Return of the Jedi

It suddenly occurs to me that Transformers The Movie could have and probably should have been broken down into a trilogy of movies following the Original Star Wars story.

But if Optimus Prime is Obi Wan Kenobi... then who would the "Luke" character be?


Oh yeah, in other news, I STILL FUNCTION. Thanks for asking.

My current One Manga "pull list"
The team behind Death Note tell the story of how drawing comics will make a man out of one Percival K Smith.
Think Harry Potter meets Guilty Gear.
OK, so like, the Grim Reaper has a technical school in Death Valley, USA. Kids go there to learn how to turn "Weapons" (other students) into Death Scythes for Shinigami.
Also: there's a nifty anime series too.
The most recent addition to the list and also the greatest comic book series out right now.
Meh. I've come this far already...

Check em out. Also, add any recommendations if you got any.

10 years in one week.

After dicking around off and on with the first couple issues of Shonen Jump US and a handful of 4Kids and Funimation episodes scattered throughout the series, I've finally decided to sit down and read through all Five Hundred and Fourteen chapters of Eiichiro Oda's One Piece last Sunday.

As of this writing, I'm only still in the Water Seven story arc.

I feel strangely nostalgic.

Perhaps because tomorrow is so uncertain...?

Oh well, no time to look back now.

Transformers Animated.

I remember about this time last year there were the beginnings of a whisper on the internet about a new Transformers animated series to coincide with the hotly anticipated (or dreaded, as was the case then) release of Michael Bay's Transformers Motion Picture. I recall that first promotional image of a new very angular and comically proportioned Optimus Prime with the CN logo. I must confess, I had my doubts just as many other Transformers fans did.

It is the year 2008.

Transformers Animated has since plowed through nearly two whole seasons worth of episodes on Cartoon Network. Spoilers have been leaking all over the internet featuring images and video clips of the remaining season 2 episodes and finale. Including a major revelation regarding the series' primary human protagonist...

A decent show. Very well executed. Put together by the people behind Teen Titans, Transformers Animated excels in every area Teen Titans lacked. Well... all except music. The soundtrack is still just as unmemorable and indistinct as it's predecessor. In fact, I'd go as far to say that it's a notch below that of Teen Titans, as Titans had an amazingly catchy original theme song by Puffy Ami Yumi, whereas TF:Animated's tired downbeat rehash of the original Transformers' theme is best Tivo'd out.

But in the end, the true brilliance of Transformers Animated is not the cartoon at all.

It's all about those wonderful toys.

Faithful in their shared design with their animated counterparts to an until now unprecedented degree, These toys are amazing. The link above features a series of pictures taken of the TF: Animated Prowl figure. All of the poses you see the figures in were captured without the need of additional support for the figures.

They kneel. They handstand. They high kick on one leg.
All under their own balance.

Well, I'm pretty sure I'm preaching to the choir here by writing this little love letter to Hasbro/Cartoon Network and all the artists and designers responsible for this product line here on my little Livejournal for all of my friends to see... but it had to be said.

I love you, Transformers Animated.


Please, don't fizzle and die with a billion unresolved plotlines like Teen Titans did.
Also, please don't go on a year long sabbatical between mid-season "movie events" like Avatar: The Last Airbender does, either.

For you, TF: Animated, I wish only the best.

Signed, uhhh....