I would never identify myself as a comic buff. I’ve dabbled in Ultimate Spiderman for a bit as a teenager and watched my fair share of 90’s comic book cartoons but my interest peaked with Mark Miller’s Kick Ass. I never had too much interest for DC’s line of masked crusaders, preferring Marvel’s line fantastical supers. Batgirl #36 and #37 doesn’t alter the status quo but I’m still invested in Babs’s adventures in Burnside.
Thoughts of high quality Indie titles on XBLA will generate mainly images with a 2D perspective. They could be puzzle, action, platformers, or beat em ups but they were always 2D. Except they’ve never shared the same aesthetic, all of them were unique. Braid was a moving portrait, Castle Crashers was a playable cartoon, and Fez was my vision of pixelated heaven. All of these games have been checked off my hit list, except LIMBO. LIMBO has sat patiently on my steam account waiting to be played and only recently have I mustered the courage to beat the dark, depressing, puzzle platformer.
Unlike most anime made these days, RWBY hasn’t capitalised on the merchandise that could be made from the series. I was expecting a tsunami of drama CDs, dakimakura, keychains, phone cases, and art books. Instead there has been a steady trickle of promising figurines by McFarlane Toys. Recently Rooster Teeth have partnered with ThreeZero to make a figures of the main cast with Ruby being the first one announced for pre-order.
Last summer saw the release of Blake and Yang figures made by McFarlane Toys adapted from the popular web anime series RWBY. While I was critical of the design of all four girls they seem to be selling well enough to warrant a whole second season. This time it’ll focus on the JNPR team starting with their golden leader Jaune Arc.
If you’re not already watching Attack on Titan then stop reading this and head over to crunchyroll and start watching. If you’re reading the manga or watching the sub, then I’d suggest you still head over and watch the dub because it’s quite good.
Either way just start watching Attack on Titan because it’s the best thing since slice of life anime.
Udon has been around for 14 years, working closely with Capcom to produce comics, art books, and video games and bring us closer to our favourite franchises. I’ve been a fan of Udon ever since Kotaku wrote a post about their first art book Udon’s Art of Capcom. It was big, bold, and showed that Udon’s artists could creatively meld our favourite world warriors, school fighters, and evils that go bump in the night. Now they’ve collected both Art of Capcom volumes and coupled them with a few more bits and bops from other art books to produce this massive volume; Udon’s Art of Capcom Complete Edition.
At the tail end of 2014, one of the great three shonen manga/anime series finally ends after 15 years in publication. Although they’ve still got a movie in the works and I’m sure Kishimoto wouldn’t be against making spin offs of these incredibly popular characters, I’m glad they’ve closed the book on the orange clad ninja.
A rather lengthy title for saying, I’ve dropped RWBY from my weekly watching list. I had high hopes for Monty Oum’s anime written by Miles Luna and Kerry Shawcross as I’m a big fan of Haloid, and Dead Fantasy. They were lite on story but visually the narrative elements were there; Dead or Alive girls hate on Final Fantasy girls. So if you couple those awesome fighting vignettes with some capable writers, that should be a recipe for success.
NOTE: Spoilers for Volume II up to Chapter 7
I love tumblr. It’s a place where I can get awesome fan art for my favourite shows, links to interesting articles, and the latest pieces from my favourite content providers. Recently the new Batgirl redesign has been doing its rounds with many comments being extremely positive and I have to agree. She looks cute and the costume is practical. Batgirl #35 released last month so this write up is extremely late.
Before diving into this Quick Thoughts, I have to say that I have no experience when it comes to DC comics. I have always been a Marvel/Spiderman guy as I always thought DC took itself too seriously.
The Street Fighter Legends series serves as side stories to the main story line being crafted by Udon based on the popular Capcom fighting games. Each character got four issues and a trade paper back. What I like about the Legends series is that its fun. There’s no world ending story or deep meaning behind each attack, just simple problems needing simple answers. Sakura is the star of the first Street Fighter Legends book so let’s see how it matches up to her last outing as a protagonist.