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Fanfiction Corner Vol. 2: Shipping

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10844097_profile_mbox_backgroundIn the world of fan fiction, “shipping” is a term that is often used to describe putting two characters from a series together in either a romantic relationship, or a platonic one, with “shipping” being a shortened version of “relationSHIP.” Of course, shipping is one of the driving forces of fan fiction. I don’t have statistics, but I would guarantee that about 80-99% of fan fiction you have seen has some form of shipping. Let’s take, for example, the picture above…

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Your Friday Fix 8/14/09: Tokyo Magnitude 8.0

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Tokyo Magnitude 8.0

Genres: Drama, Suspense

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Tokyo Magnitude 8.0 Image 1This week’s anime is a bit different from the previous set, as it is meant to be a study in reality. Studio BONES, also in the news for its upcoming Halo Legends anime, has taken on the task of creating the magnitude 8.0 that will destroy Tokyo. No, not in the Godzilla/Ultraman-esque manner in which we have become accustom. BONES has taken a great deal of time researching actual facts, figures and historical events to attempt to realistically portray “The Big One” in Tokyo.

The story starts off following the lives of Mirai, the older sister, and Yuuki Onozawa, the younger brother. Their home life is relatively unremarkable; their father is preoccupied and their mother is frequently absent with work. Mirai is forced to escort her brother to a robot exhibit in Tokyo due to her parents’ relative absence in their lives. Their path crosses with Mari Kusakabe, a working mother, twice on their way to this point.

Tokyo Magnitude 8.0 Image 2On their way out of the exhibit hall, Yuuki need to use the bathroom and then get a drink at the convenience story inside. They split up and Mirai waits outside. It is at this point that the earthquake hits. Mari meets up with Mirai as she ventures back inside the ruined building looking for her brother. They eventually find him and prepare to brave the cold, uncertain night…

I am a big fan of apocalyptic genre, reality based anime and two thirds of BONES previous works; this series delivers.

Overall Hook Rating: A

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Your Friday Fix 8/07/09: Fight Ippatsu! Juuden-Chan!!

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Fight Ippatsu Juuden-Chan

Genres: Comedy, Ecchi, Magical

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Fight Ippatsu Juuden-Chan Image 1In a world parallel to our own a highly advanced society exists; in part, tasked with improving life on our side of the divide. The agents they send into our world are each known as a Charger-Girl (Juuden-Chan). They scan over our populace and find those of us who are depressed (ranked F through A, the most depressed and possibly suicidal). While most in this role see it as a simple job, one Charger-Girl takes a personal interest in her work. Plug, a rather hapless and mostly hopeless girl, tries to find the cause of people’s unhappiness.

One of the first encounters Plug has in our world (during the course of the story) is Sentou, a young many working hard to take care of his little sister. Unlike the rest of humanity, he can see through the Charger-Girls’ stealth field. Plug startles Sentou and he rewards her with a baseball bat to the head. Sentou’s younger sister, Hakone, is actually one of those in need of a “recharge” by Plug.

Fight Ippatsu Juuden-Chan Image 2When she tries to carry out her work, Sentou again bats her to the side for “playing dangerously with electricity”. This is also the first instance that people peeing themselves makes in the series. It will NOT be the last (unfortunately). In the end of the first episode, Plug and Sentou save Hakone from jumping off a building… completing Plug’s assignment.

Come the episode, the barely covered nudity of the previous episode jumps the line and goes full out. It is also at this point that the thin string of the plot tanks and becomes more about perv magnet scenes of urination, latex and bondage. Oh yea, its mildly a magical-girl styled series…

Overall Hook Rating: D

Fanfiction Corner Vol. 1 (Introduction and crash course)

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Hey guys, I’ll think of a better name for the fanfiction stuff as we go along in the next couple of weeks.

Just a look ahead, this is a column started here on PG to explore the world of fanfiction, which has become just apart of anime and media in general as advertising, merchandise, or anything else. As long as there are fans for shows, movies, games, or any media, there will always be a possibility for fan fiction. This cannot be more true with the internet, which has spread the world of fan fiction to everyone who has at least a decent computer and internet connection and a favorite series.

I am a writer of fan fiction myself, although I haven’t done so in quite a while. So as the weeks go on, you will probably see some of my older work from different series as well as what I feel to be quality fan fiction out there. Now I don’t claim to be a great writer, it is amateur writing after all, but we will both see some unknown talent out there, I’m sure of it. For now, I’ll give people out there a short introduction into the world of fan fiction.

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Iron Man and Wolverine Anime Trailers

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There are two trailers for the upcoming Iron Man and Wolverine anime under the production studio Madhouse. The trailers premiered last Friday at the Comic-Con, but was posted last Wednesday on Warren Ellis’ site. According to Ellis, the trailers are “intended to show off the style of the piece only.”

The story of the Wolverine anime is based off of an early 1980s Wolverine miniseries by Chris Claremont and Frank Miller and according to Ellis, is “a little…different.” It is also directed by Rintaro, director of the anime adaptation of Metropolis (2001).

I personally liked Rintaro’s Metropolis and I thought the trailers for both are interesting. I could see a bit of Rintaro’s style in the Wolverine trailer, but we shall see how it pans out when they are released.

Source: Anime News Network

Your Friday Fix 7/31/09: CANAAN

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Canaan

Genres: Action, Mystery

Ratings R3 Ratings
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Canaan Image 1The streets of Shanghai are alive with the sights and sounds of a great festival. Minoru Minorikawa, a journalist, and Maria Osawa, a photographer, have flown in to cover this event. In parallel to their soon-to-become active lives, an assassin drops her target from a rooftop, apparently miles away. A battle between this assassin and a terrorist group know as the “Snakes” rolls onward in a collision course with the other.

Separately, a CIA convoy escorts the captured Snakes leader, Alphard, to a detention facility. Her sister and allies spring her in gouts of flames and blood. Noting that the assassin they have been seeking, named Canaan, has been found in Shanghai. The inner workings of their organization are hinted at, but are never completely spelled out.

Canaan Image 2As the two stories collide we are shown that Canaan and Maria have met before and are actually good friends. Maria’s pictures, however, get her into trouble with the Snakes. She has uncovered something that undercurrents every aspect of this series, but we are not yet treated to an explanation. A flashback informs us that a terrorist group had spread a bio-toxin of which Maria was the only know survivor (by way of her father’s research toward a vaccine).

The Snakes strike out at Maria and Minoru who are eating at a restaurant after the initial events unfold. Thanks to a REALLY spirited cabbie, the two make a successful escape and are eventually saved by Canaan. The Snakes switch targets and Canaan leads them away. Upon returning to their hotel rooms, Maria and Minoru find their places wrecked and film stolen.

This series has a great opening and a good style; the pace is fast and has action throughout. A minor drawback is the amount of data we are asked to recall as we continue toward a (hopeful) epiphany of the what and why in the story.

Overall Hook Rating: B

Your Friday Fix 7/24/09: Umi Monogatari

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Sea Story

Genres: Fantasy, Magical, Supernatural

Ratings L4 Ratings
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Sea Story Image 1Sunlight drifts down through the clear waters of an unnamed sea. Two girls, who seem very at home in their undersea setting, notice a small shiny object floating down toward them. Marin, the older of the two, catches it. Above, in the “sky-world”, a young girl named Kanon has just thrown this ring into the sea… having just been dumped by her boyfriend.

Marin decides that anyone who would have lost something so beautiful must be sad, and heads “skyward”. Her little sister Urin accompanies her to keep her out of trouble. When they finally meet the girl, she again throws the ring away in anger. This time the ring is thrown inland and lands in a shrine. Marin and Urin go off in search of it again, not understanding the situation.

Sea Story Image 2Urin is the first to find the ring, but in trying to reach it, unseals an evil being known as Sedna. In a bit of foreshadowing, supposedly, we see some of the evil energy inhabit the ring (though this is never explained in the first two episodes). The counter this development the ancient Matsumoto, a giant mustached turtle awakens to train the two priestesses that must reseal Sedna.

Of course, this means Marin of the sea and Kanon of the “sky”. At this point the series takes on a decidedly magical-girl spin as the two priestesses begin to realize their powers and defeat an agent of Sedna who has come to shore. The second episode ends with Kanon walking off, telling the sea people that this is not her fight and she wants no part of it.

Now, I must admit I am no fan of the magical-girl genre; otherwise this series might have rated a B. Half of the cast is scantly clad, which I assume was half to make sense of what people would wear under water, while still providing an ecchi factor.

Overall Hook Rating: C

Your Friday Fix 7/17/09: Umineko no Naku Koro ni

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Umineko no Naku Koro ni

Genres: Horror, Occult, Mystery

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Umineko no Naku Koro ni Image 1A pleasant breeze blows over the small private island, Rokkenjima, in the autumn of 1986. It’s the season for the annual meeting of the exceedingly wealthy Ushiromiya family. The family patriarch, Kinzo Ushiromiya, is nearing the end of his life and the family wishes to discuss plans for the family assets. Each of Kinzo’s children are heads of industry and all clamor for the reigns. A storm brews outside, ominous.

In a dark room, secluded from his squabbling offspring, Kinzo yells and thrashes about by a stormy window. He knows his end is near and entreaties Beatrice, a witch who granted him his families wealth, to return to him once more. Their deal is reaching its end, and the final bill come due. Outside… the most innocent soul on the island, Maria Ushiromiya, is left alone in the rain by her mother. She is increasingly despondent over her daughter’s odd mannerisms, but does not know how to control her anger of this situation. It is to this girl that Beatrice first appears.

Umineko no Naku Koro ni Image 2Gathered inside for dinner, the entire family continues to posture and plot. When the desert course comes, Maria stands and announces that she has a letter Beatrice wishes her to read aloud to the family. While every family member knows of this person by name, none truly believe she existed! Maria looks possessed as the addresses the gathered family. She informs them of the contract created between herself and Kinzo. She speaks of the wealth granted, and now what payment has come due.

The game set in motion, Beatrice (by way of Maria) informs everyone that she will take back her gold and everything the family owns as interest unless someone can uncover where Kinzo has hidden this wealth. In the foyer of the mansion exists all the clues they will need to complete this daunting task. There too, is a time limit on this game… overnight 6 people (four family members and two servants) are killed and mutilated. Their bodies are left in a shed, adorned with runes of a sort. The end of the Ushiromiya has only just begun.

Overall Hook Rating: A

Your Friday Fix 7/10/09: Weiß Survive

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Weiss Survive

Genres: Comedy

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Weiss Survive Image 1 Weiß Survive, based on the card game Weiß Schwarz (German for white and black), is a series that centers around two school-mates (Takeshi and Michi) who are transported into the Card Battle World. The old man there explains that Takeshi is the chosen warrior and that he must win his battles to return home. The style switches between polished animation and over the top chibi-styled moments.

Just after that… wait, that was both episodes, all 5 minutes total of them… *twitch*

Weiss Survive Image 2Ok, ok… so they are short, at least the story… umm, its just explaining the game mechanics with very LITTLE over story?… *twiiiitch*

OK, at least the cards will be a whole new set of interesting cha… they are all existing series/game characters??? *TWITCH*

What is this? A two and a half min advertisement for a game… disguised as an anime? Yes… I think it is…

Overall Hook Rating: F