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In Preparation for Ash’s Last Episodes, Pokémon Recreates the Original Anime’s Introduction

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Following Ash and Pikachu after the former has achieved his goal of becoming a global champion, Pokémon: Aim to Be a Pokémon Master serves as a goodbye for the two, visiting many characters along the way.

Pokemon Master Journeys: Aim to be the Pokemon Master

The second season of Pokémon Master Journeys: The Series, also known in Japan as Pocket Monsters (, Poketto Monsut), is the twenty-fourth season of the Pokémon animated television series.

The season had its Japanese premiere on December 11, 2020, on TV Tokyo. It had its Canadian premiere on Teletoon in June 2021, and its American streaming television season premiere on Netflix on September 10, 2021, with fresh episodes coming out on January 21 and May 26, 2022.

In India, the program debuted on November 25, 2022, in Hindi.

Ash Ketchum and Goh, who are based at Cerise Laboratory in Vermillion City in the Kanto region, continue their research fellowship adventures this season as they visit all eight regions, including the brand-new Galar region from Pokémon Sword and Shield and the Galar region’s Crown Tundra from Pokémon Sword and Shield: The Crown Tundra. Chloe occasionally joins them.

“One, Two, Three” (123, Wan, Ts, Sur) by Abingdon Boys School/Nishikawa-kun and Kirish (Takanori Nishikawa and Sh Kiryin) for one episode and by Karaage Sisters (Erika Ikuta and Sayuri Matsumura of Nogizaka46) for 41 episodes serves as the Japanese opening song.

The Pokémon Legends: Arceus game is the basis for four episodes that were published on January 21 and 28, 2022 (exclusive on Amazon Prime Video in Japan).

The third and fourth episodes were released on the same days as the game’s launch. On September 23, 2022, the narrative arc made its Netflix premiere under the title Pokémon: The Arceus Chronicles.

This marks the end of our beloved boy.

The opening sequence pays a sweet respect to the anime by matching the original frames for frames, but that’s not all of them.

The poster is identical, except this time it features every Pokémon Ash has acquired over the course of 25 years. This miniseries will concentrate on what it means for Ash’s goal to be a Pokémon Master and seeing his old friends and Pokémon, according to the description of “Ash left Pallet Town with Pikachu and walked into the world of Pokémon to be a Pokémon Master.”

It’s uplifting that Ash is finally saying goodbye to the Pokémon universe in such a positive way, and many have noted that the animators went above and above for this miniseries.

Although I must admit that I miss Pikachu’s goofiness from the original anime, the introduction is precisely the same as the original cartoon.

It goes without saying that a good deal of responses claim that the updated animation is less successful than the older one. I hate to say it, but things change with time, so should we simply enjoy the reenactment as is?

Twitter user TinyAkeno observed, “One thing I see here is, Ash appears more confident. 1997, Ash looks serious and dead intent on winning, and 2023 he looks confident in his ability.

Even if everything turns out fine in the end, the characters of the eighth series have a lot of ground to make up.

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The Last of Us on HBO gets a second season.

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HBO announced today that The Last of Us has been officially renewed for Season 2. It comes after a premiere that drew 22 million domestic viewers and rapidly went viral on social media.


From game to series

Between July 2021 and June 2022, Alberta served as the location for filming The Last of Us, which is rumored to be the biggest television production in Canadian history.

Produced jointly by Sony Pictures Television, PlayStation Productions, Naughty Dog, the Mighty Mint, and Word Games, it is the first HBO show based on a video game. The first season has nine episodes that were co-written by Mazin and Druckmann, who also authored and co-directed the original game.

In 2023, The Last of Us made its debut on January 15. The performances, script, production design, and soundtrack were lauded by critics, who also dubbed it the finest live-action video game adaptation.

The series debut attracted 4.7 million people on the first day across linear channels and HBO Max, which is the second-highest number for HBO since 2010, and over 22 million viewers in total over the course of twelve days. A second season of the show was ordered in January 2023.

Well deserved for the series!

After the news broke, executive producer and Naughty Dog co-president Neil Druckmann stated in a tweet (below) that the second season will be based on The Last of Us: Part 2 game, much like the first season was based on The Last of Us (later rebranded as Part 1).

Even though The Last of Us had just two episodes air, there were already rumors about a second season, lead by actor Bella Ramsey who stated that a renewal was probable provided viewership remained strong.

The network reportedly decided to lock in a second season after Episode 2 garnered 22% more viewers on its debut night than Episode 1 – the highest week two audience rise for any HBO original drama ever.

The fact that so many people have listened to and engaged with our rendition of Joel and Ellie’s journey “humbles, honors, and honestly overwhelms me,” said Druckmann.

“My already high hopes were surpassed by the partnership with Craig Mazin, our amazing cast, and crew, as well as HBO. With Season 2, we now have the wonderful pleasure of doing it once more! Thank you from everyone at Naughty Dog and PlayStation.

“I’m so thankful to Neil Druckmann and HBO for our cooperation, and I’m even more grateful to the millions of individuals who have joined us on this trip,” said fellow executive producer Craig Mazin.

As a supporter of the characters and the universe Neil and Naughty Dog built, I couldn’t be more eager to jump back in now that the public has given us the chance to continue.

In an effort to increase interest in HBO’s adaptation of The Last of Us, the first episode of the game was posted for free on YouTube prior to the announcement of Season 2.

Fans can watch how the narrative of Joel and Ellie continues (along with Nick Offerman’s Bill) in Episode 3 on January 29. The program has kept fairly loyal to the original PlayStation game, but it has also not been hesitant to alter things up.

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For About $200 Million, Justin Bieber Has Just Sold His Whole Music Catalog

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The whole music collection of Justin Bieber was auctioned for USD $200 million. According to Rolling Stone, the pop artist gave the Hipgnosis Songs Fund the rights to his songs. The sizable agreement covers 290 of his works that will be released by December 21, 2021. Therefore, the British investment and song management firm owns all of those beloved classics, such as “Baby,” “Love Me”, and even “Boyfriend”!

Leaving a Legacy

With this agreement, Hipgnosis has acquired a 100% interest in the publishing rights and the artist’s portion of the income from the 28-year-master old’s recordings, which are still owned by Universal Music Group. Additionally, they are entitled to neighboring rights, which apply to any public performances of his music. Following the announcement of the contract, Scooter Braun, Bieber’s longtime manager, said through CNN:  “Justin is truly a once in a generation artist and that is reflected and acknowledged by the magnitude of this deal. For 15 years I have been grateful to witness this journey and today I am happy for all those involved. Justin’s greatness is just beginning.”

From a Business Perspective

Bieber joins a lengthy line of musicians, including Bruce Springsteen, Justin Timberlake, Motley Crue, Sting, and Red Hot Chili Peppers, who have lately sold their libraries. Bieber is the biggest musician traded for in his generation, surpassing Springsteen, whose catalog was sold for an estimated $550 million. If you have something that’s popular, everyone wants to get in on it, according to Cynthia Katz of the legal firm Fox Rothschild, which has handled infamous deals like the sale of Motley Crue to BMG.

Taylor Swift, meanwhile, has chosen a totally different path. In 2019, after Big Machine Records, unknowing to her, sold her masters to her adversary Scooter Braun, the singer fought valiantly to regain creative control, even re-recording six of her first studio albums. She admitted that she made an attempt to repurchase them before the agreement with Braun was signed. Of course, not every singer is in to doing all the same the others do, but there lies the greatness of it all as money is always a powerful tool. A strategic move for singers, but it would be up to them to handle it all and prove their business prowess too!

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Sebastian Stan Says He’s Interested in Being Luke Skywalker One Day

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Sebastian Stan, who is most known for playing Bucky Barnes, or the Winter Soldier, in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, has developed a bit of a reputation in recent years for being essentially a perfect clone of a young Luke Skywalker. When you compare the two side by side, their similarities are startling. Mark Hamill himself has chimed in on the topic in the past, suggesting that Stan could easily be his kid.

What Could Be

So it seems sense that there has been constant pressure for Stan to portray a young Luke Skywalker at some time in the future. Face swaps, alterations, and fan art abound, making it obvious that the actor is well aware of how much the fans want to see him in the part. The higher-ups at Disney must have have seen the demand by this point, and fans have been really keen on showing the many possibilities on what can happen.

All The Possibilities

It was brought up in a recent interview with Esquire whether or not we may ever see our dreams come true, and he is technically not saying no:  “Look, it’s really kind. Never say never. Mark Hamill is my father, you know, and he knows that, and I call him every Christmas to tell him, ‘just want you to know I’m around,’” he stated.

Thanks to technology, Hamill was still able to appear in The Mandalorian as a younger version of Skywalker, but there’s only so much that can be done without it seeming completely ludicrous, so it’s by no means a long-term fix. We’ll have to keep to the face swaps for the time being since there are obviously no current formal intentions to cast Stan in the part, or at least none that can be disclosed at this point.

This isn’t the first time Stan has responded to the demand; in a Good Morning America interview from last March, given to promote The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, he was asked if it was possible that the request would be granted. He replied, “If Mark Hamill calls me personally to tell me that he feels inclined to share this role with me then I’ll believe it,” when asked if it was possible.

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