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Americanizing Saint Seiya: Legend of Sanctuary Review (Knights of the Zodiac)

Toei wanted to make Saint Seiya a household name again and this time all aroudn the world so a CG reboot movie was made to do it. For those unaware Saint Seiya was as big as Dragon Ball all around the world except for the US. It conquered Japan, Latin America and Europe with its stories mixing Greek Mythology with shonen tropes. How do you adapt 73 episodes / 10 manga volumes into an hour and a half movie? And how do you strike the balance between hardcore fans and the American audience they wanted to capture? Here is our look back at Knights of the Zodiac Legend of Sanctuary CG movie.

saint seiya legend of sanctuary cast

Saint Seiya fans are a hardcore bunch so they were not too happy with a movie that was not based on the original continuity and re-telling a story they’ve already seen. When the designs showed up people were not happy and I have to say I was not either. It came out in 2014 so now that it’s been a while since then I can look back at the designs and say that they’re not bad and some are pretty damn good. They do stray from the source material a bit but the essence is there in most characters. I like some of the ideas they had going with some of the cloths and the art style is just beautiful even if it doesn’t really feel like Saint Seiya.
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Looking Back On.. Captain Tsubasa

I am not a fan of football soccer or team sports for that matter and because of that I don’t really care about the World Cup comes even if the mood around me feels like it’s the Olympics. But I still fell in love with this cartoon that was about “futbol”, so while some got the bland cartoon The Hurricanes a lot of the world got Captain Tsubasa, Super Campeones, Oliver y Benji, Die tollen Fussballstars or whatever your country called it we were in for a treat and if you have never watched it the you really need to check this anime out. So let’s take a look back at the story, continuity and timeline of the show.
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The problem with… Pokemon I choose You! Movie Reboot 20

The 20th Pokemon movie to celebrate 20 the past two decades of the anime by adapting the first episode in movie form. Except they decided to add new Pokemon, change the cast and not really adapt much. People had mixed opinions but I decided to go watch it despite mixed reviews as it was very tempting. It was a limited release yet 10 minutes from my house, nostalgic to watch a Pokemon on the big screen which I haven’t since Pokemon 2000, and a free card like back in the day, and Ash’s Pikachu card for god’s sake, this wasn’t any normal card. Not to mention Movie Ash Hat Pikachu code which they didn’t even make it compatible with all Gen VII games.

pokemon 20 pikachu ash's card

So how was the movie? I had heard bad stuff but also some good stuff but in the end I agree with it being crap. So let’s take a look at the problems the movie has as well as some solutions at the end. The dub was awful, the music was horrible including the season 1 theme ugh, the animation actually seemed inferior as well.
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3 French Cartoon Openings / Intros

When cartoons get dubbed they normally change the lyrics to the opening songs as well. Today sounds like a good day to take a look at three different cartoons and their respective french intros that they had. You’ll also find the lyrics below each video as well as a translation to the lyrics in case you want to follow along and practice your French.

Tortues Ninja (Générique TV – FR 1987)

The original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Cartoon opening
is really quite something, while using the same beat of the original and animation the lyrics take a whole different spin that tells a slightly different take on them and finding more similarities with the Mirage comics version of the TMNT than the more kid friendly cartoon would have. They’re avenging Splinter against their fatal enemy the Shredder, they are authoritarian and make the law, the turtles are “hellish” and Kowabunga is not a catchphrase but their battle cry. Jeeze, the opening makes me want to check this interpretation of the show instead of just the regular old cartoon.
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Death Note 2017 Netflix’s Live Action

The American Live Action Death Note movie on Netflix has been causing a lot of controversy and already has this negative stigma from the press and fans. I decided to give the movie a shot without having any previous bias against it and see how it held up as I’m sure the general consensus will be to bash it no matter what so it already had a tough fight ahead of it before anyone even saw it. As I watched it I didn’t want to compare it directly and would be open to changes if it.

Death Note 2017 Netflix L Light

Even without being a purist and thinking that the anime has many problems this movie does mess a lot of things up. There’ll be some light spoilers but nothing huge. Light’s character is different but for the most part I don’t think it breaks the character too much, his biggest flaw is how stupid and careless he is, even by normal person’s standard and not Light. Ryuk was handled well for the most part though his introduction was a bit over the top and I would’ve preferred if he was used more subtly.
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Looking back on.. Ranma 1/2 Complete Series, Movies, OVAs, Oh My!

Ranma 1/2 in the 90s became a gateway drug of sorts to fans in America since it was one of the first popular VHS titles that you could get with three episodes each since anime was still in its infancy. The show was also quite popular in all of Latin America and Europe where anime was already in the boom period pretty much everywhere else. Was it a great show or just a product of its time?

Ranma 1/2 full cast

I loved it as a kid and most of my waifus came from this show as it came at the right time for me to be able to appreciate what was being shown as well as fully appreciate the humor. After watching it all I can say it is just as good as I remember if not better.

Ranma 1/2 Car image
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Monster Rancher Anime ..A look back

Monster Rancher was a show I was never interested as a kid since I just saw it as an other Pokemon rip-off but one day I found a DVD for cheap and decided to check it out and realized the show was very different from what I imagined and kind of fun. Not only that but the games seemed very interesting with the whole discs into monsters gimmick. So how does the anime hold up many years after the Pokemon fad came went and returned? Let’s find out.

The anime is divided into two series, which each consists of a story arc. Series 1 is fun but very episodic in the beginning and only later it does it get going with the story. The show does reek of 90s anime dubs from the voices to the censoring and dialog in general. The show is nothing like Pokemon however and is a lot more like a generic quest that many animes have. You have the big bad and his 4 generals who are somewhat interesting and eventually of course they are defeated.
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