This time around I watched the director commentary available on the Tartan Asia Extreme 10th Anniversary Edition. I also watched the deleted scenes with commentary and some of the special features. Anything I learned while watching or seemed of particular interest I took note of. As with any commentary, spoiler warnings abound.
This film series has been quite enjoyable so far, for what it is. They do a really good job of creating suspense to the point where half the things that appear on screen may be what kills someone. The mystery of who, how, and when is what makes it exciting.
This is my fifth year doing Movember, growing just a mustache, to get people talking and motivated to solve critical health risks facing men today. Personally I like to focus on men’s mental health because it affects everyone in their life including their wives, children, co-workers, and more. 3 out of 4 suicides are committed by men with more than 500,000 men dying every year from it - in fact that’s 87 per day in the USA! We’ve got to get people talking, changing the culture that surrounds getting help with our mental health.
Katsucon is tough. Yes, I’ve been attending on and off throughout the years since the late 90’s… but it’s always at the beginning of February which is cold as hell! It’s almost always overlapping with Valentine’s day/weekend which is annoying. It also happens adjacent to MagFest which I’ve wanted to go to but couldn’t justify going to conventions two weekends in a row.
With Street Fighter V around the corner, we have newcomers that are excited, and old-timers that are approaching the new game with a certain trepidation. I think for the professionals they’re worried about change, a big change. They’re comfortable plinking their jabs, option selecting enemy wakeups, and are worried that a new game where the highest level of execution is too low will keep them from having fun with the game.