Wassup everyone. As I’ve stated here, I’ve been taking a Japanese Animation class this quarter at my community college, and as the quarter is coming to a close, there’s so many final assisgnments that I have to do. For Japanese Animation class, I have to write a term paper regarding one of the animated features we’ve watched in class. The topic I chose was a literary comparison between an adaptation and its source material, and since I’m a lazy man, I chose something I’ve seen/read a dozen of times and know by heart to save me the trouble: Rurouni Kenshin. To be specific, the first OVA.
And I’ve decided to post it here as well, because it seemed like it would make a good anime review for the blog. Note that since it’s supposed to be five pages long and I tend to be total poop when I’m writing under academic conditions (c’mon, everyone procrastinates on their homework!), it may seem a bit rushed in places.
Continue reading Rurouni Kenshin: Tsuiokuhen Manga/Anime comparison (term paper by Johnny Nguyen)
One of the things I love about anime conventions (or any convention for that matter) are the invasion of cosplayers. It was awesome seeing Downtown San Jose being infested and taken over by cosplayers and my fellow geeks and weebs. People might have been pissed by the traffic we caused and the endless lines we induced at restaurants, but we felt dominant! Made the city as “nigiyaka” (so to say) as San Fransisco is every night. It just made those four days and three nights so fun, and now that everything’s quieted down and returned to normal, I’m having post-con depression. 😛 I want Downtown Weebland again, dammit!
That being said, there were many great cosplays this year. I stopped to take a picture of almost every one of my favorite characters and shows whenever I came across them, but this is basically a list of my very favorite ones during the weekend. To those who didn’t make it into this blog post, I’d like to say that you definitely all made it to my Facebook albums. Just very wonderful memories overall.
Continue reading Fanime 2013 Cosplays
My promise not to kill… This is my sakabatou!
I haven’t been posting because of the flu – I’ve had hellish nights during the past weekend.
I’m feeling better though, and no flu can possibly stop me from finally getting around to watching the Rurouni Kenshin live action movie. I was certainly hyped for this movie and I honestly lost my patience waiting for an eventual American screening – so I simply grabbed the Japanese Blue-ray and watched it anyway. Hell yeah!
Continue reading Rurouni Kenshin (live-action film)
Image Credit: juria from Pixiv
A little less than seven years in the blogosphere and this is actually my first time taking part in a “12 Days of Anime” post-spree, a project in which bloggers recount memorable moments related to anime either this year or in general. I decided to do it about 2012. I’m pretty excited about it, mostly since I don’t really physically *celebrate* any holidays outside of buying one or two gifts before Christmas Day comes around… and taking a break from school.
I was originally planning on doing this when the REAL 12 Days of Christmas began (which is Christmas Day), but then I saw everyone else start doing it today. So, I figured, I was probably planning on doing it wrong, somehow…
Any-who, let’s get the holiday season started. *calls the Christmas Carolers*
On the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me…
Continue reading 12 Days of Anime, Day 1: The Return of a Ronin
Back when it was announced that there was a Rurouni Kenshin “remake”, I was absolutely ecstatic and expected something more along the lines of Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood where it was a complete reboot that finishes the manga completely (Jinchu arc animated = <3 =D). Turns out that it was just a set of OVAs that retold the Kyoto arc through the perspective of Misao Makimachi.
Alas, if you go into it with it being a “remake” in mind, you’ll be sorely disappointed by how inferior it is in comparison to its TV counterpart. Fortunately, I went into with the fact that it’s supplementary material in mind and a treat for the fans (both of which it essentially is), and I found myself thoroughly enjoying what it had to offer.
Continue reading Rurouni Kenshin: Shin Kyoto-Hen (OVA) Part I: Cage of Flames
Title: Rurouni Kenshin
Based on: Rurouni Kenshin (manga)
Production: Studio Gallop, Studio Deen (episode 66+), Aniplex
Japan 1867… the Tokugawa Dynasty stands upon failing lengths. An invincible samurai, Kenshin Himura, walks upon a path of death and destruction ushering in a new regime. Hated and feared by many, he is known as “Hitokiri Battōsai”, the man-slayer (hitokiri = man-slayer). Repenting for his deeds in the revolution, he has taken an oath: to protect the innocent and to never kill again. Although he now lives a life of a rōnin, old memories seldom fade and return to haunt him but… bad habits die hard.
Continue reading Reflections – Rurouni Kenshin