Sunday, August 27, 2017

"Netflix's Death Note" First Thoughts

Okay, where to start with this one. Some of you reading this may have read my impressions of the first few episodes of the TV Drama version of Death Note a few years ago, where I stated that Death Note was one of if not my favorite Anime. So going into this you would think I would hate that this exists, but you'd be wrong because here's the thing. I've seen so many different versions of Death Note it's ridiculous. I've seen the Anime beginning to end multiple times, read the Pilot chapter and novels, seen two of the three live action movies, and watched the J-Drama. And all of them. ALL OF THEM. Changed things from the anime and manga from L actually beating Kira to Death Erasers to Near being played by a girl with a weird Mello Puppet. So going into this I expected that this American made Death Note movie would be different since even the Japanese adaptations don't always stay true to the original. So if your here to hear someone bitch about this movie you may want to go somewhere else cause while I did have problems with this there were also some things I liked. So let's get started.


So I may as well get to the elephant in the room first, Light. I'm not going to lie I don't like this version of Light that much. He just seems like he's going threw the motions, and only doing what everyone else tells him to do. He doesn't show any of that super advanced scheming like in the other versions until Mia writes his name in the Death Note and he has to figure out how to get out of it. Plus they make him a troubled teen because his Mom has been killed, and I guess that makes him justified in killing people. His whole god complex in this seems like an afterthought and multiple times he just wants stop being Kira until Mia or Ryuk talks him or forces him to keep killing people. Plus his constant screaming when Ryuk show up was silly as hell.

Speaking of which Mia is a better Light then Light is. She's suppose to be based on Misa but I think her personality and attitude is closer to Kiyomi Takeda especially since she goes to school with Light. Mia in this is a goth cheerleader who constantly manipulates Light into killing people and even goes as far as stealing pages from the notebook in order to kill the FBI agents that we're watching Light when Light didn't want to use it against them. It's obvious she's just using Light for the notebook, and this all becomes obvious when she writes down Light's name in order to blackmail him into giving her the Death Note. Their relationship was as one sided as it was in the anime but they switched which side, and the whole generic go to a dance because it's a highschool movie could of been left out.

Now to talk about my favorite character L. For the most part they stayed true to the character, they kept his weird mannerisms, the eating sweets, and the way he sits which I thought for sure they would get rid of. Although this version is a bit more bold addressing Kira himself instead of getting Lind L. Taylor. This sort of becomes an issue after Light kills Watari which makes L lose all sense of composure and starts trying to take Light down at all cost. There is even a chase scene where he chases Light down at gun point. There is a moment at the end when you think L is going to write Light's name in Mia's page of the Death Note but it leaves it ambiguous which I think is good because it would go against L's character, even in this movie.

However the best part of this whole thing is Willem Defoe as Ryuk. When I first heard that he was cast in the role I thought it was perfect and It was. He retains his sarcastic commentary during the events of the movie constantly taunting Light and always reminding him that he's not exactly on his side. The effects for him aren't really the best, I think he looks better when he's in shadows and the more you see of him the more it doesn't quite look right but everything else was great and stole the show. They also altered some of the rules in the Death Note but noting too out there. The biggest is you can apparently write a Shingami's name in the Death Note and kill them. That is if you can do it before they kill you. There is also a rule that states if you burn a page before that person dies the death won't happen but you can only do this once. I didn't mind that it's no more silly then a Death Eraser. Also one other small thing is only the owner of the Death Note can see the Shinigami now even if you touch the notebook.

Now there aren't much other characters I want to mention. Light's Dad is more of a hard ass and while there are some moments where his original character shine threw he just comes off as a cliche washed-up cop. Although I'm real interested to see if he's still going to after Kira now that he found out his son is Kira. Watari is pretty close to his original self but younger and apparently his real name is just Watari and it's not an alias. Sadly besides a few nameless people in the background there is no one else from the Police helping L so none of the characters on the Kira Investigation Task-force are in this and sadly no Matsuda. Apparently Light's sister also dropped off the face of the planet.

The film looks decent enough although it's either very grey looking, almost like a CW show, or very neon. Think Riverdale meets Batman and Robin. The OST is pretty good but some of the music choices are really bizarre and out of place. Like a love song playing when Mia is falling to her death. Speaking of death's they dialed them up to 11. Instead of just killing people with heart attacks this Kira goes full out Final Destination on their asses. I think it went a bit too far with the gore, and also with the cursing. I mean I don't mind cursing but Light and Mia say fuck so much I was starting to wonder if I was watching an episode of the Angry Video Game Nerd.

Overall I don't think is the best thing ever but it's far from the worst. It's far better then Dragonball Evolution or The Last Airbender. I recommend you see it for yourself and make your own opinion, but know this isn't going to be as good as the anime. For newcomers they might enjoy this better but they might be a bit lost due to the fact they don't explain a whole lot of things like what exactly a Death God is or why they like apples. Thank you for reading this and have a good night.

Ps. There was no Potato Chip Scene 0/10

Saturday, July 9, 2016

Yu-Gi-Oh! GX Manga Review

"Yu-Gi-Oh!" has been on my mind alot recently. I don't know if it's due to my brother recently getting into "Magic: The Gathering" or I'm just being nostalgic or some combination of them both but I have been. I loved "Yu-Gi-Oh!" as a kid it just shows how patient we were as kids able to watch show after show of people playing card games without getting bored out of our minds. Almost a year ago I started to read the first 7 volumes of the original manga series by Kazuki Takahashi more widely known as Season Zero, also known for it's more darker tone and lack of card games. While I enjoyed the series I still wanted to read more so then I decided to re-read a series that I read a long time ago, one that I don't think alot of people know about. The manga "Yu-Gi-Oh! GX" written and drawn by Naoyuki Kageyama.

I just want to preface this review by saying I'm not reviewing the entire series. I don't know if they are out of print or my local comic book store just doesn't sell them but either way I am stuck reviewing what I have which are Chapters 1-34 which were published in the American Shonen Jump from January 2007 to October 2009. "Yu-Gi-Oh GX" is the story of Jaden Yuki a freshman at Duel Academy, yes you read that right it's an entire school that only teaches you how to play card games. Jaden is a slacker that everyone underestimates who has the uncanny ability to draw which ever card works for any given scenario, which wouldn't be such a big deal in a series like this if everyone didn't bring it up.


Now you would assume that the manga would just be a direct adaptation of the anime since it came first however you would be wrong, while it follows the overall premise of the anime it takes it in a different direction. With new characters, new cards, and new villains. So no Shadow Riders, Yubel, or Supreme King instead we get American Duelists David Rabb and Reggie MacKenzie. Who are looking for a card with a Spirit inside of it in order to use it to summon a evil spirit called Tragoedia. A creature with a past linked to the original "Yu-Gi-Oh!" series. While he has a backstory very similar to Thief Bakura and he looks very similar to Zorc, Tragoedia is a pretty interesting villain and is definitely menacing.

What the Manga excels at compared to the anime is character stuff. Jaden's history with Koyo Hibiki is much more interesting then him just randomly bumping into Yugi. Jaden playing with a deck of cards given to him by a sick friend is way more meaningful then Yugi giving him a card for no real reason, and the manga does this with more then just Jaden. His best friend Sirius's relationship with his brother is explored a bit more and the rival character Chazz's backstory is more delved into.

What I found interesting is that everyone has new decks, this could be seen as a way to sell more cards but a good chunk of the cards aren't actually real cards and even if they are now they came out afterwards. Jaden still uses Elemental Hero cards but with the exception of his flashback duel with Koyo I believe they were all made up for this manga. I especially like Terra Firma and Lady Heat. The most radical change would have the be Bastion who in the anime plays a couple of decks but usually they are based around Scientific Particles but in this he uses a Yokai (Spiritual monster in Japanese Folklore) theme deck.

The art is good, everyone looks like there suppose to. Backgrounds are non-existent some times but I'm not going to be harsh on that since alot of manga do this and it's just an art style thing. The monster's for the most part look great. Overall this series was enjoyable, It took something I liked when I was a kid and went in a different direction with it. I don't think you should go into this expecting something mind blowing but if you think you'll enjoy it, check it out. I will definitely read some more if I can find it.

Thursday, March 24, 2016

”Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice” First Thoughts

So i'm literally minutes back from seeing Batman V. Superman and I thought before I read any angry reviews I'll put up my thoughts about it. Before I start however I'm going to say that this contains possible spoilers for the movie so go see the movie before reading the rest of this.


So I didn't really like Man of Steel, I hated it in fact. I even said if it got a sequel I would refuse to watch it. The casting choices didn't help. However everything changed when I saw the first trailer. After the scene where Bruce Wayne is trying to save people while Superman and Zod fight, I thought this might not be so bad. After finally seeing it I can say that I was very surprised how much I liked this movie. Even though I do think it has some problems. But let's start out with the good.

Ben Affleck steals this movie. He just might be the closest we've gotten to the comic book Batman. In this continuity he's been been Batman for 20 years and he hardened and angry. It's assumed he lost a Robin and now he's pissed at Superman for destroying Metropolis when he was fighting Zod. I'm not really sure how to feel about how he brands people but I think that's just the Zorro influence. The only thing I don't really like was his regular costume. The armor and post-apocalypse suit looked fine but the regular suit looked a bit off I think it's the fact I can see his eyes.

The majority of The Man of Steel cast comes back with the exception of Russel Crowe. Even Kevin Costner and Michael Shannon came back and both there characters were dead with no way to come back. All the cast do a better job then in Man of Steel. Henry Cavill is much better as Superman in this movie then in Man of Steel. The only person I didn't really like much is Lois Lane, she doesn't really have anything to do in this movie and she seems like shes just there for the sake of being there.

A tiny problem I had with the movie was it took a long time to get started, and it did alot of weird cutting around. Including a random scene in the middle of a dream sequence of a super hero from the future (I have no idea who he is, he kind of looked like the Flash) warning Bruce that he was right about Superman and Lois Lane was the key. It comes out of nowhere and has nothing to do with this movie. Alot of scenes like this could of been taken out to shorten this very long movies' length.

I'm going to talk about the ending now so I'll give you one last spoiler warning before I do. They actually did it. They had the balls to go threw with Superman dieing in the fight with Doomsday. I know he's probably going to come back but still I, as well as the rest of the audience, was pretty shocked that they did such a bold choice. The way it's shown his death is the reason for creating Justice League, since Batman feels guilt that Superman died and wants to find the other Meta humans because of it.

But anyway I think it about time to wrap this up. I didn't even talk about Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor who I actually really liked. But I've been writing for about an hour now and it's getting late so. I think Batman V Superman is worth your time and if you give it a chance you might be surprised. Also there is no secret scene at the end of the movie just 6 minutes of credits. This has been The Mystery Theatre signing out.

--EDIT-- I forgot to mention that I really like the score. It's hard to say why but it feels like a really Super Hero-ish score.

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Comic Panel of the Week: The Question Out Thinks Brainiac 5

Since I can't find the time to give it a proper review I'll just show it off here. Convergence: Blue Beetle. Check it out. Especially if you like the old Charlton Heroes or Len Wein's run from the 80's. Or even if your only familiar with the 2006 series with Jaime Reyes, read it. You shouldn't be disappointed.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

"Death Note (2015 Live Action Tv Series) 1st Episode" First Thoughts



Death Note is one of my favorite animes of all time so naturally when I heard that there was going to be a live action series I was a bit excited. However I didn't really know of a way to watch it and I heard alot of bad things about it. However thanks to Crunchyroll I was able to finally see it.

For those of you who have seen the anime or read the manga there are somethings that may turn you off to this series. For example the main character Light Yagami is very different. Unlike the anime where he is a overachieving high school who is bored with his life who quickly develops a god complex once he gains the power of the Death Note, the Light in this show is a bit of a slacker. He doesn't want to do anything important with his life or be super rich he just wants to have a normal average life. He doesn't even want to be a policeman like he did in the anime.

I can definitely see why some people wouldn't like this but I think it actually makes sense. In this show he is more of a real person, after he writes his first name down in the Death Note he tries to undo it and when the person actually dies he is realistically guilty and looks like he is going to be sick. When he then writes down a second name in order to save his Father and a hostage he breaks down and tries to kill himself. However he is essentially blackmailed by the Shinigami Ryuk into keeping the Death Note.

Light in this show so far doesn't seem have a God Complex, he doesn't even see himself as a hero. The only reason he's keeping the Death Note is to prevent Ryuk from giving it to a criminal. He doesn't say he wants to be god but he does want to use the Death Note to help the world. However when he kills Lind L. Tailor for insulting him it comes completely out of character for what there doing with Light in this show. But so far I'm interested where there going with this and whether or not by the end he will go down the same road as his Anime counter-part.

Some of the other important character changes are to my favorite character L. In this show L is much more closer to the anime then Light but I don't like some of the small things. Some of his weird mannerisms are gone and he much more of a smug a**hole. He also seems to devalue life a bit more in this show. When Lind L. Tailor is killed in the anime he was just trying to test a theory but didn't actually think he was going to die and was actually a bit shaken by the fact Kira can kill with just a name and a face, but in this he seemed to assume that Lind was going to die. He also seems to be more of a d!ck to Watari.

The funniest change, or worst depending on how much you like the character is what they did to Mello. In this show Mello seems to be a puppet that Near talks to, as sort of a split personality thing. That's right, in this show Mello is essentially Scarface from Batman and Near is The Ventriloquist. That is hilarious. But I bet that a third of fan base hates this show just for that. Also I had to look it up online just to be sure (the scene was very dark) but Near is a girl. I don't know if they wanted to portray Near as a young boy so they cast a girl cause they do that in voice acting alot or they just wanted to make Near a girl. I guess I'll have too keep watching to find out.

Anyway that's most of my thoughts, I'm going to keep watching but I can't really recommend this show unless you've seen the anime. But even then if you seen it this show might piss you off so all I can say is go in with an open mind. Thanks for reading.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

My Opinion/Review on the DCYou Superman



Okay, where to begin. DC has decided that alot of there book's since the start of the New 52 have lacked Diversity, so they have gotten rid of it and replaced it with DCYou. So we're actually getting some fun and comedic books instead of the very boring "dark" and "edgy" stuff we've been getting for the last few years. If you've read any of my other stuff you probably know already that I think this is a good idea. Anyway they have also decided to update some of there more iconic characters such as making a new Batman after Bruce Wayne's "death", making Green Lantern a villain again (Kinda, it's a bit complicated), and course what were here to talk about Superman.

So for those of you who don't already know, alot of stuff has happened to the Man of Steel behind the scenes while Convergence was going on. Lois Lane figured out that Superman was Clark Kent and for reasons that have yet to be revealed decided to put this on the front page of the Daily Planet revealing his secret to the entire world. To add injury to insult Clark has been losing his powers, possible due to his new Super Flare ability. Essentially he's about the same power level he was at back in the original Action Comic's #1. He's stronger and faster then a regular human but nowhere as fast as he was, he can kinda still leap tall buildings in a single bound but he can no longer fly, and his skin is tough but not invulnerable.

I will now attempt to recap everything that has happened so far in this storyline. If you want to know which issues I'm getting these plot points from they are follows: Divergence #1, Divergence: Action Comics Preview, Divergence: Superman/Wonder Woman Preview, Action Comics #41, and Batman/Superman #21.

Clark tries to go to the Fortress of Solitude with the hope it can fix him. After a battle with Shadow creatures he try's to go into the Fortress however it's defenses don't recognize him, and assumes his suit has been stolen so it takes his Kryptonian Armor with the exception of a few torn pieces of his cape. So lost and cold he makes his way back to humanity buys a Superman shirt cause hey it works for Superboy. He also buy's a motorcycle from some very stupid people, and drives to Metropolis which is under Quarantine encase Clark infected them with Alien Germs.

Also at some point Clark goes to the JLA satellite in order to steal a spaceship that he plans to fly into the sun which he thinks will restore his powers. Thankfully Wonder Woman stop's him cause that was stupid. However Clark rewards her by telling her that he doesn't love her anymore. Not the best time. He also goes to see if Lex Luthor has anything to do with his loss of powers. Lex doesn't even by that Clark is Superman, and asks him where the real Superman is. Lex also reveals that he has a lead on the Shadow monsters that keep attacking Clark, which leads them to Gotham where he has his first confrontation with the GCPD's new Batman. Knowing that Batman isn't Bruce he goes to the Batcave and finds Alfred who tells him of Bruce's "Death".

So far this storyline has been interesting, seeing the previews I thought they were going to go a different direction with it. Trying to make a darker version of Superman however what we got (at least in Action Comics #41) was a even more human Superman. Seeing him experience hunger, sleepiness, and coldness with such joy is just fantastic. It's great to see him enjoying the little things in life we sometimes take for granted or even think of as nuisance. It's amazing that even though everything he's been trough he's still Superman and more importantly he's still Clark Kent. Alot of people think of Clark Kent as the mask and Superman as who he really is. But he was always Clark Kent. He doesn't look down at us because he's has all these powers, he has hope for Humanity because he is one of us. He is Clark Kent.

As for the design, it's grow on me a bit. It's going for the earlier New 52 design but it's fine. I like that they went with the older version of the Superman Shield with the Black background instead of the yellow. It works with the less powerful and more of a people's champion version of the character there going for. I'm not sure about the really short hair but I don't really mind it too much. However I don't like how he raps his torn cape around his hands, I know why he does it but it's a bit silly.

Overall I'm interested where there going with this. I just hope they don't just say this isn't actually Clark, I have the sneaking suspicion they might since both the JLA Satellite and the Fortress' Defenses didn't recognize him. Also just one last thing, I know this is stupid, but does anyone else think that since he's losing his powers the GCPD should of got him to be the new Batman. I don't know, I thought it would of been cool. Anyway thanks for reading.