Ninninger 11, CM, and Vines released!

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Poll results from last week: Two stars 33% followed by four stars at 29%. I think most people are hoping it'll get better. We still have 3/4 of the series to go!

Toqger poll! So what'd you think of it? Yeah, I'm going to keep these going till we have a poll for each series.

Garo -Gold Storm- Shou 05 & CM released

There it is! Nanri Miki's killer move!

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Garo -Gold Storm- Shou poll! How are you liking it so far?

Happy Mommy Day!

Let's appreciate the mothers in toku, since they don't appear that often (compared to dads at least). And let's appreciate our own moms too.


Yes, we do have a wiki

Please consider using it! We try to have a good trivia section. The side bar and front page are a good place to start.

If you post on our forums and can't remember a character name. The wiki is linked at the top so you can double check it. The episode article is also linked from each episode thread, so feel free to check it out once you've seen it. That's what I like to do with IMDB after watching a movie. Sometimes there's no trivia at all, but sometimes, there's some great inside stuff. But we can't know it all, so that's why we need people's help.

Some of the info stuff and writing needs editing though. Because of that, we can really use more writers and editors. It's pretty free form. People just work on whatever interests them, whether it be actor info, series info, or whatever. We can probably use more pictures, better style formatting, a review of the episode summaries, etc.

Registered users are preferrable, but not necessary. You can just edit it without registering.

If you have any questions, hit the Discussion tab at the very top and post there. Or you can post to our forum dedicated to editing the wiki:

Wiki Editor's forum

DiEnd CSM Driver

So this actually has English subtitles on its Youtube video. But they're terrible. The font is small, and the translator is obviously some random guy that they grabbed to do the English. He has no idea why one guy goes on about treasure and why the other yells "onore" constantly, so he just leaves it out. This is pretty much what you get out of most commercial translations.

You can compare for yourself here:


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Happy birthday to Totani Kimito who turned 25 on May 7.

From Up on Poppy Hill

I wish this were the cover art of my Blu-ray

Another Ghibli movie down the hatch. I liked it a lot. I'm a big fan of these small town stories about a small group of people. It's like Roddenberry's utopia in present times, everyone knows your name, they all work hard, no one is malicious, and the problems are either external or come from people being misguided. Maybe that's why we find Ghilbi works so appealing.

There's nothing I like better than to be sucked into a world and this movie does it. I loved the feeling of being in 60s Japan, hearing Sukiyaki in the background, seeing all the sights of Tokyo, the old town architecture, the encroaching industrialization and smog. The Quartier Latin (for some reason the Japanese switch it around) is wonderful in its early stage. It looks lived in, used, the clutter full of memory and signs of humanity. I almost prefer it to the cleaned up version. And like I said above, there's nothing like a small town setting. I also got stupidly excited when they got out the wooden rice bowl and opened up the floor panels to reveal hidden vegetables.

For a review of the plot and nitpicks on translations, read the thread


KR Drive 28 & Junction released

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According last week's poll you 49% of you guys give Drive a 3 out of 5, 32% a 4, 10% a 5, and 7% a 2. This was out of 41 votes cast.

More Gaim Gaiden?

So I hear they're doing Gaim Gaiden for Ryouma and Zack. And while I'm glad that we're getting more Gaim, it does strike me as odd to choose these two. Here's my reasoning, they're both extremes on an one dimensional plane. Ryouma's kind of your mustache-twirling villain. He's mad and he does everything FOR SCIENCE! Making him a sympathetic character would ruin some of that.

Zack is the opposite, he's a mini-Kouta. He's a good guy, but he's never fleshed out as anything other than "a good guy". He's more of an accessory to highlight other characters, like Kaito's leadership skills, or the stand-in for the Beat Riders once things get serious. Not that they couldn't do a good story for him, it's just that he's such a blank slate that could mean anything.

So what do I want? I want Gaim Gaidens for Micchi and Youko. They're both extremely complex characters that are worth diving more into.

Micchi, you're supposed to find him off putting. He's cold, calculating, but his motivations are sort of understandable, if not sympathetic. They could tell a story about how he became the schemer that he is, one about the trials he went through as a traitor, etc. There's a lot of stuff to mine there.

Youko is also a person with a lot of personality, but isn't as fleshed out as much as she could be. We know what she believes in and what she represents, but we could use more background. Why does she want the things she wants? What kind of trials does she face being the person that she was? I think a whole episode devoted to her would be awesome, assuming it wasn't told badly.


Belated birthday to Mamoru Asana

Day late, but happy birthday to  Mamoru Asana

She played Cleric Jiiru on Garo -Makai no Hana-.

Birth Date: May 4, 1990 (age 25)

So I'm trying a new series on my blog. Actor birthdays.


Toqger character songs

Darkness ~Yami no Yuusha~
Oh hey, Nero has his own song? Some parts are okay, but overall I don't like it. Nice touch having the Shadow Line sing though.

Green Anchor
A Hikari theme song? Yes! We hear part of it in the background of one ep, but it's nice to hear the full thing. It's upbeat, but also really quietly passionate, which fits his character.

Choo-Choo WAGON
I surprisingly liked this song. I thought it'd be way oversexualized or annoying, but it's quite a cute song. Way to go Horie Yui.

Blue Lens no Mukou e
I was surprised by Tokacchi's song. I'm not familiar with his singing voice, and he sounds fairly masculine in this. Of course, now that I know it's him, I can totally hear his character in this.

Yellow heart
Mio's singing voice is really high. It's a little catchy. One interesting thing to note is that the lyrics were written by Riria, Mio's actress.

Sanjou! Narikiri GIRL
Unfortunately, I couldn't really get into this song. It's too bad, since I do like Kagura.

Noire Noire Nooire
Hisakawa Aya is a voice acting pro, and it shows here. (Sailor Mercury, Cure Moonlight and a million other roles.) I actually didn't think I liked this song at first, but after repeat listens, I can really admire how much range she has. There's something about the timber of her voice that's so, I dunno, maybe sexual? While not an overly sexual character, she's definitely extremely feminine. She's both a mother and a stereotype of a noble woman.

Ankoku no Arika
If Noire is a song that makes use of femininity, then Ankoku no Arika makes use of the Emperor's masculinity. Ohkuchi Kengo does a great job with this song. There's definitely a touch of loneliness and sadness in the song that's befitting his character.

Unfortunately, the other songs really didn't stick with me.


Weird Maxim scam?

So I started receiving Maxim in the mail last year. I was confused, but thought it was just a trial issue and didn't think any more of it. But this month, I decided to do a little investigation, and apparently they use companies like Subco Inc and Publications Unlimited to subscribe people to their magazine; hoping that people will forget and reup their subscription or pay for the subscription to make it go away.

For now, I'm going to ignore it. It doesn't sound like they have my credit card and this doesn't seem like a case of identity theft. (although maybe it is, I still haven't ruled that out).

Has this happened to anyone else?

Stuff you might be into: KIRI

Spent the night making this page. 

From director Sakamoto Koichi

Based on the manga “Shokugyou・Koroshiya.” by  Nishikawa Hideaki

Starring:  Shaku YumikoKubota YukiMisaki AyameKomiya ArisaArai Atsushi, and  Kurata Yasuaki



RIP Director's Cuts?

Has anyone noticed that Toei has stopped doing them? Personally, I'm glad they did, since there was never anything good in the new cut.

Looks like they stopped after Wizard & Fourze. Considering Fourze had three DCs, not including Wizard & Fourze and Fourze & OOO, it's hard not to see why consumers might get fed up with the double dipping. They even tried releasing DCs for Sentai that year. Crazy!

I'd much rather have them focus on rereleasing old shows onto Blu-ray format. I think that's a better use of their resources.



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