Monday, July 30, 2007

The Music of L`Arc~en~Ciel

The Music of L`Arc~en~Ciel


Origin Japan
Genre(s) Pop, hard rock, alternative rock, progressive rock
Years active 1991–present

L`Arc~en~Ciel is a popular Japanese rock band, formed in 1991. The group has sold over 15 million albums, 30 million singles, and millions of other units, such as videos and has been voted #58 in HMV Japan's "Top 100 Japanese Pop Artists" of all time.

L`Arc~en~Ciel appeared on many Anime Series and here are a few of them.

Blurry Eyes - From DNA2

Ready Steady Go - From Full Metal Alchemist

Fourth Avenue Cafe - From Rorouni Kenshin

Driver's High - From Great Teacher Onizuka

Friday, July 27, 2007

On the Spot - Naruto

Anime Title:
Author: Masashi Kishimoto
ninja, adventure, comedy, action
Number of Episodes: 220
Runtime per Episode: 25 mins
Published: 2002
Studio: Studio Pierrot

Naruto is a manga series written and illustrated by mangaka Masashi Kishimoto with an anime adaptation. The main character, Naruto Uzumaki, is a loud, hyperactive, unpredictable adolescent ninja who constantly searches for approval and recognition, as well as to become Hokage, acknowledged as the leader and strongest of all ninja in the village.

The manga was first published by Shueisha in 1999 in the 43rd issue of Japan's Shonen Jump magazine. As of volume 36, the manga has sold over 71 million copies in Japan.[1] VIZ Media publishes a translated version in the American Shonen Jump magazine. Naruto has become VIZ's best-selling manga series.[2] To date, the first 15 volumes are available. In order to catch up to the translated anime, VIZ plans to release volumes 16 to 27 three at a time over the months of September to December 2007.[3]

The first of two anime series, produced by Studio Pierrot and Aniplex, premiered across Japan on the terrestrial TV Tokyo network and the anime satellite television network Animax on October 3, 2002, and is still being aired. Viz also licensed the anime for North American production. Naruto debuted in the United States on Cartoon Network's Toonami programming block on September 10, 2005, and in Canada on YTV's Bionix on September 16, 2005. Naruto began showing in the UK on Jetix on July 22, 2006. It began showing on Toasted TV on January 12, 2007 in Australia, although it could be watched on Cartoon Network in 2006. The first series lasted nine seasons, while Naruto: Shippūden began its first on February 15, 2007.

The Plot:

Twelve years before the events at the focus of the series, the nine-tailed demon fox attacked Konohagakure. Powerful enough to raise tsunamis and flatten mountains with a swish of one of its tails, it raised chaos and slaughtered many people, until the leader of the Leaf Village – the Fourth Hokage – sacrificed his own life to seal the demon inside a newly-born child, Naruto Uzumaki. The Fourth Hokage, who was celebrated as a hero for sealing the demon fox away, wanted Naruto to be respected in a similar light by being the containment vessel for the demon fox.

The Leaf Village, however, shunned him, regarding Naruto as if he were the demon fox itself and mistreated him throughout most of his childhood. A decree made by the Third Hokage forbide anyone to discuss or mention the attack of the demon fox to anyone, even their own children. However, this did not stop them from treating him like an outcast and as a result he grew up an orphan without friends, family, or acknowledgment. He could not force people to befriend him, so he sought acknowledgment and attention the only way he knew – through pranks and mischief.

However, that soon changed after Naruto graduated from the Ninja Academy by using his Multiple Shadow Clone Technique to save his teacher, Iruka Umino, from the renegade ninja Mizuki. That encounter gave Naruto two insights: that he was the container of the demon fox, and that there was someone besides the Third Hokage who actually cared for and acknowledged him. His graduation from the academy opened a gateway to the events and people that would change and define his world, including his way of the ninja for the rest of his life.[4]

The main story follows Naruto and his friends' personal growth and development as ninja, and emphasizes their interactions with each other and the influence of their backgrounds on their personalities. Naruto finds two friends and comrades in Sasuke Uchiha and Sakura Haruno, two fellow young ninja who are assigned with him to form a three-person team under an experienced sensei named Kakashi Hatake. Naruto also confides in other characters that he meets throughout the series as well. They learn new abilities, get to know each other and other villagers better, and experience a coming-of-age journey as Naruto dreams of becoming the Hokage of the Leaf Village.

Throughout all of the Naruto plot, strong emphasis on character development changes the plot, with very few things happening because of chance. At first, emphasis is placed on Naruto, Sasuke, and Sakura, who are the members of Team 7. However, other characters are developed, such as Kakashi, Tsunade, and Jiraiya, as well as Naruto's peers in the other teams and villages. Several major villains come into play as well, the first being Zabuza Momochi, a missing-nin from Kirigakure, and his partner, Haku. Later, in the Chunin Exams arc, Orochimaru is introduced as an S-Class missing-nin at the top of Konoha's most wanted list. Later still, a mysterious organization called Akatsuki begins to pursue Naruto for the nine-tailed demon fox inside him.

First Opening Theme:

First Ending Theme:

Official Site:
Tokyo TV (Japanese)

External Links:
VIZ Media
Shonen Jump

Related Links:
Naruto Episode List
Naruto the Movie 3
Naruto Quotes

Thursday, July 19, 2007

Disgaea 3 - Coming in for the Playstation 3

Disgaea 3 - Coming in for the Playstation 3
Gifu, Japan-based developer Nippon Ichi has announced its bringing role-playing-game Makai Senki Disgaea 3 to the Playstation 3. The two previous entries in the series appeared on the Playstation 2 — with Disgaea: Hour of Darkness also getting a PSP airing. The Nippon Ichi press release contains two screenshots of Disgaea 3, a work in-progress. Oddly, they are dated 2008. The release mentions that the "simulation RPG" will be out "this winter" in Japan for ¥7,140 (US $59).

Previous main Disgaea titles have been released on PlayStation 2, with a PSP remake of the original game already out in Japan and due to ship in North America later this year.

The two released Disgaea 3 screenshots are dated 2008, suggesting that the game may be expected on the far end of the winter season. No explicit mention was made of a North American release, nor has NIS America, the publisher's United States division, made any announcements regarding Disgaea 3.


Thursday, July 12, 2007

PSP 2 - Slimmer with Video Output

Sony is giving its handheld console a serious refresh in the form of a slimmer, lighter and faster "updated" PSP.

The new unit still includes the 4.3-inch LCD and UMD, but is 33 percent lighter, 19 percent slimmer, has sped up game load times and improved battery life.

The only real "new" features is a video output capability to allow you to play your PSP games on a big screen TV.

You can score one in September in the original Piano Black, a new Ice Silver color, and a Star Wars Battlefront special edition.

The latter two PSPs come in $199 bundles with related games and a 1GB Memory Stick in the case of Ice Silver. More pics after the break. The system will also come in two new colors which are also part of two new packs. First is the Ice Silver, part of the $199.99 Entertainment Pack that comes with a 1GB Memory Stick, Daxter, and the Family Guy Frickin' Sweet Collection on UMD. Also is a new, white Star Wars-themed PSP that will retail in October for $199.99 packed with Star Wars Battlefront: Renegade Squadron. These release plans are for North America, announcements for Japan and Europe are forthcoming.


Monday, July 9, 2007

Naruto Movie 4 - Naruto Shippuuden The Movie

Naruto: Shippūden the Movie is the fourth film based on the Naruto Manga and the Naruto: Shippūden anime series. It was announced on November 22, 2006, in that week's issue of Shonen Jump. The movie will be released in theaters on August 4, 2007. Pre-sale tickets have been available since April 21, 2007.

The trailer begins with a brief glimpse of Shion's eyes and a dark scene with lava. Naruto is fighting against dark purple, snake-like attacks with dragon heads. He is impaled through his back for the first of two times in the trailer. Shion's face is seen in a metallic reflection as if she was looking at herself, while black ribbons wave in the background.

The second scene shows Naruto's friends mourning in a graveyard, though many details are different than the scene showed in the initial trailer. Sakura, Neji and Lee are present showing battle damage and not wearing their funeral clothing.

The following scenes show Naruto and Sakura carrying around a weak Shion is a friendly manner. Lee is seen fighting with a rock-like enemy. Three individuals with connected chakra strings are also seen. The trailer ends as Shion falls from Naruto's back and down a chasm. As she falls, she reaches for a cracked ornament that she wears. The scene suddenly changes to show Naruto impaled a second time, but in a different location and by a different object than at the start of the trailer.


Naruto Movie 4 - Final Trailer

Naruto Shippuuden The Movie Trailers:

Friday, July 6, 2007

Naruto Shippuuden Episode 19 Released!

Dattebayo has released episode 19. For those who worried about the episode not being released, worry no more. Here is some advice, don't listen to Dattebayo when they threaten to stop subbing Naruto. They do this so often and people continually fall for it. The episode title is: Trap Operation! Team Gai's Enemy.

Do not be surprised if there is no episode next week. It seems like episode 20 will not be out until July 19th.


Thursday, July 5, 2007

Lost Odyssey latest scans

Mistwalker's forthcoming Xbox 360 epic, Lost Odyssey latest scans

Lost Odyssey is a role-playing game featuring both the music composer and producer of the Final Fantasy series.

Tokyo Game Show - Lost Odyssey