This week on Anime Talk I want to discuss a topic I briefly touched upon in the comments of a previous Anime Talk talking about the live action Ghost in the Shell Movie that Dreamworks is putting together. That topic would be the White-Washing of Asian character in the Hollywood adaptations of the works in which the characters have originally appeared. For those not familiar with the term, white-washing is the practice of casting the white actor or actress for a role of a character that is of a different race in the source material in this case Asians.
Hello fellow Machiners, and Anime fans, on this edition of “Anime Talk” I want to find out how each of you watch Anime? Do you still purchase DVD/Blu-Ray Discs? Do you download (legally I hope) your anime from a service like iTunes, or Amazon instant video? Are you limited to what is on television on channels like the Cartoon Network? or Do you subscribe to a video streaming service like Netflix or Hulu plus ?
Back in March Last year I did a review of Season 1 of Sword Art online, with the intention of watching the second season and review that also. Well it has been a long time coming but I have watch that second season AND watched Most of the sequel anime Sword Art Online II and I have to say I am disappointed!
On this edition of “Anime Talk” I want to discuss the phenomenon known as Vocaloids. Now I first learn of this 4 or 5 years ago, however browsing youtube today I stumbled across a couple videos by the Fine Brothers ( Elders React to Vocaloids and Kids react to Hatsune Miku ) that brought them back to my attention ( I will link to those videos at the end of this article). For those of you who do not know what a Vocaloid is, they are computer generate synthesized singers and apparently a number of Japans top Idols are Vocaloids!
At the time of this writting I have just learned the The Manga and Anime Cyberpunkish hit “Ghost In The Shell” is being adapted into a Live Action Movie, and that Scarlet Johansson has been cast in the lead role as the Major Motoko Kusanagi (Though weather they will keep the name the same is doubtful). That’s right Johansson is going from protraying Avenger Black Widow, to playing the role of a Japanese Secret Police Agency Cyborg Soldier.
The Movie which has been written by Bill Wheeler, and directed by Rupert Sanders, will be produced by Dreamworks Studios. Ghost in the Shell has been one of those projects that have been pitched for a long time, but with the signing of Johansson to star in it seem to finally gotten some legs beneath it and a green light to be made.
Now back in September of 2013 I did a mini review of the Anime Series “Ghost In The Shell: Stand Alone Complex” which you can read HERE if you are unfamiliar with the Ghost in the shell which is one of my favorite Sci-Fi animes. As I said I really like the original Ghost in the Shell Movie, and the Stand Alone Complex Series that followed however I not sure I have high hopes for this movie.
Anime Themed live action movies made here in the States have a history of being crap fests in my opinions ( Dragon ball, and Avatar The Last Airbender come to mind). So I would like to ask all you fine anime fans out there. Are you looking forward to this movie ? If so do you think it will be able to do the source material, the Manga, and Anime Justice ?
Last year at this time I gave you a list of Anime that I like to watch during the Halloween Season. This year I am going to give a similar list, a list of 8 anime series I want to watch this week leading up to the 31st.
Greeting all your anime fans out there in the HeroMachine community! It has been a while since I last posted an anime talk and I intend to change that starting today, However there is a bit of a change in format. Instead of being a weekly feature Anime talk is more likely to be a monthly feature instead at best! There will be time I will post more then one a month and there may be time it will be more like 5 or 6 weeks instead of every 4 it all depend on when inspiration strikes! This weeks topic is inspired by a suggest that JR emailed me last week.
What we are going to discuss here are Anime Intros. Those opening scenes that are designed to grab our attention and draw us in and make us want to watch that particular anime! What I am going to do is after the jump share some of my favorite Anime intros, and share what I like about them and then you can either comment on the ones I have shared or share some of your own ( or both of course) .
Well JR gave me a bit of a kick in the backside when he posted his vlog post to the blog yesterday and so I have been working on this anime talk intro video since. Take a look please and let me know what you think.
On this addition of Anime Talk I want to discuss the anime series “Sword Art Online”. For those who do not know, Sword Art Online, or SAO for short is an anime about people being trapped inside a Virtual reality MMO computer game. Now before I go any further with this discussion I want to address the one thing I always see or hear come up when this series is discussed, which is .hack. Now I honestly do not know if SAO is a “ripoff” of .hack, or if .hack is a ripoff of SAO and honestly I don’t care. The premises of both series may be similar but the difference between the two are so large that I personally do not think either could be considered a true ripoff.
For this weeks Anime Talk with Halloween being today I want to share with you those Anime series and movies that I enjoy watching at this time of year. What follows are my 10 favorite Anime for Halloween in no particular order, and I invite you to give me your list in the comments below.
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