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ICYMI: Last Week’s Best Movie Trailers

This last week has been insane when it comes to movie trailers. We were bombarded with trailers almost every day and it was glorious! Some of the biggest blockbusters of 2017 are coming and I can’t wait to spend all of my money. Just take it all! This is giving me hope that 2017 will be a much better year at the movies.

In case you have been living under a rock for the last week or so, here are the latest trailers and my first impressions.

Transformers: The Last Knight

First Impressions: The Earth has been laid waste and Optimus Prime is back, but he may be a bad guy. I really need to re-watch these movies. As A child of the 80s that loves Transformers, I think it’s time to stop with the sequels. Maybe this will be the last one.

Release Date: June 23, 2017

 

Baywatch

First Impressions: Ok, I personally don’t think this will be a money maker nor a life-changing movie. It looks overly dramatic yet humorous. However, as a woman, I can’t discredit any movie that mandates a shirtless Zac Efron and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. This should have been in their contracts years ago! Just saying…

 Release Date: May 26, 2017

 

The War for the Planet of the Apes

First Impressions: I am so excited for this movie! Since the first moment Caesar screamed “No!” in the first movie, I have been a fan of the new series. I have only seen the first movie of the original series but it was so epic. A must watch for true fans. I will get to the other ones later. Sad to say, I am on Caesar’s side. Death to the humans!

Release Date: July 14, 2017

 

The Mummy

First Impressions: This looks like Mission: Impossible on sand. I get that Tom Cruise is an epic runner as demonstrated in all of this movies but eh. I don’t think this will be successful. Granted the Brandon Fraiser Mummy movies weren’t stellar, I still enjoyed one or two of them. They were kind of campy. I don’t know how I feel about this one yet. I may pass on it.

 Release Date: June 9, 2017

 

Spider-Man: Homecoming

First Impressions: Finally! Marvel got the rights to Spider-Man and are making a Marvel-level movie for him! I do like this Peter Parker and really hope he sticks. The revolving door for this character has been annoying. As long as they don’t go overboard with the Tony Starks involvement, I can support this. Don’t go all “Wolverine” with him. This looks pretty spectacular. Hyped!

Release Date: July 7, 2017

 

The Fate of the Furious

First Impressions: I gotta tell you, I haven’t seen one of these movies in years. I remember I saw on in the theater and they drove across the desert and into a cave I think. And even then, I skipped the one before that. Anyway, the cars look sick and the action is, as always, over the top. Don is a bad guy and Charlize has dreads?!? So confused. True Fast and the Furious fans rejoice!

Release Date: April 14, 2017

How to Spot Fan Service in Anime

In my journey into the glorious world of anime, I have come across shows that I just could not enjoy. Beyond the sappy high school stories and the excessively mundane slice of life shows, there has always been a corner of the anime spectrum that I could not get behind. They were usually overly sexualized to the point of being uncomfortable to watch.

Ever encountered one of these examples in a show?:

  • Those obligatory bikini shots of the busty heroine.
  • The protagonist is ripping his shirt off for no apparent reason.
  • The schoolgirl in her uniform tripping randomly, landing on all fours exposing her panties.
  • Random characters in sexy maids uniforms
  • Unjustified upskirt shots from all possible angles

Sound familiar? Congratulations, you have witnessed fan service.

Personally, I never knew there was a term for this type of show element. I would always see it as a category on Funimation but never knew what it was. Yaoi I get. Mecha, Supernatural, Reverse Harem, Shonen; I know what those are. So I just passed the category by without checking it out. Sadly, I learned more earlier this year when I ran across a random discussion on Twitter. Just to give a generalized definition of sorts, fan service is elements added to a show to make it more titillating for the audience. It can focus on both men and women. Like the examples provided above, characters are made to be more sexualized and appealing regardless of its effect on the storyline. It may be thrown in randomly just for the fun of it. It could even be the driving force of the entire show. Believe me, you know it when you see it.

Now, I am not saying fan service isn’t appealing to an audience. Who wouldn’t want to see an extremely fit, handsome, shirtless lead male character or a beautiful, busty female character in a skimpy bikini? My issue with fan service, however, is that it can be a distraction. Such a distraction, in fact, that it can be detrimental to the overall storyline. It can even turn off viewers that want to make it through the show me included. The fan service is so heavy in Prison School and Rosario+Vampire that I never tried to watch them again. I made it through 2 episodes of each and I was done.

I almost missed out on some great shows due to fan service. I remember the first time I tried to watch Food Wars and couldn’t make it past the first three episodes. The characters were popping out of their clothes and orgasming over great food. Really? Really?? It took some convincing from my friend to try again. Now, once I tried watching the second time and just accepted this aspect of the show as (somewhat) necessary, I truly enjoy the show.  The fan service is used mainly for emphasis on how outstanding the food dishes are. There are other elements of the fan service throughout the show but they are not quite as bad.

There are also the situations where a show I have started watching has been tainted by my newfound awareness of fan service. Despite the saccharine sentiment of friendship being shoved down your throat every 10 minutes, I watched Fairy Tail. Now, however, when I try to watch it, all I see is the fan service dripping off every other scene. It’s deterred me from watching Fairy Tail as actively as I used to. Well, that and the fact that I got bored with the storylines. But there are shows that I still watch even though the fan service is blatant. Yuri!!! on Ice and One Piece are both shows that I enjoy, but they are notorious for their fan service.

Was the purpose of this article to ruin all future anime for you? Not by any means. It was just to inform about an underlining, recurring theme found in some of the most popular anime. Fan service will always be in play in anime as a means to either attract an audience, maintain an audience’s attention or as a last ditch effort to improve ratings. Do I suggest avoiding any fan service heavy shows? Not at all. You never know what gem of a show you may find among the upskirt shirts shots and jiggly breasts. Just based on the pictures, Kill La Kill looks like it is going to be a large dose of fan service, but I still want to give it a try. I’m in the middle of The Seven Deadly Sins, and each episode has a helping of fan service, but I press on because I like the show.

 

How do you feel about fan service? It is necessary or just a nuisance?

Leave your comments below.

The Joy of Overwatch: The Game I Never Knew I Always Wanted

This isn’t going to be some comprehensive review of the gameplay, characters, fighting system, etc.. of Overwatch. This is my general excitement a new type of game (new to me, that is) that I never thought I would like. And how this new game has opened my eyes to the wonder of the world of the team first-person shooter.

I love Overwatch.

I never knew I would feel this level of excitement for a game that wasn’t a new God of War, Assassin’s Creed, Final Fantasy or Gears of War. Or a good LEGO game (my guilty pleasure). Those are my staples, my go-to games. Whenever there is one on the horizon, I usually pre-order it and have it ready and waiting when I get home from work (Bless you, Amazon)! Now, I heard about all of the excitement and hype about Overwatch but didn’t think anything of it. It’s not one of my staples so who cares, right? Not that I am opposed to trying something new. I have managed to discover lots of fantastic games based on recommendations or reputation. But no one I knew was playing Overwatch, so I moved on.

But the more I read the reviews, the more I became interested in it. Not enough to buy it quite yet but enough to learn more about it. And then I heard it was a team game and required being online and I was out. I am not big on the multiplayer gaming scene. I like fighting alone through a game with a great story. I miss the days of selecting RPGs with multiple discs (yes, I am that old) and taking my time with it. For example, I love Gears of War because I can fight in story mode whenever I want to. I have friends that meet up and fight together, but that’s just not for me. I never had an interest in Call of Duty, Battlefield, Halo or any other team first-person shooter.

And then this Overwatch Free Weekend came along, and I couldn’t pass it up. A free chance to try out this game? I’m there! I made sure to set the alarm on my phone so I could log on to my phone to PS store on my phone on Friday. I wanted to start the download early, while at work, so I could start playing immediately when I got home. I log on, with curiosity and excitement, and complete the Basic Training. Side note: I am immediately amused because the training takes place with Soldier: 76. While I was at Salt Lake Comic Con last weekend and, while waiting to take a photo with Mark Hamill, a group of guys was dressed in Overwatch cosplay in front of me. Granted, I had no idea that they were supposed to be, so I googled “jacket 76 outfit anime” while waiting. Instead, the Overwatch character popped up. Funny how the only character I knew from the game was teaching me how to play now. 

And then I finally jump into a Play vs. the AI battle. Oh, the joy. The joy!

I never thought I would enjoy playing a game with no real background or story. You and 5 random people (near your playing level) are given 22 heroes and heroines to choose from that are divided into 4 categories: Offense, Defense, Tanks, and Support. Once selected, you are thrown into one of  12 areas with different objectives, maybe 1 or 2 with several steps until completion. And that’s it. There is no need for save points, no tedious dialogue, and no time for long-winded strategies. 6 – 10 minutes and you are done. If you don’t want to play anymore, you leave the game and are back to the main menu. If you do, you actually move from game to game with the same players (unless someone drops out). It’s simple. It’s great for a 30-minute session or an all-day marathon. It’s whatever you want to do! Maps are random so you never know where you are going to be until the start of the mission.

You would think those short sessions would get monotonous but they don’t. Because you can play as any of those characters, you learn which characters work best in each situation. You learn more about the terrain and the best strategies for that situation. And since each character has their limitations, you learn how to make the best of their strengths. I have learned that I love either Tanks or Defense characters. I am all about sacrificing myself for the good of the team. I love hiding in corners or on rooves and she shooting the crap out of our opponents. I die…a lot. But it’s well worth it. I am even adding new friends that I meet in these random matches and scheduling match times with them. This coming from someone that is very selective about online friends. I usually only add people I know personally. Now, I am adding decent to good players just for Overwatch.

The simplicity of Overwatch makes it a great game. More maps and characters are coming in the future so this game won’t get boring. Almost two dozen characters, succinct matches and ever-changing opponents (and teams) make this game an ever evolving entity.

Long Live Overwatch!

E3 2016 – 2016 Games

If you had the pleasure of catching any of the 2016 E3 Conference, you know that by the end of 2016, you will be very broke and stuck indoors for hours on end. There are some amazing games coming out his year that you don’t want to miss. Personally, I am looking forward to days off work to play video games all day. Now that’s a real vacation!

Anyway, here are the upcoming games for 2016.

June 2016

July 2016

Platforms: PS4, PC

Release Date: July 19

Platforms: Xbox One, PC

Release Date: July 26

August 2016

Platforms: PS4

Release Date: August 23

Platforms: PS4, PS3, PS Vita, Xbox One, PC

Release Date: August 30

September 2016

Platforms: 3DS

Release Date: September 2016

 

Platforms: Xbox One, PC

Release Date: September 13

 

 

Platforms: PS4, Xbox One

Release Date: September 30

October 2016

Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC

Release Date: October 7

Platforms: Xbox One, PC

Release Date: October 11

Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC

Release Date: October 21

Platforms: PS4

Release Date: October 25

Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC

Release Date: October 28

November 2016

Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC

Release Date: November 4, 2016

Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC

Release Date: November 11

 

Platforms: PS4

Release Date: November 15

Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC

Release Date: November 15

Platforms: 3DS

Release Date: November 18

December 2016

Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC

Release Date: December 6

No Release Date Set

Platform: Xbox One

Release Date: TBA 2016

AniMAY: Fullmetal Alchemist

Original Airdate: Fullmetal Alchemist, October 4, 2003

Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, April 5, 2005

Anime Genre: Shounen, Action/Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, Military, Magic

Total Episodes:

Fullmetal Alchemist, 51

Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, 64

Movies: 2, Fullmetal Alchemist the Movie: Conqueror of Shamballa

Fullmetal Alchemist: The Sacred Star of Milos

Based on the Manga: Fullmetal Alchemist, published July 2001

Written by Hiromu Arakawa