Late night? Early morning? Or a lazy afternoon?
Either way, it's time for another Rider Battle. And this, my friends, is one of the more interesting ones to date.
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Kamen Rider Ryuki - Episode 24
Alright! Now we're getting into the "secondary forms" part of the show. You know that old trope! Well, Ren has his "survive" mode.. Which is kind of surprising. You'd think the main character would get this power first but in the eyes of Ryuki, that's just basic storywriting. Still, the new cards are good and the Survive look is incredibly classy. An awesome look.
After the death of Miyuki, Yui, Ren and Shinji cope in various ways. Shinji blames himself, Yui freaks out and blames her brother and Ren....does his Ren thing. The "I don't care" school of grief.
Oh and hey! That journalist sub-plot is going somewhere! It never really lost it's focus really. Which is a thing that Dragon Knight will never, ever understand. One of Shinji's co-workers is face to face with Mr Prisoner. And they engage in the theory of his violence. It's interesting to see such a character that isn't just a psychopath but one who doesn't need to justify his actions. He just does it.
And from there we get an idea of his backstory. Family died in a fire and has been alone ever since. Twist though, his little brother is alive and his only just found out. So I can only assume that this might turn out to be a two-parter pay off. Which ain't half bad.
But the biggest twist of the episode cam right at the end as Shinji, Ren and Mr Laywer lose their mirror monster. Their contract cards are blank and at the center of this is Yui's brother.
"It's over. The Rider's battle is over."
I'm pretty excited to see what's happpening next. I'm hooked Ryuki!
Kamen Rider Dragon Knight - Episode 21 (Strike's Ultimatum)
Ooooooooooooooook Dragon Knight. You may've won me over with your cold open. Xaviax wheeling around Kit's dad, teasing his. And the Cho brothers being caught lying about fighting Kit. But dammit, I really don't care about Lacey's stupid sub-plot. And I'll keep bitching about it till it's resolved.
Meanwhile JTC finally reviels himself to be James, also know as Kamen Rider Strike, to Maya and Kit. You can expect the reactions that follow. He offer's Kit an ultimatum (oooooooooh, now I get it....Strike's Ultimatum.....). Len's advent deck for Kit's father...which he refuses. Instead comes up with a plan to distract them for Maya to take his father to safety. Interesting, interesting. Strike makes another offer for Kit to join "the dark side", he refuses. Nothing I haven't seen before.
And then Kit vents one of the Cho brothers, Spear. Ok, now that is amazing.
This is a big deal. Kit has always been on the side of not venting a rider. So when he finally does, fueled by Chris's death, we see the toll it takes on him as he stares at the advent deck of a vented ride, hands it over to Len and walks out. Says nothing. The final scene he has is him next to his father, looking regretful about the whole thing. It's by far one of the greater moments in Dragon Knight.
Ooooooooh yes. And we're teased with a new Kamen Rider. What's this? This is a female rider?!?! Good! I welcome this with open arms.
This episode is going down as one of the best episodes in Kamen Rider Dragon Knight!
The Edge: Dragon Knight
For the record, Ryuki came really close to taking it this week. However Kit's first vent is a big deal and how they dealt with it is credited to good writing and directing. The pace was exellent and apart from one little problem, it's still my prefered episodes in Dragon Knight.
Now. I'm currently involved with a stage production at the moment and next Friday is looking waaay too busy. SO! I'm going to push the next Rider Battle for next Sunday.
But hey, in the meantime, if you like my work I'm currently building a site that houses not only my Japanese related blogs but also more....I'm hoping. I've got two more projects in the works and hopefully they'll be up in the next week weeks.
So until then, please check out my new site, sideshowalley.wordpress.com and look at...all the stuff you've seen here...
...Seeya next week.
Earlier today, the fan film "Power/Rangers" has started showing up again on YouTube and Vimeo. The dark and gritty viral sensation brought forth the wraith of Saban, the current owners of the Power Rangers franchise, and was removed earlier due to copyright infringement.
Truth is, producer Ari Shankar and director Joseph Kahn argued that this was a dark satirical film and therefore protected under the Fair Use laws. Which Saban finally agreed to drop the case. The confirmation came in the form of Kahn's Twitter page.
"Hey internet, YOU WON. Saban has kindly and generously agreed to let us show POWER/RANGERS!" - Joseph Kahn, Twitter.
However the catch is the film has to have a disclaimer at the start to make viewers aware that a) It's an independant bootleg, b) The film is not endorsed by Saban. and c) That the film is a hard R-Rated film and that viewer discretion is advised.
Now that's not a bad compromise. However, that still doesn't change my stance on Saban's attitude to fan made media. And it's been something that's been bugging me for some time.
The film can be viewed on YouTube and Vimeo right now. Watch it. Like it, don't like it. Either way, let's just sit back and drink in this victory of the fans.
Source: Crave Online
Ok, couple things.
1. I'm not going to promise that this is going to be a weekly thing. I think we both know that's silly.
2. To make sure I don't experiance burn out, I'm running this every two weeks.
3. I'm sllllllllllllowly setting up my own site to display more of my work. Showcasing not just Rider Battle but other topics like gaming and films.
...But I'm getting ahead of myself. I'll explain everything after this week's Rider battle. Sound good? Let's get to it!
After a heartbreaking episode of Dragon Knight, does Ryuki have what it takes to take the edge this week? Or are they just pulling an unconving poker face?
....Well I guess you'll have to read it then...
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Kamen Rider Dragon Knight - Episode 20 (Letter From The Front Line)
Little over nine months since I saw the previous episode, have any of my thoughts changed?
The sub story about Lacey's doubt is still regarded as one of the more stupider things in the show thus far. Chris is one of the few characters I give a damn about. And oh yeah! Xaviax is still one of my favourite Kamen Rider villians I've seen.
So. What happens now? Well still letting Chris's death sink in, Len blames himself...but also doesn't. Confused?
Ok, well a while back I mentioned that Len was shown talking to a reflection of himself. A kind of polar opposite to him. It's never explained why. However in this scene...........it's not explained either. In fact, it's one of the more confusing aspects of the show. But I'm sure it'll work out in the end. After all, I did say that one of Dragon Knight's biggest flaws is that it reveiled it's cards way too early in the show. But now? Well now I think the show has finally calmed down and is giving some amount of build up.
The one major issue I still have is this stupid Lacey/journalist subplot. At this point I'm not even apologising now. Lacey, acknowledging that kamen riders exist, is comforted by this journalist that's being hanging around. The one who has it out for Maya. She then convinces Lacey to steal Maya's journal, with the information about the kamen riders, to then give to the journalist in the hopes of helping Maya- and oh god! Are you still reading this?
Look. This Lacey/journalist thing is going to go exactly where I know it's going to go. My problem is that it's poorly written to be entertaining for me...or anyone for that matter. It's a major problem that the show keeps shoe horning in and it feels they're not even trying at this point.
"Oh I must give this journalist all this information about kamen riders that she'll use to help my friend and TOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOTALLY not use it for personal gain."
...I'm really hoping it gets better...Otherwise they might as well call it Kamen Rider Pantomime Knight
Kamen Rider Ryuki - Episode 23
So it turns out Miyuki's friend (a.k.a. the one who was suppose to be the rightful owner of the advent deck Miyuki owns) was killed by the same monster he was fighting. Ok Miyuki, now I know why you acted so out of character...Would've been nice to know that before hand. Not in a "ZOMG!!! I MUST KILL YOU!!!" way but atleast have a few quick flashbacks of his demise. Not heavily detailed but atleast in a way that it gives the audience some sense of what he's doing. However, this is all masking another question about this subplot...
Why should I care?
In this episode we see a flashback of him and his friend and how he died...But...it's just...too...artificial...
When I say artificial, I mean we given a "picture" of these two guys. "They're friends. This scene shows it." seems to be how it feels like. But we as a viewer can't really engage with it or even believe it because there isn't enough info to go on. It might as well have been a random passerby. They walk, the friend gets attacked, he rejects the rider position and dies with the added bonus of Miyuki trying to save him. Which I guess is the only "friend" thing I've seen here but even then...it might as well have been anyone else. Now take Kit from Dragon Knight on the other hand. We know him and his dad are close because we see these snippets of dialogue with the two. How they react off one another. And that was the first episode. We knew, right off the bat that his dad was the most important person in the world. So When he reacts from other characters antagonising him about his dad's whereabouts, yeah, I can accept Kit's change in behaviour. I can accept his rage. Because we know how much his dad means to him.
Miyuki? Well...It's the Lacey factor...It feels forced.
But anyway, in a fight between him and Mr Prisoner, Miyuki dies saving Shinji thus changing the fate of the kamen riders. Now, I will say that his dying moment was amazing to watch. The slow fade of the music, the echoing of his thoughts, trying to warn Shinji about Yui. It was great.
I...didn't care. It felt way too forced. Yeah the death scene was amazing but I couldn't get the same feelings I had when Chris died in Dragon Knight. We knew a bit about him. His past, his personality, his weaknesses. So when he died, it meant something. When Miyuki died, it just felt like he might as well have not even showed up. My problem is that I had high hopes for him. To see his development as a character but I guess we never got it.
The Edge: Dragon Knight
I had high hopes for Miyuki. His send off meant nothing to me. So it's yet another step back for Ryuki. Which is a shame because there's certain aspects of the Ryuki story that I actually like. The mysterious brother of Yui, the enevetable showdown between Mr Lawyer and Mr Prisoner, and oh yeah! Ren achieved a new form this episode. But it got overshadowed with Miyuki's death...That I still don't care about.
But believe me this week's edge was given to Dragon Knight by default. The Lacey thing was just as bad if not worse. And the sad thing is there's more to it. I will say how everyone handled the aftermath of Chris's death was exellent...Still a win by default.
Join me next fortnight as I reshuffle the advent decks and deal out the hands for another round of Rider Battle!!!
It seems that the fan film, "Power/Rangers" has had more than it's five minutes of fame and just like clockwork the film has been removed from YouTube and Vimeo due to a copyright infringment.
The film, a satirical dark and gritty dipiction of the Power Ranger's universe, set in a bleek future when the machine empire have taken over the world and in all the chaos we learn about how the original Mighty Morphin' gang have lead their lives. Add in some stunning special effects, amazing fight choreography and this is by far one of the best fan films you could've seen.
Director Joseph Kahn has made statements towards Saban, the current owners of the Power Rangers franchise, that after the film's removal was harassing him. He also claimed that there was no copyright issue and that all the footage in the film was created and by doing this Saban is hurting themselves.
"Instead of supporting the good will of the fans, they’ve turned it into a legal issue. It doesn’t sound like they’re thinking of the fandom at all." He said.
However the sad fact is whether or not there's an actual violation of copyright law, in acordance with the law YouTube and Vemio have no choice but to remove the content whenever a claim is made.
At the moment producer Adi Shankar has been talking to an attorney with plans on fighting the decision.
For those who still wish to see the short film can still see it on Adi's Facebook page.
I'll be keeping an eye on this story as it unfolds.
Source: Huffington Post