Where to even begin with Akira? Katsuhiro Otomo‘s magnum opus, it was one of the works that made manga and anime huge in the West, as influential and seminal as The Drifting Classroom or Astroboy combined. The manga told the long and winding tale of a post-apocalyptic Japan, struggling in the aftermath of a psychic apocalypse and a small cadre of troubled teenagers and superpowered children that threaten to reduce our world into a cinder. Also, a hellishly bleak outlook of modern Japanese society. Needless to say, the manga’s themes make it a tough cookie to swallow, especially when it comes to adapting it in any on-screen format, but Katsuhiro Otomo might have some enlightening news on the matter…
“I thought what I’d do was, I’d pretend I was one of those deaf-mutes.”
~J.D. Salinger, Catcher In The Rye
Cyberpunk fans and harboiled anime nerds know Ghost In The Shell: Standalone Complex as the series which brought Masamune Shirow‘s science fiction noir drama back into the limelight. The upcoming Hollywood live-action adaptation has received a lot of flak since it was announced, but it seems as if the film is finally about to enter the final stages of development in earnest, with the studio having officially cast the series’ main antagonist, Laughing Man. (more…)
With the imminent release of Exodus: Gods and Kings upon us, Ridley Scott has been popping up here and there offering tidbits on various projects he is involved with including the widely anticipated follow-up to the Box Office smash hit Sci-Fi Prometheus and the follow up to perhaps one of the greatest Sci-Fi movies of our time: Blade Runner. Scott had initially stated that the script for the Blade Runner sequel had been completed and he was happy with it, and with this news we all naturally assumed that he would be back on the director’s chair to helm the beefy sequel after finishing work on the Matt Damon starer The Martian. Turns out that is not the case (…yes, horrible news indeed). (more…)
Nerd Art Stock Pile: Star Wars Yoda Tattoo, Splattered Super Heroes, ‘Ghost Rider’ Posters and MOAR!
The Interwebz is a great place for nerdy art and the like. A lot of the time it’s fuckin’ weird shit like unicorn bukkake, incest amongst the Fantastic Four, homoerotic He-man and shit like that. But there are a lot of awesome things that we see on a daily basis, and we’re lazy nerd bastards so we just round them all up once a week for your nerdgasm glory.
The Chat Noir poster was originally meant as way to get people to come to the cabaret back in 19th century Paris, but that big black cat never really screamed “sex appeal”. Now, replace that cat with a sexy Catwoman and that’d make anyone want to go out and be “entertained”.
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