Geekscape http://www.geekscape.net podcasts, news, features Thu, 24 Jul 2014 06:34:56 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.3 podcasts, news, features Geekscape no podcasts, news, features Geekscape http://www.geekscape.net/_wp_/wp-content/plugins/powerpress/rss_default.jpg http://www.geekscape.net TV-G Geekscape Giveaway: Unlock Your Potential With Our ‘Lucy’ Contest! http://www.geekscape.net/geekscape-giveaway-unlock-your-potential-with-our-lucy-contest http://www.geekscape.net/geekscape-giveaway-unlock-your-potential-with-our-lucy-contest#comments Thu, 24 Jul 2014 06:28:57 +0000 http://www.geekscape.net/?p=78203 Briefly: Luc Besson always puts together some fantastic films. Even if they aren’t always critically successful (I’m looking at you Hitman), at the end of the day he can direct, write and produce some very enjoyable films.

We’re eagerly awaiting Lucy’s release on July 25th (just a few more days away). Lucy is an action-thriller that tracks a woman accidentally caught in a dark deal who turns the tables on her captors and transforms into a merciless warrior evolved beyond human logic.

Because we’re so excited for the film, we jumped at the opportunity to offer fans an awesome Lucy giveaway. One lucky individual will receive a $50 prepaid Visa, plusLucy t-shirt and hat.

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Interested? Here’s what you need to do:

- Like Geekscape on Facebook
- Share this photo on your Facebook wall, and be sure to comment, letting us know what movie you’re most looking forward to this Summer.
- Reside in the United States (sorry Canadians).

Simple, huh? We’ll pick a winner next week, and be in touch! Happy sharing!

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The Saint Mort Show Episode 092: MC Lars & MC Frontalot http://www.geekscape.net/the-saint-mort-show-episode-092-mc-lars-mc-frontalot http://www.geekscape.net/the-saint-mort-show-episode-092-mc-lars-mc-frontalot#comments Thu, 24 Jul 2014 02:49:37 +0000 http://www.geekscape.net/?p=78194 Friday Night MC Lars and MC Frontalot will be dominating San Diego Comic Con. I was given a chance to interview the two of them separately for the show and managed to chat with them about their humble beginnings, the creation of nerd core as a genre, their upcoming albums and the acting careers of both of them.

If you haven’t yet get your tickets for the 4th annual Nerd-A-Thon

If you never heard MC Frontalot or MC Lars check out their websites.

MC LARS SITE

MC FRONTALOT SITE

LINK TO BUY COMMUNITY COLLEGE

The intro music contains the song The Doubtful Guest by Calibretto on their EP Dead By Dawn.

 

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‘Persona Q’ Gets A Release Date To Go With An Adorable Opening Cutscene http://www.geekscape.net/persona-q-gets-a-release-date-to-go-with-an-adorable-new-trailer http://www.geekscape.net/persona-q-gets-a-release-date-to-go-with-an-adorable-new-trailer#comments Wed, 23 Jul 2014 18:48:49 +0000 http://www.geekscape.net/?p=78180 It looks like Nintendo gamers will have to wait a few more months before finials getting their first Persona fix.

Atlus has announced that the upcoming 3DS exclusive, Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth, will become available on November 25th. Bringing together the casts of Persona 3 and 4 for the first time in an RPG setting, (and also marking the first PersonaRPG in six years, the team behind the Etrian Odyssey series is bringing their expertise to this first person dungeon crawler.

But for those wondering if the core experience we expect from the series will remain intact, don’t worry. Atlus is promising that Q will retain the combat and character development of the core titles, which will be interesting considering these are established characters in a “what if” scenario. Something tells me it won’t take itself so seriously.

All initial prints will come with special packaging and a half set of tarot cards, but you’ll want to pick up the limited edition if you want all the goodies, including a handy 3DS XL case imported from Japan! Too bad we can’t get that amazing Q themed 3DS to go with it…

But enough wishing for what never will be. Check out the opening movie and let us know if you plan on picking up Persona Q this November!

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This Episode Of ‘Sailor Moon’ Was Reanimated By Over 250 Different Artists; The Results Are Hilarious! http://www.geekscape.net/this-episode-of-sailor-moon-was-reanimated-by-over-250-different-artists-the-results-are-hilarious http://www.geekscape.net/this-episode-of-sailor-moon-was-reanimated-by-over-250-different-artists-the-results-are-hilarious#comments Wed, 23 Jul 2014 16:15:49 +0000 http://www.geekscape.net/?p=78131 It’s no secret that thanks to its recent revival, Sailor Moon is a hot topic amongst geeks the world over. So when you’re a a talented artist or animator, what’s the best way to celebrate the series coming back into the limelight? Naturally, you recreate one of the original series’ most interesting episodes with over 200 different animation styles, right?

That’s what Moon Animate Make Up set out to do in late 2013, and the result is fantastic. Throughout the 23 minute episode, we’re treated to Western style animation, Japanese anime style animation that fits closely to the original, we get crude art that looks like it was taken from an episode of Ren and Stimpy. We got puppets, people. Puppets! They even animated the Sailor Says segment at the end! Bonus points for using one of my favorite episodes as the subject.

You just have to watch the video for yourself if you have a half hour to spare. And if you don’t, make one. You’ll thank us later.

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Red Hood Is Coming To ‘Batman: Arkham Knight’ Thanks To Pre-Order DLC http://www.geekscape.net/red-hood-is-coming-to-batman-arkham-knight-thanks-to-pre-order-dlc http://www.geekscape.net/red-hood-is-coming-to-batman-arkham-knight-thanks-to-pre-order-dlc#comments Wed, 23 Jul 2014 16:07:52 +0000 http://www.geekscape.net/?p=78143 If a recently leaked ad from GameStop is to be believed, then it looks like crowbar boy himself, Red Hood, is coming to Batman: Arkham Knight by the way of pre-order DLC.

In the past, bonus characters like Deathstroke and Nightwing have been contained to side modes, never getting a real chance to explore Gotham in the same way that Batman could. But as mentioned with the Harley Quinn DLC that every retailer will give out when pre-ordering the bat’s next game, Red Hood’s content will be a side story, giving him his own time stage to shine on once the highly anticipated final chapter of the Arkham series is finally released.

With this announcement, part of me is hoping that this isn’t where the extra story content comes to a close. Who wouldn’t love to play as Nightwing, Robin, or so many other members of the Bat Family in a full fledged Gotham City? Normally, I’m a staunch opponent of absurd amounts of DLC, but the Arkham games have earned the reputation of being full, rewarding experiences without extra content, so I would trust Rocksteady on this one. One thing is for sure though, the chances of me finally getting my Huntress DLC are looking slim.

Can’t wait to play Arkham Knight? Who else are you hoping will get added to Batman and Rocksteady’s final chapter? Tell us in the comments, then get back to impatiently waiting with the rest of us for its 2015 release date.

Source: ign.com

 

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Sheik, Darunia and Princess Ruto Join The ‘Hyrule Warriors’ Cast http://www.geekscape.net/sheik-darunia-and-princess-ruto-join-the-hyrule-warriors-cast http://www.geekscape.net/sheik-darunia-and-princess-ruto-join-the-hyrule-warriors-cast#comments Wed, 23 Jul 2014 16:05:23 +0000 http://www.geekscape.net/?p=78127 Famitsu’s latest scans have revealed three new characters coming to Hyrule Warriors, the Zelda spin on the Dynasty Warriors franchise, and one thing’s for sure. Whoever chose the latest reveals must have been huge on Ocarina of Time!

First, Darunia, the Goron leader and the Sage of Fire will roll through swarms of enemies when he hits the battlefield. Second, Princess Ruto must have gotten tired of being carried around everywhere, because the Zora princess / Sage of Water is looking to bring the fight herself. And lastly, Sheik finally puts those ninja skills to good use, being the first time that the character has been playable outside of Smash Bros. We always knew she LOOKED badass. Now it’s time for her to prove it.

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This brings the playable roster up to 10, including Link, Zelda, Impa, Midna, Fi, Agatha, and newcomer, Lana. It’ll be hard to claim that the Zelda doesn’t have strong female characers now! I wonder how much restraint Team Ninja had to use to actually clothe them all?

Who are you most excited about playing with? Hyrule Warriors will launch on September 26th, exclusively for Wii U.

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Viz Announces The New ‘Sailor Moon’ Voice Cast http://www.geekscape.net/viz-announces-the-new-sailor-moon-voice-cast http://www.geekscape.net/viz-announces-the-new-sailor-moon-voice-cast#comments Wed, 23 Jul 2014 03:06:02 +0000 http://www.geekscape.net/?p=78140 After months of anticipation, Viz Media revealed the new Sailor Moon voice cast that will be working on the re-dub of the original series, and eventually, Sailor Moon Crystal.

Featuring a mix of veteran voice actors and some lesser known names, one thing is for sure; they’re going to have some huge shoes, (boots?) to fill. The cast list is as follows:

Usagi Tsukino/Sailor Moon- Stephanie Sheh

Ami Mizuno/Sailor Mercury- Kate Higgins

Rei Hino/Sailor Mars- Cristina Valenzuela

Makoto Kino/Sailor Jupiter- Amanda C Miller

Minako Aino/Sailor Venus- Cherami Leigh

Luna- Michelle Ruff

Artemis- Johnny Yong Bosch

Naru Osaka- Danielle Nicole

Gurio Umino- Ben Diskin

Queen Beryl- Cindy Robinson

Jadite- Todd Haberkorn

Nephrite- Liam O’Brien

Zoicite- Lucien Dodge

Kunzite- Patrick Seitz

Ikuki Tsukino- Tara Platt

Kenji Tsukino- Keith Silverstein

Shingo Tsukino- Nicolas Roye

Many of these names are definitely familiar, and I’m excited to see how each actor will portray their character. Only a few more months until we find out! Viz’s Sailor Moon re-release will be officially available for your consumption on November 11th. And remember, picking it up at rightstuf.com will net you an exclusive collectors coin while supplies last!

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First Impressions Of The New ‘Sailor Moon’ Dub http://www.geekscape.net/first-impressions-of-the-new-sailor-moon-dub http://www.geekscape.net/first-impressions-of-the-new-sailor-moon-dub#comments Wed, 23 Jul 2014 02:08:26 +0000 http://www.geekscape.net/?p=78129 Ever since it was announced that all 200 plus episodes of Sailor Moon would be re-released and redubbed by a new cast, those who grew up on the mid 90′s classic were anxious to see how the new version would compare. Nearly 20 years of nostalgia coupled with a series so iconic means that no matter who Viz decided to give the roles to, they would have an uphill battle. The cast reveal was mostly a who’s who of voice actors, so the cast has the potential to meet our lofty expectations, but there’s no way to know until we can hear it for ourselves. Well, after being lucky enough to attend an exclusive pre screening of the first two episodes with the new cast, while it was definitely an adjustment, it looks like our beloved series is in good hands.

As soon as the familiar opening moments of Usagi waking up late for school began to play, we’re introduced to a much sweeter, (and less ditzy), sounding version of the titular character than we’re used to, courtesy of Stephanie Sheh. Throughout the first two episodes, Sheh portrays Usagi as a much more realistic character compared to the over the top comedy version we got from DiC. Watching it definitely gave me a different feel for the character compared to the days where I would wake up in my PJs to catch half an episode before being late to my 5th grade class, but different doesn’t necessarily mean bad. I’ll always appreciate the off-beat Serena I grew up with, but Serena this is not, which made the show stand out more from its predecessor than I expected.

On that subject, another adjustment that had to be made was keeping all of the Japanese names intact. While I’ve watched the series in both English and Japanese more times than I care to mention, it was still weird to see and hear certain aspects played out in English. Names like Naru, Umino and Shingo might be instantly recognizable to me now, but outside of the Japanese version, I’m used to Molly and Melvin myself. Other little things like Naru not having a New York accent while being from Tokyo, or Luna sounding more like a young woman than an older sage further helped the new dub stand out, and once again, giving it a unique feel without ever feeling like it could, (or even wanted to), replace the original dub.

Despite being mostly pleased with the handling of the new dub, there were a few aspects that were better off staying in the Japanese version exclusively. The eyecathes in between where would normally be commercials were awkward enough when the Japanese voices would shout, “SAILOR MOON!”, as if we didn’t know what show we were watching. But over time, it became tollerable. Now, Viz went through the trouble of redubbing THOSE sections too, making me sink into my chair a little bit each time. Back to square one, I guess.

And while it’s early to tell how well each actor will do with their role, since it often takes a few episodes for some to really get into their character, I just couldn’t stand Umino’s voice. Played by the very talented Ben Diskin, I know he has the acting chops, but that super nasily voice he speaks with when voicing the school nerd is just too much. When we got into episode 2, (which has never before been dubbed since it’s essentially the sexual harassment episode), this Umino focused story just felt cringeworthy. Hopefully, future ADR direction will help the character find a balance of being annoying as intended, but not so much so that I feel awkward watching. And while I won’t focus on it too much since he only had two lines, Usagi’s kid brother, Shingo, sounds older than their dad. Either he’s been hitting the testosterone shots of this should probably be adjusted down the road.

Regardless of any unpleasing moments, anyone who was concerned about how Viz was going to handle dubbing Sailor Moon won’t have to worry anymore. Wisely taking a completely different approach with how some of the characters are portrayed, it manages to remain a faithful English adaptation of the original series without ever trying to encroach on our memories of the original version that we all fell in love with in the first place. There are some obvious growing pains in certain areas, but as more characters are introduced, more story arcs are played out and more time passes to improve, Viz’s version just might deliver the complete Sailor Moon experience that we’ve never had the chance to watch in English.

Check out Viz’s first promotional teaser below and tell us what you think! The first box set is scheduled for a November 11th release date, and pre orders at rightstuf.com will receive an exclusive collectors coin while supplies last.

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Geekscape Reviews ‘Sailor Moon Crystal Act 2- Ami: Sailor Mercury’ http://www.geekscape.net/geekscape-reviews-sailor-moon-crystal-act-2-ami-sailor-mercury http://www.geekscape.net/geekscape-reviews-sailor-moon-crystal-act-2-ami-sailor-mercury#comments Tue, 22 Jul 2014 16:27:46 +0000 http://www.geekscape.net/?p=77985 My god, that felt like the longest wait I’ve ever had to endure. Yet, we’ve survived another two weeks, and the second episode of Sailor Moon Crystal is finally here! No longer on her own, Sailor Moon now has Sailor Mercury at her side! After watching the events of the episode play out again through the rebooted series, it was presented in a way that made the old story feel new again, while fleshing out Ami’s personality quite a bit, (or as much as 23 minutes would allow).

Episode 2 jumps right in to introducing Ms. Mizuno as a talented, genious level student who finds herself alienated by the rest of Juban Middle School for it. Her constant studying makes the rest of the school feel like she’s cold and stuck up, but as rumors spread, Usagi decides she will take the chance to befriend her, (if only for the hope that Ami’s smarts will rub off on her own awful grades). But their bonds run deeper than either of them realize, and once Ami’s genious level after school class begins having their energy drained by a new threat, it’s up to Sailor Moon to rescue her new friend… Or is it?

Moon fans of old will instantly notice how much stronger the character development moved in this episode compared to its mid 90′s counterpart. Between characterizing the newest Sailor Warrior, developing the friendship between Ami and Usagi, showing that there’s more than meets the eye to Usagi’s advisor, Luna, and making the enemies seem far more threatening than they used to, and it’s easy to tell that the production team wastes absolutely no time with what they’re given in Crystal.

Most importantly though, the episode made me feel, which is an impressive feat when watching TV at three in the morning. The innitially selfish intentions Usagi had for befriending Ami quickly fade away, especially during the arcade scene, making these polar opposites seem like they have a legitimate, fast forming friendship. Even during the fight at the end, though I know the story and how it plays out for the most part, I still felt a sense of urgency for Sailor Moon when it looked like she could have been killed, rather than staring at the clock waiting for Tuxedo Mask to save her. This surely has to do with the fact that she used more than just her tiara in the fight, leading to a failed supersonic cry. After being so used to a one and done super attack at the end, seeing a back and forth with a throwaway monster felt fantastic to watch.

Oh, and by the way, the best part? Tuxedo Mask DOESN’T save her, or at least he doesn’t directly stop the monster. He was only able to cut Sailor Moon out of her trap AFTER the newly discovered Sailor Mercury uses her Aqua Mist to distract the enemy. After a mostly faithful transformation sequence, Mercury hits the scene hard, complete with her own battle introduction. Just try watching this episode and claim that she’s useless in a fight. She saved the whole fight!

Yet, at the risk of sounding like a broken record, the 3D animation used during the transformation sequences is still jarring, especially when it switches back to 2D, immediately highlighting the huge contrast between styles. Something about it just doesn’t fit. And while I’m happy that Sailor Mercury’s transformation isn’t almost a full minute, the show would benefit from speeding up Sailor Moon’s overly drawn out one.

Yet, that’s the only real complaint in an episode that accomplished so much in so little time. More humor was introduced in this episode, (especially with Usagi and Mamoru/Tuxedo Mask outside the school), the facial expressions were more varried, and we saw a variety of powers on display. And of course, we’re teased with Jaedite, the current antagonist, getting moe and more frustrated with the intervention of the Sailor Warriors, closing with a teaser of Rei/Sailor Mars, making the next two weeks even harder to bare. With the way the series is playing out so far, at least we know the wait will be well worth it.

Final Score: 4.75/5

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Harmonix Reveals Release Date And Pricing For ‘Dance Central: Spotlight http://www.geekscape.net/harmonix-reveals-release-date-and-pricing-for-dance-central-spotlig http://www.geekscape.net/harmonix-reveals-release-date-and-pricing-for-dance-central-spotlig#comments Tue, 22 Jul 2014 01:52:57 +0000 http://www.geekscape.net/?p=78085 Today, Harmonix has announced that Dance Central: Spotlight, the fourth game in the only series of Kinect games that actually work, will make its Xbox One debut on September 7th, along with a $9.99 price tag. In addition, the last five of the ten song playlist has also been unvieled, bringing a mix of club bangers and top 40 hits to the dance floor.

The playlist is as follows:

Avicii – “Wake Me Up”
Cher Lloyd – “I Wish”
David Guetta ft. Sia “Titanium”
Jason Derulo ft. 2 Chainz – “Talk Dirty”
Kid Ink ft. Chris Brown – “Show Me”
Lorde – “Royals”
OneRepublic – “Counting Stars”
Pharrell Williams – “Happy”
Rihanna – “Diamonds”
will.i.am ft. Justin Bieber – “#thatPOWER”

In addition, the following songs will be available for download when the game releases, with more on the way, (including DLC from past games, which will be available at no extra charge if you’ve purchased them in previous versions).

Capital Cities – “Safe and Sound”
Emeli Sandé – “Next To Me”
Icona Pop ft. Charli XCX – “I Love It”
Lana Del Rey – “Summertime Sadness (Cedric Gervais Remix)”
The B-52’s – “Love Shack”d”

When Harmonix officially unvieled Dance Central: Spotlight back at E3, details were scarce. Aside from learning that it would be released digitally for Xbox One with half of the ten song playlist being revealed, there was little to go on as far as whether or not it would be worthy of our precious hard drive space. But now, at only $10 for ten songs, that sounds like an incredible deal to me!

As far as I’m concerned, the Dance Central series is the best motion controlled title on any platform, and will finally give us a reason to want to use our shiny new Kinects when Spotlight arrives this fall. I’m just confused as to how I’m supposed to dance to Royals…

What songs are you hoping get added to the game? Any favorites you’re hoping make a return? Check out our hands on preview from E3 this year, and let us know how excited you are to show off your moves once again!

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Activision Announces The ‘Skylanders: Trap Team’ Dark Edition; Snatching Wallets In The Process! http://www.geekscape.net/activision-announces-the-skylanders-trap-team-dark-edition-snatching-wallets-in-the-process http://www.geekscape.net/activision-announces-the-skylanders-trap-team-dark-edition-snatching-wallets-in-the-process#comments Tue, 22 Jul 2014 01:41:36 +0000 http://www.geekscape.net/?p=78093 In a move that will likely surprise absolutely no one, Activision has announced that the upcoming Skylanders: Trap Team, the fourth game in the title that started the “toys come to life”, craze, will receive its very own limited edition.

Titled the “Dark Edition”, Trap Team seems to be following very closely in the footsteps of its predecessor, Swap Force. Each package contains Raider colored versions of the standard pack ins, which include Snap Shot and Food Fight in addition to a Life and Water trap. Coming exclusively to this version however, is this badass looking fire lion, (appropriately named Wildfire), and a black Kaos trap, designed to capture the longtime series antagonist. The package will retail for $99.99.

Collectors are sure to eat this up, and I know plenty of people who wouldn’t mind dropping the extra cash for the alternate colors and bonus figures. Having said that, I REALLY hope this trap isn’t the only way to capture Kaos. The ability to do so has been a big selling point after all. And it’s too bad that they didn’t decide on some other gimmick, since we already got Dark Spyro and Dark Eruptor from the 3DS versions and a Dark Edition of Swap Force. I mean, aren’t there any other ideas other than painting them black? I sense a Rolling Stones song in the distance…

There’s no word as to whether or not this version is a Toys R’ Us exclusive in the same manner the last limited edition was a GameStop exclusive, or if we’ll be able to purchase this from any retailer that we please. But with Disney Infinity brining in Marvel and Nintendo tying their Amiibos to Smash Bros, Skylanders will have more competition than ever when it comes to your toy buying dollar. Let’s hope the game continues to build on its much improved prequel to stay strong in the public eye. See, folks? Competition at its finest!

Do you plan on sticking with Trap Team this holiday, and if so, are you going with the Dark Edition? The Skylanders’ latest adventure will be available for every major platform when it releases in October.

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NIS America Announces Two New Anime Releases For 2014 http://www.geekscape.net/nis-america-announces-two-new-anime-releases-for-2014 http://www.geekscape.net/nis-america-announces-two-new-anime-releases-for-2014#comments Mon, 21 Jul 2014 03:50:54 +0000 http://www.geekscape.net/?p=78079 During a weekend full of announcements, NIS America revealed their own anime releases hitting stores in 2014.

First, Hanasaku Iroha the Movie ~ HOME SWEET HOME ~ is coming in a premium edition box on October 14. Retailing at $49.99 , the package gets you the Blu-Ray film and an art book containing interviews with the staff behind the film.

From the press release:

About the movie:

In the days before the Bonbori Festival, Ohana’s friend Yuina comes to Kissuiso for training. While cleaning up after her, Ohana discovers a logbook kept by Beans from when her mother, Satsuki, was still a youth at Kissuisso. Through the logbook, Ohana catches a glimpse of her mother’s struggles, and realizes that maybe the two of them aren’t so different after all. Meanwhile, the rest of the inn staff are caught up in dealing with a blackout.

About the extras:

- Hardcover art book (full color, 32 pages) which provides a deeper viewing experience through scene-by-scene director commentary, staff member interviews, concept sketches, and setting illustrations.
- Original Japanese commercials

Second on the list is Nyaruko: Crawling with Love! Complete Second Season, also coming in a Premium Edition package on November 11th. Promising to pile on the charm in between saving the world, this 12 episode collection will also include its own art book at $59.99 MSRP.

Check out the synopsis from the press release:

About the show:
Mahiro has become accustomed to his protection detail of Nyaruko, Kuko, and Hasuta making his life interesting. Nyaruko starts scheming with Tamao to turn up the charm and sway Mahiro’s resolve, while Kuko reconsiders her own stance on love. Things get tricky as the gang deals with a monstrous monkey, an unexpected visitor from Kuko’s past, balancing love and duty, and of course, saving the world.

About the extras:

- Nyarlathotep-tested, alien-approved hardcover art book (full color, approx. 36 pages) with episode guide, character info, and gorgeous full color illustrations.
- Clean opening and endings, Japanese trailers

For more information on either series, visit NISAmerica.com/iroha and NISAmerica.com/Nyaruko, and check back with Geekscape for more anime news, impressions and reviews!

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A Look Behind Weird Al’s “Lame Claim to Fame” Music Video http://www.geekscape.net/a-look-behind-weird-als-lame-claim-to-fame-music-video http://www.geekscape.net/a-look-behind-weird-als-lame-claim-to-fame-music-video#comments Mon, 21 Jul 2014 00:04:15 +0000 http://www.geekscape.net/?p=78011 “Is it just me, or has Weird Al taken over the internet?” is the question everyone has been asking this week. The answer is a definite YES!

In fact Rolling Stone said, this visual onslaught appears to be working: Mandatory Fun is on pace to top the Billboard 200 for the first time in Yankovic’s career, as long as he can hold off Jason Mraz’s Yes! One thing’s for sure: According to Billboard, Mandatory Fun will definitely give “Weird Al” his best first week album sales since Neilsen SoundScan started keeping track in 1991.

Al’s #8videos8days takeover of the internet started with “Tacky” Monday and continued with parodies like “Foil“, “Word Crimes” and “Handy“  BUT I have been waiting since last Summer for today’s video, “Lame Claim to Fame” to debut because my “lame claim to fame” is that my friend, Tim Thompson directed the video.

Tim has been a Weird Al fan since he was a kid, so he was more than excited to create a video for one if his favorite artists. It took him more than ten sets of ink cartridges, more than 1,000 cut-outs of Weird Al’s face, 30 pairs of scissors and one year to complete the stop animation video.

As some people have noticed in the comments section on YouTube and Weird Al’s Facebook page – there are A LOT of references in this video. Pretty appropriate for a man known for his parodies, don’t ya think? Well, I won’t spoil all of the references throughout the video, but here are some to take note of and that you may not have known otherwise:

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1.)  Overall this is a stylistic reference to Food by Jan Svankmajer.

2.) The cow painting on the back wall was painted by MC Lars. Tim was able to do this video because Al was a fan of Lars’ “This Gigantic Robot Kills” video, which Tim directed. The two first met in elementary school and have been friends ever since. Tim asked him to paint the cow because he remembered Lars drawing it on papers while they were in class together and “moo”ing. Pretty perfect for a video that is influenced Southern Culture on the Skids and homage to his friend.

3.) A VHS copy of Johnny Dangerously is on the table, notable because Weird Al’s video “This is the Life ” was made for that movie.

4.) The two portraits on the wall are Steve Jay Al’s Bassist and Jim Kimo west his Guitarist. There have been a lot of people commenting on the video asking if it’s Neil Young – nope, its a band member! Tim wanted to make sure the entire band was highlighted in the video, so you’ll see all of them throughout the video.

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5.) [0:18] The cashier is actually the director, Tim Thompson.

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6.) [0:19] Each of the food items are references to Weird Al’s music – do you know which songs? Also, that Bologna sat in Tim’s fridge for months.

7.) [1:04] bottom right-hand drawing is a personal drawing from MC Lars to Tim congratulating him on being able to work with Al, a childhood hero of both of theirs.

8.) [1:23] Redrum is a reference to The Shining and at [1:24] you can see the creepy twins appear for a half of a second with Al’s face.

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9.) [1:54] Steven A.K.A. Al’s dentist appears to sneeze on Russel crow and light-saber battle him, he was also in MC Lars’ “Flow Like Poe” video

10.) [1:58]  The preview of suggested EweTube videos are actually some of Tim’s other videos including student work and Reel Big Fish’s “Don’t Stop Skankin’” – Bonus points if you can find the second video listed online.

11.) [2:05] Ten extra points if you can name all the people in the theater – 20 points if you can name the classic actors in the photos on the walls!

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12.) [2:17] Yes, that is Dr. Demento, the man who first discovered Weird Al and apparently knows Kevin Bacon. No joke, I didn’t know who Dr. Demento was until I asked Tim and we listened to every Dr. Demento record in the house.

13.) [2:18] Reference to “This Gigantic Robot Kills” since that was the work that got Al’s attention.

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14.) [2:39] KCPR – Reference to the college radio station where Al was a DJ and got the name “Weird Al”

15.) [3:39] My actual Lame Claim to Fame – I was animated into a Weird Al video.

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Sting Arrives In The WWE Courtesy Of ‘WWE 2K15′ http://www.geekscape.net/sting-arrives-in-the-wwe-courtesy-of-wwe-2k15 http://www.geekscape.net/sting-arrives-in-the-wwe-courtesy-of-wwe-2k15#comments Sun, 20 Jul 2014 18:15:41 +0000 http://www.geekscape.net/?p=78063 If 2K wanted to send a message with their first fully developed wrestling title under their name, then message received.

For the first time in his long, storied career, Sting, the icon of WCW, (and TNA I guess…), will step foot in a WWE ring! Only in this case, it will be in the video game realm of WWE 2K15 in the form of pre order DLC.

Featuring both the early 90′s “surfer” Sting as well as the “Crow” Sting that would become his trademark look, the wrestling legend will join a roster featuring many of today’s biggest talent, such as cover boy, John Cena, Daniel Bryan and Bray Wyatt. Nearly any dream match you’ll ever want to put together can now be possible, even the long clamored for showdown between Sting and The Undertaker. Considering recent events, that might be the closest we’ll ever get to actually seeing the match play out!

But what makes this announcement more interesting is that after years of staunchly avoiding the WWE, this is the first official appearence he’s made for the company since becoming a free agent last year. Aside from an unannounced ten second clip about the Ultimate Warrior after his passing, (RIP), seeing new Sting content in anything related to Vince McMahon’s company is sure to excite wrestling fans both new and old. Besides, everyone who’s appeared before signing a contract in the past, (Brock Lesnar, Ultimate Warrior), have returned within that year. Can the same be said for Sting? Only time will tell, but I’m crossing my fingers.

Check out Sting’s reveal trailer below and let us know if this will sway your decision to step back into the ring. WWE 2K15 will release for both current and last gen consoles this fall!

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Meet The Leaders Of ‘Pokemon Alpha Ruby and Omega Sapphire’ Or Become One Yourself! http://www.geekscape.net/meet-the-leaders-of-pokemon-alpha-ruby-and-omega-sapphire-or-become-one-yourself http://www.geekscape.net/meet-the-leaders-of-pokemon-alpha-ruby-and-omega-sapphire-or-become-one-yourself#comments Sun, 20 Jul 2014 17:00:51 +0000 http://www.geekscape.net/?p=78060 We’ve been treated with a steady stream of Pokemon Alpha Ruby and Omega Sapphire news since the game was innitially announced, but not quite as much as the latest trailer shows off, giving us a glimpse of the many features the game will bring back from the Hoenn region.

Showing off the changes made to the eight gyms we’ll get the chance to revisit, many of the locations, (as well as the leaders themselves), have received huge overhauls since their last appearance on the Game Boy Advance, (which is the expectation when moving to a 3D engine). But OR and AS look to take it a step further, allowing you to challenge countless gym leaders, or even become one yourself, thanks to the revamped Secret Base feature.

Longtime Pokemon players will remember Secret Bases; locations on the map where you can create a small home for yourself in caves or trees. Their biggest draw however, was that your base would be sent to the last person you traded or battled with, allowing other trainers to visit your base and battle you again via CPU for EXP points. Now, the customization promises to be much deeper, allowing you to design your base like a Pokemon gym. By scanning custom QR codes, players from all around the world will be able to solve your gym puzzle and battle your toughest team.

And if these reveals, (including cosplaying Pikachu), weren’t enough, the trailers end revealed Mega Metagross! While not much of a surprise, considering Metagross was the champion’s signature Pokemon in the originals, it was still great to see it confirmed. Now more floaty and with a Metang attached to its bottom, Mega Metagross is said to gain a small boost to all of its stats in addition to a huge speed boost, which was its biggest weakness in the past. On top of gaining the Tough Claws ability, and what’s left is a monster that’s even more powerful than before… And that’s saying a lot considering Metagross was already considered one of the best in the game as is.

What do you think of Mega Metagross and how long do you think it will take to get banned? How will you dress your Pikachu up? And what kind of gym will you create when the game hits stores on November 21st?

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Marie Is Coming To ‘Persona 4 Arena Ultimax’ As Paid DLC http://www.geekscape.net/marie-is-coming-to-persona-4-arena-ultimax-as-paid-dlc http://www.geekscape.net/marie-is-coming-to-persona-4-arena-ultimax-as-paid-dlc#comments Sun, 20 Jul 2014 16:00:34 +0000 http://www.geekscape.net/?p=78052 Following in the footsteps of the recently announced Adachi DLC, (which will be available for free during the first week of availability), it was revealed that Marie will be the next character added to Persona 4 Arena Ultimax as paid, post launch content.

As a character who was specifically added for Persona 4 Golden, the Vita remake of the PS2 RPG that started this increased interest in the franchise, Marie brings many of the abilities to the fighting game arena that were last seen in her character specific story arc. Now with her own Persona, it’s looking like her abilities will be a mix of what Golden players would expect combined with a ton of new tools revolving around weather that she’s never before displayed. Now, if we can only get the Persona 3 protagonist in on the mix, and I’d say we have all of our bases covered!

Between the Persona 4 Golden anime, the original Golden Vita game and this upcoming DLC, it looks like a good time to be a Marie fanatic. What’s even more telling though, is that in the original Persona 4 Arena title, there was no character DLC. Now, we have two before the game is even out. And I doubt this is the end of it, either. As always, I welcome new characters, but I’m not too happy with these characters being sold separately despite them appearing to be, at least mostly, finished at this point. Oh, the woes of being a fight fan.

Marie has yet to be confirmed for a release outside of Japan, but based on how things went with Adachi, I’d fully expect a formal announcement in the coming weeks. Will you be downloading her after Ultimax launches? And who else would you like to see make it in the final roster?

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Anime Expo 2014: The ‘Sailor Moon’ Cast Is Reunited At The 90′s Dub Panel! http://www.geekscape.net/anime-expo-2014-the-sailor-moon-cast-is-reunited-at-the-90s-dub-panel http://www.geekscape.net/anime-expo-2014-the-sailor-moon-cast-is-reunited-at-the-90s-dub-panel#comments Sun, 20 Jul 2014 15:25:58 +0000 http://www.geekscape.net/?p=78065 If you’re into anime and you’re as old as I am, you probably were introduced to it by one of three shows. For me, Sailor Moon was the first series that really engrossed me while showing me that the show was more than just an early morning cartoon that aired before school. It’s overarching story, developing characters, deeper themes that went beyond what I was used to from American shows at the time, and its use of a unique type of super hero made sure that I was glued to the screen whenever that iconic song came on.

Now, years later, I’m more familiar with the name Usagi than I am Serena. I know the Sailor Scouts, (Warriors, or Senshi if you want to weeb it up), were killed, and not captured by the Doom and Gloom Girls. And I know that Rini/Chibiusa pulled a gun on Sailor Moon when they first met. Yet, despite the differences between the original dub and the original source material, DiC’s Sailor Moon will always have a special place for me, which is why it was absolutely amazing to see members of the original English cast back together again.

Out of the many activities taking place during Sailor Moon Day at Anime Expo, few were as exciting as seeing the actors many of us grew up with reminiscing on their time as the voices of these iconic characters, including how the characters shaped them in their everyday lives, when they realized the impact this show had, and a story about how Sailor Jupiter saved a house from a threatening raccoon!

Hearing the actors call out lines from the old show took me back to 1995. Take this chance to feel like a kid again and check out the panel in the videos below, then take it to the comments and tell us what your favorite parts were!

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Watch The Premiere Episode Of The Bandito Brothers’ ‘Chop Shop’ http://www.geekscape.net/watch-the-premiere-episode-of-the-bandito-brothers-chop-shop http://www.geekscape.net/watch-the-premiere-episode-of-the-bandito-brothers-chop-shop#comments Sat, 19 Jul 2014 07:17:53 +0000 http://www.geekscape.net/?p=77975 Briefly: There’s some crazy talent attached to this one!

Chop Shop centers on Porter (John Bregar), a car thief recently released from a five year stint in prison, who finds himself struggling to rekindle a relationship with his former girlfriend Sofia (Ana Ayora) and their five-year old son he hardly knows. Porter soon reconnects with his old partner in crime Caine (Rene Moran), who’s volatile and aggressive nature puts him at odds against Porter’s new life. Torn between family and friendships, Porter faces the most difficult decision of his life and realizes that to change his future he might have to relive his past.

The excellent 22-minute long premiere episode of the Machinima series hit the web earlier today. The series is six-episodes long, and a new chapter will release each Friday.

Elliott Lester (Blitz) directs the Bandito Brothers (Act Of Valor) and Joshua Weinstock produced series, alongside writers Josh Baizer and Marshall Johnson (Mortal Kombat: Legacy).  Series stars John Bregar (Being HumanKick Ass 2The Mentalist), Rene Moran (ShamelessLie to MeSwitched at Birth), Ana Ayora (Marley & MeCastle), and acclaimed actor Robert Patrick (Terminator 2: Judgment DayThe SopranosThe X-FilesTrue Blood).

From releases like Street Fighter: Assassin’s Fist to Mortal Kombat: Legacy and now Chop Shop, I can’t wait to see what’s next from these guys! Take a look at the first episode of Chop Shop below, and let us know what you think!

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Crowdfund This: Hero Chest http://www.geekscape.net/crowdfund-this-hero-chest http://www.geekscape.net/crowdfund-this-hero-chest#comments Sat, 19 Jul 2014 07:02:44 +0000 http://www.geekscape.net/?p=77963 This is very cool.

Subscription box services are all the rage right now, and Hero Chest sounds like a phenomenal option for comic book fans. If I didn’t reside in Canada, I’d definitely be subscribing to this one.

In their own words, “Hero Chest will be a curated subscription box that brings the comic shop experience to your doorstep each month. Our curators’ selections will be guided by years of comic experience and a passion for high quality comics. We want to send you titles you might not see featured in your local store or might have slipped under your radar. Most of all, we want to send you cool stuff to read! (And toys.)”

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As a guy who only makes it into my LCS to pick up my pull list every month or two, I know that there’s a lot of cool stuff that I’m missing. Hero Chest could be a great way to expand my comic book horizons.

Each Hero Chest is set to contain:

- A recently released Trade Paperback (compilation of 6-10ish comic issues, usually of a single story arc in one place)
- 3 current comic books (issues) selected specifically for their quality of art and storytelling, significance and potential interestingness
- Monthly curation notes on the titles chosen for the box
- Fun surprises like t-shirts, stickers, toys, and collectibles
- And Kickstarter rewards include shipping and handling!

A beta box was put together and sent out to a few lucky Kickstarter backers, which Hero Chest has broken down on their official blog.

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The Hero Chest Kickstarter campaign is a great way to get early access to what is sure to be a highly-successful product. Backers can receive access to three exclusive boxes, pick up year-long subscriptions (even for a friend), grab exclusive t-shirts, and much more.

You can head to the Kickstarter page or the official Hero Chest website for more info, and be sure to let us know if you’ll be backing this one!

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J-POP SUMMIT Fashion Programming http://www.geekscape.net/j-pop-summit-fashion-programming http://www.geekscape.net/j-pop-summit-fashion-programming#comments Fri, 18 Jul 2014 23:26:31 +0000 http://www.geekscape.net/?p=77939 The fashion of J-pop is almost as important as the music and, as such, there will be plenty of kawaii (cute) and sugoi (cool) booths and programming at J-POP SUMMIT this weekend in San Francisco!

Fashion Programming

Festival-goers and fashionistas will not want to miss the return of a variety of “KAWAii!!” themed fashion shows,contests and live performances showcasing edgy new sides of Japanese pop style along with autograph and meet-and-greet opportunities with several of the J-Pop fashion world’s fastest rising stars.

 

This year’s KAWAii!! events are supported by Consulate General of Japan in San Francisco and presented as the first collaboration with MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON, a new initiative developed by ASOBISYSTEM, a prominent entertainment company based in Harajuku, Tokyo, to promote a wider range of Japanese pop culture on an even bigger, more global level.

 

Fashion Programming highlights appearances by several of Harajuku’s iconic models and designers including Ayumi Seto, Misa Kimura, Una and Akira. Several of these models will join others from Bay Area to showcase a colorful debut summer collection from Ayumi Seto’s fashion line, “Aymmy in the batty girls.” Many of the same outfits featured in the show will be available to purchase at KAWAii!! Pop-Up Store located inside the NEW PEOPLE building.

 

The action carries over the Pagoda Main Stage in Peace Plaza where fans are invited to catch solo live sets from Akira, a popular model and singer, as well as Una is a charismatic plenty of danceable groove to J-POP SUMMIT for special concert performances not to be missed!

 

More fashion programming information at: http://www.j-pop.com/2014/harajuku-kawaii.

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