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Posts by Nicole Pucci

  1. Trigun Stampedes into North American Theatres

    Japan :D

    This Tuesday, Funimation announced that 2010's Trigun: Badlands Rumble will be seeing a release here in the West, which is fantastic news for any anime fan. Even better is the news that it's not that far off -- some locations will be seeing it as soon as July 7th. So what's the catch then, you ask? Well, it seems Vash and Co. will only be with us for a very brief time.

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  2. Anime Expo 2011 Hosts American Debut of Japan’s Holographic Pop Star

    million dollar lady

    Anime Expo 2011 in Los Angeles is shaping up to be one heck of an event this year, and fans wouldn't expect less from one of the largest anime conventions in North America. A recent announcement in particular caught my attention, however, if only for the sheer unusualness of it: one of the singers and guests of honor in attendance will be none other than Hatsune Miku. If you haven't heard of Japanese singer Hatsune Miku, it's probably because she's not real. In fact, there's nothing human about her at all. Hatsune Miku is, if nothing else, awesomely similar to a holodeck projection: a 3D hologram of an anime girl, who sings and dances on stage before a live audience. Most strikingly of all is that it is not voiced by a woman, but by a computer.

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  3. For the Herd: Why The Internet Loves My Little Pony

    Essay

    If you spend more than thirty minutes a day on the Internet, chances are sometime, somewhere, you've chanced across a rage comic -- those badly-drawn (on purpose, of course) image macros that hail from the likes of Reddit. Every couple of days or so while browsing Reddit's "f7u12" section, I happen across a comic wherein a grown man watches the new My Little Pony reboot and becomes addicted to it. I always found this pretty hard to believe, and dismissed them as a running gag. I mean, the original My Little Pony was too sugar-coated for me when I was a little girl, and my room was full of enough pink and stuffed animals to give a goth a seizure. Granted, I've since matured into a different beast and my all-male group of gamer friends has kindly begun informing me that my gender is now "bro", so perhaps it's best to take my opinion with a grain of salt. Nevertheless, the prevalence of these comics got me wondering if perhaps there was some seriousness to them after all. And it's not just the comics, either: Pony memes from "Derpy Hooves" to YouTube remixes have sprouted all over the Intertubes and reached the attention of the series' creator and its artists, many of whom have begun to join in on message boards and insert subtle meme references into the show. So, I thought, let's go see what the big deal is. What is it about My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic that can charm fully-grown male and female nerds alike?

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