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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
( <> ) 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 <> .

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
<> 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

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

About THQ*ICE LLC <>
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

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

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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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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[or, thoughts on "Queen's Blade" and related shows.]

I was going to write this upon finishing the summary (if you can call it that) of the last episode of Queen's Brade/Blade. But first, I was sorta kinda drunk. Second, the "review" button for the series does not appear to be functioning. And I will be damned if I have to write a review of each individual episode.

So how will I sum it up? It is a step above Ikkitousen (or "Battle Vixens" if you saw the manga on US bookstore shelves).

Let's start out with a quick recap of Ikkitousen for the sake of comparison: The story there was about big breasted girls (and a few dudes) who were the reincarnated aspects of legendary warriors/nations from the whole Romance of the Three Kingdoms tale, with a clothes-ripping rate that I thought couldn't be beat until I saw QB. I call this franchise "self-hating hentai." Why? Because on one hand it wanted to be a shonen action manga with some school stuff on the side, and on the other hand someone wanted a child-sized R3K story. But someone else wanted sexy, big-breasted girls so that they could sell it to horny teenagers and older otaku. Unfortunately, the fight between these forces was never quite resolved, and so anyone who saw the anime/manga ended up getting the worst of all sides: a series that gave liberal amounts of fighting and all the nudity it could get without showing actual nipples, crotch or any sexual acts. As a friend of mine wrote after dragging himself through the first season (without any alcohol, God help him): "Next time? Decide if you want grimdark, hentai, or romantic high school comedy with combat. Don't try all three. Because it just doesn't f**king work."

Going into Queen's Blade, we can say that there were two forces at work here: The side that wanted to sell toys/gamebooks/dolls/figures and wanted a show with a vague plot to tie them all together, and the side that didn't think it would sell unless the main characters were all sexy, big-breasted woman (with the exception of a couple characters for the lolicons out there). In this case, the latter side mostly won out (although there was reportedly an alternate "censored" version aired on some Japanese channels), and unlike Ikkitousen they didn't seem too confused about their goal: Show off the characters with as much cleavage and sex as possible so you can sell the toys, but not so much that it gets classified as "hentai" and shoved into a dark room somewhere. I think that's what made this show a little more watchable for me than Ikkitousen: it didn't try to hide the fact that it was all about the T&A, and that the paper-thin plot about a grand tournament was just an excuse to parade it on display.

But enough bitching about the meta stuff, how did the actual show pan out? Pretty much exactly how I expected. It was a long parade of fanservice, only interrupted by the occasional fight scene or dialogue sequence where Claudette got angry about something. The only character in my opinion that showed anything more than one-dimension in this show was the warrior-miko Tomoe, who actually tried her best not to fall in with the fanservice-y aspects of the show, though the writers dealt with that little discrepancy in the second half of the series. This thing would've been written off as a piece of crap if not for the "acid-shooting boobies" of the demonic bunnygirl, which was probably a first for a genre where you think you've seen everything that could be done to animated women. It's probably for that reason that any of us took note of the show. That act alone in the first episode probably set an unreasonably high bar of innovation in the hentai-ish aspects of the show that they couldn't match (except the tit-biting snake lady came pretty close), but they did manage to satisfy at least one fetish per episode.

So if you want my recommendation, go ahead and watch this show if you want some cheap hentai-thing to watch or if you're interested in a drinking game (take one shot every time someone's clothes get ripped, and two shots when a fetish gets invoked though knowing TV Tropes' version of Rule 36 you'll probably die of alcohol poisoning shortly after). Watch it if you really, really want to know the backstory of those characters in the books and figurines that you might have bought. But trust me, you're better off spending your time on a better series, like Seikon no Qwaser. At least in that series, they offer some hard science along with the fanservice/borderline-hentai content. You think acid-shooting boobies are bad? Wait until you see masochistic twin girls who secrete the element of Mercury.

But on related note, whatever happened to the GI Joe version of selling toys? Y'know, the kind where you have an incompetent team of superheroes versus an even dumber team of villains who use the very same vehicles and characters that kids could buy on shelves and man-children could laugh at before smuggling them out of the Toys R Us? I'm assuming they still have those kinds of shows in Japan, right? Otherwise, Power Rangers would've ended and there would only be 150 Pokemon. Perhaps that's the same reason that Power Rangers keeps getting syndicated, Queen's Blade is going to run another season, and Pokemon/Digimon/Beyblade/[Generic Toy Monster Show] will never f**king end.
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Here I am again, writing about anime characters appearing on "best X" lists. I generally dislike the general concept of list stories, especially if individual items are broken up into their own "slideshow" pages (such as UGO and Forbes) but I feel like I should mention whenever anime/manga characters make appearances in such features.

Matt Atchitchy of Rotten Tomatoes ran a Total Recall column about the 50 best movie robots in commemoration with the release of Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen in theaters and Motoko Kusanagi (Ghost in the Shell) placed 12th, ahead of Maria from Metropolis but behind Tom Servo & Crow T. Robot from Mystery Science Theater 3000. His blurb about her:
In our opinion, Trinity from The Matrix owes more than a little bit to Major Kusanagi. They both wear tight clothes and they both are willing to jump through the windows of office towers.
The other list I want to mention is Penthouse's "Vixens of Fiction" feature. Though this one doesn't seem to be intentionally ranked like RT's was, Motoko appears at #27 while Faye Valentine (Cowboy Bebop) shows up a little later at #29.
From her oversize breasts to her long legs, this deeply intelligent beauty in Ghost in the Shell has the best cybernetic body we’ve seen. She’s also very well-armed. 


Hot pants have gone out of style, sadly, but this curvy bounty hunter in Cowboy Bebop sports bright yellow ones most of the time, and oozes sex—and sarcasm. That ain’t no crime.
Both are among my favorite female characters from anime/manga but even if they weren't, I don't think I'd mind their appearances in either list. Other comments about the Penthouse list are I had forgotten that Maleficent was the villain in Disney's version of Sleeping Beauty and I'd never heard of Brenda Starr before since the comic strip doesn't run in the local papers.

P.S. Since the last four lists I've linked to have been about women, I should try to find at least one about dudes, "hunks", or male characters in general for a sense of gender equality or some similar ideal!
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  Need I say more?

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This blog is taking break for the next few weeks. The events of the past month is too much even for the Anon of the Internet to bare. Its time for the Anon to go back to the things that makes him human. The world has seen the dirt and utter detritus of a nation whose great statements have fallen by the way side, by the evil governments, the media that has already capliculated these same governments, and has taken away those that refuse to let the world push them down to roles and styles that were thrown away by these same elite.

These are the times that test men's souls. Let God handle what is God, and let man not try to play God. Man's perfidy beautifully told in the great works of Tesuka. We as a civilization is destined to die a slow painful death with no respite, no remorse, nor joy. Man has taken away his own divinity for 30 pieces of Lucre. We will breed ourselves to nothingness and nothingness we shall return. We are Political Prisoners, waiting to be sent to jail for the wrong comic book and are you shocked when other countries want to protect their culture? Racism never had a better advocate. 

The world is enough without us. The only Prayer i have left from my damned soul is this.

To these four who have passed from the sight of human misery,

May God Protect Them and Keep Them.
May God Above Give them the grace they have always desired
May the Lord, the great and terrible King, have the light shine upon these souls,
and finally place them in His Forever-lasting, Perfect and Neverending Peace.

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Well at 9 pm UK time I will be off to see blood, So what do you think this film is going to be like? I will be writing a review when I get back and Im hoping that it will be a good one! Lets put Dragon Ball behind us and hope that the this is going to be good.
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I'm getting better at this video blogging thing. Still pretty fun for me.


Extra thoughts:

-Baku's boyfriend stats have increased 20X; I came home yesterday, and there was Romeo X Juliet (first half of season) on DVD
 sitting on the table. :)
-Other Anime watched worth mentioning with brief comments:
   -2nd episode of Tsubasa Shunraiki - much better than the first. More action, questions answered, but then more are posed and you're still left thinking "WTF"
   -XXXholic (s. 1 & 2, plus OVAs)- Made of awesome sauce! Really cool with tie in to superstition and folklore. Still trying to make sense of half of the stuff Yuko says.
  For some reason, this show doesn't bother my critical eye that much except for when I'm trying to connect it with Tsubasa. I don't find myself overanalyzing it. :)
  -Finished Kuroshitsuji. Such a badass show! Think Addams Family crossed with Scooby Doo (although the "dog" comes in late, doesn't talk, and isn't in every episode).   
  Starts out seeming like a dark comedy, but turns into a big, complicated mystery. Add in angels and demons, the apocalypse of sorts, and 19th c. Victorian clothing & social
  moirees and BAM! you've got yourself a fantastic gothic horror that is true credit to the genre!

Mmmm...going to get back to some anime viewing and wiki business. No work tomorrow!

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