Weekly Hype Solar Eclipse

Joining the Solar Eclipse in hype: Hayao Miyazaki returns for a new movie, and a certain new video game was just announced.

Look up in the sky! It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s… wait, I’m blind, because you aren’t supposed to stare at the sun during a Solar Eclipse.

All jokes aside, this week is all about nebulous hype. What do I mean by this? Well, even though the hype is in the air, it’s all very ill-defined and somewhat unusual. Usually I find something to freak out over during This Week In Hype, but I can’t find it within me to get all giddy like I usually do. But I digress, our spread of topics this week still deserve our time and attention, starting of course with…

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Solar Eclipse 2017

It’s been 38 years since Mother Nature dropped a solar eclipse on us. That may seem like a long time, but as they say in Hollywood, “it’s never too late for a reboot.”

So in typical movie fashion, we got a brand new solar eclipse that was just like the old one, but re-released for a brand new audience. Critics are calling this solar eclipse lazy, but others say it’s the return to form that Mother Nature needed. Highlights include that moment when the moon went in front of the sun, and disappointments include the moment when the moon was no longer in front of the sun. Overall, I’d give it a 8/10, though I’d be persuaded to award it a 10/10 if you didn’t need those special glasses just to watch it. Typical money-grubbing tactics, aren’t my 3-D glasses enough!?

Now, if you weren’t able to watch the 2017 Solar Eclipse, don’t sweat it too much. The next total solar eclipse is anticipated to occur on April 8th, 2024. That is to say, you’ll probably be able to see it again during your lifetime. 7 years may be a long wait, but it’s less than a 5th of the time since the last one. May the shadow of the moon fall on a world at peace (what can I say, I’m an optimist).


That Miyazaki guy is making a new movie.

Hey gang, remember Hayao Miyazaki? Apparently he’s returning to Studio Ghibli to direct a new movie.

… What do you mean, “is that it?” What do I look like, a freakin’ journalist? That’s literally all we know so far. But if you insist, here’s some context I guess: Hayao Miyazaki, co-founder of Studio Ghibli, is the director responsible for some of the most beloved anime movies ever. Credits include Princess MononokeMy Neighbor Totoro, and Spirited Away. After 2013’s The Wind Rises, Miyazaki went into retirement due to his age, and Studio Ghibli’s future promptly went up in the air following his departure. So, yeah, now that he’s back on board in the directing seat, the beloved animation studio is back in full production. I suppose that’s kind of amazing and awesome news.

Current rumors / sources say the film will be based on Miyazaki’s first ever CGI short film, Boro The Catepillar. Let’s just hope this movie isn’t boro-ing if you catch my… yeah I don’t even want to play that one out.

Wait a second… is that… AGE OF EMPIRES 4!?


Literally had another game taking this slot as I was ready to make this post go live. But then, all the sudden, boom, new Age of Empires out of nowhere. Now I’m here scrambling to make this post that you’re reading right now because I refuse to let Age of Empires 4 go by without hyping it. I mean, who doesn’t love Age of Empires!? I’ve had a soft spot for this series from the moment I wololo‘d my first enemy into companionship. Now Bill Gates himself has bestowed upon us a new Age of Empires game and I couldn’t be happier. I don’t know if that’s actually true, but the evidence lines up well enough for it that I’m going to assume it’s true.

As for the game itself… who knows what it looks like, ’cause we certainly don’t see any of it in the trailer. But who cares!? It’s been 12 years since Age of Empires 3, and I can’t wait to check this one out when I can. Don’t disappoint me Bill.

Have you ever had a funny bit you wanted to play out at the end of your hype column, only to have your joke totally ruined by Age of Empires 4 being announced? Yeah, I hate that too. Tune in next time on This Week In Hype for super high-quality pop-culture news that is obviously really good. Why did I sign up for this.

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.