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Issue 06 JUNE 3, 2014 ISSN 2334-346X



Table of Contents


Page 4 - Artist Appreciation: Hayao Miyazaki Written by Eli Kay Page 6 - Staying in is the new going out: Anime Written by Eli Kay Page 9 - Anime Expo 2014 Written by Jesus Figueroa Page 11 - Myth: Legends of Burlesque and Magic Written by Jesus Figueroa Page 17 - Mike’s Movie Mayhem Written by Mike ‘The Movie guy’ Pierce Page 19 - Thisfunktional Reviews Written by Jesus Figueroa Page 21 - Kat’s Thisfunktional Recipe Written by Kathryn Lang Page 24 - The Great Horror Campout Written by Jesus Figueroa


Editor-in-Chief Jesus Figueroa Assistant Layout Designer Lindsey Maeda Writers Eli Kay Columnist Mike ‘The Movie Guy’ Pierce Chef-Writer Kathryn Lang Photo-journalist Ashley Weinfeld



SORERA O SUBETE KOROSU- Anima É Cuore Studios Artist Laura Dickenson’s 2012 Challenge work sketch with light color, drawn with drawing pencils and made to look fierce. (Drawing courtesy of Anima É Cuore) It’s that time of year again, the Anime Expo 2914 in Los Angeles, California is just around the corner and Thisfunktional Magazine is preparing. This year we are going to bring daily recaps to and Not only will we be looking for the best cosplay costumes but we will also be checking out some of the best artist in artist alley. Last year, we were a bit intimidated by the massive crowd of anime fans and it being the first year for Thisfunktional at this expo it was a learning experience. Later on in the issue get a sneak peek at AX2014.

There’s also a few stories by Eli Kay, including anew News section written in 140 characters per story. Mike’s Movie Mayhem has updates on movies as well as a new movie girl of the month. Then comes “Myth: Legends of Burlesque and Magic” which will be part of AX. Sexy burseque performances meshed together with magic acts and thrill audiences. Once again, the beautiful Vixen DeVille host, with her alluring British accent, and Draven co-hosts as well as performs. Next month we shall have a recap as well as “Vivka’s shenanigans at AX.”

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Hayao Miyazaki: The Art of Anime Eli Kay


Animator Hayao Miyazaki brought about a new view on the way the people of the United States see anime. Miyazaki’s childhood dream was to be an animator, a mangaka and illustrator. He would end up being one of the most successful directors, animators, producers and screenwriters of his time. He began his career in animation in 1963 when he joined Toei Animation. At Toei Animation he worked as an in-between artist on “Watchdog Bow Wow” and anime “Wolf Boy Ken.” In 1965, he didn’t find the ending of “Gulliver’s travels beyond the moon” quite satisfying, he pitched his own idea for an ending and managed to get it featured in the finished film. That gained him recognition, not only as an animator, but as a concept artist. It gave him the opportunity to work on more projects like “Hols: Prince of the sun”, “Puss in Boots” (1969), “Flying Phantom Ship” and “Animal Treasure Island”. Miyazaki joined A Production, currently known as Shin-Ei Animation, in 1971 where he worked as a director as well as an animator. He worked on short films like “Lupin III” and two “Panda! Go, Panda!” In 1974, he worked on World Masterpiece Theatre as an animator, working on the adaptation of “Heidi” into the animated series “Heidi, Girl of the Alps”. Miyazaki directed “Future Boy Conan” (1978) This became the base for many of the director’s concepts and ideas. Miyazaki’s passion for strong,

independent female characters who are in touch with nature and destined for great things, showed through his acclaimed project “Princess Mononoke.” The film gained international recognition when Miramax decided to release it in the West. It was the first animated feature that won Picture of the Year at the Japanese Academy Awards. In 2001, Miyazaki returned to the spotlight with “Spirited Away,” a film that became successful worldwide. It topped Japanese Box Office sales for “Titanic” and won a Japanese Academy Award. It was also the first anime to win an American Academy Award. Miyazaki’s success was recognized. The theme of his films always had elements of nature, the relationships of the main characters with each other and with the creations of Mother Nature, as well as an internal struggle in the character’s psyche, sometimes resulting in a battle of good and evil within the self. “Spirited Away” was followed by “Howl’s moving castle” and “Ponyo,” both of which are stories of courage, love and friendship. Miyazaki also wrote the screenplay for “The secret world of Arrietty.” Miyazaki’s career has been six decades long and he has been compared to legendary American animator Walt Disney and the brilliant British animator Nick Park. Miyazaki is one of the most influential and creative animators and writers in the history of anime. Miyazaki announced his retirement in 2013.

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Level: Movie night Eli Kay

Writer Going out is fun and all, but sometimes you just want to put your pyjamas on and stay on the couch for the whole day. I know I do! So here’s a few crazy ideas to spend your time indoors as fun as possible. MOVIE TO WATCH:

“Mr Peabody and Sherman:” An incredible action-adventure with time-travel and comedy, featuring a genius dog who is a scientist and inventor and his adopted son, Sherman who has a hard time with a bully at school. When Sherman breaks the rules of the time-travelling machine in order to impress his bully, all three of them will embark in an amazing journey through time, trying to save past, present and future.



“Planes:” Sad to say there was nothing original with this movie. A race, an underdog and probably a victory in the end, to be honest I didn’t watch the whole thing. The jokes were shallow and the story was predictable. Even my four-year-old niece didn’t like it, and that is a shame for a company that is famous for its creativity and innovation. There’s nothing memorable about it.

All this talk of animated films got me in the mood for something that takes me back to my childhood, fruit popsicles. Healthy, sweet and frozen, good for summer nights. It’s easy to make. Take plastic cups and fill them with chopped fruit, kiwi, strawberries, berries and pineapple, and top with juice, pineapple and passion fruit. Add a wooden stick or a plastic spoon, freeze overnight and enjoy.


“Turbo:” A common garden snail with big dreams of winning the Indy 500 gets his chance when a freak accident gives him super speed. The story might resemble the concept of “Planes” but DreamWorks gave it depth and ended it with a meaningful message that if you have big dreams, you can make them come true not by magical intervention but by sheer will and determination. It is a good film for everyone.


Why not go online and make an animated video. That sounds like fun! There are a couple of great sites online, www. and that allow creation of custom cartoons, editing of videos and putingt them online for others to see. Does that sounds hard? Well, it can downloaded like the bitstrips app on a smart phone which allows those who use it cartoon-ize themselves and friends who also use the app.

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Anime Expo 2014:

Big names, more events, legends of classic anime Jesus Figueroa

Writer “Sailor Moon” voice actors for the United States version of the anime come to Anime Expo 2014 in Los Angeles, California starting on July 3 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. To commemorate the 20 year anniversary of the classic anime “Sailor Moon,” guests of honor Linda Ballantyne, voice of Sailor Moon in seasons 3 and 4, Susan Roman, voice of Sailor Jupiter, Katie Griffin, voice of Sailor Mars, Karen Bernstein, voice of Sailor Mercury on seasons 1 and 2, and Stephanie Morgenstern, voice of Sailor Venus on seasons 1 and 2, will participate in a “Sailor Moon” discussion panel and autograph sessions. Among the special guest will be Italian cosplayer Giada Robin makes her first US appearance at AX 2014, Swankiss Designer Saaya Hayashida brings Shibuya fashion to AX, Korean professional Cosplay group Spiral Cats’ Tasha and Doremi and Producer for Studio4°C and CEO of Beyond C Eiko Tanaka. Main events for each day of the expo include an Anime Music Video contest, Art show contest, Fashion show, Masquerade, Anime and Manga Studies Symposium and Myth: Legends of Burlesque and Magic. Other events held by industry professionals will also have their events throughout the day. Three days of cosplay, anime, manga and the AX culture.



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When the Anime Expo 2014 second day comes to a close the sexy, seductive and magical cast of “Myth: Legends of Burlesque and Magic” take the stage to bring alluring performances with various states of undress and illusions. Each act is unique and brings a new entertaining aspect to the stage that will keep audiences at the edge of their seats cheering, gawking and cat-calling the various burlesque and magic acts.

There’s fun and excitement in the upcoming performance on July 4. June is a busy month for Vixen DeVille and July starts off with yet another performance. Host DeVille and co-host William Draven lead the night’s performance. “Hours of hosting various shows with various types of audience members means you’re basically prepared for anything,” DeVille said. “You get a vibe for the audience you’re dealing with - have a sense of when they need energizing and when they need bringing down, when the show starts to drag or if its speeding by too quickly,” she said.



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takes the stage The Show gets a revision and continues on with what worked and adds performances to flow better. “There are some exciting changes coming as well as keeping a few of the elements that worked last year there for the returning fans,” Draven said. Those in attendance in 2013 were thrilled as the host entertained between acts and the sexy and seductive burlesque performances had the crowd howling as the magic acts got the crowd sitting at the edge of their seats with many different illusions. “Miss Vixen DeVille will be returning to

host our event and will be bringing her whit and daring skills of dangerous play to the stage once again,” Draven said. Truly DeVille’s talents are put to good use as her charming presentation mixed with her stunning body will have the audience cheering her on as she takes off her clothing to almost being completely undressed. “I like to find the fun and and play in a show, if you’re up there having fun and living in the moment then the audience feed on that fun and come along for the ride,” DeVille said. Her talents are also seen as she does some daring performances,. She not only host but


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“There will be something for everyone at this years show, and once again if you miss this show you’re going to miss out on what quite possibly will be the best live action event held this year at anime expo.” William Draven Co-host

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“You get a vibe for the audience you’re dealing with have a sense of when they need energizing and when they need bringing down, when the show starts to drag or if its speeding by too quickly.” Vixen DeVille Co-host

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walks on glass and, with the help of an audience member, puts her hands on the line as she performs a dangerous stunt with a knife. From start to finish, more and more women come to the stage as burlesque performers and magic performers. They thrill the audience, even the stage hand, which is a woman, gets the crowd to cat-call. “Returning for the second year is Nova Snape, Rynie Das Wreckless, Mia Morte, Dyno Staats, Naathan Phan, and Jeff Favor,” Draven said. Each performer had their style showcased and the illusions kept coming. Few burlesque performers actually dressed in anime, but those that did were fantastic. They brough to life the anime characters, which were already sexy from their respective animes. The performers got to be anime fans’ fantasy come true for a moment. To accompany the fan favorites there will also be a few new acts. “We’re bringing to the stage some amazing new talent as well. The smoking hot Olivia Bellafontaine,” Draven said. Bellafountaine is an actress and performer who played Leia in the world renowned production of Star Girls. Draven also announced the belly dancing burlesque high-breed styles of Belle-Esque, the male boylesque dancing styles of the famous Dr. Lust, the comedy carney magic of the very first Ronald McDonald

for the McDonalds corporation Aye Jaye, and from Las Vegas the magican headliners The Shocker and Bizzaro. The new acts boost the intensity of the night’s performance. Draven will also be adding his own high-risk performance with his act. “I personally will be attempting my world record escape from police issue thumb cuffs, only 3 seconds, and escaping from a straitjacket bound in chains faster than it takes someone to drink 20 ounces of soda. This act will require a Volunteer from the audience,” Draven said. The acts get riskier and riskier as the might progresses. As with any great show, the finale has to be impactful,has to have something which makes it stand out and that amazes the audiences one last time. “Of course the only way to close the show will be with the deadly bed of nails and cinder block smash to my bare chest using a five pound sledge hammer,” Draven said. The Anime Expo 2014 will bring spectacular guest from the world of cosplay and legends from the anime culture. The events organized for this year’s AX2014 all have their own allure. Many events will have costumes, shows, acts and demonstrations of various types. This show, these cast members, these performances are well distinguished from the rest of the shows and events of AX2014.


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The ladies will captivate as they are visually stunning, the magicians will thrill with various illusions and tricks, Draven will push the limits on his skills and DeVille with use her charm and beauty to keep audiences cheering all through the performances. There is no room for boredom and no one will be left unsatisfied. “Myth: Legends of Burlesque and Magic” starts at 9:30 p.m. in the Main Events hall at the LA Convention Center. “There will be something for everyone at this years show, and once again if you miss this show you’re going to miss out on what quite possibly will be the best live action event held this year at anime expo,” Draven said. Tickets are on sale at tickets. The show is for adult audiences 18 and over. Identification will be checked at the door.


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It’s time for another PIERCE’S PLAYGROUND. In today’s episode - Mike ‘the movie guy’ Pierce, Jennyfly and Chico Rico talk the internet! They each find their own internet stories such as celebrity news, gossip and entertainment news. Today the hosts got a little crazy. Was it the coffee? Or was was it the BAG?! Listen and find out!! (lol)


It’s time for another PIERCE’S PLAYGROUND. In today’s episode 61 – Mike ‘the movie guy’ Pierce, Jennyfly and Chico Rico talk about the internet! They found a variety of different stories such as celebrity news, gossip and entertainment news. PIERCE’S PLAYGROUND – EPISODE 60 – ENTERTAINMENT SHOW [PODCAST]

It’s time for another PIERCE’S PLAYGROUND. In today’s episode 60 – Mike ‘the movie guy’ Pierce, Jennyfly and Chico Rico talk about the internet! They found a variety of different stories such as celebrity news, gossip and entertainment news. Mike even helps out some relationships with “5 Nice things guys do that girls actually HATE” – “5 Signs You’re in a TOXIC relationship” and more DO’s and DON’TS! It makes for an interesting show.


ie Mayhem 'Lucy' gets new release date Universal Pictures’ LUCY will move from August 8 to July 25. From La Femme Nikita and The Professional to The Fifth Element, writer/director Luc Besson has created some of the toughest, most memorable female action heroes in cinematic history. Now, Besson directs Scarlett Johansson in Lucy, an action-thriller that tracks a woman accidentally caught in a dark deal who turns the tables on her captors and transforms into a merciless warrior evolved beyond human logic. Lucy also stars Academy AwardŽ winner Morgan Freeman and is produced by Virginie Besson-Silla for EuropaCorp. Universal Pictures will distribute the movie worldwide, except for France, Benelux and China.

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Hilarious western ‘A Million Ways to Die in the West’ tops ‘Ted’

An absolutely funny “A Million Ways to Die in the West” cast were part of a press conference on May 17 in Los Angeles California. The film has has many comical parts and it keeps the comedy coming minute after minute. As a western comedy it does fantastic. “I got to read (the script) pretty early on and there was talk about him doing this film. Even before I read it, just the idea of doing something that’s kind of pitched in this very unusual comedy western situation, and then him (MacFarlane) at the helm of that, was very intriguing. That already had me very interested,” Charlize Theron said. And being paired up along side Seth MacFarlane in his first major role as an actor, and not just a voice actor, proved to be beneficial for both. “There were two things that became apparent pretty quickly into the process: one was, the muscles didn’t take as much reconditioning as I though it would. It was more like voice acting that I thought it would be. Your still using your whole body. When you are (voicing) a character, even in the booth, no one is watching, but my face will do different things when I do different characters,” MacFarlane said. “But also, I was with the most talented actress that I possibly could have,” hesaid. The entire cast was stunning as they went from scene to scene hitting every comedic cue well. “Everybody was great. You (MacFarlane) did a really good job of casting this movie. There really wasn’t a bad apple in the bunch. It was really a bunch of great people together, having fun, working hard, there for the right reasons, trying to make the

movie the best they possibly could and we laughed a lot,” Theron said. One of the most outrageous scenes is that of Ruth, played by Sarah Silverman, showing her vagina to Edward, played by Giovanni Ribisi. “When I’m showing him my vagina, maybe it was a little loose, it was mostly scripted, it was scripted,” Silverman said. “A lot of the funny bits were improve and Sarah’s (Silverman) unadulterated genius,” Ribisi said. Through it all the chemistry between MacFarlane and Theron made the film. It’s funny and the charisma put off have it a style that made the story work. “Working with Seth (MacFarlane) again and just doing a western. He told me he was going to make it like a classy, sort of like a John Ford’s stylistic thing, I think visually it is that,” Ribisi said. MacFarlane’s style has brough much success to his comedies. With unexpected small laughs to the big gags that are well received each one of those laughs is well timed and well placed. “I feel that he (MacFarlane) has the whole vision in his mind. When he’s writing he seems to have the shot, the world and even the music all in his head as a part of a whole,” Silverman said. ”He’s also a delight. There are a lot of nice directors, but there’s always a boiling point and stress, maybe it’s because he (MacFarlane) has all the money in the world but he’s always smiling,” she said. “A Million Ways to Die in the West” opened in theaters May 30.



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Candy SushiKathryn Lang


Classic Rice Crispy Recipe: 3 tablespoons butter (or coconut butter/oil) 1 package or 10 oz. Regular sized marshmallows or 4 cups mini marshmallows 6 cups Rice Cereal

1. In a large saucepan melt butter over low heat. 1. In microwave-safe bowl heat butter and Add marshmallows and stir until completely melted. marshmallows on HIGH for 3 minutes, stirring after Remove from heat. 2 minutes. 2. Add rice cereal. Stir until well coated. 2. Stir until smooth. 3. Using buttered spatula or wax paper evenly press 3. Follow steps 2 and 3 above. mixture into 13 x 9 x 2-inch pan coated with cooking Microwave cooking times may vary. spray. Cool. or for the microwave Suggested Candy: Nerds, Swedish fish, fruit roll ups (purple or green square is best for the effect of “seaweed”, I ended up using about 2 boxes of these), Twizzlers, flavored tootsie rolls (I find lime to be best), fruit strips (a thicker version of fruit roll ups that I found at target), and Mike and Ike.



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Shaping and making the candy sushi types Rice crispies and candy have always gone together, but with fruit candies most would question the flavor and think it is gross. Those two actually come quite nicely together in a lovely combination of flavor and textures for these fun candy versions of sushi. Shape rice by hands for candy sushi. Take a bigger handful of rice crispies and mold it into a very tight triangle. From one batch of rice crispies about 10 pieces of sushi can be made. The different kinds in the photographs are futomaki, larger rolls with “seaweed” around them, nigiri, the thicker fruit strip and Swedish fish on top, and gunkan, the “fish roe” with nerds on top. Great recipe to make with kids. Nigiri For the Nigiri, use about half a handful of rice crispies to make the base. While shaping this, roll it as if making a snake out of clay. The rice crispies must stay tight, so when rolling make sure to use lots of pressure. Once a thickness of an inch and a length of around 2 to 3 inches is reached, pinch the ends a bit to make it look like a rounded tipped football. Take a fruit roll up and cut in half, take one half and cut into 4-6 pieces depending on thickness desired. Place this under the rice log and grab either a fruit strip, or a swedish fish for Sashimi to top the Nigiri. Take the fruit roll up strip from underneath and tie it over the candy of choice, Nigiri is done. Rice Triangles: Take around a handful of rice crispies and very tightly press it into a round edged triangle. Take a fruit roll up square and carefully wrap and press it around the rice. The corners can be showing, like in the photo, or it can completely be cover. Futomaki and Gunkan: For both of these versions of sushi, thin sheet of rice crispies are needed, about a 1/4 inch in thickness. It should cover half of a fruit roll up square. Pick out which candies to put inside of the Futomaki/

Gunkan and lay them in the middle on top of the rice crispy sheet. In the photographed a quartered lime flavored tootsie rolls, about 1 whole one made it along the length of the sheet since it was quartered, 1 twizzler, and 4-5 Mike and Ike were used. Once candy is placed, gently start rolling up the roll, from the side that the rice crispy sheet starts on, around the candy so it doesn’t rip and holds everything inside. It should have a simple and plain but tight log of “sushi.” Take a sharp knife and gently cut straight down, without sawing, to cut about 1/2 inch to an inch thick of a slice out of the “sushi log.” Take the “Futomaki” and place nerds, or any small round candy, on top to make it into “Gunkan.” It’s traditional with sushi to have a garnish and/ or side of soy sauce and/or quail egg. Take a small container and fill it partway with chocolate sauce to dip the sushi in. Halve a mini cadbury creme egg to be used as a side of quail egg.



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The Great Horror Campout returns strong with camp out locations all over the west coast and all the way to Texas. The camp out is not for the faint of heart. It emerges campers into a slasher film camp out type experience with gruesome creatures walking around terrorizing camp goers. Camp goers are set on a scavenger hunt around Griffith Park’s old zoo to find items in some of the most unexpected places and while being hunted down by monsters. “People want engagement and complete immersion in their experiences...and Great Horror Campout is the definition of that. The night is packed with layer upon layer of active content. The days of spectator sport haunted attractions and events are over and we couldn’t be more excited about that,” Ten Thirty One Productions Founder Melissa Carbone said. Campers can decide how extreme of an experience they get by their choice of activities lasting 12 hours (8pm to 8am). In the “Chicken Zone,” campers may watch horror movies and roast marshmallows, while those seeking “High Startle” zones will want to warm up around the Bonfire or wander off to the Mess Hall. 2014 Tour Schedule: 6/6 & 6/7: Los Angeles, CA 6/20 & 6/21: Houston, TX 6/27 & 6/28: Austin, TX 7/11 & 7/12: San Francisco, CA 7/18 & 7/19: Sacramento, CA 7/25 & 7/26: Seattle, WA 8/1 & 8/2: Portland, OR 8/15 & 8/16: San Diego, CA 8/22 & 8/23: San Bernardino, CA For more information, please visit

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