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Dee-lightfully yours…

August 27, 2008

In lieu of pondering doing a Bleach review like my Naruto one, or wondering which new anime series to watch (currently I’m re-watching Samurai Champloo), I didn’t want to leave the blog entry-less until I figured out what to do review-wise.

So… I decided to personalize, just a bit.

Yes, this will probably get the least read statistics when I’m looking over the blog, but no matter. We’ve always got to start somewhere.

Anyways, I’m currently reading the Maha Go Go Go manga [Japanese comics, and BTW, pronounced MAN (with the A like in mama) – GA (same thing as before with the A). If I hear one more person call it meingaa (like kanga)…..], which has done nothing to help with the wait for the Speed Racer DVD release. I suppose I could watch the old series again. (Well, the manga and the soundtrack. Good soundtrack, by the way.)

I’ve also tried to take up knitting. Yeah, I know, sounds totally dorky, but after I saw this Wonder Woman sweater, well, I imagined the possibilities. This is obviously something incredibly advanced, so I’m working on a beanie. Knitting is fun and it does look cool rather quickly, however the biggest problem I have with it is the time it takes. It makes me wonder how we as the world survived before textile factories…

I’m also in the midst of finishing off Doctor Who: Series 2. It took me a lot longer than I had thought to warm up to David Tennant. It’s not that I don’t like him as an actor, it’s that I found myself wishing for the Eccleston days. There may be a part of me that always misses that Doctor, but Tennant has solidified himself as far as I’m concerned. I’m hooked.

And believe it or not, yours truly is stressing over an upcoming kung fu test. My master is from Taiwan, so he doesn’t subscribe to any kind of belt system. We have three levels: teacher, disciple, and master. (I often explain it as starting off as a padawan, then jedi, jedi knight, and jedi master.) So I’m looking to leave my padawan status and become a jedi–teacher. The toughest thing right now isn’t necessarily the forms but the other parts, like holding the horse stance for two minutes and other proof of flexibility and strength requirements. *sigh* It makes me wish I’d done this as a kid, it’d be easier now. πŸ˜‰

Lastly I want to recommend a website, I mean, since this is a blog about animation stuffs. This is my manga avatar I designed at Faceyourmanga.com. Contrary to what it says on the front, you don’t have to pay anything to get at least an avatar appropriate sized copy of your avatar. (And if you’ve got skills with Illustrator, getting a hi-rez version should be no problem). Head on over and see what you come up with.

So, that’s what’s happening currently in Dee world. (And only a few weeks to go for Speed Racer DVD, Avatar Book 3 DVD, and Pushing Daisies Season One DVD).

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*Comic-Con: Day Two (July 25)

July 30, 2008

11:00-12:00 Print The Legend: Mike Grell and Mark Ryan

I went to this forum to make sure I was in for Samurai Girl later, and although they had some interesting stories to tell, I wish I’d gone to Powerpuff Girls 10th Anniversary and Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends. Anyways, they’ve got a website of free daily comics and are currently working on their new graphic novel, The Pilgrim. Anyways, there wasn’t much of anything for concept art or anything at the forum, but his art is interesting, so I’ll probably check it out.

?? (??), ?? (?? aka Samura Girl), and ?? (??)

Cast members: Brendan Fehr (Jake Stanton), Jamie Chung (Heaven aka Samurai Girl), and Stacy Keibler (Karen)

12:00-1:00 ABC Family: Samurai Girl

This is just going to be a miniseries for now, three days of 2 hour programs on ABC Family. The preview looked sort of interesting, but having studied a little martial arts myself, at least from the preview her sword handling looked weak. Granted, a lot of it was from the training stages, but I guess it also bugs that instead of an Asian guy teaching her the sword (like in the books) it’s some random white dude who’s supposed to be an ex-Yakuza. *sigh*

To be quite honest it was a little disappointing, and I’ll probably check it out when it comes to Netflix or watch it online.

Eepy Bird creators

Eepy Bird creators

What was a little entertaining was to find out the guys from Eepybird.com (the diet coke and mentos bellagio fountainesque show) are doing another video, this time with stickie notes. They showed a little preview of it, and I don’t know that I’d watch ABC Family that night just for that, but I’m sure it’ll be another fun internet video to pass around. (Said preview available on their website).

1:45-2:45 Ghostbusters: The Video Game

After Samurai Girl I headed over to check out this awesome upcoming game, but very sadly…. canceled. 😦

1:45-2:45 Entertainment Weekly’s The Visionaries: Showrunners

So with nothing better to do, and since I wanted to get in for forums later, I headed over to room 6CDEF. The time in my head must have been messed up, because for some reason I thought this was already the World of Warcraft panel. It was a pleasant surprise to realize what it truly was (and despite being wrapped around the other side of the room, I got in). The Comic-Con guide description:

Carlton Cuse (Lost), Damon Lindelof (Lost), Josh Schwartz (Chuck, Gossip Girl), Bryan Fuller (Pushing Daisies), and Josh Friedman (Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles) are the television producers who are changing the face of television with deeply immersive entertainments marked by distinctive, cutting edge storytelling. They have also been at the forefront of bringing “genre programming” or “cult TV” to the mainstream. Prepare for a candid conversation about creative integrity in a commercial medium and the future of broadcast TV in an increasingly digital world. Spoiler Alert! Upcoming plot developments may be teased. Moderated by Entertainment Weekly senior writer Jeff Jensen.

It was a lot of fun to hear the creators talk about where they got their ideas, but most of them spouted plentiful amounts of thanks to fans. (Yay to us!) Of course, they wouldn’t disclose where the island was on Lost they were lost on–though they did ask fans where they thought a good place for the island to be would be. πŸ˜‰

I’m also a Bryan Fuller fan, and one fan asked him why he went from basically the darkness and death of Dead Like Me to a surreal bubblegum happy world of Pushing Daisies. He said the idea for Pushing Daisies occurred to him while producing Dead Like Me. He thought a character who could bring people back to life might be interesting in kind of messing up George’s job. When asked if George might do a cross over on Pushing Daisies, he said he thought it would be interesting, but wanted to keep his piemaker the only one with special powers for now.

3:00-4:00 World of Warcraft

There wasn’t a lot of talk about online gaming–just a brief mention of the dark knights and upcoming expansion. Mostly this forum was about the other games (board games or something) and some sweet looking collector’s figures. They’ve decided to do a WOW monsters focus, and included were murlocs (sp?), hydras, the swamp elementals (can’t remember the name), and a few mini-bosses. So if you’re into that sort of stuff, look forward to that.

Other than that, just a pass the time forum.

4:15-5:15 Spotlight on Jim Butcher

I have to shamefully admit, I didn’t have any idea who Jim Butcher was prior to the forum, though the Dresden name did ring a bell. After hearing him talk, I’m definitely going to check out the Dresden Files series, which is about a wizard who investigates strange happenings in Chicago. I’m probably not doing this any sort of justice, but he kept me entertained for the hour of his forum and piqued my interest, so I’ll check them out.

On the TV show running currently on Sci-Fi he said he wasn’t really sure about the look of the guy they cast for Harry, but he thinks he plays Harry well. Anyone seen the show? That might be worth a look into as well.

Howard Gordon, Kiefer Sutherland, and Jon Cassar

Howard Gordon (producer), Kiefer Sutherland (Jack Bauer), and Jon Cassar (director)

5:30-6:30 24

This was really the one I was waiting for. It’s kind of strange when you get to see the actors in person, surrealistic. You know them so well, but they don’t know you. It’s weird…

Anyways, this may contain some spoiling info, so you may want to scroll down. There’s a prequel series coming in November 2008, starting off with Jack in Africa trying to save kids from being taken into basically rebel armies. It addresses the disturbing issues of kids being used in war and given weapons and told to fight (I mean KIDS, not like 18 yr olds, like 13 and under kids).

Carlos Bernard, Harold ???

Carlos Bernard (Tony Almeda), Howard Gordon

Also present at the forum was Carlos Bernard, which excited me, because Tony is one of my favorite characters. But what does that mean? Yep, not really dead–again. πŸ˜‰ I guess in season seven, Tony starts out “evil” but Jack supposedly straightens him out. Carlos was a great addition to the forum and every time they mentioned possibly killing off Tony again, he stood up and laid down bills in front of the writer (aka bribing to keep him on the show) πŸ˜‰

Kiefer was great. He thanked the fans repeatedly, and is basically one of the nicest guys you could ever meet. He tried to stay as long as he could, even with event personal trying to move them out for the next panel, to give everyone an autograph that he could. He also had some cool things to say about fans. Now, look….. the video quality isn’t great, it was rushed to capture and is at cell phone size basically, but it’s what he says that matters. So check it out.

just another fun Kiefer shot

just another fun Kiefer shot

I’m definitely looking forward (as I’m sure we all were back early on this year) for season seven. A couple of my favorite Kiefer moments from the forum was when a fan asked about when Jack ate or went to the bathroom, etc. Kiefer and the writers laughed and Kiefer said they try to start up scenes in Washington with him coming out of the bathroom, etc., to try and address that.

Another fan said I’ve noticed that you say “da**it” a lot, why is that? Kiefer said since TV is a bit limiting, he came to the point where that was the best word for him to use to express his frustration. The fan asked him if he’d say “da**it Cameron” and of course, Kiefer obliged in full Jack Bauer glory. πŸ™‚ Luv the Kief!

6:30-7:15 Prison Break

I haven’t seen much of this show yet (it’s on the list) so I used the bathroom, but when I came back I saw most of the preview for the upcoming season and I guess Sara’s alive. Hope that comes as happy news to the faithful followers. Wentworth wasn’t there, sadly, though Dominic was (and he spent most of his time texting…) Anyhow, I’m sure the new season will please those who follow the show.

Avatar creators Bryan and Michael, and some Nick exec

Avatar creators Bryan and Michael, and some Nick exec

7:30-9:15 Nickelodeon Avatar: Sozin’s Comet

Basically we watched the last 2 episodes/parts of the Sozin’s Comet bunch. They confirmed that Book 3 was the LAST SEASON so there will be NO Book 4:Air–unless you count the little fan art presentation they put together. πŸ˜‰ It was called Book 4: Air – The Forbidden Love, and had Katara and Zuko make out for awhile until they break up and Aang and Katara get back together. πŸ˜‰

Avatar fans in costume

Avatar fans in costume

The fans were practically rabbid, but they did have some great costumes. I think the Appa costume (if you can see it) won first place. They had a great cross-dressing Sokka (when he dressed like the Kyoshi warriors), but he got nothing. 😦 Then they showed some fan art, but they cycled through it quickly, I was able to snap a couple good ones. The winners should be posted at Nick.com.

Samurai Champloo

hint: Samurai Champloo

A fan did ask about an Avatar soundtrack, which the creators said they were working on, but no official release date or even unofficial. *sigh* Hopefully it will come out in the very near future. They also said they’re very excited about the upcoming live-action films. Even though I’m not excited about M. Night directing them, if the creators are excited, hopefully it will turn out well. Hooray for Avatar anyhow. Remember,Book 3 is out in September.

10:45-12:00 Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog

I wanted to go to this, but unfortunately San Diego public trans shuts down around midnight, and I didn’t want to pay taxi fare, so I didn’t make it. But I did watch the three episodes with a friend who had them, and I highly recommend them to anyone but especially those out there in the Joss Whedonverse.

Joss and his bros basically decided they weren’t going to let the studios tell them when they could and couldn’t make something, so they made a web series about a villain named Dr. Horrible–a musical series. Don’t let that put you off though, the music is great and adds to the episodes delightfully. A soundtrack and fourth episode is for a fact upcoming. Check them out via download from iTunes, or you can watch them for free for now here.

END OF DAY

Tired and looking forward to the Heroes panel in the morning, I headed to bed early to get in line for the panel (which started at 10:30 am in the largest room) by 9 o’clock. Did I make it? Only the next day will tell.

And no, I didn't.
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EI Players and Sozin’s Comet

July 22, 2008

What a ride! I love this show. I’m glad we’ve come to the end so Nick can’t drag us fans around anymore, but I will miss it. My friend calls it Undying Lands Syndrome: when it’s painful to say goodbye to characters you’ve grown to love. So, yeah, I’ve definitely got the ULS–especially in worry of what M. Night might do to these films in live-action. Hopefully it’ll be all right…. Anyways…

The Ember Island Players was brilliant. I’m sure those familiar with anime empathize with me when I say catch up clip shows (or here’s what’s happened to get you up to speed for the next episode when something will actually happen) are annoying. That’s what I loved about the EIP episode. It was a clip show catch up, but done in a new and fun way. (Anyone ever seen Cirque de Soleil’s KA? I swear they were stealing at least half of their material from that). It does also cause one to wonder about how accurate “history” is. πŸ˜‰

I love that Sokka went back stage to give his Sokka some joke tips and that Toph loved that she was played by a buff n’ stuff man. My favorite quote from this episode:

Zuko: Wait, did Jet just die?
Sokka: You know, it was really unclear.

And then of course Sozin’s Comet. I thought, I’ll just watch a couple parts and then finish the rest later after the BBQ (that I had planned to attend). Yeah, I went to the BBQ late. It was intense and one of the best animated fights (between Ozai and Aang) I’ve seen in a while. I have to admit I got a little teary-eyed when Zuko and Iroh met again (hey, I’m a Zuko fan, what can I say).

And it was a great Aang ending doing things the way Aang preferred to do them (hopefully not spoiling too much if you haven’t seen it). I like that despite what everyone else advised him to do, he still went with what he felt was right and it worked out in the end.

Favorite Quote:

Suki: So wait. How do you all know each other?
Bumi: All old people know each other. Don’t you know that?

Anyways, I guess we can look toward the live-action movies in the future and supposedly some shorter animated movies on Nick just before the M. Night one’s? (I’ve heard this, but can find it to confirm it, so if you know, please post and link it in.)

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The Boiling Rock and TONIGHT!!

July 17, 2008

Awwww, don’t you love Sokka and Suki? Hope this isn’t too much of a spoiler, but I think after this episode I’m ok with it likely being Zuko and Mai (not Katara) together.

But I’m not really in the mood for reviewing this/these episode(s). They were awesome, let’s leave it at that.

FAVORITE QUOTE:

What would uncle say? (Looks at the sky) Sometimes, clouds have two sides…a dark and light and a silver lining in between, it’s like a silver sandwich! Sooo…when life seems down, take a bite out of the sandwich..?

I’m just really excited for tonight. It’s been a long time since I’ve seen any new episodes and I can’t wait for tonight’s!!! From TVGuide.com about “The Southern Raiders”:

Katara decides to confront the Fire Nation soldier responsible for her mother’s death.

I’m wondering how they come across this soldier. I was really hoping Iroh would have showed up by now, but maybe he’s just been watching from afar and will jump in the bunch on Saturday during the big finale? I’d love for Zuko and Katara to have at least one more moment before it all ends. *sigh* But, probably not going to happen. The creators love Aang too much and, well, that would be a crappy ending for him–unless he gets killed in the fight. Dunno…

The Avatar creators will be at Comic-Con this year, but that’s the same time as MST3K’s panel, and since all they’re going to really do is watch the last couple of eps from the series, I think my time will be better spent with Joel. πŸ˜‰

But if anyone out there does go to the Avatar panel, let me know how it is. And hooray for new episodes!!!

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The Firebending Masters

July 16, 2008

Like I said, I’m glad Zuko is on the Avatar team, because he’s my favorite. This episode was fascinating in several senses: seeing Zuko and Aang team up, seeing that they both must overcome their own weaknesses to save the world, and seeing that the way the world got screwed up in the first place–with the ruler of the fire nation and the Avatar–is the same way the world will be saved: with the (soon to be) ruler of the fire nation and the Avatar.

I hate that people label animation as “just for kids,” when some of the best story-telling comes out in animation. (Besides, aren’t these same people watching the Simpsons–aka, an animation?)

I’m still very much impressed with the martial arts the creators bring into the show with their Sifu. For those of you who didn’t know and love the show, watch the bonus materials on the DVDs! Seriously! There is a ton of kung fu going on, which I’ve always appreciated for bringing a more realistic edge to the show. Yeah, we can’t water/fire/earth/air bend, but the movements they use are real and effective. I suppose I bring this up because of the “dragon dance” Zuko and Aang do and how much it reminds me of forms I’ve seen in kung fu (I study northern shaolin style).

Ok, so this post is more me geeking out about the show then reviewing the episode. It’s great! Another thing I love about Avatar is it’s basically American-made anime. Why is that good? Well, don’t get me wrong, I love Japanese anime to the extreme, but sometimes it’s nice to have a solid animation with American humor. One word: Sokka. πŸ™‚

FAVORITE QUOTE:

Sokka: (with an apple in his hand) Hey jerks, mind if I watch you two jerks do your jerkbending?
Zuko: Get out of here!
Sokka: Ok, take it easy, I was just kidding around. (laughs) Jerkbending, still got it.

The Boiling Rock pts 1 & 2 are coming up tonight, this time with some great Sokka and Zuko moments. Yeah, it’s pretty much Zuko fan week. And then finally on Thursday, some new eps for the kiddies who couldn’t wait (namely me, but I’m sure there’s thousands others).

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The Western Air Temple

July 15, 2008

When last we left the Avatar crew, the gang had escaped to the western air temple with Zuko trailing behind to team up. This episode is all about Zuko trying to get in on the Aang team.

I’m a huge Zuko fan (I’d love Zutara, but creators have said it ain’t happening *sob*), so for me this is some great Zuko play time. In this episode we get to see a little more light side of Zuko–which is awkward and wonderful at the same time. The impressions scene is probably by far my favorite of the episode, as it’s a nice contrast to the usual angst-ridden Zuko we’ve known most of the show.

Mostly for me this episode was a big “FINALLY!” Now for those who don’t know, a lot of the episodes airing Nick this week are both already on the Net and on DVD. So if you can’t wait for more Avatar eps, you can check out Anime4Fans and follow the links up to the 15th episode this season. Unfortunately 16 and above are not really available (there are clips, but meh) until they air on Nick. (The others are available because they aired internationally before here, but now the US is taking the lead on Avatar eps).

Personally, I would recommend limiting yourself to Nick’s schedule (if you haven’t seen all available episodes yet) and go with one a night–if u’ve got cable. It’ll manage the need better.

This isn’t my favorite episode of season 3, but it definitely contains some choice Zuko moments. I’m just glad we’ve finally arrived at the end of the series (aka no more 6 month hiatuses). Sadly, the series will be finished after the “movies” on Saturday, but I think we can all agree it was definitely well worth the trip.

FAVORITE QUOTE:

Hello, Zuko here! But I guess you probably already know me… Sort of. Uh, so! The thing is, I have a lot of firebending experience and I’m considered to be pretty good at it! Well, you’ve seen me. You know, when I was attacking you… Uh, yeah, I guess I should apologize for that… But anyway, I’m good now! I mean, I thought I was good before, but now I realize I was bad, uh, but anyway… I think it’s time I joined your group, and taught the Avatar firebending.

Tonight look forward to “The Firebending Masters” on Nickelodeon. The episode is mostly just Aang and Zuko (which provides us with a nice character dynamic) but a couple fun Sokka quips will make it in. πŸ˜‰

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Countdown to the Comet!!

July 1, 2008


You may be wondering why everyone is hesitant to officially say Avatar will be on July 14th with 100% confidence. The problem is, Nick has basically screwed us over before. So I’m going to say with 90% confidence, July 14th is the day (and technically just the first day). After reading this article, I’m going to state right now with 100% confidence, it will be July 14-19th to finish off the series. So set your DVR, put it in your calendar, do whatever you gotta do!

Nick.com has been holding the “Countdown to the Comet” where you can vote on favorite episodes, weapons, etc., with new categories each week (with really only 2 weeks to go). Check it out and vote, if for nothing but the sake of showing the Nick execs we want our Avatar.

In celebration of Avatar eps and to add to the “Countdown to the Comet” I’m going to post Avatar CosPlay pics from Comic-Con 2007 and probably some fan art nearly daily (I’m no good on weekends) until July 14th. I encourage you to leave links to your own collection of Avatar pics and art.

So, look forward to Avatar week, July 14-19th. And use this page to send your pics and to look for all pics Avatar.