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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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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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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The ones I’ll be mourning

June 6, 2012 at 6:03 pm (Articles / Interviews) (, , , , , , )

Ray Bradbury is dead. Because ‘Something Wicked This Way Comes’ and ‘The Halloween Tree’ are a firm part of my childhood, I mourn. His death has me thinking about all those other writers, artists, whatevers, we admire from afar – people whose works we grow up with, or at least grow older with.

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When they die, we mourn. It’s not like they’re family, or friends. If you’re really lucky, you got to meet them once or twice. Maybe you got to shake their hand at a convention, or they replied to your fan mail. Maybe you got to interview them for an article, or work on their movie set, or act out their play. You may or may not ever get to tell them just how much their work has affected you, and how much their creations are part of the background of your personal psychological landscape. But when they die, you mourn. Read the rest of this entry »

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Shades of Gray (or Things I Learned About Life from a ’90s PlayStation Game)

February 15, 2012 at 9:09 am (Articles / Interviews) (, , , , , )

This was my submission for Suikoden Day 2011‘s Old Book (ie. essay writing) contest – 500-ish words on why I love Suikoden. There were some awesome prizes up for first and second place. I got third. Ah well. There’ll be another chance in Suikoden Day 2012 (huzzah!).

Also check out my other contribution to Suikoden Day 2011 – a bit of pictorial ramblage concerning Suikoden and alcohol.

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12-year-old me played Suikoden II on the recommendation of a school friend, who said it was “nice.” I assumed I’d be entertained. But Suikoden II did significantly more than that – it taught me about stories. Read the rest of this entry »

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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 awesome: It’s Suikoden Day!

December 15, 2011 at 6:01 am (Awesome, Uncategorized) (, , , )

It is Suikoden Day. Let’s party n__n.

Have a drink
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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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Today in nostalgia: Gorillaz

November 3, 2011 at 4:47 am (Nostalgia) (, , )

I became a fan of Gorillaz about twenty seconds into this song.

This is the band (audio-visual experiment project thing) circa 2001, back when animation quality was a tad lower, backstories were less complicated, and Noodle had yet to discover automatic firearms.

Compare:

They’re celebrating 10 years of existence in 2011 with a greatest hits collection, scheduled for release this month.

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