Thursday, June 6, 2013

On this day, 6 June 1944

Soldiers, Sailors and Airmen of the Allied Expeditionary Force! You are about to embark upon a great crusade, toward which we have striven these many months. The eyes of the world are upon you. The hopes and prayers of liberty loving people everywhere march with you. In company with our brave Allies and brothers in arms on other fronts, you will bring about the destruction of the German war machine, the elimination of Nazi tyranny over the oppressed peoples of Europe, and security for ourselves in a free world.
Your task will not be an easy one. Your enemy is well trained, well equipped and battle hardened, he will fight savagely.
But this is the year 1944! Much has happened since the Nazi triumphs of 1940-41. The United Nations have inflicted upon the Germans great defeats, in open battle, man to man. Our air offensive has seriously reduced their strength in the air and their capacity to wage war on the ground. Our home fronts have given us an overwhelming superiority in weapons and munitions of war, and placed at our disposal great reserves of trained fighting men. The tide has turned! The free men of the world are marching together to victory!
I have full confidence in your courage, devotion to duty and skill in battle. We will accept nothing less than full victory!
Good Luck! And let us all beseech the blessings of Almighty God upon this great and noble undertaking.
-- Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower

Friday, February 1, 2013

Saint Seiya Movies #1 - 4 Coming to United States in 2013

   I'm don't think anyone reads this blog but just in case, Discotek Media is planning on releasing the first four Saint Seiya movies this summer. Hopefully, they will sell well enough to justify Discotek Media picking up the rights to the series and finishing what ADV stated.

 Saint Seiya Movies 1 & 2. June 25th 2013. Japanese language, English subtitles.

Saint Seiya Movies 3 & 4. June 25th 2013. Japanese language, English subtitles.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Kobe museum to host retrospective on Gundam designer Kunio Okawara

Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Art will hold a two-month retrospective from March 23 to May 19, 2013 featuring  original anime illustrations and other production materials designed by the great artist and Mecha designer Kunio Okawara. To read more, check out the following : 

The Asahi Shimbun

Hyogo Prefectual Museum of Art

Monday, July 16, 2012

Ernest Borgnine January 24, 1917 – July 8, 2012

I was unable to post this when Mr. Borgnine left this world and in retrospect, that was probably for the best. I am far too honest with my thoughts as is. To have my emotions clouding my reason... Well, I would have shared way too much about myself and that's something that just won't do. I am far too private a person for that sort of thing. What I will say is this. Mr. Borgnine was a grand actor. He played a part in some truly wonderful and important films and more importantly to me, several of my all time favorites. Movies that were there for me when no one else was. He was charming and witty and I loved hearing him tell stories of his life both in and out of the movies. He had a courage and honesty that comes from age, having lived life well. He owed his mistakes and talked about what he learned from them.

When we talk privately, seeing me in my Grey Warden costume, he asked "Are you an actor?" I answered as honestly as I could that while I was of a sort, I wasn't one like himself. Not even close to it. He just smiled at me and said, "You have a look for it kid". There are few time in my life that I have ever been at a loss for words but this was certainly one of them. We talked for a few moments more.  Mostly about some of his movies. Those that meant the most to me and were not mentioned at his panels. He seemed pleasantly surprised at that and beaming, told me little tidbits about a couple of them. Very quietly in fact, as if we were two schoolboy plotting in the back of the classroom. He asked me a couple questions about my costume and seemed most impressed to find out that I made it myself and complimented me for my worksmanship. Sadly, my time with him had past but that fact that I had that time at all, I treasure now most greatly and will do so till I too am forced to leave this world. Thanking him then or now just doesn't seem nearly enough to express that gratitude I have  in my heart for that moment. You are and ever will be missed good sir.