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Welcome to the last week of October's DVD and Blu-Ray releases! We got a small selection. With Toonami airing Hellsing Ultimate back in September 13, 2014, they will air Hellsing VI on Oct. 26, Hellsing VII on Nov. 1, and the finale on Nov. 8. I'm fairly new to the Hellsing series. For those who are fans of it, please let me know what you think of the franchise. Other than Hellsing, we have Monogatari 2/Otorimonogatari, Pokemon, and One Piece.

I would love to hear your recommendations on these series. All comments are welcome. Thank you.

Disclaimer: I'm just promoting the official release and the publishers. I'm not selling you anything. This is to combat piracy and get fans to support the official release. All summaries are from ANN.

Sources

Notes

  • Otorimonogatari - Nadeko Medusa Limited Edition is listed on ANN and Right Stuf for this week.

DVD and Blu-Ray Releases

Hellsing Ultimate - Set 3 (Blu-Ray 9-10)
  • Distributor: FUNimation Entertainment
  • Suggested retail price: $44.98

The rogue vampire Alucard is the Hellsing Organization's deadliest instrument in its mission to protect the British Empire from satanic ghouls and Nazi freaks. He is not alone in his assault on the occult; the master has a servant. Policewoman Seras Victoria accepted Alucard's gift of dark salvation after falling in the line of duty, and now the remnants of her human soul struggle against her growing vampire urges. Together, they haunt the shadows as a sinister force of good - and tonight the foggy streets of England shall flow with the blood of their evil prey.

Contains OVA episodes 9-10.

Special Features: Episode Interview Sessions (IX, X), Episode Commentary (IX, X), R.I.P. In Memoriam, U.S. Trailer, Trailer.

Spoken Languages: English, Japanese, English subtitles.

One Piece - Collection 10 (DVD)
  • Distributor: FUNimation Entertainment
  • Suggested retail price: $34.98

Hoping to save their beloved boat, the Straw Hats drop anchor at the shipbuilding city of Water 7, but the prognosis for the Going Merry proves far worse than expected. The hits keep coming as Robin mysteriously vanishes, the Franky Family robs the crew blind, and Usopp goes rogue after a shocking battle with Luffy! As if things weren't bleak enough, the gang finds themselves accused of a cold-hearted assassination attempt - and hunted by the entire city. Luffy and his remaining mates hatch a plan to prove their innocence, but a sinister gang of cutthroat killers stays one step ahead of their every move. Dark secrets and tragic pasts are revealed as Luffy and Zoro fall to a formidable foe, Chopper faces a life and death situation, and a monstrous storm threatens to sink the city once and for all!

Contains episodes 230-252. Special Features: Episode Commentary (233, 236, 244, 245), Textless Openings & Closings, U.S. Trailer, Trailers. Spoken Languages: English, Japanese, English subtitles.

Otorimonogatari - Nadeko Medusa [Limited Edition] (Sub.Blu-Ray 3)
  • Distributor: Aniplex of America
  • Suggested retail price: $64.98

Nadeko encounters a giant snake who claims to be a deity named Kuchinawa. Kuchinawa promises Nadeko that he would grant her wish if she aids him in the search of his object of worship. Little does Nadeko know that obtaining the object of worship will cost her more than what she expected. Koyomi tries to convince Nadeko to let go of the object of worship, but it's too late, and Nadeko swallows the object and becomes a snake apparition! To make things worse, now Nadeko wants to kill Koyomi and Shinobu Oshino! Third arc to the Monogatari series' second season.

Contains episodes 1-4 plus a deluxe booklet and pinup postcard set! Special Features: "Omnibus 3" Video, Textless Opening & Ending, Promotional Video & Commercial Collections. Spoken Languages: Japanese, English subtitles.

Pokémon - Indigo League - The Complete Collection (Dub. DVD)
  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested retail price: $54.98

Ash Ketchum is a brand-new Pokemon Trainer, and on his first day he gets his very first Pokemon, Pikachu! But their friendship gets off to a rocky start. It's up to Ash to earn Pikachu's trust as he and friends Misty and Brock follow their quest to collect Pokemon, make friends and battle their way to the Indigo League!

Contains episodes 1-78. Spoken Languages: English.

Pokémon - Indigo League Part 2 (Dub. DVD)
  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested retail price: $24.98
Join friends Ash, Brock and Misty on their continuing quest to collect Pokemon, make friends, and battle their way to the Indigo League!

Contains episodes 27-52 of Season 1.

Spoken Languages: English.
Pokémon - Indigo League Part 3 (Dub. DVD)
  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested retail price: $24.98
Enjoy the Pokemon story from the beginning! Meet our hero, Ash, in his hometown of Pallet Town where boys and girls are encouraged to begin their Pokemon journeys! Join the Indigo League in these 26 episodes from Season 1 of Pokemon!

Contains episodes 53-78 of Season 1.

Spoken Languages: English.

The following titles are not listed on ANN:

  • Right Stuf has Cardcaptor Sakura Movie this week while Amazon has it on Nov. 4.
  • A Certain Magical Index II was released on Amazon back in Oct. 14 while Right Stuf had it this week.
  • Amazon and ANN had Ghost in the Shell Arise BD Vol. 1 back on Oct. 21 while Right Stuf had it this week.
  • Fairy Tail BD Vol. 12 was released on Sept. 16 via Amazon while Right Stuf had it this week.
  • Sherlock Hound is released this week for Right Stuf while on Nov. 4 for Amazon.
Cardcaptor Sakura: The Movie Blu-Ray Remastered
  • Distributor: EASTERN STAR
  • Suggested Retail Price: $29.95

Across stormy waters, a forgotten love still burns. It's a lucky day when Sakura wins a trip to Hong Kong, but why are her dreams haunted by dark waters and a strange woman? There's no time to enjoy her vacation, however. Sakura is hypnotized and led to discover both a watery phantom world, and the evil woman who inhabits it. But is this spirit as malicious as she seems, or does she burn with a desire for revenge?

A Certain Magical Index II Season 2 DVD/Blu-Ray Part 1
  • Distributor: FUNimation
  • Suggested Retail Price: $64.98

The Book of the Law - an encoded grimoire containing catastrophic magic - has been stolen, so naturally Kamijo, Index, and a few familiar faces join in the crusade to protect the one nun who can decipher the powerful text. But as the group battles church sects and holy assassins, they realize that discovering who their true enemy is may be more difficult than saving the sister. Meanwhile, an organization known as the Science Society resurrects an esper-producing program, a school festival brings out the competition - and drama - in the student population, and a mysterious figure negotiates the purchase of a sacred relic that could threaten the future of Academy City.

Contains episodes 1-12. Special Features: Audio Commentary, Textless Opening & Closing, Trailers. Spoken Languages: English, Japanese, English subtitles.

Dragon Ball Z Season 8 Uncut Blu-Ray Set
  • Distributor: FUNIMATION
  • Suggested Retail Price: $44.98

The forces of good and evil have converged upon the planet Earth, and the fate of the universe hangs in the balance! The evil wizard Babidi has traveled across the galaxy on a quest for revenge, hoping to fulfill his father's thwarted dreams of universal domination. Meanwhile, the Supreme Kai has come to enlist the aid of the Z-Fighters in an effort to prevent Babidi from completing his plans and awakening a monster of unimaginable terror - Majin Buu!

As Goku and the Z-Fighters descend into Babidi's lair, they are confronted by an army of powerful minions, led by the Demon King Dabura himself! Can our heroes resist the wizard's dark magic and battle their way through this host of villains before time runs out? With each passing second, more energy is gathered for the sleeping Majin Buu. And should this creature of pure evil be awakened, all life - everywhere - will be extinguished! Contains episodes 220 - 253. Special Features: Inside Dragon Ball Z: Interview with Kyle Hebert, Inside Dragon Ball Z: Interview with Kara Edwards, Dragon Ball Z: Coming to America, Textless Opening and Closing, U.S. Trailer, Trailers. Spoken Languages: English, Japanese, English subtitles.

Fairy Tail DVD/Blu-Ray Part 12
  • Distributor: FUNimation
  • Suggested Retail Price: $54.99

Using a book from the Heartfilia library as a guide, the members of Fairy Tail split up to track down pieces of the Infinity Clock - a legendary enchanted item that could have the power to bring ruin to the entire world. Standing in their way is a secret order of wizards known as the Legion Platoon, who don't trust the magic time bomb in the hands of the notoriously destructive guild. As the clock ticks closer to doomsday, an old enemy - Oracion Seis - is reborn in a terrifyingly powerful new form. This dark guild has its own plans for the magical timepiece, and if Fairy Tail and the Legion Platoon can't stop them from using the catastrophic clock, time could be up for the Fiore Kingdom.

Contains episodes 132-142. Special Features: Episode Commentary (137, 140, 142), Textless Opening & Closing Songs, U.S. Trailer, Trailers. Spoken Languages: English, Japanese, English subtitles.

Fairy Tail DVD/Blu-Ray Part 13

Distributor: FUNimation Suggested Retail Price: $54.99

Oracion Seis has kidnapped Lucy and is using her to power a clock capable of spreading catastrophic magic cross the world. If Fairy Tail doesn't stop the dark guild, the entire Fiore Kingdom will fall into a waking nightmare and their teammate will merge with the enchanted timepiece forever. But Oracion Seis isn't the only group of wizards standing in their way: the Legion Platoon has decided that to save the world, they'll destroy the magic clock - and Lucy.

While Fairy Tail fights with all their power to rescue their teammate, the truth about Michelle comes to light and a devastating deception is exposed. When the clock begins to chime reality descends into chaos, and in the end Natsu and his fellow wizards might be too late.

Contains episodes 143-153. Special Features: Episode Commentary (150, 151), Textless Opening & Closing Songs, U.S. Trailer, Trailers. Spoken Languages: English, Japanese, English subtitles.

Hakkenden: Eight Dogs of the East Season 2 Collection Blu-Ray or DVD
  • Distributor: Sentai Filmworks
  • Suggested Retail Price: $69.98 (BD), $59.98 (DVD)

Forced to choose between death and an unnatural life bound to the living sword Murasame, Shino Inuzuka chose the sword. Now, however, in the bloody aftermath of his transformation and Kohaku's death, Shino's awareness of the true scope of his bond with Murasame has expanded. Is he truly a curse to all who meet him?

In the end, the focus must return to the mysterious beads which started everything. What exactly are their origin and powers? Who and where are the holders who have not yet been located? And what are Rio Saotome and the Imperial Church's real roles in all of this? Does the woman who is "She," hold the answers?

Contains episodes 1-13 of season 2. Special Features: Clean Opening Animation, Clean Closing Animation. Spoken Languages: English, Japanese, English subtitles.

Sherlock Hound DVD Complete & Unabridged Series
  • Distributor: Eastern Star
  • Suggested Retail Price: $59.95

Based on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes series, here all the characters are depicted as anthropomorphic animals. The majority are dogs, though Holmes is a fox and his enemy Professor Moriarty is a wolf. Jules Verne-steampunk style technology regularly appears, adding a 19th-century science-fiction atmosphere to the series.

Contains episodes 1-26. Spoken Languages: English, Japanese, English subtitles.

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Hello to everyone, this is DHK with another blog. I been playing a lot of Pokemon X on my 3DS, while I was playing old memories of the Pokemon Anime was popping into my head. And I start thinking about some of my favorite characters in the show Team Rocket. So in this blog I will be talking about Jessie, James and Meowth of Team Rocket is the protagonist of Pokemon. Yes, I know it sound funny and stupid, and I wasting my time and yours. But hear me out on this, I will try to make a case for them. So prepare for trouble, and make it one :/

Back Story

But their are three of you
But their are three of you
Do they look like villains to you?
Do they look like villains to you?

Jessie, James and Meowth have the best back story in the Pokemon Anime. other character's back story are non existent, like Ash (who we do even know his father). In order to know more about a character, you have to know where they come from

I'll will start with James back story. James was born in a rich family, he got whatever his little heart can wish for, from food, Pokemon and toys. He truly have the good life, until his parents decided James will have a fiancée, name Jessebelle. Jessebelle is a bossy and spoil rich girl. She begin to tell James how to live his. She try to change James into something he is not. One day, James got sick of it and run away from home. Taking his Koffing with him and leaving Growlie to protect his parents.

When I grow up Growlie, I'll be the best cross dresser ever
When I grow up Growlie, I'll be the best cross dresser ever

Jessie was the opposite, she grow up in a poor foster home. She have little money and couldn't afford toys to play with or sometime food to eat. In the winter times, her foster mother make snow with soy sauce on it. Sometime later, someone catch an Ekans for her a gift. After some years, she left home to become a Pokemon Nurse, but she fail the test. Instead of giving up, she apply to another Pokemon Nurse School. But this time it was a school for Chanseys. She met an Chansey and they become friends. But Jessie fail again to graduate, instead of trying again she left to try something else.

I feel so sorry for him
I feel so sorry for him

Meowth grow up on the streets, with little food and no one to look after him. Meowth was so hungry, that he thought baseballs was food and try to eat it. The coach caught him trying to eat the baseballs, instead of helping the poor Pokemon the coach beat up poor Meowth and tied him to a tree. Hours later, Meowth wake up from his coma in time for a movie in a park. The movie was about a Meowth going to Hollywood having a good and ice cream. Our Meowth, decide to go to Hollywood. Where he think he will be treated better, so he got untie and jump on a car to Hollywood. Where he got there, Hollywood wasn't all gumdrops and ice cream he thought it was. He still have to play the survive game, that he was so bad at. But a gang of Meowth led by a Persian, show him the ropes and let him join there little gang. Sometime later, Meowth met the Pokemon of his dreams, a female Meowth named Meowzie. Our Meowth, try to ask her out but she rejected him by basically saying he poor and isn't a human. Heartbroken, Meowth decide to learn to be a human in hope Meowzie would fell for him. It take him months to learn how to walk like humans and talk like humans. He quit the Persian's gang, so he can focus on being human. Meowth have learn human language and able to walk like one at the cost of not being able to learn any new moves. He met Meowzie again to impress her, but she rejected him again, because he was poor and now is a freak. Heartbroken again, Meowth left Hollywood

Sorry, we only looking for clones
Sorry, we only looking for clones
Eat my dust!!
Eat my dust!!

Years later. Both Jessie and James enrolled into Pokemon Tech, where they met for the first time. The two become friends, but there grades was so bad that they drop out of school. Some time later, Jessie and Jamie join and become leaders of a bike gang in Sunny Town. There nicknames was Little Jim (for James) and Chainer Jessie (For Jessie). They was part a bike gang for awhile, but both of them quit to join Team Rocket where they first met Meowth and become the trio we all love

Team Rocket back stories all are interested and give a reason why they act the way they do. Why Ash want to be a Pokemon Master, because it is in the strip. While James join Team Rocket to be free and anything he want to do, Jessie join Team Rocket to become a big shot and live the good life and Meowth join to get more attention (Still wondering why nobody is interested in Meowth, he a talking Pokemon who understand other Pokemon). It seem like the creators put a lot of time on Team Rocket back stories then any other characters of the Pokemon Anime

Characteristics

The good life
The good life

Team Rocket have a lot of personality, then the other characters. They not just playing the bad guy role, they sometime help the twerps or just help others out of the goodness of there hearts (even though they will decline it). James have have a sense of honor when he do contests (like in PokeRinger), he will refuse to cheat or ask the others to cheat for him. But he will cheat if he is losing so badly, but he did grow out of it later. He treat his family and friends with respect and put his life on the line to them from hurt.

In the name of evil, I'll punish you
In the name of evil, I'll punish you

Jessie seem to be a heartless lady, but she does have a soft spot for her friends. She will help them with there problems. Like when she met her old friend Blissey from the Pokemon Nurse School, Blissey have given Team Rocket all the food in the Pokemon Center because they was dying of hunger. Instead of Jessie being happy she getting all that food, she have a worry look on her face, because she know Blissey will get fire for giving them the food. So she come back with the others, and say they trick Blissey into giving them the food. This show Jessie more layers to her character. And I can't really think of a moment with Meowth, the only one I can think of where he could life the good life with a village who see him as a god.

With Ash and the others are just goody to shoes, Team Rocket have more layers then the twerps. It seem like the creators like Team Rocket more then the Ash and the others

Overall

Team Rocket are the best characters and have the best episodes of the Pokemon Anime. So I feel they are protagonist of the Pokemon Anime, now enjoy this nostalgia video

Anyway, thank you for reading my crazy blog. I will try to make more blogs weekly, next one might be about the US Shonen Jump and I might hold a contest for a free year of (paid by me) Shonen Jump. (Have to ask viz if it ok first) Sorry if their was any typo.

Here a couple of cool blogs to check out

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Today’s returning guest is our good friend Angel and on this episode we are going to have a casual observational discussion on the longest and oldest running anime trends in Japan

For some of you this may sound like an episode where we tread the same old waters and discuss the most obvious of franchises….however you may be surprised to find there are more than a few shows that have never even passed Japanese borders and are more of a domestic hit than a more aware international one.

So with the help of Wikipedia and some sorting arrangements we take a somewhat brief look at the following lists……..take a look yourself folks it’s actually somewhat Intriguing

*Apologies for shaky audio quality at various points btw, technical difficulties were rampant for some reason!*

LIST OF LONGEST RUNNING ANIME SERIES

LIST OF LONGEST RUNNING MANGA TITLES (We didn’t get around to this sadly)

LIST OF LONGEST RUNNING TV SHOWS: WORLDWIDE (off-topic but interesting)

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Familiar Titles Discussed:-

Chi's Sweet Home, Sgt Frog, Crayon Shin-chan, Zatch Bell, Kirby: RBAY, One Piece, Naruto, Bleach, Yu-Gi-Oh!, Ranma ½, Fairy Tail, DBZ, Yu Yu Hakusho, Toriko, Case Closed - Detective Conan

Unfamiliar Titles Discussed - which are actually the longest trending Anime Series

1. Sazae-san - 6197+ Episodes

2. Nintama Rantarō (Ninja Boy Rantaro) 1773+ Episodes

3. Ojarumaru (Prince Mackaroo) 1388+ Episodes

4. Soreike! Anpanman 1170+ Episodes

5. Chibi Maruko-chan 918+ Episodes

Before we end the podcast we do actually touch on the fact that in the western world having cartoon series trend for a long amount of time / episodes is not the norm. It seems like a much more character / franchise reboot model depending on how ratings go for an active series. Low ratings = show cancellation which usually sprouts room for a new “similar” project or a re-imagined series which may be more successful ala switching Young Justice for Teen Titans Go! / Beware the Batman.

Anyhow….

It’s actually funny a detailed talk on Pokemon isn’t here.....however we actually did have a discussion on that BEAST franchise…sadly it was before we started recording so we forgot to bring it up again but of course the details are....

Pokemon has been running for 17 straight seasons totalling in a whopping 800+ episodes excluding movies, side stories, OVA’s etc actually making it the third longest running anime TV series that runs for over 20 mins an episode….and I would not be surprised at all if this eventually becomes the longest running anime series of all time in future

But yeah sorry Pokemon we do clearly recognize your MEGA status….forgive us! :oP

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Hello! This is Auron570 with a blog response about my Canadian anime experience, please enjoy. I was born in Canada, my parents immigrated from China, and I currently live about an hour north of Toronto.

How did you get into anime?

Some pig!
Some pig!

The first anime I watched was the English dub of Sailor Moon and the Cantonese dub of Super Pig when I was 3-4 years old. I liked the colorful transformation sequences, fighting bad guys and the comedic/exaggerated/cute animation. To this day I still remember the lyrics to the Sailor Moon opening in English.

When I was 7-12 years old, a lot of anime was dubbed and shown on Canadian television. There was DBZ and Pokemon. YTV acquired a lot of anime including InuYasha, Yugioh, Gundam Seed, .hack//sign, GitS and Eureka Seven. Also 4kids had their dubs of One Piece, Naruto, Fighting Foodons, Ultimate Muscle etc. It was an exciting time! Most of my school friends were watching some combination of those shows and we had fun talking about our favourite shows and characters.

YTV's version of Toonami (2004-2010)
YTV's version of Toonami (2004-2010)

During high school I did not watch much anime. Anime wasn’t being shown as prominently on TV. Also no one at my (very small) high school really watched anime. However, in my senior year I started watching anime in earnest again. I had really great English and Philosophy teachers that year who opened my eyes to new ways of thinking about art and literature. I think anime can stand toe-to-toe with other arts/entertainment and it has a lot to offer if you know where to look. So that basically leads to where I am now and how I got interested in anime. :]

How do you view anime and fans who love anime in Canada?

Well I think anime can stand toe-to-toe with other arts, but I don’t think many people share this view. From my experience with anime clubs, friends (some like anime, some don’t) and also general media awareness, most people are just indifferent to anime, some still consider anime as for kids or for weirdos.

"I heard Bill has a 1st edition Zapdos, but he hasn&squot;t shown it to me so I don&squot;t believe him"
"I heard Bill has a 1st edition Zapdos, but he hasn't shown it to me so I don't believe him"

I guess part of the for-kids mentality has to do with how anime was promoted when it was on TV. If you watched Yugioh, you wanted Yugioh cards. If you watched DBZ, you wanted the latest Budokai game. If you watched Beyblade… you get the point. I remember kids would bring their Pokemon/Yugioh cards to school, some would show them off, some traded them, others lost them, resulting in schools banning them. I feel like that mindset is still around.

On the other hand, the impression I get from anime fans is that they like anime because it is cute, exotic or over-the-top. There seem to be pockets of anime fans around Canada, for example student clubs at universities or around different major cities like Toronto and Vancouver. Some are content that anime is a “niche” hobby. But I really think anime can enter the broader cultural conversation.

What anime series do you think should have been aired in Canada?

Wait, u want us to what?
Wait, u want us to what?

The first anime that came to mind was Steins;gate. Quirky characters and a suspenseful time travel plot! Otherwise it’s hard to say, I don’t think a typical Japanese high-school anime would work since high-school experiences are so different in Canada and even the U.S. Also anything ecchi I think is a definite no. I can think of lots of anime that I would recommend to just about anyone, but I’m not sure how well they would do on TV. Haha, now I’m overthinking which anime would do well on which TV networks and how each anime does/doesn’t appeal to certain audiences!

Have you been to an anime convention?

Sadly, no. I asked my parents to go to AnimeNorth when I was around 9, but they said no. So, slowly I lost interest in going to a convention. The impression I developed of conventions is lots of walking around, looking at stuff I am not interested in buying and being around lots of people who think they’re cool.

What is your buying experience like for anime and manga? Do you buy online or publicly?

I do not read manga. For anime, streaming sites like Crunchyroll and Funimation let me watch lots of anime for free, so I usually only buy anime movies or series that I really want to support. Very few stores within an hour of where I live have a decent anime selection, so I buying online is easier for me. I usually buy from amazon.ca because most other sites have huge shipping fees or only ship to U.S. I don’t have much interest in buying other anime-related merchandise, but it would be cool to buy a Chocobo plushie, a new Pikachu plushie or something One Piece or Evangelion-related.

What are your views on Japanese culture? And do you think Anime is popular in Japan?

"You gonna get married and have kids?" "Uhh Iduno seems like a waste..."
"You gonna get married and have kids?" "Uhh Iduno seems like a waste..."

I don’t know too much about Japanese culture. I know some things about kabuki theater, samurai, geisha and Japan during WWII. Otherwise most of what I know about modern Japanese culture comes from anime, sites like CultureJapan or other sites/articles/blogs/videos that cover Japanese culture. For example I know some things about Japanese food, the Japanese school system, social customs, recent social problems like Japan’s suicide rate, aging population, also “otaku culture” in Japan.

About anime's popularity in Japan, yes and no. Anime might be popular, and people of different age and sex might like anime, but I think the general view of anime in Japan (from those who don’t watch anime) is “it’s okay to like, as long as you don’t like it so much that it’s creepy or detrimental to your health or others”. It’s always the extreme cases that get reported, like otaku who stalk voice actresses, that give a certain hobby a bad reputation.

Closing thoughts?

Mmmm.. culture..
Mmmm.. culture..

There are many different social factors to consider when thinking about how anime is received in Japan. In general I think everyone should be more mature and open to share their cultural experiences. Anime was made in Japan after all! The Japanese people should have a right to admire and appreciate the art and culture that its own country has developed! As a Canadian it’s a little bittersweet being an anime fan. I realize that anime is a big part of my cultural experience. I want to talk about that and figure out how anime fits in with Canada’s multiculturalism and what that means for me. I mean… everyone loves sushi… why not anime??

I hope it was fun to read about my anime experiences. Feel free to post any questions or comments, or talk about your own experiences! :)

About the Authors

Auron570 is an aspiring writer, whose hobbies include piano, video games and anime. Follow him @jasutinu
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Introduction

I'm a big fan of Pokémon and it was a huge part of my childhood, but I haven't played any Pokémon games in a while. Don't get me wrong, I still love Pokémon and the games but they don't quite grab my attention like they used to. And to be honest, they've never been very challenging.

There is, however, a way to make the Pokémon games more challenging. I'm sure some of you have heard of the Nuzlocke Challenge, for those of you who haven't, it's a set of self-imposed rules to increase the difficulty. Here are the core rules:

  • Any Pokémon that faints is considered dead, and must be released.
  • The player may only catch the first Pokémon encountered in each area, and none else. If the first Pokémon encountered faints or flees, there are no second chances.

These rules make the game more challenging, deepens the bonds with your Poképals, and forces you to use Pokémon you normally wouldn't. You can get the full details on the "Nuzlocke Challenge" here.

My Rules

I will be playing Pokémon LeafGreen. Here is the full list of rules I'll be adhering to:

Note: these rules do not come into play until the player has Poké Balls and can catch Pokémon! Then it's on, bitchez!

  • Any Pokémon that faints is considered dead, and must be released stored in the PC permanently.
  • The player may only catch the first Pokémon encountered in each area, and none else. If the first Pokémon encountered faints or flees, there are no second chances.
    - Exception 1: If the player has no Pokémon that can use a certain field move that is required to continue through any given point of the game, they may catch another Pokémon that can learn said field move. However, it cannot be used in battle for any reason, and must be released, permanently boxed, or migrated as soon as the player gets another Pokémon that can use said field move.
    - Exception 2: If the player runs into a Shiny Pokémon on the incredibly rare chance, the player may still catch it, regardless of whether or not it is the first encounter in the area.
  • The player must nickname all of their Pokémon, for the sake of forming stronger emotional bonds.
  • A black out/white out is considered to be "game over", even if there are Pokémon left in the PC.
  • Starter Pokémon is based off your Trainer ID number. If the last number is 1-3 the player starts with a Grass type, 4-6 is Fire type, 7-9 is Water type, 0 is the player's choice.
  • Master Balls may NOT be used.
  • Legendary Pokémon may NOT be caught.

I'll be doing one more thing to make it even more interesting; all of my Pokémon will be named after Anime Vice users! You could be on my team in Pokémon form! Now then, lets see what happens...

Part 01: Between a Brock and a Hard Place

I dub thee: TAKA!
I dub thee: TAKA!
Okay, so, according to the rules, my choice of starter Pokémon depends on the last number of my Trainer ID. My ID is 07463, which means my starter Pokémon must be... Bulbasaur! I decided to name him TAKA, after - I consider him my "partner in crime" on Anime Vice (I'm not really sure what I mean by that, either) so it only seemed right to name my first Pokémon partner after him. Right, this is already off to an interesting start - I normally pick the fire-type starter. Now I just have to make sure little TAKA never loses a battle! No pressure, right? We took Gary's Charmander down with ease.
Easily won his first battle.
Easily won his first battle.
You're mine, Rattata...
You're mine, Rattata...
After grabbing the free potions from the PC and the guy on Route 1, delivering Oak's parcel from the PokéMart, and receiving my first Poké Balls, the Nuzlocke Challenge truly began. Who would my first wild Pokémon be? Pidgey? Rattata? Suddenly there's so much more pressure when walking through tall grass. Playing with Nuzlocke rules really does make the game a different experience, even in these early stages... it's a Rattata! It was easily captured, and I can never catch another Pokémon on Route 1 again. Despite the gender, I named her FOXX, after .
Hope you don't mind being a female Rattata!
Hope you don't mind being a female Rattata!
Lets do this, FOXX!
Lets do this, FOXX!
After arriving in Viridian City, I knew Gary was waiting for me on Route 22; the route between Viridian City and the Pokémon League, which I won't be challenging for a good while yet. I could continue on to Viridian Forest and ignore my rival, but where's the fun in that? Cue the Rocky training montage; it was time for some grinding! To play it safe, I aimed to get TAKA and FOXX to level 12 before challenging Gary. This took a little while...
TAKA and FOXX are PUMPED!
TAKA and FOXX are PUMPED!
Gary stood no chance...
Gary stood no chance...
Tall grass, reveal your secrets...
Tall grass, reveal your secrets...
On Route 22 and Route 2 the first Pokémon I encountered were Rattata, so I chose not to catch them. I was hoping for a Mankey or a Pidgey, but no luck. The Forest was another matter though, I knew several kinds of bug Pokémon waited within, and if I was really lucky, maybe even a Pikachu. I took a deep breath, and walked into the grass... it was a Metapod! Another easy catch, I decided to call him VISIONZ, after . My team was growing!
Prepare to be captured, Metapod!
Prepare to be captured, Metapod!
Woo!
Woo!
During my trek through the forest I sent VISIONZ out first, then called him back and defeated enemy Pokémon with TAKA and FOXX. This shared the EXP with VISIONZ and it wasn't long before he evolved! My first Pokémon evolution, a joyous occasion indeed. As a Butterfree, VISIONZ started learning new moves including Confusion and Sleep Powder, earning his place on my team.
Congrats sickVisionz; you're a beautiful butterfly!
Congrats sickVisionz; you're a beautiful butterfly!
My little TAKA's growing up...
My little TAKA's growing up...
Continuing to play it safe, I decided to do some more grinding. I aimed to get my three Pokébuddies to level 15 before challenging the Pewter City Gym Leader. I'm not taking any risks this early on. I defeated Brock's underling with ease, and got enough EXP for TAKA to evolve! It was time...
We're ready for you, Brock!
We're ready for you, Brock!

Gym Battle!

It was a slow battle between FOXX and Geodude... until I landed a critical hit with Hyper Fang, finishing him off! As Onix came out I switched to TAKA. I began by using Leech Seed, an early counter-tactic against Onix' Bind attack. This wasn't necessary though, as Onix was defeated with just one Vine Whip attack! VICTORY!
And then I visited the museum:
Wow, thanks, I never would have guessed...
Wow, thanks, I never would have guessed...
Onward! More adventures await us!
Onward! More adventures await us!

Current Team

Name: TAKA
Species: Ivysaur
Level: 16
Moves
TackleVine Whip
Leech SeedPoison Powder
Name: FOXX
Species: Rattata
Level: 15
Moves
Quick AttackTackle
Tail WhipHyper Fang
Name: VISIONZ
Species: Butterfree
Level: 15
Moves
ConfusionSleep Powder
Poison PowderStun Spore

Travel Journal

  • Route 1 - Encountered a Rattata. Caught it, named it "FOXX"
  • Route 22 - Encountered a Rattata. Defeated it.
  • Route 2 - Encountered a Rattata. Defeated it.
  • Viridian Forest - Encountered a Metapod. Caught it, named it "VISIONZ"

The Adventure Continues...

What kind of Pokémon will I catch next? Who will I name it after?! Will I continue to be victorious, or will my luck start to run out? Find out next time!

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On Pokemon TV, Meloetta's Moonlight Serenade is available for free and legal streaming until March 24, 2013.

The short is released internationally since February 15, 2013.

Now, this may be old news, but I want to remind some Pokemon folks who haven't heard about this yet.

Meloetta is available for Pokemon Black, White, Black 2, and White 2 at Gamestop from March 9, 2013 to March 24, 2013 in the U.S.A.

International

  • In Brazil, Meloetta is available in various stores throughout the country from March 4th until March 24th. A full list of stores can be found on the Brazilian Nintendo World site (in Portugese).
  • In the United Kingdom, you can swing by participating GAME stores between March 22nd and April 19th.
  • France gets their Meloetta a little earlier than the rest of Europe, with Meloetta available there at participating stores from March 4th until April 19th.
  • Germany, Spain, Portugal and Italy are all able to get Meloetta at participating stores from March 22nd until April 19th.
  • Australia and New Zealand residents (and visitors!) can pick up Meloetta from participating stores from March 4th until April 19th

Meloetta's Level and Moves

Meloetta is level 50, and her moves are Round, Teeter Dance, Psychic, and Close Combat. Its ability is Serene Grace, and it carries PP Max. It can change into Pirouette Forme using Relic Song that it can learn in Castelia City.

Source: Marriland, Serebii.Net

Thank you. Please enjoy the show.

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Mewtwo:

The Psychic pokemon proclaimed the strongest Pokemon on Earth that almost destroyed all of humanity.

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Machinedramon:

The Dark Master Digimon who ruled the evil Machine Empire with an iron fist and nearly conquered the Digital World.

The question arises, if they fought which would win?

Mewtwo vs. Machinedramon

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