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Japanese Children Motivated by Poop to Learn Kanji

24 May

By James Robert Shaw (The Wind up Geek)

Japanese parents can now take a different approach to motivating their children to learn kanji, by talking about poop. The fascination with excrement comes in a series of books that were designed to make learning kanji more fun for Japanese school children. Six books have been released and according to publishing house Bunkyosha (文響社), it took two years to produce from planning to selling. At the time of this article, the books were in the top six spots on Amazon Japan’s Japanese Language Learning Chart.

The series follows the standard teaching method and covers more than the 1,000 characters studied at the Japanese elementary level. Continue reading

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Social Media Meme, Smug Wendy, Gets Her Own Anime Opening

17 May

By James Robert Shaw
(The Wind up Geek)

If you’ve been following social media then you may know the back story to the Smug Wendy meme that has been making the rounds. If you don’t, the meme originated after an exchange on Twitter on April 10, 2017. It was the result of two corporate giants, two powerhouses in the world of the North American number one love, burgers. It all started when Twitter users @jstaff15 (Joey Staffileno) and @phelps_ryan (Ryan Phelps) debated which burger chains “4 for 4” deal was better, Wendy’s or Hardee’s. While Hardee’s was praising Phelps, Wendy’s was not without a retort.
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Discotek’s Latest to Include a Private Detective, Giant Robots, and a Space Pirate

15 Apr

By James Robert Shaw (The Wind up Geek)

Discotek Media recently had anime fans jumping for joy on March 3rd with the announcement of the upcoming DVD release of the entire Go Shogun (戦国魔神ゴーショーグン) series (known originally in North America as Macron 1), but now news on April 13th of the release of one OVA and three animated television series, there are many who will be preparing to make as much shelf room as possible for their latest Discotek treasures.

Discotek Media will be releasing on July 26, 2017 the 1985 animated series Choujuu Kishin Dancouga (超獣機神ダンクーガ), known in North America as Super Beast Machine God Dancouga, 1999’s Masou Kishin Cybuster (魔装機神サイバスター) AKA Psybuster, Waga Seishun no Arcadia – Mugen Kido SSX (わが青春のアルカディア 無限軌道SSX) AKA Arcadia of My Youth: Endless Orbit SSX from 1982, and the 1989 OVA series Midnight Eye (ゴクウ) AKA Midnight Eye: Goku.
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[Sidney, BC] Disney’s ‘Moana’ Co-Director, Chris Williams, to Appear at Van Isle Con

21 Mar

By James Robert Shaw
(The Wind up Geek)

Sometimes for a con going big or go home can be dangerous. When your event makes a single guest your draw, going big can be a good thing. As in the case with Van Isle Con, Vancouver Island’s upcoming comic and cosplay convention, having Moana‘s co-director Chris Williams as your guest of honor is a very smart move. Sure, Williams doesn’t have the muscles of Dwayne Johnson (who voiced Maui), and okay, maybe he can’t sing like Auli’i Cravalho (Moana), but what he does have is a lot of talent and experience when it comes to creating films for all ages to enjoy.

William’s earliest credits are as story contributor for Disney on animated feature films such as 1998’s Mulan, The Emporer’s New Groove, and Brother Bear. More than just an ideas man, Williams also performed story artist duties on films Chicken Little, Meet the Robinsons, Tangled, Frozen (where he voiced Oaken), and the Academy Award winning Zootopia.

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