Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Witchblade Manga Up for an Award?

Kindly file under WTF and also, Do Not Want.

ANN reports that the Witchblade manga has been nominated for a Harvey Award.
This is one of the worst manga I have ever read.

I'm fairly desensitized to negative portrayals of women in comics and manga but this one was SO bad that I couldn't overlook it. Oversexualized is an understatement. In addition to all the typical kink stereotype characters (lolita, schoolgirl, librarian, glasses girl - combine as needed) Panty shots abound (and these girls are PACKING. Jeez!) There's a point where it looks as though Takeru (current bearer in the manga) is taking the Witchblade out of her vajayjay. I never thought I'd witness anything that made Agent Aika look tame.

The story was weak, the main character was fairly useless when not in Witchblade form and the ending was incredibly abrupt. Really awful overall. Before you ask, yes I gave it a chance. I read the entire thing. The story gives you this feeling like it's surely going to go somewhere, anywhere, soon, and yet it never does. (I've verified this feeling with others that have read it)

I hope this doesn't win a dang thing - and don't bother reading it yourself either, unless you just want it for the ecchi art.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Samurai Showdown on VC

Initially, this made me happy, but for some reason the extra dollar's worth of points kind of annoys me. It's 900 points, as opposed to 800, which World Heroes went for. (KOF 94 is also up on the VC for 900 points.) Now this would be fine if those titles (and 14 others!) weren't available on SNK Arcade Classics Vol 1 for 20 bucks! So I could buy 2 on the VC, or 16 on the disk....

I won't lie, I want to download it something fierce, but I think I am going to redouble my efforts to find SNK Arcade Classics instead. *sigh* I asked my local EB Games about the game the day it got released but apparently they got TWO copies and someone came in and grabbed them both. Oh, and you can't preorder games like this, I've tried. If it's 2D, (and not on the DS) don't even bother asking. ;_;

I know I posted the list of games on this disk before, but here it is once more.

Art of Fighting, Baseball Stars 2, Burning Fight, Fatal Fury, KOF94, King of the Monsters, Last Resort, Magician Lord, Metal Slug, Neo Turf Masters, Samurai Shodown, Sengoku, Shock Troopers, Super Sidekicks3, Top Hunter, World Heroes.

VC Review' of Samurai Showdown VC version here.

Link Drop - Firefox Download Day edition

Hello hello all. We all doing our geek duty and downloading Firefox 3? I don't know why I joined the bandwagon, perhaps my loathing of IE and Safari. /shrug.

Anyway, enjoy some links on your new browser (or your old one, you technophobe! XP)


DevilDoll found a wonderful visualization of D&D character classes, as displayed by super heroes.
source(s): Devil Doll & MightyGodKing

Diamond has dropped their May 08 Sales Charts and Market Reports - Marvel gives DC an ugly beat down. Eeeesh. I suppose this is what DC gets for seemingly going out of their way to not give new readers anywhere to jump on. (no recaps!) source: Newsarama

Not Blog X has a recap of (one of the) Rogue mini series from the 90s. He wasn't fond of this series, but trust me, there were worse.
(aside: this is a really cool blog that I'd like to really dig into. Must add to reader!)

AnimeAlmanac found this link of the Portal song 'Still Alive'... in Japanese.
sources: Anime Almanac's Twitter feed & XBox 360 Fanboy

Found in a GaiaOnline thread: For those that don't know what SNK Boss Syndrome is, consider yourself informed.

Anime News Network reports that PiQ (the magazine that was supposed to replace Newtype) is already dead at issue 4. That took no time at all.

Summer anime season is started and I'm still watching stuff from 2 seasons back. With any luck, I'll finish up Potemayo pretty soon and pick up some of the summer goodness. Hell, I've only seen the first two episodes of 'last' season's Kamen no Maid Guy.


Kotaku found an amazing and hysterical Flash game called Puzzle Farter. Yes, it's flatulence powered travel. Awesome.

DS Fanboy found a clever little alarm clock based on the Metal Gear Solid character, Otacon.

random amusement:

The Twitter Fail Whale has a groupie. That is good times. Follow her @failwhale.