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.