Updated: New SVRadio in late April, network full of relaunches and premieres

Alright so I’m already prepping for the next release of SVRadio for toward the end of the month. I need to figure out what the name of this marathon awards episode is going to be titled too. One thing I am sure about, is that the award show will be broadcasting at a later date. The month of May looks to feature about three movie reviews–from hulu.com too, but they won’t be following any particular theme.

The network as a whole has been super busy, so I’m going to take this paragraph to shop every single BIG thing that has gone on since I last updated:

Alright, AfterDark Radio recently ended it’s run on our airwaves–only to rise from the ashes as NexusGen Radio. Check out the brand-spanking new premiere by clicking here. The ladies discuss Summer Wars, Captain America 2, and even introduce a new member of the NexusGen team.

Wiseguy Jukebox has some big news to announce, as the show will taking on a very hot issue within the music community–The death of Hip-Hop. Or perhaps the ‘poor’ state that so many seem to think it’s in. More on what the official word on what’s to come soon. In the meantime, Dj Horus has a new episode out centered around Electronic music. Click here to listen to that episode now.

Bobbo’s Block, after a sudden hiatus, is experiencing a little reboot of sorts as it slowly positions itself as the headlining program for the network. Tonight (April 16, 2014) the show releases a Toonami tribute. If you’re interested in hearing older episodes, click here to jump to their podomatic page.

And last but not least–Project Zion has kicked off it’s first radio drama series titled G-Diffuser 01. The series follows Fox McCloud and team Starfox’s adventures. The show is written, directed, and starring Johnny Balsa. Click here to hear episodes 0-3, and here for episode 4.

Alright guys, that wraps it up for this post–I will catch you guys on the next SVRadio, will be chatting about the latest, greatest, and/or most hated topics floating about the movie world. Until then!

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WHEW…!

I just spent about 30 minutes going through and organizing the site. It was about that time, and now the Recapped! Reviews page is up to date. You’ll also notice that marathon movies are now in the mix with the other reviews I’ve done. Once I have the new list of movies to watch, I’ll setup the preview posts for the coming days. Capeesh!? Also, I’m looking for a new job in the real world so this blog is pretty much the only thing I have going outside of job searching. That probably means more reviews in a shorter amount of time. Probably.

Wednesday the 15th

I’m pretty sure this is the first non-review post I’ve written in a while. People were confused about where my site was actually located and such. Sometimes I did a podcast, other times I didn’t. Things were a little jumbled and jarring, even for me. Whatever. This is for fun. I like watching stuff and keeping a little, nerdy diary on it. Sue me. I will apologize for not apologizing about missed episodes in the past. From now on though, I’ve decided on three things.

1. I will only make podcasts about current events and crazy, weird stories I wanna talk about.

2. I will write my reviews on the blog, as usual.

3. Marathon reviews will also be limited to being written only.

 

Doing it this way, the blog can remain a hobby and not become more work than necessary.

City Hunter (Episode One)

I’m NOT talking about the CITY HUNTER pictured below…(Not one of Chan’s best, and I’m a huge fan)

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US DVD cover (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Volume 31 of the Jump Comics edition, depictin...

Volume 31 of the Jump Comics edition, depicting Ryo Saeba and his supporting cast (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

City Hunter (film)

City Hunter (film) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

-Spoliers Alert

City Hunter caught my eye simply because I thought it was a live action version of the anime, City Hunter. This Korean drama has nothing  to do with that cartoon Is in fact based on the Japanese manga by Tsukasa Hojo. It’s centered on a attractive (but deadly) young man seeking revenge against those who killed his father.

The first episode of the series doesn’t even deal with the main character of the show, because he has not yet been born. Lee Jin-pyo, who works for the South Korean government (along with the main character’s surrogate father) is the star of this first episode and later serves as the protagonists’ father-mentor figure. Agent Lee and other special ops agents are sent on a “retaliation” mission against the North Korean forces that initiated the Rangoon bombing. The mission itself starts off pretty well, but once something goes wrong the special agents are forced to retreat to their escape subway, which (in a terrible, ironic twist) guns them all down in the water. Lee Jin-pyo is the only survivor when Park Moo-yul (City Hunter’s father) shields him underwater, literally taking a bullet for him. The rest of the episode is basically Lee Jin-pyo trying to avenge his fallen comrades and failing; then deciding to kidnap Park Moo-yul’s son to raise as his own. He belives that he owes it to his friend for saving his life, and that Park Moo-yul’s wife can only be happy losing both her husband and infant son. Interesting logic, if I do say so myself. But in the context of such a silly pilot such as this, it made sense. Don’t get me wrong, this show is silly, but I’m going to at least cover two more episodes because it’s an engaging peace of work. If you’re interested in following the show yourself it’s on Netflix instant watch.

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“This is the City Hunter”

Spice & Wolf (Season One)

On the road again…
Having always dug the concept of wandering around the Earth in search of nothing in particular; I’d already liked Spice and Wolf before I had a chance to watch it. There’s something about being able to wonder around freely and choosing your own destination, free of modern life’s hardships (bills, jobs, family). However, a bit of irony usually turns up when some of the companions you meet along your adventures usually become your “family”. TheSlayers anime was a good example of this, and to a lesser extent, so is Spice and Wolf. The original concept behind these types of travel shows varies greatly, but the series usually tends to lean toward the many adventures (or miss-adventures) the characters have along the way. Spice and Wolf is a very grounded, easy-going blend of a Business/Fantasy anime. That’s right, Business/Fantasy. At least that’s the tool used to weave some of the relatively low stakes throughout the series. The only characters really ever changing in this series are the small contingent of characters in addition to the two leads.
What’s the deal…?
Spice and Wolf is a very well made, “contract/pact” anime series. And by that I mean the show’s lead protagonist makes a deal of some kind with an otherworldly being and the resulting series chronicles their travels and adventures. The show’s hero, Kraft Lawrence, is a traveling merchant in what looks like a fictional 16th century. Lawrence is a young, upstart looking to save enough coin toward his life-long dream of opening up his own shop.  One night, outside one of the cities he’s been doing business in, Lawrence finds a naked, “wolf-deity” resting in his horse cart. Upon awakening her, he learns that she is the god of harvest for the village he was trading in. However, she feels as though the villagers have lost faith in her, so she makes a deal with Lawrence to allow her to accompany him on his travels. The reason this “god of harvest”, named Holo, wants to travel is to see how much the world has changed since she had remained in one village for over 600+ years. The rest of what follows can only be described as a weird, romantic, fantasized, business endeavor. Actually that’s not fair; the series is actually a great deal entertaining, even with the lack of any shonen-style action. There’s even a relatively low fan service factor, sort of. Okay, not really. She is a hot fox god, after all. And she is a smartass.
Who’s in it…?

Jun Fukuyama as Lawrence

Ami Koshimizun as Holo, the wise wolf

English Dubbed Version:
J. Michael Tatum as Lawrence
Brina Palencia as Holo, the wise wolf

Worth the ride…?
It’s a very well made series that kind of grows on you as it progresses. I wasn’t completely sold on the “business” stichk used throughout the series, but the way Takeo Takahashi(director) has the show running makes the whole merchant aspect a bit less boring. Which is always a good thing, especially for someone whose favorite anime shows are Cowboy Bebop and Detective Conan.

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