The Ultimate Guide to Buying New and Used Anime Movies

Anime is a term that has found integration into the American vernacular in the 1990s. Even before then the Japanese animation films known as anime movies were known in smaller circles – one only has to think of the legendary Gundam series – but it would take until just before the change of the millennium for these popular DVDs and also video games to achieve popularity with each and every segment of the population.

The biggest breakthrough came in 2001 when anime movies were shown, uncut, on the Adult Swim network. Suddenly the fan base had a dedicated home and before long anime would continue to grow not only the enthusiasm for these animated movies, but also sow a crop of diehard fans that would go to great lengths to obtain anime movies. Purists would go so far as to order hard to find movies from Japan and other outlets, while the average anime fan would forever browse through DVD stores in search of gems commonly overlooked by others.

Before long, the sale of used anime DVDs made these movies affordable for the younger generation of anime fans and with prices that rendered these used movies easy on the pockets of those who still get pocket money from their parents, the push to buy anime used from dedicated stores was great. This movement has now evolved to a vibrant Internet business that allows aficionados and resellers to sell and buy used anime DVDs and games with the help of the online marketplace.

Novices who are just now finding out about anime are sometimes surprised to learn about the large selection that awaits them at stores. This is especially true when shopping for gifts for teens or tweens hooked on certain anime movies. To this end, the ultimate guide to buying used anime movies is designed to give advice and offer some tips on how to choose the perfect anime movies for the children, teens, women and also men on your gift giving list.

Children

o Pokemon is the ultimate in children’s anime entertainment. Specifically “Pokemon 3: The Movie.” Rated G, it was released in 2001 and features the epic battle between Ash and Entei. The characters are well known and you cannot go wrong with this film.
o Parents wishing to buy one of the more recent anime movies should look for “Pokemon Ranger and the Temple of the Sea.” Released on DVD in 2007, it is popular for kids in the 7-9 age groups.

Teens

o Rated PG-13 because of its animated violence, “Escaflowne: The Movie” was released in the United States in 2002. It features strong emotions and has been an anime favorite with both teen guys and gals.
o For the older teen boy who is a hardcore fan of the genre and does not mind Japanese language, “InuYasha the Movie: Swords of an Honorable Ruler” is the surefire anime hit released in 2005. There is a bit of confusion when it comes to ratings, and even though the movie is generally not rated, Adult Swim attached a TV-14 rating because of the graphic battle scenes.

Women

o Perhaps it is the figure of seven year young Mariemaia, but women simply adore “Gundam Wing: Endless Waltz.” This anime came out in the United States in 2000.
o It has been called somewhat melodramatic, but “Sailor Moon R: The Movie” is a favorite with the ladies. The scourge of the Xenian Flower must be seen to be believed and you will do well to look for it when you are out to buy used anime movies.

Men

o Still little boys at heart, you cannot wrong but buy the men on your shopping list “Yu-Gi-Oh! The Movie: Pyramid of Light.” Rated PG, this movie features the famous anime battle between Yugi and Kaiba. Released in 2004, it is still one of the all time favorites of the genre.
o “Ninja Resurrection” is an enigma to the anime lover. It has sex, blood, gods and demons, but because of a deceptive marketing tactic – those out and about to buy anime movies were led to believe that the movie was related in some way to “Ninja Scroll” – it did not get the reception it deserved. For the mature viewer who enjoys anime movies and cares little about the marketing hype, this is a must have.

As you can see, buying used anime movies is a bit of an art in itself and for the true novice the pictures on the boxes may be deceiving. If you are buying for children, it is wise to stick with the known titles and to keep a very close eye on the ratings. Anime movies that are not rated are best purchased for teens rather than preteens and younger age groups.

Although the majority of adult anime movies appeal to both men and women, scan the story lines for the dramatic flair of the movie. If interpersonal relationships are highlighted, you might have found a certain winner for a woman. Conversely, if the battle scenes feature front and center, it is a fair assumption that this movie is geared more toward the male audience.

What Are The Best Adult Halloween Costumes?

Halloween is that fun time of year when kids and adults get to dress up in costumes and go a little nuts. Kids costumes are easy. Just about anything they where is okay. But what are the best adult Halloween costumes? After all we can’t just put a sheet over our heads and poke two holes in it for eyes and say to folks “I’m a ghost”. No, people expect something a bit more sophisticated from us. Lets take a look at some costumes that are sure to please.

The Flintstones
The Flintstones have been America’s favorite modern Stone Age family for a lot of years. The original cartoon is still in syndication and they even have some new ones. There have been two theatrical movies and a few made for TV movies so there’s no denying their appeal.

For the guys there’s the Fred Flintstone or Barney Rubble costumes and for the ladies there’s the Wilma or Betty costumes. I believe they even have Bam Bam and Pepples costumes. Just think, your whole family can dress as either the Flintstones or the Rubbles.

Zombies
Going by all the movies that have been made about them I’m going to go out on a limb and say that zombies are pretty popular. If that is true, then I would have to say that dressing up as a zombie could be one of the best adult Halloween costumes.

How cool is it to step into a party dressed as a zombie and actually acting like one of those movie zombies. I bet that would liven up the party.

Man Dressed As Busty Woman
For years male comedians have gotten big laughs by dressing up as women. Imagine the laughs you will get dressed as a big busty woman. There’s nothing funnier then seeing a hairy-faced guy dressed like a big woman with even bigger breast.

Barbie
One of the most loved and most enduring dolls on the market is Barbie and ladies you can capture that essence with a Barbie costume. All eyes will be on you whenever you enter any room as a Barbie doll.

Sexy Witch
Here is another one for the ladies. Capture the magic of a witch in a sexy witch costume. This costume is bound to make men fall under your spell.

There you have a few ideas for the best adult Halloween costumes. You are sure to find much more by just looking around online. I hope you find something that suits you. Happy Halloween!

Fifty Shades Paves the Way for a New Young Adult Novel

Fifty Shades of Grey’s BDSM theme and sexual content may be too much for young adult readers, but it has provided the platform for an up and coming author to achieve success by creating a “toned down” version of the romantic relationship of Christian and Anastasia.  Warner Bros has been chosen to make the movie version of the self published e-book, later picked up by a publishing house, Beautiful Disaster.  Novelist Jamie McGuire modeled this book after Fifty Shades, detailing the tumultuous relationship between a college student and her domineering crush, but minus the kinky-sex and S&M.  Following in the path of The Hunger Games and the Twilight, this novel turned screenplay takes an adult style story and makes it appeal to a younger audience.  The audience for these types of movies and books creates an opportunity not only for aspiring authors to find their niche but also for a huge payoff.

It appears that romance stories are not enough anymore and that there must be a conflict, and a little naughty interaction, for them to be popular.   With all three of the successful titles preceding Beautiful Disaster, there is at the heart, a huge hurdle for the main characters to get over in order to have the love they desire.  Fifty Shades and the two other books in the trilogy provide not only the conflict of opposing worlds, but also the juicy details of Christian and Anastasia’s bedroom activities.  The question is: will Beautiful Disaster live up to the demands of the success of its big sister?

One thing is for sure, Fifty Shades of Grey is much too racy for young adult readers, but as times have proven, these readers are hungry for more mature content… now more than ever.  With each passing decade, children of younger and younger ages are becoming desensitized to violence and sex.  Movies, television and fiction that is supposed to appeal to a young audience is inundated with adult jokes, violence and sexual innuendos, claiming to be more fun for the parents and meaning a bigger paycheck from the box office.  Unfortunately, kids are not blind to the changes and are picking up on much more than they used to, nothing gets by wide and curious eyes.  As the movie version of this young-adult novel comes to fruition, there will be a difficult task for the producers to keep from making an adult film with a young-adult rating.