|Posted by Anna H. on March 26, 2017 at 12:30 PM||comments (4)|
How's it going my gumdrops? Earlier this morning, Tokyo Ghoul premiered on Adult Swim's Toonami block. Hopefully, this Seinen SciFi Horror Action Anime does well in the ratings, despite the Toonami nit pickers acting like crybabies and throwing their tantrums ad nauseam because it does not live up to being the stereotypical Toonami Anime.
To all those who have never watched episode 1 of Tokyo Ghoul, if you liked Parasyte -The Maxim-, you should enjoy Tokyo Ghoul.
Over the last 2 weeks, the Toonami fans that watch One Piece have been acting like crybabies because One Piece was replaced with Tokyo Ghoul. Meanwhile, there are the other Toonami fans, who love ruining everything for other fan bases with their incessant nit picking of shows, that don't fit their personal Toonami archetypes.
Those Anime fans in particular are partially to blame for the cancelation of Chiller TV's Anime Wednesday block from 2 summers ago. Toonami fans and other Anime fans nit picked Anime Wednesday so much, that their incessant nit picking was the straw that broke the camel's back.
Their constant bitching online contributed to the downfall of Anime Wednesday.
Nearly 2 years later, I am still reeling over the fact, that Chiller TV not only did a piss poor job of advertising Anime Wednesday, but also canceled their own Horror Anime block within the first 3 weeks.
About 10 years ago, SciFi launched their Ani-Monday block. Shortly after, Chiller TV began airing Ani-Monday.
Because Chiller TV and Syfy are sister channels owned by NBC Universal, Horror Anime that previously aired on SciFi eventually got transferred to Chiller TV. This wasn't the case with the network's Anime Wednesday block the last time.
The Anime Wednesday block actually had shows, that SciFi NEVER aired, which was a positive. However, the Horror Anime for Chiller TV's Anime Wednesday block did NOT necessarily qualify as Horror Anime. Both Anime AND Toonami Anime fans made the biggest stinks online about Is This A Zombie? airing on this Horror Anime block.
Is This A Zombie? did NOT qualify as a Horror Anime. In fact, 1/2 the shows on Chiller's Anime Wednesday block were comedies for a Horror Anime block.
Even though I enjoyed watching Black Blood Brothers and Is This A Zombie? years before Chiller acquired them, they were mostly Supernatural Comedy Anime.
There are a plethora of Horror Anime titles, that Chiller TV could've acquired and aired at a decent timeslot.
I believe if Chiller really wanted to compete against Adult Swim's Toonami block, the network could've possibly aired Horror Drama and Mystery Anime at 9pm on Saturdays or Sundays. This would've been MUCH better than airing Anime on Wednesdays at midnight.
Chiller TV also could've aired its Horror Anime block starting at 9pm on Fridays. Although, that would've been too logical.
I am somewhat surprised the network did NOT acquire the Occult Supernatural Detective Anime, Tactics. SciFi originally aired it on Ani-Monday in 2008.
Then again, Tactics might've lacked suspense for Horror Anime fans. The Anime is set, during the Taisho Era as opposed to the Meiji Era in the Manga. Regardless, Tactics centers around the young man, Kantarou Ichinomiya.
Since childhood, he had the ability to see yokai and was of course, ostracized for having this special ability. Kantarou's yokai friends told him, that he must find the oni-eating tengu, in order to become stronger.
Shortly after, Kantarou vowed to find the oni-eating tengu and name it. Long story short, the florist/part-time exorcist finds this oni-eating tengu on an assignment in the mountains and names him, Haruka.
I could explain more, but it would be much better for you to watch Tactics in the link below for today's Cartoon Sunday.
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|Posted by Anna H. on March 12, 2017 at 7:00 AM||comments (4)|
How's it going my gumdrops? Looks like some of you really enjoyed yesterday's Song Saturday blog. So, how creepy was it to re-read yesterday's blog about the banshee with Henry Cowell's song, "The Banshee" playing in the background?
Even though One Piece fans get the shaft as usual, this is fantastic news for us Horror Anime fans. For a year or so, I have said that Tokyo Ghoul should've aired on Adult Swim's Toonami block after Parasyte -The Maxim- ended. It would've been the perfect replacement for Parasyte.
With the constant promotion during the shortly lived Anime Wednesday block, it originally seemed as if Chiller TV was going to air Tokyo Ghoul. Speaking of Chiller TV, Dish Network removed the channel from its package, last month.
This means the channel will be more niche than it already was on for the last decade. Both Dish Network and Direct TV were the ONLY packages, that carried Chiller TV.
Right now, I shouldn't complain too much. Tokyo Ghoul is a series that I never had a chance to watch in its entirety online because of my hectic schedule and because of Hulu. That online streaming site shafted all its loyal users, who watched free online streaming shows.
In order to watch their programming, Hulu NOW requires you to sign up using your social media accounts. This is all because the company wants to track our personal information and because Hulu wants to compete with Netflix.
Since I don't have Netflix or use Hulu anymore, both are irrelevant to me. At least I will have another show to watch on Adult Swim's Toonami block on the weekends.
In 2 more weeks on Toonami, I will be watching Tokyo Ghoul, Naruto Shippuden, and JoJo's Bizarre Adventure. Tokyo Ghoul's a small victory for Horror Anime fans and for yours truly.
Meanwhile, I have another animated short by Bill Tytla for today's Cartoon Sunday. Last week, I shared his 1949 short, Leprechauns Gold. 2 years before Leprechauns Gold, Tytla created The Wee Men.
You are probably wondering why I did not share his 1947 short before his 1949 short. I purposely saved The Wee Men for today's Cartoon Sunday blog because Saint Patrick's Day is on Friday, this year. Therefore, you may want to consider today's blog an early Saint Patrick's Day Cartoon Sunday blog.
This 1947 animated short by Bill Tytla has relevance to Saint Patrick's Day. The Wee Men is similar to the 1949 animated short, Leprechauns Gold. Legend supposedly has it in Ireland, that leprechauns live with a hidden pot of gold.
If anyone succeeds in capturing 1 of the so-called "wee men," he must lead to the gold's hidden location.
In The Wee Men, the leprechauns make shoes and deliver them to poor people. On Patrick's 121st birthday, he wants to prove his manhood by delivering the shoes he and the other leprechauns make to the poor.
In the process of shoe delivering, Patrick is caught by a greedy landlord, who wants to steal the leprechauns' gold. Their pot of gold has been buried under a tree stump and the landlord wants Patrick to reveal the location to it.
Bill Tytla's The Wee Men (1947)
If it is possible, I will try sharing something else this week for Saint Patrick's Day. In the meantime...
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|Posted by Anna H. on March 5, 2017 at 7:15 AM||comments (0)|
How's it going my gumdrops? The ban on my original Google Plus account will be lifted today! It's about time! I CANNOT help reiterating how ridiculous Google Plus' bans are for regular users of their site.
Banning users for starting flame wars and trolling on the "interest-based social networking site" is understandable, but neither was my situation. I'm glad this ridiculousness will be over soon.
This does NOT mean, that I will stop spreading the word about my content inside and outside of Google Plus. Hopefully, more of you enjoyed yesterday's Song Saturday blog.
Next Saturday will be feature some creepy music. Speaking of creepy, these next 2 Cartoon Sunday blogs somewhat have creepy tones to them.
Is it just me or does it seem like animated shorts from the 1920's to 1970's had creepier illustrations?
I don't recall of any animated shorts from the 1980's and '90s, especially animated shorts with creepy art illustrations. We had more cutesy illustrations. Otherwise, some looked really generic, abstract, or were just horribly illustrated cartoons.
If there were any animated shorts, that aired on local and cable channels, during the 1980's and '90s, I don't recall of them. Then again, I reached puberty very early in the early 1990's and outgrew most of the cartoons and TV shows meant for children. Now, here I am in my mid-30's discovering and watching cartoons, again.
We already know there is a stigma to watching animation as an adult. However, there is always a justification for why it is highly acceptable for adults to rush to the movie theaters to go see the latest Disney film.
Regardless of how adult animation elitists want to justify it, most Disney films ARE cartoons in movie form. Disney films are usually sugarcoated and dumbed down content meant for children.
I view the characters and stories in animation differently, as an adult. Yes, I know those characters are NOT real people. Although, the characters and the stories DO have some human-like qualities with more realistic topics.
Bill Tytla's animated shorts somewhat reflect realistic characters with human-like qualities to them. Only judging based on 2 of this Ukrainian American animator's shorts, that I have seen, Tytla's works were similar to Ub Iwerks.
Like last October when I featured Ub Iwerks' animated shorts, these next 2 Cartoon Sundays will feature Bill Tytla's animated shorts in the spirit of Saint Patrick's Day.
Today we have Bill Tytla's Leprechauns Gold. Leprechauns Gold is an Irish themed animated short depicting leprechauns, during their annual gold-washing ceremony. They also manage to outsmart an evil landlord, who plots to steal their gold in the process.
Bill Tytla's Leprechauns Gold (1949)
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|Posted by Anna H. on February 19, 2017 at 10:15 AM||comments (0)|
How's it going my gumdrops? Did you enjoy the last Cartoon Sunday blog I published on Thursday? In case you missed that delayed blog, you can read it HERE. Hopefully, more Gen X Horror and '80s Metal fans enjoyed yesterday's Song Saturday blog about Dokken.
Speaking of the 1980's, more musicians were name dropped in last night's episode of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Battle Tendency. Lately, more musicians from the '80s are being referenced to in Part 2 of this series. Hirohiko Araki's characters are named after many groups (mostly Rock bands) and singers in general.
It has been about several months, since I last mentioned the JoJo's Bizarre Adventure franchise. Recently, I discovered that JoJo's Bizarre Adventure is considered to be a "multi-generational" franchise.
JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Phantom Blood was only Part 1 of this franchise. Part 1 took place during the 19th Century in England, when Jonathan Joestar was learning how to use Hamon.
Hamon is supposedly a form of Martial Arts, which uses the sun's energy.
Will A. Zeppeli taught Jonathan how to use Hamon to fight his sinister, adopted brother, Dio Brando and Dio's minions of vampires. The 2nd part of this series is Battle Tendency. Parts 1 and 2 are combined as Season 1 of the JoJo's Bizarre Adventure franchise.
Now that JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Battle Tendency is airing on Adult Swim's Toonami block, the franchise takes place, during the 1930's with Jonathan Joestar's grandson, Joseph Joestar (in the picture above) in America. Lately, there have been a lot of 1980's singers being named dropped.
Last week, the character "Lisa Lisa" was introduced. There was also a song sample of Yes' "Owner Of A Lonely Heart" being used, when Joseph was doing Hamon training.
In Battle Tendency, Joseph Joestar trains to defeat The Pillar Men. The Pillar Men are members of an ancient vampiric race. Last night, he managed to defeat Esidisi. Esidisi is named after the Hard Rock band, AC/DC.
Watching JoJo's Bizarre Adventure is quite an entertaining franchse for a Shonen Supernatural Thriller Action Anime. The illustrations of these characters look like dated Anime characters from the 1980's.
Every time a musician is name dropped in this series, I start laughing. Rather than sharing the usual animation, I thought it would be better to learn more about the names of the characters from the JoJo's Bizarre Adventure franchise for Cartoon Sunday.
1) JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Phantom Blood Music References (2016)
2) JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Battle Tendency Music References (2016)
Suddenly, I have Led Zeppelin's "Immigrant Song" stuck in my head.
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|Posted by Anna H. on February 16, 2017 at 8:30 AM||comments (0)|
How's it going my gumdrops? In case you did not check your e-mail inboxes or spam and in case you have not noticed, only 1 blog was published over the last 2 weeks. Some of you may have wondered, "Hey Anna! What's going on?!"
When I was in the middle of using my Dell laptop 2 weeks ago, it said my battery charge was low. Before I could do anything, it suddenly shut down.
Then, 2-3 days later, after I had JUST published Song Saturday: Alanis Morissette's Your House, my Toshiba laptop gave the same reading and shut down. Therefore, I was unable to publish more blogs these last 2 weeks.
Because the last 2 Song Saturday and Cartoon Sunday blogs were delayed, I thought I would share this delayed Cartoon Sunday blog with you today. Originally, I meant to share this on the 12th. Michael Cawood's animated short, Devils, Angels, & Dating shows an interesting portrayal of Cupid, Death, and the devil.
The devil in this award winning animated short, filmed by Cawood wants Cupid's job. However, both are battling for Death's affections. Death is portrayed as a bombshell, Cupid is depicted as a horny, old man, and the devil (I suppose you can refer to him as "Lucifer" or "Satan") is depicted as "The Nice Guy."
After mentioning that last part, I mean the devil is like that social misfit, who wants that pretty girl in high school, if you would like to think of it that way. I feel Michael Cawood wanted this character to exude that adage about "having sympathy for the devil." All the while, portraying Cupid as some horny, evil, old man in the sky.
These 3 characters may not be teenagers (considering how old they are), although this animated short somewhat has that juvenile vibe to it. Anyway, here is Devils, Angels, & Dating for this delayed Cartoon Sunday blog.
Michael Cawood's Devils, Angels, & Dating (2012)
|Posted by Anna H. on January 29, 2017 at 9:40 AM||comments (2)|
How's it going my gumdrops? Are you sick of me gothing it up hardcore around It's Not All Gumdrops & Unicorns yet? Not to worry because next week, I'll be changing things up a bit.
While checking messages and working on today's blog last night, I noticed MTV Classic was showing music videos by 2 pioneers of Goth Rock. Not only did the network play a classic music video by The Cure, but also Peter Murphy from Bauhaus. Out of shock, I almost dropped 1/2 my Turkey Sub Sandwich.
MTV Classic airing The Cure's music videos is something to be expected. Now, a music video by the lead singer of Bauhaus? That is something exceedingly rare. NEVER in all my years have I ever seen MTV air a music video by Bauhaus, much less a music video by Peter Murphy himself. Hell, I have watched VH1 Classic (now turned MTV Classic) air Joy Division's music video for "Love Will Tear Us Apart."
Airing music videos by Peter Murphy and Bauhaus? Never. You could argue, that it really all depends on my timing of turning on music channels. However, MTV has a long-time history of blacklisting certain singers, rappers, groups, and bands. This definitely applies to excluding minorities talented in music.
Several months ago, I was really surprised that MTV use to blacklist music videos by talented minorities such as Michael Jackson and Prince. Originally, founders of the network ONLY wanted to air Rock music videos and music, that was close to Rock.
Michael Jackson had to strong arm MTV into playing music videos made by people of color. This especially applies to his music video, "Thriller." He threatened to tell the media about MTV discriminating against he, Prince, and other talented minorities.
Michael Jackson also let MTV know, that a lot of time, money, and talent went into making "Thriller."
After the network finally aired "Thriller," the music video instantly became the classic that it is today. Once I learned this surprising news, I really started viewing MTV a lot differently than I have throughout my life. I have been use to watching a wide variety of music videos, since the time of growing up during the 1980's and '90s.
Once I learned how biased, narrow-minded, and bigoted the people in charge of MTV's programming were, since its launch, it made me lose MORE respect for the network. It is quite interesting how MTV started as a network wanting to pander to only White America.
Today this exact same network now wants to act like self-righteous, civil rights activists and pander mostly to the black audience like it is suddently BET with non-stop SJW propaganda.
Therefore, if MTV blacklisted music icons such as Michael Jackson AND Prince, 35-36 years ago, the network will SURELY exclude anyone, who doesn't suit their branding at the moment. This really is a perfect example of MTV NOT wanting to play music videos made by certain artists for a certain group(s) of people.
The pioneers of Goth Rock may not be minorities, but I can tell you without a doubt, that I don't recall of ever seeing a Bauhaus music video. Goth fans were just lucky to see The Cure because Goth Music is extremely niche.
On a much lighter note, I thought I would share this satirical animation for Cartoon Sunday. Pitchfork TV made an informative yet satirical cartoon about the history of Goth Music and the Goth Sub-culture.
If you have never heard of Pitchfork.com, it was founded on New Year's Day 1996 and is supposedly considered 1 of the most popular online music resources. Pitchfork.com publishes daily reviews, features, interviews, and real-time music news coverage of Indie Rock, Hip-Hop, Electronica, Pop, Metal, and Experimental Music.
As I watched Pitchfork's history lesson about Goth Music and the Goth Sub-culture, I laughed. There are a few song samples from The Cure, Joy Division, Bauhaus, and Ministry featured in the cartoon.
In addition, there are illustrations of some of these Goth bands' albums and of The Crow film. Then, there are jokes about who and what can be considered "Goth." I definitely laughed, when they said that Kanye West could be considered "Goth."
That particular scene is basically mocking hipsters. Everyone knows how much of posers they are, when it comes to any and everything.
Anyway, here is Pitchfork TV's history lesson about Goth Music and the Goth Sub-culture.
Pitchfork TV: "A Brief History of Goth" (2016)
|Posted by Anna H. on January 22, 2017 at 12:30 PM||comments (2)|
Yuko Ichihara (xxxHolic)
How's it going my gumdrops? Did you enjoy yesterday's Song Saturday blog about The Cure and about being Goth in general? As promised in that same blog, I said I would mention the forum I joined earlier this month.
Now that Adult Swim's message board is shut down (finally), I joined Animeleague. For all you Anime fans, Animeleague is a serious breath of fresh air and is the polar opposite of Adult Swim. When I say "polar opposite," I mean PLEASANT.
Throughout the last 3 years, you have read my rants about the network itself and the overall Adult Swim Community. Had I known that Animeleague existed 3 years ago, I would've joined that forum MUCH SOONER and would've NEVER joined Adult Swim.
I definitely regret joining Adult Swim's forum and allowing a misogynistic, sleazebag, con artist to guilt trip me into staying ONLY to use me as a means to an end and to smear my reputation out of spite.
Even though there were SOME decent posters on ASMB, I can't help saying good bye and good riddance to such a deplorable and extremely toxic community mostly moderated by crooked man-children with Little Dick Syndrome.
The social environment on Animeleague is really nice and welcoming of new posters so much so that there is a welcome committee and you are automatically assigned a buddy, after joining. Also, the moderators are very active and go above and beyond to make the forum as pleasant as possible for everyone.
I haven't had a single fight or witnessed a fight, since joining. This says A LOT about Animeleague's community.
In addition, there are numerous sub-forums on Animeleague about Anime, along with other types of entertainment and sub-cultures. This brings us back to yesterday's blog about the Goth Sub-culture.
Yesterday, you may recall, that I explained about Goths and the sub-culture on here and on Animeleague. For today's Cartoon Sunday, let's revisit the topic of being Goth.
Allow me to acknowledge some Goth female characters in animation. There appears to be more Goth female characters in animation than we have realized. With that being said, it's only fair to acknowledge a few of them.
In the illustratiion above, we have Yuko Ichihara. The characters in the Seinen Supernatural Horror Comedy Anime, xxxHolic have freaky illustrations.
The characters normally have long, spaghetti legs like Jack Skellington from The Nightmare Before Christmas.
Like I explained last year, Yuko Ichihara is a powerful witch, who owns a shop and grants people their wishes. I believe Yuko is more like a cunning and opportunistic genie.
Most of her jobs consist of dealing with supernatural beings. In case you haven't already, I suggest clicking on the link above Yuko's picture.
Next, we have Creepy Susie.
Creepy Susie (The Oblongs)
Some of you may remember Angus Oblong's shortly lived cartoon, The Oblongs from The WB. Creepy Susie is supposedly a 10-year-old character from the series.
Most people don't know that The Oblongs was based on Creepy Susie And 13 Other Tragic Tales For Troubled Children. This was a 1999 collection of illustrated short stories written by Angus Oblong.
This young, creepy, Goth Valley Girl is obsessed with death, was born on Halloween, and can tell an animal's gender by the taste of its blood.
On the other hand, there is Germaine Endez.
Germaine Endez (Neurotically Yours)
If you have been subscribed to It's Not All Gumdrops & Unicorns for the last 3 1/2 years, you KNOW how much I enjoy watching Goth webisodes featuring the slutty Goth-Punk protagonist, Germaine and her pet squirrel Foamy. Who doesn't love Foamy?! That pet squirrel speaks THE TRUTH!
As far as Germaine goes, she has been restyled a plethora of times throughout the decade. This character has been illustrated as fat, skinny, busty, flat-chested, constantly changes hair styles, etc.
Germaine is a struggling poet/writer desperately seeking to be published and works unstable jobs. At the same time, she has an identity crisis and Foamy The Squirrel helps to keep her grounded.
Meanwhile, here are some other Goth female characters, that have been shown in other Anime besides xxxHolic. There is my long-time favorite, Sunako Nakahara.
Sunako Nakahara (The Wallflower)
Despite the fact this homely recluse fears "beautiful people" (mostly attracive men), I love Sunako Nakahara. Sunako is a creepy Goth female character I can identify with on many levels. She loves sitting in her bedroom and watching Horror movies ALONE. Sunako is also self-sufficient around the house.
I wanted to share an image of the "Goth-Loli Sisters" from The Wallflower, but had no luck finding a decent image in a small size. However, the Goth-Loli Sisters from this Shojo Horror Comedy are not the only Gothic Lolita Anime characters in existence.
In substitution of the Goth-Loli Sisters from The Wallflower, there is Hildegarde from the Shonen Supernatural Action Comedy Anime, Beelzebub.
Hildegarde a.k.a. "Hilda" (Beelzebub)
Hildegarde is the main female protagonist in Beelzebub. She is a Demon Maid, who acts as the adoptive mother and nurse of Beelzebub IV. "Baby Beel" is the son of Beelzebub III and Iris and was sent to the Human World.
It has been a few years, since I last watched this series. Too bad there wasn't another season of Beelzebub.
Last, but surely not the least of an acknowledgement is Saki Hanajima.
Saki Hanajima (Fruits Basket)
I have always loved this Fruits Basket character. I can't decide which character is creepier, Saki or her younger brother, Megumi. They both have psychic abilities.
When Saki Hanajima is not wearing her high school uniform, she normally wears a black cloak or a veil with her black dresses. I will NEVER forget that scene of her gothing up The Sohmas urinal for New Year's Eve.
Staring at the appalled expression on Shigure Sohma's face was hilarious. Anyway, if you would like to learn more about Goth chicks in animation, check out WatchMojo's choices for Top 10 Animated Goth Girls below.
WatchMojo's Top 10 Animated Goth Girls (2016)
|Posted by Anna H. on December 23, 2016 at 8:15 AM||comments (2)|
How's it going my gumdrops? MERRY CHRISTMAHANUKKAH!!! Yesterday, I forgot to mention, that I reached a total of 102 Google Plus followers on Wednesday! Thank you so much! It makes me really happy to see that more of you have been enjoying the content here on It's Not All Gumdrops & Unicorns. It would make me happier if more of you left your feedback in the comments section below each blog.
I talk to some of you on social media. Whenever I return to It's Not All Gumdrops & Unicorns HOURS later (typically the late afternoons to early evenings to be more specific), I respond to your comments. Some of you already know, that I spend all night throughout the early morning blogging.
Lately, I have been dosing off in my dining room chair, while blogging. After I am finished publishing these blogs in the morning, I share them around social media.
If some of you respond early on Google Plus, I will respond back. Then, I go to bed and start the afternoon or evening, all over again. This is besides doing household chores in-between. Regardless, I still respond to all my subscribers. The responses may not always be immediate, but I always try responding back on here and social media.
Do you happen to have any holiday plans, aside from all that has been said?
Since no one in our family wants to go through all the hard work of cooking, cleaning, and slaving away in the kitchen and around the house for 2 pretentious, self-serving, attention whores in our immediate family, we will be ordering our meals from a few restaurants. This especially works for me.
I will most likely be trying to sleep in. This is along with watching the JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Phantom Blood Marathon on Toonami and opening Christmas presents. I would've uploaded the show's Toonami Promo for this marathon, but it appears that Webs is experiencing problems uploading this promo. Therefore, you can watch it right here.
JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Phantom Blood Marathon starts tomorrow night at 12-3:30am/11pm-2:30am Central on Adult Swim's Toonami.
As I was saying at the start of this week, there is nothing festive about this Toonami marathon. Although, I will take a marathon of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Phantom Blood over the most recent Toonami acquisitions anyday.
While we are on the topic of animation, this is an early Cartoon Sunday for Christmas Day. Last week, I updated another blog about a rare gem, animation wise. Because it has been ~2 years, since I last shared this particular Cartoon Sunday blog, it is being re-shared today.
This is a rare gem, that I NEVER had the opportunity to see, when I was growing up. Supposedly, Richard Williams' animated adaptation of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol was meant for adults because it has horror elements to it.
I can't help having an appreciation for this animated adaptation of A Christmas Carol. The illustrations look really authentic, in regards to hand drawn animation. Not only do I have an immense appreciation for this adaptation, but also consider it to be an overlooked classic.
Considering how much time has changed and the quality of animation has evolved over the last 4 decades or so, it wouldn't hurt if a network tried re-airing Richard Williams' animated adaptation of A Christmas Carol.
A Christmas Carol has been remade God knows how many times in different forms of plays, musicals, live action movies, cartoons, etc.
Why not air such a rare animated adaptation of A Christmas Carol like this adaptation in particular?
Maybe someone should suggest it to a network. Rather than bore you to death with this topic, let's revisit Richard Williams' animated adaptation of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol in the following link, for this festive Cartoon Sunday.
I hope you enjoy your holiday(s)! Thank you my gumdrops! Don't forget to like, subscribe, share, +1 on Google Plus, and leave your feedback in the comments section below!
|Posted by Anna H. on December 18, 2016 at 8:30 AM||comments (0)|
How's it going my gumdrops? Did you enjoy yesterday's blog and find my ideas useful for presents? What did you think of Madame Macabre's collaboration with Myuuji on "Carol Of The Bells"?
Even though I am NOT a major fan of Christmas Music, "Carol Of The Bells," "O Holy Night," and "Silent Night" are my favorites. This is especially when these songs are performed by a talented singer.
While listening to Scott Weiland's Christmas album last December, I was a little disappointed in the style he sang "Silent Night." It was too upbeat for me.
However, I DID enjoy his covers of "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas," "I'll Be Home For Christmas," and "The Christmas Song." I still can't believe it has been an entire year, since Scott's death.
Aside from the Christmas Music, I hope you found the list I posted in yesterday's Song Saturday blog to be useful. There is so much you can do with customizing Christmas presents. All it takes is a little creativity and imagination. This also applies to home made gifts. Try making the most with whatever you have.
After typing that list yesterday, I wondered how many people will be getting Anime as presents. I am sure younger fans will be getting some from family and friends.
BTW: Next Saturday on Christmas Eve, Adult Swim's Toonami block will marathon JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Phantom Blood starting at 12:15/11:15pm Central.
This is not exactly a Christmas themed Anime, but it is currently the best show on the Toonami block. As cheesy, melodramatic, and cartoonish as JoJo's Bizarre Adventure is, at least it keeps us entertained.
Speaking of Anime, I have suggested at least several times to long-time friends lately, that they should watch Yamato Nadeshiko Shichi Henge. This is 1 of my favorite Shojo Anime next to NANA and Fruits Basket.
Technically, NANA is a Josei Anime because it is meant for women ages 18 and older.
Some of you may recall from last spring, that I published a blog about Shojo Anime in serious need of re-dubs. For those of you, who were NOT on It's Not All Gumdrops & Unicorns last spring, you may want to read the following blog.
Yamato Nadeshiko Shichi Henge is the type of Anime, that I can watch over and over again. You know how you can sit and watch the same show or movie countless times and still laugh at it? This is the same way I feel about this particular Shojo Horror Comedy Anime.
I have NEVER watched The Ring but I have watched Ringu, its prequel, and sequel, 10 years ago.
Watching The Wallflower in Japanese is far more entertaining than in English Dub. The reactions from her bishonen (pretty boy) roommates, that she's forced to live with are hilarious in Japanese.
Sunako's creepiness and the way she scares them is more hilarious. This is besides her looking like a total eyesore and not having any "feminine qualities" to her personality. Her only friends are her creepy skeleton and anatomy figures.
Hiroshi is Sunako's anatomy figure, which she considers her best friend. He normally reflects on previous episodes and introduces each episode of the animated series.
If you ever watch The Wallflower in its entirety, you will see how much sentimental value Hiroshi holds. He may only be an anatomy figure, but he still holds A LOT of significance to Sunako and the series.
To all my fellow Horror fans, if you want to watch an animated Horror Comedy, I recommend watching Yamato Nadeshiko Shichi Henge. It is known as "Perfect Girl Evolution" besides "The Wallflower."
Since Christmas Day, as well as a few other winter holidays are creeping around the corner next week, it's only fitting to share this Christmas episode of The Wallflower for today's Cartoon Sunday.
|Posted by Anna H. on December 11, 2016 at 5:30 AM||comments (2)|
How's it going my gumdrops? While my mother and I were in the check-out line on Friday at our local Dollar Store, we started talking to our cashier about Christmas shopping.
Eventually, we began talking about Anime and how she scheduled her vacation days for Anime Milwaukee. I discovered that such an event was actually held here within my part of WI via Anime News Network. However, I have yet to go.
Our cashier told us about how she will be cosplaying as Ciel Phantomhive from Black Butler. Apparently, Black Butler is more popular than I ever realized. Even though it is a Seinen Anime, it seems to be really popular with the female audience probably because of the Black Butler himself, Sebastian Michaelis.
While on the subject matters of Christmas and Anime, I have spent this entire week updating more Anime and Christmas themed Anime blogs for Cartoon Sunday. There are some on It's Not All Gumdrops & Unicorns, who want to see more of both.
Therefore, these next 2 Cartoon Sunday blogs will feature Christmas themed Anime blogs. 1 of them will feature the Shojo Comedy Horror Anime, The Wallflower.
Recently, I recommended Yamato Nadeshiko Shichi Henge or "The Wallflower" to an old college friend. I have to say, it is definitely 1 of my favorites. If I could, I would buy it at a local video store. Chances are highly great, that the show would have to be ordered online.
If you ever have a chance to watch The Wallflower, I highly encourage watching it in Japanese. The animated series is in serious need of a redub in English because the voice acting is terrible.
Another favorite of mine is Lucky Star. If you ever want a good laugh, I suggest watching Lucky Star as well. Konata Izumi (which is in the picture above) is my favorite character from this series.
Maybe I am automatically biased because Konata is a snarky Gemini like yours truly, has blue hair, and loves Anime more than I do.
Rather than fan girling and geeking it hardcore, let's revisit this festive blog below about Lucky Star for today's Cartoon Sunday.