Sunday, 30 June 2013

"Kenshin" to become a trilogy with two live-action Kyoto Arc movies

Last year, the live-action film adaptation of Rurouni Kenshin was one of the highest grossing movies in Japan for 2012. Based off the manga by Nobuhiro Watsuki, Rurouni Kenshin follows Himura Kenshin, an assassin from the Bakumatsu era, who wanders to repent for his sins in the new and peaceful Meiji Era. However, ghosts from his past continue to pose danger to this present peace, and to the friends Kenshin has made along the way. In order to fight these menaces,  Kenshin must once again become the Hitokiri Battousai, the legendary manslayer,  and fight a two-fold battle: one to defeat his enemies, and another to defeat the killer within.

rurouni1With such a great story line, we really shouldn’t be all that surprised that this month’s Jump Square announced a sequel. What we can be surprised for is the fact that Kenshin is getting not one sequel, but two! The two films will collectively cover the fan-favourite Kyoto Arc, which included the Great Kyoto Fire and Legend’s End stories. Personally, I think Shishio Makoto is one of the greatest manga villains of all time, so I am so excited to see how director Keishi Otomo will portray Kenshin’s successor. The first movie is set to come out next summer, so keep a look out!

Takeru Sato will return again as Himura Kenshin, along with the rest of the crew. I really enjoyed the performances of mostly everyone, although, to be honest, I was a little disappointed with the live-action’s rendition of Sagara Sanosuke. While I didn’t care too much for him in the manga, for some reason Sanosuke became my favourite character when I watched the anime. I’m not saying that Munetaka Aoki did a bad acting job, because I thought he performed very well. It’s just that the live-action character of Sanosuke made him appear dumber and more for comedic relief than I think the manga and anime did.

rurouni3What did you think of the first Kenshin movie, and are you excited for the sequels? What do you want to see happen, and what do you think can be done better? There’s a forum that poses the question of what’s the best live-action film, so check it out, give your opinion, and see if Kenshin makes the list.

Source: @manganewsjapon

"Kenshin" to become a trilogy with two live-action Kyoto Arc movies

Saturday, 29 June 2013

Ready your palates for Takumen"s "Silent Hill" ramen, if you can stomach it

As a chef, I was trained that food should not only taste good but also look pleasing to the eye and that very idea was drilled into my head ever since I started in culinary school.

People don’t just eat with their taste buds because other senses are also in play; the aroma, the texture, the temperature and how the food looks like. When you prepare food, it has to be clean and it has to look like something the customer would want to eat.  Let’s face it, food nowadays shouldn’t just please the taste buds but also the eyes.

The Japanese are known for dishes that look like little pieces of art; from sushi to mochi to even their cute and artistic bentos… but then again, there is the Silent Hill Ramen from Takumen.


This black-colored miso ramen looks messy and on the center is… I don’t even want to know, they even censored it. The flavor of miso ramen depends on its color with white colored soups being very lightly flavored with only a hint of miso, red colored soups are usually those regular miso ramens you eat and those black ones have the most intense miso flavor, with how this ramen looks like however…

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The ‘Silent Hill’ ramen is a collaboration by Takumen and the 2012 horror movie ‘Silent Hill: Revelation 3D‘ which was based on Konami’s Silent Hill 3 horror video game. This ramen is most certainly not for the queasy and looks like a perfect fit for the video game and the movie. It certainly has that appeal to adventurous foodies and horror fans alike. It certainly breaks the rules on plating but it does have its certain flair.

Maybe you will need see nurses after eating this.

Source: Takumen

Ready your palates for Takumen"s "Silent Hill" ramen, if you can stomach it

Death threat made to "Shingeki no Kyojin" author Hajime Isayama on blog

Shingeki no Kyojin‘ author Hajime Isayama’s livedoor blog has been flooded by a comment over and over again recently, and that comment was anything but good.

The comment stated that the now popular manga author will be beaten to death with a blunt object on June 29. The comment also added that the Japanese police are incompetent so he will never get caught. The comment was clearly meant to provoke the author as well as the police. This threatening message hasn’t been taken down yet as of this moment.

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Isayama has also received A LOT of threatening messages on June 28 as can be seen in this screen shot of a comment in his blog.

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This message was posted multiple times on Isayama’s blog and was clearly provoking the author. The comment stated that Isayama should just commit suicide and continued to insult him by saying he is a “shitty guy”  and that he is just a “dirty piece of trash”.

The other commentators reactions after his posts were mixed with some taken by surprise by the message while some just treated him just like any other internet troll.

Isayama hasn’t commented on the issue so far and no news hasn’t been released about the police’s action on this matter as of the moment.

Source: Rocket News Japan

Death threat made to "Shingeki no Kyojin" author Hajime Isayama on blog