The Ghost in the Shell adaptation annoys me. Some show about teenage superheroes gets an unexpected renewal. And we have a bigot and fascist in the White House.
Screw you, 2016.
H/T to Ellak Roach for news leads–too many to list here.
Zod wants you to know your parents should not have voted for Trump, just as Superman fought bigots like Trump. (Oh, don’t like that remark? Well, stop here, then–my saltiness is going to continue to the bottom of this long post of news from the last two to three weeks.)
Inhumans will be a TV show rather than a film–because why ruin Agents of SHIELD when you can ruin more television? I do not care about your eugenics-obsessed dull X-Men precursor: the story has been dull on SHIELD, it’s a Game of Thrones series that needs an HBO or Netflix venue, and instead it’s going to be dumbed down on ABC. This will be my refrain, but screw 2016.
Meanwhile, Cloak and Dagger gets delayed. We can have more freaking Inhumans, but not Cloak and Dagger. Again, screw you, 2016.
With fascism in the United States, Glen Weldon looks at fascism in comics. (Not dropping this point.)
Dragon Ball, One Piece, and Bleach
Dragon Ball Super has finally been confirmed for a United States English dub by Funimation, who has adapted the previous versions of the series.
Meanwhile, in Japan, DBS has beaten One Piece in ratings. They can keep battling it out in a new collaborative mobile app. But both One Piece and Bleach were at the top of manga volume sales in Japan, just in time for Bleach creator Tite Kubo to return to Twitter–with cosplay. And Bleach returns with two new novelizations.
Anime and Manga
Princess Jellyfish is one of Amazon’s Best Graphic Novels of 2016. The entire manga is available for free with a CrunchyRoll subscription, and the entire anime is available for free with a Funimation subscription.
A trailer for the live-action Ghost in the Shell has been released–and I could not care less. When a film borrows from Asian cultures without having Asian actors in front of the camera, there is a problem. This includes small details trying to make Scarlett Johansson look Japanese: this is a film trading in on Asian aesthetic without much more obvious gestures to incorporate Asian persons in front of the camera. Whereas Blade Runner and Serenity used Asian aesthetics, they at least brought something new to the book and television series they adapted. Now, in 2016, Ghost in the Shell looks like a live-action version of the original anime only, with little new added to the source material in art, direction, or story. The film may surprise me; the trailer does not.
Meanwhile, watch any trailer for the Fullmetal Alchemist live-action adaptation, which actually looks good. Or go watch the trailer for the Your Lie in April live-action adaptation. Or watch re-runs of Nodame Cantabile, live-action or animated, because, hell, Ghost in the Shell did not need a soulless, Westernized live-action adaptation. Just…2016 has been awful. And now we have fascism elected into the White House. If you didn’t vote for Clinton, screw you–go watch your shitty anime adaptation with Scarlett Johansson, because that’s what you deserve, you awful, awful person.
At a time where we need to hear it, in the face of bigotry, the creator of We Bare Bears says the show is an allegory about being a minority in the United States.
Jon Stewart goes into animation–because forget actually staying on The Daily Show to oppose encroaching fascism. (Oh, you thought I was dropping that point? No–I’m not stopping.)
Oh, and Nintendo brought back some game system or something that sold out.
And in other retro news: the Sega Genesis returns.
Marc Maron interviews Lin-Manuel Miranda–and people of Saturday Night Live, because why not promote a show and a network that helped normalized the bigotry and fascism of Donald Trump? (NOT. DROPPING. IT. And no, I’m not linking to Maron–go find the podcast yourself. He wants to promote Lorne Michaels, after what he did? Then he can get someone else to link to him.)
Mystery Science Theater 3000
Universal, having bought DreamWorks (because screw competition between companies when you can just buy them all up), is developing a Voltron film.
We Can’t Have Nice Things
Director, writer, and Star Wars Rey hater Max Landis will write and direct a remake of his father’s An American Werewolf in London, because we can’t have nice things.
The MegaZord for the Power Rangers film reboot is out. It looks like tiny dragon wings on a Jet Jaguar.
Paul Verhoeven doesn’t like Trump, either. Join the club.
Oh, and you people who didn’t vote for Clinton? Go to Hell.