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Postby Herald » Wed Apr 09, 2014 8:54 pm

sdsichero wrote:Image
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I'm Herald, and I approve this casting. :smt007

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Postby The Old Doctor » Thu Apr 10, 2014 7:52 pm

The Old Doctor wrote:I just finished watching the Garo franchise, so here's a sort of review -

First I have to admit I was not that interested in the franchise after seeing some of the commercials for it. I thought it could be yet another Guyver type series of over done violence which frankly, is not my thing. It wasn't. I originally watched the last series, Garo: Yami wo Terasu Mono, then followed with watching the rest in order of the story, which I've listed this all in. Credit goes to SDSICHero for pointing this franchise out.

This is a Tokusatsu series aimed not for the kids but for the now older teenaged and adults who grew up watching stuff like Kamen Rider, the various Ranger shows and Ultraman. It's got nudity from time to time and has a darkness to it. For a comic book reference, imagine it being a Vertigo title. We get a better over all story, better characters, better concepts, better action and still the stuff that was liked in those other shows.

Garo (tv series) ***/***
This was the series that started it all and is, if you watched the later productions first, the roughest. Note that is a diamond in the rough that shows it's shine as the 25 episodes go through. Here we get introduced to the main characters Kouga and Kaori. Kouga is a Makai Knight, a secret warrior in a war against demons possessing humans and consuming more human victims. Kaori is a young women trying to follow in her father's footsteps as an artist and also still manage to have a home. She's also the woman that Kouga saves from one of the demons, called Horrors, that would have consumed her. There's a catch, she gets partly bathed in the blood of the Horror as Kouga slays it.
It's Makai law that those bathed in the blood of a Horror, must be cut down at once or suffer a terrible fate after 100 days. Kouga chooses at the last second to spare her. Why? To use her to bait other Horrors as they are attracted to the blood on her. But the story really begins, here we see a growing romance between the two as well as an exploration of just who Kouga is, why he is and what he is as a Makai Knight. We also see how he ultimately must face a worse enemy then any Horror, a fallen Makai Knight. Add to that, another Makai Knight out for revenge.

A great series with a well balanced plot complete with a romance story better handled then in most anime or manga or toku. This is not a kiddie type. Both actors have great chemistry that just helps it through. Add the over all introduction to the concepts of the Makai, the Horrors and their relationship plus some of the best combat scenes you could see. Yes, a tv budget but still impressive more then not. Very satisfying throughout and to the end. It was pretty hard to not move to the next episode after watching one.

Kiba Gaiden */***
This was a video short that served as a side story expanding on the main villain and events within the first series. It's here we see his motivation and his fall from Makai Knight to villain.

Of all the productions this one was the least entertaining as it really did nothing much to improve the character. Add to this a ton of animated sequences left me feeling I was watching a poor man's Ralph Bakshi Lord of The Rings. I found it detracting to the story that was sadly cliche and as said, not changing my feelings about the character. Even the addition of another Makai Knight.. which is barely fleshed out, left this a disappointment for me. More considering the original series.

Garo: Beast of the Midnight Sun ***/***
This was a film/video that picks up shortly after the events of the first series and returns the original cast. Kouga is sent to Kantai, a core Makai village, to be part of a special ritual to keep a major Horror from being unsealed.

This one was a well paced film, though at times it seemed like a strung together set of additional episodes. Not in the bad way, please note. I liked that the major characters from the first series were returned together for this adventure while adding a few more. While I was not wowed by the newest, it was still a good sign to see the franchise expanding it's cast and using the character to further contrast them all. Like the first series, this has some great action scenes in it.

Garo: Red Requiem **/***
This was a film/video that follows after Beast of the Midnight Sun. Here we see a major Horror is on the loose in some city that appears to be Knightless. Kouga is dispatched to deal with it and meets an old friend who's out for revenge.

The story was not as good or paced as the first series or first film, but did introduce a great new character to the mix as well as continue to flesh out Kouga, Makai and of course, Kouga's relationship with Kaori. The action scenes were good, but not up there with the prior ones. Still well worth a watch.

Garo: Makai Senki (tv series) ***/***
This was the second 25 episode series and takes place some time after Red Requiem. Kouga has now been reassigned to serve the Makai Senate, a high honor for any knight. All the character from the prior productions return as they all face a threat that could end the Makai and humanity as well.

This series was the best over all for pacing and cliffhangers. Not only do we get even more development of Kouga and the Makai, but we get some terrific story for the romance of Kouga and Kaori. Build perfectly in this regard on what was so well founded in the first series and further teased along in the films that followed. Great action scenes and yes.. cornball moments that you will cheer. You liked the Whedon adventure stuff? This is of the same, pacing, character development and interaction. BUT, you really need to watch the earlier stuff as this does not sit alone as well. Far too much needs you to know the characters for the impacts of the story.

Garo: Tougen no Fue **/***
This movie/video is a sidebar story happening at the same time Soukoku no Maryu, but concerning only two... well three.. of the cast of Garo characters. A special Makai object is about to be stolen for nefarious reasons. Only our heroes can stop it... although the one may cause it to happen.

Not at all bad and rather enjoyable to see, despite the lack of Kouga. Yup, I've tried not to spoil this over all too much, but this is the girls adventure in the cast and was about time. I thought the story was a bit fly weight and formula, but not too much to distract from getting to see more of these two favorite characters in action. The action scenes were not bad, but not as effective as with the prior productions.
Still, I'd like to see more of this sort of adventures with these characters.

Garo: Soukoku no Maryu ***/***
This movie/video is the epilogue or sorts to the whole franchise or at the very least, to Makai Senki. Kouga must fulfill a contract made with a major being of power during the events of Makai Senki. He's sent to the Promised Land to retrieve an object.

This was the weird one in a sense for the whole franchise. It was basically Kouga in some variant of Tim Burton's take on Wonderland... but with less budget. It was good and yes, develops Kouga even further which is not as tiresome as you may think. But the real prize in this film is the link up to the end of Makai Senki. Perfect ending. Over all, well paced, nice action scenes and some fun concepts played with.

Garo: Yami wo Terasu Mono (tv series) **/***
This was the latest 25 episode series and stands alone from all the other production as it is set several generations after Kouga's adventures with a new cast of character. Ryuga is the new holder of the title, armor and sword of Garo. It is now tarnished heavily with black and no longer shines as brightly. Ryuga is summoned by his old mentor to serve as a Knight in the city Velocity. Along with two other knights and a priestess in training, Ryuga must return the Garo armor to it's full shine and prove also, that he truly is worthy of it. But the city has a terrible world shaking secret and a Horror that must be stopped.

As said at the beginning of this, this was the first of the Garo franchise that I watched. It is good and I thought more highly of it prior to seeing the original. Again, don't get me wrong, this was good but it was a pale continuation compared to the original two series. It lacked the drama and hooks to interest you into liking the characters. There was barely any romance at all involved. It's worth a watch for the action scenes as well as for seeing the one new character that was interesting... Rian the priestess. She was a little different then others and stood out as a result.

Garo: The Return Of Zero ???/***
This is an upcoming limited series of 6 episodes focused on the one character of the franchise's original cast.

I'm looking forward to it. Like the character and seeing more of the originals is more then welcome to me.

Over all, the franchise worth it to see. Great characters, concepts, styles... this is the sort of thing Hollywood should be looking at for inspiration. I loved the building concepts and expansions on the Makai and all involved. It was like seeing how the Jedi should have been done. I enjoyed how it could almost be considered to have some cosmetic inspirations from Highlander and Blade. The horrors at times were amazing concepts and yes, as a comic book reader I'd say this was a good to great Vertigo comic. It's not for kids, but not too adult either to become weighed down with pessimism as I find with most. Not bright and shiny, but not so dark either. The romance between the two main characters was a big factor in enjoying all of this. It wasn't too deep, but not so shallow either... a well teased one I'd say.
I have to add, I really enjoyed how the characters' relationships were made and built up with in it all. Some of the better worked that I've seen.

Consider the franchise recommended.

Kouga Saejima, is a badass.

Quoted to remind and contrast.

Okay, well I just finished watching the Zero: Black Blood mini series and the first episode of Garo: Makai no Hana.

Zero: Black Blood (Originally titled - Garo: The Return Of Zero) **/***
This series was a bit disappointing despite the return of one of the classic heroes and in his own solo series. The story was basically a reworking of elements from Garo: Yami wo Terasu Mono. The action was pale in comparison to the rest and reminded me again of Garo: Yami wo Terasu Mono more than any of the prior Garo productions. The plot is simple, a Makai priest and a woman claiming to be a Makai Knight arrive in town on orders to work with Rei aka Zero to defeat the major horror called Ring. Ring's plan, to have all humans and horrors live in peace with one another... with a lottery system keeping a balance between the two species.

Garo: Makai no Hana ***/*** (First episode rating only)
Now this show was fun to see and appears to be a return to the classic styles with a new generation. Here we meet Kouga and Kaori's son Raiga whom now is Garo. Unlike his father, he's able to smile and is into very stylish combat. A new major horror from the past has been unsealed and now Raiga is tasked with hunting it down and resealing it. Helping him is a enigmatic girl... whom is not what she seems.
This first episode was refreshing compared to the last series. A stronger connection to the rest of the franchise is obvious and welcome. The formula is returned to that of the classic complete with the armor being worn only with a time limit and the horrors being truly creepy and operating in solo.

The Old Doctor

Postby The Old Doctor » Tue Apr 15, 2014 6:49 pm

Just watched the second episode of Garo: Makai no Hana. Yup this series will be retaining the ***/*** rating from me.

A lot of the first series is felt here. Good action, bit of mystery, good music for the background.

Now we meet another Makai Knight, Crow. The question is, is Crow to be trusted or is he a rogue? I'll say one thing, he's got a neat little tracking device for horrors.

This week's moral, beware of vending machines at night. :lol:
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Postby sdsichero » Wed Apr 16, 2014 3:42 pm

Teaser for Takashi Miike’s Over Your Dead Body

When the first pictures of the film arrived online, everything seems to indicate Japanese director Takashi Miike was working on a ghost horror movie set in feudal Japan. Turns out, it’s even better more promising than that!

Over Your Dead Body is the story of an actor (Ebizo Ichikawa) and his lover (Kou Shibasaki) playing the lead roles in a stage version of the classical kabuki play Ghost Story of Yotsuya, which is about love, lust, vengeance and death. But the lines between reality and fantasy are soon blurred, the lovers begin to experience the horror of the play.

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Postby sdsichero » Wed Apr 16, 2014 5:29 pm

Girls Tokusatsu Film "Jyoshizu" Trailer Features E-girls' Theme Song

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Postby sdsichero » Thu Apr 17, 2014 6:24 pm

Thought I wrote about this before... but if I did... it's official now...

Akiko Higashimura's "Princess Jellyfish" Manga Gets Live-Action Film in December

It is officially announced today on April 17 that a live-action film adaptation of Akiko Higashimura's Kurage Hime/Princess Jellyfish manga is set for a December 2014 release with the launching of its official site. The otaku comedy manga has been serialized in Kodansha's Kiss since its 21st issue of 2008 and now 13 tankobon volumes are available.
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Postby sdsichero » Mon Apr 21, 2014 5:28 pm

New Live-Action Lupin III Film's 1st Footage Unveiled on TV Show

The first footage from the new live-action film of Monkey Punch's Lupin III manga was unveiled during TBS's Asachan (Morning Chance) program on Monday.

The story will follow Lupin and his partners in crime before they became a gang. They will infiltrate the high security of the Ark of Navarone, a gigantic fortress-like safe, to lay claim to the Crimson Heart of Cleopatra within. It is said that whoever possesses this treasure shall "unite the world."

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Postby sdsichero » Mon Apr 21, 2014 5:53 pm

Fatal Frame/Project Zero Horror Game Gets Live-Action Film

A live-action film adaptation of Fatal Frame (Zero or Project Zero), Tecmo's hit horror game that sold 1.3 million copies, has been green-lit. Ayami Nakajō and Aoi Morikawa, two popular models in the Japanese magazine Seventeen, are starring in this film opening throughout Japan this fall.

The original game follows a heroine who uses a Camera Obscura that can photograph spirits. She engages with spirits in a dilapidated Japanese-style house and other settings that gave the title (and its many follow-ups) a particular Japanese ambience. The film will actually adapt a novelization of the game by MPD-Psycho creator Eiji Ohtsuka.

The story's setting has been moved from a Japanese house to an old school dormitory. In the story, Aya Tsukimori (Nakajō) becomes part of an ancient "cursed incantation" at a girls' high school dormitory. Michi Kazato (Morikawa) is a classmate who is pursuing the mysterious disappearances at the dormitory.
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Postby sdsichero » Wed Apr 23, 2014 5:20 pm

AKB48 Idol Anna Iriyama Stars in Film of Ao Oni Horror Game

18-year-old AKB48 member Anna Iriyama will be making her acting debut by starring in the film adaptation of the free online horror game Ao Oni (Blue Demon).

Iriyama (also known as "Annin") commented that she was surprised that she would be making her debut as an actress, and as the main character of a film to boot. She added that although she is happy, she also feels pressure and confusion. According to Iriyama, there are members of AKB48 who enjoyed the original game. Iriyama also told reporters that although as an idol she wants to be viewed as cute, she cast that aside during the filming of Ao Oni.

Ao Oni is a horror game that makes the player solve various puzzles and riddles in order to escape a demon in a locked or enclosed space.
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Postby sdsichero » Thu Apr 24, 2014 12:22 pm

A New Behind-The-Scenes Video For KIKAIDER REBOOT – Sound The Drums For Battle

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Postby sdsichero » Thu Apr 24, 2014 6:34 pm

Getting hype...

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Postby sdsichero » Fri Apr 25, 2014 11:58 am


Kamen Rider Gaim will be teaming up with another hero for a crossover this May. However, instead of the ToQgers, Gaim will be teaming up with Kikaider, serving as a promotion for the upcoming Kikaider REBOOT movie.

In the crossover, Kikaider ends up in Zawame City and quickly befriends Kōta. He explains that he’s here to defeat the evil robot Hakaider who has been created to destroy him. Hakaider is seen working together with the Goat Inves for an unknown purpose.


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Postby Bond Hengbu » Fri Apr 25, 2014 1:17 pm

sdsichero wrote:Getting hype...

Could you translate the tweet?
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Postby sdsichero » Fri Apr 25, 2014 1:58 pm

Bond Hengbu wrote:Could you translate the tweet?

I can't read Japanese really. It says something about the new movie's (Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Taika-hen) poster being posted in theaters next week.
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Postby sdsichero » Fri Apr 25, 2014 6:23 pm

New Live-Action Lupin III Film's 1st Trailer Streamed

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