Saturday, August 31, 2013

C3 Hobby 2013 features new Gunplas, Valvraves, Evangelions and more

The C3 Hobby 2013 event has already kicked off yesterday and the event surely featured some awesome plastic models from a host of science fiction series like , , , and of course, it won't even be complete without the .

The Bandai Hobby Online Shop presented some awesome items for the event like these guys:

MechWarrior: Online

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The Unseen BattleMechs are really making a comeback!! I seriously can't believe it! We're still missing the Warhammer and Marauder; as well as the other Macross Unseen. But oh well.

"Am I truly the last?"


I was six years old I think, when I saw The Last Unicorn at school. I begged my parents to rent it on video and watched it hundreds of times. And in all of those hundreds of times, I never once tired of it. This is one of those films I can revisit endlessly because after more than three decades, it holds up perfectly. Its animation is flawless, its character design beautiful, its narrative spellbinding and its score mesmerizing. This animated classic carries truths I only came to understand as an adult (although they resonated on some level as a child).

Robot Motorcycles: 'Nuff Said.

There are fantasies and then there are futuristic motorcycles that transform into body armour with missiles.I first got to know Genesis Climber Mospeada through Robotech where it was 'season 3'.Of the three anime series that Robotech adapted and mashed up together, Mospeada was deviated the least from it's original form.

I might not love Mospeada as much as I love Macross but I feel affection for it all the same. The latter clearly had an influence on the former, as one can see from its own transforming fighter jets, the Legioss (a clear descendent of Macross' Valkyries).Mospeada however is on a different scale and there's not a love triangle in sight. It is, above all, a post-apocalyptic drama, following a half-dozen characters on a journey through the Americas after an alien invasion.

I'm just a war machine...


Of all the things that the Macross Franchise gave me, one of the most cherished is the Zentraedi. Quite possibly one of my most favourite alien species in any medium.

Friday, August 30, 2013

August Rush

As the dog days of summer fall further behind me, I almost always find myself reflecting upon thoughts, feelings, and actions at this time of the year. It's hard for me to articulate, but I get a little sad when it comes time for the inevitable change of the seasons. I won't hesitate to admit that I rather enjoy all of the hustle and bustle of the warm spring/summer weather. People go places, do things, and everything just seems to come to life. Even with the egregiously hot temperatures of late, I simply love all the energy that the summertide brings. When it all comes to (what almost always feels like) an abrupt end, I can't help but get this sinking sensation of finality for one reason or another.

With that said, it seems like it's been forever and a day since my last blog post. For those who may be wondering where I went, the vast bulk of my 2013 convention schedule was in August. I literally had one convention right after the other for three consecutive weeks (with only a handful of days between them all) so to say the least, it was very much an eventful month for your's truly. Ranging from moments of amazing fun to instances of downright tragedy, I can say that I'm glad to be home in one piece, and ready to get back in the saddle.

FWS Topics: Powered Armor


Armor of all types and materials has being worn in combat since nearly the dawn of organized warfare. From the Romans, to the Greeks, to the armies of Alexander of the Great, all the way to the Knights of Europe and the Samurai, all of these warriors donned armor of various designs. That changed when the gun gained dominance over the sword in the 17th/18th centuries, and armored plates could not be forge thick enough to counter the bullet. Today, our soldiers are protected from the trauma of the bullet by ceramic plates and tight woven fibers. While effective, it only protects a small portion of the soldiers' body. Science fiction has imagined that future soldiers will be protected from the horrors of future weapons via full-body armor that also increases the soldier's endurance and strength. This idea, transformed into one of the most iconic elements of battlefield technology in military science fiction, the powered armor suit, allowing one soldier to become many. After the idea of the this futuristic armor was established by E.E. Doc Smith and Robert Heinlein, Japanese Anime/Manga along with American video games/comic books would jump on the concept and expanding it that continues to this day. In my own life, the powered armor seems to have always been there, and became a key element in my first MSF novel Endangered Species. The concept that was laid down in the 1930's, is still going strong with the current release of Elysium that features powered exo-armor.

BTW, I think there is a rather good drinking game buried in the text here. Drink every time you read the words: Starship Troopers, Robert Heinlein. or E.E. Doc Smith.

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Top 10 Giant Robots

Last week Michael May and Siskoid ran a top 10 list of his their top 10 giant monsters. Oneof the rules when creating this top ten is that robots aren't monsters and would require their own top 10 list.Just like last week I had to get in on the action, so today we're going to be talking giant robots.We are also including mecha into this list, figuring that giant machines controlled by pilots is going to be close enough to robots that it will still count.Make sure you check out Michael's today for a list of other blogs participating in today's robot countdown.

10. Voltron

STGCC 2013: A Quick Fire Round with Angry Woebots (Toysetc Exclusive!)

In a second Article "KOPE", RED DOT DIVA brings you TOYSETC's quickie Qit kept me busy while stuck in a wheel chair. It guided me to where I'm at now. Early on, when this so called street art movement made its beginnings, I was fascinated with some of my graffiti heroes who were producing toys and moving on into graphic design and fine art. I was influenced and did graffiti in my early teens. I got caught during High School and slowly grew out of it but kept on doing creative stuff, whether it was dancing, emceeing or graffiti here and there. It was always hiphop related. So it's only natural with the street art movement moving back into the streets, I would go back to it.

Shadow Friend and 2Tone

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

On Puella Magi Madoka Magica

Last weekend, the nerdmageddon known as FanExpo Canada hit Toronto's Metro Convention Centre, and despite my on convention season, I was seriously considering going, but ultimately tapped out due to the financial commitment required and my unwillingness to spend my rent money getting photos with Nathan Fillion and The Walking Dead's Dixon Brothers.But it was dicey there for a minute.

I'd forgive you if you'd forgotten or were unaware of how deep my geekery runs. Most of the topics around here lately seem to centre around hip-hop or weak-kneed attempts at personal insight. But it's always gurgling inside me, ready to spurt out at any moment, from my continued love of professional wrestling, my slavish dedication to the comic series , or the fact that after September 17, I will be on permanent vacation causing mayhem throughout .

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

The Anime Music Tournament 2013 Bracket Guts

Do these have Guts? I'm hoping they do, as definitely had some pretty damn good songs like that.


secret base ~Kimi ga Kureta Mono~ (10 years after ver.) - (Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae wo Bokutachi wa Mada Shiranai ED)

Rock outer space with GSC's Nendoroid petit Macross heroines set

The Macross series has proven to be one of the most popular science fiction mecha anime out there and to celebrate its 30th anniversary, Good Smile Company is bringing us this new Macross heroines Nendoroid Petit set which is now up for pre-order.

Each 65 mm figure is made of PVC and ABC and is sculpted by Muruhige. The pre-order price for these are 4,343 yen.



Drift away into a world of fantasy when the smash-hit sci-fi anime collection Robotech: The Complete Set arrives on DVD November 5 from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. For the first time ever, the entire Robotech saga is collected in one, massive 20-disc gift set. Relive the adventure and romance with all 85 episodes of the original series, three feature films and over 12 hours of bonus material, including a new bonus disc never released with any previous Robotech set. Named as one of's "Top 50 Sci-Fi Properties of All Time" this collection also contains over 90 minutes of all-new bonus features including "Robotech: The Inside Story," "The Making of Robotech: Love Live Alive," rare promotional reels, the original Japanese version of Love Live Alive, never-before-released animatics, deleted scenes, trailers and much more. Robotech: The Complete Set is available in a fan-collectible package for the suggested retail price of $89.98.

Monday, August 26, 2013

The Robotech Role Playing Game, first edition

Wow, this one really is typical of the mid-eighties. It reads like something that was written by a guy that thought that D&D really defined rpg's. He really wanted to go beyond what he saw as its limited confinesbut at the end of the day, he still thinks in terms of D&D. So you roll 3d6 in order to get your attributesthen chose a class based on what options you have as a result of these numbers. Except for a bonus or two, these numbers don't really come up again in the game, really . You pick an alignment, roll on some random tablesand thenuhI guess after that you go fight stuff, gain experience points, and level up. Oh, but there's skills here, yeah . It's just that the skill system looks like something that was cooked up by someone that thought that the thief class was a great idea.

There is no unified mechanic. This game's system was a contemporary of an ahead-of-its-time system like Victory Games James Bond 007. But this was developed years before GURPS and MegaTraveller came out and pretty well cemented the norm of having one type of roll determine everything. It seems crazy now, but the combat system is an entirely different thing from the skill system- they aren't integrated all except through a hodgepodge of bonuses and special effects.

Robotech 2-Movie Collection

Harmony Gold (animation by Tatsunoko and DR Movie) (1985-2013, 2006), A&E Home Video/Lionsgate (July 23, 2013), 2 Discs, 178 mins, 4:3 and 16:9 ratios, Dolby Digital 5.1, Rated PG, Retail: $19.98


Robotech 2-Movie Collection

Harmony Gold (animation by Tatsunoko and DR Movie) (1985-2013, 2006), A&E Home Video/Lionsgate (July 23, 2013), 2 Discs, 178 mins, 4:3 and 16:9 ratios, Dolby Digital 5.1, Rated PG, Retail: $19.98


Marvel Month-to-Month Sales July 2013: What did Spider-Man Month reveal?

July is Spider-Man month, with the launch of SUPERIOR FOES OF SPIDER-MAN and the relaunch of AVENGING SPIDER-MAN as SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN TEAM-UP. We've also got the launch of AVENGERS A.I. and the miniseries HUNGER, both spinning out of AGE OF ULTRON.

For once, DC had the largest dollar share of the North American direct market, leading Marvel by 32.5% to 32.3%. In units, Marvel edge it by 36% to 34%. Either way, a much closer month than usual, with DC placing some high-selling books at the very top of the chart.

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Retrospective:(Super Dimension Fortress MACROSS). Part One.

The Macross

Let's begin an analysis of Super Dimension Fortress Macross in earnest, beginning with a broad overview of the plot.

Retrospective:(Super Dimension Fortress MACROSS). Part Two.

To continue with my analysis, today we're going to be discussing the theme of war in Super Dimension Fortress Macross.


Transformers Generations Blitzwing Review

"Tell me what's on your mind, or I'll splatter it on the wall and see for myself!"

The triple changers are definitely a fan favourite group. When the Classics line first launched, Astrotrain was one of the first figures out the door. Octane (Tankor) followed in the Universe line, and then it went quiet.

Saturday, August 24, 2013

2006: Welcome to the Next Level

Serdar Yegulalp, a tech journalist by day, is also the Site Guide for . He also runs his own science-fiction-and-fantasy imprint, , where he blogs about SF, movies, creativity, the complexities of self-publishing, the Sun Ra and Skinny Puppy back catalogs, and most everything else that catches his attention. He also occasionally sticks his neck out on Twitter (@).Back when I started curating , one of the first feature articles I put together was a four-parter which involved a number of anime at different "course levels." An anime that required no understanding of Japanese culture or Japan to begin with was a "100-level" anime. Another that was still easy to get into but would be best appreciated with a little foreknowledge was a "200-level" anime. A show pitched mainly for Japanese audiences, or which one wasn't likely to find accessible unless you were already steeped in the tropes and quirks of anime generally was a "300-level" anime. (I later refined the categories a little, but the basic concept remains intact.)

I now wonder if listing BLACK LAGOON as a 100-level anime was such a good idea.

Sailor Moon R Episode 02

I'm not sure about you, but I think I may be starting to enjoy having a bit of a schedule of sorts like this. Being able to break up shows like this really helps to relieve myself of all the monotony of watching the same crappy show.

Of course, I'm still watching pretty crappy shows, so there's that. You can try to defend Sailor Moon all you want, but if you paid any attention at all to the first series, you know full well that there is plenty of really messed up stuff happening there. Which makes me not look all that forward to this show. Having been watching Pretty Cure, I have to say I much prefer what they did over this. At least with Pretty Cure, they make the transition from funny to serious very well, though it helps a lot that they mostly keep things kind of silly and lighthearted.

Sailor Moon R Episode 03

So, as I mentioned last night, Free! has been delayed a week, probably due to some weird Japanese holiday or something, I'm really not sure what the deal is with that. According to their actual website (and dear god I can't believe I'm actually bothering to look this shit up), due to some sort of special programming change, the episodes are all pushed back a week.

And here I was hoping maybe it had been cancelled since it is damn near impossible to get the show to turn up on a Google search. Damn.

Thoughts and Predictions On the Animusic Tournament

The first round of the has just begun - go vote if you haven't already -and already, I can feel the disappointment starting to pile up. Intellectually, I know only one song can win in the end and I am excited to see how the matches play out but it's hard to watch favorite songs, or even just well-liked songs, not do as well as one feels they should. Before moving onto my predictions I wanted to highlight these already fallen songs.

I really don't have room to complain - and that's why I'm not - over the number of songs that made it into the tournament from my nomination ballot. If we look at my ballot to see how they ranked

Anime Studios: Satelight

Bodacious Space Pirates by njigen hairtai


Otaku Star of The Week #11 : Noboru Ishiguro

Hi otakus !

For those who may not know who Noboru Ishigurois, he's a director of many sci-fi animes such as the Yamato & Macross series. He's also a noteworthy japanese animator, screenwriter and producer. However, he passed away in 2012 because of lung cancer leaving behind great works in the sci-fi anime/manga scene. And here, we wish to pay a tribute to this amazing person.

Strike Witches Episode 05

You know how sometimes, you just look at the title of something, and you just tell yourself, "oh dear god, this can only end in horrible catastrophe"? Well, I took a look at today's episode title, and you've got one guess as to what I thought.

I don't think I have anything else to say tonight. Let's just get this over with.

Anime Insider: Best Anime Ever

With the arrival of Guillermo del Toro's PACIFIC RIM (2013) and its aspirations to pay homage to the world of anime and kaiju, while delivering a wholly original film of his own, there's no better time to step back and offer up some anime-related material worthy of your precious time, but probably only if you're open to animation.

For those looking into what the best anime has to offer maybe this short list will give you some ideas. This is THE SCI-FI FANATIC's edited take of the BEST 108 ANIME EVER as extracted from the now defunct ANIME INSIDER #11.I'll offer some brief assessments.

Autumn Season Preview

My impression of the upcoming season? Holy crap! There are tons of different series to watch out for! Lots of big names will return, and we will get a ton of series with amazing animation. This could very easily become the best season of the year, especially in terms of TV-Series. To give an indication: there are a whopping seven series that I'm psyched for to come out. It's rare for a season to get to that number the last couple of years.


Free! Episode 07

I have had an incredibly busy week, filled with enough adventure and excitement to pretty much sate the wanderlust of a viking warband. A lot's been going on, but the biggest change is that I'll be starting work next week. Which is a surprise since I wasn't expecting to do that for a couple of weeks out.

Of course, then things also happen in my personal life, which I'm not going to talk about here - it's just life, and shit happens. Then you plan to do things after shit happens, and other shit happens, and then you just kind of shrug and go 'oh well'. Because that's what real adults do in real life. I bet you were wondering where I was going with this, but this is where I segue into a show that wants to be real life by not being real life at all, with people who could only exist in a thing that isn't real life - even though they're convinced they are in real life.

The Anime Music Tournament 2013 Bracket Dio

Still slipping a little, since the first four polls again are completed, but what the hey. This is my second favorite named bracket, by the way.


Friday, August 23, 2013

Anime Insider: 50 Best Anime Series

As I slowly get myself back on track I thought I'd deliver one more anime post for those looking to educate themselves on some of the best options out there within the genre.

Unfortunately, this is yet another odd, random list from ANIME INSIDER #18 (2005).I'm not exactly sure what the operating variables were in their selection process for the 50 BEST ANIME SERIES. For me personally a series denotes something with continuity or more than one. So, why would some full-length feature films make their list and not others?It's a completely bizarre assembly of the best and certainly defies logic, but I thought I would give that list to you in the event you were looking for a starting point on films or series despite the ANIME INSIDER's complete disregard for the English language while I strategize on more robust future posts. I've edited the list to try and note this Sci-Fi Fanatic's highlights.This is a small complement to the previous ANIME INSIDER BEST ANIME EVER post .

Sailor Moon R Episode 06

The last few days have been rather exciting for me. It's put me in such high spirits, I really just forgot about Sailor Moon entirely. I mean, seriously, completely forgot it was a thing I was watching at some point.

But what goes up must come down, and eventually the realization came around that I had simply been having entirely too much fun. Which means it was long past time for me to torture myself with something popular and terrible all at once.

The Anime Music Tournament 2013 Bracket Fate

After what I thought was a lackluster bracket with "Ein", here's hoping that Fate brings some more interesting themes to it in their .


Guilty Crown

Finished watching this anime quite a long time ago, but never had the opportunity to post a review up. No spoilers, just thoughts.

I liked the artwork. xD It was mainly refreshing for my innocent eyes. :3 There weren't a lot of fan service type of characters and I really liked that. Some of the outfits are... interesting though because it is a bit too skin tight. But I like school uniforms and that's basically what you see most of the time. :3 Only downside is that I think there was nudity at one point? Not really sure. I can't really remember. ;A;

The story was a bit confusing (for me) and it's slow. You can follow along, but you don't really understand some parts of the story until literally half way through the anime when you discover a lot of interesting facts and crazy things that just explains most things to you. Now once you reach the end... I have a lot of friends that tell me that they didn't like the ending. It really could have been better. It seems like they ended it that way just to end it. :/ The ending is way too vague and confusing. I don't even know what happened myself until I read discussions online about what others thought happened.