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A week or so ago I got my Looney Tunes Golden Collection and the complete Death Note DVD box. One is pretty violent. I’m talking about Looney Tunes, of course ;) . No, really, it’s extremely violent. Death Note has nothing on it.

With this Looney Tunes box I got the classic Roadrunner and Coyote shorts that I wanted. And a ton of other classics. I’ve only watched a few – there are four discs per case. Not all are good, but it’s all quality animation. The one with the Coyote trying to steal sheep under the nose of the sheepdog is hilarious.

I actually re-watched Death Note recently, but it got me thinking that perhaps I should see if it’s available on Blu-ray. … Continue reading

 

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I don’t watch anime so much these days. The exception was Vision of Escaflowne, which I watched after hearing the synopsis at an anime soundtrack concert. It was a pretty good anime, but didn’t quite live up to my expectations.

The other day I got Attack on Titan (進撃の巨人/Shingeki no Kyojin) recommended to me on Twitter (thanks Stephane). It seemed cool based on the single screen I had seen. I started watching it, and it’s very good. It’s different in a deceptive way. When you think you have the story figured out, it makes a sharp turn in another direction. That’s the impression I’ve gotten from the episodes that have aired so far.

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The anime series is based on a manga by Hajime Isayama. It takes place in a world where … Continue reading

 
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I finished rewatching the anime Death Note the other day. I haven’t watched it since it first aired back in 2007. I tried reading the manga after having watched the anime the first time, but it was a bit boring since I knew what would happen. By the time I rewatched the anime, I had forgotten a lot of things. I still remembered the story in big strokes, but there were still details that surprised me (again).

For those who haven’t watched it, it’s about an intelligent but bored guy who finds a note book that has been dropped into the human world by a death god. He discovers that if he writes the someone’s name in the book, they die. He decides to rid the world of “rotten” people, starting with violent criminals. He envisions a perfect new world, where he’ll be the god. When it becomes known that criminals are dropping dead like flies, the police and international security agencies try to track down the one behind the deaths (named Kira by the people). They bring in a super intelligent investigator going by the name “L”, to help in the search for Kira.

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Last week I watched the Studio Ghibli anime Ocean Waves (海がきこえる/I can hear the sea). It’s about a college student named Taku, who is thinking back to his senior year in high school years and a girl called Rikako. She’s a new girl who moved to Taku’s town from Tokyo. She’s smart and attractive, but is a bit of an outcast among the students. Except for Taku’s friend Yutaka, who has a crush on Rikako. Triangle drama, commence! The story is told through a series of flashbacks, where Taku remembers the impression Rikako made in their encounters.

This is a TV movie and you can tell that the budget must have been smaller than Ghibli movies that have been shown in cinemas. The animation … Continue reading

 
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I watched the Studio Ghibli anime Porco Rosso the other day. It’s one of those movies that I bought ages ago, but never got around to watching. Until now. I was looking for an “easy watching” movie where I didn’t have to invest much. It fit that bill well. It’s a very laid back movie.

The story takes place at the Adriatic Sea in the late 1920’s. It is about a former air force pilot, who has turned into a pig for some reason and now makes a living as a bounty hunter, chasing air pirates. His plane is damaged during a dog fight and he goes to Italy to have it repaired at his old friend’s shop. There he meets the friend’s granddaughter Fio, who is put in charge of making the repairs/improvements.

I liked Porco Rosso. It had some nice moments, but some things weren’t explained or resolved. The ending is one of those where you get a summary of what happened to everyone after the last scene, which was a bit “blah”. Enjoyable none the less.

 

Take off is 2PM’s Japanese debut single from last year. It was also used as the ending song for the anime Blue Exorcist.

2PM ~ Take off

2PM ~ Take off

23MB 3:37 H.264/AVC 480×272 PSP Ready

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I just saw an article at Soompi, which had the following clip of IU singing the theme song for the Korean version of the anime Yumeiro Patissiere (꿈빛 파티시엘) back in 2010. I hadn’t seen it before. So cute! :D

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I watch movies way too seldom nowadays. I have a huge “to watch” pile. However, yesterday I watched Studio Ghibli’s latest film The Borrower Arrietty (Karigurashi no Arrietty, aka The Secret World of Arrietty). It’s based on the novel The Borrowers by Mary Norton.

The story takes place in a Japan, where a sickly boy, Sho, goes to live in his mother’s childhood house to rest before his heart surgery. Under the floors of the house lives a family of “borrowers”. They are tiny (10 cm tall) persons, who borrow small things they need from the house from time to time. The borrowers must remain hidden from the humans, but the young Arrietty is spotted by Sho.

This film is less otherworldly than other Ghibli works. It’s pretty quiet and simple. It was relaxing to watch. The imagery is very colourful and pretty. I like how things are made to look huge, that would be huge to someone the size of a borrower. I liked the movie, although it’s pretty open-ended.

The soundtrack is also different from other Ghibli movies. Usually it’s Joe Hisaishi who composes the music. When the music started, I thought “is this Michelle Branch?”, but it turns out that it’s a French singer named Cécile Corbel.

I bought the DVD in Korea, but I watched it with the original Japanese audio and English subtitles. The subtitles were good except for the erroneous, but consistent, use of “human beans” instead of “human beings” :lol: .

 
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I received my Black Rock Shooter figma figure today. To my surprise the box said that a 50 minute DVD was included. I wasn’t expecting that at all. I was actually thinking about checking out the Black Rock Shooter anime, so a free DVD is great even if it doesn’t have any subtitles.

So I sit down to check out the DVD. The anime starts playing right away. It looks pretty cool. I press the menu button just in case… and it does have subtitles! In multiple languages! It has English, Japanese, Chinese, German, Spanish, French and Italian subtitles! :D

 

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I watched the Japanese blu-ray version of Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind last night. For the Blu-ray version the movie has been restored and the picture quality is great. They haven’t retouched things like the film grain and the occasional crooked animation cell, but left it as it was in the original film, which keeps an “authentic” feel.

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