|Posted by Anna H. on October 15, 2017 at 5:30 AM||comments (2)|
How's it going my gumdrops? It is refreshing to see that some of you liked yesterday's blog, which featured Helicopter Girl's "Satan's Seventh Bride." Like I said before, it was something different than the usual. Let's continue this trend for today's Cartoon Sunday blog.
As you look at the gif above, some of you are probably saying, "Aww, look at that black sheep! Isn't it cute?!" Don't let that black sheep's cuteness fool you. Today's short takes a horrific turn. Do you remember the English nursery rhyme, "Baa, Baa, Black Sheep"?
"Bah, Bah, a black Sheep,
Have you any Wool?
Yes merry I Have,
Three Bags full,
Two for my Master,
One for my Dame,
None for the Little Boy
That cries in the lane."
The last line was revised as "But none for the little boy who cries in the lane," in the 1765 Mother Goose Edition. Over time, "Baa, Baa, Black Sheep" was modified as saying:
"Baa, baa, black sheep,
Have you any wool?
Yes, sir, yes, sir,
Three bags full;
One for the master,
And one for the dame,
And one for the little boy
Who lives down the lane."
In 1761, some theorists have claimed this nursery rhyme was a complaint against Medieval English taxes on wool and that it was about the slave trade. By the 20th Century, "Baa, Baa, Black Sheep" became a controversial subject.
"Baa, Baa, Black Sheep" sparked debates about "political correctness."
There are those, who automatically associate "Baa, Baa, Black Sheep" with American Slave Trade from The South. Considering how obsessed Americans are with "political correctness" ad nauseam, it goes without saying, that the nursery rhyme is "racially dubious," "racist," etc.
This was especially, when it came to the Medieval English "Great" or "Old Custom" Wool Tax of 1275. This heavy wool taxation lasted, until the 15th Century.
Aside from the controversy, Axeman Cartoons gives a sinister yet apocalyptic meaning to the nursery rhyme, "Baa, Baa, Black Sheep."
In this Horror Animated Short, it appears that the black sheep is out for blood, while seeking restitution for something. Honestly, I could not tell you what that guy did to the black sheep to cause all hell to break loose. It's as if the black sheep turned into Damien from The Omen.
Yes, the black sheep is that evil! Anyway, here is Axeman Cartoons' Black Sheep for today's Cartoon Sunday.
Axeman Cartoons' Black Sheep (2016)
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|Posted by Anna H. on October 8, 2017 at 3:20 AM||comments (4)|
How's it going my gumdrops? As a quick update, do you remember, when I said in last Tuesday's blog, that some of us already anticipated, that Tokyo Ghoul would have a 3rd season because Season 2 felt unfinished? Well, it turns out that Tokyo Ghoul WILL be renewed for another season.
Literally 2 days after publishing my blog, "What You Didn't Already Know About Tokyo Ghoul's Characters," Crunchyroll sent me an alert on my tablet about the 3rd season, Tokyo Ghoul:re.
Tokyo Ghoul:re Teaser (2017)
Hopefully, this 3rd season will be much better than its last season and will explain everything, that happened. Sometime next year (my predictions are next spring), Tokyo Ghoul:re is scheduled to premiere in Japan.
Meanwhile, some of you may recall that I published another Cartoon Sunday blog, 2 years ago about Edgar Allan Poe. That particular Cartoon Sunday blog featured the animated adaptation of Poe's The Tell-Tale Heart.
If you have never seen this classic short from 1954, you should definitely give it a watch for today's Cartoon Sunday. Click on the blog link below to watch it.
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|Posted by Anna H. on October 1, 2017 at 11:20 AM||comments (4)|
How's it going my gumdrops? Last night was the finale for the Seinen Horror Action Anime, Tokyo Ghoul on Adult Swim's Toonami block. If you have ever watched this violent series on Toonami or online, you know the finale was confusing as well as tragic and unfinished.
Over the last decade or so of watching 100's of Anime, I have never watched an entire series feeling so confused and cheated. That is UNLESS, you want to count Michiko & Hatchin. That was another Seinen Action Anime, that extremely cheated its viewers.
However, it is more complicated with Tokyo Ghoul.
Judging by the looks of it, I have the impression that Japan is probably undecided about granting this Seinen Horror Action Anime another season. I say this because Tokyo Ghoul was not given a full season.
In 2007, I watched the online show Anime TV. English dub voice actor, Johnny Yong Bosch hosted it. Someone sent a letter to him on Anime TV, asking why some shows have shorter seasons than others.
Johnny explained that Japanese TV networks must approve of the series getting more episodes, if the networks seem unsure about the its performance. Most Anime will be granted the standard 24-26 episodes, which is the equivalent of 1 full season. Anime with only 12-13 episodes, on the other hand, are only 1/2 season shows.
Looking at Tokyo Ghoul's episode list, this Seinen Horror Action Anime is divided into 2 small seasons. There is Tokyo Ghoul, and then there is Tokyo Ghoul √A. Both have 12 episodes each.
I suspect that Japan is trying to decide, if Tokyo Ghoul should be granted a small 3rd season. I really hope they do because the ending was confusing and left unfinished. I have so far read summaries about Tokyo Ghoul's characters.
The Tokyo Ghoul franchise seems to be popular in Japan, considering that it has 1 live action movie, 1 video game, 3 light novels, 2 OVA's, an Anime, and a Manga.
Therefore, I, as well as others are confused by the season finale of Tokyo Ghoul √A.
Too bad Toonami does not believe in airing OVA's for Anime. Some OVA's actually tie up loose ends to a series. I meant to watch the finale and its 2 OVA's last week, but I was preoccupied offline. Some of us are still hoping, that maybe SOMEDAY Toonami will air the OVA's for Black Lagoon. Chances are highly unlikely but you never know.
I really would've liked to have seen more of the other ghouls. The ghouls that helped run the Anteiku Coffee Shop (Enji Koma and Kaya Irimi) could've been given more of a story. I also would've loved to have seen more of Uta, since he is the mask designer and Shuu Tsukiyama.
As far the OVA's go, Tokyo Ghoul: JACK is the 1st OVA and is a prequel. This OVA has nothing to do with the protagonist, Ken Kaneki. Tokyo Ghoul: PINTO is another Tokyo Ghoul prequel, which is specifically dedicated to Shuu Tsukiyama. I can only imagine how crazy that OVA is because Tsukiyama is a very loud, pretentious, and flamboyant character.
Don't you just love how those 2 OVA's have nothing to do with the protagonist? Then again, I guess it doesn't really matter that much since both are prequels. I really do hope the Tokyo Ghoul franchise releases a short 3rd season.
Leaving us viewers with such a tragic and confusing cliffhanger only leaves us feeling angry, cheated, and like we wasted our time watching Tokyo Ghoul from the start to ending with an incomplete WTF?! ending. I will have to explain more in detail about Tokyo Ghoul characters in another blog.
Since I mentioned that loud, pretentious, and flamboyant villain with an extreme obsession for Ken Kaneki, I will leave you with that disturbing handkerchief scene with Tsukiyama and Kaneki for today's Cartoon Sunday.
Tokyo Ghoul "A Rare Treat" [Handkerchief Scene] (2014)
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|Posted by Anna H. on September 17, 2017 at 3:30 AM||comments (0)|
How's it going my gumdrops? As a quick update about that suspicious e-mail message, which was my supposed Webs "billing statement," Webs officially contacted me, last night. As, I already expected, that billing statement was fraudulent.
When I clicked on that "billing statement" e-mail message, it looked like Ransomware. In case you missed yesterday's Song Saturday, click on the following link:
Also, don't forget that Song Saturday AND Cartoon Sunday will be postponed, NEXT WEEKEND for my annual Q&A. Your questions are due SEPTEMBER 22ND. Here are the following details about this upcoming Q&A blog.
Let's continue where we left off yesterday with more Edgar Allan Poe. Nearly 2 years ago, I published 2 Cartoon Sunday blogs featuring Short Horror Stories by Edgar Allan Poe. An animated short of "The Tell-Tale Heart" was 1 of the 2, that I shared.
I am not re-sharing that particular story today. However, like I said ~ 2 years ago, Poe's "The Cask Of Amontillado" has been my favorite for the last 2 decades. Who DOESN'T love a good Revenge Story? You know I do.
While hunting for an animated short for "The Cask Of Amontillado" for Cartoon Sunday 2 years ago, I came across this creepy-looking video of Edgar Allan Poe "narrating" the story. Those of you, who NEVER watched this video, will know what I'm talking about, very soon.
Someone took 1 of Poe's portraits and turned it into some creepy CGI video. Imagine Edgar Allan Poe being animated to TALK. If you want to see it with your own 2 eyes, click on the Cartoon Sunday blog link below and listen to Poe "narrate" "The Cask Of Amontillado."
|Posted by Anna H. on September 10, 2017 at 12:40 PM||comments (0)|
How's it going my gumdrops? Trying to find the Action Supernatural Occult Detective Thriller Anime, Witch Hunter Robin last week was like struggling to pull teeth. After learning that Toonami is expanding their block again to now 4/3 am Central to re-air Cowboy Bebop for the gajillionth time, I became annoyed.
This latest news not only annoys more of us viewers because Cowboy Bebop has been replayed TOO many times, since the launch of Adult Swim in 2001, but also because Toonami wants to waste too much time pandering to certain fandoms.
Last month, Adult Swim's Toonami block acquired the rights to re-air Outlaw Star. I have been hearing about this particular series for years by its fans and how it needs to be put back on TV. Because I never had time to watch this series, when it was on TV, I had no comment about it.
After Adult Swim premiered the "uncut" version of Outlaw Star on their version of the Toonami block last month, I failed to see why it's had so much hype. I tried watching it but kept spacing out. Like I have said many times over the last 5 years, Adult Swim has overlooked many Anime over the last 16 years.
If Toonami wants to re-air older and more obscure Action Anime, why not show Action Anime titles, that younger viewers never had a chance to watch because their parents banned them from watching Adult Swim at night?
Even though I was a college student, when Adult Swim launched in September 2001, there were other shows I never had time to watch, since they aired during sleeping hours. Those hours were late at night and in the early morning.
Considering that the animated content was meant for ADULT viewers, Adult Swim always took over Cartoon Network late at night. Over the last several years, Adult Swim has been squeezed into the primetime slot. Therefore, it would be so much better to air shows at more reasonable times for their viewers to watch.
During the early Saturday evenings, Adult Swim airs the Dragon Ball franchise before re-airing them during the Toonami block. Giving this Anime franchise 2 HOURS to air on Saturday nights, while others only get 1 airing seems unfair to fans of other series.
Since earlier this year, I have sat through watching YouTube vlogs and reading online tantrums about Once Piece being replaced for Tokyo Ghoul. If Toonami did not waste time and money promoting the Dragon Ball franchise by giving it 2 HOURS, One Piece could've still aired on the block. Then, One Piece fans would not have spent MONTHS taking their anger and resentment out on Tokyo Ghoul and us fans.
Speaking of Tokyo Ghoul, this Horror Action Anime should be ending on September 30th. Considering that The Toonami Team is on that kick of re-airing older Action Anime, why not make Witch Hunter Robin Tokyo Ghoul's replacement to usher in Halloween?
Witch Hunter Robin English Dubbed Trailer (2003)
Witch Huner Robin may NOT be filled with Splatterpunk Horror Action like Tokyo Ghoul, however it does have supernatural and occult themes filled action. Witch Hunter Robin also has a history of airing once on Adult Swim, during 2004.
Witch Hunter Robin Adult Swim Promo (2004)
It was not until "binge watching" this series online 2 years later, that I was able to watch it. Like I said earlier, there were other shows I never had time to watch on Adult Swim years ago because other shows aired during times, when most people were sleeping.
During 2004, I was still a college student and had to be in bed for morning classes. As the voice actor for the character, Amon (Crispin Freeman) said, Witch Hunter Robin is "wonderfully gothic and romantic." The 2nd half of this Action Supernatural Occult Detective Thriller's scripts were adapted in English by Freeman as well.
At the beginning of this blog, I said that trying to find online streams of Witch Hunter Robin now is like struggling to pull out teeth. This is all due to Funimation's NEED to monopolize and control the Anime Industry.
Luckily, I was just able to find a site with streams of this Anime. Anyway, here is Witch Hunter Robin for today's Cartoon Sunday.
|Posted by Anna H. on September 3, 2017 at 11:35 AM||comments (4)|
How's it going my gumdrops? How creepy was the theme song from The Amityville Horror Soundtrack, that I shared yesterday? If you ask yours truly, I feel haunted houses and paranormal activity are more terrifying than monsters, unless they are Gremlins.
We all know those cynics, who don't believe in ghosts or much of anything that can't be proven based on science. This may be difficult to believe, but science is NOT the answer to everything.
A few years ago, I started reminiscing about the Scooby-Doo franchise. In fact, I happened to be watching a Scooby-Doo TV series. As an adult, I realized just how incredibly cynical the overall franchise has been over the last 48 years.
Have you EVER noticed that every time the characters on Scooby-Doo had to solve supernatural and paranormal related mysteries, there were ALWAYS arguments to disprove that supernatural and paranormal phenomena existed?
Growing up as a little girl during the 1980's and '90s, I was annoyed by the cynicism. I understand, that CBS and Hanna-Barbera wanted to appease the parent watch groups, in order to prevent more protesting during the '60s, but they actually helped promote and validated cynicism.
I will even go as far as saying that CBS, Hanna-Barbera, and other companies caused the last 3-4 generations to grow up to be cynics, who have to disprove EVERYTHING, that doesn't fit their narrative about something being SCIENTIFICALLY PROVEN.
Do you remember Charles Riborg Mann and George Ransom Twiss' book Physics? In the 1910 book, they asked: "When a tree falls in a lonely forest, and no animal is near by to hear it, does it make a sound? Why?"
The question was supposed to be about physical point of view. However, I believe it was a question made to validate and promote other people's denial of something OR someone's existence with more cynicism. This can ESPECIALLY be said about those, who refuse to acknowledge supernatural and paranormal phenomena.
Let's use the Scooby-Doo franchise as an example. In the original cartoon from 1969, Scooby-Doo, Where Are You? Fred, Velma, and DAPHNE did NOT believe in ghosts and monsters. All 3 characters were ALWAYS validated by the end of each episode.
You may be saying, "Anna, you're overthinking this. It's only a cartoon." Scooby-Doo may be a cartoon, but it is a cartoon that has hidden messages in it. You really have to read between the lines so to say and pay close attention to the underlying messages.
You could argue that Hanna-Barbera did not want to scare children with supernatural and paranormal phenomena. At the same time, the characters and the writing in this cartoon appear as being cynical.
Anyone who believes in supernatural and paranormal phenomena are viewed as being crazy and delusional because cynics bought into George Berkeley's philosophical lies about "immaterialism."
Immaterialism in philosophy is basically the metaphysical denial of the existence of the material world. In other words, it's just your imagination; It's ALL in your head.
If some have not learned much of anything in today's blog, you should at least realize that just because you did not see or hear something or someone, does not mean that something or someone does NOT exist.
This next creepy story is another true pizza delivery story. It comes from YouTube's Mr. Nightmare. Mr. Nightmare's story was turned into an animation by Llama Arts.
In this paranormal story, Mr. Nightmare does his pizza delivery to a hidden house near the woods at night. Anyway, here is his true pizza delivery story for today's Cartoon Sunday. Let the cynicism begin!
Mr. Nightmare's True Pizza Delivery Horror Story (2016)
|Posted by Anna H. on August 27, 2017 at 10:55 AM||comments (5)|
How's it going my gumdrops? How did you like yesterday's Song Saturday blog, which featured Rammstein? Most viewers have probably never seen those other videos by them, unless they watch YouTube.
MTV, MTV2, and Fuse TV only aired Rammstein's music videos for "Amerika," "Feuer Frei," and "Du Hast." "Amerika" was not included in yesterday's blog because it was already a long blog. I never saw those other music videos, that were shared, until working on yesterday's Song Saturday blog.
Hopefully, more of you enjoyed that blog because I spent a lot of time working on it. Aside from my blog about Rammstein, it is Cartoon Sunday.
After watching this Animated Horror Stop-Motion Short for today, it reminded me of a Creative Writing Class I had taken. While attending UW-Parkside 15 years ago, I took a Creative Writing- Poetry course. We learned about different types of poetry. This included creating our own story poems.
Because our Creative Writing professor wanted us to write our story poems based on a past excursion, I wrote about the time I shopped at the store, Circuit City and bought KoRn's Follow The Leader album.
Oh, how I miss the days of Circuit City. If only Best Buy had helpful and competent employees, quality electronics, and better organization. As I was saying, I wrote a story poem about shopping for KoRn's 3rd album. I wish I remembered how I wrote that story poem years ago. It's somewhere in 1 of my old roller backpacks.
Returning to the topic of today's Cartoon Sunday, I found a rare gem by Tim Burton. On October 1, 1982, the Gothic Horror filmmaker released the Animated Horror Stop-Motion Short, Vincent.
Tim Burton's Vincent was a story poem with a sing-songy rhyme scheme about the delusional 7-year-old boy, Vincent Malloy. It was also narrated by the late great Vincent Price.
I say that Vincent Malloy is a delusional 7-year-old boy for a reason. I may take it a step further by saying that he is quite morbid for his age. Not that I can really talk. When I was Vincent Malloy's age, I was a morbid little girl except I did not practice experiments on my pets like a mad scientist, in order to create zombies.
In hopes of creating a ravenous zombie dog, Vincent practices experiments on his dog, Abercrombie. The character also idolizes Vincent Price, is obsessed with the works of Edgar Allan Poe including Poe's "The Raven," believes he's some "tortured artist," and is deprived of the woman he loves.
Some of you may find my description of Vincent Malloy to be patronizing, but you really have to watch Vincent for yourself. This Animated Gothic Horror Short was filmed, when Tim Burton was still an animator at Walt Disney Animation Studios.
Vincent was Burton's 2nd Disney Horror film. In 1980, he debuted with the British American Horror film, The Watcher In the Woods.
I enjoyed Edward Scissorhands, Sleepy Hollow, the Pee-wee Herman franchise, and the first 3 Batman films. This may or may not come as a shock to you but I am not a huge Tim Burton fan.
Even though the Beetlejuice franchise, during the late 1980's and early 1990's contributed to me being a Goth little girl, I find a lot of his other work to be contrived.
As much as I enjoy watching SOME campy entertainment, there is a time and a place for campiness.
Years ago at James O'Barr's panel for The Crow, O'Barr said he was approached with the idea of having Tim Burton turn his comic book into a Broadway musical, starring Michael Jackson. As much as I like Michael Jackson, that SCREAMS laughingstock.
It made sense for James O'Barr to turn down the offer. The Crow comic book was not comedic; O'Barr's comic book was mostly about tragedy.
When something is TOO campy, it starts to look and feel contrived.
Anyway, to lighten the mood and to segue into the Halloween spirit early, here is Tim Burton's Vincent narrated by the late great Vincent Price, for today's Cartoon Sunday.
Vincent [Narrated By Vincent Price] (1982)
|Posted by Anna H. on August 20, 2017 at 6:50 AM||comments (2)|
How's it going my gumdrops? Wow! Can you believe that not only is August almost over, but also summer? It seems like it was August 1st just yesterday.
Pretty soon, it will be time to celebrate the 4th anniversary of It's Not All Gumdrops & Unicorns, which is at the beginning of fall. Changing my web interface's design and publishing another Q&A blog in celebration of its 4th anniversary is the goal for next month.
For a while, I planned on giving It's Not All Gumdrops & Unicorns a different interface. It has looked the same for the last 3 out of 4 years.
Earlier this month, I changed some of the font style. Now that Halloween is creeping around the corner, It's Not All Gumdrops & Unicorns will start looking festive again.
If there is enough time, sharing more Horror, Supernatural, and Halloween themed content are my plans. It is not that I haven't been sharing anything Horror related. There has been all throughout this year. It's just that when it comes to Halloween, the holiday sets the tone for Horror a lot better.
Speaking of Horror, in case you happened to miss yesterday's Song Saturday blog, it was about the solar eclipse, Bonnie Tyler, Rober Englund, urban legends, and the Slasher, Urban Legend. You can can read yesterday's blog at the following:
Meanwhile, I re-shared a Cartoon Sunday blog around Google Plus 3 days ago, that I published before Mother's Day. Axeman Cartoons, Let's Read, and Eden collaborated together for the short, 10 Two Sentence Horror Stories.
In case you missed it, here it is once again.
Recently, Let's Read was involved in another collaboration. This time, Let's Read, Mort Animations, and Corpse Husband worked together for 2 true scary stories.
Lately, I am starting to notice just how frightening getting gas at the gas station and ordering pizza can be. After watching these 2 true scary stories, narrated by Corpse Husband and Let's Read, it should make you think twice about being alone.
Since today's blog is mostly about Horror, here are 2 true scary stories about being at the gas station and ordering pizza for today's Cartoon Sunday.
2 True Scary Stories Animated Featuring Corpse Husband and Let's Read (2017)
|Posted by Anna H. on August 6, 2017 at 9:45 AM||comments (4)|
How's it going my gumdrops? To my surprise, it seems like more people really enjoyed yesterday's Song Saturday blog. I am really glad.
As a quick reminder, let me know if you get my replies back to you on these blogs. I always make sure to respond back to comments below every blog I publish.
In regards to another update, it was confirmed on August 3rd that the Seinen Space Western Space Opera Anime, Outlaw Star will be returning to the Toonami block on August 19th. It will replace Ghost In The Shell.
Outlaw Star Trailer (2017)
Because I have never seen Outlaw Star, I have no comment. Hopefully, this series is worth all the hype it has been given, over the years. Japan released Outlaw Star in 1998. Then, it aired on Cartoon Network's Toonami block in 2001. Eventually, this series aired on Adult Swim.
As I have said countless times, most animation I watched, during the '90s and even some during the early 21st Century were on MTV. You may recall that I published a Cartoon Sunday blog 2 Sundays ago, which featured John R. Dilworth's The Dirdy Birdy.
Younger Millennials and Generation Z missed out on the glory days of MTV. I cannot help emphasizing, that MTV was still very popular, when I was a teenager.
Then again, I grew up during a time when music was highly influential. We may rant about the current state of MTV, but we have to give credit when credit is due. MTV influenced fashion, animation, movies, art, etc.
Without Beavis And Butt-Head, Comedy Central would not have South Park. This can also be said about Fox's King Of The Hill, Family Guy, American Dad, and other Fox cartoons meant for adult viewers. This is along with the fact that The WB's Mission Hill, The Oblongs, and Adult Swim would not exist.
MTV paved the way and set the trend for adult animation.
Honestly, I believe that those running Fox, The WB, Adult Swim, and other local and cable networks were highly influenced by what MTV was doing during the 1990's and chose to air, if not create more adult animation.
The cartoons MTV aired consisted of abstract and more adult content. This can especially be said about the shortly lived, Downtown.
MTV seriously dropped the ball by canceling Downtown. This animated series was created before its time. I'm surprised that Adult Swim never bothered to acquire Downtown. Adult Swim would probably have to arm wrestle MTV for it.
MTV's Downtown could be filed under the category Slice Of Life Animation. When I say "Slice Of Life," I mean shows with social realism because they depict everyday life.
For example, Jerry Seinfeld's TV sitcom Seinfeld falls under the category, Slice Of Life. It is often referred to as being "a show about nothing."
Japan has a list of Slice Of Life Anime. For those unfamiliar with Japanese animation, everything is NOT Action Anime. The Slice Of Life genre is very realistic.
MTV's Downtown premiered in 1999 and only lasted for 13 episodes. This Animated Slice Of Life Sitcom had a lot of critical acclaim. Critics and fans loved Downtown. However, MTV canceled it. Downtown was more reality based.
MTV's Downtown centers around a fanboy named Alex, who works at a boring copy shop. He saves up money to move into his own apartment in New York City's East Village. It turns out he moves into a dive apartment located downtown.
Downtown is a cartoon I would recommend to younger Millennials and Generation Z. As a 17-year-old, I enjoyed watching it on MTV and was disappointed when it NEVER returned with new episodes in 1999. Because this is another blog about MTV and its animation, here is MTV's Downtown for today's Cartoon Sunday.
Downtown Episode 1: "Sin Bin" (1999)
|Posted by Anna H. on July 30, 2017 at 8:45 AM||comments (2)|
How's it going my gumdrops? I must say, I am really quite surprised as well as pleased with the fact, that MORE of you enjoyed yesterday's Song Saturday blog. Yes' song, "Roundabout" was something a little different from their usual, "Owner Of A Lonely Heart."
As I mentioned at least twice, Yes' 1983 hit single, "Owner Of A Lonely Heart" was used as a sample in Season 1: Part 2 of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Battle Tendency.
After publishing yesterday's Song Saturday blog and sharing it around social media, I saw a Viz Media video by the voice actor, Patrick Seitz. Patrick Seitz is best known for voicing Luke Valentine from the Hellsing franchise, Bleach's Isshin Kurosaki and Kenpachi Zaraki, numerous characters from the Naruto franchise, Blue Exorcist's Igor Neuhaus, and most importantly Dio Brando from JoJo's Bizarre Adventure.
JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Phantom Blood "It Was I, DIO!" (2012)
These are only naming a few characters, that Seitz has voiced throughout the last 10 years or so. If you would like to learn about other characters he has voiced, click on the following link.
As I was saying, a Viz Media promo appeared in my facebook news feed, which featured Patrick Seitz. He was promoting JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders for Adult Swim's Toonami block.
Viz Media: Patrick Seitz Promotes JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders For Adult Swim's Toonami Block (2017)
Watching this promo for Stardust Crusaders made me giggle. It was clever. I love the way Patrick Seitz held that rose in his mouth, while delivering a witty promo. Seitz has voiced villains in the past, but voicing the villain, Dio Brando makes me laugh.
The villain Dio Brando is named after the late Metal frontman, Ronnie James Dio.
During this promo, Seitz referenced to Dio Brando's Stand, The World. This particular season of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure focuses on Stands. Stardust Crusaders begins with Joseph Joestar's grandson, Jotaro Kujo purposely staying behind bars in jail because he claims to be possessed by a supposed evil spirit.
Eventually, Joseph and his fortune telling friend, Mohammed Avdol strategize how to coax Jotaro into leaving his jail cell.
After Joseph, Mohammed, Jotaro, and his mother, Holly leave the jail, they have a meeting at a coffee & wine shop about their ancestry. This includes revealing more shocking news about Dio Brando's connection to The Joestar Clan.
JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders "Dio Brando's Revival" (2014)
So, what it is a Stand?
A Stand is a unique, supernatural personification of life energy, which is attached to the body. It can also represent the manifestations of a human or a creature's innate "fighting spirit." To an extent, Stands embody the psyche.
As we have already been shown, Joseph Joestar is a Stand User. He snaps screenshots and smashes his cameras as evidence to support his claims about having a Stand.
Who and what are Stand Users?
Stand Users are humans and creatures with Stands, which can be used for various purposes.
Obtaining a Stand is currently unspecified. However, it has been hinted that having a Stand can be linked to bloodlines, rigorious spiritual and/"Ripple Training" and/ a very strong will power, desire, and passion.
Since this season of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure centers around Stands, here is a list of Stand Users with their Stands.
Stardust Crusaders: Stand Users With Their Stands (2017)
In case you missed the previous Cartoon Sunday blogs I published regarding the JoJo's Bizarre Adventure franchise, click on the 3 blog links below.