Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Simba vs Kimba: The Lion King and Kimba The White Lion Controversy

Kimba the White Lion and The Lion King Controversy

Kimba vs Simba
Kimba and Simba
Kimba The White Lion was an animated TV series way before The Lin King was even thought of. With a lot of evidence stacked against Disney stealing Tezuka's original work, most people believe it is a rip off. The history of the two men working together, the undeniable copy scenes, and the characters all give reason to believe it is a rip off though.

Disney and Tezuka

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Tezuka met Walt Disney back in 1964 at NY's World Fair. The two talked and eventually Disney had people help Tezuka's men to properly color his animated series Kimba The White Lion. Disney even said to Tezuka that he wished to create something like Astro Boy. Tezuka also got the rights to adapt Bambi into a manga series at this time.

Disney is an over zealous company. They even once demanded that Mickey and Minnie Mouse pictures be removed from a daycare center. So when it comes to copyright issues, Disney is no fan of taking it. However they do like to create it. When they created The Lion King in 1996 they say they had no idea of the 1966 Kimba The White Lion series. When the Disney movie aired in Japan theaters over 1,100 anime artists and fans signed a petition demanding Disney to acknowledge their thievery of Tezuka's original work. Disney of course refused saying they had no knowledge of its existence. But how can this be when an investigation revealed that three people working in The Lion King had knowledge of the Tezuka work. They admitted to this as well. They later denied this fact stating the two were completely different stories.

Tom Sito, the head of the animators' union and past worker of The Lion King said:

"We were more than halfway through production with most of the story locked when one animator found a Kimba comic with a setting that looked very close to Pride Rock. He posted it and we were all very amused by the similarities but none of us felt we were ripping it off."

Some say at this point that the references were subliminal and that the creators may have pulled from past knowledge of the anime not remembering they watched it as a child. The fact that many people from Disney had previously worked on Kimba The White Lion and then The Lion King Gould be proof enough that the story was stolen even if it was subliminal.

The Similarities

Kimba vs SImba
The Similar Scenes

Many questions surround the Kimba and Lion King controversy. The fact that Disney made The Lion King years later an even had a hand in distributing Kimba the White Lion in the USA, many believe they ripped off Tezuka's original work.

1. The name of the main characters: Kimba and Simba.
2. Both are destined to be kings.
3. Both cubs see their fathers in the sky.
4. Fathers died by traitors.
5. Both cubs are followed by an annoying bird.
6. Both have a wide and crazy baboon
7. Both cubs have 'cute' girlfriends waiting for them.
8. Hyenas are always attempting to take over their land.
9. Antagonists in both have only one eye and have similar names: Claw and Scar.
10. The jutting rock pose in both animations.

These are just the most notable similarities which lead most people to believe it is not just a coincidence. Of course Disney denies any rip off state that it is all coincidence and based solely from Shakespeare's Hamlet and the Biblical story of Mary and Joseph. Ten similarities is no coincidence.

Simba vs Kimba
Original Artwork for Simba

With evidence like this, people still side with Disney and say it is just a coincidence. So I will leave the post with one more note. In the original artwork drawn up for The Lion King Simba was suppose to be a white lion, yes a white lion. At this point it is beyond coincidental and now just a rip off. Do not get me wrong though, The Lion King is my favorite Disney movie and will always be my favorite. I hate that it was a rip off of an anime. The only thing I ask and the many Tezuka fans ask is that credit is given where it is due. I feel it is due here.

Monday, March 10, 2014

Death Note Chapter 109

Death Note the Extra Chapter

Death Note
Chapter 109

So I finally found a copy of the extra chapter from Death Note. It was pretty good and I actually liked how it ended. Near is a little more grown up now and seems to have become ‘L’ fully. He still has his old happens like building things and playing with his hair. He seems to be a bit more like ‘L’ as well in personality.

Plot of Death Note Chapter 109

Death Note
Cries for Death
Recently a lot of elderly people have been dying. Mostly only the ones who want to die. The investigators from the Japanese Police Force that fought Kira notice a familiar trend. Someone is using a Death Note. Near’s team also notices the trend.
The Kira Kingdom show is going to be airing a special where people will debate what is going on. They will of course be covered up by glass so their faces will not show. People break through an beg C-Kira to kill them. He grant their wishes. Soon Near airs as L and announces he is not interested in this Cheap Kira. He leaves everything to the Japanese Police Force. It is here that you get a little back story with Near. He mentions that he heard L speak one time at his orphanage and that after that meeting with the children, L chose Near and Mello to be choices for his successors. He chose them because they said nothing to him and had a ‘nasty’ look in their eyes.
Meanwhile in the Shinigami world, Ryuk is asked if he is responsible by a fellow Shinigami. He explains that another had brought apples from Earth and asked for a second Death Note. He gave it to a human to do as Ryuk had. He comes back at the end of the chapter disappointed. He explains to Ryuk that his human sat still for three days after he killed the people on TV. He then wrote his own name in the Death Note. Ryuk said his human was not mentally capable like Light Yagami. Ryuk stated that his human was weak.
Death Note
Like I said it was pretty cool. I enjoyed reading it and liked that it was not just a continuation. I see that too often with great anime’s, they have to add more plot line just to get more money. It’s not great, but just enough to keep the really loyal fans involved. I digress though, sorry :3. Anyways it’s a good extra chapter and in my opinion worth the read.
Overall Grade: 9 out of 10

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Reviews by Others From The Online Anime Store

New Reviews

I have a few people writing reviews for every now and then. I met both of these people through the anime app Anime Amino.Both are great writers and I really appreciate their work. I can not really put the full review on here because I feel that is false advertisement. I will just simply place the first paragraph up and let you decide if you would like to read the rest. Thank you to everyone who does read and I am sure they appreciate it as well.

Reviews by GazerockGirl

Inazuma Eleven Review

I do not watch a lot of sports anime, but this one really sparked my interest and after watching it, I really enjoyed it. Inazuma Eleven is a soccer anime that adds the twist of having super powered moves known as hissatsu techniques to soccer. The anime focuses on the main character and his soccer team that strives to defeat the enemies that try to destroy their soccer along with making new friends and allies. There are more seasons such as Inazuma Eleven Go and Chrono Stone, however I think that the original is the most entertaining. Read More.

Kitchen Princess Review

I love shoujo, so when I found out about Kitchen Princess, I decided to try it out and it was actually very good. Revolving around cooking and the main character, Najika, trying to find her mysterious “Flan Prince”, I couldn’t help but find it a pleasant read despite the lack of character development. Read More.

Reviews by dabberdoob

Kaichou wa Maid-sama

A friend of mine actually recommended Kaichou wa Maid-sama for me once she found out I enjoy romance. I was reluctant to watch it at first, because it seemed like the typical “good girl falls in love with popular guy” type of plot, so I was surprised at the fact that I couldn’t stop watching it. Read More.

Diabolik Lovers 

Yui Komori, the female protagonist of Diabolik Lovers, has just moved into the Sakamaki household, a mansion that is currently the home of six vampires. As she gets to know them in ways she probably didn’t want to, she slowly learns about their pasts. This takes up a majority of the episodes. The main plot does not occur until the last few episodes, but the ending hints at a possible second season. Read More.

Thursday, January 30, 2014

The Aincrad Castle

Sword Art Online Newest Website: The Aincrad Castle

The Aincrad Castle

I had always wanted to create a website dedicated to one anime. I had originally intended to create a Cowboy Bebop fan page, but soon decided to give my attention to another anime, Sword Art Online. I loved this anime and literally watched it back to back. Everyone seems to get hooked on the anime because of the first half. I also read the mangas and then started to read the light novels. I felt as though I was breathing SAO. My head was filled with so much knowledge of the anime, light novels, and mangas. So I decided to create The Aincrad Castle. I wanted to get the information out there of Sword Art Online and how great it is to watch... and read.

The Aincrad Castle News and Reviews

GGO's Sinon

You can find reviews of the anime and manga here for the moment. Soon reviews of each light novel and even each episode of the anime's will be up as well. I attempt to keep up with every detail of Sword Art Online II to keep you updated. Funny posts and meme's will also be available soon to those who like to laugh. I may be a bit harsh on the manga review due to the lack of plot line. The story is great, but just like the anime, it lacks a detailed account of the SAO arc. It seems to me that they should have done Sword Art Online as a full 26 episode series as well as ALfheim Online.

The Aincrad Castle Character Information


Characters are essential to the story. So who are the main characters and what are their special abilities? Find out all that information and so much more at The Aincrad Castle Character Information page. Please do not look at the character bios if you have not seen the anime or read the light novels as it will spoil some of the story. Soon there will be polls of best character costumes as well as favorite side characters and romances of Kirito. Find out who could be future anime characters like Alice or Eugeo as well.

The Aincrad Castle Anime, Manga, and Light Novel

Fairy Dance Manga Cover

There will soon be pages that will be descriptive of each anime, manga, and light novel. Here you will be able to find out information like guilds in SAO, what Nerave Gear is, and any known monsters from the SAO anime. A detailed listing of the Aincrad castle floors will also be available. Information of the manga's will also play a role in a future page as well as possibly getting the full manga on the website to read. Any other possible pages can include AMVs (mine as well as featured AMVs of others), featured reviews, debates, polls and games, and so much more.


Even though the website is still under construction, I hope to get many people to view the site. I felt as though the official American website was lacking a bit and the format was a bit weird to navigate through. Hopefully you will enjoy The Aincrad Castle and keep up with the new updates as well as the newest information on Sword Art Online II. So please stop by and visit The Aincrad Castle!

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Sword Art Online II: Gun Gale Online

Sword Art Online II: Gun Gale Online

Sword Art Online Season 2
Sinon and Kirito
Sword Art Online was such a big hit, but not satisfying enough. Now the next installment of the light novel series is considered for adaption. With it already being confirmed, most people may want to know what is in store. One can only assume the story will follow the light novel of the GGO arc. Most people will argue this as the third season, but in reality it is the third arc.

Gun Gale Online Light Novel Plot

Sword Art Online Season 2
The light novel of Sword Art Online: GGO arc follows Kirito into a new VRMMORPG. Within this game guns are the primary weapons while lightsabers and knifes are subsidiary weapons. People have recently died from the game when their avatars are killed. Sinon, a new character, has asked Kirito for help in solving the case. He leaps into the game in search for the murderers. Come to find out, three people have created an avatar called Death Gun. He carries a special weapon that kills both user and avatar at the same time. Two of those three people happen to have been part of the Laughing Coffin game from Sword Art Online. The adventure of Kirito continues again in Gun Gale Online.

Gun Gale Online New Character

Sword Art Online Season 2
Sinon the Sniper
Sinon is the new female character for this arc. Her real name is Shino Asada. She is a female sniper in GGO, who started the game to get over a childhood trauma that happened with guns. She owns a rare gun called the PGM Ultima Ratio Hecate II. At first Kirito is considered to be an opponent due to the games large competitiveness of the game. She also develops feelings for him like his other female game partners. She also joins ALfheim Online as a Cait Sith archer. Asuna gives her the nickname Sinonon.

Gun Gale Online New Feature

Sword Art Online Season 2
There is a new feature involved with Gun Gale Online, you can make real money. Within the game a player is competing against others and can earn money and use it in the real world. This gives a lot of people reason to play this game. Many people even use it as their profession and earn a lot of cash.

I am excited to see this new arc come out. I have heard rumors that it will be airing around the same time that the newest game, Hollow Fragments, is released in April of 2014. Hopefully it will follow closely to the light novels much like the first two arcs. I also would like it if the new arc covered the whole season, there are a lot of nice twists in the light as well that may take place.

Sword Art Online II Trailer