Alita: Battle Angel

This is going to be a short post today. I wanted to touch on the new live action Alita. The anime Battle Angel Alita came out in Jun of 1993. It finished airing in August of that same year. The anime was derived from the Manga series of the same name. It was published from November 1990 to March of 1995. The manga spanned nine volumes and was first published in Business Jump Magazine.

The new movie Alita: Battle Angel is being directed by Robert Rodriguez. The screen play was written by James Cameron, Laeta Kalogridis, and Robert Rodriguez. Rosa Salazar will star as Alita. You may remember her as Brenda in Maze runner: The Scorch Trials. Here is the trailer for the new movie. Let me know in the comments what you think of it.

 

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Dragon Balls and Fuel Cells

No I’m not talking about Fuel Cell powered Dragon Balls. Although that would be cool to see depending on what they do. I’m talking about two different things going on in Japan; both equally big in their own right. What would you say if I said you could eat at a Dragon Ball themed restaurant and then take a ride on a train powered by a fuel cell?

In Osaka, Japan a Chinese restaurant has been converted into a Dragon Ball themed restaurant. The restaurant will be serving Dragon Ball themed food. For all of you Oolong fans, or those who remember the events of dragon Ball, there is a dish you will love. The dish is called Oolong Chashui. It is a ramen dish with meat and pantie shaped tofu. The restaurant has many other dishes including one with a “dragon ball” in it. The restaurant will also be selling merchandise. If you are interested in going to this Dragon ball restaurant then you need to act fast. It is only for a limited time.

So now you have stuffed yourself and you are ready to head out. Why not get a ride on a new fuel cell train? Well you could if it was open to the public. Right now it is in the testing phase. According to an article by KEIGO IWAMOTO a staff writer at Nikkei, “The R&D arm of Japan Railways group has already began test runs on trains powered by hydrogen.” If these tests are completed and everything works they could eliminate the need for overhead power cables. It would also be a more eco-friendly alternative. Since the fuel cell train runs of hydrogen it would not put out any greenhouse gasses. It only puts out water.

Both the Dragon Ball restaurant and the Fuel Cell train sound amazing. If I am lucky someday I will be able to ride the train. As for the dragon Ball restaurant, I’m sure it will be gone long before I ever get to visit japan. Visit the links below to see some great photos of the Dragon Ball restaurant and of the train.

https://kotaku.com/new-dragon-ball-cafe-opens-in-japan-1821178020

https://asia.nikkei.com/Tech-Science/Tech/Japan-s-fuel-cell-train-rolls-ahead-under-its-own-steam

 

KEIGO , IWAMOTO. “Japan’s fuel cell train rolls ahead under its own steam.” Nikkei Asian Review, KEIGO , 11 Dec. 2017, asia.nikkei.com/Tech-Science/Tech/Japan-s-fuel-cell-train-rolls-ahead-under-its-own-steam.

Dragon Ball Super – Review

Dragon Ball Super takes place after Dragon Ball Z and before Dragon Ball GT. From what I have seen of the series so far it seems to have completely overwritten the events of Dragon Ball GT. In Dragon Ball Super there has been a relative peace since Majin Buu was defeated. Goku, because Chi-Chi said so, has gotten a job. He works on the family farm driving a tractor. It is as comical as it sounds. What’s not comical about the series so far is what they did to Gohan.

Gohan our lovable powerhouse that defeated Cell in Dragon Ball Z becomes a dad. That’s the good part. We get to see Pan as an infant. The not so good part is that Gohan did not keep up with his training. He can barely go Super Saiyan. I always thought Gohan would become the next hero in a new series. Now we have one and he is weaker than ever. Well even with this Dragon Ball Super is beyond anything we have seen before with this franchise.

I watched Dragon Ball Super in English dub. The voice actors did an amazing job with the characters. I do have to say it was strange listening to Balma knowing the voice actress had recently passed away. I also noticed the language seems to be more adult. If memory serves, the language in Dragon Ball Z was more children friendly. Besides the “bad language” the rest of the script was really good. The audio wasn’t the only bright spot. The music score was perfectly fitted with each scene. At no point did the music get louder than the speaking. It was truly a perfect score of audio.

There were some cut scenes from Dragon Ball Z and you could tell they tried to improve the video quality. I believe they had to do this to try and match the quality of the video in Dragon Ball Super. Watching it in 1080p resolution gave the show a crisp look. The detail work put into the smallest parts was fantastic. While watching a fight scene I started to feel like I was watching a movie with a large budget for CGI.  Dragon Ball Super is a much watch for anyone who has watched Dragon Ball or Dragon Ball Z.

Anime for 2018

Twenty seventeen is coming to a close in a few weeks. It has been a roller-coaster of exciting news of new anime and of unexpected loses of figures in the anime industry. We can only hope that twenty eighteen is a lot better and with a lot of new anime coming our way next year; it is off to a good start. Below are a few of the new anime that I am really looking forward to.

Grancrest Senki

Grancrest Senki

 

Violet Evergarden

Violet Evergarden

 

Beatless

Beatless

 

Dagashi Kashi 2

Dagashi Kashi 2

 

The Seven Deadly Sins Revival of The Commandments

The Seven Deadly Sins: Revival of The Commandments

 

DARLING in the FRANXX

DARLING in the FRANXX

 

Did I forget to mention this is only a small portion of the new anime? Also, this is only from January of twenty eighteen. Go check out the rest of what January has to offer here. https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/encyclopedia/anime/upcoming/tv

Questions

I have noticed recently that my posts are not doing as well as I would have hoped. The last three blog posts I put up have had a combined two views at the time of this writing. My goal is to provide you all with content you will find enjoyable. If I am not providing that then I need to adjust what I write about. I want to hear from you all.

How can I improve my blog posts to make it more enjoyable for you all? Among the topics I cover what do you want to read about? I cover Japanese Pop and Rock music, anime, manga, and the culture of Japan. Among these topics what do you all care about the most? What do you want to read about? I truly want to hear from you all. What can I do to make this blog more enjoyable for you? I look forward to hearing your responses.

Japanese Related Christmas Ideas

Christmas is a few weeks away. Some have finished their shopping already, others are just getting started. Either way we all have that one family member we always have trouble picking out a gift for. We always end up waiting until the last minute to pick something out. Most times the gift ends up getting returned. So I might have a solution for you.

For that perfect gift for the Otaku in your life I got some great ideas for you. Below you will find images of items that are made in Japan. Some may seem out there, but that’s one of the joys of buying things from other countries. So have a look and if you find something you like, look through the links at the end.

https://shop.whiterabbitjapan.com

http://www.japantrendshop.com/index.php

http://www.blippo.com

Fullmetal Alchemist

Fullmetal Alchemist started out as a Manga written by Arakawa, Hiromu. It was first published on July 12, 2001. The last manga was published on September 11th 2010. It ran for one hundred and sixteen chapters. That is twenty seven volumes. The written form of Fullmetal Alchemist did not end with the manga series. There was also a novel series that ran from 2003 to 2010 for seven volumes. The novel series was just as engaging if not more so than the manga series. I had read both the manga series and the novel and I fell the novel was more enjoyable. I believe this is due to the fact that I had read the manga and watched the anime series by the time I read the novels. The novels added to the rich world of Fullmetal Alchemist.

The anime series, or rather the first anime series, Fullmetal Alchemist first aired October 4th, 2003 and ended less than a year later. With 51 episodes Fullmetal Alchemist tells the story of two brothers Edward and Alphones Elric. This series spawned several movies, collectables, and even an alternate telling of the anime series. The alternate series was called Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood. This series ran from April 5th 2009 until July 4th 2010. It ran for an amazing 64 episodes. That’s 13 more episodes than the original. Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood is a closer retelling of the manga series.

The franchise did not end with the manga series, novels, or either anime series. While researching for this post I learned that there are two more chapters of the series coming. Not only that, but there is a live action movie in the works. To learn more about the new chapters you can go here https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2017-07-12/hiromu-arakawa-draws-new-fullmetal-alchemist-manga-for-live-action-film-screenings/.118721

You can check out the live action trailer below.

Anime Voice Acting

All of us at some point have thought about voice acting in an Anime. We have all had that thought of how hard it could really be. You just read a script and that’s it right? Well not so much. Doing voice acting for Anime is no different than doing voiceover work for any other type of show. There is a lot of hard work that goes into being a voice actor. The first thing you should understand is that voice actors are actors. They all have had some form of training in acting. You need to be able to stay in character. This is something that all actors are taught. If you can’t stay in character you won’t last long in the business. Most voice actors started out in Theater.

Don’t get discouraged at the thought that you need to become a theater actor before going into voice work. That is not a requirement. There is a great deal of classes available to teach you how to become a voice actor. Many colleges offer classes on script reading. Many also have classes that offer you the chance to perform over a microphone in classes, clubs, etc. If college is not the answer, than there are several online courses you can take. While they will not be as beneficial as a college course they are better than no training at all.

Let’s say you have gone through the training and you are ready to start your voice acting career. Now what do you do? Well you will need a demo track; something that showcases your voice talent. You may be able to put one together in your college class, but not if you opted for online classes. For that you can always try to do it at home. Just be sure you have a very quiet location and a really good microphone. Your generic computer microphone will not cut it here. You will need a professional one. There is also the option of booking a recording session with a local studio. This would be your best bet to get something professional.

Keep all of this in mind if you want to get into voicing Anime. Remember that this is a skill that needs to be developed. Once you start working in voice, you may not get the roles in anime you want right away. You will have to work your way up from the bottom. Always show respect for those who have made it. Since we are talking about voice acting I would like to finish this post up by saying thank you to Hiromi Tsuru who voiced Balma in the Dragonball series. The work she did on the series was fantastic. Balma was always one of my favorite characters. Rest in Peace Hiromi Tsuru and thank you for all the childhood memories you provided.

Holiday Shopping

Today is the annual save a lot of money day or as we call it here in the US Black Friday. To be honest I don’t know why it is called Black Friday. The following Monday is called Cyber Monday. Both days are for holiday shopping. They are days set aside each year for stores and online retailers to get people in to spend their hard earned money on Christmas gifts. Personally I think it is over rated and I try to avoid shopping on Black Friday.

However, the stores do always have great sales going on. It would be a great time to get that Otaku in your family something good. To help them, I mean you; out in getting that perfect gift I have listed some links to online retailers for Anime, Manga, etc… The sites I have listed may sell adult items as well as age appropriate items. The ones I know for sure do are listed with a Caution. Be sure not to brows those sites with children around.

http://www.animenpc.com/

https://www.rightstufanime.com/

http://www.animecastle.com/

http://www.thecnl.com/

https://www.funimation.com/shop/

https://www.lightinthebox.com/ (search Anime to get all related items)

https://www.entertainmentearth.com/anime.asp

https://www.jbox.com/ Caution: Site contains adult content

https://www.jlist.com Caution: Site contains adult content

https://www.jastusa.com/ Caution: Site contains adult content