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Dalin’s Simulcast Corner – Blue Spring Ride – Episode 1 Review – Summer 2014

main_simulcast_versionWith magical girls and video game battling heroes, the Summer 2014 season doesn’t have much to offer for those Slice of Life fans. But maybe that’s a good thing, since the latest addition to the genre, Production I.G.’s Blue Spring Ride, might be one of the best to have come out in the past few years.

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Movies and Geek Pride

This weekend I had the pleasure of flashing back to my  middle school days and havingvintage_movie_posters a slumber party/ movie marathon with my best friend.  We took over her bedroom, exiled her extremely tolerant and forgiving husband to the sofa, stuffed our faces with nachos and ice cream, and binge watched laughably bad B-horror movies and vampire flicks until the sun came up.  As the birds started chirping, we lay awake chatting about what we’d watched, what the characters should have done, and who did vampires better.  Dropping off to sleep, I realized that I’ve been called a geek because of my exuberant love of movies, but I’ve also used that love to foster some of the best relationships in my life. Continue reading

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Possible Hope for Syfy’s “Dominion”

Some of you may remember my earlier post about upcoming summer shows, but other than professing my love for Penny Dreadful, I haven’t really mentioned any of those titles since. That isn’t because I haven’t been watching them – I’ve seen at least the first episode, because I like to check out new shows even if I don’t stick with them. One show that I have been following, however, is Dominion. Based on the 2010 movie Legion which got many a bad review, Dominion takes place 25 years after the events of the film. Set in the city of Vega (formerly Las Vegas), the baby who was the Chosen One is now all grown up, and a soldier.

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The Thought Process When Hearing About Disney’s Live Action “Dumbo” Movie

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Disney fandom is a love and hate relationship at best. Most of the time in my case, it’s an affectionate type of reaction more than the opposite. But sometimes, on the rare ocassion, I feel the need to scratch my head, metaphorically, and ask in the most simple fashion: Why? Why does a company, known so much for its creativity and beauty decades ago, now feels their only way to stay “current” and “trendy” is to remake things that don’t need to be remade? Case in point, I present to you a creature known throughout House of Mouse: Dumbo.

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Summer Blues: Best Shows to See Before They Close on Broadway This Summer

curtain-callThe 2014 Broadway crop has been one of the stand outs in the past couple of years. But as usual, some shows don’t make it past the end of the year, even though they are just as good, or sometimes better, than the usual tourist favorites (coughWICKEDcough). So we here at DG want to shed some light on those musicals soon to be departing off the Great White Way, in hopes that you don’t miss them!

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A Thunderous Response to Thor News

imageIf you haven’t yet heard, Marvel has decided Thor will soon be getting a sex change of sorts. While I can’t say the method they’re using makes sense to me (having a woman pick up Thor’s hammer and be titled “Thor”), I do think that having Thor be a woman is cool.

Comic books are the mythology of the 21st century. Our fabled characters wear capes and cowls instead of cutting off the heads of animals and kissing frogs. Each character has a distinct origin and defining features, but over time the story changes with retellings. The only difference between mythology and comics is that with comics, there is a record of every telling. The Grimm Brothers are probably rolling in their graves over the most recent retellings of The Snow Queen, but the masses are not complaining because of how good it is (I’m talking about Frozen).

imageSuperheroes go through this same process only more rapidly. Batman has gone through several incarnations much stranger than this. My favorite is vampire Batman. Thor is going to be a woman. Spider-Man is African-American. One of the Green Lanterns is gay. Changes get made. While I can understand people being upset about how this is coming about, people are just upset that this is happening, and that’s not okay. Continue reading

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The Lesser Known Women: A Look at Time-Travelling Daughters, Wolf Gods, and More

On Monday, Nintendo announced the addition of three new characters for Super Smash Bros. Wii U, two of which have never been in a Smash title before now. Check out the trailer below to watch the earth-shattering entrance of Captain Falcon, Lucina, and Robin.

Captain Falcon, who has made previous appearances in all four Super Smash games, is a easily recognizable face (and punch, for that matter). Lucina and Robin are less familiar but more important – after all, no one was doubting the inclusion of Falcon for a second, but the inclusion of not one but two female characters was a surprise. The two Fire Emblem: Awakening characters are the 9th and 10th playable female characters to be included in the game (not counting Jigglypuff or the female Ice Climber), a record for the series. Yes, it’s fantastic to see Sakurai and his team stepping up to the plate in terms of better gender representation, but you might be wondering just who are these women anyway? Well, Robin is the Grand Master (a combination of mage and swordsperson) that you play as in Fire Emblem: Awakening and, like in many games, can be chosen to be either a male or female. The inclusion of a female skin for Robin in Super Smash is a reflection of this choice. Lucina, however, is a bit more complicated – and she, along with some other interesting women, is who we’ll be focusing on today.

There’s a lot of negativity – much of it well-deserved – surrounding the industry’s portrayal of the female gender in games. I myself recently wrote an article criticizing developers for not including more women in their stories. But there are many times when video games get it right, when they write a great story with some strong, believable girls in it. Of course, there are the well-known examples of bad-ass video game women: Samus, Lara Croft, Sarah Kerrigan, Zelda, Fem!Shep, Alyx Vance, Lightning, to name a few. But there are others that are not acknowledged as often, but are just as deserving of praise. Lucina is one of those, and today we’ll talk about her story and the stories of five more Game Dames (as I personally like to call these awesome characters). Because as much as it is necessary to criticize what is being done wrong, it is also necessary to celebrate what has been done right.
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Netflix Recs: Strictly SciFi

What do you do when you finish every season of Star Trek available on Netflix? I wouldn’t know, actually, but I needed a catchy opening line. Just because I refuse to watch Enterprise doesn’t mean I haven’t spent hours trawling through the sci-fi section for ever weirder fare, though, and here I bring you some of my favorite finds. Continue reading

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Second Trailer for Disney’s “Big Hero 6″ Debuts

If you weren’t already pumped for Disney’s first full-length Marvel based animated feature, this trailer will surely do the trick. Big Hero 6 is shaping up to be one of the most adorable superhero movies to ever exist, and though some would say that isn’t exactly the best slogan to give a Marvel property, for this brand and Disney as a whole, it works in every way possible.

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Hopes for the “Pacific Rim” Animated Series

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As I did a few months back, I like to discuss the hopes and dreams myself and fans alike have for new series based on beloved Japanese Animation related franchises. This week, I want to take a look at the recently announced Pacific Rim animated series, that is now rumored to possibly be produced in Japan (Source). With creator Guillermo del Toro involved, and the multiple promises he has made about the production, there’s a lot of fangirl dreams coming from this corner of the internet, and it’s about high time we take a look at those wishes for the upcoming show.

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