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QUICK REVIEW: Pokémon the Movie: I Choose You!

Howdy ladies and gents, time a film review from the cinema and this is a review I didn’t expect to be writing as I’m gonna be giving you my thoughts on the latest Pokémon film, Pokémon the Movie: I Choose You! Now I heard from a friend that this film would get a UK release but thought it’d be exclusive to London where I could see it, but after a friend mentioned on Twitter that she was gonna see it in Sheffield, I looked at my local cinema and to my surprise, they had two screenings! So I watched the earlier screening and I’m ready to share my thoughts.

Now before I go on with the review I’m going to say this up front, I have a MASSIVE nostalgic love for Pokemon when it comes to the original games and first anime series, so this review will be a little on the subjective side. With all that being said let’s begin.

Firstly there’s the story which focuses on the journey of Ash Ketchum and Pikachu along with two new companions who join him on his quest to find the legendary Pokémon, Ho-Oh. So the interesting thing about the story is how its a loose retelling of the original 1997 anime with focus on Ash and Pikachu and how their journey began, there’s a lot of fun, smart and delightful callbacks and direct references for those who watched that show and I was smiling so much. 😀 I enjoyed the plot borrowed the anime and referenced the video games, but was largely its own original tale. It was full of adventure, fun, hardship, danger and more, the film’s core themes about friendship, learning from your mistakes, good triumphing over evil and being good to Pokemon should come as no surprise to veterans of the show, but they are handled very well and have more dramatic and emotional weight than a good few of the original films. There was one part where I rolled my eyes because it felt like a direct reference to The First Movie and one line of dialogue which was just cheesy as hell, that being said the film’s made with children in my mind so I got over it.

As for the characters, I thought they were solid for the most part. Ash Ketchum was the same character I knew from the show, a young, strong-willed and passionate trainer who is inexperienced and has a lot to learn. I was surprised how much of douche Ash was in this film, but it certainly worked in the context of the story, I still was annoyed with him at times, but he wasn’t as much of a bonehead as he was in the old anime, and Sarah Natochenny did a decent job as Ash considering her deeper voice. I liked Pikachu too, he was a sassy little prick at first but that was a good point in my mind, afterwards, I really grew to like him a lot more and his bond with Ash was cute to watch. The new characters Sorrel and Verity were interesting new companions, some will complain they aren’t the original characters, but I thought they added something new with their backstories and personality traits. Cross was the new rival/bad trainer who was the definition of an asshole, but he was great and had a solid arc in the film, I liked the quirky old man Bonzi and Marshadow, I liked at first but it really became a little pest later on. And finally Professor Oak and Ash’s mother return and feel just like the original selves, and Even Team Rocket return and they have some fun moments, but I swear they were even more useless than before and really added nothing to the film which was a shame after their initial introduction.

When it comes to the presentation I really liked it. Visually the film was solid. The way the camera work added a cinematic approach to that the anime lacked, certain shots are framed and tracked in cool and dynamic ways. Also, the art and animation were very nice, all of the characters and Pokemon had a loose yet fluid style to their movements and the colour scheme was good. I will admit the detail in the art was lacking occasionally and some of the 3D CGI didn’t always blend well with the 2D material, both those are minor nitpicks. The film score was fairly good, it had the right sound for each moment and worked effectively in the emotional moments, though sometimes the music didn’t match the action on-screen. And while the music is primarily original compositions, there are some cool references to the original soundtrack and theme song which was much appreciated.

In conclusion Pokémon the Movie: I Choose You! was really fun, intriguing and much better than I expected, it captured the spirit of the original show but also did a lot of new things to keep things interesting. If you’re a fan of the show you may be disappointed with some changes, however, if you’re willing to accept a few changes you’ll have a lot of fun. And stay for the credits, its hella fun and nostalgic! 🙂

So have you seen this film and if so what did you think of it? Be sure to leave your thoughts in the comments section below and I’ll see ya on the next review! 😀

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Posted by on November 6, 2017 in Anime, Film Reviews, Media, Reviews

 

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London MCM Expo October 2016 Review

Howdy ladies and gents, how’s it going? Today I am back on my blog to talk about the London MCM Expo, I missed the convention back in May but decided to give the October one a go and after my session on Saturday I just wanted to share my experience with you all. 🙂

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So for those not in the know, the London MCM Expo is pretty much the most notable UK convention for anime and manga, comic books, films  and video games held two times a year in May and October. And just like last year I attended just for the one day (mainly because I dunno if I could handle all three days), and for the most part it was a good time. And while I’m no longer wowed by a lot what happens at this convention because I’ve been attending this madness since 2008, there’s no denying that MCM is still a good time.

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Now like last year’s review I’m going to talk about what I got up to and separate this review into two halves; what and I liked and what I didn’t.

What I liked

This year’s Expo experience was a little different as I was technically like a tour guide for my mates who had never gone before so it felt weird to have to explain certain things and show off my knowledge haha. But it was nice to be with a group of people who were taking in the energy and had that surprise about seeing all this stuff for the first time like me and my friends had a good few years ago. As usual I enjoyed just being in the Expo hall, walking around, seeing what was new, what was the same and checking out the clothes, artists, toys and games. And there’s the cosplayers, while a lot of them were the usual suspects, but at the same time there was a lot to love with a good people dressed as Rey from The Force Awakens, Spider-Man was in full effect (especially ones from Civil War) and the amount of cool-looking dudes I saw dressed as Deadpool and the BvS Batman was pretty impressive too. As for the games I didn’t dabble in much this year, however, me and my best mate from uni had a few rounds of Dragon Ball Z: Xenoverse 2, and it was surprisingly fun. While I don’t think it’ll ever replace my love for the Tenkaichi series, it is definitely more fun then than a lot of the recent DBZ games I’ve played.

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This man was the best cosplayer I saw all day, I’ve not seen many people dress up as Hagrid at the Expo, but this guy was the best one ever, so accurate! 😀

I also ended up buying some really lovely art, got to talk to some cool artists and got my picture taken with Danny John-Jules who plays Cat from Red Dwarf which was awesome as he’s my favourite character next to Lister and Kryten. And then the night ended with this crazy winner stays on style of lightsaber battles just outside of the Excel Center, it was pretty cool and funny to see different people stepping up and having these fun little duels.

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Meeting Danny John-Jules was great, I was very delighted.

What I disliked

Organisation, or should I say the lack of was fairly evident this year. Now I know this convention gets bigger every year and so it can be hard to accommodate so many people, but considering how many years this convention has been going down you’d think the basics would have been covered and yet there were a few issues when it came to:

  • Lines to get in: Even though there was still organised lines for the people who had general and priority tickets, they got rid of the barriers that helped keep people structured and streamlined. So when me and my friends got to the Excel it took ages to get inside because there was a swarm of people rushing to through the barriers, plus I was very surprised by how little staff there were to check tickets and give out wristbands.
  • Lines for Photo shoots: While it was a little better than last year, this year’s Expo still had problems with lines in terms of placing people and getting the photo shoots with specific celebrities to happen on time.

The only other things that I wanted to note was that this Expo felt a little lacking when compared to previous sessions with the types of guests, the amount of good games and unique stuff to buy.

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In conclusion the MCM Expo in London was a good time. It is great to know after all these years that the Expo is still going strong with so many events, cosplayers, games and so on. While this year’s Expo will probably go down as my least favourite of my convention experiences, there were plenty of unique and memorable elements that made it worth attending. 🙂

So did you go to the recent MCM Expo and if so what did you think? Please be sure to share your thoughts in the comments below and I’ll see ya on the next blog post. Laters! 😀

 
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Posted by on October 31, 2016 in Anime, Films, Life, Media, Reviews, Television, Video Games

 

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Quick Thoughts on Fairy Tail Episodes 1-4

Howdy people of the internet, how’s it going? It feels like the longest time since I did an anime review (even though I reviewed DBZ: Resurrection F not too long ago), however it’s been a while since I talked about a TV series, so today I’m giving you a brief anime review of Fairy Tail.

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Before I do the review, let me give you some history about me and this show. I started Fairy Tail back in 2010 when it was first aired and I watched up until around episode 30 and gave up, why? Because the show just never got that interesting and became a chore to watch so I bailed. However, the anime kept going well beyond what I thought it deserved and there was even a notable fan base for this franchise that started to grow over the years as well. So I’ve always wanted to check back to see if the show did get better or not. So this week I decided to check it out again and now I’m gonna give you my thoughts on the show so far from episode 1-4.

With Fairy Tail what I do like about it is that it has a nice visual style with the art direction, the music’s unique, the characters all have a quirky and strange personalities and the world has some interesting law and mythology. However, for all the show’s unique elements there isn’t anything exceptional or amazing about it that makes it start out when compared to other Shounen shows.

Story-wise so far the show has introduced Lucy, a lady wizard who wants to join a famous guild known as Fairy Tail and she eventually comes across Natsu and Happy, and after some crazy mishaps they establish a connection and become allies doing jobs as a group in the Fairy Tail guild. So far the stories have been one-off episodic adventures with no real significance besides a bit of character building and world establishment. The humour is mainly of the slapstick nature with a lot of physical humour and verbal jokes, some which work and some that don’t, a lot of the recurring jokes like Natsu’s motion sickness, Gray’s loss of clothes and a lot of the stuff that Happy gets old pretty quickly and I feel like the humour isn’t nearly as funny as the show seems to think it is. As for the characters they’re all okay. So far Natsu is fun, cocky and strong, but not nearly as charming or as cool as I think he should be. Lucy besides being pretty is a little silly and sassy and that tends to be both a good and bad thing depending on the situation. Happy has his moments, however, most of the time I find him annoy and Gray, at this point in time is just there.

Well at least the intro is cool, “Snow Fairy” by Funkist is gorgeous and it is easily one of the most kicks ass opening songs ever.

In the end Fairy Tail‘s not bad but it’s not bad and has potential to be more, unfortunately a good deal of the stories and characters are just stereo typical of the Shounen genre. But I’m willing to give it a try because I’m curious to know why this show is still airing and if it could be something I could love.

 
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Posted by on February 7, 2016 in Anime, Media, Reviews, TV Reviews

 

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QUICK REVIEW: Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’

Howdy ladies and gents, a belated happy new year to you all and hope you had a good transition into 2016. So with my first post of the new year what better way to start than to do a film review, and today I’ll be talking about Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’. I had the fortune of getting to watch this early this morning and after it was over I had to review it just like when I covered Battle of Gods. So without further ado let’s talk about this film.

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The story can be summed as the following:

“After The god of destruction Beerus decided to not destroy the Earth, the planet is back again in peace. But, Sorbet and Tagoma, previous Frieza’s servants, decide to revive his leader using the Dragon balls. Succesful in his plan, Frieza decides to return to Earth to start his revenge against the Saiyans who humiliated him once.”

The story for this film is serviceable, there is nothing significant that takes place and it is more like an episode of the old show, but adapted for film instead. What makes this film work though is the attention to detail when it comes to the history of the series. I love how this film was in direct continuity with not only Battle of Gods but also with the show, it made everything feel simple and cohesive. There are plenty of references and call backs to characters and events that took place, whether it was character interactions between Frieza and the Z-Fighters, the mention of Majin Buu or the fact that Future Trunks came back to the past to kill Frieza, there are a lot of cool easter eggs to be found, some are big and some are subtle, but it is a lot fan service. And there lies the film’s biggest strength; the fan service. It’s in full force, from the dialogue Frieza has to the use of the secondary Z-Fighters in battle to the crazy transformations and power increases, this is classic DBZ and there’s plenty to appreciate if you’re a long time fan of this franchise.

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However, the film has issues like:

  1. The film doesn’t further the law: Battle of Gods was great because there was a lot of interesting themes, but also because it or expanded the DB universe by introducing Beerus, his history and the concept of the Super Saiyan God. With this film, there wasn’t too many new elements incorporated.
  2. Inconsistencies with the previous film & series: There were a few things that felt inconsistent or handled strangely like how powerful was Frieza’s new transformation was in comparison to Goku’s Super Saiyan God form and how could he fight on such a level after only four months of training? Or how in the last film Shenron granted one wish and left, but then in this film he could grant two (which was something Dende sorted out for Earth just after the Cell Games), so that was a bit off. And there were just a few other things that bugged me like that.
  3. The story was a bit underwhelming with a lack of stakes: For all the nostalgia the story was a bit inconsequential and formulaic, Frieza’s return was fine and all but his motivations were so petty and his actions had no real consequences for anyone outside of Earth. And when something pretty crazy does happen, it is underdone by a simple plot device, and by the end of the film, as fun as it was, it feels like there was no need for it to have taken place.

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But where this film succeeds over the last DBZ film is in its presentation, as this film provides far more action and fights from veteran characters outside of Goku and Vegeta. Visually this film was incredible. This is the classic art style married with some very slick and fluid animation which makes all the punches and kicks, beams and flying sequences really pop. There were a lot of really cool “Fuck yeah!” moments from several of the individual fight sequences and with some modern camera movements incorporated it added a level of speed and intensity that the series wasn’t able to pull off before. Oh and the english dub voice talent return to great effect and the sound effects are just as great as ever. Now some of the CGI sequences are ugly and unneeded, and some of the 2D animation looked like it could have been better, and I wasn’t keen on some of the music inserts too, but overall everything came together nicely.

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In the end Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’ was a lot of fun and from a nostalgic standpoint it succeeds at being an entertaining session with all of the action sequences and throwbacks to the DBZ series, however, there were certain issues with the plot and use of characters that held the film back from being better. Make no mistake, if you want some classic DBZ action with modern animation and nothing more, then this is for you, but if you’re looking for something a little more substantial, then you may be disappointed.

Rating: 8/10 (The film gets one extra point for the action sequences)

So have you seen Resurrection ‘F’ and if so what did you think of it? Please comment below and I’ll see ya on the next review, laters! 😀

 
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Posted by on January 4, 2016 in Anime, Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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London MCM Expo May 2015 Review

Howdy ladies and gents, today I am here to give you my review on the London MCM Expo. Now it has been AGES since my last review of this convention (the last one being in 2011), but I felt like I had to talk about it considering all the madness that’s took place. Now before I get started I just wanted to mention that I only did the one day because I just didn’t have the funds or the free time outside of work to attend all three days. But that’s about it. Okay, let’s get going!

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So the London MCM Expo, the biggest UK convention for anime, manga, comic books, movies and video games held two times a year in May and October, it came back this weekend, and I attended for the first time in two years. Last year marked the first time I hadn’t attended since I started going in 2008 which was really random to me, but since I had a great time at the London Film and Comic-Con in July, that more than made up for it. That being said, this event, even though it has gotten absurdly huge and different in appearance over the years, I have such a heavy load of good nostalgia associated with this convention, so it was only a matter of time until I went back. And my Saturday experience was a combination of joy, extreme happiness, tiredness, frustration and confusion. Make no mistake, MCM is still a great place to go for a unique and joyful experience, but some of its pleasures come at a cost, and I’m not just talking about you wallet.

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Now I’m going to talk about what I got up to and separate this review into two halves; what and I liked and what I didn’t.

What I liked

This year was all about seeing what’s new, what’s remained the same and enjoying myself, and there was plenty to enjoy. Going to the Expo this year I noticed how huge the hall space was, I feel like it’s doubled in size since my first time in 2008. Walking from one side to the other felt like a 5-10 minute walk, but if you weren’t walking straight, stuck in walking traffic or had to make certain turns at different spots, then it would be a slightly longer trip.

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There was this nice wall of cat drawings and I contributed as well, the one cat with his eyes closed and arms crossed on the yellow paper was mine. 😀

In terms of what I got up to, well I didn’t play too many games, see too many talks or even see the Cosplay Masquerade, but I did get to talk to some great artists, play some games and get some photos with some guests. I took a fair few photos of cosplayers. After 2012 I really lost interest in taking photos because I stopped making YouTube videos and it felt more like work than something I liked doing, so I really wasn’t going to do much this year, but then I got a good few photos this year. And just in general there was a lot of great costumes on show, loads of Star Wars, Star Trek, Batman, Spider-Man, Final Fantasy and Nintendo-related characters among many others. I was surprised by the amount of Game of Thrones characters with a good few Margaery Tyrell and Daenerys Targaryen ladies walking about.

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When it comes to games I viewed some cool matches from Dragon Ball Z: Xenoverse, enjoyed seeing J-Stars Victory VS in action and looking at all of the crazy attacks and multiple characters from different anime in one place. The only other game I checked out was One Piece: Pirate Warriors 3, it looked a little more impressive than I thought, while the game looked just like your standard hack and slack with really dumbass CPU enemies that run around just to get beating up, but when I saw Fujitora in action with crazy attacks, combos and finishing moves it made me want to by the game. But when it comes to the games I actually played, it comes down to Splatoon and Super Smash Bros. Wii U.

Firstly, even though I’ve had no interest in Splatoon at all since its reveal at E3 last year because it wasn’t my kind of thing, I thought I should have at least given it a try. So with the demo on show I gave it a try and I found it to be pretty fun and much better than I expected. Running around, shooting ink, swimming and defending your territory, it was pretty fun. I even ended up getting the most ink covered for my team and didn’t die once, for a first-timer that was great. The controls felt a bit weird though with the use of the Wii U Gamepad to move the camera around and that threw me off when I trying to move around and defend myself from enemies.

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But then I played some Smash Bros. and that’s when things got interesting. For me, this game series is my jam and this was the first time I got to play the game with a Gamecube controller (and it felt amazing), so we played a 6-player stock match, 5 humans and 1 Amiibo and 3 lives. The first match was hectic and it came down to me as Captain Falcon vs Ness, unfortunately I lost, but in the second match I came back with a vengeance as Lucina and schooled Ness as I sent him plummeting into the abyss! The final match I played as Fox, but was knocked out fairly early on because that tricky Mega Man Amiibo kept moving all over the place and giving me problems. 😛

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But the highlights for me was three things:

  • Meeting John Noble
  • Meeting Iain De Caestecker
  • Meeting Jon Schnepp and seeing “The Death of Superman Lives”: What Happened?

The main reasons I went to this convention was for those three points listed above. When it comes to the photo sessions, when I saw that John Noble, yes, the Walter Bishop from Fringe was gonna be there, I literally exploded in my mind at the chance to see him. So waiting to see him yesterday was insane, long and extremely tedious, but just getting there, meeting him, shaking his hand and being so humbled by his kindness, it was the best kind of overwhelming experience. It was a heartpounding and lovely moment. And then I got to meet Iain De Caestecker later on, I liked him in Filth, but I’ve mainly been invested in his performance as Leo Fitz from Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., and the guy was SO nice and friendly, loved it.

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And the final part of my day was seeing a screening of The Death of “Superman Lives”: What Happened?, the documentary from Jon Schnepp looking into the cancelled Superman film from Tim Burton starring Nicholas Cage. Seeing this film was great, it was such an intriguing and informative look into a film that got so far into development but then got canned. All of the great guest contributors, archive footage, editing and humour all came together in such a fantastic and fascinating manner. This was definitely a story that needed to be told and I’m glad that Schnepp was able to get this documentary finish. And speaking of Schnepp, I just wanted to comment on how great it was to see the man in person. He introduced the film and then did a Q&A afterwards and he was just as hilarious, charming and humble as he is on AMC Movie Talk and getting to meet him after all of these years of watching the online show felt like a dream. Oh and shaking his hand was such a delightful feeling. 😀

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What I disliked

Firstly I have to address the LINES!

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Now I’m no stranger to standing in lines at events like this and I’ve gotten used to it especially when it comes to playing games, watching the Cosplay Masquerade or getting autographs/photos with celebrity guests… That being said, usually there’s a system in place so that you know where to go when you start to queueing and avoid collisions with the general public just passing by, but NOPE, not this year. Those guys at the Excel really dun goofed this year. When it came to photo sessions specifically there was no order, everyone was everywhere, lines for certain people were spread across three different locations, some people skipped the queue altogether and the general public just trying to get by had to force their way through. There was SO much frustration and it was all because of miscommunication and lack or order.

And the staff, they had no clue. Really, you could have asked four or five staff members where you were meant to stand before you got the correct answer  and by that point you had probably wasted 30-45 minutes of your time. And only after allowing you to stand in the wrong places do the get organised and attempt to get a system in place for the different queues passing into each other, and even then, there was conflicting information and a lack clear instructions because no one had a bloody megaphone! I know I complained about the waiting periods at London Film and Comic-Con last year for their outside lines, however, at least their photo session tickets had clear sections to stand in and system in place for calling you up when it was your turn. This kind of thing can’t continue in the future as the fans I was standing with were ready to revolt out of anger, confusion and sore legs.

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Now imagine these lines, but with 5 to 10 times as many people squashed in one spot. Chaos!

The only other thing I would complain about is more of a nostalgic nitpick, and it relates to the state of the Expo. A few years ago this convention was big, but it was controlled, fun and felt unique, but in recent times the convention has gotten a little too big. There’s so much going on with the stalls, events and guest stars, I feel like the event’s gotten too big and out of control. Sure making the Expo bigger to accommodate more stuff is always interesting for new and returning fans, but I feel like this isn’t the event I remember and some of the charm has been lost.

In conclusion the MCM Expo in London was a good time. After a little break from this convention it was nice to go back and revisit the place that exposed me to the madness of fans and the content on display. This even was pretty frustrating though, unorganised staff, loads of queues and lack of information really knocked this experience down a few pegs, if the Expo is to continue then it needs to get its act together. But other than those formalities I had a hella good time and should I find a reason to return in the future I may do so.

So did you go to the recent MCM Expo and if so what did you think? Please be sure to share your thoughts in the comments below and I’ll see ya on the next blog post. Laters! 😀

 
 

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New Dragon Ball Series Entitled “Dragon Ball Super” To Debut In July!

Howdy people of the internet, time for some TV news, more specifically anime related news. It has been a good while since I posted any news on this blog, but I just haven’t been that interested in posting anything in the world of films. HOWEVER, today I’m chilling online and I see this these crazy words on my Facebook news feed, “New “Dragon Ball Super” TV Series Announced For 2015.” and I’m like “WHAT!?!” I don’t believe it, but then I check on Google and it is true, Dragon Ball is coming back and it isn’t another version of Dragon Ball Z, but something new entirely and this is something I have to talk about.

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The following information comes from Kanzenshuu:

“A new Dragon Ball TV series has been announced: Dragon Ball Super will debut this July and will run as a weekly series at 9:00 a.m. on Fuji TV, taking the time slot of the Dragon Ball Kai TV series. The story and characters will be developed by original manga author Akira Toriyama himself and will star veteran voice actress Masako Nozawa.

The “Dragon Ball SSSS” website provided quotes from the cast and production staff in conjunction with the announcement, most of which was also reiterated and translated in an English-language press release from Toei Animation:

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Drawn From a Plot By The Brand’s Original Creator, Dragon Ball Super Is The First New Series In
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TOKYO (April 28, 2015) – Toei Animation has announced production on Dragon Ball Super (Japanese title; tentative for English release), the first all-new Dragon Ball television series to be released in 18 years. Following the recent events of the hit feature film, Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’, Dragon Ball Super will debut in Japan in July 2015.

Reuniting the franchise’s iconic characters, Dragon Ball Super will follow the aftermath of Goku’s fierce battle with Majin Buu, as he attempts to maintain earth’s fragile peace. Overseen by Dragon Ball’s original creator, Akira Toriyama and produced with Fuji Television, Dragon Ball Super will draw on its historic past to create a bold, new universe welcoming to fans and endearing to new viewers.

Introduced as a manga in Weekly Shonen Jump (published from SHUEISHA Inc.) in 1984, Dragon Ball has evolved into a globally beloved brand. Seen in more than 70 countries, with over 230 million copies of its comic books sold, Dragon Ball remains one of the most popular anime series of all time.

“Having loved Dragon Ball since childhood, it is very exciting to be a part of this project,” said Osamu Nozaki, producer for Fuji Television. “Mr. Toriyama has developed a plot that’s not only a dream come true for Dragon Ball‘s millions of fans, but one that will foster in a new generation of viewers.”

“When I joined Toei Animation, one of my first assignments saw me working on the production of Dragon Ball Z,” said Atsushi Kido, producer for Toei Animation. “While there for only a short period of time, being a part of the series left a lasting impression. We look forward to carrying on Dragon Ball‘s tremendous legacy, bringing audiences a brand new Dragon Ball with the same sense of heart and commitment that went into past Dragon Ball productions.”

“I’ve used the word ‘cho’ (super) in so many commercials, games and other media, it is fantastic that the long awaited Dragon Ball Super will finally begin,” said Masako Nozawa, Japanese voice actress of Dragon Ball’s Son Goku, Son Gohan and Son Goten. “I hope that this series will last a long time and have the same impact around the world as its predecessor.”

Much like with the arcade and PlayStation 2 fighting game Super Dragon Ball Z, the chō in the new TV series’ title (ドラゴンボール超) is accompanied by a sūpā pronunciation as Dragon Ball Z Super.

The new TV series will be directed by Kimitoshi Chioka, whose only work with the franchise thus far was as a story boarder in Battle of Gods, and will be produced by Osamu Nozaki (Fuji TV), Naoko Sagawa (Yomiko Advertising), and Mutsumi Kido (Toei Animation). While Nozaki and Sagawa were both recent producers for Dragon Ball Kai, Kido served a short time as an assistant producer during the production of Dragon Ball Z.

Fans are sure to question whether or not this new series’ timeframe will overlap or lead into Dragon Ball GT. While the new series is said to pick up in a period of peace following the battle with Majin Buu, there is not yet any word on the specific timeframe (for example, a year in the “Age” calendar) that the story may take place. The 2013 and 2015 theatrical films — Battle of Gods and Revival of “F”, respectively — have both taken place in the ten year time skip between the defeat of Majin Buu and the 28th Tenka’ichi Budōkai. Toei Animation’s various guide books place the events of Dragon Ball GT as beginning in Age 789, five years after the events shown at the end of the original manga.”

So I’m just like “Damn, it’s actually happening? Wow… Fuck yeah gimme!” Now I have to admit I’m not the biggest Dragon Ball fan these days, DBZ used to be my life, it introduced me to the world of anime and I will always love the crazy, nostalgic fun it provides. But after my teenage years I became more of a One Piece kind of guy and discovered more anime shows. With that being said, any time some new Dragon Ball material surfaces I get all giddy and can’t wait to see what new stories can be told with today’s animation technology. That’s why I liked Dragon Ball: Yo! Son Goku and His Friends Return!!, that’s why I really liked Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods and that’s why I hyped to see Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’. It’s like how all Star Wars fans are freaking out about The Force Awakens, it is the same for most of the Dragon Ball community.

Even though I’m super surprised about this announcement, at the same time I knew that this would have to happen. Given the fact that the world of Dragon Ball has been getting more and more attention in the animation department in terms of OVAs, new films and footage for video games, it feels inevitable that a new series would have to come. I mean it just feels right that this classic franchise would return to the world in these times of long-awaited sequels and reboots. Dragon Ball (especially Dragon Ball Z) has always been something of a nostalgic property in the world of anime and only people in their 20’s and older would know about it. A lot of fans have wanted to see new material for many years, but it just seemed unlikely because of Akira Toriyama’s lack of involvement, but now it seems like the times are a changing and he’s back in the game to give us some more adventures with Goku and the crew, and I’m totally down for it. 🙂

So now one has to wonder what will this series be like? Right now we’re really scarce for details, however, it has been stated that this series takes place after DBZ but before Dragon Ball GT and to be honest that’s fine with me because the less I see of GT the better. I just wonder what will be the catalyst that starts the Z fighters up again? Who or what breaks the peace? Will there be more transformations, team-ups or fusions? Will there be returning characters who haven’t been seen for ages (like from Dragon Ball)? Will the series be primarily serious or take the Dragon Ball approach having a combination of humour and seriousness? So many questions and yet we have so long to wait. I guess we’ll get more information nearer to July and when the series eventually debuts. I’m just happy to know that the kids of today will get to experience one of my favourite shows in present times.

So have you heard about this news and if so what do you think of it? Please be sure to leave your comments below. Until next time, laters! 😀

 
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Posted by on April 28, 2015 in Anime, Media, Television

 

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First Details For The New Dragon Ball Z Movie Emerge!

Howdy ladies and gents, time for some film news and today it is related to the world of anime as today I’ll be talking about the next Dragon Ball Z film that will be coming out next year. The following information comes from superherohype:

Following the success of Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods earlier this year, it’s no surprise that another “DBZ” film is set to follow it. Anime News Network brings word today from V Jump Magazine about another film set to debut in 2015 titled Dragon Ball Z: F is for Fukkatsu (or ‘Resurrection’), which will see the return of fan-favorite villain Frieza.

Series Akira Toriyama noted that the F in the title stands for the iconic villain who will, as the name implies, be revived for the film. It’s also set to feature Beerus, the villain from “Battle of Gods.” The magazine relays the film’s synopsis (translated from Japanese) as follows:

“An Earth where peace has arrived. However, remnants of Frieza’s army Sorbet and Tagoma arrive on the planet. Their goal is to revive Frieza with the dragon balls. Their dastardly wish is granted, the “F” that plans its revenge against the Saiyans is revived…!”

The film is set to debut in Japanese theaters next April. Check back here on any news of a domestic release as we learn it. You can check out the key art and a teaser trailer for the film below.

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So what do I think of this news? Cool, sign me up. Listen, say what you will about Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods, but to deny the film’s charm, nostalgia and feel-good factor would be foolish. As a fan of Dragon Ball the film entertained me a lot and I thought it was badass, the only problems I had with the film was the lack of unique fight sequences and the questionable-looking 3D animation, otherwise I liked it a lot. Now we have this new film on the horizon and it sounds alright, don’t get me wrong it’s not like I’m not excited, but the concept of bringing Frieza back to life with the Dragon Balls thanks to two of his followers who haven’t been in existence until now, doesn’t sound that unique or innovative. That being said, bringing Frieza, arguable one of the best villains in the Dragon Ball series back for a film-adaptation in present times just screams of fan service. It does make me wonder when and where does this film take place in the DBZ timeline or will it even be canon? And what will happen to Frieza when he comes back, will he be resurrected even more powerful than before or will he be the same as when he was defeated by Goku or Trunks? Because if Frieza comes back and he’s the same power level, but we’re at the latter half of the series, then both Goku and Vegeta will be able to wipe the floor with him without even trying. Heck maybe even Krillin may stand a chance. Point is, there are a lot of things to speculate about because we all have so many details. Plus the teaser trailer doesn’t give use any details besides the fact that Shenron will be involved and Goku will power up.

In conclusion I’m curious to see what Akira Toriyama comes up with this film, Dragon Ball Z is one of my all-time favourite anime and to see it back in the mainstream again beyond the crappy video games is a nice thing to see. I can only hop that this new film exceeds the last film and stops the fanboys from moaning.

So what do you think of this news? Are down with the new information released for this upcoming DBZ film or not? Also are you still interested in seeing more animated material from the Dragon Ball universe or do you feel like this series should be left in the past? Whatever your thoughts are be sure to drop them below and I’ll see you on the next blog post. 🙂

 
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Posted by on November 17, 2014 in Anime, Films, Media

 

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Favourite Songs #33: ASIAN KUNG-FU GENERATION – After Dark

Howdy people of the interweb,  and welcome to the 33rd edition of my series of blog posts dedicated to some of my favourite songs ever in life. Today I’m gonna talk about my not only one of my favourite anime songs ever, but also one of my favourite songs in life which is ASIAN KUNG-FU GENERATION’s “After Dark“.

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Just have a listen to the tune below:

This is a strange music video I know, but the music is undeniably awesome.

I first came across this song in 2008 while watching Bleach in college and while I was a big fan of Bleach and it’s opening and ending music, this was the first that really caught my attention and ever since that point in time I’ve been obsessed.

So what is it about this song that I love so much? Well, I think it is from the time the song starts up you know you’re in for a good song, the drums have a great beat, then the guitars kick in and then the song just explodes. What I really appreciate about most rock music is the intensity. I love songs that feel like a hurricane of power or an explosion set off by a massive bomb and this song has that. There is a raw energy coming from this song, not only from the instruments, but the vocals as well. Masafumi Gotoh sings his heart out as the main vocalist and his voice in beautiful and it compliments the power of the music as well.

Since listening to this song all those years ago, it has become a mandatory part of my music playlist whenever I’m on the move and always play it when it gets close to another session at the MCM London Expo too. It was also because of this song that I actually went off and started listening to more music from AKFG and eventually started listening to more music from Japan and while they were again primarily attached to anime, I do feel slightly more culturally diverse in my music choices now than I did 6 years ago.

So to conclude “After Dark” by ASIAN KUNG-FU GENERATION is pretty much the best opening song to come out of the Bleach anime and it is just one hell of a rock song in general. The song is pure energy thrown in your face and I love how hardcore it sounds at high volumes. If you’re a fan of Japanese rock or just rock in general, I would highlight recommend this. It is badass, nuff said.

Well that’s another song review done, what do you think of my song choice today? Whatever your thoughts, leave me a comment below and be sure to come back next time for another song review yo! 😀

 
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Posted by on September 11, 2014 in Anime, Media, Music, Reviews

 

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

https://i2.wp.com/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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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. 😀

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

 

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