ERASED Live-Action TV Show Coming to Netflix

ERASED, the absolute best anime series of 2016, is coming to live-action format. Powerhouse Netflix is actually adapting it, which has had a positive impact on the anime industry.

ERASED is the story of Satoru Fujinuma as he unravels a mystery that encompasses the future and the past — including his own ability to time travel. It’s a beautiful, touching story so it will be very interesting to see if Netflix truly does the series justice. Given that it seems to be a Japanese production, rather than Death Note (although with all due credit, there were already two Japanese Death Note films before Netflix made their own), which was an American production based on a renowned Japanese anime series.

ERASED Live-Action TV Show Coming to Netflix

The cast of the film is as follows:

The series will employ 12 episodes and hopefully release next year. We cannot wait!


Lord of the Rings TV Series Coming to Amazon

Lord of the Rings TV series is coming to Amazon. The Goliath has purchased the global television rights to the series for close to $250 million from the Tokien Estate. The series will be a prequel to the film series, although details as of right now are very mum.

Amazon is obviously trying to capitalize on the success of Game of Thrones. The thing is, The Lord of the Ring’s popularity peaked roughly 12-13 years ago. A Game of Thrones-like series would not fit in Middle Earth. There is already material that is “technically” a prequel to Frodo’s adventures in LOTR, even in the first book. Recasting classic characters like Gandalf and Aragorn would not work; they are too iconic. We don’t know what the story is yet, but any prequel without Aragorn or Gandalf doesn’t quite fit.

The Lord of the Rings is a cultural phenomenon that has captured the imagination of generations of fans through literature and the big screen,” Sharon Tal Yguado, head of scripted series at Amazon Studios, said in a statement. “We are honored to be working with the Tolkien Estate and Trust, HarperCollins and New Line on this exciting collaboration for television and are thrilled to be taking The Lord of the Rings fans on a new epic journey in Middle Earth.”

Amazon’s scripted series’ have been spotty at best. Bosch is solid with Titus Wellliver, but even Man in the High Castle has been on-and-off, especially with constantly changing showrunners.

If Lord of the Rings hopes to have any kind of success, they need a top-notch, consistent writing talent and showrunners. They can’t bring in the likes of someone like Scott Buck who ruins everything he touches.

X-Files Season 11 Trailer Debuts

The X-Files season 11 trailer has debuted on the final day of New York Comic Con. It was unveiled during a panel with series creator Chris Carter and stars David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson. The sneak peak of this upcoming 10-episode season packs so much into one two-minute video. Our favorite villain, Cigarette Smoking Man, is back. Interestingly enough he’s offering Director Skinner a deal. Civilization is on the verge of collapse after the events of last season. Scully is desperate to search for her son, and it’s implied that he still has a special part to play. Mulder and Scully do not seem on good terms with Director Skinner, but this could be a misnomer.

The X-Files is one of the best shows to ever grace television. It has inspired so many shows such as FringeBuffy the Vampire SlayerAngelGrimm, and so many others. Last season only had two mythology episodes, but with 10 episodes, this season has the opportunity to give us a lot more mythology and that thought really excites me. Hopefully with 10 episodes they can do the story justice and finally give this epic a worthy conclusion.

The X-Files Season 11 will air sometime in 2018.

Greatest Television Endings of All Time

With Game of Thrones finishing up its penultimate season, we here at VG Culture HQ have become reflective. The final season has so much potential for greatness, and it’s caused us to wonder: what are the greatest television endings of all time? There are so many shows to choose from. Endings are what separates an elite show from a “great” show. Television has now surpassed film as a superior narrative form, with many of the greatest stories of the last 10 years or so coming from TV. This could change in the future, as television and film are still relatively new storytelling mediums, but TV has the edge when it comes to being able to delve into character development and telling a long-term narrative. Video games have even more potential, but that is a different story altogether. These are greatest television endings of all time.

5. Band of Brothers

Yes, I know. Band of Brothers was a miniseries on HBO, but it still technically counts as a television show. Band of Brothers is based on the epic non-fiction book of the same name and chronicles the story of Easy Company, a group of soldiers in the 101st Airborne Division of the 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment. To put it simply, this is the greatest World War II story ever put to television. It chronicles Easy Company’s journey from training, to D Day, the Battle of the Bulge, all the way to Berlin and the discovery of the Nazi’s horrid concentration camps. The series is emotionally gripping, and we really connect with these characters. What really makes the series though is the interview pieces that air before each episode with these valiant men the story is based on. In the final episode, their identities are revealed. It is incredibly satisfying and rewarding. We see these boys become men, and while their journey together through war is over, the bond they forged is everlasting.

4. Futurama

Futurama was created by the minds behind The Simpsons. Surprisingly though, it’s actually far superior to its older sibling. Yes, it’s hilarious, but it also has some depth and emotion to it, something that The Simpsons lacks in a certain respect. Futurama was initially canceled on FOX but brought back years later on Comedy Central. There are numerous episodes that could have potentially been the series finale, from the last episode that aired on FOX, the last straight-to-DVD film made, and even the season six finale, “Overclockwise.” The finale we did get though was beautiful. Fry and Leela’s love story was the essence of the show. It built slowly over time, but their bond was the glue that stuck everything together. To see the two of them grow old together was incredibly fulfilling. It embodied everything that was great about Futurama and what set it apart from other animated sitcoms: its heart.

3. House M.D.

House M.D. was an incredible show and holds a special place in my heart since it takes place in my home state of New Jersey. On the surface, it seemed to be a ‘medical drama’, but in reality, it’s a character study about a narcissistic drug addict who’s obsessed with puzzles and constantly needs his fix. Yes, House is an asshole. Yes, he is overly cocky with regards to his own intellect. But he’s almost always right. And he knows it. There is some hidden depth to him though. He does care, he just doesn’t know how to express it. He’s a very broken man, and all he has left is his puzzles and his Vicodin. The final episode of the series, aptly named “Everybody Dies”, has nothing to do with medicine or “puzzles.” It’s an existential character study. Does House want to live, or will he just lay down and die? House, like so many other classic characters (we’ll get to this later) struggles with his inability to let things go. He always has to be in control. The ending is touching and encapsulates House’s eight-year journey perfectly.

2. Angel

Angel was a spinoff of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, but it quickly outgrew its sister show after a few seasons and far surpassed it. Angel was a story that asked the quintessential question, why do we fight? Why do people keep moving forward even when they’ve lost all rhyme and reason? It’s completely irrational if you think about it, but human beings aren’t necessarily logical creatures. If we’re such small, insignificant cogs in this giant machine, why? The final episode of Angel answers this question. The show follows through on everything it promised from the first episode and beyond, and even though the ending was open-ended, it was fitting. It was also a show that helped me through a very difficult time in my life and reminded me to “never give up, never surrender.” The series finale, “Not Fade Away”, was near perfection and encompassed everything that made Angel such a fantastic television series.


LOST is so much better than most give it credit for. It’s not only the best television series of all time, but it’s also the most misunderstood. LOST was a huge hit during its first few seasons; although viewership did wane in later seasons, the show actually got better as time went on. It became stagnant in its third season, but once Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse were able to set an end date for the show, it flourished. It was focused and concise, from “Enter 77” all the way to “The End.” The mythology of the show is what drew people in, but where LOST excelled was with its character development, like every great story. It pioneered the use of flashbacks, but also re-invented itself with flashforwards and even flashsideways. LOST has some of the most dynamic characters in all of television, and to witness their journeys from beginning to end was simply beautiful. It’s hard to express with words; simply put, it was incredibly satisfying and reaches a level of catharsis and perfection that no other story ever has.

“The End”, like the final season, is about all of the characters learning to “let go”, Jack in particular. Jack’s development as a character and his journey from a man of science to a man of faith is the most rewarding storyline in the show. Jack has always struggled with ‘letting go’, and he’s always had an obsessive compulsion to fix everything. This is one of the few shows that left me in tears, not from sadness, but from sheer catharsis. The finale of LOST is the greatest ending to ever grace the television screen. Ever since LOST aired there have been so many shows that have tried to replicate its success, but they’ve all failed, horribly. Once Upon a Time is the only show that’s been able to sustain itself, and the inspiration it took from LOST is obvious (it was created by two former LOST writers and it airs on ABC), but it hasn’t been able to duplicate its success.

LOST is a once in a lifetime phenomenon and it reaches a level of catharsis that very few stories have, ever. The mythology is really cool, but the story touches us on a very primal, instinctive level. That’s what separates LOST from everything that came before and everything that’s come since.

Game of Thrones Finale Top 5 Moments

WOW! That’s all I can really say right now. The Game of Thrones season seven finale blew me away. I’m speechless (and that’s a very rare thing!) It was among one of the best episodes in the series, and definitely the best finale the show has ever offered. While previous episodes in this season were more action-packed, this one was more character-driven. It also marked the first time that (almost) every major character in the series has been present in the same scene. That was intense! It’s really hard to pick the best moments in the episode because simply put, there were too many. We’ve done our best though, and these are the Game of Thrones finale top 5 moments.

5. The Ice Dragon

Most would probably rank the final sequence with the undead Viserion destroying the wall as the top moment in the episode. It was the only action set piece in the entire episode and and it marked the beginning of this war that we have been hearing about since the first season. Visually, it was stunning. The Night King brings the storm and if Jon (Aegon, but we’ll get to that), Dany, and the rest of Westeros cannot defeat him, the rest of the world will fall. What I’m curious about is will Bran be able to Warg into wight-Viserion? The original three-eyed-raven did say that Bran would never walk again, but he would fly. That has so many different possible meanings, but, it could be a major weapon in the war for survival. While one of the most intense moments in the season 7 finale, this episode simply had too many incredible character moments for it to be ranked any higher.

4. Dragon Pit

Before anything else, it has to be noted that Dany’s arrival at the Dragon Pit was epic! She definitely did it as a show of power, which is so Danaerys, and it worked really well. When Cersei told Dany that she kept them waiting and Dany responded “I’m sorry your grace”, I couldn’t help but laugh. This sequence also had a number of amazing character moments. The Hound, in particular, was a major highlight. They teased Clegane Bowl so hard! Yet it seems to me that The Hound at this point has let go of most of his hatred and has nothing but pity for what his brother has become. His character development the last two seasons has been so much fun to watch.

You could see the sheer terror in Cersei’s face when the Hound unleashed the wight and it went straight for her. Personally I think they should have let it rip her throat out, but alas, that would have caused some major issues for our characters and that was not the point of this meeting. Jon (Aegon) is continuing to make the same mistakes that got his father (uncle) executed, yet he did have a point about vows and honesty. Even Danaerys was taken aback by him publicly swearing allegiance to her.

This was the first time all of our main characters were together in one scene in the entire series, which is a huge landmark for the show, and they all, for the most part, hate each other. Honestly, the scene was filled with so much intensity. Tyrion’s reunion with his sister highlighted this fact and had us on the edge of our seats, but, we’ll get to that bit later.

3. Littlefinger’s Demise

Sansa and Arya were playing Lord Baelish the entire time! For the last three seasons Littlefinger has been a little birdie whispering in Sansa’s ear, and she took the lessons to heart. The student has now become the master. Also, we now have confirmation that it was probably Littlefinger who tried to have Bran killed, and that pisses me off. He set the events of the series in motion with the goal of ending up on the Iron Throne with Sansa at his side. In the words of Cersei Lannister, in the Game of Thrones, “you either win or you die.” Littlefinger underestimated Sansa this whole time and made some critical mistakes, and it was eventually his downfall.

Watching him beg for his life, telling Sansa that he loved her, that he loved her mother, was the lowest that we’ve ever seen the man. He’s always the one with the power, but this time he was groveling like a peasant. Arya delivering sweet justice was incredibly satisfying to watch. It’s a shame to lose Aidan Gillen, who is such a talent. I wonder though, could he return? Arya is a faceless man…

2. Tyrion Confronts Cersei

Tyrion knew he was walking to his death. His goodbye to Jamie was heartbreaking because even Jamie has woken up to the fact that Cersei is crazy as **ck (honest truth) and out of control. This was the first time the characters had seen each other since season 4 and the chemistry between the characters was electric. Regardless of the fact that Tyrion had nothing to do with Joffrey’s death, it doesn’t matter; Cersei has always hated Tyrion and will continue to hate Tyrion. Tyrion’s pleading, his brutal honesty with Cersei, his admitted love for her children (minus Joffrey) was touching. Tyrion was so desperate. This was the best acting in the episode (possibly the series) and when Tyrion called Cersei’s bluff and told her to have the Mountain kill him, I was legitimately afraid. I thought he was going to die to be quite frank. She couldn’t do it though. On some level she still recognizes that he’s her brother and he’s family, despite the utterly disgusting person that she is. Tyrion is a master at the Game of Thrones though, and he ended up coming out on top…or so he thought. At least he walked out with his head intact, right? Regardless of the fact that Cersei has no intention of honoring their agreement, Tyrion still won this round.

1. Aegon Targaryen

Jon Snow has grown up his entire life believing that he was the bastard son of Eddard Stark. Last year, we learned that he was in fact the child to Rhaegar Targaryen and Ned’s sister, Lyanna Stark. We had no context for this though. We didn’t know if she was kidnapped and raped, as Robert Baratheon, the usurper claimed. We didn’t know that, in fact, the two were very much in love and even wed. This is an enormous game changer in the Game of Thrones, as Jon Snow is in fact Aegon Targaryen, the true heir to the Iron Throne. This revelation was exquisitely intercut with a scene showing Jon and Dany taking their relationship to the next level and finally making love, in traditional Targaryen fashion (they inbreed.) This is the most beautiful love story Game of Thrones has had to offer. Now the real question is, will they have children? It was even brought up in the episode that Danaerys may still be able to have children. The Targaryen line could be continued.

It’s really hard to put into words other than this revelation was handled perfectly. It was beautiful. It was touching. It was emotional. That’s why the revelation that Jon Snow is in fact the legitimate-born son of Rhaegar Targaryen, the true heir to the Iron Throne was the best moment in the episode, and quite honestly, the series as a whole. It also changes our entire perspective on the entire show, as Jon Snow, who derived his identity from being a bastard, isn’t one at all; he’s legitimate royalty.

Spider-Man the Animated Series Defines the Franchise

The Spider-Man animated series from the 1990s which aired on Fox was a masterpiece. In fact, Spider-Man the Animated Series defines the franchise, the comic books aside. While Tobey Maguire’s films were not bad per se (save the third film), Maguire never portrayed Spider-Man’s/Peter Parker’s intelligence. He was a typical geek who masqueraded as being smart. While Willem Dafoe and James Franco did a great job of portraying the Osbornes, the script plagued the films and was simply put, hard to watch. Rami’s films were not bad, but they didn’t portray Spider-Man, and more importantly Peter Parker, adequately.


Marc Webb’s The Amazing Spider-Man films were deeply flawed, but the casting was top-notch, especially with Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker/Spider-Man. He had both the boyish charm and was able to portray the intelligence that Maguire lacked. Unfortunately, the films themselves were just okay. The stories were disjointed and despite a stellar cast, the films lacked any kind of clear direction, which is a shame because there was so much potential. I have not seen all of Captain America: Civil War, but from all accounts Tom Holland did a spectacular job and with Marvel’s involvement, Homecoming is sure to please fans.


With that being said, Spider-Man the Animated Series defines the franchise in terms of characterization, storytelling, and even acting (albeit voice acting). It’s a shame that so many who didn’t grow up in the 90s weren’t exposed to the show because it was not your typical campy Spider-Man. There was drama, there were tears. It dealt with the real problems Peter Parker experienced as Spider-Man and while it was funny at times, at others it was downright tragic. Death was not allowed, nor actual guns because of rules by the studio, but Spider-Man the Animated Series defines the franchise, save for the comic books, because it took a story for children and told it in a way that both kids and adults could relate to. It incorporated many of Spidey’s classic villains and while Spider-Man didn’t lack his classic whit, there was also a bit of a tragedy to the character. He wasn’t dark like Batman, who aired on the same station, but he constantly lost the ones he loved because of Spider-Man. The narrative was superb and the last four or five episodes or so actually brought me to tears. Spider-Man was portrayed with having real intelligence, something that was severely lacking in the Maguire films, which was my biggest disappointment.


While Spider-Man the Animated Series defines the franchise, Spider-Man Homecoming has the chance to shine. Tom Holland is an incredible actor and while Peter will be a teenager, as opposed to a college student in the television series, it has the potential to rival this classic cartoon. Spider-Man, X-Men, and Batman, who all aired on Fox in the mid-90s, all define their respective franchises, even though the films (I’m pointing to the Dark Knight Trilogy and some of the X-Men films) were lauded with critical acclaim and were good films. Up to this point though, there hasn’t been any iteration of Spider-Man to top the 90s cartoon series. It simply was that good, as well as the Batman Animated Series. Spider-Man Homecoming may not top the series, but hopefully with Marvel at the helm it will at least do the character justice. It’s a shame Garfield isn’t reprising his role as Peter, as he nailed the character, but they needed a clean slate. The films he was apart of simply put were not very good.

Spider-Man is, in my opinion, the best franchise that Marvel has to offer. If the movie bombs, at least there’s still the cartoon, which nails the essence of the comic book perfectly.

Batman The Animated Series is the Definitive Version of Batman

Batman The Animated Series came out in 1992 and brought to fans courtesy of Bruce Timm and Paul Dinni. It was created on the heels of Tim Burton’s Batman films, and through the years was praised for its dark tone and noir aspects. Mark Hamill’s performance is legendary, and Batman The Animated Series became the definitive version of Batman. Kevin Conroy brought The Dark Knight to life in a way no one else could and the series even brought in original characters, such as the iconic and now the famous Harley Quinn. It provided backstories for Two Face/Harvey Dent and Clayface in tragic fashion. It included villains throughout the Batman mythos and managed to do all of this with severe restrictions put on the development team by Fox.

Back in the early ’90s, gun violence on cartoons was a no-no. Even though characters carried and in Batman The Animated Series, no one was actually shot on camera and bloodshed was not allowed. Gordon was shot once, but, this was shown off screen. Batman had to deal with all of these restrictions despite its dark tone, but it was able to overcome these limitations and deliver a masterpiece. In later Fox shows characters did have guns, but instead they were laser guns to bypass these rules, like in Spider-Man: The Animated Series. The 1990s were a very different time than the present, where violence is common place in cartoon and television.


Many people regard The Dark Knight Trilogy as the pinnacle iteration of Batman. While it is a great portrayal of Batman, it fails to truly capture the essence of Bruce Wayne. This is something Batman The Animated Series does in perfectly harmony. It balances the two characters unlike any other adaptation to date. As opposed to The Dark Knight Trilogy, where Bruce goes out of his way to be a womanizer and play the role of billionaire playboy, Bruce in Batman The Animated Series is much more subdued. He does play the billionaire playboy angle with a smile on his face, but he is much more natural. This may be due to him being a bit older than Bale’s version. His transition to Batman is much more believable. Although his voice changes once he dons the cowl, it’s not over the top like Bale’s performance. Batman is shown to be a true detective as well and lives up to the name “The World’s Greatest Detective”, which the films are not able to portray adequately. Kevin Conroy is an absolute delight in the role of Batman, and it’s no wonder why he returned for the Arkham series.

Mark Hamill’s performance of the Joker steals the show. He is fantastic and nails the character beautifully. Although Heath Ledger’s Joker was fantastic, Mark Hamill’s will live on for years to come. He even reprised his role, like Conroy, in the Arkham games, which gave the games a nice sense of continuity with the animated series, although the two are not necessarily connected. In fact, Hamill’s performance in Arkham Knight is perhaps his best performance as a voice actor.


Batman The Animated Series beats out every other iteration of Batman, not only because of its portrayal of Batman, but of the dark atmosphere and essence of the Gotham universe it managed to create, despite restrictions placed on them. Batman was terrifying at times and even though the series included Robin (later on), it worked and didn’t shift the show to a “lighter” tone. Rocksteady did a fantastic job with their Arkham games, as did Christopher Nolan with his trilogy, but no other iteration of this iconic character has quite been able to capture Batman the way Bruce Timm and Paul Dini did. Paul Dini even participated in the first two Arkham games, but those focused on Batman and had very little Bruce at all.


With Batman’s latest outing, Batman a Telltale Story, it will be interesting to see what their take on Batman is. It may not outshine the animated series, which was released before most young gamers today, but it’s not your dad’s Batman/Bruce Wayne. Batman The Animated Series has informed what Batman has become today, and without it perhaps we wouldn’t be getting Telltale’s Batman or have even gotten The Dark Knight Trilogy. Harley Quinn wouldn’t have been in Suicide Squad if not for the series and her creation in the animated masterpiece. Batman The Animated Series is the best version of Batman there is, period. It contains the best elements from all of Bruce’s various adventures and maintains the dark complexity of the character.