Ghost in the Shell – Live Action (Adaptation)

So I got to see the ghost in the shell live action movie. It is not as bad as everyone ranted about. I will say being a fan of the Manga/Anime franchise, this was not a bad adaptation. I will say that I think there were a few issues that they could should have done instead. Everyone speaking one language for consistency they had “Beat” Takeshi Kitano as Chief Daisuke Aramaki and he was speaking Japanese the entire time. It does throw things off a bit when there is a language switch off/on from time to time, that was something that kind of bugged me as a fan.

 

 

I like the way it does combine, the three movie storylines into one story arc, with a clean clear ending. I was a bit saddened they did not change the ending with a twist this time with project 2517/Kuze being restored, joining section 9 or some other twist. There were other cool moves added from in gits – innocence, the relation between Motoko and Kuze which was a bit unexpected but well received by me at least.  I am not sure if the origins between The Major and Batou were ever addressed originally, and how he got his implants but this movie really did a great a job with showing the audience how Batou got his cyber vision replacements.  Who else liked or disliked the movie?

 

I think the whole “whitewashing” bitching and moaning was rather overdone and it is a matter of opinion when it comes to retells or alternate versions of a Fave Fandom.  This one is no different, it just could have been looked at in a impartial view, but as all things we know that could not and would not happen.  Next review will be DeathNote Live Action and then on to Full Metal Alchemist Live.  Oh and hopefully the Bleach live action will be as cool as some of the other productions that have been brought into a live action edition.

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New Gundam being placed at Tokyo Diver Shopping District

So currently it seems, the first assembly of the upper body of the Unicorn RX 0 Gundam is being fastened down and secured as well as the right arm assembly, at the Tokyo Diver Shopping District where the Former RX-78 2 Gundam which had been guarding that shopping sector for a number of recent years has been removed for fittings and new hardware installations and upgrades.

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While the RX 0 will takes its place for the time being. and thanks to #moneyrighteousness of website #GameOver and @Yutori_custom ‘s twitter feed for providing such excellent photos of the new RX-0 Unicorn Gundam taking its place as the new guardian of the Japanese Shopping District #TokyoDiverPlaza . Also Please stayed tuned as This month we will be pod-casting again, and will have Video Footage from our own #DavidTrehame on Location in Tokyo! Enjoy the Slideshow of the Both the RX 78-2 & The RX 0 Gundams. And thanks to

Yasuhiro Suzuki  for informing us  about this.

And of course Feedback and Comments/Questions are welcome.

Salt Lake Comic-Con VS San Diego Comic-Con International

So, this is still going on?  San Diego Comicon actually went to the length to attempt to issue a gag order on Salt Lake Comic-con? Really? Seriously? Why is SDCC so butt hurt over this? Money? Popularity? I don’t get it.  I used to live in San Diego, went to SDCC quite a number of times as an Attendee and as a Volunteer and at that time Tickets were about Forty Dollars for the 4 day Event which is reasonable for late 80’s early 90’s and there were not VIP or Gold passes it was either you were a Dealer or an Attendee. Now I get it, revenue building opportunities I get it. Both sides offer some pretty cool deals for the what you get  but the best times to get the deals is went the events are closed and prepping for next year’s event which is usually 2 months or so after said events end.

 

I’ve been researching as well on this a little byte ( 😀 ) and I can’t believe this but from what I have seen and such, it seems SDCC is really about being butthurt because a Comic-con other than San Diego is getting more exposure, coverage and positive PR press and due to the lawsuit SDCC files because of it are now being mocked.

“It is appropriate, however, to impose greater restrictions on the free speech rights of trial participants (such as parties and their attorneys) than on the rights of nonparticipants. Levine, 764 F.2d at 595. As the Ninth Circuit noted when considering a district court’s order restricting statements of trial participants, “several other courts have considered similar restraining orders. The overwhelming majority of those courts have upheld the restraining orders.” Id. at 596 (citing numerous cases in which restraining order on trial participants were upheld).”

 

Well, all I can say is you asked for it. You threw a pissy whiny hissy fit because *again* it was not the center of attention in the “media” circle of the fandoms and related ilk. I will also stand with my statement and belief that if San Diego Comic-con is not going to stand down walk away and lick it’s wounds and try to become a better event again  but currently with this whole gag order stunt.

 

Accordingly, the district court’s order may be upheld only if the government establishes that:

  1. the activity restrained poses either a clear and present danger or a serious and imminent threat to a protected competing interest
  2. the order is narrowly drawn
  3. less restrictive alternatives are not available

 

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Could also sanction their legal team for a frivolous, meritless case, let alone what if New York Comic-con decided to throw their hat in the ring? Because New York Comic-con started it in 1964 if we’re going to do dates and such.  With that being said it’s my opinion that the other global or otherwise known as “international” Comic-cons or other wise. But you know what? Go to http://saltlakecomiccon.com/san-diego-comic-con-intl-v-salt-lake-comic-con/  and check up on it yourselves, form your own opinions, post up if you’d like as well. Would love to read your opinions, good bad or otherwise.

 

 

 

Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch – Review

Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch is a wonderful JRPG created by Level-5 which features a lot of art and animation from Studio Ghibli, the same company responsible for the wonderful Hayao Miyazaki films that we all know and love.

This game’s lead character, who is from a city that is analogous to Detroit from the 50’s, called Motorville.  Anyone paying attention and knows Detroit’s history can make this connection.

Gameplay: The game is enjoyable to play, however there seems to be a bit too much hand holding for my liking.  At one point they show you some script which you can translate, and it was a pleasure to take the effort with paper and pencil to do the translation, but after you are done, they kinda ruin it for you by telling you what it said anyway.  Then there is the fact that they put stars on a map to where you have to go.  This makes the game a bit too easy.

Combat: Combat it pretty standard…  until you realize it that it becomes a bit like Pokemon where you have to catch the familiars and you find yourself wanting to catch them all.

Translation: Being a JRPG, this game of course originated from Japanese, and it is a joy to listen to the game spoken in Japanese and turn on the English subtitles, until you start to notice that there is a major disconnect between the languages.  What they are saying isn’t matching up with the subtitles.  Then you realize that the subtitles are actually captioning for the English version, and not a translation of the Japanese version.  It is understandable that there is some required dialogue rewrites as some things don’t translate very well, but there are some really head scratching moments.  They change the names between the Japanese and English versions.  It’s not like the name differences are Japanese to English names.  They are English names in both versions.  Mark becomes Phillip. This is by no means is a game breaker, but I find odd and a little disappointing.

Vocals: One final thing that bothers me is that despite that we are in the era of the Blu-ray disks, there are many points in the game where they stop with the vocals and just go with text dialogue. Are they still scrapping for space that they have to sacrifice vocal tracks?

Story & Art: The Story and art are by far the best parts of the game.  The visuals are very nice and pleasant.  You couldn’t expect any less from Studio Ghibli.

Overall I would like to give it a better grade, but I think I would give it a solid B.

The Passing of another Voice silenced by Death

Anime/Videogame Seiyuu and singer Miyu Matsuki passed away at the age of 38 on October 27 and we’re now only being informed of it earlier today. The cause of death was due from what is being reported as an battle she had been fighting with pneumonia since mid July 2015. This has come to quite a shock to her fellow voice actors and actresses as seen from twitter here. as well as fans across the globe. She is known for her work in such animes as Shimoneta as Anna, Nyaruko, and in Video Game Greats like Tales of Zestiria as Laileah and Atelier Iris 3.

This is yet another voice taken from us to the heavens. Rest in peace knowing you brought fun and happiness into people who admired your work Miyu Matsuki. The Funeral services are being restricted to family only. Our hearts and condolences from this Podcast site go to her family and fans.

Movie and Video Game Illustrator and Artist Noriyoshi Orai Passes Away age:79

Hello Fellow Anime Fans and Bloggers,

It is with a heavy heart that this person was just handed some deeply tragic news. Noriyoshi Orai has passed away Noriyoshi Orai is known for his creative artwork and stylings in the Cinema and Video Game Media Industry with works from Star Wars and Godzilla to Metal Gear Solid and other Video game titles. He lost his life with a serious battle of pneumonia at the age of 79, still too young to be taken from a world that loves his creativity.

He is survived by his wife Yasuko; he will be missed and remembered not only as an Artist and illustrator, but as a loving husband and human being. Here are some examples of his art work and I hope you will enjoy them as much as this blogger does as well.

https://vimeo.com/103396200

Steve L Reporting

Season 9 of Dr. Who -update-

Ok so, comment below is a #DoctorWho SPOILER in the sense that everyone knew it was going to happen anyway. This will be announced thru different media channels of course such as commercials/printed promos when they start airing, so this is excellent news in my opinion and can’t wait to see them in early summer (That’s my assumption of it though.)

http://www.denofgeek.us/tv/doctor-who/242720/doctor-who-season-9-news-michelle-gomez-returns

UNREAL TOURNAMENT DEATHMATCH UE4 Video Footage! (And an update on our UE4 Project)

Hey, and how-do! It looks like we got some really cool news last night. Unreal Tournament is back in livid Unreal 4 Code and Color! These coders, modelers, texture artists and testers have gone through some extreme coding and programming on getting us the gamers UT4 DM! Here is some Video Footage of this awesome team testing out that with is fresh start from a still thriving game. Bruce and I have been quite busy with our own lives and we haven’t had any time for our own project on UE4.

However, we now have a Character concept Artist who is quite creative and talented and is currently working on her degree and wanting to get into the game development field and being a fellow cosplayer involved with The Utah Deadpool Corp we knew she was prefect for our project and with alos being local is a added plus, Ms. Dani Powers has done quite a number of her own characters, she has a particular hobby/obsession with Deadpool and who can blame her! Wade is the awesome Antihero and he is let’s be honest here he’s gone thru some serious traumatic redemption trials he deserves slack and benefit of the doubt. We very excited to see the characters given a fresh reboot look for UE4, so stick around watch not only The Cybernauts Podcast, but Team Jade Phoenix as well with our new Concept artist Dani *DeadPool* Powers!

Stay tuned we will be back in June to kick off our Anime Summer Series review!

LUPIN The 3rd GOES LIVE !

Lupin the Third live-action film officially announced

40 years have passed and now finally the fans voices have been heard and answered there is a new live-action Lupin film in progress.

Director Lead is being taken by Ryuhei Kitamura, known for his work in directing the over-the-top zombie splatterfest versus and the over-the-top Godzilla Movie: Final Wars.

Lupin trivia time: what’s the first Lupin the Third feature film?

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Ok I’ll give ya the answer: It is a 1974 Live Action Movie Strange Psychokinetic Energy Starring Yuki Meguro as Lupin.

Set  as the characters is a full set of some of the most awesome talents in the Japanese film industry : Tetsuji Tamayama will play Jigen,  we have Ayano Go will be in the role of Goemon Swordsman , and the beautiful and sexy Meisa Kuroki will be assuming  the role of Fujiko Mine.  THEN Lupin himself will be played by 33-year-old Cult Favorite Shun Oguri, Tadanobu Asano as Lupin’s arch-nemesis and comrade in arms in certain situations police Inspector Zenigata.

Live-action manga/anime adaptations at times have us groaning or trolling, but this is an top of the line cast and crew, and personally I want to see Asano’s take on Inspector Zenigata, and I can place danger money on therapy for myself if he doesn’t do an over the top performance on this role.

Doctor Who 50th Anniversary After Show Podcast

Ok people tell me that wasn’t something absolutely brilliant! Took me by surprise, and then and THEN a few twisty curves around he bends as well. So it does seem however that this may also mean that , Peter Capaldi will be the 13th Doctor rather than the 12th that everyone was under the impression of with the revelation that John hurt was actually supposed to be the 9th Doctor, the “Warrior” Doctor. Billie Piper being involved as the weapon’s conscience was a bit of surprise as well, I know I was taken back a bit when she showed up as a Telepathic projection to the 9th Doctor. Zygons?  Really? I hadn’t heard that name since 2010 in Sarah Jane’s Adventures one of Russell T Davies works.

But yea, we’re also discussing Battlefield 4 and the fact that EA couldn’t stand to see Call of Duty get the 1st Spot as far as release date was concerned and it bit them in the ass for it as well. Bruce will be discussing the OH so awesomeness of doing some of the work that EA’s Dev team for BF4 should have been doing as far as the graphics and net code or lack of net code I should say. When you shoot someone in game you shouldn’t walk around the corner when you think the person is dead and then opps! You drop dead instead because the other person saw you ran around popped one off in your head 2 minutes ago.  Yea, that’s really fair EA, you guys are going to hit SO big with BF4 and all. (I am rolling my eyes while saying that.)