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Gunpla Anime is… I Don’t Even…

If it appears that you are watching a promotional video for a Gunpla anime, well, you ARE watching a promotional video for a Gunpla anime! “Mokei Senshi Gunpla Builders Beginning G” follows the Gundam model building adventures of Haru and will be broadcast in Japan this summer. I’m not such a big fan of the hero Gundam, but that enemy Hi Nu Gundam RX-93 looks pretty friggin’ sweet. There’s also lineart for an Acguy with a teddy bear head which is cute and deadly and therefore completely awesome.

This looks both incredibly stupid and awesomely fun all at the same time. It must be seen!

Finally! Airbender News That Doesn’t Suck

Legend of Korra

Fed up with damage that M. Night Shyamalan has done to their show, the creators/producers of “Avatar: The Last Airbender” are planning a new spinoff series that will premier in 2011 tentatively called “The Legend of Korra.” Okay, so there’s nothing in the press that alludes to the fact that the producers hate the live-action version so that’s a little (A LOT) of spin on my part. But it’s no big stretch to imagine them gritting their teeth when they saw the movie.

The series will take place 70 years after the original and follows the adventures of Korra, a Southern Water Tribe teenage girl (most likely pictured) who is the Avatar after Aang. She is taught airbending by Aang’s son, Tenzin. Korra eventually makes her way to Republic City, a steampunk technological wonder inhabited by people from all nations. Anti-bender sentiment is rising and it’s up to Korra to bring peace to a potentially explosive situation.

I get the sense that there will be a heavy technology vs bending theme throughout this new series. There was a thread of that in the original with the Fire Nation’s armada of technological monstrosities, but I think with more steampunk involved, the technology vs bending aspect will be brought to the forefront. I’m actually quite glad that they’ve decided to set it so far in the future away from the cast we’ve grown to know and love. Certainly we’ll feel their influence with Tenzin reminding us that Aang and Katara had hot, steamy, sexy time to bend out a baby. But it’ll give the show a chance to find its own footing.

I can wait for 2011. Hopefully we won’t have any more live-action crap to deal with in the mean time.

Source: Angry Asian Man and Yahoo News

K-Town is Ummm… WHAT?!

K-Town is a new reality program that’s basically The Jersey Shore except with Asian Americans.

Joy.

So what you’ve got here is an introduction to the K-Town cast with their own version of that goddamn Ke$ha song who now gets her own goddamn category because after five posts about her, she’s not going away!

As for the show itself? I find myself in a strange position. I started my webcomic, Yellow Peril, as sort of an answer to the dearth of Asian American representation in sitcoms. Now there’s this show which stars Asian Americans. Since it’s basically a yellowfied version of The Jersey Shore, it probably won’t portray them in the best light. The fucked up thing? It’s breaking stereotypes. Asian Americans are kind of known as the “model minority,” the quiet nerdy ones with good grades and follow the rules. Straight laced. Boring. This show will certainly break those stereotypes because as we can see from this cast video, Asian Americans can be giant douche bags just like the rest of America.

I don’t know if that’s a good thing.

Predators Delivers Killing Blow to AirFailure

Sokka Yay!

There’s been no official word from anyone, but I’m gonna say it right now. The Last Airbender is not just a clever title. It will be the Last Airbender movie.

AirFailure dropped to the number 5 slot this weekend taking in only $17 million for a total of a little more than $100 million when combined with its opening weekend. With Inception and Wacky Nick Cage’s Apprentice opening this weekend, I expect those numbers to drop significantly.

In light of all this, I’m glad the film wasn’t cast with Asians leads. If it had and it failed, it would have sent a message to Hollywood that Asian cannot carry a major summer blockbuster. That would have made things even more difficult for Asian American actors to land leading roles. Now the failure can be placed squarely on the shoulders of M. Night Shyamalan who cast the thing with the intention of reaching the widest audience.

I will not be sad if there are no more live action versions of AirFailure. It’s not that I don’t think it can be done properly, but I think it works best as an animated feature. I would absolutely love to see a full feature length animated version. That would freaking destroy all of my pants. But honestly, if we never get another version in the theater, animated or otherwise, I’m okay with that.

Source: Box Office Mojo

The Reviews Are In! Lilywhitebender is a BAD Movie!

Avatar Facepalm

Who’s got two thumbs and feels like kicking a movie when it’s down? That’s right, bitches, THIS GUY!

The Rotten Tomatoes gives The Last-Action-Movie-M-N-Selloutimon-I-Choose-You-Will-Ever-Direct Bender a whopping 5%.

Mister Roger “Video Games Ain’t Art Fancy Pants” Ebert gives The Two-Girls-One-Cup Bender the big Eff You with a half star proclaiming:

“The Last Airbender” is an agonizing experience in every category I can think of and others still waiting to be invented. The laws of chance suggest that something should have gone right. Not here. It puts a nail in the coffin of low-rent 3D, but it will need a lot more coffins than that.

Angry Asian Man believes that The Token-Brown-People-In-The-Background Bender has none of the spirit of the show:

My one-word review via Twitter, immediately after watching the film: joyless. Overall, The Last Airbender completely lacks soul, and suffers from a painful inability to inspire any kind of fun or awe throughout the entire movie. I thought I’d at least enjoy the visual effects, but that fails to impress too. Even setting aside the problematic racial politics, this is just not a good movie.

According to the New York Times review by A. O. Scott, even kids, who are the target demographic for this pile of mistake, think that The Oblivious-To-Everything-That-Made-The-Show-Awesome Bender falls way short:

“The Last Airbender”? Let’s hope so, though there is a scene at the very end that gestures toward a sequel. After 94 minutes — was that all? I could have sworn it was days — of muddy 3-D imagery and muddled storytelling, the idea that this is just the first “Last Airbender” seems either delusionally optimistic or downright cruel. An astute industry analyst of my acquaintance, who is 9 and an admirer of the Nickelodeon animated series on which the movie is based, offered a two-word diagnosis of its commercial prospects on the way out of the theater: “They’re screwed.”

Oh man, I could go on and on and on and on reading the absolutely atrocious reviews for The Who-Thought-This-Shit-Was-A-Good-Idea? Bender, but I think the picture is forming. Even if this was cast properly, M. Night Shyamalan failed to capture even a shadow of the spirit of the show concentrating instead on aesthetics and turning in a final product that completely underwhelms. We still have a long weekend to get through and there are movies that have overcome shitty initial reviews to win a weekend box office. But I’m betting that The Should-Have-Given-It-To-Uwe-Boll-Then-At-Least-It-Would-Be-Sorta-Ironic-Bad-Instead-Of-Bad-Bad Bender will be the last we’ll ever see of this horrifically hideous live-action version.

Say Goodbye to Your Pants! More Space Battleship Yamato Footage!

Okay, so it’s not exactly Gundam. But dammit, that’s the goddamn Space Battleship Yamato right there!

These latest clips from the live action Space Battleship Yamato sent over by AZM Ally Henry Marx are fucking awesome. Now that’s how you translate anime to live action! The only thing that sucks is that I will not be in Japan on December 1 when this film is released. It will be an epic opening day.

There Was a Lot of *BEEP*-ing in Sarah Conner Chrnoicles

Perhaps if there actually was more *BEEP*-ing in Sarah Conner Chronicles, FOX would have kept it on the air. Actually, there was a lot of *BEEP*-ing in Dollhouse and they kinda killed it off so never mind. If SCC was on SciFi, that shit would have lasted longer. No wait, SciFi is now BullShit. Fuck! Ah well. This shit is funny.

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