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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

The Cape: Campy Champion-y

25 Jan

If you haven’t seen it yet, here’s the trailer (which I don’t think shows how good the show actually is, but will still give you an idea of what you’re in for):

 

Reasons I like this show so far:

It’s fun! The entire show, from the basic premise of superhero with magical cape powers to execution of the plotline, edges on the ridiculous. But it’s just on the edge. As of the three episodes I’ve seen, it walks the fine line of enjoyable goofiness and has yet to fall into the trap of being an absurd farce. I think it’s the perfect level of campy, as long as you approach it with that in mind.

It’s a comic book, no really. I can’t quite put my finger on it, but there’s something about this show that makes it feel like watching a live-action comic book. It’s great! I think it’s the fact that everything’s just slightly overacted: enough so it’s thematic, but not so much that it’s annoying or too cheesy. And the background music is always perfect: slightly cartoony but subtle enough not to be noticed all the time.

It’s straightforward: Don’t know if it was my familiarity with the actor, or the fact that he’s the only British guy in the show, but I knew the identity of the ‘masked villain Chess’ (which is a cool name without being too ridiculous) within the first five minutes of the pilot. You were obviously meant to.

Honestly, I didn’t mind. After suffering through shows like The Event and Flash Forward, where the mystery and confusion of not knowing anything just blurs into tedium, I like having things laid out for me so openly. Plus, it adds to the feel that it’s an old-school comic, where bad guys were bad guys and good guys were good guys and you enjoyed watching them duke it out.
And, it’s not so predictable that it’s boring though, which is trap No Ordinary Family tends to fall into.

It’s got great names: Love that the Big Brother figure is Orwell. I’m sure everyone got the literary reference, but it makes the English major in me happy.

Also, Carnival of Crime! I mean, come on. It’s brilliant and alliterative and fun all in one title. And they robbed banks in circus costumes, with a dwarf and using an ice-cream truck and a raccoon. It’s hard not to love it.

It’s unexpectedly witty: Do we think the raccoon acted alone?”

 

A Course in Zombiology, For Reals.

18 Jan

Even though I grew up watching anime and reading manga, you’d be surprised by the amount of Asian kids in my hometown that didn’t really participate in either activity, so I always feel giddy with excitement when someone else knows what I’m rambling about. I guess that’s also one of the reasons this blog was started, to find other people with similar interests and share the geeky love…

Corniness and nostalgia aside, I finally finished watching High School of the Dead 2 weeks ago (yeah, I know, I’m late. My sister finished it the week it came out, shocking…) and the surprising part of that is not so much that I thoroughly enjoyed it, but because I watched it with a bunch of other girlfriends who don’t really watch anime.

High School of the Dead--Because busty schoolgirls and zombies are a winning formula. Image via http://shannaro.files.wordpress.com

Somewhere along episode 6 a few of us started debating how we’d survive a zombie apocalypse–weapons, getaway vehicle, provisions, places. We even named one of our girlfriends’ apartment’s “ZSDF HQ” (Zombie Self-Defense Force) on Foursquare. Call us losers or people with too much time on our hands but we got a little too excited and I ended up making this banner during a lull in my work day. (Yes we actually updated all our Facebook statuses that day as well) You can see that we really put a lot of thought into these weapons–though we probably wouldn’t actually be able to get a hold of an AR-15 with a chainsaw or even a crossbow during the panic…We could, however, legitimately take our girlfriend’s Prius as our default vehicle since we wouldn’t have to worry about refilling up our gas. (Bet you didn’t think of that one, eh?)

Of course we weren’t the only ones to obsess and contemplate the zombie apocalypse. This Thursday, January 20, at Meltdown Comics in LA, Nerds in Babeland will be presenting their first-ever Comic-Book-of-the-Month club, this time centering on the Walking Dead (which I actually just started reading last week). The event starts  at 7PM and all attendees receive an awesome 20% off all your purchases at Meltdown during the event. You can join other fans in discussing the television series, graphic novels or consider whether a shotgun would be more beneficial to your survival during the zombie shitshow or if it would stir up too much noise and would therefore lead to your demise.

And more details from the Nerds in Babeland site:

Jenna Busch (Moviefone Minute, Huffington Post, Cineboobs) will be leading a discussion on the hit AMC program show based on the series, followed by a discussion lead by Stephanie Wooten from Nerds in Babeland on the best-selling comic book series.  In between the discussions we will even provide a zombie make-up tutorial by Jackie Bagwell, an owner & organizer of Ashtoberfest (a week-long festival dedicated to all-things zombie).”

A zombie make-up tutorial? If I didn’t already look like one, I’d be there.

And if you can’t attend in person, you can log on to nerdsinbabeland.com/chat at 7PM PST and join in the discussion through your computer screen.

There is an entry fee of $6 but you’ll be entered into a raffle to win a copy of a Walking Dead graphic novel (but more importantly, geek out about zombies in a group setting)

Meltdown Comics is located at 7522 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, 90046. Tel: 323-851-7223. But I mean seriously, if you don’t already know where it is, you’ve been deprived.

The Ho Ho Ho Job

12 Dec

And, yes, I’m sure Leverage is more than aware of the multiple connotations of that title.

You might be wondering how a show about con-men is geeky, and if so, I say to you “Shame on you, good sir or madam, for con-men are geeky in the same way that spies are geeky: they are so cool that we geeks idolise them and therefore they are of geeky interest.”
Plus, so many of our favourite geeky shows have a con-man character or main characters who exhibit con-man like techniques in order to attain some of their coolness. I direct you to Captain Jack Harkness in Doctor Who as one of my sexiest examples.

Besides, this show includes Hardison (aka one of the best portrayals of geeks on TV) and therefore also includes random side jokes about things like WoW and ComicCon are scattered through every episode.

If you don’t already watch the good-natured fun of Leverage (think of it as the Ocean’s Eleven series or The Italian Job with a barely a Doctor Who level of ‘taking itself seriously’) you really should.

Start this evening, with the Christmas themed Season 3 post-hiatus premiere on TNT at 9:00/8:00 central.

Shit I’m Excited for This Week…12/07/10

7 Dec

Ah, December. The time of year when every TV show feels the need to insert holly and mistletoe and Santa Claus awkwardly into an episode just to be thematic.

But, I’ll stop being such a Scrooge. Christmas episodes are fun! (Say it enough and it’ll be true. Really.) They remind you that you have limited time to go buy people presents and they always have a sappy message that makes you want to hug whoever’s nearest. Aye, it warms me achin’ bones from the inside out, it does.

In the spirit of the holidays, Eureka and Warehouse 13 both have Christmas themed episodes airing tonight.

It’s Eureka, and that show can do no wrong in my eyes. Plus, from what I’ve heard, Taggart’s going to try to prove the existence of Santa Claus. That alone will make the Eureka special worth watching.

In Warehouse 13, apparently Pete and Myka chase a “malevolent artefact-wielding Santa Claus”, which is so much fun to say and will probably be just as much fun to watch.

And, to get you all riled/caught up on the season, SyFy’s having a marathon of the two shows all day today! I approve of TV marathons, no matter what the reason, so yay for that!

Trying to Burn Off Those Thanksgiving Calories… Part 2/2

6 Dec

Sadly, it took me an entire week to read the entire “The Guild” graphic novel–picked up this weekend from my favorite comic book store in Los Angeles, Meltdown Comics–but on the plus side, I went out and socialized. Needless to say it was a good weekend–I plowed through 3 comics while waiting in line for the LUNA SEA 20th Anniversary World Tour at the Hollywood Palladium. Yeah, Japanese rock… I still listen to it.

But I digress. It’s no surprise that “The Guild” is one of my favorite series’ in the history of my life, and this graphic novel prequel is a definite must-have for all “The Guild” fans. I think it’s interesting how Day chose to leave Codex’s background unmentioned in the web series. I feel the novel actually works so well in this aspect, as loyal followers of “The Guild” can see how the characters have “changed” throughout the story in its entirety, especially with Vork’s character.

The Guild graphic novel Felicia Day

Someone needs to add this to the list of Epic Vork Quotes thread in The Guild forum

In Sean Becker’s foreword of the graphic novel, he mentions that “…Felicia would be free from the restrictions that come with the show’s web budgets and get to enjoy the creative freedom that only comics can provide”–so true, as half the novel takes place within the game. We even get to witness Codex upgrade her gear. It is pretty awesome. And sad that I can relate.

We’re introduced to Codex’s “rockstar-wannabe” ex-boyfriend, Trevor, who I want to suckerpunch. We’re also introduced to the orchestra Codex was formerly playing with–both of which helped to convince Codex to spend more time in game than IRL. I mean, if I had a terrible, washed-up, unappreciative boyfriend who made me take care of dirty laundry (not in a literal sense) and suddenly became unemployed, I’d probably want to kill things all day too. It’s less expensive than retail therapy. I wouldn’t even need to get out of bed, even. I am.. in no way encouraging anyone to do this, by the way *insert smiley face with halo here*

I don’t think I would recommend this to newcomers to “The Guild” series, even if this is a prequel. I feel as though Day wrote this for the fans, and the way the story is written (mostly how it concludes), is definitely more enjoyable to viewers of the series. It’s a quick read, and is silently cajoling me to re-watch the entire series again, which is probably a really bad idea considering I do have to go to work in 3 hours. Damn you, internet.

Justice that is not Old. Yup.

26 Nov

I love DC’s animated universe. If it existed in corporeal form, I’d marry it (regardless of its gender and the law involved with that… although I suspect it’d probably be male just because there aren’t that many major superheroines in DC canon…)

 

Think about it though; DC has definitely had the best run of superhero animated TV shows:

  • the old noir-ish Batman, which is the earliest animated Batman I remember watching, and its setting is definitely one of the first images my mind turns to when I picture Batman
  • Batman-Superman Adventures, where Lois had that ridiculous/cute pink and white convertible and Bruce Wayne looked devilishly handsome
  • Justice League and Justice League Unlimited, which was dramatically mature enough that you didn’t have to be a kid to enjoy it
  • Batman Beyond, which was awesome on it’s own merits because it told a great story of an alternate DC future, but also tied into the Justice League universe with that amazing time-travel episodeBB
  • Teen Titans, with its mix of Japanese anime expressions and American animation that somehow worked to make a quirky, kid-friendly TV show
  • Batman the Brave and the Bold (oh my god, that show is so much fun) which is the campy, sunny-side up version of Batman, reminiscent of the old Adam West TV show but with a self-awareness of its campy nature
  • The Batman, where the animation was beautiful, even if all his gadgets glowed blue and were not at all conducive to stealth
  • Even Static Shock, which was about a side character that was still better than most of the other kids’ TV shows it was aired alongside
  • The Zeta Project! Almost forgot about that one. Only two seasons, but such a great story.

 

Now, I’m looking forward to Cartoon Network’s new Young Justice cartoon.

Its animation looks beautiful and high-quality. The few clips I’ve seen make it look like a quick-witted and action-packed adventure that is both age appropriate and yet entertaining for older geeks to watch.

 

 

My only teeny tiny qualm is that it seems to mix superhero ‘generations’. Robin is Dick Grayson and KidFlash is Wally West, which match…except for the fact that they were never a part of Young Justice, they were in the Teen titans. Plus the costumes that they’re wearing are closer to the ones usually worn by Tim Drake and Bart fromthefutureIcan’trememberhissurname, who actually were in Young Justice. Plus, Superboy’s a member of the team, and he’s supposed to be the same ‘generation’ as Tim, not Dick. (For anyone who actually knows the DC multiverse, the show’s supposedly set on Earth 16. I don’t know, but it might match the team members of YJ in that ‘verse.)

But, I can easily sweep those incongruities aside if the show turns out to actually be as awesome as it looks like it’s going to be. 

It will start to air regularly in January 2011, but there’s a one-hour pilot premiere TODAY, November 26th, on Cartoon Network at 7/6 central. (I’m definitely going to be watching…and practically buzzing with anticipation until then and probably squealing with excitement during the actual show whenever they make any comic book references I understand. Watch it or watch me; either will be entertaining. )

 

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