MAGIC: THE GATHERING IS GETTING A MOVIE
It was bound to happen. 20th Century Fox scooped up the rights to Hasbro's trading card game Magic: The Gathering. The studio wants to turn it into a big franchise like Lord of the Rings which sounds awesome. The bad news? They’re getting Simon Kinberg to help bring it to life. Let’s just hope it’s not as awful as another beloved franchise that he brought to life on the silver screen: Fantastic Four.
I’m actually a huge MTG fan and, yes, I even follow the lore. While I’d much rather see a Game of Thrones-esque TV series, I’ll gladly settle for a movie. The lore isn’t anything mindblowing to begin with, so there’s definitely room to improve upon the foundations for a film franchise.
[Via The Hollywood Reporter]
THE SIMPSONS DID A MIYAZAKI TRIBUTE
Hayao Miyazaki, he Japanese master of animation celebrated his 73rd birthday on January 5th and The Simpsons paid tribute. There’s references to My Neighbor Totoro, Spirited Away, Howl’s Moving Castle, Ponyo, and more.
[Via Giant Robot]
HOW MANY TIMES WOULD HARRY AND MARV HAVE DIED IN THE ‘HOME ALONE' MOVIES?
I always wondered this, even as a kid. Sure, I’d seen hundreds of boulders, anvils, safes, pianos and more dropped on Wile E. Coyote’s head in cartoons, but I still wince when that iron drops on Marv’s head in Home Alone. And then there was the scene in Home Alone 2 where Kevin is chucking bricks at Marv’s skull from a rooftop and I always thought he’d be dead as shit in real life.
Screen Junkies got a doctor to diagnose every injury sustained by the Wet Bandits across both Home Alone and Home Alone 2: Lost In New York and the final conclusion is further proof that they just don’t make kid flicks like they used to.
THE POWERPUFF GIRLS ARE ALL GROWN UP
This was done by the incredibly talented illustrator Stanley Lau a.k.a. Artgerm for his Justice Magazine series of mock covers. The dude’s work is off the hinges. Check out more on his deviantART page.
Albotas PSA: Bravely Default Collector’s Edition Still Available
Amazon may have sold out of pre-orders for the limited edition of the North American version of Bravely Default, but I did some scrounging and Best Buy still has it up for sale. Get in on that, quick. And before it gets to your doorstep on February 7, check out the free demo.
Best Ad of 2014
I was snowed in today. That means I got to watch TV while I worked. I saw this and it was amazing. Dog, owl, fish, poodle. It has everything.
This place reminds me of the building that the movie Dredd takes place in, minus all the futuristic bits and slow motion drugs.
Chungking Mansions is a building located at 36-44 Nathan Road in Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong. The building is well known as nearly the cheapest accommodation in Hong Kong with a single bed of US $8 one night. Though the building is supposedly residential, it is made up of many independent low-budget hotels, shops, and other services. The strange atmosphere of this building is sometimes called by some “the scent of Kowloon’s Walled City”.
‘ADVENTURE TIME' MEETS 'ZERO DARK THIRTY’
Special agents Finn and Jake have been sent on a mission to take down a powerful ice king, but it looks like they’ve assassinated the wrong guy. Honest mistake.
Art by ProxyGreen on deviantART.
ALBOTAS PSA: SPACE DANDY DEBUTS AT 11:30 P.M. THIS SATURDAY ON TOONAMI
From Shinichiro Watanabe, creator of Cowboy Bebop, and Samurai Champloo, Space Dandy kinda’ has a Heavy Metal vibe to it. And they play Misfits in the trailer above, so I’m already sold. Also, boobies. It’s also worth mentioning that the series will be debuting in the U.S. before it airs in Japan.
S.H. Figuarts Blue Ranger Out in May
So far, the awesome Power Rangers / Super Sentai Zyuranger series from Bandai’s S.H. Figuarts has released the Red, Green, White, and Pink Rangers, with the Black one up for pre-order and shipping in April. But Bandai recently announced that the Blue Ranger will be out in May, along with his combining sais. This just leaves the Yellow Ranger figure to be announced.
Albotip: David Yost, who played the Blue Ranger, admitted to leaving the show due to crew members’ harassing him about his homosexuality. Lame.
Simpsons x A BATHING APE Baby Milo Collection
BAPE has announced a collab with The Simpsons. You have no idea how happy this makes me. Japanese streetwear with the coolest television show to ever exist on network TV? Wild.
With the holiday season upon us, you’re most likely running around in a frenzy trying to figure out the perfect gifts for those in your life. While holiday presents may not be a huge deal to you, it always feels good to get the right item for those you love and care about the most. Although your high maintenance friends and family members may seem like they’d be the hardest to please, those with unique hobbies or fetishes can be even more difficult to shop for. Luckily, anime lovers aren’t that difficult, and there are a variety of cool anime gift ideas to choose from. Here are some anime holiday presents that are sure to please even the most discerning anime fan.