Tag Archives: ANIME

MANGA REVIEW: JUDGE

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I just finished an interesting manga I discovered the other day: Judge by Yoshiki Tonogai. In many ways, it reminded me of the Saw films in that it revolves around people who are abducted and forced into a life-or-death game and the mastermind behind the game secretly watches the game unfold amongst the victims. While I was reading this manga, the Saw theme music was playing in my head and when the stuffed animal the mastermind used spoke, I imagined of Jigsaw’s voice and the signature laugh of the Jigsaw doll. This is a story that is full of suspense, mystery, and dark secrets. I would recommend this to anyone who is seeking a good murder mystery story.

ANIME REVIEW: DEADMAN WONDERLAND

I recently discovered an anime that I was previously unaware of called Deadman Wonderland.  When I started both the anime and manga, I immediately noticed similarities to The Shawshank Redemption, Death Race, and Elfen Lied.  It is similar to The Shawshank Redemption because it revolves around a person who was sent to prison for a crime they did not commit.  I could even hear the opening theme for The Shawshank Redemption playing in my head when the main character, Ganta Igarashi, first arrived at the prison.  I even considered the female lead Shiro to be Ganta’s personal Morgan Freeman.  The similarities of Death Race I noticed were that the prisoners of Deadman Wonderland had to play sick games that could potentially kill them.  As for Elfen Lied, one of the characters was similar to Lucy in Elfen Lied in that she suffers from multiple personality disorder with one personality that is innocent and pure while the other one is bloodthirsty and sadistic.  Overall, I enjoyed this anime despite its dark and graphic themes and would recommend it to anyone who is seeking a good prison story that possesses a twist you will not expect.

COMIKAZE AFTERPARTY!!!

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Last week, I attended a Comikaze Afterparty in Hollywood that was hosted by my good friends the Winner Twins, authors of The Strand Prophecy.  I was glad that I was invited by the Twins and once I entered the event, I felt an overwhelming sense of kinship that I had not experienced since Wondercon.  There were dozens of people who were into the same things I was: science fiction, fantasy, superheroes, anime/manga, etc.  Also, there were at least three other people who had autism, so it felt great to interact with others who share my condition, which made me feel less alone.  While at the party, I talked with the other guests about everything from Star Wars, anime/manga, and how they knew the Winner Twins.  I was definitely among my people and I could have talked about those subjects all night.  Finally, I was able to talk to people who understand what the heck I am talking about.

WRITING UPDATE: GRAPHIC NOVEL SCRIPT AND LIBRARY CHECKOUTS

The past few days have been very promising.  First of all, the manga instructor that I mentioned earlier has distributed my manga script to six of his advanced students.  Hopefully, more will join in as the semester progresses.  Also, both of my books have been checked out from the Tustin Public Library.  The person responsible, who was a very sweet lady who recognized me from my author photograph, came up to me and told me she is really enjoying my stories.  She is almost half-way through the first volume and is eager for the third volume to come out.  I will keep you updated on any further developments.

BOOK SIGNING: WONDERCON 2015

A few days ago, I filled out an application that would allow me to have my own booth for a book signing at WonderCon next year.  I will wait and see if they will accept me and keep you all updated.  If they do accept me, if any of you are planning to go to WonderCon next year, feel free to find me.  I will inform you of any further developments.  Wish me luck!

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.

SUPERPOWER: TELEKINESIS

One of my all-time favorite superhuman abilities is telekinesis, which is the ability to move objects with their minds.  If properly used, it could be powerful enough to lift a bus off the ground and precise enough to levitate a coin.  In rare cases, an extremely powerful telekinetic could manipulate the individual atoms in an object either to rearrange them in a different way or to dismantle the object on an atomic level.  However, despite its generally basic concept, I realized that this power can be utilized for dark and violent purposes.  In anime such as Akira and Elfen Lied, I could see that telekinesis is essentially the perfect murder weapon, allowing the wielder to effortlessly eviscerate or implode their victims by will alone.  The reason for this is because since the user is not physically touching their targets, they leave no physical evidence that could be pinned on them.  When I interviewed one of my best friends on what power he would want his character Gregory to have, he chose this ability.  Fortunately, I decided that Gregory would use telekinesis in a much more conservative fashion, which would better suit him in his duties as a superhero.

THE YOUNG GUARDIANS ENGLISH CAST

I have been doing some thinking after the possible manga graphic novel project came into play. If my books do become a manga and get their own anime series, here is a list of voice actors that I would choose for the English dub:

Johnny Yong Bosch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Patrick Donovan

Wendee Lee . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Tinisha Dolaira

Joshua Seth . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Joshua Rauje

Wally Wingert . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Gregory Kennedy

Derek Stephen Prince . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Derek Marvin

David Vincent . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Brick Baxter/Cyber Shadow

Steven Jay Blum . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Fanoxean

Kyle Herbert . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Main Villain