Brace Yourselves: A Babymetal Webseries Is Coming

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I’m not going to lie: I’m a pretty big fan of the band Babymetal. This fusion of high-energy J-Pop with what is actually pretty hard metal seems like it was custom-made to appeal to me. The band is actually enjoying some well-earned popularity outside of Japan as well, with some of rock and metal’s luminaries being fans of the group, as well as performing their single “Gimme Chocolate” on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert this past April.

So, naturally, the group is teaming up with Blue Ribbon Content (Warner Brothers’ digital studio) to create a webseries.

The series follows the three teenagers (called Su-metal, Yuimetal, and Moametal) who are recruited by a god named Kitsune to save the world of heavy metal. from what I’ve read online, it sounds like the parts taking place in the real world will be live action, while the bits in the metal world being animated.

Personally, I think that this concept sounds 100% amazing, kind of like if Brütal Legend were a magical girl anime. I haven’t seen a release date so far, or where it will be streaming, but I will most likely be watching it whenever it does come out.

To get us all in the mood, here’s the aforementioned Late Show performance.

The Trailer Park: Passengers

Welcome back to the Trailer Park! This time, I’ll be taking a look at Passengers.

Passengers is a sci-fi film following a ship on a 120-year journey to a new colony, with the crew and passengers in stasis for the duration. The film begins when a writer (played by Jennifer Lawrence) and an engineer (Christ Pratt) are awakened 90 years ahead of schedule due to a malfunction with their pods. They quickly discover that that’s not the only thing wrong with the ship, and things go to hell fairly quickly.

The film (written by Jon Spaihts and directed by Morten Tyldum) had spent some time in development hell for about 9 years before finally being greenlit. Apparently it was originally supposed to star Keanu Reeves and Reese Witherspoon (kinda glad that they went with Chris Pratt, though), and was supposed to have been directed by Brian Kirk. Then Sony picked up the project, and here we are.

The opening of the trailer kind of makes it look like more of a romantic comedy in space, a concept that I would actually find interesting and would kind of like to see. However, as the trailer goes on, it seems that it’s a bit more standard, with something terrible happening on the ship that the characters then have to react to.  That said, both Lawrence and Pratt are very talented and charismatic actors, and should be able to make this work. I also spotted Laurence Fishburne in the trailer, and he’s always a plus.

Also, does the scene with the robot bartender remind anyone else of The Shining, except less terrifying and more quirky? Because that’s the first thing I thought of.

Passengers hits theaters on December 21, in both standard and 3D formats (because all movies have to be released in 3D these days).

Update (12/20/2016): It’s recently come to my attention that the actual plot of the movie is really gross and rape culture-y. So, yeah, I think I’m gonna sit this one out. 

Footage From Cancelled Silent Hill Game Emerges

So, some footage from a scrapped Silent Hill game for the PS3 from 2006 has emerged. Entitled Silent Hill: Broken Covenant, the game would’ve been an exclusive for the console developed by Climax. Climax also developed the fairly well-received Silent Hill: Shattered Memories and the somewhat less well-received Silent Hill: Origins.

Apparently the game would have followed a priest named Hector Santos who’s called to a town in Arizona by his niece Anna. Apparently, said town is in the process of being taken over by the same evil infecting Silent Hill after that town’s resident cult decides to set up shop there. Apparently, after it didn’t get picked up, some changes were made (apparently Anna was set up to be the next Alessa, for some reason), only to be rejected again.

A lot of the assets in the video are obvious placeholders (the player character is actually Travis from Origins and the song “Maternal Heart” from Silent HIll 3 is used in some places). That doesn’t bother me too much Also, according to the commentary in the video, Pyramid Head and nurses (both of which appeared in way too many other games).

All in all, I’m not terribly impressed by this. From what we know of the plot, it sounds a lot like the first game (and that story’s been pounded into the dirt). I’m also disappointed by the return of Pyramid Head and the cult in general, as I feel they’ve been overused in the Western Silent Hill games and comics. The game taking place in a desert seems interesting, although it makes me think more of Welcome To Night Vale than Silent Hill. I wonder if the members of Silent Hill’s cult wear soft meat crowns?

Of course, as with Silent Hills, we’ll never really get to know how good it would’ve been.

Katie Plays Stuff-World of Warcraft: Legion

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World of Warcraft: Legion dropped on August 31. I’ve been playing it almost exclusively since then, and I have some thoughts on it. I promise that this post won’t just be me saying "WoW is awesome" over and over, though I admit that there will be some gushing over it (and maybe a few spoilers, so read with caution).

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