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Action-filled May on Animax with My Hero Academia and Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure

 

A whole lot of action and adventure, blended with fantasy and mystery are in store for anime fans everywhere as Animax airs the hottest anime series this month of May with My Hero Academia, Alice and Zuroku, Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure, and
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My Hero Academia (All New Episodes)

Attack on Titan Part 2: End of the World Block Screening by UP Tomo-Kai

 

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After a successful film showing of the first part last August 14, 2015, student organization Tomo-Kai from UP Diliman gave ardent Shingeki no Kyojin followers the chance to see its exciting conclusion at the ATTACK ON TITAN: End of the World Block Screening at TriNoMa Cinema 1.  There has been lots of excitement and anticipation for the film adaptation of the wildly popular Japanese manga and anime series Shingeki no Kyojin, and local fans got to celebrate as the first part finally got screened in Philippine theaters August, then the much-awaited conclusion last September.

Upcoming Event: Attack on Titan Part 2: End of the World Block Screening by UP Tomo-Kai

 

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After a successful film showing of the first part last August 14, 2015, student organization Tomo-Kai from UP Diliman will be giving fans the chance to see its exciting continuation at the ATTACK ON TITAN: End of the World Block Screening on September 25, 2015, Friday, 7:00 PM at TriNoMa Cinema 1.

Attack on Titan Live Action Movie Block Screening by UP Tomo-Kai

 

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Student organization Tomo-Kai from UP Diliman gave Shingeki no Kyojin fans something to be happy about as they got to organize a special block screening of the Attack on Titan live action movie last weekend on its opening week.  There has been much excitement and anticipation for the film adaptation of the wildly popular Japanese manga and anime series Shingeki no Kyojin, and local fans got to celebrate as it finally got screened in Philippine theaters starting August 12.

Shingeki no Kyojin Movie to Hit Cinemas Aug 12

 

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Pioneer Films in cooperation with AMUSE Philippines brings the live action movie adaptation of wildly popular Japanese manga and anime series Shingeki no Kyojin (Attack on Titan) to Philippine cinemas this August 12, 2015, answering the prayers of fans who have been looking forward to seeing it ever since it was announced in Japan.  This film will be in Japanese audio with English subtitles.

Upcoming Event: Shingeki no Kyojin (Attack on Titan) Live Action Movie Block Screening by UP Tomo-Kai

 

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After much excitement and anticipation, wildly popular Japanese manga and anime series Shingeki no Kyojin (Attack on Titan) will have its live action movie adaptation finally shown in the Philippines this August, and UP Tomo-Kai is giving fans the chance of having an ever better viewing experience by presenting a special block screening, an opportunity to enjoy this epic movie with fellow fans.  arkadymac.com is an official media partner for this event and will be there to cover it.

Ranma 1/2 Cosplay Group Photoshoot

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Note:  I’m rushing this story so the photos are mostly unedited, so please visit again tomorrow for better photos, okay?  Thank you very much.

 

I was really fortunate to have been invited to a particularly engaging cosplay photoshoot last weekend.  It was organized by an avid group of Ranma 1/2 cosplayers and fans.  Most of them, if not all, truly love the series and that was something that I could relate to as I have adored the anime version since the first episode aired on local TV RPN 9 in the ’90s.    Even today Ranma 1/2 has a special place in my heart that always yearns for its, funny, quirky, crazy, but nonetheless lovable characters.

 

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The participants met up at La Mesa Ecopark early in the afternoon.  I caught the cosplayers preparing already.  The costumes may look simple, but all of them have been lovingly crafted and anyone who has ever watched the series would approve of the resemblances.  The props too have been splendidly made as well: from Ukyo’s spatulas, to Shampoo’s weapon’s and ramen delivery case, to Ryoga’s gear.  Oh, and the iconic kettle was there too, but the most important prop present was P-chan, the most lovable stuffed anything ever.

 

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The cosplayers and three photographers went around and took solos and group shots though the priority was with the story scenes that have given Ranma 1/2 its amusing, chaotic and endearing charm.  Even though there was some urgency with the shoot since some need to leave at a set time, everyone still had a fun time, laughing and goofing off at any opportunity.

 

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As we went about the shoot, we shared stories and jokes about the series, acted out funny possibilities, and just had fun interacting with each others’ characters.  It drizzled quite a bit later on, restricting our work area but it never stopped anyone from being creative.

 

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Unfortunately the time came for shoot came to an end later that afternoon, but we all had enough photos and video footage as we took our final snapshots.  Finally the wigs came off and the photo equipment prepared for transport.  Even though everyone wished they had had more time, it was evident that everyone got to enjoy this shoot and already started yearning for another one in the near future.

 

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I would like to thank Carina for inviting me to this shoot, as well as all the other participants for welcoming me there.  Even though that (again) I felt that I forced my way into this one (again), the Ranma 1/2 cosplay group allowed me to take part and have fun with them in the few hours we spent together.  Looking forward to covering their next event, hopefully soon too.

 

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And if, like me, you saw this feature and enjoyed their wonderful cosplays, please hit the like button at the top of this article or leave a comment so we can let this group know that we indeed appreciate their work and would really want to see more of them in the near future.

 

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Thank you all very much for dropping by and please visit us again soon for more cosplay features here at arkadymac.com.

 

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Cosplay Model Nicole

 Nicole: Up Close and Very Personal

 

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Several months ago we had a chance encounter with a young lady who was taking her first tentative steps into the world of cosplaying.  Just a few month later she is back and has already begun to make waves in the local cosplay scene, which is why arkadymac.com is extremely proud to present to our readers our feature on our first ever cosplay model, Nicole, as Alice from Resident Evil: Retribution, with photographs by BryMac.

 

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Don’t let her petite frame fool you. Nicole is as tough as they come. For all the challenges that has come her way even to one so young, she has never wavered and has managed to move forward.  It was then that she discovered the world of cosplaying and she had become utterly fascinated with it.  Up till the present, she has cosplayed at various events as several characters:  Black Rock Shooter and Hatsune Miku, the latest being Alice of Resident Evil: Retribution.

 

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“I cosplay because it suits my adventurous personality, and it sends me to a world I never thought possible. I find it to be a chance for me to be artistic where I can express myself without limits,” she tells us.

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Asked what kind of characters she enjoys, she says, “I like cosplaying characters who portray bravery, boldness, heroism and adventurousness, women with the strength to fight battles, like warrior princesses or street fighters, while still possessing grace and charm that commands awe and and fascination “

 

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She does admit that cosplaying is not as easy as it seems.  She finds out that just wearing a costume is not enough to make one a cosplayer.  She tells us that one has to be very familiar with the character. The real challenge is giving life to the character she portrays, to make her character believable.  She says that all the hard work is worth it when people appreciate her performance and they light up in wonder.

 

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She admits cosplaying and performing are not at all that easy.  She still has stage fright when on stage in front of many people during competitions.  She still feels that rush of warm blood from her racing heart that makes her nervous, but it has become something that she has learned to deal with as she starts joining competitions against other great cosplayers who are just as determined.

 

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Nicole tells us that she’ll continue cosplaying as long as there are people who support her and believe in her.  She already has many cosplays in the works for the very near future.  She says she would like to do Vocaloids  Sonika and Lily, Erza Scarlet of Fairy Tail, White Rock Shooter, Katniss of hunger games, and Kuroyukihime of Accel World. She asks to watch out for her future projects.

 

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What has cosplaying given to Nicole?  “The joy it gives you can never be equaled because it gives you the chance to become a powerful and mighty superhero.   The satisfaction , happiness and confidence it brings cannot be found anywhere else.  Even as a new cosplayer,  I have already made lots of friends who share the same interest. Cosplay has given me the opportunity and the confidence to be the BEST ME possible.”

 

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Nicole would like to thank the many people who have supported her and have always believed in her, those people who have given her the chance to share her passion with others. It is her ardent desire to be a role model to youth like her who face many challenges despite still being young.

 

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We like to thank all for supporting our first cosplay model, Nicole, and invite you to visit again for more great cosplay features here at the Cosplay and Anime Cafe at arkadymac.com.

 

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Yumekui Merry Anime Series Review

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Our heroine, Merry

Prelude

I’ve watched literally hundreds of anime in my 30-something years of existence, and it’s only now that I had the gall to write my own review. There’s a really interesting story behind it.   It just so happened that I was watching this series, Yumekui Merry, when I was visited by Archangel Duriel, with a glowing spear in one hand and a shield with the emblem of the Holy Spirit on the other, telling me that Saint Isidore, with the blessings of the prophet Habakkuk, wishes me to start writing anime reviews as a way to atone for my many sins on earth.  Despite my awe, I asked Archangel Duriel what genre I should review: yuri, yaoi, harem, or ecchi.  Upon hearing my query, Archangel Duriel scratched his head (still covered inside his supposedly mithril helmet), and swung his shield at me, causing me much pain after which I lost consciousness.  When I came to, I was alone in my room but found myself filled with the desire to write anime reviews of ALL genres to atone for my sins.

So my verdict for Yumekui Merry: 3/5 happy dreams, so somewhere around the middle as anime series go.  Not ground-breaking, but still a solid, entertaining series of 13 episodes, a decent title to pick up for casual watching.  Please read on for more juicy details.

 

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Merry in the battlefield.

How I Interpret the Story

Yumekui Merry, or translated as Dream Eater Merry, is a Japanese manga turned into an anime produced by JC Staff and originally televised in Japan from January 7, 2011 and April 8, 2011.  The heroine of this tale is Merry, a dream demon stuck in our reality.  She realizes she had lost her memories and that her only desire is to go home to the dream realm.  She has roamed our world for what seemed to be ten years, wandering aimlessly, looking for other dream demons like her in hopes of discovering clues that could lead her back home.  She then encounters Yumeji, a boy who strangely could predict what kind of dreams a person will have.  As their paths cross, they discover that more and more dream demons are crossing over to reality, and that the balance between the two worlds is in dire jeopardy as they uncover something more sinister than dream demons possessing people, and people losing their ability to dream.

 

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The series does have its touching moments.

Strengths

Yumekui Merry’s biggest draw is the use of dreams as the focal point of the story.  The show is able to engage the audience in the dream world it wishes to portray, a world inhabited by sentient beings curious about humans and their ability to dream, hope and imagine.  These inhabitants, dream demons, are as varied in appearance, values and temperament as people.  A brilliant light has appeared in the dream world that attracts dream demons to our world.  As dream demons need humans as vessels when venturing into our world, the viewer is presented with the many fascinating relationships that have developed between humans and dream demons.  There are pairs founded upon mutual respect and love, to pairs motivated by vengeance and justice.  The dreamworld too is made interesting by unusual and bizaare landscapes, which vary from decrepit ghost towns filled with humanoids cats and eerie flying fish bones, to golden wheat fields perpetually illuminated by a large, bright moon.

Merry’s character is a strong point of the series as well.  More than anything else, the viewer keeps watching hoping that the plot will reveal the answers behind the mysteries that surround her, a dream demon who lost her memories and is desperately trying to find her way home.  One can empathize with her sorrow and despair of being alone, clinging bitterly to hope, any hope, of salvation.  One can feel the change in her outlook in life as she gets to know about people and their dreams.

The artwork for the series is not particularly exceptional, but they serve their purpose.  For a show that features a dream world, the backgrounds are mostly bright and vibrant.  The staff had placed  focus on lighting, so that a wheat field at night is illuminated by a large full moon, the insides of a decrepit building are bathed with a warm afternoon light from a broken window, an otherwise hidden pool is showered by pale rays of sunlight.  There is noticeable effort in the depiction of some backgrounds, like the gritty texture on graffiti-stained concrete walls, rust on metal steps and railings, and detailed, vibrant bamboo trees.

The music used for the series wasn’t particularly spectacular but help convey the mood in each scene.  I do like the opening song, Daydream Syndrome by Marina Fujiwara.  It’s a rock ensemble with powerful guitar riffs and haunting female vocals that I have learned to like when watching each episode and sets up the gritty and unearthly feel of the show.

The voice acting was reasonable; no one really standing out and none that were particularly annoying.

As for fan service, there generally is none, which I would have to commend.  Nowadays it’s easy for anime studios to fall into the trap of showing tender, bouncy, underaged flesh or gratuitous panty shots just for the show to become popular very quickly.  Well, there’s lots of bellybuttons to be seen though, mostly from Merry.  She bares her midriff a lot.

 

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Some backgrounds are detailed, which is a nice touch.

Weaknesses

I really wanted to love this show, but sadly the anime is incomplete.  What I said earlier as the strength of the series—Merry’s character—never gets fully revealed and developed.  This series is based on a manga that is still ongoing, so the studio created a different story so they can have an alternate ending by the end of 13 episodes.  The mysteries surrounding Merry are never fully explained so, to our dismay, we are left with an unsatisfying ending.  Perhaps in the future there will be a sequel, or maybe it’s a ploy to have people read the manga, which in any case is beyond the scope of this humble review.

Another weak point would be the supporting cast.  They all end up being bland and mediocre.  They are mostly anime clichés, just in different, cute packages.  They don’t really stand out, have terribly trite back stories, or are just plain hard to sympathize with.

The fight scenes were not directed nor drawn well.  Just not exciting enough for a show that’s supposed to be under the action category, but then again it’s harder and harder to astonish viewers nowadays.  Merry uses quick, close-range moves that, while reasonably realistic or efficient, won’t really make you say “Wow!” or *Gasp* or “Awesome 79 hit combo!”  Well at least she doesn’t call her moves and shout them, like, say, “Merry Kick” or “Merry Punch” or “Hidden Miracle Special Finishing Technique: Nightmare Before Merry Christmas.”

And I’m sorry if I can’t help but nitpick:  Merry’s outfit is just plain strange.  Never mind if her clothes defy the laws of physics, she just looks like a reject from a goth loli convention.  It’s such a waste because her character design is just so cute, with the whole wild child look going on and that cute little fang.

 

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Merry looks forward to meeting everyone.

Conclusion

Yumekui Merry starts out with a great premise and an awesome heroine.  What hurts it the most is that it’s made into an anime too soon and that we are not allowed to know more about Merry, which I suppose, defeats a large part of the purpose of the show.  We want to know what happens to Merry, and we want to know if her loneliness and desperation will give way to salvation.

My grade for this series?  3/5 happy dreams, because after watching 13 episodes, Yumekui Merry feels like a nice dream that sadly could be forgotten after waking up.  A good series that should have been better.