30 Oct 2006

What does OVA mean?

Original Video Animation abbreviated to OVA is a term used in Japan for anime titles that are released directly to retail sale, bypassing broadcast, cable and theatrical releases. OVA titles were originally available on VHS, though they later became available on other media such as Laserdisc and DVD. OVA is sometimes used, to refer to any extremely short anime series or special regardless of its release format.

OAV or original animated video is sometimes used in place of OVA, and the meaning is generally accepted to be the same. The abbreviation OAV was too similar to AV ("Adult Video"), causing OAV to be misinterpreted as original adult video, resulting in a shift towards the OVA abbreviation.

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Ryu Hayabusa wallpaper

Ryu Hayabusa is a character from the Ninja Gaiden series of video games, as well appearing in the Dead or Alive fighting game series, all developed by Team Ninja.

In Ninja Gaiden Ryu Hayabusa is depicted as a direct descendant of the Dragon Lineage, ninja warriors who forged the Dragon Sword that Ryu now wields, who slew the Dark Dragon and sealed away the Evil Deities.

Ryu Hayabusa on Wikipedia
Ryu Hayabusa Figure


Xenosaga music Videos

Xenosaga is a series of video games developed by Monolith Soft and published by Namco. Xenosaga's main story is in the form of a trilogy of PlayStation 2 video games. Several side stories and spinoff projects have also been developed, as well an anime adaptation.

Kosmos File 1
Kosmos clips from Xenosaga 1 and 2 accompanied by the haunting refrain from Yuki Kajiura "In the begining there was....."

Kosmos File 2
Again clips for Xenosaga 1 and 2 but accompanied by more stirring theme.

Xenosaga Official Website (Japanese)
Xenosaga on Wikipedia
Yuki Kajiura Official Website


Puma Twins Wallpaper

Dominion: Tank Police is a manga series written and drawn by Masamune Shirow, and later adapted into two OVA (direct to video) series: Dominion Tank Police (4 episodes), which came first, and New Dominion Tank Police (6 episodes).

Set in the city of Newport, Japan, in a future in which bacterial air pollution has become so severe that people must wear gas masks when outdoors, the series follows a police squadron that uses tanks.

Anna & Uni are a pair of tall, beautiful android catgirls who were created as "love dolls" to be marketed for profit, but they developed beyond this superficial programming and become criminals, joining forces with Buaku.


29 Oct 2006

Hellgate London Game FMV

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Hellgate: London combines the depth of role-playing games and action of first-person titles, while offering infinite playability with randomly created levels, items and events. The player creates a heroic character, completes quests and battles through innumerable hordes of demons to advance through experience levels and branching skill paths. A robust, flexible skill and spell system, highly customizable appearances and a massive variety of randomly generated equipment allow players to create their own unique hero.

Official Website

Game Preview
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Witch Hunter Robin Wallpaper

Witch Hunter Robin is an anime series created by Sunrise. It follows the STN-J, the Japanese branch of a secretive global organization, SOLOMON, that fights the harmful use of witchcraft, and mostly focuses on one of its members, Robin Sena.

Being a witch is a genetic trait, and the STN-J maintains a database of everyone with the trait and is empowered to eliminate or arrest them should their powers "awaken." Witches have a wide variety of abilities, though they usually possess only one each, and the powers can be anything from electrical generation or telekinesis to the ability to stop and start hearts at will.

Bandai Official Witch Hunter Website
Top wallpaper from angelette.com
remainder from Freddie's Wallpaper


27 Oct 2006

Ayane Avatars and Buddy Icons

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Ayane is a video game character from the Dead or Alive and Ninja Gaiden video game series She has been a member of the DOA series from the beginning, starting as an unplayable training dummy in the Sega Saturn port of the original Dead or Alive. In Ninja Gaiden, she is depicted as a young ninja in training at the age of 14 who first appears to inform Murai and incidentally Ryu that the Hayabusa Village is under heavy attack. Throughout the game, Ayane provides tips and assistance to Ryu while always keeping an eye on his progress. In the expansion Ninja Gaiden Black, if the player chooses the Ninja Dog Easy mode, Ayane provides Ryu with assistance.

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Ayane on Wikipedia


Lei Fang ending from DOA 4

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pic of the week

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26 Oct 2006

Talho Yuki Garage Kit from Griffon Enterprises

1/6th scale Talho Yuki garage kit from Griffon Enterprises, character from Eureka Seven.

The head pilot of the Gekko-Go. She initially worked in the Information Bureau, but was demoted as an officer and became a spy later on. Towards the middle of the series, Talho cuts her hair and wears a different, less revealing outfit - due to the fact that she is pregnant with Holland's child, though Talho and Holland aren't officially involved in a relationship until later on in the series.

More figure images
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Eureka Seven Official Website(English)
Eureka Seven Official Website(Japanese)

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Prepainted Eureka Seven Talho PVC Statue


Disgaea 2 Cursed Memories Gameplay Video

Fifteen years ago, a powerful Overlord by the name of Zenon appeared on Veldime and cursed its human population. Since then, all its inhabitants became demons and were to remain that way if the curse was not broken. However, a young man named Adell was the only human unaffected by the curse. Adell, hoping to break the curse, sets out to defeat Zenon and return Veldime to the way it was.

Official Website (English)
Official Website (Japanese)
Disgaea 2 on Wikipedia
Disgaea 2 Walkthrough links
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25 Oct 2006

Sarah Bryant Virtua Fighter Cosplay

Character from Sega's Video Game series Virtua Fighter. Sarah Enters Virtua Fighter 3 to regain her memory and defeat her brother. Virtua Fighter 4 sees her with her memory restored, she enters the competition wishing once again to defeat her brother and put the past behind her, little does she know that J6 intend to transform her into a new Dural.

Cosplay from neokobe2045
Virtual Fighter 5 Official Website (Japanese)


24 Oct 2006

Akira Manga 1

Katsuhiro Otomo's stunning science-fiction masterpiece, Akira! Regarded by many as the finest comic series ever produced, Akira is a bold and breathtaking epic of potent narrative strength and astonishing illustrative skill.

Akira is set in the post-apocalypse Neo-Tokyo of 2019, a vast metropolis built on the ashes of a Tokyo annihilated by an apocalyptic blast of unknown power that triggered World War III. The lives of two streetwise teenage friends, Tetsuo and Kaneda, change forever when dormant paranormal abilities begin to waken in Tetsuo, who becomes a target for a shadowy government operation, a group who will stop at nothing to prevent another catastrophe like that which leveled Tokyo. And at the core of their motivation is a raw, all-consuming fear: a fear of someone -- or something -- of unthinkably monstrous power known only as...Akira. And Akira is about to rise!

The entire series, collected in six massive volumes, has been reproduced in its original, black-and-white majesty as never-before-seen in an English-translated edition. If you love science fiction, manga or comics, You really have to read the comic book if you're going to appreciate the quality of the storytelling and the magnificense of Katsuhiro Otomo's artwork. His work is incredible. Most Manga artists are renowned for their level of detail, but Otomo's is simply outstanding. The amount of work put into every panel makes you wonder how (even with assistants to help) he ever made any of his publishing deadlines.

Language - English
Suggested Age Rating - 14+
Page Count - 364
Black & White
Publisher - Dark Horse


23 Oct 2006

Masane Amaha Witchblade Figure from Kotobukiya

Masane Amaha PVC figure Standing 260mm tall on a custom display Witchblade logo base, from manufactures Kotobukiya, based on the DVD version of the principal character from Anime Series Witchblade.

The Anime series starts six years after a devasting event which ravaged the city of Tokyo. Masane was discovered at ground zero, holding a baby and having no recollection of how she got there. Returning to Tokyo with the child, now called Rihoko, whom she cares for as a daughter, she discovers that the mysterious jewel attached to her right wrist is actually a legendary artifact known as the Witchblade. The series plays out as Masane gets herself involved in the struggle for power between a huge corporation and a government agency, while trying to live her life peacefully with her daughter.

Trivia: Due to the original version of the witchblade costume showing far too much skin, the TV series recolored most of the areas in black. These blackened portions were returned to the original coloring for the DVD release of the series.

Official Website (Japanese/English)
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21 Oct 2006

Rin Tosaka Icons and Avatars

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Character from Fate/Stay Night, Rin Tōsaka is A model student and idol of Shirō's school, Rin is secretly a sorceress and Master in the Holy Grail War. She is descended from a long line of sorcerers, and though lacks a formal magic education, is extremely powerful in her own right. Her father was killed in the 4th Holy Grail War, and she has trained since his death to succeed him. She is perceptive, resourceful and avidly competitive. Rin helps out Shirō several times, it is hinted in the anime that she has a crush on Shirō.

Full Bio from Wikipedia

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Kotobukiya Figures