Trigun News

Trigun is a franchise comprised of 1 movie, 1 anime series, 3 manga series
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I have to say i am surprised by how much i loved this series. I was skeptical at first because of how OLD Trigun is. I was drawn to it because it is the first anime i have ever seen take place in an old western setting. Plus i rarely watch anime about action heroes that use guns to execute impressive feats.

I was surprised by the quality of this show, certainly i can see why many that watched in its time rate it so highly. Someone should reanimte this show.

THE PLOT:>

The story takes place on a deserted planet in the far future with the human population scattered through out the dry globe. Two girls, insurance agents have been tasked with what could be the most dangerous assignment of their lives, to locate and trail the legendary villain Vash the stampede.

A miscreant so vile that he has accumulated an awe striking bounty of $$60,000,000,000, Vash the stamped has been nicknamed the humanoid typhoon for this legendary destructive tendencies, believed to possess so much skill and power in his two revolvers as to have leveled several a city in his time, similarly responsible for the deaths of countless innocents.

Vash's actions have as of late cost the insurance company a considerable amount of money in compensation, so much so that they have taken it upon themselves to have two of their best agents tail Vash around and make certain that he keeps his destructive tendencies to a minimum.

But with a target as volatile as Vash, an individual for whom several towns will issue evacuation orders at the mere mention of his approach, what chance do two field inexperienced insurance girls stand...

MY REVIEW:>

I was surprised by Trigun. A few episodes in i was suspicious as to whether i would be able to progress further in the story considering just how old this anime was. One episode in i couldn't get over just how old the animation looked.

Considering how many times i have attempted to convince myself that my tastes revolve around story and character quality and take little interest in the animation quality, i couldn't avoid considering how old and aged this anime looked.

It wasn't just the animation though; everything just seemed way too old, the sorts of the characters' names used, back stories displayed- the overall structure of arcs and plots, even the finales of certain story lines and messages put across seemed dated and over used.

Which makes sense, after all this anime ended in 1998. That doesn't mean that this wasn't quality story telling. I can see why so many older anime fans would gush over this anime; chances are Trigun could be accurately described as the naruto, one piece or even bleach of the old days.

I struggled to get into it however, especially in the beginning. I wrapped up the first ten episodes of Trigun last year and i didn't make a move to start the second part of the series until two weeks ago.

So in case i am not making my point clear, THIS IS A REALLY OLD ANIME, or at least it felt like it to me.

Now that i have finished the series though, i am glad i stuck to it. There was a point during the story where i stopped and realized that for a while now, i had been enjoying rather than tolerating the told series. The story is told in a basic linear manner; Vash goes around from town to town making a fool of himself, eventually running into trouble and doing his best to bring the chaos to a peaceful end

whilst ensuring that all involved, including the bad guys, come out safe and sound.

Vash the stamped makes up a large part of the charm of this anime. Whenever a crisis is resolved, you usually gain a deeper understanding of why he is called the humanoid typhoon. Sure he doesn't mean for it to happen, but rarely does an crisis resolve without some sort of catastrophic occurrence taking place.

In some cases entire towns have been wiped off the map during one of Vash's escapades. None the less the series allows you a glimpse into the mind and heart of a man blamed for so much evil but who could inherently be the most innocent man on the planet.

It is an intriguing story told through the eyes of the insurance agents, Milly and Meryl. They, through each adventure they follow him through, begin to peel away Vash's layers, revealing the inner guey core and the demons that haunt him.

Actually Trigun could be viewed as a rather sad story. Well, i was more inclined to view the story as rather foolish and illogical, because it follows the life of a man who will not kill no matter the situation, even when it means that others will suffer. But as time goes by, as we learn of who Vash is and what he has gone through, it doesn't seem so foolish that he would wish to save every life he comes across.

The first time we along with Milly and Meryl, finally realize the true impact of Vash's altruistic intentions on his physical being, it is quite shocking. I think that was when i first began paying attention to the show, when Vash took his shirt off.

After this episode and a couple of more, Vash started coming off as less of a stubborn naive soul and more of a human (sort of) determined to follow through with the teachings of the only family he ever knew.

Last week when i did the Karas review, i compared Karas to batman. Vash can be compared to superman. If their is one thing that many in the comics have said about Clark, it is that he may be an alien, but he represents the best of humanity.

This is what Vash becomes by the end. He doesn't refuse to see humanity's flaws. But no matter how much abuse they aim at him, he will not stop protecting them, with his life and well being if it requires it.

Looking at it that way, the story takes on a more complex structure. Because even the most basic shonen type episodes and arcs had some lesson to teach about the intrisnsic human spirit, its flaws and strengths and further revealed to us who Vash was.

I think Vash and Woolfwood are my favorite team of anime characters, secondly only to Kilua and Gon from Hunter x Hunter. Wolfwood is the very opposite of Vash. A traveling priest with a massive cross shaped gun, he is the anti Vash in a way.

Sure he isn't cold blooded, but he believes in the 'kill or be killed' creed. He will kill without a shred of guilt but each time he takes a life, he does so to safe guard an innocent life back home. I enjoyed watching this two squabble about the right thing in battle and vash's attempt to change Wolf wood's ways.

I for one blame Vash for what happened to Wolfwood, or maybe i should blame wolfwood for allowing Vash's teachings to creep past his armor. He was an awesome Trigun character along with Milly, the super strong girl who, though coming off as thick headed, was actually smarter than them all combined.

It was fun watching her drop hints about secrets and give sage advice camouflaged as some light remark of little importance.

Trigun is a surprisingly deep story with a lot to say about its characters. There are a surprising number of

twists in the story, especially about who Vash actually is, his arch nemesis Knives and the truth about how humanity came to live on that planet.

As one would expect for a series this old, the action is...actually okay. I can see how some people would have been blown away 10 years ago, but for anime this old, the action is actually not bad. At the very least it gets the point across about how bad ass a gunslinger Vash is.

I Surprisingly loved the music, it was so subtle as to not be noticeably, but did a lot to accentuate the old western feel of the series.

RATING:> 4/5, it had its flaws, but trigun is a must watch for any anime fans. It is funny, especially Vash and his silly antics, with a deep story and decent action for an anime decades old.

Trigun is the 26 episode anime production of Madhouse, running from April 1998 to September of the same year. The anime was adapted from the manga by Yasuhiro Nightow that premiered in the shonen captain magazine in 1996, jumping to the magazine Young King Ours after the closure of its previous home in 1997, and continuing its run under the title "Trigun Maximum" until 2008.

Yasuhiro is responsible for creating the story and characters of the third person shooter video game Gungrave (not a fan of the anime series). The Trigun manga's 44 chapters have been published by the western comics company, Dark horse.

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Upon many growing email requests for a “Must see before you die Anime & Manga list” I thought I’d go a second round and give a more thorough look into title recommendations for both mediums

Alright so, from weeks of deliberation with my various fellow Otaku brethren on and off the podcast as well as through some extensive research from the likes of ANN, ANIMENFO, ANIDB & MYANIMELIST what I have cooked up here folks is an updated and rebooted list of MUST SEE ANIME & MANGA TITLES…for almost anybody open to the mediums…fanboys and newbies alike!

Now generally speaking these kinds of suggestive lists typically highlight some of the most agreed upon classics most fans would have already known about but let’s be honest here, no matter how impartial and objective you try to be with these things there is always bound to be someone else out there who will find fault or even claim bias on the chosen selection…and that is perfectly fine…..in fact it would be dumb not to be expected

These kinds of lists should be seen as more of a guideline / gap filler into the best or even possibly the overlooked gems that the medium’s have had to offer and as such it can be very helpful for quite a few folks

I’ve tried to generate this list based in terms of agreed quality first and foremost not just on accumulative popularity which is why some of the more obvious long running shows will not be on this list at all, however for this list I’ve tried to stick with titles that have more or less finished their story run – giving you the opportunity to make your own final open and shut case point about each title…..for the most part

This time around I’ve tried to keep it a little bit more varied in terms of genre and target demographic, ya know, so people can pick out something that may be of a particular taste to em

This list is NOT in any particular order

* THE ANIME LIST *

Neon Genesis Evangelion
Action, Dementia, Drama, Mecha, Sci-Fi, Psychological

Gurren Lagann
Action, Comedy, Mecha, Sci-Fi

Cowboy Bebop
Action, Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Sci-Fi, Space

Fullmetal Alchemist 2003 & Brotherhoood
Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, Magic, Military

Death Note
Mystery, Supernatural, Police, Psychological, Thriller

Samurai Champloo
Adventure, Comedy, Samurai

Samurai X (Rurouni Kenshin: Trust & Betrayal)
Action, Historical, Martial Arts, Samurai, Romance

BERSERK
Action, Adventure, Demons, Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Romance, Supernatural, Military

Basilisk
Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Historical, Samurai, Romance, Supernatural

Trigun
Action, Comedy, Sci-Fi

Vision of Escaflowne
Adventure, Fantasy, Mecha, Romance

Zegapain
Action, Mecha, Romance, Sci-Fi

Code Geass
Action, Mecha, School, Sci-Fi, Super Power, Military

Eureka Seven
Adventure, Drama, Mecha, Romance, Sci-Fi

Welcome to the NHK
Comedy, Drama, Romance, Psychological

Haibane Renmei
Drama, Fantasy, Slice of Life

FLCL
Action, Comedy, Dementia, Mecha, Parody, Sci-Fi

Madoka Magica
Drama, Magic, Psychological, Thriller

Baccano
Action, Supernatural

Moribito
Adventure, Fantasy

Last Exile
Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

Paradise Kiss
Comedy, Drama, Romance, Slice of Life, Fashion

Blue Gender
Adventure, Drama, Horror, Mecha, Romance, Sci-Fi, Space, Military

Mushishi
Adventure, Mystery, Fantasy, Supernatural

* MANGA LIST *

AKIRA
Cyberpunk, Science fiction, Thriller

Battle Angel Alita
Cyberpunk, Science fiction, Action

Battle Royale
Dystopian, Thriller, Horror, Alternative history

20th Century Boys
Science fiction, Mystery

Rurouni Kenshin
Action, Historical, Martial Arts, Samurai, Romance

Nausicaa
Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, Science Fiction

GANTZ
Action, Science fiction, Horror, Thriller

Great Teacher Onizuka
Comedy-drama, School, Slice of Life

Eden: It's an Endless World
Action, Cyberpunk

Kare Kano
Comedy, Drama, Romance, School-Life

Holyland
Action, Drama, Martial Arts, Psychological

Legend of the Strongest Man Kurosawa
Action, Comedy, Drama, Psychological

The Breaker
Martial Arts, Drama, Romance

Mirai Nikki
Action, Psychological, Romance, Supernatural, Survival Horror, Suspense

JoJo's Bizarre Adventure
Action, Adventure, Horror, Supernatural, Suspense

BAKUMAN
Slice-of-life, Comedy-Drama, Romance

Our Happy Hours
Drama, Romance, Slice of Life, Psychological

Hotel
Action, Drama, Fantasy, Romance, Sci-Fi, Psychological

MONSTER
Mystery, Drama, Psychological

Phoenix
Drama, Fantasy, Historical, Romance, Sci-Fi, Space, Supernatural, Psychological

Akumetsu
Action, Drama, Police, Psychological, Thriller

Hoshi no Koe
Drama, Mecha, Romance, Sci-Fi

PLUTO
Action, Mystery, Sci-Fi

Yokohama Shopping Log
Drama, Sci-Fi, Slice of Life

Blade of the Phantom Master
Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, Historical, Supernatural

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It took me awhile to write and edit, but I have finally gotten my content all together and have wrapped up writing most of my experiences at this year's FanimeCon 2011 in San Jose, Califorina. In this first of two segments that highlights my four days of wandering around, taking photos, and interviewing people for this feature, I will discuss what I saw at FanimeCon cosplay-wise, from the basic cosplayers to the elaborate cosplays that left people standing there in amazement. In addition, I have two of the interviews that I conducted for this feature, as well as some cosplay photos that I took during my travels around the San Jose Convention Center over the four-day duration of FanimeCon. I hope that you enjoy reading this feature as much as I did writing about my experiences.

One of many awesome, elaborate cosplays that I came across at FanimeCon 2011 xD
One of many awesome, elaborate cosplays that I came across at FanimeCon 2011 xD

Introduction

This year, I was able to make the pilgrimage from my hometown of Chico, California down to San Jose for FanimeCon 2011, which ran from Thursday, May 27th until Monday, May 30th at the San Jose Convention Center in downtown San Jose. From the moment I first reached the Convention Center at roughly 11:30 AM Friday morning until I got on the 12:50 PM AMTRAK train back to Sacramento on Monday, I was amazed and thrilled to be surrounded by roughly 15,000 or more fellow anime/manga fans doing what they do best: partaking in four days of Con madness. I was surrounded by a horde of people, ranging from photographers to cosplayers to members of the media and everything in between as FanimeCon 2011 officially got underway at 2:00 PM Friday with the Opening Ceremonies. Armed with my 2009 Canon Rebel XSi D-SLR camera, a pair of 18-55mm and 55-250mm lenses, and two 8GB memory cards that could hold 1,350 images apiece, I set forth into the masses and began my 4-day adventure at FanimeCon 2011, taking cosplay images, conducting interviews, and helping my new friend (and fellow photographer) Sam Lau with his photoshoots outside of the Convention Center with dozens of cosplayers.

Two of the many Black Butler-related cosplays seen at FanimeCon 2011 (Grell and Ciel)
Two of the many Black Butler-related cosplays seen at FanimeCon 2011 (Grell and Ciel)

Cosplay at FanimeCon: From the Basic to the Amazing!

When I attended the opening day of FanimeCon 2010 last year (from 8 AM until 2:30 PM), I managed to walk around the Convention Center taking images of various cosplayers that were making the rounds of the area before I had to leave. This year, I decided to employ the same strategy that I had used for the 6 hours of the previous year, by making constant loops of the 1st floor, 2nd floor, and outside of the Convention Center, taking images of any cosplay that captured my attention or was worthy of being captured with my camera. This year, I began to notice after several hours that there were a ton of VOCALOID, One Piece, Black Butler, and various Final Fantasy cosplays (ranging from FFV all the way to FFXIII) at FanimeCon to behold, and they seemed to be the most popular series/franchises to cosplay as this year. I lost count of how many different cosplays from different series that I came across, but I am quite sure that it was quite a high number in the end. Some of the best cosplays that I came across were from the VOCALOID, Eureka 7, One Piece, Black Butler, Final Fantasy, Puella Magi Madoka★Magica, Code Geass, Street Fighter, Rozen Maiden, and other franchises that I could not name (not familiar with them)

One of the many cosplayers participating in a photoshoot (Cosplaying as Luka Megurine of the VOCALOID franchise)
One of the many cosplayers participating in a photoshoot (Cosplaying as Luka Megurine of the VOCALOID franchise)

In addition, the types of cosplay that I came across at FanimeCon were quite amazing, from the basic cosplays that new cosplayers or low-budget cosplayers donned for convention all the way to the elaborate, high budget cosplays that had photographers swarming them like flies, all trying to capture images of their amazing cosplay from whatever series/franchise it was from. There were dozens of scheduled cosplayer gatherings being held at FanimeCon, which allowed for a large number of cosplayers dressed as the characters of their favorite franchises to participate in mass photoshoots and to interact with each other under the leadership of the leader of their gathering. I managed to attend 5 gatherings (VOCALOID, Pokemon, K-ON!, Valve, and Black Butler) at FanimeCon this year, taking image of the large number of cosplayers that participated in each of their respective gatherings. One of the people that I managed to interview for my feature was the leader of the VOCALOID gathering that was held on Friday at 5:30 PM, and our brief interview is as follows:

Here is Chirstina, cosplaying as Hatsune Miku and leader of the VOCALOID gathering at FanimeCon 2011.
Here is Chirstina, cosplaying as Hatsune Miku and leader of the VOCALOID gathering at FanimeCon 2011.

ShadowKnight508: So, what got you into cosplaying at FanimeCon?

Christina: Just going to the convention and seeing the cosplays and like "That looks like fun!" *laughs*

ShadowKnight508: So, what got you into cosplaying as VOCALOID?

Christina: Um, I dunno...I just love Miku, she's a great character. Um, I'm not really sure...she is just like my favorite, so....*laughs*

ShadowKnight508: So, what was your budget and what was the effort needed for your cosplay?

Christina: Um...budget was about...I wanna say around $200+. Um, it was originally about...maybe I think $75 for the wig and like $80 for the cosplay itself plus shipping, so and then I added on props later, so that total is around $50 or so.

ShadowKnight508: Thanks for participating, Christina! Enjoy the rest of your Con!

Working with Sam Lau (Cosplay.com)

Around 2 PM on Friday afternoon at FanimeCon 2011, I came across a Sucker Punch photoshoot that featured a Babydoll and other cosplays from the film. As one of the cosplayers posed with a rifle on a bike, the wind began to swirl quite strongly, sending one of the reflector screens that one photographer had set up flying. I grabbed onto it and put it back in place, holding it still until he was finished. After the shoot was over, he introduced himself to me as Sam Lau, a photographer from Toronto, Canada who was attending FanimeCon 2011 to take images for his profile on Cosplay.com. I decided that he was a neat guy to hang around with, so I asked if I could become his assistant/partner for the day. He agreed, and from that point on, I was assisting him with his photoshoots for the remaining three days of the convention. We took many images as a team, with me assisting him in his shots by holding/angling the light reflecting screen or holding the screen with a Pocket Wizard-enabled flash for additional lighting. While he packed up after he had finished, I would take my quick shots of the subject and then proceed off with Sam to find the next cosplayer to shoot. We spent the most time with a Sailor Mercury cosplayer (Sailor Moon), taking her images at the fountains at the Cesar Chavez Memorial Park and in the one fancy area of the hotel that Sam was staying at.

His images (which turned out much better, due to his impressive Nikon camera and incredible lenses), can be found on Cosplay.com under Baron Karza, his profile name.

Over the 4 days we worked together, we took images of at least 60 different cosplayers, most of which had some stunning outfits or amazing props to go with their cosplay. Below are some of the many cosplay photos that I took at FanimeCon 2011 this year. The rest (meaning the other 150 or so) can be found on my DeviantArt profile (which will be linked down below the images):

Overall, my experience at FanimeCon 2011 was a great one, for spending almost four days engulfed by all things anime/manga with over 15,000 people is nothing short of epic. I took roughly 500 images at FanimeCon, with around 280 of them turning out to be the best of the bunch, so those 280 or so are being uploaded onto my DeviantArt account (around 70% of them are loaded up as we speak). In part two of my feature on my trip to FanimeCon 2011, I will post the other three interviews that I managed to conduct, more cosplay images, photos from several of the gatherings, my Con pass, the FanimeCon 2011 guidebook, and show the band of religious protestors that show up and heckled the con attendees (which led to some funny moments with cosplayers mocking them, horsing around them until the cops showed up, and ended with a Jesus cosplayer walking in front of their group, arms spread wide and looking towards the heavens as the crowds cheered him on).

ShadowKnight's DeviantArt Profile: http://www.shadowknight508.deviantart.com

*ShadowKnight508 is a frequent user of AnimeVice, with almost 24,000 Wiki points worth of work to his name and many blogs to his credit. You can find him watching anime, taking photos, gaming, or working on the Honey Blonde/Maid Bride wiki pages.*

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 This is a list of classic anime, that I believe make anime popular
5.
 Dragon Ball Z

 
I have to say Dragon Ball is one of the most influential anime on its genre (shonen). Its mindless fighting and its flashing colors, make anybody get hype up for the next episode.  A must see for new anime fans, that like mindless action
 
4.

 Trigun
 Trigun
 
Trigun is about a man named Vash the Stampede and the two insurance employees who follow him around in order to minimize the damages inevitably caused by his appearance
An classic gunslinger anime. It have great voice acting, great story and great characters. A must see for new anime fans 
 
3. 

 Gundam Wing
 Gundam Wing
 
Gundam Wing plot is centers around a war between Earth and its colonies in SPACE!!
One of the best Mecha show around. If you like giant robot fighting, you'll like this and any other Gundam show
 
2.

 Cowboy Bebop
 Cowboy Bebop
 
Cowboy Bebop follows the misadventures and tragedies of a group of bounty hunters, traveling on their spaceship, the Bebop.
Cowboy Bebop is Cowboy Bebop what else I need to say. 
 
1.

 Akira
 Akira
 
Akira is set in a futuristic and post-war city, Neo-Tokyo, in 2019.
I don't really like Akira, but is still a must see if you are an anime fan  
 
This is what I think that make anime popular. What is your Milestone list? 
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Sorry, movies and manga are exempt. This list is for shows only. 
I have a number of critically acclaimed series in the on deck circle, so this list may change rapidly. Among those are Gurren Laggan, Darker than Black, Blade of the Immortal, Baccano, and Hetalia.

10. Yu Yu Hakusho
Yusuke > Toguro
Yusuke > Toguro

This is one of the shows that I credit for getting me in to anime. It is also probably the singular reason why I didn't develop a hate for dubs. Justin Cooks performance, in retrospect, singlehandedly made this show worthwhile. After trying to watch subs of this show I realized that without the Yusuke that Cook developed, Hakusho was just an exceedingly average shonen property. So thank you Justin Cook. (He also does a great job in the number one on this list)




9. Gundam Seed
Freedom = Best gundam ever
Freedom = Best gundam ever

Just ignore the whiny bitch that was Shinn in Gundam Seed Destiny. Gundam Seed was a perfect modernization of the original Gundam, containing both emotional complexity and fun, if not great mech fights. 






8. Cowboy Bebop
Ed for President
Ed for President

I'm well aware that Bebop would be on the very top of most peoples lists, and there is little question that it is a stepping stone in the medium. I didn't enjoy it as much as some of the other shows on this list, but that takes nothing away from what an achivement this show was, especially in its heyday. 





7. Gundam 08th MS Team
Short and sweet. Well, by short I mean dozens of meters tall
Short and sweet. Well, by short I mean dozens of meters tall

This is the first gundam that I watched after  the awesomeness that was Gundam Wing, and I was struck by the more serious tone and setting. It really showed me that anime could be more than just tournaments and energy attacks. I didnt realize until recently that I hadn't actually seen the end of the show, and proceeded to fix that. The ending was a little cliche, but that doesnt take away from the overall experience.





6. Bleach
As a shonen property, you could do much worse
As a shonen property, you could do much worse

Please dont hate me for including Bleach. I've been following (and loving) it ever since I saw the first preview in the american Shonen Jump, and the huge cast of characters seems like it was tailor built for me. There are few characters that I dont like, and soooo many that I love (as evidenced by my favorite characters list). The action is top notch, even if the animation isnt (the quality can be very sketchy). Besides all that, every once in a while the show has a good story, as exemplified by the betrayal of he who must not be named. But in the end, Bleach is all about the action and the characters.




5. Trigun
Finally, I'll own the series in a week or two
Finally, I'll own the series in a week or two

Trigun exemplifies what I look for in an Anime. A show focused on action, but with a good dose of humor thrown in, is a show on the fast track to my heart. The funnies may be laid on too thick for some people, but in my opinion, Vash has the perfect mix of nuttiness and awesomeness for a lead role. Its worth mentioning that he pretty much single-handedly carries this show, as there aren't a lot of recurring characters and the story, while interesting, isnt deep enough to justify the series. 





4. Fullmetal Alchemist
Also short (lol) and sweet
Also short (lol) and sweet

What hasn't been said about FMA? A cast of loveable characters, a mature storyline, high level animation, and a number of high level themes running throughout made this series a revolution in anime fandom a few years ago. The hoopala surrounding this show was bigger than any new series since FLCL, and the people involved (especially Vic Monaga) still garner huge lines and crowds at anime conventions. The new series follows the manga on which this series was based on more closely, but it will be interesting to see whether it can match the quality or fandom of the first edition. Also, HUUUGHESSSSSSSSS!!!!!  



3. Fate Stay Night
No, I haven't played the source material. Yet.
No, I haven't played the source material. Yet.

Looking back, I'm not sure why I love this one so much. The characters are good, but other than the few leads, none of them are fleshed out very much. The fights are great, but there aren't all that many of them. It looks very good (thank you Type Moon), but while I like nice visuals as much as anyone, it never makes a show good by itself. The best I can figure is that it's all thanks to the end. I wont spoil it for anyone, but it is a heartbreaker, or at least it was for me. 





2. Great Teacher Onizuka
I have a new idol
I have a new idol

I just watched this one this past week, and It was a ton of fun despite the outdated visuals. The audience for the series is treated to a maturation of a man through teaching his students and helping them solve their various problems. The students and staff dont make it easy for him and his unusual methods, but this former delinquent knows how to reach students who have lost trust in teachers. top notch character development combined with first class humor and the occasional suspenseful scene make this an instant favorite.



1. Beck: Mongolian Chop Squad
 Yes, his performance is better than Haruhis
 Yes, his performance is better than Haruhis
Maybe it's just my love for alternative music that makes me gush over this anime, but I see Beck: Mongolian Chop Squad as an achivement not just as an animation, but as a TV show in general. Throughout my viewing session (singular, because once I started watching it I couldn't stop), the cast constantly had me feeling a number of emotions, and I'd often come out of a scene realizing that I either had a great big smile or clinically depressed frown on my face. I nearly cried when Yukio spent months getting his borrowed guitar repaired, only for it to be destroyed again. I felt his pain when he went on stage and was betrayed by a rival. Between all of that, I laughed at Chiba's antics, and smiled when Yukio and Maho had their pool scene. The dub performance is extrordinary, with a number of characters played even better in the dub than in the sub (remember me talking about Justin Cook earlier? He plays the goofy grunge rocker Chiba, and excels). The music is so good that I have every track on my Ipod and listen to them regularly. On top of all of this, the story progression, character development, and ending, for lack of a better word, rock. There is no bad aspect to Beck: Mongolian Chop Squad. 







By the way, This Ugly Yet Beautiful World is the worst money that I ever spent.
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LOVE AND PEACE! ANIME EXPO® ANNOUNCES TRIGUN ANIME AND MANGA CREATOR
YASUHIRO NIGHTOW AND TRIGUN MOVIE DIRECTOR SATOSHI NISHIMURA AS OFFICIAL
2009 GUESTS OF HONOR

Shigeru Kitayama and Noriyuki Jinguji to Also Join Famed Manga-Ka and
Director as Industry Guests at Nation¹s Largest Anime and Manga Convention
for an Exclusive First Look Premiere of the Highly Anticipated TRIGUN Film

Anaheim, California (May 11, 2009) ‹ The staff that created the TRIGUN
anime, over 10 years ago, are reuniting at Anime Expo®! Anime Expo® is
proud to announce Mr. Yasuhiro Nightow and Mr. Satoshi Nishimura as an
official Guests of Honor of the nation¹s largest anime and manga convention
held July 2-5, 2009 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. More information
can be found on the website www.anime-expo.org <http://www.anime-expo.org> .

Mr. Nightow and Mr. Nishimura will be joined by two (2) additional members
of the highly anticipated 2009 slated TRIGUN movie team, Mr. Shigeru
Kitayama and Mr. Noriyuki Jinguji, for a TRIGUN movie panel in which they
will talk a bout the various behind-the-scene episodes, from days way back
when, and about the experiences they had while in the production stages of
the newest TRIGUN movie as well as key points regarding the upcoming film.

Mr. Yasuhiro Nightow has loved to draw manga since childhood. He continued
his creative passion well into his adult years in order to fill the ³holes²
of his life (i.e. what he wanted and couldn¹t get, what he wanted yet no one
had yet to create it, etc.). He debuted as a manga artist in 1994 with ³CALL
XXXX² published by Shueisha in Super Jump. Since then he has also created
the manga ³Samurai Spirits² which appeared in Tokuma Shoten¹s Family
Computer Magazine. In 1995, the manga ³Trigun² begain its serialization in
the Tokuma Shoten Shonen Captain magazine. The ³Trigun² manga title inspired
the television anime series of the same title and became highly popular in
the U.S.

Mr. Satoshi Nishimura is the director of the highly anticipated 2009 TRIGUN
movie and has worked on many huge and popular titles including ALIEN NINE,
BLACK LAGOON, CARDCAPTOR SAKURA, DRAGON BALL Z MOVIE 1: THE DEADZONE,
FIGHTING SPIRIT, FUTURE GPX CYBER FORMULA, GOKU: MIDNIGHT EYE, GUYVER: OUT
OF CONTROL, HAND MAID MAY, MASHIN EIYUDEN WATARU 2, MOBILE SUIT GUNDAM SEED,
PARADIS KISS, REVOLUTIONARY GIRL UTENA, RUROUNI KENSHIN, SAMURAI SHODOWN:
THE MOTION PICTURE, SHIN CHO BAKUMATSU SHONEN SEIKI TAKAMARU, STREET FIGHTER
ALPHA, TRIGUN and much more!

Mr. Nightow and Mr. Nishimura join Daisuke Ishiwatari, Toshimichi Mori,
Morning Musume and Kari Wahlgren as official Anime Expo® 2009 Guests of
Honor.

Attendees, Press and Industry Members are also encouraged to view the video
coverage site of the 2008 convention at www.AXBackstage.org
<http://www.AXBackstage.org> .

Red & Black Sponsors include: FUNimation, Silver Sponsors include: Anime
News Network and Digital Manga Press, Patron Sponsors include: COPIC,
Central Park Media and The Right Stuf, Media Sponsors include: ImaginAsian
TV, Animation Magazine, Anime Insider Magazine and Anime News Network.


About Anime Expo®
Located in Los Angeles, California - Anime Expo®, the nation¹s largest
anime/manga convention, serves to foster trade, commerce and the interests
of the general public and animation/ comics industry. This event serves as a
key meeting place for the general public to express their interest and
explore various aspects of anime/manga, as well as for members of the
industry to conduct business. AX 2009 will be held July 2 ­ July 5, 2009 at
the Los Angeles Convention Center in Southern California. More information
can be found at its website (www.anime-expo.org).

About Society for the Promotion of Japanese Animation
The Society for the Promotion of Japanese Animation (SPJA) is a non-profit
organization with a mission to popularize and educate the American public
about anime and manga, as well as provide a forum to facilitate
communication between professionals and fans. This organization is more
popularly known by its entertainment property ­ Anime Expo®. More
information can be found at its website (www.spja.org <http://www.spja.org>
).

The statements made in this press release that are not historical facts are
"forward-looking statements." These forward-looking statements are based on
current expectations and assumptions that are subject to risks and
uncertainties. The Company cautions readers of this press release that a
number of important factors could cause Anime Expo®/SPJA¹s actual future
results to differ materially from those expressed in any such
forward-looking statements. Such factors include, without limitation,
product delays, industry competition, rapid changes in technology and
industry standards, protection of proprietary rights, maintenance of
relationships with key personnel, vendors and third-party developers,
international economic and political conditions. The Company may change its
intention, belief or expectation, at any time and without notice, based upon
any changes in such factors, in the Company's assumptions or otherwise. The
Company undertakes no obligation to release publicly any revisions to any
forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date
hereof or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.

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