Last year’s Sailor Moon art?

My 2018 tour of Japan had an elaborate dinner set up with people from Toei… and an open bar. I had shared a post about that previously, but here is the collage I made of that event… just for fun!

Toei Supper

Now what this post is going to be about, is sharing the videos of Ikuko Itoh and Hisashi Kagawa drawing Chibi-Usa and Sailor Jupiter respectively.

I decided to go ahead and share these videos despite my reservations not to… because I have once again abandoned an attempt to make a video from my 2018 trip. *sigh* Anyways, I hope you enjoy?

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Making Them’s Fightin’ Herds

Youtuber Hold Back to Block made a 41 minute documentary about the story about the developers Mane6 as well as their game Them’s Fightin Herds, as well as the introduction towards them discovering My Little Pony.

I need to spend more time with Them’s Fightin Herds. Maybe I will play some and stream it on Mixer?

Vudu, can I please have some more Steven Universe?

Steven Universe 2019Why try and get me to pre-order a movie that hasn’t happened yet when I haven’t even been allowed to buy the end of the last season yet? Seriously.

On Vudu, our last episode of Steven Universe was on January 21’st, with Change Your Mind? I watched a leaked episode from… comic con or something? Something that was so long ago that I can not even remember when it was?

Steven universe the movie….    ….    ….

What the helld do you mean that that’s the latest episode? When the hell did that happen? That’s the problem with buying a show on Vudu… you miss out, you keep checking until you give up, and then one day you realize that you have the latest episodes, and you have no idea when that happened. UGH.

Considering that the movie comes out apparently on September 2nd, I’m guessing we just recently received more episodes? *sigh* I literally changed the entire bulk of my article because of this…

Casey Bats AGAIN?!?!

I, like most people [I hope] know of the poem and the classic 1946 Walt Disney animation known as Cast at The Bat. That video is below… you should see it and be impressed by classic animation that is from one year after the end of World War II.

Now, since everyone should know and have experienced all of that… what if I told you that in 1954… 8 years after that first animation, they continued what I’m dubbing The Bat-universe… no wait… that’s stupid… The Casey universe…. with a sequel.

Casey Bats again… is sort of a feminist short that showcases how toxic-ly masculine Casey is, as life doesn’t just give him what he wants. He ultimately makes lemonade out of lemons though.

While some of the interactions in Casey Bats Again could be seen as sexist in 2019, I believe that in 1954, this short would be rather progressive. Hell… is still could be seen that way today.

I hope the characters from this short somehow appear in Kingdom Hearts: The Next One… featuring Kari. That would be pretty nifty.

Spider-Man: Into The Spider-verse wins at Golden Globes

spiderverseBeating out all of the great animated films that came out this year, including: Ralph Breaks The Internet, Incredibles 2, Hotel Transylvania 3, The Grinch, and Isle of Dogs, Spider-Verse won Best Animated films last night at the Golden Globes. Meanwhile… Black Panther did not win any awards

Huh. I guess Amy Pascal wasn’t just talking out of her butt when they demanded a bunch of money to sell back Spider-Man to Marvel when Marvel wanted it. She said they had big big plans, and damn… I guess they did considering the fact that Spider-verse is doing well.

spider gwenBut seriously… no awards for Black Panther from The Golden Globes? And Spider-Verse winning for animation at such a weird frame rate? Best soundtrack would have been weird with Queen’s bio picture, Bohemian Rhapsody, but dang. Best Picture? Okay…

Spider-Man: Into The Spider-verse has already been green lit for a spin off, called Spider-Women, featuring Gwen Stacey Spider-Woman, Asian character from Marvel’s main line Silk as well as the original Spider-Woman Jessica Drew.

 

 

Netflix’s She-Ra review

she-ra-reboot750x422I have finished  Netflix’s She-Ra, and… it’s just not quite there? It borrows so much from Sailor Moon and Tenchi Muyo while not being as smart or visually impressive as either, meanwhile it might actually fail at being She-Ra.

I’ve never really watched the original, outside of bits and pieces here and there. I had hoped that since this show has a ‘diverse’ cast that does not have to conform to a toy line like the original, that there would be people of different ages, such as in Steven Universe where you have the kids helping their elders and you had some maybe college students thrown in a story helping each other… instead most of the characters are all of a similar age, except the ice princess who is kind of offensively themed after an Eskimo?

Mermista_Sea_Hawk_Perfuma_EntraptaPeople keep claiming that this is a show that really pushes an agenda, but does it even succeed at pushing it? If anything, this show could be accused of queer-baiting certain characters in a vain attempt to make ‘tumblr’ ship characters together, such as Bow and Seahawk or Glimmer and Adora or Adora and Catra. Unless Dreamworks, Netflix, and Mattel lets them succeed in their agenda, I think fans in the LGBTQ community will turn against She-ra.

sailor_moon_crystal_act_28_sailor_uranus_kisses_sailor_moonJapan’s Sailor Moon had gay characters, teased the main characters with other women such as Sailor Uranus pursuing Sailor Moon, or Sailor Star Fighter pursuing Sailor Moon, or even the male characters Fiore with Tuxedo Mask.  the difference between the obvious inspiration of Sailor Moon is that Sailor Moon got to really show these kind of things, despite the fact that Sailor Moon was a curvy mostly heterosexual character… in other words, 1992’s Sailor Moon is more feminine and a lot gayer than She-Ra, so as far as pushing the agenda… She-Ra has utterly failed.

The main problem with She-Ra is the fact that the show is not bad or great, it’s just good to okay. Why would you bring back a property only to make it okay? Voice acting is okay, not great. The art is not great, often not detailed with any shadows or shading… and that’s partially because of the quality in animation today. The show just does not have polish, and it just comes off as kind of amateurish.

Steven-Universe-Premiere-postI spoke about Tenchi and Sailor Moon, which are better animated. Steven Universe is more creative than She-Ra and succeeds in pushing their mature agenda to kids.

If there was a ‘line-up’ like there was on Saturday Mornings or after school for She-Ra, it would be less of a problem… but Netflix is trying to bring people onto an entire platform, potentially just to watch this show that is not as good or even as progressive as say… Netflix Dreamworks Voltron which has the LBGTQ character of Pidge and the amazing Princess of Color Alura…

Like I said… this show is okay. It’s not Ghostbusters 2016, even though it has the same problem of portraying most of the male characters terribly. Bow sucks to the point where he should just not be on the show, Sea Hawk is annoying parody of Han Solo, but Swift Wind is kind of awesome but others might find him too agenda driven. At least this show looks better than upcoming Thundercats Roar?

she-ra-970This show, to me, get’s the grade of a  high C. That is a passing grade, which considering that there are many new shows and movies that utterly fail… is something? On a bell curve, if a teacher is being generous, She-Ra could be considered a very low B grade… and that is as generous as I’m willing to be.

So maybe now I should re-watch the original She-Ra, and compare the two?

Batman The Animated Series: Deluxe Limited Edition – My initial opinions

Batman Mystery of the Batwoman
Remember me? WB didn’t!

I’m a bit upset with my Deluxe Limited Edition Batman The Animated Series collection. I bought it partially for digital copy, but that is only in SD! No digital copy for the movies, which of course is missing the third animated series movie Batman: Mystery of the Batwoman, 3 shitty funko’s, two of which are off model, and a case for the discs that looks cool but on further inspection makes for a shitty way to hold the discs without fear of scratching them or immediately causing finger prints. Oh, and the lenticulars are… lenticulars.

I just feel kind of childish with these… the art is good… but eh… it moves with you, and reminds me of like… trading cards that would do that. I’m 33. This collection is for adults… right? Just some nice art to display is enough.

I know, I know, I haven’t even talked about the quality of the discs… but that’s because they are… you know… Blu Rays. I’m sure they are great? I watch my shows mostly digitally on Vudu, so the lack of HD videos is just… unforgivable to me.

deluxe batman

Stay tuned for more on this toon after I get the opportunity to… you know… watch it some.