Saturday, 21 January 2017

The Rant I Posted on YTV's Facebook Page (Because Anime Fans Are Annoying)

People, Bionix is never coming back!

I know it's lame that YTV has become totally worthless post 9pm, but Canadian cable in general has become more dependent on ratings and demographics. Why do you think there are so many lifestyle/entertainment/whatever networks aimed at women?

YTV gave up teenage/adult programming to ABC Spark Canada and Teletoon at Night, and even then the target audience is probably spending more time watching YouTube videos or Netflix. The only reason anyone over the age of 13 even bothers watching YTV anymore is for whatever show Nickelodeon is shilling out anyways (i.e The Loud House, Harvey Beaks).

More importantly, in case you still haven't noticed, anime is not, nor will it ever be, mainstream entertainment. The general population in North America care more about the latest video game or comic book then some "Japanese cartoon". Even adults in Japan expect kids to "grow out of it" at a certain age.

The ultimate reason for why Toonami was brought back wasn't just for nostalgia. Adult Swim is one of the few networks that "get" anime, (even if it doesn't always get them ratings) and figured it would be better to use a brand that every anime fan in the U.S would recognize, when [as] itself is better known for American cartoons. Bionix is nowhere near as popular as Toonami is or ever was.

Finally, why waste your time relying on cable television at all, let alone a cable network for CHILDREN?

Be realistic.

Sunday, 15 January 2017

Is Disney XD the New Cartoon Network?

...Of course not! The whole reason for all of Cartoon Network's stupid decisions is that animation alone doesn't get ratings, or at least, it won't get the same ratings as Nickelodeon or Disney Channel. But screw the both of them. If there's one thing I learned from covering television its that quality programming is more important than having a high-rated show, especially since Netflix doesn't worry too much about streaming numbers when deciding to renew a show.

Ratings doesn't matter if your show sucks ass!

But I digress, as far as animation goes, Disney XD might as well be the new Cartoon Network. I've already talked about how they've really turned themselves around as far as anime goes. I'll take the localized version of Doraemon over the poor treatment they gave Naruto Shippudden anyday of the week.

Though, in hindsight, maybe it was for the best if cable networks left that show alone. At least Part I's adaption had the excuse of waiting on the next story arc to finish for its unnecessarily long block of filler episodes at the end. Shippudden has no excuse. Its recent novel adaptions are nothing more than a deliberate attempt to pad out the show, cheapening a once decent adaption of the manga to levels on par with Pokemon's anime.

But I'm going off topic again.

Of course we know the success of Gravity Falls and Star Wars Rebels, the first and foremost reasons for anyone to watch Disney XD, has inspired the network to become more creative with their cartoons. Shows like Star and the Forces of Evil are great in their own right and have gained a fanbase beyond their target audience. Then again, Disney XD is aimed at preteen boys, whereas Nick is aimed at children and Cartoon Network has become a vector for shows that only the network likes or gets high-enough ratings.

Hence, Disney XD can be blamed for Counterfeit Cat and Atomic Puppet, aka the best shows Teletoon has put out in a LONG time and Everyone is looking for to the reboot of DuckTales and a new animated series inspired by Big Hero 6.

But the two shows that I'm keeping my eye on are Marvel's Spider-Man and Man of Action's new Mega Man show. Not much is known about the new Spider-Man series, except that it won't be a continuation of Ultimate Spider-Man and it will feature Spider-Gwen, Miles Morales, and Venom.

In contrast, Man of Action, who were also responsible for US-M, gave too much information about their new Mega Man show. It's aimed at 6 year olds, it's got "over-the-top humor", he goes to school, and he has a new sidekick named "Mega Mini". ...Good thing I'm more of Crash Bandicoot fan.

Ultimately, it's the improvement's made to their live-action slate that's really got me impressed. Those cookie-cutter sitcoms are finally in the background where they belong, and in their place are shows that do things a little differently. Kirby Buckets is yet another attempt at making a live-action/2D animated hybrid show that, predictably, has both fans and detractors. In contrast, Mech-X4 has took all the action and darker elements from comedies like Lab Rats and Mighty Med and turned it into a giant robot show. Both shows are a wonderful change of pace regardless of critical reception, and I look forward to Disney XD doing more shows like this in the future.

With a strong slate of both live-action and animated series, Disney XD might not have more viewers than Nickelodeon or Cartoon Network, but it sure as hell blows the water out of the both of them. The best part is that, because it's been overshadowed by its once boy-slanted knock-off, Disney Channel is trying their best to produce more decent programming from now on. ...Trying, they still suck ass, but at least they're trying.

That's all I can ask for.

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

You Can't Beat MTV, and You Can't Replace Machinima.com (Nor Should You)

There once was a website called machinination. One of its admins had the nerve to call the third Hot Pursuit game garbage, just because it was a dolled up Burnout game, rather than aknowledging that it was a good game its own right.

Fuck him and fuck that website. I hope it burns in hell.

...Don't look at me like that, you don't even read this blog.

...OK, fine. I act my age for a second.

Do you know why MTV is still considered the number one music network, even though they only do the bare minimum of ACTUAL music television? Its because music television doesn't bring in ratings, not when its widely available on the internet. Its because MTV ISN'T a music network anymore, no matter how much they pretend to give a damn and no matter how much hipsters and rock fans whine and beg for them to play more music. MTV is popular because they're more, for lack of a better term, diversity than other networks. ...Or, you know, they used to be.

From the beginning Machinination was narrow-minded. To them, the only machinima that mattered were those made with first-person shooters like Halo. The persecption is that since FPS machinima requires that you work with other people for character movement, whearas Smash Bros machinima can be done by one person doing almost all the work, that Smash Bros doesn't even count as actual machinima.

However, there's no denying that there is a demand for music television. It's the very same audience that wants YTV to air Dragon Ball Kai even though the network is WAY past the point of appealing to teenagers. Its the same audience that has become as immature as Sonic fanboys because of Syfy's poorly handled rebrand and subsequent programming shift.

But in the end, we don't have to rely on ratings-driven cable networks to get the shows that deserve our time. And I sure as hell didn't need some stupid forum nor some juvinile MCN to find other makers or get some exposure for myself. You just need to know where to look.

Smash machinima is still being made today and the tools being used to make them require a lot more work than just recuriting body actors. Look past the low-res Brawl machinima lingering on the in-name-only Machinima network and you will find videos that will change your perception on what a Smash Bros macinima is. And no, I'm not just talking about Smash King.

They don't get much views, especilly compared to GMOD movies or SFM videos. Then again, machinima as a whole was never made for the purpose of popularity.

Neither was this blog post.