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Monday, July 4, 2022

Anime Expo 2022: Trigger 10 Year Anniversary Panel


 By Jonathan Bilski

- We got to see the first episode of Cyberpunk: Edgerunners
Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt Season 2 Announced 
- Gridman and Dynazenon are getting a movie in Japan and will combine in the film, no US theatrical release plans

A gigantic crowd filled up the Main Events Hall for the Trigger 10 Year Anniversary Panel. Though fake money wasn't shot into the audience, nor did a certain cop that looks like Ghostrider started yelling crazy nonsense, the audience was easily wagging their tongues to the violence in the first episode of Cyberpunk:Edgerunners, coming to Netflix this September. This reporter had little hope in the series based on the game that had multiple problems upon release. Those worries were blown away just like the people on screen. As viscera and brains showered over the projectors the audience screamed in joy for more carnage and was in awe of everything seen.

Left Bartosz Sztybor, Middle Saya Elder, Right Hiromi Wakabayashi

Cyberpunk: Edgerunners
takes us fully into the game and Night City and the world created by CD Projekt Red. Two members of the team Saya Elder and Bartosz Sztybor, writer of the game were there and helped Trigger make the anime. They were sort of like a Mom and Dad team with Bartosz playing it cool and Saya toting the company line. Trigger impressed them both with how well the captured the game in the animated version. Places you go in the game are perfectly recreated in the anime.

This great attention detail comes not only because it's Trigger, but because Trigger was given an early build of the game to study as many recall it was delayed and had other problems. We were told the anime's director Hiroyuki Imaishi actually beat the game with a hammer as his main weapon, which is a bit insane as how often you're supposed to use powers and weapons.

The dub has Zach Aguilar in the lead role as David Martinez, an incredibly down-on-his-luck student whose life gets ever-so-much worse in the first episode. Overall everything fit into place with the episode...except for the music, more on that in a second, and maybe the use of Latino culture. I'm not sure if it's the localizers or Trigger, but hearing some of the accents were jarring and didn't seem to fit for someone whose lived in SoCal and here's Spanish quite often. It seemed trying. We'll have to see more episodes to judge.
What was really an odd choice from panel cool Dad, Bartosz Sztybor, was the opening theme from early 2000's band Franz Ferdinand. You can here Franz Ferdinand's "This Fffire", and see the opening below. Bartosz sad he came to that decision along the lines of it being both sad and having energy in it. It's a miss for me and a strange choice. You can always skip it.

Panel cool Dad, Bartosz also told the audience that first episode is good, but the coming episodes would be great and that's a bold promise.

As the panels Mom and Dad left the Trigger kids came out to play announcing the big news about somehow getting Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt Season 2 in the works with a short trailer with some new animation and a reformed Panty...who was cut up into tiny pieces by Stocking in the last episode. We got our angels giving us two middle fingers to signify a second season? No explanation was given how they got the rights back from Gainaix, where most of Trigger used to work or where or when it will come out. Panty & Stocking came out dubbed in the US in 2012 through Funimation. It was an insane, ridiculous anime about two angels having sex, eating sweets and killing demons. It's crazy to hear it coming back.

The crowd went wild upon seeing the trailer, a fantastic way to end a panel. Can't wait for Panty & Stocking cosplay to be back at AX and other cons.


Anime Expo 2022: Cosplay Gallery


Spy X Family dominated the cosplay...or really Yor and Anya this AX. Forget you Loid. We were too busy to grab shots of them, but did manage to get various bunny girls, chainsaw men and one lone, sad banana. Oh, and one Raccacoonie from Everything Everywhere All At Once.

Check out even more AX cosplay after the jump


On Our Way To AX 2022


Plenty of reminder a long the way to AX '22.

Thursday, June 30, 2022

AX Update 2022: It's Sold Out, Have Fun!

This is it! AX is finally back after two years! Remember to give yourself time to pick up your badge and get verified.

Here's Viz's panels

The Jackbox Party Starter Review: Three Games To Get Any Party Started

With July 4th weekend just ahead of us, the fine folks over at Jackbox have made a small pack of some of their best games to get any party started. And, they made it for non-American countries too and you can even turn on non American-centric questions...but, can you really escape America? You can't escape the fun with what they said were slightly improved versions of games already out in other packs.

What games you ask? Quiplash 3, Tee K.O., and Trivia Murder Party 2. Some of the favs from different Jackbox Party Packs. Now, if you already own the games there's not much reason to get this pack. If you've enjoyed them over our lovely Covid lock-down or wanted a let's say easy access favorites pack for a party this weekend, this is perfect.

If you're new to Jackbox games, I'll go over the basic concept and the three games here and what's new.

First off, what's so nice about this is all you need is a smart phone, laptop, computer or tablet and the internet. Then, you can easily connect to these games being played asking you to draw, answer questions or write some stuff. You can do this online over Zoom/Discord or other video voice-call apps or in the living room with friends.

The games in this pack are all working fine, though they've added auto submit if you don't finish a prompt in time. This is a big deal, as it's been a major problem in many Jackbox games in the past. I remember shouting out numerous times to finish, which is less of a worry now. Auto submit should be standard in all future Jackbox releases.

So, a few friends and I tried it over a weeknight and of course fell back in love with Qui...Trivia Murder
Party 2. The concept of a horror movie where you and your friends are forced to answer trivia by the killer who kidnapped you never gets old. Now, the trivia is random and can be about TV shows to history to really anything. A long the way you and your friends will be uh, downsized and most will become ghosts who still have to play. Only one of you can escape the hotel you've been trapped in.

It might have been the enthusiasm of trying this new version out, but we got to Question 10 or the final floor of the hotel in Trivia Murder Party 2, which was something no one could even remember doing, even though we've played it quite a bit.

By the way, the hilarious host, you're maybe murderer and his mini-games always delight when anyone gets a question wrong. He's a murderer with feelings and funny things to say. The mini-games might be deadly, but they add a some thrilling excitement of you being taken out in game. A fun title for those who love horror films or just trivia games...or both.

Next up possibly my favorite in the series behind You Don't Know Jack, Quipl...Tee K.O.. Yes, the t-shirt drawing and slogan game set to an anime animal martial arts tournament set on island that looks reminiscent of a t-shirt. It seems like a lot to unpack. It's not, you make funny t-shirts.

 Not sure, if it's like the updated Tee K.O., but dang you have a lot more colors and shirts to draw whatever comes to mind then the previous version..we think. 

Draw a dinosaur. Draw Batman. Draw a dinosaur marrying Batman. Then choose the slogan, "My America", underneath it.

There's no end to whatever weird, in-joke or random nonsense t-shirts are dreamt up by you and the other players. You may only choose the art and slogan you friends created. The more players the stranger the pool of pictures and sayings.Then the battle to death with your votes for shirt supremacy and wearability on weekends.

And, like before, anything can be printed out on a t-shirt you can really wear if you want to after the game following the share functionally after the game. You just got to buy it and have it shipped to you.

We did notice the shirts now appear on the screen of your device, which we were somewhat sure the original couldn't and it's a nice little feature if you've suddenly move into another room or we're looking away from the main screen. A, nice little touch.

Finally, what with thought was Fibbage 3 was actually Quiplash 3. The last game in this pack has the strange aesthetic of a claymation like circus. Sadly, one of my friends who I loved beating at the game, her avatar usually being chosen as a crescent moon, could not play due to having Covid. How I missed not seeing that sad crescent moon cry. Those tears being the greatest gift of all.

How did I earn those crescent moon tears? By making up some funny nonsense. Your prompted to finish sentences or give answers that make the other players vote for what you put down. So, know your audience or just know what will make them laugh. Or just make yourself laugh and look as claymation heads eat points and make nom nom sounds.

Each game in the pack pulls off entertaining folks and bringing some levity to start off your party, it earns its name. As already said an easy buy for those who don't have the games, slightly updated versions of them or want a simpler faster night of fun.

I hope it opens the door for other updated games from previous packs as it doesn't looks like we're getting You Don't Know Jack in the pack due in October. Maybe, an all drawing pack or best of hits collection. Or even a, "Your least liked games at a very cheap price pack." Put Zeeple Dome, Weapons Drawn, Civic Doodle, Monster Seeking Monster & Bidiots all in one game and you got a worst pack.

Other new additions are localization of each game in French, Italian, German, Latin American Spanish, and Castilian Spanish, which wasn't that big a deal for my friends and me, but is nice for those who speak other languages.

Some more settings are added too like content filtration, moderation, closed captioning for dealing with audiences over Twitch or just maybe people who can't hear the game if too many people are talking.

The Jackbox Party Starter is now available on Steam, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation and Xbox. And is set for $19.99. Get it on Steam today for an additional 10% off through the week.

Game provided by publisher for review purposes.

Wednesday, June 29, 2022

Midsommar Art Up @ Gallery 1988

 If you loved the folk horror movie your sick, but you can share that sickness with others by showing off art based on the horror movie. Grab it here.

Game Hype: RPG Time: The Legend of Wright


Looking forward to this one going onto multiple platforms.

"RPG Time: The Legend of Wright will be releasing on Nintendo Switch™ and PlayStation®4 on August 18, 2022 with pre-orders for the Nintendo Switch™ through the Nintendo eShop starting today. Fans can also look forward to a Steam® release on September 13, 2022. Aniplex of America also revealed that attendees of Anime Expo in Los Angeles will be able to demo the PlayStation®4 version during the July 1-4 convention dates at the company’s Entertainment Hall booth."

Weekly What To Do: Anime Expo Returns & 4th of July Weekend

*Special Pick
Opening Friday July 1st-
Closes Sun July 24
433 Lei Min Way
Los Angeles, CA 90012

With AX in town and it being 4th of July weekend it's gonna be busy. We don't want anyone missing out on this one. For the first time ever, the Famicase Exhibition is in LA and well, the US of A.

CAPSULE CORNER is honored to present the MY FAMICASE EXHIBITION by METEOR.Started by METEOR, a gallery in Tokyo, Japan, the MY FAMICASE EXHIBITION utilizes the classic Famicom cartridge as the canvas for original “dream” Famicom cartridge designs.253 original cartridge designs will be on display from artists, illustrators, designers and creators from over 29 countries!This year (2022) marks the 18th anniversary of the MY FAMICASE EXHIBITION and the first time it will be on display in the USA.Visitors of MY FAMICASE EXHIBITION - LA will have an opportunity to cast their vote for USA’s favorite Famicom design as is tradition in the Japanese exhibit.

Thu / June 30, 2022 - 8:00PM
Hollywood Bowl
The end begins. Part one of the epic finale Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is here! CineConcerts invites audiences back to witness the beginning of Harry’s most important battle yet, with the full film accompanied by the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Harry, Ron, and Hermione set out to track down the secret to Voldemort’s power!

July 1-4
LA Convention Center
Friday, Sunday & Monday badges remain for purchase
The largest anime convention in North America returns after a 2-year hiatus. Merch, cosplay, panels you name it, it's all at this anime convention. We've been waiting a long time to see it again and see what the anime community will do when they haven't seen each other in person in so long. Two years was too long.
Check out our other posts for what we're most looking forward to. Here's the one on schedule. It looks like Friday is shifting to be the main day of activities, but Saturday usually has the biggest numbers and the most people. Downtown and Little Tokyo will see a huge influx of anime fans. Sadly, the metro is down to and from Little Tokyo so if you plan on going it Uber or driving yourself.
How will everything look now that Sony owns so much of American licensed anime. Will there be an good-bye roast to Funimation? Maybe, some sort of a memorial service. It's Crunchyroll now and owned by Sony.

Jul 1-4

Night concerts and such with an anime theme. These might not be official, but just going on to coincide with AX.

Friday, July 1, 2022 at 5pm 
Natural Hisorty Museum
900 Exposition Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90007 
July 1 Theme:  Mushroom Magic
 Featuring Music Performance by: Vegyn (90 Minute DJ Set)
Discussion: Mushroom Magic Level 2, north American Mammal Hall  |  6:30 pm–7:30 pm

This month we look at a wellness trend packed with nutrients and adaptogens, but what other magic can the fungi offer?  Can fungi be the solution to rebuilding the soil ecosystem?  How can the chemical compound psilocybin, a fungi extract, be used to treat depression and anxiety disorders? What are other clinical applications for psilocybin?  What other benefits can fungi bring in everyday life? With guest Dr. Charles Grob, Professor of Psychiatry, UCLA School of Medicine.  Moderated by Dr. Yewande Pearse. 

ULTRA CINEMATHEQUE 70: The American Cinematheque’s 70mm Festival
Fri. July 1 - Sun. July 31, 2022
Aero Theatre 
The Golden Age of 70mm filmmaking from 1955 to 1970 brought us nearly 60 Hollywood features, among them such masterpieces as VERTIGO, LAWRENCE OF ARABIA and 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY (the AC has struck prints of the last two of these exclusively for our audiences). Our July salute to the large-screen format also includes newly struck 70mm prints from Universal of AIRPORT and SPARTACUS. See them and more.
July 1-3
Friday-Sunday from 4pm-12am
Santa Anita Park
285 W Huntington Dr.
Arcadia, CA, 91007
$5 presale online, $6 day of online and at the door.
The big ol' night market returns, enjoy many strange and mysterious eats all in none night.
Hollywood Forever Cemetery 
6000 Santa Monica Boulevard Los Angeles, CA, 90038
Celebrate with a fireworks spectacular 4th of July Weekend! You have three chances to enjoy friends, food, music, and a fireworks afterparty. Speed the scenic route for a road raging masterpiece. The purple majesty of Prince brings pomp and electricity to the weekend. Party like pro Ferris Bueller on the ultimate day off. 
Sat / July 2-4 7:30PM 
Hollywood Bowl
Fireworks crown the Hollywood sky on three huge nights at the Bowl, when Thomas Wilkins and the Los Angeles Philharmonic perform a program of favorites—along with two of the funniest, most influential, and most acclaimed talents of the past century: Steve Martin and Martin Short. Join us for one of LA’s greatest July Fourth traditions.
MONDAY, JULY 4, 2022 AT 4 PM – 9:30 PM
Grand Park, Downtown LA
Grand Park’s 4th of July Block Party returns IN-PERSON with a spectacular celebration packed with fun for the whole family. This year’s party will feature a series of interactive multi-media art works in tribute to those who have contributed to the spirit of the Grand Park experience as the Park for Everyone, and will showcase a dynamic retrospective of the last 10 years. Join us for a night that will include food, music, the return of two stages featuring DJs as well as musical performances, dancing, as well as other surprises and dazzling fireworks over Jerry Moss Plaza at The Music Center.
Universal Studios Hollywood Extends the July 4th Celebrations All Weekend Long 
July 2-4 Along with Spectacular Fireworks Display and Live Music Performances
All Included in the Price of Park Admission
Smorgasburg Los Angeles
Every Sunday 
10am-4pm at @rowdtla
Free Entry, Family Friendly Beer Garden, No Pets.
Smorgasburg is the largest weekly open-air food market in America, with markets in Los Angeles attracting 50,000 people each weekend to eat from a hundred local vendors.
Largo, known for comedy shows. Grab some tickets before everything sells out. Many new shows from some of LA's top comedians. We see Bill Burr, Patton Oswalt, Pete Holmes and Sarah Silverman performing here to name a few.

2021 kayaking season runs from Memorial Day (May 31) through Labor Day weekend (September 5)
Two different Kayak companies to choose from, spend a few hours on the LA River for a strange and beautiful experience of kayaking through the city.


Summer Screenings

The Hammer, KCRW, and the UCLA Film & Television Archive present Summer Night Cinema. 
Tuesdays this summer, make a night of it at the Hammer with after hours gallery access, drinks and bar bites at Lulu, and free film screenings. Galleries will be open until the films begin at 7:30 p.m.

Movies On The Roof Your favorite summer cinema series “Movies On The Roof” is back at Westfied Fashion Square. This year they have teamed up with My Valley Pass for 20 Classic Films in an upscale setting. This series will include state-of-the-art projection and sound in an elevated rooftop setting with comfortable seating on plush bean bag chairs, under-the-stars blanket setups, or other additional cozy seating. All seating is available on a first come, first serve basis.
The Regulars
Street Food Cinema


Electric Dusk Drive-In
Hollywood Legion Theater