by Tommy Alonso
This year, I was able to attend the NIS America Press Event with my buddy, Hermsaur where they were able to talk about all the upcoming video games that NIS America will be releasing this year. This Press Event was held on February 17 at the Folsom Street Foundry in San Francisco, CA.
by Tommy Alonso
Stephanie is a American J-Pop idol that has been performing at conventions, shows, and maid cafes. She would always pop up at most of the events that I go to, but I've always wondered how did she get to where she wanted to be in this J-Pop industry? What better way to find out how, is by interviewing her...and so, here is the interview:
By Mike Buendia
Do you prefer love illuminaughty triangles? Heavenly harems? Tsundere? Kundere? Yandere? Full circle closure? Or open ended infinite fun times at the beach!
Today I wanted to share with you some of my personal favorite romance (some of this might be a stretch) stories:
All of these stories took me through a wild ride of happy, confusion, heartbreak, rage, laughter, annoyance, love, hate, and a burning desire to go to the beach or an onsen. Damn I got to find one here in Cali or just open one. That would be super awesome and "relaxing".
Happy Valentines Day! <3
by Mike Buendia
Anime, for the love of Kami-sama almighty what have I stumbled upon?!
Geez I don’t know where to begin, I love anime to this day.
If I had one way to describe anime it would be that it’s just pure energy and inspiration.
There are countless animes that are rise from the ashes and pierce through the heavens stories. And for me, I’ve got a frequency that vibes with that sparkle in a character’s eyes when he/she ignites to fight an impossible foe.
Examples that come to mind are:
Goku when he hears about a strong opponent.
Kamina and Simon when they point up to the sky declaring war on the status quo.
Onada deciding to join the cycling club and wanting to race with his friends.
In the beginning (90s) I didn’t really know what I was watching but I knew right away that this was different and awesome. I noticed that it wasn’t like the cartoons I saw on Saturday mornings or daytime cartoon network. I was surprised to see dramatic showdowns during fight scenes. I remember catching Inuyasha and Cowboy Bebop on Adult Swim at night. I thought “How can cartoons have such heavy seriousness, fights to the deaths, and wonderfully paired soundtracks to match the scenes?!” As a kid I felt like I was watching something I wasn’t supposed to! Was this a movie?...No this is a series! Wow! It’s like a long movie with side stories and adventures! WHAT?! We can learn about the different characters and backgrounds, even the bad guys?! This was discovering a cartoon that wasn’t a sitcom, and didn’t come full circle in one episode. IT WAS AMAZING! I was hooked.
Haha now that I think about it Pokemon was probably the anime that fogs up my memory because at that same time I was burying my face into my blue gameboy pocket my mom bought for my birthday training to become a Pokemon master. I have to say the Digimon series was more of an intense emotional story for me versus Pokemon. Only during the 1st Pokemon movie and it’s 1st episode did I feel something other than Ash’s intensity for battle. Although Dragon Ball and DBZ was also there in the beginning I felt similar vibes to Pokemon. I would say shows like Inuyasha, Ruroni Kenshin, Yuyuhakusho, Cowboy Bebop, Outlaw Star, hell even Cardcaptors were my 1st introductions to the animes that I like.
One of the reasons I love anime is because it remains one of my sources of inspiration and energy to chase after anything I set my sights on! More reasons in later posts!
Thanks for reading! =]
by Tommy Alonso
Let's talk ALA. It met my expectations and way more than just that.
This was my 2nd year of attending Anime Los Angeles. Comparing to my experience last year, this year takes the cake (and not the cake from Portal, hah hah). Last year, we weren't truly able to experience the greatness that this convention was. It was raining that weekend, so we weren't able to see all of the food trucks and cosplayers on set outside, but since it was a clear, sunny weekend, we had it all.
LET'S BREAK IT DOWN!
Write something about yourself. No need to be fancy, just an overview.