There has been a lot of news that Toonami is coming back. I’m happy at the idea of Toonami coming back but honestly not the shows that I watched coming back. Admittedly, they haven’t quite announced what will be showing but everyone seems to think it will be the shows that got them into anime back in the day. I liked those shows then, I still like some of them now but I don’t want them back on TV as soon as Toonami relaunches. I want to see new shows that don’t have the huge fanbase yet. Toonami is what got people into anime in the early-2000s. Those people now can buy the shows they saw back then. Toonami shouldn’t be a nostalgia block, but the same spirit it was back when I watched it. Show kids cool cartoons from around the world that will make them anime fans. Fandom needs that new blood like a vampire seeks virgins. The longer it goes without the sooner it becomes a filled with cranky old men talking about how great Tobor the Eighth Man was (I still need to watch that).
Don’t put Dragon Ball Z back on but instead put Tiger & Bunny. Don’t put Gundam Wing back on but try a new mecha show. Take some risks Occult Academy was fun (sadly, not getting a dub). Hopefully if Toonami is back that means that there will be less moe shows liscenced and more action/mecha shows coming over to go on TV. Toonami shouldn’t become the old people block (in this case being people around my young age) but should be still for those kids who aren’t getting cool cartoons from Japan, hell maybe they could try-out some French cartoons like TimeJammers or Wak-fu. I look forward to seeing what Toonami brings, hopefully its more people who can be molded into intense superfans, reading manga about Hitler (coming soon from Vertical, Inc.)
Sadly, I doubt this will be what happens given that the official hashtag is Toonamiisbackbitches. This is aimed at the twitter using and facebook living people of my generation. We’ll be entertained and there might be a few new converts but this isn’t what the industry or the fandom needs rights now.
So Google has been working on making a driverless car for a long time. I am sure you’ve seen some of the very impressive videos in the past. However, now there is an officially licensed car that is driverless. This is the first step to ending a world of car accidents and unnecessary deaths on the road. The motorist will be a sportsman like the jockey is now. I honestly think there will be a push in the future to a world where driving is a minor skill that few have. That won’t be for a long time but it will happen. It will start off as a luxury but I think very quickly that as more and more people use them that states will realize that robot cars are a safety need, like a seat-belt. I also fear that in the first few years will see resistance with every accident reported, like how every plane crash is. However, I think that people will have to get used to cars that follow the rules of the road, speeding will be out of the program. Or would there be speeding, how would a car understand going with the flow of traffic, I expect that the early models will be limited to the speed limit since those are going to be sharing the road with people but as time goes on it will follow a few simple rules: get to the destination, stay on the roads, get there as fast as possible, and don’t kill the person inside of you or hit anything. The real test will be on the east coast Megalopolis. The sooner that robo cars take over the better off we are. I welcome our overlords in their mighty Googleplex and there robotic minions. I also would like to remind Google to program the 3 Laws in everything you do.
This ad appeared in a comic shop in Florida and will be distributed at Megacon. Now, this was not designed by DC however, it was approved and funded by them. While its bad that a comic book store would do since it might alienate customers and prevent some new people from coming in, its even worse for a giant in the comics industry is attacking the small fries in the industry. I know that some of you might say that I thought it was cool that IDW was doing a similar promotion with 30 Days of Night and Twilight but that was a smaller franchise attacking a bigger one. Continue Reading
I am going to keep this brief since there isn’t too much to say.
Late last week it was announced the 20th Century Fox was developing a film adaptation of Isaac Asimov’s Caves of Steel . This is big news for the science fiction fandom. There is not been a particularly good adaptation of an Asimov work in my lifetime, I, Robot was a film unrelated to the book and Bicentennial Man wasn’t really that impressive. Even with both of these dark spots on his works being adapted to the big screen I still have hope. Part of this is due to the nature of the conversion, I, Robot is a collection of unrelated short stories and Bicentennial Man is a novella about a robot trying to be human, but this is a generally boring story. The difference is that Caves of Steel is a detective novel, with a bit of a sci-fi twist.
I think that there is enough material to make a good movie. I think that people will enjoy a traditional detective film in the light of The Maltese Falcon or The Big Sleep. It could easily be turned into a generic action movie with only a minor resemblance to the original work. My hope is that this is not going to be the case. I also realize that this will most likely not happen, no film based on Caves of Steel will be made into film.
Rarely do I rush to write an article but I want to see this get to 500 views before tomorrow. Mike Toole put this challenge to twitter to get this to 500 views. I will try to use the mighty readership of All Geeks Considered to get it there (hahaha). Here’s the video now watch it my stupid comments will follow.
This is one of the brilliant little things that come out of the internet every so often. This home made music video about a knock-off toy, in this case Robot King which is a Chinese version of Mobile Suit Double Zeta Gundam. This is not professionally done or anything but the amount of creativity and love required to make this video goes beyond anything I could imagine. Anyone can just post a picture or a video of a knock-off they found at a store but no this is something else. A song was written and sung to describe the greatness of Robot King. I have to say this toy will now be hugely popular and everyone will want Robot King. Mike Toole is one of the great pillars of anime fan community. If this is any indication of his talent, I encourage everyone to go to his panels at conventions (Dubs that Time Forgot is one but there are many others that are different at every convention) but also read The Mike Toole Show. ROBOT KING!