Okay, maybe not the best, but most sig-worthy. Epic finale and stuff. Glad they let Bolin stop being a stuck up movie(er) star and actually start being cool again!
To start this out, let me say that I’m a big X-Men fan. Well, as far as the television series are concerned, since I’m not quite as into comic books. But the previous movies have been… okay at best. Not super impressed with them compared to the Avengers and such.
But honestly, I don’t like Wolverine. In general, his character is just too gruff or whatever; he’s always angry and violent and doesn’t seem like the most likeable protagonist. I don’t dislike him per say, but he’s not my favorite X-Men. (It’s kinda like how I don’t like the hothead Tahu compared to any of the other Toa Mata.) This is just personal preferences, of course.
But, if I limit myself to Logan-based stories, I have to say that my favorite arcs with him are the ones set in Japan. (And not to mention that the Wolverine Anime, canon or not, was REALLY good.) So when I heard there was a new Wolverine movie coming out and that it was set in Japan, it caught my interest. (And then I just randomly happened to notice that it was opening this weekend, so I was like kay let’s try for a matinee.)
So, um, spoilers??
Um... so that was a bit of rambling. Overall, I liked this movie for the action and characters (and appreciated the Japanese themes that were included with both) and the story was good enough for a comic-book movie. So now I’m rooting for Wolverine? Eh, guess so.
I need to do a big write up on my trip down and my experiences here and stuff, with pictures and everything. But just haven't had the time! Okay, so I did blow an hour catching up on some shows when I came home to Internet... but I could be doing that for hours, so I'm just impressed that I've limited myself!
Next big step: buying some furniture.
Also, I watched Legend of Chima tonight.
It does a good job of keeping the feel from the LotR movies, but it also seems to be lacking some of the majesty. This may just be because it's the first; after all, Fellowship was arguably the worst of the three LotR movies. (And it was still pretty good.) The same here.
It's also different because they're including so much. In LotRs, they had to take out so much stuff just to fit it into the 3 movies, but the Hobbit is one book being spread out over three movies, so they have room to add in new stuff. On one hand, I can appreciate it and I always love seeing more of Middle Earth. On the other hand... c'mon, drawing the Hobbit out into three movies? Now we have to wait even longer for it to conclude!
One thing that bugged me; it was shot in 48 FPS (Frames Per Second) instead of the standard 24. But while others claimed it felt more realistic, it seemed too jumpy and quick in places for me. Not the plot movement or whatever; the physical movements on the screen just felt off! Like everything was in fast forward. It cut down on the enjoyability for me anyway.
But all the same... I like the bits of plot they added in from the books. The characters seem far more real now, especially the dwarves, who I never really connected with in the Book. And Gandalf war arguably cooler in this movie than the previous LotR ones. And there was lots of epic scenery of
If you don't trust the future
Continue with that force
What is left to learn now
So do it
And when you look there's someone
That's running by my side
No I can't lose
So the latest Anime that I started following is Zetsuen no Tempest. The anime itself is intriguing. I like the basic plot, although the magic side is a little odd. The characters are great tho, and at the very least the fights in the first couple of episodes were awesome.
But I also like the intro song. What caught me off guard was that it's in ENGLISH! Craziness! (I assume its not just an english dub, cause they usually don't do that for the songs, and I did some searching and the English version was all I found. And yes, I do prefer subtitles over dubs.) At first it seemed a little off because it doesn't quite have the flow of an english song, but the beat is catchy enough that I found it and added it to my song collection.
I've actually done this with a few other anime songs, so I'm slowly building up a playlist where I don't actually understand all the lyrics. But hey the tunes are catchy enough that I can enjoy them. Funnily enough, I started doing this a couple of weeks before I first heard Gangnam Style on the radio, and although he's not Japanese, I still find similarities to enjoying a song that has Asian-language lyrics.
And I've been trying to follow some other Animes. One of my favorites is still Sword Art Online, and I like the plot of the second half of the season. I have also enjoyed Magi, where the story is very well done, and Robotics; Notes, which started out kind of tame but now has this awesome mystery / conspiracy tone to it.
I've also been following HTTYD and Ninjago, which have been fun. HTTYD is fairly enjoyable even if it is aimed at a younger audience, and still makes me laugh. (Although the music isn't as epic as the movie's.) I'm sad Ninjago ended, but it was a fairly good ending that wrapped up the series pretty well. Not sure if I'll be as into Chima, but I'll give it a chance. And for non-animated TV, I'm only following Arrow and Grimm, which are okay but I think there aren't any new episodes coming out soon.
I'd say suggest some anime I should look into, but... well, I have plenty for now. Right now, I'm watching about one twenty minute episode per night from various series, so that works with my sorta-busy schedule. But I'll be needing more stuff to watch come December when I get to recover from a surgery, so I'll need good material to watch then. (Currently planning to rewatch LotR, Indiana Jones, BttF, PotC, and any other good trilogies we happen to own.)
This has really been an interesting season, with some neat twists. This is kind of a spoiler, but I'm glad they haven't killed of Jynxie yet. I kinda had the feeling that they'd bring him back from the dead for a few episodes and then knocked him back off, but they've done a rather thorough job with his whole arch, and I feel that he's become a much better part of the team than he was last season.
Obviously I haven't seen tonight's episode. It's kinda a bummer that we've already reached the end of the season for this year. (It would be cool if the second half started airing in like January, but I think we'll have to wait until next summer for the second half of season four.) On the plus side, since I already purchased the whole season on iTunes, I'll just get episodes next year automatically, because they'll still be part of season four! (And since I only paid $20, that's $1 per episode instead of $3-4 that Amazon's charging. Granted, iTunes still charged that much for other popular television shows, but apparently not Warehouse 13)
Also, school midterms and such. Meh.
Also, BrickCon this weekend. Opposite of Meh.
The movie came out on DVD last November. Around that time, I added it to our Movie Queue for Blockbuster (the service where they send us DVDs like Netflix... and yeah they're still in business.) Since then, my mom keeps reshuffling the list to bring the movies she wants to see to the top. (And I didn't even put my choice as a high priority.)
So here it is, at least 9 months later, and it finally came it. Couldn't have picked a better weekend, since my folks are out, and they wouldn't have appreciated the movie anyway.
It was... interesting. It changed a lot of things. Somewhat iconic moments too. Although I guess that's to be expected for any movie adaptation. I wish they had actually shown some of the deaths like Fred's, but the other-student fighting was a little sparse. On the other hand, they did give Neville proper treatment, and I especially liked his bridge scene. (Like seriously, people said he was cool in the books, but the movie makes him look the part so much better.) Oh, and the fire creatures were well done.
So the movie was enjoyable. Book is better, but seriously, the seventh book (especially the second half of it) was some of the best stuff from the whole series, and I guess it did a good job of showing it on the screen. But I was still shouting out corrections when they said the quotes wrong.
But yeah, I guess I have been spending a lot of time sampling random Animes on the web. It started when I looked up some of the Marvel Animes, because I've been trying to watch Marvel stuff and decided to see what Japan did with them. The Iron Man and X Men versions were okay, but I really liked the Wolverine one they did. They did change up his character quite a bit, but I'm not a big Wolverine fan so I didn't mind. That whole show was just non-stop action, it seemed.
So I've been taking a look at some other animes. Some I only watched a few episodes of, and the only ones I've finished were only a season long. I started by watching some of the more comedic ones, then moved onto some sci-fi and fantasy ones. Some of them do capture the emotion of the characters very well, and some of them seem to just drone on endlessly. (Hint, those are the ones I didn't continue watching. )
As for names, well... Umisho was a funny and cute one, and it helped that I was watching it at the same time as the Olympics because it's about a swim team. I also liked High School of the Dead because, despite not being a fan of zombie themes, it did a really good job with the characters and the action. Even tho it seemed to have a hope theme with it, some of the other themes explored really creep me out because of how realistic they are. And I started following updates of a new one called Sword Art Online, which involves people getting trapped inside a virtual reality game, which is crazy cause I wrote a similiar story years ago! (Granted, I think I borrowed that idea from another show...) The first few eps were good, but since it's ongoing, I'm not yet sure if I like where it's going or not.
So yeah just a few of my thoughts based on the mindless web video viewing I've done lately. Oh, and BTW, this is not an invite to say what animes I should watch.
Also done some story writing still. Might go on a backpacking trip next week, even tho I'm horribly out of shape. Oh yeah and school starts in two weeks, y'know, right when summer weather starts back up. The three months of unemployment went fast!
I started with Amazon, which apparently has a new instant video thingy. The idea is sound; you get a discount per episode if you buy the whole season, and it downloads shortly after it airs.
But I've encountered some problems with it. 1: The new episode didn't go online until 4 days after the show aired on Monday. 2: When I finally did purchase it, the dang thing froze on me and wouldn't play. 3: It said I could directly download the vids to my hardware... but I didn't read the fine print that said the hardware had to be the Kindle. Suffice to say, I'm not entirely pleased.
So I checked out iTunes. Yeah, I'm not a big Apple fan, but iTunes is one of the things I can put up with because they do it moderately well. (Trust me, I could complain if I had to about it... like the fact that it mangles up every time I try to burn a disc, but that might be a hardware issue too. Or the fact that I believe it's intentionally show to start up because it knows I'm not running it on a Mac... yeah.) But anyway, I've downloaded shows from Chuck and Avatar on it in the past, and it works fine, so I was checking it out. Not only did it have the WH13 ep up within hours of it airing on Monday, but the overall price for a season pass turns out to still be cheaper than Amazon's method. (The key issue is that Amazon still charges you by episode, so you don't pay the full season fee up front and can drop out if the show is to your disliking, whereas iTunes forces you to put all the cash forward straightaway.)
But anyway, I dropped by Amazon season pass and paid for the iTunes one. Yeah, so technically I lost $1.89 on an episode I can't even play on Amazon... but hey, some of that money goes back to the WH13 creators, and the first episode wasn't all that bad anyway. (Fun fact, I watched it on Hulu first... but later episodes in the season won't be availible on Hulu until a month after it originally airs, and I'm impatient and want to see it as soon as possible so I can discuss it with friends.)
So, yeah, sorry Amazon, iTunes won this round. (Although I still prefer to buy my music over Amazon.)
I've been doing my regular rounds of sites tonight, and I've been getting the same add on multiple ones, including BZP. (It's actually above my blog entry page right now... I used to have an ad block thing that worked well but then it turns out it was a trial and I need to pay $30 a month to have it work so I removed it whatever.)
Anyway, the ad that's been following me everywhere... Warehouse 13, Season 3 on DVD July 10th.
Google Ads know what I like.
(Also, considering buying a season pass for season 4 so I can get the episodes day-after and not feel bad about not watching them on traditional sites that only air the episodes after a month or two. Hey, I love the show, so I'll pay a bit in order to support it.)
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