Starting up ANYTHING worthwhile is never easy. It’s certainly never as easy as you THINK it will be. Nothing could be truer than that for the rocky history of AnimeTV. But for the fans that have stuck with us through it all — and to all the new folks just finding us now — we would like to wish you all a healthy and happy New Year! We look forward to watching tons of anime in 2011.
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From all of us at AnimeTV… HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Hey “AnimeTV” fans, Bailey here! OK, so I got an update from the lovely people that make “AnimeTV” and wanted to fill you in on our status. First of all: are we filming new material soon? YES! Is it the exact same “AnimeTV” you are used to? Not quite. We are going to try to do some smaller segments very soon so that you, the fans, will have something new to watch and discuss. But we need your help! I’m going to be answering questions on the show that YOU guys want answered. You could ask our opinion on a show, a question about “AnimeTV,” a question about voice acting, you could ask me a math question (though it’s likely to be wrong), hell, you could even ask me about my extensive Hello Kitty jewelry collection. I don’t care! And questions don’t necessarily need to be directed to me. If you’re dying to ask Jonathan where he gets his awesome T-shirts or how did Kaiji become so damn pretty, you could do that too. All you need to do is send me an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and we may pick your question to answer on camera. OK, so start sending in those questions ASAP. The faster you send them in, the faster we can get some new videos made. Thanks!
Hey everyone! Sorry it’s been so long since I’ve done a review. I recently just finished an oldie anime called “Ippatsu Kiki Musume,” OR “Dangerous Girl.” While this series aired in October of 1999, I only recently came across it. And I must say, it’s one of the more **ahem** interesting shows I’ve seen.
The plot: It’s pretty simple…Kunyan is a girl who manages to get herself into ridiculously painful situations while a narrator tells us scientifically what is happening to her body. That’s it! That’s the entire plot. This show is actually a series of shorts. Each episode is only 3-4 minutes long (that includes the opening theme).
The good: I liked the short episodes…especially because the show wasn’t that good. You can literally watch all 16 episodes in about half an hour. And there are some actual laugh out loud moments though they do tend to be rare. And I’ve got to give them credit for doing something completely different.
The bad: This show does just fall into the plain dumb category A LOT. They obviously couldn’t keep the humor of their own concept going, so they basically fall back on boobs. I know, all you guys out there are running to buy it now. But seriously…most episodes find Kunyan getting into a situation and then becoming naked. It starts to fall into disgusting and stupid as the show goes on. Plus, even though it’s never said, we can assume that Kunyan is supposed to be Chinese…and her best friend is a white foreigner…and they are both incredibly dumb. So yah, this show gets to be a bit racist at times too.
If you want to check out “Ippatsu Kiki Musume,” you’re probably going to have to find it streaming. It hasn’t been licensed in America and I HIGHLY doubt it ever will be. If you’ve got a half an hour to kill, check it out. If you have better things to do with your time, skip it.
So, who out there has actually seen “Ippatsu Kiki Musume?” I’m interested to know what you guys think.
Hello again, AnimeTV fans! Another review from me, Bailey, coming your way. This time we’ll be reviewing “Nyan Koi!” which aired from October to December 2009.
Basic plot: Junpei is a high school student who HATES cats. He thinks they are annoying and he is allergic to them. But of course, the girl he has a big crush on, Kaede, LOOOOOVES cats. While walking home one day, he kicks a can and breaks the local shrine’s cat guardian statue. Which makes him cursed with the ability to hear the thoughts of cats. And if he doesn’t grant the wish of 100 cats, he himself is going to turn into one. How can he get the girl AND stay away from the animals he hates?
OK, so the show is a quasi-harem type anime. The main guy has about 6 different girls that all love him and try to win his love. But it’s NOT harem in the sense that the girls are skanky whores. And it doesn’t really seem forced that these girls like him. The main girl, Kaede (who he likes), is your typical quiet, somewhat ditzy girl. But, she’s also a fierce track and field athlete. Besides that you’ve got the tomboy, the yakuza daughter, the post office woman with giant boobies, and the twins (one crazy, one sullen). But they are all unique and all fun. His best friend, Sumiyoshi, starts out as a big manba style girl. What’s manba? Well, it looks a bit like this:
I’ve never seen any anime have the manba style on a character that they weren’t horribly making fun of. She stops wearing manba after the first few episodes, but it’s still a cool inside look into her character.
There are a lot of good, fun things about this anime. There’s a lot of references to other animes such as “Kiki’s Delivery Service” and “Lupin” and it made me laugh out loud a few times. And even though this is a harem-type anime, there are NO panty shots. What’s that you say? An anime with NO panty shots? NOPE! And it’s a goddamn fucking miracle if you ask me! Because this anime is made for girls: Cute boy+cute cats=boy in possible cat cosplay at some point. This is not really a dude show which is also a breathe of fresh air if you ask me. I marathoned the hell out of this show because it was that enjoyable to watch.
OK, the bad: The twin girls, Akare and Kotone, somehow manage to have special powers at some point in the show. It’s set up as a total joke too and you think someone is dreaming…but they aren’t…they just randomly have special Nanoha-esque powers. That kind of pissed me off. I mean, I know the show is about the supernatural (curses and such), but the greatness of the girls is that they are all normal girls. It felt really forced and I could have done without it.
The director of this anime, Keiichiro Kawaguchi also directed “Hayate the Combat Butler” and “Zettai Karen Children.” He’s a good director. This show is a bit fluffy at times…no real dramatic moments in the show, but it’s fun. It’s only 12 episodes so you can finish it up pretty quickly. I’d say this is a show made for girls. Boys might be very annoyed with it. But if you are a big cat nerd, you might find yourself throwing in some “Awwwwws!” for good measure.
What did you think of “Nyan Koi!” ?
Oh my god, everyone! The website is back and working! So, here’s another review from me, Bailey. This time we’re going to take a look at “Angel Beats.” It aired from April to June of this year.
OK, the plot: Basically we meet our main character, Otonashi, as he’s just died. Yup, died. And instead of going to heaven or hell, he ends up in this bizarre purgatory state. And in this purgatory, there is a school, clubs, and other children. But those that conform to the student way of life (ie: Going to class, doing homework) disappear. Are they reincarnated? No one knows. Along with all this, Otonashi is recruited by a group of rebels that fight against the student council president…who happens to be an angel and who is in charge of making people disappear. This group of rebels must use crazy amazing weapons in order to stand a chance against the Angel’s supernatural powers.
OK, the bad: The name “Angel Beats” is a TERRIBLE name. Try to ignore the stupidity of this name and it will get much better. Even the picture of the show above is a bit strange to me. The marketing for this show in general was crap. Better name, better promo ads and this may have been a much bigger hit. The first episode of this show was one of the most uninspiring I’ve ever seen. Stick around past that episode though and it takes you to some amazing places. This show at first feels a bit “Haruhi-ish” and for those who know me, you know I hate Haruhi. They main rebel leader, Yuri, even has the famous Hair-lo.
The good: This show gets awesome! It’s smart, it’s different, the characters are interesting, and the animation is beautiful. All of these students are dead and a good part of the show is finding out how they died. And that is what I lived for in this show. Characters you may not necessarily like end up having the most tragic back stories and then you can’t help but love them. The music in this show is also amazing. One of the episodes has a member of the resistance be part of an all-girl rock band. And they play a few songs throughout the show. And the music is awesome! The opening theme by Lia called “My Soul, Your Beats” is one of my favorites.
This show also says a lot about the Japanese school systems I feel. In this show if you comply, you disappear. If you stand out, if you are different and have fun with your friends, you are remembered and you won’t become some nameless CPU. I think that says a lot for letting our youth be different and unique.
All and all, I really enjoyed this show. It was fun and different. It’s only 13 episodes, so if you can check it out, you should. I was sad it ended so soon, but it honestly wouldn’t have held up if had continued another season. It’s the perfect length. For guys, you may not dig the show THAT much (though there is a lot of shooting of guns), and girls might enjoy the humor of it a bit more. OK, so who has seen “Angel Beats” and wants to tell me what they think?
Many people are wondering what the real story behind the sudden Revision3 event is. Well I’m here to tell you.
Basically me and Revision3 had words over my paycheck and how there wasn’t enough zeros in it. Revision3 got all angry, put on his golden helmet and challenged me to a duel. I got all pissed and manly and my clothes ripped off from sheer badass. The following is a pretty accurate depiction of what happened next.
Speaking of Fist of the North Star, some of you may know that a new game based on the manga is coming out in the States. Brought to us from Koei, it’s going to be called Fist of the North Star: Ken’s Rage and you’ll be able to get it on the 360 and PS3. Now for those of you who don’t actually know what Fist of the North Star is and why Kenshiro is actually your father, savior and the last thing you’ll see before you die despite what that one guy pretending to be your dad has to say, what religion you think you believe in and how you’ll actually pass on…let me tell you.
Fist of the North Star is set in a future where nuclear war has consumed the earth and motorcycle hoodlums terrorize random folk for shits and giggles. It’s very Mad Max. It stars a guy named Kenshiro who is the manliest character in the Universe. He’s a mix between Bruce Lee, Chuck Norris and Jesus Christ. The anime also boasts the single manliest theme song in existence, which you can hear here. Basically Kenshiro wanders the land doing good deeds, curing the blind and making people explode (seriously). It all leads up to a fight with his brother Raoh, the other manliest character ever created in any medium ever in space and time second only to Kenshiro. The fight will kick your ass so hard you’ll be pooping blood for months.
…And that’s why you should buy Fist of the North Star: Ken’s Rage for the 360 and PS3. It’s apparently coming out November 2nd, though the date is subject to change.
Here’s the Manly Trailer.
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Ilene Woods, the voice of the title character in the Walt Disney animated feature “Cinderella,” died on Thursday in Canoga Park, Calif. She was 81. She died of causes related to Alzheimer’s disease, her husband, the drummer Ed Shaughnessy, told The Los Angeles Times.
Ms. Woods was an 18-year-old radio singer in 1948 when two songwriter friends asked her to make a demonstration recording of some songs they had written for a planned Disney feature. Two days later, Walt Disney himself interviewed her and offered her the job.
She was both the speaking and singing voice of Cinderella in the film, which was released in 1950 and went on to become a big success for the Disney studio. The singing voice of Prince Charming was provided by the future talk-show host Mike Douglas.
excerpted from the NY Times
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