2017 Josh Awards

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Last year was an important year for me. It was massive in so many ways, and helped me realize so many things about myself. In November, I married the love of my life, and less than a month later, we went on our dream honeymoon to Japan, and it was the most awe-inspiring two weeks of my life.

It opened my eyes and made me realize the things that have always mattered to me in life. The things I’ve always cherished, and dreamt of making reality. Each year, I have a tradition of picking my favorite things throughout the year, and listing them in an award format. This is the first time I’ve posted them on Ph LEVEL, but hopefully not the last.

I present to you… the 2017 Josh Awards.

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Ph LEVEL Hiatus

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As crazy as this sounds, I actually have some regular readers here on Ph LEVEL, and I wanted you all to know that you’re awesome! I also wanted to let all the readers know that Ph LEVEL will be taking a small hiatus starting Saturday, December 9th. The hiatus will run until Tuesday, December 26th.

My wife and I are going on our honeymoon, and visiting Seoul, Korea, and Tokyo, Japan for two weeks! I’ll make sure to post a recap for the trip with amazing pictures of Japan.

Cake-Flavored Pepsi Headed to Japan

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Japan is known for its many flavors of many things. Being unafraid to merge the strangest flavors and textures in a bid to create something memorable and unique. Pepsi is a great example, with their latest “Christmas Cola” being released in Japan on November 21st. Typically, Christmas in Japan is celebrated with a delicious cake, and now Pepsi wants in on the tradition, with a new cake-flavored Pepsi cola.

There’s a sweet, yet tart strawberry aroma in a white cola, meant to evoke the creamy holiday sponge cake, most often topped with strawberries. Enjoy!

Gorillaz “Garage Palace” Video

I’m not normally one to share music videos on here, but the Gorillaz are one of my all-time favorite musical compositions (are they a group?), and their latest video, a partnership with British rapper Little Simz, is an incredible piece of art. The video takes us through a trippy 32-bit video game filled with side-scrolling beat-em-ups, bullet hell shooters, and more.

Definitely take a look at it, as the design and fluid pixel-art work is absolutely beautiful, and because more mainstream musicians need to try their hand at this level of experimental.

Doctor Strange Writer Joins Justice League Dark

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The cinematic adaptation of Justice League Dark has been floundering after Doug Liman left the project earlier this year. The studio has been unable to find a replacement director, and treatments have been sub-par at best, leading to the studio sending the project back to the drawing board.

Now, The Hashtag Show is reporting that Doctor Strange and Prometheus writer, Jon Spaihts, has joined the project to pen a new draft of the screenplay. With his experience in the world of magic and mystics, over in the Marvel Universe, this spells good news for the project, as it still remains a fan-favorite, ripe with anticipation.

Star Wars: Forces of Destiny Trailer

Lucasfilm has released the first official trailer for Star Wars: Forces of Destiny, a series of female-focused animated shorts and merchandise lines that spotlight the incredible women of the Star Wars universe. Daisy Ridley, Lupita Nyong’o, Felicity Jones, and more are all set to reprise their roles in various shorts. The first series is set to air July 3rd.

Disney and Lucasfilm Celebrate Iconic Heroes from a Galaxy Far, Far Away…with Star Wars Forces of Destiny Micro-series of original, animated shorts will focus on untold stories of everyday heroism that shape the destinies of Rey, Jyn Erso, Sabine Wren, Princess Leia, Ahsoka Tano and others Daisy Ridley, Felicity Jones, Tiya Sircar, Ashley Eckstein and Lupita Nyong’o reprise their roles for new series launching in July. Books, apparel and toys including new ‘Adventure Figures’ from Hasbro launching this summer.

DC Movie Output Rumored to Increase Dramatically

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Warner Bros.’ DC Entertainment film output has been spotty, at best. The films have been successful from a financial standpoint, but critically they’ve generally been flops, and many have been fraught with delays and mishaps. Now, with the success of Wonder Woman, things finally seem to be on track once again.

Aquaman is currently filming, and Warner is expected to increase their output of DC Entertainment films dramatically. The Flash, Black Adam, Shazam, Cyborg, Gotham City Sirens, and Suicide Squad 2 are all in the works, so we should expect some pretty big announcements soon.

A lot of people have been asking me ‘What’s the next movie in 2018?’ I know for a fact that DC is trying to get three to four movies made a year going forward. If I were you, I’d make sure I’d be inside Hall H this summer.

Top 5 Games at E3 2017

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This year was huge for the video game industry at the 2017 Electronic Entertainment Expo. The major players all brought out the big guns, with some of the best moments and shock surprises in recent memory hitting the stage. It was hard to narrow it down to my favorites, but after some deliberation, here it is.

Hit the jump to check out my Top 5 Games at E3 2017.

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R.I.P. Adam West

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The legendary Adam West, famously known for his portrayal of the 1960’s Caped Crusader on ABC has lost a short battle with Leukemia. He was 88, and is survived by his wife, Marcelle, six children, five grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.

Rest in Paradise, our Bright Knight.

Super Nintendo World Unveiled

Yesterday, Nintendo and Universal Studios Japan had their groundbreaking ceremony for the long-rumored Super Nintendo World feature in their theme park. Now, after years of waiting, we have a first official look at what the park could be. The two have released a hype-trailer detailing the possibilities with Mario running around a brightly colored Super Mario-inspired world.

Super Nintendo World is set to release in Japan in 2020.

BLAME! x ACRNM Capsule Collection

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One of the most wonderfully unique and awe-inspiring manga series ever created, is without a doubt Tsutomu Nihei’s BLAME! series. A one-of-a-kind trek through a dystopian landscape following a mysterious man named Killy, with an even more mysterious all-powerful weapon. The series is getting an animated feature release later this year, and in preparation for the film, it’s been announced that the film has partnered with iconic tech brand, Acronym.

You can head over to EYESCREAM.jp to see the entire capsule collection, launching this Saturday in Japan across select retailers.

Pokémon Release Savage Magikarp Song

The Pokémon Company has officially released this random video of various interesting pieces of Magikarp artwork over a song about the most useless Pokemon ever created. Poor, lowly Magikarp… this song is savage af. Check it out above, and make sure to hug your Magikarp tonight, as one day he’ll be a massive fucking dragon.

The Defenders’ Trailer Hits

The first trailer for Marvel’s biggest series yet has finally hit, with our first in-motion looks at the team-up of Marvel’s Netflix characters. There’s absolutely not a shortage of action, as we see Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist interacting with each other, and their incredible supporting casts.

Misty Knight is back, with her trademark hair in all its incredible beauty. We even get a glimpse of Elektra, now clearly a villain, fighting our heroes through a white hallway where she punts Matt through a window. It’s pretty great. The big thing here is our first look at Sigourney Weaver in her mysterious villain-role. She seems immensely intimidating, and not at all scared by the powerful group of heroes. I’m so stoked to see this payoff finally happen.

UNIQLO Getting Kick Ass Nintendo Designs

UNIQLO has unveiled the winners of their UT Grand Prix design contest after a partnership with Nintendo. The video above shows many of the designs in the entire line, which look fantastic. The Magikarp, Pikachu, Star Fox, Kirby, and Metroid designs being some of the stand-outs in the crowd for me.

For the full line, you can check out the OFFICIAL PAGE ON UNIQLO. No word on these making it to the North American UNIQLO stores, but there really isn’t any reason for them not to.

Analog EP8: Whip It Good! For Justice!

Josh and Theo are back to chat it up during a pretty interesting news week, and announce a winner for the first Analog giveaway! Covering the latest news and views on the coolest pop culture has to offer!

The Kingsman: The Golden Circle trailer, the DC Network, some fun video game news, and a ton of release dates fill out the 8th chapter of Analog! Check out the links below to listen, and please be sure to rate and review us on iTunes!

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