Here in the Western civilization, there have been remarkable manga adaptions for public domain material like Shakespeare's plays and for some strange reason the Star Wars saga and Star Trek. Anyway, I figured that manga fans should experience a popular character who has been around for over 50's in books and films with daring and exciting tales of adventure and espionage. Ladies and gentlemen, on her majesty's secret service, I give you....Bond, James Bond...Agent 007.
To all major Asian culture/mythology/astrology fans, if you have watched certain anime shows then you probably have notice the inspiration behind most of them. For example, we can not have Dragonball and Shinzo without Journey to the West. Well I have discovered another famous piece of Asian culture that has inspired anime...the Four Symbols.
According to Chinese Astrology, four mythloical creatures - the Azure Dragon of the East (Qinglong/Seiryu), the Vermillion Bird of the South (Zhuque/Suzuka), the White Tiger of the West (Baihu/Byakko), and the Black Tortoise of the North (Xuanwu/Genbu) - represent a direction (like on a compass) and a season (dragon = spring, bird = summer, tiger = fall, and tortoise = winder) as well as their own individual characteristics and origins. In China, some say that they correspond with the 5 Elements (dragon = wood, bird= fire, tiger = metal, tortoise = water, and the center = earth). There is also a 5th beast - The Yellow Dragon of the Center (Huáng-lóng/Kirin). In Japan, they are known as Four Guardian Spirits of Kyoto (and the 5th beast doesn't exist). So how many anime shows were inspired by this concept? Here's the known list:
(If I missed any, please inform me. Thank you.)
To anyone who is a Martian Successor Nadesico fan (especially Japanese fans), I am from America and have been puzzled about something. Between the end of the series and the anime movie, apparently there was some information between the two about what happened to Akito, Yurika, and Ruri in the three years prior to the movie. Apparently there was an explanation on what happened in a video game frpm the 1990's called "Nadesico: The Blank of Three Years". According to my sources, the game was never translated and released outside Japan. All I want to know if the information of this video game is true.
ALSO, I have unearthed some video clips (there only in Japanese). If you can help with translation, please do so. Thank You.
With the Star Wars franchise already currently still rolling with its CLONE WARS series on Cartoon Network and the future of a 7TH film on the way, I wanna ask anyone here about a new direction: WILL THERE EVER BE A STAR WARS ANIME? There already has been STAR WARS MANGA, so why not an ANIME series. Here's an example done by a fan (NOT me, but someone else):
Back in the late 90's/early 2000's, Cartoon Network's Toonami showed "Tenchi Muyo!" - a show that had at the time 3 installments...all revivesed and changing character histories. Talking about the first installment, the family tree seemed confusing...and now that thanks to the show "Tenchi Muyo! GXP", the family tree become MORE COMPLEX:
There is more missing, including the characters from GXP (like Seina Yamada and his wives):
If there is anyone out there who understands the family tree dynamics from Tenchi Muyo!, please tell me...