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Chinese animation has come a long way from Little Nezha (1979). We now see stuff like Fire Ball: Journey to the West (2005), and Storm Rider: Clash of the Evils (2008). Or even the wonderful 2nd Life (2008) short from L-Key Animation.

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Chinese animation seems to perpetually revisit the same Monkey King centric themes, if it isn't another re-invention of Journey to the West, then it's some variation on the 108 Heroes from the Water Margin, a modern take on the Superiormen of Fengshin Yanyi, yet another version of the Ten Brothers legend, or some other beaten to death Wuxia story.


                                                                                                                        Fire Ball:Journey to the West (2005)   

                                                                                                                       Storm Rider: Clash of the Evils (2008)

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And of course what feature on chinese animation would be complete without Legend 333 (2010) from Vasoon Animation, the guys who are also bringing us Ksitigarbha, and Deity Hunters.


                                                                                                                                        Legend 333 (2010)

I'm keeping my eyes open, for any new and interesting bits of animation from Asia. I'm still waiting for India to step up to the plate in a meaningful way. And no India, Koochie Koochie Hota Hain does not count, I get douche chills every time I see that trailer. It's Roadside Romeo all over again. Make more references to shitty obscure Bollywood actors why don't you.

Manhua is what the Chinese call their brand of manga, bring it together with Gerry Anderson's Supermarionation, and you get Manhuanimation. They come together like Voltron!

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This is the All books will complete their cycle of life and begin anew, with digital readers supplanting their use, the crushed fibers of mighty trees will nurture fresh growth of the simple seedling.

I really liked the quote , and image from this story on Gizmodo. Manga volumes repurposed as planters just works for me.I used to have twelve issue deep stacks of Shonen Jump around the place (the bathroom) back when I first got into Naruto.

And speaking of Shonen Manga, Stan Lee and Akatsuki Yamatoya  present the brilliant new manga and anime series Heroman. I was shocked at how old fashioned and just plain good this series is, the stoic Heroman robot reminds me a lot of  Giant Robo from the OVA DVD set I have buried in storage somewhere around here. (Biggu Faia!) The Heroman manga is published by Shonen Gangan, both the manga and the anime are put together by the Bones studio.   

    A typical page from Seikon No Qwaser 
   A typical page from Seikon No Qwaser 

As for Milk Sickness, watch out for that bad soma. I nominate Seikon No Qwaser for "most disturbing titty fetish semi-loli hentai". Seikon No Qwaser is about "Qwasers" telekinetics who each can manipulate a single compound from the periodic table, but in order to do so they require fresh breast milk, which they call soma. That's right, I shit you not. The guys who created this series have possibly stumbled upon the golden mean for erosploitation. This isn't even at the admittedly low yet decent quality level of an Amaenaideyo!!, or Dance in the Vampire Bund. This is Ladies vs Butlers! styled excess without means. These guys are not even trying to give you a story, it's just titty sucking, angst, repetitive action scene, mild lesbianism, disturbing loli sado-masochism, and barebones plot.

"Science gets more fun when I get a bigger gun!" Kari Byron, Mythbusters. Watch it here.

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I feel that Highschool of the Dead by Daisuke Sato and Shouji Sato is some that good shit. Animated psychotropes coming out of 21st century Japan that kick you straight in the brainsticles through your optic nerves, like pixelated DMT. Highschool of the Dead is one of the most enjoyable new anime series I've seen this summer, because of the zombie gore factor, slow moving zombies, and the fact that they stick very closely to zombie lore.  (except for a compressed zombie infection/revival time) I've always believed though that depending on when and how they died, some zombies would start out fast and then get slower with time.


 Another standout series this season is Tomohiko Oto's Occult Academy, produced by A-1 Pictures. See the Occult Academy trailer here

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