I Found a Site Online That Helps Me Remember My Life Back Home

I never realized that I would be homesick until I moved to this country and found myself yearning for so many things that I had been around all my life. I didn’t want to feel that way, but it happened anyway. I used to race to my grandmother’s after school each day to watch Japanese dramas with her. Then we would discuss them together after each show ended. I missed them so much. One day, I decided to do a search online and found out that I can watch them here in the US. Jdrama is the name of the site that I go to. It does not cost me a thing to view episodes there. It reminds me so much of my time spent with my grandmother.

My grandparents were some of the best people that I have ever known. Continue reading →

How to Select a Reputable Lawyer

One simple way to find a reputable lawyer is to ask your family, friends, and coworkers about their experiences with lawyers. You will be surprised at the information that you get from them. Also, your close circle is the best way to gain information because their advice will not be filtered and will help you feels better about your decision. Another great way to find a reputable lawyer is to talk to other people who have had legal defense for the issue you are experiencing. For example, if you need a lawyer for a court case, you could ask a previous client of that lawyer about their experiences with them.

After you have consulted with your friends and family, you can then begin to find a reputable lawyer via an Internet search. There are many websites that will help you find a lawyer. One way that the websites work is to search by the type of lawyer that is needed for services. These services could be civil or criminal. In addition, these services could be needed to solve injuries, deaths, or criminal cases. These services will also put the cost that you want to pay into consideration to help you narrow down your choices in lawyers.

Another way to find a refutable lawyer is to search news websites for them. If they have won or lost either a big or a high number of cases, the Internet is likely to inform you of these habits. By doing an Internet news search for lawyers, you can clearly see the details of the case and how the lawyer handled that particular case. In addition, you can search for the firm that the lawyer works for. The search for the firm can help you find more information if you seem to be at a loss for it. By searching the firm’s reputation and reviews, you get a sense of what the lawyer is like as well as what type of law that the firm focuses on.

Another step in finding a reputable lawyer is to hire a specialty lawyer that has had both an extensive education and experience with the type of law that you need them to help you with. A specialty lawyer is the best option for you if your case is difficult to play out in court. Because the specialty lawyer is more educated in that particular area of law, they are able to recognize more facts that will help your case in court.

What is Pokemon?

The Pokemon anime (Japanese cartoon) series is one of the longest running and most successful animated series to have aired on TV in the past few decades and has spawned numerous spinoff specials and theatrical movies.

Based on the popular Nintendo video games of the same name, Pokemon follows the story of Ash, a ten year old boy from a place called Pallet Town which is located within a region called, Kanto.

While this region does borrow its name from the real world region of the same name in Japan, the entire world in the anime is a totally different fantasy world where animals have never existed and instead are replaced with creatures called, Pokemon.

While many Pokemon fall into the small, cute category, the size and shape of Pokemon varies with some resembling our world’s dinosaurs, others who actually come from outer space, several who are so powerful that some people believe them to actually be gods and even ghost Pokemon who have the ability to communicate with dead Pokemon and humans and even possess others.

When the series starts, we are told that there are 150 of these Pokemon known to the scientific community with the potential for many more to exist that haven’t been discovered yet. People who aim to see them all are called Pokemon Masters. This is what the main character Ash wants to be though he starts his journey as a Pokemon Trainer, a person who captures Pokemon and trains them to be stronger and participate in Pokemon Battles (where 2 to 4 Pokemon Trainers’ Pokemon fight).

To capture a Pokemon, a Pokemon Trainer has to weaken it with one of their existing Pokemon. Once weakened, the trainer can capture it with a Poke Ball, a man-made device used for storing Pokemon. Strangely while a wild Pokemon will resist capture, once it’s captured it will usually immediately show affection to the trainer and obey them without question.

There are exceptions though and several Pokemon are shown throughout the series to disobey their trainer and even attack them. The Pokemon Trainer then has to either prove that they are worthy enough to be their trainer or create an emotional bond with the Pokemon through understanding the Pokemon’s feelings or even saving it from a dangerous situation.

This theme of companionship, friendship and understanding is a constant theme in the Pokemon anime which is strongly enforced through several characters frequently lecturing an episode’s protagonist on the importance of these values.

Pokemon Anime Seasons, Specials and Movies

Due to being based on the Pokemon video games, the anime’s storyline and production is heavily influenced by the current video games’ storyline, location and characters. While each generation of the video games feature completely new characters though, the Pokemon anime follows the same main character, Ash and his first Pokemon and best friend, Pikachu as they travel to new regions (featured in the current video game) and make new friends in their search to discover more Pokemon (currently as many as 719) and Ash’s attempt to become the world’s strongest Pokemon Trainer and Pokemon Master.

Unlike many other anime and the majority of Western animated series, the Pokemon anime airs on an almost weekly basis in Japan with the occasional week off for a major sporting event, episode repeat or a special episode that focuses on different characters set in the Pokemon anime world that technically doesn’t count as part of the season. The result is seasons with a relatively high number of episodes averaging around 52 episodes per season.

In addition to the televised anime, each year a Pokemon movie is released that takes place within that year’s region and features the current cast of characters. These movies usually feature very powerful and rare Legendary Pokemon and are usually accompanied by a Pokemon animated short aimed at young children before the main feature begins.

The first season of the Pokemon anime, retroactively retitled years later as Pokemon Indigo League, is set in the Kanto region as is the first movie, Pokemon The First Movie.

The second season, Pokemon Adventures on the Orange Islands and the second movie, Pokemon 2000 are set in a chain of islands called, you guessed it, the Orange Islands.

The third, fourth and fifth seasons of the anime, Pokemon The Johto Journeys, Pokemon Johto League Champions and Pokemon Master Quest as well as their respective movies, Pokemon 3, Pokemon 4ever and Pokemon Heroes are set in the Johto region.

The sixth, seventh and eighth seasons of the Pokemon anime, Pokemon Advanced, Pokemon Advanced Challenge and Pokemon Advanced Battle as well as their respective movies, Pokemon Jirachi Wishmaker, Pokemon Destiny Deoxys and Pokemon Lukario and the Mystery of Mew are set in the Hoenn region. It’s worth noting that Pokemon Lukario and the Mystery of Mew was the last Pokemon movie to feature the original English voice actors before the majority were replaced. Pokemon Advanced Battle was the last full season with the original English cast.

The last 14 episodes of the eighth season, Pokemon Advanced Battle and the ninth season, Pokemon Battle Frontier see the main characters return to the Kanto region. The ninth movie, Pokemon Pokemon Ranger and the Temple of the Sea starts in Kanto, however the story quickly takes the characters out to sea, making their exact location difficult to determine.

The tenth, eleventh, twelfth and thirteenth seasons of the Pokemon anime, Pokemon Diamond and Pearl, Pokemon Diamond and Pearl: Battle Dimension, Pokemon Diamond and Pearl: Galactic Battles and Pokemon Diamond and Pearl: Sinnoh League Victors as well as their respective movies, Pokemon The Rise of Darkrai, Pokemon Giratina and the Sky Warrior, Arceus and the Jewel of Life and Pokemon Zoroark: Master of Illusions are set in the Sinnoh Region. The three films, The Rise of Darkrai, Giratina and the Sky Warrior and Arceus and the Jewel of Life are exceptional among the Pokemon movies for being an actual movie trilogy that shares several story arcs across all three films.

The fourteenth and fifteenth seasons of the anime, Pokemon Black & White and Pokemon BW Rival Destinies as well as the sixteenth season which was split into Pokemon BW Adventures in Unova and Pokemon BW Adventures in Unova and Beyond as well as their respective movies, Pokemon White: Victini and Zekrom / Pokemon Black: Victini and Reshiram, Pokemon Kyurem vs. the Sword of Justice and Pokemon Genesect and the Legend Awakened are set in the Unova Region with Ash and Pikachu returning to Kanto once again towards the end of Pokemon BW Adventures in Unova and Beyond.

The current, seventeenth season of the Pokemon anime, Pokemon the Series: XY as well as its upcoming movie, Pokemon the Movie: Diancie and the Cocoon of Destruction are set in the new Kalos Region.

If I Could Only Watch One…

  • …Episode I would watch the first season episode, Episode 20: Bye Bye Butterfree. It’s a beautiful episode that explores the more dramatic side of a Pokemon Trainer raising a Pokemon and learning that sometimes you have to let go of the ones you love so that they can have the best life they can have. The events in this episode have had a major influence in the maturing of Ash’s personality and were even brought up recently in Episode 33, Butterfree and Me, of the show’s sixteenth season!
  • …Season I would watch the first season, Pokemon Indigo League. In addition to being the only season of the anime to feature a full trip to a Pokemon League within one season and providing an introduction to most of the main characters, there’s a wonderful sense of charm and humor to these episodes that’s reduced in the later seasons. It also features the majority of the original 150 Pokemon and a very strong female supporting character in the form of Misty.
  • …Movie I would watch the eighth Pokemon movie, Pokemon Lukario and the Mystery of Mew. It provides a rare glimpse into the ancient past of the world the Pokemon anime is set in and tells a genuinely moving story of sacrifice and loyalty mixed with some epic action scenes and comedic moments. The animation is also very impressive and the music score is one of the most moving out of all the films in the series.

Who Should Watch?

Pokemon is an anime series that can, and is, enjoyed by fans of Japanese and Western animation of all ages. Adults can get frustrated with some slight plot repetition with episodes in the later seasons and movies but those who can just enjoy it for what it is will have a lot of fun.

The focus on friendship and family and the lack of any sort of major violence or sexual themes makes this an ideal anime for younger children (preschool / kindergarten) to watch unattended. Be warned though that some of the movies lean towards a slightly older age group (preteens) regarding violence.

How to Watch

Due to its popularity, the Pokemon anime and its movies are fairly easy to get your hands on.

The official North American website offers a wide selection of episodes to watch for free from all the story arcs. The anime also airs very frequently on free to air TV in most countries around the world in addition to the cable channel, Cartoon Network.

Top 10 Pokemon Anime Seasons

10.  Pokemon Season 7: Advanced Challenge

Continuing their journey in the Hoenn region, Ash, May, Max and Brock had a few adventures in Advanced Challenge but none of which really stood out as that memorable. None, except for the classic two parter that saw the return of Misty and Togepi; The Princess and the Togepi and A Togepi Mirage!.

9.  Pokemon Season 13: Pokemon Diamond and Pearl Sinnoh League Victors

Pokemon Diamond and Pearl Sinnoh League Victors was the final season set within the Sinnoh region and featured the long-awaited Sinnoh League. Ash’s Pokemon Battles in the tournament were superbly animated and the inclusion of Legendary Pokemon, Latios and Darkrai really surprised fans.

8.  Pokemon Season 4: Johto League Champions

The second season set in the fan-favorite Johto region, Johto League Champions benefitted greatly from the region’s characters and Pokemon. Unfortunately very few of the episodes really stood out enough which prevented it from ranking higher.

7.  Pokemon Season 3: The Johto Journeys

The first seasons set in a new region normally feature the best episodes. The writers seem more energised with the new setting and soft reboot and almost everything that happens this early on in a region is major plot development, something fans of the show desperately want to see. The Johto Journeys has all of this in addition to the classic episode, Charizard’s Burning Ambition which sees the departure of Charizard which boosts the season as a whole to greater heights and a higher ranking

6.  Pokemon Season 2: Adventures in the Orange Islands

A lot of Pokemon fans dislike Adventures in the Orange Islands with a passion but I like it so much that it’s actually my sixth favorite season!

The season’s strength is in its originality and willingness to be different from the previous story arcs. Adventures in the Orange Islands stands apart from a lot of the other seasons by not really being set in a region. It’s set in an area called The Orange Islands. It provides a great change of scenery and storyline with Ash not training for a Pokemon League but instead being on a serious mission for Professor Oak with Misty to deliver a mysterious Poke Ball to him.

Unlike most of the other seasons, the Orange Islands arc stands completely on its own and thus is a lot easier to rewatch as opposed to the Johto and Sinnoh arcs which span several seasons

5.  Pokemon Season 6: Advanced

While The Johto Journeys benefitted from the new creativity a new region brings, Pokemon Advanced also benefitted and then some.

The sixth season of the Pokemon anime saw a total refresh of the visual style of the show. The character designs were now much more modern and the animation smoother. The writing also seemed to have more energy, making this season one of the tighest yet

4.  Pokemon Season 14: Pokemon Black and White

The 14th season of the Pokemon anime, Pokemon Black and White once again saw a major refresh in the look and feel of the show. Ash’s character design looked significantly different than it did way back in the first season and the show itself now looked more stylised.

This season also broke new ground for the anime. While previous journeys to new regions would see a mix of new and old Pokemon, when Ash and Pikachu travelled to Unova, with the exception of Pikachu and Meowth, every Pokemon they encountered was an Unova native. Even Officer Jenny and Nurse Joy got a new look!

This “Only New Pokemon” rule forced the writers to think outside the box. They could no longer rely on Pokemon and characters established in the previous 13 seasons. This was unchartered territory for Ash and for the viewer as well

3.  Pokemon Season 17: Pokemon the Series XY

With such a big change in style in Season 14, not many fans were expecting another change when Ash moved to the Kalos region. Pokemon the Series XY really upped the ante with not only new character models but an entire new way for presenting Gym Battles with new computer generated imagery and sound effects. The animation in this season took another leap forward in quality but unlike previous seasons which normally start off with impressive animation and quickly lower to average after a few episodes, the animation quality in XY maintains a high standard throughout. The plotting and overall storylines are pretty good too!

2.  Pokemon Season 5: Master Quest

 Master Quest may seem like a strange choice for the second best season of the Pokemon anime, but let me tell you why; good quality episodes.

Very few seasons featured the sheer number of quality episodes compared to Master Quest. In one season we get several Lugia episodes, an origin story for the mysterious Ho-oh, a fantastic Evee episode, a time travel story, Ash and Pikachu swapping bodies, a real encounter with a real Entei, an episode featuring an Unown and a full Pokemon League!

1.  Pokemon Season 1: Indigo League

…because the best Pokemon season was the first one which has since been rebranded as Indigo League after the Kanto region’s Pokemon League.

This season of the anime is pure classic anime. It’s fun, features so many memorable supporting characters that fans still celebrate to this day despite most of them only appearing in a single episode. It’s also the only season of the anime to feature the entirety of Ash’s journey to a Pokemon League within one season and without question, features the best theme song out of any season.

If you could only watch one season of the Pokemon anime, you should watch this one. If you could watch them all, you should watch this one again, and again… and again. It’s that good and that’s why it’s the very best.

Pikachu, Hello Kitty, Power Rangers in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

The 88th Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade looks to be one of the biggest yet with its massive selection of character balloons based on children’s cartoons ranging from classics such as The Smurfs, Thomas the Tank Engine, Snoopy and Spider-man to modern hits like Adventure Time with Finn & Jake, Skylanders and Spongebob Squarepants.

Not all of them will be Western creations though. Several of the giant balloons will be based on popular Japanese series!

Celebrating 20 years of the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers franchise, the legendary Red Ranger will be featured in the form of his own balloon which will be one of the biggest in the parade, measuring over 55 feet tall!

Also celebrating an anniversary, the Hello Kitty character will be present and looking surprisingly youthful for a 40 year old cat (even though she isn’t a cat at all).

Finally, the popular Pokemon, Pikachu will be returning for a third year with an all new balloon showcasing the electric-mouse Pokemon holding a cute little snowman. With the release of Pokemon Alpha Sapphire and Pokemon Omega Ruby, this balloon is sure to be a hit with young and mature gamers alike.

4 Anime LEGO Sets that Need to be Made

Studio Ghibli’s My Neighbor Totoro Cat Bus LEGO Set

From Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles to Marvel’s Avengers, the number of established franchises represented in the ever-growing line of LEGO sets seems to increase every year. Despite all of the new LEGO sets getting announced recently though, there are still many characters that have yet to be transformed into the popular toy bricks; characters from Japanese animated TV shows and movies!

Thankfully the people behind LEGO are open to accepting ideas for new sets from the public and have launched a special website called, LEGO Ideas where fans can propose set ideas, post images of what the set could potentially look like and vote on what sets they want to see made.

As a rule, proposed ideas must reach 10,000 votes from the public before they are seriously considered. There are some amazing ideas for anime-inspired LEGO sets post by users on the site and here are 14 of the coolest that everyone needs to go and vote on ASAP. Which one’s your favorite?

The first one that really needs to be considered is this brilliant LEGO Cat Bus from the Studio Ghibli movie, My Neighbor Totoro. It even has Mei and her sister!

Doraemon LEGO Set

A fan of this classic anime character that’s been making a come-back recently? Doraemon and Nobita would look great as a LEGO set!

Studio Ghibli’s Howl’s Moving Castle LEGO Set

If there was ever a Studio Ghibli movie made for inspiring a LEGO set it would be Howl’s Moving Castle whose castle fits the brick style perfectly.

5 Best Magical Girl Anime Series for Beginners

5 Best Magical Girl Anime Series for Beginners

Cue the theme music and transformation sequence, it’s time to power-up magical girl style. Entering the world of anime is a little like putting a kid in a candy store; there’s so much to take in that it’s hard to know where to start. Branching off into a world of high school romances and kick-butt heroines, there is a lot to offer newcomers itching to begin their journey in a candy land filled with enchanted objects and fantastical stories.

All beginners needs to start somewhere, so in no particular order, here are five magical girl anime that should be on every fan’s radar.

Shugo Chara

Everyone hesitates sometimes and shies away from their full potential, but there’s that little voice inside that encourages people to keep trying. In Shugo Chara that little voice comes in the form of Guardian Characters, who are born from a person’s would-be self. Focusing on strengthening self-esteem and building character, Shugo Chara takes viewers through the trials and tribulations of a group of young students trying their best to take things one day at a time while on the path to growing up. With a successful run of three seasons from 2007 to 2010, this series will help new fans test the waters of the magical girl world and have them splashing around in no time

Princess Tutu

Need a little something to keep you on your toes? Don’t be fooled by the title, Princess Tutu is not your run-of-the-mill storyline. This anime is a philosophical endeavor that tackles the notions of freedom and destiny, and all while incorporating ballet sequences that are metaphorical stand-ins for overcoming personal conflict. Bestowed with a pendant that can transform her from a duck into a girl, Princess Tutu is tasked with finding the broken pieces of a prince’s heart so that he can regain his memories and emotions. Through its unique delivery, the story captivates viewers from the very first episode. Complete with humor, artistry and concept-heavy writing, this is a must-see series that will not disappoint.

Puella Magi Madoka Magica

Breaking the walls of convention, Puella Magi Madoka Magica challenges every preconceived idea of what a magical girl is.

Paired with the cheerful character designs, everything seems to point toward the typical girl-turned-superhero structure when Madoka Kaname is presented with the opportunity to become a witch hunter in the first episode. A handful of episodes later however, it becomes evident that all is not what it seems and that Madoka Magica isn’t the cute, family friendly series it looks like on the Blu-ray cover.

Not intended for children, this particular anime is geared toward a 16+ audience interested in darker themes, where the lines between good and evil are blurred and the realities of despair are amplified.

• Cardcaptor Sakura

As one of the most successful series coming out of the late ‘90s, Cardcaptor Sakura has managed to maintain its popularity more than a decade later.

Following the eventful life of young Sakura Avalon, the show starts off by depicting her as an ordinary 10-year-old that has a school-girl crush and is teased by her older brother, Tori. Things take an unexpected turn for Sakura when she accidentally releases a set of magical Clow Cards that she is subsequently instructed to recover, thus becoming a Cardcaptor. This beginner-friendly series will introduce viewers to the classic elements of transformations, magic and sidekicks that have become staples in the magical girl genre.

Cardcaptor Sakura has had three anime series and two anime movies and was released in English speaking countries as Card Captors.

• Sailor Moon

This wouldn’t be much of a magical girl list without the inclusion of the hit anime series, Sailor Moon.

A pioneer of the magical girl genre, Sailor Moon set the standards for what it meant to be a super-powered heroine fighting against the forces of evil while trying to lead a normal life.

Based around the intertwined destinies of the Sailor Guardians (reincarnated super heroines from a time long ago), viewers see them strive toward their hopes of fulfilling life-long dreams and a peaceful future for both themselves and the entire planet. The popularity of today’s magical girls anime series would not have the same status of stardom without these cosmic women laying down the groundwork and introducing an entire generation to female-centered super hero stories.

It’s a perfect time to get in on the action, with the newest reboot of the series, Sailor Moon Crystal, currently out and available to view on several online streaming services for free!

The original Sailor Moon anime ran for 200 episodes and had three movies and several animated specials. There was also a popular live action Sailor Moon TV series and numerous Sailor Moon musical performances.

Naruto Shippuden Ending

After 15 years, the long running Naruto manga series (now in its second arc, Naruto Shippuden) is finally nearing a conclusion.

The final chapter of the Naruto Shippuden manga will hit newstands in Japan in the November 10th volume of Shonen Jump Magazine with it likely to be collected in the upcoming Volume 72 of the Naruto Shippuden manga (release date TBA).

While no final airdate for the Naruto Shippuden anime has been given, it’s very unlikely it would continue long after the manga has finished and with a Naruto movie titled, Naruto: The Movie, The Last (or The Last Naruto: The Movie) due out in Japan on December 6th, it’s beginning to look like the anime will finish up in November with the movie acting as a sort of grand finale for the fan-favorite series.

For a closer look at the final Naruto movie, the teaser trailer and Naruto’s hot new hairstyle, check out the

Where to Watch Naruto Anime Episodes Online for Free

Naruto, its sequel anime series Naruto Shippuden, and their numerous movies have all been some of the most popular anime viewed by fans old and young. The Naruto franchise’s blend of comedy, action, and drama consistently draws fans back to watch the latest anime episode or movie when it airs on TV and its DVD releases are on many anime fans’ pull list.

While the Naruto and Naruto Shippuden DVDs contain a generous amount of anime episodes per release, more and more people are discovering the convenience of legal online streaming sites that allow them to enjoy their favorite anime for a much cheaper price while still supporting the original artists and companies that produce it.

The best places to watch Naruto anime episodes online right now are Crunchyroll, Neon Alley, AnimeLab, and Hulu. All of these services feature most, if not all, of the Naruto and Naruto Shippuden anime episodes in their original Japanese audio with English subtitles while each has a significant number of episodes in the official English audio. The Naruto and Naruto Shippuden anime movies are a bit trickier to track down with most streaming services offering them on a rotational basis.

The Naruto and Naruto Shippuden anime series and movies are also available to purchase to keep in digital format via online movie stores such as iTunes and Xbox Video (or Windows 10’s Movies & TV/Films & TV app).

Buying episodes and movies digitally may cost more than streaming but also provides the added benefit of being able to download the media onto a device for viewing later when offline.

Downloading an episode or movie can also provide a higher quality viewing experience for those on low speed internet connections as, once downloaded, the media will be available in full HD while streaming content on a slow internet connection can often cause the image resolution to decrease and even pause during playback to buffer the data.

Where and When to Watch the Last Naruto Movie

The moon is approaching dangerously close to Earth! Unless something is done, the moon will disintegrate, showering the earth with gigantic meteorites. As the clock ticks towards the end of the world, can Naruto save the earth from this crisis? The final chapter of Naruto’s story unfolds!

In the same month the final episode airs though, one last Naruto movie will hit the big screen and conclude this chapter in Naruto’s life in a grand theatrical fashion.

As a special treat to international fans, The Last: Naruto The Movie (in case you were confused, that’s the actual movie title) will be getting limited screenings outside Japan in the original Japanese language with English subtitles.

A Western release of the movie on Blu-ray and DVD is a given sometime in 2015 in both Japanese and English audio but for dedicated Naruto fans who don’t want to wait, these screenings are sure to please