So earlier tonight I had the pleasure of watching Shiki-Jitsu (or The Ritual for some people), a movie by none other than the fantastic Hideaki Anno…and damn, that movie is amazing, absolutely perfect in every possible way.
The film is about an anime director (played by indie Japanese filmmaker Shunji Iwai) returning to his hometown where he meets this freaky young girl (Ayako Fujitani, also writer of the script and novel) with whom he falls in love with. This may seem as a typical love story at first but believe me, it’s anything but that. As usual with Anno’s work, the movie takes the viewer for an emotional; somewhat mindfucking roller-coaster ride and the two characters are lovable and intriguing at the same time.
The film definitely has that special touch that only Anno can provide. It’s filled with weird (though more functional than those in Anno’s live-action debut Love & Pop) camera angles, there’s heavy focus on dialogue, the soundtrack mostly features beautiful piano tracks and the story is never really clear (in a good way). It’s also better than the aforementioned debut Love & Pop, though both films are fantastic; this one feels more complete in a way which I can’t really explain.
The actors also do a fantastic job in allowing us to relate to the characters. I’m not sure if Iwai has done any acting before, but he plays the cynic filmmaker quite well here, but the very best part of the film is Fujitani as the eccentric young girl…it doesn’t hurt that she’s incredibly gorgeous either. Oh and did I mention that it also features Megumi Hayashibara (you know…Rei) providing her amazing voice for some narrations?
So in conclusion: watch this movie; you won’t be disappointed, especially if you’re a Hideaki Anno fan.
Oh, on an unrelated note, I watched the two Death Note movies, and they’re awesome, I was never a fan of the manga but I loved them, the guy who plays L was amazing.
|Type||Personal Defense Weapon|
|Place of origin||Belgium|
|Used by||See Users|
|Manufacturer||Fabrique Nationale de Herstal|
|Weight||2.54 kg (5.60 lb) empty|
3.0 kg (6.6 lb) loaded
|Length||500 mm (19.7 in)|
|Barrel length||263 mm (10.4 in)|
256.5 mm (10.1 in) (new models)
|Width||55 mm (2.2 in)|
|Height||210 mm (8.3 in)|
|Action||Straight blowback, closed bolt|
|Rate of fire||900 rounds/min|
|Muzzle velocity||715 m/s (2,346 ft/s) (SS190)|
850 m/s (2,788.7 ft/s) (SS90)
|Effective range||Sights fixed for 150 m|
|Maximum range||200 m|
|Feed system||50-round detachable box magazine|
|Sights||Tritium-illuminated reflex sight, back-up iron sights|
The P90 is a Belgian designed personal defense weapon. The weapon’s name is an abbreviation of Project 90, which specifies a weapon system of the 1990s. The P90 is considered a Personal Defense Weapon (PDW), and was designed as a compact but powerful firearm for vehicle drivers, operators of crew-served weapons, support personnel, special forces and anti-terrorist units.
Developed between 1986–1987 at Fabrique Nationale de Herstal, the P90 features a compact bullpup design, ambidextrous grip and a polymer and alloy-based construction. The weapon contains several innovative features including the proprietary 5.7x28mm ammunition, designed for greater penetration of body armour than pistol ammunition.
The P90 and variants are in use by military and police forces in over thirty countries worldwide, and sports models are popular among civilian shooters.
The P90 was developed between 1986 and 1987 in Herstal, Belgium. Its goal was to replace the pistol-caliber carbines which were in use at the time by military and law enforcement personnel, as it had become evident that such weapons were ineffective against body armour, even with the longer barrel length compared to handguns.
The gun was designed in conjunction with the new 5.7x28mm cartridge, which has a greater penetrating capability, lethal range and flatter trajectory than most other pistol caliber cartridges such as the NATO-standard 9x19mm Parabellum round. Initially the weapon used a 5.7x28mm SS90 cartridge (with a lightweight, roundnose, jacketed projectile and a polymer core), as well as tracer, training (reduced range), sub-caliber (increased velocity and effective range of up to 250 m) and blank ammunition. The first prototype firing this ammunition was completed in October 1986, and over 3,000 submachine guns were produced in this configuration until 1993 in a low-rate initial production run.
Meanwhile, FN revised the ammunition, with the intention of using it in a planned semi-automatic pistol of the same caliber – the Five-seveN. The new cartridge, designated the SS190, has a more conventional full metal, plated steel jacket, lead core and steel/aluminium penetrator. Several other projectiles were also developed for the new cartridge, including the L191 tracer round, a subsonic SB193 bullet for sound-suppressed P90 firearms and blank ammunition. A modified version of the P90 adapted to use the new ammunition was introduced in 1993.
The P90 is a selective fire straight blowback-operated weapon with a short recoiling barrel and fires from a closed bolt. The return mechanism consists of two parallel spring guide rods that also guide the bolt carrier assembly. The weapon uses an internal hammer striking mechanism and a trigger mechanism with a three-position rotary dial fire control selector, located centrally beneath the trigger. The fire selector also provides a manual safety against accidental firing. The dial in the "S" position – weapon safe, "1" – semi-automatic fire, "A" – fully automatic fire. When set on "A", the selector provides a two-stage trigger operation. Pulling the trigger back slightly produces semi-automatic fire and pulling the trigger fully to the rear will produce fully automatic fire. The "safe" setting disables the trigger.
The P90 uses an original horizontally-mounted feeding system that is patent protected in the United States (U.S. Patent 4,905,394 dated March 6 1990), authored by René Predazzer. It uses a 50-round box magazine, mounted parallel to the bore axis that locks in place between the charging handles and optical sight, flush with the receiver top cover. The magazine is made of a lightweight, translucent polycarbonate and allows for visual ammunition verification. The base of the magazine is located near the muzzle end, the feed lips above the barrel chamber in a circular bulge that contains the feed tray. Cartridges in the magazine body are double stacked to the left side. The magazine features a follower with rollers and a spiral feed ramp that will rotate a cartridge 90° to the right aligning it in a double stack pattern within the magazine.
The weapon’s hammer-forged steel barrel is fitted with a ported, diagonally cut flash suppressor that also acts as a recoil compensator. Early models did not have the cut in the flash hider. The P90 is equipped with an unmagnified HC-14-62 reflex sight from Ring Sights, which enables quick target acquisition up to 150 metres (490 ft) and operation in low-level lighting conditions thanks to a tritium-illuminated aiming reticle. Newer units are fitted with the Ring Sights MC-10-80 sight designed specifically for the P90. It uses a forward-aimed fiber optic collector to illuminate the daytime reticle, which consists of a large circle of about 180 Minute of arc (MOA), with a 20 MOA circle surrounding a dot in the center. The night reticle consists of an open "T" that is primarily illuminated by a tritium module or moonlight and ambient light drawn in by an upward-facing collector. The sight is adjustable for both windage and elevation and can be used with night vision equipment. Auxiliary fixed sights are provided on both sides of the receiver's cast aluminium optical sight housing.
The P90 is fully ambidextrous; it can be operated by right or left-handed shooters without making any modifications to the weapon. The charging handle, auxiliary fixed sights and magazine release are symmetrically distributed on both sides of the firearm. The manual fire selector below the trigger can be operated from either side. Spent cartridge casings are ejected downward through a chute located aft of the pistol grip, keeping fired cases out of the shooter's line of sight.
The P90 is designed in the bullpup configuration which reduces the firearm's overall length while retaining a full-length barrel. The pistol grip with thumbhole and oversized trigger guard act as the forward grip, a handstop is incorporated into the weapon's stock to prevent the operator from accidentally reaching out in front of the barrel during firing. The P90 is a modular firearm and consists of 69 parts that disassemble into four main groups: the barrel with integrated sight assembly, receiver with return mechanism, stock body with trigger and firing mechanism and the magazine. The P90 makes extensive use of polymers and lightweight alloys to reduce both the weight and the cost of the weapon.
It can also be fitted with a laser aiming module integrated into the stock body, beneath the barrel and the SP90 suppressor, made by Gemtech, which has a length of 184 mm (7.2 in) and weighs 550 g (19 oz).
The firearm is produced in several variations. All of these versions are able to mount certain optional accessories such as tactical slings, empty case collector bags, bayonets, visible and infrared laser aiming modules (LAM) and tactical flashlights.
The P90 TR features a receiver-mounted triple MIL-STD-1913 rail interface system or "Triple Rail" (TR). There is one full-length rail on the top of the base and two rail "stumps" on both sides of the receiver. The side rails serve as mounting points for tactical accessories such as laser pointers or halogen flashlights, while the integrated top rail will accept various optics with no tools or additional mounting hardware required. Some components of the P90 TR and standard P90 are not interchangeable since the entire receiver assembly is different.
Another variant is the P90 USG, which is similar to the standard P90 with the exception of the revised optic system and side rail, developed based on input from the United States Secret Service and other government agencies. The aluminium sight uses a non-magnified black reticle that does not require ambient light. This sight does not suffer from the problems of the regular MC-10-80, since the reticle does not "wash out" against bright backgrounds.
The P90 LV and P90 LIR add an integrated visible laser sight or infrared sight respectively. Both units are manufactured by the Australian company Laserex Technologies. The lasers have three internal settings: "off", to prevent accidental activation, "low-intensity", for combat training and extended battery life, and "high-intensity" – for maximum visibility. The laser's power switch is a green button located under the trigger grip. The battery compartment is located below this button
The PS90 is a semi-automatic only sport version designed for the civilian market. It has a 407 mm (16.0 in) barrel, an olive drab synthetic stock body (black synthetic stock is available in limited production quantities), and an MC-10-80 reflex sight identical to that used on the standard P90. The MC-10-80 can be removed and replaced with a special top rail in order to use third party optics. The barrel has 8 right-hand grooves, a 1:7 twist, a rifled length of 376 mm and comes with a fixed "birdcage" type flash suppressor. The overall length of the PS90 is 667 mm. The trigger pull is rated at approximately 7.5 to 8 lb (33 to 36 N). The receiver assembly is drilled and tapped to accept accessory Picatinny rails on either side. The front swivel sling mount is not included, and installation requires the barrel shroud to be unpinned and removed. It accepts the standard P90 50-round magazines, but is sold only with a 10 or 30-round magazine depending on local and state regulations. The PS90 weighs 2.9 kg (6.4 lb) empty and 3.4 kg (7.5 lb) with a fully loaded 50-round magazine.
The PS90 TR, or Triple Rail, uses a different receiver assembly that is similar to the P90 TR. The standard back-up iron sights are no longer present, and instead, the top of the receiver is machined to form a Picatinny rail. There is no provision for using back-up fixed sights with the PS90 TR. Two plastic side-rails are included for mounting lasers or tactical flashlights. The PS90 TR is available with either an olive-drab or black polymer stock.
Another semi-automatic variant is the PS90 USG, which like the standard P90 USG, replaces the MC-10-80 reflex sight with an unmagnified sight with a black ring aiming reticle. The PS90 USG is also available with either olive-drab or black furniture.
San Francisco, CA, June 22, 2009 – VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), one of the entertainment industry's most innovative and comprehensive publishing, animation and licensing companies, announced the release of Daisuke Igarashi’s surreal and riveting manga series, CHILDREN OF THE SEA, releasing July 21st in North America. The manga is rated ‘T+’ for Older Teens and will carry an estimated MSRP of $14.99 U.S. / $17.50 CAN.
When Ruka was younger, she saw a ghost in the water at the aquarium where her dad works. Now she feels drawn toward the aquarium and the two mysterious boys she meets there, Umi and Sora. They were raised by dugongs and hear the same strange calls from the sea as she does. Ruka's dad and the other adults who work at the aquarium are only distantly aware of what the children are experiencing as they get caught up in the mystery of the worldwide disappearance of the oceans' fish.
Daisuke Igarashi is an award-winning manga creator who began his career in 1993. His series Majo received the Excellence Prize at the 2004 Japan Media Arts Festival and was nominated for the Fauve d’Or Best Comic Book Prize at the 2007 Festival International de la Bande Dessinée d'Angoulême. Little Forest was nominated for the 2006 Osamu Tezuka Cultural Prize. His current series Children of the Sea is the winner of the 38th Japan Cartoonist Award and runs in IKKI magazine.
CHILDREN OF THE SEA is the first title to be published under IKKI from VIZ Media, a sub-imprint of the VIZ Signature imprint. In addition to now offering the print version of Volume 1, VIZ Media and IKKI magazine in Japan have collaborated on an online destination (www.sigikki.com) to present free chapters of some of that magazine’s most-loved stories to English readers – beginning with CHILDREN OF THE SEA. The website also features an interview with the creator.
IKKI, a monthly magazine published in Japan has established itself as the home of some of the most innovative, bold, and compelling series in the world of contemporary manga. Since its launch in 2003 IKKI has built a catalog of titles notable for its diversity. From action to comedy to drama, from slice-of-life stories to surrealist fantasies, the one common thing these works share is an uncommon emphasis on creative quality and on pushing the boundaries of the norm.
“We are very excited to team with IKKI magazine to launch this new imprint with the debut of CHILDREN OF THE SEA,” says Gonzalo Ferreyra, Vice President Sales & Marketing, VIZ Media. “The story presents realistic, emotionally honest characters and also has a strong ecological message of preserving the wildlife in the planet’s oceans. Readers won’t want miss to how Ruka and her two new waterborne friends discover the reason behind the worldwide disappearance of fish. With this new imprint and related web site, we look forward to introducing many more critically acclaimed manga titles to readers across North America.”
For more information on IKKI please visit www.sigikki.com.
About VIZ Media, LLC
Headquartered in San Francisco, CA, VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), is one of the most comprehensive and innovative companies in the field of manga (graphic novel) publishing, animation and entertainment licensing of Japanese content. Owned by three of Japan’s largest creators and licensors of manga and animation, Shueisha Inc., Shogakukan Inc., and Shogakukan-Shueisha Productions, Co., Ltd., VIZ Media is a leader in the publishing and distribution of Japanese manga for English speaking audiences in North America, the United Kingdom, Ireland, and South Africa and is a global ex-Asia licensor of Japanese manga and animation. The company offers an integrated product line including magazines such as SHONEN JUMP and SHOJO BEAT, graphic novels, and DVDs, and develops, markets, licenses, and distributes animated entertainment for audiences and consumers of all ages. Contact VIZ Media at 295 Bay Street, San Francisco, CA 94133; Phone (415) 546-7073; Fax (415) 546-7086; and web site at www.VIZ.com.
going to go into the fact he is a ninja that wears bright orange 0_o. It,s not
even the fact that he shouts everywhere he goes….Or that he always manages to
turn his enemy into his friends with words about how painful his little emo
life was. No it is how he treats the woman that just admitted she loved him and
saved him from death, only to have the sh!t kicked out of her…So lets get this
right Hinata jumps into a fight where she is obviously over powered to save the
little turds ass. And after all the fighting and the saving of lives he comes
back and ignores her. I mean wtf now as you can guess im not the biggest Naruto
fan and but I like the characters bar dumbto. Hinata has gone and laid her
heart out only to be ignored, I mean that was a hell of a thing she did to step
in like that and save him and NO ONE has mentioned it. Im sorry am I the only
person that thinks that the writing in Naruto is BS at the moment…. From chapter
138 up to recent its just been weak. Sorry about the rant but I just mean come
on will someone please step in and smack this non big mouth ninja around for
the good of all ninjas!
(Crossposted from NikoScream)
Admittedly, I didn’t care for Tomica Hero Rescue Force when it first started in 2008. I watched the promo video and the first episode and was done. The rescue team theme seemed too gimmicky, and the show seemed to hammer us with promoting the toys (more so than usual). So why did I watch the 2008 Rescue Force movie? Combination of continual praises I’ve heard and a guest role by Hiroshi Fujioka (the original Kamen Rider 1). And how did that go?
Well, I may have to give the series another try.
The movie really has two parts. There’s the main movie, Tomica Hero Rescue Force Explosive Movie: Rescue the Mach Train!, and before that, there’s the comedic 15-minute bit Explosive Run! Tomica Hero Grand Prix. The Rescue Force team competes in a race sanctioned by the United Fire-Defense Force to see who’s the fastest. Along the way, Neo Terror (or Thera. I’ve seen it either way) butts in and joins the race. It’s not quite as wacky as Wacky Races, but it made me chuckle a bit.
Rescue the Mach Train! is about the Rescue Force’s efforts to stop a hijacked global train from colliding at the end of its line, causing a massive explosion in a major town that could kill millions, including those on the train. Along the way, there’s plenty of action as Rescue Force battles Neo Terror minions who try to stop them.
The plot is fairly captivating. While the danger could be enough for the feature film, a couple of Rescue Force team members and a new friend getting caught up in make it somewhat personal for the team and increases the suspense. Neo Terror also sends plenty of opposition along the way, giving Rescue Force a good fight or two. Well, not so much Rescue Force as much as just R1 and R2.
Rei and Juri, R3 and R4 respectively, are two victims of circumstance in this film, and that unfortunately sidelines them from major action. I find it odd that the two female members miss out on all the action other than evacuating civilians and tending wounds. I don’t know if it’s like this in the series, R3 and R4 operating more in a support role to the male R1 and R2, or if R1 and R2 are supposed to fulfill a more combative role, but it just seemed kind of off balance. Especially considering R3 beat all of them in a sparring match at the beginning. Both R3 and R4 seem capable of action. Maybe they just got the short straw this time and I’m just reading too much into it.
Hikaru and Kyousuke, R1 and R2 respectively, handle most of the fighting and foot work, with a little help from R5/team captain Eiji Ishiguro and the new R0. They range from fighting to vehicle driving to train jumping, and all together, they seem pretty up to the challenge.
The new toys, I mean tools, are out in full force. The movie introduces us to the Rescue Diver, which seems to be a flying drill tank (instead of some aquatic vehicle that actually, oh I don’t know, dives). The Rescue Diver combines with Rescue Striker for not one, but two new forms. There’s also the debut of the Zero Fire, R0’s Rescue Vehicle carrier, coming with its own set of Rescue Riser, Shovel, Drill, Turbo and Dozer. R0 also has his own personal Core Striker Fire and new weapon Rescue Zamber, which changes forms between a javelin and a pick ax. Confused? Like I said, Rescue Force is a big toy commercial, which isn’t new. However, it feels like it’s overloading its audience with too many new toys.
And of course, we have the movie’s true star: Hiroshi Fujioka, better known as Kamen Rider 1. In this, however, he’s R0, a previously unknown member of Rescue Force. Might as well be Kamen Rider 1 given how much he shows up the Rescue Force team. He even refers to them as “youngsters.” When out of his R0 gear, Fujioka dresses in style by sporting a nice black suit and hat.
There’s a small subplot with a girl named Miyuki who wants to be a dancer. By small, I mean she’s just there to fill the role of the innocent needing not only help but also inspiration from the heroes to pursue her dream. She’s also a good reason for the dance number at the beginning and end.
To wrap it up, Rescue the Mach Train! is a decent movie. Its strengths come from a suspenseful danger, plenty of action and a well-done new character with Hiroshi Fujioka. Its shortcomings mostly come from shortchanging its female Rescue Force team members and saturating itself with new toys. Even if you never got into the series, you may enjoy the movie. Add to that the amusing Grand Prix short. With both parts together clocking in at just under an hour and 20 minutes, it’s worth your time to check it out.
Little side note: Some characters from Madan Senki Ryukendo make cameo appearances. I’ve only seen one episode of Ryukendo, but if you’ve seen the series and enjoyed it, keep your eyes open.
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