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Big O- SHOWTIME! by KaijuWithNoName
Big O- SHOWTIME!
"Cast in the name of God, Ye not guilty."

A while back, I decided to watch Queen's music video for Radio Ga Ga. www.youtube.com/watch?v=t63_HR… It was a fun video to watch, with scenes from Fritz Lang's silent film masterpiece "Metropolis" incorporated in it. However, during the video, I was reminded of one of my favorite anime series- The Big O!

One of the creators of this awesome show was Kazuyoshi Katayama, who worked on the OVA masterpiece "Giant Robo: The Day the Earth Stood Still". And it kind of shows influences from Mitsuteru Yokoyama's Giant Robo manga by Roger Smith not only using a watch to call the titular Megadeus, but by the fact that there were three Megadeuses for land (Big O) like GR1, sea (Big Fau) like GR2/Torozon, and air (Big Duo) like GR3. This series happens to take heavy influences from tokusatsu shows, which this video from Scifi Japan TV detailed. www.youtube.com/watch?v=51efiP… Another influence I noticed in this show, much like Radio Ga Ga, has its obvious homages to Fritz Lang's material. Speaking of Queen, even though the first opening visually is similar to Ultraman and Ultraseven's openings, the opening song sounded similar to Flash Gordon's theme. www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pv7HNA…; www.youtube.com/watch?v=s7_Od9… The story is also worth mentioning the homages to classic noir films and Isaac Asimov's works.

Here are the characters I used in this piece-
Roger Smith, the Negotiator- "My name is Roger Smith. I perform a much needed job in this city of amnesia." This main character is an amalgam of Bruce Wayne, James Bond, and Daisaku Kusama.....and that just adds to the awesome that is the Negotiator. He is proof that good guys still wear black. He is voiced in the U.S. by Steve Blum (who voiced Spike Spiegel from Cowboy Bebop).
R. Dorothy Wayneright- "You are a louse, Roger Smith." She is an android assistant to Roger Smith and I freaking love this character. Her dry humor is enough to make her so much fun to watch. I oftentimes wonder if she was inspired by Data's daughter, Lal. Also, I digged the subtle Asimov reference in her name. In the U.S., she was voiced by Lia Sargent (who voiced Cowboy Bebop's Julia).
Norman Burg- "Well this is getting us nowhere. Let's have more fun." The Alfred to Roger Smith's Batman. He is a master chef, a great mechanic, and the first line of defense at Roger's mansion. I was not exactly a fan of the recurring joke in the manga where he'd always ask for Roger to pay him and Roger avoided it. In the U.S., one of the two actors that voiced Norman was Alan Oppenheimer, who voiced Ming the Merciless in Filmation's Flash Gordon. [You cannot go any more pulp than that.]
Angel Rosewater- "So you can say sweet things, can't you?" This beautiful woman of mystery clearly fit the femme fatale archetype that is present in many noir movies. One reviewer said that she was a clone of Fujiko Mine from Lupin III, but I am not entirely certain of that. In the U.S., she was voiced Wendee Lee (who also voiced Faye Valentine.....there are a few voice-over actors from Cowboy Bebop).
Dan Dastun- "Vous-êtes si gentil." The Commissioner Gordon to Roger Smith's Batman (I have made alot of comparisons with Batman and the Big O, haven't I?)- I loved how irritated he gets when the Big O appears to stop the big bad for the episode. In the American version of the show, he was voiced by Peter Lurie (who voiced Chen from Wolf's Rain).
Jason Beck- "That Big O of yours, Roger Smith, is so archaic." I seriously cannot get enough of this guy. He is a villain that just got sillier each time he appeared from using the Dorothy 1 robot to the Beck Victory Deluxe. I loved how he even managed to use a machine that was a parody of the typical over-the-top anime mechs you would see in some anime. I've heard that he was a parody of Lupin the III and I totally see that in him. Beck was voiced in the U.S. by Bob Buchholz (who voiced Gene Starwind in Outlaw Star).
Schwarzald- "I'll show you my power- the great power of Big Duo. One of these Bigs has got to go." This guy was a reporter who clearly lost his mind. This is evident in the speeches that he gave in the show's run. I totally digged the Darkman-like design of him. He was voiced by Michael McConnohie (who voiced Norris Packard from Mobile Suit Gundam: The 08th MS Team).
Alan Gabriel- "Heh! Hahaha! Which do you mean? The Union? Rosewater? Either way, I don't care. Hahaha! There's just one thing I have to make perfectly clear to you. I have to teach you that your unwarranted self-confidence, your arrogance in believing you could control machines is just a delusion by sending you to Hell. Big Duo- SHOWTIME!". This character creeps me out. He is a psychopath that has a sadistic hobby of killing androids and has an unknown agenda. In fact, he is such a psycho that even the Big Duo Inferno rejected him. That says a lot. The fiend was voiced in the U.S. by Crispin Freeman (who voiced Togusa in Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex).
Alex Rosewater- "Hmph, Roger Smith- you're not the only one with a Megadeus." The main antagonist and the chairman of the Paradigm Group- he is a great anime villain. His contempt for the citizens of Paradigm City outside of the domes and having a God-complex really makes him a memorable anime villain. He was voiced by Michael Forest (who Star Trek fans will recognize as Apollo from the original series episode "Who Mourns for Adonais?").

I tried to emulate the look of a movie poster with this piece. I hope you enjoyed my tribute to one of my favorite shows of all time.

The Big O- copyright Sunrise Inc., Cartoon Network, and Bandai Visual Co., Ltd
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Well, fellow deviants- looks like I'm back. My schedule is starting to lighten up lately, so be sure to check in for some more submissions.

Anyway, onto a bit of news that I should address and admittedly have been slow in giving an opinion on - Godzilla Returns....to Japanese cinema. That's right - Toho is making a film series while Legendary Pictures focuses on making its Godzilla trilogy. The news came on March 30, which made me suspect that this was a faux article due to April Fools' occuring that same week. But, it was later revealed that the news was true. The source I learned this information from was the author of Eiji Tsuburaya: Master of Monsters: Defending the Earth with Ultraman, Godzilla, and Friends in the Golden Age of Japanese Science Fiction Film himself, August Ragone, on his blog "The Good, The Bad, and Godzilla".
augustragone.blogspot.com/2015…
augustragone.blogspot.com/2015…

As far as my thoughts are opinions, even though I am excited to see more kaiju material [especially since there's a live-action Attack on Titan coming up soon], I have mixed feelings about this. Yes, its great to see Godzilla return [especially with Shinji Higuchi, the visual effects master behind the Gamera trilogy, and Hidaeki Anno, the creator of the anime Neon Genesis Evangelion, attached to the project]. The teaser poster does get you excited for the upcoming movie. I am, however, worried that this might potentially hurt the Legendary pictures trilogy. But, it is entirely possible that I may be overreacting and might need to just relax and accept the fact that we're getting some more kaiju awesomeness in the near future. Overall, this will more than likely be an interesting experience for kaiju fans.

Abayo!
Technologic by KaijuWithNoName
Technologic
I am not a fan of techno music. However, I felt that I ought to pay tribute to some interesting musicians- Daft Punk and Hatsune Miku.

With Daft Punk, I did not get exposed to the group's music until my later college years. I normally am not into techno music, but because of how much fame Daft Punk was getting I decided to check them out. And after that, I instantly became a fan of this group. Songs like "Around the World", "Robot Rock", "Get Lucky", "Contact", "Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger", and "One More Time" (my favorite song by them). I was going to make an homage to the band by mimicking the cover of their famous multi-Grammy award winning album "Random Access Memories"....until I discovered a certain vocaloid.

Hatsune Miku is a rather fascinating character because she was not a singer like the ones for Daft Punk, but rather a program that sings via synthesizer. I became first aware of her existence because of her performance on the Late Show with David Letterman in October 2014. www.youtube.com/watch?v=qA5pIp…; This peaked my interest in the character so I did some research and the more I read, the more I became interested. I admit I am still a newb in this regard, but I felt I ought to give a shout-out to a rather interesting part of music.

With this piece, I imagined a team up with Hatsune Miku and Daft Punk (sort of like how Daft Punk did with Pharrell Williams for the song "Get Lucky"). I altered Hatsune Miku's design a bit to resemble the art style of Interstella 5555, which was supervised by legendary manga/anime creator Leiji Matsumoto (Space Battleship Yamato, Space Pirate Captain Harlock, Galaxy Express 999, Planet Robot Danguard Ace). I hope you'll enjoy it.

Daft Punk- copyright Soma, Virgin, Walt Disney, Columbia
Hatsune Miku- copyright Crypton Future Media
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"A life is like a garden. Perfect moments can be had, but not preserved, except in memory. LLAP"- Leonard Nimoy

A few hours ago, I heard that Leonard Nimoy (Star Trek, The Outer Limits, Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep, Transfomers: The Movie) died today. The cause of death was chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

When I was growing up, my father had a collection of VHS tapes of his favorite episodes of Star Trek the Original Series. The show was pure sci-fi gold and I could not see a version of myself never enjoying the show. My favorite character on the show was this pointed eared, logical alien- Commander Spock. He was such an enormous icon that it is hard to think of sci-fi today without him. He was portrayed by Leonard Nimoy. Nimoy was according to many people an awesome person and loyal to his fans.

Star Trek cast members and crew from the different series have already expressed their sadness for Nimoy's death. These are the quotes from them, from numerous social media including facebook, instagram, and twitter:
"I loved him like a brother. We will all miss his humor, his talent, and his capacity to love."- William Shatner
"Today, the world lost a great man, and I lost a great friend. We return you now to the stars, Leonard. You taught us to "Live Long And Prosper," and you indeed did, friend. I shall miss you in so many, many ways."- George Takei
"#LLAP RIP to the best First Officer. @TheRealNimoy"- Jonathan Frakes
"Woke up to the awful news that Leonard Nimoy passed. RIP to a true gentleman. Not many of those left in our Biz."- Marina Sertis
"God Bless You, Leonard Nimoy... May Angels guide thee to thy rest! #agoodman #talented #funny #awesome"- LeVar Burton
"Farewell Leonard. Glad I knew you. Thinking of Susan, Adam, and his entire family. And his vast extended family of Star Trek."- Brent Spiner
"It is with sadness that I heard of Leonard Nimoy's death. I was lucky to spend many happy, inspiring hours with him. He won't be forgotten.- Patrick Stewart
"We stood on your shoulders, and wouldn’t have had a galaxy to explore if you hadn’t been there, first. Thank you, Leonard, Rest in peace."- Wil Wheaton
"Dearest Leonard- What a man you were, what a life you lived. As funny and thoughtful and generous and loving as you were talented. You taught us all, at every encounter. We will miss and love you forever. - JJ"- J. J. Abrams
"my heart is broken. i love you profoundly my dear friend. and i will miss you everyday. may flights of angels sing thee to thy rest. https://instagram.com/p/znSmtrLi1v/"- Zachary Quinto

Many other people also gave their sympathies for the late first officer of the NCC-1701
"RIP Leonard Nimoy"- J. K. Rowling
"RIP Leonard Nimoy. So many of us at NASA were inspired by Star Trek. Boldly go... http://go.nasa.gov/10F4Ci0 "- NASA
"Seriously one of the coolest people ever."- Ben Stiller
"So sad about Leonard Nimoy, who was ever engaged, vital, interesting, and interested."- Steve Martin
". @TheRealNimoy I have been, and always shall be, your fan. Thank you."- Nathan Fillion
"Leonard, you lived long and prospered, and were an inspiration to me and to millions. Rest in peace."- Chris Hadfield

Leonard Nimoy inspired generations of sci-fi fans, including myself, to dream big. To close this post off, I'll leave a quote from Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan

"We are assembled here today to pay final respects to our honored dead. And yet it should be noted, in the midst of our sorrow, this death takes place in the shadow of new life, the sunrise of a new world; a world that our beloved comrade gave his life to protect and nourish. He did not feel this sacrifice a vain or empty one, and we will not debate his profound wisdom at these proceedings. Of my friend, I can only say this: Of all the souls I have encountered in my travels, his was the most.... [voice breaks] human."

RIP Leonard Nimoy
March 26, 1931-February 27, 2015

Abayo!
Warriors of the World by KaijuWithNoName
Warriors of the World
About a year ago, I began to listen to the heavy metal band Manowar after seeing the Spoony One talk about them in one of his videos and was instantly a fan. It was pure metal and I was surprised that I never up until that point heard about. So now that I've gotten around to it, I decided to pay homage to the band [especially their album covers which would make Frank Frazetta proud]. But how do I do so? By also paying homage to an anime that I considered up to their level of metal- Mazinkaiser SKL!

Although I was a fan of mecha anime because of Toonami airing Mobile Suit Gundam, I never really got that into mecha anime until the now defunct A.D. Vision brought the excellent Mazinkaiser OVA's to the States. If you could get ahold of those DVDs, I highly recommend it because they are pure fun. They also introduced to me to anime legend Go Nagai, the man who not only created Devilman but also was responsible for Mazinger Z and Getter Robo. Those anime series introduced to anime the concepts of pilotable robots and robots that combined, which meant that it predated the Super Sentai series (which was where they got the footage for Power Rangers) and Beast King GoLion (Voltron) in that category. Anyway, in 2011 I watched Mazinkaiser SKL and while it wasn't as good as the 7 episode OVA, it was still fun to watch. So go check it out!
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Well, fellow deviants- looks like I'm back. My schedule is starting to lighten up lately, so be sure to check in for some more submissions.

Anyway, onto a bit of news that I should address and admittedly have been slow in giving an opinion on - Godzilla Returns....to Japanese cinema. That's right - Toho is making a film series while Legendary Pictures focuses on making its Godzilla trilogy. The news came on March 30, which made me suspect that this was a faux article due to April Fools' occuring that same week. But, it was later revealed that the news was true. The source I learned this information from was the author of Eiji Tsuburaya: Master of Monsters: Defending the Earth with Ultraman, Godzilla, and Friends in the Golden Age of Japanese Science Fiction Film himself, August Ragone, on his blog "The Good, The Bad, and Godzilla".
augustragone.blogspot.com/2015…
augustragone.blogspot.com/2015…

As far as my thoughts are opinions, even though I am excited to see more kaiju material [especially since there's a live-action Attack on Titan coming up soon], I have mixed feelings about this. Yes, its great to see Godzilla return [especially with Shinji Higuchi, the visual effects master behind the Gamera trilogy, and Hidaeki Anno, the creator of the anime Neon Genesis Evangelion, attached to the project]. The teaser poster does get you excited for the upcoming movie. I am, however, worried that this might potentially hurt the Legendary pictures trilogy. But, it is entirely possible that I may be overreacting and might need to just relax and accept the fact that we're getting some more kaiju awesomeness in the near future. Overall, this will more than likely be an interesting experience for kaiju fans.

Abayo!

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