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The first episode of Power Rangers RPM couldn't be more removed from the Power Rangers formula. It opens up with a warning about the Venjix invasion: a computer that spread its virus to most of the planet and has since gained sentience. The only human stronghold left is the city of Corinth.

I've watched the first eleven episodes and I'm pretty impressed with the results so far.

The first fifteen minutes of the pilot episode is decidedly as un-Power Rangers as it gets. After the warning, the next scene involves dozens of panicking humans as they run from Venjix's robots (at the moment they're the only indicator that yes, you are watching Power Rangers once you spot their goofy designs) while the central protagonists are doing their damn best to save everyone. A massive sense of urgency and doom is immediately clear.

Afterwards, the episode impressively dedicates about four minutes of silence to future Black Ranger Dillion as he drives a shitty car around a desert landscape. This is the reminder of the world: empty and desolate. Wreckage can be spotted as he drives. He's alone, so he doesn't speak, letting the visuals and music do the talking. It's an extremely well done scene and I'm mad impressed how much they trusted the audience. We don't know what Dillion is looking for at the time, we don't hear any internal thought bubbles, and he doesn't talk to himself in a cheap attempt at exposition. This is a genuinely subtle scene that elaborates the crappy state Earth is in as well as emphasizing his loner characteristic. The only negative in these four minutes is the flower symbolism which is way too on the nose. This isn't Power Rangers, it's some other post-apocalyptic series.

Things are back on course once the Rangers actually do appear (and with it, the colors: whenever they're out of Corinth, they tend to fade to enhance the current state of the world) in the last five minutes and with it, all the cheesy explosions and cartoony megazord vehicles galore. They shout attacks, they pull off impossibly defied moves - hell, their arm and leg guards have wheels that spin-attacks their enemies it's laughably bad guys. But even with that MASSIVE mood swing, you kind of should have expected this if you have any knowledge of how Power Rangers actually works: cheesiness is just kind of a thing they do. There is a very inherent silliness to all this and it's an overall lighthearted show for what fans call the "darkest Power Rangers ever" (a claim that is justified in spite of what I've just said) and frankly, why shouldn't it be? I don't think I could handle a super serious, grimdark Power Rangers because that is NOT what Power Rangers IS. If Power Rangers attempted to take itself too seriously in spite of the multicolored vehicles and cellphone morphers, I honestly would not have been able to take the show seriously. It just doesn't fit. Even the pilot episode's massive tone shift was like a giant slap in the face when it settled into the more familiar Rangers shenanigans later (but what a way to get your attention!) Yet the show constantly emphasizes the ticking time bomb the characters and the city of Corinth is in. They're frequently on alert and Venjix's minions have broke in several times before (although I argue that drops the tension a bit, but Power Rangers), ensuring they're not peeps to mess with.

It's RPM's storytelling that ultimately defines its uniqueness. At least that's what I'm getting at since my only comparison is the first six seasons of the show. I stopped watching Power Rangers after In Space 15+ years ago. In Space was a different take on the Power Rangers formula in that it took a change from the previously stuck formula: Teens with Attitude (not really, they were probably the most goody-good kids ever) does community work or do activities and shit that no real teenagers actually do, Villain sends monster, Teens become Power Rangers, fights monster, Villain makes monster grow, BRING OUT MEGAZORD, and it concludes with a lesson and some such. In Space was an attempt to further the story beyond that specific formula and I remember it being extraordinarily epic as hell with an amazing finale (though I think at the time the show was suppose to be the series finale for the whole franchise before it, well, didn't.)

Likewise, RPM's story is not a compliment to the Zords and Ranger, but the other way around. The creators didn't stick to a given structure and instead chose to go about its own pace. There's fighting and giant monsters galore; there's stupid looking toyetic Zords and fancy martial arts, but they tend to pop up when the story appropriately builds up to it, not because they're forced to. RPM could open up with the Rangers fighting before moving on to a specific narrative or they might already face a giant, rubber-suited menace in the middle of the episode instead of the tail end because the plot works it that way. RPM is character-driven and they go out of their way to broaden these archetypical casts. </p>

I think RPM strikes a very good balance: suitably terrifying that Earth is on its last legs trying to stop a supercomputer that has a tight grip of the entire world, but never, ever deteriorating into pointless edgy, depressing nonsense that wouldn't fit the Power Rangers feel. 

It also has Dr. K, the most wonderful character on the show.

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The amount of deadpan "I am so done with you shit" attitude she cops in the show could fuel the damn Megazords she's built. Dr. K is fantastic.

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The first episode of Power Rangers RPM couldn't be more removed from the Power Rangers formula. It opens up with a warning about the Venjix invasion: a computer that spread its virus to most of the planet and has since gained sentience. The only human stronghold left is the city of Corinth.

I've watched the first eleven episodes and I'm pretty impressed with the results so far.

The first fifteen minutes of the pilot episode is decidedly as un-Power Rangers as it gets. After the warning, the next scene involves dozens of panicking humans as they run from Venjix's robots (at the moment they're the only indicator that yes, you are watching Power Rangers once you spot their goofy designs) while the central protagonists are doing their damn best to save everyone. A massive sense of urgency and doom is immediately clear.

Afterwards, the episode impressively dedicates about four minutes of silence to future Black Ranger Dillion as he drives a shitty car around a desert landscape. This is the reminder of the world: empty and desolate. Wreckage can be spotted as he drives. He's alone, so he doesn't speak, letting the visuals and music do the talking. It's an extremely well done scene and I'm mad impressed how much they trusted the audience. We don't know what Dillion is looking for at the time, we don't hear any internal thought bubbles, and he doesn't talk to himself in a cheap attempt at exposition. This is a genuinely subtle scene that elaborates the crappy state Earth is in as well as emphasizing his loner characteristic. The only negative in these four minutes is the flower symbolism which is way too on the nose. This isn't Power Rangers, it's some other post-apocalyptic series.

Things are back on course once the Rangers actually do appear (and with it, the colors: whenever they're out of Corinth, they tend to fade to enhance the current state of the world) in the last five minutes and with it, all the cheesy explosions and cartoony megazord vehicles galore. They shout attacks, they pull off impossibly defied moves - hell, their arm and leg guards have wheels that spin-attacks their enemies it's laughably bad guys. But even with that MASSIVE mood swing, you kind of should have expected this if you have any knowledge of how Power Rangers actually works: cheesiness is just kind of a thing they do. There is a very inherent silliness to all this and it's an overall lighthearted show for what fans call the "darkest Power Rangers ever" (a claim that is justified in spite of what I've just said) and frankly, why shouldn't it be? I don't think I could handle a super serious, grimdark Power Rangers because that is NOT what Power Rangers IS. If Power Rangers attempted to take itself too seriously in spite of the multicolored vehicles and cellphone morphers, I honestly would not have been able to take the show seriously. It just doesn't fit. Even the pilot episode's massive tone shift was like a giant slap in the face when it settled into the more familiar Rangers shenanigans later (but what a way to get your attention!) Yet the show constantly emphasizes the ticking time bomb the characters and the city of Corinth is in. They're frequently on alert and Venjix's minions have broke in several times before (although I argue that drops the tension a bit, but Power Rangers), ensuring they're not peeps to mess with.

It's RPM's storytelling that ultimately defines its uniqueness. At least that's what I'm getting at since my only comparison is the first six seasons of the show. I stopped watching Power Rangers after In Space 15+ years ago. In Space was a different take on the Power Rangers formula in that it took a change from the previously stuck formula: Teens with Attitude (not really, they were probably the most goody-good kids ever) does community work or do activities and shit that no real teenagers actually do, Villain sends monster, Teens become Power Rangers, fights monster, Villain makes monster grow, BRING OUT MEGAZORD, and it concludes with a lesson and some such. In Space was an attempt to further the story beyond that specific formula and I remember it being extraordinarily epic as hell with an amazing finale (though I think at the time the show was suppose to be the series finale for the whole franchise before it, well, didn't.)

Likewise, RPM's story is not a compliment to the Zords and Ranger, but the other way around. The creators didn't stick to a given structure and instead chose to go about its own pace. There's fighting and giant monsters galore; there's stupid looking toyetic Zords and fancy martial arts, but they tend to pop up when the story appropriately builds up to it, not because they're forced to. RPM could open up with the Rangers fighting before moving on to a specific narrative or they might already face a giant, rubber-suited menace in the middle of the episode instead of the tail end because the plot works it that way. RPM is character-driven and they go out of their way to broaden these archetypical casts. </p>

I think RPM strikes a very good balance: suitably terrifying that Earth is on its last legs trying to stop a supercomputer that has a tight grip of the entire world, but never, ever deteriorating into pointless edgy, depressing nonsense that wouldn't fit the Power Rangers feel. 

It also has Dr. K, the most wonderful character on the show.

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The amount of deadpan "I am so done with you shit" attitude she cops in the show could fuel the damn Megazords she's built. Dr. K is fantastic.

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  • Reading: Nothing Right Now
  • Watching: Power Rangers RPM
  • Playing: Yoshi's Island
  • Eating: Veggies
  • Drinking: Water
I obviously don't pay attention to the media as often as I probably should, so ABC's newly released Fresh Off the Boat comedy didn't register in my radar until near release time and how, how did I miss the fact that this would be the first live-action show with an Asian-centric cast since 1994's All-American Girl (a show I need to watch at some point for research and curiosity.) And the fact it took twenty years for a live-action (I say "live-action" because cartoons have done it a bit better: Jake Long: American Dragon, Juniper Lee, Jackie Chan Adventures, Mulan, etc.) to do this should say something about POC representation. But it's here and I watched it and it's pretty good...I guess?



I mean, for a family sitcom, the laughs were largely few and in-between. None of the jokes were cringe-worthy or hideously awful, just standard and average. The chance for improvement is within range. My key impression of the show lies on its Asian perspective. Their Haungs' chief dilemmas are the stuff you might have seen in various Asian stereotypes; ("Tiger moms" and immigrants living the American Dream, yadda yadda.) Fresh Off the Boat is really hitting the bottom of the barrels with the whole Non-Asian reaction to Chinese "Ewwww, those look like worms!" food cliche. Shit that a general media might already know about and goddamn it, I've been on this flippin' boat (no pun intended) already why do we have to do this again?! It's a tedious "Well, duh" moment until you realize we still need that Asian point of view. How many shows with white leads didn't rationalize and play off the same tropes and association from their own lives?

As tiring as these cliches are, I'm not ready to dismiss this show because I can hands down say with utmost confidence that I relate to Fresh Off the Boat. Almost embarrassingly so.

I'm aware it's an fictionalized account based on actual memoirs of a Taiwanese man, establishing the time period in the mid-90s is a stroke of genius. Other than me being relatively close to the age main character Eddie was at the time, it infuses a lot of my own personal perspective between then and now. Racism and general stereotypes is still a problematic aspect, but there was a blatant feel back in the 90s. At least it was for me. I think I can safely say Fresh Off the Boat is not going to capture the entirely of every Asian family in existence, pulling from one major source and working within that range. But it's also got a lot to live up to given what it is. If it's any condolence, all the shit the first two episodes of Fresh Off The Boat focuses on I've either been there or were familiar enough to understand where they're coming from. 

Louis Huang's "American Dream" of owning an equally stereotyped Western restaurant was something my dad briefly ventured into when he opened his own fish deli in Philadelphia (unfortunately it failed.) I'm not particularly sure my dad bought into the great American Dream (at one point, he flippantly told me he left Korea to escape his smothering mother.) The emphasis on greater education and after school studying to ensure we get proper grades and prepare us for a brighter future was a note of contentment in my youth. When Jessica home schooled her kids with her own brand of CLC (Chinese Learning Center), I flashback to the time dad forced me and my sister to write the entire damn dictionary during Spring Break. No fun time for us. Seeing Eddie pang for the outside world beyond school work is achingly real. My dad used to be a stoic, no-nonsense kind of man, but has since mellowed down in recent years, so Louise Haung has only a marginally passing resemblance to my old man. My mom has kind of lost her fire over the years (old age will do that to ya), but she's just as nitpicky and ragged on every single thing that Jessica does here, if not quite as exaggerated.

Eddie's the character I can specifically relate to the most because we've both sprung from the same generation. His teacher is so relieved to not having to say his name. I never had that issue (because I have an English name on top of my Korean, though I wouldn't be surprised if it gave the school faculties a small relief back then), but I significantly remember a terrible experience when my former 4th grade teacher actually asked me to translate a few words on the chalkboard into Korean with some vast assumption I knew how to speak fluent Korean (I do not.) She wasn't being an ass about it, but it's likely rooted into her mind that this is how All Koreans Are.

The Caucasian kids who retaliate and reject Eddie's heritage in school is shit I've been through in grade school (not helped by being one of only three or so Asian kids in the entire damn building.) I've especially had confusion and struggles between my Korean heritage and the overwhelming abundance of typical American culture punctured into my feeble little brain. I wasn't quite conscious of this as Eddie is (because I was also an ignorant little Ralph Wiggum at frequent bouts), but I had multiple moments where little preteen me dazzled over boy bands and fruit roll-ups to the detriment of learning how to speak my own damn language. I didn't greatly appreciate my culture until I got older and even then, I don't remotely know everything about Korea (though I try.) A theme that runs throughout the episodes is the frustrating culture clash between your heritage and the white Americana you can't escape from. The parents are blatantly Asian in their roots, but the father Louise tries to employ specific white tropes and culture to push his business. The mother Jessica is firmly grounded in her heritage, yet the both of them employ a "typical American" to sue as a countermeasure against the school's reaction to Eddie's potential suspension when he defended himself because a black kid called him "chink" and no one stood up for him.

I find that scene with the black kid especially poignant because he looks at first to be made out as an unfortunate implicated bully, but his background is subtly sympathetic. He's been through what Eddie has and after possibly years of resentment, he dishes out the only way a 12-year-old boy knows how: using that very racism against Eddie. I've had this happen with other people of color. They didn't directly said it to my face, but it was clear with their body languages and gestures that I was a weeeeeeeeeeird little girl. Jesus Christ, a teacher actually gave me a picture book by a Korean author that dealt with this damn subject. I hope we see more of that kid, too because there's potential in that subject.

They even got the "love you" part right; not so much the way the episode handles it (if you say "love you", something bad has happened), but the attitude of how we show affection. They're right: we don't hug, kiss, and make-up. There's no sitting down while we talk about our feelings. We show our love through harsh criticisms in an effort to better ourselves. I've seen my parents shake hands at old colleagues and friends; they do not "hug." (By now, I hope I made it clear that by "we", I'm generally referring to my own personal experiences. Obviously I don't speak for every Asians.)

Oh my GOD Eddie's younger sibling made friends easily with other non-Asians and THAT'S WHAT HAPPENED WITH MY SISTER AND ME. She always made friends regardless of race so much better than me. I was a lone freak and I have noooo idea how she did it. I feel like some invisible presence hovered around me driving potential friends away, like that damn Heartless that stuck around Ansem's (Or Xenmas, Xehanort, or whatever stupid name that asshole is going by in that shitty game series) back at the end of Kingdom Hearts. Although I think this one can really be chalked up to coincidence than anything specifically driven by race issues.

And the frustrating part is I'm not entirely sure how I am supposed to feel. I should praise it just for starring an Asian cast, but it's embedded in its stereotype and tiring ones at that. Should I also criticize it for say, portraying the character Louise Haung with a Korean actor (when the cast is Chinese) or be grateful they chose someone who IS Asian to begin with? Heck, I feel like I should be on guard just for saying I can relate when I am not Taiwanese and the differing ethnicity is a personal hangup I've had to endure for a friggin' long time that it drives me to stress. Should I also watch what I'm saying when I call the Huangs Chinese or Taiwanese? What's the proper terminology? And there's probably like a thousand issues I haven't even begun to process because I don't have a degree on Asian cultural studies or general anthropology; I'm a washed up artist, man!

I don't know, I really don't! I think I can get off with the conclusion that Fresh Off the Boat might be a necessarily evil. Only time will tell how the show will fair and how if any, will justify Asian representations.

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This journal is merely to serve as an archive to the many shit I review/analysis/rant about. Nothing more. So any one who likes reading my shit, but can't bother to scroll through the journal links, they're all here. Some of these links go to the same page because I sometimes do multiple reviews under one entry.

I will put this specific journal link at the bottom of future journals. Also included are my Toonzone reviews, Tumblr ramblings, and any other outside stuff I've done beyond DA. Please tell me if any of the links aren't working for whatever reason.


:bulletred: SPOILER WARNING: A lot of these reviews will spoil, so click with caution.



:bulletgreen:DEVIANTART JOURNAL ARTICLES/REVIEWS:bulletgreen:


THE REVIEWS

All the reviews I did in DeviantART. All shows listed in alphabetical order except for Transformers which is up top because this is likely what the current batch of followers likely wanna read (and disagree with it.)

TRANSFORMERS PRIME/RESCUE BOTS REVIEWS

These are all my reviews of Transformers Prime and Transformers Rescue Bots. I clearly don't have a life.

TF PRIME: SEASON ONE (INCOMPLETE: At the time, I wasn't sure if I was going to review each episode)
Transformers Prime (First Impressions)
The First Eight or so episodes or something
Ep. 9: "Convoy"
Ep. 11: Speed Metal
Ep. 12: "Predatory"
Ep. 13: "Sick Mind"
Ep. 19: "Rock Bottom"
Ep. 20: "Partners"
Ep. 21 - 23: "T.M.I", "Stronger, Faster", and "One Shall Fall""


TF PRIME: SEASON TWO (COMPLETE)
27. "Orion Pax: Part 1"
28. "Orion Pax: Part 2"
29. "Orion Pax: Part 3"
30. "Operation Bumblebee, Part 1"
31. Operation Bumblebee, Part 2"
32. "Loose Cannons"
33. "Crossfire"
34. "Nemesis Prime"
35. "Grill"
36. "Armada"
37. "Flying Mind"
38. "Tunnel Vision"
39. "Triangulation"
40. "Triage"
41. "Toxicity"
42. "Hurt"
43. "Out of the Past"
44. "New Recruit"
45. "The Human Factor"
46. "Legacy"
47. "Alpha/Omega"
48. "Hard Knocks"
49. "Inside Job"
50. "Patch"
51. "Regeneration"
52. "Darkest Hour"


TF PRIME: SEASON THREE (COMPLETE)
53. "Darkmount, NV"
54. "Scattered"
55. "Prey"
56. "Rebellion"
57. "Project Predacon"
58. "Chain of Command"
59. "Plus One"
60. "Thirst"
61. "Evolution"
62. "Minus One"
63. "Persuasion"
64. "Synthesis"
65. "Deadlock"


TRANSFORMERS PRIME: PREDACONS RISINGS (COMPLETE)
PART ONE
PART TWO


RESCUE BOTS: SEASON ONE (COMPLETE)
1. "Family of Heroes"/2. "Under Pressure" (Premiere First Impressions)
3. "Hotshots"
4. "Flobsters On Parade"
5. "The Alien Invasion of Griffin Rock"
6. "Walk On The Wild Side"
7. "Cody On Patrol"
8. "Four Bots and A Baby"
9. "Christmas In July"
10. "Deep Trouble"
11. "Return of the Dinobot"
12. "The Other Doctor"
13. "The Reign of Morocco"

14. "Small Blessings"
15. "The Griffin Rock Triangle"

16. "Rules and Regulation"
17. "The Lost Bell"

18. "Bumblebee to the Rescue"
19. "You've been Squilshed"
20. "Countdown"

21. "The Haunting of Griffin Rock"
22. "Little White Lies"

23. "Shake Up"
24. "Rescue Boy"

25. "It's A Bot Time"
26. "Bot to the Future"


RESCUE BOTS: SEASON TWO (COMPLETE)
27. "Road Trip"
28. "Sky Forest"

29. "One For the Ages"
30. "Tip of the Iceberg"
31. "A Virtual Disaster"
31. "A Virtual Disaster" (April Fool's edition)
32. "Spellbound"
33. "Prescott's Bots"
34. "Blame the Gremlins"
35. "Feed the Beast"
36. What Lies Below
37. What Rises Above
38. Space Bots
39. The Island of Misfit Tech
40. The Vigilant Town
41. Buddy System
42. In Search of the Griffin's Nest
43. Bots and Robbers
44. Rescue Dog
45. Changes
46. The Riders of Midwinter
47. Movers and Shakers
48. Chief Woodrow
49. Odd Bot Out

50. The Griffin Rock Express
51. Double Villainy
52. Rise of the Heroes


RESCUE BOTS: SEASON THREE (ONGOING)
53. Land Before Prime
54. Big Game

55. Too Many Kades
56. Phantom of the Sea
57. Unfinished Business
58. No Place Like Dome
59. Bugs In The System
60. Switcheroo
61. Bot-Tastic Voyage
62. Quarry's Quarry


TRANSFORMERS PRIME/RESCUE BOTS PREDICATION
Season Two Predication
Season Two Predication Results
Season Three Predication
Season Three Predication Results

TRANSFORMERS BEST/WORST DERP AWARDS
Best/Worst Annual One (TFP Season One)
Best/Worst Annual Two: BEST AWARDS, Part 1 (TFP Season Two/Little bit of Rescue Bots)
Best/Worst Annual Two: BEST AWARDS, Part 2 (TFP Season Two)
Best/Worst Annual Two: WORST AWARDS, Part 1 (TFP Season Two)
Best/Worst Annual Two: WORST AWARDS, Part 2 (TFP Season Two)
Best/Worst Annual Three: BEST AWARDS, Part 1 (TFP Season Three)
Best/Worst Annual Three: WORST AWARDS, Part 2 (TFP Season Three)




BRAVE POLICE J-DECKER (An Episode-By-Episode Commentary - INCOMPLETE)

This show is very 90s Japanese shonen. Big surprise.

Initial Impressions/First Three Episodes
Episodes 4 - 10
Episodes 11-17
Episodes 18 - 24


DIGIMON TAMERS (INCOMPLETE)

Time to revisit my favorite Digimon series.

1. Guilmon Comes Alive
2. Digimon, Digimon Everywhere
3. To Fight or Not to Fight
4. It Came From The Other Side

5. Dream A Little Dream
6. O Partner, Where Are Thou



THE LEGEND OF KORRA (INCOMPLETE: Book 3 and beyond continues in Toonzone. SEE below)

Man, this show started off so well, then hurtled into disappointment. EDIT: Well, it's gotten better.

SEASON ONE
Ep. 1+2: "Welcome to Republic City" and "Leaf in The Wind"
Ep. 3: "The Revelation"
Ep. 4: "The Voice In The Night"
Ep. 5: "The Spirit of Competition"
Ep. 6+7: "And the Winner Is..." and "The Aftermath"
Ep. 8+9: "When Extremes Meet" and "Out of The Past"
Ep. 10: "Turning the Tides"
Ep. 11+12: "Skeletons in the Closet" and "Endgame"


SEASON TWO
Ep. 13+14: "Rebel Spirit" and "The Southern Lights"
Ep. 15: "Civil Wars, Part 1"
Ep. 16: "Civil Wars, Part 2"
Ep. 17: "Peacekeepers"
Ep. 18: "The Sting"
Ep. 19+20: "Beginnings, Part 1&2"
Ep. 21: "The Guide"
Ep. 22: "A New Spiritual Age"
Ep. 23: "Night Of A Thousand Stars"
Ep. 24: "Harmonic Convergence"

Ep. 25: "Darkness Falls"
Ep. 26: "Light In The Dark"



MY LIFE AS A TEENAGE ROBOT (An Episode-By-Episode Commentary: COMPLETE)

I got nostalgic for this show. Not great, but still a good show worth watching on a lazy weekend.

My Life As A Teenage Robot Season One Review...ish
My Life As A Teenage Robot Season Two Review...ish
My Life As A Teenage Robot Season Three Review



SYM-BIONIC TITAN (COMPLETE...ish? I feel like I might revisit this show someday and write better, comprehensive reviews)

This show was too damn good to be cancelled. ;_;

First Impressions
General Review
Ep. 1 - 8 Reviews
Ep. 9: "Tashy 497"
Ep. 10: "Lessons In Love"
Ep. 11: "Fortress of Deception"
Ep. 12 - 14: "The Ballad of Scary Mary", "The Demon Within", and "I Am Octus"
Ep. 15: "Disenfranchised"
Ep. 16: "Escape From Galaluna"
Ep. 17: "Under the Three Moons"
Ep 18 - 20: "A Family Crisis", The Steel For" and "A New Beginning"



OTHER REVIEWS

These are reviews I did in DA that aren't thorough analysis (read: bitch and rant) and/or recaps of each episode of specific TV shows. Don't stare at them for too long, the snark may burn your eyes.


2010
The Venture Bros.
Earthbound
Turtles Forever and Link to the Past Manga
Phineas and Ferb
Titan A.E
Ouran Hugh
Alice in Wonderland (The Time Burton film)
Avatar (The one with the blue alien cat people)
Fairy Oddparents
Hachi: A Dog's Tale
The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack
The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya
MY Sister's Keeper
No More Heroes 2: Desperate Struggle
Sailor Moon Stars
The Secret Saturdays
The Tenth Circle

Generator Rex (First Impressions)
Invader Zim
Generator Rex (Second Impressions)
How To Train Your Dragon
Super Mario Galaxy 2
Toy Story 3
Futurama Sixth Season Premiere
Scott Pilgrim
The Last Airbender, Despicable Me, and other small reviews
Transformers Animated
TUFF Puppy and Panty and Stocking First Impressions
Transformers 1986 Movie
Transformers Animated: The Video Game


2011
Revisiting Beast Wars
MOTHER 3
My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic
MiP: FiM Ep. 18: "The Show Stoppers"
Beast Wars (a small retrospect)
Bob's Burger (a small, small chatter on why it's good)
Cardcaptor Sakura
The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya
Donkey Kong Country Returns
Ghost Trick
Okamiden (and the Okami artbook)
Summer-Wars

Catherine
Professor Layton and the Lost Specter
Oban Star Racers
Firefly
A Song of Ice and Fire series

Zelda: Skyward Sword


2012
Tintin Movie (2012 Version)
A Monster in Paris
Bioshock and The Avengers
Wreck-It Ralph


2013
The History of Sonic the Hedgehog
Hyrule Historia
Super Wagon Adventure
A Cat in Paris
Cucumber Quest
Gravity Falls
Green Lantern: The Animated Series
Kotoura-San
Mark of the Ninja
Nimona
Paprika

Monsters University/Despicable Me 2
Homestuck
Atomic Robo
Beware The Batman
The Last Of Us
Ni No Kuni
Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask
Scooby-Doo: Mystery Incorporated
Teen Titans Go
Xiaolin Chronicles

The Art of Journey
The Art of Korra
The Art of The Last Of Us
The Art of Mass Effect
The Amazing World of Gumball
Attack On Titan
Bastion
Fargo
Futurama Episode: "Meanwhile"
Girl Genius
Harmoknight
House Of Leaves
ICO
il sole penetra le illusioni ~ Day Break Illusion
Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon
Making Comics

The Art of Prime
Mass Effect
Mystereobot
Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind (manga)
Paranorman
Parks and Recreation
Rebuild of Evangelion 3.0: You Can (Not) Redo
Regular Show
Spyro 2: Ripto's Rage
Steven Universe
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle (2012 version)
Thor: The Dark World
The Truman Show


2014
Frozen
Danny Phantom: The Complete Series DVD (Tumblr link)
The Last of Us: Left Behind
Professor Layton and the Azran legacy
South Park: The Stick of Truth (Tumblr Link)

Windblade #1 (Tumblr Link)
Ava's Demon
Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons

How To Train Your Dragon 2 (Tumblr Link)
Blindsprings
The Last Mechanical Monster (Tumblr Link)
Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney
Shovel Knight
The Art of Naughty Dog
The Book of Life
Wakfu (Whimsically Tedious)


2015:
The Big O
Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs 2
Daft Punk's Electroma
The Disaster Artist
Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children Complete
Guardians of the Galaxy
Hotel Translyvania
The LEGO Movie
The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou
The Longest Journey/Dreamfall: TLJ

Monkeybone
Monument Valley
Persona 3: FES
The Rocketeer
Showgirls
Sister Claire
Sky Dolls
Super Mario 3D World/Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker
Tinkerbell: The Pirate Fairy
Transistor
Wakfu: Season 2 (Talking Points)


ARTICLES, RANTS, AND NON-REVIEWS

What it says. The DA articles that aren't reviews.

My Personal Top 15 Cartoons of 2000-2010: Part 1
My Personal Top 15 Cartoons of 2000-2010: Part 2
My Personal Top 15 Cartoons of 2000-2010: Part 3
Prowl and Birds: An Analysis on the Symbolic Connection Between Both
First Episode Impression: TRON: Uprising, Kaijudo, and Wander Over Yonder
The Importance of Names in Transformers Animated
Transformers: Robots in Disguise (2015): So Optimus...


15 Games Meme: (ONGOING):
1. Crash Team Racing
2. Child of Eden
3. Chrono Trigger


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These are all the articles I wrote for Toonzone.


THE LEGEND OF KORRA


BOOK TWO
13. Rebel Spirit
14. The Southern Lights
15. Civil Wars, Part 1
16. Civil Wars, Part 2
17. Peacekeepers
18. The Sting
19/20. Beginnings, Part 1&2
21. The Guide
22. A New Spiritual Age
23. Night Of A Thousand Stars
24. Harmonic Convergence
25. Darkness Falls
26. Light In The Dark
Recapping Book 2


BOOK 3
27. A Breath of Fresh Air
28. Rebirth

29. The Earth Queen
30. In Harm's Way
31. The Metal Clan
32. Old Wounds
33. Original Airbenders
34. The Terror Within
35. The Stakeout
36. Long Live the Queen
37. The Ultimatum
38. Enter the Void
39. Venom of the Red Lotus


BOOK 4
40. After All These Years
41. Korra Alone
42. The Coronation
43. The Calling
44. Enemy At The Gates
45. The Battle of Zaofu
46. Reunion
47. Remembrances
48. Beyond the Wilds
49. Operation Beifong
50. Kuvira's Gambit
51. Day of The Colossus
52. The Last Stand


TRANSFORMERS ANIMATED



SEASON ONE
1. Transform and Roll Out: Part 1
2. Transform and Roll Out: Part 2
3. Transform and Roll Out: Part 3
4. Home is Where the Spark Is
5. Total Meltdown
6. Blast From the Past
7. Thrill of the Hunt
8. Nanosec
9. Along Came a Spider
10. Sound and Fury
11. Lost and Found
12. Survival of the Fittest
13. Headmaster
14. Nature's Call
15. Megatron Rising, Part 1
16. Megatron Rising, Part 2


SEASON TWO
17. The Elite Guard
18. The Return of the Headmaster
19. Mission Accomplished
20. Garbage In, Garbage Out
21. Velocity


TRANSFORMERS PRIME


SEASON ONE      
1 -5. Darkness Rising Review                       
6. Masters and Students
7. Scrapheap                       
8. Con Job
9. Convoy                      
10. Dues Ex Machina
11. Speed Metal                   
12. Predatory
13. Sick Mind
14. Out of His Head
15. Shadowzone
16. Operation: Breakdown
17. Crisscross
18. Metal Attraction
19. Rock Bottom
20. Partners (NOT REVIEWED)
21. T.M. I (NOT REVIEWED)
22. Stronger, Faster (NOT REVIEWED)
23. One Shall Fall (NOT REVIEWED)
24. One Shall Rise: Part 1
25. One Shall Rise: Part 2
26. One Shall Rise: Part 3


SEASON TWO:
27. Orion Pax: Part 1
27. Orion Pax: Part 2                       
29. Orion Pax: Part 3
30. Operation Bumblebee: Part 1                       
31. Operation Bumblebee: Part 2
32. Loose Cannons                      
33. Crossfire
34. Nemesis Prime
35. Grill
36. Armada
37. Flying Mind
38. Tunnel Vision
39. Triangulation
40. Triage
41. Toxicity
42. Hurt
43. Out of the Past
44. New Recruit
45. The Human Factor
46. Legacy
47. Alpha/Omega
48. Hard Knocks
49. Inside Job
50. Patch
51. Regeneration
52. Darkest Hour


SEASON THREE
53. Darkmount, NV
54. Scattered
55. Prey
56. Rebellion
57. Project Predacon
58. Chain of Command
59. Plus One
60. Thirst
61. Evolution
62. Minus One
63. Persuasion
64. Synthesis
65. Deadlock


REVIEWS


Transformers: More than Meets the Eye: The Comic That Made Me Cry
Rayman Legends is a Game for the Epics
Transformers Animated: The Complete Series is Energon-y Goodness
Jack and the Cuckoo-Clock Heart Ticks A Good Beat, But Needs A Good Wind-Up
Rick and Morty Season One Blu-Ray/DVD is Wubba-Dubba-Dub-Demented Fun
The Wind Rises: A Beautiful Mind


JOINT ARTICLES

Articles I didn't solely write myself; they were group efforts from Toonzone's staffs.

TRANSFORMERS WEEK: (A week long celebration of Transformers in time for the third movie, Toonzone wrote and hosted a number of articles on them robots in disguise.)

Best Episode Ever: Beast Wars (I chose "Possession")
Best Episode Ever: Transformers Animated (I chose "Nature's Call")
Transformers Prime - The Road So Far (This is the only article here that I wrote myself. Most of this came while Season One was halfway through airing at the time. I have a slightly better impression of Season One now, but a lot of what's written is still how I feel.)


BEST EPISODES EVER: (We pick selects shows and talk about episodes we love from them.)

Best Episode Ever: The Simpsons (I chose "Lisa on Ice")
Best Episode Ever: Avatar: The Last Airbender (I chose "The Waterbending Master")
Best Episode Ever: My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic (I chose "Sisterhooves Social")




:bulletyellow:TUMBLR NONSENSES:bulletyellow:

More stupid shit outside of DA, this time in Tumblr: Electric Bugaloo!


DANNY PHANTOM RECAP/MINI-REVIEW (COMPLETE)
1 -14: "Mystery Meat" to "Public Enemies"
15 - 22: "Fright Night" to "Doctor's Disorders"
23 - 36: "Pirate Radio" to "Masters of All Time"
37 - 45: "Reality Trip" to "Forever Phantom"
46 - 53: "Urban Jungle" to "Phantom Planet"



30 DAY CHALLENGE: JAK AND DAXTER (COMPLETE)
Day 1: How did you discover Jak and Daxter?
Day 2: What is your favorite Jak game: Jak II
Day 3: Which is your least favorite Jak game: Jak 3( COME AT ME, BRO.)
Day 4: Favorite Character: Jak (This is article is stupid long.)
Day 5: Who Is Your Least Favorite Character: None, really
Day 6: What mission do you love the most: Mar's Tomb
Day 7: What mission do you hate the most: 75% of Jak II's frustrating shit
Day 8: Who is your favorite couple: None, but I analyze all the canon couples

Day 9: What is your favorite gun mod: The Yellow Mod
Day 10: Do you Believe Jak is Mar: Not really, but I think his Uncle could be...
Day 11: Which eco is your favorite: Green and Light, also read my ramblings on the concept of balance between light and dark that Eco represents very well
Day 12: Who is your favorite Precursor: Certainly not the ottsel reveal nonsense

Day 13: Who is your favorite citizen: A bunch of people
Day 14: Do you like The Lost Frontier: Yes and no, and I explain why
Day 15: What’s your preferred Wasteland Vehicle: Probably the Sand Shark and Dune Hopper, but they're all bad
Day 16: How Often do you use the Hoverboard: A lot
Day 17: Dark Jak or Light Jak: Light Jak
Day 18: What is your Favorite Location(s): Various
]Day 19: Every collected all the orbs in Jak II and 3: Pfft, no

Day 20: Which moment shocked you the most: The Precursor's true form and Damas' death
Day 21: Which Opening/Ending is your favorite: Various
Day 22:  Favorite quotes: Various
Day 23: Toughest/Easiest Bosses: Most of The Precursor Legacy's was easy; Kor was tough
Day 24: Ever just go on a KG killing spree: No, but I talk about the Krimzon Guards a bit

Day 25: Favorite Jak and Daxter fanart: Yes
Day 26: Who is your favorite sage: Keira
Day 27: What is your favorite secret: Various
Day 28: Do you like Jak X: No

Day 29: Would you like to see another game: Ehhhhh
Day 30: Any unanswered questions: Not really


Let's Play (Blind) The Last of Us (COMPLETE)
I'm doing a blind Let's Play for this game on tumblr, so click the link and tag along as I follow the journey of a grizzled, manly cynic and his spunky, foulmouthed teenage companion in a post-apocalyptic world infested by Fungus Zombies. Plenty of tragic shit and Scissor-Bats to be had! Do keep in mind, I will heavily spoil, so read at your own risk!

Part 1: The Prologue
Part 2: Operation: Kill Robert
Part 3: Video Game Logic is Weird
Part 4: Something major is revealed here and I only just started this game! Also subways stations are fucking scary
Part 5: The Museum of DEATH
Part 6: Tess
Part 7: Bill (or why he's crazy awesome)
Part 8: Hunters and the Hotel of EVIL
Part 9: Cameos! Cameos! Cameos! :D
Part 10: Brotherly Love
Part 11: I HAVE A MOTHERFUCKING FLAMETHROWER (Oh, and some important stuff happens)
Part 12: This whole part is made of legit BADASS.
Part 13: Final Destination, Some Items, Joel Only
Part 14: The End



Let's Watch Neon Genesis Evangelion (INCOMPLETE)
My attempts to watch an anime I kinda sorta grew up with and watched a bunch of, but never really quite watched the entire thing. IT ENDS NOW!

1. ANGEL ATTACK
2. THE BEAST
3. A Transfer
4. Hedgehog's Dilemma
5. Rei I
6. Rei II
7. A HUMAN WORK
8. ASUKA STRIKES
9. Both of You, Dance Like You Want To Win!
10. MAGMADIVER
11. The Day Tokyo-3 Stood Still



:bulletpurple:OTHERS:bulletpurple:

Articles I wrote hosted outside of DA, Toonzone, and Tumblr.

Danny Phantom: Season 2, Part 1 DVD Review: "Hauntingly Good, DVD Bad" on Nickandmore.com
20 Best Episodes of 2012 on Nickandmore.com (This was a joint effort that I was part of.)
23 Best Episodes of 2013 on Nickandmore.com (This was a joint effort that I was part of.)
Green Lantern: The Animated Series, Episode 17, "Blue Hope" Review
Green Lantern: The Animated Series, Episode 20, "Cold Fury" Review
Green Lantern: The Animated Series, Episode 21, "Babel" Review
Green Lantern: The Animated Series, Episode 22, "Love Is a Battlefield" Review
Green Lantern: The Animated Series, Episode 23, "Larfleeze" Review
Green Lantern: The Animated Series, Episode 25, "Ranx" Review
Green Lantern: The Animated Series, Episode 26, "Dark Matter" Review
  • Listening to: None
  • Reading: None
  • Watching: None
  • Playing: None
  • Eating: None
  • Drinking: None
Part 1 is over here.

This be Part Two. I tackle: Monkeybone, Monument Valley, Persona 3: FES, The Rocketeer, Showgirls, Sister Claire, Sky Dolls, Super Mario 3D World/Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker, Tinkerbell: The Pirate Fairy, Transistor, and Wakfu season two (so far.)

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Monkeybone
Once Upon A Time, young teenage Neo Yi thought Brendan Fraser was a hot piece of tamale. I tried (and failed) to make some feasible attempt to watch any of his movies during his height of fame and none enticed me more than Monkeybone. I mean, good looking actor starring alongside a cartoon monkey? Well, kiss my grits cuz’ that sounds like a hoot an’ a holler. I never did get to see it in theaters and the film faded from my consciousness until Netflix recently uploaded it and oh boy am I glad I didn’t waste ten bucks to see it on the big screen. . Monkeybone is a soul-crushing, vile, nihilistic film. I say nihilistic not because the movie philosophized the futility of a meaningful life, but its entire existence is a convincing argument for it.

I have a million questions and criticisms lined up. Like why did Brendan Fraser’s character (I forgot the name of his character which should say something about this damnable piece of shit) sell his Monkeybone character to a big animation company despite the clear level of stress and anguish the creature enforced on him. There are big, honkin’ hints that he didn’t want this in the first place. The implication seems to be that his big shot agent friend coaxed him into it, but the movie never plops out a good answer. What the hell happened to Brendan Fraser’s sister after he wakes up from his coma? She was blatantly trying to kill him, but the minute he’s up and about (actually Monkeybone in his body), she disappears. Why are there Happy Meal toys for Monkeybone when the fucking thing is a giant metaphor for his erection, one that actually legitimately says that on screen? Why is it targeted to kids?!

Okay, I’ll bite, things get interesting when Brendan Fraser ends up in Down Town, the bridge between life and death. This is the movie’s only saving grace: the underworld is visually gothic, weird, and disturbing; a field of nightmarish landscapes and twisty layouts. Unsurprisingly, it’s hemmed by Henry Selick, he of the Nightmare Before Christmas/Coraline director, so the whole place is an appropriate setting for the Hot Topic crowd. I also really freakin’ love Whoopie Goldberg’s outfit.

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She’s supposed to be Death, but ends up something akin to a Steampunk pirate and I love it. I wished the entire movie had taken placed Down Town.

By the time Brendan Fraser leaves Down Town, I checked the timer and realized the film had only passed the forty minute mark. I thought the entire film would have been him trying to escape this place. It also meant I still had another half of the damn movie left to suffer through. The pacing is atrocious, tedious, and looooooong. A good portion of the second half of the film is dedicated to Monkeybone-in-Brendan-Fraser’s body goofing around. I will say this: Fraser legitimately pulls good physical comedy, acting very much like a living cartoon. But I feel like I committed a sin after I finished the movie. I think I need to go and confess this shit out: "Forgive me, Father for I have sinned; I watched Monkeybone all the way through.”

Seriously, this movie.


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Monument Valley
I don’t play a lot of mobile games, but Monument Valley caught my eye when I stumbled upon an article of it…somewhere (I can’t remember where I read it.) Monument Valley is a puzzle game built around an Escher-ish layout of pastel colors and haunting music. You are a princess seeking redemption as you switch platforms and blocky landscapes for her to cross. This intriguing element forces you to maneuver 2D structures to create alternate 3D paths It’s hard to explain, so I’m just going to link the trailer and let you judge yourself.

My only grip is that for a four dollar game, you can beat the thing in an hour. A puzzle game of this caliber could have stood to squeeze in more levels. Regardless, it’s a lovely little gem with some amazing colors and a truly gorgeous, gorgeous soundtrack.

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Persona 3: FES 

I clocked in a 120+ hours in Persona 3: FES.

I don’t know how that happened.

The entire game is part visual novel, part RPG. You spend each day for a year as a teen protagonist going to school and fighting monsters. It’s every High School Plot in existence. It’s every kind of storytelling genre I am actually sick to death of. I usually find visual novels boring as hell just to add my level of astonishment on the amount of hours I festered inside Tartarus. The dungeon designs get tedious after the 400th fight, the routine Get Up, Go To School, Save the Day structure gets tedious, and at least one month is dull-droppingly tedious. It’s tedious, just tedious.  And every single part of it was addicting as hell.

A lot of that is owed to how you go about your schedule and who you chat with. The game’s design is simple, but the concept extraordinary varied. You wake up, you study, you socialize, you date, you help people with their problems, you fight monsters, you gain levels, you perform mini-tasks, you go on school vacations, you celebrate festivals, etc. How you actually go about it is based on you. People react differently and certain events trigger based on what you did on a certain day. It's nuts. I’m talking Pokemon EV/IV levels of nuts. The entire game takes place in maybe seven measly locations, but the multiple options you’re given prevents Persona 3 from falling into mindless torture and is instead miraculously engrossing.

I never did finish The Answer though. I sat through about four hours worth before I grew so fatigued that I had to remove myself from it. At this point, I doubt I’ll ever get to it. To the YouTube Let's Play!

Persona 3 is a game I see myself replaying again, but not for a very, very, very long time. This is why I haven’t touched Persona 4 yet, but someday. Someday.

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The Rocketeer

Anyone who has any decent amount of familiarity with me knows I have a gushing appreciation and adoration for the 20s/30s period and its pulp fictiony goodness. I think I’m really enticed by pulp fiction because you can literally take anything cool - explosions, robots, dinosaurs, adventure, treasure, pirates, whatever - and toss them all in one setting and somehow make it work. You don’t need to explain the irrationality of a mad scientist dinosaur and Nicola Tesla building a robot that ends up fighting Cthulhu (oh, by the way, have you guys read Atomic Robo because y’all need to read Atomic Robo) other than recognizing it as the Rule of Cool. There are certain rules they should follow, but only rules that are defined by their universe. And that’s cool.

Why did it take me so long to see The Rocketter? Thanks, Netflix, you’re a lifesaver! Actually, my first thought during the first half of the film is how much of a colossal dick the main character was. He gets better, but I was ready to dismiss this film simply due to his selfish jerkassery. The Rocketeer isn’t particularly notable and its premise old hat. I think I’m more impressed by the visuals, not because it isn’t dated (oh, it is so dated), but the amount of money and movie tech the crew likely spent and utilized during the time of the film’s release. Sometimes, I really miss old movie sets. At the same time, I keep thinking The Rocketeer would look amazing if it was remade today. As it stands, it’s good popcorn entertainment. It’s hardly brainless material, but nothing memorable really sticks out. It’s the 40s. There’s Nazis. The Rocketeer fights them. At one point the Mafia helps the Rocketeer fight off Nazis. There, an incentive to see the film and justify what I mean on the pulp fiction Rule of Cool. I will also give the movie props for letting the love interest do something more than uselessly stand around as the damsel in distress. And god, do I love that Rocketeer jacket. That is tight.

As it stands, it got me curious to put the Rocketeer comics the movie is based on in my Amazon wishlist for future purchase someday.</p>



Showgirls

Ever since Nostalgic Chick reviewed this movie, I knew I had to see Showgirls someday. She was right: it’s an entertaining, fascinating train wreck. The film has a staggering level of unrealistic expectations on the profession main character Nomi is trying to achieve (as far as I know) let alone how to write her character and women. The movie was apparently an exploration on the rough life of an exotic (erotic?) dancer and the sheer lengths these women would go for to get the lead role. I think I’m suppose to feel pity for Nomi as she gradually descends into obsession and revenge in order to secure her position as well as act like some silent vigilante to people who has wronged her and her friend, but when Nomi’s an unpleasant asshole throughout the film, what sympathy is there to give?

The unfortunate rape scene is unnecessary as a whole, the acting is mediocre, and the plot is probably thirty minutes too long, padded out by a load of nonsense and nudity. That one jackass Nomi fucks in a swimming pool (in one of the most impossibly defined sex scenes I’ve ever seen in a film) has stupid neon palm trees near his pool and I think it’s the most hilarious overcompensation I’ve ever seen. I don’t know why, it just fucking makes me laugh. I heard the DVD edition actually has a drinking game list inserted into the box cover. I think that says something about the film.

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Sister Claire
The premise of Sister Claire is amazing: a young nun named Claire is greeted by a demon who pops out of the toilet and tells her she is carrying the Messiah. After that stunning revelation, Claire learns nun fu, meets various other demons, other kooky nuns, and dark secrets about her mother figure Sister Catharine. It’s insane.

I was very intrigued. A part of this is helped by the visually appealing artwork, a mish-mash of anime and Powerpuff Girls. I wanted to know how the kindhearted Claire dealt with this sudden destiny; I wanted to know the big deal behind Catharine; I just wanted to stare at the lovely artwork forever and giggle at the awesome over-the-top nuns (even if it sometimes delve into anime cliches I don’t like: not a fan of twins acting like they have some kind of a sugary hive mind with each other.) I really dig all the nuns' gimmicks and personality. I really dig all the nuns' gimmicks and personality. They're bombastic, but the kind of bombastic that really works within the wackiness of the comic

But then my interest suddenly took a dip the moment Claire and her posse left the chapel. I started to feel an odd sense of stagger with its pacing and I’m not sure it has anything to do with the changed scenario. I think it’s actually the prose the authors upload in-between pages that kind of dropped the momentum for me. I mean, I went into this webcomic expecting sequential art, not, well, a chapter book. I like reading and the Little Golden Books-style artwork is ingenious, but shuffling through the literature portion took a bit of the enjoyment from Sister Claire.

Regardless, the urge to reread the comic is very strong in me and I’m curious to see where Sister Claire will go, but I think this fits in my webcomic list of "wait for a few pages to upload, then get back into it. Rinse and repeat."

Sky Dolls
Sky Dolls has some of the most maddening detailed, prettiest coloring I’ve ever seen in sequential art ever. It’s also porn-with-plot. But it’s good, I swear. I swear.

Sky Dolls intricately deals with corrupt churches and the mass of fools willing to believe any miracles shoved their way. It also extensively deals with Noa, a sentient robot, and her existential crisis as she wanders if there’s more to her than just being an appliance to be used by organics. And it just so happens to have a lot of boobs in it. Sky Dolls isn’t subtle with its themes, but they lovingly craft them into a passable story. Sky Dolls is equally intimate, both physically and spiritually. Noa’s conflict never stops her from being a cheerful, determined girl and her issues ties immensely to the ongoing religious conflicts of the plot. There are a lot of mysterious on the previous saintly figure Agape and the dual role she shares with her sister, Ludovica. There are characters that support both ends of the argument and each deal with his or her own issue. The nudity isn’t gratuitously pointless and the majority serves as a significant point of interest to the overall story. I think it helps that there’s a level of moderation on how much they actually show it, too.

The fourth book recently came out in Europe after a five-year waiting period. Here’s hoping it lands on our shores at some point because I really would like to continue.

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Super Mario 3D World/Captain Toad

I admit my fatigue for the New Super Mario Bros portion of the Mario franchise for its sheer redundancy. That thing is, all the Mario games are similar to one another and with literally hundreds of games under Nintendo’s belt, picking and choosing what to play because it’s “too similar” comes off a tad hypocritical. It’s not like I won’t be nabbing the WiiU edition or New Super Mario Bros 2 for the 3DS in the future because as a totally biased Nintendo fan, I will. I think the reason I’m so sick of it is that we’ve had like what, five of these games almost every year since its original Wii release a while back? Mario platformers usually tend to come out every five years, give or take thirteen spin-offs, so there is a just a long enough waiting period that the latest “main canon” Mario game feels fresh again. Since these New Super Mario Bros. games came out routinely, I figure the best I can do is self-impose myself to stay away from them until I feel the need to play them. This is also why I held off on a WiiU for a while because I did not want the New Super Mario Bros edition (oh, and being poor, that too.) It was totally worth the wait when I snagged the console that came with Nintendo Land (which I still haven’t tested out) and Super Mario 3D World.

SM3DW draws key inspirations from Super Mario 3D Land, but bigger and prettier. It, too does what “main” Mario platformers do best: take the same run-and-jump concept and add new gimmicks to it. It works like a charm. All. The. Damn. Time. You’re running and bopping enemies in 3D environments, but sometimes you go sideways or explore a vast field. There’s the obligatory World 1 grassland and World 2 desert, but when was the last time a Mario game ever did an Asian-themed level? Super Mario Land is the only one off the top of my head. Oh, and Sammer’s Kingdom in Super Paper Mario. There’s a carnival theme and poisonous jungle levels, too. Shit, I am sure past Mario games have done this before (Yoshi’s Island prominently featured the latter.). One stage is freakin’ Mario Kart. And yet it all feels new. Occasionally you can challenge Mario and co. in Mystery Houses where you endure 10-second levels performing whatever task displays on screen or play the Captain Toad segments that completely flips the genre into a quieter platform-puzzler experience. Oh, and Princess Peach is playable again. Holy Shit, that just changes so much for me because it’s been a million years since Super Mario Bros 2.

All of these are really just extraneous changes and often minor at best, but they still somehow feel freaking new and I love every fucking element of it. Let’s face it, Nintendo isn’t perfect, but I give them an abundance of credit more than I probably should. I can’t help it, the company punches out all these games that can reach in and pump my disgruntled heart through its colorful visuals and addicting gameplay and if they can keep doing that, then I have few rooms for complaint. Super Mario 3D World is the most fun Mario game I’ve played since Galaxy. Also the Cat power up is one of the most useful shit ever.

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CAPTAIN TOAD: TREASURE TRACKER ADDENDUM

Puzzle-platformers seem to be A Thing that’s happening with frightening frequency and it fills me with a level of glee and horror I’ve never encountered in a genre that’s not well, Horror. It means game developers are combining two of my favorite gaming genres that will guarantee a spark of interest from yours truly. It also means I’m screwed because half of Steam games are indies that super looooooves to do this kind of thing.

The Captain Toad games were sweet little breaks after an extensive marathon of jumping and fireballing in the game I reviewed above, but I lament its minimum level count (only five or so.) Hearing there would be a spin-off with 80+ levels was enough for me to buy the sucker on first day release (the lesser 40 dollars helped, too.) 

Then I played and finished Captain Toad: TT and it made me realize that I actually think this game works in small portions. I didn’t plow through it, only playing some 3-4 levels before I stopped for the day. Granted, this is on top of getting the optional three diamonds and the specific challenge each level asks you to perform should you choose. The latter is a nice addition, but not as varied as I wished. At least half of them ask you to “locate the golden mushroom” or “grab X number of coins.” 

Captain Toad is an easy, breezy game to get through once you get over the initial shock that Toad can’t jump. But it’s only tolerable in smaller quantities because well, it’s kind of repetitive which yeah, I know is kind of hypocritical given what I said about SM3DW above! But the thing is, Captain Toad is a slower-paced game in comparison. You can and should take your time with each level while a standard Mario stage can logically be beaten under 300 seconds. I kind of wish this would have been a 3DS game; its simplicity and casual mind-bending puzzles make it suitable for convenient travels.

It’s also kind of brilliant when you see it through the eyes of a lifelong Mario gamer. Here is a simple explorer who has to rely on the environment and/or run like shit to grab the star and finish the level because he has limited abilities. Sure, he can gain power-ups and throw turnips, but a simple goomba is a major threat to him. Mario and Luigi can plow through millions of those ugly lumps on a Tuesday with just the soles of their feet, but for Captain Toad it’s literally life or death for the guy. It really puts things into perspective.

I kind of wished the environment sometimes didn’t block Toad whenever I switch the camera. I think part of that adds to the challenge and it may have been intended, but it’s a bit frustrating when the camera tilts in a different direction because for some asinine reason Nintendo wants you to make more use of the gamepad by rotating it. You can control the camera with the right analog stick (as you should), but you can also do it by moving the actual pad. I sometimes move my hand with the pad without consciously being aware that I am, causing the game to take that as incentive to move the damn camera to and subsequently get Captain Toad killed. Nintendo really should have considered an option to switch this off because it’s damn sensitive. I also think the controls get finicky when you combine the touch screen, forcing you to quickly move your finger and tap and position your hand back in time to move Toad towards his goal.

Quibbles aside, Captain Toad was fun. It’s kind of tedious, but taking it in small doses was enough for me to finish the game in a reasonable amount of time.

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Tinkerbell: The Pirate Fairy
I liked the first Tinkerbell film a lot, but never had any desire to watch the rest. I really should get on it because if the first movie and the one I’m going to talk about is any indicator it matches the same level of quality as My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic by introducing a sea of vivid female protagonists in a colorful, cutesy setting that never insults its audience or fall in a trap of saccharine glurge.

Either way, I totally skipped ahead to The Pirate Fairy because Loki plays Captain Hook and he sings. Oh boy, does he sing (alright, it's one solo that lasts like a minute, but still.) The weird thing is I don’t really find Tom Hiddleston attractive unless he’s Loki, but I guess his voice must have sufficed enough that I had to check it out.

I was honestly not prepared for this, but…*sigh…Young Captain Hook is kinda hot and I wanted to ship him and Zarina the fairy together. Oops. I mean, not even as a couple, I just think these two would have made an awesome pirate duo together. Hook is pretty brilliant here: he manipulates Zarina by letting her think she’s the captain of a human-only pirate in order to access the mass quantity of fairy dust in Pixie Hollow. And this whole time he’s bonding with her and treating her kindly. There’s a scene where he and Zarina are flying with the horde of fairy dust they stole and they’re so happy together and damn it you know Hook is evil. You know his betrayal is a foregone conclusion, but friggidy-frack, I just wanted these two kids to work it out!

*sigh*

This is honestly a good movie, you guys should check it out, hopefully without breaking your heart like this film did with mine. Ahh well, time to create my epic 50 chapter fancomic about the two.

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Transistor
Transistor takes a lot of cues from Bastion, effectively doubling as a spiritual sequel that carries a similar story structure and gameplay. The battle system is a mixture of strategy-RPG and action, vastly improving on the Bastion formula. It took a while to understand the mechanics behind because it’s fairly complex. You can issue new commands to four distinct spaces and depending on which power-ups you put in can create a number of devastating (or sometimes useless) attacks. There’s a passive slot off to the side that can perform additional functions, ensuring plenty of experimentation. The game tries to push you into attempting as many different combos as possible through its penalty system. When your life bar goes down, one of your powers will be blocked off until you find a recharge station, forcing you to rely on another power-up until then.

Like The Kid, Red is the only soul with the fate of the world on her shoulders. While Bastion takes place after the end, Transistor’s plot progresses as the world is quickly dying; caused by some manner of otherworldly robotic aliens. The beautiful art deco sci-fi setting is constantly being eaten by these creatures, transforming it into a nightmarish, cold field of white. A sense of urgency is added to your quest and just as much solitude with it. Red is very much alone and the mysterious man whose soul inhabits the sword serves as her only companion. You meet other people (who in turn provides your Transistor with battle-ready upgrades), but they’re all dead or dying, forcing you to once again traverse alone. It’s a very atmospheric, depressing game, yet it’s minimalistic approach lends a certain peace to the world’s end even if you’re actively trying to stop it.

Red is voiceless throughout the game, a byproduct of being slightly derezzed by the supposed villains (and I say supposed because the characters have hidden agendas behind their actions) that left her unable to speak. Throughout the game, you can press a button and have Red hum to the tune of whatever music is playing on stage. This is totally optional, but it adds so much to her chosen profession and passion as a singer. It’s endearingly poetic and like the city itself, wistfully tragic.There’s something utterly beautiful about Transistor even if the game ends on a downer beat.

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Wakfu, season 2 (currently)
The biggest shocker in Wakfu: season one, is the sheer guts the show took to kill off one of its prominent character on-screen. The goofball Dally might have received his character development largely at the last minute, but it was a logical step from his personality and goals. His sacrifice made perfect sense and the punch-to-your-guts last minute hope of a revival an episode later only made it worse and so poignant.

Season Two opens up with Evangeline trying to cope over the loss of her love. She keeps hearing his voice and seeing him that it eventually convinces her that there might be a way to revive him after all. So does the show spend the next four episodes analyzing Eva’s sadness and showing that some things simply just can’t be? Does it take a mature subject like death and teach kids that the people you love may be gone,  but you can move on?

Ahahahahahaah! No, they fucking resurrect Dally and everything is literally back to Square One. I’m serious. Season Two more or less confirm he and Eva are dating, but their sexual tension and aggressive he said, she said nonsense is exactly the same ridiculous bullshit season one pulled. IT NEVER CHANGED. I have to ask, what could possibly be the reason that the creators brought him back for? Popular demand? Parental complaint over a death onscreen? I’m only halfway through season 2 and I have no clue if they plan to explain this, but I have a feeling I won’t get an answer let alone one I like. I hate cheap deaths. With certain exceptions, I absolutely find the quality of a show drops significantly if they suddenly introduce cheap deaths. It renders Dally’s heroic last stand as nothing more than a footnote and takes away whatever potency it had.

So far, the rest of season two suffers the same trappings of the first, though with arguably better pacing. It also has Remington and I fucking love Remington because in case you haven’t notice, I have a massive thing for Lovable Rogues. It’s bad that I kinda sorta want to ship him with Eva.

Way to be, Wakfu.


Welp, that’s it for 2014. 2015 is here, the year of hoverboards and Evangelion. Let’s see what I want to try out this time: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D, Hyper Light Drifter, Zelda WiiU, Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3DS, Oracle of Seasons (of which I stopped halfway and need to finish someday), Yoshi’s Island (a revisit), Thomas Was Alone, Anachronox, Alan Wake, Solatorobo, Golden Girls, The Deponia Trilogy, Ernest and Clementine, The Book of Jhereg, Hyrule Warriors, The Avengers: Age of Ultron, Trine, Tomba!, A Redtail’s Dream, Scary Go Round, Transformers: Robots in Disguise (the upcoming cartoon), PERSONA 4, Zack and Wiki, Wild Arms 3, an assload of games I have on my steam wishlist, Miraculous Ladybug (if it finally delivers on its promise to release the show this year) and seriously I need to play those damn Transformers: War For Cybertron/Fall Of Cybertron games! Not to mention I will be doing an episode-by-episode analysis of Bob’s Burgers (and if I feel it: Transformers Animated.)

I didn’t get a chance to watch/read/play everything I promised myself in during 2014’s list, so anything I didn’t do I’m also including. Let’s see how much I can absorb this year. That is, if I don’t end up getting swallowed by a hologram for Jaws 19 and later turn into tang because STUPID SHINJI!<

Happy 2015, y’all. Time to survive once more. 

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A Bazillin Windblades by neoyi
A Bazillin Windblades

The little bug in my head kept telling me I needed to draw Windblade at some point and I finally got the time after wrapping up a bunch of art I’ve been doing for my webcomic. Now that the urge is gone, it’s back to more webcomicing. The (tedious, hard) fun never stops.

But Windblade! <3

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Sharpman01 Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Happy Valentine's Day, Neoyi...I know that's odd of a random guy to say but felt like being a nice guy.
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neoyi Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks for the well-wishes, Happy V-Day.
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Sharpman01 Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome!
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LordoftheVillains Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Happy New Year!!!
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neoyi Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks! Happy New year!
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Somebody14 Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2014   Digital Artist
Dude I remember first seeing you're work, it was wreck-gar playing a trumpet in the middle of the woods with lockdown and prowl. I love that comic man! :D

But I saw it on another website and the link brought me to deviantart for the first time so your awesomeness brought me here and I THANK YOU!!!!! :meow:

Stay awesome, awesome person. :iconilikeitplz:
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neoyi Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Your comment is awesome and you should feel awesome. Thanks for the compliment!
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Somebody14 Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2014   Digital Artist
You're welcome :iconmeowderpfaceplz:

And I do feel awesome, I'm just making sure you feel awesome...cause you are 0w0
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Sharpman01 Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
NeoYi, you're the reason I even heard of deviantart. First thing I when looking for pictures of MegaMan, Sonic DP and such and the first thing I find is your Chess Piece comic...and the rest is history.
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neoyi Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Glad to know I was a (terrible, evil) influence. XD
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Sharpman01 Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks...I think?
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neoyi Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Don't worry too much. I'm just self-deprecating myself since you mentioned Chess Piece. I'm glad you enjoyed it, but I honestly cannot stand my own work on that anymore, so I tend to think of it harshly.
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BlehMaster7 Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2014
So I made a Transformers Prime AMV to the TMBG song "Fingertips", I just figured it might be something you might enjoy. :J

www.youtube.com/watch?v=gCjvkH…

This song is immensely fun to make AMVs to, I wonder why more people haven't done it.
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neoyi Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ha Ha, that was pretty amusing. My favorite would probably be the "What is that blue thing" with Smokescreen because I am damn sure that was my reaction, too. Nice job ending it with the high-pitched Bulkhead scream.
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BlehMaster7 Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2014
I like the bit with Ultra Magnus advancing on him at the end. I didn't even plan for it to turn out that way, it just did. It's also kind of uncanny how effortlessly the second "Fingertips" segment synced up to the scene where Starscream kills Cliffjumper.
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lockdownthemoodyone Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
I true lockdown fan here.
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BlackSkeletonGirl Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Q: I was looking at your gallery and I was wondering........may you do a sailor Lockdown??? :D
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neoyi Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Sorry, I don't have any plans to do more Sailor pictures. I doubt Lockdown would be much of a Sailor Senshi anyway. He'd probably fit one of the villains role. ...Maybe?
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BlackSkeletonGirl Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
ok. :)
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ninitynine Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2014  Student General Artist
hey, weren't you the one with a danny phantom fancomic?
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