yun Kouga, Hiroyuki
Imaishi, Daisuke Ishiwatari, Yosuke Kuroda, Toshimichi Mori, Toshiyuki
Morikawa, Morning Musume, Yasuhiro Nightow, Atsushi Nishigori, Satoshi
Nishimura, Takashi Okazaki and Kari Wahlgren.

Attendees, Press and Industry Members are also encouraged to view the video
coverage site of the 2008 convention at www.axbackstage.org.

Red & Black Sponsors include: FUNimation, Silver Sponsors include: Anime
News Network and Digital Manga Press, Patron Sponsors include: COPIC,
Central Park Media and The Right Stuf, Media Sponsors include: ImaginAsian
TV, Animation Magazine, Anime Insider Magazine, Anime News Network and UTB
Hollywood.

About THQ*ICE LLC <http://www.thqice.com>
THQ*ICE LLC is an online games operator specializing in casual massively
multiplayer online (MMO) games. As a joint venture between THQ Inc.
(NASDAQ: THQI) and ICE Entertainment, THQ*ICE combines THQ's product
development and retail publishing expertise with ICE's technology and
service operations experience. THQ*ICE is dedicated to building an online
platform of high quality games and premium content featuring free-to-play,
micro transaction models. Dragonica Online and its respective logo are
trademarks and/or registered trademarks of THQ*ICE LLC in the U.S.


About Anime Expo®
Located in Los Angeles, California - Anime Expo®, the nation¹s largest
anime/manga convention, serves to foster trade, commerce and the interests
of the general public and animation/ comics industry. This event serves as a
key meeting place for the general public to express their interest and
explore various aspects of anime/manga, as well as for members of the
industry to conduct business. AX 2009 will be held July 2 ­ July 5, 2009 at
the Los Angeles Convention Center in Southern California. More information
can be found at its website www.anime-expo.org.

About Society for the Promotion of Japanese Animation
The Society for the Promotion of Japanese Animation (SPJA) is a non-profit
organization with a mission to popularize and educate the American public
about anime and manga, as well as provide a forum to facilitate
communication between professionals and fans. This organization is more
popularly known by its entertainment property ­ Anime Expo®. More
information can be found at its website www.spja.org.

The statements made in this press release that are not historical facts are
"forward-looking statements." These forward-looking statements are based on
current expectations and assumptions that are subject to risks and
uncertainties. The Company cautions readers of this press release that a
number of important factors could cause Anime Expo®/SPJA¹s actual future
results to differ materially from those expressed in any such
forward-looking statements. Such factors include, without limitation,
product delays, industry competition, rapid changes in technology and
industry standards, protection of proprietary rights, maintenance of
relationships with key personnel, vendors and third-party developers,
international economic and political conditions. The Company may change its
intention, belief or expectation, at any time and without notice, based upon
any changes in such factors, in the Company's assumptions or otherwise. The
Company undertakes no obligation to release publicly any revisions to any
forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date
hereof or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.


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The Summer 2009 schedule has started!  Here's what looks interesting to me:

Also a quick note about my reviews (or lack of).  Yes, I have no reviews for any anime (and I've watched a lot).  I'm not really a person who writes paragraphs in reviews (as featured in my recent game reviews @ Giant Bomb).  I'm a concise, bullet-point style writer listing the good and bad points of the title.  So I'll try and review some of the recent (or my favourite) anime I've watched fully (from start to end).
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Well, lately it's come to my attention (especially after reading the most recent two chapters of Pandora Hearts) that there are some pretty damn good looking guys in the manga series I've been reading lately. Most notable are of course, Sebastian from Kuroshitsuji, Grell (Kuroshitsuji) even though he's kinda creepy, Break Xerxes (funny and pretty at the same time), Vincent Nightray (a sexy sadist is what he's been called by some of my friends, yeah...), and Vincents brother Gilbert AKA Raven just to name a few. The most recent character that I can note as strikingly attractive is Glenn Baskerville from Pandora Hearts (he's like, an evil version of Sebastian in my opinion). Anyway, this leads me to a question; does my thinking these males are attractive mean that I might be gay? I mean, I'm sure it sounds silly but I'm just not quite sure. o_o;;

Edit: Just a small minor detail I'll add in here as well. I really fancy Loveless which is, needless to say, a Shonen-Ai series. Now shonen-ai doesn't bother me at all. Yaoi I can't stand but shonen-ai isn't all that bad.
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Life

I've recently graduated high school. I don't feel particularly any different because the following Monday, I went (and am currently still) in a summer chemistry course at a community college. However, I'm quite happy to not have six classes in one day. I'm looking forward to the college life quite frankly. High school had its moments but I'm awaiting better adventures in college.

Other than that, my life has been great. Nothing major has happened and I'm quite content in relaxing this summer. This general chemistry course is not difficult but I'm not surprised.

I don't really like any of my graduation solo pictures so you can just take a gander at my new hair cut with that tiny pic of me in graduation attire:

New hair cut
New hair cut

Cosplaying Choices

Since I have a bit more free time, I'm contemplating what cosplay I should work on next. There are a couple of ones I've thought up though I'm still not sure which one I'd want to choose. And here is my list...

Tsumugi from K-On!
Outfit: either the school uniform or the ED outfit
I was thinking Mio first but I've seen too many Mio cosplayers at cons/photos and I rarely see the other characters so I'm thinking Mugi. I also have fairly large eyebrows that I don't want to pluck so I thought she'd be perfect (well Mugi's eyebrows look cuter but that's beside the point). I would love to get (or make) a keytar hahaha. There is almost no love for the keytar. I've only watched episode 6 (from the point of posting this blog) so I may change my mind but so far Mugi is the one I wanna cosplay as.





Sakura from Tsubasa Chronicles
Outfit:  her original one or the chess one or... her bajillion other ones.
As much as I would rather cosplay as Fai/Fye/Fay (too many iterations of his name exists), I don't think I would be able to pull it off. And frankly, Sakura's outfits look a lot cuter. Sakura isn't my favorite character from the series but she's quite adorable in most of her outfits.





Yoko from Gurren Lagann
Outfit: the one with the thigh high boots and motor jacket thing. (I dub it... motojacket. :])
Hmm... well I already cosplayed as the original one so I might as well just buy thigh high boots and make a jacket and I'd be done... but I've tried to look for material for that jacket and it's difficult to find. And I have no idea how to add the designs on her jacket without making it look like poo.






Neliel from Bleach
Outfit: the white Espada one
She's quite adorable as a kid but I'd rather cosplay her adult form. And that green outfit of hers has no shoes and I like my cosplays to have shoes... I like green and I've wanted to buy a green wig in the longest time... which brings me to my next choice...







Rydia from Final Fantasy IV
Outfit: the latest DS release one
One of my favorite FF games is IV (the other being VI) and I've always considered Rydia as a choice to cosplay as. The only problem is she has the weirdest boots ever and I have no idea how I would do that. If I end up cosplaying as her, it'd be the recent DS outfit since the Amano one has funky hair...





Super duper minor choice edit that I totally forgot: I've also thought up of Grell or Madam Red from Kuroshitsuji but ehh. Those are just minor choices. They aren't high on my cosplay list so they don't get a mini entry here.


So I pose my question to you readers out there... which cosplay do you think I should work on (and why if possible)? I'm still undecided despite having this list so I thought I should just ask for others' opinions. =]
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wow.  So, let me first say I've been on AV for quite a while, checkin out news and all sorts of interesting tidbits.  Our hosts seem fun and rather for the cause, which is Otaku-ism, is it not?  So now I will introduce myself.  Hi, I'm nabe-sama, and I'm a japan-holic.  In further posts when I've more time and focus to do so, I will list more pertinent information.  Until then, it's nice to be here!
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Most definitely THE AVATAR! :P



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A sub-Type of water bending which Katara chickened out from this tech, IT alows you to also manipulate the human body via circulation puppetry.


Pretty Cool
Pretty Cool
If you have seen Speed Grapher then you know what that dude (Suitengu) is fully capable of, and with Blood-bending anything related to that is possible XD













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I think i'd rather leave the bending and be buddies with Sokka and be sarcastic all the time. xD

However i guess i would like to be "The Boulder!" :P
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