X-Files Revival Replay Schedule in the Philippines

And so, in case you don’t know, I’m an x-phile. I have been raging on the unavailability of show schedule this past couple of days. Finally, one of the major local dailies, which has been running articles on the show this past few weeks, has posted this schedule.

The X-Files is on Fox Channel
Monday 7:05PM
Sorry, forgot that Monday evening in the US is Tuesday in the Philippines. Fox in their new TV ads says same day airing of a new episode is
Tuesday 7:05PM (although same day airing last Feb 2 was 10:45PM, so will still need to verify this by tonight)

Replay Schedule:
Monday 6:10PM / 7:05PM
Tuesday 9:00AM
Tuesday 10:45PM
Wednesday 7:05PM
Saturday 1:15PM

I haven’t tried to catch the show on the replay schedules above but my sister was able to  watch the replay yesterday Saturday.  Caught the replays on aforementioned schedule.

Oh, and in case, you read this, Oliver Pulumbarit, I hope you would review the new episodes that came out. Please and thank you. I enjoy reading your reviews.

Added February 24, 2016:

Hey! Lookie! Here’s a link to Oliver Pulumbarit’s review.

Thank you!

The review was in PDI’s February 17 issue, for those gathering clippings like me. To pad the the wall behind my desk, like the one in the X-Files office or Mulder’s unremarkable house. Sister begs to differ. Says I’m building a nest like Tooms in my room. Sure. Fine. Whatever. Actually, it goes next to Ruel De Vera’s review of the X-Files novel Antibodies.


Flipping for Penguins of Madagascar Pics and Merchandise

penguins of madagascar universal studios singapore

As a fan of those crazy penguins, I went bonkers like them in that Penguins of Madagascar episode Lost Treasure of the Golden Squirrel that time I learned we were going to USS. That’s Universal Studios Singapore and not the ship in the first Madagascar movie. That would be S. S. Act II. Anyways, I was determined to get pictures of and with the Penguins of Madagascar mascots and some penguins merchandise. Having confirmed from a leaflet that the mascots only make limited appearances, we planned our day on when the Madagascar characters will be performing their dance routine. That caper to get pics and vids went pretty well.

penguins of madagascar merchandise

Next stop then was the Penguins Mercantile, the souvenir shop at USS devoted to Madagascar merchandise. Penguins of Madagascar-themed items included kiddie outfits, mugs (no tin mug with fish sticking out that Skipper uses), pins, drinking straws, keychains, picture frames and ref magnets. The limited design options were what held me back from parting away with my cash. I could recall only two (and I have a fairly good memory), one wherein the penguins were balancing on top of each other and the other being the design on the mug and keychain in the photo above. On hindsight, I should have gotten something else other than the mug since I could very well have my preferred picture of the penguins printed on a mug at our local mall. But I’m happy with the keychain and pin since it would be hard to reproduce those or find similar items should the local character shops start rolling out Penguins of Madagascar merchandise now that the movie is out.

The 10 inch tall Rico stuffed toy / plushie, who obviously couldn’t be fitted into a manila envelope, is from a store in a mall in Manila. Check out the mohawk and scar! He’s a steal at just P150 (around $4).Yes. I have a Rico doll, I mean, stuffed toy / plushie. That does not make me Miss Perky. I think I’m more Zookeeper Alice with a Feral!Marlene side. Rico stuffed toy ain’t from USS. When we were there, save for Skipper plushies and pillows in the shape of Skipper’s and Private’s head, most of the penguin stuffed toys / plushies at USS gift shops looked suspiciously like Happy Feet characters and ordinary penguins.  But Rico is my fave penguin. penguins of madagascar pillows

Obviously I will be hitting the local theater this coming weekend for the Penguins of Madagascar movie and scoping out the character shops afterwards. I hope the local McDonald’s follows the US and starts offering movie tie-in Happy Meals. And Nickelodeon Asia gets its act together and shows the whole season three. And Dreamworks comes up with season four. Will settle with one of four for now.

Thoughts on RuroKen Kyoto Inferno and the Legend Ends

If you haven’t watched the two recently shown Rurouni Kenshin movies, Kyoto Inferno (second movie) and The Legend Ends (third movie), go watch ’em now (If you’re from the Philippines, tough, since Kyoto Inferno is no longer showing in theaters) then come back after. Otherwise better skedaddle now if spoilers makes you want to take up arms.

Sister and I went to watch The Legend Ends at the local cinema last weekend. In the ticket line, this mother who claimed that she’s my sister’s batch mate, wanted us to buy her and her kid tickets for Maria Leonora Theresa, a local horror film about demonic dolls, since the ticket vendor had already seen her and would not sell her tickets ‘coz her kid did not meet the age requirement. We told her that last time, I had to drag my sister right up to the ticket booth since the vendor wanted to make sure that we were both old enough to watch Kyoto Inferno. Actually we were bothered that this mother would subject her little kid to blood and gore just because she wanted to watch the movie and she had no one to leave her child with. Sister later told me that she did not know the woman.

Anyhoo, we bumped into a friend who is also an anime fan (since college? high school?), who was also in the theater with us when we watched Kyoto Inferno.  Heh.

In Kyoto Inferno, one scene stood out for me. It was when Kenshin cut down the parents of Eiji Mishima from where they hang. With one hand catching the rope, he was able to stop each of their descent to the ground. Those doubting how Kenshin is able to take down people using a reverse-edged sword should now have an idea just how powerful his blows are.

We enjoyed the fight scenes in all three Ruroken films and marveled at how Takeru Satoh managed to get anime Kenshin’s moves and mannerisms down pat. I had my doubts when pics of the first movie came out. Thought Satoh was too bishounen for the role and the scar was too kawaii. Sister and friend still think Satoh is pretty and now they also notice his moles aside from the scar.

Well, based on the anime, almost all the characters have been well executed by the actors. Kudos too to the costume designers and screenplay writers. Some changes were acceptable. Though, Aoshi seems not to be well fleshed out. His characterization obviously suffered when they left him out of the first movie. Sister thought he resembles a zombie, especially since he kept reiterating in every scene he has in Kyoto Inferno that he wants (revenge on) Kenshin.  Even the writers seem to be aware of this that Okina just had to exclaim “That again!” to Aoshi during their fight.

While I like that they had made Kaoru less of a crybaby (no moping when Kenshin left), it seems that they have toned down the emotional aspects of the films a bit too much, doing away with some scenes which I felt should have been there. They could have made time by shortening Kenshin’s training with Hiko and that part where Kaoru, Saito and Yahiko were at the beach.

I wish they had shown Sojiro’s childhood as this is a good counterpoint to Kenshin’s. Get a blood-thirsty sociopath for a role model and you’d end up as one messed up kid. I wish they had shown Sanosuke’s training with the Buddhist monk, Anji, as well. Removing it made Anji appear nothing more than a thug.

They could have filmed the farewell scene at night and and have floating lanterns as a nod to what is otherwise known by fans as the fireflies scene (different from the fireflies episode in season 3) in the anime. You know, kinda like what they did to this deleted scene of Kenshin and Kaoru from the first movie which has floating lanterns.  Thank you Alyssa for sharing the link.

I haven’t heard that there will be anymore Ruroken live action films anytime soon. I am still wondering why local channels have not tried to cash in on the hype by airing the anime series again and getting tons of sponsors. I do hope they release dvd/blu-ray copies of the three films locally. A Ruroken movie marathon is something to look forward to.