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In 2001 during the year of the first released issue of W.I.T.C.H., I was a 12 year old girl still in the sixth grade and drawing anime style characters, such as Sailor Moon, terribly (I am self-taught in free-hand drawing and I have never took a drawing class). I didn't know of its existence until I saw a commercial about a new animated series called W.I.T.C.H. on the Jetix channel. At the time I didn't pay much attention to it because I was into "Digimon" ( and still am!). A few months later when it was mid-way through the airing of the first season, I got bored enough to watch an episode. At first, I thought that it was interesting and okay, but I wasn't entire hooked yet. A few weeks later after watching my first W.I.T.C.H. episode on television, my family took me and my younger brother to the nearby bookstore. There, I saw the American (slightly censored) version of the original comic series. At first, I thought that it was one of those silly comic adaptation from the animated series and didn't realized that it was actually the other way around until I did some research. I sat there in the bookstore reading the very first 6 issues compacted into 3 books and immediately saw how much of big difference it is from the animated series. I started to watch more episodes of the series, including the ones that I missed and I started to do some more research on its history. By then, I was officially hooked. I fell in love with its unique ways of story-telling and artistic style and I felt that there was a certain charm to it that I have never felt before.
After waiting months on end for the American released, I got impatient and went online instead. To my luck, I was able to find a gold mine of comic scans online and began to read those instead. After years of reading WITCH, I also began to notice the difference as it transitioned itself from one saga to the next. I noticed the changes in the art styles, then the story-telling, then the entire thing which, I admittedly think, is now crap (the changes, not the entire WITCH universe). What was once a magical experience, I find WITCH now somewhat tasteless and a shell of its former glory. There were some issues that I still think was good, while others were so terrible and childish that it makes me preferred its rival, Winx Club, more than itself (Yes, it's that bad). I am now very disappointed that WITCH isn't as great as it used to be, and I find myself criticizing some of its new issues even more. Some people might ask me, "If you don't like it, then why bother continuing to read it?" My only answer is because I can't find myself to hate it entirely. W.I.T.C.H. has been around for a while and I fell in love with it as a teenager. Although I do find that it lost most of its magical touch, there are still some moments which I thought was wonderful enough for me to continue reading.
After ten years, W.I.T.C.H. has changed greatly, but personally, I still find that it still has that certain amount of charm that I just couldn't discard easily. W.I.T.C.H. comics has been a great inspiration to me in more ways than one, and to this day I am grateful to it. After drawing countless works, I finally made a small switch to WITCH art style. Although not best at first (as I'm still learning) I suddenly find myself drawing my own W.I.T.C.H. fanart calendar series, started my very first fan-comic side story of C.H.Y.K.N. (WITCH's predecessors), and now I'm slowly developing my new idea for a full blown WITCH fan-saga (called WITCH: Dreams of Lusteria)!
Name: Galistar07water (or just galistar) Role: Guardian of Arts Age: 25 Race: Human Gender: Female Ethnicity: Vietnamese Religion: Buddhist Location: Southern California Occupation: Assistant tutor/Tutor in English and history Hobbies: Read, Write, Draw, and Study films Favorite Films: The Godfather, Inception, Titanic, The Lord of the Ring films, Beauty and the Beast, and many more... Favorite Books: A lot, too much to list What I hate: the Twilight series and M. Night Shyamalan's The Last Airbender Favorite Comic series: Disney's W.i.t.c.h. duh!
Current Residence: Southern California, United States of America Favorite music artists Bruno Mars, Maroon 5, Adele, etc Favorite genre of music: A lot of types, okay? Favorite style of art: Too many to list MP3 player of choice: Walkman (I don't like iPods) Favorite cartoon character: I have too many to list Personal Quote: If an artist's inspiration lacks uniqueness, then his work shall lack rareness.
Favorite visual artistUm...the crew who drew W.I.T.C.H. comic series!Favorite moviesInception, Batman: The Dark Knight, and a bunch of others that I won't bother to listFavorite TV showsAvatar: The Last Airbender, The Legend of Korra, W.I.T.C.H., Winx Club, H2O: Just Add Water, Mako Mermaids, Code LyokoFavorite bands / musical artistsToo many to listFavorite writersJ.K. Rowling, James Moloney, Cornelia Funke, Alyson Noel, Mary Hoffman, Alison Croggon, and more...Favorite gamesAge of Mythology for PCOther InterestsDraw, Read, study films
As a sequel to the 2011 film Rise of the Planet of the Apes, the second installment delivers us something darker and more intense to a point that it is quite enjoyable and frightening. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is just the kind of summer blockbuster film that we need this year because unlike Transformers: Age of Extinction, it's loud and intense in just the right way. Oh sure, there's explosion in this film as well, but not the kind that are constant but just enough to make the story plot work. Despite Matt Reeves replacing Rupert Wyatt as director and Jason Clarke replacing James Franco, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is darker and better than its predecessor in almost every way. It's so intense from beginning to end that it does leave a bittersweet taste in your mouth, making you wonder, "What will they pull off next for a third film?!"
Franco may not return in this film, but he does cameo somewhere in an old family video as his surrogate ape son Caesar (Andy Serkis) watches it with fond memories, remembering that not all humans are cruel and vicious. Once again, Serkis dons the motion capture equipments and easily slips back into his role as Caesar, the savior of their rising race of dominant ape species. In Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Caesar's story is one of those traditional epic hero's journey when he discovered his potential and capabilities to help his fellow apes because he's different. The political ethic aspect of animal test subjects and animal cruelty is fall into play as well. Here in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Caesar is now a father to two sons, a husband, and the tribe leader of his new ape clan as they took refuge and built their own sanctuary of Muir Woods located on the other side of the Golden Gate Bridge. After about a decade, the human race seemed to have become extinct, save for the few who are genetically immune to the ALZ-113 virus.
You easily identify how Caesar is now in the ten-years aftermath of the revolution. He and his ape tribes aren't fighting against humans, but hunting for food and fighting off grizzly bears. Life for the apes is now peaceful, quiet, and a little bit boring until a small band of humans accidentally stumble into their woods. They came from what's left of San Francisco and with Dreyfus (The Dark Knight's Gary Oldman) as their leader, another human and his family, Malcolm (Jason Clarke), came to plead with Caesar for his help. They want to restore the old hydroelectric plant located on the ape's side of the forest so that the humans can have electricity and lights for their people back home. They claim that they don't want any violence, but it's hard to trust them when a few of Malcolm's companions are stupid enough to bring in guns. The new situation torments Caesar as he struggles to maintain peace and balance between his ape tribe and family and the potential violent humans. However, the biggest challenge isn't between Caesar and trusting Malcolm, but getting the thick-headed Koba ape (Toby Kebbell) under control, especially when it's clear that the latter wants nothing more than to kill humans due to him being cruelly experimented on decades ago. He'll stop at nothing to amass his own, guerrilla warfare army (pun intended here) and take the fight to the people. Koba questions Caesar's true loyalty to his primate people or to the humans, and in some ways, Koba is right. After all, Caesar is struggling to remember his childhood and he knows that deep in his heart, he's actually the most human-sympathetic ape of them all. He nearly forgets that until Malcolm and his family came into his life and Malcolm, himself, reminds Caesar of his human father who had truly ever loved him.
The theme of this film is a bit different than the first because it shows that not all humans are violent and not all apes are good like Caesar and his loyal followers. In essence, this films seemed to know and understand that to a point that it shows us a mirrored storyline between the humans and the apes: Malcolm fighting against his leader Dreyfus who thinks that apes are nothing more than wild and violent animals and Caesar against Koba who questions Caesar's softness for the humans and bitterly attempts to usurp him and declare himself as the new alpha.
The direction, scripts, and special effects are all too awe-inspiring to behold. Despite having a new director and a new human cast on board, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is dark and deliciously woven into a tale of struggling to do what is right in a time when others would even question you as a person. The script and dialogues are written well enough that we can see the story from the point of views of Caesar, his son, Koba, Malcolm, Dreyfus and others and in some ways, managed to make us sympathize with each and everyone one of them. Special effects with motion capture technology goes beyond Serkis now as the film also features Ceasar's son, Blue Eyes (Thurston), a Borneo orangutang Maurice (Karin Konoval), Kebbell as Koba, and many other ape characters. Like Serkis who's known for his portrayal of both Golem from The Lord of the Rings and the new Planet of the Apes franchise, the other actors and actresses moved in such a way that is mesmerizing. Sure, they're probably not as shining as Serkis when he's shouting, "APES DO NOT WANT WAR!", but hell are they scary when their characters are riding on horses. I can't help but cower in fear at how tall and intimidating these apes are on horses and tanks. Worse when they're carrying guns...
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is exactly what sequels should be like. It dives in deeper into a story than its predecessor and it leaves us in amazement. Once you leave the theater room, your mind is so blown away that soon, you began to question, "What will the third film be like?" and "I want a third film right now!" Just like its title,Dawn of the Planet of the Apes screams for a third installment which hopefully, we'll find just as amazing if not more amazing that what we already see. The word "dawn" itself implies it and sure enough, the sunrise at the end of this film signifies the dawning of a new age for both man and apes. The real question now is, "Are you ready for it?"