amp___seeker_of_lost_knowledge (Level 13)

Last day of Summer Vacation and soon I will probably be facing my last college semester.
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I may not be a huge fan of Akira, but I would like to take a moment and discuss something that just popped into my head. Akira, created on December 20 1982 to June 25 1990 by Katsuhiro Otomo is a story about a secret military project threatening the destruction of Neo-Tokyo when it turns a biker gang member into a rampaging psionic psychopath, who can only be stopped by his best friend, a young woman, and a group of psionic children. Somewhere in the beginning of the story before all hell breaks loose with crazy psychics, there is a battle between two biker gangs: The Capsules and The Clowns. Something about bikers with make-up reminded me of another group of a similar background NOT from manga or anime. Here in the USA, we have a lot of pop-culture icons like Superman, Bugs Bunny, Micky Mouse, Spider-man, and of course Batman. Batman in particular has grown a lot of movies and TV shows (both live action and animated). One particular Batman animated show brings to my attention: Batman Beyond. From January 10 1999 to December 18 2001, the show depicting a teenager, Terry McGinnis, as a new Batman in a futuristic Gotham City under the tutelage of an elderly Bruce Wayne as he fought old foes and newer threats. One of these new threats in Gotham was a street gang called The Jokerz who take their inspiration from Batman's arch-nemesis The Joker.

The Clowns from Akira
The Clowns from Akira
The Jokerz from Batman Beyond
The Jokerz from Batman Beyond

In spite of some creative genius, it would appear that Batman Beyond rip-off Akira for using [biker] clowns in a dystopian future. The only difference, other than honoring Gotham's Clown Prince of Crime, is that the Akira Clowns are R-rated criminals and the Jokerz are PG-rated criminals. Results may vary. Who out here thinks about this discovery?

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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.

James Bond, Agent 007
James Bond, Agent 007
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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.

The Four Symbols
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:

  1. Shinzo: Although the story was inspired by Journey to the West, the characters were inspired by the Four Symbols: Mursha = Bird, Sago = Dragon, Kutal = Tiger, and Bika = Tortoise (kinda).
  2. Digimon Tamers: Withing the 2nd half of the show, a group of evil Digimon calling themselves the Devas, who, serving the Digimon Sovereigns (also based on the four symbols), believe that true Digimon shouldn't pair up with humans (it is later revealed they were actually misguided). The Digimon Sovereign are named after their Chinese names. There is also a 5th Digimon that supervises the others...which is sort of explained in Digimon Frontiers.
Digimon Sovereign ( Ebonwumon, Baihumon, Zhuqiaomon, Azulongmon, and Fanglongmon)
Digimon Sovereign ( Ebonwumon, Baihumon, Zhuqiaomon, Azulongmon, and Fanglongmon)
  1. Yu Yu Hakusho: Within the first season, there was a third storyline called "The Saint Beasts", where Yusuke and Kuwabara travel to demon world with Kurama and Hiei to stop the Four (Saint) Beasts from invading the human world. They are villains in the show, AND are given there Japanese names than their Chinese names.
The Four (Saint) Beasts (Seiryu the Blue Dragon, Byakko the White Tiger, Suzaku the Lightning Phoenix, and Genbu the Stone Turtle)
The Four (Saint) Beasts (Seiryu the Blue Dragon, Byakko the White Tiger, Suzaku the Lightning Phoenix, and Genbu the Stone Turtle)

(If I missed any, please inform me. Thank you.)

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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.

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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):

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