Friday, September 13, 2019

Personal Post: Kamen Rider Zero One episode 1, Kishiryu Sentai Ryusoulger episode 24 and Fist of the North Star Lost Paradise Part 4

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 Now that Zi-o is finally over we can hopefully move on to good Tokusatsu to cover with the first Kamen Rider Series of the Reiwa era, Zero One. Basically it's Detroit Become Human mixed with Mega Man X and the 1936 original version of Mr Deeds, only David Cage isn't around to ruin everything by being David Cage. Ryusoulger this week was just another filler episode brought about by Canelo's internal filter working overtime. Lastly there's Fist of the North Star Lost Paradise where we see Kenshiro being his tour as the manager of a nightclub. Juxtaposed where we learn that Xsana killed her father in cold blood after she saw him kill her mother right in front of her for seemingly no reason, and we thought Ryusoulger was bipolar at the start eh?

Fist of the North Star: Lost Paradise is owned by Sega, Nobuhiro Suzuki and Jun Orihara based off of the Manga Fist of the North Star written by Buronson.

Monday, September 9, 2019

Manga Review: Madoka Magica Homura's Revenge Volume 2 Part 2: So close but no cigar.

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A girl who started out appearing to be a remorseless killer turns out to  be just someone who was hurt by their family; looking out for themselves but just took it too far.

 Once again, life finds. a way to screw up even the most basic, simple and harmless of plans. But I'm back in the saddle and ready to ride. Now to get everyone caught up on Homura's Revenge with the links down below.

Part 1: https://ondavidsbrain.blogspot.com/2019/04/manga-review-madoka-magica-homuras.html

Part 2: https://ondavidsbrain.blogspot.com/2019/07/manga-review-madoka-magica-homuras.html

Part 3: https://ondavidsbrain.blogspot.com/2019/08/manga-review-madoka-magica-homuras.html

 Caught up? Okay then, moving on. The final chapter opens with Kyoko telling Homura to get Madoka out of the area and take her someplace safe. Madoka says that she can't just sit back and let the people of Mitakihara die and asks if she will help them. After some sentiments are exchanged and memories of the last timeline are remembered Kyoko and Homura head off to face Walpurgisnacht with her telling Madoka that she'll be back soon, thinking back to before she became a magical girl and Madoka said some similar words to her.

 The two begin their assault with Homura telling Kyoko her plan while they use up the last of Homura's time stop magic. She'll pull out all the weapons she has and use them which will create a blind spot for Kyoko to unleash everything she has on it. However even if that doesn't work there's always the final option. The time magic runs out and they execute their plan. As expected it doesn't work so Homura pulls out the magical girl last resort.


Oh fuck that's an anti tank rifle. Oh fuck that's an anti tank rifle! A magically powered anti tank rifle to be exact but still, fuck!
 But before she can fire Kyoko stops her and the two get smashed by a building Walpurgisnacht chucks at them. Madoka rushes over to Kyoko who barely survived but they both see Homura who's in the words of Batman "dead as roast beef" leaving Madoka with only one option. Homura then wakes up to the sight of Madoka, as a magical girl. Yep she wished to bring Homura back to life so this whole exercise was entirely pointless in the end. With nothing else better to do Madoka and Homura combine their powers and take down Walpurgisnacht with one shot of Madoka's arrow. 

 After its destroyed Homura starts to wince in pain due to her Soul Gem about to become a Grief Seed. Kyubey tells Madoka that she only contributed a small amount of her energy, the rest was all Homura in an attempt to make sure she didn't use all of her power. So Homura, knowing what needs to be done asks Kyoko to destroy her Soul Gem before it hatches and becomes a witch. Kyoko however pulls out Sayaka's Grief Seed and purifies her Soul Gem. There's been enough death throughout this whole escapade and Kyoko didn't want another body on the pile.

 So to wrap up Homura offers Kyoko to come back with her but she declines since she says that a month isn't far back enough to fix all of her mistakes. Um you could still go back to try and save Mami and Sayaka, you know, your mentor and apprentice that are the only friends/family you still have? It's not like you have anything to lose by going with her in fact you could help make her case to the others and get the best ending?


 You can travel through time, how is this not wrapping around your sugar coated skull Kyoko?! As Homura prepares to leave Madoka gives her goodbyes as well since if she goes back she'll still be a magical girl and Homura's entire quest is to save her without having to make the wish and becoming the pink destroyer of earth. 

No we do not need another version of this assclown running around, especially after what happened in Zi-O!
 So our story ends with Homura and Madoka sharing another tear filled hug, Homura activates Bites the dust and wakes up in her hospital room swearing that she'll save Madoka no matter what it takes. That was Madoka Magica Homura's Revenge, honestly it's a very mixed bag. Let's get the negatives out of the way first, namely one of my biggest detractors with a story; logic tending to get chucked out the window for the sake of perpetuating the conflict. Some examples include Homura not discussing her plans to save Mami with Madoka away from Kyubey. She knows that for every inch she gives him he'll take a mile so why would she give him a chance to plan how to screw her over?

 Speaking of Mami why didn't Homura just stop time when she opened the door to Charlotte's sanctum? She had to have known that Kyubey wouldn't have set her free without a reason, in fact that one situation gave Kyubey the chance to turn Sayaka and Kyoko against her and it worked. Another gripe I had was the shift in tone. Back in the first two chapters the tone was clearly trying to be more comedic and not so serious but it's like when chapter 3 came the writers' antidepressants wore off and remembered that Madoka is supposed to be a drama and so wrote accordingly making the lack of logic in the first chapters all the more glaring. I mean it's nowhere near as much of a caring tonal shift as the early episodes of Ryusoulger as this book does eventually setting into a consistent tone. 

 To quote the writer, Masugitsune "at first this was supposed to be a fast-paced, comedic story but a lot of things happened, and the result turned out a lot different". I'm of course curious what exactly happened to change the tone of this story so dramatically but for now they remain a mystery so we'll just leave it at that. But there are some good elements of this story particularly the artwork which looks almost exactly like the anime. Even the witches look like stills from the anime from their Labyrinths to their designs themselves they look spot on. The human characters also look on target though something seems off, I'm guessing it's the eyes I don't quite know why but it just throws me off, its not bad quite the opposite; everything looks like a clear adaptation of the anime and it really helps you feel that this is a cannon timeline that Homura traveled through to her final goal.

 Speaking of, the initial concept is a good idea, bringing someone else back in time to help make her case. And since it's Madoka who gets brought back Homura won't have to worry about her making an uninformed contract. Though again the biggest snag was Kyubey hitching a ride on top of not bothering to create lies to placate Sayaka, Mami and Kyoko. Though again since Kyubey has knowledge of the last time line any plans the two would come up with would be undermined and collapse as showcased multiple times. Though in the end Homura did get a better ending than usual, Madoka not becoming a witch and Kyoko is still alive so better then nothing. 

 But again, while I get why Kyoko didn't go back with her, she could have still joined with Homura to save Sayaka and Mami and that just annoys me to no end. Though overall Homura's Revenge is a decent but annoying chain of events that does end on a good note. The duo that created this story also worked on the wholly original story Tart Magica which tells the story of Joanne of arc as she and her Magical Girl team fought during the crusades. But that's another day right now we might as well check back in on the franchise's Anti-Villian Oriko Mikune as we see another timeline in Oriko Magica Extra Story. Hopefully in a much more consistent rate of release, maybe sandwiched between October, eh who knows?

Special thanks to my Patreon backer Jesse for his support.

Puella Magi Madoka Magica Homura's revenge is owned by, Masugitsune/ Kawazukuu, Magica Quartet and Yen Press.
Back to the Future is owned by Robbert Zebecks, Bob Gale, Stephen Spielberg, Ambling Entertainment  and Universal Studios.
Kamen Rider is owned by Ishinomori Productions, Toei Productions, and Bandai.

Saturday, August 31, 2019

Personal Post: Kamen Rider Zi-O Ep 48 & 49, Kishiryu Sentai Ryusoulger episode 22 & 23 and Fist of the North Star Lost Paradise Part 3

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 It's over, Zi-o is finally over and while its still nowhere near as bad and disrespectful as Kamen Rider Decade and Power Rangers Megaforce were, it's still pretty bad. Now with Zero One coming next week and Beast Morphers coming back we should have much more to talk about. We can have it over drinks at Kenshiro's bar, where he makes can shake a martini as well as he can shake a punk's brains. While he regales us with the story of how he met his old buddy Rei after being mistaken for Jagi. Forget Cheers; at the Rusty Nail good times are sure to follow.

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Fist of the North Star: Lost Paradise is owned by Sega, Nobuhiro Suzuki and Jun Orihara based off of the Manga Fist of the North Star written by Buronson.

Monday, August 26, 2019

Personal Post: Kamen Rider Zi-O Ep 47, Kishiryu Sentai Ryusoulger episode 21 and Fist of the North Star Lost Paradise Part 2

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 Once again I have business come up so no article this week sadly. But at least Zi-O is almost over, if only our protagonist wasn't a complete selfish asshat with the brains of a sock drawer. Oh and trust me this show has far more issues then that, not the least of which that without said selfish stupidity then the plot would have been over and done by episode 1, just meh the belt and no Oma Zi-O, no time jackers, no Another Riders nothing. But at least Ryusoulger is starting to turn itself around with a plot that you know is going to have some heart tearing moments. Oh, and starting this time, I'll honestly try to end my steams earlier, and trust me enough happens in FOTNSLP to keep you occupied for quite some time.

Special thanks to my Patreon backer Jesse for his support.

Fist of the North Star: Lost Paradise is owned by Sega, Nobuhiro Suzuki and Jun Orihara based off of the Manga Fist of the North Star written by Buronson.

Monday, August 19, 2019

Manga Review: Madoka Magica Homura's Revenge Volume 2 Part 1: If at first you don't succeed

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The true hero of the story who's on a self-destructive and selfish quest to save the one person on earth she loves.
 Again, sorry for the delay life is crazy and in other words the sky is blue and the grass is green. Once again here's the link from last time so that everyone is caught up.

https://ondavidsbrain.blogspot.com/2019/07/manga-review-madoka-magica-homuras.html

 As if the twist from last volume wasn't crazy enough; Kyoko actually lets Sayaka take on Homura herself. 

 Why you ask? Because with Mami dead this is the only shipping that the fans will accept in this timeline.
 But a flashback does answer the question, Kyubey introduced the two since they have the same goal of killing Homura. It of course doesn't go well but not as bad as it would have been thanks to Kyubey breaking the ice and informing Sayaka that Kyoko used to work with Mami once upon a time. They leave on civil terms with Sayaka stating that she wants to avenge Mami and Kyoko is all for it; if she can get to Homura first. She does in this case and Homura's just toying with her. At least until Kyoko decides to get in on the action.

 Since their teamwork is shoddy at best Homura is able to outmaneuver them and eventually escapes with Madoka. Kyoko knows that Homura could have taken them out if she wanted too; especially since during the fight she was able to get close enough to Kyoko to touch her soul gem. So after the two hash it out they agree to train Sayaka so they can take down Homura and eventually Walpurgisnacht. Homura and Madoka reach the fountain and discuss this new turn of events where Madoka suggests that Kyubey must be responsible for Sayaka and Kyoko's new partnership. But Homura sees this as an advantage and hypothesizes that with Kyoko looking out for and training her Sayaka should be able to last until Walpurgisnacht shows up, and if Homura has to be the reason why she'll stay with Kyoko then so be it.

 Later on, Sayaka and Kyoko are fighting the Shadow Witch and though Sayaka does rely on her regeneration magic with the Berserker tactics it's nowhere near as terrifying as in the normal timeline due to Kyoko's support giving her a better mental and emotional state. Not to mention they've avoided learning the truth about Soul Gems so that giant factor is removed. However after the Labyrinth is destroyed Homura's right there waiting for them. She advises Sayaka about her fighting style but she's had enough of her crap and gives Kyoko a signal.

Oh lord, their training has worked so well they've achieved Jojo meme status!!!
 As if the Jojo meme level up wasn't bad enough the chapter ends with Homura realizing that this new power is draining Sayaka's magic far too fast and her soul gem starts to cloud. Chapter 6 opens with Sayaka and Kyoko having a far more civil discussion about taking out familiars before cutting back to the two attacking Homura. Sure enough thanks to their training and improved teamwork the two are able to overpower Homura to the point where she has to stop time and fire her gun at Sayaka and Kyoko. Nowhere lethal of course but she does manage to shoot Sayaka's leg giving her the chance to point a gun at the back of Kyoko's head. 

You clever bitch!!!
 Even when Homura tries to buy some time the two manage to overpower her leaving Homura caught in Kyoko's spear, unable to stop time and Sayaka ready to deliver the killing blow. To make matters worse Sayaka's Soul Gem has reached her limits and is about to become a witch. Homura tries to pull out a Grief Seed but Kyoko restrains her shield thinking it's a bomb.

Turns out Homura didn't set us up the bomb. Now all your base are belong to her!
 The Mermaid Witch begins her assault but Homura; unable to convince Kyoko of the truth stops time and goes Reb Brown on her ass.



 After the Witch is killed Kyubey appears and speculates as to what happened. Eventually Madoka shows up and after some back and forth between Madoka, Homura and Kyoko about why Homura didn't tell her and Sayaka the truth Kyoko decides that she's had enough and decides to leave Mitakihara for good but not before bringing Sayaka's corpse back home. When she leaves Kyubey declares his victory, Mami and Sayaka are dead, Kyoko delivered her "screw you guys I'm going home" speech and thus only Homura is left to fight Walpurgisnacht, that is unless Madoka's in the mood to make her contract. So in other words they're up shit creek. The chapter ends with an all too familiar news broadcast of an approaching Mega Storm and an evacuation of the city being declared. 

 Chapter 7 opens with Walpurgisnacht approaching the town with Kyoko watching from afar. At her home Homura is lamenting how even with Madoka's help she couldn't save Mami and Sayaka.

Gee, it's almost as if discussing your plan in front of the deceptive Alien who would garner more trust compared to the transfer student who refuses to give a convincing cover story to sway people to her cause didn't turn out well!

 Madoka swings by and Homura apologizes for bringing her along with her and forcing her to repeat seeing her friends being killed. While Madoka reminds her that they at least managed to save Kyoko Homura says that that's irrelevant since she won't even stick around to help and since she herself hasn't had time to prepare for Walpurgisnacht there's no chance of defeating it. She suggests that she and Madoka repeat the month again since that's all she can think of to save her. Actually yeah that's not a bad plan just make sure that Kyubey doesn't hitch a ride again and then the stage will be set perfectly, you can still try to save Mami and Sayaka during the normal events without Kyubey spreading mistrust among the three, it's your best shot so yeah go for it. The next day Madoka and her family are at the evacuation shelter while Kyoko decides to fight against Walpurgisnacht herself with the Grief seeds she and Sayaka saved up. 

 Back at the shelter Madoka asks if she went back with Homura would everyone be killed by Walpurgisnacht. She of course knew the answer but just had to hear it knowing she couldn't forgive herself leaving other people to such a horrible fate. She suggested making the contract but Homura shoots that down immediately reminding her that even if she won she would then basically become a less hungry and sleepy Beerus and destroy the world. Then the hell beast Kyubey appears and informs them that Kyoko is fighting Walpurgisnacht on her own. Madoka immediately runs off but Homura is stoped by Kyubey who says that while they have the same end-goal their objectives are completely different. 
You know, I honestly hate to say this because everyone and their grandma has said this about Kyubey but it honestly has to be said, bunny cat is a dick!
 Kyoko is continuing to put up a fight against Walpurgisnacht but honestly it's like a fly trying to move a mountain. However just when she is about to be killed by the familiars Homura and Madoka show up to give her backup. The chapter ends with Homura telling Kyoko that even if there is a small chance to save Madoka she'll take it no matter the cost. With that we're nearing the end of this timeline, and considering what happens in the main anime we can guess how this turns out, or can we? Check in for the final chapter and my overall thoughts on Homura's Revenge.

Special thanks to my Patreon backer Jesse for his support.

Puella Magi Madoka Magica Homura's revenge is owned by, Masugitsune/ Kawazukuu, Magica Quartet and Yen Press.
Mercenary Fighters (1988) is owned by Bruno Mattei, Riki Shelach Nissimoff and Cannon Films.
Dragon Ball, Dragonball Z, Dragonball GT and Dragonball Super is owned by Funnimation, Toei animation, Fuji TV and Akira Toriyama.
Dragon ball Z Abridged is owned by Team Four Star. 

Saturday, August 10, 2019

Personal Post: Kamen Rider Zi-O Ep 46, Kishiryu Sentai Ryusoulger episode 20 and Fist of the North Star Lost Paradise Part 1

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 Big week as we start our stream of Fist of the North Star: Lost Paradise. I'm a very casual fan of the series having only seen the first arc of the Anime up to where Ken kills Shin so everything else is a mystery to me aside from Youtube clips and Bennet the Sage's Episode of Anime Abandon talking about the movie. Other then that I know that this was made by the guys behind the Yakuza games, so if I like this; this may be what inspires me to get into that franchise. Other then that Zi-O is thankfully almost over and apparently Ryusoulger is bombing so badly that it got not only a writing staff change but also a producer staff change since episode 19. Damn, I honestly never heard a show do that badly before, just damn!

Special thanks to my Patreon backer Jesse for his support.

Fist of the North Star: Lost Paradise is owned by Sega, Nobuhiro Suzuki and Jun Orihara based off of the Manga Fist of the North Star written by Buronson.

Thursday, August 8, 2019

Demo Lets Play: Catherine Full Body: A true delicacy.

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 Oh Catherine Full Body, this is something that I've been meaning to get to for a long time. Which is a personal mark of shame as a fan of Atlus' games. I got the original for Christmas a few years ago, never played it mostly due to me not being interested and College taking up most of my time, but now I have the chance to rectify my mistake with an enhanced remake for the PS4. Though I'll definitely save it for Christmas since there's still more games on my plate to deal with. I've heard it was hard as hell, but I'm always up for a challenge.

Special thanks to my Patreon backer Jesse for his support.

Catherine Full Body is owned by Atlus, Sega and Studio Zero