May 3, 2016

[Cartoons] 107 Facts About The Legend of Korra

And while I'll always have a softer spot in my heart for The Legend of Aang, one cannot deny that the continuing saga of The Legend of Korra was a great story as well with quite the fulfilling arc when you look at all of the show's seasons together.

In this episode of 107 Facts You Should Know, Channel Federator decides to tackle Korra given they had already covered the original Avatar cartoon some time back.

I learned a good number of facts because of this video - what about you?

May 2, 2016

[Movies] Captain America: Civil War (2016)

Civil War was never one of my favorite Marvel Comics crossover events. It was an oddly convoluted story that centered around the always messy trope of heroes fighting other heroes and all that jazz. It's a small miracle that the Earth-based Marvel heroes survived the fallout of this particular event and now everyone is in a much better place - at least after the complete destruction of the universe. But that's the comic book world.

When the plans were announced that they were going to adapt Civil War as the story of the next Captain America movie, I wasn't sure what to think. Why go back to this dark bit of Marvel history? Why bring in all these heroes to form the Avengers only to have them fight one another in another movie? But hey, what do I know. I didn't write the thing.

Despite my lack of love for the original story this was based on, I was also pretty excited about the actual movie. With each new trailer, there was more and more to talk about including the addition of new characters on one side of the conflict or another. And so what we ended up with was perhaps the best Avengers movie thus far, even though it was dressed as a Captain America movie.

May 1, 2016

[Comics] Zsazsa Zaturnnah sa Kalakhang Maynila #2 (of 3)

I posted my review of part one of Zsazsa Zaturnnah sa Kalakhang Maynila back in 2012, so it has been a bit of time since we last spent time with our favorite gender-bending heroine. But let's not focus on how long it has been since the last Zsazsa Zaturnnah comic and just focus on the fact that she's back and we're all the better for it.

Given this is still a serial though, I'll admit that I was a little fuzzy at first about how things had ended in the last book and just where we were headed this time around. But hey, it was worth the recap and review in order to get into the fun.

And man, it is so great to be back to reading about her (mis)adventures again! Zsazsa was never a 100% picture perfect sort of superhero, and that's part of her charm. But she's also one with a lot to deal with in her home life, which is just about as Filipino as you can get really. Throw in her being gay and that's one complicated back story which never grows tiring in terms of potential story content and character development.

Apr 29, 2016

[Books] Lady Penelope's Lifestyle Secrets

When we decided to drop by this year's Summer Komikon, we only had a single title in mind. I never would have imagined myself to end up going home with a book as ridiculously pink as this one. And really, this book is super pink and it's not like it's a small pocketbook-sized affair either.

But how could I say no to the one and only Lady Penelope? Sure, compared to modern entertainment standards she may look a little creepy, but that's ultimately sort of a marionette kind of thing. Within the context of the show, she's quite gorgeous and her beauty easily shines through.

So I wasn't entirely sure what to expect from a book that proclaimed to reveal her lifestyle secrets, but one thing led to another and I found myself holding a copy of this little book, Lady Penelope's Lifestyle Secrets. I'm enough of a Thunderbirds fan to appreciate the subject matter plus it was pretty clear that this was not the sort of book one would encounter all that often, especially in this part of the world.

Apr 28, 2016

[Cartoons] Steven Universe In Too Deep Promo

So one of the biggest challenges of being a Steven Universe fan is the fact that the show goes on highly irregular breaks due to whatever reasons Cartoon Network can come up with. Thus we go for months at a time mid-season without new episodes and then suddenly the show drops what have come to be known as "Steven Bombs," which involve new episodes released daily for a week or so. And then it's back to silence.

Cartoon Network has finally released the first promo for what is being called the "In Too Deep" event where we're going to get a bunch of new episodes all at once again.

Eagle-eyed fans will recognize parts of the trailer from the big Malechite vs Alexandrite clip leaked back in February.

Needless to say, this (apparently) third season of the show promises to kick things off with quite bang and I can hardly wait to find out what's in store for Steven and the rest of the Crystal Gems.
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