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  1. Swim along, just join in the song, a musical for everyone to have a lot of finny fun~

    1. Supah Berry

      Supah Berry

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      Finny Fun is Finfinite with Darkness Enterprises!

    2. mayday2592


      *flashback intensifies*

    3. E-van
  2. Do people only hate the Genesect movie because of the Mewtwo thing, or does it have other problems?

    I still think it’s the best BW movie btw

    1. Your Vest Friend

      Your Vest Friend

      Hide from Spin right now, Panda. 

    2. Panda Claus

      Panda Claus

      Nope. Come at me bro

    3. Supah Berry
    4. Spin Attaxx

      Spin Attaxx

      Oh boy it does have a lot of problems.


      Having five Genesect instead of one has a tangible narrative detriment; only two of them really matter, and the rest are just cardboard cutouts that exist to hit stuff and get hit in return. The ones that do matter have stock personalities ("sad pwease hug me :((" and "grr i so mad") and all the depth of a puddle. You could've had one Genesect that had elements of both, and it'd probably be more interesting for it.

      The movie chooses to set itself in a sprawling metropolis... then largely confines the action to one small park. Considering the trailers suggested an Avengers-esque battle in the city itself with massive carnage to go around, I can't help but be disappointed the actual film settles for "a dent in one (1) building" as the extent of that.

      Team Rocket is pointless. To be fair it's a problem the films in general have, but it's more apparant here given the one before this actually left them out.

      The ending with the two in space is ham-fisted. Mewtwo says a thing and in the span of 30 seconds the bad guy goes from wanting to kill everyone to deciding he's good. I feel like making a comparison to Steven Universe and the Diamonds here, but I only really have a surface-level second-hand understanding of that series.

      Ash... doesn't feel like he belongs here? It's been a long time since I last saw it (for obvious reasons), but from my recollection most of the plot important stuff was handled by Mewtwo and maybe the Fluttershy Genesect? The only thing I remember him doing is saying a line to the effect of, "So I know these guys invaded your home and drove you out with lethal force, but they want a home of their own so stop being mean to them"

      The CG is bad. Like, it's often always bad, but man it's noticeably bad here. There are cases where you'll see Starly, or Genesect, or whatever, and they look like they're made of clay or something. There's one moment where a bunch of CGI Breloom run straight down a wall, and I still can't tell if that's intentional, or an animation error.

      And probably some other stuff I'm forgetting.


  3. Frozen 2 is good. Really good. I’m surprised.

  4. Well damn. I guess IDW really isn’t doing a movie tie-in.

    That’s nuts.

    1. Blue Blood

      Blue Blood

      oh no.

      what a shame.

      i really wanted to see more of the sonic movie.

    2. JezMM


      Honestly good, I'm not too keen on them doing any tie-ins tbh, the Team Sonic Racing one was fine but was pretty much filling the same role as Overdrive (which was the superior product). I'm enjoying the main IDW Sonic storyline so much that any time spent on material/money that isn't canon to that feels wasted to me.  Let them do their thing.

    3. Supah Berry

      Supah Berry

      Watch as they sneak in a cameo of Tom the cop just make the theorists run wild

    4. Sean


      People wanted this unironically?

    5. Winter Spirit Ultima

      Winter Spirit Ultima

      Wait lemme rephrase that: source?

    6. Panda Claus

      Panda Claus

      @Ellipsis-Ultima the February solicits are out and the only Sonic title is the regular comic. If there was going to be a one-shot or something, this was the last chance for it to be solicited.

  5. 82-D16-CD4-1657-41-DA-B14-D-09-E206-A43-

    1. Supah Berry

      Supah Berry

      What do you mean that's not made by Sonic's twitter account

  6. 31642-F98-E2-D8-4653-9-DEE-238783-F315-D

    I hope they get around to reshooting this scene for the actual movie.

    Carrey is obviously screaming at old design Sonic here. Gotta keep consistency 🙃

  7. Pokemon’s Japanese slogan is just “Get Pokemon!”

    It never says anything about having to catch all of them.

    1. Tornado


      Is that why Game Freak felt the need to try and bury the Dex cut until just before release in Japan?

  8. You know what, Galar is kind of a shoddy representation of the UK.

    You can’t claim your region to represent Britain as a whole and then go on to only include places based on English locations and one Welsh location.

    1. QuantumEdge


      Well at least they're respectably consistent with the game's half-arsed nature.

    2. Blue Blood

      Blue Blood

      I think it was inevitable that they were going to focus almost entirely on England, unfortunately. But it's not really "representing" Britain as much as it's just inspired by it. Stow-on-Side isn't really analogous to anywhere in the country, for example. I think that they got a lot of things right, and it felt quite cohesive. If they really wanted to represent Britain as a whole, there'd be more Scottish themIng than tartan and style bagpipes and Northern Ireland would get a look-in.

      My personal gripe, and one that I never expected them to address anyway, is cultural diversity. It would have been really nice to see a few different cultures within the region. England and Britain are much more than what you see on Best of British postcards. The days of colonialism have us or cultural love of curries, but as far as the people of Galar go they're just white and ambiguously brown. I really was hoping for some non-Anglo names.

    3. Panda Claus

      Panda Claus

      I think it’d have been better if they just did a region based on London instead.

    4. Jingilator


      Oh and curry on rice, I'm pretty sure, isn't a British cuisine.

    5. tailsBOOM!


      @QuantumEdgebut doing a half-assed job is the American way


    6. Blue Blood

      Blue Blood

      @Perkilator You're incredibly wrong. Curry is a huge part of British cuisine, to the point where tikka masala is just as much a national dish as fish and chips or toad in the hole. 

    7. Jingilator


      Oooh, okay. Ah, guess I'm just extremely rusty on British cuisine.

  9. Know what’d be better than just a subbed DVD release of Sonic X? A subbed DVD release that has an all new dub to go with it.

    Never going to happen. But I can dream.

    1. JezMM


      While cool in theory, I won't lie, rewatching Sonic X with the current cast would be SUPER weird and kill some of the nostalgia for me. I feel it'd be such a small audience that would appreciate a new dub, mostly being kids - who are likely not so discerning and have no issue with the original dub. Most of us old farts would still just stick with the sub, I know I would even though I usually play the modern games in English (and even enjoy the more natural sounding banter and jokes that come from the script being written in English first these days).

    2. Sean


      As much as people don't like to admit 4Kids ever doing anything good with Sonic X, the writers improved on several of the jokes of the original which leaned too much on facefaults and 4th-wall breaking gags for my tastes. The JP version is still my preferred way of watching Sonic X, but a new dub that keeps faithful to the original script would be pretty dire.

    3. Panda Claus

      Panda Claus

      @Sean it doesn’t need to be a 1:1 adaptation of the Japanese script to be faithful.

    4. Polkadi~☆


      All the woolseyisms would still be fine, and it'd be okay to stick close to the original script at points (for goodness sake, no more puns), but what I'd like is a season 3 with an uncensored dub. Oh, and everything else to be uncensored, but still.

    5. Tornado


      What is the market for a faithful uncut dub of a show that was garbage in any language?

    6. Sean


      The sad thing is that I don't think there's a market for the Japanese subbed version either. Props to Discotek for trying to get ahold of it, but they would have to make ABSOLUTELY EXTRA CLEAR that it is Japanese-language only lest angry parents or whoever end up buying it without realizing that it lacks English audio. I don't think there's any incentive for Sega or TMS to release the uncut version in any capacity in the west and it would appeal only to a very niche audience.

    7. GentlemanX


      To be fair, there was enough interest in the Japanese version to get 4Kids of all things to sub the series for streaming on Hulu. Discotek is in itself a niche company and they've released more obscure stuff than this (I really don't think there's been much of a push for the Japanese versions of Samurai Pizza Cats or Monster Rancher, but they're now available). The issue seems to stem from a reluctance on TMS's part to make the original version more available when they're aiming for kids with the title (Sonic does say shit in English in episode 2 after all). They haven't told Discotek definitively no though, just not yet.

    8. Panda Claus

      Panda Claus

      @GentlemanX that one instance of Sonic saying shit could easily be muted.

      I know, that kinda goes against the whole “uncut” aspect, but it is just one line.

    9. Sean


      I always figured that moment in episode 2 could be sidestepped by subbing it as him saying "Shoot." He does say shit but considering the accent in Jun'ichi's dialogue there's some plausible deniability for them to sub it that way. Always thought it was strange that the Hulu subs kept that intact.

    10. Polkadi~☆


      SEGA doesn't really have much of a reason to pay mind to Sonic X anyway. At the end of the day, it’s a promotional piece for the franchise, meant to bring attention to it. Certainly did the job it was meant to.


      @GentlemanX While inappropriate for English speakers, "shit" doesn't have the same impact it does for us with Japanese speakers. Either that, or Jun'ichi Kanemaru got away with it because no one there other than himself knew the word.

    11. Panda Claus

      Panda Claus

      @Polkadi~☆ the Japanese equivalent of “shit” (as a curse word) is “kuso”, which I’ve heard in anime (even kids anime) a few times.

  10. Everyday, when you’re walking down the street

    Everybody that you meet...

    1. TheOcelot


      No one stops Knuckles feet 

  11. I could do with replacing my 3DS at some point.

    Are there any current 2DS models that don’t have chipable paint jobs?

    1. Ryannumber1Santa


      Amazon have orange and white, and black and green New 2DSes. The black and green one comes with Mario Kart 7. Fairly sure Asda has the MK7 bundle too. Argos has a white and lavender one with Tomodachi Life, as well as the black and green/orange and white variants.

  12. I hate shipping.




    So you can’t get that item you bought online. Boo-freaking-hoo.

  13. I’d thought to myself wouldn’t it be cool if individual pokemon species had different animations based on their natures.

    And then I thought to myself this is the Pokemon series we’re talking about.

    1. Blue Blood

      Blue Blood

      Even if we're going to dunk on Pokémon for being the lazy, stale and unambitious series that it is... That's a huge amount of work that I wouldn't expect no matter who the developer was.

    2. Diogenes


      25 natures times 900+ pokemon times however many animations you'd expect to have variants equals a very large number

  14. If the Japanese have such a low opinion on drug use, why do American stoner movies still get released over there...?

    1. Supah Berry

      Supah Berry

      Perhaps they give it a more explicit rating there due to the presence of drug abuse?

    2. Teoskaven


      They apply that concept strictly for themselves, not for foreign stuff. Easy.
      Similar to how other countries trade with the Dutch despite Amsterdam being the paradise for drug and sex tourism.

    3. Panda Claus

      Panda Claus

      @Teoskaven affiliating with countries that have opposing drug laws to you is one thing. Bringing in movies from those countries that actively glamorise drug use, potentially encouraging your citizens to seek out those drugs themselves, is another.

    4. Teoskaven


      That's the same logic news outlets have used for the recent Joker movie. Just because a media is having drug/sex/violence in it (and even more rarely where it's portraid as a positive thing for bad people) doesn't mean it's designed to brainwash the audience. Nothing that a slogan at the beginning or, you know, simple education, can't fix.
      Or are we still stuck in the '50s, where we needed Fred Flintstone to convince us to smoke cygarettes and any russian movie was propagating communism in the world?

    5. Panda Claus

      Panda Claus

      “That's the same logic news outlets have used for the recent Joker movie.”

      I know. And I’m using that logic against them.

      I mean, the fact that Japanese celebs who are caught using end up losing their career, wouldn’t one of those reasons be “because they’re bad role models”?

    6. Polkadi~☆


      Not their country, not their business. While Japan may be against it, I’m sure they know that other countries aren’t, and the movies from those countries reflect that.

    7. Panda Claus

      Panda Claus

      It’s just so odd that they would still knowingly release movies that have recreational drug use as their main focal point.

    8. Polkadi~☆


      European movies are fine with nude bodies, but America gets all upset at that. Nonetheless, the movies still come in. Same principle, things work differently in other countries, but that doesn’t mean it works in yours.

  15. Am I the only one who thinks Sonic Xtreme looked like it would’ve been crap?

    1. Tarnish


      Nope. Had it came out, critics would have had a field day with it. Looked confusing as all hell.

    2. Blue Blood

      Blue Blood

      No, you're not. Sonic Xtreme was cancelled in 1997, in a world where Super Mario 64, Tomb Raider 1 and Crash Bandicoot already existed. Furthermore, Sonic Adventure 1 was gearing up to release in 1998. Xtreme looked positively dismal compared to other platforming games of its time. It had spent years in development hell too, going through through several completely different iterations. The project was a mess, and no matter which iteration you're taking about it looked pretty bad. The plug was pulled for a reason.

    3. Tornado


      It was a dedicated effort to try to make a game that never looked that amazing even before Sega started sabotaging it internally.

    4. Thigolf


      that fish eye lense choice is still super fascinating

  16. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-50461171

    Disney+ continuing to lack the ability to catch a freaking break

    1. Thigolf


      I'm almost glad that Disney has 4 months to iron that shit out once we get to the Europe launch.

  17. G’night guys


    Huh. Wasn’t expecting that.

    1. AdventChild


      Huh. Wasn't expecting anyone to care.

  19. Seeing Japan’s zero-tolerance policy on drug use, and their treatment of celebrities who are caught using them, makes me wonder how they view western celebrities who have or continue to very openly use them?

    Do they see highly loved American artists who have had troubles with drug addiction like Whitney Houston as lesser people? Are Seth Rogen movies released over there? Do any celebrities who are pro-weed get any exposure there?

    1. The Tenth Doctor

      The Tenth Doctor

      Well they seem to like Iron Man, which shows they don't mind Robert Downey Jr (former drug user).

    2. Panda Claus

      Panda Claus

      That’s confusing.

    3. QuantumEdge


      Are they cool with him because he's no longer a drug user?

  20. The first episode of the new Pokemon series marked the first time Ash had been voiced in Japanese by someone other than Rica Matsumoto.*


    *not counting the times where he was possessed

    1. Zaysho


      Huh, haven't watched those yet. Is it a permanent change or was it part of a flashback or something?

    2. Panda Claus

      Panda Claus

      Flashback. 6-year-old Ash had a different voice.

  21. Why am I crying?!

  22. It’s never occurred to me before that, indeed, I have yet to see anybody do an in-depth comparison of Archie Sonic issue 50 (original vs director’s cut).

  23. And just like that, McDonalds wins this years best Christmas ad.

    1. Supah Berry

      Supah Berry

      Fa-La La La Laaaaaaaaa

  24. *John Lewis Christmas ad comes on*

    Mum: “Oh, I was beginning to think they wouldn’t be showing this anymore”.

    Me: “Why?”

    Mum: “Because of the upset it’s caused”.

    Me: “Oh?”

    Mum: “Apparently some boy got upset because he thought the dragon melted Olaf the snowman”.

  25. My mum has been a Johnny Depp fan since seeing him in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

    She’d seen him in films before that, but this was apparently the point where she realised how gorgeous he was.




    I don’t get it either.

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