Thursday, February 9, 2017

So Hojo Emu Has The Game Illness?!

After watching two episodes of Kamen Rider Drives comes what's not too surprising or too surprising for some. This is the revelation that Hojo Emu actually has the Game Illness that was repressed for some time. If I can remember it correctly there was compatibility surgery involved. I think the protagonist having the Game Illness would be an interesting plot for EX-AID's storyline. Will this invoke a deadly disease in Hojo and will it unleash a cool fighting form? That's just one question I'd like to ask and I hope the answer is a yes.

How will Kuroto Dan play his Killer Bored Gemn with Hojo's situation? He seems to be a toned down version of Gozo Kirihara/God Neros from Metalder but that may change soon enough. As a villain, he displays traits of deadly players like Sword Saint Bilgenia from Kamen Rider Black and Dr. Mikoto Nakadai from Abaranger. Kuroto has shown more and more signs of being cruel and calculating towards just everyone. Like the villains I compared him to he had no qualms killing anyone for his own convenience. Hmmm... I wonder is he the new Scott Evil of Kamen Rider? I even want to imagine that we might get a Dr. Evil type of character for his father sooner or later. 

How will the brat Nico Saiba and Taiga react to this event? Taiga and Hojo have some rivalry as of late. I'm still wondering will Nico stay as a regular character or is she meant to be a guest? 

Right now, it's still uncertain how Kamen Rider EX-AID will turn out. These are a lot of storylines that are just waiting to unfold.

Friday, February 3, 2017

Darker And Edger VS. Lighter And Softer Heisei Era Rider

After writing my post on darker or lighter softer Super Sentai, it's time for the Overlords of Light and Darkness to argue. What kind of Heisei era Kamen Rider would be better? Would it be lighter and softer Heisei Rider or darker and edgier Heisei Rider. Let the debate begin once again!

A bit of a history lesson would take us to how Kamen Rider was cancelled after Kamen Rider Black RX. So no new series came except for a few short movies. Two years after the death of Shotaro Ishinomori the Kamen Rider franchise was revived with a new format. Kamen Rider Kuuga to Kamen Rider Kabuto are considerably that violent and scary. I call that era as the "Nightmare Era" of Kamen Rider.

The nightmare era of Heisei Rider

This era was already in conflict with the tone of Super Sentai after Timeranger. Post-Timeranger Super Sentai tend to be much less serious no matter how good the story is. Gaoranger was more of a fun ride with much less nightmare fuel than its predecessor Timeranger. But the year that Kuuga aired was also the year of Timeranger. Both series are considerably darker and edgier. Although Naruhisa Arakawa is more known for preferring lighter and softer but he did a good job with Kuuga. Toshiki Inoue was also involved with some Kuuga episodes though I wish he were involved with Timeranger instead.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

The Chinese Super Squadron Known As The Eight Immortals Crossing The Sea

The story of the Eight Immortals is called "Ba Xian Guo Hai" in Mandarin. Xian is the word meaning immortal or some may loosely translate it as "saint". It was said that the eight of them were born in either the Tang or Song Dynasty in Ancient China. So who are the Eight Immortals? They have been banded together as a superhero team and several accounts how they became a team of eight. Take note that I haven't completely seen any series based on them but I'd actually want to check at least one series based on them. The superhero team provides a lot and I mean a lot of crazy action you'd find in the Wuxia genre. 

The members of the eight immortals would be the leader Lu Dongbin, the old man Zhang Guolao, the iron crutch carrying Li Tieguai who helped the sickly, the musician Han Xiangzhi, the flower carrying Lan Caihe, the fan carrying Chung Lichuan, the tablet carrying Cao Guojiu and the the lotus stick carrying fairy He Xiangu. Each one of them fulfilled various trials to become part of the legendary Eight Immortals Crossing the Sea.