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A Rumiko Takahashi Bio

Posted by invizweb on October 10, 2008

courtesy of Pop-Cult

For more than 20 years, Rumiko Takahashi has created some of the most beloved manga (Japanese comic) titles, which have, in turn, been adapted into popular anime series that are a veritable who’s-who of classic Japanese animation. One of the most popular series created from her manga, InuYasha, has been a big hit on Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim for a couple of years now.

Takahashi has amassed an enviable record as the creator of numerous beloved series. Manga and anime such as Rumic World, Maison Ikkoku, Urusei Yatsura, Ranma 1/2, and InuYasha are well known to many longtime anime fans, and they’re all Takahashi creations. Even more remarkable about her career is the fact that she is among the few female creators of shounen manga (comics predominantly intended for a male audience, although they can and do have a following among women as well).

Takahashi boasts a clean yet subtly detailed artistic style that can depict action or slapstick comedy with equal aplomb. She’s expert at eliciting amusement with her characters’ exaggerated facial expressions. On the writing side, her love of puns, wacky situations, and romance has led her to create some of the most unique and beloved manga series ever, each of which balances comedy and romance in varying proportions. Her superb and memorable characters have also won her acclaim and adoration by fans.

She also is fond of incorporating references to Japanese and other folklore in her stories. Her ability to produce thousands of pages of superb art and write clever and humorous plots and dialogue for Japan’s weekly manga publications is nothing short of astounding.

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The Legacy of Ranma ½

Posted by invizweb on October 10, 2008

Taken from Shonen Sunday January, 1996 (via Rumic World)

In Japan, the mourning period for Ranma ½ still continues. The week after the last episode of Ranma in Shonen Sunday, a Ranma Memorial Section started, and has continued for several months. (Rumors of a shrine with candles in the Shogakukan offices are unsubstantiated.) Rumiko Takahashi herself, while working on a new manga feature for this Fall, has even come forward to console her fans with unrevealed secrets of the series. Want to know what would happen if Mousse got contact lenses? If Ranma had fallen half-in, half-out of a Jusenkyo pool? So do thousands of Japanese fans, whose letters to Takahashi have been answered in the Ranma Memorials. Reprinted here are some answers to those stay-awake-at-night questions.

Question: Before they came to the Tendo house, how did Ranma have any money to go to school? You never see Genma working. In the early days, when he went to school with Ryoga, he must have at least had money to buy bread…

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Happy 51st Birthday Rumiko Takahashi

Posted by invizweb on October 10, 2008

誕生日おめでとう 高橋 留美子 !

Decades ago when This One was still but a child of 10 or so, a subsidiary magazine of Electronic Gaming Monthly introduced me to the concept of anime, Japanese animation. Sure I watched a Doraemon movie but I thought animated media was for kids. The concept of cartoons for teenagers and adults was one foreign to my parents still to this day, and there was no Adult Swim then (yes I know there was Heavy Metal but that film was not in my awareness for another decade).

The particular anime that video game otaku introduced me to was a show entitled Ranma 1/2, based on a manga by Rumiko Takahashi of Nerima, Japan. Ranma Saotome was a teenage Martial Artist who was trained by his father, Genma, to be “a king amongst men.” Although the two were financially impoverished, they got by working marks. Along their journeys, they caught word of “the ultimate training grounds,” the purportedly cursed Jusenkyo Springs in China (probably in Yunan somewhere I would guess). Apparently, these springs were haunted by the spirits of those who drowned in them. If one was to fall into the springs, they would be cursed to assume the form of the fallen whenever s/he touched cold water. Not heeding the warnings of their bilingual Guide, they jumped on rail thin bamboo shoots overhanging the springs to spar. Ranma brutally knocked his father into a pool. He was startled seconds later when a rabid panda in his father’s now tattered gi pops up and paws him into a body of water. The brunette Ranma comes up for air and is started to find that he is now a buxom redhead girl. After some brief adventures in China, Ranma and father head to Japan to join the household of Genma’s good friend Soun Tendo as a prospective son-in-law to one of his daughters. Youngest daughter Akane Tendo also happens to be a very strong martial artist. And thus Ranma and Akane’s paths meet and chaos ensues~!

Sure it was not a perfect story. Ranma would announce his transformations as a curse until he needed to use them for a gainful purpose. No resolution one way or another was ever made of how he genuinely felt over his body and of his feelings towards Akane Tendo. The show/comic was homo- and transphobic at times (though in addressing the change in Ranma’s anima and animus, some transfolk may identify with this martial arts comedy fairy tale). And although the series was not Nietzsche, or even Jack Kirby’s Fourth World, Ranma’s coming of age story was like many of its kind: a young boy’s body changes drastically and he is confused over the metamorphosis to adulthood. He will be self-conscious and resentful at times. And thus like many other Hero’s Journeys, Saotome’s work as an allegory (the water which changes his gender is also representing of life and death) on many levels while providing hours of entertainment on end. And thus This One’s life was enriched if by a bit. So This One extends his most cordial and sincere wishes to the Queen herself, Rumiko Takahashi.

And for your edutainment intent, here are 5 articles throughout the 10 PM hour to commemorate 51 years of Rumiko Takahashi.

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update on XPW’s Cold Day In Hell DVD!

Posted by invizweb on October 9, 2008

Thanks to Dr. Keith Lipinski
XPW Cold Day In Hell DVD Release Update
Big Vision Entertainment has been working overtime to make the XPW Cold Day In Hell DVD release the “must have” DVD of the year. Originally, the DVD set was going to contain the entire Cold Day In Hell supershow, including the Miss Xtreme contest and the Dynamite D “Fallen Heroes” Battle Royal, but Big Vision officials have upped the ante wanting to give fans the most thorough XPW experience possible.
Now, the 2 Disc set will include the entire live event, plus a 45 minute “preview” show which will provide the background and set up for all of the Cold Day In Hell matches, additional vignettes/promos produced to set up the show, music videos, and a 2nd disc packed with classic matches of XPW’s “Fallen Heroes” including Chris Candido, Kronus, Big Dick Dudley, The Public Enemy, Pitbull #2, Snuff (Malice/The Wall), and XPW co-founder Dynamite D.
In total, over 6 hours of XPW action!
The decision to add the preview show and the Fallen Heroes matches has delayed the release. However, fans who pre-ordered the release will have their orders shipped by November 1. The DVD will be in stores nationwide in January.
XPW RETURNS!
From 1999-2003, XPW was the most controversial wrestling promotion on the planet. And then, seemingly without notice, it was over! The doors closed, the promotion shut down, and XPW was never to be heard from again. . .
UNTIL NOW.
For ONE NIGHT ONLY, XPW returned with what would turn out to be the most spectacular show in the renegade promotion’s history! STARS, SCARS, AND SURPRISES
DOUBLE MAIN EVENT! DREAM DEATHMATCH! NO ROPE – BARBED WIRE – DOUBLE HELL DEATHMATCH
THE NECRO BUTCHER vs. SUPREME
TAG TEAM WAR!
SABU & HOMELESS JIMMY vs. RAVEN & “WHITE TRASH” JOHNNY WEBB
With TERRY FUNK as SPECIAL GUEST REFEREE
THE GANGSTAS REUNITED!
NEW JACK & MUSTAFA vs. THE WSN
GRUDGE MATCH!
VAMPIRO vs. KAOS
RUBBER MATCH!
G.Q. MONEY vs. ANGEL
RESPECT MATCH!
LUKE HAWX vs. JACK EVANS vs. SCORPIO SKY
PLUS:
LIZZY VALENTINE
TOOL
POGO THE CLOWN
THE DYNAMITE D MEMORIAL BATTLE ROYAL!
TEAM REV PRO VS. TEAM XPW!
THE SANDMAN MAKES HIS PRESENCE FELT!

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Wildstorm’s Top Ten Season 2 #1s

Posted by invizweb on October 9, 2008

Two or three years back I had a chance to meet Zander Cannon of DC’s America’s Best Comics imprint. He was a really cool guy whose writing has made Top Ten one of my favorite comic series and its cast one of my favorite comic book teams. So I give my shout out to the talent and cordial Zander Cannon here~!  Below is an official DC press release:

Written by Zander Cannon; Art and Cover by Gene Ha AMERICA’S BEST COMICS. A new season dawns in the science-city of Neopolis! A new commissioner, along with some new rules, comes to Precinct 10, as Slipstream Phoenix, a rookie cop with an ugly secret, fights for respect among his new peers. Meanwhile, Shock-Headed Peter and the Dust Devil investigate a mysterious, ancient drug dealer, and a very public multiple homicide sets Captain Jetman and Lieutenant Peregrine scrambling for answers. The police procedural crime and intrigue continue in this new series based on concepts and characters created by legendary writer Alan Moore (WATCHMEN, V FOR VENDETTA). America’s Best Comics | 32pg. | Color | $2.99 US On Sale October 1, 2008

Preview here courtesy of Newsarama.

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CHIKARA: All 12 teams confirmed for November’s Tag World Grand Prix!

Posted by invizweb on October 9, 2008

CHIKARA: All 12 teams confirmed for November’s Tag World Grand Prix!

In just about a month, the CHIKARA gang is heading across the Atlantic to present the Tag World Grand Prix 2008 in conjunction with our pals at Westside Xtreme Wrestling. We’ve locked in 12 great tag teams from around the world – all together, the United States, Japan, England, Scotland, Canada, Egypt, Poland, Holland and Germany will be represented when we hit Oberhausen in November! In addition to which, some of the world’s finest mat men will be on hand in non-tourney action – we’re talking about the likes of Johnny Saint, Mike Quackenbush and Claudio Castagnoli!
Appearing in tournament action at the Tag World Grand Prix 2008:
~Representing CHIKARA in the Tag World Grand Prix 2008!~
The Colony (Fire Ant & Soldier Ant)
2.0 (Jagged & Shane Matthews)
The Osirian Portal (Ophidian & Amasis)
F.I.S.T. (Chuck Taylor & Icarus)
The UnStable (Vin Gerard & STIGMA)
~Representing 1PW in the Tag World Grand Prix 2008!~
The Fight Club (Jimmie James & Kid Fight)
~Representing wXw in the Tag World Grand Prix 2008!~
-wXw Tag Team Champions Doug Williams & Martin Stone
The Revolution Purple (Lazio Fe & Adam Polak)
Crimson City Saga (Tommy End & Zack Sabre, Jr.)
Thumbtack Jack & Bernd Fohr
~Just Added!~
Team World of Sport (Johnny Kidd & Robbie Brookside)
The International Airforce (Kota Ibushi & Pac)

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Legion of Super-Heroes Ends With #50

Posted by invizweb on October 7, 2008

By Vaneta Rogers for Newsarama

DC Comics confirmed for Newsarama at Baltimore Comic Con that Legion of Super-Heroes, the ongoing series that relaunched the fan-favorite, teenage team from the future, will be canceled with issue #50 after a four-year run.

“We’re going to bring a close to the Legion of Super-Heroes now,” said DC Senior VP and Executive Editor Dan DiDio. “There’s a lot going on with the characters. I thought that [writer] Jim [Shooter] and [artist] Francis [Manapul] have done a terrific job with the series, and ’50’ seemed like a really nice number to bring this series to a conclusion.”

However, Legion characters aren’t going away, DiDio said. “We’ve got a lot of plans and a lot of thought for the Legion right now, but coming out of the Legion of 3 Worlds, we’re going to let the characters rest for a little bit and see where we go from there,” he said.

Shooter, the current writer of the Legion of Super-Heroes ongoing comic, told Newsarama in Baltimore that he found out about a month ago that the series was canceled with Issue #50.

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In the Flesh returns Thursday October 16, 2008

Posted by invizweb on October 6, 2008

IN THE FLESH READING SERIES ORAL SEX NIGHT

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 16TH at 8 PM
AT HAPPY ENDING LOUNGE, 302 BROOME STREET, NYC
(B/D to Grand, J/M/Z to Bowery, F to Delancey, http://www.happyendinglounge.com)
Admission: Free
Happy Ending Lounge: 212-334-9676


Celebrate the joys of giving and receiving-—head, that is-—with the first Oral Sex Night at In The Flesh Reading Series, featuring readings from host Rachel Kramer Bussel’s latest anthologies, Tasting Him and Tasting Her. Readers including Tasting Him and Her contributors Tish Andersen, Heidi Champa, Emerald, Tsaurah Litzky, Michelle Robinson and Donna George Storey (author of erotic novel Amorous Woman) as well as Daniel Maurer (author of Brocabulary) and Fiona Zedde (author of Hungry for It and A Taste for Sin, among others), who will also read oral sex-themed work. Books will be available for sale and signing. Hosted and curated by Rachel Kramer Bussel. Free candy and cupcakes will be served. For more information about Tasting Him and Tasting Her, visit http://tastinghim.wordpress.com and http://tastingher.wordpress.com.

In the Flesh is a monthly reading series hosted at the appropriately named Happy Ending Lounge, and features the city’s best erotic writers sharing stories to get you hot and bothered, hosted and curated by acclaimed erotic writer and editor Rachel Kramer Bussel. From erotic poetry to down and dirty smut, these authors get naked on the page and will make you lust after them and their words. Since its debut in October 2005, In the Flesh has featured such authors as Laura Antoniou, Mo Beasley, Lily Burana, Jessica Cutler, Stephen Elliott, Valerie Frankel, Polly Frost, Gael Greene, Andy Horwitz, Debra Hyde, Maxim Jakubowski, Emily Scarlet Kramer of CAKE, Josh Kilmer-Purcell, Edith Layton, Logan Levkoff, Suzanne Portnoy, Sofia Quintero, M.J. Rose, Lauren Sanders, Danyel Smith, Grant Stoddard, Cecilia Tan, Carol Taylor, Dana Vachon, Veronica Vera, Susan Wright, and many others. The series has gotten press attention from the New York Times‘s UrbanEye, Escape (Hong Kong), Flavorpill, Time Out New York, The L Magazine, New York magazine, Philadelphia City Paper, Gothamist, Nerve.com and Wonkette, and has been praised by Dr. Ruth. This is not Amanda Stern’s Happy Ending Reading Series.

The New York Times‘s UrbanEye says:

“Writer and host Rachel Kramer Bussel welcomes eroticism of all stripes, spots and textures to the Happy Ending lounge on the Lower East Side.”

“Take these sexy tales home and let your imaginations loose during your own read-along for two while you and your partner share your wildest sexual fantasies. This is one event that will literally knock your socks off.” — Dr. Ruth

“We’re sure Bussel will only be satisfied if you come again and again.” — Flavorpil

More from Rachel here.

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“The Graysons” set for The CW

Posted by invizweb on October 6, 2008

By Matt Brady for Newsarama

According to Variety, the CW is preparing a new series based on Dick Grayson – before he was Robin, the sidekick of Batman. Kelly Souders and Brian Peterson – executive producers of Smallville, and Supernatual executive producer McG are behind the project, which has received a put pilot commitment from CW.

As the trade reports, the series will take a Smallville tone in that it will focus on the young man (Dick “DJ” Grayson – his full name is Richard John Grayson) before his hero days. The series will either replace Smallville, if this turns out to be the series final season, as many are speculating, or be a companion piece to the series starring a young Clark Kent, if this season’s ratings justify a ninth season.

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Big Japan Wrestling invades Easton, PA this Saturday, October 18th!

Posted by invizweb on October 5, 2008

Back in July, CHIKARA issued a challenge to a dozen promotions from around the world – and Big Japan Wrestling answered the call! On October 18th and 19th, both Easton and Philadelphia will get a taste of BJW action as the company’s stars clash with CHIKARA’s finest in a 2-day event unlike anything we’ve ever staged before!

Together, CHIKARA and Big Japan Wrestling will present the Global Gauntlet, which starts in Easton with a “Best of 5” series of singles matches. All in all, 8 matches will make up the card this Saturday in Easton, which features:
These matches will be part of the “Best of 5 Series:”
Ryuji Ito vs. Mike Quackenbush
Katsumasa Inoue vs. Hallowicked
Yuji Okabayashi vs. Ultimo Breakfast
Jaki Numazawa vs. UltraMantis Black
Daisuke Sekimoto vs. Brodie Lee

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EliteXC ‘Heat’ – 10/04/08 – round-by-round coverage Not good for TV.

Posted by invizweb on October 4, 2008

Segment:  Show opens with Ken apologizing that he pissed away 5 to 6 figures and possibly killing the office.  I wonder if this is the end for him.  Over a cut. he got from a headbutt during a warmup…There goes Elite.  Thank you Dr.  Fields…

Show returns with Frank saying Ken has tossed away the family legacy.  KIMBO is taking the fight against Petruzelli.

Can they fit 5 fights including a title fight in 2 hours?

Prefight video:  Benji Radach is hired by LA Boxing but doesn’t train there?  Good marketing Benji.

EliteXC ‘Heat’ – 10/04/08 – round-by-round coverage

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WWE SmackDown on MyNetworkTV Series Premiere recap

Posted by invizweb on October 4, 2008

New Opening Theme: I just got used to last season’s theme. Maria and Candice and Maryse are in the into now prominently. I agree with some of the critics this song is gonna need time.

Segment: Ross and Tazz introduce the show. JR and Tazz talk about 15 WWE superstars and Candice was put in a prominent place in the previewing showcase. Greg Helms auspiciously popped up in a video above the screen saying that he wants his money back if MVP is most payed. And the commentators thoroughly ignore him.

Opening Match: Jeff Hardy/ Rey Mysterio/ Batista/ Finlay (w/ Hornswoggle) vs Kane/ MVP/ JBL/ The Brian Kendrick (w/ Ezekiel). With that said I do not like Jeff’s opening theme. IS it me or is there acoustic issues already? No, apparently the WWE has completely damaged Rey’s heat so that Finlay and Hornswoggle get a better reaction on the ramp. No way is Batista 290lbs. Maybe 290 kilos. Good gods, Bryan Fucking Kendrick is so a total HBK ripoff. Spanky and Fit start. No wonder Finlay and Horny gets over: they are allowed to do double team spots on Kendrick and MVP befor ethe commercial break.

Why is MNTV doing a commercial that promotes for the premiering Star Wars show on Cartoon that starts the 2nd hour of this?

Action returns postcommerical with the faces getting heat on Kendrick? I don’t know how this makes sense. Kendrick finally finds an out with Ezekiel’s assistance. Everyone beats on Fit until Batista come sin and kills all the heels. Rey comes i and is about to double 619 Kendrick and MVP but Kane pulls him out and he hits face forward.

After the next commercial comes back, Tazz explains Lucha Libre mask stipulations like an ignorant honkey greaser would. Match returns with Rey taking whoopings from the heels. Rey keeps taking it until he counters a Kendrick attack with a variation of the Sliced Bread. The match finally goes Japanese when everyone comes in to do their running attacks ie Batista spearing JBL, Kendrick hitting a Running Wheel Kick, Finlay hitting Kendrick with a Clothesline, and Kane Booting Finlay. Then Rey nails Kane with a Missle Front Dropkick. 619 on MVP. Then Rey dives out on Kane. Jeff hits a Swanton to end the match pinning MVP.

Segment: The feud between the Big Show and the Undertaker is recapped. Big Show’s punches look decent I guess. Well it can be said that Vicky was dressed well for her destruction last week.

A commercial airs hyping the possibilities of Y2J/HBK’s battle on Sunday.

Segment: It appears the Big Show is GM tonight. Tiffany, Teddy Long, and Adamle are in the office trying to act as representatives for their respective shows. Tiffany is looking good tonight. Show comes in and shushes them all out. Chavo comes in complaining about hsi back, but Show threatens him with a beating if he does not wrestle a match tonight

Match 2: Santino Marella (WWE Intercontinental Champion w/ Beth Phoenix) vs Shelton Benjamin (WWE US Champion). Gregory Helms appears yet again over the action saying that Honkey Tonk Man would roll in his grave oveer the Honkey Meter and corrrects himself when he realizes Honkey is not dead. Santino’s schtick tonight contains decimals.

Post commercial, Shelton destroys Santino until Truth appears to rap. Distracted, Santino pins him after a flash Tornado Bomb while Shelton is heckling from the top rope.

Segment: The Big Show has an in-ring segment. Big Show makes claims that this match is for Vicky.

Match Three: Chavo Guerrero vs Mark Henry (w/Tony Atlas) / The Great Khali (w/ Ranjin Singh) . Henry yells to Chavo that Show is not there to save him tonight. The two sacks beat on Chavo until Henry hits him with the PowerSlam and Khali uses the Head Vice for a Ref Stoppage. Show then hits Chavo with a Hook.

When Show challenges Taker, Taker appears behind him after the Show gets to the ramp. Just curious? If Chavo was afraid of Show why did he get himself caught in a situation surrounded by Show, Khali, and Henry? Why didn’t he slide out of the unguarded side of the ring? Show and Khali are not that fast.

Post commercial, there is a notice on the screen that the UFC 75 reurn was beaten by SmackDown last week.

Match Four: CM Punk and The Colons [Carlito/Primo (WWE Tag Team Champs)] vs Priceless [Ted DiBiase Jr/ Cody Rhodes (World Tag Team Champions) and Manu]. Carlito comments that since Manu would look stupid outside this should be a Trios Match. Primo once again steals Carlito’s line and big bro once again loses his temper. Primo hits all his moves smoothly. His dropkicks are great. Carlito is not bad. In the closing segment the Colons hit huge dives on Cody and Manu though Carlito looks like his Flip Senton caused him to land some on his lower back. This match is sorta decent I guess. It ends with a Go 2 Sleep on Ted Jr.

Segment: Sitting backstage, Festus and Jesse are thanked. They are apparently the permanent Janitors.

Semifinal: Beth Phoenix (WWE Women’s Champion) vs Michelle McCool (WWE Diva’s Champion). This is a Lumberjill Match,and I do not recognize half the girls at ringside. The Glamazon looks Glamorous tonight. Did Kelly just blush as Michelle walk past? Why did Michelle try a Double Leg Shoot? Doesn’t she know that Beth is an Amateur Wrestling champion? When Beth tried her Vader Face Eraser Michelle tried a Roll but its countered with a Backdrop Suplex and then a Canadian Backbreaker. When Beth takes a breather,the Heels let her have a Pass but immediately jump on Michelle. Maryse interferes on Beth’s behalf repeated causing McCool to fall to a Phoenix Glam Slam.

Segment: A recap video for Jericho’s feud with HBK plays. Jericho’s championship victory is rewound.

Main Event: HHH (WWE Champion) vs Matt Hardy (ECW Champion) vs Chris Jericho (World Heavyweight Champion). Oh Oh. It looks like Matt got a better reaction than Hunter. You know what that means. Matt and HHH start by double-teaming Jericho. Then HHH betrays Matt. Commercial arrives as HHH and Matt are knocked off the apron with a Jericho Springboard Dropkick.

Commerical comes back and Jericho whips HHH and Matt together and they bonk lips. Later Jericho Monkey Flips HHH facefirst into Matt Hardy’s crotch while Matt was on the top. Then as Jericho and Matt were fighting on top HHH puts his face on Jericho crotch and Powerbombs him off while Jericho is Suplexing Jeff. Match finally ends with a HHH Pedigree on Matt.

Jericho kills HHH with a Code Breaker and then tries to crush Matt with a ladder until Jeff comes out. Jeff saves his bro and then lays out Hunter. As Jeff ia about to fly down Kozlov runs in with a Headbutt. Then he hits HHH with a Russian British Falls.

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