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New Witcher spin-off series announced for Netflix

Published: 27/Jul/2020 18:08 Updated: 3/Sep/2020 12:43

by Tanner Pierce


Netflix has announced a brand new six-episode spin-off titled Blood Origin, which is set to explain the origins of the very first Witcher.

In 2019, Netflix released The Witcher, a show based on the hit book and video game series of the same name, to critical acclaim. While it was more based on the former rather than the latter, it still included a few references to the game series, making it appealing to fans both.

While its success ultimately led to an unsurprising announcement of a second season set to debut sometime in 2021 (although with everything going on in the world, who knows if that’s still on-schedule), it seems like the streaming service is trying to capitalize on the success of the series in every single way possible.

The Witcher TV Show poster
The poster for the original The Witcher Netflix show, which premiered in 2019.

Earlier today, Netflix announced a brand new spin-off miniseries titled The Witcher: Blood Origin. While details about the show are scarce, the six-episode prequel is set to take place 1,200 years before the setting of the main series and will explain the origins of the first Witcher.

Both Declan de Barra and Lauren Schmidt Hissrich will be involved with the show in some capacity. While de Barra wrote one episode of the main series back in 2019, Hissrich was the showrunner for the series, so it’s nice for fans to see her return in some capacity.

Unfortunately, no other plot details for the show have been announced. Even though the games aren’t set in the same continuity as the show or even the books, they have delved slightly into the origins of the Witchers in the past.

The announcement tweet from Netflix mentions an event 1,200 that merged different worlds into one, which sounds an awful lot like the Conjunction of Spheres event in the lore, which saw the multiverse combine together into one world, which brought all the monsters from each world along with it.

As for the Witchers themselves, according to the lore within the game, they were created by the mages Alzur and Cosimo Malaspina. Unfortunately, not much else is known about their creation, so it’ll be interesting to see what the show comes up with to explain their origin. Hopefully, it won’t be too long before learn more, however, given the fact that we don’t have a release date, it might be a while.


Bizarre Pokemon Journeys episode goes viral for “cruel” Blaziken scene

Published: 2/Dec/2020 0:57

by Brent Koepp


A November episode of the Pokemon Journeys anime went viral after fans discovered it included a bizarre scene featuring Blaziken. The strange sequences force the Gen III ‘mon into a “cruel” situation that has left some viewers disturbed.

Pokemon Journeys made its debut in Japan in November 2019. The latest anime in the long-running series follows protagonist Ash Ketchum and new character Goh as they travel across the game’s eight regions.

An episode that aired in November 2020 has made waves online after a scene featuring a bizarre food contest went viral. Fans of the Nintendo property were left unsettled after a Blaziken is forced to eat his own species – well, sort of.

Screenshot from Pokemon Journeys anime.
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The Pokemon Journeys episode featured unusual food in it.

Bizarre Pokemon Journeys scene goes viral

In the November 27 episode of the Pokemon Journeys anime, Ash and Goh both participate in an eating contest. The competition has Trainers seeing whose ‘mon can consume the most food in the shortest time possible.

However, things took a cruel turn when the final dish served was a cuisine in the shape of Torchic. Blaziken’s appetite quickly turned sour at the thought of eating something shaped like his own species.

The Gen III character then stood up and quit the contest after shedding a tear. The incredibly strange cannibalism-like dilemma went viral after being uploaded to Reddit on November 30.

Blaziken was dominating the food eating contest but then.. from pokemon

While the Torchic are technically a dessert item, the scene left some fans feeling disturbed or sympathetic towards the Pokemon’s plight. “I feel you Blaziken, being forced to eat your kind is cruel,” one fan wrote. Another user exclaimed “Who’s the sick b****rd that decided to try to make a Blaziken eat Torchics?”

Pokemon fans react to the disturbing anime scene on Reddit.

Despite only having aired in Japan, the scene quickly spread online as the community found it both be hilarious and creepy. Popular artist ‘popemadara‘ made a comedic drawing that went viral on Twitter that depicts other Pokemon in the same dilemma as Blaziken.

While it’s true that people eat human-shaped edibles called gingerbread men, the Torchic food item was disturbingly detailed. If nothing else, the situation showed that the Fire-type monster has a softer side.

Pokemon Journeys is currently still airing in Japan, however North American viewers can catch the first half of the series now on Netflix which is broken up into Part 1 and 2.