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5 REASONS TO GET EXCITED ABOUT- Attack on Titan (Shingeki no Kyojin) Series 2!

20130617041535a0di52mlkhbv0psq“There is a wild fire inside you, burning desire you can’t extinguish

Your crimson arrow rips through the twilight; this is the moment for war!”

Guren No Yumiya- Attack on Titan theme- Linked Horizon/Hiroyuki Sawano- English lyrics by Ama Lee

 

Attack on Titan Series 2 is on! In Japanese- English dubs won’t be for a while.

Doctor Who is also back- but it’s AoT that I’m more excited about, which may seem strange from all the Who-related stuff I’ve been writing/filming/posting over the past few years.

Anyway, Tiglet joined the Survey Corp and came up with Five Reasons he’s excited about it-

 

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WHY is there a Titan in The Wall?

The second biggest twist of the finale- a bit of wall coming loose and the face of another colossal Titan revealed. Another mystery.

 

4)-

What Happens to Annie?

She’s in a crystalline cocoon, deep underground. What will happen when she wakes up? Did she do that to protect the identities of the other Human Titans? I know who the Colossal and Armoured ones are, only because I looked up the Manga on Wikipedia and it gives ALL the details!

 

3)-

A Major Character dies.

Again, because of the Manga/Wikipedia I know who it is, but not how, so have deliberately not read that far ahead. Will the Second series have that in it?

 

2)-

Titans DEFENDING Humans/The Wall???

WHAT? Why might be a more pertinent question. That raises the question of who actually built it, it would have taken a very long time, as it encompasses most of Europe (even though the series is made in Japan, the setting is futuristic/post-apocalyptic Europe)

 

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What’s in the basement of Erin’s House?

Something they set out to do, but never completed because of Annie, but the secret of Erin’s transformation and maybe how Human/Titan hybrids are made could be there. And since Erin’s Father has disappeared, he could be the one with all the answers, I just don’t know.

So there are a lot of questions that could get answered in the second series.

We’ll just have to wait and see won’t we?

 

“Song for the Reluctant Heroes,

Oh give me your strength,

our life is too short.

Song for the Reluctant Heroes.

I wanna be brave, like you.

From my Heart”-

Reluctant Heroes- Hiroyuki Sawano and MPI

 

 

 

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5 REASONS I’M LOOKING FORWARD TO ROGUE 1

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1)The Original Opening Crawl intro-

“IT IS A PERIOD OF CIVIL WAR. REBEL SPACESHIPS, STRIKING FROM A HIDDEN BASE HAVE WON THEIR FIRST VICTORY AGAINST THE EVIL GALACTIC EMPIRE.

DURING THE BATTLE, REBEL SPIES MANAGED TO STEAL SECRET PLANS TO THE EMPIRE’S SECRET WEAPON, THE DEATH STAR, AN ARMOURED SPACE STATION WITH ENOUGH POWER TO DESTROY AN ENTIRE PLANET”

Star wars 1977 original opening crawl text.

So, here it is, 39 years later- the film based on that background text that introduced the very first Star Wars movie, later renamed A New Hope and the Fourth Episode of a projected nine. It’s got a heap of expectations on it though.

2) Hints in other media-

There was a radio play set beforehand and some of the novels had their own interpretation. The Han Solo Trilogy by AC Crispin told of a raid on Toprawa by Bria Tharen and Red Hand Squad. Battlefront 2 on the PS2 had a breakout on the Death Star and plans transmitted to Polis Massa and then the Tantive 4. So this would be the fourth version, since Disney took over and everything written beforehand has been shunted into a parallel universe, giving them a blank slate. (Although Grand Admiral Thrawn is turning up in Rebels series 3, which means they haven’t jettisoned everything like a load of Spice from the spice mines of Kessel then)

3) “That’s no moon, it’s a space station”

Obi Wans ominous recognition of the sheer, err enormity of the problem facing them is played well. The look of horror on his face as the Millennium Falcon approaches the Death Star is priceless- Immense, powerful, the ultimate power in the universe! About time it was revisited, shiny and new!

4) Obi Wan’s Narration over The First Trailer-

“For a thousand Generations the Jedi were the Guardians of peace and justice in the Old Republic. Before the Dark Times, before The Empire.”

As a Tie Fighter soars over a jungle, the outline of the Death Star is seen for the first time- an iconic image and one that sent a shiver up my spine! The trailers since then have built upon that, as well as giving more tantalising glimpses into the characters (and ships/vehicles- the AT-AT’s are back!)

5) There’s more to come!

If I was going to be cynical, then I’d say since taking over the franchise, Disney has upped its marketing and merchandising, milking the SW cashcow for all it’s worth.

Well, I won’t. Like I stated earlier, Lucasfilm has created a blank slate between Return of the Jedi and The New Trilogy. Rebels has been pretty good. The Live-action series has yet to materialise, but a number of spin-off/stand alone films has been announced. Boba Fett, Han Solo and even Yoda are getting their own films, but I’d love to see some of the Beings from the Cantina get their own film- Muftak the Talz or a Snaggletooth movie! Yeah, that could work- explore the difference between the tall blue snaggletooth’s and the smaller red ones! Maybe the red support the Empire and the rarer blues the Rebellion maybe?

Come on Lucasfilm, get it done!

 

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Events- FOR THE LOVE OF SCI-FI COSPLAY SHOOT

15107379_10209735684622581_4515850338791953191_n-copyIt’s been a yet another manic Sunday as I headed off on an epic journey to Trafford Park in Manchester for the inaugural FOR THE LOVE OF SCI-FI weekend at Bowlers Exhibition Centre.

A bit further out of my way than usual with a stroll near the Bridgewater canal along a stretch I didn’t do in my epic hike two years ago from Runcorn to Manchester, but it was a very nice day, if a bit on the chilly side of the Force (but not Hoth-cold, if you get what I mean!)

From just-after sunrise to just-before sunset I got 360 pictures and video footage. Going through that was epic enough, cutting 45 and looking at what could make it into a video. Here’s a taster- something that’s not your average Cosplay Contest- there wasn’t one, but an epic Star Wars themed shoot as Uncle George corralled as many Cosplayers as possible into a corner. I immediately found the best vantage point, practically invading the stage, but the results were well-worth the effort.

I also noticed it was a bit Christmassy- several Leia’s and Han’s, Eight Stormtroopers, Six Jawas, a few Bounty Hunters, Three Imperial Royal Guards, Two Tie Fighter Pilots and Scout Troopers, One Wookie/Moff Tarkin/Darth Vader/Darth Maul/Lando and an R2D2 rolling up late! (But not in a Pear tree it has to be said!)

So just need to edit/process the pictures and make a video- no pressure there then! Think it’ll be later in the week, still haven’t finished sorting Wholock photos from LAST weekend- oops, better get my skates on like Yuri then!

 

Thanks to George for directing the Troops!

Thanks to Delroy, Camille and all the Cosplayers!

 

Thanks to the Andy and the Organisers for putting on an AWESOME event!

http://www.fortheloveofscifi.com

 

Special thanks to Vayle Mystery/Skyborn for the fantastic Cover Theme-

Star Wars- Throne Room Rock anthem!

On Youtube and Facebook.

 

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Tigletverse Photography on Facebook and Pinterest-

Facebook.com/mrtigletstravels

Facebook.com/infinitewhoniverses

 

Full video of event coming soon!

A TIGLETVERSE PRESENTATION 2016

 

“THE FORCE IS STRONG IN THIS ONE!”

 

 

700th Blogpost- Events- Rozanne Bell Exhibition @Unicorn Gallery, Widnes

030It can be interesting sometimes when you pass by places on the bus or train and something reaches out and grabs your attention by the jugular.

A sign on the window of Unicorn Gallery said ‘Meet celebrated artist Rozanne Bell’. Since I hadn’t the foggiest who she was, I googled her, found her website and was amazed by the quality and scope of her artwork.

Greeted enthusiastically by her dog Hector and a glass of mulled wine, I stepped out of my comfort zone and into a whole other universe- Fine Art, very fine indeed as I examined a couple of paintings. The Meadows one stood out.

I asked Rozanne about a couple of details, mainly her use of glitter, as it tends to get everywhere when I use it, but in her pictures, it is very fine and expertly applied. She said she sprays it on, but if I tried that, I’d probably get it in my hair and everywhere but the picture! The Meadow full of flowers was intrically woven together, as with all her paintings, a mixture of layered images, made up of glitter, resin, oils, inks, gessos, gold and silver leaf, all vibrantly mixed and organised in an iconic and unique way. So unique that each painting is slightly varied, maybe in colour or slight change of detail, but no two are exactly the same.

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Her other works on show include Wildflower Beach, Bejewelled skies over windmill, Red lane and many other pieces. I have to say I really like Starry night with its full, yellow/orange moon over the bay. The moons in her pictures are much more impressive than the so-called Super moons I’ve seen recently, but that’s just me!

Looking around the Gallery, I saw some other interesting pieces by artists like Steven Scholes, Paul Ehlen, Joan Puerto and Gisela Ueberall, particularly upstairs. Rozanne Bell’s Exhibition is still on for another week until the 26th November. Prices range from £515- £1295.

An interesting glimpse into a versatile and very imaginative Artist. Rozanne is off to Tavistock Picture Framing Galleries in Devon next week with New York and several other prints.

Unicorn Gallery, Widnes is open 9AM-5PM (Closed Sunday and Thursday)-

http://originalpaintings.com/forthcoming_exhibitions.htm

Tavistock Picture Framing-

http://www.tavistockgallery.com/

Rozanne Bell-

http://www.rozanne-bell.com/

https://www.facebook.com/rozannebellartist/

Tigletverse Photography page-

https://www.facebook.com/MrTigletsTravels/

 

 

 

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Anime 101- Attack on Titan (Shingeki no Kyojin)

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“There is a wild fire inside you, burning desire you can’t extinguish

Your crimson arrow rips through the twilight; this is the moment for war!”

Guren No Yumiya- Attack on Titan theme- Linked Horizon/Hiroyuki Sawano- English lyrics by Ama Lee

I can’t believe how much the Anime Attack on Titan has smashed its way into my life and grabbed my imagination over the last few months.

I’ve been aware of it for some time, but after a friend cosplayed the Colossal Titan, I watched the whole First Series, in a week. It also helped that I got into the soundtrack at the same time, and bought the first issue of the manga.

“The Peaceful times are what make us blind”- Reluctant Heroes- Hiroyuki Sawano and MPI

I thought the jackets were reminiscent of Battlestar Galactica, but this ain’t any Space Opera but a dystopian tale of a Human city under siege by people-eating giants called Titans.

“You can’t hide yourself, you can’t run, we’re fighting for our lives and we just cannot lose again. There’s not much time, be ready to fight. Do it!”- DOA- Hiroyuki Sawano and Aimee Blackschleger

When young Eren Jaeger witnesses his mother being eaten, he escapes with friends Mikasa and Armin and swears revenge. He trains hard and graduates with a number of others just in time to witness a Colossal Titan break through another wall.

 

SPOILER ALERT AHEAD!

 

In a shocking twist,

 

(You’ve been told once, last chance to turn back before the spoiler- LAST WARNING!!!)

 

Eren somehow manages to transform himself into a Titan and begins his mission of vengeance. (I did warn you twice you know!) This shocking Revelation has far-reaching repercussions for both civilian and military castes of the city, culminating in a truly shocking finale.

“One on the right, two on the left.” “Captain, the reinforcements are here Sir.” “Good, tend to our comrade below Petra. You two, take out the one to the right. The pair on the left belong to me”

Captain Levi of the Survey Corps- Episode 9

Two of my favourite characters debut in episode 9- Captain Levi and Zoe Hange are in the Survey Corps, who go beyond the walls to fight the Titans. Levi has an amazing introduction to the tune of Reluctant Heroes while Hange is the crazy scientist who studies Titans

Levi pulls no punches, especially with Eren. His backstory is told in a spin-off called No Regrets and is an excellent intro to Levi.

“You’re sure in a talkative mood today.” “So what if I am? Doesn’t mean I was talking to you.”

Eren and Levi. Episode 24

What makes AoT work is its emotional depth, Japanese Anime is vastly different from Western Cartoons and is more mature and complex than most of what I grew up with, though Transformers itself was a westernised variation of Anime. This is quite action packed, brutal and graphic in its depiction of a dystopic society, the Titan threat a backdrop to the characters journeys and the political factions within the Walls.

“So you can’t fly if you never try”- Reluctant Heroes- Hiroyuki Sawano and MPI

Not really being into Manga/Anime, AoT has become something of a benchmark to measure up against. And I have watched so many, tried a lot but only stuck with a few- Owari no Seraph/Rwby/Miraculous Ladybug/Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress and Ai no Exorcist are current favourites, though I have watched bits of shows like Fate:Stay/Night, Fairytail, Beelzebob, Naruto and Pokemon, which always goes over my head!

“I lost my dreams, in this disaster”- Calling out Your Name- Hiroyuki Sawano, MPI and CASG

The soundtrack album is also amazing. The music of Hiroyuki Sawano is comparable to Western composers like John Williams and John Barry (yes he is THAT good!) I love Reluctant Heroes/DOA/Calling out your Name/Vogel im Kofig and all the other tracks, although I prefer the first opening theme tune, Guren no Yumiya rather than the second- Jiyuu no Tsubasa. I do hope they return to the first theme in the second series.

Overall- 10 Billion/10 Billion- yes it is that good!

Now all we need is Series Two!

 

“Song for the Reluctant Heroes,

Oh give me your strength,

our life is too short.

Song for the Reluctant Heroes.

I wanna be brave, like you.

From my Heart”-

Reluctant Heroes- Hiroyuki Sawano and MPI

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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Attack_on_Titan#Anime

 

 

 

Anything can happen Tuesday!

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Well, I went walking anyway! I did start by working on a superhero short story for an anthology submission, but my family were driving me crazy, so got out of the house and headed west into Liverpool. I thought why stop there and then thought-let’s get out further, see how far I could go. So got to the far side of the Wirral and thought- why isn’t there a ferry over or a tunnel under the Dee so I could get to Wales? Damn, so went on a circular amble from West Kirby up to Hoylake then along the beach and back down to the Marine Lake.

Might not sound that exciting, but it helped me complete a section of the Wirral Circular Trail I had not done before (just leaving a section between Hooton and Eastham to do- huzzah!) and giving me space to clear my head and get a bit of inspiration. I have to say I am chuffed with the results, four new vids in a day and an interesting NEW Series- I have had a few ideas of what to do next, though I’m back in work so there’s a time and locale limit- basically having to get to Chester every day, no matter where I go.

So, there we are, Anything Can Happen Tuesdays have begun!!!

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