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 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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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 Suikoden anime dream

November 28, 2012 at 3:39 pm (Awesome, Random Shit) (, , , )

Just because Suikoden Day 2012 is a couple of days away, here’s the opening of Konami’s 1999 text-based game Suikoden Gaiden Vol. 1: Swordsman of Harmonia, which fired the dream for a Suikoden anime series for more than a few merry fans of the series.

And then Vol. 2: Duel at Crystal Valley came out, which brought fan favorites like Millie and Viki to animated life.

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Today in random shit: Do You Want To?

October 16, 2012 at 2:19 pm (Random Shit) (, , , )

I’m one of those people who discovered the band Franz Ferdinand via the Ai Yazawa anime Paradise Kiss.

And now I love Franz Ferdinand.

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Today in awesome: Power music

March 13, 2012 at 5:34 am (Awesome) (, , , , )

For to be feeling powerful when going out to destroy your enemies, or possibly early in the morning when you’re trying to wake up.

(If you’d rather journey to another world than water the fields with the blood of your foes, there’s music for that too).

Fever Dream (300 soundtrack)

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Today in awesome: Music to be transported to another world to

February 10, 2012 at 8:56 am (Awesome) (, , )

Unsurprisingly, from video games and anime that featured people jumping from one world into another (or set in entirely different worlds altogether). Features a lot of hypnotic female singing.

Time’s Scar (Chrono Cross OST)

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Today in awesome: Fight scenes (anime – duels)

September 30, 2011 at 9:55 am (Awesome) (, , , , )

I’m not saying these are the beeest anime duels ever. I’m just saying, sometimes, at the end of a long week, all you want to see are a couple of characters artfully tearing each other to ribbons in the best possible quality animation. Because it makes for a better weekend that way.

Wrath vs Greed
Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood

I love any fight scene with Wrath in it n__n.

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Today in random shit: Hellsing OVA 8 ending

August 17, 2011 at 9:57 am (Random Shit) (, , )

I was a bit late realizing Hellsing Ultimate OVA 8 was out n__n. Since then (which was maybe two days ago), I’ve watched the ending sequence around six times – for the music (Yasushi Ishii’s P.S. Lord Amitabha Have Mercy On Me, which is the sort of thing that perks you up after finding yourself walking under a freak rainstorm and realizing your umbrella does not prevent your shoes and socks from going the way of the soggy-toe-ness, and all that trouble just to walk to the Jollibee down the street), and the callous Fr. Alexander Anderson love (especially considering what’ll be happening in OVA 9).

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Hayao Miyazaki: Anime Auteur

March 16, 2011 at 6:38 am (Articles / Interviews) (, )

An old article about Hayao Miyazaki, my love for whom stems from seeing Spirited Away and thinking I’d just seen all my childhood fears and fantasies put into animation.

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With Hayao Miyazaki, you never know what to expect. His worlds are populated by fuzzy nature spirits who love the sound of raindrops on umbrellas, World War II fighter planes piloted by pigs, and goldfish who turn into girls. Grimy bits of soot might sprout limbs and eyes, a young girl may make friends with a dragon, or a wolf’s dismembered head may come back live and snapping.

Miyazaki’s films cover a wide range of themes and emotions, but something all his movies have in common is that they evoke a strong sense of wonder, of the sort usually only felt by children. But the same wonder can easily arise in adults (with maybe a bit of nostalgia as well) given Miyazaki’s characters and their strange and fantastical adventures. His choice of imagery and mastery of animation as a medium draws the viewer in, with some remaining long after the movie has ended.

“I do believe in the power of story,” he said. “I believe that stories have an important role to play in the formation of human beings, that they can stimulate, amaze and inspire their listeners.”

“I believe that fantasy (meaning imagination) is very important,” he added. “We shouldn’t stick too close to everyday reality but give room to the reality of the heart, of the mind and of the imagination. Those things can help us in life.”

Miyazaki’s films

Miyazaki gave up a career in economics to get into animation in the ‘60s. Initially working as an in-betweener (the one who adds drawings that go “between” the main ones to complete the action in an animated sequence) for Toei Animation, Miyazaki eventually broke off to write and direct his own films, the first of which was 1984’s Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, based on a comic he had made.

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