Sailor Moon R The Movie in Select Theaters Starting 1/19/17
Sailor Moon comes to the big screen in her first dazzling movie! Uncut and for the first time in theaters. Join Sailor Moon on an adventure to save not only the world, but also her true love! This limited engagement also includes the North American debut of the original theatrical short, Make Up! Sailor Guardians and exclusive extras. A special bonus gift will be given to ticket holders while supplies last.
Looking at the list of theaters, this Fangirl is disappointed that only one theater, The Maple Theater in Bloomfield Township, MI, will be showing this in my area. However, the good news is that there will be two showings, one of 1/19/17 and the other on 1/23/17, both at 7PM. Tickets are not available to buy for these showings yet. Hopefully, I will be able to buy tickets to one of these. Otherwise, I will have to wait until this is available on BluRay or via streaming.
You can find more details on other locations in the U.S. and to buy tickets here.
The Adventures of the Everyday Fangirl welcomes The Cantina Cast blogger Kat as a guest today to give us her love letter to Anime and One Piece.
Take it away Kat…
In Defense of Anime: My Love Letter to One Piece
Anime often gets a bad rap. Despite that certain nerd fandoms are now becoming accepted, mainstream, and even “cool” (Star Wars, Star Trek, Marvel/DC Heroes), liking anime is still socially unacceptable. Take for example a conversation I overheard at this year’s Denver Comic Con: One attendee was admiring another’s anime cosplay, but basically told his friend he couldn’t publicly admit to liking anime for fear of being judged. How telling is it that at a convention designed to celebrate Nerd-dom, this person still felt he couldn’t openly admit to liking anime? I daresay many people who love anime (myself included) have felt the same way.
But why is that the case? I believe there are two main reasons there’s a stigma associated with anime. The first is the old belief that cartoons are for children. While that perception has been changing with the advent of many Adult Swim shows, most Western cartoons for adults are primarily comedies. Anime, in contrast, encompasses every genre: comedy, romance, action, horror/thriller, fantasy, sci-fi, and more. And, well, there simply aren’t many Western equivalents that are marketed for adults. So to the average Westerner, an adult claiming he/she loves anime can seem a bit juvenile.
The other reason I believe there’s a stigma attached to anime is the “weeaboo” stereotype. (A “weeaboo” is a semi-offensive term for a non-Japanese person who is obsessed with Japan and Japanese culture. Many people associate obnoxious behavior with weeaboos, hence the unflattering connotation.) I believe many people that don’t “get” anime tend to stereotype anime fans as being obsessed with Japanese culture. But this really isn’t the case. Think about it this way: I don’t really enjoy watching sports, but I also don’t see all sports fans as obnoxious roided-up gym rats. In the same way, not everyone will enjoy watching anime, but those folks should also understand that most anime fans are not obsessed weeaboos. (And even those who are still have a right to their opinions!)
So to summarize: When the “weeaboo” stereotype is combined with the view of cartoons being childish, the result is a negative association with liking anime. However, both these perceptions are, in fact, misperceptions. But even this is beside the point! What it really comes down to is that it’s OKAY for people to like what they like, even if you don’t get it. Not everyone will like anime – just as not everyone likes Star Trek, Star Wars, Doctor Who, comic books, etc. And most importantly, no one should be made to feel embarrassed for liking what they like! With that said, if you are skeptical about anime, or have never given it a chance, I invite you to keep reading while I tell you about one of my favorite anime series, One Piece.
One Piece is based on the manga One Piece by Eiichiro Oda that tells the story of a pirate named Monkey D. Luffy. He is on a quest to become the King of the Pirates by finding the “One Piece” treasure of the previous Pirate King, Gol D. Roger. As he begins his quest, colorful characters join his crew, and they have adventures sailing the treacherous seas known as The Grand Line.
One of the brilliant and captivating nuances of this show is that every story arc, long or short, takes place at a different island or exotic location. To give you an idea, they visit a floating restaurant, stop at islands of every climate, end up inside a whale, soar to an island in the sky, sail to an island at the bottom of the sea, and much more! They encounter friends and foes, many of whom have strange and deadly powers. They run headlong into each new adventure, dodging the Navy, defeating warlords, searching for treasure, saving innocents, exploring crazy locations, and become stronger with each new encounter.
For as much as I love this show now, I’ll admit it took a while for me to give it a chance. To the outsider, One Piece can seem weird and a bit nebulous. It does, after all, have over 750 episodes and counting (the manga is also still being published). There are many characters, which can seem confusing, and most ads fail to capture the real heart of the show. It wasn’t until a Japanese friend told me it was his favorite anime that I decided to give it a try. Fast forward a couple years and I can honestly say that no show has made me laugh, smile, and cheer as much as One Piece.
This anime is an ode to the spirit of adventure, exploration, and pursuing dreams. It has real story progression, genuine character development, and a world where anything seems possible. And the cherry on top is that it’s all woven together with a kind of ridiculous and innocent humor I can’t help but love. But what really strikes me about this anime is how happy I feel when watching it. Even when the characters endure heartbreaking trials and desperate struggles, the spirit of this show is heartfelt and inspiring.
In a way, I feel that One Piece captures the spirit of anime as a whole. It demonstrates one of the medium’s biggest advantages: its versatility. Show creators have the leeway to play with ideas, characters, and situations that might otherwise prove unfeasible for, say, a live-action production. The other wonderful thing about anime is the storytelling, and One Piece is no exception. One Piece, as do most anime, features a character-driven story that allows the viewers to develop a kind of personal relationship with the characters.
I daresay there aren’t many American cartoons that have that kind of depth or focus on character development. For instance, I love Superman, but let’s be honest, he’s pretty static as a character. I’d say one notable exception, though, would be Avatar: The Last Airbender. Yes, its target audience is younger, but over the course of the show we get to see all the characters growing in skill and maturity. Not only that, but it has some moments of real laugh-out-loud comedy. This is the experience I have when watching One Piece. The characters draw me in as they grow from the challenges they face, and I sympathize with them as I can see my own emotional struggles and dreams reflected in the characters’ struggles and dreams. This powerful effect of good storytelling is, perhaps, the key to why I love anime so much.
If I’ve managed to peak your interest and you’d like to give One Piece a try, I should warn you about the show’s one flaw. One Piece, like many classic and popular anime such as Dragonball Z, Bleach, and Naruto, follows a format that is intended to draw out the story as long as possible. While the lengthy and often slow storytelling sometimes adds a great deal of depth to the show, it can also drag it down. Because of this, the show is definitely better suited to binge-watching than single episodes at a time. However, if you can overlook this one flaw (my husband gets around it by multitasking while streaming the dubbed version) One Piece has a wonderful story to tell – full of loveable characters and grand adventures – all presented through a medium that is vibrant, versatile, and highly entertaining. And I dare you to give it a try 😉
Kat is a blogger for the Star Wars podcast The Cantina Cast. You can find her blogs at thecantinacast.net as well as their new site, thecantinacast.com. Have thoughts or comments you’d like to share? You can reach her by email at firstname.lastname@example.org and on Twitter @ErrantVenturer.
Welcome to another day of the A to Z Blog Challenge and a topic related to the letter…
Today’s #AtoZBlogChallenge Topic: X The Movie
X The Movie is one of the first anime films I was introduced to. In addition, as a fangirl I was excited that this was created and written by an all-woman writing team, known as CLAMP.
This story of X The Movie centers around the conflict between The Dragon of Earth, who wants to wipe out humankind because of the damage people have inflicted on the Earth, and the Dragon of Heaven, who is fighting to protect civilization. It is the character, Kamui Shirō, who is the chosen one and must pick a dragon to fight for in order to end the conflict.
Welcome to another day of the A to Z Blog Challenge and a topic related to the letter…
One my favorite types of characters are Ninjas. Fortunately, one of my favorite manga and anime series, Naruto, is full of them. There are so many amazing characters in this series that one blog post is really not enough to list them all. Therefore, below are just some of the Naruto characters:
I am a Sailor Moon fan from way back when this series aired on Cartoon Network. I have collected all of the officially released versions of the series including the DiC dub VHS and DVD version, to the Pioneer DVDs and finally to the ADV subtitled DVD sets.
However, I was not able to view or buy, any of the official versions, of Sailor Moon Sailor Stars. The only version available in the USA was a bootleg, like this one pictured below, which included poor picture quality and poorly translated subtitles.
Thanks to VIZ Media, Sailor Moon Sailor Stars has FINALLY been officially released here in the United States, legally and available for me to watch anytime and anywhere! This makes me a very, very happy Sailor Moon Fangirl!
These never before officially released episodes started streaming on Hulu and Neon Alley December 14th with what is considered to be the ending of the Dream Arc, which shows how Sailor Moon transformed into her true form, Eternal Sailor Moon.
However, this week starts the arc that many fans thought would never come, the arrival of the Sailor Star Lights and the official start of season 5 of Sailor Moon!
I am so looking forward to watching two episodes of these every week and of course will be waiting for the Dub version and the BluRay/DVD release as well.
Are you a fan of Sailor Moon? Have you been looking forward to the official release of Sailor Moon Sailor Stars as I have?
I am continuing with my series of interviews with Fangirls that I have met through social media!
Today, it is my pleasure to introduce you to Fangirl Marie Nomad. I met Marie through fanfiction.net after reading and reviewing several of her anime fanfic stories. She is not only a Fangirl, but one of my longest online friends in the anime Fanfic community.
Welcome Marie to The Adventures of The Everyday Fangirl and thank you for taking the time out of your busy schedule for this interview!
When did you begin to realize you were a Fangirl?
When I went into college and I discovered that there are other people who write sci fi fan fiction and watch anime.
When did you first see Star Wars and did you love it right away or did this grow over time?
Well, I heard about Star Wars but I loved Star Trek first. I did watch the movies and loved it. I enjoyed episodes Four, Three, and One.
What have you learned from the Star Wars community that has had a positive impact on your life?
Star Wars taught me that things will get better with time.
What else do you Fangirl about and how would you encourage others to appreciate?
Various things. I like all sorts of fiction. I had been a fan of wrestling lately. I see it as a form of art that requires dedication and physical ability. I do enjoy Doctor Who and sometimes independent sci fi films and those silly B films.
How has social media helped or hindered you?
Helped me. There are a ton of fans out there. They are awesome. Although, I don’t interact with social media too much, except for Twitter. Even sci fi characters like Supernatural have their own twitter accounts.
Thank you again Marie for this interview and letting us get to know you.
In honor of #WorldCatDay today, I am sharing my list of favorite cats from anime stories.
Jiji from Kiki’s Delivery Service
The Cat Bus from My Neighbor Totoro
Kyo Sohma in his cat form, from Fruits Basket
So how are you celebrating World Cat Day?
What cats are on your list?
As I mentioned before, I love Sailor Moon, and have been spending time lately re-watching this series on HuluPlus!
Sailor Moon Crystal Summary from HuluPlus
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:
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.
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!
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.
So, have you seen Sailor Moon Crystal yet? If so, then what observations do you have? Inquiring minds want to know!
#AtoZBlogChallenge Topic: Yoko Kanno
I love listening to anime and video games soundtracks and one of my favorite anime and video game soundtrack composers is Yoko Kanno.
A blog article from Abandoned Factory gives a great description of her talents in musical composition:
…Yoko Kanno might be said to have no style. She is truly a master of many styles, from Classical, to Jazz, to Pop and Rock. Perhaps even more amazing than her incredible versatility, is the consistency with which she has produced excellent music.
I first heard her work in the 1980’s strategy role playing game, Romance of the Three Kingdoms, when my brother played it after school every day.
I continued to enjoy her music in some of my favorite anime series including:
For more on Yoko Kanno and to sample her musical compositions, check out the following:
#AtoZBlogChallenge Topic: xxxHoLic Character, Doumeki
He has a serious disposition, rarely displays any emotion and is very observant.
Doumeki is a friend, revival and fellow classmate of xxxHoLic’s main character, Watanuki.
He helps Watanuki, during his adventures and trials, with his vast knowledge of the supernatural world and with his skills with a bow and arrow.