Some of the Anime Shows That I Want to be Remastered

A lot of anime series have been rebooted or re-mastered for the past decade, which entertained a new set of audiences and brought some fun nostalgia for the old ones. Some of the notable franchises are Dragonball Z Kai, Full Metal Alchemist, Neon Genesis Evangelion, Hunter x Hunter, Rurouni Kenshin (New Kyoto Arc), and most recently Sailormoon Crystal. I can’t help but wonder if the other anime series that I’ve grown to love will also follow their path. I remember rushing up to go home after the class so as not to miss the local TV station’s spot for the weekday’s anime series (yes, there were five which corresponds to a specific day for the same time slot), oh memories XD. With this, let me share with you some of the anime shows that I want to be remastered.

Slam Dunk

Sure, Kuroko’s Basketball is a pretty cool series on its own, but back then, the anime basketball fever was brought by Slam Dunk. It became a hit here in the Philippines since A LOT of Filipinos are big fans of the sport.

The story revolves around Hanamichi Sakuragi, a high school punk with a long streak of rejection from girls (50 times). One day, he met Haruko Akagi,  another girl who instantly made him love struck again. In the hopes of getting close to her, he joined the basketball team as suggested by Haruko herself, despite his zero knowledge for the said sport. Good news, he was accepted in the team. Bad news, Haruko’s brother Takenori Akagi is the team captain and a super rookie by the name of Kaede Rukawa is stealing the spotlight for the team.

Even though I know how to play basketball, I’m not really a loyal follower of the famous leagues, but this anime gave me a nice perspective of the intense moments of an actual game. Okay, maybe dunking the ball on top of another player’s head is going overboard, but the events keep you hanging in your seat as you watch how the team struggles to win, second by second. If there’s one thing that I want to change with the series, it’s the loooooong flashbacks that happens every once in a while. It’s so long it took Kogure’s three-point shot to reach the rim only after the end of an episode. Ranting aside, this series is really good, and after watching a couple of youtube clips, I realized that this anime could use a digital re-mastering (I also realized how old I am haha… not funny). TOEI, I hope you consider this possibility.

YuYu Hakusho

Before  the phenomenal Hunter x Hunter series, Yoshihiro Togashi made the equally sensational YuYu Hakusho, a.k.a Poltergeist Report for the western audiences, a.k.a Ghost Fighter here in the Philippines. The show is just great; it was re-aired here in the Philippines several times, and yet it still gathers a considerable amount of viewers, though not as many as it was first shown here.

Yusuke Urameshi is a delinquent high school brawler (hey, am I  seeing a pattern here?) who out of sheer response, saved a kid from being hit by a car which supposedly cost him his life. I used “supposedly” because it turns out, he has a shot of having a second life again. The plot gets thicker as it unfolds that Yusuke has a greater purpose to fulfill as a detective of the spirit world. From there, he encounters new formidable foes and allies through his missions leading to the revelation of his real identity.

It’s hard to think of something to be improved in this show other than its outdated animation. The pacing is just right. There was never a dull moment. If there were fillers, then I hardly noticed it. Maybe the fight scenes could be improved, not that there’s anything wrong with it, but more fluid motions can make it more awesome, specially Yusuke’s fight with Sensui. Given that Hunter x Hunter is still running, a remake of YYH may seem less probable to happen, but who knows? Come on Togashi-san, make it happen. ^_^

Time Travel Tondekeman

Popularly known here in the Philippines as Time Quest, this one-of-a-kind story about an accidental time travel led to fun ride full action and comedy with some occasional  trivia about world history and geography. A lot of you may be too young to get a glimpse of this show (it was shown during my elementary school days, you do the Math), but try to watch a few episodes, and it will get you hooked the same way it did for the 90’s kids.

This is about Hayato, a soccer player and Yumi, an aspiring musician who came across a talking kettle Tondekeman, who apparently can travel back in time. By accident, the two were transported to Baghdad, but got separated from Tondekeman in turn as Abdul gets his hands on the technologically-advanced kettle. Since then, Hayato and Yumi continuously try to win back Tondekeman only to end up in another time-travel adventure.

If you’re a bit saturated by action-packed series or dragged by teen-based anime, then this anime has a balance of both. It’s a good refresher and will bring out the child within you. If this gets remastered, the only worry I have is that I will long for the Filipino dubber of Tondekeman. For those who haven’t watched this in local TV,  his chant for traveling through time is a classic. Lilipad! Lilipad! Takure! (Fly! Fly! Kettle!). I know it sounds kinda lame when translated, but this phrase had been instilled to the mind of every child who had watched this show.

Most likely, the 90’s kids will be the ones who will enjoy this post. To be fair, several new series were great too. Too bad, I don’t have much time anymore to follow an anime that runs hundred of episodes (sigh One Piece). Well, if you didn’t have the chance to watch these shows back then, I suggest you give them a try. The trend may be different, and the animation may seem outdated, but you’ll still be entertained. To end this post, I’ll leave you with one of the remade scenes in the DBZ Kai, the Ginyu Forces’ arrival where they added an official soundtrack just for the team itself! Enjoy! (~^_^)~

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Useful Mobile Apps for Aspiring Musicians

Music is one of my effective stress-relievers, so sometimes I just strum away for some random jam or experiment on some new combinations of tunes. As much as I would like to compose with instruments alone or play a song only by hearing the tune, my musical background (or lack thereof) isn’t just enough to do such things. With this, I get some help from these music applications to get my fix.

Pano Tuner

This is by far, the most accurate guitar tuner that I’ve used for mobile phones. The tuner’s less sensitive, compared to the couple of other tuner apps that I used before, it can even gauge chords from a pre-recorded sound. As one of my bandmates suggested, this app can also be used to gauge your voice if you’re singing the right tune. Best of all, it’s for free!

Pano Tuner Main Screen (courtesy of panoapps.net)

GarageBand

The flagship music software of Apple made portable for the iOS devices. Get access touch instruments and recording tools and create some cool tracks like a pro. Types of instruments include keyboards, guitar, bass, and drums. The app also includes an audio recorder and amplifier effects. It also boasts a feature called smart instruments, which will enable the user to create music by mixing chord combinations and play patters from different types of instruments, somewhat like Music Shake’s music editor. I’m most impressed with the virtual guitar as it can accurately simulate your strum in the touch device. You can even do multi-touch bend and sustain with it. Moreover, it provides more opportunities for collaboration and sharing. You can do some live recording with your other bandmates over Wi-Fi. You can share your works on-the-fly through facebook, soundcloud, youtube, or AirDrop for iOS. Your save data can also be synchronized for all of your devices through iCloud. The core application is free, but you need to buy an in-app purchase to unlock all the smart instruments. Though this can be used for iPhones and iPods, I think it’s dsign is more utilized for iPads. Heck, you can use multiple devices to create an entire music accompaniment of a song, especially if you connect the audio output to mixers or amplifiers. Don’t believe me? Watch this!

Walk Band (formerly Perfect Piano)

A company outside google made an Android user’s answer to GarageBand. You can even see the resemblance with the app’s user interface. This application evolved from a virtual piano to a multi-instrument learning tool.  The app has a corresponding feature for Keyboard, Guitar, Drum Pad, Bass, and Drum Machine (mixer), with the first four having subcategories for a more precise set of tunes (e.g. the keyboards has Rhodes, Bright, Organ, etc.).  The app also features multi-track recording and midi-device support, playing inputs from actual midi devices like midi keyboard. You just need a USB2GO cable for interfacing. One big edge that this app has over Garage Band is that you get all the features for free. For some reason, there’s a google play entry for a premium version, but it has the same description as the free version. I tried it with my SamSung Galaxy Note 8.0, and the features listed there are already available.  Just like Garage Band, you can do full band collaborations using your android devices. I like this one better since it shows multiple instruments in real-time play and not an edited collection of solo videos.

Ultimate-Guitar

From the website of the same name, the app not only features the chords and tabs of your favorite songs, it also includes powerful features such as metronome, tuner (though I prefer Pano Tuner), interactive tabs complete with loop and tempo control and track separations, plus chord and tab sharing. Long-time users of the site will feel right at home with the app as it emulates the user interface of the song entries, including the auto-scroll feature and chord chart tooltips. The app is not for free, but you’ll get a great deal with the functionality that you’ll get for 134.37 pesos (one-time purchase for all of your devices with similar mobile OS).

Chord Entry for a Song (courtesy of mobiles24.com)

There, I hope I piqued your interest to create some unique music of your own. It’s really fun to play with random tunes and come up with something you’ll love to listen to. Who knows, maybe it will pave your way to actually get more serious with learning music and start making some advanced compositions and collaborations. Until then, happy sound trip! (~^_^)~