Monthly Archives: September 2009

Movie Review: He’s Just Not That Into You

The movie “He’s Just Not That Into You” came out on DVD on June 2, 2009, and I finally got around to renting it.  If you like “Love Actually”, I’m pretty sure you’ll like this movie, too, because it features vignettes of love stories and intertwined characters.  However, unlike “Love Actually” which has a whole cast of great English actors, “He’s Just Not That Into You” has a whole cast of American actors, including Justin Long (the Mac commercial guy), Drew Barrymore, Jennifer Aniston, Jennifer Connelly, Ben Affleck, Scarlett Johansson, and Bradley Cooper (the guy from Alias who was Jennifer Garner’s friend).

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The movie explores relationship issues, such as trust, dating do’s and don’ts, commitment, marriage, and even how technology affects dating (Drew Barrymore gives a great monologue about it).

After you watch the movie on the DVD, watch the deleted scenes.  There are a couple of scenes where Scarlett’s character confides in her mom about two guys, one that she’s not that into (because he’s too clingy and needy), and another to whom she’s really attracted to, but married (Brad Cooper’s character).  Her mom also longs for all the famous musicians she knew, but mentions that life with Scarlett’s dad was real, whereas being with any of those famous musicians is a dream.  For Scarlett, going after a married man is a dream.  That’s when I drew a parallel with Hikaru Ichijo’s choice in Macross:  Hikaru chooses Misa because she’s more like him (they’re both in the military), she’s more mature, and she proved she can make a good home (remember the scene on the Protoculture city where Hikaru and Misa pretended to be enjoying a meal?).  On the other hand, being with Minmay is a dream.  She’s a pop star with many fans, but she doesn’t have time for staying at home because of her packed schedule.  Minmay is selfish (remember what she told Hikaru when the SDF-1’s entire crew’s lives were at stake, and all Minmay wanted was to be alone with Hikaru), and somewhat immature.

If you were Hikaru and you had to choose between Minmay and Misa, who would you choose, and why?

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Macross Chronicle Magazine, Issue 30

If you like Macross artwork, tech specs, and character sheets, then check out the Macross Chronicle Magazine!  It’s a bi-weekly magazine published by Shogakukan Shueisha Production Company.  Now you can have a Macross experience every other week!

Here’s Issue #30, which features the VB-6 Koenig Monster on the cover.

Macross Chronicle, Issue 30

Macross Chronicle, Issue 30

This issue has a nice drawing of a couple of veritech fighters.

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And here’s a character sheet on Lynn Minmay.

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What surprised me was how thin Issue 30 is.  It’s 34 pages, excluding the cover!  You’ll also note the 3 puncholes in each page.  You can buy a binder and put all the pages in it.  Compared to the Variable Fighter Master File:  VF-1 Valkyrie, the Macross Chronicle magazine is really small!

Macross Chronicle on top, Variable Fighter Master File on the bottom

Macross Chronicle on top, Variable Fighter Master File on the bottom

You can find Macross Chronicle Magazine at Hobby Link Japan:  http://www.hlj.com/hljlist2/?SeriesID=934&MacroType=SciBoo&Dis=-2&GenreCode=Sci&searchpage=Scitop

If you’re close to a Kinokuniya Bookstore, you can have them order a magazine subscription for you!

A Tribute to the Ubiquitous Circular Handle in Macross

Today, we’re giving a tribute to the artwork of Macross, specifically to the ubiquitous circular handle!  We see this handle on the character’s uniforms and helmets.  We also see it all over the veritech fighter.

The Circular Handle on Uniforms

The handle appears on the upper torso of the jumper-suit uniform, on the back.

Black circular handle on Hikaru's blue uniform, on the back

Black circular handle on Hikaru's blue uniform, on the back

It appears on the collar of uniforms.

Circular handle on Hikaru and Misa's collars

Circular handle on Hikaru and Misa's collars

Circular handle on Claudia's collar

Circular handle on Claudia's collar

Finally, the handle appears on the back of helmets.

Circular handle on back of Hikaru's helmet

Circular handle on back of Hikaru's helmet

Circular handle on back of Kyle's helmet

Circular handle on back of Kyle's helmet

The Circular Handle on Veritech Fighters

The circular handle appears all over the veritech fighter!!

Roy Fokker's VF-1S:  Circular Handle on Forearms and Calf Armor

Roy Fokker's VF-1S: Circular Handle on Forearms and Calf Armor

Roy Fokker's VF-1S:  Circular Handle on Breastplate and Nosecone

Roy Fokker's VF-1S: Circular Handle on Breastplate and Nosecone

VF-1J Mass Production Type:  Circular Handle on Shoulder Hinges and Forearm

VF-1J Mass Production TV Type: Circular Handle on Shoulder Hinges and Forearm

VF-1J Mass Production TV Type:  Circular Hamdles on Brwastplae, Forearm, Legs, and Backpack

VF-1J Mass Production TV Type: Circular Handles on Breastplate, Forearm, Legs, and Backpack

To whomever coordinated art direction in Macross, this tribute is for you!  Thank you for designing  this consistency!!

We Remember Love, a WordPress Blog about Anime

WordPress user Ghostlightning has a great anime blog.  He’s currently watching Macross Frontier, and commenting on each episode.  I found his post about “How to Date an Idol” particularly entertaining!  Check it out!

http://ghostlightning.wordpress.com/2009/08/28/idol/

Kaiyodo’s Revoltech Regult, VF-1S, VF-1J

Kaiyodo’s Revoltech line of toys features highly articulated joints.  Today, let’s have a look at their Zentraedi Battle Pod, aka “Regult”, the VF-1S, and the VF-1J.

Kaiyodo's Revoltech Regult, VF-1S, and VF-!J

Kaiyodo's Revoltech Regult, VF-1S, and VF-1J

These toys are well painted, and are made of a very soft plastic.  I think they’re made of PVC’s, and boy, do they smell!!

Here’s a close-up of the Regult:

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Here’s a close-up of the VF-1S (Roy Fokker’s paint scheme).  Note that the toy has the Super and Strike parts!

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Because these toys are highly articulated, you can strike some very dynamic poses, which you can’t do with the Yamato toys!

Here’s a close-up of the VF-1J, which has the paint scheme of Rick Hunter’s VF-1J from the Robotech/Macross TV series.  It also has super parts, but no strike cannon:

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These toys are about half the height of the Yamato 1/60 valkyries, so if that’s too small for you, I don’t recommend getting them.  Also, if you want to minimize the smell of the PVC plastic, you’ll need to get an enclosed display case.

In my opinion, the Yamato 1/60 toys are much better; they’re bigger, are made of stiffer plastic, and they don’t smell!

Blogging about the Macross TV series

I found this blog while searching the ‘net:  http://that.animeblogger.net

Check it out!  The blogger is watching the Macross TV series from the beginning, and the comment threads are quite interesting!

Macross 1/60 VT-1 Super Ostrich: Gerwalk and the Peculiar Head

Here are some pictures of the VT-1 in Gerwalk mode:

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Now we come to the peculiar-looking head.

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You can rotate that solar-panel-looking gray flap.

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Finally, here’s a side view of the head.  Notice the elbow-like hinge.

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