Monday, May 3, 2010

Quick update

Got this from a guy on the message boards.

Made a account.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

What a week!

I had to pass on FFXIII and Yakuza 3 for now due to spending all my money on a Japanese MVS cabinet. I did however spare the money to pick up Evangelion 1.11 You are not alone on bluray. Damn this movie looks great in HD. The updated animation is way more noticeable here than on the DVD transfer fansub. I love you Shinji, and I don't care how whiny you are! I also got Ponyo on Netflix and I'm dying to watch Gundam Unicorn. So much sweetness. Pics later.

Friday, February 5, 2010

March will be a busy month...

Final Fantasy XIII can get in line right behind Yakuza 3! THIS is the game I want!

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

My favorite animator Koji Morimoto!

His unique style to his art and animation is something I've always loved and amazingly he's worked on a lot of projects that I liked before I even knew who he was.

Dirty Pair Project EDEN Opening

Macross Plus Concert Scene

City Hunter Opening

Mazinkaiser Opening

Macross: Do You Remember Love (careful, it's the climax of one of my favorite movies ever)

Can you spot the product placement and the decapitation?


Goku: Midnight Eye DUBBED IN ENGLISH!

I didn't sleep last night and it's possibly because of the late 80's OAV Goku: Midnight Eye. Directed by Yoshiaki Kawajiri (Ninja Scroll, Wicked City) and created by Buichi Terasawa (Space Adventure COBRA) with key animation by Koji Morimoto (Mind Game, Sharon Apple concerts, City Hunter opening) I knew what to expect. I'm a big fan of the Space Adventure Cobra TV series so I figured this would be Cobra plus excessive tits, gore and possible vagina monsters. I was mostly correct! Goku: Midnight Eye Part 1 is only 60 minutes long, but it keeps the action tight and the plot uncomplicated. Goku himself is detective fed up with the injustice of "the system" who's out to get revenge for his current girlfriend and her murdered police squad. After a certain point Goku receives a cybernetic eye implant from a mysterious god-like person which allows him to control pretty much anything connected to a computer as well as 24/7 access to information giving him the abilities to operate whatever machinery or weapons he comes upon. He also has a extendable metal rod (wah?) he can use to decapitate cyborgs and use it to jump akin to EXTREME pole vaulting. I can't say much else without spoiling things, but as you can imagine, it's pretty fun.

Goku's a pretty studly man with long rebel hair, sweet sideburns (much like Cobra) and and a questionable wardrobe consisting of a suit with a tie minus the undershirt. Being voiced by Steven Blum (Spike in Cowboy Bebop, Roger Smith in Big O) Goku comes off as a believable badass. This VHS TAPE had a great dub that fits the show perfectly, but sadly the sound kept breaking up on my copy. Sadly, this show isn't available in Region 1 on DVD. Absolutely tragic.

I suppose I should also mention this red headed topless cyborg girl with motorcycle bars coming out of her back. She also makes the appropriate motorcycle sounds and shoots lasers from her mouth. When you see her for the first time you know it's inevitable that there will be a scene with someone riding on top of her and Kawajiri grants your wishes with a battle scene on a stairwell with a freakish looking midget perched on her back grasping her handlebars telling her to FIRE HER LASER!

I guess you can't say this show is anything incredibly special, but anime like this doesn't really get made anymore. It's simply entertaining, has nice art, and cool characters. So what if the plot isn't golden and the drama is laughable. Give me beers and an infinite supply of anime like this one so I can forget about all the moe garbage flooding the anime shelves in Best Buy. There's another 60 minute episode that I ordered the minute I finished this one. I've heard it's even better than this one so I'm really looking forward to it.

Sunday, January 31, 2010

Neo Geo MVS!

I was going to make my blog exclusively about anime, but I keep finding myself bouncing back and forth from either being hardcore into anime and being bored with games or losing my mind over games and not giving a damn about anime. Right now I'm more into video games, but strangely enough I'm not ready to throw half my anime collection out the window. Great!

In the back of my mind for the last few months I've been searching for a Neo Geo arcade machine, also known as an MVS (Multi Video System!) I guess I discovered it by getting into trying out some games on an emulator and my previous, yet brief, interest in Neo Geo games with my Neo Geo Color Pocket. When I was younger the Mazzio's Pizza in our town had an MVS with Metal Slug in it and I can remember being quite impressed with it back in the day. One day up at work I was browsing Craigslist and ran across a 2-slot MVS in Vidor. So after promptly losing my mind I drove my ass down to the bank and took out a loan. When the loan officer asked me what I was using it for I replied, without hesitation, "an arcade machine!" Somehow, I got approved and now I'm the proud owner of my very own beautiful arcade machine along with several games.

No, make that a shit-ton. I love lists so I'm going to see if I can remember them all.

Art of Fighting
Art of Fighting 2
Metal Slug (sadly, a bootleg. I'll have to replace it)
Metal Slug X
Metal Slug 3
King of Fighters 97
King of Fighters 98
King of Fighters 2003
Garou: Mark of the Wolves
Puzzle Bobble (bootleg too? It was free...)
Magical Drop III
Last Blade 2
Blazing Star
Real Bout Fatal Fury Special
Samurai Shodown 2

I'm looking for these games:

Neo Turf Masters
Baseball Stars 2
Waku Waku 7

I love my MVS. The only thing that kind of bums me out is that I have to keep it at my friends house and so I don't get to play it as much as I might want to, but it's awesome to have for parties. Hell, I think we are about due for another party!

The machine is in shockingly good condition, but I need to do a few things like replace one of the joysticks and read up a bit on understanding how the monitor works because I'd like to adjust it a bit without shocking myself and dying. Yes. That is possible.

Later on I'll make a post about why I love SNK games so much and talk about my favorites. By the time I get the pictures to look right in this post it'll be past my bedtime!

Monday, October 26, 2009

My 3-star review of Ghost in the Shell 2.0 from

I'm going to break this review down into two parts.

The movie itself:
This is Ghost In The Shell in HD. It's beautiful, but for a smoother translation into the look of Innocence the greenish colors of the original film have been touched up and made to be more of an amber color like that seen in second film. This isn't really a change that I mind, and it's pulled off fairly well. I assume that several scenes were cleaned up digitally because the line art looks amazingly clean.

Sadly, someone felt it would be appropriate to replace some of the most iconic and stunning animation from the original with CG. A few scenes are done well like those where the CG is only helicopters or buildings, but whenever it replaces characters with crappy looking CG models it becomes stunningly bad. If you watch the making of the original movie you can see that their limited use of computer assisted animation was carefully planned and fit in with the other artwork and improved the film. The CG in 2.0 sticks out like a sore thumb in most cases. The only CG part that I liked was the pan over the cityscape at the end of the film.

If you have a bluray player and haven't seen GitS yet 2.0 isn't a bad way to see it, but fans of the original will probably be disappointed with the lack of any significant changes and the quality of what was changed.

The bluray by Manga:

Somehow Manga Entertainment never ceases to screw something pretty major up on their releases. The box lists a commentary with Oshii, an interview with Oshii and a making of GitS 2.0. None of these features are present on the bluray. You get throw away character profiles, glossary, and the old english trailer. The original making of GitS is here in VHS quality along with the unlisted bonus feature of the original cut of the movie. When I heard that I was pretty excited because in all honesty it's the only version I truly care about, but it looks to be taken from non-HD masters and only includes 2.0 audio tracks. If memory serves me correctly I believe that my GitS DVD looks better upscaled than this version does.

It would have been nice to do a re-dub of the film with the SAC cast, but I guess most of them were in the original anyway and it's a nice dub in it's own right.

This whole release just makes me want the original film untouched in HD. I can't give this less than three stars if only because seeing this movie this way is better than not seeing it at all because it's a one of my favorite films ever, but be aware of the problems with this release before deciding to buy it.