It is amazing the kinds of things one can discover on the Recommended Videos section of YouTube. For every Let’s Play episode, pop song parody, or pointless list fulfilling a very specific niche, there are genuine gems you would have never discovered in a million years otherwise. For me, one day I was busy scrolling through (which means that I was probably supposed to be doing homework) when suddenly:
Holy shit! I knew the second it was over that I had to watch the whole movie, because miracles like this are destined to be blogged about by losers on the internet. Read More
Hello, readers! I’ve been pretty out of it for the summer, mostly because the last few recaps have burned me out, and left me feeling kinda empty, like there was something missing. I don’t think they’re bad or anything, but they seemed to lack a certain spark that I see more when I read over my older stuff. Basically, the way I was writing most recently felt more like an office task, with me trying to insert certain things in certain places, regardless of whether or not it really worked, and in the end the whole process started to feel mechanical. As such, I took the last few weeks to clear my head a bit and relax.
So after quite a few weeks of inactivity, I’m back, trying to go back to the more free-flowing form of my earlier entries. I will definitely need a few posts to get back my footing, so bear with me. Or don’t; no one’s forcing you to read. Read More
Last time: there was a rugby match for the ages, the origin of mountains was finally revealed, putting decades of geology research into moot, and Daichi and Ultraman X’s relationship was taken to the next level. And now, the conclusion to this epic saga! Read More
I have a new canon in which Daichi is Akari Ozora’s father in Aikatsu, and the “light” that Ichigo saw in her back in season 2 was her Ultraman blood. Also, Johnny Bepp is Gentaro Kisaragi’s cousin.
Anyway, on to the second part of Ultraman X. Read More
2013 was kind of a rough year. Things weren’t so hot at Toei, with Kamen Rider Wizard and Doki Doki Precure generally considered by fans to be among the weakest installments of their respective franchises, and my personal dislike of Zyuden Sentai Kyoryuger (which, admittedly, seems to be a somewhat unpopular opinion). But the year was perhaps hardest on the Ultra Series, because that was the year Ultraman Ginga came along. I did a recap of the show way back when, and I did not like it very much, to say the least. Ginga S, while no masterpiece, was more likable and truer to the spirit of the Ultra Series, but not enough to really let me know that the franchise was back on its feet.
Well, I do know now that the franchise is back on its feet, because Ultraman X is one of the best seasons of the series in quite a while. It came at the right time, too, because immediately preceding Ginga was a period of basically nothing but Ultra Seven spinoff media. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, but combined with the much more gimmicky Ginga shows, it’s hard not to leave with a bad taste in your mouth. X knows how to use the Spark Doll thing to its advantage, without feeling like it’s just suckering the viewer to buy toys. I mean, it is, obviously, but the show is never blatant about it, as the story and characters come first, and that’s what really will get people buying. But enough chitchat, it’s time to delve into the mountain of awesomeness that is Ultraman X! Read More
Last time: we met our astoundingly dull heroines, people mostly talked about how they know nothing, and Mamoru Chiba lost his badass card somewhere. And Usagi’s terrible delusions have caused her to see Sailor V in front of her! What happens next? Find out right about now! Read More
Oh, Sailor Moon, how I’ve missed you (and making fun of you)! And many others had, too, or else we wouldn’t be getting the huge glut of SM related stuff right now. In addition to the new anime, there has also been a sorely-needed re-dubbing of the 90’s version, which had Johnny Young Bosch as Artemis! I don’t watch nearly enough (dubbed) anime to have especially strong feelings about Johnny Young Bosch, but I have seen more than enough Sailor Moon to have lots of love for Artemis.
But anyway, the new anime, Sailor Moon Crystal, is the first production of Sailor Moon in a while that people watched and made money, because no one gives a crap about the tokusatsu version (always a damn shame) or the musicals. I guess it’s a fact of life that Japanese people will never be seen as existing in the third dimension with normal-sized eyes. So, for all the hype, and all the delays, was it all worth it? Well, no, not really.
The big draw behind Crystal was that it would be a faithful adaptation of the manga, which I think may be overselling the original story a bit, because despite its importance, in my opinion the first two arcs of the manga aren’t especially great. Hell, the Dark Kingdom Arc was kind of a slog to get through for me. It was the Infinity arc where things really took off. Taking the relatively short chapters of the manga and transplanting them to a 25-minute episode is only going to hurt them. Oh, sure, there were a few “changes”, but they are inconsequential at best. In the end, this new anime feels like what it is: something that Toei threw together fairly quickly to make a buck off of the long-time fans, and attract new ones who never read the manga. And I am going to spend an inordinately long period of time making stupid jokes about it. Be prepared for the ride. Read More
Last time: Shou was being all angsty, an old monster from the classic Ultraman shows attacked, Ultraman Ginga got some random new power, and Hikaru made a friendship speech. I kicked myself for not making a reference to Dark Precure. Repeat 8 times, and that was the first half of Ultraman Ginga S. Now, the more varied conclusion. Read More
A couple of months ago, I watched, recapped, and summed up my thoughts about the series Ultraman Ginga. A relatively short story even shorter, I didn’t like it very much. It was almost enough to make me wonder if the Ultra Series was ever even all that great to begin with, to make me wonder if my childhood was a lie, to make me wonder if Tsuburaya would ever drag themselves out of the hole that they’d dug. Well, fortunately the answers to these questions are yes, no, and yes. Ginga‘s sequel series, Ultraman Ginga S, is rather superior to its predecessor. Like Ginga, Ginga S is rather silly and over-the-top, but not in a way that insults your intelligence, and with characters who the writers even bothered to make likeable. I can happily say that Ultraman Ginga was only a terrible but brief misstep in the Ultra Series otherwise stellar run. Let’s take a look at exactly how this series managed to outdo its father show by recapping the first eight episodes! Read More
So once upon a time, there was this blogger who wrote a post on, well, Blogger. It was a recap on the film Kamen Rider Taisen, despite this young blogger obviously not knowing jack shit about Kamen Rider. That blogger was, of course, yours truly, and I didn’t like that movie very much.
Despite this hurdle, I’m actually pretty proud of my old recap of the previous Taisen movie. I personally think that that was where my style really started to take form. Sure, I mostly went from incoherent rambling to slightly less incoherent rambling, but the Kamen Rider Taisen recap is still my personal favorite of my own blog posts.
Since then, I’ve had several months to catch up on all the Rider material that I have missed, and I’m sorry to say that I mostly have not taken advantage of it. Unfortunately, I still have yet to venture much outside of the Neo-Heisei era of the show, but I’m working on it. I’ve just been really busy…
…doing really important things, I swear!
Haru no Carnival sucked by the way. And I was hoping that the All Stars series wouldn’t succumb to the Taisen curse!
Aside from the TV series themselves, I still have yet to watch most of the Movie Wars, and I still haven’t seen the first two Taisen films. Of course, given what I’ve heard about those movies, I’m not sure I want to. But I did watch the latest one, and it’s time to share my thoughts. This movie is… not nearly as bad as Kamen Rider Taisen, somewhat surprisingly. Not very good, either, (as in, at all) but why not let the movie speak? This is Super Hero Taisen GP: Kamen Rider 3! Read More