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Live Action Anime Excitement! Rurouni Kenshin 2: Kyoto Inferno/The Legend Ends

kenshin kyoto inferno bannerA while back David had informed me that a live action version of one of our mutual all-time-favorite anime series, Rurouni Kenshin had been released. We watched it with understandable reservations. Thankfully, so thankfully, our reservations were unnecessary. For the first time a live action version of an anime/manga had been made that kept true to not only the appearance of the characters, but as well the story that made us love the series.

*Read his review of part one here: Chanbara Fu: Rurouni Kenshin

Granted, much like a long novel being made into a film, much of the story was Continue reading Live Action Anime Excitement! Rurouni Kenshin 2: Kyoto Inferno/The Legend Ends

Rurouni Kenshin

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Rurouni Kenshin is my favorite anime of all time so warning – this may be a slightly biased movie review.  Having said that, I am also a purist and can dole out serious criticism.  For instance:

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Utter crap.

Rurouni Kenshin is a good movie with some great qualities.  It respects the manga and anime by staying faithful to the main story, good acting, awesome action, and most of all, brilliant casting… but I’ll get back to that in a minute.

The basic story centers on Kenshin, a ronin repenting from his years as a master killer at the end of the Tokugawa era, about ten years Continue reading Rurouni Kenshin

Anime Boston 2013

AB 2013For the past several years Anime Boston has been my favorite Anime convention.  With AB 2013 over, I can easily say that the trend continues.  Anime Boston is an annual fan run convention held at the Hynes Convention center in Boston.  It’s the 5th largest Anime convention in North America, and the second largest on the east coast behind Otakon.  I used to love going to Otakon back in the day, but Otakon became too corporate and took the fun out of everything.  By keeping things fan run, it has allowed AB to continue featuring more adult based content, and events that Otakon tossed aside years ago.

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UPDATED: NYCC COSPLAY!! Now with MORE pictures!!

UPDATED!! NOW WITH MORE PICS! Both the easiest and most difficult post-con piece is the Cosplay gallery. Easy because I don’t have to write a lot, difficult because By Golly! did we take a lot of pics.
Just one note, all these pics are ©Nerd-Base.com, if you see a pic of yourself you want taken down let us know (email: info@nerd-base.com), OR if you’d like to use any of our images on your blog, facebook, twitter, tumblr, ect, just be sure email us first, let us know, give us credit and send us a link. Thanks!
Other than that….Enjoy! 

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One Piece: Pirate Warriors

One Piece: Pirate Warriors is a new game by Tecmo Koei  released exclusively on the Playstation Network.  One Piece: Pirate Warriors is based on the One Piece Anime/Manga made in the same Musou action style game that Tecmo Koei is known for (Dynasty Warriors, Warriors Orochi).  Tecmo Koei managed to stay pretty faithful to the One Piece series, but Continue reading One Piece: Pirate Warriors

Steins;Gate Review

Steins;Gate is the second  part of the Science Adventure Trilogy by 5pb and Nitro+.  While it is part of a trilogy, all three parts have very little relation other than the semicolon.  The first part being Chaos;Head, came out in 2008.  Robotics;Notes, the bookend of the trilogy will start airing in Japan in October.

The story of Steins;Gate revolves around a self-proclaimed mad scientist named Okabe.  Okabe figures out how to send text messages into the past that creates unintended side effects.  While some stories have issues with time travel, this series pulls it off nearly flawlessly.

Most of the time, Anime are usually based on Manga, but Steins;Gate was created as a Japanese visual novel.  For the uninitiated, a Japanese visual novel sounds like a graphic novel, or a comic, but it isn’t.  A visual novel is a work of interactive fiction.  A video game.  Steins;Gate was released in 2009 for the Xbox 360, and later ported to the PC, iOS,  PSP, and PS3 in Japan.  There is some discussion about it being released here in America by Nitro+ and JAST, but I wouldn’t hold my breath.

Steins;Gate is one of the best made anime that I’ve seen in years.   It has many similarities to Serial Experiments Lain.  Both anime were able to combine real history and science into a fascinating fictional story.  Part of the story revolves around John Titor, who claimed to be a time traveler from the year 2036.  He was sent back in time to retrieve an IBM 5100 computer to help stop CERN from screwing up the world.  5pb changed the name of the company they needed to stop from CERN to SERN in Steins;Gate (probably to avoid lawsuits), but it’s still pronounced the same way.

I was a massive fan of Serial Experiments Lain.  I’d go so far to say that Lain changed my life, and views on science and religion.  While I wouldn’t go that far in describing Steins;Gate, I would say it grabbed me like no other anime has in years.

You can watch the first 4 episodes dubbed, on Funimation’s website for free.  The first half of Steins;Gate is being released by Funimation on September 25 as a Blu-ray/DVD combo.  Unfortunately its going to be released at an MSRP of $69.98.  Thankfully you can purchase it from Amazon for $48.86, but for just half of the series it still seems a bit steep.  Despite my love for the series I might have to stay away for now.  Thankfully I caught it via Crunchyroll as it was airing in Japan. Unfortunately it’s no longer available to stream from them.

It’s hard to wait for October to come, but I can’t wait for Robotics;Notes to get released.  If 5pb stays true to form, it will be another great anime series.