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In The Name Of The Moon, She Has Returned.

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The classic shoujo animated series “Sailor Moon” is officially returning this summer with a brand new series called “Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Crystal”. It will debut in July and will be available to stream worldwide on the Niconico website.

The anime is a commemoration of the 20th anniversary for the Sailor Scouts. The team of young heroines led by the ever so popular and clumsy Sailor Moon (Usagi) are back to ridding the world of evil. Producer, Atsutoshi Umezawa, says the series will not be a remake of the preceding anime, but instead be an adaptation of the manga, starting on a blank slate.

Usagi Tsukino is a second-year middle school girl who is a little clumsy and a crybaby, but she is full of energy. One day, she meets Luna, a black cat with a crescent moon on her forehead, and she transforms into Sailor Moon, a sailor-uniformed pretty guardian of love and justice! As a chosen guardian of justice, Usagi seems to have a mission to find the Illusionary Silver Crystal with the other guardians and to protect the princess.Meanwhile, the queen of the Dark Kingdom, Queen Beryl, also sends minions to the town where Usagi lives to obtain the Illusionary Silver Crystal, which has immense power. This causes strange events to unfold….

Can Sailor Moon really find the Illusionary Silver Crystal with the other Sailor guardians, and protect the princess…!?

The director for the series is Munehisa Sakai (best known for One Piece). Yuji Kobayashi ( “Saint Seiya Omeda” and “Smile Precure!”) will take on the scripts, Yukie Sako will be designing the characters, and serving as art directors are Yumi Hosaka and Takashi Kurahashi. The soundtrack for the series will be produced by King Records, featuring Yasuharu Takanashi, and Momoiro Clover Z.

The original anime was five seasons, and the manga ran for 52 chapter. There have also been a few OVAs and movies.

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TV Review: Itazura Na Kiss: Love in Tokyo (Japanese)

Aired: Mar. 29 – Jul. 19 ’13
Episodes: 16
Cast: Honoka Miki, Yuki Furukawa, Yoji Tanaka, Koura Kazumasa, Tomomi Nishimura

It all starts at the Tonan Highschool entrance ceremony. Not-so-smart student, Kotoko Aihara (Honoka Miki) is enchanted by the pretty boy and highest-scoring student, Naoki Irie (Yuki Furukawa).

She falls in love and decides she needs to tell him how she feels through a love letter. Naoki’s rejection to her letter was harsh, “I don’t like dumb women”.

If things can’t get any worse for Kotoko, her house is completely wrecked by a small object falling from the sky. Until her house is rebuilt, Kotoko and her Dad are taken in by her Dad’s friend. Little did she know, the temporary house is also home to Naoki Irie.

How exciting is that? A definite must-watch for the romance comedy junkies! The next is a spoiler, but if you’re interested to read my opinion, continue on!

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TV Review: Flower Boy Ramyun Shop (Korean)

Aired: Oct. 31 – Dec. 20 ’11
Episodes: 16
Cast: Jung Il Woo, Lee Chung Ah, Lee Ki Woo, Park Min Woo, Jo Yoon Woo

It starts by introducing college student Yang Eun Bi. She’s studying for her civil service exam which puts her towards her dream of becoming a teacher.

During this time, she accidentally meets Cha Chi Soo, the “prince” and son of the largest food conglomerate in Korea, who happens to still be in highschool.

Unknowingly, she asks him out, and well… the rest is for you to find out!

*Photo c/o: http://www.koreandramawiki.com/2011/11/flower-boy-ramyun-shop.html

For lovers of a comedy-filled, tear-jerking love story, this one is made for you.

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TV Review: B.I.G. (Korean)

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Aired: June 4 – July 24’12
Episodes: 16
Cast:Gong Yoo, Lee Min Jung, Suzy, Shin Won Ho

The series begins on a rainy day, and we’re introduced to Gil Da Ran, an aspiring teacher, on the bus who has just won a radio contest. 18-year-old Kang Kyung Joon (her student) is also on the bus and is watching her, laughing from a seat away. They switch umbrellas, and she ends up interacting with him.

After a tragic car/motorcycle accident, 18-year-old Kang Kyung Joon realizes his mind and spirit has been put into the body of 30-year-old Seo Yoon Jae, also known as Gil Da Ran’s fiancé. Yoon Jae is a successful doctor and Kyung Joon is forced to learn how to live as him while Yoon Jae (still stuck in Kyung Joon’s body) lays helplessly on a hospital bed in a coma.

If you enjoy a good romantic comedy, I recommend watching this. That is… if you don’t mind a horrible ending.

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TV Review: The Vampire Diaries (Season Two)

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Aired: Sept 9’10 – May 12’11
Episodes: 22
Cast: Nina Dobrev, Paul Wesley, Ian Somerhalder, Steven R. McQueen, Candice Accola, Zach Roerig, Sara Canning, Katerina Graham, Matt Davis, Michael Trevino

Holy. I just zipped right through this season while on my daily 4-hour commute. I swear to you, if this show wasn’t good enough for you in the first season, it just got better. The story progresses a lot further, while we’re introduced to several new characters as well as a more developed plot.

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Anime Review: Golden Boy (Based Off the Manga)

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Aired: 1995
Episodes: 6
Cast: (English dub cast) Doug Smith, Carol Amerson, Carolyn Boone

Did I like this anime? I’m not even sure.

I mean, I wouldn’t mind watching more episodes of it, but with that being said, if there were any more the story plot would have just dragged on. The “idea” would have been overdone. It’s best where it sits at 6 episodes.

This 1995 animated series was derived from the manga produced in 1992 – which was showcased in a magazine entitled, Super Jump.
The story is about a 25-year-old, perverted university drop-out, Kintaro Oe. After dropping his law degree and leaving Tokyo University, Oe sets off on an adventure, going town-to-town and beginning his journey as a travelling student.

He encounters several women who have vastly different careers. Somehow, despite his lack of making a good first impression, he still manages to make an impact on their lives (positively).

If you have nothing else to watch… sure, give this hilarious ecchi anime a chance.

The story line was predictable, but that’s no surprise since this anime was from the 90’s. Not saying all 90’s animes are predictable, but for me a majority of them are.

And to go along with it being totally predictable, of course the women all go chasing after him because he’s taught them such a valuable lesson.

Overall a 4/10.

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TV Review: The Vampire Diaries (Season One)

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Aired: Sept 10’09 – May 13’10
Episodes: 22
Cast: Nina Dobrev, Paul Wesley, Ian Somerhalder, Steven R. McQueen, Candice Accola, Zach Roerig, Sara Canning, Katerina Graham, Matt Davis, Michael Trevino

Of course I’m last to jump on the bandwagon. In fact, I wasn’t even going to watch this series until I heard all this commotion about how Ian Somerhalder might be playing Christian Grey in the upcoming Fifty Shades Of Grey movie. I wanted to take a peak at how his acting is. Quite charming, really.

Popular and (basically portrayed as) perfect, teenage girl, Elena Gilbert, has just lost her parents in an accident. She now lives with her little (teenage) brother Jeremy and their surrogate parent, Aunt Jenna. They’re trying really hard to cope with their parentless-lives.

Elena has her bestfriend Bonnie, frenemy Caroline, and her ex-boyfriend Matt to comfort her. Jeremy, on the other hand, is slipping into the world of drugs to soothehispain.

One day, Elena finds herself infatuated with a mysterious new student, Stefan Salvatore. The feeling is mutual as their relationship starts to grow. She ends up finding out that he’s in fact a vampire, when trauma happens in town.

Damon, Stefan’s brother, is the cause of the trauma. He returns home after 15 years, bitter and hungry for human blood. He looks to destroy the town in vengence for his past love.

Intriguing… isn’t it? I think anyone who is even remotely interested in vampires should give this television show a try. It’s significantly more appealing-to-my-brain than Twilight, but at the same time, they don’t go overboard with the mystical idea. You could easily change the channel if it doesn’t appeal to you.

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