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Children of the 80s, 90s and early 2000's, you're about to get hit with a dose of nostalgia. LeVar Burton (aka the host of Reading Rainbow and Geordi La Forge, from Star Trek: The Next Generation) is set to bring back the beloved children's television show back from the dead through kickstarter. This time however, he is bringing Reading Rainbow to the next generation. This means that the new Reading Rainbow will be available on the internet as well as a wide variety of devices so that children everywhere (in the USA) will have access to this education program. In addition, the series will feature a classroom edition so it can be utilized across the country in classrooms everywhere. And for cash strapped schools, the series will be made available for free.

Burton says you can't put a price on education. "Our educational system -- the way we educate our kids -- is failing our children," Burton said. "We're getting our assess kicked right now. Long term, I know if we're successful we're going to have a better educated populace in America, and we'll be better prepared to compete going forward."
-Quoted in the Huffington Post

The initial goal of the kickstarter is $1 million. However, by the time you have read this, the kickstarter will have long since passed this goal. At of this moment, the kickstarter has produced $1.5 million after a day of promotion with every passing minute bringing in a thousand or more dollars.

Link to the kickstarter

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Plot

FUNimation has released the DVDs and Blu-Rays on February 18, 2014 (Part 1) and March 25, 2014 (Part 2)

Kai and Aki dream of building a giant fighting robot based on a super-popular anime, but that's going to be impossible if they don't get more members into their school's Robot Research Club. They'll take anyone they can talk—or force—into joining them, including an eccentric robotics champion with a secret identity and a l33t video-game designer who's spent one too many late nights online. Finally, their goal looks like it's within reach.

But when a sentient AI program tells Kai about mysterious documents hidden on the internet, things start to get strange for everyone. As the club members track down the secret messages, they realize that the information might be far bigger—and more dangerous—than they expected.

Cast

  • Akiho – Lindsay Seidel
  • Kaito – Clifford Chapin
  • Subaru – Jarrod Greene
  • Junna – Monica Rial
  • Frau – Leah Clark
  • Airi – Apphia Yu
  • Kimijima – Eric Vale
  • Misaki – Caitlin Glass
  • Mitchi – Robert McCollum
  • Mizuka – Lydia Mackay
  • Nae – Brina Palencia
  • Usui – Linda Leonard
  • Doc – R Bruce Elliott
  • Genki – Ian Sinclair
  • Takahashi – Josh Grelle
  • Sumio – David Wald
  • Kenichirou – Bradley Campbell
  • Hiromu – Bill Jenkins
  • Hayakawa – Alexis Tipton

Sources

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Hello and welcome to the first progress report of the Community project! This blog will serve as a way to keep our community updated on the status of the Community Project. If you would like to help out by joining the project, simply send FinalDasa or me a pm and we will add you to the project.On May 10, 2013, a few users and I decided to band together in order to improve our wiki and to show BermanBraun that the Screened community is an active one. Through discussion, we were able to decide that Star Trek: The Original Series would be our first wiki project to start on. Twenty days later, we are ready to show you the fruits of our labor.

Who's who?

The TeamRole
FinalDasa
FinalDasa
He's the lord and ruler of Screened. FinalDasa supervises the work and makes sure that it matches the high standards here at Screened.
mike20
mike20
He's the #1 wiki editor here at Screened by a mile. Mike20 took care of the trivia and the quotes for each episode.
Toastburner_B
Toastburner_B
He's the guru on all things Godzilla. Toastburner_B is helping out with the episode summaries and adding Star Trek related images to the database.
Acura_Max
Acura_Max
You know who this duder is. Acura_Max helps write the episode summaries and the adding images.
etragedy
etragedy
He's the master of movie reviews, but boy does he know how to write episode summaries. etragedy helps write the episode summaries and adds images to the data base.
takashichea
takashichea
He's the #3 Editor on AnimeVice. Nobody has more passion for wiki editing than this man. Takashichea helps out with the episode summaries as well as other things.

Completed Episodes

EpisodeEdited BySummary
Charlie X
Charlie X
Toastburner_B
Toastburner_B
Charlie X: Season 1 Episode 2
Charlie Evans is rescued after being stranded alone on a planet for 14 years. As the Enterprise takes the young man to a nearby colony, his immaturity combined with powerful mental abilities makes him a threat to everyone on board.
Where No Man Has Gone Before
Where No Man Has Gone Before
Acura_Max
Acura_Max
Where No Man Has Gone: Season 1 Episode 3
When the Enterprise finds a distress signal from the S.S. Valiant, the crew heads into an anomaly to investigate why the Captain had chosen to destroy his own ship. The anomaly changes Gary Mitchell and the crew is forced to deal with his increasing ESP powers.
The Enemy Within
The Enemy Within
Acura_Max
Acura_Max
The Enemy Within: Season 1 Episode 5
Captain Kirk is split into aggressive and timid copies in a transporter mishap.
Who Mourns for Adonais?
Who Mourns for Adonais?
etragedy
etragedy
Who Mourns for Adonais?: Season 2 Episode 2
The Enterprise is held captive by a being claiming to be the ancient Greek god Apollo.
Friday's Child
Friday's Child
etragedy
etragedy
Friday's Child: Season 2 Episode 11
The USS Enterprise has been ordered to Capella IV to negotiate a mining contract for topeline, a mineral vital to life support systems of planetoid colonies. But when the crew beam down they discover that the Klingons have beat them to the planet. Kirk, Spock and Bones must try to secure the treaty, but the Klingon culture is much closer to that of the Capellans.
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Hello everyone and welcome to the first of what hope to be a series of blogs on Valvrave the Liberator. The purpose of this blog is to promote discussion and to promote viewing of this series if it is very good. Before I begin talking about the series, I should first explain what drew me into the series.

For one thing, the anime series was produced by Sunrise Studios, a studio well known for its Gundam Franchise and for Code Geass. Since I had seen at least 4 Gundam series and both seasons of Code Geass, naturally I was interested. Although I have mixed feelings about the most recent Gundam series, I did enjoy Code Geass and was curious to see what they were going to do this time since the studio would not have to be restrained to the Gundam universe and tropes.

Episode 1 - Revolutionary Transfer Student

Valvrave the Liberator starts off with your typical Mecha anime series set up. In fact the episode mostly plays out like a typical Gundam episode; this is not surprising since this was produced by Sunrise Studios. There are two fractions making war with each other. In the middle of this conflict, there protagonist's home is attacked by one of the fractions and he ultimately chooses the side that does not slaughter the people in his city. In this case, there is a third neutral country that is caught up in the midst in the warring factions and the protagonist is situated in this country called Jior.

An eating contest to decide who gets to use the track. Isn't that counterproductive?
An eating contest to decide who gets to use the track. Isn't that counterproductive?

The episode beings with a food eating contest between our protagonist Haruto and his friend Shoko to decide who will use the track. The goal of the contest does not matter as much as the reactions of the contestants to the outcome of the match. Haruto, who loses to Shoko, laments that he had never even wanted to participate in the contest in the first place. It is during that moment that we learn that our protagonist is a bit of a wimp and the anime emphasizes that trait. We see that Haruto is passive in everything he does and does not do. When confronted by Shoko as to why he is too passive, Haruto simply answers that he wishes for a world where there is no winning and losing and where everyone could have share happiness. Haruto's answer then provokes L-elf, who takes offense at such a statement, as implied in the posters, L-elf will be foil to Haruto's character in the same way that Athrun was to Kira in Gundam Seed. L-elf is practically the polar opposite of Haruto in every. Unlike Haruto, he's part of an elite group in the Dorssian Military Pact Federation, which is as far from Haruto's peace loving hippie philosophy as you can get short of turning into Hitler. When he talks, there is not only more assertive voice, but one that commands a person's attention. L-elf is so different from Haruto that he even punches him for having a different opinion.

Unrequited love?
Unrequited love?

After the incident with L-elf, the rest of episode consists of Haruto spending time with Shoko and showing the audience how the elite Dorssian insurgent group had managed to bring the Valvrave to the surface of the Dylson Sphere. For the most part, the series tries to get the audience to connect with Shoko so the audience will actually care when they "kill" her at the end. For me, the scene where Shoko "dies" was pretty effective because I did not suspect that the series was building up to the death of a character because that usually never happens in a story.

For those who have seen a Gundam episode before, you will instantly recognize some familiar tropes. For example, there's a scene where one of characters is completely "destroyed" by a laser, and the remaining characters mourn by wondering where the "dead" character was before he or she is disintegrated by a laser. There's also a point where the hero is forced to pilot the new experimental machine in order to protect his friends and city. However, Haruto's motives for getting into the mech differ when compared to other pilots. In his case, he is piloting the robot to get revenge instead of protecting his friends. The episode also differs from the real robot genre in that the series does not explain how Haruto is able to pilot the mech so effectively or if the mech is controlling its actions for him. This is a huge departure for a franchise that made its tent pole franchise by focusing on making their series more realistic. The bits of fan service littered through some parts of the episode were also distracting. For example, there is a scene where the hero is attacked and the scene cuts to a part where a girl grabs the breast of the girl next to her for no particular reason other than to distract the viewer from the action.

For the most part, I enjoyed the first episode of Valvrave. Even with some of its missteps, the climax at the end is enjoyable and action packed. The mech designs are creative and the animation is not distracting. The cliffhanger at the end also compels me to at least take a look at the second episode despite the funny sound effect that goes with it. All in all, I would say that the first episode is worth a look whether you're a fan of the genre or not.

For more discussion of Valvrave, check out the discussion page.

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Every year when the cherry blossoms bloom, the internet holds an online film festive where everyone watches a film(s) by Makoto Shinkai. This year, Crunchyroll will once again stream all of the Shinkai films excluding the one that's about to be released. This event will start on Friday, March 15 and will end on Sunday, March 17. The films that will be streaming are: 5 Centimeters Per Second, Voices of a Distant Star, The Place Promised in Our Early Days, and the Children Who Chase Lost Voices. All of the following summaries are provided by Crunchyroll. You can access all the movies tomorrow using this link.

Voices of a Distant Star

It is 2046 when a mysterious alien force begins their annihilation of the human race. Leaving behind the one person she loves, Mikako joins the interstellar battle as a pilot. As Mikako flies further into space, her only connection with Noboru are text messages sent from her mobile phone. And so - while Mikako risks her life to save mankind - Noboru waits. At first days, then months, then years for each new message that will let him know whether Mikako is still alive. And, while she barely grows older in the timelessness of space, Noboru ages. The two lovers, worlds apart, desperately strive to remain connected as the gap between them widens at a frightening pace.

The Place Promised in Our Early Days

In school, they were best friends. And they shared two passions: the plane they built together, christened Bela Cielo, and a girl. Sayuri.
Oblivious to the tense internation environment, the three form an indelible bond and it seems nothing can ever come between them and their dream. The boys believe that someday they will reach the distant tower - and touch Sayuri's heart- however far away it may be.
But time passes. War esclates. Alliances are changed. Friends become enemies. And Sayuri falls into a dreamlike state that seems inexplicably linked to the mysterious tower of their youth. At the brink of a World War, Sayuri seems to be the key to a new world peace...or a frightening and bitter end to life as we know it.

5 Centimeters Per Second

Tohno Takaki and Shinohara Akari are two classmates in an elementary school. During their time together they have become close friends. Their relationship is tested when Akari transfers to another city because of her parents' jobs. Both of them struggle to keep their friendship alive as time and distance slowly pulls them apart. When Takaki finds out that he is moving farther away, he decides to visit Akari one last time.

Children Who Chase Voices

When she hears a strange song from a crystal radio, Asuna tunes into more than just a magical stream of music. Soon, she is transported to a mysterious world where mythical beasts roam and brave warriors fight for their lives. Agartha is a land of breathtaking beauty and unimaginable danger - a place where, it is believed, even the dead can be brought back to life. But at what cost?Every year when the cherry blossoms bloom, the internet holds an online film festive where everyone watches a film(s) by Makoto Shinkai. This year, Crunchyroll will once again stream all of the Shinkai films excluding the one that's about to be released. This event will start on Friday, March 15 and will end on Sunday, March 17. The films that will be streaming are: 5 Centimeters Per Second, Voices of a Distant Star, The Place Promised in Our Early Days, and the Children Who Chase Lost Voices. All of the following summaries are provided by Crunchyroll.
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