Cedar Park, Texas - If you love classic, Japanese literature and motifs--you're going to enjoy Kakuriyo: Bed & Breakfast for Spirits. I got the opportunity to view the first couple of episodes via Funimation's website. The art style is beautifully crisp, and the way movement is depicted is both fluid and breezy. Funimation's simulcast English Dub of the series stars Emily Neves and Christopher Wehkamp as Aoi Tsubaki, and Master Odanna respectively. Here's a synopsis of the series followed by the trailer:
After losing her grandfather, Aoi—a girl who can see spirits known as ayakashi—is suddenly approached by an ogre. Demanding she pay her grandfather’s debt, he makes a huge request: her hand in marriage! Refusing this absurd offer, Aoi decides to work at the Tenjin-ya bed and breakfast for the ayakashi to pay back what her family owes.
Cedar Park, Texas - Hello everyone, hope you are well! Desmond Childs here to breakdown this week's 'TOP 5 Biggest Films' in theaters at the moment. With monster movies and superhero flicks starring this season in theaters, there's always room for a surprise hit or two as well. Let's Start with films, 10-6 to show you all what has fallen out of the top 5:
Now, here are the top 5 films in theaters right now, starting at #5:
#5 - Sicario: Day of the Soldado ($7,624,500 this week after two weeks in theaters)
Synopsis: The drug war on the U.S.-Mexico border has escalated as the cartels have begun trafficking terrorists across the US border. To fight the war, federal agent Matt Graver re-teams with the mercurial Alejandro.
#4 - The First Purge ($17, 374,280 this week after 1 week in theaters)
Synopsis: After the rise of a third political party, the New Founding Fathers of America, an experiment is conducted, no laws for 12 hours on Staten Island. No one must stay during the experiment yet there is $5,000 for anyone who does.
#3 - Incredibles 2 ($28,406,423 this week after 4 weeks in theater)
Synopsis: Bob Parr (Mr. Incredible) is left to care for the kids while Helen (Elastigirl) is out saving the world.
#2 - Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom ($28,632,375 this week after 3 weeks in theaters)
Synopsis: When the island's dormant volcano begins roaring to life, Owen and Claire mount a campaign to rescue the remaining dinosaurs from this extinction-level event.
#1 - Ant-man and the Wasp ($75,812,205 this week after 1 week in theaters)
Synopsis: As Scott Lang balances being both a Super Hero and a father, Hope van Dyne and Dr. Hank Pym present an urgent new mission that finds the Ant-Man fighting alongside The Wasp to uncover secrets from their past.
Cedar Park, Texas - Another Pokemon feature-length film is set to release this Friday in Japan. 'Pokemon The Movie: Everyone's Story' is boasting a gorgeous, animation quality from Yoshitoshi Shinomiya who also contributed a visual to last year's film as well. Here are a promotional images as well as a trailer for the new film below:
In case you weren't aware of what went on the last week or two, deep in Thailand's caves--A Thai football team was trapped down inside a cave. Although the rescue was ultimately a success, Juliana Sutanto (A Professor of Information Systems at Lancaster University) brings to light an often overlooked aspect of situations such as this one. Are we learning from this? More importantly, is Thailand learning from this. According to Sutanto's own research, Thailand's lack of documenting such accidents could be getting in the way of progress toward a or efficient plan of action.
Here's an excerpt from Sutanto's own article on the topic from Yahoo.com
Thankfully in this case there was a positive outcome. But my research – which involves examining emergency planning in South-East Asian countries – has revealed that there is a distinct lack of record keeping when it comes to such rescues.
She goes on to discuss how difficult it is for rescue teams to 'learn' from past rescue missions from all over. They're basically having to resort to google searches and word of mouth. As handy as google is, it's still not a very efficient, or necessarily detailed way to gather this sort of information. Here's Sutuanto on how archiving rescue mission research data isn't practiced the way it should be in South-East Asia:
Poor archiving of data is a problem in most countries in South-East Asia. The knowledge of rescue plans and operations stay with the individuals involved. Usually, there is little to no effort to store this knowledge as there are no information systems available for storing historical incidents and responses in a systematic and structured way.
The article then goes into further detail about the historical data on situations as these, and how 'keep away' or 'do not enter' signs aren't enough to deter potential thrill seekers. For the complete article from Professor Juilana Sutanto, click here.
Memphis, TN - Hello, all! My name is Foxarocious.
In this fast-paced era where new anime and tv shows are being announced almost every month and streaming is coming into prominence, it's pretty difficult to keep up with everything even if you're part of a dedicated team!
For this reason, I have been called up from my cave of technology to populate this blog with my own observations and findings on nerd and geek culture and their various fandoms!
Where do I fit into all that is? I'm a music producer and video creator (as well as a BUNCH of other areas I'm dipping my toes into like voice acting) and my work often reflects my interests by design. I'm in the long-term process of building consistency with my own brand and its creative processes. Posting here will no doubt assist in my non-habit of "just getting it done"! You can expect weekly posts on this blog containing unique perspectives on the media that we love.
I look forward to speaking with all of you as we grow our community!
Round Rock, Texas - For all of you late bloomers and "afterwhilers" within the anime fandom; we were treated to something special this past weekend at Anime CTX. At 7:00pm, Saturday evening, the critically acclaimed film, Kimi No Na Wa (Your Name) originally released in 2017 (In US) played in the screening room.
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From director Makoto Shinkai, the innovative mind behind Voices of a Distant Star and 5 Centimeters Per Second, comes a beautiful masterpiece about time, the thread of fate, and the hearts of two young souls.
Easily one of the most, picture-esque animated films I've seen to date. Not a surprise to see that Shinkai was the director on this one; but I was still blown away by the level of complexity and detail. It's like the famed-director took things to a whole new level and delivered a timeless, instant-classic with 'Your Name'. The Funimation English track for the film was also done very well, and although you could tell there were a few workarounds, the overall product was polished. Check out the trailer for the film below:
Round Rock, Texas - This year's con, for better or worse, felt like more of the same. Familiar friendly faces all laughing, sweating, eating, shouting, and mingling. The communal feel of the convention is still here and the bonds that have already been formed are growing stronger still. From opening ceremonies to the Idol festival to the guest panels, AnimeCTX is what all conventions, big or small, constantly strive to be. Safe, communal, and consistent, yet flexible.
Only thing missing was a beautiful, sweet sounding, Zelda-themed violin tune swelling throughout. The cozy, comfy con is easily one of The Nexcrew's favorites to date. Until next time AnimeCTX!
Cedar Park, Texas - This year's Anime Expo looks to be a big deal when it comes to it's pop musical guests. Check out the lineup below, starting July 4:
From the looks of it, this year's lineup looks to be chock-full of crowd-pleasing acts!
Austin, Texas - Saturday was close to one-hundred degrees outside, but it didn't stop Anime Pop and Kick Butt Cafe from hosting a successful event. For Anime Pop, a quaint, polished and sanitized little shop; the sheer number of patrons popping in and out of the establishment turned the store into more of a museum. All over people were speaking on their favorite anime series, models they've worked on, and wishes for new merchandise down the line. The Anime Pop Austin staff mingled and educated the masses, all while promoting their partner business, Kick Butt Cafe next door. There were door prizes, aptly named drinks and, later that evening, a nerdcore hip-hop extravaganza! Overall, Anime Pop Austin and Kick Butt cafe should look forward to more weekend endeavors such as this, as it is a great way to bring the community together, under the brutal sun.