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Infinity War: What is there in stock for us in the next movie. [Spoiler alert]

After watching Avengers: Infinity War, I was left in tears; especially after the death of our friendly neighborhood Spiderman. I still can’t get over that. As these are the Avengers and thus we can’t let them die even in our wildest dreams, and here I am with all the plausible theories circling around my head for the next movie.

1. Introduction of Vormir

Vormir was the place where Thanos found the soul stone in the MCU. Basically, Vormir is the planet in the Kree Solar system and maybe this is just the introduction of Kree into the Cinematic Universe. Although, Kree’s are already introduced in the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D, but there is a good possibility that the next villain will be Kree.

2. Soul Stone

Just after snapping, we see Thanos entering a orange coloured place where he met Gamora and had a quick conversation with her. According to me, that was inside Soul Stone. In comics, it was repeatedly shown that Adam Warlock and Silver Surfer get trapped inside. Maybe during this snap, Adam Warlock and Silver Surfer get trapped and then in the next movie, we see them coming out and taking the fight to Thanos in order to prove to him that he isn’t a GOD.

3. Doctor Strange’s 14 million possibilities

As we see that Peter Quill a.k.a the Star Lord blows up the entire plan in retrieving the Gauntlet, but maybe just maybe it was all the part of a plan that Strange predicted. He gave up the Time Stone in order to protect the Tony Stark. If one might remember as he said he’d prefer the stone above Tony or Peter Parker. Maybe Strange saw that Tony is the key to everything as in the animated version Tony created a machine a.k.a The Arsenal which his father Howard Stark started building to absorb all the powers of infinity stones (Howard and Tony both were futurists). However later ,that Machine became Ultron which is a possibility that he maybe returning as well. Maybe Stephen saw all this and decided to act on it.

The possibility of Ultron reviving is there. We see Banner saying that Vision’s mind is a combination of Jarvis, Stark, Ultron and the Mind stone. Maybe when Shuri started to remove the mind stone, Ultron got revived but for now he is hiding within the internet and is waiting for the perfect opportunity.

 

4. Nebula still lives

In the Infinity Gauntlet issue, we see that when Thanos gave up his body after fighting with the cosmics, eternals; Nebula quickly grabs the gauntlet from Thanos’s dead body and restores the universe back to where it initially was. Maybe just for the same reason they thought to keep Nebula alive and hence bringing neighborhood Spidey and others back to us.

 

5. Red Skull as the Guardian

When Thanos and Gamora got into Vormir they were inaugurated by an entity which had a hood and was dark which I thought initially resembled Witches of Infinity or The Coven Sisters who are the oldest of all Gods. But however later on it was shown that it was red skull. Also the place where Red skull says, “A soul for a Soul” and shows him the valley it was similar to when Thanos went to the Coven sisters in order to gain his powers back to fight Thane( with Phoenix force) who was in quest to rule universe with Death. The valley was similar and as Marvel confirmed that “Eternals” is already into production. The scene pretty much sets the tone.

 

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Infinity War: A Cinematic Marvel

“Dread it. Run from it. Destiny still arrives.”

When the booking for Avengers: Infinity War opened a week back, I couldn’t control my excitement and bothered everyone around to accompany me to the theatres. And the wait was well deserved. With fantastic cinematography and excellent directing, this movie stands as the best MCU movie till date and one of the best movies of all time.

It will not be exaggeration to say that Marvel is creating a cinematic wonder. I really liked how they setup these 10 long years for this movie. And this movie was also just a piece in the puzzle and not the puzzle itself. The guys at the Marvel studios are really something extraordinary.

“Marvel Cinematic Universe is now 10 years old and 18 movies long.”

Spoiler Alert: Please read at your own risk.

The movie begins with the attack of Thanos on the Asgardian refugee ship Statesman, exactly where Thor: Ragnarok had ended. We see that he has decimated everything and even manages to defeat Hulk very easily. And that is when, MCU begins their Game of Thrones stint of killing all the characters the fans love and enjoy watching on the silver screen. With the death of Heimdall and Loki, Thanos establishes his supremacy and leaves Thor to die.

Thanos sends out his Black Order to retrieve the other Infinity Stones and the movie follows their adventures. While they almost succeed with the Time Stone, they have a very bad luck with the Mind Stone. On the other hand, Thanos goes to Collector and gets the Reality Stone. Then, he uses it to alter the reality to trick Gamora into coming with him. We get to know here that Gamora knew the location of the Soul Stone but hid it from Thanos.

Thanos gets the information out of her by torturing Nebula and it is revealed that the ever evading Soul Stone is in a place called Vormir. The biggest surprise was the presence of Red Skull in there, who acted as the guide to the stone. Red Skull, as one might remember was last seen in the movie Captain America: First Avenger. Red Skull tells that the Soul Stone requires a sacrifice.

“A Soul for a Soul.”

It is here that Thanos sacrifices Gamora and manages to get the Stone he came looking for.

We all knew Peter Dinklage had been cast in the movie but didn’t know what role was he in. Dinklage plays Eitri, king of the Dwarves of Nidavellir and a master weaponsmith. It is he who had cast Mjolnir before and casts Stormbreaker for Thor in the movie.

This movie being from Thanos’ perspective, hits the bullseye with the fans. The flashback which shows Thanos adopting Gamora as a child really talks about how ruthless he actually is.

“He can destroy half of the Universe with a snap of his finger.”

Indeed! Thanos did destroy half of humanity. With so many superheroes dying, fans in the theatres were left in tears. The death of Peter Parker was indeed quite emotional. The way he said, “I don’t wanna die, Mr. Stark.” riled up a lot of sobs. Furthermore, Rhodey searching for Falcon when he has already disintegrated and T’Challa trying to lend a hand to Okoye and disintegrating were equally painful to watch.

With everyone expecting a tad bit of happiness in the post-credit scene got even more shocks with the disintegration of Maria Hill. Even Nick Fury dies, but not before he sends a distress signal. The symbol looks like that of Captain Marvel.

 

Image Credits: Marvel Studios

 

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Jessica Jones (Season 2) Review: The Return of the Damaged Goddess

If you say with great power, comes great responsibility, I swear I will throw up on you. 

Marvel’s Jessica Jones is one of Netflix’s finest shows. After a very intense first season, Netflix returned with the season 2 on this Women’s Day. This Jessica has been reoriented and reinterpreted for the modern times and mainly highlights the problems our society faces today. Jessica Jones is not a typical superhero but she is definitely a new-age feminist. She has her problems and drinks heavily to dumb down her demons. This is where it gets so relatable. No sexist suit, no saving-the-world ideology, it is just Jessica Jones and her haunting past.

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After killing off Kilgrave, season two starts off with Malcolm and Jessica facing some competition from a rival P.I. agency. Trish Walker’s obsession with Jessica’s past becomes increasingly dangerous and she goes to unimaginable lengths to get powers of her own. While she really tries to show people that she cares for the world, she really comes off as self-centred and fanatical.

There are a few drawbacks to this season, though. The plot remains exhilarating and unpredictable until episode 8. Marvel uses the back-from-the-dead-family-member formula again, and frankly, it is just worn-out at this point. I do not sympathise with the villain, I cannot understand why the director(s) try so hard to show this person as an unfortunate victim of circumstances. Lack of a proper compelling villain makes the season inferior to its predecessor.

Marvel and Netflix’s last venture was a hit getting rave reviews. The Punisher was brilliant only because his struggle was believable and the villain was menacing enough.

 

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Jessica and Kilgrave

David Tenant does a wonderful, wonderful job with the few scenes he has and the banter between Kilgrave and Jessica Jones is probably my favourite part of this season.

Much like in season 1, Kilgrave tries to trick Jessica into guilt and shame. I think these scenes represent how our world is obsessed with shaming people for no fault of their own, especially women. Women are expected to be docile and if they dare to go their way, they are made to believe that either they are wrong or something is wrong with them. History is proof of the fact that the world never saw women and power to be an easy combination.

The word ‘power’ holds a very important significance in the Jessica Jones series.

Kilgrave is Purple-Man in the comics. Throughout the first season, Jessica associates Kilgrave with purple. Whenever she thinks of him or Kilgrave himself enters the scene, the colours fade into the shades of the purple. Now, purple is mostly linked with power. In season 1, there is a scene where the manipulative Kilgrave gifts Jessica a purple dress to wear. Instead of obliging, she tears it apart. This scene speaks volumes for me, it symbolises her freedom when she finally breaks off from his authority.

 

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In the second season, however, the colour purple has a broader spectrum of application. It symbolises Jessica’s fears, it symbolises patriarchy and its bounds. 

Another interesting approach to the colour may be linked to how shadowy and controlling Kilgrave could get. Purple is a colour made from the combination of red and blue. While red signifies evil, blue signifies calm. Kilgrave is, therefore, this living personification of calm evil who creeps up on Jones and leaves her in a state of agony.

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Kilgrave, Malcolm and Jessica

The character I really loved this season was Malcolm. Much like Jessica, he has taken wrong decisions in his life. At one point, we are made to wonder about Malcolm’s true intentions. He still questions and blames himself for spying on Jessica and puts up with her temper, repenting for his deeds. However, at the end of the show, Malcolm has had enough of people taking advantage of him and he moves on. I like where his story is headed and definitely would like to see more of his complex life in the third season.
Jeri Hogarth’s barbarous attitude is something that made this season so much better for me. She is unapologetically herself and I absolutely loved Carrie-Anne Moss’ portrayal. The season would be dull without her and Krysten Ritter’s refined acting.

 

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Jeri Hogarth With Trish Walker

The season finale heavily disappoints sans a thrilling climax and I really wanted more after having finished the binge-watching.

In conclusion, I would not say the second season was as brilliant as the first one but it still manages to involve you. I hope Jessica’s past stops haunting her and her story moves forward, preferably dealing with the aftermath of Infinity War. It does require a little bit of persistence to watch the new season, but I would strongly recommend it just so you can witness how far Marvel has moved away from its trail of highly objectified superheroines with weak story arcs.

Image Courtesy: Netflix

Are you done with your binge-watching? How did you feel about this season? Let us know in the comments below.

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Infinity War: A Marvel of a movie to come

“The entire time I knew him, he only had one goal – to wipe out half of the universe and if he gets all the infinity stones, he can do it with a snap of its fingers, Snapp”

~Gamora

According to the Infinity Gauntlet issue #1, Mistress of Death raised Thanos from the dead to wipe out half the population. Although in the movies there is no such reference, Gamora in the new trailer gives us the very basis of Thanos collecting the Infinity Stones.

The Snap reference is actually from the Gauntlet issue where Thanos actually did a snap and half of the universe goes missing. However, later on Nebula restores it by taking the Gauntlet from Thanos.

The Black order appeared first in the New Avengers when Thanos with Black order invaded earth in search of his Inhuman son – Thane. The creators of the movie have seemingly merged the two plots and we have Thanos collecting the stones in order to wipe out half of the universe. His motivation for doing so here in still unknown. Let us hope that the Mistress of Death will get her reference here.

“Half of humanity will still exist”

~ Thanos

In the new trailer, we also see Ebony hushing Dr Stephen Strange while he messes with his mind. In the New Avengers issue, Ebony manipulated Doctor to find Thane but in the movie, there is no mention of Thane. As far as the eye of Agamotto a.k.a Time stone is concerned we see that in the trailer. Strange is still wearing it so it can be snatched physically but messing with the Sorcerer Supreme’s mind, well that’s a whole other thing. It might also so happen that Ebony tries to use Strange to find the Soul stone. In the Infinity Gauntlet issue, it was seen that Adam Warlock did have a connection with Dr Strange (when he was trapped inside the soul stone). So maybe, to get hold of Soul stone or Adam warlock (more or less the same thing), Ebony is seen to mess with Dr strange.

There is a strong possibility that Adam makes a cameo as without Adam, Infinity war doesn’t feel good. Also, I am eager to see the attack on Wakanda as Proxima and Black dwarf attack to get the Mind stone as we see Vision being transported to Wakanda. As in the comics, Shuri becomes the queen and wears some badass suit and has a faceoff with Proxima. Let us hope that it happens.

 

But I have some complains as to why Supergiant is missing from the Black order because with her missing, the entire plot of X-Men goes out. We see that Supergiant was sent as undercover to Jean Grey school of Mutants where she controls Bobby(Iceman) and creates havoc. So with her missing, it’s sure that X-Men are nowhere to be seen in this movie.

As to know who doesn’t make it out to the end of Infinity War, I’d put my money on Tony Stark and Steve Rogers. In the trailer, Tony was in a pretty bad shape with his armour broken and looking all helpless. On the other hand, Steve gets into an intense brawl with Thanos and as we see one of his shield goes missing (the new shield). In the comics, Thanos crushes Captain’s shield and kills him.

The trailer was exciting and I feel that we’ll get the Avengers: Infinity War we deserve!

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Black Panther (2018) Spoiler-Free Review: Rise of a new kind of Marvel hero

The newest addition to the ever-growing Marvel roster is the brilliant Black Panther. With drop-dead gorgeous locations and powerful character-driven plot, this origin story may arguably be one of the best Marvel movies.

Black Panther had a lot on its shoulders. The stellar ensemble cast comprising of people of color and the historical significance of the character meant that the movie was more than the sum of its parts. It had to do justice to the rich African heritage and also stay true to the demands of the comic book fans while speaking for Black representation in Hollywood and also fitting in the larger MCU. Ryan Coogler’s movie may just have found the perfect balance required.

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Wakanda. Credits: Black Panther/Marvel Studios

The movie revolves around the secretive African nation of Wakanda. Began with a pact forged by five tribes, which eventually gave into infighting and power struggles, and in one tribe’s case, exile in the mountains. But after witnessing the history of man’s violence against man, repeated time and again, Wakanda resolved to hide its technological innovations and ideal society from the world, to protect its own people by shielding them from humankind’s folly. This withdrawal of international trade and diplomacy has its own folly – Wakanda chooses to be a silent observer in the war waged by humans when their technological marvel could have easily ended the war. The new generation of Wakandans and how they challenge the way of their ancestors is the central theme of this superhero movie. After the death of his father King T’Chaka, T’Challa must prove himself worthy of the throne of Wakanda. He also has to face some difficult secrets which were kept hidden from the nation.

After his much-praised appearance in Captain America: Civil War, Chadwick Boseman carried the role with confidence. But one cannot help but focus on the stellar supporting cast. Sometimes, one will feel that they are more interested in what others are doing rather than focusing on the titular character himself. The royal bodyguard force, the Dora Milaje, are beautiful and fearsome, with Danai Gurira excellent as General Okoye. Angela Bassett and Forest Whitaker are perfect as Queen Mother Ramonda and T’Challa’s mentor Zuri respectively. Lupita Nyong’o plays Black Panther’s ex-girlfriend and voice of reason, Nakia with a strong presence on screen. Andy Serkis and Martin Freeman feel right at home with their portrayal of the baddie Ulysses Klaue and CIA agent Ross respectively. Short but impactful performance from John Kani, Atandwa Kani, and Sterling K. Brown too.

The breakout performer in this brilliant ensemble is Letitia Wright’s Princess Shuri. Her interactions with her brother provide the perfect light moments to balance the emotionally heavy serious tone. Watch out for Shuri to take the MCU by storm with her gadgets.

One had high hopes from Michael B. Jordan’s Erik Killmonger to be an equal foe for T’Challa. But he exceeded that expectations and how! Marvel movies have had the problem of run-of-the-mill villains with boring backstories and weak motivation. Killmonger handles that problem all too well as the audience rooted for his point of view.

This is the new age of the hugely successful Marvel Cinematic Universe. After 10 years and 17 movies, a new beginning was needed for the franchise. What perfect way to do that than bring a character which debuted in the Silver Age of Marvel Comics and had a similar impact in the quest for diversity. The movie is unapologetic – it never shies away from referring racism and colonialization. There is one scene where Shuri calls Everett Ross as a “colonizer” and another where Ross is drowned by M’Baku and his tribes’ deafening noise. The movie screams – “Its payback time”. The women are the real champions in this movie as the story is shaped and molded by their actions.

The most positive part of the movie was its soundtrack. A frequent collaborator with director Ryan Coogler, Ludwig Göransson has created a wonderful thread of African drum music and tribal chants for the movie’s score. Talking drums and royal trumpets are in full glory as Kendrick Lamar’s songs adorn the action. This feels like Lion King with its tones. The movie celebrates its rich African culture and colors. One of my favorite scenes from the movie is T’Challa’s coronation sequence by the waterfall, as members of all the tribes sing and dance during this joyous occasion. The costume design is incredible in this movie.

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T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman) and Zuri (Forest Whitaker). Credits: Black Panther/Marvel Studios

While the movie overall is a humongous and historical success, it has its share of flaws. Being an origin story, it has quite a few predictable turns and clichés akin to other superhero movies. But still, Black Panther’s introduction is the most arresting origins of them all. The most disappointing part of the movie was the final battle – which ran out of steam (and the necessary time) after the demanding development of this Utopian Wakanda. This problem is similar to last year’s Wonder Woman. Winston Duke’s M’Baku (and not his racially disturbing name in the comics – Man-Ape) is the weak link here as I never really understood his motivations and actions. Something similar can be said about W’Kabi (Daniel Kaluuya) and his Border Tribesmen. Without spoiling much, I can mention that I wasn’t sold on W’Kabi’s actions. It is a shame that Andy Serkis’ Klaue was cut short in the movie when clearly he was having a great time playing the character.

The new Panther suit, designed by Princess Shuri, looks sleek but seems CGI heavy in full action mode. The suit worn by the Panther in Civil War seemed more practical and tight.

M’Baku (Winston Duke). Credits: Black Panther/Marvel Studios

But these are minor nitpicking in a world of overwhelming success. Go watch Black Panther and be a part of this wonderful revolution for equal representation for women and black people. Go watch the movie if you are bored of hilarious superhero flicks, and need more depth in your stories. Go watch this movie if you love music and I guarantee that you will be absolutely delighted.

The climactic movie – stunningly named Infinity War – is coming up in few months’ time. Going by the post-credit scenes which tie directly to the next movie, Wakanda will now be open to serious scrutiny in the world of Marvel. A serious brawl is being predicted on the lands of this paradise. Expect King T’Challa to marshal his troops and guide the Avengers. Expect Wakanda to blow your minds once again.

 

Wakanda Forever!

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Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi [NO SPOILERS] Review – The Force Is Strong With This One

Rating: 8.7/10

“Rebellions are built on hope.”

This quote from Rogue One, the last Star Wars film, is relevant now more than ever in the wake of The Last Jedi (hereby referred to as TLJ), which picks up from where The Force Awakens ended and guides the series into uncharted territory. The idea of ‘hope’ being the most valuable asset in the battle against the dark forces has been central to the entire Star Wars saga, its inception in the very first film, naturally titled A New Hope. And through the years the idea has been faithfully kept alive, through the narrative, the characters and the uplifting opening main theme of the saga.

In TLJ hope carries forward the last remains of the Resistance (led by General Leia Organa) trying to escape the clutches of the First Order (led by Supreme Leader Snoke and commanded by his apprentice Kylo Ren). It is ‘hope’ that pushes them to reach for their first victory, as Poe leads a near-suicidal assault on an enemy Dreadnought. It is hope, on Leia’s part, that drives Rey to go find the self-exiled Luke Skywalker and try to convince him to (re)join their cause and later, to submit herself to Kylo Ren in hopes of turning him. It is ‘hope’ that sends Finn and Rose to a risky self-conceived mission that attempts to facilitate an escape route. And it is nothing but hope that impels Vice-Admiral Holdo to undertake an unforgettably radical course of action, one that provides for the film’s most spectacular shot and a true visual treat. Even as towards the end, cornered by the First Order, Leia despairs “The galaxy has lost all hope”, they find strength through an old ally and inside them, a new hope. To survive, to fight and to resist darkness.

 

 

“You must have a thousand questions.”

“Where’s Rey?”

TLJ is more of a character-driven film than its predecessors. Opposing the traditional style of characters being guided by the plot, in TLJ more often than not the plot progression serves to build up character moments; such as Rey’s self-discovery, Kylo questioning his own allegiance, Poe becoming a mature leader knowing when to back-off and be smart instead of going full-bore offensive all the time et cetera. Adam Driver shows his talent in a few critical sequences despite being a bit too wooden for the most part, which doesn’t always pay off; while Daisy Ridley too seems to have very few expressions to choose from mostly, except for her scenes with Driver where they both live up to their fullest potential.

And it is again the veterans who probably deliver the best, despite having lesser screentime, as both Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill dish up phenomenal performances which are quite possibly their personal bests in the entire series. Benicio Del Toro, bursting with personality, does a rather good job in a role that’s too thinly written for a talent like him. Rounded off by an excellent score from John Williams, the film’s technical pros overshadow its cons by a mile. And even though the mineral planet Crait, with its rich red soil, feels like a fabricated addition to obtain incredibly beautiful cinematography of a ‘bleeding battlefield’, it just works out all too well for anybody to complain.

 

“What are you looking at me for? Follow him!”

– Leia telling others to follow Poe’s orders

On a symbolic level, the film’s primary theme has been one of change, from the old to the new. Especially during the film’s climax which also turns out to be a head-on battle between the Old vs the New. And we find the Old calmly embracing the end, making way for the New. As Rey remarks, it was a death with peace and purpose. The same theme plays elsewhere as we see a changing of the guard for the Resistance; as Poe evolves from a danger-seeking volatile hero to a level-headed leader and Rey returns with newer insights about the war and the Force. It is evident that in the next film it is these characters that will be taking charge of the Resistance, along with loyal companions like Finn and Rose.

 

 

“Hope is like the Sun. If we only believe in it when we see it, we’ll never make it through the night.”
– Vice-Admiral Holdo (quoting Leia)

The director Rian Johnson is known for directing episodes of the television giant Breaking Bad, among them being Ozymandias and The Fly. The former hailed as the finest episode in the series(and one of the very best in TV history) and the latter the most controversial one, with critics lauding the offbeat experimental journey yet audiences worldwide rejecting it outright, unable to fully comprehend the episode’s genius and its place in the show.

And it is a similar trend that we see with TLJ, with most critics praising its unique take on the mythos of the saga and a style of direction that subverts traditional Star Wars space opera tropes while reinventing others, while audiences mostly negatively receiving the stylistic departure from their old favourite films. The allusion-driven narrative, scenes like the multiple Reys at the island, frequent adept uses of self-deprecating humour and strict refusal to leave clues about the sequel have made Johnson a rebel in the eyes of both the audience and critics alike. But if you were to ask me, maybe all we need to do is to welcome change and find some hope, for this rebellion in space opera filmmaking to build on.

 

“How do we rebuild the Rebellion from this?” Rey asks Leia.
“We have everything we need”
she answers holding Rey’s hand in hers.

The film ends with a little slave boy on Canto Bight looking up to the stars, hoping that someday his heroes shall save him from his miserable life on this planet. Thus as Leia assures Rey, she knows that despite their dwindling numbers, they still have hope.
Hope in the form of dedicated future leaders like Rey and Poe.
Hope in fearless soldiers like Finn and Rose.
Hope in the light, the good side of the Force and all those who strive towards it.

After all, rebellions are built on hope.

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The Animes to look out for in 2018

2017 was filled with a number of good anime series, OVAs, and movies. Some were up to my expectations, some were not. 2018 is also bringing in new seasons of hyped animes and also plenty of good new anime series and movies. So in no particular order, here goes my list of 10 anime series/OVA/movie I am looking forward to this year.

10. Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai! Movie: Take On Me

Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai: Take on Me

Genre: Slice of Life, Comedy, Drama, Romance, School

Release Date: January 6, 2018

Synopsis: The movie will feature a new story where Yuuta and Rikka are in their third year of high school. One day in Spring, Touka declares that she will take Rikka to Italy with her, as her job has stabilized there and thinks they should migrate together as a family. Touka is also worried about Rikka not being competent enough to advance to universities in Japan. The gangs from the club suggested Yuuta, who doesn’t want to be separated, to elope with Rikka!! A runaway drama throughout Japan begins.

(Source: MAL News)

Kyoto Animation is starting this year with a shot of Rikka Takanashi’s Eight Grade Syndrome. I personally loved all the seasons of Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai! (Love, Chunibyou & Other Delusions). The plot of this movie is pretty interesting and the visuals are just mindblowing. KyoAni’s works can never disappoint me.

Here’s the official trailer, just take a look at those awesome visuals.

9. One Punch Man 2

One Punch Man 2

Genre:  Action, Comedy, Parody, Sci-Fi, Seinen, Super Power, Supernatural

Saitama is back! But this time it is done by J.C. Stuff instead of Madhouse, who did the first season of the anime. Personally, I loved the first season of the anime and also read the manga. I hope that this season will also be good.

8. Shingeki no Kyojin Season 3

Attack on Titan Season 3

Genre: Action, Military, Mystery, Super Power, Drama, Fantasy

Airing: July 2018

I just can’t believe that it is getting a new season so fast. Both the earlier seasons have very good storylines and the openings were pretty good too. I still haven’t completed the second season, but I am pretty hyped for the third season. The official Teaser for Attack on Titan was nice. Do check it out.

7. High School DxD Hero

High School DxD Hero

Genre: Action, Harem, Comedy, Demons, Romance, Ecchi, School

Why am I excited? Cause I am a simple man. Nothing more, nothing less.

6. Dagashi Kashi 2

Dagashi Kashi 2

Genre: Slice of Life, Comedy, Shounen

Airing: January 12, 2018

We are getting more sexualized candy jokes. Yay! And also, the first season was very funny. I love the art style of this series. I am personally super hyped for this.

5. Citrus

Citrus

Genre: Drama, Romance, School, Shoujo Ai

Airing: January 6, 2018

Synopsis: Fashionable Yuzu imagined the first day at her new school she transferred to after her mother’s remarriage a bit differently; she didn’t know it’d be an ultra-strict and conservative girls’ school. So instead of a sweet high-school romance, she butts heads with the stern student council president Mei—who turns out to be her new stepsister. And she has to learn that hate and attraction are often not that far apart.

(Source: Yuri Project)

This is one of the new hyped animes of this season cause Shoujo Ai animes are rare this day. Personally, i like this genre so I’ll probably give it a watch.

4. Overlord II

Overlord

Genre: Action, Game, Adventure, Supernatural, Magic, Fantasy

I lost all hope in other world animes after I watched Sword Art Online. (In before enraged Kirito Squad hunts me down and kills me) Overlord, along with Re: Zero and KonoSuba restored my faith in the fact that other world animes can actually be good. (At least they don’t have an overpowered black swordsman)

3. Violet Evergarden

Violet Evergarden

Genre:  DramaFantasy

Airing: January, 2018

Synopsis: There are words Violet heard on the battlefield, which she cannot forget. These words were given to her by someone she holds dear, more than anyone else. She does not yet know their meaning.

A certain point in time, in the continent of Telesis. The great war which divided the continent into North and South has ended after four years, and the people are welcoming a new generation.

Violet Evergarden, a young girl formerly known as “the weapon,” has left the battlefield to start a new life at CH Postal Service. There, she is deeply moved by the work of “Auto Memories Dolls,” who carry people’s thoughts and convert them into words.

Violet begins her journey as an Auto Memories Doll and comes face to face with various people’s emotions and differing shapes of love. All the while searching for the meaning of those words.

(Source: Anime Expo)

From the moment I heard the news that this novel series is being animated by none other than Kyoto Animation, I couldn’t help myself from imagining the awesome visuals. But PVs were so good. I am super hyped for this one.

2. Fate/Extra Last Encore

Fate/Extra Last Encore

Genre:  Action, Fantasy, Magic

Airing: January 8, 2018

Synopsis: Waking up in a strange virtual world with no recollection of the past, Hakuno finds himself forced to fight for survival in a war he does not understand for a prize beyond value; the opportunity to have one’s wish granted. With only an enigmatic “Servant” by his side, Hakuno Kishinami will have to face both friends and foes in battles to the death in order to not only gain possession of a mysterious object known as the “Holy Grail,” but also to find the answer to the most important question of all: “Who am I?”

(Source: Type-Moon Wikia)

Fate is one of my favorite franchisee and Shaft is my favorite animation studio. Thus I am bound to be excited about the series. And at last, I’ll get to see Nero Claudius. UmU

1. Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card-Hen

Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card-Hen

Genre: AdventureComedyMagicRomanceFantasyShoujo

Airing: January 7, 2018

Synopsis: Fourteen-year-old Sakura starts junior high school along with her friends, including Syaoran, who had just returned to Tomoeda. After having a dream with a mysterious cloaked figure, all of Sakura’s cards turn blank and are rendered powerless, thus she starts her quest to find out what is wrong. In doing so, Sakura and her allies discover and capture new transparent cards using a new key.

(Source: Cardcaptor Sakura Wikia)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FrF5qt_LBlc

At last, our childhood crush Sakura is returning to the small screen along with Tomoye and Li. The manga is good with more cute costumes and more card hunting adventures. I have huge expectations from them which I hope they can fulfill.

There are also other animes like Boku No Hero Academia Season 3, Kan-Colle Season 2, Fate Heaven’s feel Movies, Natsume Yuujinchou Movie and Karakai Jozou no Takagi San. So I hope the animes of this year and I wish you a Happy New Year.

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Fantasy Featured

Dark – A German Stranger Things for Adults

Dark, the first German series to premiere on Netflix, is a combination of Stranger Things and IT, with a little bit of Fringe thrown in as well. As the Guardian comments, Stranger Things for grown-ups; with time-travel, suicides and gruesome murders, this series is mesmerizing and one can’t stop watching this.

Credits: Netflix

There are a lot of characters to keep track of, which is one of the key challenges in the initial episodes that inevitably suck you in regardless.

Credits: Netflix

It starts with Ulrich Nielsen, played by Oliver Masucci, a police officer in the town of Winden and father of three who is  cheating on his wife Katharina, played by Jordis Triebel, with a woman called Hannah Kahnwald, played by Maja Schone, whose husband commits suicide in the initial minutes of the show. Her son, Jonas played by Louis Hofmann along with his teenager friends venture into the woods hunting the drug stash of a classmate who recently disappeared. While they’re out there, Ulrich’s youngest, Mikkel, played by Daan Lennard Liebrenz, also disappears, leading the police to wonder whether someone is targeting local youths. But the disappearances coincide with weird phenomena: animals dropping dead, lights wildly flickering and flashing. Some of the town’s older residents, including Mikkel’s grandmother, mutter about how the new disappearances recall older ones from when they were younger. And a mysterious hooded figure, looking at a newspaper clip reading “Where is Mikkel?”, crosses out the first word and rewrites the headline as “When is Mikkel?”

Credits: Netflix

Dark tells about a fight and everyone’s attempt to reach the light. A twisting tale of time and relations and who’s who; it is sure to intrigue one’s intelligence.

Credits: Netflix

Even when “Dark” is clinical in its set-up of these interweaving story threads, there’s still an incredible amount of energy coursing through the show. The setting is brilliant. The town’s weather reflects the mood of the people, with the weather remaining cloudy most of the time. The camera glides through living rooms and dollies toward mortified faces, rarely pausing as it thrusts new characters and information into the fray. There’s frustrated romantic tension dripping from so many of these sequences, whether it’s an encounter between a man and his mistress or Jonas and a lost, unrequited love. Even an elderly woman sitting at a table and glancing nervously at a grandfather clock carries with her a certain amount of dread-filled forward motion.

Watch it on Netflix.

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Featured Marvel TV Show

The Punisher – Nothing but a masterpiece

The Punisher. Credits: Netflix

 

 

Let me start off with how I felt when Frank Castle was first introduced back in Marvel’s Daredevil season 2. He seemed like a moron with a gun, a complete daft. I was quite sceptical about the violence. It felt unnecessarily over the top. Well as of today, I stand corrected. I have never been so glad to have been proved so utterly and absolutely wrong. Jon Bernthal is the man, carrying the whole season away on his shoulders. What a masterpiece! The series gets engaging from the very first scene which is unlike the other Marvel and Netflix series where they normally take 3-4 episodes to build up the momentum. The titular soundtrack is just as badass as The Punisher and I’m already addicted to it.

 

A stockpile of guns forming up the skull logo of Punisher. Credits: Netflix

 

There is this scene where one of the antagonists, Lewis Walcott,  sets free a pair of caged birds but they don’t move an inch. They don’t take a step away from that cage. The scene is beautiful and deeply metaphorical. They chose their hell, they’ve been there so long that flying seems abnormal to them. Freedom seems unnatural! This is what makes the show so special. The Punisher serves justice in his own way, almost divine vengeance you can say.

 

Lewis Walcott trying to free some caged birds. Credits: Netflix

 

In the end, we see the antagonists punished in a way they deserved, like one of the antagonists dying because of one of his own bombs or betrayer Billy Russo’s pretty face (his only weakness) being disfigured once and for all. Billy Russo is introduced to us as a retired Marine making it big back in American soil as a private security contractor. He is handsome, well dressed, rich, and famous among women. He has everything he had ever dreamed of and goes to extreme extents to protect what he’s achieved, till date. What I take from the show is that Frank Castle is not a cold-blooded murder but a human with a conscience who has suffered a lot.

 

Curtis Hoyle and Billy Russo. Credits: Netflix

 

Frank Castle in Kandahar, Afghanistan in a secret op. Credits: Netflix

 

So the show deals with the aftermath of wars, very gently with care. Wars are real, the troubles, the mess, the deaths are real. The apparent ‘lucky’ soldiers returning home are damaged and scarred for life. For these people, the line between right and wrong is blurred. So, The Punisher puts forward very important questions. How far would you go for your country? Would you sacrifice your conscience and sanity? Are you ready to blurred out all the lines?

At one point Frank starts to hallucinate while being tortured. He sees his wife and they’re having a happy life but the background (which signifies his hallucination) is all black unlike in his nightmares in the past which took place in his house. All of this happens inside his head but it makes me wish badly that it were true, all of it. I feel terrible for Frank, I sympathize with his pain when I realize that memories are all that he is left with.

 

Frank Castle with his wife, in his hallucinatory dreams. Credits: Netflix

 

Of course, the story has its flaws and it does start to get a little haywire at times, like when Castle taking the shittiest of beatings but still bounces back, slaying like a Bollywood hero. I enjoyed the most when Frank had some light, happy moments with his friend and partner in crime, David Lieberman. I remember being so glad when I saw this man smile.

 

David Lieberman (Micro) and Frank Castle. Credits: Netflix

At times, when he needed to get stitched up, I prayed and prayed for the whiny Claire Temple not to show up and thankfully she never did. Karen Page was, however, the real shit magnet this time. I was hoping Matt Murdock would appear at least in one of the scenes but he never did and I must say I’m disappointed. I had heard a lot of criticism about the Punisher’s physique and height before the show but in my opinion, the casting is perfect. The leaner, the better in a fight and mostly, his weapon is a gun. What’s height got to do with it, anyway? The budding romance between Karen Page and Frank Castle seems to be interesting because I want to see how they’ll make it work. Alas! They couldn’t use a brilliant character like Dinah Madani to her full potential which I hope they improve on, next time.

 

Karen Page and Frank. Credits: Netflix

 

Dinah Madani and Sam Stein. Credits: Netflix

The director’s done a good job and The Punisher is my favourite Marvel show right after Daredevil. Hopefully, it gets renewed for a second season soon.

 

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DCcomics Featured Movies

Justice League – A movie about what could have been [No Spoiler Review]

 

Zack Snyder’s Justice League is Warner Bros’ first attempt at a superhero team up movie based on the DC Comics characters. This League, and Superheroes in general, has come a long way since its first appearance in DC Comics’ Brave and the Bold (1960).

    This is supposed to be the biggest movie based on DC Comics’ characters.

Justice League is a movie about its heroes. From the beginning, we are introduced to a world without Superman. From Lois Lane to Bruce Wayne, all feel the loss of Superman in a major way. It seems that the world is without hope – the symbol of the Last Son of Krypton. The opening few minutes of the movie is well shot with classic slow motion sequences and low light scenes, a style which is now synonymous with Zack Snyder. Leonard Cohen’s Everybody Knows, performed by Sigrid, plays in the background.

Parademons and Steppenwolf. Credits: Justice League

As the plot thickens, we are introduced to the threat of the otherworldly Parademons, and their general – Steppenwolf. Batman and Wonder Woman feel the necessity of gathering the other ‘metahumans’ as teased in the movie Batman V Superman. From here onwards, we meet The Flash, Cyborg and the Aquaman.

Ezra Miller as Barry Allen/The Flash
Ray Fisher as Victor Stone/Cyborg

Ezra Miller as the Flash, is the comic relief of the movie. With complaints about the DCEU being all dark and grim, Flash provides some hilarious gags but a few times, the jokes felt plain and force-fed. Jason Momoa as the Aquaman, is a tough cookie. He makes sure that the League understands that he is special and is not to be meddled with. Ray Fisher’s Cyborg provides the emotional bond in the league as well as the tech support. Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman leads the team, and continues her hit run from the solo movie.

Jason Momoa as Arthur Curry/Aquaman

 

Some of the action sequences are brilliant with Steppenwolf squaring against the Amazons, being a notable one. The soundtracks are good but not as brilliant as the modern master Hans Zimmer. Composer Danny Elfman manages to bring his classic Batman theme as well as John William’s Superman tracks to beautiful effect. But one stills laments over the lack of a perfect theme score for the League as a whole.

Now coming to Superman, there is not much to tell about him without spoiling. Comic book readers may be disappointed at the manner of his return, but Henry Cavill does a brilliant job in his short time. This movie shows the full might of Superman, after taking some heavy blows from Batman and Doomsday in BvS. One seriously underdeveloped character in this movie is the villainous Steppenwolf. His intentions or actions aren’t explained properly, and his only claim to fame is namedropping his nephew – the tyrant ruler of Apokolips.

Steppenwolf (Ciaran Hinds)

 

Now let’s come to the faults. Justice League is a let down on many fronts but one glaring flaw is the editing. The movie credits 3 person – David Brenner, Richard Pearson and Martin Walsh – for editing the movie, which feels disjointed and rushed. Multiple scenes from the trailers were absent. This is the third time, this has happened to this franchise after Batman v Superman and the disastrous Suicide Squad. Jos Whedon’s reshoots were apparent in a movie which provided unnecessary comic relief in tense moments instead of character development. Though the screenplay was tight, the dialogue seemed pedestrian. Overall, I felt the movie can be summed in one word – Rushed.

 

As this movie looked to undo the errors created in the first few movies, the studio chose an expendable villain to mount a weak challenge against our heroes. This movie is thus a collection of what it could have been rather than what it is.

Justice League

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