Latest Naruto episodes in English

English-dubbed uncut episodes of “Naruto” started airing on Joost.com and Hulu.com on Wednesday, according to VIZ Media.

Joost and Hulu are online video services that offer TV shows, movies and clips for free. The first five episodes of “Naruto” were made available April 15 with a new English-dubbed episode launching every Wednesday. Each episode will stream on both Joost (US and Canada) and Hulu (US) for about five weeks then rotate off the site making room for the next new episodes.

Joost.com and Hulu.com began showing episodes of “Naruto” with English subtitles last September.

For more info on the show and if you want to watch free episodes of “Naruto Shippuden” (English subtitled), head to www.Naruto.com.

Time for a power-up

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I am now one episode away from finally seeing Allen Walker, the hero of “D.Gray-man”, finally get his arm restored and earn a power boost. Yep, he gets a new costume and new moves. Woohoo! I really couldn’t take any more episodes where he would have emo moments on what his real purpose was and whether he would be able to return to the battlefield where the other exorcists are fighting with the Duke of Millenium and his minions in Japan. I cannot wait.

I didn’t like this show in the beginning but it has grown on me. I like it much better than “Death Note” now. (ducks apple thrown by Ryuk). Well I can’t lie. Sometimes I felt like the creator of “Death Note” overthought the plot. It was hard seeing it through the end despite the great animation.

I leave you with a shot of Allen.

The anime deprived

My computer won’t restart so I have no access to the anime files it carries. I have seen all the anime DVDs and tapes in my room already. I care not for the anime being shown on television because they are either re-runs or these are the shows I detest. Plus I am tied up with work so I cannot go to the anime store this week to borrow new DVDs.

Aaaargh! And double aargh! Fate is too cruel.

It’s only been a day and I am already moping. No anime means I can sleep early. Or heaven forbid, actually watch a tv show that doesn’t have the words “CSI”, “Law and Order” or “Cold Case” as part of its title. Hmm “Gossip Girl”, what’s that? Is that a show about some entertainment columnist or a neighborhood tattler?

Guess I can always go back to my old reliable standby – books.

Slashing bad anime for the greater good

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There are many good anime shows that entertain as well as make you think. In the same token, there are scads of anime series and OVAs that need to be buried deep, deep under a landfill.

Part of the reason I started this blog a little over a year ago was to show folks that there is more to anime than
what the mainstream media has portrayed over the years. Anime fans also come in all shapes and sizes. We are not all geeky 13-year-olds who can’t get a date or 20-something slackers living in our parents’ basements.

And we don’t just watch a stream of cute blue-haired girls who transform magically into costumed heroines in order to save the world with the help of pals. There are many genres of anime done in different styles and tackling a wide range of subject matter.

I blog about shows I think are excellent and those not worth the ink used on the cells. Yep, I gush over the ones I like and rip the terrible animes that I see.

Let me introduce my online alter ego, “Ronin Ruby”, which I choose to slap on this blog instead of my mug. My pal Manny created her for me. She skewers animators who turn out cruddy products and slashes anime shows she deems not worthy. Of course I don’t expect people to like what I favor. Everything here is just my opinion.

Why ronin? I picked the term because it refers to a masterless samurai. I have no master who tells me or pays me to like certain anime shows. So I thought the name fits.

Anime break

Sorry I have not posted for awhile. My new assignment (translation: job) slowed down my anime watching. I can’t be up all night on weekdays anymore.

I haven’t even downloaded the photos I took at the Anime Expo which was a surreal experience for me.

Managed to finish “Nodame Cantabile” last weekend and saw the last volume of “Shakugan no Shana” today. I’ll post something about the two shows later this week.

Naruto Shippuuden: Finally something worth watching

I stopped watching “Naruto” at episode 145 or so when it started doing stories that wasn’t part of the manga. “Naruto” ended at episode 220.

Naruto Shippuuden or Naruto: Hurricane Chronicles started airing February in Japan. The show picks up the story when a 15-year-old Naruto returns to Konoha after two years training with Jiraiya. I saw episodes one to three this weekend and I must say I like it a lot.

I saw this on You Tube, it’s the opening song of “Naruto Shippuuden”. Not bad at all. What do you think?