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29 Apr 08:03

Pilgrimage to Uji for Hibike! Euphonium

by Michael

Pilgrimage to Uji for Hibike! Euphonium 宇治 響け!ユーフォニアム 聖地巡礼 舞台探訪

After living vicariously through friends’ tweets and blog posts during the 2015 Spring broadcast, in 2015 October I was finally able to make my own pilgrimage to Uji, Kyoto Prefecture for Kyoto Animation’s Hibike! Euphonium (響け!ユーフォニアム). I study this kind of pop culture tourism—called seichijunrei (聖地巡礼 holy land pilgrimage) by casual participants, or butaitanbou (舞台探訪 scene hunting) by the pioneers—in an effort to learn about the psychology and behaviors of place-based engagement. This article includes both side-by-side comparisons of frames from Eupho with similarly composed and cropped photos of the real locations on which the backgrounds are based (a core element of butaitanbou practice), as well as my usual street and environment photography to give a sense of the broader picture and capture details not included in show artwork. In doing my own seichijunrei, I hope to understand a little more of what goes on in the mind of someone engaged in one of these exploratory visits, but it’s also a fun way to discover places I might not otherwise think to see.

Though my visit was meant primarily to understand media-induced tourism or (among academics in Japan) contents tourism (コンテンツツーリズム), Uji has a rich history and many notable places that make it a popular destination for general tourism. The city is a preeminent and one of the oldest centers of tea production, hosts a number of important cultural properties, including two UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and was used as the setting for the final ten chapters of The Tale of Genji. Literature buffs have long come to Uji to find the scenes described in the classic novel, so one might say Genji pilgrimage is like proto-seichijunrei.

I had one day to cover as much as Eupho as I could. While I couldn’t include every location—and wouldn’t really want to try to compete with the level of detail from friends who live in Kansai and visited Uji every week—I was able to get to a representative sample of highlights covering the entire 13 episode season. I referenced the body of work created by members of the Butaitanbou Community (舞台探訪者コミュニティ), or BTC, who came to Uji before me, but particularly relied on the detailed resources from Ebisu (夷 @ye_bi_su): blog category and Seki (セキ @seki_saima): blog post during my visit.

Keihan Fushimi-Inari Station

My first two stops are not actually in Uji, but still in Kyoto, where I was staying. In one shot of the final episode, Midori appears waiting for the Keihan Main Line at Fushimi-Inari station.

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The Keihan Railway is a constant presence in the series, appearing in almost every episode. At the time of my visit, the rail operator and Eupho production committee were in the midst of a promotional collaboration that included marketing collateral in trains, and four of these life-sized character panels, each placed on the platform in the station with which she is most associated. At the time of writing, a new round of collaboration coinciding with the release of a theatrical film adaptation of the first season has the panels return, this time with the characters in summer uniforms.

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Midori holds back her contrabass as she watches commuters on the southbound platform.

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Keihan Rokujizō Station

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Keihan Rokujizō Station is technically still in Fushimi Ward, Kyoto, but is just across the river from Rokujizō Naramachi in Uji.

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Eupho train headmark, part of the collaboration marketing collateral

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Almost all of the scenes set here are of the southbound platform, taken from the northbound side. Since I was headed south and wanted to prioritize my time down in Uji, I decide not to worry about shot matching in the platform area.

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Eupho train headmark

Pilgrimage to Uji for Hibike! Euphonium 宇治 響け!ユーフォニアム 聖地巡礼 舞台探訪

Pilgrimage to Uji for Hibike! Euphonium 宇治 響け!ユーフォニアム 聖地巡礼 舞台探訪

There are advertisements for the KyoAni shop, one stop further down the Keihan Uji Line in the Kohata area of Uji. The shop, corporate headquarters and one of the studio buildings are in Kohata, and another studio is up here near the station on the Kyoto side. Long before Eupho, fans of Kyoto Animation works were familiar with this part of Uji as they came to shop for limited edition goods and to pay homage to the creator.

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Rokujizō Station is home to Kumiko’s panel, with Midori, Reina and Hazuki in the background.

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In the spatial relationship of the show’s world, Rokujizō Station is the closest to the high school, so we often see the characters board the train here in the afternoon and evening. In reality, the school used as the model is a bit further into Uji, roughly equidistant from Ōbaku Station and Mimurodo Station, though not a short walk from either.

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At this point, I run into my first navigation problem solving situation. I need to get to the south side of the Yamashina River next to the station for a shot of the rail viaduct. I note this underpass to the south side of the station, but from the map, there appears to be a through path and shorter route by going around the station’s north side and over a bridge.

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I get a nice view of the bus rotary, but when I cross the bridge I can’t figure out what has happened to the path I had anticipated. Everything is fenced off with big signs warning no entry.

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I double back and take the underpass to the other side, walk the opposite direction of where I want to go until I find a bridge over the river

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After a bit of a detour, I finally get my shot.

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Since I had already put myself off the planned time schedule, I decide I’ll take my chances walking through the dote (embankment) itself and hope there is a way out on the other side.

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As luck would have it…

Okurayama

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We’ve now crossed into Uji, where I pass through a business district near JR Rokujizō Station on the way to my next location.

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Longtime readers know it’s difficult for me to pass through a shōtengai (shopping street) and not take photos. I have to keep pulling out my day schedule and remind myself to stay on target.

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Pilgrimage to Uji for Hibike! Euphonium 宇治 響け!ユーフォニアム 聖地巡礼 舞台探訪

Tea of the highest quality has been cultivated in Uji for almost 1,000 years. The tea farms are scattered around the city and outskirts, and have been known to be not too accessible to visitors until the very recent past. These fields in Okurayama are nice in that they’re right along a main road near a relatively developed area.

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There’s a small public access path partway up the slope, where I’m standing to take this photo. Otherwise, you’ll want to be mindful of manners and not trespass into the farm.

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You can’t take this shot without climbing into the tea field, but you can get something close enough from the street with a wide angle lens.

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Kohata

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I retrace my route back down the slope and then turn south to head into the Kohata area, though I find this section of Prefectural Route 7 tends to have disappearing sidewalks, so I end up playing Frogger with traffic to get to where the shoulder widens again. In Japan, once you leave the big cities, communities grapple with the same kind of walkability issues and car-oriented development as in many other countries.

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McDonald’s Uji Kohata shop is used as third place in several episodes of Eupho. It’s also special because it’s the series’ Easter Egg. I’m not sure about earlier works, but recent Kyoto Animation series often have one location that comes from somewhere just outside the headquarters building. Animation studios, particularly the ones based on the west side of Tokyo, have a tendency to use many location models within close proximity to their offices simply out of convenience. Considering the resources and deep research Kyoto Animation puts into its location hunting, it’s hard to think this isn’t an inside joke, a nod and wink to the fans who have made the hike out to take a photo of the studio and visit the shop.

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From the McDonald’s, crossing over the JR Nara Line and turning around the side of JR Kohata Station brings me to the studio.

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Pilgrimage to Uji for Hibike! Euphonium 宇治 響け!ユーフォニアム 聖地巡礼 舞台探訪

It’s a completely nondescript, little yellow box. There is no bold corporate signage. It isn’t until you walk up close and look at the posters in the display cases that you realize what it is.

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The shop, Studio 2 and two other inside jokes are a short walk further along the same road.

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Keihan Kowata Station

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The shop is in one unit on the second floor, the studio takes up the whole third floor.

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There is no photography permitted inside the shop, but they make sure you leave a happy customer.

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Pilgrimage to Uji for Hibike! Euphonium 宇治 響け!ユーフォニアム 聖地巡礼 舞台探訪

These aren’t the droids you’re looking for.

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Even further along the street, there’s a mixed use development with apartments above a supermarket on the ground floor.

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This appears in Chūnibyō demo Koi ga Shitai! Ren, the second season, though that show’s primary setting is modeled on Ōtsu, Shiga Prefecture.

There is a group of ponds at the end of this street that appears briefly in a battle scene from Kyōkai no Kanata, but I’m running behind on time again. I enjoy this little detour, something of a must do if you’re already here, but now I need to move along.

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I get back on the Keihan Uji Line at Kowata Station.

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Eupho train headmark

Keihan Ōbaku Station

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Ōbaku Station is normally where Hazuki would disembark and leave the others as they continue home toward Uji Station. In reality, this is the departure point for a long walk to round up shots of the school and several other location models on the way.

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I realize too late that I would have had to get off a northbound train and take this shot of the sign on the southbound platform to get the perspective right.

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Hazuki hoists her tuba at the end of the northbound platform.

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Nakaji Bakery is next to the station.

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Many fans have stopped at Nakaji to sample the hotdog pastry Shūichi and Hazuki eat in the show. In addition, I load up a bag with a tonkatsu sandwich and goodies for lunch later.

Hadoyama

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I don’t think I could have gotten better weather.

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The blue sky, mountains and greenery everywhere give Uji a grand, whimsical feel.

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Even the konbini look majestic. Well, sort of.

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Seven Eleven Uji Ōbaku Park shop

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Hadoyama Ryokuchi Park

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Pilgrimage to Uji for Hibike! Euphonium 宇治 響け!ユーフォニアム 聖地巡礼 舞台探訪

Hadoyama Ryokuchi Park sits at the foot and around the side of a large, elevated shelf that slopes up the mountain. You’ll have to venture through a residential neighborhood to take these and other photos, so you’ll want to be polite and respect residents’ privacy.

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I realize later that I would have needed to move even further back and use a longer focal length to get the correct perspective.

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Hadoyama Third Childrens Park

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This small park is one of several tucked between homes in this neighborhood. In Eupho, many characters use this location to discuss sensitive matters away from the eyes and ears of their classmates.

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It’s also a good place to stop for lunch and enjoy the sun filtered through the trees.

Todō Senior High School

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The approach to the school begins just opposite the north side of the residential neighborhood.

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I frequently point out examples in anime of secondary school students using public transportation, walking and cycling to school. It’s nice to see the urban design and real infrastructure that support it up close.

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That’s everything in Hadoyama. Onward to the center of Uji!

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Prefectural Route 7

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Keiji Bypass

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Prefectural Route 7 is the main artery connecting Kyoto and Uji. The road widens as it gets closer to the center of Uji, raising vehicle speeds with it. Though there are wide sidewalks, the high speeds and lack of enclosure and texture on the sides give it a bit of a stroad feeling.

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I don’t fancy taking this shot from the crosswalk as my braver counterparts have done, so a quick one from the side will be just fine.

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Uji Bridge Area

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There are many scenes set on and at the east end of Uji Bridge, but almost all take place in the evening. I take a walk around to get my bearings, but plan to come back at the end of the day for most of the shot matching.

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Keihan Uji Station

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29 Apr 00:30

Crunchyroll And Loot Anime Announce Partnership

by news+feed@crunchyroll.com

Crunchyroll is excited to announce that it has partnered with Loot Anime to continue our mission of bringing you everything anime!

Loot Anime x Crunchyroll

This partnership has some awesome perks for fans of Crunchyroll and Loot Anime!

All Crunchyroll subscribers will now receive a $5 discount every month on their monthly Loot Anime Subscription*. To redeem this benefit, you must verify your Crunchyroll Premium account when signing up for Loot Anime. At the top of the “Checkout” page, you will see a button like this:

verify account 

Click the button and sign-in to your Crunchyroll Premium account to receive your discount. 

If you are an existing Loot Anime subscriber, you can still take advantage of this Premium benefit! Simply visit your Loot Anime account page and click on the button that prompts you to verify your account. If you are on a free trial of Crunchyroll Premium or have a Crunchyroll account but are not a paying Premium member, you will be receive your Loot Anime benefit once you verify your Crunchyroll account with Loot Anime and you become a paying Crunchyroll Premium member. 

Plus:

- The Loot Anime crate will now include Crunchyroll branding and colors!
- Crunchyroll and Loot Crate will now be working together to make sure you're getting the coolest merchandise from the hottest shows on Crunchyroll and elsewhere!
- Follow us online for more from Crunchyroll and Loot Anime!

This is just the beginning ~ We're working on more partnerships so we can continue offering you everything anime! In fact, let us know who you’d like to see us partner with next in the comments!

*And $10, $20, and $40 discounts on already discounted three-, six-, and 12-month Loot Anime subscriptions. These discounts cannot be combined with any other Loot Anime promotional codes or discount offers.

29 Apr 02:30

Crunchyroll And Retailer Hot Topic Announce "Ani-May" Partnership

by news+feed@crunchyroll.com

Crunchyroll is proud to announce yet another partnership, this one with evergreen teen and young adult focused retailer Hot Topic. Hot Topic is celebrating anime for the entire month of May which has been dubbed "Ani-May"!


The new sales campaign will highlight new and classic anime properties in all Hot Topic stores and online at hottopic.com. Anime fans that shop at stores or online will also receive a Free 30-Day Trial of Crunchyroll Premium with any $25 purchase of anime goods during Ani-May!

CR Hot Topic Ani-May


Who's going to go out and shop at Hot Topic for that free trial? Their anime apparel and merch selection is pretty extensive, after all.

02 May 18:22

Virginians with a Felony Conviction Can Now Vote, But Getting a Job Is No Easier

by Lincoln Caplan

Two weeks ago, Terry McAuliffe, the governor of Virginia, issued an executive order that restored the vote to two hundred and six thousand people who have completed prison sentences and probation or parole for a felony conviction. The move was rightly hailed as a milestone for the state. The Governor effectively overrode a provision in Virginia’s Constitution from the post-Civil War period which was meant to disenfranchise African-Americans. In 2010, according to the Sentencing Project, one of every five black voters in the state had lost the right to vote, one of the highest rates of disenfranchisement in the country.

See the rest of the story at newyorker.com

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02 May 17:00

The Future is Frightening in 'Scooby Apocalypse' #1 [Preview]

by Elle Collins
kate

DEAR GOD END THIS.

We now have a better look at DC's upcoming Scooby Apocalypse, the sci-fi Scooby Doo update, written by J.M. DeMatteis and Keith Giffen, with breakdowns by Giffen and pencils and inks by Howard Porter, thanks to a preview at TVGuide. The book is part of a larger relaunch of Hanna-Barbera properties by DC, which also includes Flintstones, Future Quest (a Jonny Quest/Space Ghost team-up book), and Wacky Raceland. Scooby Apocalypse #1 is available in stores and online on May 25.

Continue reading…

02 May 14:25

Starbucks Sued for Putting ‘Too Much’ Ice in Its Drinks

by Clint Rainey

On some thin ice.

Maybe Starbucks's next drink should just be called the "Goldilocks"? One month after someone sued the coffee chain for allegedly underfilling lattes, another person in Illinois has filed a lawsuit claiming Starbucks overfills its cold drinks with so much ice that liquid only accounts for about half the promised drink size. Stacy Pincus charges that "the word 'beverage' is defined as 'a drinkable liquid,'" and since nobody thinks ice is "a 'beverage' by definition," she alleges Starbucks is purposefully loading drinks up with ice so it can charge customers more for less product. She's also seeking class-action status — all customers who bought iced drinks from the company in the last ten years.

A little-known secret is that the black horizontal lines on the sides of Starbucks's cold cups are actually fill lines for the barista. They hit midway up the cup, meaning the rest of what gets the beverage to the brim is ice. According to Pincus's lawsuit, the math works out to 14 actual ounces of drinkable liquid in a venti (versus the 24 ounces that are advertised) and 12 ounces in a grande (supposedly 16 ounces). The suit also points out that Starbucks charges more money for iced coffee than it does for hot coffee — $2.65 versus $2.10 for a grande — which it says means the chain "is not only underfilling its Cold Drinks compared to how they are advertised, but it is charging a premium price for them as well." (It's worth noting that the price disparity between Starbucks's iced and hot coffee partly accounts for the fact that iced coffee comes "lightly sweetened.")

A Starbucks spokesperson said the company was aware of the suit, and it believes it to be without merit, adding, "Customers understand and expect that ice is an essential component of any 'iced' beverage." The lawsuit is asking for at least $5 million in damages, and also says Starbucks should switch to way bigger cups that can hold the advertised amount of liquid, so if the plaintiffs prevail, get ready for a lot more of this.

[NBC, BuzzFeed]

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Filed Under: lawsuits, iced drinks, starbucks, the chain gang

02 May 16:30

Crime Scene Investigations #012: Castle Point Anime Convention 2016

by reversethieves

This is a bonus segment of the Speakeasy Podcast we like to call Crime Scene Investigations. These are random bonus podcasts that we record about various events. There is no regular schedule for these. We will put them up as quickly as we can when the opportunity for one occurs. 

This (mostly) 1-day convention is just across the river from NYC at the Steven’s Institute of Technology in Hoboken, NJ. This year we were invited as guests to present panels for the event!

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Filed under: Conventions, Crime Scene Investigations, Events, Podcasts Tagged: Castle Point Anime Convention
28 Apr 20:08

Fox pulls out of Hall H over leaks; and Disney may be going too

by Heidi MacDonald
To the list of long ago now vanished things that you could once do at the San Diego Comic Con – hang out with Jack Kirby at the El Cortez pool, party with S. Clay Wilson at the Hotel San Diego, get a hotel room the day before the show – you may soon be […]
29 Apr 18:00

Starbucks’s Plan to ‘Revitalize’ Ferguson Might Actually Work

by Clint Rainey

The new location, in the flesh.

So far, Starbucks's various social causes have mostly led to a lot of cringing. Solving racism by writing on cups didn't work out, telling underpaid baristas to "be very sensitive" to angsty Wall Street stockbrokers didn't go over super well either, and a campaign to wipe out youth unemployment likewise fell a little flat. It's no surprise, then, that people had their doubts when the chain said last year that it would help "rebuild and revitalize" Ferguson, at the time still reeling from months of racial unrest, by benevolently giving the town its first Starbucks location. Well, that store opens tomorrow, and as Pollyannaish as cynics argue the idea is, the chain's plan actually isn't such an eye-roller.

The new store is one of 15 the company has pledged to open to fight inequality in low-income or minority neighborhoods. (A somewhat less high-profile location opened last month in Queens.) CEO Howard Schultz has said income inequality is his pet social issue because he grew up poor in New York's housing projects. The Ferguson grand opening comes after almost a year of careful work, and the 30-barista team largely hails from within a five-mile radius of the café and sounds like a model for workplace inclusivity: "We have all walks in this building — African-American, Asian, white, male, female, gay, straight," the manager tells USA Today. "Religious affiliations that go all over the place." Starbucks also hired a minority-owned local contractor to build the store, and designed it to include a conference room that nonprofits like the Urban League will use to run job-training programs.

The pastry case will have the usual scones and pumpkin bread, but there will also be caramel cake from Natalie's Cakes and More, a bakery right by the Ferguson police station that made national news when it was destroyed by rioters. Luckily, a sea of donations poured in, and her shop ended up with almost $300,000 from crowdfunding sites. But she says Starbucks met with her and told her to "start dreaming big," and now she runs the bakery 24 hours a day four days a week and nearly quadrupled the size of her staff to supply cakes to the Ferguson store and about 30 others in the area.

[USAT]

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Filed Under: the chain gang, ferguson, race issues, social causes, starbucks

28 Apr 18:26

Dungeons and Dragons was “a Revolution” for Junot Diaz

by Leah Schnelbach

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It’s baffling to us now, but in the early 1980s many adult minds genuinely considered Dungeons and Dragons to be “satanic”. The game, with its dice and little figurines and complex rules (so basically Monopoly with critters?) was seen as an introduction to demonology, and was blamed for teen suicides and murders.

The New York Times recently took a look at this moment of panic, and confirmed that the only real result of a childhood spent playing D&D was: a life spent in creative industries. Authors Junot Diaz and Cory Doctorow talked to the paper about how Dungeons & Dragons set the course of their lives.

“They went down the storm tunnels! And got to play D&D in the tunnels! We had to sit around a table. How awesome would it have been if it turned out D&D was like what they did.” Cory Doctorow may react snarkily to the 1982 film Mazes and Monsters, but the people who led a witchhunt against D&D were all too serious. As New York Times documentary RetroReport explains, conservative Christian groups warned parents that the game would lead their children to Satan, while the media tried to blame tragedies like the suicide of James Dallas Egbert on his love for the game, rather than looking more deeply into his life.

In a more serious moment, Doctorow, who is featured in one of the early-80’s gaming profiles, credits his love for the game with learning how to argue with adults. You can watch the whole video below–it’s a fascinating look at the era:

William Dear, the man who investigated Egbert’s initial (non-D&D-related) disappearance, published a book about the case; Rona Jaffee wrote a novel based on the rumors about the case, which then became the basis for the film Mazes and Monsters; and a group called “Bothered About Dungeons and Dragons” formed in 1982 in response to a different teen suicide. This “moral panic” drew so much more attention to D&D that it actually added to its success. As Timothy Kask, one of the developers of D&D, notes in the NYT video, sales of D&D manuals only really took off in the wake of the Egbert case, nearly quadrupling sales of the game manuals. Gary Gygax and his partners went from earning 2.3 million dollars in 1979, to 8.7 million by the end of 1980.

Of course, what’s most interesting is that when the NYT’s retrospective cuts to the present day, it’s video games that are being vilified by some parents and the media at large, while D&D is seen as a healthier, more cooperative alternative. The video ends with a celebration of people like Doctorow, Diaz, and Stephen Colbert, who have gone on to channel the creativity they sharpened in D&D games into their own writing.

Author Junot Diaz has the warmest memories of the game, in stark contrast to the documentary’s clips of moral panic. As a young Dominican immigrant in New Jersey, he collected a diverse group of friends who gathered together to play. He usually hosted the games, and since his mother was happy that gaming was keeping her son off the street, she’d cook for the whole group while they played. “All these kids I grew up with, I think they ate more Dominican food than they ate their own darn food.” By going to different world with the games, Diaz muses that he may have been reenacting his immigration, except this time as the Dungeon Master he was in control of his journey.

But probably the most important part of the reminiscence is Diaz’ realization of what the game offered him and his friends: “Being a bunch of kids of color, in a society that tells us we’re nothing…to be able to play heroes…this was a revolution. None of us had been asked to be protagonists of anything….it was profoundly transformative for us.” You can watch his film below:

[via New York Times]

27 Apr 21:00

Game Critic Uses Brilliant Workaround For YouTube's Copyright Bullshit 

by Patricia Hernandez

Thank god for Jim Sterling , a game critic whose recent YouTube antics forced YouTube’s copyright system to eat itself alive. Here’s how he did it.

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27 Apr 18:44

New pictures of upcoming french Lastman TV series.

















New pictures of upcoming french Lastman TV series.

23 Apr 18:53

Junk food. Prints and phone cases: -click here-



Junk food. Prints and phone cases: -click here-

27 Apr 16:41

oxboxer: Fine food. Go ahead, indulge in a print! Click...



oxboxer:

Fine food. Go ahead, indulge in a print! Click here~

Rebleb for those who missed me posting this at sleep o'clock :)

27 Apr 15:15

J.K. Rowling’s Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Book of the Film of the Book

by Niall Alexander

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Hold fast to your sorting hats, my fellow muggles and No-Majs across the Atlantic, because “the publishing event of the year” has some commanding company!

See, in addition to the Special Rehearsal Edition of the script of the impending play, namely Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts One and Two—which, for what it’s worth, will be withdrawn and replaced with a so-called Definitive Edition at a later date—fans of J. K. Rowling’s wizarding world now have another new book to look forward to, as Little, Brown announced yesterday (alongside Scholastic in the States) that it means to release Rowling’s screenplay for the forthcoming film, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, the day after it hits cinemas.

The thing is said to begin in 1926, with the character of Newt Scamander on the last leg of a world tour to find and document an extraordinary array of magical creatures. “Arriving in New York for a brief stopover, he might have come and gone without incident,” the story goes, “were it not for a No-Maj (American for Muggle) named Jacob, a misplaced magical briefcase, and the escape of some of Newt’s fantastic beasts, which could spell trouble for both the wizarding and No-Maj worlds.”

Fantastic-Beasts-BookThough Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is inspired by the tiny metatextual textbook written by Rowling under Newt Scamander’s name and released by Bloomsbury in 2001 to raise money for Comic Relief, Little, Brown CEO David Shelley insists the film and so forth the screenplay—in fact the first composed by the world’s richest writer, as Harry Potter and The Cursed Child Parts One and Two is basically Jack Thorne’s baby—tells an “entirely new story.” Shelley is also “incredibly excited to be publishing” it, because of course he is! Who doesn’t want a train full of trunks full of money?

That said, exactly how Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them will be received by the rest of us is very much an open question, following the release of a Rowling’s have-a-go ‘History of Magic in North America’ back in March, with respect to which our own Chris Lough wrote “oh no,” and also all this:

For an author who has proven consistently deft and imaginative in her worldbuilding, ‘History of Magic in North America’ is a surprising stumble. Did Rowling simply not do the research? Or, since this arguably the first time Rowling has worked in a global scope, did she not realize the necessity of doing that research?

Only time will tell! But if I’m honest, I don’t have high hopes. The Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them film is out worldwide on November 18, with the physical edition of its screenplay to follow a day later—right alongside the digital edition, published globally by Pottermore.

Niall Alexander is an extra-curricular English teacher who reads and writes about all things weird and wonderful for The Speculative ScotsmanStrange Horizons, and Tor.com. He lives with about a bazillion books, his better half and a certain sleekit wee beastie in the central belt of bonnie Scotland.

27 Apr 19:21

35mm Screening of ‘The Transformers: The Movie’ Headed To Animation Block Party (Exclusive)

by Amid Amidi

The Eighties animated film will get a theatrical screening in Brooklyn this summer.

The post 35mm Screening of ‘The Transformers: The Movie’ Headed To Animation Block Party (Exclusive) appeared first on Cartoon Brew.

26 Apr 19:49

This Woman Traveled Farther Than Paul Revere to Warn America "The British are Coming"

The phrase "the British are coming" might be synonymous with an image of Paul Revere riding horseback in the night to warn his fellow patriots about an impending invasion. 

But on this day, April 26, 16-year-old Sybil Ludington actually did the same thing, and she traveled much farther to do so.

Ludington's father, Colonel Ludington, held various roles from farming to serving the local military regiment in their community in Dutchess County, New York. He became a patriot in 1773 and was promoted to the rank of Colonel, leading the local regiment.

After British troops and loyalists attacked a nearby town in 1777, a rider reached Colonel Ludington with a warning of an impending  battle. But the rider was too tired to continue his trek. At the time, the Colonel's troop was disbanded, its members miles apart. Plus the Colonel had to prepare himself for battle.

It was then when he decided to ask his eldest daughter, Sybil, to make the trek through the night on horseback, alerting other men of impending danger and asking them to fight back.

Here are 5 things you didn’t know about this remarkable woman who made a journey that shaped American history as a teenager:

1. Sybil traveled all night on horseback, covering 40 miles, a significantly longer distance than Paul Revere.

2. Her journey and courage helped nearly the entire regiment prepare to fight the British by dawn.

3. Sybil was always a leader as the eldest of 12 children.

4. Former U.S. president George Washington visited the Ludington home to personally thank Sybil.

5. Sybil was honored with a stamp by the Postal Service in 1975. Today a statue in her image stands by Lake Gleneida in Carmel, N.Y. And markers through Putnam County let tourists and visitors travel the route she took that fateful night.

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27 Apr 19:00

Screen & Page: Super Meets Star In 'Tiger & Bunny'

by Tom Speelman

About 90% of all anime made is adapted from manga. In a lot of cases, the manga's publisher produces the anime and is responsible for making sure it gets sold to other countries --- the better to increase awareness and manga sales.

But what about that other 10%? What about that anime show or film that proves to be such a huge hit that a manga adaptation --- often written or drawn by members of the production staff --- is inevitable? What stays the same between the screen and the page and what's different? What works, and what doesn't? That's what Screen & Page, aims to explore. For our first installment, we're examining one of my favorite anime, and one of the best superhero stories around today; Tiger & Bunny!

Continue reading…

26 Apr 19:55

Here Is the Official Line Up for The Big Apple Barbecue Block Party 2016

by Nick Solares

Ed Mitchell will be returning to the annual meat fest this year

The 14th annual Big Apple Barbecue Block Party will take place on June 11 and 12, in and around Madison Square Park. The event is a benefit for the Madison Square Park Conservancy, who will be directly managing the event this year. This is a major change from years past. The event was founded in 2002 by Danny Meyer’s Union Square Hospitality Group, who managed the event until last year when it was sold to chef Tim Love and C3, an events company based in Texas. The Block Party, which it should be reiterated is a benefit, apparently did not meet financial expectations and was "donated" back to the Conservancy by C3.

The Block Party will be slightly smaller than in years past; there will, for example, only be 13 pit masters, down four from last year.  But the fast pass, which allows guest to prepay and skip much of the line, will be making a return. The big news on the pitmaster front is that noted North Carolina whole hog specialist Ed Mitchell will make a triumphant return this year. The lineup also includes longtime participants Mike and Amy Mills, Chris Lilly, and Pat Martin. Local barbecue is well represented with four NYC joints participating, this reflects the evolution of both the event and of NYC barbecue in general. Tickets are available online, here is a complete list of pit masters:

Jean Paul Bourgeois, Blue Smoke, New York, NY

Joe Duncan, Baker's Ribs, Dallas, TX

Billy Durney, Hometown BBQ Brooklyn, NY

Charles Grund Jr., Hill Country, New York, NY

Sam Jones Skylight Inn / Sam Jones BBQ, Ayden, NC

Chris Lilly, Big Bob Gibson BBQ, Decatur, AL

Pat Martin, Martin’s Bar-B-Que, Nashville,TN

Ed Mitchell, Wilson, NC

Mike Mills 17th St. BBQ, Murphysboro, IL

Gary Roark Ubon’s Barbecue, Yazoo City, MS

Scott Roberts Salt Lick BBQ, Driftwood, TX

John Stage Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, New York, NY

John Wheeler, Memphis Barbecue Co., South Haven, MS

26 Apr 03:38

Disney Announces 9 Projects Including ‘Dumbo,’ ‘Mary Poppins 2,’ and ‘Tinker Bell’

by Amid Amidi
kate

ERM Tim Burton directing Dumbo???

Following the runaway success of "The Jungle Book," Disney announces 9 more films.

The post Disney Announces 9 Projects Including ‘Dumbo,’ ‘Mary Poppins 2,’ and ‘Tinker Bell’ appeared first on Cartoon Brew.

28 Apr 11:15

Crunchyroll Adds Live-Action The Perfect Insider & Wakakozake Shows, Mini! Kiznaiver Theater Manga

Site also adds Unico films
20 Apr 19:30

We Already Know 2016 Will Be the Warmest Year on Record—and It’s Only April 

by Eric Holthaus
kate

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It’s now abundantly clear: When it comes to global warming, 2016 is in a class by itself.

On Tuesday, scientists at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration confirmed that March 2016 was not only the warmest March in recorded climate history, it was also the most unusually warm month of any month ever measured, breaking the record set … the month prior. March was the 11th consecutive month of a new record warm global monthly temperature, the longest streak since NOAA records began in 1880—a horrendous feat that’s led to a bit of complacency in climate circles.

We should not be complacent. Gavin Schmidt, director of NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies, calculated that no matter how the rest of the year progresses, there’s a greater than 99 percent chance 2016 will be the warmest year on record. That he’s able to say this in April is mind-boggling. In past record-warm years, we needed to wait until October or November to make predictions with this high of confidence.

Though the current planetary heat wave is likely peaking, it’s still rending entire ecosystems and plunging tens of millions of people into food shortages. On Wednesday, Australian scientists revealed a stark new summary of their comprehensive survey of the Great Barrier Reef: 93 percent of reefs there have experienced bleaching over the past several weeks—which happens when corals become overheated and expel their symbiotic algae, and can quickly lead to coral death. The imminent death of large parts of the Great Barrier Reef should shock the world. About 1 billion people depend on coral reefs for their livelihood. “We’ve never seen anything like this scale of bleaching before,” said Terry Hughes, who led the survey.

The current global boost of heat is linked to El Niño, but experts think El Niño is taking a back seat to human greenhouse gas emissions when it comes to the reasons for the incredible hot streak. Last month’s record warmth touched all ocean basins and all continents, and, together with February—which still ranks as the most unusually warm month in NASA records—the Earth’s temperature is going through what amounts to a step change.

The current warm streak is a perfect illustration of what climate scientists have long expected: There are natural oscillations (like the current warming boost from El Niño) overlaid on top of the long-term trend of global warming. The shift to La Niña, which is expected later this year, will temporarily bend global temperature back down a bit, and likely bring an end to the current streak of record-warm months. With climate change, not every year will be record warm, but it’s quite certain that even if 2017 doesn’t top 2016, there’ll be a year in the near future that will.

We’ve reached a unique moment in the history of humanity’s relationship with our home planet: No matter when the current streak ends, the relentlessness with which the global climate system has been breaking records is now unmatched by any moment since industrial civilization began, and likely long before that. New data show atmospheric carbon dioxide concentrations at Mauna Loa briefly exceeded 409 parts per million on a daily basis around April 10, the highest absolute level in millions of years—and the biggest year-to-year jump on record. Last month, an analysis by a team of British and American climate scientists showed that the current rate of increase of atmospheric carbon dioxide likely has no equal in Earth’s entire history, with current levels rising about 10 times faster than the previous fastest era of increase, about 56 million years ago. We’re locking in change that has no precedent, possibly since long before humans and countless other species first evolved.

And it’s the rate of change that’s the big problem here. Human activity is profoundly changing the planet in a geologic blink of an eye—which is why scientists are worried that everything from migrating birds to fracturing ice sheets to coastal cities won’t have time to adapt. If climate change were slow—playing out over millennia, as in times past—it wouldn’t be much of a problem. Instead, in our world, climate change is happening very, very fast. As the United Nations’ leading climate diplomat said on Tuesday after seeing the latest NOAA data, the most recent record is a “stark reminder that we have no time to lose.”

This urgency has immediate global political implications. As the Washington Post’s Chris Mooney and Brady Dennis point out, “the Earth itself has upped the stakes for the Paris climate accord,” agreed to just four months ago and set to be signed at a ceremony in New York this week. From the tropics to the Arctic, these past few months have pushed the bounds of “dangerous” change the accord was designed to prevent. An analysis released Tuesday by Climate Interactive and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology showed that even with the pledges made in Paris, the world is still on track for about 3.5 degrees Celsius of warming—and global leaders would need to agree to substantial further reductions before 2020 to meet the Paris target of keeping global warming “well below” 2 degrees Celsius. That’s a huge ask, but the stability of our climate system requires that it happens. 

21 Apr 19:01

The Hottest Burgers in New York City, Spring 2016

by Nick Solares
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Everything on this list is crazy enpensive so forget it. Except Hard Times Sundaes which I still haven't tried because the food truck no longer resides in our area.

You should add these to your to-do list

There is no menu item more ubiquitous in New York City than the hamburger. What used to be a throw-away option, designed for unadventurous eaters, has now become highly exalted. The city holds a seemingly infinite number of variations. And while we have seen a specific NYC-style of burger emerge in the last decade — Shake Shack-inspired, griddle-cooked patties topped with American cheese, served on a potato bun — there are plenty of new burgers that buck that particular trend. Here are ten new specimens that have debuted on restaurant menus recently. They vary in form and inspiration — some aren't even proper hamburgers at all — but collectively they tell the story of the hamburger in NYC right now.

24 Apr 17:11

The Popularity of Plushies

by sdshamshel

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Why are plushies popular with anime fans?

When I got into anime, the internet was a very different place. While I was never part of the old Usenet groups (and in fact I never learned how to use them), I would talk with my fellow fans about whatever was hot at the time. Part of the fan experience was a kind of lighthearted role playing (no, not that kind, and no, not that kind), and one thing I notice was the virtual exchange of “plushies.” These dolls didn’t actually exist, but they were playful gestures to show friendship and support, or to present oneself as cute and fun and lovable. When I think of “anime fans and plushies,” I think of an era of the Anime Web Turnpike and Kisekae (KiSS) dolls, both relics of late 90s, early 2000s internet fandom.

However, that’s not really the case, is it? Plush dolls, whether specifically anime themed or otherwise, still hold the attention of many fans at conventions, online, and (I assume) with each other in other more personal settings. Also, the dolls have become more prominent, whether in artist alleys or through official channels. They might be a chibi Sasuke from Naruto or an alpaca, but they’re out there being sold and traded and loved. There’s something kind of timeless about the idea of owning a cute doll, and it’s not like this is limited to anime fans at all, but anime fans will embrace and hold onto them even after they’re supposed to have outgrown collecting dolls.

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There can’t be only one reason that anime fans gravitate towards plushies. Even with the common interest of Japanese cartoons, people are too diverse for a singular cause. I could see some enjoying them because they just like dolls in general. Others might just want to collect their favorite characters. That being said, I do think that the trope of the chibi or super deformed character has no small influence on the popularity of dolls with anime fans. They appear in official parody spinoffs, in the middle of scenes, and in fanart since the earliest days. Anime fans embrace what is cute, Japanese culture has made an entire industry off of “kawaii,” and in certain ways it’s almost defiant of macho expectations given to both men and women. Frederik L. Schodt wrote in his seminal book on Japanese comics, Manga! Manga!, that part of the reason manga became so sophisticated is that the fans of manga in Japan grew up and refused to let go of their stories. Perhaps plushies are connected to this sentiment, maybe not directly but in terms of a similar mindset and desire to keep the joys of childhood.

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Maybe the association between SD character renditions and plushies are why I consider plushies to be very much anchored in that 90s anime fandom. After all, the 90s were the peak of chibi character content. Though I don’t really see it anymore, super deformed characters were considered such a staple of anime fandom that they were viewed as a defining characteristic that helped to differentiate anime from other forms of animation, right along with big eyes and small mouths. While we’ve since been introduced to a much wider variety of styles, and the trends have changed over time, the anime plush doll still retains the features of a chibi character.

I personally don’t engage with anime or anime fans the way I did 15 to 20 years ago, so I don’t know to what extent the old ways of interaction still remain. Do fans still give each other imaginary plushies, or do they now take the form of digital renderings, emojis, or Line stickers? Does this further emphasize the physical aspect of actually owning plush dolls? For the anime fans who carry them through conventions and meetups and such, do they also display them in their everyday lives, or is there still a fear of being judged for being into dolls? This is a line of inquiry I’d be interested in finding out more about. If you have insights of your own, feel free to share them!

I know that, by mentioning dolls, I’m also bringing up associations with the ball-jointed (and often very expensive) kind. I think that fandom might share some qualities with the enthusiasts of plushies, but they’re quite a different group overall. Perhaps I’ll discuss that one while reminiscing about Rozen Maiden and its very passionate followers another time.

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26 Apr 02:00

Princess Jellyfish Give-Away : Celebrate Josei Manga

by Laura
We here at Heart of Manga are very excited that we’ve gotten more josei titles this year, and would love to see more series get licensed. To celebrate, we’re giving away a brand new paperback of volume 1 of Princess Jellyfish by Akiko Higashimura. Akiko Higashimura is a very well-known josei manga artist in Japan. Her titles continue to sell popularly, and last year in 2015 she won the Manga Taisho award for her series Kakukaku Shikajika. Along with Akiko Higashimura, we’ve seen josei series from Arina Tanemura and Izumi Miyazono this year. But did you know that some of our favorite shoujo mangaka from a few years ago are now writing josei series? Here are a few series you might be interested in knowing about: Dame na Watashi ni Koishite Kudasai by Aya Nakahara English Translation: Please Love the Useless Me The series is about a young woman who spends all her money on younger guys to maintain them as boyfriends and ends up being swindled. She is broke and out of work when she runs into her former boss, now running a cafe. He offers her part time work, food, and a place to stay until she gets back on her feet. Meanwhile, she’s got to learn to navigate the rocky roads of relationships again with her sense of self-judgement and trust totally busted. It’s a funny and adorable series. Aya Nakahara was well known in Shojo Beat’s early days for her series Lovely Complex, or Love Com for short. Some of you may remember that series with the super tall girl, Risa, and super short guy, Otani, that hook up. She’s currently writing this josei series for Shueisha and its running in their YOU josei manga magazine.  The series got a live action drama on Japan’s TBN earlier this year. I would love to see this series get licensed in North America. Bread & Butter by Hinako Ashihara Bread & Butter is about a young woman, Yuzuki, whose life is also not going very well. She’s 34 years-old and without a boyfriend. The elementary school she works at is close to firing her, and to top it off she doesn’t know what to do with her life at all. But even when she quits her job and tries an arranged marriage, things don’t work out. Only the bread she eats at the small stationery store around the corner gives her comfort. So one day, she asks the store owner to marry her on a whim, and to her surprise, he agrees? Two strangers decide to get married for uncommon reasons. It’s an interesting beginning to a new love. Hinako Ashihara has been previously published in North America with her shoujo series Sand Chronicles. Some of you may remember that dramatic love triangle between Anne, Daigo, and Fuji. Ashihara’s new series Bread & Butter is currently running in Cocohana josei manga magazine. Marmalade Boy Little by Wataru Yoshizumi Marmalade Boy Little is the sequel series to Marmalade Boy […]
25 Apr 18:50

Hi-C’s Ecto Cooler Officially Coming Back Just in Time for Ghostbusters

by Clint Rainey

Who ya gonna call?

When Surge returned in 2014 after a 13-year hiatus, serious '90s kids could finally forgive the 2000s for killing one of their childhood's two best green drinks. Now it looks like they can give it a full pardon: Coke says Hi-C Ecto Cooler — the other green juice endorsed by Slimer that was even more awesome than Capri Sun, until it suddenly disappeared — is coming back just in time for the new Ghostbusters movie. The ectoplasm-colored drink was unveiled back in 1987 as a limited-time tie-in to promote the cartoon spinoff, but it ended up so wildly popular it stayed in circulation until 2001.

Ever since that sad year, superfans have been reduced to either making their own or shelling out thousands of dollars on eBay for a decade-old can, and Coke seems to agree it's time to put an end to that humiliation. In today's announcement, it says that after listening to complaints from fans (along with "some lobbying support from Sony Pictures"), it's decided to roll the liquid nostalgia back out in time for the new movie's July release. That means, starting May 30, 10-packs of six-ounce boxes will go on sale, and then there will also be 6- and 12-packs of 11.5-ounce cans. These cans have some kind of special thermal ink that Coke says turns "an eerie shade of slime green" when cold.

However, there is one strange thing in this rerelease neighborhood, and that's Slimer's conspicuous absence on both containers:

Photo: Coca-Cola

Maybe he's holding out for a job as a Hebrew National spokesghost?

[BusinessWire]

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Filed Under: comebacks, ecto cooler, ghostbusters, hi-c

25 Apr 19:40

Surprise! The Cast of the Twin Peaks Revival is Deeply Weird

by Stubby the Rocket

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Many familiar faces are returning to the home of cherry pie, damn fine coffee… and MURDER. Kyle MacLachlan, Sherilyn Fenn, Sheryl Lee, David Duchovny, Alicia Witt, David Patrick Kelly and Harry Dean Stanton will all be back, along with Russ Tamblyn and Ray Wise. But they’re being joined by some truly odd newcomers, including David Lynch regulars Laura Dern and Naomi Watts, rockstars Trent Reznor and Eddie Vedder, former Ghostbuster Ernie Hudson, and, um, Michael Cera and Charlyne Yi? It looks like we’re not getting Lara Flynn Boyle or Piper Laurie back, however.

David Lynch and Mark Frost are writing the series, with Lynch directing. Principal photography has already wrapped, but we’ll have to wait until 2017 to see the fruits of this insane cast’s labors.

We’re excited to be back inside Lynch and Frost’s minds. Prepare yourselves by checking out the full cast list over at Variety!

25 Apr 22:32

London Is Getting a Star Wars ‘Fork Awakens’ Pop-up

by Clint Rainey

The fork will be with you.

Ever since Star Wars: The Force Awakens hit theaters and dominated box-office records, the rollout of food tie-ins has been most impressive. The latest took a while, but was probably inevitable: London will get its very own Star Wars–themed restaurant pop-up this summer called (what else but) the Fork Awakens.

The concept is the work of Barrel and Forks, an immersive-dining outfit that's shoveled risotto out of wheelbarrows during past events and held banquets in a church crypt. The pop-up will run for six nights, with the first on June 23, and the five other dates still TBD. Guests, known as "Foodtroopers," pay about $80 to attend, and get a cocktail, four interactive courses, plus a journey that includes stops at the Empire's canteen and the Death Star, which should rule out any Jar Jar Binks cameos, thankfully. Prospective diners are also warned a trip to the canteen means "strong drinks, hot tunes, and occasional outbreaks of shocking violence," so there's that to look out for. The menu itself includes blue milk, larva soufflé, Hutt dogs, and other punny dishes:

The venue is being kept a secret until 48 hours before the events, when diners will get an email giving them more details. Maybe organizers should tack on an extra course or two, because there's always room for another Star Wars food pun — Darth Mulled Wine, Obi-Wan Quinoabi, Flan Solo, and Chewbaklava all sound like solid additions.

[Mashable]

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Filed Under: tie-ins, london, pop-ups, star wars, the fork awakens

25 Apr 16:00

Japanese Burger Chain Rereleases All-Time Most Terrifying Sandwich

by Clint Rainey

Also includes a whole day's calories.

The most terrifying foods concocted by American chains are mere child's play next to what Japan's Lotteria can inflict on customers using nothing but lettuce and tartar sauce or a movie tie-in. It went mad long ago, in other words, and has a formidable backlog of fast-food nightmares it can reintroduce at any time. Perhaps to put McDonald's Giga Mac in its rightful place, then, it's decided to bring back the Burger With Everything on It.

The burger's name is pretty accurate, as is made clear by the list of what's on this slightly updated version that debuts on April 28: First, it stacks up a beef patty, a fried shrimp patty, a rib patty, and a second beef patty with cheese; then it tops the meat tower off with more cheese, bacon, lettuce, cabbage, tomato, and onion; then it heaves a healthy glop of six sauces on top (teriyaki, mayo, spicy mayo, tartar sauce, meat sauce, and ketchup) to presumably seep down and act as glue. But if the goo potential here still underwhelms so far, no worries — Lotteria also crams a soft-boiled egg in there. The Everything debuted back in 2013, so this exciting rerelease is perfectly timed to coincide with the amount of time it took customers to digest their first.

[RocketNews24]

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Filed Under: the chain gang, burger with everything on it, lotteria, stunt foods

25 Apr 16:30

The Speakeasy #076: Dagashi Kashi, Kadokawa, Detective Conan, Kouji Wada

by reversethieves

Ongoing Investigations: Twin Star Exorcists vol. 1 by Yoshiaki Sukeno, Long Way North from Sacrebleu Productions, Maybe Movies, and Norlum, Dagashi Kashi from Studio Feel, Detective Conan: Sunflowers of Inferno (movie 19) from TMS Entertainment, Haruchika: Haruta & Chika from P.A. Works.

Food for Thought: What anime would benefit most from watching it completely cold?

Topics: Goodbye Kouji Wada, Kadokawa Partners with Crunchyroll and Yen Press, Eisner Nominations.

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And now your helpful bartenders at The Speakeasy present your drink:

Kit Kat Shooter

  •  1 part Creme de Cacao dark
  • 1 part Frangelico
  • 1 part Baileys Irish Cream

As much as you like but equal amounts of each. Serve in shot glasses.

 


Filed under: Anime, Cartoons, Detectives, Editorials, Favored Topics, Manga, Podcasts, The Speakeasy Tagged: Dagashikashi, Detective Conan, Haruchika, Long Way North, Twin Star Exorcists