TR's 2014 Fall Anime Guide: 11 New Series, Ranked

Tuesday, November 4, 2014 at 6:00 am

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Ah, simulcasting. The anime industry's last-ditch attempt to stave off financial doom in the wake of rampant piracy has actually made it incredibly easy to watch damn near every new show that airs in Japan within days of its initial airing. It's great if you have the time to watch everything, but not everybody has the wherewithal to wade and potentially suffer through every new show in the hopes that they'll find something they'll like.

So allow me to do that for you. Here are eleven of this fall season's new anime shows, ranked and judged by my own completely arbitrary criteria!

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Attack on Titan and Marvel Universe Will Cross Over

Monday, November 3, 2014 at 11:00 am

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Don't say it...

Don't say it...

"StillbetterthananythingSonyMMMMPH!"

What did I just tell you?

Anyway, Marvel's C.B. Cebulski just Tweeted out the image above, saying it will happen in Japan. I imagine there'll be places to import it.

Time now for someone to mash-up that theme song with the classic Spider-Man song.

h/t Anyone00

Weekstarter: Rodin Action Figures, Fatal Gangbangs, Hitler Pageants, Vertigo and More

Monday, October 20, 2014 at 6:00 am

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"Congratulations, Mr. and Mr. Abraxas...It's an Eldritch!"

It's a new week, and what better way to start than with fatal gangbangs, high-art action figures, fan edits and evil clowns? Compiled with the help of Kyle LeClair.

Tipsters this week include SlyDante777, franciebrady27, rkwsuperstar, somcisnout, Gallen_Dugall, DrAbraxas, Anyone00, troi, skrag2112, BrandoLars

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Scarlett Johansson Offered Ghost in the Shell Live-Action Lead

Friday, October 17, 2014 at 8:00 am

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Deadline buried the lead in their story about possible Suicide Squad movie casting yesterday, with a late-breaking addendum that ScarJo is being offered $10 million to play Motoko Kusanagi (or whatever horribly Americanized name they'll give her so as not to appear to be whitewashing - Moe Cuse, perhaps?). If you're not going to go Asian, it makes sense - Johansson's recent Lucy ripped off and dumbed down quite a bit from Akira, and proved she could open a movie at the box office. And having already played an alien uncomfortable in human skin, playing a mechanical body with an existential crisis shouldn't be a huge stretch.

While I doubt the movie won't be fucked up somehow, I actually think this might be a good first step. And if it all falls apart, the originals are still there.

9 Interesting Ways Edge of Tomorrow/Live. Die. Repeat. Differs from its Source Material

Tuesday, October 7, 2014 at 8:00 am

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Today is a day which I fondly refer to as All You Need is Kills-mas, the day that Edge of Tomorrow comes out on DVD and Blu-ray. You know: Edge of Tomorrow, the Tom Cruise-Emily Blount science fiction spectacle that skidded hard at the box office, despite delighting both critics and the audiences who actually got out and saw it. Edge of Tomorrow, which plays like a sadistic Groundhog Day, as Cruise's character dies over and over again, caught in a time loop, trying to somehow win a seemingly impossible battle. Edge of Tomorrow, inexplicably retitled Live Die Repeat after already being inexplicably retitled from its original moniker, the fabulous, can't-forget-it-once-you've-heard-it All You Need is Kill. Edge of Tomorrow is notable for being an adaptation of a Japanese science fiction novel by Hiroshi Sakurazawa - Japanese SF isn't something that's commonly been mined for Hollywood blockbusters.


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Week-Starter: Vinyl Guardians, Cowboy Game of Thrones, Bob's Burgers Porn and More!

Monday, October 6, 2014 at 6:00 am

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If you-ooooo-oooo...are hooked on the vinyl! Then there's a version of the Guardians of the Galaxy soundtrack for you.

Here are some other stories you might have missed, if not for the compiling assistance of Kyle LeClair and the tipster powers of Patch999, Gallen_Dugall, SlyDante777, skrag2112, RegularStormy, Rx79immigrant84, troi. Also, I'm experimenting with titles other than Weekend Hangover, just to see if they get better traction. Feeling like maybe positioning this as a kickoff rather than leftover might be more pro-active. We'll see.


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Like a Good Neighbor, Totoro is There! (To Prop Your 2015 Calendar up)

Tuesday, September 30, 2014 at 10:00 am

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When it comes to calendars, I'm like a lot of married guys: I buy my wife the one that depicts "puppies, and kitties, and dey fwiends." But if you have an anime-obsessed spouse who nonetheless likes things to be cute, this Totoro calendar and diorama can't really be beaten, and you can use it as a photo holder once 2015 has run its course. Granted, "Totoro, and susuwatari, and they are friends" doesn't quite have the same ring to it, but I think if you point out that Totoro is eating a tiny watermelon, the essential squee-ness will shine through.

It's only sold in Japan, but is available for preorder now at J-List for $48. Only so many can fit into their catbus, though, so if you want it, reserve quickly.

Geek Apparel of the Week: Kiki's Delivery Service Tank Top by Her Universe

Monday, September 29, 2014 at 2:30 pm

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Here's how I know this shirt is total win: I was staring at the design before I even realized the person modeling it is probably quite attractive. And even now that I do, I still want to stare at the shirt more.

17 Things You May Have Missed This Weekend, From KFC Keyboards to Hamster Hot-Dogging

Monday, September 22, 2014 at 6:00 am

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A 16-disc set of Matt Smith's Doctor Who tenure is coming - and that's but one thing that came up in conversation over the course of the weekend thread. Compiled with the help of Kyle LeClair, here are some of the other stories you might have missed.

Tipsters this week included Gallen_Dugall, SlyDante777, Anyone00, troi, Rx79Immigrant84, Citrus_King

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I'm Surprised It Took This Long for Someone to Make Sailor Poon

Wednesday, September 17, 2014 at 2:30 pm

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Wood Rocket need to pace themselves, or they're going to burn through every nerd porn parody idea super-quickly. In a new behind-the-scenes video from their upcoming take on Sailor Moon, we get to see adult actresses flubbing nerdy lines, Sailor Moon asking if there's cum in her nose, and the complicated logistics of how to film Sailor Mars getting a guy off.

It is, perhaps needless to say, entirely NSFW and not to be viewed by anyone under 18. But if I know my readership, you'll probably find it either pretty funny or childhood-ruining.