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BLEACH is Back

     This Saturday, March 1, marks the return of the English dubbed episodes of the incredibly wonderful anime BLEACH to Adult Swim.  As a huge fan of BLEACH, both the manga and the anime, this is a big deal for me.  I’ve seen the anime in both the original Japanese (with English subtitles) as well as the English dub version.  I think the dub for BLEACH is great.  The voice acting is top notch and it really seems like they tried to match the English voices to their Japanese counterparts. If you’re not a fan of Bleach or have never seen the series, this is a great time to start.

Bleach Group Pic 2
Ichigo Kurosaki and Friends

      BLEACH is an action oriented, Shonen style anime.  It tells the story of Ichigo Kurosaki, a 15 year old high school student, who has the ability to see ghosts and spirits.  After a run-in with a shinigami (or Soul Reaper in the English version) he discovers the true depth of his abilities and a world that he never knew existed.  It’s a fast paced story full of humor and drama.  The characters are well-developed and multi-dimensional.  They quickly become your friends.  That’s the kind of story BLEACH is.  It truly pulls you in.  

      BLEACH began as a manga written by Tite Kubo for Shonen Jump.  It was adapted into an anime and has become a huge hit worldwide.  The art work is wonderful.  The characters are realistic, hilarious and very dangerous.  The story telling is some of the finest you’re going to find out there.  It’s both epic and highly personal.  I can’t say enough good things about BLEACH.  If you’re familiar with the manga or the anime, I hope you will be there with me on Saturday night as the new episodes return to American airwaves.  If you’re new to the story, give it a chance.  It will surprise you!

Original BLEACH Adult Swim Promo

Japanese Promo for BLEACH

Meet Orihime Inoue on Adult Swim

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Posted by rinda on Feb 28th 2008 | Filed in Anime,Books,Manga,Movies,TV,Videos | Comments (0)

Taking the Fanficition Plunge

     Okay, I did it.  I’ve gotten my feet wet in gigantic online fanfiction pool!  I know that I rarely post personal entries here but I’ve been gnawing at my nails and wanted to share my paranoia with the world. 

     Today, I submitted my first fanfiction at fanfiction.net.  Yes, I realize this is not a big deal to most of the online world but it really is to me.  I feel as if I’ve open myself up.  I’m suddenly vulnerable.  Yikes!  This is the first time I’ve let “the world” read something I’ve written outside of this blog.  And it’s a bit scary.  But it’s also pretty cool.  

     The irony is I didn’t even submit what I consider my best work but I’ve truly fallen in love with it.  I wanted to put something in for Valentine’s Day.  It’s pretty good.  I like it.  Maybe you will too.  Thanks for listening. If you’re interested, check it out here.

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Posted by rinda on Feb 12th 2008 | Filed in Anime,Fanfiction,Manga | Comments (4)

Toys, Manga and Who Knows What Else You’ll Find in the FanaticSpace!

    
     I really don’t know the proper web etiquette about pimping websites so screw it!  I’m just going to do what I want!  What I want is to talk to you about a wonderful website called FanaticSpace.  It’s a fantastic mix of all things cool!  This is one of my favorite sites and it’s devoted to the weird stuff that we all love…anime, manga, movies, games, books, television, and music…to name just a very few of the things discussed here. 

      The website is more than just a generic, run of the mill blog.  2xKnight (AKA Jason) writes about the stuff that most blogs ignore.  His site was recently involved in the online blog tour to promote Kaza Kingsley’s Erec Rex book series.  He also encourages guest writers on the site.  Finally, he’s always giving free stuff away!  He’s currently in the process of giving away a $50 gift certificate to Amazon.com.  Do you know how much manga $50 will buy?  It boggles the mind! 

      The forum at Fanatic Space is ubercool!  But it needs people!  I’m not much of a forum girl, myself, but this one is geared to your whatever your personal favorite source of entertainment is.  The problem is the forum needs YOU!  It needs people and their voices.  I need you there so that I have someone to talk to!  It’s a great place to rave about the stuff you love or maybe discover something entirely new or bitch about what you hate.  You really need to express yourself and this is definitely the place to do it!

      So, check out FanaticSpace, especially the forum.  You might even catch me there!  It’s worth the trip!

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Posted by rinda on Feb 5th 2008 | Filed in Anime,Books,Comics,Conventions,Fantasy,Games,Manga,Movies,Music,SciFi,TV,Videos | Comments (2)