Arjuna – The earth girl

“Arjuna” is a Japanese anime series created by Shoji Kawamori, broadcast on TV Tokyo from January to March 2001. The series focuses on the figure of Juna Ariyoshi, a high school girl chosen as the “Avatar of Time”, tasked with saving the dying Earth . The anime, which spans 12 episodes, received an enhanced DVD release, known as “Arjuna: Director’s Cut,” with remastered video and audio and a previously unreleased chapter, “Chapter 9.”

What the series is about?

The story begins with Juna who, feeling suffocated by city life, decides to take a trip to the Sea of ​​Japan with her boyfriend Tokyo. On the way, the two have an accident caused by an invisible worm-like creature, which leads to Juna's death. As her spirit leaves her body, Juna sees the Earth in pain. The planet is plagued by Raaja, worm-like creatures that vary in size from microscopic batteries to those that envelop the planet.

A boy named Chris appears to her, offering to save her life in exchange for her help to the planet. Juna reluctantly agrees and is resurrected. With the support of Chris, Tokio and SEED, an international organization that monitors the environment and confronts the Raaja, Juna must use her new powers to stop these creatures from destroying the Earth through the destruction of ecosystems by the 'humanity.

Towards the end of the series, it is revealed that Chris is responsible for using genetically engineered decomposer bacteria to summon the Raaja which devastate Japan, destroying everything including modern clothing, gadgets, and resources such as food, water, and electricity. People are forced to wear traditional Japanese clothing, and many suffer from hunger and dehydration. This forces Juna to fight against Chris and the Raaja to save the people she cares about, when SEED attempts to take her to safety. It is in this moment that Juna understands how to fully awaken her powers, managing to save everyone.

After the defeat and the realization of his mistakes, Chris dies and disappears. Juna, satisfied to see her friends and her boyfriend Tokio one last time before dying again, urges them to eat the Raaja, and Tokio discovers that the defeated Raaja were made of food and water nutrients, realizing that they can survive and live Still.

Analysis and Topics

“Arjuna” stands out for its profound reflection on environmental issues and the relationship between humanity and nature. The anime explores the impact of human actions on the environment and the need for radical change to save the planet. The series mixes fantastic elements with an ecological message, creating a compelling narrative that challenges the viewer to reflect on their role in the world. Juna's transformation from an ordinary high school student to a savior of the Earth symbolizes the responsibility each of us has towards the planet.

In conclusion, "Arjuna" is an anime that goes beyond simple entertainment, offering a profound reflection on environmental problems and our relationship with the Earth, making it a significant and still relevant work years after its first broadcast.

Characters

Juna Ariyoshi (有吉樹奈, Ariyoshi Juna)

Voiced by: Mami Higashiyama (Japanese); Maggie Blue O'Hara (English)
Juna is a tenth grade girl recognized by Chris as the "Avatar of Time" to save the planet. A magatama pearl on her forehead symbolizes her powers. Besides her "earthly sympathy" powers, she is a normal teenage girl. She has trouble understanding her purpose and how to help the planet. Her personal life is complicated, both with her mother and sister, and in her uncertain relationship with Tokyo.

Chris Hawken (クリス·ホーケン, Kurisu Hōken)

Voiced by: Yūji Ueda (Japanese); Brad Swaile (English)
Chris is a powerful entity that appears in the body of a young boy. His efforts to revive Juna have left him lame, but he can still leave her body when the situation requires it. He is incredibly kind and patient with everyone, including Juna.

Cindy Klein (シンディ·クライン, Shindi Kurain)

Voiced by: Mayumi Shintani (Japanese); Brittney Irvin (English)
Cindy is an orphan that Chris saved, which makes her devoted to him. She is a telepath and acts as Chris' translator. She seems to take an immediate dislike to Juna and behaves arrogantly and rudely towards her.

Tokyo Oshima (大島時夫, Ōshima Tokyo)

Voiced by: Tomokazu Seki (Japanese); Andrew Francis (English)
Tokio is a normal teenage boy, passionate about video games and fast food. He is very concerned for Juna's safety, not realizing that he is powerless to protect her from the forces he must face. Although he doesn't understand Juna's situation, he is very patient and does his best to help her.

Sayuri Shirakawa (白河 さゆり, Shirakawa Sayuri)

Voiced by: Aya Hisakawa (Japanese); Tabitha St. Germain (English)
Sayuri is a classmate and friend of Juna and Tokio. She knows nothing about Juna's savior role, but she tries to help her deal with what she sees as just emotions in her complicated personal life.

Teresa Wong (ウォンテレサ)

Voiced by: (Japanese); Samantha Ferris (English)
Member of the SEED organization.

Bob (ボブ)

Voiced by: (Japanese); Trevor Devall (English)
Another character from the SEED organization.

Yukari Shirakawa (白河 アップ, Shirakawa Yukari)

Voiced by: (Japanese); Brenna O'Brien (English)
Sayuri's younger sister.

Kimitoshi Shirakawa (白河君とし, Shirakawa Kimitoshi)

Voiced by: (Japanese); Danny McKinnon (English)
Sayuri's younger brother.

Sakurai (桜井)

Voiced by: (Japanese); Michael Dobson (English)
Juna's math teacher.

Mr. Oshima (大島さん, Ōshima-san)

Voiced by: (Japanese); John Novak (English)
The father of Tokyo.

Dojima (渡島)

Voiced by: (Japanese); Ron Halder (English)
Another minor character.

Mizuho Oshima (大島 みずほ, Ōshima Mizuho)

Voiced by: (Japanese); Nicole Oliver (English)
Tokyo's stepmother.

Hiroshi Shirakawa (白河 ヒロシ, Shirakawa Hiroshi)

Voiced by: (Japanese); Ward Perry (English)
Sayuri's father. He dies during the Raaja epidemic.

Kaine Ariyoshi (有吉 ケイン, Ariyoshi Kaine)

Voiced by: (Japanese); Alaina Burnett (English)
Juna's older sister, who becomes pregnant mid-series.

Junko Ariyoshi (有吉 ジュンコ, Ariyoshi Junko)

Voiced by: (Japanese); Fiona Hogan (English)
Juna's mother.

Masaharu Ariyoshi (有吉雅治, Ariyoshi Masaharu)

Voiced by: (Japanese); Eli Gabay (English)
Juna's estranged father.

Technical Sheet of “Arjuna – The Earth Girl”

Gender

  • Adventure
  • Science fiction
  • Dramatic
  • magical girl
  • Philosophical

Creation and Direction

  • Author: Shōji Kawamori
  • Director: Shōji Kawamori

Production

  • Manufacturers:
    • Fukashi Azuma
    • Hidenori Itahashi
    • Minoru Takanashi
    • Atsushi Yukawa

Film script

  • Subject: Eiichi Sato, Hiroshi Ohnogi, Kazuharu Sato, Shōji Kawamori
  • Writing: Hiroshi Ōnogi, Shōji Kawamori

Design and Artistic

  • Character Design: Takahiro Kishida
  • Artistic Direction: Dai Ohta, Masanobu Nomura, Masaru Ohta

Music

  • Composer: Yōko Kanno

Animation Studio

  • Studio: Satelight

Distribution

  • North American (NA) License: Bandai Entertainment
  • Original Network: TV Tokyo
  • Italian Network: MTV (first episode subtitled)

Transmission

  • Original airdate: January 9, 2001 – March 27, 2001
  • Premiere on Italian TV: 8 September 2005

Episodes

  • Number of episodes: 13 (complete, includes a special DVD)
  • Duration of each episode: 23 minutes
  • Report: 16: 9

Additional Notes

  • “Arjuna – The Earth Girl” is an anime that stands out for its strong philosophical component and for the in-depth analysis of environmental and spiritual themes, as well as typical elements of the magical girl and science fiction genre.
  • The series was interrupted in Italy after the airing of the first episode, maintaining a certain cult appeal among fans of the genre.

'Beavis and Butthead Do the Universe' the Premiere of Paramount +

Paramount + today announced its next original film Beavis and Butt-head Do the Universe will be previewed on the service  Thursday June 23 , marking the duo's first screen appearance in over 10 years. The film will also be available for international streaming in all territories where the service is available.

In addition to the new film, the entire library of over 200 remastered episodes of Beavis and Butt-Head  will be streamed exclusively on the service, along with a new series arriving later this year.

A history that technically spans two centuries, Beavis and Butt-head Do the Universe promise to be at the top of all future lists of the stupidest sci-fi movies ever made:

The saga begins when Beavis and Butt-Head end up in the space camp for "creative conviction" by a juvenile court judge in 1998. Swapping a docking simulator for something else (huh huh), Beavis and Butt-Head excel at this and he is asked to join the space shuttle mission in a PR move. After ruining the mission, they are left for dead in space and end up passing through a black hole and re-emerging on Earth in 2022, only to discover a very different world and find themselves considered Buttholes of Interest by the NSA, the governor of Texas and a very different version. intelligent of themselves from a parallel universe.

They also almost lose their virginity, but they don't.

"Beavis and Butt-Head defined the voices of a generation and to this day the show is one of the most famous and beloved animated IPs of all time," said Chris McCarthy, President / CEO of Paramount Media Networks and MTV Studios. entertainment. "Mike Judge has reinvented this dynamic duo in a way that is sure to make both old and new fans laugh, and we couldn't be more excited to bring them back to our rapidly expanding arsenal of successful adult animation."

“Bringing together Beavis and Butt-Head is the dumbest move you can make and we jumped at the opportunity,” said Tanya Giles, Streaming Chief Programming Officer for Paramount +. "Only such an iconic duo would take us to space and back and we're so excited to share their epic, nacho-filled journey with the audience."

Beavis and Butt-head Do the Universe present the voices of Mike Judge , Gary Cole , Chris Diamantopoulos , Nat Faxon , Brian Huskey , About McBride , Tig Notaro , Stephen root , Andrew Savage , Martin Starr e Jimmy O. Yang .

An exclusive look at the new film will debut during the 2022 MTV Movie & TV Awards, which air live on Sunday, June 5 at 20pm ET / PT.

Beavis and Butthead make the universe

Created and voiced by writer, producer and director Mike Judge, the characters of Beavis and Butt-Head originated in the 1992 short film Judge Frog Baseball , broadcast on MTV's animated showcase Liquid Television . After MTV commissioned a full character series, Beavis and Butt-Head they aired for seven seasons from March 8, 1993 to November 28, 1997. The series resumed in 2011 with an eighth season airing on MTV. During its initial run, Beavis and Butt-Head they have received wide critical acclaim for their satirical and ferocious comments on society. The popularity of the show spawned various related media, including the stage film Beavis and Butt-Head Do America  in 1996.

Beavis and Butt-head Do the Universe they are executive producers of Mike Judge, Lew Morton and Michael Rotenberg, and Chris Prynoski, Shannon Prynoski, Ben Kalina and Antonio Canobbio for Titmouse.

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Comedy Central presents "South Park: The 25th Anniversary Concert" with Trey & Matt, Primus and Ween

Comedy Central's famed franchise South Park will mark a quarter century since its first series (August 13, 1997) this summer with South Park: The 25th Anniversary Concert at the iconic Red Rocks Park and Amphitheater on Wednesday 10 August.

Featuring South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone and lead bands Primus and Ween, the Denver concert will feature fan-favorite tunes from the show's catalog.

“We are so excited to go home and play at Red Rocks, a place known for hosting the most legendary artists and musicians. Until now, ”said Stone and Parker.

"Thanks to the brilliant minds of Matt and Trey, over the past 25 years, several generations of fans have grown up enchanted by the whimsical and subversive world of 'South Park'," said Chris McCarthy, President and CEO of Paramount Media Networks and MTV Entertainment Studios. . "A concert at the iconic Red Rocks to celebrate this milestone is the perfect way to celebrate, thank the fans and pay tribute to the artists par excellence, such as Primus and Ween, and the many others present during the show."

Co-creators Parker and Stone are executive producers of South Park (SouthPark.CC.com), along with Anne Garefino and Frank C. Agnone II. Eric Stough, Adrien Beard, Bruce Howell and Vernon Chatman are the producers. Christopher Brion is the creative director of South Park Digital Studios.

MTV Entertainment Studios' extensive agreement with Parker and Stone includes the extension of South Park on Comedy Central through 2027 and the transfer of cable's longest-running scripted series through an unprecedented 14th season. In addition to the series extension, the new deal includes XNUMX original events made to stream exclusively for Paramount +, including South Park: Post COVID and South Park: Post COVID: The Return of COVID from last year. The series has won five Emmy Awards to date and a George Foster Peabody Award.

Fans can register to purchase anniversary concert tickets on SouthParkatRedRocks.com.

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Michiko and Hatchin - The 2008 crime anime series

Original title: Michiko to Hachin
Characters:
 Michiko, Hana “Hatchin” Morenos, Hiroshi Morenos, Atsuko Jackson, Father Pedro Belenbauza, Lam Yin, Pepe Lima, Rico, Kiril, Ivan, Satoshi Batista, Head of Monstro Preto. , Shisuke Rodriguez, Davy Nateva, Rita Ozette, Ricardo
Author: Takashi Ujita
Production: Manglobe
Regia: Sayo Yamamoto
Country: Japan
Year: 15 October 2008
Broadcast in Italy: 10 February 2009
Gender: Detective
Episodes: 22
Duration: 24 minutes
Recommended age: Teenagers aged 13 to 19

Michiko and Hatchin is the new series that will be broadcast on MTV within Anime Night from 10 February 2009, every Tuesday at 21.30pm and repeats on Saturday at 14,00 pm. The series is divided into 14 episodes lasting 25 minutes each and was created by the Manglobe studios, directed by Sayo Yamamoto and the screenplay by Takashi Ujita.
The story centers on Hana, a little girl who was adopted by a strict and inflexible family, so she hopes one day to be able to escape from that terrible life. Unfortunately, his young age and her loneliness make all her dreams of freedom useless. This is until Michiko Malandro, a beautiful and mysterious girl, who managed to escape from an unassailable prison and crashed into the girl's home, with her huge motorcycle, bursts into her life. From this unlikely duo, incredible and breathtaking adventures are born, between the South American rhythms of the Brazilian musician Kassin and the sunny tropical landscapes. Michiko is a girl who lives by expedients, determined and determined when she wants to reach a goal, but she does not forget to find the positive side of every situation. Hana's father, Hiroshi Morenos, was engaged to Michiko in the past, but he has gone missing, as he appears to have been killed by an explosion. For her part, Hana, whom Michiko calls “Hatchin”, is a sensible and introverted girl, even if she may appear detached from her surroundings, her feelings about her are always sincere and loving. Michiko is wanted by detective Ricardo, who uses every trick to identify the movements of the girl, much more cunning than him in evading all kinds of traps. However, her biggest obstacle is represented by the policewoman Atsuko Jackson, an equally beautiful girl, who has known her since she was a child as she was her orphanage companion and who has sworn to herself to send her back to jail.
One day Michiko enters a shop and steals some tennis shoes to give them to Hatchin, but the girl decides to go to work at a Chinese restaurant in order to pay for them. Meanwhile, Michiko is looking for some clues, which seem to lead to Hatchin's father's path. The two meet Pepe Lima, a stripper who only dreams of reaching a sum of money, in order to be able to live happily with her little sister in the capital. The beautiful girl has met Hiroshi Morenos and has some news about her. Among the other characters in the series we find Satoshi Batista, a thug at the head of the criminal organization Monstro Bred, always flanked by the cynical and cold Shinsuke Sasse Rodriguez.

14 original South Park movies exclusively for Paramount +

MTV Entertainment Studios today announced a new deal with co-creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone that includes the adult animated series South Park on Comedy Central until 2027, making it the longest running scripted series on cable TV - 2022 marks the XNUMXth edition of South Park.

The deal will also see Emmy-winning Trey Parker and Matt Stone deliver a block of 14 original films by South Park, made for streaming, exclusively for Paramount +, which will begin releasing this year with two sets to debut in 2021.

South Park Pandemic Special video - Social distancing according to Cartman

"Matt and Trey are world-class creatives who brilliantly use their outrageous humor to skewer the absurdities of our culture and we are thrilled to expand and deepen our long relationship with them to help power Paramount + and Comedy Central," said Chris McCarthy. , President / CEO - MTV Entertainment & CCO / Adult Animation - Paramount +. “Franchised content like South Park and the development of new IPs with extraordinary talents such as Matt and Trey, is at the heart of our strategy to continue growing Paramount + ”.

South Park Pandemic Special video - The origin of Covid

"Comedy Central has been our home for 25 years and we are very happy that they are committed to us for the next 75 years," said Parker and Stone. “When we came to ViacomCBS with a different way of producing the show during the pandemic, Chris (McCarthy), Nina (Diaz), Keyes (Hill-Edgar) and Tanya (Giles) were immediately supportive and allowed us to try something new which turned out to be very much appreciated. We can't wait to get back to making more classic episodes of the series  South Park, but now we can also try out new formats. It's great to have partners who always take a chance with us ”.

South Park continues to hold its place in the spirit of the cultural time with the South ParQ Vaccination Special this year, which ranks as the No. TV broadcast of 2020. In addition, South Park received her 19th Emmy nomination with a nod for The Pandemic Special in the Best Animation Program category. The series has won five Emmy Awards and a George Foster Peabody Award to date.

South Park was launched on August 13, 1997. The series was conceived and produced by Parker and Stone, who are also executive producers along with Anne Garefino and Frank C. Agnone II. Eric Stough, Adrien Beard, Bruce Howell and Vernon Chatman are the producers. Chris Brion is the Creative Director of South Park Digital Studios.

The deals were negotiated by Parker and Stone's longtime attorney Kevin Morris and Keith Pizzi of Park County.

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THE BOONDOCKS - The animated series for teenagers and adults

Original title: The Boondocks
Author: 
Aaron McGruder
Characters:
 Robert Jebediah “grandfather” Freeman, Riley Freeman, Tom Dubois, Uncle Ruckus
Production: Rebel Base Productions, Adelaide Productions, Sony Pictures Television
Regia
: Seung Eun Kim, Anthony Bell, Joe Horne, Kalvin Lee, Sean Song, Dan Fausett, Sung Dae Kang, Sung Hoon Kim, Young Chan Kim
Country: United States
Year: 6 November 2005
Broadcast in Italy: November 5 2000
Gender: Comedy
Episodes: 55
Duration: 22 minutes
Recommended age: Teenagers aged 13 to 19

Starting from Tuesday 16 March 2010 at 22,30 pm on MTV, the transgessive and irreverent cartoons of The Boondocks will be broadcast, which for their contents and dialogues are aimed at an adult audience. The series was born in 1998 as a comic by the African-American designer Aaron McGrunder, initially on the website www.boondocks.net, then published in a university newspaper and in the music magazine The Fonte, to finally arrive in national newspapers such as Los Angeles. Time and Newsweek. Through the characters that are children of hip-hop culture, Aaron McGrunder in his short comic strips (strip) summarizes all the criticism of American politics in recent years: from drugs to racism, from the Bush government to the war in Iraq, from delinquency juvenile to 11 September. In Italy, The Boondocks comics have been published in Linus magazine. The cartoon series divided into 15 episodes, each lasting 25 minutes, was produced by Sony Pictures Television International and the first three episodes were presented on November 3, within the Lucca Comics & Games 2006 event.

The story sees as protagonists the two African-American brothers Huey and Riley Freeman who, with their critical and disenchanted gaze, point the finger of accusation against the hypocrisies and distortions of their society. Huey is a 10-year-old boy, characterized by thick hair, who already has a strong personality, as he has been tempered by the life lived in the slums of Chicago, between drugs and fighting with rival gangs, which have made him mature his conscience radical revolutionary politics. He tries to venture into organizing rallies and demonstrations, but with little success. Riley is 8 years old, is passionate about rap music and dreams of becoming a gangster to get rich. Fortunately, his laziness prevents him from achieving these aspirations and he is content to vent his anger in video games. Huey and Riley's life changes when their grandfather decides to move to retire in the quiet and affluent town of Woodcrest, far from the run-down of the Chicago suburbs. Huey and Riley thus come into contact with the social class of the rich American bourgeoisie and this provokes in them a feeling of rebellion. The two boys feel discriminated against both from a racial and social point of view, as they see their grandfather Jebediah pathetically play the role of the snob, to be accepted by his neighbors. In the first episode we find the Freemans, who as soon as they arrive in Woodcrest, are invited to a garden party by the rich Ed Wuncler, where they will meet Uncle Ruckus. In reality, he is not a relative of theirs, but the classic "inflated balloon", who despite being of African-American ethnicity, does not tolerate black people, claiming that his own skin has become dark due to a disease, therefore he defines white race. They will also meet Ed III, the aristocratic and racist son of the Wuncler family, who has just returned from the war in Iraq. In the episode "Kelly on Trial" the R'n'B singer R. Kelly ends up in court for having released a compromising video about him via the internet. To accuse him during the trial there is the lawyer Tom DuBois, the neighbor of the Freemans and to give him a hand there is also Huey who accuses Kelly of abusing a minor, while Riley defends him as still clouded by idolatry for the pop star. In her cartoon, singer Whitney Houston will also appear along with her husband Bobby Brown. In the episode "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner", the grandfather falls in love with a beautiful girl named Crystal, whom he hosts in his house. The two boys Huey and Riley look at her with distrust and suspect that she is a prostitute who wants to trick their grandfather, so they decide to arm themselves with a video camera and film her during her private life, to unmask her.

All characters and images of The Boondocks are copyright © Aaron McGrunder / Adelaide Productions Inc./Rebel Base / Sony Pictures Television International and are used here for knowledge and dissemination purposes.

Blue Submarine # 6 - The 1998 anime series

BLUE SUBMARINE N.6
This beautiful cartoon created by Satoru Ozawa, airs on MTV on Saturday at 14,00 pm. Blue Submarine n.6 is a very skilful mix between animation in 3d graphics and the classic futuristic Japanese anime. The story of Blue Submarine n.6 is set in the future, where, due to terrestrial overpopulation, we try to explore the seabed to look for any possibility of transferring part of the population to the bottom of the oceans in the future, where they will find food in abundance. All the nations of the Earth have united giving life to an organization called Blue. All the nations therefore, will have to explore with a submarine, the seabed of its territory in order to identify the possible colony. Blue n. 6 is Japan's submarine which is called Kame (Turtle) due to its shape. But a mad scientist named, Dr. Yung Zorndyke, in a delusion of omnipotence, decides to start changing the Earth's climate by increasing the greenhouse effect and inevitably causing the polar ice caps to melt and flooding the planet. It also studies new individuals called hybrids, which can replace humans after the planet's catastrophe. These individuals will only be able to survive in the sea, as his project also foresees the inversion of the Earth's magnetic poles, which will permanently cancel the atmosphere. Meanwhile, on the mainland, the men who survived the catastrophe fight against the hybrids of Dr. Yung Zorndyk. Among these we find Mayumi Kino, an 18-year-old boy whose parents died in the catastrophe of the Grampus, a small combat submarine contained in Blue Submarine 6.
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