Yasuyuki Kunitomo (1953-2018)

A few days after Kirin Kiri died of breast cancer, this manga writer died of a heart failure. Born on January 1st, 1953 as a New Year’s Eve baby in Japan, he then later became a manga writer and a manga artist for his work that he did.

As an original creator, he created “Junk Boy”. In 18 volumes, this tells about a 23 year old boy with a sex drive. By catching the eye of a beautiful senior editor, he madly falls in love with her. Journalism will never be the same thing again for him.

Manga Entertainment did an anime adaption of that and was released in 1996. But was mostly on VHS which are videotapes before DVDs were born, as this came out mostly in Japan. No anime fan would know if they ever made an English version of that and his manga books, by making it all the way to North America.

He lived on for a few more years until his retirement, and then he died of a heart failure on September 20th, 2018, at the age of 65. By looking at manga artists, they can be really wise as how he did. And I may want to look at his manga work for sure in the future. Especially if they made it to North America or not.

And as for Yasuyuki, he deserves to write and illustrate about something that us anime fans can be really interested on.

Kirin Kiri (1943-2018)

This actress not only was in live action movies, mostly filmed in Japan. But was the Japanese voice actress of…

…her! Haru. The maid who tried to find the borrowers. In Hiromasa Yonebayashi’s Studio Ghibli masterpiece, “The Secret World of Arrietty”. Before the English version from GKIDS, rather than that shitty film company that I hate on the most.

Born on January 15th, 1943 in the Kanda area of Tokyo, Japan, she began her career in acting in the 1960’s. Right after graduating from high school. She was in two live action TV shows, 27 live action movies, and one anime movie which was this that I’ve mentioned.

Her very last movie however, “Shoplifters”, made it to the 75th Golden Globe Awards, and the 91st Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film. So you could say that like Isao Takahata, “Shoplifters”, her last movie was the only one, to make it into the Golden Globe Awards and the Oscars. But was left out nominated unfortunately by the Mexicans who did “Roma”.

After winning a few awards and a few prizes, she was diagnosed with a detached retina in 2003, and breast cancer in 2005. She did had her eye fixed and lived on for a few more years. That was when she died of mostly breast cancer on September 15th, 2018 at age 75. Four months before her 76th birthday. And nine days after Burt Reynolds died of a heart attack in September of 2018 for good riddance. As dead as his friend Edward Bunker from “The Longest Yard” with him, ever since he was in Quentin Tarantino’s gangster flick “Reservoir Dogs”.

R.I.P. Kirin Kiki. Say hi to Isao Takahata for me, will you? Studio Ghibli and anime forever!

Digimon Adventure tri: Coexistence

It took me months to find a DVD copy of Part V, from my local library, after I had to no choice but to watch Part IV online on the Internet.

The Digimon Emperor as a psychopathic lunatic, was way worse, and ready to unleash devastation across the Earth. For his army of infected Digimon, were appearing from portals including Meicoomon, as they were all over in continents. In North America, Japan, Russia, China, the Arctic Circle, and etc. They were all over the news on TV. Every human on Earth were watching this, and has heard about the Digidestined also.

Back in the Digital World however, the Digital World was on the verge of destruction, as the Digidestined had to help Meiko with her worse fears. Their Digimon too, although they still have a bit of amnesia left. Meiko does in fact, have some fond memories of her and Meicoomon, that I admire on. But there is still hope to save that cat like Digimon.

From going back into our world, for food, refreshments, discussion, and some battles against the infected Digimon by avoiding the police and reporters, they ended up back again in the Digital World in a desert place. Although they were strong together, but after moments of fighting hard, Tai and Gatomon became P.O.W.’s by the psychopathic lunatic.

Right now, the Digital World wants to take over our world. But not unless they can save Meicoomon, Gatomon, Tai, and stop the madness, in the final chapter of the ‘Digimon Adventure tri’ saga. So I give this as always, a straight ‘A’ and 10/10 stars.

But until Part VI, which is “Digimon Adventure tri: Future” comes out very soon…

最後の章まで続く… (Saigo no shō made tsudzuku…)

To Be Continued Until The Final Chapter…

Capote (2005)

Phillip Seymour Hoffman won the Academy Award for Best Actor, as he was Truman Capote. The author of his latest novel, “In Cold Blood”.

Filmed in Manitoba, Canada mostly, Truman Capote began to investigate in Kansas, USA in 1959. Days after the Clutter family massacre on a small farm. Until by January of 1960, they found out on who the murderers were.

Two men in their late 30’s. Richard Eugene ‘Dick’ Hickock and Perry Edward Smith.

He had interviewed those two men several times, as he began to write his novel. And became a bestseller before Stephen Hawking’s novel, “A Brief History of Time” was next, several years later. That was after the judge and 12 men of the jury had declared their sentence. For those two convicts were to be dropped and hanged by the neck, until death.

By looking at those two men, on the night of their execution on April 14th, 1965, they were ready to pay the price. Cause when they were chained all around, and covered with a black handkerchief than a hood as a blindfold, that were covering their faces than their hair, their hearts were pounding until they were executed. Their hearts were slowing down as their necks snapped. And with no more heartbeat, they never made a sound.

Way better than the Charles Manson family murders in August of 1969, and that ‘true story’ between Michael Finkel and Christian Longo, this tells a true story that we totally believe in.

Although I have to see that 1967 movie of the same name, based on his novel, with Robert Blake and Scott Wilson, but this was nice and splendid.

He did deserve that Oscar award for Best Actor anyway. On Phillip Seymour Hoffman before I recognized him in “Twister” and those “Hunger Games” movies.

So for his splendid acting, and the true story of Truman Capote, with Perry Smith & Richard Hickock, I give this 8/10 stars.

20th anniversary of Pokémon (In North America)

On April 1st, 1997 in Japan, from the video game to the TV screen, the TV show “Pokémon” was born. Starting off with the first debut episode, ‘Pokémon: I Choose You’.

All thanks to the creators including Satoshi Tajiri. The creator to all on Pokémon.

Almost 2 years later, the anime TV show was brought to North America to have it in English, and changed the names also.

September 8th, 1998 was when the English version of “Pokemon” was born, as they showed the first episode, from season 1, ‘Pokémon: I Choose You’. All over North America, every anime fan were very pleased. From the TV show, to those collectable toys, games, trading cards, books, videotapes and DVDs later, it was phenomenal to Pokémon.

20 years later, now comes the 20th anniversary of “Pokémon”, here in North America today. Cause it has been those 20 years since ‘Pokémon: I Choose You’ was released and started the anime TV show.

Ash Ketchum, living in a Pokémon world, in a small village called Pallet Town had made a vow on that day. A vow so hard, that he really means it. Ash vowed to be a Pokémon master, and be the greatest master of them all.

His dreams however, made him late to start his journey as he had no choice but to choose Pikachu as his partner. They did get off into a bad start and were being chased by a flock of angry Pokémon birds.

Luckily for Ash, Pikachu saved him, and they became friends ever since.

They also spotted Ho-Oh. The first Legendary Pokémon bird to be seen by them. Ash continued his journey, and never gave up.

20 years have passed, as the TV show changed and evolved. Ash Ketchum didn’t got older, and he was slowly, getting dumber than we’ve ever imagined. From a multiplicity of Pokémon, especially new ones to the movies, new adventures, friends, allies, and more, us anime fans have wondered…

“When is this going to end?”.

The only answer… “Who knows?”, as most of us have sighed.

But only the creators including Satoshi Tajiri, are the source. Cause when they began their work, they started off with a blank piece of paper. And Satoshi Tajiri, came with his idea that after the video games, they began to animate the whole series for a Pokémon world, that they would ever imagine. Only they can control the future to all on Pokémon.

From that moment in Japan and North America, we definitely want Ash Ketchum to become a Pokémon master and end this whole journey. Especially when Team Rocket need to be behind bars in jail. Meowth too.

And I can say this. I’ll never forget those days that they showed me everything, on those videotapes. I was very young when I did see the whole adventure. And how some of us had played the video games too before those Pokémon movies came out on VHS and DVD.

What about on TV? They were premiered on that TV channel YTV, back in those glory days. The last Pokémon movie that they did, a few years later was on a female Mewtwo, and then that anime TV show was transferred to Teletoon.

So here’s to 20 years, and we definitely want Ash’s journey to end for sure.