Category Archives: Television

VIZ Media Acquires the Mr. Osomatsu Anime Series

VIZ Media brings the hilarious story of six quirky siblings to North and Latin American audiences as it expands its anime catalog with the acquisition of Mr. Osomatsu. VIZ Media announced the news during its official panel held this past weekend during Otakon 2017.

Inspired by the classic manga series Osomatsu-Kun created by Fujio Akatsuka, Mr. Osomatsu is animated by Studio Pierrot, which also produced the massively successful Bleach and Naruto anime series. VIZ Media has acquired the digital streaming, EST, home video and merchandise rights for Mr. Osomatsu. Season One of the series was originally broadcast in Japan in 2015-2016, and Season Two is slated to start this Fall.

Forget double the fun because here’s a series that amps up the insanity six silly ways! The Matsuno sextuplets are quite a bunch. One’s always hanging out at the local Pachinko joint, one un-ironically wears sequined pants, one is a total otaku with a fancy for idols while another brother would rather just loaf around with some cats and his own ennui. The fifth brother loves baseball but was probably dropped on his head a couple times and then there’s the youngest, who really leans into that sweet baby brother angle, if you know what we mean. None of them have jobs, but they do have one heck of a tab run up at the local Oden stand! With so many brothers with too much time on their hands, there’s sure to be some crazy (and raunchy) adventures!

Skybound Signs a First Look Deal with Amazon

Skybound Entertainment has announced that Robert Kirkman has signed an “overall deal” with Amazon Studios and a first-look deal as well.

Kirkman and Skybound will be working closely with Amazon to adapt and develop new and existing properties that’ll debut exclusively on Prime Video.

Bryan and Sean Furst, Skybound’s TV & Film co-presidents, will oversee development, along with Robert Kirkman and co-founder David Alpert.

(via Skybound)

Netflix Buys Millarworld

In a pretty big shake up and announcement int he comic world, Netflix has announced that it has purches Mark Millar‘s Millarworld. Millar runs the publisher with his wife Lucy Millar.

Netflix and Millar will bring Milalrworld’s portfolio franchises to life through films, series, and kids’ shows exclusively through Netflix. Millarworld will also continue to create and publish new stories and character franchises under the Netflix label.

This is the first ever acquisition of its type for Netflix. It’s part of the company’s progression to work directly with creators and acquire intellectual property and ownership of the stories the platform creates and delivers.

Millarworld since its founding has created eighteen published worlds of which three have led on to films that have grossed nearly $1 billion at the global box office.

Next up for Millarworld is Kingsman: The Golden Circle which opens in theaters September 22, 2017.

LeSean Thomas Children of Ether Comes to Crunchyroll

Children of Ether, Crunchyroll’s first ever original short, written and directed by LeSean Thomas (Boondocks, Cannon Busters) dropped on the Crunchyroll site exclusively for subscribers. Children of Ether follows Rhonda, a woman with mysterious powers and a supernatural connection who is in search of her past while trying to stay alive in a dystopian future run by rival gangs, warring factions, and magical unknown elements.

First announced at New York Comic Con 2016, Thomas teamed up with several anime heavy hitters such as character designer Hiroshi Shimizu (Michiko and Hatchin), storyboard director Shingo Natsume (One Punch Man), animation director Yûichi Takahashi (Gatchaman Crowds Insight) and animator Mitsuo Iso (Neon Genesis Evangelion) to produce Children of Ether. The animated short along with exclusive behind-the-scenes creation footage will screen before the first full-length episode of The Ancient Magus’ Bride. Written by Aya Takaha (Psycho Pass) and directed by Nohiro Naganuma (Yowamushi Pedal, Death Note).

What I think makes Thomas’ Children of Ether so significant is that not only is he an African-American artist and director who worked exclusively with a Japanese team to create Children of Ether, the main character, Rhonda, is also woman of color, a rare image in the world of anime. In addition, Children of Ether could be considered Thomas’ official anime directorial debut. Although in 2015 Thomas successfully funded a Kickstarter for the pilot of another series, Cannon Busters, and created a trailer for the series, only backers have been given access to the pilot for the show and at the time of this writing, the animated pilot has not been announced yet as a full series.lesean thomas, children of ether, crunchyroll, anime, theblerdgurl


screen-shot-2016-01-14-at-6-47-27-pm@theblerdgurl is a commercial video editor by day and comic book reading, anime watching, TV live tweeting,  K-Pop listening, blog writing, geek gurl by night. She is on a mission to shine a light on indie, female and comic artists of color and highlights them and their work on her blog theblerdgurl. She currently lives in a century old brownstone in Brooklyn with 2 cats who plot her demise daily. You can also find her on twitter, facebook, instagram,  tumblr  , youtube and soundcloud.

Gurren Lagan 10th Anniversary Event Coming to Otakon

Remember Gurren Lagan? Well in honor of the 10th anniversary of the awesome anime series, Aniplex of America is planning a special event at Otakon in D.C. this month. The event will feature the voiceover talent from the English language dub of the show as well as a special gift box set re-release of the series.

Aniplex of America sent out a survey earlier this year asking fans what their favorite GL scenes and episodes were and compiled that info to come up with the best episodes/scenes to screen at the event. Also, Aniplex of America will also be releasing a complete Blu-ray Disc Box of Gurren Lagan available on August 8th, which includes all 27 episodes of the TV series and both feature length movies –Childhood’s End- and –The Lights in the Sky Are Stars. 

For those of you who don’t already know, Otakon is an annual convention held at the Washington Convention Center in Washington DC to celebrate all things Asian pop culture. Anime, manga, music, video games, cosplay everything! (And the Otaku Dance Rave is also one of the biggest convention dance parties around). So Aniplex America definitely chose the right venue to announce what looks like it’s going to be one of the biggest celebrations of the Gurren Lagan franchise ever!

For more info on how to get a hold of the box set CLICK HERE.

Gurren LAgan, aniplex anime, theblerdgurlIf you’re interested in attending, check it out at Otakon on Saturday, August 12, 7:30pm @ Panel 7  at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center Washington, DC.

Cee Lo and Teen Titans Go!, a Musical Combination That Falls Flat

The Night Begins to Shine” by B.E.R. is some 80s-inspired electro-soul music that’s well know to Teen Titans Go!, the popular cartoon geared towards kids. The song, a favorite of Vic Stone aka Cyborg, is the heart of a four-part Teen Titans Go! special that kicked off on Cartoon Network this week.

To promote the episode, three new versions of the song along with two other B.E.R. songs heard in the special, are being released through WaterTower Music. One of those new recordings is by Cee Lo Green, a musical artist with a troubling past in actions and words, and one musician a show aimed at kids shouldn’t be embracing. The singer has had legal issues including drug charges, accusations of rape, and a defence of rape of which he had to walk back (and that was also to defend Bill Cosby).

In August 2014 the singer pleaded no contest to one felony count of “furnishing a controlled substance – a charge stemming from a July 2012 incident in which a woman accused the singer of slipping ecstasy into her drink.” He was ordered to complete 360 hours of community service.

But, that “controlled substance” charge was the tip of the iceberg as the woman he slipped the drug too also accused him of rape after waking up naked in the singer’s bed not remembering anything. The prosecutors said there was insufficient evidence to file rape charges of an intoxicated person (some reports say the prosecutors found it to be consensual).

Then the singer defended the action Tweeting:

If someone is passed out they’re not even WITH you consciously, so WITH implies consent. People who have really been raped REMEMBER!!!

The singer then apologized for the Tweet with:

I truly and deeply apologize for the comments attributed to me on Twitter. Those comments were idiotic, untrue and not what I believe.

and

I do realize in retrospect that it was highly sensitive, what I tweeted – highly irresponsible. It did stem from emotion causing some involuntary action, and I do believe that, maybe just possibly, we could all give each other a margin for human error.

The year of those charges Cee Lo quit the popular television show The Voice to avoid being fired, which rumors indicate all revolved around his legal troubles at the time. NBC called it a “mutual decision.” He was booted from at least two concerts and TBS cancelled his television show The Good Life over the charges.

Flash forward to 2017 and Green is on a rehabilitation tour attempting to deflect from past issues and rebuild his career and that apparently includes providing music for a kids show. There’s something chilling and nauseating about seeing an accused rapist rehabilitate his reputation and career and partially doing so through a venue aimed at kids is even more sickening. We shouldn’t be enabling this as consumers and shame on WaterTower Music for being complicit in it all and allowing a toxic personality to be involved in something that’s for kids.

Grant Morrison and Darick Robertson’s Happy! Gets a Trailer

Meet Nick Sax, an intoxicated, corrupt ex-cop turned hitman. After a hit gone wrong, his inebriated life is forever changed by a tiny, relentlessly positive, imaginary blue winged horse named Happy.

Happy! is one of the latest comics turned live action getting a series on SyFy. Written by Grant Morrison with art by Darick Robertson it was a four issue mini-series that debuted in 2012 and wrapped in 2013.

The series follows Nick Sax (Christopher Meloni) – an intoxicated, corrupt ex-cop turned hit man – who is adrift in a world of casual murder, soulless sex and betrayal. After a hit gone wrong, his inebriated life is forever changed by a tiny, relentlessly positive, imaginary blue winged horse named Happy (Patton Oswalt).

At San Diego Comic-Con, SyFy released a first look at the series.

FOX Invokes The Holocaust to Promote The Gifted

The Gifted is one of my most anticipated television shows of the fall. Airing on FOX, the show brings Marvel‘s X-Men to the small screen after a half dozen big screen adventures. The story follows a family on the run after they discover the children are mutants.

It’s not too surprising that the show was one of the many properties that was being pushed at this past weekend’s San Diego Comic-Con. Con goers were treated to an ARG like building wrapping on the Hilton Bayfront parking lot urging individuals to be tested and giving a tie-in website fans can check out.

When I first saw the above a quick take was it was nice that someone had ponied up the money to raise HIV testing awareness. That same thought crossed others I chatted with later at the show. It wasn’t until Sunday as I was wrapping up my convention the show’s promotion took a more ominous tone.

Often at the convention the local trains are wrapped with promotions and apparently without thought as to what it invokes FOX chose this promotion for the show.

As someone raised Jewish (not practicing) the visual of trains with bars on the window and the words “Mutant Transport” isn’t something that gets me to want to watch the show, it’s something that gets me to want to turn away and run.

In today’s world with Anti-Semitism front and center (arguably on the rise) in so many ways, it feels like a mistake and obliviousness to invoke the Holocaust to promote your show. This doesn’t say mutant roundup, this screams gas chamber. This isn’t some cheeky promotion like the building wrap, this is a vision of a possible future. Like so many X-Men comics, I flashed a future where I’m on one of those trains.

The Holocaust isn’t something that has to be avoided, Oscar winning films have touched upon the subject, but to use its imagery to sell a television show feels shallow and diminishes the deaths of millions for a cash in, especially when early press has said it has a “Civil Rights” tone. Add in trains like this and Mutants aren’t stand-ins for the Civil Rights Movement or in today’s comics LGBT. Instead the trains make it an allegory for today’s Jews who “hide among” the people and bring doom according to many on both the left and right. In a year where I’ve questioned what I am due to my Jewish roots, Mutant might be the closest to reality. Attempting to hide lest I be run out with pitchforks, burning torches, and avoiding pogroms.

At a convention where so much of it is bright, sunny, inviting, fun, this train wrap wasn’t just a stumble but an outright fumble by a company that has done some impressive marketing surrounding the X franchise.

The Gifted is set to begin airing on October 2, 2017.

The Defenders Get a New Trailer

Blind ninja. Smart-ass detective. Bulletproof ex-con. Kung Fu billionaire. Marvel’s The Defenders centers on four outsider heroes that have to put aside their personal issues and come together when a villainous sect threatens to destroy New York City as we know it. The Netflix original series Marvel’s The Defenders launches globally on August 18, 2017.

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