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TOP 5 BEST INTRODUCTORY ANIME TO WATCH

in Entertainment/Family Fun

Poster from Studio Ghibli’s “Spirited Away”, 2001. Studio Ghibli films are often regarded as some of the best work in Japanese animation thus far.

For years, checking out anime seemed like an arduous challenge. Either you bought expensive DVD collections or downloaded them illegally, but thanks to our ubiquitous streaming future, more anime is easily accessible.  Even with the prominence of anime reaching mainstream audiences, it still can be a challenge for someone jumping into the genre. These are five of the best introductory anime movies and television for an anime novice.

  1. Avatar: The Last Airbender

“Avatar: The Last Airbender” is a classic, but with the series concluding almost a decade ago it is easy for it to get passed by new audiences. The series is set in a world where people have elemental powers like bending fire or water, and the last of the air benders has recently been discovered. From there the airbender, Aang, is joined by two water benders to bring peace to the world. With a unique animation style and lovable characters, “Avatar” is a great first step to getting into anime.

  1. Netflix’s Castlevania

For most video games’ television or movie adaptations, they either stray too far from the original material or fail to branch out in it’s own way. Netflix’s “Castlevania” entirely bucks that trend by being very faithful to the original games and having its own unique voice. The series follows Simon Belmont as he takes on Dracula and his hoard of demons that have come back to seek revenge. The clash between Dracula and the medieval religion is at focus in the series, with each ideology going at odds for who is really better for people. It also adds an emotional core to Dracula, strengthening his character and motivations from just an evil monster. The show is extremely violent as well, which surprises how far a Netflix production was able to go.

  1. Studio Ghibli Movies

It is difficult to pick one Studio Ghibli movie to recommend, because each suits a certain person. From a small child that would love the charm of “My Neighbor Totoro” or someone looking for a more dramatic style like in “Princess Mononoke”, Ghibli can truly captivate any audience member. For an older adult, Ghibli movies will probably captivate them the most, especially with their take on serious moments in history. Two movies, “Grave of the Fireflies” and “The Wind Rises” provide a different perspective on World War 2 than is usually popularized in the medium. Ghibli movies were a major introduction to anime for most Americans, and they still have the power to introduce the style of the genre without overwhelming.

  1. Akira

Based on the manga, “Akira” follows a leader of a biker gang whose friend discovers he has psychic powers after a motorcycle accident. Released in 1988, “Akira” had the most expensive budget of any anime movie ever released, and one can tell with the amount of effort put into it. It is one of those any time you pause the movie the screen is a work of art type movies. “Akira” is also a hands-down cool movie, with the kind of style that constantly takes your breath away. “Akira” had a major impact on Western attitudes toward anime and is still referenced in media today, so checking it out is a must for anyone.

  1. Cowboy Bebop

When it comes to style, look no further than “Cowboy Bebop”. This anime focuses on a crew of misfit bounty hunters that travel the solar system. What makes any show stand out comes down to the characters and how they interact with one another, and with “Cowboy Bebop” each character is deeply written and acted. The style of the show will immediately come to the forefront, with a blend of fast-paced jazz and space-faring adventure. A highlight of the show is its brevity, with two seasons and a movie it does not overstay its welcome. “Cowboy Bebop” could work as a live-action production, but the animation style really sells the charm and uniqueness of it.

The prevalence of anime has done wonders to engage audiences with unique stories they otherwise would never have seen. Anime’s popularity is at an all-time high, and by no means slowing down.  Streaming services are supporting anime in a major way, either as sections on Hulu or dedicated anime platforms like Crunchyroll. There is more than enough anime to go around. As long as you stay away from the tentacle shows for your first time, you are bound to watch something good.

Going Green: Best Hybrid & Electric Cars

in Business/Environment

By Bryan Kittman | November 14, 2018

San Diego Entertainer Magazine

If you’re in the market for a new vehicle, perhaps you should consider getting a hybrid or electric car. Not only are they significantly more fuel efficient, but they are also much more environmentally friendly, and you can drive around knowing you are not contributing to the massive amounts of CO2 emissions being pumped into our atmosphere by traditional gas-powered vehicles. Here are the top hybrid/electric cars out right now.

2019 TOYOTA CAMRY HYBRID – $28,150

This fully redesigned Toyota Camry improves upon an already impressive fuel efficiency while bringing with it a comfortable interior that makes it the ultimate midsize car hybrid. With 51-53 city MPG, the Toyota Camry lets you focus on the driving experience without having to worry about constantly filling up. Speaking of driving, this Camry packs a 208 horsepower engine that provides the perfect amount of power behind the wheel.

2019 CHEVROLET BOLT – $36,620

An affordable all-electric vehicle, the Bolt can go an astounding 238 miles on a single charge. The Bolt has 56.3 cubic feet of cargo space, allowing for plenty of room to stow anything you may need. When charging, the advanced batteries in the Bolt will store 25 miles per hour of charge utilizing a 32-amp charging unit. Forget worrying about oil changes and engine upkeep, as this electric vehicle is extremely low maintenance, and the long-range batteries make it perfectly viable for a road trip vehicle as well!

2019 TOYOTA PRIUS C – $21,530

One of the most widely celebrated green vehicles of all time, the Toyota Prius is only getting better. The 2019 model incorporates all of the traditional features of the Prius and innovates even further with improved eco-friendly fuel efficiency. Enjoy 48 MPG in the city, and with the EV/ECO Mode, you’ll be able to enable electric driving while simultaneously limiting climate control and throttle input to maximize fuel economy. Plus, the 2019 Prius has been rated as a Super Ultra Low Emission Vehicle, meaning it has significantly fewer smog-forming emissions than an average gasoline-powered vehicle.

VOLKSWAGEN E-GOLF – $30,495

A fantastic addition to the affordable electric vehicle market, the e-Golf packs a 125-mile range, making its a perfect urban adventure to take out around the town. The e-Golf features three different modes, each characterized by its fuel efficiency and performance. You’ll be able to maximize fuel efficiency in the Eco+ mode or put the pedal to the metal with Normal mode. With its fast charging capabilities, you’ll be able to charge your battery quick, while enjoying access to some of the fastest charging stations out there.

TESLA MODEL 3 – $31,700

Bring unparalleled luxury and performance to a more affordable price point, the Model 3 is easily one of the nicest electric vehicles out right now. The Model 3 packs a 220-mile range battery in its cheapest version, but the long-range version, coming in at $46,000, comes with a battery that is rated with a 310-mile range. One thing the Model 3 does not skimp on is power. With all-wheel-drive performance, this baby will go 0 to 60 in less than 3.5 seconds. With thousands of Tesla power charging stations around the country, you’ll never be far from a fast charge either, so need to worry about running out of juice.

Wolf Pack Basketball Early Signing

in Local News/Sports

Reno, Nev. – With the early signing period came a flurry of new players across all Nevada athletic teams.

From Nevada Men's Basketball:

Parrish signs NLI to play for Wolf Pack
RENO, Nev. – University of Nevada head men’s basketball coach Eric Musselman has signed guard Eric Parrish to a National Letter of Intent to the play basketball for the Wolf Pack starting in 2019-20. Parrish will transfer from Bossier Parish Community College in Bossier City, La. where he is beginning his sophomore season. He will have two seasons to play for the Pack.
“We are extremely excited to add Eric Parrish to our program,” Mussleman said. “At 6-6 and the ability to play and guard multiple positions, he fits perfect with our style of play of position-less basketball. He has an extremely athletic first step and is explosive off the bounce with the basketball. We feel he is the type of player that can fill up the stat sheet in multiple areas and affect the game in a variety of ways. He will be a player that Wolf Pack fans love to watch with his energy.”
In his first three games this season for Bossier Parish he is averaging 15.7 points, nine rebounds, and four assists. From the field he is shooting 41.7 percent and 83.3 percent at the free throw line.

Parrish, a 6-6, 195-pound guard, played his freshman season at Akron where he made 21 starts and appeared in all 32 games for the Zips. He averaged 8.8 points, 4.7 rebounds, and 1.4 assists in 27 minutes per game. From the field he shot 51.7 percent, 32.4 percent from behind the arc and 62.1 percent at the free throw line.

A native of Cypress, Texas he played his prep basketball at Cypress Springs High School where he averaged 18.4 points, 8.2 rebounds, three assists, two steals and 1.6 blocks per game as a senior. He scored 1,132 points during his high school career and twice was named the team’s MVP. Parrish was a two-time all-district selection and a two-time academic all-district honoree.

 

Fireballs

in Local News/Uncategorized

 

By Associated Press |

RENO, Nev. (AP) – Astronomers say a loud explosion heard across a large swath of Nevada and California on Sunday morning was likely
caused by a meteor.

The sound of the explosion around 8 a.m. prompted a flood of calls to law enforcement agencies on both sides of the Sierra Nevada in the two states.

The explosion rattled windows and shook houses from Reno to
Winnemucca in Nevada, and from the Sacramento to Bakersfield areas in California.

Some people in the two states reported seeing a fireball streak across the sky at the same time.

Dan Ruby of the Fleischmann Planetarium at the University of Nevada, Reno, says the reports indicate the meteor broke up above Earth somewhere over the Sierra southwest of Reno.

There were no reports of earthquakes at the time.

Sir Rod Stewart Appeared at the Reno Events Center

in Arts/Entertainment/Music

Sir Rod Stewart rolled into the Reno Events Center and presented an excellent show on Saturday night. When I say ‘rolled’, I mean it literally. As his 12 piece band warmed up the crowd with Soul Finger, he rolled onto the stage with a sheepish grin using a knee scooter and wearing a foot brace, explaining that he had injured himself playing football (soccer to us) with his young sons. This inconvenience did not deter him from delivering a splendid performance.

The theme for the night was black and white checkers. From the huge curtain that draped the front of the stage to the drums, congas, keyboards, and even the jackets the men were wearing: everything was checkered.

This tour is in conjunction with the release of his 30th solo album, Blood Red Roses. He and his band gave us almost two hours of nonstop hits which included one song from the new release, Rollin’, and Tumblin’, a tribute to Muddy Waters. Other notable high points were Forever Young, Maggie May, The First Cut Is The Deepest, and Da Ya Think I’m Sexy.

Despite his injury, Sir Rod was in great spirits, very engaging and having fun with the audience all night. After ‘Rhythm of My Heart’ which featured a video of him being knighted he explained to us yanks that even though the knighthood is presented by the royal family it is awarded by the British people by popular vote.

Late in the show he typically kicks signed footballs out into the audience, but he tossed them this evening. He owns The Celtic Football Club, a team back home in England. He was very intent on seeing who got each ball. At one point he made the band stop playing when he saw an audience member snatch a ball away from another person who had originally caught it. He admonished this person and made them give the ball back to its rightful owner. What a British gentleman!

The band was large and fantastic. Sir Rod had two drummers, a keyboardist, bass guitar, saxophone, two guitarists, three female backup singers, plus three more female performers who among them played violins, harp, mandolin, percussion, and one tap danced.

As they played Da Ya Think I’m Sexy at the end of the set three large nets full of balloons were released onto the crowd from the ceiling. The crowd was bouncing them around; the band was kicking them back into the audience and everybody was having a gas.

The checkered curtain dropped after this, rose again for Sailing, dropped and rose again for the final song, Sweet Rock and Roller, and then dropped for the final time. Sir Rod (I like the sound of that) was as comfortable, pleasant and engaging as you could hope for. With 57 years of experience on the stage, you would expect nothing less.

Deantronics Opening in Spanish Springs

in Business/Local News

RENO, Nev. (KOLO) – The Economic Development Authority of Western Nevada (EDAWN) has announced that New Deantronics(ND), an international medical device technology manufacturer, is establishing its U.S. facility in the Spanish Springs Business Center, off the Pyramid Highway near Calle de la Plata. The company is breaking ground on a 200,000-square-foot facility for research/development and manufacturing. The facility will also include a medical device incubation center for local medical device start-ups. New Deantronics says it estimates it will invest more than $40 million for construction and equipment and will generate more than 200 new jobs.

New Deantronics was founded in 1985 in San Francisco, and is focused on “medical/surgical technology to advance healthcare and quality of life for patients,” according to a release.”New Deantronics has established its position by investing in innovation, quality, and its employees. Its medical device products are widely used in general surgery, neurosurgery, cardiology, orthopedics, and aesthetics. Having received numerous awards in Taiwan, where it is headquartered, New Deantronics is most proud of being a ‘National Quality Award' recipient. The philosophy and operating principle embodied in everything New Deantronics stands for is reflected in their motto, ‘A Caring Company.'

“The company currently operates an engineering and manufacturing facility in New Taipei City, Taiwan and will open a second manufacturing facility in Chiayi County, Taiwan in 2019, in addition to the Nevada 14-acre technology campus in 2020. The Nevada campus will provide R&D, manufacturing, R4R (return for repair), capital equipment exchanges, and a medical device incubation center. The company says it will hire to fill positions in design, electrical, and mechanical engineering, as well as technicians, facilities, maintenance, quality assurance, warehouse, and manufacturing assembly.

“The decision to establish an R&D and manufacturing center in the Reno-Sparks area is the result of a multi-year location search and supports our “Go Global” vision,” says Jane Liu, CEO. “The support and assistance received from so many people and organizations here convinced us to select Reno-Sparks to be our new home in the U.S. We hope to be an integral part of establishing a long-term medical device industry infrastructure, bringing together industry, academia, healthcare providers and others benefiting Reno-Sparks and the global medical device community.”

“We absolutely believe the addition of New Deantronics to Washoe County is a strategic choice not only for their business, but for the quality of life it offers their entire team,” says John Slaughter, Washoe County Manager. “Our region continues to attract some of the most innovative companies from around the world due to our vibrant landscape and thriving communities. New Deantronics is another great example of our tech industry booming, and we welcome them to Washoe County.”

“We are thrilled that New Deantronics will soon be breaking ground on their technology campus in the Spanish Springs Business Center,” says Sparks Mayor Geno Martini. “Having this award-winning medical device technology manufacturer is a win for our region both in expertise and job creation.”

“With a focus on engineering and innovation, New Deantronics is an example of a high-tech, knowledge-based operation that will contribute quality jobs and global connections to our region. We are very pleased to join in welcoming them to Nevada”, says Mridul Gautam, Vice-President Research and Innovation at the University of Nevada, Reno.

“We are excited that New Deantronics has selected the Spanish Springs Business Center for their new U.S. operations site,” says Mike Kazmierski, President and CEO of EDAWN. “The company's reputation as a world leader and innovator in surgical and medical device technology is a great fit for our region with the recent growth of advanced manufacturing and tech-related businesses.”

By Staff/EDAWN Release
 

Wolf Pack Basketball

in Local News/Sports

For anyone looking to see what the No. 7 basketball team in the country looks like, the next couple of weeks have got you covered.

Nevada — ranked No. 7 in the AP Top 25 poll and No. 9 in the USA Today coaches’ poll — opens the 2018-19 season with four games at home. First up is BYU on Tuesday night (8 p.m., CBS Sports Network).

The Wolf Pack split its two exhibition games, losing to Washington at Lawlor Events Center and beating San Francisco State at the Virginia Street Gym. In both of those games, Wolf Pack coach Eric Musselman experimented with different lineups for a Nevada team that has one of the deepest rosters in the nation, but also features a number of players who have not played together before.

Nevada travel alerts in advance of winter driving

in Local News/Uncategorized

NDOT reminds motorists to sign up for 511- Nevada travel alerts in advance of winter driving

CARSON CITY — With winter driving coming in the months ahead, the Nevada Department of Transportation is encouraging drivers to sign up for e-mail and text alerts for their own frequently-traveled state routes.

Launched in 2006, the 511 Nevada Travel Info service allows motorists to dial 511 toll-free, 24 hours a day or log onto nvroads.com for automated state road conditions, online traffic cameras, roadway weather information, scheduled event road closures, construction updates and more.

Out-of-state callers can dial 1-877-NV-ROADS to receive the same information. With Nevada law prohibiting the use of handheld devices while behind the wheel, NDOT asks motorists to dial or log on before driving.

The system’s “MY511NV” feature allows drivers to sign up to receive text or e-mail messages regarding roadway chain requirements, weather, incidents, events and construction on their most-traveled routes. To sign up, users simply log onto nvroads.com, select the “My511 NV” link and register to receive customized reports for state roads of their choice. The alerts are free, excluding text message fees imposed by individual phone carriers.

Since debuting in 2006, the 511 service has received more than four million calls. The corresponding nvroads.com website is also widely used, with approximately two and a half million individual users since 2013.

The service is funded in part by revenues from NDOT’s roadside logo sign program.

Burn codes keep our air clean

in Environment/Local News

Jeff Martinez, KTVN Channel 2Published 6:22 p.m. PT Oct. 31, 2018

Our beautiful weather pattern continues to start November, with chilly mornings and mild afternoons. Afternoon highs will be in the mid to upper 60s today warming into the mid-70s on Friday.

A nice weekend heads our way with partly sunny skies and upper 60s on Saturday and low 70s by Sunday.

We often see hazy skies and poor air quality during the winter months as pollution tends to get trapped in our valleys with no wind to mix things up.

To help keep our air cleaner, the burn code season begins today through February. The Washoe County Health District issues a green, yellow, or red burn code every day based on our air quality.

This only applies to wood-burning stoves or fireplaces in the Truckee Meadows and Washoe Valley. Gas fireplaces and pellet stoves are exempt because they burn much cleaner.

A yellow burn code means you should cut back or not use your wood-burning fireplace. A red burn code happens when our skies get real hazy and air quality dips in the unhealthy range, and wood burning is prohibited.

You can find the burn code each morning and evening during the weather broadcast on 2 News.

There are exemptions to the burn code issued if a wood-burning fireplace or stove is your only heat source and if you live on more than an acre of land. The Washoe County Health District also has a rebate program to swap out your wood-burning stove with a cleaner burning pellet or gas stove. To find out more about the program check out: OurCleanAir.com

Map attached showing the neighborhoods that are under the Burn Code.

Here’s a link that shows our current air quality.

Five things we learned from Wolf Pack’s big win

in Local News/Sports

Big plays make for big wins

Nevada 28, San Diego State 24:

San Diego State outgained Nevada (456 to 297), averaged more yards per play (5.9 to 4.5), had more first downs (24 to 14), won the time of possession battle – and still lost by four points.

How does that happen?

Because Nevada won the big-play battle. The Wolf Pack’s first-quarter safety not only stopped the bleeding from a 14-0 deficit, but it was also essentially a nine-point play – two for the safety and seven more when a short field led to a five-play touchdown drive. That drive was capped by one of the game’s great individual efforts, as running back Toa Taua took a short Ty Gangi pass and danced his way down the right sideline for a 40-yard score.

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In just over two minutes of game time, San Diego State went from a 14-point lead and possession of the ball to a five-point lead and a complete momentum shift to the home sideline.

Later, Nevada took advantage of a Jordan Byrd fumble on a punt return, with the Pack’s Jomon Dotson recovering at the SDSU 18. That set up a short Ramiz Ahmed field goal for a 28-24 lead with 8:54 to play, which turned out to be the game’s final points. The four-point margin also kept the Aztecs from being able to win or tie on a field goal from John Barron II, one of the nation’s top kickers.
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