Kenthe 390 Sat, 15 Jan 2022 02:15:02 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Kenthe 390 32 32 “We want the fans and the public to think of us” Sat, 15 Jan 2022 02:15:02 +0000

Ensuring you’re one of the top-selling bands in one of the biggest music markets in the world within a year would be more than satisfying for most artists, but ENYHPEN is aiming for much bigger.

Since their official debut on the music scene in November 2020, ENHYPEN have won over international fandom who have seen how 23 K-pop hopefuls have integrated into the seven-member group they are today and maintained a close dialogue and open. Members Jungwon, Jay, Sunghoon, Jake, Heeseung, Sunoo, and Ni-ki talked about their hopes of turning their next-generation pop star stories into “music everyone can relate to” and within a year. have connected with one and global audiences.

Taking a moment to recount their first year together — that includes South Korea’s ninth best-selling album of 2021, picking up multiple Best New Artist awards and making high-profile TV appearances around the world — the guys see each other well. on their way to achieving their intended vision.

“I think we’ve accomplished a lot more in the past year than we ever imagined,” Jake says during an early morning video chat from Korea. “We received the Rookie of the Year award[s], we entered Billboard charts, we met our fans at a fan meeting and performed on American TV shows. So, I feel like all of these things make us very proud and so grateful to have accomplished them as a team.

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Despite the gratitude for where their hard work has ended up so far, ENHYPEN is also clear that they are working for even greater goals and, with that, greater recognition.

“We worked really hard to perfect our perfectly timed group choreography,” Jungwon shares. “But above all, I hope that not only ENGENE, but the general public can listen to our music and see ENHYPEN as the ‘final destination for K-pop.’ [We say ‘final K-pop destination’] as it reflects our hopes that when fans think of K-pop, they automatically think of us. Our ENGENEs already love and support us a lot, but we hope that the public will also think of ENHYPEN.

This spirit continues with the latest version of ENHYPEN Dimension: Response, a deluxe repackaging of the band’s full album Dimension: Dilemma from October which sold 1.2 million copies worldwide, according to the Korean Gaon charts. It is also a moment of reflection for the septet through the first single “Blessed-Cursed”. With a sound that blends ’70s hard rock with a modern hip-hop twist from Post Malone, the track explores an all-too-common reality that fame and the fulfillment of one’s desires aren’t always all there is to it. damn.

“’Blessed-Cursed’ is about boys learning more about reality and now realizing that what they received was not quite a blessing but rather a curse,” says Heeseung. “As you know, ENHYPEN went through a survival TV show and after our debut we got the full support of the company and we grew while getting so much support. Of course, we thought it was a blessing and we don’t see it as a curse per se like in the song. But we had some struggles with it – we realized that there are certain responsibilities that come with being an artist and we’re looking for ways to show the best parts of ENHYPEN. It’s the kind of parallel with the song and in our lives.

Jake adds that “just being an artist and having an artist’s mindset is something that we always have to improve and develop on this journey – I feel like there are a lot of little milestones and kinds of issues that we go through and navigate as artists.

Overall though, the guys note their careers are ultimate blessings thanks to their fans (“The goals we’ve achieved are, above all, a reflection of the love and support from our ENGENEs,” adds Jake) even if they have had a hard time. as a team during Year 1 (“Our full studio album came out a little later than expected due to the pandemic situation and all, so we were kind of sad to have to meet ENGENE a little later than we thought” ). They are, however, determined to give back to ENGENE in 2022.

So far this has also included new Variable: Response song “Polaroid Love” which Sunoo explains tells the story of “boys who think that the special kind of moment that is in a Polaroid photo, the special kind of love that we feel through photographs, could last forever. parallels how we feel about the special moments we share with ENGENE – we hope they continue forever and ever. ki is an avid fan and taker of Polaroids.

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But ENHYPEN’s biggest hope is that they can get their message out by traveling overseas this year for their fans, as well as the general public, to see what they can really do in person.

“We haven’t been able to meet our fans overseas, so any opportunity to meet them would be really great,” Sunoo noted, adding, “Although we speak different languages, we really believe we can connect. with them through our music and performances.”

Jay says, “We haven’t met many ENGENEs this year, so hopefully next year things will go well and we’ll have more chances to meet them,” Jungwon adding, “We’ve done our best. debut during the pandemic so we haven’t been able to see our fans as much, but until then we hope they all stay healthy and we also hope to see you in person.

And if the slick yet aggressive choreography of the “Blessed-Cursed” choreography is any indication, audiences around the world will no doubt also be hooked the moment they get a chance to see ENHYPEN in person.

Best Mamoru Hosoda Animated Movies Fri, 14 Jan 2022 12:00:00 +0000

Since its inception in the late 1990s, Mamoru Hosoda has been one of the most exciting anime creators. Before making the leap to the director’s chair, Hosoda was the key host of series like Dragon Ball Z and slam dunk, as well as some films such as Sailor Moon Super S: The Movie and Yu Yu Hakusho the Movie: Poltergeist Report. Hosoda then led the 1999s Digimon Adventure short, which turned out to be just the beginning of the director’s long career in fantasy anime.

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Hosoda’s latest feature, Beautiful, debuted in July 2021 in Japan and film festivals, but North American audiences had to wait until January 2022 to see the anime in theaters. Inspired by Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont The beauty and the Beast, Beautiful features many elements that define Hosoda’s style, but how does it compare to the filmmaker’s other projects? What are the Mamoru Hosoda’s Best Animated Movies?

8 Digimon: the movie and our war game!

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  • Japanese title: Digimon Adventure Movie & Digimon Adventure: Bokura No War Game!

Most people’s introduction to Mamoru Hosoda, the director, was probably his Digimon short films, two films that combined last approximately one hour. These outings are arguably the filmmaker’s most well-known, at least to those who grew up with late ’90s anime. Digimon: the movie shows Tai and Hikari’s first encounter with the digital world, telling a fascinating story that almost has Kaiju-esque vibes.

Sequel to the original series, Digimon Adventure: our war game! is a fun ride from start to finish that offers impressive animation considering its scope. While certainly light on plot or character development, Our war game! nevertheless manages to introduce a memorable antagonist into Diablomon (or Diaboromon). As entertaining as these films are, they don’t hold much value for non-fans of Digimon.


seven Mirai

Animated Mirai
  • Japanese title: Mirai not Mirai

Released in 2018, Mirai is a coming-of-age story about a young boy who struggles to adjust to the arrival of his baby brother. Kun, the frustrated child, goes through a number of fantastic adventures that seek to teach him to better accept this new change that has occurred in his life.

Mirai has a sweet message and a number of imaginative and mind-blowing sequences, however, the film consists mostly of vignettes that effectively find Kun learning a variation of the same lesson over and over again. Taken in itself, each experience is charming; seen as a whole, Mirai feels static, the repetition isn’t helped by Kun’s unkind nature that lingers in the story for too long. Mirai is an enjoyable animated children’s film, although it might have worked better as a series.

6 One Piece: Baron Omatsuri and the Secret Island

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  • Japanese title: One Piece Movie 6: Omatsuri Danshaku to Himitsu no Shima

A piece celebrated its 1000th installment in 2021. The franchise has produced 14 feature films, with another project, One Piece Movie: Red, is expected to decline in the summer of 2022. As a result, One Piece: Baron Omatsuri and the Secret IslandThe value of is entirely dependent on someone’s investment in the series.

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Hosoda’s non-canon film plays with a number of manga and anime tropes. While not a deconstruction, the film is more interested in exploring its themes than indulging in action sequences, although the latter are also present. The animation is sleek and unlike anything else related to A piece​​​​​​.

5 Beautiful

Nice animated movie
  • Japanese title: Ryuu in Sobakasu no Hime

Throughout his career, Hosoda has frequently immersed himself in virtual worlds, exploring the freedom and dangers they present. Beautiful finds Hosoda revisiting this concept through a (loose) homage to The beauty and the Beast. In this universe, people turn to “U”, an online utopia, to be themselves. Although she struggles with insecurities and anxiety in real life, Suzu feels liberated when she becomes her avatar, Belle, and enters “U”. She gains so much confidence in this virtual world, Belle becomes a J-Pop star.

Beautiful has gorgeous art and extremely detailed animation. “U” is bursting with life, personality and color; the virtual world brings out the best in the film’s protagonist, not only narratively but also in terms of entertainment value.

In terms of shortcomings, BeautifulThe story suffers from some pacing issues, particularly in its second half, and the supporting characters aren’t particularly memorable. Although not The best animated movie of Hosoda, Beautiful is still quite large.

4 The boy and the beast

The boy and the beast
  • Japanese title: Bakemono no Ko

The boy and the beast is an isekai anime about Ren, an orphan who follows a beast, Kumatetsu, to a fantasy realm just outside of human sight. Ren finds himself in the irresponsible care of Kumatetsu as they form an unorthodox mentor + student dynamic. One of Hosoda’s most popular projects, The boy and the beast is a film in two parts:

  • The first hour revolves around Ren and Kumatetsu’s tumultuous relationship, showing how these hard-headed, defensive characters bring out the best and the worst in each other.

  • The second half focuses on Ren’s reintegration into the human world, ending with an action game that comes out of nowhere.

These two halves both engage in their own right, however, it makes it look like a middle section has been cut from the film. Although this transition is quite shocking, The boy and the beastIts strengths outweigh its flaws. Rena and Kumatetsu go well together, the action sequences are smooth as butter, and the world building is well done.

3 summer wars

Summer Wars animated film

the Digimon movies crawled so that summer wars could run. Released in 2009, summer wars finds Hosoda thoroughly investigating the concept of virtual reality, while crafting an irresistibly entertaining blockbuster with plenty of heart.

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A clumsy teenager who moderates a virtual world called “OZ”, Kenji is invited by Natsuki to spend a few days with her family. Meanwhile, Kenji is tricked by an AI seeking to take over “OZ”, prompting the protagonist, Natsuki, and his family to work together to defeat him.

2 The girl who crossed time

Anime The girl who crossed time
  • Japanese title: Toki wo Kakeru Shoujo

Hosoda’s films tend to mix reality and fantasy, sometimes quite literally. While this is also the case for The girl who crossed time, the 2006 film tells a more understated story than something like summer wars Where The boy and the beast. Makoto Konno, a directionless high school student, gains the ability to reverse time; naturally, she uses it for innocuous stuff and to avoid a confession from her best friend. Eventually, Makoto must face the consequences of his action (or inaction).

The girl who crossed time starts out as a sci-fi comedy, and funny to boot, but the anime gradually evolves into a thought-provoking character study that analyzes the reasons for Makoto’s behavior.

1 Wolf children

Wolf Children animated film
  • Japanese title: Ookami Kodomo no Ame to Yuki

Mamoru Hosoda’s anime masterpiece, Wolf children tells a powerful story about family, parenthood and growing up. Hana falls in love with a wolf man and they start a family. Unfortunately, Hana becomes a single mother and must raise two children destined to experience challenges and changes she cannot understand.

Wolf children gives a slice of life by following this unique family through a number of years, showing moments of joy, tragedy and confusion. This anime takes familiar themes and puts a new spin on them.

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]]> What can we expect from J-pop in 2022? Fri, 14 Jan 2022 02:00:51 +0000

If the past two years have taught the world anything, it’s the precariousness of predictions. January 2022 has arrived, but with the spread of omicron raising new concerns, all I can do is look at my recently purchased calendar and give up. Maybe leaving the dates blank would be a better decision than making plans.

J-pop has perfectly demonstrated this unpredictability over the past 24 months. Less than a year into the COVID-19 pandemic and with most people unable to attend live events or visit music stores, the industry has long scoffed at its reliance on CD sales and reluctance towards anything digital and began to adapt to the internet. Major Japanese artists have started uploading their entire catalogs to streaming services, while a new generation of young artists have been given pride of place thanks to YouTube and TikTok.

There is no doubt that 2022 will bring even more changes. Still, there are enough developments and signs from the past year to make educated guesses about what’s to come. And hey, even if those predictions are wrong…it’s just a reflection of the times, right?

A brighter vibe for J-pop

The mood for Japanese pop music is at a two-year low. Hits from rising outfits such as Yoasobi and Ado linger on gloom and exhaustion, reflecting the mood of the country as a whole. The emotional and physical toll of living through a pandemic is bad enough, but there is also a general sense of existential dread and anxiety about the future. It’s understandable that so many people are drawn to the most depressing sounds.

The mood for J-pop will likely improve in 2022, however, as listeners seek brighter escapes from the world around them. Major artists have been tiptoeing towards upbeat sounds over the past six months, including Yoasobi, who let in some sunshine with their hopeful song, “Sangenshoku.”

The best indicator of a change in mood might come from Kaze Fujii, a singer-songwriter who has emerged as a new voice in the Reiwa era (2019-present) thanks to dizzying tunes celebrating the little thrills of life. love and life. He’ll likely lead the charge to balance J-pop’s serotonin levels over the next 12 months.

TikTok: the next star creator

For the most part, the short-form video platform TikTok has been like a slot machine for the Japanese music industry. Pull the handle and hope some teenager in the US created a catchy meme to your 40-year-old urban pop song. Even for national viral trends, TikTok hits require a degree of randomness.

With the platform now established in Japan, however, musicians and labels will no longer approach TikTok as a bet, but as a place to build fanbases, and savvy young creators such as genre whirlwind Wurts have used the app and other social media platforms to get established. Surprise hits will always emerge, but it won’t be as chaotic as more and more companies figure out how to introduce new musical names into this digital space.

Youth at the front

Most pop songs produced by labels these days target teenagers, who have the power to turn a track into an overnight sensation via social media, but songwriters are often outside of this demographic. . That will change as more Japanese teenagers start creating their own anthems and distributing them through platforms such as TikTok, allowing for varied perspectives on young people in the country today.

Recently graduated artist Neriame demonstrates this perfectly with her viral hit, “Yo-kya JK ni Akogareru In-kya JK no Uta”. The hip-hop-scotched cut rejects the usual trappings of high school youth (“caramel/marshmallow/strawberry candy”) in favor of Apex Legends video game and individuality. Why should kids settle for what labels have to offer when they can create their own hits?

Move over, city pop

The glitzy funk sound of 1980s city pop remains Japan’s hottest musical export. He may even have reached his biggest mainstream moment yet in early 2022: Canadian pop heavyweight The Weeknd sampled Aran Tomoko’s 1983 single “Midnight Pretenders” for “Out of Time “, a song from his latest LP, which is bound to be one of the bestsellers of the year.

Part of the thrill of the internet’s interest in this once-obscure genre, however, was the sense of discovery that came with it. It’s great that an artist who performed in the Super Bowl brings more shine to the style, but it also means that the feeling of undiscovered gem fades.

For the next wave of online cool inspired by the sounds of the past, let’s look at the Heisei era (1989-2019). Shibuya-kei of the 1990s once defined hip Japanese music for listeners overseas, and seeing as it was the next stage in the evolution of urban pop, it makes sense that modern listeners are flooding the style of a new love. Bank on Pizzicato Five, whose catalog still sounds fresh and finds its way to subscription streaming platforms at just the right time, to introduce Shibuya-kei to the extremely online generation of 2022.

Mental health at the center of attention

Sony Music Japan is already at the forefront of mental health support, having launched a program last August that offers mental and physical health checkups and counseling for artists signed with the company. Spurred on by the havoc the pandemic has taken on its performers, Sony’s decision has been a long time coming, given the heavy demands that come with being a major musician in Japan. Expect more companies to follow suit as other entertainment sectors also grapple with mental health.

Taking notes on K-pop

Last year, South Korean music companies dreamed up hybrid projects, using K-pop market know-how to take J-pop globally and launch bands such as NiziU and OJ1. In 2022, Japanese entities will try to do the same themselves, learning from their South Korean neighbors but finding their own voice in the process.

Leading the pack is Be:First, a pop group built from a Hulu reality program overseen by rapper Sky-Hi and featuring production from longtime staple (and critic) Taku Takahashi. J-pop. They’ve already garnered solid views and performed online, while also being dubbed one of the “big trends” of 2022 by Nikkei Trendy magazine. Whether they can show that Japanese-born companies can keep up remains to be seen, but they will certainly add some very welcome musical diversity to the J-pop boy band scene.

The cutting edge of J-pop: idols

The age of all-female idol-pop groups has long since passed, with once-ubiquitous names like AKB48 struggling to retain their relevance. All of these pandemic-induced changes have pushed idol music to the fringes, which is actually the best place for this corner of J-pop.

Safely removed from the zeitgeist, idol groups now have the opportunity to experiment in ways they haven’t before, and in 2021 some of Japan’s most exciting music came from idol groups. Recent highlights include the surreal house sounds of femme fatale escapism, the hyper-fast beat of @onefive and the heart-pounding drum ‘n’ bass of Batten Girls. Forget the sound of 2022, the ideas that idol groups will explore in the coming months will offer insight into the sounds that mainstream J-pop will embrace in the years to come.

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]]> Oh my God! What an amateur! EXO’s Outfit Pics Will Make You Drool, See Here Thu, 13 Jan 2022 21:25:31 +0000 Exo is a well-known boy group not only in Korea, but also around the world for their incredible talents, styles, and musical abilities. He has a huge fan base all over the world …]]> ” class=”lazy img-responsive” data-src=” get-drooled-see-here-920×518.jpg” width=”920″ height=”518″ alt=”Omg! What an amateur! Images of EXO’s outfit will make you drool, see here” />

Exo is a well-known boy group not only in Korea, but also around the world for their incredible talents, styles, and musical abilities. He has a huge fan base all over the world due to his exceptional character, as well as all the talented artists who through their love of singing have given the world beautiful art in the form of beautiful music.

Xiumin, Suho, Lay, Baekhyun, Chen, Chanyeol, DO, Kai, and Sehun are members of Exo, a South Korean-Chinese boy group based in Seoul. SM Entertainment created the group in 2011 and they made their first appearance in 2012.

Their music is largely pop, hip-hop, and R&B, with elements of electronic dance music genres including house and trap. It is published and played in Korean, Mandarin and Japanese. From 2014 to 2018, the group was ranked among Korea’s top five most influential celebrities on the Forbes Korea Power Celebrity list and dubbed “Kings of K-pop” and “World’s Biggest Boyband” by different media publications.

As said before, they are extremely talented musicians as well as stylists who can style certain clothes or create a specific look. Their style is as distinct and alluring as their personalities. Their admirers seem to take fashion cues from them on how to design an outfit and look as stunning as they do.

Their clothes are extremely stunning and eye-catching whenever they perform on stage or in music videos. Not only that, but they all manage to look really hot and charming no matter when it comes to dressing up for casual, formal or any other event. Here are photos of Exo’s five sexiest outfits that will leave you speechless!

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K-Pop scandals that sparked unrest in the industry: From meeting Blackpink Jennie to Exo Kris Wu’s rape case Thu, 13 Jan 2022 12:03:43 +0000 If you’re familiar with K-pop, you certainly know some of the hottest bands. These groups are well known in …]]> “class =” lazy img-responsive “data-src =” the-industry-from-blackpink-jennies-dating-to-exo-kris-wus-rape-case-920×518.jpg “width =” 920 “height =” 518 “alt =” K-Pop scandals that caused a stir in industry: From meeting Blackpink Jennie to the Exo Kris Wu rape case “/>

If you’re familiar with K-pop, you certainly know some of the hottest bands. These groups are well known in South Korea and around the world. They inevitably became a trend due to their fashion, addictive music, choreography, play with eye-catching colors and many more. However, they have also been involved in numerous scandals. (According to reports in Me Aww. Com)

Blackpink’s ‘Lazy’ Jennie Scandal and Meeting with EXO’s Kai: Jennie’s ‘Lazy’ performance in 2018 was shocking. While she had an injured ankle at the time, many pointed to her lack of energy on other stages like the infamous Coachella performance in 2019. At the same time, she had a huge hatred for dating. EXO’s Kai while obsessed fans have often tried to stop their favorite. dating idols. It got worse when his label YG tried to deny it by calling Kai his Uber driver. Jennie was constantly mocked, while some fans ordered Kai to throw her out. They ended up breaking up, but not before it became a scandal, with trolls criticizing his every move. She came under scrutiny again for allegedly dating BIGBANG’s G-Dragon in 2021.

School Bullying Claims in 2021: In early 2021, popular K-pop idols were implicated in a systematic attack by trolls and antis. Many accusers have claimed they were bullied at school by K-pop idols. School bullying in South Korea is extremely violent, so the general public immediately turned their backs on their favorite artists. Many were put on hiatus by their agencies as they gathered evidence that the rumors were untrue. The idols involved were Aisha from Everglow, Naeun from APRIL, Chorong from Apink, Hyunjin from Stray Kids, Mingyu from Seventeen, Youngjae from GOT7, Kihyun from Monsta X, Lia from Itzy, former member (G) I -DLE Soojin, Hyuna, Chuu from Loonaz and The Boy. others. All cases turned out to be false, but sadly (G) I-DLE’s Soojin suffered the most when she was forced to leave her group.

The Kris Wu Rape Case: In 2021, the former EXO member was accused of allegedly raping 30 girls, many of whom were underage. The alleged victims who spoke up said they were lured under under the guise of a party or a promise that Kris Wu would advance their careers. He has now been arrested by Beijing police on suspicion of rape and is under investigation as a criminal suspect. Along with these huge cases, there have also been frequent small scandals due to the illusion that agencies have created for their K-pop idols that do not allow fans to see them as real, imperfect human beings. Many artists are constantly ignorant, racist, or culturally appropriate because they know their fans will always support them. But on the other hand, we have a majority of K-pop fans who jump on the bandwagon and hate an artist on suspicions that later turn out to be false, as in the case of Jungwoo from NCT, T-ara and Baekho. by NU’EST.

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Where to watch and read Natsume’s Friends Book Thu, 13 Jan 2022 03:27:51 +0000

Natsume’s Book of Friends is a popular series with its adorable characters, upbeat tone, and fun take on folklore. Here is a guide to help newcomers.

Natsume’s Book of Friends is a shojo manga series that was first released in 2005, and then spawned a 74-episode anime that ran from 2008 to 2017. When it premiered, the series garnered a fan base not only in Japan but abroad, and she has become appreciated for her affable approach to Japanese folklore and funny characters.

As popular as it is, there are anime fans who haven’t seen or heard of this series and may feel a little intimidated where to start or even find it. Don’t worry, here’s a simple guide that will help potential readers and viewers join Natsume on her journey to understanding the Spirit World.

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The plot of the book of Friends of Natsume

Natsume Takashi has been able to see spirits all his life – a power passed down to him from his late grandmother Reiko. This ability led to a lonely childhood because most of his peers always considered him strange. Everything changes when Natsume discovers her book of friends, inside of which is a myriad of names of spirits that Reiko had forced to submit.

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The Book of Friends is a special item in the spirit world, and many spirits, good and bad, follow Natsume because of it. He spends a lot of time getting rid of the contracts his grandmother placed on the spirits in the book. While many of these spirits are good-hearted, the evil ones try to kill Natsume to get the Book of Friends for themselves. However, Natsume does have the help of a powerful cat-like yokai named Madara to protect him and teach him spells. Although Madara also claims to want the Book of Friends for himself, the two begin to form a close bond.

Where to read Natsume’s Book of Friends manga

the Natsume’s Book of Friends the manga is still being published, and for western readers who haven’t read it yet, there is some catching up to do! In the English-speaking world, 26 volumes are currently available through Viz Media through their Shojo Beat range. Each of the manga’s volumes can be purchased through Right Stuf Anime for $ 7.99 each. Readers who prefer digital copies can find the 26 books through Kindle for $ 6.49 each.

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Where to watch Natsume’s Book of Friends anime

The 74 episodes of Natsume’s Book of Friends are available to stream on Funimation, with the second film, Natsume’s Book of Friends: The Awakened Rock and the Strange Visitor. Funimation released the film as a two-part OVA. For those without a Funimation account, the series can also be streamed on Crunchyroll, and as a bonus for fans, the four-part OVA series is also available for their viewing pleasure.

Natsume’s Book of Friends is a charming fantasy filled with magic, monsters and touching messages about friendship. The adventures of Natsume and his loyal spiritual companion Madara will captivate new and old fans alike, and now is a perfect time for people to open the book and join Natsume and her friends as they explore the world of spirits.

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Avenged Sevenfold – The Tragic Story of The Rev’s Last Song Wed, 12 Jan 2022 15:27:11 +0000

While Avenged Sevenfold was in the process of creating their fifth studio album, Nightmare, they suffered an almost incomprehensible loss. The death of drummer Jimmy ‘The Rev’ Sullivan brought new meaning to Nightmare, as well as the last song The Rev ever wrote for the band, “Fiction.”

Towards the end of 2009, Avenged Sevenfold had momentum on their side. All the music for a recording concept had been written and dated, and the band couldn’t wait to get into the studio. The Rev was known for his songwriting ambition, but this time around he upped it. He was on fire. He would take all the ideas of each member of the group and add something to them. He was working like crazy. As guitarist Zacky Vengeance would say, it was almost as if he “used up every ounce of what he had left”.

Rev’s lyrics for “Fiction,” which was originally titled “Death,” include the lines “I gave you all I had to give / I found a place to lay my head / Although I could be hard to find / I heard that there was just peace other side.

The Reverend was aware of some of his health issues. He was born with an enlarged heart and, towards the end of his life, complained of persistent stomach problems. Add to that an addiction to alcohol and never being the type to run away from drugs … that doesn’t make for a happy ending. Perhaps he knew his time was drawing to a close and wanted to wish his friends and family the best of luck as he left.

“I don’t know of any time in history where someone basically said goodbye to a track and then died and his music came out six or seven months later with him singing,” Mr. Shadows would later reflect. “It’s pretty crazy, it’s quite surreal.”

In memory of Jimmy, the band changed the song’s working title from “Death” to “Fiction,” a nickname Jimmy gave to himself. Before Jimmy’s death, he demonstrated all of the piano and drums in the song, but only part of the vocals. As a tribute, Jimmy’s voice was left on, with Mr. Shadows almost duet with him in parts.

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“iMordechai” Opens Miami Jewish Film Festival January 13, 2022 Tue, 11 Jan 2022 15:55:39 +0000

Everyone has a crazy family story, but not everyone is inspired to make a movie about it.

“My wife just had two children. It should have been the happiest time of my life,” said Marvin Samel New times. “But then my mom was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. During the babies’ feedings at 2 a.m., I started writing vignettes of my dad. I remembered the time he claimed have a twin brother. I thought about the time I took him to the Apple Store at Aventura Mall to buy him an iPhone. ”

From these drafts came the idea for Samel’s first feature film, iMordechai, which has its world premiere on the opening night of the Miami Jewish Film Festival Thursday. Prior to iMordechaiSamel was in the cigar business and was not familiar with film production until his first day as a director.

“My producers were experienced filmmakers, and they were looking for a director. Eventually, they appointed me,” says Samel. “They thought if I hadn’t realized it, I would have lost control of my family history.”

The autobiographical story centers on Samel’s father, Mordechai, a Holocaust survivor who gets a new start in life by learning to use his brand new iPhone. Samel says he relied heavily on his experienced cast and crew to make the film.

“I didn’t try to pretend until I did,” he adds. “I was honest with everyone that I was the least experienced person on set. I told them, ‘I’m counting on you.'”

Veterans Judd Hirsch and Carol Kane, who previously worked together on the 1970s sitcom, play the film version of Samel’s parents, Mordechai and Fela. Taxi.

“I didn’t have time to realize it while I was shooting,” explains Samel. “I couldn’t be flabbergasted to see all these big stars playing with my family because there was always something going on on set. I never told Judd what to watch Taxi when I was a child with my father, it was one of the rare moments of bonding that we had. ”

Hirsch signed on for the project, delighted to be working with a filmmaker for the first time.

“Getting in there can be a little scary, but it’s an adventure,” says Hirsch New times. “When he had Carol I knew we would be fine together. We had a great time working together on Taxi.”

Hirsch admits he was a little intimidated playing a real person who is still alive.

“Marvin asked me if I wanted to meet his father. I said no, I didn’t want the burden of having to be exactly like him,” he said. “Two minutes later, Mordechai walks in and we’ve become best friends.”

A long career in both comedic and dramatic roles helped Hirsch; iMordechai mixes comedy with drama. The actor says you have to play every beat the same.

“Underneath every tragedy, there is humor,” Hirsch explains. “And with all the tough things Mordechai went through in life, he found a way to be funny. He found a way to have a good time in this endurance competition of a lifetime.”

Kane agrees with this philosophy.

“You play any kind of role trying to be honest and real,” the actress says. “James L. Brooks, one of the creators of Taxi, said, ‘Don’t try to be funny. If we write it funny, it will be funny. If it’s not funny, we’ll have to rewrite it. It was amazing advice. ”

While Hirsch was able to talk to the real Mordechai to get a taste of the character he was playing, Kane didn’t have the same luxury. Fela died shortly before filming began in 2019.

“Marvin gave me pictures of his mother and photographs, which was very helpful to me,” Kane said. “It is a responsibility to honor someone who has lived a rich and fulfilling life, but it is also a gift.”

The film was shot on location in South Florida, with scenes shot in recognizable locations like Aventura Mall and Lincoln Road, where the final scene takes place. For Samel, the decor was a crucial detail in the representation of his family.

“I could have filmed in another state and cheated for Miami, but I wanted this movie to be my love letter to Miami,” he says. “I felt like every shot had something to do with my parents.”

iMordechai. 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 13, at North Beach Bandshell, 7275 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; and 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 22 at the Michael-Ann Russell Jewish Community Center, 18900 NE 25th Ave., Miami; Tickets cost $ 18.

Omega X releases new “LOVE ME LIKE” EP Tue, 11 Jan 2022 07:46:20 +0000

Hangyeom, Jaehan, Hwichan, Sebin, Taedong, Xen, Jehyun, Kevin, Junghoon, Hyuk and Yechan debuted in Omega X in June 2021. On January 5, Omega X released an EP titled LOVE ME LIKE. The mini album features five songs and is the K-pop group’s second EP.

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Omega X released a new EP titled “LOVE ME LIKE”

On January 5, Omega X returned with a mini album titled LOVE ME LIKE. In total, the EP features five tracks, including a lead single of the same name.