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Hey! Remember the Eighties?

     Every generation has a soundtrack that is all their own.  It follows them through their life, ready to remind them of happy times when they were young.  I too, it seems, am a product of my youth.  While I was a big fan of eighties music while I was living it, I never thought that it defined a part of me.  I recall a significant conversation with my best friend about how we weren’t going to be like those “moldy oldies” who sat around decades later complaining that their music was the only kind of music worth listening to.  Yet, decades later, I find myself still enthralled by eighties music.
      It’s not a constant thing.  It’s definitely not the only music I listen to.  Currently, I’m discovering an unexpected infatuation with J-Pop, no doubt linked to my love of anime.  Still, whenever I hear an old favorite or even a forgotten gem from that era of mullets, spandex, torn shirts and MTV, I get happy.  It transports me to a time when I was young, free and the world was wide open for me.  It just makes me feel good to be alive!  I guess that’s what good music does, at least for me.  And I hope that for you, there is a special kind of music that by simply listening to it, it unlocks the child inside and let’s them out to play for a little while! 
      So if you feel like reminiscing a bit check out a few of these things…Here’s a fun quiz on 80′s music lyrics.  Try doing the quiz before you check out these videos that may take you on a trip back in time…

Tribute to the 80′s (Part 1)

Tribute to the 80′s (Part 2)

Tribute to the 80′s (Part 3) New Wave Special

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Posted by rinda on Sep 18th 2007 | Filed in Music,TV,Videos | Comments (6)

Fullmetal Alchemist: Conqueror of Shambala

     Fullmetal Alchemist is a wonderful anime. It has all the right stuff- great story, lovable characters, lots of action and beautifully rendered art. It’s a modern classic anime. Having begun as a manga in Monthly Shonen Gangan (On a side note, the story continues in the manga. It’s up to 17 volumes so far!), it was adapted to a very successful anime that ran for 51 episodes. The movie, Conqueror of Shambala picks up where the anime ended and concludes the story of Edward and Alphonse Elric.

     If you’re unfamiliar with Fullmetal Alchemist, I strongly suggest that you check it out. It’s truly a fantastic anime. The English dub is widely available, including on television thanks to Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim. The story of Ed and Al and their journey together is a both a comedic and bittersweet one. Fair warning to those of you who may not have completed the anime series–there may be SPOILERS ahead!

     The movie, Conqueror of Shambala, picks up two years after the final episode of the anime with Ed going through the gate, leaving his younger brother Al behind. Ed has been transported to 1923 Germany. It turns out that our world and the Elric brothers world of Amestris are parallel worlds. The gate joins the two. Ed is living in pre-WWII Germany with the Alphonse from our world. He fears that his Al was killed when he crossed over the gate. While in Amestris, Al is alive and well. In fact, he has body back thanks to Ed’s sacrifice but he doesn’t have any memory of the years he spent with Ed searching for the Philosopher’s Stone. The story takes off from there with both brothers trying to get back to each other. It’s a fun ride! The movie remains true to the spirit of the anime and the conclusion is satisfying. If you’re a fan of the show, go watch this movie!

FullMetal Alchemist

     Two additional notes of interest–

  •  Fathom Events is sponsoring a nationwide anime film festival called Anime Bento. It will showcase four anime movies to be shown in theaters all over the US for four nights. Fullmetal Alchemist Conqueror of Shambala is one of these films. If at all possible, go out and support this event. Based on the reception it receives, more anime movies may be shown on local theaters throughout the country! So it you love anime, go to the movies!
  •  2xKnight over at AnimeFansOnline is in the middle of sponsoring a giveaway that includes a Fullmetal Alchemist Conqueror of Shambala Special Edition DVD, a Fullmetal Alchemist Conqueror of Shambala regular DVD, and a musical CD by the voice actor who stars as Edward Elric. All you have to do is leave a comment on that post and tell him about your favorite episode or character from Fullmetal Alchemist. It’s a great giveaway that will run until September 28 so get over there!

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Posted by rinda on Sep 14th 2007 | Filed in Anime,Fantasy,Manga,Movies,TV | Comments (3)

No, I’m Not Quite Dead Yet….

     First off, I just want to apologize for my sporadic postings lately.  First, it was DragonCon.  Second, I’ve been doing a lot of writing on my own lately (if I decide it’s fan-ready, I’ll post some of it here).  And lastly, I’ve been sick.  All pitiful excuses but unfortunately true.  So please, forgive me and be patient.  I’ll be back up to posting on a more regular basis soon.

    

Posted by rinda on Sep 14th 2007 | Filed in Uncategorized | Comments (0)

DragonCon 2007

     DragonCon 2007 is now just a memory that’s softly fading as the hours pass but for the past four days, it’s been a rocking good time for me! I’m home from the convention and I just want to say that, as usual, it was a blast. The anime track was a lot of fun though I think that the powers that be at DragonCon need to realize just how popular anime and manga has become in this country! Let’s just say that judging from the turn-out at the anime panels this weekend, they are definitely learning!

     I had the pleasure of meeting Vic Mignogna, a wonderful anime/game voice actor, a talented musician and an all around incredibly good guy! Vic is well-known for his work as Edward Elric on Fullmetal Alchemist, Dark Mousy on DNAngel and many others.  His roles number over a hundred in different animes and games.  I genuinely enjoyed his panels on Fullmetal Alchemist and Voice Acting.  He’s an entertaining and informative speaker that keeps the convention panels hopping.  A real fan favorite, Vic brings a sense of humor, kindness, and a great love of voice acting, anime and the fans themselves to everything he does.  He’s also a talented musician.  I’ve got the CD to prove it!  If you’d like to find out more about Vic Mignogna, I’d suggest checking out his fangroup the Risembool Rangers or his website!

      DragonCon wasn’t just about Mr. Mignogna and the anime track but they were both definitely major high points for me.  Of course, the costumes were mind-blowing.  (Check out the fan photos posted online if you don’t believe me!)  The cosplay contest was a lot of fun.  The range of anime, manga and games that the contestants drew from was so varied!  Truly, all fandoms were represented!  My personal favorite was an amazing Cloud from Final Fantasy Advent Children!  The DragonCon Parade was also a colorful representation of all genres and tastes.  And while the Masquerade was fun, the hall costumes blew most of those contestants out of the water! 

     The convention was crowded and having it spread out over the three hotels made it difficult to see and do all that I wanted.  But the sights, the sounds, the tastes, the smells and the spectacle that is DragonCon remain extrodinary, astounding and ever inviting!  If you haven’t attended a DragonCon before, I strongly recommend your doing so.  Regardless of what where in entertainment your personal tastes lie, you can find something intriguing at DragonCon.  Probably a bit more than you bargained for!  It’s kinda like that old Chinese curse, “May you have an interesting life.”  DragonCon is very, very interesting!  And I’m so glad that I was a part of it!

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Posted by rinda on Sep 3rd 2007 | Filed in Anime,Books,Conventions,Fantasy,Games,Manga,Movies,Music,SciFi,TV | Comments (4)