Monday, November 21, 2016

Video Game Review: Pokémon Sun and Moon: Me and my fire kitty.

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 Honestly folks I've been looking forward to this game for a long time, not as long as Persona 5 or Kingdom Hearts 3 but eh close enough. A whole new region, new variations of classic Pokémon (proving that Natural Selection exists in Pokémon) and a brand new story telling potential since the new region Alola doesn't have a Pokémon league but 4 Kahunas. Meaning that the game can focus less on beating the eight gym leaders and eventually Elite 4 but now just the 4 Kahunas and the mysteries of the Aether foundation and Team Skull. Even how you get your starter Pokémon has notable differences that I really do like, instead of just picking one and leaving it at that the context has that only once both Pokémon and trainer have chosen each other can't they be called partners, which shows a cut scene where your chosen starter gradually walks over to you, you pick it up and thus you are now partners. And because I chose Litten the cute little fire kitty this image immediately sprang to mind.
No joke I just wanted to present my Litten like he was Simba I was even hearing "Circle of Life" in my head when I was holding him.
 So with the assistance of the new Professor Kukui, his assistant Lillie and her mysterious Pokémon Cosmog I begin my quest to explore these new island, challenge the Kahunas and their islands totem Pokémon and stop Team Skull from doing, SOMETHING I HAVEN'T RUN INTO THEM YET!!! So at this point I'll just go over the features I've encountered so far. First our new Pokédex which is possessed by a Rotom. While it may not do much as far as I can tell he can talk to you, display the map at the bottom of the screen and even show you where you're supposed to go in case you get lost.
It may show new capabilities as the game goes on but that remains to be seen.

 There's an update to the Pokémon-Amie called Pokémon Refresh which while it removes Super Training will allow you to switch between the Pokémon you groom and will also let you removes Status effects at the end of battles such as Sleep, Poison and Paralysis. We also are introduced to the Festival Plaza which for those of you who've played Black and White 2 will be familiar with as it shares functions with the Join Avenue where you help point people in the direction of attractions they want to go to and get upgrades and items from the shops there.

 While there are some features that some people disagree with, mostly the move effectiveness designator that shows whether a move you're using will be effective against a Pokémon or not. I personally don't mind it since like in the most likely case with brand new players they don't want to have their computer or a guide open to check whether a move will work against a Pokémon or not. While I can understand why Nintendo decided to include it some people are not happy. Maybe in further installments the developers could give players an option to turn that feature on or off. However there is one feature that I greatly approve of, the removal of HMs.

 Since there's no Badges there's no HMs that activate when you acquire them. So they mediate this issue by giving players Pokémon that you can ride on to overcome obstacles. So now you don't need to give your Pokémon sometimes unnecessary moves like Cut, Flash or Rock Punch. The best moves are now TMs so no you can give these moves to your Pokémon and remove them with absolutely no problems. Also aside from the Pokémon differences between the two games as usual both are on different time Axes.

 Sun is on normal time displayed on you 3ds while Moon is 12 hours ahead. So if you were playing Moon during the day it would be night in game. There's also some Pokémon that evolve differently in each version as well as version exclusives but I'll leave you all to figure those out for yourselves. As for me, my Litten and my team are off to conquer the Alola Islands as their grand champion. PRAISE THE SUN!!!

Pokémon is owned by Nintendo, Game Freak, Ken Sugumori, and Satoshi Tajiri.
Kamen Rider is owned by Ishinomori Productions, Toei Productions, and Bandai.

Monday, November 14, 2016

Tokusatsu Review: Shruiken Sentai Ninninger vs Toqger Part 2: Bad Leftovers

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 So anything of importance that I missed last time? NOPE just dumbass characters acting like dumbasses. Speaking of; Chief Dumbass rolls into the demon theme park and finally meets the mastermind and resident Ninja Nerd.
 Aside from sharing the name of one of the worst villains in Power Rangers history this guy is clearly insane because why in the name of all that's good would ANYONE want to spend time with Takaharu unless he owes them money? Speaking of he tries to fight Mavro but is stoped by Mavro's Ninja clones. But since they're based off of ACTUAL (and one mythological but far more legit) NINJAS Takaharu gets his ass kicked. Mavro then extracts his Shadow from Takaharu and combines them with the three clones to create an Evil Clone of Takaharu, DARK AKANINGER!!!

 Unfortunately Takaharu manages to separate himself from the Clone. So while he's not under Mavro's control he's lost all his Nintality to the Clone, but no problem since according to Mavro all he is now is just Leftovers.
Well dude Sonya and the American fanbase agrees and quite frankly with how your show progressed I'm right there with them so from now on we dub thee Leftovers!
 With his new evil Ninninger Mavro leaves Leftovers to fade into nothing but just as Saitama is about to throw Leftovers out Wrong (Since I hate Right just as much as everyone else hates Leftovers I'm calling him Wrong from now on as well) saves him and gets the two out of there. We then cut back to Kyuemon finishing the exposition dump about how Leftovers will be reduced to nothing unless Dark Akaninger is destroyed. Yet the three look horrified for some reason I'd personally break out a Piñata but that's just me.

 Back at their base the two groups try to come up with a plan to save Leftovers but are coming up dry. The Toqgers tell the Niningers to stay back while they take care of it but they insist on coming as well and so they do. Meanwhile Leftovers wakes up to see Wrongs punchable Justin Bieber face and the two talk and bond about how hopelessly stupid they are. After some banter between the two groups of competent team members we cut back to Dark Akaninger starting to cover the world in darkness. Kyuemon expresses his concerns about interference but Mavro's got it covered, he recreated the Shadow Line Generals with additional Ninja skills to guard the area. Kyuemon then takes off to make sure his check from Toei doesn't bounce and leaves with Wanyūdō. 

 The two reds manage to reach Mavro and Dark but Dark attacks and overpowers the two. The others manage to get past the Shadow Line Clones with their own varying degrees of stupidity including leaving Schwartz to being BOILED ALIVE, DAMN! The two reds actually hold their own against Dark, but before Marvo can interfere Akira (who thankfully has stoped using his "This is where I die" catchphrase) takes him on instead. Elsewhere Kyuemon sends Wanyūdō to attack the city to collect fear energy but are stoped by a loud and powerful battlecry!

 No no; it's time for the Early bird cameo of the new team, the Zyuohgers who are so badass they make quick work of Wanyūdō in less time it takes to nuke a Hot-pocket. But like all good things this appearance of the 40th Anniversary team must come to an end as we go back to the two clown troops calling themselves Sentai. Dark is beating Wrong and Leftovers like a drum telling Leftovers that if he dies he goes with him. The teams finally catch up with the Niningers firing the Toqgers cannon at Dark while imagining what Leftovers hates, which of course reduces our Badass villain Ranger Clone; into a pepper that Leftovers then destroys with an "I AM A MAN" punch.
My hatred of this resolution knows no bounds!
 But as if a sign of mercy from the Emperor himself Leftovers fades away into nothingness.

 Yep, no going back now Leftovers's dead and all's well that ends well.
Nope, you think you'll be rid of this dipshit so easily? Not while there's still some of your faith in humanity I can squash!
 Just when I though he wouldn't show up and this movie might actually be tolerable Old Ninja shows up again and somehow, don't ask me how, brings Leftovers back with the power of IMAGINATION!!!!!! Now you might be thinking that this is where I'll use the Deadfall clip of Nick Cage screaming "Fuck" as loud and over the top as he can. But no, this plot point is so dumb, so infuriating and so stupid I cannot express my anger properly. So thus I leave this task to a true master of anger. Take it away Ren.

BUT FIRST, FIIIIIRRRRRRSSSTTTTTTTT, I'm going to take a wizz. Don't you go anywhere, as next time we'll see how much more these two teams can drive me closer to getting a visit from a Red Lantern ring.

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.
Looney Toons is owned by Warner Brothers and the Vitaphone Corporation. 
Kazumi Magica The Innocent Malice is owned by Masaki Hiramatsu, Takashi Tensugi, Magica Quartet and Yen Press.
Mortal Kombat is owned by Warner Brothers Interactive Entertainment and NetherRealm Studios.
One-Punch Man is owned by ONE, Viz Media and Shueisha.
The Ren & Stimpy show is owned by Bob Camp, John Kricfalusi, Spümcø, Games Animation and Nickelodeon.
The Tick: The Animated Series is propriety of  Hank Tucker, Sunbow Entertainment, Graz Entertainment, Fox Children’s Productions and Disney Media Distribution 

Monday, November 7, 2016

Movie Review: Doctor Strange (2016): Shambhala (Spoilers)

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 So on top of Captain America Civil War we have another movie in the MCU Stage 3. Once again featuring a character that most people didn't think would work, the Sorcerer Supreme Doctor Strange.  I know that most people aren't familiar with the story of Steve but here's someone who does. Since this review is so close to the movies American release I don't want to give too much away so I'll just give the basic premise and my thoughts. 

 Benedict Cumberbatch does a fantastic job as the title character Steven. I've only seen him in The Imitation Game and Star Trek Into Darkness and I'm starting to become a fan of his work. I was pretty impressed with his American accent which almost reminded me of Hugh Lori's performance as House (though I never actually saw House just heard him in commercials but the fact that I still remember that far back tells quite a bit). He definitely does a good job as the smug prick genius Surgeon and also is able to display the mania and desperation in Stevens life after his hands were destroyed after his hubris generated car crash; his slow gradual acceptance of the otherworldly phenomena and finally becoming the wizened, though somewhat snarky Sorcerer Supreme. I haven't seen him in The Hobbit Trilogy but I'll be rectifying that soon, but from what I've heard he's once again top notch.

 As for the other characters they play their parts well. The Ancient one definitely comes off as wise, in control and powerful. I especially love when she just gives that look when she can read all of Stevens actions and responses like he was the worlds most pretentious pop up book. I also liked that she doesn't spout out moral absolutes, which would have made a later revelation about her make her out to be a massive hypocrite. Surprisingly one of the more funny characters is Wong, I won't say why but let's just say his iPod list isn't what you'd expect. Mordo, has potential, he isn't trying to murder the Ancient One in this version and in fact helps to train Steve in the mystic arts. Knowing nothing about Mordo I'm not sure how accurate this is to the source material but for this film it works; It tends to come off more like Green Lantern then Doctor Strange, especially at the end but you'll find out when you see it for yourself.

 Unfortunately the biggest weakness of these movies are sad to say, the villains. Kaecilius is just boring and is just standard MCU baddie sad to say. I admit he does have some good banter between him and Strange but he's clearly just a lackey for Dormammu. Speaking of I do see quite a bit of potential for this guy in the MCU. He's an all powerful demon that devours worlds for snacks, hell I can see him being the appetizer before Thanos in Infinity War Part 1. 

 As he is in this movie he's all right, he's mostly just set up and I do like how he's actually set up and executed. Now I'll get into the real reason why you should all see this movie, the visuals can be summed up in two words.
 I make no exaggeration that you should all see this movie for the visuals alone. I'm not going into details but to say that this is a better adaptation then the 1970's version of Dr Strange is like saying that a 4 pound Lobster is better then a frozen pizza that's sat in the sun for a week. In fact I can't honestly believe I'm saying this but; you should all see this at least once in 3D!
 I know I know I've gone on record that I absolutely despise 3D as a movie gimmick but of this one occasion I must insist that you lay down just this tiny bit of extra cash to see this movie in 3D. Trust me you will not regret it, unless you're prone to motion sickness in which case you would most likely try to hunt me down and glue my lips together for even suggesting that but I absolutely must insist that you see this movie in 3D. Also as most of the Internet has already spoiled there's one of the infinity stones in this movie so for those who follow the MCU event line this movie is unavoidable, so grab your disciples and schedule a visit with the good Doctor.   

Doctor Strange (2016) is owned by Marvel Studios, The Walt Disney Corporation and Scott Derrickson
Warhammer 40,000 is owned by Rick Priestly, Games Workshop and Citidel.
If the Emperor had a Text to Speech Device is owned by Bruva Alfabusa.