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 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...


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!

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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.