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Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Anime & Metro



Those cat mech toys seen online are at Anime Jungle or at least were there on Oct 10th. They might have sold out by this point.


Oh, we didn't know there were limited edition Superkind metro passes to get.

Also, weird promotion of cut-outs of Superkind at Anime Jungle ends Oct 24

Time Travelers Screw Up 101 Again

In all seriousness, a plane that looks like it's from World War II crashed on the westbound 101 Freeway in Agoura Hills. Scant details from ABC 7.

A Quiet Place Free Screening Nov 3


A Quiet Place
Sat, November 3, 2018
7:30 PM – 9:30 PM
Aero Theatre
1318 Montana Avenue
Santa Monica, 90403
Free, Must RSVP

JOHN KRASINSKI IN PERSON
Free Screening! A QUIET PLACE, 2018, Paramount, 90 min. Dir. John Krasinski. John Krasinski directed, co-wrote and stars in this unsettling and original thriller. In the near future, the human population has been decimated by creatures of unknown origin - they can’t see but their hearing is extraordinarily sensitive.

Delusion: The Blue Blade A Time Traveling Adventure This Halloween

by Jonathan Bilski

Dress-up to time travel.

Pfffhhh. (I'm blowing on my singed clothes) Gotta just cool off. Been busy time traveling. Y'know, it's an LA thing.

This year Delusion is not really a haunt and more of an adventure made for Sunday mornings on the old WB channel. You're one of the cast as you've gotta stop a mad women from ruining history. It's sort of When Is Carmen Sandiego? If Carmen Sandiego caught wind of you trying to stop her, so she's tries to kill you by killing your ancestors.

An adventure awaits you this Halloween season. Not a haunt, but your own cheesy SyFy channel adventure!

all photos in article by Robert Kozek
Delusion: The Blue Blade is the latest work from special effects man turned haunter, Jon Braver. He worked on Nolan's Dark Night-Batman series. His interactive Delusion series has become legendary in SoCal. It's so beloved, well, I'm sorry to tell you this, but this year's experience is already sold out. Update: Spring Session just added, look at end of post. There is a wait-list here. And we believe this year's run extends into early December. And, tickets cost more than $80 a head. Now, that's telling of how much people want to try Delusion.

We got to try it out on a perfect, perfect night with rain, thunder and lightning coming down. (Rain, thunder and lightning are not part of Delusion: The Blue Blade unless weather deems so.)

This year, before going we suggest getting into the mood for it by not wearing a simple t-shirt. Go out and wear some time travel apparel. If you're thinking Indiana Jones-chic, steam punk or even looking like an explorer, go for it. We really wish they told us to dress-up for the experience. It adds a little dash to the adventure.

This Delusion, you're part of a group trying to stop a rogue agent of a secret society, The Safeguard Society. Your Carmen Sandiego is a miss Professor Evelyn Lowell. She has in her possession The Blue Blade and it can cut through time. She's been using it like an expensive travel agent (a time travel agent) and making a boat load of cash. She's also been corrupting time and might be causing her brain to be corrupted. You just joined Safeguard and have to go after her. Sounds kinda strange for rookies, but hey.

Without going into the spoilers, we have to say we were blown away by this year's Delusion. A remarkable adventure that sets you and your group barreling through time. It is very much like an episode of a current sci-fi show. You and your group will visit different eras. Meet new and threatening people... and friends. All while piecing together a mystery that could cost you YOUR VERY EXISTENCE!

The Delusion team and The Great Company have built up an entire fun-house for you to get your time adventure on. You will travel to different periods with wonderful sets. It's not a stupid plastic background you can tape to a wall from Party City, it's a winding road of different places that makes you feel like your there.

Then you have a great cast, either there to help you or make your life...not so easy. Delusion sets you up with some just phenomenal actors who have to stay in character. We hated some of them and we were sad to see some go when it was there time. We got emotionally invested in some in the short period we got to know them. At least part of the TTDILA team. A fellow reporter sort of was mesmerized by a new location after a friend was lost to us. Uncaring bastard. That man (?) saved my life.

Looking at the pamphlet provided to you, you  are playing roulette with cast as there's multiple people playing the roles. So, it'll be different for each group that goes through based on time and date.

It's also different per person. In my own experience, I got separated from the group and went on a different path. This happens multiple times to different members on your team. So, you and your colleagues in Safeguard will have to compare notes after.

It ain't no haunted house this year. Though, it's taking place during Halloween and the series is known for its horror elements, it's not a haunt. It's a sci-fi adventure and could take place at anytime of the year. If you're wanting a haunted house, this isn't it.
We're not saying it's bad and it has some fun scares, but it's not a haunt.

Spoilers

Now, we're gonna go over what really happens. You"ll start with an explanation in a van. All the backstory will be explained to you there. Your first task it to find somebody who looks out of place at the bar, Stanfield. Eventually, you"ll chase after him and really start your adventure time traveling. Turns out Stanfield worked with Carmen Sandieo, we mean Professor Evelyn. He wants to find her and you need to help, because you are all stuck somewhere in time.

Oh, and shadow monsters our after you. Credit where credit is due, they look scary and weird. Great
design from whatever these things are or use to be.

You"ll have to escape to another time and luckily it's a bar. Though it is infested with something that rhymes with Mazis. It wouldn't be time travel without those jerks, would it?

My path changed from the rest of the group as an evil German lady name Uta took me into a separate room, hooked me up to a machine, drugged me and made me see bizarre visions throughout time.

Uta left me to be "disposed" of when out of nowhere a friendly android named Carrick came to my rescue. Soon, Carrick and the rest of our group we trying to solve mysteries from Professor Evelyn's past that had us hiding from Germans and other monsters. We also got a warning from the Professor that she would sort of kill us, but worse, by making us never exist, which kinda sucks.

We traveled once again to another time with I believe Mayans on the mind to a jungle area. We had to decipher more clues while finding out a few
surprises. This was one of the best areas of Delusion. Watch your head though and throughout the whole experience your step. Things out there in your jungle are not your friends.

Finally, we sort of went into a stone temple hot on the trail of old Professor Evelyn. Would we find our final confrontational there? Don't wanna  ruin the ruins.

End of spoilers

Delusion: The Blue Blade is your sci-fi adventure that stars you. Don't be afraid to crack one-liners as you play out Doctor Who or whatever time travel fantasy you reference when you think of time travel. Play along, look for the clues and avoid those creepy shadow things...or you might become one.

We can't wait to see what a year round place will look like as promised by Delusion ages ago. If it's anything like this though, you"ll probably want to sign up now.

Delusion: The Blue Blade
Select Nights Now- Dec 2018
5257 W Adams Blvd. 90016
Sold out, wait list only

Update: 
  • Spring Season - Thursday, February 14, 2019 - Sunday, June 30, 2019. Every Thurs-Sunday, shows from 6:40pm - 11:40pm. 
  • Pricing - (all prices below are before service fees)
    • General Admission has 2 prices, $95 and $115, depending on peak timing. 
    • There's a VIP package available now! (a lot of people have been asking for this, so it's exciting that it's now an offering!)
      • VIP Package Includes (for 1 guest per package): Blue Blade Prime Time Admission, Behind the Scenes VIP Tour, 2 Complimentary Drinks, Signed Blue Blade Poster, Discount Code for Delusion Official Merchandise, Collectible Show Ticket. Only available at 8pm and 10pm per day. 
      • Priced at $185
Parking

Reserved parking is available at Launderland Coin Op Laundry (5238 West Adams Blvd. 90016) at $10/car. We'd like to keep our relationship with the neighborhood in good standing and ask that you DO NOT park on Cloverdale Ave. north of W Adams  Blvd next to the venue. Note: street parking is extremely limited and ridesharing is highly encouraged. Use Lyft to get to and from the event! Enter BLUEBLADE in the Promos section for 25% off rides to and from Fai Do Do.

El Cholo 95-Cent Meal Today Only

Celebrating 95 years, El Cholo is giving people a meal for only 95 cents, today only. Today, Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2018 you"ll get the #1 combo plate for less than a dollar. This deal is at any of the six locations in the LA area.

via ABC7

Monday, October 22, 2018

Gudetama x Highland Park Bowl

Gudetama took over Plan Check, has conquered Curry House and now takes over a bowling alley. Highland Park Bowl has teamed up with Gudetama, the lazy egg character from Sanrio, for an utterly strange looking bowling experience. Starting at $275 for two, you can have a special Gudetama-themed time with decor and bowling bowls reminding you that this particular egg is quite lazy. Gudetama x Highland Park Bowl is going on now and will be here into February.

They had me at some Halloween costume contest.

"In addition to our Gudetama bowling lane experience and exclusive meals set (click here for full pricing details), we‘re also hosting a series of events in celebration of the lazy egg collaboration over the next four months, including a Halloween costume contest on Saturday, October 27, 2018 (ages 21+), lazy egg brunch and bowling in January 2019, and a special Valentine’s Day Gudetama-lover’s bowling package on February 14, 2019! Be sure to stay up-to-date by following us on Instagram and Facebook!
Exclusive collectable merchandise is available to purchase at the Bowl, including a yellow Gudetama bowling ball, a vintage-inspired crying towel, Gudetama bowling socks, an exclusive hat, t-shirt and zip-up hoodie sweatshirt, and lapel pins!"




Jackbox Party Pack 5 Review: Forget Mario Party

by Jonathan Bilski

After another yearly wait, Jackbox Games has released it's newest collection of party games you can play using your phone as a controller. We have Jackbox Party Pack 5 out just in time for Halloween and the holidays. Why talk to family and friends when you can insult them as a giant killer robot or have a talking cat see how many people in the room think bacon hats should be mandatory? I'll tell you why, because the game let's you. An it brings back my favorite of favs... You Don't Know Jack!

* Game play tested at Halloween party.

Let's get into it for those who haven't played any of the previous packs, which kind of sucks because we tell you to get them every year. It's very simple, five...four party games are included in this party pack. Each is a bit different, but are very easy to play as all you need is a smart phone that connects to the Internet to play. You use your phone or a tablet if you have one, to play the various games in the pack.


YOU DON’T KNOW JACK: Full Stream (1-8 players)

This year's selection brought back our favorite game and it's You Don't Know Jack, with a twist, it's a part of Binjpipe, Binjpipe may or may not be a fictional streaming service that very much looks like Netflix. You Don't Know Jack is encased in it. Making You Don't Know Jack not only a trivia game, but also part of said service with some incredibly stupid sounding shows that you"ll see glimpses of as the next question comes up. This new version doesn't go long with letting you forget that you're within a corporate possible evil "streaming service."

Cookie Masterson the long time host is back with all new quips for those who  can't get the questions right. It's a pleasure to hear his voice an occasional problems that happen to him behind the scenes.

New strange trivia from The Kardashians to history that actually matters feels up each game. Worded so delightfully that everything is a joke. Questions are as usual completely random, it's all kinds of different trivia, so if you're bad in one subject, don't worry, you"ll be bad in every subject.

If you do badly enough you get screws. Screws let you mess with players doing far better than you at the game. Jackbox has upped the ante making screws stranger and not just rushing the time limit with whomever is screwed. No, it's much, much worse. This time if you get screwed a random penalty can happen. So far, to block answering correctly my answers were: turned into twitter hashtags, upside down, bouncing around my screen and turned into a online contract I had to scroll through until getting to the answers. You"ll simple hate who ever screws you. Oh, and this time the screw works on everyone playing if released. So, everyone whose not the screw-er can get f*^ked. Unless you answer the question before the screw is released.

Game mechanics have changed from previous titles. For those long time players it looks scoring isn't based on time, just answering correctly, so if you answer earlier correctly it won't affect you score in the early rounds. You have to answer while playing either round or points are now deducted. So, no playing it safe, you have to choose and answer.

After 10 rounds of trivia is the Jack Attack. The final round of the game. It's been changed slightly too. You have to match terms to a subject rapidly. An example, cats that can talk. Meow, random cat names will appear on screen. You need to choose cats that can talk like Salem from the Chilling Adventures of Sabrina and not Tom from Tom and Jerry. Words that match a subject must be answered on your phone fast. They do lose value as you wait to press them. You can earn and lose a lot of points real quick at the end.

Then you can proclaim those wonderful words, "YOU DON'T KNOW JACK!!!!!!," to former friends as the leave disgusted by their own ignorance and your arrogance.

The addition of Binjpipe makes the game seem so founded in how we entertain ourselves now that it's just too good to play without laughing your butt off to every little joke from the host Cookie, the faceless female voice of binjpipe or the absurd questions or just all the little things going on. It's hard to even talk to friends while figuring out answers.
 
Mad Verse City (3-8 players)

Look out! It's some cheap knock-offs of The Transformers and their rapping, yo! Mad Verse City has you waging war with your words. You"ll be given a funny looking robot as your avatar and then lay a smack down of rhymes on other robots. As you do, the city your battling in takes the blows until one robot stands above all others with the most epic of raps.

Using you device you"ll play three round of filling in lines that rhyme. When your robot does battle an electronic voice raps whatever you wrote. This makes most people laugh as that technology still isn't at its best.

The rap battles are voted on by the other players and during the battle itself other players not in competition can fire lasers (applause) or just push boos. Which can affect score.

Oh, and you earn money each round. The one who wins the most cash at the end is the robot champion rapper.

Rapping has never been more white and funny. As lyrics are as good as the people writing them...and there's a reason we're not all rappers.

Patently Stupid (3-8 players)

Have an idea, too bad. Because in this game the invention has to fit whatever dumb things people come up with to fill in questions. What do you do when your given too many bees? That was explored at my Halloween party, the results are both sad and fascinating.  What one was just giving them to my friend Angello, his house would just be filled with bees, I guess.

Patenlty Stupid is the new drawing game for this pack and it's a keeper.  A bee keeper. Shut up! You're prompted to construct inventions for some truly dumb problems with possibly very dumb answers. Under the guise of a very funny inventing seminar trapped in a hotel. There, you and friends will try and seek funding for your inventions. That's how you score points, your inventions have to hit a minimum number to get funded and the funding requirement goes up as the game goes on.

During one of our games we had to come up with  inventions to problems like, "How do I stop people from looking at boobies?," and ,"How can I fly and walk at the same time?" The solutions made my friends and I laugh out loud at how bad the drawings were and the awful ideas behind them.

You"ll name these inventions and give them a tag line. You can present them to the other players or the game can do it for you.

You"ll play two rounds and then can post your ideas via Twitter or if you want buy a mug with them adorned on it for $20 without shipping.

Split the Room (3-8 players)

This talking cat reminds me of Rod Sterling from The Twilight Zone. He's also the host of Split The Room. A game where points are earned by making questions be divisive. You and your former friends, if the game can help it, get prompts to questions. You have to fill in what might make everyone split their decision on the question. The more undecided the better for you earning points.

Probably, the second most pretty game in the pack after YDKJ, as it's has the flair and style of the original Twilight Zone. For newer people think of The Twilight Zone as Black Mirror, but not having to have any connection to technology or social media being bad. Every minute you"ll play feels like your in your own little episode of a sci-fi trivia show.

Zeeple Dome (1-6 players)

A game where you use your phone for shooting tiny people with sling shot physics. Ehhh, not a great part of the pack. I'll give it to Jackbox game for trying new things. I just wish play testing would have axed this one, eeeehhh. It seems so out of place with all the other games and I mean in the series. It's just a lame phone game you can see on screen with some space alien back story that's not worth it. Frankly, they could take it out of the pack and I wouldn't mind. Maybe just put in Tee K.O. 0.2 instead.

Overall, not even including Zeeple Dome this pack is perfect for parties, get-togethers and just for yelling at your friends, "You Don't Know Jack!" because your better than them. The four games here made my Halloween party more than just watching a dumb horror movie and a soda tasting. It made it a game show, rap battle, invention off/ drawing contest and made us question our thoughts on clones eating people, which I'm against, but others are not. Get it for your holiday whatever happenings or just to hang out with others.

The Jackbox Party Pack 5 $29.99
on the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch™, Windows PC, Mac and Linux, Comcast’s Xfinity X1, Apple TV, and Amazon Fire TV.

Game provided by publisher for review purposes.

Halloween Update: Zombie Land Saga

Just in time for Halloween, Zombie Land Saga is out to scare you with the world of becoming a Japanese idol, while also being a zombie. In probably one of the strangest, yet still very Japanese ideas for a new anime is a show about seven Japanese girls trying to become a top notch idol group to promote Saga prefecture. Yes, the Saga in Zombie Land Saga is about an area in Japan, not a long story about zombie adventures.

The simul-dub from Funimation starts this Sunday, Oct 28th at 4pm. Subbed episodes are already out on Crunchyroll.

I've gotten three episode deep already and love the show. It's a perfect mix of a fulfilling your dream anime with hard work, yet still crams each episode with horror elements and great ideas with the use of dead bodies.

It's about the most generic characters and plots seen before, but every episode pulls me in with the fact the girls are zombies. And the writing uses their zombie abilities to make each story shine.

And then there's the group manager...he's a huge d*@k.

Here's hoping these zombie gals can make it as top idols and make Saga Prefecture a place people want to hang out.

Cosplay VR Night Oct 23



"A few of your favorite Cosplay Social Media influencers will be here, live and in-person!
Candy, snacks and refreshments will be provided, courtesy of IMAX VR.
See you on Tuesday, October 23rd from 4:30 - 9:30pm.
We hope that you can join us!"

Señor Plummer’s Final Fiesta Like Inception But Fun

By Jonathan Bilski

Did I just come out of a Disney musical? Wait, what just happened? I-I-I just experienced my own special made-for-TV lesson? I thought I was going to an artsy Halloween haunt like last year with a new theme from the same people, Rogue Artists Ensemble. Those very people, went in a completely different direction from Japanese horror folk tales come to life. I'm telling you right now this isn't a haunt and really more of a fiesta and edutainment experience as we learned the history of Los Angeles through the life of Señor Plummer. I'm not knocking it, but I didn't expect it. For a night of what I thought would be jump scares and evil looking giant puppets became a shark singing songs to me and that was pretty funny.

*Just a quick note, Rogue Artists Ensemble, you've got to have better signage and instructions on where to go in the park. There's a lot of buildings and entrances. Please, give better instructions on your site on where to go. Readers, go to the Great Hall and Main Hall in the center of the park. Look for signs for Rogue Artists Ensemble to check into the box office.

Some Spoilers

All photos by Chelsea Sutton
In a cozy cute part of West Hollywood lies Plummer Park and a story that comes to life through an old man. Señor Plummer, a 90-year-old man, also a giant puppet. He's out tonight to talk at a book signing...that takes place in 1942. Yeah, it's already gonna get convoluted. The book is stories about his life and he wants to share them with us... so much so we get pulled back in time to his memories.

Now you might be saying, "What's going on Jonathan?" If you remembered my name from the top of this page or I was directly telling you in person.

*You don't have to, but we suggest where time travel clothes, dress for California late 1800's into early 1900's. Top hats, appropriate.

Yes, you travel back in time to different memories from Señor Plummer's life. There's some dark ones, one very much like a haunt, but that's only a part of it. And some bright ones that involve dance routines and musical numbers.

When the first musical number started happening. Yes, there's more than one. It is crazy. Or at least it was for me. I love you Land Shark, I know you're evil, but I love your songs. And that you're some guy wearing a shark head. All the songs tie into stories about Plummer's life that involves decades of LA's history.

You"ll learn about Plummer and LA as you become part of the memories. Memories that have easy access to purchasable liquor. I mean, the first song I heard started in a bar. So, while you're traveling through memories, don't forget you can have a little wine.

The memories can be musicals, interactive plays or for the nightmare, a mini haunt, with some dark connotations on the racism that immigrants have dealt with here. While you're singing or clapping along or part of a jury you'll be having a fun time, but realize that there was some very bad racism tied to the history of the city. Yet, it's done in such a way that it's not a boring lesson you might have read in school. It just flows to another topic. There's a constant movement.

You are separated into smaller groups and go down different paths. I'm not sure I went to every memory. You may have a different experience from someone else on the same night.

Hats off to all the actors who do this. They each have their own charm to keep us entertained by either telling us a story or by starting to sing one. My favorites had to be the bad guys. Who can say no to the Land Shark or the evil rich white man trying to buy up all the land. That evil rich guy, just made me laugh with everything coming out of his mouth being a joke or not okay to say. "Oh, you can read and write and your a girl," not okay to say. But that's who is, a joke now.

One minute you could be watching Plummer fall in love, the next a horse race. It just keeps changing to another point and time. You're shifting memories and it's just like going to another act in a play or the next scene after a commercial break.

This is truly an experience on it's own that's a crazy evening for you and friends to learn a little about LA and be in your own sort of animated Disney movie musical. It just happens to be going on during October, so not a haunt, but, well worth it to experience it.

Señor Plummer’s Final Fiesta
Performances: October 19 – November 18, 2018
Monday, November 5 at 7:30 p.m. – Pay What You Can special performance
Thursdays at 7:30 p.m.: October 18 (preview), 25; November 1, 8, 15

Fridays at 7:30 p.m.: October 12 (preview), 19 (opening night), 26, November 2, 9, 16
Saturdays at 7:30 p.m.: October 13 (preview), 20, November 3, 10, 17
Sundays at 7:30 p.m.: October 14 (preview), 21, 28; November 4, 11, 18
Plummer Park
7377 Santa Monica Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069
$35 previews; $45 preview with 2 drinks
$45 general admission; $55 with 2 drinks
PARKING:  Plummer Park parking lots, it has two, read the signs for time limit