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  1. The Blue Hole

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    Pretty well, I've been to a couple of beaches around England that and collected a few pieces. I also hunt for more exotic stuff in shops and the webs. If your interested I've posted pictures of them on my blog on this site. Which reminds me I have to post about a few new pieces I've got.
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    Go for it, it’s been a pretty good series so far. No spoilers though please.
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    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.
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    Saitama VS Guyver Gigantic

    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.
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    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.
  6. 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.
  7. The Blue Hole

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    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
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    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.
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    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.
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    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?
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    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.
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    Any World War II era weaponly effective against Zoanoids?

    One upside, Hyper Zoanoids were only perfected during the 80s as for as we know. Thats one less thing to worry about
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    What game are you currently playing?

    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
  14. 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.
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    Merry Christmas, everyone!

    Merry Christmas one and all. A gift from me to you