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[CENTER][SIZE=4][COLOR=Navy][U][FONT=Book Antiqua][B]The Otakan News! [/B] [/FONT] [/U] [/COLOR] [/SIZE]

[B]The one newspaper for OB members! [/B] [/CENTER]

Well, I have just come up with this paper, and I?ve yet to find some co-workers to help me out so I don?t do all the work... Anyway, here?s the Week?s news!

[COLOR=DarkRed][B]Anime and Manga[/B]
Several good things have been announced this week, mostly about Anime! Bleach had been announced to launch to AS! Hopefully, it won?t be edited too badly, and maybe for once, more people will enjoy the American anime more than the American Manga. I?m sure most of you are aware of Bleach?s story of ghosts, love, and Shonen elements!

And, one of the most interesting things this week... Eureka 7! Some of you won?t be aware of this Anime. So, I?ll give you a nice little review.


Story: 14 year old Renton is a dreamer. He wants to fly around the world on his ?Ref-board?. He begins to doubt his dream, and then a robot smashes into his house! The giant robot is piloted by the good-looking blue-haired Eureka, of a rebel organization, Gekkostate. The military is chasing her, and Renton soon gets in the middle of this problem. Renton and Eureka shake ?em off, and Renton joins Gekkostate with the beautiful girl.

Characters: Renton
A boy who dreams about traveling, and the newest Gekkostate rebel!

Eureka: The pilot of The Nirvash , she can hear the thoughts of machines.

Studio: BONES

V. 1 should be out already, but if it?s not, then it will soon!
Don?t miss the new videogame if you live in Japan![/COLOR]

[COLOR=DarkOliveGreen][B]Video Games[/B]


One of the most talked about games of the week, is Kingdom Hearts 2. Yes, some are sick of hearing about it, and others want more! So, KH2 is now officially out, though it does take a while before your local Wal-Mart to get it (I just had to write that).

I?m sure all of you know that Square Enix has made the first one an epic, and they?ve also done the Final Fantasy series. In fact, the game of the week that I liked, was SE?s new Radiata Stories. Yet, both are only on PS2, so I?m sorry for you other game-players. Yes, some members are flustered that KH2 got a 7.6 out of 10. Oh well, I say. Play it anyway, since you should remember that IGN got new people to do the rating job(and they?re not very good at it). The game is just a big fusion, of Final Fantasy, RPG elements, platform...and Disney...

Just wondering...Who would?ve known that a game about Japanese dudes, and Disney characters would?ve been such a big hit? Heh.

Now, let?s talk about RK. Radiata Stories is definitely one of the best RPGs of the year, about Jack Russell, son of an incredible knight. One of the best things I liked about this game was that Jack and the other characters had real personalities. Unlike, The Legend of Zelda, it also has great voice-overs. I give it an 8.9 out of 10. So check out KH2, and RS when you get the chance! You definitely won?t be sorry if you love platform fights, a good story and Anime-game Graphics!

P.S. Speaking of Zelda...The twilight Princess has yet to come out![/COLOR]

[COLOR=Blue][B]Otaku Lounge and World News[/B]

In the lounge, this week, there are several good threads that are getting pretty stacked, or need to! One would be Your Religion started by Gun Preacher. I can smell argue, and controversy in the air, along side history lessons of different Religions! Check it out if you wanna know more.

Also, is Choose..... by myst. This thread isn?t too new, but pretty fun anyway. It?s a fun game where you give two choices, and someone has to choose one or the other, and then give two more choices.

And... I was about to start world news, when I noticed that there was an exact thread to what I was going to write about!


The Mexican border dispute! They are trying to put up a giant wall around the border, so no one can go straight over anymore. Yet, the wall will go through houses, and rivers and many other things to be around the border. I?m not really saying the wall is bad, or good, but if this does happen, many felons will be in the USA. But, it will also make things a little bit fairer. Since, nobody just wade over the border anymore after they put up the wall, everyone will be registered, and everyone will pay taxes. This is certainly news! [/COLOR]



Degrassi is coming back on air with a new season! Don't forget! 6 days! The -
N is having a few marathons too, to start the new season off,so you won't be lost.If you guys don't know this show, it's a Canadian hit, based around teens with humour, friendship and drama, and recently...shooting :animesmil It's a must see for people that have the channel Nogin. [/COLOR]


This week a neb has given us some pretty good art, with a distinct cartoony-anime like feel.


By AsageKitsune, post in the thread Newbie Alert!, and please remember, keep it constructive!
K.W and Zeke have gotten a newb some pretty cool sets in the thread Fruits basket(Haru)/Naruto(Shikamaru) by Mitsukai_Kage.

Ichimaru vs. Hitsugaya (Bleach) banner request by Raphael has an awesome banner made by Delta attached, and it?s definitely a good one!

Oh, and would somebody help Onikage or sunsetdisaster? They have some requests that have yet to be replied to! [/COLOR]

Well, this has been the first editon to The Otakan News...and it might?ve been better if I have had a crew! I?m recruiting, so if you?re interested, and will actually do something, PM me!
-Nomura, Editor-In-Chief[/I]
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Ok forgive me if I am not supposed to comment but I have to. This was a good idea and since I have been gone so long, it was good to know what is going on. I hope to read more of this. Good luck with it. :catgirl:
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[SIZE=1]Interesting, most interesting.

As I already said in the Suggestions and Feedback Forum, I think this is a fascinating little idea but wasn't sure how well it would work out in practice, but seeing the actual "[I]newspaper[/I]" I think's worked out really well. All you need now is a few specialists for the different forums to give their own personal perspectives on the goings-on and we'll be in business.[/SIZE]
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Yeah, definitely an idea worth developing. ;D Like Gavin said, there could be several "reporters" from different sections of OB sending you stuff. There could also be an ongoing comic strip if somebody wants to take a shot at that (I'm thinking DW with his Slackers in Slacks).

But it's a very nice way to compile things that are going on in here, since I personally don't usually even visit every section.

*thumbs up*
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[COLOR=Navy][SIZE=1]I have to agree with Sandy's ideas...having a "reporter" from just about every section would be great. That way, someone who's been gone for a while can just look here to see what's been going on. Or, as Sandy said, people who don't necessarilly look at each section will be able to tell what happening in the other parts of OB.

A great idea! Kudos!


P.S. (Recruting? Sounds like fun...)[/SIZE][/COLOR]
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Yes, I desperately need reporters! I took like...a little over 30 minutes to do this, and it's not even that long! Recruiting, yes, but anyone recruited yet? Nope. Anything I could do to make this paper better?
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[COLOR=DeepSkyBlue][SIZE=1][FONT=Tahoma]I really think that this Newpaper idea was a good one, Nomura. It tells everyone about what new anime and video games that are coming out, what's going on in all the threads and also, banner sets that have been or need to be made. Very nice job for your first time, I'd say. n.n By the way... I just read about the recruiting... could I apply for a job? I'd love to help out in this great project. *puppy dog eyes* O.O[/FONT][/SIZE][/COLOR]
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[COLOR=DarkSlateGray][SIZE=1][FONT=Comic Sans MS]This could be the raging collection of bacteria inside of me thats called the Flu but I think that where you are going with this newspaper idea is pretty cool. For one I think I visit almost all the forums execpt the Music movies and Tv one, if any that is the one forum that I need the most news from if any. Yet this could turn out to be a rather neat thing. I am looking foward to see how this is going to turn out.[/FONT][/SIZE][/COLOR]
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So far...

Sandy has applied for the Video games section, and the new RPG section and Gavin has applied for the RPG as well. Each section will only have one to two people working on it, or three if it's escentiall(I might've spelled that wrong). What would you apply for K.W?
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[COLOR=DeepSkyBlue][SIZE=1][FONT=Tahoma]Umm... I would like to apply for the Art Section. It would be so cool to write about people's new works of art and new banner sets. Also, could I do the ad section?? That seems really fun, too. n.n[/FONT][/SIZE][/COLOR]
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How's the next issue advancing? Just wondering if it'll be up today or tomorrow... Heh, it'll be fun to see my contribution in it! ;D

Hmm, I should probably change my custom title and avatar accordingly...
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[COLOR=DeepSkyBlue][SIZE=1][FONT=Tahoma]Whew!! I finally PM'ed you with my Art and Ad articles, Nomura!! All in all, I hope it was good because I just typed it in about 15 minutes. Sorry about that.... I'v just been busy with school and art. XD I hope I did a good job with it!! I kinda liked it.... but I'll do better!!

Oh... and I'm sorry, but I can't send in an Art and Ad article next week... I'll be in Holland, Germany for a Youth Christian Camp. Skiing... w00t! Anyways, could you do it for me until I get back? I promise to make it up to you by writing an awesome article next, next week! n.n[/FONT][/SIZE][/COLOR]
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[SIZE=1][STRIKE]Hm, a shot at online journalism, eh? I'm looking at going into journalism in Uni, so this could be fun. I don't exactly post around much any more...so I'll take any job you need, with a preference on Anthology or the Art Studio. That is, if you want me, heh.[/STRIKE] Never mind.

This was quite an interesting read because, like others have said, I don't visit all the forums. I think talking about the Art by Request was a stroke of genius, it'll really raise awareness with regards to who needs what done.

*thumbs up*[/SIZE]
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[color=#555555][FONT=Tahoma]That's [I]right![/I] :smirk:

At first glance I thought this was just going to be a carbon copy of the DailyOtaku, but now that I've read it I can see it is very different. The whole idea of having a newspaper for Otakuboards members to come a read to see the current going-ons and hypes of OB is a great idea.

It could use some work, though. The spelling and grammar is alright, but I'd suggest pasting the final post into MWord or something of the like and do a spellcheck. You should also work on the pictures. The first picture should have been (in my opinion) centered and possibly bordered. The second picture is very small and the third/fourth pictures should also have been centered (or thumbnailed).

Anyways, I wouldn't mind taking part in this growing online paper myself. So, if you have any spots available for the Adventure Inn/Square/Underground/Play/PC Mac... then I am your man. I could also help with things I mentioned above.[/FONT][/COLOR]
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Heh, White :animesmil

[CENTER][FONT=Book Antiqua][COLOR=Navy][SIZE=3][B]The Otakan News![/B][/SIZE][/COLOR][/FONT][/CENTER]

Second Edition launch in 5,4,3,2,1...

Well, it?s that time again. Another week, another paper. This is the second paper in this little project. Enjoy! To start things off, I?d like to bring up a small article that I?ve researched into just a small bit.

[B][I]?I?m an existentialist--freedom and passion are the most important things to me-?

Quotes Shintaro Ishihara, governor of Tokyo. Freedom and Passion? He sure didn?t give passion to Mickey Mouse! Yes, Ishihara insulted our little mascot that gave Britney Spears a chance to be noticed. The mouse is from Disney, and is now in Kingdom Hearts? videogame series. But, some people say that he is saying this because it comes from America, and that he?s a racist. So...racist? Or maybe he just hates cartoons...Disney movies evolved the art style of Anime, believe it-or-not, sorta like an influence. Of course, you wouldn?t expect a political person to know or care about that. Oh well, everybody has their opinion.[/I][/B]
[COLOR=Red][B]Anime and Manga[/B]

This week, we?ve got some good news, and maybe some bad news if you like Biblos...

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Fruits Basket once again on Booklist , this time as #48. Volume 13 is out, and smells like fresh manga, and judging by the fandom of FB on the Otakuboards, you guys should be going nuts.

Kingdom Hearts Manga volume 3 is now on the shelves...And yes more people are going crazy. This one is pretty good, and I can?t wait for the fourth to hit shelves.

[CENTER][IMG] http://www.icv2.com/images/94829Startrekmanmd.jpg[/IMG][/CENTER]

Now..on to the interesting stuff! Star Trek fans unite with Otakus...and get a manga? Chris Dows, Gregory Johnson, Jeon-Mo Yang, Jim Alexander, Joshua Ortega, Michael Shelfer, Mike Barr and Rob Tokar are all working on this project, and I for one am not a ST fan, but I?m still pretty excited to see this hit stores in September! Hitting off with a 192 page volume from TokyoPop, even more crazed fans will be screaming as it (and the 40th Anniversary celebration) blast into the media.


Transformers....LIVE MOVIE! EVEN STEVENS! Shia LaBeouf stars in the new re-make of the anime Transformers. It will start playing in May of 07....and....I?m sorta scared.

And last but not least, Biblos, yaio hit company...Went huzzah in bankruptcy. Sucks for the fans, sucks more for the company. But...just maybe, they?ll make a comeback. Heh, just maybe...[/COLOR]


This past week there has been an interesting discussion in the [b][url=http://www.otakuboards.com/forumdisplay.php?f=12]Play It[/url][/b] ?forum whether [B][url=http://www.otakuboards.com/showthread.php?t=52686]video games are art or not[/url][/B]. Well, you can have varied opinions about that, but as the term ?art? is so hard to define (or because everybody has a different definition for it), there hasn?t been a conclusion to the sprouting debate. It?s really an intriguing subject, though, so be sure to check it out.

In the [b]PC/Mac[/b] ?section, there?s a thread about people?s [B][url=http://www.otakuboards.com/showthread.php?t=52454]history with MMORPGs[/url][/B], which stands for Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Games, for those of you who were unaware. To put it more understandably, they are those addicting online games that cause people to forgot to eat and take care of their babies. Anyhow, the thread itself is pure quality discussion, with no ?WoW is bestest!!!1?-type of replies. It also gives you some respective on [i]why[/i] people play those games as well (not like it's something inconcievable, though).

In case you aren?t aware, both the European and American release of the DVD of the computer-animated movie [b][url=http://www.square-enix-usa.com/dvd/ff7ac]Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children[/url][/b] is nearing. It?s the [b]24th[/b] (PAL-regions) and the [b]25th[/b] (US) of this month, guys and girls! See the extra-hot Cloud and the extra-hot Tifa in extra-hot FMV action! The two DVDs are said to include following special features:

[b]Disc 1:[/b]
*Reminiscence Of Final Fantasy VII: a video compilation of scenes from the original game to help viewers catch up on the storyline pre-Advent Children
[b]Disc 2:[/b]
*Deleted scenes
*Distance: the making of the film
*Venice film festival footage
*Sneak peak of upcoming games in the franchise including the eagerly awaited Final Fantasy XII

That?s something to wait for ? even if you aren?t a ravaging FF-fanboy like me.

- [B][i]Sandy[/i][/B] [/COLOR]

Alas...I must...get this DVD. Sandy makes it sound so good. Heh, this week Amelia has given us a li?l list of some cool stuff in M,M & TV. Check it out.


? This week in Music, Movies, and TV, there have been some slightly disappointing threads. Remember to care about good post quality, eh?
? If you?re interested in the TV show House, Disney Movies, Rob Zombie?s new album, or the upcoming Halo movie, there are threads available for discussion.
? Friday was ?The Biggest Night of Degrassi Ever? on The-N, hope ya saw it, and if you didn?t, You gotta catch the reruns.
? Now, for a tidbit of my own excitement ? AFI?s seventh album, Decemberunderground, is scheduled for release on June 6, 2006 (notice the date, anyone?)[/COLOR]

- [B]Amelia[/B]
AFI?s new CD should be pretty good, and The Degrassi season premiere was definitely good!

[COLOR=DarkOliveGreen][B]Otaku Lounge and World News[/B]

This week....there?s a thread about God. And, apparently the people that post there don?t like me. Heehee, Was it something I said? LOL. Check it out if your interested in God...or me getting beat down by some really good come-backs. Heh.

There?s also a thread on Homosexuality. Hm, one time some guys my friend was gay. He?s not, but they think he is ?cause he?s optimistic all the time and dresses funny. That?s just plain wrong...They judge him by whats on the outside, and come to a conclusion that?s exactly the opposite of what he is. And what if he was? Why is so wrong in today?s society to be homo? If you ask, me it?s not right. We?re all equal. Doesn?t matter what ?team? your on. Comments? Insults?

And last, but not least. Here?s a list of other threads that need posting, that seem pretty interesting at the moment.

Magic -tanukioh
Be careful what you wish for- Amelia
Anybody have any klutzy moments?- ladydark
Jrotc- FBI-chick
How big of a deal is it?-Chie

And check out some of the threads by Gun preacher. He?s got some good ones! If he didn?t then why would I be highlighting him?[/COLOR]


Well, in this weeks Art by Request, there hasn't been that many requests lately.... the only new one so far is the Rurouni Kenshin Banner and Avatar Request by Samurai Mix. So far, only KW (me... I know) has answered to his call for help. If you or anyone else wants to contribute... please, reply to his thread and help him out! And also, there are a couple of threads still waiting to be answered by some users! If you want or are in the mood to make a set for anyone, then go ahead and help some users out with your artistic talent!

In other news, the Art Studio has some very interesting threads up and about.

The Rate The Sig Above You thread has been popular lately... so if you want your avatar and sig rated and have some constructive criticism, then reply to this thread here and rate some artwork!

Also, there are threads that are showing users different works of art and need some loving! Look up some of Delta's, White's, Retribution's and Keyblade's work and tell them what you think of their art by submitting a post in their threads. Whatever you tell them, I'm sure they'll take it lightly.... I think... XD

And... last but not least.... as you all have heard, the Graphic Worm thread has been shut down momentarily. Yes.... the most awesome thread showing people's works placed together has been stopped to a halt, until Retri can find another good site to post it on. Let's hope that he finds one soon... because a lot of us want to see great artwork by great artists.

Want to post your artwork? Want a new banner and avatar set? Or maybe you just want to look at art.... well, stop by the Art Studio and you'll have what you're looking for!



Want to add some pizzazz to your life? Well... order your nail today! Introduced by the famous White.

Want your ad posted in The Otaku Paper? Well... PM me, Keyblade Wielder, or Nomura and send us your ad![/COLOR]

-[B]Keyblade Wielder[/B]

[I]Editorial- Yes...We should be done for the week....We still need somebody to do RPG section, and the Anthology section. Gavin is doing the RPG section...but...he didn?t PM his article... LOL, sad story I know. And White, you can help out as well! PM me whenever you?re ready. Spellchek done! ....I forgot to put the c in spellcheck... I?m gonna work on my spellcheking skills!

-Nomura, editor in chief[/I]
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[COLOR=DeepSkyBlue][SIZE=1][FONT=Tahoma]Huzzah!! Aside from all the spellchecking corrections, this issue of the Otakan News has been a most wonderful one! It kept me informed about the newest manga volumes of Fruits Basket and Kingdom Hearts, which made me really happy. n.n Needless to say.. everyone did a awesome job! *applause* Great articles, everyone.... kept me informed about everything!!

Anyways, hope to see more this week... as I'll be gone to Holland. Think of me!! n.n w00t![/FONT][/SIZE][/COLOR]
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[Color=DarkBlue]This actually isn't such a bad idea.

They say the only way to get somethign done is to it yourself, so I'd like to go for the Antho spot.

A couple of things that could use improving. Would it be possible to format this to make it actually look like a newspaper? I know a certain OB member that did a short story with a format that look similar, so it couldn't be that difficult once someone was found.

Also, a possible letters/PM's to the editor and a section where people can have their own written works published might make the fan interaction seem more there.

All and all, not a bad idea. Like I already said.[/color]
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[B]HHHmmm... I can't tell if Zeke wanted to try out or not. She said nevermind, LOL. Okay JJ, PM me whenever you're ready to start. I would make the format like that....but...I'm afraid it'll take too much! We only have a certain ammount of time, and it's already a pain to write these articles. LOL. Ill try it though, if you can get me that format.

P.S. I think a small one-shot section would be a great idea, for people to submit small stories or etc. :animesmil
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Guest Stafal-chan
hee hee is the title suppose to say Newpaper or newspaper teehee ^_^ anyways it's neat i'm willing to help ^_^ just tell me whattcha want me to do ^_^ so gimme a Pm okies? ^_^
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[quote name='Nomura][B']HHHmmm... I can't tell if Zeke wanted to try out or not. She said nevermind, LOL. Okay JJ, PM me whenever you're ready to start. I would make the format like that....but...I'm afraid it'll take too much! We only have a certain ammount of time, and it's already a pain to write these articles. LOL. Ill try it though, if you can get me that format.[/B][/quote]

[color=#555555][FONT=Tahoma]Oh, sure. Let all these people in first even though I signed up (somewhat) first. ;_;

Am I in this, though? You said I could help but you never said what with. I put a whole list of areas I'd be willing to work on, so just PM me.

Anyway, the second issue was five times better than the first. The spellcheck was very apparent and you took my advice on the images! Bravo. I like how you changed the font colour for each article to match the writer's normal font. A good idea. I want more![/FONT][/COLOR]
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[quote name='White][color=#555555][FONT=Tahoma]Oh, sure. Let all these people in first even though I signed up (somewhat) first. ;_;[/FONT'][/COLOR][/quote]

[COLOR=DarkSlateGray][SIZE=1][FONT=Comic Sans MS]....HA!

Very sorry I couldn't get you anything for the anime section though in this issue Nomura. I am currently finding out why procrastination is very very bad in high school...espically when you have three months to plan it out. Then I also have many many things to memorise...which procrastination has helped out rather well as well. So in all this week I just couldn't even do anything sadly. I should be able to do things this week. Hopefully if school stops [spoiler]shoving their evil school like tentacles where they don't belong[/spoiler].

Yet this newspaper still rocks, espically this one...GO SPELLCHECK! it saves us every day by not having to use the dictionary...which even if we did. We could just go and use an online version of it.[/FONT][/SIZE][/COLOR]
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