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What’s Hot: My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic “Double Rainboom” fan-made episode

Double Rainboom is finally out! A totally fan-made full length MLP:FiM episode, starring all your favorite ponies.  Made as a class project by FlamingoRich with assistance from a whole crew of MLP fans/bronies, and full permission of Hasbro, Double Rainboom is a clever, colorful treat!

Twilight has worked for a long time to create a magical potion. Except, she’s not really sure what it does. So, of course, Rainbow Dash drinks it. Suddenly, Rainbow Dash is super powerful. She does a double rainboom, and ends up transporting herself to a new dimension.  The PowerPuff Girls’ dimension…

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Review: Wreck It Ralph

For family fun last Saturday night, we decided to watch the animated Disney movie Wreck It Ralph. We all love video games, and the premise – of a downtrodden villain growing weary of doing villainous things, and wanting more – seemed appealing.

My kids mostly play their video games online on their PC, or on their consoles, or on their smart phones or ipods.  When I was a kid, if we wanted to play — we grabbed our quarters and cold hard cash, met up with friends and headed to the local arcade. To spend hours dropping quarters into machines.

But, what really goes on INSIDE those arcade video games?

And thus begins the story, of an 8-bit villain, wanting to be a hero…

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BronyCon 2013, Here we come!

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It’s official! Based on the fun time we had at Canterlot Gardens, our family has voted for this year’s family vacation to be going to BronyCon 2013 in Baltimore, Maryland on August 2-4.

We’ve purchased our Early Bird passes, and booked our rooms at the Hilton.

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Our trip to the Canterlot Gardens Convention

Canterlot Gardens Convention. Ohio. 2,000 My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic fans. Artist’s Gallery. Fighting is Magic Tournament. Panels. VA autographs. Cosplay. Music. Dancing. Swag. Bronies. Lots of ‘em.

Here is the story of our trip to Canterlot Gardens.

Once upon a time, there was a beautiful princess who loved ponies. And her brothers loved them too…

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Legend of Korra

The next Avatar is here, and her name is Korra.

There is only one Avatar – one person who brings balance to the world. The Avatar maintains both the balance of nature and the balance of peace between the world’s four nations. Only the Avatar can bend all four elements – water, earth, fire, and air.

Legend of Korra, an American animated TV series, premiered 4/14/12 on Nickelodeon and is the sequel to the hit show Avatar: The Last Airbender which aired from 2005 – 2008.

Legend of Korra takes place in the same Avatar: The Last Airbender mythology /universe, only 70 years later. Technology has advanced to around that of the 1920s. Korra will be darker themed than the original series – “more mature than original, but same sense of fun and adventure”.

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The new Shaman King 2012: Flowers

Note: Please check the bottom of this post for updates and links to English translations!

Shaman King fans. You’ve been waiting for it. It’s finally here. Hiroyuki Takei’s manga series Shaman King has been revived, first with Shaman King: Zero and now with the official sequel, Shaman King: Flowers – starting in the April 10 Jump Kai release. While Shaman King: Zero showed us the backstories of Yoh, Ren, Horohoro, Lyserg, Hao, and Chocolove, the new Shaman King: Flowers (シャーマンキング 花, Shāman Kingu Hana) will focus on Hana Asakura (the son of Yoh and Anna) development as a shaman.

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Coming Soon: The Secret World of Arrietty

“Residing quietly beneath the floorboards are little people who live undetected in a secret world to be discovered, where the smallest may stand tallest of all.”

Do you remember the book The Borrowers? About a family of little people and their adventures living, hidden, in a house of regular sized people?  When something small, like a thimble or sugarcube, would go missing it was because of the Borrowers – friendly, yet fiercely private little people.

Get ready to be swept away, and discover a secret world within our own. Walt Disney Pictures is releasing Hiyao Miyazaki’s latest Studio Ghibli film “The Secret World of Arrietty” on February 17th.  Arrietty is based on Mary Norton’s award winning childrens’ book series “The Borrowers”; Studio Ghibli and Miyazaki considered doing a film based on the novel for 40 years.  Written by master storyteller Hiyao Miyazaki, and directed by Hiromasa Yonebayashi, the animated fantasy film was initially released in Japan as “The Borrower Arrietty” or Karigurashi no Arrietty.

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The new Shaman King 2012: Zero Story

Note: Please check the bottom of this post for updates and links to English translations of omakes!

Hiroyuki Takei’s manga series Shaman King is being revived, starting with the November 10 Jump X release of an all new 44-page manga one shot about Yoh Asakura, called Zero Story.

While we’re waiting for the English translation of Zero Story, be sure to check out this new video on Anime News Network – it’s a song called “Osorezan Revoir”, sung by Mugumi Hayashibara (voice actress for Anna), and featuring an original illustration of Anna by Hiroyuki Takei.  And you MUST read the touching backstory on how this video came to be.

According to Anime News Network:

“The “Osōrezan Revoir” video was created to celebrate the revival of the Shaman King manga with a new 44-page story in Jump X [Kai]’s fifth volume on November 10. The manga short will depict a previously untold “zero story” about the main character Yō Asakura. According to the magazine, the manga short will be the first part in a series of short manga stories and lead up to a “Big Project” next spring.”

This one shot will, according to Shaman King Nation, tell the story of “Yoh Asakura leaving his hometown of Izumo and heading to Tokyo for the first time, as well as helping the spirit of a dead child pass on”.

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What’s Hot: Hatsune Miku

My daughter’s latest favorite diva is Hatsune Miku.  Miku is 16 years old, 5’2” with cyan blue ponytails that fall almost to her ankles.  She has a vocal range like no other – human, that is.  She is a Vocaloid – the child of technology, music, and anime.

Hatsune Miku performs on stage as a projection, on a massive mostly-transparent screen surrounded by towers, under a rock star light rack.  Rimmed by her band of live musicians, The 39s, she sings in the midst of a sea of glow sticks moving in rhythm.  With expressive dance moves and fun, catchy tunes, her name reads “first sound from the future”.

She is a musician. She is entertainment. She is a confluence. She is illustrated by KEI, animated by SEGA, created by Crypton Future Media, and powered by Yamaha’s technology, with a voice sampled from Japanese voice actress Saki Fujita, singing a song written by Ryo Supercell), that is published by Sony Entertainment.

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What’s Hot: My Little Pony Friendship is Magic

Yesterday I read in the news about My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, a new show that was becoming an internet meme and gaining a following of grown men – also known as “bronies” – even though the show’s target audience is 7 year old girls.

Honestly, my daughter is 8, and she packed up all her My Little Ponies last year, put them in a bag and gave them to me, saying “Here, I am SO done with these”.

I was actually doing some research, getting ready to list them on eBay, when I realized MLP  was a hot item and selling for good money. I wondered what was up – why was MLP so hot now?