Aloha there, ladies and gents! Dil's here with a new journal!
...Yes. AGAIN with the behindedness, Dil is. And I know last time I said that I would've fixed up on that, but... naaah, guess not! But hey, new journal means new stuff ahead, so haisai, let's go!
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So, yeah; life's been catching up to me. Between work, Triverse art/writing skirmishes (and managing something upcoming), friends and life with the GF, I've had my positivity spike up tons... so much so I blanked on giving you guys a journal to update. This is what happens when I work on a lexicon... Oh well, drinks (of iced tea) all around!
Now, I don't need to bring it up again, but I've actually passed 50,000 views this time. Well. I already gave a spiel thanking everyone for checking out my page, so I'll reiterate, thanks for getting me this far, viewers, friends and ohana; there's more to come!
Another minor thing, Valentine's Day is coming up, and love is in the air! Anybody doing anything? On my end of things, I'm hoping to spend a bitta time at the GF's house, bit of gifts with as well. Whatever you're doing, hope it's lovely for y'all!
So, time for a big thing! Last weekend on a Saturday, me and my GF, Anime-jazumin
went and saw the recent animated blockbuster... that brought us brick by brick closer: "The LEGO Movie"
. Before I get on with the film, there are pics up on my Instagram with one of the film standees AND with the hat I wore, which had Batman (a little McDonald's toy), Emmet (something I got picking up a pre-order of "Bravely Default"
), and "Bionicle"
parts Axonn's axe and the Kanohi Ignika all attached onto it. 'Twas pretty well received! But, okay. Let me just say, this film is absolute bliss. Let's start off with the plot: it's unique, ambitious and while it's a basic "save the world" story, has some twists that make the film more eventful. I won't say what those twists are though, YOU have to watch the film to find that out. The characters are also fantastic and varied, from our main lead Emmet, to even Batman and some of the bigwig cameos. My favorites were a four-way tie between Emmet, Wyldstyle, Metal Beard and Uni-Kitty, but besides this, all the characters, even the cameoed ones, have some fantastic attributes to offer to this quirky film. Oh, and the animation? BEAUTIFUL. Everything in this film is done in the iconic brick, explosions, sky and even fire included: and it's done in a CGI detail that's picture-perfect and manages to create the illusion of stop-motion. Of course, it isn't all CGI either, and I'll leave you to figure out how if you see it. The soundtrack and score are also awesome; yes, they embody a lot of 80s electronic yet industrial beating and yes, "Everything is AWESOME!!!"
is going to get stuck in your head, but it's fantastic regardless. The film is also chock-full of cameos that I'm certain will have something for everyone. All in all, it's literally one of the first ever animated flicks to drop this year, and literally one of the biggest and best that directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller have come up with. I HIGHLY recommend seeing this not only if you're a LEGO nut, but also as a filmgoer, as it features an all-around impressive animated experience. I hear the UK will get it in a few days, so you friends of mine there are in for a treat! This also made me want to get "The LEGO Movie Videogame"
in the future, so once I do (probably for PS4), I'll definitely bring it up somewhere, keep tabs where I usually post and you'll see...
In addition to this, I've got some more things incoming in the mail: the first is a set dedicated to one of my favorite Japanese animated things ever: "Fullmetal Alchemist", as I'm getting myself a State Alchemist watch! Yeah, I'm becoming a State Alchemist! How cool is tha-- aaaah, not really, I'm actually getting a replical State Alchemist watch with an Elric insignia necklace, both'll be good fandom testaments! The other though is more to add to my Stitch collection, as I've ordered the English prints of the two Yumi Tsukirino "Stitch!" manga. Yumi Tsukirino is known for a lot of "Pokemon" manga. However, while this is indeed based on the original "Stitch!" anime, there is a perk to it: it's chibi-ized. Yes, the characters all look like chibis. But hey, I'll tell you more about it when it arrives! Peep my Instagram to see if it does soon!
Following this, remember a few journals ago when I said The Glitch Mob had their new album incoming? Well, it is indeed out: check on iTunes or Beatport and you'll see "Love Death Immortality", the group's latest album, has dropped. All in all, it's a pretty stellar electro album, and I'd recommend it if you're into that scene. Heck, later I'll feature one of the tracks from this album... just something I'd mention.
Wanna know what else is cool? "Pokemon Bank" finally releasing. Yes! Last Wednesday, Nintendo finally let North American users whom have "Pokemon X/Y" to get the app for a free 30-day period off the Nintendo eShop. So, yours truly got it and transferred a whole slew of his creatures over (Darkrai Twins included), though the only game I haven't transferred is my SoulSilver copy... hope I get it back soon at least. Nonetheless, there are only TWO creatures I am missing from my potential dream teams that couldn't transfer over, and that's two rare ones: Deoxys and my old Shiny Genesect. If anyone whom has the game and has any of these willing to part with, then I'd be happy to trade with you for 'em!
While on the video game bandwagon, there's something new Sonic-wise! Just a week ago, SEGA announced a new Sonic the Hedgehog alternity called "Sonic Boom", a new video game for the 3DS and WiiU, and new cartoon series being done for Cartoon Network by OuiDa Animation, a French studio. And yes, this is indeed the same show SEGA announced work on a while back that had an My Little Pony writer aboard. However, it's already been hit with some light controversy. The first thing is redesigns: SEGA decided to redesign their iconic characters for this new show (Google search and you'll see what I mean). And the one everyone quickly talks about is Knuckles. Lemme say that I actually like the redesigns, they feel accurate to each character, and I feel that come the show's premiere, it'll allow for some great character development. SEGA's already said they want a focus on teamwork. Second thing I see controversy for is the comedic light-heartedness. Uhh, note to you guys, not everything Sonic has to be dark and prosperous. I like what Boom is doing in terms of bringing in comedic and otherwise light-heartedness to their benefit. It's something the Sonic franchise needed in a long time, and it's shooting for old-school fans and the kids. I find that pretty admirable. The last thing? The contrast of it being a reboot. "Sonic Boom" is not meant to be a reboot, like I said earlier, reboot is a miswording. What the franchise really is is an alternity project, sorta a spin-off if you will. And with this in mind, I'm keeping good hopes for this. The video game and the TV show both seem like they'll do good things, and regardless what some people talk, I'll give it my freshest and most open-minded look when it comes in the fall of this year.
Coming in behind this is more news for the users of "Disney Infinity". It appears that just recently, work was revealed for something that WASN'T "Captain EO". Apparently, Disney's been hard at work on up and coming MARVEL and "Star Wars" ideas for the game project, which means we could get some new Power Discs channeling lightsabers, maybe the possibility of an Iron Man figure, and best of all, maybe some new play sets. This runs hand in hand with Disney working on a "Captain EO"... thing for the game, and of course, rumor of an expansion or "Disney Infinity 1.5" coming really soon. In any such a case, hopefully we get something of news for this soon, as "Disney Infinity" is about to enter Wave 3, its final initial wave until something new drops.
And finally, on a unrelated to games part, I've got a new thing to announce. For more of my graphical work side of things, HappyAggro
has signed me onto the group
, not only as a visual side artist, but to run something per every Tuesday or Wednesday upcoming called the #TSRTrackOfTheWeek, named after the first book of the story, "This Side Rock"
. As such, if you're following the massively musical fancomic, keep posted there if you want a good yet related track per week to jam to... or just to see the visuals I can cook up, whatever your fancy is.
Anyways, time for something else new, and I got plenty for this: art and story news! And I mean PLENTY of new developments! Let's go!
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So, I got a few things to talk about in terms of Triverse developments, some big, some small: have a seat and we'll go on!
The first thing is one you may have noticed, the fact I redesigned Jessica, bully of... *sighs* Zutto, into a bully who is to join Penny and her gang in my headcanon and up and coming Stitch works in the Triverse. May I just say I liked redesigning her, as the idea to add her into the Izayoi bullies came from the notion of "two heads are better than one. There's also another idea I wanna develop soon involving the Auros Galaxy and a gestalt mecha creation left to malfunction and maraud in the galaxies afar... you MAY hear of this in the coming Triverse lexicon.
Now, for the second thing, the "Stitch Triverse" OC call. From the many people who gave this a look-see, the project gained a stellar line-up of 12 OCs added to the lore of the series. In fact, here's a list of people and their OCs:
: Yoko and Milston (for "Stitch!"), Twilight (for "A STITCH in Reality") and Jay (for "Stitch to the Cosmos").
crb145 Kuro (for "Stitch to the Cosmos")
All 12 of these OCs will get character designs from moi (I'm actually planning to compile up everyone's entries into one deviation when the time comes), be among upcoming artwork and such, and even have a nice cushy bunch of entries in the "Stitch Triverse" lexicon upcoming. And you guys also get a bit of creative control: any new attires or powers or ideas you have for your characters? Come comment or note me and I'll be happy to hear, add or tweak things around! But aside, thanks to all mentioned for pitching in all 12 of your OCs to a big cause! And to all who looked but couldn't muster an OC, thanks to you too; every little bit counts, right?
In addition to having this OC contest, there is also something big brewin' on Twitter Triverse
-wise, and it's this. Apparently some kook (me) came up with a "Stitch Triverse"
Twitter for people to follow. Every day, the Twitter posts up updates, #FactsOfTheDay and you even get some new work from me and #QuestionsOfTheWeek in addition. If you're interested and you have a Twitter you use often, go check out twitter.com/The626Triverse
, or just search up @The626Triverse on the site. You won't regret that follow key if you do, and a thanks from the ohana is yours too!
One more little development... an image album's come out of the "Stitch Triverse idea.
Let's just say I felt like I wanted an album complimenting all three of the universes, heroes/heroines and Stitches involved and as such, the "Stitch Triverse: Songs from the 'Verses" soundtrack came to being. Whopping in at over 70 tracks, I took the OP/ED ideas I had for the concept in mind (two The Pillows songs), and then 15 tracks inspired by the feel of each universe: 15 Izayoi (which are tracks 5 - 19 on the compilation), 15 Kamakura (which are tracks 20 - 34) and then 15 Auros (which are tracks 35 - 49). The rest are throwbacks to older Stitch material that were added out of ohana love and/or tracks that fit in with the rest of the idea. So, if you're interested in such an album, I'd HIGHLY recommend tweeting @The626Triverse on Twitter for a follow and DM for the album... or noting me, 'cuz either way, you'll get a link to the big, big, big album. Okitaka? Okitaka.
On a final note, the "Stitch Triverse" lexicon is still enroute to be released this month. I've left off midway through the "H" section, but have only 12 more letters to finish of terminology before the thing can be uploaded. Luckily, the @The626Triverse Twitter has been giving hints by the plenty via their #FactOfTheDay tweets. But anyway, expect the lexicon really soon, I pinky swear to you guys it'll drop this month!
Again, refer to my 11/07/2013 journal for future story developments, nothing else new beyond that point. Boom.
But with that all said and put into perspective, let's move into "TUNE"!
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So, this week's been reverted back tone "TUNE", but I've dug up a heavy one, so let's get in!
As stated earlier, the "TUNE" this week is from new album Love Death Immortality, by the powerhouse electronic musician trio The Glitch Mob. A lot of their older material hasn't been very vocal, but this new album brings a myriad of new vocal tracks into the mix. One of my favorites is this track chosen for "TUNE" this week, Ooah, edIT and Boreta's latest off their new album: "Our Demons". The trio stick to their big guns and evolve it to a banging electro track, but they also get a bit of help. Vocalist Aja Volkman, lead singer of Nico Vega and wife to Dan Reynolds of Imagine Dragons, delivers some pretty powerful vocals to build the electronic fire higher, to the point where the song asks "no wonder you've got demons". Among a myriad of powerful tracks on the album, it's amidst the group's evolution in this album. Take a listen if you wanna, it's pushed electronics next-level, like only The Glitch Mob can do.
The Glitch Mob (feat. Aja Volkman) - "Our Demons"
So, that oughta do it for this journal... and yes, before you ask; this time I MEAN it that I'll get back to biweekly journals. I've been thrown off twice, and I'm not plotting to do it again... at least, not intentionally! Hope you friends and followers in the ohana are doing fantastic, and I'll chat at ya later next journal! Ichariba Ohana!
Dil // TheDarkOfNight-D