Just released on January 29th was the 20th Anniversary Memorial Tribute Album of the much-anticipated anime and manga series Sailor Moon which features music tracks of the Sailor Moon shows, seasons 1 to 5. It even has a bonus track which is the French version of “Moonlight Densetsu” and is sung by Clementine. Another version of “Moonlight Densetsu” is performed by idol group Momoiro Clover Z at the start of the album. Momoiro Clover Z also contributes another track called “Tuxedo Mirage”.
Pokemon started off as one of the most popular gameboy games to ever exist. It was such a hit that it turned into a TV show and Movies were made. The Japanese games Pokemon Red and Pokemon Green were released in Japan in 1996, with Pokemon Blue releasing just 8 months later in October. These games started a big franchise which is still popular even today! Pokemon has one of the largest fan bases and the video games offer something that the trading card game and the popular anime series can not offer: true interactivity. The Pokemon video games are probably the only way you’ll ever have the chance to breed your own “pocket monsters”, train them and send them into battle. The Pokemon universe is huge and there are surely some facts and secrets that even Pokemon veterans do not know about. Here are the 40 craziest facts, secrets and rumors (in no particular order):
Remember how we talked about how popular Attack on Titan (進撃の巨人）was in the last blog post? It was already pretty famous even when it was just a regular manga series, but when the anime came out this April, it became even more popular. So popular that even idols and celebrities watch it! If you don’t believe me, here’s a picture of AKB48 member Karen Iwata doing a cosplay of Mikasa, complete with the precious scarf that her adopted brother Eren gave her! Doesn’t she look cute?
Other idol groups, such as SKE48, seem to enjoy the series too. Reina Matsui took a picture of her fellow group members, Akane Takayanagi, Airi Furukawa, Masana Ohya, and Rena Matsui recreating a scene from the anime. The gruesome event of a person being eaten by a Titan looks adorable instead now that idols are doing it! The feeling and atmosphere in this picture is completely different from the sense of despair you usually get in the series! (more…)
進撃の巨人 (Shingeki no Kyojin) or Attack on Titan is one of the most popular anime series this summer, and for a good reason! Its story revolves around mankind’s struggle against Titans, mindless giants who have an unsettling resemblance to humans and have caused so much death and destruction that survivors were forced to retreat behind walled cities to continue living.
The series itself is tightly plotted and beautifully animated, but what sets it apart from the rest is its complex, incredibly sympathetic cast. Eren Yeager, the main character, is probably the angriest, most bloodthirsty protagonist to ever be given the role of a ‘good guy.’ His defining characteristic is his intense hatred of Titans, and his desire to kill them all—but he’s so interesting because he’s so different from what people normally expect a protagonist to be. When he joins the Scouting Legion, a military branch who have been tasked to explore the world outside the walls while battling Titans, we get introduced to a huge array of interesting, believable characters—and since this is a series with an enormous body count, the fans watch each episode worried that their favorite might not make it to the next. (This is a legitimate worry—they really don’t, sometimes!)
Neon Genesis Evangelion is such a popular series that introductions are unnecessary, but for the purposes of this blog, I’ll make one anyway! It started as an anime series in 1995, and gained a lot of status as a very realistic portrayal of how traumatic it is for teenagers to actually have to shoulder the burden of fighting for humanity inside a giant mecha in an apocalyptic world.