Saturday, January 31, 2009

Silver and Weed

No, this post is not about how you can earn quick cash on illegal substances.

Recently, or well not that long ago I finished watching all of Silver Fang (Ginga Nagareboshi Gin) and its follow-up Weed (Ginga Densetsu Weed) and I gotta say both was pretty entertaining:

Ginga Nagareboshi Gin, or Silver Fang:

The Original Series evolves around a Akita Pup named Gin or Silver depending on what part of the world you're from. (I'll just stick to Silver from now on). The mountains of Ohu is under siege by the monstrous bear Akakabuto which has grown to an extreme size due to it not sleeping through the winter because it was shot in a nerve near it's brain.

Silver is the son and grandson of to great bearhunting dogs who both risked their life and died while facing Akakabuto on a one on one. Silver joins forces with the boy Daisuke but later leaves him to join an army of dogs who's seeking strong males to fight off Akakabuto and take back Ohu and the Twin mountain pass. This brings Silver in the company of strong dogs like the Great Dane mix Ben and the fighting dog Benisakura.

It's an old anime and it shows, the pictures isnt as clean as you see in most anime these days and sometimes in the dubbed version you can still hear remnants of the Japanese voice actors which actually gives the series a nostalgic charm. The Anime was never on TV outside of Japan so chances are you haven't heard of it if you didn't have it on VHS.. luckily it's rereleased on DVD so get going and buy it!

Ginga Densetsu Weed, or Weed the Son of Silver!:

Weed is the son of Silver! in this anime everything has been updated, even the artwork!

The story takes place 14 years after the fall of Akakabuto, The Twin Pass of Ohu is under attack by a monster dog and Smith is send off to take the pregnant bitch Sakura to safety who bears the child of Silver who is now the boss of it all!

6 months later Sakura is dying and her son Weed is desperately trying to save her by getting her tasty stuff to eat, he meets up with the english setter G.B. who names him and Smith, after saying their farewells to Sakura who sadly dies, Smith and G.B. takes Weed to meet up with his father at the dogs paradise in Ohu, but they run into many trouble on the way.

This Anime takes a sudden turn from the classic Silver Fang setup to something a little more chaotic, also it's pretty obvious to the audience that this isn't made by the same crew that made the original series. Nonetheless it's entertaining as a stand alone anime and shouldnt be seen with the old series in mind or else you'll get a little disappointed through most of the series as Silver nearly isnt in it.

All in all, it's two very interesting series that, if you haven't already you should definitely check out.

Saturday, January 24, 2009

The Messiah Complex

Hoo Boy..

Denmark has started publicing The Messiah CompleX recently starting with issue 152..
Now, i'm a comic book fan but i haven't read a single issue of X-men for a long time.. actually i think the last x-men issue i read was "Ultimate X-men" back in 2004..
So let's look into it from the perspective of a "newcomer" shall we?

First things first, the Danish translation is put together by the different books the stories is compiled by, making it easier for us so we don't have to follow 4 different series at once, for those who don't know.. the messiah complex is put together by reading the original Messiah CompleX one-shot + uncanny X-men + X-factor + new X-men. which means to get the whole story you have to buy from all of them. Thank god for Kim Helt.


The book starts out with the original X-men flying through the air in the Blackbird, that's the X-men all right, you got Wolverine, Nightcrawler, Cyclops and Angel... but who's this? Emma Frost, appearently she's some kind of blonde Jean Grey.. so what? she stays dead now? that's good for a change..

a couple of pages further in we see Beast and The Professor using Cerebro, not bad.. classic X-men.. though on the artsy side I kind of can't get over Beast looking like a lion (I'm used to the old cartoon show)
.. we get established that because of the events of "The day of M" theres only like 2.000 mutants in the world.. but suddenly Cerebro explodes! it seems a new mutant with incredible powers has been born.. i turn the page two times aaaand.. What the fuck.. The Proffessor gets up off his chair and walks away.. granted I could have missed a plot where that became possible but i've only ever known the professor as a guy who couldnt walk because his legs were lame.. or something..

well the rest of the book is just a lot of new characters getting introduced if you're new but it guess newcomers could give this a read without getting too confused..

Still, This comic will make as much sense for you as if you read Angel: After The Fall without ever having seen the TV show.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Welcome to Spawn of Mind

A beginning of writing..

I love how i can suddenly start up a homepage in a matter of minutes and then suddenly write away about anything that i want. That's probably what I enjoy most about the internet, Rules aren't there. Until now I have been using my Deviant art Journal and The News Sections of my webcomics homepage as a blog, but I guess this makes more sense as this actually IS a blog. Therefore I welcome you to Spawn of Mind, it will future anything I think of writing about just like a blog should be, no subject. I guess for first time readers I can tell you something about myself.

On the political part I'm a Social Democrat with much the same interests as the Social Folk Party of Denmark, which is where I'm from. I consider myself an atheist, even though i am per standard of my country a member of the protestantic church of Denmark, I don't really care about it that much and they pay the bills of my funeral when that time comes as long as I'm a member so I'm just gonna keep it that way for now.

I'm the head of Flaming Monkey Productions, which is a small film and animation/comic publication company which (at the time of me writing this) is still at a pretty early stage. I also do the writing for Mystical Chronicle which is a webcomic, I'm the artist/writer on
The Adventures of Bobby Macdog, and I'm the creator of the fictional universe Geminiterra as well as a co-founder of various online RPG's. As mentioned before I also have a Deviantart account.