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Wintermuted's Top Ten TV Anime Of The Zeroes!

Posted by Michael Olivarez on Saturday, January 16, 2010, In : Anime 

Okay, all. I know this is a little on the late side. But I figured since Anime Diet will be hosting my Director's Cut of these views, it felt only right to go ahead and share my personal top ten Anime TV series of the Zeroes! (2000 - 2009) Shockingly for me, this was actually a pretty tough list to create and come to terms with.. But I hope it reflects or reminds many of just how surprisingly diverse the last ten years were.

Again, those looking for a more in-the-trenches view of my choices, A...


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Flames Of Fandom: EOE

Posted by Michael Olivarez on Tuesday, September 29, 2009, In : Anime 
Just ran across this via my daily travels, and thought other fans might be curious.

Now it is well known that Gainax and Evangelion head director Hideaki Anno ran afoul of many of the TV series' fans during its original 1995 run on TV Tokyo. From impending deadlines, budget problems and various mishaps, the classic series took on a dire patchwork approach to its production which only made the more darker aspects of the series stand out. The utilization of still shots, incomplete animation, and...
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Finally..Some Thoughts On Haruhi Season Two

Posted by Michael Olivarez on Thursday, September 24, 2009, In : Anime 
                                  The discourse between performer and audience has rarely been this heated in anime form. As I look back at the just completed second series of the Kyoto Animation juggernaut, The Melancholy Of Haruhi Suzumiya, I cannot help but be reminded of the few successful times in which the medium has dared to step past the confines of safe entertainment, and into an examination into the whys and hows of modern fandom. It's true, since Evangelion threw down the creator/f...
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Construction Of Mood.

Posted by Michael Olivarez on Friday, September 11, 2009, In : Anime 
As the final layers of mist clear away and life begins to slowly return to a regularly surreal simulation of normalcy, it is classic tracks like this one that make all of life's worries seem that much more surmountable.

Roughly translated, the song is To the Horizon of the Universe ~ Objects of Light and Shadow by Osamu Shooji. This and the footage are (naturally) from the Rin Taro directed sequel, Sayonara Ginga Tetsudo 999. (the anime-film follow-up to the 1979 classic.)



Sheer awesome.

On th...
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With Added Effort! A Toradora! Review

Posted by Michael Olivarez on Saturday, August 22, 2009, In : Anime 
I have a confession to square away before getting to the meat of things. I dislike my heavy brow. I've never truly made peace with this one facet of my personal appearance. Since my teen years, it has been a trial to maintain a certain "friendly" appearance as my natural facial follicles give off a distancing impression to many. For some reason many tend to think I'm either "in a bad mood", or in a trance unbecoming of a social animal at points. Many times I've caught myself trying to explain...
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Haruhi Help Us....

Posted by Michael Olivarez on Tuesday, August 11, 2009, In : Anime 
And so with one new action comes resolution? Some may remember a few weeks back my gushing about the long-awaited return of Haruhi Suzumiya No Yuutsu. The words were so candy-colored and bright, one might see my mish-mash of happy words and have it confused as the typical reaction from an ardent fan. And perhaps they were. The original was a series that caught many of us by surprise, and opened up an entirely new page in not only the marketable moe-series sweepstakes, but also in how clever &...
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Anatomy Of A Savior (Thoughts On Higashi No Eden)

Posted by Michael Olivarez on Wednesday, July 15, 2009, In : Anime 
Just checking in to let everyone know that I am definitely still very active these days. And in fact, as I type there are a few works being juggled about & evaluated by a trusted ally for a first collaborative project that we'll definitely be sharing online once everything is settled and squared away. What's been completed, I'm for the most part satisfied with. Believe me, as strange as it is, it's definitely something worth waiting for.

In the meantime, what is there to share other than what ...
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AX09 Memories In Image

Posted by Michael Olivarez on Monday, July 6, 2009, In : Anime 
Here are just a few for your viewing pleasure. To see more, check out my facebook via the link on the lower right!












(Clash Of The Titans)




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An Unlikely Shindig..( A brief AX09 report!)

Posted by Michael Olivarez on Sunday, July 5, 2009, In : Anime 
I'm beat..

                                   And so another summer, and another AX comes to an end for me. Just back from it, and most incapable of filling out a more comprehensive report at the moment. But what I can share are a few fragmented memories in the meantime.

* J-Pop Icon and Hello! Project mastermind, Tsunku was a most outrageously down to earth & pleasant guy. His reminders of the necessity of cool when surrounded by masses of young women was not only incredibly funny, it was plai...
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Haruhi & Beyond The Infinite

Posted by Michael Olivarez on Friday, July 3, 2009, In : Anime 
**Potential Spoiler Alerts For Both Rebuild Of Evangelion & Haruhi Season 2!**

Bear with me as I'm awake far earlier than normal, and am still doing my part to help this digest easily. I know that I had imposed something akin to a V.Zero blackout due to AX, but this felt too ripe to dismiss. I'm still freshly jolted by what I just caught, and not sure if I'll fully be able to get out all of what I really want to talk about. So get on with it, Mike, what's it going to hurt?

Sure thing.

There's s...
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The Mother Of All Fan Projects?

Posted by Michael Olivarez on Sunday, June 21, 2009, In : Anime 
Call me an old anime hand, crusty old nerd, hopeless fan drone, but when the chips are down, I always love me some Ranma 1/2 to pick up my mood. Even after all these years, Takahashi's goofily twisted martial arts sex-comedy is still perhaps the number one pick in my collection for a rainy day. And being a longtime fan of Rumiko Takahashi with a strong yen for Maison Ikkoku and Urusei Yatsura, that is saying quite a bit. Perhaps it is mainly because it came out at a time when I was barely dip...
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Finally: The Full Trailer For SUMMER WARS!

Posted by Michael Olivarez on Monday, June 15, 2009, In : Anime 
I know Twitch has been buzzing like mad about this since it was released into the wild, but I couldn't resist giving some love here at V.Zero.

As many may know, I instantly fell in true endearment of Mamoru Hosoda's animated version of Tsutsui Yasutaka's story Toki Wo Kakeru Shoujo (The Girl Who Leapt Through Time). His melding of articulate youth storyteling, whimsical character animation, and Yoshiyuki Sadamoto's masterful character art was something that studios like Ghibli were namely famo...
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Long Beach: Are Your Hearts Prepared?

Posted by Michael Olivarez on Saturday, June 6, 2009, In : Anime 
TETSUOOOOOOO!!!!!!

That's right, Long Beach. The time for atonement is nigh...

Tonight,11pm- Saturday June 6th in downtown Long Beach, Katsuhiro Otomo's animated masterpiece AKIRA will be playing at The Art Theater on 4th street.

If you are of the five people who have yet to experience this sprawling action-horror classic, this is your chance to see what all the screaming was about. (Also worth noting is an added incentive - Free Popcorn!)

This is what summer movies try to be.


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Like A Flipbook In Time (my "Bamboo Leaf Rhapsody" reaction)

Posted by Mike Olivarez on Friday, May 22, 2009, In : Anime 
It's all true. After years of what seemed to be endless amounts of teasing and trolling by the folks at Kadokawa, they have finally delivered. And what's been delivered may be merely one new episode of one of the decade's more addictively intelligent & fun offerings, but it's more than a welcome one.

Now as I myself am not intending to spoil anything for those who have yet to watch it, I will go over certain character points based upon how far this episode is into Nagaru Tanigawa's light novel...
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The Bells Are Tolling Louder(New Eva 2.0 Footage!)

Posted by Mike Olivarez on Monday, May 11, 2009, In : Anime 
No sooner do I start reading up on what's new in Eva updates, do I run into a whole new score-centered trailer for Rebuild Of Evangelion 2.0: You Can (Not) Advance. Much like the Angel Of Doom trailer for the previous film, we have an eye popping  montage set to stirring new Shiroh Sagisu music. Take a look!
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Left At The Airport (Itazura Na Kiss review)

Posted by Michael Olivarez on Monday, April 13, 2009, In : Anime 
Just had to put this out there while there's plenty of time in between the hunt and waiting for a phone call/email. Over the weekend, I finally had a chance to start watching the animated version of Tada Kaoru's Itazura Na Kiss, with the intention of seeing it through to the history making "real" finale. The problem came when by episode 16 rolled onto the screen, and I began digging around for my cell phone/clock, just itching to be done with it.....

For those unfamiliar with Tada's shoujo cla...
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From the tail end of the L.A. area, Winter's journey from the quiet, golf course-laden deserts of SoCal has been one surreal carnival after another. Part-Time student, writer, musician, bookworm, blogmonster & kaijyu death-bot, Mike's need to share about current states of creator/otaku culture & film led to this strange new land. Whether it be writing, photography, musical alchemy or various nerdcore antics. It's sometimes a messy endeavor, but nevertheless entertaining.