In the olden days, getting access to anime was a tremendous pain in the ass. For every series that got dubbed and aired on American television, there were dozens if not hundreds more that only made their way over on quasi-legal videotapes or bootleg DVDs. Fans of Japanese animation learned to work around it, but the advent of fast, reliable streaming video changed everything.
Square Enix has announced that it will be producing a special live-action television miniseries based on the Final Fantasy XIV story The Father of Light. If you’re a big Final Fantasy XIV fan, you’ll want to see if this series will get an English subtitled release. I’m not enthusiastic that it will, but hey, stranger things have happened.
One of the best anime series of this past spring season was undoubtedly Berserk, the continuation of the original 26-episode series that adapted the original manga by Kentaro Miura. It only ran for thirteen episodes and left us with a bit of a cliffhanger, right before the real action was poised to begin.
The history of comics is built on exploitation, with creative geniuses inventing characters that are then exploited in perpetuity by corporate entities. Think of legends like Jack Kirby having his original art held hostage by Marvel until he signed away the rights to his hundreds of creations.
According to the DC Comics Calendar (from 1976), today, January 29th, is the birthday of Arthur Curry, aka the DC Comics’ superhero Aquaman. First appearing in More Fun Comics #73 in November 1941, Aquaman has solidified himself as a cornerstone of the DC Universe. He is a husband, father, a founding member of the Justice League, and the king of Atlantis. Despite becoming the butt of many superhero-related jokes, especially during the more extreme 90’s and grittier 2000’s, Aquaman has recently come back to the forefront of the DC Universe. One of the few characters to benefit from DC Comics’ New 52 launch under the pen of Geoff Johns, Aquaman was rebooted as a self-aware hero, who overcame all of the jokes thrown his way by showing off his capabilities as a hero and a leader. Now, Jason Momoa is set to play the character in a Justice League movie later this year, as well as star in his own feature length movie set for release in 2018.
今年是iPhone诞生的十周年，也开始遭遇了成长的烦恼。近日根据市场研究公司Counterpoint Research的数据显示，去年iPhone 6s在中国市场总销量达1200万台，但OPPO的旗舰机R9却卖出了1700万台，占据4%的市场份额。