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!

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Our shows lived on…

ghostbusters_ver10Lately, the trend has been bring back this or that show or movie that was popular, but do this or that to it. 1980’s Ghostbusters got an all female group, 1990’s Power Rangers had their casts become even more diverse and extreme, and the  2000’s Teen Titans became chibi’s and extremely dumbed down. Each one of those, probably should not have happened.

When the Ghostbusters reboot was not doing well, and they blamed men for trolling on the internet, and not on the fact that the movie was mediocre and missed recapturing how the original movies felt, Paul Feig went on record saying that he would never re-boot another classic property.

Ranger meme2When Jason David Frank of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers talked about how the new movie did not do well, he said that they should have made a movie with the original cast, because that was the only time people were really cheering in the audience.

But then there was Teen Titans Go, which has a movie out now, and despite not hitting the tone of the original show… has fans? I don’t get it, but Cartoon Network sure does show it enough… so I guess someone is watching?

In the next wave of reboot nostalgia bait, we have: Thundercats, She-Ra, and Buffy The Vampire Slayer. Each has set off their original fans, as they complain about it while others are arguing how stupid they are for it. ThunderCats? Don’t call it Cal-arts cause lots of other people use it who didn’t go! She-Ra? You man babies are mad cause she doesn’t have big breasts! Buffy??? Well… now that one is where a lot of people are actually just going ‘Umm… No? Please!?’

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buffyseason12The problem with Rebooting Buffy The Vampire Slayer… is the fact that that show was very progressive for a 90’s/00’s show… and well… it lived on through it’s comics to this very day. Black Slayer? Kindra, who was awesome. Lesbians? Two… but one fell into the bury our gays trope. Gay guy? Andrew was fabulous! Sexy men? Every darn season. wait… that doesn’t count as progressive? Huh.

Buffy has never left the public’s eye really since the cancellation of it’s sister show Angel in 2004. Sarah Michelle Gellar, visually, is Buffy The Vampire Slayer.

Buffy_The_Vampire_Slayer_MovieCertain shows can be softly rebooted, such as Star Wars where they can include old cast members in the original’s world… where they just… well… keep dying every movie. Buffy is one of those given the mythos.

Heck, I’d even allow an entire ret-con of Buffy’s entire show, and have this new slayer be after the 1992’s original Buffy The Vampire Slayer movie! That’s right… they are rebooting a reboot!

Just have her be a new slayer that just shows up because the last couple of slayers have passed away…

Thundercats_the_return_4bGetting back onto the major subject at hand is… ThunderCats continued on past the original show just like Buffy did. There were comics… a lot of them. Lion-O even fought Superman… but who hasn’t? Seriously… he’s sort of a bad person.

There was a soft re-boot of the show in 2011 which failed to get a second season due to poor toy sales.

Voltron similarly had a CGI continuation of the original show, than a bad reboot, but then AN AMAZING REBOOT on Netflix!

Gargoyles had a bad 3rd season thus was canceled, but came back as a short lived comic and now Jordan Peel wants to reboot it, which makes Disney uneasy.

reboot 1Reboot was… soft rebooted? It was just terrible though, and is more of a Code Lyoko reboot under the guise of being a reboot of the original 90’s show, as it threw just way too much of it out, and what was left in was just neutered and did not answer any of the questions that the cliff hanger at the end of the show asked.

deadpoolWhile not a reboot but an adaptation all the same, Deadpool did extremely well considering that it was not in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. When asked why that was, Kevin Feige said this:

We’ve always said if there’s any ‘secret’ it’s respect the source material, understand the source material and then, any adaptation you make from the source material should be done only to enhance whatever the original pure spirit of the source material was.

Power Rangers has an amazing comic book out right now, and it is not really a re-telling of the original Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, but an alternate universe of it. When Kyle Higgins and his fellow writers were interviewed recently at San Diego Comic-Con 2018 by IGN, Kyle said:

… my approach was to not write Power Rangers as it existed, or as I remember it existing, but to write it as I remember it making me feel.

power rangers comic

So what lessons can we learn from Paul Feig, Jason David Frank, Kevin Feige, and Kyle Higgins?

Adapting a classic property is hard to do, and may not be worth doing. People want what made them excited for the original property, as that magic is what will capture a new audience as well. No matter what, you have to respect what was, even if you are going to change it.

 

Another Day

yuuki sgvy WIPToday is Sunday, and it’s another useless day… unless you are like me, who is about to go to work. Chick-fil-a is closed, and *sigh* there are no more episodes of Steven Universe right now… so what can we do!

CATCH UP ON WEB COMICS! But wait… we have already done that. Well… maybe make some fan art of some web comics then? I’ve been working on this one on the left since last night from http://www.SGVY.com, and I think it’s all right.

the_legend_of_zelda_by_netsenshiSo you do not like web comics? Huh. Well… what about your favorite video game series? I drew this picture a long time ago from The Legend of Zelda – Ocarina of Majora’s Mask Time?

See, art can be fun! Or hey! What about watching some youtube videos about your favorite game!

Or hey… maybe watch stuff that is closely related to video games, but with music?

God, I feel like that was trully terrible. Like… how is this about Chun-Li? It’s more similar to Mortal Kombat… this is just all weird, and I don’t like the song. Why King Kong and not Donkey Kong? And King Kong is not Chinese. Is that appropriation or appreciation? I’m pretty sure it’s the former, but whatever… this isn’t smart, and that’s a largest problem. Fuck. I guess we all can’t be Childish Gambino.

*sigh* Donald Glover is argued at being less talented as a singer because he’s one of those rappers that is also a writter, but I disagree. I look at the entire package, especially when there is a music video, and I take it all in. Is it as catchy, no? But hey… Lil Dickey’s Pillow Talk is also awesome.

Earth goes hard! I’ve gotten lost from the message. Art. maybe today is the day to start making a comic? Just make sure to start with a script or outline… unlike when I tried.

I should start doing comics again. I did one called Con-Men, and one of the re-occurring characters was Bob, a crossplayer. I think his arch is funny.

Anyways, to reiterate… Sunday is useless, do art, watch music videos, and… crossplay? Brain gotta poop.

Oh SHIT! It’s Father’s Day!

How is Steve Trevor back???

Wonder Woman 1984 pictures have been coming out, and Steve Trevor has been seen standing next to Princess Diana… and people are just wondering how and why?

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Greek Mythology is my head canon. We have seen in shows such as Hercules and Xena where the hero goes to Tarturus and sees their fallen beloved… well… Wonder Woman is in that universe as well. Steve Trevor did die because of The God of War‘s shenanigans…

I think it would be romantic as hell for Princess Diana of Themyscira to go to Hell and back for her fallen comrad. Or hey… maybe Steve was granted a 24-hour pass… who knows.

Today is Sunday, and you know what that means, right? Useless day, so let’s use it as an extended flashback Friday, right? Here’s a webcomic idea I had once? More information on The Mirror can be found in a 2014 blog post.

 


Or hey, Bridges used to be a thing. Awesome webcomic I discovered in 2002 that had a couple revamps that has now disappeared, possibly for forever?

bridges

Well, I have to go to work, or I would suggest more things to pre-occupy your time with. Seriously though, it’s pride month.. go to the wayback machine and read Bridges.

NetSenshi is still jail bait

The name for this blog started out as a terrible web comic for a terrible website about Sailor Moon. Well, that was all done for Easter April Fool’s Day. Now, 17 year’s later… and well… *sigh*
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Web comics, Animated Music Videos, panels at anime conventions, youtube channel, this blog, I’ve done a lot of things with this name. Great thing about Sailor Moon? I keep getting older, but the senshi stay the same age. All right all right all right!

So… how about some random images from the blog to celebrate?

Everything above was either drawn, photographed, or at least edited by me at one point in the last 17 years.

Happy Easter Everyone. Expect a mer-monday post tomorrow.