Presenting my views of other various franchises in the Fantasy Universe.
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Thor in Marvel vs. Capcom 3
I can't help but think that I'm just SO HAPPY to see my favorite Norse god Thor finally on a vs. game. So I thought that while its disappointing that Marvel vs. Mortal Kombat never took place but I'm just glad he's here.
Here's what I feel and personally, I don't think I should be surprised with how Power Rangers Ninja Steel itself really fails big time. While I do acknowledge the contracts between Toei and Saban but I guess the franchise has been shooting itself at the foot way too many times. It's really had me thinking about it that the project may no longer be as feasible as it used to because of bad marketing decisions such as the summer break which only delays revenues. So what's the point? I hope I can make this as objective as possible with pointing what's wrong with Ninja Steel.
Don't even get me started on how Victor and Monty with how that they really that useless to the show. They're even way more stupid than the father of both Takaharu and Fuuka. At least the father of the Igasaki siblings contributes to the plot while the other two only serve to derail it. This is really proof Judd Lynn has burned himself out beyond belief. I've even heard that Judd Lynn …
Power Rangers snobs need to face this fact: no Super Sentai means no Power Rangers! They might reply with, "But Saban took Super Sentai which is crap and made it legend!" to my face. But here's one question that I might ask to them, "Did you even bother to watch Super Sentai before you call it crap? Did you bother to do some comparison or are you just bitching out because one's in Japanese and your beloved show is in English?" The whole idea of taking "crap" and making it "legend" is something. If it were crap why did Super Sentai survive in spite of having some bad seasons? If it were crap then why is Super Sentai the longest running Tokusatsu series by Toei? If it were crap then why would it attract both Stan Lee and Haim Saban in two different occasions? That may be a few questions to ask the Power Rangers snobs assuming they can provide a good answer.
Here's what I'm just think about that the whole kingdom of these Power Ran…
It's 25 years since the release of Mortal Kombat last October 8, 2017. It was first released in October 8, 1992 as a game that started the revolution but aged badly. I didn't really get to play the Super Nintendo versions and the first one I ever "brought home" was Mortal Kombat Trilogy. For a violent and gory game I admit I somewhat got used to it. Maybe, it's because there's a huge difference between CGI violence and realistic violence. It's like not everyone cringes over Anime violence but can puke over anything that's super realistically violent.
Do I have a real huge nostalgia factor with it? For me, I don't find myself longing to play almost every Mortal Kombat game prior to franchise' reincarnation except for the action/adventure Mortal Kombat Shaolin Monks. Sure, there are some stuff in terms of plot that I liked about the pre-reboot but we're talking gameplay. I enjoyed the changes brought in by the 3D Mortal Kombat era though I …
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 …
There was the Space Sheriff Trilogy of the Metal Heroes genre. Although I'm not fully familiar with other Metal Heroes but I am pretty familiar with the three space sheriffs. Sad to day Dai Sawamura is dead together with his actor Hiroshi Tsubaraya. They had three things in common- they had some combat robot used to battle the enemy forces and battled enemies that were bound to walls. And here's what I thought about them!
Gavan was played by legendary Toku actor Kenji Ohba who also had a role in Battle Fever J and Denziman as two different characters. For me Gavan is pretty cool series, probably the most popular Space Sheriff considering that much later, Kenji Ohba returned to resume his role as Retsu Ichijouji in Gokaiger vs. Gavan and in the Gavan movie when another Gavan came in. Not to mention, he also reappeared in Super Hero Taisen Z another non-canon movie aside from Gokaiger vs. Gavan. The story of Gavan was that he was the half-Earth son of Voicer and a human woman. …
One of the many things that intrigued me was how different Captain Phoebus was (who was usually portrayed as a jerk in most of the Hunchback of Notre Dame adaptations) to that of Disney. Now I'll use Jetlag version as his placeholder and to that of the Disney's.
While the Disney's Phoebus was pictured to be heroic, gallant and chivalrous... not so much with most interpretations that were taken from the tragedy or even happy ending versions. While the Disney's Phoebus did love Esmeralda and even married her, had a son named Zephyr with her... the real Phoebus was a jerk and a seducer. He was seen cheating on his fiance Fleur de Lys with Esmeralda whom he only wanted to satisfy his perverse fantasies. In the Jetlag version (which is faithful to the book except Quasimodo and Esmeralda had a happy ending and Jehan never existed or that Frollo's death was made less brutal), he like the book version refused to prove Esmeralda's innocence and had a fiance named Fl…
While Gohan's image is a combination of both Goku and Chi-Chi but the similarity above is really is that he resembles... YAMCHA? I thought that somehow the next Dragon Ball Z ended up having some carry over of traits from the last generation characters like Trunks vs. Goten is pretty much like the later friendly rivalry of Tien vs. Yamcha, with Trunks being better. But for Gohan, it's easy to notice he does copy Yamcha's hairstyle in more than one occasion so was he meant to be a next generation Yamcha as well?
I always thought it was funny to have Gohan have Yamcha's long hair style during the Saiyan saga and after he got a haircut, his hair is similar to that of Yamcha with short hair. When you look at the similarity, you can see the obvious similarities which were either intentional or coincidental. When Gohan grows up, he also has Yamcha's spiky hairstyle. …
I always have the same reaction when it comes to Saban's Masked Rider
If there's any licensed adaptation by Saban that was so stupid it was his version of Masked Rider. I felt like the whole show is really that bad. The whole series was first introduced through Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers and later, it seemed to become a standalone show. So what's the big deal with Saban's Masked Rider and why I really don't like it?
Now I have nothing against lighter and softer if it's done properly but the way Saban's Masked Rider was carried out felt more like it was a bootleg fan film than a licensed adaptation. Yes, Saban was able to secure the rights from Shotaro Ishinomori but the show went so bad that any possibility of Saban's staff securing Kamen Rider rights may be ruined. Please note that Kamen Rider Dragon Knight is by Wang Brothers, not Saban. I felt this show really ruined itself and the image of Kamen Rider to the American fans.
Kamen Rider was one of the things that entranced me as a child. They had the cool bug design, the awesome action and well, it all began with the Kamen Rider era where it began with the first Kamen Rider to the last of the Showa. These TV shows were: The Kamen Rider (there was an additional Kamen Rider) Kamen Rider V3 (aided by Riderman) Kamen Rider XKamen Rider Amazon Kamen Rider StrongerKamen Rider SkyriderKamen Rider Super-1 (after this, ZX was just a TV special) Kamen Rider Black-Black RX Perhaps the most popular was Kamen Rider Black which ran for two seasons against two different enemies. The first season although it was well-received by many was too gloomy for me and I preferred the second season which is Black RX because it wasn't too serious. In Black RX, the riders united to defeat the Crisis Empire but their role was more on helping civilians so to say they were given unfair treatment is trash.
What was also intriguing is that during the course of the series, there was the …
For people who spent time watching the Uncanny X-Men cartoon series in the 90s, it might be a good memory but remember, the cartoons is basically sanitized from the brutal reality of Marvel Comics and there are many changes. For example, Juggernaut is NOT a mutant but a person whose powers are powered by the Cytorrak Crystal, Magneto's helmet guards him from Professor Xavier's telepathy in contrast to the cartoons and another one I might explain is Mr. Sinister.
Remember when Mr. Sinister was hit by a super strong optic blast? Now that was one super strong one that actually could rip Sinister but not kill him. Mr. Sinister was able to survive even after he was ripped apart, who knows, he may already have had an X-Gene even before Apocalypse placed him in the Celestials' machine! I just thought of one thing that Cyclops' optic blasts per se are not always that spectacular even if he's one great game character to play as.