Valentines Day Recommendation No. 1 Gantz

Picking a number 1 hit for Valentines Day is quite tough since so much anime has a romantic theme throughout the shows and movies . It’s hard to avoid the topic of relationships it surrounds everything media we consume . Horror, Comedy Drama, whether movies or tv shows . Its something you cant avoid

But Gantz is something of Masterpiece spanning 2 Live Action Movies , a manga which lasted 13 years and 26 episode Anime .

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The story centers around 2 high school students Kei and Masaru. As they are just about to get hit by a subway are magically transported to a empty room filled with assorted people and giant Black ball known as Gantz . Soon they learn they are all dead and none of them can leave the room .

The Ball opens up to, revealing a bald naked and shriveled man with a breathing mask and electronics attached to his head, with three racks each carrying custom suit that when worn gives them super human abilities and 3 weapons. Image

The ball tells them through electronically through text . They must compete for points by destroying aliens that have invaded earth . The person who claims 100 points can either return to the real world and live happily ever after or bring someone else back from the dead who has died in the so called game.

The Characters – The Characters in this series go through a vast change in characters . In the beginning Kei is typical asshole . He cares for nothing but his own desires . But after later mission he learns to take care of his team ( assorted Gantz room people). Literally he is the perfect reluctant hero . In the beginning you hate him but as people start to die off and he grows He becomes the hero through hardship pain and death he earns the title of leader .

Why is this a recommendation. You may ask there is a hundred different titles I could of chosen but Valentines Day for people that are single and or going through a hard and dark times. This show echoes a message sometimes things will go dark and crappy as they get but you just have to get through it any way you can.It doesn’t preach a message that things will get better or you will happily ever after . But it’s the message that you need you just need to keep on going.

So good luck to all in surviving what I think is the most miserable time of the year. Image

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Valentines Recommendation and Review 2 Space Dandy

In our latest podcast we talked school days which is great to feel that being single can sometimes be a good thing . On the lighter side of things We are going to talk about Space Dandy

Sometimes as fans we take things way too serious . Serious story , Epic Battles etc. But Sometimes we just want fun.

Here Comes Space Dandy probably the most split audiences opinions down the center .Half the audience love the show others hate the show. But if the concept of Art is to create a discussion. Then this is one show that does the job well.

Space Dandy is a ongoing 14 episode series created by Shinichirō Watanabe the creator of some of the most beautifully made anime ever made such Cowboy Bebop, Samurai Champloo, and Kids on the Slope and animated by Bones Studio who made such shows as Soul Eater and Full Metal Alchemist

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The Story: This episodic series is set in Futuristic world where a alien bounty hunter called Space Dandy who’s job is search for rare aliens across the Universe and register them . On his crew is female outdated robot called QT who loves to point out that she’s smarter than the entire crew and Meow alien that looks like a Cat who gives advice and gossip of where rare aliens might be found.

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Where a lot of fans are split is in the humor . A certain amount of jokes in the episodes revolve around a restaurant where the crew likes to hang out called Boobies (pun on hooters) and how the main character loves Boobs and Ass . But I think the humor is tongue and cheek approach to matters.

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Narration , Introduction and the characters seem to be a mock up of the old style Space drama( Flash Gordon of the 1940s) mixed with the OAVs of the 1980s (Dirty Pair, Project A-KO and Space Cobra)

On the Surface a lot of people think its just a over the top fan service show . But each episode has a different director and character designer for the aliens giving the feel of the show a unique feel every time .

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Just like Cowboy Bebop it can go from super goofy moments to a strike in the heart felt moments leaving you with a Tearjerker.

Should you watch it : Short Answer is Yes !

Why : With excellent Character designs and music composed by one of the most beautiful and talented composer Yoko Kanno who also worked with Shinichirō Watanabe on Cowboy Bebop .

Anything Else I should know : Yes This is actually partially funded by Adult Swim just like Big O season 2 and dubbed and released the same day as Japan internationally ( Adult Swim in America , WakAnime in UK and Ireland ,Tokyo Mx in Japan) The Dub and Sub have a different feel all together both enjoyable in their own way .

English Dub : Has a feeling similar of Excel Saga mixed with Flash Gordan . Its a little campy but keeps the feeling and content the Same.

Sub Titled : The subtitled makes it more of a parody of Space Opera like Dirty Pair and Macross series

So its part johnny Bravo part Space Opera with high artistic merits and soft center Definitely a show everyone can enjoy

Valentines Suggestion 1 Blood the Last Vampire film

First off I hate the month of February the weather is miserable and you cant run away from the fact your single and in my case you don’t want you Anime forcing the sappy feeling you hit the right place.

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Blood the Last Vampire made in 2000. Set in 1966 Japan centers  around Saya who hunts and kills Bat like creatures called chiropterans. Employed by a shady  American agency she is sent to American naval base high school (common for families shipped over seas). There in the school . It prepares for Valentines Day dance . Cue the scene as the Vampire Bat creatures and Saya face off in this Action film

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verdict : While it may have spawned many video games ,anime,live action films , and alternative time line anime series . This Film has its flaws . First of all its extremely short . Being only 50 minutes in Length . While the action scenes  and soundtrack are high paced and brilliant.

The character designs are unique as there is a high amount of detail in Saya Lips being well known as Blow job lips . They stick out way too much.

Final Verdict Well worth a watch around this crappy holiday season and no romantic mood what so ever

 

Your Guide To Anime Conventions in Ireland

Every Anime Convention here in Ireland has its own feeling a spirit animal. So for anyone out there based in outside Ireland and America . Its good to plan your things in advance since Ireland has its conventions more spread out a little more than in America due to Heat and over booking with other events.

Some conventions have been left out please take note this is my list of top conventions

Akumakon

Location Galway university

Date: Set second or third weekend in January roughly

If this convention was a person it be the close friend you just want to hug .

This convention only after having their third convention. It will always feel welcoming and with a warm greeting and a cold pint . On the Campus of the college food and drink prices are usually fair.The special guests are a good mixture of Internet related guests and Japanese Guests . But the biggest thing about the Convention is the staff and committee. Because being in the West of Ireland things are friendlier calmer almost . I’ve seen the committee and staff go through hell and back with some of the crazier and to put it modestly personality of a bear with pms and has been starved of food and poked with a stick for a week.

Its spirit would be portrayed as this

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Strong Majestic and Powerful- I hope this convention stays like this for years to come.

Epic Con aka Phenomecon Ireland

Location Maynooth College Campus

Date February second or third week 

Very small and Friendly convention creating a small community based with a good mixture of Rpgs and niche style panels . This convention is only starting out to make it big

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Friendly, small and slightly awkward at times but still lovable

Brocon

Location: Limerick University

Brocon has a long gaming tradition has a feeling of family . There is  welcoming atmosphere that makes you want to enjoy yourself set in Limerick University It’s fun bubbly dynamic that doesn’t need to try to up their game with gimicks every year . They don’t need to. They are unique that like people they show sometimes its just great to be yourself.

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Fun, entertaining every time .

Nom-con

Location Ballsbridge Dublin

Date August

While a lot of the conventions on the list have a feeling of relaxed and enjoy yourself . The Dublin conventions have a different scene . Shots, Raves and high times explain this atmosphere as the feeling of the convention is a mixture of a convention and New Years party. One of the top conventions for Special guests as Some of the special guests include Tiffany Grant , Matt Greenfield and Veronica Taylor . This year will host Chris Sabbat . Making This Nomcon one of highest party conventions of the year .

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Eirtakon

Location Dublin Croke Park

Date November

The First anime convention has the best guests and traders hall . After upping its anti in 2013 by changing its venues to Croke Park ( a highly historic Venue) This is the convention where anything can happen and more likely will. There will be good times and weird times but not really any bad times though . The volunteers and committee have put up with a lot but They put on a great show.

Spirit Animal

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gotta love a classic

Well there is a final mention is  Kaizoku Con which is based in Cork but it hasnt happened yet but more than likely it will also be fun and enjoyable like the other conventions.