A Live Action Cowboy Bebop show can be great.

A Live Action Cowboy Bebop show can be great.

cowboy bebop faye edward‘If done well, this could be the next Firefly.’ This was a strong statement that my anime convention owning roommate had over the announced Netflix 10 episode live action Cowboy Bebop announcement, and you know what? He’s right. Meanwhile, a friend of mine who is a youtuber reminds everyone that there was a time when everyone wanted this. Every Otaku that had not yet been burned on lazy or white washed anime to live action adaptations like Ghost in The Shell or Dragon Ball Evolution.

The thing is… Cowboy Bebop is the perfect show to transfer to a western live action show or movie. Will they probably cast American actors of not Asian backgrounds? Probably… I mean, it’s wild west themed, and unlike Bleach, it makes sense. There were a lot of non Asian characters in the anime.

Tery CrewesI personally am sad that Keanu Reeves is too old, and Terry Crewes is too famous to play Spike Spiegel and Jet Black…

Seriously… those were/are my picks for those two characters?

My roommate pointed out to me that Edward isn’t actually a dark skinned POC, they just have a tan from being outside… you can tell because of Edward’s dad. Anyways, androgynous and ambiguously raced Edward is a great character for a live action adaptation…. or maybe a terrible one? Tumblr will be all over Edward… either way.

Anyways… things are going to be all right, internet. You’ll see.

 

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Please bring back Urusei Yatsura

uruseiyatsura beautiful dreamersWith Rumiko Takahashi winning an Eisner Award recently, ViZ has decided to re-license her first critically acclaimed manga, Urusei Yatsura and that will be out in 2019. That’s… not enough for me. How about a new, fully dubbed, re-release instead?

Unlike Ranma and Inuyasha, Urusei Yatsura received no full dub. I believe there were some movies and maybe a couple episodes even dubbed, but it was not popular enough in North America. Well.. slap an Eisner sticker on the cover, and PLEASE re-release the anime! I’m begging you!

Below is part 1 and 2 of the first episodes original North American Dub, as well as the same episode dubbed in English by… The BBC?! Cool!

Youtuber Japanophile explains in an editorial they did from 2015 “What made Urusei Yatsura so good?”

There is also a Did You Know Anime on this show that was done in 2017.

Throw this show onto Adult Swim’s Toonami block, and I just feel like this show could finally find an audience in The United States.

Urusei Yatsura: Radical Dreamers, is the only thing from Urusei Yatsura that is still in print. It can be purchased at Amazon here: https://www.amazon.com/Urusei-Yatsura-Beautiful-Dreamer-Blu-ray/dp/B078952JJW/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1534865410&sr=8-1&keywords=Urusei+Yatsura

 

Jump a train to Nerima, Tokyo, Japan!

Sean Ranma sketchWhile on vacation, I met a man who quite possibly has the largest collection of merchandise from popular 1989-1992 anime Ranma 1/2, or らんま 1/2 if you are from Nippon.

When he told me that he needed help fulfilling the bucket list entry visit a real life location from the aquatic gender bender comedy, as a fellow fan, I had to help.

So what location in Nerima was this? Furinkan High? The Tendo Dojo? Shakuji-Koen Park? Hah! No. We went to the famous fence alongside the river that was used in many episodes, especially when walking to or from school!

Ranma Fence

While most of the photos were taken with his camera, here are some of the results that I captured from this trip to the real fence seen in Nerima!

River walk in Nerima.jpgOne path on each side, one lane street in between. Not much to see, or too much? Who knows. This was an interesting place for a cosplay photo shoot.
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This area is west of Oizumi-gakuen station along the Seibu Ikebukuro line. While to many, this may not seem like a worthwhile excursion, I actually had a lot of fun going along!

Wait… why was Urusei Yatsura’s Lum in one of those pictures?! The Oizumi Gakuen station is the closest station to Toei, known for shows like Dragon Ball and Sailor Moon, so naturally this is known as the birthplace of anime!

Oizumi Anime Gate

They have statues out front from Astro Boy, Tomorrow’s Joe, Galaxy Express 999,  and even one of that obnoxious alien from Urusei Yatsura!

Urusei Yatsura Lum statue

Astro Boy

Tomorrow's Joe

Galaxy Express 999Also, I got to see the Galaxy Express 999 train! Or rather… a train promoting this 1977-1981 Manga and Anime!

Galaxy Express 999 trainEven if the photo shoot would have been a bust, which it was not, the station alone made the trip completely worth it!

MerMonday was late?

I really thought that I could finish coloring this piece before midnight after I got home at 10pm. I ended up finishing around 12:20 or so, which while not bad… is still post deadline… thus not inside of Mer-Monday.

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So I got some burritos from Taco Bell on taco Tuesday so I could ruin that sacred day as well.

Should I cross Mermaid Flounder with any other show/Disney… thing? Who knows what’s next, right?