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Tuesday, December 13th, 2011 09:18 am
I'm bored and haven't updated in a while, so I decided to post a few thoughts on random cartoons. As you might've noticed, I have a soft spot for all animation, whether it be anime, CGI, or just cartoons in general... (Be forewarned, I do get rather ranty in these.)

Rivalries in Pokemon Black & White )

Women in G.I. Joes: Renegades )

( My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic )

I have to admit it, I watched the new MLP to see what the fuss was a all about. Of course, the first episode I watched had ponies having slumber parties and makeovers, which was enough to make me want to change the channel after 30 seconds. ;P

But I gave it a second chance, and I must say, it is a refreshing change to see female cartoon characters who are female AND characters. (My favourite ponies? Applejack, Rarity and Fluttershy. ;D) Oh, and Twilight Sparkle reminds me a bit of FE8's Lute...
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Monday, September 20th, 2010 12:20 pm
Having posted my FE Contest entry, I'm now stuck in one of stages I'm usually in after writing something...

Avi's 3 stages of post-writing )

So I'm currently at Stage 2, self-loathing. XP Oddly enough, I still feel like writing at the moment, but nothing Fire Emblem-related (except maybe the Mary Sue challenge, and that isn't due for a while).

Story ideas: Dragon Age, Pokemon, Total Drama )

On the subject of Canadian fandoms, I saw Scott Pilgrim vs. The World a couple of weeks ago. A movie filmed in Toronto that's also set in Toronto? Yeah baby! (I didn't even realize that the movie was based on a Canadian comic, until later... So out of touch with my home country since I moved to the US, sigh.)

Very mild spoilers for Scott Pilgrim )

So yeah, I would recommend Scott Pilgrim to any video gamer, but you would have to keep in mind that the movie is indeed an odd mix of half indy-teen-romantic-comedy, and half video game hijinx. Still enjoyable, for what it's worth. ;)
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Friday, June 18th, 2010 10:12 pm
Went to see Toy Story 3 today. Overall, it was a worthy sequel/tribute to the first two movies (although, I would have to say the second is still my fave). My favourite parts of the movie include Buzz Lightyear en Espanol and the large stuffed (if silent) Totoro. WANT.

However, I was caught off guard by the trailers they showed before the movie (most of which I had heard nothing about until now): the third Narnia installment, "Voyage of the Dawn Treader"; the Smurfs movie (CGI Smurfs in New York *shudder*); and Disney's CGI Rapunzel movie, which is now called "Tangled".

Now, the one that interested me the most was the Rapunzel movie; I had heard about it a while back, while it was still called "Rapunzel". The fact that they changed the name worries me a tad (although the new title is reminiscent of Disney's "Enchanted", which I enjoyed).

Like "Enchanted", "Tangled" seems to be going for the comedic route; other notable alterations include turning the prince into a thief instead, and that Rapunzel appears to use her hair as extensions of herself (as weapons, to swing from, etc.).

My initial reaction to the trailer was mixed, but I'll wait and see... I really liked "Princess and the Frog", but since this is Disney's first foray into CGI + fairy tale, I can't help but compare it to Shrek (and going the comedic route doesn't help that :/). Still, ever since Pixar has been charge of Disney's animation studio, I've liked everything they've put out... So, I'll stay cautiously optomistic about "Tangled". ;)

In other news, I want/need to finish my FE contest entry, but I can't quite do it. XP (Doesn't help that I'm writing about a pairing that I'm fairly blase about; plus, the computer room is uncomfortably warm to type in lately, bleah.)
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Sunday, March 28th, 2010 06:18 pm
Spent the past few weekends watching a couple of animated movies, and playing video games with a friend. The other weekend we saw the new Alice in Wonderland, and this week, we saw How to Train Your Dragon, then watched Nine on DVD.

Mild spoilers for Alice, How to Train Your Dragon, and Nine )

So in short, I highly recommend seeing How to Train Your Dragon, especially if you're a fan of dragons kitties fantasy action/adventure like I am. ;)

Also played Arkham Asylum (finally!) and Uncharted 2 on PS3 recently. Arkham Asylum was every bit as enjoyable as I thought it would be (yay, Batman: the Animated Series voices!), although we didn't get to play it for very long... As for Uncharted 2...

Comments on Uncharted 2 )
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Sunday, December 13th, 2009 08:30 pm
Went to see the Princess and the Frog on Saturday. I've been looking forward to it, ever since I heard the head of Pixar was in charge of classical Disney animation (even though the trailers I've seen seemed kind of mediocre, IMO).

But it seems that I had nothing to worry about; I thought the movie was really good. :D I don't want to spoil anything, but I like how the characters didn't seem one-dimensional to me (for example, the protagonist's best friend is portrayed as a spoiled princess, but is still a good friend). And there's somewhat of a bittersweet ending... But it's still undeniably a Disney fairy tale movie, which I would definitely recommend to fans. :)

I do have to note that since we went on a Saturday, the theatre was full of little girls and their moms (there was even a girl's birthday party going on)! My SO was kind of disturbed to realize he was one of the only males actually watching the movie XD (he's as much of a Disney fan as I am, if not more so).

But the most surreal part was that there were at least three little girls that I saw dressed in Disney princess outfits; there was even a black girl dressed in the full Frog Princess outfit, from the tiara, down to the sparkling shoes. O_o (I admit, if I was a little girl, I would totally want to dress up as a Disney princess, but it still struck me as odd.) There was also a girl in a Minnie Mouse inspired outfit, and even one of the moms was wearing a Disney tiara. O_o

I do have to say that one of the funniest moments I had at the theatre that day was not from the movie itself... We were walking past where they were showing the new Twilight movie, and I couldn't help but notice that someone had taken a letter off the sign, turing "New Moon" into "Ew Moon", LOL. XD
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Thursday, June 4th, 2009 11:39 am
I've been noticing this "10 Favourite Disney songs" meme floating around, and being the old-school Disney fan that I am, I decided to post my own favourites as well. :) (You get a cookie if you recognize some of the more obscure songs!)

Cut for a lot of embedded videos... )

In related news, I am (tentatively) looking forward to Disney's new 2-D animated film, "The Princess and the Frog", coming out this November. I was so disappointed in Disney when they closed down their classical animation studio in favour of 3-D animation (most of which turned out mediocre movies - "Bolt" was pretty good though, but I think the studio had changed hands by then). But since the head of Pixar is now in charge of Disney's classical animation, I think I'll stay cautiously optomistic. :)
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Tuesday, February 17th, 2009 03:15 pm
I admit it. I have a soft spot for the old GI Joe cartoon (for the same reason I love Bond movies, really ;). But when I first heard that a live-action movie was coming out, I had no interest in it (CGI Chipmunks, anyone? XP).

But now that I've seen the Superbowl trailer and the casting list, I may be obligated to see it now, if only because Destro will be played by Christopher Eccelston (aka the 9th Doctor from Doctor Who, and the Invisible Man from Heroes ;). I personally think it's a great casting choice (and Destro is supposed to be a Scottish lord, so that sort of fits, too). Although, now I keep on picturing The Baroness (Destro's love interest) as a Companion... And who they have cast as Cobra Commander has me incredibly amused... XD

My only complaint is that my favourite Cobra characters, Tomax and Xamot, won't be in the movie... Oh well. Still, my current GI Joe kick has inspired me to draw Tomax (or is it Xamot?)... Too bad my scanner still isn't working. :P I even tried to take a digital picture of the sketch, so I could attempt to colour it; but it wouldn't save to the memory card, even after I deleted a pic... Gah.
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Saturday, October 4th, 2008 11:18 pm
Cartoon Network premiered "Batman: Gotham Knight" tonight, and I must say, it was much better than I expected.

In case you didn't know, "Batman: Gotham Knight" features a series of 6 shorts done by various Japanese animation directors (a la Animatrix, for the Matrix trilogy). Being a fan of both anime and Western animation, I was curious to see what this was like, and I was pleasantly surprised...

For one thing, they got Kevin Conroy to do the voice of Batman (he was the VA for the Batman animated series from the 90's). An excellent choice, because to me, he will always be the voice of Batman (just as Mark Hamill, aka Luke Skywalker, will always be the voice of the Joker XD).

Anyways... I'll get on to reviewing the various shorts.

Cut for possible spoilers from the movie(s) )

So, if you want to see a tie-in for the new Batman movies, or like the old 90's Batman cartoon, I'd recommend watching "Batman: Gotham Knight". The animation style (for the most part) is excellent, and very much in keeping with Gotham City's dark tone.
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Wednesday, August 20th, 2008 03:12 pm
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k18eQPic8JU

I still maintain that this song would so suit Kent/Lyn. :D And boo to the poster who said they could've gotten a better singer for Prince Lear; the whole point is that Lear is a warrior, unused to romance (he brings Amalthea the gift of a dragon's head, for goodness's sakes XD):

Lear: And then, she looked at me. And I was sorry for killing the thing... Sorry, for killing a dragon. Imagine...

(I'm sorry, that amuses me from a Fire Emblem standpoint. ;)P

I forgot how good a movie the Last Unicorn is... Animated by Rankin and Bass (who also did Thundercats, I believe), it's a very bittersweet story, with excellent vocal performances from the whole cast (you can't go wrong with Christopher Lee as the villain, really ;).

Now I want the Special Edition DVD, rather than this plain pan-and-scan version I have at home. :/
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Saturday, July 19th, 2008 09:43 pm
OMG, I can't believe Avatar is over... Despite the somewhat mediocre first half of the season, the series finale definitely made up for it. Easily one of the best Western animated series ever made, in terms of animation, action and creativity.

Spoilers for the Avatar series finale )
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Sunday, April 20th, 2008 02:51 am
So I was at the video store with the SO looking for something to rent, when we stumbled upon something completely unexpected... An animated version of the first Dragonlance novel, Dragons of Autumn Twilight. :O As both of us are big fans of the original book series (and animation in general), we pick it up to rent, along with Enchanted.

Dragonlance + animation = ? )
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Wednesday, February 6th, 2008 12:00 pm
So I'm playing World of Warcraft on my lowbie blood elf mage, running around Mooonglade killing helpless deer and rabbit critters to get my skinning skill up.

The sad part is? I'm singing "Kill the Wabbit" from the old Warner Bros. cartoon while I'm doing it. XP

What? I was bored waiting for my hearthstone cooldown, all right? >.> (And for the record, I let all the squirrels live, since they don't give me skins...)

... Now, all I need is a spear and magic helmet. ;)
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Friday, September 16th, 2005 03:08 pm
No, I'm not dead. Just preoccupied... With Worlds of Warcraft. *^_^* I play a level 60 hunter on Llane, for those who care... Yeah, I am seriously obssessed. (I might have to make a character on Alluria, now that Elzie has been hooked as well; I've always wanted to play a human, anyways. ;)P

Also got a new PS2 last month, so that has been taking up the remainder of my free time. -_-; Finally finished up the Weapon Master part of Soul Calibur 2 recently (I know, old game, but I love playing the SC series; looking forward to the new one!).

Odd thing about the new PS2... We have a old, broken 1st-gen version, but it's like half the size of this new one; and the manual for it is about half the size of the console itself. :/ Kind of reminds me of a quote from the book "Good Omens", about how to never trust an electronic device whose manual weighs more than the device itself. :P

Nothing else really new to report... Been enjoying watching "Night Court" again, on TVland (loved that show in high school; it's got that wacky humour that I like to emulate in my writing ;) and cringing at the new WB Saturday morning lineup (why must all cartoons be "to the extreme" lately? *shudder*)

We now return you to you regularly scheduled programming. *dead silence*
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Saturday, June 18th, 2005 12:30 am
So much love for for "Avatar: the Last Airbender" at the moment. ^_^ It's shown on Nick, and is an American-made cartoon with an anime feel to it, down to the oriental setting... But it has an animation style that looks distinctly Western, and beautifully drawn; almost Miazaki-like. Oh, and lot of the humour is very American, as well.

Cut for cartoon description and squeeage ^_^; )
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Friday, April 29th, 2005 01:48 pm
I cannot seem to find a movie of the opening sequence to Cybersix, and I have an urge to see it again, dang it... (I managed to find the .mp3, though, as well as a movie of the equally lovely end theme.)

If anyone recognizes what Cybersix is, then you get a cookie from me, since it was primarily shown in Canada on Teletoon and shown very briefly on Fox Kids... It was a cartoon about cape-wearing, black-spandex clad heroine named Cybersix; she was a basically enhanced human, trying defend her city from her evil creator and his maniacal son.

Overall, the cartoon was okay, with a very distinctive animation style... Still, how can you not like a heroine who moonlights in the day as a man (and whose love interest is her best friend, Lucas, with whom she works with? XD). Not to mention that the production itself is partially Canadian... *waves Canadian flag* ;)P

Another part of the show that always amused me was that the person who did Cybersix's voice also did the dub voice for Shampoo from Ranma 1/2. XD (You'd never be able to tell it was the same person!) Also, the voice actress does a decent job as the male alter-ego, about on par with what a Japanese seiyuu would be like, in a similar role.
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Tuesday, April 12th, 2005 01:20 pm
I'm not sure what possessed me to make 10 icons of the Crimson Commander twins from G.I. Joe... Yet here they are. ^_^;

Samples:
[Old-school uniforms] [Crimson uniforms] [Present-day uniforms]

I have a thing for twins, okay? )
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Monday, November 29th, 2004 04:24 pm
In case you didn't know, World of Warcraft is a online fantasy RPG by the makers of Diablo... And it is just as fun, if not more so, than Diablo. ^_^

So I spent the entire long weekend helping watching my sweetie level up his character, a (mino)Tauran warrior named Don Karnage; whenever he needed a break in gameplay, I took over, even though I get killed more often than he does. ^_^; (BTW, he just bought the game on the day before Thanksgiving, and already his character is nearly up to level 20...)

Yes, we are indeed hardcore gamers... God, I love that man. XD

On a different note... Is it just me, or do these two look like non-anime versions of Roy Mustang from FMA? 0_o;



Oh, and is it wrong to find Roy hot, even though I haven't seen enough of him in the series to really judge his character...? *^_^*
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Wednesday, November 24th, 2004 06:55 pm
Yes, I happen to like the old G.I. Joe cartoon... Stop laughing!

Anyways... *glares* What the hell happened to Tomax and Xamot's uniforms?

Old (if somewhat gay-looking ^_^;) uniforms...

New, boring military uniforms

At least their old costumes were distinctive... Now the twins look like any regular member of Cobra's Crimson Guard now, rather than their commanders! (Granted, there might be more detail from a front view, but... Bah.)

Oh, well... At least the new G.I. Joe TCG art makes them look hot. ^_~

I must confess, I've always had a soft spot for Tomax and Xamot; they're the closest things Cobra ever had to bishonen. XD And while I don't normally care for twincest (sorry, guys -_-;), when it comes to a pair of acrobatic twins with empathic/telepathic powers, who also are heads of their own evil corporation... I'd be willing to entertain the notion. ;D
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Saturday, November 20th, 2004 11:44 pm
OMG, tonight's Megas XLR featured a Space Captain Harlock clone! And they turned him into a poetry-spouting, rose-carrying ladykiller to boot! XD

Let's see... That cartoon has shamelessly parodied Battle of the Planets, Sailor Moon, and Space Captain Harlock so far... (I can't wait for the episode with the Super Mario Bros. cameos you can see in the bumpers. ^_~)

EDIT: I see Roy has just appeared in Full Metal Alchemist... *steels herself for the possible wank*

Oh, and I may indeed end up fangirling Al... ^_^; Yes, I know he's just a suit of armour now, but he's such a little sweetheart! (For some reason, I seem to have a thing for younger brother characters... Sometimes I worry if I have a pedophilic streak in me, somewhere. ^_^;)
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Sunday, October 17th, 2004 12:15 am
Although I'm getting sick of Inuyasha filler episodes, I was actually looking forward to tonight's, "Only You, Sango", as it focused on Miroku/Sango; I was also pleased to discover that Kuranosuke(sp?), the rival for Sango's affections in this ep, was voiced by one of my favourite voice actors, Ted Cole (aka Wu Fei from Gundam Wing and Kuno from Ranma 1/2). I swear, I could listen to that voice sweet talk me all night... *^_^* (I also noticed that next week's episode is the one where we get to see Miroku and Inuyasha bathing in the hot springs, heh heh... ^_~)

Megas XRL (the "chicks dig giant robots" cartoon) has also been fairly amusing lately; even more so tonight, because of the blatant Sailor Moon ripoff episode. XD I mean, they nailed it down; the transformation sequence, the poses, the costumes... Even the hair! As a Sailor Moon fan, I just had to laugh...

There was nothing else on tonight that really caught my eye... Although today at noon, they showed a repeat of the Justice League Unlimited episode which featured, who I like to call the Ambiguously Gay Superhero Duo: Hawk and Dove (one's a man-of-action; the other's a pacifist). The odd part is, they're brothers; which just conjures up all sorts of disturbing images... XP When I first saw that episode, I kept on saying "OMG, those two are so gay", to the mutual amusement of my sweetie. XD

But as funny as I found that, that still doesn't top Batman singing "Am I Blue", from another JLU episode... (BTW, Batman's got pipes; I'm pretty sure his voice actor used to be in theatre at some point. ^_~)
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