A surprise trip to an Ancient City… Convention, that is!

Greetings loyal aniRAGErs! Miroku here, and I have to say that today was plenty of awesome! I and my fiancee, Jenny, were invited to come and spend the day with Pika-Belle Chu at local, Jacksonville based, Ancient City Con (A.C.C. for short) and we accepted her generous offer and joined her in the fun. Dressed in Naruto Cosplay, we joined in her panel and were later joined by Zeke whom brought his trusty camera and Lupin the Third cosplay along for the fun and the off chance fo catching some great gamers/cosplayers in action. A.C.C. is running it’s fifth year and is a hometown fav for roleplayers, cosplayers, and all other convention based enthusists. There were some interesting panels, a nice registration area, a fun gaming room, and a decent dealers area… And, did I mention that all of the above (with exception to panels) all existed in one room? It was quirky, but interesting at the same time. Jenny and I didn’t stay all day, but we really enjoyed our time and hope that they have alot more fun, tomorrow, as the con will be continuing on through Sunday. So, if you’re a local and just want to check out something fun, then drop on by A.C.C. and make sure to continue to drop by and see us, here, at aniRAGE.com! This Miroku saying,” Catch you all at the next one!”

~Miroku

Movies with the Monk: Adventures in “Earthsea”

Movies with the Monk: Adventures in Earthsea

Greetings, movie watchers and fans of “aniRAGE!”. Miroku here and I just had to hop online in order to let you all know about another FANTASTIC Studio Ghibli film, released in August 2010 by Disney. The Story is entitled “Tales from Earthsea” and was based upon the “Earthsea” novels by Ursula K. LeGuin. Now a name like Ursula, when speaking of disney and “sea”, ussually brings up images of heavy set, overly endowed, tentically sea witches, but (thankfully) none of this appears within the story. Rather, Goro Miyazaki (son of the famous Haoyo Miyazaki) brings a world of magic and sorcery to life in a way that only Studio Ghibli has been able to for the last 27 years. The story itself sets you within a world known as “Earthsea” where the balance of light and darkness teeters, precariously, back and forth. Men rule over the earth and waves while Dragons claim sky and fire, but both realms are beginning to fall out of alignment as a mysterious dark force works in the shadows to lay claim of life through fear, drought, and pestilence.

In the midst of this leaking darkness, the story follows the exploits of three characters:

The archmage, Sparrowhawk (voiced by Timothy Dalton), is wandering in search of the reason behind the disbalance that is taking place while policing any and all forces that might be causing the imbalances within the world.

The runaway prince, Arren (voiced by Matt Levin), is fleeing a terrible past and an even more fearful “shadow” that plagues him when rescued by the Archmage and drawn to follow him as he has nowhere else to go.

The mysterious girl, Therru (voiced by Blairre Restaneo), is a scarred beauty with a jaded past whom is almost placed into slavery until Arren intervenes and rescues her.

These three become the centerpoint for the events that ensue and surround them as a wicked sorceror by the name of Cobb (voiced by Willem Dafoe) seeks to discover the power of eternal life… A power that, if discovered, threatens to forever mar and destroy the balance of their world. Additional casting includes the voices of Mariska Hargitay, Jean Smart, and Cheech Marin. It is a story about courage, taking responsibility, and the importance that is found in both the living and the dying. Another excellent film from the same Studio that brought you stories like “Princess Mononoke”, “Howl’s moving Castle”, and the academy acclaimed “Spirited Away” and a excellent starter for what is sure to be an amazing career of Goro Miyazaki. “Tales from Earthsea” is an excellent addition to any collection (whether it be disney, studio Ghibli, or just animation in gerneral) and I would highly recommend everyone watching it at least once in their life.

And, that’s it for Movies with the Monk. I’m Miroku and I hope to be back soon with another great flick (animated or live-action) to tell you all about. Till then, take care and enjoy!

aniRAGE Needs YOUR HELP!

Hey guys, Zeke here!

We have an awesome project in the works, and we need YOUR HELP to make it happen!

Have you ever played a video game, or watched an anime, and thought to yourself…How the hell is THAT supposed to work? Wonder how sonic goes faster by curling up into a ball? Curious to know why a turtle shoots out of it’s shell when mario jumps on it’s head? Ever wondered how cities got rebuilt so quickly after a Power Ranger battle?

Well we’re here to help you out! Just send your questions to zeke@anirage.com and if it’s good, you might just see it online! We’ve already got some great suggestions so far, but we always need more!

And remember, you can always catch up with us on Facebook and Twitter! And don’t forget to check out all our great videos on Youtube and “aniRAGE TV on Blip.tv.

And as always, you can keep up with the latest aniRAGE news here on aniRAGE.com! Until next time!

-Zeke

Wanna learn more about your Favorite aniRAGE Guys?

Ever wanted to gain a few more tidbits of info on your favorite aniRAGE guys? Then check out our all new, super special, better than ever, guaranteed to give you everything you ever wished for** PROFILES PAGE! You can click that handy-dandy link I just provided for you, OR you can click on “Cast Profiles” up in the site navigation! Hope you enjoy!

-Zeke

Upcoming aniRAGE Awesomeness.

Freecon is in the books! That’s right, after many hours of travel, and a fun day of running around like fools, aniRAGE rocked the house with our Whose Line is it aniRAGE? show! We debuted not just one, not two, but THREE new games at the show: Banned Letter, 1 3 5 Any, and Interrogation! We hope to have a video compilation of the performance up soon, and stay tuned for some great pictures not only from Megacon but Freecon as well!

Next up in the schedule is Anime Day Jacksonville! The Jax crew of aniRAGE is going to be making an appearance, hanging out with the con goers, passing out flyers and business cards, and snapping pictures! Of course, where there is aniRAGE there are cameras and camcorders, so you never know what is going to happen! Keep your eyes peeled for the guys in the aniRAGE shirts, you never know when you might find yourself on the net!

Of course, coming up in a few short months is Metrocon 2011. Zeke and Kayla have press badges, so they will be there to document the whole weekend with pictures and videos aplenty! Make sure to make it down to Tampa for what will surely be a great weekend. Our good friend Ashley Clark will be there with Fairytale Theater, and some awesome people we met at ShadoCon (Kara Edwards and Kyle Herbert) will be guests! And returning this year are Scott McNeil, Brad Swaile, KellyJane and TealPirate, Yaya Han, and more! Another two big guests coming are Crispin Freeman (I can still hear Kayla squealing in the background now) and Max Brooks (writer of World War Z and the Zombie Survival Guide, son of legendary Mel Brooks). It’s a great lineup, so make sure to look for aniRAGE!

We have some great stuff in the works for all of you, and we can’t wait to announce some excellent new projects! So stay tuned here at anirage.com, and make sure to check us out on the web elsewhere at twitter(@aniragecomedy) and facebook(facebook.com/anirage)!

-Zeke

Free + Convention = An amazing trip

Goodness… WHAT A TRIP! Got back from Freecon early Sunday morning and decided to take the time to rest. However, now that I’m feeling rested, I just have to say what an absolutely FANTASTIC TIME we had while we were there! It was truely wonderful to see all the cosplayers and get to talk to people both new and old. There was so much going on! Everything from it’s free maid/butler cafe to it’s great panels and back around again to it’s dealers room/artist alley. Certainly, things were a bit small and the convention took place between two buildings, but it only served to get me pumped for whom or what I might find around the next bin. And, as an added bonus, there was a Japanese culture fair going on at THE SAME TIME in their second building, so there was many beautiful kimonos, Japanese crafts, Dancing/story telling, and a most WONDERFUL charity that was excepting donations to help the folks whom were hurt over in Japan by both the tsunami and the nuclear meltdown that (Thank God) they have just about under control.

I, also, saw alot of people I haven’t seen in a while. Alot, of which, were extremely friendly and made me feel like we hadn’t ever had to part ways. It was EXTREMELY GOOD to see everyone. So, with all of this awesome, what could we do for the con in return? Well, we ROCKED the convention by offering one heck of a great show! The audience particpation was high as well as the comedy and I don’t think there was ANYONE whom didn’t leave main events with a smile on their faces. So, in short, Freecon was/is an incredible convention that, we here at aniRAGE, will be looking forward to returning to and performing at again, next year! Till then, though, stay tuned as we will shortly have both video and pictures up from Freecon and watch for us to be at Metrocon, this year! Can’t WAIT to rock the show with the folks from Anime Belle. But, until next time, this is the monk: signing out!

~Miroku

It’s Thursday’s talk about a song called “Saturday”.

Good morning friends and faithful watchers of anirage.com! Miroku here and I’m pretty certain that, by now, everyone has seen the trainwreck of a Music video that is “Friday” by Rebecca Black (great song, wasn’t it? -Insert heavy sarcasm.-). Well, as I was mandering around the internet, I discovered that ol’ Becca wasn’t the only one to take up the charge and sing about her favorite day. Another contender has thrown their hat in the ring. A young gentleman by the name of Brian Haner has recently released his own day inspired video. The title of which is “Saturday”. And, for your viewing pleasure, we here wanted to give you a chance to see a video that is not only just as good , but even greater then the homage that was payed by Ms. Black. So, without delay, I offer you all “Saturday”!

“Saturday” by Brian Harper

Hope you all enjoy and stay tuned for more great comedy, wacky videos, and all the other fantastic holabaloo you come to expect from us, here at anirage.com… And, keep you’re eyes peeled. We’re starting our next tour on the Convention circuit with Freecon which will be taking place on April 8th-9th in Tallahasse. For more info check out Freecon for more info. Catch you guys later!

~Miroku

Hey everybody!

It’s me, again! I noticed it’s been a few since I last wrote anything, so I figured I’d just hop on and say,”Howdy!” Not much going on in my scene. Still goofing around with the folks from W.O.T.S. and just got done with a great pre-con practice for FreeCon (can’t wait till the guys post our practice runs of a new game we’re trying out). Also, my Fiancee has just picked out her wedding dress and has been bubbly about it ever since (That’s right! Everyone’s favorite monk IS set to be getting married this year. Sorry to have broken any of your hearts…).

That’s about the it of it, for me. I’m really looking forward to FreeCon and then to being able to see everyone at Metro, Exp, Shado, and every/any con/event we’ll be attending. So, watch out for us and for more awesome content here on the site! Catch you all later!

~Miroku

Hey there little “Red riding hood”: A movie review

How’s it going, everyone?

Just got back from seeing a sneak peek presentation of “Red Riding Hood” and, much like the song by Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs… it sure was looking good! I don’t want to put out any spoilers or anything for the movie, but it was a great film. As you can guess, it was a bit of a “creature feature” and being produced by the same folks whom made twilight (bleck… -gags a little.-) it was definately what I would consider a “chick flick”. But, unlike twilight, this was ACTUALLY good. There was enough action and intrigue between the girl stuff that it kept me engrossed the ENTIRE time. The acting was fairly good and the creature effects weren’t too shabby. They went with a similiar theme for “the wolf” as they did for others in previous sappy vampire love stories, but I really enjoyed the look and the story was fairly well written.

In short, Red Riding Hood is, very much, Well worth seeing and I would highly recommend it to ANYONE whom enjoys a good monster movie and/or a love story. Until next time, I’m Miroku bidding you all a “grim” evening… BWa ha ha ha-ack!