New Thundercats!

My Goddaughter and her younger brother were watching Cartoon Network earlier this morning, and then all of a sudden this trailer came out:

It’s the new Thundercats, and I was grinning like a 5 year old when I saw this. The show will premiere next month. Though I couldn’t find any information regarding specific dates and regular air times.

From what I’ve gathered, this show seems promising. Here’s some tidbits of info that I’ve learned so far:

  • The Cat Civilization has no technology, just magic.
  • Panthro is still awesome!
  • Snarf doesn’t talk (thank god!)
  • Lion-O starts out as a teenager, not as a child.
  • Tygra is Lion-O’s adopted brother.
  • Cheetara looks hot.
  • Lion-O, Tyrgra and Cheetara will have a love triangle!
  • Mumm-Ra has bat wings.

I’m really excited to watch this show. It’s faithful, it’s refreshing and it’s cool. Now, I hope they have toys for this.

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That Zombie Girl with Twin MACs

Makina, wielding her MACs

With all my available time poured wholly into playing RIFT, I’ve pretty much neglected my other hobbies and haven’t worked on anything I wrote down on my achievements list for this year. So, last Sunday, I decided to slowly reach my quota to watch 30 anime series this year, choose Corpse Princess on Netflix, and planned to watch at least an episode of it every night. But the series turned out to be so good that I finished two of its seasons (26 episodes) in just 3 nights.

Corpse Princess (or Shikabane Hime) was just randomly picked by myself from a sea of anime series available on Netflix. I didn’t know anything about it –it’s setting, animation or themes. So, for the first few episodes, I did regret of choosing the series. I suppose I should’ve taken its cover –which depicts a school girl wielding twin sub-machine guns– as a bad sign. But I missed it. So, I have to will myself and suffer watching undead girls killing undead monsters in order to gain entrance into heaven.

But it wasn’t just will alone that made me stick to the series. Shikabane Hime’s animation was also the reason why I got through its uninteresting episodes. Its animation, in my inexperienced otaku’s opinion, is one of the best I’ve seen. The action, even though the sequences are fast, still remains detailed and flows smoothly. You’ll be able to savor every punch and kick, not missing anything. The characters are also gorgeously expressive in here. There were some quiet moments in the series that the characters expressions conveyed more than words.

Good animation is not a substitute for a good story, however. Fortunately, Shikabane Hime was able to pull itself out of the dark before my will got entirely sapped from watching the show. I’m not sure when it exactly happened. But, all of a sudden, its characters got interesting and its plot thickened. It was able to push beyond its cliched “girls with guns” theme and transformed itself into a mature show with a deep concept about life and death. Before I knew it, I was sleeping at 3 AM because I couldn’t stop watching the series.

There are many things to like about Shikabane Hime. But one thing I really love about it is its characters and their relationships with one another. The main protagonist, Makina Hoshimura, is one of my favorites. She’s quiet and angry, but not in an emo/loner way, which I think makes her adorable. The bond of the undead girls with their contracted monks (their partners) is also the selling point of the show for me. While the relationship varies in each team, it still remains complicated in general. Just think about it. A monk, holy and is sworn to celibacy, partnered with a hot, undead girl. That’s torture.

Shikabane Hime is definitely one of the best anime I’ve seen. The animation is excellent, the action is fast-paced, and the characters are interesting. The story, while it had a lame start, it picked up pace in the middle of the first season and went uphill from there. While it can still be labeled as a “girls with guns” series, it has some nosebleed concepts about death and life that separates it from your average anime with the same theme. Like I said earlier, there are many things to like about this anime. So, overall, I highly recommend it.

Score: B+

2011, I Challenge You!

Now, this is the part of my blog where I should post my New Year’s Resolution. But I won’t post it. Instead, I’ll list down a number of doable to impossible challenges that I want to take on this 2011. Nothing too dangerous though. No stuff like jumping from the Sears Willis Tower or eating 17 live scorpions. I know, I know. This sounds a lot like a resolution. So, I won’t refute it. But I’ll still deny it.

I will, however, admit that I borrowed this idea –of announcing a challenge to the whole world, in writing, sealing it in contract. This idea was, of course, from Julie Powell, of the Julie & Julia fame. I saw that movie yesterday with my mom (who’s a huge Meryl Streep fan), and I enjoyed it. While I never really cared about the food part of the film, I thought it was good because it’s the first film I saw that’s about a real-life blogger. And I really liked her challenge. That’s why I copied it.

But, anyways, here are some of the challenges that I want to trump over this year.

1 Song
I’m planning on being a bedroom musician again this year. I’m also hoping that, by the end of 2011, I’d be able to write a song. Nothing sublime though. I don’t have equipment to do that. I’m thinking an instrumental post-metal song, like Pelican, but only with cheap synths, would be doable enough.

5 100% Games
Now, this is probably impossible to do. But I’ll break my back and try to get 100% achievements on 5 games. Those games would be Dragon Age: Origins, Mass Effect 2, Fallout: New Vegas, Red Dead Redemption, and Heavy Rain. I’ve already got some of the achievements in these games but I still have a long way to go.

10 Recipes
Back in 2009, I was cooking a lot. So, I’m a bit disappointed at myself because I didn’t learn a single recipe in 2010. I don’t know what I want to cook yet but I still have tons of recipes to learn on my Personal Trainer: Cooking for the Nintendo DS.

15 Games
In addition to having 100% achievements on 5 games, I also want to be able to finish 15 other games. To start with, I still got 8 games on my back log and 4 on my anticipated games list. The last 3 will be wild cards.

20 Anime
Last year, I’ve started to watch and love anime again. Thanks to Netflix and Crunchy Roll, which provided me with free anime to stream. So, this year, I’m aiming to finish at least 20 series.

25 Songs
This is the precursor to writing my song. Before I could write a decent post-metal song of my own, I need to learn and play 25 post-metal songs first. Because I don’t know the shapes or the flow of their riffs. Plus, my guitar skills is very rusty. So, I need practice to loosen my fingers.

30 Books
I used to read at least 20 books per year. That was when I still had two jobs. Last year, I only read 8 books. My budget just won’t allow me to buy new books. Hopefully, with my Kindle and cheap (even sometimes free) ebooks, I’ll be able to read a whole lot more this year.

100 Blog Post
I only made 71 posts in 2010. Vacation and a couple of hiatuses did that. So, this year, I’m gonna write a least 100 posts in this blog. Vacation or no.

5,000 Player Kills
I only made around 2,000 kills in Warhammer Online, and I spent about a year playing that game. But now that I’m better at player vs. player (PvP), I’m gonna try and kill 5,000 players in RIFT: Planes of Telara. I know that seems a lot. But, believe me, this is the most easiest challenge for me. After beta testing RIFT four times, I know I’ll be spending most of my time playing this game, and maybe getting 100 kills/day.

That’s it. It looks impossible. But, hey, what are challenges if not challenging? So, 2011, bring it on.