Japan and America both have a long history with the superhero genre but despite obvious similarities, the differences between the way the cultures have approached the genre make for some pretty different stories. One only needs to look at the Japanese Spider-man TV where our hero Tatsuya gets his power from an alien from the planet Spider, as well as a giant robot instead of a radioactive spider. Despite the massive differences between the way the two cultures treat the genre, there’s still an immediately recognizable core that makes a superhero. It’s something that makes My Hero Academia, the new anime adapted from the manga by Kohei Hiroshi and Hirofumi Nedi, a fascinating look at the evolution of the superhero genre as our fiction crosses borders at an unprecedented level. It doesn’t hurt that My Hero Academia also represents the best of what it means to be not just a superhero, but someone who loves them as well.
In this week’s episode, Jerry and Bobby talk about some movies that are dumb and violent
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Without Wes Craven I might not have gotten into horror.
I probably didn’t know it at the time. I was four and the idea of directors and writers wasn’t really that prominent in my brain. What was prominent was a snarling one-liner spewing killer that was everywhere at the time: Freddy Krueger.
If you ask me, Freddy Krueger is easily the best of the well-known slasher monster as well as the most accessible. If you want any proof, just look at the Freddy mania that gripped America in the late eighties and early nineties. Even now he’s a household name, occupying the same mental space as Frankenstein and Dracula. Not only does the brilliant presence of Robert Englund provide not just the menace of other slashers but the charisma of a rock star and a gleeful bully. Freddy Krueger was someone who fascinated kids as much as he terrified them.
Today, Jerry and Bobby talk about Japanese horror stories! Also, Jerry lies a lot!
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I’d been excited for the collaboration between Geoff Johns and John Romita Jr. since it was announced. While I’ve been routinely impressed with the comic they’ve been putting out thanks to both Johns’ understanding of the character as well as JR JR’s gorgeous art, it was what I was expecting. Nothing about it reached a level of character-defining that some of Johns’ superior work has done.
Until Superman #39. This comic is maybe the best Superman story since the New 52 began with only Grant Morrison’s Action Comics #13 standing as its rival. This may sound like damning it with faint praise since this has been a rough few years for Superman. It hasn’t all been terrible. As stated, Grant Morrison’s comic had some spectacular highs and Greg Pak’s run on Action Comics has been a lot of fun. What makes this comic incredible is how it changes up the dynamic of Superman while still enforcing the things that make him such an amazing hero.
There are five humans on Planet Earth who have not seen Breaking Bad. These humans were once selected by one Zordon to defend the Earth from Rita Repulsa’s conquering army. Once I learned that my dear friend Jerry was one of those five humans, I had to bring back Outside The Comfort Zone to make him watch Breaking Bad. We of course decided to not discuss Jerry’s experiences as a Power Ranger due to the fact that this is stuff he feels really uncomfortable revisiting.
Either way, we hope you enjoy this one! It was a really fun one to make and we hope to start bringing these back to this place sooner rather than later.
Welcome back to the second episode of 1001 Frights, where your hosts Jerry and Bobby discuss horror stories from across media in an effort to uncover the one thousand and one best horror stories of all time. If it counts as horror we’ll try and find a place for it on the list! So please, give it a listen, and if you have any stories you’d like us to talk about, or any questions for us, be sure to contact us at @sonofether or @luckyrevenant! Also, we now have a tumblr, which you can find here!
Stories covered in this episode:
- Dead Space developed by Visceral Games and published by EA
- Salem’s Lot by Stephen King
- Hellraiser directed by Clive Barker
- “The Shadow Over Innsmouth” by HP Lovecraft
Welcome boys and ghouls to the first episode of 1001 Frights! Where we discuss horror and venture to discover the one thousand and one best horror stories of all time! Your hosts Jerry and Bobby will be taking you through in-depth discussions of their favorite horror stories, not-so-favorite horror stories, and stories you suggest! They can be anything from a book to a film to a video game to a rock opera. If it counts as horror we’ll try and put it on the list until it gets bumped off! (which won’t be for a while) So give it a listen and if you have any horror stories you’d like us to cover or questions to answer be sure to contact us @sonofether or @luckyrevenant to axe us! ehehehehehe!
Stories covered in this podcast:
- The Black Cat by Edgar Allen Poe
- Nosferatu directed by F.W. Murneau
- Hellblazer: Dangerous Habits by Garth Ennis and Will Simpson
- Resident Evil 4 directed by Shinji Mikami and Hideki Kamiya
Resident Evil HD is just like the Gamecube release of Resident Evil but even prettier so you should all buy it. Wow, that was easy. Who’s up for Red Robin’s for lunch?
(Editor’s Note: Jerry we’ve talked about this)
In the year 2002, Resident Evil was still considered both a commercial and critical darling and were waiting for the fourth installment, which would not shake the gaming world until three years later. At the time director director Shinji Mikami would pause throwing out games and starting from scratch to go back to basics. And thus was released Resident Evil for the Gamecube, often called REmake by its fans, which retold the initial story of the first game. It wasn’t simply a port of the game like the Gamecube releases of Resident Evil 2 and 3 were. The game was completely reworked. The puzzles were more complicated, the game was bigger, the mansion looked prettier, and the voice acting… well, in Capcom’s defense have you seen the rates union actors require?
Larry Wilmore has a tough act to follow. Taking over a spinoff show from a massively successful show is already a daunting enough task. However it isn’t just Jon Stewart he’s having to follow up. Larry Wilmore also has to succeed the nine-year pop culture icon Stephen Colbert by occupying his former time slot. There are a lot of pitfalls he has to avoid, not the least of which is avoiding simply becoming ‘The Black Daily Show’ or ‘The Black Colbert Report’ . Fortunately, Larry Wilmore has shown himself to be one of the sharpest comedians in the Daily Show’s roster. He’s managed to still be incredibly funny while discussing difficult issues and without losing the edge to what he’s discussing. It’s also hard to argue with the pedigree.