I have been watching the new show known as Star Wars Resistance and I am liking what is happening so far. It takes place six months before The Force Awakens and follows a would-be spy for the Resistance named Kaz. So far, the series takes place on a backwater world in a station that hosts high stakes racing. I like this show because it not only is Star Wars, but it also has an anime style to it. The humor was good without going too far and it added something new to the Star Wars universe. We got to see the Star Wars universe through the eyes of “little people” like Kaz. Rumor has it that this show will eventually crossover with The Force Awakens and maybe even The Last Jedi. I look forward to seeing how that happens.
In several anime/manga, there were characters who possessed mocking smiles and eyes narrowed into slits. These characters have been described as “fox-faced” and these facial expressions are common among anime/manga tricksters and villains. In some cases, when these characters are pushed too far, they drop this falsely friendly demeanor and reveal their true menacing nature. Since I will be giving my new superhuman series an anime/manga feel, I am thinking of including a characters who possesses a facial expression like this.
After watching the trailer for the live action Pokemon film, I decided to look back at my childhood memories with the franchise. When I was a child, I played the Gold and Sapphire versions of the Nintendo Pokemon game all the time. Even though it has been many years since I last played it, I remember my six strongest Pokemon from both games. My six strongest Pokemon consisted of Feraligatr, Absol, Pidgeot, Blaziken, Aggron, and Machamp. Each of these Pokemon were undefeated under my watch. I even remember how I trained them. I had them disregard all defensive and other non-offensive techniques and had them focus all their energies on building the strength of their four strongest attacks. Also, I had them build their physical durability and stamina. This way, they would be able to withstand a considerable amount of punishment and still strike back with overwhelming force. Eventually, these six became so powerful that they could beat most opponents with one blow and the strongest attacks hardly did anything to them. Thanks to their overwhelming strength, I was able to beat both games and defeat the Elite Four multiple times. I guess you could say that I trained them to fight in a rope-a-dope style like Muhammed Ali. If these six Pokemon existed in real life, they would be covered from head to toe in scars both from their intense training and the countless battles they fought. Even though I had these Pokemon in separate games, if I was a Pokemon trainer in real life, these would be the six Pokemon I would carry with me at all times. Thinking about these six brings a sense of nostalgia to me.
A trailer was released a couple days ago that revealed that a live action Pokemon film was coming next year. This brought back a lot of memories from my childhood because I was an obsessive fan of Pokemon when I was younger. I watched the anime and played the Gold and Sapphire versions of the Nintendo game. After watching this trailer, part of me was skeptical of this film because most attempts to make live action anime films failed. However, the Pokemon looked so much like their anime selves and the acting chemistry between the characters looked so good that I think this film will have promise. For old time’s sake, I will watch this film and see how good it is. Gotta catch ’em all!
In the second season of Sword Art Online, we got to see Kirito defeat a seriously evil villain known as Sugo Nobuyuki AKA Oberon. During his virtual battle with Sugo, Kirito deactivated the pain absorber so that whatever pain Sugo would feel in virtual world would be felt in the real world. After seeing what this did to Sugo’s real body, all I saw was him being half-blind in one eye. In my opinion, the damage to Sugo’s real body should have been a lot worse considering what Kirito did to Sugo’s virtual body.
Kirito’s first strike on Sugo was across his left cheek. With the pain absorber deactivated, it should have made the left side of Sugo’s face sag and droop. The next strike chopped off Sugo’s right hand, which would have left his right arm dangling uselessly from his elbow and he wouldn’t be able to move that hand ever again. The third strike chopped Sugo’s body in half at the waist. This would cause a great deal of problems to Sugo’s real body ranging from a permanent limp as he walked, erectile dysfunction, and uncontrollable bowel movements. The final blow impaled Sugo’s head through his right eye. Obviously, his right eye would be blind, but Sugo would also suffer from extreme neurological damage similar to that caused by a stroke or seizure.
Overall, considering how much physical damage Sugo’s virtual body received and how much pain was transferred to his real body, Sugo should not have been able to move properly once he came back to the real world. Even if he made his final stand with Kirito in the real world, Sugo’s limp and brain damage would throw him off balance, his right arm would be a dead limb, and he would only be able to use his knife in one hand. That would have made it a lot easier for Kirito to take Sugo down.
I have watched the first 23 episodes on the anime known as Fairy Tail. For some time, I did not know if I was going to like this anime, but I was pleasantly surprised when I started watching. I loved each characters’ eccentricities and the camaraderie they shared. I also noticed that the creature known as Plue was a character in another anime I watched as a kid, Rave Master. Overall, I am thoroughly enjoying this anime and would recommend it to anyone who is seeking good humor, epic action, and heartfelt storytelling.
After watching the second Godzilla anime film and the trailer for the upcoming third one, I started having doubts about the credibility of the series. I expected to see Mecha-Godzilla to appear and fight Godzilla like the good old days, but I ended up seeing Mecha-Godzilla’s remains and it somehow transformed into a city made of nanotechnology. Now, King Ghidorah has been portrayed as a serpentine beast made from cosmic energy and looked nothing like his original three-headed dragon we all know and love.
However, after much thought, I finally understand what the filmmakers were trying to accomplish by reinventing the classical Kaiju we have known for decades. With Godzilla, they not only made him King of the Monsters, but also the undisputed ruler of planet Earth. To be the ruler of Earth, Godzilla was made into a colossal plant in order to become one with the planet he rules with an iron fist. With Mecha-Godzilla, it is not a Kaiju but a machine. No machine is more advanced than nanotechnology. Essentially, Mecha-Godzilla evolved into a nanite city equivalent of the Death Star. With King Ghidorah, its original version has been known as a cosmic destroyer of worlds. To become a true destroyer of worlds, King Ghidorah should not be limited to a physical body and have a form made from the most destructive energy in the known universe.
Overall, the point that the Godzilla anime trilogy highlighted was that Kaiju are far more than just giant monsters and living natural disasters. They are gods made flesh! When a Kaiju undergoes enough evolution, then they transcend their previous limitations. Each of the classical Kaiju we all grew up with had reached the zenith of their respective evolutions in this anime trilogy. With this knowledge, I have come to accept the changes Toho have made to the classical Kaiju and look forward to which direction they will go in the future.