Toshihiko Nakajima (1962-2017)

This Japanese voice actor not only was in “Transformers: Cybertron”, but was the voice of…

Surprise, surprise!! Hachi from “InuYasha”! That funny raccoon dog that serves Miroku. 

Born in Nagoya, Aichi, Japan on August 12th, 1962, he had special talents until he went into voice acting in the late 1990’s. By the time “Case Closed”, “InuYasha”, “Gundam Seed”, “Cowboy Bebop”, and “Outlaw Star” were about to be born, he began to volunteer. 

And while he was the Japanese voice of Hachi from “InuYasha”, Canadian actor Terry Klassen was the English voice of Hachi also. By the time “InuYasha” reached Canada and was shown across North America. The four movies too, and I still remember the funny parts of Hachi. Especially that moment in the first movie. 

Toshihiko Nakajima remained in voice acting until his death on September 8th, 2017. He was 55 years of age. Like how those Japanese stars of anime and manga showed the world on what they were made of, so did he. And in conclusion, he was the best on this raccoon dog I really admire.


King Arthur: Legend of the Sword

They say this movie didn’t do very well in theaters. But when my dad and I watched this, this turned out to be excellent.

Charlie Hunnam, Eric Bana, Jude Law, Aidan Gillen, Craig McGinlay, and Freddie Fox, became the Knights of the Round Table, including the new King Arthur since Nigel Terry died years ago. In medieval England, King Uther Pendragon was betrayed by Vortigern, who took his place on taking the throne of Camelot. He did it, by selling his soul to the devil. But his son Arthur survived.

And with a resistance, who once worked for Uther Pendragon, they made some conflicts with Arthur to fight against Vortigern. Especially at Camelot, when you should’ve seen how Arthur was using Excalibur. He was fighting very fast and very hard, rather than that video game of “World of Warcraft”.

He did finally killed Vortigern at the climax. But when you look at this, f*** every single movie version of King Arthur. Fairy tales too such as some from the Brothers Grimm. This is way intense than ever. However, “Monty Python and the Holy Grail” and “Excalibur” are still very excellent. So is “King Arthur” in 2004, and “First Knight” with Richard Gere.

Also, for the way Vortigern sold his soul to the devil, it was almost similar to how Sofia Boutella as that mummified woman did, in the 2017 movie version of “The Mummy” with Tom Cruise and Russell Crowe. And like how he took things too far, so did she by the time she was shot by sleeping darts and was mummified alive.

So for a successful King Arthur movie, 7 and a 1/2 out of 10 stars. Really good.

Bionix on YTV 

Those were the days of Bionix when this was late at night on YTV Canada. Only on Fridays before they were moved to Saturdays. 

By the time “Power Stone” was going on, everyone were loving this a lot. Such as “Dragonball”, “InuYasha”, “Case Closed”, “One Piece”, “Bleach”, “Digimon”, “Naruto”, “Gundam Seed”, “Witch Hunter Robin”, “Zatch Bell” and more before “Avatar: The Last Airbender” came along. 

Those glory days, were all ruined no thanks to YTV when new shows came along in February 2010. 

“Pretty Cure” however, remained a while longer until July 30th, 2010. 

“Spider Riders” on the other hand on Teletoon, remained at 4 am until it was cancelled in 2012. 

Which was why today, you do not want to watch those two channels with their bullcrap animated TV shows. Everyone loved for how these guys came.

YTV- Hamtaro Contest

Right before YTV Canada, cancelled this anime TV show, and did their Olympic Hamtaro TV special, they had this contest that I remember on. 

By the Heinz soup company, they made Hamtaro soup specials, and a contest that a lucky winner can get onto thanks to YTV. 

The winner who wins that contest, will receive Hamtaro prizes. Plush dolls, the figures with that clubhouse, a few Hamtaro video games, and a ‘Big Fun Party Mix’ CD. And maybe, some of those DVD/VHS tapes for watching some episodes. But by the DVD/VHS company, like how they did to “Spider Riders”, they only made like six volumes. Never got to episode 24, ‘Hamtaro, Please Come Home’ and other rare episodes. But it was worth of doing it. 

“Spider Riders” unfortunately, with their DVD volume’s, they never completed the entire series. All the way to episode 52. They only had 7 episodes each, on only five volume DVDs. So if I were a DVD manufacturer, I would make the right DVDs with the right episodes. 

Although the winner of that contest deserved those Hamtaro prizes in Canada long ago, but I shall never forgive YTV and Teletoon today. For what they did that can be wrong to anime fans all over Canada. Cancelling their anime TV shows, while leaving some of them incomplete. 

I didn’t compete in this contest long ago, but years later, I was lucky enough to buy some of the Hamtaro plush dolls and the figures at the Ottawa Geek Market and throughout Kijiji Canada. Lucky me. 

And I’m telling you, YTV and Teletoon long ago, had the very best anime TV shows of all time. Anime movies also before everything changed. And I said to myself here… “Who says or agrees that anime is the best as always?”. 

Cause this here, is proof from the glory days I’m telling you. YTV and Teletoon today…are bullshit with their crap. 

Jarhead (2005)

Jake Gyllenhaal, Jamie Foxx, Lucas Black, and John Krasinski in this war movie, were meant to be one thing that they were as U.S. Marines…Jarheads!

They call them jar heads cause of how their heads are shaved. They remain bald all the time when they are in boot camp and in Iraq.

So based on the novel by former U.S. Marine Cpl. Anthony Swafford, this took place during the Gulf War. And with weeks of training, rather than for what happened in “American Sniper” and “Full Metal Jacket”, they were getting ready to face the suck of it.

The best parts about this movie, were that some of the marines were in sniper training, and how they were able to watch “Apocalypse Now” before going off. They cheered and enjoyed the movie while singing to the beat of ‘Valkyrie’, and watching the action on the helicopter attack that made cinematic history.

During their time of the Gulf War, they marched across the desert. From their camps to scorching ruins of a highway, and to the mucky oil fields, they didn’t stop until they were able to make it to an airfield.

You’re not going to believe for what happened, but these jar heads deserved to be marines. For a pass on this dramatic war movie, R rated, 8/10 stars.

Taxi Driver (1976)

This movie was nominated for 4 Academy Awards including Best Picture. Robert De Niro, Harvey Kietel, Peter Boyle, and Jodie Foster together, were in this psychological thriller, directed by Martin Scorsese as one of his early works.

A discharged U.S. Marine, by serving in the Vietnam War, came home to New York and became a taxi driver for the rest of his life. During his night shifts as a taxi driver, there have been criminals that made New York filthy.

Until finally, a 12 year old girl came along. She was a prostitute because of a girlish transvestite who was bothering her. That was when he got into his own vigilante business.

By ordering a .44 magnum, a silver nickelled snubnosed pistol, a Walther PPK, and an arm-anchored Escort handgun, he was like Charles Bronson from the “Death Wish” series. And when it came to the climax of the film, he finally killed the gimp who was after that 12 year old girl. And a few more bad people also that are cheater cheater, pumpkin eaters.

So for a successful vigilante movie, that deserved those Oscar awards, 8/10 stars.

And do you know what else? Before I saw this movie, by having myself a blue dyed mohawk, and an army outfit with a staff sergeant ranking badge on the right sleeve, I was like him in Grade 9 in high school for a bad hair day. I was the only winner. My prize was by having those treats for free in a bake sale potluck. Lucky me.

Years later, Zac Efron and Dave Franco wore these Robert De Niro outfits. In the hit comedy movie, “Neighbors”. That made them win an MTV movie award for Best Duo. They wore those outfits again when they received those awards. Congratulations for those guys.

Sumiteru Taniguchi (1929-2017)

This was Sumiteru Taniguchi, as a mail carrier long ago when the massive a-bomb was dropped on Nagasaki. Ending the war in Japan. He was 16 years old on that day, riding his bike, delivering mail without a t-shirt when the bomb exploded.

He received many injuries, including that back of his. He was lucky that he survived. But when people found him, he spent 24 months at the Omaru Navy Hospital, lying on his stomach in bed.

In Januray 1946, when the Americans came to Japan, a kind photographer named Joe O’Donnell took a picture of his back injuries, and the ruins of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. This picture here that he took, can show what can happen, when you become badly injured in massive atomic bombings.

In March of 1949, he got better again and was able to start his life all over. Brand new with his family that survived. 

By 1960, he became an activist for treaty prohibiting nuclear weapons, and many years later, a chairman for the Nagasaki Council of A-Bomb Sufferers.

He was interviewed in 2007, before he had undergone ten surgeries to remove benign growths. Cause of the 2007 documentary movie of “White Light/Black Rain: The Destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki”. Keiji Nakazawa, author of “Barefoot Gen”, he was with him at that time before his death at almost Christmas Eve.

Sumiteru Taniguchi after that, he remained in Nagasaki until he died of cancer. He was 88 years of age when he died on August 30th, 2017.

Although I feel very sorry for him, but I was surprised that he was lucky to made it out. And later, rather than being a mail carrier, he became an anti-nuclear weapons activist. Getting rid of nuclear weaponry that has happened in this world since that fateful day that he got those injuries. And as I’m like him, I remember when I faced back injuries. Very painful, as your back is your Achilles heel. 

Finally in conclusion, rather than being a baker employee at a kids baking camp at Algonquin College in Ottawa, delivering the mail is a good thing. And I would keep my t-shirt on, all the time. Especially on a hot summer day.

R.I.P. Sumiteru Taniguchi. Must be way worse on back pain and body pain, like how I faced many years ago. 

The Nutty Professor (1963) 

This is a classic comedy from Paramount Pictures. Rather than that remake with Eddie Murphy, and that goddamn stupid animated sequel with Drake Bell, this had Jerry Lewis as the nutty professor. 

A buck toothed chemistry teacher at a local science university, always had been making explosions in his classroom. So massive, that they are more powerful than the explosions were in “Patriots Day”. And very hilarious when he can be under the door, covered in ashes, and almost squashed like a bug whenever someone is looking for him. 

But as a parody to “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde”, he got into a formula that gave him a split personality. So instead of giving him strong muscles, he became a handsome looking devil. 

For almost a week, he had to explain everything soon enough. In which he did at the end. That slick devil was no more when he was back to his normal self. 

So for this classic movie, since my mom was a big fan of Jerry Lewis, I’m gonna give this 8 and a 1/2 out of 10 stars. So good, and so hilarious, Jerry Lewis was like Mel Brooks when he did his own parody movies only for Paramount Pictures. 

Sekai No Owari- Rain (and behind the scene footage on ‘Mary and the Witch’s Flower’)

This Japanese band seems very beautiful. And like Priscilla Ahn, who volunteered on “When Marnie Was There” from Studio Ghibli, this band volunteered for Studio Ponoc on “Mary and the Witch’s Flower”. A new masterpiece from director Hiromasa Yonebayashi. The director of “When Marnie Was There”. In which he was surprised his movie was Oscar nominated for Best Animated Feature. But unfortunately, that anime masterpiece lost the Oscar award. No thanks to goddamn a-holes in North America who don’t give a shit.

For this one that he did, based on the book, “The Little Broomstick” by Mary Stewart, tells about a little girl named Mary who finds a mysterious flower that gives her the power to become a witch, which can last for one night only.

So rather than those “Harry Potter” movies, and “Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them”, this received $27.4 million in Japan at the box office.

And for this song that they did, this suits very well for this masterpiece. They also performed their song again at a live concert. Also, from that concert, this, and being on the news in Japan, they became stars now. The same for the Japanese cast, who volunteered to be the characters in this new anime masterpiece.

Finally in conclusion, this had been released in Japan on July 8th, 2017. Until later, GKIDS volunteered to distribute this movie in North America. With the voice talents of Kate Winslet and more, the release date for this, is winter of 2017.

So when you listen to this music video, look at the footage of that anime movie, and some behind the scenes from Studio Ponoc. With a live appearance of Hiromasa Yonebayashi himself! And you gotta see this really!! Anime is the best such as this as always! 🙂

Kuromukuro (anime TV series on Netflix) 

For a pass that I just watched, 10/10 stars and a straight ‘A’. Very good. 

Like Mobile Suit Gundam, Neon Genesis Evangelion, Robotech and Gasaraki, it always give the answer: 

In order to fight monsters, we created monsters of our own“. 

You guess it. Fighting robots against alien robots. And like how both movies of ‘Independence Day’ were, but more like the Gundam series, this is much different. 

In the Fuedal Era of Ancient Japan, alien robots piloted by alien ogres came from their dying home world, and began to conquer life on Earth. And in order to do that, they needed special stones to do so. But as things didn’t turned out as planned, they began to leave and return one day. 

During the Fuedal Era, it got to the attention of a samurai and his long lost love. In the aftermath, when his love died by a massive blast, the samurai survived. And was cryogenics in an artifact for many centuries. 

450 years have passed when he was awoken in 2016. And was in the modern world of Japan. (Before the 2020 Summer Olympics). 

With the help of allies, friends, a girl and her family, they were to prevent Earth from disaster, from alien ogres that they returned as promised. 

From 26 episodes to a successful conclusion, that samurai and his two allies finally left Earth. And for those friends, that girl named Yukina and her family, they began to have a bright future. And they did by September 2021. 

So I’m glad that this became a success on Netflix. And the best part? 

Let’s just say that one winter evening, Yukina and Muetta, two anime girls that almost look alike, began to warm each other up naked when it was freezing. You can almost imagine if you slept naked with these two sisters if they were naked also. Warming up in those covers, making love every night, while the snowfall hits hard outside. You’d be still with them in bed when the sun rises. And watch the sunrise at dawn. That would be the best time that you could ever have.