Wednesday, May 18, 2016

:boxing: Boxing Bits ::05.18.16:: Canelo vs. Khan

It may have been tempting to pick Amir Khan and his blazing hand-speed, skill, or experience over Saul "Canelo" Alvarez in the requisite Mexican boxing showcase on Cinco de Mayo weekend, but the outcome was the only real prediction anyone could reasonably (if not sensibly) give. Alas, for all of Khan's superlatives, his chin has been his greatest weakness—if not his most distinct attribute. Granted, he was moving up in weight, Canelo had his trademark power, and it may be difficult to find to many pugilists that could've beaten the count after such a shot, but with the Brit, it was much more of a "when" than "if"…

Friday, April 29, 2016

:anime: Free/Low-Cost Anime Pick of the Month:: Gundam Reconguista in G

As I was beginning to wrap up June 2015's (delayed…) F/L-CAP special, "Manager's Special Mk. II!!: Anime Only This Manager Seems to Love…", I learned that one of the titles, Gundam Reconguista in G, was no longer available at YouTube, the only site it was made available at. I had thought at the time that it still was and had already written out its entry, so the final check-through was none-too-pleasing, particularly when I was really looking forward to spotlighting it the special, let alone a F/L-CAP installment. Later in the year, Sunrise would post the series onto Hulu, but there were either other titles I had staked out or notable ones that popped up that were too good to pass up. I thought about just updating Manager's Special Mk. II, but I also wanted to do a standalone Pick, as well (something I wanted to do from the start, until I came up with the former). Said other choices would overshadow what I excised from MS Mk. II overtime, until I remembered about it, recently. As a result, this something of the best of both worlds: an addendum to the former, and a posting all for itself! So, without further ado, here it is, finally, the show you may either like or won't (as originally written in June-July 2015, with slight date clarifications and Hulu mention): Gundam Reconguista in G!!

Thursday, April 07, 2016

:anime: HardDoor's Seasonal Anime Preview 2016 Special:: noitaminA (Spring, Summer)


After so long, finally Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress (Koutetsujou no Kabaneri) sees the light of day on noitaminA!! First announced late 2014, the series appeared poised to air with the other titles it was announced with, only to have next to nothing said for months on end. Instead, ERASED/BokuMachi was announced out of the blue and slated for the winter.  It was only until December that anything was revealed about Kabaneri, and what the news yielded since then were beautiful visuals, character designs by a returning legend, a potentially faint-inducing ED duet from Aimer and EGOIST's chelly, and yes, more comparisons to Tetsuro Araki and WIT STUDIO's much-much-lesser-known work, Attack on Titan

Friday, April 01, 2016


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...Restoring library from last known checkpoint


And, right there, goes what I had planned form April Fool's this year, which I spent the better part of March preparing and crafting (and it was sooooo good!). Obviously, no one on Blogger's developmental team is on the same time level as I am. March 32 does exist, people! (Then again March ends on the 40th, so maybe I should've waited…nah, it's their fault…)

Sorry, guys & gals… (sigh…)


Thursday, March 31, 2016

:anime: Free/Low-Cost Anime Pick of the Month:: KUROZUKA


Additional Links: ANN Entry, MAL Entry
Video [Free {Streaming}]: Crackle

DEATH NOTE, Highschool of the Dead, and Attack on Titan director Tetsuro Araki aims to make another big splash in next month's Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress. Before even hitting forty this November, he has been responsible for some the biggest hits of the last decade: titles with appeal and panache spanning across borders, with a trademark bombast all his own, and a penchant for high production quality. His resume—surprisingly and not—is a short one, but it is not difficult to see how quickly he rose through the ranks at MADHOUSE and, later, becoming one of the leading forces at Production I.G spinoff, WIT STUDIO. Simply put, if someone like Yoshiyuki Tomino allows you to do an episode of a show of his, you probably have something good going on…

Monday, February 29, 2016

:anime: Free/Low-Cost Anime Pick of the Month:: Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?

Is It Wrong To Try To Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?

Official Site: Japanese
Additional Links: ANN Entry, MAL Entry
Video [Free {Streaming}]: Crunchyroll, Hulu, ViewsterThe Anime Network

For the much of its history, a sizable portion of anime made has consisted of manga adaptations. However, the last decade has seen the strong emergence of "light novel" adaptations (stories typically too short to be considered a "novel", but too long to be considered a "novella"). While popular works such as Full Metal Panic!, Slayers, The Twelve Kingdoms, and Boogiepop Phantom preceded it, the trend was truly born in the afterglow of The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya's mega-success, followed by a more rapid ascension within the last couple of years. With any such flood (or oversaturation) of works, unsurprisingly, there is a collection of well-received titles (Spice & Wolf, Durarara!!, Toradora!) and a greater glut of titles that range from hidden gems (Kyouran Kazoku Nikki, Brave Story) and divisive entries (Sword Art Online, The irregular at magic high school) to pretenders, dullards, and lazy cash grabs (Rail Wars!, Akikan! Aesthetica of a Rouge Hero).

Friday, January 15, 2016

:anime: Free/Low-Cost Anime Pick of the Month Friendly Reminder:: ERASED (Boku dake ga Inai Machi / BokuMachi), Garakowa Premiere

Though I kicked January off with the reveal of the month's bonus Free/Low Cost Anime Pick, I actually neglected to formally announce its primary Pick, ERASED (Boku dake ga Inai Machi / BokuMachi), which was designated so last month (although I kinda did with links on the blog itself and its social network outlets). Most of you are likely already acquainted with the noitaminA drama from Sword Art Online's Tomohiko Ito, which has made waves straight from its first episode, but not only is it this month's Pick, there is also a review of its first two episodes back at its preview (towards the end of it) in the given link above!

Also, I would like to reminder everyone that said Bonus Pick, Garakowa, will be debuting tomorrow on Crunchyroll worldwide outside of Asia (of which you can find more info of in the first link of this post)!! Also an A-1 Pictures production, there is the added layer of irony in its director, Masashi Ishihama (From the New World), also doing the ending for ERASED (first used in the second episode)! That style is unmistakable, indeed…

While I may not be too warm towards ERASED (yet…?) and remain unsure about Garakowa, hopefully you, and maybe I, will be able to enjoy them in the end.

Happy Viewings (well, as "happy" as you can get with ERASED…)


Friday, January 08, 2016

:anime: Free/Low-Cost Anime Pick of the Month:: Bonus Pick!! - Garakowa -Restore the World-

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Garakowa -Restore the World-

Official Sites: Japanese, English
Additional Links: ANN Entry, MAL Entry
Video [Free {Streaming}]: Crunchyroll (Japanese w/ multi-language subtitle options)

It is not very often that one has the chance to watch a new anime film in a theater, unless you live in a major metropolitan area or are in Japan at the time and can watch it without the aid of subtitles. This makes Garakowa -Restore the World- (Glass no Hana to Kowasu Sekai)'s rollout all the more notable and unusual, as not only will the film debut tomorrow in Japan, but it will be streamed worldwide outside the country a week later on Crunchyroll (excl. Asia), not to mention in four Japanese theaters with English subtitles(!)! In addition, CR premium members will be allowed to see the film for free in San Jose the same day the film bows in Japan—complete with goodies and activites—before making the rounds on select dates in Germany, France, and Austria.

Thursday, December 31, 2015

:anime: Free/Low-Cost Anime Pick of the Month:: The Princess and The Pilot (To Aru Hikuushi e no Tsuioku)

The Princess and The Pilot (To Aru Hikuushi e no Tsuioku)

Official Sites: Japanese, English
Additional Links: ANN Entry, MAL Entry
Video [Free {Streaming}]: Crunchyroll, Hulu (Japanese with English subtitles at both)

Movie-watching is a big part of the holiday season, so I thought it would be appropriate to not only end the year with a movie, but quite a fine one, at that. The Princess and The Pilot (To Aru Hikuushi e no Tsuioku) is a TMS Entertainment-produced (Akira, The Rose of Versailles, Yowamushi Pedal, Fuse: Memoirs of the Hunter Girl), Madhouse-animated film (ONE-PUNCH MAN, Chihayafuru, Death Parade, HUNTERxHUNTER) based on the quasi-fantasy airplane light novel series by Kokoru Inumura.

Monday, November 30, 2015

:anime: Free/Low-Cost Anime Pick of the Month:: Young Black Jack

Black Jack…looks kind of different…

[Post Date: Dec. 26, 2015. Intended Post Date: Nov. 30, 2015. Due to computer issues and a whole lot of Christmas decorating… ]

Young Black Jack

Official Site: Japanese
Additional Links: ANN Entry, MAL Entry
Video [Free {Streaming}]: Crunchyroll, Hulu

In May 2013, Black Jack OVA was highlighted in an installment of "Free/Low-Cost Anime Pick of the Month". Since the 1993 work, Osamu Tezuka's popular unlicensed doctor has seen a few TV series and a movie or two, but aside from a 2-eps. 2011 OVA, there has not been a substantial anime starring him in about ten years. So, enter "Young Black Jack", a 12-eps. TV adaptation of an officially-sanctioned prequel manga series by Yoshiaki Tabata (who also penned the scripts) and Yuu Gou Ookuma that is a most curious beast, to say the least.

The telltale staples are still there, from the title character's surgical wizardry and sometimes morally-questionable characters to nods to the OVA's seminal artistic flourishes and involving, sometimes bizarre, episodic tales. The series may follow the steps of then-medical student/wunderkind Kuroo Hazama, but as soon as the first episode rolls, it is clear that it won't quite be your usual Black Jack.