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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:

Toei Animation Begins Production on Dragon Ball Super
Drawn From a Plot By The Brand’s Original Creator, Dragon Ball Super Is The First New Series In
Eighteen Years

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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Reviews & Marathons Coming To This Blog For The Summer.

Howdy to all of my fellow subscribers and people of the internet. Today I thought I would give you a little taste of what’s coming up on this blog from now until the end of summer. Recently I’ve had a lot of stuff to do and sort out what with university being ending and me having to move house soon, so now that I’ve just about gotten things in order I think it is about time that I created some structure and consistency with this blog. So with all that in mind I want to give you lot some foreshadowing of what I’ve got planned. 🙂

Film Reviews New & Old

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So yeah my film reviews for this blog have a been a bit up and down since March of this year and it is only in the last month when things have started to stabilize and I’ve been able to have sessions at the cinema again. And even though June is a pretty dry month for films, July is nearly upon us and I promise to be around as frequently as possible and review as many films as possible. Most important of those film releases will be Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, How to Train Your Dragon 2 and even Transformers: Age of Extinction too haha (I hope I don’t live to regret this decision). But beyond that there are a lot of films I have in my DVD collection that I’ve always wanted to talk about on this blog so yeah I’ll be discussing those at some point as well.

Some More TV Reviews

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So as some of you may be aware, I’ve been getting a more into my TV-based reviews since late last year and recently I’ve been reviewing a lot of Castle (mainly because of blind addiction). And while I have yet to catch up on season 6, I still have to get back to Buffy the Vampire Slayer and soon I will be talking about shows like Arrow, Ultimate Spider-Man (again) and will FINALLY be getting around to Hotel Babylon too.

More Song Reviews

I remember when I started doing song reviews on a consistent basis and then gave up on the weekly timing and just did it when I had a free hour in the day. But now I barely get to talk about some of my favourite songs, so I’m just letting you know that I have plenty coming up coming from The Smiths, Love Split Love, Puddle of Mudd, Red Hot Chili Peppers and many more. I’ll also be doing a top 10 list of songs from my favourite anime opening songs and another thing I will be revisiting will be my favourite music in video games.

More Album Reviews

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Reviewing music albums is something I’ve really started to enjoy after getting into the groove of it last year. Unfortunately I haven’t been doing very many of those recent. I’ve had a review of Pharrell’s last album in my drafts for MONTHS that I have yet to finish and being a massive fan of Jack White I really should have gotten around to reviewing his new album on here too. I also need to get back to my reviews of Deadmau5 that I started last summer too.

The No Doubt Marathon

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In addition to the album reviews I mentioned above, I will be doing an album marathon review for one of my favourite bands ever, No Doubt. Over the course of 2012 to 2013 I was on a massive high with their music and went through every album and I’ve wanted to review their music on this blog but I wanted to make sure that if I did a review, it’d be all at once. So look forward to that craziness when it goes down.

Month of Comic Book Film Reviews 2

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Yeah, I’m stepping back into this department again. Last year I did one of the craziest things I could have done on this blog, I did 30 days of film reviews dedicated to comic book films and it put me through the ringer. I got to watch a lot of films, some I loved, some I hated, some I had watched recently and some I had not seen in years. Overall it was fun… That being said, there are still many films I left untouched, some I have yet to see, some I do not wish to see again and there is some suffering that I shall endure for your entertainment, so look forward to the return of my comic book reviews when they come.

So that’s just a small taste of what’s coming on the horizon for this blog, so please stick around over the next two months as I have a lot of filthy things I’ll be bringing to this blog.

 
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Posted by on June 20, 2014 in Anime, Films, Life, Media, Music, Television

 

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Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods Review

Howdy ladies and gents, tonight I’m gonna give you a review on an anime film I’ve been meaning to review on this blog for a while now which is Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods. Now when this film was announced in July of 2012, I pretty much blew up after the teaser trailer came out, then the film got released in March last year, but it didn’t get english subtitles until September. Now I love DBZ, that was my childhood, so having any new material from that franchise (besides the now shitty video games) makes me happy. So how does Battle of Gods fare? Read on and find out.

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So the story in this film involves Beerus, the God of Destruction, learning of the defeat of the galactic overlord Freeza by the hands of Son Goku. Seeking an opponent worthy of his power, Beerus, along with his companion Whis, travels to the north galaxy to challenge Goku to a battle.

First off I have to say I really liked the story in this film. It wasn’t overly complicated or dark a moody, just simple stuff that is straight-to-the-point. The film felt just like the days of Dragon Ball with DBZ aspects meshed together, it felt so nostalgic and new at the same time and I think that is due to Akira Toriyama’s involvement in the film as you can feel is presence here. One thing I didn’t expect was the amount of humour, much like the recent Iron Man 3, Battle of Gods plays the balancing act between seriousness and humour and for the most part it works. There is a lot to laugh at it is thanks to some good jokes and comedic timing when it comes to the dialogue and physical stuff. Another great thing about this film is all the ties to previous DB history whether it be flashbacks of verbal mentions, it is littered with references and I loved it. Now I will say that the story isn’t your straight-up action adventure, there is a lot of down-time and very silly moments throughout the film, some secondary characters also get ignored, some things happen to no consequence and there is an anti climatic nature of the film. Some of these elements will probably turn a few fans off but for me it wasn’t too much of an issue.

As for the characters they are all pretty much exactly how you remember them. Goku is still the loveable oaf who is super strong and always wants to battle the next strongest fighter. Vegeta is still the prince with a lot of pride and moodiness, but he is given a lot more screen time than I thought he’d get and has one of the most unexpected funny moments ever int his film. I also really liked Gohan’s contribution to this film, the return of Emperor Pilaf, Mai and Shou was very welcomed and Buu was another funny guy as well. Now let’s talk about the big new bad guy Beerus, man he was not what I was expecting, he’s like the nicest, quirky and most odd bad guy ever. He is very eccentric, lazy and confident, but he has anger issues and one small thing can make him switch like a light. I loved his more light-hearted side because it lend to some really funny dialogue moments. As for Whis, Beerus’ partner, he was very strange, but also funny.

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When it comes to the presentation it is gorgeous. Before the DB short film of 2008, me and countless other fans had wanted to see what DBZ would look like in present day, but the dream seemed so unfeasible. Sure we had the short anime openings in DBZ Budokai 2 & 3, but we wanted more. Since then we have seen more and more glimpses of DBZ in other animated intros in video games, the DB Kai opening and closing animations, one remade OVA and the anime crossover with One Piece and Toriko. Toei Animation had basically been teasing fans for years… Until this film came out and let me tell you I think it looks brilliant.

Considering how great Toei are with One Piece films, it should come as no surprise that Battle of Gods looks awesome. Everything is visually crisp, vivid, full of colour and the fluidity of the animation is INSANE with some of the most crazy dynamic tracking shots and camera angles that have ever been used for a DB animation. The character designs are also very nice, detailed and are familiar and yet slightly new. This film also employs Toei’s use of blending a lot of 2D and 3D animation and for the most part it works, though there are times I wish it was more 2D.

The soundtrack by Norihito Sumitomo is another aspect I like about this film, it is very good and suits every situation it is used in. I especially like it when the music when it ramps up and gets all epic when something serious is going down on-screen. Also the cover of Hironobu Kageyama’s “Cha-La Head-Cha-La“, the original opening theme of DBZ, by the rock band Flow is alright, it has its moments but it never gets as exciting as the original version.

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In conclusion Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods is a lot of fun and is another solid addition to the animated world of Dragon Ball. The film feels new but at the same time incredibly familiar thanks to its comedic tone, memorable characters and chaotic action sequences. Some fans may be turned off by the more light-hearted tone, villain personality and the overall ending of the film, but if you’re a true DB fan who enjoys this franchise then this is the film for you. It is all sorts of awesome.

Rating: 8.5/10 (Some kick ass nostalgic fun with great visuals, characters and humour)

So readers out there, what did you think of Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods? Have your seen or are you gonna watch it, whatever your thoughts are drop them in the comments section below and I’ll see ya on the next review, laters! 😀

 
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Posted by on March 1, 2014 in Anime, Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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Pokemon: Origins Review

Howdy people of the internet, time for me to give you an anime review on this chilled out Sunday. Today I’ll be reviewing Pokemon: Origins, an anime that I’ve been meaning to watch since before Pokemon X &Y came out, but because of my attachment to my 3DS and my uni work I hadn’t gotten around to watching it until now. Now I’ve watched it all in Japanese with subtitles so I won’t be covering the English version, nope, this’ll be a review in its purest form. Okay let’s get started.

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So the story in Pokemon: Origins is basically a TV special that unlike the current (and quite poor) on-going Pokemon TV series, Origins is more faithful adaptation of the first generation of Pokemon games, Pokemon Red and Blue (Green in Japan). Origins follows the adventures of the boy known as Red along with his first Pokemon, Charmander and as the travel across the region of Kanto they will do battle with his rival Green, taken on Gym Leaders, taken on the evil Pokemon organisation known as Team Rocket and all that other good stuff along the way.

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As an adaptation of the original games, Pokemon: Origins succeeds on nearly every level. The special is broken down into four main parts; “Red“, “Cubone“, “Giovanni” and finally “Charizard” and within each episode there was a specific plotline to follow related to the name of the episode. As soon as this first episode starts up you’re hit with nostalgia. The people behind the anime knows its source material and it knows its audience and anyone who knows the game will see that Origins is chalked full of references big and small. Everything from Professor Oak showing up at the beginning to the various Pokemon locations to your run-ins with Team Rocket and the Gym Battles, it’s all there and it is nostalgic perfection. There are so many aspects ripped straight from the games to the point where I think even some of the dialogue the characters say is exactly like the game, the level of commitment to the source material is pretty insane.

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Now as I said before this is an adaptation, so as per usual there were a few liberties taken with the source material. Since this special follows Red’s adventures, they had to flesh out the character so we have to watch him win, fail and grow as a trainer and while it works for the most part, there are a few conventional and convenient anime cliché moments that keep this from being better than it is.

In terms of characters there’s only really two main people to follow and that is Red and Green. Red is the star of this TV special. He’s a fiery little boy with dreams of completing his Pokedex, but at first he doesn’t have the right skills, he’s not a very good trainer as he doesn’t know the basics and has to learn as he travels and over the course of the four episodes he grows and become a more confident and capable trainer. Red for the most part was a fun character, but he was probably one of the key elements that made me dislike Pokemon: Origins for this one simple fact: he’s an idiot. My god, I have never seen such a failure of a Pokemon trainer in my life (not since Ash Ketchum). Seeing this boy struggle and fail was so painful to watch. Red doesn’t know type advantages, tries to capture another trainer’s Pokemon and doesn’t seem to fully understand strategic battles. Maybe I’m being harsh on him because he’s a newbie, but my god his foolish just pissed me off.

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Outside of Red there is of course Green. Anyone who knows the games will remember this guy as the little prick who came across every once in a while who was very overconfident and insulted you at every turn. Green in this adaptation was great, he was the best kind of rival who was smart, faster at learning the ways of Pokemon and was always one step ahead of Red.

Everyone else is either a supporting character or a side character. The appearances of Professor Oak, Brock, My Fuji and Giovanni were all pretty interesting and nice and were for the most part in line with what was in the games.

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Presentation-wise this is just some really awesome stuff. OLM, Production I.G and Xebec are the studios behind the creation of this special and their work is nothing short of wonderful. Of course there’s been an animated TV show for Pokemon since the late 90’s, but Origins feels far more accurate to the games with more active (and sometimes violent) Pokemon battles, wonderful drawn characters and incredible locations and the attention to detail is SO good! But what could be considered even better is the music, oh my god the music done by Masafumi Mima is GORGEOUS! The composer has taken the majority of the songs from the games and re-imagined them with a more realistic set of instruments and the end result is one of beauty! Almost every song you could imagine from the games has made it in, from the Gym Leader theme to the Lance battle theme to Green’s theme (my personal favourite), it’s all there and it kicks ass!

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In conclusion Pokemon: Origins is one hell of a nostalgia trip for fans of the first generation of Pokemon and is probably the most accurate portrayal we’re going to get in terms of an animated adaptation of the video games. This four-part special, while short, captured the essence of the games through the characters, locations, music and of course the battles too. While isn’t perfect due some inaccuracies and Red’s poor trainer habits and character flaws, otherwise this a bit of anime fun no fan should miss out on.

Rating: 7.5/10 (A good, nostalgic adaptation of Pokemon)

 
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Posted by on November 17, 2013 in Anime, Media, Reviews, Television, TV Reviews

 

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Getting back into anime

Ah anime, thinking about it now it is honestly something I could live without. It is something that changed my perception of animation in terms of how it could be made and the subject matters that could be explored with it. I know I first came across it when I started watching stuff like Pokémon, Sailor Moon and Dragon Ball Z, but it wasn’t until 2008/9 when I really started watching other anime like Karas, Bleach, Naruto, Tengen Topper Gurren Lagann, Elfen Lied and Beck that I could see how good anime good be and how it would influence my life forever.

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After I became obsessed with anime in 2008 I needed it all the damn time! And for around 2-3 years I watched it nearly all the time through several streaming websites and when I got to the MCM London Expo I would pick up certain box sets and films and get my needs! However in 2011 my priorities changed, I move onto film and the cinema and slowly after a while I stopped watching loads of stuff and just stuck with One Piece as my main source of anime juice.

 

However with my rediscovery of Eyeshield 21 underway, I feel like I it is time to finish a lot of these other anime series that I started a long time ago and two of my choices are pretty darn difficult undertakings. I am of course talking about Bleach and Naruto, not only two of the biggest shounen anime, but two of the biggest anime shows in existence.

Now when it comes to Bleach I used to love this show soooo much it was unreal, the first 3 season while the following season were a bit hit and miss, I think was around season 7 when things got interesting again. Though after a certain point in the series things just got too slow and tedious, plus the fillers were doing my head in. So I gave up a few years ago around episode 229. Apparently after that the series got really good afterwards so I have always been interested in returning to the show and giving it another try, and I think 2013 it’s the right time to see what’s going on with the Shinigami and hollows! 😀

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And then there’s Naruto, a show that a lot of people claimed to be the best thing ever and the best shounen anime in existence. Well I watched it and it was so hard at the start because as cool and as interesting as Naruto was it had way too much filler and too many flashbacks! Every 3 or 4 episodes Naruto or some other character would look talk about loneliness or friendship or family for ages and it got really tedious after a while. I only got around halfway through the first serious before giving up. But since Naruto: Shippuuden is always talked about by everyone and praised way more than the first series I want to know what the deal is, so this year I’ll start again!

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Also along with those shows there are loads of other anime I left by the wayside and I will return to including Fairy Tail, Gintama, Full Metal Alchemist, Black Cat, D.Gray-man and many others. This is the year when I get my shit together and rediscover this world of Japanese animation that’s always filled me with wonder and happiness! 😀

 
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Posted by on February 26, 2013 in Anime, Media

 

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Rediscovering Eyesheild 21

Howdy friends of WordPress and everywhere else. Recently (Tuesday 19th) I went onto Crunchyroll and decided to revisit an anime series I hadn’t watched for almost 5 years called Eyeshield 21.

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This was a show I discovered via my sister back in the days when anime was still very new to me, after I watched a few episodes I became obsessed and for a while it was one of my favourite anime series. However as time went on I found way more shows and my interests changed and at one point I couldn’t find any good quality links online so then I dropped the series at episode 100. I always had an intention of re-watching Eyeshield 21 at one point, but once One Piece came into play it took over my life. But now in 2013 after all this time I’ve started watching the show and I swear I’m enjoying it more so than I ever did back in 2008.

But what makes Eyeshield 21 good? Well I think it’s just those good basic codes and conventions of all shounen anime that makes it so compelling and fun to watch. It has a great protagonist and set of lead characters, it also has a wonderful story to tell that goes from strength to strength and gets deeper as time goes on and lastly I think the most impressive aspect is how it takes a sport like American football and makes it cool, flashy and informative.

While I don’t want to give out too much information about the show (because I’m saving that for my eventual review) I will say that the story involves Sena Kobayakawa, a school kid who’s been running from bullies for years which has given him the ability to run unnaturally fast. When he joins high school he gets drafted into the high school football team, and under the codename “Eyeshield 21” he plays as the running back for the Deimon Devil Bats. From there gets introduced to new friends, adversaries, adventures and really grows up over the course of the series.

What I like about the show is how much fun it is to watch, it covers all the emotional points of joy, fear, sadness, anger, trust, it covers all territories. The show goes from being be very funny to incredibly dramatic, the show delivers some stories and scenarios that are good for kids but also for older audiences and it is some lovely and well thought out material. Besides the strong stories you have its unforgettable cast of characters who are all unique and addictive in nature.

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Anyways I’m going to stop before this turns into a proper review. All I wanted to say was that Eyeshield 21 is awesome, I’ve missed it a lot and I’ve already watched 79 episodes out of the 145 episode series, so yeah I’m in love right now. 😀

 
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Posted by on February 24, 2013 in Anime, Media

 

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