5 Reasons To Be Excited For 'Code Geass: Lelouch Of The Re;surrection'

5 Reasons To Be Excited For 'Code Geass: Lelouch Of The Re;surrection'

For all "Code Geass" fans like me, it has been about eleven years from the anime show's end and I am really excited to hear about this film.

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The newest and most anticipated "Code Geass" film, "Code Geass: Lelouch of the Re;surrection" has officially landed in theaters in Japan on February 9th, 2019. For all "Code Geass" fans like me, it has been about eleven years from the anime show's end and I am really excited to hear about this film. This anime, "Code Geass" is part of my childhood alongside the other animes that I love such as "Inuyasha" and "Naruto." This anime portrays Lelouch Lamperouge, the main protagonist, who is unsatisfied in living in Britannia because of its violent ways and its evil ruler, Charles Vi Britannia, who is Lelouch's father. He wants to make Britannia a better place for him and his "blind" sister, Nunnally. Then, after he encounters a beautiful, green-haired immortal witch named C.C, who gives him a power called Geass, which allows Lelouch to control his opponent into obeying his command through eye contact. With this power, Lelouch becomes a kind of heroic figure to people's eyes called Zero. Afterwards, C.C and Lelouch become accomplices in taking over Britannia. Things become hectic for Lelouch when he also finds out that his childhood friend, Suzaku Kururugi works for Britannia. So with tears of joy, I am glad to see this anime again to be on screen. From looking at the trailers, I am happy to see the animation is as beautiful as ever. Therefore, from these trailers, I can give 5 things to look forward about this film:

1. The story shows the aftermath from the original anime, "Code Geass"

From the trailers, they say it takes place after one year from the original anime of "Code Geass" or "Code Geass R2," which is the second season of "Code Geass." This is after when Lelouch, with the help of C.C. and Suzaku, has accomplished taking over Britannia by becoming emperor and defeating his father which has resulted in everyone being fearful of him towards the end. Due to the people's fear, Lelouch decides to sacrifice himself which has finally made peace for everyone, including his sister, Nunnally. From this, Lelouch tells Suzaku to become Zero. Unfortunately, new villains have appeared in this film and attacked Zero, who is Suzaku now, and captures Nunnally who had just become part of the most important assets of ruling Britannia. What will happen?

2. The characters' comeback

The characters such as C.C., Suzaku, Nunnally, and Kallen are all back. All "Code Geass" fans want to know on what these characters have been up to since Lelouch's sacrifice. Especially now that there are villains coming towards them. How will they cope with this? Will they fight this villain? Will these characters see each other again and fight this new villain together?

3. The songs of the film to look forward to

From the trailers, I heard two new great songs. One of them is called Ko no Sekai De by Leo Ieiri. It is a humble melodic song that later becomes stronger when the action is shown in the trailers. This song for me, alludes the shocking events that are happening in the film which also gives the popping question of what will happen to our beloved "Code Geass" characters. In addition, the song that struck me the most is the song, Revive by Unione. This song is really uplifting in the trailer. This song also causes me to be awestruck when the strong chorus plays as the trailer begins with the close up of Lelouch Lamperouge being alive in the trailer. This is the point where all "Code Geass" fans are surprised and happy that Lelouch is still alive, especially that Nunnally needs to be saved. In other words, this is the song that is perfect to celebrate Lelouch Lamperouge's comeback, especially it's been about eleven years after the end of "Code Geass R2."

4. Lelouch is alive

Like mentioned before, Lelouch is alive! When I saw Lelouch Lamperouge in the trailer, I was jumping in joy. It is great seeing him again. How will the other characters react to this? How did Lelouch come back to life? From the trailer, one can see that Lelouch Lamperouge holds a geass mark on his collarbone. This means that Lelouch has gained immortality probably from defeating his father, who also has Geass. Then, this means Lelouch is immortal like C.C. What does this mean? Where has Lelouch been all this time? Can't wait to have these questions answered in the film.

5. C.C. and Lelouch

Yes, of course. I love shipping OTPS, especially from this anime, "Code Geass." When I have begun watching the anime a long time ago, I have been supporting the ship of Lelouch Lamperouge with C.C. They are known as the Prince and Witch or Accomplices couple of the anime. Lelouch and C.C have been together for a very long time in the original anime series. C.C is always understanding what Lelouch thinks while Lelouch is always demanding C.C to tell him her wish according to their contract. Lelouch and C.C genuinely care about each other especially when they discuss about their purpose in life and their future plans.

Now, from looking at the trailer of the film, one can see that C.C is reaching out to someone many times in the trailers and one can see her with tears coming out of her eyes. What kind of scene is this from the film, I wonder? I have a few more questions in regards to this film: how will C.C and Lelouch meet each other again? How will they react with each other? Will Lelouch finally seal the contract with C.C? Does the OTP of C.C and Lelouch become canon? What will happen at the end of the film between these two? These are the most important questions for me in this film.

I am very excited to watch this "Code Geass" fan!

I hope C.C. and Lelouch become canon.

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If You Remember 'Shazaam,' The Movie That Doesn't Exist, You Aren't Alone

A scientific phenomenon or a massive conspiracy?
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Anyone who has ever misplaced an item or gotten in a feud about what really happened at the last party they attended can affirm that sometimes our memories can be unreliable. Misremembering an event is by no means unheard of or uncommon, but what if it was not just you who misremembered that event. What if a whole bunch of people misremembered the same exact thing even if there is no evidence to support it?

If you were a kid or teenager growing up in the '90s, you might remember a movie called ‘Shazaam’ with popular television comedian Sinbad playing the principle role of a genie. As the plot goes, two children (a pre-teen boy and his younger sister) find a genie in a lamp and decide to use their wishes to restore love to their single father’s life. It is a comedic tale involving the genie and children who use their three wishes for domestic activities, often failing comically. The culmination of the movie takes place at a pool party related to the father’s work in which the children successfully use their final wish to make their father happy. What a marvelously cheesy ending!

Some of you reading this might be nodding, recalling having watched this movie, and you are not alone. There is a large community of people who can remember quite vividly watching this movie with their friends and family. So what seems to be the problem? Well, the movie ‘Shazaam’ does not exist, and it never has. The rumor of its existence has gained so much traction that even Sinbad himself had to set the record straight on Twitter.

You can scramble the Internet and old video stores nationwide, but you will not find any proof that there ever was a movie named ‘Shazaam’ with Sinbad playing a genie. If you are at all dismayed by this fact, you are not the only one.

An ever-growing number of confused '90s kids have flocked to the Internet to adamantly insist that there was indeed a movie called ‘Shazam,’ and Sinbad was definitely in it. Just peruse the countless threads about it online, and you will find that there are hundreds of people who can provide their own accounts of having seen the movie. Most people agree that the movie was released in 1994 and concur with the supposed movie plot described above.

How is it that so many different people can all recall specific details of a movie that does not exist? The ‘Shazaam’ case has come to be known as a famous example of the "Mandela Effect," a term coined by author and researcher of the paranormal, Fiona Broome, creator of mandelaeffect.com, which is defined as “a collective misremembering of a fact or event."

The name “Mandela Effect” came from the most famous case of the Mandela Effect involving the shocking amount of people who believe that former South African President Nelson Mandela died while in prison, when the truth holds that he was released in 1990 and died in 2013.

Another famous example of the Mandela Effect is the common misremembering of the Bible verse Isaiah 11:6. A large amount of people, including many priests who were interviewed, will swear that the verse reads “The lion also shall dwell with the lamb...” but pull out your trusty Bible and the correct verse is “The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb.” This verse discrepancy makes many Christians uneasy because the protective image of a lion is replaced with the crafty and destructive image of a wolf. Some even believe that the verse change is a sign of the existence of the antichrist.

There is even scene in the 1941 movie ‘Sergeant York’ in which the character Gracie walks past an old man in a rocking chair who recites the Bible verse using the lion, which has many people firmly insisting that the correct version includes a lion, but that something in recent history has caused it to be changed.

Some examples of smaller instances of the Mandela Effect are the common misrememberings of the name of the classic animated TV show, “Berenstain Bears” (most people remember it as “Berenstein Bears”), the existence of a dash in the brand name “KitKat” (there has never been one), and other misspellings of logos.

Many conspirators believe that the Mandela Effect is the result of a jump between parallel universes in which slightly different alternate realities exist, but Snopes.com, a famous reference website dedicated to documenting and debunking urban legends, has offered some more logical explanations for instances of the Mandela Effect.

“A leading psychological theory holds that memory is constructive, not reproductive,” Snopes says, “— i.e., the brain builds memories out of various bits and pieces of information on the fly as opposed to playing them back like a recording. Memories aren’t pure. They can be distorted by any number of factors, including bias, association, imagination, and peer pressure.”

For example, the common misconception that Nelson Mandela died in prison might be a case of a faulty connection of two isolated facts —(1) Nelson Mandela went to prison and (2) Nelson Mandela is dead. Or with the Berenstain Bears, it is quite rational to believe that people just assumed that the name was spelled “Berenstein” because that is a far more common spelling of the name.

So what about ‘Shazaam’? A reasonable explanation is that people are simply mistaking it with the 1996 movie ‘Kazaam’ in which Shaquille O’Neal plays a genie and helps a teenage boy who happens to have a single mother (similar to how the children in the alleged ‘Shazaam’ had a single father).

Additionally, other shows and movies at the time could further muddle people’s memories. There was a movie called ‘Legend of the Seven Seas’ with a character named Sinbad the Sailor and a Hannah Barbera cartoon called ‘Shazzan’ about the adventures of a genie and the two children (a teenaged boy and girl) who released him.

There was even a sketch in the wildly popular Nickelodeon show “All That” about a foreign exchange student dressed in genie-esque garb, and who was the actor? You guessed it...Sinbad! It seems perfectly reasonable that all of these similar media products could easily mix together after a certain amount of time, causing mis-memory that has been perpetuated by all of the hype on the Internet.

Another explanation that can be layered on top is the idea of 'memory conformity,' which states that people can remember events that they were told about or that were described to them as if they had experienced those events. In this way, many people may agree that they remember something that happened simply because someone else said it was so.

Pictured: The VHS cover for 'Kazaam' (left) next to a supposed VHS cover for 'Shazzam'


This may be a perfectly acceptable and scientifically logical explanation for the strange occurrence, but the plot thickens. When the theory was presented that people were simply mistaking the movie ‘Shazaam’ for ‘Kazaam’ and the like, the people who claimed to remember ‘Shazaam’ pushed back, vehemently claiming that they were well aware of Shaq’s movie ‘Kazaam’ and were certain that ‘Shazaam’ was a separate movie that preceded it. One woman named Meredith who was interviewed on the subject claimed:

“I remember thinking Shaq’s ‘Kazaam’ was a rip-off or a revamp of a failed first run, like how the 1991 film ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’ bombed but the late ’90s TV reboot was a sensation...I am one of several people who specifically never saw ‘Kazaam’ because it looked ridiculous to rip off ‘Shazaam’ just a few years after it had been released.

Additionally, there was a reference to 'Shazaam’ on a TV show called ‘A Different World’ (1987-1993) in which Sinbad played Coach Walker Oates. In this scene (appearing in season 5 episode 13) the character Freddie is trying to hide a scarf with the initials “SZ” on it that she is making for her boyfriend, Shazza Zulu, from her friends, but when they discover it and ask what “SZ” stands for, she responds that it “could be for someone who loves Shazaam.”

So do you think the Sinbad movie is real or an urban legend?

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Every Woman (And Man) Needs To See 'Captain Marvel,' ASAP

How I liked "Captain Marvel" and why you need to see it.

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SPOILER WARNING: This article contains spoilers for "Captain Marvel"

"Captain Marvel" came out this past Friday, March 8, and I went to see it. I was blown away by the movie, and inspired by a beautiful, strong, female lead. The movie was everything that I expected and more.

I have recently gotten into the MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe) within the last year, so I was pretty happy to hear that Marvel would be releasing a female-lead movie in 2019. To be quite honest, I didn't know if I'd enjoy "Captain Marvel" as much as "Spider-Man" (Tom Holland, need I say more?) or any of the Avengers movies. While the trailers looked good, I didn't have as much of a connection to the character as I do with Peter Parker or Tony Stark. But that all changed once I got into the movie on opening night.

First off, female leads are more of what we need in Hollywood. A female lead can never go wrong; try and fight me. Second, the badass way that Carol Danvers handles everything in the movie is just inspiring. In the past, I never felt any connection to the military, but seeing Carol in the Air Force, has got me thinking that it might be cool to fly planes in the armed forces.

This movie made me laugh out loud numerous times, and is up there with "Thor: Ragnarok" in terms of comedic Marvel movies. Nick Fury, Carol Danvers and Talos (a Skrull that seems to be the antagonist for the first half of the movie) make quite the comedic trio. They need their own spin-off series in my opinion. Plus, who didn't love Goose? What a cute cat, and he scored a special place in my heart since he looked like my childhood cat.

I was very blindsided by the plot twist that the Skrull were seeking a home instead of invading the Kree (the race that Carol thinks she belongs to), the way that it had been set up for the audience to believe. I was also very touched at the Skrull storyline and how the Kree had been invading their planet and killing off the Skrull population. I couldn't help but make a connection between what's happening with the Palestinians and Israelites in the Middle East right now.

When I heard that "Captain Marvel" broke records at the box office, I wasn't surprised. It scored the biggest ever opening for a female lead film and sixth highest all time with $455M at the global box office. Female-led movies always do good and don't disappoint. These records show that a woman can do a man's job just as well or sometimes, even better.

Overall, "Captain Marvel" was an amazing movie and if given the option to see again, I would 100% would. If this movie came anytime during the franchise timeline, I think it would do equally well. Plus the end credit scene for "Endgame" was well done and left me wanting more. Who else is excited for that storyline to be continued?

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