Monday, July 15, 2013

Dubstep Robot Punch

There's a movie that I mentioned a few posts back called Pacific Rim.  I saw it this past Thursday, and felt I should say a piece of two about it, and haven't said anything until now on account of...laziness mostly.

So, Pacific Rim...

The 2013 homage to giant monster films like Godzilla, etc by Guillermo Del Toro, writer/producer/directer.  You may have heard his name associated with movies like Pan's Labyrinth (2006), Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (2010), and Mama (2013) [for a full list of everything he's done EVER, check the IMDB]

One of the main complaints with Del Toro's horror films is that you see too much of the monsters, which makes them less terrifying.  However, this is not the case with Pacific Rim.  In this film, you want want want to see the Kaiju (not to mention that would make for one hell of a weird fight scene if you couldn't see half the fight XD) and you would not be disappointed.  This movie's got Kaiju (Japanese: Giant Monster) coming out of its ears, and each one is unique in their design and the way they fight, making each encounter a completely different experience to the others.

The Jaegers (German: Hunter - the name for the mechs in this universe) are also jaw-droppingly gorgeous, even the Russian Jaeger, looking like a Nuclear Ventilator, was a beautiful thing.

I thought the characters were really well-rounded and compelling, the plot simple enough to follow but complex enough to be engaging, and the fights lasted the perfect amount of time to leave us wanting more (which there was).

All-in-all, Pacific Rim was...just...fantastic.  10/10.  Go see it if you haven't.  Hell, see it again.  I would.

I'll go back to anime now, I promise.

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Lost Christmas in July

The title may be a little squirrely, so I'll make this as simple as possible.



If you know me personally or are from the future and have read my top 10 anime post I plan on making, you know that Guilty Crown is one of my favorite shows ever, probably my single favorite mech show (though that may be debatable since mechs are IN IT, but not really focal).

Guilty Crown has been called the unofficial Code Geass season 3, for good reason.  There are some parts of it that are reminiscent of Code Geass-- Japan being occupied by a foreign power, a military power focused on ground-based robots, etc.

To put it simply, Guilty Crown is a show that I LOVE and I'm super pumped for it being released in the states (shut up and take my money, Funimation!) and WATCH IT!

Guilty Crown is a show from Fall 2011, directed by Tetsuro Araki, whose most notable work to date is Attack on Titan the show that everybody is going nuts about right now.  It was also written by one Hiroyuki Yoshino, the writer of the aforementioned Code Geass

You can preorder the limited edition part 1 of this masterpiece on for $66.99 and part 2 for $44.99, though I have to say I'm a little apprehensive of Funimation's choice of voice actors.  The vast majority of them are names with which I don't readily identify.  On the flip side, I'm also really happy for Funimation for branching out from their routine of throwing the same handful of VAs at every show they get.  So, tip of the hat, but if this turns out to be another fiasco like the guy they cast to voice Gray in Fairy Tail, I'mma shank a bitch!

Do yourself a service and get your hands on Guilty Crown this August (though I'm probably gonna wait for the price to go down some XD)

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Relevant to somebody, I'm sure

So...figurines are a thing, and lots of people are into them.  I'm not one of them, but I thought I'd share this.

A company that makes PVC figurines called Wave has announced that they're going to be putting out figurines of Amy and Bellows, two main characters from Suisei no Gargantia, a series that I realllllllllllly like.

It comes as no surprise that this series is doing well in terms of popularity, but it's still nice to see recognition coming its way :P

Summer 2013 Anime Part III

Now that the summer season is fully upon us, I thought I would at least my promised 3 part post of the upcoming shows before I jump into it.  This part of the summer forecast will be looking into shows that I have literally no inclination to watch and why.

At the top of the list is Ro-Kyuu-Bu SS

The primary reason that I have no desire to watch this is that I, in fact, do not share the sentiment that "elementary school girls are the best".  Damn, Japan.  Just.  Damn.  Secondarily, this is the second installment of an already running series, and it should say something when the fact that a show is in its second season is not the primary reason I won't watch it.  Just sayin'.

The next show that you could not pay me to watch is Love Lab.

Because I need a show full of archetypes like I need a hole in the head.  There's nothing wrong with a show having a character or two that follow one character type or another, but if the synopsis is to be trusted, this show is full of them.  You know what, scratch that, I don't even mind a show having a cast of characters that cover the entire spectrum of archetypes (Negima! has a cast so big that I think they had some overlap before it was all over), but I will never be into a show whose singular focus is that.

And last, but certainly not least, we have Silver Spoon.

In case you've never heard the phrase, "being born with a silver spoon in your mouth" means being born into a life of privilege, and is where the title comes from.  I don't think there's anything more I really need to say about this other than read the synopsis.  Oh, you know what, I think I got something.  I think the money from Fullmetal Alchemist ran out (unlikely, but by lookin' at Greed squattin' in the corner there, I think this is the same creator). Anyways, much as I loved Fullmetal Alchemist and Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood, this really...really does not interest me.

In the immortal words of Hooper in Jaws - "I don't need any of this working class hero crap!"