Transformers Dark of the Overachieving

Ok I am gonna be frank this review will very likely get QUITE judgemental. Can’t help it didn’t like the cinematography(well by and large) and I felt some other things were lacking as well. But I’ll get to those later just prefacing this post with that comment.

Ok now to get started with the meat and gristle. I just picked up this movie the other day to have some fun with(I’d heard it was horrible and nothing can help with stress on occasion like a good dumb stupid movie) and well IMO they were half right. I found the movie overall to be rather entertaining however it also fell short in MANY areas that I feel it could have done much better in which I shall count down along with my views of the positives after my usual summary.

Now as this one begins we see clips of the moon landing and find out about how it was all really related to a Cybertronian ship crash landing on the moon. Skip forward to the “present” and we see Sam Witwicky is doing his best to find a job(yep saved the world 2 times and he can’t get a job which he also makes sure to mention like 5 times a scene at the start), Bumblebee is gone and he’s driving an old junker(same paint scheme as bumblebee of course),  and the Autobots are now working for the US government under even more scrutiny than before. As it turns out Sam also is o longer in a relationship with his old squeeze from the first two movies. As for the world in general not much is said. I mean some things indicate most of the world knows about the transformers by now yet other do not. Some indicate that only the government knows while others suggest that pretty much everyone knows about them(especially later in the movie). I mean it’s like they were writing for two separate scripts one post movie conflict and wanted to mix in something they had planned for a fourth movie and thought they needed padding or something. Either way doesn’t make much sense.

Anyways as the movie goes on we see same go through many very bizarre interviews(never had one myself so wouldn’t know how realistic they are. Oh and before anyone asks I DO have a job…wellll part time in the extreme but I do). Now he finally gets one and well things go south pretty soon after as I’m sure you can guess.

Now while all this is going on the Autobots are finding out more and more about earths history and it’s connection to a lost autobot ship. That as was carrying a  weapon that as Optimus puts it “Could have changed the fate of the war”(welll something to that effect at least).

Okay I’m gonna stop the summary there cause this is where it really picks up but suffice to say we got alot going on with more than a few things having changed from the previous ones.

As for my issues well here they are along with what I feel it may have done well.

Area one that I feel it failed is how they seemed to be attempting to be “artistic” with the camera angles. Doing things such as shaky camera and showing us a “first person” view of the military guys firing guns(on more than a few occasions) as well as trying  it seems to turn what should have been an easy dumb fun movie into something more(on occasions a stupid but fun movie is better than a good artistic movie at least IMO).

The second area is the ending it just felt I dunno rushed in a way. Thing is that it feels VERY inconclusive and while that IS becoming normal i feel that they could at least have added in a scene to show some degree of Sams relationship with his new girl and bumblebee. A state of the world after the fact kinda thing. Hell maybe pull a Transformers The Movies(1986 one) and have them do a speech about how “all need to be one” or in other words achieve a sense/actual unity(not  said unity not peace). Another way might have been to have the Autobots basically become their own group on earth.

Now my third and last gripe is how it feels VERY rushed at points and as if they decided to cut some scenes just to amke the movie shorte. I mean if they were worried about bathroom breaks they coulda just put in an intermission or two(for those who don;t know an intermission is where the movie takes a small break and you can rest use the restroom and even get more food and so on quite effective for longer movies like this if ya ask me) or even just let it run over 3 hours(like many people can handle that LOL).

I guess looking back the way Sam wound up also bothers me somewhat. I mean he’s basically being thrown around and one of his final lines kinda makes the whole movie lose some of it’s appeal to me. It’s overall message at least to me seems to be less one of great achievment and more of just accepting your place in life. Not of moving above but instead of just going with what the world has. In short a rather depressing mood. Now this is MY take and feel free to disagree we all have our own views on such things after all.

I also did not like how they decided to focus so much more on sex and the female lead(who TBH I do NOT find that attractive sorry people but I don’t have the stereotypical taste  in beauty). And not only that i feel it detracted from what honestly could have IMO been a movie of quite high renown.

As for the positives. I must say I rather liked their covering of certain key events(ones that i will not mention for those who have yet to see it but lets just say a few episodes of the classic series are replayed and exiles become exiles again). It would have been nice IMO to see an AU version of this in fact where things didn’t work out so well and the Decepticons won.  I could even come up with a potential sequel outta that(was coming up with it while watching the movie LOL). Other than that though this scene was rather well done if parts of it suffer from the poor continuity/writing I mentioned before but overall it’s done quite nicely.

Overall though I’d say it was a fun watch but the first two were MUCH better. I also am not sure I would recommend it. As part of a dumb movie marathon I’d say number 2 works best and overall I’d say if you want stupid fun I’d recommend Dragonball Evolution over this(R.I.P. any chance of getting regular readers from this LOL) .  However the fact is that I honestly feel this movie COULD  been not just good but great a classic in fact. IF IT HAD BEEN DONE RIGHT. Alot of good potential points were missed alot of nice things were glossed over as well as MANY potentially apt to modern society subjects and messages were skipped and instead it was made as a dumb and fanservicey movie in place of a potentially great movie all for money.

Now again your mileage may vary and you may like it.

KIba the little fang that ended too soon.

Ok now sorry for the delay to anyone who actually reads this crummy ol’ blog o’ mine. RL stuff such as  a cold that was going around had to work and alot of other things going on. So umm yeah onto the review.

Now I’m gonna warn you MAJOR spoilers coming up ahead. Well if you haven’t seen the first 26 episodes at least.

Okay this sucks lost what I typed originally but oh well here goes let’s see if i can’t make something even better.

Alright now by this point we’ve seen alot of shit, met a decent number of the main cast and gotten glimpses of some of the future ones as well. Now this segment shall pick up upon the area that my other one left off on which is an ABYSMALLY short tournament arc(as in the shortest I can recall seeing by this point in time). Now sadly because of my attempts to remain at least mostly spoiler free doesn’t leave me much room. But I WILL say these things.This show only gets darker from here. You will see Neotopia show just how truly depraved it’s “Absolute Law” is as well as seeing the true goals of Hugh(not to mention why the hell he wears that mask) as well as of the nobles in Tusk. While at the same time we find out more about Sagiri’s people, the Key Spirits and even a few new tribes. Hell  Zed even meets his mother again for all it’s worth(I don’t think it spoils too much to say she’s as messed up as Light Yagami at the end of Death Note in more than a few ways). Spoiler wise I’m sorry to say that’s all I’m giving ya gotta watch it to find out more LOL.

However since sadly I can’t in good conscience really expound on or reveal too much more(for what should be rather obvious reasons) I will say a few things as well as TL;DR to finish up. This series is dark and gritty in alot of ways with alot of death for main characters and those they care about. In some ways it’s very Kill em All(which is kinda funny since even Tomino doesn’t pull this kinda crap anymore).  However it also has it’s charms and sweet points…That are often all Tominoed up LOL(seriously look up Yoshiyuki Tomino if you don’t know of him the guy is FAMOUS for death) and quite sadly it starts to feel quite rushed around episode 40 or so, what with the mass introduction of ALOT of new characters and plot points in VERY quick order (if it were me I would’ve tried to wrangle another 2-10 episodes outta it just to have it feel more refined but what can ya do LOL). However I would say it is still quite a nicely done series with a nice bit of depth especially for a shounen series. Though TBH the ending left me personally wanting. Not to spoil any big events but suffice to say it’s one of those endings that suggests the actual end with all the subtlety of a blast from the Wing Zero’s Dual Buster Rifle(that thing can one shot a colony in case you didn’t know) yet doesn’t show you anything of real substance. I personally have always found such endings quite vexing(mainly because I want some goddamn closure of a guaranteed type since I tend to be focused on possibilities I prone to doubting even such obvious indicators LOL).

Overall though I’d say I found the series much more enjoyable than I recalled and I would  definitely recommend it to those looking for something darker and more Tomino in their shounen fare as well as a fun ride. Though this series isn’t for everyone by any means. ESPECIALLY those looking for a lighthearted experience. Expect some drama and by some I mean ALOT.

Well that’s it for this show I hope you liked this and if it sound interesting go ahead and look her up. next up  will probably be one of these things.

Infinite Stratos

B Gata H Kei

The Legend of Legendary Heroes

or

Zero no Tsukaima F

But who knows. I am going to be picking up TERA soon(fucking gameplay is too goddamn good I couldn’t resist even though i swore I wouldn’t get it due to censoring). But yeah i hope to have things done and posted sooner than this time and pick up the pace but who knows what the future holds right LOL.

Lets get toonami Back.

Okay I SOOOO would not be doing this except well it seems we’ve got a chance. I for one think it would be great to get back. So much so that I made a twitter account something I swore I would never do. So PLEASE PEOPLE anyone reading this please go to twitter and reply to this #BringBackToonami

 

Oh and i should have Kiba part 2 up by the end of next sunday at the latest provided things go as planned.

Kiba the little fang that thinks it can

Okay so I WAS gonna do Pokemon first but that one. Well lets face it summarizing it is an improbable NIGHTMARE to summarize/review since EVERY EPISODE is so goddamn formulaic it makes it nigh impossible . Well without coming across as a rough draft that is. Thus i may as well go for Kiba. Which WAS indeed aired on Toonami just the Jetsream online service not the TV segment.

Now this segment here will be for the first 26 episodes(I’m actually on 32 but splitting by how the boxset is so yeah up to 26). This show starts with a our main character who is named Zed living in an underground city.  Here we see his day to day life and issues with do0rs/gates( and I mean this guy REALLY hates doors and gates he tears them up though he also has good reason in his own way).  His school issues and how his mom is hospitalized in what seems to be a permanent case of shock or something like akin to that(she cannot speak and merely stares at a jellyfish in her room nothing else so YOU tell me what that is). As the first episode goes along we also see his best friend Noah. Who is a bright young man as well as being head of the student council and sticking up for him when he can. However as one would expect even Noahs his life is anything but rosy. He has a permanent illness that endangers his life and he needs to stay in a special skeletal vice suit. Or as his doctor puts it “Every one day in your life is like 16 for a normal person”(Well i THINK that’s it i could have day and year mixed up). However all he wants just like Zed is to be free. Free to live his life.

Now as this series first episode finishes Zed and Noah are BOTH taken out of “Calm”(the name of their city) after a bit of a ruckus where Zed is attacked by a man who uses spheres/magic called “Shards” and “Shardcasting” respectively to try and kill him. His mother wakes up from her pseudo coma then and well all kindsa shit goes down(shit that doesn’t even START to get TOUCHED ON until episodes 20+, and no i’m not shitting you it really takes more than a quarter of the series from episode one to even START to get an idea of what happened back in Calm).

So after this slow to start and big to finish first episode Zed finds himself in a new world. One with open skies green pastures and an all around beautiful place really that goes by the name Templar.. And so upon ending his first day in Templar Zed has learned about the powers that the man who attacked him used. The power of shardcasting(which basically amounts to being able to summon magic oversized marbles from ones body to either attack or summon spirits with. So think Bakugan only FAR more badass) and of COURSE he has some legendary power. A special spirit to be precise. However telling any more would actually be spoilers a decent amount beyond what I have already given(go figure huh).

Now while Zed is busy having “fun” Noah on the other hand winds up in what seems like paradise but well I can’t elaborate here due to “Spoilers”(to quote River Song from Doctor Who). However as events unfold Noah also turns out to have a power(of course) but talking too much about Noah is like talking about Code Geass. Kinda impossible to do without excessive spoilers. So I’ll just say again that while he also has a power of the same TYPE as Zeds it’s also VERY different. Now Noahs’ story it should be mentioned takes place as a side story and for the most part it is an essential side story full of more spoilers than Zeds in fact so of course they  eventually merge and then seperate after they meet up again later. However most of this does not happen until around episode 22+ so yeah limiting spoilers.

Now the world itself is rather interesting. It is broken up into four primary nations(or is it?) with at least one nation having a  sub group that they use as slaves(not gonna elaborate on the slave race two arcs and some nice plot points get messed up if i do that). Now one nation is the Aforementioned Templar. This nation is ruled by a council and believes in freedom, liberty and choice. It has no industry and instead seems like a mix of a medieval village and a village in holland(what like I could resist windmill jokes). If you’ve ever played it think of the small village town partway through Quest 64(I don’t care if it’s obscure it works and I’m sticking with it). It is here that Zed lands(as i mentioned before). Templar has an ally in one of the other countries. this one is called Neotopia. This land is one of those things that seems nice and happy on the outside but the inside…Yeah not so much. However going too deep into this country will offer MAJOR spoilers. But I will say this it looks utopian but Pope Stallin is the boss and the national designer seems to have taken a  que from either the “perfect planet” from a Wrinkle in Time(yes old book/obscure book i know but good example nonetheless) or Adrian Monk.

Now the last two areas are VERY different and I will give basic social and visual outlines since anymore would well kinda spoil alot. Funny actually that ANYWHERE but Templar/Zed spoils massive amounts of plot in this series.

So the first(or third one depending on how you count) is Zymot. This country is both a jungle and a desert. Where the main citadels are is a jungle and where they train their slave warriors in the desert. This is the type of place where the strong rule and the weak are left to die if not outright killed in mortal combat/training exercises. Now this land is where the first really big story arc shift takes place and it’s also where alot of the problems come from. TBH I cannot say much about this place but not just because of some seriously nasty spoilers but also because of the fact that TBH this area isn’t really elaborated on as much as you’d think even by the end of the series(I’m rewatching it).

Now the final primary area is called Tusk.  We hear this place mentioned in Episode 1 in LITERALLY 2-3 LINES(and i;m not joking in ONE SCENE it’s BRIEFLY mentioned and then forgotten by and large short of mentioning of ambassadors until episode 20 or so) and yet THIS is where the bulk of the drama happens. This land is like a craggy mountain/volcano. The skies seem to always be red the land barren and mountainous almost like a giant volcano. In this land two species exist. The regular Tuskans who have spikes on their shoulders but are otherwise human and the Beastman tuskans who have “shards” imbedded in their bodies(as in born with not transplanted) four arms(some Beastmen even have wings) are giants and have the ability to breathe fire and fight spirits head on(in short big bad monsters). Now these two groups on the surface would be at odds what with the beastmen practicing human sacrifice and all that but well you can probably guess from there. Now this land isn’t as simple as the others. It has what seems to be a ruling council and even nobles but they also seem to value power over almost all else. So I guess I’d say this is one messed up place in more than just looks. Now sadly saying anymore would ruin over half the series both in this set and the last 26 episodes as well. So yeah gonna have to leave this as incomplete for now.

Now as for the meat of the series. It’s actually NOT you’re basic merchandising/shounen show(amazing i know). Political snafu’s aside(there was actually a lawsuit about this series in real life thus why no toys) it is also ALOT darker than usual especially for what WAS going to be a marketing show.  The bulk as I was getting into is basically Zed trying to learn to master his power while simultaneously dealing with various issues. The first 5 episodes or so(excluding episode 1 of course) are fairly basic fair with episode 6 doing a skip to Noahs story for about 3 episodes.So yeah be ready for even more basic fare(though Noahs story gets pretty messed up pretty goddamn fast. So I guess that means it’s episode 8-9 before it really picks up.

Now by basic fare I of course mean tournaments(in fact mid tourney is where we skip to Noah),the basic girl falling for him and sidekick recruitment(the girl is actually a pretty major player later one but up until the early 20’s so the end of this part she’s basically a tagalong), Being assigned to a teacher who by all rights seems to be the classic “nothing fazes me and I’m a strong patient gentle soul who can kickass” type and of course the mandatory rival. You know the basics. Now one of the most interesting things about this show is that EVERYONE has some kind of secret whether even THEY know it or not. Zed and Noah have not only their power but past and issues(among other things) while others aren’t what they think they and then the basic dark past story bits. Now these episodes end it should be noted end RIGHT BEFORE the “Joust”(read pseudo tournament arc). By that point we know pretty much all about Zed and Noahs powers. Have hints of darker affairs to come and ALMOST everyone’s dirty little secrets are at least hinted at. Some former fighter are now even breadmakers LOL So overall it wraps up the first half quite nicely and i should have the next segment up by the end of next week if not a few days. Just use the MAL link to figure it out LOL.

So then I guess I’ll end this with this comment. If what I’ve described sounds interesting go ahead and check her out(it’s apparently streaming in the US at http://www.theanimenetwork.com/Anime/Kiba/Watch if you’re in another country some good places would be your basic anime download sites LOL) . If not then well it may not be for you. However just remember this. Just because it’s based off of shounen stereotypes and tropes DOESN’T mean it falls prey to them. If anything I’d say this show is to shounen as Digimon Season 3 is to pokemon. Darker grittier and downright nasty at points. Now the only real question for you readers is will I call part two Kiba the little fang that could OR will it be Kiba the little fang that tried. Up to you of course but i wonder how many people will guess my take right.

Ways to see what I’m up to and make requests.

Okay so I figured I should do something like this. I am going to be posting a link here to my MAL account which tracks what anime i am watching/have seen. This way people can tell when a review/article should be upcoming. I am ALSO going to include a site that tracks DVDs one own. Through this site you can see what I have legit(as if i don’t have MANY more sarees downloaded) and thus make a request of something you want my take on.

http://myanimelist.net/animelist/Sorrior

http://sorrior.dvdaf.com/owned

Oh and as always CTRL F as well as searching are your friends.

Oh and a Kiba article should be up soon.

Let’s get the ball rollin’

Okay so i have FINALLY decided on what to start with after spending a good couple of years trying to find and then modify(in a day) an image of the Lighthawk Wings into Twilight Hawk Wings. Now my original thought of copying and pasting my first blogs post(only one due to my abandoning googles blogger service in protest of their censorship) HOWEVER that post is from late 2009 and i figured i could just link it http://wingsofthetwilighthawk.blogspot.com/(see told ya i could just link it). Ok so as you can see that won’t really work. So then i heard about Bandai and thought about writing a thing up about them. But then i though “Hmm wouldn’t that be kinda bad luck to write about a company closing as a first post”. Ok so that didn’t work. But now i have it or so i;d like to think. I shall be writing a series of reviews on various shows from Toonami.

You see i already own over half the anime Toonami aired and i was already planning on rewatching them in honor of it’s 15th anniversary. So i decided to ALSO write up a series of reviews on what i am watching. Now bear in mind these may not be the Toonami versions. Some such as Golion will be the Japanese version of shows that were HEAVILY modified others such as Dragonball WILL be in english but will also be uncut/uncensored while still others will be the same version such as Thundercats and yet others will be the same version such as Yu Yu Hakusho and then Sailor Moon will likely also include season 5 Sailor Stars in my review While Zoids will be a very rare case of my watching it in japanese for the first 15 or so episodes and then sadly being forced into the english version. So yes differences WILL exist from what you knew but as you can most likely tell i intend to cover as much of Toonami as i can.

Now i may very well review other series i may watch(such as airing anime like Ano Natsu de Matteru or Aquarion EVOL) or even some games(such as Tales of Graces F or Amalur) However most of my intitial posts shall indeed cover Toonami related items.And so as this posts Topic says Let’s get the ball rollin on this blog.