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It's a trick question.

Characters aren't moe in and of themselves, it is the fan reaction to the character that is moe.

Take a magical girl show like Shugo Chara or Sakura:  I (as a creepy, middle aged fan with a black heart, an utter lack of morals, and ill intent apparent in my eye) might feel 'moe' toward a young heroine in this type of show, but it's nominal intended audience of, you know, girls  can instead follow the action 'A' plot, the conspiracy 'B' plot, the romantic sub-plot, and the comedy without thinking evil, evil thoughts during every transformation sequence.

Anime in more recent years (particulalry those anime derived from ero games) decided to skip the plot, action, and characterizaton BS and cut to the moe.  I can't defend this.

That said:  a 'moe' feeling can be a brotherly affection toward a little sister, a desire to see her grow up strong and proud and stand on her own.  (one translation of moe is 'sprouting' so there's your nuturing aspect)

Of course I'm a complete degenerate so even this fig leaf of an 'excuse' doesn't apply to me.  Hide yer daughters, mate, or your wives for that matter, else this leering ojisan will seduce them right out from under your watch. 
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So my last post, I mentioned I was planning two cosplays for Sugoi Con in October. I didn't reveal the second because I was waiting on accessory to arrive that would make the outfit more complete and obvious.  The accessory came in yesterday, and I went to the mall today to purchase one more accessory.

 So now I present (coincidentally on the same day as the newest episode of K-ON! is released) : Mio Akiyama from K-ON!
Please don't say you are lazy...
Please don't say you are lazy...

Poofy Black Lace Skirt
Poofy Black Lace Skirt
This is a "Found Item Coslay" as almost everything is already made. The skirt I bought last year at Halloween for a Gothic Lolita outfit from my favorite local consignment type shop called Queen of Rags. It  was mighty expensive ($50) but well worth it for the large amount of tulle, lace, fabric and work that went into making it.This skirt is like five pounds and like twenty layers (exaggerating here, but you guys get the point). Plus it can be reused for a variety of cosplays or Gothic Lolita outfits.

The top I've had for a very long time, still debating whether I'm going to use it or make another.  The arm warmers I bought off ebay for $8.99 and the tights from Hot Topic for $8. The shoes I bought earlier this year from the shoe store I work at to wear to a conference. They cost about $12-15 with my discount.

Tights, shoes, and arm warmers
Tights, shoes, and arm warmers
Things still left to obtain or make:
  • Long, dark brown wig with bangs
  •   Mini top hat with red ribbon
  • Rose/flower bouqet
  • Cane
  • Black sash
  • Add some extra elastic in the back to make the skirt tighter so it won't slide down.

Obviously not going to carry around the rock band guitar. I would trip over the cord constantly. Then I would get tired of holding it and hand it off to Baku to carry around or take back to the hotel room. Plus it's not a lefty guitar. :p So that's all for now. I'll keep updating with more pictures as I get all the stuff together.

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It took 5 men to take down a man who really hurt someone.

It takes a Judge to take down a man who did nothing but see...

Are you ready to go to Jail for what you see?

Is street justice the only true justice?

One must wonder why when the world became one man lost his freedom for good...
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Nation¹s Largest Anime and Manga Convention Teams Up with First 24-Hour
Japanese Television Channel in North America

Anaheim, California (June 5, 2009) ‹ UTB, United Television Broadcasting
Systems, Inc., the first 24-hour Japanese digital television channel in
North America announces their media partnership with 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
<> .

UTB aggregates and broadcasts the best programming from Japan alongside its
own original local content. The weekly programming schedule includes live
news from Japan, entertainment, documentaries, educational programs, movies,
dramas and anime. All around the world, interest in Japanese ³anime² has
skyrocketed in recent years. UTB is a free resource for anime lovers all
over Southern California, broadcasting a range of popular, highly rated
anime that everyone will enjoy.

UTB will be launching following anime programs starting June 6, 2009
(English subtitled):

From Kadokawa Pictures:
o Mon-Sun 10:00p-10:30p 6/6- 6/19
o Mon-Sun 10:00p-10:30p 6/20- 7/13

From Bandai Entertainment:
o Mon-Sun 10:00p-10:30p 7/14- 7/26
o Mon-Sun 10:00p-10:30p 7/27- 8/10

For details, please check UTB's website: (English)

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 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 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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San Francisco, CA, JUNE 4, 2009 – VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), one of the entertainment industry’s most innovative and comprehensive publishing, animation and licensing companies, is previewing nine new manga series covering a variety of genres set to debut throughout the Third Quarter of 2009.

The upcoming releases feature titles that will appeal to a wide range of readers ranging from mature adult fans to adolescents, tweens and kids. New romantic debuts from the popular SHOJO BEAT imprint include Kimi ni Todoke: From Me to You, and BLACK BIRD, while new science fiction/fantasy manga releases will feature Ôoku: THE INNER CHAMBERS, Tegami Bachi: Letter Bee, WāqWāq and CHILDREN OF THE SEA. A special trio of all-ages titles includes CHOCO MIMI, the first VIZ Kids manga series aimed specifically at young female readers, fun reptilian adventures with DINOSAUR KING, and the official film comic from the forthcoming Studio Ghibli film, PONYO, set to debut later this summer from famed director Hayao Miyazaki.

New Science Fiction/Fantasy Titles Include: 

Ôoku: The Inner ChamberS, Vol. 1 · Rated ‘M’ for Mature Audiences · MSRP: $12.99 US / $15.00 CAN · Available August 18

In Edo period Japan, a strange new disease called the Redface Pox has begun to prey on the country’s men. Within eighty years of the first outbreak, the male population has fallen to a quarter of the total female population. Women have taken on all the roles traditionally granted to men, even that of the Shogun. The men, precious providers of life, are carefully protected, and the most beautiful of the men are sent to serve in the Shogun’s Inner Chambers.

Ôoku: THE INNER CHAMBERS was created by Fumi Yoshinaga and won a special prize at the Japanese Association of Feminist Science Fiction and Fantasy’s 5th Sense of Gender Awards in 2005. Yoshinaga has won numerous other prestigious awards for her work, including the 2002 Kodansha Manga Award for her series ANTIQUE BAKERY and the 2006 Japan Media Arts Festival Excellence Award for Ôoku. She was also was nominated for the 11th and a winner of the 12th Osamu Tezuka Award also for Ôoku, and also nominated as Best Writer/Artist for the 2008 Eisner Awards.

 Announced at 2009 Book Expo last week, ÔOKU: THE INNER CHAMBERS was chosen as one of the Hot Fall Graphic Novels for Libraries.

children of the sea, Vol. 1 · Rated ‘T+’ for Older Teens ·

MSRP: $14.99 US / $17.50 CAN · Available July 21

When Ruka was young, she once saw a ghost in the water at the aquarium where her dad works. Now she feels inexplicably drawn toward the aquarium and the two mysterious boys she meets there, Umi and Sora, who both have the ability to breathe underwater. They were raised by dugongs and hear the same strange calls from the sea that 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 ocean’s fish.

CHILDREN OF THE SEA was created by award-winning artist Daisuke Igarashi. His series, WITCHES received the Excellence Prize at the 2004 Japan Media Arts Festival while LITTLE FOREST was nominated for the 2005 Ozamu Tezuka Cultural Award. CHILDREN OF THE SEA is currently serialized in IKKI magazine, which has established itself as the home of some of the most innovative, bold, and compelling series in the world of contemporary manga. VIZ Media’s VIZ Signature imprint and IKKI magazine have partnered to bring free previews of CHILDREN OF THE SEA and other stories to North American fans via a new web site at


WāqWāq, Vol. 1 · Rated ‘T’ for Teens · MSRP: $7.99 US / $9.50 CAN · Available August 4

Living in constant fear of attack from machines, mankind depends on the cyborg Protector corps known as the Guardians to keep them from harm as they await the arrival of the Kami, a godlike savior with mythical red blood. One day, Shio, who is the son of a Guardian, finds a red-blooded girl! Could she be the Kami they've been waiting for?

WāqWāq is a new science fiction series by Ryu Fujisaki, who also created the mythology-based manga series HOSHIN ENGI. WāqWāq and HOSHIN ENGI both originally debuted in Japan’s Weekly Shonen Jump magazine and Fujisaki has also been nominated for the prestigious Osamu Tezuka Manga Award.


Tegami Bachi: Letter Bee, Vol. 1 · Rated ‘T’ for Teens ·

MSRP: $7.95 US / $9.50 CAN · Available September 1

In Amberground, a dangerous terrain where a man-made star casts a permanent twilight, young Lag Seeing aspires to become a Letter Bee, a postman entrusted to deliver the hearts of people separated from the ones they love.

 Tegami Bachi: THE LETTER BEE features detailed and lush artwork by creator Hiroyuki Asada that brings to life a fantastic alternate world filled with innovative “steampunk” technology and imagery. The new series will further be highlighted in VIZ Media’s SHONEN JUMP magazine this summer.

 Announced at 2009 Book Expo last week, TEGAMI BACHI: LETTER BEE was recently chosen as one of the Hot Fall Graphic Novels for Libraries.


New SHOJO BEAT Titles Include:

 Kimi ni Todoke: From Me to You, Vol. 1 · Rated ‘T’ for Teens ·

MSRP: $8.99 US / $10.50 CAN · Available August 4

Sawako Kuronuma is the perfect heroine – for a horror movie! With her jet-black hair, sinister smile and silent demeanor, she’s often mistaken for the haunting movie character Sadako. But behind her scary façade is a very misunderstood teenager. Too shy to fit in, all she wants to do is make some friends. But when the most popular boy in class befriends her, she's sure to make more than just that--she's about to make some enemies too!

 KIMI NI TODOKE: FROM ME TO YOU was created by Karuho Shiina who was born and raised in Hokkaido, Japan. Though KIMI NI TODOKE is only her second series following many one-shot stories, it has already racked up accolades from various "Best Manga of the Year" lists. Winner of the 2008 Kodansha Manga Award for the shojo category, KIMI NI TODOKE also placed fifth in the first-ever Manga Taisho (Cartoon Grand Prize) contest in 2008. An animated series is also in production in Japan. Bonus stickers are included in limited editions of Vol. 1.

Announced at 2009 Book Expo last week, KIMI NI TODOKE: FROM ME TO YOU was recently chosen as one of the Hot Fall Graphic Novels for Libraries.


BLACK BIRD, Vol. 1 · Rated ‘T+’ for Older Teens ·

MSRP: $8.99 US / $10.50 CAN · Available August 4

There is a world of myth and magic that intersects ours, and only a special few can see it. Misao Harada is one such person, but she wants nothing to do with magical realms and just wants to have a normal high school life and maybe get a boyfriend. But all that changes one day when Misao is attacked by a demon. Her childhood friend Kyo suddenly returns to save her and tend to her cuts – with his tongue! It turns out Misao is the bride of prophecy, whose blood gives power to the demon clan who claims her. But most demons want to keep her power for themselves – by eating her! Now Misao is just trying to stay alive and trying to decide if she likes it when Kyo licks her wounds.

BLACK BIRD, winner of the Shogakukan Manga Award (2009) for Shojo, is the latest shojo series from Kanoko Sakurakoji. Sakurakoji’s debut title, Raibu ga Hanetara, was serialized in Bessatsu Shojo Comic magazine (currently called Betsucomi) in 2000. Her other shojo series, BACKSTAGE PRINCE, is also published domestically by VIZ Media.



PONYO FILM COMIC, Vols. 1-2 · Rated ‘A’ for All Ages ·

MSRP: $9.99 US / $11.50 CAN · Available August 4 ·

Vols. 3-4 Available September 1

From the Academy Award®-winning director and world-renowned Japanese animation legend Hayao Miyazaki comes PONYO, a story inspired by Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tale “The Little Mermaid.” Already a box-office success in Japan, the story of a young and overeager goldfish named Ponyo (voiced by NOAH CYRUS) and her quest to become human features an outstanding roster of voice talent, including CATE BLANCHETT, MATT DAMON, TINA FEY, CLORIS LEACHMAN, LIAM NEESON, LILY TOMLIN, BETTY WHITE and FRANKIE JONAS as Sosuke, a young boy who befriends Ponyo. 

 The film from Walt Disney Studios will release on August 14, 2009. The official 4-volume film comics of PONYO re-tells the film’s story with vivid full-color frames.


New VIZ Kids Titles Include:

CHOCOMIMI, Vol. 1 · Rated ‘A’ for All Ages · MSRP: $7.99 US / $9.50 CAN · Available July 7

Meet Choco and Mimi, best friends in eighth grade. Choco is serious and reliable, while Mimi is silly and spoiled rotten--but they both have a flair for fashion! A new boy transfers into the girls' class, and he just might be Choco's type! Will a crush damage the girls' friendship?! Or will Mimi's crazy antics scare him away?


DINOSAUR KING, Vol. 1 · Rated ‘A’ for All Ages ·

MSRP: $7.99 US / $9.99 CAN · Available September 1

Max Taylor is obsessed with dinosaurs. He knows his Tapejara from his Pteradon and can find fossils better than a trained paleontologist. When he discovers a stone tablet that transports him to the age of dinosaurs, it’s a dream come true—until it becomes a nightmare. An evil genius named Dr. Z has enslaved the dinosaurs so he can use their hidden powers to take over the world! Now Max has to defeat Dr. Z and his Alpha Gang to save the ancient beasts and life as we know it.

DINOSAUR KING is the official manga tie-in for the top rated animated series seen on 4KIDS TV. The DINOSAUR KING property captivates millions of kids across North America and has spawned a variety of related video games and trading cards.

For a limited time Volume 1 will include an Upper Deck Dinosaur King trading card.


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

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From NYAF And Kinokuniya, The NY Asian Film Festival, And TOKYOPOP


This is Peter Tatara, Programming Manager of the New York Anime Festival. Lance is currently on the West Coast for E3—or the after parties at E3. Whatever. When he gets back to NYC, he'll find I've sabotaged all his Nerf guns by just removing a single screw. Of course, he'll never figure out which screw. Anywho, let's talk news.

NYAF is proud to announce it's partnering with the New York Asian Film Festival and TOKYOPOP to celebrate Lolita Fashion Day at New York City's Kinokuniya Bookstore. Taking place Saturday, June 6 in celebration of International Lolita Day, Kinokuniya Bookstore, located at 1073 Avenue of the Americas in Manhattan, will present a day-long series of activities highlighting the diverse world of cute, cool, elegant, and hip Lolita fashion in modern Japan.

Kinokuniya Lolita Fashion Day Events

Gothic & Lolita Bible Giveaway: Any customer who comes into Kinokuniya Bookstore at 1073 Avenue of the Americas on Saturday, June 6 can enter to win a selection of Lolita items from TOKYOPOP's Gothic & Lolita Bible. Items in the giveaway include Ergi black bloomers with bow trim, an Angelic Pretty long-sleeved black bolero jacket with bows and lace trim, an Angelic Pretty cotton sailor blouse with lace trim, an Angelic Pretty white wallet with bow, and a HN+nois lock and key necklace. The giveaway is located beside Kinokuniya's cashier, and winners will be drawn, contacted, and their prizes mailed the week of June 7th.

Cafe Zaiya Sweet Treats: Any customer who comes into Kinokuniya's Cafe Zaiya wearing Lolita fashion will receive a selection of complimentary sweets with their order.

Gothic & Lolita Bible Photoshoot: TOKYOPOP's Gothic & Lolita Bible and photographer Anna Fischer present a special Lolita photoshoot from 1-2 PM on Kinokuniya's second floor. Photographs taken at Lolita Fashion Day will appear on Come by Kinokuniya during this photoshoot to have your fashion and smile on display for Lolitas across the USA.

New York Asian Film Festival Preview: Join Subway Cinema's Marc Walkow from 3-4 PM as he previews this summer's New York Asian Film Festival (June 19 - July 5), the eighth edition of what The New York Times called "one of the city's most valuable events" and what The Village Voice proclaimed to be a "super-freaky mega-mix of art house and grindhouse." Learn first-hand about the festival's most exciting Japanese (and other) cinematic offerings and watch selected trailers and clips from some of the films, such as 20TH CENTURY BOYS, PRIDE, THE MAGIC HOUR, ANTIQUE, LOVE EXPOSURE, and more. You'll also hear about the festival's many guests and special events and be able to pick up screening schedules and festival postcards.

Kinokuniya Bookstore, the New York Anime Festival, the New York Asian Film Festival, and TOKYOPOP invite anime fans, Lolitas, and New Yorkers up for an unforgettable experience to come out to Kinokuniya's Lolita Fashion Day on Saturday, June 6!

Spin On! 

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Hey guys its ME!!!!! "NERXUAL THE GREAT NOOB of ANIMEVICE!!!!"

The reason I'm shouting (I have got to stop doing that! D:<) is because I'M MAKING A RP!!!!!!!!!! (role-play I'M STILL DOING IT!!!!) The only thing getting in the way is..........
I don't have characters' ;.; but that's when YOU GUYS COME IN!!!!!! First few people who say "I WANT THE JOB!!!!!" gets to be in it!!!!! AND THEY CAN PICK A CHOICE OF NAMES I GIVE THEM!!!!!!!!


Darn it I did it again! O.o
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When I think of Moe usually one character comes to mind.. Moena Shinguuji of the Angel Blade series. She is fairly small and petite and very very cute and shy you just want to snuggle her. If you take out the "NA" out of her name it spells "Moe"
She is the prototype for Moe Characters in my mind:)

You go Moena!;)
You go Moena!;)

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[C] The Money of Soul and Possibility Control
Ghost in the Shell SAC
Ghost in the Shell SAC 2nd GIG
Dragon Ball Z
Death Note
Dragon Ball GT
Elfen Lied
Vampire Knight
Vampire Knight Guilty
Darker then Black
Afro Samurai
Outlaw Star
Samurai Champloo
Cowboy Beobop 
Tri Gun
AMV Hell
The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya  2006
The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya  2009    
Neon Genesis Evangelion
Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion R1   
Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion R2 
Azumanga Daioh  
Tengan Toppa Gurren Lagann    
Darker than Black - Ryuusei no Gemini 
Halo Legends
Soul Eater 
Ghost Stories 
Full Metal Alchemist 
Girls Bravo
Agent Aika 
AIKa  R-16: Virgin Mission
AIKa: Zero 
Highschool of the Dead
Dance in the Vampire Bund  
Supernatural the Animation  
Lucky ☆  Star
Demon King Daimao
Yumekui Merry
Baka to Test to Shoukanjuu
Baka to Test to Shoukanjuu: Matsuri
Baka to Test to Shoukanjuu Ni!
Mirai Nikki 
Nyan Koi! 
Puella Magi Madoka Magica

The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya
Summer Wars
Cowboy Beobop Knocking on Heavens Door
Blood the Last Vampire
Afro Samuria Resurection
All Dragon Ball Z Movies 1 - 15
Ghost in the Shell
Ghost in the Shell 2 Innocence
Ghost in the Shell Solid State Society 
All Dragonball Movies 1 - 4
Dead Space Downfall
The Girl Who Leapt Through Time
The End of Evangelion/Death and Rebirth 2   
Dante’s Inferno  
Fullmetal Alchemist: The Conqueror of Shambala
5 Centimeters Per Second 
Sword of the Stranger
Black★Rock Shooter
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It's like I'm laughing and crying at the same time. I mean, how in the world can a company mess up this badly? FUNimation, pull your shit together! As if leaving One Piece 403 unsecured wasn't bad enough, now you're letting us have Phantom 10 a wee bit early?

It's interesting though, Nyaatorrents decided to remove the Phantom 10 torrent not long after it was posted. I guess the guy running the public tracker chickened out, in a sense. Luckily, files that are made available on the internet spread like wildfire, so I was able to obtain a copy of it from those that were fast enough. Hooray for automated BT dumps!  Don't worry, Lance, the episode was downloaded to a TrueCrypt container, if you know what I mean!

Man, too many fans have expressed their opinions on this matter, so at this point I can only sit back and laugh at everyone still wasting their time on this topic. Even John Oppliger posted his thoughts about Toei's boneheadedness. Priceless! It's like FUNimation self-imploded by alienating one of their biggest Japanese partners (GONZO is soon to be put in a casket, I believe), and the way things stand, I wouldn't be surprised if all of this is just the beginning of the end for the R1 industry.

Some fans accused ANN of blowing the two incidents out of proportion, neglecting the fact that FUNimation is ANN's last anime-themed advertiser aside from RightStuf. Maybe FUNimation isn't that important anymore or maybe, just maybe, ANN came back to its senses after years of the American anime industry booming and is actually doing honest journalism that's miles better than what we get from the declining anime blogosphere. And I'm saying this as someone who's been very critical towards ANN's past practices. I wonder how FUNi feels about them now as they pretty much made the general fandom aware of their level of incompetence.

Seriously, how can you repeat the same mistake twice. In a way, this new interaction between pirates and distributors is introducing a unique blend of the warez scene model that the innocent pocky-framed glasses anime fan isn't used to. At least I can't believe this shit is actually happening.
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Well summers here, and in honor of Tom the Toonami robot (god bless his soul) I plan on becoming as active a member on AV as possible, maybe rp'ing a bit (I have some experience, but as well as that I will be posting some pieces of a story I'm working on, now the grammar will be bad, however I want opinions on comments descriptions, and yes even my most common grammar problems.

Now, You''l be seeing the rough draft of the first chapter coming up tonight, so take a look at it, I won;t be posting all of the story, jsut the forst few chapters to gather opinions, and those interested in really helping me out can take a look at all the chapters of it as I go along.

Also, I was on the recent Vice Squad, and I plan on (if they have room) coming on the podcast as much as possible, well.....or until they kick me out. Nonetheless check out the podcast, Lunarmoth and moonstorm are great guys, so even if I'm not on it check it out every week.

That's it for now, see you all later.

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U.S. Debut of Film to Appear at Nation¹s Largest Anime and Manga Convention
Over the 4th of July Weekend

SANTA MONICA, CA (June 4, 2009) - Aniplex announces a partnership with
GAINAX to present the US Premier Screening of GURREN LAGANN the MOVIE
­Childhood¹s End- at Anime Expo® 2009 the nation¹s largest anime and manga
convention occurring over the 4th of July week (July 2-5, 2009) at the Los
Angeles Convention Center. More information can be found at
<> and www.anime

GURREN LAGANN THE MOVIE ­ CHILDHOOD¹S END - was re-created from the hit
Japanese anime TV series ³Gurren Lagann² for theatrical release in Japan and
was broadcasted in the US in 2008 on the SciFi Channel. GURREN LAGANN the
MOVIE ­Childhood¹s End­ is the first of two (2) films in which the title¹s
sequel is currently on theatre screens in Japan.

GURREN LAGANN the MOVIE ­Childhood¹s End- is directed by Hiroyuki Imaishi,
written by Kazuki Nakashima, Animation production by GAINAX (Neon Genesis
Evangelion and FLCL) and shares the creative staff from the franchise TV

The movie will be presented with English subtitles-Thursday; July 2, 2009 at
7:30 pm PST. Please check Anime Expo® website ( for
screening schedule and location.

GURREN LAGANN the MOVIE ­Childhood¹s End-

This is the story of a man who has yet to realize what destiny holds in
store for himŠ.

Far in the future, human live underground quietly and restlessly for
hundreds of years, suffering from frequent earthquake and land subsidence.
In Giha Village, one of such underground communities, there are two young
men. One is called Simon who is shy and naïve, the other is called Kamina
who believes in existence of a ³surface² world above their heads. Destiny of
the two starts moving drastically when the ceiling falls, and a gigantic
³Gunmen² and a beautiful girl Yoko with a superconductive rifle come from
the surface. Kamina, Simon and Yoko get on ³Lagann² that Simon digs out from
the ground, and jump out to the surface!

However, the surface is not such a dreamland as Kamina imagined. The world
is reined by the Spiral King and his army beastmen. Kamina and Simon, along
with their comrades challenge the Spiral King to change the desperate world
to the one with hope for the future by GURREN LAGANN!

About ANIPLEX Inc.

ANIPLEX Inc. (headquartered in Tokyo, Japan) is a leading provider of anime
content and music production and distribution in Japan. Established as Sony
Pictures Entertainment Visual Works Inc. in 1995, as a joint-venture between
Sony Pictures Entertainment (Japan) Inc. and Sony Music Entertainment
(Japan) Inc., it became ANIPLEX, Inc. in 2003 after the company became a
subsidiary completely owned by Sony Music Entertainment Japan. ANIPLEX Inc.
has introduced a variety of properties including such hits as ³Gurren
Lagann,² ³Fullmetal Alchemist,² ³Rurouni Kenshin (Samurai X),² ³R.O.D ­THE
TV-,² ³Blood+,² all of which are licensed and distributed worldwide. The
company launched ANIPLEX of AMERICA in Los Angeles, CA in 2004 to handle
licensing and co-production business in North and Latin America. In 2005,
the company established A-1 Pictures, currently the largest and most
technically advanced animation studio in Japan.

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 ( <>

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 and Kari Wahlgren.

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Join me, Lunermoth and our new guest Cogito as we cover the news on Anime Vice.


First up Beck gets a live action movie.

ADV gets Darkside Blues.

We get more Darker than Black.

Geneon rescues some CMP stuff.

Shana third season.

Gainax take a brake and goes back to kindergarten.

Yoko is still sexy.

and One piece is leaked and pull taking FMA with it.

WTF Section

rape games banned (again)

N. Korea is crazy

Nagi fans are too.

Striking ins some Lucky Star undies.

Cosplay can get you in trouble.

'Moe' ambassador
Otaku encyclopedia

Hot blond is mahjong pro.

And quit stilling our president.

Figures (kind of)

E3 gives us some good stuff.

Places to be in anime you don't want to go to.

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hair: dark purple(previesly white)
race:Valhallians previesly Maggnorions
persionality:short tempered,kind,quiet,cairing
armorment:2 swich knive swords, 1 Valhallian sword, 1 changing sword

HISTORY: UNKOWN(mistory)- reality incompleat

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Cute, petite, big eyes/head and high pitched voice and usually a female character.
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I know this maybe really mean but I had to blog it

 Lately I've heard ppl in my school talk about doing meth. AND THEY ACTUALLY DO IT!!!!!!.
So this message to all the ppl is ....... WTF!!!!! why do it in he first place anyway?! I mean it can't make you look cool ,or anything actually it makes ppl look like they've scarred themselves. It can't help them in school, or help hem in life. 

It just tears my heart about young teenagers dying from a terrible drug.
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So ANN is reporting that once again Funimation's video files have been pulled from their servers early.

So this leads to one of two things...
1. An inside job
2. They never fixed the "security" hole
3. Someone hacked their server (unlikely)

With #1, some disgruntled employee could very well have released it early that is really simple. With #2, they never fixed the issue that got us here in the first place which (assuming) was just simple guessing of where the video file was on the server (and thus unprotected). So, what did we learn again Funimation? Don't put files on publicly accessible servers (even if there are no links to it, people can still download it!). 

Here's a tip from the fansubbers that would be useful...they tag their files with a hash tag at the end of their files like:

[I'm a bad fansubber]_FMAB_01_720p_[H4398xXK].mkv

Instead of (assuming) Funimation is putting it like this:

So, here's to hoping Funimation fixes this and that they are not royally screwed for future simlucasts, because honestly, they've done a pretty damn good job especially with putting them on other (IMO, better) video services like Hulu.

What do you think the consequinces of THIS leak will be? Phantom has been leaked before, but this is the first time for FMA:B which is, to put it lightly, a high profile series.
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Manga Illustrator and Character Designer Yun Kouga to Attend Nation¹s
Largest Anime and Manga Convention

Anaheim, California (June 2, 2009) ‹ Revered manga artist, Ms. Yun Kouga, is
announced today as an official Anime Expo® 2009 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 <> .

Ms. Kouga debuted as a manga artist in 1985 and has worked on notable titles
such as ³Earthian² and ³Yousei Jiken², she has also garnered international
praise and acclaim for her current series ³Loveless². Ms. Kouga is also the
character designer for the highly popular anime MOBILE SUIT GUNDAM 00.

Ms. Kouga joins Hiroyuki Imaishi, Daisuke Ishiwatari, Yosuke Kuroda,
Toshimichi Mori, Toshiyuki Morikawa, Morning Musume, Yasuhiro Nightow,
Atsushi Nishigori, Satoshi Nishimura and Kari Wahlgren as official Anime
Expo® 2009 Guests of Honor.

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 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 ( <>

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"forward-looking statements." These forward-looking statements are based on
current expectations and assumptions that are subject to risks and
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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
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Company undertakes no obligation to release publicly any revisions to any
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hereof or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.

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Kakashi Hatake (はたけカカシ, Hatake Kakashi) is a Konohagakure Jonin, a former ANBU Captain and the former leader of Team 7. He is the son of Sakumo Hatake and, like his father, Kakashi is regarded as a genius among his peers. After his meteoric rise through the ninja ranks, Kakashi became the student of Minato Namikaze, and subsequently became a Jonin during the Third Great Ninja War. Following the war, Kakashi earned renown fame for his use of the Sharingan, earning him the moniker Copy Ninja Kakashi (コピー忍者のカカシ, Kopī Ninja no Kakashi).


Kakashi is the son of the genius ninja, Sakumo Hatake who had respect on par with the Sannin. Like his father, Kakashi has been known since a young age as an extremely gifted ninja, regarded by many as the best of his generation. He received top marks and showed an innate aptitude for the ninja arts while in the academy. This allowed him to graduate from it in a single year at the top of his class at the age of 5, and then become a Chunin a year later. However, his success came at a great loss; his mother died when he was still very young. His father sometime after fell into disgrace after choosing to save his comrades rather than complete an important mission, causing Konohagakure to suffer in the war effort. Dishonored, Sakumo committed suicide after deep depression and a drop in his skills, which caused Kakashi to lead his life strictly by the ninja code.

Kakashi was teamed with Obito Uchiha and Rin under the leadership of Minato Namikaze. Kakashi's relationship with Obito and Rin was very much similar to that of Sasuke's relationship with Naruto and Sakura respectively as he was the indifferent genius who shared a complicated relationship with his teammates that later developed into a close friendship.

Kakashi Gaiden

See also: Kakashi GaidenSoon after becoming a Jonin (age 13 at the time), Kakashi was assigned to lead Rin and Obito on a mission that would benefit Konoha in the ongoing Third Great Shinobi War. They were to destroy a bridge being used by Iwagakure forces to move into Kusagakure. Along the way, Kakashi’s team was ambushed by an Iwagakure ninja. Kakashi saw this as a good opportunity to use his newly created jutsu, the Chidori, only to nearly be struck down by the original's counterattack.

On their way to the bridge Rin was kidnapped. Obito immediately stated his intention to rescue her, but Kakashi disagreed on the basis that they needed to complete their mission, opting not make the same mistake his father did. Before leaving to save Rin, Obito then states that Sakumo made the right decision. Shortly after parting ways Kakashi, he reflected on Obito’s words and Rin's prior kindness, he realized that his father wasn't wrong after all. This prompted him to rejoin Obito in the rescue effort.

In the ensuing battle, Kakashi's left eye is damaged by Taiseki. Obito awakens his Sharingan in order to kill Taiseki and save Kakashi, allowing them to proceed onto Rin. Once they locate and free her the three are trapped in an enemy cave-in. Obito pushes Kakashi out of the way of a falling boulder but is crushed himself. Unable to free himself, Obito asks Rin, a medical-nin, to give his Sharingan eye to Kakashi as a gift to replace his damaged one. She complies and after the procedure Kakashi is able to use the Sharingan to perfect his Chidori and kill the remaining enemy ninja. He returns to see if there is anything he can do for Obito, but the cave continues to collapse and Kakashi and Rin are forced to leave him behind and escape. With the help of Minato they complete their mission, allowing them to mourn Obito's death.

Kakashi as an ANBU captain.

His reputation was widely increased thanks to his success from the first mission he performed as a Jonin and later increased even further from word of him acquiring the Sharingan and amount of copied jutsu (hence his nickname). Kakashi eventually joined the Konohagakure ANBU where he served as a squad leader. During this time, Kakashi rose to fame as Konoha's Copy Ninja (sometimes known as Sharingan Kakashi), a nickname he earned due to use of his Sharingan eye. He cultivated a group of students that included Yugao Uzuki and Tenzo, and recognized the latter as the most successful of this group. He later left for unknown reasons, but maintains strong connections with the ANBU and still wears the characteristic iron guards on his gloves.


Obito's death had a huge impact on Kakashi's personality. At the start of the series, Kakashi was characterized as carefree and laid back. He rarely shows any excitement towards anything in his daily life. Even when he gave Team 7 their final exam, he showed more interest in his book than how each of his potential students performed. Like Shino Aburame, Kakashi has a rather solitary and matter-of-fact attitude. His calm and detached demeanor has been called “cool, hip, and trendy” many times by Might Guy. Despite his increasingly growing reputation and prowess as a ninja, Kakashi shows no arrogance; rather is very modest about his abilities. His naturally calm attitude is used to his advantage in battle as it is easier for him to maintain his composure to stay focused on the situation at hand and ultimately notice everything around him. Through this, he can make keen and thought-out decisions allowing him to stay steps ahead of his opponents.

Kakashi reading one of Jiraiya's Make-Out novels.

Kakashi is a fan of the Make-Out series of novels implying that he is slightly perverted. He is typically seen reading one of the books when not involved in a fight, making it the only of one (of his reportedly many) hobbies that is ever seen in the series. Despite his fondness for the books, he grows uncomfortable when reading passages to others, presumably embarrassed by the adult content. Naruto has on one occasion used these books against Kakashi, threatening to spoil the ending of the latest installment to force Kakashi to let down his guard (by shutting his eyes and ears) to prevent learning about the ending.

Despite his nature in everyday life, he has shown to be a very responsible and dedicated man when it matters. As he learned from Obito, Kakashi knows what it means to have devotion to what is important in life; people he cares for. He does everything in his power to protect his village and allies. Even his signature jutsu, the Lightning Blade, was made on the principle of duty and perfected on the principle of protecting loved ones. He places their safety over the successful completion of a mission. Kakashi used this belief when deciding whether or not to take on a Genin team, requiring that the Genin work together instead of doing as he told them. He is also regularly late for appointments. This is because of his frequent visits to the memorial where Obito's name is engraved, where he loses track of time.

Kakashi has an ongoing, albeit one-sided, rivalry with Might Guy. In trying to prove himself superior to Kakashi, Guy challenges him to competitions of questionable value ranging from Rock, Paper, Scissors to running races. Guy has a record of 50 wins to 49 loses, which he is particularly proud of. Kakashi shows little interest in their competitions, which only further inspires Guy to defeat Kakashi and his "coolness".

Kakashi is a very good but very strict teacher. Prior to Naruto's team, he had never allowed any of the teams he was to teach become genins. He uses the same teaching methods the Third and Fourth Hokages used, and he emphasizes teamwork above all else. He feels that someone who does not understand teamwork is not worthy of becoming a ninja.


Kakashi's personality is further emphasized by his generally lazy expression, aloof manner, relaxed voice, and minimalist attitude. He is usually seen in his Leaf Village ninja uniform. Another noticeable feature to Kakashi other than his unique left eye is the thin scar running over it and down to his cheek. He is a tall, fit ninja who has been told he looks just like his father. He is characterized by his spiky silver hair, forehead protector regularly covering his left eye, and his chronically visible mask. He was once mistakenly recognized by Sand's Elder Chiyo, who thought it to be Konoha's White Fang who is his father.

While it has yet to be revealed why, he has since a young age always been seen concealing the lower half of his face. What he looks like remains a point of interest for his students, who try to find out what he looks like in various omake specials in the series. Episode 101, which is devoted to Team 7 trying to remove their sensei's mask, implies that he is in fact quite handsome from Teuchi and Ayame's reaction to seeing his face. In the few instances that he is seen without his mask (though still obstructed by some object) it has been seen that he has a narrow jaw-line.

Part I

The official team photo for Team 7.

Amongst the students and instructors at the academy, Kakashi developed a reputation for having exceedingly high standards on who he would train and failing every potential Genin team that took the Survival Training Exam he proctored. When he was given the current potential Team 7 — which consisted of Naruto Uzumaki, Sakura Haruno, and Sasuke Uchiha, he gives them a bell test, requiring that the three of them obtain the two bells he keeps on his person. They work independently to try and take a bell, unwilling to work together since one of them would not be able to have a bell.

After Team 7 failed their test, Kakashi quickly expressed how displeased he was with their performance. After belittling each of performances, he revealed the true goal of this test: teamwork. After explaining the importance of teamwork and seeing how ashamed they were at their performance, Kakashi decided to give Team 7 one more chance to act as a team and let them break for lunch. However, Naruto having earlier tried to steal their lunches, Kakashi forbids Sakura or Sasuke to feed him. Deciding that they will need Naruto in peak condition if they are to work together and take the bells, they feed him anyway. Kakashi sees this and confronts them, feigning anger that they disobeyed him before passing them. He explains the true objective of the test was to see their loyalty towards each other and congratulates them for being the first team to pass under him.

It was later revealed that Kakashi was chosen specifically to be leader of Team 7 because of Naruto and Sasuke. Kakashi's duty in addition to training the team was also to keep the Nine-Tailed Demon Fox in Naruto contained and to keep Sasuke from walking down a dark path since they had similar traits that would allow Kakashi to better understand him.

Land of Waves arc

After completing a number of easy missions Team 7, at Naruto's insistence, is assigned a somewhat more difficult task of escorting Tazuna to the Land of Waves. They are attacked en route by the Demon Brothers. Although Kakashi is able to defeat them with little effort, he realizes that there is more to the mission than a simple escort. He convinces Tazuna to tell them the truth: that the Land of Waves is under the tyranny of Gato. Tazuna hopes to build a bridge that will free the country, and has thus garnered Gato's assassination attempts. Even though the mission is more dangerous than what they were initially assigned, Team 7 agrees to act as his bodyguard until the bridge is complete.

Upon arriving in the Land of Waves, Team 7 is attacked by Zabuza Momochi, an S-class missing-nin and another one of Gato's hired assassins. It was here that Team 7 first learned the truth about their sensei's worldly fame as the Copy Ninja. Unfortunately, Zabuza's superior experience with water-based jutsu combined with Kakashi's focus being cut in half for his teammates allowed Zabuza to catch Kakashi off guard and trapped him. Kakashi pleads for his students to flee with Tazuna, but they instead choose to work together and manage to free him. Using his Sharingan, Kakashi is able to turn the tide against Zabuza, but before he can land a killing blow a boy named Haku steps in and appears to kill Zabuza first. He takes Zabuza's body away, claiming that he will dispose of it, and Kakashi collapses from exhaustion.

Fearing that Zabuza may be alive, Kakashi has Team 7 train to gain better control over their chakra while he recuperates. In a week they had mastered the training and so resumed their bodyguard duty. Haku and Zabuza, having recovered from their earlier battle, attacks them again. While Haku engages Sasuke and Naruto, Kakashi fights Zabuza. Having learned from his defeat, Zabuza relies on sneak attacks during the battle to keep from falling prey to Kakashi's Sharingan. In response, Kakashi uses Summoning Technique: Earth Release: Tracking Fang Technique to locate and pin down Zabuza, making him an easy target for the Lightning Blade.

Kakashi about to kill Zabuza.

Before he can land a finishing blow Kakashi is once again interrupted by Haku. Haku uses himself as a human shield, dying but managing to free Zabuza and restrain Kakashi with the last of his energy. Kakashi escapes Haku's grip and disables Zabuza's arms, ending their fight. When Gato shows up to, Kakashi watches as Zabuza kills him and the Multiple Shadow Clone Technique to scare away Gato's thugs. As Zabuza dies Kakashi takes him to Haku's body, and later buries them beside each other before returning to Konoha.

Chunin Exam arc

Kakashi enters Team 7 in the Chunin Exams. After Sasuke is branded with the Cursed Seal of Heaven by Orochimaru during the exam's second phase, Kakashi takes it upon himself to deal with the Cursed Mark as the Third Hokage was too busy with the Chunin Exams. Unable to remove it, he instead uses the Evil Sealing Method to try and prevent its usage. Following the preliminary matches fearing that Sasuke similar desire for power to Orochimaru's would drive Sasuke to go down a similar path, he decided to personally train Sasuke himself. Deciding that he needed to remind Sasuke to have true faith in his own strength and the importance of protecting what he has now, Kakashi's main goal during the training was to teach Sasuke his Chidori, which was built on the principle of protecting loved ones (in addition to being a strong counter to Gaara's sand shield as he would be Sasuke's next opponent).

He has Sasuke focus mainly on taijutsu copied from Rock Lee to give Sasuke the necessary conditioning, speed, and developed chakra for the Chidori. Their training runs late, and a month later Kakashi delivers him to his final round match late. When the invasion of Konoha begins during Sasuke's match, Kakashi helps repel the invaders. When he notices that Sasuke is going after Gaara, Kakashi sends Naruto, Sakura, Shikamaru, and Pakkun to stop him and bring him back.

Return of Itachi arc

Kakashi trapped in Itachi's Tsukuyomi

Shortly after the invasion is prevented, Itachi Uchiha and Kisame Hoshigaki, of Akatsuki infiltrate the village. Asuma Sarutobi and Kurenai Yuhi try to apprehend the two, but when they are almost killed in the attempt Kakashi steps in. Though able to hold his own against Itachi for a short while, Kakashi falls prey to Tsukuyomi. Severely weakened by the technique, Kakashi confirms that Itachi and Kisame are after Naruto and the Nine-Tailed Demon Fox before collapsing. For knowing so much Kisame tries to capture Kakashi, but Might Guy arrives in time to drive the Akatsuki members off.

Kakashi is left in a coma after the experience and is not revived until Tsunade returns to the village. Immediately after recovering he is sent on a new mission.

Sasuke Retrieval arc

Kakashi returned from his mission in time to interrupt a battle between Naruto and Sasuke. Learning that Sasuke had begun reverting to his original desire for power due to his anger at Naruto's superior growth as of late, Kakashi lectured him on the importance of not allowing anger to control him. Sasuke retorted that Kakashi couldn't know how he felt unless Sasuke were to kill everyone he loved, to which Kakashi replied congenially that everyone close to him was already dead. Seeing that Sasuke realized he did know how he feels and that he is only alone because he insists on pushing people away, Kakashi let Sasuke go and left him to think over their encounter, and thus wasn't in position to either protect him from the Sound Four or stop him from leaving the village.

When Kakashi returns, he finds out that Sasuke has defected to Orochimaru and that a squad of Genin was all that had been sent out to retrieve him. Ignoring the fact that he has a new mission, Kakashi rushes out to track down Sasuke and the retrieval team. Using his ninken, Kakashi is able to locate a defeated Naruto, Sasuke having already left the area. Unable to pursue Sasuke because of a fresh rain fall, Kakashi takes Naruto back to the village to recover. Ashamed he failed to help his students, Kakashi once again went to the memorial stone be alone with his thoughts, wishing so deeply that he could have used his gift from Obito to prevent these events from happening.

Pre-Shippūden filler arcs

Kakashi continues to be sent on missions during the anime's filler arcs, leaving him with very few appearances. He returns from a mission in time to recapture some of he prisoners that escaped from prison when Mizuki led a breakout. He is later sent to assist with the Noroishimusha incident in the Land of Birds. While not officially his mission and arriving much later, Kakashi realized the situation was not as it seems, ultimately taking command of the team and thereby deciding to investigate. This led to Kakashi's fight with Oki's minions Nagare and Hokushin whom Kakashi defeated with relative ease.

In the final filler arc, Kakashi was sent to spy on the Takumi Village when rumors of an uprising reach Konoha. There, he discovered that the entire village was abandoned and corpses where missing. He later showed up nearing the end of the arc where he was sent as back-up along with Jiraiya to aid Naruto and the rest of the Genin aid the Sand Village only to discover that Naruto's team had already successfully completed their mission. At the conclusion of Part I, Naruto and Sakura begin training under Jiraiya and Tsunade respectively, leaving Kakashi without any students for the next two-and-a-half years.

Part II

Rescue Gaara arc

With Team 7 effectively dissolved, Kakashi spends the 2 and half years further enhancing and refining his abilities when he wasn't on high-ranked missions to prepare for inevitable battle with the Akatsuki. After Naruto's return to the village, Kakashi is given from Naruto the newest edition to the Make-Out Paradise's series. To see how his students have improved, Kakashi has another bell test, this time the real objective being to actually capture the bells. When they are unable to get close enough to Kakashi to take a bell, Naruto and Sakura resort to trying to spoil the plot of the most recent Make-Out Paradise novel, throwing Kakashi off guard and allowing them to take the bells.

When they return to the village, they learn that Gaara has been kidnapped by Akatsuki. Team Kakashi is sent to Sunagakure to help in retrieving him, where they are teamed with Chiyo before heading out to find Gaara. Along the way they encounter Itachi Uchiha. Kakashi is able to fight on even grounds in this battle, but he notes that Itachi's performance was not what it was the last time they met as his tactics were primarily defensive and his techniques were weaker. With a well-timed maneuver, Kakashi was able to trick and restrain Itachi, giving Naruto the opening needed to finish the fight with his upgraded Rasengan. Afterwards, they discover that this Itachi was actually a Sand village ninja who who was somehow turned into a perfect clone. They then meet with Team Guy, which was sent as backup, outside the Akatsuki lair. Unfortunately, Akatsuki set up a powerful barrier that required the team to split up again, ultimately making Team Guy was forced to fight clones of themselves. This did however allow Team Kakashi to infiltrate the lair where they find Deidara and Sasori with Gaara's body.

Kakashi using Kamui on Deidara in an attempt to remove his head.

Deidara flies off with Gaara's body, and Naruto and Kakashi give chase, leaving Sasori to Sakura and Chiyo. While pursuing Deidara, Kakashi tries to use his new Mangekyo Sharingan and its Kamui ability to stop him, but Kakashi's lack of control towards his new technique ends up using a lot of chakra before making Deidara down long enough for Naruto to attack him. Naruto is able to retrieve Gaara, so Deidara tries to using a Suicide Bombing Clone to escape. Kakashi uses Kamui again to get rid of the explosion, saving the team. After Gaara is revived, Team Kakashi and Team Guy return to Konoha. Because he left unable to move due to overuse of Kamui, Kakashi is carried home on Guy's back.

Sai and Sasuke arc

After returning to the village, Kakashi was bed-ridden for a week. During that time, Team Kakashi's temporary squad captain would be Kakashi's former student Tenzo, under the codename of "Yamato", due to his ability to suppress demon chakra. When they fail in their effort and return, Kakashi learns about Sasuke's tremendous growth and meets Sasuke's replacement: Sai. Knowing that Naruto is disappointed by the failure, Kakashi decides to help him create a new jutsu that will make him more of a match when they meet again. Using the Multiple Shadow Clone Technique at a high level, Naruto could reduce the amount of time needed to trains Naruto to master a new jutsu that would potentially make Naruto surpass (in a manner of speaking) Kakashi himself.

[edit] Hidan and Kakuzu arc

Kakashi battling Kakuzu.

Kakashi's training for Naruto is revealed to teach Naruto to master his natural element chakra (which turns out to be wind) and combined it with the Rasengan to create an ultimate jutsu that not even Kakashi or the Fourth Hokage could complete. After hearing that Asuma Sarutobi has been killed in a battle with Akatsuki, Kakashi decides to lead Team 10 in avenging him as Naruto had already advanced in his training beyond needing Kakashi's assistance. He leaves Yamato in charge of overseeing Naruto's training, and has Shikamaru Nara work him in on the plan of attack. When they locate Hidan and Kakuzu, Shikamaru distracts the two, giving Kakashi an opportunity to hit Kakuzu with a Lightning Blade. While successful, it turns out Kakuzu has five total hearts, of which Kakashi only destroyed one, and is barely able to escape a counterattack with a capsule filled with Kakuzu's blood. After it is deciding to split up the two Akatsuki members, Kakashi gives Shikamaru the blood capsule who leads Hidan away.

Kakashi and the remaining members of Team 10 struggle to combat Kakuzu and the abilities of his three heart monsters. Kakuzu is able to capture them and almost takes their hearts for himself, but Shikamaru is elsewhere able to trick Hidan into destroying another of Kakuzu's hearts by using his curse with Kakuzu's blood. Kakuzu recovers and tries to attack them again, but Naruto and the rest of Team Kakashi arrive to help. Using his new Wind Release: Rasenshuriken, Naruto is able to destroy two of Kakuzu's hearts and leave the final one on the brink of failure. Kakashi finishes him off with a final Lightning Blade before they return home.

Three-Tails Arrival arc

After Konoha learns where Orochimaru is, Kakashi is assigned to lead Team 8 in tracking down Orochimaru and potentially Sasuke. They are able to find one of his bases, but it is destroyed upon their arrival to get rid of any evidence. They decide to look for survivors and in doing so find a number of prisoners trapped in crystals. Perplexed by this, Kakashi is unable to properly investigating, discovering that the team is being spied on.

Kakashi and his team later find themselves attacked by minions of Orochimaru's and soon after trapped by Guren's Crystal Release: Jade Crystal Labyrinth Technique. While initially at a disadvantge, Team Yamato arrives in time to free them from the labyrinth. Team 8 and Team Yamato then arrive at a lake where they discover that the Three-Tailed Giant Turtle somewhere in its center. Kakashi sends Pakkun to Tsunade to see how they should proceed.

Later when Kakashi learns from Naruto that Guren was accompanied with a young boy named Yukimaru, Kakashi deduced that the child must have an important role to play in Orochimaru's plans for the Three-Tails. Upon meeting up with backup from Konoha, Kakashi formulates a plan for dealing with the Three-Tails and Orochimaru's men by dividing the team into three groups: a sealing team, a primary defense, and a secondary defense. Much to Naruto's delight, Kakashi also orders his team to retrieve Yukimaru so they can bring him back to Konoha.

While the plan fails which resulted in the Three-Tails escaping, Kakashi and his team instead found an unconscious Yukimaru. Knowing how important Yukimaru was both to Naruto and to their mission, Kakashi decided to bring Yukimaru back to the team's hideout. There, he instructs part of the team to take care of the boy while the rest of the team joins him in finding a missing Naruto.

After learning from Yukimaru that Naruto and Guren were trapped inside the Three-Tails, Kakashi decides to try their three-team plan again. Once back at the lake, with assistance from Yamato, Kakashi was able to break the field that allowed the Three-Tails to hide. Afterwards, Kakashi ordered the sealing team to act immediately in sealing away the beast. Unfortunately, the enemies appeared again. Kakashi noted that their abilites were much stronger than what was reported from their last encounter. Despite being at an initial disadvantage, Kakashi and his team makes quick work of enemies. He then has his team go aid the sealing team.

Hunt for Uchiha arc

When word of Orochimaru's defeat at the hands of Sasuke reaches Konoha, Kakashi tries to make another stab at retrieving Sasuke. He assembles to members of Team Kakashi and Team 8 (sans Kurenai) into an 8-Man Squad and set out to locate either Sasuke or his target, Itachi Uchiha. Naruto is eventually able to find Sasuke's location, and the team gives chase, only to be stopped by Tobi. Their efforts to attack Tobi all prove futile, and it is not until Zetsu reports to Tobi that Sasuke has killed Itachi that they are allowed to continue. Tobi gets to Sasuke first and, having lost the trail, the squad is forced to return home.

Invasion of Pain arc

When the leader of Akatsuki, Pain, attacks Konoha in search of the Nine-Tailed Demon Fox's Jinchuriki, Naruto, Kakashi confronts Pain's Deva path after realizing the initial attack was a diversion. He saves Iruka from certain death, but is quickly overpowered by the Deva path's gravity-manipulation techniques, which repelled all of Kakashi's attacks. When the Asura path arrives to help the Deva path, Kakashi is forced on the defensive until he gets backup from Choji and Choza Akimichi. After figuring out Deva path's powers, Kakashi devises a plan and uses Choza and Choji's help to take down the Deva path. While initially working, Asura path uses itself as a shield and their plan is foiled, as the Deva path takes the Konoha trio out.

Kakashi falls against Pain.

Believing them all to be dead, the Deva path leaves. When he comes to, Kakashi sends Choji to tell Tsunade about the Deva path's abilities. But as Choji leaves, the still-active Asura path launches a missile at him, and despite knowing that he was almost out of his chakra and that he would likely die if he used the Mangekyo Sharingan again, Kakashi uses Kamui to dispose of the missile and save Choji. Having expended the last of his chakra, Kakashi dies. Before passing away, he laments over his inability to protect Rin and Obito in his early years with them, and soon finds himself at a campfire with his deceased father, Sakumo, in an alternate realm in afterlife, to whom he tells everything that has happened in his life.

Kakashi being revived

During Pain's destruction attack of Konoha, Kakashi's body is protected by one of Katsuyu's divisions. Sometime later, during his talk with his father, he states that he finally understood his father's actions on that mission of his disgrace and is proud of him for it. Their conversation is halted when a ray of light beams down upon Kakashi, as a result of Nagato's resurrection jutsu. Before seeing his son depart, Sakumo thanks Kakashi, and says that now he would be able to join his wife. Kakashi wakes up in the Konoha battlefield, and Choji is shocked to see that Kakashi, along with all those earlier killed, have been brought back to life. Kakashi wondered what happened, before a Katsuyu division starts explaining to him and the others.


Ninja Clash in the Land of Snow

In Naruto the Movie: Ninja Clash in the Land of Snow, Team 7 is given orders for an A-rank mission to escort the famous actress Yukie Fujikaze to the Land of Snow. Upon arriving in the Land of Snow, they were attacked by three Snow Village ninjas Kakashi had fought years ago while still a captain of ANBU. It is then revealed that Yuki was actually Koyuki Kazahana, the true heir as daimyo to the Land of Snow who Kakashi saved years ago from her treacherous uncle Doto. Kakashi uses his Sharingan to copy some of their ice-based jutsu to escape.

Realizing what Doto was after, Koyuki's necklace crystal, Kakashi switched it with a fake in an attempt to stop him. Later when Koyuki was kidnapped, Kakashi along with his team (except for Naruto who recklessly went ahead) mounted a rescue attempt. After Kakashi returned Koyuki's necklace to her, and Doto then made off with it and Koyuki, Kakashi was intercepted by Nadare. Knowing his opponent had such high protection from ninjutsu and genjutsu thanks to his armor, Kakashi relied on his taijutsu and defeated him with his Front Lotus. In the end when Koyuki takes up her role as daimyo, Kakashi is surprised and overjoyed to find out she will be starring in a new Make-out Paradise movie.

Guardians of the Crescent Moon Kingdom

In Naruto the Movie 3: Guardians of the Crescent Moon Kingdom, Kakashi is sent on a mission of escorting Prince Michiru of the Land of the Moon and his son Hikaru back home. He is joined by his team (and Rock Lee as a stand-in for Sasuke). Upon arriving it is discovered that the Land of the Moon has been taken over by one of the king's advisers, Shabadaba, with the help of rogue ninja. After getting assistance from the royal guards still loyal to the king, Kakashi uses an earth jutsu to aid in an escape.

Later, Kakashi faces off against the leader of the rogue ninja, Ishidate, but fails to keep up with his opponent thanks to being affected by a special gas and ultimately has his left arm petrified to stone which lets the rogue ninja capture Michiru. After his arm is cured by Sakura, Kakashi joins a circus in a diversion while having his team enter the castle to save Michiru. He then uses his Sharingan and a water jutsu to keep the enemies occupied. In the end, Kakashi overuses his Sharingan and is forced to be hospitalized for several days, thus allowing his team to have a vacation in the Land of the Moon.

Shippūden the Movie

Kakashi only had a few cameos in Naruto Shippūden the Movie. When word reaches Konoha that the legendary demon Mōryō has been released and has begun its quest to control the world, Kakashi is sent out as one of the lead ninja to mount a counterattack on Mōryō's assault of stone warriors. This was merely to stall for time while Naruto, Sakura, Rock Lee, and Neji escorts the priestess Shion who has the power to reseal Mōryō. Near the end of the movie, Kakashi appears with several allies, among them Might Guy to support Naruto and Shion as they go to stop Mōryō. Kakashi uses his lightning jutsu to destroy several stone warriors. At the end of the movie, Kakashi is shocked by Shion's proposal for Naruto to father her child.

Shippūden the Movie 2: Bonds

When the infamous ninja of the Hidden Sky Village attack Konoha, Kakashi was one of the ninja who fought to protect the citizens and fend off the attack. Later, Kakashi was put on a team with Sai, Shino, and Shikamaru to take down the enemy's ship fleet. After working out a plan with Shikamaru, the team was able to accomplish their mission. After Naruto was able to stop Shinnou and destroy his mothership, Kakashi saw it plummet and merely commented that Naruto is as hyperactive as ever.


Kakashi is shown to be very respected throughout Konoha, as well as being constantly depicted as one of the most powerful ninja Konoha has to offer. His reputation has grown to the point that most opponents know of him and find great delight or dread in the thought of facing him. He is also recognized as the foremost jutsu specialists in Konoha due to his high proficiency in all forms of ninja combat and copying over 1,000 jutsu with his Sharingan eye. His knowledge of jutsu is so high, that he was requested to watch over Naruto in case the seal of the Nine-Tailed Demon Fox began to fail. A true testament to his skill is during a conversation, both Jiraiya and Tsunade mentioning that if the need ever should arise, Kakashi would be an obvious candidate for the title of Hokage.

Kakashi has been noted to be smarter than Shikamaru, a better nose than Kiba, a better taijutsu performance than Lee, and a better Sharingan mastery than Sasuke (at least compared to their Part I abilities). While this may be an exaggeration, Kakashi has admitted himself that he can think in a similar manner to Shikamaru, and has proven several times to be a highly intelligent man capable of thinking several steps ahead. He has also shown like Kiba to have great instincts as he is rarely caught off guard and able to see through deceptions. Moreover, he has shown great proficiency in taijutsu as shown from being able to single-handedly fight off countless clones of Naruto and perform a stronger version of Rock Lee's techniques. Furthermore, his proficiency in using his Sharingan has been great enough to properly train Sasuke in using his during Part I.

These general abilities are greatly improved between Part I and II. In Part I he was unable to keep up with Itachi Uchiha's physical and hand seal speed, even with the use of his Sharingan. By Part II he is able to keep up with Itachi's immense speed if not match it. The speed and proficiency of his hand seals had also greatly improved as he is able to performed highly complex jutsu much faster to the point of becoming a blur and with much fewer hand seals. His chakra levels see a similar improvement; in Part I his chakra levels were barely average, by Part II his chakra is shown to have greatly increase as he can performing several chakra-taxing jutsu in rapid succession, even increase the number of times he can use his Lightning Blade per day.


As an Jonin and former ANBU captain, Kakashi is very adept in any form of battle. He is regularly put in charge of whatever squad he is assigned to and works well with its diverse members. Kakashi's naturally calm attitude is used to his advantage in battle, allowing him to stay collected and out think the opponent, similar to Shikamaru Nara. This is primarily because he can quickly analyze the situation at hand and comprehend his opponent's abilities and battle tactics. After doing so, he can use sharp intuition to make quick and firm decisions to switch to the appropriate counter tactics. Against more powerful opponents, he will regularly use various misdirection and trap tactics to weaken the opponent. Kakashi is also highly proficient at evasion, as shown when he was able to fight on par with Hidan, and later with Kakuzu, while at the same time avoiding taking damage and protecting Ino and Choji.

Mastery of Ninja Skills

Kakashi primarily relies on his mastery of ninjutsu, of which he has a vast arsenal. With his arsenal, he can attack or defend against his opponents in numerous manners. While used less often, he has also shown to have impressive skill in genjutsu which he will use to throw off his opponent as a setup for stronger attacks. Also, he has proven to be very adept in taijutsu, which combined with his impressive speed allows him effectively catch his opponents off guard and evade attacks. In addition to high expertise in the three main ninja skills, he has also shown high skill in areas such as tracking, traps making, survival knowledge, and sealing jutsu. His knowledge of sealing jutsu is demonstrated from his ability to seal the Curse Seal of Heaven on Sasuke.

Kakashi using Rasengan.

When Kakashi was younger, he had shown to have inherited his father's uniquely strong and adaptive chakra as well as the ability to manifest it through his clan's special tanto to form a white aura. He was taught several of his master's unique skills including the Rasengan. However, Kakashi was only able to master the jutsu to the extent the Fourth had, as the Rasengan was meant for elemental chakra to be mixed with it.

Elemental Techniques

In addition to the sheer number of jutsu at Kakashi's disposal, he is an even more formidable opponent from his extensive knowledge and skill at elemental jutsus. He has shown high mastery for his natural affinity towards lightning chakra, even being able to perform lightning-based jutsu without hand seals. Thanks to his skill along with his unique chakra and Sharingan, he is also highly capable if not proficient at multiple elements. His proficiency in earth and water-based jutsu have proven to be at master-level might as he is able to perform water-based jutsu without an already existing water source and perform earth-based jutsu with great detail in their shape. He has also shown to a lesser extent fairly adept skill in fire-based jutsu and knowledge of wind-based chakra (though in Naruto Shippūden: Narutimate Accel he has shown capable skill in the latter).

Even though he owes much of his repertoire to his Sharingan, Kakashi is capable of creating his own techniques, as he did with the Chidori. While powerful, the Chidori had two drawbacks, flaws that prompted Minato Namikaze to ban his student from using the technique after seeing it in action. After gaining the Sharingan eye, the tunnel effect could be worked around as he could now see his opponents clearly, but he could still only use the jutsu four times a day. He later refined the Chidori into the stronger Lightning Blade. Like Sasuke, Kakashi further refines his Lightning Blade and developed several new jutsu, reshaping lightning into the form of dogs or copies of himself.


Kakashi's Sharingan.

Kakashi's most distinguishing ability is his Sharingan eye as it allows him to copy any jutsu used against him, see through any deceptions, perform genjutsu, and predict his opponent's movements. The drawback of his Sharingan is that because Kakashi has no Uchiha blood, his body cannot completely adjust to it and hence costs him more chakra than it would an Uchiha. Coupled with the fact that he cannot deactivate it (and thus must keep is covered when not using it) he quickly expends his chakra in battle. Because of this, Kakashi will only rely on it when he feels it is an absolute necessity to try and avoid possible hospital time afterwards. Despite his handicap with the Sharingan, he is very skilled in using it. Even Itachi, a true heir and master of the Sharingan, acknowledged Kakashi's superior proficiency with the Sharingan compared to most true Sharingan wielders.

Sometime between Naruto's departure and his return to Konoha, Kakashi seems to have extended the amount of time he can sustain using the Sharingan as he is seen using it for seemingly a day while testing Naruto and Sakura.

Mangekyo Sharingan

Kakashi's Mangekyo Sharingan.

Kakashi's talent with his Sharingan is shown from how well he developed it since first acquiring it. Originally, it was only at Stage 2 in development but by the start of the series, it had fully developed. During the time skip, Kakashi further developed his Sharingan by unleashing his own Mangekyo Sharingan through unknown means. Furthermore, he has mastered his only known Mangekyo Jutsu, called Kamui. This jutsu has the ability to manipulate space and was shown to be able to suck targets or even tear off parts of a target and hurl them into another dimension to reappear in another desired location. When used against Deidara, he notes Kakashi's dojutsu to be of Itachi Uchiha's caliber, who is infamous for his prowess with Mangekyo jutsu. His skill at it is great enough to target a small speeding target with no affect on any other targets. However, this technique uses so much chakra that he had to be hospitalized for a week after using it three times in one day.

 Creation and Conception

Masashi Kishimoto originally intended for Kakashi to debut in the second chapter of the Naruto manga, appearing prior to the other members of Team 7. This Kakashi was designed as a laid back, affected, skilled ninja that ended his sentences with the polite "de gozaru" in the Japanese versions of the series, similar to Himura Kenshin in the popular manga series Rurōni Kenshin and Lance Corporal Dororo in the manga and anime Keroro Gunsou. After speaking with his editor, Kishimoto pushed this debut back, allowing him to better develop Kakashi and the rest of Team 7. Despite this, Kakashi retains many of his original personality traits, being easygoing, unfazed by the actions of others, and usually appearing to be half-asleep. Kishimoto feels that this makes Kakashi a compelling leader and helps to keep the diverse members of Team 7 unified. Because he acts as a link between the other main characters of the series, Kakashi is rarely featured prominently in promotional artwork, instead appearing in the background while his students are the focus of the scene.

When deciding upon Kakashi's name, Kishimoto considered a number of possibilities: Kuwa (クワ, Hoe), Kama (カマ, Scythe), Botan (ボタン, Peony), Enoki (エノキ, Nettle tree), and Kakashi (カカシ, Scarecrow). He eventually decided upon Kakashi, and remains glad that he did to this day. In keeping with the meaning of his name, scarecrows are occasionally used to represent Kakashi; Naruto, for example, uses a scarecrow that is dressed like Kakashi to help him train for a combat test between the two. Likewise, scarecrows are at times added to the background of scenes in which Kakashi appears, as is the case with the cover of the Naruto manga volume three

  • I'm Kakashi Hatake. Things I like and things I hate...I don't feel like telling you that. My dreams for the future...never really thought about it. As for my hobbies...I have lots of hobbies."
  • "I won't allow my comrades to die! I'll protect you with my life. Trust me."
  • "I'm telling you this because you don't get it. You think you get it, which is not the same as actually getting it. Get it?"
  • "You want to know what's under my mask? Sure, why didn't you say so in the first place? Okay, here we go. Behind this another mask! Pretty cool, huh?
  • "The next generation will always surpass the previous one. It's one of the never-ending cycles in life."
  • (To Naruto) "Because you're the only shinobi in the world who can surpass the Fourth. That's what I believe."
  • "Sorry I'm late, I'm afraid I got lost on the path of life."
  • "Those who break the rules of the ninja world are scum...yes that's true. However...those who abandon their friends....are worse than scum."
  • "Sorry I'm late. A black cat passed my path and I needed to take the long way."
  • " looks like...this is it for me. Obito...Rin..."
  • (To Sakumo) "Regardless of what happened, you did the best you could. I understand that now... You broke the rules for all our sakes -- I'm proud of you now..."

Kakashi has ranked within the top five characters in every official Shonen Jump popularity poll, acquiring the first position as the most popular character several times.In the most recent poll, he ranked second, with Sasuke Uchiha acquiring the top position. There has not been another official poll since the poll as of 2006. In an interview, Dave Wittenberg, who does the voice acting for Kakashi in the English dub, comments that he feels he is similar to the character since he tends to have one eye open at a time and he becomes angry if he is interrupted while reading. He also added that what he likes most about Kakashi is his relation with his students, noting him to be a very nice person. Merchandise based on Kakashi's character has also been released, including plush dolls, key chains,and a limited edition figurine.

Several publications for manga, anime, video games, and other related media have provided praise and criticism on Kakashi's character. IGN noted the duality of Kakashi's serious persona in combat and his laid back, apathetic countenance when dealing with his students, but accepted that he is one of the most popular characters in the series.They also commented that Kakashi is one of the more popular characters they have seen cosplayed at anime conventions. Active Anime celebrated Kakashi's abilities, noting that he fell into the overall theme of characters hiding detailed personalities and secrets.T.H.E.M. Anime Reviews derided Kakashi as a stereotypical "Man of Mystery" seen in other shōnen manga, but praised him as being much more interesting than the three main characters, and felt that for all intents and purposes, the show could be renamed simply "Kakashi."In the Anime Awards 2006 from, Kakashi won in the category "Best Supporting Male Character".He was also a nominatee during the first "Nickelodeon Magazine Comics Awards" in the category "Best Hair in Comics". However, he lost to Calvin from Calvin and Hobbes.

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So Baku and I went to the supermarket, spent a little under 100 dollars and came out with what seemed like a ton of groceries. There's pretty much no food anywhere except tons of Ramen (which we've had for a long time). All we can remember buying is Kool-Aid mix, tea bags, and sugar to mix with them. That was the important stuff apparently. So now I'm drinking this blue raspberry flavored Kool-Aid and it's delicious. Normally I don't venture beyond grape, cherry, or strawberry kiwi.

Moving on, just recently discovered we have a JoAnn Fabrics here. It's in this magical, hidden shopping center past the mall and right across from an equally magical and mysteriously laid out Borders with secret dungeon where all the manga, sci-fi/fantasy, and young adult books are kept. There's also a Japanese grill and sushi restuarant in the same shopping center. JoAnn was like cosplay heaven. I thought I saw every fabric imaginable in every color and print I could possibly want. I spent a fair amount of time playing in the shiny fabric section; it's like the forbidden fruit of cosplay. It's been very much ingrained in my mind that shiny satin and those cheap pretty polyester prints and sparkly, gauzy fabrics are evil and should be shunned. But it's so attractive and you can't help but run your fingers across the fabric and give it a swish and maybe wrap yourself in it for a minute....

Since we didn't go to Colossal Con and instead are planning for Sugoi Con, I decided to change my cosplay plans since I have more time and new interests. It's funny because Sugoi Con takes place Halloween weekend; everyone will be walking around in cosplay but not getting any of the usual funny looks from non-con goers. Anyways, I have two outfits planned, Sakura from Tsubasa, Infinity World--which is probably my favorite world. And the second...I'm keeping secret until I get the accessory I just ordered that will make it really obvious. I'll post pictures when I get it. Found wigs for both and saving for them.

Looked at sewing machines and found a reasonably priced one with all the basic functions. Looked through dress patterns and realized the pattern I used for my devout dress could be used again for my Sakura dress. Breaking it down, I just have to make the dress flare and add sleeves. The pack had multiple patterns that included sleeves and a flared skirt which I didn't use yet. I've got to find a pattern online for a collar and the little cap thingy (I think there's one for this in G&L Bible). I realized both my outfits are almost completely black.--might as well buy an entire bolt of black fabric.

Other "cool" thoughts...

Romeo x Juliet vol. 1 of the anime series comes out June 23. Yay! I've almost finished my second book for the summer (I've been really lazy and not reading much). There's chocolate meringue pie to eat in the fridge! This show on TLC called Cake Boss is nuts; I want to slap just about everybody on that show. My kitty is sleeping and being good. And now Charade starring Audrey Hepburn and Cary Grant is getting ready to come on! Plants vs. Zombies is awesome game and also crack. Apparently staying at home and doing nothing is the cool thing to do now. Occasionally, I get bored and a little stir crazy and demand Baku take me somewhere or I leave him behind sleeping while I go somewhere girly or nerdy like the mall, the nail salon, or Fraser Arms Museum, or the library...
Lily, my cat, a little disgruntled that I woke her up and took a photo.
Lily, my cat, a little disgruntled that I woke her up and took a photo.

So I guess it's question time:

What's your favorite Kool-Aid flavor? Have you ever gone shopping, spent a whole lot of money and then a few days later when you can't find anything you want or need, wonder what the hell you bought? Favorite world in Tsubasa Chronicles? Do you get easily seduced and entrapped by shiny fabrics? Do watch old movies, and if so what kind? When you're tired of staying home, where do you like to go?

Oh and also, looking to compile a list of animes/mangas based on "classic literature"--not necessarily European. So far I know: RXJ, Tales of the Genji, and Count of Monte Cristo...I also want to venture to say...I think I've seen clips of an anime Little Women... Any others you guys know of?

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