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Monday, July 28, 2014

Happy Batman Day!

Fans of all ages line up at Fully Booked hours before they open the doors for Batman Day.
Most people retire at 60 but at 75 our favorite caped crusader, the only Dark 
Knight recognized and loved by generations is on full throttle with a new movie up in the works, with none other than his buddy Superman. (Even if fans are still at odds with former Daredevil Ben Affleck wearing the famous cape and cowl), a new origin series Gotham from Fox is also on the way, with Bruno Heller on the helm (it's on my watch list). In 75 years Batman has been immortalized in all sorts and forms of media, from series, television series, publishing and merchandise and this has allowed him to be discovered and loved by generations who have looked up to a very human superhero (not an alien, not a god) but an ordinary guy who drew strength from a tragedy and faced his fears to fight evil and seek justice as The Dark Knight.    

Batman Fans UNITE!
Comic Odyssey along with Fully Booked this milestone through Batman Day! Branches of Comic Odyssey gave away copies of the special edition of Detective Comics #27 where Bat-man (as he was then known) made his first appearance in March 30, 1939 and the rest was history. 

Along with the special edition Detective Comics #27 Batman 75th Anniversary shirts were also given away to the first 75 people in line (unfortunately we didn't make it though T_T) 

Additional comics were also given to people dressed in Batman shirts. 

We arrived at Fully Booked at around 9AM last Saturday, July 26, not sure of what to expect but when we got there, there was a long way already at the back of Fully Booked, with fans of different ages and sizes showing their love for the caped crusader. When I said I didn't know what to expect, I really meant it since I was both surprised and pleased to see whole families come to the event, Dads and Moms with their children all dressed up in Batman attire. 

When the doors opened we were ushered in beautiful Batman sets, the special edition comics were given away but aside from that Comic Odyssey also had a special sale on amazing items in their store. 

Local artists were also present to draw and sketch your favorite Batman moments, there was even a super cool Batman collection of different toys and merchandise from Anna Gajudo. There was even a Best Batman Voice Impersonation going around.   

Anna Gajudo with her Batman collection.
There are only a few heroes who can touch generations as Batman has and at the rate that he his going Batman will surely be here for another 75 years and when that time comes it will be our children and our grandchildren who will be enthralled with the cape crusader just as their parents and grandparents were years before. 

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Friday, July 25, 2014

Rurouni Kenshin Stars and Director to Attend Philippine Premiere

UP CLOSE: Fans will be seeing these amazing actors in the flesh. Takeru Sato (Kenshin Himura),  Emi Tanaka (Kaoru Kamiya),
Aoki Muneteka (Sanosuke Sagara)

While every other fangirl is going gaga over the recently released Fifty Shades of Grey trailer (I'm not a fan-really) a whole different spectrum of fangirls and boys were going gaga over the confirmed news that the cast and director of Warner Bros. Pictures Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Inferno will be attending the Philippine Premiere. 

Wait! What? Yes - boys and girls (or in my case, young adults) you have that right! Actors Takeru Sato (Kenshin Himura), actress Emi Tanaka (Kaoru Kamiya), actor Aoki Muneteka (Sanosuke Sagara) along with director Keishi Otomo will be attending the invitational red carpet premiere on August 6 at SM Megamall. There is also a scheduled Public Press conference with the media and fans on August 7 at the Glorieta Activity Center in Makati. 

The announcement was made today by William Ireton, President & Representative Director of Warner Entertainment Japan Inc., and Francis Soliven, General Manager of Warner Bros. Philippines. 

Now this is BIG news for fans and followers of the scarred wandering samurai who has always had a special place in the hearts of his Filipino fans. It's amazing to think that when the first Rurouni Kenshin film came out in 2012, it seemed that it would not even be shown locally but after four months from it's release in Japan, the movie was released in the Philippines and has become the largest grossing Japanese film in the Philippines. Looking back at my blog post/movie review here. I remember that there were sold out screenings and people had to wait 4-5 hours until the next screening. Fans watched the movie 2-3 times in the cinema and it was always a full house.   

During the big announcement Ireton also said that “We are thrilled to bring director Keishi Otomo and castmembers Takeru Satoh, Emi Takei and Munetaka Aoki to Manila so they can personally thank and engage with the loyal fans of `Rurouni Kenshin.' The Philippines is a very important market for the franchise as proven by the outstanding box-office success in Manila of the first `Rurouni Kenshin' film in 2013.”
Soliven also said: “Moviegoers in the Philippines have helped create a wave of anticipation and excitement for the `Rurouni Kenshin' sequels and the upcoming talent visit is a much welcome recognition of the fans' ardent support. 

I should say so there were so many online petitions to have the movie screened here the first time around, fans are just happy they didn't have to go through all that for the sequels.

If you have been reading the blog you would know that I have been blogging a lot about the Rurouni Kenshin films. So much so that I was actually given a movie poster of the first movie :P 

A Happy Me with my Rurouni Kenshin poster back in January of 2013. 

I guess the fact that Warner Bros. had a special exhibit of Rurouni Kenshin costumes used in the movie during Toycon was already a sign - a sign - that all of this would be possible. 

Rurouni Kenshin exhibit during Toycon, that's me reading the information that came with the actual costumes that were used in the movie, I guess now, we won't just get to see the costumes eh? 

This news is a testament to the real power of the fans. If you would ask a High School me (I was in High School when I first became enthralled with the anime) - if this would ever be possible I would have told you never, ever but now seeing all of this come to pass it just goes to show that anything can happen. Come on August - hurry up! 

Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Inferno hits local cinemas on August 20. 
Rurouni Kenshin: The Legend Ends will premiere locally on September 24. 

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Black Butler Movie Review

Before I go on with this movie review I'll go ahead and say it - I have not seen the anime nor have I read the Manga. So this review will be from the eyes and perspective of an Otaku who will be seeing this franchise first through the live action movie. 

And in this day and age of all sorts of adaptations you have to start somewhere right? 

So here are my INITIAL thoughts of the movie - the adaptation was really well made, it was not cheap, the sets were very elaborate from breathtaking gardens, to colorful night carnivals. The fight scenes were well executed, none of the corny predictable trying hard martial arts bit. I have to admit though that the movie got a bit draggy during the climax, like they really squeezed every bit of what they could. It was still an enjoyable movie even for someone who's not really familiar with the franchise. 

Set in a world ruled by two kingdoms- The East and The West, which looks like a modern Victorian England littered with mobs, arms dealers, human traffickers and drug lords. 

Shiori/Kiyoharu Genpo (Ayame Gouriki) is a descendant of the noble family Phantomhive in England, runs the prestigious Funtom corporation but aside from his CEOish duties he also has a double life as a Queen's watchdog. Which means going on fun missions such as investigating a mysterious series of mummified murders of high ranking members of the government. 

More than just tea: As a butler Sebastian can bring you everything your heart desires - for a price. 

Kiyoharu investigates and brings along his faithful butler who can defeat a whole gang of armed mobsters just with a butter knife and he also gets up after being shot in the head oh-did I forget to mention that he is no ordinary butler as he is the devil himself.  

As a young child, Kiyoharu's parents (who are all but royalty) are murdered in front of him. In order to seek revenge, he makes a pact with the devil, who will serve him (as a butler no less) but the service goes beyond normal butler duties and involves pretty much being his personal army. The price? Of course - Kiyoharu's soul, once he is able to extract revenge on those who killed his parents. While Kiyoharu and Sebastian infiltrate private clubs and break in Laboratories, they don't realize that the true danger is actually closer than they think.  

Along with the impressive sets the movie also showcases great talent and acting from Ayame Gouriki as the deadpan Kiyoharu and Hiro Mizushima as the devilish butler Sebastian. 

Hiro Mizushima as Sebastian.
I wouldn't want to use that butter knife with my bread.

Although riddled with cliches and as mentioned earlier, the climax got too draggy, as they tried to insert thought provoking themes on the goodness and evil of humans (as often seen in Anime) but I think that given it was a movie and not a 24 series anime, there really was not that much time to squeeze in all those deep questions and realizations on the nature of humans. 

Guns and Gothic Lolita. Mizuki Yamamoto as the Maid Rin
Whether you're a fan of the anime or you just want to check out the movie, it will be a fun treat with a date or maybe with friends. :) 

Friday, June 6, 2014

Enough Said! Funko Pop Sharknado!

06.06.2014 – If you’re a fan of B-movies or just happens come across something while surfing the net. There’s a chance that you’ve seen or heard the movie Sharknado.

It’s actually two words Shark + Tornado a marriage that became a cult favorite.

Some would say it’s just some random made for television film, but overall it spawned some interest to those who are into the not-so mainstream kind of things.

For those who are in the dark about how popular Sharknado has become you might have heard it had merchandise.

The Book of Life International Trailer Released!

06.06.2014 – To follow your dream there’s a path to choose in the case of Manolo he has to endure, and travel worlds to find what he’s looking for.

The `Book of Life’ is an upcoming animated feature film that delves in that narrative.

There’s not much said about the animated feature film, but it certainly will get your attention with eye catching visuals revealed in the international trailer. The `Book of Life’ has an ensemble voice cast and more details here…

Thursday, June 5, 2014

FREE Detective Comics #27 on 'Batman Day!'

06.05.2014 – This news might be out already, but just in case you’ve missed an event that gives out free comics then you might be in luck on this one. Everyone is aware the year long celebration for Batman’s 75th anniversary with surprises and this might one of those.

DC Comics just announced a special one-day event to commemorate that anniversary and they are calling it Batman Day.

For those who are a big fan of the dark knight detective you’ll be probably first in line to get a free comic book they are giving away…

Hiccup's Mom in How To Train Your Dragon 2!

06.05.2014 – How To Train Your Dragon 2 returns to see all the characters have grown up.

But the story didn’t explore each of the character’s past until ‘Defenders of Berk’ supplied the background about their further adventures.

The animated TV series didn’t reveal much about Hiccup’s past or who was his mom. But that will all be revealed in the upcoming sequel to the 2010 blockbuster animated feature film, which also introduces his mom voiced by Cate Blanchett…