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Hello all! Today, I'm review my first V-Cinema! I'm not super into these because Kamen Rider makes these for 2 purposes: To make money and to make people mad with continuity errors. However Bulid only has 2. This is still more Ghost's 1 V-Cinema(I know Zi-O only has one atm, but they could plan ones for Woz and Tuskuomi), but still more compared to the 3 for Ex-Aid and Drive, and 4 of them for Gaim. Srill, I'm intrested in this to see where it goes.
Rules for Toku(man it's been a while):
1.Spoilers(and I'm talking series, not just the film this time) are abounding folks.
2.I am watching GENM CORP subs.
And let us begin. This is my review of Bulid New World: Kamen Rider Cross
Ok, so before we go any further, the ending of Bulid involved everyone dying, and the world was reset, with only Sento and Banjo keeping their memories. As such, we begin with Sento and Ryuga, selling stuff in order to make a living due to them not meant to be in this world. While Ryuga is out selling his things, he meets a girl named Yui who is looking for Cross-Z in order to recover her memories. However, a new villain named Killbus shows up looking for Evolt. He came out of the white Pandora Panel, copying Sento's memories, transforming into the body of a dancer, and reactiving Pandora's Box to find Evolt residing inside Banjo. Evolt snuck himself inside Banjo during the part where everything went to s**t in the finale, which is how he's here now.
Sento gets a message saying that he should go to the govement houses, and he finds that everyone expect Utsumi, who didn't undergo any experimentation, got their memories back. Sento then explains what's going on with Killbus.
Meanwhile, Evolt explains that Killbus is his older brother, and a destroyer. He destroyed his home planet, which is what lead Evolt to take Pandora's Box and leave what is know as Planet Blood. Banjo then meets Yui, who is a girl that kept her memories due to her being test subject for the Lost Bottles that Banjo failed to save. She ends up helping him get to the basement where Evol goes to find the Dragon Evol bottle, and also revealed he killed Banjo's parents. Good to see your still a d**k, Evol.
Killbus meets them and transforms into Kamen Rider KillBus, a really nice design for the spider motive. Also, the spider was something made by Sento that was meant to be sold, but after the first fight, Killbus took it, and because he copied Sento, he used Bulid for the first fight.
Killbas fights Evolt in his Blood Stalk form and Cross-Z Charge and seemly kills Evolt, as Grease and Rogue arrive to help with the escape. I wish we could more of them in these films, as they are some really good characters, and I like them a lot, but they seem to always get shafted. Sento comes up with a way to defeat Killbas, by making the Muscle Galaxy Full Bottle. This revives Evolt in his Kamen Rider Evol Cobra form
After meeting Killbas, Banjo ends up saving Yui from one of the Smash Killbas summoned, and to defeat Killbas, he fully combines the power of him and Evolt to become Kamen Rider Cross-Z Evol! The suit is really cool, a combo of Evol's black hole form, Cross-Z Dragon, and even the eyes from Cross-Z Bulid/Sliver Dragon. With their powers combined, Killbas is destroyed, Banjo and Yui end up dating(the version of Banjo in the new world is dating his girlfriend), and Evol leaves earth for a while. I don't think this will lead into anything, but I'll talk about that if Bulid New World: Kamen Rider Rogue is revealed.
The ending theme, Cross is... not very good in my opinion. It feels way too generic for me, especially since this J-Crown and Taku, the same people who gave us Burning My Soul. Now that's a good song. Still, I'd listen to this over regular pop stuff.
Overall the story is good, BUT THIS FILM IS WAY TOO FUCKING FAST. I was scared when I looked at the length and 59 mins and 58 secs. THIS FILM IS NOT EVEN AN HOUR. I was expecting this to be an hour and 15, especially with some the plot points brought up here. For example, Killbas was the King of Planet Blood, and he was also a destroyer, this could have been expanded upon in my opinion, esphally with the hatred that Evolt could have for his brother, but they just leave at that, and it's kind of annoying.
There's also the weirdness of Sento getting poison damage at the start, then getting rid of it thanks to the Genius Bottle's purification feature, but he's strangely sidelined for the entire film. Maybe Takaiwa was busy filming Zi-O stuff at the time, but seeing Sento not transform once is kinda weird. He also did get the focus film in Be The One, so that might have something to do with it.
The fight scenes in this are VERY action packed, and Killbas while a not a great villein, is very well acted and comes off a destroyer pretty well. I say he's not a great villein because he's just a destroyer who is from Planet Blood, he was the king Planet Blood, he destroyed Planet Blood... and that's it. He's serviceable, but that's all I can really say about him before his death. Still kudos to the actor in both body and voice, and to the suit actor for all the kinetic movement he put into his actions and fighting style.
Yui is there to remind Banjo that he f**ed up that one time... and that's all I can say about her really! I mean them dating at the end is cute, but that's the only thing I can really think she does in the story. Her learning to see people change is kinda forced in as she's doesn't really soften in the film in my opinion.
Banjo's final arc is more about coming to terms with the meaning of a true hero, and learning to accpect what Sento has taught him, and I feel like this was done pretty decently, while Yui was there to remind him of a darker time, he teams up with Evolt in order to stop the bigger threat at hand here, which is Killbas.
Overall, this was an OK movie. I find to be terribly rushed at some points, but it's a fun after the battle rider film with great fight scenes, and I think fans of Banjo Ryuga will enjoy this.
RIDER IS BACK ON THE BLOG! Man this has been a long time coming. I can't wait to go through some of the films I've missed, so look forward to it!
Before I go, I wanted to promo my good friend Trinny, AKA Trinnybop! She is one of the funniest and supportive people I've met. She's had to deal with both hard living conditions thanks to her family and unexpected loss of one of her family members. Now she's trying to move out and needs a lot of help. Trinny's art is amazing, so I suggest if you need emotes or banners, go commission her! And if you don't care about that, go support hergo fund me for moving out, everything is going towards that in her mind.
Anyways, I will see you guys next time. Take Care and keep creating!
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Hey all! I know I swore off long anime, but this series is another on that has been in my sphere for a LONG time now. I first heard of the series through DEATH BATTLE, and looking at the show had me interested, but I took one look at the episode count and... yea. As per the suggestion of @KingEphemera on Twitter, I'm gonna split this into arcs. However, since the first Arc in the anime according to the Wiki is only 2 episodes, this arc will make up my first impressions.
Rules as always:
1.Spoilers are abounding here folks. If you want to watch it blindly... go watch it. Spoilers are here.
2. Depending on the Anime, this can get NSFW.
3. I am watching the subbed version.
That being said, let's see how much of this I can get done before they annoence the anime adaptation of 100 years quest. This is my first impression of Fairy Tail, as well as the review of the Macao Arc.
Fiore is a kingdom that uses Magic as a daily exchange, as spells can be bought and sold. I like this idea, as it encourages those who want to get stronger to buy more magic accessories, and train in how to use them. Powerful Magic users can join guilds, where they can use their magic for work, such as quests.
We then cut to a girl named Lucy, who is trying to use her feminine charms in order to lure a man into a magical key, which we later learn she can use as summons that by the looks of things... don't like her that much. She's trying to join the Fairy Tail guild, while 2 travelers, Natsu and Happy, enter the city of Haregon, are looking for a person named Salamander. While his name is being called in the city, when Natsu and Happy find him, they don't know who he is, as Natsu also recognises Salamander as the Dragon Igneel.
Lucy realised that the man Salamander was using a charm ring, which makes people attracted to him unless they know about it, which Lucy catches on. However, he claims he's a part of Fairy Tail, and Lucy agrees to go to his party in exchange for not saying anything about about the Charm ring.
The party turns out to be a trap, as Salamander wants to sell off Lucy off along with the other girls on the ship when the reach Bosco, however Happy and Natsu give chance dragging him back to Haregon, where Natsu is shown that he is a part of Fairy Tail, and that the man known as Salamander is not really Salamander, but Bora the Prominence.
One common complaint I've heard about A-1 pictures is that there anime's tend to all look the same, which I can see, but I get a different vibe from Fairy Tail, which I think is good looking for a pre 2010 anime, and it's more out there than SAO to me as well, really playing up the fantasy vibes, as SAO had more of a futuristic vibe. Also the fight choreography for a first episode is perfect, showing Natsu as powerful in his own right as fire magic user. The episode ends with Natsu agreeing to get Lucy into the guild.
I won't do this for every episode, but this a first impressions, so I have to make an exception this once, and say that I did enjoy this opening episode. On to episode 2!
Episode 2 begins with the council of magic looking over Fairy Tail's action and complaining about them, but a man with blue hair seems pretty intrigued about what they are doing.
We then head to the main Fairy Tail bar, where Natsu fights a dude who told him that the Salamander was in Hargon, and where we meet a lot of characters, such as Grey Fullbuster, a man who can't keep clothes on, Cana Alberona, a drunk, Elfman, a dudebro who likes to solves things by punching them, Loki, a flirt and Mirajane Strass, a women who usually acts as a bikini model in the Fairy Tail magazine.
Anyways, a huge fight breaks out, which is stopped by Mr.Makarov, the leader of the Fairy Tail clan, who wants the clan to break the rules and cause chaos in order for them to find their own strength. This is a nice change from usual as the leader usually wants his people to stay within the law, rather than break it and cause chaos.
Anyways, a kid called Romeo, asks where his dad Macao is, as he went on a quest to defeat the Vulcan's in the mountains, Makarov just shoves it off. However, Natsu after hearing this goes off to find Macao. I'll get to my impressions of Natsu in a bit.
Mirajane explains to Lucy that everyone in Fairy Tail has backstory, I mean a hidden past, I mean backstory. After hearing Natsu's, she decides to go off with him. Natsu has problems taking any transportation as he always feels sick after doing so.
They reach the summit of Mt.Hakobe, where Lucy gets captured by one of the Vulcans, which Natsu defeats. However, the Vulcan turns out to be Macao, in a plot should have saw coming but still took me by surprise. The episode ends with Macao and Romeo re-uniting.
Overall, I would say that the Macao arc is more one episode than a 2 episode arc, but it makes sense, as this is the introduction arc. However, none of the characters so far have made a real impact besides Lucy, who comes off as pretty kind and ambitious, and Natsu, who is pretty stupid, but wants strength and to defeat evil that comes his way.
This was good start to what is probably going to be a VERY long journey, so strap in folks because once you start, you have to keep going.
Finally, the Fairy Tail Series has begun! I can't wait to dive into what this series have to offer, which is a LOT. Also for those wondering, yes, I want to review the OVA's and the upcoming video game, but I need to figure out how to put those in there. That being said, thank you guys for reading, and I will see you guys next time.
Written by Nana Marfo
Art done by Naochan Doodles, with Character designs by Lilla and Jennivi
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Real Neat Blogger award
Happy New Year my friends! It's been a while since I did a blogger award, but here one called the Real Neat Blogger Award! Thank you to Nabe of geeknabe for nominating me for this award!
Been a while(in more ways than 1, but lets do this!)
Rules for this award:
1. It’s going to be 2020 soon, so what’s YOUR No. 1 anime of the decade?
I only really began watching anime in 2017, so I would say it's a MMO Junkie because I feel that has a story that is going to be relatable for a while in the future.
2.What character (anime/manga/games, take your pick) has left the strongest impression on you?
I would still say Lightning from Final Fantasy XIII as the confidence I felt I gained from her still has an effect on me to this day.
3.Who's your Waifu/Husbando?
I am a dude who is as straight as an arrow, so no husbandos for me. Sorry. I have a lot of Waifus, so if I had to pick one... let's just say...Thoru from Dragon Maid because she's very sweet to be around.
4.What is your take on fans’ acclaimed Top 3 (Naruto/Bleach/One Piece)?
Haven't seen any of them. Long anime tend to be a turn off for me. I know about Fairy Tail, but their are very different matters in that case. I also feel like that in the next few years, the big three will change to My Hero Academia, Demon Slayer, and Black Clover. I stand by what I said.
5. What advice do you have for new bloggers?
Start out making content that you enjoy, then if your friend or someone else recommends a TV show, note it down to maybe review. It will help widen your horizons. Also don't be afraid to write about stuff you love! That's why you do it!
6.What anime would you recommend to your friends that have never seen a single episode in their life?
Small Tangent: Peach Girl is the only anime one of my friends has watched.
For a first anime, I feel like My Hero Academia is a good starting point, as the superhero nature and flashy fight scenes will give this a Western show feel to it.
7. What’s your opinion on fanservice in anime?
Anime boobs are nice. But seriously, I'm ok with it, because it's funny most of time. Plus, I can't lie, the girls are pretty attractive 100% of the time. Also series like Shimoneta seem to use it to their advantage! Man I could go for some cookies right now...
(For those wondering, I only know of the joke, I haven't seen the scene yet.)
And that's it! Here are my questions and Nomiations:
The blog is back for 2020! Took a lot more work than it should have though for various reasons. Anyways, look forward to more content in 2020!
But for now, thanks for reading and I will catch you next time.
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