Monday, November 11, 2019

Jissen Pachi Slot Hisshoho Single: Kamen Rider & Gallop (Playstation 1) Review.

Today, I went gambling with Kamen Rider and a horse in this slot machine simulator for Sony's PlayStation.  This is Jissen Pachi Slot Hisshoho Single: Kamen Rider & Gallop.  (Try saying that name three times without blinking.)  (Click on "Read More" to read the review.)

Friday, November 8, 2019

Green Phoenix - The Saga of Tanya the Evil Review

Image result for saga of tanya the evilAs many of you might be aware, I am a man of many varied passions. I tremendously enjoy alternate history and the exploration and analysis of history in general. I also am a fan of, if a little picky about, anime and the fantasy and science fiction genres.

So imagine my surprise when I am introduced to a series like Youjo Senkai, more commonly known by its English title The Saga of Tanya the Evil. A series based on the light novels by Carlo Zen and adapted by some former Madhouse animators, directors, and producers, The Saga of Tanya the Evil is available for viewing on Crunchyroll.

While I have watched and do enjoy the English sub, I will using the English dub for the review of the series (as I feel it is of comparable quality). I will also be taking a look at the recently released film in my analysis of the series, as it effectively plays the role of the second season.


Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Red Diamond: My top 10 Best Incarnations of Power Rangers

Here is a countdown I feel needs to be gotten out of the way. There is a lot of diversity when it comes to "best" seasons of Power Rangers, but this list is purely my opinion. Many people and websites will disagree and that is perfectly fine. One note, rather than "season", I'm listing "incarnations" because some have multiple seasons and this makes it easier. So, click "read more" and let's go.

Monday, November 4, 2019

Grass Cutter - Mutated Lawns (Playstation Vita) Review.

Have you ever wanted to play a game that's based on your fantasy of mowing peoples lawns for a buck, while your best friend's attractive mother brings you a nice tall cold glass of lemonade?  Well, this game is kinda like that, but without your best friend's sexy mother.  This is Grass Cutter for the Sony PlayStation Vita of all things.  Will this game be a blast or will it be less fun than watching grass grow?  It's a Sometimes You game, so it's bound to be one of those two things.  (Click on "Read More" to read the full review.)

Friday, November 1, 2019

Green Phoenix - The Monolith Monsters Review

The Monolith Monsters.jpgA few weeks back, I did a review of the 1977 killer car horror film The Car. Just like that film, I came across this week's movie through the hosted horror-comedy show Svengoolie (check out his website here).

And much like that film, I was absolutely enthralled by a film that represented the absolute best of a "so bad, it's good" kind of B-movie horror.

Released in 1957 by Universal-International, The Monolith Monsters is goofy, campy, and wholly ridiculous in both its premise and execution. And it was considered just as much back when it was first made as well.

But just like The Car, I found myself innately drawn to rather unknown black-and-white science fiction film from the Golden Age of B-Movies.


Wednesday, October 30, 2019

My Top 5 Worst Incarnations of Power Rangers

I'm not usually a hater of things as I try to find the good. However, even a beloved franchise has its low moments. While there aren't 10 incarnations of Power Rangers that I actively dislike, I can at least force out 5. So, let's click "read more" to see my personal top 5 worst picks that are probably not very uncommon choices.

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Monday, October 28, 2019

Power Rangers Zeo Full Tilt Battle Pinball (PS1) Review.

What a sec?  This isn't Kamen Rider!  Oh, well.  Time to take over Red Diamond's shift for the day and review something Power Rangers/Sentai related.  What we've got here is one of the more obscure Power Rangers games out there.  This is Power Rangers Zeo Full Tilt Battle Pinball for the original PlayStation.  Yeah, making a pinball game based on Power Rangers Zeo makes about as much sense as making a racer based on the same series...  Oh, wait.  That really happened and it's on the Super Nintendo.  Anyway, let's see if this game is any good or not.  (Click on "Read More" to read the full review.)

Friday, October 25, 2019

Green Phoenix - Building Better Backstories II

Magneto (Marvel Comics character).jpgWelcome back to Building Better Backstories.

The premise behind this series of editorials will be amending or transforming the backstories behind famous fictional characters, events, or organizations to fix issues that I see with them. This could be something as complex as a complete rewrite of a backstory, to a simple retexturing of the overall lesson.

My aim with this series is for you to join me in considering why fiction utilizes certain backstories and how those stories and the changes we make can have a fundamental impact on the overall "feel" of the character, event, or organization in question.

And in today's Building Better Backstories, we will take a look at Marvel's most infamous villain, anti-hero, somewhat well-intentioned extremist.

The Master of Magnetism and Leader of the Brotherhood of Mutants: Max Eisenhardt/Eric Lehnsherr, otherwise known as Magneto.


Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Mirai Sentai Timeranger: Episodes 12-15 - Summary/Review

We are back for more with four more episodes of Timeranger. So far, the episodes have been focusing on character development and that looks to be the continuing theme. So, click "read more" and let us see what comes next.

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Fenris Talks About: Three Hidden Gems on the Original Xbox You May Not Know About

Want more games to add to your ever increasing back catalog of games? Read about three games you may have missed during the OG Xbox's initial run!

Monday, October 21, 2019

Pantsu Hunter: Back to the 90s (Playstation Vita) Review.

Sex sells and the title of this game is worth a billion dollars.  But will it be as perverted as the title makes the game out to be?  Will it be a nice wholesome game with a very decent story?  Find out in my review of Pantsu Hunter: Back to the 90s.  (Click on "Read More" to read the full review.)

Friday, October 18, 2019

Green Phoenix - Star Wars: Return of the Jedi Review

Image result for return of the jediAt long last, we come to the conclusion of the Star Wars saga, as determined by the Machete Order. I will not be exploring the new trilogy until the release of The Rise of Skywalker and can properly analyze the entire trilogy in retrospect and with hindsight.

That being said, with the first two films in the original trilogy now explored, and the two flashback episodes that show us the rise of Darth Vader and the fall of the Jedi, its time for both prequel and original series storylines to come to an end in Episode VI: Return of the Jedi.

Released in 1983 as the final film in the original trilogy, the Machete Order treats Episode VI as the final conclusion to the Skywalker story and was also the conclusion of the series in Episode Order, one of the very few strong points of that viewing order.

With this basic introduction out of the way, let's take a look at the final story in the Star Wars saga (until Disney completes their first trilogy).


Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Mirai Sentai Timeranger Episodes 9-11 - Summary/Reviews

Speeding this up, there is no need to give every episode a full analysis.  I will save those for the special episodes. We will skip all the filler portions in these group reviews. Now, click "read more" and let's check out the next 3 episodes.

Monday, October 14, 2019

News: Postal 4: No Regerts Announced

Little information is known at the time of reporting but Postal 4: No Regerts has been announced via news site DualShockers.

Kamen Rider BLACK! Episode 19 - The Suffocating Trap of Hell. Summary/Review

With Pink Guy Birugenia still out to get Kamen Rider, I wonder what his next deliciously evil plan could be.  Find out here and also my thoughts on the episode in this exciting nineteenth edition of the Kamen Rider Black summary and review series.  (Click on "Read More" to read the full article.)

Friday, October 11, 2019

Green Phoenix - Jurassic Park Review

A black poster featuring a red shield with a stylized Tyrannosaurus skeleton under a plaque reading "Jurassic Park". Below is the tagline "An Adventure 65 Million Years In The Making".Ever since I was child, I have been obsessed with dinosaurs. I remember watching every possible dinosaur documentary that I could get my hands on, and even some of those documentaries that detailed other non-dinosaur focused prehistoric creatures (I still find myself watching the Walking With series from time to time when I get a chance).

But of all the dinosaur media, none have had a greater impact on my love and passion than the Jurassic Park franchise. While I can only really call the first film a good film, I have always found the entire series enjoyable and thrilling...because, you know, it has dinosaurs in it.

Based on the best-selling 1990 novel by the late Michael Crichton, Jurassic Park was released in 1993 to near universal acclaim.

So let's take a look at one of my favorite films of all time and one of the most influential science fiction thrillers of all time: Jurassic Park.


Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Deadliest Catch: The Game Early Access Demo (Steam) - Review

Here is an interesting little early access title. I've never watched the show Deadliest Catch but I know enough about it to play the game. Basically, you catch King Crabs. Please click "read more" for the full review.

Monday, October 7, 2019

HoPiKo (PS4) Review.

Super Meat Boy, Super Mario Brothers: The Lost Levels, I Wanna Be the Guy, Bubsy 3D.  What do all of these games have in common?  Well, other than being platformers, these games are super hard to beat.  Today's game is in the same league as those titles, but this time it isn't a platformer.  This is HoPiKo, the ultra hard puzzle jumper game for the PS4. (it also came out on other systems.)  How is it?  Find out in my review.  (Click on "Read More" to read the full article.)

Friday, October 4, 2019

Green Phoenix - D-War Review

Image result for d-warsLet me tell you all the story of a film that I have grown to love, despite its awful plot, graphics, and characters. This is my absolute guilty pleasure movie.

Developed by a South Korean film production company, by a director who spent years of time, money, and energy with the hopes of creating a South Korean blockbuster film, Dragon Wars (sometimes just abbreviated to D-War) was the highest budgeted South Korean film at the time of its release and received a mostly negative response from viewers and critics.

Despite this, I happened across this film in a Walmart bargain bin probably 10 years ago and just thought "Why not?". And from that impulse buy, I was introduced to a work that is one part passion project and other part international Syfy film.

While not at all a good film, the love and ambition is clearly seen and I enjoy watching this movie just as much for its few good parts as I do for its many, many, many, many bad parts.


Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Greendog: The Beached Surfer Dude! (Sega Genesis) - Review

Well, this is an interesting little title. Based on an obscure board game called Surf Trip and given very little development time, what can one expect from this title? Click "read more" and let's find out.

Monday, September 30, 2019

Kamen Rider Zero-One. Episode 1 - I'm President Kamen Rider. Summary/Review

The future had arrived a few weeks ago and that future is Kamen Rider Zero-One.  Not only is it a new season of Kamen Rider, it's also the first Kamen Rider of a new era.  We are now in the Reiwa Era, meaning that there's a lot of pressure for the show (not really, I just thought that part sounded cool).  Anyway, let's see if this first episode will be good or not in this exciting summary and review of the first episode of Kamen Rider Zero-One.  (Click o "Read More" to read the full article.)

Friday, September 27, 2019

Green Phoenix - Stars War: Revenge of the Sith Review

Star Wars Episode III Revenge of the Sith poster.jpgBy the time Revenge of the Sith was announced in 2004, I was 10 years old and it became perhaps the first film that I can actually remember my excitement for its release. I come from a family of Star Wars fans, though my dad has always preferred Star Trek, and the reveal of Episode 3's title made us all exceptionally excited.

So when the film came out in May of 2005, my entire family went out to go see the film in theaters, something we only really did for the Harry Potter films. And even to this day, Revenge of the Sith remains an essential part of my childhood, even as I recognize its many many flaws.

With that introduction and understanding out of the way, we will now take a look at the fourth film in the Machete Order and the last of the "flashback films", Star Wars: Episode 3 - Revenge of the Sith.


Thursday, September 26, 2019

Uchuu Keiji Gavan Episode 16 Review: Incidental Babysitter Extraordinaire in...Farewell, Galactic Express!!!

You know what time it is, people: Because REASONS, the Makuu are trying to find Dr. Barnes and seize his anti-radiation technology. A little girl learns to love and Gavan learns to take another beating. I guess this counts as an episode, right?

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Kaitou Sentai Lupinranger VS Keisatsu Sentai Patranger Number 36: Shoot the Bomb - Summary/Review

Back again for episode 36. This is an uncommon episode focused on the Patrangers. The poor Global Police have been getting the short end of the writing all season and I doubt this episode will be different. Hope I'm wrong Click "read more" and let's get this over with.

Monday, September 23, 2019

Kamen Rider BLACK! Episode 18 - Sword Saint Birugenia. Summary/Review

With an episode title that sounds like it could've been a cool spin-off series, this is my summary and review for episode 18 of Kamen Rider Black.  Yeah, it's going to be a special episode indeed.  (Click on "Read More" to read the full article.)

Friday, September 20, 2019

Green Phoenix - How Few Remain Review

HowFewRemain(1stEd).jpgThe Timeline-191 or Southern Victory is perhaps the most famous and best-selling alternate history series of all time. Detailing a period of 60 years, from 1862 to 1945, over a series of eleven novels. The timeline follows a world where the Confederate States of America avoided the Battle of Antietam and went on to be victorious in the American Civil War, securing their independence.

While I would eventually like to cover every single story in the series with similar reviews (much like I would like to do with the Ring of Fire series), I believe that covering the first book How Few Remain, which is fairly isolated from the rest of the series and can act very much like a standalone story, is a great way to hopefully introduce more people into this classic of alternate history.

With that out of the way, let's take a look at Harry Turtledove's How Few Remain, released in 1997.


Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Kaitou Sentai Lupinranger VS Keisatsu Sentai Patranger Number 35: The Good, The Bad, and the Normal - Summary/Review

Back to more cops and robbers and are just over the 2/3 mark of this season. The last episode introduced a new powerful weapon for the Lupinrangers with no scenario that needed it and has almost completely left the Patrangers in their shadows. Where can this season go from there? Click "read more" and we shall see.

Saturday, September 14, 2019

Pokemon TCG - Unified Minds. OWC: The Lost Episode.

Unified Minds has been out for a little while now.  So, this post is late to the party.  There's a very good reason behind that.  What is that reason? Most importantly is what juicy pulls did I get from this set?  Find out in this special lost episode of Obsessions With Cardboard.  (Click on "Read More" to read the full article.)

Friday, September 13, 2019

Green Phoenix - Star Wars: Attack of the Clones Review

Film poster. A young man is seen embracing a young woman. A man holds a lightsaber. In the foreground, there is a man wearing a suit.According to the Machete Order, following the conclusion of The Empire Strikes Back, we as an audience are expected to go back in time and watch Episodes 2 & 3, in order to see the fall of Anakin Skywalker, the rise of Vader and the Empire, and the collapse of the Jedi Order, so as to see the connective tissues and elements that will be critical for Episode 6's story when we come back to it.

With that in mind, we now move to the second film in the Prequel trilogy, skipping The Phantom Menace due to its narrative superfluousness and will instead treat Episode 1 as if it were a supplemental film like Solo or Rogue One.

Released in 2002, Attack of the Clones acts as a reintroduction to the characters introduced in The Phantom Menace and shows the start of the Clone Wars and the beginning of the relationship between Anakin Skywalker and Padmé Amidala, a Senator in the Galactic Republic.


Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Tokusou Sentai Dekaranger - Ep 1: Fireball Newcomer - Summary/Review

SPD Emergency! Or rather, Emergency, Dekaranger! Yup, the Special Police Dekarangers is our next Sentai to look at. Special Investigation Taskforce DetectiveRanger. I loved the Power Rangers incarnation Power Rangers SPD and have always been curious about its origins. So, with expectations are a bit high, go ahead and click on "read more" for my full coverage.

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Yeah, This is Modded: KontrolFreek Omni Performance Thumbsticks for Xbox One Controllers

Do you think those thumbstick grips you see at GameStop worth your hard earned moolah and really up your game? Read my review on some entry level thumbstick grips by KontrolFreek!

Monday, September 9, 2019

Kamen Rider BLACK! Episode 17 - Kyoko's Mysterious Dream. Summary/Review

Do you like to have dreams stolen from you by weird pig men? Well, that's what I had to deal with in this weeks summary and review of Kamen Rider Black.  (Click on "Read More" to read the full article.)

Friday, September 6, 2019

Green Phoenix - The Silmarillion Review

Image result for The SilmarillionThe Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings.

The literary legacy of J.R.R. Tolkien has become legendary and an inspiration for almost all modern fantasy. But before either of these stories, Tolkien had a dream.

A desire to craft a mythology for Great Britain which didn't rely upon French influence (like the Arthurian legends did). To that end, from 1917 until his death in 1973, Tolkien slowly crafted a series of mythological stories that would, in time, be combined with The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings to craft a single cohesive legendarium.

Though many of these stories would never be released into canon (eventually being compiled into the Unfinished Tales), Tolkien's son Christopher began the painstaking process of compiling and editing the largest and most cohesive stories into a single genesis story.

This would become The Silmarillion.


Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Castle Woodwarf (Steam) - PC game review

Red Diamond back again with another game review. This game is actually a former flash game now free to play steam that I wanted to review after already covering its' sequel Castle Woodwarf 2. Probably the wrong way to check out a series, regardless, click "read more" for my review.

Monday, September 2, 2019

Kamen Rider BLACK! Episode 16 - My Friend! Go Beyond the Sea! Summary/Review

Kotaro's mission to save his brother continues.  As does my mission to cover all of this season of Kamen Rider.  (Click on "Read More" to read the full article.)

Friday, August 30, 2019

Green Phoenix - Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back Review

. This poster shows a montage of scenes from the movie. Dominating the background is the dark visage of Darth Vader; in the foreground, Luke Skywalker sits astride a tauntaun; Han Solo and Princess Leia gaze at each other while in a romantic embrace; Chewbacca, R2-D2, and C-3PO round out the montage.Following the massive success that was the original Star Wars (later retitled as Episode 4: A New Hope), George Lucas found himself swamped in cash and ready to deliver a powerful new addition to his Star Wars mythology.

Teaming up with director Irvin Kerschner (who would later direct films like Never Say Never Again and RoboCop 2) to deliver a film was hopefully superior to the original film in every way.

Kershner had a tall order to fill in not only surpassing the original which was already being considered a classic and the start of the blockbuster era of American cinema, but also had to build up elements which would have to be paid off in the already planned third and "final" film in the Star Wars trilogy.

And Kershner succeeded in just about every way.

Up next in the examination of the Star Wars franchise by going in Machete Order, the film widely considered to be the greatest film in the Star Wars saga.

Episode 5: The Empire Strikes Back.


Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger Ep. 1: The Space Pirates Appear - Summary/Review

Red Diamond here with a different take on a season. The famous pirate season, one I actually have fond memories of watching when it was new and decided to re-visit it in hopes of feeling some of that goodness again. Was that just warm fuzzy nostalgia and this season is actually terrible? Click "read more" and we shall find out.

Monday, August 26, 2019

Dorke and Ymp (PC, Steam) Review.

Sometimes a game gets cancelled.  Whether it's for the right or wrong reasons, it sends our minds going crazy with thoughts of what could've been.  You also have your zombie games that get dug up, finished, and released to the public.  This is one of those games.  This is Dorke and Ymp, a game that was supposed to have come out for the SNES back in the day.  Should it have stayed in its grave? Find out in this exciting review of Dorke and Ymp for the PC.  (Click on "Read More" to read the full review.)

Friday, August 23, 2019

Green Phoenix - Building Better Backstories I

Welcome to Building Better Backstories.

The premise behind this series of editorials will be amending or transforming the backstories behind famous fictional characters, events, or organizations to fix issues that I see with them. This could be something as complex as a complete rewrite of a backstory, to a simple retexturing of the overall lesson.
Today's Subject? Batman

My aim with this series is for you to join me in considering why fiction utilizes certain backstories and how those stories and the changes we make can have a fundamental impact on the overall "feel" of the character, event, or organization in question.

And for our first post in this series, let's take a look at one of the most famous superheroes, with one of the most well-known backstories of all time.

He is "The World's Greatest Detective (in the DC Universe)", He is Vengeance, He is the Night:

Bruce Wayne, otherwise known as Batman.


Thursday, August 22, 2019

Uchuu Keiji Gavan Episode 15 Review: Very Important Sacrifice In...The Makuu City!

In honor of the 26,000th anniversary Beast Empire was founded, Don Horror decides the perfect gift to celebrate the event is a sacrifice. Not just any would do. It needs to be someone special, like perhaps Gavan. Will the Makuu finally get off their butts and actually try to kill Gavan this time? Click 'read more' to find out (Answer is likely no.)

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

10 Ways Youtubers Get Away With Stealing Videos

Well, this is an unusual topic for this website. However, being an advocate of watching YouTube and amateur uploader of content, video theft is something I have seen personally on more than a rare occasion and it bothers me. So, in order to help bring awareness, I've decided to count down 10 ways I have seen YouTubers steal videos. My one regret sadly, is that I will have to give examples. While I loath the idea of giving any type of promotion to stolen content, it is necessary to prove my point, but I will keep it at a minimum. I'll say this now, it is not an innocent "tribute" to someone once you hit the monetize button. That being said, click "read more" for the full list.

Saturday, August 17, 2019

Alien Rampage (PC, Steam) Review.

Previously in the Kaiser Sensei Piko Parade Saga, I reviewed Hostage: Rescue Mission.  You can read what I had to say about that in my review. (Link found in article.)  Now we shift into the realm of bloody sci-fi action with another review of a retro game released by Piko Interactive.  This is Alien Rampage.  (Click on "Read More" to read the full review.)

Red Prime Shard: Dora and the Lost City of Gold - Review

So I watched two special double length episodes of Dora the Explorer before going to see the movie Dora and the Lost City of Gold, and I was going to see this movie regardless of the reception since I found it absolutely absurd that Nickelodeon wanted to replicate the videos that CollageHumor made with Ariel Winter that made fun of the idea of a more mature live action Dora the Explorer movie being made.  I was going to see it anyway and I know I would like it ironically just because of those CollageHumor videos and also AOK’s Dora the Grown Up videos, but what I was NOT expecting was the movie to get GOOD REVIEWS and even more so, it’s CERTIFIED FRESH on Rotten Tomatoes!  So I went into this movie even more unexpectedly due to it. (Click "Read More" for the full review.)

Friday, August 16, 2019

Green Phoenix - Star Wars: A New Hope Review

Image result for A New HopeIt's Star Wars.

I don't think I need to go into too much detail as to the cultural and historical significance behind the first episode in this cinematic saga. It is the first true blockbuster and the film which, along with Jaws, helped to create the modern summer movie season.

After last week's editorial on the Machete Order, I thought it would be fun to examine all of the films in the Order from a critical standpoint. I will be skipping every other week (with the occasional literary suggestion or editorial) and will also have to give myself some time in October for the "Halloween" review season.

So let's start our Star Wars run with the first film in the Machete Order, Episode 4: A New Hope.


Thursday, August 15, 2019

VR Troopers Episode 12 Review - No One's Friend

It seems like every episode of VR Troopers is an incursion into insanity. SOMEHOW, Carl Ziktor figures out how to mind control anyone who makes contact with a special Skug. His first victims of this scheme are J.B. and Kaitlin. How are they going to botch this episode? The world will never know...until you watch it or at least read the summary.

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