Malachite’s voice actor has passed away

KunziteAnimeKunzite, Malachite in the DiC Sailor Moon Dub, was an interesting character. They wrote him and the character Zoicite to be lovers in the Japanese dub. This was kept the North American version, but his male love was changed into a woman by DiC.

He was originally played, in North America, by Denis Akiyama, who passed away on June 28, 2018 in Toronto. Akiyama was also in Pixels, but come on… he will always be Malachite to me.

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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.

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:

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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.’

Oh My God! The Half Price Books sent me back in time!

BSB2000.pngI went around time town today looking for some discounted Wonder Woman stuff… but honestly, it was hard to find much of anything Wonder Woman related. I went to my local comic store hoping to find some buy 1 get 1 graphic novels, and nothing. Looked for some regular ones, still nothing. In desperation, I went to Half Priced Books… and what I found was terrifying.

Apparently, I was trapped in the early 2000’s, as I was starring directly at a Back Street Boys ‘Into The Millennium Tour!

Panicking, I looked around to get my barrings, andIMG_0353.JPG then this! Pokemon but more importantly Sailor Moon S and Super S VHS Tapes? Why God! Why would you make me relive one of the worst eras of humanity! Despite surviving Y2K, We were still disillusioned from the lack of flying cars we were promised!

VHSsmFearing for the time space continuum, I listened for The Tardis, the roar of a Delorean, or even the archaic ringing of a pay phone.

Nothing.

I flipped over the VHS Sailor Moon tapes, knowing full well that if I even found a VCR to watch these ancient tomes on, the monstrous machine could devour my childhood, if not my soul.

$2.00? For Anime? I take a sigh in disbelief. I remember back to my high school days paying $40 for less than 5 episodes of a show on DVD. Everything might be okay.

Then, I remember the creepy old man who used to run The Pawn Shop that I used to buy old Ranma 1/2 tapes for cheap. I know right then that I had to get out of there.

Wait a second though: Sailor Pluto’s calm and knowing look was all I needed to see. I stood up, turned around, and slowly walked away… just in case something immortal was following me.

As the door closed, I realized that it was NOT the year 2000. I looked back, half expecting for there not to even be a store there.

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To my disbelief, the store was still there, and past the register there were relics from an even further time I took one more glimpse into this time anomaly, and I see something from even further into the past… Records.

What’s The Main Event? A movie from 1979 where Barbara Streisand manages a reluctant boxer? Nifty I think, until I stumble upon a record that was some sort of… podcast?

IMG_0349Apparently, there were horrible motivational ones with religious undertones such as Evangelist Jay Snell’s Alternative to Divorce. I knew right then that making this second quantum leap was a terrible decision.

I tried to run towards the door, but was disoriented. My body jerked an aisle or two over, where I saw this!

IMG_0356[1]A Book? Something from either further back? How far was I going to be thrown back this Thursday? This book though… it looked familiar. Piers Anthony’s Yon Ill Wind, one of the last Xanth novels that I could actually read? I’m almost back! I then see what I originally set out to find: Wonder Woman!

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Nestled into a cranny between Last Year’s smash hit Deadpool, and 1970’s 80’s, 90’s, 00’s and 10’s hit space opera Star Wars.

Puzzles, clocks, and coffee mugs: If I had a use for even one of those things… maybe I would have given into my capitalistic tendencies right then and there.

Sadly, not one comic book though. This was, however, enough to remind me that Wonder Woman was coming out tonight. A movie, based on a book, based on a weird man’s obsession with the truth.

I meandered away from this building, caring not about the dinosaurs, mercenaries, or time lords that crossed my path. I had a movie to go see, damn it. One about a woman who might finally do what Supergirl, Vampirella, Elektra, and even Catwoman could not do; be wonderful!

But it’s my birthday!

P1150979Once again, I survived another full year since I’ve been born! Suck it fate! Seeing as it’s my birthday,  and a useless Sunday, I figured that I might as well post random stuff today… because I can.

I mean… it’s my BIRTHDAY… right?

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See?! There was no reason to post this very old image of The Pose Off from back in the old days. Do you know why I did it though? Because I could.

Daryl Hannah and Tom HanksWhen we get older, I think it is common to use the anniversary of our birth’s to remember days gone by. First times, last times, and more importantly… special times.

I just got back from a trip to Rhode Island to visit an online friend. this was a first time for me and that was special too. Today at lunch I ate a pickle in a hamburger that my mother couldn’t finish. That’s hopefully the last time I’ve been given the pickle.

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See? I’m just randomly plucking out photos from past articles with no context of why I posted them in the first place. Below are a few more of my favorites for no particular reason.

We all have a lot of regrets in life. One of the biggest ones is typically not doing something. I feel like we owe it to ourselves to fill the short time that we have with as many wild and crazy things/experiences as possible. Go hug an online friend, cosplay for the first time, embrace some weird interest that you are passionate about.

We were born and we will die. Make the best of your time everyone. Be good to everyone, while we are here. See you on Mer-Monday tomorrow! Here’s a sneak peak!

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