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  1. Wow... did not expect to see this today. Hello, welcome to the site. It's nice to meet a fellow dinosaur enthusiast. Like you I was rather shocked at how little dinosaur fiction there is, at least when it comes to manga. Likewise Blue Hole was right at the top of my most wanted list. In 2016 I started to think, well if none else if gonna translate it, why don't I give it a shot. In 2017 I bit the bullet, as you can see, an started translating it. There's a reason you don't find this online, I don't upload it anywhere. I don't do this becuase I'm not a member of any scalation websites and I'd rather not get into any legal trouble. If your dead set on getting this series, I'm happy to talk about it privately. But be warned this is something of a hobby and a slow burn one at that. I've only done 8 chapters to date, I finished that last weekend, and I lost the spark a while back and didn't translate anything for a while. I'm trying to get back into gear and plan to complete a chapter a month, as I have I balance it between my other hobbies which are fossil hunting as well as tracking down other dinosaur material and giant robot anime. On the subject of Fourteen (1990), It looks very intreasting and I will be taking a look. As for Guyver, I was by first anime to. The group that run the site and translate the manga do not just give it away. Any scans you find online were put there without their permission. If your interested, they simple ask that you buy the manga volumes from Japan and provide photo evidence that you have done so. You'll then be granted access to the translation of the volume you purchased. The manga is currently on hiatus for unknown reasons and has been that way for about three years now, however what we have on the site goes beyond the last chapter you'd find anywhere else. It's up to you but I'd say its worth it. Thanks for taking an intreast.
  2. Considering that Saitama's Serous Punch totally overpowered Boros's Collapsing Star Roaring Cannon, an attack that can destroy the surface of the earth (or blow up a planet in the anime), Gigantic's weapons are no threat to the Caped Baldly. That said Gigantic Exceed's Gravity Implosion should work... if it was given time to fire it. The problem is the attack takes time to charge and Saitama generally has little patience.
  3. Lots of pretty cool sounding series here. I confess to only ever watching Overlords anime, which from what I hear cuts out a lot. Never heard of World Trigger whats it about? I've heard about the Ultraman manga and I need to read it. Guilty as charged, always love a good creature feature. Lets see what else I've got Mermaid Saga (Mermaid Forest) Ok my intreast in this series is as old as Guyver and Devilman, due to the fact that the first Guyver VHS I owned was Number 3 which had trailers for Devilman and Mermaid Forest. The story focuses around the legend of how consuming mermaid flesh will grant a person immortality. Our protagonists are Yuta, a fishermen who ate mermaid flesh over 500 years ago, and Mana, a young girl newly gifted (or cursed) with immortality. Together they travel in search of a way to be free of the immortality. On that quest they encounter others who's lives have been touched by the legend and the tragedy that befell them. This is in part due to the fact that the simple word of mouth legend is but a fraction of the truth. For starters, mermaid flesh will only impart immortality to a lucky few every generation. The most either dye or become Lost Souls, deformed beasts driven by pain and madness while to some unlucky individuals a more unique horror will be bestowed upon them. This is a very well crafted horror manga series that also examines why immortality can be a curse. Toriko Probably my faviort shounen series. While other series are based around ninjas and pirates, Toriko is based around food. What generally attracts me to this series, besides it's monsters, is just how imaginative it is. The whole series just oozes creativity and it regularly has pages of pure artwork. This also goes for it's characters and powers. Another appeal is that while not as serious as say Fist of the North Star and can get very light hearted at time, Toriko feels like a more mature series in terms of it's general tone. The main character pretty much embodies this, Toriko is far more adult then most shounen characters like Goku and Luffy. While like them he's very focused on what intreasts him, he never comes off as intellectually or socially stunted because of this. He's perfectly capable of functioning in normal society as well as being eccentric. That said it's not all perfect, most of the caste don't develop much through the series and due to decreasing popularity the series second half was badly rushed resulting in way to much happening to try and rap up the story.
  4. Just talk about manga you really like or are recently getting into. Well everyone here likes Guyver so we'll skip that one. Another one of mine is Devilman but I think a lot of us have read it at this point and/or are sick of me talking about it at a moments notice so what else I got... Majuu Sensen (Beast Fighter) "A secret society of scientists seek to create advanced humanoid lifeforms through the hybrid of man and beast for their almighty Lord Yeshu and the new world that is nigh. When young Shin'ichi Kuruma is pulled into this inhuman pursuit and loses everything, his path of bloody vengeance leads him into the depths of a conspiracy greater than he could ever imagine." Created by Ken Ishikawa, the creator of Getter Robo and a friend of Go Nagai befor his untimely passing, if you liked Devilman this is right up your alley. Generally speaking I sometimes feel that Ken Ishikawa's stories can be better then Go Nagai's, especially in the early days. Here's a prime example, while Devilman came first and is deserving of it's classic statues, Majuu Sensen feels like a more focused story and has reasonable deeper characters, at least when comparing the original Manga. Shin'ichi is an active part of the story from the get go, driven by the betrayal of his father unlike Akira is talked into becoming a Devilman by his friend and is simple fighting the demons because they are evil and his thirst for battle. He doesn't develop a real emotional connection to his battle until later in the story as he starts to loose people he cares about. Power wise Shin'ichi is almost like a proto-type Aptom. His body has been fused with that of a number of animals, the most prominent being a lion, hawk and bear. He's able to alter any part of his anatomy to theirs, such as growing wings or his hand turning in clawed paws, to full metamorphosis of limbs such as his hand turning into a lions head. He's also able separate his animal parts from himself and have them act remotely. While he can be hurt, by absorbing the blood of his enemies he's able to regenerate and grow stronger. A pretty dame good series. The Getter Robo Series Another series by Ken Ishikawa and another example of some of his works being superior to Nagai's. While Mazinger Z had the better TV series, Getter Robo's original Manga is head and shoulders above Mazingers. Darker, more violent and for it's time more sophisticated then Mazinger Z, Getter Robo also surpasses it's more the more popular robot in another way. It's story advances. Let me explain, while I love the Mazinger Franchise it seems to be constantly trapped in it's original story and cannot move beyond it. Sure their have been spin offs such as God Mazinger and Mazinkaiser SKL, but whenever the series seems like it's going to be moving forward it doesn't. The Mazinkaiser series has the new model Mazinger fighting old foes in old battles only with a new and more unbeatable mech. Shin Mazinger is an amazing retelling and I'm not gonna gripe but again, we're in the same story. Mazinger Zero probably tried the hardest to progress the story but its's all just reworkings of the original. Even the offical continuation by Nagai, Mazinger Z: Infinity, for all the development it gives it's older caste just cannot movie beyond the original as we are right back to Dr. Hell and his army. It all done in an awesome way but it's generally more of the same. Getter Robo by contrast had a story that continued to develop through it's five series. Getter Robo, Getter Robo G, Getter Robo Go, Shin Getter Robo (which was a prequal in-between G and Go) and finally Getter Robo Arc. These all come together to create one big series that moves forward but also has a respect for it's passed. For example the original enemies of Getter Robo, the Dinosaur Empire, return several times in later series but not to simple re-tread the ground they had befor. This actually works both ways as the Getter Robo and G manga's would be given new chapter in later releases to better tie them future story arcs. The only sour spot is that Ken Ishikawa passed away during the making of GR Arc so the series remains unfinished. That said Getter's had quit a few popular spin-off most recently Getter Robo Devolution, which I have yet to read but hear good thing about. Cage of Eden Ok this it a bit different from befor, as well as newer. Cage of Eden is the story of a group of plane crash survivors who find themselves marooned on an island inhabited by prehistoric beasts, their going to have to work together to survive the beasts as well as other survivors and work out the mystery of the island. This a survival style story that people have stated has a similur feeling to the tv series Lost. I agree this in as much that the beginning of the series has a similur feel but thats it. At 21 vols, this is a fairly long series and thankfully it had a genuine story to tell. It's not just people running away from danger waiting to get rescued, although naturally the beginning of the story is like this. The island our characters are on holds a mystery naturally and as time goes on our heroes start to settle down and form a community which alters the dynamic of the story. However the stories main draw, at least in the beginning is that it's a creature feacher and one I can honestly say have not seen befor or since, for this island is inhabited purely by prehistoric mammals from the Cenozoic. By mammals I mean a hell of a lot more then just Mammoths and Sabercats, vertually every animal from the BBC's Walking With Beasts series shows up and more besides. All of which are draw wonderfully I should add. Thankfully while they are a important of the series, the series doesn't use them as a crutch and has an actual plot as I've stated befor. Plus if you partial to bloody violence, well prehistoric predators always give a good show. That said this series is not without it's flaws. First and form most, this is a shonen and the caste is made up of a lot of manga stereotypes, thankfully most are written more then well enough to be likable. While not badly written, you'll notice that some of the dialog doesn't feel natural, by that I mean character are not talking as normal people would. The series has fan service material but again thankfully it's not something the series tries to lean on. Finally the series apparently ran out of funding towards toward the end, resulting in a somewhat rushed ending. I didn't know this at the time and persoanlly didn't notice this to much apart from some plot threads not getting tied up by the end. I think one more as it's getting late and oh boy... this is a dozy. Kyochuu Rettou (The Island of Giant Insects) Well for starters I heard about the title of this series, checked it out and... oh dear. Well at it's most bare bones this is like Cage of Eden. Plane crashes, characters find themselves on an island and said island is inhabited by less then friendly wildlife. The difference being vertually everything else. About... 75% of the cast are ether to dumb to live, totally unlikable or both. The series has yet to develop any kind of plot besides "escape island" and most definitely uses it's creatures and fanservice as a crutch to make up for this. In fact this series only real appeal, apart from it's rather good artwork (I'll get back to that), is the fact that it is willing to push it's gore and disgust right to the limit. People die in some pretty bad ways in this manga. Another down side to this series is the constant use of sexual assault and rape, which feels tacked on and pointless. There's also a point in this manga were all, and I do mean ALL, of the aspects I just mentioned are combined. Now I've read so pretty dark manga in my time, to the point that the moment in Goblin Slayer that got the internet up in arms recently didn't even make me raise an eyebrow. So you can imagine that what happens in this moment to which I refer has got to be pretty bloody extreme when if made me say "WHAT THE ****!" out loud. The only thing that stops this from going truly down into the abyss is the fact that it's not shown from slightly different angle. So in summery this is little more then gore porn with giant insects. Aside from that it's only really quality is it's artwork, which is pretty dame good. Also I forgot to mention, the series likes to drop Insect facts at every opportunity which is ok I suppose. Why have story when you can have trivia. I'll be sticking with this series, purely to see how deep this hole goes. Also somehow, I can only assume it's due it's shock factor, this thing is getting an OVA. That slightly annoys me since genuinely better series with a similur premise exist, Cage of Eden, and get bugger all while this dose.
  5. Currently trying to burn through a few of my older series I've had sitting on the shelf for years, Grendizer and Gaiking. While I love these old 70's shows they can really be a slog when your not in mood. Recently I got my hands on Aura Battler Dunbine and while it was very good it gave me a pretty good idea why I picked Super and giant bots over the real kind. Giant and Real robots are like super heroes, their unique and they have character. Real robots, for me, feel so impersonal even when their unique models. Their just a tool to be used, they lack, if I can put it this way, a soul. Despite how good there series was I ended up going back to my older robot shows partly for that reason. With that in mind, once I've finished these 70's series I'm going after a very big franchise I have never watched befor. The Brave Series. This comes from an era of robot anime thats relatively unknown to me. My primary experiances are with post-EVA Mecha as well as a lot of older classic. As a result the 80s and early 90s are new ground for me. I've seen a few series from that period now with Godmars, Goshogun and Dancouga but the Brave series is an important one I've been meaning to get to. According to my research it was the Braves that helped keep the Super and Giant Robot genres afloat in the era ruled mainly by Real Robots. So what better place to start than the beginning with The Brave Fighter Exkizer. On that not I first became aware of the Braves thanks to SRW V an Brave Express Might Gaine
  6. I really did pick a good time to start taking my Giant Robot collecting seriously again, because with ever passing day more and more old shows are getting releases. For example at the end of the month Shin Tetsujin 28 is getting released... I don't recall using any dragon balls but someone is granting my wishs.
  7. Ok rather then keep flooding the "What Anime You Watching" thread I'll post this here. Captain Earth Watched this series after Dancouga. Got it on a whim to. I've heard this show has a bad reputation and I cannot see why, it's not perfect or great by any means but I've seen a lot of other shows far more worthy of contempt. Plot: High-school student Daichi Manatsu works for the Globe (グローブ Gurōbu) organization to pilot a giant robot called the Earth Engine Impacter (アースエンジンインパクター Āsu Enjin Inpakutā) to protect the Earth from the invading alien force known as the "Kill-T-Gang" (キルトガング Kirutogangu), that intends to drain all the life force of mankind to empower their immortal existences. In order to aid Daichi, Globe starts gathering allies including Teppei Arashi, a Kill-T-Gang whose memories have been erased and trapped inside a human's body; Hana Mutou, a mysterious girl connected to the ship Blume; and Akari Yomatsuri, a 17-year-old genius hacker. Together they form the Midsummer's Knights and fight the Kill-T-Gangs who are in search of more of their allies. To describe how this show plays out, thing EVA or RaXephon but less complex for the most part. Not dumb but not as high brow ether. that said the show starts of rather poorly because someone thought it would be a good idea to dump you into this world with a ton of unexplained and confusion terminology. While the other to shows did have confusing starts to a digree, that was intended and they tried not to blow your mind right out of the gate. However once you get passed the first episode things start to slot into place quickly. The characters are all intreasting and likable, although like the series itself they are not as deep as they could be. Mech wise, the Impactors are kind of like Dancouga in that they are giant robots built around more realistic ideas while the Kill-T-Gang's true forms are more a long the line of true super Robots, interestingly the Impactors are shorter and have more powerful weapons while the Kill-T-Gang are bigger and faster. Only real big problem with the show is one I have with most modern anime, pointless fan service. All in all an ok show and worth a watch.
  8. Actually I rather liked it. It's a better blend of real and giant robot themes then some stuff I've watched and I actually liked that it took it's time. It's nice to see the lesser mechs have a function beyond just building the big robot as well as Dancouger's theme of the robot being more then then the sum of it's parts, what with three of the 4 mechs amounting to a pair of shoes and a new head. The only real disappointment for me was the mechs humanoid modes. They really served little purpose despite being built up as more powerful then the beast modes, despite often performing less effectively and used rarely. The only one that was good was Mammoth, partly because the pilot used his master of martial arts to turn the Tank Class robot into an affective warrior. Which OVA do you mean the true ending, the God Bless one or the epilogue one?
  9. Ok I hit a vain of pure super robot gold today. I thought I knew every single 70's and early 80's Robot Go Nagai created. Mazinger Z, Great Mazinger, UFO Robot Grendizer, Steel Jeeg, Groizer X, God Mazinger and Govarian. Getter Robo and Getter Robo G he co-created and Gaiking was his original idea that Toei stole from him. But it terns out this is one more, one I'd never even heard of. This mech didn't even make it into the old Dynamic Robot Shorts from years back, which had Govarian and Groizer X. I only found out about this one via some fan artwork. Magner Robo Ga-Keen Plot Info: Ga · Keen (ガ · キ ー ン, Hepburn: Ga-Kīn; Gathering Keen) is the modular robot designed and built by Dr. Mamoru Kazuki, who years ago had predicted the attack of the aliens of the Izar Planet. His studies on magnetism led him to discover that both Takeru Hōjō and his daughter Mai are endowed with a high positive and negative magnetic power. Thanks to the system that manages to develop this power, the two youngsters manage to transform themselves into Magneman Plus, Magneman Minus and pilot the Prizer and Mighty robots. Jumping from the cars of their automata, Takeru and Mai give life to the operation "Sweet Cross", where the meeting of their positive and negative energy cancel each other becoming one thing. This is how the Ga · Keen belt is formed, which together with the components launched by God Freedom give life to the robot. The dominant part of the two energy is definitely that of Takeru, thus allowing the Ga · Keen to exploit the skills in combat of the young. The robot is also equipped with an armament that gradually becomes wider and more powerful. The only weak point of the super robot is the ankles. In fact, in order to improve their running speed, these are narrower and when overheated they overheat. However, this small defect can be eliminated thanks to the huge wheels that protrude from the thighs of the robot. So yeah this mecha is easily the weirdest of the lot by a country mile. It's like some demented cross between all Nagai's rejected ideas for his other bots. It's powers are magnetic based and is formed from multiple parts like Jeeg, only it's a dame sight bigger at 50 meters tall, but instead of coming from a magic bell it comes from two humans who have special magnetic powers. These two people pilot smaller mechs, but jump out of them and combine to make those two small red orbs in the centre of it's abdomen... somehow Dinosaur Wars Izenborg is looking more realistic. Said smaller mechs can latch into Ga-Keen's arms to become guns, not unlike the stuff that would happen in the future Brave franchise. Most of it's on-board weapons are melee with things like the Counter Knife blades one it's hands and the Shark Foot Blade in it's heel, although it dose have one onboard ranged weapon the Miracle Rainbow which is rainbow beam shot from it's face grill. Also as you can see above it's got weak lower legs and has wheels that pop out of it's knees. Apparently they just kept adding stuff to it as the series when on. It's enemies are a race of ocean themed aliens that create Synthetic Beast from the DNA of earth creatures. I've found 7 episodes with subs online.
  10. One upside, Hyper Zoanoids were only perfected during the 80s as for as we know. Thats one less thing to worry about
  11. Currently playing Oakwood. It's on steam for less then 4 pounds. It's a unity asset game and bills itself as a survival horror game. It's first person and since I've not played many games like this the only thing I can say it's akin to is Slender Man, based on game play I'd seen. The general premise is that you going to meet up with your friends for a camping trip out in Oakwood and out of the way campground that hasn't been used for a while. But something terrible lurks in these woods.... I've only played the intro part and it's pretty fun. Cheap but fun, what more do you want for 4.00 pounds? Minor spoiler but I took the games advice and played in the dark... well that was all well and good, it gives the whole thing that extra scare factor... until I found myself trapped in a caravan with a T. Rex outside! Why was that an issue? Well many years ago I had one of my worst nightmares and I remember details from it very clearly even now. The setting is a arid wilderness, surrounded by rocks and mountains but in the centre of it all is a flat, rounded area filled with dilapidated trailers and caravans. I'm sneaking around and inside them because I'm not alone. Stalking me around this place is a Spinosaurus! Needless to say this entire scene in the game really put the wind up me because of how similur it was to my nightmare. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JDsDHDWw_fQ
  12. Indeed brother, this heresy will warrant the attention of the Inquisition and possibly the Death Watch. ”Suffer not the alien”. To pollut ones human purity with xenos filth is one of the greatest sins against the god emperor a human can commit.
  13. Merry Christmas one and all. A gift from me to you
  14. Word of advice. Don’t watch Dancouga if you suffer from epilepsy. I don’t and some of the animation in the first few episodes was a bit hard to watch.
  15. Burned through quite a lot lately. Gunbuster An OVA series from 1988. This series is a mixed bag, on the one hand you've got good characters, amazing animation, a kick-ass mecha and the general premise and ideas are all good. The problem I had with Gunbuster is that it didn't use it's time as well as it could have. The first 3 OVAs, in which the title mech doesn't appear, are well paced and allow the story to progress naturally but once we get Number 4 it feels like the staff suddenly realised they only had another 3 OVAs left and put things into overdrive. The plot is now moving way too fast and while the show still looks great and has great ideas, this comes at the cost of it's narrative with a lot going un explained and character development feeling disjoined. This isn't really a spoiler per say but unless I missed something Gunbuster is never explained, in a space opera themed anime that has only displayed real robot style mechs Gunbuster feels very out of place since, while it's based on it's smaller counterparts, we are never told how a how humanity reacted a Super Robot more powerful then their huge battle ships. I'm all for "Less is More" but here it just creates confusion for me. The enemy of the series suffers to. They are built up wonderfully as this cosmic horror style threat and like Gunbuster are not seen properly till OVA 4 but heres the problem, this mysterious enemy appears, by OVA 5 we're info dumped everything about them and by OVA 6 the series is over. This is not a bad series, it's pretty dame good in a lot of ways, but this gem has a lot of cracks in it that hold it back being what could have been a truly legendery anime. Mazinger Z: Infinity This is just a fun movie through and through, a giant love letter to 70's robot series and there fans. The film is set after the events if the original Mazinger Z and Great Mazinger series (no mention of Grendizer)with the world moving towards a bright future thanks to the Photon energy and technology, however the discovery of a colossal mazinger like robot and the return of Dr. Hell threaten the peace our heroes fought so hard for. The best part about this film are it's characters and it's action scenes. We get to see who all of the caste have grown up and moved on from the older series and how the events of the film change them further. A mixed part of the film is it's general plot, it's relatively simple not unlike the original series and thats not a bad thing and it dose try to work in some deep ideas here which are all good but there are still some issues I have. Everything around the new mecha, Mazinger Infinity, feels convoluted and the big guy comes of a just a McGuffin to get the plot rolling, made worse by the fact that it barely dose anything even if the final act despite being the hub this story revolves around. A new character introduced into the film who is connected to Infinity has a lot of the same problems. The real shame is the villains, this film has easily some of the weakest portrayals of Dr. Hell, Baron Ashura and Count Brocken in the franchise, possible the weakest. It's is NEVER explained just how these guys are still alive when they were all conclusively killed during the course of Mazinger z and Great Mazinger. Dr. Hell is the one most in focus here but it's a pretty bland portrayal besides one conversation he has with Koji, than his fight with Mazinger Z is the exact oppasite, easily one of the films highlights, and he even uses his Great Marshall of Hell body as his mecha. Brocken likewise is just going though his motions here including his now obligatory comedic scene. The real shame though is Baron Ashura, easily the best villains of the original series (or any 70's mecha show for that matter) it was it's character and relationships with the other villains that helped make the Mazinger Z Villains so memorable even to this day. Here Ashura is relegated to Mini-boss only appearing on screen in-person once and never engaging in any meaningful dialog with anyone. All that aside this is a really, really fun film which has flaws but is well worth a watch. Cross Ange Talked about this one befor but I know have it on DVD. I became interested in this series though Super Robot Wars V. This show is intreasting but suffers from trying to be two very different things at the same time. On the one hand you have you have a very dark, sci-fi/fantasy series which puts it's main protagonist through hell, a good if imperfect story and a lot of good ideas and then you have the other half which is borderline, heavily censored hentai which can clash badly in those moments where the darker themes of the story overlap with it. This is a real shame because outside is this the series is pretty ok with the majority of the caste being likeable and intreasting. Mecha wise we have the Para-mails, real robot style mechs that switch between air bike and robot mode which are used to fight dragons. This is done using 3-d animation which I found enjoyable enough although I hear it's not as good as some Gundam shows. It's not the best of Mecha anime but it's far from the worst. I should point out that Cross Ange is an exception to my collection rule. I collect Giant Robot series but now and again the odd real style mecha series catch's my eye. So far these have all be fantasy/sci-fi series with Cross, Escaflowna and despite my collections Gundam Ban I have recently ordered Gundams sister series Aura Battler Dunbine for the same reason. I'm just about to watch Super Beast Machine God Dancouga.
  16. Ok to explain, I'm going to info dump pretty much everything from super, from start to finish, for the relevant characters and forms as needed. So big spoilers for anyone wanting to know. I'll also be skimming a lot and to be frank, while I enjoy Super, it's writing is inconstant and simple bad at times so there is stuff that will be A) convoluted, B) unexplained or C) all of the above. I'll throw a little of my own thoughts in to try and bridge some of the gaps but I'm just padding over the cracks.
  17. Both the Manga and the Anime's stories are interpretations of manuscripts created by Toriyama, thats why they differ quite greatly from eachother. The actual artist for the manga is a man called Toyotaro, he's was a DB fan artist for years and was so good he was hired full time. He's the one responsible for created the most well know DB AF fan comic which is were the character Xicor comes from. Interestingly, while there's no offical word on the matter, I find that his fan Xicor arc and the Goku Black arc have a lot of similarities, enough to be more then a coincidence. Well he was only beaten last time because he had his magic taken away. Maybe Goku is going to have to give up his God Ki in order to beat him but we'll see.
  18. So the Super Manga is still going and we've got details on the next arc. After the fight with Broly, Goku and Co are back to life as usual until one day a group of people attempt to kidnap Buu. These people are from the Galactic Patrol, the group Jaco works for, and theyare doing this because they need the help of the Grand Supreme Kai Buu absorbed long ago. Long befor the battle with Kid Buu, the Grand Supreme Kai sacrificed a large amount of his godly power to trap a villain and placed him in the Galactic patrols custody. He was to be executed for his crimes but this could not be done. This prisoner has now escaped. This being is Moro, a sorcerer with the power to drain entire worlds of their lifeforce and feed upon it.
  19. I was lucky, I found both at the same time and dodged that miss hap. There's nothing worse then watching stuff out of context, ironic because thats how I first started watching Guyver. My parents got me OVA 3 first of all... a very, very confusing place to jump in.
  20. Just had a jaw dropping event... For those who don't know this is Majuu Sensen Apocalipse, a sequel to the original manga and ova series Majuu Sensen. "A secret society of scientists seek to create advanced humanoid lifeforms through the hybrid of man and beast for their almighty Lord Yeshu and the new world that is nigh. When young Shin'ichi Kuruma is pulled into this inhuman pursuit and loses everything, his path of bloody vengence leads him into the depths of a conspiracy greater than he could ever imagine." You can find the manga online and the ova's had a laserdisc release way back when or so I hear, although I've seen some releases online over the years. Pretty intreasting series all in all, the jaw dropping part is that I never thought I'd see the day when Majuu Sensen got any kind of new release. This is from Discotek Media, who've also put out new release of the original Devilman ova's, Testujin 28-go and Godmars. I was looking them up because their who I got Goshogun from. But my jaw nearly dislocated when I saw what they have coming up! Psycho Armor Govarian This is an 80's series created by Go Nagai, one of a small few he did after leaving Toei. There was little info on this series until recently, likely due to this this up coming release. By little I mean even Groizer X, the blandest of all Nagai's robot shows, had a bigger wiki page then Govarian. So seeing this series get an offical release of any kind was borderline impossible... but here it is! So plot wise, well there still little to go one but it's described as a blend of Mazinger Z and Gundam with psychic powers thrown in. It was basically Nagai's stab at a more real robot style work in the wave of Gundam and Ideon. T"he Garadain Empire has exhausted the primary resources of their native planet, so they send different space expeditions to find a new world where to live. One of their main objectives is planet Earth. However, Zeku Alba, an alien scientist, decides to rebel against the imperial rule and flees towards the Earth, where he gathers a group of youngs gifted with the power of "psychogenesis", an ability that consists in creating solid matter from mental energy. The most gifted of the squadron is Isamu, a young orphan whose family was killed in the first attack of the Garadain Empire. He is able to generate the powerful robot Govarian, an armor with which he can battle the alien monsters and is able to regenerate thanks to the psychic energy of the pilot. Helped by two other robots created by his teammates, Isamu, aboard the robot Govarian, defends the Earth in the long war against the alien invaders" Govarian from what little I know uses a combination of psychic attacks and conventional weapons, which sets it apart from most of it's sibling series. Also it's the second smallest of all the Nagai Mechs at 13 meters tall, with only Steel Jeeg being smaller, at about 10 - 11 metes tall. Edit: Just found this while hunting for info...
  21. Currently watching Goshogun Got this by chance, although it's name was on my list. Unlike a lot of the other shows I've got, I know practically nothing about Goshogun as I didn't do any research on it befor hand. This came out the year after Ideon and despite only being one episode in the show feels odd. While it's clearly styled after 70's Super Robot shows, it's story telling is a bit more advanced. For example, our human villains actually get involved in conflicts and politics to further their agenda and make money, such as assisting in wars, assassinating government leaders to be replaced with agents and brutal takeovers of resources such as a dimond industry in Africa. It's not gone into great detail but it's pretty refreshing to see were the bad guys get the resources to support their production of lightsabre wielding, robot foot soldiers and giant mechs. Hell even their reason to go after the heroes is actually more logical, they are after experimental teleportation technology which would be a hug boon to their operations. The show currently feels a bit odd as it blends light comedy moments, such as a over bearing robot teacher and villains reacting comically when a grenade is throne in his hand, with some very dark scenes involving assassination, terrorism, mass-murder and self sacrifice vie an exploding briefcase. While older shows did have this blend of the comedic and the dark, because this series has a more developed story, the contrast stands out more, at least to me. Goshogun is a pretty cool looking robot with its whole design haveing a very super sentai/power rangers feel. So far it's weapons include eye lasers, missiles and a halberd like weapon. However the way it works is convoluted even by Super Robot standards. It's powered by Beamler Energy, a super, do anything, energy in same vain as Photo Energy, Getter Rays etc. However unlike it's predecessors were are not given an explanation as to what Beamler Energy is, given the shows impressive start I'm hoping this is a plot thread that will be developed rather then just"it's a thing and it just works". Were the convoluted part comes from is that this Goshogun clearly takes inspiration from Getter Robo and Gaiking... but utilises aspects of those robots in an odd way. Ok so Getter is formed by three jets that fuse into a robot, Gaiking is a created from parts stored inside a mobile carrier (it's torso being the carriers head), now Goshogun is a fully built robot stored inside a carrier along with three jets. The jets, maned by the robots pilots, then dock inside this fully constructed robots legs and chest. Now I get why this was done, it's to make Goshogun different while also playing on the nostalgia of those older shows, but it really is nonsensical. Character wise we haven't had much time to get to know everyone so I cannot comment to much although the whole team seems competent. So it's off to a very intreasting start.
  22. So I'm looking for another franchise to look at and since there are so many I though I met as well let you lot decide what I'll drown on about. The only exclusion to this list is Hellraiser, this is do to that franchise haveing a lot of problems and being quite long. Edit: Don't worry if your choice didn't win, I'll use the other votes as a guide on what to look at after the winner.
  23. Chapter 10 - Halloween 2018 2018, 40 years after Halloween was released. Times really have changed. Looking back on the last 10 years of horror, its a far cry from Halloween's era. Slashers are few and far between, mostly relegated to lower budget and parody. To give a simplistic overview of current horror, it's the era of the spiritual and the social. A good chunk of modern horror films tend to revolve around curses, spirits and demons or groups of individuals seeking to do harm. Current horror has moved away from the individual monster or killer, it seems that the current trend is focused on forces beyond our control or that we are a minority at the mercy of a greater collective. As always what we fear reflects our times so in this era were we understand our world with amazing detail or with societies ever growing collectivism and some would say decreasing morality, it's little wonder we'd turn to very faceless horrors. Example would be the Purge franchise, Hereditary, The Ritual, The Endless, It Comes at Night, Get Out, The Witch, The Conjuring series, The Visit, The Strangers and the Paranormal Activity series. Thats not to say older styles of horror are gone. IT released last years blends the theme of an otherworldly horror, social horror and an iconic horror villain in a very good way. Also parodies not all bad, as seen with the horror/comedy series of films Hatchet. Amazingly one of the last slasher genre's has actually been making a small comeback. The Child's Play franchise has been able claw it's way back from the pit of self destroying parody it fell into in Seed of Chucky and produced two fairly good, although far from ground breaking sequels, Curse of Chucky and Cult of Chucky. The franchise also has a remake on the way but interestingly it seems that when the deal was made it was intended that the remake not tread on the toes or nor prevent the possible continuing of the main franchise, from what we've heard the film will be about a killer mechanical doll rather then one possessed by a serial killer. Time will tell how that pans out. The Saw franchise is also still kicking around, 7 years after it's "Final Chapter" entry in 2010, Jigsaw released last year. Unfortunately, much like the slashers befor it, the franchise is stuck in a sequel rut and even after a 7 year break the franchise seems to have yet to claw it's way out as Jigsaw is viewed little better then Final Chapter. It's got a sequel on the way but I don't think it's going to improve much. The film Split is something of a blend of slasher, the cerebral and social horror and was pretty successful while on the flip side the movie attempt at Slender Man pretty much feel flat on it's face. So with horror as it is now, trying to bring back an icon two or possible three generations removed from the present is an uphill battle. Fortuity they did a pretty dame good job in my opinion. Thats not to say the film breaks any new ground, it's a slasher and there are trops it follows for good or ill, but for a sequel and a story reboot it dose a pretty good job. Plot Synopsis via Wikipedia - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Halloween_(2018_film) The best way to sum up the films pros and cons is to say that what it dose well it dose very well and when it's not, it's not bad but stereotypical and average. While similur in plot to H20, there's a very different feel to the film. In H20 Michael had been active for 20 years since Halloween II so there was always the very real threat that he could be stalking Laurie in the new film, which for simplicities sake I'll refer to has H40, Michael has been incarnated since that night in 1978. This gives the atmosphere around Michael and Laurie a more festering feel. Their conflict was never settled and is on the verge of not reaching a conclusion in the first act, its the feeling of the fated battle postponed for to long. An old cut that was never allowed to heal but is no longer fresh. The fims atmosphere along with most of it's characters, music and design really carry the plot, a plot that again is very good in some ways and stereotypical in other. The film has a blend of older style horror with the new and this dose work most of the time, however it's comedy is going to be hit or miss for many people and their are times when the film could really have done without it. The character of Laurie in this film is probable the most intreasting and well rounded version of any of the films. Much like H20, this Laurie is clearly traumatized but unlike her younger counterpart H40 is no long just suffering with these issues, she's gotten old with them. Rather then pure terror of Michael, she also has a deep hatred of him. She's developed a survivalist attitude and has spent 40 years planning to fight him when he escapes. This has cost her dearly as she is now alone and viewed as crazy, estranged from her own daughter (who was taken into custody due to how Laurie was rising her) and her granddaughter. Much like her H20 self, H40 appears to be a functioning alcoholic although it's more subtly displayed here. Perhaps the saddest part is that she doesn't just hate Michael, she hates herself. At the beginning of H40 Michael is about to moved to a more secure prison where he has little to no chance of ever escaping, if that happens everything Laurie has done in her life will have been for nothing. Part of the reason she's been able to go on this long was that it would be worth it in the end and the possibility of that not being the cause puts a real strain on her. On the night of Michael transfer, Laurie actually watches him and the combined emotions she feels almost drives her to commit suicide. Once Michael is loose however this side of her evaporates and goes on the hunt for the Shape. Laurie has clearly studied Michael's methods as deeply as possible and her home is an built to counter the slasher. Not only with fences, flood light, bared windows and doors and a lot of guns but also with shutters for every room. This allows Laurie to be able to control and restrict Michael's movements within her home, as well as trap him if possible. That said she doesn't have all her bases covered but we'll come to that. Her daughter Karen by contrast wants to live a normal life and forget everything about her younger years with her mother and Michael while her granddaughter Allyson just wants them to be a normal family. Design wise this is easily one of the best masks Michael's had. Heavily based on his original but with an aged and wrinkled look to reflect the age of our killer. Thankfully this film gets the eye holes right as Michael's eyes are vertually invisible. Cloths wise he's waring his good, old fashioned, blue jumpsuit. Michael is seen without his mask a few times in the film although always from a behind or slightly to the side. This Michael is over 60 years old, his hairs mostly grey and his skin is as wrinkled as his mask. The most intreasting detail of all is that his left eye is opaque and partly closed, showing the damage Laurie inflicted when she stabbed him with the hanger all those years ago. A change to occur in the film itself while attacking Laurie through a door, she is able to fire a shot at him which takes of the ring and little finger of his left hand. Because the film ignores all other sequels Michael gets a pretty big shift in character and powers. He totally lacks any kind of regenerative powers, as seen with his eye, and is far more susceptible to pain and injury then befor, although he still powers through it. In fact thats actually the best way to put it, he seems to ignore all but the most sever pain, He flinch's but keeps going despite being shot in the shoulder when walking away from Laurie at one point but if forced to back off when his hand is shot. He also survives begin hit head on by a speeding care but is rendered unconscious for a time. His strength however is greater the in the original Halloween as, while most of what he dose in the film is pretty in line with the original, at one point he completely crushes someone's skull by stamping on it. His stealth is still fully intact, and we are given a wonderful scene that allows us to follow him as he works his way round several homes, however he doesn't display the ability to seemingly know were people are. Despite this depowering Michael still has that supernatural quality to him, it's just been scaled back to be more ambiguous as with the original. With his blood connection to Laurie removed in this film, this Michael is the most mysterious portrayal since the characters original appearance, and while weaker he feels more unbound. While Michael has attempted to kill a child in the passed, here he breaks a boys neck with no hesitation and once he returns to Haddonfield rather then going right after Laurie he begins to sneak from home to home killing people seemingly at random, only focusing on Laurie and her family after their first encounter. This reopens the mystery of why is Michael so focused on Laurie, when he's quite happy to simple sneak about in homes and kill other people. Interestingly when Michael and Laurie meet for the first time, Michael doesn't actually engage her but actually seems to retreat, without even trying to kill his intended victim at that moment. Why he dose this is an intreasting question, is he simply leaving because he has lost his primary weapons, stealth and the element of surprise, is he trying to revaluate his strategy or is it even possible that maybe he's shocked or afraid in his own way. I mention these later ideas because Michael's doctor in the film, when talking about Laurie's state of mind, mentions that such events also have an effect on the perpetrator and wonders how that night in 1978 might have affected Michael. Michael method of killing in this film is far more like his original apperances. He enjoys taunting his victims and installing fear in them. This is shown in the gas station rest room scene were he opens all the stalls one by one, stand in front of his victims stall without moving and then dropping his last victims teeth over the door as well as when he hides in the closet and when he only movies towards one of his victims when a porch light times off. One of his more gruesome tricks involves removing someone's head and stuffing a torch in it to create a human jack-o-lantern to bait someone. His most actively cunning moment is when he's in Laurie's house. While Laurie is following his blood trail and locking down the house section by section, Michael goes up to the room were she keeps he target practice manakins. He the quickly and quietly assembles them in the room to act as distractions and cover, opens the balcony window and leaves a blood stain on the closet door. While Laurie is checking the room Michael has actually hidden himself in a patch of darkness between the window and the balcony, right behind one of the manikins which allows him to get the drop on her. Michael's sadistic nature dose get him into trouble here though, after knocking Laurie off the balcony he goes after Karren and Allyson, displaying his great strength once again by ripping the kitchen unit from of the floor to reveal the basement stairs but he hangs back aware that the women are armed. Karren seemingly breaks down stating she cannot do it, but as soon as Michael appears it's shown this was a ruse and she takes a shot that hits him right. Laurie then appears and knock him into the basement. After a brief struggle the women reveal the house's secret. The basement was actually a trap, there is a leaver which causes spikes to cover the entrance, and the house is rigged to be flooded with gas and be set ablaze. The last shot of Michael is him standing in the basement looking up as flames erupt around him... Yet as Laurie, Karren and Allyson leave the basement is shown to be empty and breathing can be heard over the end credits... for evil never dies. A final character worth talking about is Dr. Ranbir Sartain, a former student of Loomis and Michael's current psychiatrist. While billed as the "new" Loomis, Sartain lacks any of Loomis's fear of Michael. In fact his intreast, while just as obsessive, is one of admiration. He speaks of Michael with an awed tone and is frustrated that he was unable to get him to speak and will be taken from his care. Despite surviving the crash the allowed Michael escape and seeing what he is capable first hand Sartain want him recaptured at all costs, this is the first glimpse that their is something wrong here. It turns out Sartain's obsession with Michael eventually caused him to go insane, the full breadth of his madness is revealed when Michael is run over by a police officer. To prevent Michael from being shot, he stabs the officer to death and states "So thats what it feels like". He then dawns Michael's mask for a short while as he bundles Michael into the back of the police car, along with a horrified Allyson. Sartain was always envious that he never saw Michael in the "wild" and believes that an encounter with Laurie will provide the breakthrough he so desperately wanted. This also leads one to suspect that Sartain had a hand in Michael's escape, given that he was the only staff member not killed. Sartain is tricked by Allyson who claims that Michael spoke to her once she learns his obsession. When he stops the care Michael awakens and begins to break out, injuring Sartain in the process. Sartain tries one last time to communicate with Michael but indifferent to his words, Michael stamps on his head. While Sartain's character is handled weakly in the film, I feel he's an intreasting inversion of Loomis's character. In summery this is easily one of the best films in the Halloween franchise. While not perfect and it was never going to recapture the magic of the original, this is easily one of the most genuine attempts to continue the franchise since Part 4, with a fairly solid story, great characters and a lot of respect of the character of Michael Myers. I even give the props for deciding to take the more controversial root and cut out everything after the original film which was much to H40's benefit. For me I rate it as the second best of the whole franchise. And with that we come to the end of this examining of Halloween and Michael Myers... for now anyway. With a sequel to H40 in the table, I'll very likely be back here examining the next film when the time comes. Good or bad.
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