After 8 issues it’s finally here: the conclusion of the first arc of Action Comics. Everything has culminated in a final showdown between Superman and Brainiac. As my long-time readers will no doubt know, I’ve been a big fan of this series since its revamp. Did the first arc finish out on a high note?
Alright, so this week I’ll be covering the spring anime season. Not everything, just what I’m watching. Though that’s more than I expected, it seems. Anyway, not everything I’m watching has aired yet, so I won’t offer too much on those shows, but I’ve watched the first episode on everything I wanted to watch that’s out, so I’ll mention what I think about those. Well, without further ado, let’s go~
Hey guys, in lieu of a Weekend Webcomic Review (Cause uhhh Easter is upon us; which means I am needed in the kitchen in a little bit *Sob*) here is a quick bite of some Food for Thought!
Now while there are the “big names” in the animation industry — I’m thinking of companies along the lines of Disney Animation Studios, Pixar, Studio Ghibli and the like — that are known for their high quality work, we also have our other animation studios that more or less try to compete with the creme de la creme. The biggest one that comes to mind is Dreamworks, known for its uh… let’s call them “joke” films, the type of films that have many sequel, especially if they become popular enough for the Dreamworks circle to try and milk for all its worth. I mean, why else are there numerous Shreks and Madagascars? Not to say that those films are bad, but over the years Dreamworks has gained the reputation for churning out films that are not necessarily blockbuster hits…
But in the wake of countless Shrek sequels, Dreamworks has produced some quality, artistic films, such as How to Train Your Dragon that hit it big a few years back. This winter Dreamworks is aiming to hit it big again, following in this year’s trend of re-imagining classic fairy tales (Into hip and dark and edgy stories) with their up-coming film: Rise of the Guardians.
Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it. Forget politics, apparently, this is one lesson the entertainment industry needs to learn.
Springboarding off Fenrir’s post, the resident Pokemon “expert” will lend his opinion. Okay, so you’ve got feudal era Japan and Pokemon together; how is this not a recipe for awesome? Koei and Game Freak team up to bring one tactical RPG to another RPG of great strategy. The only thing that could make this game better would be a hack-n-slash with horse-kicking (or I guess Rapidash for this case) action. It’s over the top, it’s campy, and…it’s a huge hook for an unlikely crowd.
Since there’s going to be an epic showdown between Star Trek and Star Wars in the coming week, I figured it might be a good time to review a Star Trek movie. But not Wrath of Khan, nor Undiscovered Country, and none of the next generation stuff. No, today, we’re going to talk about the one Star Trek movie that should have been a catastrophe and wound up somehow being one of the greatest Star Trek films AND grabbed a lot of non-Trekkie and causal fans as well. Doesn’t get much more successful than that.
This week on Manic Movie Magic we’re going to look at the environmentally-conscious Leonard-Nimoy-directed Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home