Archive | January, 2013

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Let’s Have a Hamfest!

Posted on 29 January 2013 by VinnieAve

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The Last Starfighter

Posted on 23 January 2013 by VinnieAve

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Best of 2012 Part II

Posted on 16 January 2013 by VinnieAve

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Determine DM’s Fate

Posted on 15 January 2013 by VinnieAve

So for 2013 I will be pick works that feature elements of space. While some of what I picked last year included space travel, this year I want to do a bit of a survey of space. To start this year off right I want to give you our readers and listeners a chance to choose what DM will be subjected to watching. To start off the first 3 choices are

  • Star Blazers Season 1- The classic anime that started American anime fandom, and still holds a place the hearts of men.
  • Cosmos: A Personal Voyage – The classic documentary series by Carl Sagan that inspired so many to go into science.
  • Cowboy Bebop- Possibly the best anime from the 1990s or all time depending on who you talk to

Just leave a comment to vote, also please be honest, don’t vote more than once. You have until I finish reading It.

 

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World’s Greatest Criminals Final Part: The Castle of Cagliostro

Posted on 14 January 2013 by VinnieAve

Vinnie’s Introduction

We’ve seen Golgo 13, we’ve seen Black Jack: The Movie, and now we finish off with probably the best of this series (not saying that any of the three should be missed). This film is possibly the most widely known Lupin III property in the United States (the only one that could beat it is Lupin III Series 2). This film was directed by the only anime director who could be considered a household name (even this is a stretch) Hayao Miyazaki, in fact this is his film directorial debut, having worked in television before this.

Lupin III is one of the most enduring anime franchises to exist with many different styles of character story ranging from family friendly (this being one of the best examples) to violent action with a good pile of sex thrown in (Lupin III: A Woman Called Fujiko Mine is an example, as are the first few episodes of Lupin III Series 1). Like Black Jack this was not first exposure to the Lupin III franchise (Lupin III Series 2 was, in case you were wondering), but this movie is a great introduction to the character and some of major tropes of Lupin III. All the core characters are there playing their usual roles. There is a decent amount of action but the film is without a doubt a film by Hayao Miyazaki. The visual elements are all his as is the story if only from his love of Mediterranean Europe. Also this is one of my favorite of his films, it doesn’t have an overbearing message like many of his others but it still has the fun spirit that make him so well known.

DM’s Take

OK so the wrap to Vincenzo’s BABG is the best of the lot.  Lupin the third is funny, adventurous, and entertaining as all hell.  The characters were fun and endearing, with even the bad guys being wonderful in a strongly clichéd way.  The voice acting was really quite good.  The voices seemed well paired to the characters, which my BABG journey has proven is not always the case (Vinnie note: DM watched the Manga Video dub, the one you get on either DVD).  Finally, the animation fit very well with the hijinks style of story that the movie told.

Even with the sense of there being a large Lupin the third back story, the movie was surprisingly easy to get into.  I highly recommend it to anyone who has not delved into this particular character and I will certainly be looking for more Lupin the Third!

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Star Wars: A Comic Book Return to Where it Started

Posted on 09 January 2013 by VinnieAve

I realize that I have yet to talk about the recent Disney purchase of Lucasfilm, so I will be addressing some of that topic in this review of the new comic simple titled Star Wars. There are long been Star Wars comics, but this is first time I was even vaguely excited by one. Until know they all dealt with characters I didn’t know or time periods that were way off from what I knew and loved. This time it’s different, this time were are in 0 ABY. To take that out of nerdy, right after A New Hope takes place.

This comic is not really a story in and of itself, it feels much more like a prologue to what could be a decent tale. We start with Luke, Leia and Wedge going out and trying to find a new base for the rebellion, they got shot down by Imperials, meanwhile Darth Vader is sent off on some mission. Nothing really great or interesting happens, until the end that is. Mon Mothma decides to call Leia in and tell her there is a spy on in the Rebellion. This gives me hope for better issues in the coming months.

I don’t know if other people have this problem but the cool thing about Leia is not that she is an action hero but that she is competent political leader. This comic decides she is going to more of an action hero and the end suggests she is going to be a spy not a political leader like she was before the destruction of Alderaan. The strong action hero is a trope that is played out too much. I would love to see a Leia heavy that focuses on treaty negotiation and have the other characters like Luke and Han focus on espionage. I would like a see a good space political drama somewhere at this point, TV has failed me, anime has failed me in recent year, I look to you comics to do this.

I said I would give a few words on the state of Star Wars as I see it. This is of course of comic from a franchise that is now owned by the same people who own Marvel. I don’t know how many more Dark Horse Star Wars titles we will see. That being said (and keeping in mind that Fantasy Flight’s Star Wars RPG is taking place in the same period) I think there might be some guiding hand pushing works toward the time period that made many of us fans. I think that for those two media but any new films cannot be treading the same ground those have to go new places with new characters, or else it will just be a celebration of us, not a welcoming party for the newest class of Star Wars fans like it should be.

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Best of 2012 Part 1

Posted on 05 January 2013 by VinnieAve

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