The Marvel-Universe-inspired Disney movies can definitely add another big score to their roster: we’re talking about Guardians of the Galaxy, the highly-acclaimed adaptation of the 2008 graphic novel with the same name by Dan Abnett and Andy Lannind, which was also a reboot of the series originally published on Marvel Super Heroes magazine since 1969. The story focus around the journey of Peter “Star Lord” Quill, kidnapped and raised by alien marauders and eventually grown as a space adventurer himself, forced against his will to face a fearsome intergalactic menace threatening the whole universe: during his quest, built upon the evil schemes of the cosmic being known as Thanos, he’ll receive the help of an light-hearted crew of strante anti-heroic alien characters such as the green-skinned fighter Gamora, the vengeanceful Drax the Destroyer and, last but not least, an improbable bounty hunter duo featuring the space-racoon Rocket and an animated tree plant known as Groot.
Togheter with our brief review of the horror-entmological anime we tried to imagine how an italian version of the opening theme would sound if the series would be distribuited by Mediaset, an italian TV network group who is responsible of many illogical adaptations in the past. We came up with an Anime Music Video featuring the song “Maledetti Scarafaggi” from the french series Oggy et le cafards (song is © Mediaset / RTI Music).
Terra Formars AMV: Maledetti Scarafaggi
Hope you like it!
The animated version of the action-packed seinen manga by Yu Sasuga is now halfway through. While 6 episodes ain’t enough to put togheter a full analysis we can already say that Liden Films is definitely saving their money here by putting togheter a rather cheap production featuring a fair amount of flaws. The biggest issue are related to the less-than-decent (to say the least) animation part: those who will watch this expecting the intense, frenetic combat movements featured by Sasuga are going to be disappointed by the extra-long (and mostly static) sequences of people talking here and there, whose apparently unique purpose is slowing down the interesting stuff. Curiosity and frustration will both grow really fast, yet the series constantly fails to exploit them with the few pure action sequences, which are torn to pieces almost every time by an high amount of poorly-inspired flashback and entmological explanations which, as great as they were in the manga, end up being rather frustrating in the anime. Adapting is harder than merely copying, and the series would’ve needed no less than that.
The 2014 edition of the biggest and most relevant comics-and-games-dedicated italian fair just came to its end: the numbers, as usual, are way bigger than last years: over 400.000 total visitors around the city and 300.000 tickets sold- 80k more than the 2013. Way more than the city can handle, more than enough to cause serious problems to any staff crew – even the most competent one. The issues are mostly related to the masses who literally storm throughout the entire city (and on the highways around it) and the huge crowd inside each and every exibition stand. The worst part of it all is that anyone who visited the fair at least one time since 2006, the year when it was moved from the convention area to the city centre inside the walls, can’t possibly deny that things are getting worse every year: you start the day running, then you’re forced to slow your pace starting by noon, until you suddenly find yourself stucked in the middle the not-even-so-thin streets and places between the Games and the Comics areas – P.zza Napoleone, C.so Garibaldi, P.le Vittorio Emanuele, P.ta San Pietro – togheter with thousands of visitors who would like to go somewhere as well as pee, eat, drink and rest just like you. Such a scary outcome can really blow out the high expectations of the newcomers, as well as frighten the hell out of those who didn’t expect that.- or didn’t bother to make a decent plan. You don’t want to make the same mistake: if you think you can make it only because you have 3 or 4 days, you got it wrong. During the Comics, moving between the stands, dropping stuff on your car (or hotel), eating stuff or even taking a dump can easily become a matter of hours. Not to mention the fact that – due to crow-management and/or security issues – an entire area can be suddenly closed to visitors for the rest of the day, potentially shutting down your next (and most wanted) stop.
As an attempt to help who never went there before, as well as who had its fair amount of issues yet wants to come back, we tried to put down a 10-step survival guide. They’re not iron-printed rules, just some hints & tips about what you can do in order to reach the city, optimize your time and do the stuff you came over to do while retaining the fun you deserve and the event is still able to give. As a dedicated (yet enthusiastic) visitor since 1993, I feel that they could probably help you around.