Friday, August 17, 2007

Socially Conscience Mecha

  • After Gundam SEED I hadn't been keeping up with latest news on the Mobile Suit Gundam multi-verse. So I was surprised to hear about the new series in the works Gundam 00. Rather than taking place in the far flung future like previous series, Gundam 00 takes place in he not too distant future of the year 2037 AD. The main character is a 16 year old boy of Kurdish descent who grew up in the war-torn Middle East. The series premieres in Japan in October. This sounds really promising and a good way to try something different but I'll try to limit my expectations for now.
  • Neon Genesis Evangelion made the cover of Rolling Stone in Japan. It's an ecology themed issue which I think says something about the theme of the upcoming movies. Will Shinji have to save humanity from global warming? In other Evangelion news there will be yet another complete collection on DVD in the U.S. This new set comes in a metal tin and that's about all we know about it. A similar set released in Europe included the Platinum Edition DVDs in a digipack. That's probably what we're getting.
  • Fox is releasing the Family Guy Freakin' Party Pack which includes five volumes of the TV series, the Stewie movie, and an exclusive bonus disc. It also includes a deck of cards, poker chips, and ping pong paddles all in a large set. It's essentially a complete series set but for a series that's still on the air. I'm not sure who the intended audience for this set is supposed to be. It seems better suited for hardcore fans but wouldn't they be more likely to already have at least some of the DVDs already? For what it's worth it's decent value considering everything it comes with.
  • The Serenity Collector's Edition DVD will be released on Tuesday, August 21t. Fans of Joss Whedon's fantastic space western television series Firefly and the 2005 film it spun off assumed the series was done. Apparently Serenity has done surprisingly well on DVD, warranting this new two-disc upgrade. I've only double dipped on a DVD once before though I've had the opportunity to do so a number times. I was pleased with the first release and had no intent on buying the Collector's Edition. The main draw is the new DTS track but I don't even have the audio setup to use it. I can live without the new extras although the cast commentary and River Tam Sessions do sound enticing. Still it does have some very nice packaging. As sad as it might sound, I'm more tempted by a fancy box than new supplemental material. It doesn't help that the original DVD had some nasty artwork by comparison. What's more there are rumblings that the future of the franchise rests on the success of this new DVD set. Would I be a bad fan for passing on it?

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