Detective Pikachu

I watched Pokemon TV show when I was a kid and even saw one of its countless movies 8-9 years later, when I was at university but I haven’t played any Pokemon games and, in general, I wouldn’t call myself a fan, so I didn’t have any expectations regarding the movie. And after we left the theatre it was “that wasn’t too bad but nothing special”. The visual is very good, pokemons are adorable and Pikachu is great, thanks to his endless jokes and Ryan Reynolds. Human characters are absolutely bland and boring and the plot is meh. So, “good to see in a cinema” maybe?

P.S. Before the movie we went to Neo Tokyo and I broke the promise given to myself and we bought a few volumes of manga =(

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Volbeat’s concert in London was one of the calmest shows I’ve even been at. There were a lot of crowd surfers and even a tiny mosh pit but everything looked so innocent comparing to an average metal concert! The setlist was decent (everything you’d expect them to play they played) and the sound was good. The weirdest moment of the concert was when Danko Jones, who played his concert at LMH the same evening (and whom I know only because I accidentally found his interview with Rob Urbinati, the guitarist and vocalist of Sacrifice, where Mr. Jones left the impression of a guy who uses any opportunity to talk about himself instead of actually, you know, interviewing a person he invited) showed up to perform “Black Rose”.

Yesterday we saw Mudmen live for the second time and that second time was even better than the first concert. It appears that Irish music, bagpipes and beer are meant to be enjoyed together. “The Night That Paddy Murphy Died”, “Dirty Old Town”, “Drink & Fight”, “Whack for the Lassie” and 5 or so bottles of Keiths’ beer made the atmosphere relaxing and friendly and we ended up being involved in a small talk and even dancing a bit, madness.

Kind of amazing and sad that at the beginning of their career Mudmen release music videos and people would catch their songs on TV and radio. I think they deserve more than just playing in small clubs all over Ontario.

Love, Death and Robots

The credit where it’s due — the format Netflix chose for the anthology is perfect. It’s very difficult to get tired of stories which want only 10-12 minutes of your time. Moreover, the animation looks awesome — whether it’s realistic 3D, cell-shading or a real-life-meets-animation format (starring Ramona Flowers and Eric Forman).

On the other hand… Let’s say the the stories themselves just not my cup of tea. They are quite bland and predictable, but that’s not the main problem, after all we know in advance that it’s difficult to come up with something meaningful when screen time is so limited. The first problem is that a few episodes are preachy. That’s something we luckily don’t see too often in anime and don’t have to experience that thin but annoying mix of disappointment and irritation. The second problem is that sometimes “L, D&R” feels like those 90s “Western-oriented” anime, like Ninja Scroll, which used a very simple trick to make it clear that “we’re not your regular Disney cartoon” — a lot of blood and sex. It’s not that I have something against either of those but c’mon, just showing a nipple or throwing guts all over the place doesn’t automatically make the story better and sometimes just feels cheap.

So, look forward to checking out season 2? As long as we can enjoy good animation — I’m in.