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  1. I have to say this version of the Dark Phoenix looks to be better then the last, but we'll see. Why dose Prof. X always get made the bad guy in this story? It's true that he's made mistakes befor and maybe there was a better way to go about this but Jean was a disturbed child with enough power to destroy the world. What was he supposed to do? Normal therapy would be to dangerous because she could kill someone if she lashed out, she needed to be contained befor she could be helped. If he just left here that way, that would be wrong to a digree but something still needed to be done. If he was trying to help her work through he problems post altering her mind well I'd say he was just doing his best in a very volatile situation.
  2. Right so I'm back a day early, I've had about... 4 hours sleep and I'm doing this :). On my time away I thought on how to approach this subject and I came to the conclusion that befor we even touch the series we need to have a look at what came before. Prologue - A Time of Change and the Proto-Slashers The 60's was a real era of change for horror films in a lot of ways. They became more gritty and depraved with a greater emphasis on gore and violence. The horror film era prior is often thought of, wrongly in my opinion, as ruled by monsters and men in rubber suits. To be clear this is not totally untrue, as of the 30's horror's icons were mostly all monsters. The classic monsters who haunt both page and screen even to this day. Dracula, Frankenstein's Monster, The Wolfman, King Kong etc with new ones coming about even into the 50's with Godzilla and The Fly. By the late 50's some of the monsters were being brought back to the silver screen thanks to Hammer Studios. However I am always quick to point out that there were many great, non-monster themed horrors of these days to. One that I had the pleasure of watching recently was The Most Dangerous Game in which the mad General Zaroff traps people on his private island to hunt for sport. A more well known example is The Phantom of the Opera, who in his way could be considered the great grandfather of slashers. There is the some what lesser known She-Wolf of London, a psychological thriller, and 1953's The House of Wax, staring Vincent Price. But what truly set these films apart from what would come later? I persoanlly think it is a matter portrayal. While mad men had always existed on screen, they were as I call it "Classical Representation's of Madness". They were built on an outdated formula and poor understanding of what madness was, they were for the most part jabbering mad men, violent criminals or dark eccentrics. While not all fall into these categories, many were driven to madness by a single event that caused them to seek revenge or take up some dark pursuit. Some were under the influence of another while others were not truly mad but amoral people driven by greed. While I will say that many of these characters were acted very well, they provide a theatrical interpretation of insanity which reflects it's true nature poorly. Then in 1960 came a film that truly pushed the horror genre in a new direction. Psycho. While a number of great horror films would come out that same year, Eye's without a Face, Black Sunday and Peeping Tom come to mind, Psycho was a revolutionary film on many levels. While one could talk for hours about the film, I'll limit myself to the important aspects. Firstly is what is now considered the horror equivalent of "killing god", for the film stabbed right through the concept of "Plot Armour" and had the main character die half way through it's runtime. Second is the level of pointless brutality which is shown or implied for it's time and finally were is the character of Norman Bates. Norman Bates was a character quite unlike what had come befor. Based on real life serial killer Ed Gein, the first of many, Norman introduced audiences to a far more realistic depiction of a killer as well as the concept of a serial killer. Norman Bates is totally apart from any of the primary characteristics I've mentioned previous human killer possessed. He's not a jabbering maniac as he can act in normal society for the most part, nor is he a criminal in the normal sense as his acts are not guided by profit but passion. Norman is not even an evil genius as seen when trying to tell a simple cover story he gives himself away with little effort on his interrogator's part. Norman Bates is just a man, but also a dangerously disturbed one. He is the embodiment of the monster we could all become under the right circumstances. It speaks volumes of that era in time that Hitch**** felt the need to include an epilogue to his film were a psychiatrist has to explain to the audience what was wrong with Norman, as most movie goers of the time would not be able to full comprehend what they were seeing. After this wave of darker, more brutal films a new type of horror genre started to appear. Splatter films. Splatter films were a type of horror film that deliberately focused on excessive violence and gore, torture porn as it's known today. These were usually pumped out by the B list market. The most shining example of this is Blood Feast, which focuses on a psychopathic food caterer named Fuad Ramses who kills women so that he can include their body parts in his meals and perform sacrifices to his "Egyptian goddess" Ishtar. It's intreasting to note that such films were not looked upon with much favour by the general public and were usually relegated to the Grindhouse cinemas. These kinds of places were viewed little better then pornography theatres and since a fewer number people went to see them, many splatter films earned rather exaggerated reputations. This likely played a big part in creating the paranoid fear of Snuff Films (films that show actual death and murder) being made available for viewing in public cinemas. It was during this time that many of the Proto-slasher films came into existence. A film I mention first is A Bay of Blood A.K.A. Twitch of the Death Nerve. I have yet to see this film myself but I give it mention above the rest as A) it came first in 1971 and B) apparently many of it's scenes inspired or were out right copied by many other films. My understanding is that it's plot involves a multiple people committing homicides in an attempt to gain the fortune of a Countess who herself had been murdered. Some debate wither or not this was the first Proto-Slasher. Based on my research I personally think that, like Psycho, it's a film that helped lay some of the important ground work but is also noticable removed from what the genre's defining traits are. In 1974 the first two Proto-Slasher were realised in theatres on the same month and 10 days apart. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Black Christmas. These two films interestingly represent two very different sides of the same coin. Texas Chainsaw is a about a group of kids going out into Texas wilderness and find a family of cannibals, Black Christmas is set in a sorority house were the girls are tormented, stalked and killed by a murderer who his hiding in the building. Both depict, much like Psycho, the worst of humanity but one is about us going into the unknown while the other is about the unknown intrudes on our lives. Texas Chainsaw's horror is as much psychological as physical, with the film seeming to spiral into pure insanity and it's violence is sudden and shocking yet also avoids anything to explicit, often catching views off-guard and playing tricks with the mind. Black Christmas's horror is lurking, dirty and ever present, it's kills while no too draw out have more build up and the fact the killer keeps the bodies in his hiding place for the duration films only adds to the feeling's of unpleasantness. Of the two, Texas Chainsaw courted the most controversy in part due to it'd introduction stating that the film was based on real events. Leatherface was the first of a new era of horror icons, a modern version of the classic monsters that had sprung up in the 30s to 50s. While Norman Bates was also a icon of horror, he noticable stood apart from what came befor and what would come after. Recognised and iconic but never truly standing in either crowed. Leatherface would have a huge impact on the later slasher genre, his hulking size, iconic weapon and mask would influence many future icons of horror and slashers. That being said in many ways he also stood apart from what would come after. Leatherface was mentally handicapped, often stayed at home doing house work and was just as sacred of his victims as they were of him. He also lived in fear of his family who would beat and abuse him in spite of his superior strength. Billy was a very different beast. An intelligent but also deranged killer, he is never fully seen on screen, being always completely or partial in shadow. This adds a very different type of menace to the character as it's possible he could be someone the girls know. Billy is also very vocal, he's speech is often very broken and manic with him suddenly changing his tone of voice. He often calls the girls to speak obesities, threats or hinting's of conversations he's overheard. Billy is also very voyeuristic, often spying on the other characters and we are sometimes given glimpses from his point of view. Interestingly despite being intelligent and stealthy, he's prown to outbursts of rage when things are not going as he wish's. Billy would not become a true icon on his own, he was an important part in the shaping of another who would. In 1976 the film, The Town that Dreaded Sundown was released. Based on true assaults and murders committed by The Phantom Killer in 1946, the film had a semi-documentary style despite heavily altering and dramatizing the events. The film's tag line "In 1946 this man killed 5 people... today he still walks the street of Texarkana, Ark" was a marketing plan likely inspired by Texas Chainsaw's claims of being based on real evens and controversy it caused, however this line and the fact many people involved in the events were still alive at the time brought the films a good deal of controversy of it's own. The Phantom Killer would also prove to be a big inspiration for future horror icons, one example being Jason Voorhees's original look in Friday the 13th Part II. 1977 saw the release of The Hills Have Eyes which involves a family trapped in the desert and under siege from a clan of cannibals. Inspire by stories of Scottish cannibal Sawney Bean and his family, who may have also have been an inspiration for the Sawyer family, The Hills Have Eyes has a similur feel to The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. The difference come from clan themselves who seem to live a more primitive style of existence and is made up of very different characters, as well as the fact that the family they are hunting actively fight back against them. This creates more of a conflict like setting then one of people being hunted and also plays into the theme that when pushed, civilised humans (and pets) can become killers. The next year, 1978, would see the release of the first true slasher film. Halloween.
  3. Godzilla: Star Eater The final film will be release in the 3rd of November. One last post befor I go away.
  4. Hello everyone, so this year I'm going to talk about a franchise that I have had an unfairly low opinion on for many years. The Halloween franchise. This is in part due to the new Halloween movie coming out next month but also from a growing intreast in the movies earlier this year despite not having known of the new film until the last month or two. I will say that I wont be posting anything new here for about two weeks as I'll be away however once I'm back I'll be buying every single Halloween movie, bar 3 as it has no real ties the main reason I want talk about these films. The Shape aka Michael Myers. This will be a little different from my "Many Lives of Jason Voorhees" series as during that topic my discussion was about Jason and how his character and look changed over time along with talking about his movies in brief. Despite their similarities Michael makes for a very different beast to discuss. This is in part due to the fact that Micheal is the original slasher villain and Halloween the first true movie of the genre. We'll look at not only Michael's character but also how this series differed from what came befor, the genre it spawned and how that genre would affect the franchise as time went on among other things. We'll also look at the new film when it comes out. So to give us a list of what we'll be looking at: Halloween (1978) Halloween 2 (1981) Halloween 4 - The Return of Michael Myers Halloween 5 - The Revenge of Michael Myers Halloween 6 - The Curse of Michael Myers Halloween H20: 20 Years Later Halloween: Resurrection Halloween (2007) Halloween 2 (2008) Halloween (2018) I'll see you all again in October.
  5. I have to say I likewise would like to see more of Gogeta. I'm not a GT hater, but one misstep it had was its partial of him. SS4 Gogeta is not Gogeta. He's an overly exaugurated version of Vegito. Vegito is confident, but his constant taunting and messing about with Buu was part of his plan to get himself absorbed and save everyone. As seen in super, Vegito dose not screw around when facing a foe he has no reason to go easy one. SS4 Gogeta is a moron who's drunk on his own power. Gogeta, from what little we see, seems to be very reserved and serious. He defeats Janemba instantly, no messing around. As for Vegeta getting SSG finally, well their a lot unexplained around how he even got his god power in the first place. Goku himself never used the form post his fight with Beerus despite until the ToP despite it being a viable option in many cases. My theory is that at first nether of them could access the form due to their lack of control and Goku only attained it through the ritual. When training with Whis they treated god ki like they did Super Saiyan which resulted in Blue. They had to learn to better control their power to be able to take this weaker but less draining form. Goku obviously was able to do so first as he had attained the form previously and knew what it "felt" like. But thats all fan theory on my part. While I've pretty much cut ties with the DB fandom for the time being, I which to experience the film as intended instead of spoiling it all as I've done from BoG on, one bit I did hear about is that this movie is not going to be as simple as people think and Goku's victory is not guaranteed.
  6. I'm not short whats worse, no Guyver or the tacky and tasteless covers that mock us every month.
  7. All good points. Another aspect to add on is that an out of control Rex is not going to actively attack the Creators. It will just revert back to it's natural instinct and look for something to eat, a far easier problem to deal with then a thinking creature who can plan and actively work against you. To get the most out of a guyver requires a powerful brain, for without it the ultimate weapon is useless. Its intreating to a Rex might not even get any of the known weapons, or hell maybe even any at all. The unit might not even bother installing any if it senses that it's host wouldn't even use them.
  8. Just wondering about this today. For example... Lets say we attached a guyver unit to a Tyrannosaurus Rex. Dinosaurs, from what we can work out, were likely creatures of limited intelligence which primarily functioned on pure instinct. Not much different then most birds, reptiles and crocodile of today. As a result the creatures use of the guyvers weapons would likely be used in a far more basic way then any human guyver would, most likely acting on instinct and in reaction to a current situation. Power wise what needs to be said, it's an apex predator the size of a building. It's power output, should the unit react as it dose with a human, would be staggering compared to a normal human guyver. But what about weapons and general layout? For example the T.rex's primary offensive weapon is it's mouth and it's arms are very underdeveloped for it's size. Would the guyver adapt itself to better suit this none humanoid?
  9. A little somthing special today. I commissioned Lucithea, creator of Guyver Alfa, to do artwork of my Prometheus Guyver. Been doing a little reworking on his bio and weapon systems. Mostly minor but noticable changes include... Vibration Globe - A single metallic orbs located between Prometheus's eyes that produces sound waves. It is primarily used for verbal communication but it can also unleash a highly destructive sound wave known as the "Sonic Buster". Upgrade: Prometheus's Vibration Globe can also generate powerful infrasound waves that can induce sever affects in anyone in it's radius, including fear, sorrow, depression, anxiety, nausea, chest pressure, paralysis and hallucinations. This "Sonic Terror" can cause lesser targets to faint outright. The Globe can also be used for voice mimicry and echolocation. Mega-Smasher - Two high-power particle cannons contained beneath the chest armour. Upgrades: The armour's energy regulation and output for the Mega-Smasher have been greatly enhanced. The weapons charge time has been reduced by 25% and the energy output can be controlled so that power can be regulated. This was done because when fired at full power Prometheus's Mega-Smasher can destroy an entire city. This also means that the weapon can be used multiple times at a weaker setting since it's power reserves are not all used up at once. Due to the significantly high power output of his Mega-smasher, Prometheus's particle beam is red in colour when fired at full power.
  10. Always did love that big, red, rust bucket. Slower then the speed of dark and still going after 3 million years. Lets see now... Moya from Farscape. The Arc Hammer from Star Wars and I'd die of shame if I didn't include the Derelict from Alien.
  11. Ok so this is a little match up between a normal Guyver, we'll as Sho, and SCP-076-2, referred to as Able. SCP-076-2 is a Keter class SCP. This means he his very difficult to contain and highly dangerous to everyone he comes into contact with. I'll provide a copy of his data file. Item #: SCP-076 Object Class: Keter Special Containment Procedures: Containment Area 25b is to be located 200 m below sea level, tunneled out of solid bedrock in a seismologically stable area. Sole access to the containment facility is to be through a vertical elevator shaft separated every fifty (50) meters with a reinforced blast door, constructed of 20 cm thick material shielding. Elevator shaft shall be flooded with seawater when not in use. Containment Area 25b is to be constructed with the following components: An Outer Security Perimeter against outside threats, staffed by security personnel trained in close quarters battle and counter-intrusion tactics. An Administrative and Support Area (ASA) consisting of support facilities and living quarters for on-site personnel. A Primary Containment Zone (PCZ), consisting of a 7 m cube encased in 1.5 m of reinforced material. PCZ is to be designed to be flooded and drained as needed, and should remain filled with seawater unless access to contents is required. A 150 m "killing corridor" which is to be the sole access to the PCZ from the ASA (including water, power, drainage, and ventilation lines). The walls and floor of the corridor are to be reinforced in a similar manner to the PCZ, with the addition of an electric deterrence system capable of delivering a 20,000 volt shock. A security station located at the entrance to the killing corridor is to be staffed with no fewer than three (3) armed security personnel on watch at any one point in time. Armament is to include, but not be limited to, at least one (1) ███████ CIW system on a pintle mount with a clear line of sight down the corridor, with a plexiglass screen to protect the operator from thrown weapons. In the event of a full breach, all on-site staff are to proceed immediately to the closest security station for weapons and armor distribution. Staff will remain at Alert Condition One until SCP-076-2 is confirmed neutralized. Should 90 minutes pass after declaration of full breach without a Stand Down order being given by Level 4 or higher personnel, Final Contingency Measures will be activated, flooding the entire facility in seawater and sealing off the access shaft for a minimum of 24 hours before retrieval is attempted. This will, by necessity, result in the deaths of all on-site staff. Description: SCP-076 consists of two components: a stone cube (SCP-076-1) and a humanoid entity contained within (SCP-076-2). SCP-076-1 is a 3 m cube made of black speckled metamorphic stone. All surfaces outside and within SCP-076-1 are covered in deeply engraved patterns corresponding to no known civilizations. Radioisotope analysis indicates that the object is approximately ten thousand (10,000) years old. A door is located on one side, sealed with a lock 0.5 m in width, surrounded by twenty (20) smaller locks in a circular pattern. As of yet, none of the keys have been found, making the door impossible to lock once closed. Interior temperature is approximately 93 Kelvin, and cannot be altered by any means, internal or external. Directly in the center of the room is a 2.13 m tall stone coffin, held in place and sealed shut by several chains of unknown make and substance, which are attached to the inner corners of SCP-076-1. SCP-076-2 resembles a lean Semitic human male in his late twenties. Hair is black, and eyes are gray, skin tone olive. Subject is 1.96 m in height and 81.65 kg in weight. Numerous tattoos depicting arcane and occult iconography are present all over the body (mostly in the form of leering demonic faces) and ranges from subtle to openly ostentatious. Subject, when encased inside SCP-076-1, is technically dead. However, occasionally SCP-076-2 will awaken, effectively "reanimating", complete with all vital processes needed to sustain a living human being. Subject will then attempt to leave SCP-076-1. If successful, subject will enter a trance state and seek out the nearest human being, ignoring all other living things in the process. Upon coming into contact with living humans, SCP-076-2 will enter a rage state in which it attempts to engage and kill all human beings encountered. To date, only the subject's death has been shown to be effective in ending these rampages. Terminating SCP-076-2 is often problematic due to its significant physical abilities. Subject has superhuman strength and speed, and although not invulnerable, has shown a remarkable ability to ignore pain and shock, pressing on despite what would be debilitating wounds in normal humans. Prior encounters have shown that SCP-076-2 has the ability to (among other things): Rip through a reinforced steel security door over the course of four (4) minutes of sustained assault. Clear over 64 m of distance in under three (3) seconds. Take multiple .50 caliber BMG rounds to the head and survive for several minutes to continue killing, despite severe damage to the cerebellum. Swat handgun and assault-rifle caliber bullets out of the air with a length of steel rebar. Survive for over one (1) hour deprived of oxygen before finally asphyxiating. SCP-076-2's most unusual ability, however, is its ability to apparently materialize bladed weapons out of nowhere. Slow-motion video footage reveals that the blades in question are actually pulled from a miniature dimensional rift described as a "small hole in space." Where this portal leads is unknown, as is how SCP-076-2 is capable of generating said rifts. Footage of the blades in question shows them to be made out of a completely non-reflective black material appearing as a "black void in space." As the blades rapidly vanish after leaving the subject's possession, no structural analysis is possible at this time. SCP-076-2 has effectively been killed several times in various manners: Sustained fire from multiple heavy-caliber machine guns. Asphyxiation. Crushed beneath a 13.6 metric tonne piece of elevator equipment for use on SCP-076-1. Cremation through the use of a Thermate-TH3 grenade placed directly inside SCP-076-2's open chest cavity. During the worst breach to date, Containment Area-25 (which previously housed SCP-076) was forced to detonate its on site warhead as a last attempt to contain SCP-076-2 while it was attempting escape, resulting in total destruction of the site and all on-site personnel. SCP-076-1 survived. Upon death, SCP-076-2's remains will putrefy rapidly, until reduced to dust. SCP-076-1 and the coffin within will then slam shut with great force, and the lock will rotate, sealing it shut. SCP-076-2 will then reform within the coffin, a process taking anywhere from six (6) hours to twenty-five (25) years. What posthumous analysis of SCP-076-2 exists shows that it has a internal system highly different from our own, documented in [DATA EXPUNGED]. Additional: SCP-076 was found in ████████████, Mongolia, in 18██, by archaeologists from England. All members of the expedition were subsequently killed on the return voyage home. SCP-076 was recovered from the ship █████ ███████ by the ███████ Society (one of the organizations that later merged into the modern Global Occult Coalition) and placed on display in their Inner Sanctum. SCP-076 remained in storage for ███████ (██) years, until SCP-076-2 became active and escaped on ██-██-████. The reason for SCP-076's activation is currently unknown, but it was at this point that the keys to the outer shell were lost. A massive manhunt, lasting over three (3) years and ████ ███████, took place until SCP-076-2 was incapacitated by ██████████ ███████, killing it and causing it to reform inside SCP-076-1, by then retrieved and secured by agents of the SCP Foundation. Subject was in custody for three (3) more years, under constant supervision, and was terminated whenever it became active, although it occasionally was able to escape for short periods of time, often due to security breaches caused by attacks from other organizations. The Foundation's death toll due to this was [DATA EXPUNGED] [DATA EXPUNGED] [DATA EXPUNGED] After the last incident, the current procedures regarding SCP-076 were implemented, although they are upgraded regularly with the increase in technological standards.
  12. Title sums it up and feel free to throw you hat (ship) in. The Special Class-1 Astro Combatant Ship - Desura II The second flag ship of Leader Abelt Dessler as well as his seat of power post his exile. The Desura I was Dessler's original flag ship and was a standard dreadnought found in the Gamilas Empire all be it with a golden control room to replicate Dessler's thrown room and the ship's hull was painted in the distinctive blue of the Imperial Guard fleet, and the bridge crew was composed of Imperial Guard officers. It was destroyed during an assassination attempt on Dessler. The complete Desura II is composed of two separate spacecraft. A smaller and more lightly armed core ship provides command functions both when operating independently and when docked with the larger Desura II hull. Desura II - Core Ship Desura II - Complete The complete ship is about 638 meters in length. The Desura II is crewed by soldiers and officers of the Imperial Guard, but it also carries several hundred armed Garmilloid robot troops. Stored in compartments along the outer hull, the robots can be deployed on individual jetpacks that allow them to manoeuvre freely in space toward enemy targets. It's standard armaments consist of: 6 480 mm triple-mount positron cannon turrets, 6 330 mm triple-mount positron cannon turrets, 6 330 mm triple-mount positron beam turrets, 51 wing, aft, and ventral mounted torpedo launch tubes. The Core Ship is armed with: 6 point defence guns around bridge and 4 bow torpedo launch tubes. It is also armed with harpoon cables that can be fired into another object to secure it or to anchor Desura II in place and has the ability to directly access and override control of the computer systems of other Garmillas facilities. The Desura II's most iconic weapon is it's Dessler Cannon. The Dessler Cannon is the same type of weapon as the Wave Motion Gun used by the Yamato. The Wave Motion Gun was a powerful weapon capable of destroying anything as large as Australia. Its energy comes from the Wave Motion Engine, which is a large device that behaves as a high-power capacitor. This "capacitor" charges up the power input to the critical point of 120% at which point the person in charge of the firing mechanism releases the final safety lock and fires the weapon when ready. Due to the massive need of concentrated power, the "barrel" of the weapon is required to be long, and in the Yamato's case, the barrel is the whole ship from the engine to the firing gate. Light emitted from the cannon is so intensive that crew within the light range of the cannon must wear Anti-Shock/Flash goggles in addition of tinting the window.In Yamato 2199, a detailed explanation and system diagram of the wave motion engine and the wave motion gun are shown. The wave motion gun's proper name is the "Dimensional Wave Motion Explosive Compression Emitter". The wave motion engine sits at the core of the ship's reactor unit, and provides power by expanding compactified higher dimensions that are curled up as Calabi-Yau manifolds. With the expansion of the higher dimensions, energy is released into the wave motion reactor into the gravity wave compression chambers and the tachyon particle oscillator control unit. A super-gravity wave is created and directed towards the muzzle of the wave motion gun, generating a stream of micro black holes. These micro black holes rapidly evaporate and have their mass-energy fully converted into Hawking radiation in the process, and that is the source of the wave motion gun's destructive capabilities. Dessler was able to develop his own version, the Wave Motion tech the humans possess haveing been given to them by another race, and the cannon was originally believed to be a fixed part of the Dimensional Mobile City Fortress Second Baleras. The Fortress functioning in a similar fashion to the Death Star. However in reality the Desura II was docked in fortress's cannon. Given that the colour violet is a shorter wavelength than blue, the output of the weapon is likely more powerful than the Yamato's Wave Motion Gun due to denser energy particles. The Dessler Cannon has been shown to decimate an entire enemy fleet in one shot and engulf a planet in flames and eventually destroy it.
  13. Hmmmm not an easy question. Manga is not like wester comics and you well know. They are a self contained story that dose have an end while comics go on for years with reworkings, reboots and the like. In resent years we've seen some manga keep going however, Naruto with Boruto and Death Note's had the odd new piece crop up know and again. The real big case of continuation is stuff from Go Nagai with many reworkings of his creations such as Mazinger Z, Devilman and Cutie Honey. Most other long running anime like Gundam are almost always somthing new with each iteration, as far as I understand. For my part I think Dragon Ball is simply appealing to many. Dragon Ball is not unintelligent, but as think it just boils down to it being fun and simple. I will admit the series is passed it's prime, in fact it's most popular arc, the Frieza Arc, is wear it's general quality of writing started to dip, the simple and fun factor has never gone away. As to why its still going, the series has held onto a very big and loyal fan base, but what really kicked this of was Battle of Gods and Resurrection F. Both did very well at the box office, F being one of the highest grossing anime films ever and BoG was critically acclaimed. Those two films were what really made it possible for Super to come into existence, that and Toriyama being interested in coming back on board. Dragon Ball pretty much stopped being a Journey to the West story after it's first arc. In fact the first arc is almost a completely different style of story compared to the later parts. The Android Saga seems to be strongly influenced by the Terminator which game out not long befor and Trunks himself seems based on Kyle Reese.
  14. As in why at all or why the series then this movie? The former, like GT befor it continue the series and make money as far as Toei is concerned. If its the later this film follows the series. I wont give away the events of the end to the Super anime but I will say it was an open ending with quotes from those involved being that it was over "for now". So the anime could be coming back later. "Broly" takes place after the ToP and is a retconning of the Legendery Super Saiyan into the series proper. Befor he was solely a movie villain separate from any series cannon. On that note....
  15. All Monarch Monster Files Monarch Designation: Rodan Classification: Titanus Rodan Nature: Bio-Volcanic Body Height: 154f Wingspan: 871ft Behavior: Destroyer Range: Worldwide Within a Monarch containment facility atop the active Isla de Mona volcano, a mysterious Titan lies in pyrostasis within the restless magma. The legends speak of it as the “Fire Demon” or “The One Born of Fire”, but a simpler name echoes through the ancient temples of volcanically active regions: “Rodan”. A volcanic internal combustion system of magma flows throughout a body covered in rock-like scales that act as geothermal armor. While much larger in size, Rodan has a skeletal structure similar to that of a Pteranodon - one of the earliest vertebrates known to have developed the power of flight. Just as Kong is king of the primates, Rodan may have once been king of the skies. Because of the extreme temperatures within this particular containment facility, current lab equipment can’t function properly. As a result, thermal heat signatures on the creature are impossible to collect, and Monarch detection crews conducted cardiograms via aerial satellite for life sign detection and verification. Much like the volcano that incubates it, Rodan is alive but dormant. Rodan’s wings are wrapped around its body in stasis, but our cryptos estimate a wingspan big enough to create a sonic thunderclap capable of leveling entire cities as it flies overhead. RF-Capture scans reveal that Rodan’s skin is not made of rock, but does have an outer dermis of sharp volcanic sediment collected from centuries of dormancy. Sci-ops theorizes the vulcanized appearance of its skin may be an evolutionary trait developed as a form of camouflage against mountain or large rock formations. Truly, a Titan forged in fire. Monarch Designation: Mothra Classification: Titanus Mosura Nature: Unknown Body Height: 52ft Wingspan: 803ft Range: UNKNOWN From erased Nazca lines to the hidden Temple of the Moth, the name “Mothra” is woven throughout the most secret mythologies of our planet. The folklore and fairy tales tell of a winged creature of blinding light, an angel of the clouds whose god-like luminescence has the power to shatter the sky. Ancient spirit tablets discovered in the mountain jungles of the Yunnan Province portray a giant winged alpha of the Lepidoptera order. In all of our findings, human civilization is pictographically shown in poses that imply deification of the so-called “Queen of the Monsters”, suggesting the creature was once a benign part of the natural order. When Monarch containment crews discovered the live Titan chrysalis within the Chinese myth site, Dr. Emma Russell was quickly dispatched to closely monitor the creature that lay dormant within it. A quickening sonar pulse suggests the creature is awakening. If she ever emerges from her ancient slumber, a superspecies that once illuminated the sky will be reborn as Mothra. Pupal DNA samples suggest a remarkable, multi-stage evolution. On reaching adulthood, Mothra’s gigantic thorax is capable of emitting beta-wave bioluminescence which can be projected through the intricate patterns on its wings and weaponized into blinding ‘god rays’. As one of the deadliest and most beautiful natural phenomena in Earth’s history, no wonder this devastating guardian angel was worshipped as a goddess by the ancient human civilizations blessed to witness her. Monarch Designation: Monster Zero Classification: UNKNOWN Nature: Bio-Electrical Body Height: 521ft Wingspan: UNKNOWN Range: UNKNOWN From the Hydra to the Rainbow Serpent, myth was the compass that led us to the resting place of the three-headed Titan. A name, unspoken through millennia of whispered nightmares. A living extinction event, named “the one who is many”. We call it Monster Zero. At a Monarch containment facility deep in the frozen tundra of Antarctica, a three-headed winged serpent of ancient yet unknown origin lies frozen within a glacial tomb of ice. This is without question the largest superspecies ever discovered, easily dwarfing Godzilla at a height of over five-hundred feet tall. Cranial scans reveal a divergent frontal lobe density in the brains of the three heads, denoting each head has disparate levels of cognitive functions, and possibly even independent thought. Monster Zero’s dermal layer is gilded with trace amounts of aurum (See Ark Record # 73.126). Metallurgical studies theorize the scales act as a conductor capable of carrying bioelectrical currents through the creature’s body. Injuries have been discovered on several locations on the beast’s body, reminiscent of claw and scorch marks. Exo-Forensics are currently investigating. Muscle tendons on the wings are so hyper-tensile that their massive aerodynamics could generate hurricane-force winds when in flight. Coupled with its body’s electro-receptor molecular biology capable of conducting electrical currents, water vapor in the air would be heated at extreme levels creating its own localized storm system as it travels. Simply put, if Monster Zero were to fly again, the stratosphere would be torn open by an otherworldly tempest of thunder and lightning our sky has never seen. Cryptolinguistics has analyzed translations of every worldwide case study of Monster Zero in the Monarch database across tens of thousands of years. The ancients called it Ghidorah.
  16. Fun fact from City at the Edge of Battle Godzilla Earth's Electro Magnetic Practical Beam has an output of 300 Terawatts.
  17. Ok and we have a leaked image of Rodan's model. Some pictures for Ghidorah and Mothra to but both are far less reliable then this one.
  18. Giant Gorg Review Synopsis: In 1990, an island emerged about two thousand kilometers south-east of the country of Samoa. It was named New Austral Island because of its close proximity to Austral Island. However, due to a secret concerning the new landmass, an organization called GAIL covered up its existence. Though absent from the map, it was still very much afloat. As part of the cover-up, Dr. Tagami, a university professor obsessed with the island, was killed.In his will, he instructed his son, Yuu Tagami to meet with his former student, Dr. Wave, in New York. Shortly after he arrives, he, Dr. Wave, Doris (Dr. Wave’s sister), and their dog, Argos, are attacked by GAIL. They escape with the help of Captain, an old friend of Dr. Wave’s who Doris describes as “a bad guy.” With Captain’s help, they make their way to Austral Island, though not without trouble. There Yuu is saved by a seemingly, sentient robot called Gorg that the locals believe is the island’s protector. The story unfolds from there, as the Yuu, Gorg, and friends try to uncover the secrets of New Austral Island while fighting off the forces of GAIL. The best way I can sum up this anime is that its a great adventure story. There is a real sense of travel and exploration that other such series never quite manage to capture. Part of this lies in the fact we follow our heroes all the way from New York city to the island and beyond with no real breaks or cut aways that have them leapfrog to other locations in the blink of an eye. Also the fact that each episodes title screen a map of the island with the heroes location being the main focus. On the technical side of things Gorg was great for its time and is still impressive to this day. The animation is good and the artwork is beautiful, I also cannot remember much, if any, reused animation. The music and sound for this series is also top notch. Character wise, Yuu makes for a very good young protagonist who really dose grow over the course of the series. His fellows however are a mixed bag, Dr. Wave is an interesting character but he's very underused and falls to being the comic relief a lot. Depending on you mind set Doris will ether be ok but bland or painfully annoying because she's very much a normal girl who never really signed up for all this and is with the group because their being chased, and as a result she acts like a young girl would i.e. she's prone to complaining about the situation more often then not. Argos is a Great Dane who is somewhat anthropramophic, mainly in his expressions and more comedic moments, but pretty much acts like a dog would. The Skipper is a very enigmatic character who the group rely on in any combat situations, he's got extensive combat experience that proves invaluable throughout the story. The locals of a near by island join the group on their travels, Aroi and Sarah are children of similur age to Yuu and Doris but come from a completely different lifestyle and Manon while part of the group comes of a bland, normally finding himself driving or fixing the tank or acting alongside the Skipper. The villains are likewise a mixed bag, Rob Balboa and Lady Lynx are very good while many of the secondary villains and goons are more generic for the most part. The titular Gorg is a mecha inspired by the first era of the genre. He's a huge automaton with a mind of his own. While he dose obey Yuu at times , others he will act out on his own with his purpose being revealed later. Gorg also dose not attack unless provoked, such as himself or his companions being attacked, or the island is threatened, such as attacking an excavation machine. Gorg also lacks any kind of weaponry of his own, relying on strength, skill and his environment to get and edge over his advisories. One thing to not about this series is the threat that hangs over our heroes and its more grim moments. While not as bloody as some anime, people get shot and die here, their are no "piolets ejected" shots to show that Gorg didn't just kill someone. There is also a very uncomfortable scene near the end of the series that actually made my mouth drop with shock. On the whole while Giant Gorg is not a perfect anime, its a pretty good one and I highly recommend it. 4/5 Note: Yuu's voice actor is the same as Krillin and Luffy's.
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