Friday, August 30, 2019

Uzumaki 2020

Junji Ito's super messed up manga is being turned into a special 4-part 80 minute anime for Toonami. Ughhh, but it's not out this October for Halloween, it's out some time in 2020. That's such a strange curve ball from Toonami. They choose some less than top-tier anime, but sometimes fund some great stuff. They're in it with Production IG. Supposedly, it'll be in black and white just like the manga.

Uzumaki is a manga of Japanese seaside town that starts getting weirder and weirder all wrapped around SPIRALS. It's like a nightmare version of  Gurren Lagann and its drill fetish; just in how much drills are brought up. You ain't getting no giant robots. Uzumaki is really about a young teenage girl whose life gets more and more horrible as does her town as basically nightmare scenarios befall them.

If only they made a good version of Gyo.

Thursday, August 29, 2019

Anime Hype: A Man With A Gun For A Head & More

The goods from Viz:

MSRP: $189.99 U.S. / $249.99 CAN · Rated ‘T+’ for Older Teens 
Available September 3rd
The complete bestselling Assassination Classroom series is now available in a boldly designed, value-priced box set! Includes all 21 volumes of this unique tale of a mysterious, smiley-faced, tentacled, superpowered teacher who guides a group of misfit students to find themselves—while doing their best to assassinate him. Action-packed, hilarious, and heartwarming, this title is famous for moving fans to tears through their laughter... Includes an exclusive, full-color, mini “yearbook” filled with images of favorite characters in different art styles and contexts (previously unreleased in the English editions).

MSRP: $12.99 U.S. / $17.99 CAN · Rated ‘T+’ for Older Teens 
Available September 17th      
A former yakuza legend leaves it all behind to become your everyday househusband. But it’s not easy to walk away from the gangster life, and what should be mundane household tasks are anything but!

NO GUNS LIFE By Tasuku Karasuma
MSRP: $12.99 U.S. / $17.99 CAN · Rated ‘T+’ for Older Teens 
Available September 17th      
After the war, cyborg soldiers known as the Extended were discharged. Juzo Inui is one of them, a man whose body was transformed, his head replaced with a giant gun! With no memory of his previous life—or who replaced his head and why—Inui now scratches out a living in the dark streets of the city as a Resolver, taking on cases involving the Extended.

Oh, and it's becoming an anime this October. No word on who'll be streaming it stateside just yet.


LA Links: Re-imagine the La Brea Tar Pits, Dr. Botcher's Minute Medical

-Re-imagine the La Brea Tar Pits

Just like LACMA the LA Brea Tar Pits are gonna have a makeover. Choose from the three architecture firms who have come up with concepts for it. Though there's also a jury of judges voting on it.

-Two Bit Circus has a new Story Room experience

Dr. Botcher's Minute Medical

Have you ever thought surgery would be a great weekend hobby but you don't want to spend years in medical school? Well good news! The esteemed and dubiously legit Dr. Botcher has a solution for you!

The Two Bit Carnies have been working hard the past few months crafting this original Story Room experience and we can't wait to have you play it. It's a wacky, frenetic mess of a time where you'll prod, poke, and slice your way to a promising new career as a freelance surgeon.

Class size is 3 to 6 people per session. Sign up now for Dr. Botcher's Minute Medical School and get a head start on the career of your dreams!

- Are scooters too dangerous for LA’s streets? Yup. More news on how the city of LA and the city council are not in love with scooters. Oh, and stay off the sidewalk.

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Weekly What To Do: Labor Day Weekend, Anyone?

The Music Center Plaza Grand Opening Festivities
Aug 28- Sept 2
Music Center Plaza

*Check the link for multiple free events happening this week and weekend.

"Join us to celebrate the grand opening of the newly renovated Music Center Plaza with FREE public events, featuring art-making, musical performances, food and festivities throughout Labor Day weekend!"

The Music Center's Splish Splash Plaza Bash
September 1, 2019
Noon-6:00 p.m.
The Music Center Plaza

All are welcome as The Music Center Plaza becomes a free, fun casual hangout on a long holiday weekend. The newly renovated space will be transformed into a giant, fun backyard party with free games and activities, plus a LIVE simulcast of the Los Angeles Dodgers away game on the giant LED screens!

IT Chapter 2 Art Exhibit
Opening Reception:Wed, Aug 28, 7-9 PM
Gallery 1988
7308 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90046

Don’t miss out on all new art, sculptures and toys on display from the second chapter of the scary clown movie.

Free Japanese Film Screening:
The Night is Short, Walk On Girl
Wed, August 28, 2019
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
The Japan Foundation, Los Angeles
5700 Wilshire Boulevard
Suite 100
Los Angeles, CA 90036

*In Japanese with English subtitles

Senpai (voice: Gen Hoshino) is in love with Girl with Black Hair (voice: Kana Hanazawa), secretly. He seeks her at Ponto-cho at night, at the used book market at Shimogamo Shrine, at the university fair… But she never realizes how he feels, and each time he "happens" to run into her, she simply says "What a coincidence!" Will Senpai ever get her to realize his love?

Thursday, August 29 – Monday, September 2
Grauman's Egyptian Theater, 6712 Hollywood Boulevard

For more than half a century Cinephiles have gathered over Labor Day Weekend to celebrate the movies at the annual Cinecon Classic Film Festival. Cinecon is where archivists, authors, collectors and film fans come together for five days of classic film screenings, special programs, celebrity guests, and the best movie memorabilia show in the nation. Cinecon is dedicated to showcasing unusual films that are rarely given public screenings.

Los Angeles County Fair 2019
Aug 30- Sept 22
1101 W. McKinley Ave. , Pomona, CA 91768
$1.00 - $60.00

Get your heart fried with fruit loops on top and eat it.

"Summer in Los Angeles may be officially over come September, but the fun has just begun for L.A. County Fair-goers. Every year, thousands of people make the trip to the Fairplex in Pomona to eat fried foods, take a plunge on a carnival ride and maybe win a prize at one of the many game booths. But there are more attractions at the fair than just the food and rides. So before you start making your plans for the fall, enjoy one last summer hurrah at the L.A. County Fair."

626 Night Market
August 30-September 1
Santa Anita Park
285 Huntington Drive
Arcadia, CA 91007
Admission is $5 at the door, cash only.
Children 3 and under are free. Parking is free.

"Whether you spent your childhood at night markets in Asia, met your true love at one of our events in California or decided to have FWBs (Food With Benefits) forever, bring on the memories and create new ones with our 8th season! Our events feature a diverse offering of food and shopping vendors, live performances and music on our Entertainment Stage, an Art Walk, games and activities for the whole family."

LA Fleet Week
Aug. 30 - Sept. 2

LA Waterfront at the World Cruise Center & Battleship Iowa Museum
100 Swinford St. San Pedro, CA 90731

LA Fleet Week is a multi-day celebration of our nation’s Sea Services that takes place on the LA Waterfront at the Port of Los Angeles. Now in its fourth year, the event has become a
Southern California end-of-summer tradition over Labor Day Weekend that attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors each year.

 The Welcome Party will be held on 398 W. 6th Street  in the heart of downtown San Pedro starting at 6:30 p.m. Free and open to the public, the game-themed party will feature group-based activities, trivia contests and organized lawn games. There will be live music throughout the evening from 6:30 - 9:30 p.m., including performances by Navy Band, as well as local favorite and 80’s cover band Identity Theft.

Maestro of the Movies: The Music of John Williams
Aug 30-Sept 1
Hollywood Bowl

John Williams hosts and David Newman conducts the LA Phil in our annual celebration of the music of John Williams – including film clips.

The Matrix : 20th Anniversary Screenings
Aug 30-Sept 5
Select Theaters

Celebrate the 20th anniversary of THE MATRIX, for the first time in Dolby Cinema at AMC theaters. We all know the next one is going to suck. So, remember the good times.

Los Angeles Times The Taste 2019
Friday, August 30 * 7:30 - 10:30 p.m.
Saturday, August 31 * 7:30 - 10:30 p.m.
Sunday, September 1 * 7:30 - 10:30 p.m.
Paramount Pictures Studios Backlot
783 N Van Ness Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90038 
$115.00 - $190.00

This Labor Day weekend join the Los Angeles Times for 3 evenings of amazing food, wine, spirits and chef experiences, plus unique culinary pop-ups and collaborations. Dozens of hand-picked local restaurants each evening will showcase our city's rich and diverse culinary scene by serving you their best. Sip, savor, and celebrate Southern California's most inspired food and drink.

Fri, Aug 30, 2019, 11:59 PM
Vista Theatre
4473 Sunset Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90027