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Monday, September 15, 2014

Kamen Rider Double Episode 2 Review: Half Boiled

Sorry for the little delay on Double, I'm really trying hard to work in a daily schedule for my episode reviews, but it's been hard with recent events. Not saying I am having a tough time or anything, I'm actually really happy it's just being happy does take up a ton of time. Either way let us continue with Kamen Rider Double as another Dopant has appeared and it takes the prime suspect for some reason.
While the first episode of Double was clearly bringing exposition in a great fashion, it now knows what to do next for the follow up episode. Now Double does follow the two episode formula, but the series really works with this well thanks to the cases. Each case doesn't feel too long as it's a great amount of focus leaving room for likable minor characters and knowing where to live the important details. Episode two shows that in many ways because while Shotaro is putting this case to an end, we are also shown who the villains are and expecting someone new into their family. The episode then doesn't give too much exposition and just starts filling in the gaps of information that episode one didn't explain yet. Meanwhile during this, Akiko is much silenter in this episode as she is getting things and as I said before she is clearly showing the audiences' thoughts so around this time the people watching should be catching on as well. There are even some subtle details this episode puts in and you can see them if you really remember the first episode or the overall series itself as I will easily mention those in the review. Overall the second episode is a perfect follow up thanks to how it keeps on going without stopping at any point.
Phillip gets a bit more screen time in this episode and things start to get interesting with his character. First, we now learn how Phillip's powers of accessing information and how he helps Shotaro with the cases. Along with that he starts to spout out more of his opinion in this episode. Phillip is straight to the point just like his information. It's a funny thing since he is a man who just reads and learns as he doesn't really have a code of conduct as of yet. The series does start to build on his humanity much more later on, but as of now Phillip can be insensitive. Now this doesn't mean he is just being a jerk to be a jerk he has his reasons. Shotaro wants to save Marina because she is a close friend of his and right there is not the hard boiled style Shotaro wants to live by. Phillip says she should be finished off since she has been consumed by the Gaia Memory. Phillip then brings up how Shotaro is actually half boiled and doesn't have it in him to be hard boiled. This really starts to bring up the most important character arc in the series as Shotaro needs to find out who he is.
Shotaro has said this many times before and the saying itself have been said multiple times in the series already and that is hard boiled. This is Shotaro's greatest struggle since he wants to be like his boss who sadly passed away, but he cannot let his true self go at the same time. If you watch Kamen Rider Skull's back story which I highly recommend you can see what hard boiled is. Shotaro is simply not that type of man since he wants to save people even if they are criminals. When Shotaro learns that his friend, Marina is the Dopant who killed the previous suspect and has been working with him before he went out of control. Shotaro is told that she herself has gotten out of control, but Shotaro still hopes that she is herself. Now Shotaro ends up delivering justice to the woman as he plans on arresting her and he does keep his serious performance. A thing to note here then is that Shotaro is mostly wearing all white which is something his boss had on when he was killed. He does start to crack up though when he had to confront Marina when she was pretending to care about the fallen man and again when Marina started to act out of character. I just love how the actor performs during these moments as he is Shotaro, there are rider actors that are great, but only a few can really be the character themselves, Renn Kiriyama is one of those actors though as I will easily bring this up on multiple occasions.
The series will also be bringing up on how Shotaro and Phillip work together. Now we can easily tell that they are used to their line of work, but their partnership still has to improve. We see the two fight for the first time and it wasn't a pleasant one. Shotaro ends up giving Phillip a punch to the face and Phillip couldn't predict that whatsoever since that was out of character for Shotaro. Now the overall Double lore does have a follow up on this as it's brought up more than once. Let’s just say Shotaro's boss had some bad moments as well. In the end though, Phillip comes to save Shotaro as the two quickly work together again and become the two in one detective.
While the case was straight to the point with no mystery, the series decides to put more focus on the Dopants themselves and the people selling the Gaia Memories. First of all I love how they show what happens to people who use Gaia Memories. Before Marina went crazy we are told that people end up losing their sanity after using the memories and yet we never clearly seen that. The Magma Dopant just seemed like a normal MOTW while the next one was clearly insane. Marina was the T-Rex Dopant and she soon started to build up a craving for human flesh when she became the Dopant. She literally says that she will eat Shotaro! It's a great way of showing us how Dopants act as the people who start becoming them end up becoming the exact thing they represent. Also for a simple T-Rex monster the series got creative with it by letting it grow a full dinosaur body, now they had to use CGI and this was 2009 so it wasn't the best, but still I give points for the creative touch. The series easily has some more clever Dopants though and it's one of the many reasons why they are my favorite type of monsters in the franchise.
So who is exactly letting these memories get into the public's hands? Well it's the rich family with fancy looking business men of course! We have seen the Sonozaki's before in episode one with their fancy dinner. We did get to see that one of them is a Dopant as well, but something is special about them. We then see more of these special Dopants and start to learn that they use a belt of their own. The character Kirihiko is also shown for the first time and we see more than his character, fan girls calm down! The Sonozakis give out these Gaia Memories for a price of course, but we don't really know their plans as of yet, pretty much it just seems like they are making money at this point. Still having the Gaia Memories being passed out like drugs is unique and again makes it easily blend in with the world of Double. It's quite funny that Marina was hiding her memory in her purse, just an odd thing to have with your other daily supplies. Then the initiation scene was quite interesting as Kirhiko gets a special belt and a Gaia Memory of his own, easily establishing a big villain for the series.
Onto the action of this episode as it pretty much saved until the end, but there was a cool scene with Shotaro. In the previous episode we have seen him use some cool little gadgets and we got to see two more of them. These devices work with memories as well, but you can tell right off the bat they are not Gaia Memories. His camera uses the Bat Memory and transforms into a camera, pretty simple and Stag is used for his phone as it transforms into a stag beetle. I do like these cool little gadgets as they do get their time to shine as well in the bigger action scenes later on. Going on then, most of the fight used CGI which isn't a bad thing and the series does use it better than how some other series both before and after. It does get bad at points like when Double himself because a CGI module, but the soundtrack and the quickness of the fight still makes it decent none the less. We also got to see the power of both Heat and Metal Memories as it's a powerhouse! They are used quickly and we can already tell that it's the power form for Double. This is thanks to how Heat Joker was used as Double uses his fist more and with the Metal having a new weapon and straight up bashing through the enemy really establishes that. Double has the best gimmick that rider series has been using lately as Double easily started that trend, sadly none did it as well as Double.
Episode two is a great follow up episode as it establishes more of what makes this series great. Phillip and Shotaro start developing and playing off of each other. Akiko's role is easily more established in this episode. While the case was simple and Shotaro knew who it was early in the episode there was the inside look at the Sonozaki's to really give the episode some more meat. The action could have been better, but I still give credit for the creative touch for the T-Rex Dopant. The episode gets a solid A has again it's one of the best beginnings to an absolutely amazing series.
Next Time: Money and Metal!

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Super Smash Bros 3DS Demo Impressions


Smash news is always full of excitement and I got the demo for the upcoming game which is coming next month. All I can say is that I am blown away by what I've been playing so far.
http://herotaku.com/blog/1/entry-14054-super-smash-bros-demo-impressions/#.VBSJcPldWt0

Monday, September 8, 2014

Kamen Rider Gaim Episode 38 Review: Casting Aside One's Doubt (Major Spoiler Alert!!!)

Again I have skipped another episode of Gaim because it was just a tie-in for the summer movie, I really can't say much about it. Anyways episode thirty-eight actually continues the story as Micchy is slowly breaking down and is going to get what he wants now.
Now I can easily say Micchy is a villain in the series, this episode shows though of how Kouta was correct in some ways. Micchy is completely twisted up from all the events that have been happening to him. Even in the beginning of the series there have been moments when he hated his brother and just had fun with his friends. Then it moved on to him starting to argue with Kouta and having him learn information on his own. Finally we get to him making his own plans and doing what he wants, but with all that has been happening to him he is still lost and is just a puppet just waiting to get picked up. Even though Micchy thinks he has control, in the end someone is just holding onto his strings. This is absolutely a great character to look into because even if Micchy still has his soft side for his friends, his insanity still peaks out. Literally in this episode he is smiling to Mai and wanting to take her and yet he still commands an Overlord to attack poor Peco. So I still do see that Micchy is going too far with things as Micchy is completely lost and is broken, it's actually more sad than I thought.
In episode thirty-six Micchy has done the unbelievable, he attacked his own brother and even killed him! Reduye is happy to see that Micchy has done this since her toy is going through some interesting things. Even with Takatora gone, Micchy still sees him. In their last fight, Takatora said that Micchy is his shadow, but by that he meant that Micchy what was everything wrong about Takatora. Micchy ends up taking the shadow metaphor into being inferior to his older brother. With that mindset, Micchy is starting to think he is better than his older brother and yet the doubt still lives within him hence why Takatora appears in his subconscious. In the end though having this imaginary Takatora taunt Micchy leads him to clearing his doubts. When fighting Gaim and Baron, he still sees Takatora at many points and he just ends up trying to shoot him down along with the two riders. Micchy has even become confident in himself as he decides to let Gaim and Baron go when he was clearly winning. So with no more doubts in his head, Micchy has gained more power and by himself he takes on Kiwami Arms and Baron with Lemon Energy Arms! This is just brilliant pacing as it does have a perfect path, it just still amazes me how far this show has gone.
Another interesting plot point in this episode is that the professor has returned. Last time he straight up ran away from danger, but for some reason he has returned. Ryouma even wants to work with Kouta and the others, again which is not like him. Yoko right off the bat doesn't believe in Ryouma or at the least knows that he is scheming something. Ryouma says there is another way into Yggdrasil Tower, his own secret path. I can say I do believe that he would have one, but why does he wants the rider to get into Yggdrasil? The audience and the characters can so tell that Ryouma is planning something as he is clearly being obvious since he knows the riders will go there regardless. So Duke is on the side of good for once and I can say it won't be for long. Personally I love his attitude, he right in your face and knows how to taunt others. When he knows of Takatora's death he is pretending to care just to taunt Kouta. Another thing to say is that he isn't as invincible as he was before since Kouta got some hits on him this time.
Kaito starts to take his stance more and more regarding Micchy and he has every right to now. Micchy has become a more serious foe for him and Kouta. Kaito is trying to get his message across for Kouta since Kouta is still in some trouble with himself. Kaito sees that Mai actually has her own strength and that is hope. Now Kouta easily has hope as well, but in the end it's not the same as Mai. Kaito sees the difference though since Mai actually sees a future. Kouta does have a strong resolve and is doing things with his own power and yet he is just helping others. Kouta doesn't really think about what could happen in the future or most importantly what could be in store for him. Again this is good pacing as this was brought up in the beginning of the series. Mai saw that Kouta was just helping others and not doing things for himself. Kouta did say he was doing what he wants and that was helping others and being the hero. Many people have been telling Kouta that he needs to take a stand and Kaito is the best one to do so since he could be his greatest rival someday.
Kouta is put in a dangerous situation since he knows that Micchy and Takatora did fight each other. He even finds Takatora's old belt and Lock Seed destroyed, but no Takatora around in sight. Takatora is gone and Kouta thinks that he could have to snap Micchy back into sanity by himself. Kouta is even asked about his future and he doesn't know what to make of it. To help him out, Mai wants to know what Kouta's future will be as the two make a promise to know of each other's future when all this chaos is over. With this being brought up at many points, I do feel that this could be Kouta's handicap. He wants to help people and one of those people is Micchy. During the big fight there were moments when Kouta held back. He ends up fighting more seriously though because of Mai being in danger, so maybe this could be the start of Kouta looking more into Kaito's side?
The Overlords got a scene in this episode as it's Reduye giving an update to Roshou about their plan on using humans to bring back Roshou's love. This is what Roshou wants and yet he still feels regret mostly because his race is heading closer to extinction. Roshou hates seeing his own people getting killed, but he's rather calm with his regret. High chance he wasn't like this when his race heavily declined in the beginning. Reduye though says that the starting of their extinction was because of Roshou. Reduye's proof is Gaim having the power of the golden fruit as he is seen as an enemy. Roshou is simply slowing down the humans' demise. Roshou doesn't even see the humans as being enemies since they are sharing the same downfall as his own race. Roshou would even want a human to bring a new future for them, so again this is exactly like Takatora. There is a set plan, but in the end there is still doubt as Takatora and Roshou show this and funny enough Kouta could be their hope. Since Roshou and his people are heading onto certain doom they can only do one thing left which is to help another race. Roshou is not a villain by any means, it's just sad that all of the others pretty much are.
The action in this episode was another impressive feat mostly thank to how Micchy improved as a fighter. I have to say this episode brings the Jinba Arms out of nowhere and I really have to wonder why. I guess it was just a funny thing to see since Kamen Rider Duke returned, but other than that there was no point. Gaim has two more forms that are more powerful than Jinba Arms and yet he goes to that first. So where the fight really got good was near the end as Micchy was fighting both Gaim and Baron with their strongest powers. When Micchy got knocked down he made sure to strike back. My favorite part though is how Micchy blocks Baron's attack and grabs the Mango Punisher while being thrown at him! Then I still did like the use of the area as Gaim was thrown around a good amount of times. Still seeing Micchy being a better fight has increased the intensity of the fights since he wasn't the best fighter before.
This episode was great which is what I need from the previous episode is. I love this new view of Micchy since even if he has become a more powerful foe he is tragic in his own way. The series works really well with their main characters as it's hard to judge which one has the best development. They all have their own different paths as Kouta is the pure hero, Kaito is an anti-hero in some ways, and Micchy is taking a villainous path, but even that is not working out for him in the grand scheme. Along with that additions from Ryouma and Roshou were delightful and the action was good overall with a nice sense of surprise. I give the episode an A-
Next Time: Time to storm the tower!

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Ressha Sentai Toqger Episode 11 Review: The Emperor Of Sparkles!

In this episode of Toqger the gang head on to a amusement park as they take an off day for the time being. Meanwhile, the darkness has been formed to make a track for the Emperor, but he doesn't seem to be around, so where is he?
I have to say this episode had much more screen time for the villains while the heroes literally had barely anything to do with this episode. I mean Right did have a little bit of things, in the end though he was just acting like himself and didn't change. So an episode with a reveal of the main villain really has barely anything to talk about that is a bad sign to begin with there. At the very least in Kyoryuger when the big bad was revealed I had much more to talk about. Wouldn't it be better for the track of darkness being formed and connecting to a town since it couldn't controlled. The team then find out there is a Shadow Line and head there to take down the usual monster of the week and then the surprise of not seeing the usual monster would have been better. Sadly this episode has useless filler throughout the whole beginning of the episode and then the emperor of darkness is just around. Couldn't this episode at the very least have a child with the gang and try to cheer the child's day up, like really this show needs to have more substance to it, especially for the reveal of the main villain!
This seems to be worth showing.... ugh
I can say I do like how the villains acted when the emperor was not on the train as they become frantic, well two of them at the least. Meanwhile Schwarz and the emperor's right hand man are completely calm. This episode does lead to the other big villains to be doing something other than being in the shadows or making a wedding dress. Reminding me of that, Gritta runs away which was expected because it's been like since the beginning of the series since she has been afraid of seeing the emperor. Again everything is just going as expected with no twist to spice it up. The villains even come at the expected time when the emperor was going to say his name because then he can say it with his henchmen around to make it a dramatic effect, again predictability ruins that though.
This lamp monster has a sweet design though.
So the emperor of darkness is around and yet I rather call him the emperor of sparkles because he just loves the sparkles! Literally he has a whole line of dialogue about how much he loves the sparkles because they are so bright. Now I can see why he takes a fascination with them since he's been living in darkness for his whole life, literally. Then what he wears is well, interesting... compared to the whole cast of monsters with a steam punk theme, I would think he would have something to represent that. Maybe his monster form will since it has been revealed that he is not human and just has that form for some reason. I can say he does get my interest which is because of how silly he is and not the fact he is threatening. Why is Gritta afraid of this guy? The series makes this guy look like a fool and then they just do the really cliche ways of making a villain seem scary. Right stares at him and his eyes turn pitch black and then he can use force powers that knock everyone down. Also it doesn't help that he doesn't even want to fight or kill off his enemies because he finds them interesting. This is just a boring way of revealing a villain as I am questioning if he is threatening or not.
The action in this show was a bit more than the usual flair and that is only because of how the villains fought. We got to see more of the generals fight and again I do like their style. Just like Schwarz, Baron and Noir still do carry their style while fighting. Noir just uses a parasol and she is wearing a dress and everything. She has very limited movement and this easily made some of the stunts a bit slow and odd to look at. Does she still have her style, yes, but it's not good for the flow of the fight. Baron has a similar style to Schwarz as both of them are swordsmen and Baron does keep his posture rather still like the other general. He does use the cane part of his sword well to trip people up or make some quick twists. Also he can even use his hat like Oddjob how can I hate that. Baron can even use his hat for an energy blast. The mech fight was pretty much the same, but with a new finisher and it's just a team up attack. Diesel-oh at the very least does something different, but Toq-oh does the same. So the action a bit more to it, but it's only a little above average.
Zett then does reveal something that was predicted at the beginning of the series, the fact that the Toqgers have been devoured by darkness before. So it's pretty much a confirmation at this point since I think a person like Zett can easily tell when people were devoured by darkness. High chance the five of them somehow escaped because of their imagination! I bet they didn't even fall into the darkness, it was more the fact that their city or station fell into it and they were just around during that time. So we have a bit of progression right now, but it's nothing big since the show already talked about it in the beginning! The ending of the episode was interesting though as Zett sends his monster to make the Toqgers not see the train. I guess his power is to cloak things in darkness since he is a dark lamp. Right is the only one who can still see the train probably because he didn't get hit by the dark light or he was strong enough to resist it. Sadly his other teammates cannot see the train anymore so what will happen now?
I'm surprised I had this much to say about this episode since there was barely any meat on the bone yet again. The series just thought that revealing the main villain would be enough to make the episode interesting. I will say it does make it interesting since we have a new character in the scheme of things, but interesting doesn't always mean entertaining. It's more like I want to see more done with him and the things they are hinting at right now. So far this episode didn't really do much with Zett other than what happens at the end. Overall this episode didn't feel like much because we literally wasted the beginning of this episode on seeing the team having fun at the amusement park. This episode gets a D+
Next Time: Reuniting never felt so good.

Super Smash Bros Special: Punch-Out!! Wii


Today I am starting the Super Smash Bros Special! Now this is going to be longer than a month since I will be looking at games being represented by the new characters in the recent Smash Bros game. Today we are starting out with Punch-Out on the Wii. Now there is a reason I wanted to review this game compared to the other games. Now for a little history the game started out at the arcades in 1984 and since then it has a total of six games in the franchise. Punch-Out is easily known for being heavily racist as when it began it was horrible. The character known as Pizza Pasta is still the most awful character in the franchise and has never appeared again. Then there was Vodka Drunkenski which has been changed to Soda Popinski and yet still carries his alcohol puns. Punch-Out still had that charm though because it made fun of everyone in the original days and even the NES and SNES days. So what does the new Punch-Out bring to the tables then? http://herotaku.com/blog/1/entry-13944-super-smash-bros-special-punch-out-wii/#.VAcKbvldWt0

Monday, September 1, 2014

Kamen Rider Double Episode 1 Review: Count Up Your Sins!

For those who don't know what I love the most in the Kamen Rider franchise, I guess I need to make it more obvious then. Double is not only my favorite rider and Toku series, but just one of my favorite things in general. Since we are reaching the 5th year anniversary soon I want to celebrate that by going through a whole episode review series of Kamen Rider Double. So get your best fedora and Double Driver on as we start counting up some sins!
Right off the bat the series starts out interesting. The show opens in the night at a weird and evil looking building as two guys are trying to save someone it seems. Things go sour fast as the oldest man is shot down by some thugs as we see one of the boys cry out "Boss!" A female monster then appears and even a helicopter appears trying to stop the two boys from escaping. Finally, it leads to the two using the powers in the briefcase and becoming a mysterious figure that can blow winds so strong it causes a helicopter to lose control. This is absolutely one of the best scenes in Kamen Rider Double, it starts out big and there is so much we want to know from this as well. Who are the characters being presented, why are they fighting, and what exactly are the powers being used? All of these questions really hinder on in the first couple of episodes and I think it’s thanks to how it was presented really wants the audience to find out. I mean someone already got killed and this is only the beginning of the series folks.
Continuing on the series then does show us what is going on progressively. With this rich looking family we already get to know that they are behind everything that is happening as of now and we see the female monster who appeared in the beginning scene. These are the things to get someone's attention as showing big details and yet not forcing information down someone's throat really gets them to think before the reveals come into play. It's even interesting how we learn that the monsters of the series are just humans using similar powers to the heroes. The Gaia Memories are a great gimmick toy since it really becomes a part of the show itself, something that the gimmick toys need to learn now these days. I will say a show like Gaim is closer to how Double did it, but still Double exceeds greatly with the Gaia Memories since again it has fixed itself in the show's society.
Another thing great about the first episode is that the series is showing how things have been set in place for a good amount of time. Many scenes play out like these things have happened before as Shotaro is just doing his usual business and interacting with his allies is very interesting. In the first episode we got the two police officers as one hates Shotaro's guts and the other knows that he will be useful in the case. Shotaro also deals with certain cases as well and Jii knows when things are a bit out of the usual reality. Continuing on with the idea the rich family also talk like things are just continuing on as usual since their business is doing rather well. Again this is how you do a first episode, don't shove exposition down the audiences' throat and make scenes feel natural that way things can be learned from thinking and being active with a show is a great thing.
Now onto the characters themselves as the first episode does great on showing who they are. Shotaro is seen as a boy trying to be a detective and at many points in the first episode we do see how effective he is. Shotaro knows somethings and does take his job seriously. There are just some moments when that slips at times as he loses his attitude or just his calm composure really easily. This is already establishing one of the biggest running jokes in the series, how Shotaro tries to act hard boiled all the time. It's funny in the first scene as Shotaro is explaining what hard boiled is and then he just gets ignored in the end. This then continues with him trying to solve the case as he talks to himself in a stern attitude while Akiko just sees this as goofing off. The series does know when to give Shotaro credit though as even if he does have someone helping him on the case he does have to find the specific clues by himself. Even Shotaro's actor knows how to present this well as he has a great performance. The actor tones down his voice when Shotaro is trying to act hard boiled and when things get silly that breaks as his voice gets a higher pitch and his whole body starts moving a whole lot more. Let’s just say that Shotaro will continue with more comedy gold later in the series.
Akiko in the first couple of episodes is clearly showing how the audience would be thinking of the situation. Words like Dopants and Gaia Memory are being passed around as she knows nothing about it. She's intrigued and wants to know about them. So far she is being told the basics of the series as she learns about the Gaia Memories and how they transform humans into Dopants. Then going back to the idea of comedy she ends up breaking Shotaro's act the most. These two playoff each other well together as Akiko is cruel and yet can be so happy about it. She has the power to shut down Shotaro's business and she is holding that very close. Akiko still does get confused about somethings like when she meets Phillip and sees him going on a hunt for information on takoyaki. This is just another great way of opening more things up for the series just in a more comedic way as it casually delivers knowledge like that at times.
Phillip is so far a character we barely know about. All we know that he was boy who was saved from the first scene and that now he works for Shotaro. We also learn about his ability to dive into this library that holds all of the Earth's information. When we see Phillip for the first time he has a blank book, who reads a blank book? Again Akiko's reaction to it would be similar to someone watching the series for the first time as she is confused by the boy who constantly looks up information on a blank book. Then just how Phillip acts is bizarre enough as he stays inside the whole time and just keeps looking up more information. We will get into more with Phillip later, but his beginning clearly shows he is an interesting character.
My favorite part about the series is the mood it can deliver thanks to the settings and music. Again that beginning scene has the perfect lighting and music to deliver a suspenseful beginning. Things continue on in the agency has it's a bit foggy and dusty in the area with barely any light in it. Even all the props around the area are interesting; in some ways it felt like jumping into a completely different area separated from everything else. One thing is for sure though that many of the settings and music choices build on the film noir style as this was usually done with detective shows. I can still say to this day even without my personal bias for loving the theme, the soundtrack is absolutely one of the best in the franchise. I will easily get into more depth with those tunes later on in this episode review posts.
The first action scene with Double really shows what kind of style it will be and that is short and sweet. This easily reminds me of a quick shoot out between officers and the criminals at times as the main focus is easily the case and the characters. I still love the first transformation as the winds blow all around making the fans and propellers in the city go faster as Double's scarf is flowing along with that wind. The first fight then shows how Double's gimmick works as he can switch powers around and that the two are connected when they transform. One is the body as the other connects with his soul; it's a really cool concept as the two in one rider idea is unique for the franchise. Sure there have been fusion styles done before in the media, but Double has a fresh take on it thanks to the Gaia Memories. The stunt work is really good as Double's fighting style is keeping the same stance while delivering kicks the whole time. We already see how things can change up though thanks to the Luna Memory being shown. Now the kicks still remain, but with Luna's powers of stretching like Luffy or Mr. Fantastic has Double moving around more and not keeping his stance compared to Cyclone Joker being used. The series really does well with indicating which power does what through the stunt work as I will easily be talking more about that later on into the series. Double's finisher is then a really strange and yet awesome one. The Cyclone Joker finisher, Joker Extreme has the two split up for a quick moment as they deliver two kicks to the foe. Double puts many things into their quick action scenes which is why they leave a sweet taste in the end as it's like a sample you constantly want to try again.
Double's first episode is really amazing and I can tell you guys that this won't be the last time I will be saying amazing about this show. This is my favorite rider series for a reason as I love each episode for many reasons. The first episode shows off the many concepts the show will have and giving us information slowly and yet keeping our attention as well. The characters got nice introductions as well as we already get a sense of who they are even if two of them just had one scene. This episode gets an A+ as it's a brilliant start to one of the best rider series.
Next Time: More new characters, both good and bad.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Shulk Revealed For Super Smash Bros!

I am so excited right now! I was watching the Nintendo Direct which was Japanese only so I wasn't expecting a trailer of any kind. Then the Smash logo came right at the beginning and when I saw the scenery I lost it. I knew of the many leaks that came out saying Shulk was in and I was confident he was going to be in. Still this is how I find out that the recent leak is real, the character I wanted the most in Smash 4! I may have ruined the other surprises that will be coming up in the next Smash game, but in the end nothing will ever get more excited than Shulk. He's been my most wanted for a long time and Xenoblade just keeps getting more love! I did an analysis post on this awesome newcomer, check it out (http://herotaku.com/blog/1/entry-13890-analysis-of-shulk-in-super-smash-bros-for-3dswii-u/#.VAEpYvldWt2) First you should watch the trailer though as it was a really good one probably my third favorite newcomer trailer right behind Little Mac and Robin.