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Anime I’m watching now.

I finally buckled under and got a subscription to the Crunchyroll Streaming Anime Service. While I joined the site, I haven’t joined any of the online community, but I have read their forums in the past.

So here are some of the Anime shows that I’m watching on Crunchyroll at the moment…

1) Muv-Luv Alternative: Total Eclipse

This anime was recently added to the Crunchyroll Anime lineup this summer. I recently didn’t know any thing about this anime or it’s background, besides the anime pictures that I saw on sites like Sankaku Complex.
More info here at the show’s very own wiki page.
I have a subscription so I get the episode as soon as it is show in Japan. At first glance, it looks like the standard Giant-Robot-Fighting-Alien-Monsters-with-Cute-Sexy-Girls-in-Skintight-suits Anime.
I had also read that the show was based on a series of popular visual novels in Japan ( I think “Visual Novels” are similar to Japanee PC dating simulators or something. Most Japanese Anime seem to be only 12 episodes, unless they are popular, then they get a full season or more. “Total Eclipse” looks like it will be the latter. It’s an interesting series, the main characters in my opinion need work though, Character archtypes are just too cliched ( Generic “stoic” main character, tiny “Moe” character, extremely busty character,etc. )
I’m currently up to episode 16 – I’ll stick with it. Maybe it will get better..

2) Air Master
At first I thought this was manga artist Oh! great‘s ( of Tenjho Tenge fame ) anime adaptation of his old ” Air Gear ” manga . The shows’s animation style reminds me of the late 70′s / early 80′s kind of TV fighting anime ( ala Dragonball ).

One the surface, the show resembles the Ikki Tousen / Tenjho Tenge kind of high school fighting anime, even though the fight scenes take place off school grounds, like in alleyways. The main character, Maki is not very interesting or fleshed out character-wise, but on the plus side she is sort of a Panty Fighter ( if you’re into that sort of thing hehe ). Interestingly,that type of “fan service”, when shown, is not gratuitous. I think there are 27 episodes. I may or may continue to watch it, I’m on the fence about this anime. I’m currently up to episode 3.

3) Asobi ni Kuyo : Bombshells from the sky
( Aka “Cat Planet Cuties” )
Based on a series of Japanese light novels by Okina Kamino.
This is a pretty interesting series , using the cliche, sexy-alien-girl-staying-with-a-nerdy Japanese ( actually Okinawan ) guy storyline ( in addition to having two other sexy girls vying for his affections as well ). It looks ( at least on the surface ) like an updated version of Manga goddess Rumiko Takahashi ‘s Urusei Yatsura .
You can see them for free at Cruncyroll here, if you’re interested. Funimation released the American dubbed version, it was something like 56 dollars at the Best Buy electronic retail store, it contained both DVD and Blue-Ray discs, I should have bought it when I had the chance, but I just got the Crunchyroll subscription at the time, and I didn’t know at the time that the broadcast series on Cruncyroll was censored while the DVD / Blueray were uncensored…. Oh well..I guess I’ll get it eventually when I have the extra cash…
I think there are only twelve episodes in the anime, I’m up to episode 4. I’ll stick with this series. See where it goes…

4) Puella Magi Madoka Magica
A started to learn about this series sometime early last year, after seeing tons of pictures of one of the fan favorite characters Mami Tomoe. I also heard good things about this series, and was intrigued, even though I heard it was a “magical girls” show.
Update: I finished the series. I recommend it, the show is surprisingly pretty good – a dark twist on the whole “magical girl” – type show ( even though I think that the big bad witch ” Walpurgis ” orgin should have been logically different ( Sorry, can’t go into detail for those who haven’t seen this show – I don’t want to spoil things ). I’d definitely would buy the DVD’s ( if they weren’t so expensive ).

5) Nyorko – San: Another Crawling Chaos
Not really sure what’s going on with this series – I think it’s supposed to be about H.P. Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos Monster / Gods personified as cute “Moe” Characters or something. So far, I’m watching the five minute “flash” episodes now, the regular animated ones come later, I hope. I’ll continue to watch it, I guess. I’m currently Up to episode 5.

6) Angel Beats
Meh. I can’t get into this show for some reason. About this guy who is dead and has to fight this girl called ” Angel” or something. I do like the character designs though.
I’m up to episode 2. I May or may not continue to watch this show. Time will tell.

7) Bakemongatori

I’m Up to episode 7 or 8. it’s pretty good. Weird, and interesting. Supernatural Mystery type Anime. And with a sprinkling of Fanservice. I like the good character designs by Akio Watanabe . I think there is also a companion series called ” Nisemonagatori ” as well. I’ll definitely watch more episodes and see where it goes…

8 ) The World God Only Knows

This show is about a Video Dating Sim fanatic ( Otaku ) and the cute Demon Girl that he is “contacted” with to help capture the escaped souls of Hell that possesses cute schoolgirls. It’s ok show – nothing to really write home about. I’m up to episode 5 – And I may or may not continue to watch the rest of the series.

9) 11 eyes

Looks Interesting – strange-looking magic / supernatural Anime ( with “liberal” doses of fanservice, which I don’t mind at all hehe ). I’m currently up to episode 2. I’ll probably stick with this show as well..

10) Star Driver

This pretty weird Anime seems like a mix of ” Revolutionary Girl Utena ” and ” RahXephon “. This show also has the first time I’ve seen a “Magical Pretty Boy Transformation ” scene and err… what looks like a “Flamboyant” Giant Robot.I’m not sure what’s going on, the story is confusing , but I think I may continue to watch this show. I’m currently up to episode 2

11) Inu X Boku Secret Service

Meh… Supernatural Anime Girl with Mysterious pretty Demon Dog Boy Bodyguard. Saw this type of Anime before when it was called “Inuyasha” Watched up to episode 2. Not my cup of tea. Don’t know if I feel like watching any more…

12) ( Demon King Daimao )
Ichiban Ushiro no Dai Ma? ( “The Great Demon King in the Back Row”)

This Anime was based on a Japanese light novel series written by Shotaro Mizuki and illustrated by Souichi Ito. While it has the usual standard geeric “Anime Fantasy World” ( even though it seems to take place in the future ),It’s pretty interesting story and character wise. By the way, this show has LOTS of fanservice for those interested in that sort of thing… :)
The main female character, Junko Hattori tsundere character is also good on the eyes ( She is the one with the samurai sword in the following trailer ).
( You can tell that this show was *VERY* strongly influenced by the Harry Potter movies ).
I’ll also definitely keep watching this series. I’m sure I’ll like it!

Demon King Daimao Opening Trailer

Player 1

So that’s pretty much the Anime shows that I’m currently looking at now, doubtless I will add new titles soon…

My thoughts on the post-apocalyptic TV show “Revolution” and Real Future Doom

There is a new television show that just premiered on NBC last monday night called “Revolution” – executive produced by “Lost creator” JJ abrams pilot directed by Iron Man director Jon Favreau.

Revolution – Trailer

11.7 Million People Watched the show, according to Huffington Post.
The show had an interesting concept, about a post – Apocalyptic world 15 years after all electricity is shut off all over the world, where America has turned into a strange, retro agrarian culture.

I had several problems with the first episode, and I see huge plot holes and problems so far.

1) What happened to all those hundreds of nuclear reactors not only around the country, but around the world ? They their spent fuel rods around the planet would go critical within days after this global Power shut off event happens. Fukushima anyone? Most survivors would have have died from high level of radiation poisoning, as the plants run
wild and have nuclear meltdowns. ( This is also a main plot hole / fridge logic that affects most, if not all Zombie movie / TV shows ). Following any permanent loss of electrical power, all Nuclear power plants, 100 or so of them in the nation, would melt down, more or less immediately. 100 Chernobyl / Fukushima equivalents, just like that. And just in America…

2 ) Everyone still wore nice pristine clothes. Like there are still Walmart or Target stores around or something. Not to mention if they were made of natural materials, they would not last long if washing them by hand.

3 ) How do the young females make it age 20 without having no screaming 4 kids underfoot, let along dieing in childbirth ( Natural childbirth and no Cesarian section surgery would be a death sentence to many women in this post electrical world ) – Birth control would go back to pre-industrial methods ( ie practically none, baring very crude barrier methods) In this world wihtout modern advanced medicine and nutrition, many babies simply would not even make it to age 3, just like what routinely occurred in the past;.

4 ) How does the fat guy still have unscratched glasses 15 years later?

5 ) Why is there a fat guy in the first place? How can there even be a fat guy when all the fast food restaurants and all manner of junk food is a thing of the past. They have to grow all of their food which requires considerable physical labor and the available calories from that effort would be just about enough to keep them going with no surplus calories to be deposited as abdominal fat. Obesity among people living from subsistence agriculture is virtually unknown, unless one of them is a chieftain who sits on his but all day barking orders to others.

6 ) Everyone was too healthy, pretty, buff, etc.

7 ) Women’s makeup seem perfect The woman just stepped from the salon, and most of the men have clean faces and barbered hair.In reality everyone inthis world would be looking like the folks on “Game of Thrones”..

8 ) In an age of warlords and lawlessness, there doesn’t seem to be any town watchmen or lookouts in the community? Those evil militia guys just simply *walked* into the little town / community. taking those community folk unaware.

9 ) Where are the Windmills and steam power engines? Humanity did lead a relatively civilized and technologically complicated existence before electric power and that the Industrial Revolution ran not on electricity but steam.

There are more problems that I noted, but I can’t think of them now – they will come back to me later if I decide to watch another episode.

The show was created by Eric Kripke (“Supernatural”) who wants the audiences to view “Revolution” not as a post apocalyptic disaster series, but more of a positive series about “nature and simpler times”. He and the other creators/ producers on the show explicitly wanted that audiences not have the grim prospect of expecting a dystopian drama.Instead of darker references such as Mad Max, Book of Eli and The Road, they chose instead something along the lines to the fantasy tropes like that of “Lord of the Rings” .

Yeah, right.

I just couldn’t get over the fact how just a short period of time after a totally cataclysmic world event, everyone seems to be doing fine and perfectly well adjusted. There’s a complete lack of pain and suffering in this world given what is supposed to have taken place, and everything is so…orderly. Of course,I’m sure that if it were too realistic, it might scare most of the TV masses from tuning in again… Oh well…
Baring the moderately cool action sequence involving a bunch of swords in a hotel lobby, there wasn’t really anything that really caught my attention during the broadcast of this show.
Looks like NBC is trying to capitalize on the success of The Hunger Games, with the similar concepts and the lead heroine with the bow and arrow setup, etc.
Anyway, I may watch the first few episodes, who knows it might even get good, until NBC cancels it (I’m sure they will – look at “Terra Nova” another show which was an amazing concept, but done incredibly wrong.)

On a related note, I’m very interested in “Doomer” type stuff, partly because I’m sort of planing to do a story / comic about a Post-Oil-Crash-Apocalyptic World, partly because I have a feeling that things will begin to head in that direction globally. the following are some videos that delves further into the whole field:

There Is No Tomorrow

This video ties resource depletion, environmental destruction and the end of growth into a single tidy package. For those of you already versed in this subject matter, this might still be good review; for those of you who don’t, PLEASE DON’T PANIC! Most people who are into the BAU ( Business As Usual) consumerist culture viewing this video will need a couple of years to come to terms with this, and should try to not panic in the meantime…

Nature Bats Last
Guy McPherson is professor emeritus at the University of Arizona, who teaches with a particular emphasis on the twin sides of our fossil-fuel addiction: (1) global climate change and (2) energy decline.

His website/blog is worth the read, and you can also browse his writings and the writings of others, good discussion comments too. He has a good book out as well

Paul Gilding – The Earth is Full

From his website:
“Paul Gilding has spent 35 years trying to change the world. He’s served in the Australian military, chased nuclear armed aircraft carriers in small inflatable boats, plugged up industrial waste discharge pipes, been global CEO of Greenpeace, taught at Cambridge University, started two successful businesses and advised the CEOs of some the world’s largest companies.

Despite his clear lack of progress, the unstoppable and flexible optimist is now a writer and advocate, traveling the world with his book The Great Disruption alerting people to the global economic and ecological crisis unfolding around us, as the world economy reaches and passes the limits to growth. He is confident we can get through what’s coming and says rather than the end of civilization, this could be the beginning! He argues we will rise to the occasion and see change at a scale and speed incomprehensible today, but need to urgently prepare for The Great Disruption and “the end of shopping”, as we reinvent the global economy and our model of social progress.”

The page of this original TED talk is here.

His website page is here.
You can get his book, “The Great Disruption” there as well at this link.

And if after all this you are further interested regarding the coming collapse of civilization, over on Oilcrash.com there is a really great article by Perry Arnett on what to really expect when the powershuts down for real called
PEAK OIL, TOTAL COLLAPSE, AND THE ROAD TO THE OLDUVAI
Also ABC News also did a specal Report a few years ago called “EARTH 2100“, which amazingly illustrated what experts say that over the next hundred years the “perfect storm” of population growth, resource depletion and climate change could converge with catastrophic results for Earth and humanity.

Call me a pessimist, but I have a distinct feeling there is no Carpathia steaming to rescue us Titanic survivors – we’re on our own.
( Unless of course, those crazy UFO cultist are right! :) )

I now return you to your regularly scheduled programing of Business As Usual…

Futurama in “anime style”

I’m a big Futurama fan, and I was super happy that Comedy Central channel brought it back from cancellation, and are making new episodes.

The upcoming 26th and final episode of the present sixth season called ” Reincarnation ” featured 3 different segments , with each having Futurama “reincarnated” in a different style of animation. One was animated in “a black-and-white Fleischer and Walter Lantz style”, the second segment was done in the style of a low-resolution video game, and the third segment, known as “Action Delivery Force”, drawn in the style of anime

I saw this preview clip on the Youtube channel, so I just had to post it here!

Action Delivery Force

Reincarnation ” is scheduled to premiere this coming September 11th….

( Update one year later ) So FOX blocked this video….Oh well, I’m sure one can find it somewhere on the internet…

Eric Cartman + Cthullu = Totally Awesome ( Part 2 )

Coon vs. Coon & Friends
” In the finale of this epic three-part saga, the Coon shows himself to be even more evil than the dark lord, Cthulhu, as he cruelly takes revenge on his former partners in Coon & Friends. Meanwhile, Kenny wrestles with the weight of his super power via his alter-ego, Mysterion. As the battle rages, it is left to Mysterion and the constantly underrated Mintberry Crunch to save the day. ”

Cartman and Cthulhu teams up to get rid of everything “evil” – First they started with Burning Man event, hippies and Whole Foods, but then moved on to their “most challenging and most evil opponent,” Justin Bieber .
Cartman said he had to kill Bieber “In order to save the Earth,” adding “this little butthole had to be stopped.”

I really liked the dialoge near the end, when Kenny (as Mysterion) confronts Cartman (as The Coon) after Cthullu kills Justin Beiber and his fans:

Cartman (as The Coon): ” I’m making the world a better place.
Kenny (as Mysterion): ” For you! A better place for you!
Cartman (as The Coon): ” That’s what superheroes do!

Matt and Trey ( the guys behind South Park ) really went all out for these three story arc episodes. And If you are a Lovecraft fan, it was a special treat. lots of ” Fan Service” things from the Mythos, like R’Lyeh ( shown not as a submerged Island in the pacific, but sort of a world in another dimension ) , The Necronomicon , Abdul Alhazred ( unfortunately not as ” The Mad Arab”, but now as a Mad Prince!), The Elder Things , and not to mention the explanation of Kenny’s “Resurrection” ability, etc.

The Coon and Friends / Mysterion Arc is pretty much the highlight of South Park’s Season 14 for me , so far.

Eric Cartman + Cthullu = Totally Awesome

South Park is one of my favorite shows on TV. Sometimes there is an episodes suring a season that kind of stands out, and becomes my favorite. the recent “Coon and Friends”, s Three-episode story arc trilogy was one of them.

Coon 2: Hindsight
The Coon has expanded his justice league to include a team of crime-fighters known as Coon and Friends. But another superhero keeps grabbing all the headlines. Captain Hindsight becomes the Coons biggest challenge. While the nation looks for a hero to get them through a national disaster, dissention develops within the ranks of Coon and Friends.

Mysterion Rises
In the second part of this memorable trilogy, Coon and Friends, now led by Mysterion, work together to help save the people of the Gulf from the dark lord, Cthulhu. The Coon, scorned by his fellow super heroes and working alone, is out for revenge.

You could tell that they really reseached their superhero mythology, not to mention Lovecraft lore with these episodes.
I remember once talking to a friend YEARS ago, around the time South Park was just starting, and suggested that there should be a show where Cartman meets HP Lovecrafts’ “Dark Lord” , and the other “Old Ones”, that it would be a wacked episode.
But Eric Cartman actually befriending Cthullu— A Match made in R’Lyeh!

( Part 2 of this post is coming! )

Olivia Munn is 30????

The Hot G4 show Co-host and Goddess of the Geeks, Olivia Munn is 30 years old !!!????

It was a shock to me – I had always thought that she was in her mid – twenties ( around 26 ) at most.
( And that Alison Haislip that used to do “The Feed” portion of Olivia’s G4 “Attack of the Show” program – ( who is also doing co-hosting duties while Olivia is off shooting movies and pictorials somewhere ) is close behind her in years too! )

Yes, she’s no longer a Spring Chicken, but look at these pictures!
“30″ must be the new “25″!
Oh well, she really looks good for her age, I hope she can keep it up when she is in her 40′s, like Halle Berry does now….

Back from Egypt! ( and the Lost series Finale )

Hi Everyone!

EGYPT~

I’m back from my trip! ( actually, I got back a little more than a week ago.. )
It was an interesting trip!
Saw alot of ancient Temples, Tombs, and Monuments!


The Temple of Philae by *Shadamachaeon on deviantART

I started my tour in Cairo, then made my way to Memphis, then to Saqqara in the south ( Where the Step Pyramid of Djoser is at ), then to the Giza Platau ( where the Great Pyramid and the Sphinx are located ). I then took a flight down to Aswan, where I started my Nile Cruise up river to Luxor , then back to Cairo and back to ‘Merica.
With the exception of the heat, and the bad food I ate over there, I had great time in Egypt!
I took alot of pictures with my new Nikon D5000 camera, I’ll post some of them here in my Gallery ( I’ll only post a few, I really don’t want to have a huge photo gallery here! )

LOST ~

The final series Episode of LOST was broadcast the same night that I came back to NYC, so I not only didn’t see it, but I had no idea it was even on at that time.
I did managed to finally see it online a few days ago.
What the Hell?
So the “Island” was Purgatory all along?
Still not sure what happened in that episode.
Well, at least it was better than the last Episode of Battlestar Galactica…..

So long LOST!
Now I gotta find a reason to continue to watch network TV…..

( Now, this is how I think LOST
*Really* should have ended: )

(….Courtesy of @sirmitchell )