The Naruto the Movie: Ninja Clash in the Land of Snow

The Naruto the Movie: Ninja Clash in the Land of Snow (Snow Princess’ Book of Ninja Arts) is a Japanese animated action-adventure film. The Land of Snow possesses an unusually advanced level of technology when compared to other countries in theNaruto world. Things such as railroads, airships, snow mobiles, power generators and volley guns are commonplace here, though the latter fired salvos of kunai instead of bullets. Additionally, their ninja wear special Chakra Armour that makes them virtually immune to ninjutsu and genjutsu.

It is directed by Tensai Okamura and written by Katsuyuki Sumisawa based on the popular anime and manga series Naruto by Masashi Kishimoto and it was released in Japan on August 21, 2004. The fame of the series has generated a few continuations, starting with Naruto the Movie 2. The motion picture happens after scene 101. The completion melody is called Home Sweet Home and is sung by Yuki. The English adjustment supplanted this melody with “Never Give Up” by Jeremy Sweet because of authorizing limitations

A unique video animation, Konoha Annual Sports Festival (木ノ葉運動会 Konoha Undōkai), was incorporated with the Japanese arrival of the film. The ten-moment opening short rotates around Naruto’s powerlessness to utilize the restroom while taking an interest within a sports competition. It is prominent in light of the fact that basically every character, living or dead, in the Naruto universe stages a presentation in it, with the majority of them remaining in a restroom-queue. Minato Namikaze likewise makes an appearance in this shot.

The Naruto the Movie: Ninja Clash in the Land of Snow film was initially released in Japan on August 21, 2004. It was later released on DVD on April 28, 2005. The film was released in 160 theaters in the United States as an one-day demonstrating on June 6, 2007. Fifty threaters in Canada might see an one-day indicating on June 23, 2007. Psycho Entertainment did an exceptional one-day theater release in Australia on October 14, 2007. In 2007, the film was played at the Fantasia Festival and in the British Museum.The DVD release debuted at rank 25 on Nielsen Videoscan.

The Naruto the Movie: Ninja Clash in the Land of Snow

The Naruto the Movie: Ninja Clash in the Land of Snow

Rather than the OVA included with the Japanese release, the American release incorporated a short featurette entitled “Universe of Naruto”, and in addition in the background featurette subsequently with meetings with the principle English cast and select parts of the primary Japanese cast. The OVA will, in any case, show up in the North American DVD release. The DVD was released on September 4, 2007. The film debuted on Cartoon Network on September 8, 2007. The film additionally played at Cineplex Odeon and Empire Theaters silver screens in Canada, distrubted through Bell TV to play the film at all films in the same time.

 

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Bleach

Being on par with popular series such as Naruto and One Piece, Bleach is a Japanese anime that first appeared as a manga that was created by Tite Kubo. The series lasted for 366 episodes that had 111 episodes that did not appear on the manga. The producer of the anime was Studio Pierrot and hired Noriyuki Abe as the director. The voice actors that were casted for Bleach were famous and renowned professionals that include Johnny Yong Bosch. The composer of the music was Shiro Sagisu who was known for his musical composition for the Neon Genesis Evangelion. In the whole span of the anime series, there were 15 opening songs and twice as many ending songs that were used that showed various Japanese artists.

The Soul Reapers

The Soul Reapers

            The anime series revolves around Ichigo Kurosaki who inherits the powers of a Shinigami, the literal translation being ”Death God,” or also termed as Soul Reapers. They are death personified and are similar to the famous grim reaper who is also a Soul Reaper named Rukia Kichiki. His new abilities come with new responsibilities as he is given the role to defend people from evil spirits and to guide the souls of the dead to the afterlife. The producers, Studio Pierrot, aired the series from 2004 to 2012 and Viz Media owned the license to air the series overseas. In the United States, the Adult Swim of Cartoon Network showed the series on September 9, 2006. Aside from this, the series was translated into various languages such as Spanish, French, German, Portuguese and Filipino.

The conception of Bleach started on the desire of Tite Kubo to illustrate Shinigami wearing a kimono. This gave birth to the designed appearance of the Soul Reapers and also to the character of Rukia Kuchiki. Bleach was also initially set to be titled “Black” because of the colour of the Soul Reaper’s attire. Tite, however, decided to change it after seeing it as too bland and common.  The second name was “White” but it was then transformed into “Bleach” which was a subtle reference to the second name decided. When it came to the influences of the monster, Tite was inspired by GeGeGe no Kitaro of Shigeru Mizuki. The unique weapons saw their inspiration from Saint Seya of Msami Kurumada which was a manga that Tite loved when he was growing up. The entire creative conception of the plot was said to be revolving around the characters and hence they were the first parts of the series that was created.

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Digimon

Although some may wrongfully argue that the concept was a rip-off of Pokemon, Digimon is a series of its own. A shortcut for Digital Monters, Digimon is a Japanese media franchise that composes of virtual pet toys, anime series, manga series, video games, films, and a trading card game. Digimon is all about the creatures that are actually monsters that inhabit the Digital Universe, a parallel universe that was created from the humans’ different communication networks. In most of the version, the Digimon are taken care of by “Tamers” who are humans, usually kids that join their respective digital partners in battling evil Digimon that aim to obliterate the entire Digital World.

The first batck of Digimon Adventure tamers

The first batck of Digimon Adventure tamers

            The first conception of Digimon was that of a virtual pet toy much like the famous Tamagotchis and due to this, the designs of the creatures are evidently inspired by the virtual toy through the simple and roundish shapes of the Digimon. Due to the small size of the Tamagotchi screen, the designers were forced to create creatures whose appearances are easily distinguishable despite the small pixel space available. The first creatures like Tyrannomon, the very first Digimon, were created using dinosaurs as the basis for the design. The succeeding designs were made by the famous Kenji Watanabe that also helped in the conception of the X-Antibody creatures. Watanabe said that his influences were from the American comics that, during his time, were becoming more and more popular in Japan. Despite his brilliance, most of the designs of the characters in all the series were created through creative collaboration and brainstorms.

The production of the Digimon anime series is credited to Toei Animation and Bandai and the series was first aired in Japan on Fuji Television. The first 4 series were named Digimon: Digital Monsters in the international scene, on the other hand Savers was released under the name of Digimon Data SquadXros Wars will be released as Digimon Fusion. The first showing of the Digimon movie in the theaters in Japan was at March 6, 1999 and it was titled as Digimon Adventure. It was originally just intended to be a short movie but due to popular demand, it gave birth to the kid’s television show that we see today. The sequel to the movie was an anime television series that was titled the same as the movie and its first showing was on March 7, 1999. Eventually 5 more series succeeded the original one and a majority of these had movie versions. The anime series was credited for the vast popularity and success of the franchise.

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Princess Mononoke

One of the most successful Japanese anime movies released, Princess Mononoke, debuted in 1997, is an anime fictional epic fantasy adventure movie that was animated by Studio Ghibli. The director and writer of the movie is Hayao Miyazaki and its producer was Toshio Suzuki. Joining the impressive cast of the movie are the voice actors, Masahiko Nishimura, Akihiro Miwa, Mitsuko Mori,Yōji Matsuda, Yuriko Ishida, Yūko Tanaka, Kaoru Kobayashi, and Hisaya Morishige. The word “Mononoke” is actually not a name but a word in the Japanese vocabulary that refers to a monster or a spirit. A better translation of the title in the English would be “The Mononoke Princess” meaning the spirit princess. The movie was first showed in theatres throughout Japan on July 12, 1997. Princess Mononoke was then screened in North America three years after its first premiere in Japan and is the exact date is October 29, 1999. This has led the animator, Studio Ghibli, to gain significant popularity and praise throughout the world.

Protectors of the forest...

Protectors of the forest…

            The setting of Princess Mononoke is in the historical time of the final part of the Muromachi era which happens in the years of 1337 to 1573. Although borrowing a lot of actual Japanese history, the movie adds a lot of fantasy elements and the plot revolves around a young Emishi warrior, and his role in the battle between the magical defenders of a certain forest and the people that exhaust the resources found within this place. The main theme of the movie is about the environment and how it should be treated and the story of Princes Mononoke follows Ashitaka and his trip to the west. He is on a quest to remove the mortal curse that was set upon him by Nago, a normal boar that was transformed into a demon by Eboshi. Michelle J. Smith and Elizabeth Parsons states that: “makes heroes of outsiders in all identity politics categories and blurs the stereotypes that usually define such characters”. When it comes to the Deer God destroying the forest and Tataraba they state that: “supernatural forces of destruction are unleashed by humans greedily consuming natural resources”.   When it came to reception, the movie was a huge success in both Japan and the whole world. The film was distributed in the United States by Miramax Films which was owned by the Walt Disney Company and there was an interesting story that developed between the producer Toshio Suzuki and the distributor’s chairman, Harvey Weinstein. The latter had the demand that the movie should be edited and the Toshio replied by sending Weinstein a Japanese sword that had the message: “No cuts.” Moving on from this, the movie raked in millions from both the Japanese and International markets.

 

 

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Road to Ninja: Naruto the Movie

Road to Ninja: Naruto the Movie is a 2012 Japanese anime film, the ninth general Naruto film and sixth Naruto Shippūden film. It was released in theaters in Japan on July 28, 2012.Series creator Masashi Kishimoto has directed the movie. The film is situated in a different timeline of the Naruto universe in which Naruto never lost his parents and numerous characters have distinctive personalities.

Road to Ninja: Naruto the Movie

Road to Ninja: Naruto the Movie

In the motion picture, Naruto Uzumaki and his Hidden Leaf associates track and drive off parts of the Akatsuki who ought to never again be alive (Sasori, Deidara, Hidan, Kakuzu, Nagato, Konan, and Itachi). While his companions are commended by their families, Naruto wallows in forlornness before he is taken by his partner Sakura Haruno to the recreation center to hear her gripe about her guardians. On the other hand, Naruto uncovered to have been labeled by the Akatsuki, the two are snared by Tobias he utilizes the Limited Tsukuyomi to transport them into a substitute actuality focused around their internal considerations. Being called Menma, Naruto and Sakura are shocked to discover their companions acting the definite inverse of their normal selves alongside a coquettish Sasuke who never left the town. While Sakura discovers that her guardians are dead with her father as the actuality’s Fourth Hokage, Naruto sees his guardians, Minato and Kushina, alive and well. Not long after, Naruto and Sakura take part in a mission to recover the Red Moon scroll which subtle elements on the best way to thrashing a recondite veiled ninja. Throughout the mission, Kushina is harmed when she secures Naruto and deters the young’s refusal to bond with his parents After effectively recovering the scroll, the masked man takes Sakura prisoner and annihilates Konoha. While the Konoha ninja recover, Naruto leaves to trade the Red Moon scroll for Sakura’s life. He is joined by that actuality’s Akatsuki, lead by Itachi, who were sent by Tsunade to go about as Naruto’s reinforcement. A fight with the masked man uncovers him to be the true Menma. In spite of the fact that Naruto is triumphant over his partner, it would appear Menma was acting affected by Tobi who returns to have the adolescent’s body to concentrate the Nine Tails. Fortunately, utilizing the Red Moon scroll, Naruto cleanses Tobi from Menma and strengthens him to cancel the Limited Tsukuyomi. Menma, now freed of Tobi’s impact, is had a tendency to by Minato and Kushina while Naruto offers goodbye to his parents before coming back to his reality with Sakura. At Naruto’s condo, Iruka Umino invites Naruto home with a cake, reminding Naruto that despite the fact that he doesn’t have parents, he is not alone.

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Death Note

With a grim name for a title, Death Note first appeared as a Japanese manga series that was written by Tsugumi Ohba and was illustrated by Takeshi Obata. The story of the series revolves around Light Yagama who is a high school boy that discovered a magical notebook that had the title of “Death Note.” This mysterious notebook gives whoever holds it the power to kill any person that they know by name or by face. All throughout the series, the story follows Light’s continuous attempt to establish a world without evil and likening himself as God by using the powers of the notebook. Joining the story is a detective named L that does his best to stop the boy.

The note book that kills

The note book that kills

Madhouse was the company responsible for the anime version of Death Note and they had casted Tetsuro Araki as the director. The series started its air-time in Japan on October, 2006 and ended on June a year after. It lasted a total of 37 episodes that lasted for 20 minutes each. The first network to air the series was the Nippon Television network that allotted it a slot every Tuesday at 11:34 in the evening.

Outside Japan, the series was shown in the United States and was licensed under Viz. Americans had to use the “Download-to-Own” and “Download-to-Rent” services in order to view the anime while it was still showing in its country of origin, Japan. This had lead the series to be a pioneer of its own due to it being the first ever popular Japanese anime to be legally obtainable to viewers in America by downloading it at the same time that it is showing on the television sets in Japan. The episodes that are downloaded include the original Japanese audio track that is coupled with subtitles in the English language. These episodes were only downloadable in IGN’s Windows only Direct2Drive online service. Aside from being downloaded, the anime was also released in DVD that had both the English audio track, dubbed by Ocean Productions, and the original Japanese audio track with English subtitles. The announcement for the release of the DVD of the series was done at the Anime Expo 2007. The exact date for the official release was at November 20, 2007. It was also announced at Comic-Con International 2007 that the first 15,000 DVD’s come with collectible figures. The series was also aired on the television sets in Canada through YTV’s Bionix on September 7, 2007 but unfortunately it was postponed until October 26, 2007. In the United States, the series first showed on Cartoon Network’s Adult swim on October 20, 2007.

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Hunter x Hunter

Renowned for its unique and beautifully written plot and character development, Hunter x Hunter first appeared as a Japanese manga series that was created by Yoshihiro Togashi who was both the writer and illustrator of the series. The plot revolves around Gon who finds out that his father, whom he believed to have passed away, is still living and is actually a really famous Hunter. Hunters are people who are professionals with different wonderful quests like finding rare and unidentified animal species, treasure hunting, surveying and mapping of the unknown and even hunting down wanted criminals. His father, Ging, entrusted Gon to his relatives while he goes on to follow his dream of being a great Hunter. Despite being left, Gon has decided to undertake an adventure to follow his father by passing the difficult Hunter Examination and also to look for Ging himself. Throughout his journey, Gon meets and encounters different kinds of people, Hunters and even supernatural beings. It was said that the story of the series came from Togashi’s hobby of collecting various items.

Gon and his friends

Gon and his friends

The 1st anime version of the Hunter x Hunter series was produced by Nippon Animation and had hired Kazuhiro Furuhashi, known for directing the Rurouni Kenshi anime series, to be the director. The series spanned 62 episodes that aired on Fuji Televison starting on October 16, 1999 up until March 31, 2001.  Also, the series was broadcasted on the satellite television network station Animax. The anime adaptation closely follows the story of the manga but has toned down on the violent scenes to suit the young viewers. The DVD releases of the series, composed of thirteen volumes, were distributed by Marvelous Entertainment. Outside of Japan, Viz Media distributed the Hunter × Hunter anime and the English audio track was dubbed by The Ocean Group at Blue Water Studios in Canada.

 

Back in July 2011 there was an announcement that a new version of the anime series of Hunter x Hunter would be released and this adaptation was promised to be more faithful to the manga series. The new version did not succeed the first version but instead completely rehashed the series and started the story from the very beginning of the plot in the manga. Madhouse was the producer of this new series and they had hired Hiroshi Kojina to be the director. The scriptwriter was Jun Maekawa while the new designs for the character were done by Takahiro Yoshimatsu. This new version started to show on Nippon Television on October 2, 2011. Initially, the anime series showed on Sunday morning but after October 8, 2013, the time slot was moved to Tuesday evenings.

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Case Closed

Case Closed, known as Meitantei Conan (名探偵コナン?, lit. Great Detective Conan, officially translated as Detective Conan) in Japan, is a Japanese criminologist manga series cwritten and illustrated by Gosho Aoyama. The series takes place in modern day Japan and follows amateur detective Jimmy Kudo who solves cases in an episodic fashion.

The series is serialized in Shogakukan’s Weekly Shōnen Sunday since January 19, 1994, and has been gathered into 81 tankōbon volumes. Because of legal considerations with the name Detective Conan, the English version release was renamed to Case Closed. The story takes after Jimmy Kudo, a novice criminologist who was transformed into a child while examining the Black Organization

Case Closed

Case Closed

The anime adaptation of Detective Conan is produced by Yomiuri Telecasting Corporation and TMS Entertainment. Directed by Kenji Kodama and Yasuichiro Yamamoto, Conan’s cases have been adjapted into 25-moment episodes. Over 700  scenes have aired in Japan since the anime’s debut on January 8, 1996 making it the sixteenth longest anime series. Initially, Shogakukan gathered and allocated the episodes on VHS feature tapes between June 1996, and October 2006. Four hundred and twenty-six scenes were released on VHS until Shogakukan cast aside the format and exchanged it over to DVDs, beginning once again from the first episode.For the fifteenth celebration of the anime series, the series was made accessible for feature on demand. Detective Conan is later telecast in North America on NHK’s link system TV Japan.

In 2003, the initial 104 scenes of the regular animated series were authorized by Funimation for allocation in North America and was retitled Case Closed in light of legal considerations. The Meitantei Conan anime has additionally been released in different languages, for example, French, German and Italian. Case Closed appeared on Cartoon Network as a feature of their Adult Swim programming block on May 24, 2004; close to 50 scenes were authorized from Funimation because of low ratings. The Canadian channel YTV got the Case Closed arrangement and telecast 22 scenes between April 7, 2006, and September 2, 2006, preceding taking it off the air.Funimation made the arrangement accessible with the launch of the Funimation Channel in November 2005 and was temporarily accessible on Colors TV throughout its syndication with the Funimation Channel. A different English adjustment of the arrangement by Animax Asia debuted in the Philippines on January 18, 2006, under the name Detective Conan. Because Animax was unable to get further TV show rights, their rendition included 52 episodes.The series proceeded with reruns until August 7, 2006, when it was taken out from the station.

 

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