[My Trip to Japan – 日本への私の旅 – رحلتي إلى اليابان] – Part 4


I made a stop at Akihabara ( Akihabara Electric Town). It’s a major city in TOKYO for electronics, video games, manga and anime. This time I didn’t stay long at Akihabara as I was mainly focusing on visiting places that I’ve never seen before in Tokyo.   More


Moominvalley (Moomin) – ムーミン – وادي الأمان

” The Moomins (Swedish: Mumintroll, Finnish: Muumi) are the central characters in a series of books and a comic strip by Swedish-Finn illustrator and writer Tove Jansson, originally published in Swedish by Schildts in Finland. They are a family of trolls who are white and roundish, with large snouts that make them resemble hippopotamuses. The carefree and adventurous family live in their house in Moominvalley, in the forests of Finland, though in the past their temporary residences have included a lighthouse and a theatre. They have many adventures along with their various friends. In all, nine books were released in the series, with five picture books and a comic strip being released between 1945 and 1993.” (www.wikipedia.com. June, ’11)

I’ve first watched the Arabic dubbed Japanese Anime version of  “Moomin – وادي الأمان” when I was around 13 years old. At that time, I didn’t know that the Anime was originally based on a Swedish-Finnish graphical novel, but for some reason More

Ohayocon – おはようーコン – أوهايوكون

Ohayocon is a convention focusing on Japanese pop culture, including popular anime and manga fandom. It is traditionally held during the month of January in Columbus, Ohio. Ohayocon was first held in 2001 in Cleveland, Ohio, moving to Columbus in 2003. Ohayocon derives its name from the similarity in pronunciation between “Ohio”, where the con is held, and Ohayo (おはよう, Ohayou), which is Japanese for “Good morning”. With its continued growth, Ohayocon has become the largest winter anime convention in North America.” (Wikipedia, 2011).

I know this is an outdated post, but I’m still interested in blogging this new experience of mine! Back in January 28-30 this year, I FINALLY had the chance to attend a true and real Anime Convention. More

Domu-kun – 童夢くん -نصف بطل

“Domu-kun (نصف بطل) is an anime series based on a manga by Shotaro Ishinomori, which follows the adventures of Dome Shinjo, a 10 years old boy who is son of a deceased legendary player of the Yomiuri Giants. From his father he inherited the love for baseball and his great abilities for such sport, although his mother and his older sister try to avoid that he practices it. In fact, his father, before dying, had time to teach him a magical shoot. Dome, after his mother gave him the glove his father used, he makes that shot in a training session of the Giants and is contracted immediately. With the support of the veteran players of the team, this young player will, from this very moment, make the Giants become unbeatable at home and none of the main batters of the Japanese professional league manages to end with his magical shot. Although that does not apply to the games played away, as Dome is just allowed to play at home, in the Tokyo Dome in which his father was consacrated (and the place by which he did chose such name for his son). When the veteran captain of the Dragons manages to bat his shot, it seems that the young boy is finally and definitely defeated, but then he invents another magical shot. New rivals, but also friends (such as Melody Norman, an American girl who disguises herself as a boy because women can’t play baseball), will appear in scene, until the arrival of the mysterious Don Carlos, a Spanish ex-bullfighter who plays for the Hiroshima Toyo Carp and had an old rivalry with his father.”  – Wikipedia

The first time I’ve watched this anime was in early-mid 90s. More

The Adventures of Hutch the Honeybee – 昆虫物語みなしごハッチ – مغامرات نحول , بشار

” Konchuu Monogatari: Minashigo Hutch is a 1989 remake of the 1970 classic anime series The Adventures of Hutch the Honeybee, sharing its original Japanese title.   More

Tetsujin 28-gō – 鉄人28号 – رعد العملاق


              Tetsujin 28-gō, is a 1956 manga written and illustrated by Mitsuteru Yokoyama, who also created Giant Robo. The series centred on the adventures of a young boy named Shotaro Kaneda, who controlled a giant robot named Tetsujin 28, built by his late father. The manga was later adapted into four anime TV series, the first in 1963. It was the first Japanese series to feature a giant robot. The 1963 series was later released in America as Gigantor. More

City Hunter – シティーハンター – سيتي هنتر

City Hunter (シティーハンター), the 80’s shonen jump manga and the anime. I’ve always wanted to watch it but for some reason didn’t like the art. But now after giving up on whatever anime/manga is being produced, since early 20s ’til  now, I’m going back on anime archives to see if I can watch something that I’ve left behind. More

Igano Kabamaru – 伊賀野カバ丸 – كابامارو

“Igano Kabamaru (伊賀野カバ丸, Igano Kabamaru) is a Japanese manga created by Yu Azuki. The eponymous protagonist is a naive young ninja from the Iga province called Kagemaro (absolute shadow), nicknamed Kabamaru (hippo’s mouth) for his insatiable appetite. After the death of his strict grandfather and ninja sensei, Kabamaru moves to Tokyo with one of his grandfather’s acquaintances. More

Gundam – ガンダム- غاندام

An 18-meter-tall (59-foot-tall) 1/1 scale RX-78-2 Gundam model, from the first Gundam anime series (1979), was built at Odaiba’s Shiokaze Park in July.  It’s located  just close to Gundam Big Expo convention which was held in August ’09 in Tokyo.   More

Doraemon – ドラえもん – دورايمون.

           “Doraemon is a Japanese manga series created by Fujiko F. Fujio. The series is about a robotic cat named Doraemon, who travels back in time from 22nd century to aid a schoolboy, Nobita. Doraemon has a pocket from which he produces many gadgets, medicines and tools from the future. More

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