04 October 2015
Hiiiiiiiiiiiiii! Seems Fall is fully upon us once more, but the Awesome Sauce that is GR2 Weekly still chugs on! Richard “Azzy” Englebert here, ready and raring to bring forth the new blogisode for you all. I got me some catching up to do with my toku shows, especially since the new Kamen Rider series that recently debuted, Kamen Rider Ghost, is supernatural-themed. But then you also have Arrow and The Flash debuting their new seasons this week. So much tv, so little time. But that’s how the Geek World works. Ryan Renolds cranked his badassery up to 11 when he swiped a Deadpool costume from the set post-filming, we briefly got to catch a glimpse of the first 3 episodes of the crowdfunded show Con Man, the 30th Anniversary re-release of the Back To The Future will feature a bonus short starring Doc Brown, an artist by the name of Melissa McCracken uses her unique ability of “seeing” sounds (known as Synesthesia) to create paintings based on some of music’s most famous songs and scientists have just recently discovered the world’s first Biofluorescent Sea Turtle. Alas though, screenings of the live-action Attack On Titan movie turned into a subtitle-freezing disaster (on top of getting trashed by some critics), DLC for Train Simulator 2016 runs for a total of over $3,000 on sale, Japan has first-person shooter games involving giving gals orgasms, PS3 owners with Playstation Plus subscriptions are getting hosed yet again with their free games lineup for October and the mystery involving whether or not Titletown Comic and Entertainment Expo will even still happen continues with little to no explanation in sight. Without further delay, here what won (and lost) at life this week.
Geek Rave of the Week
This week’s subject for Rant of the Week is a bit on the unique side. While there are some areas here that have their own local “mascots” for whatever, and Japan is no exception to this. But there is one prefecture in Japan that takes the idea and cranks it up to 11. Ladies and gentlegeeks, I bring to you, Akita’s very own superhero, Chojin Neiger!
While your atypical hero is out fighting monsters or just saving the day in general, Chojin Neiger is more frequently seen promoting the Akita Prefecture while farming in its Rice Paddies. The rice-farming, tokusatsu-like superhero came about back in June of 2005 by Tamotsu Ebina, a former UWF professional wrestler and one of the local sports gym’s managers, this rice-farming, tractor-driving do-gooder has inspired audio dramas, comics and another hero, Neiger Cheon (Akita’s protector of its trees and forests).
Even superheroes gotta relax once in a while.
But perhaps the most interesting aspect is how much of Chojin Neiger’s roots lies in local folklore. According to the previously mentioned tale, once a year on New Year’s, the ogre Namahage goes around a certain area of Akita asking “Waruiko wa ineeka?”, which roughly translates to “Are there any bad children around?” Such a unique blend of folklore, tokusatsu and sensible promoting of the local community is definitely something to take note of and I, for one, applaud this effort and would be interested to see him make a cameo in a Super Sentai show sometime.
How can you NOT like this?
Hope you’re feeling pretty spiffy after reading this, because what comes next may very well negate that.
Geek Rant of the Week
When you love something a lot, you usually want to do as much as you can to celebrate and display your fandom. For one guy in particular, Ramar Larkin Jones, he tends to be quite the Pokemon fan and for several years has hosted Pokemon-themed parties at the PAX Prime gaming conference in Seattle. But that has now apparently come to a halt thanks to Pokémon Company International, Inc., who filed a lawsuit against Mr. Jones the day before the planned party this year.
Being accused of “blatant and willful infringement”, the lawyers for Pokemon Company filed the lawsuit in the U.S. District Court in the Western District of Washington. The lawyers offered to settle the matter with him……..if he pays their legal fees within the next 45 days, which amounts to around $4,000. Ramar stated he would have halted the party sooner had he actually been properly notified, as he alleges the lawsuit came with absolutely zero warning whatsoever. Let’s take a look at the poster in question, the same one that got the lawyers’ attention.
I can kind of see why the Pokemon Company might have some issue with the event, as the two Pokemon look like they got copy and pasted straight from a Google image search. Maybe if he left them out altogether or have heavily altered them, they might have let things slide. But sadly, with the deadline looming and no solution in sight, Ramar has resorted to a crowdfunding campaign in order to generate the necessary cash to put this matter behind him. And it appears it will, as the campaign met it’s goal in only two days. While the Pokemon Company was well within its right to issue some sort of legal action, the fact they skipped the “Cease and Desist order” step and went straight to the lawsuit is a ginormous dick move on their part. But if he ever does throw a fandom party again, a thing he swears to never do again, perhaps he’d be wise to go about it in a more abstract way.
I don’t always go outside the Geek World for the mandatory pallet cleanser, but when I do, the Men In Blazers are usually involved. 😉
Well, my fellow geeks and geekettes across the interwebs, that brings this blogiside of GR2 Weekly to a most satisfying end. And as I tend to enjoy mentioning every chance I get, should you have any suggestions for what I should Rant and/or Rave about (please suggest away, I promise I won’t bite), feel free to message me and you are equally as encouraged to post much linkage on the official GR2 Weekly Facebook page. See you next week! While you’re still here, though, be sure to check out and Vote Up Lemme Addams everybody. Sonny Strait will be a happy person. 😛
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