If you recall back in June, Thousand Pounds — the action troupe behind those awesome live-action Street Fighter combos videos — had set their sights on doing a Naruto fan flick , “Dreamers Fight.” This is the first half of it. As to be expected, the action is well choreographed, the special effecta are excellent, and the direction is just superb. There are a few problems, though; it takes a bit to get going (the fight starts at about 5:20) and it’s kind of weird how Rock Lee pretty much wipes the floor with Naruto and his shadow clones for most the battle. Still, it’s a great example of how a live-action anime movie could be made and made well, if only people give the tiniest shit about it. Which Hollywood doesn’t and never will. Thanks for reminding me, Thousand Pounds. Jerks.
Robert Bricken is one of the original co-founders of the site formerly known as Topless Robot, and its first editor-in-chief, serving from 2008-12. He brought the site to prominence with “nerd news, humor and self-loathing” as its motto, raising it from total internet obscurity to a readership in the millions, with help from his savage “FAQ” movie reviews and Fan Fiction Fridays. Under his tenure Topless Robot was covered by Gawker, Wired, Defamer, New York magazine, ABC News, and others, and his articles have been praised by Roger Ebert, Avengers actor Clark Gregg, comedian and The Daily Show correspondent John Hodgman, the stars of Mystery Science Theater 3000 and Rifftrax, and others. He is currently the managing editor of io9.com. Despite decades as both an amateur and professional nerd, he continues to be completely unprepared for either the zombie apocalypse or the robot uprising.