Tuesday, March 25, 2014

The Shaytard Family!

                        From Left to Right: SonTard, PrincessTard, BroTard, Shay Carl, BabyTard, RockTard, and Colette.

ShayCarl is an entrepreneur and co-founder of the entertainment company, Maker Studios. After moving to Los Angeles with his wife, Colette, their family grew to five children, suffered the loss of a beloved family pet, and then soon added another Great Dane to love; all while vlogging the family's life for 5 years. Shay himself has three YouTube channels: the Shaytards, Shayloss, and ShayCarl. Colette has one, Katilette, and also does videos on The Mom's View. Shay and Colette also do a podcast called When the Kids Go to Sleep.

The Shaytards have 2 million subscribers, and the Shayloss and ShayCarl channels have 1 million subscribers. As well as making videos, through, the family sells calendars, stickers, buttons, socks, shirts, hats, and iPhone cases. He also has his own shoes, sold clothes at Hot Topic and Volcom; and the family has also made a few brand deals, including: Pepsi, AT&T, Kia, Goldie Blox toys, Windex, and more.

Because of YouTube, Shay, Colette, and family have had a world of opportunities offered to them. And their life has become greater for it. Their children have become actors, singers, dancers, and have their own wonderful personalities. Shay and Colette's families have also joined YouTube; Shay's sister, two brothers, and his sister-in-law, as well as Colette's sister.

This wonderful family makes bad days great, and good days awesome. Their friends are no exception and today, Shay and his co-founder friends (Lisa Donovan, Ben Donovan, Danny Zappin, Phillip DeFranco, and Kassem G.) have announced they have sold Maker Studios to the Walt Disney Company for $500 million dollars.

Family Channels:
1.) Katilette:

2.) ShayCarl:

3.) ShayLoss:

4.) ShayTards:

5.) WhenTheKidsGoToSleep:

5.) TheMomsView:

6.) TheMomsViewToo:

7.) CarlieStylez:

8.) HushinWithLavere:

9.) CaseyLavere:

10.) HeyKayli:

11.) LoganMckay55:

12.) CallieMooreMusic:

13.) MyFairFiend (Callie's music channel):

Other Links:
1.) ShayCarl at Rodeo Arcade:

2.) Maker Studios sold to Walt Disney:

Monday, March 17, 2014

Miyavi - Guard You

After months upon months, and a few years, of listening to South Korean music I finally heard one of my favorite Japanese artists sing again! Granted, it was by a music video posted on and not live, where I would much rather have heard Miyavi sing the song that has now become my addiction. And is on repeat for hours upon hours pretty much all day.

"Guard You" is a sweet song, with little music other than Miyavi's guitar and a few drums; although I do hear something else instrumental as well. So, feel free to correct me on what I've missed. The song is sweet, calm, and filled with love about protecting a cherished person and the time(s) spent with that person. Or, it could be about missing a loved one who is far, far away from us. However you interpret it, Miyavi Ishihara's music is a wonderful sound.

All of his music is different; from rock to quiet ballads, to some with a few elements of metal and screaming. His music videos take up most of the room on my 32gb iPod. The man himself is quite talented and caring about his family, friends, and fans. He has done tours in the US, and has done numerous world tours as well. He is very hard working, honest, and funny. I encourage you to look at some of his videos on YouTube where he's a guest on a TV show; he always seems to be his true self no matter the location.

I hope you like this loving song just as much as I do! Miyavi is married, with two daughters, and he is a fantastic singer and guitarist. Not to mention, he's also quite handsome. Haha! [;

Please, feel free to look him up with the links I'll leave below. Also, the song "Guard You" and it's lyrics will be below the list of links!

I hope you enjoy! [:

Links below!

1.) Miyavi's Webpage!

2.) Miyavi's Facebook!

3.) Miyavi's Wikipedia page!

4.) Miyavi's Vevo YouTube Channel!

5.) Miyavi Search Results on YouTube!

6.) Miyavi's Personal YouTube Channel!

Guard You music video

Guard You Lyrics:
(english translation)
Leave you lying in your bed
Black rain is in my head
As the sun fills the blue sky
There is danger on the horizon
We can't stay to see this war
So I'll move you to the shores
Where you'll be so far from home

Is falling down

This is the way, the way, the way, the way to guard you
To be far away, away, away from you
I'll do anything to take away the pain that harms you
And count every second till the skies are blue

Now we have to face our fears
It might turn our smiles to tears
But we're right on the front line
So for now we can't reunite
I keep dreaming of the past
But it just never lasts
How I wish time could go back

Is falling down

This is the way, the way, the way, the way to guard you
To be far away, away, away from you
I'll do anything to take away the pain that harms you
And count every second till the skies are blue

Kon'nanimo sekai wa hare terunoni
Ima mo kokoro wa nureta mama
Afureru namida wa sonomamade ii
Me o tojireba anogoro ni modorerukara

This is the way, the way, the way, the way to guard you
To be far away, away, away from you
I'll do anything to take away the pain that harms you
And count every second till the skies are blue.

Thursday, April 4, 2013

"Tokyo Magnitude 8.0" is a fictional anime based on a possible real event: an 8.0 earthquake. Three main characters, Mirai & Yuuki Onozawa and Mari Kusakabe, are traveling from Odaiba, an artificial island in Tokyo bay, to their homes in Setagaya, Tokyo. First, they travel by ferry back to Tokyo and begin the long walk home since public transport is out of order.

"This program is a work of fiction, portraying a massive earthquake in the Tokyo metropolitan area, based on extensive research and verification. While the story strives for realism, constructed from thorough simulation, there will be differences between an actual event and what is portrayed herein."

Above, is the disclaimer that begins all 11 episodes that will make you smile, laugh, and especially cry. The story is wonderful, filled with many heart wrenching plot twists that you never see coming, which make this anime and it's characters real, very easy to get attached to, and even love. Each character is filled with fear and worry that their families will be okay, hurt, or even worse... killed.

Mari was in Odaiba when the earthquake hit, and her young daughter (Hina) was left with her grandmother. With fire's blazing throughout the city, the fear of losing her home and family fill Mari with worry that leave her collapsed and sick in one episode, but still planning to keep her promise with Mirari and Yuuki to get them home. But once the three reach Mari's home neighborhood,

Mirari and Yuuki are the two who begin and end the 11 episode series. Their story fills you with similar feelings of teenage school issues, home issues, and being the older sibling before a tragic natural disaster tears their family apart. After the earthquake, Mirari searches feverishly for her younger brother, Yuuki, who had left her to use the restroom and buy drinks in a shopping center at Odaiba after visiting a robot exhibition. While searching, Mirari first meets Mari and they begin to search together for Yuuki. Once found, the three begin their search for answers, a way home, and contact with the main Tokyo city. As the three continue onward home, they meet new & old friends and battle a difficult tragedy.

This anime is something I would recommend to people who are just beginning their "journey" into the Japanese animation world, but no one younger than thirteen because of it's depressing, upsetting, and graphic nature. Although there are scenes with deceased peoples, angry or frustrated peoples, and scenes of sick and injured peoples: there is no bad language, deformed beings, or even terrible violence. The opening music track and closing music track are also great music from great artists that could help spur someones interest in to the Japanese music genre.

I hope you enjoy! (:

Left to Right: Yuuki, Mari, and Mirari.

Tokyo Magnitude 8.0

Monday, October 24, 2011

Anime Conventions

Most people know what a convention is: a gathering of people with a common interest. That common interest can be anything from politics, to computers, to animals, and even food. Also, there are different technical names for a convention: political convention, fan convention, or a trade convention.

A political convention can literally explain itself, but, it's the meeting of a political party to select party candidates for a future voting; a fan convention is a gathering of fans of movies, television series, comics, or a whole genre of science fiction, anime, and/or manga; a trade convention is an organized show which companies attend to display and test their new products.

So, to continue with where I was going in the title, "anime conventions" fall in the fan convention group and are events that gather people to meet voice actors, artists, musicians, people with interest in the Japanese culture, and with the same interests that focus on anime and manga. Some anime conventions are small and some are quite big.

In West Virginia, we have our very own convention: Tsubasacon. Started by Jeffery Mace; tsubasa means wings in Japanese, and, of course, con meaning convention. It started in 2004 at the Charleston Civic Center, was there for two years (2004-2005), then moved to the Big Sandy Superstore Arena in Huntington, West Virginia. In 2010, Tsubasacon had 1,104 paid attendees. Tsubasacon has happened in the months of November, October, and September. This past year, a "mini-con" or midyear celebration happened in Huntington's Ritter Park in June, with activities such as a picnic, games, a charity raffle, and cosplay photography.

Cosplay, or costume play, features people dressed as their favorite character from video games, anime, or even manga. A cosplay contest at Tsubascon features creators of every skill level, gives awards for best costume to best skit, and is the most popular event of the convention. Other activities at the convention are as entertaining as they are creative!

Viewing rooms show anime and live action films non-stop; workshops of information for studying abroad, cosplay creation, and martial art demonstrations; a vending area where shops can sell anime related clothing and merchandise, also Japanese items, and manga books, during the convention; artists' alley, so artists can sell and display their fan art (art made by fans, for fans); game shows to test attendees knowledge of anime and chances for prizes; a video game room where people play games on a variety of consoles; a mystery dinner event where customers at a local restaurant are given tasks to complete in order to solve/prevent a convention-related crisis; musical performances and a rave; and one of the most important events: panels, where voice actors talk about their voicing work, industry work, future work, and lives.

Voice Actors are people who do the dubbing of Japanese anime, video games, and live action Japanese movies in to American English for non-subtitle show, game, and movie sales. The shows, games, and even movies can be purchased on dvd/bluray, watched on sites like hulu, funimation, youtube, and lots of other sites. The American voice acting is done in studios, like where you would record a song, in Texas at Funimation or at NYAV Post in New York. To record a dubing actor/actress, there are auditions and callbacks like any other acting job, but this is proven to be harder; voice acting requires the matching of words to "mouth flaps" of the animated character. Three beeps, and then you record your voice to match the mouth flaps.

This job opens up a lot of opportunities: recording music, books on Cd's or for download, live theater or even movie and TV acting. Voice actors appear at anime conventions to support the business of anime and manga production. Conventions are fun for all ages, toddlers up to adults. Tsubasacon has it's own website, for updates and social networks for attendees. Even if you don't like anime, and just like video games or manga, then I suggest you check out the convention!







Find a convention near you!:

Check out my youtube playlists for anime, voice actors, and Japanese/Korean culture:

Yoroshiku onegaishimasu!

(please take care of me)


Thursday, October 20, 2011

Let's Practice!

Left: South Korea ; Right: Japan

Living in West Virginia, a state known for country living, I've listened to everything from country to rap, pop to hip-hop, jazz to alternative, and even screamo, or emo, or metal music. However, due to my like of Manga (Japanese comics), Anime (Japanese animation), and now Manhwa (Korean comics), along with my recent like of Japanese or Korean drama's, I have grown to like foreign music. Specifically Korean and Japanese pop, alternative, indie, rock, and some metal.

I began to get in to Japanese music when I watched an anime called "Inuyasha", written by Rumiko Takahashi, which plays on Adult Swim that starts at 9:00pm on channel fifty-two (52) for my area. "Inuyasha" translates to: Inu meaning Dog and Yasha meaning demon, so literally "dog demon", which is what the show is about in a nutshell. The ending and opening themes of the show had me trying to sing the actual songs, without translations or lyrics. So, I went to google. What I found made me search more and more anime theme songs, openings or closings, and their lyrics. What I found was the difficulty of learning Japanese, just because there are lyrics or websites where I can read the phonetic words, does not mean it's going to be easy. It will get easy when you practice, a lot. I got the hang of it when I was twelve, at least for Japanese, and now I'm trying my hardest at Korean.

I tried focusing on the lip movements while having the actual music video or a lyric video of the song(s) on repeat. Over the years, I've learned a few words, phrases, sentences, and songs in Japanese. Now I'm learning words, phrases, sentences, and songs in Korean. Trying to learn two languages, not to mention cultures and lifestyles, at once is confusing, hard, and sometimes wrong. While the internet is the only place a broke college student like myself can find information on the countries, it's sometimes hard to find the truth. The site has helped me with Japanese learning. While even has helped me with learning both languages.

I'm sure people in my class have visited youtube, have accounts, or just skim through the videos on the site. Youtube's front page has eleven sections of videos in a certain subject you can just click on and go. The first section is music and lately, I've seen a lot of Korean or Japanese music videos in this section. Including: 2NE1, Girls Generation, Wonder Girls, Big Bang, DBSK/TVXQ, and more, including live videos from Korean music shows; Korean music recently had videos under youtube's "spotlight" section for the whole day. There have also been Japanese concerts at anime conventions and a recent Korean concert in New Jersey, flashmob's in Paris, Canada, New York, Spain, and other countries, also, many artists from Japan or Korea are coming to the US on world tours.

These concerts give a lot of people the opportunity to try Korean or Japanese culture, personalities, talent, or even sometimes food, like at the past October 9th 2011 concert in New Jersey. Korean music is a growing trend in America, with youtube as proof, and other countries, that is continuing to grow. Now, this is a long story about me, myself, and I in my journey of learning foreign culture(s), but here's the point...

Learning about a foreign culture can be hard and sometimes make you want to quit halfway through, but you have to keep going. It is so rewarding in the end to be able to learn, understand, communicate, and even amaze your friends and family with how strong you are to take on another language. For me, it's a big stress reliever and helps me relax, so I sometimes listen to Korean or Japanese music while surfing the web, hanging out at home, taking a walk, on campus, or even doing homework. While chewing gum or sucking candy or a mint helps some people, listening to music helps me relax and even focus better.

While the Korean or Japanese language isn't for everyone, there are many other languages or cultures that are just as challenging and fun to learn. You do not have to be in to the "pop" culture of any country to learn it's language, in other words, to like the countries music or cartoons is not a must... maybe a suggestion, though. Although, if you want to learn about Japanese or Korean culture, language, or even anime and manga, I can give you a few websites, listed below.














Yoroshiku onegaishimasu!
(please take care of me)