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21 Apr 03:59

clio-jlh: brak666: i-want-life-to-be-art:First look at Jane...




First look at Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin in Grace and Frankie, a new original Netflix series that follows two long-time rivals, who are brought together after their husbands announce they are in love with each other and plan to get married.

The series will debut on May 8th, and also stars Martin Sheen, Sam Waterston, June Diane Raphael, Ethan Embry, Brooklyn Decker and Baron Vaughn, with recurring roles set for Geoff Stults, Joe Morton, Ernie Hudson and Barry Bostwick.



cannot wait for this

23 Apr 22:29

tastefullyoffensive: He looks so concerned about everything....


He looks so concerned about everything. (photos by egzo)

Previously: Albert the Angry Sheep Cat

21 Apr 17:00

“Jesus is Kind of Like a Buddha, Right?”

by sdshamshel

This post was sponsored by Johnny Trovato. If you’re interested in submitting topics for the blog, or just like my writing and want to sponsor Ogiue Maniax, check out my Patreon.

It is a somewhat common mistake to assume that Japan as a wholly foreign and alien culture despite events such as the influence of China on its development, the appearance of Commodore Perry, and various interactions with nations such as Portugal and the Netherlands. However, no matter where it comes from, Japan’s own history can be considered unique (and just about any culture or area can say the same), and there are certain implicit and assumed elements that can permeate Japanese culture.

I was asked by Johnny Trovato to address broadly the subject of how theological differences between Japan and countries with more of a Christian history affect how anime and manga are viewed. Truth be told, even though I’ve watched plenty of series which reference religion and spirituality such as Neon Genesis Evangelion, Inari Kon Kon Koi Iroha, and Hermes: Winds of Love (don’t watch that last one), I’m not really an expert on the subject. I originally planned on tackling the subject from a fairly limited perspective, but fortunately I recently discovered a book called Holy Ghosts: The Christian Century in Modern Japanese Fiction by Rebecca Sutter. While it’s not quite on the subject of Japanese religions and beliefs, it did help me to realize an aspect of Japanese culture, media, and literature that I believe sheds a bit of light on how religious beliefs are used in anime and manga.

One of the more major lessons I took away from reading Holy Ghosts is that Japan has historically approached religion in a rather pragmatic way. Shintoist, Buddhist, and Confucian beliefs exist together in Japan, but only as far as they’re convenient. When Portuguese Jesuits arrived in Japan and sought to convert its people, not only did the Japanese sometimes interpret Jesus as a kind of “Buddha” that conformed to their own polytheistic views, but many of the daimyo who converted did so because the Portuguese also sold firearms. Spirituality exists, but it has existed to to serve the people, rather than having people be absolutely beholden to one or more gods. Even the idea of the Emperor as god was a response to the prominence of other religious beliefs being used as tools to control territory.

To take what is probably too big of a leap into the present day, I think we can still see this tendency at work when it comes to the utilization of religious aspects in anime. Evangelion famously features Christian imagery and mythology mainly as a way to provide something fairly exotic to Japanese viewers, while Spirited Away is just as much about encouraging young people to rediscover nature regardless of overt spirituality. This, I believe, is where a good deal of the confusion or dissonance might lie when it comes to how people in the United States and other traditionally Christian cultures interact with anime. Of course, not every person who lives in those countries is necessarily religious, and there has been plenty of media that plays fast and loose with the Bible, from Bruce Almighty to Teen Angel (I still love that show, by the way), but often there’s some kind of counter-play with the assumption that many people know at least the basics of Christianity and that there are plenty who firmly believe in its tenets.

I’m going to use two examples of media, one from the US, and one from Japan. Xena: Warrior Princess was a popular show when it aired. Having begun as a spinoff of Hercules: The Legendary Journey, it at first focused mainly on ancient Greece and the presence of Greek Gods. Eventually though, they decided to branch off and include Christianity in the show. Xena meets both David and Jesus, and any historian would probably tell you that it makes no sense. It didn’t matter in the show itself to a certain degree, but it was directly up against the value of Christianity in the US, and how accurate or (intentionally inaccurate) a work it was factored into how it was perceived.

Now contrast this with Devilman, the story of a teenager who gains the power of a devil so that he can fight other demons. Its creator, Nagai Go, stated that he designed Devilman to resemble a bat, even though that’s not quite the imagery people in countries more familiar with the idea of Satan and Hell would utilize. Eventually Satan himself appears, and he turns out to be a hermaphrodite because Lucifer has been described in some texts as being as such. However, the main value of Lucifer’s dual-gender appearance is visceral shock, and Devilman as a whole didn’t have to take into account how much its readers would be going to church every Sunday. Devilman, if I recall correctly, also mixes in various spiritual beliefs including Japanese ones, and it all effectively works to (on a somewhat pragmatic level) help the story along.

The idea that religion isn’t this overwhelmingly powerful subject in Japanese culture and society isn’t necessarily shared by all who live there, of course, but I think there’s a lot in the old adage that says, in Japan, you have a Shinto birth, a Christian wedding, and a Buddhist funeral. That synthesis of beliefs and the ability to mold them into whatever you want defies the idea of religion as this overwhelming, monolithic thing that cannot ever be altered, and anime and manga are proof of that.

08 Apr 19:16

Dallas Middaugh moves to Crunchyroll

by Heidi MacDonald

Early manga adapter Dallas Middaugh, who has been involved in most of the major moves that changed manga from an obscure niche in US fandom to a permanent part of the pop culture landscape, has left his position as Senior Director of Penguin Random House Publisher Services to join Crunchyroll as Head of Brand and Community. He’ll work with the streaming anime service to expand the brand globally.

“With his experience and understanding of our audience and the Manga category, Dallas will be able to contribute invaluably to expanding the Crunchyroll brand and further deepening the relationship to our audience,” said Crunchyroll CEO Kun Gao in a statement .

“Crunchyroll currently brings Anime and Manga to millions of passionate fans,” said Dallas Middaugh. “We have opportunities to reach an even larger audience and bring that audience not just more content, but more fun and exciting ways to interact with it. I’m looking forward to engaging with the community that I’ve been fortunate to be a part of for many years, and providing more ways for them to connect with and experience the best that Anime and Manga — and Crunchyroll — have to offer.”

At Random House, Middaugh oversaw their partnership with Kodansha that saw such blockbusters as Attack on Titan. Prior to that he worked in RH’s own in-house Del Rey manga division; co-founded publisher Seven Seas; and served as marketing director for Viz during the crucial 2000-2003 period. In short, he’s da man.

Crunchyroll offers streaming anime such as Naruto Shippuden, Attack on Titan, and One Piece, and also allows subscribers to read manga and purchase related merchandise. It gained prominence by offering close-to-simultaneous access to hit Japanese shows soon after they aired.

16 Apr 11:30

R-rated movie “Chappie” gets severely nerfed for Japan release, director knew nothing about it

by Scott Wilson


Chappie, an R-rated science-fiction film directed by Neill Blomkamp (of District 9 and Elysium fame), has been out in U.S. theaters for over a month now, but it still hasn’t been released in Japan due to the time it takes to be translated and dubbed.

During that time a storm has been brewing over the film, starting a few days ago when Sony Pictures Japan released a controversial statement: the movie will be censored and edited down to a PG-12 rating.

Japanese netizens who were looking forward to the film are upset over the watered-down version they will be getting, and even though Sony claims to have the support of the director, Neill Blomkamp himself insists he knew nothing about any such cuts.

If you haven’t heard of Chappie, here’s the trailer for your viewing pleasure. With a title like “Chappie” it may sound like a silly little movie about a robot with emotions, but after watching the trailer you’ll see it’s just a bit grittier than that.

Whether or not the movie is your cup of tea is up to you of course, but Japanese people who were looking forward to the film were rightfully expecting to see the same film that the rest of the world got.

However, it doesn’t look like that’s going to be the case. It all started when Sony Pictures Japan tweeted this: (translation below)


ソニー・ピクチャーズ (@SonyPicturesJP) April 15, 2015

“Thank you for your questions regarding the film Chappie.

In order to ensure that the film reaches as wide an audience as possible, we will be releasing it in Japan with the ‘PG-12′ rating. This is a decision that was reached jointly with our offices in the U.S., the Motion Picture Code of Ethics Committee (MPCEC), and has the approval of the film’s director, ensuring that the integrity of the picture will not be compromised.

Please understand that we cannot disclose the opinions of the MPCEC, nor any of the changes made to the film. We will also be unable to respond to any individual questions related to this matter.

There are no plans for an uncut version to be shown in Japan.

Thank you very much for your understanding, and we hope you enjoy the film.”

The MPCEC is the Japanese version of the MPAA in the U.S. It’s responsible for assigning movie ratings, and for requiring cuts in order to receive certain ratings. The MPCEC currently has four ratings for movies in Japan:

G: Anyone’s welcome. Hooray!
PG-12: Parents are advised to accompany children under the age of 12.
R-15: Only persons aged 15 and older allowed.
R-18: Only persons aged 18 and older allowed.

So if we’re keeping all of the ratings straight, what was originally an R-rated movie in the U.S. (R-18 equivalent) has now been cut down to what is basically a slightly cheeky film that’s suitable for both adults and older kids. And despite Sony’s insistence to the contrary, the film’s director seems to have not been a part of the discussion in this decision, as can be seen in his tweeted responses to a Japanese fan:

@mazy_3 don't know what you mean. One edit...worldwide

Neill Blomkamp (@NeillBlomkamp) April 15, 2015

@mazy_3 @SonyPicturesJP no... I'm trying to get to the bottom of it. Was Never told

Neill Blomkamp (@NeillBlomkamp) April 15, 2015

With both the controversy of the cuts and the director being kept in the dark about them, Japanese netizens had lots to tweet about:

▼ “So basically they just said: ‘We don’t give a crap about you.’ Thanks Sony!”

「お前らに答える義理はねぇ!」と来たね!さすがクソニーだね! RT @SonyPicturesJP 映画『チャッピー』へ頂いたご質問に関しまして。

ヒロコン (@V570) April 15, 2015

▼ “Are they idiots? I was looking forward to this, but now I’m definitely not going.”

@SonyPicturesJP バカじゃねえの。観る気満々だったけど絶対行かねえ。

いくと真打@ドエル (@irekomi_dra) April 15, 2015

▼ “I’ve been waiting for the release, but I’m very disappointed by this. No way I’m going!”

@SonyPicturesJP 公開を愉しみに待っていたのにこの仕打ち、本当に心から失望した。絶対に見に行かん!

源河真之 (@ShindenJ7W1) April 15, 2015

▼ “I wouldn’t be surprised if they just get some stupid flavor-of-the-month comic actor to do Chappie’s voice. It’s all a part of their plan to somehow benefit from enraging their fans as much as possible.”

@SonyPicturesJP ついでにチャッピーの声は(今が旬の)お笑い芸人さんで吹替するんですね。なるほどー と云う冗談はさておき、ファンを敵に回す炎上マーケティングが有効であると云うデータでもあるんでしょうかね。

キ之國屋紊左ヱ門 (@kinobun) April 15, 2015

The backlash against the changes is so great that a petition has been created calling for the film’s more violent scenes not to be cut:

▼ Even Chappie himself seems to have signed it, so it has some official support.

Unfortunately, no matter how many signatures the petition gets, the odds that anything will change are very small. Japanese fans of the film will just have to wait until it is released on DVD/Blu-ray to see the director’s true vision. Let’s just hope that the home-releases don’t get the same cuts too, or else we’re going to see a whole lot of imported movies make their way into Japan.

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16 Apr 18:00

This deal is getting better all the time: Marvel announces Lando #1 for July

by Heidi MacDonald

Oooh Alex Maleev art!


Star Wars Celebrations is underway and Twitter is collectively peeing its pants as announcements roll out, but here’s one of the first:A new limited series for Lando Calrissian to be written by Charles Soule with Art by Alex Maleev. SOLD RIGHT THERE.

“Is Lando Calrissian the coolest character in all of Star Wars? Depends on who you ask, probably. But if you ask me, the answer is yes, and I plan to prove it with this story,” says series writer Soule.

In Marvel’s Lando, developed closely with Lucasfilm, the titular character — in the days before he became a hero, but still with Lobot at his side — looks to steal one of the galaxy’s most valuable ships. But, as usual, he may be in over his head.

“Before Cloud City, before his glorious Death Star run,” continues Soule, “Lando Calrissian was just a man trying to make his way through an uncaring universe determined not to recognize that he was undeniably the coolest man in the galaxy. But Lando’s got a plan to change all that… and it starts with the deal of a lifetime.”

Marval has alreayd done the obvious by giving Darth Vader and Princess LEiz there own solo titles for the first time, and sales have been through the roof. Will Lando live up to the sales? I wouldn’t bet against it.

14 Apr 17:00

Gundam Build Fighters TRY Fighting References

by sdshamshel

Gundam Build Fighters Try has made a number of references to fighting styles from other anime, manga, and games, especially towards the end of the series.

In Episode 19, the character Ichinose Junya pulls off a couple of attacks from various fighting styles. This includes a demonstration of boxing, which might look familiar:

This is actually Makunouchi Ippo’s finishing combination from Hajime no Ippo: the Liver Blow, the Gazelle Punch, and the Dempsey Roll.

Next, Junya demonstrates attacks from Ba Ji Quan:

This specific sequence leading into the shoulder tackle is one of Akira’s signature attack strings from the fighting game series Virtua Fighter:

In Episode 20, Kamiki Sekai, one of the central characters of Gundam Build Fighters Try, sends a burst of energy rippling forward by slamming his fist into the ground:

This is a reference to Terry Bogard’s special move, “Power Wave,” which he’s used since the original Fatal Fury and all other games he’s appeared in.

This last one I’m not 100% certain on, but in Episode 23 Junya appears again and confronts Sekai:

I believe it is supposed to be an homage to Fist of the North Star, specifically Souther’s Nanto Hou’ou Ken style:

That’s all I’ve spotted for now. If there are more, then I’ll probably make another post.

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13 Apr 16:30

S.W.A.T. Reviews: Spring 2015 Pt. 1 (Did I Say That Out Loud?)

by reversethieves

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The premise of these reviews is simple: watch the first episode of a series and then immediately sit down to record a review mini-podcast. The reviews are five- to ten-minutes long and entirely off the cuff. As always we only review new shows (so no sequels or continuations) and try to avoid anything that just looks outright awful.

These are the first batch from the new season and now we’ve broken them into (helpful?) categories:

Sentence: Free to Go

Listen – First impressions of The Heroic Legend of Arslan from Liden Films. It is streaming on Funimation and Hulu.

Listen – First impressions of RIN-NE from Brain’s Base. It is streaming on Crunchyroll.

Listen – First impressions of My Love Story!! from MADHOUSE. It is streaming on Crunchyroll.

Listen – First impressions of Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches from Liden Films. It is streaming on Crunchyroll.

Sentence: On Parole

Listen – First impressions of Re-Kan! from Pierrot+. It is streaming on Crunchyroll.

Listen – First impressions of Show by Rock!! from Studio Bones. It is streaming on Funimation and Hulu.

Listen – First impressions of Seraph of the End from Wit Studio. It is streaming on Funimation and Hulu.

Listen – First impressions of Sound! Euphonium from Kyoto Animation. It is streaming on Crunchyroll.

Listen – First impressions of Saint Seiya: Soul of Gold from Toei Animation. It is streaming on Crunchyroll.

Listen – First impressions of Blood Blockade Battlefront from Studio Bones. It is streaming on Funimation and Hulu.

Sentence: Lock ‘Em Up and Throw Away the Key

Listen – First impressions of Food Wars: Shokugeki no Soma from J.C. Staff. It is streaming on Crunchyroll.

Listen – First impressions of Punch Line from MAPPA. It is streaming on Crunchyroll.

Listen – First impressions of Urawa no Usagi-chan from A-Real. It is streaming on Crunchyroll.


Filed under: 2015, Anime, Anime Seasons, Guides, Podcasts/Videocasts, S.W.A.T. Reviews Tagged: Blood Blockade Battlefront, Food Wars, My Love Story!!, Punch Line, Re-Kan!, Rin-Ne, Saint Seiya, Seraph of the End, Show by Rock!!, Sound! Euphonium, The Heroic Legend of Arslan, Urawa no Usagi-chan, Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches
12 Apr 20:00

Save vs. Interview: Shaz

by savevsjared

Interesting idea about how to deal with botched rolls!

Beginning today and on the second Sunday of each month, Save vs. Me will highlight a different Player by sharing their stories and thoughts on tabletop gaming. We kick off our interviews with Shaz—Player, DM, and mother of two with a fondness for flames! 

Introduce yourself!

Hi, I’m Shaz. I’m currently a stay at home mom of two little ones and a total nerd. I love to read, cook, crochet, and watch anime. I have a background in the sciences, so I’m also into sci-fi and real life science too. I also love going to conventions and cosplaying.

How long have you played games and how did you get into tabletop gaming?

My parents are big board game players, so I’ve been playing those since I was little. But, I didn’t really get into games until college when a friend introduced me to Settlers of Catan. It was a very different sort of game than I was used to playing and I thought it was great.

Ah! I love Catan. Always enjoyed turning sheep into bricks into wheat.

Sheep are my favorite!

What was your first game?

Settlers was the first of this new wave of board gaming that I played. As far as RPGs go, my first experience was through video games. We had Final Fantasy on the NES and games like Kingdom Hearts later on. When I was in college, World of Warcraft came out, and we all go into that. Playing Warcraft was really what got us to try out Dungeons and Dragons because we liked the RPG aspects of WoW, but wanted something where we interacted in person more.

It sounds like you started playing D&D with the some of the same people you played WoW with. Do you feel like intra-party dynamics change at all when playing an MMO versus a traditional tabletop game?

The dynamics changed just a little bit. A lot of the time we played WoW, we all played in the same room on our laptops because it was easier to communicate. So it wasn’t like we had to get used to playing face to face. But I do think that WoW has a much different pacing than D&D. Like, if you have some downtime, there’s plenty to do on your own. Or if you just need to putter around a sell items or hunt for quests, you can do that on your own time. In D&D, all of that happens with the group for the most part. And you never quite know when you’re going to run into fights or have lots of plot to run through. With WoW those things are a little more certain, so the group is usually just going through big quests together and not the “boring” stuff.

Do you prefer tabletop RPGs to MMOs at this point, or do still enjoy both?

I prefer tabletop RPGs right now simply because I like the group dynamic that we have. We started playing D&D through Roll20 because one of our group members was diagnosed with a chronic health problem and it makes it hard for him to get to our house to play in person. Roll20 works really well, but I miss the in person playing a bit. So when we can, we have a true tabletop night and break out the other board games.

Do you have a favorite game or favorite genre of game? If so, what about it appeals to you?

Right now I think my favorite board game is Firefly. I’m a fan of the show, but it’s an excellent board game anyway. I like any games that have co-op in them or at least games where the point isn’t really to complete with the other players so much. I enjoy playing competitive games, but since that’s how a majority of games are played and it’s nice to play something different. It also makes for a nicer gaming environment when you’re not screaming obscenities at your friends during the game. We’ve got the Game of Thrones board game as well, and people are very, very unhappy after a night of that game (aside from the winner, whose usually grinning like an asshole). So I’m glad that there are more and more co-op games coming out now. I can’t wait for the Ghostbuster game to come out.

Sweet! I hadn’t heard there was a Ghostbusters gaming coming out. I feel like we’re seeing more co-op games in the space lately. Have you seen the Pathfinder Card Game? It’s a “GM less” way to enjoy the RPG and kind of a co-op game from what I hear.

I’ll have to look into this!

What games have you not tried, but would like to?

I’ve heard good things about Betrayal at House on the Hill and the Arkham Horror games. Unfortunately, like a lot of board games, they’re pricy, so we haven’t picked them up yet.  

What was your first character?

I can’t remember my character’s name, but she was a half-elf warlock. I played with her with my college D&D group. I wish I still had her character sheet, but it was lost during one of my many post-college moves.

What do you use for inspiration for your characters?

I guess I try and make characters that I would find interesting if they were the character in a book or movie I was reading/watching.

Do you have a favorite kind of character to play?

I usually end up being some sort of magic user because I don’t think I play fighter characters very well. Warlocks are my favorite because I like the background of the character (the idea that they’ve made a pact with some sort of magical creature) and I enjoy lighting things on fire.

Do you run/GM games?

Yes, I am the currently DM for my D&D group.

Do you run pre-made adventures or create your own material as you go?

When we started, only myself and one other player had any background in D&D. So when we decided to try out D&D with our gaming group, we bought the 5th Ed. starter set, just to make things easier. This is my first time DMing and with the new edition, going through the pre-made adventure has made things run more smoothly. We’re almost done with the starter campaign and after that we’re going to try out a created adventure that I’ve tied into the pre-made campaign.

What do you use for inspiration for your campaigns?

I’ve got a lot of sci-fi/fantasy elements stored up in my brain, so it’s just a matter of picking a choosing ones I like and then trying to put some new ideas in there.

What’s the hardest and or easiest thing about being the DM? What’s your favorite thing about it?

The hardest thing about being a DM is finding the right pace. First there’s the issue of balancing times when the players are exploring or fighting and the times when they need to get information or go to a town to rest/buy/sell. If you never give the players downtime, then the plot can get really thin and I don’t think that’s very interesting. But some players get annoyed when they aren’t punching monsters in the face. Secondly, players like to approach things very differently and sometimes that can cause pacing problems too. If you have a player that really likes to be strategic, things can slow down too much. On the other hand, if you have a player that just barges into places without much thought, everyone can get bogged down in endless fights.

The easiest thing about being DM, at least for me, is making calls about odd rules or strange things that players think of. I’m not a DM that really hammers everyone about sticking to the rules because I don’t think that’s very fun and when you’re stopping to check books all the time, it destroys the storytelling. I pretty much let my players do what they want, assuming they can make their rolls. My favorite thing about being a DM is botch rolls. We stole a house rule from the D&D podcast Nerd Poker where if a player rolls a 1 on a check or attack, they have botched. I then roll a D100 to see how bad the botch was. Anything over 75 is bad and the closer you get to 100, the worse it is. A 95-100 on a botched attack probably means that character is dying in a hilarious way (like lighting themselves on fire on a botched fireball). Every time a 1 comes up, it’s like Christmas has come early.

What would you say to people who are curious about gaming but have never tried it?

It seems like board games in general are becoming really popular right now. There are tons of new ones coming out through big companies and small ones with Kickstarter. There’s so much to choose from, there has to be a game that you’d like. And there’s lots of resources! I watch Will Wheaton’s Tabletop show, have an account with, and I’m lucky enough to live near a few stores that specialize in games and have really helpful staff members. If you’re interested in D&D specifically, many game stores run D&D beginner groups and roll20 (the online RPG gaming site) also has lots of open groups for new players. I also highly recommend the D&D starter set. It’s not very expensive and will give you a taste of D&D before you fully commit.

Anything else you’d like to say about gaming that we haven’t covered?

Games are a great way to spend an evening with friends and family! And as I mentioned, there’s plenty of places to connect with people online as well.

Promote yourself and/or your stuff! Tell us where we can find you online, please?

You can read about my boring life and my adorable kids on twitter @phoenixphire24.

Thanks so much for your time, Shaz!

12 Apr 14:30

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New series follows Sōhoku High School's captain after his 1st Inter-High
10 Apr 17:00

Yo-Kai Watch: Amano Keita vs. Nathan Adams and the Meanings of Names

by sdshamshel


The Yo-Kai Watch video game series has been a smash hit in Japan, even managing to outsell Pokemon. Recently there has been news to start bringing the franchise and its accompanying merchandise to English-speaking audiences, and the main character of Yo-Kai Watch, Amano Keita (pictured above, right), has become Nathan Adams. This leads me to speculate on the specific choice made here, and to think about how it compares to the meaning inherent to the original name.

Video games are no stranger to changing characters’ names to make them more culturally accessible, but a question arises as to whether there is any meaning lost (or even gained) in localization of names. For example, a lot of Pokemon characters names gain become much more explicit in terms of wordplay though in a way that has less to do with the inherent meanings of names and more to do with how they sound or have built up associations through culture and history (Lance the Dragon Master, Brock the Rock Gym Leader).

In the case of Amano Keita (which sounds like a fairly typical Japanese name) in Japanese his name references very specific things, and because the name has official kanji it becomes easier to see what it could mean. Amano Keita is 天野景太, where 天 means “sky/heaven,” and 景 means “scenery/view.” The Ama in Amano is on a basic level associated with the Japanese goddess Amaterasu (EDIT: It also might very well refer to Amanojaku, a demon-like creature in Japanese folklore. Thanks to Zack Davisson for informing me!). Thus, Amano Keita’s name basically means “a view of the heavens,” which I think associates him with spirituality and mythology and thus the titular youkai in Yo-Kai Watch.

What about Nathan Adams? Initially, what can’t be ignored is the fact that “Amano” and “Adams” sound somewhat similar. I have little doubt about that.

In terms of basic meaning, a Google search reveals that both Nathan and Adam are Hebrew in origin (Adam being a little more obvious in that regard), so there might very well be a continued connection to heaven and spirituality through the name as well. At the same time it probably won’t earn the ire of those who don’t wish to associate Judeo-Christian beliefs with the Japanese occult, because even though Nathan means “gift from God,” Nathan Adams is also fairly generic-sounding and few truly associate names like “Christopher” with Christ anymore.

However, I’m not sure if this is the actual reasoning, because as explained above, I don’t know the degree to which a localization would actually pursue the deeper origins of names, especially because they don’t have the benefit of kanji to make things explicit. That said, sometimes names are selected because of how they sound, with different kanji used to transform it into a “real” name, similar to English. For example, the female character in Hurricane Polymar is Nanba Teru, or “Number Telephone.”

There is another way in which the English name can be associated with the spiritual and the occult, which is The Addams Family. This, I think is actually more of a likely origin, and while Yo-Kai Watch isn’t focused on the macabre the way The Addams Family is, there’s still that connection with the afterlife, ghosts, and monsters. As for Keita vs. Nathan, I wonder if Nathan was picked because it sounds close to “nature.”

While it’s difficult to draw firm conclusion, I believe that both names spirits and the occult/celestial, though due to cultural differences their exact meanings don’t exactly draw from quite the same concepts. I get the feeling little of this will actually matter in terms of how the character of “Nathan Adams” is perceived, but it was at least fun to explore the potential connotations of his name.

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10 Apr 15:00

Tim Hortons Will Unleash Nutella Doughnuts Next Month

by Clint Rainey

It never stops.

It looks like Nutella will continue its food mash-up streak with a new line of Tim Hortons baked goods, bringing the nation closer to the American dream of every food being slathered in Nutella or Sriracha.

The Tim Hortons treats, which include a chocolate-hazelnut doughnut and Nutella pastry pockets, are here just for the summer — May 8 through August 18. Participating stores will also introduce the genius strategy of offering Nutella as a rich, nutty take on the bagel schmear.

[CBC News]

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05 Apr 22:02

‘Mouse in Transition’: Basil or Mouse Detective? (Chapter 19)

by Steve Hulett

This has the memo from the infamous incident of renaming the movies.

Long before "Tangled" and "Frozen," Disney artists complained about the silly title of another Disney film—"The Great Mouse Detective."
09 Apr 20:32

NYC gets serious about affordable broadband

by james_fudge

New York City mayor Bill de Blasio (D) has announced two new positions in his administration that will help push affordable internet access to the 27 percent of city residents who don't have it, according to Buzzfeed (by way of Engadget).

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"If I hire you, do I really have to pay you?"

“If I hire you, do I really have to pay you?”
10 Apr 06:00

Sweet Sailor Moon jewellery makes our souls yearn, wallets weep

by evie lund

There’s never been a better time to be a Sailor Moon fan than right now. With the release of Sailor Moon Crystal, there’s just so many cute and adorable Sailor Moon tie-in goodies up for grabs. And most of it’s really good stuff, too!

But with good stuff comes a hefty price tag, as we discovered when we got all excited about these Sailor Moon sweet dessert-inspired necklaces, rings and trinkets, only to discover that all that cuteness doesn’t come cheap…

The new jewellery range is a collaboration between Sailor Moon and Q-pot, a specialist maker of accessories shaped to look exactly like delicious sweets. The range includes eight items which are set to go on sale on June 30 (which fans will know as Usagi’s birthday!). Let’s take a look at what’s on offer!

First up, we have this adorable Crystal Star Macaron necklace for 15,000 yen (US$124) and keyring for 13,000, ($108) followed by the Starry Night Macaron necklace at 11,000 yen ($91) and bag charm for 8,000 yen ($66). The Moon Phase Pocket Watch necklace, meanwhile, will set you back 28,000 yen ($232), and the Sailor Moon Biscuit necklace will gobble up 21,000 yen ($174) of your hard-earned moolah. The Sailor Ribbon Cup Cake necklaces are all 11,000 yen ($91) each.

Rounding up the range, we have the Sailor Jewel Candy rings for 17,000 yen ($141), and the Sailor Jewel Whip bangles for 12,500 yen ($103). Each piece of jewellery comes in one of these cute Special Package boxes!

As you can see, these super-cute accessories are a little beyond the means of your average teenager’s budget. We suspect that, like a lot of the Sailor Moon merchandise around these days, this stuff’s meant for grown women who’ve been watching the series since their own childhoods and probably now have the disposable income to drop a couple of hundred bucks on some shiny, brightly coloured baubles. Because what else is being an adult good for, if not spending money on frivolous trinkets designed to bring us back to our own golden childhoods?

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by Clint Rainey

Pork patience is a virtue.

For those who haven't made peace with Chipotle's "Sorry No Carnitas" signs at hundreds of stores, this isn't good news: "We don't know for sure when we'll be fully supplied again," spokesman Chris Arnold tells Bloomberg.

The company says that it's quite hard to find food suppliers that meets its high standards, and now that it's had to jettison one supplier, Chipotle is having trouble finding a replacement. "There are no quick fixes for it," Arnold noted.

And as Bloomberg points out, the push by McDonald's and other competitors to source humanely raised, antibiotics-free meat means there's that much less of it to go around, so Chipotle's admirably high standards could be what bites its bottom line.

[Bloomberg, CBS]

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09 Apr 13:00

MoCCA Debuts from BIrdcage Bottom Books to Youth in Decline

by Heidi MacDonald

It’s time for our annual look at some of the comics coming out for this weekend’s MoCCA Festival, being held this year at Center 548, is located at 548 W. 22nd Street, just off the Westside Highway, with programming at the High Line Hotel on West 20th Street and 10th Avenue.

And here’s the books we got information on. This is just a teeny tiny smattering of the new stuff available — but scroll down for signings from Fantagraphics, NBM and more. And scroll around Tumblr for more more more, especially the MoCCA Festival tumblr.

Jeremy Nguyen:

I’m debuting a 20 page collection of my webcomic “Stranger Than Bushwick”, which is currently being serialized on Bushwick Daily. This collection explores a lot of New York by way of Brooklyn, millennial lifestyles, and hot-button issues like catcalling and gentrification.

What may also be of note is that I’ll be giving away limited “Gentrify White” crayons with purchase of the book. The crayons have been featured on Bedford and Bowery here.

 One comic, titled “You Didn’t Actually See A Celebrity in Bushwick“, has also been selected into the Society of Illustrator’s Comic and Cartoon Annual, and will be exhibiting at the SOI gallery from July 21-Aug 15.

Koyama Press


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The epic conclusion to the serialized graphic novel by Drew Brockington.

In the fall of 1903, when the new lighthouse keeper arrives on the shores of the small New England fishing village with the promise of a better future the town grows uneasy.
Fishermen are superstitious lot, and don’t take kindly to change. The local police soon find their hands full playing mediator between the locals and the government as well as solving the mystery of an unidentified corpse found on their shores.

Drew will debut the book at Mocca 2015 at table 224B, along with plenty of back issues for those who want to start at the beginning.
The first chapter of the series can be read at


Jamie TannerTHE CONSUMPTIVE #1, the first issue in a new ongoing mini-comics series. A sort of throwback one-man anthology grab-bag thing. Like a smaller, cheaper, lesser Eightball or something.

Cover attached, and more info available on Kickstarter, where I’m currently raising funds to print an initial batch of copies.

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Borb tells the story an urban Candide who’s misfortunes pile high at an alarming rate. It stings with bits of black humor, yet challenges the reader with the day-to-day details facing the urban homeless. Calling upon the depression-era imagery of Harold Gray (Little Orphan Annie) and Frank King (Gasoline Alley), Borb follows the tradition of the comic strip slapstick vagabond, weaving a well-crafted narrative through elegant four-panel gag strips.


Incidents in the Night follows a fictional version of the author who’s obsessed with a mysterious literary journal and its occult editor. This second book entangles David B.’s previous, autobiographical work Epileptic with that of this series’ fantastical, adventurous tone. The questions posed by the first volume grow more complicated as the lines between dream and reality further blur. This edition is translated by novelist Brian Evenson (Immobility, The Wavering Knife, Fugue State) and Sarah Evenson.

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Travelogue collects the first strips from The comic follows a group of nomadic friends as they travel a fantasy world, and focuses heavily on quiet, introspective moments and world-building.

NBMOn April 11th & 12th, NBM Publishing (Tables 401, 402) once again heads to the MoCCA Arts Festival and we are happy to have attending both cartoonist Annie Goetzinger, who will be appearing to promote the debut of her luscious new book, GIRL IN DIOR and writer Julian Voloj who will be signing copies of his book, the powerful GHETTO BROTHER: WARRIOR TO PEACEMAKER along with the colorful subject of the book, Benjy Melendez.


The Girl in Dior is Clara, a freshly hired chronicler, fan of fashion and our guide in the busy corridors of the brand new house of Christian Dior. It’s February 12, 1947 and the crème de la crème of Paris Haute Couture is flocking to the momentous event of Dior’s first show. In a flurry of corolla shaped skirts, the parade of models file down the runway. The audience is mesmerized: it’s a triumph! Carmel Snow of Harper’s Bazaar cries out: “It’s quite a revolution, your dresses have such a new look!“ Dior’s career is launched and Clara’s story begins. Soon, she is picked by Dior himself to be his model…

A biography docudrama marrying fiction and the story of one of the greatest couturier in history, it is also a breathless and stunning presentation of his best designs such as Lauren Bacall wore, rendered by bestselling artist Annie Goetzinger, seen for the first time on this side of the Atlantic.


Ghetto Brother

An engrossing and counter view of one of the most dangerous elements of American urban history, this graphic novel tells the true story of Benjy Melendez, son of Puerto-Rican immigrants, who founded, at the end of the 1960s, the notorious Ghetto Brothers gang. From the seemingly bombed-out ravages of his neighborhood, wracked by drugs, poverty, and violence, he managed to extract an incredibly positive energy from this riot ridden era: his multiracial gang promoted peace rather than violence. After initiating a gang truce, the Ghetto Brothers held weekly concerts on the streets or in abandoned buildings, which fostered the emergence of hip-hop. Melendez also began to reclaim his Jewish roots after learning about his family’s dramatic crypto-Jewish background.

Signing Schedule, Tables 401, 402

Annie will be appearing on the panel, Biography: The Lives of Artists on Sunday April 12 at 12:30pm  alongside cartoonists James Romberger, Marguerite Van Cook and Barbara Stok.

Annie, Julian and Benjy will be appearing at the NBM Table throughout the weekend.


11:30 – 12:30 Annie Goetzinger
1:30 – 3:00 Julian Voloj and Benjy Melendez
3:30 – 5:00 Annie Goetzinger
5:00 – 6:00 Julian Voloj


12:00-1:00 Julian Voloj
1:30-3:00  Annie Goetzinger (immediately following her panel)
3:30-5:00 Julian Voloj and Benjy Melendez

Annie, Julian and Benjy are available for select media interviews.  So come on by, meet some cool folks and celebrate comics!


Dean Haspiel

My new Billy Dogma comic, HEART-SHAPED HOLE, published by Hang Dai Editions, debuting at MoCCA. Described as “Billy Dogma and Jane Legit punch the apocalypse right in the kisser as their eternal war of woo breaks a Trip City-wide hymen.”

28-pages. Full color. Magazine size. Only available for sale directly from me, Dean Haspiel, or from Hang Dai Editions:

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Ken Wong

Origami Comics, table 222 will be debuting “Bonetti’s Defense: I Know Something You Don’t Know About Swordplay in The Princess Bride.” Wong, a former fencer, has definitely studied his Agrippa and his analysis provides history and context of the many fencing terms and actual fencing masters referenced in The Princess Bride movie and book. Who were they? What does it all mean? And does Thibault really cancel Capo Ferro?

This is a standard, 20-page, saddle-stitched comic; this is NOT one of my folded-shape origami comics (but those will also be available for purchase at my table).


2D Cloud

Independent comics publisher 2d Cloud is debuting their Spring Collection books en force at MoCCA this weekend. All of the collection authors will be attending the festival and participating in a special signing event at Bergen Street Comics, Saturday night at 8 PM, with fellow publishers Koyama Press and Fantagraphics Books.

2dc author Blaise Larmee will also be participating in a MoCCA panel discussion, “Plagiarism as Practice,” also Saturday, at 3:30 PM in the Rusack Room at the Highline Hotel.

The Spring Collection books – 3 Books by Blaise Larmee, Qviet by Andy Burkholder, and Salz and Pfeffer by Émilie Gleason – are now available for pre-orders at

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Blaise Larmee’s 3 Books, the much anticipated follow-up to his critically-acclaimed Young Lions, and his first graphic novel in four years, intertwines three separate narratives on sex and love, revealing Larmee at his most vulnerable and his most arrogant.

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Andy Burkholder’s Qviet is the sum total of a multiyear series that focuses on the abstractions sex and of seeing, and the fluid relations between the two, available for the first time as a collected edition.


French author Émilie Gleason’s first English language graphic novel, Salz and Pfeffer, is an absurdist tale of magical kingdoms, alien abduction, and fart jail, evoking amusement and disturbed thoughts in equal measure. See more on the spring collection books at For more information


Youth in Decline

This weekend, Youth in Decline will be exhibiting  on Floor 3 at Table 319B.

At the show, we’ll be debuting the new issue of our ongoing monograph series, FRONTIER #7: JILLIAN TAMAKI.  This issue features Jillian’s new comic “SexCoven” – a 32 pg color story about IRL and online relationships, the seductive and secret world of early internet file-sharing, and life inside a commune (cult?).

Jillian will signing books on Saturday from 12-1pm, and on Sunday from 1-2pm.

In addition to the new Frontier issue, we’ll also have copies of previous Frontier issues, RAV 1ST COLLECTION by Mickey Zacchilli, Snackies by Nick Sumida, Wacky Wacko Magazine #1 by Seth Bogart, Love Songs for Monsters by Anthony Ha, and our stickers and patches!


Seth Kushner

Seth Kushner’s SECRET SAUCE Comix #! published by Hang Dai Editions, debuting at MoCCA Fest on April 11:
36-pages. Full color. Standard comic book size. For now, only available for sale directly from me, Seth Kushner, or from Hang Dai Editions:


Josh Neufeld

VAGABONDS #4, published by Hang Dai Editions (HDE), which will be debuting at this year’s MoCCA Arts Festival.

“Josh Neufeld’s The Vagabonds #4 serves up a spicy blend of journalism, social commentary, memoir, and literary fiction. This issue features Neufeld’s story of racial profiling at the U.S./Canadian border and three collaborations with Neufeld’s wife, writer Sari Wilson. Throw in a couple of light-hearted travel tips, and The Vagabonds #4 is chock-full of the thought-provoking and witty comics Neufeld is known for.”

24 pages. Full color. Only available for sale directly from me, Josh Neufeld, or from Hang Dai Editions.

It’s been wonderful to be able to revive The Vagabonds (previously published by Alternative Comics) after an eight-year “hiatus.” It’s really nice to have a place to collect assorted pieces of mine from the last few years, as well as have a venue for new work. I’ve spent the last half-decade or so in the trade books graphic novel arena (publishing A.D.: New Orleans After the Deluge with Pantheon and The Influencing Machine with W.W. Norton) and pursuing comics journalism (including winning a Knight-Wallace journalism fellowship). As wonderful as it was to work with those major publishers, I really missed the world of alternative comic books and indy shows. What draws me to Hang Dai is the emphasis on creator-owned publications and personal interactions with readers. There was a great quote from an interview with the HDE guys that went like this: “You’ll get the books made by hand from the hands of their creators, which puts the ‘artist’ back in ‘comic arts,’ and puts you, the reader, in a position to engage directly with creators.” I cut my teeth in this business through self-publishing, and it’s refreshing to go back to my DIY days.

I’ll be with the rest of the HDE gang at table 314, Third Floor (Yellow Zone), at the new location, Center 548, 548 W. 22nd St., NYC.


Nobrow/Flying Eye

Nobrow is thrilled to be exhibiting again, and this year’s MoCCA is extra exciting because not only will it be held at a brand new venue, but we will also be debuting three amazing titles from Flying Eye Books!

The latest from our Dahlov Ipcar collection of reprints, Black and White, will make its debut at MoCCA alongside Rilla Alexander’s inspiring Her Idea, and David Lucas’ hilarious This Is My Rock.  We’ll also be carrying some of your old favorites like Luke Pearson’s Hilda series, Society of Illustrators Gold Medal winner Bianca Bagnarelli’s Fish, our handsome line of Leporellos, and plenty, plenty more.  Don’t forget to mark your calendars, this is going to be a big weekend!  The Nobrow team will be in attendance at tables 208 – 211 on both days of MoCCA, April 11th & 12th, at its new location Center548, 548 West 22nd St. in New York City.  We can’t wait to see you there!

Birdcage Bottom Books





These will be debuting at MoCCA Fest 2015 in NYC on April 11 & 12, but are available for pre-order now.


Also in the works is the first issue of Jamie Vayda & Alan King’s “Left Empty” in which Alan relates the aftermath of losing his wife to cancer.



 The Kurdles by Robert Goodin In the spirit of Hergé’s Tintin or Carl Barks’ Uncle Scrooge, The Kurdles is an all-ages comic spiced up with a teaspoon of strange. Sally is a teddy bear who gets separated from her owner. Desperate to find her way home, she stumbles upon Kurdleton, home to a most peculiar group of characters in the midst of their own crisis; their forest house is trying to run away! Printed in an oversized format to showcase Goodin’s stunning, hand-painted artwork, The Kurdles will capture the imagination of both parents and children. Out in Stores: late April 2015 $24.99


 Angry Youth Comix by Johnny Ryan Now, for the first time, all fourteen issues of Ryan’s career-defining comic book series Angry Youth Comix (2000-2008) are collected in one place. All the comics, the covers, and even the contentious letters pages, in one toilet-ready brick shithouse, taking full advantage of the medium’s absurdist potential for maximum laughs. Out in Stores: April 2015 $49.99


• Violent Girls by Richard Sala (FU Press) A limited edition portfolio featuring 44 action portraits lovingly inspired by the kind of dangerous females who have populated pulp fiction and B-movies throughout the history of pop culture-blazing their way through every kind of genre, potboiler, cliffhanger, and fever dream imaginable. Available exclusively at comic conventions and at the Fantagraphics online store, $35.00


 The Emperor’s New Clothes: The Tower of Babel in the “Art” World by Jonah Kinigstein (FU Press) is an 80 page oversized landscape-format softcover collecting Kinigstein’s political cartoons inveighing against the trends of abstract and modern art through the 20th century. Meticulously rendered in pen and ink in the tradition of George Townshend and James Gilray, the elaborate compositions skewer artists, curators, and critics. Out exclusively in comic stores, conventions and on our website now, $30.00


• Willard Mullin’s Casey at the Bat by Willard Mullin and Ernest Thayer In 1953, in conjunction with the fiftieth anniversary of the World Series, legendary cartoonist Willard Mullin created images illustrating one of America’s best-loved poems: Ernest Thayer’s “Casey at the Bat.” With a preface by Yogi Berra and an essay on the history of both “Casey” and Mullin’s images by noted baseball historian Tim Wiles, this edition of “Casey” is the most authentic ever produced. A keepsake for the ages. Available now, $9.99.
SIGNING SCHEDULE Tabling at 204-207 Second Floor (Red Zone)
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First Second Books

First Second will be exhibiting at this year’s MoCCA Art Festival!  You can find us at table 404.
We’ll be there with amazing authors Box Brown (Andre the Giant), Jillian Tamaki (This One Summer), and MoCCA Art Festival Guest of Honor Scott McCloud (The Sculptor)!

Here’s our signing schedule:
12:30pm — Scott McCloud In Conversation (at the High Line Hotel)
2:00pm — Jillian Tamaki (This One Summer) signing
2:30pm — Scott McCloud (The Sculptor) signing with the CBLDF

12:00pm — Scott McCloud (The Sculptor) signing
2:00pm — Box Brown (Andre the Giant) signing


Rebus Books

Rebus will be exhibiting along with Domino Books andSpider’s Pee-Paw. They’ll have a bunch of VERY LIMITED QUANTITY of imported international books, including Yuichi Yokoyama Baby Boom (above) the first edition of Olivier Schrauwen’s My Boy and much more. Go to the above link for details, but if the names Yokoyama and Schrauwen for you excited, I’d make a beeline if I were you.

Rebus Books will also host Ilan Manouach and Gea Philes. Manouach will have with him a sample board from Shapereader, his 57-plate graphic novel for the blind and visually impaired.

Copies of books by Manouach will also be available, including his book Écologie Forcée, the détourned comic Riki Fermier, and MetaKatz, chronicling the publication of Katz. A privately owned copy of Katz will also be available for on-site viewing.

Gea Philes is a Chilean-born, multidisciplinary artist based in New York. Her work encompasses drawing, painting, illustration, comics, photography, and film, including music videos for Momus and Jeffrey Bützer. Philes’s new zines, including I Sold My Soul to the Devil, will preview her forthcoming art book from Toulouse-based publisher Timeless Editions.

Finally, submissions for The Best American Comics 2016 will be accepted at the Rebus Books table. Any new, North American work published between September 1, 2014 and August 31, 2015 is eligible for The Best American Comics 2016. If Series Editor Bill Kartalopoulos is not present at the table, material can be given to anyone working Table 226 and it will be included with BAC 2016 submissions. 


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This Incredible Lego Recreation Of Erebor Is Over Five Feet Tall

by James Whitbrook

You can say a lot of bad things about Battle of the Five Armies, but its glorious shots of the Dwarven Kingdom of Erebor in the Misty Mountains were definitely a treat. It looks just as amazing when remade in Lego, on a truly massive scale — something that took Michał Kaźmierczak 7 months of building to do!


08 Apr 18:50

Now You Can Finally Buy Ice-Cream-Filled Thin Mints

by Clint Rainey

Not so "thin," but that's a good thing.

Girl Scout Cookie season is almost over, which, unless you're content eating knockoff Tagalongs and Coconut Dreams, marks the start of hoarding season. Luckily, Good Humor has created a Girl Scout–sanctioned ice-cream version to carry you through the summer months. People have long been freezing Thin Mints, of course, but these new bars go one step further: There's creamy chocolate-mint ice cream inside a dark-chocolate shell.

Today sampled the dessert last month and called it "perfection," and now it will finally be available in stores nationwide. It's only a matter of time before an enterprising Girl Scout commandeers her neighborhood Mister Softee and sells a bazillion boxes.

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08 Apr 14:40

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by Clint Rainey

Beefed up.

Now that the Big Mac is up against the ShackBurger and an army of other affordable, high-quality competitors, McDonald's is feeling the pain — so it's reintroducing its sirloin burgers. The "Angus Third Pound" line rolls out later this month, with three varieties that cost $5 each. These patties will be the largest on the menu since 2013, which was the last time they appeared, and at the time, customers complained they were too expensive.

The three varieties include a no-frills version called Lettuce & Tomato, another with bacon and cheese, and then the Steakhouse, the line's showstopper that piles on grilled mushrooms, grilled onions, white Cheddar, and a peppercorn sauce. All three have a mystery ingredient called "beef seasoning" that might undercut the line's higher-quality perception — it sure doesn't sound appealing. Also, to make the burgers seem even more fancy, it looks like they're being served on wood boards:

THANKS @mcdonalds in #Morgantown for lunch! The new Sirloin Third Pound Burger is Delish! 👌🍔🍟 [Pictured: #Steakhouse]

— WVAQ (@WVAQ) April 6, 2015

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by Ria Misra

How much more water does it take to produce an ounce of bread, than a ounce of juice? The answer is not quite what you might expect.