New Heroine Headshot: Lio from “Barbarella”

Here’s another Heroine Headshot. This time, it’s a character from Barbarella, the famous French comic by the late Jean-Claude Forest. More specifically, it’s a character from the second Barbarella comic, titled Les Colères du Mange-Minutes (The Wrath of the Minute-Eater in English). Lio is one of the supporting characters in this story, who Barbarella first describes as “a girl who fancies little paintings.” She is on a mission for her father, the ruler of a city on another planet, to bring back a material vital to her city’s survival, and she relies on paintings to keep herself from falling into a state of depression. Despite this somewhat dark aspect to her nature, I found Lio to be an incredibly sweet character. And very pretty as well! 😊

New Heroine Headshot: Elfie from “Legend of the Coral Reef: Elfie of the Blue Sea”

Here’s another Heroine Headshot. This time, it’s a girl called Elfie, from a somewhat obscure animated film (at least in the West) titled Legend of the Coral Reef: Elfie of the Blue Sea (サンゴ礁伝説 青い海のエルフィ in Japanese characters). This film was produced by Nippon Animation and broadcast on Fuji Television in Japan, way back in 1986. I only found out about Elfie because I saw part of a review on it on YouTube a few weeks ago. In that review, Elfie was compared to Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, and the two films certainly have similarities, not least of which is the fact that both Elfie and Nausicaa were voiced by the same voice actress, Sumi Shimamoto. As far as I’m aware, Elfie has never been released in English, but if you’re interested in seeing it in Japanese, someone has uploaded it to YouTube. I quite enjoyed it; it’s a fun, family-orientated adventure with an incredibly sweet, kindhearted heroine.😊

Teaser for “Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness” Released!

This is a teaser trailer for Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness, a “CG anime series” by CAPCOM, which will be available on Netflix sometime in 2021. Unless CAPCOM is holding back a surprise or two, it looks pretty certain that this series will feature Resident Evil regulars Claire Redfield and Leon Kennedy, both of who made their debut in Resident Evil 2. Personally, I think Leon gets way too much attention in the Resident Evil universe, but I’m glad Claire is getting another opportunity in the spotlight.😊

Claire looks somewhat older (as does Leon, of course), so it’s safe to say that Infinite Darkness takes place many years after the events of Raccoon City and around the time of Resident Evil: Revelations 2 or Resident Evil 6. Other than that, though, it’s difficult to determine what Infinite Darkness will be about; I can only assume it will be something in the vein of previous Resident Evil 3D animations (such as the film Resident Evil: Vendetta from 2017), although the focus appears to be on horror rather than action. It’ll be interesting to see what information the next trailer will provide us with.

Daily Heroine: Neptina

Today’s Daily Heroine is: Neptina, the young mermaid from the 60s anime/cartoon Marine Boy, known as Kaitei Shonen Marin in Japan. In Marine Boy she was voiced by Corinne Orr (who, incidentally, also voiced Marine Boy himself) and in Kaitei Shonen Marin, she was voiced by Yoshiko Matsuo. I recall Marine Boy being an incredibly exciting show when I watched it as a kid, but my memories of it are very vague. I certainly didn’t recall that Marine Boy was friends with a cute mermaid, who wears nothing but a large pearl around her neck. That was a pleasant rediscovery I made when I watched Marine Boy again as an adult.😁

I’m always on the look out for new interesting and likeable heroines, so if you have a particular favourite, please tell me about her! Till tomorrow, au revoir, arrivederci and may the force be with you.😊

Daily Heroine: Eiko Magami

Today’s Daily Heroine is: Eiko (or A-ko, if you prefer) Magami, from the 80s anime film Project A-ko (and its numerous sequels). Eiko, with her eye-catching long red hair and iconic Japanese high school uniform, is one of my favourite anime characters of all time. In fact, she is a big reason I got into anime in the first place (along with Mai Kuju, of course). She is cute, sassy and devoted to her best friend Shiiko. On top of that, she has superhuman strength!😮 In the original Japanese version she was voiced by Miki Ito, and in the English version she was voiced by Stacey Gregg (who now goes by the name of Stacy Jefferson).

I’m always on the look out for new interesting and likeable heroines, so if you have a particular favourite, please tell me about her! Till tomorrow, au revoir, arrivederci and may the force be with you.😊