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Interested In Pokemon? Give This Awesome Manga A Read!

Do you love Pokemon? Did you play Red and Blue when you were a kid, pitting Charizard or Pikachu against the forces of Team Rocket’s goons as you journeyed through the pixelated world that the GBA game offered? Did you watch the anime, following the adventures of Ash alongside Brock and Misty as they tried to catch ’em all? Maybe Detective Pikachu blew your socks off as you got see dozens of Pokemon lovingly brought to life on the big screen this year? I bet you’re hyped for the release of the newest game, Sword and Shield, which will bring in a new batch of Pokemon creatures for you to fall in love with all over again! But sometimes I bet you’ve craved a desire to not just play and watch Pokemon but read it too? If only there were some Pokemon books, telling further tales of the world in the eyes of literature?

Well, there’s nothing like that but we’ve still got a recommendation for you nonetheless? Do you like comics? Then prepare to dive into this incredible manga.

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Pokemon Adventureswritten by Hidenori Kusaka, is a manga series based on the popular games that began publication in 1999. The series was an immediate hit and has been an ongoing series ever since. In fact, its still going on today! Each volume in the series follows an arc of the games, with the first arc following the young trainer Red and adapting the basic plot of Red and Blue. But the series differs from the actual considerably, offering perhaps the most ‘realistic’ take on the franchise while deepening the characterizations of beloved longtime characters and monsters.

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In fact, the manga series makes the Pokemon universe really feel like a living, breathing world, as opposed to merely a ‘game’. Each Pokemon protagonist has nuanced goals and ideas for their respective journeys. Far from just catching them all, each protagonist has an idea of what he or she wants to accomplish in the Pokemon world. Some want to be the best Pokemon breeders, some want to win the beauty contests, and some want to be the greatest that no one ever was.

What else makes the manga stand out? Its realism makes it much darker than other adaptations. Instead of the bumbling Team Rocket trio of the anime, the antagonists of the manga are very threatening. Giovanni, the boss of Team Rocket, doesn’t hesitate to kill anyone who might stand in his way. Yep, that’s right…kill. His establishing chapter ends with him killing two Magmar by freezing them alive and shattering them into pieces.

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The series doesn’t hold back on showing how dangerous the world can be. Pokemon can hurt you and hurt each other. Instead of merely being knocked out or fainting, battles can be life or death scenarios. This makes fights much more intense and exciting because they are real stakes in face offs. It really gives a sense of scale and true ‘power’ to the monsters that the trainers command. They can be cuddly but they can also be majestic, terrifying, or dangerous and the manga doesn’t hold back on the depictions of the latter. Such as this infamous moment, where a Charmander chops an Arbok in half.

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But these dark moments only help the lighter and human moments stand out all the more. Characters who are just one off bosses in the games (the Gym Leaders and the Elite Four) are examined as three dimensional people. We see Gym Leaders such as Winona and Wallace falling in love or Erika engaging in hobbies like archery. Grief and sadness are part of Adventures but the series isn’t weighed down by it, as it also mixes in great amounts of humor, charm, and cuteness, creating a fleshed out narrative that can appeal to anyone.

If you’re a Pokemon fanatic or a casual fan just interested in a more mature take on the setting, give this manga a try! There’s a lot of it but pick any arc you want and start from there, as they work fine as standalone pieces for the most part. Or you could follow a Trainer’s example and catch ’em all, starting from beginning to end!

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5 Uncursed Howl’s Moving Castle Memes

This is the point where I confess that Howl’s Moving Castle is my favorite Miyazaki movie by far. They’re all good! But I connect with Sophie on a deeper level. If you’ve yet to read the book, get ready to have the experience of the movie turned up to eleven. Sure, it’s not as soft or as serious, but believe me when I say you will not miss it. Obviously the movie is iconic, but the book characters are on a whole other level. Thanks for coming to my ted talk. Here are some memes.

 

That’s Growth

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Who doesn’t want to be very very old? Sure, hypothetically the curse is a punishment, but Sophie clearly finds it as liberating as I would. Meek little Sophie Hatter starts breaking into magic houses and bullying demons. Talk about a glow up. In the book, Howl tries to lift Sophie’s curse, but her own magic keeps it in place. It really goes to show they’re a good match. She’s ridiculously stubborn and he’s just ridiculous. Still, we stan, and I think we can all relate.

 

It’s What he Does

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This might be the hottest take I’ve ever seen. Of course he bites her hair. It looks like stardust! And what does Howl do to stars? Eats them. You’d think he’d learn his lesson. Unless you’ve seen the movie, read the book, or heard about literally any of his choices. Learn his lesson? This is a man who literally will not stop ghosting immensely powerful witches and then running away. The mistakes are endless. She looks surprised here, but I don’t think anything can surprise Sophie anymore.

 

It’s a Different Vibe

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I’m not going to get all ‘the book was better’ on you because I absolutely adore both, but book Sophie is an honest to god force of nature. When she gets mad she kills an entire garden. It’s sort of the spiritual opposite of Howl’s slime meltdown, I guess, because it’s productive, but still absolutely ridiculous. Just talk about your feelings instead of throwing dramatic magic everywhere! You guys are too powerful to be this messy.

 

Metamorphosis

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Sure, education is important, but at what cost? What is it about just going to class that ages me fifty years? I can’t be alone. Maybe it’s the fluorescents, maybe it’s learning, maybe it’s the fact that I’m too lazy to wear my glasses at home, but there’s a sharp contrast. I don’t even need a witch to curse me. Just tell me I have sixty pages to read in two days and I wither like the witch of the waste trying to climb the stairs. Stay strong, and don’t use school mirrors.

 

Slime Icon

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True story, every day for about a month I walked past a closed popup, but it’s banner was still outside and described it as ‘a slime experience’. Who would want that? Howl, apparently. I’ve had some hair dye gone wrong, and I’ve been dumped, but never have I flooded my entire living room and half of Porthaven. He just hired Sophie, she just got everything clean, and now he pulls this? Still, it’s one of the most memorable scenes, and characterizes Howl pretty powerfully without any explanation needed.

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Netflix and Kevin Smith Are Bringing Back ‘He-Man’ TV Series

 

He-Man and The Masters of the Universe is one of the quintessential children’s cartoons of the eighties. Alongside Thundercats, Transformers, Teenage Ninja Mutant Turtlesand G.I. Joethe science fiction fantasy action series is one of the cornerstones of the era. It remains an iconic property today, with a live action movie made in 1987 and a brief 2002 series reboot on Cartoon Network.

Unfortunately, none of these achieved the popularity of the original and He-Man is likely best known today for its spinoff series, She-Ra, which received its own Netflix reboot to much critical acclaim. He-Man himself seemed to be doomed to languish in nostalgia…until now!

 

Netflix's Masters of the Universe

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Like those other show, the original He-Man series began as a toy line, accompanied with short comics to showcase the lore and story behind the action figures.

He-Man hails for the world of Eternia, a world where fantasy elements and science fiction weaponry exist side by side. He-Man’s adventures chronicle his battle with Skeletor, an evil sorcerer who wants to seize He-Man’s base, Castle Grayskull, for himself and pillage its hidden treasures.

 

"He-Man and the Masters of the Universe" TV Show

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A cartoon soon followed, tweaking He-Man a bit and giving him the secret identity of Prince Adam, who posed as a weakling. When He-Man held aloft his mighty sword, the Power Sword, he would transform into the mighty He-Man. Alongside the Masters of the Universe, He-Man battled Skeletor and his evil warriors, becoming a hero to children the world over for several years until the toy line’s waning popularity eventually lead to its cancellation.

 

 

But in a surprise announcement, Netflix said via Twitter that a new cartoon would be coming to Netflix, with none other than cult filmmaker Kevin Smith take the reins as show runner! The new show is known as He-Man and the Masters of the Universe: Revelation. 

Kevin Smith said this in a statement:

“I’m Eternia-ly grateful to Mattel TV and Netflix for entrusting me with not only the secrets of Grayskull, but also their entire Universe. In Revelation, we pick up right where the classic era left off to tell an epic tale of what may be the final battle between He-Man and Skeletor! This is the Masters of the Universe story you always wanted to see as a kid!”

 

He-Man and the Masters of the Universe

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Carnival Row writer and Smith’s podcast partner Marc Bernardin will also team up with Smith — along with Eric Carrasco (Supergirl), Tim Sheridan (Reign of the Supermen), Diya Mishra (Magic the Gathering) are part of the dream team alongside Smith. Netflix tweeted out an official plot synopsis as well:

 

“The war for Eternia begins again! Superstar director Kevin Smith continues the original series’ story right where it left off in Masters of the Universe: Revelation, a new series telling the epic tale of what may be He-Man and Skeletor’s final battle.”

 

Are you excited to see the return of He-Man, Skeletor, and the rest? Tell us in the comments! There isn’t an official release date for the show yet but we can’t wait to see what Kevin Smith is cooking up. Soon, we’ll all have the Power again!

 

 

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Check Out All Of Netflix’s Chill New Arrivals For August!

If the recent heatwaves have been bogging you down, these Netflix releases are sure to cool you off!

We’ve put every new release into categories and included the Netflix release dates to boot! Click on the titles or where it says “book” or “novel” to either the watch film/show trailer or to purchase the original book.

 

 

 

Fantasy

 

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Horns – based on the book by Joe Hill (Aug. 1st) (Fun fact: Daniel Radcliffe is in this!)

The Dark Crystal: Age Of Resistance – the highly anticipated sequel to Jim Henson’s masterpiece, The Dark Crystal, from the 80s (Aug. 30th)

 

 

Crime Thriller

 

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Jackie Brown – based on the book, Rum Punch, by Elmore Leonard (Aug. 1st)

The Sinner Season 2 – based on the book by Petra Hammesfarh (Aug. 1st)

 

 

Drama

 

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Dear White People Season 3 – based on the book by Justin Simien (Aug. 2nd)

The 100 Season 6 – based on the book series by Kass Morgan (Aug. 14th)

Gangs Of New York – inspired by the non-fiction novel by Herbert Asbury (Aug. 20th)

 

 

 

 

Romance

 

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Sex and the City: The Movie – based on the book by Candace Bushnell (Aug. 1st)

 

 

Comedy

 

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Otherhood – based on the book Whatever Makes You Happy by William Sutcliffe (Aug. 2nd)

Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer – based on the book by Megan McDonald (Aug. 8th)

 

 

Animation

 

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Enter The Anime – a documentary on the history of Anime (Aug. 5th)

Cannon Busters – based on the comic book series by LeSean Thomas (Aug. 15th)

 

 

 

 

American Comics

 

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IZombie Final Season – based on the comic book series by Chris Roberson (Aug. 9th)

The Punisher (2004) – based on the comic book series by Garth Ennis (Aug. 17th)

 

 

While everyone else is sweating in the sun, grab a glass of sweet iced tea, blast your air conditioning, and enjoy these chill new Netflix shows and movies! No pants required!

 

 

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Cannon Busters by LeSean Thomas

Netflix’s ‘Cannon Busters’ Adaptation Finally Has Release Date!

It is about time we have the release date for the long awaited adaptation LeSean Thomas’s Cannon Busters. The news came this past Sunday at the Los Angeles Anime Expo from Netflix’s sci-fi/fantasy twitter account stating that the show would air August 15, just in time for a weekend long binge!

Thomas first published the series in 2005, and it centers itself around an unlikely trio’s adventures: a high-end friendship droid, a discarded maintenance robot, and a deadly fugitive. Together, the three embark on a deadly adventure to find the heir to the kingdom. If it sounds exciting, that’s because it is very exciting and jam packed with action that will leave you wanting more. The release date leaves viewers with just over a month to get their hands on a copy before they binge the next best thing to come from Netflix.

 

 

The road to Netflix for Cannon Busters was long. After being published in 2005, Thomas created a kickstarter to make it into a feature in 2014. It was announced in 2017 that it would be a series on Netflix, which was pushed back to 2018 before being shelved. Fourteen years after publication, we will finally get to see Thomas’s work grace our screens! I already have an alert set, how about you?

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