Tag: anime

Fangirl Friday: Doctor Who Series 1 & DragonBall Z

Bohemian Nerd Girl reviews the first series of Doctor Who and DragonBall Z.

Honest Trailers Dragonball Evolution: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gFzLMGKtY04&list=PL86F4D497FD3CACCE&index=21

TFS Parody: Make A Man Out Of You: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V06DISKajss&list=PL5j80D9V7lqZK3aHOyyYaeUYuLa5vx48D&index=1

Doctor Who Series 1 trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1hQyujVvRcY


Fangirl Friday: Sub v Dub & UCC Sci-Fi Society

BohemianNerdGirl discusses the debate between subtitled and dubbed anime after the release of the official English dubbed trailer of Kill la Kill, and her experiences with the University College Cork Sci-Fi, Horror, Fantasy and Anime Society.

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What College Means To Me: A Look Back On First Year

Since my relatives decided to go there, I wanted to go to University College Cork. Seeing them go through their time living in the city I always felt that I would never get to that stage. That it was always out of reach. This feeling amplified when I got into Leaving Cert when I feared that I’ll have to repeat because I wasn’t smart enough. Or that autistic people never go to college, purely because I didn’t know anyone who did. Although I loved my six years in secondary school, Leaving Cert was hell and I did things I am not proud of. As I was getting nearer graduation, I just wanted to fast forward to September because I would be anywhere else and I would be happy because it wasn’t the Leaving Cert. On October 12th 2012, I went on an open day to UCC. I considered doing Arts because I wanted to study English. Looking at the other arts subjects and the college itself, I saw myself there in the future and it felt right.

I also discovered the course Arts International. It was exactly like Arts, except everyone in the course could study abroad in third year, no matter what subject you did. My brother went to America when I was in Junior Cert and my sister went to Scotland when I was in Leaving Cert. They loved it and as my mother says “it was the makings of them”. I always wanted to travel and I knew I’d need more time to develop as a person (which is also why I did Transition Year when I was 17).

I finished my exams on June 13th 2013. Two months later, shortly after my 20th birthday, I got my results. I got 435 points, which I knew was enough to get into UCC. The following Monday, the CAO offers came out. Arts International in UCC was offered to me and I accepted. I checked the number of points the course on the paper: 430. That made my success even sweeter. 


I picked my subjects in arts: English, Sociology, Philosophy and Greek & Roman Civilisation. I moved into my college house a week before classes started. I got registered on the orientation day and got my student card. I met new people at my house. We had an orientation party. I got advice from my sister. Things were looking great.


I started college on September 16th 2013. My first class was Greek & Roman Civilisation. Shortly after, I met a girl in the UCC gift shop (which I’ll call her Mrs Potter). She was the first friend I ever made in college that stuck. We talked about Harry Potter and Korean dramas that day. I sat next to her in Greek & Roman since then.


I was a little nervous of what I had to learn, especially English. The timetable was misleading. I wasn’t registered to Blackboard. I joined tae kwon do and several societies (perhaps too many). I watched Iron Man 3 with a boy I liked in the sci-fi society. There was the Freshers Ball which was amazing fun.

Week 2 was not fun because I had laryngitis, which was painful and made it harder to socialise with new people. That week, I discovered the Mythological Society. They talked about myths in Marvel Comics. It was interesting. A few weeks later, I accidentally became first year rep for myth soc.

By October, my one friend Mrs Potter, I could only meet her at Greek & Roman. The boy I liked stopped hanging out with me. I was so lonely. That changed on the open day. Myth Soc had to promote themselves and I was roped in with the OCM (who I’ll call Pony Boy). We set up the stall together. We chatted, struggled to steal tables and we became friends. The following Thursday, he introduced me to his friend (who I’ll call Happy). I discovered that the three of us did Philosophy and we became “The Philosophy Three”. Happy also became my friend and I also sat next to him in Greek & Roman. 

Since late 2012, I wanted to be a journalist. I was encouraged to join Motley magazine by my mother. My first article was about selfies and Snapchat. When I saw it published for the first time, I was so happy. As the months went on, I did more articles, learned a few lessons and even got to interview Elyar Fox. The editor loved my work and even wanted me to apply for the editorial team. I fell in love with journalism and I want to do it for the rest of my life.

I took opportunities, talked to people through societies. I even rose up the ranks to OCM and Events & Equipment Officer in Myth Soc. I went to screenings regularly at Sci-fi. I attended two anime conventions: Eirtakon in November and Kaizoku Con in March. My small group of friends became even stronger after helping move in to my 2nd (and much nicer) flat. I had fun times, went to a few parties, watched animes, played Cards Against Humanity, hung out in McDonalds at 11pm, became a tae kwon do fighter, and worked hard when needed.


College even made love my family more than I already did. I became more grateful for what my parents did to help get me here. Nobody expected a screaming 3 year old with autism to become this person in 2014. On my month off, I studied with my sister every day in the library and sometimes during the year we would eat pizza together and watch Graham Norton at her house or my house.

So the question is this: what does college mean to me? It means EVERYTHING! It made me more confident, happier and smarter. it gave me friends, experience, and this is the best thing to ever happen to me and I am so grateful for it all.  

One year down, three to go.

Kaizoku Con (Motley Volume 7, Issue 6)


(Author’s Note: I was asked to make it more personal, but I did not realise this at the time of writing. The following article also happens to be my opinion as well as fact. To the staff of Kaizoku Con, well done. To my editor, thanks for giving me the chance to write this) 

Anime fans flocked to Kaizoku Con, Cork’s only anime convention on the UCC campus between March 28th to 30th. The idea of Kaizoku Con was set up in early 2013 by Emmett Fitzharris and Fionn McCleane from the UCC Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Anime and Horror Society (or Sci-Fi Society for short). From their experiences of going to numerous conventions throughout the country, such as Eirtakon in Dublin and Akumakon in Galway, they felt that Cork was missing out on the action. They pitched the idea to the then auditor of the Sci-Fi Society Niall Hartnett who encouraged the idea and with the long established Warpcon run by the War Gaming and Role Playing Society (WARPS) every year on campus, they realised Kaizoku Con was a feasible idea.  With the help of a dedicated twenty person committee, the Societies Guild and dozens of volunteers to help out throughout the weekend, the dream finally became a reality.  

Kaizoku Con pulled out all the stops to make the weekend as fun and as welcoming as possible, including live panels, screening rooms, games rooms for board games and video games, a trade hall, and the Old Bar was open for beverages and held several events. However, the cherry on the proverbial cake were the convention’s special guests: Johnny Yong Bosch and J. Michael Tatum.

Johnny Yong Bosch is an American actor, voice actor and musician. He is best known for his role as Adam Park in Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. He also provides the voices for many well-known characters such as Ichigo from Bleach, Vash the Stampede from Trigun, and Lelouch vi Britannia from Code Geass. He has also voiced a number of video game characters like Nero from Devil May Cry 3 and Kuhn from .Hack//G.U. Johnny is also a talented musician and the lead singer of the band Eyeshine.

J. Michael Tatum is an American voice actor, an Automated Dialogue Replacement (ADR) director, and script writer at Funimation.  He is well known for his roles as Scar from Full Metal Alchemist Brotherhood, Sebastian from Black Butler, Isaac from Baccano!, Kyoya from Ouran High School Host Club, Lawrence from Spice & Wolf and was recently cast as Erwin from Attack On Titan. He has also provided voices to several video games, notably Sir Hammerlock from Borderlands 2 and Julius from Tales of Xillia 2. He has worked on the script of several anime such as Attack On Titan, Deadman Wonderland, Dragonball Z Kai and Ouran High School Host Club.

At Kaizoku Con, there were four guest panels for attendants to meet and ask questions to both Johnny Yong Bosch and J. Michael Tatum including two separate Q&A sessions, three guest signings on Saturday and Sunday, and a panel featuring both the guests named “Voice Acting with the Greats”. As well as that, over 30 panels took place including “Brony Panel” by Robert Hamilton & Holly Whiteside from Bronies of Ireland, “Comics! An Indie Artist’s Perspective” featuring the Corkonian Marvel artist Will Sliney, “Mythology in Anime” by the Mythology Society, “The Morphin’ Legacy” by Johnny Yong Bosch and Mark McAlister. Not only that, Kaizoku Con also offered a wide range of events and games including “Kards Against Kaizoku”, the tea ceremony by the Japanese Society, “Cosplay Take Me Out”, the pub quiz and the charity auction which were both held in the Old Bar. They also showed over twenty screenings over the three days including Sharknado, Card Captors, Pokémon Origins and Supernatural. 

 Kaizoku Con was well organised, the volunteers were friendly and helpful to people who were unfamiliar with the UCC campus, and it ran without any major problems, except perhaps Johnny Yong Bosch’s signing going on three hours longer than scheduled due to the extensively large queue. Both Johnny Yong Bosch and J. Michael Tatum were exceptional guests at this convention. Both men were very nice, charming, funny and chatty to all fans old and new. They were willing to sign for everyone, let pictures be taken and answer any fan questions (including the hilarious Q&A session with J. Michael Tatum on Saturday night). They also participated in charity auction in which Johnny Yong Bosch auctioned off a signed replica wooden sword from Bleach and J. Michael Tatum auctioned off a chance for a lucky bidder to hug him for a whole minute. Other bids included sci-fi and fantasy movie posters from Iron Man 3, The Hobbit and 300. From the charity auction around €2000 was raised in aid of Laura Lynn Ireland’s Children’s Hospice charity.

Around 830 people attended Kaizoku Con during the weekend, which according to the convention organisers, is the highest attendance for an anime convention’s inaugural year in Ireland. It has been an overwhelmingly successful first year for the convention, with plenty of events and activities on offer, the excellent choice of guests, and the fun atmosphere around the campus during the three days. According to the Kaizoku Con committee, the chance of Kaizoku Con returning in 2015 is very certain. With the first year behind them, Kaizoku Con is well on its way of being a treasure trove among the other anime conventions in Ireland.


Louise Clancy with J. Michael Tatum (left) and Johnny Yong Bosch (right) at the Sunday signing.

BohemianNerdGirl’s Video of the Week: Epic Abridged Series Compilation! (Part 1)

If you are a big fan of anime/cartoon abridged videos like I am, here is the master post of the most popular abridged videos and melded them together! There are four other videos featuring more content.

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Song: Slay the Dragon by Brand X Music
0:00 PurpleEyesWTF- None Piece (One piece Abridged)
0:32 TeamFourStar- Dragon Ball Z Abridged
1:06 Ninjabridge- Naruto Abridged
2:03 CardGamesFTW (LittleKuriboh)- Yugioh Abridged ( http://yugiohabridged.com/ )
2:17 PurpleEyesWTF- Code Ment (Code Geass Abridged)
2:45 1KidsEntertainment- Pokemon Abridged
3:25 PurpleEyesWTF- None Piece (One piece abridged)
4:02 TheWatchTowerStudios- DC Animated Universe Abridged
4:53 GetsugaBridged- Bleach Abridged
5:14 Bigmanizbkagainyo3- Avatard: The Pretty Legendary Story of Korra Abridged
5:58 Faulerro- Nullmetal Alchemist (Fullmetal Alchemist Abridged)
6:46 PalletTownChampions- Fairy Tail Abridged
7:34 SWEabridged- Sword Art Online Abridged
8:27 DarkSideCorporated- Yugioh GX Abridged
9:02 Runawayturist- Infinite Ment (Infinite Stratos Abridged)
9:15 Takahata101- Hellsing Abridged
10:13 GanXingBa- Avatar The Last Airbender Abridged
10:46 Abridgimon and Lanipator- Abridgimon (Digimon Abridged)
11:39 YunoInbox- Mirai Nikki Abridged
12:46 TheSEATeam- Soul Eater Abridged
13:26 Lanipator- Yu Yu Hakusho Abridged

(uploaded by The Rower)