Month: June 2009

Manga Monday 6/29: Hellsing

Hellsing, Hellsing, Hellsing.  I actually saw the anime (the first one and Ultimate) before I started reading the manga.  But I needed more and with Geneon collapsing I figured more via Ultimate was going to take a while.

I really can’t say enough about this manga. I love the art, both the fine stuff and the comical stuff.  I love the graphic violence.  I love Alucard.  Sir Integra is everything I want to be.  I love Seras Victoria’s huge ass guns.

This manga is about vampires, violence, and Nazis.  Maybe it’s about other stuff too, but it’s so mind-blowing that I wouldn’t know.

And it was totally unintentional but I realize that second paragraph reads eerily like Major’s “I love war” speech.  Scary…but awesome.

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Rainy Day Chick Flicks

So, it’s a rainy, dreary day outside…the perfect day for staying inside and watching movies, preferably with someone you’re attracted to.  Or at least some tasty snacks!

Anyway, in no particular order, here is my weather-inspired list of favorite chick flicks:

1. “300”  Because this…is…SPARTA!  As a massage therapist, I see 300 awesomely-muscled Spartans badly in need of  a massage.  I’d have to say that Frank Miller is one of the biggest romantics of all time. Which brings me to…

2. “Sin City”  To me, this is basically a collection of love stories.  Using the term “love” loosely, which is how I believe it should always be used.  Besides, who doesn’t want to be a warrior woman, a Valkyrie?  “There’s no place in this world for our kind of fire. My warrior woman. My valkyrie. You’ll always be mine. Always. And never.”

3. “Beowulf” I have no idea how this made the list, but I dig it. I know they’re Geats but they’re Viking-like enough for me and I’m a fan of Vikings (no, not the football team). And the hero is so humanly flawed it’s oddly endearing.

4. “Braveheart” Love story with lots of blood and a moral of freedom. F-ing A!

5. “Gladiator” No matter how many times I watch this movie I still love it.

6. “Hellsing Ultimate” all four volumes.  If we ever get more volumes, consider them already on the list.  If Sir Integra’s “Don’t you dare question my resolve! I’ve already given you your marching orders, soldier! You will search and destroy, search and destroy! Any resistance you encounter is to be crushed! Hellsing does not run from our enemies-kill them all! I order you to leave nothing but bloody stains in your wake!” speech doesn’t make you want to just immediately want to make out with someone…well, then I don’t know what’s wrong with you.

7. “Tombstone” I hate the actual romantic part of the plot but this movie is so full of great lines and dudes with guns I don’t know how I’d ever live without it.

8.  “Mr. & Mrs. Smith” I’m expecting to get flak for this, but…guns. Guns guns guns.

9.  “Team America: World Police” Because isn’t that just the most romantic sex scene ever?  Ha! Besides, humor is a turn on.

10. “Cowboy Bebop” No, not the movie.  The complete series.  I know that doesn’t really count as a “flick” but this is my list and I make the rules.

AniWednesday 6/24: Double Feature!

I’ll try to cut to the chase.  I have a friend who reads my blog to be nice and he keeps asking when I’m going to blog about him.  I told him I try to avoid blogging about people and it’s supposed to be about anime stuff.  I said, “Besides, what exactly do you want me to say?” He said, “Talk about how smart and handsome I am” or something like that and then I realized I had an actual blog post on my hands.

One of my AniWednesday recommendations today is “Pumpkin Scissors.”  Not only is it a great anime, but my aforementioned friend reminds me of Warrant Officer Oreldo.  Oreldo isn’t the main character, but he is an important one.  He’s the narcissistic one who is always flirting with the female officers (well, females in general) and using them to get laid and obtain otherwise unobtainable information.  He’s the one who thinks the best way to get Corporal Oland (our actual protagonist) out of his funk is to take him to a whorehouse (don’t worry; to my knowledge, this doesn’t actually happen).

Joking aside, “Pumpkin Scissors” is a great combination of action, comedy, and guns.  Besides, you can’t beat an anime with a massive killing machine protagonist! (…that I want to hug.)

Part 2 of my recommendation…”Kenichi: The Mightiest Disciple.”

This was my original recommendation for this week.  I recently got Part 2 of Season 1 and this anime continues to impress me.  It moves along nicely and is very funny.  Kenichi wants to get stronger and ends up training at the dojo from hell with crazy masters of various martial arts.  If that’s not a recipe for anime hilarity, I don’t know what is.

On a personal note, I’ve been struggling with my career lately and am close to being forced to admit defeat and give up my dream.  The day I really realized this was not-so-coincidentally the day I watched the token hot springs episode of “Kenichi.”  At the end, Hayato (who I personally refer to as Kogan because he reminds me of the insane master from “Shigurui”) tells Kenichi something like you can’t just give up after failing a couple times, even if it’s just peeking at a hot spring.  Sitting there, it seemed silly to me that I would give up so easily on something much bigger.

But enough seriousness.  “Kenichi: The Mightiest Disciple” is all about (well, mostly about) the humor.  If nothing else, the friend I mentioned at the beginning of this post reminds me of a character in this anime too…Kensei Ma, the dirty old man who loves nothing more than taking pictures of bouncy boobs and pantyshots.

Manga Monday 6/22: Heavenly Hockey Club

This manga originally appealed to me because I thought finally someone wrote a manga about me.

Our protagonist Hana loves to eat, sleep, and take baths. Yep-sounds like me, alright.

However, Hana also gets caught up/conned into being a member of the school’s field hockey team where she’s surrounded by her hot guy teammates.  They travel all over Japan, trying to actually play field hockey but that never seems to happen with the misadventures that ensue.  Not to mention, with all the hot springs to visit and the excellent food to eat, when does the club have time to actually play hockey?

That doesn’t sound like my life at all.

So while it turns out this manga isn’t actually about me…it’s still a light, entertaining read.  It’s cute without being obnoxious and is a great manga to read in the tub.

AniWednesday 6/17: Cowboy Bebop

So yeah, this is the most obvious pick ever.  But I had to do it because “Cowboy Bebop” is the best anime of all time ever made.

I make that statement  a lot and the other day I started to question myself.  Is it really that good or am I just holding onto it because it’s one of the first anime I truly loved?  It’s not exactly new-hasn’t something dethroned it by now?

Nope.  It is perfect.  Every time I begin to doubt, I watch it, and am amazed for the millionth time at how totally awesome it is.

When I was originally pondering this as my pick for my first AniWednesday contribution ever, I thought it was kind of a silly pick because everyone has seen this show.  But then I realized: that doesn’t matter.  If you haven’t seen it, watch it immediately.  And if you have seen it already, watch it again.  And again.  And again.

Manga Monday 6/15: Paradise Kiss

Unintentionally tying in with my previous post, my Manga Monday recommendation for this week is “Paradise Kiss.”

“Paradise Kiss” is the first manga I ever read; I saw a review of it in now-deceased Newtype USA and thought it looked amazing.  The plot was simultaneously real-life and just insane, the art was beautiful…and I had to learn to read backwards.  And of course there was that, “Oh my gosh!  They’re having sex in this book!” moment.

Thank you, “Paradise Kiss” for opening the door to my manga addiction.