Anime Blog Fundraiser extended to August 5

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I spoke to AnimeKat a short time ago and we have decided to extend the Fundraiser to August 5. The original deadline was actually today, June 5 and so far there have been no donations so far.

We would like to reiterate the importance of this Fundraiser, which will be to bring you premium-only featured offered by WordPress. We provide news, highlights and updates related to Anime and Manga both Old and New on this blog. With your support, we know we can bring you even more to be excited about.

As a reminder, we are offering two random drawings for those who donate:

This is one of them. Wolf Children and Summer Wars on Blu-Ray/DVD.

This is the other. The Manga adaptations of both Summer Wars and Wolf Children.

As a special bonus, those who win the drawings can mix and match. For example. if you want Wolf Children in both Anime and Manga form that will be done. Only those who donate will be considered.

Just so folks know, I have already ordered the prizes via Amazon. You guys already know I have my own copy of these prizes and I personally reccommend all of them!

Just so folks know and this is news to AnimeKat: A business owner in Boston has offered to live stream two Anime Cosplay Events I’m planning for this summer. If our goal of $500 is reached by July 10, they will match it with another $500! We need your support and we have a business owner who has offered to double the full amount. If just 20 people give $25, We will meet our goal in no time. Same if 10 people give $50 or 5 people give $100. 50 people giving $10 would also work.

Whatever you can give would be greatly appreciated. If you are both willing and able to donate, click the picture at the top or click the PayPal Button.

~ Aurabolt and AnimeKat

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Some of Anime’s most notable Moms

…I did one for Dads two years ago so this should come as no surprise ^_^

As before, I only listed moms fron Anime I’ve seen myself. Warning, there be some spoilers.

 

 

Sakura Haruno

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Anyone who’s seen Naruto and/or Naruto Shippuden knows who Sakura is so I’ll leave out her exploits as a kid and teenager. Shortly after the end of The Fourth Great Ninja War, Team 7 team mates Sakura and Sasuke Uchiha made the Ship official and got married. shortly after that, Sarada came along. Like Naruto, Sai and Kakashi, Sakura transitioned to civilian life as a Ninja Medic and being Sarada’s mother.

Having never met her father and only knowing him from pictures and stories about him, Sarada started to doubt Sasuke was her real mother. She decided to ask Naruto about it but then they get caught up up a battle with one of Orochimaru’s failed experiments from the past. Along the way she meets her father and activates the Sharingan for the first time. After the danger is dealt with, Sasuke confirms for his daughter that Sakura is her mother…as well as his wife.

By the time Boruto Next Generations begins, much time has passed. Everyone has grown up and almost everyone is a parent now. Since the focus is on Boruto and Sarada’s generation, the previous generation don’t appear as much outside supporting the newer ones.  Sakura is no exception. Her daughter has obviously inherited her father’s Sharingan. She has also inherited the superhuman strength of mother.

 

Chi-Chi

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Chi-Chi is probably the…how should I put this…oldest person on the list. She is Goku’s wife but she is also the mother of Gohan and Goten as well as the grandmother of Gohan’s daughter Pan.

She is first introduced as a child in Dragonball. She is the only daughter of the fearsome Ox King. Ox Mountain is on fire and the only way it can be extinguished is with the Kamehameha. Goku meets Master Roshi, who teaches him the technique. After Goku uses the Kamehameha to put out the fire on Ox Mountain, Chi-Chi falls in love with him. Chi-Chi doesn’t appear again until the end of the Dragonball series as a young adult. She faces Goku in the World Martial Arts Tournament. The two marry shortly afterward and their son Gohan is born before the start of Dragonball Z.

After the birth of Gohan, Chi-Chi becomes a doting wife to Goku as well as as a doting mother to Gohan and later Goten as well. Gohan was trained by Piccolo but Goten was personally trained by Chi-Chi. Speaking of. Goten was born offscreen shortly after the end of the Cell Saga. It’s commonly believed Chi-Chi discovered she was pregnant shortly after the end of the Cell Saga. Goten is seven years old when he is introduced in the Great Saiyaman Saga and Trunks is a year older than him. So Chi-Chi was pregnant with him at the end of or just after the Cell Saga.

In Dragonball Super, Chi-Chi plays a recurring role as Goku’s wife and grandmother of Pan. Having saved the universe from Majin Buu, Chi-Chi FINALLY gets Goku to get a job…as a farmer! Having no personal need for it, Goku gives Chi-Chi the briefcase containing 100 Million Zenni he receives from Mr. Satan/Hercule to Chi-Chi as a gift…and a bribe to go train under Whis. Chi-Chi is present along with the others during the tournament between Universes 6 and 7, comforting Goku when he is eliminated early on.

Nagisa Furukawa/Okazaki

 

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Anyone who’s seen Clannad or played the VN knows who Nagisa is. Plus, you should know if you’ve been reading my blog for at least the last three years. So, this will be short. For those who recently started reading my blog, she is the lead female protagonist in the Anime and the canon pairing for Tomoya Okazaki, the lead male protagonist. In the After Story Arc, she becomes pregnant with their daughter Ushio.

In the Alternate Storyline, Nagisa dies giving birth to Ushio. Get your tissues ready because here it is (English Dub):

At the end of the Alternate Timeline in the Anime, this happens instead (English Sub):

To get this ending in the VN, you must collect all of the orbs of Light. You will get a notification once this condition has been satisfied. Plus the Title Screen will be flashing to show you it’s time to see to True Ending ^_^

 

 

Hana (Wolf Children)

 

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Wolf Children, which was created by Mamoru Hosoda is a tribute to single mothers worldwide. Hosoda himself was raised by a single mother and used his own life experiences as inspiration for this moving story. The obvious twist for Hana is her kids can turn into wolves. After the family moves out of the city and into the suburbs, Yuki and Ame start to drift apart and Hana must come to terms with her children going in different directions and pursuing two different worlds. Yuki decides to live as a human while Ame, who has trouble fitting in at school decides to live as a wolf. In the end, Hana accepts the choices of her children and especially Ame’s.

 

Trisha Elric

 

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Another person on this list everyone here has at least heard of. After all, her death is what kicked off Ed and Al’s Excellent Adventure.

It is interesting to note Trisha first met Hoenheim when she was a child. Hoenheim kept returning to Risembool every few years until she was old enough to marry. It’s likely he didn’t tell her much about his past but they had Ed and Al. A few years later, he left and never returned. A disease that spread across the region claimed her life. Ed and Al attempted Human Transmutation in an effort to bring her back but of course, their efforts failed with disasterous results. Ed would realize much later the obvious truth: It’s impossible to bring the dead back to life.

Izayoi

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She is the second of three mothers on this list who had a child born of two different worlds. In her case, she is the mother of Inuyasha. Izayoi is dead by the time the story begins but we learn about her later in the story.

She is the Lady of a distinguished clan though it appears she was not married when she meets Inutaisho (Inuyasha and Sesshomaru’s father). We know from the events of the movie Swords of an Honorable Ruler that her relationship with a demon kept her at odds with the captain of the guard, who was smitten with her. he was so angry when it was discovered she became pregnant by a demon that he set the castle on fire and then impaled her with a spear shortly after she gave birth to Inuyasha. Inutaisho used Tenseiga to bring her back to life and gave her the Fire Rat Robe (now worn by Inuyasha), leading her to safely before he was consumed by the flames.

We know from Inuyasha’s early memories that she raised him in a nearby village after that until she died (It’s implied she died of illness) Having never known his father, Inuyasha was very close to his mother. Sesshomaru used this knowledge to set a trap for him early in the series.

Delia Ketchum

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Everyone knows who she is. So we’ll leave it at that.

Delia Ketchum was a large part of the third Pokemon movie Spell of the Unown in which she is kidnapped by the legendary Pokemon Entei. Her appearances are few for obvious reasons but she does her best to encourage her son. While technically not a trainer herself, she does have a Pokemon partner in Mr. Mime.

One of the oldest unsolved mysteries is the answer to this question: Who is Ash’s father? All that’s known is he is or was likely a trainer.

Hild (Ah! My Goddess!)

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And here we have the third Mother who broke a taboo and had a mixed race child. In her case, Hild is the mother of the Goddess Urd.

The Anime doesn’t get into this but once upon a time, Hild and The Almighty One were lovers. We also know they used the Gate of Destiny used to weight the strength of the bond between lovers from two worlds, which was a major plot device in The Movie. The two were forced apart but Hild beat the system to see The Almighty One for what would be final time. Urd was conveived from that final meeting and born after the Doublet System was put in place to end the war beween Gods and Demons. While Hild obviously still has feelings for The Almighty One, when asked by Belldandy she plainly states because she tricked the system once, trying a second time would cost her life.

Aside from being Urd’s Mother she is the Daimachaiko, or Ruler of Demonkind. Her power is equal to The Almighty One’s, hence all the jewelry you see in the video to seal most of her true power. Had she arrived at full power, probably most of the world would have been wiped out! After she returns to Nifelhiem (referredto as The Demon Realm in the Anime), she splits off a child version of herself to mess with Keiichi and the Goddesses for  a while. In the Manga, there is coup in Nifelheim and her main body is sealed by the Userper. Hild turns to Keiichi and the Goddesses for help, ultimately regaining her full power again.

…Ok that’s ir for this year. Most of you have probably seen AnimeKat’s post but if you haven’t, check it out ^_^

Next year, I’ll see about doing mothers and fathers in Video Games I’ve played.

My Hero Academia’s English Dub premieres on Toonami

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Season 3 premiered in Japan this time last month and can be watched on Crunchyroll. I actually bought the first season dubbed from iTunes in March for $5. It was on sale at the time.

My Hero Academia is already Mega Popular on both sides of the Pacific so it coming to North America was a matter of time. Season 3 just started in Japan and it will take a while for the dub to catch up. It’s the same with Black Clover, which has about 12 episodes between the Dub and the live airing in Japan.

I’m really excited by MHA’s Dub because of the simple fact David Matranga and Luci Christian are both in it! This is the first time working together since Clannad so…yeah ^_^

Sorry to keep this short but I’m going to assume most have at least heard about it. For those who haven’t, I will make another post explaining the story up to the start of the third season. You can watch it subbed on Crunchyroll an watch the English Dub on Toonami. The Manga is also available!

Anime Blog Fundraiser Prize Details

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Continuing on from AnimeKat’s post, I will talk about the prizes that will be given away to two or three lucky people. As she pointed out, only those who actually donate will be eligable.

There will be two prizes: One, a DVD/Blu-Ray Movie Set. The other, a Manga Set.

These are the Anime:

 

And the Manga will be:

I have all of them myself. Yes, I have Summer Wars AND Wolf Children in BOTH DVD and Manga. I actually have two digital copies of Wolf Children believe it or not: On iTunes and The Playstation Network. I also have Summer Wars on DVD as well as iTunes. I loved both of them so much I have multiple copies of BOTH movies. They’re good summer flicks and the Mangas are awesome, too. I can personally vouch for them. You can read my review of Wolf Children here. I did the review four years ago.

Both Summer Wars and Wolf Children were created by the famous Mamoru Hosoda.

I considered mixing things up but then I got another idea: If $250 is reached by May 15, the first giveaway will happen at that time. That person can choose to either pick one of the sets or if they want, choose to pick a combination of Summers Wars or Wolf Children on DVD and Manga. In other words, if you want you can choose to get Summer Wars on Both DVD and Manga or Wolf Children on Both DVD and Manga. That or you can just get the sets as shown. The second giveaway will happen should $500.00 be reached by the 6/5/2018 deadline.

If the target amount of $500.00 is reached before June 5th 2018, For every $100 donated afterward a bonus giveaway will be added. The bonus giveaway will be an additional set containing Summer Wars and Wolf Children on both DVD and Manga (!). So, there will be two giveaways with the potential for more once the target amount is reached. Note that only the bonus giveaways will have everything from both sets. The two regular giveaways will be one, the other or a combination of both.

Remember: Donating is 100% optional BUT only those who donate will be eligable for these prizes. This Fundraiser will have no bearing on the content of the blog as it is now. AnimeKat and I will continue to provide info, news and other things Anime or Manga related. The Fundraiser is so we can get some premium features for the blog and give everyone an even bettee experience.

One other thing before I forget. Depending on how well this fundraiser goes, we may do another one later this year. What will the prizes for that give away be you might ask? My lips are sealed for now ^_^

Thanks again in advance for your support!

~ Aurabolt and AnimeKat

Please welcome Animekatart as a new Author of the blog!

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…Time to make history ^_^

As of this evening, one person won’t be posting new things to this blog. my friend Sarah aka Animekatart has accepted my invitation to join me in writing new content for this blog! Some of her favorite Anime includes Food Wars: Shokugeki no Soma, Tokyo Ghoul, Vampire Night, Naruto and Fairy Tail to name a few.

On that note. I am looking for at least two more people who may be interested in joining the team. If interested, feel free to get in touch with me.

The Live Action FullMetal Alchemist clearly tries to do too much

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…That would be a fair assessment for the film, which sets up for a sequel.

As was the case with the Attack on Titan movies before it (Filmed as one movie but was later cut in two, mind you), the FMA live action movie tried to do too much at the same time. Much of it has to do with the MASSIVE amount of story content from the source material: The Manga and the second Anime Series Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood. Unlike the first FMA Anime, FMA:B actually follows the storyline from the Manga. The first Anime series loosely follows the Manga at first but then switches to an original storyline.

The Live Action FMA movie is a mixed bag. On the one hand, they character portrayals were mostly accurate. The main problem is the hard to follow plot and mostly because certain key characters are absent–presumably being saved for the sequel–and it hurt the flow of the movie. It was obvious the story had been intentionally written with certain notable characters being absent and unmentioned.

…Who am I talking about?

  • King Bradley: Come on. Conspiracy within the State Military and Bradley’s not even mentioned?! They could have given him a cameo just like they did in the Manga and FMA:B. They simply don’t let on his real identity is all they needed to do.
  • Ling: The Crown Prince of Xing. His importance is revealed later, more so when it relates to a certain Homunculus.
  • Greed: Before he was merged with Ling, he was a certified badass. After the merger, he was even more badass even before he got his memories back. That said, his absence makes sense given both Ling and Bradley are absent.
  • Major Alex Louis Armstrong: His omission is suspect but makes sense given his importance in regards to the Ishvalan Civil War. Besides, you can’t include Armstrong without also including this other guy.
  • Scar: I’ll give credit where it’s due in how they managed to close out the movie without him. I do suspect he was left out on purpose to avoid having to film Nina/Alexander’s death. That and his connection to Winry’s parents.
  • Pinako Rockbell: Winry’s grandmother is absent but it makes sense given she’s in Resembol (Winry, Edward and Al’s hometown) while Winry travels to meet up with Ed and Al.
  • Izumi Curtis: Ed and Al’s Alchemy teacher. I would be surprised if she doesn’t at least get mentioned later.
  • Van Hoenhiem: Another omission that makes sense given he can’t be featured without this other guy getting a mention.
  • Father/Dwarf in the Flask: The being behind the curtain. He set things in motion so it makes sense his reveal would come much later.

On the one hand, all of these are major characters. On the other hand, they did an impressive job leaving all of them out. Especially Bradley. It was pretty interesting Gluttony’s Secret was casually revealed without explaination though. I mean the fact that he’s actually a failed attempt at making a Portal of Truth. Envy’s True form being left out makes a certain amont of sense. The showdown between Mustang and Lust was spontaneous due to the absence of Jean Havoc (Riza Hawkeye is the only one who made the cut). It lacked the emotional impact provided in the Manga and Anime. Of course, that’s the case with many plot points throughout the movie due to the changes made due to certain characters being absent from the movie.

…If it sounds confusing, that’s because it is. Like I said before, they tried to do too much in this movie. I am almost afraid to see the sequel when and if it actually happens.

 

Anime Boston 2018 in the books, looking to return as a panelist next year!

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…After taking a two year hiatus, I am looking to make my return as a panelist one year sooner than I originally planned. The theme for Anime Boston 2019 being Shogun & Samurai is the clincher. I can’t pass up on the opportunity. I will debut all new panels as well.

Here’s what I have in mind:

 

  • The Real Warriors of Samurai (120 Minutes): A look at the video game series Samurai Warriors, the real people portrayed and lessons to be learned from Japan’s Warring States Period.
  • Christianity’s History in Japan (60 Minutes): Like most authoritorian governments today, the introduction of Christianity in Feudal Japan was met with fierce resistence and outlawed by Hideyoshi Toyotomi. The Underground Christians in Japan–later known as the Hidden Christians–would keep their faith a closely guarded secret until after World War II. Come and learn how that has effected renewed efforts to bring Christianity to The Land of the Rising Sun.
  • Of Swords and Hip Hop (60 Minutes): We take a look at the marriage of Hip Hop and Anime in Samurai Champloo.
  • Riding the Rails in Boston and Japan (90 Minutes): One of the many things Boston and Japan have in common is their shared reliance on their transit systems. Take a look at the similarities and differences with transit systems.
  • Remember The Name Kuroko (60 Minutes): Basketball’s exploding popularity in Japan is explored alongside the mega hit Anime Kuroko’s Basketball.

…And you know what? ALL of them could be slotted next year.

More so given I want do ALL of them in the same weekend and will barring the untimely death of my laptop.