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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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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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 nostalgia: Early 2000s anime openings

March 5, 2013 at 10:27 pm (Nostalgia) (, , , )

The anime of the early 2000s came off the wave made by titles like Great Teacher Onizuka, Cowboy Bebop, and Weiss Kreuzz. On the other hand, this generation would lead on to things like Samurai Champloo, Code Geass, and Soul Eater.

For people like me, who were in high school at the time, anime was all about how no overwhelming world-destroying force couldn’t be defeated with a steadfast heart and a ragtag group of friends (except for things like Wolf’s Rain. Because sometimes, world’s just got to end).

Gate Keepers (2000)

Vandread (2000)

Gensomaden Saiyuki (2000)

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The game I never thought I’d play

February 14, 2013 at 6:35 pm (Articles / Interviews, Awesome, Nostalgia) (, , , )

Yesterday, I came home to find this – a package from Barcelona, containing a bunch of Suikoden merchandise, most specifically an original copy of Genso Suikogaiden Vol. 1: Swordsman of Harmonia. Only waited 12 years to get my hands on that.

Suikoden Day prize

It’s no secret that Suikoden II is my favoritest game in the whole wide world (one of the few things that gets me blogging regularly is gushing about Suikoden Day, or Why This Game Changed My Life). I got into Suikoden II at around 12, that age where the stories you hear just sort of stick with you forever. It was also at that age I discovered you can look shit up on this thing called the Internet. Suikosource didn’t exist yet, but there was Icy Brian and Rebel Hideout (what was once souleater.org) to go look at game art and character bios and stuff. Read the rest of this entry »

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Today in nostalgia: Disney songs

January 26, 2013 at 3:57 pm (Nostalgia) (, , )

I’m at the end of what’s been a rather intense work week, so in between sleeping in and watching a shitload of ‘Modern Family‘, I’ve decided to listen to some Disney songs. Say what you will about Disney and animated musicals, but these songs are buried deep in that part of my brain where happy thoughts come from.

Everyone’s got their favorite Disney songs (I have been present at many drunken renderings of ‘Part of Your World‘ and ‘I’ll Make a Man Out of You‘) – these are some of mine.

‘The Gospel Truth’ (Hercules, 1997)

As a child it never occurred to me that mixing gospel music with Greek mythology was kinda weird. But what works, works.

‘Friends on the Other Side’ (The Princess and the Frog, 2009)

Does it bother anyone that at the end of the movie, Facilier is literally dragged to hell? He doesn’t die, like all them other Disney movie villains (there’s an entire CRACKED.com article about this), he is taken body and soul to some technicolor voodoo hell. Is creepy, that’s all.

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A few words about Halloween

October 30, 2012 at 8:08 pm (Nostalgia, Random Shit, Uncategorized) (, , , , , , )

Let Mr. Carapace Clavicle Moundshroud and the boys from Ray Bradbury’s The Halloween Tree explain:

moundshroud

“Do you see lads? Think! People vanished forever. They died, oh Lord, they died! But came back in dreams. Those dreams were called Ghosts, and frightened men in every age—“

“Night and day. Summer and winter, boys. Seedtime and harvest. Life and death. That’s what Halloween is, all rolled up in one. Noon and midnight. Being born, boys. Rolling over, playing dead like dogs, lads. And getting up again, barking, racing, through thousands of years of death each day and each night Halloween, boys, every night, every single night dark and fearful until at last you made it and hid in cities and towns and had some rest and could get your breath.”

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“And you began to live longer and have more time, and space out of the deaths, and put away fear, and at last have only special days in each year when you thought of night and dawn and spring and autumn and being born and being dead.

“And it all adds up. Four thousand years ago, one hundred years ago, this year, one place or another, but the celebrations all the same—“

halloween tree kite

“The Feast of Samhain—“

“The Time of the Dead Ones—“

All Souls’. All Saints’.”

“The Day of the Dead.”

El Dia De Muerte.”

“All Hallows’.”

“Halloween.”

I miss Ray Bradbury.

Illustrations by Joseph Mugnaini. Kite image taken from The Haunted Closet. Vid is from the 1993 The Halloween Tree cartoon.

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Today in random nostalgia shit: Cursed video

February 3, 2012 at 9:02 am (Nostalgia, Random Shit) (, , , )

In the Koji Suzuki novel Ringu (1992), the cursed video started with a little message to make sure whoever was watching would sit through the entire thing (to avoid plot holes like ‘what happens if you only watch half the video?’): “Whoever does not watch the whole video will be devoured by the living dead.” Something like that.

From Ringu (1998).

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Today in nostalgia: Aqua! Cartoon heroes and candymen

January 24, 2012 at 2:34 am (Nostalgia) (, , )

’90s Aqua music videos. Artifacts from a decidedly cheesier time.



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Today in nostalgia: I’m Castor Troy!

November 25, 2011 at 4:37 am (Nostalgia) (, )

Have you ever gone to the bathroom and just randomly remembered that time Nic Cage played opposite John Travolta in a 1990s action shlockfest that at the time you thought was the awesomest thing ever? It makes you smile while you pee.

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