Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Summer Preview: Seikimatsu Occult Gakuin

After a heaping serving of horror courtesy of Highschool of the Dead, for those looking for a more supernatural anime with a sprinkle of comedy, Seikimatsu Occult Gakuin is right up your alley!

Friday, July 9, 2010

Impressions: Ōkami-san to Shichinin no Nakama-tachi

Before I write about my thoughts about Ōkami-san to Shichinin no Nakama-tachi I have to admit that I probably ended up going overboard with my episode preview/guide.  I'll probably end up doing shorter summaries in the future.  Well, let's get down to business to defeat the huns and get to my impressions on the show right after the jump.

Ōkami-san to Shichinin no Nakama-tachi 1 - Episode Summary

I can't remember how I heard about this series, but as soon as I read the premise and saw the art style on Anime News Network, I knew that I had to check the anime out.  The series itself is suppose to be a romantic comedy and to differentiate itself from being another generic title in the genre Ōkami-san to Shichinin no Nakama-tachi will be modeling their characters and episodes off of fairy tale parodies.  Having viewed the first episode, I can already tell you that I'm digging the fairy tale aspects and I look forward to seeing which fairy tales the show will be using in the future.  With that said, I'll kick off my preview of Ōkami-san to Shichinin no Nakama-tachi with a summary of the first episode and complete it with my thoughts in another post.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Summer Preview: Highschool of the Dead

As you can tell from this blog, I'm a big fan of anime. What you may not know is that I'm actually a pretty avid zombie fan. I enjoy all the Romero films, and have an extensive knowledge of the Zombie Survival Guide. So what happens when you take my two favorite things and splice them together?

A summer series that is clearly aimed to win my heart but most likely would prefer to eat my brain!

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Anime - Summer 2010

It's the beginning of the Summer season of anime (well, technically it started in June), so Jim and I will try to roll out some previews for our picks of the season.  Rather than attempt to create a list of the new anime this season, I'll just refer you to this visual guide created by chartfag, since out of the lists I've previously encountered, he has created the highest quality guide in my opinion.

Time permitting, I'll try to get some previews out for my picks throughout the rest of the week.  So, here are my picks for this season so far:
  • Ookamisan to to Shichinin no Nakamatachi
  • Amagami SS
  • Highschool of the Dead
  • Mitsudomoe
I've also been debating whether I would be covering each episode of the series like most anime blogs, but unfortunately I'm not sure I'll have the time to achieve that considering I want the highest quality possible in the things I create.  I might end up doing things differently by covering episodes in batches, or possibly covering the series by parts, such as beginning, middle, and end.  We'll see what happens.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Anime Expo 2010 - A Small Recap

I've had a pretty tiring weekend.  It was so tiring, I actually woke up today in the afternoon.  It goes to show, that Anime Expo can really take a toll on a person.  It makes me wonder how people that attend the entire expo do it.

Friday, July 2, 2010

Episode 4 is up!

Jim and Gian skip formalities this week and go straight into the nitty-gritty. The hosts discuss their AX game plan, and go into a mad discussion about figures. Tune in for some helpful tips when purchasing in the dealer's room, and what panels interest the Bright Slap cast. A brief rundown of the episode goes as follows:

- Quick Introductions and an "Epic Fail" for Day 0 of AX
- Thursday plans for AX
- Jim and Gian talk about their top priority figures, and perhaps a trip to Ikea
- Friday Jim attempts AX's "Last Comic Standing"
- Saturday is the day both members of Bright Slap will be at AX
- Sunday has two podcast panels that help improve the quality of Bright Slap!

Link to the Episode Page on Podomatic! 

And that's about it for this week! Next episode will be a post-show of AX and be a little more formal with discussions of "What we're watching."

Friday, June 25, 2010

Review: The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya

I literally just got home from the movie, so I better start blogging it up while its all fresh in my head.

Okay so plot wise, we're looking at what seems to be another romp through North High, with the SOS Brigade planning their Christmas party. Haruhi fans feel right at home as soon as Kyon begins his sarcastic barrage with Ms. Suzumiya. Just when our narrator thinks he's going to be dragged into another outlandish scenario courtesy of the brigade chief, something strange occurs. Kyon arrives at school the following day noticing that the seat behind him is vacant. As he asks his classmates around him where Haruhi is, they reply "Haruhi who?" The tension only escalates as the student who is occupying the seat behind Kyon is none other than, Asakura Ryouko. The film only gets stranger from there. Soon parts of season one and two tie into the story and we begin to unravel the mystery behind the literal disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya.

Monday, June 21, 2010

It's...it's a Gundam!

The RX-78-2 was recently assembled again in Shizuoka.  It now comes complete with a beam saber melting a sign.  I would have to say that it has always been my dream to go to Japan to see and enjoy what the country has to offer.  I never really had anything planned, but now I actually have one thing that I have to do; I have to visit the Gundam during the trip.  I for one have never been one of those anime fans that go through extraordinary lengths to celebrate my love for anime, but I would definitely have to make an exception for a 1:1 scale Gundam. You know, it goes to show how great of an impact the Mobile Suit Gundam series has had on Japan for them to spend the time and money to create the model.  I can't help, but reminisce about coming home from school excited to watch Gundam on Toonami when I see the RX-78-2.  Aww, the good 'ol days...

 Source:  http://ngeekhiong.blogspot.com/2010/06/11-gundam-rx-78-2-statue-in-shizuoka_21.html

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Bright Slap Episode 3 is up and we have a new host!

This week Bright Slap is fortunate enough to have a new co-host! We welcome Jenny to the podcast this week, and give her a proper welcome by grilling her top 3 anime series of all time. We also dig deep into our memory banks to recall how this mysterious love for anime developed.

A rundown of the show goes as follows:

- Introductions

-Jenny tells us about her top 3 animes of all time

-We discuss what we're currently watching, and tease Jenny about her venture into the Twilight series.

-Each hosts recalls how they were introduced into anime and discuss how their fandom has evolved over the years.

-We close the show with our usual goodbyes and ask Jenny if she'd like to be an official member of Bright Slap!

You can find a link to the podcast below! Don't forget to subscribe to the show on iTunes and if you have time, write a review! We're still going through our "Training Arc" so we need the encouraging words or criticisms from our listeners in order to Power Up to the next level!

Download Episode 3 Here!

Podomatic Website is here, subscribe while you're on the page!

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Bright Slap Episode 2 is up!

The new podcast is up!

A quick rundown of the show goes as follows:

-Gian and Jim talk about what they're currently watching. Look forward to a small discussion to Glee's season finale, a micro-review of Valentine's Day, and discussion of Kenichi!

-The Antarctic Treaty continues as Jim tackles his fear of Initial D's "unique" art style. Next, Gian gives his perspective on Strike Witches parade of panties!

And that's all for this week. Stay tuned for the next episode where Gian and I will mix things up with a discussion on one of the hot topics in anime and manga as well as a review of an anime.

You can download the episode on our Podomatic website at:

Bright Slap on Podomatic

or here's a direct link to the download Here.

Or if you have a nifty little iPod, find us on iTunes and SUBSCRIBE! As of my posting right now, our latest episode is not listed but as long as you subscribe you will be able to download the most recent podcast episode regardless of the iTunes store's listing!

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

First Impressions - Emma: A Victorian Romance

I have the same post on my own blog, but thought I'd share my thoughts on an anime I've seen recently that I think is extremely awesome.

Okay so I've been wanting to check this anime out for almost a year now. The price-tag was way too intimidating when this series first came out as box sets from Nozomi Entertainment. Thankfully, their online store, RightStuf, FINALLY had both seasons on sale for a ridiculously cheap $26.99 each (plus an additional 10% off from their spring sale). I quickly tossed both seasons of Emma on my virtual shopping cart, looking forward to this "blind" purchase.

The premise seems simple enough: A young man from a wealthy merchant family falls in love with his retired teacher's maid, all set in late 19th century England. I'm a sucker for a good romance story, especially when the romance branches into a "love conquers all" relationship, so my opinion for this show may be a little biased. William and Emma's budding love is truly "love at first sight" and you can't help but cheer the two of them on. William may seem pushy at times, but I'm sure that's how men went about courting women at the time. Emma is also no virgin to attention, since it seems as though she has many admirers who she respectfully turns down. For some reason, she allows William into her life. The main hurdle in their relationship will be the barrier between their social/economical class differences. After watching the first episode, you would swear that you're watching a romance movie with the way Emma JUST misses catching William, in an attempt to return his gloves.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Kenichi: The Mightiest Disciple - A (not so) Mini Review

Synopsis: Kenichi: The Mightiest Disciple is about a 16 year old high school student named Kenichi Shirahama. He's the typical untalented, arguably weak protagonist that makes up for what he lacks with sheer willpower and perseverance. Kenichi's world begins to change when he befriends a mysterious exchange student, Miu Furinji, whom invites Kenichi to her dojo in order to train. To Kenichi's dismay, his master forces him to do intense strength training rather than teaching him how to fight. Miu realizes how disappointed Kenichi feels and decides to teach him a basic stepping technique he can use in a fight against his fellow karate club members. Kenichi ends up beating a high ranking karate club member with the technique Miu shows him, which results in him being a target for progressively tougher opponents.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Bright Slap: Introduction to the Hand

This is our very first episode! Please forgive the sub-par mic and Jim's excessive use of the word "uh." It actually gets better towards the end and once we found our own groove the conversation does get interesting.

Episode Synopsis:

- Host Introductions

- Top 3 Animes of all time (for the time being)

- The Antarctic Treaty: Initial D v. Strike Witches

- Closing remarks

We appreciate any and all feedback. Just like any Shonen Hero, we need to go through our absurd amount of training in order to power-up! We WILL be getting a new mic soon and Jim WILL say "uh" less frequently. Suggest new segments, tell us if we talked about something that's false, and overall have fun listening to two guys talk about anime.

If you wish to download our podcast, visit our Podomatic website (hint: click on the link!).

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Wednesday, June 2, 2010


Hello, and welcome to Bright Slap! This blog was created to go along with a podcast that my friend Jim and I created. The site may not look like much now, but Jim and I will do our best to fine tune things as we go along. So, stay tuned for more updates and a link to our very first podcast.