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Those Super Lazy Summer Days…

Sup ladies and gents, today I come to you with a blog post out of boredom, again. It is the latter part of July, it is summer, it’s hot and I’m really, really, REALLY bored.

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I’ve made blog posts about being bored and lazy before but today, once again I feel like the past is repeating itself and today especially I am feeling SUPER lazy. The recent hot days in the UK, while good for people who are doing things outside, for me it is just heats up my house makes me feel hot and tired. Ever since I moved into my current house around 10 years ago the summer has been the season for me to laze around the house and do nothing because of the heat sucking away my energy.

Today has been what feels like the longest day of my life. The heat has pretty much sucked out all of my energy and any inspiration I have for personal work is just not there any more. So what do I do in a moment of crisis like this? Watch stupid amounts of TV, play video games and lay on the couch watching for the hours to pass by. Luckily it gets pretty cool around this hour of the day so my movements get a little quicker again. Man I really need something to do haha, hopefully I can get a job over the summer or get a really good video game to hold me over during these super hot days. Thanks for reading lol. :P

 
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Posted by on July 22, 2014 in Life

 

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Pharrell – G I R L Review

Good day to you ladies and gents, time for an album review that I was meant to have done around 3 months ago, I am of course talking about G I R L by Pharrell Williams. Now I feel like this album came out of nowhere as I never knew it was coming out until around a month before it’s release and I got really excited to see what the man would come up with as I have been waiting for some new material from him for ages especially after the songs he did for Despicable Me 1 & 2. So how does G I R L fare? Well read on and find out.

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G I R L is Pharrell’s second solo album, his first, In My Mind was released in 2006 to very mixed reviews though it did spawn some decent singles and I love some of the unreleased tracks from that album. Since Pharrell’s last N*E*R*D album in 2010 he hasn’t made any new material besides artist collaborations and small singles contributing to film soundtracks. And after Pharrell’s success in 2013 with Daft Punk and Robin Thicke, it seemed a bit bizarre that Pharrell wasn’t busting out material of his own, but then in March of 2014 Pharrell released a new album which for the most part was pretty well received by critics and fans.

I listened to the album stream on iTunes and then about 3 or 4 more times after I got the album between April and June, so I really got a feel for the album and to be honest it good, but not this super amazing album some have made it out to be. Now don’t misunderstand me, I do have a lot of love for some of the tracks on this album as Pharrell has clearly adopted a few things from his collaboration with Daft Punk and others which has helped craft this album, however upon initial release some people said that this was Pharrell’s best work ever or just miles better than his last solo effort and honestly I don’t see what these people are going on about. While G I R L is more cohesive album that his last solo effort, some of the tracks don’t sound much different from the material that Pharrell has done in the past when it comes to hip-hop and R&B. I do appreciate this album’s sense of style as it does have a few jams that are good for chilling and/or dancing and it has an eclectic form of music genres including R&B, disco, funk, pop and hip-hop kind of feel due to the music production behind it.

Now let’s talk about the tracks:

Marilyn Monroe” is the opening track on the album and it is very nice, cute and is a great way to get into the groove of this album and I do like the lyrical content. “Brand New” was my first favourite song from the album as it has such a feel-good sound and seems like the kind of song you’d listen to while on holiday. The combination of Pharrell and Justin Timberlake is fabulous and I really wish this song would be released as a single already. “Hunter” was the first track I heard from this album (besides “Happy” obviously) and I really like it, it seemed like it has a very disco/funk feel about it and after someone noted the similarity to Diana Ross’ “Upside Down” it is impossible to be unheard. This song just sounds like a cool jam, nuff said.

Now let’s talk about “Gush“, I love this song, sure it’s primarily about sex, however it has a gorgeous sound you can jam to and the music along with the chorus make this a fairly addictive song. Now some have complained about the sexual nature of the lyrics, but to be honest it isn’t that bad. It is mostly implied sexual acts than full-on words like “I’ll fuck your” or something like that, to me this is no different to Pharrell’s previous solo work or N*E*R*D* material. “Happy” is the song that some will know from Despicable Me 2, but most will know as the single that was released at the latter part of 2013 that would never stop playing because it was everywhere. To put it simply the song is nice and catchy but kind of annoying after being played repeatedly for an extended time period. “Come Get It Bae” is the song I feared because of Miley Cyrus’ involvement, however the song ended up be a nice surprised as she and Pharrell together have come up with a  quite fun and playful kind of song.

And then there’s “Gust of Wind” which features Daft Punk. This was a song I was really hyped for before listening and while it is one of my favourites for sure due to the music and lyrics, the use of Daft Punk’s talents were really wasted just doing the voice stuff for the chorus and that’s it, that was disappointing. “Lost Queen” is pretty much the weakest of the tracks as it doesn’t have the same kind of charm or fun as the previous songs, it’s just a bit slow and boring. That being said the hidden track “Freq” is pretty decent. “Know Who You Are” which features Alicia Keys is a nice track which has a beautiful sound and wonderful vocals. And finally we have “It Girl“, the album closer which is just kind of there. It’s a nice track with a cool instrumental sound which, but that’s the only thing it has going for it.

My favourite tracks:

  • Marilyn Monroe
  • Brand New
  • Hunter
  • Gush
  • Happy
  • Come Get It Bae
  • Gust of Wind
  • Know Who You Are

So in conclusion G I R L by Pharrell is good album, but not a great one. I believe that there is a lot to love about some of this songs, however I don’t believe this album has a lot of staying power and I can easily say that I still love some of Pharrell’s older work more. I would still recommend this album if you’re a fan of Pharrell in any capacity.

Rating: 7.5/10 (A feel-good and funky collection of songs that make for a fun listening experience)

So what did you think of G I R L? Did it meet your expectations or were you disappointed? Also I’d love to know if you’re a long-time Pharrell fan or a newer one and tell me in your opinion ow this album fared. Whatever your thoughts are be sure to leave them in the comments below and I’ll see ya on the next review yo.

 
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Posted by on July 22, 2014 in Media, Music, Reviews

 

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Arrow Season 2 Review

Good day to you ladies and gentlemen, time for another TV review and today I’ll continue my thoughts Arrow with my review of season two! Now I really liked season 1 and did not expect to take to it was well and I immediately jumped on the next season to see what was going on because the finale of season really makes you wanna see what happens next. So how does season two fare? Well read on and find out! Partial spoilers to follow.

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The story can described as the following:

“After being marooned for five years on a remote island, billionaire Oliver Queen returns home with a mysterious agenda and a lethal set of new skills that he uses in a war on crime in this hard-hitting action series. After suffering unimaginable ordeals on the island, the Oliver returns to Starling City a new man — determined to right the wrongs of his father and sworn to bring justice to those who’ve corrupted his city. But Oliver finds his crusade complicated by his friends and family who are all affected by his return.”

After the way season one ended with The Glades being blown up, his mother being arrested and his best friend dying, its no wonder why Oliver’s changed emotionally and his habits as the vigilante known as ‘The Arrow’. There are a great deal of revelations that take place in this season straight from the beginning right through to the end, stories and characters old and new coming into play in interesting ways which leave you continuously wanting more. Like last season, trust a major theme that is highlighted throughout and it is one oft he key things that bind and break apart some of the main characters, still after all this time there is a lot of lies and deceit with some hiding their secrets with the best intentions only for it to backfire in their faces (I’m looking at you Moria and Oliver). What also surprised me was the extra levels of depth the writers added to Oliver’s flashback scenes on the island, my god he went through so much stuff that I never could have imagined back when he first mentioned the place in season 1. Now one thing i never mentioned in my last review was while I like the flashback scenes, I did feel like some of them came and went a bit abruptly and sometimes felt like more of an interruption than a point of interest and the same rule applies here for me. I’m not saying that they were bad at all, just that sometimes they were a bit erratic in their timing.

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Somehow the writers behind this show find a way to make the impossible possible and create all of these deep, intriguing and unexpected storylines that are even more captivating, dangerous and dramatic than before. This show just throws insane situations at Team Arrow and see how they come across and then overcome these situations is nothing short of amazing especially towards the ending when Deathstroke is assembling his army, the The Glades is once again in danger with it almost getting blown up A.R.G.U.S. and Team Arrow having to team up with able. Slade makes his move and kidnaps Laurel and Felicity. Meanwhile Oliver, Sara and Roy team up with Nyssa al Ghul and the League of Assassins to stop dispatch Mirakuru cure.

Episode highlights:

  • City of Heroes
  • Identity
  • Broken Dolls
  • Crucible
  • The League of Assassins
  • Keep Your Enemies Closer
  • Three Ghosts
  • Blast Raidus
  • Blind Spot
  • Tremors
  • Heir to the Demon
  • Time of Death
  • The Promise
  • The Man Under the Hood
  • Seeing Red
  • City of Blood
  • Streets of Fire
  • Unthinkable

As for the cast they are all pretty good and there’s not really anyone that does a bad job. One minor nitpick I have with these characters is the relationships; since many of these characters (Oliver and many other women) end up in with different people at varying points of the series, whether it be with people of the past or present, the problem is that it is hard to believe that their feelings are genuine or solely based on one person when just a little while ago they were with someone else. Outside of that I have no quarrel with the characters in this show.

Once again Stephen Amell is killing it as Oliver Queen/The Arrow. This time round Oliver has to change things up, become less of an assassin and more of hero, he also has to take better care of his family while also deal with demons from his past which come back to haunt him and take on tasks in and out of the suit which tests him as far as humanly possible. Amell is a great actor and he very convincingly acts out all of these situations which can either be fun, melancholy or dangerous. David Ramsey is once again really cool as John Diggle, he got a lot more character development and there was a lot more time dedicated to his backstory. Emily Bett Rickards also stepped up as Felicity Smoak, while she was pretty much the same kind of person as she was before, Felicity definitely has her moments in the spotlight helping out which specific missions and having intimate moments with both Oliver and Barry West. But the standout person this season was Manu Bennett as Slade Wilson/Deathstroke. I had waited for Slade’s transformation to the dark side for so long because my mate had hyped it up for so long and luckily it was beautiful. Slade was instantly likeable from last season because of his smug, yet confident and cool demeanor, in this season we see how his character goes from being Oliver’s closest friend to his most hated enemy and with the addition of the drug that makes him pretty much a super soldier he becomes a threat that is always fun and engaging to watch. Even though the man is evil and does many terrible things at the same time he a tortured soul haunted by his past that constantly messes with his head and fuels his revenge which is orchestrated in such thorough and methodical manner.

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Caity Lotz becomes one to watch she does a wonderful job as Sara Lance/The Canary. Firstly can I just say that she is one of the hottest woman ever in that Canary outfit, she is just insanely hot. *Ahem* Moving on. I was glad to see that Sarah not only had an expanded role not only in the present along with Team Arrow, but also in the past as we discovered how she survived and was part of the puzzle involving Oliver and Slade. Lotz does well as this hardened, yet soft warrior who is always looking out for her family but tries to stay away from them due to her past. Paul Blackthorne is once again very good in the role of Quentin Lance. Quentin has a fairly substantial role in this season as he goes through hell at his job at the police, has to deal with family issues and chase after The Arrow. This time round we get to see a nice, more understanding and emotional side of Quentin and I really liked the this guy during this season, he was great moral support for both of his daughters. Katie Cassidy returns as Laurel Lance and does a good job, it was great to see her go through such a terrible time with the alcoholism and sibling problems with Sarah. While it did make Laurel a little less likeable, it did give Cassidy some good material to work with. A very good performance came from Susanna Thompson as Moira Queen who is a higher figure during this season, she was even more dangerous than before with even more secrets and lies and bridges with her family are put in jeopardy. Willa Holland as Thea Queen was still hot as hell and acted her scenes out very well.

Colton Haynes was great as Roy Harper who also got an expanded role in this season as well as he continued his relationship with Thea but also have to go through all the ups and downs with his secret life with The Arrow and gaining super strength. As for Summer Glau as Isabel Rochev, I LOVED her. Now I am a bit biased towards Glau because of her work on Firefly and Serenity, but she was really good in this show as her character was cold, calculated and yet very intriguing… And pretty damn hot too (again I’m biased). Also I thought that she was just an uptight bitch with a tiny bit of a nice side, however the fact that it was just a cover for her true intentions of taking over Oliver’s company and her collaboration with Slade was an interesting twist and then seeing her going in combat and kicking ass was just badass too. Kevin Alejandro is pretty good as Sebastian Blood/Brother Blood. He is an interesting character, he is again one of those bad guys who for all his evil motives actually has a questionable history and a bad childhood that fuels his ambitions. The return of Celina Jade as Shado was pretty nice and Bex Taylor-Klaus continued to be very cool and funny as Sin.

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The return of John Barrowman as Malcolm Merlyn/Dark Archer was very much appreciated as he was one of my favourite characters from last season and seeing him return and finding out about his connection to the Queen family (especially Thea) was nothing short of crazy cool. Also Grant Gustin as Barry Allen was a pretty funny, charismatic and interesting character who I liked a lot. And finally there was some great moments in time from Colin Salmon as Walter Steele, Cynthia Addai-Robinson as Amanda Waller, Audrey Marie Anderson as Lyla Michaels, Michael Rowe as Floyd Lawton/Deadshot and Michael Jai White as Ben Turner/Bronze Tiger.

The presentation once again is very nice. Visually the show is very nice again delivering some nice cinematography, good pacing and great action sequences with lovely fight choreography which is much fancier than it was before (especially when Arrow, Canary or Deathstroke is involved).

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In conclusion the second season of Arrow is pretty much better than the last season in every way. The story is constantly shifting creating new, exciting and unexpected scenarios for the heroes to overcome. All of the established characters grow and develop while newcomers step and shake things up in an interesting way. And with awesome action sequences, lovely references to the comic book source material and foreshadowing for bigger things to come, Arrow is just firing on all cylinders and it’s awesome!

Rating: 9/10

So what did you think of the second season of Arrow? Whatever your thoughts are be sure to leave them in the comments below and I’ll be sure to come back for my review of season 2! :D

 
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Posted by on July 21, 2014 in Media, Reviews, Television, TV Reviews

 

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Dawn of the Planet of the Apes Review

Howdy people of the internet, time to review a film I’ve been waiting to watch for AGES, I am of course talking about Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. Rise of the Planet of the Apes was one of my favourite films of not only 2011 but also of the last few years and I was so hyped for what would happen for the future of this new film series. The trailers have all looked great and the early reviews have just put me in a good mood. So how has this sequel turned out? Well read on and find out!

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Here is the film’s story in summary:

“A growing nation of genetically evolved apes led by Caesar is threatened by a band of human survivors of the devastating virus unleashed a decade earlier. They reach a fragile peace, but it proves short-lived, as both sides are brought to the brink of a war that will determine who will emerge as Earth’s dominant species.”

This film is pretty damn good as it tells an intelligent, dark, grim and unsettling tale of survival between two species when they unwillingly collide. This film is really grim with barely any happiness in sight, there is violence, war and death and the level of tension throughout the film is so intense that it will leave you gripping you gripping your seat just waiting to see what happens next. It is clear from the outset that both the humans and apes want to survive, but within their ranks some want peace while others want war and it is cool to see the parallels between the apes and humans. The film is also very tricky and throws you a good few curveballs to keep you from guess what will happen next and just when I thought something was going to happen one way, it totally changed direction which was fun and exciting.

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As for the cast they are all pretty good, but it should be noted that after the film is over you’ll only remember two characters because of their awesomeness. So let’s start with the first of those characters in the form of Andy Serkis as Ceaser. Now Ceaser is character we got to see grow up and learn to find his place in the world in the last film, here he is a leader. The ape’s grown up, he’s the head of tribe of apes and he’s a family man and it quite beautiful and nice to see how far our hero has developed. We see in this film that Ceaser wants to keep his ape clan united, doesn’t want to fight humans and strives for peace, but due to the complications involving humans and apes within his group he is forced to make very tough decisions. I loved seeing the emotional complexities of this character and seeing how far he would go to help humans but also protect his people. Andy Serkis did such an amazing job in this role and he is making it harder to distinguish the difference between performance capture and normal acting.

The other major character who kicks as is Koba played by Toby Kebbell. Damn this character stepped up, I knew from the trailers he would have a bigger role in this film than the last, but his character is just as important as Ceaser in terms of where the story goes. Koba despises humans because of the torture and experiments they did on him in the past, he even has the scars to prove it and while he is loyal to Ceaser, he cannot accept the coexistence of humans and apes and goes to great lengths to make sure that he gets his revenge on them. Koba is mean, he is a dangerous, corrupt and crazy individual, but for all of his wrongdoings you do feel some compassion for the guy because he has had a my crappy life, he’s suffered at the hand of humans and since Ceaser is showing them mercy where he didn’t get any in the past obviously he’s gonna be pissed. Kebbell did such a great job with this character and I’m glad that he was the one to flesh out this character.

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The humans don’t fare as well as the apes as they are not nearly as memorable and for me aren’t as interesting as the cast from the last film bar a few individuals. Jason Clarke is the best of the human characters as Malcolm, a man who has many similarities to Ceaser as he too is a family man and only wishes to coexist with the apes. Malcolm is a courageous and strong individual who goes to great lengths to try and keep things under control even when the situations he’s in are going south fairly quickly. Gary Oldman as Dreyfus was good but severely underused, I love Gary Oldman, any time he’s around you are in for a good time, however while I understood his character’s motives, at the same time he wasn’t in the film nearly as much as I would have liked. Kodi Smit-McPhee as Alexander and Keri Russell as Ellie did their parts well but I wasn’t overly fussed about them. The last mention I want to give is to Kirk Acevedo who played Carver, now this guy was a douche, he pretty much doesn’t care for the apes and blames them for everything that has gone wrong for the humans and his actions pretty set off sparks between humans and apes. I love Acevedo as Charlie from Fringe but here is so cruel and foolish, such bad guy.

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When it comes to the presentation it is simply incredible. Visually this film is insanely beautiful, the CGI work by Weta Digital is nothing short of amazing, they have created incredible environments and along with the motion capture work they’ve brought the apes to life in a way that is so realistic, you actually forget that you’re watching CGI apes. Couple these great visual effects with some lovely cinematography and an interesting colour schemes and you have a wonderful-looking film. Also the soundtrack by Michael Giacchino is pretty cool too, the more subtle and tension-filled themes were among my favourites and use of the wooden xylophone was so cool, but I will say that while I am a massive fan of Giacchino this isn’t one of his memorable soundtracks.

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In conclusion Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is easily one of the best films not only of the summer but also of the year. While the film didn’t turn out the way I expected, the film is still one of the most engaging and dramatic blockbusters we have gotten for some time and while Michael Bay continues to throw dumb and soulless material at audiences with Transformers 4, this happens to be a the total other end of the spectrum. I highly recommend that you go out and see this film as it is SO good and worthy of your time.

Rating: 8.5/10

So what did you think of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes? Did it make you happy or make you sad or angry? Whatever your thoughts are I’d love to read them, so be sure to comment below so we can start some discussions yo! Laters. :D

 
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Posted by on July 20, 2014 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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The Avengers: Age of Ultron Images Galore! My Impressions! :D

Howdy ladies and gents, time for some film news and photo discussion. Earlier on today something amazing happened, the first set of official images for The Avengers: Age of Ultron dropped online and they looked so cool that I had to get on my blog and talk about them before the day was out. Just have a look at all the goodness below:

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Well this is what I call a good day yo. When the cover photo for Iron Man, Captain America and Ultron debuted on Entertainment Weekly earlier on today I thought that was all the juice we were gonna get for today, but then out of nowhere bare images for this film dropped on several websites and I saw them all and then freaked out. I saw all of these images and I was just like “Holy crap, this shit is happening and it looks AWESOME!” I mean I’ve always known about this film’s coming in 2015 and it is pretty much my most anticipated film of next year, however since it isn’t in the press that much besides the odd interview and varying amounts of set photos released, but now we have some proper official images mixed in with screenshots featuring the whole cast in action in various places that gives us just a bit more information as to what to expect in the film.

So here’s just a few quick thoughts I wanted to summarise below:

  1. Ultron looks badass, I mean he is a robot who has been drawn in a very specific manner that has made him hard to mess up and easy to translate into live action similar to Iron Man’s suit. But I am still glad to see that his look is still robot, sleek, detailed and sinister-looking with the red eyes at least I think they’re eyes lol)
  2. Seeing Cap and Thor together like that is just lovely, they are two of my favourite Avengers and they look just as cool as ever. But Cap looks just that bit better as his uniform is finally looking professional enough that he belongs on a superhero team and didn’t get his costume from a Halloween shop
  3. Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver still look good, but aren’t any different from most of the set pictures we’re seen in the past
  4. Seeing Bruce Banner and Tony Stark together is just joy to my eyes, Bruce and Tony’s small science conversations were some of my favourite moments in The Avengers and to see them again having their little bromance science talks is a great joy to me. Also seeing Banner in that lab coat just scream of the classic Banner character from the comics! :D
  5. Then there’s the return of Black Widow and Hawkeye who I’m glad to see back in this film. Both of them are looking great, but Hawkeye is looking a lot better with his new costume, running around in the forest avoiding explosions, looks like he’s gonna be badass
  6. But what could possibly be my favourite image is seeing Steve Rogers, Clint Barton and Tony Stark together joined with none other than Rhodey aka War Machine together in what I could only image to be the inside of Stark Tower. It looks like they’re just chilling out and Rhodey may just be the voice of reason again. Just to see them all together is a beautiful scene here and the fact that Rhodey is near all this just makes me think that there may be a place for him on the team or at least future plans for him and the Avengers eventually

So what do you think of the latest images from Avengers 2? Does it fill your heart with excitement, leave you uninterested or are you wanting something more? Whatever your thoughts are be sure to leave them below and I’ll see ya on the next blog post yo! :D

 
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Posted by on July 16, 2014 in Films, Media

 

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Rant 15: Ash Ketchum, A Failure of a Pokemon Trainer.

http://www.deelip.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/121.jpg Howdy people and welcome to another instalment in my blogging rants. Today’s rant will be on something that I’ve wanted to talk about for quite some time over the last six months or so, and it concerns one of the biggest failures in the history of cartoons and video games… I am of course talking about Ash Ketchum, the Pokemon trainer.

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Just look at this fool, he makes me angry just looking at him. >:(

So you may be wondering, why do I have such a massive beef with this little guy? Well I would like you to cast your mind back to the late 1990′s where fads were coming in left, right and center and Pokemon was the biggest thing in the history of the world. Besides the massive popularity and success of the video games and the trading cards, there was a little TV show that was probably just as big, if not bigger than the video games. This anime series focused on Ash Ketchum (pictured above), a ten-year old kid on a quest to become a Pokemon master. With his main Pokemon, Pikachu and his two friends Brock and Misty, Ash travelled all of the region of Kanto capturing Pokemon, defeating average trainers, taking on gym leaders for badges, beating up three idiotic members of Team Rocket on a regular basis. The show was made for kids and at the time it was pretty badass, to see all of the Pokemon in an animated form with voices, doing all their crazy moves and seeing Ash go on these crazy journeys it was fun, thrilling and exciting stuff. And some of us gamers had some things to say about the way in which the anime changed some of the basic elements of Pokemon Red and Blue, for the most part we liked it.

But by the time we got to Pokemon: The Johto Journeys (the third season of the anime), I started to notice the cracks in the foundation that made Ash Ketchum a likeable character. I mean he’d made some pretty foolish decisions before but I forgave him because I knew that the adventure wasn’t over and I assumed he would improve, however it was at this point I was like, “Dude what are you actually doing? Are you some kind of fool?” And unfortunately as time went on my respect for this boy declined more and more. By the time Pokemon: Advanced came around I was pretty much hanging on by a thread, the guy had come so far and yet still didn’t seem like he learnt anything plus he’d gotten rid of all his cool Pokemon for some really boring ones from the Ruby and Sapphire series. And when I had a look at the Black and White and saw that Ash was still chasing the same dream but was by no means any better of trainer than anything I had done in several of the games I had played, I knew that he was pretty much a failure.

Let’s just look at facts. Ash Ketchum wants to be come a be the ultimate Pokemon trainer and succeed at everything, but he’s so many things wrong like:

  • Ash doesn’t have basic battle tactics and still doesn’t use type advantages properly
  • The guy gets rid of most his good Pokemon after he changes region which is idiotic and not becoming of a person who wants to become a Pokemon master
  • Also if Ash wants to be a Pokemon master then why isn’t he trying to complete his Pokedex? The guy runs into so many Pokemon, especially rare ones and never catches one. FOOL!
  • The guy loses, A LOT and it isn’t because he fights really hard, but more because of rookie mistakes

Ash Ketchum started his adventure in 1997 and 18 series later he’s still trying to do what all of us in the video game world have done several times over across 6 generations of portable video games.

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Now those of us that have played the Pokemon games we have captured, battled and trained our Pokemon and completed everything and yet this prick, Ash Ketchum can’t even advance past the first Pokemon League in the first season. Weak. But what makes it even worse is that the game equivalent of Ash known as Red from Gold and Silver who you find in Mt. Silver is a beast! He pretty much has most of Ash’s Pokemon in their max evolutions (besides Pikachu) and their all in the 80′s, he’s a dangerous man if you’re not prepared… He is more of a man and a trainer then that Ash Ketchum will ever be.

Bloody hell just talking about Ash pisses me off. Over the years he has just gotten worse and worse.. I have re-watched some of his older adventures and it is his whole attitude, the way he battles, the type of Pokemon he’s collected, his lack of progression, everything about this boy screams of failure! And what makes him even more of a failure is that after watching Red’s performance in Pokemon: Origins he accomplished in a 4-part OVA what Ash has been doing for how many seasons of the main anime show. He sucks. Period.

So if you think that Ash is such a hero, just look at the following images:

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Well that’s it really. I hope this has been an insightful rant and if you’ve had any similar experiences please be sure to comment about it in comments below. Until the next time people, laters. :)

 
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Posted by on July 16, 2014 in Anime, Life, Media, Rant, Television

 

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Symphonic Legends London Featuring music from The Legend of Zelda™ series Review

Good day to you ladies and gentlemen, time for a review I wanted to get up yesterday but didn’t have the time to sort out. After attending the London Film and Comic Con on Sunday I went to another event at the Barbican, a concert entitled Symphonic Legends London Featuring music from The Legend of Zelda™ series. After experiencing the epicness that was the Symphony of the Goddesses last May, I went to this concert super excited to hear some orchestrated Zelda music again. So how was this concert? Well read on and find out.

header_symphoniclegends-zeldaSo for those not in the know, this was basically a concert in which the London Symphony Orchestra performed orchestrated versions of music of The Legend of Zelda series. After the beginning introduction, the concert was broken into a three main acts; one segment for Skyward Sword, Wind Waker and a Zelda Symphonic Poem. All in it was an incredible, nostalgic and different kind of experience.

The concert was full-on classical music and it was a very different take on the Zelda music when you compare it to what was done with the Symphony of the Goddesses concert. SotG was more of an orchestrated version of the game music that sounded just like the songs you knew but in a classical music kind of way, but in this concert the musical arrangements and choice of instruments pretty much changed the style of songs completely. The first main act with the music from Skyward Sword was amazing and incredibly bold, powerful and adventurous. The version of the “Ballad of the Goddesses” was SO good, “Skyfield” was GORGEOUS and the “Girahnim’s Theme” and “Girahnim’s First Battle” was INCREDIBLE, it was so sinister, creepy and dangerous. The Skyward Sword part of the concert was lovely and to hear these new arrangements of the song s from the game was such a heartwarming experience. Next up was the Wind Waker segment and that had an additional set of musicians playing some of the music with violins and pianos used in ways I never would have expected. What we then got was “Title Theme“, “Outset Island” and some other specific songs here and there that sounded so pretty. That being said I was gutted that some of my favourite music was omitted like “Dragon Roost Island” or “Windfall Island” among many others.

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After that the final major act had music that felt many improvised with a few Zelda songs thrown in from Ocarina of Time and A Link To The Past (well at least those were the ones that I picked up). The hearing the music “Fairy Flying“, “Gerudo Valley” and “Kokiri Forest” brought back some crazy nostalgia and was instantly recognizable, but I think the best part of this act was the orchestrated version of “Dark World“, that was SO good. It was incredible how beastly, badass and film-like the song sounded. It was moments like that along with the choir and choice of instruments that made the music sound like it belonged in a film and at points it sounded like something that John Williams would have come up with. Yeah, this music sounded THAT good.

The different take on the Zelda music was interesting and in some cases changed the perspective on those songs completely thanks to the arrangements done by the orchestra. Some it was really impressive and really cool, but at some points the songs were completely unrecognizable and I felt like unless you had a very good ear, some of these songs you wouldn’t know about. I also felt like a lot of the songs were improvised and I’m all for change and reinterpretation, but some of the songs were bit too long and strayed a little too far from what I know from the video games.

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In conclusion Symphonic Legends London Featuring music from The Legend of Zelda™ series concert was an awesome experience. The Zelda series has a great library of songs and soundtracks and the orchestrated arrangements of these classic pieces of music was totally mind-blowing, emotional and cinematic too. While I do not believe this concert to be as amazing as the Symphony of the Goddesses concert, it’s different take on the Zelda music was really incredible and makes me believe that everything sounds better orchestrated.

So if you attended the Symphonic Legends London Featuring music from The Legend of Zelda™ series what did you think of it? Also if you haven’t attended an event like this would you consider it in the future? Whatever your thoughts are be sure to leave them below yo and I’ll see ya on the next review. :D

 
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Posted by on July 15, 2014 in Media, Reviews, Video Games

 

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Big Hero 6 Trailer #1 Review

Howdy ladies and gents, its trailer review time once again yo! Check it out, the upcoming animated film from Disney entitled Big Hero 6 has been hidden in secrecy for a very long time, at some point I think either last year or the year before there was an animated clip released online. It was extremely short, but it was pretty. However it gave viewers no idea of what the film would be about. So around 2 months ago we finally got a teaser trailer that gave ya people an idea of what the characters would look like and the type of tone the film was going for (which felt like your standard, fun kind of Disney material).

And now we have the first full-length trailer and it looks, alright. Honestly I have been excited for this film mainly because of the origins of source material with it being a Marvel and Disney crossover comic book. And the teaser trailer pretty much had me, I thought that was funny, cute and totally Disney. But while this new trailer gives us more information on the story and the nature of the two main characters, I’m not overly excited by this trailer.

Have a look at the trailer below:

 

So what does this trailer entail? Well it seems like this main dude (Hiro) and his white rubber robot (Baymax) have had a run in with a dangerous enemy in a mask who uses mini robots and attacks them. Hiro goes to the police and tries to explain what happened but the man doesn’t understand believe the kid at all. And then we get a montage of scenes with Hiro and Baymax flying around doing action-oriented stuff and a few other things. I like the way humour plays a big part in this trailer and it is pretty funny to see Baymax filling up his air holes with collotype.

But beyond seeing the new enemy, seeing a few action scenes and hearing the voices for Hiro and Baymax, little is known about what the story is for this film. I think that’s one of the things that bugged me; the fact that there was little more to learn about the film beyond the last trailer… That and the fact that this trailer uses that Fall Out Boy song. Listen I don’t hate that band, but that song seemed very ill-placed for this trailer and totally ruined the vibe.

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In the end I’m still hyped for Big Hero 6, not doubt about it, but I’m gonna need a more fleshed out trailer with an understanding of the story and all of the characters for me to fully understand what this film is gonna be. Since Disney have been on the up and up since 2012 with Wreck-It Ralph and Frozen, I have faith that they will make a good animated film, but as of right now this trailer does not elevate my hype that much.

So what did you think of this trailer for Big Hero 6? Are you excited or still waiting for more footage to get a better understanding of what the film is about? Whatever your thoughts are be sure to leave them in the comments below yo. :D

 
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Posted by on July 15, 2014 in Films, Media, Reviews

 

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New Dragon Ball Z Movie Set For Spring 2015!

Howdy ladies and gents, time for some film news and this is a special bit of news that I will be reporting today. I was just messing around on Facebook today and I saw in my news feed something related to a new Dragon Ball Z film I knew I had to blog about it. The following information comes from Saiyan Island:

Here we go! A brand new animated Dragon Ball Z movie is making it’s way to Japanese theaters in the Spring of 2015! The news comes from the September issue of V-Jump magazine which reveals Akira Toriyama, the creator of Dragon Ball Z, brings his genius back once again with an original concept, screenplay and character designs for the movie. “The entire universe eagerly awaits!!”

The new Dragon Ball Z movie will be an animated film like it’s predecessor. Toriyama-sensei confirmed in the magazine it will have a new story, one he intended to have this during his manga’s original serialization. Although he did not plan on it, he is putting a lot of effort in drawing the art and “fussing over the smallest dialogue lines.” He also promised more action scenes and teased the story is still secret, but will be “utterly funny.”

Much work is going into the Z Warriors’ 2015 big screen release according to Toriyama-sensei and he is confident fans will be able to enjoy the movie. Toriyama-sensei even mentions his first manga editor praised him on the work he has done, even though he rarely ever does that!

Not much else is revealed, but the prospect of a new Dragon Ball Z movie is quite exciting! Nothing has been mentioned for an North America English dub at this point either, but we hope to keep you up-to-date with the latest right here on Saiyan Island!

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Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods, the previous movie in the series, made it’s Japanese theatrical debut March 30, 2013. FUNimation, the North American licensor, has announced the movie will have over 350 theaters screening the English dubbed version of Battle of Gods throughout the United States and Canada in August of this year.

Well all I can say is heck yes! In recent years I’ve actually started to go off of Dragon Ball Z because of the recent line of crappy games and better anime I had experienced over the last few years. But after watching the last film; Battle of Gods (which I really liked), it showed me that I still have a lot of love for the Dragon Ball series and that I’m not done with DBZ just yet. So when I hear there’s a new DBZ film on the horizon with involvement from original creator Akira Toriyama I can’t help but feel joy and hope in my heart for what will come in the future. Now even though I liked Battle of Gods, it definitely wasn’t the best DBZ film or the best anime film I have seen, it lacked a lot of the best characters and fight sequences that made the series so much fun. So what I would like is a bit more of an adventure added to the story, more of a focus on other characters outside of Goku and more action sequences.

So what do you think of this news relating to a new DBZ film? Are you hyped or not bothered? Be sure to comment below and let me know! Laters. :D

 
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Posted by on July 15, 2014 in Anime, Films, Media

 

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London Film & Comic Con 2014 Review

Howdy ladies and gentlemen, today I’m gonna give you my thoughts on the London Film & Comic Con took place on the weekend just past. So yeah I’ve been travelling to and from London over the last three days going to convention and it has been one hell of an experience. There has been a lot of stuck going down and now I have to try and recall everything that I saw. Here goes nothing. :P

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Now for those not in the know, this convention was all about films, TV, comics and video games. But it was primarily about the special guests who attended, most people who were going were there to meet the celebrities who were there for talks, photo sessions and doing autographs too. Otherwise you could buy a range of merchandise including, clothes, toys, anime and manga, DVDs, comics, artwork, posters and so on. In addition to that you could also play video games new and old, see the writers and artists in the comic book area or took pictures of the many cosplyers hanging around. So Now I shall talk about my experience day by day.

Friday

On day one I meet up with my firends, we queued for just around an hours around the back of the building before we got inside and I scoped the area to see where everything was. There was a lot of stalls with merchandise, many areas for actors doing autograph signings and loads of people in cosplay walking all over the place. So Friday was just a short session, the convention started at 6.30pm and only lasted for a few hours and was pretty much a taster of things to come over the next two days. It was primarily a day two get your stuff signed or do your photo sessions with celebs or just buy your tickets for events you couldn’t get online beforehand. There was a lot of lines and it was pretty crazy how far they stretched even though it was Friday, not one of the main weekend days. But then at the same time considering who was attending and how big the event has become over the years I am not surpised about people and their commitment to coming so early and in their massive numbers.

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But the highlight of my day was when I met and got a picture with the legend that is Stan Lee, yes THE Stan Lee. I waited in line to have my picture with him for around I think an hour and a half, but then I finally got to take the picture with him and I can say it was one of the most surreal moments ever.

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This was pretty much the highlight of the day and my life. I unfortunately didn’t get to talk to him because we were being hurried along by the staff, but in all honesty I could say anything because I was awe-struck. My heart couldn’t stop racing after I got my picture with Stan. To meet him has been one of my life goals since I was around 7 or 8 years old, but never did I think I would ever get to live my dream so early in my life.

Saturday

Enter day two of my time at the LFCC and since I had couldn’t my photo with Stan Lee the day before and didn’t have any money for autographs, photo sessions or to buy any merchandise, it was my day to relax, take pictures and explore. I entered the main building and there really wasn’t much for me to do so I was kind of bored, but then I remembered that there were some talks going on, I then went to one of the the stage areas, but I got told that the stage area I was looking for was in another building. So then I went next door to the other building and found a whole other section of the convention that I didn’t even know was there. Here in Earl’s Court 1 was the comic book area, the ‘Super Stage’ and the video game section too, the stuff I had heard about online, but was poorly advertised at the convention itself. Had I not asked about this second stage area from the staff, I don’t think I would have found this place at all.

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Anyway I had the best time ever in this second building. I got to watch two talks, the first was a fun and insightful talk on the Power Rangers series which featured David Yost (Mighty Morphin’ Blue Ranger), Bulk and Skull (Paul Schrier and Jason Narvy) and Cerina Vincent (Lost Galaxy Yellow Ranger). Then there was the talk on Sherlock which featured Mark Gatiss, Steven Moffat and Sue Vertue talking about the creative process behind the show, its popularity and success and how they should ‘Watch Season 4′ for all their answers relating to the future of the show and characters. And after that there was the cosplay masquerade where there were a lot of fancy cosplayers showing off their costumes, but the most surprising part was when one cosplay couple came as Finn and Princess Bubblegum from Adventure Time and the guy actually proposed to his girlfriend in front of everyone and she totally said yes! It was the most surprising and wonderful thing I had ever seen. :) I also got to talk to some great comic book artists and illustrators who were really cool, gave me some awesome advice and had just had a general chin-wag with.

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Outside of that I was just playing video games all day! I had a go at all the retro arcade machines I could get a hold of which included Pac-Man, Tron, Dig Dug, Donkey Kong, Defender, Frogger, Mario Bros. and some Sega driving game. I think it is fair to say that I pretty much sucked at a lot of those games as I lost a lot, that being said I wasn’t bad at Dig Dug, Tron and Defender. Another gripe I do have with those machines is that the arcade sticks or buttons were definitely old as some were stiff and unresponsive which made precision a tough thing to pull off. I tried out Super Mario Kart which was a lot harder and slippery than I remember and play Star Wars Episode V: Return of the Jedi on Super Nintendo and it was frigging hard as hell. But where I found my jam was with Super Smash Bros. Melee. Man that was such a good time, I got to play a little more competitively and while I did get my ass handed to my twice by this really good guy, I pretty much murdered people in my other two matches which felt great. I was doing so well that people who came over were commenting on how good I was and the other players formed a temporary alliance to take me out, but they still failed! I was so beast! XD

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Sunday

So on the final day I came down a little later in the day and just hanged around in the comic book and video game sections again because there was nothing for me in the other place, that and it was super packed and sweaty lol. Again I got some really cool advice from artists and illustrators and then went back to the gaming section for some fun. I played some Tron and Dig Dug again, also tried this super hard Star Wars game on NES and it was pretty much impossible. Once again I was totally in the thick of it when it came to Smash Bros and besides one match when I went up against some really hardcore guy who played as Mario, I pretty much murdered everyone as Captain Falcon all over again. Spectators loved me and the other players once again hated me and wanted me dead, but I still killed them. I felt so badass. :D

I pretty much left around 5pm as I had another event to attend to later on but I ended the day with a great level of satisfaction knowing that my time had been well spent at this convention. :)

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In conclusion London Film & Comic Con was one of the best three-day weekends I’ve experienced in a while. While it was a tad unorganized and over-crowded at times, I can’t deny that I had a kick ass time. I met some wonderful artists, played loads of video games, saw a good few famous people and met Stan Lee, I’d say it was a pretty awesome convention and I’m definitely interested in returning and trying out a few others across the UK in the future.

So what do you think of London Film & Comic Con? If you went what did you think and if you didn’t go would you consider going next year? Whatever your thoughts are be sure to leave them below and I’ll see ya on the next review.

 
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Posted by on July 14, 2014 in Films, Media, Reviews, Television, Video Games

 

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