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Saturday, December 31, 2022
Ring-In the New Year with Some Pole Dancing!
Friday, December 30, 2022
A Popular Series About a Lawyer with Autism...
And despite the international success, EAW (Extraordinary Attorney Woo) definitely feels more like a Korean drama rather than a K-drama. There's no gratuitous violence, zombies, transgender characters, or super progressive themes going on here. Instead, the plot seems designed primarily for a domestic audience. Moreover, it has a host of common Korean drama tropes: a blossoming romance between a pure woman and her first experiences with a man, family revelations showing that parents are not who or what we once assumed them to be, a cool young female sidekick, a big fat hairy guy who people realize has a kind heart, and powerful company managers playing games against each other.
Take the episodes we have seen thus far: people brought together in marriage despite their wishes, children forced to study all day without play, elder brothers using their age in a Confucian society to trick their younger sibling, technological developments and patents, the gentrification of rural villages, North Korean defectors, a cheating husband, and young adults with developmental disabilities. In every episode, as viewers we are asked to consider justice. Because emotions run high, Woo Young-woo often provides the clear legal (and often moral) perspective for us. She is the rational and fair adjudicator, showing us perspectives that we cannot see because we are too blinded by bias, money, or our involvement with certain issues. While Young-woo does this, tension is created by having an ill-intentioned character seek to bring her down. And so we are asked whether bad things can happen to good people.
South Korea does need to be more focused on the rights of people with disabilities, of course. Protests demanding increased support and access to public transport for the community have sadly by and large been viewed as an inconvenience by many in society. Politicians have also turned a blind eye to them, some even going so far as to criticize the participants. The drama reaffirms Korea's relatively slower progress on such issues by making reference to the advanced stages of acceptance towards disability in places such as France and Boston.
We can all probably predict what the outcome of the drama might be. What interests me going forward is whether we will see a second series or the more traditional approach to a single-arc will be maintained. There will of course be great demand for more of that thing we like. But as a society I hope we'll understand that more of that same good thing isn't necessarily always the way forward. Until then, I'll be waltzing through elevator doors, eating kimbap, thinking about freeing dolphins, and waiting for the next episode of this charming piece of Korean entertainment.
Dr. David A. Tizzard (email@example.com) has a Ph.D. in Korean Studies and lectures at Seoul Women's University and Hanyang University. He is a social/cultural commentator and musician who has lived in Korea for nearly two decades. He is also the host of the Korea Deconstructed podcast, which can be found online. The views expressed in the article are the author's own and do not reflect the editorial direction of The Korea Times.
Thursday, December 29, 2022
Unravel the Mysteries of Borderland...
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Wednesday, December 28, 2022
New AVATAR Animation Announcement!
Tuesday, December 27, 2022
"The show is just beginning..."
The one-minute teaser clip features footage of David Tennant as the 14th Time Doctor, and Catherine Tate who returns as Donna Noble, in the trilogy of anniversary episodes.
The BBC also disclosed that Jacqueline King and Karl Collins will reprise their roles as Tate’s on-screen mother Sylvia Noble and her on-screen husband Shaun Temple, while Years And Years star Ruth Madeley joins the cast as Shirley Anne Bingham.
Russell T Davies, who has returned as showrunner as the BBC show teams up with Disney, said: “We wanted to give fans, friends and families a lovely little Christmas present – with a promise that 2023 will be a riot of Doctor Who goodness.”
The trailer, which landed on Christmas Day, begins with a view of London at night as the Tardis thrums before landing in an alleyway and features glimpses of monsters and the return of UNIT.
Tate says: “Sometimes I think there’s something missing. Like I had something lovely and it’s gone.”
Meanwhile Tennant says: “I don’t know who I am any more.” He later adds: “I don’t believe in destiny but if destiny exists then it is heading for Donna Noble. If she ever remembers she will die.”
The mini-series is expected to explain why The Doctor has regenerated, which leads to another regeneration into the 15th Doctor, played by Sex Education star Ncuti Gatwa.
The teaser clip features Gatwa sporting a moustache, saying: “Will someone tell me what the hell is going on here?”
It also features Heartstopper’s Yasmin Finney and guest star Neil Patrick Harris’s character declaring: “The show is just beginning. Worldwide premiere.”
This month it was announced that Coronation Street star Millie Gibson would play Gawtwa’s on-screen companion Ruby Sunday, who will travel alongside him as they embark on a new set of adventures.
Jodie Whittaker, who played the 13th Doctor, faced her final battles as the Time Lord in October in a special episode of Doctor Who to mark the BBC’s centenary.
The actress, 40, became the first woman to portray the Doctor when she took over the role from Peter Capaldi in 2017.
During the feature-length programme, viewers were left surprised as Whittaker’s Time Lord regenerated into Tennant, who previously played the 10th incarnation of the Doctor.
The BBC said Doctor Who will return in November 2023 with three special episodes to coincide with the 60th anniversary – with Tennant as the 14th Doctor.
Gatwa will then take control of the Tardis, with his first episode airing over the festive period in 2023.
Monday, December 26, 2022
A New Christmas Special for All Generations...
Based on Charlie Mackesy’s 2019 illustrated book about a group of animals who become unlikely friends, the half-hour TV adaptation featured an all-star voice cast including Idris Elba and Tom Hollander.
The episode aired on Christmas Eve on BBC One, with viewers admitting that the “beautiful” and simple animation “broke” them.
“The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse on @BBCOne is absolutely stunning,” one viewer tweeted. “What beautiful, beautiful animation. I’m a blubbering wreck.”
“A classic that is sure to be a regular Christmas staple. Not ashamed to say that I cried like a baby!” another commenter wrote.
One viewer called it “the most beautiful thing you’ll watch this Christmas”, while another said it was “heart-warming and life-affirming stuff”.
“Spellbinding, magical utterly wonderful. A future classic. Bravo. If you missed out on The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse then make some time with the family and children of all ages to share the joy,” wrote actor Jolyon Rubinstein.
“The Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse just absolutely did me in,” another commenter said.
“The Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse. Well didn’t that just sneak up on the inside and break me a little bit,” one tweet read.
Another Twitter user said: “The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse. So profound and moving, seeing the beauty in all life’s moments, good or bad. Charlie Mackesy, absolute genius. Watch it if you haven’t seen it and have the tissues ready!”
In a five-star review of the special, The Independent’s Megan Graye said that the adaptation was “half an hour of unmitigated joy”.
30-minute story will leave you feeling hopeful and probably a little
teary,” she wrote. “Emerging from it unaffected is just about
Sunday, December 25, 2022
Happy Holidays, Everyone!
❆❆❆ A Christmas Carol ❆❆❆
Gather around the fireplace and enjoy this rendition of "A Christmas Carol" produced by one of the World's Greatest Animators, Richard Williams, who passed away on August 15, 2019. Rest In Peace. The excellent 1971 animated version of the Charles Dickens classic, drawn in the style of 1800's engravings by the great Richard Williams Studio. It features the voices of Alistair Sim, Michael Redgrave, and Michael Hordern, reprising his 1951 performance as Marley's Ghost. Animation by Ken Harris, Abe Levitow, among others. Produced by Chuck Jones. This film won the Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film for 1972.
Saturday, December 24, 2022
Remember these Christmas Specials?
Friday, December 23, 2022
The Galaxy was in Fine Working Order Until...
Watch the intergalactic adventures of Shrike & Beebs...
▶ Episode One
Hey there! I'm Joshua Palmer, more commonly known as Zeurel online, and I've been animating for well over 12 years now.
I've been doing freelance animation work for a very long time (stuff for big networks like Cartoon Network, Nickelodeon, Adult Swim, Various Youtubers such as Swoozie & Vinesauce ), and although it's helped me grow as an artist (and helped pay the bills) I feel it's time I tried to strike out on my own and get back to doing what I REALLY enjoy doing; making original animated content.
If you've been following me for a good while now, you'll know of my original character stuff; Old stuff like Shrike Sanchez, Spoiler, Lariat, BB etc. I've had a story planned out for these characters for a very long long time now and originally I was going to make a comic instead of animation as it would be far less expensive (as in next to no cost what so ever!). But deep down something has been telling me that it HAS to be animated. These characters were once brought to life back in the day, and with my vastly improved skill at animation and storytelling I feel that now is the time to attempt something like this.
I'd love to be able to make this story become a reality, and make some other short animated stories on the side, as well as some more Vinesauce animated content as well since people seem to love those.
As of right now my time to work on my own projects is very slim. Freelance takes up the majority of my time. I'd love to be able to transition from fully freelance to, hopefully in time, fully independent via Patreon. That way I'll be able to produce things I want to make, as well as provide you guys with some fun and interesting things!
I'm currently in the process of making an animated pilot for a show I wanna get off the ground. I've saved enough money over the past 5 years to get it started, but I'm hoping that I can get enough Patreon support to get it the rest of the way. And, once it's finished, keep growing this Patreon so I can keep making more and more!
That's the idea, anyway!
Anywho I best get back to work! Thanks for checking out my work!
Thursday, December 22, 2022
"Almost Forgot My Machine Gun!"
Akari Takaishi, Saori Izawa, Masanori Mimoto star in the badass new
Wednesday, December 21, 2022
The Crazy Crew of Vox Machina is Back for More!
Tuesday, December 20, 2022
Japan's Epic Job You NEVER Knew Existed!
Monday, December 19, 2022
He Uses Magic to Explore the Dungeons of NYC...
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Sunday, December 18, 2022
Speaking about Conspiracies, this might be Real...
Saturday, December 17, 2022
Lyra Faces the Full Force of the Dark Conspiracy...
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Friday, December 16, 2022
Why You Should Be Watching 'PANTHEON'...
Thursday, December 15, 2022
Swinging into Action June 2023!
Directed by: Joaquim Dos Santos, Kemp Powers, Justin K. Thompson
Screenplay by: Phil Lord & Christopher Miller and David Callaham
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Wednesday, December 14, 2022
Recap the Original Avatar movie before seeing...
Tuesday, December 13, 2022
Finally, a Live-Action SAINT SEIYA!
Monday, December 12, 2022
Bad Batch Season 2 premieres January 4, 2023
But while a two-episode premiere is far from uncommon during Disney's streaming era, The Bad Batch will take a more unique route with the release of later episodes as well.
According to the official press release for Star Wars: The Bad Batch Season 2, the season will conclude on March 29 with both Episode 15 and Episode 16 being released simultaneously. This is the first time that any Disney+ show has released two episodes in the finale week of its season. Additionally, on top of the double season-opener and the double-season finale, there will be a third instance of two episodes premiering at once for the mid-season finale on February 8 with Episode 7 and Episode 8.
Jan. 4 — Ep 201 “Spoils of War” & Ep 202 “Ruins of War"
Feb. 8 — Ep 207 “The Clone Conspiracy” &
Ep 208 “Truth and Consequences”
March 29 — Ep 215 “The Summit” & Ep 216 “Plan 99"
Sunday, December 11, 2022
Suzume is coming to theaters April 14, 2023.
Saturday, December 10, 2022
Hell is Coming...
Called upon by the blood of humanity, hatred is reawakening in the mortal realm. On 6/6/2023, your fight for the fate of Sanctuary begins in Diablo® IV. Lilith’s return will bring forth endless new evils to slaughter—and with it, countless abilities to master, nightmarish Dungeons to conquer, scores of loot to plunder, and more!
Diablo IV will launch on Windows PC, Xbox, and PlayStation. All platforms will host cross-play and cross-progression, bringing players from around the world together in one terrifying hellscape. You can also slay demons side-by-side with a friend through couch-co-op on console.
Pre-purchase is now available and comes with Early Access to the hellish
Friday, December 9, 2022
One Jedi Survived the Fallen Order...
Thursday, December 8, 2022
Kirstie Alley Has Passed Away at Age 71
Actress who played Saavik on Star Trek II has died of cancer
In 2016, Alley participated in the Star Trek 50th Anniversary Con in Las Vegas where she talked about being a part of 1982's Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, in which she played Saavik, Spock's protégé and Starfleet commander-in-training. The film was Alley's first professional acting gig, which she admitted she got by making up her credentials.
The iconic TV and film actress died Monday. She was 71.
"When I did Star Trek II, before that I had done nothing, and I had faked my résumé," she said. "I'm sure everyone knew it, but I thought it sounded good."
Calling Khan director Nicholas Meyer her biggest career "champion," Alley said he kept auditioning her for the Saavik role, so studio executives would see what he saw in her.
"I was up against a lot of people who had a lot of work," she recalled at the event. "And then in the final, hour, he gave me the role."
"It still makes me want to start crying because, 'Okay. We'll wait for her' — that girl who's done nothing except clean people's houses," Alley said. "It was amazing he did that."
As for the production, Alley said the late Leonard Nimoy was an "icon" to her who she adored from watching the original Star Trek TV series.
"My friends would make fun of me because my eyebrow goes up at certain points and I have no control over it," she said. "So, I would watch and when Mr. Spock would come on, I would say, 'Wow. If I was ever an actress, I could play Spock's daughter.' When I met him, he was an icon to me, and I was incredibly impressed."
Alley also noted that she was not acting during Spock's funeral scene. "I just started crying because I thought it was sad that Spock died when we were shooting the scene," she said. "It was so surreal and so sad. I just started crying and they used it. It wasn't some big dramatic coup. I was really sad."
On Monday evening, shortly after news of her death broke, William Shatner paid his respects via social media.
"Saddened to hear of the passing of @kirstiealley. Condolences to her family & friends," the Capt. Kirk actor wrote on Twitter.
Wednesday, December 7, 2022
Anime Viewing Schedule for December 10, 2022
Saturday, December 10, 2022
2:45 - 4:40 The House of the Lost on the Cape (Movie)