Hello, and welcome to Yamcha's Anime universe! Some of you may know me from visiting my Myotaku page (username: Yamchaa), but if you havent visited or dont know me, then thats cool too lol. Im a big anime fan and ive been one for as long as i can remember. I collect anime movies, magazines, figures, all things related to anime, and im proud to say that i have a pretty hefty and diverse anime collecion which is usually constantly growing, and with this new world i hope to make new friends and spread my knowledge of anime to whoever may need it ^_^
I was sitting here bored, so i thought i'd put up a post to update what ive been up to lately :)
For the most part i've been working as usual, but ive been using vacation days and strategically placing them so that i have 3 day weekends and stuff like that lol. Work has been pretty easy, and i still play videogames while im on lunch, so thats pretty much it when it comes to work.
Whenever im off work, ive mostly been home on Xbox Live. Here are some of the games ive been playing -
Saints Row 2
Dynasty Warriors Gundam 3
Transformers: War for Cybertron
Im actually undefeated on Madden 2011 so far, i won both games i played online earlier today, so it was pretty fun :) Im about to beat Saints Row 2, ive had that game for about a year now and i just started playing it about a month ago. It's been a fun game so far too and i really like the customization options in that game. I'll post my Halo Reach news on my Halo world because i have some pics to post there lol.
As for Anime, Ive been lucky enough to come across some good shows recently. A week or so ago i finished a series called Now and Then, Here and There, and it was a pretty cool series. i'll have to post more about it sometime, but if you come across it, i highly recommend it :) I also watched a couple of episodes of a series called Tytania, and it was enjoyable so far as well, only time will tell though. The shows ive really been enjoying have been Gun Frontier, Golgo 13 and Area 88. Golgo 13 and the multitude of Harlock series has basically pulled me back into my Anime recording days of the past, and its been alot of fun all over again, just like old times.
Opening theme from Golgo 13
Thursday i bought the first 3 dvds of the anime series called Darker than Black, but i havent watched them yet, i'll probably end up doing that in a little while once im finished posting.
Well, i suppose that will be all for now, but i hope to post up more very soon, especially pics and stuff like that, so be sure to check back :)
Since ive always been an advocate of the character Yamcha, i thought it would be a cool idea to share with you all some stuff thats been on my mind for years now, and ive always been keeping my eyes open for the right time and place to bring it up and i think this post is a good place to start to take a look at the character know as Yamcha from Dragonball/ z/gt
1. What is it that people and casual fans of Dragonball/z/gt dislike about Yamcha?
--He was such a vital and extensive character in the original Dragonball, constantly changing and evolving as the story goes on. In the original Dragonball, he probably had the most character development out of any of the characters - including Goku. His attitude changed and so did his appearance over time. His battle prowess would also take shape as the series moved on - allowing him to take place in multiple World Martial Arts tournaments. Although he would never find victory in these tournaments, people should at least admire his will and passion to compete and do his best right? People tend to see his humanity as a sign of weakness, but through each saga of the Dragonball Universe he always finds a place to shine, even though it may ultimately end in defeat. His human nature isnt his weakness, but his diverse trait that makes him who he is. We cant hate him for being a human right?
----- Anyone that has seen Yamcha's features can automatically see that he has style. In my opinion, this is another aspect of his diversity among the group of Dragonball characters. Although his Styles and appearence would change multiple times throughout the series to follow, he always seemed to look cool and ahead of the curve. Im sure most fans will always remember him for his long hair, which he happened to pull off better than any of the other characters, and i couldnt help but notice that as the Dragonball/z/gt universe moved along - how some of the younger saiyans would at some point have long hair (Gohan, Goten, even Trunks at some points). I wouldnt say that they are copying Yamcha, but i do believe that the long hairstyle represents freedom - which is a style that Yamcha originated and still prefects to this day wherever he may be lol. He also represented style in his clothing, especially his orange Gi. His Gi happened to be more loose fitting, with no blue undershirt and he also sported different footwear than most of the other fighters, which really set him apart. Ive also read online of accounts that the symbols on his Gi had been placed differently than the others in a show of respect towards those who had trained him (though i am unsure of these statements). Regardless, no one can take Yamcha's diverse and one of a kind style away from him thats for sure.
----In the original Dragonball, Yamcha's purpose was clear. He wanted to get rid of his fear of women. As Dragonball moved along , his fear of women gradually dissapeared, and his purpose moved along towards helping Goku on his adventures against foes, and everyday problems. He also found himself becoming a better martial artist with extensive training on his own and is often praised in the original dragonball by many of the other characters as "greatly imporoving" and always getting better. Though he would be humbled by losses at each World Martial Arts tournaments in the original Dragonball saga - He never gave up and he always kept trying to get better. His attitude never faultered. When Dragonball Z rolled around, it was great to see that he was as excited and outgoing as ever, especially on the baseball field (which also shows the good natured side of his humanity), and he always seemed to be the life of the crowd when he was with Goku and the gang. It was also great to see that his skills had increased as well, with the help of Kami, Mr Popo, Master Roshi etc. But as the Saiyans became more dominant in the battle for Earth which ended in his first death, His purpose took a pretty big hit. Though he would be wished back to life, He and some of the other Earthlings' purposes would never be the same or as important as the series moved along, being limited to comedic situations, or brutal attacks by new enemies. Yamcha was always there though, and i believe the Cell saga is where he would finall bring his purpose full circle.
4. Full Cirlce
----I personally believe that Yamcha's character came full cirlce towards the end of the Cell saga. Though most casual fans of Dragonball Z will often say that all he did was get beat up. What most fans fail to realize or even care to remember is that Yamcha (along with the other earthlings) took just as much punishment as Goku, Vegeta, Trunks, Piccolo from the Cell jr.s, and at one point even teamed up with Tien to help Protect Goku. His display of courage would also shine when he and Tien would go back to Ground Zero to help Gohan against Cell - an action that meant certain doom, but they went anyways. Through these actions Yamcha showed passion, heart and the will of a Hero that people tend to overlook and after Cell was destroyed - He carried Gohan back to Kame's lookout to be healed (even though he was just as badly injured). I often say that this is when Yamcha came full circle, because he went from Helping Goku along his battles and adventures to helping Goku's son (Gohan) along his own, which culminated in a heartfelt speech about Goku after Goku decided he didnt want to be wished back. He had indeed come full circle - as a person and as a warrior. He had nothing to prove thats for sure.
--- I guess what ive always ultimately wondered is "Why do most people despise Yamcha?". Is it his carefree attitude? Or his choice to live and enjoy life? Out of all the characters in the Dragonball Univers, (besides Master Roshi) Yamcha is the only one that seems content with life, and is always out enjoying himself. He always has an upbeat and joking attitude about any given situation, which i believe is also an aspect of what re-defines him as a human. He has always been my favorite because he stands in the face of adversity with style, passion and his individuality, even though most people dont seem to care.
Though his uniqueness and purpose faded out as the saiyans came along, Yamcha will forever be adored by those who have followed his journey and appreciated his contribution to the World of Dragonball.
Im just about to go to sleep, but i just wanted to post real quick before i do :)
I havent been up to much this week, but i have been watching anime though :) Sunday i started watching the anime movie "Whisper of the Heart", but i stopped it about halfway through because i went to sleep lol. yesterday i picked up watching it where i left off, but i didnt watch much before i passed out and went to sleep lol. Today i finally finished it, and im really glad that i bought the movie because i actually really enjoyed it. Ive owned the dvd for about 3 - 4 years and i just recently took the time to watch it. I should kick myself for waiting so long to watch it, thats for sure.
Im holding off on my overall review of the movie until after i finish the anime film "The Cat Returns", which is a sequel of sorts - so that i can review and compare them both together in the same post :)
I started watching "The Cats Returns" today, but i wont be able to finish it until tommorrow, so hopefully i can get the review post up tommorrow :)
Here are the pics of my dvds of both moives! :)
The Cat Returns
Whisper Of The Heart
Im also hoping to post about some other stuff as well tommorrow as well :)
Yesterday i also managed to clean out my car and i went to the mall and bought a jacket im wearing for my friend's wedding that im going to next week The pic of the jacket is at the top of the post :). It cost quite a bit, but it looks pretty cool lol. In the process of cleaning out my car, i also found my DBZ Budokai 3 game that ive been looking for , for quite a while lol. I was starting to think that someone had stolen it lol. yesterday i played it for a little while and destroyed some people with Yamcha's Spirit Ball attack, and Tien's Tri-Beam Cannon, which are some of my favorite moves in the game :)
Well i hate to cut this post short, but im going to head to bed so i wont be tired at work tonight lol. I hope to post more tommorrow though, so be on the lookout :)
I thank you all for visiting and i hope to chat with you all soon :)
This post has actually been a few days in the makingbecause alot has gone down since this past weekend, so ill try to get it all into this post the best i can :)
Frist off, Id like to thank you all for helping me reach 3000 visits. I know that may be chump change to some of the members up here, but its pretty cool for me lol.
Last weekend i also reached the end of Gears of War (xbox 360), I didnt beat it though - I ended up turning it off because i was tired, and eating and chatting in theotaku chatroom all at the sametime , so something had to give lol. I couldnt save the game anyways because i still dont have a harddrive or memory card, so i didnt feel so bad about turning it off lol.
I actually ended up staying in the chatroom basically all night until 7am the next morning, which is quite a feat for me since i tend to sleep quite a bit, but something special happened saturday night that got me pretty excited lol.
Well, what got me all excited was that while i was in the chatroom, i was chatting with a few different people about my original Yamcha profileand how one day 5 years ago it just quit working on me and i couldnt log into it anymore, but somehow it still stayed active. Well SunfallEasked me about it while she was in the chatroom and checked it out. After a few minutes and some Help from Adam, she let me know that my old original profile was accessable again. apparently there was an underscore in front of the screen name _Yamcha, that conflicted with the system, combined with me possibly forgetting my password hich had caused the problem lol.
Logging into my old profile was like opening a treasure chest lol. It was a door to the past, that i had pondered for 5 years if it was ever possible to be opened again and almost exactly 5 years to the date, Fate would have it's way and present me with what i had yearned for, for years :)
Ive updated my original Yamcha profile, and ive also created a world that links my old profile to this new profile. I even updated my original Myotaku page by changing the look and theme to coincide with my other pages :) The past and present meet as one and all of the links to each page can be found at the top of this world in the introduction section, so be sure to check them out if you want :)
Sunday i really didnt do much lol. After staying up all night, i fell asleep and ended up waking up around 4 in the afternoon sunday lol. I spent most of sunday evening doing most of the updating on my sites, as well as chatting and watching movies.
Robin Hood : Prince of Thieves Interview With the Vampire
i enjoyed both movies, especially because it had been a while since i had watched either film, so it was pretty fun to be lazy and watch them thats for sure lol.
Monday i basically slept all day again, but yesterday I decided to pull out my vhs copy of the animated movie i have called Heavy Metal. Ive never really watched this movie completely through, i decided to try it yesterday. i watched about 30 minutes of it before i fell asleep, but from what i watched of it, it seemed pretty psycadelic, and music -videoish. There was alot of nudity and violence and it also had alot of science fiction themes to it. It's very different than alot of the other stuff ive seen, but somewhat enjoyable in different aspects. ill have to finish watching it today so i can tell you all what i ultimately thought of it :)
A pic of my Laptop with my external dvd drive lol (i know its a random pic lol)
Well, I think that will be all for todays post, i think im going to get something to eat and watch this movie before i get too tired lol. I thank you all for visiting and i hope you all enjoyed the post :) Im also glad to be able to share my original Yamcha profile/Myotaku page and world with you guys. I know it may not seem like much , but it's the beginning of my history here at theotaku and it is really exciting to be able to share it with you all alongside my new profile :) i hope you all enjoy :)