Hype Anime Expo

Also This Week In Hype: 3DS Metroid does not celebrate America, and Despicable Me 3 is a movie.

Summer truly is the most hype season of them all.

We may have passed the Summer Solstice back on the 21st (an event that did not make the cut for last week’s hype), but we got a ton of stuff on the horizon to look forward to already. Not that this should be a surprise, of course. As kids, we knew to get hyped for summer because it meant no school. As we get older, the feeling remains the same, even if it’s for different reasons. There are summer blockbusters, summer events, and of course, all the great collectibles that come with each. Speaking of summer events, wouldn’t it be great if we had a big convention to look forward to this week?

Oh wait!

Anime Expo!

That’s right, this Saturday marks the first weekend of July, which means it’s time for Anime Expo 2017!

I know I had some shade to throw at E3 a couple weeks ago, but this? This year’s Anime Expo just looks like a ton of fun, and I will probably never have a problem with that (Note: this is not a guarantee). I mean it is funny that we have this huge celebration of mostly eastern media happening through Independence Day, but that’s nothing new for Anime Expo. Plus I already used that joke in the title.

Practically anyone who proudly calls themselves a nerd can take one look at the guest list and find something to be excited about, which is to be expected when you have literally a million notable guest appearances lined up (Note: there are not literally a million guests lined up). I mean sure, you got your creators of Final Fantasy and Is It Wrong To Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon attending, but for me, the true crown jewel of the event is the voice of Squidward himself attending. This definitively confirms that Spongebob Squarepants is in fact the greatest anime of all time. That’s right Cory in the House fanboys, fight me.

I kid, of course, but there’s just so much awesome stuff going on at Anime Expo that I don’t even know where to start. Even if you aren’t attending, make sure to look up any live streams of panels or events you’d still like to see. I know I’ll be watching as many as I can, even if I just want to count how many Kiritos I can see in any given audience.

Samus Returns Europe

Metroid: Samus Returns‘ Special Edition makes the world envious.

I’ll be frank: I’m still geeking out over Metroid: Samus Returns coming out this year. We somehow went from “Nintendo hates Metroid” to “Surprise we have two Metroid games in the works” in a day, which can only remind me of when Metroid Fusion and Metroid Prime came out at roughly the same time in 2002. These are happy memories.

So naturally I was stoked when I saw the badass Samus Returns special edition pictured above. A case shaped like a gameboy cartridge!? 40 page artbook! But as fate would have it, this special edition is exclusive to Europe. But wait! Surely the special edition we’re getting in America is at least pretty good, right?

… Oh.

There we have it. Definitive proof that Europe always gets all the best stuff, except for all the times they don’t.

Despicable Me 3 reminds the world that Minions exist.

We’ve been rounding out This Week In Hype with a lot of movies lately, but hey… that’s summer for you!

We’ve certainly run the gamut so far, haven’t we? First we had Wonder Woman, which was so awesome that it got people to care about the DC Expanded Universe again. Then we had Cars 3, which by all measures is pretty good. And then we had Transformers: The Last Knight which was… um… well… aaaanyway we’re talking about Despicable Me 3 now.

While early reviews have been pretty favorable so far, you can probably tell how much you’d enjoy it before you step into a movie theater. The Minions particularly cement the franchise into love-it-or-hate-it status, since you’ve either seen too many of them on social media or not enough. Personally, I’ve made just the right amount of Minions-loving friends to be ambivalent to the franchise. The gibberish baby talk isn’t really my cup of tea, but I can see the appeal, and anything that makes other people happy makes me happy (Note: this is not a guarantee).

If anything, I am impressed that Trey Parker is lending his talent to something unrelated to South Park for the first time in too many years. Whether I can watch the movie from start to finish without thinking of Randy Marsh remains to be seen.

And that wraps up another edition of This Week In Hype. Remember to enjoy the summer days while they last, and be sure to post pictures of anything I talked about here on Gemr. In between bouts of crying over the Samus Returns special edition I will never have, I will be sure to give your items the Hype stamp of approval.

Note to self: make sure to create the official Hype stamp of approval.
Written by TimM
Tim is a video game aficionado who is fascinated by pop culture. He built his first collection in 1999 by catching all 151 monsters in Pokemon Red, and he hasn't stopped collecting since. His work has been featured multiple times on Destructoid.com.