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New Details Revealed for Sailor Moon 2014

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New Details Revealed for Sailor Moon 2014

Toei Animation has released its first image for the new Sailor Moon anime, Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Crystal, complete with a synopsis and an official title.

Anime News Network provided the following synopsis:

Usagi Tsukino is a second-year middle school girl who is a little clumsy and a crybaby, but she is full of energy. One day, she meets Luna, a black cat with a crescent moon on her forehead, and she transforms into Sailor Moon, a sailor-uniformed pretty guardian of love and justice! As a chosen guardian of justice, Usagi seems to have a mission to find the Illusionary Silver Crystal with the other guardians and to protect the princess.

Meanwhile, the queen of the Dark Kingdom, Queen Beryl, also sends minions to the town where Usagi lives to obtain the Illusionary Silver Crystal, which has immense power. This causes strange events to unfold….

Can Sailor Moon really find the Illusionary Silver Crystal with the other Sailor guardians, and protect the princess…!?

The official Sailor Moon website also released a countdown timer, which is set to start a countdown in four days.  What this timer is counting down for is not yet clear, but fans are nevertheless teeming with curiosity.

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Studio Ghibli Blu-ray Release Announced

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Studio Ghibli Blu-ray Release Announced

Fans of Hayao Miyazaki’s work are in for a treat.  According to Studio Ghibli’s official Twitter account, international Blu-ray releases of both The Cat Returns and Princess Mononoke are currently in the works.  This announcement comes one month after both films were released on Blu-ray in Japan.

Only one Studio Ghibli film not currently playing in theaters has not had a Blu-ray release.  The studio promises that when Spirited Away finally gets a Blu-ray release, it will have been well worth the wait. Read On

Old Classics: Rurouni Kenshin

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Old Classics: Rurouni Kenshin

The 1990’s gave us enormous perms, hilariously awkward fashions, and bizarre fads.  But as many of us revel in our childhood memories of Pokémon cards and pogs, we tend to forget one of the greatest gifts that the 90’s gave us: epic and groundbreaking manga series.

Among those gems is Nobuhiro Watsuki’s riveting series Rurouni Kenshin.  At 28 volumes, this shounen series of the historical genre is a tale packed with just the right balance of action, romance, and suspense.

KaoruxKenshin-rurouni-kenshin-22082253-982-1442Synopsis:

Rurouni Kenshin is the story of Himura Kenshin, a legendary swordsman known as the infamous hitokiri battousai (battousai the manslayer).  Ten years after earning his title, Himura Kenshin is a rurouni (wanderer) who yearns to atone for his transgressions committed during the Bakamatsu (a Japanese civil war).  After having taken so many lives in the name of justice, Kenshin devotes himself to protecting innocent lives with his reversed-blade sword.

Enter Kamiya Kaoru, a 17 year-old girl carrying on the tradition of her later father’s dojo and the Kamiya Kasshin school of swordsmanship.  A man who calls himself hitokiri battousai claims that he is one of Kaoru’s father’s former students.  However, the Kamiya Kasshin style is based upon the principle of katsujinken, the sword that gives life.  This ruthless murderer is sullying the Kamiya Dojo’s good name and violating its teachings that hold life so precious.  Determined to redeem the Kamiya Dojo and its teachings, Kaoru takes it upon herself to discover the identity of this cold-blooded killer and bring him to justice.

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Old Classics: Adolf

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Old Classics: Adolf

Adolf, written by the father of manga Tezuka Osamu, is not your basic average manga.  Rather than using fluffy shoujo plot devices or muscly shounen characters, Adolf ties together three different worlds in a political thriller both intelligent and captivating.

Synopsis

Adolf, by father of manga Tezuka Osamu, is a microcosm of three distinct societies during the 1930s and 1940s: Japanese society, German society, and Jewish society.  Using three main characters, Tezuka allows these three worlds to meet.

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Recent Series: Puella Magi Madoka Magica

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Recent Series: Puella Magi Madoka Magica

A lot of people hear the word, “magical girl anime” and head for the hills. To be honest, I can’t really blame them. While the magical girl genre is fun and interesting the first time, fifty anime series later, it loses its attraction.

This genre usually entails a girl between the ages of thirteen and fifteen transforming into a magical girl, defeating evil while bouncing around in a tiny mini-skirt.  This type of anime is most often light-hearted and appropriate for viewers of most ages.

Puella Magi Madoka Magica blows this stereotype out of the water by distancing itself from the repetition and simplicity that so often plague its genre.

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New Series: Rurouni Kenshin- Kinema-ban

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New Series: Rurouni Kenshin- Kinema-ban

Since the original Rurouni Kenshin series is responsible for my ten-year long manga and anime addiction, I was absolutely thrilled to hear that this classic series is being revisited.

Almost thirteen years after its final chapter was published in Weekly Shounen Jump, Rurouni Kenshin is back in business with the debut of Rurouni Kenshin- Kinema-ban, an alternate version of the original manga scheduled to sync up with the live-action Rurouni Kenshin film slated to premier next month in theaters across Japan.

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New Sailor Moon Series Due in Summer 2013

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New Sailor Moon Series Due in Summer 2013

On the 20-year anniversary of Naoko Takeuchi’s classic manga Sailor Moon, a new addition to the Sailor Moon franchise was announced today.

The new anime adaptation of the Sailor Moon manga was announced at a live event celebrating the series’ 20th birthday by creator Naoko Takeuchi, publisher Kodansha and the idol group Momoiro Clover Z, who will be singing the new anime’s theme. The new adaptation is currently in the works and  slated for release next summer. Kodansha editor Fumio Osano has confirmed that the new anime is not a film project.

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Old Classics – Ouran High School Host Club

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Old Classics – Ouran High School Host Club

I’d be lying if I told you that every single thing about this manga and anime is ground-breaking or original. Let’s face it: the human race has been around for a long time, and we are running out of totally new and innovative ideas.

So what makes Ouran High School Host Club, an anime and manga series that does not present some groundbreaking, completely new and innovative plot-device, so special?

It’s a gender-bender and a romantic comedy, and it is most definitely shoujo. Neither of those characteristics are anything new.

The idea of a gender-bender wasn’t even new in Shakespeare’s time when he wrote Twelfth Night and The Merchant of Venice, and that was nearly 500 years ago. And romantic comedies? Please. Just go to your local movie theater and pick out the latest chick flick and 99% of the time you’ll find a romantic comedy.

So, again, I return to my original question. Why is Ouran High School Host Club, a series relying upon clichéd plot devices, such an amazing series? The answer lies in the fact that it takes pre-existing ideas and breathes new life into them.

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