Dragon Ball, sometimes styled as Dragonball, is a Japanese media franchise created by Akira Toriyama in 1984. The initial manga and illustrated by Toriyama, was serialized in Weekly Shōnen Jump from 1984 to 1995, with the 519 individual chapters collected into 42 tankōbon volumes by its publisher Shueisha. Dragon Ball was inspired by the classical Chinese novel Journey to the West, as well as Hong Kong martial arts films; the series follows the adventures of the protagonist, Son Goku, from his childhood through adulthood as he trains in martial arts and explores the world in search of the seven orbs known as the Dragon Balls, which summon a wish-granting dragon when gathered. Along his journey, Goku makes several friends and battles a wide variety of villains, many of whom seek the Dragon Balls. Toriyama's manga was adapted and divided into two anime series produced by Toei Animation: Dragon Ball and Dragon Ball Z, which together were broadcast in Japan from 1986 to 1996. Additionally, the studio has developed 20 animated feature films and three television specials, as well as two anime sequel series titled Dragon Ball GT and Dragon Ball Super.
From 2009 to 2015, a revised version of Dragon Ball Z aired in Japan under the title Dragon Ball Kai, as a recut that follows the manga's story more faithfully by removing most of the material featured in the anime. Several companies have developed various types of merchandising based on the series leading to a large media franchise that includes films, both animated and live-action, collectible trading card games, numerous action figures, along with several collections of soundtracks and a large number of video games. Dragon Ball is one of the top twenty highest-grossing media franchises of all time, having generated more than $20 billion in total franchise revenue as of 2018. Since its release, Dragon Ball has become one of the most successful manga and anime series of all time, with the manga sold in over 40 countries and the anime broadcast in more than 80 countries; the manga's 42 collected tankōbon volumes have sold over 160 million copies in Japan, are estimated to have sold more 250–300 million copies worldwide, making it the second best-selling manga series in history.
Reviewers have praised the art and humour of the story. It is regarded as one of the greatest and most influential manga series made, with many manga artists citing Dragon Ball as a source of inspiration for their own now popular works; the anime Dragon Ball Z, is highly popular across the world and is considered one of the most influential in boosting the popularity of Japanese animation in Western culture. It has had a considerable impact on global popular culture, referenced by and inspiring numerous artists, celebrities, filmmakers and writers across the world. Akira Toriyama loosely modeled Dragon Ball on the classic Chinese novel Journey to the West, he has said that the fighting was influenced from movies by famous martial arts actor Jackie Chan, Hong Kong martial arts films such as Enter the Dragon and Drunken Master, as he wanted to create a story with the basic theme of Journey to the West, but with "a little kung fu."Since it was serialized in a shōnen magazine, he added the idea of the Dragon Balls to give it a game-like activity of gathering something, without thinking of what the characters would wish for.
With Goku being Sun Wukong, Bulma as Tang Sanzang, Oolong as Zhu Bajie and Yamcha being Sha Wujing, he thought it would last about a year or end once the Dragon Balls were collected. Toriyama stated that although the stories are purposefully easy to understand, he aimed Dragon Ball at readers older than those of his previous serial Dr. Slump, he wanted to break from the Western influences common in Dr. Slump, deliberately going for Chinese scenery, referencing Chinese buildings and photographs of China his wife had bought. Toriyama wanted to set Dragon Ball in a fictional world based on Asia, taking inspiration from several Asian cultures including Japanese, South Asian, Central Asian and Arabic cultures; the island where the Tenkaichi Budōkai is held is modeled after Bali, which he, his wife and assistant visited in mid-1985, for the area around Bobbidi's spaceship he consulted photos of Africa. During the early chapters of the manga Toriyama's editor, Kazuhiko Torishima, commented that Goku looked rather plain, so to combat this he added several characters like Kame-Sen'nin and Kuririn, created the Tenkaichi Budōkai martial arts tournament to focus the storyline on fighting.
It was when the first Tenkaichi Budōkai began that Dragon Ball became popular, having recalled the races and tournaments in Dr. Slump. Anticipating that readers would expect Goku to win the tournaments, Toriyama had him lose the first two while planning an eventual victory, he said that Muscle Tower in the Red Ribbon Army storyline was inspired by the video game Spartan X, in which enemies tended to appear fast. He created Piccolo Daimao as a evil villain, as a result called that arc the most interesting to draw. Once Goku and company had become the strongest on Earth, they turned to extraterrestrial opponents including the Saiyans. Freeza, who forcibly took over planets to resell them, was created around the time of the Japanese economic bubble and was inspired by real estate speculators, whom Toriyama called the "worst kind of people." Finding the escalating enemies diffic
Class of the Titans
Class of the Titans is a Canadian animated television series created by Studio B Productions and Nelvana Limited. It premiered on December 31, 2005 at 5 pm ET/PT on Teletoon with a special 90-minute presentation of the first three episodes; the series aired in the United States on Qubo from September 19, 2009 to October 24, 2009. On April 1, 2012, the series returned to Qubo as part of its Qubo Night Owl block replacing "Spliced" where it remains as of June 2015; the series is being released on DVD. The first three episodes were released on February 19, 2008 as Chaos and includes a behind-the-scenes featurette; the second DVD, Trojan Horse, was released on May 20, 2008 and contains episodes 4–6. "Class of the Titans: Vol. 1 Season 1" was released November 18, 2008 and contains episodes 1–13. No further episodes were released on DVD. However, in 2016, Amazon has uploaded the show on its video streaming website Amazon Prime, listing it broken into 4 "seasons"; the feared titan of time Cronus escapes from Tartarus' prison after thousands of years of imprisonment when the planets aligned on New Year's Eve.
Now an ancient prophecy predicts that 7 teen heroes will be the ones to defeat Cronus once and for all. All the Ancient Greek characters are portrayed with their original Greek names and Hercules is the only exception because he is portrayed by his Roman name instead of his Greek name Heracles in the TV show. Jay – "The Leader," descendant of Jason of the Argonauts. Jay is 16 years old and the first of the teenagers to be located, he has an instinct for leadership and his preferred weapon is a xiphos with a retractable blade. His parents are under the impression that, far from helping to save the world, he has been shortlisted for a space mission and is at a specialized astronaut training school. Jay is of Greek heritage on his mother's side, thus grew up with the stories of classical mythology. If the other teenagers are confused about a certain mythological concept, he explains it to them, he was unsure about his leadership role, as the others displayed obvious physical or mental skills to signify and cement their places in the group, whereas Jay's were more subtle.
Jay takes his role as a hero seriously being the one who's always worrying about potential threats when everything seems fine. His sense of responsibility and focused work ethic tends to drive the group mildly insane. Sailing seems to be his favorite hobby, he has strong feelings for Theresa. In the first episode that she appears, he asks if she can read minds, which implies that he doesn't want her to know he likes her; the two of them share a passionate kiss in the Season Two finale. Jay is analyzed as the everyman, taking into account the well-being of his friends and respecting each and every one of their abilities, his mentor is Hera. Atlanta – "The Hunter," Atlanta is 15 years old, one of the youngest of the heroes, the only chosen one with a female ancestor. After Jay, she was the next person, she was born and raised in the Northwest Territories and was brought up around weapons and such, which explains her odd passion for dangerous weapons. She has exceptional reflexes and tracking abilities.
Atlanta uses jaw-trap steel bolas as her weapon of choice, though she tires of using steel bolas as enemies run off with them or break them and elects to use a small wrist crossbow that shoots laser beams. She works in tandem with Herry or Archie to take down Cronus' various minions. Atlanta has a bit of a one-track mind, preferring to act rather than think things through, likes to tease Archie, is short-tempered. At the same time, she's studious to the point of being neurotic, she has an interest in environmental issues and volunteers for the Green Alliance, though she enjoys hunting with traditional weapons and has a scar on her right shoulder from an incident with a puma. Atlanta has no interest in dating, but she did have a crush on Phil and developed feelings for Archie. There are hints earlier in the show. While reluctant to change their relationship beyond that of close friends, she decides in "The Deep End" that she cares for him in the same way he does for her. Atlanta is a player on Olympus High's field hockey team, along with Theresa.
Atlanta is an environmental activist, taking part in various protests. Original designs depicted Atlanta in a white T-shirt, her mentor and Greek ancestor was stated to be Artemis, but it was clarified that she is the descendant of Atalanta. Herry – "The Brawn," descendant of Hercules, his mentor. A 16-year-old farm boy and the third to be discovered, he completed the initial trio of teens Hermes brought to Olympus High. Herry was found by Hermes on a farm after fighting 2 giants alone, he has superhuman strength and tends to rely on this. As such, he has no weapon, though he can be improvisational and learn to use just about anything when the need arises. While resourceful in this way, he doesn't seem to be bright. Growing up on a farm, he is easy-going, he had no friend
Vancouver is a coastal seaport city in western Canada, located in the Lower Mainland region of British Columbia. As the most populous city in the province, the 2016 census recorded 631,486 people in the city, up from 603,502 in 2011; the Greater Vancouver area had a population of 2,463,431 in 2016, making it the third-largest metropolitan area in Canada. Vancouver has the highest population density in Canada with over 5,400 people per square kilometre, which makes it the fifth-most densely populated city with over 250,000 residents in North America behind New York City, San Francisco, Mexico City according to the 2011 census. Vancouver is one of the most ethnically and linguistically diverse cities in Canada according to that census. 30% of the city's inhabitants are of Chinese heritage. Vancouver is classed as a Beta global city. Vancouver is named as one of the top five worldwide cities for livability and quality of life, the Economist Intelligence Unit acknowledged it as the first city ranked among the top-ten of the world's most well-living cities for five consecutive years.
Vancouver has hosted many international conferences and events, including the 1954 British Empire and Commonwealth Games, UN Habitat I, Expo 86, the World Police and Fire Games in 1989 and 2009. In 2014, following thirty years in California, the TED conference made Vancouver its indefinite home. Several matches of the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup were played in Vancouver, including the final at BC Place; the original settlement, named Gastown, grew up on clearcuts on the west edge of the Hastings Mill logging sawmill's property, where a makeshift tavern had been set up on a plank between two stumps and the proprietor, Gassy Jack, persuaded the curious millworkers to build him a tavern, on July 1, 1867. From that first enterprise, other stores and some hotels appeared along the waterfront to the west. Gastown became formally laid out as a registered townsite dubbed Granville, B. I.. As part of the land and political deal whereby the area of the townsite was made the railhead of the Canadian Pacific Railway, it was renamed "Vancouver" and incorporated shortly thereafter as a city, in 1886.
By 1887, the Canadian Pacific transcontinental railway was extended westward to the city to take advantage of its large natural seaport to the Pacific Ocean, which soon became a vital link in a trade route between the Orient / East Asia, Eastern Canada, Europe. As of 2014, Port Metro Vancouver is the third-largest port by tonnage in the Americas, 27th in the world, the busiest and largest in Canada, the most diversified port in North America. While forestry remains its largest industry, Vancouver is well known as an urban centre surrounded by nature, making tourism its second-largest industry. Major film production studios in Vancouver and nearby Burnaby have turned Greater Vancouver and nearby areas into one of the largest film production centres in North America, earning it the nickname "Hollywood North"; the city takes its name from George Vancouver, who explored the inner harbour of Burrard Inlet in 1792 and gave various places British names. The family name "Vancouver" itself originates from the Dutch "Van Coevorden", denoting somebody from the city of Coevorden, Netherlands.
The explorer's ancestors came to England "from Coevorden", the origin of the name that became "Vancouver". Archaeological records indicate that Aboriginal people were living in the "Vancouver" area from 8,000 to 10,000 years ago; the city is located in the traditional and presently unceded territories of the Squamish and Tseil-Waututh peoples of the Coast Salish group. They had villages in various parts of present-day Vancouver, such as Stanley Park, False Creek, Point Grey and near the mouth of the Fraser River. Europeans became acquainted with the area of the future Vancouver when José María Narváez of Spain explored the coast of present-day Point Grey and parts of Burrard Inlet in 1791—although one author contends that Francis Drake may have visited the area in 1579; the explorer and North West Company trader Simon Fraser and his crew became the first-known Europeans to set foot on the site of the present-day city. In 1808, they travelled from the east down the Fraser River as far as Point Grey.
The Fraser Gold Rush of 1858 brought over 25,000 men from California, to nearby New Westminster on the Fraser River, on their way to the Fraser Canyon, bypassing what would become Vancouver. Vancouver is among British Columbia's youngest cities. A sawmill established at Moodyville in 1863, began the city's long relationship with logging, it was followed by mills owned by Captain Edward Stamp on the south shore of the inlet. Stamp, who had begun logging in the Port Alberni area, first attempted to run a mill at Brockton Point, but difficult currents and reefs forced the relocation of the operation in 1867 to a point near the foot of Dunlevy Street; this mill, known as the Hastings Mill, became the nucleus. The mill's central role in the city waned after the arrival of the Canadian Pacific Railway in the 1880s, it remained important to the local economy until it closed in the 1920s. The settlement which came to be called Gastown grew around
Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Destiny
Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Destiny is an anime television series, a direct sequel to Mobile Suit Gundam SEED by Sunrise and the overall tenth installment in the Gundam franchise. It retains most including Director Mitsuo Fukuda. Set two years after the original Mobile Suit Gundam SEED, the plot follows the new character Shinn Asuka, a soldier from ZAFT, composed of humans born genetically enhanced labelled as Coordinators; as ZAFT is about to enter into another war against the regular human race, the Naturals, the series focuses on Shinn's as well as various returning characters' involvement in the war. The series spanned 50 episodes, aired in Japan from October 9, 2004, to October 1, 2005, on the Japan News Network television stations Tokyo Broadcasting System and Mainichi Broadcasting System. In December 2005, Sunrise aired a special episode that remade the events from the series' last episode. A series of four films compiling the series has been released in Japan. Gundam SEED was adapted into various manga adaptations and light novels published by Kodansha and Kadokawa Shoten.
Bandai Entertainment licensed the series for North America release, has published it in DVD volumes. The series aired on television in Canada, while the compilation films were released in DVDs; the first manga was published by Del Rey Manga. Various types of merchandising have been released, including CD soundtracks and video games. Gundam SEED Destiny became popular in Japan, having sold over one million DVD volumes and soundtracks topping charts; the series was the winner of the Anime Grand Prix in both 2004 and 2005 polls. Critical reception has been positive with focus on the themes and events occurring throughout the series. However, Gundam SEED Destiny has been compared with its prequel for sharing similar situations with the director's cut OVA having helped to improve an ending, felt weak. Gundam SEED Destiny sets the story two years after the original series and it starts when the leader from Orb, Cagalli Yula Athha, reunites with PLANT's chairman Gilbert Durandal to discuss the construction of new mobile suits made for the military organization ZAFT.
Three of them are stolen by a group called Phantom Pain, controlled by the Blue Cosmos terrorist organization. Cagalli's bodyguard. During the fight, ZAFT's battleship Minerva is ordered to destroy the ruins of a space colony to prevent it from crashing into Earth, they find out. After failing to destroy the colony, a second war starts between the factions, the Earth Alliance and ZAFT, once news has spread that ZAFT soldiers caused the colony to collide on Earth; the neutral country of Orb allies with the Earth Alliance, with the former having joined Blue Cosmos. This leads these three faction to confront the ZAFT soldiers several times, with Athrun having returned there. In the war, the Archangel class assault ship interferes in the fights between ZAFT and the Earth Alliance's faction. Allied with the Archangel, Cagalli fails to stop her country from fighting and the Archangel is involved in the fight. Athrun becomes disaffected after Gilbert Durandal orders the destruction of his friend Kira Yamato and the Archangel, deeming them as enemies.
He defects with Meyrin Hawke. Cagalli is able to regain leadership from Orb; the leader of Blue Cosmos, Lord Djibril, orders the weapon Requiem to be fired which destroys many of the space colonies of PLANT, resulting in many deaths. The crew of the Minerva kills Lord Djibril and capture the Requiem. Gilbert Durandal announces the "Destiny Plan", a plan where a person's job or task will be based on their genetics, uses the Requiem to destroy anyone who opposes him; this brings Shinn and the crew of the Minerva into direct conflict with the Archangel ship and the ZAFT forces opposing. Kira and Athrun with their new mobile suits ZGMF-X20A Strike Freedom and ZGMF-X19A Infinite Justice and their allies, defeat the ZAFT forces and destroy the Requiem. Durandal is killed by one of Rey Za Burrel; the series' ending was expanded in both the last compilation film. Soon after Durandal's death, the Earth Alliance, ZAFT, the Orb Union meet to end the war, with Lacus Clyne acting as the negotiator. After fighting between each other various time in their mobile suits and Shinn meet in person for the second time and promise to join forces for a better future.
Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Destiny was first announced in July 2004 in Japanese magazines. Earlier, voice actor Seki Tomokazu had stated he was working on a popular show with fans hinting it was related to Mobile Suit Gundam SEED. Next month, the first trailer from the series was hosted online in its official website. Before the series' premiere, staff member Kabashima Yousuke gave hints about Shinn's character, telling that the Gundam SEED Destiny's protagonist would be a character not seen in the prequel, he would have a thin appearance; the main staff from Mobile Suit Gundam SEED remained in Gundam SEED Destiny including director Mitsuo Fukuda. When the series was premiering in Japan, Fukuda stated that unlike Gundam SEED, the sequel would not focus on Kira's and Athrun's relationship, but on Shinn's involvement in the war, he refrained from giving its reasons. In order to add more entertainment to the series, the staff worked on the fight scenes between mobile suits. Shinn's character wa
Mobile Suit Gundam SEED
Mobile Suit Gundam SEED is an anime series developed by Sunrise and directed by Mitsuo Fukuda. The ninth installment in the Gundam franchise, Gundam SEED takes place in a future calendar era, in this case the Cosmic Era, the first to do so. In this era, mankind has developed into two subspecies: Naturals, who reside on Earth, Coordinators, genetically enhanced humans capable of amazing feats of intellect who emigrate to man-made orbital colonies to escape persecution by natural humans; the story revolves around a young Coordinator Kira Yamato who becomes involved in the war between the two races after a third, neutral faction's space colony is invaded by the Coordinators. The television series was broadcast in Japan between 2002 and 2003, on the Tokyo Broadcasting System and Mainichi Broadcasting System networks, beginning a broadcast partnership with the Gundam franchise; the series was adapted into a manga as well as light novels. A sequel series, Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Destiny followed in 2004.
Merchandise has been released, including CD soundtracks and video games. Gundam SEED was licensed by Bandai Entertainment for broadcast in North America, began airing in the United States and Canada in 2004 and 2005 respectively; the films and the sequel were licensed by Bandai. The manga and light novels as well as the spin-off series, Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Astray, were licensed. Video games were released in North America. Mobile Suit Gundam SEED was popular with the public in Japan, winning numerous awards, with high sales of the series DVD and music; the character development and animation has gained praise, but similarities with previous Gundam series have drawn both comparisons and criticism from Gundam fans. The series is the first of the Gundam franchise set in the "Cosmic Era" in which mankind is divided between normal Earth dwelling humans, known as "Naturals", the genetically altered super-humans known as "Coordinators"; the primary conflict of the story plot derives from jealous hatred by Naturals of the abilities of Coordinators, leading to hate crimes, the emigration of all Coordinators who flee into space to live idyllic lives on giant orbital space colonies called PLANTS of their own design.
War breaks out between Earth and the Plants. The Earth is divided between two major factions, the Earth Forces formed from most of the natural born human nations the Eurasians and the Atlantic Federation, a natural human supremacist group known as Blue Cosmos with its slogan, "For the preservation of our blue and pure world"; the Earth Forces are not a unified alliance, infighting and mistrust exist between their various nation states. The second major Earth nation is the Orb Union, a staunchly politically neutral and isolationist nation located on small Pacific Ocean islands ruled by a hereditary monarchy and still contains Coordinator citizens. Two major events precede the story, known as the Bloody Valentine tragedy that initiated war between the PLANTS and the Earth Forces when one of the PLANT space stations, Junius-7, is destroyed by a nuclear bomb; the second event is the counterattack by the PLANTS that buries Neutron Jammers deep into Earth's crust that halts all nuclear reactions and long range radar and radio, causing most areas of earth to go without electricity or communication, requiring mobile suits to rely on rechargeable batteries.
The PLANTS are a technological power house, developing many new technologies that give them equal power to Earth despite their small population. It is the invention of the Mobile Suits that give their military the edge in the beginning of the war; the story begins in the neutral Orb Union owned space colony Heliopolis, where secret development of 5 advanced mobile suits for the Earth Forces war effort in exchange for their technical data to be shared with the neutral Orb Union military. Additionally Heliopolis constructs a unique carrier battleship, the Archangel to base the five mobile suits from for the Earth Forces; the colony is attacked by ZAFT forces, the military of the Coordinators, with the objective of stealing the new units. During the incursion an Orb union student and Coordinator named Kira Yamato, upon seeing his friends in danger, pilots the GAT-X105 Strike mobile suit to fend off the invaders but the colony is critically damaged in the ensuing fight; as Heliopolis disintegrates, the survivors board the Archangel, begin their journey to the Alliance base in Alaska.
During the journey to Earth, Kira pilots the Strike to counter a series of attacks by ZAFT but is killed by his childhood friend, ZAFT soldier Athrun Zala, during one of their battles in which he is nearly killed. Kira survives the attack and is taken by a blind priest to one of the PLANT space colonies, home to the Coordinators to recover; the Archangel arrives in Alaska but ZAFT launches a full-scale attack on the base overpowering their enemies. Kira goes to Alaska with the ZGMF-X10A Freedom, a advanced, nuclear powered, Neutron Jammer proof ZAFT mobile suit stolen by the PLANT pop star Coordinator Lacus Clyne daughter of Siegel Clyne, President of the Supreme Council of PLANT. Using Freedom, Kira ends the battle between the two armies, but the Alaska base is subsequently destroyed; the Archangel flees to the neutral country of the Orb Union. The Archangel and a new ship, the Orb Union ship Kusanagi leave Earth for space where they join Lacus Clyne's rebel faction and their stolen ZAFT battleship, the Eternal to form the Three Ships Alliance with the common goal of ending the war between the Naturals and Coordinators.
In the midst of the conflict, Athrun learns that Kira survived
Gin Tama is a Japanese manga written and illustrated by Hideaki Sorachi and serialized, beginning on December 8, 2003, in Shueisha's Weekly Shōnen Jump. Set in Edo, conquered by aliens named Amanto, the plot follows life from the point of view of samurai Gintoki Sakata, who works as a freelancer alongside his friends Shinpachi Shimura and Kagura in order to pay the monthly rent. Sorachi added the science fiction setting to develop characters to his liking after his editor suggested doing a historical series; the series has been adapted into an original video animation by Sunrise and was featured at Jump Festa 2006 Anime Tour in 2005. This was followed by a full anime series, which debuted on April 4, 2006, on TV Tokyo and finished on March 25, 2010. A sequel titled Gintama' first premiered in Japan on April 4, 2011 and ended on March 26, 2012, before returning once again for a brief run from October 4, 2012 to March 28, 2013. A continuation of the TV anime series titled Gintama° began airing on April 8, 2015, ended on March 30, 2016.
Two animated films have been produced. Besides the anime series, there have been various light novels and video games based on Gin Tama. A live action film adaptation of the same name was released on July 14, 2017 in Japan by Warner Bros. Pictures. A new anime series continuing after the events in the Gintama° anime series, named Gintama. Premiered on January 9, 2017; the manga has been licensed by Viz Media in North America. In addition to publishing the individual volumes of the series, Viz serialized its first chapters in their Shonen Jump manga anthology, it debuted in the January 2007 issue, was serialized at a rate of one chapter a month. Sentai Filmworks licensed the series; the website Crunchyroll purchased home video rights. In Japan, the Gin Tama manga has been popular, with over 55 million copies in print, making it one of the best-selling manga series; the anime and its DVDs have been featured, at various times, in Top Ten rankings of their respective media, while TV Tokyo has announced that the first Gin Tama anime was responsible for high sales overseas along with the anime adaptation from Naruto.
Publications for manga and others have commented on the Gin Tama manga. Positive responses have focused on the comedy and characters from the series, as well as its overarching plot and action choreography; the story is set in an alternate late-Edo period, where humanity is attacked by aliens called "Amanto", the samurai of Japan join the battle against the aliens, but when the shōgun realizes the power of aliens, he betrays the samurai and surrenders to the aliens. The shōgun writes an unequal contract with aliens which allows the aliens to enter the country and places a ban on carrying swords in public; the swords of samurai are taken away. After that, the shogunate becomes a puppet government; the plot is focused on an eccentric samurai, Gintoki Sakata, who helps a teenager named Shinpachi Shimura save his sister Tae from a group of aliens who want to make her part of a brothel. Impressed with Gintoki, Shinpachi becomes his apprentice and works with him as a freelance odd-jobs man in order to pay the monthly rent on Gintoki's combination home and office, as well as to know more about him.
The two of them rescue a teenage alien girl named Kagura from a group of Yakuza who wanted to use her superhuman strength to kill people. Kagura joins Shinpachi and Gintoki to work as freelancers and the three become known as "Yorozuya". While doing their job, they encounter the police force Shinsengumi several times, who ally with Odd Jobs Gin in their work since the jobs involve dangerous criminals, they meet some of Gintoki's former comrades from the fight against the Amanto's invasion, including the revolutionary Kotaro Katsura who maintains a friendly relationship with them despite his terrorist activities against the bakufu. On the other hand, Shinsuke Takasugi acts as a major antagonist throughout the series, as he wants to destroy the bakufu and sees his former comrades as enemies. Although the series' story is episodic, there are a few story arcs which are developed through several chapters. Across several story arcs Takasugi starts gaining allies including Kagura's brother and the elite unit Mimawarigumi to prepare for his large scale coup d'état.
Following the assassination of the ruling shōgun, Shige Shige Tokugawa, the Shinsengumi rebel against the new shōgun Hitotsubashi Nobunobu. After the Introduction of Utsuro as the shows main villain during the'Farewell, Shinsengumi' arc, the plot shifts to Gintoki along with his friends and enemies trying to stop Utsuro from destroying both Earth and the Universe. Hideaki Sorachi's main focus in Gin Tama is the use of gags. Various jokes from the manga are comments regarding clichés from other shōnen series. For example, in the first chapter after Gintoki fights a group of aliens to protect Shinpachi and Tae, Shinpachi complains that he only fought for "one page" and Gintoki replies, "Shut up! One page is a long time for a manga artist!" Gintoki's exaggerated desire to read the Weekly Shōnen Jump makes fun of shōnen, since during those parts characters quote them. Other types of comic situations are more general, so that the reader must know about Japanese culture to understand them; the humour is described by publications as being "bizarre" and "weird".
It is described as being divided be
Mobile Suit Gundam
Mobile Suit Gundam is a televised anime series and animated by Sunrise. Created and directed by Yoshiyuki Tomino, it premiered in Japan on Nagoya Broadcasting Network and its affiliated ANN stations on April 7, 1979, lasted until January 26, 1980, spanning 43 episodes, it was the first Gundam series, which has subsequently been adapted into numerous sequels and spin-offs. Set in the futuristic calendar year "Universal Century" 0079, the plot focuses on the war between the Principality of Zeon and the Earth Federation, with the latter unveiling a new giant robot known as the RX-78-2 Gundam piloted by the teenage civilian mechanic Amuro Ray. In 1981, the series was split into three movies; the characters were designed by Yoshikazu Yasuhiko, Kunio Okawara was responsible for the mechanical designs, including the eponymous giant robot, the RX-78-2 Gundam. The first movie was released on February 22, 1981. Tomino himself wrote a trilogy of novels that retell the events of the series. Two manga adaptations of the series have been written by two manga artists.
Despite initial low ratings that caused the series' cancellation, the popularity of Gundam saw a boost from the introduction of Bandai's Gunpla models in 1980 and from reruns and the theatrical release of the anime, leading to the creation of a prolific and lucrative media and toy franchise. The series is famous for revolutionizing the giant robot genre due to the handling of mobile suits as weapons of war as well as the portrayal of their pilots as ordinary soldiers, as opposed to the previous style of portraying hero pilots and their giant super hero robots. Set in a fictional universe in the year 2179, the Principality of Zeon has declared independence from the Earth Federation, subsequently launched a war of independence called the One Year War; the conflict has directly affected every continent on Earth nearly every space colony and lunar settlement. Zeon, though smaller, has the tactical upper hand through their use of a new type of humanoid weapons called mobile suits. After half of all humanity perishes in the conflict, the war settled into a bitter stalemate lasting over 8 months.
The story begins with a newly deployed Federation warship, the White Base, arriving at the secret research base located at the Side 7 colony to pick up the Federation's newest weapon. However, they are followed by Zeon forces. A Zeon reconnaissance team member disobeys mission orders and attacks the colony, killing most of the Federation crew and civilians in the process. Out of desperation, young Amuro Ray accidentally finds the Federation's new prototype arsenal—the RX-78 Gundam, manages to beat back Zeon forces. Scrambling everything they can, the White Base sets out with her newly formed crew of civilian recruits and refugees in her journey to survive. On their journey, the White Base members encounter the Zeon Lieutenant Commander Char Aznable. Although Char antagonizes Amuro in battle, he takes advantage of their position as Federation members to have them kill members from Zeon's Zabi family as part of his revenge scheme. Amuro meets ensign Lalah Sune with whom he falls in love, but accidentally kills when facing Char.
When the Federation Forces invade the Fortress of A Baoa Qu to defeat the Zeon forces, Amuro engages on a final one-on-one duel against Char due to both blaming the other for Lalah's death. Having realized he forgot his true enemy, Char stops fighting to kill the last surviving Zabi member, Kycilia Zabi. Amuro reunites with his comrades as the war reaches its end; the "Mobile Suits" of the show were inspired by the powered armor from the American novel Starship Troopers from 1959. Mobile suits were conceptualized as human-like robots. Yoshiyuki Tomino's original plot for the anime was much more grim, with Amuro dying halfway through the series, the crew of the White Base having to ally with Char, but having to battle him after he takes control of the Principality of Zeon; the original concept found expression in a series of novels written by Tomino soon after the show's conclusion, elements of the storyline weaved themselves into Zeta Gundam and Char's Counterattack. In previous series Tomino worked in, villains were alien agents.
Mobile Suit Gundam was the first of his work. The director commented, he aimed to expose starting with Japanese aggression in Manchuria in 1939. Tomino did not allow for changes to history and wanted to use the story to make viewers confront the tragic realities of war; the director was unwilling to discuss the message of his work, expecting the viewers to reach their own conclusion. Additionally, he commented. Tomino met mechanical designer Kunio Okawara when he first worked in two television series from Sunrise. Tomino asked him to collaborate with him in his upcoming project; the anime would be called "Gunboy" but it was renamed Mobile Suit Gundam. The White Base, the mothership of the protagonist crew members, is designed with a 3 plane view method by Kunio Okawara, however, it is not specially designed for the anime series Gundam, it was a salvaged design from the anime Invincible Steel Man Daitarn 3; the idea of having a space carrier from Tomino is inspired by the earlier science fiction anime Space Battleship Yamato, in which he claimed to be a fan of.
It was intended to be in a more realistic black color, but was changed to white by the order