Madhouse’s ::Redline:: High-octane Entertainment!

Movie Poster

It’s only just recently that I’ve even heard of this film and that was by some accident I can’t even remember. That totally knocks my fandom down to just below “avid”.

When I watched it I wasn’t sure why I was so out of the loop. Oh and it was amazing!

 After reading that Madhouse produced it I knew the animation was going to be interesting. Madhouse always manages to hyper-stylize their animations to a sometimes nauseating degree but always manage to pull it off with a story that keeps you watching. Redline wasn’t the exception and I found it enjoyable all the same. Oh, and it may come as no surprise that Redline isn’t for kids.

Alien child with parent.

The best way I can describe the movie would be to compare it to that of Episode I having been directed by Wachowski’s, i.e. Speed Racer and animated to boot.

Typical Redline fans.

  Redline appealed to the senses that mattered. The music fit the scenes, the scenes were interesting enough to cover up some weak parts of the story, the story was a typical lucky-reckless-underdog-beats-all-odds-gets-girl type love story. A little cliché. Sounds dull but they add a few sub-stories for an overall grasp of the Universe not to mention they do throw in a little nudity, if you’re into that sort of thing animated. It’s really only when the characters finally make it to the Redline races that all hell breaks loose and we’re able to kick back and enjoy it.

The racers that we want to succeed in this film are human while the other racers are alien. There are several eccentric humanoid characters like the violent Batman/Robin knockoffs (which I found pretty funny) and the undefeated Redline champion who modifies his body for direct interfacing with his car. Craziness!

The Action, the Suspense!

Since it’s based in a fictitious interstellar setting we’re slightly, visually graced with an odd assortment of creatures and cultures watching the live coverage of the races like so many avid NASCAR fans. But this is nothing like NASCAR. I actually enjoyed it.

That’s really all I have to say. Inspired, no?




Studio Movie Grill and FUNimation have teamed up to bring anime to the big screen!

Anime fans, movie goers and lovers of good food gather ’round for this tale of epic proportions! Well, it’s not that huge but it is something big for us local yokel’s.

FUNimation has announced that it has partnered up with Studio Movie Grill to bring to you, every second Tuesday of the month, Anime on the big screen!

Now, you don’t have to be otaku to understand what this means and to top it off: It’s free!

Great food, great entertainment and affordable prices. Yes, that sounds like a great idea!

I hope this appeals to you but as a bonus, and because I love both FUNimation and SMG, I’ll even let you check this out if you missed it or didn’t care to look.



Top 10 random things (of 2009)

First off this is one of my most favorite random YouTube videos. Just sit back, close your eyes and I hope it appeals to you too! Thanks for reading!

Okay, so it is nearing the end of the year and I guess that’s the best time for people to reflect on everything they’ve lived through and make lists of what they liked or what inspired them and etc. throughout the past year.
Sounds like a good idea, right?
Hey, it’s rhetorical!
Well since I can’t make up my mind what specific group (i.e. Music, Movies, Books, etc.) I’d like to focus on for making such a list, I’ll just make a list of top 10 random things I liked this year.

Who knows, if you’re lucky I may even go beyond 10!

  1. Zombieland (had to be the funniest movie I’ve seen in a while.)
  2. Boom Boom Pow (only because the beginning of it makes me crave a Kit-kat bar. Personally I think the Black-eyed Peas are the crappiest sound on the airwaves.)
  3. Monica Bellucci – but that’s every year.
  4. The Land of the Lost (it was waaay better than the rating those critical bastards gave it.)
  5. Owl City
  6. Beer and wine served at my Dentist office (no joke!)
  7. Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood
  8. Clean Dallas (it’s still just a baby and who doesn’t like babies?)
  9. Wilco
  10. Hasbro‘s Walmart Exclusive Masterpiece Skywarp (yeah, I know.)

Hmm… that didn’t last too long or have the impact I was looking for. Here, let’s do another!

  1. Radio DJ’s that have some odd tie to Kit-kat bars.
  2. Buying used bicycles online.
  3. How Facebook looked at the beginning of the year (2009).
  5. Good friends – you can never get enough of that.
  6. Anime Insider (and every other canceled Anime-themed magazine [you are missed]).
  7. The “guys” who write those cocky-sounding articles for
  8. Any Writer and/or Artist that will let just any fan add them as a friend on Facebook.
  9. The free stuff at
  10. Stupid pets you can’t help but love.

Alright, that should be enough. If you want to know anything more about any of the items listed (in either list) just drop a comment. I could go on for hours but I won’t (well, actually it has been an hour for me already).

Enjoy the rest of the year and if I don’t see you – Happy New Year!


Trigun: The Movie

For some time now, we fans of the Anime and, better yet, the Manga series Trigun have heard rumors of a movie with that name being in the works. Normally I hate rumors, but this appears to be more than rumor and less than normal.


But many of us skeptics aren’t holding our breath yet.

According to this linked article, the movie will be based more on the Manga than the Anime. Everyone’s favorite insurance girls, Millie and Meryl, will be among the animated cast as well as *drum-roll please* Wolfwood! (Yeah, he was my personal favorite.) A couple new characters will be added for that little touch of mystery and even that Vash guy will make an appearance so it all works out!

If you want to check out the trailer click no further:



Holy Cow!

You know… it sucks when you want to blog and you just don’t feel the inspiration to search for stuff to blog about. Not to mention that when I log in here and see how many hits I get per day it’s kinda disheartening. I mean… I can take 5 hits, but 10? Come on! Surely there are other sites with this same useless crap posted! No? Well then good.

So this falls into the “whatever is on my mind” category. Nothing really substantial within these words I just got tired of looking at the “Brotherhood” post every time I get on here.

Pretty sad when you get sick of seeing your own posts isn’t it? Have you tried a mirror lately? That’s pretty sad too.

So a bit about myself: I like everything.

What, did you want a whole sentence? Well I’m not getting paid for this nor am I getting any extra-credit so you can keep your 750+ words. Thanks!

So what’s with the world? I watch way too many cartoons to keep up and I can’t tell the bull from the crap when it comes to news websites.
It’s all opinions anyway.
That was mine.
See how that works?

Alright, well this was a fun passage of time.


Take care of yourself because no one else will, pay off your credit cards as soon as you have money to blow and don’t leave your wallet on the table when your friends come over.


Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood


Looks like FUNimation has finally announced the English voice-over cast lineup for everyone’s favorite brothers Elric!

Yeah, it’s been a while since the original Aniplex/Bones series had its finale in the form of The Conqueror of Shamballa, but now you can see Ed and Al once again!

So far this series has rehashed the necessary and relevant information from the earlier series all within the first 14 episodes, changing and leaving out a few things here and there.

As for how close this series sticks to the manga as opposed to its predecessor, I don’t know. For as much the nerd, and veritable “otaku”, that I am, I’ve only read the first chapter of the first volume so you will have to figure that out your self. What I can tell you is that “Brotherhood” is just as interesting as the original but that soon changes after the first 14 episodes and in the best possible way.

You’ll have to wait until midnight of Saturday, February 13 for the English dub to air on [adult swim] (making it a little less lame), but if you’d like to view the subtitled episodes click here.

And this most recent news straight from FUNimation itself:

Can’t catch the broadcast premiere Saturday? Not to worry fellow anime fans. FUNimation is happy to announce that we are also bringing you brand spanking new dubbed episodes of ‘Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood’ every Sunday for download-to-own on PlayStation®Network and Zune Marketplace.

Watch a new episode on Saturday – buy it for your console of choice on Sunday! We anime professionals at FUNimation once again make it easy to get the shows you want, where you want, and when you want.”

Heck yeah!


New Marvels for the price of Pocky!

I didn’t make it to San Diego Comic Con.
Yeah, I know… and it sucked hearing from all those who had gone telling me how awesome it was and rubbing it in my face. Not fun. My point, beyond missing out on the nerdgasmic experience of the year is that I missed out on the previews to a couple new Madhouse/Marvel productions.

Now for those of you who don’t see the coolness of this, you should stop reading my blog because you’re probably just wasting your time reading any further. If you have the slightest inclination then please, my one reader, keep reading!

Madhouse has contributed to many of the Ghibli films, i.e. Spirited Away and Howls Moving Castle for starters, that were way beyond breathless as well as a couple of projects in The Animatrix and the more recently animated Batman: Gotham Knight that served as bridge between the two recent movies starring Christian Bale.

What does this ultimately mean? It means that Saturday Morning cartoons will be blown way out of the water; that we who love our comic book characters will finally get to see them even closer to how we envisioned them: Awesome!

It’s a great thing.

I don’t know what else to say. It’s all my opinion anyway so check it out yourself.

The Wolverine, Iron Man projects are just the tip of it. I can’t wait to see Blade done anime style.

And then the almost-but-not-quite-as appealing looking Wolverine anime: