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Report | 04/10/2013 9:08 pm

YUSUKE URAMESHl

Lol yeah, FYE still is carrying naruto merchandise....sadly, wish after 8 years they would see it doesn't really sell and just move on off it, let something new come to the states. Bleach too, sadly, even though I like Bleach, its old news. Plus the most they ever carry for it anyways is like maybe a poster, shirt, and a Kon plush, thats hardly anything compared to what animes back in the day got. Sailor Moon is now being carried by Hot Topic, Spencers, FYE, and Barns and Nobles, you'll find merchandise for that right now along with DBZ as both are making a comeback thankfully lol. XD

Yep, I did go to the con. It was alright, I got 55 different things signed. 80 signatures if you count how many times they signed my DBZ poster haha. I played games for DBZ, Inuyasha, and Yu Yu Hakusho (went undefeated haha) I also played some Smash Bros, Rockband, and Street Fighter and was doing amazing at those too. We checked out the rave, it was neat, but sadly not nearly as cool as the others, so we didn't stay in the rave long. We went to the DBZ Reunion panel Event. I met the Funimation Staff again, which is always nice. I checked out the vendors, the costumes, and seemed to make new friends everywhere I went.

Downsides were I got a speeding ticket, which was bunk, no sleep, hardly ate, was up for 3 days straight, drove there, was awake all the time, then drove home days later still no sleep. Oh, and their dang cafes closed at 3 freakin pm on a dang Saturday of all day, and all their cafes were doing that. The whole weekend I wanted coffee like that episode of Regular Show. I bought my sister a Sailor Jupiter item, and my kid brother an Avatar the Last Airbender item and a Legend of Zelda poster. I myself got a comic book from the voice actor of Krillin that he drew, then he signed it with the rest of my stuff haha. Parking was a b***h at the place, and they charged so much everywhere you'd go. One way streets all through the city, those sucked and were a nightmare to drive through. The fans were ok, mostly drew a ton of stupid narutards because many narutards are the current DBZ fans as the older fans who are my age attend cons less. We also missed a few signings due to that p***k cop stopping us, I didn't even know you could get a ticket for going 1-5 miles over the speed limit, it was pretty bunk. They had a Yusuke figure for 80 bucks that was cool, but I can buy it off ebay for 20.

The con was full of ups and downs, it was a total 50/50. It was half good, half bad. I think if we had a hotel room, and didn't get a speeding ticket, it would have been better by a ton. The voice actors also weren't nearly as happy as usual as thousands showed up and kept asking about that new DBZ movie, and they got tired of hearing the questions about that dang Battle of the Gods movie. It was still nice to see them again all the same, and I felt their pain lol. I heard them talk about it at the DBZ Reunion panel, and let them explain it to us all at one time, instead of us all asking the same question over and over and over lol. The con was decent, but yeah the weekend was a total 50/50, and now I have to see how the heck I'm going to come up with the cash to pay off this ticket. It says I have 10 days to pay it, today was day 5, but I called and its not even in their computer yet, so they can't even yet give me a price on how much it is, so I don't even know how much I owe them yet, because they don't even know how much I owe them yet. I'd personally rather them just drop the dang thing, its for a bunk BS reason anyways, and they clearly don't have their s**t together lol.
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Report | 03/23/2013 10:37 pm

YUSUKE URAMESHl

Lol thats a good question lol. I don't really draw anymore, I'm either busy or can't seem to sit still long enough to complete it lol. I wonder if theres anything I can do on there with me not adding much art lol.

Wow, you have places open past 9pm? Here everything closes at 9pm lol. Only things open after 9 are Walmart, Meijer, McDonalds, Strip Club, Steak and Shake.and bars....thats all we have here its sad lol.

Yea, Youtube doesn't have as many AMVs anymore as it used to, many of my favs were pulled. One I miss was called "Action b*****d Wants to Hit Me" lol. It was Action b*****d clips from Shin Chan to a song by They Might Be Giants called "b*****d Wants to Hit Me" lol. It fit perfectly! I'm glad my favorite Yu Yu Hakusho AMVs are still on there lol.
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Report | 03/23/2013 9:45 pm

YUSUKE URAMESHl

Yea, sometime I should make a new deviant art, I'd really like to make more friends who are into anime, my area has maybe a handful, and no anime stores or places that carry it. Usually I'm stuck going between 2-7 hours away to get to a con.

Hummer Tours were cool, its actually how I got my Trunks Signed items lol. Then too back then we had anime nights (At Media Play, Sam Goodie, and downtown Library) all of which are gone and libraries around here no longer even carry anime. We used to have anime events and drawing contests at Boarders, Barns and Nobles, Best Buy, and FYE. However now Best Buy doesn't carry anime anywhere around here, you have to site to store it, and that doesn't always work as some items they don't do that with (Several animes, and some games like DC Universe Online Collectors Edition or Regular, etc.) our Barns and Nobles got rid of their Music and Video section, so lots of their anime is gone. Their anime merchandise is completely gone unless you count Pokemon decks lol. Their manga section is now a small half asile too now, they used to have a huge section. Our FYE has a tiny section on half the back wall of its store, and the store is like a hallway lol so its tiny, and its section is super small. They also hardly carry the DVDs and no place anywhere around here has any anime blu ray sets, they hardly carry anything, or stopped buying more anime. So their "anime" section here is mostly a naruto section, that they never stock, its the same few DVDs they have had for a few years, its sad, they gave up on carrying anime, and what they do have all says "Clearence" or "Sale" because they want it gone. No places do anime nights, events, art contests, etc. anymore. Schools used to have "anime clubs" but our high schools and colleges stopped doing those. You can still find anime cons, meetups, and merchandise in Chicago, but its less stuff and less often. We still get ACEN, Collossalcon, and Ohayocon in the midwest, however there are fewer fans out here and its not as popular as it once was. Also theres more Non-Anime cosplay than their used to be (Adventure Time, Superheros like Batman, Ghostbusters, Cartoons like Simpsons, movies like Shrek, etc.) theres still mostly anime or video games but I'm seeing less anime cosplays lately it seems. Some I don't mind like Power Rangers as those are from Japan too, I even got a pic of a White Tiger Thunderzord lately lol awesome cosplay lol. So its still around but its less popular and its rare nowadays to meet anime fans, I've even been having a hard time finding people who want to go to cons anymore, years ago I'd have a car full, and we would have another carful of friends in a second car lol. I'm hoping this upcoming con will be lively, I'll have to try and bring a camera lol.
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Report | 03/21/2013 10:52 pm

YUSUKE URAMESHl

This is true fan dubs and AMVs are at a low also indicating my point anime has died out alot after naruto. AMVs were HUGE on Youtube in the 90s and early 2000s. Ever video seemed linked to either Numa Numa or some AMV of DBZ to Linkin Park lol. After Youtube was bought by Google however many Episodes and AMVs were pulled as its "illegal" as the people don't own the rights to use the footage. HOWEVER if that were the case then DJs shouldn't be able to make "remixes" of songs as thats the same damn thing. Its taking parts of someone elses work and combining it with a second person's work and your own and doing it for the purpose of FUN. AMVs didn't claim to own the rights, it was fun FREE Promotion that if you liked the video you'd go out and buy the actual show for its story and not all cut up into a 4 minute music video lol. Or if you like the song you'd see what else the band does and buy their CD. Back then most guys my age were either 1. Watching Porn or 2. Watching a DBZ AMV on Youtube lol. Oh, and we had Myspace, it had everything Facebook does but more. You'd actually make new friends, and hardly any moms or grandmas were on it.

Dang, you've never heard of a Hummer Tour? Basically, it was a Anime Con on Wheels. But instead of you going to the Cons, the Cons came to you lol. They'd show up, you'd meet the voice actors, they'd sign autographs, take pics, and give away promotional swag. You could buy rare anime merchandise,they had pannels, and would hit up places like Media Play, Sam Goodie, and Suncoast. They'd hangout the whole day, sometimes food and gaming. They'd travel the country, Trunks, Krillin, and Cell came here. They were advertised in Anime Magazines, sometimes they'd set up those blow up bouny things, and it was alot of Fun, the Original Z Store advertised it, and they were common in around 2000-2002 or 2004 yet after Naruto they quit doing those. It was one of the FEW ways to meet Yusuke, Kurama, or Hiei. They also did anime showings inside. Back then you couldn't turn around without seeing Anime, Goku and Pikachu were on more random various items than Batman or Spongebob lol
Animes after naruto sadly never got as much attention. These Events were cool, Score hosted some too tho they were either events or dinners. ACEN in Chicago last year had a meet and greet dinner with Vic Mignogna -Broly DBZ and Edward FMA. It wasn't quite the same, they charge ya out the butt, you get a handshake another item signed, and eat dinner in the same room. The anime events like hummer tours were awesome, and animes like DBZ and Sailor Moon got magazines and promotional crap all the time.

Another neat example is the Pokemon 1998-1999 Pikachu Mobile Yellow Volkswagon Giveaway. You heard right! Anime was so much more popular before naruto that they GAVE AWAY Pikachu cars...actual CARS! Anime was a HUGE hit in the USA and back then got merchandise.

The following year they gave out in 2000 Silver Lugia PT Crusers that were decked out to look like Lugia in Honor of Pokemon the Movie 2000 (Pokemon's 2nd Movie) and to Promote their Launch of Pokemon Silver and Gold.

Since naruto came out it ruined animes success, its trying to come back alittle, but that anime killed anime, Toonami is messing up.

Currently a Pikachu Mobile resides in Chicago, we see it when we drive there lol.
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Report | 03/21/2013 10:08 pm

YUSUKE URAMESHl

Lol it cut off part of my comment, I was just saying Drug Stores would carry Shonen Jumps, food chains carried anime, everywhere you looked it was a hit in America, after Naruto no animes catch on or gain the amount of success.

Only 1 Recent Anime got success after Naruto in the States. Look at Avatar the Last Airbender. While being an American made Anime, it got the entire show run, plus reruns, Plus "Avatar Extras" complete runs and reruns, it got graphic novels, toys wallpapers, video game graphic novels, spin offs, comic books, necklaces, merchandise, a Live Action Movie, and a sequal Legend of Korra. Even that has new episodes in the works. Avatar reached Success here in America. Not close to DBZ, nor will its success last quite as long. However if they do well with Korra and keep bring story and most importantly its got to please fans to stay on TV. I've seen Avatar be a hit for years, its not at the moment buzzing with as much attention as it had been, but if they were wise they could run with Korra, its got potential, and the amount of success is pretty impressive for an American Anime or as some call it "A Nickolodean Cartoon" its had some nice success after Naruto. Wish Hunter X Hunter and Claymore could have been as lucky, they came to that states said "Hereits on DVD in English, we're done"_ lol Anime has had a few good ones since then tho sadly they don't catch on after naruto. I think Toonami is messing up.
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Report | 03/21/2013 9:46 pm

YUSUKE URAMESHl

Lol those then don't count Hawaii is full of Asians and the figures and merchandise is all imported. Cons don't count either, again all imports. I'm talking about American Sales in Anime are down. Years ago figures and merchandise was made by Irwin, Jakks Pacific, and Bandai to name a few. Its not made for US sales, nor are their US anime card games like their used to be, nor are their US anime video games as much as before Naruto. Nor does it come on as much Example: 2004 Anime came on Cartoon Network, Fox, Disney, SciFi, G4, and a few others. It came on Toonami Mon-Fri. and Adult Swim Sat. compare that to AFTER Naruto. Only 1 Station CN would play Bleach, FMA, Boondocks, FLCL, Inuyasha. And ONLY on Sat. so before Naruto anime was on several channels 6/7 days of the week and some on Sun Morning Anime was several channels ALL week. Thats success. Now AFTER naruto it was 1 channel and late too, you'd have to watch stupid crap too first (Tom goes to mayor, Tim and Eric, Childrens Hospital, etc.) late slots, 1 channel, 1 day of the week, Toonami was dead, etc. it was fail. Naruto killed it. Now tho after DBZ helping revive Toonami with other April Fools Classics, DBZ Kai on 2 Channels, Nick's Avatar the Last Airbender, Legend of Korra, Voltron Force, DBGT, Yugioh, other stations got more Pokemon, other stations got Anime Wolverine, and Blade, CN got ThunderCats, etc. Toonami's back, Anime is coming back, starting to slowly become successful again lol.


And you just proved my point Yu Yu Hakusho manga is gone as its older and they can't restock it or original Sailor Moons, however neither were pulled, they sold. And as you said New Sailor Moon sells like hotcakes (this is true) it can't stay in stock because it actually SELLS lol. Why are there so many shelves of naruto? Because their fewer fans are vocal, yet it doesn't sell. Its just like how their poor ratings got them kicked from TV twice...you know why Pokemon came on in 1998, stayed all the way while naruto failed TWICE, and continued during years of naruto not being on TV at all, and still is on...cause Pokemon got more views and sales before and after naruto as Pokemon is actually a successful ongoing where naruto isn't.
And One Piece came to the states same time as naruto, its also currently ongoing, also a popular title yet why is there more merchandise for naruto? Because its a weed. One Piece could have been a hit here like it is everywhere else yet naruto got the games, cards, toys merchandise and since naruto came out no anime gets as popular as they used to. Naruto killed anime.

Also I'm only talking about the US, other animes (like one piece) get merchandise in Asia just not here after naruto. In Japan you can buy a Luffy & Goku figure pack, they got more games (Bleach has a TON that never came here) anime is still big outside the US, heck look at Korea's Dragonball Online its a hit and new merchandise yet its not here.
Anime sales are down in the US not as bad as after naruto killed everything but still bad. Our American Stations don't do anime as much, our American Stores carry less of it, and animes get less attention. Cons have fewer people, yet oddly Comic Cons, Video Game Cons, and Adventure Time Cosplay is at a high lol. Can you still find Japanese Anime merchandise? Yep. But you need to seek out Cons & Anime Stores who import it. Anime is more or less underground now, far less mainstream after naruto. Just like arcades still carry DDR but its not the happinin thing it once was, animes the same way. You have to seek it out it doesn't seek you anymore. Example: BK used to do DBZ toys 3 different times, and YYH at Carl Jr. it was on more stations at more timeslots. Its still around, just fewer channels times, is not in our American Media, Stores, or merchandise as much as it used to be. Another Example: How often do you see Anime Hummer Tours now? Never. Before Narurto? Often. Fewer stores carry it too. Drugs stores with Shonen Jump, before naru
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Report | 03/21/2013 9:45 pm

YUSUKE URAMESHl

Lol those then don't count Hawaii is full of Asians and the figures and merchandise is all imported. Cons don't count either, again all imports. I'm talking about American Sales in Anime are down. Years ago figures and merchandise was made by Irwin, Jakks Pacific, and Bandai to name a few. Its not made for US sales, nor are their US anime card games like their used to be, nor are their US anime video games as much as before Naruto. Nor does it come on as much Example: 2004 Anime came on Cartoon Network, Fox, Disney, SciFi, G4, and a few others. It came on Toonami Mon-Fri. and Adult Swim Sat. compare that to AFTER Naruto. Only 1 Station CN would play Bleach, FMA, Boondocks, FLCL, Inuyasha. And ONLY on Sat. so before Naruto anime was on several channels 6/7 days of the week and some on Sun Morning Anime was several channels ALL week. Thats success. Now AFTER naruto it was 1 channel and late too, you'd have to watch stupid crap too first (Tom goes to mayor, Tim and Eric, Childrens Hospital, etc.) late slots, 1 channel, 1 day of the week, Toonami was dead, etc. it was fail. Naruto killed it. Now tho after DBZ helping revive Toonami with other April Fools Classics, DBZ Kai on 2 Channels, Nick's Avatar the Last Airbender, Legend of Korra, Voltron Force, DBGT, Yugioh, other stations got more Pokemon, other stations got Anime Wolverine, and Blade, CN got ThunderCats, etc. Toonami's back, Anime is coming back, starting to slowly become successful again lol.


And you just proved my point Yu Yu Hakusho manga is gone as its older and they can't restock it or original Sailor Moons, however neither were pulled, they sold. And as you said New Sailor Moon sells like hotcakes (this is true) it can't stay in stock because it actually SELLS lol. Why are there so many shelves of naruto? Because their fewer fans are vocal, yet it doesn't sell. Its just like how their poor ratings got them kicked from TV twice...you know why Pokemon came on in 1998, stayed all the way while naruto failed TWICE, and continued during years of naruto not being on TV at all, and still is on...cause Pokemon got more views and sales before and after naruto as Pokemon is actually a successful ongoing where naruto isn't.
And One Piece came to the states same time as naruto, its also currently ongoing, also a popular title yet why is there more merchandise for naruto? Because its a weed. One Piece could have been a hit here like it is everywhere else yet naruto got the games, cards, toys merchandise and since naruto came out no anime gets as popular as they used to. Naruto killed anime.

Also I'm only talking about the US, other animes (like one piece) get merchandise in Asia just not here after naruto. In Japan you can buy a Luffy & Goku figure pack, they got more games (Bleach has a TON that never came here) anime is still big outside the US, heck look at Korea's Dragonball Online its a hit and new merchandise yet its not here.
Anime sales are down in the US not as bad as after naruto killed everything but still bad. Our American Stations don't do anime as much, our American Stores carry less of it, and animes get less attention. Cons have fewer people, yet oddly Comic Cons, Video Game Cons, and Adventure Time Cosplay is at a high lol. Can you still find Japanese Anime merchandise? Yep. But you need to seek out Cons & Anime Stores who import it. Anime is more or less underground now, far less mainstream after naruto. Just like arcades still carry DDR but its not the happinin thing it once was, animes the same way. You have to seek it out it doesn't seek you anymore. Example: BK used to do DBZ toys 3 different times, and YYH at Carl Jr. it was on more stations at more timeslots. Its still around, just fewer channels times, is not in our American Media, Stores, or merchandise as much as it used to be. Another Example: How often do you see Anime Hummer Tours now? Never. Before Narurto? Often. Fewer stores carry it too. Drugs stores with Shonen Jump, before naru
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Report | 03/21/2013 7:23 pm

YUSUKE URAMESHl

Thats EXACTLY my thoughts. They lost my views by putting Naruto back on. It killed Toonami, then it failed on Disney. Its ruined 2 chanelle's anime blocks and hopes at merchandise, why bring it back? DB, DBZ, DBGT, Yu Yu Hakusho, Kenshin, Sailor Moon, Gundams, Voltron, Big O, Cowboy Bebop, Inuyasha ALL got figures, toys and put on TV, however after naruto came out I haven't seen anime figures, toys, or merchandise. Many of those got card games DBZ,DBGT, Sailor Moon, YYH, Inuyasha, Bleach, etc. Naruto got a card game LAST and it flopped and fail like its 2 times on TV lol. All other animes got complete TV runs, reruns even, card game runs to end of their series, etc. most those animes got video games (look how many animes got games on PS2) then Naruto came out and got PS2 games and killed anime games. Naruto got some for PS3 too, but after Naruto nobody else got games. Naruto killed Toonami, killed anime card games, killed anime video games, and killed anime toys/figures and anime in general inthe US. Killed anime block on Disney, and Anime Stores. Narutos Sales are down so bad hes now wearing Goku's outfit to try to steal DBZs fans and success by copying it. Naruto is trash and the only anime I hate. I don't care for One Piece either, however Naruto killed it too. You don't see the amount of One Piece cards, figures, video games, or TV runs like YYH and heres the funny part Yu Yu Hakusho wasn't too popular in the USA and One Piece was a freakin Global Hit, yet Yu Yu Hakusho had better sales, more TV hours, more success, more merchandise and games, YYH did better than One Piece here yet it shouldn't have. Why? Cause ******** Naruto killed Anime. One Piece helped kill it and Toonami here, yet Naruto played a bigger part. Go to Barns and Nobles, look how many rows DBZ or One Piece take up (1 row or less) how much YYH? Maybe a couple books or none. Sailor Moon? Less than a shelf. Now look at Naruto (2 or 3 shelves, plus magazines) none of it sells. Its funny too, DBZ, Sailor Moon, and even Yu Yu Hakusho had better sales, didn't fail like Naruto did TWICE yet have hardly any manga compared to Naruto. Look at One Piece, came to the states same time, also a "popular" title, yet died same time with Naruto. Look at its ongoing manga section its far smaller than Narutos. I don't care for One Piece it helped kill anime a bit too. But ******** Naruto was a weed that killed the life out of anime. What got anime popular in the states? The classics. What brought back Anime and Toonami? The classics. As soon as they tried Naruto again I quit watching Toonami again, its gonna die again, and Naruto will fail one 3rd and final time. Bringing back One Piece is another bad idea. R.I.P. again Toonami they lost my views, I'm going to put my time to better use and watch Yu Yu Hakusho, which gave Toonami its success as Cartoon Networks Most Watched program in 04 lol.
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Report | 03/18/2013 8:58 am

Dark_Slytherin

Pleasure doing business with you.
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Report | 03/12/2013 9:01 pm

YUSUKE URAMESHl

Yep its now dark brown with black in it, and ever since it changed after getting cut it doesn't look sexy anymore or get as long. Facial hair grows quick now too and black, gotta shave daily as it grows so quick and I don't want to be beaded like the Brawny guy lol.

But yea as for Pokemon Trainer I like Gold, and hes voiced by Goku in the Anime lol. That or maybe Red, I've got 6 of those Pokemon that are in Pokeball Keychains, so I'd have a full party. Then I've got an Original 1st Gen 1998 Pikachu Plush and Pokedex. I can come up with jeans, backpack, black undershirt, etc. I don't have a hat. I also have the Original Official Gym Badges that are metal from the Pokemon TCG League back in 1998-2000. So they are they 8 from Kanto and 8 from Johto, lol so the exact 16 found in Gold/Silver Games lol.

So I'd just need 1. Hat and 2. Jacket like they wear lol

I'm also cosidering wearing my Promotional Voltron Reebok Shoes, and Authentic Green Ranger 1992 Communicator Watch. The backpack I might have some different old school Toonami and classic anime pins. That or I got Keychains like Yusuke, Kenshin, Inuyasha, FLCL, Lucario, etc. I don't want to overdo it but I want to either cosplay or sport my old school anime "swag" as I found they are conversation starters for folks with common interests lol. XD
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Report | 03/12/2013 8:25 pm

YUSUKE URAMESHl

Lol I'm not sure if its lucky as I always got to travel 2+ hours to meet them, sometimes 7 hours...its alot lol.

As for looks, I'm not sure as I'm older than Yusuke as I'm 24 lol. But as for appearence somewhat similar I suppose. Back when I was 18-19 my hair was really long and I could cosplay as Human Inuyasha. At 20 I had to cut it for a job (that sucked, it was a lame job too.) Since then its been shorter and I haven't liked it as much, the color even went from black to really dark brown lol. Currently I'm trying to throw together a fast easy cosplay for the con lol. I might be a Pokemon Trainer lol.
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Report | 03/12/2013 7:51 pm

YUSUKE URAMESHl

Lol yep White TOM was the Original, he was voiced by Sonny Strait -Krillin lol. Its cool cause I'm meeting him early next month lol. XD

Oh and yeah, my hairs a bit curly/wavy, I hate it lol. Wish I had straight hair as its easier to manage. Anymore I been brushing it back for a more Yusuke like look lol.
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Report | 03/11/2013 9:48 pm

YUSUKE URAMESHl

Lol Yeah the white TOM was voiced by Sonny Strait who voices Krillin, Black Tom was Steven Blum, he continued the anime plus Non-Anime like Reboot, Batman Beyond, Teen Titans, Power Puff Girls, Justice Leage, Beast Wars, Samurai Jack, Batman Animated, etc. later there was a 3rd TOM (shortest life of the 3) he was small, fat, and Blue. None of these shows were on anymore, instead was Naruto, One Piece, Zatch Bell, Bobobo, Megas XLR, etc. Toonami then failed and TOM said that fateful Farewell Transmission. He was still Steven Blum, but the better animes like YYH were gone and better shows like Batman Beyond, they were banking on Naruto to be the next DBZ and hyped it up, comboed it with One Piece, it failed horribly, the fans of Naruto are the most annoying and vocal and don't want to hear it, but facts are its ratings sucked and it failed. Then it got tried on Disney and fans cried "Just wait till Shippudon it gets better". WRONG it failed worse, and shows like Sonic X did better. Fact is, nobody tuned in, its a long LONG series drawn out, boring, with crazy looking characters, lacking story, rip offs, fillers, and varying art. The shows fanboys are loud and annoying but it failed twice, and its slowed Shonen Jump sales. I won't lie, at first it did well with being hyped up as "The next DBZ" but that soon wore off, it got old and annoying and fans of it still call it "New" yet call YYH "Old". Funny yhing is, Yu Yu Hakusho was on Toonami in 2004, Naruto in 2005! Naruto has been in the states 8 years, and been here about as long as YYH. However YYH never failed, and in 2004 tied with DBGT for being Cartoon Networks highest rated programs lol. YYH came, achieved, then retired, Naruto came, failed, babbled, tried again, failed again, babbled more and only thing it achieved was the death of Toonami lol. Naruto should have shut up and retired like YYH Sailor Moon, or Kenshin lol instead it stuck around babbling like a drunk making anime look bad and corny lol. So many props to you for not being a fan of that series lol I couldn't stand it either lol.
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Report | 03/11/2013 8:36 pm

YUSUKE URAMESHl

However recently anime has been making a comeback, first we saw DBZ Kai, then DBGT on Nick. New series like Voltron Force, and revived graphic novels of Sailor Moon, fresh brought to the states Code Name Sailor V, followed by DBZ and Sailor Moon posters, shirts, and merchandise at local FYE and Hot Topics, Toonami came back from the huge Success of the 2012 Toonami Midnight Run, which didn't feature Naruto, but instead DBZ, Yu Yu Hakusho, Cowboy Bebop, Trigun, Tenchi, etc. all from its days in its Prime. TOM was brought back, but not as the fat blue short one as he was when naruto was on and killed it, he was the black, tall, sleek TOM from during those Prime Days, with the AMVs, music, and Steven Blum voice which had nostalgia going in fans as they begged for its return, the ratings were outstanding, and in 2012 the fans were heard, Toonami was back, however far less budget from before and as a Saturday Only Sub Part of Adult Swim, they tried some new shows (Deadman Wonderland, and Cassern Sins) they didn't do as well or last long, Inuyasha and other older animes then made a quick return. Toonami recently is trying their luck again to please their loud and annoying fans by bringing back the twice failed naruto, I guess they are hoping 3rd time to be the charm, tho I hope it doesn't kill em...again. However the older animes are making a comeback, DBZ gets a new movie this month, Sailor Moon 2 waves of toys, andolder Anime voice actors are signing again. Heck I'm going to a DBZ Reunion at a con in Lansing MI next month with 7 voice actors from DBZ. The old stuff is working again, and bringing anime back, Soul Eater is now on 2 Channels and it and Fairy Tale are starting to get merchandise, they aren't getting toys, video games, card games, or Hummer Tours like the old stuff, but anime and their cons are making a comeback, and ya gotta think its kinda funny that years after NO dbz and NO sailor moon anything, that suddenly now both are making comebacks, both getting merchandise again, and now oddly after both come back at the same time suddenly Toonami is back...hmmm... lol XD Also its funny TV isn't scrambling for that new junk, but when Nick gets offered 1st Season of Yugioh now thats back too lol. Obviously its the older stuff that sells, the new stuff gets canceled or pulled or flops, the old stuff gets entire runs, and then reruns, and gets brought back. Take a look at this example... how many times has Inuyasha had full runs of its show? Dozens! For years since 2003. Its been brought back replayed, revived added onto (Final Act) Vs. the widely successful One Piece, how many times was it on TV? 1-2, did it last? No. Will you see the rest of it someday on TV in the states? No. Merchandise? A few games, few made at that thus the PS2 and Gamecube ones are rare. Willl it get reruns, brought back over and over year after year like Inuyasha or FLCL? No. Anime is now more underground, its harder today to meet anime fans at school and work than it used to, its dryin up. Just like DDR, 2004 DDR had 7+ games for PS2 alone, not including Gamecubes Mario Mix or knock offs (Just Dance, In the Groove, Dance Factory, etc.) every weekend arcades were packed, DDR was a hit, it was in some schools for gym, and was a loved widely successful game. How many come out now? None. Xbox 360 got like 2-3, Wii got a couple Hottest Party, PS3 got like Zero to maybe 1? Anime, manga, and Japanese culture sales have fallen in the states, some like DDR are now less popular due to "fads" other things like mainstream anime were getting killed by naruto. Heck even the last Shin Chan Episode in the US said theres more Japanese Episodes, but thats their final US one due to low sales. Thats whats killing anime is low sales by bad choices.
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Report | 03/11/2013 7:53 pm

YUSUKE URAMESHl

Yea, I personally wish people could get away from nukes or anything else hazardous to everyone and especially the planet and animals caught in the crossfire by mankinds own greed. But yea, Japan's Anime isn't dying anytime soon, however anime sales in the states are down since around when naruto came out. Before naruto animes were on tv more (Right after school Toonami 4-7 or so) then every night on Adult Swim, they all got toys (DBZ, Sailor Moon, Yu Yu Hakusho, Rurouni Kenshin, DB, DBGT, Yugioh, Gundams, Voltron, Digimon, Ronin Warriors, Big O, Cowboy Bebop, Samurai Champloo, Inuyasha, etc.) they got video games (PS1 and PS2 gave most of those 1-2 games or more).Card games for DBZ 4 of them, DBGT got 1, Yu Yu Hakusho, Sailor Moon, Inuyasha, Bleach, etc.) Most animes got Shirts, Hats, Posters, Wallscrolls, Wristbands, CDs, and more. All these could be found at your local retailer, Barns and Nobles, Boarders, Media Play, Sam Goodie, Suncoast, Funcoland, Toys R Us, FYE, Oriental Exports, Lisas, Spencers, Gamestop, Hot Topic etc. thats 14 stores that used to have toys, model kits, figures, and more. After Naruto came out it was the last anime to get most those things, card games, figures, etc. heck compare how many anime games were on PS2 compared to the short list for PS3. Few Animes got merchandise locally after naruto,it killed Toonami then failed on Disney. It failed twice and only few animes were lucky to get posters wallscrolls , or shirts locally after naruto (Bleach, Death Note, One Piece yet barely on that one. Anime has become FAR less popular after naruto, and the newer ones you'd have to order TV Channels like Funimation Channel order Anime/Otaku magazines, or find out via online or netflicks now. Anime has fewer fans, funding, and isn't as cool or mainstream in the states anymore and its all cause naruto wouldn't go away, it made anime fans look less cool in school, and hell I used to be able to go to CVS Drug Store to get a candy and Shonen Jump to read YYH, the candy is still there but Shonen Jump isn't and it happened once good stuff like DBZ and YYH ended and it became pretty much naruto monthly. That anime is what hurt sales.
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Report | 03/11/2013 3:11 pm

YUSUKE URAMESHl

Lol yea I'm a big DBZ fan, I've literally got hundreds of autographs from the Funimation Staff, but then too I used to enter and win tournaments, judge events, and attended lots of cons lol. As for your description, its hard to say without a picture, otherwise you sound somewhat like my sister (minus the eyes changing color) and she too has a Sailor Jupiter costume lol. XD Tho her hair is straight not curly, I got the curly hair lol.
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Report | 03/11/2013 3:02 pm

YUSUKE URAMESHl

6th Gen Pokemon comes out this October, and has a new Eevee Evolution, and theres tons of animes of kids in school and more naruto (sadly). Plus they are making new toys and merchandise including 2 waves of Sailor Moon toys. Anime is still being made, tho the bright side if they stopped would be no more new naruto junk lol. And they just made PS4, Wii U, 3DS, and PS Vita. Japan's production is fine lol.
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Report | 03/11/2013 2:53 pm

YUSUKE URAMESHl

I don't think Japan is hurting all that much, I have friends who were there recently and they said it wasn't bad. And they seem to still have money, their government just dropped almost half a Million on that new DBZ Movie Battle of the Gods. And that was for their art whatever where they fund like a handful of art projects each year this 18th DBZ Movie was a funded project, and Akira Toriyama for the first time in 17 years is fully hands on for it, and they are still drawing up New Pokemon lol.
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Report | 03/11/2013 2:11 pm

YUSUKE URAMESHl

So you said you think anime is dying? I've noticed the new ones are at times turning me from it lol. As for the cosplay tips I'm not sure who I'd recommend unless I saw ya, then I'd have a better idea lol. Tho cons are still just as alive, I'm actually enjoying lately as old school fans like myself are coming back, as are YYH cosplayers, and older anime voice actors like the DBZ reunion at the con I'm going to next month. If you'd want to see good cons right now is the time to check em out lol.
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Report | 03/11/2013 2:02 pm

YUSUKE URAMESHl

Last thing I hate is how "fans" say SS4 isn't cannon yet they make up BullShlt forms like SS5 or 6 or 7 etc. hate to break it to them, GT is cannon AF is fake, and Licencing, merchandise, programing, card games and toys by Bandai and Score and video games all say GT is cannon. So the "fans" disclaim SS4 yet want to make up fake SS5-Unlimited! lol Silly "fans" and Kai was a lame garbage remake, no other remakes bugged me as much lol.
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