Sailor Moon Crystal

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So, this is a big one… for me, at least. The original Sailor Moon (in Japanese) was the first anime I’d ever seen. It introduced me to Japan and a different kind of fantasy from State-side. It ignited my imagination and let my insecure younger self believe that no matter my faults maybe I could be someone as amazing (and flawed) as Sailor Moon. It took me a long time to watch this, because, just like for any remake of a favorite tv show or movie, I felt protective and defensive of MY Sailor Moon.

Sailor Moon Crystal follows more closely the manga which was a lot seedier, darker and serious then the 90s television show. For any who may not be familiar, the show is based around Usagi Tsukino: a young, 14-year-old girl who can be a bit of a crybaby and spends much too much time at the arcade. Despite her tendencies, Usagi is awoken as Sailor Moon, Guardian of Love and Justice, when a dark and mysterious evil falls over Tokyo. Her guide, a cat named Luna, tells her that besides defending Earth from evil, she must also search for the reincarnated Moon Princess and the Legendary Silver Crystal. Along with other Sailor Senshi and the handsome, mysterious Tuxedo Mask, Sailor Moon must become more then a crybaby middle-schooler: she must be become a warrior.

So, I really don’t have many complaints for this anime. The character of Usagi is so much more; her character progresses and changes. On the other hand, the other characters fall a little flat. They don’t have a whole lot of background and their stories are miniscule compared to Usagi. For anyone who’s watched the 90s there’s a lot more character development and side stories where things become more personal and in-depth. I do like that Crystal has that serious note to it though; for an older audience, like myself, it makes it more watchable. I did feel that in season 3 it back-pedaled a little bit. It seemed more childish and silly at times then the other seasons. It got more serious at the end, but it definitely took away a little bit.

Deadpool

 

Hot off the presses! So, I just saw this movie in theatres and I was lucky enough for once to not have any annoying, distracting fellow viewers who distracted me. I was fully able to enjoy this movie which I have to say is hands-down epically awesome.

This R-Rated superhero film starring Ryan Reynolds (who played Green Lantern and a really crappy version of Deadpool in the Fox version of X-men) is an awesome film. It’s about Wade Wilson, an ex-military gun-for-hire, who finds out he has terminal cancer. He gets approached by a mysterious man who tells him that if he goes with him he could not only cure his cancer but have amazing superhuman abilities. Although dutiful, Wade goes along with it, desperate not to leave his loved ones behind. But not everything is as it seems…

So this movie is great for a lot of reasons. One, the fourth wall is constantly broken. Two, Deadpool is definitely not the usual hero as he is legitimately insane. Three, Wade’s off-the-wall, sexual innuendo, crass humor and jokes are so fantastic and on-point with the comics. Four, is that this movie stays true to the character in the best way.

Now, I was completely doubtful about this movie when I saw the trailers. I had been told all about the history of Deadpool, but I found it hard to imagine such a character being successful on the big screen. I am so glad that I was wrong! This movie along with Guardians of the Galaxy are my top two superhero movies right now.

Avengers: Age of Ultron

 

Alright, so I won’t disagree that this movie is pretty kick butt and they do a fairly decent job at handling the immense amount of superheroes that are all in it, but it is a little convoluted. It lost a bit of the finesse and oomph that the first Avengers did so well. Now, don’t get me wrong, the movie was awesome, but just a little too much going on and the action reminded me of a Michael Bay film: just boom, boom, boom.

Now, I’ve seen the movie several times, but as my family is very big into Superheroes I find myself in many deep discussions on the movies/TV shows as compared to their comic book origins. In this case, I was cursing the paradox of Quick Silver in this movie as compared to his counterpart in the X-men movies. Now, I understand that Fox owns X-men, but the lack of continuity bothers the hell out of me, especially since the movies are so close together in release.

Now for the rest of the movie, I found it to be awesome. The action, albeit the large amass of it, was pretty well laid out; although the big last action scene was a LOT like the first Avengers, just trade the aliens for robots. I loved the scenes at the farm (Spoilers – if you are crazy enough to have not seen this movie yet) and really all of the calm moments where they are ‘hanging’ out, because it humanized them and made them all more relatable.

The Flash

 

You know, maybe I’m impartial, but DC Comics has really been knocking the superhero T.V. shows out of the ball park lately. Besides their latest show, the Flash, Arrow is downright awesome.

So if any of you aren’t superhero aficionados, the Flash is a superhero from the DC comics and is part of the very popular Justice League. From what I understand, the man behind the mask has been a lot of different guys throughout the comic series. The guy in this series is Barry Allen (played by Grant Gustin) a forensic scientist who has a tendency to be late, unorganized and a little dense. When the Particle Accelerator from Star Labs explodes Barry is struck by lightning and is put into a coma for nine months! When he wakes up he finds out that he has quite a unique ‘after-effect’ from the explosion: super speed. With help from the people at Star Labs (Dr. Wells, Dr. Snow and Cisco) he becomes the Flash to stop other “meta-humans” like him who were affected the Particle Accelerator.

Okay, so with that not-so-short synopsis, I love the Flash. Compared to its CW counterpart, the Arrow, it is so much lighter and fun. The characters are really well fleshed-out (a literary term for characters that are deep, so to speak) and the dialogue is so fresh and flows really well. I also enjoyed the special effects, really well-done. The show also has great contrast; it moves so well from serious to fun, from action to dialogue scenes.

Honestly, I think it’s awesome enough that there should be more fan stuff: posters and action figures, etc. Same goes for the Arrow.