Monday, April 20, 2015

Bottom of the Pile: Apr. 8, 2015


Astro City
As usual, Kurt Busiek's Astro City is creatively solid--following a superhero who's made his home on an alien planet, and has to learn to accept when it's time to hand the job over to the next generation.  It's almost the opposite of what happened with Crackerjack and Quarrel.  That said: I've been a denizen of the interwebs for nearly two decades now, and this still might be a strong contender for grossest sexual advance ever. 


Spring Anime 2015: Kekkai Sensen



From creator Yasuhiro Nightow (Trigun, Gungrave) comes new series Kekkai Sensen, which follows an organization named Libra, beings with super-powers in the city Jerusalem's Lot, the re-named New York City after a portal opened letting in all types of supernatural creepies.  Libra is in charge of keeping all these supernatural forces from escaping out into the rest of the world, and our story opens with a  new member joining the team: Leonard Watch, a boy with the "Eyes of God"--an ability that grants him the ability to see "everything", from ghosts to high-level illusions.  Having finished the first two episodes so far, I'll say this for Kekkai Sensen: it's certainly the coolest looking series of the year.  


Saturday, April 18, 2015

Sage's Stray Thoughts Episode 15: Batman vs. Superman


Welp. Last time I did one of these it was to shit over that dreadful "gritty" Power Rangers reboot. Am I going to be more optimistic this go-around?


Spring Anime 2015: Denpa Kyoushi




All humans have a habit of seeing themselves as more than what they really are.  Whether you're aggrandizing or depricating, there's a pretty good chance you're not as great/crap as you believe yourself to be.  Similarly, when we see ourselves in certain characters, a lot of time what we really see are characters we wish we were more like--especially when it's larger-than-life figures like the ones in popular television series and films of both today and yesteryear.    It's exceedingly rare--unless you just wrote yourself into a story--to look at a character and see yourself, and not be all that far off from the truth. 


Spring Anime 2015: Gunslinger Stratos: The Animation



Gunslinger Stratos is definitely my first (possibly my only) disappointment of the season so far.  Based on a series of arcade light gun shooters by Square-Enix, Gunslinger Stratos has all the hallmarks of a video game-turned-anime--it's all beautiful character designs with no substance to the actual characters.  

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Star Ocean: Even More Hope?

So after Square tried to spend three days jerking everyone around with the Deus Ex reveal last week, their Japanese division though it might be cute if they did the same thing this week.  They put out a teaser image that looked like this, announcing that they would reveal more info the next day:


As usual, fans kinda lost it and started speculating as to what it could be.  S A R 0 1 0 1?   It wasn't long before someone thought a T fit between S and the A, and that the 0s and 1s could be binary, where 0101 translates to 5.   And just like that, we had our speculation for Star 5 being "Star Ocean 5".

Monday, April 13, 2015

Bottom of the Pile: Apr. 1, 2015

If I'd known this week would be so short, I would've done it ages ago.   This isn't being done out of necessity to catch up--I looked and this was just a really, really light week for me.   Ah well.  Onwards!

Amazing Spider-Man
As much as I love Spider-Gwen and Silk, Anna Maria might be the best female character from this Dan Slott-era of Spider-Man.   I mean, the woman manages to be the heart for SpOck and a great foil for the real Peter?    It's great, and I hope she continues to have a presence in AMS, at least until Slott finally calls it quits.