Thursday, August 30, 2007

Well, it's my brother Ash matsumoto, poor him, he is busy making an adventure point and click game,make this blog running and promote this blog to everyone, just look at the eyes. this guy is tired ! keep up bro !

It's Michiru, she is panic and confuse wether to finish the comic or homework, hehehe keep up the good work michiru !

It's Us ! Nice to meet you all guys. We are welcoming you in this blog. Hope you enjoy the visit

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

White PS2 coming to America

Limited-edition console will come bundled with SingStar Pop and be available in November.
By Tom Magrino, GameSpot
Posted Aug 29, 2007 2:00 pm PT

In May 2005, Sony Computer Entertainment opened up Japanese gamers' color options with a slimmed-down PlayStation 2 with a ceramic white console. Later that year, Sony gave Japanese gamers a third choice with a silver line of PS2 slims. And while Sony eventually extended these colors to Europe, it wasn't until October 2006 that American gamers were able to pick up the silver console. Now it appears North Americans will be getting a crack at the white slimline PS2s as well--temporarily, at least.

Sony announced today that a limited edition, ceramic white PlayStation 2 bundled with SingStar Pop is headed to the US and Canada. Aside from the color change, the white PS2 will be the same as Sony's other slimline consoles. Ceramic white seems to be Sony's hardware color du jour. At this year's E3 Media & Business Summit, the console maker unveiled a Star Wars-themed PlayStation Portable in the same hue.

Released in April, SingStar Pop is the second installment in Sony's popular karaoke series, which makes its debut on the PlayStation 3 in November. The game lets players belt out tunes by the likes of Alicia Keys, Ashlee Simpson, and The All-American Rejects in both single- and multiplayer modes. The game was developed by Sony's London Studio and is rated E10+ for Everyone 10 and Older.

Along with the white console and a copy of SingStar Pop, the bundle will include two USB microphones. It will be available this November in North America and retail for $149.99 in the US and C$159.99 in Canada.

taken from :;more;7

Halo 3 golden

Two weeks after the game was "99.9 percent complete," the Master Chief is now on a direct course for a September 25 launch.
By Tor Thorsen, GameSpot
Posted Aug 29, 2007 9:37 am PT

It's official: Halo 3 is done. Two weeks after developer Bungie Studios announced that "99.9 percent" of work on the game was complete, publisher Microsoft Game Studios announced today that the eagerly awaited sci-fi shooter has gone gold. Rated M for Mature, the Xbox 360 exclusive is available in three versions: the $59.99 regular edition, the $69.99 limited edition, and the $129.99 legendary edition, which comes with a miniature helmet of the game's hero, the Master Chief. Microsoft is also releasing a special Halo 3 edition of the Xbox 360 in September for $399.

Halo 3 is the culmination of the trilogy that kicked off in 2001 with Halo: Combat Evolved. Despite having no online support, the Xbox exclusive was a multiplayer phenomenon, and greatly aided Microsoft's entry into the console fray. The online-enabled Halo 2's debut in 2004 provided a major shot in the arm for Xbox Live, Microsoft's gaming service. With over one million preorders of Halo 3 in the US alone, Microsoft is hoping for a similar boost for the Xbox 360, which has been recently losing market share to the surging Wii and the temporarily discounted PlayStation 3.

Story-wise, Halo 3 will chronicle the invasion of Earth by the pan-species religious crusade known as the Covenant. As outlined in GameSpot's extensive previous coverage, its single-player campaign will support four-player online co-op play, and will feature both the human Master Chief and the ex-Covenant Elite warrior known as the Arbiter. The game's online multiplayer modes were tested extensively earlier this year in an open beta program, and will feature many new maps, weapons, and a limited level editor.

taken from :;more;1

I Wanna Be a Twin Angel!

by Gia

Moon Phase reports that an anime called Kaitou Tenshi Tenshi Twin Angels (that's "Heart-Stealing Angel Twin Angels") is in the works. The anime is based on...a series of Pachinko machines. No fooling. The new show features Yukari Tamura (Galaxy Angel's Ranpha Framboise, Nanoha's Nanoha) as Haruka Minaduki, and Mamiko Noto (Jigoku Shoujo's Ai Enma, Negima!?'s Nodoka) as Aoi Kannaduki.

Source: Moon Phase
taken from :!/2710/

More Yaoi Coming to Japanese TV

by Gia

First a live-action drama about a yaoi fan, then the Words of Devotion movie...lately it seems like Japan's entertainment industry has been going nuts over yaoi fans. And it's not over yet: YaoiSuki spotted word that a TV anime of BLU's Junjo Romantica is in the works. The series follows a shy teenager who falls for his brother's friend-- an amorous writer of romance novels.

Source: YaoiSuki
taken from :

ARIA to Sing Again, Ghost Hunt to Reprise?

by Gia

Chatter on the AnimeSuki forums tells of a third season of the futuristic slice-of-life comedy ARIA, which has been confirmed by Moon Phase. Gossipers also note that a second season of Ghost Hunt-- whose first season ended on the arc immediately BEFORE all the really interesting stuff happens in the manga --may be pending.

Source: AnimeSuki Forums
taken from :,_ghost_hunt_to_reprise?/2724/

Monday, August 27, 2007

The History of Fantastic 4 Comic Books

The Fantastic 4 Comic Book was first published in 1961 in the First issue of the Fantastic 4 Comic Book. The comic book series was created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, the Fantastic 4 Comics currently calls the Baxter Building as its current base of operations, located at the Four Freedom Plaza.

The superheroes of the Fantastic Four Series were both family and friends who were exposed to cosmic rays during an accident in outer space.

The team is made up of Mr. Fantastic or Reed Richards, a scientific genius who is also team leader and can stretch his body. Next is Susan Richards she is The Invisible Woman and Reed Richards’ wife, second in command.

We then have Susan’s brother Johnny Storm also known as The Human Torch. Finally, we have Ben Grimm, friend and known as The Thing.

The team gets new leaders when Storm, the former leader of the X-Men and her mate The Black Panther, who is the King of the African Nation. Storm can control the weather while The Black Panther has superhuman senses, super strength, speed, stamina, and agility.

The Fantastic 4 Comic Book characters are known for their loving, if often messed up family, unlike many of the other superheroes surrounding them. They are also known for their celebrity status and petty disputes.

Fantastic 4 Comic Book is known to have a major impact in the ascension of Marvel Comic’s from small time publication to an Entertainment Mogul. The Fantastic 4 Comic Book evolved into a well-watched cartoon series, and then finally onto the Big Screen in 2005. The Fantastic 4 Comic Book has had its ups and downs in the Comic Book Industry but continues moving forward.

In the third issue of the Fantastic 4 Comics, it named itself The Greatest Comic Magazine in the World! Jack Kirby designed the cover art though the inker was unconfirmed.

During a controversial golf game, the publisher of Marvel and members of DC Comics talked over that, though DC was successful, Marvel was outselling their top Character Series.

Stan Lee wanted characters that real people could relate to, so with help from Kirby, the Fantastic 4 Comic Book was made. The comic series continued to make history as the members of the Fantastic 4 team showed true family characteristics and even brought baby Benjamin Franklin Richards into the picture in 1968 in the Four Annual series number 6. The baby development in turn lead to Mr. Fantastic and The Invisible Woman taking a leave and Storm and The Black Panther taking over.

The plot of the Fantastic 4 Comics evolved farther with Sue and Reed loosing a baby and then Sue’s brother Johnny falling in love with the Thing’s past girlfriend, Alicia Masters.

Johnny and Alicia fall in love and eventually marry, causing a deep and long standing rift between The Thing and Johnny. The Thing eventually quit the Fantastic 4 and then She-Hulk was brought in to replace him for a long time.

The plot of the Fantastic 4 Comic Book took even more twists and turns after the Thing returned and his current girlfriend mutated into a female Thing and himself mutated even more. The Fantastic 4 Comic Book continues to provide the much needed and loved characteristics of having real people portrayed in superhuman circumstances.

Gavin Roberts has grown up with comic books and has compiled a massive comic book collection. He has also created an Online Comic Book Store that showcases thousands of constantly updated comic books. Check out some Fantastic Four Comics or any other of your favorite comics at his website

Article Source:

The History of Daredevil Comic Books

Comic books, and especially superhero comic books, have been hugely popular ever since their inception in the 1930s (although comic strips had been around longer, it wasn’t really until the 30s that comics featuring Superman and Batman made the genre as popular as it is today). Of all the superhero comics, perhaps Daredevil is one of the most underrated.

One of the reasons for this could be the fact that Daredevil never appeared when comic books were at their zenith. With the Second World War still fresh in the memory, the public needed to find a way to escape from the drudgery and unhappiness of everyday life, and comic books offered that. Since Daredevil didn’t appear on newsstands until 1964, this can maybe explain why the series never really gained mass appeal (although that would change later on).

The Evolution of Daredevil

Coming from the mind of Marvel legend Stan Lee and artist Bill Everett, Daredevil is a superhero with a difference. Named Matt Murdock and blinded as a child by radioactive waste, caused when he saves a blind man from a runaway truck, Matt realizes that his other remaining four senses are heightened. Mentored by another mysterious blind man named Stick, Matt trains in martial arts and how to use his increased senses to maximum effect.

Matt’s father is a washed-up boxer who works for the local mobster. When Matt’s father gets an unlikely title shot, he refuses to take a fall as instructed by the mobster, who has fixed the fight, and knocks the champ out instead. Due to this refusal to follow orders, the mobster murders Matt’s father. Matt goes to college, where he will meet Elektra Natchios, a beautiful student who Matt falls for.

When Elektra and her father are kidnapped, Daredevil is born as Matt dons his disguise to rescue them. However, Elektra’s father dies, and she leaves Matt and returns home to train (to avenge her father’s death, which is where the comic book Elektra is born). Matt sets up a law firm, yet by night he is Daredevil, serving justice on those who escape the law.

A Tale Of Two Comics

There are two distinct timelines that are important in the evolution of Daredevil, and the eventual increase in the series’ popularity. Between 1964 and 1998, Daredevil was just another comic book hero in garish spandex.

Although his tales had more angst and emotional drama than most other superheroes, fans never really took to him that much. Perhaps it was the awful yellow and red outfit, or weak storytelling, but it never had the huge sales that other comic books were enjoying.

This changed in 1979/1980, when the legendary comic book writer/artist Frank Miller became involved. Grounding the tale in more realistic organized crime fighting, he also redesigned Daredevil’s outfit to a darker, single color. Bringing in one of Spiderman’s enemies, the larger-than-life Kingpin, was a masterstroke, and saw the comics approach a far darker tone.

This new tone was enhanced even further in 1998, when indie filmmaker Kevin Smith wrote the script for the relaunched Daredevil. It told a bold story of Murdock having to protect a child who could save or destroy the Earth, and was a glorious return to form for the series.

This continues today, and although not a huge success, the Daredevil movie of a couple of years back kept reasonably faithful to the origins of this most unusual of superheroes, and expanded the audience in the process.

Gavin Roberts has grown up with comic books and has compiled a massive comic book collection. He has also created an Online Comic Book Store that showcases thousands of constantly updated comic books. Check out some Daredevil Comics or any other of your favorite comics at

Article Source:

Mad Magazines Or Comic Books

Mad started out as a standard comic in 1952 and then changed to a magazine format in 1955. Are you talking about the standard comic issues? They are pretty valuable.

You may know that comic value is highly dependent on condition. I will give you a list from the current comic book price guide of values for the Mad comic issues in three conditions: Good, Fine, and Near Mint. Good is your standard used and read comic with creases, minor tears, tanning pages, etc. but still complete and pretty solid.

Fine is for a comic with only one or two minor flaws, like a couple inch cover crease or a 1/2" tear. Near Mint is a comic that looks like it just came off the newsstand with no noticeable flaws. #1: 520/1560/7000, #2: 140/420/1900m #3,4: 85/255/1150, #5: 148/444/2000, #6-11: 61/183/825, #12-15: 48/144/650, #16-23: 38/115/525

Of course comics could be graded in between these values (or below Good if the comic is pretty beat up). These are also retail prices. If you seek to sell comics to a dealer, you will probably only get 30 to 50% of these amounts. Selling on eBay could get you into the 40 to 70% range with good scans and descriptions.

EBay is also a good place to go to see how well these comics are selling. Old issues of Mad show up pretty regularly under Collectibles/Comics/Golden Age. You can do searches of completed auctions and watch current auctions to see how they are doing.

You may know that Mad was originally a comic book for the first 23 issues. The main comic book price guide, called the Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide, does list both the comic book and magazine sized issues with prices, information on artists, and occasionally also information on stories or spoofs of particular interest. It also has information on the Mad Special and Mad Follies issues.

Issues. You may not want to buy the whole book, which even in soft cover sells for $25, for two or three pages of information. If so, you can find them in many libraries and just make a few copies. There was also a "Complete Mad" CD-Rom issued a few years back. I don't know how complete it is, but I'm sure it would be a great resource.

Mad Magazines from the very early 1960s have a price guide value in the $50 to $70 range if in newsstand-new condition. If in your typical well-read and enjoyed condition, this would drop to $6-7 each. Prices continue to drop so that in perfect shape/well-read shape, by the mid-1960s to late 1960s: $30-50/$4-5 each, 1970s: $10-25/$2-3 each

However, these are the price guide prices, which are what shops try to get at retail. If you were trying to sell them yourself on eBay or to a comic shop, I don't think you would find a lot of interest in this time period unless they are in like-new condition. Even then, you would probably only get 1/3 to 1/2 of the prices listed above at best.

If these are in truly perfect condition, they have a guide value of around $10 each. Even minor flaws would put them much lower. However, the market is pretty soft for Mad Magazines of this period. Looking at those sold on eBay in the last month, it looks like you'd probably be doing well to get $40 or $50 for the lot of them. You will probably find very little interest at local comic stores, but it might be worth a call or two.

As far as the comics go, the various publishers do not sell back issues as far as I'm aware. However, there are certainly a large number of comic retailers that sell back issues on the Internet. I carry all of the titles you mentioned.

While comic book publishers have reissued many titles in book format, that is not nearly as cheap or convenient as the CD/DVD format you suggest. Why not on CDs? It may be because of concerns about putting things in digital format, where they can be more readily copied. Or it may be because it seems that most fans want to have an actual comic page in front of them rather than read it on a computer screen.

You can also get a CD with all issues of Mad Magazine: see the Totally Mad collection available on Amazon and elsewhere. Otherwise, there are collectors that trade scans of comic issues or post them online for download but I have little knowledge of this. It probably goes without saying that this violates copyright laws.

Though the comics companies generally don't sell back issues (though Mad /Cracked might, I haven't read them since my elementary school days), there are generally scads of back issues available at any comic's store (not bookstores, but comics dealers -look in your local yellow pages or online). Most back issues are reasonably priced compared to new books (though they may be 10 times the cover price or more). Expect to spend a couple dollars on most. Also there are comics aplenty on eBay, just search for the titles you like and see what pops up.

I recommend copy of the Overstreet Comics Price Guide available at most bookstores. Most of the titles you mentioned had books out in the years you listed, though Spawn wasn't available in 1988, I don't think.

Victor Epand is an expert consultant for Sell Used Magazines is a community of magazine sellers from around the world. If you have magazines to sell, click here to create a Magazines Account:

Article Source:

A Beginner's Guide to Reading Manga

Manga is the Japanese word for comics and cartoons in print. (Anime, on the other hand, is animated cartoon for TV or film). Even though manga is essentially a cartoon, manga holds a higher place in Japanese culture than comics do in American society. Manga is well respected as both art and as a form of popular literature. In fact, much the the adult population in Japan read manga and several major manga magazines in Japan sell several million copies each week.

This should tell you that manga is not just kid's stuff.

What kind of story would you be interested in?
A hard-boiled detective hired to locate a missing girl?
A world dominated by animal-human hybrids in the aftermath of an apocalyptic war in 2054?
A boy-meets-girl-meets-giant-robot adventure?
A historical play revolving around the shadowy generals of the Genpei War?
A successful journalist who takes in a handsome homeless man as a pet when her fiance leaves her?

There are hundreds of stories to choose from in manga books and there is something that caters to everyone's taste. Furthermore, many manga titles combine artful pictures and frames with nuanced stories for very entertaining and addictive reading.

Manga is generally categorized into different genres. The most popular ones include:
- shonen manga for boys and male teens
- shojo manga for girls and female teens
- kodomo for children
- redisu for adult women
- seinen for adult men
- jidaimono is historical drama
- suiri is crime and murder
- ecchi is erotic fare

So, how to get started with Manga? Easy.
1. Walk into the store. Most large booksellers have a section dedicated to manga, but to really get a range of titles, try a comic book store. Either way, manga books usually have covers in color and maybe the first few pages as well, but the rest of the story is usually in black and white.
2. Look through the books, read them a little. Stop when you find something that you like and take it home.
3. If you are comfortable with surfing the Internet, read manga online first. Do a search for one of the many directories of online manga sites and scan those sites for titles that are interesting. Many of the sites will actually show the manga book-drawing and text-from its Web site.

Remember that when you read manga, you read the frames from the right to left. Often, when you open up a manga--just like you would a regular book--there will often be a page that will tell you how to read it.

Give a few manga titles a try to get a feel for what you like. Once you find a title you like, you can look for more of the same or similar titles with that publisher. Look for the English publisher's Web site in the front of the book, then check out that site--it will probably contain descriptions of all their books and maybe even a little sample online.

Tracey Patterson loves to collect manga and realizes the importance of online manga for exposing new titles that would never otherwise be available. Visit her review and tips on her blog, Read Manga Online

Article Source:

Video Game Regulations on Content

Should we allow the Government to regulate video games? Should we let the industry self-regulate? Do you as a parent regulate the video game content of your children? Have you considered any of this? Well, recently in an online think tank we did and there are many sides to the issue indeed.

Industry regulation may not be such a hot idea, but in my opinion government regulation is far worse. Not because I dislike government but because they do nothing very well and because they change their minds based on politicians faster than the wind changes directions all based on the latest news polls. And well government has just proven to be too corruptible; that is to say Adam Smith ‘invisible hand’ or Ayn Rand discussions.

Taking responsibility for your kids and their information intake is wise and it is the correct way to handle it, even if you cannot always be there, at least you lay the proper ground rules and foundation. Just think if we could get every parent to do that? Do you regulate the content you children view? Should you? How about your friends? What do they do? Do they regulate their children? Do you kids play with their kids? How much shielding from the world should or can you do? Consider all this in 2006.

"Lance Winslow" - Online Think Tank forum board. If you have innovative thoughts and unique perspectives, come think with Lance; Lance is a guest writer for Our Spokane Magazine in Spokane, Washington

Article Source:

Buyers Guide To Video Game Consoles

Award winning game can provoke you to buy the same but it is advised that buy only those, which you like to play. Whether you are young or old, male or female, single player or fun-seeking family, it does not matter because presently a new video games console available online claims to suit practically every need, taste and budget of the buyer. The range and diversity of gaming systems, and even the games themselves, is bewildering, and a daunting prospect to the inexperienced. Therefore arm yourself with the information you need to make your digital entertainment purchase in confidence.

Today’s systems offer a wealth of additional functionality catering to the needs of a rapidly expanding, increasingly diverse audience. Forget the old, as the gaming has extended the boundary not in its varieties but also is not limited only to the younger but is also played by the granny. So, are you interested in online play? Is a huge range of kids’ games a priority? But once you’ve made your decision, where next? Next is your step to buy your games console in complete confidence.

1. Beware of the games on offer and the retailer’s motives. You will come across many shops that offer load of games in for “free” in addition to selling. While the savings can be significant with such deals they can also be unreal. Therefore first check out whether the “free” games on offer are actually worthy. Your carefulness will save you from spending more than you intended on games.

2. Make sure all the essentials are included. Extras you may need to purchase separately may include additional handsets for multi player games; subscriptions for online gaming; and special cables which will boost the audio and visual performance of your unit.

3. Game (and to a lesser extend) console prices vary wildly from place to place, so doing research in advance and checking prices on-line makes sense. Unless you really need to buy the latest blockbuster on day of its release, wait a month or two - all games are reissued on budget labels and console prices also fall over time.

4. Read Expert Reviews, Websites such as Product Sifter (dot) com, Game rankings (dot) com and Meta critic (dot) com all have excellent reviews and rankings for a wide range of video console and game products.

5. Many games shops have in-store demo units, so you can take a game or a console for a test run before you buy.

6. Age ratings is very important because it will provide a clear guidance to the parents about the game's accessibility for their children.

7.Take advice from the staff at specialist computer games stores who have expert knowledge before purchasing the product online.

Award winning game can provoke you to buy the same but it is advised that buy only those, which you like to play.

Video Game Testing - How To Become A

Before you go out and start looking for video game tester jobs there are a few things you need to know. The work that a game tester does is far and away from being easy. However, if you do have a true passion for video games (you should if you are reading this) then it could be an rewarding career for you. Becoming a game tester will also allow you to get your foot in the door at a game company. This is important as it may open up other possibilities for you in the game industry. Other jobs such as game designer or game programmer are even better careers. You should still plan on going to school to learn these things. But you do not have to wait until you finish school to start testing games.

One of the first things you can do is participate in public beta tests for popular video games. This will allow you to become familiar with what a game tester actually may do on a daily basis. The great thing about beta testing is that it can be done from home in your spare time. As a bonus, often you will be able to get the final version of the game for free or at a reduced price. You may also be able to work at home for some game tester jobs but it's not extremely common for this to happen, certainly not for a full time employment. It is possible to find some part-time work at home testing games.

As a video game tester you must have in depth knowledge of the operating systems or consoles that you will be testing on. Game companies really only want to deal with people that know what they are doing. Your main role as a beta tester is to find and report bugs and game defects. You will have to provide a detailed report on how to reproduce each problem you find. If you can not make a bug reproducible then you are wasting everyones time. Strong written and verbal communication is a must. As a game tester it is very important to be able to communicate effectively.

Remember that in life there is no easy way through whatever path you choose to take. This does not mean that being a video game tester won't be fun. It is just hard work. If video games are really your thing then get out there and go for it. Just remember that it's not a walk in the park like some would have you think.

Adam Taiz is a serious video gamer. Read more about how to become a video game tester. Or read this if you interested in a video game designer jobs.

Please visit for more.

Article Source:

Japenese Anime - The Explosion

Although Japanese Anime seemingly sprang on the scene from nowhere, it has actually been around formany years.

Japanese anime has an fairly ancient history, infact. Anime itself began if through manga which began to surface in Japan in the 19th Century. The first manga, and the ideology behind the manga of today was first conceived by a Japanese artist named Hokusai. The Hokusai manga was a collection of sketches, and as time went on, more and more artists took Hokusai's idea and amplified it. Soon a new style of drawing emerged - the style moved away from the 'sketchings' and moved into thick lines and clear colours.

The storylines however, remained as fantasy as ever - manga at this point frequently involved space ships, mythical creatures, superheroes, gods, dragons, and other such fantasy things.

Early in the 1990's manga began its expansion into western culture. Its distribution spread gradually at first, with very few if any manga style comics being available in western countries. But soon after this, the world of anime and japanimation was set to see a huge explosion.

Eventually manga was adopted by now 'big name' companies such as Bandai, and the 'farout' ideas that came with traditional manga was introduced to mainstream western society. It is a fact that in 1993, the manga and anime industry was worth a mere few thousand dollars, and that 10 years later the industry went from this poorly figure, to being worth just over 100 million dollars.

The reason for this vast increase in revenue was due to anime and manga being formally adopted by western society. Popular TV shows like Power Rangers (I'm sure we've ALL heard of them at some point) were massively successful. Power Rangers is a perfect example of how the the ideology of anime spread throughout the western society - the show itself aired all over Europe, Canada, America, and Japan.

Granted, shows like Power Rangers weren't anime in the traditional sense, but there is quite obviously a link between the things presented in these TV programmes and those that are still found in traditional anime.

Since then we have seen many more traditonal (actually animated) anime worm its way into the western world. Essentially the non-animated anime paved the way for the traditional type to come in and make a small fortune. Ever heard of Dragon ball? How about Gundam or Hamtaro? If you haven't, where have you been these past few years :)

Animated shows such as those above are practically household names in the west now, which just goes to show the sheer explosion the anime industry produced. In 20 years the anime industry in the west has grown from only being worth thousands, to being worth multi-multi-millions.

This information was provided by David Reed, who regularly contributes at the Bondanime Blog for anime, manga, and japanimation.

Article Source:

What Makes Anime So Popular?

Anime has become a phenomena. More and more Anime series and movies come out each year and the population of Anime fans around the world keeps on increasing as well. Also, the popularity of a particular Anime title that became a hit TV series usually lasts for years. Eventhough the show has ended on the TV station where it was aired, fans will search for their own copies of the series and watch it over and over. One might be wondering: What's the secret behind Anime's success? What does Anime have that often cannot be found in its Western counterparts? In this article, I'll try to point out some of the key factors behind the success of Anime.

Exciting action and complexity draws out a wider range of viewers. While cartoons, that were made in Western countries mainly targets children as its main audience, Anime, on the other hand, targets a wider range of viewers. As a matter of fact, a big part of the die-hard Anime fan population are teenagers and people in their early to mid 20's. In most cases, while children enjoy the spectacular actions and fight scenes, adults and young adults appreciate the complexity of the story and its emotional content. Most Anime series are mixes of comedy, action, and drama.

Main characters grow and develop their abilities as the story progress. Unlike in most western cartoons, wherein once the hero has established its character there's a little room (often none) for improvement, Anime characters grow as the story goes along. A good example would be the "Dragonball Z" characters where they even use "power levels" to show the improvement in a character's fighting skill. In the sports Anime titles "Slam Dunk: Team Shohoku" and "Hajime No Ippo", the main characters learn different techniques in every match. Often, the most exciting moment in an episode of an Anime series, is when the villain and the other characters are surprised by the hero's new ability.

Making the viewers watch out for the episodes to come. Most Anime series manage to get the viewers "hooked". By purposely keeping the story hanging at the end of every episode, viewers tend to watch out for the next and they would never want to miss out and episode. On most action Anime series, the battle between the hero and the villain lasts for several episodes while keeping each episode different from the other.

Although there are more reasons why fans keep going after their favorite Anime titles, we've pointed out three of the most common factors. (1) It can attract more viewers because it purposely targets a wider range of audiences. (2) The way the Anime characters grow and improve provides more excitement to the viewers. This is also one of the key factors behind the success of Role-Playing Games (RPG). And finally, (3) viewers are attached to their favorite series because of the way Anime writers intentionally ends every episode by not giving a definite conclusion to the story.

Darren is the Webmaster of RK Quest, a Rurouni Kenshin and Animé website where you can find lots of information and downloadable multimedia. RK Quest can be found at

Article Source:

Tracing The Roots of Anime

From the popular Transformers movie release to the Yu-Gi-Oh! cards your kids might have, anime has certainly left its mark on the world in recent years. Understanding its roots, though, is the key to predicting where this ever-changing genre is headed.

Before you can understand the history of anime, maybe it's first necessary to understand exactly what anime is. "Anime" literally means animation in Japanese. It does not distinguish one style from another; it's simply a way to talk about animation of all types.

Worldwide, though, anime is what we call a particular style of Japanese art and animation. Because of its popularity in recent years, the term ‘anime' has come to mean a style rather than animation that comes specifically from Japan. Through the years, anime has also been known by other names. Japanime is one, and Japanimation is another. Manga is a more recent, and perhaps controversial, term for anime-style comic books.

A Bit of History

While lots of animation was produced in Japan from about 1917 on, the anime that we know and love today is considered to have been created by Tezuka Osamu, who started drawing comic books in 1947. His character Astroboy (or Tetsuwan Atomu as he is known in Japan) hit television screens around Japan in 1963, which is generally considered to be the first mainstream anime cartoon. What's more is that Tezuka Osamu helped to create the giant robot genre that has been such an ongoing theme in both anime and manga.

Anime became such a popular art form in Japan because the live action film genre was simply too expensive to be a hit. As a result, some of the same thematic steps western filmmakers were taking in the world of live action were being taken in Japanese animation simultaneously.

The Real Difference

As a whole, anime is quite different from American animation. Anime encompasses complex story lines of nearly every genre as well as thought-provoking characters that most American animation stays away from. Since American animation is considered "kid's stuff," and anime is a mainstream form of entertainment for all kinds of people in Japan, lots of people misinterpret anime's intentions.

While some of anime is okay for you and your children to view together, many films contain adult themes and situations that aren't okay for younger viewers. Keep in mind that Japan has very different attitudes about nudity, strong language, and violence, so plopping your toddler down in front of anime because it's a cartoon just isn't a good idea.

Like the Idea?

If you're interested in exploring anime further, there are several films that are considered to be classics to the genre as a whole. Try starting with Princess Mononoke. With a strong plot and beautiful style, you're sure to fall in love with this type of animation instantly.

The author is the Admin of the Anime Friends Network site AnimeMine, where you can meet new friends and discuss your favorite anime and manga subjects. This article can also be found at our free article directory Smarticlesmart. For more anime information please go to today. For more free articles please try

Article Source:

Sunday, August 26, 2007

Comic Books

Even with the advent of electronic gaming and high technology alternatives, comic books still have the same appeal as they did thirty years ago – collectors of all ages go crazy buying and preserving them, and fans still love their uncomplicatedness. Read on to find out more about how the comic books we know today came to be, and see why millions of comic collectors just can’t get enough.

Origin of comic books

The comic book story has two versions: some say that the first comics were made by Egyptians in the early days through wall art and other paintings, while other comic historians say the first comics were ‘comic strips’ – those three to four frames of short skits we see illustrated in newspapers.

The United States first saw comic books in 1896, around the time that publishing houses started pulling together comic strips from different newspapers and putting them into one book. The sales of these rather primitive comic books skyrocketed, prompting publishers to come up with fresh stories and characters in a comic format.

The comic book as we know it today – a soft cover glossy magazine type – gained popularity in the 1930’s, when Action Comics introduced Superman to the world. Superman did so well that different publishers eventually created many other comic book characters, some are very popular to this day.

Types of comic books

Comic books today cover an assortment of subjects – there are even different genres, such as horror, sci-fi, fantasy, crime and real life. The format of comic books has changed over the years, and continues to change. There are now ‘graphic novels,’ that are thicker and more heavily bound. Graphic novels are comics with more mature content. Graphic novels can also be compilations of comic series.

Web comics are gaining popularity. This refers to both comic strips and comic books found on the Internet.

Comic Books provides detailed information on Comic Books, Comic Books For Sale, Vintage Comic Books, Comic Book Stores and more. Comic Books is affiliated with How To Draw Caricatures.

Article Source:

veronika wallpaper

this is wallpaper of the resident of vinnswood. vinnswood is our fictional woods which is located in front of veronika's house, it means that veronika need to enter this woods just to get into her house. left side is Hinterpock, middle side are trio pink rabbit starting from up to bottom pinka,pinki,pinko then right side from up to bottom Harp, Huyayubi, Ottenobi

Rana Jessica, Veronika,and others

original character from our project. left side are viored and flicca, middle side is Hinterpock, and right side are Diana, Nukuke, Jessica Rana.

snow girl

Veronika with her dogs teddy and bowie, teddy is the big one and bowie is the small one. it's snowy out there.


this is the wallpaper of rion and his friend, from left to right Muffy, Rion, Flicca

Choosing The Correct Comic Book Storage Box

Most Comic Book Storage Boxes are super strong and come with sturdy well-fitting lids and handle holes that can be left in the closed position for storing or pushed open for carrying. They are properly sized to hold a comic in a bag with a backing board. Comic Book divider cards (used for categorizing) fit in most comic book boxes with the lid on. Comic Book Storage boxes ship flat which takes up less storage room and they fold together when you are ready to use them without glue or tape.

Storing your comics in a properly sized box helps protect your comics from corner and edge damage. Putting your comics in a comic box also protects the comic from being exposed to ultra-violet light and Ultra-violet light causes inks to fade. Most comic book boxes are made form either Corrugated Plastic or Corrugated Cardboard and come in several different lengths for your various storage and display needs.

Comic storage boxes do not need to be acid-free if you have your comics in bags.
For short tern storage the most popular material choice for comic storage boxes is corrugated cardboard. It is sturdy and reasonably priced. Corrugated plastic comic boxes are an excellent choice for long-term comic storage because the material is acid-free, water proof, vermin resistant and extremely strong. They are more expensive than the corrugated comic boxes, but the material properties of the plastic corrugated material make the extra cost worth the investment for long term archival comic storage.

Fantastic wallpaper

this is original character from "Fantastic Swirdle". Up is Kuroi the dark wizard, and the bottom is Olba a nurse.


Peruvian wallpaper. you can see that veronika's hair is a little bit different from before, she had it twisted. from up to bottom Teddy, bowie, Free(veronika's bag with bunny face), veronika with her new hairstyle, Triva the butterfly, and last Yukiko (from just pic 6)

A Few Tips About Comic Book Backing Boards

Comic Book Backing Boards come in different thicknesses and acid-free properties. The basic purpose for using a backing board is to give the comic some stiffness, which helps keep the comic pages from bending, creasing or wrinkling. When a backing is placed in the center of the comic it protects the comic book spine from crushing. The second purpose for using a backing board in a comic is its potential to neutralize acid in the comic book paper.

Acid in the paper that the comic is printed can cause the deterioration of the comic. Using an acid-free backing in your comic can potentially trap and neautralize acid in the paper. The three types of comic backing boards we offer are: Economy comic book backings, Standard acid-free comic book backings and Archival comic backings.

The economy comic backing should be used for short-term storage and stiffening purposes only. It does contain acid and can contribute to the breakdown of the comic. People generally use this board for quick sale items. The standard acid-free comic backing material is acid-free and can be used for long-term storage (over 100 years). The archival comic backing material is acid-free and buffered with calcium carbonate, which means that it will remain archival for 100's of years. Our comic backing boards are sized to properly fit into our comic bags.

Brought To You Courtesy AAA-Collectables


just a wallpaper about our original character from our project well you can say that they are celebrating Happy New Year of 2007, hahaha a happy wallpaper just for your PC


a Harvest moon : Back to nature wallpaper. michiru drew it so cute!.


a Full Metal Alchemist Wallpaper by michiru. well there is a little mistake in alphonse, just compare it with the manga/comic


a Full Metal Alchemist Wallpaper by michiru. hey it's snowy.


a Full Metal Alchemist Wallpaper by michiru. let's go picnic then !.


a Full Metal Alchemist Wallpaper by michiru. A lot of character.


this is wallpaper of Fleo one of our original character in our future project. it has an ability to summon fire.


this is wallpaper of "Fantastic swirdle" our next project

Just a picture 8

one of Michiru's next project called "Fantastic Swirdle". This is a picture about "enemy" in Fantastic swirdle. You can see that they have it's different form in each level. Just "wait" for this Fantastic swirdle project only in this blog.

Just a picture 7

just a meaningless picture, up left is Cathy (somekind of witch cat), up middle is (without color) Levi(somekind of squirrel with weird tail), up right is bozura (somekind of vampire hamster ???), down right is Tigora (somekind of fusion between dog and baby tiger hmm..cute), and down left is Rana with her umbrella named fuyuza.

Just a picture 6

just a meaningless picture, left is Rana (chinesse panda with martial art ability), in the middle Yukiko and Triva, and then girl in the right picture is Narumi and Hissope (somekind of a rhino).

Just a picture 5

this is the full color of veronika, veronika surely is a cheerful little girl, you can see that rion is hanging and sleeping onto veronika. so cute...

Just a picture 4

this is a crossover anime and game picture that i drew several months ago. there are Edward Elric, Alphonse Elric, and Winry Rockbell from one of famous anime Full Metal Alchemist by Hiromu Arakawa, and then there are Sora and Kairi from Ps2 Game Kingdom Hearts from square enix , then Hyuga Neji from Famous Anime/manga Naruto by Masashi Kishimoto, and the last is Kosuke Ueki from Anime/manga Law of ueki by Fukuchi Tsubasa. They are having a great great party tonite.

Just a picture 3

this is veronika with earth element costume. I've got the inspiration from shadow heart 2 : covenant from gepetto's doll named Cornelia.

Just a picture 2

Those are Veronika and Rion, my original creation from my head, Veronika is a cute little girl, and Rion is veronika's pet, it's somekind of fusion between cat and squirrel. You can check the wallpaper to see rion and his friends in full color.

Just a picture 1

This is Blanca, one of my favorite character from ps2 game Shadow Heart 2 : Covenant. Actually i was planning to use this pic as my avatar at friendster but i decided not to.

Saturday, August 25, 2007

How to Draw Manga - Some Tips

Japanese style cartoon figures or manga has own the hearts of millions of cartoon fans all over the world. If you are like me you are also a fan of manga style. I enjoy this style of drawing very much. And let me tell you one secret you can have lot more fun by drawing beautiful manga style characters than what you can have just by looking at the art created by others.

And drawing manga is not too difficult either. No matter whether you are an expert artist or a rank beginner you can pick up manga drawing skills with some honest effort.

There are some typical features in a manga style character’s body and face. Once you are aware of these you can create beautiful manga and amaze your friends and family.

In manga style some body parts are exaggerated and some parts are represented using very simple hint-lines. Like, eyes are drawn bigger and expressive and for nose and mouth small lines are used.

Girl’s eyes are larger than boy’s eyes and most of the evil characters are drawn with really small eyes. Body is drawn taller than normal. Limbs are generally thin and long.

When drawing hair you have more than one option --you can draw lots of individual lines to represent hair, or you can use volume hair as if hairs formed a number of thick tubular structures. Both the styles are popular, use which suits your temperament and your characters mood.

Few precautions: when drawing head start with an oval shape and draw the eyes at the half way from the top if you draw the eyes above that level you run risk of ending up with a character with flat looking scalp.

While drawing exaggerated eyes make sure eyes do not cross the cheekbone this is a mistake beginners often make.

Advertising in Video Games Hit a Speed Bump

The publishers of the popular video game “Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas” are feeling the heat from the Federal Trade Commission as of late. A probe has been launched into the popular video game and this comes on the heels of New York Senator Hilary Clinton and Michigan Congressman Fred Upton urging the US House of Representatives to investigate whether video game publisher “Take Two Interactive Software” intentionally deceived the ratings board to avoid an “Adult Only” rating.

According to reports sex scenes were buried in the video game and this was not told to the Entertainment Software Ratings Board, who have raised the rating from Mature to Adults Only.

As of now retailers such as Circuit City, Best Buy and even Wal-Mart have since ceased selling the video game and removed it from their shelves.

Will the latest scandal be the end of “Advergaming”?

It’s doubtful, the video game industry is an $11 billion dollar industry that reaches one of the most evasive demographics, males between the ages of 17 to 35.

“Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas” is a very popular video game but it’s one of hundreds that hit the shelves every year. It just so happens that due to their actions they will bring stricter laws to the table and make it more difficult to get a PG rating for action games.

Though marketers may have been scared off, and for good reason, they should not discount the potential value of embedding their brand within video games. Instead of abandoning the medium, marketers may want to be more selective in what video games they associate their brand with. No brand wants to be involved in controversy especially when it relates to pornographic material being embedded in a video game.

Marketers may want to do more research into the video game before jumping in headfirst. They need to perform their due diligence which includes looking at past video games published by a particular company and previewing the game itself.

In short, “Advergaming” is only in the beginning stages and will more than likely grow in popularity in the near future. This is a hurdle that the video game industry needs to overcome, but as with anything you can’t judge an industry by the actions of one company.

Louis Victor
New Age Media Concepts

Louis Victor is the Executive VP of New Age Media Concepts, an advertising, marketing and public relations firm.

Train Your Brain and Improve Vision and Focus with the Nintendo DS

The Nintendo DS does more than give you cute dogs to play with; it actually can help you exercise your brain and improve your vision. You’ll need the right software to get started.

For exercising your noodle, choose Brain Age. This program asks you a series of questions – answer honestly and no cheating! It compiles your answers and comes up with a Brain Age score. A combination of voice recognition, touch screen answers, as well as entry speed and accuracy make taking the Brain Age challenge fun and interactive. You can even team up with other Nintendo DS users and have a friendly competition.

Activities include playing the piano, counting out change, making simple drawings, writing words, solving problems, and more. These fun activities stimulate and challenge your gray matter. Spend a few minutes each day training your brain.

Once you’re as smart as Einstein, it’s time to work on your klutziness. Want to increase hand and eye coordination? Choose Flash Focus for Nintendo DS consoles. You may have to wait before shopping for this software in the UK as it hasn’t hit the shelves just yet. But early reviews say that Flash Focus is sure to be a hit. This nifty program tests and challenges your hand and eye coordination, peripheral vision, eye agility, and reaction time. This vision training technology has been used by athletes to improve their vision and aim. When you have this technology installed on your Nintendo DS, you too can improve your vision, focus, and overall athletic prowess.

Both of these Nintendo DS video games are designed to stimulate your thinking and improve your skills. You should actively play these games every day and keep your skills in top-notch condition. Before you know it, you’ll be smart and coordinated!

Do Video Games Lead to Violence or Not?

Like the debate that has been raging for years on whether violence in movies and T.V. causes violent behavior in people, especially our youth seems to have spilled over onto the video game industry. And like the difference in opinions being debated over violence in the movie and T.V. industry, the argument over violence in video games has split into two camps. One camp say's that violent video games definitely is a catalyst in causing more violent behavior in people; especially kids. While the other camp say's there is no correlation between watching violent video games and violent behavior.

Remarkably, both sides agree that some video games have educational value while others are very helpful with aiding the sick, especially in physical therapy. While they do acknowledge the benefits to humanity, the naysayer's are quick to point out that the best selling video games have always been and will always be the games that promise sex and violence. Although there is a rating system for video games similar to the movie and T.V. industry, studies have shown that ratings that exclude children tend to draw them to those forbidden games like moths to a flame.

Studies done in 2001 show that of the 70 top selling video games that were reviewed, 49 percent of them contained serious violence. While opponents of video games are quick to point out that the two teenagers that committed mass-murder at Columbine High School were avid players of the violent video game Doom. The proponents of video games can point out any number of teenagers that play violent video games who are outstanding students and citizens. There was a study done of 75 people who played a violent video game on an average of about 60 hours in a month's time. The conclusion showed that there was absolutely zero escalation of violent behavior in the 75 participants during that time.

In conclusion, this writer finds that the "war" between the proponents and opponents of violent video games will rage on for years to come. Studies will continue to be done by both sides in an attempt to discredit each others conclusions and in the end, all they will succeed in doing is confuse the public. I believe that if a person is going to commit a violent act, then that person already had the propensity to commit violence all along. Where violent video games are sometimes blamed as being the catalyst for violent acts being committed, who is to really say it was not something else. Charles Manson blamed it on the Beatles song "Helter Skelter", while the "Son of Sam," David Berkowitz blamed it on a black Lab named "Sam." In the end, as long as children develop moral values and are given guidance and love by their parents or parent, then all of the violent video games in the world would not have a negative affect on them. GAME ON!

I live in Largo, Florida where I work for the states largest Power Company. I currently have two websites, one being and I also have a Squidoo lens: . I enjoy writing articles on different subjects as a hobby and I am currently writing (ever so slowly) an epic fantasy novel.

Old Video Games

Over the last three decades, video games have evolved as one of the best forms of entertainment and have grown immensely in popularity. Video games serve as one of the best means for spending time with loved ones or simply having fun with friends. The modern trend of video game popularity was not always visible. Conventional designs for video games were sluggish and unattractive and had more of a scientific value rather than entertainment value. Initial designs for video games focused on creating a video display using interactive visuals complemented by in game responses and feedback as the game continued.

Recent video games incorporate quality 3D animation and graphic detail, with excellent game play. Old video games on the other hand, had comparatively poor graphics and relied more on game play for success in the market.

The genre of old video games corresponds to games that used 8-bit and 16-bit microchips. Most of the old video games were introduced in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Video games such as Mario, Super Mario, Contra, Street Fighter, Packman series and so on were extremely popular in these years. Some are even played today due to their brilliant game play and excellent story line.

Old video games are generally played on game consoles from Sega, Atari and other game consoles. Some can be played on arcade machines and on computers. These video games are played today, using emulation software on computers. Emulation is however attracts a fair bit of controversy as the software used for emulation may be illegally copied.

Old video games can be availed of online on a plethora of websites offering the same for download. The file size for these video games is usually small and can be downloaded for free. Some rare video games may however require prior payment for download. Search engines such as Google, Yahoo!, and MSN can be used to obtain links and sites offering downloads of old video games. Old video games can also be acquired from select vendors at different parts of the country.

Video Games provides detailed information on Video Games, Video Game Rentals, Video Game Cheats, Online Video Games and more. Video Games is affiliated with Video Poker Software.

Online Video Games

People of all age groups use video games. It is a popular form of entertainment and some people feel that they are useful in relieving stress. Others simply play for fun. Implementation of latest technology and designing has helped create multitudes of user-friendly video games. The availability is so vast that it is not possible for individuals to own all of these games.

Most online video games sites allow players to play the great ?80s classics online. These games still prove to be entertaining as game designs are continuously emulated. These hardware or software modifications allow the reproduction of the same data, execute the same programs and achieve the same results as the original games.

Online video games are mostly available in the form of a popup. At times this can be disturbing for an Internet user. However, for a video game enthusiast these windows offer the perfect opening. At times, these online video games are simple in nature and can even be played alongside work.

Online video games are mostly designed to acquire prospective clients. A good number of games allow players to complete initial levels. However, the next levels need to be downloaded in exchange for a fee. Online video games are considered to be excellent advertising strategies for video game businesses.

The Internet has also facilitated online video game rentals. These services are many and players may want to discuss before deciding upon a service provider.

It is also possible to download these games. Some services are free while others require fixed charges. Online video games are also free from deterioration. Unlike most video game CDs, these are installed on the computer and saved in a file. This makes the games easily accessible and people do not have to create storage space.

Video Games provides detailed information on Video Games, Video Game Rentals, Video Game Cheats, Online Video Games and more. Video Games is affiliated with Video Poker Software.

Used Video Games - Buy Used Games for Less

Looking for a place you can buy video games for less than the price of new? Buying used video games can save you up to half-off the regular price which means you can now buy twice as many games!

Whether you have a Playstation, Xbox, Gamecube or any other video game system, chances are you can find quality used video games for a lot less than the cost of new. There are online video game stores that sell used games at ,discounted prices. One store I know of has over 4000 popular game titles.

There are a few different ways you can play your favorite video games and still save big money. One way is to buy used games and another is to rent video games.

When you rent a game from an online store you get to keep the game for as long as you want for a small monthly price. After you've played the game for awhile, you have the option of sending it back and then choosing another game to be sent to you. Just like getting DVDs sent in the mail, you can rent and buy video games thru the mail.

A big advantage to renting video games is that you have the option of purchasing the game for up-to-half off the price of new. There's no risk in getting a bum game, or one you don't like, because you've already had a chance to test and play it for 1, 2, even 3 weeks or more.

So why not take a look at the over 4000 Game Titles you can rent, or buy used. You'll find used video games for PS 2, Gamecube, XBOX and more. Rent or buy all your favorite Playstation2 games including reviews, descriptions, walkthroughs and Faqs.

Video Game Tester

As a video game tester you will get paid to play video games, get paid to play unreleased video games before they come out, get free copies of video games, get access to cheat codes, level secrets, and other bugs that only game testers know about, get real world experience working with company departments and learn about the development, marketing, manufacturing, customer service, and testing phases of each game.

Video game testers get paid to play games and tell the developers what they think of the video games. The great thing is that you get to keep the video games you test. So, why would developers pay game testers to test video games. Video game developers sink millions of dollars into their video games and releasing a video game with bugs or a game that no one will play or return could cost them a lot of money. Video game testers help developers fix bugs and video games before they are released to the public. How do you qualify to become a video game tester. There are actually job posting on various developer sites that require you only have the video game system and be eighteen years old. Some video game testers work nine to five and some work part time, so there is really no limit to how many video games you could test or how long. It just depends on how much time a video game tester is willing to invest in testing video games.

Finding the right video game developer websites offering video game tester jobs can be very difficult, but they are out there. Some video game testers have done all of the searching for you. You just pay them a small fee to get all of the information. Click Here to access a video game tester website, which shows you how to become a video game tester.

How to Draw Anime

Learning how to draw anime, a Japanese style of animation that has become increasingly popular over the past several years, is easier than you think. Anime televisions shows and movies have influenced many people into wanting to learn how to draw anime.


There are several anime genres including action, adventure, children’s, comedy, science fiction, horror, romance and erotica. There are a variety of different thematic elements because of this. Many anime shows combine a variety of different genres in to one. It is not uncommon to have humor and romance in the same story. The characters are very important and are often deep, even if the storyline is not as complex.


The character is very important in anime. This is where you want to begin when developing your anime storyline or characters. There is no plot without a good character in anime.

First Things First!

You need to determine the personality of your character first. Is the character a boy or girl? Are they strong willed? Strong? Wild? The most common character in anime is strong willed. A strong willed character features raised eyebrows, a closed mouth in an upside down V, and a defined position. Next, you will want to add a few weapons and armor depending on the character. These are the basics of many anime characters that you will need to know when learning how to draw anime.

Other Characters!

After you have developed a main character you will want to use these same concepts to develop your character’s friends as well as enemies. Research the various different characters to get an idea of the different characters that you can get ideas from. Look at their personalities, likes and dislikes, and how they attack their enemies. The characters in anime are often very deep. They have a lot of personality and a story of their own. You want to work around this in order to develop a good story for your characters.

Karen MacLean is a consultant and writer for online and offline businesses. Karen resides in the province of New Brunswick, Canada.

Anime Bath - A Very Unique & Individual Approach to Bathroom Decor

Anime bath can mean a bathroom decorated with one or more anime bath characters from a whole range of character figures. Characters like the Flash or Batman or Superman for folks who like their anime bath characters from a farther back period. Current anime bath characters could include Trigun Vash or Wolfwood from the classic 1998 anime series.

Your bathroom décor can reflect just about any side of your personality, any of your "likes" such as anime bath accessories. Doing a search online for anime bath accessories using the name of your preferred character can result in some interesting results. For instance, I was able to find a set of Trigun Vash or Wolfwood bath towels. Now, what bathroom is complete without a set of these anime bath accessories?

Although one would probably think of children's bathrooms first when thinking of an anime bath, there are a number of adults whose "Football Team" accessorized bathrooms would qualify as an anime bath. And how about "Wrestling Fan" anime bath or "NASCAR Fan" anime bath?

The range of characterizations that can be represented in your unique anime bath are endless. If you like a popular figure, either "real" or animated, you can probably find accessories in that figure's image and this certainly qualifies you as having an anime-influenced bath.

Children's bathrooms are probably more suited as anime baths. Their heros are probably of an animated variety, thus making the concept of children's bathrooms more likely to be decorated and furnished as anime baths. If you are decorating a bathroom for a child, you will definitely score major points for creating anime baths in their favourite character's image.

What a marvellous result - a happy child - with something so creative yet so simple as a present of an anime bath!

John Mann, "The Electric Mann", has been involved in the residential construction industry for over 25 years. He's worked as an Electrical Contractor and a General Contractor in Residential Remodeling and is an expert on Kitchen and Bathroom Design and Remodeling.

Signup for his "Bathroom Remodeler's Newsletter" and get a FR*EE 7-Part mini-course (Value $67.00 US) called
"How To Avoid the 7 Biggest Mistakes People Make When Remodeling a Bathroom!" by visiting

Click Here to Learn More About An Anime Bath - How To Make Anime Bath Decor Work for You!

Free Anime Movies

The term "Anime" refers to Japanese animation movies, sometimes called as Japanimation. Japanese comics called Manga heavily influence Anime movies. They are made of bright colors and stylized images with variety of settings and storylines. They cater to a large and varied audience all over the world.

The term Japanimation preceded Anime but has now fallen to disuse. Earlier, in the1970’s and 1980’s the term was common. But in 1990’s, animation movies reached worldwide market, so Japanimation refers now only to domestic animation. In Europe, Japanese animation is also called as Manga after the Japanese comics.

Osamu Tezuka’s “Astro Boy” in 1963 was the first popular Anime series. In the 1970’s the Japanese animation industry split from its Western roots and started unique genres like Giant Robots. The 1980’s saw a boom in anime production and 1990’s and 2000’s saw the rising popularity of anime in the overseas market. In 2003, Spirited Away won the Oscar for best animated feature.

Anime covers a wide range of genres like science fiction, romance, live action, fantasy, erotica, adventure, and even social commentary. Most Animes come in three formats-films, television series and original video animation. Films are released in theatres and have the highest budgets and the best video quality. Popular Anime films include Akira and Spirited Away. A television series is syndicated and broadcast on T.V. and an original animated video is similar to a made for TV movie.

There’s is a controversy around fan subs that are Animes subtitled by fans and released for download through Bit Torrent and distributed for free. Also problematic are bootleg versions of Animes from Southeast Asia.

Free Anime movies are available at a few sites that allow free downloads of several types of movies or are exclusively dedicated to Anime movies. For example, a new site called Anime Monarchy is a one-stop site for free shows like Pokemon and movie downloads like Kiki’s Delivery Service, Anime games and Anime lyrics. Besides these, Anime, and TV Central have free Anime movie downloads.

Free Movies provides detailed information about free movies, free anime movies, free movie clips, and more. Free Movies is affiliated with Free Movie Downloads.

Akatsuki: Who Are They?

Author : Kunoichi warrior

Who are the Akatsuki? What do they want? These are questions that can be answered with a little research, so I did some and this is what I found.

Akatsuki, meaning dawn or daybreak, is a criminal organization made of nine S-rank ninja. The Akatsuki extract demons from the people that hold them. They are separated into two-man teams, each going after a demon. (Example: Gaara and Naruto.) They were first introduced in Chapter: 139, episode: 80, when Itachi and Kisame were after Naruto.

The Members wear black cloaks with red clouds, paint their nails and wear rings that they use to extract the demons. In addition, the village headband has a line right through it to symbolize a broken connection between the person and the village. Below is some information of some members that I know.

Akatsuki Leader:
You don't exactly see his face, but it is rumored that he is the Fourth Hokage because of his outline.

Itachi Uchiha:
Captain of Akatsuki. He killed his clan, leaving his little brother Sasuke alive. He possesses the Mangekyo Sharingan and is paired with Kisame.

Kisame Hoshigaki:
One of the Seven Shinobi Swordsmen of the Hidden Mist Village. He looks half-shark and is paired with Itachi Uchiha.

A skillful fighter of the Hidden Rock Village, he has mouths in the palms of his hands. He and Sasori were chosen to extract the demon from Gaara. After Sasori's death, he was paired with a new Akatsuki member, Tobi.

A puppet master from the Hidden Sand Village. His grandmother was the one that placed the demon inside of Gaara. After Gaara's death, his grandmother gave up her life to resurrect Gaara. Sasori was killed by Sakura.

Not much is known about Zetsu, except that he is from the Hidden Grass Village and that he can blend into Grass, and trees. The right side of his body is black, while the other side is white.

He is the slowest attacker in Akatsuki, but he and his partner, Kakuzu, easily defeat the two tailed demon cat. He seems to belong to the Hidden Rain Village and to a certain religion in which killing is encouraged.

A fighter from the Hidden WaterFall Village. He is the tallest member and is in love with money and will do anything to get it. He is pissed off with Hidan, and unfortunately, paired with him.

He has a very formal and correct manner of speech and wanted to fill in Sasori's position in Akatsuki after he had died. To his luck he was eventually let in Akatsuki as Deidara tells him how a member of Akatsuki is supposed to act.

Fans of Naruto believe that Obito Uchiha, despite being deceased, is Tobi. This is because of the similarity of name between Tobi and Obito. It is also believed Obito and Tobi are the same person because the apparent mechanization of parts of Tobi's body correspond to the injuries Obito suffered when last seen. In particular, Tobi wears a mask that directs attention to his one working eye. Obito had, in his dying moments, let his other eye be surgically extracted and implanted into his friend Kakashi.

It's unknown if and how Obito would have become Tobi, but at the time of Obito's apparent death, Akatsuki had at least two members who were highly skilled at the preservation of a body's abilities after death; Orochimaru and Sasori. Fans speculate that if he is in fact Tobi, he could be the third Mangekyō Sharingan user that Itachi had mentioned.

Unnamed Akatsuki Member:
Nothing is known about this member, except that she is most probably female because of the flower in her blue hair.

Former Members:

He fled Akatsuki in fear of Itachi's power. The ring could still be seen on Orochimaru's original body.


He worked as Sasori's spy, but was also secretly working for Orochimaru. Deidara tells Sasori that one of his spies is a traitor. It appears Kabuto is the traitor.

For more information, go to:

Taken from :