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The Neo Saban Era Of Power Rangers Operates With The Krusty Krab Mindset

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It's no secret the once big time businessman who partnered with several companies such as Toei Ltd. (for Power Rangers), he once partnered with DIC and Nintendo to produce their Super Mario Bros. cartoon and he also partnered with Marvel in the 90s for many of the hit Marvel-based cartoons. While I could still watch the Marvel-based cartoons by Saban without thinking about Power Rangers but I think of why I ended up walking out with Power Rangers. It's even getting WORSE during the Neo-Saban era because he's living with the Krusty Krab mindset. 
It's getting more obvious that Saban is still living on his past successes while Toei is figuring out how to establish present successes more than rely on past successes. What succeeded in the 90s may not succeed in this year. While I do prefer most 90s Super Sentai over last decade and this decade at a personal level but I can understand why new stuff get tried on every time. He's living in a Krusty Krab mindset. Too bad …

These Metal Hero Entries Are More Mature Than You Think

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Maybe one reason why I tend to prefer mostly old school Tokusatsu from the 80s to 90s is most of them tend to have the more "mature" feel. Okay, it doesn't mean I'm not enjoying new school Kamen Rider (which I prefer over old school Kamen Rider) and Ucchuu Sentai Kyuranger. I'd like to talk about Metal Hero shows that didn't look too much like a kiddie show.


Tokkei Winspector

The very first of the Rescue Police Trilogy. The series itself has no real main villain. It's almost like a strange blend of American shows Automan and Knight Rider. Although the setting is pretty much science fiction but it has a LOT of lessons that seem to be more fit for grown ups than children. There's a lot of real gun action, some blood and criminal cases aside from the fantasy-based environment. Think of it as Tokusatsu version of Rescue 911.


Tokkyu Shirei Solbrain

Winspector ended after 51 episodes with the first villain they faced as the final villain. Now comes the succe…

It's 2017 But It's Still Fun To Replay Parasite Eve 2

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While some old school games will eventually ROT due to issues like super imbalanced difficulty and difficult controls but Parasite Eve II seems to have aged gracefully. I admit, there are times when the old school game tends to be more memorable than the new school game (ex. I prefer most of the old school Resident Evil series or the older Marvel vs. Capcom series' roster) and Parasite Eve II is one of those games that I missed playing. The solution was to download it on Playstation Network.
This game is far as I can remember a huge improvement from its first game. I haven't played The Third Birthday because I never bought myself a PSP. The game itself was lots of fun and hard to let go especially with passing through Replay Mode where you get a lot of items making subsequent quest to exterminate Artificial Neo-Mitochondria creatures and bosses an easier task. It was a lot of fun to think about getting everything especially two weapons when you finally reach Rank A and Rank S:…

Would You Still Want To Play Mortal Kombat Trilogy All Over Again?

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If there was any Mortal Kombat game which I brought home during the late 90s it was Mortal Kombat Trilogy. I remembered spending time at the arcade unleashing my rage with Mortal Kombat II. I still can remember having this game on the first Playstation which for me was a mixed bag in the long run. I have the urge to want to have the game downloadable from Playstation Network all the while I'm caught in the Mortal Kombat reincarnation hype that happened last 2011. 
What's my memories of this game? This game can be fun and frustrating at the same time. The Playstation version gave us the option to play as the bosses namely Goro, Kintaro, Motaro and Shao Kahn. But there was one issue with that one: two player games can be fun or frustrating. I remembered how often Kintaro was spammed by me or my peers until one of us yelled in frustration. The game had a lot of balancing issues for two players especially with Shang Tsung's ability to morph into other characters which thankfu…

Do I Still Have The Nostalgia Factor Going On With Mortal Kombat After 25 Years?

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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 …

Growing Up With My Imaginary Friend, Kamen Rider Black

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Kamen Rider Black or who I once knew as Masked Rider Black (Kamen means Masked) was one of my imaginary childhood friends. I guess an emotionally rough childhood had me sought escapism through the world of Tokusatsu and Kamen Rider Black was one of them. I still think about the time I had spent "with" Kamen Rider Black at least in my head. Back then, I had no idea that Black RX was a sequel to Black without the Internet and just wondered why Kotaro Minami (Robert Akizuki in the dub) had different powers and different enemies in Black RX.

I thought about how I thought Tokusatsu gave me an escape route yet it's also where I'm encouraged not to give up no matter how hard things get. I know the Tagalog dub really SUCKS and I'm glad that there's fan subbers who completed my childhood with subs. The hero had a lot of monsters to fight and a lot of episodes were nightmare fuel. Was it really child friendly entertainment? Yet I still found it funny why my I was allo…