ANIME REVIEW: THE WIND RISES

I have always been a fan of Hayao Miyazaki’s many anime films.  I was instantly interested in watching The Wind Rises when I first watched the trailer, which pretty much displayed the very soul of the film itself.  When I watched the film, I was completely overwhelmed at the visual effects and dramatic storyline.  I also liked the historical references it made such as the immense earthquake that struck Japan in 1923.  In many ways, I could connect with the main character, Jiro Horikoshi, because of the way he pursued his dreams.  When I found out who was playing the English cast, I did not know what to expect or if they would do an adequate performance, but the voice actors such as Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Emily Blunt exceeded my expectations.  In particular, Martin Short’s character reminded me of some of the roles the actor Joe Pesci played, which was often a short, smart-mouthed individual.  Overall, I would recommend this anime to anyone who seeks to have their imagination take flight and inspiration ignited.

WRITING UPDATE: GRAPHIC NOVEL

I finally completed the first three episodes of my books’ manga adaptation and sent them to an instructor who teaches people how to draw manga and anime in a studio.  He wishes to use the episodes as educational material for his students.  This will provide an opportunity for me to see at least 30 different adaptations of my work.  I am excited to see how other people will perceive my characters and work.  This will give me a chance to finally see them with my own eyes.  It has been a few days since I sent the episodes and, so far, the studio instructor is enjoying them.  I will keep you updated on any further developments.

CONCEPT: SUPERPOWERS

Whenever I read a story or watch a film, I am always on the lookout for characters who are capable of inhuman feats.  The thing that has always interested me about superhuman powers is that individuals who wield such power provide a much more intriguing story than normal human beings.  After extensive research, I have calculated that there are well over 5,000 known superpowers with an almost infinite number of combinations.  As I progress through my series, I often wonder what would happen if all of those powers and combinations were to interact with one another simultaneously.  After countless hours of pondering and theorizing, I really do not know what the results would be if such an event were to happen because the possibilities are literally endless when I think about it.  I guess only time will tell what the end result will be.

WRITING UPDATE: FOURTH VOLUME!!!

As the editing process for volume three is taking place, I have just begun the fourth volume of my series.  Before I started writing, I planned everything out from the beginning, certain vital scenes, and the ending.  Everything else will unfold as I write along.  In the fourth volume, desperate times call for desperate measures as the Young Guardians are forced to recruit more heroes into their ranks in order to fend off an alien invasion.  What the Guardians do not know is that an old enemy is controlling the aliens and unlikely alliances will have to be made.  In future works, the recruits that the Young Guardians encounter will have their own spinoff novel.  Also, an even greater demonstration of Vogan’s power will be displayed in this upcoming story.  When I started writing my series, I decided that each volume would revolve around a certain aspect of the Young Guardians.  Volume one would be about their origins, volume two would be about their inner demons, volume three will be about their limitations, volume four will be about their redemption, and volume five will be about their ascension.  I will keep you updated on any further developments as the writing process continues.  Wish me luck.