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May 032017
 

Big Hero 6 was a great superhero movie with the potential for a sequel, or a TV series. Unfortunately, neither is happening any time soon, at least that I know of. However, there is the next best thing, a video game that continues the story. Big Hero 6: Battle in the Bay for Nintendo 3DS takes place shortly after the events of the movie.

It turns out that Yama has returned and reprogrammed an army of robots all throughout San Fransokyo in order to take revenge on Hiro. I’ll admit that Yama is not as memorable of a character. So to recap, he was the bot fighter champion at the beginning of the movie that Hiro defeated. Yama has gone to extreme lengths just for being a sore loser.

Of course, it’s up to the Big Hero 6 to stop him. The members split up to clear each area of robots. Each character has different special skills to go with his or her basic attacks and double jumping abilities. However, you cannot pick your character before entering a level. The game provides a particular hero for each area.

Hiro has electromagnetic gauntlets and can cling on to walls, where there happens to be a glowing magnet to cling on to. When there are too many enemies in one place, Baymax comes down to assist, which is automatic.

Wasabi fights with his plasma blades that are very affective in more ways than one. His smooth moves make him a big favorite.

Fred has his special suit that allows him to spit fire and jump really high. However, the control is pretty stiff when it comes to just slashing away at enemies. Luckily, Fred’s jumping attacks can take the robots down more efficiently.

Then we have Go-Go, who has great speed on her Mag-Lev discs. Though her basic attacks can be tough to keep under control. Just by pressing the attack button, Go-Go jumps all over the place and doesn’t always hit her mark. But I like her more efficient jumping attacks, especially against the shorter enemies.

Although Honey Lemon is part of the team, she is not a playable character, which I find disappointing. On the bright side, she does provide chem-capsules that are scattered throughout the stages to increase special effects on enemies when they get too tough.

There are boss battles too, but they are actually more difficult than the rest of the game. A strategy is required and there’s no mention of what to do? How are you expected to know without checking YouTube?

My only other concern is that you got to search for stuff that’s hidden in every level. They include a missing cat, all the letters in the word “HERO”, and five red health capsules. However, you can revisit levels any time and it’s all worth it when you get the upgrades.

Overall, I really like this game for being a simple platformer. I’ve also got to admit that the timer icon of Baymax trying to grab a soccer ball is cute and funny.

Apr 262017
 

As great as Wolverine is, it’s actually nice to give someone else from the X-Men franchise a turn to have his own movie for a change. He’s a superhero mutant called Deadpool.

To be honest, I never heard of Deadpool before seeing this movie. It turns out that he’s a former Special Forces operative named Wade Wilson (Ryan Reynolds). Wade is indestructible and has a huge sense of humor. And I often thought Spiderman was the funniest superhero.

As it turns out, Deadpool was also featured on X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Ryan Reynolds played the role then as the sword-wielding soldier Wade Wilson. However, when he was featured as a mutant, Wade was a lot different. He didn’t have the red suit, or go by the name Deadpool. So there’s no way I would’ve recognized him then.

Back to this movie, Deadpool is a smooth fighter and likes to make jokes, mostly dirty ones. As disturbing as his origin story is, he still can’t help but make wisecracks toward his enemies, Ajax (Ed Skrein) and his superhuman associate Angel Dust (Gina Carano).

There are only two other X-Men featured. The first is Colossus (voice of Stefan Kapcic). He was a favorite of mine since he was a playable character on the X-Men Arcade Game. I can still remember how loud the laughter in the movie theater was when Deadpool tried to fight him.

The other X-Men member featured was Negasonic Teenage Warhead (Brianna Hildebrand). I never heard of this mutant before, but her power is amazing. She can actually blow things up, like a warhead.

And of course, let’s not forget the Stan Lee cameo. It’s nice to see him make these appearances in each Marvel movie.

Things get real exciting when Ajax captures Wade’s girlfriend Vanessa (Morena Baccarin) and Deadpool goes to save her with the aid of the two X-Men, respectively. If only Deadpool wouldn’t keep forgetting his ammo bag.

This was certainly an interesting superhero movie. However, it’s hard to tell if Deadpool is actually a superhero since he keeps claiming that he’s not. So does that make him an antihero, or what?

Apr 122017
 

If you thought Sailor Moon was a cool anime series, then I have no doubt that you’ll find Glitter Force (2015-2016) just as interesting. This Netflix original series is about five middle school girls who gain superpowers from Glitter Charms and protect the world from the evil Emperor Nogo and his forces.

The heroes are the optimistic but clumsy leader Emily as Glitter Lucky, the tough jokester Kelsey as Glitter Sunny, the shy artist Lily as Glitter Peace, the loyal athlete April as Glitter Spring, and the highly intelligent Chloe as Glitter Breeze. Together these five friends are the Glitter Force. The team members are introduced one at a time per episode but at least that’s not spread too far apart like some shows do, like Sailor Moon and Sgt. Frog for example.

Of course every superhero team should have a guide. The guide for the Glitter Force is Candy, a pixie from the magical kingdom of Jubiland. She’s cute and hyperactive, especially when it comes to her ears being styled like hair buns.

I met Debi Derryberry, the voice of Candy, at Anime Festival Orlando 2013.

There’s also Candy’s older brother Pop. He’s not featured as frequently, which is too bad since he’s more vigilant than Candy and can transform into different things.

I met Todd Haberkorn, the voice of Pop, at MegaCon 2012.

Now we get to the villains. Hailing from the Shadow Realm, four fairytale based creatures use their power to absorb negative energy from innocent bystanders in order to revive Emperor Nogo. The first is Ulric the wolf who is very cunning and based on the Big Bad Wolf.

Brute is a troll that prefers to use brute strength over intelligence. Of course trolls are very common in both fairytales and the fantasy genre.

Third is a wicked witch named Brooha that uses magical contraptions and can clone herself easily. She’s based on different fairytale witches.

Then we have Rascal the jester. Despite his annoying voice, he’s pretty creative. He fights with magical playing cards and has a playful, but sadistic persona. He wasn’t featured in the series very much but I like his style, for a villain.

When the villains decide to attack and gather negative energy, only one of them goes to Earth at a time. Then he/she creates a monster out of a random object called a Buffoon, which always has a giant body and a clown face. Whenever the Glitter Force defeats it, a Glitter Charm appears and gets added to their arsenal.

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This was an interesting series for its superhero action that’s on the level of Power Rangers. At the end of each episode, there’s a song and dance number by the Glitter Force. The songs are pretty good and they only change after four episodes. If you are a Sailor Moon fan, I would suggest giving this show a try.

Apr 052017
 

The LEGO features just keep on coming. In LEGO DC Comics Super Heroes: Justice League vs. Bizarro League, Superman meets up with Bizarro. Now I never really understood who Bizarro was before when I saw him on Superman the Animated Series. It turns out that he’s a clone that thinks backwards.

In this version he’s not such a bad guy. Since Bizarro is so backwards, he ends up harming the citizens of Metropolis when he means to help them. As a solution, Superman sends Bizarro to a backward planet that’s uninhabited. However, Superman was creative by naming the planet Bizarro World and using the many radioactive rocks to build citizens and left Bizarro to build homes for them.

Next we get to a more exciting scene. The Justice League battles Giganta, Gorilla Grodd, the Penguin, Deathstroke, and Captain Cold. As great as it is to see these characters, they don’t return once they’re caught and I find that a bit disappointing.

Of course the real focus is on Bizarro when he returns to Metropolis and creates clones from Justice League members Batman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, and Cyborg. They are just as backwards as Bizarro and go by the names Batzarro, Bizarra, Greenzarro, and Cyzarro.

It turns out that there’s trouble in Bizarro World, so the Justice League and their clones go there and discover that Darkseid is stealing the radioactive rocks to power a weapon to take over the galaxy.

I met Tony Todd, the voice of Darkseid, at Vulcan Events 2010.

When the Justice League arrives, their powers are affected. Wonder Woman is clumsy, Cyborg falls apart, Batman’s gadgets don’t work, and Green Lantern can only make chickens. At least it’s better than Greenzarro’s teddy bears.

Oddly, Superman isn’t affected and frankly neither is Darkseid. Could it be because they’re not Earthlings?
Darkseid’s first stop is Earth. Luckily, it’s protected by other Justice League members like Hawkman, the Flash, Green Arrow, and Plastic Man. It’s nice to see these characters also.

This was an interesting LEGO feature, but like in the previous one (Lego Batman: The Movie – DC Super heroes Unite) Batman doesn’t trust Superman. It’s so annoying how the issue just drags on while hearing Batman’s thoughts throughout.

Mar 152017
 

Next to Anime, Sentai shows are often interesting. One title that always seems to pop up is Ultraman: The Complete Series (1966-1967). Until fairly recently, I had no idea what it was about since the commercials and merchandise don’t tell much.

The series takes place in the future and various aliens from outer space, mainly giant monsters, come to Earth and try to threaten civilization. It’s always up to an organization called the Science Patrol to protect the planet from these monstrous threats.

The Science Patrol consists of Captain Mura (Akiji Kobayashi), tough guy Daisuke Arashi (Sandayu Dokumamushi), the funny inventor Mitsuhiro Ide (Masanari Nihei), the pretty radio/communications operator Akiko Fuji (Horoko Sakurai), and her younger brother Hoshin Fuji (Akihide Tsuzawa).

Also helping out is Deputy Captain Shin Hayata (Susumu Korobe), who unknown to everyone is Ultraman, a giant intergalactic hero.

Unlike other superheroes, Shin never transforms right away when faced with the monstrous danger. He always waits to do so as a last resort because Ultraman has a color timer, limiting his powers. In a way, it’s a total rip off.

I know that it’s a 60s series and I don’t expect much action, but the Ultraman battles are only featured in the climax of each episode. That’s best part of the show, seeing Ultraman kick monster butt.

Overall, this was a good show for its time. Though not as exciting as the Super Sentai franchise, it certainly is interesting like in the way of the classic Godzilla movies.