When the announcement came on October 31, 2012 that The Walt Disney Co bought Lucasfilm, I believed that Star Wars would expand and grow with new stories and characters under the care of a company, that creates stories and characters that appeal to everyone. However, as time went on, headlines like Star Wars will help Disney focus on boys, Hey Star Wars–Where the hell are the women? , Where are the women in Star Wars Rebels? and ‘STAR WARS’: I FIND YOUR LACK OF FEMALE REPRESENTATION DISTURBING made me surprised and concerned that these new Star Wars stories were not going to appeal to at least one half of the Star Wars fan base, especially this Star Wars fangirl.
I was especially troubled by the reveals of the characters in Star Wars Rebels because I knew the crew of that series, who also worked on Star Wars The Clone Wars, had a better grasp of, in my opinion, the female half of the Star Wars fan base. I watched as as each video was posted on Starwars.com and on the Star Wars Rebels YouTube channel. For an entire week, a new character from the series was revealed. However, the female characters in the series, Sabine and Hera, were not added until the end of the week, after all the male characters were revealed.
The marketing strategy focus seems to be on the male characters of the series and the male half of the audience. While the reveal of the female characters seemed to be an after thought. As a fangirl and as someone who works in the advertising and marketing industry, I feel that they handled these reveals poorly. Therefore, because of how the marketing of Star Wars Rebels was handled, I approached this new animated series, Star Wars Rebels, with excitement, tempered by caution.
Fortunately, my excitement outweighed my caution, even with the poor marketing strategy, because it did not stop me from buying the prequel novel Star Wars A New Dawn on multiple digital formats, audio and ebook, or from attending the free local premiere screening of Star Wars Rebels ‘Spark of Rebellion‘.
As a fangirl, I noticed two things that overcame my caution and added to my excitement. First, Hera and Sabine are both fantastic female characters and role models. They are both strong, resourceful and everything I hoped for. Even though they may not be the focus of the series, based on the marketing strategy, I cannot wait to learn more about them and their relationships to the other characters. Second, both the novel and the series premiere, felt like Star Wars to me and I want more like this!! Therefore, I was so glad that I did not let my caution override my excitement.
Other female fans who shared the same trepidation over the initial rollout during Toy Fair have responded favorably to the series. When I asked Tricia Barr, from the podcast Fangirls Going Rogue about the premiere she said,
“The reaction online during the premiere was overall positive. For a while now, the element of romance or chemistry was lost in Star Wars storytelling. Not every female fan wants to see that, but a significant portion of female fans do. There was plenty of buzz surrounding Hera and Kanan and the possibilities suggested for those two just after one episode. Too, Hera and Sabine were confident and competent, not ladies in need of rescue or falling back on worn stereotypes about female characters. It’s apparent the show is working to establish a great diverse cast and that the negative buzz that came out of New York Toy Fair reveals that the licensing side isn’t always promoting the show for what the creators intend for it to be.”
Hera and Sabine are both fantastic female characters and role models, and like Tricia this helped overcome my caution and added to my excitement. Hera and Sabine are both strong and resourceful and everything I hoped for. Even though they may not be the focus of the series, from the marketing strategy, I cannot wait to learn more about them and their relationships to the other characters. Second, both the novel and the series premiere, felt like Star Wars to me and I want more like this!! Therefore, I was so glad that I did not let my caution override my excitement.
So have you seen the mini movie Star Wars Rebels Spark of Rebellion yet? If so, what did you think of it? Did it miss, meet or exceed your expectations? If not, then you may want to watch the ABC prime time television debut of Star Wars Rebels Spark of Rebellion on October 26 at 7:00PM EST with an extra scene added featuring Darth Vadar voiced by none other than James Earl Jones!
As I mentioned before, I love Sailor Moon, and have been spending time lately re-watching this series on HuluPlus!
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.
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.
So, have you seen Sailor Moon Crystal yet? If so, then what observations do you have? Inquiring minds want to know!
#AtoZBlogChallenge Topic: Kenshin & Kaoru
Below are some of my favorite pics of this couple:
From the manga series
From the anime series
From the live action movie series
A to Z Blog Challenge topic: Baccano!
Baccano! is an anime series, released by Funimation in North America, that is set in the 1930’s during the height of the Great Depression.
This anime is, at first, one of the craziest and confusing series that my husband and I have watched in the last five years. Below is the story summary from Funimation website, which highlights some of the confusing aspects of the story:
Don’t let nobody tell you there’s no future in a life of crime, because some rackets can last forever. But we’ll get around to all that immortality jazz later. A mafia turf war is raging on the mean streets of the Big Apple, a place where regular joes bounce between backdoor booze joints and the breadline. But this caper ain’t about a simple gangland brawl. It’s about hoods who can’t seem to die proper after catching a bullet or five between the eyes. Sadistic hit-men and the dames they love, mad bombers going boom, monsters going bump, and soul sucking alchemists bootlegging an elixir of eternal life.
Just remember, Baccano! ain’t about beginnings and ends. It’s about the twists and turns, bub. Paths don’t cross in this story – They collide. Every Dick and Jane plays the lead and it’s gonna be a bumpy ride.
For the casual anime fan, this series is quite a bit confusing because it jumps around in time between multiple characters and multiple story lines throughout the series. However, after a few episodes, this series was well worth getting through, despite the confusion, because of the great characters. There are several characters throughout the series that each play a part, many rather unexpectedly, in the overall story that is slowly revealed as the series progresses.
Baccano! is available both subtitled and dubbed via Funimation’s website and other streaming services!
As you can see there are some awesome women in that Galaxy, Far, Far Away including Leia, Ventress and of course Ahsoka!
This fangirl is hoping that the next Star Wars films, TV, etc will feature many more of these women role models!
Again, Happy Galactic Women’s Day and remember the Force will be with you always!!!
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 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.
Story of A Fangirl: My Mom
Today, I wanted to tell you about my Mom, a fangirl who recently lost her battle with ovarian cancer. My Mom was a fangirl and an inspiration to me. She was one of the reasons that I was able to declare myself an everyday fangirl! She was a fangirl of many fandoms, some that were different from mine. However, she made sure that she showed her love of the Fandoms every day!
Today, I am going to share with you some of the fandoms that My Mom loved that were different from me and how I tried to help share these fandoms with her.
My mother loved to quilt and she was so good that she won awards for her work. She even joined a local quilt guild to share her experiences with others. The quilt above is one she made to help raise money for the American Cancer Society. I helped support this fandom of hers by buying quilting materials, books and magazines whenever I could.
My Mom loved going to see the Detroit Tigers. She would watch them on TV and go to a few games every year. She was very proud of our home team even when they were not even close to a pennant race! I helped support this fandom of hers by going with her to a few games and by talking with her about the games and the players whenever I could.
Her favorite film. We watched it every Thanksgiving as a family when it aired on TV. She also collected lots of memorabilia related to this movie. I was able to help her continue adding to this collection after I reached adulthood.
Recent adventures: Once Upon A Time Season 1
I just started watching the ABC fantasy drama Once Upon A Time. As a fan of both Disney and fantasy, you would think I would have started watching this when it first aired, but I did not. I finally decided to give this show a chance because many of my friends and my family rave about the show. Therefore, thanks to Netflix I recently started watching season one.
Here are my thoughts on the first season of this show without giving any spoilers:
This is Fairy Tale Land. It’s filled with magic, monsters and all of the characters we all know from stories growing up. It’s real, and so are the people in it. But unlike the “happily ever after” you may have heard about, their stories continued, and The Evil Queen cast a Dark Curse over the land….
This is Storybrooke. It’s a quiet, little, New England town filled with people who go about their everyday lives with no idea who they really are. The Queen’s Curse has trapped them here and placed her in near-complete control. They have no real memories and no real hope.
Once Upon A Time is, at its core, a story about hope.
At first, I was not too happy with how the story switched from the “fantasy world” to “our world”. This switching made it harder to keep track of all the different characters and how they related to each other. However, as the series progressed, I became invested in the characters and how they relate to each other and the switches became less of a nuisance.
I have to say that based on the shows that I have seen so far, I love the characters and how they are portrayed. Almost all of the women in the show are strong, complex, great role models and from time-to-time even those that are ‘evil’ show a ‘good’ side, which adds another level of complexity. I think the writers have done a good job with the banter and interaction between the characters, especially between Emma Swan and Regina Mills (aka Evil Queen) pictured below:
Settings and Costumes
I love the fantasy settings and the costumes used throughout the series. The visuals are just amazing and are reminiscent of the settings use in The Lord of The Rings and Hobbit movies. The costumes for the characters, when they are portrayed in the fantasy world, appear to be extremely detailed and fit the imagery already established in the Disney animated features and other sources. I am slightly disappointed every time the setting switches back to the town of Storybrooke in “our world” and the characters are back into their “normal” everyday attire.
I will probably do a more through review once I finish watching more of this series. In the meantime, if you have not seen this series yet and want to find out more, then you should check out the official ABC Once Upon A Time website which features some really good 101 videos. You can also watch the first season on Netflix, like I am doing, or you can subscribe on iTunes.
Topic: Main Character Impressions – Doctor Who Season 1, 2005 series
Well I have almost finished watching all of the first season of the 2005 Doctor Who series. I am waiting to give a full review until I finish all of this series. However, I wanted to write about my impressions of the main characters from the episodes that I have seen so far.
As I watched the first episodes of the series, my impression of The Doctor, as played by actor Christopher Eccleston, is that he is used to being in charge and does not make mistakes. In addition, The Doctor does not seem to adjust well to unexpected circumstances and he gives the impression that he is not used to dealing with the consequences of his actions. However, The Doctor, as the series progressed, shows that he may not be able to solve every problem without help and that even an alien Time Lord can make mistakes. It is his flaws and insecurities, despite his self-assurance, that makes him such an interesting character.
In my opinion, Rose, played by Billie Piper, does not seem to be a good companion for The Doctor and I keep wondering why he wanted her along. At first, Rose seems to fall way too often into the damsel in distress mode. (I counted no less than 10 times she was nabbed, trapped or threatened.) In addition, she does not seem to be much good in a fight (I keep wondering when she is going to grab some sort of weapon to defend herself!). Finally, she often acts like a flighty bleached blond, even when does come up with a good idea.
However, Rose does have a few good qualities that may redeem her in the long-term. During the course of the series, Rose shows a lot of compassion for The Doctor and for others that she encounters along the journey. In addition, she has a cheerful disposition and it is this attitude that helps her encourage The Doctor to become more “human”. Finally, Rose shows that she has a flexible mind that can adjust to many weird and unusual circumstances, when others do not. Therefore, Rose may not seem to be the perfect companion at first, but maybe, in time she will grow and mature as she travels with The Doctor.