Monday, August 21, 2017

Anime Fest 2017

Anime Fest in Downtown Dallas is pretty much my favorite anime convention in the area. It's smaller than A-Kon, pretty laid back, and in the tallest hotel in the region, the Sheraton Dallas.
This fest was great as usual, with so much programming for Yuri on Ice fans, the autographs especially went a little nuts, with everyone trying to get some! Great screenings throughout the weekend, and of course plenty of cosplay as usual!
Here are a few fan-submitted pics as well as some of my own from my own phone.
Maybe you will spot you or someone you know, or get some ideas for a cosplay in the future!
Anime Fest has been scheduled for the same days next year! August 17-20th!  

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

A-Kon 28 is THIS WEEK!

A-Kon 28 is this Thursday in Fort Worth, Texas!
I am so excited to go, I am part of a ParaPara dance group called EKS-D ParaPara, I may have to do a post about this in an upcoming blog, but this is going to be the firs time the whole group will be staying the weekend at the convention!  We'll have a whole weekend of programming and demos to do so its going to be great!

This is the first year that A-Kon will be at the Fort Worth Convention Center, not only that but the three surrounding hotels will also have programming, The Sheraton by the Water Gardens will be your J-Pop and video rooms it seems, the Omni will be the Gaming central, and the Hilton will be J-Fashion. I am excited as well for the giant dealers room in the Convention Center, the concerts in the Arena, and the panels and events in the rooms and ballrooms in the building.

I wanted to share a couple of videos to get the hype going some more so check it out below and hope to see you there!

Who remembers Foamy the Squirrel and A-Kon advice?

Pentagon Japan will be at A-Kon 28, check out their excitement!  It's their first time in America!

Check out the venues in Fort Worth!

A-Kon will also be presenting OxT also their first time in America!

Oh and I must do my own plug! This is my dance group's YouTube!
Check us out, we are EKS-D ParaPara!

Monday, May 22, 2017

Ayumi Hamasaki losing her hearing.

 You've probably heard of her or you may have heard her songs in an anime or a convention. Our dear Ayumi Hamasaki has announced on her blog, Team Ayu, that she is going deaf!
This is really devastating news for her and the fan community, as she has been an idol in Japan since the late 90's and has contributed with her music in several anime or movies.

According to her blog she felt dizzy and sick with vertigo before going on tour and often taking time to vomit in the restroom during rehearsal.

During the 200 Act I Tour, Ayu had caught a cold and an ear infection and instead of taking time to rest she didn't want to disappoint and kept on with the tour.  Unfortunately she lost hearing in her left ear by 2008 and since her right ear has been trying to compensate it is now weakening.
Even now, Ayu vows to keep performing, she is quoted saying "The stage is where I belong. It's the only place I really, truly exist. I don't know anything else."

Here a few clips of some anime where her music was used as one of the theme songs.

This is called "Pray" it is from Buddha 2: Tezuka Osamu no Buddha - Owarinaki Tabi

"Connected" is an OVA created completely for this song.  It';s set in a futuristic world where cities grow at an intense pace.

"Dearest," one of Ayumi Hamasaki's most well known songs due to it being the 3rd ending song for the popular series INUYASHA.

In  another return to INUYASHA, Ayumi Hamasaki's "No More Words" made its way on the big screen at the ending of the INUYASHA the movie Affections Touching Across Time.

Ayumi Hamasaki also lent her music to Capcom's Onimusha. Here is one of the songs, "Startin"

Friday, April 7, 2017

Kimi No Na Wa (Your Name)

Movie Review by Gaby

I love love love this movie so much!
If you are hesitating gong to go see it, don't hesitate, go! It's amazing, rollercoaster of emotions, no wonder it made it to #1 in Japan last year!
Makoto Shinkai's "Your Name" movie is a masterpiece, suspensful, and tugging at your heartstrings.

From the beginning you start really connecting with the characters, and the twist in the middle of the movie really keeps you on the edge of your seat.

I don't want to give away anything regarding the movie, I really suggest you see it if you haven't already.  But for a basic plot, Mitsuha is a girl in a little town in the country who wishes she was a "Tokyo Boy," and Taki is a city boy who juggles a busy school life, friends, and work. These two somehow keep finding each other in each others bodies, at first thinking its a dream, but then realizing that by some phenomenon it is really happening.  They leave each other notes every time they switch, hoping to one day eventually meet.
But why are they switching bodies? Pay attention because maybe the comet that we keep seeing on a television in the background has something to do with it...just maybe...

"Your Name" opens in select theaters today in the United States, I am telling you, you will not be dissapointed going to see it.

Another similar title to check out if you can't get enough of body switching would be Kokoro Connect, or if you have already seen this anime, then you will enjoy this movie so much.
I also recommend this movie if you like other type of paranormal romance movies like, Steins Gate, or the Melancholy (or Disappearance) of Haruhi Suzumiya.

Also you will love the music by the RADWIMPS if you like bands such as ONE OK ROCK, or Bump of Chicken, the opening and ending themes are by this band and the flow of the melody was beautiful with this movie.

I hope you enjoy this movie as much as I did!

Monday, March 6, 2017

Life and Times of an Anime Nerd

by Gaby

I  guess this post mostly goes out to the people who aren't part of the anime fandom/otaku/weeabo world.
I've had a couple people ask what kind of stuff people do who are into anime, they assume we just sit at home and watch cartoons or anime, but I decided to take a camera and go out and have a "Weeb" Weekend!

First of all it was a great weekend as there was a mini convention going on, the Mini A-Kon convention was taking place in Lewisville, so I put on some Pinkie Pie hair and headed on over to the con!
Met some fun people to hang out with, took a lunch break at a place that American Otaku people always love, the sushi bar! Not just any sushi bar, we went to Kula Revolving Sushi, its very authentic with the way its set up like modern Japanese revolving sushi places.  After a certain amount of plates that you insert into the collection slot, a prize pops out of a machine that is situated above the sushi belts.
Since we were in the area we stopped at a couple of Asian stores, Kinokuniya was having a grand opening so we were in luck and got to see some of the festivities!
We returned to the convention where they were holding a raffle, I ended up winning two Dragonball Z action figures!
The next day on Sunday, decided to go back to the Kinokuniya Bookstore grand opening where more anime themed festivities where happening that day.  Met a couple other friends there and had more sushi, watched the cosplay show, and looked at more cool books.
So yes, its not always about sitting at home watching anime, its about getting out, experiencing a new culture, and meeting new friends!

See the short video summary below!

Monday, February 13, 2017

Valentine's Roundup 2017

I have collected a few cheesy and/or sweet anime Valentine cards for you to freely print out and give to your sweetheart on the day of love and friendship.
OK sure to the wrong company some of these may seen awkward but if its for your friends or sweetheart they are bound to get it!

Happy Valentine's Day!

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Sailor Moon R Movie (2017)

Review by Gaby E.

The 2017 English Language Theatrical release of the Sailor Moon R Movie was definitively something pretty cool and nostalgic to me.
This is the original movie was released in Japan in 1993 and re-released on home video by Pioneer entertainment back in 2000.  This new re-dubbed, un-cut re-release was actually pretty darn good. 

They used the original Japanese songs which was a plus for me, maybe not so much for the people that enjoyed the dubbed version of "Moonlight Densetsu."  I thought the new voice acting was excellent, very well done, also beware, if you are used to the 90's version of the TV show where the characters go by their Americanized names, they fully go by their original Japanese names in this movie, as in Serena (Sailor Moon) is Usagi, and Darian (Tuxedo Mask) is Mamoru, so that you don't get lost.

The screening of the movie started out with an introductory interview video with the voice actors for Mamoru, Fiore (the villain), and Usagi.  Then after the interviews a short mini video about the Sailor
Scouts, basically an introductory type video of who each of the scouts was that you are going to see in the movie, this would be especially useful for people who were not familiar with the Sailor Moon franchise.

Once the interviews and shorts were done, the movie finally started and it was beautiful, the picture was so crisp and remastered beautifully for the big screen, it was surely nostalgic to see my 90's Sailor Moon animation in a theater. 

Fiore kidnapping Mamoru
This story is mostly about Mamoru (Tuxedo Mask), we find out a little about his childhod and past, how he lost his parents, and befriended an alien-ish kid name Fiore.  Mamoru gave Fiore a flower as a child, and Fiore promised he would return to earth with flowers for Mamoru, years later Fiore does return with a flower, but its a very destructive flower, and its up to the Sailor Scouts to save the world from this destructive flower before everyone life energy is sucked out.

Typical Sailor Moon plot, Tuxedo Mask gets kidnapped, girls try to save him, they have struggles, while looking fabulous and kicking some alien butt in high heels! Gotta love this chicks!  This is a must see if you were a 90's Sailor Moon kid, nostalgia for sure!