December 23rd, 2013 [ Tags: ask a slave, azie dungie, lizzie mae ]
It’s the Ask A Slave Christmas Special! Man, even during the holidays, the lack of empathy that some people have is truly astounding.
I’ve been tickled to death watching how far Ask A Slave has spread and how much the show has resonated with people. Azie’s biting satire expertly gets her point across without beating viewers over the head with her message. Her writing is smart and sophisticated and ready for prime time.
December 19th, 2013 [ Tags: chou henshin, kamen rider kuuga ]
Kamen Rider Kuuga is one of my favorite Riders so I thought I’d make a little thing paying tribute to all of his forms. I loved that each form had a unique fighting style. Form changes are sort of par for the course in the Heisei era, but other than a color and armor change, it can be tough to figure exactly why the Rider made the transformation. With Kuuga, there was no question.
If you’re as big a Kuuga fan as I am, you can pick up a print or poster over at my Red Bubble or Society 6 stores. One of these days, I’m gonna track down that DX Arcle belt! It’s so badass!
Since we did the 21 questions Asian People are sick of answering, I thought it’d be fun to come up with 21 questions Asian People would LOOOOOOVE to answer. So here goes (feel free to answer along with me even if you’re not Asian):
21. How was your weekend?
20. How do you like your steak?
19. Do you know a good place to get ribs?
18. What do you like on your pizza?
17. Do you have any dietary restrictions?
16. Why do all ringtones suck?
15. Would you ever cosplay?
14. Are you a cat or dog person?
13. Would you ever get a tattoo? And if so, what would it be?
12. What was the last video game you played?
11. What webcomics are you reading?
10. Do you fondu?
09. Is CM Punk really the best in the world?
08. Do you like watching movies in the theater?
07. Godzilla vs King Kong, who wins?
06. Are you sick of people asking if your life was like the Joy Luck Club?
05. What was so bad about the live action Last Airbender movie, really?
04. Why do so many films fail the Bechdel test?
03. Why is it okay to show extreme acts of violence on television but completely taboo to show sex or nudity?
02. How will you introduce your daughter to Star Wars?
01. What’s it like being so awesome?
On its surface, Edge of Tomorrow looks like a fun little action flick. Certainly looks a hell of a lot better than Tom Cruise’s last foray in the fiction of science, Oblivion. I also quite like Emily Blunt. Using the Groundhog Day mechanic to learn how to become a badass weapon is probably one of the best things you could do when the fate of our world is at stake.
So why has this film appeared on my list of things to nerd rage over?
Well it turns out that this is based on a Japanese light novel by Hiroshi Sakurazaka entitled All You Need Is Kill. From the synopsis:
When the alien Gitai invade, Keiji Kiriya is just one of many recruits shoved into a suit of battle armor called a Jacket and sent out to kill. Keiji dies on the battlefield, only to be reborn each morning to fight and die again and again. On his 158th iteration, he gets a message from a mysterious ally–the female soldier known as the Full Metal Bitch. Is she the key to Keiji’s escape or his final death?
Sooooo as much as I dislike the trend of Hollywood White Washing Japanese things, I will give this movie some credit. Unlike the Americanized live action Akira film which I pray never makes it to screen in my lifetime, they’ve come up with a new title and have renamed the characters. If AZM Ally Derek Jeffers had never pointed out the basis for the film, I would have never known. I would have been slightly dismayed that there seemed to be no minorities in the trailer, but I would have had no idea.
I’ve got mixed feelings on this. I really hope Sakurazaka gets a nice big royalty from the movie rights. I’m dismayed that Hollywood is mining Asian fiction for ideas rather than tapping some home grown talent. There are plenty of amazing ideas right here at home that aren’t getting a chance. But then again, without this trend, we wouldn’t have this amazing Godzilla film to look forward to.
Thanks to AZM Ally Derek Jeffers for the heads up.
I took a look at Buzz Feed’s “21 Questions Asian People Are Sick of Answering” and gave my thoughts. Some of them are indeed cringe worthy. Some, not so much. Oh, and here’s the list: