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Ok duders,

Dave's been wanting me to implement this for awhile now --- and I finally got around to doing it today (as step 1 in my attempt to get some nice topic moval (sp) tools in place for the mods (yay!))....

And its a really simple tool -- just had to take a little bit of time to tweak our auto-completer to accept a new argument that would allow us to limit its result set to a single item.

Anyway, now when you go to start a new topic on the site (from the forums home page), you click the new 'Specific Page' link to search for and attach to whatever forum you want to on the site (instead of just the default ones listed in the dropdown):

now becomes:



If you see any bugs with this -- or with the auto-completer anywhere else on the site -- please let me know. Thanks guys - enjoys!
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Didn't even notice this until jlrm01 pointed it out to me. I need to read my friends' blogs more often.

Seems a bit melodramatic. Although I do agree that staff priorities seem to be misplaced, his method just seems wrong to me. What's the point if you're not going to be here any more?

I myself have had only minor difficulties contacting staff about issues, but even then there's so much stuff that can't be handled through PMs. I once messaged Jeff for clarification on something and never got a response. But when I messaged Jeff and Brad about other things, I got quick responses. It does work sometimes, but it's inconsistent. Even Gia has tried and failed to contact Jeff.

Snide does have a point about the small staff of course. But that's why the mods should be given additional powers. And instead of unimportant stuff like trivia, achievement tracking, the "improved" image editor, battles, and other crap, the staff should be working on more important stuff. A revision and rollback system for the wiki. The ability to move topics to forums outside the main ones. More powers for wiki moderators. Those are things that should be priorities. Yes, there are other things that are constantly being requested, but these are the things that would most benefit the community. Not just on Giant Bomb, but on Comic Vine and Anime Vice as well.
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                                 us                                   maggnoriyions won arazona desert year 2001

                                    ground battle lost


  

                                                us won air battle over area 51 year 2001


  

                    us and british troops fight Maggnoriyion ground troops in Europe some were

  

              us attacks Maggnoriyion hidden base on unkown island year 1999


all videos were were recorded by us marins without atharization fron there goverment and were put on internet to show the world, the soilgers were later charged with treasion and were sent to military prision for the remander of there lives.
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There are some good things to have happen since Misawa's death, despite NHK's issues of covering the aftermath.

You may have heard that Saito, the wrestler that was part of the accident that took Misawa's life, has had death threats made to him and his house partly torched. He is under suicide watch and I hope he makes it through really.

But the Japanese Diet has worked fast - first on a cause that was close to Misawa - Organ Donation. The Diet passed the new bill and now removes the age requirement. 

The second upcoming bill now working through the lower house, deals with Sports in Japan overall. Their asking for a mandatory retirement age, a doctor in every sporting event (your surprised? Don't be.) and possible testing for steroids and such (but thats a major contentious issue).

Much has been said about the Censorship issues, and what not. But it is the fight game and the struggle that makes anime and not the design ascetics (which Huluwood loves to death) and the sexual perfidy (which first brought the game to US but didn't not complete the transition to semi mainstream fame with Pokemon and the like) And you cant have modern anime without the Fight Game From MMA to Purosesu and Boxing (which is one and same Genre in Japan). 

For all the bad things that are going down, at least there are some good things that will come out of it.
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Anime Network Online Expands Service

ANIME NETWORK ONLINE

 

Over 300 Hours of Anime Available Via the Internet

HOUSTON, TX – June 22, 2009 – Today Anime Network, America’s #1 Anime Channel, formally launched its new online player at www.theanimenetwork.com. Anime Network’s new online service includes over 40 hours of free content as well as a premium package that gives users unlimited access to more than 300 hours of anime, live action films, and J-rock videos. 

Every week Anime Network Online refreshes its English-dubbed and English-subtitled programming with new episodes from hit series like Clannad and Princess Resurrection as well as modern classics like Azumanga Daioh and Elfen Lied. 

Anime Network Online is also expanding its High Def offerings with everything from the high-octane actioner Appleseed to the art house favorite Place Promised In Our Early Days. Content available in High Def format is delivered in a 720p H.264 encode, providing a crisp, clear picture comparable to digital cable. 

HD content is just one of the benefits of Premium Membership with Anime Network Online, which costs just $6.95 per month. Three month packages are available for just $18.95, and an annual subscription costs just $69.95. 

Anime Network recently added hundreds of hours of new anime programming to its library and is adding hundreds more in the months to come, including new shows never before available in North America on broadcast or DVD. Meanwhile fans are encouraged to test out the new online player and the network’s extensive library by registering at www.theanimenetwork.com. Registration is free and can be upgraded to a Premium Membership at any time.

About Anime Network

Anime Network is America’s #1 Anime Channel, reaching more than 42 million cable and satellite households with thousands of hours of exciting, eye-catching serialized programming. Launched in North America in late 2002, Anime Network is the nation’s top video-on-demand (VOD) offering. Complementing its cable service, Anime Network Online brings over 300 hours of network programming to the internet. For more information, visit www.theanimenetwork.com.

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I played the game at my local gameworks a couple of days ago and I wasn't that good of a game.  I been posting alot about this game on my blog site for awhile now and I been wanting to play this game and better be careful what I ask for because I got it.  First of all the game is very easy to play.  I was doing 10 to 13 hit combo right off the bat.  I pretty average fighting player and I know I can do that many combos in any other game desides Killer instinct and that game is nothing but combos.

The game is really unblanced.  You could beat it with Ryu if you wanted to.  I played has Chi-li and Ken Washio.  I wanted someone to take the game from me and start playing it and I had no takers.  My brother play me and he stop playing after 10 minutes and he let me beat him.

I hope when this game comes out here that it's a 20 dollor game.  I wouldn't pay a cent more for this game.

Next time Capcom try to parter with a anime company to do a fighting game try anime company like AIC or Clamp.  Hell at this time I wouldn't even mind if you brought over Namco x Capcom to home console market in the United States.   It only has four buttoms to play with has well.  Every fighting game now days has at lest six buttoms.




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Here's mine you can make one too.
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Hi, if you are watching this, this is my profile. I am Caio Trubat, from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. I am a very great fan of Bleach, Dragon Ball (and of course, i was sick of watching that goddamned movie, WTF! How could they let create that piece of shit movie?). I am 17 year-old, but also likes old manga such Hokuto no Ken, JoJo Bizarre Adventure and Devilman. I just don't like Sant Seiya, it is just to silly,  not counting here in Brazil it is called Knights of the Zodiac. Also i write and draw a doujinshi called something in english just as ''swimning on blood", is a vampire-themed history, something like mixed with Dragon Ball and Naruto with Hellsing and Trinity Blood. I know it is weird and don't sound original but is not just me who write the history but mu friends also help me, and is funny. The history is like uh, in a apocalyptic world where a vampire is the hero of the history and must fight through  a army of wizards and witches and stuff, to save his girlfriend.

 I know it just appear silly but i have been writing thi story since 2005 til now and i already created about 200 chapters, and evolved from the description seen above to a much bigger story and everyone likes to play a role: the protagonist, a vampire called Calic lives in a world devastated by a nuclear war, and criminal gangs take over the cities. Unlike the traditional legends, he is not affected by crosses, sunlight, stakes or garlic, neither turn into bats or stuff like that, but still, he has pointy teeth, red eyes, is super-strong, speedy, immortal and, u know, undeaaaaaad... He has a girlfriend called Ryoka, and friends like Will, a super-strong martial artist, Raphael, a mutant wiht shape-shifting abilities, Daniele, a skilled female assassin and others. However, a enemy appears, his name is Hamon, he is a vampire himself but much more powerful than Calic he kidnapp Ryoka intendin to turn her into his undead bride and escapes with her.
 Calic fights with Hamon and defeat him but he later has to turn Ryoka in a vampire. Hamon returns and this time he murders Calic (WTF, he is not suposed to die, he is not the hero?) when he shields Ryoka, Will and his friends from Hamon' attack, killing him but not before entrusting his will to defeat the villain. Will trains harder under Master Moses, a skilled in assassination martial arts, teaching several moves and how to overcome the vampire. Will and his friends later encounter Hamon but has to fight against the monsters summoned by Hamon. They are all defeated but when about to finish off the heroes Calic return (Amazing!), he spent nearly a month trying to escape underworld and return to the living world on his own and resumes his revenge against Hamon,ending in Hamon's defeat. And the heroes return to home but Hamon ins indeed alive and waiting to have his revenge.

 The heroes also fight against a powerful martial artist called Shoush, an unbeatable enemy, even Master Moses is frightned by his fighting style. He join forces with Hamon and they became really awesome duo, pwning every one in their way. Calic defeats them with the help of his father Bardock, also a vampire . After the villains defeat, Calic is arrested by the law enforcements (they re crooked) for he being a vampire. He is sentenced to be left for dead in a maze filled with monsters and other people wanting to kill him for kicks. He beat the hell out of them while protecting a boy happeing to be a NOOB! called Douggie. Despite having no guts to fight and very low power level, he is stated to be either the savior or destroyer of the world, and Calic must protect him and take him to Bardock and Moses to train Douggie and become stronger.





The story was created for our own, and mey not please many critics but screw them, i dont need to hear how i must direct the whole play. So you see, everyone has creativity is just the way you have to use it to comprehend. I hope to contiunuing in the story




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SCI FI CHANNEL TO BROADCAST
GUNDAM 00 SEASON 2 STARTING
JUNE 29th!
June 19, 2009 (Cypress, CA) –Bandai Entertainment Inc., in a license with Starz Media,
announced the return of Gundam 00 to SCI FI Channel on June 29th on the “Ani-Monday” block,
which features leading programming from Manga Entertainment, a division of Starz Media. Two
episodes will air each week during a 13 week run.
“It’s great to be working with Starz Media and SCI FI Channel on the second season of Gundam
00 to US television. The second season really builds to a great climax” said Ken Iyadomi,
President of Bandai Entertainment Inc.
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 and threats to the “promised land of God” lead 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 second season picks up the action four years later
when a peace-keeping force called “A-Laws” has risen to power posing new challenges for
Celestial Being. The series is directed by Seiji Mizushima whose past credits as a director and

storyboard artist include Fullmetal Alchemist, Evangelion, and Appleseed: Ex Machina.

For more information visit
www.bandai-ent.com
www.scifi.com

gundam00.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 Lelouch of Rebellion, Gurren Lagaan, 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 SCI FI Channel
SCI FI Channel is a television network that fuels the imagination of viewers with original series
and events, blockbuster movies and classic science fiction and fantasy programming, as well as a
dynamic Web site (www.scifi.com). Launched in 1992, and currently in 95 million homes, SCI
FI Channel is a network of NBC Universal, one of the world's leading media and entertainment

companies. SCI FI will become Syfy on July 7, 2009.

About Starz Media
Starz Media, LLC, is a programming production and distribution company operating worldwide.
It includes the Film Roman, Anchor Bay Entertainment, and Manga Entertainment brands. Its
units create animated and live-action programming -- including theatrical films -- and
programming created under contract for other media companies. It distributes that programming,
and programming acquired from outside producers, through home video retailers, theaters,
broadcasters, ad supported and premium television channels, and Internet and wireless video
distributors in the US and internationally. Starz Media (www.starzmedia.com) is an operating
unit of Starz, LLC, which is a wholly owned subsidiary of Liberty Media Corporation, and is
attributed to Liberty Capital Group, a tracking stock group of Liberty Media Corporation.


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Earlier today when I was doing my usual net spleunking I came across a video on niconico that normally I would have overlooked, but when I noticed it had over 100,000 views and had only been uploaded for about a day, I decided to check it out.
The video features a built-from-scratch robot named "Hina" as she prepares a cup of copy for her creator. Hina has 21 motorized joints, with 6 in each arm, 4 in each leg, and 1 in the neck, and it's rather cute to see her do the whole process.

Here's the youtube upload:
  

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Voice Actor Kikuko Inoue to Appear at Otakon©

Best-Known for Portraying Belldandy 

Baltimore, MD (June 18, 2009) – Prominent seiyuu (voice actor) Kikuko Inoue will appear at Otakon 2009.

Inoue is perhaps best known for portraying goddess Belldandy in the perennially-popular Oh My Goddess. Indeed, she is so identified with that character that later chapters of the manga adapted the character’s speaking style to Inoue’s. The role is quite similar to one of her earlier roles, that of older sister Kasume Tendou in Ranma ½. Inoue’s voice lends itself to reserved, mature, domestic, and regal characters. Her characters are frequently islands of calm and sanity amidst the rampant chaos. Other prominent roles have included Rune Venus in El-Hazard and Kazami Mizuho in Onegai Teacher. In both cases, she played a strong but compassionate leader.

Occasionally, Inoue plays against type as a sultry, aggressive flirt: the dancer Corvette in Idol Project and sex-crazed nurse Ruko Tatase in the infamous hentai Ogenki Clinic are two such roles. She’s also taken villainous turns, such as Alv in Kiddy Grade and Lust in Fullmetal Alchemist.

As one of the industry’s more prolific actresses, the always-in-demand Inoue has had a role in many fan favorites over the years, including Electra in Nadia: Secret of Blue Water, Seira Mimori in Saint Tail, Inuyasha’s mother Izayoi in Inuyasha, Caridad Yamato in Gundam Seed, Cecile in Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion, Sanae Furukawa in Clannad, Grace O’Connor in Macross Frontier, Panther in Saber Marionette J, and Miria in Claymore. She’s also featured in many video games, including Metal Gear Solid 2, 3, and 4; Guilty Gear; Sakura Taisen 3 and 4, and the Super Robot Wars series.

Inoue has a thriving fanbase in Japan, where she is known as “Onee-chan” (big sister), thanks to her prominent roles of that sort. A shared joke among her fans is that when she is asked about her age, she always smiles and claims to be 17 years old – a claim she has made for many years.

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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Author/Translator Fred Schodt  
to Return to Otakon© 

Baltimore, MD (June 18, 2009) – American writer, translator and conference interpreter Fred Schodt will return this year as a guest at Otakon 2009.

Frederik L. Schodt is a writer, translator, and conference interpreter, based in the San Francisco Bay area. He has written widely on Japanese history, popular culture, and technology. Among his better known works are Manga! Manga! The World of Japanese Comics (Kodansha International, 1983), Inside the Robot Kingdom: Japan, Mechatronics, and the Coming Robotopia (Kodansha International, 1988), America and the Four Japans: Friend, Foe, Model, Mirror (Stone Bridge Press, 1993), and Dreamland Japan: Writings on Modern Manga (Stone Bridge Press, 1996). His writings on manga, and his translations of them, helped trigger the current popularity of Japanese comics in the English-speaking world, and in 2000 resulted in his being awarded the Special Category of the Asahi Shimbun's prestigious Osamu Tezuka Culture Award. In the same year, his translation of Henry Yoshitaka Kiyama's 1931 pioneering graphic novel, The Four Immigrants Manga, was selected as a finalist for the Pen West USA translation award.

His latest book, The Astro Boy Essays: Osamu Tezuka, Mighty Atom, and the Manga/Anime Revolution, was published by Stone Bridge Press in 2007.

In 2009, Fred was awarded the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Rosette, for his work in helping to promote Japan's popular culture overseas.

Fred's website is http://www.jai2.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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http://moonstorm.podomatic.com/entry/2009-06-18T17_48_06-07_00

Join MoonStorm, Lunermoth, and Cogito on our tour of this weeks news on Anime Vice.

News

Sengoku Basara second season.

EVA 1.0 in US.

Sword of the Stranger review.

Death It sucks.

Being sick also sucks.

Kodokawa may go under.
Eden of the East movie in the works.
Crazy for dogs live action movie in the works
Plz, no more acid shooting boobz.
Akira movie is dead.
Clamp + vocaloid video.
were required to read but only on kaiba.
Anime expo pulling a John Martone. (lol)
while your there prover your gundamness.

Toys Yoko, Viral, Fate/stay, plus more.

Super flat is awesome.

illegal stuff now more illegal.

Japan ruins spider man.

Sushi restaurant is cool.

Vice looks for the best AMV's

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So I ordered this from Playasia and I just wanted to a quick review (Take a bunch of pics and say a few words) of it for anyone who wanted to also get it.

First,  It came in a big 10 in. by 7 in. box. As you can see the art on box is beautiful.
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The contents in the box is this pretty dvd/cd case...

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And this Tokimeki Yoko Book

In the Yoko book contents include:
Lyrics
Two storyboards of the music video - One is a rough and the other is a detail for animation purposes
An interview with Atsushi Nishigori
Yoko prototype designs
Yoko's costume designs for the music video
A 2 page spread of Yoko Official goods - Very cool, its full of everything Yoko
Voice Actress's Illustrations - Drawings from both Marina Inoue (Yoko) and Yukari Fukui (Nia)
Tokimeki Gallery - Pretty much consists of three pictures illustated by Kazuhiro Takamura

This is full color 132 page book. The book mainly consists of the storyboards sketches. However the art is great. If you are a Yoko Littner fan, you will like the many illustrations of her in this book, I loved it.

In the case there is both the music video dvd and the cd.



On the DVD there is the music video and an interview with Mari Inoue. On the CD, it has the main song, the karaoke version and a remix of the song. The music video was cool and the song was good. 

The cost was about $33.  Yeah, who would spend that much for a music video and a "art book?" Of course, I did....but seriously this product is very high in quality. And its more about the art than anything else. So like I said before if your a big fan of Yoko Littner of Gurren Lagann, you will love this package!
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Ever notice something folks, and Im not joking about this...

I sense an utter tiredness from the US anime intelligencecia.

Recent blogs from the brain trust are not positive to many new manga, nor anime with the exemption of the older works.

The same blogs worry much about the artistic merits of the genre. 

The fans are listless and the detractors are winning.

The issue with censoring may force many to reevaluate other such parts of the genre.

The intelligencia looks at the demographics, the shows that are staying and the shows that are leaving - and they paint a very sad picture.

The Intelligencia sees both models of TV animation (in the states and Japan) failing with in the next few years - and since the internet isn't doing gangbusters.

The Intellgencia sees the words even Japanese fans say about us and it isnt fucking pretty.

So the Inteilgencia is asking for more Pixar Models - but Pixar is Pixar because of Pixar. No two models are the same.

But I realize something very honest.

If Three Companies, all of them non Disney, made much less money than Disney/Viacom/WarnerBrothers and bought this business to the forefront, then why is the Intellgencia so adamantly against them?

I think people need to be honest. Some just are more art house than others. Some are socialistic than others. Others believe in American product more than others.

In this depression, mental; physical and other wise - one must really look deep in the catharsis of their "hobby" and see where the future lies. If it has no future than one must start the process of moving on. But even if it does have a sliver of a chance - one must take the good parts and leave out the bad - or better yet the parts that work from the parts that cant.

Thats goes for life as well. 
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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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