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It's been a while since I last posted an entry here.

This is sorta of a cross-post from my LJ. Also, this is coming from someone who hasn't read the Scott Pilgrim comics yet, but only played the PSN video game.
I've watched Scott Pilgrim vs The World and I loved it!!♥♥♥ *___*
The style, music and energy of this film was great! All the references and sound effects to old skool video games used throughout the film had me in glee! (Zelda, Mario, Street Fighter, and Sonic are the ones I identified. And correct me if I'm wrong, but did they make a NES Duck Tales reference?) Heck, Scott even wore an Astro Boy t-shirt! And I love the humor! XD From the moment that Matthew Patel enters the scene, the film got crazy and exuberant, and a lot of things didn't make a lot of sense from there on, but the film just embraced the craziness.
The cast of characters where also brilliant! Those who stood out to me and I became fond of was Knives Chau, Scott's young high school girlfriend whose character I normally would have found annoying, but she actually came across rather endearing thanks to the actress who played her, and Wallace Wells, Scott's suave, laidback and level-headed gay roommate.
My gripe with the movie is that we don't get to know all too much Katayanagi Twins, how did Ramona met and split up with them (They didn't speak at all!). Perhaps, provide more build up for Gideon, and have slightly more insight on Scott's past relationship with Envy. My other compliant would have to do with all the craziness; how does Scott know how to fight and why no one seems to have a scratch on them after getting pummelled so much? But then again, I had to chalk this up to the video game aspect of this movie's theme, so perhaps my complaint here is invalid.
But other than that, it was a very enjoyable film.
Most definitely recommend people to watch this film, especially to fellow old skool gamers! d*^o^*b

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Okay. I'm worried. I haven't received any submissions at all for my online Black Jack anthology project: www.maiyeng.co.uk/bjdoujinshi/
And there's only 2 more months until the deadline. @@
I guess I should have started this project sooner when the anime was still be subbed cause I have noticed that slight fall in interest and inactivity with Black Jack around some communities.
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Tomatogal Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2010
Arh, I still need to go on LiveJournal! >.< *runs off* Oooh! That sounds awesome! I'd love to get out with some friends and see a movie, so maybe I'll consider going to see it! :'D He wore an Astro Boy shirt?! :'D Awesome! :dance:

No submissions? D: I could *try* so see if I could do something, but it depends on my health and how much time I have with school n' stuff. I'll try to remember! :3
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maiyeng Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2010
If you're looking for a free webjournal, then livejournal is a great place to get one.
Oh, it is a fun movie! One that you do have to switch your brain off to enjoy though. XD; (So glad I was in the right frame of mind to enjoy it!)

Thanks! It's alright if you don’t have time.
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Tomatogal Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2010
I actually made an account a while ago and went on a little last night. It looks like there's all sorts of communities so I'll see if I can hang around on there. ^^

The computers were down in my web design class, so I had time to sketch ideas. XD I'll still see if I can do something. ^^
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maiyeng Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2010
LJ does require as much attention as you do when going onto DA. XD Yes, it's great when it comes to communities, which is why I hang out at LJ far more than I do on DA.

Cool! ^^
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Tomatogal Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2010
Ah, good to know! :3 Alright, I'll have to see if I can find ya and start being active on there. ^^
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kevintheman Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
I'm glad that you enjoyed the Scott Pilgrim movie! The amount of video game references in the film make the geek in me happy! I do agree the actress playing Knives did a very good job of playing her.
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maiyeng Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2010
Yes! Also forgot to mention the awesome battle between Scott and the exes and how each battle is different from the other.
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kevintheman Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Oh yes! Those battles were so awesome!
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blindbanditofthesand Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
I've been wanting to go see "Scott Pilgrim." I flipped through the comics at the bookstore and liked what I read a lot.. :)

Ahhh---
I've been meaning to make/submit something, but It's slipped my mind. D:<
I know I have something on my computer so submit... *goes to look*
Hope other people get interested in it. There are definitely people out there, rare as they may be... : /
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maiyeng Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2010
I highly recommend it! ^^b The fight scenes are very well done since it involves Jackie Chan's stunt team! *_*

Thank you! Anything will do, so long as it follows the submission requirements! XD;;
Yes, I know. I just hope it hasn't completely slipped their minds...
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blindbanditofthesand Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
THAT IS AWESOME. I may have a hard time convingcing my Mom, since we saw a trailer for the movie where Scott said "I'm in lesbians with you." (Which makes me giggle :P)

Very well then; I will dig up my Black Jack drawing and see what is good enough to submit!!
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maiyeng Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2010
Oh gosh! That bit from the movie was so embarrassing for Scott. XD He mixed up two things in his head in one scene, and what he came out with made everyone in the theatre burst out laughing (I won't spoil it for you, but it comes up after Knives dyes her hair). Whilst there is a hint of mention of a femalexfemale relationship in the movie, you're more likely to see malexmale kissing.

Thank you in advance! ^^
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blindbanditofthesand Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
Lulz~~!
Fffff... all more reason to see it! :D

No problemo!
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Sailorkittystar Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2010
Are, it seems like a fun movie for me. I want to watch it now, ^0^ I'll look forward to when it hits theatres over here!
If I'm lucky, my local comic book shop might have the comics. :)

Trust me, I'm working on it. I just couldn't work on it during spring, since I had tonnes and tonnes of homework, and during summer vacation, I got kinda lazy.. I think it's best for me to work on it during fall, when I'm work-inclined and have free time.

Also, Black Jack is one of those series that is entertainment to many, but a few really like it and "keep" it. Those who look at it as "entertainment" will fall out of it sooner or later, like Naruto or the like, those who "keep" it will keep on liking it and maybe Tezuka works for a long time, because it starts to fall into the "general interest" category instead of "animu I'm following" category.
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maiyeng Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2010
Yes! I highly recommend it if you have played old games from the 8bit or even the 16bit era! Very wacky and fun movie! ^^
Oh, and I hear a lot of different people praising the comics, so I'm likely to check them out! ;D

Ah, that's ok. If you have a lot of work to do, please concentrate on that before working on your hobbies. For others, it's almost the end of summer and the summer holidays. XD;

I dunno. Colab comics and art works with more popular series like Naruto will likely have more contributions and as the series is still on going there's no fear in fans losing interest. However, with Black Jack, the series has pretty much ended, with the exception of the English translation of the manga by Vertical. However, I'm wondering about the sales of this series at the moment...
I'm very sure that Black Jack will still gain new fans as time moves on because the material is pretty much available in English now, however since there is a lack of buzz at the moment it feels that I have started this project a little too late. ^^;
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Sailorkittystar Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2010
Are, then it will fit me very well. (Loves 6-bt games) ^^

It's a big end-of-the-school-year graderush during spring, so I have considerably less homework now. :)

Hmm, true.. I hope the sales are going well. I know it's not that popular in Sweden, but the only comics-library in Sweden seem to have all the copies(Even the VIZ ones!). And Sweden is Sweden, so yeah... At least I have every copy preordered.

Yeah, and it's a classic, after all. I didn't start liking it because of the manga-I like classic series and wanted to read it. The anime was avadible at the time, but the books were my first and highest priotity. I'm sure there are other pople like that, too.. And I hope the project goes well. *crosses fingers for this to suceed*
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maiyeng Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2010
lol! 8bits. XD Yay!

Ah, that's cool. ^^

I have met only 3 strangers in RL who were able to identify Black Jack in the past couple of years. But yeah, at the London Expo, I never see a wink of BJ manga or merch. XD;

I remember hearing and seeing BJ here and there but never made a move to seek it out, but was interested in knowing what it was all about (a UK manga & anime mag criticized the dated art style from what I remembered and said that it may not be for everyone). Yeah, I hope so too.
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Sailorkittystar Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2010
Are, I met two people who recognized me when I cosplayed at the convention. @.@ Luckily, I've managed to drag a freind in, and I'm actually kinda happy with being in a small fanbase..

I really dislike it when people judge by artsyle. >.< I think I might have that magazine- Got a subscirption for it, and they sell english and american magazines in well-stocked conviniece stores(Everybody learns english in school here).
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maiyeng Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2010
That’s cool. ^^ Black Jack isn’t so hard of a character to recognise. XD

Really? It was a very small article and it was a review over Viz’s English translated manga of Black Jack (at the time of publishing that was what was available.)
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Sailorkittystar Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2010
Well, I said I had the magazine, not the one with the article. I just can't remember the name of the magazine, >.<
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ingthingthings Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2010  Student General Artist
Mario, Sonic and Zelda *_* maybe I should watch this... XD Just read the summary, and it sounds pretty interesting :D

It's true that Black Jack is faltering in popularity... But I'm sure there are fans out there- I saw several people engrossed in the first Black Jack book in my school library, and a Black Jack cosplayer at a recent anime convention- Though some of them (fans) may not have much interest in drawing him ^^;.
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maiyeng Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2010
It is a very funny and energetic movie. ^^ Though you do need to suspend your belief and start thinking of it like a video game when Ramona's exes appears.

Yeah, I have noticed that people recognise BJ more, but in regards to internet communities, it seems once the TV series and fansubs are over, fan enthusiasm also slows and people start to move onto other interest (and I'm one of such people. XD; )
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ingthingthings Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2010  Student General Artist
Sounds a little complicated... @_@

That's true...^^;
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maiyeng Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2010
Well, it is based on a 6 volume Canadian graphic novel (comic), so there is a good load of characters to take in. Squeeze all 6 novels into a 2 hour movie must have been challenging, but from what I heard, it kept very faithful even if there are a few thing that had to be dropped. ^^ So the movie will feel like it keeps on going without slowing down all that much.
The basic story is about a 22 (turns 23) year old, Scott, who falls in love with a girl name Ramona, but in order to be with her he has to defeat her 7 evil exes (or ex-boyfriends which, Scott kept assuming until he met Roxie).
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ingthingthings Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2010  Student General Artist
Wow... That sounds quite strange, yet funny at the same time XD
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maiyeng Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2010
It is! XD But then again some games themselves are strange. For example, Mario. How can a regular guy continuously slam his head against bricks and not get a concussion? XD;;;
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ingthingthings Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2010  Student General Artist
And it's strange how Mario can continuously break bricks, but can die upon touching a turtle... XD
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maiyeng Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2010
Or grow large when touching a mushroom, etc, etc. So yeah. You know what to expect.

Oh, and here's something I want to share with you which will give you a very good idea on what this movie is like (found by RageVX) [link]
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RageVX Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Havent seen the movie yet (not released here yet) but I played the game, second ex-boyfriend was funny when I defeated him. Dude jumps away on his skateboard falls down and crashes. XD
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maiyeng Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2010
That's exactly how the second ex is defeated in the movie. XD Although, some of the others are defeated differently compared to the game.
Still, I recommend you go watch it when it does come out. ^^b
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RageVX Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
that will be hopefully next week. Btw... Check Scott Pilgrim vs The Animation.
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maiyeng Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2010
Oh yes! I heard about that too! *3*
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RageVX Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
well... [link] <<;; ;;>>
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maiyeng Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2010
Thanks! Ah~, so that's the back story for Scott and Kim. Nice find! Thank you! :hug:
That's pretty much what you're going to expect from the movie. XD
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RageVX Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I lolled after he saved Kim and asked her to join the band, the way she responded XD
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maiyeng Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2010
"Scott, this sucks." Oh, Kim. XD
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JezMM Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
All your backstory questions are fully covered in the original comics, which I can heartily recommend of course. X3 (Oh, apart from everyone's amazing fighting skills, that's just a given - as you said, video-game theme XD).

Seeing it this afternoon, thanks for the review. I was worried about Wallace... his actor doesn't quite look as dashing to me as my imagination decides he is from the book's simple style, so I'm glad he still came across as suave and laidback (and generally awesome) in the movie to you as he did to me in the book. Knives is a fave character of mine too. She's heartbreakingly cute in the book.

Hope Kim is cool in the movie too, she's another favourite of mine. My only real gripe with the movie is how pathetic and whiny Cera's voice is for Scott. I imagined him speaking more confidently (if still absoutely dumbly) than that in the book, but I can't expect everything to be exactly the same, since all the characters probably have slightly englishy accents in my mind's voice too of course XD).
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maiyeng Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2010
I read somewhere on wiki that Wallace was the one that taught Scott how to fight(?). It's a shame it was never explained in the movie. (I really need to read the comics now!)

Oh, I hope you enjoy it! =D Me and my brother did. ^^b
Wallace is a very likable character, and I'm glad they didn't play him up as some flamboyant gay stereotype.
Yes! Knives is very cute and energetic in the movie! She could have easily been the annoying, clingy, whiny character type that would have made me cringe, but she was handled very well in the movie and I totally sympathize with her character.

Oh Kim and her dry wit. XD She obviously seems to loath Scott a great deal. I thought she had some good moments too, mostly from jabbing Scott verbally. =P
Scott in the movie did have a pretty whiny voice, but I personally didn't mind it that much. I guess he comes off more pathetic and loser-ish that way. XD;
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