Now Playing: Holiday Edition

Cyberpunk 2077, K-dramas, K-pop, evermore, and more



Happy Holidays! The GadgetMatch team is taking a break, and these are the forms of entertainment we’ll have while we recuperate before a series of tech events — CES 2021 and Galaxy Unpacked 2021 — rushes in next year.

Play, watch, and listen with us. Here’s what’s Now Playing in GadgetMatch:

Games to play


Luigi: Hades is one of the best games I’ve played this year. Zagreus, son of Hades, fights his way out of Hell. A roguelite game in essence, Hades features levels, powers, and abilities that change after every attempt to escape. It’s a simple game in concept but has one of the densest, most well-polished systems for its scale.

Watch Dogs 1 and 2

Vincenz: I may be super duper late to the party (and I know this isn’t the latest release) but I prefer playing them over the last two Grand Theft Auto releases. Although the worlds are not as big as Liberty City or Los Santos and the graphics are not as realistic, I love the storyline, overall physics, as well as how you go through missions not totally relying on weapons but also by hacking through CTOS that runs the smart city of Chicago and San Francisco.

Spider-Man: Miles Morales

Rodneil: In this more condensed Spidey experience, you play rookie Spider-Man Miles Morales protecting New York on his own for the first time with Peter going on a trip with MJ. It follows much of the same coming-of-age, family, and friendship beats as Miles’ animated film debut Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse while still managing to still be its own thing. Gameplay is slightly tighter than the 2018 game but it’s just every bit as fun and fulfilling.

NBA 2K21 Next Gen

Rodneil: I’ve been spending most of my time with the PS5 playing NBA 2K21 and Marvel’s Spider-Man Remastered. The next gen version almost feels like a whole new game. The menu screens are different, the game physics and graphics a little more realistic, and there are things in the game that take advantage of the DualSense controller. Some additions — like Shot Aiming — feel gimmicky and unnecessary but this is still an overall leveled up experience especially for fans of the NBA 2K franchise.

Cyberpunk 2077 PC

Gab: I specifically picked the PC version of this game because, at the very least, I could experience playing it without much mess in the way. Behind relatively bad visual bugs and glitches, the game itself is a joy to play. From stealth-based playthroughs to insane armed combat, Cyberpunk 2077 takes you through a wild ride through Night City — and you’re in full control of everything. On a personal note, I do enjoy starting every encounter with a sniper headshot to the enemies.

Shows to binge-watch

Lovecraft Country

Luigi: Inspired by a racist author’s works, Lovecraft Country (and the novel of the same name) claims the horror genre for the Black community. It’s a horror anthology series weaved together by a common narrative. More than its terrifying plots, Lovecraft Country creates stories about race, equality, and identity.


Vincenz: Regardless if you’re a tech nerd, young programmer, an aspiring entrepreneur, Hallyu fan, or just a regular viewer who’s curious enough to find new titles, Start-Up is a well-versed K-Drama that will show not only an individual’s quarter-life crisis in career and love but also a very informational series that portray what and how start-ups work together (especially in the tech industry) with the help of marketing and modern technology.

ALSO: Tech jargons in Start-Up that you should know

Attack on Titan, Season 4

Rodneil: As of writing, I’ve only seen the first two episodes of the much anticipated final season to an anime series that is slowly regaining the hype it got following its first season. Season 4 begins much like Season 2 in that it pulls the focus from the anime’s main protagonists to build on the story even further. Instead of focusing on Eren, it starts by putting the spotlight on the Titan shifters that have long terrorized their existence.

The Crown, Season 4

Kenrick: The Crown’s latest season could be its best yet. The new season features the tumultuous marriage of Princess Diana and Prince Charles. Margaret Thatcher — one of the UK’s most famous yet equally controversial prime ministers — also shares half of the spotlight. Delivering on sheer performance and superb portrayal of real events, season 4 solidifies The Crown as one of the best historical dramas to date. It’s a little unfair though, that viewers are left to wait for a long time before a new season drops as this season ends in one of the pivotal moments on the UK’s storied monarchy.

Fire Force, Season 2

Rodneil: Everything about this anime just speaks to me on a spiritual level. I’ve low-key always wanted to be some type of pyrokinetic and having an anime built around that concept is something I find deeply entertaining. Season 2 dives deeper into the secrets of the Adolla Burst with some astonishing reveals about the religion that rules the world in the show. The Season also saw Company 8 forge more allies as in the Fire Soldier ranks as they take on the Evangelist that are out to cause another great fire to restart the world.

Record of Youth

Apple: We’re so used to dramas and movies about the struggles of the impoverished and the discriminated but with Record of the Youth, we get a glimpse of the hardships of the rich and in the limelight, away from all the glamour and the glitz. This K-Drama mostly tackles the life of Hye-Jun played by Park Bo-gum, a model who thought all he needed was a successful career to be truly happy but when he got to the top, his life took an unexpected turn that he had to painfully accept.

Alice in Borderland

RodneilI had zero idea what the show was about coming in. I didn’t even know this was based on a manga but after a few episodes I could immediately tell that it was — the way the characters are portrayed and the progression of the story — these had all the makings of a Shonen title. It’s somewhat Isekai in that the main protagonist is displaced in an alternate world and has to go through it by playing by the rules of that world. In a nutshell this show is bloody, takes interesting twists and turns, and will have you eagerly anticipating what will happen next. Also, for the boys — watch out for Hikari Kuina (Asahina Aya). Very glad this has been green lit for a Season 2 and will be looking forward to when it drops.

Movies to see

Kalel, 15

Vincenz: A well-thought-out masterpiece that depicts the life of a teenager dealing with himself as a PLHIV while trying to go against his family and peers with their stigma, prejudice, and discrimination against the virus and AIDS. It also gives us a real glimpse of the Philippine society (regardless if an adult or a teenager) when it comes to sex, drug and alcohol abuse, dysfunctional families, child neglect, infidelity, and even lapses in religious leaders in power. You can watch it here in Netflix.

The Call

Apple: I’m a big fan of films that have great storylines and really unexpected twists, and this movie was exactly like that. The Call is a thriller film that takes time travel stories into a different and horrifying level. Park Shin-Hye plays the lead role in this story about the repercussions of a person from a vengeful past who becomes resentful of a person in the present. You’ll definitely be on your toes as you wait for the ending to see who’ll survive.

Albums/Songs/Podcasts to listen to

“evermore” by Taylor Swift

MJ: Get in your feelings by listening to Taylor Swift’s surprise ninth album entitled “evermore”. It’s the sister record to “folklore”, Swift’s eight album produced in the middle of quarantine. Both albums speaks in a soulful level, with lyrical themes revolving around love, infidelity, noir, and everything in between relationships — told through an interlacing narrative between songs.

“Miracles in December” EP by EXO

Vincenz: EXO may not be active and complete anymore but we know these songs remained in the hearts, minds, and ears of every EXO-L out there. This isn’t totally a new release as it was released way back in December 2013 (exactly seven years ago), I still get the chills whenever I listen to all the songs in this Extended Play featuring all their vocals. What a perfect time to play them again.

“[12:00]” EP by LOONA

Vincenz: A total opposite of my first suggestion as LOONA’s “[12:00]” gives me a summer vibe especially when listening to their comeback track “Why Not”. Meanwhile, listening to “Universe” and “Voice” reminds me of a cold, breezy night regardless of the season — my fave tracks in this album that suit their soothing and refreshing vocals.

Fun fact: “Star” is the English version of “Voice” which is also included in this EP.

Start-Up OST

Vincenz: As a complement to our craze with the K-Drama Start-Up, this drama’s Original Soundtrack (OST) list is one of the best IMHO. With song variations starting with Red Velvet’s pop track “Future”, ballad-y “One Day” sung by Kim Feel, and even a motivational track by Gaho entitled “Running”, you’ll surely enjoy the drama all-along and even miss it more once you finish all the episodes.

“Warm on a Christmas Night” by HONNE

Martynne: Just when we thought Honne’s songs could be warmer, they release a Christmas version of their “Warm on a Christmas Night.”

“Eyes Wide Open” by TWICE

Rodneil: No. Skip. Album. Coming back with only their second full album, TWICE made sure there’s something you’ll love in every track. There’s a good mix of Color Pop, City Pop, and even some Jazzy tunes here to keep you hooked. My personal favorites are “Hell in Heaven,” “Up No More,” and “Handle It.”

“Cry For Me” by TWICE

Rodneil: The Nation’s Girl Group surprised their fans by making music awards show MAMA 2020 their comeback stage. The group released a single “Cry For Me” that one of their members, Nayeon, said was almost completely scratched. She goes on to say that it’s a gift for ONCEs but fans suspect it’s more than just an out-of-nowhere single release. P.S. The SaChaeng second verse is absolutely eargasmic.

“Polaris” by December Avenue

Rodneil: This fresh release from the OPM pop-rock band has more in common with their early 2010s version than the emotionally charged Filipino “hugot” songs that pushed them towards more fan recognition. As someone who’s followed the band since 2009, Polaris sounds refreshing and a return to their roots.

Now Playing is the GadgetMatch team’s favorite games, movies, TV shows, and more each month. If you’re curious to know what we’re into at the moment, this is what you should check out. So grab your popcorn, get some drinks, and enjoy what’s now playing!


Netflix anime adaptation of Ōoku: The Inner Chambers coming in May

More titles announced



Ōoku: The Inner Chambers.

Netflix unveiled its upcoming slate of titles at AnimeJapan 2023, which includes PLUTO, Yakitori: Soldiers of Misfortune¸ and the anime adaptation of Fumi Yoshinaga’s Ōoku: The Inner Chambers.

The manga PLUTO is based on Osamu Tezuka’s Astro Boy “The Greatest Robot on Earth” arc from 1964.

The award-winning masterpiece is a suspenseful drama set in the future, where humans and high-functioning robots live in harmony.

Coming in May 2023, Yakitori: Soldiers of Misfortune is an animated series adapted from Carlo Zen’s military science fiction novel. Here, Akira Ihotsu is a young man who spends his days rebelling against an oppressive society set in future Earth.

He will be joined by misfits from several other nations to make a stand against the Pan-Star System Trade Federation.

Inspired by the historic women’s quarters of the Edo Castle, Ōoku: The Inner Chambers, meanwhile, is a tale where gender roles have been reversed.

A mysterious plague has caused a rapid decline in the male population, leading to women taking roles of authority in the Edo society.

Curiously, women took the names of men when succeeding the family line, something Yoshimune tries to unravel as looks at the history of the inner chambers.

Also coming this calendar year is a broad lineup of film and series across several genres:

  • Ultraman final season (May 11)
  • Black Clover: Sword of the Wizard King (June 16)
  • The Seven Deadly Sins: Grudge of Edinburg Part 2 (August 2023)
  • Kengan Ashura Season 2 (September 2023)
  • BASTARD!! -Heavy Metal, Dark Fantasy-: Season 2 (2023)
  • GAMERA -Rebirth- (2023)
  • My Happy Marriage (2023)
  • Akuma Kun (2023)

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The MoGo 2 is a convenient projector you can take anywhere

Available soon



Image source: XGIMI

Watching movies everywhere is much easier today. If you want to watch something while on a trip, just pop out Netflix on your phone. However, viewers who want better video and audio quality need more complicated setups to take their films on the go. XGIMI, improving on its previous design, has launched a convenient solution with its new MoGo 2 series of projectors.

Looking at both projectors in the series, the series looks more like a speaker than a projector. However, its smaller size allows for more portability, allowing users to take the projector and watch movies everywhere they go.

And, despite the tiny figure, both projectors pack a lot of technology. The series has a color gamut coverage of up to 90 percent of the DCI-P3 range. Plus, it deploys the D65 color temperature standard, widely used by Hollywood today. With these technologies, the projectors should be color-accurate for today’s movies.

For sound, the projectors tout 8W speakers, capable of a variety of different modes, depending on what you are watching.

The regular MoGo 2 sports Smart ISA (or Intelligent Screen Adaptation) 1.0, which automatically adjusts and refocuses the image, depending on the surface. On the other hand, the Pro model sports Smart ISA 2.0. The improved standard has better surface detection and carefully dims the projector’s glare when a person or a pet passes through the beam of light.

Both projectors will put out images with 400 ISO lumens. However, the regular MoGo 2 will project in 720p resolution. Meanwhile, the MoGo 2 Pro shows images in 1080p resolution.

Plus, the new series can now get power from a power bank.

The series will start shipping on April 25. The MoGo 2 retails for US$ 399. The MoGo 2 Pro retails for US$ 599. Preorders are available now.

SEE ALSO: 4 reasons to consider an ultra-short throw projector

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Netflix will revive Scott Pilgrim as an anime

Back with the original cast



Image source: Universal Studios

Released over a decade ago, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World has grown into a modern cult classic. Though the movie was released to a middling performance at the box office, it quickly grew a dedicated following. Now, almost 13 years later, the oddball title has another shot at turning its cult classic status into an actual classic.

Today, Netflix has announced that it is creating an anime series based on the Scott Pilgrim series. Japanese animation studio Science SARU will head the new title. In the past, the studio created titles such as Shinichiro Watanabe’s Space Dandy. Series creator Bryan Lee O’Malley will write and executive produce the anime series. Meanwhile, Edgar Wright, who directed the live-action adaptation, will return as director. Anamanaguchi is also returning to create more music for the series.

Even more surprising, the entire cast is coming back. Michael Cera is back as the titular character. As is Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Kieran Culkin, Anna Kendrick, Aubrey Plaza, Brie Larson, Ellen Wong, Brandon Routh, Chris Evans, and Jason Schwartzman.

The original series, which started off as a six graphic novels, tells the tale of Scott Pilgrim’s romantic life with Ramona Flowers, who has an eccentric past. In order to officially date her, Scott has to defeat Ramona’s seven superpowered evil exes. Though the graphic novels were already steeped in pop culture, the live-action adaptation leaned into its strengths even further with gaming-inspired graphics and edits.

It’s unclear where the anime will take the series next. In a statement to Netflix, Wright hinted that it might be sequel or a continuation of the original story. Then again, it might not be. Either way, the director promises that it will be “way more adventurous than just a straight adaptation of the original books.”

SEE ALSO: Netflix Philippines drops prices

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