A couple of years ago I started getting emails from E-Rod – also known as – “The Blockbuster Buster”. Every week or two, I would get an update, letting me know of a new review of his that had been released. I watched a couple of his reviews, and encouraged him. I thought that he had a nice flare in his presentation, and his character was fun to watch. Recently I was so happy to learn that he has been brought onto the ThatGuyWithTheGlasses.com team. TGWTG is a website dedicated to online video reviews of all kinds, and The Blockbuster Buster is a great addition to their lineup.
His first review was the recent feature length movie – Astro Boy. For those who don’t know, let me tell you, Osamu Tezuka is one of my favorite artists/animators. Specifically for his work on Unico. As a kid we would get the Disney channel for free for one week every year. The cable company and the channel would do this as an incentive to make you want to purchase the channel all year, similar to HBO or Showtime. One year, during this week, they showed Unico, and my life was never the same. Since then I would desperately try to seek out what it was that I had seen. The animation was so different, it reminded me of Voltron – another favorite – but different. I loved the characters so much. It wasn’t until much later that I learned about anime, and that many of the cartoons that I loved as a kid were created in this art style. About 14 years ago I learned who created Unico, and began watching as much of Osamu Tezuka’s work as I could find. Back then, it wasn’t as easy as it is now. I would save my pennies and purchase import VHS tapes of Kimba and Astro Boy, just so I could see more.
When I went to watch E-Rod’s first review as The Blockbuster Buster on TGWTG, I was so happy that he chose Astro Boy. I agree – the film just does not do justice to this amazing series. Eric takes his time in the review, sharing some history about the series, and going in depth into the plot points of the film, and it’s successes and failures.
I’m so happy to see The Blockbuster Buster getting picked up by this larger site. When I was creating videos regularly I would get quite a few emails from folks asking how to get started. The best advice for anyone wanting to do anything is – keep going, be consistent, and let people know this is what you want to do.