Anime Recommendations and Open Thread


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In February and again in June, I made anime watching recommendations and asked for them from Neatorama readers. We had great chats about anime. So let's do it again, shall we?

I learned about Knights of Sidonia from Richard Eisenbeis, Kotaku's anime critic. He calls it "a mecha anime with a realistic twist." Knights of Sidonia, which is remiscent of Battlestar Galactica, is the story of the remnant of the human race struggling to survive in an inter-generational war against genocidal aliens. It is a superb series that demonstrates thoughtful and thorough worldbuilding. Some of these elements are truly original--not rehashes of common tropes. In any science fiction series, that is a tremendous advantage.

In real history, Japan National Railways--the government agency which operated that nation's rail network--was privatized in 1987. In the series Rail Wars, this event never took place and the JNR is still in operation. The series, which you can watch on Crunchyroll, shows the adventures of four young high school trainees who are trying to secure permanent positions.

Now the story of people trying to get jobs at a government bureaucracy might not sound exciting, but it is when it's a quasi-military organization beset with terrorist attacks and conspiracies. Even if you're not a railroading junkie, you'll be impressed by the complexities of modern railroading that the characters find so fascinating.

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This Japanese Music Video Will Give Your Eyes A Workout

Are you tired of living life headache free, with perfect eyesight and a firm grasp on reality?

Then you need to hammer some brightly colored polygons into your head by watching this virtually psychotropic music video by Yasuyuki Yoshida and umio entitled [BRDG019] HiDM2_9.

 

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It’s like watching 3D modeling software invade your computer via LSD virus, and the techno-tastic song by BRDG is perfectly complemented by the ever changing, eye-popping visuals.

So grab some aspirin, turn the speakers up to max, and enjoy this visual assault...if your head can handle it!

-Via Kotaku



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Spielberg Remaking Minority Report for TV

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What is up with reboots? We can understand wanting to make the most out of an intellectual property, but what happened to original ideas? Sorry, getting a bit ahead of myself. Seems some recent news has leaked that Steven Spielberg will be rebooting his Minority Report movie into a TV show. As stated on Pajiba:

"Steven Spielberg is developing a TV series based on his 2002 hit sci-fi movie “Minority Report” that will be written by “Godzilla” scribe Max Borenstein and produced by Amblin Television, an individual familiar with the project has told TheWrap."

For those who may have missed the Tom Cruise flick, Minority Report is about a "pre-crime" unit who can assess the likelihood of someone committing a crime and can stop it. There is fine print, though, as there is with all good science fiction. This procedure in which they find future crimes seems to hint that our protagonist is going to commit a future crime, and he ends up having to go on the run and figure the whole mess out before he, himself, is taken out.

Keep in mind, that is just the movie (and book) version. Details on how the show will play out are still very vague except for the fact that we know Spielberg is on-board in some manner.  Though TV needs more original ideas and concepts, we will be curious to see how this show plays out. More details as they emerge.

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Upcoming Documentary Chronicles The Death Of Superman Lives

There was once going to be a movie called Superman Lives, directed by Tim Burton with a script written by Kevin Smith and featuring Nic Cage as Superman.

This crazy little movie might have turned out to be quite the sci-fi spectacle, a dark tale that would feature the death of Superman at the hands of Doomsday, but between unending script conflicts and budget cuts the film was left to die.

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The Death of Superman Lives is a documentary produced by Jon Schnepp that tells the tale of this doomed superhero flick, with all the production team drama, amazing props and concept art, and Nic Cage in the Superman suit looking like a slightly crazed version of the beloved hero.

-Via io9



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He Caught All 719 Pokémon

Gotta catch ‘em all! Matthew Sullivan did just that: he caught all 719 Pokémon, a project that started in his childhood and became an obsession as he got closer to his goal. He tells us how he did it, although only another gamer would understand.  

Now I will say I love breeding pokémon and never shy away from breeding pokémon for other people — I'm doing that as you read this article - but collecting and hatching around 300 eggs can wear you down. Then the thought of evolving half of them was equally daunting but slowly, overtime, I got it done. With 820 minutes on the clock I had obtained all but a few pokémon. I was so close I could taste it and it was sweet!

Sullivan’s goal took almost two decades, and six generations of Pokémon. If you know something about Pokémon, you can read his story at Polygon.



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What If Deadpool And Harley Quinn Had Children

Harley Quinn and Deadpool come from different universes, have different methods to their madness, and work for different sides of the law…sort of.

Okay, so depending on what’s happening in the storyline they’re pretty much the same kinda crazy, and they have similar color schemes to their costumes, so maybe they would make a perfect couple?

Illustrator Marco D'Alfonso has brought this bizarre coupling to life with an extremely appropriate Married With Children inspired artwork that should immediately become the basis for a new web series starring the two loving loons.

Can't you just hear Harley now, as shey yells "Waaaade! Waaaaaade!" in a screechy Peggy Bundy style voice? And Deadpool mutters something about how his amazing healing factor just won't let him die...it's comic book comedy gold!

-Via GeekTyrant



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R2-Dump2

You know this little dumpster is going to cause you a lot of trouble. But at least he doesn't have a bad motivator.

Crummy Gummy, a street artist in Orlando, Florida, painted this dumpster to look like R2-D2, the most foul-mouthed character in cinematic history. He made it for the Mills 50 district, a trendy neighorhood in Orlando.

The artist was born with the name Mauricio Murillo. He goes by the name Crummy Gummy because although he does street art, his early notable work was with gummy bears.

-via Global Street Art



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"10 Dark and Gritty Rules of Dystopian Science Fiction"

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The future looks bleak. At least according to futurists, economists, and science fiction authors (as well as pretty much anyone else). Seems we are getting closer and closer to Mad Max than we may actually think. Though a great many of us love playing through war torn and battered future landscapes in video games, and reading or watching them on TV, did you know those dystopian science fiction worlds have rules? Writer Annalee Newitz over at i09 has put together a very solid list that shows some of the basic rules that all fiction set in a dystopian world must follow. In talking about class systems she makes some brilliant points:

It's not enough to call the groups "haves" and "have-nots." They each need peculiar, evocative names like The Aspiring and The Disdained. Or they should only be known by the place they come from, like Quadrant 6 or The Outer Rim. 

The piece is wonderfully written, and shows us that even lawless, brutal, dystopian societies that are crumbling have unspoken rules to follow. By the way, did I mention how bad the traffic was today in Quadrant 6 on my way to work? Man, we need to do something with The Disdained. Their highways are a mess.

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Add "Bionic Pants" To Your Must-Have List

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Bionic pants are one of those things you thought you would never want because perhaps, like us, you thought they would never exist. You hear the term and you are not even sure what they would do, anyway. Could you super jump like Mario in bionic pants? Could you kick like Chuck Norris in your bionic pants? Well, they exist now, and the answer to the preceding questions is no. So you must be wondering what they do, right? The above photo explains it all. They defy physic by letting you sit anywhere without a chair.

We just can't understand why they didn't name them "chair pants" or something. Bionic pants make them sound way cooler and way more capable than they actually are. Truth is, if they were called chair pants we probably wouldn't be talking about them right now. Also, one more side note to developers. Can you make them look cooler than leg straps? Once you make a leather pair of chair pants, we will probably be all about it. Now that sounds sleek and futuristic.

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Delightful Photoshopped Images Created By Chinese Internet Trolls

The first internet connection in China was established in 1987, and now they have the most internet users in the world, but they’ve been a bit slow to catch up with the rest of the world in terms of internet trends.

Memes, silly animal videos, and nerd rage are all relatively new to Chinese users, but there is one area where they’re quickly catching up- trolling. 

A uniquely Chinese form of trolling is taking place, based around hilarious photoshopped images, and it’s the most adorable form of trolling ever. 

These trolls aren’t particularly vicious, nor are they preying on unwitting members of the online community, these trolls are being fed by people who want to see what the trolls will do with the images they receive:

It's the kindest, gentlest form of trolling you can find on the internet, and the idea of turning an image like this:

Into something as innocently 'shopped as this will make you want to go "d'awww!":

See more images from Kotaku's coverage of China's Photoshop Trolls and More Delightful Chinese Photoshop Trolls



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Usagi Yojimbo Stop Motion Short That May Lead To A Feature Film

The ronin rabbit Usagi Yojimbo was created by Stan Sakai in 1984, at the height of the anthropomorphic comic book character craze, but Usagi has always been a bit different than the other critter comic stars.

His tales were less about life as a rabbit and more about the life of a ronin, because in Usagi’s alternate version of Japan's Edo period every character is an animal, so he doesn't have to wear a disguise or deal with mutant problems like his friends the Ninja Turtles.

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Usagi was a fan favorite from day one, and his action packed comics are just as fun to read today as they were when they first came out, so why hasn’t Usagi Yojimbo been adapted for the big screen? 

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A film adaptation is finally being discussed, and as this proof-of-concept short film released by Lintika Films reveals it might actually live up to the geeky dreams of Usagi Yojimbo's fans.

Lintika seems to be staying faithful to the source material, but they still have to overcome a budgetary hurdle before the film can actually begin production.

-Via Cartoon Brew



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Some Of The Most Pointless Action Figures Ever Made

When toy companies keep pumping out product you end up with a bunch of figures that never should have seen the light of day, figures that are lacking one key word- action.

The Doctor Who craze ushered in by the series reboot resulted in a bunch of bad action figure releases, but no figure in the collection was more pointless than Destroyed Cassandra, the frame from which an animated flap of skin once hung:

The Waltons wasn’t a very exciting show, but even they got their own toy line, and for the sake of completion they released every member of the family- including Grandma and Grandpa Walton, the least action packed figures ever.

On the other hand, Starsky and Hutch was an action packed show worthy of having an action figure line, but releasing a figure for a drunken bearded man who never appeared on the show is the epitome of pointless:

And, last but certainly not least in terms of pointlessness, what action figure collection is complete without a side of beef? That's right- it's the iconic 1/2 cow Sylvester Stallone socked up real good in the movie Rocky.

Check out the rest of the figures that made io9's list of13 More of the Most Pointless Action Figures Ever Made, and see what your toy collection has been missing all along!



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The Future Of Digital Facial Enhancement

The future of facial enhancement in film will be digital, and fairly creepy…at least according to this video by Nobumichi Asai, which demonstrates the latest in digital makeup technology called Omote. 

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Omote combines face tracking technology, motion capture concentrated on facial points rather than the whole body, with a digital image projection that changes and moves along with the face in real time. 

It's fascinating to watch the facial projection change along with the soundtrack, and the video really shows the potential applications for this kind of digital facial enhancement in film, but how will this new technology affect those famous Hollywood faces? Only time will tell...

-Via Boing Boing



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Microsoft Recreates Their 1994 Website

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Do you remember the web from 20 years ago? With its five colors and thin, ugly fonts? Every website seemed to have a space theme, and you could tell people were clearly working on a canvas they were not yet familiar. Though the web has undeniably come far, sometimes it is cool to flashback willingly and see just how cheesy and simplified it was.

In case any of you have forgotten, Microsoft have recently re-released their websites in 1994 format, which you can check out right here. It is exactly as ugly and odd and cumbersome as you would think. Yet, it also stands as a time capsule to how far we have come aesthetically and otherwise in these last two decades.

So check it out. They tell you how they built the site and there are some other cool little odds and ends once you get to clicking. Mainly, though, you will be laughing that we once thought this all looked incredibly cool.

Via Waxy



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The LEGO Ghostbusters Movie

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Monsieur Caron of BrickFun spent all summer working on a LEGO movie version of Ghostbusters. Now that school is about to start, he must go back to teaching history. But what a great project to show his students! And you may be surprised and delighted by who gets to play the role of Slimer in this. The behind-the-scenes video is pretty cool, too! -via Geeks Are Sexy



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Sid And Nancy - The Sitcom

Sid Vicious and Nancy Spungen lived fast, died young and made quite an impression during Sid’s few years of fame, but their love never really rang true, and never really seemed worthy of dramatization.

John Simon Ritchie made himself into Sid after all, and Nancy made herself famous by hooking up with Sid, so it was far from a fairytale romance.

But if you believe in the existence of parallel universes then it's possible Sid and Nancy’s relationship could have easily played out like a romantic comedy in an another dimension. 

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Video mashup raconteur Robert Jones paid a visit to this rom-com dimension, and he brought back this intro clip from the other side's most famous sitcom Sid & Nancy, with a theme song that sounds mighty familiar...

-Via Dangerous Minds



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Guy Does Six Part Super Mario Theme Acapella With Himself

It takes a certain amount of confidence to be a solo musician, but what if you are a whole band and still solo? That, we would think, takes even more confidence. Or does it take less because you have a whole bunch of "you's" backing you up? Well, YouTube user csvy attempts to answer that with his awesome, solo, acapella rendition of the Super Mario Brothers theme. Please note, he also looks a lot like the chef from the animated movie Ratatouille. See for yourself and admire his vocal stylings.

I would say that is worthy of an extra guy.

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Everything You'll Ever Need To Know About Deadpool

The Merc with a Mouth has gone from obscure secondary character, and admitted Deathstroke ripoff, to one mighty popular fellow, and he didn't get that way simply because readers identify with his chimichanga fetish

Deadpool hacked, shot and wisecracked his way up the Marvel Comics food chain, and somehow avoided catching his creator Rob Liefeld's tiny foot disease and becoming quite the strapping fellow- he's, like, Ryan Reynolds level hot, aside from his horrifying facial disfigurement.

He's edgy, he's hilarious, and he's definitely a bit of a kook, but where does a budding Deadpool fanatic start to explore this character's history, powers, and crucial comic book appearances?

Well, this article entitled Everything You Need To Know About Deadpool created by GeekTyrant's Mick Joest is a great place to start, so you can finally find out what all the hullabaloo is about!



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Incredible Stop Motion Animation Short Created Using Styrofoam

Stop motion animators employ many different techniques, materials and styles to create the props, backgrounds and characters for their unique three dimensional films.

Some people make latex or silicone puppets for their films, others use paper, found objects, or wet clay to create their piece, but animator and director Mikey Please of Parabella Animation Studio used a rarely utilized material to create his latest short- Styrofoam. 

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Mikey combines neatly sculpted Styrofoam models by the hundreds and long-exposure lighting to tell the story of Marilyn Myller- a girl who is both creator and destroyer. 

It took Mikey and his partner Dan Ojari over a year to create this mesmerizing short, but it will only take you six minutes to take this animated trip through the mind of a young artist.

-Via Colossal



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The Myriad Monikers Of Gotham's Villains

Batman has been battling crime for seventy five years, even though he doesn’t look a day over forty, and along with a long and storied career in crime fighting comes the daunting task of keeping track of every criminal he ever busted. 

Batman has the Batcomputer in the Batcave to help him keep it all sorted out, but what about readers who are looking for their own map of Gotham's corrupt and infamous?

Fear not intrepid reader! This great poster created by Pop Chart Lab entitled The Myriad Monikers Of Gotham's Villains has every villainous handle in one place, but it's so jam packed with info that it's a bit hard to read unless you view the full sized version here.

It's a stylish way to keep track of all those costumed crackpots, femme fatales and maniacal madmen Batman battles every Bat-day of his Bat-life.

-Via ComicsAlliance



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Adorable Kids' Eleventh Doctor and K-9 Cosplay

Jen of Epbot attended the recent Tampa Bay Comic Con. With her camera in hand, she documented at great length the excellent works of cosplay on display. We've previously mentioned a gem from her first cosplay post: hipster versions of Anna and Elsa from Frozen.

Jen also posted part 2 and part 3 of her photo collection. My favorite from the latter are these two girls dressed as the Eleventh Doctor and K-9, the Doctor's robotic dog.



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Crazy Custom Painted Movie Posters From Nigeria

Countries around the world make movie posters their own way, using their own native art techniques and imagery that appeals to their own people, and whether the movie is local or imported from LaLaLand every release gets its own custom poster treatment.

Nigerian artists have a very unique style when it comes to creating a painted movie poster, and this style is partly derived from the subject of their paintings- the freaky films being created in Ghana:

Movies like Wondeful Dog, Why Should I and Blood Money look like the African equivalent of Grind House cinema, and they've inspired some wonderfully terrifying movie poster masterpieces which can be found in a gallery created by Imgur user iliketechno.

Oh, and there are a few whacked out versions of Hollywood movie posters in there too:

Check out the rest of these bizarre Nigerian movie posters at Imgur   (Contains NSFW images)



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Microsoft App Aims To Turn Boring First Person Videos Into Thrilling Hyperlapses

The internet is full of first person footage these days, whether it’s fun action footage or boring everyday stuff, because everyone loves their GoPro cameras or their Google glasses, and they’re dying to share their video view of the world with the world.

However, that footage is usually way too long, with lots of camera shake and bounce, so even when it’s shortened into a time lapse the footage is really hard to watch.

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A new Microsoft Research Project is concerned with creating a solution to those first person footage problems, and they’re about to introduce an app that will allow users to create hyperlapse videos that run at 10x the speed of the original video without all that shake.

You'll be able see the world through someone else's eyes without feeling sick to your stomach, although you still may feel a bit queasy after watching some of those stunt videos...

-Via TechCrunch



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What It's Like To Play Online Games As A Grown-Up

Nobody knows how old you are when you’re playing a game online, but there are certain things that can tip you off about the age of your opponent- overly cheerful cursing, lack of post-pubescent knowledge and the sound of a mom's voice in the background are all clear signs you're battling a bunch of kiddos.

So how do you properly handle the pimple faced masses online when you're busy growing a beard and having a girlfriend, and other rather grown-up activities?

You act like a grown-up and shove that game aside, for the good of your love life...and your sanity!

See the full comic at The Oatmeal

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Benedict Cumberbatch Does Perfect Impressions of Jar Jar Binks and Gollum


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Benedict Cumberbatch, who my wife informs me is "a hottie," is not just a fine actor. He's also an excellent impersonator.

MTV host Josh Horowitz interviewed him at the San Diego Comic-Con. During their conversation, he asked Cumberbatch to give his impressions of Jar Jar Binks, a Star Wars character widely despised by fans, and Gollum, a mutated hobbit from The Lord of the Rings.

Cumberbatch did a great job! He should definitely play either of those roles in future movies. Or, preferably, both in a crossover film.

-via Pleated Jeans



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George Takei Relives His Favorite Scene from Star Trek

Oh myyyyyy!

George Takei, the actor who played Hikaru Sulu on Star Trek, loved the episode titled "The Naked Time." In that episode, many Enterprise crew members became mentally unstable. Sulu expressed his madness by stripping off his shirt and running around the ship with a rapier.

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Takei visited the set of The Today Show. With a sword in hand, he relived that moment from 48 years ago. He kept his shirt on, though.



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Rarely Seen Godzilla Posters From Around The World

The giant green Kaiju known as Godzilla has always had a love-hate relationship with humanity- we love him when other giant monsters attack us and he comes to the rescue, hate him when he stomps our cities into dust, and hate how much we love to watch him on the big screen.

He’s an enduring, yet monstrous, figure in the world of film, and people all over the world have enjoyed watching that rubber behemoth bash his way to becoming king of the monsters over the last six decades.

This wonderful collection of rarely seen Godzilla movie posters on io9 features some unique, and very modern, promotional artwork created for various international releases of the Godzilla films, and it's safe to say you've never seen Godzilla portrayed quite like this!



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