Monthly Archives: October 2013

First Trailer Released for X-Men: Days of Future Past!

By: Von Jared Omo

Here it is, ladies and gentlemen! The first trailer for X-Men: Days of Future Past! And let’s just say, it looks like Mr. Singer has decided to go with a dark and serious theme for this movie. It looks like it’s going to be one hell of a ride! PS. Be on the lookout for new mutants appearing in this trailer!

Source: YouTube

Anime First Impression: SAMURAI FLAMENCO

By: Von Jared Omo

Samurai Flamenco Screenshot

Admit it, you’ve always wondered what it would be like to be a superhero. You’ve maybe even dreamed of flying through the sky or swinging high above the streets of New York in hopes of saving someone’s day or even some damsel in distress. But then you snap back to reality and realize you have no powers. So, what’s left to do? Well, you can take a page from SAMURAI FLAMENCO and uphold justice instead!

SAMURAI FLAMENCO revolves around 19 year old male model Masayoshi Hazama, who decides to follow his childhood dream of becoming a superhero, despite having no powers at all (hmm, this premise sounds familiar). When he’s not modeling and doing interviews for variety shows during the day, he dons his superhero costume and lets his alter ego Samurai Flamenco take over at night!

So, who or what does a superhero fight if there are no mutants or monsters? Apparently, those who jaywalk, smoke in non-smoking sections, teens who stay up past curfew, and people who steal umbrellas. Basically, anyone who attempts to break the law despite how menial the task may seem, however,  to Masayoshi Hazama, upholding the law  means everything. One night, after his failed attempt to uphold the law, Masayoshi meets Hidenori Goto, a 20-something policeman who doesn’t really have a strict regiment of enforcing justice, however, works hard at his job. Not only does he encounter Samurai Flamenco, but discovers his true identity and this is where the story picks up.

Samurai Flamenco Screenshot 2Masayoshi Hazama in his SAMURAI FLAMENCO suit

I wanted to write a first impression article when the 1st episode of this anime was released, but I wanted to wait and watch the 2nd episode to really give it a chance and see where it leads. Let’s just say I wasn’t disappointed! Despite having a similar storyline to the already known comic book and movie KICK ASS here in the US, SAMURAI FLAMENCO is more lighthearted while mixing in humor and drama with shots of action sequences in between. Despite having little action so far, the focus of the first 2 episodes appears to be the development of the characters, specifically Masayoshi and Hidenori, and the friendship between the two. We are also introduced to other characters as well that play a role in each of these 2 characters’ lives, such as Masayoshi’s manager and Hidenori’s long distance girlfriend.

It’s also fun to see Masayoshi fight justice while in the Samurai Flamenco persona. What may seem like no big deal to others, Masayoshi enforces the law to its full extent, even going as far as telling an old woman to put her trash back in her house because she’s a few hours early for the trash pick-up. When the old lady refuses, she wakes up the next day to find that her trash has been brought back to her front door by yours truly. Although, it may seem like Masayoshi is trying to do the right thing, it gets annoying to see that he can’t hold his own when confronted. When running away seems like the logical thing to do, he somewhat gets delusional and envisions his childhood superhero telling him to stand up for himself. It may be uplifting, but then you realize Masayoshi has no fighting skills and you can’t help but wonder what will happen if he goes too far into his Samurai Flamenco persona. And that’s what I’m hoping to find out as the anime progresses!

I won’t spoil the story so far by talking about it too much, but the anime is bound to pick up in the next few episodes. What will happen when people start discovering the actions of Samurai Flamenco? What if someone gets so obsessed with Masayoshi’s alter ego that this person is prepared to do anything to reveal Samurai Flamenco’s true identity? Only time will tell in the future episodes! And trust me, after watching the first 2 episodes, you’ll want to find out, too!

FIRST IMPRESSION: MEDIUM

COMIKAZE 2013 Full Programming Schedule Is Released!

By: Von Jared Omo

Are you guys still on the fence about attending COMIKAZE 2013? Geez…what more do you need?! Are you not entertained?! The full programming schedule for COMIKAZE 2013 is up for your viewing pleasure. And no, you don’t need to type it up in the search bar to visit the page. Just move that little mouse of yours to the link below and click! It’ll take you to the full programming schedule. I promise!

CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE FULL COMIKAZE 2013 PROGRAMMING SCHEDULE!

Need Some Last Minute Costumes But Want to Stay Warm? Check Out ThinkGeek!

By: Von Jared Omo

Are you stuck debating what to be this Halloween? Do you want to be your favorite movie/comic book character but don’t want to spend so much on a costume you’ll most likely wear once in your life? Well, worry no more! ThinkGeek is having a sale on their costume hoodies! That means you can wear these hoodies as a costume and for the cold winter nights ahead! YES! Click on the link below for some awesome savings on ThinkGeek’s epic costume hoodies ranging from 20%-40% off! Plus, have it shipped to you before Halloween if you order before October 27!
CLICK HERE TO CHECK OUT THINKGEEK’S AWESOME COSTUME HOODIES!

Stan Lee Personally Invites You To COMIKAZE!

By: Von Jared Omo

As if the guest list wasn’t enough to tickle your spidey senses, here’s a video of Stan Lee inviting you to check out COMIKAZE November 1-3, 2013 at the Los Angeles Convention Center!

Stan Lee’s Comikaze Expo Guest List Gets An Update!

By: Von Jared Omo

Well, well…look at what we have here. Comikaze Expo seems to have increased their guest list and it is looking fantastic! Would you like to know which of these guests I’m looking forward to? Let me name a few for you, and feel free to click on the names to get a brief bio on that person! Cheers!

Bruce Campbell
Edward James Olmos
Alyssa Milano
Elvira
Marc Silvestri
John Romita Jr.
“Weird Al” Yankovic
Michael Rooker
Dean Cain
James Hong

AND I’m also excited for some reunion panels including  Mike Maronna and Danny Tamberelli of Pete & Pete and Tara Strong, EG Daily and Catherine Cavandini of the POWERPUFF GIRLS!

Of course, what kind of Comic Convention would it be without the man himself, Stan Lee!

Stan Lee’s Comikaze takes place November 1-3, 2013 at the Los Angeles Convention Center! CLICK HERE TO BUY TICKETS! See you guys there!

6 Second Teaser Released For X-Men: Days of Future Past

By: Von Jared Omo

Well, thank you, Mr. Singer. Thank you for that little tease you gave us on Instagram today with 6 seconds of footage from the new X-Men: Days of Future Past movie. Hmm, what’s that? The full trailer comes out October 29 on YouTube? Oh, gee…and you’re doing a Twitter chat on October 28th? How swell! Gee, Mr. Singer…we can’t wait!

Alright, alright…enough with the sarcasm and the little witty statements. Here it is! The 6 second teaser of X-Men: Days of Future Past! Enjoy!

X-Men: Days of Future Past is set for a May 23, 2014 release date.

Source: Instagram

First Trailer for Captain America: The Winter Soldier Finally Released!

By: Von Jared Omo

WHOO! Finally, the trailer we’ve all been waiting for! I’m not a huge Captain America fan, let alone the first movie (yes, I know…let the trolling begin) BUT that doesn’t mean I don’t have respect for the character. I’ve seen the first Captain America movie and The Avengers (who hasn’t?! Seriously?), and I’ve got to give props to Chris Evans for doing a good portrayal of Cap in both movies. Now, on to The Winter Soldier trailer. And I’ve got to say, it reminds me of a Michael Bay flick. Why? EXPLOSIONS! THAT’S WHY! Nonetheless, it got me giddy as a school girl to see Cap back in action and *GASP* the introduction of The Winter Soldier! Now, without further ado, here’s the trailer for your viewing pleasure! PS. Look out for the last scene in the trailer with Cap and Winter Soldier…INTENSE!

Captain America: The Winter Soldier is set for a April, 14, 2014 release date.

Source: YouTube