Boma at 1:15 AM
Ok, it's been a while since I've posted. Just a little while, right? Anywho, the columns are updated.
I just finished watching the first volume of the newly redone Guyver: The Bioboosted Armor
. Sho Fukamachi had enough on his plate with regular high school problems and maintaining his secret crush. One day after school he meets his friend Tetsuro at the lake when there is an explosion nearby. Thrown by the blast is an odd looking object that Tetsuro believes to be some type of space ship. After fighting about what to do with it Sho accidently activates it. It then proceeds to grab him covering his entire body like putty. As he falls into the lake soldiers and a mutant monster surround Tetsuro demanding the mysterious object. Thus the Guyver rises to protect his friend and meet his new found destiny.
In shorter terms, there is the Chronos Corporation that is secretly developing bio-organic weapons. The Guyver Units being their ultimate creations; they will do anything to keep their secret. Now Sho, in possesion of a Guyver unit, is being hunted by the Corporation's minions, the Zoanoids, mutant creatures with great power. Will he run and hide? or discover the truth behind the Guyver and Chronos?
The animation is standard 2-D nothing fancy. When it comes to the dub, though, I'm not a purist, it has to be really, REALLY ear-bleeding bad for me not to at least tolerate it. But this one I found decent it has a couple of my favorite voices in it, those of Luci Christian (Kaname Chidori - Full Metal Panic!) and Chris Patton (what hasn't he been in lately? Sosuke Sagara - Full Metal Panic!) Patton plays the lead, Sho, and Christian plays Mizuki Segawa, Tetsuro's sister and Sho's love interest.
Now for some Guyver
history. It was originally released as a twelve episode OVA (straight to video) based on Yoshiki Takaya's manga beginning in 1989. The U.S. then released a live action movie, Guyver
, in 1991. I remember watching this on the Sci-Fi Channel a long time ago. It was kind of amusing because they were trying to pull Mark Hamill fans. He was casted in the movie, yes, but he wasn't the lead character that the promo posters kind of led one to believe. Jack Armstrong, who played the lead, looked a lot like a young Hamill and the promo poster covered half his face with the Guyver mask and shrouded the rest with shadows. It was a fun movie, though, with the same kind of effects and props you might see in Power Rangers, but darker. It was then followed up in 1994 with a sequal called Guyver: Dark Hero
with David Hayter playing the lead.
Though this is rated TV M for violence, I didn't see anything gratuitous. There was plenty of action and slicing and dicing but no guts flying through the air. Maybe it gets more graphic as the series progresses? Anyway, I enjoyed it. The storyline is a simple one with Sho discovering his new found powers. But if one more weekly mutant comes charging at him yelling "I'm in a class of my own!" I will scream. If you like this series I would also recommend checking out Project Arms. Similar story in that you have a group of teens and secret organization bio-testing etc. That one has interesting swear words combinations . . . and is DEFINATELY TV M.
Boma at 12:01 AM
My Neighbor Totoro
Boma at 6:54 PM
Well I've been sick for the past week so what better time than to catch up on some anime? So comes up the recent release by Disney MY Neighbor Totoro
written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki. Here is a whimsical tale of two young sisters, Satsuki and Mei, who move with their father to be closer to their mother who is ill and in the hospital. One day while Satsuki is at school, Mei goes exploring the property and discovers Totoro's nest in the giant tree in the nearby woods. Though the adults pretty much humor her when she describes Totoro, thinking it's just her childish imagination acting out some myths. This is just a sweet tale about these girls with how they cope with their mother's illness and dealing with day to day life.
This new two disc release by Disney features redubbing with Dakota and Elle Fanning, Tim Daly, Pat Carroll, and Frank Welker. The Fanning sisters play really well off of each other as can be seen in Behind the Microphone featurette. This set also includes An Insider's Look at the Film's Artistry, Original Japanese trailer, Clean Opening and Closing. A wanted feature not included on the Troma version is the option of Japanese with English subtitles.
This movie was much loved during it's original release as can be seen with the mascot for Studio Ghibli. Now, I can only recommend it to be loved further with this new release.
Boma at 9:33 PM
YAY for Photobucket! hee hee, I a strip going!
Boma at 11:43 PM
ugh it's March already! I got off my lazy butt to take a look at my blog here and noticed I got spammed on my wallpapers! grrrrr, and it wasn't like once or twice it was on pretty much EVERY wallpaper entry. ok, ok, just venting. course I deleted all of it so that made me feel better. FEEL THE POWER!! lol. Anyway, that out of the way. I'm almost done with Dragon Quest VIII on the PS2, I think. I've pulled over a 100 hours on this game. I like the story and the graphics (even though the characters resemble DBZ characters so it's in the air whether or not you like that). But right now I'm trying to level up and play around with the alchemy pot where you can differnt items, weapons, armor etc. by mixing 2/3 together. But more on that when I finish it. I'm going to go through my screencaps this week and make up some wallpapers (TSUBASA CHRONICLE!!!). so keep an eye out for them. Now I'm tired, going to bed, lol.
Boma at 11:27 PM
Megatokyo vol. 1
Boma at 1:00 AM