6 DBZisms Dragon Ball Super Should Keep Intact (and 6 They Should Leave on Planet Namek)

Monday, July 20, 2015 at 5:00 am

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Whether due to its visual flair, mature levels of violence or addicting long-form storytelling, Dragon Ball Z struck a chord with western audiences when it debuted in North America on the hugely popular Toonami program in 1999. The audience on Cartoon Network was full of impressionable teens, and Dragon Ball Z was one of the first Japanese anime series to gain traction outside of the Land of the Rising Sun. Re-runs and all, DBZ ran on the network for over ten years before a brief hiatus. The show was so popular, however, that soon a re-dubbed, re-edited version of the anime known as Dragon Ball Z Kai debuted in 2010, and has been running ever since.

Finally, the somewhat shocking international success of the 2013 theatrical film Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods and the buzz surrounding the upcoming Resurrection F has apparently convinced Toei Animation, the original production company behind the series, to dive back in and bring us something entirely new: Dragon Ball Super, which debuts in Japan this month. While fans of the original series don't want a retread (DBZ Kai), we also don't want something that tries to reinvent the wheel - I'm looking at you, GT; in that vein, here are six DBZisms the new show should run with and six we want to see buried in the Namekian wastes in favor of a new era of Super Saiyan mayhem.


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7 Movie Action Scenes So Badass They Make You Giddy

Friday, July 17, 2015 at 5:00 am

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Movies come in all shapes and sizes and span all genres, and while brilliant performances and Oscar-worthy screenplays are celebrated, there are few things that give off more of a sense of fun than an action scene done right.

In many ways, action filmmaking is what drives people to the cinemas in the first place; just ask Michael Bay and the millions of people (mostly in China) that supported the abomination that was Transformers: Age of Extinction en route to netting nearly $1.1 billion worldwide. On the other end of the spectrum, you've got the Normandy Beach scene from Saving Private Ryan, which, while brilliant in its own right, doesn't really give cause for high-fiving.

Somewhere in the middle there is the sweet spot represented by action scenes so well-directed, well-placed in the context of the film they're in and just so plain badass that they give you butterflies, making you laugh even in the midst of the carnage.

These are seven such scenes.

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All 22 of Our Comic-Con 2015 Video Interviews in One Post

Wednesday, July 15, 2015 at 5:00 am

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This is a wrap on our Comic-Con 2015 coverage, folks. And I happen to think that on a shoestring budget, with a team of one editor in San Diego, one in New York, and one correspondent in Hall H for one day, we stayed competitive with the big guys, who'll be doling out their coverage in drips and drabs for the next month or so while we're busy moving on.

Thanks to Jim for minding the fort and picking a Twitter fight with Max Landis, to Bryce for battling his way into Hall H, for Jason and Kyle who helped me do research, Julia for her "takeover" posts on social media, and Peggy who does my transcriptions. Being underdogs just means we try harder...and do better. I wish I could pay you all a million bucks.

Now, in case you missed any, here are all of our video interviews.

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17 Cool Things to Check out at Comic-Con Aside From the Obvious

Tuesday, July 7, 2015 at 5:00 am

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Well, it's that time of the year again, where droves of nerds descend upon San Diego to what in exceedingly long lines in ungodly heat for even a glimpse of some really cool collectible or footage from the latest comic book film in development, all while munching on overpriced food...god, I wish I was actually going there.

Instead, I am sadly stuck back here in Canada. But quite possibly befitting my apparent status as a Comic Con outcast, it is my duty to showcase the more miscellaneous bits of Comic Con to check out, the stuff beyond the obvious film, television, and collectible news and panels. What kind of stuff, you may ask? Well, come on in to see what else SDCC will be offering this year, from offsite events to the kinds of panels that just didn't fit into any other definable category.

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10 Things That Sparked Our Attention at Anime Expo 2015

Monday, July 6, 2015 at 5:00 am

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Los Angeles Convention Center's South Hall before the Exhibit Hall opened.
Anime Expo settled into its annual home, Los Angeles Convention Center, over Fourth of July weekend, bringing in Japanese pop culture fanatics from far beyond Southern California for four days of nerdery. I have attended every AX since 2008, which isn't that long considering that the mega-con will celebrate its 20th anniversary next year. However, I've attended enough times to learn to never have any expectations about the event.

Anime Expo is constantly evolving, both as trends in anime shift and as new generations of fans enter the convention world. When I started attending the convention, the love for series like The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya and Ouran High School Host Club were strong. In the years that followed, that love has shifted over and over again. I'm not quite sure what was the hit anime this year, although there seemed to be a lot of fans of Tokyo Ghoul roaming the halls. I can't keep up with the anime crowd. Heck, I didn't know what "shipping" meant until earlier this year and I'm still not sure why the kids are so into pastel alpacas.

Still, some things will stay the same. There will always be a point where the crowd and heat become too much handle and a point where you're overjoyed with everything you've seen and heard. Here's my round-up of the weekend.

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2015's Top 25 San Diego Comic-Con Exclusives

Friday, July 3, 2015 at 5:00 am

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Ah, San Diego Comic Con. Not only do you have to vie against hordes of other fans to get into panels and get autographs, but they'll also be competing against you for limited edition convention exclusives. Companies keep announcing new exclusives daily right up until the show opens, and keeping track of which booth has which exclusives is almost as big a headache as strategizing the programming schedule. There are so many this year (it's only a matter of time until they reach critical mass) you should probably bring an extra suitcase just for exclusives. Or shipping them back home before leaving San Diego works too.

Just make sure you bring a full piggy bank with you or you won't be leaving with any of this limited edition merchandise. (Just tell your fellow con-goers it's Waddles.) This event specializes in parting nerds from their money. Pro tip: Buy everything you want from mutli-item vendors like Funko and Entertainment Earth in one trip to avoid sell-outs and line waiting, Also check if retailers are are also offering pre-orders on their exclusive wares online for pick-up at the con. Based on the metric ton of exclusive merch announced, I doubt it's even physically possible to purchase each one there (presuming you're ridiculously wealthy to afford it all in the first place). So which exclusives should you make a point of waiting on line for this year?


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Comic-Con 2015: Everything You Wanted to Know About the TV Panels But Were Afraid to Ask

Thursday, July 2, 2015 at 5:00 am

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In recent years, the San Diego Comic Con has seemed to be less about the comics, and more about anything that could make money. Toys, movies, and television programs all seem to dominate the largest nerd gathering of the year.

That being said, there's a lot to be excited about, especially for fans of genre television. The networks have figured out that pandering to us geeks is a wise and potentially lucrative decision, and the SDCC schedule is chock full of events highlighting the small screen. Here are the must see television events of this year's Comic Con.

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New Comic Book Day: DOUBLE SIZED SUMMER SPECTACULAR

Wednesday, July 1, 2015 at 6:30 am

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We're a week out from San Diego Comic Con, and everybody and their mother is pushing out enormous comic news. Conveniently timed, too, since DC is a month past their post-Convergence launches, so following the latest happenings in comic books right now is like trying to follow election news the week of Halloween. In that spirit, we've got a SPECIAL DOUBLE-SIZED NEW COMIC BOOK DAY COLUMN WOOHOO! *throws confetti at monitor*. As soon as I shake all this glitter out of my keyboard, we'll start with an interview with Dan Jurgens and Bernard Chang about Batman Beyond, their ongoing series about Tim Drake in the now-hard-canon future of the DCU. Then we'll get to some reviews, because there were some awesome comics out this week. Join us below the fold for the column equivalent of a summer BBQ!

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The 7 Types of Comic Book Panels at San Diego Comic-Con 2015 (and Which Ones to See)

Wednesday, July 1, 2015 at 5:00 am

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San Diego Comic Con is about a week away, and it is packed full of incredible programming. Everyone is incredibly excited about the biggest geek event of the year, and with so many great comic book-related panels, it's hard to pick through what's worth your time and what's superfluous fluff. Fortunately, that's what we at TR are here for.

Comic panels tend to fall into several broad categories, and not everyone will be interested in every type. We've broken them down into 7 different kinds of comic panels you'll see at SDCC, and picked out the best from each one. Take a look!


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7 Things We Learned About 8House: Arclight From Brandon Graham

Tuesday, June 30, 2015 at 5:00 am

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Brandon Graham is one of the most interesting people working in comics right now. He started out writing underground porn comics for alt-comix and American manga publishers, and from there built his profile through creator-owned work until he spearheaded the relaunch of Rob Liefeld's Prophet as a Heavy Metal-style sci-fi series. The critical and sales acclaim he won headlining Prophet helped him convince Image to start a line of books with some of his favorite creators called 8House, the first of which, 8House: Arclight, launches on July 1st. We had a chance to talk with Brandon via email about Arclight, editing his own line of books, working with his significant other and the pundamentals of comic writing.

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