Saturday, January 17, 2009

Entertainment: Dragonball Live Action(??)

Yup, it's pretty much confirmed. The highly popular Japanese anime is set to hit the international silver screens soon. Dragonball will introduce Goku and a handful of friends battle for the Earth against the deadly forces of the Saiyans, who are sweeping across the universe, leaving a path of destruction. Goku and his friends' best chance for survival rests with the Namekian DragonBalls, which provide them the power to summon a mighty dragon.

Honestly, even though big time Hollywood producers can really pull out the stocks on the best CGI sequences and AfterEffects, well, effects, I'm still pretty skeptic as to the result of this movie. I mean, the spikey hairs, the kame-hame waves(?), the saiyan-transformations on Hollywood actors (not that asian actors will look better at it, I doubt) don't really propose much promise. Unless, they try to make it much like another Spy-Kids movie, which is already revolting enough just by the thought of it. But, I guess we'll never know. Maybe, just maybe, it may even be better or greater than what most people anticipated--maybe.

The movie stars Justin Chatwin (The Invisible) as Goku, Chow Yun Fat (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon)as Master Roshi, Emmy Rossum (The Phantom Of The Opera) as Bulma and etc. The movie is set for an April 8, 2009 playdate.

More pics from source.

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Entertainment: nAN daTTebaYo!?!!

Naruto Shippuuden has just concluded its 86th and 87th episode last week in a one hour special entitled "The Will Of Fire Is Passed On" and "A New Technique Bursts Forth", respectively. The episode started out as Kakashi and Team 10(Ino, Choji and Shikamaru) struggled to outwit and outplay the despicable duo of Akatsuki-- the religously-suicidal Hidan and the freak-of-nature, Kakuzu. Having learned that their adversaries work harmoniously together by pulling out combo after combo, Shikamaru decided to call on a move that might get them the leg up on their foes. By using his shadow possession jutsu, Shikamaru was able to lead Hidan, the duller of the two, out of sight from Kakuzu who is left to face Kakashi and the others.

Shikamaru was able to get Hidan's gullibility the best of him. Shikamaru feigned to have been slashed by Hidan's needle-like of a blade was able to put Kakuzu's blood on Hidan's weapon which the former used for his sick ritual. Just when Hidan thought he got the fight in his pocket, Shikamaru catches him on a trap and blows him up to pieces (the end for the loon).

Almost having been beat up by the then-dead-and-sucked-in-one-heart-from-his-reservoir-of-cardiac-organs Kakuzu,(Drum roll please, TAN-DA-DAN-DA-DAN!!!) Naruto, alongside Sakura, Sai and Capt. Yamato, arrive with just perfect timing. Then Naruto shows his new jutsu, the Rasen-shuriken and voila!, a great cliffhanger for the next episode.

Note: Something pretty interesting though was shown on later part of the episode. They've started to introduce a new arc (much like a new storyline) on the Whirlwind Chronicles entitled, "The Three Tails Arrival Arc". Sounds like fillers again. It better be good. It's set to start next week, December 18. Check it out.