The Speakeasy #073: One Piece, Star Wars, When Marnie Was There, The Oscars

Ongoing Investigations: Star Wars the Force Awakens from Disney, Aquarion Logos from Satelight, One Piece by Eiichiro Oda, The Magicians from SyFy.

Food for Thought: Who is your favorite One Piece Villain?

Topics: When Marnie Was There and the Oscars, Lots of Anime on the Big Screen, Otakon Teams Up with Omakase, Sailor Moon Pop-up Cafe in NYC, Netflix Adds Detective Conan.

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And now your helpful bartenders at The Speakeasy present your drink:

The Han Solo

  • 1.5 oz coffee liqueur
  • 3 oz Irish Cream
  • 2.25 oz vodka

Mix together with crushed ice in a glass and garnish with mint leaves.

 

Some of Our Favorite Anime and Manga About Anime and Manga

narutaki_icon_4040 I love animation and comics. Period. The artforms that is. And the more I learn about the process, the more appreciation I have for them. I feel like there isn’t a year that goes by where I don’t see something so incredible that it makes me revere the mediums all over again.

There is a lot to learn and having better access to Japanese news and culture has given us lots of insight: from the first time I learned about the assistants a manga-ka has to crowdfunding for animator dorms (!). But non-fiction accounts aren’t the only way to learn about an industry. In fact, creating a fictional world set within the very real parameters of manga creation or animation studios may illuminate the true struggles and triumphs even more.

hisui_icon_4040 If you are an animation fan for any amount of time there is a tendency to wonder what is the precise magic that transforms still pictures into moving images. (It is not actually sorcery that creates animation unless that animation is stop motion.) Some people are interested for academic reasons, others as it is a potential career path, while most just want a deeper understanding of their hobby. But like any attempt to see how the sausage is made it can be anything from an eye-opening moment of wonder to harsh bucket of cold water depending on how the lesson is presented.

Anime and manga have done several stories that look at how they are made with various degrees of love. In some titles it is the heart and soul of the premise and others it merely a set piece for comedy or romance. Those anime and manga range in its opinion of itself as everything from seeing the industry as havens of marvelous artistic self-expression to soul grinding commercial product factories with most portrayals being some sort of mix between those two extremes. No matter which of the two ends of the spectrum the title falls on they are usually an eye-opening insight into how the stories otaku love are created.

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The Speakeasy #059: 5 Lovely Senshi, Sailor Moon

Drink #059:  5 Lovely Senshi
Sailor Moon

We discuss the first arc of Sailor Moon which has been remastered and rereleased. We follow this up by talking about the original manga arc of the story and Sailor Moon Crystal.

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And now your helpful bartenders at The Speakeasy present your drink:

5 Lovely Senshi

Sailor Moon’s Super Pink Vodka Tonic

First rim the glass with sugar. Add a shot of raspberry vodka (we used Smirnoff’s) and then pour in tonic water. Use only one drop of red food coloring and stir. Garnish with a lemon

Sailor Mars’ Fiery Red Rum Punch

For this we used V8 Fusion’s Strawberry and Banana for some real flavor (and vitamins!) Add a little more than a shot of Captain Morgan’s Original Spiced Rum for that extra kick! Garnish with a straw and grapes.

Sailor Venus’ Vivacious Orange Mimosa

Rim the champagne flute with sugar. Pour in half a glass of champagne. Fill the rest with orange juice and a little bit of V8 Splash’s Mango Peach for a little more fruitiness and orange color!

Sailor Jupiter’s Electric Green Vodka Shot

Make lime green Jello as directed on packaging. Pour in vodka (Smirnoff’s again!). Separate into shot glasses. Allow to cool. Pretty self-explanatory!

Sailor Mercury’s Cool Blue Gin and Tonic

Add one shot of gin and fill the glass with tonic water. My favorite gin is Bluecoat American Dry Gin! It also comes in a neat dark blue bottle! (A plug for our local gin makers!) For that cool color in your drink, spritz in just a bit of blue Kool-aid! Garnish with a lemon slice.

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