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Everyone’s favorite superhero is finally back with a brand new season (last episode here) with better camera work and shittier Rockstar Editor export quality (forgive me). This was meant to be a filler episode where Jesus “CarpenThor” Christ squares off against Impotent Rage, a much more beloved newcomer in the superhero game. But then I accidentally wrote in a bunch of important plot progressions, timely commentary/satire, and a scene where an old lady fires a minigun at people. So I officially can’t even do boring filler episodes right. I am worthless.
The plot: Jesus “CarpenThor” Christ awakens after his encounter with Sinistor to find that a new metahuman, Impotent Rage, is being idolized and celebrated for that which makes CarpenThor and his peers outcasts. This is all very relevant. Meanwhile, a disguised Lex Jewthor returns to the place where his family died only to make a horrific discovery, Misty realizes that the military is after her, Diana gets herself involved with the people at Fort Zancudo after getting too close to the human world with her new boyfriend Beast Boi, Chesterfield grows tired of his abusive boss Norman Stillbourne, and Ghostbones Skullrider sees an oppurtunity in the arrival of Impotent Rage.
Also there’s an old lady with a BFG at the end. Enjoy.
Last year, I posted a listicle about random YouTube channels that are just the right amount of “out there” that you need to see them at least once before you commit seppuku out of protest against JonTron saying more words. I have literally nothing important that I need to be doing right now, thus I’ve concluded I may as well post another one just like it. I’ve touched on more than a few recent instances of online drama this year already, so I decided something as nightmarish as some of the entries in this list would make for some perfectly light-hearted escapism. Glad you agree. View full article »
Gotta get back, back to the past. And back to the past we certainly went. One of the most beloved shows on Cartoon Network’s action-heavy “Toonami” block, Genndy Tartakovsky‘s Samurai Jack, has finally gotten its fifth season after eleven years of nothing, airing exclusively on Adult Swim, where Toonami now resides. Thus, you can imagine that it ups the grit and unsettling visuals this time around.
Samurai Jack was known for its cinematic feel, subtlety, mostly-serious tone (especially compared to Tartakovsky’s previous work, Dexter’s Laboratory, and other shows on the network at the time), heavy atmosphere, minimalistic dialogue, and stilistic influences drawn from the likes of Kirosawa, Miyazaki, Frank Miller, 70’s avant-garde and countless more – all while maintaining a distinct half-futuristic-half-ancient look. It was one of those shows I loved watching and wouldn’t be ashamed to revisit in my adult years – which, admittedly, goes for a lot of the weird stuff CN gave us.
It focused on a fearsome samurai voiced by Phil LaMarr, trapped in a distant future where the demonic overlord Aku (Mako Iwamatsu) rules all. As XCII begins, fifty years have passed since Jack was sent here and began his quest to return to the past and undo Aku’s apocalypse. Everything seems right; Jack’s voice, the art style, the sound effects, the imagery, the masterful color choices, you name it.
In spite of all this, I cannot help but feel a little underwhelmed. I get the impression that this season will be more serialized than previous seasons (where almost every episode played like a self-contained short film) and I feel like it could have taken its time when it comes to Jack realizing he needs to put his mind back on his quest of returning to the his time. Seeing him break down almost immediately after we’re reintroduced to him seems, I dunno, not entirely consistent with the slow but effective pace this show has been known for. Also, the Jack we know would not just abandon his sword for good like that, nor would he be quiet so emotional, nor would Aku miss out on a chance to destroy his worst enemy now that said enemy no longer carries the only weapon that can kill him.
I’m sure I’m in a minority when it comes to these thoughts, though, and the episode is generally succesful. I am especially intrigued by the Daughters of Aku – demonic babies who rapidly age into masked warriors – and also to see who shall replace Mako. We’ll see if anyone can do “evil from the belly” quite like he could.
‘Fritz the Cat’ (1972)
by Ralph Bakshi
Fritz the Cat, described by Roger Ebert as “an X-rated excursion into the urban underworld”, is an idea by cartoonist Robert Crumb adapted by Ralph Bakshi that instantaneously lets you know what you’re in for. Released in a decade where the art of animation would be no more crude than the grittiest works of Walt Disney, especially if the animations starred talking animals, here is a film that opens on anthropomorphic creatures discussing societal problems of the era right before an ox whips out his manhood and his golden shower transitions into the film’s title sequence. View full article »
I made this stupid shit a while back for educational purposes. Are you tired of writing political cartoons with subtext and clever commentary and wish you could just label everything so that you instantaneously know what all the metaphors mean and who the objectively bad people are? Have you always wanted to see Powerpuff Girls but with Sargon, Milo Y, and The Golden One? Well, sonny, this vid’s for you! View full article »