Ready for National Pink Day? Barbie has a surprise for you

Barbie is in theaters July 19




If you’re like me who is super thrilled for the Philippine cinema premier of Barbie (and whose favorite color is pink!), Warner Bros. has an exciting surprise for us today, June 23.

In celebration with National Pink Day, Warner Bros. is unveiling “something pink” across various malls in Metro Manila — SM North EDSA, Trinoma, Robinsons Magnolia, SM Megamall, Uptown Mall, and SM Mall of Asia. All Barbie fans are invited! The unboxing event is free and open to the public.

Your favorite cosplayers will be there to take photos with the “pink surprise”, and of course, with their fans. What’s more, the first 50 lucky guests to take a photo will be given Krispy Kreme donuts as bonus treat, so make sure to get there as early as you can!

Barbie is directed by Oscar-nominated writer/director Greta Gerwig, starring Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling. Distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Discovery company, Barbie is (finally) showing on cinemas this July 19.

Let us know your thoughts about the upcoming film by using the official hashtags: #Barbie #BarbieTheMovie


Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom first trailer revealed

Black Manta is stronger than ever



The trailer for Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom, the much-anticipated sequel to Aquaman, has finally been revealed.

Watch the trailer.

The 15th and final installment of the DCEU before the so-called “soft reboot” will hit cinemas starting December 20.

The film stars Jason Momoa as the titular superhero, along with Patrick Wilson, Amber Heard, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II and Nicole Kidman.

James Wan returns as the movie’s director, who is hoping to impress the audience with a successful follow-up to DC film’s highest-grossing title of all time.

In the trailer, Momoa’s character is introduced as both the King of Atlantis and a family man who juggles his responsibilities as both a father and the ruler of his kingdom.

Black Manta, played by Mateen II, returns with an even more formidable version of himself as he wields the power of the mythic Black Trident.

In order to defeat him, Aquaman must team up with his imprisoned brother Orm. In the first movie, it can be recalled that Orm had wanted to become the Ocean Master, but later surrendered that ambition to let Aquaman rule Atlantis.

Together, they must set aside their differences in order to protect their kingdom and save Aquaman’s family and the world from irreversible destruction. 

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ONE PIECE (Netflix) confirmed for Season 2

Announced by Eiichiro Oda




After the overwhelmingly positive response to the ONE PIECE (Netflix) Live Action adaptation, no less than franchise creator Eiichiro Oda has confirmed that there will be a Season 2.

We’re going to see more of Luffy, Zoro, Nami, Usopp, and Zanji. This time, perhaps with more additions to the Straw Hat crew. Eiichiro Oda confirmed the Season 2 announcement in a video.


Celebrating with Mugiwaras all over the world because Oda-Sensei has a special message 🏴‍☠️👑 #ONEPIECENetflix #ONEPIECELiveAction #EiichiroOda #Manga

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“To the Straw Hat Grand Fleet: What did you think of Season 1 of the live-action ONE PIECE? I spent a long time working on it with Netflix and Tomorrow Studios. It seems people around the world have been enjoying the show, which makes the hard work from the production team truly worth it.

To everyone who’s been a fan of ONE PIECE for years, and to those who experienced ONE PIECE for the first time, thank you so much.

Two weeks after the launch, I just received some great news. Netflix has decided to renew the show! The adventures of Iñaki and the live-action Straw Hats will continue onward!

It’ll still take a while to get the scripts ready, so please be patient.

From here on, it seems to me the Straw Hats will need a great doctor… We will see!”

6 Seasons?

In a Deadline interview published earlier than the Season 2 confirmation, One Piece (Netflix) Producers even mentioned that they have up to at least six seasons planned. But of course, everything has to be done in concert with Oda to hopefully maintain and even be grander than the first season.

Number one on Netflix

Since its release, ONE PIECE has been the #1 title globally on Netflix with 37.8 Million views amassed in less than two weeks. The series reached the Top 10 in 93 countries, and debuted at #1 in 46.

The live action adaptation earned a high audience score of 96% from 10,000+ ratings on Rotten Tomatoes, and is currently among Netflix’s highest audiences scores ever.

The show also became a social media sensation with more than 4 billion search impressions for #onepiecenetflix on TikTok alone, and continues to generate buzz and trend globally across social platforms. The cast has also experienced a boom in their social media, adding millions to their followers over the last couple of months.

SEE ALSO: Fan or not, you should watch Netflix’s ONE PIECE

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Fan or not, you should watch Netflix’s ONE PIECE

This is how live-action anime adaptions should be done



Spoiler Warning: If you haven’t seen Netflix’s ONE PIECE, please read with caution.

I’ve always loved Eiichiro Oda’s One Piece since I was a sprite-like hooman. I grew up excited every morning to watch Luffy’s adventures before I played Pokémon on my Game Boy Color. Millennials, where you at?

Even growing up, I kept tabs on One Piece‘s story by catching up on the manga and watching the animé. I still preach to people to find the time to keep up with the 1000+ episodes and chapters.

So when Netflix announced the live adaptation of the beloved manga, my friends and I were a bit excited and scared. Live-action adaptations tend to suck, let’s be real about it.

Sometimes, we just want our favorite series to remain faithful to the story we’ve always known. The only thing that pacified us was knowing that Eiichiro Oda also had his hands in producing the series.

Before I get nitpicky, I’d say showrunners Matt Owens and Steven Maeda did a good job. As a creative director, I believe that turning a fantasy series with lore-heavy two-dimensional characters into life-like films is quite an onerous challenge to pull off.

Bringing the characters to life

Having Oda all aboard the production of his beloved manga is a good chess move that prevented this adaptation from flunking like other Netflix’s live-action films.

They were able to give justice to the portrayal of characters, starring an ensemble cast starting with Iñaki Godoy to depict Straw Hat Monkey D. Luffy. A naive, optimistic young man who dreams of becoming the next Pirate King.

Godoy had the approval of Oda when he was cast. This surprised a lot of fans knowing that Luffy was the most difficult character to portray. After all, he’s an excessively smiling freak who looks dumb and thinks with his stomach. (And sometimes, with his heart).

Roronoa Zoro was also perfectly captured, and I say this as a Zoro-stan, Mackenyu is the perfect actor for the role. The Japanese actor is a heartthrob who stole the show, exuding the cool, nonchalant yet mysterious vibe that Roronoa Zoro exhibits even in the original series.

Jacob Romero Gibson portrayed Usopp, a pathological liar and sharpshooter, and Taz Skylar looked hot portraying the ever-handsome and gentlemanly yet foul-mouthed cook Sanji.

Emily Rudd, for me, has the most challenging role. She’s portraying Nami, the Straw Hat’s navigator and treasurer. It was a critical role since Nami’s story which ended in the East Blue saga was how most One Piece‘s fans fell in love with the series.

Rudd captured the cynical, frigid personality of Nami yet she failed to show the right emotions that would pull strings on the audience’s hearts. Some friends believe they still gave justice to that one particular, emotional scene in the last episode. However, I digress. I believe it lacked gravity in portraying how severe the situation is.

Getting it right

What I liked about Netflix’s ONE PIECE is how it brought to life the story I grew up with. While fans have expressed dismay long before the series even aired, I loved that the adaptation felt like a bridge between new and old fans, and people who have yet to discover the wonder of One Piece.

Visual effects are heavy, especially for a fantasy series. When my friends and I were watching it after our game night, I saw the complete astonishment in their faces when Luffy stretched his arms. Sticking to the magic of a manga/animé can be quite tricky, but Netflix pulled it off.

There was so much effort put into recreating the places, scenes, and overall vibe to remain faithful to the story. The first season tackled the first saga, which was the formation of Straw Hat Pirates in East Blue.

It was evident what Netflix’s ONE PIECE was all about. The series is being put out to reach a wider audience to be charmed by the story and its characters.

It felt short, though. The East Blue Saga in the anime covered 40+ episodes, which was shrunk to fit into eight episodes for the first season. Each arc was covered for at least two episodes each, diving into different narratives of each Straw Hat pirate member.

The good, the bad, and the crispy

Regardless of the pacing, Netflix highlighted all the important details of the story. Although, they removed some of the chuckles, constant annoyance, and witty banter between members.

I think that’s what got lost in translation. The bond they created while sailing together contributed to the emotional attachment between the characters and the viewers.

We know what they went through, what they’re going through, and how they all got entangled with each other’s lives. It’s true that they have each other’s back, teaching us the complexities of friendship — both in the anime and the adaptation.

As a fan, it was disappointing to see the lack of intensity in scenes that would cause you to break into tears. I did get goosebumps from certain lines and hearing the music accompaniment, though. But I was really looking for that tug in my heart that made me obsessed with this series for the past two decades.

Nevertheless, Netflix’s ONE PIECE is a show that can be enjoyed by ~literally~ anyone. Die-hard fans may keep on nitpicking and gatekeeping their beloved show, but this live-action series is a magnificent adaptation worthy of watching.

Go after your dreams

The story may have been all about being a pirate and clashing with the Marines, but only if you’ve seen the surface. Just like the oceans they cross, the series is quite deep. It tackles life, dreams, hope, survival, fear, and of course, friendship.

It’s what made me fall in love with the story; the highs and lows of the raging seas they travel on and the adventures of not knowing what’s next.

One Piece, both as a manga, anime, and live adaptation, pushes its audience to be spontaneous and go after their dreams. The Straw Hat pirates are a reminder that even when the odds aren’t in your favor, you’ll always find a breakthrough.

Even if you feel like your dreams are hard to reach, there are people who will stand by you. One day, you’ll find your own crew and you’ll get to be who you want to be.

Netflix, in a way, pursued its dream to finally create a live-action adaptation that gets it right. It’s surreal, magnificent, and wonderful in all aspects albeit with some hiccups that can be overlooked.

After all, it’s an enjoyable watch. It’s far from being a masterpiece, but it’s an example of how production companies should do live adaptations.

Just like in One Piece, it’s not just a new era of Pirates. It’s a new era of live adaptations, and Netflix has already set sail.

ONE PIECE is now streaming on Netflix.

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