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16 Jan 17

I'm a pretty big fan of Hayao Miyazaki, so I'm more than happy to revisit his films for review purposes. We start with his first feature film, The Castle of Cagliostro, the proto-Ghibli film Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind and the first true Ghibli film Castle in the Sky. The only downside is that once I'm done with Miyazaki's films is that I'll start visiting Isao Takahata's works, which means another trip to Graveyard of the Fireflies. (Not looking forward to that one. Not because it isn't a good movie, but because it's depressing as all get out. Spoiler alert, by the way.) Moving along, we pick up Attack on Titan with Volume 17 and Volume 18. Coming up, we kick off Mab's section of TTWC3, bring out the next chapter of CeleKing1, and continue our coverage of both Miyazaki and AoT. Stay tuned.

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UTC 07:42:01

10 Jan 17

Well, as I'm sure you've come to expect in this series, nothing but good things are in store for our current lead as we send her off in Urgill's epilogue of TTWC3. Look for her Character Spotlight post in the blog shortly hereafter. Be on the lookout for reviews of some of Miyazaki's early film later in the week. Stay tuned.

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UTC 23:10:40

09 Jan 17

Following last week's reviews, I decided it would be a good idea to give a review of E.T. the Extra-Terrestial (the movie, not the game) and what better way to make a theme of it than to add in Close Encounters of the Third Kind? (But not that other movie Spielberg made about aliens in 2008... >_> ) Well, then I realized that I'd already posted my review of Close Encounters of the Third Kind and the same was true of It Came From Outer Space, the other film I originally had optioned for this week. Dagnabbit. Well, there are still aliens to be had in Battleship and for 50s kitsch The Beast with a Million Eyes. Last but not least, we have the grand finale of Ranma 1/2 manga with Volume 37 and Volume 38. I'll be picking the Attack on Titan manga back up to cover the four new volumes I recently got and after watching the 20th anniversary screening of Princess Mononoke, I think I'm going to cover some Miyazaki films over the next few weeks. We'll also be finishing Urgill's section of TTWC3 next week. Stay tuned.

Posted by: James
UTC 06:31:05

05 Jan 17

Look at that friendly face. The events of this chapter may have turned out differently if Batista was greeted by this face. (The story might be a lot less grimdark if there were more fuzzy nekos.) Anyway, here's Chapter 2 of CeleKing1. In the coming days, get your motion tracker ready for alien encounters (oh, wait, I already covered those alien movies) and the end of our coverage of Ranma 1/2. Stay tuned.

Posted by: James
UTC 19:06:57

03 Jan 17

When the Alliance broke Medusa's hold on Iakobin, they didn't get every single Darklander in the invasion force, so what happened to them? Where might they end up? Find out in Urgill's Chapter 5 of TTWC3. We'll be saying goodbye to her next week, but in the meantime, we've got more CeleKing1 coming up plus some reviews of the third kind. Stay tuned.

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UTC 20:40:25

02 Jan 17

This is coming out later than usual. If you're in the mood for a laugh, we can blame the delay on my ever so active social life. Ha ha ha. I was at a bit of a loss for a theme for the reviews when I decided to go with a trio of documentaries about flops, frauds and failures. We have the search for the elusive ET graveyard in Atari: Game Over, a tale of all manner of fakery in Orson Welles' F for Fake and The Death of "Superman Lives": What Happened? We also draw ever closer to the conclusion of our coverage of the Ranma 1/2 mange with Volume 35 and Volume 36. Look for more TTWC3 and CeleKing1 plus reviews of some extraterrestrial encounters. Stay tuned.

Posted by: James
UTC 19:55:25

27 Dec 16

Things aren't all that happy in Goblin Town (especially when "Goblin Town" is just the bivouac du jour as it's been for the past four years). See how the discontent gets managed in Urgill's Chapter 4 of TTWC3. This week's reviews remain a mystery (beyond two more volumes of Ranma, that is). I'll see if I can't get them out before New Year's, though. Stay tuned.

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UTC 09:44:17

25 Dec 16

Merry Christmas, one and all. (And Happy Hannukah, too, since we're getting overlap this year.) You hear that? Why, it's the King of the Monsters come to spread holiday cheer to all the good little boys and good little girls in Tokyo Town. (The good little boys and good little girls in Tokyo Town may beg to disagree.) In light of last week's review of Rogue One, I thought it would be a good idea to post the previous film by director Gareth Edwards, 2014's Godzilla. After all, who doesn't love Godzilla? And to make a theme of it, I also have the 1954 original and the 1998 trainwreck that's a bad time for everyone. Sticking with the Christmas theme, the latter is more akin to a regifted fruitcake wrapped in old socks, and I think that's being generous (in keeping with the spirit of the season, of course). We've also got more Ranma 1/2 with Volume 33 and Volume 34. Look for more TTWC3 next week and a yet to be determined theme for reviews. Stay tuned.

Posted by: James
UTC 08:55:56

22 Dec 16

What's that? A cathouse isn't a house with cats in it? Who knew! Now you're gonna tell me that bunny ranch place in Nevada doesn't have rabbits. Well, setting aside such minor misunderstandings, we've got Chapter 1 of CeleKing1. It may not be the sort of fated encounter dreams are made of, but it gets our adventure started. We've still got some Tokyo-stomping reviews coming up, which I'll probably get out there sooner rather than later so I'm not fiddling with the site Christmas or Christmas Eve. Stay tuned.

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UTC 22:36:53

20 Dec 16

With Ionathas and the Hawks around, a bunch of Goblins, Ogres and Trolls are no problem, but what happens when they're not around? You're about to see in Urgill's Chapter 3 of TTWC3. We've got more CeleKing1 and some Gojira coming up. Stay tuned.

Posted by: James
UTC 20:30:23

17 Dec 16

I think you all were abundantly aware this was coming. It's the big event of the weekend and I was one of the first in line. It's Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. That takes care of the new release, but what was that special theme I was teasing? Well, since we've got a Star Wars side story out, I thought it'd be a good time to cover a few films that tried to cash in on the fame of the original. We've got the schlocky Starcrash, Disney's The Black Hole (before they decided it was more expedient and profitable to just buy Star Wars), and the Roger Corman wonder Battle Beyond the Stars. We also continue our coverage of Ranma 1/2 with Volume 31 and Volume 32. Just three more weeks to go there. Next week, there's more TTWC3 and CeleKing1, plus a look at the King of the Monsters. Stay tuned.

Posted by: James
UTC 07:39:50

13 Dec 16

Ionathas' defense of his hometown of Maranthe really helped establish his credentials as both a warrior and a leader, but what did the battle look like from the other side? See for yourself in Urgill's Chapter 2 of TTWC3. Remember that there's no second story post this week, but maybe I'll get the reviews out sooner to make up for it. Stay tuned.

Posted by: James
UTC 21:32:21

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