Almost There: Star Wars Rebels Season 4 Begins
Almost There: Star Wars Rebels Season 4 Begins
In less than 24 hours, the Star Wars Rebels fourth and final season will begin on Disney XD! This final season will start October 16 at 12:30AM EDT/PDT with the one-hour premiere, “Heroes of Mandalore: Parts One and Two“, on the Disney XD and the DisneyNow App! If you miss the first airing do not worry, there will be additional airings throughout the day (3:00am, 7:30am, 5:30pm and 9pm EDT/PDT)!
In this premiere episode, Sabine leads Ezra, Kanan and an army of her fellow Mandalorians back to her home world to rescue her father from the clutches of the Empire. When she discovers the Empire has resurrected a devastating weapon, she must decide whether to destroy it or use it herself.
Not only will you see more of Sabine’s family and Fenn Rau in these episodes, but this also marks the Star Wars Rebels debut of Star Wars: The Clone Wars character, Bo-Katan!
I saw Part One at Star Wars Celebration Orlando back in April and I cannot wait to see the next part and of course discuss this with fellow Star Wars Rebels Fans, especially with Johnamarie and her Ma via RebelsChat!
Before season four begins, binge-watch seasons one through three of “Star Wars Rebels” available now on the DisneyNow App.
Everyday Fangirl’s Introduction to Sailor Moon
Like most fans of Sailor Moon from the 1990’s, I became acquainted with this series while watching the episodes on Cartoon Network. However, my introduction was slightly different than many of the fans at that time.
The reason is that the very first episode I saw, Last Resort, takes place late in the first season and not at the beginning.
This episode is not the most ideal place to start this series because after many major events and reveals. Therefore, after all these years, I wondered what aspects of this story that caught my attention and had me seeking more.
After rewatching the original English dub of this episode that was produced by DiC, I identified some of the aspects that caught my attention back then.
Serena’s interaction with her family showed just how important they were to her despite how they might not get along sometimes.
Just what her relationship with Darien and why did she care so much about this “bad” guy.
The fact that the monster was not controlled by the bad guys and actually acted on it’s own.
Why was the locket so important, especially the tune it played?
So what show or story were you introduced to that was not right at the beginning?
51st Anniversary of #DoctorWho
Today is the 51st Anniversary of #DoctorWho! Me like millions of others celebrated last year by watching:
Doctor Who Marathons up to the Anniversary on channels like BBC America.
The ‘Night of the Doctor‘ mini episode starring the 8th Doctor, Paul McGann.
The amazing docudrama ‘An Adventure in Space and Time‘ about the origins of Doctor Who!
And of course the record breaking and ultimate fan experience of the 50th Anniversary special ‘The Day of the Doctor’!
So this year, you can still celebrate the 51st Anniversary by watching all of these again or the first time, now that all of these are available on many streaming outlets like Netflix or Hulu or on Blu-Ray or DVD that can be bought at the BBC America shop and other retailers.
You could also celebrate by downloading and playing my favorite free to play mobile game, Doctor Who Legacy!
Sailor Moon Crystal Observations
As I mentioned before, I love Sailor Moon, and have been spending time lately re-watching this series on HuluPlus!
Today, the first episode of Sailor Moon Crystal premiered in Japan and on many other streaming sites, with English subtitles, including Neon Alley, Hulu, Crunchyroll and NicoNico.
Sailor Moon Crystal Summary from HuluPlus
Based on Naoko Takeuchi’s legendary manga series, Sailor Moon Crystal retells the story of Sailor Moon as she searches for her fellow Sailor Guardians and the Legendary Silver Crystal to stop the dark forces of Queen Beryl.
I watched the first episode three times already, once this morning and twice this afternoon. Overall, I believe it is a wonderful start to a great series and I cannot wait to see the next episode in two weeks! However, there are a few observations that I want to mention here as a long time fan of the original anime series.
Observation 1: The art in Sailor Moon Crystal is very beautiful, like a painting that would hang in a gallery somewhere and not something that I would be watching on my 56″ HD TV or my tablet. Below are just a few examples from this first episode of the beautiful art created for this series:
Observation 2: Some of the characters, especially secondary characters, have slight differences in Sailor Moon Crystal compared to the original anime. For instance, Shingo, has the same attitude as in the original Sailor Moon anime, but in Sailor Moon Crystal he has blond hair, like his sister Usagi, while it was light brown in the original anime as seen below.
Shingo as seen in the original anime
Shingo from Sailor Moon Crystal
Observation 3: Background music and effects are toned down in Sailor Moon Crystal.
The background music in this episode of Sailor Moon Crystal is much more subtle than it ever was in the original anime. In the original anime, the background music was used as cues to the characters and what was going on in the story. In Sailor Moon Crystal, it is part of the beautiful background and is not really noticeable, except during the transformation sequence.
Observation 4: Opening Music
Although I loved both the original Japanese version along with the North American version of the original’s Opening Theme, I really love the new opening music by “Momoiro Clover Z”. I cannot wait to add this theme to my music collection!
Observation 5: The eye catches for the commercial breaks are just gorgeous when compared to the original anime! I plan on making this my new tablet background!
Observation 6 (and the one that bothered me the most for some reason): In Sailor Moon Crystal, Usagi’s room seems very empty when compared to the original anime. There seems to be some accents in her room and a few things on her desk, but not much stuff. In the original anime, her room contained lots of stuff including a Chicken Clock, a bookshelf full of Manga and other nic knacks scattered across the room.
Usagi’s Room as seen in Sailor Moon Crystal
Usagi’s Room as seen in the original Sailor Moon Anime.
So, have you seen Sailor Moon Crystal yet? If so, then what observations do you have? Inquiring minds want to know!
#AtoZBlogChallenge: Scarecrow and Mrs. King
#AtoZBlogChallenge Topic: Scarecrow and Mrs. King
One of my favorite TV series is Scarecrow and Mrs. King. This 1980’s series, is about a suburban Washington, DC housewife, who is handed a package, by a federal agent in trouble, and all of the adventures that take place after that meeting. Below is the summary from the back of Season 1 DVD:
Goodbye, PTA…hello, foreign intrigue!
Single mom Amanda King leads a quiet suburban life in Washington DC until the day a dashing stranger shoves a package in her hands with instructions to give it to the man in the red hat. In no time, Amanda is dodging bullets, foiling assassination plots – and finding herself drawn to the dashing stranger, agent Lee Stetson, aka Scarecrow. Of course, Scarecrow has no interest in a ditsy amateur spy, no matter how pretty. But she certainly is handy in a crisis!
Share the Season One fun with stars Kate Jackson and Bruce Boxleitner in this fast-paced 5-Disc, 21-Episode Set of the lighthearted series that proves laughs and romance are powerful weapons in the battle to protect national security.
The best part of this series is the interaction between the main characters, Amanda King and Lee Stetson. Especially during the first season, when they were just getting to know each other and what they are each capable of in a variety of interesting, and life threatening situations.
If you have not been introduced to this series, then I would suggest viewing the first episode digitally, which is available to watch free from iTunes Store.
If you are already a fan, then you may want to check out the following fan sites:
Scarecrow and Mrs King Fan Forum
Scarecrow and Mrs King Facebook page
Just Walk With Me, features recaps of each episode by season
My recent adventures with Doctor Who
As I mentioned in previous posts, I am a new viewer of Doctor Who. During the past few months, I was able to spend quite a bit of time watching The Doctor’s adventures. This included some classic Doctor Who with the 3rd, 4th and 8th Doctors and of course the modern incarnations with the 9th, 10th and 11th Doctors. I was even able to watch the 50th Anniversary ‘Day of The Doctor‘ special broadcast live on November 23, 2013.
I found the specials that aired the week of the 50th Anniversary on BBC America and the online mini episodes to be very enlightening for someone who has not been a part of the entire 50 years. These gave me a taste of the classic Doctor Who episodes, without having to watch them all!
The 4th, 8th, 9th and the 11th are all very good, but it was the 3rd and the 10th that I identified with the most.
The 3rd because he was limited to being ‘Earthbound’ and he loved, ‘Bessie‘, his automobile!
The 10th because David Tennant‘s performance and the writers made me care what happened to him and his companions.
I am currently re-watching the modern Doctor Who episodes with my husband. Therefore, I will have more to say in upcoming posts.
Seeing Through Cowboy Bebop’s Style
I really love Cowboy Bebop and I watched this series on Toonami, back in the day. It was not only a great Sci-Fi series, but a great adventure story as well. It had the right combination of great storytelling and excellent voice work.
Cowboy Bebop is one of the most well-known anime series out there, and it’s the first anime series I watched in full. Initially, I was drawn to it just because it was science fiction. But I quickly fell for all the other elements that make it unique and memorable — things like the well-developed characters, sense of style, and incredible music.
The show is about a group of bounty hunters who drift through space on a ship called the Bebop, usually without much food except ramen noodles, waiting for their next big target who can help them rake in some woolongs. It seems things never go quite right, and they certainly never get rich. But that’s okay, because the characters are still cool. Money isn’t everything; attitude is. Somehow, Cowboy Bebop manages to showcase characters who are kickass but flawed; they don’t lose their edge as you get to know…
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Star Wars: The Clone Wars on Toonami Tonight!
This is is reminder to all my blog followers that Star Wars: The Clone Wars premieres on Toonami tonight at 3:00AM EST! If you are not able to watch it tonight, then do not forget to set your DVR!
In the meantime, check out the official promo that aired on Toonami last weekend!
This everyday fangirl is excited that this wonderful series still lives, even if just in re-runs!
The Many Iterations of Sailor Moon in North America
The Many Iterations of Sailor Moon In North America
Today, I found out that the newest Sailor Moon anime will start streaming worldwide, sometime during the 2013/2014 Winter Broadcast season! I am hoping that this will include an official North American version with either an English Dub or at the very least a professional English Subtitle track!
I am a huge fan of Sailor Moon in ALL iterations that I have encountered. Today, I am going to share with you all the different officially released North American Sailor Moon iterations that I have encountered, collected, re-watched or listened to over the years…
Sailor Moon Books
Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Manga, Unflipped version, currently published by Kodansha Comics
Sailor Moon Comic/Manga, Flipped version, originally published by TokyoPop
Sailor Moon the Novel paperback, originally published by TokyoPop
Sailor Moon Videos
Sailor Moon Animated TV Series, edited dubbed version, originally produced by D.I.C and released on video by ADV
Sailor Moon Anime Series: Seasons 1 & 2, unedited subtitled only version, originally produced and released on video by ADV
Sailor Moon S and Sailor Moon Super S Animated TV series, slightly edited Dual Language version, originally produced and released on video by Pioneer/Geneon
Sailor Moon Animated Movies R, S & Super S, slightly edited Dual Language version, originally produced and published on video by Pioneer/Geneon
Sailor Moon Soundtracks
Sailor Moon: Songs From The Hit TV Series Soundtrack, originally produced and released by Rhino
Sailor Moon and The Scouts: Lunarock Soundtrack, originally produced and released by Kid Rhino
Sailor Moon: Full Moon Collection Soundtrack, originally produced and published by Koch Records
Sailor Moon Collectibles & Toys
Sailor Moon Chroma Cel, originally produced and released by AniMag
Sailor Moon Adventure Dolls, originally produced and released by Irwin Toys
Star Wars: The Clone Wars on Toonami
Great news for Star Wars: The Clone Wars fans, like me. Toonami has announced that they will air all five seasons, with some skipped episodes, starting August 17 (actually the 18th) replacing Eureka 7.
Here are some highlights from the Toonami Tumblr Q&A session about the upcoming airing of this series:
Feelings on the show and why Toonmai acquired the series:
…we’re very happy about (this) because we always felt it was a Toonami show.
We chose to pick it up because it’s a great show!
About those that think this series is not a good fit for Toonami either because:
they think nobody will want to watch it
It DID make it (to) 5 seasons, so a lot of people disagree with you, but ultimately the ratings will decide for us!
or they consider it to be a ‘kids‘ show.
We think it’s one of the darkest cartoons to air on CN, and we certainly don’t think of it as “for kids.”
Anyone saying it’s a kid’s show probably hasn’t seen too many episodes.
On the continuity and the order the episodes will air in:
We’ll be skipping some of the non-continuity (read: Jar Jar) eps, but they’ll generally run in order.
With Clone Wars, we just feel there are some clear points that aren’t necessary and might be a little too kiddy to show. We may even eventually air those episodes, but not for a while.
…not sure if it will be possible to get the unedited versions, but we’re looking into it.
Updated from Tumblr post on 08/01/2013:
We’ve been ASKED by the network to skip the super slow/irrelevant/kiddie episodes of Clone Wars. …That said, we don’t consider the (few) eps we are cutting “filler.” FILLER, as referred to by anime fans, is a story arc that takes place outside the source manga a show might be following….We wanted Clone Wars, we were asked to make this concession if we aired it…OH and BTW: Promise we won’t skip stuff like “Rookies” etc and some of the really special/badass standalone eps The Clone Wars has. We’d like to ask you to trust us. Hopefully we’ve earned it!
The Toonami staff also had an opinion on the upcoming ‘Star Wars Sequel Trilogy‘:
We think more Star Wars is always good news!
I am so glad that Toonami has picked this series up and I hope that the ratings will show that our efforts at trying to save this great show were not in vain! Remember to set your TIVOs or similar devices because the Toonami team confirmed that those DOES help their ratings!