Clow Reed and the Clow Cards (Prologue to Cardcaptors)

Dedicated for Carly McKillip (mostly), Matt Hill, Maggie Blue O’Hara, Samuel Vincent, Rhys Huber, Nicole Oliver, Dale Wilson, Brian Drummond, Venus Terzo, Janyse Jaud, Jocelyne Loewen, Kelly Sheridan, Linda Rae Jurgens, Bill Switzer, Colin Murdock, and Willow Johnson.

The original English cast of “Cardcaptors” from Nelvana, as this anime TV show was shown mostly on Teletoon. A kids TV channel in Canada like YTV.

Light And Dark

 

Water

 

Earth

 

Fire

 

Windy

 

Fly

 

Snow

 

Wood

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Dash

 

Erase

 

Mist

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Jump

 

Dream

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Time

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Return

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Power

 

Fight

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Shield

Sword

 

Sleep

 

Flower

 

Big

 

Little

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Rain

 

Cloud

 

Change

 

Mirror

 

Sand

 

Shadow and Thunder

Shot

 

Song

 

Silent

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Maze

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Illusion

 

Freeze

 

Float

 

Storm

 

Sweet

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Glow

 

Lock

 

Move

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Loop

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Twin

 

Voice

 

Arrow

 

Bubbles

 

Create

Through, Wave, and Libra.

Those happen to be the 52 original Clow Cards in the hit anime TV show “Cardcaptors”. Since the day that “Cardcaptors” was on that TV channel Teletoon.

Clow Reed, a wise and honorable magician, born with a Chinese mother and an English father who were both magicians together, learned the ways of magic since he was raised in Hong Kong, China. Exceptionally tall with long black hair, and a ponytail, wearing those dark clothing, he always smiled. Especially on snowy evenings.

Very wise, with immense power, can also look into the future by his powers. He did loved someone.

Su Yung. A wind sorceress before there was Kagura in the “InuYasha” series. She was also a fortune teller.

Their love didn’t lasted very long. This made her become very furious, as she had battles with Clow Reed. Until he imprisoned her with all the magic he had left.

And on that moment, in Hong Kong, China, just when he was near death, he finally created the Clow Cards.

All together, were locked in a mysterious book. What about his two guardians, close to Clow Reed?

His fiery large-winged mountain lion, decided to guard the book and remain in the book. In the form of a plush animal until after centuries, he accidentally fell asleep for 30 years. He never returned to his true form until the last card was captured, close to the final judgement. I don’t know on what happened to Yue, that white powerful angel, but he did chose Julian Star as his borrowed form I believe.

And after that first episode that lead to its 70 episodes and one movie that took them to Hong Kong, China all together, “Cardcaptors” became remarkable, beautiful, and a very brilliant anime TV show on Teletoon in those glory days.

You can see for yourself…

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The Great Train Robbery (1978)

From the author that did “Westworld”, and “Jurassic Park”, Michael Crichton, he wrote the novel first in 1975, and then as a film director, he made it into a movie in 1978.

In the year 1855, during the Crimean War, lots of 24 carat gold was transported on a moving steam train. From London to a small town called Folkstone. Located at the last railcar at the end of the train, with no caboose or brake van, it had to be in these hard core safes. The only way to get them out, was by getting four keys to open these safes.

And never, I repeat never, had there ever been a robbery on a moving train. But thanks to what happened, they finally got the 24 carat gold out of it.

Way before there was George Clooney as Danny Ocean, in “Ocean’s Eleven” and a year before Lupin III and his partners almost stole cash, but rescued a princess bride in distress in “The Castle of Cagliostro” in 1979, thanks to Hayao Miyazaki, our masterminds on stealing gold from that steam train, were Sean Connery and Donald Sutherland.

They together, portrayed as the clever aristocratic masterminds. The first phase was by making replicas of those four keys, to unlock those hard core safes. The second phase was to know on which day, that the train will be transporting the gold, and how they are gonna get it off it. The final phase, was to get away from the police after that train stops at Folkstone.

They almost got arrested, but they finally made it to freedom. Everyone from the courthouse cheered for them. The very first great train robbery in 1855, a success. And how they outsmarted the British police very well. So for an outstanding movie, 8/10 stars. Really good.

This movie I recommend, happens to be for only adults. Especially if you’re a fan of Michael Crichton, the author/film director himself.

So if you’re planning to take more than $1,000 like this for example, you gotta be a mastermind like those two, Lupin III along with his friends, and Danny Ocean portrayed by George Clooney too.

Just as long, as you do not want to cause a train crash. And end up like how they did….

(crashing into old railcars)

(He stops the train)

Henry the Green Engine: “Oh boy…”

Duck the Great Western Engine: “Oh man!”

More than $1,000 is what one mastermind must do. Otherwise, you do not want to end up like these smelly boxes of fish that can give a strong smell that can spring in the air.

I know, right?

Lik-Lik: “Ha! Don’t worry. We already ate”

Birth of the Dragon (2016)

By looking at kung fu fighting and karate, between China and Japan, they are always unique. Especially by learning the ways of martial arts.

Bruce Lee however, in San Francisco in the year of 1964, met Wong Jack Man as they had a secret fight together.

This was nine years before he became a phenomenon and was in that smash hit movie, “Enter the Dragon”.

Philip Wan-lung portrays as Bruce Lee, as Xia Lu portrays as Wong Jack Man. Together as one, they definitely beat Jack Black, Bryan Cranston, Dustin Hoffman, Jackie Chan, Lucy Liu, Seth Rogen, David Cross, Jean-Claude Van Damme and Angelina Jolie in those “Kung Fu Panda” movies.

One move out of those two fighters, Angelina Jolie as Tigress for example, would have damaged bones all over her body, bloody eyes, not stay alive for about two hours, and not see the love of her Brad Pitt from that violent Second World War movie by Quentin Tarantino, “Inglorious Basterds” to save her.

But like that Hayao Miyazaki movie, “The Castle of Cagliostro”, they were not just fighting for fame and glory. They were trying to rescue beautiful Chinese girls from a nasty Auntie in which she is almost like a yakuza but only different.

So like how Lupin rescued Clarisse from a nasty count in that anime masterpiece, Bruce Lee and Wong Jack Man in this movie were rescuing those Chinese girls in distress from that nasty woman.

They sure did, and were ready to make history as legends. And on that day, Bruce Lee as a real fighting dragon was born.

Although I do feel very sorry for what happened to the real Bruce Lee, after “Enter the Dragon” was released, that was lead to his death.

But as for those two, Xia Lu and Philip Wang-lung, they are as good as how the real Bruce Lee and Wong Jack Man would really be. And it makes me wonder this…

“Will they beat Jet Li in a fighting tournament?”.

I think they really will. And as for this movie on Bruce Lee and Wong Jack Man, by introducing to those two new Chinese stars, 9/10 stars. A straight ‘A’.

Isao Takahata’s funeral

Since celebrities like David Bowie, Robin Williams, and Roger Moore have died, cremated, and had their ashes scattered, Isao Takahata never had his. He remained to have a funeral to remember.

Days before Prince Harry married an actress, all of Japan came to his funeral. Hayao Miyazaki was there to say a few words.

A farewell ceremony was at the Ghibli Museum in Tokyo on May 15th, 2018. In Hayao Miyazaki’s words that he told…

I was convinced that Paku-san [Takahata’s nickname] would live to be 95 years old, but he unfortunately passed away. It makes me think my time is also limited…Thank you, Paku-san”.

I do feel sorry for Hayao Miyazaki on how he lost his friend and co-founder. Although life isn’t fair for how movies and TV shows are not going as we ever imagined in the future today. But I’m still into Japanese culture such as anime and manga. And I think that Isao Takahata’s work and masterpieces, are really remarkable than any animated movie or TV show in the entire world. In Japan and when they come to North America to be in English, yes. (And must deserve Oscar awards!)

The ones that are made in the United States, and in the UK, nevermore. (Except for a few good ones that are in my blood and memories that I know of).

From Miyazaki’s speech on memories with Isao Takahata, to that ending song on how it was used in the ending of “The Tale of Princess Kaguya” for his funeral, we shall never forget that co-founder of Studio Ghibli, and how he was Hayao Miyazaki’s kindest friend that he ever had in his entire life.

Rest In Peace Isao Takahata. We shall never forget you. But we will miss you for sure.

Mary and the Witch’s Flower (a Studio Ponoc masterpiece)

10/10 stars and a ‘A++’ is what I give on this anime masterpiece. Right after Studio Ghibli director, Hiromasa Yonebayashi almost had the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature Film for his masterpiece on “When Marnie Was There”, he made a new masterpiece in a new anime studio called Studio Ponoc.

He made this as a new one, as everyone in Japan were very pleased of him. He had the Japanese rock band, Sekai No Owari that did the ending song for this movie, called “Rain”, as it was premiered in every concert in Japan. This turns out to be a very popular anime masterpiece, as he had Toshio Suzuki, Hayao Miyazaki, and Isao Takahata to watch this at the actual place of Studio Ghibli. Before Isao Takahata died of lung cancer in April of 2018. They were very pleased of him.

Although it never made it to the Academy Award nominees for Best Animated Feature Film, but the anime fans really loved it a lot.

Based on the book, “The Little Broomstick” by Mary Stewart, with the voice talents of Ruby Barnhill, Kate Winslet, Jim Broadbent, Ewen Bremner, and Louis Ashborne Serkis, which is the son of Andy Serkis, this beats the ‘Harry Potter’ movies, and the two prequel movies of “Fantastic Beasts”.

Mary Smith, a red haired girl in the British countryside, discovers that her Great Aunt Charlotte was once a witch student. By finding her broomstick and a blue flower called, ‘Fly By Night’ which happens to be the witch’s flower (or ‘Majo no Hana’ in Japanese), she and a boy named Peter fly to a place called Endor College. A school for witches and is way better than Hogwarts. By finding out that the headmistress and a doctor were experimenting on those flowers to students and animals, they had to stop them before they could cause havoc. And the witch’s flower, they only make Mary to become a witch, that lasts for only one night. So she had enough to make a few promises, and brought themselves to home at last.

I’m very proud, and very pleased for what Hiromasa Yonebayashi did. And how he read the book once, before he made this into an anime movie adaption. Although I do feel sorry for Hiromasa Yonebayashi to how this never made it to the Oscars awards, and what happened to Isao Takahata. But I sure hope that he’ll deserve something, made out of 24 carat gold. And it won’t be like the ones that Isao Takahata won. An Oscar award or two is what he deserves on.

So 10/10 stars and an ‘A++’ is what I give this anime masterpiece. Who agrees that anime is the best such as this here?

Hope for Sakura Avalon (original Cardcaptors from Nelvana)

https://www.change.org/p/hope-for-sakura-avalon

To those that prefer the old version of Cardcaptors, distributed by Nelvana and once aired on Teletoon, rather than the new version, there is this petition that you anime fans of the original Cardcaptors TV show, must sign to agree.

Thanks to an anime fan on YouTube named James Levy, he did this whole petition.

And like how I am, he saw this on TV with his own eyes. I’m sure he saw this on that TV channel, Teletoon.

So rather than the new English audio version, like for how they did to “Sailor Moon” which isn’t fair, I prefer the old version. The same goes for “Sailor Moon”. If you believe me, just sign up in this petition, write your comment that you want the original English version of “Cardcaptors” to return, and that will be it. Make sure you like other people’s comments.

Letters from Iwo Jima

Directed by American actor Clint Eastwood, with producer/director Steven Spielberg, he had this only in Japanese. But there were some that spoke in English. In fact, this was nominated for four Oscar awards, including Best Picture, and one Golden Globe Award. However this did won the Oscar award for Best Sound Editing. Thanks to Warner Bros and DreamWorks Pictures that did this. And was way better than “Flags of our Fathers”. In fact, his son Kyle Eastwood and composer Michael Stevens made the music for this movie.

Ken Watanabe, who did Katsumodo in “The Last Samurai” and was Oscar nominated for Best Supporting Actor, portrayed as General Tadamichi Kuribayashi who lead the Japanese Imperial Army in Iwo Jima, 1945. In the fiercest battle in the Pacific during the Second World War.

Only one American actor was in this movie that I know of. He appeared in a flashback as he gave a Colt. 45 handgun to General Kuribayashi. Mark Moses. He was Lt. Wolfe from that Vietnam War movie, “Platoon”. Directed by Oliver Stone, and won those Oscar awards including Best Picture.

During the Battle of Iwo Jima, they gave U.S. Marines a lot of hell after they have landed. The good part was, for the Japanese Imperial Army in Iwo Jima, they’ve planned the whole beach battle before they arrived. The bad part was, some officers committed suicide by having grenades at their hearts.

Although they were fighting hard and planned out the whole setup. But as more U.S. Marines came, that was when they had a few choices to deal with, until March 26th, 1945.

One of the officers who fought hard and was K.I.A in the Battle of Iwo Jima, was Takeichi Nishi. An Olympic gold medalist who participated in the 1932 Summer Olympics in 1932 Los Angeles. Before the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin, Germany. He won the gold medal for horse jumping. Until by 1944 in Iwo Jima, he was being promoted to a tank unit commander. He brought his horse Jupiter from the Olympics to fight in the battle. Unfortunately during an air strike, his horse was shot by shrapnel. Together with General Kuribayashi, they fought hard for their country of Japan. Until by the end of the battle, they were K.I.A as Carl Ludwig Long and Eric Liddell.

But they’ve buried a bag of letters in the caves, for the ones that they’ve ever loved on, back in Japan. Until by 2005, Japanese archaeologists found that bag of letters from Iwo Jima, and were spilled everywhere.

8/10 stars is what I give on this movie. Really good. And next on watching Clint Eastwood movies coming soon…from 1971… “Play Misty For Me”.

Digimon Adventure tri: Loss

By looking for a DVD rental of Part IV to “Digimon Adventure tri”, it left me no choice but to watch that entire movie on the internet.

The Digimon to the Digidestined, such as Agumon, Gatomon, Biyomon, Gabumon, Palmon, Tentomon, Gomamon, and Patamon, had no memory on our heroes, and were having amnesia. But they got along pretty okay. Only Meicoomon remembers and really misses Meiko a lot.

It wasn’t that long when they got wiped out by Machinedramon, and Meiko by surprise, finally made it into the Digital World. And caught up with our heroes. They did got separated, just like old times, until they finally found Meicoomon, and found out who the Digimon emperor is. A man named Gennai who didn’t care. He wanted the life of Meicoomon. Reunited once more, on a massive ship close to icebergs, they defeated Machinedramon, but things began to get worse by Gennai….

I do give this a straight ‘A’ and 10/10 stars. And there were two parts that I admire on. One is Salamon. Before transforming back into her form of Gatomon, she was really with Kari and was never afraid. She had never left him, and Kari was like a mother to Salamon. And two is Biyomon. Like the Digidestined on mega evolution forms, she was transformed from Birdramon to Phoenixmon. By looking at it, it beats all the phoenixes for what you see in the movies and TV shows. It was what I call, ‘The Flight of Phoenixmon’.

Although they do need to protect Meiko and Meicoomon from Gennai, but something tells me that Part V will have to come pretty soon. In “Digimon Adventure tri: Coexistence”. But until we get to that and the final chapter….

つづく… (Tsudzuku…)

To Be Continued…

20th anniversary of Digimon

Since the 15th anniversary of Digimon was first, now comes the 20th anniversary to the entire franchise. From its TV shows to the movies of “Digimon Adventure tri”, this new illustration has paid a tribute to the Digimon franchise.

You see that boy with the green hair, right beside the younger version of Tai? Only in Japan that they aired, they did a new Digimon TV show called “Digimon Universe: Appli Monsters”. In which new Digimon are born and different than the last ones that we had met on.

However, they never made a deal with North American distributors. Such as the ones that made the English versions of the Digimon movies and TV shows. The last one that they ever did was “Digimon Fusion”. They did only worked on two seasons, to be in English, and never worked on the third season. Besides, it’s better for Japan to not have “Digimon Fusion” season 3 to be in English anyway.

The same goes for this that Japan had been mostly concerned on.

By celebrating this event, merchandise only in Japanese have been sold in Japan. Not in North America. However, North American fans have dressed up in their favourite Digimon anime characters at local conventions and ComicCon. Oh, and have been watching all six movies of “Digimon Adventure tri” on DVD or the Internet before Christmas of 2018.

I may have missed these guys, including new characters such as Meiko and Meicoomon, but they were remarkable and beautiful.

So here’s to 20 years of the Digimon franchise on their anniversary. I admire these guys very much.

Oh and here’s a special TV promo that YTV did…

Studio Ghibli’s “Only Yesterday” on Gheorghe Zamfir

Gheorghe Zamfir, that Romanian pan flute musician, who did “The Lonely Shepard” in “Kill Bill”, did the song “Fluttering Green Leaves Wedding Song”. Or in Romanian, ‘Frunzuliță Lemn Adus Cântec De Nuntă’, was featured in Studio Ghibli’s “Only Yesterday”. I recognized that music when I first watched that anime masterpiece.

It was before the anime film director, Isao Takahata died of lung cancer in April of 2018. By listening to that song, it really fits as country music when Taeko visits his relatives in the countryside.

Also, I was very pleased that Studio Ghibli had chosen his song for that movie.

In this blog post, there is a short version and a long version. The short version is OST, as the original is just the way it is.

And to tell you the truth, I’m just glad that “The Master of the Pan Flute” worked for the support of Studio Ghibli and GKIDS. This would mean everything as country music for Isao Takataha’s masterpieces since he died of lung cancer.