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  Tenchi MuyoTenchi Muyo - OVA DVD Boxed Set
If you've seen the Tenchi Muyo TV Series on Cartoon Network, and are already familiar with the characters, then you'll find this OVA series worth every penny. If you haven't seen the series and aren't familiar with the characters, well, you're in for a treat – try and imagine a bizarre and quirky blend of action/adventure, comedy, romance, sci-fi, fantasy/magic, and heartfelt emotion along with quite a few bizarre twists and turns. Combine a wacky storyline (shades of Urusei Yatsura) with some amazingly deep and interesting characters, add a dash of insightful writing and you've got a winner of a series.

What anime fan can't love blue hair?Tenchi Muyo is made up of many multiverses. Rather than following a single storyline, or even two, each unit is practically independent of the others. This can seem confusing initially, but it's the interaction between the characters that remains consistent and ultimately, really what makes every part of the Tenchi universe worth watching. The Tenchi OVA series is by most standards the best of the Tenchi multiverses. The animation is high quality and the story compact. The costuming and technology design of the series is stylistically superior to the rest of the multiverses, and is among the best of anime in general.

Also highly recommended (once you're familiar with the characters) is the movie Tenchi Muyo in Love. This film is so true to the characters and situations that after seeing this film, you'll fall in love with the series all over again. And of course, the animation is outstanding in its quality.

Cowboy BebopCowboy Bebop –
Complete Sessions Collection

You think you've seen this on Cartoon Network? Well, you haven't really unless you see it uncut and uncensored on this DVD set. Cowboy Bebop is simply one of the best things ever made for the small screen. Considering that this was made as a TV show, the level of detail is astounding – you'll want to pause and rewatch each and every frame.

Both Walt Disney and Faye Valentine were placed on ice to awake years later!And speaking of rewatching each and every frame, you are urged to watch and rewatch episode 5 "Ballad of Fallen Angels", which, during a 2 minute sequence where Spike is thrown out of a window, they managed to squeeze in more plot than most Hollywood films! And all without using a word of dialogue! Cowboy Bebop is one of those rare occurrences in anime where the art of the filmmaking is of such high caliber that it ceases to be a "cartoon", it even ceases to be a TV show – the characters and situations take on their own life and it becomes so real that it transcends the medium and becomes it's own genre.

Mobile Suit Gundam - The 08th MS TeamMobile Suit Gundam – The 08th MS Team (DVD)
Much like the original series, this mini-series takes place in U.C. 0079 – but while Amuro Ray was battling Char in outer space, another battle was being fought between the Federation and the Zeon in the jungles of South America. This 13-part series follows the career of the extremely idealistic Shiro Amada, a soldier who fights hard, but, won't sacrifice his hope for peace, even in the face of atrocities committed by both sides of the conflict. Naturally, this gets him into serious trouble with his superiors and he's even suspected of being an enemy agent. The fact that he's in love with a woman from the other side doesn't help things either.

Driving a robot can be hard work!On production value alone, this series is definitely the highlight of the entire Gundam franchise. The mecha design is believable and you get to see the gears and hydraulics that make Gundams work. Of particular note is episode 6, where the entire series just "clicks" into high gear, with amazing action and sound editing well above average. Listen to how different the "room tone" is between the interior of the Mobile Suits and the Hover Tank, and then of course, that spectacular ending where the fade out is cued to the frame where the sun is blocked by the trail of smoke. That kind of attention to detail is prevalent throughout the series and makes it the most enjoyable of all the incarnations of Gundam.

Star Blazers: An anime classic!Star Blazers: Quest for Iscandar (DVD)
We're off to outer space, we're leaving mother Earth, so save the human race…. It's a blast from the past! So classic that it must be seen to be appreciated. Okay, the animation is a little crude looking compared to the ultra-slick anime of today, but don't be put off by it – this series has the greatest plot ever put to the screen. It was in many ways the blueprint for so many films that followed, both in Japan and in the U.S. (Star Wars, Battlestar Galactica, etc., all owe their lineage to a sunken WWII battleship).

Starsha: Blondes do have more FUN!Created by anime legend Leiji Matsumoto (Harlock, Galaxy Express), Star Blazers (Uchu Senkan Yamato in Japan) spawned 3 TV series, 5 movies, a zillion copycats and next to Mobile Suit Gundam was one of the longest running anime franchises in Japan. And it all started here with these simple words: In the year 2199 Earth is under attack from the mysterious planet Gamilon. Gamilon planet bombs cover the Earth with radioactivity and as a result, Earth has one year to live. But, on the planet Iscandar, there is a machine which can remove the radioactivity. Queen Starsha offers it to the people of Earth. A team of star blazers undertake the perilous journey, but, can they travel 148,000 light years and back in just one Earth year?

When the show hit the airwaves in America (1979), it created the first legions of anime fans who continue to hail it to this day. Make no mistake – the storyline and characters are classic and memorable. The music and art direction are top notch and (for the time) above reproach. It was, and remains the most original and revered anime series of all time. The DVD also has special features like a complete interactive map of the Star Force's journey which make this a "must have" for an old time fan.

The Hidden FortressHidden Fortress (DVD)

Akira Kurosawa isn't just the master of Japanese Cinema, he's one of the great masters of all cinema, worldwide. His work is up there with Orson Welles, Martin Scorsese, John Ford, Stanley Kubrick, Alfred Hitchcock and the other all-time great directors. His work has so influenced other filmmakers that many classic films we know and love pay homage to his work in every other shot.

A poster from the classic.This film, The Hidden Fortress, starring that Kurosawa staple Toshiro Mifune, was a big influence on a budding young director named George Lucas when he sat down and started writing a little film called Star Wars. But please, don't hold that against this film, this is so much more than that. Kurosawa's genius in composing a shot makes every scene an epic in itself.

While the VHS version is also available, the Criterion Collection DVD is an excellent transfer, with plenty of extras, restored sound, and best of all, the correct aspect ratio for what is Kurosawa's first cinemascope (widescreen) films. Film fans rejoice - Akira Kurosawa's films get the treatment they deserve. Even George Lucas thinks this is worth having.

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  Kore wa Instant Immersion Japanese desu.Instant Immersion Japanese
Hajimemashite, dozo yoroshiku. It's "Hooked on Phonics" meets "Learn Japanese". With this 4 CDROM set for all versions of Windows (i.e., 95 and up), learning Japanese has never been so fun or so easy! With an intuitive interface and clever graphics you'll be learning Japanese words and memorizing the proper syntax in no time. Plus there's an assortment of mini-programs to help you along, such as "Jquicktrans" which provides a handy Kanji lookup table, so learning the written language becomes as quick and easy and learning the spoken language.

Make no mistake, there's a learning curve — learning an entirely different language is no easy task and you'll need to dedicate yourself to really doing the work. But, at such a low price, you won't find a better deal for an introduction to Japanese. Although the four discs don't necessarily offer a linear course to follow, any user will be able to pick out the pieces they're most interested in to get a solid introduction to Japanese. Recommended Books:
 Emily the STRANGEEmily: The Strange
Meet Emily, the peculiar soul with long black hair, a wit of fire, and a posse of slightly sinister black cats. Emily the Strange, her first book, captures the quintessential Emily, featuring her most beloved quips and a host of new ones, i.e "Emily doesn't break rules, she breaks hearts", (or something to that effect). If your a fan of Edward Gorey or listen to too much goth music then this is the book for you!

It's a combo of goth, anime and catgirl!Anarchist, heroine, survivor, this little girl with a big personality appeals to the odd child in us all. One of the best parts of this book is the unique use of ink - figure/ground reversal...implied by the cover, much of the art is silouhette. Another wonderful feature is the printing...they really made use of veneer techniques, i.e. if you look at certain pages at the right angle in the right light, you can see phantasmagoric typography , "cat eyes", and other such hidden treasures.

Manga! Manga! If you are an anime fan you need this book.Manga! Manga! : The World of Japanese Comics

This intense study of the development of Manga and it's influence on Japanese society is still a treat to read even though this book was first published more than 20 years ago. Fred Schodt's close relationship with "manganokamisama" Osamu Tezuka allowed him a unqiue insight into a world where the comic book is read by everyone, in every walk of life, with no boundaries between class or status. In short, if you want to know about how manga (and anime) has become what it is, this book is a must-read. Schodt's depth of material is staggering, covering every aspect and genre of manga, and included are many samples of both male and female manga (men generally read action/adventure manga, while women prefer romance manga) and their various sub-genres.

Asian Pop CinemaAsian Pop Cinema :
Bombay to Tokyo

Please Note: This book is out of print, but it's well worth buying a used copy!

This is a passionately researched and nicely designed book which explores the most thrilling popular films from Hong Kong to China, Taiwan, Japan, Korea, the Philippines, Southeast Asia, and India. No genre is left untouched. While the author Lee Server is clearly well rounded in cinematic history, he focuses on the action, horror, fantasy, erotic, gangster, and animated films that have emerged most recently.

Overlooked Classics are Explored!The author explores films that have often been overlooked by film critics and he brings them to light with concise descriptions that are aided by bright, exciting visuals. In addition to presenting films to us, the book also includes some amazing interviews with John Woo, Tomoso Hosokai, Eddie Romero, and others which reveal to us the passion and intelligence that makes these filmmakers important. Asian Pop Cinema is a delicious treat for fans of Eastern cinema, and a splendid introduction for novices in search of enlightenment.

Un-useless Inventions!101 Un-useless Japanese Inventions: The Art of Chindogu
Author Kenji Kawakami has invented a wide range of silly gadgets which have a Rube Goldberg sense of humor with a zen flavor. Some of the featured chindogu (translated as "an odd or distorted tool") are Duster Slippers for Cats (for feline assistance with tedious housework), the Full Body Umbrella (for day-long all-over dryness), the Fish Face Cover (helps get the fish cut up with minimum emotional trauma), and the Temporary Ladies' Room Converter (stake your claim to the facilities). 101 Un-useless Japanese Inventions displays the above contraptions (along with many more) all lovingly photographed "in action."

Music and Soundtrack Selections:
 Sailor Moon and the ScoutsSailor Moon and The Scouts: Lunarock
Love it or hate it, there's no denying that Sailormoon has great music. Even the American adaptation had fantastic songs and inspired an audio CD. However, that first CD to come out from the American adaptation of Sailormoon didn't feature any of the Japanese music.

Who needs Britney when you have Sailor Moon?This new CD tailors more to the hardcore anime fan as it features two Japanese tracks, "Moonlight Densetsu," (the original Japanese opening theme song), and "Ai No Senshi" from Sailor Moon R. Of the five original American tunes, Sailor Moon (Jennifer Cihi) has another single, her peppy battle theme "The Power of Love" (definitely one of the best on the CD). Two other singles are Sailor Jupiter's "Daddy's Girl" (a gentle lament about growing up) and Sailor Mars's comforting "Nothing at All." The final two are the three Sailor Scouts' yeah-yeah trio about boys, "I Want Someone to Love," and Sailor Moon and Mars's musical spat, "Who Do You Think You Are?"

Clearly, the producers of Sailormoon are listening to the fan base by bringing us this new album that includes music from the original series. If you're a fan of Sailormoon this CD is a must-have. It's more balanced than the first CD, and gives you the added bonus of the two Japanese tracks. Who could ask for anything more? Current Issue | Sitemap | The Anime Wallpaper Guide

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