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Mar 012017
 

Based on the title alone, The Seven Deadly Sins (2014-2016) does sound like a show about evildoers with a story plot similar to the movie Se7en. However, that’s not what it is at all. The Seven Deadly Sins are actually a group of heroic immortal knights in the region of Britannia until they disbanded after being wrongfully accused of plotting to overthrow the Liones Kingdom.

In actuality, it was another group of knights called the Holy Knights that took over and captured the king. So the king’s daughter Princess Elizabeth goes in search of the seven deadly sins in hopes of reuniting them to save her kingdom.

The first sin she finds is the leader Meliodas the sin of Wrath. Though he has the appearance of a child, Meliodas is very powerful. He has a comedic side also, which is mainly shown when he freely touches Elizabeth inappropriately without thinking. Oddly, Elizabeth doesn’t seem to mind because she never reacts to it.

The real comic relief comes from Meliodas’s companion Hawk the talking pig. He always reacts to Meliodas’s perverted ways and yells whenever anyone jokes about eating a pig product.

I met Christina Vee, who was the voice of Hawk, at Anime Festival Orlando 2011.

As the three of them travel together in a tavern that’s strapped onto a giant green pig, which is really nifty, more deadly sins are found like Ban the sin of Greed. He’s strong and has a laid back attitude, especially when it comes to stealing people’s clothes. However, Ban is very devoted for those he cares about.

Diane the sin of Envy is a giant girl who is in love with Meliodas, though he’s devoted to Elizabeth. I can see Diane being out of place being the only giant of the team, but she is very much an equal member as far as the other sins are concerned.

King the sin of Sloth is a fairy king that flies with a comfy pillow, which is appropriate. King isn’t lazy though. He’s in love with Diane, but their relationship is complicated because of Diane’s feelings for Meliodas.

It isn’t until much later in the series when the remaining sins are found. Gowther the sin of Lust is book smart but struggles to understand emotions. The best way Gowther does is by studying other people’s actions on how emotions work.

Lastly there’s Merlin the sin of Gluttony. That’s right, it’s Merlin from Camelot. Though shockingly, Merlin is a woman and an attractive one at that. She didn’t participate in the series until much later, but it would’ve helped if Merlin had appeared sooner.

This was an interesting Anime series overall. I’m sure you might be thinking that there were supposed to be seven sins but only six were featured. It’s true that one sin was still unaccounted for, Pride. I wonder who that could be.

Feb 152017
 

If you thought you’ve seen every version of The Wizard of Oz, think again. The Wonderful Galaxy of Oz takes a sci-fi turn on the old classic.

Due to a natural occurrence that happens once every 1000 years, noble Dorothy and her dog Toto get swept into a black hole, which takes them to Oz in another galaxy. It’s also neat that Dorothy’s home planet is called New Kansas.

Instead of ruby slippers, Dorothy wears a balloon suit, which is a special kind of safety suit. Secondly, her Aunt Em gave it to her, not the Good Witch of the North. Come to think of it, the Good Witch of the North doesn’t even appear in this version.

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Apparently, representing the Tin Man is a robot named Chopper, who works for Dorothy’s family. He goes along to Oz as well. I can’t help but think that his mannerisms remind me of C-3PO from Star Wars.

Upon arrival, Dorothy and Chopper meet their other allies. First is Plantman, who represents the Scarecrow. He has a laid back persona, but can sometimes come off insensitive. Of course that’s all thanks to him not having a brain, so he doesn’t really know any better.

Next is the Cowardly Lion. It turns out that there’s a whole tribe of lions, who are all equally cowardly. The only one who sticks around is their leader Lionman. It’s funny how all of the lions run off all at once. Some of them even shouted, “Run away!”

They all soon make it to the Wizard of Oz, who is actually a scientist named Dr. Oz. (No, not the Dr. Oz with the medical talk show.) Before meeting him, it’s revealed that he has a son, Mosey. You might assume that the story ends here but it doesn’t. The real adventure is only beginning.

As for villains, the main enemy is the evil witch Gloomhilda. At first I thought she represented the Wicked Witch of the West. It turns out that Gloomhilda is her daughter that’s just taking orders.

The actual Wicked Witch of the West is a very creepy entity with a sinister persona. She wears a red cloak to hide her face, which certainly makes her the creepiest version of the witch I have ever seen.

This was an interesting movie version of The Wizard of Oz. It was real adventurous as well as humorous. What stands out most with the humor is Gloomhilda’s General Sludge. He’s not only goofy. Sludge sounds real similar to Pee-Wee Herman. You got to love it.

Nov 162016
 

Moeyo Ken: The Complete Series (2005-2006) takes place in an era where monsters can live in harmony with humans in the city of Kyoto, as long as they are licensed. If there’s an unlicensed monster running loose, an all-female fighting force called the Mobile Shinsengumi capture those beasts in order to protect Kyoto and its citizens.

The team members include Yuko Kondo the sword master, Toshie Hijikata the sharpshooter, and Kaoru Okita who uses different types of weapons along with little helpers called the Shikigami to help out in battle.

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When not fighting unlicensed monsters the Mobile Shinsengumi have other misadventures with Ryunosuke, who is the long lost son of their superior, Oryo. He does what he can to help out the team, even though he’s not much of a fighter.

Also staying with the team is Nekomaru, a monster cat with a great sense of humor and a huge appetite. Don’t worry, he is licensed. Nekomaru always cowers when there’s trouble, but is very noble when it comes to saving lives. He can magically transfer one of his nine lives in order restore a dead person to life. One thing I can’t help but notice is Nekomaru’s voice. It sounds similar to Paul Lynde.

The main villains are the Tsubame Group, consisting of Miki Saotome who is a mean girl, Ukon Tanaka who is handsome and fearless, and Sakon who likes to use a bazooka. They intend to overthrow the government about the monster rights, which makes them a nuisance to the Mobile Shinsengumi.

This was an interesting Anime series. It has both great action and humor. There’s no monster these ladies can’t handle, no matter how perverse some of them are.

Sep 142016
 

Sometimes when I go DVD shopping, I find a group of DVDs that are very cheap, which look like a good deal. They’re usually old movies I never heard of before, or a series of cartoons from as early as the 1930s. On a rare occasion I find old Anime features that look interesting. One such feature is Solar Adventure.

The story line is a little hard to follow, but here’s what I can make from it. The country is divided into two zones, the North and the South, and the two sides are always at war with each other. The North wants to live under communism and the South doesn’t. After the way some of the North soldiers beat on a couple of kids, you can tell that they mean business.

The main focus is on a group of young students and their teacher on a nature study field trip, caught in the middle of things. Oddly, none of their names are mentioned, which makes it hard to identify the heroes.

Originally, this movie is featured in live action, but then goes to Anime without notice when a couple of alien children arrive along with a group of spaceships that transform into robots.

That’s right. These robots are like Transformers, but have to be piloted using emotional wavelengths. I’m not kidding. These robots look like they were taken straight from The Transformers animated series from the 80s. It’s hard to see past that.

The main villain is Siporta the space conqueror. He has teamed up with the northern communists as a way to take over the universe. Siporta may only be a one-dimensional villain, but at least his name is revealed unlike the other characters.

The action is nothing more than what you would find in a war movie, even with the robots, which is unfortunate.

This wasn’t a bad movie. The music was good, along with its level of adventure. As a war movie, it’s okay, but I wouldn’t recommend it. Much of the dialogue is very blunt and the pacing is so slow that it makes the feature feel longer than it really is. On the plus side, it’s always interesting to explore Anime titles. You never know if you’ll find a gem among them.

Jul 272016
 

Fighting games were huge back in the 90s as well as they are today. Normally what comes to mind are Street Fighter, Mortal Kombat, and Killer Instinct, which started a trend of other fighting game franchises. The one I’m going to focus on now is Fatal Fury.

I never actually played any of the Fatal Fury games before, but I do remember reading about them in magazines like Nintendo Power and Gamepro. Like most fighting games, it was just a bunch of cool characters with awesome special moves and hardly any story lines. Of course that’s always cleared up with movies and comics that are based on the games.

It turns out that Fatal Fury did have a movie called Fatal Fury the Movie and it was Anime that I find reminiscent to Street Fighter 2: The Animated Movie, which is very nostalgic.

The story here is about the ancient armor of Mars that was split into six pieces, but once assembled it would make anyone who wears it powerful enough to destroy the world. Laocorn Gaudeamus intends to find all of the pieces that were scattered all over the world. So far he has already found three.

Laocorn’s twin sister Sulia seeks out martial artists Terry Bogard, his brother Andy, the brash Joe Higashi, and the gorgeous Mai Shiranui to stop Laocorn and save him from himself.

The martial arts action is awesome. I’ll tell you, if I was as familiar with these characters like I am with the ones from Street Fighter, I would enjoy the battle scenes much more while looking forward to seeing any of the special moves.

However, this feature doesn’t just have battle scenes among the major characters. The heroes also battle a group of assailants whose power come from their masks. Removing the masks may defeat these mystical fighters, but don’t underestimate them.

Lastly, it’s pretty neat that when any of the heroic fighters, who includes Kim Kaphwan, are out of uniform, they can change very quickly before going into battle. I guess it’s the look of the fighters in the video games, which seems to be a big part of their strength.

This was an interesting movie. Even though it runs long at points, this blast from the past is one I would recommend, especially if you grew up on video games from the 90s.