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So funktioniert das LEBE-Projekt ProFi(t)3: Schulleitungen und Lehrpersonen im Ruhestand bringen ihr Erfahrungswissen in die Schule zurück, indem sie unterrichtende KollegInnen beraten. Individuell, unkompliziert.

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Solidaritätsstiftung von LEBE für Frühpensionierte

Lebe unterhält eine Solidaritätsstiftung. Frühpensionierte haben die Möglichkeit auf Gesuch hin einen Beitrag aus dieser Stiftung zu erhalten. Details finden sich hier.



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Impressionen von der Delegiertenversammlung 2014

Hier geht es zur DV 2014. Das Protokoll ist einsehbar unter: DV PVBL 2014 Langenthal

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Zusammenarbeit aufgegleist: PVBL und LEBE

Was lange währt und schier nicht machbar schien, nähert sich nun langsam gegenseitig an. Vertreterinnen und Vertreter der pensionierten Lehrkräfte nehmen Einsitz in einer neu formierten Kommission LEBE-PLUS.

Der Vertreter aus dem Kantonalvorstand PVBL ist Hansruedi Kindler

Zielsetzungen der Kommission:
– Sie setzt sich dafür ein, dass die Ressourcen der Pensionierten der bernischen Lehrerschaft und dem Verband erhalten bleiben.

– Sie begleitet LEBE-Mitglieder im Übergang in die Pensionierung.

– Sie bemüht sich, für die pensionierten Lehrpersonen angemessene Vorteile zu erwirken bzw. Benachteiligungen zu vermeiden.

–  Sie pflegt die Zusammenarbeit mit der Pensionierten-Vereinigung bernischer Lehrkräfte (PVBL) und vermeidet Doppelspurigkeiten.

– Sie trägt dazu bei, dass auch den pensionierten Lehrpersonen Wertschätzung und Anerkennung zukommt.


Betreuung der Kategorie der pensionierten Lehrpersonen.
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Mehr zum  Mandat LEBE-Plus vom 23.10.2013-2

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Pensionierte zeigten sich solidarisch mit den Aktiven

Der PVBL zeigte sich solidarisch mit den aktiven Lehrpersonen und den übrigen Staatsangestellten

Etliche pensionierte Lehrpersonen haben an der Kundgebung auf dem Bundesplatz am 16. März gemäss Aufruf von LEBE teilgenommen. Unter den Anwesenden auf dem Bundesplatz waren auch ergraute Häupter des Kantonalvorstandes PVBL zu erkennen:








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Flamenco Episodes 11

King Torture is dead and Samurai Flamenco has been unmasked. Before any of the repercussions can be felt, though, Masayoshi is bundled off to a secret base. It turns out that his “teacher” Kaname is actually the commander of a secret force dedicated to fighting the mysterious organization From Beyond, whose overtechnology gave King Torture and his minions their powers. At Kaname’s base, Masayoshi is told that click here he’s been chosen to lead a group of elite fighters against Beyond and its minions. They will wear color coded uniforms and be called the Flamengers. Masayoshi is delighted. Delight is short lived however. Before his tale has run, Masayoshi will have fought a pitched battle in the cauldron of Mt. Fuji, been betrayed by his government, battled an advanced alien race, met with the ruler of the universe, and worst of all been targeted by a delusional middle schooler. Herohood it ain’t for the faint of heart.

King Torture is dead and Samurai Flamenco has been unmasked. Before any of the repercussions can be felt, though, Masayoshi is bundled off to a secret base. It turns out that his “teacher” Kaname is actually the commander of a secret force dedicated to fighting the mysterious organization From Beyond, whose overtechnology gave King Torture and his minions their powers. At Kaname’s base, Masayoshi is told that he’s been chosen to lead a group of elite fighters against Beyond and its minions. They will wear color coded uniforms and be called the Flamengers. Masayoshi is delighted. Delight is short lived however. Before his tale has run, Masayoshi will have fought a pitched battle in the cauldron of Mt. Fuji, been betrayed by his government, battled an advanced alien race, met with the ruler of the universe, and worst of all been targeted by a delusional middle schooler. Herohood it ain’t for the faint of heart.

It’s hard to get a bead on Samurai Flamenco. The King Torture arc, with its abrupt decoupling from reality and weird mix of terror and camp, really pulled the rug out. And the show has worked hard to keep us off balance ever since. It jumps with both feet into sentai land, turns into a wrong man drama, re forms as convoluted psychological suspense. It’s a total, logic defying, impossible to predict mess. Put simply, Flamenco has gone completely off the rails. And if we’re being honest, it’s been off them for a while. These twelve episodes are the derailed show careening wherever its crazy little mind leads it.

But that doesn’t mean we can’t achieve a little clarity here. There are two things you should know about Samurai Flamenco.v The first is that it isn’t a single series. It’s actually several different shows, welded loosely together, with a single cast and a single continuous plot line, but each with its own distinct tone and separate nature. Every four or five episodes the series will stop,christian louboutin mens shoes recalibrate, and then transform into a totally different show. The whiplash we felt in King Torture was actually the jolt of Flamenco moving from its first sub show to its second: a seriocomic look at a real life superhero switching tracks to become a horror camp hero show with a hard streak of psychological sadism. We feel that jolt again at least three times in these episodes.

The second thing to know is that Hideyuki Kurata, to put it as delicately as possible, has pulled the whole show from christian louboutin wedding shoes
his ass. The series is sloppy and ill planned, with twists that have more to do with a desire to catch us off guard than any desire to make sense or even entertain. Climaxes are sometimes fake outs, conclusions bad jokes. The plots of certain arcs disintegrate when reconciled with events from others. Every one of the series’ several stages has the unmistakable smell of something improvised on the fly, with a gleeful disregard for logic and consistency, a relish for the vicious rupturing of expectation. In a way it’s rather impressive the way anyone who pulls unusual objects from their rear is impressive. Only instead of smuggled cigarettes or a colorful string of flags Kurata is yanking out a chain of discombobulated genre parts and jumbled narrative influences. At first each new twist and bizarre addition is greeted with shock and bafflement. But as with any magic trick, the novelty eventually wears off, and the conspicuous lack of a real narrative payoff begins to weigh heavily on us, dulling our reaction to a kind of half bored curiosity at what will come out next.

Depending on how you count, these twelve episodes are sectioned off into roughly four sub shows. The first is a full on Power Rangers spectacle. This is the part of the show that deals with From Beyond. From Beyond is a cell based terrorist organization with 65,000 incredibly dippy evil members who launch an all out assault on Japan. They are fought off by Masayoshi (“Flamen Red”) and a team of paper thin sentai stereotypes. The Flamengers fight in an assortment of transforming mecha (plane, tank, etc.) that combine to form an unconvincing giant robot. In other words: unelaborated sentai silliness. the fate of the original Flamenger lineup and its adult edges, mainly Masayoshi’s struggle to reconcile his hero ness with his responsibilities to an irresponsible government.

From there the show becomes a hero on the run show, in which the world turns on Masayoshi and he must dodge police while unraveling what has happened to him and his superhero colleagues. The arc is strongest when devolving into total nuthouse silliness. A poison streak of political satire adds some bite, and the return of the Flamenco Girls adds charm. The wrongly accused business, on the other hand, is trite and dull, and the emotional muck involving a homeless man who befriends Masayoshi is. ugh.

The show goes directly from there to a very short arc about an invading alien super race that is mostly an excuse for a brawl on the moon and to conjure up a cosmic explanation for the show’s increasingly bizarre behavior. The explanation, naturally, is that everything was a big coincidence something about “strong wills” that attract wills from parallel universes and a magical galactic homophone for the word “Flamenco.” Oh, and this is all delivered by a being who’s a cross between Excel Saga’s Great Will of the Macrocosm and that nebulous alien sentience that Jodie Foster talks to in Contact.

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The Review!

Mugen’s a buck wild warrior violent, thoughtless and womanizing. Jin is a vagrant ronin mysterious, traditional, well mannered and very strong as well. These two fiercely independent warriors can’t be any more different from one another, yet their paths cross when Fuu, a ditzy waitress, saves them from being executed when they are arrested after a violent swordfight. Fuu convinces the two vagrant young men to help her find a mysterious samurai “who smells of sunflowers.” And their journey begins.

The Review!Samurai Champloo got a really nice audio mix back when it first came out and that all the same here. The release is interesting in that it features not only the stereo mix for the Japanese track but also a DTS 5.1 track. The DTS track is a half rate one done at 755kbps while the English 5.1 mix is done at the standard 448kbps setting. The included Japanese stereo mix is encoded at 224kbps which gives us nearly 1.5mbps of bandwidth given over to beats by dre powerbeats just the audio on this release. As we’ve learned when this came out originally, a number of shows are released to their rental version with a DTS 5.1 mix to attract people to renting the show in addition to buying or to rent it after seeing it on TV so they get something new there as well. The 5.1 mix isn’t extremely active but it does a great job of adding to the depth of the show and enhancing the overall directionality. The music probably makes out the best by this but there are plenty of moments throughout that the ambient sound effects are well placed. This release is identical to the previous singles so we get seven volumes in the set, five volumes with four episode each and two volumes with three episode each. Not completely unexpected, but the transfer here is just a great looking piece of work. The animation features a wide range of colors and detail to it that’s vividly reproduced here and generally free of problems. Backgrounds are solid throughout and don’t show any manner of blocking, but one or two characters showed a bit for like a second or two in one or two scenes. The colors are reproduced here beautifully with some very lush looking reds for the sunset early on and later with the blue skies and rolling fields. This collection has a very thin slipcover holding seven clear keepcases inside. The front of the slipcover is surprisingly dark with its background and with Jin character design. This lets Fuu stand out, serious look that she has, while Mugen has some striking reds to draw the eye as well. It not a bad piece, but it comes across as yet another samurai kind of show without showing off its real hooks. The back cover doesn try to sell itself on anything other than text as it pushes its pedigree with the creators behind it and that it aired on Adult Swim. There a string strip of nice artwork through the middle but it doesn really represent anything. The summary covers things well and there a good clean listing of what the set features with its technical side. The beats by dre wireless remainder is given over to it production and technical information

Using the same artwork as the Japanese release and being identical to what we saw before albeit in thinpaks, the individual keepcase covers are nicely colorful as it goes with various color shadings for the background and has full length shots of various characters across each volume. The background mixes in a lot of details, colors and designs that aren’t easy to make out at first but look neat the more you look at it and try to find the details. The back cover provides a small sample of small shots from the show but gives a good idea of the premise with the summary. The discs episode numbers and titles are clearly listed as are the discs features and extras. Production and technical information round out the bottom half. The menus here use the look and style of the cover artwork with the logos and the jitter to create a very warm feeling piece that has a bit of animation that’s red filtered playing through the center. Using a bit of instrumental music from the show, it’s done up in 5.1 and sounds really good here for the brief loop that it plays through. This is probably one of the more average looking menus from Nightjar but that alone puts it ahead of many others both in ease of use and visual design. There are a couple of promo teasers that run either 15 or 30 seconds that are here plus there’s a bigger promotional video that runs a few minutes and plays out a bit more like a music video to sell the series than anything else. Several volumes have a a brief selection of conceptual artwork sketches and there also a really nicely done widescreen and full screen version of the eye catches provided in one gallery. The most amusing extra I think is the far too brief video game trailer that was made for the series.

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Samurai Champloo had a lot of expectations to live up to when it came out because of the pedigree it had with its creative staff. After achieving quite a lot of success with Cowboy Bebop, the next project that had most beats of them together was going to get a lot of scrutiny as well as a lot of attention. The downside was that a lot of people wanted another Cowboy Bebop and Samurai Champloo is in no way trying to replicate that show and it’s silly to think it is. If Watanabe wanted to make a knock off of his own thing, he’d just do more Bebop. And if all people take away from Bebop is that it had jazz music to make it cool, then they missed a lot more of that show than most already do.

Samurai Champloo drops us back in time to after the Warring States period. It’s not calm and civilized but there is an element of control still out there. The people are still living in a strict caste system and lives are taken at the whim of those above them. The peasants live in fear of not only their own lives but that of their families. Upset the wrong Lord with the wrong thing and he can demand the death of an entire family. Lose a particular job and it’s all over for all of you as the shame can drive you to utter despair. Best to end the thread than to extend the shame and dishonor. If you’re the offspring of a noble though, you practically walk on water in the town where the control extends, doing what you please and getting away with it and never called on it. The breakdown of the code of honor is most definitely happening here.

It’s in this setting that we meet the two primary characters and the third that binds them together. In separate incidents that bring them together, the two swords man get brought under a promise that has them working together. Mugen’s the wild child type, the rogue type that uses his charms to get what he wants from the women but backs it all up with a very deadly blade that he wields with a real sense of style to it. It’s not all flash as there’s a heap of substance behind it but you can see that he enjoys the swordplay. He ends up in a fight inside a local teahouse after some of the ruffians in the employ of the governor’s son there cause’s trouble. For a hundred dumplings, he takes on the numerous men there and goes at it with a wild thrill.

Jin is more of the traditional type, a ronin by nature now who dresses appropriately, speaks with intelligence but keeps it to words that are necessary but has a real sense of justice that doesn’t allow him to leave too many things alone. But there’s still usually some price attached to things and it’s not all altruism that keeps him going. When he sees a worker being harassed by the local lord and his entire family threatened by the loss of his job, he’s got the sense to intervene. What seals the deal is when someone warns him that the lord’s bodyguards are hired fighters that are Yagyu in origin. The challenge is there and it’s something that he really lives for but keeps under control.

The two end up in the same teahouse after some time and events there go wildly out of control due to Mugen’s style and the two men find themselves being held captive and tortured, ready to be executed publicly the next night. With nothing left to lose, the young waitress from the teahouse who has nobody left decides that she’ll break out the two fighters. Convincing them that they have to work for her in payment, she wants to find a samurai she’s been looking for that “Smells like sunflowers.” With plenty of violence and bloodshed, the real story starts moving along from this point as the trio break out of captivity and head on their road trip for find this mysterious samurai.

The series works through a number of stories by alternating between standalone episodes that slowly progress little bits of the larger story and the mutli episode ones that go for more. To set all of this up, the trio continually faces their continually broke status. Arriving in one town where they need to take a ferry to cross the river, they find themselves out of luck again and needing to get some cash fast so they can cross. Naturally, the three of them find their own ways of making money and the stories all slowly wind towards each other. Fuu ends up becoming a model for an up and coming ukiyo e artist but ends up in a slave trade situation, Mugen lives for roughing up local punks for their money so he can eat well while occasionally remembering that he’s trying to get ferry money while Jin is drawn to the challenge of a board game with an older gentleman. Like a lot of stories done in this manner, each of the subplots have links to each other, some obvious and some not, and it’s fun to watch how it all comes together, especially when you have things like Jin chasing a punk and running across Fuu somewhere in town. The coincidences are both simple and complicated.

A two part story brings us into a bit of history for Mugen which is a really good thing by this point. While I don’t mind characters being cipher’s for the most part with their pasts since sometimes explaining it away can ruin a character, they did it nicely enough here that it helped to build up the character more and explain some of his motivations. The trio has finally reached the coast in their journey towards Nagasaki but in their arrival they’ve ended up in a trap. The local village had been purged of all the women and children as well as men who couldn’t fight so that all that would be left would be a group of warriors that could be controlled. The person in control is a nasty guy named Mukuro who just happens to be Mugen’s brother.

Over the course of this story, we learn how the two of them, and a slightly younger girl who is still with Mukuro, grew up together on a small island off of the coast where only criminals were sent and kept. Being born to criminals and raised that way, they all grew up feeling that they had experienced hell and through various machinations made their way off island. Mugen’s story is given the most time since he ends up being captured and held for execution but the general gist is to see how they’ve all suffered and tried to deal with it afterwards. With so many ties to the past brought up, Mugen’s easily manipulated by Mukuro to take on a new job with him that involves hijacking a shogunate ship that has far too much gold for just one person to ever spend their lives with. The resulting drama around that is exciting enough to watch but that barely covers the first half of this reunion that does so much to explain Mugen’s way of life.

One of the later episodes in the set, the kind that goes in an unusual direction that the series does at times, is so completely wrong in so many ways but it manages to be hysterical to watch that I can’t really complain about it. The group tries to do a cut and run meal but they did it in one of the worst places as a former ninja is watching nearby and as Mugen makes his run for it he ends up being beaned on the head with a baseball. Ok, let’s ignore all baseball history here for the duration as well as the arrival of a group of ships from America that’s come to conquer the local village. The village has managed to convince the ships commander that they can play baseball to determine whether they’ll be invaded or not and the American’s are all up for it.

This will have a different view depending on which language you watch it in as the American’s speak English in the Japanese track outside of the interpreter character. The dialogue is mostly well matched when done in English but there’s more of an impact to it when you have the rest of the characters speaking Japanese. The American stereotypes used here are priceless and had me laughing out loud several times as they made their way through the game and in dealing with the locals. The episode simply has so much wrong with it in historical terms but it more than makes up for it with the comedy. Samurai Champloo has certainly pulled in plenty of modern elements into its run and some of the rap and music stylings have been amusing but it’s never really taken over an entire episode like this. I was particularly amused that there was more of an issue in the dub though by going with the phrase “Freaking Japs” as spoken by one of the American sailors instead of the original “Fucking Japs”. I can understand it from a broadcast perspective but it’s interesting that they didn’t step back from softening that bit of dialogue.

Samurai Champloo does finish out the series in a good way by devoting three episodes to tie it all up and wrap it together. This storyline brings essentially everything in the series to a close with nothing left to deal with from the main storyline points. In a way it’s almost surprising that it ends like that since so many series seem to keep a few loose ends open just on the off chance of doing a bit more or having to deal with continuing manga series. The three parter here caps it all of nicely.

The series has had a fairly basic plotline to it since the beginning when Fuu, Jin and Mugen first came together and she got them to serve as her traveling companions while she went north in search of her father who “smelled of sunflowers.” The actual journey brought in various elements and subplots that provided for some engaging arcs and over the course of it we got to know the characters better, parts of their pasts and the various things that motivate them. Across each of the smaller arcs we dipped into their pasts and with Mugen in particular spent a lot of time covering his youth. Mugen’s past was covered easily enough but it played out more in the present as those who were hunting him continued to come across him and try to take him down. Fuu was typically more focused on the present than anything else but her journey to deal with a problem of the past kept them all moving forward and each event brought them closer together though they didn’t realize it for quite some time.

As they move to the last location just north of Nagasaki where her father is supposed to be, Fuu puts her own plan into motion to deal with her two companions at the same time that a power much higher than all of them makes their involvement known. While I’ve not cared for this kind of occurrence in a lot of other series since it feels like it’s coming out of left field and doesn’t really fit in well with how the series has gone up until this point, the introduction of Kariya and his “master” with the plan that’s been in motion for some time feels like it fits over the existing series almost transparently. The inclusion of this storyline not only ties together smaller pieces from previous episodes that stood well on their own but it gives a very good sense of closure to this last storyline since it doesn’t feel forced.

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The first part of the series starts

The premise for the series is very engaging as it opens with a back story about a feudal war that took place prior to the time setting in which the series takes place. This war pitted the best Abercrombie uk outlet women of samurai against one another. Some samurai even gave up their own humanity to become mechanical fighting machines known as the Nobuseri. The war ended with the Nobuseri overthrowing the samurai, thus setting up the oppressive rule of several feudal lords. The few human samurai remaining from the war have gone into hiding.

The focus of the series is all about the small rice village known as Kanna. At the end of the harvest season, Kanna, along with other villages are robbed of their rice by Hollister sale uk the Nobuseri. Rice is becoming the least of the Nobuseri needs as they are now taking women and children in addition to rice. The village is literally on the brink of collapse. The elder of Kanna has decided that the village must hire samurai to fight against the Nobuseri if the village is to survive. With no money, the village seeks to find any samurai willing to protect the village for a payment of rice.

The here first part of the series starts out a bit slow as it sets up the premise of how the seven samurai come together and how the Kanna village members find them. The village water priestess, Kirara, her sister, Komachi, and aide Rikichi travel to the largest city in the empire. Here they find a morose, yet skilled samurai, named Shimada Kambei. Kambei, who fought in the Great War, identifies with Kanna plight and agrees to aid them. He helps Kirara recruit the remaining six warriors for her cause and together they set out for Kanna. Despite its slow beginning, the introduction of each of the samurai, with exception to Kyuzo, is really unique. Each samurai is in hiding, and how they join the cause for Kanna village tells fathoms about the inner makings of each character. This is where the series really shines. Many anime series can become too bogged down in the details of fleshing out the background for each character or they can tell too little. Samurai 7 seems to flesh out each character very appropriately, even to the most minor of characters.

The second major plot point focuses on how the samurai train the villagers to defend their village. You have to go with the href=” flow of the story here as logic in weaponry really doesn make sense. Also, there is no real explanation as to how a sword or an arrow can take down a mechanized giant. Nevertheless, it is still good entertainment! Defending Kanna village boils down to the samurai instructing the villagers how to use bows, build defensive fortifications, and constructing a giant ballista to take down the big Nobuseri ships.

The final story arc focuses on overthrowing the Nobuseri and the Emperor. Earlier on in the series, we are introduced to a group, Ukyo and Ayamaro who serve emperor Amanushi. Ukyo has a hidden agenda that will ultimately play into the demise of Emperor Ayamaro as well as aide the cause for overthrowing the Emperor reign throughout the entire kingdom. This part of the series tends drag a little as it is not quite as exciting as the previous story arc of defending Kanna village. As the story comes to a close tragedy strikes near and dear as most of the original seven lose their lives to save Kanna. There are blaze of glory moments and some frustratingly cheap deaths of which I will leave you to interpret.

The story has a fulfilling ending, but not without feeling at a loss for those who made sacrifices. The underlying romantic ties for all the characters are not neatly ended, but that reality for you. In the end Kambei walks away victorious, but not feeling triumphant as the toll of surviving many a battle weighs heavily on his heart in more ways than one. He resigns his sword to Kyuzo, who in turn leaves the village to wander out his days as a full samurai.

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What They Say

Set in a futuristic world that has just witnessed the end of a massive war, scores of villages are terrorized by Nobuseri bandits. But the Nobuseri are no normal bandits. They were once Samurai, who during the war integrated their living cells with machines to become dangerous weapons now appearing more machine than man. Absolute christian louboutin womens heels power corrupts, and their reign of terror is increasing its hold on the countryside.

But one group of villagers has had enough, deciding to hire samurai to protect their village. Kirara is a young priestess who travels to the city seeking out protection. One by one, she encounters brave samurai that the war has left behind. These men of skill and valor are each unique and not without their quirks. But can they come together christian louboutin womens trainers as one to defend the helpless village?

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The Review!The audio for this series provides audiophiles with much to drool over. The English dub for the series is presented in DTS HD Master Audio 5.1 along with a lossless Japanese language track. Listening to the series was quite enjoyable as there is plenty of localized dialogue and a lively ambiance. The sound quality really immerses the viewer into the show, which made it all the more fascinating. The soundtrack for the series sounds great in TrueHD. Sound effects from the clashing of swords to the Nobuseri mecha felt appropriate and realistic. However, it was noticed in the episode, The Drifter, that the English audio was not in synch with the video. Fortunately, the audio sync issue only occurs in the one episode. Overall they did a good job. The imagery click for the series is vibrant and vivid. One will note that there are not really any eye popping effects and that the CG imagery is nothing spectacular. In fact, it is easier to pick out imperfections in the CG animation in high definition, which was somewhat noticeable with the Nobuseri mecha.

It has been noted that there were artifacts present in the original release. They are also present with this release as there is some visible colorization banding plagued the entire series. This is noticeable with scenes that have darker backdrops or scenes that contain mist or fog. FUNimation recently stated that the banding issue originated from the source material. However, it does make for a less than stellar review for high definition video quality.

Overall, I found the video presentation to be acceptable. So simple, that I am afraid that the box that houses the three BD cases might not last over time. This box is made of thin cardboard that is already showing some wear and tear from just being shipped. The front of the cover features a bright red sun with silhouettes of each of the seven samurai standing in the foreground. The series logo is prominently placed in the lower part of the box with white lettering on a black background. The front cover image wraps around to the spine which uses a similar logo layout. The back of the box has a few screen shots with the typical series summary and technical specifications.

The three Blu ray discs are a bit different in that the front of each case is just an image or drawing of a scene from within the series. This image wraps around to the back side of each case as well. The spine for each of the three discs contains the only writing on the case, which includes the series title and the disc number. The inside jacket features descriptions of each of the episodes found on the discs. The Afro Samurai: Resurrection theme plays appropriately as different clips play in the background. The submenus appear on the top left hand side of the screen. The menu theme has a dark appearance that fits well with the overall feel for Afro Samurai as well as the music from RZA. The menus were quick and easy to access. There are the usual textless songs and trailers. The commentary from episode 14 that was included in the standard DVD is included in the collection. The primary focus of this commentary is on the similarities and differences between the classic The Seven Samurai and Samurai 7. This has definitely piqued my interest in seeking out a copy of the classic.

Note: A HD trailer for Tsubasa is on the second disc. Is this a precursor of more Blu ray goodness?

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Originally airing in 2004, Samurai 7 is an anime based off of Akira Kurosawa no samurai ( Samurai Seven Samurai is considered as one of the greatest films ever made. The original film has inspired many movies and television series as it pins itself on the themes of morality, honor, and sacrifice. This version is told through a suspenseful tale about a village that has been oppressed by bandits who repeatedly pillage and raid them. Seven warriors are recruited to defend the village from the bandits, their only payment, food in the form of rice. Samurai 7 takes on a steam punk form that is animated by none other than Gonzo, who is known for high quality animated features.

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A teenager who died in a road

A teenager who died in a road collision in Bromsgrove has been named as 17 year old Samuel Chambers.

The youth, who lived locally,Ping G25 Irons was in collision with a Toyota Avensis vehicle near the traffic lights at the junction of the A38 and New Road just after 10.20pm on Tuesday.

An investigation has been launched by West Mercia Police and people are being urged to come forward if they witnessed the collision or noticed either the teenager who wasPing G30 Irons on foot or the car involved immediately beforehand.

Anyone with information can reach PC Sarah Skelding in the Operational Policing Unit at the Bromsgrove police and fire station on the non emergency number 101.

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An unserer Hauptversammlung wurden folgende Anlässe für das laufende Jahr bekannt gegeben: Unser Besuch der Glockengiesserei Berger Bärau/Langnau i.E. war sehr anschaulich und lehrreich. Der Tagesausflug ins Lauterbrunnental mit den Trümmelbachfällen, Mürren fand regenfrei (!) statt und beeindruckte uns. Donnerstag, 30. Oktober 2014: Die Organistin Danielle Käser stellt die Orgel in der Kirche auf dem Geissberg, Langenthal vor. Die Einladungen werden persönlich an die Mitglieder verschickt. Nähere Auskunft erteilt der Präsident Hugo Widmer, Haldenstrasse 71, 4900 Langenthal, Tel. 062 922 39 51

Hinweis: In der nächsten Berner Schule wird noch einmal das Projekt “Profi(t)3″ vorgestellt. Leider haben sich erst 3 Pensionierte definitiv zur Verfügung gestellt. Wir suchen also noch weitere Coaches.

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