Thursday, November 28, 2013

The Importance of Moe in Character Merchandise

This school semester (sans-finals) is finally over and this time round, I took my first honors-level class on Japanese popular culture. After much contemplation, for my research paper, I decided to write on the inherent importance of moe-elements when it comes to character merchandise. It was a long and arduous process to see this paper to completion, but it was well worth it and exceedingly fun and educational.


Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Lupin III is getting the Live Action Film treatment in 2014

Those who grew up with the exploits of a certain ARSENE LUPIN III, best be excited, for Japan is going to give this iconic Manga/ Anime series the live action film treatment come 2014!

Much like recent hits Rurouni Kenshin and Gatchaman, the LUPIN III/ RUPAN SANSEI franchise has been officially tapped and announced for the big screen, coming sometime in Summer 2014. Created by MONKEY PUNCH in August 1967, the character is the grandson of Arsene Lupin, the gentleman master thief and main character of MAURICE LEBLANC'S novels, who steals valuable items and travels around the world with his trusted allies, Marksman Daisuke Jigen and Samurai Goemon Ishikawa XIII. Also working together with the gang is Lupin's love interest Fujiko Mine, who the thief lusts after, but is usually manipulated by the female fetale for her own gains. Inspector Koichi Zenigata of the ICPO has made it his personal mission to apprehend Lupin and his crew, going through thick and thin to chase the thief wherever he goes around the globe.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013