#AtoZBlogChallenge Topic: Kenshin & Kaoru
Below are some of my favorite pics of this couple:
From the manga series
From the anime series
From the live action movie series
Over the last few years I have been hearing about several different fandoms that I had not seen yet. In 2013, I was able to watch several of these ‘new’ fandoms and I have to admit I am hooked, especially the three series mentioned below:
I heard about this PBS/BBC series from several fangirls, who were cosplaying as Holmes and Watson from Sherlock, at a local con. They explained how the series was different from any of the versions that have been in existence so far, including the Sherlock Holmes movies with Robert Downey Jr. Based on their descriptions of the characters and a fan of the different versions of Sherlock Holmes, it was not a great feat to check these episodes out. In 2013, my husband and I started watching these through Netflix. Both the actors that play Holmes and Watson are very good and we could not wait to watch the next installment. Fortunately, we finished catching up with this series last night, just in time for the US premiere of season 3, scheduled for tonight on PBS.
Because I am a lifelong Disney fan, many of my friends and family were surprised that I had not started watching this series as soon as it premiered, but I had not. Thanks to DVD, I was able to watch both seasons 1 and 2 before the premiere of season 3 in Fall 2013. It is a great series that takes a new twist on all the fairy tale characters from Disney and others. I cannot wait to see what happens next on season 3, after the Winter break.
Even though the Doctor Who series has been around for over 50 years, this is one series that I was not exposed to until recently. I was introduced to this series at a panel that I attended at a local convention (different one from where I learned about Sherlock). The panel gave me a short introduction to the Doctor Who Universe and made me curious enough to seek the episodes out. However, since the series had so many episodes and Doctors, I had a hard time deciding where to start. Therefore, I needed some advise on where to start from someone who watches the series.
Fortunately, I asked fellow fangirl Ashley Eckstein via her Her Universe Twitter account about what would be the best place to start. She recommended starting with the 2005 Doctor Who series. This was a great recommendation and throughout 2013, I spent many evenings and sleepless nights watching Doctor Who. I was able to catch up on all the episodes from the 2005 series to the more recent series and was even able to watch the 50th Anniversary special, The Day of the Doctor, live with millions of other Whovians.
I love the Dresden Files and will be following these blog posts as they are posted!
Note: This post was written jointly by both Michael and Rachel
The Dresden Files is Jim Butcher’s long-running urban fantasy series, combining detective fiction with a Fantasy Kitchen Sink, a bit of a noir style, and shout-outs to a lot of current scifi and fantasy fan culture. Butcher started the series as part of a writing course, and wrote it in deliberate contrast to the sword-and-sorcery stories he had done before. He’s described the series as a happy accident, “like penicillin”, and has been putting out a book a year on average since 2000 – along with a large number of short stories, novellets, and novellas set in the same universe. The franchise has developed to include comics, a table-top role-playing game, and a short-lived TV adaptation.
One of Butcher’s particularly successful strategies with the series has been how the various episodes stitch together to form a larger narrative. He…
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The Many Iterations of Sailor Moon In North America
Today, I found out that the newest Sailor Moon anime will start streaming worldwide, sometime during the 2013/2014 Winter Broadcast season! I am hoping that this will include an official North American version with either an English Dub or at the very least a professional English Subtitle track!
I am a huge fan of Sailor Moon in ALL iterations that I have encountered. Today, I am going to share with you all the different officially released North American Sailor Moon iterations that I have encountered, collected, re-watched or listened to over the years…
Sailor Moon Books
Sailor Moon Comic/Manga, Flipped version, originally published by TokyoPop
Sailor Moon the Novel paperback, originally published by TokyoPop
Sailor Moon Videos
Sailor Moon Animated TV Series, edited dubbed version, originally produced by D.I.C and released on video by ADV
Sailor Moon Anime Series: Seasons 1 & 2, unedited subtitled only version, originally produced and released on video by ADV
Sailor Moon Soundtracks
Sailor Moon: Songs From The Hit TV Series Soundtrack, originally produced and released by Rhino
Sailor Moon and The Scouts: Lunarock Soundtrack, originally produced and released by Kid Rhino
Sailor Moon: Full Moon Collection Soundtrack, originally produced and published by Koch Records
Sailor Moon Collectibles & Toys
Sailor Moon Chroma Cel, originally produced and released by AniMag
Sailor Moon Adventure Dolls, originally produced and released by Irwin Toys
Topic: Main Character Impressions – Doctor Who Season 1, 2005 series
Well I have almost finished watching all of the first season of the 2005 Doctor Who series. I am waiting to give a full review until I finish all of this series. However, I wanted to write about my impressions of the main characters from the episodes that I have seen so far.
As I watched the first episodes of the series, my impression of The Doctor, as played by actor Christopher Eccleston, is that he is used to being in charge and does not make mistakes. In addition, The Doctor does not seem to adjust well to unexpected circumstances and he gives the impression that he is not used to dealing with the consequences of his actions. However, The Doctor, as the series progressed, shows that he may not be able to solve every problem without help and that even an alien Time Lord can make mistakes. It is his flaws and insecurities, despite his self-assurance, that makes him such an interesting character.
In my opinion, Rose, played by Billie Piper, does not seem to be a good companion for The Doctor and I keep wondering why he wanted her along. At first, Rose seems to fall way too often into the damsel in distress mode. (I counted no less than 10 times she was nabbed, trapped or threatened.) In addition, she does not seem to be much good in a fight (I keep wondering when she is going to grab some sort of weapon to defend herself!). Finally, she often acts like a flighty bleached blond, even when does come up with a good idea.
However, Rose does have a few good qualities that may redeem her in the long-term. During the course of the series, Rose shows a lot of compassion for The Doctor and for others that she encounters along the journey. In addition, she has a cheerful disposition and it is this attitude that helps her encourage The Doctor to become more “human”. Finally, Rose shows that she has a flexible mind that can adjust to many weird and unusual circumstances, when others do not. Therefore, Rose may not seem to be the perfect companion at first, but maybe, in time she will grow and mature as she travels with The Doctor.
A-Z Blog Challenge Topic: “S” Franchises, Fandoms & Series
I have found an interesting fact: I can name over 20 franchises, fandoms or series that start with the letter “S”. Below is my list of “S” Franchises, Fandoms & Series (in alphabetical order):
So, can you name any others to add to this list?