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Oh, my gosh, you guys, remember Gackt?!!

26 Jan

Gackt is back.

But more specifically, I should say, his voice is back, and quite appropriately as one of the “Special Children” in Madhouse’s anime version of the American TV series “Supernatural”.

The “Supernatural” anime was first announced last year in June, debuted on and the first season will be available on DVD/Blu-Ray Feb. 23 in Japan. You can order the DVD online from Amazon Japan [region 2 though].

I was very surprised to hear of this news because usually it’s us Americans adapting something from Asia (re: Infernal Affairs, The Ring, The Grudge, etc…), and though we know that the Japanese are heavily influenced by American culture as well, this adaptation comes as big news especially since the American actors from the TV series will be dubbing in their own voices for the English dub. “Supernatural” creator Eric Kripke worked with Madhouse’s co-founder Masao Maruyama to devise the unique outline of the 22-episode 1st season. The episodes will feature new, original episodes highlighting the back story of the brothers, more emphasis on supporting characters from the TV series, and “remaking the best episodes” from the TV series, according to animenewsnetwork.com.

I’ve never watched “Supernatural” but I’m probably going to end up watching the anime series first.

The male leads in the anime were also drawn to resemble the actual actors, which I think is pretty damn cool–badass anime version of yourself? Can I have one too?

Sam & Dean of "Supernatural" the anime version. Image via WB Japan.

Here’s Kripke discussing the anime series at last year’s Comic-con…. where the fuck was I? Too busy shopping for figurines I think…

Official WB Japan “Supernatural” site

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2011: A Year of Geek Movies

8 Jan

There are a ridiculous amount of geeky movies coming out this year.

With superheroes, fairy tales, robots, gods, aliens, vampires, gnomes, zombies, genetically engineered apes, smurfs, pirates, spies, witches, wizards, pandas…the movie selection this year is a smörgåsbord of geek topics.

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Season of the Witch: Jan 7th

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The Green Hornet: Jan 14th

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Gnomeo and Juliet: Feb 11

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I am Number Four: Feb 18th

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All Star Superman: Feb 22nd

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The Adjustment Bureau: March 4th

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Mars Needs Moms: March 11th

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Battle: Los Angeles: March 11th

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Beastly: March 18th

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Paul: March 18th

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Dylan Dog: Dead of Night: March (tentatively)

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Sucker Punch: March 25

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Super: April 1st

Starring Rainn Wilson as The Crimson Bolt, a powerless superhero who wields a wrench, it looks like it’s going to be Kick Ass level of good.

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Source Code: April 1st

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Your Highness: April 8th

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Thor: May 6th

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Priest: May 13th

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Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides: May 20th

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Kung Fu Panda 2: May 27th

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X-Men First Class: June 3rd

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Green Lantern: Emerald Knights: June 7th

Straight to DVD animated movie about Kyle Rayner and a time-travelling Hal Jordan as they team up with the JLA and Green Arrow to fight Sinestro and Parallax.

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Super 8: June 10th

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Rise of the Apes: June 24th

Planet of the Apes prequel which shows how the apes came to rule to world, starring James Franco.

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Green Lantern: June 17th

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Transformers 3: Dark of the Moon: July 1st

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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2: July 15th

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Captain America: The First Avenger: July 22nd

If you don’t know what this is going to be about, shame on you.

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Cowboys and Aliens: July 29th

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The Smurfs: August 3rd

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Conan the Barbarian: August 19th

Conan”s adventures on his quest to avenge the death of his father and the slaughter of his village.

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Fright Night: August 19th

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Johnny English Reborn: September 16th

Johnny English (Rowan Atkinson) tries to stop a band of assassins from killing the Chinese Premier

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Now: September 30th

A society where aging stops at 25 and the rich are immortal while the rest struggle to survive. Starring Justin Timberlake, who’s falsely accused of murder, on the run with his hostage Amanda Seyfried.

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Real Steel: October 7th

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The Thing: October 14th

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Puss in Boots: November 4th

Origins of the swashbuckling cat from the Shrek movies.

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Immortals: November 11th

3D movie where Theseus (Henry Cavill) must fight to save his people and the Greek gods from the mad King Hyperion (Mickey Rourke).

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Arthur Christmas: November 23rd

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Sherlock Holmes 2: December 16th

After how awesome the first one was, we all knew the sequel was inevitable.

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The Adventures of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn: December 28th

3D motion-capture film based on the comics: Tintin’s first encounter with Captain Haddock and their adventures trying to find his ancestor’s hidden treasure.

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Tekken: Sometime in 2011

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These are trailers for the ones I’m actually likely to go see. For even more, see this io9 post.

Bah, Humbug! And Tribbles too.

10 Dec

Christmas is a time when people get all dressed up and go to the theatre. Not just Chinese food and the cinema: the Theatre (with everything that the capitalisation implies).

After seeing The Nutcracker for the twentieth time in a row, shouldn’t you try something …a little more exciting?

I have the perfect solution: A Klingon Christmas Carol.
(You might think I’m making that up for alliteration’s sake, but I’m really not.)

Not just a pure translation of the Dickensian classic, this is an adaptation where Scrooge is a Klingon warrior who recovers his honour and courage when three spirits visit him, just in time to save Tiny Tim from a horrible fate.

In case you didn’t know, Klingon (tlhIngan Hol) is one of the most complete fictional languages out there. There are hundreds of people who are conversationally fluent in it. There’s a multi-day convention held by the Klingon Lanugage Institute dedicated solely to the study of the language. Works of Shakespeare have been translated into Klingon. Everything from novels to opera, poetry, greeting cards, songs…the list of original and translated Klingon works goes on and on.

For those of us who aren’t so good at pronouncing or deciphering the guttural sounds of the space warrior race, the play’s narration is in English and it comes with supertitles so that you can follow along.

The play runs until December 19th at the Greenhouse Theater in Chicago.

Kuriositas
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Sh*t I’m Excited For… 10/31/10

30 Oct

HALLOWEEN. MY FAVORITE HOLIDAY EVER. WHY DON’T WE GET DAYS OFF FOR IT!!?!??!? Because if I weren’t up at 2AM trying to finish my costume the week OF, I would be drunk every single day of this week, not remembering how I woke up in a pool of glitter and fake blood. But I don’t have a social life and I haven’t finished my costume yet, so here we are–healthy distraction #5=blogging.

I usually go down to West Hollywood for my Halloween fix of outrageous costumes and scantily-clad men and women (but mostly men, knowing WeHo), but this year I don’t think I want to deal with parking 5 miles away and walking in 4″ heels to Santa Monica Blvd, only to be shoved around and molested by passerbyers. (Also, Halloween is on Sunday. What the hell.)

So, while you are, hopefully, at home, nursing your hangover, I’m kicking myself for not having taken part of these activities this year–

#1: This Star Wars Halloween Party – Where’s my invite?

Princess Leia Cupcakes

Princess Leia Cupcakes via JustJENN. Image via justjennrecipes.com

Han Solo free from the Jell-O "Carbonite"

Han Solo free from the Jell-O "Carbonite". Image via justjennrecipes.com

#2: An excuse to eat Avatar: The Last Airbender cupcakes ???

Avatar The Last Airbender cupcakes

Aang <3. Image via homeschooledyear.com

#3: CREATIVE ZOMBIE COSTUMES – I usually think of zombiefying an outfit as a cop-out for your generic costume, but this “couple” below keeps it fresh.

Zombies, Sailor Moon, Tuxedo Mask

Sailor Moon and Tuxedo Mask couldn't survive the zombie outbreak either. Image via 3000Brigade.

#4: Ghostbusters party crashers – Um. Yes, please.

Ghostbusters

The only time of the year when that group of guys dressed as the Ghostbusters are EXPECTED to crash your party. Image via adamwhite.co.uk

#5: Creative Jack-o-Lanterns. Because carving pumpkins is a skill onto itself that is only showcased once a year.

Darth Vader Jack-o-Lantern

OK no more Star Wars stuff after this I swear. Image via slipperybrick.com

Spike, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Jack-o-Lantern

I uploaded this for MegaWoman & Mighty!Marz 😀 Image via 1.bp.blogspot.com

And this Predator one is just insane.

Aliens, Predator, Jack-o-Lantern

I'm scared. Image via mentalfloss.com

I was going to write about “Walking Dead” for my flavor of the week, but Marz beat me to it–this is why we all contribute to the same blog.

Hope everyone has a SAFE Halloween and please try to remember what you did this weekend because if all goes well, I sure won’t.

It took me two years to watch this movie…

28 Sep

So, I watched Cloverfield this weekend (yeah, I know I’m several years behind the movie-watching curve, shut up. Real life (read: TV) got in the way) and I only sorta liked it.

In case you haven’t seen it (and are even further behind than I am in sci-fi movie watching), consider this your warning that slight spoilers follow.

The movie as a whole reminded me of The War of the Worlds (the H.G. Wells book, not the Tom Cruise movie.) I’d read it over the summer because I’m trying to better educate myself about the (sci-fi) classics, and found it disappointing. While I understand its importance as a foundational work of the genre and that it was the first time that a lot of those ideas had been expressed, it felt like just an outsider point of view/narration of events without anything other than its novelty to draw the reader in.  I didn’t care about the characters, and there wasn’t a plot arc with a proper climax and resolution that evoked the satisfied feeling that those things normally do. It was just someone telling you what he saw, but not telling it particularly engagingly.

The book was almost this exciting.

(Impressive Collection of The War of the World book covers, most of which are deceptively action-y and exciting.)

Cloverfield seemed like The War of the Worlds all over again. It wasn’t scary enough (and this come from me, Empress of Wimps: I get scared just watching trailers for horror movies) to be exciting, and it wasn’t dramatic enough to be watched just for the characters. The movie never really made you care about the characters: I didn’t really care if they made it across the city to save the girl he loved, wasn’t all that thrilled when they did, and, although I felt a twinge of sadness when they all died, it wasn’t nearly the emotional reaction the movie was hoping for, I’m sure.

The novelty of the idea of a handheld camera documentation of a random monster attack on NYC was clever and interesting. The execution of the camerawork, the special effects, the authenticity of the setting etc, were well done. The acting wasn’t bad, but wasn’t particularly great either; they seemed believable as real people who were caught on film, which I guess should be counted as a success because they played their characters well.

I think Marlena's facial expression here sums up my opinion of the movie

But, overall, it’s not a movie I’d watch again, or even have as a part of my movie library. It was a well executed and clever idea; not a waste of my 2 hours, but not the first sci-fi movie I’d tell someone to watch.

Who says I’m grown up?

24 Sep

It would be a lie if I said I didn’t watch cartoons anymore. (I firmly believe that there’s no such thing as being too old for kids’ things).  Lately, I’ve been feeling a bit nostalgic, so I spent the weekend watching Invader Zim on the Cartoon Network and I happened upon the pilot episode of Sym-Bionic Titans.

Basic storyline so far: alien princess and her assigned royal guard and robot protector have fled to Earth to escape an alien invasion on their home planet. They’ve got to integrate with human high schoolers, but occasionally use their super-cool alien armour to fight the alien monsters that have been sent to kill them.

The animation felt familiar; I looked it up and realised that the series is made by the same guy who made Dexter’s Laboratory and Samurai Jack. While it might be that my rose-coloured nostalgia-tinted memories of those shows predisposes me to like this show, I think it’s independently good. (Watching alien observations of high school cliques is always entertaining).

I’m also amused by the fact that the main villain (male) wears thigh high patent leather boots with spurs and has a face like a bearded monkey. And a cape with large orange fur accents. Oh, the Cyclops eye on his hat shoots out green lightning; that’s cool.

The plot is kid-show predictable, but it’s still fun to watch it play out! And, honestly, it’s kinda what you want in a TV show anyway, isn’t it? Enough predictability that you feel satisfied when what you expected happens, but still an entertaining ride along the way? The pilot looks promising, if a little short; so far, I like this show.

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