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Friday, July 3, 2015

No More Heroes: A Look Into Violent Media Part Two

I have returned and I’m here to dive into more of No More Heroes content about violent media and before getting right to the next character I think it’s time to talk about some of the settings points about No More Heroes. Literally the city Santa Destroy is full of violent media and that soon starts inspiring people to become fighters or even killers, sound familiar? So far many bosses I have talked about before represent a standard in violent media. So with all of these people just becoming murderers is there any possibility of anyone keeping their sanity?
Well there was easily one character that was close to keeping their sanity and that person is Holly Summers. First of all, Holly was my favorite boss from the first game and even though I love Dr. Peace’s character more because of how awesome he was, Holly is someone you can really respect as a person. The thing with Holly is that she actually doesn’t really show much about violent media; the most I can say is that she could represent the military stories in the media. Her main focus though is about death and some of her scenes carry some of the most important lines of the game. The first thing you see about Holly is that she has a prostatic leg which is a big battle scar, meaning she had near death experiences before. Holly then begins to talk to Travis about if he likes to fight and kill, have any fears, and accept death. Of course a man like Travis says yes to the first two things, but he clearly goes on about he has no fear and never thought about his own death. Holly then proceeds to say this, “Death is the only truth. You are still just a mere bud."
Now here is the thing about Suda 51, before he was known as a game designer he was actually an undertaker, a man that prepares funerals. A man like that easily has seen many things and the motif of death presented from Holly could be Suda’s thought on death. So for a man who has clearly seen many people dead before his eyes it probably lead to him finding the only truth about life, death. The whole point of Holly Summers was to give Travis a wakeup call since he needed to fear death since it will always be around the corner. Then for a funny little joke, Holly's main weapon was a shovel and she had hidden holes in the battlefield. What’s interesting to note here as well is that Travis acts differently around Holly and actually says some lines that are not really insulting her. Again this was Travis mostly reacting to this new fighter and he actually felt something for her. Travis then couldn’t even kill her in the end as we find out he just couldn’t kill women which is something we do see in violent media. Sure there are deaths of female characters, but it doesn’t happen that often compared to male characters. Remember Travis is a victim of the violent media as well so he carries along some archetypes with him, like how he can’t kill women. To make sure that Travis then understood what Holly was talking about she decides to kill herself to finally give him the real image of death. Travis beforehand only saw that death was fun because of what influenced him, but in reality it’s scary and could happen to you or anyone you know at anytime.
Then there is even more to highlight here because the scene with Holly is why I started to think about how No More Heroes has this satire about violent media. After Holly tells Travis off about death being the only truth, Travis says this line as it perfectly describes the whole meaning of fighting Holly and the game itself. “That’s not a good thing you know; seeking meaning in everything. Especially killing…” That line really shows the whole motif of the game. Travis is straight up saying that there is no meaning to killing and death and for him it’s just fun. The idea of killing can be shown to be a fun thing in many violent shows, movies, or games and sometimes the real truth of death never gets focused on. To end things off then I will talk about Holly’s last moments. The whole time she felt like she never had fun with fighting and easily have some regrets like Dr. Peace and probably more. This is easily implied because of her fake leg as I bet her back story is something that people wouldn’t take lightly. So if she lives in regret why does she fight? Now she wasn’t blood thirsty as Dr. Peace, but she still had to feel escapism. Her final line to Travis is, “Academics like to fantasize too you know.” Even someone like Holly had to find a way to escape her problems and soon it leads her to find the only truth. No matter who you are, everyone will try some form of escapism so that they don’t have to deal with their real world problems; it’s just part of living. Then when all things end, Travis decides to bury her and now remembers her name only. This was really the first time Travis felt something more than pleasure, again he finally saw what death really is and it ended up happening to someone he could respect for once. Now does Travis still continue to have fun with his fights later on, yes, but he clearly knows what death really is and later on that carries along with him.
Now we are skipping to number four because number five doesn’t really get anything since he gets killed by someone else. Still I will have to point out that Letz Shake does have some punk elements to him, but high chance this was more of the fact that Suda is a punk fan. Anyways let’s move onto Harvey Moiseiwitsch Volodarskii, what a name! Now his theme is very easy to pick up as he is a magician, but is there really any violence with illusions? Well yes there is. Many magicians always perform life risking stunts and sometimes not every performer makes it out alive. Heck there are even times that the performer could even kill someone by accident. Then there is also the idea of how tricks are used and sometimes animals could be killed in the process. Along with that though, showing magic in this game is easily pointing to how people are amazed by violence. I mean if you hear someone could die performing a trick, why would you watch? Wouldn’t a natural reaction be to try to stop it? I mean why watch something that could end up scarring you in the end?
 In today’s age, violence can make money and this is proven with how Mortal Kombat got started or even movie franchises like Saw and Hostel are even a thing. This is really another big indication of the theme here as it really just gathers everything in. Usually people would blame the news, video games, and movies, but in reality there is violence everywhere and people love it. Racing fans love to see cars crash, there are some people who want the daredevil to fail, and then there some who want to see the blood spew out of others. Now there is nothing wrong with enjoying violence (especially when it’s a well done piece of work, again No More Heroes itself is a violent game) or the fancy tricks that could persuade someone to think it’s real violence, Suda 51 is just bringing up a criticism about violence and more asking the question of why violence attracts people in. In real life there are laws against murdering each other so why is it fantasized in fiction? Then in the end, Harvey also shows that if you were the one who was harmed in the stunt or trick, it wouldn’t be as fun then.
 Now we get onto the ranked third assassin as she is Speed Buster, a witch from a city called well Speed City. Her inclusion of the game confused me for a long time since her fight was more of a stage extension and when I think about violent media, what does she even show about that? In the end I would have to think it’s not really her, but what happens during her scenes. In the beginning Speed Buster kills Travis’ mentor called Thunder Ryu and Travis swears revenge for his master. Now doesn’t this sound familiar? How many stories are there about a hero avenging his master? Also the idea of revenge itself is portrayed in violent stories. Two wrongs never make a right and in real life that is true, but why would it be a good thing in fiction? One can bring up about the idea of the ends justify the means, but is Travis avenging someone really worth it. Thunder Ryu was an optional NPC you could talk to and get some boosts from, is avenging him really worth it. Would you go out for vengeance when your gym instructor gets killed? So really in the end one person got killed so is piling another body really the right thing? Finally, the idea of revenge comes later in the game so I think that Speed Buster was used to foreshadow the future events of the game.

Well I’m going to stop there as I was going to get to the second ranked boss, but I will save that for part three. Anyways she has a great parallel with Travis so I will start with her. So in the third part I will discuss about sexual fantasies, Travis himself, the final bosses of the game, and the whole message No More Heroes is trying to get across.

Friday, June 12, 2015

No More Heroes: A Look Into Violent Media Part One (Full Version)

I'm a bit down in the weather at the moment so I'm going to post my analysis of No More Heroes. I will also be starting to think about how to draft my analysis of No More Heroes 2.

No More Heroes has always been a game I loved for a long time, but back then I just loved its insane violence and humor. Now these days I got to look into the game in a much different manner because back then I thought something this insane didn’t need analyzing, let’s just say I was wrong, big time! Suda 51 has made games before with many things to analyze about, just look at Killer 7. Now I will say Suda 51 hasn’t really made a game as great as Killer 7 and No More Heroes, but the closest was Killer is Dead which was his recent title so let’s hope Lily Bergamo will… oh wait that got changed into something else. So what is No More Heroes deal, well it’s quite simple, the game talks a whole lot about violent media while at the same time being part of violent media. No More Heroes is a game that actually dives into about what violence actually does and some of the morality issues behind it which is something I don’t often see in the violent media, mostly video games. A great way of looking into this is the many characters that you have to fight in this game. There are ten ranked assassins to meet as they all have their own personalities and something to show about violent media and a something else.
 The first boss you fight in the game is called Death Metal and even with a name that seems to be pointing at the music genre, in the end this boss acts more like the noble swordsman. There have been many characters in movies, series, and games where they pick up a sword and do noble deeds while committing violence or the idea that they take pride in their abilities and the title that comes along with it. Death Metal is more about the pride, but in the end he ends up not liking the results he got. Death Metal ends up living a peaceful life inside of his mansion with everything he wants, but sadly that all doesn’t matter. Literally Death Metal’s first line talks about how he no longer has any desires which means his life is meaningless now. Take notice that he is only the tenth assassin as there are a total of eleven of them. Death Metal only killed one person to get to his rank, but who knows how much killing he has done before. Death Metal does live in a bit of regret and he tells Travis this since the path of fighting and murdering is just pointless. For a man like Death Metal he already has what he wants and just warns Travis that he should not go on the same path, sadly for him Travis doesn’t listen at all. This will be a common theme in No More Heroes which is taking a stereotypical role and putting it into a more realistic angle. With Death Metal even though he is noble and a strong warrior who ended up killing someone or many other people and for what, the title of the Holy Sword or ranked tenth? So Death Metal lives in regret since his fights were pointless, but what happens when one had something a bit more rewarding than riches?
Dr. Peace is my favorite character from the first game as it is because he has an amazing entrance. He is singing alone in a baseball stadium as this was one of his dreams, even though I would bet he wants an audience at least. The song Dr. Peace sings can be interpreted in many ways as some expect it’s about one of the final characters in the game or it’s about the doctor himself. First let’s go through his story as he is the character to talk about the most regarding story. Peace is a corrupted detective and that alone is probably why he became a ranked killer. Still there is more to him than that. If you look at Peace he easily personifies the western hero, the cowboy. Usually they are the silent heroes who barely talk and keep their lives a mystery. Dr. Peace parodies that a bit with the fact that he sings and tells Travis about his day. Peace explains that before the big fight he got to eat at a fancy restaurant and got to meet his ex-wife and daughter for the first time in ten years. So with the fact that he sings alone and that he comes from a failed marriage and barely sees his daughter anymore, all of this means he’s lonely, a common trope for the western hero. He lost his loved ones because he became a killer and the man clearly sees that and lives in regret. He wanted to be with his family, but in the end the pleasure of murder got to him. There is even a line he says, “People like us, we’re sharks attracted to blood.” So the idea of the western hero being alone and killing others could not make someone into a hero, I mean this game is called No More Heroes for a reason. Keep note of this as well since most of the characters that fight just want the gratification and pleasure of mindless violence and our main character is one of them as well and there is a reason why people like Death Metal had to warn Travis or teach him something at the least.
 When I liked No More Heroes for the simplistic fun, I personally didn’t care for Shinobu as I found her somewhat annoying. Now that I’ve been looking at the satire this game has, Shinobu is the perfect representation of the femme fatale as this is seen in both Japanese and American media. Now there are two sides of this, there are the purely girls who kill and for some reason that is attractive. Then there are the ones who show how women can be empowering and performs many great tasks. Shinobu takes both of those sides and simply shows how messed up it actually is. When Travis first meets Shinobu she is in class and she kills her fellow classmates for no reason. Even Travis is asking her why she did this and sees that she is just blood thirsty. Right here is when we start to notice that killing people isn’t attractive at all, it’s just messed up. Again this just points to how looking at these stereotypes in a real life perspective just make them into meaningless violent personalities. Travis even mentions that Shinobu watches too many samurai movies and during this whole time he doesn’t even notice what he is doing, we will get to Travis at a later point as the perfect time will come.
Destroyman is next and with a name like that you can already tell he is an interesting take on superheroes. The heroes who hide their identities and perform justice while doing violent tasks as well. Destroyman takes the idea of hiding his identity a little different though as when he dawns the masks he actually becomes his true self. In the beginning we see Destroyman not in his outfit as he is just a mailman. The camera keeps shaking when it zooms up on him and he tells Travis that he needs to change. What he ends up doing is trying to get Travis to let his guard down so he can get a quick kill. This boss really just wants the murder to happen as he loves that more than the actual fight. He will act like a noble fighter, but he will stab you right in the back or to be more exact electrocute you when you shake his hand. Now while the usual hero is doing things for justice there are people think the ends justify the means. Well with Destroyman he has no ends while the means stay in place and those means are just violent. There is really no justice being performed here or any greater task for Destroyman, he loves to fight and kill and that’s his story. While on top of that Destroyman shows the dark side of superheroes and how they can avoid the law and never question their own morality. Destroyman is just a personification of all the bad thoughts of superheroes and again showing that these ideas in a realistic setting is just plan crazy and again Travis shares that idea as well, but with a different type of character.
 I will continue my thoughts on No More Heroes for a later time as there is much more to look into. Then for those who haven’t played this game yet, do it! No More Heroes is a masterpiece and I would argue its Suda 51’s best game. The story alone makes this worthy of being a great piece of fiction, but at that same time the game is highly active and can easily keep your attention. While it’s being fun in the same regards as other violent games, it is diving into the factors about violent media and giving us a new way of looking at violence. So be prepared for the next part as we will look into the idea of death, magic, deadly old ladies, and some sexual interests. Warning for those who want to pick this game up though, it’s a really violent game and deserves its mature rating for a reason!

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Carranger Episode 2 Review: Dancing In The... Sky?

It seems that I can type up more than I thought. I was considering two episodes per review, but noticing how much I got just for this episode, doing even two would be too much for one post. Again I think I am getting out of this writer’s block and again this amazing show gets all the thanks I can give it. So these episode reviews will be pretty random overall, maybe some could have two or more depending on how I want to review it. Maybe if there is an arc or something of its kind I can do one post for those episodes. Oh well, who cares I want to talk about Carranger!
From the strong beginning of this show there is still much more to cover. Right off the bat the show has this unique feeling and then episode two just slaps you in the face with that. The monster of the week was BB Donpa and he is known as the Beethoven of Space, first off, what the hell does that mean? Is he just a famous musical genius who lives in space? See this is what interests me with Carranger so quickly, I cannot really guess what is going to come around. It feels like a bit of random humor where anything can come at you and the pay off always works out in this show. So for BB Donpa he is sent to the Earth to create a ton of noise and how he does that is amazing. Like in the previous episode we did see cars flying around and attacking civilians, well get that again, but better. Donpa conducts them as they dance in the sky and even around the Earth as they create glorious music! The music would be so loud that aliens would get so angry that they would destroy the Earth. I have never heard of any plan like that before from this type of show! I just love seeing the cars flying around, dancing, and trying to crash themselves into the heroes. I have to say cars are a good weapon to use in a battle, I mean they crash and go boom, what could be better?
Another thing to point out would be the cool new weapons the team gets. This is known has the Giga Formula! It is the usual cannon finisher weapon and like some other cannon weapons it can break apart to become different weapons. I got to say I love seeing Dappu happy to introduce this new weapon and yet everyone else just ignores him when he goes on for too long. Everyone thinks of an excuse, except for Natsumi who stays and works. The best part about this scene was Minoru, he notices that everyone is leaving so when he leaves he pretty much says he should leave because everyone else is, and this is my guy. Another thing I noticed was how there are many little gimmicks being done in the show. The cast of actors already show off this with their personalities and doing a good job of overreacting. Then there are bits like when Gynamo gets hit hard by Zonette because he was being stupid like showing her normal fireworks instead of the big ones. One really stands out though and that is with the white Whumper. First of all, he is the only one who is white and when he appears, he falls on the ground, gets trampled on by the others, and a little dog chases him away… I have no idea why that was there, but it was funny. That is the thing about random humor like that, it breaks your sense of logic and good random humor keeps doing that even if the show does it multiple times. You can never predict it and it gets you curious for more. This happens again when White is hiding behind Zelmoda and just runs away, why is this guy even fighting?
Now onto the Giga Formula, as I said before it can become more weapons and I always loved seeing cannon finishers like that. Zyuranger also has a strong one because I love seeing it come together and noticing which part is which. Carranger not only takes it apart, but puts it back together as well, but do use a cut away unlike Zyuranger. Unlike other Sentai shows though that have training sessions for new weapons, these guys just get a manual and read whatever they can before fighting. Another little random moment was that the manual was in a plastic wrap and when Red Racer throws it, Blue goes and picks it up. So for these different weapons, we got a Fencer Sword, Muffler Guns, Side Knuckles, Engine Cannon, and Bumper Bow. My favorite would be the Side Knuckles because of the electricity effect they have and close ranged weapons are always my thing. The Muffler Guns are quite funny because it doesn’t do the usual just destroying the foot soldier, no their butts are set on fire! 
Reminding me of fire, the manual comes back into play when the team needs to learn how to use the final form of Giga Formula. The manual is on fire though and they just see the image of Formula Nova and just go for it! Again there is no practice at all these guys just do it on the fly. I know other shows have done it before, but here I am bothered by it more, only because there is a legit manual for this weapon! This is a good simple gag that keeps this silly idea in your head about how quickly heroes can learn on how to fight. The weapon is used and again it does not destroy the monster, it just sends his butt back to space! There was also some nice little animation for the monster’s face when he gets hit.
One more thing to mention is that we get a nice minor character showing up in this episode, he is the boss of the heroes at their job at Pegasus. He decides to come over and give a lecture to the team and then Dappu just keeps knocking him out so he can introduce the Giga Formula. There is even a point where the man knocks himself out when he kicks the Giga Formula and that is how the weapon gets to work because some middle aged man just kicked it! There are so many other shows that would have a quest or something just to use a new cannon finisher or some sort of soul journey for the heroes so when they use it, it feels rewarding. Carranger says no to all of that nonsense and just kicks it into gear, literally!
 Episode two then ends with the villains losing and their plan backfires on them then. Donpa keeps playing his music unintentionally that is causes the aliens to attack them instead as we see Donpa’s arm fall off, implying that he got killed. So the heroes did not finish him off, but some random aliens did. Also the boss finally wakes up and does not get hit on the head as he gets a call from his wife and heads out. Meanwhile Dappu keeps taking care of the Giga Formula. This is only the second episode and I am amazed by what has happened so far. There are some shows that struggle with their beginnings because they try to find new ways to introduce new elements or even new toys to sell. Carranger just slaps it in while the nonsense really gets your attention and while your attention is being taken you can notice these new weapons being used and even noticing little details because this show can throw many curveballs at you. What is really special here is execution and that should be what people focus on and not the idea itself. This is a strong A episode because I loved the nonsense that happened here and really got into it when the new weapon was introduced which is rare now these days for current Sentai I feel. 

Monday, May 25, 2015

Carranger Episode 1 Review: A New Format Begins!

One thing for sure that caused me tons of stress was keeping up with episode reviews. For one I was mostly focusing on current series and it came around the time where the shows were not making me happy at all. Even discussing the shows caused this terrible taste in my mouth. I had a similar thing with my gaming when Heavy Rain came out, I simply couldn’t understand the praise for it and getting into arguments just had me stop my overall gaming. Funny enough this was around the time when I started to get into Toku. Luckily in that same year I already got back into a gaming mood and right now I think I am getting back my Toku love. Now I will say Kyoryuger did not kill this for me, I was actually fine with reviewing that series and I felt like I got my full input on it even if my enjoyment for the show was lower compared to others. Toqger did not help though because this was when I hit the wall. I had trouble finding what to talk about and trying to avoid repeating myself, in the end I could not. Toqger had big flaws and they come up many times in multiple episodes. There are still small amount of good things from what I heard from Fantasy Leader, but I had to stop watching it. Drive even got to that point when I was getting further into it, but I will say the recent developments I have been hearing, I could give it another try in the future. Right now though I am focusing on shows I wanted to see and Carranger has been on the top for a long time.

A big reason why Carranger has been in my thoughts is because of the comedy. The writer, Yoshio Urasawa is a man who wrote for one of my favorite anime series, Nerima Daikon Brothers. Also when I shown Fantasy Leader the game Wonderful 101 and its glorious comedic bits he said this resembles Carranger. I just had to jump right into Carranger because of those reasons and this is going to be one of my favorites.
So the layout for these types of posts will be a one or two paragraphs (or more...) review for an episode, I could easily just do them all separately, but again with how I feel about content, I don’t want to cheap you guys out. For the first one I will focus on the first episode because well I already typed up a lot above this paragraph. Also the first ones for these posts of series I will get the opening theme, design choices, and some more. Next is the fact that the first episode has to be the eye catcher and get the main plot out. So by the time I wrote this, I got to see five episodes of Carranger so far. The next post will be episodes two between five.

So the opening theme is one of my favorites from the franchise and always has been, it easily kept the series in my head. Thanks to subtitles now I can actually know some of the lyrics and it is really motivating and upbeat. Then in the opening theme we see our characters and I can say Green and Yellow are going to be favorites of this show. Mostly Green because of how silly he already looks in the opening theme. Also in the opening are the cars the heroes use and I am loving these cars. This was during the 90’s of Sentai and I love how they used mechs during that era.  First thing that I like is that the cars are dashing along making quick turns and all of that. Along with the upbeat music already gets me in the mood for racing. Also the camera work for these miniatures look strong already and there is a good sense of sizing already. We get good close up shots of the car to make them see huge and then far away shots of when they are together. I really enjoy the use of miniatures and I can’t really remember when current Toku has worked with them so well. The suits for the heroes look good as the car motif is strong with them. They got the headlights and all of the design choices a car would have, what also helps is that in fights these guys fight like they are cars or driving them. It just helps with their motif a whole lot more and makes their suits jump out since it gives the suits themselves some characteristics.

Alright on with the first episode and it is a strong one, nothing too ground breaking yet in my opinion, but this first episode does show what is in store for the future episodes. Shockingly the episode starts more drastic and it is a bit odd right after that upbeat opening. We see the destruction of a plant as the character Dappu is trying to escape. We see the terror of the villains with their menacing vehicles. We then actually see who the villains are and they are a gang and that is it. Even some of their monsters dress up like greasers from the 1950’s for America. Even their hideout is a bar that has this girl called Zonnette and she is pretty much a tease for these alien guys and I’m not joking. She is even the reason why the gang is doing this because Zonnette likes to see fireworks and the best ones are by destroying planets. One of the leaders of the gang even tries to lick her butt… I’m speechless. These villains are great, they are sleazy and I adore that about them. Compared to what villains we had from before and after this series, this is still something different for the franchise. These villains are not organized crime lords, they are hooligans who just go looting and destroying planets with no plan whatsoever. 

Kids' shows back then were awesome!
When the Bowzock have their sights on Earth or I should say Earf for them. First off, the Wonderful 101 makes a direct reference by calling Earth, Plant Chi-Q and that is how the Bowzock pronounces Earf or it could be Dearth if I want to go by Wonderful 101. Either way the gang sees five colorful lights emitting from Earth as Dappu says they are the lights of the Carrangers. The power that will bring peace back to the galaxy and he also reveals himself to the gang as being the sole survivor of his planet. There Dappu gets the power of Car Magic and goes to Earth to find the Carrangers and luckily they are in the same spot. These five heroes work at a garage where they fix cars and their goal is to build their dream cars one day as they have miniatures so far. There Dappu appears and literally throws everything to the team by using Car Magic! He gives the heroes their Accel Changers and already gets their base ready as these five are freaking out for the most part.

The episode then starts to get more insane when the Bowzock invade Earth and make vehicles come to life. For the Bowzock vehicles are alive and for Earth they are tamed by humans and the Bowzock easily made them more wild beings. So we see cars driving themselves or even something like a tricycle flying away with a child on it. Dappu appears to stop them with the five heroes that he tied up and forced them to the scene… again I am speechless here. I never seen the mentor character literally dragging the heroes into battle and the five heroes get into an argument saying they don’t have enough money to be protecting the Earth. This is when I am just enjoying this wackiness at the point of the flying cars because my goodness things keep on getting stranger later on. The heroes reject to be Carrangers as Dappu fights alone and loses quickly. Right off the bat the heroes go to Dappu and hear his story of his planet and mother dying. This gets so dramatic so fast and yet it causes me to laugh because I know this is all a joke. Carranger is the only official Sentai that is a pure parody of the franchise and that is probably why it stands out so much even to today. Dappu dies and the heroes get the passion to become the Carrangers and then Dappu gets back up as he faked his death… you little devil! Again I just laugh along with this even if Dappu was being quite manipulative here.

The Carrangers enter into battle though with… go-karts? To me these grown heroes look silly in the little go-karts, but again I do feel that is the point. Right off the bat these heroes start by saving the civilians from the destructive vehicles and we can see that some added powers are given to them as Red can push a fire truck back. We even got to see the main swords for the heroes, the Vi-blades and man they are awesome to look at. They are big swords with some added functions with charging as the wheels inside the hilt start to spin. The Auto Blasters work the same way then as they have a charge function to release stronger blasts. These are nice simple weapons with a great function with them. Also I got to mention when one of the mooks died an animated octopus appears, I’m going to love this show. The fight soon escalates with the team trying to take down a freighting looking fire truck as the vehicle crashes through buildings and gets the heroes off of it. I have to say I like seeing the heroes falling around because we see them crashing into the buildings, the roads, and even into a car. What also helps is the good camera work and making sure we see the glass breaking in front of us and quickly changing the scope so we can get good transitions for this scene. Soon Red gets a big hit on the leader and causing the Bowzock to retreat as the Carrangers get their first victory!

The action was good and was the standard of the 90’s and I miss this time. The suit action was everywhere as the whole area is used very well. We even get great far and close shots of the scenery as we see different angles of the fight. What stood out is when the heroes had to fight the evil fire truck because things are moving fast and even with many transitions going around, it was easy to follow. What also helped were those great weapons and the series will reveal some even better weapons later on. The overall comedy is strong and this was only the first episode with how Dappu pretty much forced these guys into becoming heroes. For the first episode it got through everything nice and easy. It’s a strong A for the first episode. Also I just realized that this was pretty long, I think the struggle is gone now guys.