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Afro Samurai

Afro Samurai (アフロサムライ Afuro Samurai?) is a Japanese dōjinshi manga series created by Takashi Okazaki, originally featured in the NOU NOU HAU[2] dōjin magazine. It was adapted into a 5-episode anime miniseries directed by Fuminori Kizaki and produced by Japanese animation studio GONZO. The first episode was shown online on January 1, 2007 and premiered on Spike TV on January 4, 2007 on at 11:00pm EST. The anime series has since gone on to air in the UK, where it premiered on Adult Swim on May 4, 2007[1], and Japan, where it was broadcast on Fuji Television. It also premiered on MTV in Australia in August 2007.[2]

A new season has been announced for 2008 on Spike TV.[3] Takashi Okazaki said in the new season Afro “loses his way, gets tired of all the killing” and he “wakes up to his destiny, which is to be the world’s number one warrior.”

The anime series features noted American actor Samuel L. Jackson as the voice of the titular character and his sidekick, as well as one of the co-producers, and also features Ron Perlman and Kelly Hu as character voices. Wu-Tang Clan member RZA produced the original hip hop musical score,[4] which was released on compact disc by Koch Records on January 30, 2007 in both uncut and edited versions. The series was also licensed for North American distribution by Funimation, who released two versions: a SpikeTV version and an unrated directors cut on DVD. Both were released on May 22, 2007. In August 2005, Japan-based game developers Namco announced they would be releasing Afro Samurai related video games.[5]

The cost of each episode is estimated at one million dollars[6], which is a record for GONZO.

There are plans to produce a live-action Afro Samurai movie, also starring Samuel L. Jackson as the title character[7], although production has not yet begun.

A video game adaptation of the series has been announced and will be released on the Xbox 360 and the Playstation 3.

Plot summary

The TV anime series is set in a “futuristic, yet feudal Japan,” and stars a samurai named Afro for his hair. The story follows Afro as he tries to avenge his father’s murder.[8] In the world of Afro Samurai, it is said that the one who becomes “Number One” will rule the world, wielding powers akin to a god. Someone becomes Number One by killing the previous Number One and taking his ceremonial headband. However, the only rule in this world is that only the “Number Two” (also designated by a sacred headband) is allowed to fight the “Number One.” The downside of this is that anyone (and typically everyone) can challenge and try to kill the Number Two, to gain the right to move forward and challenge Number One. Afro Samurai’s father was the old Number One, until he was challenged by a gunman, “Justice” (who was then Number Two), who fought him in a duel to become the new Number One. At the time the gunman challenged his father, Afro had only been a child. The gunman severed his father’s head right in front of the young Afro. Now an adult, Afro Samurai is the current Number Two and a master swordsman; he travels the road seeking revenge on Justice, the current Number One. Lengthy flashbacks interspersed throughout the story detail how Afro rose from frightened boy fleeing the death of his father, to master swordsman, and eventually to become the current “Number Two”, while the story in the present deals with the adult Afro making his way to the mountain top keep of the “Number One” to duel Justice, while at the same time the mysterious cult known as the “Empty Seven Clan” sends various agents to kill Afro and take his Number Two headband.[9]

The Adventures of Tweeny Witches

The Adventures of Tweeny Witches, known in Japan as Magical Girl Squad Alice (魔法少女隊アルス Mahō Shōjotai Arusu?), is an anime series produced by Studio 4°C. It was translated and dubbed into English by the anime television network, Animax, who broadcast it in its respective networks in Southeast Asia, the Indian subcontinent, and other regions, and has been licensed for distribution in the United States by Media Blasters. The animation series uses computer graphics and records the actors’ performances first and then synchs the animation to them[citation needed], the reverse of the normal dubbing method in Japanese animation.[1]

Story

The protagonist of the story is Alice, who mysteriously enters the world of the witches. Herself an enthusiast of witchcraft she is delighted, however she is not satisfied with the way of the witches, insisting that magic only be used to make people happy. She is marked as a troublemaker when she releases all the sprites the witches have captured for use as the source of magic spells. Later in the series, the witches interact with the world of the wizards as both try to save their worlds from destruction.

Piccolino no Bōken

Piccolino no Bōken (ピコリーノの冒険 Pikorīno no Bōken?, lit. “Adventures of Pinocchio”) is a 52 episode anime series by Nippon Animation first aired in 1976. The story is based on the novel “Pinocchio” by Italian author Carlo Collodi.

The Plot

Although the plot was slightly changed from the original story, the basis of the plot remained like the original story and starts with the lonely poor carpenter Mister Geppetto, whom receives one day a mysterious wooden log from which he carves a marionette which comes to life and becomes the child he never had. Mister Geppetto sends Pinocchio to school but Pinocchio which is mischievous, inquisitive and innocent gets tempted to do irresponsible things and eventually he flees away from his home, undergoes great adventures but eventually he learns the meaning of responsibility, rescues Mister Geppetto from a whale at the end is transformed by the Fairy with Turquoise Hair into a real boy

The Adventures of Mini-Goddess

The Adventures of Mini-Goddess, also known as Ah! My Goddess: Being Small is Convenient (ああっ女神さまっ 小っちゃいって事は便利だねっ Aa Megami-sama: Chicchaitte Kotoha Benridane?), is a 48-episode TV series featuring super deformed versions of Urd, Belldandy, and Skuld of Oh My Goddess! fame in a comedic super deformed style. The series aired from early 1998 through early 1999.[citation needed]

It premiered as a part of the omnibus show Anime Complex on WOWOW and is distributed in North America by Pioneer Entertainment (now Geneon Entertainment). This series departs the most from the basic manga storyline, and indeed, shares next to no continuity with the previous series. [1]. However, in several volumes of the manga series (and in a collective volume of its own) several episodes of the show had their debut as short comic strips.

Notably, this is one of the few times Kikuko Inoue was not able to do Belldandy’s voice work throughout, as she was on maternity leave for the first thirteen episodes.

Plot Outline

The series basically revolves around the three goddesses and their rat companion Gan-chan’s adventures in their temple home. The goddesses remain constantly in miniaturized form, for apparent freedom of space and in order to properly interact with Gan-chan. Most of the humor in the show is centered on the relationship of the goddesses – particularly Urd and Skuld – with Gan-chan. From episodes 25 and 26 (“Chu Hard“) on, Marller joins the cast and provides additional hilarity with her futile attempts to eliminate the goddesses once and for all.

Most of the original characters from the mainstream series are not featured, although in one episode Keiichi has a small vocal cameo, and the ninja trio created by Marller – Kodama, Hikari and Nozomi – appear as antagonists in the double episode “Rules of the Ninja“.

The Adventures of Hello Kitty & Friends

The Adventures of Hello Kitty and Friends (Traditional ChineseHello Kitty 愛漫遊)is an HKICT award winning[citation needed] collection of 52 episodes animated using CGI, that embraces themes of happiness, family and friendship intended for kids to watch with their family and friends. It is produced from 2006 to present by Sanrio Digital and Dream Cortex.

Although the show is aimed at children between the ages of three to ten, it is popular for men and women of all ages.[citation needed]

Each episode features a mini musical performance, with original songs written and composed by Greg Chun from Hollywood.

Overview

The series focuses on core values established more than 30 years ago by Sanrio such as: happiness, family values, friendship, and educational values.

  • Unlike the older series, which were short and cute episodes, this is an educational TV series that targets both the children and their parents.
  • The animation works together with real actors in teaching children from age two to six about words, simple math, shapes, colors and foreign languages like Chinese & Japanese.
  • The series offers an entertaining way for children to learn about social interaction and behavior while following the adventures of Hello Kitty.
  • Hello Kitty establishes a new image, giving children more things to learn from, rather than just being sweet and cute.

Episode List

Episode Title Episode Summary
1 A Colorful World Hello Kitty and friends learn that world is made up of many fascinating colors.
2 Our New Friend Dear Daniel Kitty and the gang befriend a shy new student.
3 XO Man Begins Badtz-Maru reveals a “super” alter-ego.
4 The Magic Chisel The kids portray a classic fable about greed.
5 Keroppi’s Best Friend Keroppi is driven to invent a best friend.
6 Happy Earth Day The Twin Stars teach the kids a lesson about conserving the environment.
7 The Case of the Broken Vase Keroppi learns the importance of telling the truth.
8 A Fair Share Badtz-Maru discovers his selfish ways have consequences.
9 My Melody’s Missing Smile The kids try to find out why My Melody is unhappy.
10 V.I.P. (Very Important Pochacco) Pochacco puts on a show in a quest for fame.
11 Give Me a Brake Keroppi’s new car proves quite a handful.
12 There’s No Space Like Home Kitty and the gang have an adventure in outer space.
13 Lost and Hound When the kids get lost, Badtz-Maru and Daniel think they know the way home.
14 March of the Badtz-Maru’s Badtz-Maru journeys to the South Pole to be with his penguin friends.
15 Tall Order Part One Keroppi finds a novel solution to being vertically challenged.
16 Tall Order Part Two Keroppi learns there are advantages to being small.
17 Run My Melody, Run My Melody is nervous about her big race.
18 Where’s Santa? Part One A missing Santa Claus has the children worried that Christmas may be cancelled.
19 Where’s Santa? Part Two Kitty and friends help Santa save Christmas.
20 Hide and Seek The kids play a game of Hide and Seek around the school with surprising results.
21 A Fish Story Kitty bonds with a new pet.
22 Election Badtz-Maru and Daniel vie for class president.
23 A School Day A typical school day presents challenges for the kids.
24 Café Cinnamoroll Kitty and the gang help a shy new friend open a new business.
25 The Big Game The kids learn the importance of teamwork.
26 Power Outage The Twin Stars give up their powers to see what it’s like to be regular kids.

Acrobunch

Acrobunch (Japanese: 魔境伝説アクロバンチ) was an anime series aired in 1982. There were 24 episodes. It is also referred to as “Demon Region Legendary Acrobunch“, “‘Demon Regions Legend Acrobunch“, “‘Ruins Legend Acrobunch“, “‘Acrobanch“.

Story

Led by scientist Tatsuya Randou, the Randou family undertakes a journey around the globe in order to search out ancient ruins to uncover the legend of Quetzalcoatl, which unlocks the key to a fabulous treasure. However, tailing the Randou family is Gopurin, an evil organisation that covets the legendary treasure for itself. The Randou family has the secret weapon of super robot Acrobunch. It becomes a race around the world of who finds the treasure first.

Concept

Acrobanch was an anime pushed out to capitalise on the archeological adventure craze that was occurring in Hollywood at the time. The art for this series was impressive and the combination sequence of Acrobunch still remains exceptional to this day, setting the benchmark for the rest of the 1980s. Five separate vehicles combine to form the super robot Acrobunch. The parts contain 2 motorcycles which form the arm, 2 racecars form the legs, 1 plane form the body.

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