Anime List 09/13

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I have been better about watching Anime and getting back into it, trying at least one episode a day, the thing is that its so addictive, its had just to stay at one episode a day, you want to watch 10. My list has been kept full but I am sure to watch one or two episodes when I can, and some of these shows are really good with Attack on Titan being the best by far, waiting for each episode to come out is killing me. Bleach on the other hand I’m loving, I sort of skim through the filler episodes but watch the storylines religiously when I get into it.

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What I Am Watching:

  • Attack On Titan (Shingeki no Kyojin) – The Best Anime this Season by Far! Love it!
  • Bleach – Catching Up And Loving it, I’m at 314 & only 52 Episodes Left, Loving it!
  • Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet – A Very Cool Mecha Anime
  • Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure – Finishing This Show Up, Reminds of Fist OF The North Star, Love the Action
  • Majestic Prine – Another Cool Mecha Anime, I’m Loving the number of Mecha shows this season
  • Sword Art Online – Finishing Up A Great Story
  • Valvrave the Liberator – Action Packed Mecha – Enjoying the Fight Scenes

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Iron Man: Rise of the Technovore

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Iron Man is framed by a technological terrorist and breaks out to clear his name.

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This movie from Marvel brings in the usual characters you know from the Iron Man Universe. War Machine is also thrown into the mix of this movie and I really liked how both Iron Man & War Machine were portrayed. Then there is Shield, with it Nick Fury, Black Widow, and Hawkeye, the perfect mix into this movie and they were some very fun characters. The story line is interesting and ties into Iron Man’s past and the animation is fantastic, I loved the Japanese Animation and Modern CGI Hybrid that they are doing these days. It’s an action packed story with Tony Stark following the leads wherever it takes him, fun on every level.

Link: IMDB
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Anime List 07/13

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It’s been 6 months since I have updated this list and I have fallen back majorly on my anime intake. I just got caught up with a lot of work and then there were so many shows to follow up on that I barely watched any anime, but now I am fully immersed in it and I now know what I was missing. There are some great shows and I am catching up on them right away. Its like I’m going full throttle into anime again watching 10 episodes at a time, when I have 5 minutes I watch anime, I watch it whenever I am doing something and I can read the subtitles at the same time, I love this stuff.

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What I Am Watching:

  • Attack On Titan (Shingeki no Kyojin) – Very intense Anime, it really pulls you in
  • Bleach – Catching Up And Loving it, from 198 to 246 in a few days, Loving it!
  • Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet – A Very Cool Mecha Anime
  • Sword Art Online – Finishing Up A Great Story
  • Valvrave the Liberator – Action Packed Mecha – Enjoying the Fight Scenes

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Q8Figures – For The Anime & Collectible Fans

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20 Years back nobody had a clue what Anime was in the Middle East, nobody even knew the amount of old school gold KTV 2 was getting their hands on. Finding anime was like a game of hide and seek, you really had to look around a video store to find it, and my first exposure to it was in the early 90s at the video club in Salmiya Mariam Center. Now its mainstream and I still love it, there are a lot of great Animes out there to find. With these shows I get hooked on I look for these collectibles, and I use different suppliers from the US, UK, Italy, Japan, Hong Kong, and Singapore. Always finding unique items or items with crazy details that I love, I have about 60% of what I buy on the shelves with the other 40% in the largest storage room because I have no where to put them. Previously you have really search through Rihab to find any good items in Kuwait, and sometimes they are cheaper then the US & Ebay, but thanks to Instagram that has changed.

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There are a few excellent suppliers who bring a consistent number of models and collectibles and what I love is that these guys really do love what they do. One of them is Q8 Figures, I try to buy from local suppliers as much as I can, if the difference isn’t that much I go for them, and sometimes they are honestly cheaper. You have to appreciate someone who loves his craft and Mohammed from Q8 Figures is one of those guys, he gets unique items I can’t even find on Ebay easily, they pop up every once in a while but I do always find them.

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Over the past year and a half I have bought a few unique items from Q8 Figures, and just this week I picked up the Gurren Lagann, Mazinkizer SKL, and Berserk Guts (This was hard to find). I literally made space for them on the shelves, they are amazing pieces and worth waiting for them, and he keeps me checking his Instagram for more unique items. He also has a website with his current stock but to really know what he has you have to check out his Instagram account.

Link: Q8Figures
Link: Instagram

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Review: Muv-Luv Alternative – Total Eclipse

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In 1973, an invasion of aliens known as BETA upon Earth is driving human civilization into nearly collapse. Facing an enormous mass of enemy force, mankind has developed large humanoid arms called as Tactical Surface Fighters and deployed them to its defense lines through out the world. However, all those efforts could slow down defeats but could not stop BETA, and mankind is forced to abandon major area of the Eurasian Continent. For 30 years, mankind is bogged down in an endless war against BETA without any hopes of victory.
In 2001, the Imperial Japan faces difficulties in the development of a next-generation main Tactical Surface Fighters (TSF) as it defends the front lines of the Far East. The UN has proposed a joint development program between the Imperial Japan and the United States as a part of its international mutual development project of TSF, the Prominence Project.
This story with exciting human dramas and robot actions takes place in the development of a new Tactical Surface Fighters, the most important and effective weapons against BETA, at a crisis of human extinction.
Yet they never knew that their encounter would change their destiny drastically.
Yui Takamura, a TSF pilot of the Imperial Royal Guards of Japan, is given responsibility for the project and sets off to Alaska. Meanwhile, Yuya Bridges, also a TSF pilot of the US Army, was heading to the same destination.

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I do love Mecha Anime, thats the first thing I saw, I didn’t know what to expect, but I love it when I see robots, and this time around Muv-Luv Alternative was an interesting story. You get pulled into the characters from the beginning with a few more interesting characters getting introduced, and the world is fighting a losing battle against an Alien Force that just won’t stop. I can’t help but like because it has the Mecha machines and the battles are cool. The story is decent, not great, there are few things that just didn’t make sense but the battles made up for and the wacky characters too. If you want a good Mecha anime, then Muv-Luv does the job, don’t have high expectations and enjoy.

Link: AnimeNewsNetwork

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Iron Man – Rise Of The Technoverse

Billionaire Tony Stark, in his Iron Man armor, prevents an attack from a mysterious new foe, but innocent bystanders are killed, including his best friend War Machine, Lt. Colonel James Rhodes. Detained for questioning by S.H.I.E.L.D., Iron Man escapes, determined to find the mastermind behind the attack. Pursued by Black Widow and Hawkeye, Iron Man enlists the help of the ruthless vigilante The Punisher. But can the Armored Avenger handle what he finds when he catches the person responsible and is forced to face his deadliest weapon, a biotechnology called Technovore that could wipe out all life on the planet?

I love that Marvel is taking more of a Japanese Anime style to Iron Man, and this is movie directed by Hiroshi Hamazaki. The man behind Blue Submarine 6 & Ninja Scroll, so the quality of the anime is bound to be good. I’m excited just watching this trailer, and I hope that Marvel continues with this style. This is going to be released on April 16th which is smart timing since its a month before Iron Man 3 comes out, but I’m curious of how this movie is going to play out with a lot of interesting characters that I can tell from trailer.

Ghost In The Shell – Arise – Trailer

I can’t believe it took this long to make another Ghost in the Shell movie, I’m a huge fan and this is sort of a prequel to all of the Ghost in the Shell movies, a build up if you will to Major Kusanagi. I can’t wait to see this movie, I just hope that they come out with another series, its just too good to let it be like this. It’s a 50 minute movie with a July 26th release date for the BluRay.

The translation to the trailer

The year 2027
Her name is Motoko Kusanagi.
Attached to the 501st Army Secret Unit.
Heavily Cyborg
Ego
Memories
Hope for the Future
What proves my existence?
It all begins here.

Space Pirate Captain Harlock – Teaser

This could be good… or not. Leiji Matsumoto’s manga (and anime) character is being brought to CGI life in a new theatrical movie from Toei Animation. Shinji Aramaki (Appleseed) is directing from a budget of over 30 million in U.S. dollars. The film will open in Japan this fall.

Old school anime, Captain Harlock was one of the originals that I saw and loved, I for one am very happy they brought it back to life and this teaser looks damn good, can’t wait to watch the movie.

Anime List 12/12

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Just a few days left in this year and I thought I would wrap up the shows and anime I’m watching and I have really fallen back compared to what I used to watch. But over the last few months I have managed to catch up a bit on the shows. I have restarted Bleach at last, slowly chipping away at the mountain of episodes left, it is one of hell of show, I loved where I picked up. Too many good shows out there to watch, but right now the top four are Jojo’s Bizzare Adventures, Mobile Suit Gundam Age, Kyoukai Senjou no Horizon, Bleach.

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Watching:

  • Mobile Suit Gundam Age – Can’t Believe it’s Almost Done
  • Inu X Boku Secret Service – A Surprising Anime Indeed
  • Jojo’s Bizzare Adventure – Awesome story with modern animation from Fist of the North Star, very cool
  • Ozma – Very Cool First Few Episodes
  • Sengoku Collection – Different take on Sengoku Basara
  • Stiens Gate – Trippy To Watch
  • Muv-Luv Alternative – Just Started To Watch This One
  • Sword Art Online – The Game gets more intense
  • Bleach – At Last I Have Restarted The Episodes and planning on finish it!
  • Kyoukai Senjou no Horizon – Pretty Interesting Twist On The State Of The World

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Going To Watch:

  • Fate Zero
  • Darker Then Black
  • Gai Rei Zero
  • Guilty Crown
  • Giant Killing
  • Ixion Saga DT
  • BTOOOM!

Review: Sengoku Basara – The Last Tea Party

With the fall of Toyotomi Hideyoshi, Japan is once again plunged into chaos as his once subordinate Ishida Mitsunari looks to seek revenge against Date Masamune. Tokugawa Ieyasu however seeks a different path despite having once been under Toyotomi’s forces. Their fates soon intertwine with Sanada Yukimura’s and other warriors across the land. With a new unknown threat looming over the land, all warriors advance to Sekigahara for a final showdown…as a sinister plot unfolds in the background.

The movie to tie up parts of season 1 and season 2, I can never get enough of Sengoku Basara, the characters and story are just too good. And this 90 min movie will get your blood pumping, Ieyasu Tokogawa is trying to unite the Land Of The Rising Sun using bonds and reason, twice it has been burnt & hurt by power to dominate from Nobunaga and Hideyoshi. This time around the Tiger of Kai & Dragon of Oshu are against insane odds, with so many generals on the field it is an epic battle. As the battle takes place the real enemy appears and again all of the generals must unite in this battle to stop the threat against the Land Of The Rising Sun. As I have said it before the animation of this anime is amazing, the movie is just as good as the series, and I love the characters, any anime fan will love this.

Link: AnimeNewsNetwork
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