Film Review: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

It is no surprise or exaggeration when I say I have been looking forward to this film for a very long time. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 was fantastic in multiple different ways, but its lack of solid storyline was made up with the brilliant character development.

The Guardians have now surpassed my Marvel love for the Avengers. These guys are just too cool. The opening is everything, with the humour and action combo with a perfectly vintage soundtrack. I think it is safe to assume that baby Groot stole the show for many people with his tiny anger and cuteness.

I will give a huge prop to the film for its ability to make the impossible seem possible. When the first film was advertised I was hugely skeptical to how could they make a walking tree and a talking raccoon work? It looked like it was a try hard film set up to fail, but it didn’t.

The sequel was just as good as the first with the bar of quality set high with the jokes and drama. If a sci-fi film can work David Hasselhoff and Pac-Man into the epic battle at the end without it looking out of the place, The Guardians of the Galaxy can do anything.

My admiration for this film and its cast has sky rocketed and I highly recommend it. It’s the perfect family film. Marvel have done themselves proud.

‘Liver Birdsong’ Stills

Back in December 2016, I filmed ‘Liver Birdsong’ in the Epstein Theatre in Liverpool. Since then, I have been editing the two-hour performance for the the Musical Producer in the high hopes for it to go national. I’ve included some stills of the work, which I have finally completed as of today.

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Yuri On Ice: The Anime of 2016?

Wednesday marked the end of season one of Yuri On Ice. In summary, the series revolves around the relationship between Japanese figure skater Yuri Katsuki and his hero, Russian skating champion Victor Nikiforov, who becomes his coach. As the series progresses Victor and Yuri become romantically closer. The homosexual and erotic references of the program adds comedy and romance to the story as we follow Yuri’s progression to the Grand Prix Final. I wrote about Yuri on Ice in the early stages of the series in a previous *post*, so I will not repeat myself. All I will add, it that the relationship between Victor and Yuri propelled at full speed into a whirlwind of feels.

The last four episodes became very intense for the characters as well as the fandom. The drama that unravels tests Victor and Yuri’s relationship, but they overcome them one by one, strengthening their love for one another. The series has been complimented for its positive representation of gay relationships, along with its diversity of characters.

THANK GOD THERE IS GOING TO BE A SEASON 2!

The success of Yuri On Ice is well highlighted through its following, especially online. Kadokawa Ascii Research Laboratories reported it was the most tweeted anime of the season, thrashing its closest rival anime by over a million tweets. In addition, on the airing of the last episode of the season, Crunchyroll crashed due to its high demand. In the same week, the soundtrack titled, Oh! SkaTra!!! Yuri!!! on ICE was released on the 21st December (It’s on Spotify).

I have high hopes for these anime, not only because of its popularity but also its breakthrough into gay representation. Yuri On Ice has been nominated for ‘Anime of the Year’, ‘Best Boy’, ‘Best Animation’, ‘Most Heartwarming Scene’ (“The Kiss” Episode), ‘Best Couple’, ‘Best Ending’ and ‘Best Opening’, for Crunchyroll Anime awards 2016.

I’ve absolutely loved everything about this anime and highly recommend it! I feel that this video clearly depicts the atmosphere of Yuri On Ice, and I hope it encourages you to watch it, if you haven’t already.

MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE!

 

My Top 5 Anime Intros!

I’ve been watching a lot of anime recently and thought I would put together my top 5 favourite anime intros! They are all upbeat and just generally beautiful. This is only a short post, but what’s your favourite anime intro?

 1. Death Parade: “Flyers” by Bradio

 

2. Nanbaka: “Rin! Rin! Hi! Hi!” by The Super Ball

3. Yuri On Ice: “History Maker” by Dean Fujioka

4. Erased: “Re:Re:” by Asian Kung-Fu Generation

5. Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-Kun: “Kimi Janakya Dame Mitai” by Masayoshi Ōishi