Incredibles 2…Wait Well Worth It!

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For those of us of a certain generation, it has been 14 years. 14…long, long years since the first Incredibles movie, and the confirmation of its sequel. Now, on June 15, 2018, we finally got what was promised to children and adults alike!
Incredibles 2 gave audience members exactly what they 

were promised: same animation quality, amazing storyline, beloved superheroes along with new ones, and the best of all…the reveal of Jack-Jack’s powers!

Without giving anything away, the main plot of Incredibles 2, was Elasigirl (Holly Hunter) is offered a job to help put superheroes back in the light and make them legal once again. While she’s doing that, her husband Bob, AKA Mr. Incredible (Craig T. Nelson), is left in charge of their three children, Violet (Sarah Vowell), Dash (Huck Milner), and of course baby Jack-Jack. Many see this as a bit of a reverse scenario from the first movie where Bob was away from home doing work while Helen stayed home with the kids. The only difference is there are no secrets about what Helen is doing.

Unfortunately, a villain going by the name ScreenSaver, is using his powers to take control of people’s minds. Elastigirl has to think on her feet and follow clues and leads to uncover the person behind 
the screen. Despite ScreenSaver’s attempts to knock Elasigirl off her game and hinder the development of bringing supers back, Elastigirl manages to solve every trap set for her. After her first successful mission, she becomes proud of herself, and gets excited that she is making a name for herself like she did before she met Mr. Incredible. Meanwhile, Bob is home struggling with the daily tasks of having to help with homework, bond with his preteen daughter and of course…a baby with newly developed powers.

Seeing Bob attempt to take care of the daily needs of Dash and Violet makes us laugh, but also to those who are fathers whether single or with a spouse, they can relate to the pressure he faces. Now dealing with a baby who can teleport, burst into flames, turn into a demon and multiply…is a whole other challenge. Even Frozone (Samuel L. Jackson), can’t help his longtime friend and super partner out of this struggle. An interesting development is that the movie has some minor language in it. Small ones that aren’t super serious (to us adults) but still, they went edgy like old PG movies from early 80s and 90s.

Probably the best thing about this sequel, is that the main cast makes an apology to the audience for making us wait so long for this movie (as well they should)! But…the wait was definitely worth it. Incredibles 2 is a cinematic masterpiece and does the first movie justice.

If anyone hasn’t seen it yet, check it out and experience the action, suspense and amazing animation from Disney and Pixar! For those in their mid to late 20’s and 30’s who saw the  first Incredibles movie, this sequel is beyond satisfying and they’ll be bouncing in their seats like they’re a kid again.

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Fullmetal Alchemist Live Action Movie: Was It What Fans Expected?

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When it comes to live action adaptations of anime, fans divide themselves into two categories: excited and pumped about it, anticipating amazing visuals and doing the original material justice. Or those who are skeptical about the idea, worried that it won’t represent the anime as well as they expect and don’t get into the hype the adaptation gains.

Fans of anime everywhere have their own opinions of live action anime. Some are amazing and can sometimes be just as good or even better than the original, or disappointing and frustratingly insulting to the franchise, as well as the fans of the show. Whether we are excited or skeptical, the urge to watch it and buckle down till the end is irresistible.

When the public heard about a live action Fullmetal Alchemist movie, social media blew up with hype and excitement. The trailer showed all of the awesome visuals, character designs and costumes and the special effects that made the whole thing look like the anime itself. Produced by Square Enix and Oxybot Inc., the film was released as a Netflix Original. After the abomination of the Live Action Attack on Titan movie, many fans have been on edge when it is announced that an anime is being turned into a live action movie. Fullmetal Alchemist, however, was actually kind of a blessing. Despite leaving out certain characters and minor points in the story, the movie was actually visually stunning and keeps the watcher engrossed in what’s going on, even if someone isn’t too familiar with the original anime.

To start, the movie opens towards the climax of the “Father Cornello” arc (that’s what I’m calling it). Edward Elric (Ryouske Yamada), is confronting Cornello (Kenjiro Ishimaru) about the Philosopher’s Stone embedded in his ring. For those who are unfamiliar with the original anime, Ed and his brother investigate a town where rumor has it that the priest can create “miracles” from nothing. Ed discovers his powers come from a Philosopher’s Stone he believes is the real thing.

action shotDespite the movie getting into that arc without any warning, it’s actually a fitting opening. The battle between Ed and the priest gives perfect representation of Ed’s skills in combat and visually stunning alchemy effects, also showing a bad-ass reveal of his auto-mail arm and leg. The dramatic save and reveal by Ed’s little brother Alphonse (voice: Atomu Mizuishi) is just…amazing! The CGI suit of armor looks like it stepped right out of the anime. Perfect 10!! The other cool thing, is that as any fan of Fullmetal Alchemist knows, Al still sounds like a kid even after a few years passed from the time he and Ed tried to bring their mom back to life, and Ed had to transmute his soul into a suit of armor. In the movie, his voice sounds deeper, aging even though he’s just a soul trapped in hollow armor. 

Working with the military, Ed’s goal is to find the Philosopher’s Stone and use it to Alrestore his little brother’s body. The movie stays focused on this main plot, building up the same tension as the anime; Ed getting so close to the answers he’s seeking only to be pulled into something more that either puts him one step closer to the stone, or several steps back.

Okay, now let’s talk about…Shou Tucker (Yo Oizumi). Not much needs to be said about him. Like his anime persona, the brothers are introduced to Tucker, another state alchemist who studies the creation and development of chimeras. Roy Mustang (Dean Fujioka) puts the boys in his care so they can learn a little more about alchemy. Ed and Al immediately befriend Tucker’s young daughter Nina and their big white dog Alexander. Tucker reveals to Ed that his wife left him two years ago, leaving him to care for their daughter. As a state alchemist, every year he has to present to the military a breakthrough in his chimera research to keep his title and grant money he receives. However…in order to meet his deadline, Tucker goes to drastic measures.

NinaTo meet his deadline, Tucker fuses his own daughter and his dog Alexander, creating a talking chimera. When Ed sees the creature, he’s at first amazed at what Tucker has accomplished. But quickly puts two and two together, realizing that Tucker experimented on his dog and daughter, just like he experimented with his wife two years ago. To fans, this scene is the most heart-wrenching moment, labeling Shou Tucker as one of the most hated characters in all of anime. Ed beats Tucker almost to the point of death until Al tells him he has to stop. Fact: this scene in the anime enraged so many people that when it is made into memes, the main response is “TOO SOON”.

The military step in and arrest Tucker for what he’s done. Now, this is where things get a bit confusing and disappointing because they just arrest Tucker, while Nina never seen again. Originally, a character named Scar kills Tucker and Nina. But in the movie, she is never brought up again. They could’ve taken her in to find a solution, maybe the military killed her off screen. Either way, the audience is left wondering what happened to it. Scar in the anime, kills Nina out of mercy; so she would no longer suffer her new existence.

At the climax of the movie, it’s revealed that General Hakuro (Fumiyo Kohinata) used military research as well as information given to him by the homonculi Lust (Yasuko Matsuyuki) to produce thousands of genuine Philosopher’s Stones, and using them to create homonculi puppets to act as his army, so he can dominate the world as a king. But his creations kill him just as fast as they were created, leading to Ed, Al and the military containing the dummies so they wouldn’t get out to the public.

homonculiThe final battle is between Roy, Ed and Al versus Envy (Kanata Hongo) and Lust. To get revenge for murdering Maes Hughes (Ryuta Sato), Roy uses his fire alchemy to burn Envy to a crisp. Ed discovers that despite the homonculi being immortal due to having Philosopher’s Stones for hearts, their healing factor takes longer if they are dealt severe damage to their bodies. Roy then goes after Lust, killing her in a beautiful fiery death. 

As stated previously, despite leaving out characters and changing certain circumstances and plot points, the Live Action Fullmetal Alchemist movie was actually very good for what it was. Even though there were situations where certain scenes, battles and development happen differently in its anime counterpart, the movie still made it work very well, still giving the audience the anticipation and drive to root for the Elric brothers as they go through their journey.

Even if one doesn’t agree with how the movie handled some points, no one can argue that the visuals and special effects are just amazingly stunning and pleasant to look at. Not to mention the costuming. All of the actors give their best to bring these characters to life all over again. It is definitely worth a watch, even just once. Viewers will not be disappointed in what they see in this awesome, action pact and dramatic live action remake of one of the most memorable and popular anime/manga series anime fans know and love today and possibly forever.

 

My Hero Academia: Tomorrow’s Heroes Today!!

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Everyone loves super heroes. They fight crime, protect us and ask for nothing in return. But, what if everyone had the potential to become a hero based on an ability they developed in childhood? 

That’s what My Hero Academia is all about!

In this anime, people can develop powers, or “quirks”, if they are born with only All Mightone joint in their pinkie toe. Most people with quirks go to school called U.A. High, to become professional heroes. The most famous hero in the series is known as All Might (Christopher Sabat). His quirk is called “One for All”, which gives himAll Might True Form.jpg super human strength and agility, and also makes him bulk up with enormous muscles. However, All Might’s power has a time limit to how long he can use it per day. When not doing super hero work, All might reverts to a scrawny man with sunken eyes.

MidoriyaIzuku Midoriya (Justin Briner), has a big dream to become a great hero like All Might, who is his idol and role model. As a child, Midoriya waits to see what kind of quirk he’ll develop. Sadly, he is told that because he has two joints in his pinkie toe, it’s concluded that he would never develop a quirk of his own. Despite this blow to his dream, Midoriya’s passion to attend U.A. doesn’t falter. 

Everything changes for Midoriya when he meets All Might, and learns the secret of his quirk. All Might even tells Midoriya that a quirkless human can’t make it into U.A., and that he should accept they way things are. Hearing this from his idol, Midoriya is lost. That is…until he sees his childhood friend Katsuki Bakugo (Clifford Chapin) being attacked by a sludge monster. Even though he has the power to explode anything he touches, Katsuki is engulfed by the monster, and even the professional heroes are having trouble stopping him from killing the boy. Seeing this scene, without thinking, Midoriya rushes through the crowd and tries desperately to save his friend.

All Might, watching this ordinary boy rush into danger with no hesitation, realizes Apprentice.pngthat Midoriya could be the one to possibly take his place as the next greatest hero the world has ever known. He confronts Midoriya, saying that he does have the potential to become a hero based on his actions.

This series has grown so much in popularity, that the second season, which was released April 1, is being dubbed the same time the subbed version is uploaded. It shows how much of a following the anime has. Not a lot of anime series gets this kind of attention.

The reason I will not go into more details about this anime, is because the comedy and twist within the series are just too good to spoil and just need to be witnessed.

As a bit of a bonus, the studio who helped develop My Hero Academia, Studio Bones, is famous for releasing other anime series such as Full Metal Alchemist (original and Brotherhood), Ouran High School Host Club, Soul Eater, Space Dandy, and so much more!

Check out My Hero Academia for yourself, and watch future heroes prove themselves. New episodes of Season 2 is uploaded every Saturday night.

If you were born with a quirk, what would it be?

Pixels Show the Glory of Nerds (may contain mild spoilers)

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Whoever said video games were a waste of time, have officially been proven wrong. They are the key to saving the planet!!

Pixels is a fun, nostalgic film for just about anyone. People who played games like Donkey Kong, Galaga, Pac-Man, and other arcade games back in the 1980’s, will get to take a trip back to the past.

Pixels CastThe movie star Adam Sandler as one  of the main characters, Brenner, who is a tech installation guy. He is talking with his childhood friend Cooper, played by Kevin James, about his life choices. Brenner got a degree at MIT, hoping to create games of his own. But because of his loss in a video game competition against Eddie, played by Peter Dinkler, Cooper gave up on his dream and settled with installing flat screens and game stations for families.

Cooper, on the other hand, is president of the USA. However, the public is not happy with some of the decisions he has made while running the country. The news ridicules him when a story goes up of him reading to a girl’s scout and mispronouncing a word. A girl corrects him and he raises his voice at her, causing the little girls to call him mean.

Meanwhile, Brenner is at a home, installing a flat-screen and a other high-tech systems, when he gets a call from President Cooper, telling him to rush to the White House. When Brenner gets there, Cooper shows him a video feed of an Air Force base being attached by what looked like ships and missiles from Galaga.

They are informed by their friend Ludlow, played by Josh Gad, that an alien race had found a pod Earth sent to space, featuring old arcade games, and received it as a sign of war between the two races. The aliens send messages to the government, explaining that each challenge decides the fate of mankind. If Earth lost a challenge, they would lose a life, meaning the aliens would abduct a random human as a trophy. If the aliens lost a challenge, they would give Earth one of their warriors; playing on the concept of arcade games giving each player three lives per game. Three losses for Earth, meant the destruction of the planet.

Of course some of the best parts of the movie are the battles Sandler and the others have to go through. President Cooper commands that the military let the nerds train them in dealing with the aliens, because of their skills in classic video games.

Sandler’s performance in the movie wasn’t bad. He helped produce the movie, according to the opening credits, and while there were some scenes where his lines were cheesy and his humor was dry, it didn’t kill the movie. There were times when he was funny and entertaining. Sandler’s action scenes were amazing, as well as times in the movie that were serious.

CentipedeIn the trailers, it shows Sandler and Gad trying to get the military to follow the pattern of Centipede as it attacks. They don’t know the pattern of the game, so Sandler grabs a blaster from a soldier, and uses it to shoot the Centipede in the head, killing it. Seeing that scene in full is just as epic as the trailer depicts it. The same can be said for their battle with Pac-Man. All of the effects of the video game characters interacting with the actors, and the video games breaking down objects and pixelating them were phenomenal. Pac-Man

Nerds kicking ass and aliens using video games to go to war with the planet Earth, Pixels is a fun movie for parents and kids to go see. For people who played these classic games as kids and teens of the 80’s and 90’s, they’ll get a sense of nostalgia. It is definitely a movie to go see this summer!

Magical Girls Replaced by Magical Boys!!

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The genre of Magical Girls has been a very popular on in anime. From the classic Sailor Moon, to Tokyo Mew Mew, anime fans have alike have always been fascinated by Magical Girl anime shows. Now, this concept has taken a unique turn- Magical Girls are now Magical Boys!

Cute High Earth Defense Club Love. Just take a second to read that title and see if it makes you laugh. The Japanese name is Binan Koko Chikyu Boei-bu Love! It is a long title for an anime, which makes me think it mocks itself. I was curious as to why they had to have the word “cute” in there. Maybe it was to draw attention to the title, and make people so curious, that they’d check out a few episodes. Well, it sure got my attention.

Battle Lovers

This is a new anime, released in Japan on Jan. 6, 2015 and ran on the air until Mar. 24, 2015 with 12 episodes, features five young men, Yumoto Hakone (Kazutomi Yamamoto), En Yufuin (Yuichiro Umehara), Atsushi Kinugawa (Kotaro Nishiyama), Io Naruko (Yusuke Shirai), and Ryuu Zaou (Toshiki Masuda). They all attend Binan High School, where they are part of a school club called The Earth Defense Club.

BathhouseThe anime starts off with Atsushi and En enjoying a bath at Yumoto’s family bathhouse. Out of the blue, a pink creature in the form of an Earth Wombat (Mugihito) appears before the guys, and begs them to help him save the planet. Atsushi and En don’t know what’s going on, grasping the concept of a Wombat speaking perfect Japanese, and talking about saving the Earth through the power of Love.

WombatAt the school the following day, Wombat appears in front of all of the club members, this time being held by a teacher who he controlled in order to move around freely. With his powers, he gives the guys magical bracelets that clasp to their wrists. When they shout the phrase, “Love-Making”, the five guys turn into the Battle Lovers. Yumot, who is obviously the leader of the Magical Boys, transforms into The Sparkling Prince, Scarlet. En transforms into The Flashing Prince, Cerulean. Atsushi is The Piercing Prince, Epinard. Io is transformed into The Roaring Prince, Sulphur. Ryuu transforms into The Thrilling Prince, Vesta.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a2sk-XfiyOc Click this link to see the Battle Lovers Transformation!

Now, let’s talk about the transformation sequence for the Battle Lovers. In my Defense Clubopinion, I think this show was greatly inspired by Sailor Moon. The outfits are flashy, the boys are nakes and surrounded by glittering hearts, and the poses are on par with Sailor Moon and other Magical Girl series. The first episode is hilarious, because before they all transform, they are forced by the bracelets to pose and declare how strong the power of Love is. I found myself laughing at the fact that they were doing it against their will.

Love StickWhen they defeat a monster, Yumoto, AKA Scarlet, uses an attack with a weapon called the Love Stick, and calls out “Love Shower”. When that happens, the monster is turned back into a human, and their understanding of love is returned, and increases tenfold. After the battle ends, Scarlet declares, “Love is Over”, which of course doesn’t make sense. Even his friends say that the line makes no sense, but eventually rolls with it.

Conquest ClubOf course, this being a Magical Boys anime, there have to be main antagonists that call forth the monsters. The villains of  Cut High Earth Defense Club Love are The Conquest Club. In Binan High, they are the members of the Student Council, Kinshiro Kusatsu (Hiroshi Kamiya), the council president (center), Ibushi Arima (Jun Fukuyama), the vice-president (right), and Akoya Gero (Takuma Terashima) (left). They are led by a green creature in the form of a hedgehog (insert Sonic the Hedgehog reference here LOL), named Lord Zundar (Hiroki Yatsumoto). Their goal is to Zundartake over the Earth and cleanse it of everything uncivilized and ugly. Kinshiro transforms into Chevalier Aurite, Ibushi is Chevalier Argent, and Akoya is Chevalier Perlite. Using a quill from Zundar, they can fill it with dark energy and shoot it at an ususpecting person, bringing out the darkness in their hearts and transforming them into a monster. Every episode, they manipulate a person, and get them to threaten the school and fight the Battle Lovers. Every episode, the Battle Lovers thwart them.

Now, there are two final things in this anime that need to be addressed. One of them is the identities of the Battle Lovers. In Sailor Moon, Tokyo Mew Mew and Magical DoReMi, no one seems to ever recognize them, despite the fact that they aren’t wearing masks. Cut High Earth Defense Club Love is clever with explaining why non of the boys’ classmates can recognize them. Wombat explains that he uses advanced technology to censor the Battle Lovers’ faces and voices from the general public. I found this funny just because of the way they explained this, and the fact that this is an extremely creative and smart approach as to why no one knows who they are. The Conquest Club have the same technology protecting their identities as well. The Conquest Club and the Battle Lovers cannot even identify one another because of this technology. Of course, later on they figure it out.

The final issue, is the one that took me up to at least episode four to realize: There are LITERALLY no females in this anime. Okay, the characters attend an all boy’s school. But, whenever the characters are outside pf the school, there are still no sign of any girls. Anywhere! Ryuu talks about being popular with girls, and at one point is seen talking to a possible girlfriend over the phone. However, he gets picked on a few times for lying about his status with girls. There is no yaoi in this anime, nor does it fall into the category. Personally, I thought it made the show unique about having it focus on guys. Plus, the anime is geared towards females (and maybe gay men who like anime), so it does make sense to not have females in the show.

All in all, this anime is…interesting. That’s all I can say about it. All of the characters, main and supporting characters, have individual personalities that allow viewers to pick favorites, and it just keeps you laughing to the point where you want to watch the next episode to see what happens.

Believe me when I say, this anime has tons of surprises that no one will see coming.

Power Rangers Producer is Trying to Milk a Dry Cow to Keep the Show Going Beyond Its Limits

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I love the Power Rangers! As a a kid, I would sit around the TV with my cousins, and we would watch new episodes and reruns of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. I’ve recently started watching the classic episodes on Netflix.
Power Rangers, was created by Haim Sagan and Shuki Levy, sponsored by Toei Company. toeiThe American release premiered in 1993, and was based on the Japanese show Super Sentai. In fact, fun trivia, most of the fighting shots are taken from the original show and put in the American version with English voiceovers. The show has a formula it has used over the years: five teens are chosen by an ancient being to become the protectors of Earth. They fight a plethora of evil minions. The minions turn into giants, forcing the rangers to form a giant robot and defeat the enemy with some of the best TV special effects of the 90s!
Kids of the 90s loved watching the original series, and some still do as adults and introduce it to their kids. However, the newest Power Rangers shows may be falling a bit short from their predecessors.
Power Rangers SamuraiIn 2011, Nickelodeon premiered Power Rangers Samurai, which in my opinion was pretty good. The actors were somewhat credible, the villains were pretty cool and the fact that the rangers and the villains had a focus on Japanese samurai fighting was very interesting. What I loved about this series was that the red ranger struggled with being a good leader and getting stronger for the sake of the world and his team. I sat there, interested in him finding himself and when he did, he went out and fought with everything he had! The other rangers, like I said were good, but sometimes their performance seemed static and unconvincing of their role. Their acting was fine when they were in their ranger forms, but when playing normal teenagers, the acting was bland. Honestly, it felt like they were trying to act like anime characters, but any anime character could give a better performance.
Two of the villains went through the same things. Dayu, a female yokai who worked for the evil Master Xandred, was once human who was in love with a man named Deker during the fuedal Japan era. When he was on the brink of death, Dayu made a deal with a yokai named Serrator, in order to save him. Deker was then turned into a yokai, but was able to keep part of his humanity. Dayu, even in her new form, still had feelings for Deker, causing her to slowly regain her humanity.
Super Samurai was a good series and stuck to the Power Rangers genre. Then…Power MegaforceRangers Megaforce aired in 2013. This series fell very short compared to the previous series before it; including Samurai Rangers. Of course it kept the original formula, but the performance of the rangers themselves was underwhelming. It honestly felt like the actors were trying to perform the same way as the original Mighty Morphin Power Rangers cast in ’93. But it resulted in them sounding like carbon-copied clones.
The plot of the series is an alien force tries to take over the Earth, but Gosei, Zordon’s protege, chooses five teens worthy of becoming the next generation of rangers. Because their enemies are extremely powerful, the rangers are given special keys that allow them to transform into the past rangers from Zeo Rangers, to Turbo Rangers, SPD Emergency and the rest of the rangers from previous shows. I will admit that this element is cool.
The villains in Megaforce, to me, are one of the only enjoyable aspect of the show. They are just as over top as other Power Rangers villains and funny to watch fight and plot against the rangers. The other enjoyable aspect is in the final episode of the series. During the final fight, all of the previous Rangers, make an appearance to fight alongside the Megaforce Rangers. Jason FrankAmong the original rangers, they have the one and only Jason David Frank make a cameo, wearing his old Green Ranger suit. Seriously, it was one of the greatest moments of TV history. Seeing him fight again brought so many memories back.
It is fair to say that Megaforce ended the Power Rangers series with such an amazing high. Just when people believe the Power Rangers series ended with such an phenomenal performance, the creators introduce a new series coming in 2015: Power Rangers Dino Charge.
DinochargeAs a longtime fan of Power Rangers, I feel that Sagan and Levy are running out of ideas for the rangers, yet they keep producing series just so they can keep it going. The series is great, but I think it’s time to put the Power Rangers to rest. They’ve done pretty much all they can with it, and it just needs to end. Some people I talked to about it, believe they are just making more of the series just for the money. I don’t personally believe this. However, if Sagan and Levy continue to milk Power Rangers, I feel it will just turn into one of those shows that are only on the air to sell toys and merchandize.
Power Rangers is one of the greatest live-action kids shows that ever premiered on television. Kids were drawn to the plot, the rangers, the fighting scenes and the awesome graphics. It is something that needs to be cherished overtime and handled with care. If there are no more ideas for it, and you end a series in a mind blowing way like Megaforce did, as sad as it is, it is time to say goodbye to an awesome series and let it be a great memory to look back on and continue to enjoy thanks to Netflix and Hulu.

Is The Live Action Tekken Movie Really as Bad as People say it is?

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I’m a huge Tekken fan! Tekken is one of my favorite fighting games ever. I watched the Live Action movie and Tekken: Blood Vengeance. Now, I’m here to review the Live Action movie. A lot of people didn’t like it because of the story or the characters themselves, setting, whatever.

For those not familiar with the Live Action Tekken movie, let me give you the summary: Jin Kazama is a teenager who lives with his mother, Jun Kazama, in a post-apocalyptic scenario. Tekken soldiers shoot Jun, devastating Jin. He enters the Tekken Tournament as “The People’s Choice,” in order to find Heihachi Mishima (Jin’s grandfather) and kill him for the death of his mother.

Heihachi (Jin’s grandfather) and Kazuya (Jin’s father), run the tournament together.

ravenbryan Now here’s where my review begins. The movie has good qualities that sort of get me to overlook the bad things about it. My favorite part that I think are amazing is the costuming. Some of the characters they used from the games are freaking accurate. I mean, look at Raven! Holy crap it’s like they reached into the game and pulled him out! I have to count this eddy gordoas one of the best cosplays ever. It would be awesome if that guy got to keep the costume. He’s not the only one. Look at all of these and tell me they are not accurate to the game.

Another good review is the fighting. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ei5E3YlMxb0 Here is a link to a fight between Eddy Gordo and Raven. Tell me that’s not an epic battle. It was my favorite fight in the whole movie.

 Many fans were satisfied with the fact that the movie actually kept focus on the Tekken Tournament like the game. That is why a many fans had problems with the CGI Tekken: Blood Vengeance movie. The Tekken Tournament was only mentioned twice in the movie. It wasn’t the main focus of it. But even still, the creators worked hard to incorporate the character’s moves from the game into that movie. Watch before you judge.

Anyway, back to business.

I’m going to move on to the things the Live Action movie didn’t do so well in my opinion.

Jin’s personality and background. If you have ever tried to read Jin’s profile on Tekken Wiki, it is very long and complicated. I understand the producers of the movie would have had a hard time trying to fit every detail of Jin’s personality in the movie, but if you get into Tekken and watch the movie before playing the games, I’d like to make a few points about Jin. In the movie, Jin is involved with the underground world, doing jobs that could possibly kill him or get him into trouble. The economy collapsed and items like oranges, chocolate and even coffee are rare to come by. Jin does jobs to get the money to buy those things for him and his mom.

Now, after reading and examining Jin’s personality, even when his mother was still alive, I believe that Jin would have had enough discipline to know that getting involved with the wrong crowd would be a bad idea. He would have stopped and thought about his actions before doing something.

Also, in the movie, he has a romantic relationship with a girl from jin and xiaoyuhis district, and then in the tournament, begins to fall for Christie Montero. Now I’m going to be a nitpicker and say that the only person for Jin is Ling Xiaoyu…(and my OC)…I mean, yeah. Jin and Christie…not a good pair.

Which leads me to my next issue. Jin gets involved with two relationships in the movie, as I stated before. Now, the real Jin would not jump into a relationship so easily because of his family background. In the movie, Jin has no idea that Heihatchi is his grandfather and Kazuya is his father. The Devil Gene he possess is not mentioned once in the movie, which I think was a mistake because it was the thing that defined the Mishima bloodline. It would have been awesome if Jin awakened the Devil inside of him in the final battle.

Sorry, getting off track. But yeah, Jin was more focused on training in order to get back at his father and grandfather. The movie didn’t fully get into the issues between Jin and his family. I know they wanted to make Kazuya an a-hole because in the game that’s what he is. But he wouldn’t have talked about his late wife the way he did. He basically called Jun a whore and she was just a one-night stand. All of the Mishima men have one thing in common: they loved their wives. But the wives got mixed into the battle and then got themselves killed. At least that’s what I get from the profiles I’ve read.

To summarize, the Tekken Live Action movie isn’t that bad for what it is. It sticks to the main purpose of the game and has amazing fighting scenes and a bit of drama that makes you root for Jin all the way through. Give it at least one look at and then check out the game if you haven’t yet. You’ll never want to put your controller down; not even for a second. Trust me on that; I spent my middle school and high school years playing Tekken every time I got a break from homework. In fact I’m going to go play now.