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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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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: Houki Boshi (BLEACH)

Here’s a vid of my daughter’s new favorite song – Houki Boshi, recorded by Korean singer Younha when she was only 17 years old.  The song was selected as an ending for the anime BLEACH (which I’m currently watching with our older kids, and will post a review on soon).  I love it because it’s such a happy tune, and it inspires my daughter to practice piano – and you can’t help but dance and twirl together to it.  Enjoy!

Want to know what she’s saying, in English?

Looking up to the night sky alone, I saw a comet
In an instant it burst open, and disappeared
When I think of you, my heart aches
I want to see you right now
But I can’t fly

If I could turn into a comet
I would run through the sky and fly
No matter what tomorrow is like, these feelings are strong
So this comet will never break open

When I grumble about hating it when it rains
I even now remember what you would say
Stars will come out beautifully in the night sky, after the rain
When I think about that
I think that I can grow to love the rain too

If I could turn into a comet
I would she’d my overflowing light
Whenever I was sad, you would always look up to the night sky
And make it shine even more, so that I would smile

You’re always alone, and fighting with something
But I can’t be
At your side

If I could turn into a comet
I would run through the sky and fly
It will definitely reach you, in the light of this moment
Your moment shines, bringing the sky around
If I could turn into a comet
I would certainly be by your side, at any time

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Review: .hack//Quantum

The latest in the .hack conglomerate, .hack//Quantum is an animated three part OVA released in Japan January 2011.  Quantum is the story of Sakuya (who looks like a female Kite), Tobias, and Mary, and their adventures in The World R:X.

Here’s a couple of YouTube preview links here and here.  Can’t wait to watch this – hope I can find it with English subs soon!

Check out my earlier review of the overall .hack mythology here, and my other posts with more details on Sign, Roots, G.U., Link, and Quantum.

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Review: .hack//G.U.

Once you have watched Roots, you’ll want to continue the story either by playing the .hack//G.U. video games (Rebirth, Reminisce, Redemption), watching .hack//G.U. Trilogy, or by reading the .hack//G.U.+ manga or the .hack//G.U. novels (The Terror of Death, Borderline MMO, Harald’s Archetype).

Haseo’s story continues, and he’s recruited into Project G.U. and the guild Raven.  Still searching for a way to save Shino and the Lost Ones, Haseo trains to regain his character’s strength and power.  Haseo learns about his hidden power and struggles to gain control of it.  While there are many familiar characters from .hack//Roots, we are introduced to several new characters including Endrance, Atoli, Bo and Saku, and Sakaki.  Haseo has several arena battles, becomes more involved with Atoli and Moon Tree guild, learns more about AIDA and the 8 Phases/Epitaphs/Morganna Factors and grows into his role as an Epitaph User with his Avatar Skeith.  (Cool fact:  Skeith means “Shadow” in Old Scottish.)

Mysteries are unveiled right up to the very end, and we watch as the characters are faced with questions such as – to what lengths will a person go to, to achieve their goals?  At what costs?  What are we capable of?  How strong is the human will?

For more information:

www.dothack.com

wikipedia.org/wiki/.hack_GU

dothack.wikia.com

Liar’s Smile (From .hack//G.U. Trilogy) ***Warning:  Spoilers***

Check out my earlier review of the overall .hack mythology here, and my other posts with more details on Sign, Roots, G.U., Link, and Quantum.  And, here’s a little bonus, now that we’re getting in deeper…

The Epitaph of Twilight: (source)

Yet to return, the shadowed one.

Who quests for the Twilight Dragon

Rumbles the Dark Hearth,

And Helba, Queen of the Dark,

has raised finally her army.

Apeiron, King of Light beckons.

At the base of the rainbow do they meet

Against the abominable Wave,

together they fight.

Alba’s lake boils.

Light’s great tree doth fall.

Power- now all to droplets turned

in the temple of Arche Koeln.

Returns to nothing,

this world of shadowless ones.

Never to return, the shadowed one,

Who quests for the Twilight Dragon.

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Review: .hack//Roots

.hack//Roots is the prequel to the second group of three PS2 G.U. games (Rebirth, Reminisce, Redemption).  Roots is the story of Haseo, a black adept rogue who holds a secret not even he knows about.  Set in The World:R2, it takes place around 10 years after Sign.

Again, strange things are happening and we search with the characters for answers.  Haseo is recruited by Ovan and the Twilight Brigade guild, and also by the shady TAN guild.  Other characters are introduced including Ovan, Shino, Phyllo, Kuhn, Tawalaya, Tabby, SakiSaka, Ender, Yata, Pi, and Tri Edge; it’s difficult to tell who is good and who is evil.  The Twilight Brigade is searching for the Key of the Twilight.  Does it exist?  What is it?  Again we are faced with mysteries, but this time, something darker is going on.  What is causing player characters in the real world to fall into a coma, and become Lost Ones?  Why is it happening?  Who is responsible?  Is there any way to save the Lost Ones?  Why is there such an interest in Haseo?  And what is with Ovan’s left arm, with its huge cylindrical container sealed with a massive lock?

As Haseo and his guildmates search for the Key of the Twilight, Shino is attacked by a mysterious PK (player killer) and becomes a Lost One.  Haseo becomes obsessed with finding the one responsible, and finding a way to save Shino.  Crazy and half mad, Haseo searches desperately, earns the nickname The Terror of Death, and trains to become stronger.  While I personally find the Tabby-focused episodes a bit boring, she serves as a light counterweight to Haseo’s intense and brooding personality.

Roots brings you even deeper into The World of .hack.  Everything we’ve learned about the creation of The World becomes the building blocks – The World is evolving.  The mystery deepens and by the end of Roots we are introduced to the G.U. Project, Epitaph Users, Phases, Avatars, and AIDA.  The story is now in full swing, leading into the G.U. video games.

For more information:

wikipedia.org/wiki/.hack//Roots

dothack.wikia.com/wiki/Roots

Some great music from Roots:

God Diva (Ali Project)

Dwindled Bible

Junkyousha No Yubi/Martyr’s Finger

Check out my earlier review of the overall .hack mythology here, and my other posts with more details on Sign, Roots, G.U., Link, and Quantum.