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?

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Goosebumps vs. Sailor Moon?

Oriental Cinema 11I recently tweeted about how I came across a bunch of fanzines at my local Half Priced Books… well, I thought it would be fun to dig into some of them. Oriental Cinema #11, edited and created by Damon Foster, layout by Hugh Gallagher, from Draculina Publishing in Illinois is… interesting.

First off, Oriental? Gah… such a dated term for Asians. To see Sailor Moon next to Chow Yun Fat, Jackie Chan, and John Woo is crazy.

Sadly, I’m not big into Asian cinema, but they talk about John Woo’s amazing film, Broken Arrow, starring John Travolta and Samantha Mathis. The impressive full color glossy photos of The Killer were sadly lost on me.

The reason I bought this fanzine did not disappoint. The part where they mentioned Sailor Moon featured this nugget right here:

Sailor moon vs Goosebumps

Looking back, this is kind of hilarious. Sailor Moon, a has-been? True, until recently… the anime about astrologically based super heroes in Junior High saw some very dark times in the 1990’s, but her and Power Rangers is still kind of huge, all things considered.

This fanzine came out in 1996, and that was when Sailor Moon Super S was just wrapping up in Japan. Sailor Moon really hit it’s stride in America on Toonami, which aired it in June 1, 1998. Power Rangers was going through that rough transition from their whole Alien Ranger mini series to Power Rangers Zeo so I can understand why he might have thought that the series was winding down, especially after the Power Ranger’s movie was the year before.

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Goosebumps mind you was one of the best running horror book series aimed at the exact same demographic, so probably should not get the hate that this adult man is giving it.

SuperSentaiKakurangerAll that said, it must have been really bad to be a fan of Sentai and Tokusatsu back then. He complains about the US adaptations of Beetle Fighter (Big Bad Beetleborgs). Now-a-days, we at least have been given some of Toei’s Super Sentai shows onto DVD thanks to Right Stuff.

Sadly, we  would have to put up with shows such as UIltraman Tiga which were not faithfully translated, and no Kamen Rider has ever been translated properly, despite Kamen Rider Dragon Knight winning a daytime emmy.

This fanzine goes on to talk about Mechanical Violator: Hakaider and other shows and movies such as The American made Sudden Death, but let’s talk about the letters page.

Damon Foster seems to put people off with his writting, especially about Sailor Moon in a previous issue of his fanzine? Apparently he has poked fun of the gay community, sports, and religion.

Foster asks one of his readers “Do you masturbate in church as you pay homage to your hollow god!?  ” 

The letters page was hard to read, but it was informative and very inflammatory both ways. One of the things I also want to point out is that there is a little bit of T&A on the back covers, so this magazine is NSFW. Also, they have a picture from Ranma 1/2  in one section, but sadly no real connection in this issue, and that was sad.

I think Oriental Cinema is an interesting time capsule, and while I’m not sure if I personally would recommend it to people due to some of the language used, I’m glad that I flipped through the pages at least.

Oh, and I really hope someone hooked this guy up with the entire 84-part series Himitsu Sentai ‘Gorenga.’

4 women I’m celebrating this International Women’s Day

naoko takeuchiNaoko Takeuchi – Creator of Codename wa SailorV as well as Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon, Naoko Takeuchi had a huge impact on who I was as a teenager. Do not believe me? We all had to pick an artist in my art class to do a report on, and I chose Takeuchi-san here, and because of me… there was a Sailor Moon/V question on the 9th grade art final. You’re welcome, my entire class.

One of my fellow students chose Stan Lee, but that was because he liked drawing Spider-Man and did not do his research.

pqangelsSadly, while Takeuchi did do other manga, she started to get a bad reputation for not finishing her work, which makes me thing that Sailor V and then immediately Sailor Moon just burned her out, but who knows. She worked on a manga called PQ Angels, but apparently it was canceled after 7 pages of her manuscript were lost by her publisher Kodansha. Toei apparently also had the manuscript so it could have become an anime, but that was in 1996, so that probably wont happen.

She currently runs a company called Princess Naoko Planning (PNP) that manages her creative properties, but recently her husband Yoshihiro Togashi’s work has fallen under that  banner as well, being in the credits of such anime as Level E and Hunter x Hunter. Maybe we will eventually see a YuYu Hakusho Sailor Moon crossover anime series?

Emma_Watson_2013Emma Watson – It is weird when I see the actors and actresses from Harry Potter, and have to acknowledge that they still exist. That being said, Emma Watson is an amazing woman who fights for equal rights for women. She is a  UN WomenGoodwill ambassador, and Watson launched the HeForShe campaign, which requests men to stand up for gender equality.

rumiko takahashiOkay… I’ll be honest. I was going to keep on writing about international women, but most of the ones that I know about are actually American. I could talk about Rumiko Takahashi some more though, right?? Seriously, nominated for a 2018 Eisner hall of fame, Urusei Yatsura, Maison Ikkoku, Ranma 1/2, Inuyasha, …. …. … *sigh* I’m an old anime fan.

Utada Hiakaru – I am slowly starting to realize that this is just a ‘Famous foreigners from when I went to high school. Only now though, I am also rememvering that Utada Hikaru is an American who was born in New York. Well… her parents are Japanese, and she works in Japan. Her American Albums did not do too well, and she is best known for doing the theme songs for Square’s Kingdom Hearts games.

 I’m sorry. I just can’t think of more women who are alive, and not American. This started as a top 10, then 5, and now I’m cheating to make 4. Please, someone womansplain me some people, please.

34 movies from my 33 years of life

So apparently when your birthday is this early in the year, it is really easy to come up with 34 movies for 33 years of live when you account for one movie per year. Below is 34 movies for each year of the calendar I was alive in. They are not my favorites, just the first ones that came to my mind per year.

littlenemo1985 Back To The Future (It came out in July, so it counts)

1986 Short Circuit

1987 Robocop

1988 Who Framed Roger Rabbit

1989 Little Nemo Adventures in Slumberland

1990 Robot Jocks

1991 What about Bob?
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1992 Ferngully

1993 Last Action Hero

1994 The Lion King

1995 Pocahontas

1996 Aladdin and the King of Thieves

1997 Gattaca

1998 Ranma ½ The Movie 2: Nihao My Concubine (DVD) 1999 (VHS) Japan (1992)
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1999 Pokemon The First Movie

2000 Sailor Moon S (DVD) 2017 (ViZ) (1994)

2001 A Knight’s Tale

2002 Spider-Man

2003 Dragon Ball Z: Broly – The Legendary Super Saiyan (1993)

2004 Terminal
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2005 Batman Begins

2006 Superman Returns

2007 Enchanted

2008 Iron Man

2009 Monsters vs. Aliens

2010 True Grit
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2011 The Adjustment Bureau

2012 The Secret World of Arrietty (2012) Japan (2010)

2013 The Wolverine

2014 The Lego Movie

2015 Avengers: Age of Ultron

2016 Zootopia
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2017 Logan

2018 Black Panther

WAIT! Some of those anime movies came out in Japan much earlier than I reported… well… they came to North America then… so cut me some slack? It is my birthday after all.

Bulma was the hero we needed

bulma_wallpaper_jclpa-800x600Just imagine where everyone would be if Bulma had not found Goku’s 4 star Dragon ball using her Dragon Radar and going on a world changing adventure. The Red Ribbon Army would have probably conquered the world, most likely beating the would be savior Krillin who did not have Goku there to train with when he trained with Roshi.

Then of course Raditz comes along, destroys farmer Goku and The Red Ribbon Army and yeah… ultimately the world… until I guess Gero’s androids come online maybe?

I accidentally came across this video from Treesicle, and he points out how awesome Bulma actually is.

20180126123211_1When I booted up Dragon Ball FighterZ, Bulma was the first character that greeted me. Chi Chi? Goku? Heck even Piccolo would have not been a surprise, but Bulma? I was shocked to see her, especially after her voice actress had passed. It was bitter sweet and shows how important she was. *sigh*

I miss you Bulma.