My iPod is my daily companion. Wherever I go, it goes with me. With my varied taste in music, it gives my train commute to work or a Target errand run the flare I need to either elevate my energy to get through my day, or it becomes my soundtrack of the day. Among the songs taking up residence in my iPod are Japanese songs of the J-pop or J-rock variety. Songs with its bubble gum poppy sweetness to the headbanging chords of an electric guitar, I can’t even begin to sing along to the words blaring through my earbuds even if I tried. As foreign as the song’s lyrics and most of the Japanese artists are to this American girl, there’s something about the music I discovered that I couldn’t get enough of. And my love of the J-pop and J-rock genre is all thanks to anime.
Back in my high school and college days, I used to binge watch TV shows and anime series like a pro. I’d pick one series I’ve been dying to see, sit down, and watch almost the entire thing within a day or two. It really depends on the length of the show. Nowadays, I can barely sit down long enough to watch a show continuously for more than an hour. Watching a longer series is a huge time commitment for me and it’s really rare to simply spend an entire day of my free time just watching TV all day. What’s a busy girl with limited time on most days supposed to do? I discovered the only time I’m able to binge watch anything at all is when series or episodes are shorter in length.
If there’s one anime I’ll always hold a torch in my heart for (and the very one to propel me into the world of anime beyond it) it would be Sailor Moon. I have plenty of good memories attached to this anime, which I can probably write a lengthy blog post charting my history with this very special magical girl series, but I won’t. It has been years since I’ve watched the anime that once dominated American television.
The dubbed version of Sailor Moon wasn’t always perfect. Episodes or whole seasons were either edited or never aired. Voice actors for certain characters left and were replaced with new ones, which wasn’t always a good thing, especially for the voice actors of Serena and Darien in the later seasons of the anime (Terri Hawkes and Toby Proctor were the BEST dubbed voice actors for Serena and Darien respectively, in my opinion).
When it was announced that the Japanese were going to reboot the Sailor Moon anime and do a faithful adaptation from the manga a few years ago, many long-time Sailor Moon fans had a reason to rejoice. As if the new anime Sailor Moon Crystal debuting this July isn’t enough to look forward to, last week Viz Media made an announcement that the original Sailor Moon series will be airing all 200 episodes uncut and in its entirety on stream and will then be released on Blu-Ray and DVD in the U.S. sometime in the fall. By the time of this posting, the first four episodes of the subtitled Sailor Moon will have already streamed on Hulu.
The popularity of the Attack on Titan anime has exploded since the Japanese release, igniting a future full of creepy Titans which include a Japanese live-action film (and a car commercial), and the English dub release of the anime. I’ve never been a huge anime fan before Attack on Titan, and I really grew to enjoy watching it with subtitles, so when the announcement of the English dub version appeared, I was pretty skeptical. Continue reading The first English dub clip of Attack on Titan has been released
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