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Jason Chu’s 2011 Rap-Up

My man Jason Chu recorded an acapella review of the year 2011 on the street of Beijing. Lot of fun Asian American news that I wasn’t previously aware of throughout the year. Thanks, Jason!

From: Jason Chu

World Order – “Machine Civilization”

This is a bit old, but to lift the spirits of Japan, Genki Sudo and his World Order put together this video for “Machine Civilization.” This is what he says about the piece:

Many disasters are ongoing in Japan; earthquakes, Tsunami, and nuclear accidents. These unprecedented things may be able to change however from now. That’s why I expressed through World Order to convey some message to you on my own way. I see these accidents will become a turning point of civilization. I think the time of revolution is coming, where people in the world coexist with this planet against the system of modern society, economy and politics.

Any accident is neutral. Although we are straying around this deep darkness, I believe we can get through anything when each of us can let go of our fear and face things positively.

The world won’t change on its own. We do change one by one. That makes the world change. The darkness just before the dawn is deepest. So, we do rise up together to greet the brilliant morning truly coming for the human beings.

Genki Sudo

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My mind was absolutely blown when I learned that everything in this trailer, and I mean absolutely EVERYTHING, is CG. From the description:

Eliezer S. Yudkowsky wrote about an experiment which had to do with Artificial Inteligence. In a near future, man will have given birth to machines that are able to rewrite their codes, to improve themselves, and, why not, to dispense with them. This idea sounded a little bit distant to some critic voices, so an experiment was to be done: keep the AI sealed in a box from which it could not get out except by one mean: convincing a human guardian to let it out.

What if, as Yudkowsky states, “Humans are not secure”? Could we chess match our best creation to grant our own survival? Would man be humble enough to accept he was superseded, to look for primitive ways to find himself back, to cure himself from a disease that’s on his own genes? How to capture a force we voluntarily set free? What if mankind worst enemy were humans?

In a near future, we will cease to be the dominant race.

In a near future, we will learn to fear what is to come.

From: K3LOID

Paranoia – An Animated Short

AZM Ally Elliot Fox sent along this amazingly tense animated short. From the description:

A guy is traveling in a late night Mumbai local train. The bogie is empty except for a few sleepy passengers . A man with a briefcase boards the train at a station and decides to sit directly in front of him…

There’s no dialog, but the tension that builds throughout the short had me on the edge of my seat. It’s wonderful work. Amazing what you can achieve with some well animated facial expressions.

From: Paranoia – The Animated Short Film

All Rider vs. All Ranger

It’s clear to me that Toei thinks I spend too much money on pants.

AZM Ally David Caceres sends word that Super Hero Taisen will premier during the 2012 Golden Week celebration (April 29-May 5) which will feature every single Kamen Rider and Sentai Ranger ever created. That’s over 40 Riders and over 200 Rangers all in one pants exploding movie.

No word on plot details, but we have confirmation that Masahiro Inoue will reprise his role as Kamen Rider Decade’s Tsukasa Kadoya. This is a good way to bridge the Sentai and Rider universe’s as Decade teamed up with the Shinkengers to defeat a Gedoushu who had stolen the Diend driver. Tsukasa opened the path between those worlds. Of course, continuity doesn’t count for shit in Rider or Sentai films, but it’s nice to think that they’ve established a portal in a previous series. And honestly, I want to see Decade get used as more than just a background Rider. I kinda feel he’s been terribly underused in the current string of All Rider films. I really hate that Den-O gets more screen time than him.

While I’m finding it hard to stay conscious with all the blood currently rushing to my loins, the fact that we’ve got over 240 costumed heroes to see means that unless this movie is five hours long, some of my favorites will not be getting much screen time. Kuuga is arguably one of the most powerful Riders ever. His Ultimate form could destroy the entire world with a finishing move. But I fear he will be just one of those background Riders that gets to punch one or two baddies before the camera pans away. I also fear that as a secondary Rider, Accel will get less time than Rider Man who is also a secondary Rider but seems to get a lot of attention because he’s Showa Era.

Still, I cannot deny that I will be very sad that I won’t be in Japan during Golden Week to witness the awesomeness in a theater. I’ll have to wait for it to drop on DVD so that the fansubbers can grab it. Seriously, this is tokusatsu fan’s wet dream!!!

From: Alafista and Henshin Justice

Danger 5, The Diamond Girls, Part 3

Awww, cheer up Hitler.

Holy crap, if phones actually worked like that there’d be a lot of ex-telemarketers. Part 3 of Danger 5, The Diamond Girls is just as amazing as it sounds!

1/1 Scale Gundam Gets a New Home

Sadly, it’s not going to be built in my backyard. I actually have a backyard now which could use a 1/1 scale Gundam. No, the new home for the 1/1 scale RX-78-2 will be Odaiba in Tokyo. Man, it sure gets around. I’m kind of curious why they haven’t built Char’s Zaku yet to sort of chase it around. I mean, it would come together three times as fast!

From: Gundam Guy

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