Darcy’s Kid-Friendly Anime Links

Hi hi everyone
I been busy doing some checking around and I found some really good things that will help you guys.
I am just now getting into manga, so its new to me. There is a lot of it out there, a lot of it is more for boys then girls too. And dad was sorta right, there are some that have violent stuff in them, but for the most part the stuff at Borders and Barnes and Nobles are for teens and kids. You just have to pretty much take it and open it up and flip though it to see. a lot easier with a book then a anime. 🙂

But I found out some really cool stuff. First, there is a Star wars manga out there! Yeps, from all the movies. Kevin would like that a lot. There is a American style manga series of the clone wars books out too.
Another one that is good, is the legend of Zelda manga.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manga_from_The_Legend_of_Zelda_series

I picked up the one where he is a adult at the convention and it is really good.

My neighbor Totoro is also available as a manga, I think there are four books of it so far. the movie was really good. [Read more…]

HTGYG Show #30: Heroes, Anime and Orcs

This week we listen to all the voicemail that has poured in about our Women Heroes show and our Anime show. Thanks to Tim, RapidEye, TJ and Arkle for calling in!

The Jodcast

Astroboy Trailer on Slice of Scifi

Kiki’s Delivery Service

Thanks for all the input, and keep it coming! And, if you have some time, I would appreciate a review on iTunes!

Don’t forget to check out the 365 Days of Astronomy Podcast!

Please email me with your own comments at howtogrowyourgeek – at-gmail -dot-com, or call my voicemail number at 206-202-7309 and leave your thoughts. You can also visit our forum at the Farpoint Forums.And last but not least, you can follow me on Twitter!

Bumpers: Short Cummings Audio

Promos:Variant Frequencies and The One Tree Hill Podcast

Theme music courtesy of Jonathan Coulton

HTGYG Show #29: Not All Animation Is For Kids!

Hi everone! We begin with a voicemail from Tim commenting on women heroes, and how Col. Samantha Carter was so smart she even rescued MacGyver! Darcy picked out these women heroes, and I have to say I agree with her choice!

Then I talked about being aware that not all animation is for kids. Be it books, movies, games or television, you as parents and adults should be aware of the content, and know if it is appropriate for the kids to have.

I recommended the Miyazaki films Castle in the Sky, Spirited Away, Howl’s Moving Castle, and My Neighbor Totoro (and I forgot to mention Kiki’s Delivery Service) for kids, and the Girl Genius graphic novels for teens – one of Darcy’s faves!

Thanks for all the input, and keep it coming! And, if you have some time, I would appreciate a review on iTunes!

Don’t forget to check out the 365 Days of Astronomy Podcast!

Please email me with your own comments at howtogrowyourgeek – at-gmail -dot-com, or call my voicemail number at 206-202-7309 and leave your thoughts. You can also visit our forum at the Farpoint Forums.And last but not least, you can follow me on Twitter!

Bumpers: The Geek Survival Guide

Promo: Dragon Page Cover to Cover and The Gmail Podcast

Theme music courtesy of Jonathan Coulton

David reviews “Ghost Hunt” (Anime)

“Ghost Hunt” anime
25 episodes available in two 2-pack DVD sets
From Funimation, easily available
Japanese and English language
Unrated, guessing PG-13

Modern Japanese high school.  Three girls are taking turns telling ghost stories.  The room is dark except for the small lights they have.  After all the stories are done the girls count off to three, if someone says “four” that is a ghost.  Imagine their surprise when a male voice says “four.”  This guy Kazuya Shibuya is there and turns on the light.  He is handsome and cool and there is some swooning.
Mai Taniyama is suspicious though, who is this guy?  He is not a student, there is something wrong in look in his eyes. A regular Nancy Drew.

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David reviews “The Sword of the Stranger” (PG-13)

Hi Susie,

I saw the anime movie “The Sword of the Stranger” Thursday and the theater messed up enough that I was upset for awhile. Now, the plot, the good, the bad.

Japan’s Warring States Period.  No country, just different Lords fighting.  A team of Chinese are paying for a special temple to be built by a lord in order to perform a ceremony for the Chinese Emperor.  This involves a specific boy to be sacrificed at a specific time.  The lord’s troops help the Chinese look for him.

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David suggests some more Anime (PG-13)

Something that came out almost three years ago is “Bokurano.”
It will make you cry and would have at least PG-13 rating if ever released here.
Plot/topics: middle school kids are tricked into piloting a giant robot.  At first “pretty cool.”
Then they learn the price that has to be cool and the rest of the show is about getting out of the contract
and how different people face certain death and the government covers ups that the planet depends on kids.
And how do we get this technology for ourselves?
Multiverse as well.  Also, has bursts of static between scenes (did I just miss something important?)

Something else I would like to see all of, but have not is “Giantic Formula.”  Giant stone heads of the Greek gods are found. They nearly destroy the world.  They have the human build them giant robot bodies and fight one another.

Each country in the world has its own god/robot.  It is not that messed up and should be find with middle schoolers. In a demoralizing start the Russian airforce runs rough-sod over the Japanese military, then the Russian god/robot shows up. Much time of the series is spent with the different pilots of the god/robots.

Enjoy!

David

Darcy reviews “Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind”

Hi guys,
And happy Valentine’s day! I hope you guys remembered the girls and got them lots of flowers. I like candy, btw. I mean if you have some left over. 🙂

I wanted to do something different this time and review one of most favorite things. Anime!!! I LOVE good anime. Like Pixar and other stuff, some can get kinda weird and not all of it is good for kids. I watch some that are, and some that aren’t. But for here I will review ones that everyone can see, because it’s always best when you get to share stuff with your whole family. Also I thought it best to review these in case someone saw them and wanted to buy them, and anime is expensive to buy. So it best to know what’s good and what’s not before you spend money on them. This first one I can tell you is one of the best. It was introduced by one of the Pixar guys who said, “what you are about to see is one of my all time favorite movies.” Dude, when a guy like that says something like that, you just know its good right?

Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind —

from the back of the box:  from one of the most celebrated filmakers in the history of animation and the creator of the academy award winning Spirited Away, comes Hayao Miyazarki’s epic masterpiece Nausicaa of the valley of the wind.
A thousand years after a global war, a seaside kingdom known as the valley of the wind remains one of only a few areas still populated. Led by the courageous Princess Nausicaa, the people of the valley are engaged in a constant struggle with powerful insects called Ohmu, who guard a poisonous jungle that is spreading across the earth. Nausicaa and her brave companions, together with the people of the valley; strive to restore the bond between humanity and the earth.
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Darcy reviews the DVD “Record of Lodoss War”

From the box: Lodoss, the accursed island, Born in battle and baptized in fire, it has seen wars ravage it’s kingdom for thousands of years, Now, an evil beyond any it has ever faced before is awakening, and a party of six are drawn together to battle for the future of everything dear to them. among them: Parn, a young fighter who lacks experience and i driven by his desire to redeem his father’s tarnished name; Deedlit, a young and haughty elf girl who is both attracted to the young fighter and infuriated by his lack of interest. Ghim, a grizzled dwarf warrior haunted by a personal failure; Eton, a young priest; Slayn, a skilled magic user. And Woodchuck, a cynical but good natured thief. [Read more…]