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What’s Michael? Omnibus Collection is the Cat’s Meow!

25 Jun

By Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

In 1997, What’s Michael? arrived at Dark Horse Comics with its very first English translation. Now, the New York Library Award series returns to print with its first-ever English collection in What’s Michael? Fatcat Collection Volume 1!

Cat enthusiasts like me can do the mamba and rejoice at this edition. Finding the separate volumes which collected the original print runs in Super Manga Blast! are not too hard to find but the original pulp magazines are. Suffice to say, I loved this fat cat.

He is Japan’s answer to Garfield, Heathcliff, and Krazy Kat all rolled into one!

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Franchise Based AR Games to Play or not…

23 Jun

By Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

More tablet/smartphone-based Augmented Reality (AR) games based on intellectual property (franchise) are available to play. While the technology is still at its infancy (i.e. requiring you to stare at a screen than the world), smart glasses is still not a thing and neuro interfaces are not likely to arrive soon. They are fun diversions to pass the time with. Unless noted, these games are available for both iOS and Android.

In no particular order:

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Anyone Can be One of Studio Ponoc’s Modest Heroes

11 Jun

Release Date: June 18, 2019

Studio Ponoc’s Modest Heroes is a collection of tales which shows how life must go on despite the obstacles that come what may. They are all heroes in their own unique way. This collection of animated shorts encompasses a wide range of genres, and it honours the precedent Studio Ghibli set in their films, and that’s to focus on vivid characterization.

Originally, this work would include four animated shorts, but the untimely passing of Isao Takahata did not dampen spirits. To make the theatrical experience a touch more worthwhile, a featurette with founder Yoshiaki Nishimura was included in most screenings, which discusses the design of each piece.

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Go Go Turbo! Power Rangers to Speed into Stores July 30th!

28 May

Time to shift into turbo. Shout! Factory is proud to announce that the fan-favorite Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie is coming to Blu-ray for the first time on July 30, 2019. The release includes an all-new documentary “Ranger Tales: A Back at Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie,” alongside and original featurette and trailer. Turbo features many frequent guest stars and regulars from other Power Rangers series, including Johnny Yong Bosch, Steve Cardenas, Jason David Frank, and Catherine Sutherland.

It’s the Power Rangers to the rescue in their all new high action motion picture adventure. With new turbo powers and racing Turbo Zords, the five superheroes battle a ruthless band of evil space aliens in order to save Earth from destruction.

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