8$ is a series which occasionally highlights interesting crowdfunding projects. Every day, the 8Asians team is inundated by many worthy pitches. We are unable to highlight every one that comes our way, or even the ones we might individually support. The projects selected for 8$ are not endorsements by 8Asians. (To be considered for 8$, we highly suggest you not harass the writers or the editors of 8Asians.) WHO: Leon Le, (Writer/Director/Editor) is a self [...] Continue »
Everyone’s been wanting to see this fight, so here’s a way to experience the fight fictionally, Hajime no Ippo anime style. I know I’m excited to see it! I last blogged about EMC Monkey’s in their Mortal Kombat Legacy video. They’re a stunt action crew that does fun videos like this all the time. I’m already getting goosebumps from just this teaser video. Makes me wish I could spend all of today at the boxing [...] Continue »
Last spring, I went on a trip to North Cali to research for my book series about Chinese in the American Old West. For fun, my brother and I did a fight video with a filmmaker friend of ours iMakeDumbFilms, and here was the result. After we had our fun, I considered the Asian stereotypes that we reinforced: All Asians know kung fu. Asians wear and do Asiany things all the time. Nevermind that my [...] Continue »
The creator of the wildly popular manga and anime Full Metal Alchemist, author Hiromu Arakawa, recently released a new highly anticipated series called Silver Spoon. It could not be more different from his previous successful anime. Full Metal Alchemist is about two alchemy brothers who are in search of the all powerful Philosopher’s Stone to restore themselves after a tragic accident in their troubled past. Silver Spoon, on the other hand, is about a teenage [...] Continue »
Sometimes Euro-centric anime can get pretty annoying to me, since I generally am not a fan of European art, architecture, or designs. Plus, Asian Europhilia unfortunately smells too much like rotting colonial imperialism leftovers. So when I see an anime based on European themes, my initial reaction is usually averse. The anime Blue Exorcist, however, is not only tolerable, it’s quite good, and what makes it good is the characters.
Here’s a topic we’ve never covered at 8Asians before: movies with Asian subject matter – that never star an Asian. Oh wait, my bad, we cover it all the time. Anyway, another good take on this never-ending topic, from a segment by Kevin Kataoka of Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell.
Ever since my first Terminator movie in the 80s, I’ve always loved movies, books, TV shows, and, of course, even anime about robots. So when I discovered this anime, Time of Eve, on Crunchyroll, it immediately caught my interest. The story is set in the near future, a world with technology that’s really just a few steps ahead of our own. Aside from holographic menus and wall-sized ambient screens, robots are a common home accessory, [...] Continue »
Umm, warning, this video is a super spoiler. Anyways, this summer, I was introduced to an old school style anime called Hajime no Ippo. It’s about a kid named Ippo who was always bullied happening upon the sport of boxing, and it changes his entire life. It’s very Rocky Balboa, so if you’re a Rocky fan like I am, I guarantee you’ll LOVE this anime. Of course, there’s the really exciting high intensity boxing matches [...] Continue »
I just watched all of Mortal Kombat Legacy 1 and 2, and it was fun, action packed, and nostalgic in a violent sort of way. It took me back to when I used to sit on the sidelines watching people play the game and screaming out in disgust at the crazy violent brutalities, I mean fatalities. Aside form the excessive violence, I like stuff like this, fantasy adventure martial arts with Asian mythology themes. Out [...] Continue »
UPDATE: This project successfully raised its funding goal on 10/25/2013 8$ is a series which occasionally highlights interesting crowdfunding projects. Every day, the 8Asians team is inundated by many worthy pitches. We are unable to highlight every one that comes our way, or even the ones we might individually support. The projects selected for 8$ are not endorsements by 8Asians. (To be considered for 8$, we highly suggest you not harass the writers or the [...] Continue »
Few games are as brutal and gut-wrenching as a the Mortal Kombat franchise and its infamous fatalities in which heads are sliced in half, spines are pulled out, and blood and guts are basically spewed everywhere. But what happens when the fatality’s a cute one? After getting a boost from a mention on Kotaku, this EMC Monkeys’ video in celebration of the newest season of Machinima’s Mortal Kombat Legacy II has been making the rounds [...] Continue »
LINSANITY, the movie about the roller coaster story of Jeremy Lin and his quest to make it in the NBA, debuts this Friday in these cities: Chicago Houston Los Angeles New York San Diego San Francisco San Francisco South Bay Seattle Washington DC Taipei, Taiwan I had the great opportunity to watch the documentary back at CAMMFest and loved it and hope all of you can get out to support the film in its first [...] Continue »
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