The Little Mermaid 2 is about to be 18?!

On September 19th, 2000, Disney released The Little Mermaid 2.

That means that that later this month, the mermaid who began the Disney Renaissance on November 17, 1989… her daughter who was voiced by Tara Strong… that movie will be old enough to vote for The mid-term elections!

All of this is to say… *sigh* we are getting older.

Country singer Chely Wright recorded a new cover of Part of Your World for the US release’s credits, but some parts of the world received a cover from Ann Marie Boskovich

Expect more posts about The Little Mermaid as well as The Little Mermaid 2 in the upcoming weeks.

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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!

I played SNK Heroines: Tag Team Frenzy

DSCN0067.JPGWhen I went to Comiket today, I did not anticipate seeing SNK there… but, to be fair… I way underestimated the scope of this event, as it is a lot more than indie manga comics, like I had been led to believe… more of that though in a later post. though.

Since I was there, I got a chance to play their upcoming game SNK Herines Tag Team Frenzy… so what did
I think? Well… it may not be the game for me.

DSCN0063I love King of Fighters and Fatal Fury… but sadly, it doesn’t play like that. It seems SNK is continuing the trend of games like Tatsunoko vs. Capcom and Marvel vs. Capcom… by sounding and looking like games that I
should be great at, and simplifying the controls to the point where I’m horrible at the game. AWESOME.

I played the game on PS4, after a Caucasian woman let me see the controls on a laminated piece of paper that was in Japanese. Awesome. I immediately made a fool of myself trying to start the game by pressing X, which she corrected me by telling me that it is O to start. I should have known that.

DSCN0068Once into the game… I tried doing Terry Bogard’s moves, but eh… I ran into the problem that this game doesn’t quite work like that. While she didn’t explain the controls, it was easy enough to figure out that there was a light, heavy, and special… where you can literally just push the special down to do a move that used to require multiple button presses, such as down back punch for a Burn Knuckle. I believe you can also push a directional button to change up the super used. This should make the game easier, but my mind routinely goes back to Street Fighter II every time I pick up a traditional appearing fighting game. Furthermore, you have to perform a move called a dream finisher to defeat your opponent.

DSCN0057Oh, and there’s a button to switch out a character, and it was more fluid feeling than the last few VS. games.

This game… umm… what?! I… *sigh* okay. Also, there’s tons of weird emojy like things and sparkles or whatever when your character is doing a move tat actually look pretty annoying?

I love the fact that they added a rule 63 Terry Bogard, but I just can’t fluidly play this game based on muscle memory, and that sucks… for me. But it’s 2018, and lately I’ve had to come to terms that continuations of things that I like might not necessarily be for me? Which once again… what?!

My review thus far is that… I’m iffy if this game will have lasting appeal for me. Below is some more pictures from my time at their booth.

Sunday may not be that useless

I used to think that Sunday was a sham, what with places closing early… but I was wrong. Apparently it’s a day reserved for my cat Juno to have kitties?!

Meanwhile my buddy Frog50 finished his mermaid Flounder illustration for me! I couldn’t wait until Mer-Monday to post it, sorry not sorry?
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Here’s a video of it:

And now… I wait until I go to work at 10pm… le *sigh* Expect a video blog this week about Japan.