TV, DVD & Movie Mewsings with this month’s
Lightning Round Topic: Our Favorite Films of 1982!
So this year we’ve bene looking back at fun things of years ending with a 2; we’ve already covered 2012, 2002 and 1992, so this month we’re listing our favorite films from 1982, one of the best years ever for cinema! So, are y’all ready to “conduct the lightning”?
The Ladies of The Mew:
HAI! LIGHTNING ROUND GO- NYA!
I will nominate Firefox, Tron, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, Blade Runner, and Hail Columbia. (tags the mermaid with a brush of her tail)
I will nominate the concert films such as Let’s Spend the Night Together, The Concert in Central Park, The Secret Policeman’s Other Ball, and Monty Python Live at the Hollywood Bowl! (tags Becca with her tail fin)
The comedies such as The King of Comedy, Tootsie, Diner, Deathtrap, and Summer Lovers! tail-tags her wife)
Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Porky’s, Airplane II: The Sequel , Eating Raoul , and 48 Hours! (tags Petra)
The World According to Garp, Missing, Sophie’s Choice, The Verdict, and An Officer and a Gentleman, nya! (tags Bunni)
Blade Runner, Gandhi, Reds, The Year of Living Dangerously, The Man from Snowy River, and The Legend of Walks Far Woman! (tag Mielikki)
So like, I will nominate Gandhi, Reds, The Year of Living Dangerously, The Man from Snowy River, and The Legend of Walks Far Woman, fur shur! (tags Nyoka with a flit of the wing)
I would say… E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, The Dark Crystal, Conan the Barbarian, Tempest, Cat People, and Pink Floyd- The Wall! (tags Trini-chan)
The Thing, Poltergeist, Cat People, Creepshow, and The House Where Evil Dwells (tags her BFF)
I want… I want to nominate the animated movies such as Tron, The Secret of NIMH, The Last Unicorn, The Plague Dogs , A Charlie Brown Celebration, and – and Miss Switch to the Rescue, nya Onee-chan’s turn, nya! (tags her sister)
The animated movies such as Flash Gordon: The Greatest Adventure of All, The Flight of Dragons, Arcadia of My Youth, Queen Millennia, and Space Adventure Cobra, nya! (tags Nyanko)
The Road Warrior, First Blood, Forced Vengeance, The Soldier, Firefox, Megaforce, and Tag: The Assassination Game! (tags the centauress)
The Dark Crystal, The Last Unicorn, Conan the Barbarian, The Beastmaster, The Sword and the Sorcerer, and Dragon Lord! (tags Daytona)
Hmmm… I’d hafta say E.T., Star Trek II, Fast Times, Monty Python, Tron, oh oh and Koyaanisqatsi, (tags Mary Nyan)
I will nominate the horror movies such as Cat People, The Thing, Poltergeist, Friday the 13th Part III, Halloween III: Season of the Witch, Q – The Winged Serpent, Swamp Thing, and Basket Case! Back to Mike!
Oh I gotta go with Blade Runner, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, Tron, The Dark Crystal!, and my 2nd favorite Star Trek movie Star Trek II:The Wrath of Khan! Well that was an expedient little Lightning Round, considering our big group! Ah, now Jen will continue our
TV, DVD & Movie Mewsings, with her review of
Strike Witches Season 3: The Road to Berlin!
Hai. Combine a heroic team of endearing kemonomimis with thrilling aerial magick combat and magnificent military mecha in an alternate reality’s 1944, with quite the bit of amewsing slice-of-life moments and ’fan service’ and there you have the Strike Witches a.ka. the World Witches series, the military moe /magickal girls with guns series of light novels, manga, anime (TV series, movie & OVAS) & video games plus a few spin-offs since 2007.
The anime TV series is based upon the manga by Humikane Shimada & Projeckt Kagonfish which was serialized in Comp Ace magazine, published monthly by Sneaker Bunko. The purremise of this series is that instead of a 2nd World War, countries analogous to our own US, Britiain, Japan, Germany, Italy, Russia and so forth have united against alien invaders called the Neurois, whose mysterious dark aircraft have decimated Europe.
In response, the multi-national 501st Joint Fighter Wing known as The Strike Witches and other teams were created. The 501st is compurrised of girls with magickal abilities who can create very ornate magickal deflector shields, and they fly into combat not on brooms, but with the magickal mana-powered mechanical Striker Units which resemble aircraft fuselages worn around each leg, hence the witche wear short skirts instead of pants.
They are of various nationalities which are analagous to real countries, such as Fuso (Japan), Liberion ( USA), Karlsland (Germany), Britannia (Britain) Orussia (Russia), Galia (France) and Romagna (Italy). The 501st consists of Maj. Mio Sakamoto (voiced by Seto Saori), Lt. Col. Mina-Deitlinde Wilke (voiced by Tanaka Rie, Sgt. Lynette Bishop (voiced by Nazuka Kaori), Lt. Perrine-H Clostermann (voiced by Sawashiro Miyuki)…
… Lt. Erica Hartman (voiced by Nogawa Sakura), Capt. Gertrude Barkhorn (voiced by Sonozaki Mie), Ens. Francesca Lucchini (voiced by Saitou Chiwa), Flight Lt. Charlotte Yeager (voiced by Koshimizu Ami), Ens. Eila Ilmater Juutilainen (voiced by Oohashi Ayuru), Lt. Sanya Litvyak (voiced by Kadowaki Mai), the main character Sgt. Yoshika Miyafuji (voiced by Fukuen Misato), and new meowmber Sgt. Hattori Shizuka (voiced by Uchida Aya).
When a witch uses her powers, animal ears & tail are manifest.
For example,Yoshika’s are Shiba Inu, Perrine’s are Chartreaux Cat, and Eila’s are Black Fox.They carry weapons such as P
errine’s Bren Gun, Sanya’s Fliegerhammer, an
d Gertrude and Erica’s MG-42s. The Striker units resemble the fuselages of real aircraft, such as Mio’s Yamanishi Shiden Model 53 N1K5-J
, Lynette’es Spitfire Mk.22, Charlotte’s P51D, and Mina’s Bf109K-4.
They group attempts to liberate Berlin from the Neurois in Road to Berlin, which is the 3rd season of the Strike Witches anime TV series, which aired in Japan in 2020 and was recently released here on Blu-Ray by Funimation. Purrduced by Takashi Tachisaki and directed by Kazuhiro Takamura, the character, mecha and scenic design, art and animation are supurrb, with the wonderful voices, sound FX and Nagaoka Shigemu’s rousing mewsic.
This Blu-Ray set includes epurrsodes 1-12 plus special features upon the two disks with the digital copy instuction sheet packaged in the plastic case with the outer cardboard sleeve.The reverse side of the insert is the wraparound pic of Mio. The 1080p HD video is of the 16:9 screen aspect ratio, with the Dolby TrueHD audio choices of English 5.1and Japanese 2.0, and theoptional English subtitles. The few special features include the “eyecatch” gallery, and 12 textless versions of the opening song.
I wish there were far more special features, but I found Road to Berlin to be highly entertaining, due to the excellent story, characters, mecha and world-building, plus the great balance of charming, joyful, sad, heroic, cute, zany and slice-of-life moments in addition to the thrilling combat scenes. I will give it the “A” grade, and I hope that the subsequent spin-off series Luminous Witches will be released here on Blu-ray soon. Nyow here is Nya-sensei to discuss
The Book of Boba Fett.
Arigato! I have been enjoying the heck out of the live-action and animated Star Wars series on Disney Plus, such Star Wars Visions, Clone Wars season 7, The Bad Batch, The Mandalorian and The Book of Boba Fett, which stars Temuera Morrison as Boba Fett, Ming-Na Wen as Fennec Shand, and Pedro Pascal as Din Djarin, plus many other characters whose surpurrises I do not wish to spoil!
This series has the seven epurrsodes which are spun off of The Mandalorian and are set 5 years after Return of the Jedi, with appurrances by certain characters from Epurrsodes I-V, the Clone Wars and Rebels. There even seem to be some veiled references to the Star Wars Holiday Special, which was Bobba Fett’s first appurrance in 1978, about the year and a half before The Empire struck back in 1980!
This series also goes a long way in atoning for the Tattooine scenes of Return of the Jedi, such as that 1983 movie’s regrettable Rancor FX and the Fett’s embarrassingly silly Sarlacc Pit fight scene. It’s the most “western” Star Wars, moreso than even the Han Solo movie, but not as “samurai” as Star Wars Visions. The Tusken / Sandpeople flashbacks remind me of the movie A Man Called Horse.
I have no purroblem with Fett not wearing his helmet all the time. Like Bo Katan, Sabine Wren, etc his spirtual path is not the same as Din Djardin or The Armorer. I almost didn’t recognize Matt (What We Do in the Shadows) Berry’s voice as 8D8, but Corey Burton’s voice was unmistakable as a certain bounty hunter who’s name I won’t reveal as not to spoil anything.
I love the characters, purrformances, costumes, cinematogaphy, FX, purroduction values, music, fight and stunt choreography. While it does have a TV budget look about it compurred to the feature films, it is still of very high quality. I think that i might like The Mandalorian series the bit more, but I will give The Book of Boba Fett the B+ grade! I am done, and nyow here is Myayr to tell us about
Hai! Selina Kyle alias Catwoman is my favoritest DC Comics character, so I was purrticularly anticipating this latest DC animated movie! I was also especially eager for it, as it is Japanese anime, like the Batman Ninja movie, although thus’un is set in the contempurrary time. It is also like the buddy cop movie, as Catwoman teams up with Batwoman to fight the Leviathan crime syndicate and its appurrant leader Barbara Minerva alias The Cheetah!
Selina also hopes to purrloin the fabulous Cat’s Eye Emerald, which Black Mask brings to Minerva’s costume ball! Sellina’s cat Isis, Interpol agents Julia Pennyworth and King Faraday help against the villains, which is good because they include Cheshire, Nosferata, Dr. Tzin, Tobias Whale, La Dama, Talia al Ghul, Mr. Yakuza, Soloman Grundy, The Cheetah, lots of gangsters and ninjas. Rated PG-13, this 79 minute OVA is a lot of thrilling, sexy, amewsing, action-packed fun!
The movie seemed too brief, but loved the story, dialogue, designs, animation, backgrounds, voices, sounds and mewsc! Purrduced by Sam Register, Michael Uslan, Ethan Spaulding and Colin Abv Lewis, written by Greg Weisman, directed by Shinsuke Teresawa and edited by Robert Ehrenreich, the movie’s casting & voice direction wwere by Jamie Thomason, character designs by Erik Okada and animation by Warner Brothers, with the jazzy score by Robert J. Kral.
The supurb voice cast includes Elizabeth Gillies as Catwoman, Stephanie Beatriz as Batwoman, Kirby Howell-Baptiste as Minerva, Jonathan Banks as Black Mask, Kelly Hu as Cheshire, Keith David as Tobias Whale, Lauren Cohan as Julia Pennyworth, Jonathan Frakes as King Faraday, Jacqueline Obradors as La Dama, Steve Blum as Grundy, Ron Yuan as Dr. Tzin, Andrew Kishino as Mr. Yakuza, and Zehra Fazal as Talia and Nosferata!
The single Blu-Ray disc and the digital download code sheet are packaged in the plastic case with the outer cardboard sleeve. The 1080p Hi Def video has the audio choices of DTS-HD MA English 5.1, Dolby Digital French and Spanish, with the optional subtitles in English SDH, French, Spanish, German SDH and Nederlandic.
The special features are When the Hunter Becomes the Hunted, the 19 min. documentary about the making of the movie; and Catwoman: The Feline Femme Fatale the 40 minute documentary about Catwoman, which is narrated by Tara Strong and includes comments by many writers, artists, purrducers, directors, and actresses!
I wish there were more special features, but I was pleased with this movie, to which I give the grade of the A Minus! It has been the good time for the Selina items, what with the new Batman movie and the meowrchendise such as the action figures and the Funko Pop! vinyl figures! On that note, Melanakeami-san will start our
Collectibles & Toy Talk, with her review of the
Marvel Legends Captain Carter action figure!
Hai! We like to collect the figures, dolls, statues and ornaments of the inspirational heroines, so I was quaite pleased to get Hasbro’s figure of Steve Rogers’ girl friend the British agent Peggy Carter in her guise as the super soldier Captain Carter, as depicted in the animated What If…? TV series! Created by Stan Lee and jack Kirby, Peggy first appeared in Marvel Comics’ Tales of Suspense #75 in 1966! In the Marvel Cinematic Universe she is wonderfully portrayed by Hayley Atwell!
This 6.25” figure is part of the separately – sold Marvel Legends What If…? wave of figures that also includes Sylvie, Heist Nebula, Zombie Captain America, Zombie-Hunter Spidey Doctor Strange Supreme, and Star Lord T’challa. All but Zombie Captain America include one or two of the parts needed to build a figure of The Watcher, whose arms are included with Captain Carter. She is beautifully designed, sculpted and painted, with the intricate details and the faithful portraiture!
She is very posable too, with the articulation in her neck, shoulders, upper arms, wrists, abs, hips, thighs, knees and ankles; and she is accessorized by thr 2” diameter shield which can strap on to either of her arms. She is balanced well- enough to stand wiithout requiring a display base or a doll stand (which are not included), but I will recommend using one if you want to pose her in the more dynamic stances. I have displayed her on a prime spot on my desk! Now here is Mike to discuss the
Arigato! Created by Brian Michael Bendis and Mike Deodato, Riri Williams alias Ironheart is the genius teen girl with her own Stark-like armor who first appeared in Invincible Iron Man Vol. 2 #7 in 2016. In the animated Marvel Rising series she is voiced by Sofia Wylie, and in the MCU she is going to be portrayed by actress Dominique Thorne!
This lovely 5 7/8” figure of her is part of the separately – sold wave of figures that also include Darkstar, Ultron, Vault Guardsman, Modular Iron Man, Stealth Iron Man, and Hologram Iron Man. Except for the latter figure, each includes a piece needed to build a figure of the Soviet super soldier Ursa Major.She is quite splendidly designed, meticulously sculpted and precisely painted, with the intricate details of her sleek Red, Gold and Black armor!
Included in the box are an alternate unmasked head, a pair of variant hands, 2 repulsar beams, 2 contrails, and Ursa Major’s right leg. The articulation in her neck, shoulders, upper arms, wrists, abs, hips, thighs, knees & ankles. A display base or stand is not included. I purchased an adjustable NECA dynamic action figure stand to display her in vertical flight. That is all for our toy talk, so now Tara-chan will start our
purrinted-media mewsings, with her review
of IDW’s My Little Pony: Generations #4 & 5!
I love these pony comics which so capture the style and – and the spirit of the animated TV series, nya! It is hard to believe that the Friendship is Magic animated series started 12 years ago, nya!
Generations is the crossover betwixt the original (Gen One) 1980’s ponies and – and their Friendship is Magic (Gen Four) counterparts, nya!
purremise of this five-issue mini-series is that the evil human teen cousins Grackle, Dyre (who are
the daughters of Reeka and – and Draggle)
and – and their magickal rat named Trench plot to avenge their evil grandmother
Hydia whose sinister Smooze weapon was thwarted by the ponies, nya!
They transform some of the Smoze slime into the evil ponies Violet Shiver, Black Belle and – and Shadow Storm who will bring the chaos and – and the bad morale to the pony world, but the miscalculation sent them to the
Gen Four world instead of the Gen One World, nya!
Reeka, Draggle, Hydia and – and Smooze appurred in the
1986 My Little Pony movie, nya!
The Smooze ponies purrtend to be purrofessors at the Friendship School, where teacheth
Rainbow Dash, Rarity, Applejack, Pinkie Pie,
Fluttershy, Starlight Glimmer, and – and Sunburst Star, nya! In issue #4 the portal opens from the Gen One World, through which emerge
Lickity-Split, Lofty, Minty, Galaxy, Surprise, Applejack, North Star and – and Rose Dust, nya!
Other characters who appurr in this mini-series include
Apple Bloom, Granny Smith, Big McIntosh, Mayor Mare,
Yona, Smolder, Ocellus, Sand Bar, Silverstream, Gallus, Pizzelle, Spitfire, Fleetfoot and – and the other Wonderbolts, nya!
in issue #5 the Gen One and – and the Gen Four ponies unite for the finale battle to save Equestia
ach issue has the 28 full-color pages including the uninterrupted 20 page tale followed by the cover art gallery and – and ads, nya. I am glad that the ads do not interrupt the tale, nya!
It was written by Casey Gilly, illustrated by Michela Cacciatore, colored by Heather Breckel, lettered by Neil Uyetake and edited by Megan Brown, nya!
Cover A is by Michela Cacciatore, cover B is by Agnes Garbowska and – and Silvana Brys, whilst the scarcer Retailers Incentive cover is by Samantha Whitten, nya! I loved the plot, pace, poses, dialogue, expurressions, scenery, colors, shading, fonts, and – and the graphic narrative techniques, so I will give this mini – series the
“A” as in Applebuck, nya!
Now here is Mie -sensei to tell us about—
Flying Witch manga vol. 10, nya!
Arigato! So like, This is one of my all – time favoritest manga series! Flying Witch by the artist / author Chihiro Ishizuka is the beautiful, whimsically charming tale of the teenage novice witch Makoto Kowata & her cat Chito who have moved from Yokohama to her relatives’ The Kuramoto family’s lovely mansion in the rural town of Aomori for her witchy studies!
Other recurring characters include Makoto’s older sister Akane & her cat Kenny, their mentor Akira, cousin Kei & younger Chinatsu, their mom Nana & dad Keiji, Inukai the fortune teller & her hamster Ai, Ms. Shiina the cafe owner, her daughter Anzu, waitress ghost Hina, Anzu’s owl Ororu, Makoto’s senpai Sayo and Kei’s classmate Nao!
The plots typically include learning spell craft, gardening, farming, cooking, day trips, and revealing more of the magickal world! Originally published by Kodansha in Japan, Volume10 was published in English by Vertical Comics, translated by Melissa Tanaka & edited by Ajani Oloye, with the purrduction by Grace Lu & Tomoe Tsutsumi.
Purriced at $10.95 in the USA and $11.95 in Canada, it has the 176 Black & White pages compurrised of B&W chapters 55-61 with the pretty color cover art! So like, it is summertime and the manga if off to the delicious, nutritious start as the family picks the fruits and vegetables which they trade with the neighboring gardeners and farmers.
Makoto, Akane, Chito & Kenny ride the bullet train, visit the Society of Witches office in Hirosaki where they have an exam and then on to their home in Kanagawa, where we meet their mom, friends Miko, Yayoi & Cantera. Then Makoto, Akane and Miko ride in the horse drawn carriage with Nihei the witch who will assist them and Anzu with an assignment at a temple full of maneki-nekos!
This was yet another totally beautifully charming, magickal slice of life tale that introduces us to more endearing characters, amazing creatures, mystical phenomenon, lovely locations and insights into the witchy world, so I will give vol. 10 the grade of an “A” as in Akane, fur shur! I am done, so now here is Ellie to tell us about the