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  • Sachi 10:22 pm on February 23, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: charity, Christchurch, disaster, DriveThruRpg.com, Earthquake, fundraiser, New Zealand, Red Cross,   

    New Zealand Earthquake Relief – Receive RPG Bundle! 

    I suppose I’ve reached that point in my career as an internet celebrity (ha, I wish) in which I start supporting fundraisers and using my vast power and influence to get my fans to rally up and do the right thing. Well, at least hear me out, because have I got a great deal for you.

    As you might have heard, New Zealand’s city of Christchurch was recently devastated with a 6.3 magnitude earthquake. Nearly one hundred people have been confirmed dead at this point, and about two hundred people are still missing, leading New Zealand’s Prime Minister John Key to dub February 22, 2011 as the nation’s darkest day. This is a national emergency for the small island-country, and they can use all the help they can get in recovering from this disaster. This is where you guys come in:

    DriveThruRPG.com, the largest online store for new and vintage RPGs, has teamed up with the New Zealand Red Cross to raise funds for the earthquake relief. For only $20 you can purchase a Role Play Game bundle containing nearly $340 worth of RPGs; that’s nearly 50 RPGs for an the simple price of $20, and all the money is going directly to the New Zealand Red Cross. Alternatively, if you’re not interested in all this RPG crap, you can simply directly donate money to the funds.

    I personally think this is a great way to help out; even if you’re not concerned with the disaster in New Zealand, just think of the amazing deal you’re getting with all these amazing games. I’m not too crazy about getting so many games that I could never finish, since I’m not a huge RPG fan, but I didn’t hesitate at the offer and the chance to do what I could to help out. It’s cheap, and it’s going to a great cause, so what’s stopping you?

    You can make your purchase or donation at this address: http://rpg.drivethrustuff.com/product_info.php?products_id=88713&src=social_media_link&sms_ss=facebook&at_xt=4d65ef0306a6ccaa%2C0

    Thanks for the support, everybody!

  • Sachi 2:30 pm on December 12, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Classical, Cowboy Bebop, , Fullmetal Alchemist, , Jazz, Joe Hisaishi, , Koutarou Nakagawa, Kuniaki Haishim, Michiru Ōshima, Monster, , , Satoru Kōsaki, Shiro Sagisu, Susumu Hirasawa, The Seatbelts, Yasushi Ishii,   

    Talent Trumps Discrimination: Yoko Kanno 

    Most of us can agree that music plays a large part in cinema; it creates an atmosphere, emphasizes emotions to the audience, and, most importantly, invests the audience into the story. The same holds true for anime; in fact, music probably plays a larger role in this medium, since only so much can be portrayed by animated visuals as far as atmosphere and emotions go. With such an increased expectation for music in anime, the competition must be fierce, and it must surely be a lot harder for the average composer to get noticed.

    Likewise, considering Japan’s reputation of traditional gender roles and scanty attempts at gender equality— Japan ranked 54th of 93 countries in 2008 according to the Gender Empowerment Measure, and 106th of 189 countries for the proportion of women in the House of Representatives, according to a 2009 survey— it would be especially hard for women to become successful in a competitive work force. However, one Yoko Kanno has overcome both these adversities. (More …)

    • BornIn1142 9:53 am on January 18, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      I’m surprised Yuki Kaijura didn’t pop up on that list of composers. I always thought she was quite well-regarded, but maybe I’m over-rating her popularity a bit. Her work on .hack was brilliant.

  • Sachi 7:24 pm on November 15, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Call of Duty, cartoon, Courage the Cowardly Dog, , , Halo, , , Mario, , Nostalgia, Playstation, Pokemon, Spyro, , The Never Ending Story, The Simpsons,   

    The New Nostalgia 

    It was bound to happen at some point, and I’m sure you all saw it coming. Today the Geek With Taste is here to talk to you about nostalgia— video games, movies, cartoons, everything.  However, it won’t be the kind of nostalgia you might expect. For the longest time, the icons of nostalgia has been the original Transformers, G.I. Joe, Ultra Man, Mario, the Nintendo, etc. While many of you are thinking, “Fuck yeah! That’s what nostalgia is all about,” a growing population of people are looking upon a new nostalgia to fit their own age. Beware, Generation X, for a new era of nostalgia is about to come about, and that is the nostalgia of the children of the grand ol’ 1990’s. (More …)

  • Sachi 3:36 pm on November 12, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Anime News Network, , , , , , , , Yoshimi Itazu   

    Madhouse to Resume Production of Yume-Miru Kikai 

    Personally, I think it’s a great thing that Satoshi Kon’s final work is set to be completed. It’ll stand as testament to his life’s work, as well as being a tribute to him. After all the time and effort he surely put into it before passing, it would be a travesty to leave it unfinished. We’ll have to trust that the Yoshimi Itazu and the rest of the team at Madhouse studios will be able to complete it exactly as Kon intended. (More …)

  • Sachi 9:25 pm on November 2, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Abraham Lincoln, Air Force One, Balls of Fury, Bill Pullman, , Gary Oldman, George Bush, George W. Bush, Harrison Ford, Independence Day, Jack Nicholson, Jeff Goldblum, Mahjong, Mars Attacks, , Mudazumo Naki Kaikaku, , , U.S. President   

    Badass U.S. Presidents in Media 

    I know I’ve only recently begun talking about archetypes in media— actually, only one: the Doll Archetype— but I feel this one is one that needs to be expanded upon much further: Badass U.S. Presidents.

    I’m sure most of us have seen the awesome that is Air Force One with Harrison Ford and Gary Oldman, but how many other examples of Badass U.S. Presidents can you think of? Not too many, huh? I originally intended for this to be a Top 10 list of Badass U.S. Presidents in Film, but I soon found that I didn’t have enough material for even a Top 5 list. As much as this didn’t really surprise me, it did get me thinking about it a lot. Why hasn’t this amazing source of media gold been mined for all it’s worth yet? Who wouldn’t want to see the leader of the free world roll up his sleeves dirty and beat some baddies? Well, lets just go over what we have so far: (More …)

    • brikhaus 11:28 am on November 6, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      You need to watch the HBO mini-series “John Adams.” I never knew what a badass this guy was. He was legal defense for the British in the Boston Massacre, and then turned around and was the driving force, really the mastermind, of the Continental Congress declaring independence. He was the first U.S. ambassador to England, later vice president and then president. He was way more awesome than we give him credit for!

    • The One 2:40 pm on November 19, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      The most bad ass president ever has to be Harrison Ford. With only a whip he can do anything, including take an airplane back from terrorists. Anything he is in is automatically great. But this Mudazumo Naki Kaikaku stuff, meh.

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