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 Acadamy, 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 scenerio, 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 diffrent direction. With new characters, new cards, and new villians. 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 simular to Theif Bakura and he looks very simular to Zorc, Tragoedia is a pretty ingeresting villian and is definently 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-exsistent 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 diffrent 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 definently 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 suprised 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 thats 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 suprised. 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.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

My Opinion on Sonic Boom: Fire and Ice

It is 3 in the morning. I could be talking about stuff I wanted to talk about like DC's new direction for Superman, Convergence: Blue Beetle, or Justice League: Gods and Monsters Chronicles. But no, I decided to talk about Sonic. So a bit earlier today news of a third game in the "Sonic Boom" series came out, and for the record I'm not as harsh on this series as alot of other people. I thought "Rise of Lyric" was really bad and "Shattered Crystal" was better then most people give it credit for. I actually liked "Shattered Crystal" more then both versions of "Sonic Lost World" but I digress.

"Sonic Boom: Fire and Ice" is a sequel /follow-up to "Shattered Crystal' and is being developed by the same studio "Sanzaru Games." I have very little doubt that this will be a horrible game however this game should probably not have been made. The other two games didn't sell the best, the game store I got "Shattered Crystal in had only one copy and the Employee's didn't even know it was out, and the game has such a stigma attached to it. Within hour's of "Rise of Lyric" release it was being called one of the worst game ever made and that it is bad as "Sonic '06."

I personally don't think it's as bad as people make it out to be. It's definitely a bad game but I don't know about the worst game ever. I know the only reason it's getting made is to advertise show but making sub-par games, especially if they have the Sonic name attached to them, is just asking for trouble. Those fan's can be very aggressive if you don't make them their perfect Sonic game.

As for the game itself, it look's good. It won't be the best game ever made but it doesn't have to be. If you expect that out of game's your going to be let down every time. One legitimate complaint I do have is that they obviously reused assets from "Shattered Crystal," so I hope they try to make them distinct or we will end up with two games that are almost indistinguishable. I also hope they try to make more variety in stages and a bit more memorable music. Maybe some of that dubstep music that was in the original trailer for "Rise of Lyric" but for some reason you decided not to put in the game. Other then that try to keep an open mind.

I have found out that the show is on hiatus and the comic series is being cancelled after the Worlds Unite crossover. So there is even less of a reason for this game to exist. It's shame because the Comic was really good. At least when Ian Flynn was writing it.