In case any of you either missed any new videogame news from E3, needed a reminder or took a really long vacation from the internet and news in general, the fighting game that Atlas and the Persona and BlazeBlue teams are completely responsible for is being released this summer and both ENG and JPN language tracks will be present for the North American release (so far, according to Siliconera). Characters from Personas 3 and 4 will be going against each other in a tornament at the Midnight Channel months after P4's story.
Systems: PS3 and Xbox 360
The game will be released in North America at August 7th 2012 and will be released in Europe this fall.
As implied on my other blog on here, I made a real monstrocity that literally surfaced on "Walpurgis Night" (The night between April 30 and May 1st) following an almost all-day wiki editing rampage on there and Anime Vice. It was my way of celebrating it since I live in the US instead of Europe (Where it happens to be celebrated). Here's my rampage in a nutshell...
The Walpurgis Night AWOKE! I placed it on the episodes of Madoka Magica where it appeared.
Fixed up Kozue Kaoru's Page (Which I'll give an article later).
There was a Concert Film/Documentary involving a total of 32 single K-Pop artists (Three groups, a duo and two solo artists) that will also have a festival premiere in the US (Los Angeles is a lucky city. :[ ), so I added it and it became the OTHER monster that I made alongside AV's Walpurgisnacht.
One of the shows that are being legally streamed on Crunchyroll was added. However, I didn't add an an "Useful Links" to Screened's version of "Mysterious Girlfriend X" because I honestly didn't know if adding the Crunchyroll link to the article was actually legit or not. A Hulu link's okay, though (same goes with the Anime Vice Article).
I wanted to add MUCH more on both sites, but I have a current project for that anyway and I still got School.
Thank you for all those views! You've made me very proud and I vie to make you proud back with my current project! <3 Comments on the matter are also welcome except for the spam ones. Those are the monsters that aren't welcome.
Major Note: Because I kept updating Anime Vice about my major updates for the series on Screened (this site), I decided to place a Wiki Project thread for here as well. This will chronicle all the edits made for Screened involving the series and after that, I'll move on to the movie version. Some of the important edits on the franchise for Anime Vice will also be chronicled here. This will go on until everything for the franchise is covered. Any help with this on either site is encouraged.
Remember: Wiki Project threads are reference guides and update logs with franchise or series-specific info. Remember to Always check the wiki style guide before editing the wiki for Screened!
Active users who helped with this project: Bigheart711 (Both Sites)
These following pages are either common or specific to this franchise. Pages listed but not linked haven't yet been added to the wiki database for Screened (and trust me, they should).
Specific: Ohtori Academy
Up to ten recent updates will be recorded in this opening page.
As any of you can tell, I've been hard at work on a wiki project of the Revolutionary Girl Utena series and will continue to do so. Between periods, I'll fill in the Sailor Moon characters that I missed as well as the usual work on concept and cliche pages (I can't tell, but so far, I think I still have the most points for them in total). There's also a person page that I'll fill in soon, because it's driving me mad as balls that I haven't had the time to fill them in yet. I may also add a new TV show or two and on the days of "Walpurgis Night", I'll add and fill in a few characters and pages that are downright wicked to the core (of course there's another anime i'm referencing, but It's an very easy guess about what got licensed a while ago if you've looked at some of the stuff released from last year).
I'm thinking of making Screened's version of the blog-thread for RGU soon because I kept updating Anime Vice about what I've done for here too, so let me know if that's really a good idea or not, everyone! Until then, I'll be revolutionizing the sites (and some homework if I still have any).
Bigheart arrives again to give you another Roundtable! In case you're wondering what the molten fudge is this, the SRTUD is a bunch of users that virtually get together and talk about movies and television, just Comic Vine and Anime Vice, except that they're talking about their main topics. Please check out the Guide (Yes, we have one too!) and comment on this and the others to join the fun. Now it's time to get rid of that Comic Sans shtick and get this thing started, because this definitely isn't like the other RTs that went on before...
Well, it's a special day for us, Screeners. (Nope, it's not "Be a [BLEEP]" day. Sorry.) Welcome to our Belated 2011 in Review RT (Real-Life happened to us, bear with me). I'm your host filling in for sora_thekey (Still busy as heck moderating CV.) and Today, I'll combine all my TV experiences with the Movie Screen smarts of Christina (Christi), FinalDasa (Dasa) and PatVB (Pat) (Formerly pat4327). Let's say Hello, you guys! ;)
Christina: Hi, i'm Christina. I like the sound of Movie Screen smarts, at least i'm smart on something eh?!
FinalDasa: Heyo! I'm FinalDasa and I'm playing Trenched!
PatVB: Hi, I'm Pat! I'm pleased to announce that as of this recording, I am officially a Gold member of Club Nintendo. So I've got that going for me.
Bigheart711: Well, congratulations, Pat! n_n
Normally, I would like to ask what the heck you've been seeing, but let's all stop for now and answer a couple of questions about the highlights of last year. Let's start with the bad parts.
Christi: Hmm. I don't usually bother seeing bad movies until I see them cheap on DVD or on TV. However, I did see
Twilight: that was pretty horrendous. Although it was a fun watch, everyone kept laughing and groaning at the extra awful bits.
Conan the Barbarian: I went with my Dad to see this one, purely his choice.
I Am Number Four: Unfortunately I saw this on my birthday on an impromptu visit to the movie theatre. The only thing playing was this or Chalet Girl.
Dasa: 1. Chipmunks 3: Chipwrecked: Children generally get the short end of the stick when it comes to entertainment but this is just abhorrent pandering.
2. Jack and Jill: Adam Sandler in a fat suit and cross dressing, do I really need to say more?
3. Twilight: I hate most romantic movies for portraying love as something simple and easy, Twilight goes off the deep end.
1. Hostel: Part III I was dragged to see this on DVD by a aquantance of mine and it was way worse than the last two in quantity and quality. Don't be weasled into that thing like I did, everyone!
2. The Change-Up Realized I was watching this with a group at my university's lounge. Had to walk out after 30 minutes of that drivel hurt me deep inside.
3. In Time : I had to endure the whole movie and it wasn't as satisfying as other Spy flicks. I just wasn't that into it.
Pat: Hmm, that's a toughie. I actually didn't see a ton of bad movies this year. But there are definitely some that stand out:
The Change Up--This movie is far and away the worst movie I've seen in a long time. My review seemed to fall in line with Alex's thoughts, so I won't go into too much detail, but it was a bad movie in every sense. It might actually be the most aggressively unfunny movie I have ever seen. I was at a free screening, and still felt ripped off.
30 Minutes of Less--This movie is only on this list because I didn't see too many bad movies this year. This one wasn't offensively bad, but it was really boring. Comedy is always extremely subjective, but I only smiled once during the entire thing.
Let's move on with another bad question.
1. Single Ladies: I don't know what the sam fudge possessed me to become bored and see two episodes of that drivel. It was just three women talking and two-timing their lovers. Definitely an ineffective clone to Sex and the City.
2. Skins: Another lousy teen sex comedy, but it was WORSE than any other bad thing I saw. Glad it got canned.
Dasa: Piling on the hate here.
1. The Voice: Between the one-up-mans-ship with American Idol and the constant commercials it's a show I couldn't see myself ever watching.
Jersey Shore: I'll be the first to admit I like dumb reality shows sometimes, and Jersey Shore is just that, dumb. But isn't it enough already? Can I be spared the few remaining people who love this show, ironically I hope, on my Facebook feed who talk about it?
Christi: That's a difficult question for me to answer living in the UK, if one of your TV series doesn't go down well it usually doesn't make it to us. I don't really have an answer, so I'll just pick some random ones:
Pat: Like with the movie, I didn't watch a ton of bad new shows. I have a low tolerance for bad TV, so
Whitney--I watched one episode of Whitney, and that was enough for me. I found everything about the show to be insufferable.
I can't actually think of a second show, so I'm going to take this opportunity to reiterate how bad The Change Up is. It is the worst.
I will freely admit to unironically liking Jersey Shore. It is absolutely a dumb show, but that's why I like it. It's 48 minutes of dumb jerks doing dumb stuff and acting like jerks.
Jersey Shore may be bad, but there are FAR worse things shown in this world than a bunch of tanned people being real bonafide jerks.
Christi: Well there was definitely a superhero trend last year. Which was great for me, loving comics so much. Some of the movies were great (e.g X-Men) and some not so great (e.g Green Lantern) I think there were a few superhero TV debuts as well, not sure how well they went over?
Hmm, a bad trend. Maybe an overload of stereotypical "teen" stuff. I guess Hollywood assumes all teens love these days are vampires, witches and werewolves.
Ah! There were an astonishing amount of reboots last year and I was neutral about almost all of them because I thought they would turn out passable, but most of them either ended up okay or really bombed. Now I thought it was more of a bad trend than a good one.
Dasa: There haven't been too many prevailing trends that I can think of. A lot of found footage has cropped up thanks to the success of cheaply made and highly successful movies like Paranormal Activity. And after years of decent comic book movies we are seeing reboots and revivals like crazy and probably won't be without a dude in spandex tights for a few years coming.
Pat: I don't know if I can nail down any specific trend that happened in movies or TV this year. 3D definitely seems to be becoming less of an emphasis, at least in a movie's marketing. Studios seem to have caught on to the fact that pushing the 3D aspect of a movie doesn't automatically mean a huge jump in ticket sales.
One thing I'm really glad didn't stick around was movies that were released ONLY in 3D. Drive Angry tried to do that earlier this year, and I think their box office numbers really suffered because of it. As an avid keeper of the Nic Cage Promise, I was always going to see it in theaters, but I think the 3D-only thing turned a lot of people off.
1. Community (Season 3): It was actually the first season I thoroughly saw of the series and I thought it was way better than I thought.
2. The Walking Dead (Season 2): It was actually a roller coaster between bad and good, but the surprises that the last episode released in 2011 contained solved almost everything for me. I thought that certain point was spot-on. (Won't reveal due to spoilers.)
Christi: My top TV show for sure is Game Of Thrones. It's a great new show, and I really cannot wait to own it on DVD to watch it again. I really enjoyed last year's season of Psych, they put out some great episodes. I loved the Twin Peaks one!
Dasa: 1. Community: Without a doubt one of the funniest shows ever. Maybe not as subtle as something like Arrested Development, but the level of inside jokes rewarding frequents viewers is astounding.
2. I am foregoing a second nomination to encourage everyone to check out the first.
Christi: Damn, I should have said Community too! I love that show, you never know what's going to happen from one episode to the next. Such great ideas.
You know what, FinalDasa? I'll let that comment slide since Community was that good.
Pat: There were a lot of shows that I liked this year, but I'll try to narrow them down to two.
Game of Thrones (Season 1)--I went into this show completely cold (I hadn't even heard of the books until after the show was announced), so I didn't really know what to expect. After just one episode, I found myself completely enraptured with the characters and the setting. It liked that it was a lot darker than most fantasy, and didn't include a ton of magical stuff.
Justified (Season 2)--The first season of Justified was really good, but he second season absolutely blew it out of the water. The pacing in that show is absolutely great: the first few episodes set up the season's plots, but focus more on a crime-of-the-week to give people time to catch up. After three of four episodes, everything ramps way up.
Breaking Bad--I won't go into too much detail about Breaking Bad, because I'm sure everyone has heard it all before, but this is a really good show. Everyone should watch it.
Dasa: *ahem* Well if you check out my list you will see my top 11 of 2011.
But my top three are:
3. The Muppets: It's the Muppets! How can you go wrong?
2. Drive: Yes just like everyone else on Screened I loved this movie, Gosling is now an actor I'll keep an eye on.
1. Moneyball: A pitch perfect movie that hit a home run! Pitt does an astounding job as a dedicated but frustrated baseball general manager who tries to change a game with hundreds of years of history going against him.
1. Drive : I haven't seen anything that good, yet violent since my first viewing of Rin: Daughters of Mnemosyne back in 2010. The story managed to put me on the edge throughout( Not a movie, I know. ;p ).
2. The Artist : Even though it was a silent movie, it didn't stop me from checking it out. Glad that I saw it because the story turned out as great as ever for such a forgotten genre.
3. Immortals : I didn't go there for the plot, but the action ended up being more satisfying for me than ever.
Here's my list of 10 movies that I thought was great too.
Christi: 1. Drive- This has become one of my favourite movies. I just loved everything about it. The acting was fantastic (apart from a few moments here and there) the music was great, the story was simple but engaging and I just love Ryan Gosling.
3. True Grit - Being from the UK this came out in 2011 for me!
I have a top ten too!
Pat: I actually saw a few movies since making my top ten list, but here it is if anyone's interested.
Drive: I won't go into detail about why I like this, because it seems like most people on the site feel the same way, but this was a really good movie.
Fast Five: After four mediocre to kind-of-terrible movies, they finally managed to get a Fast and Furious movie exactly right. This was just the right balance between dumb, dumb action and good-natured tongue-in-cheek dialogue. Plus, it did some totally stupid/awesome things to the F&F canon!
Crazy, Stupid, Love.: I find that a lot of romantic comedies have a hard time striking a good balance between romance and comedy. They either focus on the comedy and turn into Katherine Heigl movies, or they turn into really over-the-top melodramas. This movie did a great job of blending its comedic elements into a plot which had a lot of emotional weight, even if it was a little bit far-fetched.
Pat: 1. (Good) Saints Row 3 may be the most fantastically dumb game I've ever played. They know exactly how far to go with their jokes without overdoing them. I won't spoil any of the plot beats for those who haven't played it yet, but suffice it to say that Saints Row 3 had me in literal tears four or five times from laughing so hard.
2. (Good) Galaxy Nexus(If only there were some kind of technology-based wiki to link to...) Until I switched to the Galaxy Nexus, I had been rocking an original Droid for the previous two years. Needless to say, it was a huge upgrade. Going from Froyo to Ice Cream Sandwich was life-changing. I can do things in seconds which would have taken minutes on my old phone. If you're looking for an Android phone, this is the one to get.
1. (Bad) Kindle Fire. I cancelled my pre-order this after hearing Will and Norm talk about it. When they announced this device back in September, a $200 iPad competitor seemed too good to be true. It turns out it was. The browser felt slow, and the UI navigation was really poor. I won't spend too much time talking about its flaws, but if you want to know more, check out Tested!
1 (Good). Tie between Persona 4: The Animation and Madoka Magica. P4A ended up being a very good anime so far, especially with almost all the Midnight Channel events. Madoka Magica really wasn't like any other Magical Girl series because it's story was very dark and gripping. The final parts will leave you surprised (like what happened with me).
2 (Good). Saint's Row The Third: I played a lot of that game in the school lounge and it ended up being extremely fun. Definitely want to own this one day.
1 (Bad). Haven't checked out much bad stuff outside of Screened's medium except for a try at Duke Nukem Forever at my campus' lounge. We all decided never to play it over there again after 30 minutes into gameplay.
Christi: 1. (Good) DCs New 52- This has made it really easy for me to get into DC comics. I was able to pick a bunch of characters and start following their comics straight away, I didn't need to do a ton of research or buy a crap load of older editions.
2. (Good) Dead Island- I LOVED the first few hours of this game, it's not often that I have the time to finish games I am so close to finishing this.
1. (Bad) Batman Arkham City- I managed to get a copy with a bad Catwoman code, the issue STILL isn't fixed so I haven't been able to play the game. I'm either just going to pay extra and just buy the DLC or keep waiting.
Dasa: 1. (Good) Skyrim: I consider myself an avid gamer and over the past few years have gone deeper into playing games. No game, however, stands above Skyrim in the level of obsession and time I spent on just this one game. Within a week of purchase, at midnight I might add, I had played the game 70+ hours. Since I've plateaued somewhere about 130 hours.
2. (Good) Star Wars Comics: After a trip to a nearby comic shop, and amidst another Star Wars kick, I purchased a few Star Wars comics. The first set, Vector, was a great storyline and got me further interested leading to me reading several Star Wars novels.
1. (Bad) Duke Nukem: I can't complain too much about the game, it was a gift. And sure some of you might say “wow...s#!%#y gift”, but it came from a good place. Too bad the game didn't live up to that. Even as a fan of 1st person shooters the way Duke felt just didn't feel right. It felt old, dated, and rusty.
Pat: There's a bunch of stuff I'm, looking forward to in 2012! The season has already started, but I'm excited to watch the rest of Justified Season 3. Also, new seasons of Breaking Bad and Game of Thrones. On the movies front, I'm excited for The Dark Knight Rises, The Avengers, and The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. I'm sure there are more movies, but I can't think of them right now!
Dasa: I think the best movies are the ones that comes out of nowhere to surprise you. How many people expected anything from Drive until finally seeing it? Other than that I play most things by ear, hoping for the best but avoiding the worst.
Christi: Oh there are SO MANY movies I’m looking forward too this year. Just to name a few: The Muppets (Still not out here!!) The Hunger Games, Anna Karenina, Batman, Avengers, Spider-Man, The Hobbit, Taken 2, Prometheus...I even have a calender with the dates for them all written on it. As for TV I’m looking forward to Game Of Thrones coming back, and just seeing all of my favourite TV shows again.
I'm anticipating The Dark Knight Rises and The Avengers. Also looking forward to the rest of The Walking Dead's season, The Hobbit and many, many more as well as some intriguing thing called "Gyo".
Let's move on from the past, everyone and say goodbye to everyone, shall we?
Christi: It was a pretty crazy 2011, and it's a little late to say welcome to 2012 but I’ll say it anyway. I'm gonna wrangle on outta here. Seeya!
Dasa: Bye everyone! Be sure to follow ScreenedPups for stuff from Screened's community!
Pat: Bye guys, it's been fun! Hopefully next time you talk to me, I'll be a Platinum Club Nintendo member! Cross you fingers!
..And This is Bigheart signing out from this late-ol' Roundtable! Here's to less bad things in 2012!