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29
Oct
09

Top 10 Anime Live-Action Adaptions that MUST Happen

I’m sure that by now you all know that there is a Cowboy Bebop live-action movie in the works, and that Matrix star Keanu Reeves is attached to the project. Some of you may also know that Spider-Man himself, Tobey Maguire, is producing and possibly starring in an adaption of the eighties classic Robotech. Even Steven Spielberg wants to get in on the action; he has expressed interest in doing Ghost in the Shell, in 3D!

Well, while reflecting on how amazing these anime are and how awesome  live-action versions of them could be, I realized that there are quite a few more anime deserving of being brought to a wider audience via the big, silver screen. So, here is the fruit of much labor: the Top 10 Anime Live-Action Adaptions that MUST Happen.

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09
Sep
09

09/09/09 – Sweet Dreams

10 years ago today, one of the greatest gaming consoles ever made its debut. The Sega Dreamcast was a fine system for its time, innovative and comparable to any other system of its generation (PS2, GC, and XB). There are several reasons why the Dreamcast ultimately failed and forced Sega to restructure itself. The most notable causes include the release of the PS2, Sega’s mishandling of the Saturn and the late Genesis add-ons, and the chronic delays of just about every major high profile title that was due to the system (including Resident Evil: Code Veronica, a Star Trek title, and of course, Shenmue I and II). Despite these horrid blots on the system’s past, it has managed to remain dear in the hearts of many gamers – especially Dreamcast owners.

There are few “retro” systems that see regular play nowadays. As awesome as Goldeneye64 was back in the day, the number of people openly raving about how often they still boot it up has dwindled considerably. I personally have not yet met a Dreamcast owner that does NOT at some point hook this gem up and play something. I would if certainly have my own up and running if it could actually run – my disc motor is busted ;(. The Dreamcast had a superb line up of classic games that deserve to be played even now: Soul Calibur, Chu Chu Rocket, Shenmue, Sonic Adventure, NFL 2k1, NBA 2k1, Ready 2 Rumble Boxing, Power Stone 2, Crazy Taxi…

Sure, several of those titles have managed to live on on other consoles. Others have thrived on other consoles. There are even a few that are available online on services like GameTap and XBL. But, it’s just not the same. I want my DC controller in my hands. After all, Microsoft ripped of its XB controller design from the DC – don’t lie to yourself, it’s true, I distinctly remember the designers admitting the inspiration in an issue of EGM. Many things about online gaming we take for granted today, Sega was toying with through the DC – hell, Sega had online gaming on its Genesis. No, if we are to live our lives with no Dreamcast 2, then we at least deserve to get roms through the Wii Virtual Console, XBL, and the PSN Store. We deserve to see DC franchises revived on the current-gen consoles, re-imagined and updated.

Damnit… We deserve Shenmue 3!

Today, fly your flags at half-mast and honor the Dream…

17
Aug
09

Fear and Lothing in Townsville

We are in the middle of dark times, people.
I’m not sure if you’ve noticed, but there are hardly any cartoons running at the moment that are getting new episodes.

If I really had to think about it, I’d say that the only shows that i know are getting new episodes anytime soon would be Family Guy, Futurama, The Cleveland Show, Ed, Edd, n’ Eddy, Fairly Oddparents, the shows on Adult Swim, and the shows on Nick Jr.

Now, some of you might say that I’m overreacting; that it’s just the end of the summer and new shows are on their way. Really? I’m not too sure. The commercial animation of American media can’t be held on the backs of Fox and maybe Nickleodeon. Hell, Fox is too dumb to really notice that they wouldn’t make money off of a Futurama that doesn’t have the original voice cast.

In fact, I’m not even going to twiddle my thumbs and say “Well, golly gee whiz, I sure hope that Cartoon Network does okay with these live action shows to help bolster their ratings.”

FUCK

THAT

SHIT

If a network can not get ratings based upon it’s primary mission statement (in this case, a network that is, supposedly “the best place for cartoons”) then it must either go off the air or do a name change. This may seem harsh, but that just how it goes.

I know that you’re really thinking that I’m overreacting now. “You’re just mad because they’re showing live action shows on Cartoon Network.” YOU’RE GODDAMN RIGHT I AM! This isn’t like Disney or Nick where they got rid of most of their cartoons and replaced them with tweeny junk, because they where still a network that has programming made my Walt Disney/Buena Vista Studios and a network for kids, respectively. This isn’t even like Discovery and TLC, which while they dropped some of their scientific programming, they are still channels about discovering things and learning things, respectively. This is isn’t even like (dare I even say it) VH1 and MTV, because at least they still have sister networks that are readily available to the public that carry the brand name (Boomerang isn’t that accessible sometimes, where as, MTV 2 is on basic cable in some places).

With maybe only 1 new Cartoon in the future (Adventure Time), thing look bleak for Cartoon Network Studios. With it’s passing, the legacy of Hanna Barbara will come to a close.

Take it or leave it, fans. Cartoon Network is dead. Long live Turner’s first kids network. My God have mercy on Rob Sorcher’s soul.

11
Aug
09

In My Opinion: Mysteries Inc.

So, for those of you don’t know, the CN (Cartoon Network has lost the right to use its own name, in my eyes) is going to do a live action (gee whiz, who didn’t see that one coming?) origin story for Scooby Doo and the gang. In fact, the whole hullabaloo about all of this is that they are positioning that this is, basically, the first time this story has ever been told. That none of us ever knew how the Gang got together.

Now wait just a minute.

Seems to me that the CN likes to slap its viewers in the face and call them retarded. Did it not ever occur to them that they, themselves have shown the other “origin” stories of Scooby Doo?

And don’t you pull a “But Kyoji, they’re doing it for the new fans!” Bullshit. I know for a fact that “A Pup Named Scooby Doo” and “What’s New Scooby Doo” have come extensively on the CN within the past years. Since “What’s New” is the last actual Scooby Doo series (Shaggy and Scooby Get a Clue does not count. Why? Super Powered, Nanomachine enhanced Scooby Snacks) there is nothing to expound upon. Even the deluge of Scooby Doo Movies seems to happen during the abnormally large summer vacation that the Gang seemed to be having in “What’s New”.

What’s That? It’s an explanation for the old fans? Wrong again.
They already did that special in the early 90s.

The only way this can be an origin story to any of the Scooby mythos is if they say that its the prequel to the live action movie franchise. In that case, it’s all gravy, because us Scooby fans tend to just turn a blind eye to the movies.

Now, in my opinion, this is how Mysteries Inc. got started:

Freddy is a jock who secretly loves mysteries at Coolsville High School who is currently banging Daphne and has a weed connection through Shaggy. Now, Freddy ends up in a class with Velma and finds out that she too loves Mysteries. Now, one night Freddy, Daphne, Velma and Shaggy get together. Velma is startled by Shaggy’s huge Great Dane, Scooby, who has a calm mellow bark. After a few persuasive actions, everybody tokes up, including Scooby. The Gang makes the realization that Scooby can talk and they decide to drive around in Shaggy’s parent’s old van, to get the weed smell out of their clothes. They then run into a ghost or some shit and they start investigating mysteries.

The rest, of course, is history.

20
Jul
09

Burn Your Bread

I’ve been on a Persona/Megami Tensei kick for the last month or so (Thanks to Devil Survivor and P4).

While doing research on various tarot things, I came across a little test.
It determines what Arcana you fall under do to your birthdate.

Now, oddly enough, Carl Jung (a famous creator of Analytical psychology) noted that each of the Major Arcana of the Tarot symbolized various overlaying themes within the collective unconscious.

Because of this, I wondered whither or not if people tended to follow the archetype of their “Birth Arcana.”
We, as humans tend to due on of two things:
1. Break away from and fight against the what we think of as “labels” given to us by other people
2. Internalize these concepts and work alongside them as a realistic and feasible side to ourselves.

Think of this test what you will, as all of us display every aspect of the Major Arcana within the span of our lives. The following is the test:

To determine your birth arcana, use the simple formula (month of birth) + (day of birth) + (first two digits of birth year) + (last two digits of birth year), then take the two digits and add them together. If you end up with a three-digit number, then add the first two digits to the third.

For example, using my own birthdate,October 6th, 1987:

Birth Month = 10
Birth Day = 6
First two digits of birth year = 19
Last two digits of birth year = 87

10 + 6 + 19 + 87 = 122, 12 + 2 = 14

Take the result and match it with the appropriate Arcana number. In my case, Arcana XIV is Temperance. Then, take the two digits and add them together for the second card in the pair.

1 + 4 = 5

As a result, my Arcana pairing is Temperance (XIV) and the Hierophant (V).

Also note that if you end up with 19 initially, your Arcana will be a triple set: The Sun, the Wheel of Fortune, and the Magician (19, 10, and 1).

For brief reference, these are the 22 Arcana and their meanings:

0 Fool – Beginning of Life or a Journey/Quest for Power & Knowledge/ Renewal
1 Magician – Path to obtain wisdom/ Self Aware Risk
2 High Priestess – Power over self/ Personal Empowerment
3 Empress – Love, Abundance, Nurturing, Pleasure, Growth.
4 Emperor – advice, Wisdom through Experience, Authority, Grounding
5 Hierophant – Examination of our own beliefs and their importance.
6 The Lovers – Passion, Infatuation, Arousal, Growth of Relationships, Intuition
7 The Chariot – Focus and Drive to accomplish a goal in life/ Struggle and Triumph
8 Justice – Knowledge of vices, voice of your conscience, fair play
9 Hermit – Enlightenment, Wisdom, Deliberate conscious approach
10 Wheel of Fortune – Destiny, Looking at the negative – find the positive.
11 Strength – Control over self and inner being/ Triumph
12 The Hanged Man – Submission to God’s Will/ Living for others
13 Death – A major change on a catastrophic scale; not always bad/ The End
14 Temperance – Wisdom, Patience, Tolerance, confidence/ Moderation
15 The Devil – Sin/ Being held back by one’s personal desires
16 The Tower – Sudden Change, Usually Shocking/ An Awakening
17 The Star – Optimism, Hope, Meaning, Faith in Life
18 The Moon – The sub-conscious, confusion, uncertainty
19 The Sun – Happiness, the waking conscious, clarity
20 Judgment – Fulfillment, Rewards and/or Punishments for past efforts or actions
21 The World – Achievement and Integration, seeing the whole picture.

I think it’s kind of funny that the Arcana of the Main Characters of Persona 3 and 4 are that of the Fool; which is unattainable by this method…

10
Jun
09

One more reason I want to live in Japan…

RX-78_5

What you see here is a 1/1 scale (that’s right, life size) model of the RX-78 Gundam.

Needless to say, I nearly had to change pants when I saw the link to this blog post earlier today on Facebook. The Japanese are so kewl, they find nothing strange about building giant mechs in the middle of a park (I guess its a park; does it matter, it’s a f-ing GUNDAM).

RX-78_4

RX-78_2

There are even more stunning pics of this blessing to mankind over at punynari’s Moe Passion, from which these pics were borrowed, and, man, did this guy take some fantastic shots…

04
May
09

Wire-tapping and My Childhood

This was brought to my attention last week. Thought I’d share.

Your Government Not at Work – Jane Harman Scandal

Obviously, the Rangers were pressuring the government for more ways to protect us poor helpless masses. So what if a few terrorists had to be let off the hook, the Rangers would get them anyway…

Thank you Jon Stewart.