Weekend Hangover: Superhero Furries, Spider-Politician, Sharknado 2 and More

Monday, April 14, 2014 at 10:00 am

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While I am certain - not - that most of you were either partying at Coachella or gettin' down to the MTV Movie Awards, many of your fellow readers were scaring up the usual mess o' stories that we didn't have room for last week. Compiled from the weekend thread with the help of Kyle LeClair, here are your weekend highlights of hilariousness.

Tipsters include: donnaryoko, Anyone00, SlyDante777, Dr.Gonzo82, Gallen_Dugall, Citrus_King, troi, andre_morello

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War of the Worlds Contest Winners: Readers Pitch War of the Worlds Sequels

Friday, April 4, 2014 at 5:00 pm

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Perhaps I should have specified that you can only win this contest once. Because we had one entrant in particular who went for such total saturation bombing that I can only assume he was trying for all three victory slots. This was a tough one...

Your assignment was to pitch a sequel to the Steven Spielberg War of the Worlds.

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I READ YOUR FANFIC! Garfield vs. Kill La Kill

Wednesday, April 2, 2014 at 8:00 am

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If you want to submit fan fiction for me to read, please send it - or a link to it - to toplessrobot-at-gmail-dot-com with subject line "Read my Fanfic!"

This week's episode once again features special guest "victim" Greg Jones Jr.

Title: "Garfield vs Ragyo" by Sailarkiller

Logline: Garfield is earth's last hope against Kiryuin Ragyo's plan to take over the world.

Acts Involved: Cartoon cat on anime character violence, implied sex and nudity, uncharacteristic violence, beastiality, furries.

Participants: Garfield, Ragyo, Satsuki, Ryuuko, Inumuta, Sanageyama, Nonon, Mako

The Live Reading...

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Weekend Hangover: Harry Potter Prequels, Robo-Fish, Unreleased Gandalf Animation, More

Monday, March 31, 2014 at 10:00 am

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What stories fell through the cracks this past weekend? With the aid of ace compiler Kyle LeClair, we'll tell you.

This week's tipsters include: Gallen_Dugall, Anyone00, SlyDante777, rkwsuperstar, troi, BumblebeeZ3, Timely-Tardis-Lego, RegularStormy

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The 10 Worst American "Anime" Ripoffs

Thursday, March 20, 2014 at 6:00 am

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Sometime in the early-to-mid 'aughts, anime and manga became a ubiquitous part of the pop-cultural diet of millions of kids and teens. From huge TV ratings for the likes of Dragon Ball Z and Sailor Moon, to manga hits like Fruits Basket and Naruto, there was no denying the popularity of these Japanese imports.

Of course, several years later, bookstores plummeted and took most of the manga market with them, and things like piracy and changing demographics virtually decimated the hunger for anime. But before all that, several of the laziest and cynical minds in the US thought that if they created something "anime-inspired," they could ride anime and manga's success with the youth market. Too bad for them "anime-inspired" tended to simply mean "BIG HORRIBLE EYES AND TINY MOUTHS AND ROBOTS AND STUFF." There's no shortage of absolutely rotten American "anime" ripoffs, so let's look at ten of the worst offenders!

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Super Terrific Japanese Thing: Recently, My Sister Is Unusual: The Movie

Friday, March 7, 2014 at 11:30 am

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We expect popular sci-fi or horror manga to get adapted. Less so Saikin, Imouto no Yousu ga Chotto Okashiin Da Ga, the kind of manga about a high-school girl who wakes up one day wearing a magic chastity belt, possessed by a ghost who wants to make her have sex with her stepbrother enough times to fully power said belt and send the spirit to Heaven. (Methinks somebody misread their scripture.)

Now that you know the story, you won't need to understand the trailer. And maybe you won't want to. But remember the title for your next game of charades...

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TR Travel Guide: 15 Things to Do and See in Japan in the Winter

Wednesday, March 5, 2014 at 6:00 am

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As one of two regular contributors to Topless Robot with a particular affinity for Japanese manga and anime, it might surprise some of you to know that, until last week, I had never - gasp! - visited the motherland. Yessir, I hadn't yet made the pilgrimage to Glorious Nippon!

And so, armed with a passport and a few thousand Yen, my girlfriend and I took the plunge and braved the twelve-hour international flight to the land of manga, robots, video games, and other things that make my nerd heart melt.

The dead of winter might not necessarily be the most optimal time to visit a northern continent, especially considering the fact that I live in Los Angeles where our concept of "cold" is anything below 70. Still, there are a lot of cool things you can only do in Japan in the winter, so here's 15 things to do, see, and check out in Japan!

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Weekend Hangover: Lego Simpsons, Wooden Dick, Chicken Tail, Gummy Travolta

Monday, February 10, 2014 at 8:00 am

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Who were those stylish, square-masked individuals? Perhaps one of many things you missed over the weekend, some of which have been slapped together into this one big-ass post for your enjoyment.

This week's items compiled with the assist of SlyDante777, including tips from himself and Citrus_King, rkwsuperstar, Patch999, James.k.Polk, troi, Anyone00, Dr.Gonzo82, Gallen_Dugall, clone_boy99, aidan.jeans.

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Overnight/Weekend Open Thread - Dallas Sci-Fi Expo Edition

Friday, February 7, 2014 at 8:03 pm

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If you're in the Dallas area tomorrow, a group of TR regulars are planning to meet up around midday at the Sci-Fi Expo in Irvine. Email eventmeetupdfw-at-gmail.com if you're interested in attending. I can't make it, myself - got my father-in-law's belated memorial to attend.

Here are a few items still on my desktop before we call it a week:

-If James T. Kirk were a woman, wouldn't she just stay home and fondle herself?

-It's a zombie schoolgirl arcade game that turns into a dance game! It is, of course, Japanese.

-Crime dog McGruff really let himself go.

-Ye Olde Facebook, from 1902.

-Goat Simulator: The Game. Most likely not going to be made for real, but would you not play the shit out of it?

-Sweded feature-length Robocop, with some unique scene interpretations.

-The best 10 minutes of all three Bayformers movies - the transformations.

-Speaking of which, a trailer for Transformers Universe Online. Looks to be using Prime designs.

-Gary Oldman will probably be in the next Star Wars. You may remember he was to play General Grievous originally but declined because of union strikes.

-Live-action Patlabor trailer.

Some of these tips are from SlyDante777, Gallen_Dugall and Anyone00

Is Fan-Made "My Little Anime" a Better Pony Humanization Than Equestria Girls?

Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 1:30 pm

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Well, it's not entirely fair to judge, as Pony fan "Galaxyart" doesn't go beyond creating an opening montage. Not to mention his is a labor of pure love, while Hasbro's is a "We want to sell a new line of dolls, so you'd better make this work somehow" mandate.

I don't collect dolls (of this type, at least - the rest is up for debate), but I suspect characters in this anime style would sell juts as well. You tell me if you'd buy.

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