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Showing posts from September, 2010

They Did What? - The Entertainment of Genderbending

It isn't a far gone conclusion that at some point we as American TV viewers have seen an episode of some sit-com and watched as one of the characters donned the apparel of the opposite sex, in an attempt by the creators to give the "fish out of water" humor effect.
In fact it isn't much blinked at anymore; we just accept it as a plot gag, and chuckle when it's done.
Now there is a name for this. It's called "Genderbending" and depending on how you want to spell it (Gender Bending as two words, or Genderbending all together), it equals something of a growing and more frequent form of entertainment coming from the Japanese Anime and Manga source.
What was originally a minor niche form of entertainment has become a rather large, and quickly growing sub-category of the anime and manga market demographic. This type of entertainment can be slotted and identified in almost any type of manga (Shonen, Shojo, or Seinen) and still maintain its target audience…

Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha

There are very few anime titles out there that I would personally consider an out and out chore to watch, but when they come along; it isn't just a chore, it's down right torture.

Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha is definitely one such anime. Aside from the single greatest hunk of trash ever made -- I'm pointing at Suzuka here -- it isn't complete devil spawn, but it most certainly ranks in the top "Worst Anime" I've seen this year.

It isn't any surprise to know that Nanoha is actually a spin-off of a series of H-games and OVAs called Triangle Heart, in which Nanoha Takamachi plays a reletively average role. The anime was produced by Seven Arcs, which isn't any big shock considering they are also responsible for shows like "White Album" and the highly sexualized "Sekirei".

The premise of the series is obviously a complete rip-off of almost every other magical girl title released in Japan, and the characters are about as compelling as…

The Chronology of Haruhi Suzumiya

Now that the fanaticism has hit the fan once again, it occurs to me as I see and read all the online comments, that there is still much confusion about the two seasons of Haruhu Suzumiya, and in all truth THERE ARE NO TWO SEASONS OF HARUHI SUZUMIYA!

Don't let anyone fool you into thinking otherwise, regardless of what Bandai Entertainment of America or even the nerds running riot on the internet tell you; there is no season 2, it was a fabrication, a hoax, a crock of crap, and a big fat lie!

What there is, is two box-sets of 14 episodes (28 total) that are completely and deliberately shown out of their correct chronological order, and for those of you deliberately obtuse, or just not wanting to accept the truth, then I'll try one more time to give you the complete order of the show.

It's gonna be difficult for you, and you may even be in some pain; mentally and physically, but you are going to have to trust me, the series will make about as much sense as a rubber band made…

GAINAX keeps them coming!

It is no secret that GAINAX has a long history of making some of the most interesting, and/or bizarre anime creations in the world; yet their latest pick is without a doubt the most bizarre of them all.
Whether in conjunction with the manga, or an anime original is pretty much irrelevant at this point, it's the franchise that I'm wanting to get into.

The series -- whether you are going off of the Manga or Anime -- features two female ghost fighters named Panty and Stocking. They are angels that have rather interesting abilities and even more carnal desires.

Panty can use her panties to form a gun, and Stocking uses her (what else) stockings to form two swords. They are somewhat under the guidance of a man named Garterbelt who is a huge black man with an afro, and who wears a priest's suit. Together they go about fighting evil, or injustice, or generally making a mess of the city.

Their appetites is where the series gets its snap. Panty is obsessed with sex, constantly thin…

Nerd Asylum

First of all, I owe an apology to the fans for a slight typo in my last post. Apparently the second season of The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya was NOT going to be released in August as I had originally wrote, but instead will be released on September 14th.

Now as to the business at hand.

I have taken a break from managing the affairs of my online forums for a time, and thought I would just chill with a few random thoughts that were swirling around in my head the other day as I was trying out my new phone's video recorder.

I thought I would record a video showing off all my anime DVDs and nerd crap, and it started out as a video describing some of the shows, and basic trivia about them, and then the video sort of degraded into a bash the DVD thing. Now I'm not saying that I bashed the shows, just the actual DVDs, the cases and packaging themselves.

After recording the video, and realizing that it might be pretty interesting to upload to You Tube, I thought maybe I could int…