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If you’re an artist, some people may wonder how you are surviving. Art is not considered to be a profitable profession, despite providing joy to those who practice and appreciate it. Episode 8 of the dark comedy series, Hozuki no Reitetsu, highlights a character who is a talented artist, but works as a servant in Hell. Some interesting commentary was had, which may give hope to future artists.
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"Forever amazed that Bulma and Vegeta got together" - David Seibei on Twitter
If there was one couple that boggled my mind a bit when I was a kid, it has to be this one. When Dragon Ball Z got fans into anime and manga back in the day, fans were probably left in a shock when two seemingly different characters, Vegeta and Bulma, got together to have a kick-ass and handsome Super Saiyan of a son. Their relationship might make you think about how love works in the wackiest ways for better or for worse. Let’s take a look at one of the unique power couples in anime history in a month known for romance.
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(Photo Credit: Shouchouji)
For those who love what creators had to say, I had a chance to speak to the talented Monty Oum, creator of RWBY, at New York Comic-Con 2013 and asked him about what he would tell aspiring talent who want to make it big with anime/manga-inspired works in America. This is what he had to say. You can apply this to all areas of life.
"I’ve been following so many artists and I know that all of us are doing it all over the world. There’s nothing really stopping you. We get criticism about that sometimes, like “We shouldn’t be allowed to make this.” Honestly, everyone’s been doing it and everyone’s wanted to do it. We’re just the ones that took it to the next step and putting it in motion. If you want to do it, you already know what you want. You got characters, you got a story you want to tell. Take that step up. Sure, there’s probably an animator that’s got the same ideas. Just get things into motion because that’s what I did. If you’re an artist, chances are maybe someone’s looking at your designs because that’s what I did. I looked at an artist and I said “I want to take your work and make it a moving character.” So it’s really a case of making things happen. Just do it."
You can read the rest of the interview I had with Monty Oum. He’s one of the most passionate people I have ever spoken with.
Let this advice motivate you every year for as long as you live. Like Monty’s deviantART tagline says, just keep moving.
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"I’m sorry. I’ve lost." - the words of the Kuroko’s Basketball terrorist after getting caught.
While it is horrible to get innocent people involved in a quest to ruin one’s life, it’s not entirely their fault.
As many of you may know, the Kuroko’s Basketball threat saga that started in late 2012 reached its conclusion. The man responsible for sending in threat letters, ruining businesses, and annoying otaku everywhere, 36-year old former aspiring mangaka Hirofumi Watanabe, has been arrested. How was a seemingly unloved, middle-aged man allowed to do all this for a year? Perhaps the major influence that is society has a role in creating a madman.
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When you look at certain reports on any kind of fandom, you usually get the bad gist of it. You hear how fans are some of the worst or weirdest people on the planet. Fans are sometimes called delusional. But a recent anime adaptation of a sports manga shows the good side of fandom and how a hobby leads to challenge and growth.
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