Saturday, 23 July 2016

Kamen Rider Amazon: The Rider That's Ripping Apart Rubber Monsters That Bleed Paint!

With the problem that I feel a generation gap with Tokusatsu every now and then, Kamen Rider Amazon is one of those series I really had that strange feeling because it's a decade older than I am. This is from someone who's seen Kamen Rider Black as his first Kamen Rider series and has been more focused on the Heisei Era Kamen Rider than anything. It's time for me to discuss on Kamen Rider Amazon which is already 40 years old. I've heard Amazon was "pretty violent". But after watching it with all the super old school special effects, the violence ends up laughable for me. It ends up getting summarized as a Kamen Rider that rips apart rubber monsters that bleed... paint? Yes, they bleed paint. I guess it's because the show was so 70s. The very first episode of the very first Kamen Rider had a lot of good action with people bleeding obviously fake blood. Amazon tried to innovate the way monsters are defeated by becoming "more violent". Instead, I find it that it became more and more laughable. 

Friday, 15 July 2016

How I Wish Hera Was Carried Out In Hercules: The Legendary Journeys

After watching how Hercules the Legendary Journeys progressed, I wanted to name a few points that annoyed me. Like one was Hera never showed herself so often. It was a deviation from how Hera was usually portrayed in the movies.

In most movies and incarnation, Hera always showed herself in her human form. So why didn't Hercules: The Legendary Journeys give her the same treatment? I felt it was annoying to keep assuming how Hera looked like beneath those two eyes. I wish Meg Foster already appeared from season one to four or others could have done the job. 

I could have wanted to be closer to the myths than she was in the series. The reason why she hated Hercules even more was because the name means "Hera's Glory". Hercules was already named Alcides but when they found out that Alcmene was deceived by Zeus, his name was changed to Hercules in an attempt to appease Hera's wrath. Instead, it backfired resulting to Hera hating Hercules even more.

Some stuff I wish the show kept true to the myth were Zeus' faults. In the myth, Zeus was the one who separated Echidna from her husband Typhon and it was also his doing that Prometheus was chained to a rock for giving fire to mankind. I'd probably make Hera closer to the myths like she did protect certain people like Jason. On the other hand, Ares can be kept as the same warmonger he is really is. He's been more consistent than his mother Hera was. 

Thursday, 14 July 2016

A Good Power Rangers Season Is Always More Welcome Than A Bad Super Sentai/Kamen Rider Season

I may not really be a fan of Power Rangers in general but there's a few seasons that still click to me for some reason. Super Sentai and Kamen Rider can get bad seasons depending on how management goes. Which is the case with a few instances that I'd watch a good Power Rangers season OVER a bad Super Sentai or Kamen Rider season.

Power Rangers Time Force can be a better treat for me compared to Kamen Rider Den-O. To a certain extent, I feel like watching this show over Kamen Rider Faiz which I'm starting to have a soft spot on. Time Force did try to expand Jiban's concept of a villain born from a laboratory accident in Ransik. It also addressed the issues of how manipulating life can backfire towards humanity one day... something that was addressed in Flashman and Liveman to a certain extent. Time Force doesn't spin around time as much as Kamen Rider Den-O does.

I'm amazed that ToQGer got that safety rules award while Lightspeed Rescue, GoGoFive or the Rescue Police Trilogy didn't even get one. The cast of Lightspeed are better than ToQGer's cast though it's pretty much apples and oranges. Other shows under Toei's inventory may also include Dekaranger and Power Rangers SPD. On the other hand, I don't feel too much of a need to compare Lightspeed Rescue with GoGoFive due to a lot of differences in context. GoGoFive is more of a "sequel" to Fiveman while Lightspeed Rescue feels more like mixing Rescue Police with Power Rangers. So I don't see too many reasons to compare both series.