Seriously you gotta love the Japanese for everything, even the memes they come up with is brilliant. After the Fake Dragon Ball Trend in Japan now it’s Attack on Titan‘s time. Thanks for the huge fuss that Attack on Titan is making in the anime/manga world came this meme where ordinary people taking a photo the moment the giants (titans) eating people or a scouting legion member going for a kill.
Short Peace is a four-part anthology film presented by Katsuhiro Otomo. The project will be directed by the industry best creators: Katsuhiro Otomo(Akira, Memories, Steamboy), Shuhei Morita(Freedom), Hiroaki Ando(Five Numbers!), and Hajime Katoki(mechanical designs in Gundam franchise, Super Robot Wars) plus Koji Morimoto contributed the film’s opening animation.
The city of Edo, the 18th Century, Owaka, the daughter of a merchant family, and her childhood friend Matsukichi. The two were drawn to each other, but Matsukichi has been disowned by his family, and is working for the city fire brigade. Meanwhile, negotiations begin for the arrangement of Owaka’s marriage. Unable to let go of her thoughts of Matsukichi, her mad emotions make her bring about a massive inferno which razes Edo. By chance encounter, the two meet again amidst the fires.
Tsukumo Screenplay, Director: Shuhei Morita (Kakurenbo, Freedom) Original Story Concept, Conceptual Design: Keisuke Kishi
One night during the 18th century, deep in the mountains, a man loses his way and comes across a small shrine. As he enters, the space transforms into a room of a different world.
Gambo Director: Hiroaki Ando (Five Numbers!) Original Story Concept, Screenplay, Creative Director: Katsuhito Ishii (Redline, Funky Forest: The First Contact, Taste of Tea) Character Design: Yoshiyuki Sadamoto (Evangelion, .hack, Summer Wars)
Buki yo Saraba (A Farewell to Arms) Original Story: Katsuhiro Otomo Screenplay, Director: Hajime Katoki (mechanical designs in Gundam franchise, Super Robot Wars) Character Design: Tatsuyuki Tanaka (Tojin Kit)
And here’s the full trailer of this amazing anthology:
It’s been a long time since I posted one of Darwinfish105‘s beautifully shot time lapse videos. Here’s one of his newest videos of Tokyo Skytree.
Camera : Panasonic DMC-GH3
Lens : OLYMPUS M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 9-18mm F4.0-5.6
Lens : Panasonic LUMIX G VARIO 7-14mm
Lens : LUMIX G X VARIO 12-35mm/F2.8
Camera : SONY NEX-6
Lens : SONY E 10-18mm F4 OSS
Music : Winter Sunset by Chill Carrier
A beautiful performance done by Miyoko Shida a Japanese dancer I believe who lives in France. I don’t know much about her but she’s done one of a kind performance with those bunch of sticks, also I don’t know if that sort of performance has a name or not. Enough of my blabbering and enjoy the video below.
It seems Eiichiro Oda the brilliant mangaka behind One Piece was inspired by some of well-known figures from the real world to create the amazing characters in One Piece. Nothing official but a fan made this visual guide to show the resemblance between those faces. Click Here for a larger version
And here’s who’s who:
• God Enel – Eminem | • Steven Tyler – Jango | • Jim Carrey (Lloyd Christmas) – Mr.2 BonClay | • Jim Carrey (Ace Ventura) – Franky | • Freddie Mercury – Peeply Lulu
• Joey Jordison – Basil Hawkins | • Michael Jackson – Hody Jones | • Lenny Kravitz – Mr.5 | • Twiggy – Miss Valentine | • Hugo Boss Model – Paulie
• Al Capone – Capone Bege | • Valentino Rossi – Trafalgar Law | • Mick Foley – Spandam | • Louise Brook – Nico Robin | • Uma Thurman (Mia Wallace) – Shakky
• Stevie Ray Vaughan – Postgas D. Ace | • Tim Curry (Dr. Frank N. Furter) – Emporio Ivankov | • Yusaku Matsuda – Aokiji/Kuzan | • Kunie Tanaka – Kizaru | • Bunta Sugawara – Akainu/Sakazuki
• Danny DeVito (The Penguin) – Dr. Hogback | • Hulk Hogan – Whitebeard | • Daft Punk – Killer | • Jean Rochefort – Gun Fall | • Cruella de Vil – Inazuma
• Harvey Keitels – Rob Lucci | • George Clooney – Iceburg | • Mikhail Gorbachev – The Gorosei ( Five Elder Stars) | • Mahatma Gandhi – The Gorosei ( Five Elder Stars) | • Michel Polnareff – Don Quixote Doflamingo
If you’re watching Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic the anime or reading the manga, you’d notice some weird magic abilities names been pronounced during the show, well they’re so weird for non-Arabic speakers, and slightly familiars for Arabians. Most of those names are spelled in Arabic, and that’s something pretty awesome and job well-done by the author Shinobu Ohtaka for the thorough research. He didn’t just choose some strange unrelated call names for those abilities but carefully chose what each ability means so that name depict what that ability does. Let’s see what each character has:
Aladdin is the main character in Magi and has a generous amount of magic abilities:
Borg (Borugu): derived from the Arabic word بُرج Burj, which simply means Tower. Borg is also used by other Magis like Yamraiha, Judar, Gyokuen Ren, Sphintus Carmen, Myers, Titus Alexius, Irene Smirnoff, and Ithnan.
Harhar Infigar (Haruharu Infigaru): derived from the Arabic phrase إنفِجار حار حار Infijaar Haar Haar, which means Hot Hot Burst or Hot Hot Explosion.
Harhar Rasars (Haruharu Rasasu): derived from the Arabic phrase رَصاص حار حار Rasaas Haar Haar, which means Hot Hot Bullet.
Sharrar Raaki (Shararu Raki): derived from the Arabic phrase رُقي شَرّار Ruqii Sharraar, which means Sparkling Rise. The corrected version would be رُقي الشَرّار Ruqii alSharraar, it just makes more sense like that.
Sharrar Sarab (Shararu Sarabu): derived from the Arabic phrase سَراب شَرّار Saraab Sharraar, which means Sparkling Mirage. The corrected version would be سَراب الشَرّار Saraab alSharraar.
Ramuzu (Ramuzu): derived from the Arabic word رَمز Ramz, which means Code or Symbol, this spell I guess is the only one that doesn’t relate to the magic itself since it’s a Thunder.
Asfal Riif (Asufaru Rifu):derived from the Arabic phrase ريح سُفلى Riih Suflaa, which means to Lowest Wind.
Hadika Hadeka (Hadika Hadeka): possibly derived from the Arabic phrase الحَدِيقة حَدك Al-Hadiiqah Haddek, which means “The Garden is your limit”, with the garden being a reference to Heaven or paradise, although the usual word for that concept would be جنّة Jannah, which also happens to mean”garden”.
Now for the rest of the characters, Sinbad, Judar, Yamraiha… etc;
Balalark Saika (Bararaku Saika): derived from the Arabic phrase صاعِقة بَرّاقة Sa’eqa Barraqa, meaning Flashing Lightning.
Foraz Zora (Forazu Zora):derived from the Arabic phrase according to the wiki زور الفرز Zuur Al-Farz, which roughly translates to Force of Separation. The name could also derive from زور الفولاذ Zuur Al-FuulaadhSteel Force. I am not sure about the meaning of Zuur in Arabic.
Sharrar Magud (Shararu Magudo):derived from the Arabic phrase مَجد شَرّار Majd Sharraar, which means Sparkling Glory.
Sharrar Rakesa (Shararu Rakesa):derived from the Arabic phrase رَقص شَرّار Raqs Sharraar, which means Sparkling Dance.
Sarg Arsarros (Sarugu Arusarosu):derived from the Arabic phrase ثَلج ثالِث Thalj Thaalith, meaning Third Snow.
And here are a quick list for the rest of the characters:
Alf Al Yatsudo (Arufu Aru Yaddo):Used by Zurmudd, derived from the Arabic word ألف اليَد Alf Al-Yad, which literally means Thousand of Hand (singular hand).
Flash Al Araf (Furashu Aru Arafu):Used by Apollonius, derived from the Arabic phraseفلاش الآلاف Flash Al-Alaf Flash of Thousands.
Rea Baldo (Rea Barudo):Used by Dunya Musta’sim, derived from the Arabic phrase بَرَد رائِع Barad Raee’ meaning Amazing Hail.
Title: Zetsuen no Tempest / Blast of Tempest / Zetsuen no Tempest: The Civilization Blaster / 絶園のテンペスト Type: TV Series, 24 Episodes Genre: Action, Fantasy, Mystery Themes: Tragedy, Revenge, Magic, Super Powers Year: 05.10.2012 till 29.03.2013 Producers: Bones Rating: PG-13 – Teens 13 or older
Plot: The story revolves around Mahiro Fuwa, a teenager whose sister was mysteriously murdered one year before, and his friend Yoshino Takigawa. Mahiro is contacted by Hakaze Kusaribe, the leader of the Kusaribe clan who was left stranded on an unknown deserted island by her followers, and agrees to help Hakaze in exchange for her help to find out the culprit for the death of his family. Upon learning of his friend’s intentions, Yoshino joins him on his quest to stand against the Kusaribe clan who intends to awaken the “Tree of Exodus” whose power can bring ruin to the entire world. ANN
Zetsuen no Tempest easily made it to my top 10 animes of 2012, and I had so much hope for it. It was what I thought about, well, at least the first 12 episodes which were on a fast pace but keeping the plot spectacularly attached. The action was awesome from episode 1 till 12, fight after fight, fist fights, magic spells, and guns, you name it within all that the characters’ background brilliantly told to fill the gaps. Bottom line till episode 12 the show was a must see.
I know I made it sound like the rest of the show is a disaster but it’s not that bad, it’s just a pity that it didn’t keep that subtle pace till the end. The plot and the seriousness of the series were drastically changed to attract a younger audience and that was so obvious. However, the show was made by BONES and those guys are one of the best in the industry; their slightly dark animes and art are distinguished among thousands of titles, thus Zetsuen no Tempest has one of the best arts in 2012 animes.
Zetsuen no Tempest is a great show to watch, although Bones drifted away in the middle but in the end they conclude it safely. I enjoyed watching it, and it definitely deserved to be on the top 10 list.
Minami Riasu Line was shut down for two years and finally it will run along a 21.6 kilometer stretch between Sakari and Yoshihama stations in Ofunato, Iwate Prefecture with the help of crude oil donated from Kuwait. Rails, bridges and stations were wrecked by the massive magnitude 9.0-quake and tsunami on March 11, 2011. In October 2011, Kuwait donated 5 million barrels of crude oil to Japan, equivalent to some USD 550 million, to help Japan to recover from that devastated tsunami. Therefore, the front of the train car carries a Kuwaiti emblem plus words of appreciation for Kuwaiti assistance, saying “We greatly appreciate the support from the State of Kuwait” are inscribed on the side of the new cars in Japanese, English and Arabic.
These perfect timing shots are trending all over Japan depicting a Super Saiyan power release or a Kamehameha attack, yes all of them came from Dragon Ball. The trend first spread among shoolgirls but now schoolboys and even bikers have joined the trend. It’s more likely that the upcoming release of Dragon Ball Z: Battle of the Gods is the reason behind this sudden trend blended with Natsumi Hayashi’s floating photos techniques resulted in a very fun trend specifically on Twitter.
Title: Robotics;Notes / ロボティクス・ノーツ Type: TV Series, 22 Episodes Genre: Sci-Fi, Mystery Themes: Artificial Intelligence, Catastrophe, Conspiracy, Mecha, School Life Year: 12.10.2012 till 22.03.2013 Producers: Production I.G Rating: PG-13 – Teens 13 or older
Plot: In 2019, Kaito Yashio and Akiho Senomiya are the sole members of the Robotics Club at Central Tanegashima High School in Kyushu, Japan. Kaito is a laid back student and a skilled gamer who is just trying to help Akiho, his childhood friend. She is an energetic positive-thinking girl who yearns to complete the ongoing project of the club: building a functional replica of Gunvarrel, the main robot of a once popular TV series. As they gather new members and try to assemble the robot, Kaito starts stumbling upon secret reports that might reveal a conspiracy of large proportions. Unaware of what he is actually dealing with, Kaito little by little starts discovering clues laid by the mysterious Ko Kimijima. ANN
I’m a big fan of Steins;Gate, I love how the plot dramatically changed from being kawaii and mysterious to dark and thrilling with a twist. And when I read that Robotics;Notes is somehow related to Steins;Gate I was so hyped and thrilled. Well, they weren’t really related but I read that Itaru Hashida appeared in the series but I didn’t notice him at all and was he the link between the 2 series, I honestly don’t know.
If you eliminate the possibility that the two are connected to each other then you’d enjoy watching Robotics;Notes. But if you keep comparing it to Steins;Gate then you would wound up in an unfair battle between the two and since Steins;Gate is one of a kind, it is the obvious winner. Again, the plot is the most interesting thing about this anime, it’s mysterious, thrilling, yet I wished if it was more engaging. The animation work and music were alright, keeping the standards of any anime.
Robotics;Notes was enjoyable to watch but there was something missing, what it was? I honestly don’t know, maybe I was looking for a darker twist at the end, or more elaboration about the characters’ history. In the end, I’m glad I featured Robotics;Notes’ picture in my top 10 anime of 2012 post because it deserved that spot.
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