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Nico Parungo

Comic Book Fan and Lazy Gamer graduated with a film degree from the De La Salle College of St. Benilde. He loves movies, comic books, video games and the WWE. He also likes to check out games and animated shows that are deemed underrated.

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  • Dragon Quest: Your Story is Coming to Netflix Next Month
    After waiting for quite a while, Netflix has finally revealed the release date for Dragon Quest: Your Story. Based on the critically acclaimed Dragon Quest V, Dragon Quest: Your Story is a CG-animated movie that retells its events but also drastically changes a few things up. The movie will be coming to the streaming service next month, right before Valentine’s Day actually, which could mean anime fans can “Netflix and Chill” with each other before the big day. That’s right, the Dragon Quest movie will be coming out on February 13 (via Gematsu), so if you’re a fan of the franchise, that’s when you’ll be able to see it. This could be a gateway for many to enjoy the long-running JRPG series and is one of the few ways fans can meet the Dragon Quest V characters since the game is hard to find on DS these days and no one wants to play it on mobile phones. While beautiful to look at, Dragon Quest: Your Story has been seen as controversial to folks in Japan. That means a lot since Dragon Quest is a huge franchise there, often outselling titles like Final Fantasy and anything on the Xbox One. People don’t like how the art style, while pretty to look at, differs greatly from the iconic drawings of Dragon Ball artist Akira Toriyama.  Changes were also made to the story. We won’t spoil it for those unaware but don’t expect a shot-for-shot recreation of Dragon Quest V. Dragon Quest: Your Story comes to Netflix on February 13. Read: Pokemon Mystery Dungeon Remake Announced for Nintendo Switch
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  • Vegeta is Humbled in Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot Launch Trailer
    Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot is coming out this Friday and fans of the hit anime are pumped to relive this story again, even if it’s the same story that every other game has covered. Sure, starting from the Saiyan Saga and ending with the Buu Saga isn’t anything new, and the trailers have not even bothered trying to keep things spoiler-free, but the fact that this is a semi-open-world action RPG makes things much more interesting. To celebrate the game’s Friday release, Bandai Namco has released a new “Vegeta” trailer, which is also the Kakarot launch trailer. We see Vegeta, as he witnesses the epic fight between Goku and Kid Buu. We then hear his inner monologue as a montage of gameplay footage is played, as he tells us why Goku is always better than him, even if he’s a genius and his rival isn’t. If you’ve watched the anime, this speech isn’t new to you but it’s still well done. Since Vegeta’s monologue does talk about Kakarot’s past, having footage from all of the DBZ arcs makes it a fitting narrative device. While some fans might take umbrage with the fact that all these trailers spoil the game, this plot is more than 20-years-old and people need to lay off. Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot comes out on PS4, Xbox One, and PC this Friday, on January 17. Read: Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot Opening Movie Will Have Fans Crying Tears of Joy
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  • Spider-Man and Wolverine are Joining the Fantastic Four (Again)
       Marvel’s Empyre event is an interesting one, having the Fantastic Four and Avengers team up to take on the combined Kree/Skrull army led by Teddy Altman, aka Young Avenger Hulkling. We know that the event is going to take these beloved characters to space and battle these aliens, hopefully in a fun and in-depth superhero story, but what will happen to the teams on Earth? Thanks to CBR, we now know that Wolverine and Spider-Man will be joining the Fantastic Four in Fantastic Four #21 during the Empyre event. Both characters have been in the Avengers and New Fantastic Four so it’s fitting that they fill in for the FF while they’re in space. To fill out the whole group, Franklin and Valeria Richards will also be on the team. Now, here’s the synopsis for Fantastic Four #21, written by Dan Slott and illustrated by Sean Izaakse: With the Fantastic Four neck–deep in the menace in space, who can Powerhouse and Brainstorm call upon to deal with the crisis down on Earth? Only Spider–Man and Wolverine, of course! Honestly, the best part about this Empyre tie-in is that Spider-Man and Wolverine will get actual Fantastic Four costumes. The designs are pretty cool and we all know Peter Parker has been dying to get his own blue and black FF costume, preferring that color scheme over his black and white Future Foundation outfit, though that suit is pretty cool in its own right. Fantastic Four #21 will be coming out this April. Read: Power Pack Returns as Marvel's Teenage Superheroes are Outlawed
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  • Paramount's Sonic the Hedgehog Movie Receives a PG Rating
       It seems like the Sonic the Hedgehog movie is rolling around at the speed of sound since it will be showing in theaters a month from now. While fans were initially down on it, due to that awful character design that became a meme mere moments after it came out, the new design made a lot of fans happy, with some even saying that they’ll watch the movie now because Paramount listened. Granted, they wouldn’t have had to spend millions of dollars and bankrupt an animation company if the company released a good design right off the gate but you can’t cry over spilled milk.   An excerpt of the MPAA classification. You can access it here: https://t.co/yCcadMMUhA pic.twitter.com/bRtiKoJKW1— Tails' Channel (@TailsChannel) January 15, 2020 Despite how old and creepy some of his fans are (seriously, the Sonic fandom can be pretty messed up), it’s been confirmed that Sonic the Hedgehog will be a PG movie. This makes a ton of sense since he is a cute, anthropomorphic creature designed to be a toy and video game so Paramount will want to sell his likeness to a lot of kids.  We’re sure there will be an occasional dirty joke here and there, not to mention a reference to his weird fanbase but this movie will be okay for kids. Will it actually be a quality movie though? We’re gonna have to wait and see, though we’ll be rooting for the blue blur and his myriad of furry sidekicks. Sonic the Hedgehog comes out on February 14. Read: Sonic the Hedgehog: Baby Sonic Gets His Own Adorable Poster
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  • Star Wars Releases Preview of Luke Skywalker Manga
        Ever since Star Wars: The Last Jedi came out, fans have been discussing the legacy of Luke Skywalker and if it has been ruined or made more prominent by the controversial film. As the fans debate that movie, along with the quality of The Rise of Skywalker, Disney and LucasFilm have plenty of merchandise to sell fans, like the upcoming manga Star Wars: The Legends of Luke Skywalker. Star Wars has decided to share a five-page preview of this manga, with the Jedi helping out an alien lady who is, well, just chilling if we’re being honest. Why they didn’t decide to share some cooler images of Luke swinging his lightsaber or using the force to push away some mooks is a mystery but we’re sure the manga has a bunch of that. Otherwise, what’s the point? (5/5) pic.twitter.com/dBTWVXzv5H — Star Wars (@starwars) January 14, 2020 The Legends of Luke Skywalker was considered by many to be a lost piece of Star Wars media for some time, with most fans assuming that it would never get a Western release. Now that the internet has made manga more popular and accessible, it’s nice to finally see this Star Wars manga in English.  Will it be canon? Probably not but that shouldn’t matter. Fans should just want to read good stories featuring their favorite characters, especially if it’s someone as revered as Luke Skywalker. Star Wars: The Legends of Luke Skywalker is now available in comic book shops and bookstores. Read: The Rise of Skywalker has Now Grossed More Than a Billion in the Box Office
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  • The Best Crisis on Infinite Earths Cameo That Wasn't Ezra Miller
        Crisis on Infinite Earths is over and many will agree that it was an amazing crossover, with tons of cameos and epic scenes that made it a DC fan’s wet dream. Some crossovers fans ended up going gaga for included Brandon Routh’s Kingdom Come Superman, Kevin Conroy’s killer Batman, and Burt Ward’s elderly Robin, to name a few. Of course, there was also Ezra Miller’s Flash, which broke the internet since no one expected to see a DCEU/DC-CW crossover in this lifetime. However, if you ask any hardcore comic book fan who had the best cameo, it was Marv Wolfman, who wrote the original Crisis on Infinite Earths maxi-series in the late ‘80s. He appears in Crisis on Infinite Earths Part 5 after the heroes seemingly fixed reality, asking Supergirl and Flash for an autograph, telling them to dedicate it to “Marv,” which was the big giveaway.   Caught up on the last 2 episodes of #CrisisOnInfiniteEarths. That was FUN! So many deep cuts. And much like the original COIE, this one was made both by-and-for those who dearly love the DCU. Can't wait to see where the DC/CW shows go from here! My favorite cameo of all 5 parts: pic.twitter.com/Cl0pVHaHLE — Dan Slott 2⚙️2⚙️ (@DanSlott) January 15, 2020 Plenty of comic book fans are also loving the fact that he got the autographs of The Flash and Supergirl, two characters who died during the original events of the comic. Both characters sacrificed their lives to protect everyone, with Barry Allen destroying a base at maximum speed, while Supergirl fought the Anti-Monitor and died in the process.  Both characters would stay dead for years before they were resurrected, with Barry coming back during Final Crisis while Kara reemerged with a new origin in Batman/Superman. Expect a future Blu-ray release for Crisis on Infinite Earths. Fans interested in the work of Marv Wolfman should check out the original Crisis story in comic book shops and bookstores. Read: Crisis on Infinite Earths Part 4 has an Epic DCEU Cameo
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  • Sony's Silver and Black Spider-Man Spin-off Could End Up Being a Show ...
        Silver and Black, the weird Sony/Marvel movie that will star Silver Sable and Black Cat, might be getting reworked into a television series. Fans know that the movie was taken off Sony’s production schedule, which likely has to do with getting a proper script that will entertain people and a number of fans assumed that this ill-fated concept would be thrown in the dumpster. That isn’t the case since rumor has it that Sony will try to turn this into a series. The rumor from FandomWire states that changes were made due to Sony working on a number of Spider-Man-based shows. Since these characters are always associated with Spider-Man, it would make some sense to try and make this a television show, rather than a movie. Personally, I’d rather they focus on a solo Black Cat project since Silver Sable is nowhere near as interesting. Last time we heard from Silver and Black, Gina Prince-Bythewood was going to direct, though no major casting announcements were revealed. That’s still the case now since very little has been shown of this team-up experiment. I suppose Morbius being a success would help since it will get people to give these Sony/Marvel movies more of a chance but let’s wait and see. Remember; Venom made a ton of money and is getting a sequel. If Morbius does well, we wouldn’t be too shocked to see Silver and Black, or some other Spider-Man character, get another shot at stardom. Morbius is currently slated for a July 31 release. Read: Jared Leto on Why He Chose to Play Morbius
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  • One Fan Lost a Ton of Weight Thanks to Pokemon GO
        Despite a lot of naysayers and elitists claiming that it was just a fad, Pokemon GO seems to be stronger than ever, making a ton of money and releasing more updates that have made it a ton of fun. While a lot of us wish that the game had launched with some of these features, the fact that it got a ton of people to leave their house, socialize, and exercise a bit can’t be understated. Tommy, a fan who has been struggling with weight issues, released a video in collaboration with developer Niantic about how he ended up losing a ton of weight by playing Pokemon GO. It seems that his weight issues were so severe that he didn’t recognize who he was anymore and originally used the mobile game as an excuse to have 20-minute walks. In the end, the game ended up helping him have a regular exercise routine that worked really well for him. It also helps that playing Pokemon GO helped him make a number of new friends, which is almost-always a positive. You can make all your jokes about how GO isn’t a “real” Pokemon game but it still has a lot of fans and the fact that it helped this person can’t be ignored. Whether you want to try losing weight or just need an excuse to get out of the house, check out Pokemon GO right now on iOS and Android devices. Read: Pokemon Mystery Dungeon Remake Announced for Nintendo Switch
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  • New Stargirl Trailer Features the JSA and S.T.R.I.P.E.
       If you’re a JSA fan and want to see more of them outside of the comics, the latest Stargirl trailer is for you. While the series does reek of The CW, its effects are better than usual and we get to see a live-action version of the Justice Society of America. That probably shouldn’t be too surprising since the character is linked heavily to the group, especially towards the end of the New 52, but this is still a nice development. Fans of the original Stargirl will also be happy to see S.T.R.I.P.E., who is briefly seen powering up. The robot was a mainstay in the series Stargirl first became popular on, Stars and S.T.R.I.P.E., and it will be interesting to see how these two get along in the show. Oh, we also get to see the JSA members meet Stargirl, which is all sorts of interesting. Of course, what really got the attention of fans was the photo in the trailer that features the “old” JSA in this universe. It looks a lot like that one Alex Ross cover of JSA, which might have been intentional, and even has characters most of us didn’t expect, like the Jay Garrick version of The Flash and Hawkman, along with more obscure heroes like The Outsider and Doctor Fate. Just cool stuff all around. Stargirl will be coming to the DC Universe streaming service this Spring. It will then air on The CW a day after, so everyone wins. Read: First Stargirl Trailer Details Her Origin and Name-Drops the Justice Society
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  • Jared Leto on Why He Chose to Play Morbius
        Sony finally released the first trailer to Morbius and fans were surprised to see how decent it was. Sure, it’s not the most fascinating movie out there but the shots are cool, Jared Leto is acting well in it, and it’s connected to the MCU Spider-Man movies. That isn’t a spoiler either since Michael Keaton’s Adrian Toomes appears at the end of the trailer, which is pretty cool. That being said, many fans have wondered why an actor of Leto’s caliber would star as a D-list Marvel character. Sure, the character is a fun on-again-off-again ally to Spider-Man but there aren’t that many intriguing storylines featuring the character, though he does have his moments. Speaking with IGN, Leto discussed how Morbius “isn’t your grandfather’s superhero” and why he’s intrigued by the character. "Inside of Morbius, there's a person who has a moral code. There's a good person. Ultimately it's that common struggle between good and evil. And, I guess, we'll see what ultimately prevails. That's what I like a lot about this movie. We're not walking such a clear path. There's not a clear line between what's right and what's wrong. There's some gray area there. And Morbius is an imperfect person." Having a morally gray character is always intriguing and we hope that Sony does a good job with this film. Then again, Venom wasn’t a “good” movie and that got a lot of money. To be fair, Tom Hardy was really good in Venom and Jared Leto could also be awesome in this movie. Morbius will be coming out on July 31. Read: Morbius Ending Might Have Been Spoiled in First Trailer
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