This is part four of a multi-part, personal editorial from social media coordinator, Godswill Ugwa. This is an interview correspondence with three hip-hop musicians that use anime sounds and motifs to create their music. Edited by social media producer, Lauren Moore
Welcome to part four of Music & Anime: A Relationship Editorial, where we explore various connections between the two mediums. You can find the other parts of this Music & Anime editorial here:
In this part, we have an email chat with three Nerdcore hip-hop artists that use anime as a main inspiration in their music. Nerdcore is a subgenre of the hip-hop genre that focuses on “nerdy” subjects like video games, Internet culture, comics, and more. Anime is still a newer subject within Nerdcore, but more artists are using it within their music to create mindblowing music. In this piece, we interviewed artists TekForce, Ish1da, and Mega Ran.
Disclaimer: some songs are NSFW
Godswill Ugwa (GU)- Who are you, what do you do, and how long have you been doing it?
I’m TekForce, and I’m a father, a boyfriend and an emcee. I’ve done Hip-Hop for over 10 years, and I rap about the things I love including Video Games, Anime,movies…. basically anything that’s influenced me growing up till now.
Fatherhood is hard. It’s especially hard when your children may grow up with powers or in a world full of danger! It’s no secret that anime dads typically aren’t the paragons of parenting, but we still want to highlight the men that were there for their kids. This list isn’t in any particular order and it also includes non-biological fathers.
Although All Might isn’t a literal father to anyone, he is seen as a father figure through the land and the school where he teaches. Known as the strongest of heroes, all people, especially the youth he mentors, look up to him and his example of strength and devotion. Although he can let his emotions get the better of him at times and sometimes he overextends his efforts, he gets the job done in teaching the future generation what it means to be a true hero and he manages to protect everyone.
Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders
The whole 3rd season of Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure centers around the lengths that Joseph will go to save his daughter who has been afflicted with a mysterious curse. Without getting too deep into the story, he and his grandson, Jotaro, travel the world amidst assassins who aim to stop them in finding the cure. Although he can be brash and at times too much of a jokester, he keeps his sole focus on finding the cure for his ailing daughter.
Both of these entities are some of the strongest guardians in the land, but they maintain goofy exteriors to not seem threatening to their own people and the kids they watch out for. They are always on the lookout for the good of their own kids and the people they protect. Although they can seem flippant at times, they maintain their roles as teachers, protectors, and fathers.
Here we have another serious-when-he-needs-to-be dad that is often goofy and outrageous, but just the guy who is whatever his family needs him to be. He is very protective of his only daughter who can be very ditzy and unfortunately sickly, but when the family grows, he spreads his protective wings in his own signature fashion.
In a very unlikely pairing, Kumatetsu, the beast, becomes an unwilling and nearly unfit for the grieving young human boy he dubs “Kyuta”. However through time, the two become a strong family unit that trains together, protects each other, and looks out for each other. Although Kumatetsu can be very hardheaded, stubborn, and very emotional, he looks out for Kyuta and builds him to be a very strong fighter.
This man gets props as he went very quickly from a nonchalant bachelor to a caring and loving caretaker of a 6-year old girl. Through a series of interesting events, this man with no responsibilities or immediate family to take care of steps up and takes in an illegitimate and hidden child after the death of the family patriarch. He transforms his life very quickly in order to give this girl a normal life.
It’d be pretty criminal not to put one of the most zealous and caring of anime fathers on our list! If you interact with this family man, you’ll be getting an earful about his wife (and more about his precious daughter) whether you wanted to or not. He’s equipped with pictures of his family on every occasion.
We could highlight the well-known fathers of the series like Goku, Vegeta, Krillin, and even Mr. Satan, but we want to show off a lesser thought of father. Piccolo has never fathered any kids himself, but he has always (well… for the most part) looked out for the kids of the series. He began or furthered the kids’ training in defending themselves, protected and has sacrificed his well-being for the kids, and he’s willing to show a more “gentle” side to the kids.
Who are your favorite anime dads? Let us know in the comments!
Happy Mother’s Day! Anime has a whole range of parenthood, but it also has quite a few examples of great parents. Here are only a few examples of great mothers in no particular order. As always, there may be some spoilers in trying to explain why they’re great, so be warned. Many of these shows/movies can be found on Funimation.com!
Any kid in sports or other dangerous activity knows how doting moms can be. Imagine how much worse it can be when everyone is a super-powered mutant and your baby isn’t! But Inko from My Hero Academia is great as she pushes her son to achieve his dream even as he tries to find his own (danger-filled) path to becoming a hero.
Nagisa’s Mom – Clannad
Although her cooking isn’t the best and at times she gets a bit too sensitive, she easily is one of the best anime moms as she is the beacon of support that everyone goes to whether that’s immediate family, extended family, and even friends of family!
After finding a baby Nami and her sister Nojiko on a war torn battlefield, this woman adopted both girls to become tough ladies that learned how to hold their own. Her story brings forth one of the most emotional backstories for One Piece.
At first glance, Ur doesn’t seem too caring as she trains her pupils pretty hard and could even seem neglectful depending on who you talk to. However, once you understand her past and the sacrifices she made not only for her children but for all people who live in Fairy Tail‘s world, you will see how magnanimous this woman is.
Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure: Battle Tendency
The amount of love this woman spans generations (haaaa) where she took care of her child and a adopted girl while alone, and she also supported and raised an unruly grandchild after the death of the grandchild’s father and the disappearance of the mother. How many people can say they have successfully taken care of 3 Jojo’s? Not Dio for one…
Wolf Children is a great movie about motherhood that will pull tears out of any viewer. After becoming widowed in an unfortunate accident, Hana raises her transforming babies alone, fighting social stigma and learning new skills in order to protect her children. The whole movie emphasizes how far mothers can go to make sure their kids thrive.
This single mom from one of the top thrillers of the 2016 winter season, ERASED, was an amazing mother as she constantly supported her son whether that meant helping him in achieving his dream career, helping him in solving a murder mystery, or in staying by his side for extended care-taking as he got in long-term disabling accidents.
Although the two protagonists of Fullmetal Alchemist, Edward and Al, have a mother that they go to lengths to revive from death, the boys consider this veteran alchemist a mother as well. Although her teaching methods were harsh and her temper was hair-trigger, she truly cared for the boys as she battled against supernatural forces to protect the boys and taught them the skills they would need to achieve their dreams.
It’s hard to choose one good mom within Dragon Ball Z, so we chose 3! Whether these moms are fighting off the forces of evil or making sure their children get a good education, these moms are some of the best as they balance their often single-minded fathers and provide a very much needed balance their children need to become stronger heroes.
Who are your favorite anime moms? We hope you like the list!
Superheroes come in all shapes, sizes, and of course powers! Comics aren’t the only medium that has superheroes though; anime is chock-full of superheroes that represent the force of good against the villains that aim to harm innocent civilians! For National Superhero Day, we’ll be showing off some of our favorite anime superheroes!
“A fictional figure having superhuman powers or greatly enhanced abilities, usually portrayed as fighting evil or crime” is what TheFreeDictionary.com defines as a superhero, so we’re showing off anime characters that made it their mission to live up to this definition.
We’re starting things off with the list that inspired this list for us to do. My Hero Academia is the new hit of the season where near everyone has a mutant-like power (Quirks) and the world is filled with heroes and villains. The main character, Deku, was born without a Quirk, but he still aims to be a Superhero like his idol, the #1 Hero All Might!
One Punch Man
Unless you’ve lived under a rock, you must have heard about One Punch Man. Unfortunately it’s not a Funimation title, but it’d be wrong to not showcase a show about all about heroes on Superhero Day! In a world riddled by monsters and criminals, heroes are commissioned to take on all that ails the world whether they be small-bit criminals that can be handled by low-ranking C-Rank Heroes or world-ending threats that only the S-Ranks can handle. But the newest and strongest of heroes, Saitama, is woefully ignored… Oh well.
Superhero anime probably wouldn’t be a thing if it wasn’t for the classic series of Cyborg 009. Regular people were transformed into superpowered cyborgs that were designed to do evil. However, they fought back and became heroes that defended the Earth against all types of threats. Now in 009 Re:Cyborg, the heroes are back to stop a mysterious terroristic threat.
Tiger and Bunny
One other non-Funimation title that has to be mentioned is Tiger and Bunny which is a buddy-cop series that features professional superheroes (more like sponsored superheroes)! The heroes put on a good image for the camera and act the part of a true hero, but they show a more human side outside of that. Even though superheroes are super, they are still human and mortal. It’s an enjoyable and funny ride!
To finish the list is the anime that inspired many of us to fly, shoot lasers, and fight evil aliens. Not Superman (sorry for the bad joke), but Goku and the Z fighters in Dragon Ball Z. They continue to inspire many people to train hard and stand up to what’s wrong even today (and to yell at the top of their lungs).
Who are your favorite superheroes? Tell us here! We hope you enjoyed the list!
Happy Lunar/Chinese New Year! As it is the year of the monkey, we want to celebrate by asking you what your favorite monkey in anime is! As to make things simple, we’ll classify “monkeys” as apes, monkeys, prosimians, other simian-like creatures, and etc. Vote on the SurveyMonkey (ha) poll below and on the following Sunday we’ll let you know which monkey has won! If your favorite simian isn’t on the list, add it in the “other” category!
UPDATE: The winner is here! Your favorite monkey (as voted by the fans) is… Monkey D. Luffy! Sonic the Monkey came close in second while Mamoru edged out Bubbles for the 3rd place spot. The most noted “Other” monkey was Son Goku from Saiyuki. Thanks for participating!
What a purrfect day it is for cat fanciers everywhere as it’s time to celebrate the annual National Cat Day! We wanted to share a few of our favorite feline friends from the FUNimation family, but that doesn’t mean we covered every cute kitty out there. Let us know what your favorite anime cat is below in the comments or share your personal picks with us on Twitter or Facebook!
The magical feline from Soul Eater is known to have a trick or two up her sleeve, weaving her spells to help Maka and Soul wherever she can. But Blair has a fun side, too, and isn’t afraid to show off a little fur every now and then. Usually cats despise the notion of taking a bath, but this feisty kitty loves to splash around in the tub while in her human form from time to time. A little fan service never hurt, right?
Not all cats hail from Earth, you know. Eris initially needs time to convince Kio and his friends that she hails from a distant world called Catia (obviously), but her use of advanced technology clearly put such doubts to rest. Much like any cat and their owner, Eris develops a strong emotional bond with Kio, whom she eventually selects to be her mate. Things get a little out of hand after she entered her first heat, but Eris’ passion eventually subsides, allowing her to resume her normal duties as the playful ambassador of Catia.
The loyal feline companion of the guild, Happy constantly showcases his resolve despite his relatively small stature. True to the stereotype, Happy isn’t a fan of dogs and absolutely can’t refuse fish for a meal. While he usually displays an upbeat demeanor, Happy is known to show off a darker side every now and then, especially when it comes to the use of the magical arts. Though it’s not all toil and trouble — when Happy conjures up a bit of magic we get to see those adorable wings of his in action!
First introduced to us in Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods, Beerus serves as the destroyer within the seventh universe and seeks out a confrontation with Goku. Despite being able to obliterate planets with ease, Beerus does live up to the expectations of a cat — he enjoys sleeping for long periods of time, grooming himself, and feasting on gourmet fish. Beerus can also get upset very easily at the most mundane offenses, yet at other times he exhibits well-mannered nature that makes you wonder if he’s really a villain at all. He’s just your ordinary, every day feline deity who might just blow up Earth if the sushi isn’t to his liking. Talk about a picky eater.
Fiercely competitive and territorial, Kyo Sohma is your average, ordinary, everyday human cursed by the spirit of the cat of the zodiac. The orange haired boy seems normal enough, but when hugged by anyone of the opposite gender, including his first encounter with Tohru, Kyo immediately transforms into a cute an adorable little cat. And it’s not just a physical likeness, either — even when in human form, Kyo dislikes water, gets lazy when it’s raining, drinks a lot of milk, and becomes easily frightened by sudden, loud noises. He also shares an intense rivalry with Yuki, who represents the rat from the Chinese Zodiac, who according to legends tricked the cat out of its spot on the zodiac.
October 21st is Back To The Future Day! Welcome to the future! Wait, where are the hoverboards and pizza hydrators? At least we have smartphones, electric cars, and of course time-traveling anime! In celebration of this special day, we’re going to showcase some of our favorite anime with time-traveling themes.
What list about anime and time traveling would be complete without Steins;Gate, a series all about time travel? From government agencies/conspiracies to Akihabara maid cafes to “DeLorean Mail” (D-Mail), this series is one that will make you laugh, cry, and swoon with its amazing take on time travel. And to think it all starts from a weirdly microwaved banana… Just watch it!
What do you get when you have two different dimensions in the future that need a key person from the past to make their reality come true, so they send back warrior representatives to get that person? Anime Terminator? No! You get a thrilling race against time and multiple dimensions known as Noein!
Aoba is your typical, everyday type of high schooler. That is until he is chased down by mech suits and taken to the future. It’s your typical, everyday type of growing up story that involves intense giant robot wars, wormholes to future, and interstellar battles.
Most of Dragon Ball Z doesn’t involve time travel (although it has space travel and travel between dimensions); however, one of its most famous characters, Trunks, comes from the future to the past to prevent a world-devastating catastrophe. By stealing his mother’s time machine, this purple-haired, sword-wielding Super Saiyan makes it to past and alters the timeline permanently.
Share with us your favorite time-traveling anime scenarios! As always, you can be sure to watch all these wonderful shows on FUNimation.com!
They say everything is bigger in Texas, so we’re bringing that mentality with us to the Big Apple! The FUNimation crew is heading up from Dallas to New York Comic-Con and, from packed-out panels to exclusive sales and signings at our booth, you can be sure that whatever you see from us will be BIG! Keep on reading to find out what will be at New York Comic-Con.
FUNimation Presents: Dragon Ball Z (and Beyond) | Thursday, October 8 | 11:15am – 12:15pm | Room 1A10
Join Sean Schemmel (voice of Goku) and Christopher R. Sabat (voice of Vegeta), as well as FUNimation staff members, in an in-depth discussion on the long-running, anime action series Dragon Ball Z. Join the panelists for a look at the history of the television series, its current theatrical success, and the highly anticipated follow-up series, Dragon Ball Super.
FUNimation Industry Panel | Saturday, October 10 | 5:30pm – 6:30pm | Room 1A24
From Akira to Dragon Ball Z, hear the latest news, info, and announcements from North America’s largest anime distributor—FUNimation. Live tweet with us using the hashtag #FUNimationPanel for a chance to win prizes!
Please note that all signings will be ticketed. See details below on how to get tickets for each session, or talk to a FUNimation crew member at the booth!
Dragon Ball Z | Friday, October 9 | 11:00a – 12:00p & 2:00p – 3:00p | FUNimation Booth #542
Sean Schemmel (Goku) and Christopher R. Sabat (Vegeta). Please check with crew members at the FUNimation booth beforehand for ticket information.
FUNimation frontrunner, Justin Rojas, made a special guest appearance recently at IGN’s Anime Club podcast; you’ll definitely want to check it out!
In this special OVA episode, we reveal quite a bit of insider information such as more information about theatrical releases coming next year, Broadcast Dub behind-the-scenes, *cough Dragon Ball Super cough* and even Justin’s history with anime! Also is Mass Effect a dating sim?
You can find this episode on IGN’s website right here!
One of the biggest conventions in North America is here, so surely FUNimation will be there with BIG plans in the works! From panels to parties to (autograph) pennings, we’ll have it all waiting for you at Comic-Con International: San Diego. Check out our full line-up for the weekend, and get ready for FUNimation in full force:
Panels and Autographs
Thursday, July 9th
Dragon Ball Z Signing | 2:00P – 3:30P | Location: FUNimation booth Sean Schemmel, Christopher R. Sabat, Chris Ayres
FUNimation Industry Panel | 5:30p – 6:30p | Location: Room 24ABC
From Akira to Dragon Ball Z, hear the latest news, info, and announcements from North America’s largest anime distributor, FUNimation. Live tweet with us using the hashtag #FUNimationPanel for a chance to win prizes!
Friday, July 10th
Dragon Ball Z Signing | 12:30P – 1:30P | Location: FUNimation booth Sean Schemmel, Christopher R. Sabat, Chris Ayres
Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’ | 5:30P – 6:30P | Location: 24ABC
This summer, Dragon Ball Z returns to the big screen as the series’ most evil villian seeks his revenge. Get an exclusive sneak peek at the next feature-length film in the Dragon Ball Z franchise, Resurrection ‘F’; as well as a panel and Q&A with stars Sean Schemmel (voice of Goku), Christopher Sabat (voice of Vegeta / ADR director), and Chris Ayres (voice of Frieza). Tweet along using the hashtag #DBZSDCC for a chance to win some prizes.
Saturday, July 11th
Dragon Ball Z Signing | 1:00P – 2:00P | Location: FUNimation booth Sean Schemmel, Christopher R. Sabat, Chris Ayres
Sunday, July 12th
Dragon Ball Z Signing | 11:00A – 12:00P | Location: FUNimation booth Sean Schemmel, Christopher R. Sabat
Attack On Titan The Movie: Part One Signing | 1:00P – 2:00P | Location: FUNimation booth Shinji Higuchi (Director)
Stop by and get your hands on some great anime deals, plus:
Get a free FUNimation lanyard with every purchase!
Fight For Frieza: Galactic Army Boot Camp
Location: Petco Park (Garden at Ballest Point | Main Concourse Level | 100 Park Blvd)
Thursday, July 9th | 11:00A – 5:00P
Friday, July 10th | 11:00A – 5:00P
Saturday, July 11th | 10:00A – 6:00P
Sunday, July 12th | 11:00A – 5:00P
Frieza has landed at San Diego Comic Con International, and he wants YOU to join his galactic army! Head to Petco Park to gauge your power level, pose for photos, pick up exclusive Frieza Force gear and find out if you have what it takes to serve Lord Frieza.
Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’ Movie Party
Location: Whiskey Girl (702 5th Ave.)
Thursday, July 9th | 7:00P – 10:00P
Friday, July 10th | 7:00P – 10:00P
Saturday, July 11th | 7:00P – 10:00P
Celebrate Dragon Ball Z’s return to the big screen with a party featuring special cast appearances, Dragon Ball Z themed drinks and snacks, giveaways, spray paint tattoos, beer pong, a Dragon Ball Z photo booth for bragging rights, and arm wrestling competitions to prove your strength along with our partners at Xbox Video, Zico & Dream Water. (This is a 21+ event)