Saturday, May 28, 2016

Tokusatsu Review: Chōjin Sentai Jetman Part 3: Heroes and wrap up.

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 For a recap here's Part 1 and 2. Now to talk about our heroes starting from the suits to the people who filled them out. As most of you know Jetman was heavily inspired by Science Ninja team Gatchaman. However they also seem to have taken a note from pre flashpoint Superman with the underwear outline on the males suits. Which while it works for Supes it just doesn't work for the male Jetmen. While the red against blue helps to balance out Superman's colors because it's their color against white it makes the briefs pop out more and make it more obvious and distracting.  The girls however get skirts and it works better for them. The helmets help show what their birds are and help sell the Gatchaman homage.

 The mechs are also pretty cool, their primary mech Jet Icarus is composed of five bird themed fighter jets and comes with a variety of weapons which makes sense for a government created Sentai team. I especially like the gold chest plate shaped like a bird with its wings spread out, it just looks cool. Their second mech Jet Garuda is a bit of a departure with its Osiris esc bird head instead of a humanoid head. It took some getting used to but it did grow on me. Like all great mechs these two can combine, becoming Great Icarus. The final form looks awesome however I just have to wonder what happened to the spare parts left over from the primary two mechs. Is it like Optimus Prime's trailer and just vanish into the void until the fight is over?

 Last but not least there's the AI mech Tetra boy. It's fast, punchy and desperately needs to switch to Decaf. It can also turn into a four barrel cannon for Jet Icarus. Now that we're done with the mechs and suit designs time to talk about their handlers, starting from my favorite to my least favorite. And yes I have to agree with the majority and admit that my favorite Jetman is Yuki Gai.

 This guy was cool, uncompromising and knew what he wanted and how to get it. Now yeah he did change as the show went on, mostly learning to work with Ryu, that Kaori just wasn't the right match for him and just general compassion for humanity. He was always the one to call out Ryu's bullshit and point out when the team just wasn't working. He was one of the more competent and stronger members of the team and his development was great. Sad to say his final moments were a wake up call and a cold reminder that not every hero just dies in battle. Now to go into any more detail would be redundant as anyone who saw the Jetman tribute episode of Gokaiger can tell you exactly what happened. I think this episode shows just how much Gai changed and how important he was to his team.

 Next is Raita, the second (technically third) yellow Senshi who was bulkier then his teammates. Raita was one of the more relatable members, though that may just be because his and Gai's arc seem to borrow the most from the monomyth. He at least had "boon from the goddess", "call to adventure", "refusal of the call" and "master of two worlds" down pat. Despite not wanting to get involved with this nonsense once he did he progressed with flying colors. He still deployed his pacifism since like Gai and Ryu he also had feelings for Kaori but he knew to keep his nose out of the love triangle bullshit and mostly sat back and watched the fireworks with Ako. The two seemed to hang out with each other the most and seem to be good buddies, with Ako usually helping Raita train and eat with him when the drama gets too overwhelming. All in all he was a good strongman for the team and was a good reminder that people don't need to look like GQ models and be a complete asshat to be a hero, he was just a good guy to hang with and an all around gentle giant.

 Next is Ako, the light blue lass who always had her eyes on herself, sometimes to her determent. Now that last bit was mostly due to Vyram; the best example was with Diamond Dimension when it used its spell to drive peoples greed to insane levels. Though aside from that she was about as balanced as Raita, never one to get directly involved in the drama and more prone to snark. Though she was definitely a kind person who wore her heart on her sleeve, the best example was with her old teddy bear being turned into Trash Dimension and her trying to help him find a place to belong, also when she started to form a friendship with Dan, one of the bird men who brought Jet Garuda to avenge their world that fell to Vyram. She looked out for #1 but not at the expense of everyone.

 Then comes Kaori, dear dear Kaori. Yeah since she's so low on here I really did not care for her. Now if she would have been fine on her own if this were a normal Sentai however her problems are tied in with Ryu in that she mostly helped to perpetuate the love triangle that lasted more then it needed too on the show. Though yes she did change considerably from when she started, she was thrust into circumstances that her upbringing didn't prepare her for, military service, hand to hand combat as well as the all too real possibility of dying in combat. Normally I would like her development but again she gets dragged down by the love triangle as when it looked like Ryu and Gai looked like they were ready to put their differences aside she would show up, remind that she's trying to get into Ryu's pants and BAM the two are trying to kill each other all over again. On top of that whenever Gai tried to be nice and help Kaori like when her fear caused her to temporarily become paralyzed she instead sided with Ryu's jackass behavior and agreed with him proclaiming that they're warriors of justice first and people second. She just came off as a doormat for a hypocritical, self righteous, self destructive asshole.
This finally leads me to Ryu, our Red Ranger and resident asshole.
  I could just sum him up with one clip 

 but I have so much more to dissect with this guy. Now unlike Right or Takaharu; Ryu's dickish behavior is actually understandable and explainable so yeah Ryu is still better then the last two reds I named but not by much. It all started when Rie died because let's face it if your beloved died right in front of you when you tried to save them of course you'd start to lose it and lash out at people it's how grief often works. In fact Ryu pretty much went through all five during the first half of the show. As expected he was devastated when Aia told him what happened and was at first going about how he couldn't defeat Vyram until Aia and him went to find the other four.

 When he was trying to recruit Kaori and Gai he was lashing out unless they cooperated, he was begging to stay with the illusion of Rie when he was in a delusional state after he learned that she was Maria, and finally was forced to come to terms and accept that fact when he resolved to save her. After words he did try to mix better with the team but there were moments when he relapsed into his jackass behavior. The best example was when he faked betraying the team to sneak his way onto the Vyrock. The problem with this plan? He never told anyone about this plan, now I get not telling his teammates to make the act convincing but he didn't even bother to tell the plan to Aia; his commanding officer who would have no problem carrying on the ruse as well as making sure that the four didn't try to kill Ryu for the apparent betrayal. And besides it's not like keeping secrets and faking betrayals ever came back to bite anyone in the ass 
oh wait,
YES THEY DO!!!
 Even after Rie died he continued his hypocrisy by going off on his own to kill Radiguet as revenge. And yet somehow after all this he still wound up moving past Rie's death and got together with Kaori,  what? Now I know why that was added, because Ryu and Kaori's actors got married a few months before that scene was shot but in story it just seems like the asshole got rewarded for being an asshole. Eh whatever; Ryu just be grateful that I saw Right and Takaharu first pal. However everything I said about Ryu that can't be traced back to his character can be traced back to Aia.

 Now as far as mentors go Aia is far better then a certain Tiki head and Old Ninja I could mention. 

 She did also set the ground for future female mentors in the franchise ( all two of them!) But she still does have her problems from my perspective. I already covered how she handled Ryu and Gai slugging it out but whenever Ryu was acting against the teams welfare she just seemed to tune out mostly just wagging her finger and shaking her head at best. She seems to share similar problems with Captain Mitchell from Lightspeed Rescue but like Mitchell she did get better after her introduction. Her highlights include training Raita, Kaori and Ako in martial arts, assisting the team with building and updating their arsenal, standing up to an asshole General who was trying to replace the Jetmen with his Vr trained rookies, and piloting the Jet Garuda to get revenge on a monster that took her body for a joyride. All in all a pretty decent mentor, not as bad as some I could name but not as good as others either, like at least in the top fifteen for me.

 All in all Jetman is a B+ series in my books. The villains ranged from interesting to one note, the heroes were incredibly diverse (Gai from Gokaiger calling the Jetmen the most eccentric Sentai) and has a degree of maturity that we unfortunately don't see too much of nowadays in Sentai and can be enjoyable if you overlook the many flaws. Some people say that this is Inoue's best work and from what I've seen I tend to agree. Going back to my comparison between him and Frank Miller this would be Inoue's Dark Knight returns and after the success of Jetman he would continue to work on Sentai until it came to a crashing halt with Ohranger, but that's a story for another day. Now for next time I have to decide, do I want a shrunken to the face or to be run over by a train? 

 Yeah this is gonna hurt, ALOT!!!

Super Sentai is owned by Ishinomori Productions, Toei Productions, and Bandai.
Beauty and the Beast (1992) is owned by Goodtimes entertainment, Golden Films and Sony. 
Teen Titans are owned by DC Entertainment, Warner Bros Animation, Warner Bros Television and Glen Murakami.
Brother Eye is owned by DC Comics and Greg Rucka.
Full Metal Jacket is owned by Stanley Kubrick and Warner Bros, Natant, and Harrier Films.

Friday, May 27, 2016

Let´s Play Back to the Future: The Game episode 2 part 3: Don Tannen?

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There's a Tannen Mafia now? Fine lets see how we botched up the space time continuum this time. For more content follow me on Twitter, Facebook and support my Patreon page at https://www.patreon.com/user?u=770911&ty=h

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Back to the Future is owned by Robbert Zebecks, Bob Gale, Stephen Spielberg, Ambling Entertainment  and Universal Studios.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Let´s Play Back to the Future: The Game episode 2 part 2: Rule 63 Sepharoth?

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Artty misses getting fit for cement shoes and the day is saved. OR IS IT!? For more content follow me on Twitter, Facebook and support my Patreon page at https://www.patreon.com/user?u=770911&ty=h

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Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Let´s Play Back to the Future: The Game episode 2 part 1: Agent S and Agent C

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Paradoxs, gangsters and time travel. I knew there was a reason I like this franchise. For more content follow me on Twitter, Facebook and support my Patreon page at https://www.patreon.com/user?u=770911&ty=h

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Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Let´s Play Back to the Future: The Game episode 1 finale: I want to ride my bicycle.

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We perfect the rocket drill and save Doc while at the same time poke fun at another Universal Classic before some familiar events unfold. For more content follow me on Twitter, Facebook and support my Patreon page at https://www.patreon.com/user?u=770911&ty=h

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Monday, May 23, 2016

Let´s Play Back to the Future: The Game episode 1 part 9: If only Edna knew.

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Oh oh oh hypocrisy is delicious, but much better then the soup slop being served by Tannen. For more content follow me on Twitter, Facebook and support my Patreon page at https://www.patreon.com/user?u=770911&ty=h

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Sunday, May 22, 2016

Let's Play Back to the Future: The Game episode 1 part 8: Free lunch

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Apparently Artty can make himself invisible. This seems to run in the family as well. For more content follow me on Twitter, Facebook and support my Patreon page at https://www.patreon.com/user?u=770911&ty=h

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Saturday, May 21, 2016

Let´s Play Back to the Future: The Game episode 1 part 7: I hate manure.

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Edna is as gentle soul as the Fixer, I'd much prefer Tannen's company. Even after stealing his peanut bowl. For more content follow me on Twitter, Facebook and support me on Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/user?u=770911&ty=h

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Friday, May 20, 2016

Let´s Play Back to the Future: The Game episode 1 part 6: Here I go again on my own.

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We finally earn Emmetts trust and we have to send Grandpa up the river. Please support me on Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/user?u=770911&ty=h Also check out https://www.telltalegames.com

Back to the Future is owned by Robbert Zebecks, Bob Gale, Stephen Spielberg, Ambling Entertainment  and Universal Studios.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Let´s Play Back to the Future: The Game episode 1 part 5: Deja vu in the past.

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The more things change the more they stay the same, more Tannen shenanigans, more milquetoast McFlys the usual. Be sure to support me on Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/user?u=770911&ty=h Also check out  https://www.telltalegames.com



Back to the Future is owned by Robbert Zebecks, Bob Gale, Stephen Spielberg, Ambling Entertainment  and Universal Studios.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Let´s Play Back to the Future: The Game episode 1 part 4: Return of an old friend

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Marty made it to 1931 just fine but is ambushed by the dark Witch in her early days. But he shakes the punk off to find Doc. Also check out https://wwwtelltalegames.com

Back to the Future is owned by Robbert Zebecks, Bob Gale, Stephen Spielberg, Ambling Entertainment  and Universal Studios.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Let´s Play Back to the Future: The Game episode 1 part 3: Edna of no Color

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We venture to the dark lair of Edna the grey where she recounts of fire, shoes and days long past. Also check out https://wwwtelltalegames.com

Back to the Future is owned by Robbert Zebecks, Bob Gale, Stephen Spielberg, Ambling Entertainment  and Universal Studios.


Monday, May 16, 2016

Let´s Play Back To The Future The Game episode 1 part 2: Biffs comeback tour.

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Biff may be an ass but at least he has decent taste in music, also the time machine came back...... huh? Also check out  https://wwwtelltalegames.com

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Saturday, May 14, 2016

Let´s Play Back To The Future The Game episode 1 part 1: Attention to detail.

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Since it's been 30 years since this new tale was told why not recount it now? We first see a familiar yet different event play out and a certain butthead comes back. Also check out  https://wwwtelltalegames.com

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Saturday, May 7, 2016

Video Game Review: Kingdom hearts unchained X: war never changes.

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 Before I say anything else, know this, I do not like micro transactions. When it's for games that cost nothing like this one they're fine because it's supporting a good product that you play for nothing. They piss me off however when the micro transactions are the only way to progress in the game or when they're put in games that already has a selling price. The worst offenders being the Assassins Creed games, Destiny, Dead Space 3 and any other game I forgot to mention that has them. Now I could go into more detail but I'll instead point you in the direction of the voice of reason in a house of maniacs so he can tell you all exactly why micro transactions in $60 games is horrible and why nobody should support those practices. Also #FucKonami

 Back on track to positivity while yes unchained X does have micro transactions it already has a decent way for those who have more patience and self-control to enjoy ourselves without having to shell out $60 for Monopoly money. First and foremost as a Kingdom Hearts fan I am well aware that the lore of this game and continuity of the series is almost as confusing as Bioshock infinite and the Zelda timeline but it is still far less convoluted and terrifying then making sense of the Tommy Westphall universe. But fear not this game has nothing to do with the current story of Sora, Riku, Kairi and everything else, this is in fact a prequel taking place before the war of light that separated the KH world into what it is, this is the story told by Kairi's grandmother when she was a kid, so continuity is not a problem here.

 You play as an original character of your creation who has awoken as a Keyblade wielder and is taken to a world called Daybreak Town where you train as a Keyblade wielder under one of five guilds called unions, which are mostly just for aesthetics. 
There's the Bear union Ursas, the Fox union Vulpeus, the Unicorn union Unicornis, the Leopard union Leopardos, and last is the Snake union (my Union BTW) Anguis. 

 Each Union is trying to gather Lux, crystallized fragments of light to keep them safe from the forces of darkness and to that end players travel to different worlds and slay Heartless to collect Lux and preserve the worlds. Now those who are more familiar with the lore will ask. "Why are we going to these worlds and seeing King Mickey, Donald, Goofy and all the other characters if they aren't supposed to exist yet?" A legitimate question which isn't answered at this time. I do know the answer however, remember during the events of Coded when Maleficent mentioned a book of prophecies? 

 The theory is that the five Union heads are using the worlds depicted in the book to generate Heartless and thus Lux for their members to collect. Players can also use the power of the book to enhance their Keyblades with medals of characters that grant special attacks. Speaking of medals they're upgradeable and are split into three groups, power, speed and technique. The medal groups form a Rock Paper Scissors dynamic with certain Heartless being grouped into these groups and can take more damage from one group and take less damage from the group they're strong against.
As clearly demonstrated in this picture.
 As you progress through the missions and complete the optional objectives you'll receive tokens that you can use to purchase upgrades such as more ap, hp and cost capacity for your Keyblades and also more customization options for your character. But here's a free tip. Unless you really want the item or if the items are blocking stat boosts don't bother getting them, they'll only waste metals and chances to get stronger, and in later missions where the Heartless get stronger you're going to need every advantage you can get, trust me on this.

 Speaking of advantages you can purchase new metals from the in game store, but not with Munny no no no no. That's for fusing metals which I'll get to later. You use Jewels to purchase metals, you can get Jewels from one of three ways, one earning them from completing certian quests (which only give the jewels once so no farming.) Logging in every day to get a cumulative bonus, or purchase them with real world cash. Now to be fair you do earn new combat metals as you progress and the ones you get can carry you through the game as long as you upgrade so Jewels are not an issue unless you have no self control and want that super cool Cloud or Auron metal.

 Since the game launched in April it has been updating with events, coliseum ranking tournaments and new story missions about a month or so. But as of now they've announced that story missions will be released more frequently. Now on to upgrading your metals, you can upgrade them by fusing with other metals to increase their exp. Once they're at their maximum you can upgrade them to their next tier by fusing them with certain metals, Cheshire Cat to upgrade from level 1, Merlin to upgrade from level 2, The Fairy Godmother for level 3, Yen Sid and one of the fairies from Sleeping Beauty (depending on their color of course) to upgrade from level 4 and last Sorcerer Mickey and the level 5 equivalent fairy to get to the highest tier metal level 6. Level 6 may be the highest grade of Metal but they are the highest costing metal to hold in your Keyblade, you can lower their cost by fusing them with Sid Metals but those are hard to come by so level 6 might not be as good as it sounds. Especially since you can augment your metals with Chip and Dale metals increasing the metals attack and defense respectively. But nonetheless each fusion requires Munny and more to fuse depending on how high the level your metal is so save and be careful.

 Another trick to learn is metal upgrades, once your metals reach level 3 you'll notice a new section on your metal counter. By fusing metals of the same level and character you can increase the special  damage percentage of your metal. It starts at one counter for level 3 metals and increase as the metal ranks up reaching a total of 5 when it reaches level 6. However you can only unlock this skill when you beat level 200 so just keep that tidbit in mind when saving up metals.

 So my thoughts so far on Unchained X. It's an enjoyable little time waster. So far its importance to the mythos is negligible as Square Enix is just going to pack all the important cut scenes in Kingdom Hearts 2.8 so you really don't even need to play this game. But hey it's free, fun and you don't even really need to put down a whole lot of cash to get ahead. Just a little bit of patience and diligence and you should be good to go. So hey if you have some free time on the bus this is a good way to kill some time.

Kingdom Hearts is owned by Square Enix, Disney Interactive Studios, Tetsuya Nomura, and Shinji Hashimoto.