Category: Anime

More pictures from Bic Camera

So I guess there was a decent amount of stuff if I have to make another post for Bic Camera. If I had to guess I think Bandai wanted to get into the  building block business. So they came up with the Doubutsu Gattai ZyuohKing show to cash in on the cult that is Lego or maybe to give the robots a Minecraft look. They are kind of cool. Big, heavy, blocky, robots. It is an interesting idea at the very least. I would not buy any, but they did catch my eye every time I popped into a toy section of any department store in Japan. The DX Cube 123 King Zyuoh & 456 Dodekaioh were in a display where you could play with them hands on at another department store name Lab.

バンダイ ジュウオウキューブ/ジュウオウジャー Doubutsu Sentai Zyuohger DX Cube 123 King Zyuoh 456 Dodekaioh by Bandai Japan Gattai from tokusatsu tv show (動物合体ジュウオウキング Dōbutsu Gattai Jūō Kingu, Animal Combination Beast Monarch King)

Doubutsu Sentai Zyuohger DX Cube 123 King Zyuoh & 456 Dodekaioh by Bandai Japan

Doubutsu Sentai Zyuohger DX Cube 123 King Zyuoh Bandai Ultraman Japan Gattai 2016 バンダイ ジュウオウキューブ/ジュウオウジャー

Doubutsu Sentai Zyuohger DX Cube 123 King Zyuoh Bandai Ultraman figure Japan Gattai 2016

Is Ultraman still a thing? Just checked now, I guess that show is still going. I did not know it was an ongoing show. Just like the Super Sentai (Power Rangers in the US).

Getter Dragon, Getter 1, Z Mazinger, Destroid Monster Macross Bic Camera pictures

Getter Dragon, Getter 1, & Z Mazinger Dynamite Action, Destroid Monster Macross at Bic Camera

The Dynamite Action Getter Dragon figure looked pretty good. It looks like it popped right out of the cartoon. Based on what I see, I prefer it to the Soul of Chogokin version. They also have a Tetsujin 28 figure that looks pretty good. Their line of robots are totally up my alley but they seem a little pricy. I guess I will have to see how big they are.

Kaiju, Mecha Godzilla, Ultraman and more figures!

Kaiju, Mecha Godzilla, Ultraman and more figures!

Did I ever mention I was a Godzilla fan?

Tomica car display at Bic Camera

Tomica Cars

The cars by Tomy are cool just because of the packaging for me. Japanese packaging has always been something I have loved about the toys. You can take them out, put them away and practically keep them brand new. In US packaging you have to destroy the packaging to take the toy out, think Matchbox cars for example.

Tomica car display at Bic Camera

Tomica Cars

The Robot Spirits Tamashii Nations Bandai Unicorn Gundam, Zaku & Sniper ROBOT魂

The Robot Spirits Tamashii Nations Bandai Unicorn Gundam, Zaku & Sniper

More robots under the girls anime display, which I assume is more for guys than for girls. The Robot Spirits line by Tamashii Nations has a good selection of Gundam mobile suits and 80’s robots in the line. It seems to me to be the line that replaced the MS in Action!! line.

More Robot Spirits Gundam, Iron Man, Star Wars, Dragonballz figures at Bic Camera ROBOT魂

More Robot Spirits Gundam, Iron Man, Star Wars, Dragonballz figures

Voltron Legendary Defender Netflix

So coolest thing this year, Netflix and DreamWorks revamped Voltron.  Can’t believe I missed this. So the same guys who made Kung Fu Panda and Shrek just put out Voltron Legendary Defender Netflix and just made my summer. To make it even better, the people working on the show Lauren Montgomery and Joaquim Dos Santos both worked on Avatar: The Last Airbender and The Legend of Korra. Avatar being my favorite cartoon tv show of all time! If you have Netflix, you can find Voltron: Legendary Defender HERE.
Voltron Legendary Defender Netflix Dreamworks 2016
I was not a fan of the original show, just the robots(For me the original anime lacked in production value, I hated the voice acting, and I did not care for the characters. So pretty much everything). But I actually like this show. It just came out June 10th.

Check out this fresh take on the old 80’s show. It’s something you actually can watch with your kids and relive your own childhood a little too. I have been waiting for a good robot anime to pop up since watching Gurren Lagann last year. Netflix just dropped 10 episodes 2 weeks ago. I have watched 3 and I am hooked! On to episode 4, catcha later…

So I am thinking, when do the toys come out?
Spring 2017 from Playmates Toys

Can’t wait! Guess this was more about the show than the merchandising. More on this later…

Kill la Kill 2013

More Netflix anime binge watching brought me to Kill la Kill. I have no idea why it is named that after watching the whole darn series. I honestly thought this was going to be a pretty lame series. I am not sure how I made it that deep into the series without giving up on it because it was pretty bad.

It is about a 17 year old girl on a quest to find her dad’s killer that leads her Honnouji Academy and conflict with the president of the student council. Sounds lame right? Well actually, it was until episode 17, but actually now that I think about it episode 4 was the hook. I laughed my ass off on that one. I definitely have to watch that one again. The comedy relief in Mako Mankanshoku and her family was probably my favorite part of the series. The silliness and insanity probably was its saving grace as I was not a fan of Ryuko or Satsuki the two main characters.

I didn’t see much of a need for the revealing odd costumes/living clothing during the fighting transformations. It seemed like a fighting anime with a crappy storyline with a little too much fan service. Then bottom drops out on episode 17 and the story flips you for a doozy. All of a sudden the story goes scifi and I really found myself enjoying the plot twist. It changed my mind about the whole series. So if you like fighting anime with a little bit of skin and whole lot of silliness, Kill la Kill is not a bad way to kill time…

Rating 7/10 pretty good, go watch it!

Space Battleship Yamato 2199

I have been on an anime watching binge due to Space Battleship Yamato 2199. I have been meaning to watch this for a few months and I just watched them all in December. Earth is on the verge of destruction in 2199 due to meteor bombs dropped by the Gamilas. The Space Battleship Yamato rushes off to Iscandar in hope of restoring the earth.

While several changes have been made to the series, the remake is very faithful to the original anime. I was surprised how they used the original score and sound effects, which really brought it all back for me. The original Star Blazers is probably my favorite anime to this day, but this remake with a few changes to modernize the plot and bring more depth was a lot of fun. The battles were much more fun to watch and the action was better.

Space Battleship Yamato 2199 Cast Crew Uchū Senkan Yamato 2199 宇宙戦艦ヤマト2199  2012 anime

The crew of the Space Battleship Yamato from anime Uchū Senkan Yamato 2199 宇宙戦艦ヤマト2199

I really enjoyed the new and original characters and their rich back stories. Nova and Princess Starsha were the only female characters in the original series(and they both looked the same) which made no sense, but the new version fixes this and creates a better balance in the male/female ratio. The animation is beautiful, it really brings the series into this century.  The background stories about rebellion on Gamilas and how the conquered non blue people were treated was interesting and unexpected. Even with more characters and relationships, each character had much more fleshed out than in the original series. Akira Yamamoto and Melda Dietz were new characters that made this a much richer experience. Even older characters like  Erich Domel and Shiro Sanada were much more empathetic. The episode with the psychic really threw me for a loop! That was pretty awesome. I can’t say more without giving anything away. There was an episode with an artificial intelligence that I really enjoyed as well. This is likely the best remake I have ever had the pleasure of watching.

Space Battleship Yamato 2199 (Uchū Senkan Yamato 2199) 2012 anime Susumu Kodai and Melda Dietz

Susumu Kodai and Melda Dietz

While the original series was a classic, this remake takes it to greater heights. I read a review on Kotaku where there are definitely some story flaws, but I may be blinded by my love for this cartoon. Be that as it may, it only detracts a little bit for me and I still rate this anime a 10 out of 10 for me. If you love space opera, this is better than Gundam for me and I love Gundam too! Here is to hoping that there is a remake of the second season in the works out there.

Space Battleship Yamato 2199 Uchū Senkan Yamato 2199 宇宙戦艦ヤマト2199  2012 anime

Space Battleship Yamato 2199 (Uchū Senkan Yamato 2199 宇宙戦艦ヤマト2199) 2012

Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann

Honestly, I really should be putting up the rest of my robots, but I have been busy making changes so I can change the template on the site. Once I finish, changing the template it’s back to posting robots for me! In the meantime, I have been watching some anime and been pleasantly surprised.
Gurren Lagann anime image 2
So I was looking for new anime that would be cool to watch. One of the highly rated ones on Netflix peaked my interest as it was about a big super robot.  Your average monster of the week versus Gurren Lagann. I watched through the first story arc and thought it was over(and kind of lame). Super robots kicking ass is usually decent entertainment. For the most part it was pretty shallow, nothing to write home about. Lots of silliness, action and fun. I actually kicked it to the side for a month or two after watching the first episode. I thought the robot was just a big head. Not quite what I was looking for, after a few more episodes a few months later now I have a super robot. Which was just alright for me.

But the first episode of the second story arc the storyline just went nuts. The story got serious and SO much darker and deeper.  There are a few twists that just take this series way over the top. Watching the first part of this series, you never would have suspected it would get this good or that it would even go in this direction. The first 16 episodes are just a prelude to the real story of Simon the Digger. Initially, I thought the storyline would be about Kamina. The ending is a little bittersweet, but watching till the end is worth the payoff. That 2nd part goes a bit Sci-Fi  and I loved where it took me. Go Team Gurren!

I rate this a  8/10.  Definitely and surprisingly worth your time if you don’t mind waiting 16 episodes for it to get good.

Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann anime 2007 (天元突破グレンラガン Tengen Toppa Guren Ragan) Image shows Kamina, Yoko, Simon, Nia

Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann anime 2007

%d bloggers like this: