Kaldath’s Corner: Review – SCANDAL “Take Me Out”

EDIT - I replaced the video with a version that has english subtitles

Hello Folks, It's me Kaldath with my first true post here in what seems forever. I am still not 100% and will not be returning full time for some time yet however I am feeling reasonably well today, at least while under the effects of my pain killers so I figured since my favorite band "SCANDAL"  just dropped a new video for their latest single  "Take Me Out" that i'd do a quick review.

First let me share the video. The only place I could find it at the moment was on the SCANDAL Heaven Facebook page which you can watch below:

Well now for the review.  At first I didn't think I was going to like this song because it starts out feeling way to "popish" for my tastes, but it quickly grew on me especially at around the 1 minute mark when the pace and sound transform to a more standard SCANDAL rock sound. I haven't yet seen an english translation for the song and my own poor japanese is no where near ready to try and translate it especially with my most recent medical issues disrupting my study so I have no idea what they are saying and don't know what the girl performing martial arts in the middle of a bust tokyo street has to do with the song but I have to say the visuals are very nice indeed! Speaking of visuals I have to take a moment to say that I think Mami's hair ( the lead guitar player ) looks fantastic in this video with her current dye job but I kind of question the rest of her fashion sense as I think she does not look all that flattering in the ultra baggy clothes she is wearing.

Back to the Song. While I enjoy Haruna's voice and her singing is superb I find myself disappointed that they are continuing to follow the trend from their last album "Yellow" of focusing on her as the only "lead" singer instead of the more typical format of sharing the singing with Tomomi and occasionally Mami. All four ladies in the band are excellent singers and though like I said I enjoy Haruna's singing I would like to hear more from the others, Especially Tomomi ( I just adore Tomo's voice ) . In the end I have to give "Take Me Out" a rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars. It is an enjoyable song with a nice video but not quite up to their old music in my book!

The List: Top 10 Comic Book Characters/ Teams That Should Get Their Own Live Action TV Show

The last few years have seen a renaissance in live action superhero TV shows, with Marvel fielding Agents Of Shield, Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Iron Fist, Punisher, Luke Cage etc. and DC giving us The Flash, Arrow, Supergirl and Legends Of Tomorrow. But there is still untapped potential in the medium and lots of characters, not just from Marvel and DC, that deserve a shot in a series on the small screen.

WARNING: Opinions ahead. Not saying your opinions are wrong, it's just mine are better. 😉

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Character Design Challenge #180- Team-Up

Ok guys, for this weeks contest I want you to create a superhero team. You must include all members in 1 image and you cannot include any less than 3 members. The characters must be identifiable as a team, not just a random group of superheroes thrown together, so think Fantastic Four more than The Avengers.

As per usual, no limits on entries this week and the contest will close at midnight Saturday (blog time). Please read the contest rules before entering, have fun and good luck.

Rules for posts, contests, and challenges that I am hosting: Original characters only, no copyrighted characters, no characters based on copyrighted characters, no characters based on RPG’s or other games. The characters must be your own design and not based on any character that might be copyrighted in any way. I have the right to delete any post that I believe crosses this line without warnings. Only post characters that you have either created for this contest specifically or you know for certain have never been entered to a contest before. If you aren’t certain, don’t enter it, because I’m not going to go back through all of the contests and check.

Justice League ComicCon Trailer

Thoughts guys?

Character Design Challenge #179 (Inspired By Music) Winner

Winner: Melmo44- Frozen Steel

The List: Top 10 Characters I’d Like To See In An X-Men Live Action TV Show

Ok, so following on from the news that Marvel and Fox are going to be working together on an X-Men TV show, I thought "why not do a list about it?" Originally I was going to do a list of X-Men characters I want to see in upcoming X-Men films, but that can be a list for another day.

I will not be including any characters that have already appeared in the X-Men films, so you won't see Wolverine, Cyclops, Storm, Nightcrawler (even though he would probably be perfect for a TV show), Jean Grey et al. This is because I'm going to assume they are going to focus on less well-known characters in the show.

But with that, on with the list.

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Character Design Challenge #179- Inspired By Music

So, for this weeks contest we're going back to an old favourite theme of mine. This week you must create an image inspired by a piece of music. It can be any kind of image (within the standard rules obviously) but you must include a link to the song that inspired your entry (a youtube or soundcloud link please, for simplicities sake).

As per usual, no limits on entries this week and the contest will close at midnight Saturday (blog time). Please read the contest rules before entering, have fun and good luck.

Rules for posts, contests, and challenges that I am hosting: Original characters only, no copyrighted characters, no characters based on copyrighted characters, no characters based on RPG’s or other games. The characters must be your own design and not based on any character that might be copyrighted in any way. I have the right to delete any post that I believe crosses this line without warnings. Only post characters that you have either created for this contest specifically or you know for certain have never been entered to a contest before. If you aren’t certain, don’t enter it, because I’m not going to go back through all of the contests and check.

Character Design Challenge #178 (TGT: Pirates) Winner

Honourable Mentions: HerrD- The Charade Of Undead Pirate Simms & djuby- Steampunk Pirate

Winner: Vampyrist- Greco Bloodeye

KHU

Hey eveyone, I am here with another KHU ( Kaldath Health Update). Going to try and keep this brief as sitting at my computer hurts my chest and I hate using my phone to write posts. Bad news first, the daptomycin that I am taking to battle the MRSA continues to  cause me a little more pain everyday. Everyday I am on the stuff I find it harder to make it through the day without having to resort to percription pain killler and the less ibuprofen and tylenol help me. To make matters worse I had car troubles the other day and in the process of getting the car running again ended up spraining my wrist which just adds another spot of pain to my already growing list.

The good news, my left shoulder which has been in agony for over a month now due to the infection has begun to feel better. The pain is mostly gone so long as I do not over do things with it which is hard not to do at times considering I am left handed.  Also since I had gotten out of the hospital ( the first time ) I have been very sensitive to cold temps. What used to feel comfortable for me in the past is suddenly now freezing cold,. Not sure if this is due to the Mrsa, my medications or a combination of the two, however things have begun to improve on that front in the last couple days. While I find the temps my family keep the houses Air conditioner set to still to be comfortably  chilly I no longer need to put on a jacket and wrap myself in a blanket to stay warm. So in summation pain is still a very big issue with me at the moment but there are some promising signs that the meds are working to knock this nasty infection right out of me!

STOP PRESS: Marvel and Fox working on possible X-Men TV show?

Ok, so this might be the most interesting and exciting news since.... I don't know, a long time probably. Fox and Marvel appear to have to come to a deal that will see the two collaborate on an X-Men live action TV show.

The project is currently unnamed and probably isn't going to be what you'd first expect. The current information is that it will focus on a family who discover that their son has mutant powers and have to go on the run from a hostile government and find refuge with an underground group/ network of mutants.

There's a lot of different ways this could go, because of how loose the current plot description is. They don't mention any characters involved, so the mutant son could be any major or minor X-Men character. A hostile government suggests Sentinels, but that isn't confirmed and an underground network of mutants could be any number of groups from the X-Men franchise, be it the X-Men themselves (as a more gritty and realistic imagining) it could be one of the newer X-Factor groups or, hell, it could even mean the Morlocks. It also hasn't been stated whether or not this will tie in with the X-Men film series. If it does, then we are likely to see a focus on less well known characters that haven't featured or haven't featured heavily in the films. If it doesn't, then we could see reimagining's of everyone's favourite mutants for an episodic format.

The most exciting thing about this whole thing however is the fact that Marvel and Fox are working together on this project. Now, I can't be the only one who sees this and immediately thinks, Marvel have the MCU, Fox have X-Men and The Fantastic Four, they are collaborating on a project together involving one of those groups.... so X-Men for MCU? It is way too early to know what is going to happen here, but as with Spider-Man, if some sort of deal can be worked out both sides make ALL OF THE MONEY, and the fans literally lose all of their minds, all of them. Because who doesn't want to see the X-Men in the MCU, especially if this TV series doesn't have anything to do with the film series, because then you don't have to worry about fitting the X-Men films stupidly complicated timeline in with the MCU.

You can read the full article as published by Variety here. Thoughts down in the comments below people. I'm sure there's going to be a lot of you who are excited about this project.

And with that.

JR out.