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Sailor Moon Crystal Observations

As I mentioned before, I love Sailor Moon, and have been spending time lately re-watching this series on HuluPlus!

Today, the first episode of Sailor Moon Crystal premiered in Japan and on many other streaming sites, with English subtitles, including Neon Alley, Hulu, Crunchyroll and NicoNico.

Sailor Moon Crystal Summary from HuluPlus

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Based on Naoko Takeuchi’s legendary manga series, Sailor Moon Crystal retells the story of Sailor Moon as she searches for her fellow Sailor Guardians and the Legendary Silver Crystal to stop the dark forces of Queen Beryl.

I watched the first episode three times already, once this morning and twice this afternoon. Overall, I believe it is a wonderful start to a great series and I cannot wait to see the next episode in two weeks! However, there are a few observations that I want to mention here as a long time fan of the original anime series.

Observation 1: The art in Sailor Moon Crystal is very beautiful, like a painting that would hang in a gallery somewhere and not something that I would be watching on my 56″ HD TV or my tablet. Below are just a few examples from this first episode of the beautiful art created for this series:

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Observation 2: Some of the characters, especially secondary characters, have slight differences in Sailor Moon Crystal compared to the original anime. For instance, Shingo, has the same attitude as in the original Sailor Moon anime, but in Sailor Moon Crystal he has blond hair, like his sister Usagi, while it was light brown in the original anime as seen below.

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Shingo as seen in the original anime

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Shingo from Sailor Moon Crystal

Observation 3: Background music and effects are toned down in Sailor Moon Crystal.

The background music in this episode of Sailor Moon Crystal is much more subtle than it ever was in the original anime. In the original anime, the background music was used as cues to the characters and what was going on in the story. In Sailor Moon Crystal, it is part of the beautiful background and is not really noticeable, except during the transformation sequence.

Observation 4: Opening Music

Although I loved both the original Japanese version along with the North American version of the original’s Opening Theme, I really love the new opening music by “Momoiro Clover Z”. I cannot wait to add this theme to my music collection!

Observation 5: The eye catches for the commercial breaks are just gorgeous when compared to the original anime! I plan on making this my new tablet background!

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Observation 6 (and the one that bothered me the most for some reason): In Sailor Moon Crystal, Usagi’s room seems very empty when compared to the original anime. There seems to be some accents in her room and a few things on her desk, but not much stuff. In the original anime, her room contained lots of stuff including a Chicken Clock, a bookshelf full of Manga and other nic knacks scattered across the room.

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Usagi’s Room as seen in Sailor Moon Crystal

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Usagi’s Room as seen in the original Sailor Moon Anime.

So, have you seen Sailor Moon Crystal yet? If so, then what observations do you have? Inquiring minds want to know!

Tales from the SFR Brigade, #SFRBAntho

It has been one year since the publication of ‘Tales from the SFR Brigade’ that I had a small part in helping with. If you have not checked out this fantastic sampling of science fiction romance stories, then check out the expanded description below!

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Experience love and adventure among the stars in ‘Tales from the SFR Brigade,’ a free digital anthology of eight Science Fiction Romance stories.

    A space captain discovers the cyborg she loves just might be her greatest enemy.
    A mind-wiped prostitute risks all when she recruits a dangerous stranger to help her escape a terrible fate.
    A prisoner-of-war confronts the comrade who loved her, then left her for dead.
    A space-obsessed physics teacher is kidnapped by a far-too-charming alien.
    An apocalypse survivor battles the biomech-enhanced hunter who seeks to capture her.
    A young artist must choose between her comfortable life on Earth or a war-torn space colony with her beloved.
    A daring thief is on the run from the alien law man who is determined to bring her to justice
    A widowed rebel leader tries to save the last remnants of humanity, one stranger at a time.

From Earth to the furthest reaches of the galaxy, explore the worlds of Science Fiction Romance with stories from Linnea Sinclair, Marcella Burnard, Erica Hayes, Liana Brooks, Pippa Jay, Berinn Rae, Amy Laurens, and Kyndra Hatch.

Note – This book contains content considered unsuitable for young readers 17 and under, and which may be offensive to some readers of all ages.

Download ‘Sci-Fi Romance Brigade Anthology’ for free today from various ebook retail outlets!

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You can find out more about the SFR Brigade and the members by…

#AtoZBlogChallenge: Scarecrow and Mrs. King

#AtoZBlogChallenge Topic: Scarecrow and Mrs. King

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One of my favorite TV series is Scarecrow and Mrs. King. This 1980’s series, is about a suburban Washington, DC housewife, who is handed a package, by a federal agent in trouble, and all of the adventures that take place after that meeting. Below is the summary from the back of Season 1 DVD:

Goodbye, PTA…hello, foreign intrigue!

Single mom Amanda King leads a quiet suburban life in Washington DC until the day a dashing stranger shoves a package in her hands with instructions to give it to the man in the red hat. In no time, Amanda is dodging bullets, foiling assassination plots – and finding herself drawn to the dashing stranger, agent Lee Stetson, aka Scarecrow. Of course, Scarecrow has no interest in a ditsy amateur spy, no matter how pretty. But she certainly is handy in a crisis!

Share the Season One fun with stars Kate Jackson and Bruce Boxleitner in this fast-paced 5-Disc, 21-Episode Set of the lighthearted series that proves laughs and romance are powerful weapons in the battle to protect national security.

The best part of this series is the interaction between the main characters, Amanda King and Lee Stetson. Especially during the first season, when they were just getting to know each other and what they are each capable of in a variety of interesting, and life threatening situations.

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If you have not been introduced to this series, then I would suggest viewing the first episode digitally, which is available to watch free from iTunes Store.

If you are already a fan, then you may want to check out the following fan sites:

Scarecrow and Mrs King Fan Forum

Scarecrow and Mrs King Facebook page

Just Walk With Me, features recaps of each episode by season

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#AtoZBlogChallenge: Games Played Recently

#AtoZBlogChallenge Topic: Games Played Recently

Today, I wanted to highlight three app games that I enjoy playing, recently.

Doctor Who Legacy
By: Tiny Rebel Games
Description: Doctor Who Puzzle Game that uses gem matches with Action RPG team building elements. The teams are built from the companions and allies from the Doctor Who series including a team leader that is one of several incarnations of The Doctor!

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Puzzles & Dragons
By: Gun Ho Games
Description: A puzzle game in a dungeon crawling environment that like Doctor Who Legacy, uses gem matching with RPG elements. However, the teams are built but by collecting monsters, like Pokemon.

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Disney’s Frozen: Free Fall
By: Disney Games
Description: A puzzle gem matching adventure game that is set in the world of the movie Frozen. Each level gives a player a new challenge to meet with the help of the characters from the movie.

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#SFRBAntho links

As I mentioned in a post at the end of June, I am proud that I was able to help with the publication of the Tales From The SFR Brigade Anthology.

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I promised my fellow members of the SFR Brigade a list of links from other blogs that talk about or review the anthology. Below are just some of those that I have found so far:

Post that previews the Anthology from Contributing Author, Amy Laurens

Background on what lead to the development of Anthology from JC Cassels

Goodreads page for the Anthology.

Announcement on the early publication of Anthology by Contributing Author Pippa Jay.

Post about Anthology by Editorial Director Diane Dooley on her Contact Infinite Futures blog

Review of the Anthology by Jo@Mixed Book Bag

The Galaxy Express Interview with Anthology Developmental Editor, Paula Dooley

Post about the Anthology by SFR Brigade Member and Author Kylie Griffin

Announcement on publication of Anthology by SmartGirlsSciFi

Promotion of Anthology on DearAuthor.com

Review by author KS “Kaz” Augustin

Review of the Anthology from CE Kilgore posted on the Tracing The Stars blog.

Making the Anthology by SFR Brigade Founder and Editor-At-Large, Lauren A Green.

Link to Anthology on SFSignal under the “More Fun Stuff” banner headline.

Additional links my readers have found

Zhurrat Review repost of Corrine Kilgore’s review.

A ping back on Todd Robert Dean’s site

Post about the Anthology from Chief Copy-Editor Laurel C Kriegler

If there are any others that are not listed above, please share these with me in the comments.

I am back and I have been interviewed!

This everyday fangirl is back and ready to blog!

I took a short break from my blog due to some family issues. However, those are now under control and I am ready to update my blog with interesting everyday fangirl adventures!


One of my recent fangirl adventures is an interview by author and fellow blogger, Liza O’Conner, as part of me as part of her blog interview series. The blog interview series is titled…

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I had a great time working with Liza to come up with the responses to her interesting topics and questions for this very funny and humorous post. It is a bit long, but because of the concept she came up with is well worth the read! Therefore, please hop on over to Liza’s blog and enjoy the interview with this excited fangirl! If you like the post, please do not forget to leave Liza and/or myself a comment!

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Tales From The SFR Brigade

Another blog post about the #SFRBAntho that I had a small hand in helping with.

 

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Designing Spaceships: Guest Post by Pippa Jay and a Giveaway

Love of spaceships by Pippa Jay..

Contact – Infinite Futures

Contact:Infinite Futures is pleased to welcome author Pippa Jay.

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WP_000592Spaceships! I love ‘em! After discovering Star Wars at the age of eight I dreamt of building an X-Wing and zooming around the Universe. Or hitching a ride on Blake’s Liberator. Or even going all timey-wimey in the TARDIS, in the days before timey-wimey was an accepted phrase. Sadly the closest I ever got to any of those were the Kenner and Corgi figures, or an Airfix kit.

And it makes it stranger still that the characters in my two novels don’t even need spaceships. Instead, they can cross time and space with a wave of their hands (and a good old wormhole-generating burst of psi energy). But Gethyon shares my early obsession with spaceships, having models of hawk-shaped Metraxian fighters and deep space freighters that fly themselves around his bedroom ceiling. He imagines exploring the stars in…

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Just published: Tales from the SFR Brigade, #SFRBAntho

As a junior member of the Sci-Fi Romance Brigade, I am excited to officially announce the publication of a free digital science fiction romance anthology, ‘Tales from the SFR Brigade’ that I had a small part in helping with recently.

Below is the expanded description of what can be found in this Sci-Fi Romance Anthology:

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Experience love and adventure among the stars in ‘Tales from the SFR Brigade,’ a free digital anthology of eight Science Fiction Romance stories.

    A space captain discovers the cyborg she loves just might be her greatest enemy.
    A mind-wiped prostitute risks all when she recruits a dangerous stranger to help her escape a terrible fate.
    A prisoner-of-war confronts the comrade who loved her, then left her for dead.
    A space-obsessed physics teacher is kidnapped by a far-too-charming alien.
    An apocalypse survivor battles the biomech-enhanced hunter who seeks to capture her.
    A young artist must choose between her comfortable life on Earth or a war-torn space colony with her beloved.
    A daring thief is on the run from the alien law man who is determined to bring her to justice
    A widowed rebel leader tries to save the last remnants of humanity, one stranger at a time.

From Earth to the furthest reaches of the galaxy, explore the worlds of Science Fiction Romance with stories from Linnea Sinclair, Marcella Burnard, Erica Hayes, Liana Brooks, Pippa Jay, Berinn Rae, Amy Laurens, and Kyndra Hatch.

Note – This book contains content considered unsuitable for young readers 17 and under, and which may be offensive to some readers of all ages.

Download ‘Sci-Fi Romance Brigade Anthology’ for free today.

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You can find out more about the SFR Brigade and the members by…

Highlights in Fandom History – Mid to End of May

Topic: Highlights in Fandom History – Mid to End of May

Today, I will highlight interesting events in “fandom” history during the middle of May to the end of May (between May 15th and May 31st) for the following fandoms:

Television

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On May 26, 2012: Toonami is revived on Adult Swim as a Saturday night action block, which includes several anime programs.

Manga

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On May 21, 2010: Viz Media launched an online English version of Ikki magazine.

Comics

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On May 16, 1939: Batman debuts in Detective Comics Vol 1 #27.

Disney

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May 15, 1987: Disneyland park introduces Disney Dollars currency

I have a couple of these in my collection!

Star Wars

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The two weeks at the end of May are important for Star Wars History. All, but one of the Star Wars theatrical releases, debuted between May 16 & May 25. Below are the debuts of each of the Star Wars films, that have been released so far (I Hope Disney continues this tradition!):

The Original Trilogy

  • Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope – May 25, 1977
  • Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back – May 21, 1980
  • Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi – May 25, 1983
  • The Prequel Trilogy

  • Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace – May 19, 1999
  • Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones – May 16, 2002
  • Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith – May 19, 2005
  • Today, May 25, 2013 marks the 36th Anniversary of the original release of Star Wars and also marks the 30th Anniversary of the release of Return of the Jedi!

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