Well, I’m on a roll today with all these updates so here’s another one that is in line with yesterday’s Batman vs. Superman reveal showing the new Batmobile and, more importantly, Ben Affleck as Batman. Today we’ve got a featurette showcasing the new Gotham series on Fox that focuses on young Jim Gordon long before he became the commissioner in the Batman universe.
I must admit that when I first heard of Star Wars: The Clone Wars that I was highly dubious of its worth but the show won me over as it progressed with some compelling and incredibly dark, for a TV show, storylines that added some oomph that was missing from George Lucas’ Prequel trilogy. However, the moment Disney purchased Lucasfilm nearly everyone could guess that The Clone Wars would come to an ignominious demise and it did while Disney went on to commission Star Wars: Rebels to premiere on its own channel.
Considering that I have my reviews for Game of Thrones Season One and Season Two right now batting in lead-off positions for my site I figured I might as well draw your attention to this rather funny post over on Giantbomb.com where they decide to compare various characters from George R.R. Martin’s series to, of all things, individual video game consoles.
Okay, I’m obviously being cheeky here but one look at this video detailing what Fox News is doing in the USA certainly makes me think of the bridge of the USS Enterprise ala J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek reboot minus the copious amounts of lens flares blossoming all over the screen.
It’s been a while since I provided an update to the anime to TV series project Noir but alas it seems it was stuck in development hell for a long time. Readers will remember that the Starz network greenlighted this to series June of last year with Sam Raimi and others in charge but it seems that they weren’t able to totally get a good handle on the show. Now it’s been announced that Ethan Reiff and Cyrus Voris the creators of the Sleeper Cell TV show have taken over the project.
Hotaru no Hikari (Glow of Fireflies) is yet another in a long line of Jdrama romantic comedies featuring colourful leads who initially bicker and butt heads like oil and water yet deep down the audience inherently knows they’ll eventually hook up. Like just about every Jdrama out there in this genre the key for the audience here is presenting events and dilemmas that keep them apart or present alternate love interests in ways that seem justifiable and realistic but at the same time show the slow romantic buds blooming between the leads. In that sense Hotaru no Hikari works despite having next to no originality but viewers will be rewarded with energetic performances and some delightful chemistry that keeps episodes humming along even though the plot reeks of too many clichés.
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Kimura Takuya makes his annual return to Japanese drama with the high budget Mr. Brain, a procedural crime investigation series that takes elements from American shows such as CSI and Columbo that on paper sounds as if it could have a ton of potential but instead ends up as a middling entry filled with vacant characterizations and episodic narratives rife with a myriad of illogical contrivances.
There are odd setups and then there are totally bizzaro setups. Atashinchi no Danshi is firmly in the later group here. While I can give points for originality the narrative presented here is incredibly fresh yet totally far-fetched and off-the-wall. I suppose it can sort of function if one regards the show as live-action manga or some sort of weird fairy tale but originality aside the series itself has some truly gigantic issues that prevent it from being remotely successful.