Sailor Moon Crystal: The Girls are Back!

CONTAINS SPOILERS

 

It’s official, after Act 1: Usagi aired on Saturday, Sailor Moon is back! Now, after 22 years, the new series Sailor Moon Crystal aired worldwide this past Saturday. So…what were my thoughts on episode one?

 

Japanese promotional poster of Sailor Moon Crystal featuring the eponymous protagonist, Sailor Moon.

 

Although there has been a huge amount of criticism of the 90s version (mainly the Dic version); nonetheless, I will not compare it because it would be unfair. The original version (view on Hulu.com) it has changes, yet it didn’t diminish the greatness of Naoko Takeuchi writing.

What are my thoughts on the first episode?

Episode one is EXACTLY like the manga! It is extremely satisfying because the viewer is literally seeing the book coming to life. I will point out that the manga is much darker than the original series. So, for the viewers like me that viewed the 90s one…brace your self lads! Sailor Moon Crystal will offer a deeper explanation of Queen Beryl‘s evilness or how Usagi and Mamoru Chiba meet in the past. Of course, this is episode one; however, several sources have revealed that Sailor Moon Crystal will be faithful to the manga. My hypothesis is that based on episode one this may be true.

For more information on Sailor Moon Crystal schedule visit Neonalley.com, Hulu.com, Crunchyroll.com and Nicovideo.jp

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The World Cup 2014: The Good and The Really Bad Surprises

The Underdogs

I dare to say that not many expected for Costa Rica or Colombia to reach quarter finals without losing a single match. They were a pleasant surprise. Personally, I love underdogs because it shows that after all football is a game. And because it is a game, one never knows what the Pandora box will bring out. Of course, both teams gave excellent performances even beating out major opponents like Italy, England, and Uruguay; however, for the Colombian team, their destiny was dominated not by Brazil’s performance, but by their extra player, the referee.

It is shameful when a good game is tainted. Colombia’s demise was manipulated because the Spaniard, Carlos Velasco Carballo poorly managed this game. On many occasions, the favoritism towards Brazil was extremely obvious. The most outrageous example is Colombia’s annulled goal. The polemic scene pointed out by many experts including former referees has said that it was a goal. The game should have had the additional 30 minutes, yet the goal was annulled; therefore, the outcome is an artificial triumph. It will not affect the Brazilian team’s conscious because the result is the one that they expected – a la Armstrong, they qualified to the semifinals.

The Goalkeepers

The 2014 World Cup is about the outstanding goalkeepers. Certainly, Brazil’s Julio Cesar may come to mind after his excellent execution during the penalty round against Chile; however, another group of men are unforgettable.
Mexico’s Memo Ochoa is a goalkeeper to watch because it has been years that Mexico brought a stellar one. In my view, the last goalkeeper that was extraordinary was the neon-flamboyant goalkeeper, Jorge Campos. Certainly, Ochoa will have many teams wanting to sign him for the upcoming football season after the World Cup.

Tim Howard, the USA goalkeeper: The final game against Belgium, Howard became an instant internet sensation. He made a record of 16 saves on July 1st. Immediately a hash tag emerged – #thingstimhowardcouldsave

Lastly, Keylor Navas certainly became the man of the match against The Netherlands. Without counting the last match, Navas only received 2 goals before Costa Rica lost against The Netherlands. Honestly, Costa Rica’s last game was a coin toss. With penalties, the outcome is unpredictable. Navas along with the defense team made the Flying Dutchmen extremely doubtful of their future before the penalty round.

The Referees

It is impossible to have a World Cup without controversy and often it’s the referees fault. The most recent example which I’ve written earlier is Brazil vs. Colombia. According to bbc.com, Brazil committed 31 fouls. Another questionable decision involved once again the host-team, Brazil.

The opening game, Brazil vs. Croatia – the referee, Nishumura awarded an unfair penalty and didn’t card Neymar for elbowing the Croatian striker which prevented the European team from scoring. Sadly, these poor decisions raises many questions FIFA as an organization and if this World Cup in particular is already fixed.

The New Sensation

Although Colombia left the World Cup under questionable circumstances – their young striker, James Rodriguez is a rising star. Up to this date, the Colombian player scored 5 goals in comparison to other experienced players like Messi and Ronaldo. Rodriguez is a player to watch. It is likely he’s following the footsteps of other stars like Messi and Robin van Persie.

Don’t miss the semi-finals

Germany vs Brazil on July 8th at 3pm/central time

Argentina vs Netherlands on July 9th at 3pm/ central time

 

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What does Sailor Moon mean to you?

* My entry What does Sailor Moon mean to you? on http://www.animenewsnetwork.com *

If you’re a Sailor Moon fan like me, visit Anime News Network site and enter your photo with the caption. Make sure to read the rules and regulations of the contest. Good Luck!

All Rights Reserved to "Sailor Moon" by Naoko Takeuchi.

All Rights Reserved to “Sailor Moon” by Naoko Takeuchi.

I’ve been a Sailor Scout since 1995-(Present). In 1995 from Monday to Friday at 6:30am, I started to watch Sailor Moon on channel 26 the U. I loved the series so much that my mom made me Usagi’s uniform as a birthday gift. Since then, watching Sailor Moon became a lifelong friendship.

 

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Oscars 2014: The Average Red Carpet

Once again kitties, it’s the mother of all red carpets…The Oscars! Watching with an analytical eye, my eyesight is scanning for the crème de la crème in fashion and the generous load of Jedidiah Atkinson comments when an eyesore walks by.

The red carpet started early with a previous nominee, Viola Davis wearing a stunning green gown by Escada. I agree with Davis when she said, “The color green is my go-to color.” By the way, it is a simple and an elegant gown.

Viola Davis in Escada Credits: Tom & Lorenzo

Pint sized talent, Kristin Chenoweth in Roberto Cavalli. Honestly, she looks the perfect match of the Oscar statuette if it was female and in human form. Good job!

Kristin Chenoweth in Roberto Cavalli Credits: Tom & Lorenzo

Frozen star, Kristen Bell in Roberto Cavalli looks beautiful; however, I’ve seen this gown incarnated in previous red carpets. All I can say is that this is a safe gown.

Kristen Bell in Roberto Cavalli Credits: Tom & Lorenzo

12 Years a Slave and Oscar winner, Lupita Nyong’o has done it again. She is wearing a custom made Nairobi blue dress by Prada. Nyong’o is a trend setter and I can see this upcoming spring this shade of island blue worn by many fashion lovers. Her Prada gown is one of the best of the night.

Lupita Nyong’o in Prada Credits: Tom & Lorenzo

Another safe and classic gown is worn by Oscar nominee, Amy Adams in Gucci. I do like that the dark blue makes an excellent contrast with her pale skin. She does stand out, but like Bell this gown is nothing new.

Amy Adams in Gucci Credits: Tom & Lorenzo

Oscar nominee for her supporting role in Blue Jasmine, Sally Hawkins is wearing Maison Valentino. I have two concerns regarding this gown. First, it looks heavy and lastly, I’m worried she’s going to lose her balance. It is an original dress with various and intricate details, yet it’s like a wrap of massive amounts of old doilies.

Sally Hawkins in Maison Valentino Credits: Tom & Lorenzo

Pitch Perfect star, Anna Kendrick in J. Mendel is a perfect fit. Her dress has several details that work in her favor. Her waist is accentuated with a floral design which draws the eye in both directions. I liked this dress.

Anna Kendrick in J. Mendel Credits: Tom & Lorenzo

Naomi Watts is wearing Calvin Klein and the picture does not make justice on the several beadings her dress has. It does not appear, but it is a heavy dress.

Naomi Watts in CK Credits: Tom & Lorenzo

Chrissy Teigen in Monique Lhuillier. Without a doubt, Lhuillier always brings fresh designs to fashion week and Teigen is the ideal girl to wear it. It looks great and it is an exciting dress.

Chrissy Teigen in Monique Lhuillier Credits: Tom & Lorenzo

Jessica Biel shines in this Chanel gown; however, the camera flashes has blurred out the actual design.

Jessica Biel in Chanel Couture Credits: Tom & Lorenzo

Bette Midler in Reem Acra. The singer/ actress shines in this two-toned dress. It is a fresh take on a night that demands for perfection and Midler breaks this rule in a precise matter. Brava!

Bette Midler in Reem Acra Credits: Tom & Lorenzo

Charlize Theron in Dior is channeling a modern day Maleficent. She looks seductive and at the same time ready for several camera shots.

Charlize Theron in Dior Credits: Tom & Lorenzo

Scandal’s star, Kerry Washington in Jason Wu. Washington knows how to look her best with this lavender gown.

Kerry Washington in Jason Wu Credits: Tom & Lorenzo

Jennifer Lawrence in Dior. It is a vibrant red and it suits her well, but it lacks excitement. It’s similar to a mermaid shape gown without the exaggerated tail…again a safe gown. Ladies, you are really making this article hard for me because I’m yawning!

Jennifer Lawrence in Dior Credits: Tom & Lorenzo

Well…Anne Hathaway in Gucci. I find this hard to explain, but this gown ruins her stunning body. In addition, the unnecessary embellishment on the top portion does not help at all. This is not a gown for an Oscar winner.

Anne Hathaway in Gucci Credits: Tom & Lorenzo

Kate Hudson in Versace…I think she took this dress from The American Hustle movie set.

Kate Hudson in Versace Credits: Tom & Lorenzo

Angelina Jolie in Ellie Saab hopped from the black dress with the shaky leg to this gown. I could say so many things, but I will keep it brief. Her dress reminds me of Christmas tinsel just poured on her.

Angelina Jolie in Ellie Saab Credits: Tom & Lorenzo

Sandra Bullock in Alexander McQueen looks stunning and a mile away from the dress she wore at the Golden Globes. The draping hugs her body in great way along with the dark blue gown. Now, this is a home run!

Sandra Bullock in Alexander McQueen Credits: Tom & Lorenzo

The surprise of the night is Lady Gaga! She is wearing a Versace pale rose with mixed metals with creative lines that is impressive considering her usual over-the-top costumes. No Kermit, no gimmicks for Gaga. Although, I would remove the long scarf.

Lady Gaga in Atelier Credits: Tom & Lorenzo

Uncharacteristic of me to say this…it’s Pharrell. Enough said.

Pharrell Credits: Getty Images

See you in the next award season opening 2015

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A Pilot’s Vision, A Masterful Farewell

*This article contains spoilers*

Out of all the nominated films, coincidently I’ve invested my movie tickets to watch animated movies. It pains me to say this possibility; however, Frozen (by the way, I did watch it) might win the Oscar although The Wind Rises has a superior story and an audacious mixture of 2D blended with 3D. Yet, if it was up to me, Miyazaki deserves the award because the film brings to life many emotions that could easily be done with human actors – in other words, the film would work in any form of reincarnation if executed as Miyazaki presented to us.

Now, The Wind Rises openly narrates a time during the young life of Jiro Horikoshi (Gordon-Levitt). As a young child, Jiro wanted to become a pilot, but he cannot do this dream because he wears glasses. Still, this did not detain his goal because he followed the footsteps of his hero, Caproni and pursues a degree in engineering.

The Wind Rises (GHIBLI) Facebook

Years later, an older Jiro is returning to the University of Tokyo after a holiday break. During this train ride, he survives a horrible earthquake where he meets his future wife, Naoko, but their story develops years later. In the meantime, Japan is rebuilding after the earthquake. Then a glim of light occurs, Jiro and his college friend, Honjo (Krasinski) obtains a job despite of the economic crisis in the country. Both men head to an interesting assignment in Germany to learn about the latest German aeronautics technology. Their visit is successful and stressful because the German soldiers were apprehensive to show their aircrafts to the men. In reality, they feared the Japanese would improve their design. As time passed by, Jiro is send elsewhere in Japan where he reunites with an older Naoko (Blunt). At first, he didn’t recognize her because the last time he saw her, she was a teenager. Their affinity is mutual which leads to an engagement.

Although their love is fruitful, Naoko has tuberculosis and she wants to marry him after she feels better. Because of the time period the story takes place, Naoko’s health does not improve. She goes to  a sanatorium to heal. Suddenly, Naoko calls Jiro because she wants to spend the rest of her life with him. As a result, they have an impromptu wedding, since Jiro’s boss did not want to have an unmarried couple living under his roof.

While Jiro’s career lives trial and errors, his friend, Honjo share the same vision – they want to create beautiful planes, but not bomber planes; however, as stated many times in the film, creating planes is a blessing and a curse. Months later, Jiro’s younger sister (who is a doctor) visits him. She has mixed feelings about Jiro’s marriage. She likes Naoko very much and because she likes her new sister-in-law, she knows her health is deteriorating; nonetheless, Jiro stands strong and stays with his wife knowingly what will happen in the future.

The Wind Rises (GHIBLI) Facebook

Towards the end of the film, Jiro survives success and sadness at once. His plane, Mitsubishi A5M tests triumphantly for the first time. Then, there’s a silent gust signaling Naoko’s death. At the end of the movie, Jiro dreams about Caproni and his wife, Naoko. In his conversation with Caproni, they say that creating planes is like the pyramids. Every creation has a price, at the same time; no one can control the destiny of these creations. His goal was to create planes and he achieved that dream even though the Navy transformed the plane into a war machine.

The Wind Rises brings a story of ambitions and sorrows. It is artistically presented with sequences foreshadowing the future technology and the structures of planes. Ergo, Jiro has a personal life that is brief due to his demanding job; however, he manages to have a loving marriage.

The Wind Rises (GHIBLI) Facebook

It is a touching story that is superbly told. Miyazaki finalizes his successful career with a fictional vision of Jiro’s childhood into adulthood and creating beautiful planes. The film demonstrates that every dream leads to a result; therefore, be careful what you wish for.

My final grade…the film deserves the Oscar!

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Thanks For Sharing: Not a Romantic-Comedy, It’s a Realistic Film

In the last five days, I have been hunting down the DVD rental of Blue Jasmine and it is a Woody Allen film…enough said; however, even though I have failed to find a copy that has not been rented – I found Thanks For Sharing. I know it makes me sound like I’m calling it a runner-up choice, yet I am glad Blue Jasmine was out. Otherwise, I would have missed this gem by the acclaimed director, Stuart Blumberg (The Kids are Alright).  Now, my overall impression of this film is that critics have misplaced the core message of the story. Critics categorized this film by calling it a “romantic-comedy.” Thanks For Sharing is a dramatic film with few brush strokes of comedic lines, but it is not sufficient to reach the levels of other well known rom-com movies like You’ve Got Mail.

Still, Thanks For Sharing is an observant film that analyzes the lives of sex-addicts and their struggles to survive without falling into their old habits. With a stellar cast, Thanks For Sharing follows four story lines involving Adam (Mark Ruffalo), Mike (Tim Robbins), Neil (Gosh Gad), and Dede (Pink as Alecia Moore).

Adam is seemingly the ideal man, but he recently celebrated his fifth year of sobriety from his sex addiction. Afraid to fall back into his old habits, his sponsor and good friend, Mike convinces Adam to go out and start dating. So, he eventually does and meets Phoebe. She’s athletic and takes her food intake to the extreme; however, she quickly reveals that she had breast cancer five years ago. As a result, her breasts are implants. They quickly start a relationship, then Phoebe says that she would never date an addict again – Leaving Mark uncertain if he should reveal his own addiction. Meanwhile, Neil is a doctor that must attend the meetings for sex addiction because of his court order.

At first, Neil did not take the meetings seriously and lied about his sobriety. Soon-after another incident at his job, Neil is fired and he realizes that he has to take the meetings seriously. Within these meetings, a new girl joins the group and her name is Dede. Although she looks tough on the outside, Dede is vulnerable and broken because her addiction made her loose her best friend. Hence, Dede wants to change.

Meanwhile,  Dede fails to reach her sponsor and calls Neil for help. It is the first time that Dede actually has a male friend which she does not have intercourse with. Yet, not everything is roses and celebration because Mike and Adam are facing major problems. Mike is highly respected by everyone and he’s a former addict. He’s a role model, but he fails to trust his troubled son, Danny. Out of the blue, Danny returns home and claims he has not been drinking or taking pills. In other words, he has been clean in the last eight months. Sadly, Mike quickly thinks Danny is lying. Lastly, Phoebe lacks the patience to understand that a relationship with Adam is about to take-it real slow with him. As a result, their relationship ends abruptly.

Collectively, Blumberg brings a film that is grounded and perceptive. The goal of Thanks For Sharing is not a love story about a troubled guy and a naïve woman, but it exposes the complicated life of a sex addict trying to live a normal life that is filled with sexual ads, pornography, and dirty magazines available within seconds. It is unfortunate that it did not gain critical appraisal from major critics to gain nominations for original screenplay at least.

 

That’s Life: Song Review

Aaron Carter drops a new single called, That’s Life. With the soft beats of pop-tempo along with its memorable lyrics – That’s Life works perfectly for anyone going through a sour day or hoping for a second chance on life. After all, haven’t we all gone through harsh moments in life? Therefore, Carter’s new song offers this message in a positive matter. I have played this song over and over. It’s a sweet treat for anyone’s music repertoire. My grade for That’s Life deserves a perfect 10/10. Do not waste time and listen to his latest single, That’s Life on Soundcloud on https://soundcloud.com/aaroncartermusic

Aaron Carter’s Photograph appears on Soundcloud

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