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  • Sachi 9:26 pm on February 21, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Creation Entertainment, Edgar Allan Poe, H. P. Lovecraft, horror, M. Amanuensis Sharkchild, , The Dark Verse, Weekend of Horrors   

    The Dark Verse Vol. 1: From the Passages of Revenants 


    While working a booth at Creation Entertainment’s Weekend of Horrors last Autumn (because, yes, I also have a weakness for horror films) I found myself with a little bit of extra time between sales. Looking right across the hall from myself sat an author selling his debut collection of short stories, The Dark Verse Vol. 1: From the Passages of Revenants. I decided to support M. Amanuensis Sharkchild (obviously not a pen name), bought a copy of his book and got to reading right away. It’s rare that I ever find the time to read books on my own outside of school, and I’m glad that the one I happened to pick turned out to be a very pleasant read, otherwise I might have given up on reading anything outside of my assigned reading completely. I know it’s a little late to give my review, considering I’d finished the book several months ago, but when rummaging through my stuff it caught my eye and I realized I’d never written a proper review of it; I considered this an outrage, since not many books manage to captivate me in such a way as this one had. So, without further ado, I present to you my formal opinion of Sharkchild’s collection of horrific bedtime stories, The Dark Verse. (More …)

     
  • Sachi 9:50 pm on January 22, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: adaptation, , Elfen Lied, , , horror, Kazunari Ninomiya, Kenichi Matsuyama, , Last Airbender, Live action, , Resident Evil, , Uwe Boll   

    The Live-Action Gantz 


    What is it about live action film adaptations that are just so inferior to their original counterpart? Without even including anything directed by Uwe Boll, I bet you can easily name five bad live action films that were adapted from either a video game, a book, an anime, or the like. It’s not difficult, is it? I can personally name five films simply from the last few years: Hitman, Dragonball: Evolution, The Last Airbender, The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, and A Series of Unfortunate Events. Now, I bet you can’t do the same for good live action film adaptations, can you? Off the top of my head now, I can give small kudos to films like Harry Potter, the original Resident Evil, and the original Spiderman. The point is that quality live action adaptations are far and scarce, while terrible ones are a dime a dozen.

    But what happens when you make a live action adaptation of something that was already bad? Will it be better than the original, or will it suck even more? This was the question I had when hearing about the new live action Gantz. (More …)

     
    • juliancan 2:03 pm on January 23, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Nice review and oh if you know about Paprika, the anime film based about venturing into people’s dreams. Well it is set for a live action adaption by Wolfgang Petersen :D. I’m actually being optimistic with this movie knowing this guy’s promising track record unlike the sh*tty director who adapted my beloved pseudo-anime series, Avatar: the last Airbender.

      • Sachi 2:19 pm on January 23, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        Paprika is up there with my favorite anime films, and certainly my favorite work of the late Satoshi Kon. This is going to have to push Petersen out of his usual niche of directing if he wants to do this right. From the looks of it, it’s also going to be an American-made film, which already has me a little iffy about it, but I’ll reserve all judgment until I learn more about it.

        • juliancan 3:12 pm on January 23, 2011 Permalink | Reply

          Mmm says that he is going to have to make it “mainstream”. Many things could mean by that :/. He further says that it is going to be similar to the Matrix which is not a bad sci-fi film to be honest.

          Then again how can you go more wrong than Dragon Ball and Avatar? It’s going to be quite hard beating them two.

          I just hope that it will not be too similar to Inception, assuming that the latter has an almost identical device used in Paprika.

          • Sachi 4:39 pm on January 23, 2011 Permalink | Reply

            Nolan has cited Paprika to be an inspiration/influence for Inception; the problem is that the general public isn’t going to know this once the live action Paprika premieres in the U.S., and many may criticize Paprika for being too similar to Inception, when in fact it is the other way around. The timing is just bad for this film.

  • Sachi 10:55 pm on December 18, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , Gonzo, , horror, Kei Kurono, Masaru Kato,   

    Gantz 


    In order to create a good story, one needs more than just a good idea; you could only get so far with nothing but an interesting premise. You need to be able to develop decent characters, themes, and most importantly: a plot to carry out all of the aforementioned. You can’t build a car with only the frame, and you certainly can’t build a story with only a good idea. I suppose nobody told Hiroya Oku this when he began publishing the manga entitled Gantz. But I digress; I honestly have no idea how amazing or how horrid the original manga is. I’m only here to tell you about the failure that was Gonzo’s adaptation of Gantz into an anime.

    Airing from 2004 to 2005, Gantz totaled 26 episodes over the course of two seasons, dubbed the First and Second Stages. If it tells you anything about this series, just know that I didn’t bother with the Second Stage— I may or may not get back to it sometime in the future. Anyways, here’s my review/beating of Gantz, the show that would be king. (More …)

     
  • Sachi 1:21 am on October 7, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , forum, , horror,   

    Geeks With Taste on FanGirlTastic! 



    Because I’m the kind of guy you would expect to have special connections and people to get things done for me, it’s no surprise that word of this small little site would be shared on other small little sites. However, I’ve also managed to make friends with much larger sites, full functioning forums even, like FanGirlTastic!

    Formerly Pretty Scary, the forum dedicated to the fangirl’s passion for horror movies that also gave commercial reviews of horror movies, FanGirlTastic has since expanded to a fangirl haven for all genres and media, and is looking to improve on their anime catalog. That’s where I come in. (More …)

     
  • Sachi 1:09 am on October 6, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Dawn of the Dead, High School of the Dead, horror, , , zombies   

    High School of the Dead 



    Now to steer things back to normal, lets start off with a nice, casual show. I’m thinking of something that’s fun, upbeat, and with lots of blood. Hey, I know! How about the recently aired first season of High School of the Dead! Yet another series I’ve come across by Madhouse Studios, High School of the Dead is jam pack with undead beasties and more fan service than an aired television program should probably have.  This twelve-episode series is an adaptation of the long running manga series of the same name which follows a group of high school students, a school nurse, a little girl, and her dog through a classic zombie apocalypse. I approached this series with a lot of excitement, because up until now most anime I have come across featuring zombies seem to lack the emphasis on how deadly the average zombie can be, and they’re usually the annoying grunts of some deadlier supernatural being, such as a vampire (think Hellsing); however, now we have a good ol’ fashion nightmare featuring zombies as the primary threat.

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    • Canne 4:29 am on October 6, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I like the show for its entertaining quality and blood and probably several intense post-apocalyptic drama scenes. It’s a pity, the show end on the low key. Sequels is needed.

    • mindreaderomega 2:48 pm on January 6, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      a low key? i mean yeah, the whole family thing was a little disheartening, but they were all together and well and SURVIVING. I think the ending was wonderful, and although i see your point, i think it ended very well.

      • Sachi 4:39 pm on January 6, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        What we mean by “low key” is that that series didn’t really have the exciting climax it should have had. We do start to get the transformation in the characters into expanding beyond their basic archetypes, and they all reach the realization that the world has changed permanently, leaving them much more inclined to spend it through their own means then under the control of adults who treat them like children. However, while the character change was natural enough, the climax pushing them out of the care of the adults wasn’t strong enough for a season ending. But more power to those who were happy with the ending; I’m personally holding out for the bigger and better the next season, if and when it comes out, has to offer.

        • Mindreaderomega 3:40 pm on July 27, 2011 Permalink | Reply

          Okay, I’ll give you that. I see what you mean about the ending now, but I think that given how closely they are following the manga, that they really did well. Also that the buildup of there no longer being power for now, and that they have come upon a classic shopping mall to survive the zombies ideal, that things will expand very well. I don’t think they needed a climactic season ending, because the series itself is climactic. I’m not bashing your opinion, I just think that to go much more over the top for a climax, they’d either have to go more supernatural or throw a character off a cliff 😄

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