Saturday, December 25, 2010

Soredemo Machi wa Mawatteiru (Yet the Town Turns)

Just finished watching the anime adapation of this manga by Ishiguro Masakazu, about a young girl growing up in a small neighborhood who's kind of ditzy and loves mystery novels and gets into trouble a lot.  She works at a Maid cafe with her friend Tatsuno, and it is really just a slice of life story that is sweet and funny and the anime adaptation does it justice.  I didn't think I'd like it but became an avid fan after one episode and it just ended after 12 episodes and I am so sad :(

Friday, December 24, 2010

Update on Yahoo Answers Question

I think that's it - I got 6 answers to my question - here is a screen shot:

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Yahoo! Answers question about anime vs. American cartoons

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Because I need to do grading I have decided to procrastinate by posting the following question on Yahoo! Answers:

What American cartoons do Japanese people like?

I'm a longtime fan of anime but I never hear about the American cartoons Japanese people like to watch - or do they like American cartoons at all? Can anybody help me answer this?
Haha, can you tell I C&P'd this from the website?  So, here are some of the answers I've gotten so far (there are four days to get answers to this question):
1.  Avatar the Last Airbender.
2.  Hello Kitty to the highest degree.


one of my friends is japanese.
3.  I heard they really like Scooby-Doo (for some odd reason)
4.  The original Tom and Jerry cartoons, as well as The Pink Panther's original shorts translate well overseas because there is no soundtrack to translate since the title characters remain silent through most of their adventures.
And while I can't say why The Pink Panther remains silent, Tom and Jerry never spoke in the originals because William Hanna and Joseph Barbera could never agree on what they should sound like.
I am totally dubious of answers 1 & 2, and answer 4 doesn't really answer the question and seems almost like speculation.  I like answer #3 the best just because it has a S-D reference and S-D is awesome so why wouldn't people around the world love Scooby-Doo?

If you've got some spurious information on this question, feel free to post on the Yahoo link, here.  I've had this question rolling around for awhile and watching Total Drama Island with DJ made me finally decide to pose this question to the Internets.

Total Drama Island

Just bought my son the complete first season of Total Drama Island from iTunes - 35-bucks!!!  Gaaa.  Did I do this because I am a super-duper mom?  NO!  It is because I am a sick mom who needed to lie on the couch and watch Total Drama Island episodes while dozing and/or coughing.

TDI is not really a show I should let the kid watch - it's for just a little bit older set (although, he's almost a 'tween' so he's in that gray area already).  He learns so much from the monsters older kids at after school, though, so it's getting harder to police what he does and doesn't know about the outer world.

Anyway, this is one of those shows I talked about in an earlier post that DJ started watching and I caught on to it and liked it as well.  I can attest to the fact that, for the most part, DJ has some pretty good taste in what cartoons he likes to watch.  I was even skeptical, early on in his choosings, about some of them - like, "Sonic the Hedgehog? Seriously?"  And then I'd get all into it and then he'd move on.  The student has surpassed the master. 

TDI is a really fun show in that era of American cartoons that has some continuity and plot progression.

DJ wants to play catch so I'll update later.

DJ picked this pic for the post - it comes from jadore_renard via fanpop

Wednesday, December 01, 2010

Sick Day

Darling son is home sick this morning and, for some reason, last night he decided to drag out our Speed Racer DVD's and re-watch the eps we have.  When he was little, his very first observation about Speed was that, "he looks like a girl."  But, you have to admit, he does some pretty kick-ass stuff, and his dad knows Judo.

Here's a link to the first post about Speed Racer from 2006(!), and here's one that has a youtube of the Japanese version of the theme song.