I watched the last couple episodes of the anime series GANTZ today. And, as I expected, they didn't explain anything. I felt a little let down that the idea posed throughout the series weren't as mind-blowing as I expected them to be, and I'm left a little let down and a lot confused. Ok, I'll admit there is a change that I just missed something or didn't get it. So be my guest, go ahead - please explain if you've seen it (or if you can give additional information about the manga...) Come on would someone like to explain?!
One movie I'm really excited to see is Imagi's "Astro Boy." I really love Astro Boy and used to watch the cartoons as a kid. Now as a man-child I am reading the Mangas and playing the Nintendo Gameboy Advance game - I think the trailers look great, and although the imdb rating is pretty low, it doesn't bother me one bit, because I really like the TMNT from Imagi and I think this one will be equally good. They've also got a couple big name actors doing the voices like Bill Nighy, Samuel L. Jackson, Charlize Theron, Donald Sutherland and Nicolas Cage. Also, just as a side note for you anime otaku's: Imagi studios is also bringing out Gatchaman! Check their webpage for more info!
Check out the trailer! (don't know when it will be released in Germany *weep*)
Astro Boy was created by Osamu Tezuka (who is often referred to as the "Godfather of Anime") and aired as the first anime cartoon on Japanese television in 1963! And it had already been a manga since 1952! Maybe "Grandfather of Anime" would be a better title - it was remade the 80s (thats the one most of us know...) So give this one a little respect and check it out if its playing near you (I promise it will be better than "2012."
I'm really disappointed in myself lately, not having posted anything in a while - and not getting around to the meaty posts that I had planned. You see, I wanted to give my two cents about the summer movies that I've seen (especially Terminator Salvation, Transformers 2, Inglorious Basterds and District 9) and then also my opinion on what I saw in those 15min or so of James Cameron's Avatar on Avatar Day, plus a little something about the 4 hour or more epic Ché that I got on DVD in England...And that's just the movie stuff, don't get me started on the gaming-world. I'm also currently watching GANTZ and Samurai 7, as well as Batman the animated Series Vol. 3 and the IT-Crowd. So, you get the point...
But you see, there have been alot of changes to deal with lately, and I'm not just talking about the weather (by the way, what IS up with the weather, its all warm one week and then no less than 14 days later we are looking at getting SNOW!) But in the meantime I've moved homes (see the first picture, that's our new front yard) and gotten ourselves two tiny kittens (see picture #2. thats 'Commander Shepard' getting a little R&R - the other is named 'Danger 101').
The kittens are rad - though since they are so young they need tons of attention and policing. They are just now understanding the idea behind the kitty litter and have stopped leaving little surprises for us in the corners of our living room (where they are currently quarantined) they pretty much eat, then play and fight like wild banshees and then spin themselves into a ball and sleep (usually right on top of one another). I'll have to upload some pictures so that you get a better idea.
So we are very busy, cleaning up after our new 'babies' and trying to find time to unpack our new box-filled apartment.
I just started playing this game and I'm loving it. It's a great mix between puzzler and jump-and-run. It's the kind of quirky mix that I expect from a Japanese software house but I was surprised to see the EA logo pop-up at the beginning. (It's especially "japanese" went he transforms into his knight suit) It's got good humour too: the hero is a monoclue wearing, bowler dotting, tea drinking stuffy old british gentleman. And despite its colourful and very "kiddy" looking cover, this is one tough game!
Astro Boy - Omega Factor (Nintendo Gameboy Advance)
A really cool action game, its Astro boy! I'm finding it really tough so far (a bit too unforgiving!) but the levels are as different and strange as the enemy robots from the manga - And hey its Astro boy, so its just so rad. You meet new characters to upgrade your "soul" (different attack meters, and your life meter) - so there's a slight difference to most side scrolling jump-and-run/action games and, although Im not that far, I think its not completely linear; I met one character the first time, and then because I died and went back, I took a different way, and it seems I'll never meet that other character actually: Awesome (thats something Id really like to see from the NEW SUPER MARIO BROS. WII.
Puzzle Quest (Xbox 360)
A wicked game. I don't know why I didnt check it out sooner. It was on sale for 50% off on Xbox Live, so that comes out to about 5€ (400microsoftpoints). It's really not that much at all. The game is wild. It's bejeweled meets classic RPG. Instead of fighting monsters with swords, you fight through the bejeweled game - gaining mana by connecting at least 3 jewels of the same colour, gaining XP by connecting 3 or more XP-stars, and you damage your opponent by connecting a minimum of 3 skulls (although i think they look more like the heads of the aliens from DISTRICT 9....) Along the way, (and this is the wild part) you get spells that allow different moves and skills during the bejeweled-style battle. Plus you can get items that make you stronger, you level-up and actually become stronger and you can even build your own castle (with dungeons and towers and stables) that will allow you to capture your enemies and learn their spells, train a mount, forge new items and further customizing your character...oh me oh my...
Yesterday was the last day of my (and my wife's) Easter holidays. But it wasn't all bad, thanks to a surprise from my wife : she dragged me to the Japanese film festival here in Leipzig at the naTo. I love animation, and I especially enjoy Japanese animation so it was perfect since the film was 'Genius Party' - a collection of short films from Studio 4°C the studio that made 'Tekkon Kinkreet'.
It included seven stories, or abstracts from seven different directors; "Genius Party" - Atsuko Fukushima, "Shanghai Dragon" by Shoji Kawamori, "Deathtic 4" by Shinji Kimura, "Doorbell" from Yoji Fukuyama, "Limit Cycle" by Hideki Futamura, "Happy Machine" by Masaaki Yuasa, "Baby Blue" Shinichiro Watanabe (who's known for directing the series' Cowboy Bebop and Samurai Champloo.)
What I found the most amazing, is that the animation was all top-notch. Despite it being a small collection or "art" films, there's nothing to scoff at here - it honestly blew me away.
I found "Limit Cycle" was especially stunning, with an amazing style, albeit confusing trying to read german subtitles with such philosophical complexity at that speed. Ill have to watch it again.
Aynways it was a nice surprise, 85min or escapism. If you are interested in animation at all you should really check these out.