Introducing Anime Deals

Deals

In an expanded effort to bring you the best deals and specials in the anime community I’m going to change how I format these deal posts.  From now on, these will be done on a weekly basis barring any unforeseen issues.  On top of that, I plan on expanding my search field to sites like Crunchyroll and FYE to give you a wider range of deals yo choose from.  These will com in three distinct posts separated by vendor and will be placed in their own category.  Stay tuned for future bargains.

Life and WordPress: Why I’m not Always On

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I figure its time for a proper explanation as to why I haven’t been on WordPress of late.  In truth, there are a ton of factors that have disallowed me to post.  I am thankfully over some of these hurtles some still plague me.  As suuch I want to grant my readers a brief glimpse into m life.  Hopefully my words convey the graveness of my current situation.  I hope it is satisfactory as I assure you my words are the absolute truth.  I thank those of you who read this as I hope you understand my need for honesty with my reader-base.

I am Disabled:

Although I think I’ve mentioned it a few times during my tenure as as a content-maker I am physically disabled.  I have a condition known as Cerebral Palsy (CP) which effects all four limbs and impairs neuro-muscular functions. Unfortunately, this means I am wheelchair-bound and my typing speed is severely hampered.  Also, a secondary illness known as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) which leaves largely lethargic and lacking energy.  Add to this a bit of joint issues brought on by arthritis and you have a very painful cocktail of problems that set me back and keep me in a sickly state.

These problems keep me  from posting regularly due to the fact that I am often in great pain.  While I do often come up with ideas for good content I find them hard to implement over extended periods.  This is also the main reason why my posts are so sparse and irregular.  In short, the spirit is willing but the flesh is limited. But, still I want to try to bring my content to you,

I am a Recent College Graduate:

I have just completed my primary college degree and I’m currently seeking employment.  As I carry a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts in Mass Media finding a job within that field  in a small town, in rural Georgia no less, is a herculean task.  Add to this a debt of over $30,000 and a distinct lack of mobility and you will likely see why posting becomes secondary.  While I do find it fun to give my opinions and let a few reviews out it does not yet pay my bills.  As such, I work freelance as a graphic designer, screenwriter and video editor to earn a small bit of pay.

Other Projects:

On top of my work as a freelancer I am als engaged in writing a novel and a few scripts.  You will likely see these coming to the forefront of my work as time goes on.  Some of these have been momentous undertakings over a decade in the making and take precedence over my blogging.  As I am close to publication, I will likely mention these more.  Essentially, these are my brain-children and, I hope, my legacy.  They are as important as this blog and my readership..

In conclusion, I hope you understand why this blog is slow going.  By no means is this my retirement from blogging.  In fact, I plan on producing new comtent very soon.  All I ask fore is patience and understanding.  Thank you for reading and feel free to comment.  For anime news and reviews keep your browser pointed here.

Adopting a Tumblr

logo-doneI have been giving something a good bit of thought lately.  I realize that as much as I write here on wordpress I never really take the time to socialize with you wonderful bloggers and readers. So, in an effort to be more social and connect more deeply with readers I have started a facebook, a Youtube channel, and a Tumblr.  You can find these at the links provided.  Hope to see you there and please note that tis is still my main site.

RWBY First Impressions

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I have had the honor of watching the premiere episode of RWBY Volume 4.The new episode, titled The Next Step, features a brand new animation style that blows the previous three volumes out of the water.  This makes the new character designs for the cast really stand out.  The premiere granted us a look a darker, grittier version of Remnant than the one we are used to but it was more than welcome given the events of the previous season.  We also get to see the the Legion of Doom-esque  council meeting where in we find out about the aftermath of the battle of Beacon.

By the time we catch up to team RNJR, or team JNRR, we find them doing what huntsmen and huntresses  do best with a new type of Grimm.  The fight was noteworthy as it showed of our new team’s dynamic and the growth of their skills since the time skip.  We even get to see the team pay homage to the late Pyrrha Nikos in both a comedic and a rather somber fashion.  As RNJR continue their trek to Haven  the viewer is left with a short look at Weiss Schnee who seems rather depressed.  Rather this stems from the fall of Beacon or a less-than-stellar return home it is apparent that the Snow Queen of Beacon Academy has been brought down.

I feel that the premiere of volume 4 set a standard by which all proceeding volumes of the series can be judged.  Rooster Teeth has manged to impress me not as a viewer ,but as a critic.  I sincerely hope that they can maintain this caliber of animation.  If so, it will be worthy of the late Monty Oum’s legacy.

Is RWBY an Anime?

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With the current buzz surrounding Roster Teeth’s widely-acclaimed animated series RWBY I felt it was the perfect time to question its legitimacy as an anime.  The community regards the series with a mixture of love and disdain due to the fact that it was produced by a team in the United States while blatantly employing stylistic and cultural tropes found  in anime.  To understand why the anime fandom is so split on the issue one must understand the difference between traditional anime and anime as a style.  Once those guidelines are established I will explain how RWBY corresponds to the stylistic guidelines of modern anime. Finally, I will give my thoughts on RWBY as an animated property.

 

RWBY‘s Stylistic Showings

As discussed in my Anime 101 article What is Anime Anime is the animation style that is localized to Japan.  This means that, traditionally, anime is exclusively Japanese.  As such Rwby would not be an considered a traditional  anime. However, when one considers that it is an anime-inspired series the facsimile anime feel gets close to the tradition.  While it was produced in America It feels like something produced by Gonzo or Madhouse.  From a viewer’s stance it feels like a piece from the 2000s.

Stylistically speaking, RWBY really shines as an example of great quality animation  and storytelling.  The story of RWBY takes in a world besieged by aspects of darkness called the Creatures of Grimm .  Four kingdoms rose with the help of the magical material known as dust and monster hunters known simply as huntsmen and huntresses.  The series proper fallows the titular Team RWBY  as they train to become huntresses. It is from this setting the show draws both its main cast and main villains.  Like most anime, we are first introduced to these main concepts but there is more depth than we know.

As it progressed, RWBY grew darker taking on undertones of political and racial tensions that converged in its third season. With each season, the animation and thus the fight scenes have improved greatly which made for a grand representation of character growth and combat education.  Below I have posted RWBY Red Trailer and volume four’s character short to compare this growth.

RWBY Red Trailer

 

RWBY  Volume 4 Character Short

These accurately portray the evolution of the main character.  Given that she evolves in appearance and personality we can see how  she has progressed.  This is noticeable in a lot of  anime with teens becoming ace pilots or warriors gaining powers.  Darker story-line and deep character growth  are a hallmark  of anime.  Ergo, it has the tags of of an anime in a stylistic since.

My Thoughs

So is it an anime?  Traditionally no, RWBY would not fall into that category.  Stylistically, it hits the mark for story and design.  In my my view it is an anime that evolves every year.  Even Cronchyroll notes it among its  stable.  Therefore, stylistically it is an anime.

 

Season four has premiered as of this post.  I invite you to watch it when it is available.  It is available of Crunchyroll.  Also Rooster Teeth offers early viewing now for First members. Either way you watch it I hope you enjoy it.