Monday, 19 February 2018

Netflix Adds The Garden of Words

Netflix has added Makoto Shinkai's 2013 film The Garden of Words here, both subbed and dubbed. The film is described on the Netflix page as 'Romantic, Understated'.
The Garden of Words follows the story of shoemaker-in-training Takao, who begins sketching shoes in a Japanese-style garden. He meets a mysterious older woman and the two start meeting and deepening their relationship. Shinkai wrote that The Garden of Words would be his first story about love in the traditional Japanese meaning of the word. Originally, "love" was written as "lonely sadness" (koi), and, according to Shinkai, the modern concept of "love" (ai) was imported from the West.
Kenichi Tsuchiya designed the characters and oversaw the animation process. Hiroshi Takiguchi was the art director, and Daisuke Kashiwa composed the music. Miyu Irino and Kana Hanazawa headlined the cast as Takao and Yukino, respectively. Motohiro Hata contributed the theme song "Rain" with lyrics and music by Senri Oe. The film opened in Japan on May 31, running approximately 46 minutes.

Fruits Basket Blu-ray Released Monday

On Monday February 19, MVM will release a Collector's Blu-ray edition of the 2001 series Fruits Basket, with a rigid box and art cards of the characters. Funimation has described the anime:
Life for 16-year-old Tohru is turned upside down when she suddenly loses her mother. Without a home and unwilling to burden her friends, she's stuck living in a tent. But what she doesn't realize is she's on Souma family property and her life is about to get even more complicated when she gets caught up in their big family secret!


In the past week, Saban Brands has made three moves. Like Goldilocks and the three bears. One was small--- a logo change of the iconic Power Rangers logo established since 1997 (The Turbo logo). The one before it was medium, Nickelodeon renewed their contract which was expected but now for three years instead of two, up until 2021. The third was the biggest of all.. Saban dropped Bandai as a toy partner and now has made a deal with Hasbro.

New Logo

 It is arguable if the logo started with Zeo or Turbo but Saban started using the generic Power Rangers logo around that time. Disney changed the coloring and then Saban Brands changed it again. But now the new logo has the MMPR bolt and font similar to the movie font. Months ago there was rumors Saban would not renew the copyright of the movie logo but they did.

February 12 it was announced Nickelodeon would continue to air new episodes of Power Rangers. Since 2011, Power Rangers seasons have been for two years. With the second being a season with 'Super' in front of the title. Both seasons are based on the same Sentai series. Every season consisting of 20 or 22 episodes. Usually a renewal has been for four or two years. Three years have fans scratching their heads.

February 15, the day after Valentine's day, it was announced that Saban and Bandai would part ways. Saban and Bandai America have been together for 25 years. Bandai has produced the toys of Super Sentai in Japan and small Asian markets for more than that. I am not sure about the number. Anyway, this deal will not effect Super Sentai as Bandai Japan will continue to produce toys for Sentai. Hasbro was announced yesterday February 16 and they will be in charge of the brand except for in Japan and small Asian markets. Bandai Japan usually groups sales of Super Sentai as Power Rangers globally.  Bandai will continue until April 2019. As for Hasbro and Saban: "Our friendship started, as a matter of fact, when Brian left the advertising agency he worked at and moved to Bandai, which had the license at the time. Since then, we’ve been in touch on and off, on different subject matters. From time to time, Brian would say to me, ‘So when are you coming to Hasbro?’ This is just the culmination of events that have been happening for some time. We’re just beyond thrilled.” – Power Rangers Founder Haim Saban to Hollywood Reporter

Lavender Ranger Editorial
I didn't know how to feel about anything about this. I'll grow to like the logo but I do not like it that much. The Nickelodeon deal is puzzling. Some speculated they might pull a 3-season deal like MMPR. The Bandai deal was shocking at first because the two go hand and hand. But like many know, I've been complaining about the quality of toys for ages. Hasbro is a respectable company. My friend says Halo went from Macfarlane to Hasbro and the figures aren't as great. For me, I would have chose Playmates because they have done great work with Ninja Turtles and Superhuman Samurai Syber Squad. Bandai still has other properties. What is next is to find out which Super Sentai will be adapted next and what this 3-year deal means. And as Goldilocks, Saban gets off scotfree.



The first season under the new partnership between Saban and Hasbro will be called Power Rangers Beast Machines, to premiere in 2019 on Nickelodeon. According to Jason Bischoff and the description in the press release, the series will be based on the 2012 Super Sentai Go-Busters. Many fans love the series and some were upset when it was not adapted in 2015 but Kyouruger (2013) was adapted instead as Power Rangers Dino Charge. With a name like 'Beast Morphers' one would think it would be Zyuohger (2016) which was about animals as well. "Set in the future, a secret agency combines a newly discovered substance called “Morph-X” with animal DNA to create the Power Rangers Beast Morphers team. The Rangers must fight off an evil sentient computer virus bent on taking over the source of all Ranger power, the Morphin Grid itself. Featuring never-before-seen leather suits and an all-new beast-themed arsenal (including dynamic new Zords), fans should get ready for a season full of secret ops and morphinominal fun." 
I like the logo design and the bottom logo (Beast Morphers) but not much the above logo (Power Rangers design doesn't match). I am still in shock. I was not expecting this. I was expecting Kyuranger (2017). Also that if they split this season in two, there is not much toys to release, I am guessing Hasbro will release a bunch more. I guess they can make toy-only zords and some more battlizer upgrades.
Sentai that has not YET been adapted after 2012:
2012 - Go-Busters
2014 - Toqger
2016 - Zyuohger
2017 - Kyuranger
2018 - Lupinranger vs Patranger

dw moment in time

17th of February 1968. Fifty years ago today The Web of Fear Part Three is transmitted for the one and only time; never to be seen again save for a brief sighting of a film tin in a far-flung relay station. A tin which, itself, would vanish into thin air. It would be handy to describe this as a particularly tragic loss – the moment the Doctor meets (then) Colonel Lethbridge-Stewart. But strangely even if we had the episode to include in our collections alongside the five recovered episodes, we still wouldn’t have that magical moment to see – it occurs inconveniently offscreen, with the Doctor simply showing up with the Colonel in tow, describing how they’d bumped into each other in the tunnel.

The throwaway nature with which the character debuts is an earmark of how unplanned and organic his growth into a Doctor Who legend is. It’s par for the course with this show, of course, with possibly the Master the only time a production team has set out to create the Next Big Thing and succeeded – the likes of the Krotons and the Mechanoids and the Zarbi litter the battlefield of intended recurring elements that didn’t take off, while ever since the Daleks the most in-demand characters always seem to take the creators by surprise. Yet even considering that, the Brigadier’s has been an astonishing evolution from shifty looking suspect in the mole hunt for a traitor to a character that’s such a universal totem of Doctor Who that when Steven Moffat wanted to bring the First Doctor face to face with the future life he was destined to live, it was Lethbridge-Stewart’s WWI era grandfather that he brought in to symbolize it.

In part, this evolution from guest star to icon is down to good fortune. Had it not been for the bright idea to cut costs by leaving the Doctor Earthbound then there would have been no need for UNIT to become such fixtures of the early to mid-1970s. But the lion’s share of glory must go to that magnificent gentleman Nicholas Courtney.  Circumstance promoted the Brigadier from one-off guest to regular fixture, but it was Courtney that elevated him to a legend almost as beloved by fans as the Doctor himself. His combination of warm charm, unflappable dignity, and self-knowing irony made him the perfect straight man to Jon Pertwee’s caustic egoist and Tom Baker’s mercurial oddball.

Perhaps the Brig’s best quality as a character was his attitude to “the odd, the unexplained, anything on Earth, or even beyond.” However bizarre or strange the threat, he faced it all with the same matter of fact acceptance that the world was plainly a jolly rum old place and that pondering the deep metaphysical questions that raised was less important than figuring out which bits of it he needed to shoot in the face. Sometimes, yes, as time went by that will slip over the line into giving him a kind of literal-minded stupidity instead for the sake of a quick gag but the equilibrium would always be restored. When people think of their favourite Brigadier moments, it’s his response to being confronted with a living statue animated by dark magic from beyond the dawn of the human race (“Chap with wings there. Five rounds rapid,”) his giving the best ever response to discovering the TARDIS is bigger on the inside (complaining as he finally realizes how much of his UNIT budget has obviously gone into the Doctor’s work on it), or his deep sighs at discovering he’s been transported halfway across the galaxy to a ‘Death Zone’ populated by Yeti, Cybermen, and other beasties as if he’d expected nothing less.

If anything underlines this perfect combination of actor and character it’s how forgettable every substitute for the Brigadier has proven to be. In The Android Invasion, we even get Patrick Newell’s Colonel Faraday as such a direct, and late, substitution for the unavailable Nicholas Courtney that his dialogue was practically unchanged yet Faraday is never more than a bit of plot machinery to represent the authorities in the final couple of episodes. While it’s not until the introduction of Alistair’s own daughter, Kate Stewart, forty-four years after his own, that we again get a UNIT leader worth re-visiting and not just the one-off guest that Lethbridge-Stewart himself could have been.

Such was his cache as a Doctor Who institution that for decades after he was no longer a regularly recurring character, meeting the Brig was still a box every Doctor need to tick. Not only did he reunite with the Fifth and Seventh Doctors on television, but clearly one of Big Finish’s earliest priorities on getting their license was to finally give the Sixth and Eighth proper outings alongside him. Even David Tennant’s incarnation was all set to have one last hurrah with the Brig until Courtney’s worsening health tragically robbed us of the brilliance such a team up offered.

It’s this, more than anything that has solidified the Brigadier as the Doctor’s unlikely best friend of all. While fans can’t even agree whether he qualifies as a companion or not, the fact remains that so many of those the Doctor has traveled with have been left in his past with nary a backward glance, yet it’s the Brig that he’s returned to time and again.

Since Nicholas Courtney’s death in 2011, Doctor Who has tried more than once to provide him a final salute. But none of them, whether a final phone call, Kate’s name-checking of him, one last act of heroism by the controversial ‘Cyberbrig’, or Mark Gatiss’ aforementioned Captain, has really stuck. None of them have felt like a final word that sums up the Brig’s contribution to the series.

In truth, probably nothing ever can. But what we can do tonight is raise a glass of good scotch, or ginger ale, or whatever you're having yourself, and give a nod to Brigadier Alistair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart, fifty years on from that business with the Yeti. Cheers, Brig!

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