What It Is – G. Yamazawa

G. Yamazawa is Japanese American Poet and Rapper hailing from Durham North Carolina.  Accomplished with words, he has blazed stages across the US.  Unlike a lot of the others music video write-ups done by me.  I’ve just recently come across his work.

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Neo Yokio (Official Trailer)

Neo Yokio is a six-episode animated series premiering on Netflix. It is produced in collaboration between Studio Deen and Production I.G. Inc. Some notable series developed by Production I.G. Inc. are Ghost in the Shell, Eden of the East and Psycho-Pass. Some notable series produced by Studio Deen are Hetalia, Rurouni Kenshin, and Fate/Stay Night. The cast includes rising star Jaden Smith, veteran actors Susan Saradon, Jude Law and Steve Buscemi.

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TEPHLON FUNK! (Recommendation)

What is Tephlon Funk! Exactly? 

A comic book series by Stephane Metayer which follows a young girl from Queensbridge Houses, Inez Joselyn, as her life is turned upside down.  Along the way, Inez encounters an interesting cast of characters from throughout the Five Boroughs of New York City. Stylistically speaking, Tephlon is heavily influenced by anime and Hip Hop Culture; respectively.

Illustration by: David Tako and Nicholas Safe

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3 Anime Character Challenge (Tag)

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The three character tag challenge has been floating around the internet for a while now. And as usual, I am late to the party but don’t fret my friends. In the words of Korean American singer Jay Park, I got this.  All jokes aside, I was inspired to take a crack at it after reading Aria Cross’ own attempt. That was back in June, and I am just now getting around to it.

Challenge:  Pick three anime characters that remind you of yourself and tag people to participate.  For the sake of the post, I will elaborate on why these characters are reflective of my personality.

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Moth (Book One) by Daniel Arenson

Summary:
They say the world used to turn. They say that night would follow day in an endless dance. They say that dawn rose, dusk fell, and we worshiped both sun and stars.
 
That was a long time ago.
 
The dance has died. The world has fallen still. We float through the heavens, one half always in light, one half always in shadow. Like the moth of our forests, one wing white and the other black, we are torn.”

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Revisiting: Suzuka 涼風

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Suzuka 涼風 is a anime directed by Hiroshi Fukutomi based on a manga series of the same name by Seo Kouji. Suzuka follows protagonist Yamato Akitsuki who moves from Hiroshima to Toyko for a new start.  And his housemate turned love interest Suzuka Asahina a rising track and field star, who specializes in the high jump.

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J-MUSIC Ensemble: Liberty City Ani. Con

The J-MUSIC Ensemble is an 8 piece band consisting of drums, keyboard, bass, guitar and a horn section with two trumpets, a trombone, and saxophone. Best described through their slogan: Jazz meets J-Pop. Which essentially, is what they do. Think-polished Jazz musicians, tackling Japanese Popular Music with the horns taking the fore front, at times standing in as substitution for the human voice. Though at times, the human voice is still included because there is nothing quite like it. Overall, bringing a new perspective to the world of Japanese Music.

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Professor ShyGuy 

Professor Shyguy is well known for his 8 bit- music, soulful, electro-rocking, theatrical nerd pop music. Most of his songs stem from video games, anime, and time and space. I missed the concert last year and was able to see his performance this year. I came in thier not knowing what type of music I was going to listen to. I thought it was another rock concert but I was wrong. Professor Shyguy really surprised me, he was really good.

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The History of Anime Opening/Closing Themes Panel

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Over the years the anime opening and closing theme songs have changed. When I heard some of the songs, I had a complete flashback to my childhood. Some series changed their lyrics completely and others used a translated version of the song.

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Overview of Liberty City Anime Convention 2017

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Soulcial Dreamin’ Entertainment was invited to attend Liberty City Anime Convention in New York at the Marriott Marquis hotel.  The hosting space was so much bigger this year compared to last. They even extended it to another site, the Edison Ballroom, where the main events (Masquerade)  and the concerts were held. At night they hosted anime dance parties headed by Rabbit Revolution. This year the convention had plenty of panels, video games, voice actors, concerts and anime screenings. We were able to get an insider’s view of the convention while having a great time.

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