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Ouran High School Host Club Giveaway!

Calling all Ouran High Host Club Fans!

Not only is the US release of the English Dub due on October 28th, but AnimeFansOnline is having a giveaway for a gorgeous Ouran High wall scroll. The scroll features all your favs from Ouran High School Host Club in their best tropical finery. Plus it’s autographed by Vic Mignogna, the gifted voice actor who’s the English voice of Tamaki Suou, the President of the Host Club. So if you’re a fan of Ouran High School Host Club, one of the funniest, best all-around animes out there, or a fan of Vic’s or just love free stuff (and this is a seriously wicked cool wall scroll!), then you should head over to AnimeFansOnline Autographed Wall Scroll Giveaway and check it out!

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Posted by rinda on Sep 18th 2008 | Filed in Anime,Games

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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

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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Happy New Years!

Happy New Years to everyone!  Thank you to those of you who read my blog last year, and a bigger thanks to those of you who continue to read it despite my lack of new posts!  You’re all wonderful!  I hope that the coming year will be full of new and exciting things for me to share with you like new music,  new anime, new manga….just new and wonderful things!  And I hope that it brings all those good things to you and yours!  Happy New Years to all!

I just found out that it was the year of the Rat (well, not quite yet but since I’m in the New Year spirit!).  So to celebrate, I bring you my favorite rat….Yuki from Fruits Basket!  Enjoy!

Yuki Soma
Yuki Sohma - A New  Prince For a New Year!

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Posted by rinda on Jan 1st 2008 | Filed in Anime,Books,Conventions,Fantasy,Food,Games,Manga,Movies,Music,SciFi,TV,Videos | Comments (2)

What is Anime? Part Five

     In part five of my continuing series on what is anime, I’d like to touch on the effects that Japanese anime can have on it’s fans. Anime itself can be quite entertaining. It’s just fun to watch! Regardless of which style is your personal favorite, it will slowly but surely expose you to new aspects of Japanese culture. Learning to love anime will undoubtedly stir one’s curiosity about Japan and it’s people. The lifestyle, the language, the history…anime can open it all up. Try watching InuYasha and not wondering about feudal Japan! The wonderful samurai animes like Ninja Scroll and Samurai Champloo have the same effect! They draw you into the history of Japan.

Ninja Scroll
Try watching Ninja Scroll and not wondering about feudal Japan!

     Exploring anime will also expose you to the amazing costumes so common in most animes. They can be anything from the standard Japanese school uniforms and traditional kimonos to the fantastical extremes of the futuristic animes like Ghost In the Shell and Final Fantasy. The fans fascination with such clothing has led to an entire sub-culture of fans who attempt to recreate the fashions of their favorite anime characters in reality. This is cosplay.  Cosplay is, quite simply, the practice of dressing up as your favorite anime, manga, game or film character. Usually it’s for a convention or other such genre event. The detail and skill demonstrated by some of the fans is absolutely amazing! And it’s fun. You get to masquerade as beloved characters, take on their personas for a little while and share in the fun.


Cosplay is for everyone!

Vash the Stampede
Vash the Stampede–Wanted Dead or Alive!

     Lastly, delving into anime, you’ll discover the merchandising that seems to go hand in hand with all entertainment these days. Anime is no exception. Though, personally, I think the products connect with anime are a lot more fun than your standard fare! The toys and models are like the animes themselves, amazing, colorful and unexpected!  The fashion spawned by anime can be as simple as a t-shirt declaring your favorite show or perhaps a bag, my personal favorite! You’ll find something cool for nearly every popular anime out there!

     One final thing I’d like to mention…the snacks! Oh, the joy of discovering anime snacks!! I’ve alredy talked about these delicious goodies before on my post Snack Attack and I’m sure I will again. So I just wanted to mention that as you get more into anime, you’ll find yourself longing to try some of the snacks and exotic foods that are so common among all anime. My advice is go for it! The Japanese palate is very different from the American so you’ll be trying things that simply aren’t our standard fare! You can try to resist but the food is everywhere in anime!

Onegai Teacher Pocky
Mizuho Kazami–the siren of Pocky!

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Posted by rinda on Aug 16th 2007 | Filed in Anime,Fantasy,Food,Manga,Movies,Sims,TV | Comments (3)

Sim-ple Pleasures

      I’ve spent a good chunk of time this evening thinking about why I like Sims 2 so much.  I mean, it’s a lot of fun!  I truly love it.  But why?  I think, to me, it’s a wonderful escape.  I can create a perfect world to suit whatever my mood might be.  I get to choose the people that populate it, how they look, how they act, everything!  I can make them as funky or straight-laced as I like.  Then I get to guide them through their daily lives.  In a way, it sounds boring but it’s not!  At least not to me.    

      There’s such a pure and simple pleasure in playing the Sims.  I’m sure it satisfies that part of me that enjoyed playing Barbies and paper dolls as a child. The Sims, especially Sims 2, are animated dolls for grown-ups.  Also, it’s a lot more fun clicking my mouse and making my Sims do the dishes than it is for me to go to the kitchen and do so!  But it’s so much more than that.  
 
      Lately, I’ve really gotten into downloading custom content for my Sims.  I had no idea how much was out there!  It’s amazing!  While, I’ve not yet tried my hand at creating my own custom skins and meshes, I do love adding all the cool stuff that other, more talented, people create.  If you play the Sims, I suggest that you investigate some of the custom content out there.  It can breath new life into the game if you’re beginning to get bored.  You can download everything from hacks that allow you add careers or control a pregnancy to wild, imaginative genetics like hair and eyes.

       Here are some of my favorite free sites for custom downloads.  Oh, and it should go without saying that anything you download, you should check for viruses and such before installing.

 Mod the Sims2—a smorgasbord of goodies by some of the most talented people on the web.  The best place to start!

 PeggySims—My favorite place for hair for my female sims.  Lots of great stuff here.

 All About Style—I love the selection of clothes here. 

 Helaene—Her make-up and eyebrows are absolutely gorgeous!

 SimCribbling—truly unique genetics and hair meshes…perfect for my anime Sims.

      That barely scratches the surface of what’s out there.  Go and explore.  And you too could have the Sims of your dreams…no matter how wild those dreams might be.

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Posted by rinda on Jul 5th 2007 | Filed in Games,Sims | 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 May 3rd 2007 | Filed in Anime,Books,Conventions,Fantasy,Games,Manga,Movies,Music,SciFi,TV | Comments (4)