Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy Halloween, Phineas and Ferb!

For those of you who celebrate Halloween a la media, here's one more thing to add to that list of yours - the Phineas and Ferb episode "That's the Spirit!" This year, I am unable to participate in everything media-related to Halloween because of a busy college schedule, but I suggest the rest of you have fun with that at least. Besides, my days of classic trick-or-treating have long been over for years.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Tower of Terror At Large

Welcome to the world of Phineas and Ferb, where the universe is 50 times larger and the Milky Way Galaxy is now cut off from the rest of the universe thanks to a very rude tower with delusions of grandeur. So what's next, I wonder?

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Way Ahead of Things

The Phineas and Ferb Wiki is at it again! Except that this time, they're claiming to have sources on this one. So what's the deal? Two more new episodes are inbound with the wiki claiming they will air using Disney Channel's On Demand service. The current Time Warner Cable schedule has seven episodes on the list, two of which are named "Remains of the Playtpus" and "A Phineas and Ferb Family Christmas". The first title indeed sounds preposterous and the second doesn't make sense. Firstly, we've already had a Christmas special and an extended version, so why do we need another? This would be the third year in the running that the original Christmas special will appear on television, but if something like this transpires, that means something else could be thought up of for the end of 2012! Not necessary, I say. The original Christmas special was good enough, but now I hear with the prospect of this, it's like... "Phineas and Ferb's Christmas Vacation" wasn't good enough, was it? As for "Remains of the Platypus", that alone is preposterous-sounding onto itself. Sure, the idea of an episode being told backwards is funny and on the ideal level of comedy for the show (I know a book chapter that did this in a way). The episodes "Lotsa Latkes" and "Ferb Latin" have already been confirmed, the latter having plenty of evidence to go forth with its air date. But... really, now... "Remains of the Platypus"? "A Phineas and Ferb Family Christmas"? Even if it's Christmas during summer, that's just... I don't know what that is.

Now me and my bro, we're way ahead of things
Went from a pair of jokers to a couple of kings
It goes to show you never know just what a schedule brings
Me and my bro, we're way ahead of things

Seeing Talent Should Inspire Us, Not Make Us Jealous

Check this out. And you will learn to be inspired if you know what's good for you. Anyone who's jealous of an artist's talents becomes an Internet troll hell-bent on ruination. Inspiration is one way to learn and succeed. I know I am inspired by a lot of things.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

How Do You Attract Fans? With Pokémon.

It seems that Game Freak director Junichi Masuda has gained worldwide attention from Pokémon fans twice in one week by responding to questions and giving away information on the mysterious original character N. Fans were asking for remakes of the games Pokémon Ruby and Pokémon Sapphire and he responded by mentioning their importance to him. Chances are, now we will see remakes at some point in the future. However, he did reveal a lot of interesting information on N, including his full name, his connection to Pokémon, and more. Evidently, seeing only Pokémon who had been mistreated by humans is not the only reason he distrusts humans. But maybe he really is the son of the evil Ghetsis after all...

Friday, October 14, 2011

The World Ends With Kingdom Hearts

As the development of the latest Kingdom Hearts game continues, the 2011 Tokyo Game Show revealed a demo, in which the Disney world based on The Hunchback of Notre Dame was shown and it appears that Neku Sakuraba, the main protagonist from the DS game The World Ends With You, is set to appear in Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance as well. This is a character not from the Final Fantasy series or from Disney, but the game in which he's from was conceptualized by Tetsuya Nomura and Square Enix. And on an interesting note, in the Japanese version of the game, Neku was voiced by Kōki Uchiyama, who also voiced Roxas and Ventus in the Japanese versions of Kingdom Hearts. For now, this is just an interesting bit of information, as it's far too early to assume anything else. I mean, Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance is still in development after all.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Phineas and Ferb does a parody on a parody!

What happens when a parody of something well known is performed? That's right, it's funny! Now, what if one was to do a parody on a parody? In other words, let's take this for example. There exists a parody on the Twilight series known as True Blood, starring Stephen Moyer and Anna Paquin. Now what if there was a parody on that already existing parody? You probably get something even funnier! And what better show to do it than Phineas and Ferb? Ah yeah, baby! In the episode "The Curse of Candace", there is a vampire movie that Candace watches with characters Jared, the handsome vampire, Kristen, his lover, and a werewolf. Interestingly enough, the True Blood stars return to voice Jared and Kirsten, sort of reprising their roles in a way, and Kristen is named after Kristen Stewart, the star from the Twilight movies. Also, Michael J. Fox from Teen Wolf provides the voice of the teenage werewolf as well, another means of reprising a role in a way. It looks like this month is ready to dish out a good scare, Phineas and Ferb style!

Happy Halloween!

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Feeling the Flow

Apparently, 4kids remains undefeated in their reputation streak of airing Yu-Gi-Oh! anime series in English. Once again, they are in charge of licensing the Japanese series as the fourth, Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL, comes alive in English language on the CW4kids beginning October 15. I swear, the way they can find loopholes out of their messes is just crazy, but you have to admire their doggedness. Like in Yu-Gi-Oh! and Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's, the main protagonist keeps his Japanese name, so Yuma Tsukumo stays the way he is. He's still an amateur duelist at first, but gradually improves with the help of his otherworldly companion, Astral, who gives him access to his Extra Deck, allowing him to summon the new Xyz Monsters. It's kind of like relying on Synchro Summoning to win duels all over again, in a way. The only current English names revealed include Bronk Stone and Tori Meadows, two good friends of Yuma.

But here's the deal. Because 4kids is in charge, it obviously means fans are gonna whine and mope about the kid-friendly company "butchering" the series down to a degrading level. For example, take this scene in episode 23 for instance, where Tori slaps Yuma for losing hope simply because he doesn't strike her as that kind of person at all. So this is how she helps him regain his confidence. And it works. Chances are, 4kids could omit this scene entirely, although they kept in some parts of Yusei and Jack having a fistfight in episode 43 of Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's. Well, I guess we'll just have to wait and see. But Japan had better hurry up. They've only aired about 25 episodes and the English adaption is coming our way!

Good luck, 4kids!

Saturday, October 1, 2011

A New Halloween Tradition

It appears as though Phineas and Ferb have a Halloween episode for real. It's not really a special, considering it's only 15 minutes long, which is your average episode length. If I recall correctly, these holiday stories are coming out as books first, even though their stories are completely different from the episodes that follow. The first Christmas story was a book, and then a special 45-minute episode. Now it's the same deal for Halloween, with the exception that the episode "That's the Spirit!" is 15 minutes in length. In this screenshot, Candace could have that typical expression for a number of reasons, all which could be theoretically correct. First of all, she's "baby-sitting" her brothers because of kids requiring supervision during trick-or-treating because it's nighttime. Secondly, she thinks that at her age, Halloween would probably be for babies, little kids... not her thing. Thirdly, she might not even like her costume. Or it could be all of the above or even an unspecified reason. But the real plot of this episode involved a house which is believed to be haunted while Agent P has to stop Doofenshmirtz who has accidentally transformed into a "were-cow" during a mind swap experiment out of his hatred for grass. Well, Doof can "work up animosity for almost anything", however barbaric and redundant this may be.

Happy Halloween!