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Vocalist MELL To Perform at Otakon©

Recorded Theme Songs for Several Anime Series 

Baltimore, MD (June 17, 2009) – Japanese singer MELL, whose music is described alternately as J-pop, trance and techno and who has recorded several anime theme songs, will be a guest at Otakon 2009.

MELL shot to fame as one of the main vocalists of the group I'VE Sound, a Japanese techno/trance music production group known for distorted grooves. With her debut single release of "Red Fraction," from her 2008 album Mellscope, MELL's fascinating voice brought her renown in Japan's music industry. Her superb stage performances and deep passion for the music drew enthusiastic audiences, making her accompanying tour of Japan an instant success.

With her second smash hit, "Proof," she expanded the dark image associated with her first single, demonstrating motherly kindness in her voice, and appealing to a wide range of ages.

MELL was the first singer to work with Kazuya Takase and Yasutaka Ipposhi, the founders of I'VE Sound, even before they created their label. The production group eventually featured the talents of fellow vocalists KOTOKO, Mami Kawada, Eiko Shimamiya, and Kaoru Utatsuki and created the theme songs for many anime series. MELL's characteristic vocals, combined with Kazuya's arrangements, formed a fresh sound that fans would love in MELL's theme songs for Black Lagoon, Hayate the Combat Butler, Sky Girls, Kiru: Kill and Rideback.

For more information, visit the official I'VE Sound site: http://iveusa.net/

The official MELL site: http://www.myspace.com/mellusa

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

 

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

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

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

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(Crossposted from NikoScream, where there are more pics. Please Digg)


The latest Super Sentai Vs. special, Engine Sentai Go-Onger VS Gekiranger (2009) teams up the 31st sentai series JyuKen Sentai Gekiranger with the then-current 32nd series Go-Onger. Released as Go-Onger was wrapping up its run, the Go-Onger team meets the Gekirangers and join together to fight the combined efforts of the Gaiark Pollution Ministers and a RinJyuKen scientist trying to steal the sealed Long from Jan (GekiRed).

The special opens with GekiRed fighting off a Nunchaku Banki that knows Rin Jyu-ken (Bankis are the monsters of the week in Go-Onger, while RinJyuKen is the antagonist martial art form in Gekiranger). Then GekiBlue and GekiYellow show up to help. Right as the Go-Ongers arrive on the scene to fight the Banki, the three Gekirangers and the Banki are rushed away to another dimension. GekiViolet and GekiChopper then show up for classic/cliched mistaken identity. After introductions and help from Master Shafu, the Go-Ongers and GekiViolet and GekiChopper go to the other dimension and fight along side the Gekirangers. Finally, cue opening credits about nine minutes into the video.

It’s a nice little team up. The silliness of the Go-Onger team, a factor some found annoying in the series, isn’t obnoxious here, and the Gekirangers play off it well. GekiRed’s made-up language actually allows him to communicate with the Engines’ own silly and random words.

For those who don’t really care for the Engines, don’t let them keep you away from this. They’re really not in this much (a plot point, actually). Plus, when they get into the mechs, they almost immediately go into Engine-Oh formation, so not much weird eye movements from them. If you really hate them, however, there may be some scenes you don’t like, but come on. All Super Sentai has some silliness. This special has a good balance of it and action and plot.

Speaking of which, the plot works for what it is, as a chance to bring together the two teams to fight an enemy they couldn’t defeat alone.  The main problem is it doesn’t seem like the Gekirangers really try their hardest or that they couldn’t win on their own. With the exclusion of the Super Geki forms and Geki Fire, the Gekirangers are almost taking it easy, possibly because the Go-Ongers and Go-On Wings are there to pick up the slack with their unnecessarily humongous Engine-Oh G12.

If we have to pick which series is more important and featured in the plot, it’s honestly Gekiranger. We pick up where the series left off with GekiRed guarding the sealed Long and returning from the traveling he sets out on at the end of Gekiranger, and the plot continues points established from there. The principle enemies are from Gekiranger, as the threePollution Ministers’ involvement is all but gone by the final fight. The Go-Ongers are important too and have plenty of plot development in the special, but it feels it more heavily favors the Gekirangers. Being the Gekiranger fan that I am, I’m fine with that.

There are attempts to tie the two series together. Hanto (Go-On Green) used to work at the Kyoryuya Curry Shop from Bakuryuu Sentai Abaranger, of which Miki from Gekiranger used to be a regular customer (as well was Morio Makino from GoGo Sentai Boukenger as we found out in the last VS special). Also, because they have to be so perfect, the Go-On Wings trained in GekiJyuKen when they were young.

Unfortunately, as with most VS specials, this doesn’t impact Go-Onger whatsoever. Therefore, the Go-On Wings’ knowledge of GekiJyuKen and what the Go-Ongers learn go out the window at the end of the special.

All in all, this is a fun team up. Both teams work well together. It’s great to see the Gekirangers and their friends and foes again. While the Go-Onger series didn’t grab my attention for the whole thing, they were entertaining in here. If you like either of the teams, especially Gekiranger, then give this a watch.

And after the special, there’s a couple of Go-Onger musical numbers from a summer ‘08 live show to enjoy. If you don’t like the Go-Onger music, stop at the “The End” credit. Otherwise, it’s a decent extra to a fairly decent team up.

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VIZ MEDIA’S SHONEN JUMP MAGAZINE

JULY ISSUE NOW AVAILABLE

FEATURING STAN LEE AND SHAMAN KING MANGA CREATOR HIROYUKI TAKEI’S

GROUNDBREAKING COLLABORATIVE PROJECT –

ULTIMO

Running Action-Packed New Series

Created By Two Legends Of Comics And Manga

Begins With July Issue Of Monthly Manga Anthology  

San Francisco, CA, JUNE 17, 2009 – VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), one of the entertainment industry's most innovative and comprehensive publishing, animation and licensing companies, has announced the debut of the serialization of the ULTIMO series (KARAKURIDÔJI ULTIMO) in SHONEN JUMP magazine. Originally announced to a packed house at a Press Conference at New York Comic Con in 2008, the serialization begins in the July issue of SHONEN JUMP magazine, which is on sale now at retailers and newsstands nationwide. 

ULTIMO represents a historic collaboration between comics legend Stan Lee, co-creator of many iconic superheroes including Spider-Man™, the Fantastic Four™, and the X-Men™, and Hiroyuki Takei, the creator of the popular SHAMAN KING manga series, published in Japan by Shueisha and in North America by VIZ Media.  

The ULTIMO back-story: High above Farmless City, citizens are stunned by the sudden appearance of two floating figures. Are they human boys, monolithic robots, or something much more strange? As the battle ensues between them, destruction and devastation falls on the hapless city. One figure is Vice, and seems to be as evil as his name implies. The other is Ultimo, intent on trying to stop Vice from wreaking more havoc. But who are Vice and Ultimo really? Where did they come from? Find out in the first chapter of ULTIMO! 

“The addition of ULTIMO to SHONEN JUMP magazine marks this as a great time for both manga and comics, and we are very excited to be able to deliver this bold new story to fans every month,” says Grant Lowery, Editor-In-Chief of SHONEN JUMP. “The captivating character designs and action-packed story blend the best aspects of Western and Asian comic book traditions and will delight fans of both genres. We invite fans of both comics and manga to seize the opportunity to explore this groundbreaking new series!” 

For over half a century, Stan Lee has been synonymous with superhero comics. In addition to co-creating countless memorable series and characters, including Spider-Man™, the Incredible Hulk™, and Daredevil™, he served as the former president and chairman of Marvel Comics. Lee remains a hugely respected and dynamic figure in the entertainment industry and continues to develop a variety of film, television and video game properties. 

Unconventional author/artist Hiroyuki Takei began his career by winning the coveted Hop Step Award (for new manga artists) and the Osamu Tezuka Award. After working as an assistant to famed artist Nobuhiro Watsuki (RUROUNI KENSHIN), Takei debuted in Weekly Shonen Jump in 1997 with Butsu Zone, an action series based on Buddhist mythology. His multicultural adventure manga series SHAMAN KING debuted in Japan in 1998 and has been adapted into a popular animated television series The SHAMAN KING manga series is published in North America by VIZ Media and to-date has sold more than 400,000 copies in the U.S.; for many years it was also serialized in English in VIZ Media’s SHONEN JUMP magazine. 

Lee’s own company, POW! Entertainment (Pinksheets:POWN.PK), worked with Jump SQ. parent company Shueisha and with JEA and Dream Ranch to facilitate the development of ULTIMO. 

For more information on ULTIMO, SHONEN JUMP and VIZ Media please visit www.shonenjump.com or www.viz.com. 

About POW! (Purveyors of Wonder) Entertainment, Inc.

POW! (Purveyors of Wonder) Entertainment, Inc. (Pinksheets:POWN.PK), an advanced media and entertainment company, was founded by world-famous comic book and motion picture icon Stan Lee, together with award-winning producer Gill Champion and intellectual property specialist Arthur Lieberman, Esq. POW!’s principals have extensive backgrounds in the entertainment industry encompassing the creation, production and licensing of original intellectual properties, including some of the most successful entertainment franchises of all time. POW!, capitalizing on this combined expertise, specializes in franchises for the entertainment industry, including animation and live-action feature films, plus television, DVDs, video games, merchandising and related ancillary markets, all of which contribute to global expansion. POW! partners with other individuals and entities of entertainment’s top echelon, including studios and networks, in the creation, licensing and distribution of new POW! character franchises. 

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. 

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MOI DIX MOIS TO ROCK ANIME EXPO® 2009 AS OFFICIAL GUEST OF HONOR

Malice Mizer Front Man, Mana, to Attend Nation¹s Largest Anime and Manga
Convention

Anaheim, California (June 17, 2009) ‹ Visual kei fans get ready for a
musical explosion as Moi dix Mois rocks Anime Expo® 2009 as an official
Guest of Honor for the nation¹s largest anime and manga convention held July
2-5, 2009 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. More information can be
found on the website www.anime-expo.org.

Moi dix Mois is a sound project headed by Mana, the consummate guitarist and
leader of Malice Mizer which is on indeterminate hiatus. In addition to
writing music and lyrics, Mana does all of the computer programming and
arrangements for his songs. Mana¹s strikingly electrifying and
unprecedented musical creation is the result of his remarkable talent to
combine the diametrical opposites, such as the classical and the
avant-garde, the elegant and the delirious, or the creative and the
destructive.

Moi dix Mois jump-started its career on March 19 (Mana¹s birthday), 2002.
The group¹s name is a term coined by Mana. ŒMoi¹ means Œme¹ (that is Mana),
and Œdix Mois¹ means Œ10 months¹ in French. The implied meaning of dix Mois
is the birth and the beginning, coming from the 10-month period of human
fetal development as an embryo in the mother¹s womb. Also, number 10 has
been given a special connotation by Mana; a combination of Œ1¹ representing
the start, and Œ0¹ implying the potential eternity or infinity.

Moi dix Mois will electrify concert goers at the nation¹s largest anime and
manga event over the 4th of July weekend as the 2nd official concert!

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

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

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


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

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

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

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Prove You¹re Gundam at Anime Expo® 2009 with
Bandai and American Cosplay Paradise!

June 17, 2009 (Cypress, CA) - Bandai Entertainment and American Cosplay
Paradise are proud to celebrate the US release of MOBILE SUIT GUNDAM 00 at
Anime Expo® 2009 in Los Angeles (July 2 ­ 5, 2009; Los Angeles Convention
Center; http://www.anime-expo.org) with a costume contest! If you have a
costume from GUNDAM 00, this is something you don¹t want to miss. Interested
participants can enter the contest at
http://www.acparadise.com/acp/contests.php. Users will vote for their top
five favorite entries!

The top five entries will be invited as guests to the GUNDAM 00 Focus Panel
featuring director Seiji Mizushima, writer Yosuke Kuroda, and Yun Kouga.
They will then choose the 1st and 2nd place winners. Prizes include a
complete set of Gundam 00 Season 1 and more!

About Mobile Suit Gundam 00
Mobile Suit Gundam 00 is the latest installment in the long running
franchise and takes place in the year 2307 A.D. When fossil fuels have been
completely depleted and humanity has turned to solar energy to maintain its
way of life, the controlling nations of the solar power find themselves at
war with more impoverished countries. These sun-deprived countries threaten
the promised land of God, which leads to the formation of a group called the
Celestial Being, whose purpose is to end war and unite humanity through the
use of four Gundam mech. The series is directed by Seiji Mizushima whose
past credits as a director and storyboard artist include Fullmetal
Alchemist, Evangelion, and Appleseed: Ex Machina.

About Bandai Entertainment
Bandai Entertainment Inc. is a subsidiary of Namco Bandai Holdings (USA)
Inc. and the premier distributor of Japanese animation on DVD and
programming for television broadcast in North America. Titles include The
Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, Cowboy Bebop, Outlaw Star, Escaflowne, Ghost
in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex, Gundam Seed Destiny, My Hime, and many
more.

About American Cosplay Paradise
Founded in 2000, American Cosplay Paradise (ACP) serves as an extensive
database for cosplayers, people who dress up in costumes. Members contribute
pictures of their costumes, which are sorted by series and character for
easy searching. ACP also offers live photo and video coverage of conventions
across the US, and works exclusively with industry partners in using
cosplayers to promote anime, manga, and videogame titles. More information
can be found at its website (www.acparadise.com)

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, 2008 at
the Los Angeles Convention center in Southern California. More information
can be found at its website www.anime-expo.org.

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

Artwork is Internationally Praised, Published 

Baltimore, MD (May 11, 2009) – Manga artist Misako Rocks!, the creator of Biker Girl and Rock and Roll Love, will be a guest at Otakon 2009.

Misako Rocks!, who grew up in Japan, developed a love for comics and manga at an early age and drew her first comic at the age of 13. She moved to New York in 2001 and worked as a puppeteer, face painter, animal balloon maker, and art teacher while developing her own work.

Recently, she scored a three-book deal with Henry Holt for the Detective Jermain series, the first volume of which was released in 2008. Her first book, Biker Girl (2006), and second one, Rock and Roll Love (2007), were published by Hyperion. Rock and Roll Love was picked as one of the best teen books by the New York Public Library.

In addition, she wrote scripts for Archie comics and stories for the weekly kids' comic magazine DFC in the UK: Peach de Punch! She has also drawn illustrations for the now-famous column "Savage Love" of The Onion newspaper for about 10 years.

She's often invited to give speeches at schools, libraries and anime festivals and has taught manga workshops in Japan, Europe and America. She has been featured in many magazines and newspapers, including Elle Girl and The New York Times. The BBC featured her in a documentary about comic book creators. On top of that, she recently received the Venice Beach/L.A. Playwright award.

Misako currently lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Check her Web site for more details: http://www.misakorocks.com

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

 

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

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

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

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We had a great show last week we had fun with our new members Cogito and Schwindelmagier. Even with a full cast, we well always try to keep our door open.
If you want to join us just give me a shout.
 
Just get Skype, It free so, no worry, set up a Skype id and then PM me and tell me your Skype Id so I can call you for the show

Show Time is at 10pm CST, June 17.

Check out past show on my bro's MoonStorm blogs.
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VAMPS Add Convention Stop for Otakon© Members

Autograph Session, Q&A Added Due to Groundswell of Support 

Baltimore, MD (June 16, 2009) – VAMPS, featuring HYDE and K.A.Z, have added a special appearance at Otakon 2009 to their busy tour schedule. The duo had already announced a special concert in Baltimore on Thursday, 16 July 2009, to coincide with Otakon.

Originally, HYDE and K.A.Z were to depart early Friday for their next concert, meaning they would not be available for any convention appearances. Otakon had arranged for members to submit questions for the band, and the original plan was to answer them via video, and show the video at the convention. However, the groundswell of support from Otakon's membership led the band to reconsider, and in the end VAMPS decided a more personal response was warranted.

"I guess we must have made a good impression on HYDE a few years ago," said Jim Vowles, Otakon's head of Guests, Industry, and Press Relations, referring to HYDE's appearance with L'Arc~en~Ciel in 2004.

"We were delighted to find that he and K.A.Z were interested in working Otakon into their tour. We were able to work out a special pre-Otakon appearance and a bit of cross promotion. When the responses started coming in, I guess everyone got excited. We're delighted and flattered that they changed plans to meet the fans."

Exclusively for Otakon members, VAMPS will give out special passes at their SONAR show on Thursday. These passes will grant priority access to the band's panel and autograph sessions at Otakon on Friday afternoon. (You must be registered for Otakon to attend the panel and autograph sessions.)

Otakon also plans to make special arrangements for pre-registration pickup on Thursday to allow concert ticket holders to pick up their Otakon badges early without missing the concert. (Otakon allows pre-registered members to pick up their badges Thursday evening, prior to the convention.) Details will be posted on the Otakon Web site in the coming weeks.

VAMPS will appear at Baltimore's SONAR on 16 July 2009. The autograph session and Q&A panel will take place on Friday afternoon, 17 July 2009, at the Baltimore Convention Center.

For ticket information for the SONAR concert, please visit http://www.vampsliveusa.com/

For more information and updates, please visit the Otakon VAMPS page at http://www.otakon.com/2009vamps.asp

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

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

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

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

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Tora Dora “Taiga Ryuuji”

So cute as ever

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

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

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

Stupid Chihua versus Palmtop TIGER!

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

They really suit each other ^_^

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

Bestfriends Forever is it?? ^_^

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

All of them are wonderful characters with different personalities!

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

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

*Aisaka, Taiga*

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

standard definition DVD, June 16, in North America.

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

nationwide in an event produced by NCM FATHOM.

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

CRAWLERS, JIN-ROH, GHOST IN THE SHELL

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

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

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

CONQUEROR OF SHAMBALA

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

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


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ANIME EXPO® 2009 ANNOUNCES SPJA INDUSTRY CONFERENCE PANELS

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

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

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

Industry Conference panel include the following topics:

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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


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Voice Actor Travis Willingham to Appear at Otakon®

Best known as Colonel Roy Mustang in Fullmetal Alchemist 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ABOUT OTAKON AND OTAKORP, INC.: Now entering its sixteenth year, Otakon is an annual celebration of Japanese and East Asian popular culture, and also one of the largest gatherings of fans in the United States. Otakon celebrates popular culture as a gateway to deeper understanding of Asian culture, and has grown along with the enthusiasm for anime, manga, video games, and music from the Far East. Since 1999, Otakon has been held in Baltimore, Maryland; currently, Otakon is one of Baltimore's few large, city-wide events, drawing over 25,000 individual members for three days each year (for a paid attendance of over 70,000 "turnstile" attendees). Otakon is a membership-based convention sponsored by Otakorp, Inc., a Pennsylvania-based, 501(c)3 educational non-profit whose mission is to promote the appreciation of Asian culture, primarily through its media and entertainment. Otakorp, Inc. is directed by an all-volunteer, unpaid staff – we are run by fans, for fans. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sounds like the American story isn’t it?

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

No pulse.

Purple.

Misawa! Misawa! Misawa!

People around him.

No air.

The ambulance sirens.

“The show has ended”.

Those men that worked with him head to the trailers.

Then, he is no more.

It’s hard to continue, but I must.

That was the reality of his line of work.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Faith without works is dead.  Simple.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I had somebody I liked.

I wanted to risk everything to be with this female.

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

She’s Japanese.

Her family is Royal. Upstanding. Elite.

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

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

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

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

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

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

I made some mistakes, but nothing too damaging.

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

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

I saw the things I wanted to be.

What America was.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

In the end, Bruce Lee stated it best.

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

The world can’t be one.

For we need freedom

From other peoples silliness

And our foolhardiness.

Until Next Time.

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


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

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

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


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

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

KEY

LANGH:1385M

WHITH:17.5M

HIGHT:7.9M

CREW:758,MIN.377

COPLAMENTS:28 FIGHTERS, CLOACK, HYPER JUMP DRIVE

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

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

Known for Use of Live-Action Film Techniques 

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

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

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

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

ABOUT OTAKON AND OTAKORP, INC.: Now entering its sixteenth year, Otakon is an annual celebration of Japanese and East Asian popular culture, and also one of the largest gatherings of fans in the United States. Otakon celebrates popular culture as a gateway to deeper understanding of Asian culture, and has grown along with the enthusiasm for anime, manga, video games, and music from the Far East. Since 1999, Otakon has been held in Baltimore, Maryland; currently, Otakon is one of Baltimore's few large, city-wide events, drawing over 25,000 individual members for three days each year (for a paid attendance of over 70,000 "turnstile" attendees). Otakon is a membership-based convention sponsored by Otakorp, Inc., a Pennsylvania-based, 501(c)3 educational non-profit whose mission is to promote the appreciation of Asian culture, primarily through its media and entertainment. Otakorp, Inc. is directed by an all-volunteer, unpaid staff – we are run by fans, for fans. 

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

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

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