Friday, June 28, 2019

Green Phoenix - Dune (1984) Review 

Based on the best-selling novel by Frank Herbert, Dune has been widely regarded by many as the one book that would be impossible to effectively adapt into film. Published in 1965, Dune became an instant best-seller and a staple of the science fiction genre; which meant that efforts to adapt it into cinema began almost instantly.

The first serious attempt to adapt Dune began in 1973, when a consortium of French filmmakers and producers hired on Alejandro Jodorowsky. Despite a great deal of enthusiasm and a star-studded cast, the story quickly ballooned into a 10-14 hour epic and the funding quickly dried up.

The next attempt occured in 1976, when Dino De Laurentiis bought the film rights from the consortium. He began looking for directors, with considerations given to Ridley Scott (who thought to hire on H.R. Giger and split the book into two films) before finally settling on David Lynch, whose vision was eventually manipulated to such a degree that he would later deny the film entirely.

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Out of the Park Baseball 20 (Steam) - Review

Ever have that fish out of water feeling? Well, that is me since I am not a huge baseball fan. With that in mind, does this game have anything to offer someone outside the baseball fandom? Also, how does it hold up to the other 19 installments? Click "read more" and let's take a look.

Monday, June 24, 2019

Revenge of the Unbroken Bonds! - OWC #3

On the first edition of Obsessions With Cardboard, I opened up some Unbroken Bonds Pokémon cards (among other stuff).  It's a very good set but sadly I didn't really get any of the super hard to get stuff.  Maybe this will change in this edition of OWC because I have more Unbroken Bonds to open.  This is also an opening that's a bit more special than opening a standard pack.  What I've got to show today is the Unbroken Bonds Build and Battle deck.  What's inside? Click on "Read More" to find out.

Friday, June 21, 2019

Green Phoenix: Gray Tide in the East - Book Review

August 1914: On the eve of the German invasion of Belgium, Kaiser Wilhelm II receives a telegram promising British neutrality in Germany’s war with France if Belgium is left be. Over the objections of German High Command, Wilhelm send the German armies preparing for a Belgian invasion east to deal with Russian forces.

With Germany focusing on the east and British forces never joining the war, how will the world in this alternate Great War fair when the Gray Tide finally settles?

Thursday, June 20, 2019

Johnny Sokko and his Flying Robot: Episode 01 - Dracolon, The Great Sea Monster

What would normally be a routine trip across the sea turns into a frightening ride for Johnny Sokko. Attacked by a giant sea monster known as Dracolon, Johnny barely escapes death only to find himself washed ashore onto the heart of evil itself: The Gargoyle Gang. As a survivor of happenstance, will Johnny be able to return home in one piece?

Find out in this action-packed thriller of colossal proportions.

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Kaitou Sentai Lupinranger VS Keisatsu Sentai Patranger Number 33: We're The Kid Phantom Thief Club - Summary/Review

Beware of child actors! It is the 33rd episode of this cops and robbers season putting us nearly 2/3 of the way through this season. Let's keep that momentum going by clicking "read more" for this episodes review.

Monday, June 17, 2019

Monster Puzzle (Nintendo Switch) Review.

Hush little monster, don't you cry.  Emerald Rangers has a new Nintendo Switch game review from Retrokai.  Now will this game be a hit, or will it be a little shhh.  The only way to find that out, click on "Read More" to feed this trout...  Yeah, I couldn't find anything else better to rhyme with "out".  I guess that I could've said scout, but I like the idea of being a fish better.  (Click on "Read More" to read the full article.)

Friday, June 14, 2019

Green Phoenix - Ore Monogatari!!

Originally running as a Madhouse production from April 8 to September 23, 2015, Ore Monogatari!! (Translated as My Love Story!!) is an adaptation of the shojo romantic comedy manga of the same name, written by Kazune Kawahara and illustrated by Aruko. 

The manga series ran for 13 volumes between October of 2011 and July of 2016, and was published by Shueisha. You can find the manga in most bookstores, and the English sub of the anime can be found on Crunchyroll.

  • Romantic Comedy
  • Produced by Madhouse
  • Written by Kazune Kawahara
  • 24 Episodes Long
  • (English Sub available on Crunchyroll)


Thursday, June 13, 2019

Uchuu Keiji Gavan Episode 14 Review: Time-Traveling Hindsighter in...The Finishing Blow!!!

Cow abductions, whimsical music played during a zoo trip, TWO TRAINING MONTAGES!? This can only mean one thing: Gavan and Double Monster are about to have a winner-takes-all, Texas Deathmatch, live at the Omni Coliseum! Tune in to learn the exciting conclusion of this two part episode.

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Choushinsei Flashman Ep. 1: Hurry! Save the Earth - Summary/Review

Well this is different, a request from Orange. Choushinesei Flashman or Supernova Flashman, the 10th Super Sentai (counted as 8th before 1995) and one I actually know nothing about prior to going into. A small amount of research shows this is the first season to have more than 1 giant robot which is, sort of groundbreaking. Enough guessing though, click "read more" and let's find out what this season has in store.

Sunday, June 9, 2019

Fatal Labyrinth (Sega Genesis) Review

Not everything needs to be fair. Fatal Labyrinth is a fantasy dungeon crawling game for the Sega Genesis in which the player explores randomly generated dungeons in a top-down layout. Everything is turn based. Nothing on the screen moves unless the player moves. This gives the game a bit more of a table-top Dungeons and Dragons type feel. Players have all the time they need to obsess over the randomly dropped gear before taking the next step into combat.

Friday, June 7, 2019

Green Phoenix - Aladdin (1992) Review

  • A Walt Disney Pictures Production
  • Produced and Directed by Ron Clements & John Musker
  • MPAA Rating: G
  • Running Time: 90 Minutes

In 1988, Disney lyricists Howard Ashman and Alan Menken proposed a musical adaptation of The Book of One-Thousand and One Nights. Though initially rejected in favor of an adaptation of a Hans Christian Andersen fable called The Little Mermaid, the two would continue to develop the idea through 1989 and 1990.

Following Ashman’s death in 1991, The Walt Disney Animation Studios found itself riding high off the recent financial and critical successes of The Little Mermaid and Beauty and the Beast and ready to begin production on Ashman’s passion project.

Thursday, June 6, 2019

Fast Cast #5 - Non Video Game Hobbies Ft. Joe

Joe and I reunite to talk about his joining of Emerald Rangers and we discuss non video game related hobbies.

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Adventures of Bertram Fiddle: Episode 1: A Dreadly Business (Xbox One) - Review

Hello all, Red Diamond back in the game review scene with a simple little point and click adventure game. What we have here, is the first episode in The Adventures of Bertram Fiddle, a very simple title that makes a promise for a series with its name alone. (Telltale style.) What does this title hold? Click "read more" and we shall find out.

Monday, June 3, 2019

Wordlase (Steam) Review

If you are a fan of word based puzzle games then here is a game that you may want to be aware of.  This is Wordlase and it was released on Steam.  Yup, no deep intro here, although I can already tell you that this isn't a very deep game.  Will it be good though?  Find out by clicking on "Read More" to read the full review. Yee-Haw!

Saturday, June 1, 2019

Pokemon Sky Legends Booster Box Opening (Japanese Set) OWC #2

Time for another article about Pokémon cards.  This is Obsessions With Cardboard issue #2.  You know when you are deep into the game, when you buy yourself a Japanese booster box just for certain cards that would've cost more than buying the booster box itself.  Thankfully, I'm not that deep into the game. No! I bought this booster because the series itself looked very nice and couldn't wait for the English edition to come out.  That's not to say that this whole set will be released in English.  Some of the cards are very "interesting" to say the least, to the point where I doubt that they'll get released outside of Japan.  I purchased this set from an independent Australian card shop called Collectable Madness.  (Check them out.)  Anyway, enough time wasting, let's see what I got in this Sky Legends booster box. (Click on "Read More" to read the full article.)

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