Pokemon movie release

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So VIZ Media announced the new Pokemon movie is out on DVD today. Never been a fan of Ash and the gang although I do find Pikachu very cute and own a giant version of the yellow furball. It’s a denizen of my room along with a stuffed version of Kon from “Bleach.”

But I digress.

“Pokmon: The Rise of Darkrai” will hit store shelves today. Price is $19.98.

The Pokmon television series airs seven days a week on Cartoon Network and episodes can be viewed online on Toonami JetstreamT.

Here’s a synopsis of the movie from the VIZ release: “While touring Alamos Town – home of the Space-Time Tower – with the beautiful Alice, Ash and his friends discover that the town’s special garden has been decimated. Baron Alberto, a dashing but arrogant fellow, immediately blames the destruction on Darkrai.

As if it just overheard the accusation, Darkrai appears and confronts our heroes! Who is Darkrai? Is it a friend… or an enemy in disguise? And as a battle between Legendary Pokmon Dialga and Palkia rages directly above Alamos Town, and threatens to tear a hole in the space-time continuum, will Ash and his friends survive this showdown and learn Darkrai’s true nature?”

Attention “Death Note” fans

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VIZ Media has partnered with Hot Topic Inc. to promote the release of the live-action movie version of “Death Note.” Folks who buy the “Death Note” T-shirt or DVD in select Hot Topic stores will get a free ticket to the movie.

The movie will be shown in 300 cities at 7:30 p.m., May 20 and 21. The film based on the manga was released in Japan in 2006 and follows the manga’s story line closely, as far I know.

Ya want info on the event, head on down to deathnotefilms.com. If you’re curious about the manga itself, go to www.shonenjump.com.

Um I don’t remember signing up for pysch class…

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What in tarnation is wrong with anime nowadays? Not only is there a whole bunch of harem anime that are pointless and stupid, there seems to be more than enough pretentious shows polluting the airwaves.

I started out with such high hopes for “Ghost Hound” then as the series progressed I became more disappointed. I have no complaints with the quality of the animation which is high but the plot is just too convoluted and cloaked in way too much psychobabble. Like a middle school student can just talk about a psych theory at the drop of a hat let alone understand such yappings about the id and the nature of
memory.

Plus the droning on and on about this and that theory was enough to make me scream. The show drags when this happens and it occurs every episode.

The show tries to end with a big flourish by focusing on a cult religion and how the spirits of the mountain and of the faux organic beings created in the locally-based lab team up to help quash these nutjobs – literally. It was too late for me at that point. I didn’t much care if Taro or his friends succeeded in saving the elementary school girl who gets possessed by an ancient God. Don’t ask.

Avoid this pretentious yawnfest if you can.

A Time Witch and an Orphan with a Destiny

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The second season of Clamp’s otherworldly series, “xxxHolic” started airing in Japan last month. I’ve seen four episodes of it so far.

“xxxHolic: Kei” picks up where the first season left off. Our hapless hero, Kimihiro Watanuki, is still the housekeeper/cook/sake buyer for the time witch Yuko Ichihara who grants wishes for a price.

Also back is Shizuka Doumeki, a classmate who can fire spiritual arrows that saves Watanuki from the spirits, ghosts and goblins intent on devouring him. Watanuki nags and yells at Doumeki who turns a deaf ear to the insults and just demands lunch from the excitable orphan.

Viewers get to know in the first few episodes why Doumeki never sees Yuuko’s shop but only an overgrown field and a rotting fence. The shop is only visible to those who need it.

The first three episodes cover the story arc where Watanuki learns a hard lesson about life and friendship. He loses his right eye but gains half an eye from Doumeki and a better understanding of how others perceive him.

The manga is drawn in this stylized manner where figures are lean and elongated. It did not translate well in the anime version during the first season. It still looks ugly in the second season.

But I forgive the show it’s poor animation because it captures the essence of the manga which can be deep at times and sometimes just silly. Watch the first three episodes and see for yourself.

The first season is already available in the North American market. I don’t know if “xxxHolic Kei” has been licensed.