Today in random shit: Sailor Moon theme song, R&B style

August 27, 2014 at 10:18 pm (Random Shit) (, , , , )

The Sailor Moon theme song (whether in Tagalog, Japanese, English, or Platina Jazz) has a tendency to make the ’90s-minded anime junkie’s blood surge. In a good way. Even (and especially when) transformed by Scott Bradlee & Postmodern Jukebox into a retro R&B slow jam.

This is part of Bradlee and company’s terribly entertaining series of R&B-ized Saturday morning cartoon theme songs, which includes Darkwing Duck, Powerpuff Girls, Pokemon, and more.

Postmodern Jukebox also covers a wide array of pop songs. Ever wanted to hear Jason Derulo’s Talk Dirty as a traditional klezmer song? Or Lady Gaga’s Just Dance as a vintage ’40s ditty? You do now.

 

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Today in nostalgia: ‘It’s Gonna Rain’ and ‘1/3’

August 21, 2014 at 9:54 pm (Nostalgia) (, , , )

Just saw Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Inferno. Even after years of seeing Kyoto Arc re-runs on TV (and the more recent Rurouni Kenshin: New Kyoto Arc OVAs), there remains a special kind of tingling of the spine at the sight of Shishio Makoto  (ever flanked by Yumi and Houji), Seta Sojiro destroying Kenshin’s sword, and Saito Hajime being Saito Hajime.

Here are some of those characters in the anime series’ fifth ending sequence (It’s Gonna Rain by Bonnie Pink) – just chilling in the rain, because some amount of chilling has to be done in between fights for or against the total domination of Japan.

And for an extra dose of nostalgia, here’s the sixth ending sequence, featuring a song (1/3 no Junjou no Kanjou by Siam Shade) that defined an entire generation of Philippine anime conventions.

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Let’s have some fanfiction: ‘The Last Stand of Viktor the Lion-hearted’ (Suikoden 2)

August 16, 2014 at 10:49 am (Fanfiction) (, , )

It’s Suikoden Day once again, which means plenty by way of being a fan. And by being a fan, I mean writing fanfiction. This one’s about Viktor facing maybe (sort of? Most likely? Certainly?) doom.

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Today in nostalgia: ‘Worthless’ from The Brave Little Toaster

August 14, 2014 at 11:42 am (Nostalgia) (, , )

I love this song. It’s at the climax of The Brave Little Toaster, a gem of an animated film that came out in 1987. The film was originally pitched as a 3D movie for Disney by some dude named John Lasseter. Disney said no, fired Lasseter, and shifted the project to a different studio with a third of the original budget. Instead of accepting that The Brave Little Toaster had been earmarked to be one of those cheap cartoon flicks that could be easily shipped overseas, the crew working on it decided that they wanted to make it awesome.

It would later be screened at the 1988 Sundance Film Festival, where it got a Grand Jury Prize nomination. Lasseter on the other hand, would go on to direct a little 3D movie called Toy Story, also about inanimate objects having rich, harrowing lives.

But I digress. The mourning of doomed cars with sad headlight eyes haunts me to this very day.

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Let’s have some fanfiction: ‘True Beasts’ (Suikoden 2)

July 18, 2014 at 5:24 pm (Fanfiction) (, , , )

This is a work of fanfiction which was submitted to Suikoden Day 2012‘s Eike’s Library! Fanfiction Contest, and won first place.

It’s about a 16-year-old Luca Blight, a birthday, getting drunk, a True Rune, and foreboding about the future. Read the rest of this entry »

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Let’s have some fanfiction: ‘Tea Time’ (Suikoden 2)

July 18, 2014 at 5:18 pm (Fanfiction) (, , , )

This is a work of fanfiction which was submitted to Suikoden Day 2013‘s Eike’s Library! Fanfiction Contest. And it won too.

It’s about Han and Genkaku hanging out, talking about life, death, the war, and what may or may not happen when it’s all over. Read the rest of this entry »

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Today in random shit: Lost

July 10, 2014 at 1:19 pm (Random Shit) (, , )

I continue to think of myself as less of an Amanda Palmer fan, than a Neil Gaiman fan who just sort of bled into the Amanda Palmer side of YouTube music videos, but some days are for zoning out at lunch at your work desk and listening to ‘Lost’ and thinking ‘this is both a happy and sad song, but mostly sad, very sad.’

So continues the weird, lurching, haphazard updating of this blog n__n.

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10 Unanswered Questions in The Sandman

October 30, 2013 at 6:25 pm (Articles / Interviews) (, , , )

Warning: a fair bit of gushing and spoilers about the Sandman.

In The Sandman, one will find plenty more questions than answers. Like Cain once told Abel – it’s the mystery that keeps people interested, not the secret behind it.

Outside of the series’ original 75-issue run however, writer Neil Gaiman has taken the opportunity to reveal just a few of the secrets behind the mysteries.  If you want to know why Dream is always in conflict with Desire (besides the fact that they’re both douchey to each other), you’ll find out in The Heart of a Star, published as part of the Sandman 10th Anniversary special Endless Nights, that Desire once caused one of Dream’s lovers to betray him. If you want to know why Death decided to take human form once every hundred years, you’d have to read A Winter’s Tale, originally published as part of Vertigo: Winter’s Edge #2.

The Sandman: Overture, which marks Gaiman’s first new Sandman story in a looong while (and the first Sandman story to be drawn by the awesome HG Williams III), will be answering a question that was never overtly stated, but has sort of floated discreetly behind the ongoing action.

In the start of the series, Dream of the Endless was captured by humans and imprisoned. But Dream, being of the Endless, is mightier than gods and demons. So how the hell does he find himself encased in a glass globe?

In Brief Lives, we get the only clue as to why – Dream is shown to have emerged from a far away galaxy, “in triumph”, but “tired beyond reckoning and tried beyond all endurance” – weak enough to then be caught by a bunch of human cultists. Which begs the question, what in the Vertigo universe can possibly weaken a member of the Endless?

The first of The Sandman: Overture’s six issues is already out.

Before reading it, here are just a few of the other Sandman questions that have remained unanswered. Read the rest of this entry »

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Suikoden Day 2013: The 5 things I want to see in Suikoden VI

July 11, 2013 at 10:40 pm (Awesome, Nostalgia) (, , )

Today is Suikoden Day 2013. Seems like it was only yesterday that the Suikoden fandom was celebrating the first and second Suik days online, with much cheer and fangasming. This year, devotees are invited to talk about what exactly they’d like to see if the Suikoden series (long frozen at the fifth instalment, although with a few spin-offs over the last couple of years) were to shake off its inertia and go on to a sixth Suikoden.

In reality, there has been very little to suggest that Konami has Suikoden VI on its slate (at least not for the foreseeable future), but the fans are a-clamoring, and Konami hasn’t totally been overlooking them. So here are the top five things I’d like to see in Suikoden VI.

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1. Lots of 2D animation

Suikoden lends itself wonderfully to anime-style sequences – just think of Suikogaiden Vols. 1 and 2, or the opening of Suikoden III. In a perfect world, where things like budget and manpower constraints don’t exist, I’d imagine all of Suikoden VI would look like an anime, except one that you can play (think the in-game graphics of Guilty Gear, but somehow, impossibly, translated into an RPG).

Not only does this give the game a sharp visual style, and an immediate appeal to the anime crowd, but it further blurs the line between playing a game and telling a story – something Suikoden has always been good at.

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Today in awesome: Moonlight Densetsu

June 21, 2013 at 7:11 pm (Awesome, Random Shit) (, , , )

You know the Sailor Moon opening theme – the tolling of bells, the dramatic opening, the percussion accompanying the appearance of ‘90s anime girl archetypes.

The original Japanese version was about the itchy kind of infatuation. Moonlight is for chance encounters and the happy chills you get seeing the person you love.

Gomen ne sunao ja nakute
Yume no naka nara ieru
Shikou kairo wa shotto sunzen
Ima sugu aitai yo
Nakitaku naru you-na Moonlight
Denwa mo dekinai Midnight
Datte junjou doushiyou
Hatto wa mangekyou

(english translation)

“Sorry if I’m not gentle”
I can say that in my dreams.
My thoughts are about to short circuit.
I want to see you, now isn’t soon enough.
Just about ready to cry, moonlight,
Can’t call, midnight.
Because I’m so naive, what can I do?
My heart is a kaleidoscope!

The version my generation grew up with was the Tagalog rendition, which took a noticeably darker turn. In this version, the light of the moon brings longing, and what joy you can gleam from thinking of someone who may or may not be thinking of you back. Read the rest of this entry »

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