Rurouni Kenshin Reveal

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This is Kenshin; after participating in the Bakumatsu war as the assassin “Hitokiri Battōsai”, Himura Kenshin wanders the countryside of Japan offering protection and aid to those in need as atonement for the murders he once committed. Doesn’t he look fantastic on the toes of these flats?!

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Some of the cast:
Kamiya Kaoru (top left) is the instructor of a kendo school called Kamiya Kasshin-ryū. She developes romantic feelings for Kenshin.

Sagara Sanosuke (top middle) is a fighter-for-hire who calms his anger by fighting. During his intro in the series, he encounters the wanderer Kenshin, who easily defeats him and is able to convince him to stop his mercenary work and instead start protecting people. After that encounter, Sanosuke becomes Kenshin’s best friend as well as his partner in most of their fights.

Makimachi Misao (top right) is a fairly skilled, 16 year old ninja. She becomes close friends with Kenshin, Kaoru, and Yahiko; helping them fight.

Myojin Yahiko (bottom right) is an orphan from a samurai family forced to work as a thief to repay the debt he had allegedly owes. When he is rescued by Kenshin, he decides that he will grow up to be just like him.

The bottom middle and left are antagonists Shinormori Aoshi, and Uonuma Usui. Now this is going to sound entirely shallow, and I’m okay with that; but I just love Usui’s uniform! Villains are always the best dressed!

Rurouni’s main villain is a guy named Shishio Makoto. He took Kenshin’s place as the assassin… Go check it out to find out more!

Thank you to the various Wiki’s out there that helped fill me in on what appears to be a great story!

 

Manga

We received our first manga shoe order!I have much less personal experience with manga than comics, tv, or movies; I read one manga out of Korea called Bride of the Water God. I admit it’s the most beautiful art that I read. So…. I had to go research manga in order to bring you a preview blog.
I have discovered a rich history and evolution; as you’d expect out of an art form begun in Japan. There is dispute about whether 12th century scrolls constitute the beginning of manga, but honestly we don’t need to go that far back for this intro. Let’s begin after World War II when modern manga began. The “father of manga” Osamu Tezuka and Machiko Hasegawa were at the forefront influencing the upcoming manga. Tezuka’s Astro Boy (U.S.) began in 1951 and Hasegawa’s Sazae-san in 1946. Astro-Boy remains immensely popular! Sazae-san; “Ms. Sazae” was a strong character and sold more than 62 million copies over the next 50 years.

By the 70’s manga had solidified into two main marketing genres, shōnen aimed at boys and shōjo aimed at girls. Shōjo had been written by men, but in 1969 a group of women debuted marking the first major entry of ladies into manga. Shōjo thereafter became drawn primarily by woman for audiences of girls and young women. I can’t even remotely touch on all that manga is or has become in the time between then and now; so I’ll settle for giving you some titles that are popular (and maybe familiar) and seem interesting.
Rurouni Kenshin is worth a look; and not just because it’s the shoe order! A former assassin becomes a wanderer to protect the people of Japan. Themes of atonement, peace, and romance are always good!

Naruto sounds interesting even though I have been avoiding it (popularity often runs me off; it’s a thing I’m working on). A giant, powerful fox attacks a village of ninjas. They seal the fox inside a new born Naruto. What a hook?!

My brothers will be pleased that Dragon Ball is on this list. I thought I’d at least put one that every one might recognize. Follow Goku as he trains in martial arts and searches the world for seven orbs called Dragon Balls. Whenever my youngest brother made me watch this show; I’d have the volume down and make fun of the angry faces. He’d laugh so hard. So give it a try!

One Piece is the best-selling manga series in history. When I asked my brother for his top five manga; it made the list. A pirate announces his treasure, the One Piece, is available for anyone who finds it and sets off the Great Pirate Era. It follows the adventures of Monkey D. Luffy as he builds the Straw Hat Pirates and searches for the One Piece.
So give those a try and get excited about the Kenshin shoes!

Rocket Raccoon 1

Retcon Punch

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Today, Scott and Patrick are discussing Rocket Raccoon 1, originally released July 2nd, 2014.

Scott: I have something of a sidekick complex. As the youngest of three brothers, I typically wound up as the Robin to someone else’s Batman (often literally). As a kid, my favorite athlete was Scottie Pippen, perhaps the most famous ‘sidekick’ in sports history. (I liked his name.) There was one other Scott in my high school class, and he was the prom king, so for the most part I was the other Scott (which probably makes me more of a second-fiddle than a sidekick, but hey, I needed a third example to solidify my argument, so play along). Of course, we’re each the main character of our own life, so being the overly sentimental kid I was, I often wondered how it made the various sidekicks feel to be relegated to a secondary role in everyone…

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