|Posted by Anna H. on July 23, 2017 at 7:40 AM||comments (0)|
How's it going my gumdrops? Did you enjoy yesterday's Song Saturday Tribute to the late Chester Bennington of Linkin Park and Stone Temple Pilots? If so, let me know.
Also, let me know if you would like for me to do a Q&A blog at least once a week. I am already getting ready to answer 1 question. Hopefully, I'll be able to publish my next Q&A blog for this week.
On another note, I am sharing something a little different from the usual for this Cartoon Sunday. How many of you are familiar with John R. Dilworth? The actor, writer, director, animator, and producer is also known as "Dilly."
"Dilly" is best known for the Animated Horror Comedy, Courage The Cowardly Dog. I think it is strange, that no one credits the cable network, Nickelodeon. Several years before Courage The Cowardly Dog aired on Cartoon Network, Nickelodeon aired it.
In fact, I remember channel surfing and stumbling upon Courage The Cowardly Dog on Nickelodeon, when I was in 6th grade. That was more than 20 years ago. Quite a few shows meant for children, which started airing on Cartoon Network WERE originally from Nickelodeon.
I remember Courage The Cowardly Dog airing on Nickelodeon years before Cartoon Network acquired it. Even though I was never a fan of the cartoon during my youth, there will be some fanboys 1 generation younger than yours truly, discrediting me about something they were not old enough to comprehend, much less watch.
Unlike younger Millennials and Generation Z, Cartoon Network, Nickelodeon, Disney, etc. were NOT a part of my childhood or adolescence. I grew up watching Saturday Morning Cartoons and cartoons that aired on local channels everyday.
During the 1980's to mid-90s, cartoons used to air on local channels at least 5 days a week. On weekdays, cartoons aired on local channels in the mornings and afternoons. By 1994, I stopped watching local channels.
By 1992, I had already reached puberty and started watching the Liquid Television Animation block on MTV and Anime on The Sci Fi Channel in 1994.
MTV and Sci Fi had more mature content in their animation, that I wanted to watch whereas Cartoon Network and other networks showed more immature cartoons for pre-schoolers, kindergarteners, and elementary school children.
Some of you already know about me watching the Liquid Television Animation block. Beavis and Butt-Head, Daria, The Maxx, The Head, Celebrity Deathmatch, Aeon Flux, etc. were popular, during my adolescence.
The Cartoon Sushi block succeeded Liquid Television by 1997 on MTV. During the mid to late 1990's and early 2000's, I was an adolescent, when MTV aired these cartoons. This was years before Adult Swim was ever launched.
By 1997, the local networks had replaced cartoons with Court TV and Daytime Talk Shows. These local networks assumed every household by that time had basic cable channels like Cartoon Network, Nickelodeon, Disney, etc.
Truth be told, every household did NOT have a basic cable package.
Because today's blog mostly focuses on MTV, the network's cartoon blocks, its cartoons from the 1990's, and briefly mentions John R. Dilworth's Courage The Cowardly Dog, it's only fair to share a cartoon, which briefly aired on MTV.
Have you ever watched John R. Dilworth's The Dirdy Birdy?
The Dirdy Birdy was a 7-minute animated short, which aired on MTV during the early 1990's. The short features a hostile cat (Fergurina) and the obnoxious bird (Purdy) sitting in a tree.
If you did NOT know any better, you would swear that Purdy was the equivalent of an online troll sexually harassing Fergurina. Purdy is in love with Fergurina and expresses his affection for her. The bird's affections consists of MOONING her. The Grim Reaper also makes his cameo appearance.
Talk about an obnoxious creep! No wonder why the cat turns into a monster. Never in all my years have I ever seen a bird moon a cat in a tree or a cat transform into such a ferocious monster. This is surely a sight to behold!
Rather than explaining every detail of this abstract short, which used to air on MTV, it is much better for you to independently watch it, right now. Anyway, here is John R. Dilworth's The Dirdy Birdy for today's Cartoon Sunday.
The Dirdy Birdy (1993)
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How's it going my gumdrops? It has been a while, since I last talked about, much less watched the Shonen Supernatural Acion Anime, Blue Exorcist. Nearly 2 years ago, I published a Cartoon Sunday blog, which consisted of the show's bloopers.
Early on, I noticed that Blue Exorcist looked somewhat similar to Vampire Knight.
Vampire Knight 
Blue Exorcist 
I spent HOURS last night and earlier this morning trying to find pictures showing the similarities between Vampire Knight and Blue Exorcist. The images above were the closest that I could find regarding the similarities in high school academy uniforms. Both Anime titles are Supernatural Action Anime.
Vampire Knight is a Shojo Anime meant for female viewers whereas Blue Exorcist is a Shonen Anime meant for male viewers. I have compiled a list showing the similarities and differences between Vampire Knight and Blue Exorcist, in order to give a better understanding of both shows,
- Shojo Supernatural Action Romance Anime meant for female viewers, which heavily revolves around tragedy
- Somewhat considered Horror because it has some horror elements to it
- Cross Academy is named after the vampire hunter now turned headmaster, Kaein Cross
- Cross Academy is comprised of high school vampire students attending night classes
- Human students attend day classes
-Yuki Cross is the female protagonist, who was adopted by Cross Academy's headmmaster and later discovers that she is a Pureblood Vampire
- Shonen Supernatural Action Dramedy Anime meant for male viewers, which has some tragedy
- True Cross Academy is a prestigious Exorcist Cram School, which is the Japanese branch of the True Cross Order
- True Cross Order is the main organization of Exorcists and a global exorcist institution that is controlled by the Vatican
- True Cross Order has roots to Christianity and was founded by Medieval Christian Knights
- Some Biblical scripture is used in this series
-Rin Okumura is the male protagonist with the ability to see demons
- Rin and his twin brother Yukio were adopted and raised by Father Shiro Fujimoto, who was an Exorcist
- Before Father Shiro Fujimoto sacrificed his own life to protect Rin from the demons of Gehenna, Rin discovers that he and Yukio are both Satan's bastard sons
Judging by the list of these Supernatural Action Anime, both use "Cross Academy" in their high school academy names, have protagonists discovering they were adopted because they are not fully human, and possess supernatural powers.
In addition to what has been listed about Vampire Knight and Blue Exorcist, I noticed that both series have male brunette characters wearing eye patches in high positions at both the Cross Academies.
It would've been so much better if I could've found a split screen image of Vampire Knight's Toga Yagari and Blue Exorcist's Igor Neuhaus. Both characters wear eye patches, have brown hair, and seem to have cold personalities.
If you have NEVER watched Vampire Knight or Blue Exorcist, I really encourage you to watch them both. You will see a lot of similarities between the 2.
It would be nice to see the 2nd season of Blue Exorcist and the entire Vampire Knight series air on Adult Swim or possibly on another network. We all know that Adult Swim will NEVER air Vampire Knight.
The men running Adult Swim not only show disrespect towards their OWN viewers in general, but also love discriminating against women. The assholes in charge of Adult Swim and the creeps, that posted on their official message board for over a dozen or so years, expect women to be inferior to them.
This is when Adult Swim is NOT pretending to promote "women's empowerment," in between showing female characters with very LITTLE self-respect chase after male characters, that continuously express their disinterest in them and cleavage shots.
Keep promoting that "women's empowerment," Adult Swim!
A few months ago, Blue Exorcist's 2nd season finished airing in Japan. I really hope Adult Swim or those running the Toonami block renew their license to re-air Blue Exorcist's 1st season, then air its 2nd season, Kyoto Saga.
There have been claims by Toonami fans, that Blue Exorcist's license expired for it to be re-aired on Adult Swim, and that the Shonen Supernatural Action Anime did badly in ratings. I don't know if that last part is true.
Some of us already know how much of zealots certain Toonami fans are, when it comes to the Nielsen Ratings. Shows will be "trending" on facebook, Twitter, and other social media sites YET there are some Toonami fans, that are still bitter.
There are Toonami fans still bitter about certain shows such as One Piece, for example, being replaced by Tokyo Ghoul or any show with horror in it.
Rather than being more open-minded, OR simply changing the channel to something else, they post threads around social media sites and forums to mock, discredit, and patronize other fans of certain shows, that threaten their interests, views, and don't fit their narrative.
Based on what I finally realized about Toonami fans, that were Adult Swim posters, they are VERY cynical. They have this mindset, that religion is for idiots. These are the same Toonami fans, that LOVE complaining about Tokyo Ghoul, claiming that it supposedly "justifies and glorifies cannibalism."
Since Blue Exorcist uses some excerpts from the Bible, has trained Exorcists, students training to become Exorcists, and the protagonist happens to be 1 of Satan's bastard sons, I believe certain viewers are or will be repulsed by this series.
The ilk of Toonami fans I have dealt with on Adult Swim's forum, before it was shut down are threatened by Christianity, Satanism, and other religions.
Religion "triggers" these particular fans. They CANNOT handle the sound of religion much like the rest of us cannot handle them throwing temper tantrums like 2-year-olds over a cartoon's low ratings.
I advise viewers to watch and enjoy a show for yourself, NOT because of a show's ratings. Much like polls can be rigged, ratings can also be rigged. Every household does NOT have a Nielsen's box.
The fact that there are men, women, and children allowing a show's ratings to control them is pathetic in itself. If you need to obsess over a show's ratings, you will NEVER enjoy ANY show.
Since TONIGHT'S Cartoon Sunday blog is mostly about Blue Exorcist, let's start from the very beginning. Below is the link to the English Dub for Blue Exorcist.
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How's it going my gumdrops? Today I wanted to switch things up a little for Cartoon Sunday. Every so often, I like discussing various topics, including different types of animation, which do not center around Adult Swim.
Next month, I will be sharing another cartoon, that aired on MTV shortly before the network canceled it. Some, if not most of you already noticed, that I constantly talk about Adult Swim.
As I have said many times in the past, I was watching Liquid Television Animation on MTV, during the 1990's. This was YEARS before Cartoon Network launched the original Toonami block and before Adult Swim was ever launched.
More recently, Teenagers and adults 30 years old and younger have been discovering older cartoons, that use to air on MTV during the 1990's. Here's the real kicker, Adult Swim's latest animated promos for the network are only imitations of some of MTV's promos from the 1990's (circa 1992 and after to be more exact).
MTV Promo: "Ding-Dong" (1992)
This promo for MTV is only 1 example. I believe that Adult Swim is currently trying to copy what MTV started doing more than 2 decades or so ago with Adult Swim's latest promos. If you do NOT believe me, watch Adult Swim, during the commercial breaks, especially on the weekends.
I am really disappointed with the current state of both Adult Swim and MTV. At least Adult Swim still shows Anime on the weekends (luckily). MTV on the other hand, has been a disgrace for these last 13 years. I swear, 2004 was seriously THE kiss of death for entertainment in general.
The Entertainment Industry and the media continuously oppress us with their need to be politically divisive AND patronizing humor directed at certain groups of people. To make matters worse, Reality TV Shows have hijacked almost EVERY local, cable, and satellite channel.
It is a disgrace to see how so many networks and the people running them have LOST their integrity. Instead of showing quality entertainment, the networks would rather produce a bunch of Reality TV shows to pander, glorify, and normalize self-centered, attention-seeking, and highly entitled men, women, children, and teenagers.
Speaking of entertainment, you may recall earlier this year, that I published several blogs about the Goth Sub-culture. In fact, I published a Cartoon Sunday blog about Pitchfork TV giving a brief yet satirical history lesson about the Goth Sub-culture. In case you missed this blog, click on the following link.
For the last 10-15 years, I've had some people, including ignorami from college label me as being Emo. By no means am I Emo and have never dressed Emo. Regardless of the clothes I wear, the music I listen to, and TV shows and movies I watch, I have been Goth, since childhood.
Old friends and classmates from 6th to 12th grade would not know it because my physical appearance was NOT Goth at the time. However, I did have some Goth friends in high school and my interests were always dark and morbid.
Decades later, I am STILL Goth.
Despite the negative depictions of Goths in the media, every Goth is NOT a horrible person. Also, the Goth fashion does not always translate well, when you are in the workforce.
Depending on the company's dress code, you have to wear "normal" clothing, in order to assimilate. If you work at a company, that allows you to wear whatever you want, or happen to be self-employed, you can Goth it up as much as you want. Most places in the workforce will NOT allow it.
As I was saying about Emos, Emo people are NOT the same as Goths. Emos normally listen to shitty Pop-Punk bands and "Crybaby" Rock Music. All the while, some Emos may physically appear as Goth because of their make-up, hair, and some clothing.
When you see someone with an asymmetrical and spiky haircut in black hair dye, swept over bangs, and possibly wearing horned-rimmed glasses, THAT person is without a doubt Emo.
During my last 2 years of college, a guy friend continuously mocked and labeled me as being Emo Goth. That was not including his deliberate insults he ENJOYED disguising as jokes. His patronization always annoyed the hell out of me. That was partly why I distanced myself from him, after graduating.
When you watch Pitchfork TV's informative yet satirical cartoon about the history of Emo, you should realize it is different from Goth Rock and the Goth Sub-culture in general. You should especially notice, that I have NEVER featured ANY Emo Rock bands in past Song Saturday blogs.
Listening to songs by A.F.I. is MY ONLY EXCEPTION to Emo. Otherwise, like most people, I HATE Emo Music!
Anyway, here is Pitchfork TV's "A Brief History Of Emo" for Cartoon Sunday.
Pitchfork TV: "A Brief History Of Emo" (2017)
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How's it going my gumdrops? How did you enjoy Ikimono-gakari's "Hanabi" for Song Saturday? In case there are any confusions, I bold the links to these blogs to make them more visible for readers to click on.
Starting next Saturday on July 8th, Naruto Shippuden and Tokyo Ghoul are remaining at their same times. Earlier this morning on Toonami, it was confirmed that on July 29th, JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders WILL be premiering at 12:30 am/11:30 pm Central!
JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders [Toonami Promo] (2017)
Right now, I am overjoyed and would love for Blue Exorcist's 2nd season to also be shown. Adult Swim SHOULD renew their license for this particular series and rerun Season 1. Then, air Blue Exorcist's OVA, following them up with Season 2, which is Kyoto Saga. This is what I would like to see on the Toonami block.
Aside from Adult Swim's schedule, let's return to the topic of national and patriotic holidays. Our country already celebrated 2 of them in late May and last month.
Before our so-called Independence Day Weekend, you may recall the number of times I mentioned Flag Day. In case you are new and did not already know, I celebrated my 35th birthday on Flag Day, last month. The following video, which explains about the American flag, its history, and etiquette was posted on the home page of It's Not All Gumdrops & Unicorns.
Andre Malok: American Flag Facts, Etiquette, & History (2016)
Last week, I replaced this video with an animated fireworks video made of Legos to celebrate the 4th of July. If you have not already been to the About page (my main page), go look now! After July 4th, the background will be changed on here.
Like I said at the bottom of yesterday's Song Saturday blog, this blog will be more educational and nostalgic for those of us over the age of 30. Remember the ABC Saturday Morning Cartoon, Schoolhouse Rock?
Adults born in 1985 and after probably know very little if anything about Schoolhouse Rock! This cartoon was an Educational Animated Musical from 1973 to 1985. The show covered school subjects such as Grammar, Science, Economics, History, Mathematics, and Civics.
Honestly, I always preferred Schoolhouse Rock! over Sesame Street. My family will testify on the witness stand and tell you how much I always HATED Sesame Street.
As a little girl, I felt that PBS show insulted children's intelligence, including my own. Being "educated" by a man dressed in a yellow bird costume pissed me the fuck off.
As I digress, Schoolhouse Rock! supposedly has a total of 7 seasons. These seasons are really short. In fact, all the cartoon's seasons are very short.
In 1975, America Rock was the 3rd season. It featured the segment, "Fireworks."
This exact segment also featured a song named after the episode, "Fireworks." "Fireworks" was written by Lynn Ahrens. Originally, the song "Fireworks" was performed by Grady Tate. Literally 2 years later in 1977, Mark Bowen, Kelly Mccubbin, and Laura Bruekner covered Grady Tate's "Fireworks."
This song can be found on Season 3: Episode 8 of Schoolhouse Rock's America Rock. "Fireworks" teaches about the Declaration of Independence and the reasons behind America's 4th of July celebration. With that being said, here is the original segment by Grady Tate singing "Fireworks" for this festive Cartoon Sunday.
Grady Tate "Fireworks" [ORIGINAL] Schoolhouse Rock! Season 3: Episode 8 (1975)
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How's it going my gumdrops? In case you missed yesterday's Song Saturday blog, I mentioned that we are in the middle of Gemini Season until the June 21st.
Because this is my birthday week, I will be taking the week off from blogging. This means there will be no Song Saturday or Cartoon Sunday blogs on the 17th or 18th. Even though my birthday is on Wednesday (Flag Day), I'm still giving myself a week off from blogging.
If you don't know about OUR national holiday, I proudly direct you to my home page. There is a video on that page right now, explaining about Flag Day. In the meantime, Happy Birthday, fellow Geminis!
On another note, I learned several hours after publishing and sharing yesterday's Song Saturday blog, that Adam West died from leukemia at the age of 88. If you would like to learn more about the ORIGINAL Batman and the voice actor of Family Guy's Mayor West, an article from The Hollywood Reporter is in the following link.
RIP ADAM WEST!!! You will truly be missed by many generations of Batman fans.
Aside from the tragic news above, Japan Pop Culture HQ shared a link on their Google Plus page regarding the Live Action Movie for Tokyo Ghoul on Friday.
Japan Pop Culture HQ is late to sharing this news around social media. However, you can still read about Tokyo Ghoul's Live Action Movie on Anime News Network, in the link below.
Meanwhile, some of my long-time subscribers should recall, that I published a Cartoon Sunday blog last May featuring 2 highly graphic and disturbing Stop Motion Animated Shorts by David Firth and Adam Rosenberg.
David Firth's "Crooked (Orcus) Rot" and Adam Rosenberg's "Manny" were very similar to each other. In case you missed this Cartoon Sunday blog last May, it is HERE for your viewing pleasure.
Today I am sharing another disturbing Stop Motion Animated Short by David Firth. In fact, this short precedes his 2008 short, "Crooked (Orcus) Rot." "Hell" was created by Firth in 2003.
Watching these shorts by the animator continues to be abstract and graphic filled with WTF? Moments. If you have ZERO interest in highly graphic and abstract art, chances are highly great, that David Firth's Stop Motion Animated Shorts will be of no interest to you.
Firth's animation is filled with disturbing and highly graphic images. His work is THAT disturbing. Some MAY argue that David Firth's Stop Motion Animated Shorts are more like watching "Gore Porn," since his shorts can be extremely bloody and violent much like a Splatterpunk Horror film.
You may be asking yourselves, "What is Splatterpunk?"
If you need a better understanding of the term, Splatterpunk, here is a video by The Audiopedia explaining about it.
The Audiopedia: What Is SPLATTERPUNK? What Does SPLATTERPUNK Mean? SPLATTERPUNK Meaning, Definition, & Explanation (2017)
After watching this video by The Audiopedia, I am starting to believe, that 1 of my more recent Short Horror Stories, The Horrors Of Womanhood, qualifies as being a Splatterpunk Horror Story. Speaking of The Horrors Of Womanhood, I published an excerpt of it on my Horror page.
You must be 18 or older to join It's Not All Gumdrops & Unicorns, in order to read excerpts of some of my Short Horror Stories.
As you watch "Hell," you will quickly notice there are some elements of Splatterpunk Horror incorporated into this Stop Motion Animated Short. With that being said, here is David Firth's "Hell" for today's Cartoon Sunday.
David Firth "Hell" (2003)
|Posted by Anna H. on June 4, 2017 at 10:50 AM||comments (2)|
How's it going my gumdrops? In Friday's blog, I asked if you wanted to see more Animated Horror Shorts under 5 minutes long, or if you preferred more shorts 5 minutes long or longer. Since nobody answered, I will assume it doesn't matter.
In case you missed the blog I published 2 days ago, you can read it HERE. Those, who DID read the blog, were probably distracted by me ranting about obnoxious Toonami fans and their incessant crying online.
Friday's blog was mostly about this neverending dilemma, which has been going on for the last 5 to nearly 10 YEARS. You may be thinking, "Anna, you have ranted about this how many times now. Why is this still a problem?"
This is something many of us viewers still want to know. Anytime there are bloggers, YouTube vloggers, and podcasters still addressing all the trivial infighting and crying within a fanbase over a cartoon block, there are major problems with some people.
Rather than beating a dead horse, that is already surrounded by maggots, I will ask lurkers and subscribers once again.
Do you want to see more Animated Horror Shorts, that are under, over, or about 5 minutes long in my Cartoon Sunday blogs? Let me know in the comments section below today's blog.
I can't speak for everyone else as far as today's weather forecast goes, however it has been storming like crazy here in Wisconsin lately. In fact, it was just storming earlier this morning, when I was trying to re-watch Naruto Shippuden in English.
Whether you are reading a story or watching something on TV, video, or online, there is something about thunderstorms that stimulate eerie feelings.
Thunderstorms can also be eerie in real life. There is a lot that can go wrong,during a storm. In David Romero's Animated Horror Short, Other Lily the thunderstorm helps to set the eerie tone.
On a dark and STORMY night, the protagonist Lily, receives a text message from her father. He reminds Lily to make sure her younger sister, Beth goes to bed before 10 pm. As Lily walks up the stairs to check on Beth, Lily notices a picture that is drawn by her younger sister.
Beth drew herself, Lily, and another Lily in the picture. Beth refers to her as "Other Lily," in the picture. "Other Lily" is very evil-looking in Beth's drawing. It makes me want to call Other Lily "Evil Lily" because she looks creepy as well as evil.
Eventually, Beth's older sister, Lily goes to bed. As a side note, Lily suffers from sleep paralysis, which may have horrific implications in her waking life.
In case you don't know about sleep paralysis, it can cause frightening hallucinations and nightmares. To learn more about sleep paralysis, you can read about it HERE.
While Lily is sleeping, she dreams of the "Other Lily" opening her bedroom window and crawling around on her ceiling, waiting to attack her. Before "Other Lily" could attack her, Lily awakes from her nightmare.
Suddenly, Lily hears loud crashing noises from downstairs. Watching this short by David Romero will shock you. Other Lily without a doubt has its share of WTF?! Moments towards the end of it. The ending also feels like an eerie cliffhanger.
I did not explain Other Lily in its entirety on purpose.
How much fun would it be if I explained EVERYTHING to my subscribers?
It would completely defeat the purpose of me sharing this disturbing short. Some things are better left to the imagination. If you would like to know what happens next, you will have to watch Other Lily for today's Cartoon Sunday.
David Romero's Other Lily (2015)
|Posted by Anna H. on May 28, 2017 at 7:55 AM||comments (2)|
How's it going my gumdrops? How have you been enjoying this Memorial Day Weekend, so far? Mine could be a lot better than what it is, right now.
After doing the usual chores yesterday, I wasn't feeling very well. Therefore, I plan on taking it easy these next couple of days.
Aside from not feeling very well, I did not waste time last night watching the Toonami block for the Samurai Jack Marathon. Judging from what I have heard and read, those who spent the last several years or so kicking and screaming about this Samurai Jack revival, did NOT even watch the marathon, after all that noise.
Because I was never a fan of this cartoon, zero fucks were given. Then again, Samurai Jack was meant for children to watch on Cartoon Network. By the time Samurai Jack premiered in 2001, I was already a college freshman watching Adult Swim, which also launched the same year.
Adult Swim's version of the Toonami block mostly panders to younger Millennials and older Gen Z fanboys. The fact that Adult Swim shafted its veteran viewers to pander to Toonami fanboys these last 5 years, pissed off a lot of us.
Don't get me wrong. There have been a few shows I have enjoyed watching on this Toonami block over these last 5 years. However, I still cherry picked which shows I wanted to watch and still do today.
Some of us that were never Toonami zealots would love to watch more mature Anime with adult themes as opposed to little kids wanting to be hunters, or something along those lines. I understand that Toonami is an Action block. At the same time, the block still panders to Toonami fanboys, that cling to their childhood nostalgia.
Shonen and Seinen Action Anime such as JoJo's Bizarre Adventure, Hellsing Ultimate, Black Lagoon, Blue Exorcist, Michiko & Hatchin, and more recently Tokyo Ghoul are meant for more mature viewers, which is something the fans should be. MATURE.
Toonami fanboys incessantly WHINE about no longer having the stereotypical Shonen Jump Action Anime like One Piece on the block. They need to suck it up, put on their big boy pants, and learn to watch something different and for their own age group.
Speaking of Black Lagoon, I have repeatedly said that the Toonami block should re-air Black Lagoon. Then, follow it up with the OVA's, Roberta's Blood Trail as a Memorial Day Marathon or something along those lines.
In order to clarify what I am saying, Toonami should have Black Lagoon back on the regular schedule at the start of the new year. It would especially be nice to see the Omakes (animated shorts) between the episodes of the show.
After re-airing Black Lagoon in its entirety during the spring, Roberta's Blood Trail should be aired, during Memorial Day Weekend.
Roberta's Blood Trail can be its OWN marathon on the Toonami block because it is a 5-episode OVA about Roberta.
Not only is Roberta's Blood Trail a 5-episode OVA, but also OVA 1 is the conclusion to the last episode of the series, Black Lagoon. The finale left the series as incomplete regarding The Washimine Group and Yukio Washimine.
Even though Black Lagoon is mostly about criminals (pirates, gangsters, and trained assassins to be more specific), it DOES have war themes. A number of Black Lagoon characters have a history of being war vets.
War Veteran Characters From Black Lagoon:
Dutch- former Marine, who fought during The Vietnam War.
Balalaika- the boss of Hotel Moscow was a captain in the Soviet Army and a Russian Airborne Troop, who served in the Soviet War in Afghanistan.
Bao- bartender and owner of the dive bar, Yellow Flag. He is also an ex-ARVN soldier, who fought in the Vietnam War.
The Captain- an experienced ex-soldier, who saw action in the Liberian Civil War in the early 1990's.
Major Shane Caxton- a Vietnam War veteran like Dutch, who still maintains his moral code of conduct. Also, he's an American black-ops operator hiding in Roanapur, while waiting to be deployed to Indochina.
Captain Wentzel Ahbe- was the decorated skipper of the Type IXC U-boat U-1324 and a Battle of the Atlantic survivor. His last order was during the last months of World War II in Europe.
Lieutenant Colonel Matsuda- was an Imperial Japanese Army officer posted to Germany to study Aeronautics and remained there until early 1945.
SS Lieutenant Colonel Spielberger- the U-1324’s second passenger and a member of the SD. He was charged with the care of the painting, The Twelve Knights Led by Brunhilda.
The Twelve Knights Led by Brunhilda was part of a Nazi plot to prepare for the Nazis' eventual return to power following their defeat in World War II.
Rosarita Cisneros/"Roberta"- a former FARC guerrilla trained as an assassin in Cuba and an internationally wanted criminal. Rosarita also acts as a Columbian maid,who worked for 4 years at The Lovelace Household in Venezuela.
In addition, Roberta developed a close bond with Garcia Lovelace. Garcia is the only son of Diego Jose San Fernando Lovelace.
All 5 Black Lagoon OVA's are mostly about Roberta. The OVA's for Black Lagoon: Roberta's Blood Trail have YET to be aired on Adult Swim's Toonami block.
For the last 2 years, I have been saying this needs to happen. Aside from me being a Roberta fan, she is a fan favorite among other Black Lagoon fans.
Rather than sharing the usual animation blog for Cartoon Sunday, I thought I would share something a little different. If you would like to watch Black Lagoon from the beginning, you can click on the following Cartoon Sunday blog from 2015.
Today I am sharing an interview with the English Dub cast of Black Lagoon for this Cartoon Sunday. I have been told that this interview is on the DVD for the series.
Watching this interview was interesting. Fans of the Black Lagoon franchise have a chance to see what the voice actors thought about the characters they played.
If you happen to be a fan of Death Note, you may want to watch this interview. Brad Swaile, who voiced Light Yagami also did the voice for the protagonist, Rock in Black Lagoon. Anyway, here is the English Dub Cast Interview for Black Lagoon.
Black Lagoon: English Dub Cast Interview (2007)
|Posted by Anna H. on May 21, 2017 at 8:30 AM||comments (2)|
How's it going my gumdrops? Seems like some of you on Google Plus, World of Anime, and facebook enjoyed yesterday's blog. In case you missed this Chris Cornell Tribute for Song Saturday, you can read it HERE.
Song Saturday: Chris Cornell Tribute Block also features a Soundgarden music video from 2010, which was directed by Brendon Small. In case you did not already know, Brendon Small was 1 of the creators of Adult Swim's Metalocalypse.
In addition to Adult Swim news, it has been confirmed that the Toonami block will be airing a Samurai Jack Marathon next Saturday night for Memorial Day Weekend. Then on June 17th, Toonami will be premiering Lupin The Third: Part 4.
You can read more about it in the following link, if you are interested.
Personally, I won't be watching either the Samurai Jack Marathon, or Lupin when it premieres, next month. Therefore, I will be waiting for a different show. Hopefully, JoJo's Bizarre Adventure will return to the Toonami block soon with its 2nd season, Stardust Crusaders.
I will continue watching Tokyo Ghoul and rewatching Naruto Shippuden in English on the Toonami block. Aside from the Chris Cornell Tribute blog I published yesterday and news about Adult Swim's shows, let's return to the horror.
Because so many of you enjoyed those Animated Horror Shorts, that I shared 2 weeks ago from Axeman Cartoons, I have another creepy short to share with you all. In case you missed 10 Two Sentence Horror Stories for Cartoon Sunday, you can check it out right HERE.
Today we have Christopher Christensen's poem, "The Stone Wall." "The Stone Wall" was illustrated by YeahManTV, while Let's Read narrated this creepy piece.
If you have an appreciation for Textured Art with abstract spirals, Dr. Seuss, and Edgar Allan Poe, "The Stone Wall" may be right up your alley. I'll admit to being automatically biased, when it comes to abstract spirals in the animation.
The spirals remind me of some of the work I did in high school for Art Class. Also, I did something similar to this type of Textured Art, when the band, KoRn held their album cover contest before releasing their 4th album, Issues in 1999.
As I watched "The Stone Wall," it reminded me of Dr. Seuss meets Edgar Allan Poe's "The Cask Of Amontillado" and "The Tell-Tale Heart." This is along with a smidge of Nathaniel Hawthorne's "Young Goodman Brown."
If you never had the opportunities to read any of these short stories in high school or in college, you should read them now.
Listening to Christensen's "The Stone Wall" made me notice, that the protagonist in this creepy poem has a serious drinking problem. He drank an entire bottle of wine and is probably using some kind of a hallucinogenic drug.
If mixing hallucinogenic drugs with wine is NOT the problem, the protagonist must be drunk from trying to drink away his guilty conscience about something. The Goat Man must represent his guilty conscience, possibly about his alcoholism, which he chooses to deny.
As far as the stone wall goes, it could possibly represent the protagonist's alcoholism which is acting as a barrier between issues he has and the fact that he chooses not to acknowledge them. Anything is possible at this rate with this poem.
"The Stone Wall" is the type of creepy poem, that really makes you think hard. The animation, illustration, and narraton for this poem, helped to add character to the protagonist, The Goat Man, and the overall story being told in the poem.
Some of you may be irritated by my psychoanalysis of Christopher Christensen's "The Stone Wall." I cannot help paying attention to both the narration and illustrations for this poem. Both have this ability to make us really think.
Rather than explaining my perception of this creepy poem, I highly suggest watching "The Stone Wall" for yourself and judging with your own conclusions. Anyway, here is Christopher Christensen's "The Stone Wall" for today's Cartoon Sunday.
Christopher Christensen's "The Stone Wall" (2016)
|Posted by Anna H. on May 6, 2017 at 2:45 AM||comments (2)|
How's it going my gumdrops? Like yesterday's Song Saturday, this is an early Cartoon Sunday blog. Considering that next Sunday is Mother's Day, I will probably do next weekend's blogs early, too.
Don't forget to watch Tokyo Ghoul at midnight on Adult Swim's Toonami block. That's if you are a Tokyo Ghoul fan, as well as a Horror Anime fan. Today I'm taking a break from Supernatural and Horror Anime for today's Cartoon Sunday blog. Things have to be shaken up a little bit.
In fact, it has been a while, since I last shared any Horror Shorts for Cartoon Sunday. Today's short is brought to you by Axeman Cartoons. Yes, I know. I could not pass up the opportunity of sounding like an announcer, since I use to read PSA's on the air at WIPZ, years ago.
As I was saying, today's short is quite freaky. Axeman Cartoons has a series of Horror Animated Shorts. Let's Read, Axeman Cartoons, and Eden collaborated together for the short, 10 Two Sentence Horror Stories.
10 Two Sentence Horror Stories is a compilation of 10 Short Horror Stories, that are supposedly 2 sentences long with creepy narration. The animation for these 10 short stories is scarier than the narration to them.
Eden featuring Let's Read narrated the final short, "I Heard It, Too." Maternal Wraith and Sarah and Elizabeth Mahoney voiced Sarah, her mother, and that creepy-looking, shapeshifting monster.
"I Heard It, Too" is without a doubt, the best short out of this compilation of Horror Animated Short Stories by Axeman Cartoons. I may go as far as saying this short is probably 1 of the best shorts I have seen, since Stalker From The Cornfield.
"I Heard It, Too" actually feels like you are watching a Horror movie except it is an animated short. In this Horror Animated Short, Sarah hears her mother calling her from downstairs.
As Sarah leaves her bedroom to go see what her mother wants, Sarah's mother pulls Sarah into her room, saying, "I heard it, too." They are soon attacked by this creepy-looking, shapeshifting monster. I have no exact idea what the monster is, however it looks like some type of an insect, that resembles Sarah's mother.
Be prepared to be disturbed, if not creeped the fuck out for this Cartoon Sunday, 1 day in advance.
Axeman Cartoons' 10 Two Sentence Horror Stories (2016)
|Posted by Anna H. on April 30, 2017 at 8:05 AM||comments (2)|
How's it going my gumdrops? If you read yesterday's Song Saturday blog, it was mostly about The Bangles' "Walk Like An Egyptian." In that same blog, I mentioned that the band's song was used as the ending theme song for the 2nd season of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders.
Toonami aired the 1 hour season finale of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure, 2 weeks ago. The finale did not disappoint. There were so many twists. Watching JoJo's Bizarre Adventure's season finale felt like I was watching a Supernatural Soap Opera with characters named after musicians.
This can especially be said about Lisa Lisa secretly being Joseph Joestar's biological mother. Cue the dramatic music!
As campy and uproarious as this Supernatural Action Anime can be, the last scenes of Battle Tendency were violent as well as intense. Sometimes I was close to falling off my bed from laughter, after watching certain scenes.
For example, there was a scene of Kars strumming Lisa Lisa's legs like he was playing a guitar right before stabbing her in front of her long lost son, Joseph.
JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Battle Tendency "Kars Simulates A Guitar Solo With Lisa Lisa's Legs" (2013)
That scene was definitely a WTF?! Moment. Because Kars was close to killing Lisa Lisa, Joseph had to rescue mummy. While continuing his battle with Kars, Joseph theorized how he could possibly destroy Kars with the planet.
Eventually, Joseph defeated Kars by using Super Aja, which caused an eruption. That same eruption knocked Kars off the planet Earth, sending him into space.
JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Battle Tendency "Kars Is Launched Into Space" (2013)
After Kars was sent into space, everyone automatically assumed Joseph was dead and held a funeral for him. I believe the funeral was the BEST scene of Battle Tendency's finale.
JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Battle Tendency "The Funeral Scene" (2013)
The funeral scene had me in STITCHES. Without Hirohiko Araki (creator of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure) saying so, fans can tell that he favored his character, Joseph Joestar over Jonathan.
Joseph has a lot more personality than the original protagonist, Jonathan Joestar. Jonathan was too obsessed with becoming a gentleman and defeating his adopted brother, Dio Brando. Dio is supposed to be in the 2nd season, Stardust Crusaders.
Every time I watch MTV Classic and an old music video of Ronnie James Dio, I begin to snicker; Whenever I hear the late vocalist and his name, I NOW think about the main villain of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure, Dio Brando.
Dio Brando's depravity is off the charts. There are more villains in the next season. In fact, the list of characters for Stardust Crusaders seems much longer than Phantom Blood and Battle Tendency from what I can see.
During the last 2 minutes or so of Battle Tendency, there was a time skip to the 1980's. By that time, Joseph became an old man complaining about how much he hates Japanese people, while listening to a tape on a Sony Walkman.
For all those who didn't already know, Sony Walkmans were portable audiotape players made in Japan.
As I was saying, the end of Battle Tendency showed a 67-year-old Joseph Joestar. Then, it cut to the scene of his grandson, Jotaro Kujo, which segued into the beginning of the next season, Stardust Crusaders.
We COULD have a few more months, until Adult Swim's Toonami block airs Stardust Crusaders. Let's all hope it airs on Toonami with "Walk Like An Egyptian" playing as the ending theme song, after Attack On Titan is over.
Before I forget, here is the following link to the previous blog about characters' names from Phantom Blood and Battle Tendency, in case you missed it, 2 months ago.
Since I mentioned 3 Stardust Crusaders characters, here is the list of the next set of characters with important music references to artists and bands for today's Cartoon Sunday.
JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders Music References (2016)