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Rinda’s Best of Anime Music Video’s – Part Two

     The second part of my Best Of Anime Music Videos continues by highlighting even more wonderful amvs!  While part one focused more on feel good music, this part focuses on the harder edged music that I love so much.  Each amv listed below combines fantastic music with razor sharp editing and incredible visuals.  These are truly some of the very best!  Enjoy…

Best Of You Amv – This amv is one of the best I have ever seen.  It combines the most amazing assortment of anime with actual band video footage.  It could easily pass for a professional music video.  And the variety of anime used with this amv is staggering.  The editing is dead-on.  It’s just perfect!!

Anime: Various Music: Foo Fighters – “Best of You”

Bleach Headstrong - An action oriented amv that really captures the feel of Bleach. It’s rapid fire editing is well suited to the song and I love the way the amv encapsulates the storylines of several of the main characters as well!

Anime: Bleach Music: Trapt – “Headstrong”

Beck – Linkin Park A Place For My Head – A rocking amv that takes full advantage of Beck’s storyline of struggling muscians trying to break into the business. The lip synching is wonderful. I watch this amv and I’m not sure if it’s Linkin Park that I’m hearing or Beck.

Anime: Beck Mongolian Chop Squad Music: Linkin Park – “A Place For My Head”

Battle Hymn of the Konoha – This Naruto amv is a bittersweet tribute to the Third Hokage and to the village of Konoha itself. It’s a visual reminder of the lengths each of the villagers will go to protect each other and their home. When combined with Flogging Molly’s rousing battle cry, the end result is amazing.

Anime: Naruto Music: Flogging Molly – “What’s Left of the Flag”

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Posted by rinda on Jun 7th 2008 | Filed in Anime,Manga,Movies,Music,TV,Uncategorized,Videos | Comments (2)

Rinda’s Best of Anime Music Video’s – Part One

    In an effort to ease myself back into the habit of posting on a regular basis here, I’m falling back on an old standby of mine, the amv.  The anime music video combine two of my most favorite things in the world…music and anime.  I want to highlight what I consider the Best Of Anime Music Videos.  The videos that I’ve chosen all include music and anime that are personal favorites of mine but my choices weren’t based entirely on that.  These videos represent what I consider the most creative melding of the two genres.  The animes used are well matched to the music, the videos are beautifully edited and the music will rock your socks off!  So for your listening and viewing pleasure, I present Rinda’s Best Of AMV’s Part One…

Understanding Rukia – This amv completely nails the complicated but wonderful relationship between Ichigo and Rukia. It’s perfect!

Anime: Bleach Music: Icicle Works – Understanding Jane

Code Monkey – Truly one of my favorite amv’s! The song rocks and the anime is very underrated. It’s a great blend of music, humor and scifi. If you’ve never seen it, you really should.

Anime: The Legend of Black Heaven Music: Jonathan Coulton

Jonathan Coulton
Code Monkey

Champloo Butterfly – An amazing blend of anime and music, these two are perfectly suited for each. And the music will stay with you long after the video is finished.

Anime: Samurai Champloo Music: Aqua – Butterfly

Funny Naruto AMV Mix – This is a collection of snippets from various songs and movies set to signature moments from Naruto. Hilarious!

Anime: Naruto Music: Various

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Posted by rinda on Jun 5th 2008 | Filed in Anime,Fantasy,Manga,Movies,Music,TV,Uncategorized,Videos | Comments (0)

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)

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)

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)

Fanfiction…what the f*#K??

      Fanfiction or fanfic has been around a long time.  Back when Star Trek was still king, it took the form of fanzines…hand-produced, mimeographed magazines that generally included some fan art and a story or two based on original Star Trek characters set in the Star Trek universe, circulated at science fiction conventions by fans.  The art form, if you can call it that, has grown and transformed mostly thanks to the Internet.  It’s usually fictional stories based on popular books, movies, television shows, anime, comics or cartoons.  These are written by fans for fans. 

     Technically, fanficition violates the copyrights of authors and production companies but most turn a blind eye as they are not written for profit and promote the fan-base overall.  The artwork or stories these fans create expand the original storylines, often exploring directions the creators never intended. One of the biggest growth areas with this has been erotic fiction, pairing characters that were not written as romantic in the original work.  From this has come the creation of slash  fiction, generally seen as the homoerotic pairing of two male or female characters in sexual situations.  While slash fiction has developed a huge fan-base, it also has attracted many outspoken critics (they’re general response is “Ewww!”).
     
     Fanfiction is a controversial subject.  Most people either love it or hate.  There are few that are indifferent about it.  Personally, I’m a fan.  I realize that a lot of people consider it a waste of time and talent.  While others think it’s a terrible disservice to the original work that’s based on.  Still others regard the whole sub-genre as overinflated ego stroking. 
     
     For me, I think it’s fun.  It allows for ideas that stray from canon.  It provides an outlet for fans who want more than is available of their favorite book, movie, television show, anime or comic.  Some of the writers out there are producing fanfic’s that are truly amazing.  They weave stories that are entertaining, provocative and fun!  Now, of course, there are terrible, frightening fanfics floating around out there .  But, honestly, finding that one glorious treasure is worth most of the bad ones. 
    
     I, myself, write fanfiction. That’s one of the reason I haven’t been around here posting lately.  I’ve been on a roll writing some fun stuff.  I don’t post my writing online…basically because I’m chicken!  Maybe one day, I’ll post some here.  Maybe not.  Either way, I’d like to recommend fanfiction to those of you who are interested in a specific show or book.  You may be horrified but you may be excited to discover something new.  It’s worth exploring. Here’s a few suggestions to start you off in the right direction…

  • Fanfiction.net – this is great community of fanfiction covering many different genres.  It’s great for all ages with settings to control the ratings. 
  • Live Journal – the fanfiction community within LiveJournal is one of the best on the net.  I strongly recommend it.
  • Adult Fanfiction.net — this is an adults only fanfiction site that covers the gamut of genres out there.  If you’re over 18 then I recommend it.
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Posted by rinda on Nov 17th 2007 | Filed in Anime,Books,Conventions,Fantasy,Manga,Movies,Music,SciFi,TV | Comments (2)

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