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?


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?


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. 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.