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Tora Dora “Taiga Ryuuji”

So cute as ever

Taiga Aisaka of Tora Dora is really cute, don’t you think? I mean despite of her negative attitude towards other people, a kind heart underlies beneath it all. She values her friends so much that she’s willing to give her own happiness for them makes me think that she’s cuter than anyone else in the story.

At first, I was so curious about this little girl’s character. She looks exactly like Shana of Shakugan no shana and I was really surprised knowing that the person who voiced Taiga (who is actually Rie Kugimiya) was the same person who voiced shana! She doesn’t looked mean to me at all but is a funny,cute, adorable little lady ^_^.

Taiga Aisaka is the female lead in the series. She’s small but terrible. Everyone calls her “Palmtop Tiger” or “Te nori Taiga” in japanese terms. She’s cute and she’s good in fights especially using that wooden stick. Though she’s good at snapping people in brutal ways, she’s a shy, sensitive little girl inside. She’s living all alone herself because of personal issues regarding her family. She came from a rich family that’s why living alone is kinda difficult for her since she don’t know any household chores. She started relying on Ryuuji knowing that Ryuuji is an expert when it comes to things like that. She even referred Ryuuji As his “dog”. But as the story goes on, she later developed feelings for Ryuuji.

Stupid Chihua versus Palmtop TIGER!

While I was watching the series, I  like some of the characters and dislike one of the leading characters of Tora dora, Yep.. that’s right it’s Ami Kawashima,the stupid chihuahua. I do hate her really. I hate her when she acts somewhat “angel-like” (as if she was) infront of other people especially when boys are around. She kinda irked me.Yep.. she’s beautiful outside but I’ll give you a big “NO” of her attitude. She pretends to be someone she’s not and that’s what I hate about her. Compared to Taiga, who’s just being herself without fearing that people will not like her. Her being true to her self is what makes her a very attractive person. I think that’s the reason why Kitamura loved her despite of the negative attitude she have. But I was a little sad for taiga when kitamura found someone else to love, the student council president.

They really suit each other ^_^

The best partners here are Ryuuji Takasu and Taiga Aisaka. I knew this two will end up together in the end cos that’s how stories like this goes right?? The first time I saw this two, I already put in mind that this two will definitely be perfect for each other ^_^. Ryuuji Takasu may not be as handsome as Kitamura, lelouch, Tamaki-senpai or any handsome characters out there but he have something far more better than the other male leads. His gentle personality makes him good-looking despite of his scary eyes. He’s responsible and a good friend to have. I think his gentle personality made Taiga like him. Ryuuji might not notice it, but he actually liked Taiga eversince. He’s just blinded by his admiration towards Minori Kushieda, Taiga’s bestfriend.

Bestfriends Forever is it?? ^_^

Speaking of Minori Kushieda, the first time I saw her, I thought she’ll be the clown in the story and I was right ^_^ She really is the clown, but no matter how much the clown tries to hide her sadness,she can never hide it from Taiga (of course their bestfriends, they’ll definitely know what each other feels eventhough they’ll not talk). She is funny I can say that, she always wear a happy face during the beginning of the series but her true feelings then showed up in the middle part of the series. She liked Ryuuji,that’s the thing she was hiding from the start and if it wasn’t because of Ami ( my! The chihuahua sure is wise )  who keeps on giving her advice indirectly, she’ll not be able to express what she really feels. I admired her when she let Ryuuji go not for the sake of Taiga but for her sake. She probably prepared lots of courage to do that. Minorin as what Taiga usually call her is a person with great fighting spirit. That’s what make her funny, I think.

All of them are wonderful characters with different personalities!

In general, Ruuji Takasu, Taiga Aisaka, Minori Kushieda, Yusaku Kitamura and Ami Kawashima are great,great,great, GREAT!! They are the characters that you’ll love! ( mind me, I don’t like the stupid chihuahua though ) Anyways, Tora Dora is a wonderful combination of Comedy, Romance and ACTION!! ( emphasis on Taiga ), so I’ll definitely recommend it to everyone who loves ANIME! TORA DORA ,TIGER and DRAGON, TAIGA and RYUUJI!!!!!!!

Note: By the way, sorry for the errors , I’m not really good in english But that’s the best English I have for now ^_^ so, please consider my mistakes. Thank You. Have a great Anime Life there!

*Aisaka, Taiga*

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“SWORD OF THE STRANGER” coming to Blu-ray and
DVD this week; JUNE 16th street date
June 15, 2009 (Cypress, CA) – Sword of the Stranger, the samurai action anime from studio
BONES (Cowboy Bebop, Wolf’s Rain, Fullmetal Alchemist) will be released on Blu-ray and

standard definition DVD, June 16, in North America.

The acclaimed film centers a young boy whose fate becomes intertwined with a nameless
samurai and a fierce assassin. The film features character designs by Tsunenori Saito (Blood:
The Last Vampire) and was directed by Masahiro Ando. The film has already seen wide
exposure in North America: it was one of 13 films in contention for the nomination of ‘Best
Animated Feature’ for the 2008 Academy Awards and in February it played in 360 theaters

nationwide in an event produced by NCM FATHOM.

Here’s what notable creators have had to say about Sword of the Stranger:
"THE HUMAN FORM DEPICTED WITH ART AND MOTION WITH AN ELEGANT WORLD
VIEW...I HAVE TO SAY I'M QUITE IMPRESSED WITH ANDO-SAN'S WORK. IT'S AMAZING!
THIS IS A PRIME EXAMPLE OF THE SHEER JOY AND ENTERTAINMENT THAT ANIMATION
CAN HAVE." -- HIDEAKI ANNO, DIRECTOR OF EVANGELION
"I FIND THE FACT THAT THE WAY THIS MOVIE APPROACHES ITS ACTION SCENES
WITHOUT BEING CARRIED AWAY BY THE CURRENTS OF THE TIME IS VERY
RESPECTABLE. IT'S FANTASTIC!" -- KATSUHIRO OTOMO, DIRECTOR OF AKIRA
"I WAS LEFT WITHOUT WORDS. TO SEE A PERIOD PIECE DONE SO EARNESTLY...AND TO
DO SO WITH ANIMATION. I AM AMAZED!" -- MAMORU OSHII, DIRECTOR OF SKY

CRAWLERS, JIN-ROH, GHOST IN THE SHELL

"SEE SWORD ACTION THAT CAN ONLY BE DONE WITH ANIMATION WHICH WILL LEAVE

YOU BREATHLESS...THIS IS TRULY A TRHILLING PIECE OF ANIMATED SWORD-FIGHTING

ACTIONS! BONES SHOWS HOW TRULY AMAZING JAPANESE ANIMATION CAN BE!" -- SEIJI
MIZUSHIMA, DIRECTOR OF MOBILE SUIT GUNDAM 00, FULL METAL ALCHEMIST:

CONQUEROR OF SHAMBALA

"BOTH VISUALLY AMAZING AND EMOTIONALLY COMPELLING, STRANGER IS A GREAT
ANIME FILM WITH NON-STOP EXCITEMENT!" -- STAN LEE, CREATOR OF SPIDER-MAN
AND X-MEN

Specs for release are as follows:
BD (blu-ray) Features & Extras
Japanese and English audio. DVD Features & Extras are also included in the BD release. BD only features included
Dolby TrueHD 5.1ch and Making of Featurette!
SRP: $39.98
DVD Features & Extras
Japanese and English audio. Interactive Menus / Japanese and English Language Dialogue / Optional English
Subtitles / Pilot Film / Commercials / Trailers / Cast Interviews
SRP: $24.98
www.bandai-ent.com
About Bandai Entertainment Inc.
Bandai Entertainment Inc. is a subsidiary of Namco Bandai Holdings (USA) Inc. and the premier
distributor of Japanese animation on DVD and programming for television broadcast in North
America. Titles include Code Geass R2, Gurren Lagann, M.S. Gundam 00, Sword of the
Stranger, Lucky Star, The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya,
Cowboy Bebop, Outlaw Star, Escaflowne, Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex and many
more.


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ANIME EXPO® 2009 ANNOUNCES SPJA INDUSTRY CONFERENCE PANELS

Nation¹s Largest Anime and Manga Convention Brings Together Industry Experts
and Professionals for Key Note Engagements and Panels

Anaheim, California (June 15, 2009) ‹ The industry comes together as Anime
Expo® 2009 and the Society for the Promotion of Japanese Animation announce
the key note speakers and panel topics for the 2009 SPJA Industry Conference
held during the nation¹s largest anime and manga convention, Anime Expo®
2009, July 2-5, 2009 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. More information
can be found on the website www.anime-expo.org.

This year¹s key note speakers include Austin Osueke-CEO/Publisher. eigoMANGA
(July 2, 2009; LP3; 11:00am), Shawne Kleckner-President/CEO, Right Stuf,
Inc. (July 3, 2009; LP3; 11:00 am) and Kun Gao-CEO, Crunchyroll (July 4,
2009; LP3; 11:00 am). Key points regarding the state of the digital, anime
and manga industries will be addressed during these key note engagements.

Industry Conference panel include the following topics:

· Making Mangas and Animes into Hollywood Features (July 2, 2009; LP3;
11:30 am)-Top panelists involved in many of the biggest manga and
anime-to-live-action Hollywood feature deals, experts in this field will
talk about the advantages and pitfalls of this challenging task of
maintaining the manga creator¹s vision while making a successful movie or TV
project that translates into those mediums.
· Can Manga Be Created in the USA and Become Commercially Successful?
(July 3, 2009; LP3; 11:30 am)-Manga and Anime are such an exploding art form
that they have influenced new generations of Americans to the degree that
many create their own mangas. Can America start a future manga-movement?
Experts in this field hold forth on this question with surprising
conclusions. Examples of work being created in the USA will be presented
including those by inspired university students.
· Digital Distribution the Wave of the Future (July 4, 2009; LP3; 11:30
am)-Anime can now be easily found legally online, what does the future hold
for this new medium of entertainment delivery? Security? Will this be an
answer to solving the industry¹s issue with online piracy? Experts leading
the way will discuss the evolution of anime in the digital world, the
challenges they face and how they intend to move towards the future.

In attendance as panelists will include industry experts from the anime and
manga industries, as well as high profile Hollywood professionals including
Northrop Davis (Professor/Producer/ Screenwriter), Jason Hoffs (VIZ
Productions), Ken Holinsky (MX Media, LLC), Robert Le (Artist), Joshua Long
(Producer), Nobuo Masuda (Bandai Entertainment), Robert Napton (Bandai
Entertainment), Luis Reyes (Nexon America), Justin Sevakis (Anime News
Network) and more.

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 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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Voice Actor Travis Willingham to Appear at Otakon®

Best known as Colonel Roy Mustang in Fullmetal Alchemist 

Baltimore, MD (June 15, 2009) – American voice actor Travis Willingham, who has a wide array of anime and video game credits as well as playing some on-screen roles, will be a guest at Otakon 2009.  

Willingham has worked in stage, TV, and film, but is best known in the anime world for his character Colonel Roy Mustang in Fullmetal Alchemist, one of his very first roles in anime. He has since gone on to work on many other popular titles in both Texas and Los Angeles.  

His anime credits include Kanda (D. Gray~Man), Pierre (Aquarion), Badrick Serihan (Black Blood Brothers), Andreas Darlton (Code Geass), Iggy (Ergo Proxy), Kaiji (GunxSword), Cleo (Glass Fleet), Ginko (Mushishi), Portgas D. Ace (One Piece), Leon (Vexille), Takigawa (Ghost Hunt), Eustoma (Shuffle), Yanagisawa (Yu Yu Hakusho), as well as other roles in Hellsing Ultimate, Case Closed, Blue Gender, Dragonball Z, GT, Daphne in the Brilliant Blue, Mermaid Forrest, and The Melody of Oblivion.  

After moving to Los Angeles in 2004, Willingham began working on numerous feature films, as well as continuing to work in ADR voice over. Some of his on-screen credits include Secondhand Lions, Ray, Friday Night Lights, Prison-A-Go-Go, The Guardian, and A Perfect Getaway, which will be in theatres nationwide this August. He has also worked on CBS' Cold Case, FX's Nip/Tuck, and Fox's Prison Break.  

His video game credits include: Guile (Street Fighter 4), Nathan Hale (Resistance 2), Torgal (The Last Remnant), Clint (Tales of Vesperia), Zhang Liao/Zhou Tai (Dynasty Warriors 6), Evan Bernard (Time Crisis 4), Roy Mustang (Fullmetal Alchemist games: Dual Sympathy, Broken Angel, and Curse of the Crimson Elixir), Yodai Higashizawa (The World Ends With You), Gabriel Celeste (Valkyrie Profile 2: Silmeria), Stroud (Dawn of Mana), Portgas D. Ace (One Piece: Grand Battle), Armored Core: For Answer, Legendary, and Guitar Hero World Tour.  

His newest role will be playing The Hulk and The Human Torch in Marvel's new animated series, Marvel Superhero Squad. 

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 25,000 individual members for three days each year (for a paid attendance of over 70,000 "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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Note: This Post deals with certain issues discussed on AniVice, first about the Herbivore Culture now sweeping Japan, and the recent issues dealing with certain games as well as issues happening in the states as well. It also is one part of a memorial topic I will write about Misheru Misawa that explains the changes that have gone down between his generation and the generation now coming. I also go into some political issues as well and why these things are all linked together to show case many issues that affect the western world as a whole.

Folks, we are at a time where we got to show and prove.

Too many people with too many “good hearts” are trying to get things changed. Not because they want to help women – because if they did they would have first did so in the United States (at home as we call it) and then it will spread (as you see in Iran right now). No it’s because they are too altruistic for their own good.

We in the Occident (we used to call it the Aria, back when we used to call China, Cathay and Japan, Edo respectfully – this is the Middle Age Term for the western world of which Japan is only a very recent participant of) are in a lot of trouble. Every Paleo - Conservative worries about birth rate and Japan is dying, Russia isn’t doing well, the US isn’t getting enough White kids (sorry I’m not being politically correct in this piece) The White Anglo Saxton Protestant work ethic and lifestyle (shared by Japan and Germany, most prevalent in the pre-Civil War South) is being ripped to shreds by interlopers and uncontrollable sexual miscreants from other countries who can’t control there dicks to save their lives, and will never obey the rules of the country they are inhabiting.

Well, that’s what they say and they have metrics from the government to prove their case. But the left also have metrics to prove that their wrong. These things will never be solved.

But one thing I have noticed is that the left, after Obama’s victory has become what they said they weren’t becoming. The Censors. New openness? Not on Equality’s Now Watch. Stoppage of Bush era polices – we need a rain check. New Car? Not the Firebird nor the Mustang. Religious equality? Only if you’re a Muslim and even that is iffy at best (see the Dutch canadate for Prime Minister). Hard work pays off? Not any more in this country or in Japan and the rest of the western world.

And you’re shocked to see the Herbivores in Japan? REALLY? The men have been deballed by a Government that like Green Day has stated – are the bastard children of 1969. The fact they capitulate in a non 1945 – Japanese constitution manner to nongovernmental groups worries me. This has happened in the US before, with MADD and SADD and despite no matter how great the intentions were, there may be just as many drunk driving deaths as there were before.

So we have the Emos in the states, Latin America (the Pokemones), Russia and in Japan the Herbivores and Neo-Otaku. Coupled with the Chavs in the UK and other such unwanted in Europe acerbated by the economic situation and the lack of jobs, and you have the brand new underclass, mostly undereducated - sense infatuated, raised to be socialistic and have that same world view.

But this blog isn’t about the sad things. Let me focus a bit about the Herbivores and what the major complaint is. The older generation states that the younger men look gay, act gay and talk gay. They are not aggressive and don’t want to stay in one place and have children and family. The Herbivores state that they are scared shitless of that is going down in Japan and some have given up on that whole life style. Ironically they treat women better than most Otaku and other men do (but this wasn’t like in the 1980’s and if you seen Masion Ittakou you will know what I mean). Many live with their mothers and can’t hold stable jobs.

But one aspect of the older generation – I respect and admire – is a man who recently passed away, Misheuru Misawa. He came to the states under the name Tiger Mask (he’s the second one and they did a anime series based on Tiger Mask – but New Japan lost the rights for some time and Giant Baba took the rights and the persona and gave it to him) and he faced off a very good Bret “The Hitman” Hart in a match that looking back, wasn’t as good – but showed the promise of the future for both men back in 1990. (He also faced off Chavo Gurreiero Sr, Uncle of another passed on Pro Wrestler, Eddie Gurreiero and son of Chavo Guerreiero Jr – which aspects of Eddie I based my character Hector on in Gothic Sun, my upcoming novel) and called his matches with Chavo Gurreiero Sr, the best matches he ever faced, even despite the fact he had 24 5 star matches (according to Dave Meltzer, now part time Pro Wrestling writer for his Pro Wrestling Observer/Figure Four Daily and mostly full time Mixed Marital Arts writer for Yahoo! Sports) with the likes of Kenta Kobashi, Towashi Kawada, Jumbo Tesurta , Stan Hansen, and many others. And he wasn’t the most popular of the Purosesu stars, another star who passed away just 6 weeks before Eddie – named Shinya Hashimoto was the main man in the 1990’s. (And folks, think about Pokemon a bit, and the charasation of Pikachu, Bulbasaur, Squritle and Charmander it’s almost like the “Four Corners of Heaven” in All Japan isn’t it in a way?)

But this is about Misawa (and maybe a little about Hashimoto) and what they represent. Misawa was a stoic, silent, collected man. He used his skills (and he did had skills) and produced and saved the King Style of Pro Wrestling. Using the parts of Karate, with his amateur background in Greco-Roman wrestling, American pacing, and just utter “talent” he was the power of a generation of Japanese who took the world by storm between 1987 – 1994. His full skills were placed in a match between his high school classmate – Kawada on June 4, 1993. The greatest match of all time in Japan – and maybe of all time ever by any metric. (The only thing close, CLOSE is Ric Flair vs Ricky Steamboat, Chi Town Rumble – 1989 and Misawa also had a match with Steamboat)

But, that’s not the main focus. The main focus is that he didn’t sit on his laurels. In 2000, his “mother” (to coin a term) Momto Baba, the wife of Giant Baba couldn’t keep Misawa’s worries about All Japan quiet. He made a move (also in June) that sent the whole world of pro wrestling in Japan convulsions. He broke away from his “mother” – and All Japan, and created NOAH – based on the Biblical story of Noah – to keep the style of Kings Road alive. This was purely an American like move. And just like many risks in America that believed never to work, this company did. He kept the style and its conservative booking to big successes. 2000, 2003, 2005. Kenta Kobashi and Misawa 2003. Lord. The tears. The cheers. Burning Hammer. The big event in Tokyo Dome in 2005. The best 3 matches in a decade, one after the other. The return of Kenta Kobashi after his bout with cancer. Magic in that small stadium.

Sounds like the American story isn’t it?

But, it ends. 25 years of bumping, grinding and all the rest. Fighting in that ring for the love of the fans, for the heart, hustle and soul of the game and art that is Puroresu. A man with a family, A man trying to get the young to take up his mantle. He took one backdrop.

No pulse.

Purple.

Misawa! Misawa! Misawa!

People around him.

No air.

The ambulance sirens.

“The show has ended”.

Those men that worked with him head to the trailers.

Then, he is no more.

It’s hard to continue, but I must.

That was the reality of his line of work.

He fought longer than he had to, because the young wouldn’t take up his mantle.

He fought longer, because the corporations over there have lost their balls and their heart.

He fought longer, for a mainstream scared of the future.

There is a fight not only in our hearts but in souls. When people, governments, lawyers etc use metrics to give reality to thoughts and not actions nor deeds, we have lost all connections with reality. I’ll tell you where real justice lies. In the streets, and it’s sad to say these things because the streets isn’t enough. It’s the dead end in the American life that our politicians have given up on 35 years ago. It’s the complaints of where all of the Conservatives of this nation (rightly so) place Americas problems on. The Ghetto.

But let me let you in on a secret. No matter what they say – there is such a morality in the ghetto. When a real act happens, real coniquenses acour. In Philadelphia, street vengeance came down on a man, who shouldn’t have been out of jail. He committed unspeakable crimes. The cops couldn’t get him. But the Hood did. 5 men went and attacked him, nearly killed him. It’s truly a blind justice because the same thing happened to an innocent man, but they said sorry. It took 15 days just to get the man to be a suspect.

Yet in Iowa, the place where small town lives and hard working Americans are, a man could spend 25 years because of the wrong comic book. How is this possible?

In simplest terms, we have no sense of the real. We, even those Christians who are born again, even those that became Muslim, or those trying to be more Jewish in their faith live in simulacra. Despite all of those attributes of religion the greatness, its echtlogicy – the many wars of faith – we don’t get the words of what Christ, Moses and Muhammad stated.

Faith without works is dead.  Simple.

Americans can be free, but we keep electing people based on Faith that will keep us free, but they would do the latter.

The lawyers and prosecutors have faith that they can convict a man because he has the wrong comic book, looks bad etc. But they don’t have the proof (the works) that he would actually do it for real.

Altruistic organizations have the faith that they can better the situations of people; however their works may end up hurting more people than helping and maybe not really works, but closet cleaning in the psychology of mankind.

There may be many similarities between religions, but there cannot be “diversity” in such things because it loses its own fundamental pieces of the whole. It is faith without works personified.

The issue with the Herbivores, that the generation that came before failed them – isn’t without merit. But unlike Japan, the US has never gone through the same issues that are going down now (homosexual rights and other gender issues). And when you use the metric, Japan has gone though this as many as three times. The US is just seeing its first wave and already cannot handle it. But Japan in my sense is seeing the backlash – of a generation full of loss and sick of trying to be bigger and better. Its shows in the anime (The Moe and the Pesudo – Yaoi) the overall culture (Bones showed this some time ago on Fox) Its sick of the roles.

But maybe there is a hidden anger in the older generation the young must heed. The anger that Myasaki and others have stated before.  That they are in the digital people, living in a digital world and they have no concept of nature, of humanity, even maybe of sexuality. That it’s the “release” (sexual and/or otherwise) that is the only constant in the new world of the database, the new dark god that promises better looking females, better sex, better relationships. Superflat never had such a impact as it does now and its because of the Censuring of life, from the Government on down not only in Japan, but in the states, with the Iraq action (the solders not allowed to fight, then not seeing the result from conflict from the tears of the solders families – to the tears of the innocents in war,) Censuring until you have no clue, no idea and then no thoughts and then you will become that demon of gluttony that the Liberals, and so called Conservatives want you to be, most powerfully shown in Wall E, a child like blob, no power, no glory nothing that says, THIS IS A MAN.

And that leads into my last point. A bit personal.

I had somebody I liked.

I wanted to risk everything to be with this female.

She is like in the movie, The Ten Commandments, when Moses meets his future wife the woman that is like still waters.

She’s Japanese.

Her family is Royal. Upstanding. Elite.

My family comes from a land where we have some consept of this.

My grandfather went to Norway, taught in the best schools.

My father became the first PH.D in the area he was born.

My mother came from a well to do family, who brought Christianity to the home.

My father and mother raised me to be great, never settle for second best in ANYTHING. (So I have this personal issue with people trying to belittle me for no goddamn reason other than spite)

Some living in the ghetto for a majority of my life hurts me, but I learned.

I made some mistakes, but nothing too damaging.

So when I hear the news that shes with someone else, it’s a gut punch.

And I look at Misawa, and I see that Japan I saw in her and I saw in Teuska and I saw in Berserk and the many children and mature animated series.

I saw the things I wanted to be.

What America was.

I wanted to emulate that work ethic, that stoicism, that greatness and power – with a lot of Paul Robertson to boot.

And for all the conservatives rambling about conservatism, socialism and all those metrics, with all the Christian words and phrases to prove their point. In the end, it all ends in Hypocrisy, because they have DONE NOTHING, ABOSOULTY NOTHING TO SHOW THEIR WORKS AND SHOW A WAY OUT OF A LIFESTYLE IN THE GHETTOS OF THIS COUNTRY AND ALL OVER THE WORLD. A way out of the hell that is the media, and a way out of these issues we suffer. And since most religions have resigned their fate and hope to politics, there will be no way to change this fact.

But in the end, all that work – all that – ended in sadness and disappointment. Such is the way of the humanity and its perfidy.

I wanted to change. But the world wouldn’t let me.

So they changed the game, made it a waste of time to work and raise families that they want to better this country. But it’s not enough for some people. They have to be white, of the northeastern end of Europe. Because they built this country. It’s like certain CIA people stated, The White Anglo Saxton Protestant made the country and we are just its visitors.

But they let it decay and let others take over who never cared about its greatness and gave the rest of us crumbs.

So this is where I end this topic – we only have freedom in our attitudes of life and not anywhere else. Politicians can give some legal freedoms, but that isn’t enough. Only you have the power to change your freedom. You must have responblity for this. And if you don’t, don’t be shocked when they come after you. You have the power to change you fate, and if you let somebody change it – then they will and you will be like the rest of America, Japan and the rest of the western, nee the whole world has become – the people that refused to live.

And it’s like others have stated from that “Company” as well. Morality is a great set of tools, but in practice it never really fits. Faith without works is dead, Christ, Moses, Mohammed is enough – people need to look at your actions and not your words. We can’t keep placing our morality on those that already do have it without knowing the Holy Writ.

In the end, Bruce Lee stated it best.

You can’t own yourself, how can you own the rest of the world?

The world can’t be one.

For we need freedom

From other peoples silliness

And our foolhardiness.

Until Next Time.

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Warning* If you havent gotten up to current Naruto manga Chapter 451, then you may want to steer away from this blog.


So yeah, Danzo's decision to dismiss Sasuke as a Missing-Nin, I feel he was right to do so. I mean how long has it ben since he left the village OF HIS OWN FREE WILL to go to Orochimaru? 2 going on 3 years? I feel Tsunade should've done this, no matter how Naruto or Team 7 felt about it.

As much as I don't like Danzo being the 6th Hokage, I feel his first decision, was a good one!

What do you all think?
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I thought I would share this.
  


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WELL HOW TO TELL ABOUT MY SELF ? WELL I LOVE ANIME AND WATCH ANIME TO BUT I ALS0 WATCH GAY ANIME TO BUT NEVER TELL MY FAMILY BUT IF THEY COUL
D NOT TELL ANYONE ABOUT IT IF THEY PROMIES NOT TO .

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Kazza in the simpalest form is like Hiden from naruto, he has prity much the same persionality as him, samw type of weapon, exepet 2 blades insted of 3 and no sharp tips, insted flat ans its black insted of red, i have no image of him yet but this is pritty much what he looks like!
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the "lord's conquest" is a one-a-kind battlecruiser that lordhaseo commands and leads into battle.

KEY

LANGH:1385M

WHITH:17.5M

HIGHT:7.9M

CREW:758,MIN.377

COPLAMENTS:28 FIGHTERS, CLOACK, HYPER JUMP DRIVE

SHIELDS:PRIMARY AND SECONDARY
ARMORMENTS:25 HEAVY CONNONS, 45 RAILGUNS, 20 RAILCONNONS, 80 MISSLEPODS, 4 BEAM WEAPONS AND 30 MINES

(M stands for meters, starship meters are 3 yards per meter)
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Director/Animator Yamamoto to Appear at Otakon®

Known for Use of Live-Action Film Techniques 

Baltimore, MD (June 13, 2009) – Innovative Japanese director and animator Yutaka Yamamoto will be a guest at Otakon 2009.  

Yamamoto was born in Osaka, Japan, in 1974. After graduating from Kyoto University's Literature Department, he worked for Kyoto Animation and then Animation Do, eventually starting his own independent studio, Ordet. He's known for his detailed direction and for his use of live-action film techniques. 

Yamamoto has worked as an animator, storyboard artist, and episode director on several anime TV series including Hare+Guu, Atashinchi, Full Metal Panic?Fumoffu, and AIR. In 2006, Yamamoto served as series director and writer for the smash hit The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya. After stepping up to full directorial duties with 2007's Lucky Star, his most recent work is Kannagi: Crazy Shrine Maidens. 

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 25,000 individual members for three days each year (for a paid attendance of over 70,000 "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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Just deployed the old (well, the new old) activity feed -- and made a few tweaks to the performance of the templates.

You will notice a slight clash in styles --- as older activity was generated using the old templates and newer activity is now being generated using the newer templates.

Let me know if you guys see any issues - thx.
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All I know is Miyazaki sure was pissed about moe.

Pretty sure the original definition was, yes, when a young female character, no matter her actual personality or role, was objectified into a semi-sexual and malleable "little sister"-style object of affection and more back in the, what, late 70's?

Nowadays it's a little bit more mainstream and cuddly.  I take the modern iteration to be more about the little-sister-cute thing, like a lot of things in the fandom.  A lead artist for Final Fantasy Tactics A2 even laughingly admitted to being asked to make characters in that style.
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ANIME EXPO® 2009 ANNOUNCES AFRO SAMURAI MANGA-KA AS OFFICIAL GUEST OF HONOR

Okazaki to Attend Nation¹s Largest Anime and Manga Convention

Anaheim, California (June 12, 2009) ‹ Anime Expo® 2009 is extremely proud to
announce ³AFRO SAMURAI² creator Mr. Takashi Okazaki as an official Guest of
Honor for the nation¹s largest anime and manga convention held July 2-5,
2009 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. More information can be found on
the website www.anime-expo.org.

Mr. Okazaki is a successful Tokyo-based illustrator, painter, graphic
designer and manga writer who has found success internationally-providing
illustrations for the "Spider-Man 2" DVD and illustrating a limited edition
comic insert for the "BLADE III" Original Sound Track CD and for his
original manga "AFRO SAMURAI" which has been adapted into a successful
animation series by GONZO, each of its first two seasons becoming the #1
selling anime program in the US in 2007 and 2009.

Takashi Okazaki joins other Anime Expo® 2009 Official Guests of Honor
Hiroyuki Imaishi, Daisuke Ishiwatari, Yun Kouga, Yosuke Kuroda, Toshimichi
Mori, Toshiyuki Morikawa, Morning Musume, Yasuhiro Nightow, Atsushi
Nishigori, Satoshi Nishimura 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 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.anime-expo.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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June Manga Pre-Order/Demand For Publication Web-A-Thons! Fans-now YOU can make a book see print earlier than scheduled!

Gardena, CA (June 11, 2009)- Digital Manga Publishing, one of the industry's most innovative and unique companies, is pleased to announce a special program for yaoi fans who have been waiting patiently for titles to see print an opportunity to make it happen themselves! Junémanga.com is finally offering awaiting yaoi fans an opportunity to acquire selected anticipated yaoi titles, months in advance, through Juné's new Pre-Order/Demand for Publication Web-A-Thon program. This is for those long-yearned titles eager fans have been waiting for, which have yet to see publication anytime soon from Juné's immediate release schedule.

Through this program, we are offering a limited selection of Demand for Publication titles in which you can choose and pre-order a title, (originally set far into Juné's future normal release schedule, or was held back in publication), for early limited print publication (even several months earlier if fan demand is high). Each title offered will have its own minimum dollar amount goal to reach for its print publication. Once that dollar amount goal is reached, the book will be printed and copies will be sent off to those who have participated in this program immediately. This could mean acquiring a title several months in advance before its scheduled street date. All sales will be through PayPal, using a credit card or your PayPal account, meaning your purchase is secure and verified. Shipping is available domestically and internationally, so this program is for all yaoi fans all over the world! 

You can monitor the progress of a title's Demand for Publication through the status bar posted on the website. As more Pre-Orders are placed for a title, the status bar will increase, coming one step closer to its dollar amount goal for print publication.

If the dollar amount goal is not reached by the particular deadline date we set, the book will continue back on its normal path of its original scheduled Juné release date. Pre-Orders placed will still get their books early before the street date, but only a couple weeks earlier before it actually hits store shelves.

For those of you who just can't wait for Juné's long scheduled release of your favorite awaited title or artist, this is an opportunity for you to be among the select few to get the publication several months in advance. Be one of the few on your block to get the book early!!! Don't wait—Pre-Order/Demand for Publication NOW!!! 

Visit: www.junemanga.com/webathon for more information and to see the very first book up for demand...the novel "All You Need Is Love, Vol. 1"!

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WIN TICKETS TO VAMPS
And See KRAZY! In Its Final Days


Ahoy!

This is NYAF Programming Director Peter Tatara here to give you another week's worth of news about what's up in the world of anime in NYC. First up, some recap. Lolita Fashion Day was held last Saturday at Kinokuniya and was a blast. A big huzzah and kudos to Anna, Leo, Jessie, John, and everyone else who made it a success. Second, NYAF has a Twitter account, but we're going back and forth about what to do with it. If you follow NYAF on Twitter – or even if you don't – weigh in on what you do and don't want us to do in the discussion right here: http://www.launchmailerpro.com/t/61416/31530270/23573154/0/.

Now, to the new stuff! Japanese rock legends HYDE (L'Arc~en~Ciel) and K.A.Z (Oblivion Dust) are coming to America this summer! HYDE and K.A.Z – together as the band VAMPS – will be touring the USA this July, kicking off at the legendary Fillmore in New York City on July 11th. Wanna learn more? Perhaps from HYDE and K.A.Z themselves? Well, then click over to our friends at samuraibeatradio.com as they have an exclusive welcome message from HYDE and K.A.Z to all their fans in the USA! Want more? Maybe a pair of free tickets to the VAMPS NYC show? Can do! The New York Anime Festival is proud to be raffling off two tickets, and to enter, all you've got to do is click here: http://www.launchmailerpro.com/t/61416/31530270/23573156/0/. We'll be picking a name at random on June 19, so sign up now! For further details on the VAMPS NYC show, visit irvingplaza.com.

And, if you're looking for something to do this weekend, make sure you head out to KRAZY! at NYC's Japan Society. An art exhibition co-curated by leading North American and Japanese specialists, KRAZY! offers fresh insight into the interdependence of anime, manga, and video games. The exhibit's ending its run at Japan Society on June 14, and – if you haven't seen it – you don't want to miss it, as KRAZY! is a unique experience and testament to how far anime, manga, and video games have come in the USA.

Spin On!

Peter Tatara
Programming Manager
New York Anime Festival
ptatara@reedexpo.com

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Voice Actor Crispin Freeman to Appear at Otakon®

Has Played Variety of Roles in Anime, Video Games 

Baltimore, MD (June 11, 2009) – American voice actor and Chicago native Crispin Freeman, known for a wide range of roles in animation, anime and video games, will be a guest at Otakon 2009.  

Freeman got his start in anime playing Zelgadis Graywords in The Slayers. Since then he's played such famous roles as: Alucard in Hellsing and Hellsing Ultimate, Itachi in Naruto, Rude in Final Fantasy: Advent Children, Prince Turnip in Howl's Moving Castle, Tsume in Wolf's Rain, Kyon in The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, Alan Gabriel in The Big O, Duskmon/Koichi in Digimon, Holland in Eureka 7, Haji and Van Argeno in Blood+, Amon in Witch Hunter Robin, Alex Rowe in Last Exile, and Togusa in Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex, Innocence and Solid State Society.

He's currently portraying Jeremiah Gottwald in Code Geass, Reishin in Kurokami and the cross-dressing Shinto priest, Genbatsu Edo, in Ghost Slayers Ayashi. He's also directed and starred in Scrapped Princess, Space Travelers and I, My, Me, Strawberry Eggs. He has worked as a script adaptor on the shows he's directed, as well as for Pokemon, Witch Hunter Robin, Shamanic Princess, Night on the Galactic Railroad, Assemble Insert, Weather Report Girl and Boogie Pop Phantom.

In American animation, he stars as Electro in the new Spectacular Spider-Man series, Multiple Man in Wolverine and the X-men and also played Sylla and Mr. Riddle in the Disney show W.I.T.C.H.

In video games he's played the voice of Doctor Manhattan in Watchmen, Superman in Justice League: Heroes, King Leonidas in 300, Baldur in Too Human, Winter Soldier and Dark Colossus in Marvel: Ultimate Alliance, Albedo in the Xenosaga trilogy, Will Turner in Kingdom Hearts II and all the Pirates of the Caribbean games.

In addition, Crispin has acted theatrically on Broadway and has performed at numerous regional theaters. He got his undergraduate degree from Williams College, where he majored in theater and minored in computer science. Afterwards he went to Columbia University's Graduate Theater School, where he got his Master's of Fine Arts in acting. You can find out more about him on his Web site: http://www.crispinfreeman.com

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 25,000 individual members for three days each year (for a paid attendance of over 70,000 "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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DEL REY MANGA ANNOUNCES THE ACQUISITION OF

SAMURAI DEEPER KYO, WILD @ HEART

NEW YORK, NY – June 12, 2009 – Del Rey Manga, an imprint of Ballantine Books at the Random House Publishing Group, today announced an acquisition continuing a fan-favorite manga series, and the launch of a brand new series from one of Del Rey Manga’s most popular authors.

SAMURAI DEEPER KYO, the supernatural action series by Akimine Kamijyo, will continue to be published in the US by Del Rey Manga, beginning with a special omnibus edition that collects Volumes 35 and 36 of the Japanese editions into a single package. The story, set in feudal Japan, follows two legendary warriors and rivals, Demon Eyes Kyo and Kyoshiro. One day they meet in battle during a lightning storm, and both fighters mysteriously disappear. Kyoshiro re-emerges several months later, harboring a secret: the soul of Demon Eyes Kyo is locked inside him—and he’s determined to reclaim his body. Volume 35/36 of SAMURAI DEEPER KYO will be published in December 2009.

From the creative mind of Kitchen Princess manga-ka Natsumi Ando comes a new series promising a winning combination of drama, comedy and romance. WILD @ HEART takes the popular Western idea of Tarzan and gives it a fun shôjo manga spin. Chino is like any typical teen looking for love—but instead she finds herself stuck with Hyou, a child her father brings home from the jungle. Now she has to take care of Hyou, the wild child, and help him adapt to life outside of the jungle and in the city. The award-winning and popular Ando is also the creator of the top-selling Zodiac P.I. WILD @ HEART will debut in January 2010.  

ABOUT KODANSHA LTD.:

Kodansha is the largest trade book and magazine publisher in Japan. Founded in 1909, the company by virtue of its long history, the quality of its publishing, and its established network of sales and marketing is regarded as the trade book market leader in the publishing business in Japan. Moreover, Kodansha has been recognized as the leading publisher with a mission to introduce Japan through its publishing business.

ABOUT DEL REY MANGA:

Del Rey Books (http://www.delreybooks.com) was founded in 1977 as an imprint of Ballantine Books, a division of the Random House Publishing Group, under the guidance of the renowned Judy-Lynn del Rey and her husband, Lester del Rey. Del Rey publishes the best of modern fantasy, science fiction, and alternate history. Ballantine Books is an imprint of the Random House Publishing Group, which is a publishing group of Random House, Inc, the U.S. publishing company of Random House, the trade book publishing division of Bertelsmann AG, one of the world's leading international media companies. In 2004 it expanded by launching Del Rey Manga (www.delreymanga.com), which has grown to be a major force in the U.S. graphic-novel field. Bestselling titles include Tsubasa, Negima, xxxHolic, and The Wallflower.

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A while back I had a few bumps in my personal life and I took it out on some innocent pieces of paper, fast forward to right about now and I find myself with copious  amounts of free time and a desire to complete something. So that brings me to you dear reader, I beg your indulgence and ask that you read the following three story fragments and let me know which one of them I should clean and polish and finish.

Without further ado,

                                                                                            Story 1:                     A dream of rust.

The gnarled old warrior walks down the Black Road of the old ones alone. Most of the people avoid it now thinking that its unnatural and thus probably cursed. He knew better. He has spent most of his 27 summers marching these twin ribbons of flat black for one great man or another. But now there are no more great men left and precious few lesser men to follow them. Just broken old warhorses such as himself or half feral children grubbing out what little life that they can before death takes them to join their billions of ancestors.

In his youth the warbands could number in the hundreds of men, women and children but now... now he had not seen sign of even a squatter in weeks. They are all gone, gone to squabbles amongst them selfs, sicknesses or consumed by the city's of the old ones when the ghosts of those places turned on the living. City's like Day-ton where he lost his arm and his people all those years ago, city's like Day-ton rising up before him where he goes to spend his last winter before laying down with his family at long last.


>>>><<<<

It was a few weeks after he had begun scouting the endless blocks of old one constructs that he found the tinker-seer ensconced in a old one repository. Normally he would have avoided this type of place but its guardians were all still and dark, rusted in place and only enough magic remained in the structure to light a handful of the overhead day-panels. The magi wore rags of muted brown, green and grey with her long and lank white hair framing her wide, lined face, black eyes and earth colored skin. She was the strangest person he had ever seen, she was ancient.

The first few times she saw him she would grow agitated, grunt and wave one of her many old one talismans at him till he backed away. However the Sargent was patient and would gather herbs, nuts, tubers and what game he could and approach till she became upset and he would lay down his offering and leave. Every day she would let him come closer. Till in the last days of summer she let him come to her fire and join her in her meal. Perhaps the thought of dying alone was to much to bear or maybe she was simply curious, but he could feel the world had wound down and they where soon to join it the same as he could feel the pain in his arm that was no longer there.

He never knew her thoughts, in the same way the city had taken his arm, battle his stones and time and hard use his youth, the world had seen fit to deprive the seer of her tongue and her hearing. So the evening passed into night with him watching her work her skills in silentness on things the old ones had left behind, sometimes getting it to perform its mysterious function but more oft than not leading to it being placed on her voluminous junk pile. One of them that he rescued from the junk pile refused to light up to the seers satisfaction played the most wonderful and terrible in its perfection music he had ever heard when held. Holding it was the first time he felt the eyes upon him.

He slept by her fire that night and as the days past he would gather food, game and whatever old one left overs he could to supplement the seers stocks. Most of the artifacts he would bring ended up on the trash heap but a few she would repair and a very few she would look at with an unreadable expression and carefully set aside. It was these that made him notice that the seer would place a bowl of food and one of the special devices out beyond the campfires light, and every morning the bowl would be empty and a new working device would be in place of the old broken one. I t would seem that the Sargent wasn't the only stray the old woman had picked up.


                                                                                                Story 2:                         Broken Blade


November 28, 1999

The blood drips on to the Formica of the counter. If you were watching you'd think it improves its appearance. If you had taste. If you had to work at being good at anything you wouldn't be complacent with, no apathetic to the shoddily painted drywall , the bare Grey mattress thrown haphazardly in the floor, the stinking dishes in the sink, the unpainted door she slammed sometime ago or the dirty beige box of a computer that you only "need" to use when she wants to escape into her art. It would all be better colored crimson. Its not that you don't know or care what living here does to her, its that you don't know WHY you should care. Its much easier to tug on the ties that bind her heart to you, your good at that game.

Till your bored of it. It was better at the start when you were forming those ties, pushing buttons, when to listen, when to speak, what to say and when to be unavailable. Till she chased you, blocked you from her rivals, spend her time on just you and "won" you from her more attractive friend. It was easy, you knew her mind. Then it was learning her body, where to touch her lightly, when to press hard, doing what the boys before you had found distasteful and thus she shameful till her shudders came so quickly together she would shove you away to catch her breath. It was easy, you knew her heart.

You tired of that game didn't you? Once you had moved in with her and built the image of a happy couple you were bored again. But you can't lose the game so she must. You tug on strings, push buttons and she fights. Now shes gone to cry and you have a viscous red line that will get you out of this game but not too viscous, after all you want to go find a new game. But theres something you don't know. Theres not enough blood. Thats right, go get it.

You hold the blade tipped against your chest as you lean forward. And I sit in the fortress of ice you think is your heart, whispering into the inner ear you didn't know you could hear, turning your hand against yourself to save her. From you. We are falling. A sharp flash, you are on the floor and the blade is shattered as well as my prison. I get up and clean the mess you have made, grab my bags and leave. She can start to heal.

And you? By your own heart betrayed.


                                                                                                     Story 3:                        Angels Afterthought


Ryo Murphy is running across the rooftops of an abandoned Pyongyang when he realizes his Personal Area Network is informing him that the Mitsubishi Heavy Industries H/K flitters that he is in a fire fight with have turned his utility arm into mangled wreckage. "Priority status report /proc/bin/frame/limb/util" he sub-vocalizes.

His HUD lights up with dense knot of Sanskrit, Kangi, Katakana and English. As usual its the English that gets straight to the point, "Fused super conductor trunk lines" and "7823 milliseconds till primary Zero point energy core goes non-linear". "Fuck." "Maybe she won't notice" are his thoughts as he bypasses the frames PAN. "Turing limits be damned," he thinks as his mind starts riding bare metal of his processor architecture "the goddess asked me to do this for her, she can damn well overlook a turing violation".

The missiles from the H/K's turn the building under him into a incandescent ball of fire but thats ok, he was done with it anyway. His leap pushes the 22kg chassis of his current body into the shockwave at a calculated angle as he seizes control of the ambient femto-bots to shove his primary and secondary power cores down the trunk line into the destroyed utility arm. If all gos well the two cores should negate one another safely. With a wet pop the arm decouples as he tumbles in the grasp of the blast. As the tertiary power core comes online a T-wave mapping pulse lances out giving him a snap-shot of the surrounding 6 kilometers down to the molecular level. As he continues to rise he runs simulations on potential firing solutions. By the time he hits apogee he has one he likes.

His remaining three time-dilated plasma balls launch on their separate courses. The first on a angle between Ryo and the H/K's in normal mode to clear his trajectory of munitions, the second in a slow envelopment mode to shield him from shrapnel and the third into a nondescript office 2.6 KM to the northwest on 126% overcharge mode. When it detonates in a room on the sixth floor the temporal field that had held the explosion in stasis till then leaps away from the blast it washes thru the room as it breaks down into magnetic eddies some of which pick up 16 sewing needles from a desk drawer propelling them out of the fireball at nearly .02C. Each of them finds a home in a fusion reactor of an H/K and 16 airbursts join the mushroom cloud lighting up the afternoon city.

Ryo tucks into a minimum energy impact roll and turns the frames systems back over to his PAN. "Ok, she's going to notice that." he thinks as he hits the ground. "Incoming remote administrator access" the PAN informs him. Ryo sighs, "yup, she noticed". "Decidedly nonlinear" he thinks, referring to the day.

The frames PAN locks out its controls, detaches its remaining arms and starts running. Debris starts raining from the sky but the remote connection at the controls doesn't let so much as a flake of paint touch the frame. Finally she whispers "That was showy Ryo, and unwise as well" she sounds disappointed. "I painted your target with the tracers like you asked Aya." he mutters. "Yes and that is why I was able to keep my enforcement subroutines from uploading you and breaking you down into your component data packets, as a matter of fact you went so far this time, the only reason enforcement has not pounced on you is I have a zero level mission flag on you for the foreseeable future"

Ryo starts. " Aya! I'm not Seraphim class, hell I'm not even human!" Ryo cries. "You are operating on outdated data." she purrs as Ryo's heart sinks. "The UNSSA Barry Goldwater entered slipspace at 21:43GMT last night taking its crew and cryo stored passengers out of my light cone, legally you are now Ryo Daniel Murphy, human entity and Officer of UNESCO intelligence division, under the direct command of the secretary-general of the UN and the local Demi-God, of which I happen to be both." she states. "You are to pick up your current target," "unharmed" she emphases "and proceed to New York for briefing on your new assignment and decanting into a wetware body."
"Can't we tal-" she cuts him off "No, ready your systems." "I'm turning this thing back over to you". Ryo lurches to grab control of the frame as the lockout dissipates and is so busy trying not to trip and fall at 1200 kph that its several minutes before he notices "remote connection terminated" on his HUD.

"Damn it Aya, how much more fucked-up can this day get?" he says plaintively.


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She is cold. This is her first thought. She shivers and realizes its dark as well, what to do? She opens her eyes, its still dark but the moon is out affording her her first look at the world around her. Its rolling pasture land, featureless save for a old run down shack. Its so beautiful. She takes her first step toward it and stumbles, looking down she sees her own pale flesh. She realizes that being cold and naked are connected. As she opens the door to the shack she wraps her wings around herself and hears a low rumbling hiss. Her eyes meet beady black eyes. For the first time she is frightened.



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